Light Pink & Nude Nail Polish Wheel

Nail Wheel Pink and Nudes Light Pink & Nude Nail Polish Wheel

1. Zoya Amanda

2. Zoya Portia

3. Zoya Sabrina

4. Zoya Melodie (my review)

5. Zoya Ava (my review)

6. FLOWER That’s Just Dan-De-Lion (my review)

7. Inglot 301

8. Inglot 718 (my review)

9. Inglot 715 (my review)

10. OPI My Very First Knockwurst

11. OPI Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

12. OPI Samoan Sand

13. Essie Topless & Barefoot*

14. Essie Fiji*

15. Essie Minimalistic*

16. Essie Au Naturale*

 

*Company no longer cruelty-free. Included for comparison only. CONTINUE READING…

FLOWER Beauty Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in That’s Just Dan-De-Lion

Flower Beauty REVIEW FLOWER Beauty Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in That’s Just Dan De Lion

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m in a bit of a FLOWER Beauty phase. So, naturally, the blog is too. And, honestly, what better time to experiment with soft pinks than the start of spring?

One of the lovely products FLOWER sent me is their Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in That’s Just Dan-De-Lion.

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FLOWER Beauty

FLOWER Beauty Products FLOWER Beauty

OK, how pretty do these FLOWER Beauty products look? I’ve just received them and haven’t had a chance to try them out yet – but I couldn’t resist posting a preview! I’m loving the soft natural pinks for springtime. CONTINUE READING…

Eye-Catching Products of Winter 2013

Wishlist Part 2 Jan 20133 Eye Catching Products of Winter 2013

 

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Inglot Azure Collection Nail Enamel 983

Another Inglot Nail Enamel! This one is from the Azure Collection, which features 11 nail enamels. Looking at the nail enamels in numerical order, they progress from grey to green to blue. Each polish has tones from the color before it and after it. The finish is very glossy – you can definitely see the difference compared to the matte collection polishes. Like the matte collection, the formula is non-streaky and applies smoothly.


983: dark teal-green with grey undertones

 

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New Inglot 983 Inglot Azure Collection Nail Enamel 983

 

I saw on the Inglot USA site they’ve just released a new collection (it doesn’t have any other name listed) that looks really interesting. It’s five metallic shades – two silver tones, two gold tones, and one copper rose gold tone. Of course, it’s hard to tell from the site exactly what the colors look like, so I’ll have to wait to see real swatches.

Have you tried any Inglot Nail Enamels? What do you think of their Azure and “new” collections?



Zoya Nail Lacquers – Ava, Melodie, Gia

Zoya Ava Melodie Gia Zoya Nail Lacquers – Ava, Melodie, Gia

Ah, Zoya… definitely a favorite in the beauty community. I don’t know if they still do this, but once yearly they used to have this crazy sale, where you could get 3 polishes for free, just pay shipping. Any brand that’s willing to give discounts like that, I’m a fan of. But the main selling point for me is their huge selection of colors and finishes. I picked these three shades off the website, not having seen them in person, but I ended up being happy with all three. CONTINUE READING…

Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

The second of my Inglot Nail Enamels is 718, also from the Matte Collection. Feel free to check out my post on Inglot Nail Enamel 715 for more about the Matte Collection formula.

718: a mid-tone bubblegum peach-pink. It’s similar in color to Essie’s Van D’Go, but I find application much easier with Inglot’s formula. It’s darker and the slightest bit more pink than Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach.

 

Inglot 718 2 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

 

Inglot 718 3 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

 

Inglot 718 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

 The photos are with two coats and no base/top coat.


Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Inglot Nail Polish 715

Ever since I discovered it about a year ago, Inglot has quickly become one of my favorite cosmetic brands. I’m most interested in their face and eye products, but they do have great nail polish. There are multiple polish types – the two I own are from the Matte Collection. The finish of the Matte Collection polishes is actually more like semi-matte. I like the finish – I think it looks modern without being completely flat. If you like the color but prefer more shine, adding a top coat makes the finish more like a standard creme.

