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Above the Curve Review: Part 1!

*Press Sample*

Hi guys!  I have a BUNCH of awesome polishes to show off today and tomorrow from Above the Curve!

If you haven’t already heard of Above the Curve, they’re an amazing indie nail polish brand headed up by an awesome husband and wife duo!  Angel and Shawn are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet- and on top of having amazing polishes, $1 from every single bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!  Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children, and for scoliosis.  You can read more about their story here on their Big Cartel site!

Today I’ll be showing some of their more recent additions to the ATC lineup: Kiss My Asteroid, Sugar Rush, Ceclia, and You’re Turning Ne-On!  Tomorrow I’ll have the new Polish Addiction Collection, so be sure to come back- those are all AMAZING!

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As a note: every single Above the Curve polish I own applies perfectly (I’ve purchased a large number on my own in addition to review polishes).  I didn’t have to do any cleanup for any of these photos with the exception of 1 nail on Kiss My Asteroid!  The holos all went on beautifully, right where I placed the polish- no pooling, no dragging, no bald spots.  Many times, ATC polishes can be 1 coaters!  I’m not sure that any indie brand I own applies as well as most of my Above the Curve polishes- which is high praise, because I am a self-admitted indie-aholic and adore many brands.  Anywho- onward with the review!

First up is Kiss My Asteroid!, a beautiful black holo filled with smaller black holographic glitters.   This is 2 coats with no topcoat.

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I first took photos of all of these polishes inside in my lightbox, but I opted not to post those and waited patiently for a sunny day (we normally only have sunny days here in the summer- but of course when I want one, we get storms!).  It was worth the wait- look at that sparkle!

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The larger sparkles you see are the black glitters peaking through.  This looks mostly like a black linear holo polish, and those glitters give it a nice interesting pop that is a bit unexpected, but not overwhelming.

Second up is Sugar Rush.  This polish is full of different glitters in a white crelly base- I spy blue, navy, yellow, dark pink, lilac, and green hexes, and pink circles!  I used 2 coats with no topcoat.

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This polish went on wonderfully- I sometimes run into issues with crelly glitter polishes with dragging, but the glitters went on well and didn’t require any special placement from me.  I just love when I can see the different layers of glitter!

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Next time, I do think I would use a topcoat with this one.  Like many times with glitter polishes, the glitters poked out a teensy bit from the base- a topcoat would smooth that out.

Cecilia is an absolutely STUNNING teal/turquoise linear holo.  I did 2 coats for photos (no topcoat), but this is one of those ‘could be a 1 coat’ polishes I mentioned- coverage was amazing.

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UGH, I die.  If there is one thing ATC does very, very well- it is polishes like this (and tomorrow’s post is more of polishes like this!).  The coverage is FANTASTIC, it applies like a dream, the colors are always slightly different than things I already have and oh-so-pretty, and the holo effect is always linear and gorgeous.   I may sound like I’m gushing, but I really can’t say enough good things about ATC holos.  Everyone should own at least 1!

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And last but not least, I have You’re Turning Ne-On!  You’re Turning Ne-On is a mix of white and black hexes, squares, and rectangles, along with blue, pink and green neon hexes in a clear base.  I used 1 coat of You’re Turning Ne-On! over 2 coats of Weird Indeed’s PIVOT!.   (And since someone may ask- sadly, you can no longer buy Weird Indeeds other than a lucky blog sale find.  The creator quit selling last fall and I rarely see people parting with them).

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Ahhh, I love this polish!  I will admit, since a majority of the shapes are larger, I had to do some fishing and the glitters were a bit stubborn.  I also had to place them a bit (though not completely dabbing).  It was worth it though, isn’t this fun?

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My favorite thing about this polish is exactly what makes it slightly challenging to apply- the really big shapes.  Most of my glitter toppers are filled with a lot of micro glitter, or a wider variety of sizes- everything just looks ‘jumbo’ with this one and I love it!  I really love the squares and rectangles too- its like bar glitter I can support 🙂

So that’s it for tonight!  I’ll have my second post up tomorrow, so be sure to check back- they’re gorgeous too!

