Good afternoon everyone! I hope to have another post up this evening, but while I’m waiting on the sun to come back out- I thought I’d post some pictures I recently took of one of my very favorite collections!
Different Dimension’s Set It Free collection was first released last February- though it is still available! This stunning collection is made of 3 polishes- Black Dahlia, Wide Awake, and Stronger. I love everything about this trio of polishes- they’re holo, sparkling, shimmering bottles of beauty!
First up is Black Dahlia.
This is probably my favorite of the collection. While I feel like you should get all 3, if you can only get 1- make it be this one. Black Dahlia is a beautiful black flake polish (the flakes in all 3 build up to opacity in just 2 coats), filled with tons of holographic pigment, blue/pink shimmer, and color shifting glitters.
This polish comes alive outside, but it is just as beautiful indoors too. I used 2 coats with no topcoat for these photos. As with every Different Dimension polish I’ve tried, the formula was perfect and went on wonderfully with no issues.
Next in the trio is Wide Awake.
Although this is a pink, this is probably my least favorite of the bunch. Shocking, right? Wide Awake is absolutely beautiful, but didn’t want to play nice with my skin tone. That’s the only negative thing about it though- because it’s just as stunning as it’s siblings, and applies like a dream.
Wide Awake is a very pale pink holographic polish filled with light pink flecks and a hot pink flash (seen best in the photo below). As I said before- application was wonderful. Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Last but not least, is Stronger.
This one ALMOST tied with Black Dahlia for the favorite spot- I think Black Dahlia edged it out because of it’s extra color shifting glitters ;)
Stronger is a *stunning* light blue holographic polish filled with blue flecks and a blue/pink flash. Like Black Dahlia, the strong holographic pigment plays very nicely with this shade, and it’s almost always visible- even indoors a bit. The pop of pink is not subtle, and is so beautiful!
Like the others, application on Stronger was amazing. Every polish I own by Different Dimension is like this, so I’m not surprised! Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Though Missi has been pumping out some AMAZING holographic colors lately- I highly recommend you pick up at least 1 of these beauties! You won’t regret it!
While Halloween is over, Dia de los Muertos is still being celebrated- so I decided to bring out Lumina Lacquer’s Sugar Skulls 2.0!
The original Sugar Skulls was offered last fall, and was very similar to the 2.0 version. Sugar Skulls 2.0 is filled with small matte glitters in white, blue, green, pink, and a hint of color shifting sparkle. I had always wanted the original but never bought it- so I grabbed up this one when it was released!
Photos show 2 coats of Sugar Skulls 2.0 over Different Dimension’s Excelsior (which will have it’s own post in a few days), with a Sugar Skull Nail Thins as on over Excelsior as an accent nail. Application was great, the coverage on Sugar Skulls was wonderful- sometimes with micro matte glitter polishes, it can take a lot of coats to build up a decent opacity- but 2 thin coats was all that was needed.
The Nail Thin was incredibly easy to apply again- but this time, while in a hurry, I didn’t wait for the base polish to completely dry before applying. It still worked well, but I had a bit of smudging- completely user error on my part. I highly recommend giving them a look! You can get 3 packs for $10 on Etsy, and there’s tons of fun things to choose from.
Coming up this weekend I’ll have posts featuring Femme Fatale, the upcoming Elevation Polish collection, and some beautiful colors from Different Dimension- be sure to check back!
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I hope everyone has had a great Halloween! Ours wasn’t super- it’s been pouring rain and storming all night. But we tried to have fun here at home!
Tonight wraps up Halloween inspired manis :( I have a couple to show you tonight!
First up is Lumina Lacquer’s Mickey’s Moonlit Masquerade over Takko Lacquer Kiss the Sky (post coming in a week or so)!
I really love this Micky polish- and it looks so lovely over Kiss the Sky! As with most of my Luminas, I applied using the dabbing method. I didn’t have to fish for any glitters- such a fun variety!
Next up is the pumpkin mani I kept talking about!
Like I said- simple, but festive and fun! I never got a chance to take ‘real’ photos of this one before there was so much chipping I couldn’t save it. But I was able to enjoy it for almost a full week! I got a bunch of compliments!
The base color is Sinful Colors Citrine. I picked it up last summer from the Wow! Pop! display, but I’ve heard that it’s part of *this years* Halloween display! So if you want to grab it- hurry! My phone picture is showing this as more red than it actually is- it is a red orange, but a bit more orange leaning. For the jack o lantern face, I used Nail Thins- SUPER easy to apply, just like a sticker- but it’s incredibly thin, so you can’t see a ridge where it’s applied. I’ll provide links at the end of the post!
