Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sinful Colors Sail La Vie/Ahoy There Collection Review + Nautical Nail Art!

Hi everyone!

I gave everyone quite the build up to this collection with a preview of this nautical nail art design.

Only one collection was used to create the whole look.
Yup, it's the new Sinful Colors Sail La Vie/Ahoy There Collection!

The Collection

Sinful Colors has thrown us overboard once again, giving two different names to the same set.
If you visit Walgreens you'll see this as the "Sail La Vie" collection.
If you visit Rite-Aid, you'll see an entirely different display with the title "Ahoy There!"
I have no explanation as to why the company does this, but the collection is the same both in shades and in price.

Each shade is sold individually for just under $2.

The collection consists of three older core shades and five brand new shades.

Snow Me White
Out of This World
Cross My Heart
Anchors Away (NEW)
Sail La Vie (NEW)
My Bouyfriend (NEW)
New Wave (NEW)
Into The Blue (NEW)

The Colors

Snow Me White is well...white.

Can't really get any more basic than white. If applied thickly it's opaque in one coat, but I prefer two thinner coats as shown in the photos.

This is a cost effective, dependable white. I've actually purchased this on multiple occasions.
It's a good stamping white and I turn to it often.

Out of this World is a light silver foil.

For being one of the brand's older shades, I expected this to go full frost on me. Minus a streak or two revealed in the second photo, it's completely smooth.

The only downside it that it's pretty sheer and takes three coats to reach full coverage.

I like that it's on the lighter side of silver, as most silver foils have a shinier, gunmetal undertone.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly foil, give this one a shot.

Cross My Heart is a hot, cherry to chili pepper red jelly, depending on the light.

Being a jelly, it takes four coats for full coverage on it's own, although you lovelies sporting short nails can get away with three.

The formula is perfect. It's not thick or goopy and applies completely even.
I love reds, but don't often wear them due to their staining power. This one didn't stain a bit.

Why do I really love this color?
It turned out to be a neon in disguise!

It takes on a more orangey tone, but it's freakin' bright.
The picture just can't do it justice (because photographing neons are pain in the tukus). 

Anchors Away...well, it's a golderod, dandelion yellow-orange creme with the most subtle microshimmer.

This color boggled my mind. 
In most lighting situations the bottle looked more yellow, but on the nail it looks more orange. After surveying my boyfriend, roommate, and taking over 500 photos of this color alone I've decided to let YOU decide.

Is it orange or yellow? Let me know in the comments below!

Whatever color it is, I absolutely love it. It's just so interesting. 

The formula was on the thin side and needed two coats. 
The microshimmer is pretty non-exisitent, and can only be seen on the brush during application, and looking really really under direct sunlight.

Sail La Vie is light, periwinkle blue creme with barely-there microshimmer.

The formula on this one is identical to Anchors Away. 
Two coats got the job done, and the microshimmer isn't even worth mentioning.

This one was a bit hard to photograph, and I can only hope the purple undertones translated well enough into the photos.

It's so gorgeous and versatile. 
It's light enough for spring, bright enough for summer, and icy enough for  winter.

My Bouyfriend is rich, medium periwinkle blue creme.

This is literally a darker version of Sail La Vie. 
The purple tones were better captured in this one than it's  lighter counterpart.

The formula is thicker, making it a one coater.

I don't have much to say. It's gorgeous and one of my favorites out of the lot.

New Wave is a muted navy blue creme.

The formula to this one is identical to "My Bouyfriend". Great consistency and opaque on one coat.

The color is pretty, but doesn't wow me. It's the darker sibling to an older shade by SC called "Rain Storm" which you have seen me use as a glitter base on multiple occasions.

Into The Blue is a deep-but-bold blue crelly.

Although this has the thin, crelly-like formula, it's a one coater.

I don't know how and I don't care. It's amazing. It's much bolder in person but the camera can only take so much.

 I thought I'd knock out two birds with one stone and show you all the blues in daylight, side by side.

...and then put altogether, I came up with this:

There are so many ways to go with a nautical palette such as this one, and I really wanted to utilize every shade I could.

With all of the blue tones in the collection, an ocean scene was the first thing that came to mind.

It all started with a simple gradient using Sail La Vie, Anchors Away, Cross My Heart, and Sail La Vie again at the bottom.

I continued to dab on different layers to create a one-point perspective sunset in the background.

The sail boat was sort of messily free-handed. I intentionally made the sails wobbly to imitate the idea of wrinkles. But of course, looking at it up close just makes it come across messy.

