Cabin Fever, the polish

I’ve talked about cabin fever the mental state before; today let’s talk about a polish named Cabin Fever.

Really liked the new China Glaze (CG) I got the other day, Wood You Wanna? from the fall set called The Great Outdoors, and I mentioned that Ulta was having a BOGO sale (now expired as far as I know) on all CGs.  What fun is a BOGO if you only get one?  So of course I got two.

The other one I picked up was Cabin Fever, an interesting multichrome.  More than just a duochrome, it flashes mostly copper and rosy pink but also has a greenish-gold shift.  I don’t have anything quite like it.

The formula is good although upon first application it seems frosty and streaky.  However, as it dries it self-levels extremely well and made brushstrokes a non-issue.  Under indirect bright outdoor light, with the flash, and in direct sunlight:

Cabin Fever outd

Cabin Fever flash

Cabin Fever sun

Same lighting conditions but at a different angle:

Cabin Fever outd2

Cabin Fever flash2

Cabin Fever sun2

Wow, looks like I’m holding three different bottles but I assure you it’s just the one.  As you can see, different colors in Cabin Fever are visible under different light and at various angles.  In direct sunlight it even looks bronze.  Really a fun, interesting polish — it’s like the changing autumn leaves in a bottle.

It’s baaaaaaaack! Great polish for 99 cents

Disclosure:  Some of the following polishes were previously supplied by SinfulColors for review.

You know what I’m gonna say — the 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes is back at Walgreens today, Sunday 10/4 through Saturday 10/10/15.   All regularly $1.99 SC polishes are included but participation may vary, and displays get picked over so shop early.  Like today.

Here are some previously posted photos of SinfulColors polishes I love:

Interstellar sun

Instellar in direct sunlight, shown over black on the left, and varying coats by itself on my other two fingers.  It’s so sheer (but super sparkly!) that I think it’s best as a top coat.

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd2

Ice Blue.  It’s shown over silver on the left, over black in the middle (my fave), and several coats alone on the right.

Sky Tree flash

Sky Tree, a teal shimmer/fleck

Rose Dust

Rose Dust, a lavender pink shimmer

SC Pink Break flash

Pink Break, a demi-matte or satin

Cherry Blossom flash

Cherry Blossom, a silvery pink fleck/shimmer

SinfulColors also has a base coat and top coats, if you’re looking for budget-friendly versions of those.

Disclosure:  Some of these polishes were previously supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Why yes. Yes, I wood.

Geeky madness here.  My favorite (currently only, as well) MMORPG is having a beta weekend starting now to test its new expansion pack, and I’m nerdily anxious to play.  So you get a short post from me.  But a good one!

China Glaze’s fall collection, The Great Outdoors, had me all excited when it was first announced.  As time went on and swatches appeared, my enthusiasm dimmed which is actually good for my wallet.  There was one shade, though, that I just had to have.  Wood You Wanna? is a silvery gray-purple-brown foil.

I love brown polishes yet am picky about them.  Don’t like them looking like dirt or…. other organic matter, if ya know what I mean.  A good way to avoid this with browns is to get a shimmer, foil, or glitter instead of a plain creme.

Ulta is currently having a BOGO sale on all China Glaze (CG) polishes, good through tomorrow, Saturday.  New releases are included.  That’s buy one get one free, a rare sale these days; usually things are buy one get one half off.  So two CGs that normally cost $7.50 each are $3.75 each.  ♪ ♫ Awwwwe-some! ♫ ♪

Wood You Wanna? applied extremely smoothly and gave good coverage in one coat.  Yes, it’s that rare bird, a one-coat wonder.  It also dried very shiny.  Under indirect bright outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

Wood U outd

Wood U flash

Wood U ind

I love this polish.  LOVE IT.  Right up my alley for fall, and it’s a brown that looks good on my cool-toned skin.  Oh, and it begs a comparison to another new fall color I reviewed, Frock ‘n Roll from Essie.

Wood U comp

Not dupes.  Wood You Wanna? is more brown and silver, and Frock ‘n Roll is more purple.  I like both.

Have a great weekend!

Invite Only — Holiday Collection from Butter London (preview)

Butter London has pretty much fallen off my radar in the past year.  While I love the polishes of theirs I’ve bought — some beyond all reason — their price increase has made them mostly a no-buy for me.  Plus a lack of what I see as anything truly new and exciting.

Nevertheless, the polish world doesn’t revolve around me and so I still like to see BL’s new collections, whether I plan to buy them or not.  This year the holiday one that includes makeup is called Invite Only.  There are three polish-only pictures on their web site: Invite Only, RSVP, and Twelve Months of Mani:

BL Invite Only set


BL Twelve Months

Lots of white space, miniscule bottles that practically require a magnifying glass to see properly.  Sigh.  I believe these are all mini-size bottles (0.2 oz) or what Butter London ridiculously refers to as “Fashion Size.”

