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Silly Bee’s Chickadees: Mini Monster Review

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If you follow my blog on Facebook, you may have already heard about this.  A month or so ago, Melissa of Silly Bee’s Chickadees asked if my oldest kiddo, Syd, would be interested in doing kid swatches of some of her colors.  Syd loves polishes almost as much as I do, so of course she wanted to do it- and having a chance to ‘be like mommy’ was exciting too.  I thought it might be fun to let her show off her pictures on the blog- but no hard feelings if you aren’t interested in looking at a 5 year old’s swatch photos and you skip this post 🙂

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This was the cute collage that was posted on Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Facebook page when she was ‘announced’- everything on there is from her ‘interview’ about her favorite things.  Yes, Dr. Who is actually one of her favorite things- her favorite is 11, and Amy Pond.  She’s pretty crushed he won’t be around much longer.  She even has her own talking Dalek she plays with.

Melissa was sweet enough to send out 2 mini polishes addressed specifically to her, all wrapped up in pink paper and bubble wrap.  She felt like quite the princess!

I let Syd paint her own nails, and then I went behind her and cleaned up with my normal polish remover/concealer brush.  We didn’t do any prep work/cleanup beforehand on her nails- the only thing she does use semi-regularly is her own container of Sunny’s Hand Cream (she chose Strawberry Buttercream- which is a scent I don’t like, so she never has to worry about me touching hers).  It’s the only lotion/cream we were able to find last winter that helped the severely dry, cracking skin on her hands.  I’ve said it before, but I highly recommend it!

First, we swatched Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Raspberry Sorbet.  Pictures are 2 coats with no topcoat (she didn’t want to use the ‘shiny polish’).

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This was Syd’s favorite- because it’s pink.  Could you guess from the picture above that her favorite color is pink?  🙂  I asked her what her favorite part of this polish was, and she said ‘It’s pink and sparkly’.  Then I asked what it reminded her of- she said ‘bubble gum’.

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Melissa also sent Everything Nice- another pink themed polish!

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I think Syd had a little trouble putting this polish because it had more glitter, but she got the hang of it.  Her favorite part- surprise surprise- was the ‘big pink glitters and birdie (label) because it’s so cuteeeee’.   When I asked her what this polish reminded her of, her answer was ‘a sprinkle cookie like we get from the store (Publix)’.

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So there you have it, my kiddo’s blogging debut.  This won’t be a recurring thing, though I may post more of her photos in a Facebook album specifically for her pictures.  She’s definitely had a lot of fun doing this- thank you so much Silly Bee’s Chickadees!

You can keep up with Silly Bee’s Chickadees on Facebook, and buy these pretty polishes on Etsy (though the store is closed through Sept 15).   Melissa mentioned that mini bottles will be joining her store at some point in the future- perfect time to think about getting that little chickadee in your life some pretty indies for stocking stuffers!  It’s never too early to start a mini stash 😉

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

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Chirality Nail Polish: MC Chris For the Win Collection!

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Happy Friday everyone!  Today I have a really fun collection to show you- Chirality Nail Polishes upcoming MC Chris For the Win collection!   These polishes are being released tomorrow, 7/27, so you don’t have to wait very long to snatch them up!

There are 5 fun glitter packed polishes in this collection, all named after MC Chris songs (who I was unfamiliar with before writing this post)- Distant Lands, Emo Party, Potato Cakes, Fett’s Vette, and Nrrrd Grrrl.

First up is my very favorite of the collection, Distant Lands!

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Distant Lands is a really gorgeous, complex glitter polish!  The teal green base is packed with fine holographic glitter, tons of sizes and shapes of purple and black glitters, and large dot glitter!  I used 2 coats of Distant Land with topcoat for these pictures.

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If the amount of circles in my pictures are any indication, it’s pretty obvious I had no trouble getting them out!  I did fish a little, but they didn’t give me much trouble.

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Next is Emo Party!

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Emo Party is a concrete grey base packed full of fine holographic glitter, and tons of sizes of red hexes, both matte and metallic!  There’s also large black and red dots.  I used 2 coats for my photos with topcoat.

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Unlike Distant Lands, these circles gave me a bit more trouble 😉  This tends to be pretty universal for the ultra large glitters, so I expected some effort to get more than an occasional circle. The other glitters came out by the ton though, even the giant red hexes!

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Next up, Potato Cakes!

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This is a really interesting polish- it’s a burnt orange base filled with gold dots, squares and hexes, along with medium and really really big white hexes.  I used 2 coats and topcoat for these pictures.

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This color doesn’t get along well with my skin tone, but I still really like it.  It reminds me of fall!  I think it would be perfect around Halloween- maybe with an accent finger of Chirality’s Just Before Dawn? 🙂

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Now we have Fett’s Vette!

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Fett’s Vette is a sky blue polish filled with light blue, silver and grey hexes, holograpic micro slices, and giant holographic blue dots.  I used 2 coats and topcoat for these photos.

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This was a surprise second favorite for me- It complimented my skin really well and just looked gorgeous on, especially out in the sun where all that holographic sparkle could shine!

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Last but not least, we have Nrrrd Grrrl!

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This polish is a pretty pink-leaning red jelly polish filled with black and white glitters.  I used 2 coats plus topcoat for these photos.

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I struggled so much to get the white circles out for the photos, but finally gave up.  They just really wanted to stay in the bottle!  I think this is probably because I was using a mini bottle- larger glitters love to hang out on the sides of mini bottles 😉  But even without them, I love this polish!  The jelly base is very squishy looking and compliments the red and white very well.

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The consistency and application on all 5 of these polishes was wonderful.  The glitter was plentiful, and I only had to fish/place the extra large ones- the rest went on fairly evenly and nicely.  I had to do minimal cleanup, which is always a huge plus for me!   If you can get just 1 polish from this collection, my personal favorite is Distant Land, but they’re all winners!

These collection will be launching tomorrow, July 27th!  You can find more information at Chirality’s Facebook page, and purchase these and other AMAZING polishes (their holos are particularly awesome) at both Chirality’s Big Cartel store and Etsy store.

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


Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots: Pretty in Polka

Quick swatch post!  I spotted the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot display at my Target last week, and of course couldn’t leave without one.  I’ve been *trying* to be better about not buying ALL THE THINGS, so I limited myself to just 1.  Being an indie nut, I already have a few great black and white toppers- so I grabbed the pink color, Pretty in Polka.  If you don’t already have a black and white glitter topper, I think Maybelline’s version looks to be a pretty good one (only hexes in different sizes, no bar glitter) and best of all, it’s cheap!

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I initially thought this polish would be really sheer and need a lot of coats, but it didn’t- these pictures show just 2 coats with no topcoat.  I didn’t have to do too much in the way of glitter placement, but I did do a bit of dabbing for the occasional empty spot.

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Application was pretty good- like I said, it built up very well, and the glitter went on smoothly and without any issue.  There’s a lot of glitter payoff with minimal effort- no fishing required.   Very pretty!  I also thought the teal color was very beautiful- I may break my rule and go back for it 🙂

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Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot polishes can be found at various drug stores in a display (Walgreens, CVS, Target) though as always not all stores will have them.  You can also buy them online now at Target.com for $2.99 each!


