Manicure Monday: Kiss Gradation Nail Polishes

Kiss Gradation

Kiss Nail Swatch

Hello again and Happy Monday! Happy Veteran’s Day too, if you happen to be in the U.S. It’s been awhile since the last manicure Monday, and I am kicking them off again with the Kiss Gradation polishes in Film Noir Black. I received this kit in my Rose VoxBox from Influenster, which you can read about in this post.

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Manicure Mondays are BACK! Essie – Too Too Hot

Essie - Too Too Hot

Happy Monday! After a break for #JuneBBC (which I still cannot believe is over btw) Manicure Mondays are back! This week is brought to you by Essie’s Too Too Hot. This nail polish is a bright, orange-y red. I like the consistency of this polish, not too thick and not too thin. It applies really well and is pretty opaque in two coats. I think this is a great option for a summer time red nail. Essie polishes can be purchased at most drug stores, Target, Walmart, and Ulta for around $8.


Julep – Natalie

Is it Monday again already? Insane!


I received this nail polish in my first Julep Maven box a few weeks ago.  This is the first Julep polish that I have ever tried and I think I have found a new brand to obsess over. Super creamy and pigmented, this polish was nearly opaque in one coat. I applied two coats in the photo above, but I could have gotten away with just one. This shade is a bright coral-y pink and is perfect for spring. If you are interested in signing up for the Julep Maven program, you can do so here.

*******If you are interested in winning a Zoya nail polish, there are still a few days left to enter my giveaway! You can do so here.*********


Zoya – Julie

Zoya - Julie

I love, love, love this shade! This is from Zoya’s “Lovely” Spring 2013 line. It is a perfect, pale lilac with a very subtle silver sparkle. The formula is slightly sheer and needs 2-3 coats to be completely opaque. The best part about Zoya polishes is that that last a very long time on me! I do a lot with my hands and my polish nearly always chips in a day or so. I am able to go a solid five days or more without any chipping which is nothing short of a miracle! Like Butter London, Zoya is also a “3 free” brand – meaning the polishes are made without toluene, formaldehyde, or DBP (phthalates). Zoya can be purchased at Ulta stores for $9.00.

Per usual, I used Seche Clear as a base coat and Seche Vite as a top coat.

If you would like a chance to win this nail polish, check out my last blog post here!

Happy Monday!

Butter London – Slapper

Butter London - Slapper


This is a gorgeous bright teal shade. The picture really does not do it justice. In real life, the color is slightly more green toned. The consistency on this is really lovely and it was completely opaque in just two coats. Butter is a “3 free” nail polish – meaning that it does not contain  Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene. These chemicals are very harmful and are not necessary for creating nail polish. The only downside to Butter as a brand is that it is very expensive – currently $15.00 at Ulta. However, every now and again Ulta does have sales on Butter and you can get them for much cheaper.

As always, I used Seche Clear as a base coat and Seche Vite as a top coat.


Manicure Mondays

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you survived the first day back. To brighten up the start of your week, I am bringing you a new series of posts. Every Monday (barring natural disasters, world wars, internet catastrophes, etc) I will be posting  a Manicure Monday blog. The first of this series is brought to you by the brand Sation in “Love at First Byte”.

Sation Love at First Byte

I received this nail polish in my April Glam Bag by Ipsy. For those of you who don’t know, Ipsy provides a monthly beauty bag service not unlike Birchbox and PopSugar. For $10 a month, you receive a cute cosmetic bag filled with 3-4 sample and full sized beauty products. If you are interested in joining ipsy, I will provide a link below or you can check out the one in the side bar.

About this nail polish: This is a peachy-pink shade that has a jelly like consistency. As you can see, it is pretty sheer. I did four coats of this and you can still see a bit of the nail line. The brush is pretty good, wide and flat, but with a flat tip rather than the rounded ones that most wide, flat brushes have. This is a very nice, work appropriate nail polish!