Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nicole Rock the Look Nail Swatch and Review

Warning! Dry cuticles ahead! I apply hand cream often, but obviously not often enough. I just need this winter to be over!

Rock the Look is part of the Nicole Roughles line. It's pronounced "Ruffles" in case you're wondering. It's another textured polish <3 The polish has a baby pink base, and the textured bits are a red/pink, and some are a dark grey/black.

dat texture
This set of polishes is pretty new, it just came out at the beginning of March. When I saw swatches of the Roughles polishes online, I knew I had to have them all... Luckily there are only four different colours. Finding them was a challenge though! When I was in San Francisco, I went to every CVS near me. One of them was in a super sketchy neighbourhood. I mean, yeah, there were just cops dealing with something inside the CVS... No biggie!

Unfortunately the CVS in Sketchville didn't have these polishes. I did however purchase some Katy Perry branded false lashes at that CVS that are ridiculously amazing, so I didn't risk my life for nothing. My quest for this polish continued when I came back home, and eventually found it at a Shoppers Drugmart location. I was so happy!

I had really built this nail polish up... So I guess it didn't really wow me when I applied it. Maybe the other colours will speak to me more. Don't get me wrong, I still really really like this polish. I love how the textured bits are red and grey, it kind of reminds me of strawberry ice cream. (What is with my nails always making me think of ice cream?)

Another big plus about this polish, it lasted a solid three days on my nails before starting to chip a little bit. If you love pastels and/or textured polish, the Roughles polishes are amazing!

The longevity could be partly based on this new base coat I'm using. I've still got lots of Nicole basecoat left, and I was planning on using it to the end... But, I've been using that Nicole basecoat for months now, and my nails haven't improved, and my nail polish has been chipping a lot lately, so I figured it was time for a change.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Ceramic Glaze Stars in Her Eyes Nail Swatch and Review

I'm really off my game with this post. I must apologize for the quality of the pics! I didn't realize that they were *all* blurry... Also, my nails are pretty chippy in these pics. They were taken about 24 hours after application. Also... my hands are crazy dry and my cuticles are gross. Sorry :-(

Stars in Her Eyes is a gorgeous polish with lots of dimension. The base colour is a shimmery blue, with hints of purple or pink. My camera captured the colour of my polish as more silvery. I did take a photo with my phone (below) that more accurately shows how blue the polish really is.

The colour in the other pics is off... This is true to life!

The pic below really shows the pink/purple highlights. This colour is full of sparkle. It's also got slightly chunkier glitter bits that are not holographic, just straight up coloured in silver, gold, pink, green, blue... and maybe more.  I really like this polish. It's sparkly and eye catching and makes me happy!

When I saw this polish on the "limited edition" stand in shoppers drug mart, I didn't hesitate to pick it up! I'm so happy I did. I also picked up E-Spacially Yours which is a similar idea, with a purple/pink base, instead of the blue. There was a silver based colour in the line as well, but it didn't look special enough to me. I also picked up a "crushed foil" texture polish from ceramic glaze that was part of the limited edition stand. I'm not a big fan of metallics, but I'm still a sucker for texture and after my success with OPI Push and Shove I thought I'd give it a try! Stay tuned for reviews of those... Eventually..

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sally Hansen Sea-ing Stars Nail Swatch and Review

I've gotten snobby about my nail polish lately, so it's been a while since I bought a fairly-priced Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish. I'm a glutton for glitter and could not resist sea-ing stars!

I used three coats of polish for this mani. The polish itself was a bit too thick, making it not so easy to apply. As a result, more polish ended up near the tips of my nails. You can plainly see that the polish is thicker and darker in those areas.

The colour was pleasant, and the sparkle was awesome. Overall, for the fair price, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! Would buy again.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Polka Dots and Moonbeams Nail Swatch and Review

Wow, it's been a hectic time for me. I was sick, then I went on vacay for a week (San Francisco!!! Yaay!!), all the while dealing with other stressful time consuming stuff... Now I've got a backlog of manis to post! I did try a couple of new polishes while I was on vacation, but I didn't have a chance to take any decent pictures. Now my OCD is kicking in... Manis without a blog post! How can that happen??? I'll prolly repeat those polishes soon so I feel better....

Anyway... Back business!

My Sally Hansen Moonstone/Midnight Glitz combo reminded me of cookies and cream, and so does this one! I was at Murale recently, and I found out that they carry Deborah Lippmann nail polishes.. So I thought I would pick some up, for science or something.

At $22 a bottle at Murale, this is the most expensive nail polish that I own. I love cookies and cream and I love dimensional polish, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There is one huge downside though.

I must have gotten a defective bottle, check out how gnarly the brush is! Half of the bristles were severly bent. It was tough to take a proper picture of it. I'm sure Murale would exchange the bottle for me, but the store is out of the way for me, so I'm just gonna deal with it. I did get another DL polish, and the brush in that bottle looks perfectly fine. 

It is extremely disappointing. I rarely have problems with cheaper polishes, so paying $22 for a defective brush has really turned me off buying another bottle of DL polish... Unless the colour is really cool or something...

Thursday, March 13, 2014