OPI Hidden Prism Infinite Shine Collection – Swatches & Review

My computer keyboard has been wigging out for a wh ile now, and you knowIshould really get itfixed. What’s i t doing youask? Well, exactly what you’reseeing. here. (I promise I’m not typing like that the whole time, I just needed you to see what I’m dealing with here).

That’s right, my spacebar is acting up and you never realize how much you’re controlled by just one key until that key starts going haywire. There was one terrifying day when it just stopped working in general. That’s right I had to google “myspacebarisn’tworking” and I was copy and pasting in spaces as I went. It suddenly started working again, but really it hasn’t been the same since.

Now it just does little bursts all throughout the day of BOTH not adding spaces, and then adding in 9 at a time. So a lot of my typing involves going back to add in lost spaces, and deleting the extra 7 in an other place. It’s been as fun as it sounds. Do you even care about any of this? Probably not, but of course I’m going to tell you about it because I like to share. So if you see any random extra spaces or words crammed together throughout this entire post, please remember my struggle.

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ANYWAYS, let’s talk about some polish now shall we? Today we’re looking at the Summer 2020 release for OPI! This is the Hidden Prism collection, and just like the Neo-Pearl release before it, OPI has released 6 shades in the regular line, and then 6 different shades in the Infinite Shine line, for a total of 12 new shades. The regular lacquers are more shimmery and sparkly jellies, while the Infinite Shine polishes are more shifty, shimmery creams.

And we’re looking at the Infinite Shine segment of it today!

As mentioned in the Neo-Pearl post, the Infinite Shine is supposed to be their more long-wearing line of polishes. And as always, I’m only wearing my polish for a couple days at a time so I’m not the one to comment on the longevity. We’re always just here to look at the colors and the formula in general.

I bought these off of polishpick.com (aka where I buy all of my OPI polishes) It’s available now with the regular lacquers as well. The regular lacquers sell for $5.50 each and the Infinite Shine polishes are $6.50 each. Let’s get into it already!

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Orosa Beauty ‘Cool Heat’ Summer 2020 – Swatches & Review

PURCHASED & PR SAMPLE

Woo-hoo we’re actually all caught up on blog posts currently! We love that! And yes, okay that might seem like a standard thing for a blog. But I mean it mainly in the way that I have all of the posts up to match what’s on my Instagram. Since the posts take a little longer I usually have swatches up on Instagram first with the full review and blog post coming after. (Small plug to follow me on Instagram too – you’ll find the link at the end of every post!) And now we’re all synced up! Let me have the small victories, okay.

I’ve also been hauling a ton of polish lately, so be prepared for lots more posts on this way!

Okay, okay I’m done, I’ll start talking about the polish pictured already.

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We’re looking at the newest collection from Orosa Beauty. This is called the Cool Heat collection, and is their traditional 6 piece size, featuring 6 new cream shades. The shades retail for $12 each, or the full 6 piece bundle retails for $62 on their website.

Orosa Beauty was so kind to send over 3 of the shades, and then I went ahead and bought the other 3! As always, they sent the PR to me with no strings attached – I was not obligated to post or review these, and I chose to myself. And as always, even though it’s PR, it’s all of my own honest thoughts and feelings. As you can see, I would still buy this collection even if it wasn’t sent! Alright disclaimers over, let’s look at the polishes!

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Loud Lacquer ‘I’m So Excited’ Collection – Swatches & Review

We have another new-to-me brand to look at today, and it’s another indie! I have been slowly adding in some smaller and more independent brands into the blog, but I will say I’ll still be focusing mainly on mainstream brands. I’m not going to be reviewing every single smaller indie brand, because my budget wouldn’t allow it and I’ve already got so much polish to review now! Just wanted to quick put that out there if you’re questioning why you seem some brands and not others! These are just the collections that personally interest me and that I could put into my budget! There are tons of full indie bloggers and Instagrammers out there! Okay I’m done.

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Today’s brand is Loud Lacquer! This is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish brand that I believe is based out of California. It’s a woman-owned brand, and their polishes have intrigued me for a while. It was when they released this new collection that I just couldn’t resist and finally chose to check them out!

