Vegan & Natural Beauty: Petit Vour July Box

After falling in love with products from Petit Vour’s June Box, I have to say – they have done it again with their July box!

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This month (well, I guess since it’s now August it would be last month) is all about must-haves for the summer beauty collection. Included in the July box is:

  • Full size LVX nail polish in Lolli
  • Full size Modern Minerals eye shadow in Sakura
  • Travel size Schmidt’s Deodorant in Lavender + Sage
  • Sample size Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil

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Of course, the first thing I had to try was the nail polish. I absolutely loved last month’s NCLA polish so was quick to try Petit Vour’s pick for this month. I normally don’t reach for baby pinks, but once I applied LVX Lolli, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t too light and wasn’t too bright, it was just a nice soft pink. The color could really be worn at any time of year, it’s very versatile.

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The first time I applied it, I actually had some difficulty with it streaking. I think my Butter London base polish is going bad or old or something, because when I tried it again with Zoya’s base coat, it applied really well. It took 2-3 coats to be truly opaque, depending on the thickness of each coat.

I was really impressed with the wear of this, I got a full 6 days with no chips! This is the first polish I’ve tried from LVX, but they are definitely on my radar to try in the future. And of course, being 5-free is a huge bonus!

So not only did I get a full size nail polish, but a full size eye shadow too! I hadn’t heard of Modern Minerals before, but instantly fell in love with the color Sakura.

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The color is a bit hard to see against my skin, because I’m so fair. It’s a light pinky-purple color with high shimmer. I’ve been wearing it as a highlighter on my eyes and I love it. It really gives them a nice pop, and blends well with my other colors. Similar to the LVX nail polish, I’m very impressed with this one too!

Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, iron oxides.

I have already tried and reviewed Schmidt’s Deodorant so was very happy to see this in the box! Having a travel size is always handy for traveling or keeping at work, in your purse, etc. It is a harder deodorant though and they didn’t include a little spatula. I already have one from my other deodorants, but I think people new to Schmidt’s may have a hard time. I won’t go into details on this since I already have a full review, but I will say this – Schmidt’s is awesome.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Salvia sclarea (clary sage) essential oil, Lavandula (lavender) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract.

And last is Pelle Beauty Luxe Beauty Oil. I’ve never tried anything from Pelle Beauty before. The first thing I noticed about the beauty oil is the smell, it smells DIVINE. It is sort of a blend of floral and green. It’s very fresh smelling, I would wear it as a perfume!

Unfortunately, my skin didn’t care for this. It is very moisturizing, but it broke my skin out. Not really bad, but the two times I applied it at night I woke up a few small pimples. Such a bummer too because it smells so good! Oh well, that is what these beauty boxes are for – trying new things!

Ingredients: Cucumis Sativus Oil, Limnanthes alba (Meadow foam) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride,  Oribignya (Babassu) Oleifera oil, Citrus aurantium amara (Neroli) flower oil, Jasminum sambac (jasmine) oil, Rosa damascena flower oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) flower oil, Fusanus spicatus (sandalwood) oil.

The Petit Vour box is only $15 (which includes shipping) so with the full size nail polish ($16) and full size eye shadow ($12.50) – this box is definitely worth it. I’m totally digging Petit Vour’s monthly finds, I can’t wait to see what they include in future boxes!

Have you tried Petit Vour or any of these brands before?

Disclosure: A sample box was provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.

Vegan & Natural Beauty Monthly: Petit Vour

Yay for monthly sample boxes! Petit Vour provides vegan and cruelty-free luxury beauty samples, but I have to say I am pleased that the products included are also very natural and ‘green.’ (after all, it is possible for something to be vegan but still not very natural… so I’m happy that they choose both)

And while it is a sample box, this month included a full size nail polish with deluxe sample size hair products – so sample doesn’t always mean itty bitty! I am very impressed with the size of the samples included for the price. But I’ll get into that later :o)

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Included in June’s box was:

  • MUN Brightening Youth Serum
  • NCLA Nail Polish in Let’s Stay Forever
  • TAY Rosehip Balancing Cleanser with Seabuckthorn
  • EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

(and I just noticed that all of these brands spell their name in all caps – coincidence? I think not)

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The MUN serum was actually my least favorite of the bunch. It felt amazing on my face, but I really did not care for the smell. I’m actually pretty open when it comes to smells too, but there was something in it that did not agree with my nostrils – perhaps the prickly pear seed oil? So I just tried it once and threw it away. It was a small sample too, so not too much was wasted.

