Friday, July 30, 2010

China Glaze Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen: "Hey Doll"

Hey Dolls! haha, I am so cheesy! The color to share today is Hey Doll by China Glaze, it's part of their Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen collection. Enjoy!

Hey Doll is described as a "rose frost with shimmer" and I think that's accurate. It reminds me of rose gold in some way. It's a gorgeous rose/mauve color which I think really is very work friendly but pretty and interesting at the same time. It's one of the more boring in the collection but I still love it. I need colors like this in my collection.

The formula is the same as the others in the collection, wonderful. I really enjoy the polishes in this collection. China Glaze consistently impresses me with their polishes and this collection and this color is no exception. Well done, easy to work with. Good stuff.

Are you a fan of Hey Doll? Is this the type of color you'd wear?

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend.

Prim and Polished

Disclosure: This collection was furnished to me by China Glaze for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Milani "Hi Res"

Hi everyone! Hope you're all enjoying your week. Today is my kitten Deuce's first birthday! Time flies! We got him when he was just three months old, now he's a year! I love that guy! :-) Happy First Birthday Deucey! :-)

Today I have a gorgeous holo polish to share with you from Milani. I have been eying this color every time I go into CVS and I finally broke down and bought it one day. Of course there was no sale going on when I decided I NEEDED it but what can you do right?!?!

Hi Res is a gorgeous lilac holo polish. It's just so darn beautiful in any lighting. I took some indoor pics to try and capture what it looks like inside, holos are very difficult to capture. This one is just so pretty, it has that oil slick look to it in the right lighting. I can't help but stare at my nails whenever I wear good holo polish.

The formula on this one was on the thin side and did require 3 coats for opacity and to correct any balding that occurred. Other than that it wasn't difficult to work with. I love that this LOOKS like a glitter polish but it is in fact perfectly smooth. I think that is so trippy.

I love this polish! I cannot wait to try their other holos. It's such beautiful formula to look at. What are some of your favorite holos (from any brand)?

Prim and Polished

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Piggy Paint Review & Coupon Code

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in with me today! I have an exciting company to share with you that I think mom's will especially like but we can all appreciate.

I recently had the opportunity to try a nail polish from a great company called Piggy Paint. The company was started by a stay at home mom concerned with the toxic chemicals found in our beloved traditional polishes. Tired of being light headed after painting her girls nails she made it her mission to create a kid friendly, odorless, non toxic nail polish and she succeeded!

Piggy Paint polishes contain the following ingredients:

Water, water-miscible acrylic resins and thickeners (well below 100 parts per million), glycol ethers. May contain mica, D&C red lake, ultramarine blue, iron and titanium oxide pigments.

I tried the color Girls Rule which is described on their website as "a bright shimmery purple polish". To me it's a purple-ish pink. It is purple, my camera made it a touch pinker than it is in reality but I'd call it a light purple-ish pink with tons of shimmer. It's not really frosty, I'd call it a duochrome. It's purplish pink with tons of pink duochrome that makes it sparkle in the sun. It's really eye catching. I wore this as a pedi for about 2 weeks and I really loved the finish.

The formula is fantastic. I have to say I didn't know what to expect out of a water based polished aimed at kids but this baby delivered! First thing I noticed was it truly is as close to odorless as a nail polish can be. It does have a mild scent to it, which I cannot quite pinpoint (maybe kids paints or something?) but you have to really hold the brush up to your nose to detect it. I like this about the polish. It's nice when a company makes a claim and really means it. I think that this is a huge plus for you mom's out there worried about the scent of our normal polishes. You can trust that your kids will not get light headed from these polishes, that's for sure. I know many of us have said our hubby's complain about the smell of polishes when we do our nails and with this one they'd never even realize you were busy painting.

The application was simple. I found the polish easy to work with and it glided smoothly over my finger and toe nails. I did my toes first and was really impressed with the ease of application. I HATE doing my toes!! The polish is highly pigmented and took just two coats for maximum opacity - again impressive considering it's a water based product.

The company suggests drying nails with a hair dryer in order to dry faster and create a hard finish. I did not do this. I sort of defeated the whole purpose of non-toxic by putting on a coat of Seche Vite because I simply cannot live without it. I will try their method and report back to you though so that you can get a complete picture of how that would work, especially if you are drawn to the product for your kids, you don't want to use Seche on top if your concern is toxicity.

