Archive for September, 2013

Zoya Arizona and Lumina Lacquer Pinball Wizard

Quick post again!  Today I paired up two of my untried polishes- Zoya Arizona and Lumina Lacquer Pinball Wizard!

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Zoya Arizona is a bright orange cream polish with a glossy finish.  This was part of last year’s summer collection, Beach and Surf (in the Beach portion).  I *adore* the Beach and Surf collections- I think I own a majority of them now with a few exceptions.  Arizona went on well- this is 2 coats with no topcoat (look at that shine without topcoat!).  I did have a few slightly bald areas after 2 coats, but I was rushing my paint job a little bit.  I noticed that the dry time even with no topcoat was pretty fast too- it was relatively touch-dry after taking photos.

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Next I added Lumina Lacquer’s Pinball Wizard on top.  This is a glitter polish in a clear base that is chock FULL of matte glitters in every shape, size and color you can imagine.   I used 1 coat on top of Arizona with topcoat.

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As I tend to do with most glitter bombs, I used the dabbing method to place a lot of the glitters.  I didn’t have to do any fishing for these large shapes and sizes- they came right up with no effort along with all the other glitters!

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You can buy Zoya nail polish at ULTA stores as well as their website for $8 a bottle, and you can find Lumina Lacquer at their website for $10 a bottle.   You can follow Zoya and Lumina Lacquer on Facebook for more news and updates!

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Takko Lacquer Strangely Delicious vs. Strangely Delicious: RVMP

Another quick post!  I mentioned a few days ago that I would be comparing the original Takko Lacquer Strangely Delicious with the new Strangely Delicious RVMP- so here it is!

Strangely Delicious was created as part of Takko Lacquer’s Fall 2012 collection.  It was described as  ‘a juicy vibrant orange full with glistening limey green shimmer. Your nails will have a pop of sophisticated with an unpredictable edge and an endless summer.  A sweet tart color that will make you pucker up 😉

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These pictures are 2 coats with topcoat.

IMG_5098It was announced back in June that the pigments used to make Strangely Delicious and Ooh La La were now unavailable, so they would have to either be discontinued or revamped.  When the Summer 2013 collection was announced a bit later, we found out that at least Strangely Delicious was able to be revamped- and now called ‘Strangely Delicious: RVMP’.  It was described as ‘ a neon bright hot red-orange, still packed with punch you in the face limey green shimmer.

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As you can see, the new version is completely different and yet, still the same idea- a bright orange with green shimmer.  I used 3 coats plus topcoat for these pictures.

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I honestly can’t say which I prefer- I like things about both!  I prefer the base shade of the RVMP version- I’m a sucker for neons, and this bright sparkly polish wins my heart.  But the original Strangely Delicious has a much stronger green flash, and is a bit more ‘interesting’.   They’re different enough that it’s worth owning both- if you can find a bottle  of the original in a blog sale, try to grab it!

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You can follow Takko Lacquer on Twitter and Instagram to get updates on when polishes will be restocked, and check the ‘Restocks and Updates’ section of the Takko Lacquer website (where you also can purchase from during restocks).  Polishes retail for $13.00.

Takko Lacquer is also available from Llarowe and Mei Mei’s Signatures.


Lumina Lacquer Homesick at Space Camp Swatches

Quick post today!  For my Takko Lacquer Get Lucky swatches, I mentioned that I was wearing Lumina Lacquer’s Homesick at Space Camp under it- I wanted to show this beauty off on it’s own!

I ADORE this polish!  It went on immediately when I got my latest order delivered and I wore it for just over 2 days- which is a lot for me.  I took these photos on the second day, so there’s a tiny bit of tip wear.  I’m also out of 100% acetone, so there’s a tiny bit of blue around my cuticles that I couldn’t get rid of with the brush.  There was no staining on my nails though when I removed it!

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Homesick at Space Camp is a beautiful royal blue holographic polish with subtle blue flakies and holographic glitter.  Neither of these are very obvious, but it gives the polish a bit of extra ‘oomph’!

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Application was great, I used 2 coats plus topcoat.  If I’d taken my time, clean up wouldn’t have been necessary- it wasn’t with the first coat.  Then I went and did the second coat too fast and had to then take forever cleaning up.  You’d think I’d learn 😉

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You can buy Lumina Lacquers from Big Cartel, and follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram for updates on restocks and new colors!  Homesick at Space Camp was a new color just released a few weeks ago- it is currently sold out, but keep checking to find out when  it will return!


