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Spinning Again by Essie

Today I have tons of swatches of Spinning Again by Essie. I thought it looked like the perfect fall polish to break out now that the leaves are starting to fall and the temperatures are starting get crisp in the mornings. It’s not a new color for Essie but it’s certainly a good one. It’s sort of a brick red which is something you don’t see all that often in a lot of polish lines (at least I haven’t) and while I didn’t like it much at first it has really grown on me since I tried it out! Like all Essie polishes it applies smoothly and you can achieve the following effect in just two coats.

One more thing: Most of the photos were taken indoors using direct sunlight but the last three photos were taken with indirect sunlight (so indoors during the daytime but not in the path of a direct light source). The color of this polish obviously varies from one light source to another but it’s more brown than red when all is said and done!

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And the last photo is just for fun. I thought it looked kinda cool!

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(Remember to click to enlarge photos!)

Enjoy!

Kerfuffle by butter by London + Cart Jacked by Mentality

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This post is going to be short and sweet but full of eye candy. The base color is a beautiful, soft, peachy-pink color called Kerfuffle from butter by London and the accent nail has two coats of Cart Jacked by Mentality Polish (etsy shop here here). Cart Jacked is chock full of small bits of glitter in golds, reds, pinks, and purples with the occasional larger hexagonal piece in the same colors. It looks beautiful on its own but shines best when you apply it on top of another color.

Please try to ignore how haggard my fingernails and cuticles are. I have been doing a lot of housework and it has totally ruined my nails. I’ve broken almost every single one at some point in the last week, probably from handling cleaning supplies without gloves and such. My fingers are dried up and my cuticles are on a whole ‘nother level when it comes to awfulness right now. With that being said… On to the photos!

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Set in Stones by Essie

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I’m trying to distract myself from the fact that it is way too late for me to be up right now, especially given the fact that I need to prepare for my brother in law and his family coming into town later on today. Sometimes I can be such an insomniac. I can’t really afford to  be one with a small child on a schedule (awake at 7 a.m., asleep at 7 p.m., and one nap during the afternoon for about an hour) because I end up becoming an exhausted zombie mom.

At least tonight’s insomnia won’t be in vain, right? I bring you Set in Stones by Essie.

Each photo shows a different type of lighting which really allowed the glitter to shine. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the true awesomeness of this polish no matter what lighting I took the photos in. Just remember it’s 10 times more amazing in person and that’s all there is to it. I haven’t been this in love with a polish in quite some time!

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Sew Psyched by Essie and Girly by Revlon

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Today’s reviews are for Sew Psyched by Essie and Girly by Revlon.

Could I have picked two polishes any more opposite? Nope, I don’t think so! Both were purchased at a local drug store for their regular prices (Essie is roughly $8.00 a bottle and Revlon is usually about $4.99 a bottle).

First up is Sew Psyched.

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Hot Chick Polish and Not Too Polished

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Today’s review is for indie polishes I ordered off of Etsy. The first is the one I was most excited about, Popcorn at the Drive-in by Hot Chick Physics and the second one is Tangerine by Not Too Polished. Both ladies shipped their products immediately in appropriate packaging and I was impressed with the setup of their websites. However, I was disappointed with one of the polishes once I tried it out. Click below to read more.

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butter London

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Quite honestly I’m not sure if I should say “butter by London” or “butter London” when it comes to writing about this brand. I’ve seen it both ways on other blogs. The bottles don’t include the “by” but it sounds better to me so I’m going to keep writing it that way.

Anyway, today I went back to the MCX to take advantage of the great prices for this polish. I got three more bottles: Toff, Queen Vic, and Shandy. The $11.00 price tag was a callin’ my name and I couldn’t resist. I now have six bottles of this polish so my collection is growing. Right now I have more Essie, China Glaze, Revlon, and OPI than any other polishes but that might just change given how much I’ve enjoyed butter by London.

I got home and decided to try Queen Vic out first.

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Review Post #014

Alright, I have quite a few reviews backlogged from the week I was visiting family. As you can see my  mother donated plenty of polish to add to my obsession. I got to try <b>Butter by London</b> for the first time and it is as wonderful as I had been hearing. I also got to try quite a few other brands (I’ll post more about them later).

Rather than talk a lot like I normally do I’ll try my best to get right down to business!

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Review Post #013; Manicure #009

 

Today’s review is of China Glaze’s Cracked Medallion. I had never used any crackle polish before and found it to be as awesome as I’ve been hearing. It immediately dresses up a plain manicure in seconds and doesn’t require painstakingly neat brushstrokes in order to achieve this look. My base is Revlon’s Chic and once you have it done (which also doesn’t have to be super neat because the crackle polish can hide small mistakes) it only takes seconds to apply this polish. It does take a long time to dry so I utilized my Revlon Top Coat which rounded out a quick and easy manicure. I will definitely be purchasing more of China Glaze’s crackle polishes in the future.

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Review Post #012

 

It’s safe to say I need to take a break from purchasing polish after yesterday. I did not intend on buying so much but I definitely have an addiction. I don’t want for much and never really go shopping that often but for some reason polish is something I just have to have constantly (maybe because it’s freaking awesome?). Whatever the case I’m fine with it for the most part but when I think about how much money I’ve spent on my 95 bottles it kind of makes my head spin. If you average each bottle out to about $6.50 that’s a total of $617.50, I shit you not. Obviously much of my polish wasn’t purchased within the past few weeks as I’ve been collecting it over the years but still! I had no idea I’d spent so much money on nail lacquer…

Anyway, here’s my haul:

I also got another brand of cuticle remover after reading several good reviews in other blogs. This bottle is huge and it only cost a few bucks but it works extremely well nonetheless. As you can see in the following photos my cuticles were angry looking after I used it and sloughed off all that dead skin (gross…) but they look much better today.

Right now I’m just going to leave you with these swatches but I’ll come back later and edit this post to include actual reviews. I will say both polishes are gorgeous. I had high hopes for the Elle polish too because I paid $10 for each bottle which is probably the most expensive polish I’ve bought thus far. I’m used to seeing $8 for Essie and OPI but not this. Then again I’ve been looking at indie polishes on Etsy and it seems like a popular price for them is $12 a bottle. There seems to be an indie craze going on but I honestly can’t get on that wagon quite yet. I’m just not that in love with most of the polishes I’ve seen thus far. Maybe I need to keep looking around.

Click below for more gorgeous swatches!

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Review Post #011

We’ll keep this short and sweet. First review is of Essie’s Wrapped in Rubies. This is a dark, metallic burgundy polish with a touch of gold shimmer. Here’s a close up of the bottle so you can see:

This polish–like all other Essie polishes I’ve reviewed thus far–applies smoothly and looks great in just two coats. I’m not usually a fan of metallic polishes but this one was too gorgeous to pass up.

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