Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Nail Lacquer Brands: Confetti and 10 by MBA Beauty Inc. at CVS

Yesterday in CVS I found two new brands of polish by the same company: MBA Beuaty Inc.

They manufacture 10 Professional Nail Lacquer which is the "high end" of the two brands. It comes in a nicely shaped bottle in .50fl oz/15ml sizes for $4.99 each. The lower end is Confetti Long Wearing Nail Color for $1.99 each in a smaller .37 lf oz/11ml bottle. There are one or two dupes in each brand so I'd suggest buying the dupe in Confetti and any other color you like in 10.

I only bought three, but I probably will kick myself for not buying the dark gray color. I purchased 413 - Birthday Suit from 10. It is a sheer opalesque shimmery sheer pinkish beige. Very pretty in the bottle. I will have swatches later, currently I'm suffering a nail set-back.

In Confetti I bought 081 Smitten a very pretty looking purple with multi color superfine glitter/shimmer. The other is a funky looking green with superfine green glitter/shimmer named 097 My Favorite Martian.

I have a feeling I will be back for more. Peep the displays and the dupes.

Dupes 10 Showtime and Confetti Moonstruck

10 Professional Nail Lacquer

Confetti Long Wear Nail Color

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Total Bliss

NOTD: Finger Paints Blissfully Blue

A nice, light blue creme but I don't consider it a pastel. Opaque in one but I did two. Wears well, applies well. Kind of boring in a pretty kind of way. The reception I got was so-so. I guess this color did not "pop" on me. I think some konad or fauxnad would have made it work. This is a nice color but try before you buy if you can or if you know you like this shade of blue then I say get it.

Finger paints blissfully blue

finger paints blissfully blue

I tried it with Out The Door's Northern Lights Holographic top coat in silver.

finger pants blissfully blue w northern lights

Kind of makes me think of a robin's egg.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Lites, camera, action!

NOTD: Milani Neon Lites

I've had this one for a while. Since it is sheer I kept putting off wearing it. Smooth application, I think I did three coats and it is still sheer. I got rave reviews from women, the men were not feeling the color. Over all I do like the shade, I think it is pretty and it looks like an OPI color I have. Wears well, no chips. The shimmer inside appears to be gold to me which is why I think I like it. What do you think?

milani neon lites

My apologies, we had storms recently and the day I took this there was no sunlight. This is indoors with a flash. The photo does not do the color justice.

Friday, June 18, 2010

I've got the fever

NOTD: petites color fever in black diamond

I could do this one year round. The photo does not do it justice. This is a black polish loaded with multi colored or holo-ish glitter. I'm sure this is a dupe of something but what I don't know. All the black with glitter or shimmer I've seen have silver or gold but I've never seen rainbow colors. You know the deal, as the polish catches light from different angles, the glitter just sines like, well, like a diamond. All the facets give off different colors just like this polish.

Good application, opaque in one coat, no top coat. This was one I did just for a photo swatch, I can't wait to see it in a full mani with a topcoat. Go get this and add to your collection. $3.99 a bottle in the DC area and to me that is too much for such a small bottle and a drugstore brand. There are other shades as well, and I think I will get all of the shimmers.

petites color fever black diamond

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We're in the Navy now

NOTD: ORLY Royal Navy

This shade is oh so lovely. I really could not capture the full effect in a photo. It is a navy blue jelly (I think) with turquoise colored super fine glitter in it. This one is supposed to be a new color in their line (had a "new shade" thingy on it). This will be a fall/winter favorite for me. The application was smooth, it is on the sheer side. I did two coats, 3-4 may make it opaque. It wears well and is very attention grabbing. Blue lovers I highly recommend adding this one to your collection.

orly royal navy

orly royal navy 2

Monday, June 14, 2010

Meet & greet

NOTD: Sinful Colors Let's Meet

This reminds me of those yellow street signs. Really, it does. In the bottle it is the same shade and has shimmer in it like the reflective stuff in the street signs. LOL Pardon the air bubbles, as always, I was impatient and did not let the 1st coat or the 2nd coat dry enough. I prefer pastel, creamy yellows but this one is a bright (not neon) yellow with what appear to be yellow shimmer particles. I like it, it is a keeper. This is a color I will use on those gloomy, rainy days to boost my mood. It also makes me think of those bright colored birds that have yellow on them. Let me know what you think.

sinful colors let's meet

Pardon the air bubbles, that was me, not the polish.

