Nail Polish Lottery Club- Week 101

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This Weeks Random Number is

China Glazes’ Boo-Gie Down

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally cool!! Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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Since nothing was  posted on the NPLC Facebook page last week and I made that post (unofficially week 101) This will be titled week 101 as well….20141209_193445_resized

With the new year coming in the next few days (and a time for celebrations) I’m happy that this week’s nail polish pick reminds me (slightly of fireworks) of fun and festive times. This week I’m wearing China’s Glaze’s Boo-Gie Down.

One of the reason’s why I’m so excited about this nail polish was because I got it on “Super Clearance” at Ulta; what’s “Super Clearance” you ask? Well the sales price was $0.97 as opposed to the normal $7.50… SUPER CLEARANCE! I’m sorry, I’m a frugal gal and when you see China Glazes for that price not only are you forced to get them (even if you are on a no buy) but you have to love it no matter what it looks like based on principal.

Now based on the name I would automatically assume that this is a Halloween polish (going to do polish research now………) Yep, it is… this polish is apart of China Glaze’s 2013 Monster’s Ball Collection (maybe they should consider renaming this polish and putting it in another collection; Sinful Colors does it all the time… This polish is chocked full of glitter, everything from Marco glitters to bar glitters … in in there all secured in a clear base. I will say that when I say this Halloween was the furthest thing from my mind, actually the very first thing I thought when I saw this was, “this would be the perfect polish for a Saint’s fan (which I am not one…. Go Pack Go!!!).

And yes I know that it’s a topper, but I’m wearing it alone, much like last week… look at me living on the 20141209_193012_resizededge…Now this could be for various reasons, it could be the fact that the nail polish is a little bit older (maybe why it’s on clearance… excuse me super clearance) or the fact that this polish is packed full of glitter but it was a tad bit difficult to apply this the way I normally do, so I was forced to use the “spackle” method… I simply had to tab it one until my nail was covered.

One of the reasons why I wanted to try this one on bare nails was partly I wanted to get  a feel for what this polish could do and the second one was, I had the hardest time trying to figure out what color to use for a base polish, I wanted to wear something where all the minute glitters on the polish would show;it wasn’t until after the polish was applied that I realized that it right look really good with one of my teal polishes (I guess I have to save that for next time)

 

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This week Tsuki graciously allowed me to photograph her with the nail polish right as she woke, I think she’s excited that this is the last pick of the year.20141210_191944_resized

I loved it’s Despite the issues that I ha applying this polish I still really loved it, this nail polish now goes into a special category of nail polish I own called Celebration Polishes, and based on that  and the extraordinary amount of glitter in this bottle I can’t help but give it a favorable score. So Boo-Gie Down get’s an 8 out of 10!

China Glaze Boo-Gie Down retails for $7.50

Until Next Time….

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Nail Polish Lottery Club : Week 92

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Week 92 Random Number is 143

Essie’s Marshmallow

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally cool!! Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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Last week I wore which was a perfect shade for autumn, seems almost fortuitous that I for a Mariah Carey polish considering all the publicity she’s getting for her Tone Deaf Tokyo Tour….Elusive Chanteuse Show and the fact that she can’t hit a note… but we are not talking about her performance (which is a hot mess) but we are talking about the polish….the removal process was super easy and it took less time than it usually does, and I think that has to do with new nail polish remover I’ve been using, but I didn’t experience any staining which is always a plus.

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20140925_151433“Marshmallow is a cloudy sheer white, perfect for a French manicure.” well at least according to Essie, and honestly I tend to agree.. I love white, but honestly I tend to use it was a base or only for nail art… but this is the perfect standalone white polish. Generally when I use a white polish the application is streaky and it’s filled with problems and I either give up half way through or not happy with the overall appearance (it either looks lumpy, or it’s  mega white and nearly blinding).

