Friday, July 29, 2011

Essie Coat Azure

I have been waiting forever to get this nail polish and I finally got around to buying it! Not to mention that it was on sale at Target for like $5 which is almost $3 cheaper than the normal price of it here. Like all Essie nail polishes, of course, I am very satisfied with it. It is a beautiful sky blue. Easy to apply and opaque too. It applied evenly in two coats. I recommend getting this nail polish too!
The only thing that kind of turns me away from it than it normally would is that I noticed that it looks a lot like Essie's Smooth Sailing. Of course, this color came out before Smooth Sailing came out, but I think if you're looking for Smooth Sailing and the store is out of it, this would be a pretty close alternative. Or visa versa. Smooth Sailing is slightly darker and has more shimmer to it though compared to Coat Azure. I have both though so I kind of almost have two of the same nail polish. Oh well. More to add to my collection I guess :)
Overall: I loved this polish but I feel like it needs to stand out more against Smooth Sailing. Other than that it's a beautiful color.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Essie Power Clutch

So this is a new polish from Essie's Carry On collection coming this fall. I found this and 3 others at Walgreens, and I couldn't pass the opportunity to at least buy one. I am glad I did. This is the first grey nail polish that I have and I am glad it's Essie. I love their brand to no end! It's always great quality, easy to apply, and amazing colors! The only thing that can be a downside is the price. $8 a bottle gets expensive after a while. I do love this brand though and out of all the ones I have so far I haven't had any problems.
As for this polish, it went on great in two coats. It's a dark grey but still gorgeous. They have these darker fall colors in their newest collection, so it you're more into bright colors this collection probably isn't for you. I would recommend trying Essie though if you already haven't. I paid $8 for this bottle at my local Walgreens and I am glad I bought it.
Overall: Great quality, wonderful application, opaque in two coats, and definitely a wonderful polish.

Wet N Wild White nail polish

I was so highly disappointed with this nail polish. I wore it at camp for 5 days and at least by the first day at camp it was already starting to chip. By the 3rd day I had whole nails that no longer had polish on them. I didn't have nail polish with me to replace it so my nails looked awful while I was there. I paid $.99 for this at Walgreens, which explains a whole lot when it comes to quality. I hated this polish so much. Avoid this stuff like the plague. It's definitely worth spending more money for a nail polish that is a whole lot better quality.
Overall: Do not get this nail polish. It is a disappointment. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Milani Jewel FX Gems

I bought this nail polish the other day and it is gorgeous! I got it at my local drugstore for like $5. I do have a small resistance towards glitter polishes simply because they are soooo difficult to take off. But this one was an exception. Very pretty glitter pieces and very colorful! 
Starting off, of course this nail polish will be difficult to take off, as are all glitter nail polishes. I do have one small problem though. On a couple of nails some of the glitter pieces' color began to wash off onto my nail. So there are tiny little streaks of color. It doesn't bother me too much since it's not as noticeable. But it is something I thought I should mention. I do love this nail polish though. Milani makes wonderful nail polishes so far from what I can tell. If glitter polishes are your thing I suggest you try this. I think this color looks so pretty over white and I haven't tried it yet but I think it will look good over black too and possibly pink. Layered on top of the white polish it kind of reminds me of Christmas! :)
Overall: If glitter polishes are your thing I suggest trying this or just trying a Milani polish to begin with.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nicole by OPI Enchantress

This has to be my favorite of the Nicole polishes simply because I feel like it lasts longer than all the others. I do have some things that I do not like about it though. Starting with, it's so sheer! You have to put on 3 coats and even after that it still seems so sheer! I am not a huge fan of sheer nail polishes. I like the polishes I use to have a good amount of color to them. So if this had more oomf to it I would definitely think that it's pretty much flawless. 
I do like the color though none the less. It has potential to be gorgeous color if only it were more pigmented? Is that the word to use to describe nail polish colors? pigmented? I don't know. Either way you know what I mean. haha. Well i do love that this polish does have some lasting power to it. Not as much as my OPI or China Glaze polishes. Even not as much as my Essie polishes. These usually run about $7-$8 a bottle. I am just not a huge fan of this polish unless it were more pigmented.
Overall: For $7 this polish is not worth it. You can get China Glaze at Sally's cheaper than that. Or for the same price you could get an Essie polish. I wouldn't really recommend it..

