Nail polish preferences

What type of finishes do you prefer when it comes to nail polish?

  • I prefer creme finish above all!
  • I like jelly finishes but they can be a bitch in application as some need as many as 4 coats!
  • I think I have more glass flecked polishes than I do shimmer.  I’m very picky when it comes to shimmers!
  • My all time favorite flakie polish is Sally Hansens “Hidden Treasures” which I have 2 bottles of!
  • If I could get my hands on the China Glaze OMG collection, I’d be in holographic heaven!  Love holos!

Are you a fan of glitter?

  • I used to hate glitter polish until my own mother started wearing a dupe to OPI’s “Teenage Dream” last year! When I saw how beautiful it was on her hands, I had to try it.   Now, I love glitter!
  • I’m a little picky about glitter in that I don’t like big chunky glitter.  For me, the smaller and finer, the better.  I also like glitter to be just one overall color though I can make exceptions when it comes to OPI’s Burlesque collection.

What is your preference?  Long or short nails?

  • I keep my nails super short!  That started when I started taking massage therapy classes years ago.  We were required to cut our nails as short as possible.  After that, it just stuck with me.  Another reason I still keep them short is that I hated it when my long nails would get stuck in between the keys on my keyboard.  I don’t like typing with nails, I prefer typing with my fingertips!

What nail shape do you prefer?

  • For me, round is my favorite.  I abhor square tips.  Worse, I abhor square tipped french manicures.  Sorry, but those be pornstar nails to me and look fake and tacky!

List the brands you use and how you feel about them?

China Glaze

For consistantly putting out the best colors at a very reasonable price!!!  Can’t beat Sally’s Beauty club member price of $4.99!

OPI

I don’t buy a lot of OPI as it does tend to be pricey at over $8.  I usually only get it if it’s a color that I just can’t ignore or haven’t seen anywhere else.

Orly

I have yet to use an Orly polish that doesn’t chip on me after 3 days!  I love “Space Cadet” and some of the other ones I have but dammit, stop chipping!

Sally Hansen

I want to love this brand,…more but only if it would bring back the Nail prisms or magical lines!  Otherwise, it’s decent but the color selection sometimes tends to be a bit boring for me.

Pure Ice

I love this brand!  I hate that I can only find it at Walmart AND at only one Walmart in my area now!  On top of that, it doesn’t get restocked often.  But for $2/bottle, the color selection is wonderful!  Both my mom and me love this brand.

I never have any problems with the application of this brand!

The Icing

The perpetual Buy One Get 2nd 50% off sale of cosmetics at this store is hard to pass up!  They have awesome glitters which I love in colors I don’t always see till a few months later in the drugstores (like the Sinful Colors line).

Sinful Colors

I have a love/hate relationship with this brand.  Sometimes, the polish will turn out beautifully and other times, it’s utter crap on nails.  For $1.99, you definitely get what you paid for.

Nina Pro

I only have 2 polishes from this brand and one of them was a green jelly that stained my nails.  Not good but hoping the other polish will be better.  Wow, I did not know this brand was made by Color Club!

Wet ‘n Wild

The Wild Shine Black polish is the most amazing one coat black polish I’ve tried!  Loooove it! 99 cents!

Some of the other polishes stained my nails so it’s kind of a give or take with this brand.

Revlon

Another Love/Hate relationship with this brand!!  I bought Perplex for $1 at Big Lots and was so eager to use it!  When I did, damn thing kept chipping after 2 days!  I also had the same problem with other Revlon polishes!

Only other polishes I don’t have a problem with are the Sweetly Seductive fizz ones.  I use those for layering since they are glass flecked.

Essence

So far, no problems with this cheap brand!!  99 cents to $1.99 for polishes and most in a creme finish!  I’m wearing Essence Fairytale in “Once upon a time” on my nails as I type this!

Color Club

Cremes from this brand are awesome!  I have the Alter Ego collection I bought a long time ago from Ross for $7.99.  I just love it!

Cosmetic Arts

It’s owned by Color Club and a whole lot cheaper individually if you’re lucky to catch them at Ross!  $1.99/bottle and usually in creme finishes.  I have 4 of them.  I heard they are dupes to the American Apparel polishes.  We have an AA store in Memphis but it’s downtown and I don’t want to drive there and spend over $7 on a polish.

Overall, the polishes are ok but don’t last very long.  Chipped after 3 days.

Forever 21 “Love & Beauty” line

Amazing quality for such a cheap brand at $2.80 each!  I know that it’s really LA Girls that makes the polishes but I can’t purchase LA Girls anywhere else.  Love the cremes from this brand too!

Essie

I have a few from this line.  So far, they are ok but I’d like to try more!

NYX Girls

NYX doesn’t make this brand anymore so you can find it in independent beauty supply stores or on Cherry Culture and other websites.

I find it for $1 at the local beauty stores.  So far, I’ve bought just a couple of cremes and they are pretty nice!

