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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?

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Gold and Glitz

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by clairesayswhat

As promised in my previous review of Color Club’s Kiss Me Mistletoe, today I’ll be reviewing the Gingerbread Man shade. But of course, at the same time that I purchased that shade, I just had to get Blonde Bombshell from the new China Glaze Eye Candy holiday 2011 collection. This was a Gotta-Have-It!! color as soon as I saw swatches of it. So I decided to combine the two for a fabulous Gold and Glitz mani!

I’m still sort of mystified as to why I didn’t buy Gingerbread Man right away because I can recall a time not too long ago when bright golds were pretty hard to find. When I first grew out my nails I went on the hunt for a brighter gold shade and could find only one that fit what I was looking for, Revlon’s Gold Get ‘Em. But maybe I was just looking at the wrong time because now it seems like they’re everywhere. Lucky me!

Gingerbread Man was quite different from Kiss Me Mistletoe. It wasn’t quite as thick and, as a result, didn’t apply with quite the same opacity. It did cover well, though, and without too many visible brushstrokes. The scent was also not as strong. I would describe it more as just straight up sugar cookie than gingerbread. But it’s a gorgeous gold and one I’m really happy to have in my collection. I just love how it’s so bright and not burnished at all, since that seems more like all I used to see in terms of gold. Gingerbread Man really gives an almost gilded look to nails. Maybe I’ll use this polish and my Konad stamper for some kind of Rococo inspired mani in the future….

Next, I layered Blonde Bombshell on two nails of each hand. I’m glad I decided to put it on top of a base polish, too, because it seemed on the thin side. The base for this glitter just felt a tad watery and thin to me. Nevertheless, it built up well and looked truly spectacular! The microglitter combined with the slightly larger round glitter pieces really works to increase the drama of this polish. And once again, the tone if this shade is so bright. I definitely think of classic beauties like Marilyn Monroe when I look at this polish. It’s funny that they chose to name it Blonde Bombshell, too, because I have often described these types of bright golds as being “blonde.” Now nobody will think I’m crazy when I say that!

I would love to see photos of any holiday inspired manis so send em my way, and I’ll feature them in a future post!

Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Well, Happy Holidays, Glossy Expectations readers! It seems the holiday season really came on strong this year seeing as how some places were putting Christmas merch out on the shelves before Halloween was even over. Sheesh! As much as I love Christmas and the holidays, that was a bit much! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving (or at least a good day or so off from work) and that you’re looking forward to more holiday fun. Now, on to an exciting find!

I was shopping at the Sally Beauty recently with my mom, and I spied a tiny display of Color Club holiday shades! They were hiding with stocking stuffer stuff on one of those little kiosk-type displays that Sally has at the front of the store, usually directly across from the register. For some reason, no one around here carries Color Club, so I hope the appearance of this collection means that the Sallys in my area will be carrying more of their polishes soon. They had just two colors available, Kiss me Mistletoe and Gingerbread Man. I picked up Kiss Me Mistletoe and passed at first on Gingerbread Man,  but who was I kidding? I totally went back for it (stay tuned for a review) after trying Kiss Me Mistletoe! Sometimes I amaze myself with the decisions I don’t make. haha Color Club also has a coordinating collection of glitter shades called Beyond the Mistletoe which are probably meant for layering over these two shades, but they were in absentia at Sally Beauty.

In the spirit of the holiday season, I have Christmasified my swatch of Kiss Me Mistletoe:

Even Santa approves! Cute, right? You can expect lots more Christmasified photos this month! I wore this shade on Thanksgiving, and got lots of compliments on it from family. It really is a standout shade. Now, do you want to hear a funny store? Of course you do!

I had noticed in the store that these two polishes are scented, and this may have been why I only decided to try just one of them at first because the appeal of scented polish kind of escapes me. After you put a on a top coat, especially if you use Seche like me, what’s the point? Anyway, so as I was painting on this polish and marveling at the coverage, all of a sudden I thought to myself, “Wow, this nail polish sure does smell distinctively of pine! How odd…” I thought maybe it was just the scent of Color Club polish, being that it’s new to me. Then I picked up the bottle to check the name of the shade and remembered, oh yeah, DUH, it’s scented!

And let me tell you, the scent is quite strong! It’s supposed to smell like mistletoe but it’s more like Christmas trees if you ask me. Now, this is normally a scent I don’t care for too much, but it really didn’t bother me. Actually, it was kind of nice because it masked the scent of the Seche. Plus, I could still smell it pretty well for at least 2 days after I applied it. Impressive!

Kiss Me Mistletoe also reminded me of just how much I love metallic foil shades like this. I hadn’t really bought or used one in awhile, and this is a truly great one. The coverage is superb with this polish. I probably could’ve gotten by with 1 coat but, of course, I did two. The consistency is a bit thick and slightly gritty, but it smooths out well on the nail. And it’s just so bright and shiny that who could resist? Call me a Color Club fan for sure now, and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more shades on future trips to Sally Beauty!

Check back soon for a review of Gingerbread Man and lots of other fun holiday shades! And don’t forget to Like Glossy Expectations on facebook for more nail polish fun!

Glitterbomb!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on November 19, 2011 by clairesayswhat

Clearly the trend in holiday polish collections for 2011 is GLITTER. They don’t say that disco and an economic recession go together for nothing! Practically every brand is coming out with either a full line of glitter polishes or including at least a few in a larger collection. It’s been a sight to see all the swatches on the other blogs, and to help you keep track of what will be on the market soon, let’s explore some of the popular brands that are focusing on glitter polishes this season!

