Archive for October, 2013

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s Swatches

Today I’m going to show off a BEAUTIFUL polish- Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s!

Julie made this gorgeous mint polish for me as a surprise birthday present, and then decided to sell it in her store!  So though it began as a custom, now everyone can enjoy it!

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Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s is a pretty mint green/Tiffany blue that has a gorgeous bright green shimmer.  Simple, gorgeous, and a bit different from a lot of other Tiffany blue polishes out there.

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I used 2 coats and Out the Door topcoat for these photos.  Application was great, the polish went on smoothly and I didn’t have any issues.   While the shimmer is a bit subtle due to the color, it’s also obvious- it doesn’t hide indoors and is always noticeable (does that make sense?  It does in my head!). 

 

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You can follow Wishes of a Blue Eyed Girl via her blog, her Facebook pageTwitter, and Instagram!  To follow her polish line, check out  Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer page and her Big Cartel page!  Prices range from $8.00 to $10.00 per bottle.

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Elevation Polish Grotte et Cascade, Trift, and Rapa Nui Swatches

Happy Thursday everyone!  Have you entered my Blogiversary/Birthday giveaway yet?  If not, it ends TONIGHT!  Be sure to get your entries in!

I apologize for the lack of posts this past week- I’ve actually been contemplating a blog move from WordPress to Blogger (I’ve already imported all of my posts, so PolishMonster.blogspot.com IS me- I’m just not active over there yet).  A more ideal time to make that move would have been *before* my giveaway, but hopefully a lot of you will follow me there!  I didn’t want to keep waiting to post until I finalized everything though.

Today’s post I’m going to be showing off Elevation Polish Grotte et Cascade, Trift, and Rapa Nui.  I received these 3 polishes as a birthday gift, and decided I had to show them off!

First is Grotte et Cascade.

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This is a gorgeous dark brown polish filled with beautiful pink and blue shimmer.  The shimmer is subtle- it’s very obvious out in the sun, but when you’re indoors it tends to hide a bit.

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Application was great- it went on smoothly and I used 2 coats and Out The Door topcoat for photos.   1 coat gave good coverage, and 2 coats evened everything out.

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Then I added 1 coat of Trift on top of Grotte et Cascade!

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I’ll be honest- I probably would have never bought Trift on my own.   I thought it was pretty, but it didn’t grab my attention like some of the others did.  But I am SO GLAD I got this as a present- because I would’ve been missing out on a gorgeous topper!

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Trift is a color shifting glitter topper- simple, pretty, and very versatile.  This is one of those polishes you can grab to add some ‘oompf’ to any color you own- I can’t think of anything it wouldn’t look good over!  Sadly, Trift has been discontinued- BUT there are still some bottles left on the Elevation Polish website- AND it’s only $6.50!

Last but not least is Rapa Nui!

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Rapa Nui is one of those Elevations that I never really noticed for a long time- but when I did, I couldn’t understand what took me so long.

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It is a gorgeous steel blue grey color with a very strong purple/red shimmer.   The shimmer is incredibly strong outside in the sun, it’s a bit more subdued (but still there) inside.  When outside, it almost appears to be a duochrome- the shimmer is that noticeable.  Very, very pretty.

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You can find these beauties at the Elevation Polish Big Cartel Store and also at Llarowe.  As I said before, Trift is discontinued, but is still available until it sells out- there just won’t be more once it’s gone.   You can also keep up with Elevation Polish updates by following Lulu’s blog, I Dig Brown Nail Polish.  Restocks are on the 7th and 22nd of each month, though no restocks are planned for October (be sure to check out Lulu’s Auction site this next week!)


Jindie Nails Halloween and Fall Chic 2013 Swatches and Review

Good morning everyone!  I have a few of the new Jindie Nails colors to show off today!  During the presale I grabbed a few of the Fall Chic colors and 1 of the Halloween colors- they were just listed for sale yesterday, so it seemed like a good time to show them off!

Even though my nails are short again- I’ve been suffering from MORE breaks.  Thankfully the worst ones were on my non-swatching hand, but still!  After going so long with no casualties, it’s been hard.  It feels like maybe my nails are TOO strong now- the breaks happen whenever I bump something and a side part just chips off.  Not a problem I ever expected to have 😉  I actually like my nails shorter just fine- but I’d like them just a tiny bit longer, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute.

First, I’ll show off the 4 colors from the Fall Chic 2013 collection I have.   All of these polishes are packed *full* of circle glitter in various sizes and colors.  This is true for all 4, so I’ll talk about it here versus repeating over and over- I didn’t have to fish for any of these glitters.  What you see is minimal effort for glitter- even on Midnight Rainbows.   So the glitter payoff is excellent.   The only issue I had with any of these wasn’t really the fault of the polish- but I struggled a bit more with them due to the length of my nails.  Larger glitters take up more available space when your nails are smaller (I know, thank you Captain Obvious), and I had to be sure to stick to thinner coats than I would normally do to avoid a big mess.  It wasn’t too hard, but it was a bit more challenging on short nails to get things looking nice.   Just me adjusting to the new length- you wouldn’t think it would impact the way I paint, but it does.

