Saturday, September 29, 2012

SpaRitual IN PINK Trio: Survivor, Courage, and Wellness (Giveaway Winner Announced!)

This post is a 1 - 2 - 3 punch!

First, I want to show you swatches of SpaRitual's IN PINK Trio. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to do a swatch-a-thon so I'm using nail wheels to show you the polish. This has been a crazy week for me with tons of tax classes, applying for jobs, cat sitting, and pet therapy. Not to mention prepping for my Online Trash Cancer Party (which is tonight!).

From Left to Right: Survivor, Courage, Wellness, and a Candy Mani I did using Survivor and Wellness.
I'm not really crazy about pink polishes but I do appreciate a good formula. Not only do these apply really nicely but they are infused with bamboo to promote strong and healthy nails. I also appreciate that they switched up the texture and effect with a chunky glitter, a shimmer, and a sheer.

 Survivor is the chunky glitter (Shown with 1 coat). It also contains some holo glitter too. We've seen a ton of pink glitters and I happen to have quite a few (ODD) so I did a quick comparison below:

Top Row; Left to Right: Barielle, Pink Diamond & Essie, A Cut Above.
Bottom Row; Left to Right: SpaRitual, Survivor & Pure Ice, Spit Fire.
Barielle's Pink Diamond & Essie's A Cut Above are both the same toned down shade of pink and don't contain any holo glitter. SpaRitual's Survivor & Pure Ice's Spit Fire both have holo glitter but the color is off. Survivor is definitely the winner of the four; it is a brighter more vibrant pink and of course contains the lovely holo glitter.

From Left to Right: SpaRitual, Courage & Maybelline Express Finish, Tahiti Pink
 Courage is a shimmery dusty pink/mauve (Shown with 2 coats). A really wearable shade that is universally flattering. I found a few comparable shades in my stash (above & below) but these are older polishes and not to mention they are not chemical and cruelty free brands. I only have the nail wheel swatches because I did them before I decided to go cruelty free. So, obviously Courage is the clear winner.

From Left to Right: SpaRitual, Courage &Cover Girl Merry Slicks, Sugar Plum

 Wellness is a sheer wash of pale pink (Shown in the first photo with 3 coats). While I'm not a fan of french tips or sheers this is a really nice one. Usually I have issues with unevenness and patches but Wellness self leveled very nicely. I used it this week after I had removed my previous mani because it was really looking rough but I didn't have time to do a full mani. I did one quick coat of this and it went on really easy; I was out the door in 5. It helped to camouflage my yellow nails and I didn't even use a base coat because I figured it is infused with bamboo.

I also had fun creating this Candy Mani using Wellness and Survivor:

Candy Mani: 3 coats of Wellness, 1 coat of Survivor, and finished with 1 coat of Wellness.

Second, I want to announce the winner of my Trash Cancer Giveaway!

Congratulations to Cynthia M. Richardson!!!

Cynthia shared just about every single day and for that she will receive SpaRitual's IN PINK Trio of polishes. Whooo Hooo! Thanks for helping me spread the word!

Lastly, I want to remind you that my Online Trash Cancer Party is tonight at 6:00pm PST. I'll be sharing lots of great info from recipes for homemade inexpensive cleaner to coupon codes to try some great toxin-free products. Plus, I will be doing giveaways (if you didn't win SpaRitual's IN PINK Trio you will have two more chances tonight)! Just click on this LINK to join in the fun!

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