Maybelline

OMG, the WORST drugstore polish in my opinion!  Every damn Maybelline polish I have ever used has a fucked up brush!  Worse, the polish chips after a day! NEVER AGAIN, MAYBELLINE!

There are a couple other brands I have used but I only have 1 polish from them so no point in posting about them.  Overall, I always try to keep under $5 when it comes to polishes because of my limited budget (jobless right now!).  I tend to share polishes with my mom as she’s gotten into them so it works out.

I really don’t feel the need nor see the need to buy high end polishes (even if I did have the money) because all polishes will chip or wear down eventually!  For me, it’s totally ridiculous to spend $20+ on a polish!  All polishes have the same ingredients, basically!

So, that’s my blurb on nail polishes!

Hauling on end of the year clearance sales

Last week, armed with gift cards I received during Christmas, I set out to a couple of stores in search of nail polish. End of the year clearance sales are the best time to score on a ton of beauty products, if you’re lucky enough to get to the store when they still have them in stock.

Here is the nail polish haul I managed to buy all in one day:

Nail polish I got on clearance!

I’ll break down each one now and list the price I got it for! At a local beauty supply storeI check regularly, I spotted a stash of China Glaze polishes on sale. Originally priced at $4.99, they were marked down to $2.98 each. The only one that caught my eye was this polish:

China Glaze "Fairy Dust"

China Glaze "Fairy Dust"

The bottom sticker was missing so I had no idea what the name of the polish was until I got home to look it up. Turns out, it’s “Fairy Dust”. I’m giving this to my mom as she has this thing for glitter polish. When it comes to nail polishes, my mom has the taste of an 11yr old tweener! LOL!

NYX Girls nail polish in NGP 130

NYX Girls nail polish in NGP 130

All the NYX Girls polishes were just $1 so I looked over them carefully. This black polish caught my eye as it had subtle golden flecks in it. I thought this would be nice instead of wearing the WnW black creme or CND black jelly polishes I have.

Total purchase from local beauty store = $4.35

Next was Ulta! I was determined to find some amazing deals there as I had the coupon of $3.50 off of a $10 purchase! When I entered the store, the clearances were set up at the entrance. I immediately spotted this gem!

Barielle "Elle's Spell" Barielle "Elle's Spell" Barielle "Elle's Spell"

Yup, the infamous Elle’s Spell by Barielle! Funny thing was a when it came out, it was sold out at my Ulta. I was curious to see it in person but never got a chance to. Now it’s on clearance? They must have gotten a late shipment which no one either wanted or saw then and that’s how it ended up on clearance. While I already have the Sally Hansen Hidden Treasures flakie polish (I have 2!), this will be nice to use when I don’t feel like layering!

Barielle "Jess' Champagne Toast" Barielle "Jess' Champagne Toast" Barielle "Jess' Champagne Toast"

I spotted this in the same bin with Elle’s Spell. It was the last one left. Under the store lights, it looked amazing! I had never used any Barielle polishes before so I thought this would be a good time to try them. As I type, I’m wearing Jess’ Champagne Toast on my nails. The pink glitter in the polish is a little rough but it’s all smooth out once I applied Seche Vite.

Orly "Enchanted Forest"

Orly "Enchanted Forest"

When I picked up this bottle of Enchanted Forest by Orly, I did a double take on the price! 99 cents???? I immediately asked a sales person to double check this for me at the register. Sure enough, it was really 99 cents and even she was envious! Green is my favorite color so I had to have this!

Orly "Meet me under the Mistletoe"

Orly "Meet me under the Mistletoe"

Even better than a creme green is a glass flecked green polish! This is “Meet me by the mistletoe” by Orly! I’m gonna try this after my current manicure starts to chip.

I did see some of the OPI glitter polishes and was tempted to get them as they were just $4.99 but I wanted to stay under my $10 budget. I went to the counter to pay.

Total = $9.96
Minus = -$3.50 coupon
New total = $7.06 after taxes

I used my gift card to pay for these. I was surprised they went ahead and let me used the coupon even though I didn’t reach $10 or more.

I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply as my Sally’s Beauty Club membership was going to expire at the end of the year. Right next to the entrance, they had all the clearance items set up on a table. There were a bunch of polishes and to my surprise, the China Glaze polishes from this past Halloween collection.

China Glze "Zombie Zest" China Glze "Zombie Zest" China Glze "Zombie Zest"

China Glaze’s “Zombie Zest” was the only one out of the collection that caught my interest so I grabbed it.

Orly 3-pack treatments from Sally's

This trio pack by Orly also looked good! I thought this was great for travel when I wanted to redo my nails. The bottles are small enough to pass TSA regulations in my carry on luggage.

When I went to the counter to be rung up, it turned out that the clearance sale was,…take an ADDITIONAL 50% OFF the lowest red tag price! Holy crap! That meant my polish was just $1 and the trio set was $2!

Total paid: $3.28

Not bad for a 7 polishes! It’s not that often I can splurge on beauty-related stuff these days so being able to buy these polishes was a treat! Definitely going to have fun using them in the weeks to come!