Nail Polish Lottery Club–Week 79

You will never know the sadness that overcame me when I had to remove last week mani, I loved it… I think if I was a nail polish that would be it…but my excitement and over adornment of my pick quickly faded when it came time to remove it. I think its time for me to pull out the big guns and use the glue method because even though I used the foil method it took forever, and I still had to go back and do a lot of clean-up; black polish and glitter is a dangerous pair…. wow!

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 196

Alternate number used was 19 + 6 = 25

Julep’s Catrina

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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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20140706_214348Julep’s Catrina is described as marigold yellow crème according to the website I like to think of it as egg yolk yellow. I’ve had this for a while as this polish came in the September 2013 box. Yellows have always ben colors that I’ve been weary of yellows, they just seem like they are made for trouble, and of course there is the whole, “is it gonna look right on me”

20140706_214249It’s been a good while since I’ve used a Julep polish, but this particular polish was somewhat thin and the first coat was very streaky, I got super concerned that maybe I did something wrong and should have used a white 20140706_214337undercoat before I started my first layer. But not to worry everything evened out by the second (which I was really grateful for). Although this would not have been my first choice for a color this week, I have to be honest it’s a very striking color… but something was  missing, I’m still missing the wow…. I mean this color is still “in your face” but I decided to add some of my favorite comic book water decals for a little added pop and a bit of nail art, that I have been desperately needing.

20140706_220343Let’s be honest there is not much I can say about this polish…. it’s great! it looked great….The last time I wore a yellow polish I think that I was still on the fence. But this color has really tipped me over the edge, I really like it, but unfortunately me liking Julep’s nail polishes are hit or miss. Although it was a bit thin I totally loved this polish… and I think it looks really good on me. so in love with the color.  So this week’s pick get’s a 9 out of 10 points!

I had to ask permission to get a photo this week Tsuki is such a diva… she was laying on her pillow and graciously lifted her head so that a 20140706_213556photo could be taken… you can barley see the polish, but like I said she was in a bit of a mood.

 

 

 

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 75

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Due to the fact that I am on vacation this post was done ahead of time and done before the lottery number was picked for week 72.  This is a new polish that I have never worn that I randomly selected from my nail polish database. Next week we will resume as normally.

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But ladies and gentlemen…. it is here … live and in effect, rocking on my fingernails, the nail polish that at first grossed me out then intrigued me, the most unfortunately named nail polish is in my pretty little hands.. (I’m so excited!!)

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Sinful Colors Beau Khaki

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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 here . Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page Remember to use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram and most importantly paint your nails and have fun!!

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I mentioned my hunt for BK here

I looked high and low all over Chicago land, I even had some people looking out of state and Beau Khaki didn’t want to be found (I swear I felt like I was hunting Big Foot) and finally I decided that I was just gonna go and purchase on Amazon… for $5.00 I mean compared to what other people are paying for polish and what people are paying for hard to finds on eBay 5 bucks isn’t not that big of a mark-up (I had actually decided hat I wasn’t gonna pay more than 20.00 for a bottle; thank goodness it didn’t com to that…. now let’s get to the polish!!

DSC02876This particular polish was apart of the Haute Rebel collection; and to be honest I probably saw this display in the store and was totally unimpressed by the color scheme and simply walked by.  Beau Khaki is a dusty sage green creme. It reminds me s lot of Essie Sew Psyched (which I didn’t realize how similar they are until I really looked at them together ) It’s a green polish but very neutral and is wearable in any season; when I first got this polish I was afraid that it could only be worn in the fall and winter months, but once I put this one I decided this polish is so pretty and so light that it could work year round.

There is nothing more satisfying than waiting forever for a polish only to find out that it is asDSC02878 perfect as you imagined it. OMG! If you treat this polish right, it will certainly return the favor, this little lovely is a one coater! After I say how brilliant my nails looked with one coat I was done! Complete opacity. Although this polish was a bit runny as long as take care not to add too much polish on the brush you should be just fine. The color on the nail is exactly as it is on the bottle there. I should also note that all pictures were taken without a top coat. And for you keen eyed readers out there, you might notice a huge crack in the handle of the bottle… well I was so excited that the polish finally came I dropped it and the handle broke into two… I WAS PANICKED… I hadn’t even had it for an hour… but I just added a bit of polish on the handle and secured it and let it sit over night…. next day it was good as new. (of course I did this because I was unable to locate my krazy glue… so now you know, sometimes nail polish can work in a pinch!)