HMMMMMM this gives me some ideas for nail art................

Friday, June 11, 2010

I like my eggs Sunny Side Up

NOTD: Wet & Wild Sunny Side Up

As usual, another "I kept passing this color up" shade. See, I'd walk past the Wet & Wild display and this color would stand out and call out to me "get me! buy me!". I'd pick it up, tell it "you're pretty but I don't trust you" (LOL) and I'd put it back. Finally it called out to me again and I gave in. I'm so glad that I did.

I've seen the other blogs that show and tell polish types but I'm still a little clueless. This looks like a creamy jelly. ;-P I'm calling it a melon-ish orange. Reminds me of cantaloupe or mango. In fact it looks a little like the orange in the Blogger logo. LOL Once I applied this I was happily surprised. Kind of like I was with Blueberry Fizz. It is bright but not a neon. Again, the photo does no justice & it is not really "orange" IRL. Good application and wear, no chips. Two coats worked fine and it is so pretty. For .99c a good deal I say.

w&w sunny side up

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

American Apparel, I'm trying, NOTD

See? I'm trying to keep my word in keeping my blog updated. *nods* yep.

I bought some of American Apparel's pastels. The test run was a a hit at work. I won't do a full post until I do swatches. Here are the ones I bought.

american apparel

My NOTD is Finger Paints Hue Rang. A creamy, shimmery dark lavender. I like it and I don't like it. I think I will like it in the fall when I tend to wear darker shades. Opaque in one coat really but to seal the deal I did two coats. Just like all Finger Paints colors I've tried, the quality is good, not thick or goopy, and no air bubbles in spite of my impatience. This is a keeper for those who like the purple family. My final answer is I think it is very pretty bot oddly, I'm not feeling it.

finger paints hue rang

I'm also going to participate in Zoya's polish exchange. I just don't know what colors to choose.

I also got my 1st Butter polish. Haven't tried it yet.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lavender Love

There I was minding my business when out of nowhere came something amazing, incredible, life changing. I'll never be the same. I can't describe my amazement as what was initially a strong like like BANG! became love at first sight. I was swept off my feet by Sally Hansen's Lavender Cloud. (Just kidding about the "life changing" part).

I kept picking it up and putting it back for weeks. I hated the price tag and I kept having a nagging doubt if it would be as pretty on me as the swatches I saw on other blogs. But I just HAD to have it and after waffling for weeks I bought it. I don't know why I waited so long. This color is truly my 2010 spring/summer favorite hands down.

This cream is so deliciously dainty. It looks white so the average person or at first glance, but we polish pushers/fanatics/addicts/lovers can see the ever so subtle hint of lavender. Two coats, smooth application, not chalky looking. This is truly one to add to your collection.

Lavender Cloud (cream)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I found my thrill...Oh My!

Scrumptious. Delightful. Lovely. Beautiful.

This is how I feel about Wet and Wild's Blueberry Fizz. I bought it as a BOGO. I'm going back for more. This is one of my all time favorites. It looks very similar to Barry M's Cobalt blue and Maybelline's Summer Splash. BBF can't be found on every W&W display. I found it by chance as I was searching high and low for SH Hidden Treasure. Hope you like this one.

Blueberry Fizz (jelly)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

One Short Iced Coffee Please

The weather here in DC has be like it usually is, bi-polar. Cool some days, hot others, humid from time to time. The warm days make me thirsty and want to gulp down some thing cool and refreshing. This day I had to get some iced coffee with cream. Usually I drink it black but this day was different. This day I had to see if my polish was true to its name; and it is.

Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Iced Coffee


With SH Hidden Treasure on top (please ignore the middle finger, I was comparing NYX's holo glitter and there is no comparison).

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

L'Oreal. These need to go back in the ocean.

Short and not so sweet, just like this polish.  L'Oreal's spring colors. I'm so happy I only got two and I promptly returned both because they were terrible. The colors are nice but the formula is thick, clumpy and bubbles like crazy. Buy and try at your own risk. Don't say you were not warned.

Water's Edge (I really wanted to throw it in the water, yuk)

High Tide (This needs to be washed out with the tide)