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While shopping in my hood, I came across a bunch of cute little bottles of pumpkin polish for the holiday season.  I don’t normally care much for cute, I like zombies, but I couldn’t resist these little guys and grabbed a few.  So, for the upcoming holiday, I present you the pumpkin polishes.  I will be putting up the bottles later, thanks to a crazy week, I didn’t have time to photograph them.

 

Orange Glitter Pumpkin

 

The Application:  I have to say, I am not a fan of big glitter like this because even with top coat, it looks questionable.  It went on easily enough, but no matter how much I tried, I didn’t like the end results.

The Color:  As you can see, the glitter is large round spheres of metallic orange suspended in clear polish.  They are all the same size and though they are thin, they still won’t lay down as well as I would have liked.

The Verdict:  Not for me.  The large pieces of glitter make the polish hard to work with so I have to give it a thumbs down.  Still, for Halloween purposes, it’s sure to please and will give the effect that most desire for a festive appearance, but outside of Halloween, I don’t see a purpose for this one.

 

Silver Glitter Pumpkin

 

Black and Silver Glitter Pumpkin

 

The Application:  Though this polish was easier to apply than the first one it still took work.  The base polish was a little thin and the glitter kept escaping me, but after two layers, it ended up looking decent so no complaints.

The Color:  This polish is small round black and silver glitter suspended in clear polish.  In the first photo, the polish looks frosty, but that is actually the polish underneath (Raven’s Strength).  I also put it on top of Carbonite to show off more of the black glitter since you couldn’t see it on the first photo.

The Verdict:  I like this one a lot better than the orange pumpkin.  It’s simple and fun and could be used on other occasions to spice up a polish that is a few days old.

 

Starry Pumpkin

 

The Application:  This one was a pain in the butt to put on.  The polish itself was really thin while the glitter was heavy, so the moon and stars kept dropping to the bottom of the bottle.  I finally kept the bottle upside down for about 10 seconds to let the pieces settle and then quickly tried to apply it.  After the second try it worked, but with minimal results.

The Color:  The base is clear like the other polishes with silver and iridescent glitter.  The glitter is mostly small circles with large half moons.

The Verdict:  This one was my favorite in the end though the application was quite a task.  The first few times I kept getting clear polish on my nails and that was it.  Not impressive, but it finally worked in my favor and I loved the results.  Again, the polish looks frosty due to the Raven’s Strength underneath.  It’s my only black as I find black to be too cunflattering on my pale hands.

 

All in all, these polishes were just okay.  they were too thick to work with and the smell was kind of strong giving me a slight headache.  Still, I don’t know what I expected for $1.99 a piece.  You get what you pay for sometimes.  I don’t know if I would buy them in the future because I found the application to be too difficult.  Still, these would be fun for Halloween for many, especially for the price.

 

 

 

 

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After the much anticipated wait, I finally got my two new Butter London holiday polishes!  I have to admit I was pretty stoked when I came home to see the package waiting for me.  I quickly tore into the box and slapped on the much anticipated The Black Knight.  P.S. The glitter and the dark color makes The Black Knight very difficult to photograph!  Also, it was a little difficult to work with so there is a larger gap than usual on a few fingers.  But as they say in London, Please Mind the Gap.  Onto the review…

 

The Black Knight

 

The Application:  The formula for the The Black Knight was a little thicker than most Butter London polishes and was a little streaky and uneven.  But this lasted only through the first coat.  The Black Knight is chock full of glitter, but it spreads easily.   It did take three coats for The Black Knight to be fully opaque.  Also, I have to say, I really do love brush.  It’s the baby bear of OPI and Essie’s brush, it’s just right and makes applying polish easy.

 

The Black Knight Artificial Light

The Black Knight

 

The Color:  The Black Knight is a black jelly based polish.  On the first coat it appears gray, but soon becomes black after two coats.  The Black Knight has various sized glitter including square shaped sparkles.  Looking at the bottle, it looks as if it only has larger blue and purple glitter.  But though those two colors are prominent, there is a whole rainbow in The Black Knight.  After applying The Black Knight, I found my reaction to just be “Eh, that’s it?”  After building this polish up for myself, the color wasn’t all that amazing.  I was a little crushed.

 

The Black Knight

 

The Verdict:  I will most likely be unpopular for this, but I’ll go there.   I didn’t care much for The Black Knight.  In the promo shots, it looked amazing and I think I built it up too much in my head.  The glitter is rough on the nail even after three layers of top coat.  It’s like sandpaper!  If you look at the close up photo, you will see that the glitter makes the polish bumpy.  I guess for me, in the end, The Black Knight was not very special.  In fact, it just looked cheap and for the price of Butter London, I’m disappointed.  I wore it a full day to see if it would grow on me, especially in different lighting, but even in sunlight, it looked cheap.  In fact, it ended up chipping in two places in less than 24 hours.  I couldn’t wait to get it off!  But different strokes for different folks.  I know many will still love this color even with its downfalls.  For me, it was one disappointment and will most likely go to a nice loving home.