Elevation Polish: Tools of the Trade and an August Sneak Peak!

One of my very favorite indie brands is Elevation Polish- I adore Lulu’s beautiful shimmers and cream polishes.  This month, Elevation Polish released the Tools of the Trade collection, which consists of 5 beautiful polishes.  I opted to buy 2 of them for now- These Boots Were… and Prusik or Loop it.  I also have Echniops, a polish from August’s Wildflowers collection, to show you tonight 🙂

The first I’m going to show off is Prusik or Loop It!

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Prusik or Loop It is an absolutely gorgeous deep blue jelly polish filled with strong blue shimmer and white flakes.   While it wasn’t the inspiration (that I know of), I can’t help but think of water when looking at my nails with this color on- maybe an ocean, or a beautiful swimming pool.

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I used 3 coats or these photos with no topcoat, and though there appears to be a bit of visible nail line I couldn’t see that in person.  It applied wonderfully and smoothly.

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Next up is These Boots Were…, which were inspired by Lulu’s hiking books!

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Oh boy, where to even begin with this color?  (which funny enough, Lulu said almost the exact same thing on her own write up of this color)  It is really complex and really beautiful.  It’s almost a duochrome but not quite- it’s like the polish can’t quite decide if it’s red or purple.   There’s red flakes that flash a bit gold.  There’s also a strong blue-tinged shimmer that really comes to life outside in the sunlight.  My photos can’t quite capture how beautiful this was outdoors.

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Though I adore Prusik or Loop It, I really think if you can only buy 1 polish from the Tools of the Trade collection it should be this one.  It’s totally different from anything I own!  And of course, I’m partial to flakes 😉  I used 3 coats again, but did use topcoat for these photos.  On it’s own, These Boots Were… dries slightly matte.

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And last but CERTAINLY not least, we have the sneak peek I promised!   This beauty is Echinops, from the August Wild Flowers collection!

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While this wasn’t sent for the purpose of a review, Lulu sent this as a gift because of a slight issue I had with another polish.  Needless to say- I was SO excited!   I had seen some sneak peek photos previously and have been anxiously awaiting this collection, and especially this color.

Echinops is a BEAUTIFUL light purple holographic polish.  This particular shade of purple is one of my favorite colors, and the holographic effect isn’t blinding but very obvious and pretty.  The formula is wonderful and everything goes on smoothly and perfectly- which is pretty typical of Elevation polishes, but worth noting regardless 🙂  This was 2 coats with no topcoat.

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In case you’re like me, you may not be instantly familiar with the Echinops flower that served as the inspiration for this polish:

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This beautiful polish and the other colors in the collection, Passion Flower and Pea Flower, will be available on August 7th!

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You can find these beauties at the Elevation Polish Big Cartel Store.  Right now both Prusik or Loop It and These Boots Were… are sold out, but they (and most others) will be restocked on July 22nd.  Echinops will be available with the first August restock on August 7th.   You can also keep up with Elevation Polish updates by following Lulu’s blog, I Dig Brown Nail Polish.


Sally Hansen Sugar Coat: Royal Icing

Just a quick post today- we have sunshine again (hurrah!) so I took some pictures of my sparkly mani to share!

Last night I put on one of my Sally Hansen Sugar Coats I recently bought, Royal Icing.  I also grabbed Pink Sprinkles (first, the name, second, it has flakes and is pink- so naturally it was calling to me).  I think I’m on the fence about the textured nail polish trend- some I love, some I hate.  I usually am not a big fan of the more ‘matte’ finishes- the Milani ones, China Glaze, original Sally Hansen Sugar Coats.  I adore the Julie G Gumdrops and Zoya Pixie Dusts, and really like the look of the Nails Inc Leather/Demin Effects.

So yeah, rambling aside- when I saw pictures of the newest Sugar Coats, I knew I’d have to grab the sparkly ones.  Royal Icing is like Sinful Colors Cinderella with texture- a pretty baby blue with a strong pink/gold shimmer.

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This is SUCH a pretty polish.  I really tried to get good pictures of the shimmer, but failed.  The shine you see inside the bottle  is what I see on the nail even inside my house.  Strong gold-pink shimmer, pretty blue base.  I had heard that this was a sheer polish, so  I used 1 coat of Cult Nails Tempest and layered over that.

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And now for the bad.  For as pretty as this polish is, it was a huge pain the butt.  I ended up using 4 coats over the white base- 4!  I know people needed 3-4 without a base, so my advice would be to use a base coat that’s very similar to the blue in Royal Icing.  I had issues with white peeking through and uneven spots, which is why I needed so many layers.  After it’s dried there’s been some shrinkage, so now I have white nail tips (which aren’t really visible in the pictures, but it’s there).

The dry time on this polish is RIDICULOUS.  I know textured polishes tend to take a long time to dry- I expect that.  I’m guessing it’s because of how many layers are needed, but getting dressed for bed last night put multiple dents in my polish- 3.5 hours after I painted them.  Right now, 16 hours after painting, I can still stick another nail into the polish and leave an indentation, though they are pretty dry otherwise.

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So overall- I’m still glad I bought this polish, because it’s very stunning in person.  I just need to figure out a better way to wear it, because I don’t plan on repeating this process!  Maybe 1-2 coats over 365 Days  of Color’s Bora Bora or Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise?  🙂

I found the new Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes recently at Walgreens, but they’ve been popping up at most places you find Sally Hansen.   I just saw via Nouveau Cheap that all the Sally Hansen Sugar Coats are on clearance at Target- which is great, because I paid around $6 each!  At my Target, they did not have Royal Icing on their display, and didn’t have a spot for it- but all stores are different.

What are your thoughts on the texture polishes, and which are your favorites?


Saturday Swatch Spam

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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This color was part of the Friends inspired polishes- if you’re unfamiliar with the show, this is the inspiration:

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I used Pivot! as the undie polish for Above The Curve’s You’re Turning Ne-On– they look great together!

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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).

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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.

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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 🙂

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Also from the Summer in the City collection, I Want Candy is a beautiful bright pink holographic polish.

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I had a hard time getting the holo to show up inside, but it shines outside 🙂

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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 


Above the Curve Review Part 2: Polish Addiction Set!

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Time for the second half of my Above the Curve review!  This time I have the Polish Addiction set.  These are some BEAUTIFUL polishes!  If you follow my Facebook page, you may have already seen my pictures there 😉

As I said last time- ATC is an amazing indie company run by the super sweet Angel and Shawn.  $1 from every single bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!  Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospitals, and for scoliosis.  See, more reason to buy polish (and be polish addicted)- you’re donating to a good cause!

This collection is made up of Husbands Just Don’t Understand, Dusty Huntin’, What No Buy?!?!, and Lemming Have It!

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All 4 polishes are incredibly stunning holographic polishes.  What No Buy?!?! has gold holographic glitter, while the other 3 all have a subtle bit of color shifting sparkle to them.   All 4 apply absolutely beautifully- smooth, no cleanup needed.

First up is Husbands Just Don’t Understand- which is true, they don’t!  Mine tends to just smile and nod 😉  This is a beautiful dark teal holographic polish with a bit of a green flash to it.

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I used 2 coats with no topcoat.  Like I said before- applied beautifully!  This polish is really stunning, especially outside in the sunlight where all 4 really shine.

