My Favorite February Manis

Just wanted to share my faves of the month!

Clockwise from the top left: With a K, Polka Dots w/ Rhapsody in Blue, Valentine's Hearts, A Purple Whimsical, Supa Sugar Bee
Click on the links to check out the posts if you missed them!

I can't believe March is tomorrow!!!

Thanks for reading ;0).
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Sinful Colors - Pink Forever

Hi everyone!!  Happy Pink Wednesday!!


For this Pink Wednesday, I decided to give Sinful Colors Pink Forever a try.  I've had this polish for a while now, but never wore it.  I guess you could describe it as a bubblegum pink creme.  It was brighter than I expected it to be, but very pretty.  I got several compliments when I wore it.

My gripe with this polish was the formula.  It was so thick and goopy, which made application difficult.  The first coat was streaky, but it was opaque by the second coat.  Honestly, only because I was tired when I put it on, did I not remove it.  I plan to try some thinner to see if it makes a difference in the future.  I just didn't have the time to do so before this post.

In these pictures, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, 2 coats of Pink Forever, and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.


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This is what happens at the base of your nail when you use thick, goopy polish in poor lighting :(

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What do you guys think of Pink Forever?  Do you have this color?
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Franken Time!!!

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!  Guess what day it is?  Yep, it's Twinsie Tuesday!!  ;0)



Today's theme is to wear a franken.  It actually took me a while to decide what to wear for this post.  I've been buying so many frankens lately, that I had many options.  I finally decided on a franken that I recently mixed up. 

I've been seeing posts recently of gray polishes with shimmer in it which I loved, but I had nothing like it in my stash.  You can see an example of what I'm referring to on Anne's page here.  Since I had less than half a bottle of my Opal Glitter left, I decided to add some of Alexandra's "Hot" Gray to it to see if I could get a gray with a shimmer.

Here's the result (the shimmer can best be seen when you click on the pictures to enlarge them):

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For these pics, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, 2 coats of my franken, and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

I was pleasantly surprised with how this franken turned out.  I love the subtle shimmer that it has.  I didn't want it to have too much bling.

So what do you guys think of this one?

Be sure to visit the other Twinsie Tuesday bloggers to see what frankens they swatched:
Amanda: http://amandalandish.blogspot.com/
Anne: http://grapefizz.blogspot.com/
Ashley: http://artevolve.blogspot.com/
Chelsea: http://www.nailedblog.com/
Jenn: http://allthatisgorgeous.blogspot.com/
Katherine: http://hauloffame.blogspot.com/
Meredith: http://polishandcharms.blogspot.com/
Nory: http://fiercemakeupandnails.blogspot.com/
Rachel: http://topcoatit.wordpress.com/
Sarah: http://seesarahswatch.blogspot.com/
Jenna: http://www.jennafroggy.com/
Anna: http://goingtotheshowing.blogspot.com/
ChiChi: http://beautystarr1009.blogspot.com/
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Revlon - All Fired Up

Hi everyone!!  Well, where has the weekend gone?  It's yet another Monday and I feel like I need a vacation.  I hope you all had a great and productive weekend.

I have a beautiful red polish to share with you today!!  All Fired Up is a beautiful fire engine red crelly that dries to a juicy, glossy finish.  The formula was excellent for this polish, but since it's a crelly, there was slight VNL after two coats.  In the pics below, I used no base or top coat.

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Can you guess where I got this polish? LOL

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So shiny, even without a top coat!

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In my opinion, everyone needs a red like this in their stash!!  It's so pretty and classic!

Do you have All Fired Up?  What do you think of this red?
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Rimmel - Violet Metal

Hi everyone!!  Happy Sunday!

Today I have a true beauty to share with you.  I picked up Rimmel's Violet Metal months ago in a drug store.  I can't remember which one, it was either Rite Aid or Duane Reade.  Wherever it was, when I saw it, I just knew I had to have it.  It's such a gorgeous shade of purple with blue shimmer.  Aaaahhh!!  Take a look for yourself.

A look at it in the bottle.


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Isn't this such a gorgeous, vibrant purple? I couldn't stop staring at it.  It was beautiful in the bottle and just as beautiful on my nails.

What do you guys think of this polish?  
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Essie - Meet Me At Sunset

Hi everyone!!  Happy Saturday!  I plan to get some extra sleep today and then I have plans with hubby and another couple.  Should be fun.

Today I'm sharing the first Essie polish I ever purchased.  Some time last spring, I was at a meeting at work.  Instead of paying attention to what was going on, I was admiring a woman's polish (this happens to me often, heehee).  She had a skin tone similar to mine and I just loved how the polished popped on her.  So of course, I had to find out what it was.  She couldn't remember the name of the polish (shame on her), but she told me it was Essie and I went on the hunt for it.  I spotted it at Target a few days later and it was mine ;0).  Turns out the name was Meet Me At Sunset, such a cute name.

