Nail of the Week.

Nail of the Week: Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk with Deborah Lippman Bring on the Bling.

Nail of the Week:
Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk with Deborah Lippman Bring on the Bling in full sun.

I thought I would share with you a quick post on what I have been wearing on my nails for the past few weeks.  If you are like me and have difficulty finding an ideal nude colored polish, then the following  color combination maybe to your liking.  For this Nail of the Week, Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk was used along with Deborah Lippmann Bring on the Bling on top, for a little added…bling, to the nails.  I hope you enjoy and find this helpful.

Nail of the Week: Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk with Deborah Lippman Bring on the Bling.

Nail of the Week:
Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk with Deborah Lippman Bring on the Bling.

Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk Megalast Nail Color ($1.99 US/ .45 fl. oz.) is a sheer ivory shade with enough of a warm beige tone to flatter a variety of skin tones.  I have worn this color on its own for a quick no fuss sophisticated nail.  Two coats are all it takes to achieve opacity.  Just like Haze of Love (reviewed here) the longevity is just as impressive as any high-end polish without the insane price tag.

Deborah Lippmann Bring on the Bling ($20 US/ .5 fl. oz.) is definitely more of an indulgence.  My bottle has been in my collection for two years.  I find that one coat of this gleaming transparent shade adds an extra something special to any cream finish nail color.  Deborah Lippmann uses micronized virgin diamond powder instead of glitter to make this shade.  The sparkles are noticeable indoors; however, in the sunlight the shimmers have a unique twinkling effect like no other polish.

Nail Swatches: Deborah Lippmann bring on the Bling, Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk, both colors combined.

Nail Swatches L-R:
Deborah Lippmann Bring on the Bling 2 coats, Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk 2 coats, both colors combined 2 coats WW with 1 coat of BOTB.

Wet-n-Wild can be found in Rite Aid, CVS, Harmon, Walgreens and drugstore.com.  Deborah Lippmann can be found at Nordstrom, amazon.com, dermstore.com, zappos.com, etc…

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this combo is a winner in my book.  Wet-n-Wild 2% Milk, has to be the most flattering nude color I have ever come across.  This creamy white shade would also look spectacular with a tan and on darker-skinned beauties.  Deborah Lippmann Bring on the Bling, adds just the right amount of interest to an otherwise plan nail.  Both colors have won my heart.   What are you wearing lately?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Pop Beauty Wine Wonder review and swatches.

Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

POP Beauty makes some of my favorite nail polishes.  The colors, longevity, non-staining formula, price and amount are all pretty much perfect in my book.  Of course, my cosmetic addiction causes me to venture out into other brands, but in the end, POP Nail Glams have never let me down and the price is unbeatable.  That being said, POP Beauty Wine Wonder ($10 US/ .5 fl.oz.) has been my choice of nail color for the past two weeks.  This beautiful rich deep burgundy color is sure to provide a hint of edginess to any look.

Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

The Pros:

  1. The formula has a medium consistency, yet highly pigmented.
  2. The brush is well constructed and able to distribute the polish evenly across the nail bed.
  3. The longer handle can be used to manipulate the brush into the tightest corners.
  4. The price/amount ratio is on par with OPI, Essie and other drugstore brands, yet the quality is equivalent to higher-end brands, if not better.
  5. This polish is easily removable..It does not stain the nails or cuticle during removal.♥
  6. Opacity is reached using two coats, color similar to Essie’s Berry Hard.
  7. The finish is outstanding…creamy and smooth!
  8. The polish lasted 5 days, with a top coat, before any noticeable chipping..this will vary according to one’s activities.
  9. POP Beauty polishes are 3-free: Formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene free.
  10. POP Beauty polishes come in 34 shades, some sites offer even more shades.
Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

The Cons:

  1. Select retail locations sell this brand to purchase in person, however there are a multitude of online retailers.
  2. Due to the deep color, Wine Wonder can settle darker in certain spots if a heavy hand is used during application.
  3. A third coat yields dark results, similar to Essie’s Wicked.  I like the outcome, some may find the color too drastic.
Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

Pop Beauty Wine Wonder Nail Glam.