Interested in grabbing any Above the Curve beauties?  You can find them in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty (which I HIGHLY recommend- amazing service!).  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates!  Polishes range anywhere from $7 to $9 (for holos)- which is a deal, especially considering $1 from every bottle goes directly to Shriner’s Hospital!

Interested in seeing other colors?  You can check out my past reviews of Caty Perrywinkle and Fallen Angel (both are MUST HAVES.  For real.)

For further information on what Above the Curve is supporting, please visit these websites to learn more: http://www.shrinershq.org/ and http://www.scoliosis.org/.

*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Different Dimension Thermal Collection Review

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Today I have another review for you all- and be warned, this is going to be picture heavy!

What you’re about to see is the entire set of the absolutely beautiful new thermal polishes from Different Dimension!  Missi, the awesome genius behind Different Dimension, hopes to be releasing these sometime next week- though there isn’t a specific date right now. Each polish name is inspired by one of the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters!

Every polish performed and applied the same, so I’ll review them all here before jumping into photos. All 5 are beautiful, shimmery, glass fleck filled beauties.  Each shifts between 2 colors depending on temperature- hot vs. cold.  Like with most thermals, if you have longer nails you’ll be able to achieve a small bit of a gradient with any free edge.  Application was beautiful- each went on well with great coverage.  They appear very sheer with the first coat, but build up well- all photos show 3 coats with no topcoat.  Now on to photo spam!

StubbornCollageLittle Miss Stubborn is a gorgeous purple thermal polish.  At room temperature, it’s a pretty purple polish with a gold duochrome shift.

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After putting my hand in cold water, the color was a bit darker though still similar to the room temperature shade:

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And after putting my hands in hot water, Little Miss Stubborn turns to a very light shade of pink-purple:

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As the polish slowly cooled back down, of course my tips were the first to go.  Eventually the whole nail returned to the room temperature shade.

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Next up is…

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Of all of the polishes in this collection, I really feel like this one is the *most* perfectly named.  Look at Mr. Silly’s hat and body next to each other compared to the swatch photo!  It’s a match made in heaven!

Mr. Silly is a beautiful shimmery light orange glass fleck with a gorgeous yellow green shimmer.  At room temperature:

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When warm, Mr. Silly turns into a light pastel yellow with a green-gold flash:

3cAs the nail slowly started cooling down again, it made for some stunning transitions!  The 2 yellow/orange polishes are my favorite of the bunch for this effect- it looks like a sunrise!

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The third polish of the bunch is…

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Mr. Grumble is another beautiful duochrome purple shade.  At room temperature, the glass flecks in this one shift between blue, purple and a green-gold with a bit of a pink flash!

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2bAnd then warmed up, it turns to a light green with a pink flash!

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And then my nails transitioning back to room temperature- this was a much more ‘obvious’ transition than the previous ones!

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The 4th polish in the group is…

NoisyCollageYour eyes aren’t deceiving you- Mr. Noisy is very very similar to Mr. Silly!  The major difference is that Mr. Noisy is a much darker shade of orange at room temperature.  This one is my very favorite for the transitioned look- it’s just SO pretty!

At room temperature Mr. Noisy is a beautiful glass fleck coral red-orange with a yellow flash:

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Then in warm water, it turns to a beautiful shimmery pastel yellow:

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5cMy nails transitioning back to room temperature- LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!

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And one more, because something this pretty deserves photo spam:

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And last but not least, the final polish in this collection is…

NaughtyCollageLittle Miss Naughty is probably my favorite ‘room temperture’ polish of the collection- and it doesn’t hurt that it shifts to pink!

At room temperature, Little Miss Naughty is an incredibly beautiful purple with a green-gold glass fleck shimmer.

4bAnd here it is cold (it did appear darker cold- some didn’t have a drastic difference cold vs. room temperature):

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This one actually reminds me a little bit of a glass-fleck version of Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie- one of my very favorite polishes.  So it’s no wonder I adore it!

When warm, Little Miss Naughty turns into a light pink with a golden shimmer!

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4dAnd here’s the transition!

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4fIsn’t it stunning?

