Quick post this morning to make up for forgetting last night- I should have today’s normal post up this evening!
China Glaze Immmortal is from last year’s Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection. Though no longer available in stores, you can still nab this one on blog sales and sometimes some online stores.
Immortal is a really pretty concrete grey polish filled with blue and pink shimmer. I love grey polishes- don’t ask me why, it’s a very random favorite since I don’t otherwise enjoy grey- so last year I knew I had to grab this one!
My only issue with this polish was it’s application- which wasn’t terrible, I used 3 coats for coverage- but it’s opaque enough that it should have been 2 coats. But even though I let the first coat dry a reasonable amount, I still had random bald patches after the second.
Overall I really love Immortal, and most of the Wicked collection in general. Make a Spectacle and Cast a Spell are my other 2 favorites- this year’s Halloween collection just didn’t excite me as much 😉
I managed to miss posting my pumpkin mani *again* last night- I’ll try and get that up tomorrow! It’s a pretty basic, simplistic mani, but I still love it 🙂
Tonight I’m going to be showing off a new favorite- 365 Days of Color’s After All This Time?. For Halloween this year, Sunny released The Horcrux collection- an amazing set of 7 polishes inspired by the horcruxes of the Harry Potter series. To tie in with the Harry Potter theme, the October polish of the month is After All This Time?, a *gorgeous* polish in honor of Snape’s love for Lily Potter. *sniffle* I don’t know many fans that don’t get seriously emotional over this scene in the book/movie.
After All This Time? is a light grey crelly base filled with holographic silver glitters. It is reminiscent of a pantronus- which is featured in the scene. Application was good- I needed 3 coats for opacity, and it was still a bit see through in some spots. I think the sheerness works well for the polish’s inspiration though!
After All This Time? also glows in the dark!!! It has a beautiful blue glow, just like a patronus. The glow is very sensitive- I went outside for photos, and next picture is what the polish looked like without a flash *in my hallway* in the middle of the day. Darkness is not needed for this baby to shine bright!
After All This Time? is sold out at the moment, but I know it will return! Be sure to check it and the other Horcrux collection polishes at the 365 Days of Color store!
This is honestly my favorite book/movie moment of all time- I LOVE that so many amazing indie polish makers are letting it inspire such gorgeous creations! What are some of your favorite book/movie moments that you’d love to see in a nail polish?
So I wasn’t able to get good pics of my pumpkin mani today- it’s been super overcast and icky! So I’ll do these pretty colors today instead, and hopefully show my pumpkin mani tomorrow 🙂
I paired up China Glaze Riveting and Enchanted Polish To Die For for a fun halloween-esque mani.
I decided to show Riveting by itself first! China Glaze Riveting is a gorgeous shimmery orange color. This was one of the Hunger Games collection polishes released last year- and one of the first I picked up! It’s incredibly stunning. Photos show 2 coats, no topcoat.
Then I topped Riveting with just 1 coat of Enchanted Polish To Die For
To Die For is a fun glitter topper filled with a very slightly charcoal tinted base filled with charcoal holographic glitters. Application was great- this is just 1 coat with no topcoat, and everything went on super smoothly and evenly.
China Glaze Riveting is no longer available in stores- it was released in Feburary/March of 2012 for the release of the first Hunger Games movie- though you can sometimes still find it online and via blog sales!
Enchanted Polish To Die For is a Halloween Polish from Enchanted Polish. I can honestly say I have no idea if this will return this year- though it never hurts to keep checking!
China Glaze: https://www.facebook.com/chinaglazeofficial and http://chinaglaze.com/
Enchanted Polish: https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage and http://enchantedpolish.bigcartel.com/
As I mentioned on Facebook- tonight kicks off my week of Halloween manis! Every night through Halloween, I’ll be posting a Halloween mani- sometimes just a Halloween polish- indie and mainstream- maybe even a little bit of nail art!
