So I wasn’t able to get good pics of my pumpkin mani today- it’s been super overcast and icky! So I’ll do these pretty colors today instead, and hopefully show my pumpkin mani tomorrow 🙂
I paired up China Glaze Riveting and Enchanted Polish To Die For for a fun halloween-esque mani.
I decided to show Riveting by itself first! China Glaze Riveting is a gorgeous shimmery orange color. This was one of the Hunger Games collection polishes released last year- and one of the first I picked up! It’s incredibly stunning. Photos show 2 coats, no topcoat.
Then I topped Riveting with just 1 coat of Enchanted Polish To Die For
To Die For is a fun glitter topper filled with a very slightly charcoal tinted base filled with charcoal holographic glitters. Application was great- this is just 1 coat with no topcoat, and everything went on super smoothly and evenly.
China Glaze Riveting is no longer available in stores- it was released in Feburary/March of 2012 for the release of the first Hunger Games movie- though you can sometimes still find it online and via blog sales!
Enchanted Polish To Die For is a Halloween Polish from Enchanted Polish. I can honestly say I have no idea if this will return this year- though it never hurts to keep checking!
China Glaze: https://www.facebook.com/chinaglazeofficial and http://chinaglaze.com/
Enchanted Polish: https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage and http://enchantedpolish.bigcartel.com/
Nothing like a giveaway to see a crazy spike in traffic- welcome to all my new friends and followers! If you didn’t already enter, go check out my Big Birthday Bloviversary Giveaway!
Speaking of friends, this is one of my very favorite aspects of being part of the nail polish community. I’ve made so many wonderful, close friends over the past year and a half. And the polishes in this post came from 2 of them!
My awesome friend Peita is super sweet, and is also the genius behind Peita’s Polish. I have a few of her creations now, including the original Miss Dixie, and now the reformulated version that is part of the giveaway! We’ve been sending each other enormous swap packages back and forth for over a year now- if you love swapping, I really encourage girls (or guys!) to find ‘polish pen pals’ in other countries! Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army was a birthday gift from my friend Jen of Jen’s Nail Files- who is also incredibly sweet and generous (and also loves to swap- if you’re new to swapping, Jen tends to find you! If you love candy, she’s your girl for sure!).
Anywho- first up is Peita’s Polish Miss Dixie!
Miss Dixie is a neon pink holographic polish with a faint blue flash. The holo effect is subtle, but it adds a beautiful shimmery sparkle throughout.
Application was great- it was almost fully opaque at just 1 coat, but 2 made it perfect. Photos show 2 coats plus topcoat.
Then I added 1 coat of Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army on top of Miss Dixie!
Seven Nation Army is a holographic topcoat filled with itty bitty black and white hex glitters. All of the glitters are very small, which makes it a bit different than most black and white glitter offerings.
Application was good, as you can see I got a good amount of glitter with just 1 coat. I did a tiny bit of dabbing to ensure I didn’t have a large empty spot, but otherwise the glitter went on with regular brush strokes.
I LOVE this mani- I keep staring at my nails! Of course it’s pink and sparkly and fun- it’s impossible that I wouldn’t love it 🙂
There’s only one downside to these polishes- neither are the easiest to get! I know, I’m sorry for that.
Peita’s Polish is an Australian indie brand- though she DOES ship internationally! You’ll just be paying a bit more (if you’re in the US) for shipping and have to wait patiently a bit longer. Enchanted Polish- well, I think most of us know how challenging Enchanted Polishes can be to snag 🙂 Monthly restocks are fast and furious, and there’s not always a guarantee a particular color will be restocked. I feel it’s worth it- but it can be stressful and intimidating if it’s your first time (or 50th time).
