Good Evening Everyone! Tonight I have something EXTRA special for you all!
Awhile back, Melissa of Silly Bee’s Chickadees asked me if I would be interested in collaborating with her for her blogger-inspired Christmas collection. Of course I said yes! We were tasked with deciding what our favorite Christmas movie was- and then deciding what our favorite scene of that movie was.
The BEST part about this collection- is that each blogger was able to pick a charity for proceeds from their polish’s sales to be donated to! 20% of each $10 polish will be donated to the charity of that blogger’s choice.
For the proceeds of my polish, I chose Toys for Tots. It’s Christmastime, and that was the first thing that popped in my head. It’s also one of the charities my family donates to each year. My children (ok- mostly my oldest, my son is still too young to ‘get’ it) help pick out toys and bikes each year for Toys for Tots and our local Bikes or Bust campaign. The holidays are a hard time of year for many families- during December we try and help out where we can.
Along with myself, the bloggers contributing to the Gift of Melly collection are Dulcie of OhThreeOhFour, Mishka of Accio Lacquer, Stephanie of Imperfectly Painted, and Emily of The Lacquerologist! This collage shows their polishes and the scenes that inspired them. Be sure to check out their posts!
For my polish, it was a pretty easy decision. I love a LOT of holiday movies- but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is probably my very favorite. It reminds me a little of my own family- which is probably why it’s a favorite for all of us 🙂
When asked about a scene that stood out for me- well, there’s plenty of course! But one in particular is always Clark’s dream sequence, where he’s fantasizing about the backyard pool and the stork clerk he met earlier 😉
And so from that scene inspiration- Melissa created Diana’s Nippley Holiday!
If you’re unsure where the name comes from- here’s another movie clip for your enjoyment 🙂
Diana’s Nippley Holiday is a very light blue crelly base, filled with hot pink flowers, red, green, and white circle glitter, white hexes, and gold magic dust.
The blue base is for the pool water, the flowers and green are for the summer aspect of the sequence, and red for the bathing suit! Every polish in the Gift of Melly collection contain the magic gold dust, to tie them all together 🙂
To be totally honest, I did have a little bit of trouble initially with my pretty polish- it got thick quickly after it was opened, so I added a bit of thinner to make things work well. Melissa has fixed the other bottles to ensure they all apply wonderfully, so this shouldn’t even be an issue for you! Once I added a touch of thinner, application went well. I used just over 2 coats for these photos (but not quite 3 full coats), plus topcoat. I didn’t have to do any fishing for the flowers or other glitter- they all came out easily!
These polishes are being released on November 15 at 11am CST. You can buy each individually, and there are also limited amounts of box sets that contain all of the polishes, plus a few surprises!
Here’s all the Silly Bee’s info- be sure to check it out!
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sillybeeschickadees
Melissa was kind enough to send me 2 bottles of Diana’s Nippley Holiday- one for me, and one for one of you! Just follow the link to the Rafflecopter widget and enter! Giveaway is open internationally, you must be 18 years or older, or have parental permission to enter. The giveaway will run through November 25th at 12:00am!
*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Good evening everyone! Today was the last day of Blizzcon, the annual convention for all fans of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo! I’ve mentioned before that I’m a very long-term World of Warcraft player- I’ve been playing since just slightly after launch (so *gulp* over 8 years now)- and still actively play. So of course, this weekend was full of excitement as I watched the events on my computer via a virtual ticket (traveling to Anaheim is just not in the cards right now!)- and I decided there wasn’t a better way to celebrate than to do a subtle World of Warcraft post!
While not created specifically for World of Warcraft- if you’re familiar with Femme Fatale Cosmetics and play World of Warcraft, some of the names and themes may seem very familiar. The owners play, and often let the beautiful places and things within the game inspire the creations!
First up tonight we have Aqueous- a beautiful blue crelly polish filled with teal, navy, blue, magenta and pink glitters.
LOVE this polish! I’m a sucker for crelly and jelly polishes- seeing the glitters suspended through different levels makes me smile 🙂
Application was wonderful. I got plenty of extra large pink glitters with absolutely no fishing- I even had to put a few back! I didn’t have to worry about dabbing, I applied like I would a normal cream polish and got wonderful glitter placement. My photos show 2 coats with topcoat.