As I said earlier, I had absolutely no issues with these polishes.  All applied like a dream, and it was easy to produce the color changing effect.  And they’re all SO beautiful!  I would buy all 5 in a heartbeat even without the color changing effect- I view that as an added bonus!

These colors should be available sometime next week!  Different Dimension polishes are available at Different Dimension’s Etsy shop and range from $8.50 to $10.00, as well as Llarowe and Mei Mei’s Signatures (for international ladies!).

Be sure to follow Different Dimension on Facebook for updates and sneak peeks at upcoming shades!

Mr. Men and Little Miss photo credit: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Rescue Beauty Lounge: Aqua Lily

I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off today!

Rescue Beauty Lounge is an amazing brand of nail polish.  Aqua Lily was a part of the Spring 2012 Fan Collection- Ji (the creator) allowed fans from all over to submit their dream polish ideas, and the winning ideas were brought to life.  Aqua Lily was a huge fan favorite, and sold out quickly.  It was so popular that Ji opted to included it in this year’s Bring It Back collection, so soon after it’s initial release.

I JUMPED at the chance to own Aqua Lily this time.  I was new to the polish world when the collection was initially released, and my lack of knowledge combined with sticker shock (RBL polishes are $20 each) lead me to wait too long to buy it.    I also did this with Scrangie (another well loved RBL that Ji has said will never be returning)- but thankfully I managed to get my hands on it via a swap.  I’ve learned my lesson- if I ADORE it and it’s not a core color, I need to save up and get it.

This color is a dream to apply.  It went on smoothly, required no cleanup, and was fully opaque in 2 coats.  These photos are 2 coats of Aqua Lily and 1 coat of Julep Fast Dry Topcoat.

Just look at that beautiful shine of pink!  Indoors, Aqua Lily doesn’t quite shimmer on the nails like it does in the bottle.  It’s much more subtle.

If you really want Aqua Lily, I highly suggest saving up and getting it while you still can!  Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes are $20, and can be found here.  You can also follow the RBL Facebook page here.

 

 

 


Takko Lacquer: Wanderlust

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers here in the US, and to anyone else that may be celebrating today!  One of the many things I am thankful for is all of YOU! My husband pushed me and pushed me to just start a blog to have a fun way to show off my collection, and I never thought so many people would be even remotely interested in looking at my chubby nubbin’ nails 🙂 So thank you!

Speaking of nubbin’ nails… mine have made a reappearance again 😦  I had finally recovered from my last break, when I got a small tear at my nail bed line on my swatching hand’s index finger. I tried to repair it, but I had waited too late (it happened when I was out) so the nail just had to be cut. Back to square one! You’ll probably notice for about a week that particular finger is uneven- I refused to cut the entire nail that far down, so one edge is a bit shorter than the other (that’s where the break happened). Truth be told, I prefer my nails this short in terms of function- with how much running around and housework I do, maintaining longer nails is hard. But I love LOOKING at my nails when they’re long!

Anyways, on to my swatches! Today I decided to wear a long lemming that I finally purchased- Takko Lacquer’s Wanderlust! Takko Lacquer is a newer brand on the indie scene, and all of her polishes are just absolutely stunning. I now own 5! You’ll be seeing the others soon 🙂

 This is described on the Etsy listing as ‘a smokey lilac jelly creme hybrid lacquer with vibrant teal shimmer’.  And I can’t resist quoting the inspiration of the polish from it’s listing as well- all of Takko Lacquers have *amazing* descriptions and inspiration photos. ‘Toes in the sand, taking over the world’s concrete jungles, tea with the Queen, climbing up mountains, shopping in the Champs Elysee. Watching the sunrise, and racing it to watch it set on the other coast. This one is for all of those whose heart is always wanderlust, ready for adventure and chasing unknown lands, the world is your playground.’  *swoon*

‘Vibrant teal shimmer’ is a VERY good description here.  This shimmer is very, very noticeable.  It’s not one that only comes out to play in sunlight- it’s just as beautiful and visible in the shade and indoors.

Application was amazing. I rarely use the phrase ‘applied like butter’, but that’s really how this applied. The polish is a bit on the thicker side, but it goes exactly where you want it to- no flooding, no other issues. It even appeared to self level a bit!

