China Glaze Sea Goddess is a lovely mini-collection of six textured polishes that dry matte and stay sparkly. I’m not exactly sure which one is my favorite… it’s like with my kids… so wrong to pick a fave! Love em ALL!
Sand Dolla Make You Holla has a white base and is laced with small blue, silver, gold and pink glitter.
Teal the Tide Turns has a minty turquoise base and blue-green glitter.
Wish On A Starfish has a bubblegum pink base with gold and pink glitter. The gold is actually much more apparent IRL and it’s gorgeous!
Shell We Dance has a raspberry pink base with pink and silver glitters.
Tail Me Something has a purple base with deeper purple and some silver glitter.
Seahorsin’ Around has a deep teal base with blue and gold glitters. This one is too beautiful for words. Mermaids and peacocks wear this shade.
Formula wise all of the shades are the same across the board – a thin consistency but not out of control. Because of the thinness they all required three coats for full opacity. All shades dry matte for the sandy and textured finish.
The China Glaze Sea Goddess Nail Polish Collection is available at Ulta, Sally Beauty and other beauty supply stores. $7.50 MSRP.
Nicole by OPI has added 15 brand new nail polish shades to their core line for 2014. Check out the swatches and let me know what your faves are in the comments!
Yoga-Then-Yogurt is a bright white cream. The formula was pretty streaky and uneven. I wasn’t too pleased with this shade. I had to use three coats to get it even, but it does remind me of yogurt covered raisins.
Sweet Surrender is a sheer pearl cream with a slight grey tinge. It took a bit to get full coverage but the shade is calming to me, and I’m actually loving it! Three coats.
That’s Putting it Mild is a greige cream. IDK why but this makes me think of plaster. It’s not bad of a shade but I think when worn alone it sort of washed me out. Three coats.
At Least I Pink So is a light barbie pink cream, which is always okay in my book. It’s not too overboard pink and also not too pastel. Two coats.
I’ll Have the Salmon is a sheer, light peach cream. The formula is super thin and runny. It’s almost out of control, which is a shame because this shade is gorgeous. Three coats.
I Shop Mintage is exactly what you think – a mint cream. Totally yummy and completely perfect for Spring! Two coats.
Teal Me Something New is more of a deep turquoise cream. The shade and formula are wonderful and worth owning if you’re without something similar. Two coats.
Be Awesome has a clear base with rainbow diamond shaped glitter. Love the glitter shades and shape, so beautiful. That’s about it.. this polish is a big PITA and I’m so sad about that. The base is thick/heavy making it hard to pick up and place glitter. Below is “one coat” over Teal Me Something New… and I use the phrase one coat lightly… as it was more just me dabbing, swearing and maneuvering.
Taupe of My Class is a dark grey cream with a tint of khaki. In the bottle it just looks straight grey, so this was a pleasant surprise on the nail! Two coats.
Always a Flirt! is a reddened fuchsia shimmer. The formula on this is awesome, it painted on like glass and was so smoooooooth! It’s a little on the sheer side, so three coats were used below.
Something About Spring is a mid-tone cool pink cream. This polish had a nice formula and was lovely. Definitely consider if you don’t happen to have something similar. Two coats.
Fabulous is My Middle Name has a clear base with small silver glitter and a lot of pink, red and silver bar glitter. The bar glitter seems like it collects where you first swipe the polish on the nail, so it helps to spread it out quickly as soon as you apply. I may be alone, but I’m still loving bar glitter! One coat shown over Something About Spring.
Oh That’s Just Grape is a violet cream. Formula and application were top notch. Normally I’m not too ga-ga for this shade of purple but this one gets to me! Two coats.
Emerald Empowered is a teal duochrome. The duochrome is very slight and you can see it better in the pic with the shade. The pic at the top with the flash just makes it look like a metallic teal. Two coats.
This Blue is So You!is a midnight navy blue cream. The formula was nice and easy to work with, I thought it was going to be a one coater but in the end I used two for the photo.
