The Marriage Between Revlon’s Gel Envy ColorStay Nail Polish And Polka Dots

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I didn’t think the nail gel trend could get any larger, but…it keeps growing! Everyone wants gel nails. Just about every popular brand provides gel nail polishes and while I was totally not okay, with this…what can I say? The trend is finally growing on me. For one thing, gel nail polishes tend to last a lot longer than traditional nail polishes. This rocks my world in so many ways because yaaaay! I don’t have to worry about my nails chipping when I am out of town and don’t have the time to remove the polish.

I’ve trend over a dozen of brands that say they’ve got the best gel nail polish, and I don’t know, girls…sometimes I think brands that you can purchase at Walmart do it better. Take Revlon’s Gel Envy ColorStay nail polish.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy

This baby doesn’t move. I’m not even kidding. I can achieve an opaque finish with only 2 coats and the polish will last and last and last.

China Glaze The Giver Collection

China Glaze The Giver Collection
I love when brands give us nail polishes inspired by movies. The recently launched movie The Giver has been making waves in the movie world. I remember reading this book when I was in elementary or middle school but honestly…I can’t remember too much about it. When time permits, I’m going to check it out again. I always prefer to the read the book before seeing the movie. But in the meantime, I’ve been playing around with these polishes that I got as samples. While this collection didn’t instantly blow me away, it does have some special shades that I think nail polish lovers will appreciate.

China Glaze Community

Community is a milk chocolate brown and I have officially decided that I like brown nail polishes against my brown skin. There is just something so interesting and striking about brown polishes and I love seeing them in newer nail polish collections.

China Glaze Five Rules

Brace yourself because Five Rules is just one of many similar shades that we are going to see in this collection. This creamy dirty eggshell shade is pretty in its own right.

China Glaze Seeing Red

Seeing Red is a stunning fire engine red that I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with, but…I did. Then again, like many reds, once you own 5 different reds, you really own them all. This is pretty but it isn’t insanely unique.

China Glaze Intelligence Intergity & Courage

Intelligence Intergity & Courage is the longest nail polish name everrrr! Haha, I’m kidding. Not really, though. I do really like this dusty and muted light blue. It has a bit of gray in it and I think it’ll look beautiful on just about anyone.

China Glaze The Outer Edge

The Outer Edge is a white snowy topcoat. I applied 2 coats of it on my top 2 fingers and 1 coat of it on my bottom two fingers. I really love this and I’m thinking I can do some really fun things with it during the holiday season.

China Glaze Givers Theme

Givers Theme is a vibrant purple creme that is by far my favorite shade in the collection. It is stunning and applies beautifully. It also shines very well without a topcoat.

China Glaze New Birth

New Birth is a white creme that has a touch of gray in it. And that’s all.

China Glaze History of the World

History of the World is a beautiful gray/blue. I don’t know. I’m having a tough time describing this one. Maybe that’s a good thing.

China Glaze Release

Release is a very pretty dusty lavender. I’m sure we’ve seen this before, but I don’t know…I like it.

China Glaze Capacity to See Beyond

Capacity to see Beyond photographs so so OFF so please forgive me. There wasn’t enough color correcting in the world for that baby. In true life it is bright blue sea blue. It definitely has more green that my camera was not able to pick up.

China Glaze Boundary of Memory

Boundary of Memory is a glitter chockfull of silver, gold and black.

China Glaze Friends Forever Right

Friends Forever, Right? is another white creme but unlike the other similar cremes in this collection, this one has a touch of baby pink in it.

 

Overall Impressions

Well, I don’t know. I wouldn’t call it a disappointing collection but it did leave me a bit…“Where is the cream filling?”-ish. I do love the purples (Release and Givers Theme) and I think Seeing Red and The Outer Edge are fun the overabundance of creamy whites just threw me off a bit. Maybe after seeing the movie, I’ll be more forgiving? We shall seeee…

What do you think? See any shades that you like?

Hot Designs Nail Art pens – Score or Snore?

So I’ve rambled before about how much I suck at nail art, right? I have long determined that my God-given talents just don’t really flow in the artsy category. I’ve accepted it and have decided to foster my strengths in other areas. But still. Part of me wishes she could be that patient and talented nail artista. And that’s why I was so excited to receive a sample of these dual-sided nail art pens from Hot Designs.

