Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cheeky Monkey ~ III

The newest colors from Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics arrived at my doorstep a couple of weeks ago, and I was overjoyed! Andrea remembered "little ol' me" and I am VERY grateful!

So, with little introduction here are the 4 new Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics Spring 2010 colors!

This is "Booty Call"....and if someone was on the other end of the line wearing this fab color, don't you know I'd be right over. This is just beautiful; not quite purple, not quite magenta, but a sparkled mix of the two. Quite possibly my favorite of the four.

Next up is "Filthy Madame" - may be who IS at the other end of the booty call! It makes me think of some hyped-up, black-tie soiree that has out-lived the party. This is how I feel after one of those uncomfortable nights.....with my husband, of course! :)

And there there is this minty-goddess, "Get Wet". With all the makers and the mint craze, Cheeky Monkey got on the wagon, and as far as I'm concerned, came in first. This one was a tad bit streaky with the first coat, but 2 coats brought out the beauty in this polish.

Here we go with the last one - "Tease". So, I put this in the concrete category, but with a hint of purple...yes, purple. With all the grey/concrete/cement colors out there, this is def going to be my "go-to" grey.

Just because I can't get enough of this color (and I did it the last time I reviewed)... *drooling*

And I love the sun in this too.....yummy. Do you see that slight little hint of colored sparkle? Not a holo, but there is some kick a$$ twinkle in there...

So, all in all the formula is great, the pigments are great, and the owner, Andrea is THE BOMB!!! (hey, that might not be a bad name for a polish....).

Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics are available for $15 USD, each on the website, HERE. They are BIG 3 Free and worth every penny. Give you fingers a story to tell....they are RAWKIN!!!!

Be Polished!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Diamond Cosmetics' New Summer 2010 Collection!


Diamond Cosmetics has done it again! This collection, although only 3 shades, is exactly up on the trend with polish makers world-wide.....(I'll show you why in a minute). Marissa sent me these polishes to review a couple of weeks ago, and now I am going to share these absolutely gorgeous colors with you....and now, without further a-do (Kermit the Frog voice inserted HERE)


First up is #355, Magens Bay Blue. The release states: "Magens Bay Blue is a light blue-based teal. this color shines like the clear blue bay on the brightest day".

Next up is #356, Pelican Peak Purple: "a feminine and flirty lilac that will match your bikini, the beach and your boy wonderfully"....cute, cute, CUTE!!!

And lastly is #357, South Beach Pink. This one says "this bright pink is the perfect color to transition from a fun day in the syn to a wild night on the town" - and I agree....GO!

These beauts are what we have all come to rely upon from DC, smooth, 2-coaters and just plain pretty. The application was exactly what I expected....coat 2 just melts in to the first causing a smooth and shiny finish.

All of Diamond Cosmetics' polishes are free from Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Camphor. They are available on their website for $2.25 each. Super price for a super polish!

Their customer service is personal and they always ship quickly! I have done much business with this company, and I will continue to do so!

And for all the US bloggers/nail fanatics out there who can't get the coveted essence "Crazy about Colour" collection - get the Diamond Cosmetics line......while they are not exact dupes, they are so close you can enjoy them just the same......and way to go, DC - these colors are just perfect for summer!

Thanks to Marissa for letting me review this line.... MUWAH!

Be Polished!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vacay, Earth Day and PK!!!

Finally a post! Lots going on here, BUT, I WILL SURVIVE! (hint, hint)

Here is what I decided for the Bermuda mani: (remember this trip was in April!)

Nubar "Funky Opal"
Diamond Cosmetics "White Shimmer" on the tips....
I stopped there for a while, but wanted to add a little Konad:
M57 with pink and white. It lasted 4 or 5 days.

I used 2 coats of DC Super Base (I usually only use one, but I knew it needed to be tough) and 2 coats Seche on top, also for durability. Here's what I bought on vacation: (this was the view from our balcony at Coco Reef resort - we were there the last 2 nights.....)

Then there was the Earth Day mani:

Nubar: "Recycle" (appropriate)
China Glaze "Nova" for the tips...simple, but effective.
(I really miss my long-ish nails)

I added the reflection pic because of the holo-happiness happenings of the Nova in the glass.

Now on to another swap I did....well, not actually a swap, but a contest of sorts. Pia (I am getting the link as we speak...yeah, I'm a dumbbell), was having a great deal for people who commented on her blog. She was going to pick 10 (I think) people that entered this combo, and while on vacation in Germany, grab up some non-US polishes and cosmetics to send to we lucky ones. The only catch was (here's the coolest part) the winners had to swap US-only things back! So it was double duty, and VERY clever. I may be going to France, Belgium and Amsterdam late this summer, and I might very well steal this idea! (THANKS, PK)

Here is what she sent me:
Essence ~ Colour & Go, "Underwater" (I also took this on vacation!)
p2 ~ Color Victim, "Shockful"
essence ~ Cute as Hell, "bad girl" polish and "DATE ME!" eye shadow.
Lip Smackers ~"Fanta Orange" yum!

This was the prize of prizes for first, I had no idea what to do with it, but when I asked Pia, she said it was made for babies, but so gentle and nicely scented that she wanted to "throw it in"....(and the tin is cute, too). So, I packed it in my Bermuda bag and used it on my face to help with the dreaded peel from day 1's sunburn.

Can I tell you that I am still using it! I love this stuff! My skin is very sensitive and this has never given me one little zit. It smells so great, not greasy and has helped (YES I HAVE THEM) with plumping of the dreaded wrinkles. OK, so I like to call them "character lines" :)

......have a GREAT day!

Be Polished!