Birthday Week – My first ‘high-end’ polish!

When I was in school, I did have a little polish collection growing but I kept it modest and stuck to mainly drugstore and salon brands (China Glaze, OPI, Sally Hansen) because I had a goal of graduating without debt (which I did! Yay, me!).

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So in 2010 I was finally out of school and although I didn’t have a full-time job yet, I also didn’t have the expenses like I did in University. MAC released the Disney Venomous Villains collection in Fall 2010 and I was just absolutely smitten with the polishes… but I had never dropped more than $8 or so on a bottle of polish! These were $15 each. I debated on it for quite a while, and finally decided to just pull the trigger. Lucky for me, they were still in stock. I’m sure you know how quickly a MAC special collection can sell out.

This is one of the 3 I grabbed at that time. I nearly choked spending $45 on 3 polishes… but now I don’t bat an eye. Oh, how things change. Bad Fairy is a shimmery red-orange duochrome. I think it’s gorgeous! The brush on MAC polishes is not my favourite… it’s too round and with all the shimmery goodness in this polish it just puffs up too much. And I hate how small these polishes are! I’ve been using this so sparingly to make it last!

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Do you remember your first ‘high-end’ polish? The one that made you cringe a little when you heard the total… Eep!

Enchanted Polish – Time to Pretend

I have a really exciting collection coming up in the next week, but for now… we must grin and bear the horrible tragedy of looking at Enchanted Polishes.

Okay, a little humour for your Monday. 😉 We all know that looking at Enchanteds is a treat! Here’s one of my favourites… a multichrome that is just packed with holo goodness. I can’t get enough! Time to Pretend has a good formula. I used 2 coats, with topcoat as usual. Lots of pictures (and awkward hand poses!) to show off all sides of it! Enjoy.

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Oooh, isn’t that pretty. The last shot shows off a side of TTP that I didn’t even know about until driving home one day and the sun hit my nails just so. I was like ‘HOLD THE PHONE…. WHAT IS THAT!?’ So pretty. (And of course I wasn’t on the phone while driving… it’s an expression, people!)

Saturday Savings – Love & Beauty by Forever 21

Did you know Forever 21 has nail polish? I didn’t either, until recently when a friend sent me this polish. I guess it makes sense, though. I’ve seen polish, glosses and other little beauty impulse purchases popping up in all kinds of clothing stores! Love & Beauty retails for under $4, so it’s easy to grab one while waiting in line to cash out.

This colour is called Unique… but to me, it’s not that unique! I guess the polish-namers at F21 haven’t seen indie polishes! It has a slight red/orange duochrome with pink glitter. The formula is not horrible, but not the best either. It applied easily, but dried very gritty and dull, which is very surprising considering there isn’t that much glitter in it! I only expect glitterbombs to dry gritty.

Anyway, for under $4 it’s not a bad polish overall. But you will definitely need a topcoat. I use two coats of polish, and one of topcoat.
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What do you think of Love & Beauty? I have to say, I probably won’t be hunting any of these down anytime soon, but I’ve heard they can go on big discount from time to time… so I might be tempted if I was in F21 and saw them marked down.

Enchanted Polish – Magical Mystery Tour

I’m mostly going to let this one speak for itself. It’s… magical. The formula, as always, was great. Two coats was enough for me. The only problem with wearing this beauty is that your nails become so distracting. At terrible, inopportune times. Keep your eyes on the road, people. Just sayin’.

Let’s start with the picture spam, already.

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For these next four, all I did was rotate myself in relation to the sun. It really lets you see how the polish changes!

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And finally, one indoor shot to show off the seldom seen side of MMT!

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How pretty is that?! So many colours in one bottle! Amazing. Are you lucky enough to own MMT? I grabbed it, and never understood what the hype was until I wore it. Definitely better on the nail than in the bottle! Happy polishing!

 

 

Enchanted Polish – The Youth

Ok, ok… time to get back in the swing of things!! I’ve been super sick (again), and it’s totally thrown off my will to paint my nails pretty colours. Hazards of the (teaching Kindergarten) job, I suppose! Well, I’m back on the mend and my nails are looking pretty today. 🙂

The Youth is a duochrome holo polish from Enchanted Polish. It shows mostly green, but in different indoor/shade lighting you can see the other colours come out. In the sun, it’s just holo, holo, holo. I used 2 coats here for full coverage, and topped with a topcoat. The formula is lovely, and I have no issues!

As always, lots of photos to see her in all her glory! Enjoy!

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See the duochrome? It’s like a browny-purple depending on the light.

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More of the purple-y side!

Well, there you have it! I have a few more posts already planned, so hopefully I won’t be gone so long again.

Saturday Savings – L’Oreal The Holographic

Are any of you as excited about the Olympics as I am? Canada already has one of each medal, which is an awesome start! It may be why my post is coming later in the afternoon today 😉

Continuing with my Saturday Savings series, I have a topcoat from L’Oreal today. They recently released a line called The Magic Top Coats, and this one is called The Holographic. It’s not holographic like us nail polish addicts know holographics to be… but it’s definitely amazing. It has flakey glitters in a clear base, and the glitters are duochrome teal and blue. So gorgeous.

I used 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s Black Out for the base – a really good black creme polish with no issues. I used one coat of The Holographic. The polish is slightly chunky – you can see it in the pictures. You can fix this with a good topcoat though. What I did was press the brush onto my nail instead of swiping it like normal… this helped the glitter not to clump up or wipe right off the nail. I totally forgive it though, because the glitter looks like it’s glowing on your nails!

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L’Oreal polishes are available in most drugstores. I got mine on sale for about $5. I think this was the most interesting of all the Magic Top Coat polishes. Happy Weekend!

OPI – Significant Other Color

This polish is such an interesting colour! The base of it is a pretty lavender colour, but it flashes a kind of minty green one way, and red the other! I used 3 coats and topcoat here… you can still see some of the brushstrokes, but it’s not terrible. I am having a hard time describing this polish, so I will just leave you with picture overload!

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Phew!! See what I mean? Very… interesting!