China Glaze ‘Paint it Black’ Halloween 2018 Collection

It’s almost Halloween! What are you planning to be this year? I plan on going as a duo with my best friend as Walter and the Dude from the Big Lebowski. I can’t wait to spend the night in a vest and yellow tinted sunglasses to be quite honest.

I love Halloween, so of course I love when there are themed polishes. Why do we always skip right from fall to Holiday?? There are very important holidays in between. Thank God, China Glaze has been coming out with their Halloween collections. I’m so sad I wasn’t fully collecting polishes yet for their older ones, but it’ll be something that’ll truly haunt me this holiday.

When I first saw pictures of this years, however, I was so intrigued and knew I had to have it. I mean, a whole collection of black polishes? Count me in. Perfect when I’m feeling angsty.

This is the ‘Paint it Black’ collection, and it’s a 6 piece set for Halloween, all with polishes of different black bases and finishes. Enough rambling, let’s get right into the swatches.

 

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Sinful Colors ‘Radical Mattes’ Collection

Hellllloooo! I’ve been busy. This past weekend I stood in the wedding of one of my very best friends as she married the love of her life. I almost teared up from being so happy, and it was one of the best weekends ever. How was yours? That’s right the beginning of this blog will always be where I push my personal life onto you, because if you forgot this is my blog.

But of course, now it’s time for nail polish, your torture is over.

Fall is fully here, and it’s getting chillier and chillier down here. And all I want to wear is darker vampy colors! And have I got a collection for that.

This is the ‘Radical Mattes’ collection from Sinful Colors. There are 7 main ‘matte’ shades that can be found in Walgreens – and then 3 other shades that I wasn’t able to find (apparently they popped up in Meijer, a store we don’t have down here in Illinois). So I have the 7 main shades and the matte top coat to talk about here! Let’s just get right into it.

These were $2.99 instead of the normal $1.99. Again, since they’re a limited collection they’re a little pricier. Let’s just get right into them.

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Orly ‘The New Neutrals’ Fall 2018 Collection

It’s officially fall (yeah I know it has been for a while now, but now it *really* feels like fall, it’s got that just smell in the air), and it’s my favorite season, both in weather and nail polish and makeup.

So Orly is up first for the fall posts (with lots more to follow)! As I always say, I have Orly Color Pass. That means, I paid up front at the beginning of the year, and then throughout the year, they automatically send out the 4 collections along with some other fun goodies in each box. I really like it, and it’s the cheaper price I’ve found for Orly (it worked out to $4-$5 per polish).

The box for Fall 2018 showed on my doorstep not too long ago. The collection for this season is ‘The New Neutral’, and as you can imagine it’s some lovely neutral shades. It’s a 6 piece collection just like normal, with 5 creams and 1 metallic. It’s not the most exciting to us collectors, I’ll admit. But I love a good Orly cream formula, and if you’re looking to build up a collection, these are great shades to have. Let’s get right into it!

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Up first is the lightest and most neutral of the collection. This is ‘Snuggle Up’ (which I always want to do in these chillier fall months of course), and it’s my perfect “mannequin hands” shade for me and a lovely palette cleanser.

This had a sheer first coat, but it was a smooth formula, so at least it wasn’t uneven. I got it opaque in a 2nd thicker coat. The formula is beautiful so it’s so easy to control and won’t flood the cuticles.

When I get neutral this light, they can weirdly wash me out, or be sheer with a difficult formula. I surprisingly loved this nude, and it’s a perfect palette cleanser that still makes my hands look alive.

SnuggleUp

Up next is ‘Mauvelous’. (This is a little more peachy than mauve so who knows). This is a warm toned peachy neutral shade. Another that had a smooth 1st coat, but it will need at least 2 coats. This was another thicker formula, so it didn’t run the brush and I was easily able to paint all my nails. It was still easy to control. Another with 2 easy coats.

Mauvelous

‘Cashmere Crisis’ (sounds like a crisis I want to have) is a lovely taupe shade. This is another lovely cream shade from Orly – 2 easy coats.

CashmereCrisis

‘Olive You Kelly’ is an olive green cream shade. All of the cream shades in this collection are just stunning, and all 1-2 coats. This shade was almost 1 coat. I used 2 here to smooth out some of my ridges, but 1 thicker coat will do it.

