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China Glaze Frosty and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Hidden Treasure

22 Dec

Happy holidays, readers! This week marked the start of Hanukkah and Christmas is just around the bend – so, of course, I have another holiday manicure for you.

Flake glitter nail polishes are booming in popularity right now, including Essie‘s Shine of the Times from their Holiday 2011 Luxeffects Collection. It looks like there’s even going to be a flake topcoat in the upcoming China Glaze/Hunger Games collaboration, and that shade will be called Luxe and Lush. The great thing about flakies is their transformative power – they totally change the look of whatever shade you happen to be wearing beneath. I saw tons of looks floating around the internet with flake polishes over frosty white, so what better colors to use than China Glaze Frosty and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Hidden Treasure?

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Hidden Treasure over China Glaze Frosty nail polish

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Hidden Treasure over China Glaze Frosty nail polish

This is one of my favorite combos that I’ve applied in a while! It’s extremely glimmery – to me, it looks like snow that’s frozen over. It’s hard to capture in a photograph, but the iridescence of the flakes add a lovely dimension to the white shimmer polish. And for some reason, this manicure has been pretty much bulletproof. I’ve worn it for over a week with no tipwear or chips.

I have to say, however, that the manicure was tedious to apply, and the blame goes to Frosty – it took six thick coats to reach opacity. There are two coats of Hidden Treasure on here and my only complaint about its application is that it dried a little bit gritty (which is nothing a little Seche Vite can’t fix).

Both of these shades were limited edition, but you can find Hidden Treasure‘s twin in Essie‘s Shine of the Times. It’s available here at Image Beauty, or try an Ulta near you.

What do you think, readers? Does this look make you hope someone will surprise you with a bottle of flake glitter topcoat this holiday season?

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Essie School of Hard Rocks

18 Nov

As Kermit says, it’s not easy being green.

He’s right.

I’ve always found that it’s a lot easier being teal.

Essie School of Hard Rocks

Essie School of Hard Rocks nail polish

Not unlike its holiday collection compatriate, Essie‘s School of Hard Rocks is gemstone themed, but I like this group of polish’s interesting twist on bling. There was only one red and the rest of the shades were all muted. A more refined way to bring on the holiday cheer, perhaps? I’m surprised – I see teal as more of a fall color than winter, but the rest of the shades in the collection definitely transition well between both seasons. Either way, while the color was enjoyable…

Essie School of Hard Rocks

Essie School of Hard Rocks nail polish close up

It was not easy to photograph, due to NYC’s icky weather as of late! This second picture is more accurate. This is definitely a dusty teal shade, almost a blue sage, if that makes any sense to you.

Pros: Definitely a unique shade in my collection. As I acquire more teals, I still don’t have any like this! The dry time was also pretty solid on this one.

Cons: I hate the Essie brush. It doesn’t aid in application at all – every time I use Essie after using OPI, Orly or China Glaze, I think there’s something wrong with the polish. There isn’t – it’s the brush!

Grab it before it’s gone – it’s limited edition! Your local drugstore should have it, or you can find it here on Nordstrom‘s website. Have you tried this one? How do you feel about teal?

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