-Sealed with a smile :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

OPI Meet Me On the Star Ferry

This is my second OPI nail polish I have ever bought and I have to say I love this one a lot more than I love the first OPI polish I bought, Yodel Me On My Cell. For one, this polish didn't fade off at the tips after one day like Yodel Me On My Cell did. I was highly pleased with the application process too. It was very easy to apply, dried fairly quickly, and I didn't have any problems with streaking. 
I bought this at a local salon for half off since I bought the other OPI polish too. (They were buy one get on half off). I probably paid about $4.25 for it. Which I consider a good deal for an OPI nail polish even though I had to buy one at full price first. 
This color reminds me of a shimmery darker mauve? I am not exactly sure about how to describe this color. My mom described it as brown, but it's not exactly brown either. It does have a slight brown hue to it though. I'd say it's about a mix of some purple and brown, but in a pretty way.
Overall: I recommend getting this polish if this color is your style. It applied great and dried pretty quickly. I was way more satisfied with this OPI polish as compared to the other one I bought (Yodel Me On My Cell).

-Sealed with a smile :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

China Glaze Tree Hugger

So I felt that this nail polish really fits my personality right now. I am definitely a tree hugger. I will go out of my way to recycle things. Like when I have a piece of paper or something that can be recycled and I’m not anywhere where I can recycle it, I’ll put it in my purse and hold on to it till I get home so I can recycle it. Definitely worth it though. It’s so much fun to recycle. Not only is it good for the environment, but I get this awesome feeling after I recycled. Now on to the polish and enough about my rantings on why I recycle :P
This polish was gorgeous. I personally love bright wild colors, which some people don’t. I love the shade of green. Definitely reminds me of the earth, like a healthy lawn. Like those lawns you see that are always green and healthy no matter what the weather, yeah like that. :) This polish applied wonderfully, but I was a tad concerned with streaking. I applied 2 coats of the polish and I still had a spot or two where I could still see my nail, but no problem. I certainly don’t mind putting on 3 coats. I got this polish for $5.99 at Sally’s. Still a good price for a nail polish that stays on for a long time and works great! I love this and it will definitely be one of my new go to polishes.
Overall: If you like bright colors or China Glaze I recommend trying this. Worth the money in my opinion.
-Sealed with a smile :)

China Glaze Senorita Bonita

Well first off if you haven’t noticed I’ve recently gotten into the habit of putting my dog in these pictures lol.
Now on to the nail polish. Believe it or not, I got this for $1.99 at Sally Beauty. The sale rack is a wonderful thing. They had another one on sale for $1.99 but I didn’t get it because I wasn’t too crazy about the color. I loved the application of this nail polish. Worth getting for sure. I have to say this China Glaze polish was so much better than the other 2 China Glaze polishes I have which are from the Poolside collection. It has stayed on through washing the dishes, showers, and watering my plants. Water is the biggest enemy for my nail polish most of the time. I loved this color too! Its a very vibrant purple with some shimmer to it as well. I’m not too sure if they sell this color at Sally Beauty anymore simply because I looked for it on the rack and they didn’t have it anymore. But according to China Glaze’s website they still have it. It is apart of their Island Escape collection. Veyr beautiful none the less.
Overall: Go out and get this if you can. But avoid the Poolside collection like the plague! 
-Sealed with a smile :)

Essie Tart Deco

Like all Essie polishes this was wonderful. I have to say the formula’s consistency was about the same of French Affair. It was streaky the first coat, still a little streaky the second coat, and then the third coat was prefect. I do not mind having to put on three coats so this definitely was not a problem for me. I love this color because it reminds me of coral. Like I just went swimming in the ocean! 
Like all Essie polishes as well the color has lasted a long time. I was pleased. It definitely lasted longer than the first time I tried my first OPI polish (Yodel Me On My Cell). Yodel Me On My Cell lasted only 1 day before it chipped! Essie has always worked great for me and not to mention it is slightly cheaper. I guess I will always be an Essie girl simply because I love this polish!
Overall: I highly recommend getting this polish, or any Essie polish for that matter! It’s definitely worth the money. 
-Sealed with a smile :)

