Monday, September 20, 2010

Beauty Booty: Nail Polish

Our Word of the Shay today is BOOTY! No, not that kind of booty. tells us that booty is any prize or gain, though admittedly this lot wasn’t plundered, rather it was purchased. Some were on sale though, which always helps it feel like a steal!

Booty is also a synonym for “haul”, which many of you will be familiar with from the wealth of beauty related hauls filling YouTube and Blogs alike. So here’s my take on a beauty haul, Shay’s Beauty Booty, YAR!

I went on a little nail related spree a couple of days ago, and I thought I’d share my purchase with those interested.

My first stop was Sally Beauty Supply, I was looking for the ORLY Cosmic and the China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collections. Unfortunately since they arrived at the beginning of the month and this was the 18th, I was mostly out of luck. None of the Cosmic remained, and only 4 bottles from Vintage Vixen were left for me to purchase. (China Glaze Nail Lacquer $5.49 CAN with Beauty Club Card Discount)

Afterwards, feeling a little let down by my lack of lacquer, I decided to take a trip to Lawtons Drugs (Canadian Drugstore/Pharmacy), there I picked up 9 bottles. 3 L.A. Colors Color Craze Nail Polish, 5 new L.A. Girl “Metal” Metallic Nail Polish and also one of their Rock Star Nail Lacquers. (L.A. Colors Nail Polish $1.99 CAN, L.A. Girls Nail Polish/Lacquer $2.99 CAN)

My quest for pretty nails ended with a trip to Shoppers Drugmart (my drugtore of choice), where I picked up a new limited edition Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme wear Nail Color, and one of the Nicole by OPI Gossip Girl Collection. (Nicole by OPI $8.99 CAN discounted from $10.99 this week only, Sally Hansen Nail Color $4.98 CAN)

All swatches were done with two coats, though some could definitely use three, (which is the number of coats I use when I do a manicure), but I know some people don’t have the time or patience for a three coat application, so I think two is a fair representation. No basecoat or topcoat were used.

I apologize for the mess around my nails, it was late, I was tired and didn’t feel like cleaning up the edges, also note that these were taken indoor without flash, colors will appear different in direct sunlight. If anyone is interested, I just might be persuaded into properly swatching my entire collection and posting as a series. But for now… On with the show! Photos and swatches below!

CGRiveterRouge Riveter Rouge 930 China Glaze (Vintage Vixen)

CGFoxy Foxy 931 China Glaze (Vintage Vixen)

CGFirstClassTicketFirst Class Ticket 938 China Glaze (Vintage Vixen)

CGMidnightMissionMidnight Mission 939 China Glaze (Vintage Vixen)

LACStarLightStar Light 443 L.A. Colors Color Craze

LACTreasureIslandTreasure Island 444 L.A. Colors Color Craze

LACGlisteningPurpleGlistening Purple 445 L.A. Colors Color Craze

LAGRHeadBanging Head Banging 129 L.A. Girl Rock Star

LAGMDeepSeaMicaDeep Sea Mica 147 L.A. Girl Metal

LAGMBronzeMedalBronze Medal 149 L.A. Girl Metal

LAGMAntiqueGold   Antique Gold 152 L.A. Girl Metal

LAGMGraphiteGraphite 153 L.A. Girl Metal

LAGMObsidianObsidian 156 L.A. Girl Metal

NOPIScandalSecretsAndSparkleScandal Secrets & Sparkle 321 Nicole by OPI (Gossip Girl)

SHMysticLilacMystic Lilac Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear

If you would like a review or more information (color descriptions, wear & tear/chipping analysis, full hand swatches, different lighting shots, etc.) on any of these shades, feel free to leave a comment below!

Till next time!


  1. I loved first class ticket,
    midnight mission,
    deep sea mica,
    bronze medal,
    graphite and

    How well do they wear? I just started growing my nails out and they are finally long enough that they look decent with polish, but my polish always chips.

  2. Once I've given these a few days of wear to test, I'll let you know how they held up. But honestly the wear of a polish depends greatly upon the topcoat you use (basecoat too but to a lesser degree in my opinion). The BEST topcoat I've tried by far (my holy grail) is Seche Vite. It's a thick fast drying topcoat that makes my manicure last nearly all week with minimal to no chipping, instead of like a day or two without it. I swear by it. So if you're having problems with chipping, I'd suggest wearing it over any and all polish!

  3. Thanks I'll have to see if I can find that. I'm not using any topcoat right now, which is probably why they are chipping. Since I've never had nails I currently only own 3 polishes so now that I have nails I'll have to stock up on some.

  4. thanks for the swatches! Made me fall even more so love with treasure island. But out of love with glistening purple. :)