Like I said, I wore the polish on my toes for about 2 weeks and I wore the polish as a mani for about 5 days. I noticed that the polish lasted quite a long time with minimal tip wear or chipping. One thing I noticed was that it was quite difficult to remove. I am not sure why that would be but I did seem to struggle a bit removal, it took some extra cotton rounds and elbow grease! No big deal though. Their remover did work well with the product though, and it's low odor too!

Now on to the swatches:

Pretty right? I think any young girl would love this polish.

Overall I am impressed with the brand. I like their company philosophy and I think they deliver on all of the promises they make. It's really heartwarming to see companies like this entering the market because we should be concerned with toxicity and the environment. I think if you have kids and they are into polish like we all are then check these polishes out! I can really get behind companies like this and I am grateful to have been able to try their products!

The company was kind enough to offer my readers a coupon code, good until September 7, 2010 for 10% off anything in their store including sale items! Good deal!
Coupon Code: PRIM10L
Piggy Paint retails for $8.99 and is shipped worldwide! Free shipping on orders $35 and over.
You can also keep up with Piggy Paint on twitter for more product information and fun sales. They just tweeted that on Wed. July 28th and Thurs. July 29 they will have FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING and 1/2 shipping to Canada. Plus on those days use the coupon sparkle15l for an additional 15% off your entire order!

I hope you found this review helpful! I really enjoyed this product and think it's a great concept for kids. Let me know what you think in the comments! Have you tried this product? Are you interested in trying it? What colors do you like best? Do you think your daughters would love this product?
Have a wonderful day and thank you for reading!

Prim and Polished

Disclosure: This product was furnished to me by the company for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy. I do not work for the company and I was not paid for this review. I also will not receive any compensation for use of the coupon code, I just wanted to share a good deal with my wonderful readers.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

China Glaze Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen Collection: Foxy

Hello hello! Thanks for stopping by today! Today I am going to get my eyebrows threaded. I only had this done once before and it hurt like heck but the results were worth it. I have been growing them out for two weeks and I just cannot take it anymore. I know I should let them go a bit more so they can properly reshape them but we have plans with friends this weekend and I don't want to have crazy cave woman eyebrows! I hope they come out okay. Anyway, I have another lovely shade from China Glaze's fall collection to share with you. This one, to me, screams fall, it's really rich and beautiful. Enjoy!

This is Foxy, China Glaze calls it a "burgundy frost with shimmer" which I think is accurate. It's a really stunning burgundy that leans a little bit towards orangey-rust which is the quality that I think makes it perfect for fall. I think this color is work friendly but still interesting. I really love the richness of this color. I know a lot of people do not favor reds (I LOVE them, especially a rich red creme) but I think many red haters will enjoy this one as it's really a darker maroonish-rust that has some depth and creates a lot of interest.

The formula is great, not too thin, not too thick. Opaque in just two coats. I usually make a mess with these darker colors but this one was easy to apply and not messy at all which shocked me. I had no streaking and no balding. Again, this is AMAZING to me because I always have issues with frost colors streaking. I am absolutely impressed with China Glaze's treating of the frost formula.

So what do you think of this one? Does it scream fall to you or is it a dud? I think this one is one of the nicest colors in the collection, especially for the season. I think it's one I would not pass up. I am sure there are dupes out there though because reds in general seem to be overdone, but I cannot live without them.

Thanks for reading today! I appreciate all your support and love to chat with you all in the comments!

Prim and Polished

Disclosure: This collection was furnished to me by China Glaze for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

China Glaze Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen Collection: Emerald Fitzgerald

Hi everyone! Today I have another Fall 2010 China Glaze color to share with you all. Sorry it takes me so long to get the whole collection up but I like to do one color at at time most of the time.

Emerald Fitzgerald is described as a "turquoise green frost with shimmer" which is exactly accurate. It reminds me a bit of peacock feathers. It leans towards blue so it's a nice blue green color, it's really pretty.

Formula was good like the rest I have tried so far. Frosts are usually streaky but this is not. No streaks, no balding, opaque in two coats. I like it.

I think a lot of people will love this color. Greens are really popular and this one is pretty unique since it leans towards blue. I think it's nice for fall and into the winter. What do you think?

Thanks for reading everyone! Have a wonderful day!

Prim and Polished

Disclosure: This collection was furnished to me by China Glaze for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Finger Paints "Tough Art to Follow

Hello gorgeous! Thanks for reading today! Hope your week started out well and continues on that path. Today I have a gorgeous green from Finger Paints to share with you all.

