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Grape Soda Mani

Posted in Original Posts Archive with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2012 by clairesayswhat

So we’re all probably familiar with scented nail polishes by now. Everyone from Revlon to Color Club has jumped on the scented polish bandwagon. And why not? It’s something fun and nostalgic for those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. But have you ever thought that you could make your own scented nail polish? Well, I didn’t either, but I created my very own Grape Soda scented mani quite by accident!

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What you see here is Chunky Holo Purple by Kleanolor layered over Nubar’s Treasure. I could tell right away that the Chunky Holo Purple would need a base color, although you probably could use it by itself for a more sheer holographic effect. Or I bet it would also look amazing over some of the new neon shades that are coming out this spring! But I had Treasure, too, so I decided to use it as the base coat. I’ll review the application of each of these polishes before I get to the grape soda part.

Nubar’s Treasure is a sheer purple that’s kind of in-between a holo and a microglitter polish. This is to say that the purple itself is not like a cream polish. It is super fine purple particles in a purple jelly-ish base. It’s a bit hard to explain but, suffice it to say that you’ll need up to 3 coats to achieve complete opacity. I was expecting it to be less sheer than it is, but it’s still a great polish that dries with a wonderful glossy sheen all on its own. I’d heard a lot about their bottle cap as well, and it really is one of the better ones on the market. The top is wide and flat so that it can rest under the base of your index finger enabling you to get a comfortable grip with the tip of your index finger and thumb at the base of the cap which is kind of pinched. You can see plenty of examples on Nubar’s website to get an idea of what I mean. I also like that all of Nubar’s polishes are cruelty free and vegan. Not many companies can make that claim!

Now on to the Kleancolor. Their holo shades are pretty well known among the nail polish blogs for offering quite a big bang for very little money. The Chunky Holo Purple doesn’t offer the amount of holo particles that you’ll get in more expensive versions, but it is very pretty. And again, the Purple is very sheer, but the particles are so iridescent (flashing between gold, green, and purple) that it’s magnificent nonetheless. The base is tinted a light purple and slightly on the thick side. So if you want to get the most holo particles, I suggest several thin coats. As it was in this mani, the base of the Chunky Holo Purple did make the edges of the Treasure basecoat shrink just a bit, but that was probably only noticeable to me and no one else. I’m just glad to have this polish in my collection.–it’s beautiful just to look at in the bottle.

Now, I noticed right away that while the Nubar polish has a pleasing and not very strong smell, Kleancolor is quite the opposite. It smells very strong and not like any other polish I’ve used before. I’m not really sure why that is, though. But  after it dried over the Treasure, I noticed that it smelled exactly like grape soda! In fact, I even went back on the Nubar site thinking maybe Treasure was part of a scented collection or something, but nope! It just so happened that Treasure combined with Chunky Holo Purple smells like grape soda! Even better that it’s purple, too! And unlike polishes that are actually marketed as scented, the grape soda scent of this mani actually stuck around for more than a few days.

So the secret formula is Nubar Treasure + Kleancolor Chunk Holo Purple = Grape Soda mani!

Give it a try if you happen to have these two polishes, and let me know if you get the same result! Or if you have discovered any similar effects with other polishes let me know, too.


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?

Set Your Sails for Adventure….

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

Is the song in your head yet? Do you remember this from the far back reaches of your childhood? Give up?? It’s a Jem and the Holograms song, silly!! A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I noticed that the Hub channel was airing some episodes of the series. I immediately made him DVR them. The first episode we watched featured this song and subconsciously inspired today’s post:

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I bought these two polishes not long ago and was deciding which one to try first on my drive home the other day. Then I thought, duh, try them both at once! These are both again from Wet n Wild’s Fastdry collection. I have become such a fan of this polish line and haven’t been disappointed by a shade yet! They are truly are fantastic. The darker shade, on my thumbs and pinkie fingers, is FusciaRama. Surprisingly, it’s a jelly! I thought for sure, based on how it appears in the bottle, that it was a cream. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This shade applies beautifully and is great for beginners because you can really brush it on and not worry about streaks or dents.

My other three fingers are painted with Hannah Pinktana. Once this shade dried and I saw it in the light on my nails…WOW! I cannot emphasize enough how gorgeous this shade is!! I even put a coat of it on my thumbs and pinkies to complete the look. Hannah Pinktana is a sheer purple micro-glitter, but I built it up to three coats. It’s still not opaque, but that doesn’t bother me. I quite like the glassy look. In the light, this shade sparkles with flecks of gold and pink. It sparkles so much that it’s almost a holo! Run, don’t walk to get this shade. Seriously!

As soon as I looked at this manicure completed I realized how influenced by Jem it was! These two shades of purple and the glitter together are so reminiscent of the fabulous fashions of the series. Some of the outfits were so ahead of their time! Of course, others are pure 80s trash (mostly worn by The Holograms’ musical arch nemesis, The Misfits), but that just makes the series all the more endearing. I had a Jem doll as a little girl, and she was the most awesome doll EVER because she was larger than a Barbie and had articulated wrists that you could pose. I became slightly obsessed with trying to find my doll on the Internet the other night, and my boyfriend found this amazing website, Jem, that has picures of every Jem and the Holograms doll ever released AND the extra outfits you could buy! I had the Rock ‘n Flash Jem/Jerrica doll, of course the rarest of all the Jem dolls. Look at that dress! Loves it! And there’s the yellow and pink-splattered hoodie dress for her less flashy Jerrica look.  For some reason, I remember her hair being much more pink, but perhaps I’m confusing the doll with the TV version. I’m also now considering being Jem for Halloween this year. I already have a blond wig, so I would just need to add some pink clip-in extensions. And let’s not even discuss the possibility of light-up earrings!

Anyway, this is one of my favorite nail polish combinations that I have done to date. Also, if you have a twisted and slightly inappropriate sense of humor (like myself), you should watch the hilarious Jem parodies on this YouTube channel.