Takko Lacquer 2013 Summer Collection Swatches

Today I’m going to show off (most of) Takko Lacquer’s Summer 2013 collection!  I have all but Pandamonium and Bright Young Things- Pandamonium I missed out on during the first restock, and I’m just not usually a yellow person so passed on Bright Young Things.   I will show off Strangely Delicious RVMP tomorrow in a comparison post with the original Strangely Delicious.  The original descriptions from Takko Lacquer’s blog describe these polishes better than I can, so you’ll find those italicized and in quotes.

And if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know this post is another peak at giveaway prizes!

First up is Nirvana!

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‘This is a kind of majestic and luxurious looking polish. A deep imperial turquoise full of golden bronze flakies floating thru out’.

Nirvana is just gorgeous- it reminds me of turquoise (the stone, not just color).  I used 2 coats plus topcoat for these photos.  Application was good and smooth.  I’ve always loved the little ‘fun’ touches  many creators add to their bottles- ‘Shake Me, Baby!’ on the label makes me giggle.  The original bottles also said a cute thing- I believe it was ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’.

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Next we have Get Lucky!  This polish I grabbed at the most recent restock, so my swatches are from today (the others I took last week) so that’s why my nails are a bit shorter.  I also just added this over an every day mani, so my fingers weren’t in prime ‘photo mode’.  I still think they look ok, but that’s my apology 😉

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Fine holo golden shimmer loaded with different size of golden holographic glitter speckled with black holographic glitter in a clear base. Can be built up or worn as a topper, how ever you’d like to get lucky!

My camera did NOT like taking photos of this!  This is 1 thick coat of Get Lucky over Lumina Lacquer’s Homesick at Space Camp (post coming for that soon as well- look at me!  Still on a roll!), no topcoat over the glitter.  The glitters went on smoothly and evenly- since I was doing 1 thick coat, I dabbed a little to get more of the larger glitters, but just with a swipe there was a large amount.

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Now we have my personal favorite, Schiaparelli!
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‘Inspired by a designer who revolutionized fashion with her eclectic ways, this is a neon shocking pink filled with silvery limey green shimmer that shifts slightly to pink.

Is it any surprise the neon pink one is my favorite? 🙂  Neon pink and neon green together is one of my very favorite color combos, so I FREAKED when I saw this show up on the announcement post.  The lime green shimmer is very light, so it’s hard to tell it’s green in some lights- but trust me, it’s there and quite vibrant.   This is 2 coats of Schiaparelli plus topcoat.  Without topcoat, it dries to a semi-matte finish.

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And now we have the polishes that will be in the giveaway- starting with Heads Will Roll!

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‘A thermal raspberry pink that changes from bright pink in the cool to silvery white in warmer temps. It’s loaded with blue shimmer and holographic shimmer thats always visible in any temp. It has lots going on and I love it!’

Please excuse the water on my hands- it was in the high 80’s when I was taking photographs, so I was having to run inside and stick my hand in cold water to try and get some outdoor photos of the pink!

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Application was good and smooth- these photos are 2 coats plus topcoat.

And here it is warm!  You can still see a touch of visible nail line out in the sun, but it’s not very noticeable in normal lightning.   The blue shimmer and holo sparkle make this a white that I don’t mind wearing!

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And last but not least, we have Muse!  This is the second polish up for grabs in the giveaway.

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This is a cousin to the coveted “Electric Apple: NYC” A smokey concrete grey creme filled with sultry purple-pink shimmer. This shimmer is not shy!

Ah, one of my other polish loves- grey!  Muse is a gorgeous grey, with almost a hint of brown to it.  The purple shimmer is very obvious, and the two go together beautifully.  This is 2 coats plus topcoat.

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Takko Lacquer is one of those indies that can be a bit challenging to get- which isn’t surprising, her polishes are gorgeous!  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram to get updates on when (and what) things will will be restocked, and also check the ‘Restocks and Updates’ section of the Takko Lacquer website (where you also can purchase from during restocks).  Polishes retail for $13.00.

Takko Lacquer is also available from Llarowe and Mei Mei’s Signatures.


