Hot Topic Blackheart Beauty Navy Glitter Stargazer, Purple Stargazer, Star Blue Silver Meteor Shower nail polish swatches + review

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
Hot Topic Blackheart Beauty Navy Glitter Stargazer, 2 coats
Hot Topic Blackheart Beauty Purple Stargazer, 1 coat
Hot Topic Blackheart Beauty Star Blue Silver Meteor Shower, 1 coat

Navy Glitter Stargazer
This dries fairly gritty, but it’s pretty.

Purple Stargazer over Sinful Colors Show & Teal
No comments, other than it’s nice coverage.

Star Blue Silver Meteor Shower over Sinful Colors Blue Me Away
The glitter on this is sparse! I had to place that one star you see. It’s a shame. :/

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic nail polishes swatches by WOC @polishandpups

Press Sample buttonPolishes used:
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Blast Off Bronze
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Deep Space Sparkle
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Sunburst
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Razzmic Berry
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Shimmering Blush
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Sonic SilverHey I’m back again with more WOC swatches, this time by Melissa of @polishandpups. If you’re interested in my original swatches, here they are. Don’t forget to follow Melissa! The following are all Melissa’s notes:I wanted to get a good idea of how these would wear without topcoat and decided to start with Razzmic Berry. My experiment didn’t go well. Even though they are Insta-Dri, I let it dry for over an hour and went to bed. I woke up with terrible sheet marks. After that unsuccessful attempt I decided to use top coat on all of them; therefore, I don’t really know how all of them work without top coat. I also didn’t find I was happy with all of them in one coat. A couple of them worked okay in one coat but really I needed two for the coverage I prefer. Continue reading

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte nail polishes swatches + review

Press Sample buttonPolishes used:
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte 11 Smokey Silver, 2 coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte 12 Smoldering Teal, 2 coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte 15 Burnished Wine, 2 coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte 16 Molten Mauve, 2 coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte 17 Rose Flush, 2 coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte 18 Gold Rush, 2 coatsI’m currently trying to find the two here that I don’t have – numbers 13 and 14. I think number 13 is a navy blue, which I would love to have. Not sure on what 14 looks like…give me a holler if you know! All of these, except for Molten Mauve, I found to be thin and runny. I’m showing all of these in their natural matte state, and with one coat of shiny top coat. Continue reading

Matte sweater manicure with Zoya Polish Joni, Stella Chroma I Suspect Nargles

Gift buttonPolishes used:
Zoya Polish Joni, 3 thin coats
Stella Chroma I Suspect Nargles, 3 thin coats (February 2019 Polish Pickup Pack)

This is a manicure from a long while back (hi, I’ve taken two weeks off from blogging, I’m behind). These two polishes worked just so right together, and the design worked beautifully on my (then) shorties.

I’m trying so hard to get photos edited and posts written and I should have another post for you this week with more Sally Hansen products – and a post featuring POC/WOC blogger Melissa Lopez. Please check back soon!

Sally Hansen No More Stains Spray-On Base Coat and Hard As Nails Vitamin Strength Serum review

Press Sample buttonProducts used:
Sally Hansen No More Stains Spray-On Base Coat, .375 fl oz
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Vitamin Strength Serum, .45 fl oz

Long time coming with this review, but I do like, especially with base coats, top coats, and any nail treatments, to do a thorough review.

This is a spray-on base coat (as evidenced by the name). I do like the convenience of this, you could basically do this in your car or anywhere that you wouldn’t normally put on base coat. It has less smell than regular base coat polish, but there is a faint rubbing alcohol smell. It does dry fairly quickly and with a bit of stickiness (which I don’t mind normally). With my body chemistry, it did work well as a base coat. The only draw back I see is that it is fairly small, and priced about $9 (without tax). If I were going on a trip, I would pack this for sure.

This is an interesting nail treatment. I already have and use Hard As Nails Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil (.45 fl oz), which I like and use often. The pump on this seems to be a little strange, you have to press hard to get serum out but then too much comes out. I hope I just got a defective pump. The product itself comes out like hand sanitizer and rubs in quite similarly. It soaks in fairly well, and doesn’t dry too sticky. Again, I think the small size is better suited for trips or in the car or in a purse or bag. It’s priced anywhere from $5-6.

I have used both of these products since receiving them, and I like them both. I am unsure that at $9, I would repurchase the spray on base coat though.

deborah Lippmann Take the A Train nail polish swatch + review

Gift buttonPolishes used:
deborah Lippmann Take the A Train, 1 coat and no top coat

I was so excited about this dL polish, it looks so stunning in the bottle! It’s got this grey/green shade going on that I personally love and in the bottle it looked like it might have a bit of holo shimmer. But sadly, that was not the case. I’m sure that if I had base coat on, the imperfections of my nails wouldn’t show so much, but it is a streaky formula.