Review & Swatches: Colores de Carol Holiday 2013 Nail Polishes

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, I thought it was the perfect time to show you some swatches of some polishes by indie retailer Colores de Carol. I've been a huge fan of Carolina's work for a long time now, lovingly admiring her creations both in her shop and via the swatches of various nail bloggers. But as I mentioned in my last indie polish review, I've been like a deer


Small Business Saturday Beauty Sale Round-Up

Today is Small Business Saturday! For those unaware, this is a day to show your support of the independent small businesses both in your area and online. Of course we all should be supporting independent small businesses EVERY day, but on Small Business Saturday, you're encouraged to shop ONLY the small businesses in your area and online.

In addition to supporting the local small businesses in


Fragrance Direct Friday (on Saturday) & Festive Nail Art

 Hi guys, today I have the last (for a little while anyway) instalment of Fragrance Direct Friday and my first festive mani this year.  This weekly feature will be going away for a little while, but instead, I will be posting about some fabulous budget polishes from elsewhere around the web on Saturdays.  I have some really great shades that are quite hard to find swatches for online, so I'm looking forward to sharing all those beauties with you in the weeks to come!

The first polish I have to show you today is this very Christmas appropriate green from the Revlon Top Speed line.  This is Emerald, and the formula on this beauty is divine!  The photos show 1 coat, no top coat and no clean up.  Yes, you did read that right, I didn't do clean-up.  The formula on this is so easy to control that I didn't really need to.  That has happened to me a total of 3 times now, so it's pretty big.  There were a couple of streaks when I applied it, but it self-levelled nicely.  Dry time was pretty short (not that I have much to compare, as I always use quick-dry top coat), and it dried nice and glossy.
This was 99p here, and they are still in stock, so if you need a dark green for Christmas I would absolutely recommend this.  Naturally, I was compelled to do my first Christmas mani over this base.  It would be rude not to!
The little trees were stamped from PUEEN42 with Barry M - Gold Foil, and the accent nail is 2 coats of Shimmer Polish - Candace.

The second polish I have to show you is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Lively Lilac which is available here for £1.49.  This is 2 coats with top coat, apart from the ring finger which needed 3 coats to help cover some bad staining I have on that nail.  It didn't quite do it, but never mind.  Incidentally, that staining is from Brisk Blue from the same line of polish.  It didn't stain when I wore it alone, but I used it as a base for a chunky glitter polish, and it left stains in spots under the larger pieces of glitter.  That was a couple of weeks ago, and it's still pretty bad.  Any tips on getting rid of them would be greatly appreciated : )
 In the bottle, this appears to have some silver shimmer, but I couldn't really see it on the nail which was a shame.  I picked this up because I know a lot of the Insta-Dri range are good for stamping, however I'm not so sure this one will.  I'll try it anyway, and let you guys know how I get on, but I'm not holding my breath.
 That aside, this is still a nice polish so I will still get some use from it, and I didn't spend a lot so I'm not too bummed about it.  What do you guys think of these polishes?


Zoya Zenith Collection: Cassedy, Dream, Payton and Seraphina

This is a scheduled post as Im currently (hopefully) enjoying a little vacation. I'll answer your comments as soon as I get back, so feel free to comment as much as you want. 

I have four Zoya Zenith collection polishes to show you guys today!

I got these four for review from NailCity and these were the ones that interested me most from this Zoya holiday collection. These are of course from left to right Seraphina, Cassedy, Dream and Payton.

I used two coats of each polish for these pictures, no base or top coat.

First one is Cassedy and this one was almost one coater, but I did two just to be safe. Cassedy is a metallic pewter and the formula was really nice, so this was very easy to apply. I really like the metallic look of this one!

Next one is Dream, a deep blue scattered holo. This is absolutely my favorite one from this collection and it's also probably one of my all time favorite polishes! If you are only going to get one polish from this collection, get this!

This one is called Payton and it's a dark purple scattered holo with a jelly base. This one is also a really gorgeous one! There were still some spots that might have needed more polish, so I think you'll be safe with three coats with this polish.

Last one is called Seraphina, which is a silver metallic shimmer with a hint of grey. I really liked this one too, though also with this you could need another coat to get full coverage. I love the icy metallic look of this one and the fact that it's metallic silver but it's not a foil.

*I have gotten the four Zoya polishes in this post for review, for more information see my disclosure policy.