Ingredients: opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, rosa damascene (rose) flower essential oil
*Certified Organic

Next is my favorite (well, perhaps tied for favorite) of the bunch! This NCLA nail polish is gorgeous. When I first saw the color, I’ll be honest in that I wasn’t too sure what to think. It wasn’t a color I would normally pick for myself, but I’m all about trying new things so I gave it a go. As soon as I put it on, I loved it. And I got SO many compliments on this color – from coworkers to friends to strangers when I was having lunch at Qdoba!

Let’s Stay Forever is what I would call a milky blue. It’s lighter than a traditional pastel blue, or sky blue. The lightness of it is what makes it so unique, and very eye catching (swatch below).

And not only is the color beautiful, but the wear is amazing. I used this with Butter London’s top and bottom coat and got 6 days easy with this. It actually started growing out before I had any issues with chips. I usually can get 4-5 days, but 6-7 is a new record. I’m definitely keeping NCLA in mind for future nail polishes. I must try more from this company!

NCLA Lets Stay Forever swatch

The first thing that struck me about the TAY cleanser is the packaging. How adorable is that container! I did check on the company’s website and their packaging is made with sustainable and renewable materials, so that made me feel better about the wood (or faux wood) packaging.

The cleanser is a rich, moisturizing lotion cleanser that smells strongly of rose. It took my eye makeup off completely, which is pretty impressive. I did find a little bit of foundation on my cotton pad with a toner, so it didn’t quite remove all of my foundation though. This would be an excellent morning cleanser or cleanser if you don’t wear foundation. It left my skin very soft and moisturized, it would be great for those with dry skin – or for during the winter.

AND, the ingredients are really natural! Aqua (Ph-Balanced Distilled Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil,  Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin (Vegetable-Derived), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel,  Petroselinum Crispum (Parsley) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Xanthum Gum, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto) Flower Oil, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Citrate, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed Oil)

The EVOLVh shampoo/conditioner duo is my other favorite product(s) in this box. These smell great, work great and have great ingredients – great great great :o)

The shampoo has amazing lather, it reminds me of a traditional sulfate-based cleanser with all of the suds it provides. It leaves my hair feeling really clean, but not stripped. The conditioner is light and is one of those that sinks in your hair quickly (they even say on the back “Less is more, as the product is highly concentrated and absorbs into hair”). While normally conditioners that sink into my hair don’t tend to provide much moisture, this does. Once I rinsed, my hair felt soft but not coated. It’s easy to brush my hair out afterwards and my hair feels and looks really nice on days I use this duo. I’ve used these each multiple times now, and they continue to work well. They haven’t dried or weighed down my hair at all.

These also smell really lovely, like a clean floral. That always makes washing your hair fun :o)

I like these so much, I would buy the full size of these if I didn’t already have 3 sets of shampoos/conditioners I’m using! haha But when I need more, I’m definitely getting these. They are awesome and a great find.

Shampoo ingredients: Atmospheric Water, pHytoBlend (proprietary concentrate blend of 20 herbs in an aqueous base), decyl glucose, disodium sulfosuccinate, cocamidopropyl betaine, lauryl glucose, coco polyglucose, seaweed extract, citrus aurantifolia, mango, lecithin, sunflower oil, soya, safflower oil, wheat amino acids, vitamin C, wild pansy, sweet clover, apricot, nasturium, nectarine, passion flower, citrus seed extract

Conditioner ingredients: Water, pHytoBlend (proprietary concentrate blend of 20 herbs in an aqueous base) stearylkonium chloride, glyceryl monostearate, palm oil, mango, lecithin, sunflower oil, soya, safflower oil, wheat amino acids, vitamin C, wild pansy, sweet clover, apricot, nasturtium, nectarine, passion flower, citrus seed extract

(To note, these ingredients do not appear to be INCI standard, and match what is on my bottles)

The Petit Vour box is only $15 a month (that includes shipping!) and the nail polish alone is $18. So is this worth it? Absolutely. The nail polish makes this box worth it, and the shampoo/conditioner are awesome finds that will come in handy in the future when I need more shampoo/conditioner. I very much recommend Petit Vour for anyone looking to try more vegan and natural beauty products.

