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Review: Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land!

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Allo Everyone!

Welcome to Day 2 of my Pretty and Polished Extravaganza, haha! I’ve got another holiday collection polish to share with you all today. This time we’re gonna check out Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land. Let’s get straight to it, shall we? ^_^

 


Pretty and Polished – S’no Mans Land

Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 1
Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 2
Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 3
S’no Mans Land is a frosty white polish filled with satin white hex glitter and small iridescent glitter. At first I was incredibly frustrated with this polish. It looked so pretty in the bottle and when I tried to wear it alone it was a frosty-streak filled disaster for me. :( What I quickly learned about S’no Mans Land is that you need patience to get it to work for you and not against you. What you also need to do is layer this sucker, unless you don’t mind the frosty finish when worn alone.

What you see above is 1 THIN coat of S’no Mans Land layered over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  This turned out to be my favorite combo for this polish. This turned out quite pretty when done this way. But make sure your coats are thiiiiinnn, I made the coat on my pointer finger just a little too thick and it started looking pearly again. :-P

The hex glitter is sparse but fishing wasn’t necessary, and I would not recommend fishing for this polish because it’ll just make your nails look like a mess, hah!
Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 4
And here is a shot of 2 coats of S’no Mans Land on its own. I only did my pinky before I gave up on it to go with my layering combo instead. I mean, it’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. But it was just too frosty on its own for me. :P


Final Thoughts:

While not my favorite polish of the holiday collection that I’ve tried,  S’no Mans Land can be saved! ^_^ If you layer it over white it has quite the ethereal look thanks to the hex and iridescent glitter. Once I learned how to work with S’no Mans Land I really did love how it looked layered!

But bear in mind that it can be tricky to work with. And if frosty finish nail polishes are the bane of your existence, or you don’t like to layer your polishes then this may not be the polish you are looking for.

Purchase Info:

Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land can be purchased from Chels Marie’s new shop, www.shopprettyandpolished.com. It retails at $5.00 for the mini and $9 for the full sized bottle. You can also still find Pretty and Polished on her Etsy Shop.

For updates and previews of new collections, follow Pretty and Polished on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

 

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Deborah Lippmann Spring 2012 – Mermaid’s Dream (Resort 2012) Swatches & Review

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Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got one of my new Deborah Lippmann Spring 2012 pretties to show you all! I splurged on this one and one other Lippmann polish as a present to myself for my tax return, and Mermaid’s Dream was totally worth the price for me! :-D

Less talk, more swatches! I used Sally Hansen Nail Quencher and Seche Vite top coat for today’s swatches. :-)

 


Deborah Lippmann Resort Collection – Mermaid’s Dream

Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Here’s a few more bottle shots of Mermaid’s Dream for you all. I couldn’t get over how gorgeous this polish was even before I put it on my nails! I love the shape of Deborah Lippmann bottles, so I also wanted to show it off at a few different angles. ;-)
Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Mermaid’s Dream is such a complex mixture of colors and textures that it almost drives me nutty trying to describe it! It starts off with a gorgeous seafoam green base with a metallic/pearl/frost-but-not-streaky finish. Then you add in blue and gold micro shimmer with larger blue glitter pieces floating about. 8O

As my fellow Northern Michiganders would say… Holy wah! This polish is nuts, and I love it! :-D
Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Mermaid’s Dream was… well… a dream to apply! :-P The formula was thin but it built up very nicely. It nearly painted itself onto my nails and the brush/polish was easy to control. I used 3 coats here and I didn’t have to do any post polish clean-up, which is always nice.