Above the Curve: Fallen Angel vs. Fallen Angel 2.0

I didn’t quite finish my photos for my next giveaway teaser post, so I thought I would do a quick post comparing Above the Curve’s original Fallen Angel (still available!) and Fallen Angel 2.0 as promised!

I’ve posted about Fallen Angel before- I really adore this polish.  It has some pretty good usage on the bottle now- which is saying something, because anymore it’s rare for me to wear a polish more than once!  I try to force myself to try different things, but sometimes some are so gorgeous you keep going back to them 🙂

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Fallen Angel is a beautiful grey-black holo filled with a blue/purple shimmer.  The blue flash is very noticeable- especially in the sunlight.  It also helps keep it looking super gorgeous inside, where the holo effect isn’t as obvious.

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The formula is pretty standard for ATC polishes- which is to say, awesome.  I used 2 coats and topcoat for my pictures, but you get pretty decent coverage with 1 coat.

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A few months ago Shawn and Angel announced 2 new additions to their popular Angel line of polishes- Fallen Angel 2.0 and Risen Angel 2.0!  I showed Risen Angel 2.0 a few days ago- much like that one, Fallen Angel 2.0 most noticeable new feature is the very obvious linear holographic effect.

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Fallen Angel 2.0 is exactly the same as Fallen Angel, but with more ‘oomph’.  The holo effect is a lot stronger- I feel like Fallen Angel’s holo is a bit more scattered (though I wouldn’t call it a scattered holo either), and 2.0 is much more linear.  The base is still the same color, and there’s still the beautiful blue shimmer.

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*swoons*

Whenever I wear either of these, I sit at just stare at my nails all day and find excuses to go outside 🙂  Which is saying something because I really don’t like the outdoors- or the heat- or nature.  (I like looking at nature- from inside.)  Like Fallen Angel, Fallen Angel 2.0 had great coverage and application.  These photos are 2 coats plus topcoat.

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And here’s a side by side comparison picture!

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If I’m being 100% honest- I actually prefer the original Fallen Angel.  That isn’t to say 2.0 isn’t worth buying (it is!), but I think the original is just really beautiful.  The more scattered holo made the color look a bit more charcoal colored (and I love grey), and the stronger holo of 2.0 hides the gorgeous blue shimmer a bit.

You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty.  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates.  Right now BOTH of these beauties are on sale for only $7 (though 2.0 is sold out at the moment)!!!   And as always, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!

For further information on what Above the Curve is supporting, please visit these websites to learn more: http://www.shrinershq.org/ and http://www.scoliosis.org/.


Contrary Polish: Gift Wrap and Anniversary Monster (custom)

Good morning everyone!  Three posts in a row?  This must be a new recent record for me 🙂  I told you all having the kids in school now would help me get back on track!  *knocks on wood*

In keeping with this week’s trend of showing off giveaway polishes, today I bring you Contrary Polish!

Contrary Polish is one of my favorite indie brands.  Since around fall I’ve been really drawn to non-glitter bomb polishes (with a few exceptions of course!), and Contrary Polish is one of the best at amazing shimmers.  I own a good chunk of her creations (you can check my stash list, though it’s not up to date- I also have the new colors and a few more older ones), so if there’s any you’ve been wanting to see- let me know in the comments and I’ll try and post them next week if I have them!

A few months ago I contacted Carrie about creating a custom polish, and I LOVE what she came up with!  We decided to name it ‘Anniversary Monster’ in celebration of my 1 year blogging anniversary (which was in June, but I’m slow) 🙂  A second bottle of Anniversary Monster will be a prize in my upcoming giveaway!

Along with Anniversary Monster, I decided to swatch Gift Wrap, which was created to celebrate Contrary Polish’s one year anniversary!  It seems fitting 🙂

First up, I’ll show off Gift Wrap!

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Gift Wrap is a beautiful dark purple polish filled with very noticeable blue green shimmer.   Application was good, I used 2 coats plus topcoat for the photos.  Gift Wrap dries to a semi-matte finish without topcoat- also pretty, but I prefer shiny 🙂

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When I first bought this polish I thought it might look a bit of RBL Scrangie (one of my favorites), but in person it didn’t.  The colors are a bit different, but the major difference is the shimmer.  Gift Wrap’s is much more noticeable, and it’s also more of a scattered, larger particle shimmer rather than a smooth shimmer (does that make any sense?  I can’t figure out a better way to describe it!).  This alone makes it appear completely different.  If you like that color combination you will adore Gift Wrap!