Have you tried Petit Vour or any of these brands before? Leave a comment!

Disclosure: A sample box was provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.

Summer Essential: Fun Nails!

Now that we are in the thick of summer, it’s time to reconvene on summer essentials. I have a few products to share – and today it is all about nails! I haven’t done a nail polish review in awhile, which I really need to get back to. I love painting my nails!

I mentioned TRIND back in April to show off some fun Easter nails. Well, now I have a fun summer nail look to share!

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The left two colors: Miss O’Hara and Surf’s Up are so fun and bright. They are perfect for a day by the pool or beach. Since they are part of the Beauty and the Beach collection, they are well named ;o)

Miss O’Hara is a bright medium pink, with a cream finish.

Surf’s Up is a bright metallic blue that takes on a blue-green silver when the light hits it right.

But of course, the best way to see them is on nails!

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The picture shows the pink slightly darker than it is in real life. The pink is a beautiful pink color that would work well on fingers or toes. It’s really versatile.

It has a really smooth application, and two coats was perfect. Just be sure not to apply it too thick. It is naturally very opaque so you only need a thin layer.

 

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Surf’s Up is a fun bright blue that has a metallic finish. When the light hits it right, it almost looks like a blue-green silver. It’s not really sparkly per se, but it does have some iridescence to it. It makes for a fun nail, but it’s a bit too bright for me to wear on my nails on work days at the office. It would be fun for the weekend though or on toes to match the water ;o)

The consistency is thinner than Miss O’Hara. With all metallic nail polishes, it can look streaky but as long as you apply it in even strokes, it looks fine.

I’m very impressed with the wear of both of these, both lasted several days with no chips (I used Butter London top and bottom polish).

Just as with the other spring colors I reviewed, I really love these and look forward to trying other TRIND colors in the future!

What nail polish colors have you been wearing this summer?

 

Easter Nails with TRIND!

I have not done a mani post in way too long! Well, I’m happy to bring back my mani posts with a company I have recently been introduced to. TRIND Nails is a Dutch company that makes not just nail polish, but lots of nail products meant to strengthen and nourish nails. I am fortunate that my nails are naturally pretty strong, but I’m always open to trying pretty nail colors!

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Beauty and the Beach is their latest line of colors. It includes 4 pastels that are perfect for Easter and spring (what I’m reviewing today) and two vibrant colors that are perfect for the beach (I’ll be reviewing those soon).

The colors from left to right above are: Miss O’Hara, Surf’s Up, Mellow Yellow, Appletini and Mint Julep.

Now for nail swatches!

For Easter, I love mixing pastel colors. When I think of Easter, I think of colorful colored eggs – so why not recreate it with my nails?

On one hand I mixed Mint Julep and Burst My Bubble.

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Mint Julep is is a soft, pastel blue. The picture above is in direct sunlight. Inside, it’s a bit darker but still light overall. It’s a slightly thinner formula but two coats makes the color totally opaque.

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Burst My Bubble is a bubblegum pink. This is a great pink because it’s not too light (which can wash out my hands/nails) but isn’t too dark or too bright. It’s a fun pink that is great for spring, but could really be worn any time of year. It’s a thicker formula than Mint Julep, and sometimes feels a bit gloopy but it levels out really well for a smooth nail.

On my other hand, I used Mellow Yellow and Appletini.

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Mellow Yellow is a super fun yellow. I never thought I would be a big fan of yellow nails but I love this color! It is relatively mellow for a yellow color, it’s not super bright (although any yellow is going to be a little bright by nature). Like Burst My Bubble, it goes on a little thick but is pretty good about smoothing itself out. Only one nail required three coats for full opaqueness.
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Appletini is a softer green that is slightly more yellow-toned than in the bottle. It would be a great color for spring, summer or St. Patrick’s Day – it’s a great overall light green. The consistency is thinner, like Mint Julep. Also like Mint Julep, it only needed two coats to be opaque.

