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Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics Polish Swatches and Review

Posted in Bronze, Cheeky Monkey, pearl, pink, Red, Shimmer on March 1, 2010 by ainamakeup

Hi Everyone!

Today I bring you swatches and a review from a Canadian company called Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics.  The name alone instantly reminds me of the popular character Simon created by Mike Myers on Saturday Night Live.  The term “Cheeky Monkey” is the only similarity, though.  I’m really digging the concept behind their cosmetics and their nail polish.  Each bottle has a tag attached with a little message written on it like , “Remember that a piece of chocolate cake can’t get you pregnant.”  Too cute!  The polish names are just as fun like “Raunchy Bitch”, “Camel toe” and “Brazen Hussy.” now on to the swatches!

Cheeky Monkey "Thigh Highs"

This color is a brassy/bronze/brown shimmer.  I feel like this would work on a longer nail.  I have pretty long nail beds, but my nails themselves are fairly short.  And I don’t think it contrasts with my skin tone too well.

Cheeky Monkey "Trailer Trash"

I was doing these swatches while my mom was visiting and when I put this on, she remarked how much she liked the color on me.  I have to admit, I like it too!  I think this is a sweet pink, not too pale, not too bright.  Actually, I don’t think this color is trashy at all!

Cheeky Monkey "Staggette"

I like to call this “bitch red”.  This is the kind of color Taylor Swift’s arch rival would wear in the video for “You Belong With Me”.  This screams “If you want it, boys you’re gonna have to work for it”.

Cheeky Monkey "Pearl Necklace"

I’m sure the innuendo is very much intended.  This is your basic pearly white.  Pretty but not a standout for me.

The formula on these were good.  The cremes and the shimmers both had an easy, smooth application. I still need to test the wear and check out their top coat called “I like it on top” (tee hee).  Part two of my Cheeky Monkey review coming soon!

Check out Cheeky Monkey’s Website which includes drink pairings for each nail color and other fun features!  Each nail polish retails for $15.  Happy Shopping!

Throwback Thursday: Old School Mattes

Posted in Bronze, Brown, Gray, Matte, pearl, Purple, Throwback Thursday on February 25, 2010 by ainamakeup

Anyone who has had a longstanding love affair with nail lacquer knows that the matte and satin finish trend is not a new concept. I decided to go digging through my Lacquerholic archives and find my old mattes. I have to admit I haven’t worn some of these in years; reason being I don’t have much time in my day to day life to wait for nail polish to dry. Mattes dry somewhat faster than regular nail polish, but you can’t use a fast drying top coats. My usual nail routine when I want to change polish colors is to add a coat of Seche Vite or Poshe fast drying top coat, wait 20 minutes then go to sleep. I love the fact that I can wake up the next morning with no sheet marks on my polish!

What I love the most about these mattes is that most of them are drugstore brands like Maybelline.

Sally Hansen "Bronzed Matte"

To this day I’ve yet to see any color quite like this and I love it. This is the color of bronze statues. I absolutely love it and will keep it for as long as I can. Notice the very subtle flash of brassy shimmer?  Someone needs to re-create like this so i don’t have to worry about running out!

Maybelline "Matte Galaxy"

I love this pearly, off white matte. Most of the new mattes that are out are dark, so this is a refreshing change of pace.  The application was a little chunky, as this polish is pretty old.  I’m not sure how to fix these because they are matte and not glossy.  Will adding thinner ruin the finish?  I didn’t want to find out…

Maybelline Matte Bronze

This is a very different bronze than the Sally Hansen. This Bronze has a brassy tone to it. It’s not as unique as the Sally Hansen, but I still like it!

Maybelline Matte Grape

Love this! The name says it all. It’s dark, it’s purple, it’s matte, it’s not too chalky.

Maybelline Matte Stone

YES! I love this light gray/brown. Yes the polish is old and it a bit think so it applied streaky but how cool is this matte? This color has to be over 10 years old and I think it was ahead of its time.

If you’re lucky, you can find some of the old Maybelline Express finish nail polishes at your local dollar stores. I’ve seen them at “Lots for Less” on Chambers Street and at “Cosmetic Show” on east 55th Street in New York City. Happy Searching!