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The second polish in this collection is Dusty Huntin’!  If you’re unfamiliar with what Dusty Huntin’ is, it’s when you visit older salons to try and find valuable older polishes sitting ‘gathering dust’ on the shelves and buy them from the salon.  Often they’ll sell them to you (used) for relatively cheap- they think they’re getting a great deal, while you, the polish addict, are overjoyed at snagging a hard to find beauty.

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This is a beautiful pink leaning red holographic polish with a beautiful purple flash.  The holographic effect is a bit more faint on this one than the others, but it ‘s still a shining stunner!  I used 2 coats with no topcoat.

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Next is What No Buy?!?!- a beautiful golden holographic polish with scattered gold holographic glitter.  I tried to go on a no-buy one time- I’m not sure I even made it through the week.  Instead I (attempt) to go on low-buys- but even then I usually fail 😉

IMG_3772I don’t normally care for gold polish, but this one is super pretty, and worked well with my skin tone.  And even though it’s filled with holographic glitter, it came off just as easily as the other holo polishes- no need for the foil method or excessive scrubbing!  This is 3 coats with no topcoat.

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And last but certainly not least, is Lemming Have It!- my personal favorite, and seems to be a lot of people’s favorite.  Lemming Have It is a drop dead gorgeous blurple holographic with a blue shimmering shift to it.   The blue shimmer really comes out to play in sunlight- I couldn’t stop staring at my nails!

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This polish is easily tied for my very favorite ATC polish with Fallen Angel- both are must have polishes (unless you don’t like holographic polishes of course- but not many people dislike holos!).  The extra shimmer flash in these is what really sets them apart and makes them shine.

Interested in grabbing any Above the Curve beauties?  You can find them 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)- and don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!

If you didn’t see it the other day, be sure to check out Part 1 of my Above the Curve polish review HERE!

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/.

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


A Rainy Day Duo: Lumina Lacquer Polishes

I am a little behind (I know this is terribly shocking, right?)- but my second part of my Above the Curve review is set and ready to go for this evening.  But in the meantime, I thought I’d post a quick mani I wore a few days ago.  I’m up late writing this because it’s storming pretty heavily, and these polishes felt appropriate to show off!  I chose to pair up I’m Only Happy When It Rains and Purple Rain- LOVE the result!

Also- Lumina Lacquer is restocking tomorrow at 11:oo am PST (2EST/1CST/12MST)- so maybe this can add something to your wish list!

First up is I’m Only Happy When It Rains, a beautiful light gray with a gorgeous blue-green sparkle.  Sadly, this one isn’t being restocked today and may not return.  (You definitely have to grab Lumina Lacquers you love when you can- there’s never a guarantee they’ll be back!)  This polish began as a custom for a friend, and I’m so glad Tatiana opted to make a larger batch for all of us to enjoy!

IMG_4043I’m Only Happy When It Rains has great coverage- this is 2 coats.  The shimmer is really obvious in person!  It’s such a delicate, pretty gray color- and I’m definitely a sucker for gray polish!

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Then I added 1 coat of Purple Rain on top!  Yes, ya’ll- that’s just 1 coat.

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I used the dabbing method to apply the glitters- if you’re wondering how to do that, you can follow this link to an amazing video by More Nail Polish showing exactly how!  It’s a great way to apply glitter bombs like this one.

Remember, Lumina Lacquer restocks tomorrow at 11am PST!  You can visit her Big Cartel store to see the polishes being sold- Purple Rain is included, along with a lot of other amazing colors! And be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on new colors and restocks!


Above the Curve Review: Part 1!

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Hi guys!  I have a BUNCH of awesome polishes to show off today and tomorrow from Above the Curve!

If you haven’t already heard of Above the Curve, they’re an amazing indie nail polish brand headed up by an awesome husband and wife duo!  Angel and Shawn are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet- and on top of having amazing polishes, $1 from every single bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!  Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children, and for scoliosis.  You can read more about their story here on their Big Cartel site!

Today I’ll be showing some of their more recent additions to the ATC lineup: Kiss My Asteroid, Sugar Rush, Ceclia, and You’re Turning Ne-On!  Tomorrow I’ll have the new Polish Addiction Collection, so be sure to come back- those are all AMAZING!

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As a note: every single Above the Curve polish I own applies perfectly (I’ve purchased a large number on my own in addition to review polishes).  I didn’t have to do any cleanup for any of these photos with the exception of 1 nail on Kiss My Asteroid!  The holos all went on beautifully, right where I placed the polish- no pooling, no dragging, no bald spots.  Many times, ATC polishes can be 1 coaters!  I’m not sure that any indie brand I own applies as well as most of my Above the Curve polishes- which is high praise, because I am a self-admitted indie-aholic and adore many brands.  Anywho- onward with the review!

First up is Kiss My Asteroid!, a beautiful black holo filled with smaller black holographic glitters.   This is 2 coats with no topcoat.

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I first took photos of all of these polishes inside in my lightbox, but I opted not to post those and waited patiently for a sunny day (we normally only have sunny days here in the summer- but of course when I want one, we get storms!).  It was worth the wait- look at that sparkle!

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The larger sparkles you see are the black glitters peaking through.  This looks mostly like a black linear holo polish, and those glitters give it a nice interesting pop that is a bit unexpected, but not overwhelming.

Second up is Sugar Rush.  This polish is full of different glitters in a white crelly base- I spy blue, navy, yellow, dark pink, lilac, and green hexes, and pink circles!  I used 2 coats with no topcoat.

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This polish went on wonderfully- I sometimes run into issues with crelly glitter polishes with dragging, but the glitters went on well and didn’t require any special placement from me.  I just love when I can see the different layers of glitter!

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Next time, I do think I would use a topcoat with this one.  Like many times with glitter polishes, the glitters poked out a teensy bit from the base- a topcoat would smooth that out.

Cecilia is an absolutely STUNNING teal/turquoise linear holo.  I did 2 coats for photos (no topcoat), but this is one of those ‘could be a 1 coat’ polishes I mentioned- coverage was amazing.

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UGH, I die.  If there is one thing ATC does very, very well- it is polishes like this (and tomorrow’s post is more of polishes like this!).  The coverage is FANTASTIC, it applies like a dream, the colors are always slightly different than things I already have and oh-so-pretty, and the holo effect is always linear and gorgeous.   I may sound like I’m gushing, but I really can’t say enough good things about ATC holos.  Everyone should own at least 1!

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And last but not least, I have You’re Turning Ne-On!  You’re Turning Ne-On is a mix of white and black hexes, squares, and rectangles, along with blue, pink and green neon hexes in a clear base.  I used 1 coat of You’re Turning Ne-On! over 2 coats of Weird Indeed’s PIVOT!.   (And since someone may ask- sadly, you can no longer buy Weird Indeeds other than a lucky blog sale find.  The creator quit selling last fall and I rarely see people parting with them).

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Ahhh, I love this polish!  I will admit, since a majority of the shapes are larger, I had to do some fishing and the glitters were a bit stubborn.  I also had to place them a bit (though not completely dabbing).  It was worth it though, isn’t this fun?

