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?
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!
*These products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own*
Hi all! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Today I have some gorgeousssss Halloween colors to show you- 365 Days of Color’s Black Flame Candle and I Smell… Children! from the Hocus Pocus Collection!
Hocus Pocus is my very favorite Halloween movie, so when Sunny said she was going to be creating her Halloween shades based on themes from the movie, I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with! The collection consists of 5 colors: I Smell… Children!, Black Flame Candle, Come Little Children, Boouk!, and I Put A Spell On You.
First up, we have Black Flame Candle!
In the movie, the Sanderson sisters (seen above) are hanged in Salem during the late 1600s. Before their death, Winnie (Bette Midler) casts a spell allowing them to come back to life if a virgin lights the black flame candle on Halloween. Fast forward 300 years… and Max, who recently moved to Salem, lights the candle to impress a girl. ‘Come on, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!’
The consistency is on the thinner and more jelly-like side, and it builds beautifully. These photos are 3 coats on their own, with Poshe topcoat.
Next, I have I Smell… Children!
This color is inspired by Mary (played by Kathy Najimy), who can ‘smell’ children- this helps her sister Sarah lure them in with her hypnotic singing, in order to steal their life essence to keep them young.
Application on both was wonderful. These polishes are on this thinner side, but that was a very good thing- it allowed me to build them up to full opacity without having a giant polish bubble on my nail! Even my jelly sandwich with 6 coats wasn’t too thick, which I loved!
I’d also like to take just a second to RAVE about 365 Days of Color’s Miracle Balms and Cuticle Oils.
I’ve purchased 7 Miracle Balms, and 3 Cuticle Oils (not all at once, but over the past few months). These are all amazing! If you stop into the store to buy anything, be SURE to check these out! Sunny has 5 million scents (ok, not really, but I would bet she has around 100), and they are wonderful! The balm goes on nicely and absorbs quickly, and the new oils are really awesome- I love being able to roll the oil right over my fingers! Every scent I own is amazing- my very favorites so far are Lilac & Lilies, Candy Corn, and Orange Sorbet!
The photos are all *sample sizes*, if you can believe that! You can get a full size of a single scent- $4 for a 10mL oil, or $3 for a .5 oz balm; or you can get sampler trios (pick 3 scents)- Oils are in 5mL containers for $6, and the balms are in .25 oz containers for $5.
The Hocus Pocus collection is going to be released on September 21, at 365 Days of Color’s Big Cartel store. You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook, as well as Sunny’s blog! Right now the store is in maintenance mode, but it will open on the 21st when this collection is available!
*The polishes in this post were sent to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
When I first became interested in nail polish, one of my early favorites was Sinful Color’s Cinderella. I loved the name, the shade, and adored the pink shimmer.
I did not, however, adore how sheer it was, or that it took 4-5 coats to build up.
Unsurprisingly, I’m attracted to this ‘type’ of color- and I recently realized I have quite a few that look similar! So I decided to compare all 5 that I own in 1 post.
Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise and Models Own Indian Ocean are the most similar, with the Models Own being a bit more ‘in your face’ sparkly. However, Indian Ocean required 4 coats to be opaque (it’s better to layer), and Arctic Sunrise was opaque at 2 coats. Indian Ocean is a bit stinky, as well (not 3-free), for those with sensitive senses.
Though it shows a pink shift in the photo, Cult Nails Princess is a bit more of a gold/pink shift. 365’s Bora Bora has the most subtle shimmer, but it’s a gorgeous blue with just the tiniest ‘bling’… it’s one of my favorites to use in combination with glitter layering polishes (see here and here).
And then of course we have Cinderella herself. It’s a BEAUTIFUL color- the most baby blue of the bunch, with a pretty significant shimmer. The biggest downside is just how sheer it is… but layered over another blue or white, it works out well.
Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise: Girly Bits Big Cartel site $10; Harlow & Co. $12; Llarowe $12
Cult Nails Princess: Cult Nails website $10; Overall Beauty $10
Models Own Indian Ocean: Ninja Polish $8; Harlow & Co. $10
365 Days of Color Bora Bora: 365’s Big Cartel Site, $8
Sinful Colors Cinderella: Walgreens, $1.99 (not available online at the moment, but I’ve bought it via their site in the past)
I just have a quick look for you all today- Gradient Glitter!
