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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sadok by HITS: The Cremes, Crellies and Jellies

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Today I have a new brand called Sadok, by HITS. There are 20 polishes total, 10 cremes/crellies/jellies and 10 shimmers. Right now I have the cremes/crellies/jellies and tomorrow I'll have the shimmers. These polishes retail for $6 each and contain 9mL. 3-Free.

Sadok by HITS
The Cremes, Crellies and Jellies

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WEAR TEST: Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin with an Extend-A-Mani Gradient

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You'll remember not long ago I did swatches and review of the new Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin polish...

and I promised a wear test...well this is it!

I wore this one as I do all polishes - no base coat. Just something in my chemistry that doesn't do well with them I guess. I used one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat when I applied it and I re-applied a coat of top coat on Day 4.

Now I'm pretty rough on my hands/nails. I generally don't use the dishwasher because it's just me most of the time. So I've done laundry, lots of dishes, hair washing (which is oddly the hardest on my nails even over housework), and yes I've been known to use the nails as tools.

Overall, it wore well on me compared to other polishes with the same "abuse" - I had tip wear, but no chips. I ended up testing it for 7 days, which is at least twice as long as I leave most manis.

This is Day Three...

Day Five...

Day 7...

You can see it's definitely worse for wear on Day 7. I'm not sure what to blame the surface marks on...the dogs? But still no chips and I've had worse tip wear in 1 or 2 days with some brands.

So what did I do next? An Extend-A-Mani of course! Just a sponge, some black polish, a bit more Rouge Louboutin and Voila!

Well what do you think? Does it make the price go down any easier? The wear isn't what I'd call outstanding, but I'd rate it above both Chanel and Dior based on this wear test. It's certainly above-average, especially with the abuse I put my hands through.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nail of the Day: Above the Curve Friday the 13th #2

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Above the Curve
Friday the 13th #2

Every Friday the 13th Above the Curve launched a new polish. They've done it 3 times so far and each one has been stunning. The catch is they're only available for THAT day. If you miss them, you have to wait for the next Friday the 13th to roll around, at which time they generally have a new one and past versions available.

If you missed Friday the 13th #1, check out the post here.

If you missed Friday the 13th #3, check out the post here.

I'm not sure how I missed #2 but that's the one I'm showing you today. It's a lovely taupe-based holographic polish with a strong violet lavender flash. No issues at all with the formula or application. Two coats and no top coat for the photos. Be sure and check out the yummy micro-flakes in the shade macro at the end!

Artificial lighting...

Full sun...

Indirect natural lighting...


What do you think? So far I've adored all three but #1 is still my favorite.

These special Friday the 13th polishes are only available on Friday the 13th. The GOOD thing is that they generally offer past versions as well. The next time Friday falls on the 13th is in February 2015 and then there are 2 more for 2015 (March and November) - so if you want any of them, put them on your wish list and mark your calendars!

Above the Curve polishes are available on their Big Cartel shop here and their Etsy shop here. You can also follow them on Facebook here to stay up-to-date on availability, new collections, promos, etc. The BEST part? $1 of every bottle sold goes to Shriner's Hospital for Children! Full-sized bottles retail for $9.00.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zoya Ignite Collection for Fall 2014 - Swatches and Review

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Tonight I have the new Ignite Collection for Fall 2014 from Zoya to show you. This is the collection I wasn't prepared to like because I thought they were going to be metallics, which I really don't care for. But they're NOT!

Zoya Ignite Collection
Fall 2014

And in the shade they're REALLY gorgeous...

The Ignite Collection is 6 new shimmer shades in gorgeous Fall colors.

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