Next is a long favorite of mine- Spring Fling!
Spring Fling has been a favorite Femme Fatale color of mine for awhile now- I love mint greens! And adding pink? Must be meant for me 🙂 There’s also plenty of white glitters, diamonds, and micro neon green glitter!
Application was wonderful again- the only issue I had (if this is even an issue?) is that I had so much luck with the larger glitters, I had to start putting diamonds back into the bottle. My photos show 2 coats with topcoat.
Witchful Thinking is part of the 2013 Halloween Trio. My first and last picture show 1 coat of Witchful Thinking over Elevation Polish Darkest Storm, and the middle photo shows 1 coat of Witchful Thinking over Cult Nails Nevermore (plain black).
Witchful Thinking sparkled like MAD outside in the sun! Application was great- these photos show only 1 coat! I did have to do a bit of dabbing to fill in a few holes, but for the most part it went on as shown- which is crazy to me, since it looks like I placed each large glitter purposefully! It sort of reminds me a bit of fish scales (in a good way) 🙂
Last but not least is Lime Thief, a beautiful lime green jelly polish filled with green and orange glitters!
This polish was my surprise favorite of the bunch. Honestly, this is one I probably wouldn’t have given a second look to- I didn’t even love it looking at the bottle in person. And then I put it on- and WOW! Lime Thief is incredibly juicy looking, and so bright and happy! I wore Lime Thief for a few days before I was forced to take it off 🙂
Pictures show 2 1/2 coats with topcoat (I added a thin 3rd layer just around my nail line, but not a full coat). Application was amazing- no fishing, no dabbing, no cleanup- just normal application. Perfection!
Femme Fatale Cosmetics not only sells their own beautiful nail polishes, they also offer an amazing line of mineral based cosmetics (I own about 15 of their beautiful eye shadows, they’re wonderful!), and they’re also now a nail polish stockist for Australia! They offer local and imported nail polish to Australian customers, including Emily de Molly, Enchanted Polish, HARE, and Girly Bits among many others!
Femme Fatale nail polish is available via http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/ for $10 AUD, and they’re now able to ship overseas! For nail polish lovers outside of Australia though, sometimes shipping can be a bit prohibitive- so Femme Fatale polish is also available through the following international stockists:
So what do you think? Any favorites from Femme Fatale? I’m also really loving their beautiful holos that they’ve recently released!
*Products in this review were provided for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own*
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?
Good morning everyone! I have a few of the new Jindie Nails colors to show off today! During the presale I grabbed a few of the Fall Chic colors and 1 of the Halloween colors- they were just listed for sale yesterday, so it seemed like a good time to show them off!
Even though my nails are short again- I’ve been suffering from MORE breaks. Thankfully the worst ones were on my non-swatching hand, but still! After going so long with no casualties, it’s been hard. It feels like maybe my nails are TOO strong now- the breaks happen whenever I bump something and a side part just chips off. Not a problem I ever expected to have 😉 I actually like my nails shorter just fine- but I’d like them just a tiny bit longer, for reasons I’ll explain in a minute.
First, I’ll show off the 4 colors from the Fall Chic 2013 collection I have. All of these polishes are packed *full* of circle glitter in various sizes and colors. This is true for all 4, so I’ll talk about it here versus repeating over and over- I didn’t have to fish for any of these glitters. What you see is minimal effort for glitter- even on Midnight Rainbows. So the glitter payoff is excellent. The only issue I had with any of these wasn’t really the fault of the polish- but I struggled a bit more with them due to the length of my nails. Larger glitters take up more available space when your nails are smaller (I know, thank you Captain Obvious), and I had to be sure to stick to thinner coats than I would normally do to avoid a big mess. It wasn’t too hard, but it was a bit more challenging on short nails to get things looking nice. Just me adjusting to the new length- you wouldn’t think it would impact the way I paint, but it does.