POP Beauty is sold at UltaDermstore.comZappos.com, Beauty.com and Duane Reade Pharmacy.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you POP Beauty Wine Wonder is a wondrous find.  This color also makes a beautiful pedicure color against a pair of black peep toe shoes, open toe sandals, or dare I say, flip-flops this time of year.  Adding an additional third coat deepens the color, but the polish does not settle thickly on the nails.  A matching burgundy lip color would make for the ultimate sexy holiday look.  What are you planning to wear for the holidays?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

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Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish is truly a midnight passion!

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Are you looking for a unique nail color for the holiday season?  Well look no further than Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish ($26 US/ .4 fl. oz.) part of the Dior Golden Winter Collection Holiday 2013.  In French “Minuit” means midnight and this beautiful plum color with gold, copper and red micro-shimmers strikes me as a representation of the all the lights, life and energy Paris offers at the stroke of midnight.  So enamored was I with the packaging, I felt an urge to encase Minuit in acrylic and place this beauty on a pedestal to preserve it’s brilliance (crazy?..a little).  The combination of the gold colored top, round glass vessel and the sparkling plum color, is simply stunning.  I own Diva Vernis (from last year’s Holiday 2012 Collection) and the effect is not the same.  There is something about Minuit that looks and feels luxe.  According to Dior,

Diorific Vernis is available in three new shades, Minuit (plum), Marilyn (red) and Frimas (pink taupe), which enhance the nails with deep, sparkling, ultra-couture shades.

True color representation of Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis.

True color representation of Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis with flash photography.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis with flash photography.

Minuit would look spectacular on a variety of skin tones, nail widths and lengths.  The color itself is a bit of a chameleon in different lighting conditions.  In natural sunlight, Minuit’s strong dark plum base color and it’s beautiful combination of shimmers becomes quite evident.  In flash photography, Minuit’s red shimmers dominate and the color morphs into a more burgundy-red hue.  Regardless of conditions, the shimmers are very noticeable, giving the polish a beautiful sparkle and depth.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis nail polish lasted on me a full 5 days without chipping, but I did experience some tip wear.  This will vary according to one’s activities.  My daily activities, if you’re interested, consist of picking up legos, laundry, cooking, cleaning and dog care.  If you do not do any of these tedious chores, then you are a lucky duck and your manicure will last longer.  The point is, Minuit lasted well on the nails despite the hardships of my day.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish brush.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish brush.

The formula has a medium consistency that settles smoothly on the nails.  Opacity was reached using two coats.  The brush in the Diorific Vernis line is wide enough to accommodate a variety of nail widths and lengths (unlike the regular Dior polishes).  Another great feature about these polishes is they are classified as 5-free.  According to Sephora:

Dior Nail Lacquers are five-free and do not contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, or camphor.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Removal was a breeze with my trusty Zoya Nail Polish Remover (removes all polishes easily).   I love this color so much, I am planning on getting another bottle to give as a gift.  Frimas Diorific Vernis (from the same collection) is such a tempting color, but I am certain it will not mesh well with my olive skin tone. However, it looked fabulous on Sabrina from thebeautylookbook.com (here).  I wish I could pull-off some of the colors she wears on her nails.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis is sold at Nordstrom, Macys, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and Sephora (currently sold-out online).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to run and get Dior Minuit Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.  This polish is one of those holiday items you will regret not buying, if it sells out.  Go and experience this midnight beauty for yourself. You may not encounter all the sights, sounds and colors that Paris offers at midnight, but at least your nails will look spectacular!  Oui?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Nailtini Bordeaux Nail Lacquer review and photos.

Nailtini Bordeaux Straight-Up Nail Lacquer.

Nailtini Bordeaux Nail Lacquer.

Keeping in mind the wonderful brands Duane Reade Pharmacy stocks, I decided to try yet another nail polish brand.  This time I set my sights on Nailtini Bordeaux Nail Lacquer ($13 US/ .5 fl. oz.). This deliciously rich red wine cocktail suited my taste and skin tone perfectly.  I envision wearing this color to a holiday party, paired with a black and white outfit, some pearl earrings and the obligatory matching red lip. Oh my, will you look at that…my vision has become a reality.  Tis’ the season!

Nailtini Bordeaux Straight-Up Nail Lacquer.

Nailtini Bordeaux Nail Lacquer.