The formula is easy to apply and lasts well. It dries faster than any other nail polish I’ve tried. And their shade range… calling it extensive feels like an understatement.

 

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715

 

715: an opaque taupe-pink. It’s similar to Essie Topless & Barefoot and Zoya Melodie (without the shimmer). It’s a little like OPI Tickle My France-y but lighter and less brown.

 

Inglot 715 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

 

Inglot 715 2 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

 

Inglot 715 4 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

 

Inglot 715 3 Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

 Have you tried any Inglot polishes?  What did you think?



One Step Glitter Nails

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: LA Splash Nail Polish in Sparkling Jellyfish

 

It’s glitter nails without the hassle.

 

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nail polish quite like Sparkling Jellyfish.

The base is a pink jelly formula, with lots of fine glitter. The sparkles totally change color depending on the light, but they appear mostly silver, light blue, light green, and pinkish red. They almost have a sort of ultra-violet glow. They’re like tiny electric crystals.

 

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Despite the glitter, the formula is really smooth, which makes application easy. The brush is on the wider side (more like OPI’s than Essie’s) which I like. It takes fewer strokes to cover the nail evenly. If you have very small nails, you may not like it as much.

It can be worn on its own or layered over other polishes. It works over creme finishes and those with fine glitter or shimmer. For some reason, I got the idea that it might be glow-in-the-dark (it’s not…) It looks like it could be. It actually does have a transluscent jellyfish-style glow.

The best part about this nail polish is that, even though it’s glitter-filled, it’s extremely easy to remove. It didn’t leave any traces of glitter stuck to my nails, which has happened with other glitter polish formulas. I think I did one extra swipe with a cotton square and nail polish remover, but otherwise it came off the same as a regular polish.

 

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Sparkling Jellyfish is the only LA Splash product I own. Judging from the LA Splash website, they have a large selection of unique shades and textures (seems like glitter is kind of their thing). Have you tried LA Splash? Any color or product recommendations?

 

Pink Jellyfish Photo by Giorgos 150x150 One Step Glitter Nails

Photo by Giorgos

6 Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Favorites

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Nail Polish

I used to wear nail polish non-stop for years.  I remember I was so used to having it on that when I didn’t, my hands would look weird to me!  Last year, my schedule got super busy, and I consciously decided to stop wearing nail polish on my fingers, because I really just didn’t have time to deal with keeping it up. I’d still always paint my toes though (why does polish last triple as long on toes?). Anyway, I’m just starting to get back into wearing it on my fingers regularly. But, because I’d been out of the polish-loop, I wasn’t up-to-date on brands’ testing policies. When I checked into two major brands, OPI and Essie, I found disappointing news.

Up until a year or two ago, both Essie and OPI were cruelty-free, but both have since been bought by parent companies that do test on animals. While I don’t necessarily write off a brand for that reason (I actually want to write a post on that topic), I do err on the side of caution. So until I hear definitive confirmation that OPI and Essie will maintain their no animal testing practices, I won’t be purchasing from them.

Frankly, with brands like Inglot and Zoya as cruelty-free alternatives, I’m definitely not sacrificing quality or selection.

 

So, here are six of my cruelty-free nail polish favorites! I’ll warn you, I’m definitely partial to certain colors for nails.  Light pinks, taupe-y neutrals and nude tones, occasionally red. As much as I love seeing everyone else’s blues and greens, I personally tend to keep it pretty basic.

As with my 7 Top Foundations post (clearly I’m not so great at sticking to the “top 5″ format), reviews are coming soon. I’ll link to them once they’re posted.

 

1. Inglot Nail Enamel #715

2. Inglot Nail Enamel #718

3. Zoya Gia

4. Zoya Melodie

5. Zoya Ava

6. LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish

 


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L-R: LA Splash Sparkling Jellyfish, Zoya Ava, Zoya Melodie, Zoya Gia, Inglot #715, Inglot #718