 

The Black Knight

The Black Knight Close Up

 

Now onto the good news.  Tart With a Heart!  All is not lost for the Butter London 2011 Holiday Collection.  Oddly enough, the color I thought would be nothing special turned out to be one of my favorite polishes of the season so far!

 

Tart With a Heart

 

The Application:  So much better than The Black Knight!  It went on smoothly, though if you take your time, it does start to seize a little so move fast.  It’s pretty easy to do because it’s such a light color.  Tart With a Heart is very sheer so three coats should do you though it still won’t be fully opaque.  For me it didn’t matter because there is so much sparkle I didn’t even really notice until I looked closely.

Tart With a Heart

Tart With a Heart

 

The Color:  The base of Tart With a Heart is a light tannish, pink color with various sizes of iridescent glitter that change color depending on the light source.  You can’t tell looking at the polish but if you look at the close up photo, you’ll see there is also minuscule black glitter thrown in to make things real interesting.

Tart With a Heart

 

The Verdict:  Tart With a Heart almost makes up for the major disappointment that is The Black Knight.  Though it has a terrible name, I love this polish so much!  It has so much depth and is girlie without being obnoxious.  And though it’s almost pure glitter, it’s not outrageous.  Again, I am so in love with this color, I will be buying a back up for sure and so should you!  I tool a lot of photos of Tart With a Heart because I love it so much.  I almost feel like a proud new parent!  Enjoy!

Tart With a Heart

Tart With a Heart

Tart With a Heart Close Up

 

 

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Orly Fowl Play

Crazy, crazy week, but I went for it and decided to wear a wilder color at work to test the waters.  Nobody batted an eye!  Hello Fowl Play!  Yes, Fowl Play has been a really big deal this fall and really hard to find for the past few months because of it.  I am happy to report it’s out and about and I finally scored one!  But did it live up to the hype?

 

Fowl Play

 

The Application:  Fowl Play was a little thicker than expected.  Maybe it’s the glitter, maybe it’s the formula, maybe it’s the bottle I picked up.  Still, it was a little gloopy and took a lot of concentration to get it on the nails.  It took three coats to become opaque.

Fowl Play

Fowl Play

Fowl Play Top View

 

The Color:  Fowl Play is a dark purple jelly with flecks of yellow, orange, and blue foil.  It totally reminded me of a turkey and it’s crazy feathers.  Yep, definitely Fowl Play.  It then made me think about that same turkey getting eaten on Thanksgiving.  Yum!  It really is an interesting color and not a polish you’ll see everyday.  I know there was a similar color put out a couple years back (cough, Merry Midnight, cough), but good luck finding it…

 

Fowl Play

 

The Verdict:  You know, I wanted to hate Fowl Play, but I couldn’t do it.   I love how it looks on my nails and I love that it makes me think of turkeys.  Yes, it makes me strange, but there it is!  There really isn’t a lot of colors like this and though the application wasn’t the best, the wear was excellent and the bottle size is awesome. Yep, Orly’s makes their polishes .6 Oz.  Take that other companies that charge a lot more for less!  I have to give Orly and Fowl Play the thumbs up!

Fowl Play

Fowl Play Extreme Close Up

 

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Tomorrow I start a new job and so I have to start off on the right foot.  That means a neutral nail polish and then slowly make my way up to the vamps and then the polishes that are a little more extreme.  It’s a slow but promising progression.  So to start my first day right, I present Butter London’s All Hail the Queen.

 

All Hail the Queen

 

The Application:  Normally, Butter London’s nail polishes apply just like butter, but All Hail the Queen was a little thick and goopier than I am used to for this brand.  Maybe it’s the formula or maybe I just received a bum batch or an old bottle, but it ended up being sort of a nightmare.  I will use a little thinner on All Hail the Queen next time.  The brush is small but very easy to work with.  It also took about three coats to become opaque.

 

All Hail the Queen Artificial Light

All Hail the Queen Natural Light

All Hail the Queen Direct Sunlight

 

The Color:  All Hail the Queen is a taupe color with a dash of lavender.  And if that isn’t intriguing enough for you, Butter London threw in a little bit of holographic sparkles.  Okay, when you think of a work safe neutral nail polish, holographic shimmer doesn’t normally come to mind, but I promise you this polish is completely work appropriate as it’s a scattered holographic shimmer and very professional looking.  I love the linear holos as well, but you can’t shock you employer too early on.

 

All Hail the Queen

 

The Verdict:  There has been a lot of buzz about All Hail the Queen for quite sometime so I was pretty stoked to finally pick up a bottle on the buy 1 get one free sale a while ago.  I can see why so many people would love the color.  It’s the perfect work safe neutral and would work in just about any environment.  Also, the touch of holographic shimmer takes it to the next level without being obnoxious.  But for me personally, I ended up finding All Hail the Queen to be just “eh”.  That doesn’t mean I hate it, not at all, I’m just not blown away, but I would definitely wear it again.  I guess in the end, it just didn’t live up to the hype.

 

All Hail the Queen

All Hail the Queen and All Its Sparkles!