The Pros:

  1. Gorgeous raspberry red color…suitable for warm and cool skin tones.
  2. Thin formula applies streak-free on the first coat.  Two coats were used for good measure.
  3. The wear time is fantastic–5 days chip-free (especially impressive for a red polish).
  4. The formula is 3-free–no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP.
  5. The brush and handle have been thoughtfully designed with the perfect width.  Both wider and slimmer nail beds will find application fast and efficient.
  6. Dries reasonably fast.
  7. The amount/price ratio is quite reasonable.
  8. Mistakes were easily removable without staining or migration of color.
  9. Shiny finish…I always apply a top coat regardless.
  10. Nailtini offers 28 luscious color choices.
  11. Company offers smaller size version of each color for $6 US.
  12. Nailtini offers topper shades and mixer shades to change the look and intensity of the any of the polishes.
  13. Adorable martini glass logo complete with olive, printed on the bottles.
Nailtini Bordeaux Straight-Up Nail Lacquer nail swatch.

Nailtini Bordeaux Nail Lacquer nail swatch.

The Cons:

  1. Limited retail locations.
  2. No other cons…can you believe?

Nailtini is sold in-person at the newly remodeled Duane Reade locations in NYC, beautybridge.com. amazon.com (which is really beautybridge.com), tinibeauty.com, and of course–ebay.com.  The company also offers lip stains, lipsticks, eye pencils, etc.

Nailtini Bordeaux Straight-Up Nail Lacquer..Can you tell I'm ready for he holidays?

Nailtini Bordeaux Straight-Up Nail Lacquer..Can you tell I’m ready for he holidays?

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup absolutely adores Nailtini Bordeaux Nail Lacquer.  The formula, application, color saturation, wear and price exceed all of my expectations.  I plan to revisit this lovely shade come December and celebrate the upcoming holidays in-style.  Which Nailtini are you planning on getting?  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish review and photos.

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Lacquer

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish.

Illamasqua Cosmetics is one brand that does not shy away from bold in-your-face makeup looks. Their image is appropriately promoted as “Cosmetics For Your Alter Ego”.  In my case, my alter ego would be a female James Bond (preferably named Nikita), with a mastery of all fighting styles, comfortably chasing bad guys in the most stylish five-inch heels, with a degree from MIT, awarding everyone with the epithet “darling”, all the while wearing Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish ($17 US/ .5fl. oz.) on my perfectly manicured chip-free nails.  Well, at least a small part of the fantasy is real…

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Lacquer.

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish.

The Pros:

  1. Absolutely stunning “deep midnight blue with shimmers” (Sephora’s description).
  2. Formula has a substantial medium consistency.
  3. Opacity is reached with one coat.  I apply two coats for good measure.
  4. Phenomenal wear…5-6 days without chipping, especially if paired with Illamasqua Base Coat.
  5. The blue shimmers in the polish make Phallic appear noticeably blue rather than black.
  6. Large selection of shades and finishes…49 to be exact.
  7. Price/amount ratio will not break the bank…IMHO the formula surpass Chanel and Dior.
  8. The brush head is dense and tapered perfectly to accommodate a variety of nail beds.
  9. The polish dries quickly–very similar to Marc Jacobs nail lacquer (reviewed here).
  10. Permanent color in their line.
Illamasqua Phallic Nail Lacquer.

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish.

The Cons:

  1. The names of certain polishes are quite risqué.  (ex: phallic, load, blow, throb…you get the point).
  2. The formula is not advertised as 3-free (formaldehyde resin is an ingredient, but most polishes have this chemical in their formula to provide shine–not part of the 3-free category).
  3. Removal is a pain in the keister….Zoya Polish Remover is the only remover that will eliminate all traces of this blue pigment.
  4. Staining is a definite if a base coat is not used.
  5. As of late, Sephora no longer carries the entire line in stores..certain items have been cut from their in-store stock.

Illamasqua Cosmetics are sold at Sephora, sephora.com (entire line) and bloomingdales.com (entire line).

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

Illamasqua Phallic Nail Varnish ingredient list.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Illamasqua Phallic is one deliciously naughty nail color.  I am on my second bottle..that is how much I adore this color!!!  Phallic’s color, wear, shine, consistency, and brush head is worth the aggravation of the removal.  A drugstore duplicate is sure to exist, however I do not have the energy or desire to seek out its doppelgänger.  Illamasqua is a great brand (Ore Pigment anyone (here), if you can get past some of the names of the products and over-the-top makeup images.  Personally, I find the images to be a work of art, but some traditionalist may not agree and overlook this brand.  Remember, sometimes it is wise to let go of convention, let your hair down and let some of your alter ego shine through 🙂   Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Polish review and photos.

