New SinfulColors Break Away Collection

It’s Saturday night, when I usually do my nails, so I can actually do a quick swatch post.  Quick as in, my swatching and pictures look horrible, I’m not feeling well, but I’m not going to let it bother me.

I know that I usually don’t jump on posting swatches of a collection (when I do post them), but since I haven’t seen anything about this new SinfulColors collection yet, I thought I’d get some quick ones up.

I came across this new collection at Meijer today.  It’s been awhile since I’ve spotted a new SinfulColors collection there, so this caught me off guard.  I wish I could remember all the colors that made up Break Away, but I had a very sort amount of time to cruse through cosmetics today.

SinfulColors Break Away Collection

SinfulColors Break Away Collection

I can tell you that there are three new colors.  Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It.  The rest are core, two just being added to the core line.   The ones that I can remember seeing are Daredevil (first one on the left), Open Seas (second one on the left), Folly (the last one), and I think Star Fish.  The blue might be Fly Away.  If I can get back before this collection is picked over, I’ll edit the colors.

I picked up the three colors I didn’t have.  If it wasn’t for this collection being SinfulColors, I really would have passed it by.  The three colors look similar to colors already out in all honesty.  I haven’t had a chance to compare bottles side by side yet, but plan to do so soon.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

I have come to the conclusion that there are no good “picture places” in this house.  It doesn’t help that my camera doesn’t like colorful close up shots.  Or close up shots at all.  So there’s my horrible bottle shot picture.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

And a quick picture of the names and numbers.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

Ugh! I didn’t realize how bad my swatching turned out until I put the picture up.  Really, I’m better than this…(I know that I shouldn’t be hard on myself, but, well, I am).  My nails really do look horrible.

Over It (which describes how I’m feeling about a lot of things right now), has some shimmer to it, and I love that you can see this shimmer in the bottle and that it’s not sheer.  Hey, You! reminds me a lot of Exotic Green, so I am anxious to do bottle comparisons with those two.  I can’t think of anything right off hand that’s close to Anemone, but I’m going to take a look through the rest of my SinfulColors & see if there’s anything close.

Now I’m off to decide what polish to wear for this week…or a few days.

Edit: Exotic Green is just a bit darker than Hey, You!. Unless you absolutely LOVE green,  and already own Exotic Green, you’ll probably be okay passion up Hey, You!.

Mani #8-Finger Paints Flip Flop Fuchsia & Fun-Fetti

 

I’ve got a bit of updating to do on my stash pages.  The two colors I’m wearing right now aren’t a part of it!  One color I picked up at the last Sally’s extra 50% off clearance sale.  The other I got from the blog sale that I posted about. I kept going back to look at it and knew that, despite trying not to buy, I needed it.  I’m so glad that I decided to get it because I love it!  I’ll be blogging about what else I got in the blog sale.  It was my first ever nail mail as well.

My base color is Finger Paints Flip Flop Fuchsia.  This color is from Finger Paints’ Summer in the City collection.  I’ve always associated fuchsia as more of a purple color with just a bit of pink, but this is about as pink as you can get.  It fits in with those bright/hot pinks for the summer.  The formula was thick, and if you were careful enough, could get decent coverage in one coat.  I always do at least two coats.  I had some major pooling around the cuticle from this polish.  This polish also dries to a nice shine.

Finger Paints Fun-Fetti is an awesome top coat multi-colored glitter.  It’s comprised of small hex glitters and small circular glitters. It’s kind of like a glitter party in a bottle.  Fun-Fetti was a limited edition polish available at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  I just did one coat on each nail.

I asked for some help from my Twitter followers about what color to wear under Fun-Fetti and pink was one of the suggestions.  I was just going to go for boring white!  I’m so glad that I chose a pink and I love how it looks.  I want to see how Fun-Fetti looks over some other colors as well, so expect to see it back at some point.  I used Sinful Colors top coat.

Color(s) Used: Finger Paints – Flip Flop Fuchsia & Fun-Fetti

Nail Art: Glitter

Recommendation:  I would go either way with the Flip Flop Fuchsia.  You can probably find another pink like it, since this was part of a summer collection.  It might work well with stamping though.  That’s something that I plan on trying.  Fun-Fetti is no longer available in stores, but there are some other glitters out there that look similar. There’s a good dupe comparison on this blog.

