Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wheel R9: China Glaze Glitters

Nail Wheel Wednesday took last week off because I didn't have any wheels I hadn't posted yet. Fortunately, I had some time in my studio earlier this week and took care of that. I have plenty of polish that's not on wheels yet, it's just not organized quite well enough for me to be able to just grab twenty bottles and sit down and paint. I'm working on that. I did have sufficient glitters from China Glaze gathered to make a wheel, so I did.

(all except 19 & 20 have top coat in addition to glitter coats noted below)

1. China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter (3 coats)
2. China Glaze Bells Will Be Blinging (3)
3. China Glaze Can You Sea Me (3)
4. China Glaze Feeling Twinkly (3)
5. China Glaze Star Hopping (3)
6. China Glaze Meet Me Under the Stars (3)
7. China Glaze Be Merry Be Bright (2)
8. China Glaze Pick Me Up Purple (3)
9. China Glaze Your Present Required (2)
10. China Glaze Dancing & Prancing (2) [feel like at least some of the glitter in here has lost color since it was new]
11. China Glaze Counting Carats (2)
12. China Glaze De-light (2)
13. China Glaze Rest in Pieces (2)
14. China Glaze Loco-motive (3)
15. China Glaze Boundary of Memory (2)
16. China Glaze Bat My Eyes (2)
17. China Glaze Getting to Gnaw You (2)
18. China Glaze Don't Let the Dead Bite (2)
19. China Glaze I Love Your Guts (1)
20. China Glaze But of Corpse (1)

Bottles 1 through 5:

6 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20:

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nails of the Day Roundup

Today I have a whirlwhind tour through the various strips and fakes that have adorned my hands in somewhat recent weeks.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Pitter Pattern is a nice graphic black and white design. I was a bit bothered by the way the bold square motif wasn't centered on each strip, but then realized that just made it look more like what I'd end up with if I stamped a similar design so who am I to judge.

I tried the Incoco Coconut Nail Art strips for the first time. These have fewer strips than the regular Incoco sets available from their website, so I didn't try to save half for another mani. The box contains a small orangewood stick and a small emery board along with the strips. English directions are on the back of the box; Spanish were on a printed insert.

The Hello Darling design has floral outlines in lilac or pink on a silver background. For some reason, I didn't manage to get a half decent photo of these on my nails until three days after I put them on.

I used regular Incoco strips after that, choosing the deep pink glitter of Razzle Dazzle. Sure, I could have achieved this same look pretty easily with glitter polish, but strips are so much more convenient. I am still trying to work out how it is that I'm so busy now that I'm no longer working full time.

I had some splits and peels so I had to go with shorties for a while. I covered them with imPress press-on nails in a neutral tan (if this shade has a name I sure didn't see it on the box). These fakes weren't fooling anyone but they did protect my natural nails underneath from being banged into things.

I followed those fakes with more fakes. I didn't even write down or snap a photo of what brand/style these were. They're some chunky pink and whites I got on clearance. Not my usual style but they did keep my nails protected while peelie recovery was underway.

After two weeks of covering my nails with fakes, I finally had a peelie-free free edge with just enough length that I could file off the excess from strips without sanding my fingertips, so I put on Sally Hansen Salon Insta Gel Strips (which near as I can tell are the same as Salon Effects but come with a gel topcoat) in Pink Pong and topped them with Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish in Purple Prisms.

The manicure after this, I used real polish and documented it in my lightbox, so I'll save that for a future post.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Displays from a Few Summer Days in Canada

Today I'm finally wrapping up with the displays I saw on my early summer travels; these are the ones from Canada that I saw when I was there for IEC (and later for lunch and shopping in Windsor, which the border agent I encountered crossing back into the US seemed to find suspicious—travel to Canada twice in less than a week? what kind of American was I? Sigh.)

