The Never Ending Search

Published April 14, 2015 by beanie

We all know I love pink nail polish, right?

Can someone please tell me WHY I cannot find the perfect pink that doesn’t chip within 24 hours of application? Does this recipe for greatness not exist?

I was visiting my BFF and we decided to get mani’s and pedi’s. I don’t usually have either done, as I really do like the time I get to spend doing my nails. That, and the fact that $45 for a mani/pedi could buy be 4 bottles of nail polish. However, I am pregnant, tired, and it felt good to sit and talk with my bestie while someone did the hard work for me.

I opted to go with “Neon Shocking Pink” by China Glaze. I’d never tried this brand before and the color was perfect! Great way to start spring off.

China Glaze Neon Shocking Pink

I should have known right away to pick a different color. A different brand. ANYTHING but the one that was about to be applied to my nails. When the technician opened the bottle, it was chunky. As soon as she added a thinner to the bottle, I knew it wasn’t going to be good news for my nails. I hate confrontation, though, so I just let her do what she was going to do. In less than 12 hours, I had my first nail chip. In 30 hours, this is what my nails looked like.

credit to my husband for taking the picture of my jacked up nails.

credit to my husband for taking the picture of my jacked up nails.

My toes are still holding up, but I don’t really know how.

When I got home, I decided that I needed to change the color and went to Sally Beauty Supply Outlet. It was there that I saw they sold China Glaze, and they had the color I’d just had on! I figured that I should give the brand a fair try, knowing that the salon kind of screwed them and me out of the true way the polish is meant to be used.  The BSO was having a sale and if you bought two, you got one free. I was getting the pink and a top coat anyway, so I went for the deal.

Let’s just say that this brand and color are reminding me a lot of the Ceramic Glaze review I did a while back. In case you don’t remember, I’ll refresh: Not A Happy Camper.

Once I got home, I cleaned my nails up, applied not one, not two, but THREE coats of color. Then I had to add a top coat! In the end, the nail polish chipped horribly after about 24 hours. Not even just a little chip… it would crack in weird spots, it would peel off completely in others.  You may or may not recall that I am not working at the moment and the most my nails are exposed to are to utensils lifting my food to my mouth.

ugh, the color is so great.  the actual nail polish is so awful

ugh, the color is so great. the actual nail polish is so awful

I am not impressed at all with this brand! I do have the other bottle that I got in my package deal from the BSO, and I’ll be trying it out today. I am not expecting to be impressed. In fact, I am willing to bet that I’ll be donating these polishes to a “lucky” reader who’d like to try these colors out for themselves. Stay tuned for that.

Here’s the rating:

COLOR: 8/10
◾ The color is amazing once it’s on and dried. The color of the bottle does not mislead you in any way! It’s a great summer color and very fun. Looks adorable on my fat sausage toes, too. However, if you do not use a top coat, this is going to dry matte, which I am not a fan of. GLAZE IMPLIES SHINY (in my world, anyway!)

WEAR: 2/10
◾ Just plain awful. Having this professionally applied did me no good whatsoever, it was chipped in a matter of hours. Applying this myself wasn’t much better and the chips were very much there within 24 hours. Top coat did not do much at all.

USE: 5/10
◾ The color is very watery and needed THREE coats. Even after three coats, there were some streaks on the nail. Each coat did dry very, very fast. Clean up around the nails was good, you are even able to buff color off of the cuticles with just water and soap. The brush is really small, so covering the nail in just a couple of strokes is harder than with, say, an OPI brush.

OVERALL RATING: 4/10
◾ I wouldn’t buy this again. Unless this FREE purple color I have can turn my opinion around on China Glaze, I really would never recommend this to anyone. You don’t get the have the color on for very long, which is something we all want in a nail polish! The price point, however, is good and their colors are amazing. Again, what good is it to have the perfect color that doesn’t last more than a day?!

You have been warned.

Stay shiny,

beanie

Sports Girl Blues

Published April 1, 2015 by beanie

I am a lacrosse fan.  More specifically, a Toronto Rock Lacrosse fan.    My husband and I have season tickets, we wear jersey’s, and I rep the teams colors throughout the season, via my nails!  Because of this, my next rating is a very nice, very Toronto Rock blue!

