China Glaze ‘You Do Hue’ Sesame Street Collection

All of the caps have these adorable little printed characters on them. They have the little face on one side, and then the little “symbol” of them on the other side, with the You Do Hue name printed as well. There are 3 different characters: Big Bird and his feather, Oscar the Grouch and a fish skeleton, and Cookie Monster and a cookie. I think it’s just so cute, and I love when the caps are special for a collection.

We have a lot of swatches to get through, so let’s get into the polish already!

Up first, we have the one sheer polish of the bunch. This is ‘I Count Even’ and it’s a VERY sheer purple jelly. This is 3 coats built up, and it was only on the 3rd coat that I started to see the purple. China Glaze says this was inspired by the trend of sheer polishes they’ve seen this season.

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This will be a great palette cleanser, and would be great for a sheer look on the nails in between full color polishes. But of course, it won’t be for everyone. This definitely wasn’t a favorite of mine, just because I don’t love sheer polishes. Like I said, I’ll mainly use it for a more “naked” look in between swatching and manicures.

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Alright, that’s the only sheer one in this collection! We’re onto the full color polishes now!

This is ‘Ah-Ah-Ahmazing’, and she’s a frosty lilac metallic shade. I had some nail line after 1 coat, but a 2nd coat easily made it opaque and smooth. There’s major brushstrokes in this, and it’s standard for a finish like this, so you’ll want to paint as straight as possible. If you really want it to be fully smooth, you might need to sponge on the final coat.

There’s a lot of very interesting and unique finishes in this collection. And this is another one that I know will be love or hate for people. I weirdly love this? I don’t know what it is, but I’m here for this frosty mess. Maybe because it just seems to glow on the nails. What do you think of it?

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‘Beak on Fleek’ is a matte “Big Bird” yellow shade. This had a sheer uneven first coat, but it did even out a little as it dries. It was smoother on a 2nd coat, and could be opaque with a thicker 2nd coat, but I ended up doing a 3rd to even out everything. It was a little thinner than I was expecting or would have liked, but it is a more difficult color and finish overall.

It dries more quickly like any matte shade would, but nothing too crazy that you don’t have time to paint evenly. Not the best formula, but I’ll work for this unique shade, since I don’t have anything else like it.

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‘Trash Can-Do Attitude’ is a metallic gold-tinged green shade. It had a good 1st coat, there was still some nail line, but a 2nd coat easily covered it up. This definitely has fewer brush strokes than ‘Ah-Ah-Ahmazing’. There are a few just because it’s a metallic, but most disappear and smooth out.

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This is another that was just so fun for me, and unique to my collection. And I think very fitting for Oscar the Grouch.

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The next shimmery metallic is ‘I Believe in Snuffy’. This is more shimmery and glittery than ‘Trash Can-Do Attitude’ and ‘Ah-Ah-Ahmazing’, and because of that, the brushstrokes will be less noticeable overall. This was an easy and smooth two coats, and so pretty on the nails.

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Again, she just glows on the nails, how could you hate it?

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‘Ernie Your Stripes’ is a full on shimmery orange-gold shade. With 1 coat, it was an “easy” look, to add a little fun to bare nails. It was pretty good on a 2nd thicker coat, though you might need a 3rd to cover up any last nail line and make it totally opaque.

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As you can see in my super bright lights, you can almost see a little bit of nail line, but it’s nothing crazy in normal daylight. The shimmer is just so smooth and beautiful.

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‘Fur Real Though’ is a more crelly bright pink shade. This had a lil bit of unevenness on the 1st coat. But it was good and even on the 2nd. There was a touch of nail line still visible, so I ended up doing a 3rd coat, and it’s so squishy and bright on the nails.

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These last 5 shades are all of the scattered holo and glitter shades. Aka the best part of this entire collection.

Up first, we have ‘Monsterpiece’. This is a more jelly pink base with tons of scattered holographic sparkles all throughout. It’s a thicker formula, so it’s very easy to control on the nails, even doing thicker coats. This was just 2 coats to opacity.

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This shade is goddamn gorgeous, so you can’t be mad at all of the photos you’re about to see of it.

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You can see on my ring finger here a little peek of the linear holo, and I know it’s going to be STUNNING in sunlight. This is the shade most packed with holographic, and honestly a favorite of this collection. I want every holo that any mainstream brand does, and will continue to gobble them up. Gimme more.

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And here it is with flash, so you can see more of that holo jump out, and what it would be like in sunlight!

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‘Free to Be Sesame’ is a dark green base with smaller sparkles all throughout. I think these are more silver than holographic, but it’s still a stunning effect overall. Just like ‘Monsterpiece’, this was a thicker formula, and an easy 2 coats to be opaque.