The first store I stopped at when I crossed the border was Rexall. There I saw a display for Cutex, specifically New Cutex Expert Care Manicure Solutions. Because I am old, I remember Cutex from back in the day, when it was a cheap drugstore brand that I bought with babysitting money. These new polishes are not cheap: 9.99 Canadian. The display I saw had slots for nine colors, eight of which were occupied when I got there. Front row: Walking on a Clound, Two Dozen Roses, Flower Pout, Pop the Prosecco. Back row: Lipstick Jungle, Passion Ignites, Fiery Temper. Much as I like to collect new brands and bottles, I skipped all of these on account of boringness. I have seen pictures of more interesting shades in this line, but I did not run across them on my trip. The rest of the display was filled with nail treatments, top coat, lotion, and remover.

I'm always happy to see an Essence display, even if all the polish is core shades, like in this Next Stop Summer shelf top I spotted at the Shoppers Drug Mart next door to the Rexall. Polish colors here: Sweet As Candy, Play With My Mint, Jeans On, #Lucky.

The GOSH display at Shoppers made me sad; three whole sections of makeup with one tiny tiny section for nail stuff, and not even any fun colors.

I haven't seen any new polish from L'Oreal in the US since last summer, so was extra happy to see the Le Vernis à L'Huile, which is oil polish (similar to the Sally Hansen Color Therapy, I'm thinking) in bottles that have a sort of quilted/segmented design, which is very attractive to my eyes. Wish we had these in the States, for sure. I first saw them in a shelf top display at a Shoppers. Shades here: L'Or, Café de Nuit, Moka Chic, Greige Amoureux, Gris Décadent, Vert Absynthe, Cobalt Indécent, Bleu Royal, Violet De Nuit. There were also Colour Riche Press-On Nails in the Moon About You design here; I thought at first they'd been just set there randomly, but there were slots in the display for those boxes, so apparently they belonged.

I'd mentioned seeing these to mrsrexy when we met up at IEC and she said there were more colors; sure enough when we popped into a Shoppers near the IEC venue, there they were in the nail polish aisle, tucked in among all the other brands. Top row: Crystal, Blanc de Lune, Nude Demoiselle, Dimanche Après-Midi, Jardin de Roses, Rose Ballet, Nymphea, Fuchsia Palace, Violet Vendôme. Second row: Coral Trianon, Chérie Macaron, Orange Triomphe, Rouge Sauvage, Carmin Parisien, Rubis Folies, Violet de Nuit, Grenat Irréverent, Noir Noir. Bottom row: Vert Epoque, Cobalt Indécent, Bleu Royal, Vert Absinthe, Gris Décadent, Greige Amoureux, Moka Chic, L'Or, Café de Nuit.

This Quo by Orly Color Amp'd display was mostly bare when I saw it, but I still thought it interesting to see the no-light gel was in this brand as well.

In the core aisle at Shoppers, I saw Quo by Orly Breathable polish, which seemed to be same shades we got in Orly Breathable in the States.

I was intrigued by the Revlon Spring Love by Maripier Morin display as it's been ages since I saw anything new from Revlon back home, but it turned out that these were not all new, and the ones I didn't recognize were not exciting. The caps did have pretty wraps on them, though. Colors here: Knockout, Valentine, Gray Suede, Urban, Eclectic.

I saw two Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure displays. First was for the Spring Collection 2017. Shades here: Stellar Style, Pink Pong (positions of these first two, World is My Oyster (marked new), What in Carnation, Dream Boat, Tropic Thunder. Display also had Dry and Go Drops.

The other was Beachside Bride, which had a different lineup than the ones in the States: Sweet Talker, Crush on Blue, Mauvin' on Up (marked new), Let's Snow, Gleam Supreme, Raisin the Bar. Also had Complete Care 7-in-1 treatment.

I've seen peel-off polish in the States before, and the Sensational brand, but not Sensational Peel Off polish, which again was a Shoppers find. Left to right: White Now, Wednesday We Wear Pink, The Okay Coral, Mermaid in the Shade, Lilac & Relax, Blue My Mind,

In a different Shoppers, I saw a different Sensationail Peel Off display; this one had more autumnal palette overall compared to the spring/summer look of the first one. Shades here: I Pink I'm in Love, Plum-p It Up, Winosaur (hah!), You Had Me at Merlot, Stop Metalling in My Business, Take Black the Night.

I was tempted by the Vitry Nail Repair Treatment at Rexall, as my nails too often look like the before photo, but I wasn't willing to part with $21 Canadian to take a chance that it would work better than all the other stuff I've tried.

