Groove is in the Heart Pink

Groove is in the Heart is a “flamingo” pink “crème” nail polish from Deborah Lippmann. I would describe this lovely bright polish more as a peachy pink that doesn’t bring to mind flamingos, real or plastic. And while it is called a crème, I felt it was too sheer. I needed to put on three coats as it was a bit thin and streaky. It probably could use one more coat actually (I haven’t added a top coat yet so this is its natural shine).

I'm wearing three coats of Groove is in the Heart nail polish with no top coat.

This was a bottle I received in one of my Top Box’s (I actually have two and thought it was about time I tried it — I’ll have to give the extra to my friend Lana!). It is definitely a comfortable color to wear, bright, but not too flashy. And after a few days it seems to be holding up well.

I did a quick search online and could only find it still available at Sweet Potato Boutique for $19.

Blowfish Hot Pink Nail Polish

One of the first things I check when I get a new polish is the name of the color. If it turns out to be just a number I’m like, “Meh!” and may lose a little excitement but if there is a cute or witty name I am somehow a little more psyched to try it. Such was the case with LASplash’s Blowfish Hot Pink. I’ve never seen a hot pink blowfish but the image is amusing. The color turned out much bright and dare I say neon than I expected.

I was in the mood for hot pink nail polish and LASplash definitely fit the bill with their Blowfish Hot Pink.

I also found the formula very thick and hard to control. After two coats I had to use the top coat to fill in the unevenness I was left with. Great color though.

This is my first experience with LASplash. This hot pink nail polish came in my LASplash Top Box with two other colors (I haven’t had a chance to try them yet). Have you tried LASplash nail polish? What do you think of the hot pink color?

[Yes, my cuticles look like that. I have been working my way back from a year of ignoring them. They are actually in good shape considering what they’ve been through.]

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Punch Drunk Pink

I love the colour of Sally Hansen’s Punch Drunk pink/purple nail polish that many bloggers have likened in colour to the “Radiant Orchid” colour of the year although I find this more on the pink side. Regardless it is a lovely color.

My review of Sally Hansen's Punch Drunk nail polish in 440.

I only used one coat to cover my nails and as always Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure wide brush makes all the difference in application — I don’t think there is anything else I haven’t said already in previous posts about this brand.

I love the pretty shade of pink with a hint of purple.

It is all about the colour and while I don’t feel stupefied or disoriented it definitely makes me happy. I think Sally has another winner with this one.

The color is reminiscent of Radiant Orchid but I don't think it is an exact match but still, close enough for us average josie's.

Have you tried Punch Drunk yet?

Summer Pink

L’Oreal has a really pretty summer pink that was released in 2012 and is still available. Butterfly Kisses (#380) is a delicate petal pink with a hint of purple to make it suggest lavender in some lighting. It is a sheer polish that was a bit finicky to work with the first coat. Were it not so streaky I probably would have gone with one coat. But…

One coat of Butterfly Kisses nail polish on my nails.

I normally try to keep polishes to two coats but this one required three which is not really a bad thing because it is a thin polish and did not build up all gummy. It is almost opaque with three coats — you can just see the line of my nail tip but I am not bothered by this.

My nails with three coats of Butterfly Kisses by L'Oreal.

You can still find this color at some drug stores (I picked mine up at Shopper’s Drug Mart last week) and online.

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* Find Butterfly Kisses at Best Buy (I know I was surprised too!)

Mirror Metallic Nail Polish

I tried my first “mirror metallic” nail polish from Essie’s Metal Collection. My choice was Nothing Else Metals which is a pale lavender chrome. Their metal nail polish line comes with five color choices the other four are: blue rhapsody, good as gold, penny talk, and no place like chrome.

On my nails is Essie's Nothing Else Metals nail polish.

I love the color. I like the thickness of the formula and how it applied but this is a formula that screams for a larger brush — Essie’s brush is so thin and I especially noticed it while applying this polish. It dries fast so there is no playing around with it. I was tempted to just use one coat but went with two.

It is a pretty rosy lavender with loads of sheen.

