Pretty Polishes: More Essence Colour & Go polishes

I’m back with more Essence polishes to show off. Since their epic packaging revamp, trying to find these polishes in Ulta stores has been virtually impossible. In fact, when I went looking for them, I only saw TWO of them available. Of course you can still purchase them online but *sigh* who prefers online shopping over actually getting a product without having to pay for shipping? Okay, don’t answer that. Ordering online isn’t always that bad. But still. I hope that Ulta stores everywhere stock up and stay stocked up on these polishes. In the meantime, here are 4 that I snagged.

These will keep me quiet for now but I’ve got like 5 more Essence polishes on my WANT list.

Grey-t To Be Here is a pale grey with subtle pink iridescent shimmer. And by subtle, I mean you can barely see it. But when your nails hit the light, POW, there it is. I really really like this polish. I haven’t seen anything like it before.

Off To Miami is a coral with a dose of tangerine. I spent so many years being anti-coral nail polish which is crazy because I find polishes like this so pretty now. And compliments nail polish lovers of all hues.

Break Through is a rich and vibrant violet. When I first saw it in Ulta, I was all like “Meh”. But I picked it up anyway and after polishing my nails, I fell in love with this creme. It is gooooorgeous.

Fame Fatel is just your typical rich blood red polish. Yep, there are trillions of red polishes and this one isn’t all that unique but it’s still pretty.

As much as I love the larger nail polish wand in the new Essence bottles, some of them are a bit on the wonky side. You can trim them using cuticle scissors but it’s still annoying. I also found the formula of some of these to be on the thicker side. Also annoying. But hey, for $1.99, there isn’t much complaining I’m going to do about these polishes.

They are available at Ulta stores at Ulta.com.

Have you managed to grab any of these polishes yet?

CVS Beauty challenge + win a $50 gift card to CVS!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m always sending out tweets about random drugstore discounts and sales. I’m in a drugstore at least twice a week and have called myself a drugstore paparazzi. Yep, camera and all. I’m usually hittin’ up CVS simply because there’s like 3 between my job and work and being a member of their BeautyClub has crazy perks. You get rewards just for buying the things that you were going to purchase anyway. After you’ve purchased up to $50 worth of beauty goodies, CVS will print out a $5 ExtraBuck at the end of your receipt. It’s THAT easy.

I had the mission of seeing if I could go to CVS and spend $50 on beauty goodies inspired by this past season’s New York Fashion Week. Well, y’all know how I am when it comes to beauty challenges….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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Creamy pink nails were a big highlight throughout NYFW. Also a big highlight are Maybelline’s new Color Show nail polishes. I managed to snag Born With It for less than $4.

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We also saw a ton of gorgeous nail art hitin’ the runways. I’m not the type to sit and do some serious nail art (I’m too lazy, y’all) but what I will do is use those awesome Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips. And while they are time-consuming, I’ve found that applying a strip on just one nail can sometimes do the trick. This design is called Simply D-Vine. Get it? Vine? 😛

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Red lips was another trend and you’ll never see me complain about this one as I ADORE red lipstick. Especially Revlon’s red lippies. I got True Red for $9.49. But wait…it was buy 1, get one 50% off so I grabbed the beautiful Wild Orchid too.

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Move over super loud blush. Bare faces were hot this past season and I couldn’t be happier. I love the natural look of bare skin or skin with just a touch of powder. Something subtle like Physician Formula’s Multi-Colored blush.

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Pretty and super volumized lashes were a big hit. And they’re a big hit with me too. But here’s the thing…no mascara could really give me the look I was looking for I purchased some Ardell Lashes ($4.79) and applied ’em. Uh. Or at least tried. I still feel some kinda way about false lashes but at least these didn’t irritate my eyes like crazy. Stay tuned for a review of ’em!

My grand total in attempts to re-create the trends? $43.79 before taxes.

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Not bad, uh? Best of all, because I used my trusty CVS card, this $24 will go towards my $50 which will result in a $5 coupon. Hollaaaa! I recently got the CVS Look Book for this season and woooowsers….

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…keep your eyes peeled for these awesome new products hitting stands soon.