I really I could make an effort to get up to Canada from Idaho; it's not that much farther than when I was in Michigan, but here there isn't a bustling place like Windsor on the other side, so pretty much I'd hit up the one Shoppers in town and be done with my nail polish hunting. Still, those L'Oreal L'Huile bottles are there, so maybe.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cross Country Summer Displays

Continuing with my display catchup started earlier this week, today I have the non-Look, non-SinfulColors ones I've seen in the U.S. since my April display post. My Canadian content will have to wait just a bit more.

I was surprised to see Butter London at Kohls; I think that's new. They didn't have a full display, just some boxed sets on a free standing shelf unit for the Butter London + Pantone Color of the Year collection. There was an eyeshadow palette, a lip gloss set, and a nail polish set (with tall skinny bottles).

Shades in the polish collection are Sheepskin, Moss, Rose Gold, and Fruit Dove. If you like the looks of these, get thee to a Kohls immediately, as I was in one over this most recent weekend and all of the BL+ Pantone sets were marked down.

There were also Butter London + The Knot wedding themed sets at Kohls.

The "A Perfect Pair" set has a lip gloss and a "fashion size" blue nail polish, The Knot:

The "Love Me, Knot" set has four "fashion size" polishes—White Wedding, Save the Date, Say Yes, and Flower Girl:

The "Best Day Ever" set has lip stick, lip gloss, mascara, nail polish remover pads, and one "fashion size" pink polish, Happily Ever After:

I've seen the Essie Summer 2017 collection at Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. Shades here: Sweet Souffle, Blue-La-La, Baguette Me Not, S'il Vous Play, Fondant of You, Eclair My Love. There's also Speed Set fast dry top coat in this display.

Back in April, a reader (hi, Kim!) commented on Facebook that she'd seen the Essie Wild Nudes in a three-sided display at a Walgreens. I ran across this variation in a Walgreens in Illinois. This one had Wild Nudes on one side, Summer 2017 S'il Vous Play on the second, and core blues and greens and top coat on the third.

At Sally Beauty, they had an offshoot of the Finger Paints line, the Bamboo Collection, which is "infused with bamboo extract". In front: Wood I Lie to You, Shoots and Ladders, Reed My Mind. In back: Blue Hue Bamboo, Shoots and Ladders, I Knew You Wood. Poking around on the Sally site, I see that there's also a glitter topper in this collection, Feeling Bamboozled, but I never saw it at any of the stores I visited.

Of course when I was in Michigan I made a beeline for Five Below, where I saw three new to me at least Funky Fingers: Pink Quartz, Mermaizing, and Moonstone.

There were also two shaped glitters in the unbranded square bottles that weren't there the last time I was in a Five Below: Always Be a Unicorn and Don't Worry Be Happy.

The summer offering from OPI is California Dreaming. I saw it first at Ulta. Top row: Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia, Time for a Napa, Santa Monica Beach Peach, Me Myselfie and I, Feeling Frisco, Sweet Carmel Sunday, Don't Take Yosemite for Granite. Bottom row: Base Coat and Top Coat, Excuse Me Big Sur, Malibu Pier Pressure, GPS I Love You, This is Not Whine Country, To the Mouse House We Go. So many pinks and reds and peaches; this could be colors for anywhere, really.

The Gel Shine line has all of the same colors. (I saw a smaller Gel Shine display at Sally Beauty. Same colors there, too.) The mini kit has This is Not Whine Country, Malibu Pier Pressure, Santa Monica Beach Peach, and Time for a Napa.

There were two trios of Orly Color Blast at Kohls that I hadn't seen before: Hollywood Hills (shades are Selfie Time, Happy Hour, and Dress Up) and L.A. Nightlife (Appearance is Everything, Filtered, Girls Night). The backs of these say the shades are new; not clear if they're also limited edition.

Walgreens had more new Orly Color Blast, these in a special display tied into Wonder Woman. There are nail stickers and four shades of polish: Lasso of Truth (why white? shouldn't this be gold?), Paradise Island, The Amazing Amazon, and Golden Tiara (guess they needed the gold for this name). I'm glad there's a Wonder Woman collection, but wish that instead of the cartoon version, they'd gone with the new movie version. Maybe they couldn't get that licensing agreement.