POP Beauty Purple Plum.

POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam.

While in the city, I needed some band-aids for my little one and decided to pop (pun intended) into Duane Reade Pharmacy.  As soon as I entered I was absolutely amazed at the cleanliness, level of organization, and the vast selection of brands in the beauty section.  The newly revamped Duane Reade locations are New York City’s equivalent to suburbia’s Ulta, in some cases even better.  To my shock the location on 52nd and 3rd Avenue had the entire POP Beauty line.  From past experience with Violetta polish (reviewed here), I knew the wear of these polishes was outstanding.  Without any hesitation, I selected POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam Polish ($10 US .5fl.oz.) and checked out.   BTW…I also manage to remember the band-aids 🙂

POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam.

POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam.

The Pros:

  1. The formula is a medium consistence, yet highly pigmented.
  2. The brush is well constructed and able to distribute the polish evenly across the nail bed.
  3. The price/amount ratio is on par with OPI, ESSIE, and other drugstore brands, yet the quality is equivalent to higher-end brands, if not better.
  4. This polish is easily removable..It does not stain the nails or cuticles during removal.
  5. Opacity is reached in two coats.
  6. The finish is outstanding…creamy and smooth!
  7. The polish lasted 5 days, with a top coat, before any noticeable chipping..this will vary according to one’s activities.
  8. POP Beauty polishes are 3-free: Formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene free.
  9. POP Beauty polishes come in 34 shades, some sites offer even more shades.
POP Beauty Purple Plum.

POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam.

According to Ulta’s website description:

Each POP Beauty Nail Glam shade is non-occlusive so it won’t stain nails. Nail Glams also contain nylon which helps create a strengthening non-chip barrier which ensures that Nail Glams staying power is sensational!

The Cons:

  1. Purple Plum is a very dark aubergine color.  This color is so dark it resembles a black polish.
  2. The purple tones come out ever so slightly in the sun and under fluorescent lighting.
  3. Select retail locations sell this brand to purchase in person, however there are a multitude of online retailers.
  4. The longer handle does take some getting use to.
POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam..

POP Beauty Purple Plum Nail Glam..

POP Beauty is sold at Ulta (not the complete collection), Duane Reade Pharmacies, Dermstore.comZappos.com, and Beauty.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you POP Beauty Nail Glam polishes are worth the investment.  I would happily purchase more colors from this fantastic brand.  There are some glitter polishes in POP’s line-up that would give Deborah Lippmann a run for her money.  I may just have to go back to Duane Reade for some family essentials…wink, wink….we all know the real reason why I need to go back…until next time.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer review.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink nail lacquer.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer.

Admittedly, I do not own many lighter colored nail polishes.  I apply the same concept to nails as to fashion. Darker colors are slimming and hide flaws, whereas lighter colors accentuate the most minuscule imperfection.  My nail beds are rather wide and I try with all my might to find colors that will make them appear narrower.  In addition, my olive skin tone does not mesh well with many lighter shades of polishes. So when Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer ($32 US/.41 fl. oz.) part of the Fall 2013 Collection came out, I had high hopes this lovely shade would help me break free from the dark cloud looming over my head.  After all, who could go wrong with a pink polish mixed with silver/iridescent sparkle?  Apparently, some people can.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer.

The Pros:

  1. Beautiful pinky/salmon color with noticeable silver/iridescent sparkles running throughout the polish.
  2. Removable square top for easy handling of the brush wand.
  3. Gorgeous packaging…Proudly display this bottle on your vanity.
  4. Formula is thin, but has substantial pigmentation.
  5. The brush head is dense enough to handle a sparkle polish.
  6. Mistakes were removed quickly without smudging or migration.
  7. Wear time is amazing!!!  Six days barely a chip (this will vary).
Tom Ford Show Me The Pink nail swatch.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink nail swatch.