This is 2 coats of Wanderlust followed by 1 coat of Color Club topcoat. I could have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did 2 since I was going to photograph.

Close up photo of one of my nails!

I could probably rave forever about these polishes.  Though I didn’t photograph it, I wore ‘We’re All Mad Here’, one of her holiday colors, just yesterday and it took my breath away.

All Takko Lacquer polishes are 3-Free, made in the USA (all the ingredients, pigments, base, bottles, labels, from the boxes and bubble wrap are USA made), vegan, cruelty free, and mineral based.

You can follow Takko Lacquer’s blog here to keep up to date on new polishes and news, and follow them on Twitter here (@takkolacquer).

You can buy these beautiful colors at Takko Lacquer’s Etsy store here. Polishes sell for $15.  I know that’s a bit higher than a lot of girls are comfortable spending- but trust me, they are worth every penny. They’re worth saving for! Restocks typically happen on Fridays at 1pm EST. If you want something, though, be sure to be there when she opens! There’s usually only a few of each color and things move pretty quickly (though not so fast you want to throw your computer out a window).

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Pams & Kin Swatches!

As promised yesterday, I have a few Pams & Kin polishes to show off!  I took advantage of their recent sale and bought my very first colors from this line.  I’ve been really interested in exploring the less glittery side of indies lately, and these did not disappoint!

I chose Audrey, Start the Revolution and Only Ashes, and was surprised with Bruised when I got my package!  All 3 of these are just lovely.  Application was a tiny bit thick with Audrey,  but absolutely perfect with the other two.  All were opaque in 2 coats and didn’t require much cleanup.

First up is Audrey, Start the Revolution!

This is a gorgeous shade of Tiffany blue.  The bottle is filled with a stunning blue and pink shimmer, but sadly they weren’t as noticeable on the nail.  They were still there, though!  Just not quite as prominent and really didn’t want to show up for my camera.

This is 2 coats of Audrey with 1 coat of Poshe topcoat.  The application was a little tricky because this one was a bit thicker than the others, but it wasn’t anything difficult to work with.

Next I have Only Ashes!

This was my favorite of the trio!  I am in love with greys this fall, and this is a beautiful one!  It’s a smoky grey color filled with a strong pink and blue shimmer.  This was very noticeable on the nail, as you can see in the pictures!

Application was great and everything went on smoothly and easily.  The photos show 2 coats with 1 coat of Poshe topcoat.

Finally, I have Bruised!

This is a beautiful dark blurple shade filled with a strong pink-purple shimmer.

Like Only Ashes, this one went on beautifully.  I would highly reccomend a base coat though!  I always use a base coat so I had no staining, but in the areas of skin that required a bit of cleanup, there was some residual blue.  Better safe than sorry with these super dark colors!  Photos show 2 coats with Poshe topcoat.

You can find Pams & Kin on Facebook here, and check out their Etsy store here.  Be sure to look at all their lovely creations!

Full size bottles are typically $10.00 USD, though they can sometimes be higher (if the polish is a holo, for instance).


A Look at Tip Top Nails

A few weeks ago, Tip Top Nails contacted me and were sweet enough to send me a few of their beautiful colors all the way from South Africa to try out!  If you’re not already following Tip Top’s Facebook page, I highly reccomend it!  They frequently give out awesome tips and tutorials 🙂

I recieved 5 beautiful colors- Perfect For Me, Perfect Look, Wild Thing, Popsicle, and Turbulence- as well as a combination base coat and topcoat All-In-One.  I used the All-In-One as my basecoat for each color and it worked wonderfully!  Now on to pretty pictures!

First up is Perfect For Me, a bright neon pink!

This is a bright, glossy neon pink- not too blindingly bright, but still neon!  I used 2 coats for these photos and no topcoat.  A neon that’s glossy and not matte!

Next is Perfect Look, a sheer white jelly.

It wasn’t clear from the bottle, but this is definitely more of a jelly polish- it’d be perfect for jelly sandwiches.  The photos are of 4 coats, and there was still NVL.  It reminds me a lot of a slightly whiter version of Essie Marshmallow, which is (was) my favorite go-to polish for jelly sandwiches!

