Dimension Nails Australia Bush Fire Relief Shades

PURCHASED

Every so often I venture outside of my mainstream brands, and try out a new indie brand. The indie polish world is GIGANTIC and offers so many options, so it can definitely be overwhelming. At this point in time, I don’t have the budget to fully invest into a deep dive into it, but I do enjoy every so often picking up a new shade or two from a different smaller brand. (There are a lot of pages who swatch so much indie polish though, so search them up if you’re curious!)

Today we’re looking at one of those brands, called Dimension Nails! I have seen them all over my Instagram, and they seemed to have stunning colors and formulas. The owner, Stephanie, seems like the sweetest person and is super active on her page and with the brand. And then with this fundraiser, it was the perfect time to try them out!

Dimension Nails created a lovely little duo of shades especially for supporting the Australia wildfires. I saw a couple of my friends wearing these beauties on different posts and shares and finally I could no longer resist. This duo includes ‘Kangaroo’, a lovely dusty mustard shade, and ‘Koala’, a deeper gray shade.

For each of these shades purchased, they’re donating $3 to help the victims of the Australian wildfires! They also have other lacquer shades available that will donate $1 per bottle, as well as gel shades that will donate $2 each. You can see it all and find more information here! https://dimensionnails.com/australia/. Unfortunately this only goes through the end of January – I know I’m a little late to the game, I did purchase these later in the month, but there are 2 more days to donate through these polishes!

Of course, even after the donations end, these shades and more will still be available. And with your normal purchase 5% will go to support animal shelters and sanctuaries! Overall, you’re supporting a lot of good causes with any purchase of these shades, and I love that!

Now let’s get into the two shades!

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OPI Mexico City Spring 2020 – Review & Swatches

PURCHASED WITH PR DISCOUNT

You know when you have one really productive day – I swatched like 3 full collections! – and then the next day you go to hot yoga in the morning and throughout the rest of the day, the productivity is gone because you have to fight to stay awake anytime you sit down in your comfy chair? (Can you tell I just started working out again regularly). Well it happened, and that is why this review and post took an extra day to get finished up. I’M ONLY HUMAN. I realize that you only know it took an extra day because I’m telling you, and I create these “deadlines” for myself, but what can I say, we overshare here on this blog.

But at least now I got a built up stash of swatches, so you guys know that there are a lot of posts and reviews coming your way.

Now let’s look at this collection! We’re looking at our very first official spring collection today. This is the OPI Mexico City collection for Spring 2020. As with every OPI collection, it’s inspired by the colors of a certain place, and obviously this is inspired by Mexico City! This is a standard 12 piece collection, mainly made up of cream shades.

As always, I picked this up from polishpick.com. They’re my favorite place to buy new OPI shades (as well as throw in some older polishes I’ve never owned every so often). They have the best prices still (only $5.25 a bottle, instead of $10 from most drugstores!) and their shipping is so incredibly fast and I always have my polish in under a week, usually just a couple days. I know I gush about them a lot, but I’ve literally ordered all of my OPI collections from them since 2018, and I can’t say enough about it. (And if you do order from their site and found it through this blog, you can put in my name in the dropdown – I receive no commission from this, it just shows where traffic is coming from and allows me to purchase shades at more of a PR discount to review).

And now, let’s get into those swatches!

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Colourpop Butter Me Up Swatches & Review

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As I’ve mentioned many times before, Colourpop fully has me by the wallet, and I’ve picked up a ton of their palettes lately, so there are a lot of Colourpop reviews that are going to happen. I’ll sprinkle in other brands in between as well, but it’s mainly going to be Colourpop. They just have such affordable prices, and are constantly putting out interesting color stories, and I’m just a sucker for all the eyeshadow palettes. Alright, let’s get onto another one already.

Today we’re reviewing the companion palette to ‘Gimme Butterflies’ that I reviewed a little bit ago (see that review here). These 2 palettes released as part of an Ulta exclusive trio, along with one other more orange toned palette.

As I said, these were released as Ulta Exclusive palettes, though I’m sure they will show up on Colourpop’s website eventually, in the same manner that the ‘Love Bird’ 9-pans did. I still wanted to put up this review for that notion, and because there’s a chance they’re still up in store at Ulta. (And I just had to finish the review for myself, okay.) It retails for $18.

It has very similar packaging to ‘Gimme Butterflies’ (makes sense as they’re in the same series, eh?), except with a more purple theme.

ButterMeUp-Outside

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Lights Lacquer – Individual Shades Swatches

Lights Lacquer is showing a trend of releasing individual shades outside of their collections, and I’m showing a trend of picking up every single polish they release. Listen, I’m a blogger and I’m just CURIOUS, OKAY. And for the first two, okay I was ordering anyways and just chucked them in, save on shipping and everything. Either way you’ll be getting swatches of them in case you’re curious how they look and if you want to order them, so it’s all about helping the reader, really.

