Nailed it- my favorite nail polishes and the worst

Nail polish – it is simply one of my survivor items I can not even fathom life without. Life without color? I’ve been wearing it since raiding my mom’s closet in grade school and since then the addiction has only gotten worse. I need every shade of periwinkle blue, every shade similar to a ballet slipper pink, and don’t forget those rad colors that make perfect strangers ask, “Where did you find that?”

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I consider myself lucky that my childhood friend’s major vice is beauty products. She will shop through Sephora and department store cosmetic counters as if it’s a sport. Not only does she not use 75% of the products or just tries them out once, but she gives me all the hand me downs! I should be a good friend and help her break her addiction, but I don’t. I just love all her makeup selections that find their way to my beauty closet eventually.  She’s recently given me tons of nail polish in different brands and colors. I’ve selected my top brands and not so favorites and rated them on a scale of 1-5 including application, color, and chip resistance.

I would have loved to add photos of the colors on my nails, but I have a better chance of owning an ocean front resort in Fiji before becoming a hand model, so I will leave my troll hands to typing and just add photos of the bottles.

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Let me start with my top lovers.

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My top winner is Nailsinc Geleffect. Hands down this polish is amazing! I was always a bit hesitant to try gel polishes. I thought they needed a special light, or the polish would take forever to scrub off when I was ready to switch it up. I’ll even post a photo of my ring finer in the polish because the color is the same as the bottle displays.

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Application: 5/5 The cap is a bit misleading, but the bulky square cap comes off leaving a small black cap that is easy to handle. The bristle leave a smooth finish without streaks. Just after one coat that dried within seconds my nails look finished. Two or three coats gives it a nice finish.

Color: 5/5 The color was perfect. I am wearing a soft pink and it looks great with a tan or without.

Chip resistance: 5/5 I am a busy mom that literally does everything from gardening to renovations on a daily basis. I paint my own nails because I get bored of colors and I constantly  mess them doing projects. If painted well and you don’t have a bad habit like I do at picking at your nails, this polish can last well over a week and half. It is simply amazing!

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China Glaze- I have color up all night. It is a very dark midnight blue with a slight shimmer preventing it from being too matte without being sparkly.

Application: 4/5 Easy to apply. Thin brush and paints well. Comes out medium in velocity. You need 2-3 coats for the full effect.

Color:  5/5 I love this color. It is classy and edgy at the same time. You need a double take. Is it purple, blue, or black? It is perfect when you are sick of girly colors and want to step it up.

Chip resistance: 3/5 It’s middle of the road. It looks fabulous first 3-4 days but after will need touch ups.

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Sally Hanson Insta-Dry – Show Steeler

A busy woman’s dream polish. I have under two minutes to paint my nails- done and done.

Application: 5/5 A breeze to paint on. Dry time is under a minute. What is the secret to quick dry nail polish? It can cover well with just one coat if you are super busy.

Color: 3/5 This gray is very matte with blue undertones. When it comes to this brand’s color selection, it is very blah and predictable. Not enough neutrals or fun colors to wear it on the regular.

Chip resistance: 4/5 Gives some expensive brands bang for its buck. But when it chips its big chips and it looks horrible.

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Defy & Inspire- Target’s first line of polish. This brand is pretty awesome. With 38 colors of 5 Free polish (5 chemicals you don’t want to see on the ingredient list) It has great coverage, color selection, and wear ability.

Application: 3/5 It doesn’t flow as well as other brands. Brush is a bit bigger and polish takes some concentration to make it even.

Color: 5/5 I had a nude with sparkles that shimmered in the sun. Great coverage and only needed two coats.

Chip resistance: 4/5 If you let it dry properly which by the way can take a longer time than other brands, it sets nicely. It is good for a 4-6 day period with minimal work.

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O.P.I. Infinite Shine 2- I am normally an Essie girl over O.P.I. but this polish is great! It has amazing application, coverage, and chip resistance. The shade is Cajun Shrimp. It is the perfect orange red combo to accentuate tans.

Application: 5/5 It went on thick and easy. It doesn’t get tacky in the bottle or on the nails and leave a smooth finish.

Color: 5/5 They have a great range of colors and Cajun Shrimp is fun and bright.

Chip resistance: 4/5 It definitely serves as a long lasting polish and has strong resistance to housework and hobbies that might scuff it up.

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Ruby Kisses- Teal Envy  This is an oldie but a goodie. I purchased this polish over seven years ago when I lived in New York City. Teal Envy is as teal as you can find. I’ve gotten so many compliments on this polish and I refuse to throw it away until I can scrape out every last drop. It is not the least bit tacky after sitting on my shelf 3/4th of the way finished seven years later.

Application: 4/5 It doesn’t go on as smooth as higher end polishes, but with a little patience you can get a nice manicure.

Color: 5/5 If you want the pop factor choose Teal Envy if you can find it online.

Chip resistance: 3/5 It doesn’t last long before starting to chip…maybe 3-4 days, but I wouldn’t want to wear the color longer anyways.

These brands and colors completely disappointed me, yet I still hold onto them like a beauty hoarder.