 

My View on Sinful Colors

As someone who loves using Sinful Colors and owns a number of bottles, I felt that it was time to express my view on what happened.  I didn’t want to post  anything until I had some time to think about what has happened

What Happened

News broke earlier this week that blogger photos had been stolen for the pamphlet that’s available at Walgreens with the big Sinful Colors display.  The nail art was also featured on the display.  In fact, I posted about that exact pamphlet here, long before the news broke.  The post was written from my view of the written directions, not the photos, although something did not seem right about the photos.  The photos had been edited to remove watermarks and the manicures had been done using polish from other companies.

Revlon (the parent company of Sinful Colors), has reached out to the bloggers affected and have made a statement on Facebook.  I am glad to see that this company wants to handle this quickly and has said so in such a public way.  To me, that shows that Revlon cares about the consumers that buy their products and they want to set things right with those bloggers that have been affected.

We may never know exactly what happened.  I have read a few theories about why this happened.  It could have been an intern.  It could have been an outside  company hired to do this promotion. It might have been a last minute graphics job.  If we find out, we find out.  If we don’t, we don’t.

I know how hard some of the bloggers work on their photos that they post.  I don’t work nearly as hard because I don’t have the programs I need to make my photos what I wish they were.  I do try to make them the best that they can be with what I have.

Boycott

I know that many people are planning on boycotting Revlon/Sinful Colors.  Those people have the right to make that choice – it’s not one I can make for them.  I will respect that choice.

I believe that it’s premature to decide to boycott this company.  They are working to make things right as quickly as possible.  The most important thing is to make sure the bloggers affected are happy with the outcome.  We also don’t know exactly what happened.  Revlon wants to correct this wrong and prevent it from happening again.

For a boycott to even affect a company, there would have to be an overwhelming amount of consumers to stop buying their products.  Yes, their products-not just nail polish.  With a company of Revlon’s size, not everyone purchases just polish.  Those consumers that don’t purchase polish or aren’t involved in the blogging community most likely will not be aware of what’s going on.  The only reason some of those people may know what’s happening is if they “like” Revlon on Facebook.  Consumers would also have to be aware of companies Revlon is parent to, such as Sinful Colors.  I don’t see a boycott happening that will affect Revlon like some people hope.

Again, it is up to you if you boycott or not.  I’m choosing, at this point, not to boycott.  I am also choosing not to post hateful things about this situation.

Other Opinions

Most of the visitors to my blog are looking for Sinful Color swatches.  That shows me that people want to see what these colors look like.  I plan to get two colors up very soon because of blog hits.

I do not agree with stealing other bloggers photos, especially for something that was a nation wide promotion.  I seriously considered the fact that my photos could be stolen before starting my blog.  I didn’t know if I wanted to put in the work for that very thing.  I know that my photos could be used by someone else, especially on sites like eBay.  That’s a risk all of us take, no matter what kind of blog you write.  I can’t say how I’d feel if my photos were used for something I did not consent to.  I would hope that I’d be asked and cited as the owner of the photo.  I know that’s not always going to be the case.

This is not the first time a major company has done something like this, and it won’t be the last.  It’s not the first time a polish brand, big or small, has created uproar among the people that love their products.

I’d rather support a company that cares about those who use their products and tries to right a wrong than a company that could care less and focuses on themselves and their profit.  That, I believe, is the main reason I will not boycott Sinful Colors.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please do, but know that I will be moderating them.  Please keep them respectful, free from foul language, and free from attacks.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Mani #7- Wet n Wild Megalast Disturbia

 

Let me start off by saying that I love this color!  It’s a color I’ve been wanting to wear for awhile, but I kept holding off.  Blog reader Sandy also asked me to swatch this color, so that gave me a great reason to wear it!

As you know from my other posts about this Megalast line, I love the polish, formula and brush, and it was no different with this bottle.  Disturbia is a deep deep purple with a hint of purple specks.  The specks are more noticeable in the bottle and on the brush than they are on the nail, but in the right light there’s a hint of shimmer.  In the pictures I’m wearing two coats and Sinful Colors top coat.

