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Sally Hansen Fall 2015 Shades!

Sally Hansen sent me a five of their Fall 2015 Shades, three from their Limited Edition Xtreme Wear Festival Flare Collection, two are from the Complete Salon Manicure Collection designed by Prabal Gurung.

If you’ve followed my blog you know I have always been a fan of Sally Hansen and do purchase their products as well as receive press samples, my reviews are truthful and I attempt to do more than just swatches to give you a full review of the product. In this blog you will find both swatches and nail art.

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The Xtreme Wear Festival Flare Collection has eight shades; Femme Feather (an indie inspired blush), Heritage Red (bright creamy red), Out for Oxblood (deep maroon), Fall Flair (fuchsia fiesta glitter), Strike Gold (leafy gold glitter), Hard Cider (electric poppy jelly with shimmer), Boho Blue (pacific Oceanesque colbalt blue), Gypsy Jade (deep sea glass tone). Sally Hansen sent me: Out for Oxblood, Strike Gold, and Hard Cider.  The Xtreme Wear polish retails for $2.99 per bottle and can be found in stores now.

Out for Oxblood-Two coats, goes on smooth, great red for the season through February!

Hard Cider-Shimmery Jelly! Two coats, went on smooth. I love this shade its so fun!

Fall Flair over Concrete Jungle (Complete Salon Manicure)

Strike Gold-clear base with a mix of gold hex and shard glitter. Over Hard Cider.

The Complete Salon Manicure Shades sent to me are part of a special creation by designer Prabal Gurung, who created three shades: Midnight Affair, Leaf Peeper, and Concrete Jungle. These are in stores now found in the all you need is ONE! New York Fashion Week Runway Collection, they retail for $7.99 per bottle.

Leaf Peeper-Two coats, lovely dark cream mauve, can be fun and professional all in one!

Concrete Jungle-Two coats, I LOVE this cream grey such an amazing shade alone or used for nail art!

Here is some nail art using all five shades.

Fan Brush nail art using Leaf Peeper as the base and Concrete Jungle with Hard Cider.

Above Fan nail art with Strike Gold.

Blood Splatter using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Totem-ly Yours (press sample) as a base then splattered with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Rhapsody Red (press sample), and Xtreme Wear Out for Oxblood.

Haunted house nails using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Tribal Sun (press sample), Sally Hansen Copper (purchased by me), and Strike Gold.

Painted nails are happy Nails!


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L’Oreal Dark Sides of Grey by Colour Riche Collection!

Spotted at Bed Bath & Beyond is a new Polish Collection by L’Oreal, this collection is a mix of creams, foil, glitter textures and a holographic polish. Each bottle retails for $4.99.

Creams: Aux Chandelles, Grey Corset.

Textures: Caution Please, Totally D’Accord, Bad Boy Grey, Power Potion.

Holographic: Masked Affair

Foil: Miss Grey.

I purchased three of the textures, the foil, and the holo! The textures are packed full of glitter and look a little darker on the nail then the bottle, each swatch has two coats. The texture is slightly smoother than most textured, but if you can not stand texture polish skip these four and go straight for the holo and foil!

The swatches were photographed outside.


Bad Bad Grey- black based polish with tons of silver glitter

Caution Please-silver base with silver glitter, could have used three coats

Totally D’Accord- my favorite shade out of the textures- a dark green/blue base with silver and darker glitter mix, this looks way better in person
Masked Affair- typical holo with more lavender in it, if you need a holo get this!
Miss Grey- love love love this shade
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18K Gold Hardener & Gel Shine 3D Top Coat by Sally Hansen!

Sally Hansen has launched a new top and bast coat! Today I found the two new items and a cuticle eraser at CVS. I purchased both the Hardener and top coat, continue reading for details and price.

18K Gold Hardener is a .33 fluid once bottle that retails for $7.29, this is a strengthening base according to the package the real 18K gold shield locks in moisture & strengthens nails. How it works: The formula instantly hardens & fortifies nails to prevent breaking, chipping & splitting. It has gold flakes in two colors, and can be worn alone or under the nail color.

Gel Shine 3D Top Coat which is an instant Gel shine & volume with no light, the package states that it goes on thick and dries quick. The bottle is a cube .45 fluid once and retails for $9.79.

