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L’Oreal Rainy Piccadilly w/ Zoya- Fei Fei

The only reason I picked up Rainy Piccadilly was because I had a coupon. That’s how many of my nail polish purchases happen. I can preach how I’m on a no-buy but I see a sale and I just can’t resist. I’m really glad I picked this up though. It’s named after one of my favorite places in London, so it’s extra special. The formula is excellent, opaque in two coats. To add a little bling, I did an accent nail is Zoya Fei Fei (photos below the jump), from their Fall 2012 collection. Expect a full review on that in the future, because it’s awesome!

Rainy Piccadilly is part of the British Invasion collection and can be found at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and other major drugstores. It can retail between $4.50-$6 depending on where you purchase it.  Read the rest of this entry


OPI- Gouda Gouda Two Shoes


If you name a nail polish after my favorite food group (CHEESE!), I’m going to buy it. It could have been bright ass orange, and I would still buy it. Thankfully Gouda Gouda Two Shoes is not orange, but a dusty brownish rose color. My order with my OPI Holland Collection polishes arrived this weekend, and I couldn’t wait to try them out. Jess and I, along with our friend Gina, are in a Untried Polish A Day challenge, and this color is a great office friendly color to start out the week.

The formula is amazing. 2 coats gives full coverage, and there isn’t any cuticle drag, streaking, or bubbling. As mentioned above, it’s a dusty brownish rose that has a fine gold and pink shimmer. The shimmer is super subtle, and can really only be seen when the light hits it just right.

I bought 6 other colors from this collection and I can’t wait to try them out. The Holland Collection is now available at Ulta, and e-tailers, retailing at $8.50 each.

Mel’s Black Friday Haul

I hope everyone had a good Black Friday! Mine was seriously the least stressful BF I’ve had in the time I’ve been shopping. I suppose this is due to hitting them slightly after opening time, and going places such as ULTA, Ross, and Rite Aid. I picked up some goodies, none of which were really “on sale” but who cares!?

I picked up the Color Club Beyond The Mistletoe set at Ross for EIGHT DOLLARS. It comes with the 7 colors from the line, plus a bottle of clear polish. From left to right we have: Sugarplum Fairy, Beyond The Mistletoe, Holiday Splendor, Jingle Jangle, Candy Cane, Gingerbread, and Clear. I swatched a finger of each yesterday and boy are they sparkly! Thanks to Gina for the heads up! Also, they have the Color Club Foiled Collection, as well as the Boho Collection, also $8.

After listening to Jess wax poetic about Helping Hands, I went to pick some up. A few weeks ago, I tore my hand up opening a 2ltr bottle of coke. I took a huge hunk of skin out of my finger and gave myself a blood blister in that part where your index finger and thumb. I think this was a moisturizer problem. So I went and picked up HH, and gave the new products a sniff test. I also got a sample tub of Lemony Flutter so I can stop carrying around the large one. Hopefully Jess will do a review of her LUSH goodies soon!!

I finally got a full-sized bottle of Warm and Fozzie!!

Ulta had the Essie Luxeffects display out. The only one I REALLY WANTED was Pure Pearlfection. So I picked that one up. Shine of The Times is definitely AWESOME, but not something I would get a lot of use out of. I may pick up As Gold As It Gets at some point.

A few days ago, I was browsing my Google Reader feed and saw Essence’s Irreplaceable as the base for a really cute nail art. At $.99 a bottle, and .16fl oz, these are GREAT for travelling. They are easy to replace, and take up zero room. They also come in a nice assortment of normal colors and unique colors. I definitely think I’ll be picking up several of these colors for England and Antigua next year.

Ulta Is also running a 5 for $5. In addition to 2 face masks for Mud Mask Mondays, and a black eyeliner, I picked up a 4pk of emery boards and a bottle of Ulta Set the Nude. The emery boards are perfectly travel-sized (are you sensing a theme?). And one can never have too many nude color polishes!!

Were you successful this weekend?? What polishes did you pick up?

