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Above the Curve: Doctor Who Collection Part 2

This is a post I’ve been planning to make for awhile now- so it’s been a long time coming!  This is Above the Curve’s Doctor Who Collection Part 2!  If you remember, they also have Part 1 of the collection, that I reviewed a few months ago!

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Every polish in this collection is just wonderful.  I’ve never had any problems with application from any of my Above the Curve polishes, and these are no exception!   All of the polishes are shown with a coat of the new Above the Curve fast dry topcoat, which is 5 free!  It’s very glossy and dries pretty quickly- definitely check it out!  Best of all, it’s only $2.50/$4.50 for a mini/full!

The first polish I’ll be showing in the collection is You Call Me… Sexy.

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You Call Me… Sexy is a gorgeous berry red holographic polish with blue shimmer.

This polish is for Idris, who was the human used to store the consciousness of the Doctor’s TARDIS in the episode ‘The Doctor’s Wife’- one of my favorite episodes.   I love that this polish isn’t the typical TARDIS blue, which is what I first expected when I heard this name- it makes it a bit unique.

Application was great, I used 2 coats for these photos.  The holographic effect on this one is subtle, but very pretty.
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The next polish is my favorite of the collection- Don’t Blink!

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Any fan of Doctor Who is familiar with the Weeping Angels- the quantum locked aliens that appear as normal angel statues, and can only move when no one is looking at them.  The first Angel episode (Blink) scared me half to death- and if you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who, it’s an easy episode to watch with no background knowledge of the series.

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Don’t Blink is a silver holographic polish with a small amount of fine black glitter.  This is meant to imitate the stone of the angel statues!

Photos show 2 coats of Don’t Blink- everything applied evenly and smoothly.  The holographic effect was very strong outside in the sunlight, and the black glitter made the sparkly silver polish interesting indoors when the holo wasn’t as visible!

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Next up is TARDIS!

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TARDIS is a bright blue polish with a slight purple duochrome cast, turquoise shimmer and a linear holographic effect.  I didn’t really see a lot of the purple duochrome on my nails, but I see it when I look at the bottle 🙂

Application was good, it applied smoothly and evenly without any pooling or issues.  I used 2 coats for these photos.  The holographic effect was a slight linear- definitely visible, but not blindingly strong.

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Next is one of my surprise favorites- Banana To The Party!

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I honestly don’t care for yellow polish, but I loved this homage to 10 and ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ (another favorite, and so sad).  I’m glad I got it, because I ended up loving it when I put it on!

Banana To The Party is a squishy yellow jelly polish filled with pink, gold and green glass fleck shimmer, as well as a linear holographic effect.  The holo appears a little subtle due to the light polish color, but it’s definitely there!   This polish was just so fun and bright outside in the sunlight!  Photos show 3 coats- this one is a little more sheer than the others due to being jelly like, but still covers well!

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Next we have Pretend It’s A Plan!

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Do what I do.  Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!’

Pretend It’s A Plan is a gorgeoussss purple holographic polish filled with multicolored glass fleck shimmer!   Some of my very favorite ATC polishes are their many purple offerings (there was an amazing purple in Part 1 too!), and this has joined them!  Pretend It’s A Plan is just so sparkly and pretty!  It’s stunning indoors and out, though of course it really shines outside on a sunny day.   Photos show 2 coats.

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Last but not least, we have Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey!

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‘People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… timey wimey… stuff.’

Also inspired by the episode Blink (though 11 uses the phrases a lot afterwards), Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey is a multichrome glitter topper that shift from red to gold to blue to purple.

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I first put Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey over TARDIS, to try out a brighter color.  It’s pretty, but it doesn’t show off the multichrome quite as well as over black!  This shows 1 coat of Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey over 2 coats of TARDIS.

Next, I put 2 coats of Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey over black (I used 1 coat of Cult Nails Nevermore)- and WOW!  This glitter is just so stunning.  You won’t stop staring at your nails!  
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So which is your favorite?  Any that you need?  I love them all, but my favorites are definitely Don’t Blink, Banana to the Party and Pretend It’s A Plan!

You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Etsy Store (please note that they’ve moved back to Etsy from Big Cartel!), and also at Overall Beauty.  They are each priced at $8.50 for full size, and $4.50 for mini size (and ATC’s new minis are larger and have a flat brush just like their full sizes, and look like mini versions of their full sizes- I’ll be posting about them soon!).  You can follow the ATC Facebook page and ATC on Instagram for news and updates.  Don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!  Every single time you buy from ATC, you’re not only getting beautiful polish from some amazing sweet people, but you’re donating to a great cause!

