Category: Nail Polish

Mani Monday – Quo By Orly Fall Dance Party Collection Review + Swatches

One thing I’ve noticed about quite a few fall nail polish collections this season is that they don’t necessarily look like typical fall collections. Quo By Orly’s Fall Dance Party collection definitely has a few shades that I would classify as summer but some that definitely fit into the fall category. Fall Dance Party has six shades, of which we tried four (we received five but couldn’t get Epic Remix opened). Quo by Orly is available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada but if you don’t live here, Orly’s In The Mix collection looks to be nearly identical.
Electrified
Quo By Orly Electrified Swatch - 1 coat
This hot pink screams summer to me but it was a one-coater that looked gorgeous. For some reason all the Quo By Orly pinks I’ve tried have been the only ones that can get away with one coat.
Turn Up The Volume
Quo By Orly Turn Up The Volume Swatch
This coral pink was really pretty but really didn’t go with my skin tone. Taking a photo was difficult because my skin looked kind of off with this shade.
Live In The Moment
Quo By Orly Live In The Moment Swatch
We’ve gotten so few purple shades lately I feel like it’s been months since I’ve worn one. This mid-toned bright purple is great for fall and it wore really well.
I’m With The DJ
Quo By Orly I'm With The DJ Swatch
I don’t think it would surprise anyone that this dark blue creme is my favourite of the bunch. It was almost a one-coater but had a little bit of patchiness that two coats smoothed out. This is a definite must have shade for fall.

Overall I really liked the Fall Dance Party collection. The names fit the theme perfectly but I wish Quo By Orly would invest in better brushes. Mine were consistently uneven which makes application a little tricky. But the formulas are getting a lot better.

Mani Monday – CND Contradictions Fall 2015 Review + Swatches

I’m a huge fan of CND’s Vinylux seasonal collection and fall’s Contradictions collection is just as great as previous collections. Vinylux is the weekly version of Shellac but you can do it at home and take it off with nail polish remover. You don’t use a base coat and use the Vinylux top coat. Most of these swatches are two coats and even though CND says the polishes will dry in about eight minutes, I found some were faster than that.
Naked Naiveté
CND Vinylux Naked Naivete Swatch
Naked Naiveté is a pale pink nude cream and it was just ok for me. There was some unevenness that was bothering me that I couldn’t seem to fix but it’s pretty decent for a pale nude.
Safety Pin
CND Vinylux Safety Pin Swatch
I wanted to love this metallic silver shimmer but as you can see from the swatch, I had issues. And I couldn’t fix them. Safety Pin is such a pretty shade but the formula drove me crazy.
Poison Plum
CND Vinylux Poison Plum Swatch
Poison Plum is one of the most unique shades I’ve seen in a while. It has a black jelly base with red glitter and when you get it into the sunlight it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Tartan Punk
CND Vinylux Tartan Punk Swatch
Tartan Punk is a metallic red shimmer perfect for fall. It’s not too dark and it’s just bright enough to stand out from all the other fall reds.
Peacock Plume
CND Vinylux Peacock Plume Swatch
I’m completely obsessed with this shade. It’s a metallic blue base with blue-green shimmer and it’s even more stunning in person.
Rouge Rite
CND Vinylux Rouge Rite Swatch
Rouge Rite is a dark red creme that screams fall to me. The fact that it doesn’t stain is a bonus. Loving this shade.
Couture Covet
CND Vinylux Couture Covet Swatch
Couture Covet is a dark teal creme and I don’t think I’ve seen a shade quite like it in a long time. This one does stain a little which made cleanup a tad difficult but I love this one so much I won’t let that stop me from using it.
Grommet
CND Vinylux Grommet Swatch - 1 coat
I’ve saved the best for last. Grommet is a one coat wonder and this metallic dark blue shimmer is one of my favourite shades from all the fall collections I’ve tried. I have a feeling I’ll be making quite a dent in this bottle.

Even though I had issues with some of the shades from this collection, I really love it. I’ll be wearing more than half of these polishes again and I really can’t say that about most of the collections we review. Especially a collection this large.