OPI- Warm and Fozzie

Happy Black Friday!! I hope y’all had a good Thanksgiving and enjoyed stuffing your faces with loved ones. I live by myself, was only responsible for ice cream at our family dinner, and wasn’t getting picked up until 3pm, so I went and saw The Muppets yesterday morning. My genius “Parents Will Be Too Busy To Take Their Bratty Children To An 11AM Movie” plan worked out well, and I was able to enjoy the film in relative peace. And I’m pleased to say, IT WAS SOOO GOOD. I’ll definitely be going to see it again! Even though I didn’t wear this polish to the film (I did have Wocka Wocka on my toes), I wanted to share it in honor of the movie now being out. And the fact that I personally thought it lived up to the hype, which is a rare occasion indeed.

I Used:
1coat Orly Bonder
2coats OPI- Warm and Fozzie
1coat Seche Vite Quick Dry Top Coat

Warm and Fozzie is definitely my favorite of the Muppets line. At least, my favorite of the ones I would wear regularly. It’s golden bronze and it has reddish flecks in it. They formula is awesome. The first coat is thin, but the second coat gives perfect coverage. It’s a 2 coater in every way. It doesn’t streak, or leave bald spots. It also dries quite quickly, which is really nice. If I had one itsy bitsy complaint, it’s that this polish seems to shrink more than others. This could be avoided by wrapping your tips. I’m not really sure it goes with my skin tone that well, but I love the color so much, I just don’t care!!

You can now find Warm and Fozzie, along with the rest of the Muppets Holiday collection wherever OPI Polishes are sold. They retail between $8.50-$10. It’s one of the polishes I’m hoping to pick up at ULTA this morning in a full-sized bottle. I got this one as part of the mini set from, and I’m already almost out!! So I hope I can get my hands on it!!

Maybelline- Autumn Leaves










How great is this color?!? I first saw it when G. over at Nouveau Cheap reviewed it and waxed poetic over it’s greatness. She wasn’t kidding!! It’s such a great Fall color, and it reminds me of all the leaves that are currently falling in Maryland!! It’s not a typical red, or a plum, and it’s got a bit of an orange tint to it due to the gold shimmer. We all know I’m not a fan of anything orange. I really got this color to where on my toes, but it may make an appearance or two on my nails before fall is out. It seems like a great Thanksgiving color to wear next week!! This is two coats and it applied wonderfully. I’m not even wearing a top coat here because this was just a swatch, and it’s still got a very nice shimmery gold finish. I picked this up at Rite Aid about 2 months ago for about $4. It’s part of a limited edition line, and I haven’t seen another bottle since I found this one. I was lucky and only made one stop to look for this, but I highly recommend putting in the effort to find this polish if you can. And do not hesitate to pick it up if you do find a bottle!!


Butter London- The Black Knight

I won’t lie to you. I was a bit wary of this polish after No More Waity, Katie. I wasn’t a huge fan of NMWK, and was worried this might be along the same lines. But HOLY BATMAN. I’m pleased to announce that this polish is miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiles better than NMWK. I used 2 coats here, and it’s full opaque. Unlike NMWK, it’s not too thick. The first coat is a bit sheer and uneven, but the second coat  evens everything out. The Black Knight is a black jelly base, with blue, purple, red, green, and pink mini hex glitter and silver microglitter. Some colors are really apparent on the nail, others are only evident when the light hits them just right. All the colors are evident in the macro shot of the bottle below the cut. I have to say, I have really grown to like Butter London polishes after a pretty terrible first experience. The Black Knight is part of the Butter London Holiday 2011 Collection came as part of the Dressing Table Duo from Ulta. The other polish in the duo was Tart With a Heart. Butter London polishes retail for $14 a bottle and you can get them online, or at Ulta and Nordstrom. The duo from Ulta is retailing for $25, and they are currently running a free shipping deal, so you are saving $3! Read the rest of this entry

Revlon- Sweet Tart










I like to keep it real, so I’m going to. This nail polish is TERRIBLE. That’s why I waited so long to post it. It’s one of the Breast Cancer Awareness polishes that raised money for BCA during October. I felt like a bad human being posting how much I dislike this polish. Almost like I was pro-cancer or something. So I waited. I love the color, hate the formula. This is 3 coats, it’s STILL showing bald spots, a visible nail line, and it drags and streaks like none other. It’s such a shame, because I really really like this color, and think it looks pretty good on pale me. It’s a bright summer pink without being a neon. I’m less picky about formula when it comes to my pedicures, so I’ll give it a try there. If it’s still craptastic, it’s going in the purge pile. Sad panda.

