OPI Nail Lacquer in Snow Glad I Met You, swatch

OPI — Snow Glad I Met You (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review


Collection: OPI 2017 Winter, Love OPI, XOXO

If I’m honest, I have been getting pretty bored with holiday nail collections in recent years—how many shimmery reds, glittery golds, and spangly silvers does one person really need? But, of course, I can’t often help myself if I see something pretty.

Snow Glad I Met You (HR J01), is a rather ho-hum ivory shimmer from OPI’s holiday collection, Love OPI, XOXO, and yet it found its way into my shopping basket. In hindsight, I should have let it be.

It’s a vintage ivory with a frosty champagne finish. I feel like it looks much more appealing in the bottle, somehow. Look at that warm glow!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Snow Glad I Met You

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Julep November 2017 collection

New Release: Julep — Enlightened Glow (November 2017)

Collection: Julep 2017 November “Enlightened Glow”, 2017 Zodiac, 2017 Holiday: Coveted & Sugar Suite

Julep’s November 2017 collection consists of seven new frosty, metallic shades for the coming winter. And, of course, the latest addition to their 2017 Zodiac collection is a new shade for the sign of Scorpio (October 23–November 22).

Late last month, Julep also introduced their Holiday sets, which includes two sets of Nail Color minis.

#Coveted ($84 / Maven $48) consists of 3 new and 9 repromoted shades.

  • Jolene – Iron Ore Metallic
  • Yixi (new) – Iridescent Seafoam Shimmer
  • Ange – Tidepool Blue Crème
  • Ani – Periwinkle Frenzy Matte Glitter Top Coat
  • Lara – Shell Pink with Gold Shimmer
  • Kaitlyn – Berry Pie Crème
  • Azalea (new) – Pink Sunrise Holographic Microglitter
  • Charissa – Mineral Red Crème
  • Arelene (new) – Frosted Peach Shimmer
  • Signe – Red-Hot Coral Shimmer
  • Fran – Sassy Red Crème
  • Marisol – Golden Amber Metallic

Sugar Suite ($42 / Maven $24) consists of 6 new iridescent shades:

  • Georgina (new) – Unicorn Iridescent Microglitter
  • Patty (new) – Magenta Berry Iridescent
  • Maegan (new) – Cosmic Grape Iridescent
  • Kiana (new) – Blue Clematis Iridescent
  • Emery (new) – Deep Sea Teal Iridescent
  • Sora (new) – Tropical Aqua Iridescent

As you may have suspected, I already picked up Sugar Suite with my Maven pricing!

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theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish in All You Ever Do Is Taupe, swatch

theBalm — All You Ever Do Is Taupe (Hot Ticket Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Brand: theBalm

I actually stayed up late last night (I’ve been averaging about 5–6 hours of sleep a night, not good) swatching a polish for today, but then in my morning stupor, I accidentally deleted the pictures. Hooray for me. It was Zoya Temperance, which is awesome so I have to reswatch it for you guys soon. But anyway, this morning, I decided to do something different.

theBalm is not a brand I normally associate with nail polish—I think of blush and maybe eyeshadow. It’s also not a brand I run into very often, mostly since in Canada, the only brick-and-mortar retailer I know of is Rexall pharmacy, which until recently was not one I went to very often. (I’m a Shoppers Drug Mart girl, OK?) But in the last couple of years, Rexall have opened up bigger stores downtown that are more convenient for me to visit, so I’ve been popping in occasionally to check out the brands they carry that aren’t available at Shoppers.

Some Rexall locations carry theBalm, and last week, I finally visited a location that had a display, at Queen & University in Toronto. Luckily, this display stocked around twelve to fifteen shades of theBalm’s Hot Ticket Nail Polish and they were about half off! Or perhaps not so luckily, since it probably means they’re getting rid of them.

I picked one up last week for $4.96—they’re normally $10 (US and CA, for some reason)—then returned this week when Rexall was running a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” sale on nail polish. So, I managed to get three more theBalm polishes for a tidy sum of $9.92!

theBalm actually produces 31 shades of polish (not quite Baskin-Robbins) and unfortunately, the Rexall I went to mostly carried tame shades of red, pink, and brown. Gah! No pretty blues, yellows or greens.

But here’s what I got, anyway:

theBalm Hot Ticket Nail Polish haulage, June 2017

  • Strawberry Fields Forevah
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Plum
  • All You Ever Do Is Taupe
  • You’re So Hot and Gold

The names are on the wordier side, aren’t they?

