A few questions answered to start things off.
Summerset asks, "Do you have a favorite hand/nail moisturizer?"
I do. Check out this post for all the details. I am always on the prowl for the next greatest thing though, so if I ever run across anything that is better, I will post about it.
Cindy asks, "I have been wanting to find a good silver for my toes this summer. Have any recommendations?"
I must admit that I don't have many silver polishes in my collection. The ones that I do have are all holographic in nature. However, I will be on the look out for silver polishes and report back my findings.
Now on to the pretties:
Rimmel 60 Seconds - Camouflage
- purchased at Wal Mart for $3.14 CDN
There are a few polishes that hold me mesmerized by their beauty, unable to tear me eyes away from their splendour. Camouflage is one of those polishes. It is, in my opinion, one of the most enchanting greens on the market. From the rich, medium green base to the subtle gold micro shimmer, it is spectacular.
The formula is quite good. It slides on easily with a nice wide brush and it is extremely pigmented - the picture shows me wearing a single coat. It dries quickly (the 60 second boast on the bottle is fairly indicative of the true drying time). Unfortunately the wear on this polish is not so great. After less than 24 hours I had chipping. In all fairness, I was trying a new base coat with this polish, so I will have to try it again with my TNT base coat and see if that makes a difference.
Avon Nailwear Pro - Blue Flare
- purchased from avon.ca for $2.99 CDN
I haven't really used Avon cosmetics since I was a teenager. However, when I received a coupon code from avon.ca and noticed that many of the nail polishes were on sale, I decided to take the plunge. Since I am a huge fan of blue polish, Blue Flare was a no-brainer, so into the cart it went.
Blue Flare is a greyed-out blue with silver micro shimmer. I got many compliments on this colour. It really is unique and interesting - I don't have any other polish in my collection that is even close to this colour.
It went on smoothly and covered completely in two coats. It wore reasonably well for the three days I had it on - tip wear, but no chipping.
Sally Hansen Salon - Mulberry Wine
- purchased at Rexall (chain drug store) for $5.99 CDN
Mulberry Wine is a gorgeous bright medium purple creme with an extremely subtle shimmer. It is one of those colours that is good enough to eat. Unfortunately, it is a difficult colour to capture in a photograph (the second photo is more colour accurate, but still not perfect).
It applied well and was opaque in two thin coats. Over the two days I had it on, I had no chipping, but I did see a fair amount of tip wear. However, I should mention that I was cleaning up my classroom during those days, so the tip wear is mainly due to that.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Racey Rouge
- purchased at Zehrs (chain grocery store) for $5.99 CDN
Another of my beloved SH Insta-Dri polishes - this time in a bright pinkish-red creme.
Once again, I loved the extra wide brush and the easy application (beware though, it seems most people either adore this polish or hate this polish due to the brush and the consistency). I chose to apply two coats, although I could have gotten away with one coat had I laid it on more thickly. As usual, my favourite part about this polish is the super fast dry time - I was out the door in 10 minutes total and that includes base coat, two coats of Racey Rouge and a quick dry top coat. Nice!