Hot Designs nail pens

Retailing for $14.99, nail art lovers can cop a package of 3 pens from retailers like Walmart. And by dual-sided, they mean that one side of the pen is a nail polish and the other side is nail pen.

Hot Designs

How cool is that? Definitely innovative and that makes the price tag seem much more appropriate. And honestly, I’d be much more in love with these if the quality of the polishes were better. Because they aren’t, application is a bit of a mess and no matter how careful you are, you probably find yourself dealing with less than attractive nail polish designs. But, first let’s get a better idea of what these are SUPPOSED to do.

Hot Designs packaging

You pop the top on one side and you’ve got a nail polish with a basic brush and you remove the top on the other side and you’ve got a pen. You gently squeeze the tube and the polish flows effortlessly through the pen. So…easy? Yes!!


Hot Designs pen tops
But here’s where the funny part comes in – the quality of the nail polish is well…it isn’t good. I found each shade to be a bit on the thick and gloppy side. Due to the thick consistency of these, I struggled with both applying them on my nails and applying the art on top of the polish. And this saddened me greatly because I really wanted these to work.

Hot Designs polishes

You’re going to laugh when you see my designs but keep in mind that this blog is called Clumps of Mascara for a reason. Perfection does not live here. And dude, Hot Designs could really tweak their formula a bit because the concept is just…very cool. It doesn’t work well, though if you’re dealing with polishes that don’t play well with the nails. I manage to do a good coat of polish on each nail but using the pen to crank out designs was…tough. The polish kept bubbling and would splat quickly on the nails and this happened…

Hot Designs on nails

I know, girl. I know. Granted, as mentioned, I suck in the designs department, but I feel like I would have done a little better if the formula was better.

So who would these be great for?
Maybe the newbie nail artist in your life? I’m thinking my youngest sister would looooove these as would really professional nail artists who could tweak the bubbly pen issue with another brush, or something. So no, all hope isn’t lost but I don’t think these are great for people like me who are already struggling with nail design.

So. What do you think? Have you seen these? Tried ‘em?

Zoya’s Having A Twitter Party! Are You Coming?

I feel like it has been forever since I’ve attending a fun Twitter party. This Zoya party is just what I needed!

Zoya

 Did you see that? There will be giveaways! Yessss! As if I needed another reason to attend. Not sure how a Twitter party works? It’s easier than you think, girlfriend.

· Follow @ZoyaNailPolish on Twitter.
· Zoya will release a series of questions marked Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.
· Reply to these questions with the corresponding A1, A2, A3, etc.
· Use the hashtag #FALLingForZoya so Zoya (and everyone else) can find your tweets easily!

But don’t think you can just drop it and drop out. Well, I mean you can but only followers that participate throughout the entire party will automatically be entered to win goodies. Said goodies will be given away at random.

As a bonus if you upload a picture of your Zoya manicure at any time during the Twitter party, you will get a chance to win Enter to win a full Fall Zoya Nail Polish Wardrobe! Don’t forget to include #FALLingForZoya.

See you there, beauties!

That Time Nail Polish Inspired Me To…Run!

Weekend Inspirations

I just realized that I am running a race on Saturday. My training has been well, almost non-existent for the past few weeks and I don’t have any excuses. I could blame Florida’s humidity, heat and rain but I won’t. I did a measly run with my Black Girls Run group last week but my mind wasn’t in the game. But it’s funny where inspiration comes from. Take these holographic polishes that I got from The Hungry Asian


The Hungry Asian Dream Car
The lovely Kae (the genius behind The Hungry Asian) sent me  the two newest polishes to hit stands and I could not have been more grateful. Holographic polishes are my FAVORITE formula and I love being able to transform any polish with just a touch of gold or silver based holographic polish. The formula is fantastic on both and one coat gives an insane amount of holographic’ness. Both Dream Car (the silver) and Dream House ( the gold) apply beautifully. I layered Dream House over Zoya’s Wendy and I layered Dream car over OPI’s Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm? Glorious, right?