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/.

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Above the Curve : Doctor Who Collection, Part 1

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Good evening everyone!  Tonight I have another Above the Curve post for you- and it’s an awesome one!

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Earlier tonight, the always amazing Above the Curve released Part 1 of their Doctor Who Inspired collection!  I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan, so I jumped at the chance to show these beauties off to you all 🙂  And they did not disappoint!  Each one applied wonderfully and are just so beautiful!  I used KBShimmer Clearly on Top topcoat for each photo (when I just say ‘topcoat’).

The first polish of the collection is Donna.
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Donna Noble is one of my very favorite companions featured in the newer shows, and so I just love that she gets her own polish in this collection.  This polish definitely reminds me of her bright, red hair as well as her tough, stubborn attitude!

Donna the polish is a reddish orange polish filled with a faint scattered holo.  I used 2 coats and topcoat for these photos.
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Next up is Slitheen!
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The Slitheen are (or were?) a family of criminals from the planet Raxacoricofallapatorius that hide their true forms while on Earth by ‘wearing’ the skins of humans- and tend to be very gassy as a result of the compression!

This color is really special, and my photos aren’t really doing it justice.  It’s a pretty, evergreen polish with a bit of a gold/brown shift to it, and a green glow.  Like Donna, it has a scattered holographic finish.  I used 2 coats and topcoat for these pictures.
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Next in the set is Relative Dimensions!
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The Doctor’s TARDIS, the big blue police box most people see in Who related photos, stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space.  He is able to travel to any place, and any time in the universe.

Relative Dimensions is really really beautiful out in the sunlight.   It appears a bit brighter out in the sun than it does indoors- inside it’s a bit more of a muted purple, but both inside and outside it’s just lovely.  It also really brings out the red and purple sparks that are in there!  It almost looked like micro-micro glitter 🙂  Like the others in the collection, this also sports a scattered holo effect.  Shown is 2 coats with topcoat.
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And last but not least, we have my favorite of the collection- The Silence!
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The Silence- honestly I can’t really talk much about that without revealing just about any major plot point of the Eleventh Doctor’s first 2 seasons.  But I will say- this seems like an incredibly fitting polish for the phrase ‘Silence Will Fall’ 🙂

This is a gorgeous dark polish- in some lights it appears black, but there’s a definite blue to purple shift in there that’s subtle but not hidden.   It’s also full of micro flakes and a scattered holo like the rest of the collection.  It feels like there’s a galaxy on your nails without doing anything but painting them!  That was my first thought when I got outside and stared at this color.   A definite must have!
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You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, and also at Overall Beauty.  These beauties were launched TONIGHT on the Big Cartel page, so go get them now!  They are each priced at $8.50, which is a steal!  You can follow the ATC Facebook page and ATC on Instagram for news and updates.  Don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!

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

*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*


Above The Curve Valentine’s Day 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays- though it has nothing to do with the romance part.   One of the main colors for Valentine’s Day is PINK- how could I NOT love it?!  All of the wonderful Valentine’s Day nail polish collections always contain glorious shades of pink, and it’s totally awesome!

I actually have like- a TON of pink related posts to show you all.  I had a box full of polishes to post throughout this past week- but we’ve had nothing but dreary weather.  Yesterday, even though we had 5″ of snow (which down here in Alabama is a ton!)- we had a bright, sunny day made even brighter by the white snow!  So I went on a swatching spree while I could- so be on the lookout for a lot of pink themed posts even though Valentine’s will be over 🙂  I’ll posted my Valentine’s mani on Instagram (@polish_monster)- it’s nothing too exciting, but I did dabble in nail art (which is to say, I used a dotting tool in it’s most basic capacity). 🙂

Today I’m going to be showing off one of the only ‘sets’ I have for Valentine’s Day this year- I bought plenty of individual polishes from indie brands though, which you’ll see over the next week.  These beauties are the Valentine’s Day offerings from Above the Curve!  I LOVE Above the Curve- their polishes are always amazing, and Angel and Shawn (owners) are both such amazing people that I’m lucky enough to consider friends.

Anywho, enough rambling- onto the pretty pictures!