This is the I’m So Excited collection and it’s inspired by the classic TV show “Saved by the Bell”. It features 4 super bright and saturated shades. This set retails for $45 on the Loud Lacquer website, or you can buy the shades individually for $11.99 for Buddy Bands & PSA, and $12.50 for the 2 neons, Kapowski and Hot Sundae. It is a small independent brand, so the prices will be a little higher, so of course, it’s all about your own budget and preferences!

The bottles are super fun as they have LOUD spelled out around the sides. I think it’s a fun branding move and makes them stand out from other polishes! (Yes I was having too much fun making sure the bottles spelled out Loud, okay)

And let’s get on into the swatches!

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RX Polish ‘The Freedom Collection’ – Swatches & Review

Happy 4th of July weekend to all of my fellow Americans. Obviously this holiday looks a lot different right now, and it seems like there’s not too much to celebrate right now, but I hope you can at least get a restful weekend with family.

And I’m always here to talk about some polishes, especially ones to support the different causes happening in this country right now. I purchased these near the end of June, and it’s a new brand to me! It’s an indie brand called RX Polish. I’ve seen others that I follow swatching their polishes, but I finally went for it and bought this trio!

The main thing that pushed me, besides the beautiful colors, is that throughout the month of June, they donated 100% of profits from the sale of this trio to various organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Obviously as we’re past June, they’re no longer continuing that, but the collection is still available and I linked to those organizations below so you can still directly donate to them.

These retail for $10 each, or for $27 for the trio on their website. They are .35fl oz, while a normal polish, like OPI, normally have .5fl oz., so they are a touch smaller. Of course, you have to keep in mind that it’s a smaller independent brand overall, and they’re a much smaller operation! Now let’s get into the polishes!

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Lights Lacquer YNBB Collection – Swatches & Review

To begin this post, I’m again going to be discussing how I want to continue to learn and improve this blog to keep making it more inclusive. It came up when I was swatching this specific collection, and I was thinking about how I describe polishes, especially with shades I’ve called “nudes” in the past.

Describing and naming polishes and colors in general is an area I want to improve in. I know I’m guilty of describing any sort of light beige color as a “nude’. Now it could be a “nude” shade on my certain skin tone, but I’ve never described a deep brown as a “nude”, even though it’s a nude on deeper skin tones than mine. It wasn’t something I was doing maliciously, or purposefully to exclude others, but it’s these small things that we don’t even realize that are the most important to be aware of and slowly adjust. It’s just like when Crayola used to have just one color named “Flesh”. It just adds to the idea that a lighter skin tone is the “norm” and the only “nude”, and that’s an idea we need to slowly work through and break down.

I highly recommend reading this post from Temptalia called “How the Language of Beauty Needs to Change“. In this she talks about different naming conventions in the beauty industry and how they can contribute to a problem without us even realizing it. She brings up this very idea of “nude” and how it’s almost became one specific color in beauty (in a more articulate way than me, I’m sure). My favorite quote is “Nude is a concept, not a color”. And so I’m taking that with me going forward. I’ll be describing the actual color of the polish itself, and leaving “nude” to a concept, or theme. Or in this case, a whole collection of Nudes.

Thank you for listening, and now into the actual polish.

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This is the YNBB (Your Nails But Better) collection from Lights Lacquer! As mentioned we have 6 shades all of various “nude” colors, from a super light beige down to a deep brown. I grabbed these off the Lights Lacquer website, and you can get all 6 shades bundled for $52, or individually for $9.50 each.

Maybe a collection of 6 neutrals isn’t the most exciting for you, but of course, polish is so personal so I’m not one to decide what is or isn’t exciting! It’s a new polish release to talk about so it’s automatically exciting to me! Let’s dive into swatches already!

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LA Colors Metals Nail Polish – Swatches & Review

Listen, I told you all that you were getting a lot of posts as I worked through my backlog today, so ENJOY THEM. This poor post has been waiting in my drafts for far too long, and I’m finally setting it free because these polishes are just beautiful. (Also here’s an advertisement to follow my Instagram, as I often post swatches, like these ones, up there even if the blog posts aren’t done yet!!)