I have also worn Burst My Bubble and Mint Julep on their own and am totally impressed with the wear. I wore a base and top coat (I used Butter London for both), and these still lasted 5 days with no chips whatsoever, just some minor wear along the edges of my nails. I usually only get about 3 days until the chips start, so to make it 5 days is pretty awesome for me!

Ingredients for all Caring Colors: ETHYL ACETATE, BUTYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL, GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL  ALCOHOL, STEARAKONIUM HECTORITE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONOL, MERCAPTOPROPIONIC ACID, DIMETHYL OXOBENZO DIOXASILANE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, ALUMINIUM HYDROXIDE, AQUA, PHOSPHORIC ACID, SILICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, BARIUM SULFATE, MICA, RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 7 (CI 15850), RED 34 (CI 15880), YELLOW 5 (CI 19140), BLUE 1 (CI 42090), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BLACK 2 (CI 77266), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), TIN OXIDE (CI 7786)

The ingredients are pretty standard for a nail polish. While they don’t market themselves as 3-Free, they are :o) The colors are free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde – yay!

Overall, I’m super impressed with TRIND Caring Colors. They have tons of pigment, the polish smooths itself out to an even finish, and best of all – they last for days with no chips!  I’m really looking forward to trying more of their colors. AND, I’ll be reviewing the other two colors soon! In the meantime, my nails are ready for Easter!

Disclosure: Samples were provided to me. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.

Glitz & Glam ~ Zoya Arabella Pixiedust

I haven’t done a nail polish review in quite some time! Don’t you worry – I have been painting my nails, but for whatever reason I just haven’t done a review. Well, I LOVE this polish, and I had to do a review.

The PixieDust collection is relatively new. It launched about a year ago. It’s a textured polish that is described as a matte yet sparkling, and that fits the description perfectly. You don’t wear a bottom or top coat, so it doesn’t have that shiny gloss to it. But the texture is SO sparkly. I can’t stop admiring my nails – which is why I had to write a review.

I received two colors for my birthday: Sunshine and Arabella. Sunshine is a beautiful blue (I’ll review that soon) and Arabella is described as a rich fuchsia pink in a matte, textured, sparkling finish. While in sunlight it is a fuschia or magenta, in lower lighting it is a medium purple. Here are two picture, one in sunlight and one in the shade so you can best see how the color varies.

 

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These are both taken outside, and inside the color is even a bit darker. I really can’t get over how beautiful this color is.

It applied beautifully. It wasn’t too thin or too thick, so was very easy to apply and not make a mess. In fact, I didn’t have to clean up at all.

I used two coats, and that made it complete opaque. I probably could have gotten away with one but Zoya recommends you do thin coats, so I did two thin coats to be safe.

I was hoping it would have super strength and last weeks but it lasted about as long as a traditional nail polish. After two days I noticed some wear along the edges and by day four I had chips.

Removing it was actually easier than I thought it would be. It was about as easy as a glittery nail polish. So a little more effort than a cream polish, but not much (thankfully).

So while this is my first PixieDust nail polish review, I know it won’t be the last! The combined effect of being both matte and glittery is like having a nail full of glittery gems. I love it!

Easter Nails with Zoya!

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I love spring! I love blooming flowers, I love the beautiful weather, and of course – I love spring colors! For Easter this year, I thought it would be fun to use what spring-y colors I have to make a vibrant array of color on my nails.

The colors I used (and their official color description):

Zoya Pippa: Ultra-bright, sunny and cheerful medium lemon yellow creme.

Zoya Emme: Light bubblegum pink with delicate white gold/champagne colored shimmer.

Zoya Kristen: Gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue.

Zoya Malia: Light, dusty cool toned violet-lilac creme.

Zoya Wednesday: Faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish.

Two spring-y colors I also have that I didn’t use include Zoya Arizona (bright orange) and Zoya Kara (pinky coral).