Deborah Lippmann - Mermaid's Dream
Here’s a macro shot of Mermaid’s Dream. You’re gonna want to view this at its maximum size, so g’head and click on this picture. Right. Meow. So much going on in one polish, and it’s all gooooood. :-D


Final Thoughts:

So basically I LOVE Mermaid’s Dream. I don’t have very many Deborah Lippmann polishes but I just KNEW that I needed this one as soon as I saw promo shots for it. It may be on the pricey end of the spectrum but Deborah Lippmann knows how to knock it out of the park with her glitter polishes! Also, I’ve been wearing it for 4 days now and so far no chipping or tip wear! :-)

I will say this though: It is quite a hungry glitter. I ended up using 2 thicker coats of Seche Vite top coat and it’s still ever so slightly gritty to the touch. But the slight texture difference doesn’t bother me. I actually like the feel of it, it reminds of what I’d imagine “real” mermaid scales would feel and look like! :-P

If you want it to be super smooth you might have to use a coat of Gelous along with your top coat. :-)

Purchase Info:

The Deborah Lippmann Spring 2012 Resort Collection polishes can be purchased at high-end retailers nationwide and online, like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. You can also find them online at Deborah Lippmann’s E-Store, and Zappos.com. Retail cost for Mermaid’s Dream is $18.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish since it’s a glitter, her creme polishes will set you back $16.00 per bottle. Happy shopping! :-)

A-England Swatches: Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, Elaine & Excalibur

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A-England: Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, Elaine, Excalibur

Hey Everyone!

I’m back today with more A-England swatches. These are the final four that I have to show you from The Mythicals Collection! If you missed any of my swatches from this collection in the past, you can see them [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], and [HERE]. :-P

Adina has a new collection coming out soon called ‘The Legend’, and it looks PHENOMENAL! You can see preliminary swatches on Eugenia’s blog, Ommorphia Beauty Bar. You best believe I’ll be getting my hands on these new A-England beauties as soon as humanly possible. :-D

I used The Knight Base Coat and The Shield Top Coat by A-England for all of today’s swatches.

 


Excalibur

A-England Excalibur
A-England Excalibur
Excalibur is an intensely bright platinum silver metallic foil. This polish likes to show brush strokes so you have to be careful with application. This isn’t one that I would normally wear as a full mani. That being said, Excalibur is a BEAST when it comes to using it for nail plate art (like my NYE nails). I used 2 coats here.

I also get a kick out of Excalibur because its name reminds me of the character from one of my favorite tv anime series, Soul Eater. Excalibur is also the name of the insufferable anthropomorphic legendary sword that annoys the hell out of every single character it comes across. He constantly interrupts anyone talking to him by shouting “FOOL” at them, and his song and dance routine are pretty stellar too. :-P

Excaliburrrrrrrrrrrr....

Merlin

A-England Merlin
A-England Merlin
Merlin is very interesting to me. It looks like your standard old silver glitter polish, but upon closer inspection I realized that it’s made up of tons of irregularly shaped silver pieces! And of course I forgot to take a macro shot of this one, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. You can kinda see what I mean if you enlarge the second photo. :-P

This is 3 thin coats, and there’s still a teeny bit of VNL. I have a feeling that this polish will be fun for future gradient nail art. :-D

Elaine

A-England Elaine
A-England Elaine
Mmmm, how I love Elaine! This is such a gorgeous dark eggplant purple creme, and the formula is amazing! This is 2 coats, but you could easily get away with 1 coat. It’s just so deliciously vampy, I didn’t want to take it off to keep swatching! And now I suddenly have a craving for grapes…

Morgan Le Fay over Elaine

A-England Morgan Le Fay
A-England Morgan Le Fay
Like I just mentioned, I REALLY didn’t want to take Elaine off just yet so I layered 1 coat of Morgan Le Fay over it. Polish Perfection! Morgan Le Fay is a pearlescent shimmering white that’s filled with pink and blue flecks that really pop when it’s layered! I really really love this one. I’ve yet to try it on its own but I’m sure that Morgan Le Fay looks wonderful by itself as well.
A-England Morgan Le Fay
Here’s your macro shot, you absolutely NEED to enlarge this photo. :-D I’m very much reminded of Essie’s recently released Pure Pearlfection when I look at Morgan Le Fay, but since I don’t own the Essie polish I can’t really compare the two fully. If I can find someone with Pure Pearlfection I’ll do a comparison post. ^_^


