Thursday, June 19, 2014

NEW Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Limited Edition Electric Summer Pastel Shades and Swatches!

You know that feeling when you're checking out the endcaps and all of a sudden you slam on the brakes...whaaat?! It's a new collection THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT?! I love the thrill of the chase on a collection I do know about, but it's always nice to discover something I didn't know existed. Yeah, that happened today. It must've been cosmic fate, because I almost didn't go in this particular drugstore, but I doubled back and went in, just to see if they happened to have the old version of SHXW Pacific Blue, because apparently I DIDN'T OWN IT. Nuts, right? So not only did I find the last one of those, I found an untouched (um, you know, until I bought one of each), unbeknownst-to-me-until-6-hours-ago, LE SHXW summer collection. Score. Anyway, onto the pics.

Note that it says "Electric Summer" and also "Pastels," so I'm not sure if they were going for a washed-out neon look like Maybelline or what, but more on that later.

Clockwise starting from top center: Pearl Up, Peach Babe, Floaties, Teeny Bikini, You're Crabby, Water Orchid, Wet Suit, Kelp Yourself

Pearl Up - this one is the only non-creme of the bunch; it's a jelly. It's a little thicker than the rest but not troublesome. It required 2 coats whereas the rest probably would've only required one. I'm not usually one for basic neutrals but I really like the shade and squishiness of this.

Peach Babe - the start of the cremes - I won't repeat myself on each subsequent photo; all of the cremes had a great formula. They went on smoothly, didn't streak, and though they were pretty opaque in one coat, I always do an extra coat because I have ridgy nails so it helps to hide that. So each shade is 2 coats, no top coat. 

Floaties - I don't know why but I totally love this name! Obviously it's way lighter than the traditional bright orange floaties but I still think it's so cute! :-) 

Teeny Bikini - I'm normally not a yellow person AT ALL because I have enough yellowness in my skin that wearing it in any kind of clothing or accessories just isn't flattering, but somehow this seems to work. I think it's that it's kind of dusty. 

You're Crabby - in the bottle I expected to like this shade the most, but on me, not so much. It's looks more mauve-y on me than in the bottle. Still pretty, but not my favorite. 

Water Orchid - I like this one on me more than I expected to. Pale lilacs aren't always flattering on me but this gives me a hint of tan-ness.

Wet Suit - what can I say here but lovely?! Such a great bright pastel blue! 

Kelp Yourself - the color is just slightly off here; it's a bit dustier IRL. Very pretty! 

I posted the photo of the collection in a polish collectors group in Facebook and a few ladies mentioned they thought the collection looked similar to Maybelline's Bleached Neons. I own 4 from that collection and there are definitely no dupes. 

Top is SHXW Wet Suit, Water Orchid, and Peach Babe; Bottom is Maybelline Bleached Neons Day Glow Teal, Ultra Violet, Coral Heat, and Bleached in Peach.

My thoughts: I don't get the "bright bikini after a summer in the sun" vibe like I do from the Maybelline Bleached Neons (with the except of Floaties and Wet Suit; they could pass for faded neons). And THAT'S OKAY to me. I like them; I think they have a slightly dusty quality that sets them apart from other pastels (I think there could possibly be some similarities to OPI's Pirates of the Caribbean collection but I never bought any of them so I can't compare). For around $3 each I definitely think they are worth picking up! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Swatches of Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Makeup Nail Polish

Um, so it's been a year since my last post?! Fail. I've been thinking about getting back into blogging now that my son is old enough to entertain himself for awhile, and now that I've got a gig making some money from home so that I am spending more on beauty products again. Hoping that'll go better than it has in the past. ;-)

A few weeks ago I was reading Allure and they mentioned Sally Hansen Color Foil Nail Makeup which said available in June. Being a lover of all things nail polish and especially chrome-y nail polish, I knew I HAD to have it. So much to my husband's excitement (ha!) while we were on vacation I made him stop at EVERY drug store we passed. Not even kidding. No dice. Imagine walking into "my" Meijer the day after we returned home and the heavens shining down and angels singing upon an untouched display. And even luckier, SH being BOGO1/2 this week. Yep. Anyway, I've been asked for swatches from a nail polish group I'm in on Facebook, so it seems like a good time to start blogging anew, right?

Here's my artsy "hey look at my new pretties" bottle shots. :P

Outdoors, in shade. Top left to right: Orly Rage, for comparison. Nearly the same shade as Rose Copper but obviously it is much more foily whereas the SH polishes are more of a smooth chrome (personally I think the name "Color Foil" is misleading but that's quite alright with me as I love a good bright smooth chrome). Rose Copper Titanium Flush, Pink Platinum, Purple Alloy, Leaden Lilac (more of a periwinkle leaning blue IMO). Bottom row: Liquid Gold, Sterling Silver, Yellow Gold, Minted Metal, Cobalt Chrome.

