Formula X polish from Sephora

Not being a nail blogger has its advantages and disadvantages. I love polish and buy an extraordinary amount. Just like some women are drawn to lipstick when they need a pick up or just notice a pretty color, I buy polish. An advantage to being a nail blogger is being able to actually try out all that gorgeousness. They’ll show you an entire collection that they’ve applied so that we can drool over the polishes. A disadvantage though is not always knowing how a polish wears. Do a vice versa and you have me, a lover of polish who sometimes blogs about it. I may not be able to show you whole collections since I only use one polish a week, but I can tell you about the wear of a polish so I do have that advantage.

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

This leads me to reviewing two Formula X polishes by Sephora, Fiery and Wunderkind,  I bought Fiery based on its description which was right up my alley. It’s a gorgeous fiery red metallic polish that is like the finish of a shiny new car gleaming in the lights of the dealer’s showroom. It’s a stunning color that applied beautifully. It also wore like a dream for the first 5 days.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

I then chose Wunderkind to put on a secret Santa list and my lovely secret pal purchased that for me. The problem is that the description of Wunderkind doesn’t match the polish in the same way that I’d found with Fiery. Sephora calls it a midnight blue pearl so I expected it to be the navy equivalent to that shiny automobile. Instead I feel like I’m standing in the showroom but they forgot to turn on the lights.

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

The setback that they both share is longevity. Wunderkind lasted great for 3-4 days while Fiery lasted well for 5 days but then they went downhill. The edges wore quickly, the shine faded (especially on Wunderkind) and I’m once again reminded I’m not a nail blogger so I need to finish out the week with a polish that lost its specialness.

Both Fiery and Wunderkind are part of The New Classics collection at $10.50 each. I can’t help but recommend Fiery if you are a fan of red polish. The shiny metallic shade will have you mesmerized for days. On the other hand I found Wunderkind not to live up to the color shown on Sephora’s site. It didn’t have the oomph on me to make it anything more than another navy polish which is really a shame.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Have you tried Formula X? What colors are your favorites? — Marcia

Butter London Molly Coddled – a radiant orchid polish

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

Radiant Orchid from pantone.com

When Sephora and Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid was the 2014 Color of the Year I think it left quite a few people confused. There have been so many blog posts with beautiful “radiant orchid” cosmetics but the variety in interpretation is quite vast. Is it a pale pinky lavender, a brilliant orchid or a daring fuchsia?  Construals will all be different.

I knew that I wanted to get a few items in this shade so I turned to one of the experts in color – butter LONDON. I was placing an order for mostly sale items when I noticed the shade Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer and the words “radiant orchid”. That was enough for me to add it to my basket.

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

from butterlondon.com: Molly Coddled Nail Lacquer

Molly Coddled is butter LONDON’s “nod to the Color of the Year”. It’s described as an “Opaque lavender orchid cream“. Actually I wasn’t sure I would be comfortable with such a bright lavender that might look more orchid on me but in reality the color is much softer.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

I’m normally drawn to polishes that have a little shimmer or holographic glamour but Molly Coddled was just what the doctor ordered to brighten up my hands this winter.

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

butter LONDON Molly Coddled

Molly Coddled by Butter London

Molly Coddled by Butter London

This applied beautifully and was fully opaque in 2 coats. The best part is that it lasted an entire week. But in the name of honesty I cheated after a few days…. I missed that little bit of glitter so I added a top coat I Love Nail Polish “My Private Rainbow” which is my favorite perk up polish these days.

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow

I Love Nail Polish in My Private Rainbow

butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

butter London Molly Coddled with ILNP My Private Rainbow

If you are looking for Radiant Orchid look no farther than butter LONDON Molly Coddled. I promise no one will consider you to be coddled or sissified! They’ll just be jealous. — Marcia

 

*pantone picture from https://www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=1467&ca=33

butter LONDON picture from http://www.butterlondon.com/Lacquers/Molly-Coddled.html

I Love Nail Polish picture from http://www.ilnp.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=my+private+rainbow#page=1&top=228&

