Thursday, July 14, 2011

China Glaze Frostbite

Hey y'all! So this review has been on its way for a long time. Over a month ago, I visited my lovely nail tech, CJ at Helmet Salon (Shout out) for an overdue pedicure. Here's the short story: Girl meets polish and falls in love. Girl searches for a bottle of her own. Girl gets the polish;-) I wore this on my nails for about a week but failed to take a picture for the review...bummer times 100. So just for my peachies, I have decided to Frostbite my nails AGAIN so y'all won't miss this awesomeness:-) Peachies meet Frostbite, Frostbite meet my lovely peachies.

Frostbite is from China Glaze 2007 Winter Ski collection. Frostbite is a royal blue with electric blue shimmer. Absolutely gorgeous! China Glaze is a three-free brand (free of toluene, DBP, and formaldehyde.) The formula is ok; standard to China Glaze. Originally, I applied three coats but only applied two coats for the re-do which is pictured above. I would recommend three coats. My infatuation for this color grew so much that I wore this color for my mani and pedi AT THE SAME TIME! I rarely match my mani and pedi because it's just too many beautiful colors to have one color monopolize your hands & feet at the same time. Love Frostbite as much as I do? It retails at your nearest Sally's Beauty Supply for about $7.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Essie Smooth Sailing (Braziliant Summer 2011 Collection)

Hey peachies! Smooth Sailing is sort of periwinkle, sort of blue with multi-color shimmer. I wouldn't call it a periwrinkle with full conviction.  Essie is a 3-free brand (free of toluene, DBP and formaldehyde.) The application is a dream:-) Essie's formula can be sometimey...I'm glad this time it was a hit because the color is beautiful. I only applied two coats which speaks to perfection of the formula. Smooth Sailing definitely appears more blue than on the nail.  Only thing that I didn't like about the Smooth Sailing is that the multi-colored shimmer didn't transfer on the nail like I thought it would. On the nail it appears more silvery. It's still a gorgeous, unique color nonetheless. I would have deemed the WHOA NAILY! title to Smooth Sailing if the shimmer would have transferred from the bottle to the nail.  Want Smooth Sailing? Essie retails at major retailers like CVS & Target for $8.

Tried to capture the multi-coloered shimmer here...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

OPI Mermaid Tears (from the 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean Collection)

Hey y''s been way too long! Happy Belated Independence Day!  Mermaid Tears is a greenish aqua creme from the movie-themed collection 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean. OPI is a 4-free brand (free of toulene, DBP, formaldehyde, and camphor.) At first glance, Mermaid Tears reminded me of OPI's limited edition Damone Roberts 1978 (see comparison below) but...Mermaid Tears definitely is more aqua than DR 1978 and is more green than China Glaze For Audrey. It's almost like the lovechild of DR 1978 and For Audrey.

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(L to R) China Glaze For Audrey, Mermaid Tears, OPI Damone Roberts 1978 (DR 1978)

It applied great, nice and smooth as most OPI polishes do. Of course I used three coats but two will definitely suffice coverage-wise. One characteristic that I love about Memaid Tears it's sort dingy looking, like it actually been in the sea. For some reason, that brings me joy;-)  Gotta have Mermaid Tears? It retails for $8.99 at your nearest Ulta and other OPI retailers.  For your nearest OPI retailer, visit