Overall, these applied well. I did get a few bubbles in Emme, which was a bummer. I also knicked Pippa so had to paint over it, so it looks a bit gloopy and ended up getting bubbles too.

Pippa took three coats to be fully opaque, but the other 4 colors were totally opaque with one or two coats.

I’m loving my spring-themed nails for Easter!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Nails with Zoya!

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Kiss me – I’m Irish! Ok, maybe I’m not Irish. I’m Finnish-German-Native American-a bit more German-English….I think. Anyhoo, I can still have fun for St. Patrick’s Day! Jen and I made an awesome video for how to do an ombre nail with St. Patrick’s Day colors but unfortunately the video was out of focus :o( Of course I realized that AFTER the fact. But that’s ok! I still have a fun St. Patrick’s Day nail for you!

For this nail, you will need:

-Clear Coat Topcoat and Basecoat – I like Zoya’s Anchor and Armor
-Zoya Suvi
-Zoya Apple
-Gold Glitter (I bought mine from Michael’s)

Steps to achieve the fabulous St. Patrick’s Day nail:

1. Apply basecoat to all nails

2. Apply one coat of Zoya Suvi to all nails

3. Apply one coat of Zoya Apple to all nails [Read more...]

Well Beauty Blog’s 2012 Top Picks!

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I’m so excited to have my first Well Beauty Blog’s Top Picks award! I have officially had the blog for over a year, with over 50 reviews this year. I can’t believe it. So anyhoooo, here are my top picks for 2012. There really isn’t any certain criteria for being a top pick, it is truly just my favorite products I’ve reviewed so far. These are products I find myself reaching for every day (or very often at least). These would make great gifts or stocking stuffers for the holidays, or even gifts for yourself ;o) And I even have a little badge of honor!

In no particular order…

Jane Iredale – PureLash Extender & Conditioner

This is one of those products I reach for every day. It can be worn under any mascara and makes my lashes look thick and helps mascara stay on longer – I love it!

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Ilia Beauty – Tinted Lip Conditioners

Oh Ilia, of course you are on my top picks! I love everything I try from Ilia. All of the colors of the tinted lip conditioners are gorgeous and the the formula is really moisturizing. My favorite is Bang Bang, it’s the perfect soft red for any occasion.

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Marie Natie – Lip Glosses

These lip glosses are the best! Super moisturizing, super glossy and great ingredients. I really love these.

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Kure Bazaar – September

I have only tried two colors from Kure Bazaar, but I am hooked. September is such a pretty, bright jam color. I love the formula too, it spreads well and lasts long and is made from natural ingredients! This is my favorite nail polish, hands down.KureBazaar_September

 

Surface Hair Care – Trinity Protein Cream

This is another product I reach for every day. Whether I air dry it curly or straighten it, this helps my hair be moisturized, healthy and frizz-free.

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Patyka – Precious Woods Body Oil

Patyka is another favorite that seems to do no wrong. This body oil is amazing. It’s moisturizing, smells great (they seriously need to make a perfume in this scent) and isn’t greasy.

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Soapwalla – Deodorant

A deodorant on a top pick list? Heck yes! I have actually given this out as Christmas gifts, it’s that good. If you haven’t tried a natural deodorant that you like yet, check this out.

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Alima – Eyeshadow

I love Alima. I think my favorite are the eye shadows (but I do love their blushes and foundations and most everything else), I can never have enough! The ingredients are so clean, the colors beautiful and they apply so well. I’m a big fan of their seasonal sets, and have quite a few individual eye shadows too (I swear I’ll get around to reviewing them one of these days).Alima_StormyWeather

Beautiful Nails for My Favorite Month ~ Kure Bazaar September

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When I heard that Spirit Beauty Lounge was carrying a new polish, of course I had to try it. Kure Bazaar‘s formula is up to 85% of natural origin based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn – I’m impressed. It is free of: toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and synthetic camphor.

I’m also impressed with the color collection, I wanted to buy them all! But September and Hipster were the two that jumped out at me, and I’m reviewing September today. It’s my birthday month, so naturally is an awesome month.