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My favorite thing about this polish is exactly what makes it slightly challenging to apply- the really big shapes.  Most of my glitter toppers are filled with a lot of micro glitter, or a wider variety of sizes- everything just looks ‘jumbo’ with this one and I love it!  I really love the squares and rectangles too- its like bar glitter I can support 🙂

So that’s it for tonight!  I’ll have my second post up tomorrow, so be sure to check back- they’re gorgeous too!

Interested in grabbing any Above the Curve beauties?  You can find them in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty (which I HIGHLY recommend- amazing service!).  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates!  Polishes range anywhere from $7 to $9 (for holos)- which is a deal, especially considering $1 from every bottle goes directly to Shriner’s Hospital!

Interested in seeing other colors?  You can check out my past reviews of Caty Perrywinkle and Fallen Angel (both are MUST HAVES.  For real.)

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/.

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


Different Dimension Thermal Collection Review

*Press Sample*

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!

StubbornCollageLittle Miss Stubborn is a gorgeous purple thermal polish.  At room temperature, it’s a pretty purple polish with a gold duochrome shift.

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After putting my hand in cold water, the color was a bit darker though still similar to the room temperature shade:

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And after putting my hands in hot water, Little Miss Stubborn turns to a very light shade of pink-purple:

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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.

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Next up is…

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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:

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When warm, Mr. Silly turns into a light pastel yellow with a green-gold flash:

3cAs the nail slowly started cooling down again, it made for some stunning transitions!  The 2 yellow/orange polishes are my favorite of the bunch for this effect- it looks like a sunrise!

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The third polish of the bunch is…

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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!

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2bAnd then warmed up, it turns to a light green with a pink flash!

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And then my nails transitioning back to room temperature- this was a much more ‘obvious’ transition than the previous ones!

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The 4th polish in the group is…

NoisyCollageYour 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:

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Then in warm water, it turns to a beautiful shimmery pastel yellow:

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5cMy nails transitioning back to room temperature- LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!

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And one more, because something this pretty deserves photo spam:

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And last but not least, the final polish in this collection is…

NaughtyCollageLittle Miss Naughty is probably my favorite ‘room temperture’ polish of the collection- and it doesn’t hurt that it shifts to pink!

At room temperature, Little Miss Naughty is an incredibly beautiful purple with a green-gold glass fleck shimmer.

4bAnd here it is cold (it did appear darker cold- some didn’t have a drastic difference cold vs. room temperature):

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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!

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4dAnd here’s the transition!

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4fIsn’t it stunning?

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.*


Fantasy Nail Lacquer: Camillia, Magic, and Sapphire Rose

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Today I have a new indie brand to show off- Fantasy Nail Lacquer!  I love getting a chance to try out new lines that I’ve never used before 🙂  I received 3 shades to review-  Camillia, Magic, and Sapphire Rose.  Magic is available now, but Camillia and Sapphire Rose are new shades due to be released later this week!

First up is Camillia, a beautiful pink!  You all know how I love my pinks!

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Camillia is a pretty rose pink filed with fine silver holographic glitter.   The picture above shows Camillia inside in my light box, the second 2 photos show it outside on a sunny day.  All 3 of these colors were beautiful inside, but they popped outside in the sun!  My camera wasn’t able to pick up all the sparkles these were showing off.

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The lightbox photos were taken this weekend, and used 2 coats of Camillia.  The outdoor photos were taken yesterday, and used 3 coats.  I trimmed my nails down a tiny bit in between (*squee!* my first time in awhile cutting my nails shorter by CHOICE!).  Camillia dried a tiny bit matte (maybe a bit of a suede finish?), so I chose to add a coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat to really bring out the shine.

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Application was smooth and easy.  I did add a few drops of thinner to all 3 polishes, but that’s not a necessity- I just prefer to do multiple thin coats rather than 2 thick coats.

Next up is Magic!

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Magic is a gorgeous grey jelly polish filled with ultrafine silver glitter and fine holographic purple, pink and blue glitters.   Like with Camillia, the first photo is inside in my lightbox and the next 2 are outside in the sun.   The first photo shows 2 coats of Magic, the second 2 photos are both of 2 coats.

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Coverage was really really outstanding for a glitter/jelly polish.  You get pretty good coverage with just 1 coat, but things are completely opaque with 2.   My nails were sparkling like crazy outside!   This reminds me a little of OPI’s Excuse Moi! and other polishes that are filled to the brim with microglitter and cover so well.   Because of how much glitter there was, this polish was a little thicker but nothing hard to work with.

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Last but not least, we have Sapphire Rose!

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This is just like Camillia, only in a bright beautiful blue.  Sapphire Rose is a pretty sapphire blue filled with fine silver holographic glitter.   Like the other two (no surprise by now I’m sure), the first photo is 2 coats in my lightbox, and the second 2 photos are 3 coats outside.

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Like Camillia, Sapphire Rose dried a tiny bit matte (more like a suede), so I used 1 coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat to bring out the shimmer.   Application was great, and went on wonderfully.

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Aren’t these colors so pretty?  If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Sapphire Rose (I didn’t pick the pink, what?!)- the blue is just so bright and pretty and really pops with all the sparkles in the sunlight.

You can grab Magic along with other gorgeous colors right now in Fantasy Lacquer’s Etsy Shop for $8/full size and $4/mini size- Camillia and Sapphire Rose are going to be released this Saturday, June 15.

Be sure to follow the Fantasy Lacquer Facebook page to keep up to date on news and new releases!

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Zoya Julie and Lynnderella Connect to Pretty

It’s been a bit since my last post (my kids got sick on the first day of summer vacation, can you believe the luck?)- so since I’m almost feeling better I decided to share some pictures I took a few weeks ago.  I’ve been great at *taking* photographs- just not at the posting them part!

First up is Zoya Julie, which is part of their Spring 2013 Lovely collection.  Julie is described on the Zoya website as a ‘soft wisteria purple metallic’.  It’s very soft and shimmery!  All photos are 2 coats with no topcoat.

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I love Zoya, they’re one of my favorite mainstream polish brands.  As usual the formula was great!

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IMG_2826Then I added 1 coat of Lynnderella Connect to Pretty on top!  Connect to Pretty is a Limited Edition Lynnderella, which means they can be bought via auction on Ebay (rather than buy-it-now).  I was lucky enough to win this beautiful glitter bomb in a giveaway, but it does still appear for bidding on Ebay.

IMG_2852I had a *lot* of people grabbing my hands to stare at my nails while wearing this combo!  Though attempting to explain where the glitter came from and it’s cost was a bit difficult for non-polishaholics 🙂  While this particular Lynn may be out of most girl’s price ranges, you can find a lot of beautiful similar colors in her newer collections (I also own Beside Herself, from the new Mixed Feelings collection, and while it’s not the same it gives a similar feeling).

You can purchase Zoya at their website here: http://www.artofbeauty.com/, and Lynnderella polishes can be purchased at lynnderella.com.


Jindie Nails: Talk Nerdy to Me and Tainted Love Remix

Today I have some beautiful Jindie Nails to show you- Talk Nerdy to Me and Tainted Love!  Talk Nerdy to Me has been around for awhile, but Tainted Love is making it’s first appearance in months TODAY!  This fun color was originally created back in August, but there were a few performance issues so Jen (the creator ) opted to pull it from the shelves for awhile.  Starting today it’s back, with the same fun look and a few tweaks!

