1.26.2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel


Sally Hansen also jumped into the gel game last year with their revolutionary new gel manicure system without the light! I never did try their gel manicure that came with a tiny little finger light but I heard from other bloggers that for the price point, they liked it.


1.25.2015

Zoya Ana


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If you've been a long time reader, you know that I'm a bit sick of nude polish. That being said, when I heard about the Zoya Naturel Satin collection, I bought it as soon as it was available. The latest twist in the nude game is this chalk like finish from Zoya - not quite matte but more of a powder finish. First up I have Zoya Ana - a light toasted almond color.

I used a base coat of Zoya Armor, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. This formula was a little thick to work with but not unmanageable. Dry time was actually really nice even without a top coat.


This is a perfect office neutral for those who aren't able to go wild with polish - it's not quite what I would think almond is but it's also not really pink or brown. I'm kind of at a loss on how to describe the color.


In the shade you can also see that the Satin bottles are all frosted - it's to help distinguish the finish on this polish - while it is opaque, it's a bit hard to tell the true color in the bottle.


In the indirect light of my living room, you can see more of a pink tone coming through, I do think this is very complimentary to my skin tone and I could see myself wearing it more with short nails during long winter months. I do prefer brighter shades but this has its place.


This final photo is from my light box. You can almost see a sheen from the light which gives to look of a glossy polish but as you can see above, it's not glossy at all. It's definitely unique and I do like the look.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $9/bottle. 

1.21.2015

Morgan Taylor Lip Service

Press Sample 

When a reader asked to see a comparison of Morgan Taylor Ella of a Girl and Lip Service to compare pinks, I felt I should also write a review since I hadn't done it yet. Lip Service was originally a core color from Morgan Taylor but it was also included in the Breast Cancer Awareness 2014 collection called Fight Like A Lady.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. Formula was nice and smooth.

Here in the sun it looks pretty happy, right? Quite the Barbie pink to me but just lovely.

Here in the shade you can see it's rather cool toned - no hidden shimmers or anything inside.

Probably my favorite picture of this polish was taken in indirect sunlight. Just buttery smooth.

Finally a quick photo in my light box. A great staple to any collection. Not terribly unique but a great staple.

Did you see the swatch stick comparison of Ella Of A Girl and Lip Service?

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Quite a difference, huh? This is why I want to make sure I get all my swatch sticks made.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Morgan Taylor If The Slipper Fits

Press Sample 

The grand finale of the Cinderella Collaboration Collection from Morgan Taylor is If The Slipper Fits, a light blue polish with rainbow reflective glitter. In the bottle this stuff is pretty fantastic. On the nail however... well...

I used a base coat of piCture pOlish Revolution (a peel off base used to help in glitter removal), 3 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. The formula went ON smoothly but it was not fun to use. The glitter in this polish is quite coarse and was bumpy and lumpy in the polish. I thought maybe it was my base coat since I have only used Revolution a few times but I decided to swatch again using my normal Duri Rejuvacote and received the same reaction. Because I did use piCture pOlish Revolution, removal was easy but this will be a glitter that needs to be soaked off properly so you don't peel up the top layers of your nails. To compare, this polish reminded me of the China Glaze Crinkled Chrome polishes.

Here it is in the sun. Opaque, yes. Lumpy and bumpy? Yes. Would a thick gel like top coat smooth it out? Maybe? But I'm just not loving it.

Here in the shade, the glitter is not reflective at all and just looks awkward.

Finally in indirect light, you can see the glitter reflecting a bit but it's just not as pretty as I hoped. When I first saw the polish, I thought it reminded me of my junior year military ball dress (yes I was an Army JROTC nerd).
I had that dress custom made from a pattern back in the day. Well, 2001 but that seems like such a lifetime ago! I had a blue polish on from Maybelline I believe. Oh memories.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

1.20.2015

Morgan Taylor Best Ball Gown Ever

Press Sample 

Finishing up the Cinderella Collaboration Collection from Morgan Taylor and this polish was the one I was most excited for. It's call Best Ball Gown Ever and it has this beautiful almost ethereal duochrome like shimmer. It's a light blue lavender mix with a soft gold shimmer throughout. This polish is exclusive to Morgan Taylor whereas the other 5 polishes in this collection are also available in Gelish and Gelish MINI gel.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. I was worried this would be a super thin, non-opaque polish but I was super happy to find out that wasn't the case. It's actually quite opaque in 2 coats and I added a third just to be on the safe side.


 In the sun, you really only see the blue and with a slight shimmer. It's almost icy in color.


In the shade, the shimmer made the polish look very light and calming.


But the real beauty comes out when you're in indirect light - it's just soft and pretty and lovely.


Also in indirect light and probably my best picture of this polish. While I was the most excited about it, it's not my favorite in the end. But that's also because I'm still iffy about blue polishes on myself. I prefer my nails to be nubs for blue polishes. There were no staining issues with this polish in case anyone's wondering.

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.
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