The Cons:

  1. The price…$32 for nail polish…I need a lobotomy.
  2. The salmon color against my olive skin tone was not flattering in the least.
  3. The formula layered oddly on the nails.
  4. Beautiful silver/iridescent sparkles vanished once the color was applied to the nails.  Why do companies formulate polishes to appear one way in the bottle and differently on the nails?
  5. This limited-edition polish was very streaky….three coats were required to even out the overall look of the polish.
  6. The final result compelled my son to comment, “It looks like you have Silly Putty on your nails.”  Just the sort of reaction I was going for…NOT!  Gotta love the honesty.
Silly Putty on my nails?

Silly Putty on my nails? Not a good look.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink in natural light...true color representation.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink in natural light.

Tom Ford Beauty can be found in person at Saks Fifth Avenue (in NYC), Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus locations and the entire collection online at  SaksNeiman MarcusBergdorf Goodman,  Nordstrom (TF lip, nails and fragrance only), Bloomingdales (TF lips, nails and fragrance only).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if your budget allows for the purchase of a $32 nail polish, you better make certain you love everything about it.  Unfortunately, I do not love this color against my olive complexion, but I can see Tom Ford Show Me The Pink Nail Lacquer working for a variety of other skin tones.  As for me, I may console myself by exchanging SMTP for another nail lacquer or I can do the rational thing and save my money for something I will really love…Oh heck..no one can accuse a beauty addict as being sensible when it comes to cosmetics.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Nars Fury Nail Polish review and photos.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

Nars Cosmetics is one brand you either love or are indifferent towards.  Quite frankly, I never understood the allure of their infamous Orgasm blush (other than the name of course) or their Night Series eyeshadows (the sparkles brush away easily). However, when Nars comes out with a new collection I always make it a point to take note of the nail polish colors.  Francois Nars does create some lovely shades and Nars Fury Nail Polish ($19 US/.5 oz.) from the Fall 2013 Color Collection, is one of those basic purple shades sure to suit a variety of tastes and skin tones.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

Nars Fury Nail Polish swatch.

The Pros/Color:

The color of Fury seems so plain and dupable.  However, when researching the shade, I could not find a close drugstore alternative.  I suppose while other companies are busy trying to create one-of-kind colors, Nars decided to revert back to the basics (not such a bad thing).  Nars Fury is a purple color, which by definition is a mixture of blue and red pigment.  My eye spies more red in the formula, which makes Fury a bit more distinguishable when compared to other purples out on the market.

Nars Fury does pull more of an indigo hue in certian lighting situations.  The color is not so dark it would be mistaken for a black polish.  This type of color does not border on the gothic realm, on the contrary, it has a refined appearance appropriate for many occasions.  Nars Fury Nail Polish is also 3-free (no formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP).

Nars Fury nail polish against a white background--looks more indigo than purple.

Nars Fury nail polish against a white background–looks more indigo than purple.

The cream formula has a thin/medium consistency which made the first coat apply streaky, however opacity was reached by the second coat. Tip wear was evident by the second day, still I was able to get five days wear without any chipping.  These results will vary depending on one’s activities.

Nars Fury Nail Polish.

Nars Fury Nail Polish.

The Cons:

Predictably, my standard focal point for any polish is the brush.  Nars nail polish brushes lack density and therefore, the polish does not apply in the most ideal manner.  Another point of contention, has to do with the cumbersome unremovable squared top.  The bulky top feels awkward in the hand.  It was quite challenging to maneuverer the brush to reach the sides and the base of the nail during application.

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Both Photos:  The brush was not able to reach the sides properly and tip wear was evident by the second day.

Nars Cosmetics is a Shiseido owned company and can be found in Lord & Taylor, Sephora, Bloomingdales,  Nordstrom, and Nars.com.

Matching eye makeup to Nars Fury.

Matching eye makeup to Nars Fury.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Fury Nail Polish has a certain allure, no doubt due to it’s simplistic color and clean cream finish.  So smitten was I with this color, I felt compelled to sport a matching eye look.  In all honesty, I do not own many Nars polishes because of the square top contraption.  Having said that, for this one and only color I will settle my nerves/hands and carefully try to apply each stroke with the precision of a surgeon…..plus my husband really likes this color.  Love it or leave it?  Do tell….Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament review and photos.

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament nail swatch.

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament nail swatch.