I decided to try some nail art again this week.  Using Sinful Colors Casablanca, I painted a bow on each thumb nail, and did dots on the other nails.  Casablanca was found on the Suit Up with Haute displays.  If any of your Walgreens have the big bin of Sinful Colors, you might be able to find it if you dig around.  I love Casablanca as a nail art polish because of how thick it is.  I did some stamping with it before I started my blog and it worked and looked amazing!  I do need to practice my “bow making”, but for the first time I think they look pretty good!

Color(s) Used: Wet n Wild Megalast – Disturbia, Sinful Colors – Casablanca

Nail Art: Bows and dots

Recommendation: I love the Megalast line, so I’d recommend it as an inexpensive drugstore polish option.  If you don’t like the flat, rounded brush, then you won’t like the brushes.  Two coats and you’re good to go!

 

 

Sinful Colors “Nail It” Tutorial

Note: I’ve addressed the issue of this pamphlet here

Sorry for not getting this up sooner.  The last couple of days have been far from normal!

I have pictures of the “Nail It” pamphlet tutorial that’s with the larger Sinful Colors display.  This little fold out describes three different types of easy to do nail art.  They are: Sponge Effect, Half Moon, Swirl It.  If you’re new to the nail art world and just getting started, this would be a great thing to pick up.  If you’ve been around the nail art world, then you probably know a better way to do what they’re trying to describe.

Nail It Pamphlet

Each design is explained in three steps.  The directions tell you the supplies you’ll need to create each type of design.

Sponge Effect: These directions are so-so in explaining how to do this.  In the first step is says to “select 2-3 shades beginning with a dark shade, then medium, and then a light.  Then is goes right into telling you to start with the lightest shade.  If I was going to do this and hadn’t read through the step completely, I’d probably be thinking I was starting with the darkest shade.  Does it really matter what order you select your shades then?  The one thing that got me on these directions was in step two when it tells you to dip the sponge into your medium or darkest shade.  It doesn’t say anything about putting a couple of drops onto another surface to pick it up with the sponge.  It also isn’t clear about how far to dab down the nail.  It just states to start “at the top of the nail tip” and work “downward towards the bottom of your nail tip”.  I guess it would also depend which end of the nail you consider your tip.  I’ve always considered the tip of my nail to be the grown out edge.

Sponge Effed

Sponge Effect Directions

Half Moon: First off, has anyone tried basic household tape to try this technique?  Any tutorial I’ve read or watched has stated to use those reinforcement stickers you can find in the office supply section to do this.  When I was reading through this one quickly, there was one step that really didn’t seem like it was explained well.  Step 1 is easy enough to understand.  I had to read Step 2 a couple of times to understand it.  It says to use the tape or to draw by hand.  If using the tape, you block off the bottom third of your nail.  I guess it’s all up to which part of your nail you consider the bottom third.  If drawing by hand, you “use the tip of the polish brush to draw a semicircle across the top of the nail and fill in”.  It doesn’t to use your base color or the contrasting color to do this.  My guess would be your base color, since you only apply one coat in Step 1.  In Step 3 you move to your contrasting color and “paint two coats” of this color “from the tape stencil to the tip of your nail”.  So do you ever go back and fill in the part from Step 2 if you taped over it, or what?  Oh, and in the “What you will need” section, it says “1-2 SinfulColors nail polish for your contrasting swirling shade”.  Did someone not proof this one?  Have I just been trying to decode this one too much and it makes complete sense to someone else?  If so, please tell me.

Half Moon

Half Moon Directions

Swirl It: This is the same as a needle marble, just with a toothpick.  I remember a Sinful Colors display that was called Get Swirling, and one that was Get Twirling.  There was also a tutorial with those displays for this technique.  After looking at Nouveau Cheap’s close up of the directions, they are exactly the same, with just some minor word changes.  Those do not affect the way the tutorial is written.  The picture looks better for this newer tutorial, and I think it better reflects what this technique can really look like.  Of course, unless you’re extremely talented (or just plain lucky), your nails are not going to look as amazing as they do in the picture the first time around.  I’ve tried this before and it looked horrible.  I think it would be easier to recreate the design pictured by doing water marbling, but to each their own!  These directions are the simplest to understand.