Last but not least, is my official Halloween mani for this year!
This is a gradient mani using Different Dimension’s Gnarly, Totally, and Tubular (green, yellow and orange). I did 1 coat of Cult Nails Tempest (white), and then sponged the 3 colors on top. This was a super fast, quick gradient- I think it took me 5 minutes. It’s also very messy, and you can probably see a bit of green still on my fingers. After I was finished I did a TON of cleanup! I knew I was going to add glitter though, so I wasn’t worried about it looking good on it’s own. Then I topped it with 1 coat of Lumina Lacquer’s Desfile de Mickey! Such a fun, bright look to compliment my bright pink and purple monster hat :)
Takko Lacquer: Store , Twitter
Lumina Lacquer: Store, Facebook Page
Nail Thins: Store, Facebook Page
Different Dimension: Store, Facebook Page
Sinful Colors: Available at most drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart) for $1.99
I hope everyone’s having a great 4th of July weekend! We’ve had MASSIVE amounts of rain since Thursday- last I heard as of yesterday we were at 8 inches, though it’s rained a little since then and doesn’t look to be done until next week. So it’s been a soggy 4th of July weekend for us, spent inside because of local road flooding. But it’s also been relaxing!
I figured today would be a good day to post a bunch of swatches I’ve done here and there over the past few months. Some of these were taken back in May- you can probably guess based on the length and shape of my nails. I tend to take photos when I wear polishes, and so some of these were just normal manis, some were intended for posts that I never did, and some I just wasn’t happy enough with to post. I’ll try to give links to most stores at the end of the post.
First up! My patriotic offering for the weekend ;) This is Different Dimension’s Right to Vote- which was my Memorial Day mani.
Missi offered this pretty polish back in the fall to celebrate the US elections. A milky white crelly polish filled with red, white, and blue glitters. This is 2 coats of Right to Vote, no topcoat.
Last week, I did some quick photos of Hare Bisbee and Bisbee 2.0 to show people the differences between the two. Nikole sent me Bisbee 2.0 as a surprise in a package I received that week, so I couldn’t wait to show everyone how it compared. The first photo is Bisbee 2.0 (note the new Hare bottle), and the second photo is the original Bisbee.
I’m glad the new formula is called ‘Bisbee 2.0′, because there are definitely quite a few differences- though you still have the same overall ‘feel’. The color is different- Bisbee 2.0 is a more blue-leaning teal than the original. Both are packed with gold glitters, but Bisbee 2.0 has squares, and lacks the large hexes the original was known for. Bisbee 2.0 also has a lot of shimmer that the original does not have- it was a bit stubborn showing up in my pictures, but it’s quite obvious in person.
Next up is Sephora by OPI’s Metro Too Chic. This is a pretty taupe polish with a ton of shimmer. I did find the polish to be a bit on the thick side and had a bit of trouble with application.
This is one of the polishes I picked up at Sephora recently- if you haven’t already heard, Sephora is discontinuing the OPI line and expanding their own line of polishes. Because of this, all Sephora by OPI polishes are discounted quite a bit. Definitely time to grab any you may want!
This beautiful blue is Pivot! by Weird Indeed. Weird Indeed was an awesome indie line last spring/summer, and she closed her doors when she went back to school (or I’m pretty sure that was why- it’s been awhile!) I feel thankful I was able to grab a handful of her awesome polishes while she was open!
This color was part of the Friends inspired polishes- if you’re unfamiliar with the show, this is the inspiration:
Pivot gif credit: http://wallflwr.tumblr.com/
I used Pivot! as the undie polish for Above The Curve’s You’re Turning Ne-On- they look great together!
This next blue is Wet N’ Wild’s Cabo Cruise, which is a new polish in the Fergie line. I found mine on the Summer display, but I have since seen it on other Fergie polish displays (which makes me think it could be permanent and not an LE shade). I had a hard time getting it to show in pictures, but it has a beautiful blue-green shimmer. I used this underneath Lynnderella’s The Bride Turned Blue (which I posted to IG and my Facebook page feed).
Different Dimension Ditz- which is part of her 80’s Baby Collection. This is a beautiful neon pink jelly with a scattered holo effect. SUPER beautiful on a sunny day! I’ll be showing the whole collection soon.