Meet Me At Sunset is a vibrant deep orange, as described by Essie.  It was a part of Essie's Braziliant collection released in the summer of 2011.  It has a crelly finish and applies smoothly and evenly.  There was still a bit of VNL after 2 coats though. 

I love that this color commands attention, but it's not a neon.  For these pictures, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, 2 coats of Meet Me At Sunset, and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

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I smudged my middle finger by accident and tried to repair it.

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I love, love, love this polish!!  Looking at the pictures, it reminds me of Avon Tangtastic which I wore a few weeks back.  This is definitely a deeper orange though.

What do you guys think of Meet Me At Sunset?  Do you own any polishes from the Braziliant collection?
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Essie - Bobbing for Baubles

Hi everyone!!  I'm so happy it's Friday!  Work has been so busy this week that I definitely made up for being off on Monday and Tuesday.   I'm going to definitely take it easy this weekend.  I hope you guys are well.  Any plans?

I'm trying to use some of my untrieds.  I get so excited when I buy new polishes and rush to use those first and forget about the ones I've had for a while.  I'm sure I'm not the only one that has this problem ;0).  Anyhoo, Bobbing for Baubles is a really nice creme described by Essie as a deepest darkest sapphire.  It was a part of Essie's Winter 2011 Cocktail Bling Collection.

The formula for this polish was AMAZING!!  It went on effortlessly and was opaque in one coat.  Only because I am a creature of habit, did I use two coats.  One would have definitely been enough. 

For the pics below, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, 2 coats of Bobbing for Baubles, and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

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I think this is such a beautiful color.  Perfect for winter!

What do you think of Bobbing for Baubles?  Did you pick up anything from the Cocktail Bling collection?

Update: The first three pictures are updated swatches.
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Nicole by OPI - You're An Angel

Hi everyone!!

Today, I have Nicole by OPI's You're An Angel.  I picked this polish up from Target many months ago because it looked really pretty and unique.  It's a gorgeous pink, almost coral jelly shimmer polish.  It has gold microshimmer that makes it really sparkle.

The formula was great for this polish.  It is sheer, however, so even after 3 coats, there was VNL.  Thankfully, my nails were still really short, so it didn't bother me as much.  For these pictures, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, 3 coats of You're An Angel, and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.

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I really like this polish, I have nothing like it.  The shimmer really adds something special to it.

What do you guys think of You're An Angel?  Is this a color you would see yourself wearing?
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Deborah Lippmann - Stripper To Go (Review)

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!  I hope you're having a great Wednesday!

I was recently contacted by Nail Polish Canada regarding doing a review of the Deborah Lippmann polish remover finger mitt called Stripper to Go.  This is an individually packed disposable mitt that contains nail polish remover.  It's supposed to be great for using when on the go or when travelling.


According to the description on Nail Polish Canada's website, one mitt is enough to remove all the polish on every single finger.

When I first tried the mitt, I had a jelly sandwich manicure, which includes lots of glitter.  I thought it would be interesting to try this because we all know how difficult glitter removal is.


The mitt

Over the first nail
 While the mitt is over the nail, you need to rub the polish off on the nail with your other hand.

After the first few nails.  I had to do a lot of work because of the glitter.

I made it to my third nail before giving up.  It was just too much work with the glitter.
For my second attempt with the Stripper to Go mitt, I had only nail polish on my nails.

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Nail polish removed on all 10 fingers with one mitt.
Stripper To Go did a really good job of removing the polish.  The mitt was very saturated with nail polish remover (which smells like lavender and is a bearable smell), so it tends to run down your fingers a bit.  I used my fingers to rub off the polish and it came off quickly.  By the time I got to my last two fingers, it was a bit more difficult to remove the polish because there wasn't as much remover left and a lot of polish was inside the mitt.

I think this is great for traveling.  Instead of having to walk with lots of cotton balls and a bottle of remover, you can have these thin packets that don't take up much space.

Stripper To Go can be purchased online at Nail Polish Canada here.  The cost is $12 and each box contains 6 mitts.  The price is a bit steep for me, considering you can get a bottle of polish remover for approximately $1.50 and a large bag of cotton balls for the same amount.  I think it's definitely worth having these around if you plan to change your polish while traveling though.

Stripper To Go contains no toluene, DBP or added formaldehyde.

What do you guys think of Stripper To Go?  Is it something you would purchase?

**Product sent for review**
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