Essie- Secret Story  At first it looks like a nice creamy magenta. After I applied two coats it still was a sheer polish that looked as if I ran out during the middle of a manicure. One or two coats of sheer didn’t look good and who is wasting time painting there nails 4-5 coasts for a basic shade of pink?

Sephora by O.P.I. This polish has a huge hard to maneuver handle, a thin brush, and is tacky to apply. I would never purchase this myself and don’t recommend it to anyone either.

Sally Hanson Triple Shine– At first application I liked the sheer natural color, and I’ve almost used the whole bottle because maybe I didn’t have many nice neutrals in my closet, but this product chips a lot. It is very frustrating. One moment you have the perfect manicure and bam- you are missing chunks of polish.

What are your favorite brands? I’m really loving the gel. I love the fun of mixing up shades during the seasons of the year. Summer is my favorite. Bright, nude, wild, almost anything goes, as long as it goes with your bikini.

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Jollymore Ranch

We left the charmingly quaint town of Smithers BC and ventured off the main road onto a bumpy scenic route that led us to our rental house for the week. Just as I was wondering if we perhaps missed a turned and ventured off track, distracted by the natural beauty of the mountains surrounding us, I looked up from my map of directions to see a gigantic handcrafted wooden sign that read, Jollymore Ranch. We found our destination!

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Jollymore Ranch is new to the area which allows one to witness many great viewing experiences of wildlife such as black bears, wolves, moose, deer, and beautiful birds that find comfort in the territory they still call home.

The property has five new log cabins that have every amenity needed for a relaxing yet luxurious stay what feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of life. The homes are all surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges. The fresh air makes my lungs expand, and the views make my heart flutter. I wish we would have booked two weeks instead of one at the magical property. The property is nestled on 1,310 acres of rolling meadows surrounded by trees, rivers, and mountains- every aspect of nature one could desire in a peaceful setting. I felt one with nature instantly as I carried my bags to the entry of our rental.

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View from the terrace of Pink Sky Lodge

We were a large group of couples traveling with toddlers, so we opted for the largest of the log cabins and chose The Pink Sky Lodge. This lodge is simply a masterpiece of craftsmanship.  Not only did the impeccable luxurious log cabin take my breath away, but the scenery surrounding the whole property from the majestic mountains to the iridescent sunsets is postcard worthy.

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We enjoyed a carefree and comfortable stay. No detail was overlooked in guests’ comfort. The inviting sofas and the beautiful teak wood furniture enticed us to relax into the setting and unwind. The interior design was tastefully thought out with interesting and unique pieces of natural elements, art, and even a giant sculpture of a moose the kids enjoyed.

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Even though we were a large group of people traveling together, we didn’t have to fight over who was getting what bedroom because they were all equally comfortable, large, and had spectacular views. The beds are so comfortable. After a long day of hiking and exploring the local area, my body just melted into the plush mattress which is comparable to the Westin Heavingly beds … if not even more comfortable. Every bedroom has an incredible view of the mountain range. Each en-suite bathroom was unique. They were large and had excellent water pressure and hot water. An interesting aspect of the home is the automatic lights that come on in the hall or bathrooms when you enter; you don’t have to worry about searching for the button or remembering to turn it off which is fantastic in a large home you are not used to.

We fully enjoyed the large safe terrace. From dawn until dusk the views are every changing and incredible. By the end of the day, the sun dips into the mountain range leaving a remarkable pink sunset. Relaxing on the balcony while grilling was the perfect way to end an active day. There is plenty of seating outside as well as an excellent sound system, grill, and easy access to the dining area which is key for entertaining!

 

Exciting wildlife such as the wandering lynx in search of breakfast, black bears munching on wild berries, and even the hedge hog who showed up nightly at dinner time kept us entertained throughout our stay.

I felt renewed waking up to the extraordinary view while practicing yoga on the glass balcony. If it’s a bit chilly, we took our workouts to the fully equipped gym downstairs, complete with mountain views, his and her changing rooms, hot tub, and sauna. The kitchen was large enough for a few top chefs and had all the high end appliances and platters needed to serve large groups. The dining room has direct mountain views and terrace access with enough seating for large groups.

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Another fantastic aspect of this rental home is the space. There is a room for every need. If you want a full workout, it has a brand new fully equipped gym along with mountain views. If you want to play pool or have a card game, the downstairs entertaining area is perfect. The huge space has a mini bar set up and great mountain views with outdoor access to the yard. If serenity is what you are in search for, there are plenty of quiet spots in the home you can curl up with a book and tea and relax without even hearing the other guests.

We enjoyed Smithers so much! From the outdoor activities, to the kind locals, we look forward to returning again in the winter for some skiing and snow fun!

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Jollymore Ranch was the perfect property to connect with loved ones in such an enchanting setting. Our beautiful week ended with a full rainbow over the home; it was truly a magical  and unforgettable experience!

 

I recommend this property to families, adventure and outdoor enthusiasts, and writers looking for inspiration and tranquility.

You can check out more photos and information on all the homes they have for rent at http://www.jollymoreranch.com

Here are some direct Airbnb links to there rentals as well!

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/21607653?location=Jollymore%20Ranch

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/22446786?location=Jollymore%20Ranch

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/21618234?location=Jollymore%20Ranch