The display also has 18K gold cuticle eraser that exfoliates & moisturizes cuticles this retails for $7.29.

**Update: I test wore the 18K Gold Hardener, it goes on smooth, dries fast and leaves the gold flecks flat which makes it very easy to apply polish over. A few things to note here, when applying a light polish the flecks do shimmer through which can be fun or annoying depending on the look you are going for. I’m wearing the hardener going on five days on my right hand there are no chips, my nails are holding up well and do seem a little stronger.  The one downfall of this base is that if you are going to place polish over it there may be a few gold flecks close to the cuticle so just be aware of how close you get to the cuticle with the hardener if you are going to apply polish on top of it.


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NYC Fashion Queen-Limited Edition

I purchased the new Limited Edition Fashion Queen Collection from CVS, the display had a $1.00 off coupon and were buy one get one 50% off, I purchased the entire collection for under $6.00.

There are nine shades in this collection, four jelly based Glitters: Ruby Queen, NY Princess, Blue Majesty, and Queen’s Jewels, two glitter based shades: Rule the City, and Fashion Queen and then three In a New York Color Minute formula: Royal Chic (jelly), Crown Gold (shimmer), and New York Color (shimmer).  All six glitters are labeled Crystal Couture.

These are not textured polishes they are simply glitter polishes.

For this blog I am going to focus on the four jelly based shades, these have two coats, went on smooth, dried fast and do not have a top coat, the formula is amazing!

Ruby Queen-red based jelly with medium Pink holo glitter and mini red glitter.

NY Princess-purple jelly with medium purple holo glitter and mini purple glitter.

Blue Majesty-teal jelly with a mix of medium and small light and dark teal glitter.

Queen’s Jewels-green jelly with a mix of medium and small light and dark green glitter.

I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE these glitters, they are a must have in the collection, so if you are a polish fan or you know someone who is get out and make a purchase, if you can only grab a few definitely pick up NY Princess, and Ruby Queen they are at the top of my favorites in this grouping.

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2014 Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish!

While out and about today I found the new Maybelline Color Show nail polish, I located the display at Target, it was up high on the top shelf. Each bottle retails for $2.99, the collection has 20 nail colors ranging from creamy to glitter, I purchased two Emerald City and Rose Rapture.


Emerald City is a teal glitter with octagon and diamond silver glitter on the swatch the two end fingers have three coats of Emerald City the two middle fingers have one coat over a silver polish.

Rose Rapture is a lovely pink with micro glitter, I’m in love with this polish!

Painted nails are happy nails!



#31DC2013September 31 Day Nail Challenge!

I decided to give the Chalkboard Nails 31 Day Challenge a try! With a month off from my
Masters program I will be able to complete the challenge and improve my nail art skills!

If you plan on participating in the challenge check out Chalkboard Nails for full details!

Day 1 is the color Red, not my favorite color so my polish choices where limited. What I used was Milani Tainted in Red (a textured polish) and Zoya Carmen.

To get this look:
1. Start with a good base coat
2. Paint four nails with the Textured polish (two coats)
3. Paint the ring finger
4. While the ring finger is still tacky add three colored rhinestones using tweezers (I used Iron-On Rhinestones which I purchased from JoAnne Fabrics.)

Are you going to join in this challenge? Is so feel free to share your art work on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram @coolpolishblog

Red NailsDay 1!

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Milani Texture!

While at my local Walgreens over the weekend I found a new collection from Milani, it is a Limited Edition Textured Cream Lacquer with a Matte finish. There are six colors one gray then five bright and vibrant colors: Spoiled In Fuchsia, Purple Streak, Shady Gray, Yellow Mark, Aqua Splash and Tainted in Red. The price was $3.99 each which is pretty reasonable considering OPI Liquid Sand Lacquer is retailing for $9.00 a bottle.

I test wore the polish and yup I chipped a nail, the good news is that a quick dab of color covers the chip and you can’t even notice due to the textured and Matte look. I did not wear a base or top coat; the colors go on fast and come of easy.

Spoiled In Fuchsia

Purple Streak

Shady Gray

Yellow Mark

Aqua Splash-My favorite of the six colors!

Tainted Red

Happy nails are painted nails!