China Glaze Let It Snow

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So this collection features seven glitters, although none of the colors in this collection are particularly awe-inspiring. But it’s a good chance to stock up on these colors for your collection if you don’t already own them. I plan on hunting down Champagne Bubbles because lord knows I am a sucker for a gold sparkly polish! Plus, this one has larger pieces of silver glitter that form a nice contrast against the bright gold base.

Essie Luxeffects

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Talk about a collection after my own heart…wow! If you google this collection and look at photos of the display, you will note that it features two rows of the gold polish on the left. It’s definitely the first shade I’ll be buying! The one next to it is also a flakie, so take note if you don’t own one of those already as they are great for layering. I also really like that sort of mauve glitter shade. The silver and white are pretty skippable for me, but they’re nice nonetheless. Actually, the more I stare at that mauve and silver glitter together, the more I really like that combo! Very vintage.

Color Club Backstage Pass

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Ok so this collection is for the truly adventuresome! Please see Scrangie for her excellent swatches of these polishes and to experience their true glory as the photo I’ve used doesn’t do them justice. The glitters in some of these shades aren’t even going to pretend to lie flat on the nail, which is why I say they are for the adventuresome. Personally, I can’t stand when larger glitter pieces start to lift off on my nails, so I won’t be getting any of these shades. Once again, though, the gold shade in this collection is very pretty. The thing I like the most about Color Club (even though it’s hard to find in my area) is that they always offer their collections in these nice wham-bam-thank-you-m’aam sets, and they include a topcoat, too!

Wet n Wild Color Icon Ice Baby

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Remember the other day when I said I liked this polish but probably wouldn’t be buying anymore of them? Yeah, I went back today and got 2 more. For the price, who can resist?! Also, I’d forgotten to pick up the Back Alley Deals shade, which is said to be a dupe for the nails inc. shade, Bloomsbury Square. You can google the other blogs and see for yourself, but I don’t think anyone could tell the difference! And yes, I still had to stand on the bottom shelf and reach up high to get to this display at Walgreens since they still don’t have it out yet.

OPI Muppets collection

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Last but not least (of course, or Miss Piggy would give me a sound headbutt!), is the OPI Muppets collection. I’ve heard that the most popular shade, Rainbow Connection, is sold out in most places already, which is no surprise. This was true of an Ulta I visited this week; however, they did still have quite a few of the gift sets that have Rainbow Connection packaged with Excuse Moi!. If you don’t like either one of those shades, buy the set for the one you want and gift the other to a friend. They’ll love you for it, I promise!

And there is also that kollection which shall not be named that is available exclusively at Wal-Mart. Of course, I re-named the shades in this collection back when it was first announced, and I still think my names are better! Anyway, if you can find it, one of them is a dupe for Rainbow Connection, too.

Are you all glittered out yet? If I missed any collections, please let me know so I can update this post. Also, be sure to post a comment here if you’ve tried any of these glitters, and let me know which are your faves or not!

Color Club has Pride!

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , on August 8, 2011 by clairesayswhat

I hope y’all will excuse my absence and the lack of updates here lately. I’ve been busy with my nephew’s first birthday, getting ready for my graduation, and other things. Plus, I’m letting my nails breathe for a bit at the moment, so I don’t have a review for you just yet. I did just paint my toesies, though, but I’m kind of hesitant to post a photo of my feet on the Internet. Call me crazy…or just neurotic, but it seems weird! Perhaps I’ll just review the polishes I used later on.

But what this is post is really about is simply one of the most awesome nail polish collections I’ve ever seen! I’m sure everyone and their sister has read about it by now, but I’ve been a tad out of the loop so it’s new to me. LOOK:

Photo from Color Club

It’s the Pride: Live Your Life in Color collection from Color Club!! And Color Club is even donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection to AIDS charities. I’m always a fan of products I can buy and feel good about at the same time.

I also just love the striped bottle caps, and I know my good friend Kevin will be thrilled to see that Color Club took the initiative to coordinate this collection perfectly with the colors of the gay pride rainbow flag (he’s always harping that other companies often get it wrong)! They even arranged them in the package appropriately! It has truly been a historic year for the advancement of GLBT rights and acceptance, and I think it’s pretty damn cool that a fairly well-known nail polish company is recognizing that.

At $48, I think this collection is priced extremely well, too. You get 6 shades and a top coat for goodness sakes! I just might have to bite the bullet and order this since, aside from helping out a great cause, it’s just an all-around fantastic collection of primary and secondary (perhaps even tertiary with the violet, eh?) colors that would make for some great nail art additions. And let’s face it: sometimes a good, tried-and-true color does the trick better than just about anything else!

I also see that Color Club has this Create Your Own 3 Pack deal, which is pretty cool. You get to pick 3 of your own shades and they throw in a free lip gloss that you get to pick the color of, too! Freebies are always good but they’re even better when you can choose the color and stand a better chance of not getting stuck with something that’s totally wrong for your skin tone, if you ask me. Can’t argue with that!

So far, I’ve yet to find a store in my area that carries Color Club. How about you guys? Have you seen the Pride collection in any stores, or do you own it? I would love to see some photos if you do or read any of your thoughts about Color Club in general.