Sinful Colors 24/7

This is the only picture I have of this polish and I plan to keep it that way. I do not plant to put this polish on ever again. I’ll probably end up throwing it away. I was highly disappointed. It was VERY streaky and I could still see my nail even after 3 coats. It also did not last long AT ALL. it lasted about a day or two before it began to chip. This was definitely a disappointment from Sinful Colors. I have some of their other colors, only ones that have shimmer in it because I find those work the best, and I never have this problem. The ones I have lasted a few good days maybe even a week but this one did not last but 2 days. I was highly disappointed and would not recommend this polish to anyone. For $2 this was definitely one of those situations where you pay for what you get..Trash. 
-Sealed with a smile :)

OPI Yodel Me On My Cell

This is the first legitimate OPI nail polish I’ve gotten besides the Black Shatter which I don’t count as a legitimate polish. I got this polish at a salon for buy one get one 50% off. I paid $8.50 for the full priced one. I have to say so far I think it’s worth the money. I only had to apply 2 coats before I got an opaque color. I love the color also! It’s this beautiful blue green color. I was very satisfied. I’m more of a frugal person when it comes to spending money so of course I do with these polishes were a little cheaper. If they price were slightly lower I would definitely be IN LOVE with these polishes but the price is what is really holding me back. I am going to buy a China Glaze nail polish at some point within the very near future and since China Glaze is slightly cheaper I am hoping I will be just as satisfied. I do already have 2 China Glaze nail polishes but they are both from the Poolside collection which as we all know never really got the best reviews. I will continue to buy OPI though when I feel like I am wanting one. I have to say though I may not buy them as often simply because it’s almost $10 for one polish. I was satisfied though.
Overall: I would recommend trying out OPI if you already haven’t, which I am sure you have. :P
-Sealed with a smile :) 

So after reviewing this product I was satisfied at the time. The next day rolled along and my polish had already chipped and faded at the tips. I don’t know if it was my top coat I’m currently trying or if it’s just not a good color to try, but I was so unhappy with it. I bought OPI’s Meet Me on the Star Ferry and I plan to try it sometime in the near future after I wear out this Essie Tart Deco polish I currently have on. I will review the other OPI polish I have and mention if I was as disappointed with it as I was this one. Until then… :)

Sally Hansen Blue Me Away

In honor of Sally Hansen following me on Twitter (I was super excited) I am doing a Sally Hansen swatch and review of the polish Blue Me Away. I love how the polish is opaque in just 2 coats. It lasts a long time for the price. It’s only about $2 or more in most stores. It isn’t too thick or hard to apply which is always a plus for me. I definitely love these polishes simply because they are so affordable and they last a good amount of time for the money. Not to mention all the colors it comes in! I will admit I have run into a polish from them that I did not like simply because it was too thick and hard to apply. That’s a small error in this brand though. All the other polishes I have tried from them have worked out great and I was very pleased with them. I highly recommend getting them if you’re looking for some great color for a good price.
-Sealed with a smile :)

OPI Black Shatter

OPI’s Black Shatter…I’m a little late to join the band wagon, but better late than never I guess. When I first tried this polish I was so excited! I immediately put it on over the Sinful Colors Mint Apple polish I already had on. I had no idea how exactly to use it, well I mean I had no idea of some certain tips I should follow. I put on a thicker coat of it than I realized I was really supposed to and the shatter pieces were really thick and didn’t looked very shattered at all. So at the time I was disappointed. Then, good ole’ Google came to use and I googled some tips on using the shatter. I learned that putting on a thinner coat and not wasting time caring about if you make mistakes are key to having a good shatter design. 
So I took to my nails again this time using a lighter coat and moving slightly quicker and ignoring minor mistakes. Success! It turned out wonderful, like it did in the picture above. I was so excited and happy with it but I think this polish will just be a fad for me. I’ll still continue using normal colors and not putting shatter on top and I guess on occasions I’ll use the shatter.
Key things to know when using this:
1. Ignore small mistakes and don’t waste time trying to fix them. The polish shatters so mistakes you make are just going to disappear and no one will even be able to tell.
2. Lighter coats are key. Just go over the area with one lighter coat and don’t try so hard to make the polish seem as opaque as possible. I tried to cover up every little tiny space of my nail with the shatter which was a mistake because it means I kept going over certain areas more and more which lead to thicker and less interesting shatter pieces.
Remember these 2 basic things and you’re set! Oh! and don’t forget the top coat because it looks more dull otherwise. Happy painting! :)
-Sealed with a smile :)