I thought to start things off, I would- for the first time- show off my own creations here on my blog. I’m sure a lot of you have seen my frankens (Monster Polish) crop up here and there- Dulcie at Ohthreeohfour.com has posted about a few, Jen at Jen’s Nail Files has taken a bunch of pictures, and a few other ladies have posted on IG and my Facebook wall. I’ve given them away in friends giveaways, I’ve sold or swapped a few here and there- but for the most part I don’t really sell, and I’ve never shown off photos myself. Obviously that changes tonight!
I’ve long said I wouldn’t sell my polishes, and that it’s just a hobby- which is still true. But after a year and a half of this hobby, I have a lot of extras! So I’m going to start selling extra polishes through Big Cartel in the next few weeks. I won’t be carrying a permanent line, and most polishes will only have a few bottles available. If there is a very very strong demand for a particular color, I can try to make more- but when I make things I rarely write down the recipe. So if you’ve ever wanted a Monster Polish, keep your eyes peeled for my little store!
This Monster duo are the polishes I created for the Halloween Giveaway that just ended on Monday- so one of you may still be able to get your hands on them! Right now I don’t have any extras available for sale (don’t kill me!), though I could probably create more if there’s a strong interest.
First is Purple People Eater!
Purple People Eater is a light purple holographic polish with a faint blue flash. I used 3 coats for these photos- the polish is sheer, but builds well. The holographic effect isn’t super strong, but is definitely noticeable even indoors.
Second, I made a fun glitter topper called Monster Mash! (I stuck to a monster theme for these- it’s kind of my thing!)
I layered 1 coat of Monster Mash over Purple People Eater. Monster Mash is a glitter bomb chock full of most of the shades and finishes of purple, black, lime and orange glitters I had!
I did a bit of dabbing for placement, but this glitter polish is thick enough that it’s not totally necessary.
I’ll update information about when and how to buy Monster Polish as soon as I am able. Check back tomorrow for my Pumpkin Patch mani- it’s super simple, but fun!
Happy Hump Day everyone!
Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday- so when my friend Tish at Cosmetish asked me to join up with her for a spooky giveaway, I jumped on board! Together with Lac Attack, we’re bringing you the Enter if You Dare! Giveaway 🙂 Here’s what you can win!
Prize #1, from me: 2 Monster Polishes (eee! My new labels!)- Monster Mash (a glitter bomb), and Purple People Eater (a purple holographic polish)- perfect alone, or paired together! I’ll try and post some photos of these soon- along with the polishes from my Blogiversary giveaway.
Prize #2, from Lac Attack: her entire Tricks &Treats Halloween collection!
Prize #3, from Cosmetish: China Glaze Fang-Tastic, Orly Velvet Rope, Orly Top Coat
This giveaway is open to everyone, and you can enter by following the Rafflecopter link below! There are a TON of optional entries, so be sure to check them out! This giveaway is running now through October 21st!
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!
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.
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!).
You can follow Wishes of a Blue Eyed Girl via her blog, her Facebook page, Twitter, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Then I added 1 coat of Trift on top of Grotte et Cascade!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
Next is Midnight Rainbow.
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.
Now we have Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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).
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:
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/, http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org, http://www.ninjapolish.com, http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
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!
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.
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.
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!
Nothing like a giveaway to see a crazy spike in traffic- welcome to all my new friends and followers! If you didn’t already enter, go check out my Big Birthday Bloviversary Giveaway!
Speaking of friends, this is one of my very favorite aspects of being part of the nail polish community. I’ve made so many wonderful, close friends over the past year and a half. And the polishes in this post came from 2 of them!
My awesome friend Peita is super sweet, and is also the genius behind Peita’s Polish. I have a few of her creations now, including the original Miss Dixie, and now the reformulated version that is part of the giveaway! We’ve been sending each other enormous swap packages back and forth for over a year now- if you love swapping, I really encourage girls (or guys!) to find ‘polish pen pals’ in other countries! Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army was a birthday gift from my friend Jen of Jen’s Nail Files- who is also incredibly sweet and generous (and also loves to swap- if you’re new to swapping, Jen tends to find you! If you love candy, she’s your girl for sure!).