This week’s nail polish selection was dictated by my darling niece “N”.  She and her friends are simply mad for nail polish (girls after my own heart).  After sorting through my treasure trove of polishes, she gravitated toward Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament ($16 US/ .33 fl oz.).  Striking my signature polish pose, “N”  showcased this gorgeous purple/black polish in the most professional manner.  “N” was so delighted with her selection, she asked to sport the same polish for her back to school debut.  How could I resist such a sweet request from a future cosmetics enthusiast 🙂 *click on each photo to enlarge.

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament nail swatch.

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament nail swatch.

The Color/Pros:

Houses of Parliament (HOP) is clearly a purple polish with black magnetic waving.  This color seems to suit the younger crowd perfectly, however I must admit I am quite smitten with this design as well.  The rippling black waves are so enchanting and refined that an adult could wear this polish and not feel as if they are back in middle-school.  From afar, HOP can never be mistaken for a black polish, the purple base radiates around each cascading black wave.  Houses of Parliament requires two coats;  the first coat acts as an anchor for the second coat.  The directions for use are as follows:

  1. Apply one even coat of polish to all of the nails.
  2. The second coat must be administered one finger at a time.  The second coat cannot be too thin, or the metallic pigments will not emerge from the polish.
  3. Immediately after applying the second coat, use the magnet (located on the top of the polish cap) on the wet polish and carefully hover it above the nail polish.  Make sure not to get too close to the wet polish.
  4. Hold the magnet for @ 10 seconds starting in the center and slowly moving the magnet left to right.
  5. Remove the magnet and repeat steps 2-4 for each remaining nail.

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L-R:  First coat, second magnetized coat.

The brush is very similar to Rococo’s polishes (reviewed here) and OPI.  The brush design is ideally suited for any nail shape and width, it is wide from base to tip and has just the right density to support such a substantial polish.  I also appreciate the shorter length of the handle for optimal control and application.  The magnet comes in a rectangular shape with a raised curve edge used as a guide/barrier to maneuver the magnet on top of the wet nail polish.  I found the magnet to possess just the right amount of strength to attract the metal pigments in the polish.  Nail Inc Houses of Parliament lasted five days in the most extreme conditions; “N’s” trip to an all day water park and back-to-back soccer games.  Very impressive, if I do say so myself!

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament magnet.

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament magnet.

The Cons:

Very little negativity can be doled out about this color/formula.  The only obvious concern is one must have patience and time to apply a magnetic polish.  The first coat applies in the standard fashion, but the second magnetized coat must be done nail-by-nail.  If your patience threshold is at a minimum, then this polish is not for you; seek color elsewhere.

Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament can be found at Sephora and  Sephora.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nails Inc Magnetic Polish Houses of Parliament is a universally flattering hue/design that will appeal to a wide variety of ages.  I loved this color so much I deemed it appropriate to wear to my nephew’s Confirmation ceremony.  Why not?  I’m hip, happening and fabulous….and so are YOU!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer review and photos.

Marc Jacobs Sally 130 High-Shine Lacquer swatch.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer swatch.

Tom Ford set the stage for modern clothing designers to delve into the oh-so-profitable cosmetics arena.  It is no secret that cosmetics yield tremendous earnings.  No matter the state of our nation’s finanical system, people continue to buy beauty products. There is a recorded link between a slow economy and a rise in lipstick sales.  Armed with these statistics in hand, it comes as no surprise Marc Jacobs recently released his cosmetic collection at Sephora. Although, the eyeshadow palettes were attractive and the colors were pigmented, it was the design and packaging of his nail lacquers that struck my fancy, so I decided to try Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer  ($18 US/.43 fl oz.). *click on each photo to enlarge.

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The Formula/Pros:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer is actually a black based polish combined with an abundance of teal micro-shimmers.  This is my type of color.  The first coat applied a bit streaky, but the second coat did even out the color and texture beautifully.  From afar, Sally 130 resembles a black polish, but it does come alive under florescent lighting and in sunlight.  The brush is slightly thinner than OPI, but has a nice density which enabled the polish to apply smoothly in the classic three stroke method.

Another, wonderful feature to the polish is how fast it dries and how smoothly it settles once it dries.  It took more time to file and shape my nails than to polish them.  Removal of any mistakes was easily achieved with the use of Zoya nail polish remover; the color did not bleed out and/or stain my cuticles. As always, I use a my Revlon ColorStay base coat and Out the Door top coat.  Sally 130 lasted 5 days without any chipping, this will vary according to one’s activities.

