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A-England: Tristam

I love it. LOVE. IT. I ordered this back in July when Adina was running her 5gbp polish sale for hitting 5,000 fans on Facebook, and it just arrived this week. My original shipment got lost in the Olympic chaos and she had to resend them. Sidenote: Adina was really great about resending my order and answering my inquiries. Anyway, I ordered this and Galahad, both of which were on my lemming list. This polish is perfection. I used two coats, but it really only needed one. The holographic glitter is really subtle and shimmering. I believe this has taken over as the Most Complimented polish I’ve worn. And it’s definitely one of my most favorite polishes in my entire 460+ bottle collection. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of Tristam this winter.  Read the rest of this entry

Butter London- Trustafarian

Butter London’s Trustafarian is not a Melissa color.  At least not typically.  But the more I saw swatches of it, the more I wanted it. I felt like it would be subtle enough that I could still wear it in the office and not be concerned about professionalism.  So I picked it up during the Ulta BOGOFREE sale last week. I’m so glad I did! I absolutely loved this polish and wore it for 4 days, which is a rarity in my world. The formula is a bit thin so I went with 3 thin coats for complete coverage. I really like the slightly pistachio color of this polish. It’s unique, and I got a lot of compliments on it. Especially when I was out in the sun. The holo qualities of Trustafarian are really subtle and my nails just sparkled. Removal was super easy, but there was a bit of shimmer left behind on my fingers. Let’s just say I temporarily resembled a Cullen. But I can’t wait to wear this again!

Trustafarian is part of Butter London’s Fall 2012 collection. You can pick it up on Butter London’s website, as well as Ulta, Ricky’s, Nordstrom’s and other sites. They retail for $14.

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Milani – Hi Tech

You can’t go to a rooftop birthday dinner in Manhattan without fabulous nails. You also can’t go and not take pictures like this one to drool over:

But back to the nails haha. I wanted something a little crazy and playful but generally simple;  Milani – Hi Tech fit the bill. It is a light green holo, which I know sounds scary, but I feel like most skin tones could rock this. Butter London released a light green holo this fall, so it’s also a drugstore version of a on-trend color. It’s just a little brighter green than the BL.


I did two coats then sealed it with Seche Vite and it’s beauuuutttiiffulll. Kinda like this weather (seriously, can September last forever? this weather has been amazing, I want it around always). I love holos because somehow they capture fun and funky but somehow maintain a little bit of class. I know my version of professional nails is basically “if it’s a well done mani, why should I restrict my colors?” but I think this could be a widely accepted office color in business casual environments. Over all, it’s a quality polish, quality color, and I felt like my nails at least attempted to shimmer as bright as the lights of New York at dinner, so wins all around.

I did add an accent nail of Ying’s Nails – Starry Meteor because I picked it up at a street fair last weekend and couldn’t resist. This shot also shows Hi Tech with flash and all of it’s holo goodness.

Revlon- Stunning over Essie- Real Simple

3 days ago, Twitter went a flutter as several people tweeted about having found Whimsical, the new Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air dupe by Revlon. I took to the interwebs to see if this was a random one-off polish, or if it was part of a larger line. Well, it has a sister polish, Stunning. I added both to my list, and went off to the one convenient Bed Bath and Beyond that carries nail polish. I spent a good 20 minutes digging through all the nail polish displays, and was 50% successful. But perhaps this was the better half to find immediately? Everyone else is going gaga over Whimsical (which I DEFINITELY want) but no one has really mentioned Stunning. And Stunning it is 🙂

I Used:
1 coat Orly Bonder
3 coats Essie- Real Simple
1 coat Revlon- Stunning
1 coat Seche Top Coat

Stunning is a multi-colored micro and hex holo glitter in a clear base. To the naked eye, in the bottle, you can’t really tell it’s multi-colored. It just appears silver with a hint of black. When the light hits it though, its sooooo pretty. It’s also really subtle, so I’m wearing this one to the office tomorrow. Coverage is good, and glitter placement is effortless. It’s possible this is my new favorite glitter. I can’t wait to try it over some other colors, such as blue and purple. I was already wearing Real Simple. And it’s one of those days where I kept falling asleep if I sat down for more than 10 minutes. But I got lucky and I think it looks great! Definitely a girlier holiday manicure. You can pick up Stunning and Whimsical at Bed Bath and Beyond for $3.79. Read the rest of this entry

Mattese Elite Seductive Winter Wonderland- Mysterious

This was the polish that, when we first received the press release in our inbox, I said “I WANT THAT ONE!” because I love mint green, which is what I originally thought it was. Ricky’s describes it as “blue meets green in this polychromatic, holographic glitzfest” so I wasn’t too far off base! But this glitter is beautiful, and may just become one of my favorites.

I Used:

1coat Orly Bonder
1coat Mattese Elite- Temptation
1coat Mattese Elite- Mysterious

A mysterious temptation indeed! I did not use a top coat mainly because I had read somewhere that top coat reduces holo effects, something I haven’t had a lot of experience with.  But it wasn’t something I wanted to risk. Be aware, this is a dense and thirsty glitter, so be prepared to use several coats of top coat. Sandy has a great top coat formula for this. My one coat is a thick coat of Mysterious. But that thick coat has full coverage, without any bald spots, and applied easily. I love the color combination of Mysterious and Temptation and I’m really pleased that I ended up with these colors.  I cannot wait to try this over other colors. And I’ll be sure to share pictures!!

I love that this is a subtle holo shimmer. I feel like a good deal of holographic glitters look like a leprechaun puked rainbows all over your fingers, and this one does not. It’s still not “work appropriate” but that’s okay. It’s multi-colored gorgeousness. There are not many colors I have a backup of, but this may become one of them.

