Bootie Babe Cosmetics polish!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a product that takes everything to the next level. The Bootie Babe polishes were just such a product for me because the bottles are shaped like, well, booties! Look:

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Super fun, right? The creator of these polishes, Mark O’Hara, was nice enough to send me these samples of 4 colors from the 12 color collection. The colors, left to right, are Pinky Dinky, Mean Tangerine, Blue Baboo, and Purp Slurp. I love the little boxes they came in, too, as well as the cute logo sticker on the bottle cap.

The Bootie Babe polish itself runs on the thick side (any puns from here on out are totally not intended, I swear!), but it applies and sticks to the nail quite well. I found it was best to get a good amount polish on the brush and apply it quickly for each coat. It doesn’t level very well, but it’s pretty smooth so it lays down nicely. It also dried pretty quickly and with a satin finish which I liked.

Mean Tangerine surprised me the most and turned out to be my favorite! I loved it the minute I took it out of the box, but I was skeptical since it’s such a bright neon. It was nearly opaque at two coats! As I was painting it on, I also realized just how nostalgic this particular shade is. It reminds me of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese powder! Check out the colors on my nails:

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I love that all these colors look so great together! As you can see, the Bootie Babe bottle is quite small. But don’t be discouraged–it holds plenty of polish! I also read via Bootie Babe’s twitter feed that they are working on re-designing the packaging to make the bottle cap taller since many others who have tried these polishes have experienced difficulty with the short cap. Personally, I didn’t have any problems with it. In fact, I find of liked it since I usually turn my brush to get the polish on the other side, and that seemed easier with this cap. Nevertheless, I did drop it once which never happens to me, so perhaps a slight redesign is a good thing after all. Also, the bottle itself is a little, um, front-heavy and will wobble a bit if you don’t dip the brush in cleanly. The bottle opening is a little small, and this was really the only issue I had with the packaging itself. And just because I know you’re curious, here’s a shot of the actual bootie part of the bottle:

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I gotta say, it’s pretty totes adorbs! Overall, I thought the polish quality was great–it even smells nice, which I always appreciate. Best of all, Bootie Babe polish is 3 free AND cruelty free! I promise these polishes will put a smile on your face, and they’ll make great gifts for anyone who appreciates things that stand out from the rest.

You can order these or any of the other great colors in the collection via the Bootie Babe Cosmetics shop page. They currently retail for $4 each which is a super deal. I’ll definitely be trying more colors once they launch the new bottles! Also, check out an extensive list of other bloggers that have reviewed the Bootie Babes polishes on the Bloggers section of the website. Yours truly is listed on this page, which is pretty exciting, too!

Let me know if you give Bootie Babe a try!

(Disclaimer: These polishes were sent to me for review by Bootie Babe Cosmetics.)

Me Amour collection from Mattese Elite

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , on February 9, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Ricky’s NYC has released the Me Amour Mattese Elite nail polish collection! There are some true beauties in this collection and all are perfect for gifting your sweetie or best girlfriend. Or just yourself! Chocolates are great and all, but nail polish is the gift that keeps on giving if you ask me. Especially if you live anywhere but NYC since these babies are only available at Ricky’s stores!

Here’s the steamy ad that Mattese Elite has put together to promote the collection:

I love the swatch hearts! The dude’s hair? Not so much! haha But I’m just being picky. As you can see, this is a glitter and sparkle heavy collection, but I think the colors are something a little more special than others. Amour De Ma Vie and Je T’Aime are definitely standouts that will get you noticed amongst those who think they’ve seen every polish color.

Be sure to head on over to Ricky’s NYC online to drool over all the colors. Je T’aime and Embrasse are my personal favorites, and I’ll be reviewing them for you very soon!

Also, if you find yourself head over heels in love with the entire collection, ordering the whole thing will get you FREE shipping from Ricky’s! Hurry because I doubt that deal will last long!

