Review: Wet N Wild ‘Midnight Mermaid’ Fall 2017 Collection

Alright, alright, alright, this collection might have already been talked to death. But you know, I walked into a Walgreens out of town, and found a full display of it finally, and had some Walgreens points saved up, so I really had to. So enjoy my 2 cents on it, because I’m putting it out there anyways. And it’s beautiful so who doesn’t want to see more photos of it.

Wet N Wild is one of my absolute favorite drugstore brands because 1: They’re so goddamn affordable. Even in the way of drugstore prices, they’re on the lower end and 2: they have been absolutely killing it with their products this year. They’ve been putting out incredible releases and just amping up the quality of their items. So anytime I see a new collection out, I need my grabby hands on it.

This collection is called the ‘Midnight Mermaid’ collection and it’s one of the vampiest things I’ve seen in the world – perfect for my dark soul. I found this at a local Walgreens, and you can still buy it on their website in separate pieces.

For a hot second, everybody and their brother was raving about this collection, and now that it’s in my hands, I understand why.

It’s made up of 4 of their Liquid Catsuits in Metallic Mattes, 4 Metallic Liquid Cream Eyeshadows, 3 liquid eyeliners, and 1 highlighter.

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Pure Ice ‘Fangtastic Color’ Halloween 2017 Collection

‘TIS THE SEASON OF SHIMMERY ORANGES AND I’M HERE FOR IT.

We’re full on in the fall and Halloween seasons, and I’ve been loving it. It’s fitting that everyone has been putting out lovely oranges in their collections, and I say keep ’em comin’. And Pure Ice did not disappoint.

Pure Ice is a brand exclusive to Walmart, and honestly I haven’t been really found a terrible formula in their polishes. It can be expected, since these polishes are only TWO DOLLARS, but they don’t feel like it. So when I saw advertising for their Halloween polishes I had to hunt them down.

It’s a 5 piece limited edition collection, and each bottle cap has an orange “Limited Edition” sticker on it. There are 4 polishes that stand on their own, and then one topper.

They also had a glow in the dark polish on the display, but I’m honestly not a fan of glow in the dark polishes, so I skipped on it.

So let’s get right into the swatches (and a couple comparisons)!

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NOTD & a Little Update

Hey friends and readers – I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, let alone since I’ve been posting regularly.

My life has been going through some switches – I recently got a job at Starbucks, so that schedule was all over the place and I was trying to adjust and figure out time to paint my nails. It was harder considering I couldn’t wear nail polish while working so I was really losing any motivation to paint on polish just to take it off again.

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Review: Essie Summer 2017 + Comparisons

You know 4 days before the official start of fall is the best time to finish up reviewing summer collections, right? As always, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.

I’m finally getting some sort of set schedule down with work, and an actual income, so collection reviews are popping back up on my blog! It was almost a little break, but I’m trying my best to get back into it!

This is my first post with my shorter little nails. Working as a barista, I broke basically all of my longer nails within the first week of work – sigh, the barista life. They’re growing back slowly. Also, please do not mind my ragged, dry cuticles. The constant hand washing is just wreaking havoc on my fingers and skin, and they’re just a hot mess. FOCUS ON THE NAIL POLISH INSTEAD.

So here we go, the last summer collection I’m reviewing. It’s the Essie Summer 2017 6-piece collection! It’s based off of Paris, and is something I was just waiting to get my hands on.

It has 3 creams, 2 shimmers, and 1 metallic foil. I have comparisons at the bottom as well, so let’s get right into it!

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Review: China Glaze ‘Summer Reign’ Summer 2017 Collection

Good lord, how is it almost September already? Well, I always say September is the perfect time to review summer collections, right? heh

I finally am getting around to reviewing summer collections (thank you new job and spending money once again), so look out for the Essie and Orly summer collections coming soon!

But today I have the China Glaze collection from summer 2017. As always, this is a 12 bottle collection, and I purchased mine off transdesign.com.

Let’s just get right into the swatches because there’s a lot of them!

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Hauling! Maybelline, L’Oreal, Essence + More!

I’ve recently had some gift cards so I think that justifies most of this haul. Well I also didn’t have gift cards, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a major haul so it’s fine. Everything I do is for the blog remember? I do this just for you guys. All I do is give.

