Saturday, October 13, 2012

September Favorites!

Hi dolls! Happy Saturday!! After this week, I couldn't be more excited for the weekend. And Florida is having a "cold front" which means instead of 90 degrees, we're in the low 80s/high 70 which is P-E-R-F-E-C-T to *hopefully* transition into fall. I've got a monthly favorites post for you today! I kinda forgot about the past few months so I'll have a few in here that I've been loving all summer long. 

If you follow me on Instgram (if not you should! -- @collegpolished) then you might have seen my little teaser pic I posted yesterday! Let's get started!!

First up we've got my favorite nail polishes/looks from the past month! I'll be the first to admit, I am OBSESSED with all things Halloween. So when all these gorgeous indies started to come out with Halloween glitter bombs and colors I knew my stash was going to explode.

What's This, What's This? and This is Halloween are part of the Dollish Polish 'This is Halloween' collection based off my favorite movie ever -- The Nightmare Before Christmas! I was super ecstatic to get my hands on these babies, especially because they went SO fast. Even though Dolly restocked every day I couldn't manage to get my hands on Spectral Pup *sad face* but maybe it'll show up in a blog sale or something! I'll have swatches of these babies on the blog next week!

Next, we've got another LE Halloween or should I say the Falloween collection from Enchated Polish. The lovely Thea from Munchy's Nails is my personal polish fairy. Literally, the girl sends me THE best nail mail and always includes the most delicious chocolates! Thank you so much Thea I can't wait to swatch these. They'll also be on the blog next week, which if you couldn't tell by now will be a Halloween themed week to prepare for the Halloween Nail Art Challenge!

 L-R: Dexter, Finger Lickin' Good, Witchful Thinking, Pumpkin Gutz, and Igor

Up next I've got my top three favorite manis from the past month. During the month of September, I created a Falling Forward Nail Art challenge to really push myself and expand my capabilities. I have to say I'm really proud of myself (and all the girls who joined) in the visible progress I saw! This was for leaves day and I'm so impressed with myself for my leaf pile ^.^ You can see the full post here as well as the rest of the challenge!

Sunny from 365 Days of Color sent me some of her Hocus Pocus colletion to review and my heart stopped with this color! Boouk! is a gorgeous neutral with glitter (whaaa?!) and you can see my full review here.

Lastly, I had the opportunity to do a guest post for the wonderful Chelsea over at The Nail Network that showed off my love of all things girly! Be sure to head over and check that out here.

Lastly, my favorite nail product from the past month (of all time probably) is another baby from Sunny at 365 Days of Color. Sunny's cuticle oil is theeeeeee sh!t, no lie. There isn't any oily residue and it sinks in IMMEDIATELY. Not only have my cuticles become a lot softer and more managable but the scent sticks around for a long time! Currently I'm wearing pumpkin vanilla and I just wanna eat my fingers! You can check out Sunny's full line of scents here on her site (over 120!) where you can pick up a pack of 3 samplers for $6.00 or a full sized for $4.00! She also sells them in balm form too which I've got as well and they're perfect to toss in your purse for on the go!

I also picked up some craft scissors during one of Michael's many sales during September. I love the Victorian theme and I can't wait to try out some beautiful tape manis with these!

Now on to the jewelery! I actually picked this watch up at my local Plato's Closet after seeing it in Forever 21 but passing on it! And for $6 instead of $22? That's a College Polished kinda deal ;). It's gorgeous and goes with literally every outfit!

Next, this bracelet is from Forever 21! I'm obsessed with the simplicity, yet stunning quality of it. I love how the gold chains have little stones in them, but that it isn't all metal! Also I can get double use out of it as an ankle bracelet and I'm a girl who likes multi-functionality!

Now this ring I got back in June (?) I think but I hadn't found the right time to wear it. I've been rockin' it a ton lately with more neutral colored tops and jeans for the fall and I love it! I think I picked this up at Icing for less than $15. Totally cute and super affordable!

Last, but certainly not least I am a HUUUUUUUUGE sucker for fall scents. Pumpkin on pumpkin on caramel apple and I'm a happy girl. The warm apple cider hand sanitizer is from Bath and Body Works and it smells soooo good. No overpowering chemical scent and it lingers for hours. I believe they're still on sale for 5 for $5! Yankee Candle is known for it's kick ass variety of scents and this one doesn't disappoint. Caramel pecan pie is by far the best smelling candle I've ever bought and it fills the entire house. Even Mr. CP said he really likes the smell of it which is unusual :p.

And a few random favorites:

Favorite Blog:
  Whitney from Dressed Up Nails has some SERIOUS nail art skillz. I literally just stumbled across this blog a week or two ago, but I can honestly admit I was FLOORED! She did a ridiculously good tape mani that I cannot wait to recreate! Not sure why this girl doesn't have more of a following but you all need to run over to blog and check her out ASAP!

Favorite Song

Rihanna - Breakin' Dishes
Not new my any means, but this definitely was my anthem the entire month of September!

Whew! Quite a few favorites for this month! I hope you girls enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. What were some of your September favorites?! Beauty related or not, I'd love to hear them so be sure to comment below!


  1. You are welcome dearie!! Anytime! :D

    1. Kim (College Polished)October 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM


  • Kristin LuminousLacquerOctober 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    That ring is AWESOME! I would love to find a great ring like that! My fiance and I both are huge suckers for fall and winter scents! Pumpkin, Cloves, Cinnamon, Peppermint! ♥ ♥ By the time spring rolls around we are ready for something new - I thing we over dose on it! haha!

    1. Kim (College Polished)October 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      Thank you!! We are too LOL and we definitely over do it by the time spring comes around I want clean linen smell and vanillas :D

  • Yay! Love monthly favorites posts! :)

  • Whitney at Dressed Up NailsOctober 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    omg thank you so much for the shout out! This put a big smile on my face, you're too sweet! :)

    also I looove that bracelet. Jealous.

  • Woohoo for monthly favorites! I want those Enchanted Polishes. They're so gorgeous.

  • Maribeth (Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite!)October 17, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Ok, there are so many things I love about this post-
    1- Nightmare Before Christmas is in my top 5 fav movies of all time (along with you like that one too?) and I can't wait to see those Dollish Polishes!
    2-I love the watch
    3-That bracelet is awesome! I love Forever 21's accessories...they are always so cute!
    4-Warm Apple Cider hand sanitizer!? SIGN ME UP!

    PS I just started following your blog (I'm in the Beauty/Nail blogger FB group) :)

  • LOVE that RING!! Great Post!!