OliveYouKelly

The last cream shade of the collection is ‘Seize the Clay’. This is a nice deep raspberry shade, and it’s got a nice touch of warmth to it. Perfect for fall.

Just like the previous shade, this was almost 1 coat – I used 2 to smooth out any uneven spots and my ridges. Again, I can’t sing the praises of the cream shades enough.

SeizetheClay

Last but certainly not least, is the metallic shade of the bunch. This is ‘Fall Into Me’, and it’s a nice bronzey shade for fall. This was pretty well opaque on 1 coat. As you can see, there are brush strokes – really any metallic like this will get them, you can sponge on the last layer to get rid of them. Or just paint straight and carefully to help that. It can run down the brush a little and flood the cuticles if you get too much on the nail, so just make sure to wipe the brush off before applying.

Metallic shades like this aren’t my absolute favorite because of the brush strokes, but it is a nice standard shade for fall.

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So of course I’ll be honest about this, and point out how they’re not the most original and unique colors and finishes. But that’s the collector in me. Considering I’m constantly getting in the new mainstream collections, and have a large amount of polish already – so a polish has really gotta step it up to wow me. So that’s always what I mean when I say that. I fully understand that when mainstream brands are making collections, they’re for, you know, sane normal people, unlike me LOL. These are still beautiful colors, and if you see some that you like, I recommend because there were beautiful formulas here! Random little sidebar over.

Overall, I think Orly is an underrated brand. They’ve been putting out great collections this past year, with beautiful formulas. They’re becoming one of my favorite brands. So I recommend the creams from this collection.

As I always say, lots of reviews are on their way! I’ve got fall AND halloween collections (which I love so much) coming up! Stay tuned!

 

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Sista Chic Laquer – Fall & Halloween 2018 Collections

It’s a little bit of a different post today! It might be a little longer, and a little chattier. But ya know, all the info is important, so I do recommend a read. (I mean, of course I recommend a read of all my posts, hah!)

Today, I’m talking about Sista Chic Lacquer, and that’s right, it’s an indie brand – or that is, made by an independent maker. I know I haven’t talked about indies before – I’ll be honest that with my more limited budget, I can stick with mainstream releases – it’s also why I can’t review every single makeup product that comes out. The world of indies is so large, and diverse, but I hope that someday soon with a larger budget I can really crack into them and start adding them into posts. For now, these are my first!

I know indie polish can seem more expensive – but that is because you are literally paying for smaller batches of polishes made by one creator. So it makes sense. But they’re right about the same pricing as Essie and OPI.

These polishes in particular have been gifted to me for review.

I know, this is my first post like this, with a gifted polish, or even product in general. I love to give any new polish brand a fair shot, and to constantly test out and try new things, and will review any polishes I buy or that I’m lucky enough to receive. As always, I’ll be sure to be honest and tell you when they’ve been provided for review – that’s so crazy to say! This is my first sample and I’m still so grateful for it! And of course, even though it’s been provided to me, I’ll always give an honest review, and won’t let that sway me in just reviewing the formulas in general. Just a little disclaimer. I pride myself on always being honest and open with my thoughts, and I won’t let that change.

Now that that disclaimer is over and out, let’s talk about this brand. Sista Chic Lacquer is made by @sistachic1 on Instagram. I will admit that I hadn’t seen her brand before she reached out to me, but I was glad to find them.

The brand’s motto is “Polish with a Purpose”, with part of all of their sales going to support Project Rescue, an organization that rescues sexually trafficked women and children. That part immediately caught my eye, and made me eager to try out these polishes. I love a wonderful cause like this, and you know pretty polish is just a bonus.

I have two smaller collections to talk about today, and wanted to just combine them into one post – since they’re releasing at the same time, and since I wanted to talk about the brand as a whole at first.

So let’s get into talking about the polish itself!

Like I said I have two collections to talk about – the ‘Harvest Moon’ Fall 2018 collection is 4 polishes, and then there is the ‘Monster Mash’ Halloween 2018 trio. These all release on October 1st on https://www.etsy.com/shop/sistachiclacquer and will retail for $9 each.

Now that I’ve written my small novel – let’s get into swatches.

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China Glaze ‘Shades of Paradise’ Summer 2018

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.

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Wet N Wild ‘Written in the Stars’ Zodiac Collection

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?

MakeupBag

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.

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Sally Hansen ‘School’s Out’ Collection

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.

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