They’ve now released two* (at the time of originally writing this, I’m sure there will be many more) of these individual shades. I’ve picked up both so far, and as they continue to release, and I pick them up, I’ll be adding onto and updating this post with swatches of each new shade! That way it’s much easier to find them all in one place. There’s also links to my reviews of their full collections at the end, so it’ll be like a whole Lights Lacquer resource. WOO!

As always, these are available on the Lights Lacquer website, and each polish retails for $9.50 each.

Onto the swatches!

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Essie Expressie – 4 Shades, Swatches & Review

I actually still feel caught up and timely on my posts?? Am I a real blogger now? Should I not admit this and pretend I always have it together? How was everyone’s weekend? How did you spend it? I had a lovely productive time, and got a lot of swatching done. Weekends are where I catch up on a lot of stuff that got pushed back throughout the week, and they’re so relaxing and they’re just very important to me, okay. I need my weekend time. Are you the same way? Is it about being productive or relaxing?

Alright, onto the polish. Today we’re looking at something else that’s all about speed and time! Sorry, bad segue into talking about a quick dry polish line.

Essie recently released their new Expressie line, a new formula all centered around a quick dry formula.  There are FORTY new shades that they dropped, and they’re all available online at Ulta, Target & CVS, as well as being in stores at various drugstores. They seem to be mostly cream finishes with 4-5 shimmery shades. I only picked up creams to test out first, and of course, in some ugly pretty colors – my favorite.

As you can see, these are the same height as Normal Essie bottles, but skinnier. They have only .33 fl oz., less than the .5 fl oz that comes in normal polish bottles. For that reason, I don’t love that they’re priced at $9, the same as normal Essie shades but with less product. I do think the price should be lowered – or if you’re able to buy them at a discount would help. I had a bunch of Walgreens rewards that I used for these, so I got them all for about half off.

Expressie-Bottle

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OPI Hello Kitty Holiday 2019 – COMPARISONS

See the original review post here: OPI Hello Kitty Holiday 2019

Heyooooo we have a comparison post again! I know these dropped out last year, and like I’ve mentioned many times before I wanted to get back into them this year. A major goal for 2020 is to destash and declutter my collection, so these posts definitely help me accomplish that.

So today, we’re looking at the OPI Hello Kitty collection for Winter 2019. I’m working on holiday collections and working my way back to fall from 2019 – never too late for some comparisons!

Obviously I only pick shades that have actual close comparisons to look at and swatch – there were a few in this collection that I had nothing remotely close to, so if you don’t see them in this post, that’s why.

This is the first post I’ve included swatch sticks that expand out the color comparisons for certain polishes! I’m almost too proud of these, but they’re so helpful as well. Some of them may not be close to being dupes, but you’ll be able to see the sticks and see “oh it’s more pink-toned than this one, but deeper than this one”. It just helps you place the color within a bigger collection.

And then from those swatch sticks, I pulled up to the 3 closest shades to swatch on the nails and compare even more closely. LOOK AT ALL THE COMPARISONS, SHE’S WILD! All in all, I’m just trying to help make a guide, and help you give allllll of the information before buying. So I hope you enjoy!

Obviously I’m playing a little bit of catch up here – as spring collections release, I’ll be putting those comparisons at a higher priority, and then adding in previous holiday and fall comparison posts sprinkled in between. You can still find these shades and purchase them, so I figure they’ll still be helpful to have up!

Alright, we got a lot of polishes to look through, so let’s get into it already, shall we?

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Lights Lacquer Polished Gems Collection

I’m slowly getting all organized and back on a set blogging schedule, and ready to get out even more content this year. I’ve really embraced my Type A personality so far in 2020 and I have about 6 notebooks and lists going keeping me organized and honestly, I LOVE IT. Who doesn’t love lists? And of course, I hope this means more efficient blogging, and more consistent and timely posts for you! WOO! Enough rambling, let’s get into the main focus!

And so with that, here’s the first nail collection post of the year!

This is the newest collection from Lights Lacquer, KathleenLight’s nail polish brand. This was released for Winter 2019, and it’s called the ‘Polished Gems’ collection. There are 6 shades and they’re all themed off of different gemstones.

Listen, I originally was going to practice some self-control and pass on this collection. And I did for a while. But then I started seeing more and more swatches and just feeling more and more swayed, and alright I caved. I bought myself the bundle – as well as the two individual shades they have out as well, Cold Turkey & Moonstone, expect swatches of those coming as well. They were just so PRETTY on the nails and I just wanted them, okay.

The bundle was $52 for all 6 shades, or they’re $9.50 each for individual shades. They are only available online at the Lights Lacquer website currently.

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