OPI I Love Applause nail polish swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonPolish used:
OPI I Love Applause, 2 coats and no top coat
This is so uneven and fiddly but dang, it’s so pretty.

I was going to do nail art with this for OPI Mad Love Color of the Month (pink for February); but it was one of those nights where ain’t nothing working and you’re ready to throw sh*t out the window. But at least I took a picture before I screwed it up!

OPI I Love Applause | Be Happy And Buy Polish


Plaid Nail Art with L.A. Colors Color Craze nail polishes

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
L.A. Colors Color Craze 59 Wanderlust, 3 coats [pointer, middle, pinky fingers]
L.A. Colors Color Craze 542(A) Cocktail, sponged [ring finger]
L.A. Colors Color Craze 53 Road Trip
L.A. Colors Color Last 50 Justice

So this is my current mani – I wasn’t feeling my last mani any more and I’m struggling with anxiety (hello again, my old friend); deciding last night to sit down and do my nails helped a bit. Even though my lines aren’t straight (why did I think freehanding lines would be a good idea when I’m having anxiety??), I think it came out pretty professional looking for polishes that cost me $1. Actually the Color Last polish cost me $2 – big spender over here. I bought I think about 20 (? maybe 30?) L.A. Colors polishes last weekend because I couldn’t find any new Sinful Colors. Then I gave up buying new polishes & makeup for Lent and of course everyone and their dog is having amazing polishes come out. :/

I kind of went on a tangent there. Stream of consciousness writing? I guess I kind of tend to prattle on when I’m having anxiety. Anywho, I like how the mani came out and I hope you like it too. If you struggle with anxiety, let me know how you cope – I’d love to get some new tips.

LA Colors Color Craze Wanderlust and Cocktail | Be Happy And Buy Polish
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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polishes

Press Sample buttonSally Hansen has reformulated their Insta-Dri line and they say:

  • New longer lasting formula with 16 new shades
  • Color-matched caps offer a modern, sleek feel and easy shade navigation
  • One stroke, one coat, dries in 60 seconds

I received all 16 shades to try out, except one – Leapin’ Lilac – broke in transit (you can see some of the splatter on a couple of the bottles). I can’t speak to wear time but all of them, except one, needed 2 coats. I do like the color-matched caps, that is a really nice feature. Each one’s formula was different than the next, so I’ll talk about formula under each polish swatch.

Don’t forget to check out the three nail art looks I’ve used with the new polishes: Heart Nail Art, kiss nail art and marbled nail art.

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Heart Nail Art with OPI nail polish

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
OPI Pink-ing Of You, 2 coats and no top coat. Not gonna lie, this applied horribly. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›
OPI Miss You-niverse

Okay, can we talk about the wonderful smell of old, black label OPI polishes? Yeah, I know it’s horrible but that smell is like…I dunno, I love it. Am I weird? Maybe. Anyway, I used Pink-ing Of You for OPI Mad Love Color of the Month (spoiler: it’s pink) and then saw this nail art from elina.nails.art on ig and just had to recreate it. This is my current mani and I just couldn’t wait to share it with you! πŸ™‚

OPI Pink-ing of You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

OPI Miss You-niverse, Pink-ing of You with heart nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Valentine’s Day Nail Art with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish

Press Sample buttonPolishes used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Buff and Tumble, 2 coats as a base
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri White on Time
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Peach Buzz
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Let’s Jam

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Champagne Supernova
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Taupe to Go
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Petal to the Metal
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Just in Wine

For swatches of the new Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, those are now available!

Does it count as Valentine’s Day nail art if it doesn’t have hearts? Oh well, I’m going with it. Swatches of the new Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line coming in a few days.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Buff and Tumble, White on Time, Peach Buzz, Let's Jam | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This first nail art manicure I took a lesson from this tutorial nail_muse on instagram. I’m definitely going to use this technique again.

dry marble with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Champagne Supernova, Taupe to Go, Petal to the Metal, Va-Va Violet | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This second manicure, I used this tutorial (also from nail_muse) but it really didn’t turn out like I wanted so I didn’t wear it out.