The Hungry Asian
You can buy both polishes for $16.50 or get them individually for $9.25. They are both definitely worth hauling for my fellow holographic lovers out there. I’m a bit shocked that I haven’t seen holographic topcoats before they just make sense.

And then there’s KBShimmer. I have a bit of addiction with this brand. I seriously can’t stop hauling their polishes. I blame nail polish bloggers because every time I spot a KBShimmer nail polish on a site, I have to buy it. Which explains these purchases…

KBShimmer nail decals
The hot pink goodness that is Beach Please called my name when I first saw it. I’m not a pink lover but I love a very vibrant hot pink creme and so this polish was made for me. That and Scribble Me This glitter top coat. Well, what can I say? I’ve been in a glitter mood lately and I love the different sizes and blast of shapes in this glitter. I’ve also been hearing a lot about KBShimmer’s nail vinyls so I had to grab some of those. Not perfect application for my first round but still…I’m impressed and will certainly be practicing and ordering more. I am so here for easy and quick nail art for people like me. People who CAN’T do nail art.

KBShimmer nail decal

Yeah, I’ve got a ton of practice to do but those vinyls have really inspired me. I took those inspirations and had an amazing workout yesterday. So who knows…maybe I can complete that race without passing out. And maybe I can successfully run that half marathon in December? *gulps*

 

What’s been inspiring you these days?

OPI Mustang Nail Polish Collection

OPI Mustang Collection

Vroom baby, vroooom! The Mustang is turning 50 and in honor of its birthday, OPI is giving us a collection about this iconic car. I received a press sample of the limited edition collection. It was released just last month in July so you should be able to find it at retailers like Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

OPI Queen of the Road

OPI Queen of the Road nail polish

Queen of the Road appears black at first glance but really this polish is a blackened murky green. Okay yeah, but it still looks black on the nails. There is a touch of silver in it that gives it a nice shimmery finish. I didn’t like it at first but somehow it works. It’s a very interesting shade and very fitting for a collection inspired by an automobile.

OPI Race Red

OPI Race Red nail polish

Race Red really isn’t red. It fact, it leans more on the orange side. It really is the perfect blend of orange and red and is the kind of shade that will look fantastic on anyone who wears it.

OPI The Sky's My Limit

OPI The Sky's My Limit nail polish

The Sky’s My Limit is a deep blue sea shade golden shimmer throughout. It’s sweet because at different glances it switches from shimmery golden green to shimmery golden blue and back. It totally reminds me of an ice cream paint job.

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot

OPI Angel With A Lead Foot nail polish

Angel With A Lead Foot is a creme white polish. And that’s it. It’s your average white polish in that it takes a good 2-3 coats to achieve an opaque finish. It’s pretty but I don’t know…it seems a bit odd to be in this collection.

OPI Girls Love Ponies

OPI Girls Love Ponies nail polish

Girls Love Ponies is a bright pink creme. I rolled my eyes when I first glanced at it, but it really is a stunning pink. This says a lot considering pink is one of my least favorite colors. It isn’t heavily unique as far as pink nail polishes go but it is pretty!

OPI 50 Years Of Style

OPI 50 Years Of Style nail polish

50 Years Of Style is a metallic gold nail polish and really is the perfect polish for this collection since a 50th birthday is called the Golden Birthday. I never think gold nail polishes look that good on me and this one is no exception. Womp.

Overall Impressions
Shade-wise, these are okay. There isn’t anything spectacular but you can tell that this isn’t one of OPI’s powerhousecollections. The only shade that really made my head turn was The Sky’s My Limit. Girls Love Ponies was a nice surprise, too. Overall, I think that if you have similar shades, you don’t really HAVE to run to pick these up. As always, the formula is great but unless you’re just itching to try something new, you could probably pass on purchasing the entire collection.

But if you can’t help yourself (and I so won’t judge you), you can snag these polishes for $9.50 a bottle at ULTA.com.

 

Any Ford lovers in the house? The Mustang is pretty slick but I don’t know, I’m more of an F150 kind of girl. 

Milani Is SO Making A Statement With Their New Color Statement Nail Polishes

Oh Milani. Oh girl…you are lookin’ good. Something looks different about you. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Milani Color Statement

Milani has totally shocked us with this one and they are giving us not 1, not 2 but 37 new shades of their new line of nail polishes. I received a few samples of these and I can’t wait to start showing you how fantastic they are.