Most of its from Ulta, but let’s go over the one thing not from there first. I finally got the China Glaze Summer collection (just in time for the end of summer, right?). I’m catching up on my summer collections now that I have a job and spending money again, so just bear with my timeline. That review of that full collection will be up on the blog in the next couple days! (If it helps, half the collection feels like fall to me).

But for the rest of the haul I blame Ulta. First, they send me that 20% off coupon. Then it’s 5x points on lip products, which are my true vice. Then I had a gift card, so you know, it would have been a true sin if I didn’t order anything from Ulta. (In other news, Ulta just sent out ANOTHER 20% coupon and I have another gift card. I’m being ATTACKED I tell you).

So you’ll see there’s a lot of lip products in the photo. I don’t have individual photos since I’ll be reviewing all of these more in depth in the next coming weeks. So stay tuned for these reviews and more!

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I’ll do a quick run through of the products I’ll be writing about!

From L’Oreal:
-the Lash Paradise mascara in ‘Blackest Black’
-one of their new matte lipsticks in ‘At the Drop of a Matte’, a bright purple color

From Maybelline:
-2 of the Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in ‘Loyalist’ and ‘Escapist’ – a light nude, and then a deep, vampy purple
-3 more shades of the metallic matte lipsticks in ‘White Gold’, ‘Pure Gold’, and Silk Stone. I absolutely love Maybelline’s lipsticks so when I see new ones, I want them all, and the fact that they’re metallic is even better. These join the other shade I picked up earlier in ‘Molten Bronze’.

From Revlon:
-2 of their shades of the Metallic matte lip colors (can you tell I want to try all of the metallic matte shades?) in ‘Glam’ and ‘Luster’

Finally from Essence:
-2 of their Metal Shock lipsticks in 02 and 08. (Again, with the metallic lipstick trend, I digress).

For most of these new formulas I wanted to pick up a couple shades from different sides of the range of colors to test out, and if I liked them, I would pick up more. I’m a lip product junkie, so I really can’t wait to try these all out. Be ready for all of the lip posts coming up in the next weeks!

So that’s my recent haul! See any products you’re excited about? Stay tuned for the reviews!

 

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Review: Sally Hansen Crayola Collection

How is this my first Sally Hansen posts? You know, after this, it definitely wouldn’t be my last. Look at these pretty little rainbow babies. When I saw images of this collection first come out, I knew I had to get my grabby fingers on them. So I did!

I had some saved up gift cards (I don’t even know how a Target gift card lasted so long in my wallet but it did) so I thought it was perfect to buy this collection that I had my eye on. These retailed for $4.09 on Target’s website (same price as their normal Insta-Dri polishes), and the shipping was super fast and well packed.

The bottles are the typical Insta-Dri bottle shape, and have the Crayola name on them, as well as the traditional Crayola design on the bottle. Instead of the traditional black cap as well, the cap matches the color of the polish inside. I really love all of the attention to detail in this collection, and I’m so glad to have them as a collector.

I found that all of these polishes had pretty much the same formula, so I’m just going to talk about it up here all at once, instead of just saying the same thing over and over. I found all of these had a little bit of a thicker formula. This meant you can get them opaque in one thicker coat. I did find the one thicker coat can get a little blobby on the nails though, so I didn’t prefer it.

Although, with the wider paddle brush, I did prefer to work in thinner coats and go slowly on my nails. I do have thinner nails so it did basically cover my nail in one swipe. It was a bit of a learning curve, but once I slowed down and concentrated on swiping thinner, more controlled coats, I made less of a mess.

The formula can really run down the brush and flood everywhere, so just wipe the brush off well before you start. I did also find that with the thicker formula, if you din’t have enough polish on the brush, the coat could almost skip and not flow evenly to the end of the nail, so make sure you have enough to really coat the nail.

A little bit of a learning curve with these to avoid making messes, but with the beautiful colors and hella opaque formulas, it was so worth it. These also dry quickly as well, (shoutout Insta-Dri formula) so even if you do the 2 thinner coats, it’s super easy, and quick. So yeah they’re thicker, but once you get the hang of these, they’re just stunning. I mean, just look at the colors.

Now, for the individual swatches, we’re going to go in numerical order, not rainbow, I know it’s a tragedy. But I JUST WANT TO PUT THE NUMBERS IN ORDER OKAY. LET’S JUST GET INTO IT.

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