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Nails Inc. Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha Nail Polish in Mayfair Market (mini), swatch

Nails Inc. — Mayfair Market (Sweet Almond Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Nails Inc. 2016 Spring, Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha

Nails Inc. is a British brand that I first tried many years ago—I swapped for some with a lovely Scottish girl, but my first might have been bought off eBay. The older bottles were little cylinders; their newer lines come in rectangular bottles that are similar to polishes by British-inspired (but actually American) brand butter LONDON.

In recent years, Nails Inc. have been hopping on the superfood bandwagon and they put all kinds of foodstuffs in their polishes, from kale to coconut. I don’t get it at all, but I suppose I’m not the target market.

Nevertheless, I’m still a sucker for pretty polishes even if they have some nuts or berries in them, so last November I picked up a Nails Inc. set including four mini “Nail Fuel” colors and one base coat.

The polish I’m reviewing today is from their Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha line.

This new range of Sweet Almond nail polishes provides a fresh take on the classic nude palette. Choose from muted yet rich shades in porcelain grey, linen blue grey, warmed pink and a luxurious, subtle rose gold. Each shade is formulated with a sweet almond oil base and enriched with Matcha powder – a powerful and potent antioxidant. The result is an intense moisture booster for optimum nail health and protection.

Mayfair Market is a lovely pinked copper penny shade that is, rather unfortunately, also a superfrost. I think Nails Inc. are calling this a rose gold, but I feel it’s a bit too orange.

Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Nail Polish in Mayfair Market (mini)
Nails Inc. Sweet Almond Nail Polish in Mayfair Market (mini)

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Deborah Lippmann — Glamorous Life (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Brand: Deborah Lippmann

I don’t know exactly when this shade was released, but a quick Google tells me that the earliest online reviews are from 2011, and that Deborah Lippmann spent ages trying to get a nail polish to match a rose gold Rolex watch. That is exactly the kind of dedication I like in my nail polish brands!

Rolex Day-Date watch in Everrose Gold
Rolex Day-Date in Everrose Gold
Image: rolex.com

As a result, Glamorous Life—pity she didn’t go with a horologically-inspired name—is less of a pink rose gold and more of a classic jewelry rose gold. It’s not basically pink (see The Semiotics of “Rose Gold”), but a regular yellow gold that’s been slightly warmed up with the addition of some copper, making it less brassy and more bashful.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life
Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Glamorous Life

It’s weird when I Google for images of this polish, because a few of them look quite blush pink, and the others look more like mine, a soft gold, or maybe a touch copper. It could be that the color has changed over the years, but I don’t really remember this bottle looking especially pink when I got it, either. It also looks gold in the photos by a couple of bloggers who swatched back in 2011/12, so maybe I’ll just chalk it all up to lighting differences. I can’t see my bottle looking very pink under any lights, though. Batch inconsistencies could be a culprit, too.

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Sacha Nail Enamel in Knock Out Punch, swatch

Sacha — Knock Out Punch (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Collection: Sacha 2013 Fall

There’s no Throwback Thursday this week, because I’ve decided I just have too much of a backlog to get through! If I keep doing Throwback Thursdays, eventually most of my polishes will be eligible for that category. Hahaha!

Today, I have a brand that I haven’t seen up here in Canada. It’s Sacha Cosmetics, more commonly found in the USA and in the Caribbean, where it was founded. Specifically, Sacha was founded in Trinidad & Tobago, where I have family, so I have a few of their polishes lying around.

The brand, now based in Florida, is marketed to women of color, and I always like trying products from such brands because their colors can be so well-pigmented and intense.

The shade I have is from their 2013 collection. I can’t find any nail polish on their website, oddly enough. But here is the Nail Enamel promo from their Facebook page:

Sacha Nail Enamel, Fall 2013 collection
Sacha Nail Enamel, Fall 2013 collection.
Image: Sacha Cosmetics (via Facebook)

Knock Out Punch is a deep, vampy forest green shimmer. There’s loads of shimmer, so it does veer toward frost-land, but it does go on quite streak-free.

Sacha Nail Enamel in Knock Out Punch
Sacha Nail Enamel in Knock Out Punch

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China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier, swatch

China Glaze — The More the Berrier (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I recently picked up a 6-pack of minis from China Glaze’s Holiday 2016 collection, Seas & Greetings.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)

The More the Berrier (83780, though the mini has a different code) is a metallic hot berry pink with purple-leaning magenta iridescence in certain light.

It’s way more stunning on the nail than I would have thought! Even when the iridescence doesn’t really show up, the finish is still beautiful.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in The More the Berrier

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