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Just those sparkles. This is more densely packed than ‘Monsterpiece’, but has smaller glitters overall, so it has a little bit of a different finish. But I love them both equally. It dries with a touch of texture, so a good glossy top coat will smooth it all out.

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‘Grover It’ is a dark blue base, with even smaller and more scattered holographic sparkle. This had an even more jelly formula, so it did have an uneven and streaky 1st coat. But it was easily opaque and smooth in 2 coats.

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‘Dat Color Dough’ is a light metallic blue shade. This was more of a full coverage glitter shade than the others that are more glitter within a base. Another sheer 1st coat, but it builds up so easily in 2 coats. Again, a touch textured, but nothing a good top coat won’t smooth over.

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The very last shade is ‘Living in the Elmo-ment’, a red base with tons of chunky glitter. This was the biggest and thickest glitter of the groups, with different sizes of silver metallic hexagon pieces. It had a good 1st coat, and was pretty well even on 2 coats. Depending on the thickness of your coats, you might have some nail line and need a 3rd, but it’s easy to work with, even with the thicker glitter.

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As you can see, it will be a little bumpy just on it’s own. (I always like to show the shades without top coat, to show how it’ll be on anyone’s nails). It will need a thicker top coat to smooth and even it out, but I do love a good chunky glitter.

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And we made it! There’s a lot of super fun and unique shades and finishes in this group, and I think it’s perfect for a Sesame Street collection! “I Count Even’ was the only one that was a true pass for me, just because it’s SO sheer. ‘Ah-Ah-Ahmazing’ and ‘Trash Can-Do Attitude’ won’t be everyone’s favorites because of the metallic frostiness.

But I love that a mainstream brand is doing something fun and different. The glitter shades are absolutely stunning, and I think ‘Monsterpiece’ and ‘Free to Be Sesame’ are the must-haves of the collection.

What do you think of these shades?

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Upcoming Posts
Nails: Essie ‘Gorge-ous Geodes’ • OPI Scotland Fall 2019 Collection • Orly Fall 2019 Collection • Essie Rocky Rose Collection

Makeup: Wet N Wild Pac-Man Collection • Colourpop Uh-Huh Honey & California Love palettes

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Summer Collection Posts:
Zoya Barefoot Summer 2019 Collection
Essie Summer 2019 Collection
Orly Euphoria Summer 2019 Collection
OPI Neons Summer 2019 Collection

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Wet N Wild Pac-Man Perfect Game Nail Polish Set

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Whew boy, it’s the start of a busy couple of months for me! I have two family weddings coming up, one in September and one in October – including being a bridesmaid for the September one, so it’s about to be a lot of traveling and craziness! I’ll be testing how well I can get posts together and ready to put up before I’m gone for a weekend, which is something I want to be better at anyways. I just talked about how I was more consistent in posting in July, so its time to REALLY TEST THAT.

It’s crazy that these are coming up so fast, and I can’t believe it’s already August! The time is just flying by. But we still have plenty of summer left here, and the heat isn’t letting up. Do you have any plans for the rest of the summer?

But as always, the polish doesn’t let up for any schedule! Today’s post is talking about this little nail polish set that came out in the Wet N Wild Pac-Man collection (I’ll have a separate post about the makeup items up in the next week or two). When this collection was previewed, I was very interested in the eyeshadow palette, of course, but seeing a nail polish set always makes me excited, and it was something I knew I had to snatch up. They’ve only done this one other time, with the Flights of Fancy collection last summer.

I’ll always miss the full limited edition nail polish collections that Wet N Wild used to come out with (especially as they ended right as I was getting into polish). And I’ll always have a hope that they’ll do them again someday. For now, I’ll deal, and have these little sets fill the void in my heart.

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Essie Glazed Days Collection

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I posted this on my Instagram stories as well, but I’ve been a lot more motivated with my blogging lately. I got a planner at the beginning of July, and scheduling out my posts and what I need to be doing each night, whether it’s swatches, photos, or posts, has been doing wonders. I went from doing 2-5 posts every month to posting ELEVEN in July! It might seem like a little thing, but I’m proud of myself. I’m on more of a schedule and more consistent, and it’s feeling so good. I’m in love with blogging again, and can’t wait to continue posting for you guys! And I hope you’ve been loving the more consistent content!

I’m still working my way through a desk of polish collections that had built up, and we’re almost caught up and ready to get into FALL COLLECTIONS. It’s crazy to think about, since it’s only a few days into August, but polish brands are full on into the deep vampy colors. Fall’s my favorite season, so I can’t complain at all.

But it ain’t fall just yet! (I mean, it is still regularly above 80 degrees here). We still have a couple collections to talk about before that.