And to top everything off, Ricky’s will also be giving the whole Me Amour collection away to one lucky fan who likes their facebook page on Valentine’s Day!

I’m a huge fan of Ricky’s and other makeup products by Mattese Elite, so I’m thrilled that I’ll be reviewing their polish. Check back soon for that and Happy Valentine’s Day!

A butterLONDON fairy tale

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Once upon a time, a girl was pressed for time and decided she needed to do her nails right that very instant. But alas, she was away from her own home and didn’t have the customary supplies. So of course she traipsed on over to the local Ulta in hopes of finding just the right polishes.

She looked high and low, at brands old and new until she happened upon a curious new product. Verily, she had seen it before, but this time the price was right and well, it’s always fun to try something new! And just look at the crow in the crown, the butterfly and gorgeous flowers and pretty jewels….how could our heroine resist?

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Indeed, she held onto the nifty box for a few weeks, unable to bear throwing it away. But on to the task at hand! She tried the Nail Foundation first and found it to be an extraordinary name for an equally extraordinary product! The girl could scarcely believe her eyes when it quickly dried to a miraculously smooth, satin, semi-opaque finish! It was somehow eerily alike her own skin color, too. But she was most pleased that it smelled so nice (much less offensive and even quite pleasant compared to other brands) and made the application of polish a sheer dream. She now loves this product so much that she won’t consider using anything else!

Finally, she came to the end of her journey and applied the Hardware top coat. While not quite as good as the Nail Foundation (it must be noted that it caused a bit of dragging at the nail bed), she still found it to be a quite good top coat in comparison to many others. The consistency reminded her of treacle and spread across the nail nicely, drying with an almost silicon-like finish. Seche still wins the race for our heroine, but the Hardware put up a good fight and will be used occasionally. She thinks it will make a great top coat for glitters, but that will be another tale for another day.

Before this tale is done, though, our heroine would also deign to mention a few more notable features of these products:

  • The bottles are a large size at 0.6 oz., which makes them a full 0.1 oz. larger than most other similar products. A superb value indeed!
  • Due to the tallness of the bottles, the brush is also thankfully long enough to reach to the bottom so none of this wonderful product will go to waste. The brush is quite sturdy as well and didn’t impede application in any manner whatsoever.
  • Although quite minor, our heroine also appreciates the twee little crown that is stamped atop the bottle cap that you will see once the outside black cap is removed. It’s the little things, eh?

And so this tale ends happily because a a most wondrous new product was discovered and the nail polish realm rejoiced!

The end.

Revlon Whimsical (aka Anemic Cupcakes)

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Revlon has done it again with another great Deborah Lippmann dupe! Previously, they released Facets of Fuchsia as a dupe for Lippmann’s Bad Romance. If you missed it the first time around, check the new Revlon Brilliant Color display at your local drugstore, and you’ll find it’s been re-released once again as Scandalous. It was quite the popular polish!

Now, in this same display, Revlon has also bestowed upon us a shade called Whimsical, which is a dupe for another Deborah Lippmann polish called Glitter In the Air. I normally avoid Revlon’s nail polish as their formula can be so hit or miss, but since Facets of Fuchsia was so great and the price is certainly right, I couldn’t pass up Whimsical.

Although, I must admit, I ended up being quite taken with this polish. It’s such a different shade and not one that I expected to end up liking as much as I did.

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It’s one of those polishes that has a semi-sheer, almost snotty (gross, I know, but that’s truly what it reminds me of!) base that can be notoriously difficult to apply. The base here is light blue, and there is blue and pink hexagonal glitter as well as smaller silver glitter and iridescent blue microglitter suspended all throughout.