Also, Jen just introduced her new medium size 9mL bottles, which is what you’ll see in this post.   I really prefer these so much to the previous mini bottles.  I don’t mind most mini bottles (and sometimes prefer them due to the sheer size of my collection), but the issue with the old Jindie ones was that the brush wasn’t able to reach almost any polish unless it was fully twisted in.  It was a pain to use, especially with the glitter based polishes (though they were very cute bottles!).  But now, you’re able to reach plenty of polish and the brush is very long.   And it also holds a bit more polish!

The first polish from Fall Chic is What Are You Smokin’ Mirrors!

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This is a medium grey crelly polish filled with tons of gold and silver dots and flake shimmer.  I used 2 coats with topcoat for these photos.

The coverage was good- I did have to brush off a bit of excess grey base from some of the circles so that they would show, but other than that I had no issues.

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Next is Midnight Rainbow.

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This polish is something else!   It’s a black jelly polish filled to the brim with rainbow shimmer and metallic circle glitter in tons of sizes and colors.  And when I say to the brim- like I said at the beginning of this post, I didn’t fish for glitters.  What you see here is 2 coats with topcoat- with no fishing.  I’m sure if I actually tried there could be MORE circles on my nails!

This polish went on well- I had to do a bit of dabbing to get circles the way I wanted them to be.  There’s so many in the polish that sometimes they can clump up a bit, so you just need to spread them around once they’re on the nail.

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Now we have Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins is a teal crelly polish filled with maroon, lime green, blue and silver glitters.  Plenty of large circles and hexes in here, and I didn’t have to fish for any of them!  Pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.

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And the last polish from the Fall Chic collection I have to show off is Shimmer Me Timbers.  The only one of the 5 I don’t own is Rhythm and Blue- but I didn’t exclude it purposely, I actually didn’t originally buy Shimmer Me Timbers either.  Jen sent it as a surprise with my order- now I feel bad I’m only missing 1! 🙂

I’m glad she sent it though- this was my surprise favorite of the bunch, and I would’ve missed out on it otherwise!

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Shimmer Me Timbers is a bright, juicy emerald green jelly polish filled with a bright gold shimmer and lots of green and gold glitters (along with a few blue, maroon, copper and purple too!).  I think what surprised me is that this polish is a lot ‘brighter’ than I realized- it’s still a deep emerald, but since it’s a jelly it still retains that squishy feel, and the shimmer brightens it up a lot.  The pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.  Application was great, this one went on the most smoothly of the bunch!

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Last but not least, we have Be-Wear the Polish, my only purchase from the Halloween colors.  There’s a lot of *gorgeous* colors in that collection- but I was trying to be good!

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Be-Wear the Polish is a fun glitter topper (glitter in a clear base, meant to be layered) filled with green, grey, black, and purple glitters in various shapes and sizes, TONS of fine glitter and shimmer- and also glow in the dark glitter!  I tried desperately to get a picture of the little flecks glowing, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate.

Application was great- this is so overflowing with glitter, I didn’t have to make an effort to have my nails covered.  In fact, I usually ended up with a bit too much on my smaller nails and had to decide which to put back in the bottle!

Photos show 1.5 coats (I did 1 full coat on each nail, and then filled the brush and dabbed a little extra here and there to fill in some empty slots) with topcoat over Wet N Wild’s Sea Ya Soon (post on that later today).

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I think overall my very favorite was Be-Wear the Polish- this is a must have!  Between the fun bright colors, variety of shapes and sizes, and glow in the dark glitters, you have something very fun for Halloween.  I might be a bit partial though- Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love the green/purple/black/orange color combinations associated with it!

These colors launched yesterday- grab them while they’re in stock!  You can find Jindie Nails here:

Store: http://jindienails.com/
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International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org,  http://www.ninjapolish.comhttp://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
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OPI Alcatraz… Rocks Swatches and Review

The other day at ULTA I spotted the OPI San Francisco collection- there’s a lot of pretty colors, but the one that jumped out at me most (and into my bag) was Alcatraz… Rocks.   I’d seen it in photos, but it was SO much prettier in person!

I’m still a bit on the fence when it comes to the textured polish trend- I don’t like many, but super sparkly ones (like Zoya’s Pixie Dusts or JulieG Gumdrops) I LOVE!   And Alactraz… Rocks is definitely sparkly!

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Alcatraz… Rocks is a dark blurple base (more purple leaning than I initially realized) filled with lots of different shimmer.  I definitely saw blue, pink, and gold, though there could be a touch of green in there as well.

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Application was great- I had good coverage with 1 coat, and complete coverage with 2.  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.  The dry time was pretty good- textured polishes can sometimes take a bit longer to dry, but it seemed like this one was touch-dry in around the same length of time my normal polishes are.

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This is my first Liquid Sand polish, though I have quite a few textured offerings from other brands- and I can definitely say OPI did a great job with it.  Dry time seemed to be superior to others I have used, and the sparkle was over the top (in a good way).  If you like textures, definitely be sure to pick this one up!

I bought my bottle at ULTA for $9, but you can find this at most places OPI nail polish is sold!