Tip Top’s Popsicle, a gorgeous peach-leaning pink with a strong pink-silver shimmer.

This was my very favorite of the bunch- and I did love them all!  The photos show 2 coats, no topcoat.

Wild Thing, a beautiful shimmering ocean blue.

This photo shows 2 coats, no topcoat.  You’ll see it again Thursday playing underwear duty for another polish!

And last but not least, I have Turbulance- a gorgeous shimmering midnight blue that leans a tiny bit purple.

These photos are 2 coats, no topcoat, just like all the others.  They’re all just so shiny and pretty!

I hope you enjoyed my photo spam!  Sadly Tip Top Nails is only available in South Africa 😦  But you can check out their Facebook page, and you can find their main webpage here!    Be sure to check back tomorrow for Go Pink Wednesday- I’ll be showing off 2 separate manis!


Nail of the Day: Deborah Lippmann Forsaken Sookie Sookie Duo

Happy Friday, everyone!  As I’m sure a lot of you saw, last night was an eventful evening in the ER with my youngest (he’s fine, just some breathing issues from his virus he’s been fighting), so today’s post will be simple but pretty. 🙂

A few months ago, HSN started advertising their upcoming Forsaken collection- a beauty collection inspired by HBO’s True Blood series (yes, I know the show is based on a book series- I’m a huge huge fan of the books- if you like the show I highly recommend giving them a shot).   When I heard that Deborah Lippmann would be contributing to the collection, of course I couldn’t wait to see!  I ordered this polish duo on the first day of the collection’s release.

There’s a few different polishes available, but being a magpie (ie, I love anything that sparkles), I was immediately drawn to the Sookie Sookie duo.

This combo is made up of Human Nature, a ‘mortal putty taupe’, and Fairydust, an ‘ethereal shimmer’.  Both bottles contain the ‘True Blood’ label on one side, the standard black Deborah Lippmann on the other.

Now, I only own like 3 Lippmann polishes… mostly because I can’t often justify the price in my head.  However- this is one of the most amazing polishes.  It’s self leveling, glossy, applies like a dream- just wonderful.  These photos were taken at 2 coats, with no topcoat.  They also dried very fast (with no topcoat), and didn’t require anything in the way of cleanup.

Next up is Fairydust!

 I’ve heard of people using Fairydust on it’s own as a polish, but I feel it’s better used as a topcoat on an existing color- in this case, Human Nature.

This is 1 coat of Fairydust over 2 coats of Human Nature, no topcoat, no cleanup.

Look at that gorgeous red gold shimmer!  This is not an in-your-face bling, but very subtle and gorgeous.

This combo could be a perfect work-friendly mani for ladies who aren’t allowed to show off crazy colors in a work environment. It’s neutral, but just enough shimmer and sparkle to be fun without going overboard (like I usually do with my polish!).

This combo (they’re only sold together- sorry guys!) can be found on HSN.com for $25.  There’s also other Forsaken inspired items to check out!


Battle of the Blues: A Comparison

When I first became interested in nail polish, one of my early favorites was Sinful Color’s Cinderella.  I loved the name, the shade, and adored the pink shimmer.

I did not, however, adore how sheer it was, or that it took 4-5 coats to build up.

Unsurprisingly, I’m attracted to this ‘type’ of color- and I recently realized I have quite a few that look similar!  So I decided to compare all 5 that I own in 1 post.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise, Cult Nails Princess, Models Own Indian Ocean, 365 Days of Color Bora Bora, and Sinful Colors Cinderella.

As you can see, none of these are really the same, though a lot have the same qualities.  All 5 are blue with a pink color shift- but that’s where the similarities end.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise and Models Own Indian Ocean are the most similar, with the Models Own being a bit more ‘in your face’ sparkly.  However, Indian Ocean required 4 coats to be opaque (it’s better to layer), and Arctic Sunrise was opaque at 2 coats.  Indian Ocean is a bit stinky, as well (not 3-free), for those with sensitive senses.

Though it shows a pink shift in the photo, Cult Nails Princess is a bit more of a gold/pink shift.  365’s Bora Bora has the most subtle shimmer, but it’s a gorgeous blue with just the tiniest ‘bling’… it’s one of my favorites to use in combination with glitter layering polishes (see here and here).

