Earlier this year, Tipped Off Nails showed her beautiful swatches of the Barry M Frosted Cupcakes collection and I was so enamored with them! And slightly jealous because Barry M still has not decided to grace the US with their presence. Sinful Colors had my back though because, shortly after reading that post and moping about, I saw that as part of their MASSIVE spring collection release they would be giving us their selection of crelly bases packed with pearly flakies: the Desert Divas collection. Score. I have managed to find all the polishes I want from the nine-piece collection except one, Super Cooper. It is a gorgeous sage green and it is KILLING me to not have it! Perhaps Sinful Colors does not have my back after all… Nevertheless, I want to show you what I have because these polishes are darn pretty and almost make up for the absence of Barry M here. Almost. (Warning: I go on a mini tangent about soccer at some time during the post. It’s all in parenthesis so you can ignore it, but I want to prepare you!)
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Who else is super excited for Beauty and the Beast??? The original animated film actually was not one of my favorite films as a kid (especially the Christmas special – the pipe organ in it terrified me and has left me with a slight fear of pipe organs to this day), but around the time I was in middle school I started to like it a lot more and now would count it as one of my top Disney films. The music is just beautiful, I could not even pick a favorite song, and seeing the musical version of it live was one of the best experiences of my life. As I am sure you are all aware, I really do not need any more nail polish at all. But, after seeing that L’Oreal’s Beauty and the Beast collection is only in Italy (and Amazon Italy will not ship to me, I tried :[[[), there was a gaping, Beauty and the Beast nail polish-shaped hole in my heart. Enter Morgan Taylor, who has saved my life by creating some Beauty and the Beast inspired polishes that are actually available in the US for a reasonable price. I randomly saw that J.C. Penney had Morgan Taylor polishes on sale a few weeks ago and suddenly I was entering my credit card number in and a couple days later some new polishes ended up on my doorstep. Oops. I thought the least I could do was share the few I grabbed with you guys!
All my swatches today are over Zoya Get Even. I did not use any top coat for today’s swatches.
Morgan Taylor Enchanted Patina, 2 coats
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Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour Ruby Gem, two coats plus Seche Vite
I am still getting through all of the polishes that I got from my trip to the UK last year. I’m sure you are sick of hearing me mention that trip, as quite of few of my first impressions polishes were purchased during it, but you will have to get used to it because there will be a lot more coming! I stopped in at multiple Superdrugs and Boots (how do you pluralize the word “Boots?” Bootses?) and picked at least one polish from every brand I saw that I had not seen before in the US. My mother actually spotted this lovely red from Seventeen for me and decided I was getting it, because thus far in the trip I had grabbed greens, teals, blues, purples, and one orange. Clearly I need to branch out more. Anyway, this juicy berry color is just my type of red. It has a little pink and a lot of richness. Yum. This polish line claims that it is “single coat,” “high shine,” and “touch dry in less than 50 seconds.” I will be giving you my experience and then noting whether it lives up to those claims!
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I will be honest, I do not usually give a flying fudgesicle about the Pantone color of the year. In fact, I did not know it was even a thing until I entered the nail polish world. Though I’m pretty sure it actually has little to do with nail polish and more to do with home decor? Anyhoo, when Butter London decides to team up with Pantone and Pantone decides that bright green is going to be their color of the year, suddenly I’m their biggest fan, some of my money disappears, and this cute little collection is sitting pretty in my greedy little hands. I have to say, it looks simple but this is a fantastic set of polishes. The colors may not be the most creative or wildly unique, but the formulas. Oh. My. I always enjoy swatching and painting my nails, but working with this particular collection was a pure joy and put me in a very happy place. Please do yourself a favor and check these out!
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Sonia Kashuk Grey Matter, 2 coats plus Seche Vite
Hi everyone! It’s time for me to share my first experience with a polish that has been sitting in my stash for way too long. I have definitely had this one since last year, probably the first half of last year. Woops. ManiGeek raved about Sonia Kashuk polishes sometime ago. The post was so memorable to me that when I accidentally stumbled across the display in Target, I had to pick up a couple bottles. Grey Matter is the first polish that caught my eye, a beautiful dark grey with a lot of purple tones. Naturally, it had to be the first Sonia Kashuk polish that I tried!
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Valentine’s Day is not my favorite of the holidays. It leaves me with a bit of a weird feeling, like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day do – shouldn’t we tell the people we love that we love them all the time? Does there really need to be a special day for it? I also am not big on the color scheme – pink and red are not my ultimate favorites. But I do like the chocolate. Any excuse to buy and eat chocolate, right? Even though I am pretty apathetic towards it, I figured I should do something semi-festive here for Valentine’s Day. Since pink was out of the question, I decided to round up some of my favorite reds for you all. Like I said, it is not my favorite color, but I do have quite a few red polishes that I love.
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Better late than never, right?
F.U.N Lacquer is one of those brands that I always thought I would just admire from a distance. They look quite pretty, but that price point of $16 makes me sweat a little. Actually, a lot. I try not to spend more than $10 on a bottle of polish, which means that I only buy brands like Butter London on sale or at places like TJ Maxx. Somehow my wonderful mother spotted some F.U.N Lacquer polishes online and decided they were too pretty for me not to own, so she bought me a few from the New Year 2017 collection and the Iparallaxe collection. Today I’m sharing the two I got from the New Year 2017 collection, though I think the Iparallaxe polishes are stunning too (let me know if you’d like me to show those off). Anyhoo, let me introduce you to these beauties.
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