First up is Talk Nerdy to Me!

Jindie Nails Talk Nerdy to MeThis polish is a fun pink crelly base filled with hot pink and blue micro glitters- just like Nerds candy!

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Next is the new version of Tainted Love!  You can find my photos of the original version here!

IMG_2771I’ve always been partial to this polish- I named it!  Once she created it, Jen asked for name suggestions, and picked mine.  As a prize I received my original bottle of Tainted Love- and because of that, I got a bottle of the new reformulated version too!  This polish also combines my favorite colors- neon pink and neon green!

IMG_2756Compared to the original version, Tainted Love Remix is a much whiter crelly base (the original was an off-white), and it contains a wider variety of glitters.  You’ll find multiple small sizes of black, green, and pink in here, as well as black hearts.  I never had to do much fishing for hearts- while they didn’t come out constantly, they were pretty easy to get out of the bottle.  The photos show 2 coats with 1 coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat.

IMG_2766As I mentioned before- Jindie Nails is restocking her new website TODAY!  This restock will include her new summer colors, the new Tainted Love, a new LE patriotic polish, and a few of her core older colors.  She hasn’t confirmed a time yet, but you can find out the info when she posts it on her Facebook page!

You can find Jindie Nails here:

Store: http://jindienails.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JindieNails
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org,  http://www.ninjapolish.comhttp://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JindieNails
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/JindieNails/nails/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jindienails/

*Some polishes or nail care items in this post were provided to me for my honest opinion.  All thoughts are my own*


The Amazing Duri Rejuvacote: A Review

Well, I said I was back- and then I didn’t post for a month!  I’ve posted a few manis on Instagram, but for the most part I’ve been letting my nails stay mostly bare for the past month.

The reason?  I’ve often expressed my love for Duri Rejuvacote, both here on the blog and in various groups and forums- and a few months ago, a representative from Duri contacted me about doing a review.  I could have made this a basic review saying how great Rejuvacote was- but I opted to go a bit further.  I spent the entire month without wearing a ton of polish, letting Rejuvacote do it’s job and strengthen my nails without much else, to give a pretty honest before and after view of how well it works for me.

I used Rejuvacote for the first time ever back in the beginning of August.  I had acrylic nails in May, and my poor nails were absolutely destroyed from the experience.  They were paper thin (if you tapped on a nail, I would feel a zing), and because of that they were growing out in a slightly flattened shape.

This is what my nails looked like when I began using Duri Rejuvacote- itty bitty down-to-the-quick nubbins.  It was impossible to grow them any longer because they would instantly break.  (This photo was from a post at the end of July)

Gradient nails with Sonnetarium's Samurai PrincessI began using Rejuvacote daily- the instructions tell you to apply Rejuvacote as a base coat on clean nails, apply polish (if desired), and use Rejuvacote as a topcoat.  You reapply Rejuvacote daily as a topcoat for 7 days, remove, and repeat.  Most of the time, I don’t wear polish this long- so I would often be applying a fresh coat every few days.  Duri Rejuvacote was on my nails at all times, with or without polish.

Here are my nails 1 month later (August 31).  While still short, you can faintly see the significant increase in free edge.  It took some time to reach this point, because my nails were so brittle to begin with.  At this point they were significantly stronger and thicker, and would no longer break with every bump.

Darling Diva Polish Dangerous DriverAnd here’s a naked nail phone picture I took for a round up post bragging about how amazing Rejuvacote was:

My nails8 weeks later:

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Tip Top Nails Popsicle and Passe Nati Sabrina Sato- Quero AmorPrior to this, I was never able to grow my nails more than a tiny bit before breaking. My nails finally suffered a pretty major break while doing some serious preparations for my son’s birthday party- in the middle of October.  That’s 3 months as a housewife/mom of 2 small kids (meaning I use my hands a lot, especially with housework stuff) with no breaks!

After that I slowed down a bit with blogging and my nail length became less of a concern- I stopped using Rejuvacote religiously- and my nails became steadily weaker and weaker.  One month ago, they would break or chip at the smallest bumps and dings.  But I wasn’t blogging as much so I kept my nails short, though I have truly missed longer nails.

Starting April 10, I began using Duri Rejuvacote daily once more.  I will admit, I’ve missed application days here and there.  I had 1 bad break 2 weeks into this, and cut my nails down again- so what you’re seeing is actually closer to 2.5 weeks of growth, rather than 4.  But I didn’t take fresh ‘before’ pictures after I cut them 😉

CollageRejuvacoatWhat excites me more than anything- is that I’ve had my fair share of bumps and finger smashes, and all of my nails have remained intact.  Well- at least on my swatch hand 🙂  I’ve had a few breaks on my right hand (but getting your hand slammed into a door frame is bound to break a nail!).  This is just under 3 weeks of growth, and is the longest my nails have been since before the winter holidays- and not for lack of trying to grow them!

If it wasn’t obvious before now- I can’t say enough good things about Duri Rejuvacote.  It has completely transformed my nails, and I love telling everyone about how great it is!  Though this particular post is an official review, I’ve raved about this product many times in the past here on the blog.

I’ve purchased Duri Rejuvacote from Amazon.com, but it was recently launched at Walmart stores in their newly revamped nail sections!  You can find this there or online for a suggested retail of $9.98.  If you need any help growing your nails or even giving them some extra strength, be sure to check it out- you won’t regret it!

*Some polishes or nail care items in this post were provided to me for my honest opinion.  All thoughts are my own*


Smitten Polish Gooseberry Gumdrop and Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan

This mani is what I wore this weekend to my sister in law’s bridal shower- my outfit had a mint green shirt with black slacks and a black 3/4 sleeve jacket, and this added a bit of fun all while matching perfectly!

I was the incredibly lucky winner of Smitten Polish’s Spring Giveaway- I haven’t won many giveaways, let alone such an AMAZING huge prize!  I won all of the Berrydrop and Speck-tacular colors- and they are all are so very, very beautiful.  This is one of the Berrydrop colors- Gooseberry Gumdrop.
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For the Berrydrop collection, think of Illamasqua Raindrops in a rainbow of colors.  All of the colors in this collection are very soft, muted pastels filled with fine white flakes.  This particular color is a beautiful mint green.  I used 3 thin coats- 2 coats may have been enough but there was just a hint of visible nail line.  2 thicker coats would be sufficient coverage.

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Then I topped Gooseberry Gumdrop off with one of my other latest additions, Elevation Polish’s Haba Xueshan.  This polish was just released in March in the View From The Top Collection.  It’s similar to many other black and white polishes- various shapes and sizes of black and white glitter in a clear base.  What makes Haba Xueshan unique is the addition of small and large ice blue/green circle glitter.  I love it!  This is just 1 coat of Haba Xueshan.  I had to fish a tiny bit for the circles- they weren’t difficult to find, but I wanted to have many on each nail!

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You can find Smitten Polish on Facebook for news and information, and purchase polishes on Etsy for $9.

Elevation Polish can be found on Big Cartel (various prices, $8-$10), and you can follow Lulu’s blog for updates.