Polish was purchased by me and the other pictures are personal

Top Ten Tuesday – nails and manicures

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday this week is all about nails, manicures and hands. It will be fun to see how the group of Beauty Bloggers decides to interpret this. Will we see a lot of nail polishes? Will we see treatments? Will we see puppies and kittens? (Just checking to make sure you are paying attention. Are you?) Since I’m not a nail blogger I’m concentrating on the items that I need to take care of my hands and feet along with a little about nails. Here are 10+ favorites of mine. — Marcia

1. HAND PERFECTION FROM ELLEN SIROT *- shown is the complete set of products that Hand Perfection carries. I especially love the Cuticle Pen since it’s so portable and easy to use and her daytime hand cream. In the kit is also a night time hand cream that’s wonderful too but lately I’ve been forgetting to use it and my hands notice the difference.
2. ATOPALM MOISTURIZING HAND TREATMENT – this is a new favorite. I love that it’s not greasy. I went on a little shopping spree for Atopalm products and this one attracted me instantly. (I like variety in everything but men!)
3. ECO-ARMOUR ADVANCED BALANCED SERUM *- I know this doesn’t sound like a hand product but the description says it’s for face, neck and nails. I find the scent a little too “eco” for my face but it’s great for my hands during the day. I never thought of a serum for nails but the skin around my nails is always looking for moisture.
4. TWEEZERMAN FINGERNAIL CLIPPER – This is the tool that helps me get back to sleep at night when I’m tossing and turning. I’ve never used it on my fingernails but I do use it on my toenails all the time. If you aren’t plagued with insomnia then you don’t know the feeling of every little thing interrupting sleep. For me it’s often toenails that are too long or catch on the sheets. So there I am at 3 a.m. with my handy Tweezerman nail clipper.
5. BADGER BALM CUTICLE CARE – I haven’t written about Badger Balm in a long time but that doesn’t mean it’s not in my arsenal of tools. The Cuticle Care really helps moisturize your cuticles on both hands and feet. It’s only $5.99 and lasts for ages.
6. AMLACTIN FOOT CREAM – This was in one of the Blush Mystery Beauty Boxes that I subscribed to for a while. It’s probably the best item that I got in all the boxes I bought. I use this often at night and it’s really helped my feet from cracking and aching. It’s creamy so it takes time to sink in but I honestly sleep better when I use it.
7. ATOPALM MOISTURIZING FOOT AND HEAL BALM – Again, part of my Atopalm spree. I wanted to see if it was better than the AmLactin. I like them both but they are different. Atopalm has a more gel like texture and dries more quickly. It’s recommended to use it after your morning bath/shower which is what I do (if I remember). I want softer feet obviously.
8. DURI REJUVACOTE – When my nails aren’t in good condition, this is what I turn to. It’s meant to heal and cure cracked nails. It can be used over polish or as a base coat. My previous nail tech used to use this on my nails all the time to keep them healthy. Now I have my own bottle to use over polish.
9. and 10. CULT NAILS GET IT ON PERFECTING BASE COAT and WICKED FAST SPEED DRY TOP COAT – I’m so happy I bought these when I was buying some Cult Nail polishes. Both are excellent products that I use when I’m working on my nails myself. I often put on a top coat to prolong my manicure and Wicked Fast is so shiny and faster to dry than any other top coat I own. It doesn’t get goopy quickly either like Seche Vite.
Now that you know my “secret” weapons go visit my fellow bloggers to see what they’ve chosen. I can’t wait personally since I know that I’m going to find things that will help me keep my hands looking younger than they do now. – Marcia

*items were samples, the rest are purchases

A New Year’s Eve manicure with Nuance Goldstone

2013 signOut with the old…. in with the new

2014-happy-new-year2With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, here’s a manicure that would be perfect no matter where you are celebrating. Nuance is sold at CVS so hopefully you can find this shade at a neighborhood store. Nuance Goldstone was a gift to me from a blogger friend after I admired it on her website.

Nuance Goldstone

Nuance Goldstone

What’s great about this polish is that it’s got the glitz you want for a holiday but it’s not over the top. I’d describe Goldstone as an antique gold. Even though it’s a metallic shade, it’s also almost a matte shade. I’ve found that before with some metallics and it makes it so interesting.