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First we have Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Above The Curve Truly Madly DeeplyTruly, Madly, Deeply is a beautiful orchid holographic polish.  Orchid seems to be quite the trend this year for Valentine’s Day collections- at least that I’ve seen!  It has a pretty pink shimmer and a more subdued holographic finish.  Almost metallic feeling, though it’s certainly not a metallic polish.
Above The Curve Truly Madly DeeplyAs I expect with Above the Curve polishes, application was wonderful.  I used 2 coats with KBShimmer Clearly on Top topcoat for the photos shown.
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And because this song reminds me of my high school prom, I’m going to include the Truly, Madly, Deeply video.  I can’t resist!  You can listen to it as you look at the rest of the pictures 🙂

Next I have Circle of Love!

Above The Curve Circle of LoveCircle of Love is a fun glitter topper, filled with TONS of circle glitter and hearts in every shade and finish of red, pink and white!  This is definitely Valentine’s Day in a bottle! 

Above The Curve Circle of LoveI didn’t have any issues with this one- I chose to dab the glitter on where I wanted it rather than paint it on, but I had no trouble at all getting hearts or circles onto the brush.  I had to fish a little when I wanted something specific though 😉  Photos show 1 ‘coat’ of Circle of Love with KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat.  
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Last but not least, my favorite- All You Need Is Love!  WINE!!!  
Above The Curve All You Need is Love/WINE!*Swoons* what a simply stunning polish.  I adore the name, too- you can probably tell from the picture just under this, that in reality the Love part of the name is X’d out, with Wine ‘handwritten’ over!  I love my kids- but man, I definitely feel that way a lot of the time 🙂  
Above The Curve All You Need is Love/WINE!All You Need Is Love!  Wine!!! is a breathtaking polish filled with- well, TONS of things.  It’s a brown/wine holographic base, filled with purple, red, copper, brown glitters, holographic glitter- it’s really amazing.  The base polish is actually quite opaque, so the glitters in it peek through but aren’t super obvious.  This is one of those polishes that sparkles like crazy in the sun- but is equally beautiful inside as well.   
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You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, and also at Overall Beauty.  You can follow the ATC Facebook page and ATC on Instagram for news and updates.  Polishes range from $7 to $9- and don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!

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


Polish Monster’s Big Birthday Blogiversary Giveaway!

Well, it’s unsurprisingly a little later than I planned- but it’s finally here!  My giveaway!

My big 3-0 birthday was at the end of August, and my blog turned 1 year old at the end of June.  My blog’s birthday sort of snuck past me, and so I decided to celebrate it alongside my birthday!

I’ve always loved the movie 13 Going on 30, so for my 30th I decided to run with that as the theme.  You’ll notice a few of the prizes are inspired by it!

Enough talking- on to the prizes you could win!

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Prize #1 contains the Above the Curve duo Arrivederci and Au Revoir, Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Floppy. Hoppy. BUNNIES! and a custom Little Lazy called Cutie Beebee!

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Prize #2 Contains Above the Curve Darling Diana, Takko Lacquer Muse, Contrary Polish Anniversary Monster, Lucky 13 Lacquer Softening the Bad Things, and Nailz Craze stamping plate NC01!

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Prize #3 contains Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Oh, We’re Not Together, Lucky 13 Lacquer Fight Like a Girl, Takko Lacquer Heads Will Roll, Contrary Polish Gift Wrap, and Peita’s Polish Miss Dixie!

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And last but not least- each prize pack gets these!  A custom For Goodness Grape lip shimmer in Razzle Red (it’s a red, shimmery lip tint with a razzleberry flavor), and 2 Monster Polishes (that’s what my own polishes are called, for those that didn’t know!)  made specifically for these events.  Please excuse the lack of labels in the photo- I just ordered some new ones that will arrive before the giveaway ends!
The first is Razzle Red, which I created for my birthday.  It’s a glitter topcoat filled with every shape, shade and size of red and pink glitter I had in my glitter tub with a pink shimmer.  The second is Monster’s Ball, which I created for my blog’s anniversary.  It’s a frosty holographic purple polish filled with color shifting glitters and flakes.  Swatches of both of these will be on the blog in the next few days!

And now onto the official stuff.