Surprisingly, I didn’t experience any issues with the formula. I used 3 coats, and each dried nicely. The glitter effect builds up as you increase coats: some of the glitter from the previous coat becomes opaque while the newer glitter is brighter. This makes for a kind of 3-D, reflecting pool effect. It’s really quite beautiful. The base color is less blue on the nail than in the bottle, and it’s for this reason that I thought of  “Anemic Cupcakes.” It’s like if you took a cupcake and made it a halftone lighter, then you’d have this shade. That’s the best way I can think of describe why I thought of calling it that! Maybe it makes sense only to me…haha Another way I can think of describe it is like a crystal ball. It’s as though you’re looking through glass and can see through the layers of liquid beneath.

Anyway, let me give you a heads up on the glitter in this polish. It tends to sink to the bottom, so you’ll want to kind of plunge the brush down into the bottle and wipe the excess off carefully in order to get the best amount of glitter on the brush. I found that I got the best distribution of glitter on my larger nails, such as my thumb. Most of my other nails required me to strategically place a few extra bits of glitter so they wouldn’t so bare. If you have shorter nails, you may find this polish more difficult to work with. I’d suggest using a thin nail brush or even an orange wood stick to catch and apply the pieces of glitter to your nails if you find that you have trouble getting enough with the brush.

Also, you will never get this polish to be opaque, so don’t even try! You have to accept the fact that the sheerness is part of what makes Whimsical so special. If you take your time and let each coat dry before applying the next, I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the effect you achieve!

I expected this polish to chip very easily, but it didn’t! In fact, I ended up wearing Whimsical for a full week. The blue in the base did seem to get paler as the week went on due to hand washing and light exposure, but overall the effect held up.

Whimsical is a really great polish, and certainly worth the incredibly cheap price when compared to its Deborah Lippmann original. I can’t personally compare it to Glitter In the Air, but swatches on other blogs confirm that it is a pretty spot-on dupe.

So with two great Deborah Lippmann dupes from Revlon now on the market, I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

A Color Club Discovery!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Remember when I found a couple of shades from Color Club’s 2012 holiday collection at Sally Beauty this past Christmas? If you don’t, well, basically it was the first time I’d found any Color Club polish in a store in my area. I was quite excited. So one day I was on the Color Club website and decided to plug my zip code into their store locator just for fun.

I was quite surprised when a Bed Bath & Beyond location on my parents’ side of town popped up! I was also surprised that it was a BB&B since, to my knowledge and experience with the store at the time, they don’t carry makeup. But I had noticed mentions of people buying makeup at BB&B stores on blogs every now and again so I was intrigued.

This past weekend I was finally able to visit this mythical BB&B that supposedly carries Color Club nail polish, and what do you know? It does! And not just Color Club, but beauty products of all kinds! In fact, this BB&B has a whole beauty department! I was shocked to say the least! They even had some hard-to-find brands and items, such as cake eyeliner (“Wow, I haven’t seen that in years and years!” is what my mom said).

And yes, they did have Color Club polish! Quite a lot of it, too. Mostly core collection colors, although they did have a couple of displays of newer collections. None of the sets, although I’m not sure if those are even sold in store or not. I picked up about five different colors. This is Fashion Addict:

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Fashion Addict is a lovely lavender holographic duochrome shade. I can happily report that the formula of this shade is just as good as the other Color Club shades I have. Truly a dream to apply! It evens out and self-levels nicely as well as dries fast to boot. The color is great on its own but, of course, it truly sparkles in the sunlight! It’s also a great color to transition into Spring and those demi neon shades that will be oh so popular in a few more months.

The balance of the holographic particles in this polish is also just right. Sometimes I feel like the base color of some holo polishes is overshadowed by the amount of particles used. Of course, there’s also the flip side with cheaper holo polishes where there aren’t enough particles and the base is very thin. Fashion Addict gives the best of both worlds with a good amount of holo particles and a cheap price, just $3.99!

I will say that the BB&B beauty section did seem a bit like a product close-out section, and many of the products and other nail polishes looked on the older sign. Indeed, I was careful in the Color Club shades I chose since some of them seemed to be partially separated in the bottle. So while this isn’t a store I will frequent to find the latest colors and collections, I will perhaps make it a point to visit there every 4 to 6 months to see what they have.