Shot in direct sunlight (reversed from my previous photo, sorry about that!). You can really see how chrome-y they are here. 

My opinion is that you aren't going to mistake these for Minx or anything, but for a regular polish, I don't know that I've seen any that were brighter chrome. I think they're at least on par with the Essie Metallic collection (which I have none of, but have seen IRL). I can't compare to the Layla Mirror Effects because I don't own any nor have I ever seen in person. They are also one-coat wonders, though I did use 2 coats for these swatches, because I realized on the first coat that I did not shake them well enough so I was getting too much silver and not enough of the colored pigment. They looked somewhat brushstroke-y on application but that all but disappeared once dry.

So what do you think? Are you a metallic polish nut like me and will you be searching these out? 

Edit: Totally forgot about some old SH & Avon chromes I had until someone in the nail polish group mentioned them! Some comparison swatches...

Top row L to R: SH Foil in Liquid Gold (new), SH Chrome in Gold Chrome. SH Foil in Yellow Gold (new), SH Chrome in Canary Diamond Chrome Yellow (old). SH Foil in Rose Copper (new), SH Chrome in Rose Diamond (old). Rose Diamond Chrome is more of a lavender rose; Rose Copper is a rose gold. 
Bottom: SH Color Foil in Sterling Silver, Avon Mirror Shine in Foil. SH Color Foil in Purple Alloy, Avon Mirror Shine in Polish (yes...Polish. LOL). 
As you can see, no 100% dupes other than probably the silvers. Not many different shades of chrome silver, LOL.

This one was an accident but I included it to show how reflective they are. I'm wearing a neon coral shirt today, can you tell? ;-) 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Sinful Colors glitters!

I had to stop in Walgreens today to get cashews for my son (they have the best tasting cashews, I swear - their lightly salted sea salt ones...mmm! But I digress.), so naturally I had to do a once-over of their new cosmetics area. They were in the process of putting out the Sinful gel shine ones, which I grabbed 2 of. And then I saw these mystery glitters that I didn't recall reading about yet. Note the silver caps...wonder if they are going to start doing this for special collections like China Glaze does? I'm not sure if these are at the regular $1.99 SC price point or if they're higher; there was no price tag. Anyway, onto the pics. My son is yanking at my leg to take him outside so the rest of my post is going to be short on words. Apologies in advance for my unmanicured nails...just got back from vacation and I neglected them while I was away. :P

L to R: Gemtastic, Crystal Clear, Queen of Deco, Scene Stealer, Rags to Riches, I Dream in Jewels, Watch it Shine, and Shine on Me. (click on the pic to see all 8 in the display - my formatting won't allow the whole pic to show and I don't know how to change it :/)

Despite really liking the looks of a few (namely Queen of Deco and Scene Stealer), I didn't pick any of these up because I'm too lazy to remove glitter, even with the foil method ;P Are any calling out to you?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Several Spring 2013 nail polish collections

Since it's spring (at least according to the calendar...our weather is saying otherwise), I've been trying to get back into doing my nails more often, a hobby I got out of after my son was born 19 months ago (not by choice, but lack of time). I just started using CND Solar Oil and I feel like my cuticles are rebelling! (So try to ignore the boo-boo in my photos...I swear it looks 10x worse on camera than it does IRL!) Anyway...I've spotted these spring collections in grocery/drugstores over the last few weeks.

This Sally Hansen LE Insta-Dri collection is a mystery to me. I've seen on a few other blogs that there's a new collection with 3 or 4 colors, which the bloggers have referred to as a spring collection, but none of those are in this one. So I don't know if this is another spring one, or if this particular store just received a summer collection early?! To my knowledge, they're all new colors, as I can't find anything when Googling the names. L to R: S-teal a Base, Grape Race, Knockout Pink, Straw-ready, Man-go Team, Butter-fly Stroke, In Record Lime, Blue-ming Fast

I grabbed 4...there were $2 off COUPONS, how could I not?! 
Knockout Pink, a cool pink cream

Grape Race, a cool light-medium purple cream

Straw-ready, a bright-dark pink-almost red (does that even make sense?!) cream

S-teal a Base, a greeny-teal cream with teal shimmer. Haven't worn any yet, but based solely on bottle color, this one is my fave! For $2.59 I feel like going back and getting the 4 remaining shades...might just do that tomorrow, hope they still have them! I love SH ID for quick manis on vacation, and for pedis. 