Originally, I had applied Essie’s “Butler, Please” to my nails.  I’m not going to rate it because it honestly did not stay un-chipped long enough to even get a picture!  I may be rescinding my original claim of Essie being the best decision for my nails. After I angrily took off the remaining Essie blue, I decided to go with this one:

Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy:  Wild Card

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Let’s get right to the rating:

COLOR: 8/10
◾The blue of the bottle perfectly matched the blue that ended up on my nails.  It is a perfect lacrosse blue, so I love it.  I liked that the blue wasn’t too dark and wasn’t too pale.  It’s a perfect blue to transition into spring with.  It is especially cute on toes!  However, much to my dismay, it almost enhanced how short and stubby my fingers and nails are.

WEAR: 7/10
◾This is tough!  The nail polish did stay on without much chipping for 5 solid days.  The chipping that did occur was mild and small efforts of damage control could have easily been done.  However, when the time came to take the color off completely, all of my nails were stained pretty badly.  This does not make a happy Beanie.  Then again, had I used a base coat, things might have been different.  In my defense, it does not to say that a base coat is recommended (although this is “common sense”), and I don’t usually put a base coat as it causes some polishes to dry funny or even bubble.  Still, the amount of staining was ridiculous.

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USE: 6/10
◾Both coats dried very quickly.  The cleanup around the cuticles was easy, the color was not too stubborn on my skin.  However, you could easily use three coats in certain spots as the color is very watery.  The brush is a little thick, which I find causes some of the color to come off, therefore requiring additional coats – especially since it’s a water formula to start off with.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10
◾I really did like this color and the brand.  Having nail polish last for a few days is always nice.  The color did not lose it’s shine over the days, even without a top coat.  I would likely buy this brand again.  Also, this brand is Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP free – so I did not feel guilty using it while pregnant.

Stay shiny,

beanie

THE Shirt

Published February 20, 2015 by beanie

Hello Folks,

First – so sorry about not getting to this post sooner. Last time, I had applied my nail polish and felt I needed to review right away since it was chipping immediately. This time, my polish has stayed strong until yesterday. And I was just too tired to post last night.

So I finally broke down and bought an Essie nail polish. I hadn’t purchased one because I felt like it was a little on the pricier side. I love their selection of colors, but being that my job doesn’t pay me well, a whole hour of work would need to be done to afford one bottle. Lucky for me, they were on sale, so I picked one up.

Best. Decision. EVER.

I applied the color on Sunday, as usual. It was going strong until yesterday (Wednesday – 4 days after application). To be fair, I put the polish to the test. I cleaned for about 4 hours straight, cooked dinner, and I was working all week, which involved typing the entire shift. And even still, with the exception of my index finger on my dominant hand, I could do minor damage control, if I had to.

My index finger chipped quite a bit – which is common when you type for a living

My index finger chipped quite a bit – which is common when you type for a living

You can see that my nails actually started to grow before the color even need to be fixed up!

You can see that my nails actually started to grow before the color even need to be fixed up!

What’s even more impressive is that I didn’t even use a base or top coat. Amazing!

By now, you’re probably wondering why I titled this post the way that I did. Well, it’s because of this shirt:

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I love this shirt. LOVE. It’s the kind of shirt that you plan a “reveal” for. I need the exact right pants (mint and/or white capris), beige wedges, hair curled. And you need the right nail color. I had originally decided on a green polish until I accidentally picked up the perfect color on Sunday.

And with that, I bring you:

ESSIE: Cute as a Button

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Let’s get right to the rating:

COLOR: 7/10
◾I let my husband pick the color out. I narrowed it down to this and another and he went with this. He claims he remembered this color being on THE Shirt, but I highly doubt that. Anyway, I thought that this was more of a pink or coral color, but when it’s on, it actually looks a little more on the orange side, which I’m not a huge fan of. Still, it’s fairly close to the color on the bottle and would make a nice summer color. It does require a minimum of two coats since the color is a little watery.

WEAR: 8/10
◾I would give this a 9 out of 10, but it did chip. If this had lasted a little longer, the rating might be higher. Mind you, it may have lasted longer with a base and/or top coat. If I had been on a relaxing vacation for a week, I don’t doubt it would have lasted much longer. Also, the shine wears off after a couple of days.