I am not a fan of the concept mainly because you have to have really pristine buffed nails as absolutely every lump and bump and groove and ridge shows up. I could see a lot that I didn’t even know was there or had I applied a regular polish.

It is very eye catching, maybe too eye catching because it shoes all natural texture of the nail.

I am all for a little buffing occasionally but really hate to do it because I have thin-ish nails to begin with and any sort of buffing causes splitting down the road if not done evenly. That being said, if you have nicely buffed nails there is a metal texture to the polish that reminds me of the texture of stainless steel.

I like the pink chrome color but not that it shows all my imperfections.

Later in the week I trimmed my nails and the polish really handled it well. It didn’t chip or crap and I was able to file and continue on for a few more days until I applied a glitter which totally wrecked the look.

Totally trashed the look by adding a glitter. At the time I thought it would break up the boldness when I was growing tired of.

I probably won’t buy another chrome/mirror polish but I can see myself using this one with some color blocking down the road.

Have you tried any metallic nail polish? Like or not?

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* Check out Essie’s other nail polish
* Purchase Nothing Else Metals from Amazon

Dusty Rose Frost Nail Polish

It has been a rough couple weeks nail/cuticle wise. I reverted into some bad habits for a short time but I think I have come out of the gloom and have them back under control. I decided to celebrate with a fresh coat of nail polish from my “haven’t tried yet” stash box — yes it is a real box. I actually call it my “to-do” nail polish box and it comes before my “to-do nail polish shelf. It is sad but exciting at the same time, at least for me it is.

I decided to go with the neutral Lois which came in one of my Mystery Boxes I purchased last year from Julep. I would normally not choose a color like this for myself and when I took it out of the box I was like, “Meh”. But having actually put it on I’ve decided I love it.

One coat of the dusty rose frost nail polish called Lois, from Julep.

Lois is a dusty rose frost and has a nice finish. I was quite happy with one coat which was slightly sheer with a fine sparkle, but I did two coats because I always find it more durable and I am a week bit opaque obsessed.

I added two accent glitter nails to the thumb and ringer finger.

My plan was just to wear the one polish but the Cuccio Remix glitter I got in my Top Box was screaming to be used as an accent so I applied two coats of that to my ring fingers and thumbs.

How Lois nail polish looks under artificial light.

As you can see the color is slightly different under natural light — it’s a little rosier. I just love all the different colors (pink, green, blue, silver) and sizes (fine to medium grade) of glitter in the Cuccio Remix. It goes on really nice too without having to work the glitter placement.

The nail polish is a little rosier under natural light. I love it.

I took a quick trip over to Julep’s website and they still have the Lois nail polish available and it is on sale for $3.99.

A final look at Julep's Dusty Rose and Cuccio's glitter Remix.

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* Get your Lois nail polish from Julep

Revlon Nail Art Expressionist

I finally got a chance to play with my tube of Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Pinkcasso (340). This is my second tube from Revlon in this format that I have tried. A few months back I tried the Chalkboard duo. While I like the concept of the double packaging I have decided in terms of function it is quite a nuisance. The double sided bottles are just clumsy to handle.

My color blocked nails with Revlon's Expressionist nail art in Pinkcasso.

If you are not familiar with this brand: one end is the base color with a normal brush and the other end is the decorative color with a thinner nail art brush. I really like the orange and pink color combination. The orange was a bit streaky going on but with the nail art on top I can’t really tell. All I did was make a sideways T and filled in one of the boxes.

I filled in a different box on the thumb for contrast.

On the thumb I filled in the area above the sideways T just to be a little different.

The pink and red nail polish under natural light.

This duo was fun to play with but it will probably be my last unless they decide to split them up and actually sell them as a duo package. I do like the color combos they choose. And the thin nail art brush is actually nice to work with — the right amount of thin and length.

Have you tried any of the duo nail products from Revlon?

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* Check out the color combos at Revlon

Pulsating Pink Nail Polish

This is my first Rimmel London (can be found at Walmart, Target, Shoppers etc) nail polish. For a few bucks I couldn’t resist this Pulsating pink. This is part of their one coat line that dries in 60 seconds but I didn’t like the sheer look so I went for two coats which I think is much better.

