Color Blast by Orly

Take a look at the swatches of these super-fab colours I found at the pharmacy on clearance (very rarely, if ever, will I pay for cosmetics at full-price).

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I paid $4.96 for each of these beautiful colours. The teal colour is called Electric Blue. Two coats is all I needed to make this colour look its best. I’m a major sucker for anything blue, green, or especially teal. Electric Blue is a gentle but stand out-ish cream-based colour, and for myself it is a colour I’d wear daily (because I’m a teal fanatic, I must have EVERY variation of teal on the market). The second colour is a gorgeous rich sapphire blue, called Twilight, that has speckles of holographic glitter in it. This is definitely a fancy and celebrational colour, that you’d wear when you’re feeling extra glitzy, or going somewhere special.

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Ignoring my horribly dry and Canadian-winter-abused cuticles, you can see the glitter and both colours are real pretty. The blue does need to be shaken up every time I apply a new coat, but I find that is a good habit to get into when using any nail lacquer.

I have typically only used Orly nail lacquer, but I have seen several Orly “subsidiary” brands, if you will. Definitely worth checking these out! I found them at Rexall for under $5, but I don’t think they are all that expensive at full price.

 

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Underrated! Nail polishes that you will love!

I’ve had a mild nail polish obsession (I say mild because I can usually talk myself down to buying only two or three if there is a big sale) for the past few years or so. I remember when it began. I was searching for a pretty colour or two, and stumbled upon my old dried up and stale nail polish collection from my teens. None of it was wearable, and most resembled old trends (but crackle polish is back!), and I preferred to begin anew.

I have tried many brands, from low-end to high end. I definitely have my preferences, and today I would like to reveal to all of you my absolutely favourite brand of nail polish. They are my favourite because for several reasons: price, their polish consistency, ease of application, how long-lasting they are, and choice of colours. And of course, the most important thing: they must be cruelty-free!

There is much debate over whether it is okay for us cruelty-free supporters to buy from companies that used to test but no longer do, or if they did not test for most of their history but were recently bought out by a company that does, or if they have constantly gone back and forth with regards to their animal testing policy. I will support a company who used to test, and has changed their ways, but do not feel I could trust a company (Essie, for example, whose colour selection I absolutely love!) that was bought out by a company that is well-known for conducting animal testing. In that case, the company simply can no longer be trusted to maintain their test-free policy. Here is some information about L’Oreal’s purchase of Essie that I found on Fashionista.com. I do love Essie’s colour selection, as I mentioned, but am not a big fan of the nail polish it self (at least on me). It isn’t the easiest for application, and at $11.99 here per bottle, I definitely expect something better.

my humble nail polish collection (which includes Revlon, Essie, OPI, Orly, Nyx, NYC, GOSH, and Seche) - some polishes are from brands I no longer support, but did at the time because of their animal testing policy.

The brand I am currently raving about, and have been raving about to my friends and family since I started using it is not OPI (who I recently discovered was bought by a testing company – at this lovely blog), not Spa Ritual, not Revlon, not Zoya, but GOSH Cosmetics!

I purchased my first GOSH nail products from Shoppers Drug Mart (they are in their own section away from the other polishes) several months ago. There was an awesome sale that lasted for about 2-3 weeks ($5 per polish!), so I got my pick of polishes. I don’t have a ton of them yet, but I definitely took advantage of the $5 sale. While GOSH does not have a massive collection of colours like nail giants Essie, OPI, or Revlon, the colours they do have are gorgeous, and really stand out. Their polishes often only require one coat of polish, at most two! They dry very quickly, and and since I only have to apply one to two coats, I definitely find the polish stays on longer and is less likely to chip!

my GOSH polishes from left to right: #594 Miss Grey, #571 Wild Lilac, #60 Lambada, #550 Purple Heart, #540 Ocean, and #567 Metallic Green

I tend to prefer cream polishes over shimmer or glitter polishes, but GOSH has some unique shimmer colours. #540 Ocean, for example, is a majestic swirl of greens and blues, and really does remind me of the ocean. #550 Purple Heart reminds me of an oil slick. It has tones of purple, blue, and green, depending on how it is reflecting the light! My least favourite of the bunch would be #567 Metallic Green. It is a good quality polish, but I have not had the same urge to use it like I have the others!

On top of GOSH’s polishes being my absolute favourite, they are also formaldehyde, and toluene-free!

This picture really doesn't show how amazing the colour actually is..not to mention my sloppy nail painting job. LOVE THIS STUFF!

Thanks, GOSH! 🙂

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Wild about nail polish! A small colourful haul..

It’s past midnight, and here I sit, eating garlic hummus and delicious pita, and I feel the urge to write yet another blog entry. I love how these things tend to keep coming in twos!

There were some pretty decent nail polish sales at Shoppers Drug Mart this past week. Of course, I couldn’t resist. I purchased them all at Shoppers, minus the Orly polish to the far right.nail polish haul!

Now, I don’t know if you all noticed recently, but the prices of nail products (and I’m sure other things as well), went up at Rexall Pharma Plus, and at Shoppers. Drugstore OPI polish is now $10.99. Guess I’ll only be buying that when it’s on sale too. For those who don’t know, I can’t stand the majority of nail polishes at the drugstore. I hate the consistency of Sally Hansen polishes (way too thick, a pain to apply, and they don’t last!), and I won’t go near Rimmel, L’Oreal, or others, simply because they test on animals and I’m sure they aren’t that great anyways. Anyhow, enough blabbing from me; let’s get straight to it!