Final Thoughts:

Wow, what a long journey it’s been seen I posted my first ever A-England polish last year! I bought Lady of the Lake on a whim and never looked back. Each polish that Adina has created is so special to me. The formula has always been consistent, the colors beautiful, and the woven stories behind The Mythicals collection won me over from the start (King Arthur nerd alert!). But enough of my gushing. :-P

My top picks here are Morgan Le Fay and Elaine. I can see myself layering Morgan Le Fay over EVERYTHING, but if you already have the Essie polish then I think they’re similar enough that you don’t necessarily need both. Though I *think* the shimmer in Morgan Le Fay is more dense. And you all can definitely expect to see some nail art and layering experiments in the future with Excalibur and Merlin! :-)

Purchase Info:

You can take any polish from The Mythicals collection home by visiting the A-England official website at www.a-england.co.uk, they retail at £9.00 per 13ml bottle of polish and free international shipping is offered. A-England polishes can also be purchased for $12.00/ea through their US stockist, llarowe, and she does offer worldwide shipping (although Italy is currently excluded).

 

 

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Essie Resort 2011 Collection Minis! (swatches & review)

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Lion Around, Da Bush, Your Hut Or Mine?, Fair Game

Hey Everyone!

So if you hadn’t noticed already I’ve been a little M.I.A. for the past week, real life definitely took precedence over the blog. Clarence (my ginger cat that was sick last weekend) had to stay with the vet over the weekend and I was finally able to bring him home on the 23rd. So far he’s been doing great! My vet temporarily put him on a special diet for a month and he’ll have to be re-tested in September to see if his condition has improved. Regardless, I’m just happy he’s home. :-)

The manfriend also had his 25th birthday last week so I was busy with that. Plus I had to deal with a pretty severe reaction to a mosquito bite on my swatching hand that caused it to swell up really badly for almost four days! :-( *phew* I just, had a lot going on you guys. :-P

ANYWAY, today I have four polishes from Essie’s Resort 2011 Collection. I have a soft spot for anything miniature and this entire set has safari themed names, so I couldn’t resist. 8O

Seche Vite and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher were used for all swatches. Now that I’m done writing a novel for my intro, let’s get straight to the polishes. ;-)

 


Da Bush

Da Bush
Okay, I have to say that the name for this one makes me giggle just a teeny bit because my mind is in the gutter approximately 50% of the time. 8) That being said, Da Bush *snorts* is a beautiful sage green creme that applies very smoothly. This is two coats. I had a tiny bit of bubbling with this one but it was only on my pointer finger, so I’m chalking that up to user error.

Fair Game

Fair Game
Initially I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Fair Game, a greyed out gunmetal blue, because it does have a slightly pearlized finish and I was concerned about brush strokes. While it did show some brush strokes, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared it would be. I was also thrilled to see some purple, blue and green shimmer peeking out of the finish, something I was definitely not expecting. :-)
Fair Game
In this macro shot you can see the slight brush strokes I’m talking about, but overall it wasn’t anything bad enough to make me swear off this color. Click the photo to super-size it so you can take in all that beautiful hidden shimmer! This was two coats. :-D

Lion Around

Lion Around
Lion Around is a really pretty dusty rose petal pink with a delicate pearl/shimmer finish. It’s either a bit more forgiving than Fair Game or I just did a better job applying it because it hardly showed any brush strokes. :-P This one was a little streaky compared to the previous two, so I needed three coats to level it out.
Lion Around
Just look at that fine shimmer you guys! You have to enlarge this one to get the full beauty of it. Lion Around is one of those colors that make me feel ultra feminine whenever I wear it, I just love it. :-)

Your Hut Or Mine?