I’m Back! Above the Curve Caty Perrywinkle and Lynnderella Blue Rouge Gradient

Hi guys!  I never really updated officially on the blog, but I’m sure you were able to guess that I took an extended break from blogging.  I still update on my Facebook  page occasionally- which I think most people follow- but I apologize for never explaining that here as well.  But I’m back now!  I’ve missed blogging more than I thought I would.  I actually planned to return almost a month ago, but my camera cord went missing- so the pictures in this post are about a month old now!

I’m planning on taking things slow initially- I’m going to make an effort to post regularly to keep myself on track, but I won’t be posting daily like many bloggers are able to do.  I have a few reviews I’ve been incredibly late about posting (not polish, but polish/beauty related), so I’m going to do those this week, and then try and jump back in!  Let me know what you’d like to see-  right now my plan is to mainly do small, quick posts on whatever I’m wearing, but I’m open to suggestions and requests for sure!

This mani uses 2 of my very favorite polishes, Above the Curve Caty Perrywinkle and Lynnderella Blue Rouge.  Even though both are recent purchases, they’re towards the top of my favorite list.  I happened to have them sitting on my desk together and realized how perfect they would look as a pairing!

First is 2 coats of Above the Curve’s Caty Perrywinkle alone.  Periwinkle is one of my favorite colors, so I was SUPER excited when Shaun and Angel debuted this gorgeous polish a few months ago.  Caty Perrywinkle is a holographic periwinkle polish.  It applied wonderfully, and outside in the sun it was much more holographic than my picture is showing.  It’s definitely not an in-your-face holo, but it adds a gorgeous sparkle to a beautiful color.

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Lynnderella’s Blue Rouge is actually a lot more opaque than people realize- you can have full coverage in 2 coats easily.  Because of this I opted to do a glitter gradiant with Caty Perrywinkle, so that it wouldn’t be completely covered.  I dabbed Blue Rouge around the cuticle area of my nails towards the middle, and then added a second coat and drug a tiny bit downward on each side.  This is one of my very favorite Lynnderella polishes ever- it’s absolutely worth the splurge!  It filled with smaller periwinkle and lilac glitters, and very fine pink glitter.  Gorgeous!

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I highly recommend both of these beauties!  Here’s where you can find both:

Above the Curve: Follow their Facebook Page for updates, and purchase via their Etsy Store or Big Cartel Store– $9 (right now Caty Perrywinkle is only available via Big Cartel)
Lynnderella: Follow the Love Lynnderella Facebook page for polish updates, and buy via Lynnderella’s Ebay Store– $20

I’m excited to be back!  I hope you guys liked my first return post as much as I did- I STILL love this mani!  ❤


Polish Monster and Oh Three Oh Four Holiday Giveaway!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year- which around the blogging world, it usually means that it’s time for the best giveaways!  My friend Dulcie at Oh Three Oh Four and I have long been talking about getting together for a December giveaway, and here it is!

Without any further waiting, here’s what you can win!

Prize #1 : Takko Lacquer’s Holiday Duo- Va Va Voom and We’re All Mad Here

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Prize #2 : Lynnderella The Glittering Crowd and Spumoni

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Prize #3 : Enchanted Polish Hot Chocolate and Ballerina Sprinkles
(note: while it’s on it’s way, this duo haven’t quite arrived at my door in time for the post, so we’re borrowing a photo from Enchanted Polish’s facebook page to show the prize!)

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Prize #4 : Lynnderella Ice The Snowcake and Elf Assured

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Be on the lookout over the next week for swatches of some of the prizes on our blogs!

Everything will be done via Rafflecopter. There will be 4 winners and this IS open internationally! Prizes and winners will be randomly chosen and paired together. This giveaway will end December 18th at 12:00 AM EST. Winners will be announced here and on Facebook. The winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen in their place. I will be responsible for shipping prizes #1 and #3, while Oh Three Oh Four, aka Dulcie, will be responsible for shipping prizes #2 and #4. Dulcie and I are not responsible lost/damaged deliveries. Some polishes in this giveaway were donated for the purposes of this giveaway, others were purchased by myself.

If you cannot enter using Rafflecopter please leave me a comment/email with your information and I can enter it manually for you.

Click the following link to go to the Rafflecopter entry form, and GOOD LUCK!  Thank you for your support!

Polish Monster and Oh Three Oh Four’s Holiday Rafflecopter Giveaway


Silly Bee’s Chickadees: Review and Swatches

Warning- VERY photo heavy post incoming!

I promised this for Saturday, but I think we all know that whenever I say I’ll post something, add a few days and that’s when it will probably go up.  I had my swatches photographed and ready to go, but until now NO time to just sit at the computer to load them and publish!

Today I have the *entire* collection from Silly Bee’s Chickadees to show off!  Melissa, the genius behind these pretty polishes, is a sweet friend and I’ve been so excited for when she would launch.  She opened shop this weekend, so be sure to go check them out.  Great last-minute Christmas shopping!

First, I’ll show off the entire Fruit Basket collection.  This collection is so fun- it’s made up of 6 polishes.  3 are ‘Cocktails’- glitter mixes in a clear base to be used as a topcoat or built up glitter polish.  The remaining 3 are ‘Smoothies’- the same mixes as the Cocktails, but in a milky white base to be used as stand-alone polishes.  And each polish in this collection features the Silly Bee girl wearing a fruit basket hat!  I’ll be showing the Smoothie polish, and then its corresponding Cocktail polish.

I’ll quote Melissa’s listings here for descriptions of each type- I can’t replicate it nearly as well as the original!

‘The Fruit Basket Smoothies are inspired by the yummy smoothies my friends and I used to buy from the health food counter at the local YMCA when I was in Junior High. My school didn’t have a swimming pool, so we used the Y’s pool that was just next door. Good times!  The Fruit Basket Cocktails are inspired by the beautiful dishes grandmas and aunties alike used to make for baby showers and bridal “sip & sees”. You know the stuff I’m talking about– the colorful concoction of fruit that was displayed Luby’s-style atop a bed of lettuce. If you’re from the South, you know a proper hostess must always serve sherbet punch, chicken salad– white meat only– and an extra fine fruit cocktail with baby marshmallows.’

First up, we have Bring Us A Figgy Mango!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bring Us A Figgy Mango SmoothieBring Us A Figgy Mango Smoothie is a fun mix of figs- represented by the purple and lavendar hexes, and mango- represented by the orange and yellow hexes, in a milky white smoothie base.  To save polish, I chose to layer 1 coat of Bring Us A Figgy Mango Smoothie over 1 coat of  OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, but 2 coats on its own will provide excellent coverage.

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bring Us A Figgy Mango Smoothie

Next is Bring Us A Figgy Mango Cocktail!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bring Us A Figgy Mango CocktailBring Us A Figgy Mango Cocktail is just like the glitter in the smoothie version, with the addition of white hexes for the ‘marshmallows’- how adorable!   I layered 1 coat of Figgy Mango over 2 coats of Finger Paints Circus Peanuts from their spring collection.  I think pastels go really well with all of the Cocktail polishes!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bring Us A Figgy Mango Cocktail

Second in the Fruit Basket line is Orange You A Honeydew (seriously, aren’t these names just adorable?)