Peita’s Polish: https://www.facebook.com/PeitasPolish & http://www.etsy.com/shop/peitaspolish
Enchanted Polish: https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage & http://www.enchantedpolish.com/
I hope everyone’s having a great 4th of July weekend! We’ve had MASSIVE amounts of rain since Thursday- last I heard as of yesterday we were at 8 inches, though it’s rained a little since then and doesn’t look to be done until next week. So it’s been a soggy 4th of July weekend for us, spent inside because of local road flooding. But it’s also been relaxing!
I figured today would be a good day to post a bunch of swatches I’ve done here and there over the past few months. Some of these were taken back in May- you can probably guess based on the length and shape of my nails. I tend to take photos when I wear polishes, and so some of these were just normal manis, some were intended for posts that I never did, and some I just wasn’t happy enough with to post. I’ll try to give links to most stores at the end of the post.
First up! My patriotic offering for the weekend 😉 This is Different Dimension’s Right to Vote- which was my Memorial Day mani.
Missi offered this pretty polish back in the fall to celebrate the US elections. A milky white crelly polish filled with red, white, and blue glitters. This is 2 coats of Right to Vote, no topcoat.
Last week, I did some quick photos of Hare Bisbee and Bisbee 2.0 to show people the differences between the two. Nikole sent me Bisbee 2.0 as a surprise in a package I received that week, so I couldn’t wait to show everyone how it compared. The first photo is Bisbee 2.0 (note the new Hare bottle), and the second photo is the original Bisbee.
I’m glad the new formula is called ‘Bisbee 2.0’, because there are definitely quite a few differences- though you still have the same overall ‘feel’. The color is different- Bisbee 2.0 is a more blue-leaning teal than the original. Both are packed with gold glitters, but Bisbee 2.0 has squares, and lacks the large hexes the original was known for. Bisbee 2.0 also has a lot of shimmer that the original does not have- it was a bit stubborn showing up in my pictures, but it’s quite obvious in person.
Next up is Sephora by OPI’s Metro Too Chic. This is a pretty taupe polish with a ton of shimmer. I did find the polish to be a bit on the thick side and had a bit of trouble with application.
This is one of the polishes I picked up at Sephora recently- if you haven’t already heard, Sephora is discontinuing the OPI line and expanding their own line of polishes. Because of this, all Sephora by OPI polishes are discounted quite a bit. Definitely time to grab any you may want!
This beautiful blue is Pivot! by Weird Indeed. Weird Indeed was an awesome indie line last spring/summer, and she closed her doors when she went back to school (or I’m pretty sure that was why- it’s been awhile!) I feel thankful I was able to grab a handful of her awesome polishes while she was open!
This color was part of the Friends inspired polishes- if you’re unfamiliar with the show, this is the inspiration:
Pivot gif credit: http://wallflwr.tumblr.com/
I used Pivot! as the undie polish for Above The Curve’s You’re Turning Ne-On– they look great together!
This next blue is Wet N’ Wild’s Cabo Cruise, which is a new polish in the Fergie line. I found mine on the Summer display, but I have since seen it on other Fergie polish displays (which makes me think it could be permanent and not an LE shade). I had a hard time getting it to show in pictures, but it has a beautiful blue-green shimmer. I used this underneath Lynnderella’s The Bride Turned Blue (which I posted to IG and my Facebook page feed).
Different Dimension Ditz- which is part of her 80’s Baby Collection. This is a beautiful neon pink jelly with a scattered holo effect. SUPER beautiful on a sunny day! I’ll be showing the whole collection soon.
Enchanted Polish May 2013. This was really pretty, though sadly I wore it on a slightly cloudy day so I wasn’t able to enjoy it at it’s fullest 🙂
My mediocre nail art attempt for Jen’s Nail Files 2000 likes contest! The theme was to interpret any Darling Diva Polish into art- I chose Uncharted Space, which was part of her Battlestar Galactica line. I did a base of Chanel Taboo with a bit of my own polish, The ‘Verse, on top. I can’t remember the specific polishes I used for the art. For those unfamiliar with the show- my index finger is a Cylon Raider (‘bad guy’ space ship), and my ring finger is a Colonial Viper (‘good guy’ space ship). I originally attempted to paint the Galactica on my middle finger but it just wasn’t working out, so it got painted over. No BSG art is complete without ‘So Say We All’ 🙂 (ignore my wonky cuticle areas- I had the last bit of a spray tan hanging on and it had dried me out as well)
I have so.much.respect. for girls that are able to do amazing nail art- especially when you’re limited to only nail polish. It’s HARD!
