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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*

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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.


Different Dimension Thermal Collection Review

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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.*


LynBDesigns: Jarvis and Five Orange Pips

I have 2 beautiful colors from LynBDesigns to show off today- Jarvis and Five Orange Pips!

Pretty neat bottles, right?

LynBDesigns has a TON of colors to choose from on her etsy site– there’s 95 polish listings!  She also has a lot of other fun things to check out.

So first up: Jarvis!

Jarvis is part of LynBDesigns’ Gender-Benders collection- 14 colors that all share men’s names.  From etsy:  ‘It’s hot pink, it’s color shifting; what’s not to love? Jarvis has a sheer hot pink base and is loaded with color shifting awesomeness. It changes from pink to blue to purple, and on occasion even a little orange.’

You all know I love pink, especially the bright variety- so I was sold!

This is 4 coats of Jarvis alone.  3 would have been sufficient, but without a base coat I had a tiny bit of VNL.

This color is SO gorgeous!  There’s a beautiful light color shift and the application is great.  Even with 4 coats, the polish wasn’t too thick and was very wearable.

This is 2 coats of Jarvis over Cult Nails Nevermore (my go-to black).  WOW!  Look at how pretty!  I love a color-shifting topcoat that can be worn on its own- it makes it very versatile!

The second polish I have to show off from LynBDesigns is Five Orange Pips!

Five Orange Pips is from the Baker Street Collection, which is inspired by Sherlock Holmes.  The description from the store sums up this color perfectly: ‘It’s a collection of orange glitters in a sheer orange base. It has orange holographic glitter, orange hearts, fine orange matte, and glitter that look black in some light, orange in others.’

Even though it’s not part of LynBDesigns’ Halloween collection, this color is absolutely perfect for a holiday look.

This is 2 coats of Five Orange Pips over Sally Hansen’s Ivory Skull (one of the new Fall Complete Manicure colors; a plain white).

This was an easy color to work with- the only hard part was (as expected) the cute orange hearts- but they didn’t require too much effort to get them to come out and play!  The white in these photos really shows off the orange jelly of Five Orange Pips.

This is my favorite combo- 2 coats of Five Orange Pips over Cult Nails Nevermore.  Does this scream Halloween or what?!

I really, really loved these 2 polishes.  Both were super easy to work with and covered nicely- and most importantly, they both looked so very beautiful!  I play on getting a lot of use out of Five Orange Pips this fall!

LynBDesigns is currently offering a Buy Two, Get One Free sale (as of 9/19)!  Just write a note requesting which color you would like as your free choice.

These polishes and more can be found on LynBDesign’s Etsy store for $8.50 each and unless my eyes deceive me- shipping is free!  Which makes these a great deal for some beautiful indie polishes 🙂

Be sure to check out LynBDesign’s Facebook page for new colors and updates.  She has a pretty Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Halloween collection just released!

*The polishes featured in this post were sent to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Darling Diva Polish, Take 2

Hello again all!  Tonight I have the second part of my Darling Diva polish review- and it’s my very favorite!  I have Dangerous Driver and Ringer to show off!

These two are both GORGEOUS.  For those unfamiliar with Ringer- it’s a dupe of Max Factor Fantasy Fire, which is dupe (ish) of Clarins 230, better known as ‘Unicorn Pee’.  Dangerous Driver is a holographic version of Ringer- which just makes it more fabulous in my opinion!

Enough talking- on to the pictures!

This is 3 coats of Dangerous Driver, outside on a sunny day.

The color shift of Ringer isn’t quite as visible in Dangerous Driver because of the spectacular holographic effect.  But this polish is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  I think these photos look pretty good, but they still do no justice to this polish.

A comparison shot- I took both inside my bedroom; one was in front of the opened window, and the other was under a lamp.

Next up: Darling Diva Polish Ringer!

Ringer is a beautiful polish.  It is almost a dead-on duplicate to Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire, but just a tad more sheer and lighter if you’re not layering it.  This photo was taken with 4 coats, and you can still see a bit of VNL.  But none of these colors are really at their best without a polish underneath!

Sadly, I had already traded away my Fantasy Fire before I took these photos.  I did a swatch comparison, so I can say that they are almost identical (but now can’t find that swatch wheel!).   However, the reason I traded off Fantasy Fire… was because I finally got my hands on a bottle of Clarins 230 itself!