Tänään esittelyssä neljä lakkaa Zoyan Zenith -kokoelmasta: Cassedy, Dream, Payton ja Seraphina. Näistä Dream oli ehdottomasti minun suosikkini ja ehkä jopa yksi upeimmista lakoista ikinä, mutta kolme muutakin olivat ehdottomasti kovin nättejä tapauksia! Kaikissa kuvissa lakkaa on kaksi kerrosta, mutta Cassedy voisi hyvinkin peittää jo yhdellä kerroksella ja Paytonia ja Seraphinaa voisi paremman peittävyyden saavuttamiseksi levittää vielä kerroksen.

Zoyan lakkoja voi ostaa monilta jälleenmyyjiltä, NailCityn sivuilta löytyvät kaikki jälleenmyyntipaikat. Myös suoraan maahantuojalta voi ostaa lakkoja lähettämällä sähköpostia osoitteeseen, lakkojen kappalehinta on 15,50 euroa.

*Postauksen lakat on saatu arvioitaviksi.


MASH Nails - 3rd set - PICTURES 51-75


 Hello ladies! 
Its weekend again! How was your black friday? Spent much? 
Last week, several months and euros later, I was finally able to release my MASH package from portuguese costumes! The package had the new MASH set and the stamping polish set too. Today I'm showing you the full collection pictures so that you can see properly all the designs in this new set.

Boa tarde! 
É novamente fim de semana e ontem foi black friday! Que tal? Gastaram muito?
A semana passada consegui finalmente libertar o meu pacote da MASH, da alfandega portuguesa. Vários/muitos euros e dois meses depois finalmente chegou a minha casa o novo set MASH e o conjunto de vernizes para carimbo que a marca agora disponibiliza. Hoje mostro-vos todas as 25 plaquinhas, em detalhe, para que possa ver os desenhos disponíveis.
*brand info by the end of the post*

*the products on this post were sent by the brand for an honest review, all opinions are my own*



Rite Aid Winter Beauty Clearance Sale

LAST UPDATE: 3:00PM PST, 12/10.

The Rite Aid Winter Beauty Clearance Sale is officially underway! Thanks to several of you for the heads-up about this Rite Aid sale--I've got LOTS of pics to share with you today!


If you do not see yellow clearance stickers on the displays at your store, take some of these items to the register and


Revista Perfumes e Co. - Edição 88

Não percam mais uma edição da revista da Perfumes e Co. 


Spotted: Six NEW L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Shades (permanent, not limited edition)

We've got six new PERMANENT (not limited edition) L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow shades, folks! Huge thanks to reader Lisa for this sighting--Lisa spotted the new Infallible shades at her local Bed Bath and Beyond this week and was nice enough to share lots of pics with us. Take a look!

 image credit: Lisa for Nouveau Cheap

NEW L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow shades

image credit: Lisa for


20% off NARS + free shipping, no minimum order required

I've added this (and many other new BF offers) to the Black Friday Round-Up, but I want to give an extra-special thanks to reader Lisa for sharing this deal today.

Now through 12/2 on the NARS website, receive 20% off your entire order with code NARSFRIENDS. And, they're also offering free US shipping (no minimum order required and NO CODE required) right now!

I tested this on a NARS blush (


#33DC - Day 30 - the same pattern in different colours

 Hi guys!  I'm back today for Day 30 of the #33DC and the prompt for today is: the same pattern in different colours.  I decided to go with a vertical pastel rainbow gradient, and some silver stamping.  I love how subtle this turned out, even though I used 6 different base colours!

Those 6 polishes were Rimmel Lycra Pro - Cocktail Passion (creamy coral), Revlon - Cupid (pink), La Femme - Lilac Cream, La Femme - Ice Blue Cream, Barry M - Blueberry Ice Cream (light blue), and Headline Colours - Poolside Party.  I also added a coat of Barry M - Pink Iridescent Glitter for a little bit of sparkle
The coral side on the thumb was a lot less orangey in real life than it looks here, but I couldn't fix it without messing up the rest of the colours so I just had to leave it  : (
This image is from Bundle Monster plate BM-022, from the revised edition of their first set of plates.  I was lucky enough to win this set from Bundle Monster's Fall Into giveaway recently, and this is the first image I have tried from it.  As you can see, it stamped brilliantly, I am looking forward to trying some more from this set, there are some very pretty images in there! : D  I actually had a really lucky streak a few weeks back, and won these plates, a Organic Surge face mask, a mini from Indy's Indies, and a set of 3 minis from Polish Yer Hooves (swatches coming at some point)  Thank you to everyone that hosted the giveaways, I am very grateful.  I did end up playing a couple of scratchcards that week too, but I guess that was just pushing it XD