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OPI DS Magic VS Orly Lunar Eclipse

1 Dec

Hey Guys! Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! I know I am! I’ve been super busy lately, as usual 🙂 I ordered a nail polish making kit on Etsy the other day so I’ve been doing that lately, and I LOVE IT!

Anyway, I was going through my nail polish collection and saw that these 2 polishes look almost exactly alike. I was a little disappointed because I don’t like “wasting” money so when I find 2 polishes that are so similar, that’s exactly how I feel. But, I figured that it would be a good thing to show you, considering one of these is considerably higher priced than the other.

I already did a review of OPI Designer Series Magic which you can find here. Orly Lunar Eclipse is from the Cosmic FX collection that released in Fall 2010. I actually bought this at Ulta and I think it may have been on sale.

opimagicvsorlyLEHeres OPI DS Magic next to Orly Lunar Eclipse

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First and Ring Finger: Orly Lunar Eclipse
 Middle and Pinky: OPI DS Magic

I spent probably 10 full minutes staring at my nails just to see if I could tell the difference and I honestly couldn’t. Orly LE has a lot more purple color shift in the bottle but it doesn’t really show up on the nail. These are definitely dupes.

Considering Orly retails for $8 and the OPI DS bottles retail at $12 (I think), I think Orly is the better choice. Also, Orly has .6 oz as opposed to OPI, with only .5. The only plus side about the OPI bottle is that it has a pretty brush handle, and I prefer the brush size.

Wet ‘N Wild Blazed Swatch

26 Sep

I have a whole rack of drugstore polishes that I almost never use. I was going through them the other day, looking to see which ones I wanted to keep, and which I should probably get rid of soon. This one really caught my eye.

I did the best I could to photograph this polish to make it look true to the color. This is Wet ‘N Wild’s Blazed. It’s super hard to describe because it’s the perfect mix of orange and pink, so I guess it’s considered coral. It’s a little more orange in real life. Even on the nail, it looks super pink until you put it next to a hot pink kind of color, then the orange in it really shows. It’s one of my favorite “Wild Shine” colors that I have, probably because it’s so unique.

Again, it looks pretty pink here but that is pretty true to the real life color in most lights. It’s a really pretty color, especially for being only a dollar or 2. It had sort of a jelly finish to it, which means it was pretty sheer. This is 3 thick coats and it’s still very see through. It’s hard to tell in this picture but in real life, you could see it clearly. Sheer polishes really bother me, but this one didn’t for some reason. Other than the sheerness, I love this color. It’s very fun but maybe not for fall.

China Glaze Harvest Moon Swatch

10 Sep

Hey guys! I’m glad I finally get to post something new! I’ve had lots of trouble with my camera lately so I haven’t had a chance to swatch some stuff, but, today I have a swatch of something I love!

That is China Glaze’s Harvest Moon from the Hunger Games that was released this Spring. My birthday’s in March so for my birthday I received this entire collection! They were actually the first China Glaze colors that I owned. I guess 12 isn’t a bad start 🙂

Harvest Moon is an orange copper foil color. If you know anything about the Hunger Games, then I shall inform you that this color is based off of District 9, the grain district. This color is so perfect for fall! And super shiny 🙂

I have only worn this color once before, and I can’t remember why, it’s so gorgeous! The only problem is the formula, it went on super nice, but then it took forever to dry. Even with my fast drying top coat, I kept denting it all night! Also, it was kinda hard to take off, just because it’s so shimmery and metallic. But it’s so worth it because this color is gorgeous 🙂

China Glaze Stella Swatch

22 Aug

Hey guys! I’m sooo sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been so busy trying to finish my AP summer homework and school started on Monday. Then, yesterday, I finally had time to post something. I wrote out this entire post and guess what? My computer crashed… Awesome. But! After I post this, I’m going to add another post that will be published tomorrow so be sure to check that out too! Anyway, onto the post!

Have you guys ever bought a polish just because you liked the name? I do that occasionally. This polish happens to be one of those. This is China Glaze’s Stella.

I decided a while ago that whenever I have a daughter, I will name her Stella Marie. Don’t ask me why, I think that name is just so… glamorous.

Stella is a dark violet color with purple and reddish shimmer. It’s like a dark fuchsia. It reminds me a lot of Zoya Yasmeen, but a lighter. It’s a lot more beautiful than I thought it would be.

Oh gosh, I love purples. This is such a gorgeous color. Actually, I say that about most of the colors i review, don’t I? Oh well, I guess it just love nail polish ^_^ It has a great formula, only took 2 coats in the above picture. The only problem I had with this one was the drying time. It took longer than most polishes, even with my insta-dri top coat! Oh and it’s an older polish so I doubt you’ll be able to find it in stores, so I would check the internet 🙂

Kiko Purple Holographic

17 Aug

Earlier this summer, I got the chance of a lifetime. I got to spend almost a month traveling all around Italy and Greece. It was basically the most amazing experience of a lifetime. But, while I was there, I made myself a goal that I would buy at least 1 nail polish in both Italy and Greece. In total, I ended up buying 7… I bought the first ones from a makeup shop called Kiko. It’s an Italy based cosmetics company, but this certain product was made in France. There is 1 interesting thing about foreign nail polish: they don’t have names. You know how OPI or China Glaze always names each polish with a cute pun or something? Not the case with these polishes.

This is my favorite of the 7 I bought. It’s number 255 or, as the website states, Violet Microglitter. It’s a dark purple with really beautiful holographic microglitter.

Here’s a blurry shot to show off the beautiful holo effect in the polish.

This shade of purple is one of my favorites, I love purple. The holo effect in this isn’t as apparent on the nail as it is in the bottle. It’s still gorgeous though! If you ever get the chance to visit a Kiko store, I advise you to pick this up, it was super cheap! 🙂

Milani Gems Swatch

16 Aug

Last month, I went to Ocean City, Maryland for my family’s yearly vacation. This is the second time I’ve been there and it’s honestly my favorite place to be. While we were there, we stopped by a Walmart to grab some groceries when I realized that I forgot to bring a top coat! So I ran to the makeup section to look for a cheap top coat to use. While I was there, I saw a brand of nail polish that I recognized, but wasn’t available near me, Milani.

I’ve seen a lot of swatches of Milani polishes and when I saw this on the shelf, it intrigued me. This one is called Milani Gems from the Jewel FX collection that came out in 2010. From what I can tell, it’s a dupe for  Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday and OPI’s Rainbow Connection, neither of which I own. I actually didn’t use it until just now, and I’m upset that I didn’t. It’s soooo beautiful. I’m also upset that my camera didn’t seem to like this one very much, and it was really hard to capture a good picture of this one.

I took a couple of pictures in the sunlight but the glitter didn’t really seem to shine like it did in real life so I decided to take a couple more in the shade.

This picture is much, much better. Anyway, on to the polish! Gems is a mixture of silver, gold, red, green, and magenta hexagon glitter and blue, green, red, and magenta micro glitter. Wow, sooo beautiful. This is 1 coats over 2 coats of Sally Hasen Black Out.  As much as I love glitter and shimmer, I don’t usually wear glitter top coats but I completely love this one. The formula on this was perfect except that the hex glitter likes to clump together a little bit but that doesn’t take away from the beauty of it.