I had heard a lot of good things on a nail polish group that I’m on and with my previous issues finding the “right white” I figured it wasn’t gonna hurt anything but my wallet to give this one a try. I got to Ulta and I wasn’t able to find it, after talking to store associate she was not only able to locate it but she pointed out the20140925_151447 super bargain bin… I was able to get China Glazes for 99 cents….she is my new favorite person at Ulta…. seriously. So I get this polish and I’m super excited about it. I wanted to try it out immediately but I was wearing another polish that I was smitten with and didn’t want to remove at the time.

But finally the time has come wear it and to tell my reader how I feel about it. Marshmallow Is a milky “jelly” white crème, no shimmer. For the most part I don’t have any issues with Essie polishes, but my major concern about this polish was that it was so thin and it took 3 coats to get about 80% opacity. Because you are applying three sometimes four coats it takes a while for the nail polish to dry. After being extremely careful after painting my nails and waiting 3 hours to go to bed I woke up to find that I hand imprints in the polish… which was extremely disappointing; after two coats of topcoat the “imperfections” were barely noticeable, but the experience  left a sour taste in my mouth. After doing a bit of research a lot of people complain about the lighter shades being thin. This puts me in between a rock and a hard place because on one hand I didn’t enjoy previous white nail polishes because the formulas were thick and now I’m complaining that this polish is too thin….what’s a girl to do?3

This is a nice color, I’ll admit that. But if you look online the color if this polish varies a lot depending on the light . One blogger called it, “taupe colored neutral”. So my search for the perfect white continues next white that I’ll be trying is OPI’s Funny Bunny which is an exact dupe or perhaps My Vampire is Buff… but I’m hoping the formula is better…which me luck!

Tsuki being a feline supermodel gave one her her best poses to date…no word on her thoughts on this polish… but it sure does match the background well. As for me,  I have a serious love/ hate relationship with this polish for in fairness it get’s a middle of the road 5 out of 10. What’s your go-to white nail polish?

Essie’s Marshmallow retails for $8.50.

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Until Next Time…

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Nail Polish Lottery Club–Week 86

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Taking off last weeks pick Black Dahlia was a bit traumatizing, I almost chose not to participate this week because I was gonna redo my nails in the same color, I’m still really steamed that I didn’t take advantage and get the larger bottle when I had a chance, hopefully Missy will find a few bottles somewhere or decide to to a blast from the past sale (fingers crossed). Since this wasn’t a glitter the removal process was pretty straight forward, there was a bit of extra scrubbing though.

Week 86 Random Number is 33

Sinful Colors Pragmatic

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page

Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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20140803_215436Pragmatic is a lavender polish that has a fine, pearly shimmer running through it that’s actually visible in the bottle and on the nail.  In some lights this shade leans blue, The formula was very nice, and I used three coats here.  I could have used two, but with my nails being a little bit longer I am starting to use three. (there is no real change in shade between the second and third coats).  Not very long ago I would have seen this color and passed right by it, I was deeply afraid of dark colors, but once I copped off my nails I started experimenting with colors I normally didn’t wear and realized that I actually liked the look of them, now that my nails have grown back I’m glad that I still feel the same way.

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It’s rare that I find Sinful Shine at my local Walgreens, heck at this point I’m looking if I can located 20 Sinful Colors nail polish at my Walgreens, it’s seriously , seriously bare. Which is one of the reasons I didn’t participate in the 99 cent sale last week. But when I do find that rare Sinful Shine, (I think I found this one at the China Town location) I get it. (even if it looks really similar to something that I have). So shine 20140803_215208collections  claims to be “5x more glossy than a patented leather shoe”. when I hear that I want to prove them wrong. but alas I didn’t have a patented leather show… damn it!!  When ever someone asks me about this line In tell them it’s like you nail polish with a good coat of Seche Vite on top.. I’d rather get the regular version and add my topcoat or just wait until the next sale… since the price has been dropped to 1.99 these are also 99 cents during the sales. If you are unable to find Pragmatic in your local Walgreen stores, be on the lookout for it’s dupe “Tempest” also by Sinful Colors. For my accent nail I used China Glaze Create a Spark.

