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.

What’s on your nails today?

Seche Restore nail polish thinner – I love you!

Ok, so see this bottle of Milani glitter nail polish?  It’s dead.  Well…maybe it’s just pinin’ for the fjords.

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No, this bottle of nail polish is not just merely dead, it has ceased to be.

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It has gone to meet its maker!  Bereft of life, it rests in peace!  Its glittery processes are now history!  It has kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain, and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!  THIS IS AN EX NAIL POLISH.  But wait, what’s this…

Enter, stage left:

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Seche Restore is a nail polish thinner that’s made especially to work with the quick dry top coat, Seche Vite.  The awesome thing about this stuff, however, is that it works brilliantly to thin out regular nail polishes that are past their prime.  Seche Restore comes with a glass pipette that is separate from the bottle, since the cap needs to stay extra tight so the chemicals don’t evaporate.  That’s the only slightly odd thing about this product for me, but I don’t mind it, because:

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*choir of angels sings*  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Just add a few drops, or a dropper, or however much your bottle needs to get to the consistency it needs to be to apply nicely again.  Close it up tight and roll the bottle between your hands and then check the consistency until you get it just right.  Voila!  Amazing!

Just a note…Seche Restore does contain tolulene, so if remaining 3-free or 4-free or 5-free with your nail products is a big deal to you, then you’ll want to steer clear of this polish thinner.  Then again, Seche Vite does contain tolulene also.  I had tried to go all 3-free until I realized my nails do just terribly without my Nailtiques strengthener, so I am back off that train until I find a replacement (Citra did not work for me, so I’m open to suggestions).

I did this mani with this glitter polish, though I took it off a day later.  I didn’t do the neatest job, but see that cup of coffee there?  I think I’d had about 4 of them.  😉

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