Pretty & Polished’s Popples, which is part of their Summer in the City collection. I was lucky enough to win this collection from a mani contest on their Facebook page! All the colors are beautiful and I was holding off for a sunny day to swatch them all. I’ve worn these 2 so far!
Popples is a pretty white crelly polish filled with large neon pink and green hexes and small blue, green and pink hex glitters. Perfect for summer!
Also from the Summer in the City collection, I Want Candy is a beautiful bright pink holographic polish.
I had a hard time getting the holo to show up inside, but it shines outside 🙂
Roundup of where to find most of the polishes:
Different Dimension: Etsy and Facebook
Hare Polish: Etsy and Facebook
Sephora by OPI: In stores and Sephore website
Wet N Wild Fergies: most drugstores (I got mine at Walgreens)
Enchanted Polish: Big Cartel Store and Facebook
Pretty and Polished: Website and Facebook
I had great intentions of posting this earlier. For whatever reason, I’ve been dragging my feet today. Which is silly really, because I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off!
I was stumped over what polish to feature today for Try It On Tuesday- even though probably 75% of my polishes are untried- and had originally settled on O.P.I.’s Metallic 4 Life. Then this morning (before I had painted my nails), Llarowe announced on Facebook that today’s Brand of the Day would be Enchanted Polish- and I just happen to have 1 lone Enchanted Polish that is untried!
I was planning on saving this for an Indie Wednesday, but I decided to bump it forward a day instead!
I was lucky enough to snag Across the Universe during Llarowe’s generous Birthday Sale. I think this is the *only* polish I have ever opened and gasped out loud when I first saw it- when there was no one else around. Stunning is an understatement!
Across the Universe is a multichrome holographic nail polish. As you can see above, in the bottle it shifts from green-gold to blue to purple, though on the nails it’s really more of a purple to blue shift. The scattered holo effect is very vibrant and stunning. This polish went on easily and smoothly, and didn’t require much clean up.
Another bottle shot- truly, I can’t stop staring at this bottle. So stunning!
For all of the pictures I was wearing 3 coats of Across the Universe with a coat of Poshe quick dry topcoat. Coverage was fine at 2, but I really wanted it brighter. I did notice that the multi-chrome effect was much stronger on just 1 coat, though it was too thin on it’s own. It’s possible that with 1 coat over another base color it can show off a bit more! I’ll have to experiment soon 🙂
I took all of these outside in the sunlight to maximize the holo goodness.
I did notice on some earlier photos the way the sun hit my nails, it looks as if I have a giant spot of unpainted area on my pointer finger. As you can see in the picture above, that’s not the case- it’s just a very weird instance of lighting.
And finally, here’s a closeup of a nail to show off that holo sparkle!
Here’s a list of everyone participating in Try It On Tuesday- go check out their posts as well!
365 Days of Color
Beyond Beauty Lounge
Peace Love Lacquer
Tall Girl In Heels With Pretty Painted Nails
Jilltastic Nail Design
Polished by Maddie
Samples By Entaeyen
Shelly’s Sassy Nails
Nail Polish Anon
Nails By Ms. Lizard
Enchanted Nails and Fluffy Dog Tails
Two Lacquered Girls
Love & Lacquer
Sparkle and Shine Nails
Sincerely Obsessed with Polish
Polish and Such
Something Polish Like
Fancy Schmancy Nails
And for those that have made it all the way to the end: Enjoy!