Revlon- Royal Cloak

The first time I saw the Revlon Masquerade display at Walgreens, I picked this up and then put it back after doing a test nail. I am, after all, trying to be more picky in my polishes. Then, the next day, eleventy billion swatches of this all popped up at the same time (only a slight exaggeration) and so I drove back to my Wags that day and bought it, along with Starry Pink. This turned out MUCH better than Starry Pink did.

I Used:
1 coat Orly Nail Defense
2 coats Revlon Royal Cloak
1 coat Seche Vite Top Coat

Royal Cloak is a medium lavender cream that has silver FLAKIES. Have you picked up on the fact we like flakies here at the blog? Because we do. You aren’t really able to tell based on my pictures that these are flakies and not glass flecks, but if you check out this picture, it’s obvious. The formula is pigmented enough to cover and be fully opaque in 2 coats. It’s also pretty easy to clean up. A lot of super pigmented colors stain and smear during clean up, so this was a breeze compared to that. This picture is a little brighter in color than the polish is in real life, but it’s more accurate than any other photo I took. I really like this color, and I’ve become really partial to Revlon polishes as well. This blog has definitely forced me to step outside my brand comfort zone. But I’m really glad I did. I’ve got several more Revlon polishes to share soon.

Royal Cloak can be found at mass chain drugstores such as Walgreens and Rite Aid. It can also be found at Target and generally retails for around $4.

Below the jump is a picture that better shows the flakies, but still not as good as the photo I’ve linked you to. Read the rest of this entry

Essie- Bungle Jungle

Y’all. I think I have a new favorite red. I picked up Bungle Jungle when the Chinatown Bed Bath and Beyond was having a $3.99 Essie sale. They were clearing out a bunch of whites, pinks, and reds and so I went in and picked up a few. Side Note: The Chinatown BB&B is one of my favorite places to shop for Essie polishes. They always have the latest lines as well as the entire core collection. This is a fire engine red, but what makes it different from other polishes I own is the metallicy shimmer finish!! I’m not really sure how long this has been sitting around in the BB&B because the polish was really thick, there was some evaporation, and there was paint around the outer part of the neck. I chose to overlook all of this, mostly because I didn’t realize until I opened it to do my manicure, because I like the color so much. Besides, the thickness of the polish wasn’t something a little polish thinner couldn’t fix. I also think the thickness helps with this polish. This is only 2 coats, and it’s fully opaque without a visible nail line. It went on smooth without streaking. There is a gold shimmer in the bottle that is very subtle on the nail. I have two red Essies, and I’ve been impressed with both of them. You can see my review of Russian Roulette here. I think this is a really great red, and one I’ll get a lot of use out of, being a fan of red teams. It also looks like my favorite drink from 7-11, the wild cherry Slurpee. Great. I think I’m going to have to go get one today.

China Glaze- Strawberry Fields (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

October is Birthday Month. I’m not the vainest person on this planet by any means, but I have definitely been known to try and claim birthday month when there’s something in the month of October that I want to do. More importantly, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, something that hits close to home here at The Varnish Clique. Stores run all sorts of sales and fundraisers during this month. Sally Beauty Supply is running A LOT of great ones, I definitely suggest hitting the store up if you get a chance. One of the sales is several pink shades of China Glaze Polishes are on sale for $4.99, Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I already had all the other colors, so I picked up Strawberry Fields. Not only does it benefit the SGK Foundation, it also reminds me of one of my favorite Beatles songs, Strawberry Fields Forever. Fun Melissa Fact: I lived in Liverpool, home of The Beatles, for a year in college. The name of this polish made me smile when I saw it, as a lot of things remind me of Liverpool. Click the jump for a review of the polish, and, because I felt like it, the video for Strawberry Fields Forever! Read the rest of this entry