While most of these shades were pretty dupeable you might still be able to find a few that’ll suit your fancy and find a home in your collection! My faves are Sweet Surrender, At Least I Pink So, I Shop Mintage, Teal Me Something New, Taupe of My Class, Always a Flirt and Oh That’s Just Grape.
Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 15 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning January 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart, Target, CVS, Kmart, Kroger, ULTA, H-E-B, Meijer and Duane Reade locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.
There’s always been a product I’ve been dying to try… but I held back because it seemed a little too expensive, and while I pride myself on being able to justify any purchase a four shade makeup palette nearing the $100 mark just didn’t seem okay to me.
This Spring 2014 the Chantecaille Limited Edition palette broke me down. The Save the Bees Palette is beyond adorable and the shades are ones I love to use daily – so what could it hurt? I’m hooked, so the wallet… it’s gonna hurt.
What Neiman Marcus says about the Chantecaille The Save The Bees Palette:
Channeling both the runway trends and the healthy freshness of Nature in the spring, the makeup is soft, natural and glowing. The complexion is clean and radiant with a flush of flattering coral on the cheeks while eyes are softly illuminated by warm washes of golden honeys anchored by stormy grays.
A delicate touch of clear-sky blue sharpens the focus on the eyes and plays against a burst of bold juicy color on the lips for a youthful look that is both sophisticated and refreshing.
The Save the Bees Palette: Passionate about raising awareness for the plight of bees and the fragility of our ecosystems, we have created the Save the Bees Palette a refreshing eye and cheek palette that artfully fuses the natural beauty of the Bees’ habitat with the Spring 14 runway trends in a unique yet wearable way.
The front of the box pairs well with the compact inside, which is an ivory and cream shade, silver plate and a bee smack dab in the middle. The exterior packaging also boasts a honeycomb pattern.
I like the packaging style because it’s sleek and not too over-the-top. With something like bees you have to be careful it doesn’t get too childish looking. I have a minor gripe that normally I wouldn’t pick on (because it’s not that noticeable, I just tend to zone in on these things) but since this palette is closing in on a Benjamin I want to point it out – the middle silver plate with the bee on it… is slightly crooked. Every time I go to use this palette I stare at that crooked silver plate and I’m “WTF” all over again.
As you open the palette you’re greeted with a thin waxy type paper with gold print that gives you the names of each shade and what you’re (ideally) supposed to be doing with them.
On the inside there is also a mirror that spans the entire topside of the palette. Under the paper are the large eye shadows with a raised bee featured on the center of each one with a golden overlay, which will immediately disappear on first use. I tried to be dainty because these are large pans and go around the bee (ironically, to Save the Bees) but since this palette is refillable the shades twisted and made that difficult.
Skyan eye-opening, delicate pale blue sheen that instantly brightens the eye area. When I first saw this one in person I thought the blue tint was a little much, but it actually makes the eyes look amazing. IMO when you use it at the inner corners of the eyes it opens them up better than any other shade I’ve ever tried. Officially in lust.
Honeya glistening golden highlighter that adds a soft touch of radiance to both cheeks and eyes. On me this is a little too intense for a highlight shade, but I adore it on my eyes! It’s that perfect golden shadow with a hit of bronze that we all love to sweep over our eyelids in the Summer-time!
Beehivea versatile and flattering gray beige that can be intensified when applied wet. More of a brown shadow with a bit of taupe and pearl mixed in this shade is amazing on the eyes. While it may seem dupeable when you look at it I’ve never been so in love with similar shades on my lid like I am with Beehive.
Nectara warm coral pink blush that delivers a cheerful pop of color to all skin tones. In my look below I was pretty heavy handed with this shade, but never felt like it was too much. The pigment is wonderful and this cheek color is smooth, easy to apply and blend. Very flattering!
Above the shades are swatched dry on bare skin. They are absolutely able to be used wet but I really don’t find that necessary. The pigment and formula of the shadows is so fantastic I’d be afraid to dampen the colors and damage them in some way.