This giveaway will be conducted via Rafflecopter. There will be 3 winners and this is open internationally!  This giveaway will end October 10, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.  The winners will be announced here, as well as on Facebook and emailed (please be sure your Rafflecopter email address is accurate). The winners will have 48 hours to respond to me or a new winner will be chosen in their place.  I am not responsible for lost/damaged deliveries. Winners will randomly paired with prizes, though preferences will be taken into account (but not guaranteed).  All products are new and unused.  The only required entry for the giveaway is following my blog (polishmonster.com) via email or Blog Lovin’.  Additional entries can be gained through following on other social media outlets, following Facebook/Twitter pages of the brands featured in the prizes, and sharing the giveaway on social media.  Some of the prizes in this giveaway were donated to me for the purpose of this giveaway, and others I purchased myself.

I will be verifying winning entries, so please don’t lie.  I’ve had to throw out winning entries with every giveaway in the past because people have lied about finishing tasks- it makes me sad.  Please don’t do it!

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

Please follow the link RIGHT BELOW THIS to enter!!!  And GOOD LUCK!!!

Polish Monster’s Big Birthday Blogiversary Rafflecopter Giveaway


Above the Curve: Arrivederci, Au Revoir Swatches

Next to last post before my Blogiversary/Birthday giveaway goes LIVE tomorrow!!!  I’ll be posting again to show off the very last polish included in the giveaway (that isn’t one of my own), but I won’t make everyone wait any longer!

These 2 beauties are custom polishes Angel and Shaun at Above the Curve came up with for me special for this occasion!

My favorite colors are pink (which is obvious to most people I’m sure), grey, mint, and tiffany blue.  I especially wanted a mint/tiffany blue holo, since I adore holos from ATC.  These are the two matching polishes they came up with!

Coming up with names stumped me for a bit.  But I already have some of my own polishes/other prizes that I’ve made for this giveaway that revolve around the movie 13 Going on 30, so I ran with that idea!  (It was my 30th birthday, and I love the movie).  This is the goodbye greeting used by the main character with her best friend- which seemed perfect for a matching pair of polishes that were connected but different 🙂

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First up is Arrivederci- a minty cream filled with neon pink, white and grey glitters.  This is just 1 coat over Au Revoir (shown below).

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And second we have Au Revoir, a minty holographic polish!

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Subtle and gorgeous!

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These two will come together as a pair for one of the prizes 🙂  Check back tomorrow to see everything and enter!

You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty.  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates.  These polishes were customs, but they have TONS of beautiful polishes to pick from!

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/.


Above the Curve: Fallen Angel vs. Fallen Angel 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*swoons*

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

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And here’s a side by side comparison picture!

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

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

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


Above the Curve: Galactic Party, Party Polish Pink, Darling Diana, and Risen Angel 2.0 Swatch and Review

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Hey guys!   I have a lot of beautiful Above the Curve polishes to show you today!

If you didn’t already know- $1 from every single bottle of Above the Curve polish purchased is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals!  Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospitals, and for scoliosis.  Even when they’re on sale- they still donate $1 from each bottle!  Just another thing that makes ATC so awesome.

First up is Galactic Party!

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Galactic Party is a beautiful dark blackened purple/maroon holographic polish.  Application was wonderful, as I always expect from Above the Curve polishes- the pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.

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Next is Party Polish Pink- one of my new favorites!

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Party Polish Pink is a bright reddish pink holographic polish filled with small holographic pink glitter.  Application was wonderful, pictures show 2 coats plus topcoat.

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Next is a fun polish called Darling Diana!  I don’t believe ATC will be producing this- Angel showed me a picture to get my opinion because she didn’t think she liked it.  When I mentioned that I loved it, she decided to send me it with my package!

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Darling Diana is a grey polish filled with pink, yellow, blue and white glitters, some blue iridescent glitters and neon green stars.  Application was good- I opted to thin this a little (I now have 2 bottles- and one will be part of the giveaway along with other ATC customs!), so it took 3 coats instead of the original 2 for opacity.

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The last polish for today is Risen Angel 2.0!

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I actually bought this polish and swatched it a month or so ago, so my nails are a little different in these photos.   Risen Angel 2.0 is a beautiful dark plum linear holographic polish.  I used 2 coats for these photos with no topcoat.

I don’t own the original Risen Angel to compare to, but the 2.0 Angels are a LOT more holographic!  I’ll have a Fallen Angel vs. Fallen Angel 2.0 comparison post in a few days.

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You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty.  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates.  Polishes range from $7 to $9 (for holos- though sometimes you can get them for $7 on sale!)- and don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!

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.*