How about you–do you live near a BB&B that has a beauty section?

Hot Off the Glosses: The latest Spring/Summer 2012 Nail Trend!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by clairesayswhat

Even though I actually sneaked a peak at their new collection yesterday, I just saw this tweet from butterLONDON:

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 S/S 2012 Nail Trend – Demi Neon. The evolution of neon, still bright & in the family but more sophisticated and subdued bit.ly/zCyWJ
Clicking the shortened link above will take you to the official butterLONDON website where you can purchase their newest Demi Neon colors. I’m a fan of Disco Bisquit and Trout Pout! Which ones strike your fancy?
Essie also has a collection in the Demi Neon color family coming out for Spring called Navigate Her.You can check it out over on the inimitable Scrangie. I can’t stand the name of the Essie collection. It sounds like a Harlequin Romance series title, doesn’t it? One where a desperate single mother starved for love after a nasty divorce falls in love with the captain of a cruise ship on a singles cruise her wilder and sluttier best friend drags her on. But I digress! I do like a few of the colors quite a lot, though. A Crewed Interest, Navigate Her, and To Buy, Or Not To Buy? will all probably come home with me as soon as I see this display in the drugstore.
I quite like this new Demi Neon trend. Full-on neon polishes are notoriously hard to work with and many even require the use of a white basecoat. And, while fun, let’s face it: neon polishes carry a distinctively young vibe. I’ll wear pretty much any color or finish, but neon is just a bit much for me in general. But if it works for you, go for it! This new Demi Neon trend will be great for the office, weddings, and other spring/summer events where you want to stand out for all the right reasons! I also like how many of the nail companies are moving away from all the greiges and more traditional neutrals and towards more shades that have a bit more pop.
I’m excited to see more spring and summer collections from the other companies! Also, look for more Hot Off the Glosses posts from Glossy Expectations for details on new colors, trends, and collections!

A Perfect Job Interview Polish!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by clairesayswhat

I’m sure there are many polishes out there that are great for job interviews, but the one I’ll be featuring today was perfect for me. It got me the job!! Okay, so my awesometastic interview skillz and qualifications are what really did the trick, but I can’t help but give a little credit to the polish I chose to wear on the day I went for my interview. And it wasn’t without careful consideration, of course. I wanted something that was 1) neutral but not too blah 2) didn’t clash with my outfit but 3) also coordinated nicely. So I decided on OPI’s Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey!:

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Personally, I think this shade is more Cafe Au’Lait than anything else, but I get the “honey” reference more now than when I bought this polish. The “cosmo” part is still weird to me, though, as that always carries either space or hot pink connotations for me.

AnyWHO, I chose this shade for my interview because it was the perfect combo of everything I mentioned above. It has a light brown base with some iridescence to it and, at certain angles, almost matches my skin. So it’s close to being my “mannequin hands” shade, but not quite. And it’s one of OPI’s sheer formulas that builds up quite nicely at 3 coats, which is what you see above. Or maybe it’s 2 coats in the photo. I don’t really remember at this point! haha But either way, it’s versatile enough that you can wear it sheer in a pinch or keep applying coats to bring out the color base more.

I bet it would work well as a base polish for some of the gold glitters and flakes that came out for the holidays, too! Lucky for me, my new office environment is business casual and leans heavily on the casual, so I’m not expecting any restrictions or issues with nail polish colors. Yay! Actually, I could probably even get some junk nails and nobody would notice because we’re so focused on things like correct MARC coding and AACR2 idiosyncrasies. If you’re reading this and you know what that means, raise your nerd flag!

But back to the polish. Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey! is a lovely shade. If you have an interview coming up or work in a professional environment that has a more restrictive dress code, I encourage you to give this shade a try!