Essie Winter 2010 Swatches and Review

Posted in Essie, Gray, Green, Purple, Red on February 20, 2011 by ainamakeup

I’d been waiting for this collection since I first heard about it.  Just when I think I’ve seen every dark, gray or green, something new comes along and I just had to pick up my faves from this collection.

Esie Going Incognito

This green is more yellow based and while this was the color I was most excited about having, I don’t think it looks as nice with my skintone as I’d hoped.  I expected a muted green and this color is brighter than I thought it would be.  I still think it’s a gorgeous green and I’ll probably still wear it anyway.

Essie Luxedo

Luxedo is a deep purple creme. I know it’s not anything we haven’t seen, but I really like this dark violet shade.  No matter how many dark polishes I have, I always want more!

Essie Hot Cocoa

One of my favorites of this collection.  Comparable to OPI YDKJ or other brown/taupe colors out there.  This one seems to have more brown than gray.

Essie Masquerade Belle

Masquerede Belle is actually much brighter than this picture shows.  It’s definitely more wine in tone than say a blackened red like Wicked.  I don’t like many reds, but I’ve worn this one more than once.

Essie Smokin Hot

Love love love!  This smokey dark gray is my fave of the collection.  I think it’s different from the other grays I own.  It’s got some purple to it, and while I love light grays, my favorites are darker ones.  So happy to have this in my Gray collection.

The formula on these are great! I didn’t have a problem with application.  I’m not a fan of wide brushes, so I always appreciate applying Essie polishes.  I got mine a Beauty 35, my favorite beauty supply store in the city but you can get these at  Until next time, addicts!


China Glaze Holiday 2010 Swatches and Review

Posted in Bronze, China Glaze, Green, Red on February 9, 2011 by ainamakeup

Ok, fine!  I’m just a wee bit late on posting these.  I figure since it’s there is no end to winter in sight,  despite what Puxatony Phil and Staten Island Chuck (seriously, Staten Island has a groundhog named Chuck!) predict, I can get away with reviewing a holiday collection now right?  I picked up a few of the shades that piqued my interest on 8ty8 Beauty.

China Glaze Little Drummer Boy

This dark blue shimmer really caught my eye.  It’s not as “almost black” as other blues out there like Nars Midnight Express or Zoya Ibiza.

Ching Glaze Sugar Plums

Really like this.  This was definitely one of my go-to holiday shades.  Red Plum with gold glitter.  Even though the glitter particles are small, they are still a little difficult to remove, like most glitter polishes are.  I think this is the most traditional and festive of the holiday collection.

China Glaze Naughty and Nice

I can’t ever get enough of vampy dark polishes. This one is a dark plum creme and even though its not anything new, it’s lovely.

China Glaze Peace on Earth

Surprisingly, this was my favorite Holiday shade  I chose this antique gold/olive green  shimmer to wear during the holidays and to all the Holiday parties I attended.  It was different than you usual red and green holiday shades, but was still festive for the season.  Love it!

CND Swatches

Posted in Blue, Brown, Gray, sheer with tags on January 31, 2011 by ainamakeup

A few months ago I attended a trade show in Florida for work and snagged some CND goodies for $5 each!  Previously this I only had one or 2 of the CND Colour and Effect polishes, but now that I have a few more I have to say I really love them!  The color impact  so intense I could have gotten away with one coat, but in most of these photos I used two and in one case, 3.

CND Inkwell

Lovely dark blue.  It’s an almost black shade of blue.  Not necessarily unique but a great blue nonetheless.

CND Ashphalt

I can’t ever resist a gray and this one is definitely in my favorites list.  It was pretty much completely opaque in one coat.  Happy Happy Joy Joy!

CND Putty

I got this one hoping it would be a great nude for me.  This was the only one I used three coats with just to try and build it up a bit.  It’s still pretty sheer and I don’t think it goes with my skintone very well.

CND Raisin in the Sun

Ok, again maybe not such a unique color but this is a really nice dark chocolaty brown.  I like that it’s red toned but still a true brown.

I know everyone is talking about Shellac, and while I’m really looking forward to trying it soon, I have to say I really love these Color & Effects polishes.  You can get them at for $9.00 each.  Enjoy!

China Glaze Anchors Away Preview

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2011 by ainamakeup


Anchors Away!

Hey All!


I first heard about this collection from ALU from her review of the Cosmoprof Trade Show this past summer.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting this collection ever since.  Check these out:


  • · Life Preserver: Highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème.
  • · Hey Sailor: Vibrant crème red.
  • · Ahoy!: Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
  • · First Mate: Sophisticated and rich navy crème.
  • · Starboard: Hip and playful green crème.
  • · Lighthouse: Multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.
  • · White Cap: Whimsical and sparkling multi-dimensional white.
  • · Pelican Gray: High shine, cool toned grey crème.
  • · Sea Spray: Calming pale blue crème.
  • · Below Deck: A flirty mix of taupe and violet.
  • · Sunset Sail: Delightful peachy pink high shine crème.
  • · Knotty: Micro-particle beige shimmer.