Nuance Goldstone nail polish

Nuance Goldstone nail polish (inside)

The nail polish doesn’t change but in some lights it appears like a light gold while in different light like a darker gold. There were no brushstrokes to it like a true metallic.

Nuance Goldstone polish (in my car)

Nuance Goldstone polish (in my car)

CVS tells us that Nuance polishes are “Chip resistant. Long wear. Natural botanical extracts. Toluene free. Formaldehyde free. DBP free.” They retail for $5.99 which is a great price especially since CVS always has coupons and rewards.

The problem with this polish though is that it started to bubble on me after a few days. There was no streaking but on a few nails I suddenly got bubbling. It’s very possible though that this was from Dazzle Dry base coat and top coat.

oops, bubbling

oops, bubbling

This won’t stop me from loving the polish though, next time I’ll know that even though it lasted a week I won’t wear it for more than a few days, plus I’ll use a different combination with it. If you are looking for a special nail polish see if you can find Goldstone. It won’t feel out of place the days after New Years.

Nuance Goldstone

Nuance Goldstone

What’s your New Year’s Eve polish of choice this year? — Marcia

For much better pictures of this please visit PolishInsomniac to see her pictures and to find out why this is a favorite of hers.

Color Me Monthly September and The Vault

Subscription boxes are a funny thing. You either love them or you just don’t want to take a chance on the unknown. I don’t get a lot of surprises in my life anymore (for which I’m thankful) so having the surprise of a subscription box or more brings me a thrill.

Color Me Monthly, September 2013

Color Me Monthly, September 2013

Color Me Monthly is a subscription service for nails that we’ve reviewed quite often on Beauty Info Zone. Every time I talk to the owner I tell her that I think it would be wonderful if readers could see what the colors are that we’ve gotten in our monthly box and then if they fall for it, go and buy it. Well she took my advice (and probably many others too) and now has The Vault. A subscription for Color Me Monthly is $7 for one polish a month. If you want to wait to see if the color goes into The Vault then you’ll pay $9 with free shipping. I love the idea though you still may miss out on a shade if you don’t have a subscription.

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Color Me Monthly Sept Island Sunset

Island Sunset for September is an absolutely beautiful coral with pink undertones. This was a shade I loved wearing. Island Sunset has an iridescence that runs through it bringing a little sunshine into my life. It was a perfect shade for the end of summer and beginning of fall. And it’s just as gorgeous in October as it was in September and this gem is going to be one of the first that will come out of hiding come spring too.

Color Me Monthly for 9/13

Color Me Monthly for 9/13

Color Me Monthly 9/13

Color Me Monthly 9/13

 

Everything about Color Me Monthly (CMM) is perfect:

- the polishes are of the highest quality; I get no chipping, no fading, and a solid week of wear.

- CMM polishes are

  • Non-toxic and carcinogen-free
  • Never tested on animals
  • Eco-friendly
  • Made in the USA
  • Shipped FREE!
  • Simply AWESOME!

- There is always a delightful haiku that sums up the essence of the shade.

Color Me Montly September haiku

Color Me Monthly September haiku

Color Me Monthly has always delighted me and now they’ve added more with The Vault. — Marcia

hand in hand we gaze

beyond the monthly subscription

to end at The Vault

*sent for review – apologies to CMM for ripping off their haiku!

Breaking news!!!! I just got this email:

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This would not have been possible without the continued support from our all of our great friends.
As a thank you, we are offering 10% off all orders of $9 or more! Use coupon code INSTYLE at checkout.

*coupon expires November 15, 2013

 

PRITI NYC Polish takes us to the Bahamas (we wish)

priti bahamasHow would you like to spend your summer with PRITI NYC? You can do that with these 4 gorgeous nail polishes that were brought out in May of 2013. Marcia and Lisa will only be spending part of the summer with PRITI NYC since we were sent 2 of these beautiful colors from the Bahamas collection to share with you but we’d be thrilled to spend the rest of the summer with them.

