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The holiday polishes continue with Color Club’s Holiday Splendor.   I also have the rest of the collection and even made the swatches for the most part, but with finals and work I haven’t been able to do jack so they are not up yet.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get them up until 2012 it looks like.  Anyway, onto Holiday Splendor!!!

The Application:  At first, I was concerned that Holiday Splendor would be a pain to work with, but it turned out to be a breeze to put on.  Some of the other formulas in the collection were a nightmare, so this was a nice surprise.  It took about three coats to be completely opaque.

 

Holiday Splendor

Holiday Splendor

 

The Color:  Holiday Splendor is a perfect holiday green with a dash of various color glitter.  Yes, this is a glitter polish but it’s not a glitter bomb which is nice.  I love the glitter bombs, but this is a nice mix of polish and glitter fun making for easier removal and limited chipping.  The color is a nice turquoise green and the various color glitter makes it seem a little like a lit up tree.  Nice!  It does slightly remind me of Atlantis from China Glaze, but Atlantis is a bit more teal than Holiday Splendor.

 

Holiday Splendor

Holiday Splendor

 

The Verdict:  Holiday Splendor is a fun holiday polish but I don’t know if I would wear it year round.  Green polishes rarely work on me because of my cool skin tone, I tend to work better with blues, but it’s fun and won’t stop me from wearing it this holiday season.  But if you love greens, you will be tempted to wear this year round.  It is an attention grabber, so be prepared.  I have been given a few comments all ready and I’ve only been wearing it for about a day.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but it’s definitely been fun!

 

 

 

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Zoya Jules

I finally finished finals making me one happy camper.  It has been a trying December, but very memorable and in the end, though busy, a very good one.  Because of my crazy schedule, I haven’t been able to pull out too many Holiday manicures, but I will be cramming in a few before Christmas is here.  Last week, I decided I wanted a nice Holiday gold to get me into the mood, so I grabbed Zoya’s Jules and was out the door for some crazy shopping in NYC.

 

Jules

 

The Application:  I have rarely had an issue with Zoya’s formulas.  In fact, for me, they are always top notch and Jules was no exception.  It went on smoothly and was completely opaque in two coats.

 

Jules

 

The Color:  Jules is a goldish, light, taupe with a little shimmer thrown into the mix to keep it interesting.  I’m not usually a gold polish person because my cool skin tone doesn’t tend to work with them.  Seriously, golds are usually so unflattering on me it’s not even funny, but Jules is one goldish tone that would look good on just about anyone.  Great job Zoya!

 

Jules

Jules

 

The Verdict:  Jules is a nice color.  Yeah, it’s just nice.  Nothing wrong with nice, but for me it’s a color that is just, well, there.  I tend to like making bolder statements.  Will I keep Jules?  Sure, I do like the color but after a day or so I needed to amp it up a notch and decided to put Butter London’s Tart with a Heart on top of Jules giving it the extra pizazz that I so craved.  It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for!  Seriously, I kept this creation on for a whole five days I loved it so much.  When in doubt bring on the glitter!  So if you like understated golds that will look great on everyone, buy Jules.  If you want to kick it up a notch put on a muted flaky or glitter and you will have a winner.

 

Jules

 

Jules with Tart with a Heart

 

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The holiday season is here, so I needed some holiday hand cleaning cheer to put me in the mood.  Okay, the tree, the music and the holiday goodies I’ve been making in the middle of the night to break up my studying for finals were more than enough to put me into the holiday cheer, I just needed an intro.  Moving forward!  Vanilla Bean Noel Deep Cleansing Hand Soap !

 

Vanilla Bean Noel Deep Hand Cleaning Soap

 

The Application:  I usually love the ease that comes with using B&BW hand soaps, especially the foam ones.  For some reason, I thought I had bought the foaming Vanilla Bean Noel Hand Soap, but it turns out I bought the regular soap which means I have to put a little bit more effort into hand washing.  Even reading that sentence makes me realize how sad that sounds, but I have a really busy schedule and love the hand foam ease!  In the end, it was easy enough to get a good lather from the soap, my issue was more with the little blue beads that were thrown into the mix.  They are really, really small, but I don’t like having to deal with them.  Why are they there?  For decoration, extra scrubbing power, or do they have some sort of moisturizing powers?  If you’re looking for an answer, you won’t find it here.  All I can tell you is they are there and I don’t love them.  Though, they are pretty harmless in the long run.

The Scent:  Well with the name Vanilla Bean Noel, I think you get the scent.  Yeah, it’s vanilla!  In theory, that is a great thing.  I LOVE anything vanilla, especially when the product actually smells like vanilla.  Vanilla Bean Noel misses the mark.  When scrubbing my hands, I don’t smell a damn thing.  Usually, B&BW makes their soaps pretty strong when it comes to scent, but with Vanilla Bean Noel I never got one whiff of vanilla.  In fact, it smelled like absolutely nothing.  How is that possible?  I know, just more unanswered questions.