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Agh, the sparkle.  This polish was so gorgeous and stunning outside in the sun- though it was beautiful indoors as well!

And now for Anniversary Monster!

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When Carrie asked what I would like for my polish, I just gave her a list of colors I loved and let her have free reign.  I said that I love pink (of course!), grey, tiffany blue, green and purple- so whatever she thought would look great and use some of those colors would be awesome.

What I got was this beautiful blue-grey polish filled with bright pink shimmer.  The base is almost green-leaning in some lights, and a bit blue in others.  Definitely something unique, and very ‘me’, and it even seems to fit the ‘Anniversary Monster’ name perfectly!

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Again the application was great- I used 2 coats and topcoat for these photos.  Like Gift Wrap, Anniversary Monster dries to a bit of a satin finish without topcoat.

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So what do you think?  I love it!  If you’d like to try and win a bottle, be sure to be watching my blog- I’m hoping to start the giveaway early next week!

Be sure to follow Contrary Polish on Facebook to stay up to date on new releases and information!

You can purchase Contrary Polish from the Contrary Polish website (via email on Fridays) for mini sizes and certain full sizes, and also through a number of international stockists:  LlaroweFemme Fatale CosmeticsShoppe Eclecticco and Norway Nails.  Bottles are $5 for mini sizes and $10 for full size via Contrary Polish’s website, and full size prices vary for international stockists.


Blue Eyed Girls Lacquer: Floppy. Hoppy. BUNNIES! and Oh, We’re Not Together

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m celebrating both my birthday and blogiversary with 1 giveaway- so while I wait for the last few prizes to get here, I thought I would start showing off some of the fun things you could win!

My sweet friend Julie from Wishes of a Blue Eyed Girl (who just celebrated her birthday and blogiversary too!) sent me 2 beautiful polishes to giveaway- and 2 to keep 🙂

We both share a love of a lot of shows-  so when trying to decide what to send, of course she turned to our mutual interests!

One thing I’ve been looking forward to since she first announced it is her upcoming Buffy the Vampire collection, ‘Once More With Feeling’.  I’m a more recent Buffy fan- I didn’t watch it while it was live, but caught up with it on Netflix about a year ago (I  just finished the last episode a few months ago).  Our favorite character in the series is the same- Anya- which is the inspiration behind this particular polish!

Floppy.  Hoppy.  BUNNIES!  is the Limited Edition polish of the Once More With Feeling collection- it will be a gift for those who buy the entire collection (and also win through giveaways- like mine!).   This is a gorgeous sky blue crelly polish filled with purple, lime green, blue, and pink glitter in various shapes and sizes.

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I used 3 thin coats for these photos with Out the Door topcoat.  2 coats would have been plenty, but I wanted more glitter!  Application was wonderful- I did fish a little for the super large glitters, but the others all came out easily and applied evenly (no dabbing for placement).

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The name inspiration for this polish is a reference to Anya’s fear of rabbits- and specifically, what her very last words in the series happen to be.  I’m not going to get into that, because I don’t want to take up most of my blog post ranting about how much I hate Joss Whedon sometimes (like with Anya’s departure).   The love is stronger than the hate, but sometimes… *grumble*.  ANYWAYS- this polish makes me happy 🙂

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Each polish is numbered- the winner will receive bottle #2!

One of our other mutual interests that Julie used to make a custom polish is Doctor Who!  This is ‘Oh, We’re Not Together’ and is inspired by Donna Noble, one of the Doctor’s companions (and one of my favorite companions).

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And here’s the inspiration behind the name, if you’re interested:

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This is a gorgeous pink (my favorite!) holographic polish.  It has a bit of a dusty rose hint to it.   I used 2 coats plus Out the Door topcoat for these photos.  Application was wonderful!

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You can follow Wishes of a Blue Eyed Girl via her blog, her Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram!  And be sure to give her new Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer page a like to stay up to date on her releases!

The Once More With Feeling collection will be released on September 6.  Floppy. Hoppy. BUNNIES! will only be available through giveaways and purchasing the whole collection- which you can check out on Facebook!  Oh, We’re Not Together is a custom polish and not available for purchase, but if you love holos you will love the OMWF collection- and another pink holo (Buffy’s polish) is available there!

*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*