And then of course we have Cinderella herself.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL color- the most baby blue of the bunch, with a pretty significant shimmer.  The biggest downside is just how sheer it is… but layered over another blue or white, it works out well.

Here’s where you can get each of these pretties!

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise:  Girly Bits Big Cartel site $10;  Harlow & Co. $12; Llarowe $12
Cult Nails Princess:  Cult Nails website $10; Overall Beauty $10
Models Own Indian Ocean: Ninja Polish $8; Harlow & Co. $10
365 Days of Color Bora Bora: 365’s Big Cartel Site, $8
Sinful Colors Cinderella:  Walgreens, $1.99 (not available online at the moment, but I’ve bought it via their site in the past)


Jesse’s Girl Swatches: Confetti, Glee and Firefly

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  I got to go out Saturday night with my husband and WITHOUT the kids, so I had a great one!

I was feeling pretty uninspired when it came to nail art or techniques, so I opted to skip Mani Monday this week and swatch some pretty colors I picked up on Sunday instead.

I’ve often passed by the rack of Jesse’s Girl polishes on my normal trips to Rite Aid- I wasn’t really familiar with them, and they were in a package.  I usually associate packages with the dollar store- of course, the dollar store is now carrying Sally Hansen, so I have to rethink that ‘dismissive’ idea anyways 🙂  I’m glad I took a second look this time!  These colors are GORGEOUS!  And at only $2.99, they’re certainly affordable!

I picked up Glee, Confetti, and Firefly.  Of course, they would be the sparkly ones!


First up is Glee!  This is a beautiful blue green shade, that’s very reminiscint of… well… a LOT of other colors.  Still very beautiful, but it’s something seen before… and then a few times before that.    But first up, swatches!

This color applied wonderfully, and is just stunning.  The pictures show 2 coats, no underwear.

You all know I love flakes- and while clearly not a flakie, the glass flecks in these three colors are all very large and I love it!

As I mentioned before, this is definitely a color we’ve seen before.   I swatched comparisons of the 2 look alikes I own:

Glee and Orly’s Halley’s Comet are pretty much identical.  The Orly does have a bit more shimmer, and has a stronger gold tone to it.  Essence’s Choose Me is a tad ligher than the other 2, and leans more blue.  Still VERY similar, though!  The other 2 look-alikes that I know of (but don’t own) are OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net, and Zoya Charla.

Orly Halley’s Comet and OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net are both harder to find now, and Zoya Charla runs in at $8 new.  Essence Choose Me was only $0.99, but now that Essence has changed to the new bottle type, I haven’t seen this color.   Jesse’s Girl Glee is $2.99- making it one of the more affordable options, and also easy to find it you’re near a Rite Aid!

Next up is Firefly!

I layered Firefly over black to try and show it at it’s best.  This is 1 coat over Cult Nails Nevermore.

Firefly is a beautiful gold shimmering topcoat.   The flecks are large and gorgeous!  They are a pretty gold iridescent color, with a very slight green tinge.

Finally, I saved my favorite for last- Confetti!

Confetti is a BEAUTIFUL shimmering purple.  I’ve made my never ending love for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie known to many people- and I still hate the fact that I didn’t splurge on it when it was available.  This is by NO means a Scrangie dupe, or even a look alike.  But it has similar characteristics to what I adore about Scrangie- specifically, a blurple shade!

Like the other 2 I purchased, this color has large glass flecks in it.  The color lightly shifts from lilac to purple, and the flecks give it a beautiful hint of green shimmer.

Look how pretty!  *Squee!*

This color is on the sheerer side compared to Glee, so I chose to layer 2 coats over a coat of Julep Anne.  You can’t really tell Anne is under there, except for it adding a slightly darker tone to 2 coats of Confetti (otherwise this look would be reached with about 4 coats in my experience).

So there you have it, my very first Jesse’s Girls!  The other colors at the store were pretty, but in my sparkle-loving opinion, these 3 were the standouts.  You can find Jesse’s Girl at Rite Aids for $2.99.