Enchanted Polish May 2013. This was really pretty, though sadly I wore it on a slightly cloudy day so I wasn’t able to enjoy it at it’s fullest :)
My mediocre nail art attempt for Jen’s Nail Files 2000 likes contest! The theme was to interpret any Darling Diva Polish into art- I chose Uncharted Space, which was part of her Battlestar Galactica line. I did a base of Chanel Taboo with a bit of my own polish, The ‘Verse, on top. I can’t remember the specific polishes I used for the art. For those unfamiliar with the show- my index finger is a Cylon Raider (‘bad guy’ space ship), and my ring finger is a Colonial Viper (‘good guy’ space ship). I originally attempted to paint the Galactica on my middle finger but it just wasn’t working out, so it got painted over. No BSG art is complete without ‘So Say We All’ :) (ignore my wonky cuticle areas- I had the last bit of a spray tan hanging on and it had dried me out as well)
I have so.much.respect. for girls that are able to do amazing nail art- especially when you’re limited to only nail polish. It’s HARD!
Pretty & Polished’s Popples, which is part of their Summer in the City collection. I was lucky enough to win this collection from a mani contest on their Facebook page! All the colors are beautiful and I was holding off for a sunny day to swatch them all. I’ve worn these 2 so far!
Popples is a pretty white crelly polish filled with large neon pink and green hexes and small blue, green and pink hex glitters. Perfect for summer!
Also from the Summer in the City collection, I Want Candy is a beautiful bright pink holographic polish.
I had a hard time getting the holo to show up inside, but it shines outside :)
Roundup of where to find most of the polishes:
Different Dimension: Etsy and Facebook
Hare Polish: Etsy and Facebook
Sephora by OPI: In stores and Sephore website
Wet N Wild Fergies: most drugstores (I got mine at Walgreens)
Enchanted Polish: Big Cartel Store and Facebook
Pretty and Polished: Website and Facebook
Today I have another review for you all- and be warned, this is going to be picture heavy!
What you’re about to see is the entire set of the absolutely beautiful new thermal polishes from Different Dimension! Missi, the awesome genius behind Different Dimension, hopes to be releasing these sometime next week- though there isn’t a specific date right now. Each polish name is inspired by one of the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters!
Every polish performed and applied the same, so I’ll review them all here before jumping into photos. All 5 are beautiful, shimmery, glass fleck filled beauties. Each shifts between 2 colors depending on temperature- hot vs. cold. Like with most thermals, if you have longer nails you’ll be able to achieve a small bit of a gradient with any free edge. Application was beautiful- each went on well with great coverage. They appear very sheer with the first coat, but build up well- all photos show 3 coats with no topcoat. Now on to photo spam!
After putting my hand in cold water, the color was a bit darker though still similar to the room temperature shade:
And after putting my hands in hot water, Little Miss Stubborn turns to a very light shade of pink-purple:
As the polish slowly cooled back down, of course my tips were the first to go. Eventually the whole nail returned to the room temperature shade.
Next up is…
Of all of the polishes in this collection, I really feel like this one is the *most* perfectly named. Look at Mr. Silly’s hat and body next to each other compared to the swatch photo! It’s a match made in heaven!
Mr. Silly is a beautiful shimmery light orange glass fleck with a gorgeous yellow green shimmer. At room temperature:
When warm, Mr. Silly turns into a light pastel yellow with a green-gold flash:
The third polish of the bunch is…
Mr. Grumble is another beautiful duochrome purple shade. At room temperature, the glass flecks in this one shift between blue, purple and a green-gold with a bit of a pink flash!
And then my nails transitioning back to room temperature- this was a much more ‘obvious’ transition than the previous ones!
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you- Mr. Noisy is very very similar to Mr. Silly! The major difference is that Mr. Noisy is a much darker shade of orange at room temperature. This one is my very favorite for the transitioned look- it’s just SO pretty!
At room temperature Mr. Noisy is a beautiful glass fleck coral red-orange with a yellow flash:
Then in warm water, it turns to a beautiful shimmery pastel yellow:
And one more, because something this pretty deserves photo spam:
And last but not least, the final polish in this collection is…
At room temperature, Little Miss Naughty is an incredibly beautiful purple with a green-gold glass fleck shimmer.
This one actually reminds me a little bit of a glass-fleck version of Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie- one of my very favorite polishes. So it’s no wonder I adore it!
When warm, Little Miss Naughty turns into a light pink with a golden shimmer!
As I said earlier, I had absolutely no issues with these polishes. All applied like a dream, and it was easy to produce the color changing effect. And they’re all SO beautiful! I would buy all 5 in a heartbeat even without the color changing effect- I view that as an added bonus!
