Have you ever been browsing in stores and grab a polish on impulse? That’s what happened to me with this polish at Sally Beauty one day. Velvet Seas by Nina Ultra Pro took me by surprise. I expect the formula to be awful, but was I ever wrong. This one applied great, despite the lower than average quality of the brush. Here it is shown with two coats, no topcoat, and the only negative I can say is that it didn’t wear on my quite as well as some of the other more well-known brands. This is the first Nina I have tried, though, so I’m not sure if that is the brand or the colour.
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a great blue. Especially when it is a dark blue like this one, from OPI’s Touring America collection. Road House Blues has an amazing denim feel to it, and looks like a great pair of dark wash denim on the nail. The picture above is two coats, with flash. The little yellowy orange markings are not the polish but the flash reflecting off the polish itself. I didn’t top coat this one, but it shines up beautifully if you do.
Application was near-to-perfect, with it being as close to opaque as possible in one coat. If you’re a fan of blues, this is definitely a must have polish. I’ve worn it a few times now and never fail to get compliments on it.
Ingredients: Black tea, almond pieces, cinnamon pieces, and safflower blossoms.
Description: A black tea with the scrumptious “cookie-like” flavor of almonds and cinnamon bits, especially tempting sweetened with rock cane sugar and a splash of milk.
Review: Almond Biscotti is a tea that in my mind offends nobody but doesn’t wow anyone. It has a nice flavour, however like the cookie it is named after, there was nothing that would ever make me crave the tea or think of it fondly once my mug was empty. The quality of the tea is top notch, as most Teavana teas are, I just can’t find myself recommending it.
Best sweetened with: Anything goes on this one. Maple syrup if you’re like me and don’t find the tea flavourful enough.
Today’s colour is from Zoya once more. This one is Neeka, part of their current Mirrors collection. They describe Neeka as “a greyed amethyst with subtle red duochrome shimmer and bright gold glitter accents”. Now, I have to admit that I see no duochrome in this one, but it is still lovely. The fun of Neeka was that it totally changes depending on the type of lighting you are in. Both of the shots above are with two coats and top coated with Zoya Armor, one taking with my cell phone and one with my camera and flash. It was only with the flash that the gold flecks showed, and while I kept hoping to find the lighting that would show them during the day, I couldn’t. Now being Ontario and fall it was not a sunny day, so I can’t say what full sunshine would do, but Neeka definitely looked more like the darker shot on my nails at work all day.
Application was lovely and the colour is completely opaque. I just wish that it had been a tad bit less dark in my day-to-day lighting.
Store: The Tea Haus
Ingredients: Apple cubes, dried fruits, orange peel and natural pear-cream flavou
Description: Pear Cream is a delicious blend of fruits and natural pear cream flavour. No sweetener required - just sit back and relax with a cup of herbal tea. Great for your digestion!
Review: I call this tea the gateway tea. It was the first loose-leaf I ever tried, and it got me hooked extremely quickly. I then, of course, shared it with all my friends and they all are now hooked as well.
Pear Cream is delicious tisane, naturally sweet and mild while still being full of flavour. I usually can’t stand pear teas, however this blends with the other flavours nicely. I tend to not think of the pear flavour at all and more of the cream when I am craving this one. The cream aspect mellows out the blend, keeping things sweet and fruit-flavoured. If you are a fan of fruit teas, or naturally sweet blends, I highly recommend this one. And the price can’t be beat!
Best sweetened with: Sugar, but it really doesn’t need it.
The second from the Muppet collection from OPI, this one makes me hear Kermit and his banjo whenever I see it. Called Rainbow Connection, this polish almost looks like they took whatever glitter they had left after the last five collections and threw it all into a vat to make a new colour. That being said, it works! Glitter of all shapes, sizes, and colours blend together here to make a great layering polish.
Those of you who are in love with how it looks here, please don’t let my picture fool you. This opacity took me two of the thickest coats of polish I have ever created in my life to achieve. Making it worse, the glitter in this polish sticks and clumps, so you can’t brush it on the way you would nail polish. I ended up dabbing it all over my nail, making it very very thick. To OPI’s credit, however, despite it being this thick there were no bubbles or chipping the next day.
If you like the look, I do recommend the polish. Just please, be aware of the colour’s issues before running out to grab this one!
Another Essie today! This one is Sew Psyched, one from the Fall 2010 collection. I can’t stop playing with this colour when it is on my nails, holding my hand up to various things and watching it change from green to grey and back. Application is lovely, although it isn’t self-levelling so if you have troubles with that you’ll want to be careful. Two coats is shown here, without a topcoat. Isn’t she interesting?
Essie’s Nice is Nice is from their Spring collection this year, and is the closest polish I have found to the colour of light purple lilacs. Since lilacs are one of my favourite flowers and scents, I knew right away that I had to have this polish, and was so happy that it didn’t disappoint. Essie polishes can sometimes apply in very weird and not-so-wonderful ways, but this one defied that. This is two coats, and it went on smooth with no cuticle drag or weird thickness issues. The topcoat here is Seche Vite.
Nice is Nice was limited release, but may still be available in some stores.
Store: David’s Tea
Ingredients: Apple pieces, Sencha Green Tea, Pineapple cubes (pineapple, sugar), Yogurt flavouring, Lemongrass
Description: Remember the summer you spent in Italy? Sipping espresso on the terrace, catching a ride on the back of a stranger’s Vespa, and of course, trying your first taste of tart, creamy lime gelato. With its fresh, fruity aroma and smooth flavour, this delicious mix of fruit, yogurt, and green tea will bring you right back. Try it iced. On a terrace. While the moon hits your eye.
Review: Lime Gelato first came out as a tea of the month, I think in June. It was the beginning of iced tea season, and this one was, and still is, delightful on ice to me. Now that fall is hitting, though, I decided to finally try it hot, and I found that for me, it lacks a little without the coldness to heighten the flavours. The yogurt pieces in the tea almost overpower the lime flavour, making it much too subtle for my liking.
That said, on ice, this tea is definitely a keeper. My gigantic bag I got is almost gone now, and I am keeping it on the refill list for when I am ready to bring my ice trays back out from storage!
Best sweetened with: Agave.
The Muppets have already taken over both Manhattan and Disney, and now they are out to conquer the beauty world. Which makes me so happy. I have been excited for almost an entire year for this collection from OPI, and I am so very happy to be able to bring you pictures of this one. Warm and Fozzy is this really interesting polish, and I couldn’t do it justice without posting a fuzzy picture as well. The polish on your nail up close is a mix of shimmer in brown and gold, both visible as separate colours but together making a lovely brown that doesn’t resemble any polish I’ve seen.
Whether you’re a Muppets fan or not, Warm and Fozzy is a beautiful brown, and one that also is unique. Definitely worth grabbing before it is gone!