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I love me some blues!  So to break up the winter vamps, I decided to bring some blue into my long, cold, winter days.  Introducing Henley Regatta.

 

Henley Regatta

 

The Application:  The application was smooth and painless thanks to a great formula.  Though I found Henley Regatta to be very sheer in its coverage making it necessary for me to use three coats to make it opaque.  Because of this issue, it’s best to use a similar base color before apply Henley Regatta to make it opaque faster.  Butter London is expensive so three coats is kind of a waste of polish especially since Butter London is more expensive and has less polish in its bottles than most companies.

 

Henley Regatta

 

The Color: Henley Regatta is a tealish glitter with a lot of sparkle.  I love bluish polish, I love glitter so I was pretty excited to get this one on my digits.  Maybe I am a killjoy, but after applying it, I realized it was just there.  To me, it was nothing special really.

 

Henley Regatta

 

The Verdict: I wanted to love Henley Regatta as it should be a dream polish for me with it’s bluish, glitter, goodness, but in the end, I was not a fan.  It took three coats to become opaque and after one day, it began to chip in huge hunks.  Not the quality one would expect from a $14.00 polish.  Luckily, I got this one for under $7.00 but I’m still disappointed.  In the end, I can’t really recommend Henley Regatta due to its poor wear time and lack of opaqueness.

 

Henley Regatta in Natural Light

 

Henley Regatta Extreme!

 

 

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Zoya Gemma

I have a hard time wearing green polish as it tends to make my fingers look like the shell of a lobster.  Not a good look for someone who likes to look of this planet.  On Zoya’s website, I was promised that Gemma was the perfect green for those with a cool coloring.  I didn’t believe it, I had been promised before.  I am proud to say, I should have been a believer.  Bring on Gemma!

 

Zoya's Gemma

 

The Application:  When I first put on Gemma, I was concerned that it was a bit too sheer and streaky.  Not a good combo!  But I kept painting my nails patiently, and by the second coat, I was happy to see that Gemma fixed it self leaving a perfectly opaque and lovely finish.  Whew, disaster averted!

 

Gemma

 

The Color:  How to describe GemmaGemma is a very subtle duochrome that is green with a slight bluish, sparkly sheen, thus making it cool coloring friendly.  This green isn’t your standard green either.  It’s a lovely moss color which I found to be oddly beautiful.  It really is a unique color and almost neutral in appearance which is strange for a green.  It really is quite subtle.  No really!

 

Gemma

 

The Verdict:  I love Gemma!  Finally a green that is successful for us cool skin tone girls.  Be warned though.  If you are looking for a straight up strong duochrome, this is not the polish for you.  The duochrome effect is slight, almost nonexistent.  For me, this made no difference.  I’m just happy to finally have a green in my collection that doesn’t make me look like expensive seafood!

 

Gemma

 

 

 

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What a perfect color to be sporting the past few days, especially today.  Yes, it’s a sad, sad day as my Packers will not be going to the Super Bowl.  This Tomboy is All Wound Up after that game and not in a good way.  Oh Pack, no!  Anyway, Essie’s Midnight Cami is the perfect color for my mood right now.

 

Midnight Cami

 

The Application:  Midnight Cami went on perfectly as the formula was a dream.  One coat was nearly enough to make Midnight Cami opaque which was quite impressive, though there were a few light spots, so two coats is the best approach to this polish.

 

Midnight Cami

 

The Color:  Midnight Cami is well, a dark midnight blue, with a light sprinkling of a slightly lighter, bluish glimmer.  Surprise!  Midnight Cami is so dark that in some lighting,  it almost comes across as black.  Very odd and unexpected.  It has a nice, shiny finish even without a topcoat, but I recommend one anyway.

 

Midnight Cami

 

The Verdict:  Look, I’m not a fan of blackish looking polish thanks to my freakishly pale skin.  I know Midnight Cami is dark blue, but it was just too dark for me and was really nothing special.  Now there are many ladies out there who will love this one, but to me, it was just, “eh.”  It’s a perfect color for the long, chilly, January nights so if you are interested in sporting a deep, dark blue polish during the long, cold winter, Midnight Cami might be the polish for you.  Sporting…<sigh>…

 

Midnight Cami

 

 

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Thanks to all the holiday sales, my now depleted cabinet of bath supplies has now been restocked!  I love me some holiday sales, too bad my wallet hates them.  But that’s okay, because in the end, I smell really, really good so my friends, coworkers, and cast mates love me!  So onto one of Bath & Body Works new lines, Be Enchanted!

 

Be Enchanted

 

The Application:  I tend to love B&BW’s cream lotions, especially in the winter time.  They are thicker and highly moisturizing.  I cannot stand the feel of dry skin and find myself moisturizing all day long during the fall and winter.  Go on OCD!  So on one of the coldest nights of this winter so far, I grabbed Be Enchanted from my cabinet and gave it a whirl.  Be Enchanted went on smoothly though the consistency did remind me a little of whipped frosting as it was very airy rather than being a straight up thick cream.  That’s okay, I can roll like that as longs as it moisturizes, and it did!

The Scent:  B&BWs describes Be Enchanted as a floral scent with hints of sugar, pomegranate and a hint of creamy musk.  I have to be honest with you, I didn’t read about the pomegranate in Be Enchanted until it was too late.  I like the flavor when I eat it but can barely tolerate the scent.  Not good!  So I was surprised to find that Be Enchanted actually reminded me of a specific Halloween candy.  You know when you hit the bottom of your Halloween candy stash only to find Sweet Tarts and other random hard candy left?  Well, that’s exactly what Be Enchanted reminded me of.  Those sad neglected Sweet Tarts that nobody really wants to eat.  No, really!  Be Enchanted smelled like Sweet Tarts with a hint of pomegranate and some indistinct floral scent.  Interesting indeed…

The Verdict:  I’ve got to be honest, Be Enchanted is not my favorite scent of B&BW.  I guess I have an issue with smelling like a Sweet Tart, much like the candy at the bottom of your Halloween bag after all the good stuff is gone, I’m just not that interested.  In the end, the scent just wasn’t very pleasing though the moisturizing power was definitely there.  Body chemistry also may also play a big part when it comes to this fragrance, so maybe Be Enchanted just doesn’t play well with this girl!  Though, the bottle is very cute in an ultra girly way if that’s’ the way you roll.