Silly Bee's Chickadees Orange You A Honeydew SmoothieOrange You A Honeydew Smoothie is a mix of oranges- represented by the orange and yellow glitter- and honeydew- represented by the pale green glitter- in a milky white base.  Again, this is 1 coat over OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Silly Bee's Chickadees Orange You A Honeydew Smoothie

Next is the Cocktail version!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Orange You A Honeydew Cocktail

Orange You A Honeydew Cocktail is the same mix as the Smoothie version, but again with the addition of white glitter for the marshmallows.  For this I layered 1 coat of Orange You A Honeydew over 2 coats of Finger Paints Lemon Sour, also from their spring collection.

Silly Bee's Chickadees Orange You A Honeydew Cocktail

The final mix in the Fruit Basket series is Bananamelon Thump!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bananamelon Thump Smoothie

Bananamelon Thump is a fun mix of bananas and watermelon- the bananas are represented by yellow hexes and squares, and the watermelon is represented by pink hexes and squares.  Like the others, the smoothie version is in a milky white base.  Like before, this is 1 coat over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bananamelon Thump Smoothie

Now for the Cocktail version

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bananamelon Thump Cocktail

Like the smoothie version, Bananamelon Thump Cocktail is made of yellow and pink hexes and squares, with white hexes to represent mini marshmallows.  This is 1 coat over 2 coats of Zoya Shelby!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Bananamelon Thump Cocktail

Now it’s time for the 2 polishes that Silly Bees Chickadees offers that aren’t part of the Fruit Cocktail collection!  Even though I adore all of the polishes- these 2 are my VERY favorites!

First up is Mystery Mix Volume 1!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Mystery Mix Vol. I

I am LOVING grey right now, so it’s no surprise that I adore this particular color.  If you want it, you better act fast though!  Melissa makes the Mystery Mixes by combining any misfit mixes into a jar, and when the jar is full that mix is bottled!  This one is Volume 1- a polish that has a little bit of everything!  There’s some bars, diamonds, squares, hexes, every size, every color.

Silly Bee's Chickadees Mystery Mix Vol. I

I layered 1 coat of Mystery Mix over 1 coat of Sally Hanson Salon Perfect Pumice, a very light grey polish.   While it looks grey in the bottle, on it’s own Mystery Mix applies relatively clear- which is great if you just want the glitter over anything else.  Personally, I *adore* the grey color, so I chose to mimic it using a similar base color!

The final polish to show off from Silly Bee’s Chickadees is her signature polish, Melly’s Mix!

Silly Bee's Chickadees Melly's Mix

This is described as a party in a bottle, and I would agree!  It’s a fun glitter topper filled with hexes, squares and diamonds in various colors.   I layered Melly’s Mix over 2 coats of Love My Nails Tropical Fruit.

Silly Bee's Chickadees Melly's Mix

Overall, I just really adore these polishes.  The smoothies were a bit thicker than the cocktails but all applied well.  I never had to fish for glitter, I didn’t have to dab anything (all of the cocktails and Melly’s Mix glided on as shown).

I adore the Fruit Baskets, but if you can only get 1 polish, you *need* Melly’s Mix (and Mystery Mix Vol. 1- so I guess that’s 2) in your life!

Here’s all the info:

Silly Bee’s Chickadees Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SillyBeesChickadees
Silly Bee’s Chickadees Blog: http://www.sillybeeschickadees.com/ (go check it out- Melissa posts a lot of fun crafts and recipes, as well as beauty things!)
Silly Bee’s Chickadees ETSY SHOP! : http://www.etsy.com/shop/sillybeeschickadees

Silly Bee’s Chickadees polishes are all 15mL and $9 each, though Mystery Mix Volume 1 is only $6!!!  (due to it’s limited nature).

*Some polishes in this post were provided to me for my honest opinion.  All thoughts are my own*

 

 


OPI: My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Just a quick post today!  One of the underwear polishes I used in my post about Too Cute-icle’s new polishes (pssst!  Her store opened yesterday, have you stopped by?) was OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and today I thought I’d show it off by itself.

OPI My Boyfriend Scales WallsMy Boyfriend Scales Walls is a white polish that has just a slight tinge of grey.  This one was part of May’s Spiderman collection, though you can still get it in some stores and online.

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

Coverage was ok.  I needed 3 coats, and even then I didn’t feel like everything was covered perfectly, there were a few streaky spots and sheer sections.  There was a bit of cuticle flooding, but cleanup took care of that fairly quickly- since the polish was white I didn’t have to struggle to remove the bad areas.

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

You can get OPI Nail Lacquer at a variety of locations- I tend to get my bottles at ULTA, but most salons also carry OPI.  They tend to retail for around $8 a bottle.

 

 

 


Too Cute-icle: Swatches and Review!

Woo look at me, 3 days in a row!  Maybe I’m finally back in my groove?

Tonight I have some fun polishes to show off from a new indie line launching this weekend!  My sweet friend Jess of the blog Too Cute-icle is venturing into the land of polish making.  I was sent Frosty the Penguin and Pretty Pretty Princess to review, and they’re both so pretty!

First up is Frosty the Penguin!

Too Cute-icle Frosty the PenguinThis pretty glitter topcoat was named for an adorable mani Jess did with this polish- originally called Frostbite- that featured a cute penguin!  This is a fun mixture of iridescent, blue and white glitters.  Perfect for winter!

Too Cute-icle Frosty the PenguinFor these first 2 photos, I layered 1 coat of Frosty the Penguin over 3 coats of OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I opted to use a bit of dabbing to get the glitter exactly where I wanted it, but it went on fairly smoothly and evenly without it

Too Cute-icle Frosty the PenguinIn this photo, I layered 1 coat of Frosty the Penguin over 2 coats of Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise.  What a gorgeous combo!  I’ll have pictures of Arctic Sunrise this weekend (though I’ve featured it briefly here).

The second polish I got to try out was Pretty Pretty Princess!

Too Cute-icle Pretty Pretty PrincessPretty Pretty Princess is a girly glitter mix of various shades of pinks, purples, and blues.  It’s super sparkly and pretty!

Too Cute-icle Pretty Pretty Princess

In the first 2 photos, I layered 1 coat of Pretty Pretty Princess over 2 coats of Sinful Colors Flutter.   I did a bit of dabbing to ensure things were photo ready, but for the most part the glitter went on nice and evenly!

Too Cute-icle Pretty Pretty PrincessThis is 2 coats of Pretty Pretty Princess over Sinful Colors Flutter.  Almost full coverage!  My nails were SUPER sparkly, I love it!

Too Cute-icle is opening shop on December 2nd.  You’ll be able to find these polishes and others at her Etsy store!  You can also follow her on Facebook, as well as her blog.  Be sure to keep an eye out!

*These polishes were sent to me for review.  All opinions are my own* 

 

 


Rescue Beauty Lounge: Aqua Lily

I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off today!

Rescue Beauty Lounge is an amazing brand of nail polish.  Aqua Lily was a part of the Spring 2012 Fan Collection- Ji (the creator) allowed fans from all over to submit their dream polish ideas, and the winning ideas were brought to life.  Aqua Lily was a huge fan favorite, and sold out quickly.  It was so popular that Ji opted to included it in this year’s Bring It Back collection, so soon after it’s initial release.