Mani Monday – Nails Inc x Alice + Olivia F/W 2015 Mini Nail Polish Collection

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I’m so happy we’re heading into fall. It’s my favourite season and it’s by far my favourite nail polish season. I’m so happy to start our fall nail polish posts with what might be my favourite collection that I’ve seen this season. Nails Inc teamed up with Alice and Olivia’s Stacey Bendet for for a fall/winter collection inspired by 1970’s rock and roll with a bohemian twist and boy are these shades gorgeous. These minis come with pretty big brushes but they have a rounded bottom that perfectly fits my nail beds so I was actually loving the brushes instead of hating them for a change. All of these were two coats plus a top coat but I have to say they all could’ve been a one-coater with a heavy enough hand.
Ruby Night Sky
Nails Inc Ruby Night Sky Swatch
This deep, deep red was almost black until you got it into sunlight and then you could really see the red. It’s one of those shades that’s way better in person.
Gold Goddess
Nails Inc Gold Goddess Swatch
I’ve made my dislike for glitter pretty well known but this one might actually be worth the trouble of removing it. It just glitters and totally makes me think of the ’70’s.
Paris Rouge
Nails Inc Paris Rouge Swatch
I love this shimmery red plum so much. It’s such a fantastic fall shade and the formula was perfection.
Next To Nothing
Nails Inc Next To Nothing Swatch
I’m really not a fan of nudes and their formulas aren’t always the greatest, so when I find one I love, I stockpile. I’m definitely going to need a full size of this latte nude cream. It’s so flattering with my skin tone and the formula went on flawlessly. I never would’ve guess that my favourite shade would be this one when I got the set.

I really can’t say enough about this Nails Inc x Alice and Olivia collaboration. They really hit a home run between the gorgeous shades and fantastic formulas. I hope there are more collabs coming.

Mani Monday – Miracle Gel 2.0 Boho Chic Fall ’15 Review + Swatches

It’s been almost a year since we first reviewed Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel nail polish and I’m not sure what needed revamping (we loved the original) but now we have Miracle Gel 2.0. And along with a bunch of new shades we also have a mini fall collection, Boho Chic. We tried four of the six limited edition festival inspired shades and honestly, we didn’t notice much of a difference between the old formula and the new. The premise is the same, no base coat, two coats of colour and one of the Miracle Gel top coat.
Tipsy Gypsy
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2.0 Tipsy Gypsy Swatch
Tipsy Gypsy is a bright pink more suited to summer than fall but it’s really pretty.
Rhapsody Red
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2.0 Rhapsody Red Swatch
This classic red is really the only shade I had issues with, it stained really badly. Add in to the fact that this brush is still massive and I couldn’t get the cleanup as precise as I wanted. It’s still a great red for fall.
Boho a-Go-Go
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2.0 Boho a-Go-Go Swatch
I’m not a huge purple nail polish fan but this deep plum is gorgeous. I could’ve gone for a third coat but I was following instructions for this post and decided to stick to two.
Beatnik
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2.0 Beatnik Swatch
I don’t think it’ll surprise anyone that this dark cobalt is my favourite of the set but it’s just so pretty. I love that it’s a great fall blue that isn’t so dark it looks almost black. I’ll be wearing this one a lot.

Like the original formulation the wear on these polishes are fantastic. The new top coat is supposed to give your nails 2X the volume and shine. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever looked at my nails and thought they needed to look fuller but I do appreciate the shine.

Mani Monday – Rimmel 60 Second Super Shine Nail Polish By Rita Ora

It’s been years since I’ve used Rimmel nail polish and I hadn’t heard great things about Rita Ora’s last polish collection with them but I’m always up for trying new nail polish so when we received three of Rita Ora’s new 60 Second Super Shine Nail Polish, I tried them on almost immediately. Right away I noticed how huge the brush was, and while I don’t like big brushes, I can deal with them. But the bottle is pretty small, so it was definitely messy. I don’t know if these actually dry in 60 seconds because I used Seche Vite top coat over them but I did notice they were pretty dry when I went in for a second coat of polish.
Tangerine Tent
Rimmel Rita Ora Tangerine Tent Swatch
I’ve worn quite a bit of orange based polish this summer but Tangerine Tent is probably my least favourite, it just has too much yellow in it. The formula didn’t help much. It was really patchy and even a top coat didn’t help it level out that much.
Glaston-Berry
Rimmel Rita Ora Glaston-Berry Swatch
I love this name of this one so much. The formula was much better for this dark reddish pink. It could’ve been a one-coater but I wanted a little more opacity. I feel like this is a good transition into fall shades.
Sweet Retreat
Rimmel Rita Ora Sweet Retreat Swatch
I would’ve never guessed that this bright baby pink would’ve been my favourite but I really love it. The formula wasn’t bad, it was a little patchy but the second coat fixed that well enough. I do wish all of these self leveled better. If I had gotten this shade in May, I would’ve worn it all summer.