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I can’t WAIT to snag those Salma Hayek polishes. I love everything I’ve tried in that line so I’m sure the polishes will be a hit. If you aren’t a member of the CVS BeautyClub, hop to it, girlfriend. You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

In honor of the awesomeness that is the CVS BeautyClub, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky follower. Good luck, ducks!

 

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Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to make the above purchases but I was not paid to write this post. I decided on the products that were purchased and simply wanted to share with y’all how awesome CVS’ BeautyClub is.

Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale collection

Chiiiiile, I can not believe I am just now showcasing this collection. I had to go to the Cult Nails website to see if the polishes were still available. And yep, some of them are. *wipes brow* Nothing sucks more than showcasing beautiful beauty baubles that folx can’t buy. It’s worth crying over. I’m not even kidding. The Cult Fairy Tale collection came out this Summer and it features 4 shades and gorgeous shredded flake-y top coat.

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Pretty stuffs, uh?

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Evil Queen is candy apple red, baby. It’s a creamy red that’s a shade down from from fire truck red. It’s applies to perfection.

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Feelin’ Froggy makes 1 of 2 Cult Nails greens that I’m in love with. The other is Deal With It from Coco’s Untamed collection. According to Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy is a muted kelly green crème whose true beauty was revealed by the kiss of a bright green shimmer. Fantastic description, uh? 2-3 coats will give it a nice opaque finish but if you apply 1 coat, you can easily make a jelly sandwich. WIN!

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Princess is no longer available but it’s a pale blue with subtle pink/gold/green shimmer. The shimmer is indeed very subtle but it’s sweet and very dainty.

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Charming is such an interesting shade. It’s a medium violet purple with pink and blue shimmer it’s like a shimmer jelly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shade like this before.

And then there’s Happy Ending that I layered over a few of the polishes.

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It’s a freaking awesome jagged glitter and I’m shocked that it’s still available. *squeals* I may need to get back ups of this one.

I applied 2 coats of each polish and like all Cult Nails polishes, they applied beautifully. This brand can do no wrong in my eyes. Maria is consistently coming out with products that don’t look like every other shade out on the market. Gotta love that! You can still order a few of these polishes here but hurry as they are all limited edition.

Giveaway! butter LONDON goodies + a sweet Friends & Family deal.

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Um, do I really have anything else to say about this? Not really. I’m too busy trying to decide what butter LONDON polishes I should add to my stash. My obsession of this brand knows no ends so I’m prettyyyy sure I’ll find something. Oh! And the polish Black Knight? You pretty much need that one in your life. I’m not even kidding. The deal starts tonight at midnight tonight so keep your eyes peeled and  get your shop on here.

If you’re already scouting out what polishes you want and ALSO want to press your luck, boyyyyy do I have one heck of a giveaway for the butter LONDON lovers. In honor of bL’s Friends and Family deal, I’ve got an awesome easy-to-enter giveaway for my U.S. readers. Here’s what you’ll have a chance of winning…

Lips & Tips gift set
Holiday Lippy Trio gift set
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Tops and Tails set

That’s over $140 in butter LONDON goodies! Just enter the Rafflecopter and be eligible to win. Giveaway closes Wednesday, November 7th. Good luuuuuck!

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OPI Germany nail polish collection (part 2)

Woo hoo! The first half of OPI’s Germany collection featured some of the lighter shades. This go ’round I’m showing off the darker shades; the purples, vampies, and a strikingly beautiful red. Let’s get it started!

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Aren’t these fierce?

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Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! is a cute name but man, it’s TOO long. I know OPI prides themselves on creative names but lately some of the names in their collections are like mini-paragraphs. Ha! Okay, now that I’ve complained about the name long enough. This shade is described as a bodacious black olive and it is murky and wonderful. This was the first shade I rocked when I first spotted this collection.

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Unfor-greta-bly Blue is described as a super shiny blue and that’s about as accurate as I can get. Okay, yes, there are several super bright blues with shimmer like this but I can’t find any in my collection. This baby is gorgeous.

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Every Month is Oktoberfest is a shimmery plum and it is GORGEOUS! I know, I know…it looks like a typical vampy burgundy with shimmer but it’s fantastic. It goes from deep purple with laces of red and back. Love love love.