I guess we can start with the two Revlon nail polishes I purchased. They were on sale for $3.99, and I only bought them because I really liked these two colours. Typically, I’m not a fan of Revlon nail products; theirrevlon nail polishes in jaded, and lily quality is simply not that great. I had noticed these two colours before, and I am a big fan of pastel and creme-type polish over metallic and shimmery polish. The first one is a minty light green colour called Jaded (#320). I have tried this  colour, and it was alright. I was in a rush, so I didn’t use any topcoat (I use Sephora by OPI’s topcoat), and I was chipping a bit by the end of the day. The formula is also a little thick for my liking, and it requires two layers to look good, but the colour is fun so I think I will put up with it. All in all, I wouldn’t buy these again. I just think the colours are cute. Interestingly, these polishes are also formaldehyde and toluene-free, which I didn’t think was common among cheaper nail polishes. I have yet to use Lily, but I am sure that with spring in the air, and Easter around the corner, I’ll be sure to make use of it.

borghese, in limoncelloNext, I will talk about the Borghese Fast Dry Nail Lacquer, in the colour Limoncello. I had always been curious about this brand, since they are more expensive and their colours are very cute. They usually cost $13.99 at Shoppers, but this past week they were on sale for $9.99. I absolutely adore the colour that I purchased. At first glance, it is shimmery yellow, yet when you look closer you can see a green-ish tint to the shimmer as well. It is so bright when applied to the nails; I got several comments at work about how delightfully bright the colour was. In terms of application, it goes on in thin layers, and dries relatively quick. I have been using two layers for this, plus a topcoat, and it has lasted 3-4 days, no problem. One thing about this polish, though, is that it does not indicate whether it is formaldehyde or toluene-free like the Revlon polishes did, so I am not clear about that. Regardless, I do like the consistency, and it seems to last (especially considering I spend much of my time typing away in class, and at work). I would never buy this unless it was on sale, though. $13.99 is way too much for a nail polish!

These next three are my absolute favourites. I had never considered Gosh gosh polishes, in lambada, miss grey, and oceannail lacquers before, simply because of the price (for some reason I want to say they are $22 each, but I think I misread the label every time I check it — they are $9.50 US, so I’m guessing they may be around $13 CAN). Also, on their website they also indicate they are a Cruelty-Free company, which really makes me happy. While I was checking flyers that came in this Thursday, I noticed that Shoppers was selling Gosh nail lacquers for $5.99 each! Yes! Being the nerd that I am, I got instantly excited and daydreamed about all the colours I could buy. After several minutes of being up in the clouds of nail polish heaven, I realized I should probably limit myself to three different colours to avoid being unable to feed myself. The first colour on the left is called Lambada(#60), and I have it on my nails right now. It is the most intense true red, and I didn’t have one in my nail polish collection, so I was very happy to find one. This colour goes on very easily, and the only reason I applied two coats was to make sure I saw the colour at its maximum intensity. This dries quickly, and makes me feel so girly; I just love how sexy this colour is. I have yet to try the other two colours, Miss Grey (#594), and Ocean (#540). Miss Grey is a beautiful neutrally cement grey, that reminds me of cloudy and rainy spring days spent jumping into puddles and getting soaked in the rain. Both Lambada and Miss Grey are creme colours, with no shimmer in them. Totally everyday appropriate. While I did mention I am not a huge fan of shimmery or metallic shades, Ocean caught my eye because of the depth in this colour. It really does remind me of scuba diving, or a picture out of National Geographic. I notice swirls of metallic teal that shines green-ish in the light. I can’t wait to put this on, it will be very refreshing to wear in the dead of summer when all I want is dive into a pool.

So for all three of these Gosh nail lacquers it cost me just under $22! The orly nail lacquer, in enchanted forestcashier must have thought I won the lottery, or something. The smile on my face was huge when I brought these lovely colours to the cash. I can’t wait to wear them all. If I’m lucky, perhaps I’ll pick up another colour before the sale ends (it would be really nice to win the lottery right about now.. ).

The final nail polish I’ve picked up in the past 3 weeks is a creme nail lacuqer by Orly, called Enchanted Forest. I was drawn to this because it is a beautiful deep green. I bought it where I get my hair done (a salon here in Ottawa called Texture, Karla is my stylist — go check her out and tell her I referred you, we’ll both get 15% off, and if you’re a student you get 20% off on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! — Okay, I’m done advertising ;)). Unfortunately the glass bottle has a little break in it at the bottom, but the break isn’t all the way through so there has been no messy leakage! It cost me $8.99, and I bought it because I’ve always wanted to try Orly lacquers, but have never seen them around Ottawa before. I’ve only used this one once since I bought it, and I think it may be because I wasn’t a huge fan of the consistency. It wasn’t as easy as others in terms of application, but I will definitely give it another try, since the colour is just lovely. This lacquer is dbp, toluene, and formaldehyde-free, as indicated on the back of the polish.

These nail polish sales should still be on at Shoppers Drug Mart. I can’t guarantee they will be all over Canada, but I’d definitely recommend taking a look; you may get lucky!

This has been a great journey on the path of nail polish fun and exploration, and I look forward to doing it again sometime. I cannot believe I expanded my collection by seven polishes in the past few weeks; I guess I deserve a good pat on the back (especially for getting 6 of them on sale, go me!). If anyone wants to indulge me on their nail polish favourites or recent purchases, please comment!