Sinful Colors Under 18

I have recently been doing some swatches on my toes recently if you have noticed. I do this because I have a different color that I planned to go on my nails. In this case it’s the OPI shatter paired with Sinful Colors’ 24/7 polish which I will post a review on the shatter later.
I loved this polish when I saw it simply because it’s such a vibrant shimmery red. I love the deep reds or the vibrant reds that are really shimmery. Again for only $1.99 you cannot really go wrong. I have had great luck with all of Sinful Colors’ nail polishes and this one is no exception! After only applying one coat I could have stopped there because the coverage was so great but I decided to do two coats just to add some more pop to it. Application was easy as well. Not to sticky or thick. Brush size was good as well. 
Overall: I loved it! Great color and very vibrant. Inexpensive as well!
-Sealed with a smile :)

Sinful Colors Mint Apple

So along with my long long lists of different shades of Essie, Opi, and China Glaze nail polishes I want, I made a list for all the Sinful Colors nail polishes I want. This was one. Mint Apple. Super pretty. I only have to apply 2 coats! yay! Minus one nail that I messed up and had to apply a 3rd coat in an attempt to cover up my mistake. But it’s all good!
Application was easy and great! Not too thick or streaky. I was expecting it to be streaky. Unlike Sinful Color’s matte nail polish colors, this one has shimmer in it which made it a whole lot more shinier than the normal matte colors without a top coat. Sinful Color’s only costs $1.99 at Walgreens. Which is an awesome price! I’m not too sure but I heard somewhere that they sell Sinful Colors in other places like CVS and Rite-Aid but don’t quote me on that.
Overall: Get this polish! Unless of course if you don’t like the color, then you probably shouldn’t get it.

Sinful Colors Mint Apple

So along with my long long lists of different shades of Essie, Opi, and China Glaze nail polishes I want, I made a list for all the Sinful Colors nail polishes I want. This was one. Mint Apple. Super pretty. I only have to apply 2 coats! yay! Minus one nail that I messed up and had to apply a 3rd coat in an attempt to cover up my mistake. But it’s all good!
Application was easy and great! Not too thick or streaky. I was expecting it to be streaky. Unlike Sinful Color’s matte nail polish colors, this one has shimmer in it which made it a whole lot more shinier than the normal matte colors without a top coat. Sinful Color’s only costs $1.99 at Walgreens. Which is an awesome price! I’m not too sure but I heard somewhere that they sell Sinful Colors in other places like CVS and Rite-Aid but don’t quote me on that.
Overall: Get this polish! Unless of course if you don’t like the color, then you probably shouldn’t get it.

Milani Holographic HD

This is my first Milani nail polish and I was so excited to try it! Even more excited because it is holographic!

So to start off I bought this online on ebay for about $4. I got it in the mail very quickly. I love the color! It looks holographic especially in sunlight! It took about 3-4 coats for it to look truely opaque, which was not a problem because this nail polish actually dried really quickly. I read online that even though when you put it on and it does look like a glitter nail polish, it isn’t hard to take off like glitter nail polishes, which is good because I always regret putting on glitter nail polishes because of how hard they are to get off! Even though it looks like a glitter polish it’s very smooth. Application was wonderful as well. The consistency of the polish is perfect!
Overall I loved this polish so much for so many reasons and I’m definitely thinking about trying other Milani polishes and maybe buying some more of their holographic nail polishes in other colors!
-Sealed with a smile :)

Sally Hansen Blizzard Blue

This polish first caught my eye when I saw it at Target in the light and the way the light just reflected off of it got me. It has a pearl tone to it. I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe it, but that’s what came to mind.
It’s very sheer though just like the Sinful Colors I bought before so I had to put on 3-4 coats for it to be vibrant enough for my tastes. At only $2-$3 a bottle though I love this nail polish brand. I don’t mind having to put on 3-4 coats because I think the color is just stunning.
Application was very easy as well. It did not seem to thicken up as time went on nor was it very hard to apply like the Mint Sorbet one I bought from Sally Hansen a while back. Overall I was pleased.
-Sealed with a smile :)

Sinful Colors Bali Mist

I went shopping today for some things and decided to pick up some nail polishes. I got 4 to be exact. This happens to be one of them. I also apologize for the swatch being on my toes, but I was planning on putting a different color on my nails which will be posted later.