 

 

 

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After craving this polish for so long, I finally landed OPI’s Absolutely Alice!  I am thrilled!  I love blues and have been wanting to try this one forever, it’s insanely beautiful!  A little note, it’s a little hard to find, but it’s still out there.

 

Absolutely Alice

 

The Application:  I won’t lie, I was a little nervous at first when I saw the consistency of Absolutely Alice.  It’s very runny in the bottle and the glitter had slightly separated from the polish.  So I shook up the bottle like a madwoman mixing the contents back up.  The consistency was still a bit runny, but definitely workable, though it does take about 3-4 coats to be fully opaque.  The best way to wear Absolutely Alice is to put down a medium blue base coat and apply two coats plus a top coat and be on your way.

 

Absolutely Alice

Absolutely Alice Natural Lighting

 

The Color:  Oh yeah!  This is one stunning little polish!  Absolutely Alice is a clear based polish with light and medium blue and yellowish, gold fine glitter.  It’s so pretty and so unique.  I never would have thought about putting gold and blue together as the obvious choice would be silver and blue, but this combo works amazingly.  My one compliant is the usage of  a clear polish base.  I think Absolutely Alice would have worked better with a blue base, but since the polish was so successful, I guess that wasn’t the case.

 

Absolutely Alice

 

The Verdict:  Uh, yeah!  I love this polish!  Being that it’s a glitter, I don’t expect it to last too long but it has been almost two full days and it’s still going strong.  My one complaint is that the polish is grainy even with a double top coat, but I can overlook it considering the polish is so stunning.  Seriously, I really am not the type to give into hype, but I can say the hype is totally warranted on this one.  Though, my friend who also owns a bottle warned me that when it comes time to remove Absolutely Alice I would be in for quite a treat as the removal is a total nightmare.  Well, I’ll be ready to hang tight with my pure acetone and TV all revved up.  After all, the Walking Dead Season 2 does start this Sunday!

 

Absolutely Alice

Absolutely Alice

Absolutely Alice Extreme!

 

 

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I’m as bad as the department stores putting Christmas stuff up in October.  Especially since I haven’t even reviewed any of my Halloween polishes yet.  Still, after receiving Snow Globe and seeing the multi colored flakes swirling around in China Glaze’s round bottle I knew I couldn’t resist its charms.  Yes, Snow Globe, I hear your siren song!

 

Snow Globe

 

The Application:  Snow Globe is not really a polish you would ever really wear alone as it’s a layering polish.  Snow Globe was easy to apply as the formula was flawless even with the large chunks of glitter.   Also, unlike some glitter polish with a clear base, the glitter was evenly distributed.  I hate it when you have to work hard to get the glitter on the brush because you keep ending up with a brush full of the clear polish only.  This did not happen with Snow Globe.  Success!

 

Snow Globe in its Natural State

Snow Globe Over Bobbing for Baubles

 

The Color:  Snow Globe is a clear based polish with various rounded sized multi colored glitter.  It really does remind me of those glitter snow globes my Mom used to collect when I was a kid.  Because Snow Globe is chock full of multi colored glitter, be prepared to use it over almost any color imaginable.  I personally can’t wait to try it over a light pink next.  Very versatile!  And because the base is clear, you don’t have to worry about the polish changing your base color.  Sweet!

The Verdict:  Me likey!  Yes, the glitter pieces are larger than normal but this didn’t bug me as much as I thought it would.  Because of the multi colored glitter, Snow Globe is the perfect polish to update any manicure.  It’s also perfect for updating a tired manicure you are bored of or just to give your fingers a more festive holiday mood.  Though I personally think Snow Globe is perfect year round.  Thanks for bringing this one back China Glaze!

 

Snow Globe

Snow Globe

 

 

 

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I tend to have oily skin, and living in NYC during the warmer months, things can get ugly.  Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel is supposed to help clear skin, reduce shine and reduce pores by using ingredients such as glycolic / salicylic acid and pomegranate extract.  After using Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel for a full two weeks, I feel I’m ready to review it.

 

Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel

 

The Application:  Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel is a clear, sticky gel that is supposed to be used around the T Zone or anywhere on your face where there is excessive oil.  So after washing my face in the morning, I took a pea sized amount of the gel and rubbed into my skin.   The gel did go on smoothly, but I noticed immediately that it was very sticky and didn’t have the most pleasant smell I have ever encountered.  I could definitely detect the pomegranate mixed with something I couldn’t quite place which may have been better.  It really was unpleasant.

The Results:  After two weeks, I didn’t notice a change in my complexion, pore size or oil production.  In fact, my face was just as oily as it usually is by midday.  The only thing that changed was the uncomfortable feeling of having a thick layer of sticky goo gel on my face.  Not pleasant at all.  My make up was not affected by this invisible sticky barrier, but it didn’t matter as I was definitely aware of the gel barrier for a good hour or so.

The Verdict:  Usually I like to try products longer than just two weeks to let the product live up to its full potential, but I couldn’t bring myself to wear Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel any longer.  The gel was too sticky and felt strange on my face.  Also, the smell was just bad.  Would I try this again?  Nope, in fact I will be giving the rest of the bottle to a friend.  I hope our friendship lasts after she tries it.

 

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