The Verdict:  Yeah, no.  Not going to buy Vanilla Bean Noel again, at least not this version of it.  Maybe I bought a defective bottle, or maybe the Deep Cleansing Hand  version just stinks!  Or in this case, doesn’t stink enough.  Either way, I’ll be passing on this one in the future.

 

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Tis the season for me to wear glitters so I can light up like a Christmas tree!  That’s right, I love the loud glitters during the holiday.  Okay, I love them during every holiday or non holiday though I dread the removal.  Still, sacrifices must be made to keep the festive mood alive!  So onto Butter London’s West End Wonderland.

 

West End Wonderland

 

The Application: Though West End Wonderland is thicker than a normal nail polish thanks to the glitter, it went on smoothly. Also, I really like Butter London’s brush and the packaging is just plain awesome!  The brush is smaller, but it’s good quality and made putting on West End Wonderland a snap.  It did take three coats for West End Wonderland to be completely opaque.

West End Wonderland

West End Wonderland

 

The Color:  West End Wonderland is a light gold glitter polish which is perfect for the holidays.  What I like about  West End Wonderland is that it isn’t some dark, gaudy, gold color that screams tacky mess.  The light two toned gold makes this polish pretty tame for a gold glitter and the addition of red glitter almost makes it look like Christmas lights making this one cool polish.  Unfortunately, West End Wonderland did chip after two days which was a disappointment, especially for the price tag.

West End Wonderland

West End Wonderland

The Verdict: Normally, I am not a fan of gold polish, especially glitter polish.  But West End Wonderland is understated and the glitter is small not the big hulking type that can sometimes make some glitter polish look cheap.  Though the formula is good, even with a good top coat, the glitter is still a little gritty to the touch.  If you wear West End Wonderland, be prepared to get some stares because it’s not a very subtle polish which is right up my alley.  Thanks West End Wonderland for screaming happy holidays

 

West End Wonderland Extreme

 

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So it looks like the lawsuits have been dropped and the nail polish line inspired by Hunger Games the movie is officially back on.  The nail polish colors have not changed but the theme has.  previously, the polishes had been inspired by certain characters or themes from the book.  Now, the colors are being toted as Colors From the Capitol.

I have to be honest, I never cared much for Harry Potter and Twilight made me cringe, but this series grabbed me and I read it twice in two weeks.  Yep, I needed an intervention!   Look, there’s no denying I’m a huge fan of these books. but I have to be honest, I like the old names and premise better than the new one.  The others names made the polishes more personal, now the names are just “eh,” The Capitol.  A bit too sterile for me.  Still, I won’t complain because these puppies are being released, which, I had a feeling they would be regardless of the rumors.  Whew! Enough twists and turns just like the book but less deadly!  At least I hope…

 

Hunger Games Chart

Hunger Games - Colors From the Capitol

Luxe and Lush – District 1 (Luxury)
Stone Cold – District 2 (Masonry)
Riveting – District 3 (Technology)
Hook and Line – District 4 (Fishing)
Electrify – District 5 (Power)
Fast Track – District 6 (Transportation)
Mahogany Magic – District 7 (Lumber)
Dress Me Up – District 8 (Textiles)
Harvest Moon – District 9 (Grain)
Foie Gras – District 10 (Livestock)
Agro – District 11 (Agriculture)
Smoke and Ashes – District 12 (Mining)

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Long time no see thanks to the holiday season!  Thanksgiving made me realize all I have to be grateful for, and I am ready to powerhouse through the remainder of the year which includes school, work and getting started on a new play I’m in.  Fantastic!

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, I wore OPI Extravaganza as my holiday polish last week!  Why?  It reminded me of cranberries.  I hate cranberries, but I sure love this polish!  Onto the review!

 

Extravaganza

 

The Application:  Perfection!  Extravaganza went on smoothly thanks to its great consistency.  I haven’t used an OPI polish in a while and I forgot how big the brush is.  I like the big brush, but it’s a lot bigger than I am accustomed to.  Still, it was great quality and painted my nails in a snap!  It took two coats to make this beauty opaque.

 

Extravaganza

Extravaganza

 

Color:  Extravaganza is a purplish, pink berry polish with scattered holo.  I love the linear holo polishes, but I will never turn my nose at a well done scattered holo polish, especially not this one.  Even without a top coat, this polish is perfectly shiny!

The Verdict:  Uh yeah!  You know I love it!  This has to be one of my favorite polishes right now.  It really is!  Extravaganza wore like iron.  I had it on for six days and only had minimal tip wear.  The color is gorgeous in pictures, but you really should see it up close and personal.  Love, love, love!  Also, Extravaganza is such a versatile color I think it would look great on so many different skin tones.  I love this color so much I decided to put up tons of photos even though they are not needed.  Go on overkill!   Enjoy!

 

Extravaganza

Extravaganza

Extravaganza

Extreme Extravaganza!

 

 

 

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