You can pick this up at Ricky’s NYC online or any of their store locations for $5.99. They are currently running a 20% off Mattese Elite products, so get. on. it. And a huge thanks to Ricky’s for providing these polishes for our review.

**Apologies for the label shot as the main swatch. I had a little oopsie boo boo 
while swatching and got polish all over the front of the bottle. I didn't want to
risk my mani by doing immediate clean up, so here we are. After taking a main
swatch, I cleaned up the bottle for a "holo shot." You can see the holo
clearly in this shot, as well as in the slightly blurry picture.**

Mattese Elite- Dirty Slut w/ Nails Inc. Special Effects- Electric Lane

I am blogging on the go today, but I really wanted to share this mani with you, so forgive the less stellar than usual pictures. It hides a bit of damage to my nail beds anyway. First of all, shout out to Gina who gave me the idea for this mani in the first place. You see, she went to the midnight release of Breaking Dawn last night and this was her super simple “Team Edward” manicure. (Disclaimer: I have no idea if she is truly Team Edward or not. I know this is a serious debate among people.) She did her’s over Ulta’s Set The Nude, and it looked great. Unfortunately, I don’t own that, but I DO own Mattese Elite’s Dirty Slut, which I have been wanting to try for some time! This seemed like a great occasion to do so!

Dirty Slut is a great neutral polish. It’s a slightly purple leaning taupe and is juuuuust dark enough that I don’t look like I have mannequin hands. It’s a touch on the thinnish-thick side, so it require a bit of babying. However, two carefully applied coats gives you complete opacity, without bald spots or streaking. I almost left this alone and wore JUST DS, but it is Friday, and I wanted something sparkly to wear with Jeans and Jersey Friday at my office (I’m wearing my Steven Gerrard 2010-2011 home Liverpool jersey for those that were wondering).

I’m really glad I added Nails, Inc. Electric Lane. I used Nails, Inc. polishes several times while living in England, and im super glad they finally made their way over here. DS provided a great base that has just the right amount of color to really make Electric Lane pop. Electric Lane is a holo micro glitter. I’m more partial to micro glitters for holo effects because I think it makes you appear as if you had fairy dust on your tips! It also doesn’t make it appear like you have a flashing rainbow on your fingers. It’s also totally office-friendly. One coat of EL is plenty, which is good because it retails at $10 for .33floz. I was slightly worried I had put on too much initially, but I think this mani turned out quite nice. Best of all, this is not a thirsty glitter, so one coat top coat will do ya, and as you can see in the picture below, it doesn’t dim the holo effect!

You can pick up Mattese Elite’s Dirty Slut online or at any Ricky’s NYC location for $5.99 and they are running some great deals this month. You can pick up Electric Lane for $10 online or any Sephora that carries the core Nails, Inc line!

P.S. does anyone think this resembles Butter London’s All Hail The Queen? It might be a shade or two darker, but it’s pretty darn close!!

Butter London – [We] All Hail the Queen

I knew this was an “OH MY VARNISHHHHH” before I picked it up. We all knew this and all three of us bought it during Ulta’s Butter London bogo sale haha. It’s an amazing color; a medium taupe with holo micro glitter. The perfect color neutral for all of us:  a classy and work appropriate base with a little hint of a wild side 🙂

I used my usual Seche Rebuild basecoat with Seche Vite top coat and used 3 coats of All Hail the Queen in between. This color is so easy to work with and the results just make me happy. The holo really adds dimension to the color; be prepared to stare at your nails for extended periods of time haha.  Pretty much the only thing I don’t like about this color is the price, and possibly the size of the bottle.  At regular price, it’s $14. I managed to score it for about$5.25 because of bogo and an Ulta coupon, but knowing the regular cost for a replacement makes me wary of wearing it alllllll the time like I kinda wish I could haha. The bottle is also .4oz, which when a “standard” bottle of polish is typically .5oz, it makes the price more apparent. I’m definitely NOT trying to talk you out of the color!!! I love it and it’s a fabulous addition to my collection 🙂 I’m just trying to keep it real, and tell you to watch for sales! And choose to wear it when you’re gonna have it on for multiple days so you make it worth it 🙂

Sandy wore this color on her beach trip last week, so hit the jump for a long wear review! Mel also sent me a good flash shot and her thoughts, so this post is a 3 for 1! (where’s THAT kind of Butter London sale? haha)

❤ Jess

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Milani – 3D Holographic: Hi-Res

I have yet to be disappointed in a Milani polish; as is the case with Hi-Res, they usually exceed my expectations. This purple holo is absolutely GORGEOUS. The pictures will really have to do the talking for this post!! It’s subtle enough that I’d wear it in a professional setting, the fact that it’s a pure holo gives it a little more of a smooth classiness than some of my high intensity holo glitters. It’s also bold enough to catch your eye and make you stare at your fingers I think it’s going to be my favorite day to night polish!

I had been dying to try out my Sinful Colors Verbena, so I decided to an accent nail in a way I hadn’t really done before. Instead of my ring finger being the one to pack the glittery, shimmery punch, it was the reserved solid color. It actually felt a little weird at first haha. I had to resist putting nail art on it for the first few hours, but it grew on me. And Verbena is simply a stunning color, why mess with it? haha.

To see Hi-Res in other lighting and a macro shot, click to read more!


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I heart holos: Color Club – Fashion Addict

1 coat Poshe Antimicrobial (basecoat)
2 coats Color Club – Fashion Addict
1 coat Poshe (top coat)

I lust after those Nfu-Oh and hard to find China Glaze holos, but who knew I already had this beauty in my Helmer?  Jess spotted this online and told me about it, and I’m like, waitaminute, I HAVE THAT!! but never tried it!  So I put it on today and wow.  I mean, indoors the holo barely shows, but outside in the sun? it’s a show stopper…

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