Polish Perfection: Sinful Colors

I have always found doing my own nails to be relaxing. It gives me a half hour or so to just sit back and treat myself and take a break from any stress that’s going on.

I’ve never been one for manicures at an actual salon, though. My skin is incredibly sensitive to new products and I’m very picky about the finished look of my nails, so it’s never seem worth the cost to go get my nails “professionally done”.

As a result, I’ve amassed quite a collection of nail polish. I have made it a point to try a variety of different brands in order to find what works best for me, and I have definitely found a brand I like the most: Sinful Colors

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Here are some of the highlights of Sinful Colors polish:
Quality – I hardly ever have an issue with this polish chipping or smudging, which is key for me since I tend to redo my nails as soon as I see a chip!

Variety – Like any successful nail polish brand, Sinful Colors had a wide array of colors from which to choose. But in addition, there are different textures and finishes, such as a shimmer or sparkle, which allows you to add a little something unique to your manicure.

Inexpensive – The price probably varies depending on the store and your location, but I generally only pay $2 for a full-sized bottle. Compared to $8 for “high quality” brands, this is a huge bargain.

Brush Size – This may seem an unusual factor to consider, but I have very small nails beds. So when a polish brush is too wide, it’s difficult to paint my nails neatly. While Sinful Colors’ brushes are larger than some brands, they’re a good size for me and allow me to have a good amount of control when applying polish, which makes for a much better final product.

All in all, I suggest you check out Sinful Colors. While I still enjoy other brands such as Essie, OPI and Orly, I feel Sinful Brands can sometimes be viewed as low quality due to its low price. But I assure you that has not been my experience.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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The Polish Series – Perfect Purples

I’ve always found purple to be a great nail polish shade. It’s different enough to stand out but it’s still appropriate for professional settings, like in the office.

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Purple is great because there are a wide variety of shades, so you can find something suitable for any occasion. Some of my favorite shades are:

1. Purple Yourself Together, Nicole by OPI. This light purple has a hint of gold shimmer in it to brighten things up. It might take a few coats to get full coverage, but you’ll be pleased with the final result.

2. Play Date, Essie. I always refer to this as my “Easter egg” color. It’s a great pastel shade when you want something unique but not too out of the box.

3. Fiji, Sinful Colors. This brand is among my favorites, because it’s inexpensive (usually around $2) but it applies well and lasts as long as pricier brands. This shade has some shimmer to it, so it’s not dull but also not overpoweringly shiny.

Do you have a favorite shade of purple polish? I’d love some new suggestions!

The Polish Series: Ravishing Reds

To me, red is a classic manicure color. Perhaps it’s because red is my favorite color, but I’ve always thought it makes for a great polish choice. The difficulty though is in finding the right shade of red. Not too pink, too orange, too sparkly, too dull, etc. These are my 4 current favorite shades of red nail polish:

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I Love You Cherry Much – Nicole by OPI. This sparkly red adds a pop of color and shine. You might need a few coats since the base is fairly sheer, but it leads to a great look in the end.

Sangria – Covergirl Outlast. This pinky-red is a perfect shade if you’re hesitant to try out a red manicure, since it’s bright and fun, but not too overpowering. Also, this small sized bottle is great to take when you’re traveling!

Ruby Ruby – Sinful Colors. I’ve had this shade for a long time and it is still one of my favorites. It’s a bright red with just a hint of shimmer.

Divine Wine – Sally Hansen. This shade is a bit darker than the others and comes with a subtle sparkle. Great for date night!

What are your favorite shades of red polish? Got any to recommend?
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The Polish Series: Silver and Gold

Silver and gold are great nail polish neutrals. They look great on their own or as a compliment to another color. They can add a bit of sparkle when you’re heading to a party, or out for the holidays! However, it can be hard to find just the right shade of metallic, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites!

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1. The Next CEO, Nicole by OPI: A sparkly gold, this color makes a statement without being too tacky or outlandish.

2. Sequin, Revlon Color Stay: I love this polish as an accent nail pair with a bright pink or funky color.

3. Good as Gold, Essie: When dry, this color looks like a sheet of gold! I love it because it’s different than most metallics as it isn’t full of glitter.

4. Bronze Beauty, Covergirl Outlast: Despite its name, this shade comes out more silver than bronze. It’s a more subtle option but still has some sparkle to make it a little fun.

What are your favorite gold and silver nail polishes? Any shades to avoid?

The Polish Series: Pretty in Pink

Anyone who knows me would absolutely agree that I’m addicted to nail polish, despite my awful nail-biting habit. GIven my limited budget, I have to keep myself from going overboard and spending all of my earnings on nail polish alone (a completely doable thing, sadly). My favorite way to enable my addiction is by shopping at CVS. Their extra bucks and cosmetics coupons allow me to buy great brands at a much cheaper price. In fact, just the other day I bought two colors on a 2/$9 deal and also got $2 more in extra bucks for a future purchase! And even better, my local CVS takes expired coupons, so be sure to ask about that at your own. Think of all the savings!

I like to change up my colors pretty frequently, but you can never go wrong with a cute shade of pink. Below are my six personal favorites:

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1. Hot Orchid by Milani – this fun polish has swirls of metallic to make it a fun but still office-appropriate option.

2. Purple Crush by Orly – Despite its name, this shade is a magenta-like product that adds a little funk to your workday.

3. Cream Pink by Sinful Colors – With a hint of sparkle, I love this polish for both toes and fingernails!

4. Tour de Finance by Essie – As a business school graduate, I was attracted to this color for its name first, but it’s a fun and bright pink that everyone can love.

5. Kiss of Pink by Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle – One of the newer additions to my collection, this shade is a bit more subtle than a hot pink, but still works for a fun pop of color.

6. Cafe Pink by Revlon ColorStay – A light pink to round out the options, this pink looks great when match with a silver accent.

As you can tell, I love a good shade of pink polish. Which shades are your favorites?