It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy, Christi, and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!
So, when Julep ran a $4 charity sale back in September, I took the opportunity to pick up Christa, which was originally released in a 2015 Mystery Box. Julep calls it a “Purple Twilight Liquid Holographic.”
Julep’s stock photos make this look pinker than it is; to me, it’s a more neutral—and probably even bluer—purple with a silvery finish. The holo is on the subtler side, so in some light it just looks like a silver purple shimmer. In bright sunlight, you’ll see a stronger pink shift and soft holo effect.
Everyone is getting in on the unicorn action, these days, and Revlon are the newest ones to release unicorn-themed cosmetics in the form of nail polish! Aww yeah.
I bought two of them at what I thought was full price, which really goes to show how cute these are, ’cause I generally despise buying stuff at full price. Revlon Nail Enamels are usually about C$9 at Rexall (I know, what?!) but I did have a $5 coupon, so I bought two holographic shades from the new HoloChrome collection.
It turns out that they must have been on sale, even as products from a new display, and they rang up at $6.79 instead. Woohoo! Fairy Dust and Unicornicopia were mine at, after the coupon, under $5 a pop!
Also, the next day, I stopped by a Shoppers Drug Mart location that I don’t often visit and saw the same display. The makeup gods must have known that I’m on a shopping spree this month, because Revlon polishes were on sale for $5.99. I picked up two more—Galactic Pink and Hologasm—and I think that’ll be it for me from this collection, as the rest are chromes, not my favorite finish.
The HoloChromes collection polishes all come with a silvery holographic sticker around the cap.
Bit of trivia: I have never seen a Friday the 13th movie! (Well, unless you count the crossover movie Freddy vs. Jason.) I think this month, I should catch up on my classic slasher films. I haven’t watched any horror movies this October, at all!
Anyway, today’s polish is as far as you can get from horrifying. It’s from Nails Inc.’s Sparkle Like a Unicorn Nail Polish Duo. Pretty much everyone has jumped onto that shiny unicorn bandwagon, these days! I can’t say I hate it: I love me some iridescent nail polish, and purple and rainbows and stuff. Also, it’s produced My Little Pony makeup collaborations (yes, I have a mini set of the China Glaze MLP polishes, and I have the ColourPop MLP palette on order), so you’ll hear no complaints from me.
China Glaze recently released their Halloween-themed collection, which incorporates some clever fairy tale darkness. (Seriously, those original fairy tales are pretty gruesome!)
Sin-derella (84080) is a shimmery shade with loads of iridescence. The base color is a beige-y taupe, but it picks up a slightly olive tone with the addition of some fine gold shimmer. It also contains a load of pink shimmer that, in combination with taupe, gives it the look of lavender.
I like to pick up a classic Revlon nail polish whenever they go on sale, but for some annoying reason, I ended up paying full price (CA$8) for Daydreamer (215). It didn’t ring up at the sale price ($3.99 or $4.99); my drugstore bill was fairly long and I didn’t realize until I checked the bill a week later. Alas, one must always remember to check one’s bill at the point of purchase!
The color is pretty enough to temper my annoyance a little: it’s a sheer, pinked lavender shimmer with a strong green-gold iridescence.
I don’t know which collection it’s from, though it’s definitely not from a 2010 collection called Daydreamer. The code is 215, but I don’t know how reliable codes are with Revlon; they are often all over the place. I do suspect it’s a newer release, which is why it didn’t ring up at the sale price (drugstores here tend to keep new releases at full price, despite sales—ugh!).
Today’s swatch is from Sally Hansen’s 2016 spring collection.
A Perfect Tin (473) is a metallic lavender that doesn’t particularly remind me of tin! It’s loaded with fine, silvery frost.
I’ve had just a couple of Complete Salon Manicure polishes in the past; I only bought a few more recently because they were on sale for about CA$6, which I thought was a good deal. I recall not particularly liking the CSM brush, and unfortunately, A Perfect Tin reminded me that was indeed the case.
I’ve been making a habit of picking up one or two Flower nail polishes every time I make a Wal-Mart order—which is not all that often, so I have a lot more shades to get before accumulating the whole set. Ha!
I Lavendare You! (NP6) is a very whitened, milky pink-lavender pastel with subtle, sparkly, silver shimmer.