So let’s look at these beauties already! These are the Metal line from LA Colors. LA Colors describes them as having a “metal effect from bright, jewel tones to classic metals”

Now I will say, I wouldn’t quite call these “metal” finish. I do think of more chrome finishes with “Metal”, so I will call these super foiled shimmer shades. I know, I know, semantics, but of course, I always want you all to know exactly what you’re getting and what to expect with a polish!

There are 14 shades in this line, and I have 8 here! The 6 I didn’t grab were a mix of golds and silvers, and pinks that I wasn’t as interested in. I know Accio Nails has swatched all of the shades, so I recommend her Insta posts as well for any shades not here! (And her swatches were the ones that convinced me to buy these in the first place!)

I grabbed these off the LA Colors website, and they’re $3 each. You can also find these at the Dollar Tree for only $1 as well!

So let’s get into the colors!

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Nailtural Core Shades – Swatches & Review

PR SAMPLE

Of COURSE, there’s always some more nail polish to talk about! It’s about to be a rainy Saturday here, so I’m using it to finally get caught up on various blog posts! Be prepared to see a bunch in a row as I work through some backlog! Who doesn’t love an abundance of reading material on a rainy day though?

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Today we’re looking at some more shades from a brand called Nailtural! I have a post here talking about their newest collection, Malibu. And now I have 5 more shades from their core line to show! They were so kind to send these over to me for review, but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Nailtural is a line of vegan, 16-free polishes with up to 85% natural ingredients! They use potato, beet and cassava extracts! It’s super interesting, and I love being able to show you some more vegan polishes.

As you can see they also have these cute bottle handles as well! It’s the actual plastic of the handle itself, so it’s not a sticker that’ll slowly peel and tear away.

Hopefully they’ll be available to order through their website again soon, but I also found some shades on the Walmart.com website, and I’ve heard they’re available in Rite-Aid stores as well! It’s also showing as available in some Walmart stores in Canada, as well as Boots. So lots of places!

I have 5 creams to show you today, so let’s get right into the swatches!

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Sally Hansen Donut Shop Collection Toppers – Swatches & Review

We’re doing some catch up posts today! I definitely got a touch behind on some swatches that were already posted to my Instagram, but I did still want to finish them as full blog posts. HERE WE FINISH THINGS, NO MATTER HOW LATE. Also it’s my own blog, and I’m one who wants to finish up drafts because I like checking the little box off in my notebook, okay. And okay, I’m sure some people still will love to have some information about these – especially as they’re still available.

ANYWAYS, let’s look at some polishes!

Today we’re looking at two fun toppers from Sally Hansen! These are included in the Miracle Gel line – which is known to have a “gel-like finish” and last longer. Now, we all know I’m not the resource for how long a polish wears as I often have polish on my nails for like 1-2 days as a time, so to me these are always just regular polishes. They also feature a fun sprinkle-themed wrap on the handle, that you can see peeking in the swatch photos. It’s a full sticker wrap so it’ll be pretty durable on there.

These are part of a fun ‘Donut Shop’ collection that features 6 creams and the 2 toppers. I didn’t grab any of the creams, as I knew I already had the colors and I’m trying to have -some- self control, okay.

I purchased these from the Ulta website! All 6 colors, included the two toppers are all still available, so you can still pick these up if you want. They retail for $9.99 each.

Quick and easy, let’s get into the swatches!

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Orly Retrowave Summer 2020 – Review & Swatches

Alright, I admit I’ve been a bit absent. This is the longest I’ve gone without publishing a post in quite a while! Like I haven’t posted a single post yet in June, and that just feels weird to me! So let’s talk about it.

Everyone is well aware what is going on in the US right now, and I mentioned it a bit in my very last post about the Essie Summer collection so long ago. I will say that I definitely felt weird just normally posting away, and I didn’t want to feel like I was taking any attention away from the Black Lives Matter movement, or just brushing it off. It’s been some time of just learning how to integrate it into my daily normal life and posting, as that’s what it’s all about – an actual longterm change of thought and actions. And it’s been thinking about how I can integrate it into this blog going forward as well!