I JUMPED at the chance to own Aqua Lily this time.  I was new to the polish world when the collection was initially released, and my lack of knowledge combined with sticker shock (RBL polishes are $20 each) lead me to wait too long to buy it.    I also did this with Scrangie (another well loved RBL that Ji has said will never be returning)- but thankfully I managed to get my hands on it via a swap.  I’ve learned my lesson- if I ADORE it and it’s not a core color, I need to save up and get it.

This color is a dream to apply.  It went on smoothly, required no cleanup, and was fully opaque in 2 coats.  These photos are 2 coats of Aqua Lily and 1 coat of Julep Fast Dry Topcoat.

Just look at that beautiful shine of pink!  Indoors, Aqua Lily doesn’t quite shimmer on the nails like it does in the bottle.  It’s much more subtle.

If you really want Aqua Lily, I highly suggest saving up and getting it while you still can!  Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes are $20, and can be found here.  You can also follow the RBL Facebook page here.

 

 

 


Model City Polish: Christmas Collection swatches and review!

Well, today was sunny and beautiful, so I had great sunshine for photos!  As promised, I have some fun Christmas polishes to show you (sometimes I use a lightbox, but these didn’t want to cooperate inside).  We’re in the process of putting up our tree and decorating here- I adore this time of year!

Tonight I have some of the colors from Model City Polishes Christmas Collection: O Christmas Tree, Silver and Gold, and You’re A Mean One.

First up, I have O Christmas Tree!This is a fun polish, filled with green shards, gold stars, silver bar glitter, and a variety of multi colored hex glitter!  Everything you’d imagine on a Christmas tree 🙂  This polish applied well- I chose to use the dabbing method to apply it exactly where I wanted it.  I layered 1 coat of O Christmas Tree over 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted The Lizard.

Next up is the Silver and Gold duo!  I’ll start off with Silver.

Silver and Gold is made up of 2 polishes- a silver glitter topcoat, and a gold glitter topcoat.   Both are filled up with multiple sizes of hexes and bar glitter.  Again, I chose to dab to apply where I wanted.  This one was a bit tricky to work with, but it didn’t take long to have everything where I wanted it.  I layered 1 coat of Silver over 2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey.

And now for the gold part of the duo!

Like Silver, Gold is made up of multiple sizes of metallic gold hexes and bar glitter.  This one was the most tricky of the bunch- the bar glitter has a bit of a curve to it (though topcoat helps smooth it down), and I definitely had to dab to place everything just so.  Out in the sun, this was very stunning!  I love wearing gold on my nails.  It was a beautiful counterpart to my base color- 365 Day’s of Color’s Mrs. Claus (which will be shown off all on its own in a few days!).

Last but not least, we have my favorite- You’re A Mean One!

This is a fun glitter topcoat filled with green squares, silver hexes and bright red hearts.  Again, I dabbed the glitter on for placement.   What I loved about this one was that I never once had to fish for hearts- what you see is what came out!  I think I had to put a few BACK one time!  This is 1 coat of You’re A Mean One over 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted the Lizard (which makes for a great undie coat for these Christmas colors!).

Overall, I really like this collection.  The glitters can definitely be a bit tricky with placement and things of that nature, so these are better suited for us ladies (or guys!) that love glitter and are used to dealing with the challenges they can sometimes come with- though it doesn’t take much longer using the dabbing method, just a bit more patience!  And I really encourage everyone to check out the store- there are some other AMAZING colors in this collection!  I just adore Spearmint and Sugar Plum, and Cookies and Milk is such fun!

You can find Model City polish on Facebook here, and you can buy all of the Christmas collection and more here at the Etsy store!

*These products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own*

 

 

 


Takko Lacquer: Wanderlust

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers here in the US, and to anyone else that may be celebrating today!  One of the many things I am thankful for is all of YOU! My husband pushed me and pushed me to just start a blog to have a fun way to show off my collection, and I never thought so many people would be even remotely interested in looking at my chubby nubbin’ nails 🙂 So thank you!

Speaking of nubbin’ nails… mine have made a reappearance again 😦  I had finally recovered from my last break, when I got a small tear at my nail bed line on my swatching hand’s index finger. I tried to repair it, but I had waited too late (it happened when I was out) so the nail just had to be cut. Back to square one! You’ll probably notice for about a week that particular finger is uneven- I refused to cut the entire nail that far down, so one edge is a bit shorter than the other (that’s where the break happened). Truth be told, I prefer my nails this short in terms of function- with how much running around and housework I do, maintaining longer nails is hard. But I love LOOKING at my nails when they’re long!

Anyways, on to my swatches! Today I decided to wear a long lemming that I finally purchased- Takko Lacquer’s Wanderlust! Takko Lacquer is a newer brand on the indie scene, and all of her polishes are just absolutely stunning. I now own 5! You’ll be seeing the others soon 🙂

 This is described on the Etsy listing as ‘a smokey lilac jelly creme hybrid lacquer with vibrant teal shimmer’.  And I can’t resist quoting the inspiration of the polish from it’s listing as well- all of Takko Lacquers have *amazing* descriptions and inspiration photos. ‘Toes in the sand, taking over the world’s concrete jungles, tea with the Queen, climbing up mountains, shopping in the Champs Elysee. Watching the sunrise, and racing it to watch it set on the other coast. This one is for all of those whose heart is always wanderlust, ready for adventure and chasing unknown lands, the world is your playground.’  *swoon*

‘Vibrant teal shimmer’ is a VERY good description here.  This shimmer is very, very noticeable.  It’s not one that only comes out to play in sunlight- it’s just as beautiful and visible in the shade and indoors.

Application was amazing. I rarely use the phrase ‘applied like butter’, but that’s really how this applied. The polish is a bit on the thicker side, but it goes exactly where you want it to- no flooding, no other issues. It even appeared to self level a bit!

This is 2 coats of Wanderlust followed by 1 coat of Color Club topcoat. I could have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did 2 since I was going to photograph.

Close up photo of one of my nails!

I could probably rave forever about these polishes.  Though I didn’t photograph it, I wore ‘We’re All Mad Here’, one of her holiday colors, just yesterday and it took my breath away.

All Takko Lacquer polishes are 3-Free, made in the USA (all the ingredients, pigments, base, bottles, labels, from the boxes and bubble wrap are USA made), vegan, cruelty free, and mineral based.

You can follow Takko Lacquer’s blog here to keep up to date on new polishes and news, and follow them on Twitter here (@takkolacquer).

You can buy these beautiful colors at Takko Lacquer’s Etsy store here. Polishes sell for $15.  I know that’s a bit higher than a lot of girls are comfortable spending- but trust me, they are worth every penny. They’re worth saving for! Restocks typically happen on Fridays at 1pm EST. If you want something, though, be sure to be there when she opens! There’s usually only a few of each color and things move pretty quickly (though not so fast you want to throw your computer out a window).

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Essence: Breaking Dawn Polish Giveaway

Hey all!  I haven’t been able to swatch the whole collection as planned (I still hope to by tomorrow- and I had to cut down to nubbins again), but I did want to let anyone know that may have missed the Facebook message that I’m running a giveaway right now!  Rules are fairly straightforward, like normal- you have to like the Facebook page, and you have the option to follow me on Twitter.   Open internationally!

The prize is all 4 polishes from the Essence: Breaking Dawn Part 2 collection!

Enter here:

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