I bought this at walgreens for $1.99. I love Sinful Colors, but tend to be more partial to their shimmery polishes instead of the matte ones. I feel like I need way to much top coat for the matte ones because they look so dull on my nails normally.
I love the consistency of the polish and the color was pretty. It is kind of sheer though so I had to put on 3 coats for me to be able to truely see it well. I had one problem though which I’m sure was truely just a matter of luck. I bought the polish and brought it home only to discover the plastic that connects the brush bristles to the top was bent. Just a minor problem and didn’t hinder the application at all, just a little weird is all.
-Sealed with a smile :)


I won’t be buying any new Essie polishes to top off my list for a few weeks simply because: 1. I owe my mom $30 more to pay off from coloring my hair and 2. I want to buy another order of elf cosmetics. So here is a shampoo review just for your viewing pleasure.
I got a sample of this in the mail (which is a picture of the sample I took above). I decided to use it today and it was decent. I have to say the only thing I really liked was the smell. It says it’s made with natural eucalyptus. Which I’m not sure if that’s what the scent was or not. It had this strong mint-like smell to it that definitely would have opened up my sinuses if I was stopped up or something. One of the claims on the back is that it will “invigorate your senses” which is surely did for me! 
Other than the scent I feel like it really didn’t do anything special for me. My hair still feels the same way it normally would. It did feel a tad softer once I got out of the shower, but once my hair dried it was back to normal. 
So nothing spectacular about this shampoo and conditioner. I did love the smell though. It was supposed to be made for dry hair, but I just didn’t really see a difference. 
-Sealed with a smile :)

Finally after waiting to find this polish in a store, I got it! Jamaica Me Crazy! It is described on Essie’s website as: a spirited magenta with shimmer. And I agree.
After I applied it I came to the realization that it might look a lot like Super Bossa Nova, which in a sense it does, but Jamaica Me Crazy is more of a deeper pink.
The application process was smooth and I didn’t have any problems with it, like all the other Essie polishes I have tried.
If you’re wondering why I have only done reviews/swatches on Essie polishes so far is because I recently made this list of different China Glaze, OPI, and Essie nail polishes I thought were pretty. There were tons more on the Essie list than there were on the other 2 lists, so that is why I have only been buying Essie polishes so far. I want to try to clear out some on the Essie list before I begin to move on to my other lists.
-Sealed with a smile :)

Essie French Affair

Again, another great first impression from this Essie polish. I had this on a few weeks ago and it lasted a long time! The application process was easy. I found that it didn’t thicken up over time while I was applying it. The one problem I had though was that I had to apply 3 coats in order for it to look opaque. After 2 coats the nail polish was still a little see through and you could still see small portions of my nail. I didn’t mind putting on 3 coats though. Over all it was great! Definitely one of my new favorites!
On their website it is described as being a sophisticated soft lavender pink. Which I highly agree with. It isn’t too loud or too soft of a color. It’s a perfect soft pink. I would definitely recommend this color!
-Sealed with a smile :)

Essie Super Bossa Nova

I got Essie’s Super Bossa Nova while at Target yesterday. I was actually searching for Jamaica Me Crazy, but of course with my luck, they were sold out of it. So I settled for what I thought was the next best thing.
The application overall was great. Like Smooth Sailing though I felt application started to get a little thick after a while which I’m pretty sure was from the shimmer maybe, or the fact that I was sitting right under a fan. Probably the second reason.
It’s such a pretty deeper pink color. It is from Essie’s new Braziliant collection. On their website it is described as an “Upbeat bright fuchsia,” which I completely agree with. Overall, I would recommend this color!
-Sealed with a smile :)

Essie Smooth Sailing

Essie’s Smooth Sailing nail polish. Hmmm…what to say, what to say. I loved it! It’s a part of their new Braziliant collection. It is described on their website as a breezy lavender with blue shimmer to it. Which I think it more looks more blue than it does lavender. But not doubt about it, it is shimmery. I loved it! I’ve always wanted this color but for the life of me could not find it anywhere till a Target I went to was selling it. 
There was one slight problem. It tended to get thicker as time went on while I was painting my nails. Each time I had to dip the brush back into the bottle it seemed like the polish was getting thicker and thicker with passing time. It was definitely not anything that would make me regret buying this polish though. The thickness was definitely not anything really upsetting. 
I highly recommend buying this polish! Such a pretty color!
-Sealed with a smile. :)