Sally Hansen Limited Edition Diamond Strength shades, L to R: Opulent Opal (pretty sure I have one by Nubar with that name?! They look nothing alike though.), Diamond Jubilee, Fancy Diamond, Brilliant Cut, Sparkling Jewel, Flawless Pink, Gold Setting, Rock'n Wedding (I realllly liked this one - it is a warm, muted coral with hidden shimmer, but I knew it just wasn't "me," KWIM?!)

Brilliant Cut is actually unique in my collection. It's a greige-y gravender, but lighter than most polishes I've seen in these shades, and with hidden silvery shimmer. LOVE.

Sparkling Jewel is in the same vein as CND Effects, and I must have 100 polishes that are its sisters, but when a polish can transform any cream polish, you can never have too many of those, right?!

I found both SH collections at a regional drugstore named Discount Drug Mart.

I can't say I was thrilled about anything in the Khroma nail polish line (maybe because of who it's from?!) but I just found it interesting that their line could put out a polish, when they have the collections from Nicole by OPI. You'd think there'd be a non-compete or something! Meijer, if anyone cares. They'll probably be 75% off in a month. (I could make a lame joke here, like "just like Kim's klothes," but I won't.)

Obviously these aren't brand-new, but it's the first time I've seen them in a bricks-and-mortar store. Nice to know Meijer seems to be getting each Color Club collection (several collections later, but still...nice, nonetheless.) I gave up and ordered them from Rickys NYC online months ago since the nail supply stores I stalk never got them; the BB&B with Harmon's here never did either. 

What do you thing? Any must-haves for my fellow nail polish lovers out there?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review: Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm

I'm a stalker. There, I said it. Not of the Facebook-creeper type (ok, well maybe I indulge in a little of that from time to time too), but of the drugstore type. I think it's a disorder. Every time I hear about a new beauty product that's due to be released soon I HAVE TO FIND IT. So when Nivea buzzed about their Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm, I HAD TO FIND IT. First they said it was due out at CVS on Aug 1. Well, Aug 1 came and went (and I came and went to about 4857920 CVS stores) and no dice. Then they said mid-Aug at CVS. Well, I happened to be online-stalking it too and fiiiinally put it up! Well hey guess what?! I have my handy little free ShopRunner membership with free 2 day shipping, and Drugstore is one of the included merchants! So because part of my I Have To Find It Disorder includes the side effect of What If They Discontinue It Before I Can Buy More?!, I added 3 to my cart on Sat morning and on Tues afternoon UPS was knocking on my door! 

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(You can see by the lip marks that it's already well-loved!)

My Holy Grail nighttime lip balm has been Nivea A Kiss of Moisture pretty much since it came out. During the daytime I've been using Nivea A Kiss of Mint & Minerals, which is great too, but I love the nub of Fresh Sugar lip balm that I have left because of its lemony essence. But I've only gotten that once because it came in a set during the holidays and was much cheaper than usual. I refuse to spend over $20 for a lip balm unless it makes me look like Angelina Jolie. So I've been on the hunt for something to satisfy that lemon craving. The lemon lip balms from C.O. Bigelow at Bath & Body Works just didn't do it for me. But now...THIS does. It's not identical; there is the hint of olive oil in with the lemon of course, and it doesn't quite melt like butter on my lips like the Fresh one, but it DOES keep my lips feeling moisturized and I can somehow "taste" the lemon on my lips without actually licking them, ya know what I mean?! And when I can get 8-9 tubes of this for the same as one tube of Fresh...yeah. Is there even a question here?! PLEASE NIVEA...NEVER STOP MAKING THIS!!! DO YOU HEAR ME?

Have you found this yet? If so, where? And what do you think of it?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wet 'n Wild Fergie polish at Meijer, including a Zoya dupe

On my usual cruise by the endcaps at Meijer yesterday, I saw they now have WnW Fergie nail polish. This is a larger display than what I've seen at Walgreens. I'm not sure if they're just carrying a larger quantity, or if there are any additional colors, but I can tell you that I definitely DID NOT see this shade when I checked out the untouched Walgreens display - so either they didn't have it, or I had an 11-month-old distracting me. I'm not ruling either out ;-)

Anyway, this fantastical shade is Ferguson Crest Syrah. In the store I thought it reminded me of what is a top contender for one of my all-time favorite polishes, Zoya Valerie. So for the low low price of $2.99 I made her mine! And at home I was not disappointed.

 (2 coats of each; Fergie is on the left)

So what do you think? Total dupe-age, right?! It's nice to know I have access to a "backup" (um, even though I already have a backup...) of my favorite polish without having to spend $8!