I braved the Walmart in the little town at the base of the mountain and was rewarded with finding the Pueen stamping kit. They also had liquid latex. I am not sure what was supposed to be on the empty peg in between them.

I shared a Sally Hansen Beachside Bride display in my last display post. After that, I came across a different Beachside Bride display with a different assortment of colors (though there is a lot of overlap). Front row: Peach of Cake, Make a Toast, Mauvin' on Up, You Glow Girl, Camelflage, In Full Blue-m. Back row: Luna Pearl (x2; one of these slots should be Meant Taupe Be), I Nude It Was You, Icing on the Cake.

There are new shades of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in the Cuba Craze display, which I saw first at Fred Meyer. Left side has the new colors: Tropic Relief, Bronze & Effect, Pink Jellyfish, Tangerine Sunrise. Right side has "best seller" core shades: Birthday Suit, Pink Tank, Get Mod, Top Coat. In the middle in the back is a color and top coat pack with Coral Carnival, which also says it's new.

I saw a smaller variation on this display at Rite Aid; this only has the new shades and top coat.

There are more new shades of Miracle Gel in the Travel-Proof Polish display. The corner version of this at Walgreens has room for 22 shades plus top coat; I'm not sure if all of these are new or not. Upper left: Shhhh-immer, Sheer Happiness, Terra-coppa, Adrenaline Crush. Lower left: Proper P-rose, Red-y Set Run, Bordeaux Glow, Cabernet with Bae. Upper middle (all these colors sold out of this display): Tawny Travels, Flushed Wanderer, Lilac Insomniac, Top Coat. Lower middle: Love Me Lilac, Beet Pray Love, Orchid-ing Aside, Top Coat. Upper right: Regal Rose, Smartease, Mauve-olous, In the Sheer. Lower right: Wild For Violet, Swim Upstream, Jealous Boyfriend, Leaf Me Be.

There's a smaller shelf top display of Travel-Proof Polish in some Walgreens. Top row: Shhhh-immer, Sheer Happiness, Adrenaline Crush, In the Sheer, Proper P-rose, Top Coat. Bottom row: Red-y Set Run, Love Me Lilac, Beet Pray Love, Orchid-ing Aside, Wild for Violet, Swim Upstream.

Not to be outdone by Essie's three-sided floor display, Sally Hansen has a four-sided Miracle Gel one at some Walgreens. The sides are: Radiant Reds, Daring Bolds, Flawless Nudes, and Playful Pinks. I didn't record what all shades are in here, as I'm pretty sure they're all core.

One Walgreens I was at had a sidekick with Color Therapy shades. This said "limited edition" on it, but I'm not sure if that applied to all the colors. Top row: Sweet Nothings, Indulgent Truffle, A Latte Love, Warm and Toasty, I Dream of Cream, Toffee Temptations, Top Coat. Second row: Well Well Well (x2), Steely Serene (x2), Blused Petal (x2), Top Coat. Third row: Powder Room, Re-Nude (x2), Sheer Nirvana (x2), Mauve Mantra (x2). Bottom row: Couple's Massage, Red-iance (x2), Good as Blue (x2), Teal Good (x2).

The most recent Sally Hansen I've seen is the Summer Sleek display with new shades of Complete Salon Manicure: A Perfect Tin, Talk is Chic, Stellar Style, and Rags to Riches.

I feel like Ulta hasn't had any new polishes in their store brand line in ages, so was happy to see four in the Festival Ready display, all metallics: Venus, Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury. I wasn't so excited that I bought any of these, though, since I'm pretty sure I have metallics in all these shades already (rose gold, blue, gold, and silver).

I was really hoping to see the Sally Hansen Insta Dri Crayola shades when I went to the big city last weekend, as I've heard reports they've shown up at Meijer in Michigan (thanks, Michigan Nail Gals!) and HEB in Texas (thanks, Lizzy!), so was hoping Fred Meyer would have them, but not yet, at least not the two stores I visited. This coming weekend, I hope.