Also, Jen just introduced her new medium size 9mL bottles, which is what you’ll see in this post. I really prefer these so much to the previous mini bottles. I don’t mind most mini bottles (and sometimes prefer them due to the sheer size of my collection), but the issue with the old Jindie ones was that the brush wasn’t able to reach almost any polish unless it was fully twisted in. It was a pain to use, especially with the glitter based polishes (though they were very cute bottles!). But now, you’re able to reach plenty of polish and the brush is very long. And it also holds a bit more polish!
The first polish from Fall Chic is What Are You Smokin’ Mirrors!
This is a medium grey crelly polish filled with tons of gold and silver dots and flake shimmer. I used 2 coats with topcoat for these photos.
The coverage was good- I did have to brush off a bit of excess grey base from some of the circles so that they would show, but other than that I had no issues.
Next is Midnight Rainbow.
This polish is something else! It’s a black jelly polish filled to the brim with rainbow shimmer and metallic circle glitter in tons of sizes and colors. And when I say to the brim- like I said at the beginning of this post, I didn’t fish for glitters. What you see here is 2 coats with topcoat- with no fishing. I’m sure if I actually tried there could be MORE circles on my nails!
This polish went on well- I had to do a bit of dabbing to get circles the way I wanted them to be. There’s so many in the polish that sometimes they can clump up a bit, so you just need to spread them around once they’re on the nail.
Now we have Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Cousins is a teal crelly polish filled with maroon, lime green, blue and silver glitters. Plenty of large circles and hexes in here, and I didn’t have to fish for any of them! Pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.
And the last polish from the Fall Chic collection I have to show off is Shimmer Me Timbers. The only one of the 5 I don’t own is Rhythm and Blue- but I didn’t exclude it purposely, I actually didn’t originally buy Shimmer Me Timbers either. Jen sent it as a surprise with my order- now I feel bad I’m only missing 1! 🙂
I’m glad she sent it though- this was my surprise favorite of the bunch, and I would’ve missed out on it otherwise!
Shimmer Me Timbers is a bright, juicy emerald green jelly polish filled with a bright gold shimmer and lots of green and gold glitters (along with a few blue, maroon, copper and purple too!). I think what surprised me is that this polish is a lot ‘brighter’ than I realized- it’s still a deep emerald, but since it’s a jelly it still retains that squishy feel, and the shimmer brightens it up a lot. The pictures show 2 coats with topcoat. Application was great, this one went on the most smoothly of the bunch!
Last but not least, we have Be-Wear the Polish, my only purchase from the Halloween colors. There’s a lot of *gorgeous* colors in that collection- but I was trying to be good!
Be-Wear the Polish is a fun glitter topper (glitter in a clear base, meant to be layered) filled with green, grey, black, and purple glitters in various shapes and sizes, TONS of fine glitter and shimmer- and also glow in the dark glitter! I tried desperately to get a picture of the little flecks glowing, but my camera didn’t want to cooperate.
Application was great- this is so overflowing with glitter, I didn’t have to make an effort to have my nails covered. In fact, I usually ended up with a bit too much on my smaller nails and had to decide which to put back in the bottle!
Photos show 1.5 coats (I did 1 full coat on each nail, and then filled the brush and dabbed a little extra here and there to fill in some empty slots) with topcoat over Wet N Wild’s Sea Ya Soon (post on that later today).
I think overall my very favorite was Be-Wear the Polish- this is a must have! Between the fun bright colors, variety of shapes and sizes, and glow in the dark glitters, you have something very fun for Halloween. I might be a bit partial though- Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love the green/purple/black/orange color combinations associated with it!
These colors launched yesterday- grab them while they’re in stock! You can find Jindie Nails here:
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/, http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org, http://www.ninjapolish.com, http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
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 🙂
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’).
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’.
Melissa also sent Everything Nice- another pink themed polish!
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)’.
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 😉
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!
This polish applied wonderfully and had great coverage at 2 coats. The glitter is a tiny bit bumpy without topcoat but smooths out once you add a coat or two. I used Essence Gel-Look topcoat for these photos.
Next is the new version of Tainted Love! You can find my photos of the original version here!
I’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!
Compared 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.
As 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:
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/, http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org, http://www.ninjapolish.com, http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
*Some polishes or nail care items in this post were provided to me for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own*