DSC02881Tsuki seems interested in the polish; for now she’ll just sniff around, but seriously with her it’s hit or miss… but there was no way I could give this polish anything lower than 10 out of 10! PERFECT!! Color is great, application was easy peasy and it was a one coater….

3 days later there is some tip wearing despite the fact that I wrapped my nails, but that’s nothing new I’m tough on my nails… plus I never did get around to putting that top coat on, and that probably would have made a difference.

 

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Until Next Time…

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 72

So my week 69 pick was one for the record books people. I had so many people write to me about their nail polish and how it turned out for me, I did a lot of testing with the polish, as mentioned in week 70 I purchased another bottle of the same polish so I got the same result, so I tried it again without a base coat… and I got the same. So finally after much frustration and outright confusion I contacted Sinful Colors via their website telling them about myDSC02791 experiences and asking them to finally settle the debate .. what this polish a matte or a satin finish.. well needless to say I got an email a day later saying that someone was going to look into the situation and get back to me soon. I rolled my eyes and figured that was the last I had heard from them…. well fast forward to this past Saturday when I got a letter from Erin Dillenschneider a Consumer Information Representative for Sinful Colors Professional, thanking me for  bringing my observations to their attention; although I didn’t get an answer about what type of finish Dream On was supposed to have I was given gift certificates for nail polish…so I guess this is something I may never know the answer to.  FYI: I didn’t realize that Sinful Colors parent company was Revlon…

These were the little beauties that I got with my gift certificates.

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 307

Alternate Number 30 +7 =37

Nicole By OPI’s Better After Dark

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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 :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts
Use the hashtag: #nplclub on Twitter and Instagram

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A few months back Dove Chocolate and Nicole by OPI teamed up together for an amazing sweepstakes! 25,000 lucky winners received two Nicole by OPI Dove Chocolate inspired polishes and a coupon for a bar of Dove Chocolate! It was a sweet deal!! Better After Dark is the milk chocolate inspired nail polish  that’s a really nice red toned brown, packed full of pink micro shimmer. The formula went on well, it was a little sheer and streaky at first but evened out nicely.

As you can see from the first coat the nail polish is really thin and streaky, so I had to take extraCollage care to make sure the coats were even and didn’t pool on the nail., but once you allow the nail polish to dry and apply your second coat, the nail polish really shows it’s true shade an you can get a good amount of that microshimmer

 

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I gotta say that Nicole by OPI did a really good job with getting the shade right, it looked so much like milk chocolate I actually had to smell to polish to make sure that it wasn’t scented.There is something about a brown nail polish that instantly makes my skin look better, to be honest I have never considered wearing a brown nail polish in the spring/summer months, but I actually like this; and as you can se the color on the nail is not that far off from the color in the bottle.

And here is the final color, please excuse the nails, clearly this was before I did a clean upDSC02821 around the cuticles and skin, I added an accent nail using Klean Colors’ Firework which gives it just a little bit of shine. I have said this before but generally I’m not a big fan of the Nicole by OPI line for me it seems to be very kitschy  and sometimes I just don’t “get it” I’m blaming the Kardashian collection; it  just ruined it for me (it might also have something to do with the fact that I think they are repulsive human beings…), but I think this one might have changed my mind.

Although the polish started off with a bad note by being thing and streaky, it really erased all of my bad feelings by the second coat. Plus this shade looks amazing on me. so I have to give it a high score. So Better After Dark has earned a solid 9 out of 10! (Although Tsuki seemed a bit unphased by the color…)

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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 70

 

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THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 21

SINFUL COLORS’ INNOCENT

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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 :https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter hashtag: #nplclub

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I still really miffed by last weeks pick, I was so confused about how my manicure turned out. that I went and purchased two bottles from two separate stores and the results are the same… why is a seemly matte nail polish showing up as a satin finish on my nail? Do you think that it has something to do with the fact that I used a  base coat? And yes I did end up using a top coat, but only after it was completely dried with the satin finish… Now I won three bottles of a polish I’m not all that happy about… I’m seriously thinking about contacting Sinful Colors and seeing what the heck is going on. But no matter what Sinful Colors is still  one of my favorite brands of nail polish! The are a good price and very good quality polish (for the most part). I would highly recommend them to anyone who hasn’t tried them

DSC02713This week I wanted a brush start and low and behold I ended up with another neon color!
Innocent is a bright pop of Chartreuse–a light-medium yellow and green hue–with a creamy finish ( isn’t Chartreuse a fun word? …. say it with me Chartreuse…) This color is perfect for the warm weather that is upon (some of) us and not only is it’s eye catching it will look great on anyone.