Milani Color Statement polishes

I am loving the bottle design! Like, a lot. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Cult Nails’ bottle.

Milani Color Statement vs Cult Nails bottle

Milani needed a more updated and a more chic look for a nail polish bottle. I mean, don’t get me wrong…their original bottles aren’t terrible. They’re just…

Milani Color Statement vs Nail Lacquer

I mean, which one would you rather pick up? And pay no mind to the teeth marks on the bottle to the right. I have a terrible habit of using my teeth to loosen nail polish bottles. I know, I know. Don’t even say it. I know.

Milani Color Statement nail polishes

I’ve been playing around with these babies for a few days now and formula-wise, Milani is right in that they give great coverage with only one coat. Most will require a second coat if you want true opacity, but they do really well with the initial coat. As with all nail polishes, wear time is relative but I’ve always been a huge fan of their base coat and I think it is spectacular at helping nail polish last longer than a day.

Milani nail polish

The Color Statement line is giving is so many formulas and shades to pick from including glitters, a fire engine red, stunning purples, sweet pinks, vampy shades and everything in between. I’m so proud of Milani! I am very excited about these reasonably priced bottles of polish. They go for $3.99 which is a dollar less than their regular line of polishes. I’m thinking these will be a huge hit among Milani aficionados and those scouring drugstores for pretty polishes. If the chic bottle design doesn’t grab you, the really pretty color selections will.

Go Milani go!

Zoya Bubbly nail polish collection

You will excuse me for just now getting this post up, won’t you? Back when I reviewed Zoya’s Tickled collection, I had a mission to get this press sample of Bubbly up soon after and yeah well…life. You know how it goes, right? *cue the violins* I think you’ll forgive me once you see the sweetness that is this collection…

Zoya Bubbly Nail polish

And you’ll have to forgive me for going font crazy because I am learning my way around PhotoShop and I basically want to do fun ‘tings to ALL THE PICTURES. How sad is it that I’ve been blogging for over 7 freaking years and I am just now playing in Photoshop? Sad stuff, girls. Saaad stuff.

Zoya Bubbly nail polish collection

But file this collection under things that make me happy. If you are a fan of a holographic jelly fizzy polish, this collection may be up your alley. They do really well when worn alone but I’ve found that they really shine when layered on top of a creme polish.

Zoya Binx up close

It’s an interesting formula that Zoya is giving us and I think it is more than fitting for summer.

Zoya Harper

Harper is a cotton candy pink with cold shimmer and when worn alone, I think she looks okay. I can’t wait to see how this baby acts aboard a baby pink.

Zoya Stassi

Staasi is a citron green with all kinds of emerald loveliness. I am also amazed at how well this one does on its own.

Zoya Alma

Alma is a warm golden peach that I think will look beautiful on the nails of women of all complexions.

Zoya Muse

Muse is a blue raspberry with a touch of gold. And the best thing about this baby? She doesn’t give you Smurf fingers! It’s a sweet blue that I can’t wait to try over a navy blue. Giiiirl, how hot would that be?

Zoya Jesy

Jesy is a firey coral orange and I usually have my issue with corals but this is just sweet and divine.

Zoya Binx

Binx is a spicy orchid purple and this shade is my favorite of the bunch. I find that it is the one shade that really does spectacular on its own.

Zoya Bubbly

Not a bad bunch, huh? Overall, I think it’s a fantastic collection and I can appreciate how Zoya always keeps us on our toes. We never know what they are going to do when it comes to nail polish formulas and colors. And trust me when I say it is hard to surprise nail polish aficionados. We think we’ve seen it all but Zoya continues to push the envelope and I’m so glad that they do. I find the formula on these to be superb and I didn’t have any application issues with them. I applied 2 coats for each polish but I’m thinking you can get away with applying 3 without any problems. And of course they will all look smashing when layered over your favorite creme nail polish. Yassss Zoya. Yasss!

You can get this collection at Zoya.com for $9 a bottle or $54 for the entire collection.

So what do you think? A fan of this formula or not so much?