ILNP Black Orchid

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Hi, everyone. Wow I cannot believe that it's February already. Where is the time going? I haven't been painting my nails much lately. I think this is just due to the fact that I am really tired at night and don't want to have to be careful with my hands for the 30 or so minutes it takes me to do a manicure. Lazy, I know, but it's the truth. But today I have for you a polish that I wore as a full manicure a while back. I bought a few ILNP shades last year when there was a big sale because of a bottle design change. I'd never ordered from ILNP before but was really impressed with the range of shades and the quality of the formula.

The first shade I tried was Black Orchid, a gorgeous, deep purple with a scattered holo effect. I am a sucker for shades like this and loved wearing this one. Formula was good and I needed only 2 coats for the swatches below.

ILNP Black Orchid

ILNP Black Orchid

Photos above are in my lightbox. It didn't really show off the holo goodness though so I went out into the sunshine to show it off.

ILNP Black Orchid 

Now you can see all of the sparkly awesomeness. I really like this shade and I wore it for almost a whole week. I am excited to try the other shades that I bought from ILNP!


Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth

Monday, January 5, 2015


Hi, everyone. Sorry for the unintentional hiatus. I can't believe that it's been so long since I last posted. I really had good intentions but life just got busy and I find that editing swatch pics is pretty low on my list at the end of the day. I will try to be better in 2015 though. I am sorry that things haven't been very consistent but thanks for sticking with me if you're still here. I hope that you all had a good holiday. It's so weird being back at work. While I love long breaks it does make it harder to go back.

The polish I have for you today is Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth. I can't remember when I bought Sweet Tooth anymore. It was probably from a seasonal collection since I don't go to Walgreens often and usually only seek out this brand when a limited edition collection comes out. 

   Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth is a really pretty lavender with pink undertones and a subtle silver shimmer. If was hard to capture in pics but in person it gave the polish a nice glow. Formula was OK but not great. I used 2 coats here though I think some fingers could have used 3.


Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth

Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth

I tend to like pale purples like this and the shimmer makes it a bit different than the other shades in my stash. The formula wasn't fantastic but it wasn't terrible either, so I can live with it. It feels a bit weird to be wearing this shade in winter when I usually want dark vampy colors, but it's quite fun and refreshing.

Did anyone get an nail polish for Christmas? I got a cute e.l.f. set from my sister-in-law. I actually used it to paint my 2 year old niece's nails more than anything. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that 2015 is off to a great start!


OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress

Friday, November 7, 2014


Hi, and happy Friday everyone. I hope you all had an awesome Halloween. I can't believe that it's over already. At least we have Christmas to look forward to. Today's swatch actually reminds me a little bit of Christmas. OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress is a classic red with a great shimmer. I have a really old black label bottle of this one. I was digging through my Helmer looking for something to wear the other day when I came across it. I hadn't worn it for so long and I thought it would be fun to swatch it.

OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress

I don't know why I don't wear this shade more. It's a really beautiful red and the shimmer is just gorgeous. I only needed 2 coats to get the finish you see below. 

OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress

While it may not be the most unique shade in the market, it's pretty classic and I think it would look good on almost anyone. 

OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress

I definitely think I'll be busting out I'm Not Really a Waitress this holiday season. It's the perfect Christmas color!

What do you guys think? Do you have this one in your stash, too?

Wet N Wild Distressed To Impress

Friday, October 31, 2014


Hi, guys. Happy Halloween! I was hoping to have some cool Halloween nail art up this week but I just got so busy. Oh well. I hope that you guys are rocking some spooky manicures in my stead. Today I have a polish that I swatched a couple of weeks ago but didn't have time to post until now. It's Wet N Wild Distressed To Impress which was part of their recent matte collection. I think it came out a couple of months ago and it may still be available in stores.

Wet N Wild Distressed To Impress

Distressed To Impress is a dark taupe color with a satin finish. Like the other shade of this collection I have, it's not quite matte enough to be a true matte. Instead it has a cool rubber texture that makes gives it a really edgy look.

Wet N Wild Distressed To Impress

Formula on this was was alright. It wasn't bad but I don't remember it being great either. I used two coats here without top coat. 

Wet N Wild Distressed To Impress

Even though this one is kind of cool looking, I don't think I love it enough to keep it. I just don't see myself wearing it very often. What do you guys think? Should I keep it or give it away?

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Barry M Malibu

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Hello, hello! I hope that you are all having a good week so far. It's Wednesday which mean that the week is halfway over! Yes I am totally one of those people who lives for the weekend. Jumping into it, today's polish is another matte shade from Barry M, Gee, I have been posting almost all matte shades lately. I guess I am having a matte moment. :)

Barry M Malibu is a bright turquoise blue with a rubbery, satin finish. As you can see in these pics, it's not a true matte but more of a satin. I found this to be true of the other matte shade from this line as well. I don't mind though because I happen to like this finish a lot.

Barry M Malibu

Barry M Malibu

The pigmentation on this was really amazing. I think I could have really done just one coat. I ended up doing 2 because that's what I am used to but it looked great after the first coat.

Barry M Malibu

I love bright blue shades like this and can never get enough of them. This would make a great pedicure shade as well. It really does remind me of a really blue ocean or at least a swimming pool. :) Really wish these Barry M shades were readily available in the U.S. because I am super impressed with their formula. 

I know it's almost fall but I love wearing bright shades all year round. I'll probably start busting into some of the vampier shades soon but, for now, I'll enjoy this manicure while it lasts. Happy hump day, all!