This is Tough Art to Follow. It's sort of a blackened army green with a high shine creme finish. It's got a jelly-ish quality but opacity is achieved in 2 coats, it just seems squishy.

The formula on this is great. I had no problems with application, no streaking and just slight balding on the first layer - easily corrected with the 2nd layer. Overall good quality for the price.

Fingers Paints can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for around $4.49 each. Right now they have a Buy 2 Get 1 free sale so you can get 3 colors for around $10. Not bad at all.

Do you like Finger Paints? What are your favorite colors from the line? I'd love to get suggestions from you all on some must have colors. I only own 4 Finger Paints polishes.

Prim and Polished

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Monday, July 19, 2010

A Beautiful Life Natural Lacquer Swatches and Review

Go Green! Last week I talked to you about the nail polish remover by A Beautiful Life and today I want to review two polishes from their line.

These polishes are Big 3 Free, non toxic, soy based and come in recyclable bottles. Like I mentioned when I talked about the polish remover I think this concept is really interesting and really smart. We put so many chemicals on our bodies in order to look beautiful it's refreshing to know a product isn't harming us or the environment!

The company offers a variety of different colors to choose from. Here's an image from their website showing the color selections:
Justify Full

I have Vette and 'Shroom. Vette is a glossy robin's egg blue, similar to For Audrey by China Glaze. 'Shroom is a shimmer champagne gold color which is work appropriate and pretty.

I really like 'Shroom. Now you know I do not typically like shimmery/frost colors but I do really like this one. It's similar to a really OLD Sally Hansen color I used to wear all the time in high school. The color is a clean gold champagne which I would consider a nice work/school appropriate neutral.

I had no issues with application. I found the formula to be easy to work with. I got no streaking and no clumps or anything. It wasn't too thick and wasn't too thin. Here's a swatch:

Next is Vette which is a color I think a lot of you will like. It's a robin's egg blue similar in tone to China Glaze's For Audrey which I know is a huge favorite among lacquer fiends.

This polish is my favorite finish, creme. It's really opaque and if you're careful enough you might get full opacity in one coat but I used two which is fine with me.

The formula was nice, a little thicker than the shimmer but that's usually the case. I had no application problems and it wasn't messy. Overall impressed. Here are some swatches and color comparisons so you can get an idea of the color. Hope these help.

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Overall I am happy with the products I have tried from this company. Like I said it's nice to see a company being eco-responsible and putting out high quality products. If you want to check out A Beautiful Life polishes yourself just head to their website. They retail for $12.

Sound off!!! Is being non-toxic, eco-friendly something you look for in nail products? Do you think we'll see more companies moving in this direction?

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.

Prim and Polished

Disclosure: This product was furnished to me by PR for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

French Manicure - Gina Style

Hiya!!! I was in a boring mood so I did a simple french mani using Orly's White Tips for my tip color. I didn't use a color on my natural nail I just did two coats of the Dermelect Launchpad, did two coats of the White Tips on the tips and topped it all off with Seche Vite topcoat. I think they came out pretty good for having free handed the tips so I thought I'd share.

I have been less successful with the Ruffian style manicure. Tried it twice and FAILED. Any tips?

Let me know how you think my French came out. Thanks for reading - have a wonderful weekend.

Prim and Polished

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

China Glaze Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen Collection: Jitterbug

Hello my friends! I've got another China Glaze fall color to share with you. This is Jitterbug which is a "gray chrome with silver microglitter". This color is beautiful. It's got the same sort of finish that Swing Baby has which is really a lovely metallic/foil sort of finish. Really gorgeous to look at.

I can't help but chuckle at the name because we call my dad's cell phone the Jitterbug. I am not sure if you've seen the commercials marketed at older folks for the Jitterbug cell phone but we call my dad's phone the Jitterbug because it's an old school flip phone. He refuses to upgrade. He's tried and always goes back to his beloved flip. Though his phone is touch more advanced than the true Jitterbug (it texts and takes pics LOL) it's still reminiscent.

Like the rest of the collection I have tried so far this one has a nice consistency. It applies really beautifully. It's smooth and I had no issues with streaking or bald spots. I really enjoy the finish of this one. Like I said before I think China Glaze really stepped up their game with frosts on this collection. I am very impressed.

I think this is one of the must haves of the collection. What do you think?

Have a beautiful day!

Prim and Polished

Disclosure: This collection was furnished to me by China Glaze for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy.
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