The price/amount ratio is right up there with Deborah Lippmann polishes.  MJ offers more polish than Chanel, Dior, Lauder, etc. at a cheaper price.  His bottle’s design, IMHO, is the most unique shape I have seen in a long time.  This dark rounded vessel reminded me of a perfume bottle rather than nail lacquer. Although not advertised as 3-free, I believe Marc’s lacquers do not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP, but has Formaldehyde Resin listed as an ingredient to add shine to the polish.

Marc Jacobs Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer.

The Cons:

Personally, I did not find Sally 130 to possess any more of a high shine than the respective competitors. A top coat would be highly recommended to add shine and longevity to the polish.  The other colors offered were very basic and really quite dupable, with the exception of three colors called Petra, Le Charm, and Gatsby (colors that will not suit me in the least).

Marc Jacobs Beauty offers 24 colors in the nail lacquer range and can be found exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Marc Jacobs Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer nail swatch.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer nail swatch.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer is a beautiful, dark, vampy alternative to your typical black color.  Although, I am sure one could find a similar color to Sally 130 in a drugstore brand, I must give Marc credit for unique packaging and style.  I am content with my one purchase from his line.  I must save my pennies and spread my wealth to other brands and upcoming winter collections.  Until we meet again….Be well and stay safe.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Shine Lacquer Sally 130 ingredient list.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Sally 130 Hi-Shine Lacquer ingredient list.

-M-

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Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer review and photos.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer.

For the most part, my focus cannot be swayed.  While I was at the Laura Mercier counter at Saks, my goal was to procure the new Spellbound Highlighter (review coming soon) from the new Dark Spell Collection. While I was “checking out” the sales woman courteously asked, “Have you seen the new nail lacquers that are part of the same collection?”  Why would she ask me that, of course I saw them, I was trying to avoid them.  Being that I was in a vulnerable position, I politely smiled, painted one finger nail, gasped, and proudly walked out with Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ($18 US/.37 fl. oz.) as if I had unearthed some secret treasure.  I guess I can be swayed, who knew!

The Pros:

This is my kind of color, dark, luminous, and complex…just like me 🙂  At first glance I disregarded Bewitched as just another green polish that would never mesh well with my olive skin tone. However, after applying the color my prejudice against this clover hue, quickly dissipated.  Laura Mercier’s website describes Bewitched as a,

Black with green sparkle. Limited Edition. The ultra-smooth formula provides chip-resistant, fast-drying and long-lasting color. Nail Lacquer does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, or butyl phthalate (DBP).

This was most intriguing to me, seeing is how I was under the impression I was looking at gold sparkles. Under careful scrutiny, the sparkles appear to be a blend of lime green and chartreuse.  Bewitched sparkled so beautifully in sunlight, but not in a bubble-gum-popping-teenybopper-way.  Despite the black base claim, to my eye this polish is a deep, sophisticated sparkling forest green color with a slight teal undertone.  Those individuals who are afraid of green polishes (yours truly) can wear Bewitched with the utmost confidence.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer in sunlight.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer in sunlight.

During application, I could not help but notice how substantial the polish felt as it glided on the nails.  I take it the type of micro glitters/shimmers in the formula have something to do with the density and stability of the polish.  In truth, Laura Mercier Bewitched was opaque in one coat.  Nevertheless, I felt compelled to slap on an additional coat for good measure.  This polish was very reminiscent of my beloved Estee Lauder Smashed Nail Lacquer (reviewed here).  Both polishes wore like iron (5-6 days), the micro glitter/shimmers were not rough in texture and the end results were as smooth as silk.  Mishaps were at a minimum, the polish did not migrate towards the cuticles and any minor smear was removed easily with the aid of my Zoya nail polish remover.  The brush was heavenly, the medium width design was able to hold and distribute the polish evenly.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer swatch.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer swatch.