Even just googling and trying to find swatches on deeper skin tones for this post and specific, it was so hard to find! There were ZERO blog posts (alright maybe the blogging medium is dying out, but it’s what I post on, so of course I gotta point it out). All of the top blog posts that popped up immediately about this collection were on light skin tones. I found ONE YouTube video. And luckily was able to find a few accounts on Instagram. But it was sad to see firsthand just how underrepresented it was. If you’re a deeper skin tone looking for swatches for actual reference, there’s BARELY any resources out there. I know I’m speaking to the choir here, as this is an issues that people of color have been dealing with FOREVER. And Orly doesn’t do swatches on their website, so where are you supposed to find those photos? So many people use swatches to truly see what a color is like before they buy, and it’s a shame that they’re so limited. I’m recognizing my own privilege all these years that I could ALWAYS find swatches on people with my own skin color, even before I started blogging. I’m only one White person here, but nothing will change if we don’t keep bringing it up, and trying to change it for the better. It’s all things that I, and others, should have been bringing up so long ago, and I’m sorry it took me this long to say anything about it. It can sometimes feel like “I’m just one small little nail blog, what I can do”. But I can’t keep thinking like that, like even speaking to just one other reader about it helps.

Obviously, I am just one person swatching, one pale white person. I can’t offer swatches on different skin tones at all. And in the end, this is my own personal blog, so it’s going to be my own content. BUT, I can still direct you to people and creators and accounts who can do that! So something I’m committing to in all of my future posts is making sure to link to others who are swatching on different skin tones, especially Black creators with deeper skin tones than mine. Polish is so universal, and can be worn by anyone, so it’s time I show that any way I can! I definitely make sure to google and search for more swatches, but if there are other creators you love as well, please let me know in the comments! It’s the least I can do during this time, and I want to make a commitment to supporting more Black creators in this space – something I should have been doing a long time ago. It’s about being better.

So be sure to scroll to the end of this post to see full links to those other creators!

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Essie ‘Bustling Bazaar’ Summer 2020 – Swatches & Review

Hey everyone, I know it’s been an overwhelming couple of days with everything going on, and being born an American and living in the United States my entire life, I just wanted to make a quick note before I dive in. I do feel weird posting normally just about nails during this time, and I feel so lucky and privileged to have this hobby where I can “escape” for a little bit. And I know you all are always looking for a nice little escape sometimes as well. But there are so many resources and voices out there where we can all continually learn from as well. There’s no “escaping” from being a good ally, and that’s something that is always on in the background, even as I continue to swatch and post about nail polish. So it’ll just be a quick little note here and then we’re back to nails.

A nail blog is definitely not the space you’re going to go first for information or resources, but there is still a person behind this and in the end it’s my own opinions and feelings. And so I want to say on this page everyone is welcome and included, regardless of race, orientation, religion, or otherwise – as long as their opinions are not actively hurting others. I personally fully support the Black Lives Matter movement here, and I want to use my privilege and voice to continue to do all that I can, even if it’s just a quick comment before I post some swatches. Any comments that marginalize that movement and the feelings and those involved won’t be tolerated here, and I’ll always do my best to keep it an open community here, even as it’s just one person’s nails being shown. I’m still learning and only one person, but I know the best way to use my voice is to stop any hate and call it out, even in this small space.

That’s all, thank you for listening, and now back to our normal blogging.

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We’re continuing on with our Essie love – that’s just how my schedule and swatching played out – with the summer collection! This year’s Summer release is titled ‘Bustling Bazaar’ and it’s 6 bright and bold colors that are inspired by the bazaars of Morocco.

And I bought this collection from, you guessed it, Polishpick.com. I mention the site basically every single post, because they consistently have the best prices which allow me to continually to buy collections, as well as incredibly fast and secure shipping. I go on about them so much because I genuinely love and will continue to use her services!

As I mentioned there are 6 polishes – 5 creams and 1 foil, and it’s some bright and bold and saturated colors. Let’s get right into the swatches, shall we?

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