Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NYC New York Color City Samba collection review

*Press Sample

Hey there Peeps! I'm still sick, hence the absence. It's much harder, in my opinion, to deal with being sick while you're a parent. Namely a mom. I would love to just "sleep it off" but my kids just won't let me XP. I've been dealing with an awful sore throat for almost a week now but thank goodness I've finally bit the bullet and am going to the doctors today. Both of my kids are also battling some kind of crud too. Had to take the youngest to his pediatrician's yesterday to find out he has an Upper Respiratory Infection and by the end of the week he should be fine. FINGERS CROSSED!!

So I needed something bright and cheerful to look at and I remembered I've been meaning to post swatches of part of the City Samba Collection. "Part" meaning minus two, LOL. When I was sent the whole collection, I was missing Ocean Blue and Carnival Red. Now these swatches are from the vault so there won't be individual bottle shots today.


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First up we have Sweet Melon, a cantaloupe toned creme with peach undertones and a hint of frosty shimmer.

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Sweet Melon, 2 coats 

Formula on this was a breeze to work with. I applied 2 coats and finished off with Ellagee Glass top coat. Since all of these are Quick Dry, I highly recommend you work quickly with your application. If you wait too long you'll get dragging since they really do dry quickly! I really want to love this shade but I just don't feel it looks well with my skin tone. It's so pretty though! The frosty shimmer seemed to disappear upon application though but you can see it in the bottle.

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Sweet Melon, 2 coats

Tropicoral is the token coral creme of the group. Just about every collection this summer has came out with a coral of some sort and I'm certainly not complaining.

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Tropicoral, 2 coats

Tropicoral has a heavenly formula. I only needed 2 coats for it to be opaque. Applied Glass to finish it off and I was done! I guess someone practical might say that this is your run of the mill coral but come on now, who doesn't need another coral? I certainly do!

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Tropicoral, 2 coats

Jacaranda Flower is an amethyst purple creme that applies more like a crelly. 

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 Jacaranda Flower, 3 coats

It's not as opaque as the others and I needed 3 coats for this one. I really do love this shade of purple though. It has some blue undertones and I don't think I have a shade quite like it!

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Jacaranda Flower, 3 coats

Copabanana is your run-of-the-mill banana yellow creme but with frosted shimmer flair. It's not a super unique shade but very pretty!!

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Copabanana, 2 coats

I applied 3 coats followed by Glass. Easy to apply but like the others, you need to work quickly with brushstrokes so you don't get any dragging. I tried to get pics of the shimmer but the polish is almost so bright it hid it.

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Copabanana, 3 coats

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Amazon Green is the oddball polish of the group. Although VERY pretty, it just seems out of place with this collection. It's a frosty aquamarine green that looks like it could go more with a spring collection than with a collection based off of Brazil :-P

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 Amazon Green, 2 coats

Since this is a frosty polish, you need to have a light and steady hand when applying this since brushstrokes are easily visible. It was pretty opaque with 2 coats though! I'm not a fan of frosty polishes so this isn't a favorite but I will use it with glitter toppers and with nail art since I don't really own a shade like it!

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Amazon Green, 2 coats

Palm on the Beach is a light viridian green creme. 

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 Palm on the Beach, 2 coats

A very pretty green this had the same excellent formula as all of the others, I used 2 coats and was done! This would be a great polish for any season, especially Christmas. I can see myself using this in lots of nail art this winter!!

Palm on the Beach, 2 coats


So what did you think of the City Samba Collection? If you can remember, I used these in my Rainbow Gradient Skittles nail art, just an example of a look you can do with these. I'm not sure if these are still available since they were LE but summer isn't over yet so you might be able to find them at your local drugstore where other NYC shades are and they retail for $1.99 a bottle.

*Products reviewed in this post provided for my honest review. Please see full disclosure for more details.


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Friday, August 22, 2014

NOTD with China Glaze Five Rules and Boundary of Memory from The Giver Collection

*Purchased myself

Hey Polish Peeps!! This is going to be a fairly quick post since I'm not feeling well but I just wanted to share my NOTD with you all!!! 

The other night when hubby and I went out I stopped at a local Sally's and picked up some shades from the new China Glaze The Giver Collection. All of the shades are gorgeous so I will probably be back to pick up the rest of the collection since they all scream fall and winter to me. Subtle and classy without being too boring. I love this collection!!

Today I'm wearing Five Rules with an accent of Boundary of Memory

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Five Rules is what I would call "greige" a bit of grey and a bit of beige that pushes the boundary of being a putty shade? Very complex and I don't think I own a shade like it and I like that!! I HAD to pick up Boundary of Memory, a gorgeous black, gold, and silver micro glitter that is pretty dense enough to be worn without undies. I did 3 coats of each and the formula for both were extremely easy to work with!

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The nice thing about Boundary of Memory is that I think it looks great paired with any of the shades in this collection. Now I'm off to jot down the rest of this collection that I need while enjoying some hot tea. This girl's throat is RAW.


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