 

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I have never use SpaRitual nail polish before, but after hearing the buzz about the polish Sacred Ground, I had to give it a try.  I am not normally a gray type girl, but figured with a cool name like Sacred Ground I had nothing to lose.  So after a decent sale, I decided to finally get this popular polish.

 

Sacred Ground

 

The Application:  Sacred Ground had a nice consistency and was very easy to work with which is always a plus.  It took two coats for it to become completely opaque.  The bottle was a little odd to work with as I like to hold onto the bottle while I paint my less dominant hand but couldn’t with the SpaRitual polish.  No biggie, it’s good for your brain to mix things up every once in a while.

 

The Round Bottle Makes Photographing Hard! 🙂

 

The Color:  Sacred Ground is a multidimensional medium gray polish with flecks of multicolor glimmer of different shapes and sizes.  The colors of the glimmer include light gray, gold, and pink.  You can’t really see the flecks unless you’re looking at the polish up close and personal, so from a distance, it pretty looks much like any medium standard gray polish.

 

Sacred Ground

The Round Bottle Makes Photographing Hard! 🙂

The Verdict:  Sacred Ground is a unique idea for a gray polish, but unless you are looking at it up close, it doesn’t really stand out.  I won’t lie.  Part of it may be that I am not a huge fan of gray polish and was hoping that SpaRitual would change my mind.  But if you like grays with a little kick this may be the polish for you.  The formula is great, the lasting power was fantastic (six days without a chip) and the multicolored glitter is a nice touch.

 

Sacred Ground Extreme!

 

 

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Butter London’s New Collection 2012 Spring/Summer Collection will soon be released.  Winter’s still in full swing here in NYC, though it’s in the 50’s once again, but I know the cold snap is rightfully around the corner.  I dislike the winter, so seeing these bright flashes of color put a smile onto my face.  Here’s a sneak peak at the colors.

 

 

I am pretty excited about this collection!  I love the bright colors of Spring and Summer and the fun in brings to NYC.  Yes, a lot of people tend to wear black, even during the warmer days, but not this girl.  I guess I tend to let my transplant self show with my love forbright and fun colors!

The Colors are described as follows:

Bossy Boots is a light pistachio green and is the neutral of the group.  Why not?  There is always a need for another classy neutral for the office or “serious” functions.

Slapper is gorgeous!  It’s a bright teal nail polish which  hopefully looks good with my pale, cool skin tone.  I think this may be similar to Barielle’s Do Unto Others.  Hopefully Butter London’s formula plays better.

Disco Biscuit!  The name alone scores points with me because it’s outrageous, still better than many of OPI’s names.  Disco Biscuit is a hot pink polish with flecks of iridescent glitter.  It reminds me of Butter London’s Snog but with a little more oomph!  This is not a color for wall flowers.

Knackered, this is what I’m talking about!  I love blue polish, it never gets old.  Ever!  Butter London describes it “as a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles.”  What that means in my language is it appears to be a iridescent, purplish blue, polish with micro glitter to amp up the color.  I am so excited about this one!

I will be getting these colors in less than two weeks and hope to get the swatches up by January 22, 2012 if everything works out well.  I will be graduating that weekend, so who knows.  Either way, the swatches will be up in about two weeks and I can’t wait to test them out.

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Thanks to a nice break from work and school, I decided to take a break from pretty much anything during the holiday season to finally catch up on sleep.  What a novel concept, sleep!  Well, I am back and ready to start working on the blog full force this next year.  Yay!  A new year, a little more free time and a clear mind!  So, I finally have time to review the polishes I have been wearing for the past few weeks which hasn’t been many due to my schedule.  I have been wearing my polishes lately until it chips.  Oh, the horror!

Anyhoo, onto the Christmas mani!  Better late than never!  On Christmas Eve, I wanted something festive that would take me through the rest of December without looking too Christmasy.  I chose China Glaze Poinsettia.

 

Poinsettia

 

The Application:  Poinsettia went on easily and was opaque within two coats.  I tend to love China Glaze’s formulas and this one was no exception.  Perfect consistency which equals a perfect manicure!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

 

The Color:  I know, many people find red polish to be a bit of a yawner.  I mean how many shades can be created and how can they be all that different?  Well this one is partly different because it’s a cross between a jelly and a creme.  Yep, that’s right a hybrid red polish of a jelly and creme making a truly unique finish.  I love reds, they are always classy and are the perfect go to polish.  Poinsettia is no exception.  Originally, I thought it would look terrible on me because it looked slightly orange in appearance in the bottle.  My skin tone doesn’t play well with orange.  I was wrong, it’s a perfect light blood red that would be flattering on many skin tones.  Nice job China Glaze!

The Verdict:  Uh, yes!  I love this color, a lot.  I wore it for six days and I only had minimal wear on the tips and a slight ship on one nail.  After I took Poinsettia off, I wanted to put it right back on I loved it so much.  It’s one flashy red that is a definite eye catcher.  I received so many comments off this polish which is good or bad depending if you like attention or not.  One of my faves for 2011 for sure, though I’ll be rockin’ it year round, trust me!  So if you want a flashy, eye catching red polish, Poinsettia is the one for you year round!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

 

 

 

 

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