Anywho- first up is Peita’s Polish Miss Dixie!
Miss Dixie is a neon pink holographic polish with a faint blue flash. The holo effect is subtle, but it adds a beautiful shimmery sparkle throughout.
Application was great- it was almost fully opaque at just 1 coat, but 2 made it perfect. Photos show 2 coats plus topcoat.
Then I added 1 coat of Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army on top of Miss Dixie!
Seven Nation Army is a holographic topcoat filled with itty bitty black and white hex glitters. All of the glitters are very small, which makes it a bit different than most black and white glitter offerings.
Application was good, as you can see I got a good amount of glitter with just 1 coat. I did a tiny bit of dabbing to ensure I didn’t have a large empty spot, but otherwise the glitter went on with regular brush strokes.
I LOVE this mani- I keep staring at my nails! Of course it’s pink and sparkly and fun- it’s impossible that I wouldn’t love it 🙂
There’s only one downside to these polishes- neither are the easiest to get! I know, I’m sorry for that.
Peita’s Polish is an Australian indie brand- though she DOES ship internationally! You’ll just be paying a bit more (if you’re in the US) for shipping and have to wait patiently a bit longer. Enchanted Polish- well, I think most of us know how challenging Enchanted Polishes can be to snag 🙂 Monthly restocks are fast and furious, and there’s not always a guarantee a particular color will be restocked. I feel it’s worth it- but it can be stressful and intimidating if it’s your first time (or 50th time).
Peita’s Polish: https://www.facebook.com/PeitasPolish & http://www.etsy.com/shop/peitaspolish
Enchanted Polish: https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage & http://www.enchantedpolish.com/
Well, it’s unsurprisingly a little later than I planned- but it’s finally here! My giveaway!
My big 3-0 birthday was at the end of August, and my blog turned 1 year old at the end of June. My blog’s birthday sort of snuck past me, and so I decided to celebrate it alongside my birthday!
I’ve always loved the movie 13 Going on 30, so for my 30th I decided to run with that as the theme. You’ll notice a few of the prizes are inspired by it!
Enough talking- on to the prizes you could win!
And last but not least- each prize pack gets these! A custom For Goodness Grape lip shimmer in Razzle Red (it’s a red, shimmery lip tint with a razzleberry flavor), and 2 Monster Polishes (that’s what my own polishes are called, for those that didn’t know!) made specifically for these events. Please excuse the lack of labels in the photo- I just ordered some new ones that will arrive before the giveaway ends!
The first is Razzle Red, which I created for my birthday. It’s a glitter topcoat filled with every shape, shade and size of red and pink glitter I had in my glitter tub with a pink shimmer. The second is Monster’s Ball, which I created for my blog’s anniversary. It’s a frosty holographic purple polish filled with color shifting glitters and flakes. Swatches of both of these will be on the blog in the next few days!
And now onto the official stuff.
I will be verifying winning entries, so please don’t lie. I’ve had to throw out winning entries with every giveaway in the past because people have lied about finishing tasks- it makes me sad. Please don’t do it!
If you cannot enter using Rafflecopter, please leave me a comment and/or email with your information and I can enter it manually for you.
Please follow the link RIGHT BELOW THIS to enter!!! And GOOD LUCK!!!
Next to last post before my Blogiversary/Birthday giveaway goes LIVE tomorrow!!! I’ll be posting again to show off the very last polish included in the giveaway (that isn’t one of my own), but I won’t make everyone wait any longer!
These 2 beauties are custom polishes Angel and Shaun at Above the Curve came up with for me special for this occasion!
