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Let's Talk Polish

Nail polish.

I can't believe the last time I posted about nail polish was in August. I am ashamed to tell you how much I bought since then. Thankfully Katrina now pities me so she aides and abets.
I'm going to give you a quick run down of some of the more recent ones I've tried.

China Galze 'Whirled Away' over Essie 'Using My Maiden Name'

'Whirled Away' looks gorgeous over everything I've tried it with but laaaaawwddddddd it's a fishing expedition to get the full effect. Essie, for me, still has the best "self levelling" formula I have tried. That may not matter if you're a Pro, but a rete like me needs all the help she can get.

Essie 'Naughty Nautical'

You. Need. This. In Your. Life.

Milani 'Quick Teal'

In the same colour family as 'Naughty Nautical' but a deeper colour. This line of polish from Milani claims to be a one coat formula and the product is so thick and pigmented that that is true. I would suggest using as thin a coat as possible, if you're a two coat girl like me, to avoid streaking/bubbling.

Zoya Pixie Dust 'Liberty'

pictured with Avon 'Cotton Candy' purchased from Miss B's Beauty

I wasn't one to jump on the textured polish bandwagon but I just had to try this Pixie Dust formula from Zoya. As you can see the colour is straight up to die for but what I was more impressed with was the wear time. This lasted four plus days with minimal tip wear; and that's with no top coat - obviously cause that would defeat the purpose of the textured finish. I go hard on my nails so that's a feat. Sad but true. I know I crush a lot on Essie but Zoya is actually my current top love. They're Big Five Free [excerpt from the site: As the first to remove toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from its formulations, Art of Beauty maintains its focus on the health and well being of salons, spas and consumers] and just a beautiful beautiful formula. 

Zoya 'Logan'

Zoya Summer Collection

Zoya 'Reagan'

That polish right thurrrr is perfection in one coat!

Earlier this year I also tried Butter London for the first time.


Butter London 'MacBeth'

This is one of the most expensive polishes I've purchased locally ($39.45). This Company is also ingredient conscious and the formula and applicator are nice. 'MacBeth' is very dupe-able so I'm interested to purchase one of their infamous glitters to give the brand a fair try. I've also seen many great reviews on their top coat.

On the other side of the spending spectrum is Santee.

Santee 'Marine'

Cheap and sweet.

If you know me, you know that I love a good nude polish.

Sinful Colors 'I Love You' (accent nail) with Essie 'All Tied Up'

Get that Essie polish today. Seriously.

What kindda nail polish post would this be without a jewel from O.P.I?

O.P.I 'Yodel Me On My Cell' (accent nail)

A lot of O.P.I polishes are duds for me but this one is just a stunner. Gorgeous formula too. 

In a perfect world, I'd do my nails every three days but the way my life is set up right...

Product availability (as far as I know):

O.P.I can be found in Mozaic, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre (sign captured below); Cave Shepherd, Bio Beauty, W Salons, Diamond Girl and #1 Beauty Supply. Price range: $19.95 to just under $30.


Essie can be found at Lady C's Salon, Bio Beauty, Collins, Cave Shepherd and W Salons. Price range: $13.40 (Collins) - $25.
Zoya can be found at Bio Beauty. Price: approximately $20. I honestly can't remember.
Butter London can be found in Laterns Mall (salon upstairs). 
Santee is available at K Woods Boutique (and most beauty supply stores). The price varies but it's usually under $10.

This isn't even half of what I have to show you but I'll save the rest for another time.

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