SwatchWeek – Day 1 – Formula X The Effects Nail Polish

Welcome to SwatchWeek! This whole week, (Monday through Friday) I’ll be uploading new posts of polishes hanging out in my stash that need to be loved. Most, if not all, of these polishes are still available to buy, so last minute Christmas ideas? Yes? Christmas gift ideas for yourself? More likely.

Let’s get into Day 1 with some Formula X!

A while back, when I was in Vegas for a conference, we spent a free day shopping, so of course we wandered to Sephora. I had to *of course* look at the nail polish. Formula X had their ‘Effects’ Nail polishes on sale for $5. FIVE. DOLLARS. These are normally $15 a piece, so I immediately snatched up any colors they had left on display. I got 3 this day.

The Effects are nail polishes of differing textures and finishes.

So let’s get into the swatches!

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Swatch/Review: OPI ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Holiday 2016 Collection

Late? But it’s still the holidays, so everyone else is simply early.

I have some of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s shades from OPI today! Now, I’m going to be honest, I have not seen the movie, so all of these shade names really go over my head. Oh well. It’s still pretty nail polish.

This was supposed to go up Thursday, but that was my 22nd birthday! Yay! My lovely roommate and best friend bought me tickets to go see Panic! at the Disco, so obviously my Thursday was not spent blogging, and instead spent looking at Brendon Urie. Swoon. But now we’re in the middle of a big snowstorm, so what better thing to do than blog! I’m so cozy in a blanket right now.

Let’s just get into the swatches.

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Zoya ‘Enchanted’ Winter 2016 FULL Collection

I’m going to preface this post by saying, I don’t have all of the polishes for this collection. YET.* (I do now) So here’s the story.


I ordered this collection, along with a few other polishes in Zoya’s Black Friday sale. It shipped, it was delivered, I pulled the package out of the box, and… one of the polishes was smashed inside the package. Polish everywhere. I promptly cleaned it up, getting blue everywhere, and got right onto emailing customer service. Luckily they were so lovely, and immediately sent out another bottle of Waverly. I should have that by Friday, so I’ll be sure to update the post, and label it with Full collection when I truly have all 6.

*UPDATE! I have them all now. Right away I emailed Zoya’s customer service. They were very lovely, and shipped out a replacement polish, and I got it within the week! I was very satisfied. So I have the full collection.

In this collection there are 6 polishes, 2 duochromes, and 4 of Zoya’s ‘Pixiedust’ formula – aka textured polishes. I’ll start with the duochromes.

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Swatch/Review: Essie Winter 2016 FULL Collection

Happy belated Thanksgiving! From visiting with the family and stuffing myself, to catching up on homework that I didn’t touch over winter break, there was a little break in my posting. But here I am! Full on into holidays! We only have so much time before Christmas, crazy to think about!

I picked up the Zoya Holiday collection in their Black Friday sale so a review will be coming on that, as well as a review on the OPI collection as well at least before Christmas. I want to pick up the China Glaze collection as well, but if that has to wait until after Christmas and just be a winter collection, it will. I’m coming up on finals guys so it’s getting crazy!

But now, let’s get on into the Essie Winter 2016 collection! This is a 6 shade collection.

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Swatch/Review: Colourpop ‘Zingara’ Quad

Whaaaaattt? Makeupppp?? On the nail blog? That’s right, makeup! Makeup is another one of my great loves and I want to start featuring it on my blog more. And, you know, it’s my blog so I can do what I want.

This blog will still be focused primarily on nail polish, so don’t worry. I will be posting swatches of the mainstream collections and other finds I have as I can, first and foremost.

I can’t say that I’ll have all of the newest releases when it comes to makeup – because I’m already trying to do that with nail polish. I don’t got all the money in the world. Nah, it’ll be little finds here and there that I pick up, that I just want to talk about in case anyone else is curious. And it’ll always be drugstore (or drugstore priced in this case) makeup, since I truly believe you can create a full, beautiful face all at the drugstore. But that’s a whole other blog post.

So welcome to Gingerly Polished, a blog all about nail polish. And the other side of Gingerly Polished, where you can create a fully polished you at the drugstore.

Now onto my first makeup feature!

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Swatch/Review: Sinful Colors ‘Santa Bae’ Holiday 2016

CHRISTMAS. EXCITEMENT. That’s right, the holidays are just around the corner, including the best holiday of all, Thanksgiving. And this means, holiday collections and holiday nail polishes.

I found the display with the new Sinful Color’s holiday polishes just hanging out at the end of one of the aisles at my Walgreens and snatched.

As for trying to figure out exactly what polishes were technically in this collection or new, it was a little difficult. I went off of the shades advertised on Sinful Color’s Instagram to see what was exactly new. If you look on their website, they have more colors listed underneath the ‘Santa Bae’ section but I think the 8 I have here are the new shades for this year. I have a couple of the older shades as well that I’ll compare at the end.