The application of this polish was fairly easy, the polish was a tad bit on the thick side, so youDSC02709 should be a little careful as it has a tendency to pool if you have too much on the brush, but one coat of this polish and I was done, no need for a second coat, You know how one coat 20140506_110812_resizedpolishes excite me; and I didn’t have to worry.  And as you can tell the color on the nail is exactly the color in the bottle, so you shouldn’t have to worry that the same seems a bit off once you apply it to the nail. Another think that I observe while wearing this polish is that there is no subtle difference in the color based on the light that you’re in… it stays pretty consistent.

Once again I pulled out my nifty little dotting tool and created a simple looking contrast dots on the ring finger to complete the look. The manicure was then topped with Seche Ultra-V topcoat

DSC02725The application of the polish was smooth and I had no issues at all with the brush. Overall I was really impressed with this weeks pick This polish get’s a 10 out of 10! Ladies…run… run and go get this polish!

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time…
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Nail Polish Lottery Club – Week 69

PROGRAMMING NOTE: I marked last week’s NPLClub entry as Week 69… that has been fixed.. apparently I was excited about this week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM NUMBER IS 118

Alternate number 1+1+8 =10

SINFUL COLOR’S DREAM ON

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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 : http://docs.google.com/document/d/1PJtYOL0VJjvrrfDVgK-3GSnjCcuyRDdj0Gb9IZKMjQA/edit
Nail Polish Lottery Club Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/NailPolishLotteryClub?fref=ts
Nail Polish Lottery Club Twitter or Instagram hashtag: #nplclub

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I am on a hunt. I am on the hunt for Sinful Colors’ Beau Khaki, it’s got to be one of the mostdownload (1) inappropriate nail polish names that I have ever heard and I have decided that I need it! I need it in my life. I have seen it on eBay and Amazon and they want a lot of money for it. So if any of my readers find it at your local Walgreens, Wal-Mart or Target Store, let me know, I am willing to pay for the polish as well as the shipping…if worst comes to worst I will buy it on eBay (ugh!!)

Finally as a last ditch effort to take part of the Sinful Colors $.99 sale at Walgreens, I had to travel all the way to China Town and go to the Walgreen’s there to find some nail polishes, as I motioned last week, the two Walgreen’s near my house were tapped out, so to say that I happy with my meager selections was an understatement. I was only able to get four polishes… but I was still a very happy girl.

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This color is part of Sinful Colors Bright Essentials Collections. One of my previous picks (and one of my favorite blue’s ) was also part of this  collection. I am making an effort of wearing more bright colors, and this one certainly fits the bill.

Dream on would be classified a bright violet (actually more of an orchid shade) polish with a satin finish; now I did look up this polish and some people actually said this polish had a matte finish.
The formula on this polish is a bit thin, so you will need at least 3 coats to get it opaque. Not gonna like, I almost gave up on this polish because it’s so thin, every time I would move my hand or try to polish another finger I would end up smudging the polish or it would find it’s way on my hand.  So take your time with this one. One thing that I learned about this polish is that it is notoriously hard to capture the true color of the polish so it may look different in the photographs in this post…even though they were taken while I was in the same position, and in the same amount of light. And word on the curb is that this polish is an exact dupe to Zoya’s Charisma

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I gotta say, nothing say spring like a bright neon color and this one certainly hits the nail on the 20140428_145751head. I was concerned about this shade would look on me, but screw that… it looks fantastic on me! I will be honest I am having a hard time wrapping my head round this polish… it seems to be a bit of a chameleon some of the bottles are satin and some are matte… seems very strange.

I did want to do a little nail art, but I wasn’t;t in the mood do to anything time consuming… so dots were it. For this particular art (as you can see there is no rhyme or reason… which is the fun when you choose dots) I I used Sinful Colors20140428_153629 White on White and Endless Blue,,

Seems like Tsuki liked it, but I can only give it a 6 out 10! If I were to buy another bottle of this polish who’s to say it will be exactly the same… too many unknown variables for me. Have you ever tried this polish? Was your experience different than mine. Let me know in the comments below.

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Until Next Time,

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