The Cons:

The only fault to Laura Mercier Bewitched, is the price/amount ratio.  It would be nice if higher end brands in general, would start offering the standard amount for nail polishes.  OPI, Essie, POP Beauty, China Glaze, etc. are all .5 fl.oz.  Chanel, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Dior, etc.. all have inflated prices and less product.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

Laura Mercier Bewitched Nail Lacquer ingredient list.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you wiggle your nose, make like Samantha (Bewitched from the 60’s dude) and teleport yourself to the nearest Laura Mercier counter and get this polish.  Some may not be ready for such a dark, ominous color this time of year; in that case save it for fall/winter.  As we all know, when Laura Mercier states “limited edition” she means it.  This was my first Laura Mercier polish and sadly, for my wallet, it will not be my last. Once again, I have been “Bewitched” by Laura Mercier, can this woman do no wrong?  Be well and stay safe.

Samantha from Bewitched.

Samantha from Bewitched.

-M-

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NOTW: POP Beauty Violetta

POP Beauty Violetta swatch.

POP Beauty Violetta swatch.

When it comes to personal style my comfort zone lies in the basic.  I enjoy wearing dark colors (clothes wise and polish wise), they suit my skin tone and lifestyle perfectly.  I am not one of those people who could ever wear Lily Pulitzer’s signature pastel wardrobe (not that there is anything wrong that).  The combination of pastel green and pink is deadly to a light olive-skinned, dark eyes and hair Italian; we are a deeply morbid lot 🙂 So when I came across POP Beauty Violetta ($10/US) nail glam at Ulta, I knew I had to give this bright flower a chance to show me the error of my dark ways.

The Color/Formula:

The tone of Violetta is very bright, the color does indeed POP!  On the nails it has the most enchanting effect. The obvious base color is magenta (*fun fact: magenta is named after a town in the province of Milan), but it seems to have a blue luminous undertone (that is where the violet comes into play).  It was very difficult to photograph the true dimension of this color.  In photography, Violetta appears as a bright pink, but in real life it is a deep magenta/purple. The formula is fantastic!  According to Ulta’s description of POP Beauty nail polishes,

 Each POP Beauty Nail Glam shade is non-occlusive so it won’t stain nails. Nail Glams also contain nylon which helps create a strengthening non-chip barrier which ensures that Nail Glams’ staying power is sensational!

Unsightly mistakes haunt my every brush stroke, they are the bane of my polishing experience.  Violetta was a welcomed pleasure to use, wear, and remove.

POP Beauty Violetta.

POP Beauty Violetta.

The Pros:

Other than the “no-staining” claim, this polish applies like a dream.  The formula has an odd consistency, it is fluid but with substance.  POP Beauty Violetta is beautifully opaque in two coats without any streaks or bubbling in sight.  The polish settles on the nails perfectly, the results resemble the precision of a professional manicure.  Cleaning off any edges was so effortless, one swipe of my dampened orange wood stick (with Zoya polish remover) and presto, all mistakes were obliterated!  Violetta lived up to the claim of having a “chip barrier”, six days of chip free nails was easily achieved.   As always wear time depends on one’s activities.  As expected, POP Beauty Violetta is 3 free: no Toluene, Formaldehyde, and DBP.

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The Cons:

The brush handle is long, making application a bit strange.  This maybe a matter of personal preference, but it did take some getting use to.  Violetta dries down to a matte finish, a top coat is a must if you want this polish to shine.  Violetta looks different in every lighting situation.  In natural daylight/direct sunlight it is a deep magenta/purple (true color my favorite), in fluorescent lighting it morphs into glowy purple, in darkened natural conditions it is a red/purple, and finally in all photography Violetta is a bright pinky/magenta. Of course to some this will be an attractive feature, but try telling my camera that, “she” was rather miffed when trying to capture Violetta’s true color (50 pictures later and still no deep magenta/purple) 🙂

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POP Beauty is sold at Ulta, Nordstrom,  Dermstore.com, Zappos.com, and popbeautycosmetics.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you POP Beauty Violetta is a seriously fun, festive, bright, colorful, happy color that will definitely get your nails noticed.  My eldest son commented, “Mommy, now that’s a color you should be wearing.”  I love him!  Will this experience convert my dark soul into wearing more pinks and pastels? There are only so many new tricks this “young” dog is willing to learn.  My version of a “pink collection” will be limited to my POP Beauty Violetta nail glam, my lipsticks, and my beloved Pomellato Nudo Pink Quartz earrings…Finito!! Now if only I can find a matching lip shade….The hunt is ON!  Be well and stay safe.

-M-