Your Hut Or Mine?
Now this one is my absolute favorite of the four. My jaw literally dropped when I put this on for the first time. I mean, in my notes as I was swatching this one I wrote “OMFG Gorgeous”! :-D Your Hut Or Mine? is a sexy warm pinkish coral that’s filled with orange and pink subtle shimmer.
Your Hut Or Mine?
I am ordering you to maximize this shot so you can bask in the glory that is orange shimmer in a coral polish. This is two coats of smooth, pink, heavenly perfection.. I wore this color for damn near a week, which in my world is pretty much forever. ;-)


Final Thoughts:

I’m very pleased with this mini collection from Essie. The bottles are small, but each polish was well pigmented and had a great formula. The minis also have regular sized flexible brushes which made application a breeze. If you had to get only one polish from this collection I think you all can guess that my vote would be for Your Hut Or Mine?, but Lion Around and Da Bush tied for second place.

Purchase Info:

The Essie Resort 2011 Collection was a limited edition release from this past spring/summer, but you can still find it on Nailsupplies.us, Transdesign.com and Head2ToeBeauty.com. They retail at $8.00/ea for a 0.5 fl oz bottle of polish. The mini 4/Cube set has sold out almost everywhere, but you may still be able to locate in on ebay. :-)

Deuling Duochromes: Missha HGR01 vs. Chanel Peridot

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Missha HGR01 vs. Chanel Peridot

Morning All!

I’m going to apologize now because this post is going to be FULL of  pictures, so if you’re on dial-up I would suggest that you go grab some snacks while you’re waiting for all of these glorious pictures to load. :-P

I admit that I was on the fence for a very long time when it came to Peridot. The first swatches I saw of it did not wow me and I figured that I could live without it. Then as time went on my resolve wavered, and then The Swatchaholic posted her glorious pictures and I was done for. I bought it right away. :-D

This was also around the same time that Jellynat introduced me to the glory that is called Missha HGR01. Not a super interesting name, but the polish itself is absolutely stunning! So of course I bought that one as well. What can I say, I’m a sucker for duochromes. ;-)

Without further babbling, let’s get down to the pictures. I’ll spam you with Chanel’s Peridot first, then I’ll show you Missha’s HGR01. And then I’ll KO you with the comparison. They are NOT dupes, I’d like to think of them more as BFFs. ;-)

Each swatch was done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat. Endless pictures are behind the cut. ^_^ (more…)

Wet ‘n Wild Fastdry – Magic Trident & Diving For Pearls Review

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Diving For Pearls & Magic Trident

Hello Again!

Today I’ve got two polishes from the Mermaid’s Cove Summer 2011 Collection by Wet ‘n Wild Fastdry. I happened upon this collection while we were vacationing in Ohio last month, and these two colors peaked my interest the most. They were also the only two color choices left on the display that weren’t sold out! After trying Magic Trident and Diving For Pearls I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for the other polishes in this collection.

I used CND Sticky and Seche Vite as my base coat/top coat for both swatches.


Magic Trident
Magic Trident

My bottle of Magic Trident came with a super junky looking brush with a few extra-long scraggly looking strands. After I snipped the brush and made it all even I was able to properly fall in love with this polish. Magic Trident is a pretty yellow-orange color with a shimmer/pearl finish. I used just 2 coats for full opacity.

Diving For Pearls
Diving For Pearls

Diving For Pearls is a beautifully pigmented teal polish that also has a shimmer/pearl finish. Again, I only needed 2 coats for full coverage. I had no application issues with this one, and the brush itself was perfect.


Final Thoughts:

I wish I had been able to grab all of the colors from this collection because the two that I have are pretty darn great. They’re both applied so well and only needed two coats which is a huge plus for me. I’ve heard people are having a tough time finding this collection, so if you do happen to spot it I would definitely recommend picking up a few of the colors. :-)

Purchase Info:

I found Magic Trident and Diving For Pearls at CVS but Wet ‘n Wild Fastdry polishes can be purchased at drugstores nationwide for $1.99 each, though prices may vary by store.

 

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