PRITI NYC is a new company for us and it’s been fun to learn about them. The word “priti” in Sanskript means things like “out of satisfaction”, “with love” or “pleasurable sensation”. We felt all three of these when we used this Cruelty Free, Organic line of nail polish. PRITI NYC is 5 free and vegan. The brand was created by Kim D’amato during her pregnancy. She wanted to live an organic lifestyle yet she couldn’t find nail products that she felt were safe for her at that time. Voila – PRITI NYC was born. And now we can share some of the beauty of this line of polishes with you. Polishes sell for $13.50 each but they also have a great selection of past limited edition polishes for $9.99 too.

PRITI NYC polishes in Hedge Hog Rose and Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC polishes in Hedge Hog Rose and Baby Blue Eyes

LISA’S POLISH:

Marcia and I were sent a gorgeous rose and a stunning blue to review. I chose PRITI’s Hedge Hog Rose partly for the name which I love but mostly because I love this type of color. This is not your typical rose as you can see, it’s much more vibrant and exciting. This is not my mother’s idea of “rose” but it sure is mine.

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

Hedge Hog Rose wore so beautifully on me. It lasted through days of packing for a trip, cleaning, and my daughter’s birthday party (which was wild with a group of 9 year olds!!). I am looking forward to wearing this soon as a pedicure too since the color is one I’ll continue to enjoy.

Priti Hedge Hog Rose

Priti Hedge Hog Rose

MARCIA’S POLISH:

When Lisa said she wanted the rose polish I was secretly thrilled because Baby Blue Eyes was calling my name. (It has nothing to do with the fact that my adorable grandson has big blue eyes – or does it??).

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

I love the color blue and when I’m not wearing black I’m almost always wearing blue. This is a bright blue like the sky on the prettiest day of the year. It attracted attention but only in a positive way. You couldn’t help noticing this against my pale skin. It’s soft yet vibrant. Different lights brought out different shades in this too. (My pictures were taken under bright indoor light which accounts for my yellow skin.)

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes Nail Polish

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes Nail Polish

This cream polish not only applied like a dream in two coats but it lasted for one solid week without showing any wear and tear. Even the tips of my nails looked like new at the end of the week and my nail tech was duly impressed. This too will make an amazing pedicure shade that will last a long time.

The best news – through July 26th PRITI NYC is on sale for 30% off through their website. It’s their summer sale and you don’t want to miss it.

Now that we know about PRITI NYC we might become addicted to these polishes. One of the most interesting things we learned is that PRITI NYC works with Chemwise to recycle polishes safely. That’s amazing and we are the ones impressed!

*sent for review

 

Makeup Wars shares favorite purple nail polishes

I was thrilled when Makeup Wars chose favorite purple nail polishes for this week’s topic. I love purple polish. It’s one of my very favorites to buy and wear. I have a lot that I could have chosen but I decided to concentrate on just one that I think is fun, pretty and wore amazingly well for more than 10 days.

 

Pretty Serious Cosmetics currently deals primarily in in fun, yet elegant nail polish. Our polishes are professionally manufactured in Australia, and are Big 3 free, formaldehyde free, cruelty free and vegan friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Serious is an Australian company that now sells products in many online boutiques. In the US it’s available at Llarowe but they also ship worldwide from Oz. I went on a binge and bought quite a few of the polishes – I’m in love with them all. Atomic Brain is one that’s still available and is the best purple. I loved wearing it and I got a ton of compliments on it.pretty serious outer space

Atomic Brain, whose name I love, came from the collection “They Came From Beyond Space” and I own all three of the shades in the collection. But we’re talking purple and Atomic Brain is purple delight.  “Harness the atomic power of this amazing purple foil multichrome! Experience the wonder of plum, gold, pink and purple dancing on your nails all at once! Resist the urge to transplant your brain into the body of your sexy foreign housekeeper!”

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish

This is considered a Foil Multichrome Purple. You can see from this site shot that there are different shades that show through in different lights. I mostly saw different tones of purple metallic that made me smile constantly.

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish indoors

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish

Pretty Serious Atomic Brain nail polish diffused light

When I wear polish like this I like to move my hands around so I can see the colors come out – I’m easily amused! Atomic Brain doesn’t just amuse me though, it delights me and I’m naming it my favorite purple. — Marcia

Now you need to see other purple polishes so you can decide what goes on your shopping list. I’m betting that I’ll have the longest list. Click on the icons to see the rest of Makeup Wars.