I have 8 new shades to show you. Now onto the swatches!

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Swatch/Review: Defy & Inspire – Fall Shades

My mother’s work (she works in a doctor’s office) spoils me entirely too much, and they send me packages each year for Halloween filled with all sorts of spooky things, including mounds of peanut butter cups that I promptly eat within 10 minutes, and then of course, gift cards.

There were beautiful Target gift cards in this package, so one day when I felt I deserved it (I probably didn’t), I took my happy self to Target and browsed. I knew this gift card was going to nail polish. I didn’t even pretend that I would buy anything else. So I immediately went to the nail polish.

I saw a display of this brand called Defy & Inspire, and I had seen others discuss it before so I was curious for sure. There was half a display of normal shades, and then their recent fall collection as well. They normally sell for $7.49, but the fall shades had the magical clearance stickers on them, so of course I snatched them up. They’re down to $5.24 for each. There were 3 left of the fall collection, so I got them.

Defy & Inspire is a brand exclusive to Target. They’re 5 free and contain 0.5 FL oz, same as the other mainstream nail polishes. Their fall collection was called ‘Rock and Roll’ and contained 6 polishes. I picked up the 3 left in the display.

Let’s get onto the swatches! Hopefully you’ll see this and see a new brand of nail polish to try that you can find the next time you’re in Target (because we all spend too much time in Target).

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Swatch/Review: Orly ‘Sunset Strip’ Holiday 2016 FULL Collection

HELLO EVERYONE.

It feels like so long since I’ve posted (even though it’s only been like 2 weeks but it feels like forever). I got crazy busy with school as like 7 different projects (exaggerating it was 2) and then catching up after getting back from Vegas. Woe is me.

But don’t worry! I’m back and will be once again regularly posting.

Anyways! The holiday collections have officially started here on the blog! And first up is Orly.

I haven’t reviewed Orly yet here and that’s about to change. After having a couple Orly polishes I loved them and definitely want more. Not to mention that there is more polish in their bottles (.6 fl oz. vs .5 fl oz) for the same price as a China Glaze. DEALS.

Their 2016 Holiday collection is called ‘Sunset Strip’ and has 6 colors. They’re all bright jewel tones that totally make me feel like a movie star ready to get into all the fancy clubs. Let me in, bouncer.

Onto the swatches and review!

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Swatch My Stash: Pure Ice

Hello from Las Vegas! Okay fine, I’m no longer in Vegas, but that was where I was this past week if I seemed a little AWOL. I just really wanted to say Hello from Las Vegas to seem cooler. I was in Vegas for the AIGA conference but now here I am back to the real world and back to homework. Woo.

Anywho, today’s post! As I’m waiting for holiday collections to come in (my Orly one is ready to be swatched and reviewed – so that’s coming soon!), today is the first of my Swatch My Stash posts! I’ll put these up every so often if collections slow down in order to keep posting material. And it’s a goal of mine to have a swatch and photo of every polish in my collection while it’s still relatively “small” (polish collectors all around laugh maniacally). So maybe it’s selfish, but here you go have it anyways.

All of these swatch my stash posts will have polishes that you can still readily buy, whether they’re part of core collections, or easy enough to track down on other websites. They’re polishes that I haven’t reviewed as part of collections on this blog, so maybe you’ll find a new shade to pick up in the list! Enough chatty business, let’s get into it.

I’m starting with brands that I have few of, and today is Pure Ice. Pure Ice is available exclusively at Walmart. They have 2 lines – their normal polish for $1.97 each, and their Pure Ice Shine, their version of a gel-like polish for $2.97 a piece. Today I have 5 colors of the normal line to show you.

Let’s get started!

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Swatch/Review: Essie Fall 2016 FULL COLLECTION

I was to apologize for the nice hot minute it’s been since I’ve posted. I’m right in the middle of my senior year of college (dear god I have to be an adult soon) and that’s terrifying. I just finished a big project (today!) so that’s why this post has just been waiting in the background and it’s been so long since you’ve heard from me. But don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere!

Now, it’s no secret that OPI is my one great love in the nail polish world. And that’s right, I was an OPI snob. Before this blog, I owned about 8 Essie shades in total, compared to the 30-something of OPI I had collected over the years. I don’t know why, I just didn’t lean towards Essie that much.

But I’m working to even the gap! I am a polish-opportunist. Any and all brands are open to my trial, and it starts now.

Essie put out a beautiful fall collection out now, and as I began to see photos of it, I knew I had to have them all (and of course I knew I had to swatch them for you guys). I picked them up from TransDesign.

This collection is based on Japan, and there are 6 colors in this collection. (Spoiler: I love them all).

Let’s get into the swatches. And at the very end, after them all, I have comparisons on a couple colors as well!

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