These colors should be available sometime next week! Different Dimension polishes are available at Different Dimension’s Etsy shop and range from $8.50 to $10.00, as well as Llarowe and Mei Mei’s Signatures (for international ladies!).
Be sure to follow Different Dimension on Facebook for updates and sneak peeks at upcoming shades!
Mr. Men and Little Miss photo credit: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I’ll warn you- this is a VERY picture heavy post!
Some of you already know, but I play World of Warcraft. I have since shortly after it was released- just over 7 years. So when Missi of Different Dimension put out a call for bloggers that also play WoW to show off her new collection- I jumped at the chance!
World of Warcraft has it’s 4th expansion pack, Mists of Pandaria, coming out in just over a week. The theme of this expansion is Pandaria- ie, panda people (for those who aren’t familiar with the game). Much of the backbone of WoW centers around conflict between two warring factions- The Alliance and The Horde (which when playing, you play for the faction of your choice).
Of course, you certainly don’t have to play- or even like- World of Warcraft to love these polishes!
Be sure to grab any you want NOW- Once the Expansion is released on September 25, these will be gone for good!
I’m going to start off tonight with Murloc!
So that green guy is a murloc! Murlocs are (usually) hostile creatures found… well… all OVER the place in WoW. They’re sort of like fish people. There’s a lot of color variations with them, but this particular one shows off the polish colors the best!
Murloc is a pretty glitter polish filled with green, blue and red sparkling hexes. This could be opaque in multiple coats, but I chose to use it as a layering polish.
This is 2 coats of Murloc over Spoiled’s I’m So Jaded. The glitters were so beautiful and sparkly- there is a bit of a holo shine to the them, especially the blue and green!
Next, we have Spectral Tiger!
The Spectral Tiger is a very rare, very coveted mount in the game. It’s only available via the WoW Trading Card Game, so it costs a lot of real-life money to acquire (think many hundreds of dollars). It’s a ghostly, slightly transparent tiger. I do not have this mount :(
But I DO have this beautiful polish of the same name! (yeah, cheesy, I know)
Spectral Tiger is GORGEOUS. Just absolutely gorgeous. It’s a very subtle polish; a light baby blue shade filled with baby blue, white, and holographic glitters. I chose to layer 2 coats over Sinful Color’s Snow Me White.
Next up, we have Bad Ass Panda!
As a reference- here is a Pandaren, the new race that’s being introduced in Mists. To be specific- this is MY Pandaren. This is my main character (Sunni) as she looks on the beta servers- since you can change your character’s race over there. I plan on doing this the day the expansion comes out, so this is exactly how she’ll look again in a few weeks :) She’s also hanging out with my very favorite companion pet, Bananas- he was a birthday present from my husband about 4 years ago.
Now you’ll understand why I chose this undercoat for Bad Ass Panda…
This is 2 coats of Bad Ass Panda over 2 coats of Zoya Lola. I did do a tiny bit of glitter placing for these photos, just to ensure that every nail had a diamond, but it’s not necessary for normal wear!
And now, we just have the last 2 polishes- Alliance and Horde. I happen to have faction-specific stuffed animals (yes, I do, and I won’t allow my kids to play with them), and they’ll be making appearances alongside their faction’s colors! You already know I play Horde side, so I’m leaving the best for last.
Alliance is filled with blue, lilac, and holographic gold glitter. Like the ones before it, this is best used over another polish!
Here’s my nails posing with the Alliance crest, which is the inspiration for the polish!
And last (but certainly not least), we have Horde!
This polish is the best in the collection for using with no polish underneath. It’s a jelly finish, but it’s almost opaque in 2 coats and completely covers in 3. Horde is filled with silver and red hex glitter and fine silver holographic glitter in a black jelly base.
Overall, I was blown away by this entire collection. I thought they looked pretty and awesome before I recieved them, but once I put them on, they were all just so very gorgeous. I’m partial to them all of course, but if you have to be good and just grab 1 or 2- I’d say Spectral Tiger is a must-have, and if you lack a nice black and white topcoat Bad Ass Panda is as well.
You can follow Different Dimension on Facebook, and be sure to check out her Etsy Store! In addition to the new WoW collection, there are a TON of gorgeous polishes. Each color in this collection sells for $10 and Spectral Tiger sells for $12.50, or you can get the whole set of 5 for $45 (a discount of $7.50!). Other polishes are $8.50, and Glow in the Darks are $10. She also now offers mini sets!
*These polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.*