My favorite colors are pink (which is obvious to most people I’m sure), grey, mint, and tiffany blue. I especially wanted a mint/tiffany blue holo, since I adore holos from ATC. These are the two matching polishes they came up with!
Coming up with names stumped me for a bit. But I already have some of my own polishes/other prizes that I’ve made for this giveaway that revolve around the movie 13 Going on 30, so I ran with that idea! (It was my 30th birthday, and I love the movie). This is the goodbye greeting used by the main character with her best friend- which seemed perfect for a matching pair of polishes that were connected but different 🙂
First up is Arrivederci- a minty cream filled with neon pink, white and grey glitters. This is just 1 coat over Au Revoir (shown below).
And second we have Au Revoir, a minty holographic polish!
Subtle and gorgeous!
These two will come together as a pair for one of the prizes 🙂 Check back tomorrow to see everything and enter!
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. These polishes were customs, but they have TONS of beautiful polishes to pick from!
The other day I wore Mentality Nail Polish in Fervor for the first time- though I’ve had it for awhile. I’m not sure why I waited so long to put it on (other than just being lazy)- talk about stunning in the sun!
Fervor is part of Mentality’s Brilliant Holo collection- all of the Brilliant polishes are over the top shimmering, sparkling holographic beauties. Fervor is a light purple holographic shade with a splash of blue sparks.
Fervor went on great, smooth and even and fully opaque in 2 coats.
Mentality Polish has a lot of pretty shades, but I really feel like the Brilliant Holos are must haves- everyone should have at least one. With 9 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find a favorite! I also have Bliss, which is just as beautiful.
Tonight I’m showing off 2 polishes- Too-Cuticle’s Bikini and Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie!
First up is Too-Cuticle Bikini!
This is a gorgeous pink polish with a scattered holographic shimmer. The holo effect isn’t strong, but it adds a beautiful shimmer to a pretty color! I took these pictures out in the sun, and it was just so girly and pretty 🙂
Application was great, I used 2 coats plus topcoat with no need for cleanup.
Then I decided to top it with Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie!
Jini Goes Indie! was a collaboration between Girly Bits and my friend Jini of Makeup Mom123!
This is a fun glitter bomb filled with every color and shape you can think of! It also has a gorgeous pink shimmer throughout. Application was ok- I found it a little thick, but a bit of dabbing placement and 2 coats gave me a good glitter coverage!
Too Cuticle Polish: Blog: http://toocute-icle.com/
Girly Bits: Store: http://www.girlybitscosmetics.com/
Makeup Mom 123: Facebook, Blog: http://www.makeupmom123.com/
Today I’m going to show off one of my more recent purchases- Jindie Nails Olive You.
Olive You is an olive green linear holographic polish filled with small green/gold color shifting glitters.
Pictures show 2 coats with no topcoat. Because of the glitters, Olive You shimmered and sparkled inside in the shade, and burst to life outside in the sun. Application was great, everything went on smooth and well.
Isn’t it gorgeous? This will be a great shade for fall!
You can find Jindie Nails here:
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/, http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org, http://www.ninjapolish.com, http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
Happy Friday the 13th everyone!
Tonight I have a quick post showing some photos of another prize in my giveaway (I PROMISE it will start in a few days- the last prize is on it’s way to me!).
A few months ago Kyoti of Lucky 13 Lacquer released a new polish, called Fight Like a Girl. I fell in love with it instantly- because hello, it’s bright pink and purple. And then I read a bit further about why this polish came to be, and I knew I had to grab one immediately- and I bought a second to give away in my giveaway. More money for a worthwhile cause is a good thing.
