Monthly Archives: October 2013

Easy Halloween manicure with Maybelline Color Show Dotty

Today I have a quick and easy Halloween manicure.  I used Maybelline Color Show Dotty for this.  It’s an orange jelly with black and white glitter, perfect for Halloween.

Maybelline Dotty 1

Maybelline Dotty 2

Maybelline Dotty 3

This polish is SHEER, but packed with glitter. I used 5 thin coats here, and a layer of Gelous to smooth out the glitter, then topcoat.  The polish dried very quickly, so the 5 coats didn’t take too long.

Cover Girl The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Capitol Collection

Today I have a couple of new colors from Cover Girl’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Capitol Collection.  I was only able to get a hold of two of the polishes, but they definitely fit well with the Hunger Games theme.

Cover Girl Hunger Games

Cover Girl Rouge Red and Inferno

The first color is Inferno.  This is a dark red base with copper and gold metallic flecks.  The flecks give this polish a chrome-like finish.  This is two coats.

Cover Girl Inferno

Cover Girl Inferno 2

Next is Rouge Red.  This is a lighter red base, with orange and red metallic flecks. Rouge Red needed 3 coats for full coverage.

Cover Girl Rouge Red 2

Cover Girl Rouge Red 3

Both polishes had a great consistency.  These are mini 3.5 mL bottles and I found them for $2.99.  Whether you’re a fan of the Hunger Games or not, this collection is worth it.

Sensationail Purple Orchid

I just recently joined the word of at-home gel manicures.  Polish never lasts more than a day or two on me, and although I like to change color often, I do not like chips.  I have been considering a gel starter kit for a while now, but didn’t like the 2 week commitment to the same color.  While browsing Meijer one day, I found the Sally Hansen Insta Gel Strips starter kit on clearance for $13.99, and decided it was time to take the plunge.  So far, I am loving gel polish, even though the mini-one-finger light is a pain to use for a full manicure.

One of the first gel polishes I bought is Sensationail’s Purple Orchid.

IMG_0007Purple Orchid is a deep purple with subtle purple and blue micro-glitter.  The polish applied easily, although it did not have as much shine as other gel polishes I’ve tried.



This close-up shows the purple and blue micro-glitter.


Overall,  I really enjoy this polish.  It is a perfect purple, and showed no signs of wear during the week that I wore it.   What are your favorite gel colors?