I’m super excited about Sea Spray, Pelican Gray, First Mate and Starboard.   China Glaze is sold at Sally Beauty Supply and online at 8ty8 Beauty Supply and should be released any day now.  I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

Mattese Elite Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Posted in Blue, Gold, Green, Mattese Elite on January 4, 2011 by ainamakeup

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!  I know I’ve been gone for a while but I am back!  December was a crazy busy month for me work wise.  I worked 19 days in a row.  No days off.  I’m so glad the work marathon is over and I can get back to blogging regularly!  Behold the Fall 2010 collection from Mattese Elite.

Mattese Elite is a brand sold at legendary NYC Cosmetics and costume emporium, Ricky’s.  You’ll notice some of the shades in their fall 2010 collection are named similarly  and bare a resemblance to polishes of some of the more well-known brands, but at around $5.00 a pop, you won’t mind the shades being knockoffs, and the quality is definitely there!

ME Lost in Passion

This one really surprised me.  I just didn’t expect such a bright blue when I first looked at the bottle color.  I thought t would be more of a blurple.  There is a lot of purple micro shimmer that shows in the bottle, but after three coats it’s a bright blue.  I really like it.

ME Green with Envy

Forest green creme.  Love it!  It may not be that unique, but if you’re looking for a color like this, I’d highly recommend this one.  This one is a regular in my winter rotation.

ME Amazing Rush

This is a glittery olive-green/antique gold.  I was afraid I wouldn’t love it, but I do.  It’s not too gold and not too green, and I think it works well with my skin color.

Ski Teal Dusk


Ok, so the name of this one was definitely  ahem…inspired by OPI’s “Ski teal we drop”.  So what!  It’s a more affordable teal that applies like a dream and looks great!

The formula on all of these were great!  Two coats on all the swatches and that was really all that I needed.  You can order these online at for only $5.99!

Two New OPI’s

Posted in Green, Matte, Purple, Shimmer, Uncategorized on December 13, 2010 by ainamakeup

I picked up two new OPI’s recently.  Take a gander at these babies!

OPI Teasy Does It

Out of all the sparkly colors in the new Burlesque collection I decided I only wanted one.  It wasn’t a matter of restraint, I just wasn’t feeling the majority of the colors. I’m not a big fan of Glitters and I love dark polishes more than the majority of the colors featured in the Burlesque collection.

OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow Suede

I really love the Matte finish on this suede shade.  Green, matte, shimmery.  What more can I ask for?  I find it odd that they suede versions OPI releases are not remotely like their classic counterparts.  However unlike they are, the still have a special place in my heart.  And you get two polishes in one by using a shiny top coat!

OPI HTAT with Top Coat

It’s really pretty with top coat, but I think I like the dull, matte finish better.  People just don’t wear them enough!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been crazed at work.  We had a huge promotion over thanksgiving weekend and we are just now getting the last of the overwhelming amount of orders out.  I’m back and definitely plan on posting and updating at least twice a week if not more!

Nars Haul!

Posted in Blue, Green, Nars, Shimmer on November 15, 2010 by ainamakeup

I had it marked on my calendar when the NARS Vintage collection was coming out. Like many Nail polish freaks out there, my mind would not be at rest until I found a way to have Zulu in my possession. Finally, NARS announced that Zulu among other  classic polishes were returning!  Hallelujah!

NaARS Zulu

I spent many years out of the nail polish game.  When I got back into it I kept reading from bloggers like Scrangie, The Polish addict and All Lacquered Up about the previously discontinued NARS Zulu.  It was by far the most talked about shade I’d ever seen.  My inner lemming was on!  I kept trying to find dupes, which only increased my love of green nail polishes.  i know it;s not the original 2007 version, but after reading about the very subtle differences in the base color, I’m happy to have the new Zulu in my stash at last – particularly because I didn’t have the application issues I’d read about the original Zulu.  This swatch was three coats with no top coat.

Nars Mash

I really love this color.  Very pretty antique gold/olive green shimmer.  This one is also three coats with no top coat.  i didn’t notice many brush stroke marks.

Nars Midnight Express

Awesome deep blue with a jelly finish.  It’s an almost black so only true polish heads will appreciate the beauty of this shade.  This was also three coats.

I picked these up on  There are two more shades in this collection, Full Metal Jacket and King Kong, but at $16 a pop, I can be but so crazy.