Ready for some comparison photos??  Here we go!

The first comparison shot is both colors with no underwear.  This is the biggest area that Clarins will differ from it’s competitors.  Clarins 230 is a completely different base color, and it honestly just seems a bit more ‘deep’ than the others.  But that is really something that almost no one will notice.  Swatched over black, however…

Over black there’s almost no serious visible difference between Clarins 230, Ringer, or Fantasy Fire.  Clarins is a bit more ‘vibrant’, but its a subtle difference.  Over black, Dangerous Driver’s beautiful color shift is clearly on display along with the beautiful holo effect.

*Sigh*  So many sparkles in one photo!  These 2 above photos were taken indoors next to an open window to still get the sparkle, but allow the color shift to shine through more (the full sun makes Dangerous Driver sparkle like crazy- as you can see below!)

And to round off the comparisons, I took photos of Dangerous Driver and Ringer outside in the full sunlight.

You can find Darling Diva Polish on Facebook, and you can buy her beautiful colors at her Etsy shop.   All of her colors are $8.00 with the exception of holo colors, like Dangerous Driver, which are $12.00.  And she ships internationally for a reasonable rate!

Be sure to check her out!  I really feel like Dangerous Driver is a must have- and Ringer is for sure if you haven’t found Fantasy Fire (though you’ll want it if you’re like me and just love having similar colors!).

*Some of the products shown in this post were provided to me without cost for an honest review*


Nicole by O.P.I. Target Exclusives Part 2: Iris My Case, You’re S-Teal The One, and Mer-Maid for Each Other

This post is not technically late.

Well ok, I originally promised it Thursday.  So it’s late from that date.

Then I promised Saturday.  As I have not yet gone to bed, I still consider it to be Saturday in my head.  So I’m totally still on time.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter my latest giveaway!

At the beginning of the month, I posted about 3 colors from Nicole by OPI that I found at Target, which you can see here.  I know for a fact 2 are Fall Target exclusives, though I don’t think Look At Me Look At Me! is new.

This past week Target was having a sale on NOPI colors, and I had coupons for them… so I bought the remaining 3.  And here they are!

Mer-Maid For Each Other, Iris My Case, and You’re S-Teal The One!

First up I’m going to show off You’re S-Teal The One.

I know that the other 2 are definitely Target Fall Exclusives, but I’m not so sure about this one.  I think I heard somewhere that it isn’t- but I’m going to show it anyways 😉

You’re S-Teal The One is a pretty bright blue metallic-y shimmer color.  In the bottle it appears that there’s a strong (and beautiful) purple color shift, but that honestly doesn’t translate to the nail. I could barely see any purple once the polish was on- if I squinted very closely at a nail, I could see some purple shift in individual glitters.

This was REALLY bright!  I definitely noticed my nails a lot while wearing this.  This is 2 coats.  It went on fairly well- I don’t think I did much in the way of cleanup for any of these colors.

Next up- Iris My Case!

Iris My Case is a beautiful purple to greenish-gold duochrome.  Like You’re S-Teal The One, the effect was more prominent in the bottle.  However, you could still see the duochrome on the nail- if you look closely in the photos you can see where the effect happens.

A very pretty addition to any collection- I’m really looking forward to China Glaze’s upcoming Bohemian collection, which will be full of duochromes like this but probably more pronounced.  So this one will still be worth having!  2 coats again, not much in the way of cleanup.

And finally, we have Mer-Maid for Each Other!

When I first saw this display a month ago, I didn’t intend on picking this one up because I thought it was for sure a dupe of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard (which is a dupe of Chanel Peridot….).  However, I’m happy to say it’s NOT a dupe, and in fact I find it much prettier!

Mer-Maid for Each Other is a very pretty green duochrome.  Like Just Spotted the Lizard it leans golden in some lights, but unlike Lizard it also leans blue.  The base color is definitely a blue green rather than a golden color.

The name for this one is really fitting, because I instantly think of mermaids and the sea when I see this.  Like the others, this was 2 coats with minimal cleanup needed.

I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard and Nicole by OPI’s Mer-Maid for Each Other.  I completely forgot to include Sephora by OPI’s Mermaid To Order- but I can promise that REALLY doesn’t look anything like these 2.