From the Fight Like a Girl store listing (written by Kyoti): ‘My soul sister, Mandi, a nurse and a wonderful mother, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It has developed to a point where the best course of action is a double mastectomy. Because of the costs involved and because she’ll be unable to work while she’s recovering I’m doing what I can to support her–and that’s spreading awareness and donating 50% of each bottle sold to her, her little boy Skylur (who’s almost 5), and her wonderful husband Greg. Mandi has been through so many difficult times in her life but has never lost her optimism or her beautiful smile. She touches the hearts of so many, she’s truly an inspiration to me. I want to be like her when I grow up!! :-)’
Fight Like a Girl is a gorgeous hot pink jelly polish filled with shimmer and bright purple metallic glitters.
Application was wonderful- it applied perfectly, needed no cleanup, and was opaque in 2 coats. Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Of course I’ll be giving away one of these gorgeous polishes in my giveaway, but if you would like to purchase your own bottle you can find them here at Lucky 13 Lacquer’s store. Remember, Kyoti gives $4 from every full size and $3 from every shortie directly to her sister and her family.
You can follow Lucky 13 Lacquer on Facebook to keep up to date on new releases and other information.
This polish will be paired with another amazing Lucky 13 Lacquer in the giveaway- Softening the Bad Things. This is a polish very special to me, for reasons I’ll go into later (but that’s a blog post on it’s own- but if you want to get the gist, just see Accio Lacquer’s review of it, and that sums up a whole lot of why I adore it).
As another disclaimer- some prizes in this giveaway were donated, but some- these 2 in particular- were purchased by me. So the monetary donations associated with both did occur.
Quick post again! Today I paired up two of my untried polishes- Zoya Arizona and Lumina Lacquer Pinball Wizard!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 😉‘
These pictures are 2 coats with topcoat.
It 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.‘
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.
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!
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.
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!
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’!
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 😉
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!
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!
‘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’.
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 😉
‘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.
‘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.
And now we have the polishes that will be in the giveaway- starting with Heads Will Roll!
‘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!
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!
And last but not least, we have Muse! This is the second polish up for grabs in the giveaway.
‘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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And here’s a side by side comparison picture!
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!
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!
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 🙂
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!
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!
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!
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.
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: Llarowe, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Shoppe 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.
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.
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).
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 🙂
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).
And here’s the inspiration behind the name, if you’re interested:
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!
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.*
Above the Curve: Galactic Party, Party Polish Pink, Darling Diana, and Risen Angel 2.0 Swatch and Review
Hey guys! I have a lot of beautiful Above the Curve polishes to show you today!
If you didn’t already know- $1 from every single bottle of Above the Curve polish purchased is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals! Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospitals, and for scoliosis. Even when they’re on sale- they still donate $1 from each bottle! Just another thing that makes ATC so awesome.
First up is Galactic Party!
Galactic Party is a beautiful dark blackened purple/maroon holographic polish. Application was wonderful, as I always expect from Above the Curve polishes- the pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.
Next is Party Polish Pink- one of my new favorites!
Party Polish Pink is a bright reddish pink holographic polish filled with small holographic pink glitter. Application was wonderful, pictures show 2 coats plus topcoat.
Next is a fun polish called Darling Diana! I don’t believe ATC will be producing this- Angel showed me a picture to get my opinion because she didn’t think she liked it. When I mentioned that I loved it, she decided to send me it with my package!
Darling Diana is a grey polish filled with pink, yellow, blue and white glitters, some blue iridescent glitters and neon green stars. Application was good- I opted to thin this a little (I now have 2 bottles- and one will be part of the giveaway along with other ATC customs!), so it took 3 coats instead of the original 2 for opacity.
The last polish for today is Risen Angel 2.0!
I actually bought this polish and swatched it a month or so ago, so my nails are a little different in these photos. Risen Angel 2.0 is a beautiful dark plum linear holographic polish. I used 2 coats for these photos with no topcoat.
I don’t own the original Risen Angel to compare to, but the 2.0 Angels are a LOT more holographic! I’ll have a Fallen Angel vs. Fallen Angel 2.0 comparison post in a few days.
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. Polishes range from $7 to $9 (for holos- though sometimes you can get them for $7 on sale!)- and don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!
*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*