Friday, September 25, 2015

HPB presents/ Autumn Mani: OPI Kermit Me To Speak

Happy Friday!  I just love going hunting for polishes at TJ Maxx and Marshalls!  I don't always find something that will come home with me, but my most recent trip was a success.  I found Kermit Me To Speak from OPI's 2014 Muppets Most Wanted (soft shades) collection for $3.99 and since I have been duochrome crazed lately I had to wear it right away.  It's totally appropriate for fall, and reminds me of changing leaves. Take a look...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SinfulColors Fig and Maroon Fine

 *Provided for review*

Hi all!   We made it to Wednesday...I hope the rest of this week goes faster than it has been!  At least we always have pretty polishes to look at and make us smile. :-)

Speaking of, I have two more beauties from SinfulColors that I love for Fall: Fig and Maroon Fine.

Fig is a deep plum purple with a hidden shimmer.  Fig seemed to dry a shade or two darker on my nails than in the bottle, so I think that had to do with why the shimmer was less visible on the nail. Very pretty and a very opaque formula. This was 2 coats of Fig and topcoat.  Fig is in the core collection and easy to find!

I mentioned a few posts ago, that there was a Sinful Colors from the summer Street Fusion collection that screamed fall to me.  Maroon Fine is a shimmer that leans sometimes rust orange, sometimes brick red depending on the lighting.  I love the glass flecks in the polish!  They glimmer red, but I wish they also had thrown some gold in there like Prosecco.  Either way, this reddish-orange color is great when you're not crazy about an orange polish!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer & Emerald and Ash Destination Duo

I'm late posting this beautiful duo from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers and Emerald & Ash, so I apologize in advance. I don't think you can find this set anywhere now, but I still needed to share the gorgeous polishes with you. Maybe you'll get lucky and see them in a destash somewhere or the makers will create something similar (perhaps with a bit of persuasion)?

The lovely Julie aka the genius behind BEGL has been teaming up with other equally lovely indie makers to create a monthly Destination Duo. Each duo is created based on a vacation photo from the partner that month. For this duo (which released in July) the destination was Sugar Beach in St. Thomas. First up is Sunset at Sugar Beach from Emerald & Ash.

Emerald & Ash is a new-to-me indie and it didn't disappoint. This aqua-blue creme has shimmers of pink and copper along with brown flakes and just a teensy touch of holo. Application was easy and smooth.

blue-eyed-girl-lacquer pink-sugar-sunsets

I used 2 thin/medium coats of Sunset at Sugar Beach topped with a glossy topcoat. I didn't notice the VNL as much until I started taking photos, but it doesn't bother me too much. Another thin coat would eliminate the VNL in my opinion.

Macro shot to show the speckled effect created by the flakes.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's take for this duo was a lovely bubblegum pink with iridescent rainbow micro-glitters and a strong aqua shimmers.

For the accent nail in the photos above I used 3 thin coats and topped with glossy topcoat. For the others, I used 2 thicker coats. I had no application issues either time.

Macro shot!

  Can a polish be adorable? I think so!

This pink is adorable and dainty with just the right amount of sparkle. I'm not normally a dainty pink polish person, but since my Gramma passed a few weeks ago, I've come to love her favorite color. Maybe I'm holding on to her through my polish, but I don't think that is a problem. I apologize for taking so long to get this up. I've been struggling lately and the passing of my Gramma has made that even more complicated. Luckily Hayley has been more consistent with her posts and I appreciate her for that! (Thanks sis!)

As usual here are links to the makers' sites:
Emerald and Ash Store
BEGL Store
Emerald and Ash on FB
BEGLove Group on FB (for those of you who can't get enough BEGL - we'd love it if your joined us!)

Now go hug someone you love because no amount of time is enough when you love someone...


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Essie Chillato & My Favorite Seafoam

 *Purchased by me*

I hope you had a fabulous weekend, whether it was a long 3 day weekend or not!  Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer in the US, but before we transition into darker Fall polishes I have two more favorites to post.

I've made it no secret that seafoam is my favorite color. This polish made its debut in one of my original posts.  I thought it was time to break it out again!  I've worn it many times since then, and I love it just as much every time.  So first up is an oldie by Forever 21 Love & Beauty Seafoam.

I love how soft and subtle this is, and the glass flecks make it easy to work with.  It is sheer, this is 4 coats but dry time was very fast. 

Sadly, Forever 21 changed their polish line so you won't be able to find this exact Seafoam anymore.  One of my very favorite indie brands, Pahlish, just released a subtle holo seafoam polish (Laughter of the Stars) so if you are looking for something in the same family check that out when she restocks!  Once I receive the bottle I purchased from her release on Sunday, I will be posting fingers are crossed!

I also wanted to throw in a swatch of Essie Chillato. It's a very paled out chartreuse - way more so than any of the other similar colors (think Color Club Under the Blacklight and Orly Key Lime Twist).  I have been wearing this color a lot this summer, and I have worn Chillato twice but never posted it.  This one needs 3 coats but wasn't terribly difficult to work with and leveled nicely.  You can still find this one anywhere and it's unique enough that I don't think you will have a color quite the same.

I think both of these colors could transition into fall.  I can see both going well with grey sweaters and boots.  Besides if you really love a color, and it makes you feel good to wear it, that's all the reason you need!  Thanks for stopping by!

~ Hayley ~

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SinfulColors Whiteboard

 *Provided for review*

September marks the start of fall and all things I love!  I'm sure back to school was one of them, but it's been so long now that it seems like a distant memory.  I'm excited to see what SinfulColors has planned for later this fall; but they recently released a Back to School collection and they are on sale at Walgreens again for .99 this week!  I've posted quite a few from this collection of demi-mattes and glitters already:  Hazed, Truth or Lavendare and Night Owl for example.  These are all still available at Walgreens and on sale right now!!

My picks from SinfulColors A Class Act collection

Today I have one more from the Chalkboard Diaries collection, Whiteboard.  This is a demi-matte finish white polish and is one of the 3 Walgreens exclusive shades.  I love a white mani in the summer, because it's so fresh and looks great with bright clothes and accessories.  I wanted to squeeze this in while the weather is still summer-like, but as a base for art it will be great any time. 

matte white polish
SinfulColors Whiteboard

This is 3 coats of Whiteboard without any topcoat.  I had a bit of leveling issues so the 3rd coat helped to even things out, but I still couldn't get it perfect.  I love the soft finish on this one, with being a semi matte, and grabbed a back up bottle to try out the formula of that one. Aside from the leveling issues, the wear was great and had no chipping issues at all!

sinful colors white

sinful colors white

Full collection: Photo courtesy of SinfulColors

Make sure to check the bottle so you get Whiteboard and don't end up with a Snow Me White.  :-)
What colors/ finishes would you like to see SinfulColors do later this fall?  
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~ Hayley ~