Basically the entire thing was painted by hand, adding depth and detail until I was satisfied or got tired. I forgot which came first. It was a lot easier than it looks (just time consuming). 
If you can paint the sail boat, what you do with the background is up to you.

The french tips were also free-handed and is something anyone can do.

Beginning with Snow Me White as my base, I took a short striper brush and created the "smile line" using Anchors away. I then painted the area beneath with Into The Blue and then created a large stripe through the middle with Snow Me White.

In retrospect I could have just painted the edges with Into The Blue and saved time and polish, but you live and learn right?


I love a collection that can get me inspired right off the bat, and this set did just that (run away, she's rhyming again).
I am pleased with the finish look of my design and the colors used to make it happen.

For an eight shade collection under $20, you can do some great things. There are some basic staple colors, along with more unique hues that can be happily worn on their own.

My standouts are Anchors Away, Sail La Vie, and My Bouyfriend.

Which colors are you favorites?
Will you be picking any of these up?
What do think of my nautical nail art look?

Let me know in the comments below and make sure to give the look some love on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest!


I know I left everyone hanging for a couple of days.
The stress from the event of this week called for some major R&R.
So I pushed life aside for a time to catch up on sleep, come with a housing plan, and seek advice from family and friends.

Even though the repairs have finally begun on the house after the tree incident (story here), it's just been too much.
My boyfriend, roommate and I have had enough.
My roommate made the decision to move out, forcing us to do the same.
Financially my boyfriend and I aren't prepared to look into a place of our own, but a friend has opened up her home to us while we save up and wait for something to become available.

Even though it's scary and unexpected, that's life.

What does this mean for the near future of The Manicured Amateur?
NOTHING BUT GOOD. And I've finally realized it.

No longer dealing with my landlord's ill practices means we can finally catch up on finances and get money put away.
As much as I hate to say it: more money means more opportunities.
..and it also means more polish!
Even better? Our new roommate is a fellow polish lover!
I have some great post ideas involving twinsies posts, nail art for shorties and more.

So keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Bloglovin',
because things are about to get much more interesting around here!

If I miss a day or so, forgive me. 
I'll most likely be buried in cardboard boxes, that is, if the cats haven't beaten me to it.

Thank you every one for your support and thanks for reading!



  1. Good to hear that things are going well :)

    1. Thank you! Everything works out for the best. :)

  2. Oh, those swatches are just flawless. I got Sail La Vie and Anchors Away and I love them. I'd say AA is more on the orange side, but it's pretty golden!

    1. Thanks! And I think you're right. The swatches don't lie, no matter what the bottle looks like.

  3. There all such pretty colors! Love the design you did inspired by this collection too :)

  4. Hang in there - glad to see you're staying positive! My favorites? All of them! I'm snagging the whole set. Anchors Away looks like an orange to me. Reminds me of "school bus" orange. :)

    1. Thanks! And majority is definitely ruling Anchors Away to be orange. I totally see the school bus!

      And go for it! That one of the greatest things about SC polishes. If you buy the whole set and not like the colors, you're not out a huge amount of money.

  5. I have to admit New Wave is just the color I have been wanting. Good luck with the move.

    1. It's a really versatile blue. I've already used it multiple times in the short time I've had it.

      And thank you! Packing is well underway.

  6. I'm on my second bottle of anchors away (returned the first one) they are both so THICK! I am having the hardest time painting my nails. The formula is also stringy and I have to GLOB it on. It's so frustrating. I haven't heard anyone having this problem with anchors away.

    1. That's so strange! I mean yeah, when SC polishes get old they get super thick...but Anchors Away is a new shade so it hasn't exactly been sitting on the shelf very long.

      Did you get both bottles at the same location? If you're willing to put the "third time's a charm" theory to the test, I'd try getting the color from a completely different store. More specifically, try Rite Aid vs. CVS, or vice versa.

      I've never tried thinner in an SC brand polish, but that might be another option to try. It's a neat color. Such a shame you can't get it to work for you. :(

  7. My Bouyfriend is my fav', New Wave looks dupish to OPI I Saw.. U Saw.. We Saw.. Warsaw.

    1. Thanks for the observation. Another one to add to my dupe list. :)

  8. Just painted my nails sail la vie with an anchors away accent nail. I painted them over a thin white coat... it really makes the aa pop!

  9. Just painted my nails sail la vie with an anchors away accent nail. I painted them over a thin white coat... it really makes the aa pop!

  10. Holy cow, your white nail looks perfect. No matter what I do mine look sloppy and streaky (even after I clean them up). Good going!

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