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Danke-Shiny Red is a ravishing ruby. It’s very rare that you’ll come across an OPI collection that doesn’t include a red. It has become the expectation. But at least this red is shimmery perfection.

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German-icure by OPI is another name that annoys me but other than that it’s a burgundy shimmer that almost looks like Every Month is Oktoberfest. The biggest difference is that GBO has more red in it. It’s pretty but if I had to choose between the two, I’d definitely go with Every Month is Oktoberfest.

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Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs is an amazing bright purple. I mean, this baby is HOT. Yep, there is probably a dupe somewhere but if you can’t find it, you should definitely tote this baby home.

 

Must Haves:
Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! As much as the name annoys me it’s a really pretty murky shade.
Every Month is Oktoberfest. I am so in love with this vampy polish
Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs. For purple lovers everywhere!

 

This collection has been out for quite some time so I’m pretty sure you can snag it at Ulta, JC Penny salons and anywhere OPI products are sold. I actually had a dream about visiting Germany the other night (so random) so I don’t know…maybe I’ll be heading there sooner rather than later. 😎

Amor de Lacquer: Butter LONDON Autumn/Winter collection

While some brands like to grace us with nail polish collections 5-10 times a year, we only get just a few from Butter LONDON. And it’s not really all that fair because I adore Butter LONDON and I’d love to get more polishes from there each year. But on a good note, them not coming out with collections every 5 seconds gives me enough time to snag up the polishes that I don’t already have from them. Yeah. I’m THAT obsessed with BL.

Anywhoovers, let’s play with their newest collex! It’s not your traditional Fall/Winter collection, but I can appreciate that. Sometimes the expected vampies and darker shades are just way too…expected.

Dodgy Barnett is a silver holographic that’s pretty groovy. It isn’t as holographic-y as many nail polish lovers would like but if you’re new to holographics, this may impress you. I found that 3 coats really made the holographic effect pop. The pop isn’t as prominent as many holographic grays but it’s still a nice surprise.

Trustafarian is another holographic. It’s just as bit on the sage/pistachio side and it’s just as captivating as Dodgy B. I actually found that Trustafarian gave more holographic spark than Dodgy.

Shag is a high-shine metallic in a warm orange-burgundy hue. This baby screams fall and it makes me want to roll into a pile of leaves and then head out to pick a pumpkin. Butter London usually knocks my feet off with the uniqueness of their shades but this one is just okay. It’s not my favorite but it’s still pretty.

Lovely Jubbly is a vibrant magenta nail lacquer flecked with red, blue and gold micro-particles. It’s a prettyful glitter that reaches an opaque finish with only two coats. On a good note, if you wanted to layer this over another polish, you could do so easily. It’s one versatile glittah with a lot of sparkle.

Gobsmacked only got 2 coats from me but a closer look reveals that I probably should have given that kid another coat. This charcoal grey glitter is quite reminiscent of several other grey glitters that I’ve seen around the way. I love how fine the glitte specks are as they make application smooth. Like buttah. 😎

Overall: Most butter LONDON collections have me hyperventilating and stunned by their beauty. I didn’t get that reaction with this collection. There are some fantastic hits and I can appreciate the variety of formulas from glitters to holographics and shimmers. Most of the polishes in this collection are dupe-able and that’s so unlike Butter LONDON as many of their polishes are strikingly unique.

I still love my Butter LONDON and will continue to hoard their polishes. You can grab this collection at Ulta stores, Ulta.com and at ButterLONDON.com. Each bottle is $14 a pop.

Zoya Ornate Holiday Winter Nail Polish Collection

OMG OMG OMG! That was the first thing I said when I laid eyes on this collection. And I feel a bit crazy reviewing this so early considering I’ve got Fall collections that I haven’t even debuted yet but I haven’t been this excited about a collection in a looooong time. This Zoya collection is hands down one of the best nail polish collections this year.

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See what I mean? Every single one of these polishes are dynamic.