Invite Only ($39) contains:

  • Pash (Set Exclusive!) – Berry, Shimmer
  • Vapour (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Grey, Creme
  • Lock In (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Navy, Creme
  • Peep Hole (Set exclusive!) – Teal, Metallic
  • Glad Rags (Set Exclusive!) – Opal, Shimmer
  • O.T.T. (Set Exclusive!) – Textured Red Sparkle, Glitter

RSVP ($29) contains:

  • Her Majesty’s Red – True Red, Creme
  • Ta-Ta! – Soft Grey, Creme
  • Dearie Me! – Cool Rose, Creme
  • Posh – Warm Nude, Creme

and Twelve Months of Mani ($68) contains:

  • High Tea – Opaque, Nude Creme
  • Luv (Set Exclusive!) – Light Pink with Deep Pink Glitter, Glitter
  • Fiver – Opaque, Mint Creme
  • Molly-Coddled – Opaque, Lavender Orchid Creme
  • Petal (Set Exclusive!) – Soft Cool Pastel Pink
  • Petticoat – Periwinkle Blue, Creme
  • Summer Hols (Set Exclusive!) – Jell Pink, Creme
  • Tiddly – Opaque, Melon Creme
  • Clever Clogs (Set Exclusive!) – Orange Rust, Creme
  • Swish (Set Exclusive!) – Deep Smoke with Metallic Gold Sheen, Metallic
  • Scrummy (Set Exclusive!) – Rich Crimson, Creme
  • Bubbly (Set Exclusive!) – Tinted Gold with Gold Glitter, Overcoat

I think some of the polishes in Invite Only are pretty but nothing I’m dying to have.  I love the “Twelve Months” idea but not at that price for minis.

You can see a better picture of the Invite Only set at Ulta’s web site, where you can mouse over them.

Zoya’s Winter 2015 Matte Velvets available now

Although the pre-release sale price is past, the new Winter 2015 Matte Velvet Collection from Zoya is now available for general sale at

Zoya winter mattes banner

Zoya winter mattes triple spill 2


Zoya winter mattes triple spill

Official press release:

Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.

The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVET fleck finish everyone loves.

  • Aspen (ZP814) – a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
  • Sue (ZP815) – a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
  • Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
  • Iris (ZP817) – a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
  • Yves (ZP818) – a deep sapphire that’s midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
  • Honor (ZP819) – a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.

NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.


Zoya MATTEVELVET Colors, 0.5 oz. –  $10 (US) ea.
Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles –  $60 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


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Zoya winter mattes Aspen


Zoya winter mattes Sue


Zoya winter mattes Amal


Zoya winter mattes Iris


Zoya winter mattes Yves


Zoya winter mattes Honor

Hope I will be able to review these and compare them to Zoya’s previous Matte Velvets such as Posh and Veruschka.

Zoya looks from New York Fashion Week

I’d been waiting for a roundup of the Zoya nail polish looks from the most recent New York Fashion Week (NYFW).  And now they’re viewable in one spot.  Check out Zoya’s blog HERE.

But wait!  Save yourself time and read my summary!  You can thank me later!!

  • Naked Manicure
  • A pretty coral shade BUT IT’S CUSTOM SO YOU CAN’T HAVE IT
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • A light gray from 2011 called Dove
  • Naked Manicure
  • A beige and a very light blue
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • A pretty dark blue shimmer called Indigo… from 2007
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Another beige
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • Naked Manicure
  • An accent of silver Trixie…. another very old shade

There ya go!  Are you as thrilled as I am?  As in, NOT AT ALL???

Honestly, this is like giving a foodie a meal of Saltine crackers in white sauce.  And yes, this is possibly the most sarcastic post I’ve ever made.  Zoya, I love ya, but I plan to dream of your new winter Matte Velvets and think of naked nails no more.

Sneak peek and a great deal from Zoya — Winter 2015 Matte Velvets!

Look what landed in my inbox.  And since Zoya is freely discussing it and advertising the code on their Facebook page, ain’t no secret!

Zoya winter mattes

Sneak Peek + VIP First Access! The highly coveted and anticipated, MatteVelvet formula is back by popular demand for Holiday/Winter 2015 in 6 NEW matte shades – which become officially available on 10/1/2015!  As a special thank-you to our valued customers, we’re giving you first access to the entire set at a special pre-order price of $40 + FREE Shipping (regular retail price $60) through Monday 9/28. Pre-order the set HERE.

Pre-Order the NEW MatteVelvet Sampler
Special Price $40 (Original Price $60)
NOW – 9/28 (11:59pm EST)

How it Works:

1. Add the Matte Velvet Winter/Holiday Sampler to your shopping cart.
2. Enter Code: MATTEUP into the coupon code field in cart and press “Apply Code”
3. Complete check-out, review and submit order

*Terms & Conditions
Valid online only at 9/25/15 – 9/28/15 (11:59pm EST). Special pre-order price only applies to the new MatteVelvet Sampler (ZPSAMPLER1507). Continental US and Canada ONLY. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or gift with purchase items. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, declined credit cards or web related issues. Code must be entered at the time of purchase – code cannot be reinstated on canceled orders


$40 for a full-sized set of six plus free shipping is an awesome deal.  I’ve often wished Zoya would have a discount for ordering an entire set.  Please note this sale price is now through Monday 9/28 ONLY!  You snooze, you lose.

Here are more pix:


Zoya winter mattes Aspen


Zoya winter mattes Sue


Zoya winter mattes Amal


Zoya winter mattes Iris


Zoya winter mattes Yves


Zoya winter mattes Honor

I think the colors look very festive, don’t you?  I wonder how close the red, green, and purple ones are to previous MatteVelvets from Zoya.  I don’t think they’re dupes.

Not sure yet if I’ll get media samples for review.  Hope so.  And I am extremely selfishly pleased that there’s finally a “Sue”!!  :-D


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