September is described as: An Autumn berry jam.

Overall, that is pretty accurate. This color is interesting. Inside, it does look like a berry jam. It’s a purply magenta. Outside though, this color REALLY pops and becomes a bright fuscia. I have received quite a few compliments while wearing it! Everyone exclaims “what a beautiful color!” It’s true.

What has really impressed me though is the application. This applied amazingly well. It has a thicker formula but isn’t gloopy at all. Once on the nail, it evens itself out really well, so no streaking at all. It was completely opaque with one coat but applied two, to help prolong wear. It was also very glossy, even without a topcoat. I applied one though just to help preserve the color.

So not only does it apply well, and have a beautiful color – it wears great! I applied two days ago and in the meantime I have: taken two showers, washed my two pugs, cleaned the house (including who knows how many dishes), and did a bunch of yard work. Needless to say, I’ve really punished my nails. Guess what? No chips!  I do have some wear at the ends, which – given all the stuff I’ve done with my hands this weekend – is acceptable to me.

Now, for pictures!

Here is a picture inside, the day I painted my nails:

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And outside, two days later:

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You can see the little bit of wear at the end of the nails on the outside pictures. But it’s barely noticeable – and no chips!

So looking at these two pictures, they really do look like two different polishes – but I swear it’s the same. This color just pops when the sun hits it, but is a beautiful purple inside.

Overall, I’m in love…..with a nail polish. I can’t wait to try Hipster – will be sure to post a review when I do! This is a great color with a great formula. Can’t ask for more! And I kinda want to buy every other color in the collection…

Ingredients: butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, isosorbide dicaprylate, adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer, alcohol, stearalkonium bentonite, styrene /acrylates copolymer, silica, diacetone alcohol, benzophenone-1, trimethylpentanediyl dibenzoate, phosphoric acid, alumina.

Battle of the Red Nail Polishes

I may have mentioned this before once or twice, but I’m a sucker for red nail polishes (and red lipsticks). I was in the mood for red nails, and as I dug through my nail polish stash (far larger than it probably should be!) I was surprised I only had 3 red cream-finish nail polishes.

I couldn’t make up my mind so decided to do a color test! My three cream red nail polishes (and their official descriptions):

  • Zoya Dakota: Deep, dramatic saturated blood red creme with a very subtle hint of brown.
  • Zoya Asia: A bold and crisp medium lacquer-red shade in a glossy creme finish. A classic true red polish.
  • Butter London Saucy Jack: A dark, blood red lacquer.

I agree completely with the two Zoya descriptions. I wouldn’t call Saucy Jack a dark blood red though, it is almost identical to Asia and is really a true bright red. Let’s look at the picture!

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The above picture is outside in full sunlight and below is inside, with two coats of nail polish. I think the below picture is a little more accurate for Zoya Dakota and above picture is more accurate for Zoya Asia and Saucy Jack.

Dakota is a dark red, very much like real blood. The description says a hint of brown but I see a hint of dark purple in person, although it does seem to show a little brown in pictures. Let’s say hint of brownish-purple to call it even :o)

Asia and Saucy Jack are both bright reds and from arm’s length they look identical. Up close though you can see that Asia is a little more of a warm tomato red while Saucy Jack is more of a cool apple red. It really is splitting hairs though.

Saucy Jack and Dakota apply a little sheer. The first coat of each looked a little streaky, but a second coat fixed it for the most part. They could probably even take a third coat to make a truly consistently red without variations in color. I found Asia to not have this issue though. It was pretty opaque with the first coat and a second coat made it perfect.

Outside, you can see that Saucy Jack is a little more sheer than Asia, you can see through the whites of the nail. I found that only happened outside in the sunlight though. Inside it looks completely opaque.

The application of these are all great. I’m huge fans of both brands. They apply well, have great brushes and dry fast!

Taking them off though was a pain for all three. They all kind of stained my fingers/cuticles red. Nothing some extra swipes of nail polish remover and some water soaking couldn’t take care of – but I did want to mention it.

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Overall – all three colors are gorgeous. It’s hard to go wrong with red nail polish!

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