Overall the polish isn’t bad, but it’s definitely not as great as I hoped for. There are five more shades in the collection and I think I’m going to need to get my hands on Bestival Blue because it looks so pretty.

Mani Monday – Ceramic Glaze Tahitian Sunset Neon Collection Review + Swatches

I thought I had gone through all the summer nail polish I was going to get until I had a surprise package arrive from Ceramic Glaze. I love Ceramic Glaze so I’m always happy to get more but we’d already gone through Stunning Soiree (spring) and Summer Bloom (summer) but I had no idea Tahitian Sunset, a summer neon collection, was even a thing. This late summer collection has four new polishes (we received two) and four older polishes. Of the older polishes we already reviewed Watermelon Cooler, I’m On Island Time and Exotic Dragon Fruit in last summer’s Island Paradise collection. Here are two of the new shades and one that’s new to me.
Envious
Ceramic Glaze Envious Swatch
This neon lime green is one of the brightest shades I’ve tried all summer. It’s almost blinding but very cool at the same time. Two coats got me full coverage but the formula is a little on the chalky side.
It’s Electric
Ceramic Glaze It's Electric Swatch
One of the things I’ve come to expect from Ceramic Glaze is a flawless formula. It’s Electric is one of the exceptions. It was really difficult to work with. There was patchiness and uneven spots but two careful coats later, I got a decent looking result. This neon coral really grew on me and after wearing it for almost a week, not only did I love it but there was zero tip wear.
Mermaid’s Tale
Ceramic Glaze Mermaid's Tale Swatch
How long has this neon turquoise been in stores and how have I never tried it before? This is one of my favourite shades of the whole season. It’s very sheer so you have to build up to the opacity you want (swatch is three coats) but it’s a satin finish so it dries extremely fast and you don’t have to worry about it getting clumpy.

I love a surprise collection and since this one included Mermaid’s Tale that made me even happier. Ceramic Glaze can surprise me whenever they want.

Mani Monday: Kiss Polish Pop

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I love nail art but I’m terrible at doing it myself. I can usually do one hand pretty well but the other? Forget it. Luckily Kiss’ Polish Pop in Abbey Road lets me have my nail art without all the frustration.
Kiss Polish Pop Abbey Road Swatch
Each package comes with eight full-cover accent strips intended for an accent nail (or two) and a sheet of mini accents with birds, palm trees and neon bubbles. The smallest of the full cover strips were too big for my smallest nails but fit my middle finger perfectly.
Kiss Polish Pop Abbey Road Swatch 2
The smaller accents take a little practice and are easy to lift up to replace, just make sure your polish is completely dry before you apply them.

I love how many options I get with this kit and that I can use it more than once. If you want fun nails for a music festival or a day at the beach or any time really, this is a great way to change up your nails.

Mani Monday: Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Summer ’15

Cover Girl has a bunch of new products coming out and we’ll slowly make our way through them but when we received two of the four new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss shades we had to try them first. I previously had only tried one Cover Girl nail polish and I was so impressed I needed to try more. The formulas on these polishes are fantastic and the brush is one of my favourites. It’s long, really thin and flexible so it lets you get to every part of your nail with minimal mess to clean up on the sides.
Fury
Cover Girl Fury Swatch
Fury is a dark orange-red that leans more toward the orange side. Two coats went on perfectly and I wore it for days with barely any tip wear. These dry on the glossy side but I added coat of Seche Vite as well.
Mutant
Cover Girl Mutant Swatch - No Staining
Mutant is a bright cobalt blue and it’s stunning in person. Not only did two coats last for over a week with zero chipping but it didn’t stain my nail a bit and I was expecting staining with this kind of blue.