Swirl It

Swirl It Directions

Okay, so I’d still say if your new to nail art, pick this up.  Then go and watch tutorials on YouTube.

Mani #5 – Reader’s Choice # 1

Thank you to everyone who voted in my first Reader’s Choice poll!  I tried not to check the results while the poll was open, but I couldn’t resist.   I did an unofficial reveal on Twitter last night after closing the poll.  The color with the most votes was Sinful Colors Ocean Side.  China Glaze Kinetic Candy wasn’t that far behind, so I’ll be doing a swatch of that soon. I did use Kinetic Candy for the dots on my nails.

Ocean Side is a harder to find, older color.  It’s number is 962, and all newer Sinful Colors are numbered in the 1000s.  You can pick it up in the Study in Style display.  This color seems to have gone quickly at the Walgreens around my area, so I’m glad I picked it up when I did (I picked it up with Leap Flog and Winterberry).

Ocean Side went on just like normal for Sinful Colors.  I love the formula used for these cremes, and in two coats it was opaque.  I usually don’t wear anymore than two coats of my main color.

I’m not really sure how to explain this color.  It’s a really different shade of blue.  I found that, depending what lighting I was in, the polish would look more green than blue .  When I was testing this color against another Sinful Colors blue, Ocean Side leaned more to the green side.  If you’re planning on stamping over this, keep that in mind.  It doesn’t look like any green would pull from this color, but it does, making the color more on the teal side.

I added three small dots along the edge of my nail in China Glaze Kinetic Candy.  I think I’m just going to start adding dots if I don’t do stamping or marbling.  I have no artistic talent to draw anything on my nails!  I don’t think I could even do basic lines.  I used the tip of a bobby pin to make the dots.

Onto the pictures.  My camera does not like blues, so I’m not sure how color accurate my photos can even get.  It was just a really crummy week for pictures.  I’m also going to try something new with my pictures and use a gallery.  Click on a picture to make it bigger and click the X or hit the Esc button to close.

Can you see how different this color looks between the indoor and outdoor shots?  The most accurate is the outdoor shot.   Regardless, I love this Ocean Side.  I think it’s my favorite of the blues I have from Sinful Colors.

Color(s) Used: Sinful Colors – Ocean Side, China Glaze Kinetic Candy

Nail Art: Dots

Recommendation: If you’re someone who loves to wear blues, then go out and grab this color!  I didn’t put a base coat on before application, so I’m hoping this blue doesn’t stain.  I’ve never had a problem with staining with the Sinful Colors line.  Availability will vary depending on your location.  Ocean Side can be found in the Study in Style display.  Remember that Sinful Colors go on sale next Sunday at Walgreens!

Huge Sinful Colors Display!

I started stalking my Walgreens today after hearing of new color sightings.  New colors seem to go so quickly in this town, especially when they go on sale.  More than one Beauty Adviser has told me that salons come in and buy up the new colors, not leaving a whole lot.  I did pick up two colors today because I spotted them at only one of the three Wags in my area.  I picked up Georgio and the newest color, Lavender.  I just wasn’t willing to take a chance that I wouldn’t be able to pick up these two colors since so few bottles were available.

I didn’t get a great picture of this new display. I don’t have the greatest phone in the world, but it usually takes pretty decent pictures.

Passion for Color
Display

It’s crazy blurry and I hate that!  Sorry!

I don’t remember the last time I ever saw a shelf display this big, outside of where the core collection is at Walgreens.  There’s a new color in this display, along with some older colors from past collections that were not made core. The non-core colors in this display are: Georgio, Lavender, Cross My Heart, Rain Storm and Slate.  As far as I know, Georgio and Lavender are exclusive to this display and Cross My Heart, Rain Storm and Slate can also be found in the Start A Phenomenon collection.  Lavender and Rain Storm are new colors.  That makes three new colors in just a few weeks!

Another thing that really caught my eye with this display is the small square box in the middle.  It mentions the Sinful Colors website.  If you aren’t aware, the website has been “under construction” for a number of months.  The front page was changed a couple of weeks ago to feature the Suit Up with Haute collection, which I no longer saw at my three Walgreens.  Before the current front page, the glitters were featured.  If the website is being promoted on such a large display, it makes me wonder how soon the website is going to go live.  Why would you promote a website that is under construction?

