It’s still summer for a couple more days officially, so that means this review is right on time, right? I feel like I say that every year.
I know I keep saying I’m going to be more consistent with posting – but then I get freelance projects that take over. Blogging is just my hobby, and I have a full time job + freelancing to finance me, so that always takes priority.
But you know, being away from blogging always renews my love for it. It always makes me want to come back and get really back into it, so I do really love it. And it really makes me want to kick into gear and just put out a ton of reviews of all the products sitting on my desk. There’s a lot to talk about y’all.
For now, let’s focus on this last hurrah of summer shall we? This week is that last week of warm temperatures you always get right before it really goes into fall. “Second Summer”, they call it. So perfect time to review some bright colors, right??
This is the China Glaze ‘Shades of Paradise’ collection for Summer 2018. As always it’s a 12 bottle collection, so there’s a lot to talk about – let’s get right into it.
I’m going to keep apologizing every time I take more than a week to post because that’s who I am as a person. And because like always I have a mountain of makeup to get through and review – we’re working on it here. Slow and steady (or hopefully more quickly and steady, right?) Who needs to go outside.
But let’s talk Wet N Wild now, shall we?
I’m keeping up my schedule of reviewing one Wet N Wild collection just in time to start reviewing another – they’ve been pumping out the collections this year, and lord, they’re lucky they’re so affordable, as I’m incredibly obsessed and need them all – but of course I’ll still review them honestly.
I picked up all the pieces of this collection on Wet N Wild’s website! You can also find it at Walmart stores as well.
It’s called ‘Written in the Stars’ and it’s based all around the zodiac signs. There’s lots of shimmer and sparkle, and jewel tones here.
Firstly, if you spent a certain amount of money, you got this little makeup bag with your sign as a freebie! I love the little touch, and it’s actually a really nice bag! Any other fellow sags out there?
Now let’s get right into the rest because lord we got a lot to talk about and swatch! It’s a long post, so you can see a super summary review at the very end, or a more detailed review on each piece after the photos of it.
You ever accidentally take a 2 week break? Welp, here I am. It got a little busy in here and then I had friends in from London! Showing them around the big city for 5 days was a great time, and we were so active each day that there was definitely not any time for blogging or painting nails. My polish is so chipped, and I’m catching up on chores, but it was such a good time.
So I’m back! It’s time to finish up these gosh dang summer collections already! Today was a little chillier and it gave me a little taste of fall, and lemme tell ya, I’m excited for it.
BUT ANOTHER HEAT WAVE IS A-COMIN THIS WEEKEND, SO SUMMER AIN’T OVER, AND NEITHER IS TALKING ABOUT SUMMER COLLECTIONS.
Today we’re talking about another expansion to the Sally Hansen x Crayola collaboration. This time they added 6 new shades in a summer collection called ‘School’s Out’. (If you’re like me and graduated college a year ago, school is always out. AYYY. I’m sorry).
Just like the summer collection, these have the wider, flat cut brushes. These are nice to paint the nail in one easy stroke, but make it a little difficult to round out the cuticle nicely, so it can get a little messy. Small complaint.
But let’s get right into these individual swatches now! I’ll be doing them in numerical order.
China Glaze has brought out their OMG! Flashback collection. This is a 6 piece collection of holographic nail polishes, that are inspired by the original ‘OMG’ collection that came out 10 years ago. They have special holographic caps as well.
It seems like they pretty well redid all of the same shades, except for one called ‘LOL’. They all still have the text-lingo based names as well.
If you’re not sure what holographic is, it means that shimmery sparkly fun that shows the full spectrum of the rainbow when under bright lights. It’s one of my favorite things, and before this not too popular in the mainstream polish world. But now we have 6 new shades from China Glaze!
I picked these up from transdesign.com, but you can also find them on head2toebeauty.com and in Sally Beauty stores.
Normally Sinful Colors is putting out 25 (slight exaggeration) collections every year, so I notice when there’s a little lull in new polishes from them. The last big release was the Vanessa Hudgens collection and that seems like forever ago now. They didn’t put out a 4th of July collection, so when I saw teasers of these neons, I got so excited.
Just Sinful Colors, take my money.
This is the ‘Wild At Heart’ collection, and it features 6 limited edition Neon shades, as well as a white base and top coat. I found these in a display at Walgreens. These retail for $2.99 instead of the normal $2. They do this for the special collections, so I wasn’t surprised.
We’re continuing on with the summer collections! We’re basically halfway through the summer now! How’s it been for you? I’ve honestly had a great summer so far, and am looking forward to some cooler temperatures and sunny days.
I’ve got a typical 6 bottle collection from Essie to talk about today! It’s loosely based on the festival theme we’ve been seeing pop up throughout all the makeup and nail collections. There are 4 creams and 2 shimmers. Let’s get right into it!
With Wet N Wild’s recent summer collection, the ‘Flights of Fancy’, they also put out a fun little nail collection! It’s been so long since they’ve put out any limited edition shades of their polish (their Megalast formula is SO good) and I’ve really missed them. The limited edition shades were always so good, and it was before I was really into blogging, so I missed out on all the pretties.
So when I saw they had this, I knew I had to pick it up, because of the crazy collector in me. It quickly sold out on the website, but I stumbled upon it at my local grocery store not too long after, and basically danced in the aisles. I know it might be a little hard to find, but it’s out there somewhere! And I still just wanted to show them in case someone saw them!
These are definitely smaller bottles. They’re only 0.24 fl oz, whereas in comparison a normal bottle of OPI or most other polishes is 0.5fl oz. So they’re about half the size of a normal bottle of polish. These were $2 each as well, so still very affordable.
Since they’re part of the ‘Flights of Fancy’ collection, they have the same detailing on the caps that the glosses had as well. Definitely fun to have out to display.