USE: 6/10
◾The first coat dries very quickly. The second coat took a much longer time to dry and because of this, I managed to smudge a nail (which is so annoying, right fellow nail polish addicts?). The brush is small and flimsy. The bottle is quite small.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10
◾There’s not much to say. Essie has a great selection of colors and it’s a very long lasting product, which is rare in the world of nail polish. I will very likely buy an Essie polish again. In fact, there’s a color called “Trophy Wife” calling to me…

Stay shiny,

beanie

First and Foremost

Published February 20, 2015 by beanie

I decided to start with a pink polish. Only fitting since I adore pink (how girly and cliche, I know.). I also just bought the bottle a few days ago, so it only made sense.

I have to tell you in advance – this isn’t the first time I used the bottle. I’d applied it once before. For the purposes of this blog, let’s pretend I’d never worn the color before.

Ceramic Glaze: Exotic Dragon Fruit

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Not gonna hide my feelings on this one. It was a piss-off.

First, the color of the bottle is what got me. So bright. So pink. I couldn’t resist. When I applied the first coat, I was instantly disappointed. It was a little watery and was clearly going to need at least 2 coats. I’m used to that with polish though, so I moved on. I noticed that it dried really fast, which is always a good thing for an avid nail polish fan. I added another coat and when it dried, I was annoyed to notice that it finishes as more of a matte color, which I’m not fond of. “Glaze” implies shiny, people. At least in my world. Top coat it is.

You can’t really tell here, since the flash was on, but the color was flat.

You can’t really tell here, since the flash was on, but the color was flat.

Once the top coat was on and the color was dry, I was impressed. The color was just like the bottle showed. It was bright and summery. I even got a compliment on the color when I was at the doctors office. Awesome.

cleaned up, dry and good to go!

cleaned up, dry and good to go!

LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER….

look at the chips! UGH!

look at the chips! UGH!

My activity line up of the day was nothing overly fantastic. I drove home for an hour. I did a load of dishes. I vacuumed the floor and cleaned cat litter. I napped. I didn’t even work yesterday – and this is the level of chipping that the polish produced. I hate when my polish chips. Sometimes you can just do a little damage control – but this is unbelievable. This requires me having to redo my nails completely.

“Ceramic” implies strong, people.

So here’s the rating:

COLOR: 8/10
◾Without the top coat, it’s still a pretty color – if you like a matte finish. It requires 2 coats minimum.

WEAR: 1/10 3/10
◾Maybe that’s a harsh rating. It took less than 24 hours to chip and it chipped beyond any kind of minor repair. The polish does not seem to love a top coat and it bubbled a little.

USE: 7/10
◾Was very quick to dry. Was easy to clean up. The brush is decent.

OVERALL RATING: 4/10
◾I don’t think I’d buy this brand again. I’ve given the polish a couple of tries and it’s let me down. I cannot stand when you have to do a repair to your nails the day after applying the color. I think this company put a lot of time and money into the packaging, the name, and the colors. The actual product itself falls short. It’s a shame, too – cause the colors are actually really, really nice.

Stay shiny,

beanie

Admitting the Problem

Published February 20, 2015 by beanie

Hi and thanks for stopping by and reading my blog… or at least that last line.

My name is Beanie, and I’m a nail polish addict.

When I was growing up, my parents were very strict. I wasn’t allowed to dye my hair. I couldn’t talk on the phone. I had to come home at 8PM when I was 17. And I was not allowed to wear nail polish.

I remember my best friend buying me my first polish. It was a clear top coat that had very fine sparkles in it. I put one coat on and instantly fell in love. My parents saw the shine to my nails and I had to remove it immediately. But from that moment on, I developed a near need to have my nails painted.

I eventually moved out on my own. I started to get acrylic nails done since it was a lot less maintenance, which is what I wanted at the time. No touch ups, no color changes, no filing. All I had to do was sit in a chair for an hour every 2 weeks and someone else did the work for me.

Until I removed the fake nails for the first time and kept them off. They were GROSS. So I didn’t get them again. Not often, anyway. I confess: I had fake nails for my wedding. But that was October 2, 2010 and I haven’t had fake nails since. This is about the time I started to buy some different bottles of color. I had ugly nail beds because of the fake nails, a pretty pink covered it up. Win-win.

I’m not entirely sure when my nail polish purchases started to get out of control. One day, I realized I needed a bag for my polishes. Then I noticed I needed something bigger. I searched and eventually started to use a glass fruit bowl to hold the polishes. It went from a few polishes, to a collection, and is now bordering on obsession.

So that’s the history. I blame my parents. If they had only allowed me to have the sparkles.