I’m almost embarassed to say I haven’t had a good chance to use any of my Equestria polishes from Rainbow Honey yet. I pre-ordered the full collection, but with SO many polishes and posts, I haven’t had a chance! After watching a few hours of My Little Pony with my daughter this weekend though, I decided that had to change.
The subject of my manicure today?
Rainbow Dash is the inspiration behind Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler. If you’ve ever watched the new version of My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic), you’ll understand why. If not, I’ll provide a video!
Although not my favorite pony (that’s a tie between Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), I do love Rainbow Dash. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is available for streaming on Netflix. If you’re bored and want to watch something light and entertaining, give it a try! It’s one of the few I enjoy watching with my daughter.
Anyways- back to the polish!
For this mani, I used 365 Days of Color’s Bora Bora for the base, and Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler for the glitter. Bora Bora was the closest blue to Rainbow Dash’s body color that I could find in my stash!
The idea behind a glitter gradient is very simple. I put on 2 coats of Bora Bora and covered with a fast drying topcoat.
Once it was dry, I did a fairly thin coat of glitter over the entire nail. Once THAT was dry-ish, I added a second coat- starting 1/2 way down and extending to the tip. I let that dry a little, and then dabbed a thick coat on the very tip of the nail. I gave it a few minutes and then smoothed it out backwards towards the cuticle a little to prevent it from having a giant polish bubble on the tips.
I’ve heard some reports of people having issues with their Rainbow Honey polishes consistencies. Mine were (are) absolutely perfect and easy to work with.
Be on the lookout soon for more of Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection- I have GOT to show off those beautiful glitter bombs!
Just a quick post- I thought my nails this weekend were really pretty, and I got a few compliments on them, so I decided to share!
This is 2 coats of 365 Days of Color‘s Bora Bora, topped with 1 coat of Sonnetarium’s Snowfall!
Also- I’ve started using Duri Cosmetics Rejuvacote Nail Growth System this week- and I’ve already noticed a visible difference in nail thickness (I can flat out see sections that are now thicker), and I would *swear* a few nails are growing faster. I hope to do a positive review for ya’ll in a month- but so far so good!
Hello All! I had great intentions for this post to appear this weekend- but I pretty much just relaxed and accomplished a whole lot of nothing instead. I swatched and took photos for 3 different posts on Friday- so really laziness was truly the only excuse!
I’ll be posting the normal Mani Monday later today, but first I wanted to be sure to get this preview post in asap. I’m going to be showing off 2 colors from 365 Days of Color’s new collection, Toxic Love: Deadly Attraction and Dangerously Beautiful!
365 Days of Color is an indie polish brand created by the awesome Sunny. You can find her website here: http://www.365daysofcolorpolishes.bigcartel.com/. She’ll be re-opening her shop on Monday, July 16 at 8am PST (11am EST and 10am CST)- including these new colors!
As a disclaimer: I was sent these polishes as a gift. They were a thank you from Sunny- I helped her brainstorm those fancy new labels she designed, aren’t they great? They weren’t intentionally sent for a review or preview, but of course I’m going to do it anyways. 🙂
First up is Deadly Attraction!
This polish is a neon yellow filled to the brim with black shard glitter. If you’re a shard lover like myself, you’ll quickly love 365 Days of Color- Sunny uses shards in a number of her polishes, 2 of which I’ve swatched in the past here.
Application was alright. I had a bit of thickness issues with both colors. I was ready to contact Sunny to let her know- but in the meantime I used 3 other colors (I told ya’ll, I have swatches ready for a few posts) and every single color had similar thickness issues. And it wasn’t initially- it was after I opened them and did maybe 1 coat on my nails. My Zoya Lara tonight also had issues with thickness.
I think my bedroom is bizzare and making my polishes thicker. Maybe our air is dry? Go figure, maybe one of ya’ll may know something that could cause that. Or maybe all the ones I used are just running on the thicker side.
Point is, I can’t say for sure that it’s the polishes running thick. Even thick, they went on well.
Both colors are on the sheerer side (they’re jellys- or maybe crellies?), so all photos show 3 coats. You could also layer 1 coat over underwear, but you won’t get quite as much of a ‘sandwich’ effect.