There was also a square pamphlet that explained how to do three different types of nail art.  My camera battery is dead, so I’ll post pictures of that in detail tomorrow.  The nail art shown is nothing to the polish world if you follow it on blogs.  If you’re new to nail art, then it’d be worth it to pick it up.

If you can hold off on your Sinful Color purchases, they’ll be on sale starting July 22 at Walgreens!

What new or hard to find colors are you looking to get from this display?

Reader’s Choice Poll #1

I’m doing my first ever Reader’s Choice mani!  There are so many polishes that I want to wear, so perhaps it will be easier if someone else chooses for me.  This poll will stay open for a week, and you may vote one time.  In case of a tie…well, I’ll figure that out if it happens.

Here are your choices: China Glaze – Foie Gras, China Glaze – Kinetic Candy, Sinful Colors – Ocean Side.  Which will you choose?

From left to right:
China Glaze – Foie Gras, China Glaze – Kinetic Candy, Sinful Colors – Ocean Side

Mani #3-Sinful Colors Water Marble

Happy Sunday everyone!  I’m here with pictures and info about this week’s manicure.  I’ve gotten a few comments about it already from those that have seen it and they’ve all be good!  This technique is beginning to grow on me.

I don’t usually do manicures for specific holidays except for St. Pat’s Day.  It’s the only time of the year, usually, when I pull out my Sinful Colors Irish Green.  I decided to do a July 4th mani this year though by doing a water marble.

Water marbling is so easy to do, but it can become time consuming.  That’s my number one reason for not doing it that often.  There are a number of great tutorials out there on various blogs and on YouTube, so I didn’t feel the need to do one here.

The colors I used are the same ones, I think, that are on the 4th of July display for SC. I’m not sure what the collection is called this year, but it includes three colors and a few nail art colors.

The colors I used were Snow Me White, Gogo Girl, and Midnight Blue.  I didn’t know if the red would react to the white while dropping the colors into the water, but it worked well enough.  I have a few places where it’s more pink than red, but not enough to make a drastic difference.  The Midnight Blue didn’t want to drop from the brush as easily as the other two colors, nor did it spread once it hit the water.  It dragged easily enough to get a design.  The other two colors were a dream to work with.  Top coat used is Sinful Colors.

From Left to Right:
Gogo Girl, Snow Me White, Midnight Blue

Right hand, outside, no flash.
I love my thumb and 3rd finger.

Left hand, outside, no flash.
I love my 1st and 2nd finger nails!

 

 

What do you think of this?

New Sinful Colors-Leap Flog

I can now confirm the official name is Leap Flog.

I don’t plan on announcing many new polishes hitting the market on this blog, unless I actually get something from that collection.  I had to blog about this though.  Sinful Colors new collection, presumably for fall.

I’m not really sure what the name of this new color is supposed to be.  G, from Nouveau Cheap (if you don’t keep up with this blog, you’re missing out!) tweeted that the color was called Leap Frog.  The label on the bottle I found today says Leap Flog.  If anyone knows what the name really is, please post it in the comments on the side.

I really shouldn’t be buying anymore nail polishes now, but I can’t pass up Sinful Colors.  It’s inexpensive, and I’ve not had many problems with this brand.  I went out today to see if I could find this new color since no one has said anything about it as far as Google is concerned.

The newest collection from Sinful is called ‘Study In Style’.  The display just hit my local Walgreens and hadn’t been officially put out yet.  I was told by the wonderful woman helping me that she just got it yesterday, so it should start popping up in the next week or so.  The only color I’d not heard of in this collection besides the one I went looking for was Ocean Side.  I can post swatches if someone would like to see it.  It’s the blue bottle, and has an older number of 962.  All newer colors are numbered in the 1000s.  If you didn’t pick up Winterberry the last time it was out, you can pick it up from this collection as well.  I missed it the first time around, so I’m glad it’s been put back out.

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I absolutely love this Leap Frog/Flog.  It went on opaque in two coats, and has a smooth and shiny finish.  In the bottle it looks like a dusty olive green color.  I didn’t use a top coat in these pictures.

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Outside, no flash

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Outside, no flash

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Inside, no flash

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