As far as nail wear I find that Sinful Colors, and most at home gel polish typically have the same life span as the regular polish, I’m fairly rough on my nails, because I type a lot so I’ll start to see wear on my tips in about 2-3 days, I haven’t had an issues with chipping though. The swatches were taken from the Sinful colors and China Glaze sites. As you can see from the swatch the color changes based on the lightening situation (although I still think their swatch is still a little dark.swatches

20140803_215535Tsuki is back this week, she has deemed this particular color, interesting and pretty… ask you can tell from the picture she seems very curious about how it would look on her paws. Because I it’s sinful Colors and it’s a pretty colors that can be used in multiple ways (as well as having no issues with application) I can’t help but give this polish high praise. Although it has gel technology it acted the same way as the regular formula, so I’m giving it an 8 out of 10. That whole 5 times shinier thing didn’t hold up..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nail Polish Lottery Club–Week 77

So very often I talk about the application process and my overall impressions of the nail polish, but I never talk about how it is to take the nail polish off… if it stains, does it require a special removal technique, well starting next week I will be added those things to the blog,  so as some of you remember, last week I wore Color Me Monthly’s Candied Clementine a nail polish that I wasn’t really all that excited about, but I will say that removal of this polish was a  breeze, there was absolutely no staining which is always a good thing …

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 66

China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy

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Are you still not sure what the Nail Polish Lottery Club let me give you a quick rundown; It’s a club for nail polish lovers. Do you have lots of nail polish you never used before? Put all your untried polishes into an excel sheet and  every week we pick a random number and wear a different nail polish, then we post the results on our YouTube channel, blog, or on the NPLClub Facebook page! Totally easy right? If you’d like to join us feel free, we’re all totally  cool!!

Nail Polish Lottery Club guidelines link
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page

Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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20140619_151905Flip Flop Fantasy is a neon coral polish, that is pretty shocking, it really is one of those shades that’s hard to ignore, and once you close your eyes it’s already burned into your retina so you still see it… needless to say it’s the perfect polish for the summer

Flip Flop Fantasy is hands down my favorite toe color for summer. I have been using this bright neon coral for over 2 years now and am on my second bottle. This neon polish can be a little tough to apply. The 20140619_152609formula is a little thin and streaky; typical of many neons.  It’s been a while since I used a China Glaze polish and I was really shocked at how thin this one was…. but I kept added layers trying to put it on as smooth as possible and after it was done …. it looked alright… more specifically I said it looked like a Monet, far away it looked great….up close it was a mess..I needed help so I posed the question to people at  Polish-aholics Anonymous for help and after being told it wasn’t user error, that this was a notoriously difficult polish to apply and it’s helpful to use “underwear” when wearing this polis… so I removed my manicure… and started with a fresh blank canvas of  white polish (Sinful Color’s Snow Me White as a base then 2 medium thick coats of Flip Flop. Using the white base really helps with some of the streakiness although there were still a lot of imperfections.. It dries fast to a rather dull matte finish which is also typical of many neons,  a shiny top coat fixes that problem and smooths out some of the areas.

20140619_151751If I had a problem with last week’s color I should have a problem with this weeks color…. wrong… while I was slightly put off my last weeks color I was like a moth to the flame with this weeks pick. I got a lot of complements on this color; even my mom complemented me my manicure…but how can you not notice this color. Despite the weather being less than favorable I have been wearing sandals and flip-flops just to show off my pedicure

It’s rare that the application of the polish makes me cry, but I tried again and it only a few tears left my eye this time. I would absolutely hate this polish if I wasn’t so in love with the color.  And this week’s score if gonna reflect my mixed feelings on this polish so it gets a 5 out of 1020140619_151915.  a top-coat can only do so much

I think Tsuki thought that this weeks polish was a toy…she wouldn’t leave it alone, maybe she like’s neon nail polish

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Until Next Time…
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