You can already see from the bottle shots when side by side that they’re nothing alike- but in the store without seeing both together it’s hard to tell.  In the bottle, Just Spotted the Lizard appears to have an AMAZING color shift from the color of Mer-Maid to Order all the way to golden, but that just doesn’t really translate to the nail (seems to be a common problem!).

Just Spotted the Lizard is on my pinky, middle finger, and thumb, while Mer-Maid for Each Other is on my index and ring finger.   I had trouble showing off the color shift of these, but you can see in this photo- the base colors are nothing alike.  Lizard is a greenish gold, while Mer-Maid is a golden green.  Hah, that makes it sound like there shouldn’t be a big difference 🙂

There you have it!  I’d say these are definitely worth picking up if you can find them- they’re at Target and retail for $7.04 (though this past week, they were on sale for $6.50 at Target).  You can also find most of these and the colors from the previous post at Target’s website, too!

See you all in a day for the next Mani Monday!


Nicole by O.P.I. Target Exclusives: Look At Me Look At Me, For Gold Time’s Sake, Just Busta Mauve

I mentioned on my Facebook page earlier this week that I had recently picked up some of the new Fall 2012 Nicole by O.P.I. colors at Target.  Some ladies requested pictures, so I decided to do a full post today to show them off!  I haven’t really seen any swatches around yet, so hopefully this will help you know what they look like.

The display stand I saw at Target had at least 7 colors, maybe 8.  I saw: For Gold Times Sake (gold glitter), Iris My Case (beautiful purple duochrome), Just Busta Mauve (mauve glitter), If the Blue Fits…(blue glitter), Mer-Maid for Each Other (green duochrome ala Peridot), Look At Me Look At Me (silver glitter), and I Love U Cherry Much (red glitter).   The links, if you’re interested, will take you to their listing on Target’s website.

I remember seeing posts in the past saying that Look At Me Look At Me was part of the Target Spring 2012 collection, but I never saw it on the stands at the Targets near me (and I would have bought it if I did- I own Purple Yourself Together and Great Minds Pink Alike from spring).  It looks like it’s making a re-appearance with this collection!

Although beautiful, I passed on Iris My Case and Mer-Maid for Each Other for now.  China Glaze is coming out with their Bohemian collection in I think August, and we’ll see dupes of these 2 in that collection (for cheaper, depending on where you shop).  I Love U Cherry Much and If the Blue Fits were both pretty, but it was the multicolored glitters that naturally caught my eye.  I was already testing my husband’s patience with nail polish by buying 3 so I held off on the others for now 🙂

First up will be Just Busta Mauve, because that’s the first in my group shot.

This was my favorite of the 3 I bought.  This is a beautiful ultra fine mauve glitter, filled with fine pink and blue glitter.  There does appear to be a faint color shift with the pink and blue glitter- maybe.  They’re so small and dainty that it’s hard to be sure.

I used 2.5 coats for this- I say 2.5 because it was technically 2, but that last coat I put on VERY thickly.  I did not use a topcoat because I was in mass-swatch mode, though I imagine it would make it sparkle even more!

Next up is Look At Me Look At Me!

This one was definitely the most ‘blingy’ in the bottle.  It’s an ultra-fine silver glitter with the occasional pink and blue glitters, like Just Busta Mauve.  Again, I used 2.5 coats with no topcoat.

I think this one could have really used the topcoat.  As you can see in the pictures, there’s a bit of texture there and it gives my nails an uneven look.  Otherwise, application was easy and quick.

Finally, For Gold Time’s Sake!

This one was super pretty, but really did nothing for me with my skin tone.  I think it would look gorgeous on other ladies though!   This follows the same pattern as the previous 2- ultra fine gold glitter- this is a very dark, antique gold- with the occasional flashes of pink and green glitter.

As you might be able to see in this picture, the coverage was a bit on the thin side.  I used 2.5 coats with this one as well, and you can still see some of the staining on my natural nails (for what its worth, the staining is a puke yellow/green).

All 3 applied wonderfully… I had minimal cleanup to do.

These are set to hit Targets in August, but clearly they’re showing up earlier than that in some places and most are already available online!  Keep your eyes open for them, the entire collection is very beautiful.