Essie has been BUSY this summer, and they’re released this collection, along with their summer collection AND a summer trilogy! Whew, that’s 4 collections all within the span of a couple months. They’re small collections, but we’ve got a lot of Essie coming up on the blog.

So we’re looking at some jelly polishes today! This is the ‘Glazed Days’ collection, and features 6 polishes in a sheer jelly finish. You can still find these on transdesign.com, and I picked up a few that I needed from CVS as well.

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Colourpop Sweet Talk Palette

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The Colourpop extravaganza continues! What if I just turned this blog into reviewing Colourpop products? Honestly, that would be a full time job all on its own. I hope you guys have been loving the addition of more consistent makeup reviews because I’ve been LOVING THEM. I feel like I’m really getting to know and use the palettes I’m bringing into my collection, and I’m passing on information I get from purchases to you guys! It’s been really fun, and I can’t wait to continue it! (But don’t worry, the nail polish will always be a priority. I still got a lot of that to talk about as well.)

This week’s palette is the Sweet Talk palette! This is a neutral palette with a strong peachy tones, and I surprised myself with how much I ended up wanting this. Is that a neutral phase I smell coming? I mean, I’m loving neutral eyes more and more as I’m challenging myself to wear more of my bright lip colors! But heck to it, I’ll wear colorful eyes AND lips, I can’t be stopped. I love all eyeshadow, and don’t discriminate between colorful shades and neutrals, there’s plenty to love with both.

Like I said, this is the ‘Sweet Talk’ palette and it retails for $18. It’s a couple dollars more than their regular 12 pan palettes, as it contains 2 pressed glitters and their new Super Shock shade. As always, we’ll look at swatches, eye looks and then a full review! (You can always skip right to the review with the link above as well).

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Zoya Barefoot Summer 2019 Collection

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Zoya just released photos of their fall collection, so it’s only fitting that I’m finally swatching up the Summer 2019 collection! hahha. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m finally more organized and motivated, and on more of a schedule for this blog, so I’ve been catching up on reviews and making my way through all of the polish stacked up on my desk. And it’s finally time for the Barefoot collection!

I picked up this collection when Zoya offered their summer box. I HIGHLY recommend these boxes whenever they pop up, especially if you’re looking to pick up a whole collection (as a blogger like me will do), as you get the full 12 polishes, as well as other goodies for basically the price of 6 polishes. (Here’s the link to their Fall box, which you can pick up through the 31st!: Zoya Fall Box).

Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve swatched a 12 piece collection! All the other brands have been nice, and releasing little 6 and 8 piece collections that I could swatch in a day, but Zoya’s always here with their bigger collections! (Of course, those brands doing 6 piece collections have also put out like 3 collections in 3 months, looking at you, Essie).

This is the Zoya ‘Barefoot collection for Summer 2019, and it’s a traditional 12 piece like I talked about before. It features 11 full color polishes, and then 1 topper shade. Let’s get right into it, we got a lot of polishes to talk about!

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Colourpop Main Squeeze Palette Review

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I’m going to say Sorry, NOT SORRY, for the amount of Colourpop that will be coming on these Makeup Sunday posts. I’ve just been loving all of their products and releases lately, and they’re all so affordable, it’s so easy to just make another order. I’ve picked up a lot of their new palettes lately, and it’s all just made me excited about new makeup again. This is an affordable makeup blog always, and Colourpop just fits right into that, while coming out with such unique and fun things.

And this is the first of a series of Colourpop palette reviews! I got a stack of them, and this palette was the first one I knew I had to play with.

This is the Main Squeeze palette, and it’s the red addition to Colourpop’s monochromatic palette series. It’s one of their 9 pan smaller square palettes.

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Essie Summer 2019 Collection – Comparisons

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IT’S SWATCH COMPARISON SATURDAY! WOO! Look, I’m still keeping it up! Weirdly proud of myself right now, I’m not going to lie. It was a wild and crazy Friday night here, swatching and comparing, and avoiding going outside in our heatwave that we’re having. There’s some good ones here – including my first ever full dupe for one of these posts!

This week we’re looking at the Essie Summer 2019 collection. I pulled comparisons for 4 of the shades. The bright neon orange, ‘Soles on Fire’, and the bright purple, ‘Tangoed in Love’, I couldn’t find anything close for. Two very unique shades to my collection for sure!

Let’s look at the comparisons!

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Up first, we have the light pastel orange shade, ‘In Full Swing’. I had a bunch of shades in the same tone, but nothing that quite matched the peachiness of it. ‘Pink Noise’ was a little rosier, and ‘Everything’s Peachy’ was more yellow-toned.

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