My nails with two coats of Rimmel London Pulsating nail polish.

I really love the color which has a fine sparkle to it but doesn’t really stand out. The brush on this tiny bottle of polish is a bit thicker than average but smaller than the large one Sally Hansen has. It’s not bad.

Showing off my "pulsating" pink nails and the tiny bottle of Rimmel London poslish.

Unfortunately by the next morning I needed to do touch ups because there were little chips on the tips. It actually looked better with the third coat of color but was chipping again the next day. But still, I love the color.

My nails with three coats of Rimmel's pink Pulsating nail polish.

Are you a Rimmel London nail polish user? Is this usual?

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* Get your Rimmel Pulsating from Amazon
* Learn more about Rimmel London

Deep French manicure

While I was watching television the other day I saw a French manicure with pale pink tips flash by, sorry I don’t remember what the actual commercial was about but it certainly wasn’t nails. The main thing I noticed about the mani was that the usual white tips of a french manicure were really deep into the nail, almost half. She also had some stone accents but that is above my patience level.

I decided to use circular white adhesive labels, I picked up from the Dollar Store 300 for $1.25, to get a even but curved edge–the model’s actually went straight across the nail and in hind sight I wish I had done that because I kind of liked that too (next time). Anyway, here is the labels in place:

White circular labels in place on nails as marker and protection.

I could have gotten the donut kind that people use for protecting the holes in 3-ring paper but I figured these would give better coverage and protection.

For the base I used Julep’s Marie, a very pale lavendar glaze and for the tips I used Cover Girl’s Pink-finity (One of my favorites. You can see the full pale pink mani on one of my other sites.) And I finished off with my Revlon top coat:

Pink tipped french manicure.

I am happy with how it turned out but I do wish I had used a darker base, perhaps a sheer white. I contemplated adding tiny dots to the seam but could not decide on a color–a bright pink or blue or something else. Maybe in a few days. But overall I am not disappointed.

Over the week I ended up playing with this look a little bit. I could not help myself. First I added a red line between the base and the pink nail tip — as you can see I need a bit more practice with horizontal line drawing. I think it would have been a more interesting effect had my original base coat been a bit darker.

I added a red polish accent strip with a slight sparkle.

For the red strip I used Finger Paints Restoration Red which has a fine sparkle to it and a drawing brush for line drawing.

A close up of the sparkle in the red strip nail tip.

After a few more days I decided as cute as it was it was perhaps too harsh a transition and added a top coat of allover sparkle with Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme wear in Supernova (235). I love this sparkle top coat — it has a mixture of purple, pink, and blue. It looks great over lavender nail polish too! My nails kind of remind me of strawberry shortcake like this.

Pink french manicure with sparkle top coat.

Which way do you think was the best?

How to Tone Down Hot Pink Polish

This summer I entered Shoppers’s Drug Marts online nail art competition which featured four looks that we had to mimic. One of my favorite looks was created by nail artists Jenny Stencel and Danielle Black from Polish You Pretty. The tutorial uses three colors including two very bright pinks which are almost painful (but pretty) to look at on their own but applying them together along with a bright teal accent tones down the hot pink polish without killing its “pop” color appeal.

The instruction video the nail artists provided is quick and to the point and makes learning to do this process quick and fun:

This is one of my favorite looks so far and it still surprises me how easy it was to do. I am looking forward to doing this one again with other colors.

Bright summer pink nail polishes by Ceramic Glaze and Quo.

The nail polishes I used for this look were:

  • Quo by Orly — Femme Fatale
  • Ceramic Glaze — Watermelon Cooler
  • Ceramic Glaze — Exotic Dragon Fruit

I believe Quo and Ceramic Glaze are both exclusive to Shopper’s Drug Mart but any bright shades from your collection would work. I used a Revlon base coat. Here is the live view of my final creation.

This has seriously been one of my favorite looks. You have to try it.

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* Check out more styles at Polish You Pretty