Sonia Kashuk Knockout Beauty Collection nail polish – Roll With The Punches 

So…sweet and true, sometimes my hubby brings me nail polishes as a token of his affection and because he understands my love of color and all things beauty.  (You can all roll your eyes and go “oh, gross!” now.  LOL, I know.). This week, he brought me a bottle from the Sonia Kashuk “Knockout Beauty Collection” because the artwork looked “badass” and “look at this freaking color.”  Well, I have to agree! 

  
Look at that freaking color! No retouching here (honestly, I never retouch swatch photos).  This color’s BRIGHT, y’all.  And it’s completely overcast today!  

This lovely polish is available at Target now for $5.00. 

I’m wearing this with Barielle protein treatment and I did 3 coats of the Sonia Kashuk laquer to get the most saturated color, but I could have gotten by with 2.  I topped it off with Poshè top coat for a super glossy 3-free manicure.  

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What’s on your nails? Ombre Black and Red 

In the wintertime, I often start to get a little stir crazy.  That’s when I start to do more craft projects, coloring/drawing, and get into doing more nail art.  Hey, why not?  It’s not like I’m going to go run around in the single digit temps outside!  Here’s my latest mani – a red to black ombre done with Zoya Janele (red), Revlon Vixen (dark blood red), and Zoya Willa (black).  I used a damp sponge wedge to do the sponge paint method and topped it off with a coat of Poshè for a great 3-free home mani that looks pretty cool!

   

 

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Miraculous Indeed

  
Hey, Kristin here! I know I’ve blogged about Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish before (spoiler alert: it’s the shit) but I’m super impressed by my current manicure Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in “Combustealble” (which is an awkward and stupid color name). My nails are completely wrecked because I had acrylics removed, but you’d never know it!

The whole “system” is a color coat and a clear coat which basically cure like a faux gel mani, but I like to hit it with Seche Vite on top of the clear coat. It makes it shinier and dries it fast so that my clumsy ass doesn’t ruin a perfectly good manicure.

So basically posting about this same product and color again because I’m stoked about my nails. 💅✨💖

What’s on your nails? Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Violet Flicker 

Every now and then, my hubby will bring home a nail polish for me, especially if he sees a cool one on sale.  It’s incredibly sweet!  Yesterday, he grabbed Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Violet Flicker – which after I did some googling, turns out to have been from their Hunger Games Catching Fire Capitol Collection.  Well, of course, I gave him a big ol’ smooch and major husband kudos.

Violet Flicker is a violet-berry polish with a glass fleck shimmer of magenta and blue.  It’s extremely unique to anything I have in my collection.  I absolutely love the blue reflects!  It’s pretty sheer with one coat.  Two coats will do, but three thin coats turned out to be absolutely stunning.  I topped it with Poshè fast dry top coat and it just glistens.

  
I absolutely think they are trying to dupe the Chanel nail polish bottles here.  Fine with me!

The formula of this nail polish is excellent.  I found it easy to apply without flooding my cuticles and it levels itself out nicely.  The brush is shorter and wider than I normally like, but I have tiny nails and go for tiny brushes (think Essie and Zoya).  The wide cap is a little awkward to use, but I managed ok.  Since I’m just ok day 2 of wear, we’ll consider this a first impression.  🙂

This polish formula is 5-free, which I totally appreciate!  I’m trying to at least stick with 3-free because of fumes and migraines, etc.  This polish is a little stinkier than my Zoya, but it’s pretty enough to open a window.  🙂

These polishes are marked down to around $2.50 at Target!

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What’s on your nails? Zoya Blaze 

Zoya makes a small amount of holo polishes, but the ones they do are gorgeous!  I recently got 3 of them in the 4 free promo and none disappoint.  Blaze is a scattered holo in a berry-red base.  It’s vibrant and amazing.  I had to take a photo in sunlight and still couldn’t capture the fire this has!

One day, I’m going to paint my nails as neatly as those nail bloggers do.  I swear it!  That would probably require me going back to using acetone, and for now, I am avoiding it.  I use <a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Lavender-Nail-Polish-Remover/dp/B00G7S424O”>Karma Naturals non toxic nail polish remover</a> and then I just paint my nails and do not use acetone for clean up afterward, because I hate the smell (migraines).  I’m also trying to stick to more “natural” nail formulas, well, as much as that’s possible (let’s get real, no nail polish or removers are totally healthy, but some are less evil than others).  I may get back to a little nail stamping in the future and for that, you have to suck it up and use a little acetone.

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Zoya 4YOU PROMOTION – 4 Free Bottles of Polish for $15 Shipping

I have done Zoya’s “free” nail polish with promotional shipping fee for the last 3 years.  Those years had 3 bottles for $12 shipping, which was a great deal; however, the shipping always took sooooooooo long!  This year, Zoya upped the ante with 4 free bottles of nail polish for $15 shipping, which brings your total to $3.75 a bottle.  That’s really great for a 5-free nail polish!

Imagine my surprise when my order arrived before the promo even ended?! 

 
ZOMG.  *tears open*

  *happy tears*  Oh my STARS, it’s a thing of beauty!  Colors are Sansa (hello, Game of Thrones fans!), Giada, Janel, and Willa.

So, then I was tipped off by a friend that this code works multiple times and ordered 4 more shades…meep!!!

This promo ends tomorrow, so if you want in on it, get cracking!

http://www.zoya.com  

What’s On Your Nails? Man Glaze Matte Is Murder

Man Glaze is a seriously fun indie nail polish brand.  If you don’t believe me, do a search and check out the polish names (don’t say I didn’t warn you)!  This company has a small range of unisex matte nail polishes, all of which have pretty good reviews, though the black one is the only one I have.  Behold, this weekend’s sloppy manicure:

  
One shiny accent nail for fun!  Wonder if anyone would notice?