I'm so sorry for not posting anything in nearly a week! I had to go to federal court for work which killed an entire day, then had a concert after work the next day... you get the idea. I was wearing Mac stuff during those days but just didn't have time to photograph the looks. I am going to be experimenting this week with doing a video tutorial as I have some time off from work. Anyway, rant over!
I have a confession: I feel guilty.
I shouldn't because it's not like I do this every week but over the last month or so, I've acquired a lot of nail polishes. So much that I ended up filling a nail wheel with swatches!
A few of you on my Facebook page said that they liked seeing hauls, so here we go! (btw, I'm having an Ardell Lash giveaway until 11:59PM EST -tonight- if you wanted to enter on Facebook (you have to 'like' the page): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turtle-Beauty/143025935750203)
I told you it was bad... and I actually forgot 3 of them in that photo.
Left: Essence Irreplaceable (1 coat, no joke!)
Right: Zoya Dannii (1 coat, again)
Irreplaceable is a taupey pale brown with gold shimmer and a hint of purple flash. Very nice, especially for less than a buck!
Dannii is one I've been lusting after for a while, but wanted to see in person first. This is a medium violet with gold and pink shimmer. This makes me want Faye for sure, as I've heard that one is insane.
Left: Boots No7 Totally Teal (2 coats)
Right: Boots 17 Exquisite (2 coats)
Totally Teal is a creamy deep teal. This definitely needed 2 coats as it was a streakfest on the first one. I love this color -- think it's gonna be my go-to in the fall!
Exquisite is a sheer blue base with green/blue shimmer. Bit like a peacock. I like this but it's sheerer than I expected, so this will probably go over a blue or black creme.
Left: Boots 17 Catwalk Couture (2 coats)
Right: Barry M Indigo #312 (2 coats)
Catwalk Couture is a sky blue with a hint of pale blue shimmer (you can see it towards the top of the nail). Very nice and almost opaque in 1 coat.
Indigo #312 is an inky deep purple-blue, more purple than the photo shows (you know how cameras eat purple). The consistency is strange, it really is like ink. Very pigmented, pretty much good in 1 coat.
Left: Boots No 7 Sultry Sands (2 coats, limited edition)
Center: LA Colors Goddess (2 coats)
Right: BeautyUK Yellow Peril (2 coats)
Sultry Sands was an impulse purchase because of a £5 voucher I had for Boots. It's a bit sheer and now similar to Essence Irreplaceable, so this may go to my mom if she likes it.
Goddess is holographic hex glitter suspended in a pale bronze base. This is a bit lumpy so when using, I would only do 1 thick coat and use a good top coat.
Yellow Peril is AMAZING. How often do you see a good yellow? This is good in 1 coat, but I did 2 because I couldn't believe it. Formula is so nice.
Left: Collection 2000 Fruit Salad (2 coats)
Center: Sinful Colors Hazard (1 coat)
Right: Sinful Colors Mint Apple (2 coats)
I have to apologize for the crap picture. I somehow overwrote the original photo and had to use a photo that focused on other colors instead!
Fruit Salad is a red-based, creamy coral. More red than Hazard.
Hazard is an orange-based, creamy coral as well. This was more opaque than Fruit Salad but they don't look as similar in real life.
Mint Apple is a gorgeous mint green, bordering on jade. It has subtle gold shimmer... this is amazing! I'm not a fan of the pastel mint polishes, they make my hands look so red. This is much more flattering on me.
Left: Essie Coat Azure (1 coat, limited edition)
Center: Sinful Colors Let Me Go (2 coats)
Right: WetnWild Kaleidoscope (2 coats)
Coat Azure I managed to nab on sale for half price ($4). It's a medium blue, sort of a cornflower shade. It's not quite a cream but it doesn't have noticeable shimmer. Love this.
Let Me Go is a sheer purple base that shifts green and blue in the light. I knew it was sheer when I purchased it but the color in the bottle is a bit fooling, so don't go by that. I have enough blues and purples to layer this over for a year!
Kaleidoscope is a clear base with a ton of small holo glitter. I got this to wear over Coat Azure (and other polishes) and well, it was less than a buck...
Left: Sinful Colors Tapping Nails (1 coat)
Center: WetnWild Fast Dry Hannah Pinktana (2 coats)
Right: WetnWild Fast Dry Saved by the Blue (2 coats)
Again, sorry for the bad photo. I actually forgot these and had to photograph them after the sun went down.
Tapping Nails is -amazing-. What more do I need to say? It's a hot orange with orange and yellow shimmer. Bright without being neon or obnoxious.
Hannah Pinktana is a groaner of a name but a pretty polish. Sort of a pinky violet with holographic glitter (small). I knew this would be slightly sheer as I have the blue version of this. 3 thick coats will get good opacity, and these dry fast so no concerns there.
Saved by the Blue is another awful name but is a really nice, glowy medium blue. My best friend would love this (he loves blue). It's a little brighter than it shows in the picture.
Lastly, just for fun, I took a few shots of the colors mattified with Essie Matte About You.
A few of them look like house paint but the shimmery ones mattified nicely!
Here's the info on availability and pricing:
Essence: Available in Europe but only available in the US at Ulta, polishes are $0.99 (USD)
Zoya: Limited selection available at Ulta but also available at Zoya.com for $7 each
Boots No7: Boots and Boots.com in the UK for £7
Boots 17: Boots and Boots.com in the UK for £2.99
Barry M: Superdrug and Boots in the UK, also at BarryM.com internationally for £2.99
LA Colors: Available at numerous locations, dollar stores in the US and beauty shops in Europe, usually 99pents (UK) to $2 (US)
BeautyUK: Superdrug and some Select clothing stores in the UK and at BeautyUKcosmetics.com for £3.49
Collection 2000: Superdrug and Boots in the UK for £1.99 (not sure)
Sinful Colors: Walgreens and Rite-Aid in the US for $1.99
Essie: Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and Ulta in the US for $8
WetnWild: Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS and Wal-Mart for $0.99 or $1.99
See anything you like? Also, tell me what you've hauled lately! I love reading it too :).