I don’t think I mentioned that with this restock, Sunny is rolling out her new bottles and labels (which these bottles are). I love the new bottle shape! It’s fairly unique, and it actually stores really well and fit REALLY nicely in my hand for swatches. Here’s a side shot to show how thin it is:
There’s a slight flatness to the front and back, so if you were to have multiples of these bottles, they line up perfectly next to each other. If all my bottles were this shape it would certainly help with space issues!
Next up is Dangerously Beautiful:
Dangerously Beautiful is a neon pink with a sparse amount of blue and black matte glitter. The pink is definitely neon, but it’s very subdued and not blindingly bright.
I’ll be completely honest- before I put this on, I didn’t think I would like it. With glitter I tend to go with the ‘more is better’ mantra, and I knew this would be a very light glitter. I also wasn’t sure if I would like the color combos.
However- I actually think this is my favorite of the bunch! It looked really, really super beautiful on, and I hated to have to take it off. The blue and black glitter looked lovely with the pink, and the glitter in lower layers appeared purple because they were underneath the thin pink layer.
As I said before, this is 3 coats- however unlike Deadly Attraction, this one has no topcoat. I was in a hurry to take the picture 🙂
These 2 colors along with the other colors in the Toxic Love collection- Chemical Romance (purple with black shards, black/white glitter) and Killer Kiss (coral orange with white shards, bars, and multi sizes of hex glitter) will be available today at 8am PST at 365’s Bigcartel site. You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook to keep up to date on restocks and new colors by liking the page here!
At the excellent request of a follower, I’m now linked up on Bloglovin’ (or I think I am). You can follow me here now if you would prefer that. I’ve added a widgit to the sidebar as well.
See you in a little bit for Mani-Monday! It’s going to be ‘monster-ful’ fun today!
Hello fellow polish monsters!
It’s time for my second Indie Wednesday! I was torn on what to post today- but that always seems to be the case! I have too many beautiful polishes I want to show everyone!
At the last minute I decided to show off 2 of my polishes from 365 Days of Color- Birthday Bash and Make Me Laugh-y Taffy! This is because the shop is set to open in 30 minutes! For those who don’t view this RIGHT when I post (which is to say, everyone), that’s 6pm EST/5pm CST/3pm PST. These will both be available, though Make Me Laugh-y Taffy will no longer be sold after today and only created on a made-to-order basis.
On to the swatches!
First up is Birthday Bash.
Birthday Bash is a white polish filled with multi-colored flakes and blue glitter. You guys all know how I love my flakes!
Application was… ok. It went on smoothly and fine, but I did have some trouble controlling it. See my pre-cleanup photo:
Proof that I fail at putting on polish! Darn you small nubbin nails!
Luckily, it cleans up quickly and easily. I use a small paintbrush dipped in remover and run it along the creases after I apply polish- this time just needed a little more.
Voila! Problem solved 🙂
This is a very subtle but pretty polish. The white is fairly opaque, so the flakes just add an occasional pop! of faint color. If the polish were yellow, it would remind me of funfetti cake!
Unlike most glitter polishes, this came off quickly and easily with remover. Which is good, because I was rushing so that I could also show off…
Make Me Laugh-y Taffy!
I really, really, really love this polish. I had thought when I bought Birthday Bash I would love it more, but this one is still my favorite! Make Me Laugh-y Taffy is a pink jelly polish filled to the brim with multi-colored flakes. All of the following pictures are only 2 coats of the polish!!!
Just look at all those flakes in only 2 easy coats!
Unlike it’s less flashier cousin, Make Me Laugh-y Taffy applied like a dream. I did NO cleanup for these pictures. I didn’t even need to dab the polish around, the flakes all went on like that! (Though I did dab a little- but it was because I’m slightly OCD about placement. It honestly wasn’t needed)
Looks just like it’s namesake candy…
Maybe a bit more colorful though! 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed seeing my tiny nails showing off these pretty colors! There are SO many other beautiful colors available in the shop, as well as a whole new collection that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Go grab some if you can, and if you miss out just ‘like’ the facebook page to keep up to date on openings!
Until next time!