a tiny bit obsessed with nail polish

RIP Bonne Bell, The Company Responsible For Your Lip Smacker-Flavored Childhood : T-Lounge : Tech Times

Just read this today and felt a wave of nostalgia! I remember LipSmackers well (oh how I love the Dr. Pepper flavor), and also buying the occasional Bonne Bell makeup product (lip pencil, eyeshadow, nail polish). In fact, I only recently purchased a Bonne Bell nail polish on a whim. Will try to post a swatch soon.

At least the Bonne Bell and LipSmackers product line has been taken over by the people responsible for Wet ‘n’ Wild, so I think that bodes well for the future of the products themselves.

So long, Bonne Bell Co.!

RIP Bonne Bell, The Company Responsible For Your Lip Smacker-Flavored Childhood : T-Lounge : Tech Times.

Zoya — 3 Free Promotion

Zoya is running another 3 Free Polishes promotion! I am not sure when this happened, but they ship to Canada now (for a reasonable additional fee)! That makes me super happy as this is one of my fave brands of nail polish. And I can finally take advantage of the promo without having to ship stuff to relatives in the US.

The promo this time is a little different: for $15 S&H you can get any three nail colors, plus an additional three “mystery shades”. I’m not normally too keen on “mystery” items, as in my experience, they rarely turn out well, but I think I trust Zoya on this one.

The code is NYNH, and it is valid until January 14, 2015, for US and Canada (I paid an additional $6.55 for international processing).

Zoya - Nail Lacquer - Imogen
Photo: Zoya.com

My picks were: Annie (“saturated coral-orange with slight red undertones, strong gold shimmer and slight bright green duochrome”), Imogen (“black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter”), and Payton (“galactic cranberry with holographic glitter”). I’ve never tried a PixieDust before (not really into textured polish), but Imogen (pictured) looked too awesome to pass on!

Happy New Year, all :)


Gosh — Black Passion & Gasoline

Gosh is a Danish brand that is sold at some Shoppers Drug Marts here in Canada. I recently picked up two of their polishes to try. I actually had bought one years ago, Purple something, I think, but I haven’t swatched it yet! (As an aside, I visited Copenhagen for the first time earlier this year. It’s a beautiful city and I loved the people and the food! But I didn’t see any nail polish! I wonder where these are sold in their home country. Next time I go, I’ll have to check out the makeup and Legoland.)

Black Passion is a super opaque black with silvery charcoal shimmer. Two coats was all that was needed.

Gosh - Black Passion

Gasoline looks really good in the bottle: purple with blue and pink shimmer. On the nail, however, it’s pretty sheer and is better as a top coat. It took three coats to get it to this level of semi-opaque pink shimmer in the photo. The shimmer is very pretty, though!

Gosh - Gasoline

At $7 CA, these little polishes are well worth picking up if you spot a color you like. The formula is nice and applies well. I really like the little cylindrical bottles, too. A minor drawback is that they only contain 8 mL of product (a more standard nail polish size is 13-15 mL).

Gosh Nail Lacquer (English site), 0.3 fl. oz. / 8 mL. MSRP 59.95 DKK / $7 CA. Gosh nail lacquers are formaldehyde free and made in the EU • Denmark.

Misa — Flutter & Feather

Collection: 2013, Blink of an Eye (Fall)

Rose gold is probably my favorite metallic shade to wear (I especially love it on handbag hardware), and Flutter & Feather is definitely one of the nicest rose gold polishes I’ve seen. I love that it isn’t a chrome, since I kind of despise the streakiness and mirror shine of that type of finish. Flutter & Feather is a monochromatic rose gold packed with glitter of assorted sizes, stopping just short of large confetti-sized chunks. It’s stunning, and I think it’d be a fantastic choice for a festive party this holiday season.

As is typical of Misa, the formula is superb. Two coats provided opaque coverage. The glitter even removed quite easily with non-acetone remover. Brilliant!

Also, I have noticed that Misa’s brush has changed to a slightly wide one. Not my favorite brush style, but it is still workable for my smaller nails.

Misa - Flutter & Feather

Misa Nail Lacquer, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP $7.50 US. Misa nail lacquers are vegan, cruelty-free, and do not contain dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene or formaldehyde. They are final-assembled in the USA.

Sinful Colors – Innocent and Cloud 9

Sinful Colors recently showed up at my local grocery, so I picked up two shades, Innocent and Cloud 9. They conveniently happen to work well for Halloween, so I’ve swatched them now.

I just want to say that I really have no idea what the thinking is behind Sinful’s naming, here. Innocent is a bright wasabi green creme. Cloud 9 is a bright orange sheer shimmer. I guess I can kind of see innocence being linked with spring green and rebirth, and bliss being linked with a happy orange…haha!

Innocent is a fantastic wasabi green cream, and it applied beautifully in two coats. For $1.99, I am super pleased!

Sinful Colors (Nail Polish) - Innocent

Cloud 9 is a sheer shimmer, and it required 4 coats for decent, even coverage. It works better as a top coat (and just for kicks, I tried it over Innocent for a rather disgusting look, which I guess is all right for Halloween!).

Sinful Colors (Nail Polish) - Cloud 9

Eeeek! Cloud 9 over Innocent
Sinful Colors (Nail Polish) - Cloud 9 over Innocent

Happy Halloween!!!

Sinful Colors Nail Polish, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP $1.99 US/CA. These are made in the USA and are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).


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