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Aurora is described as a plum with multi color crystal shimmer. Basically it’s the most epic plum holographic nail polish that I have EVER seen. Yes, holographic! I didn’t really see this one coming. Aurora not only looks captivating in the bottle but she looks beautiful on the nails, as well. Holographic nail polishes are my favorite and I’m so excited to see Zoya on board with this one.

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Ziv is described as a gold foil glitter crystal. At first glance it looks like your typical gold nail polish but a closer look shows that Ziv has some subtle shimmer spark to it. Ziv applies smoothly but I’m loving how there’s a burst of a brighter golden oomph to it.

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Electra is a holographic tinsel and I could seriously just stare at this bottle all day. If you’re a fan of bar glitter, you’ll love this polish. You either love love love or get annoyed by bar glitter. I stand right in the middle. I think they look pretty funny when worn alone but I dig ’em layered on other polishes.

Electra over Ziv

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Electra over Logan

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Magical, right?

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Logan is a green foil glitter crystal and it looks a lot like Ziv. Except green, obviously. I had to do some tweaking to show the depth of this polish. The gold specks in it is apparent in the polish but on the nails, it provides such a beautiful shimmery effect. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful green nail polishes I’ve come across. And I have a lot stunning green Zoya polishes!

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Blaze is described as a cranberry glitter glam crystal and it’s another stunning holographic. My camera couldn’t even capture the true essence of how bling-y this polish is. It’s doesn’t seem to have as much holographic shimmer as Aurora but it is just as beautiful. I don’t think I own any berry holographic polishes so Blaze is a welcome addition to the family.

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And lastly, is the black holographic baby of the family, Storm. I’ve got about two black holographic polishes but dang, I think Storm is my favorite because although it’s black, you can still peep the holographic shimmer up close and far away.

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Aurora and Storm

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Must Haves:
Aurora – If you don’t get anything else, THIS is the one you haaaaave to get.
Electra– Especially if you’ve been wanting a bar glitter.
Logan – For green nail polish lovers.
Storm – Because it’s one epic black holographic.

I really don’t have any complaints about this collection. Each polish applied beautifully (as do all Zoya polishes) and I applied 2 coats for each polish. I love every single polish and I love how Zoya really surprised us with the holographic polishes. Seriously! Who expected that? Yep, I definitely feel comfortable declaring this as my favorite nail polish collection of the year. Way to go, Zoya!

You can scoop up these polishes for $8 a pop or $48 for the entire collection at Zoya.com.

Zoya Diva collection

I figured I should go ahead and crank this Zoya review out of the way because in a few weeks they’ll be launching their Winter collection. I can NOT believe that it’s already winter. Craziness. Anywhoovers, if you haven’t seen ’em,  Zoya’s jelly collection, Gloss was freaking awesome and Designer wasn’t half bad either. The Diva collection is part III of the Fall 2012 collections.

Let’s get a look see at ’em…

Suri is royal purple metallic and it is dynamic. I’m not a fan of the color purple unless it’s a rich and jewel toned as this one. Plus, I love this color because of the name. Anyone read the hilarious blog Suri’s Burn Book?

 

Elisa is a crimson metallic it’s quite the fire bomb of a nail polish. It’s a gorgeous red and you can detect a bit of orange in it when it hits the light.

Feifei is described as a magic blue foil sparkle metallic and it’s one of the two foil polishes in this collection. These type of nail polishes are just so so for me but I really love the shimmer in Feifei.

Ray is pine green metallic and it’s a beautiful hunter green with subtle shimmer.

Daul is described as a magic violet foil sparkle metallic and it’s got the same formula as Feifei. I like Daul better because that violet is just so eye catching and gorgeous.

Song is an Egyptian blue metallic with a subtle sparkle and it’s a little more vibrant than Zoya’s Tart, one of my favorite blues EVER.

Must Haves:
Elisa: Very rarely do I recommend red polishes (because there are so many) but Elisa is just stunning.
Daul: Awesome name, awesome formula and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
Song: Only if you don’t have any beautiful blues like this one.

Yay for this collection! The formula for each polish was awesome and I enjoyed the random foils tossed in. Zoya Diva collection is currently available at Zoya.com for $8 or $48 for the entire collection.

Which polish is your fave?