Once again I’m loving Cover Girl’s Outlast Nail Gloss and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite drugstore nail polishes.

Mani Monday – Julep June 2015 Subscription Box Review + Swatches

Julep June 2015 Open
I’ve been a member of Julep’s Maven subscription box for over two years and it’s by far one of my favourite subscriptions. There are so many options, you can skip a month and you can make your monthly box completely customizable especially now that they’ve added even more to our selections each month. I don’t usually post my boxes because lately I’ve either been skipping or picking basics like Julep’s Vanish Cuticle Softener & Remover which is the best product for getting rid of nail polish stains (especially blue) that I’ve found.
Julep June 2015 Contents
I have so much nail polish I don’t usually feel the need to get more unless it’s something I need to have. This month was less about the shades and more about the fact that there were polishes named Steph and Alyssa. If you haven’t peeked at the about us page, those are our names, so when Julep offered polishes in their June collection with not one but both our names, I had to get them. I also added Julep’s new Rethink Your Shower Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil as my third pick.
Julep Steph
Julep Steph Swatch
Julep calls Steph a ‘coconut crem iridescent shimmer’ and while it’s probably not something the real Steph would wear, she does love coconut. This shade is what I wanted Essie’s Private Weekend to be. The formula is fantastic for a white and the shimmer really comes through. Two coats were perfect.
Julep Alyssa
Julep Alyssa Swatch
I don’t know anyone at Julep and they certainly don’t know me but did they ever do a good job pairing this shade with my name. In the summer I’m all about blue and green nail polish and this ‘beachside turquoise creme’ is about as close to a shade I would pick for myself as you can get. And it’s a one-coater which I find pretty typical for Julep polishes.

Rethink You Shower is a Hydrating Body Cleansing Oil that has a gorgeous light grapefruit citrus scent. It doesn’t give you a crazy lather but it’s definitely enough of one. It leaves my skin pretty soft and in the summer I didn’t need to add much of a moisturizer after but in the winter it’ll definitely need one. I didn’t get one of the new Julep Konjac sponges to use with it but I might pick one up this month.

June literally had our names written all over it and I can’t wait to see what they came up with for July. If you want more information on the Julep Maven program and all it’s options you can go to www.julep.com.

Mani Monday – Essie Summer ’15 Collection Review + Swatches

When summer hits my nail polish choices definitely change and I tend to pick blues, greens and whites. Luckily Essie seems to be along the page because their summer collection has two blues and a white. And while this is the last of our Essie reviews until fall; like the other recent collections, this one doesn’t disappoint.
Private Weekend
Essie Private Weekend Swatch
To be honest, my favourite while nail polish is Essie’s Blanc and nothing has ever lived up to it. The formula of Private Weekend was really good for a white and was almost a one coater but the shimmer that you can see in the bottle only looked like dirty white on my nails. I actually prefer the photo to how it looked in person.
Chillato
Essie Chillato Swatch
Essie calls Chillato a ‘frozen cream pistachio,’ I call it a pastel yellow with some green in it. The formula was a little chalky but two coats were perfect. It’s not a shade that looks good on me but it’s a great summer colour.
Peach Side Babe
Essie Peach Side Babe Swatch
If you’re looking for a peach nail polish, I haven’t found one better than Peach Side Babe. it’s the truest peach I’ve tried so far with just enough pink in it.
Sunset Sneaks
Essie Sunset Sneaks Swatch
Sunset Sneaks is one of my favourite shades from the summer collection. Essie calls it a ‘bright cushy crimson’ but I found it had a lot of coral to it which gives it a much more summery feel than red does.
Saltwater Happy
Essie Salt Water Happy Swatch - one coat
Saltwater Happy is what I think of when I think of summer nail polish. This light blue creme was a one coater and I love that it didn’t have any shimmer to it.
Pret-A-Surfer
Essie Pret-A-Surfer Swatch
Another one coater, Pret-A-Surfer was my other favourite shade of the collection. This marine blue had a touch of violet in it and just stands out from all my pastels and neons. This will definitely carry me into fall.