Posts tagged “flakies

Elevation Polish Sample XXH14

Wow, so I haven’t posted in *way* longer than I realized. For those that still check in on me and follow, I’m sorry!  I actually have a pretty large backlog of pictures I’ve been taking- I just haven’t been *posting* them. So the good news is- I have a lot of posts almost ready to go!  I have  a few reviews that are woefully late- thankfully they are for understanding friends- and then just random pretty polishes I’ve been photographing.  The end of the year has sort of just flown by so quickly, my kids are finishing school this week, and then it’s just lazy summer.

So today I’ll be showing off some pictures I took in February of  Elevation Polish Sample XXH 14!  I was SO ecstatic to snag this one during the restock- It’s really hard to get a sample at all, and it’s especially exciting when it’s one of the ones you really wanted.   If anyone has been following my lil’ blog since the beginning, you’ll remember I briefly had ‘Flakie Friday’, because I love flakies so much.  Well this is a neon purple/pink polish filled with flakies!  It’s like Lulu made it for me without even realizing it!

Photos all show 2 coats with KBShimmer topcoat, outdoor lighting.

Elevation Polish XXH #14

Elevation Polish XXH #14

Elevation Polish XXH #14

Elevation Polish XXH #14

I originally posted a picture of this sample in some Elevation Polish fan groups on Facebook, and the response was extremely enthusiastic! So much so, that Lulu went back and recreated a very small LE batch of it (not quite identical, but very similar) and dubbed the new version ‘Angels are the Yetis of the Clouds’. <3! Isn’t that name just adorable? While I do not have an extra bottle of my sample or Yeti to give away, Pointless Cafe DOES! You can find her giveaway for Angels are the Yetis of the Clouds HERE. Be sure to check out her beautiful photos of both Angels are the Yetis of the Cloud AND Sample XXH 14 to compare- I sent her a decant of this one back in February, so she’s shown off both!

You can purchase Elevation Polish HERE– restocks are the 7th and 22nd of each month. Samples are available on the 7th- as they are one of a kinds, competition is FIERCE for them, so don’t get discouraged if you never snag one. Sometimes you get lucky!

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HARE Polish: Love You To Pieces!

In continuing with my ‘pictures I wanted to post before Valentine’s Day’ promise, today I have a beauty from HARE Polish, Love You To Pieces!
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The minute pictures were posted of this polish, I knew I had to have it.   It’s a beautiful plum purple jelly polish filled to the brim with different colored flakies!  What’s not to love?

HARE Polish Love You To Pieces!

Application was great- everything went on smooth and easily.  Photos show 2 coats plus topcoat.  And since these are flakies and not glitter, removal was a breeze!

HARE Polish Love You To Pieces!

You can find this beauty and more amazing colors are Hare Polish on Etsy and also at Llarowe!  It took a lot of willpower to walk away with only this shade during her most recent restock- there were other new beautiful colors released!  For updates on new colors and restock dates, you can follow Hare Polish on Facebook and also at harepolish.com.


Elevation Polish: Naughty by Nature Collection

*Press Sample*

Hello everyone!  Today I have the gorgeous new polishes from Elevation Polish to show you all!  The Naughty by Nature collection was just released on Thursday.  I *really* wanted to have this post up on release day- but the universe had other plans!  My family was super sick the whole week- and by the end of the week of taking care of them, I was down for the count too.  But better a little late than never!

There are 6 BEAUTIFUL colors in this collection- and the exciting part is that they’re all water based!  I don’t know about you guys, but my experiences with water based polishes in the past haven’t been that great (though they’ve also been limited).  I could barely tell a difference between these polishes and other Elevations!  I did notice that all 6 got a bit thick when exposed to air more quickly than my ‘normal’ polish does, and a few were thicker in general.  I probably will add a few drops of thinner later (I did not for photos).  That’s more of a personal preference- as you can see from the pictures, they all apply wonderfully!  I could barely smell a polish smell at all (it was very subtle), and the dry time was just fine.  Lulu has really impressed me with these- and that’s just the formula, not the beautiful colors!

First is Forest of the Fog- a beautiful teal jelly polish filled with blue and purple shimmer.

Elevation Polish Forest of the Fog

This polish is so pretty!  I really love the purple shimmer with the teal base- it’s a fun combination.  The shimmer is definitely a little shy- it’s noticeable, but it’s not super in-your-face and instead is more subtle.  These photos are outside in the sunshine, which is why it’s cooperating!  Inside, you have more of a dark teal jelly polish.  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Elevation Polish Forest of the Fog

Then I topped Forest of the Fog with Pitaraq, a gorgeous flake topcoat!
Elevation Polish Pitaraq

After years of being a polishaholic- my love for flakies of all types has never diminished.  So of course, this is one of my favorites of the collection!  Pitaraq is a fun topper filled with white, silver, and blue flakies and blue microshimmer!  This polish will be PERFECT for the winter months coming up- it feels like I just spread frost over my nails!  This is 1 coat (no topcoat) over Forest of the Fog.
Elevation Polish Pitaraq

Next is a wonderful red cream, Volcanic Dust!
Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust

This polish really surprised me and was another favorite in the collection.  I’m normally not a fan of creams- I have a good amount of them, but I rarely get excited for them.    But Volcanic Dust looked great on, and applied great!  Pictures show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust

Ah, and now for my favorite of the collection- Darkest Storm, a beautiful dark blue holographic stunner!
Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

Darkest Storm is a very dark, almost midnight blue holographic polish.  Because of the darker shade, the holographic effect is blinding outside in the sun!  Photos show 2 coats with no topcoat.
Elevation Polish Darkest Storm

Next is Black Ice, a charcoal polish filled with lots of shimmer!
Elevation Polish Black Ice

Black Ice dries to a velvet matte finish on it’s own.  I ADORE how it looks with topcoat on top though!  This beauty sparkled so much in the sun that it almost looks holographic.  But it’s not!  It’s filled with a silver and white shimmer that is always visible, and also with multicolored shimmer that comes alive with topcoat.  This polish applied like a DREAM- I didn’t have to do any cleanup at all!  Photos are 2 coats with topcoat.
Elevation Polish Black Ice

Last but not least is Naked Night Sky, a brown jelly polish accented with aqua and blue glitters!
Elevation Polish Naked Night Sky

I actually ended up liking this polish a bit more than I had anticipated- unlike Lulu, the creator, I don’t love brown nail polish (her blog is http://lovebrownnailpolish.wordpress.com/ lol).  But I did really like this!  On her store listing, Lulu advises to wait for each coat to dry before applying the next one, and I would agree with this completely.  This polish is actually the only one that gave me a bit of trouble, and it was because I was initially not following that advice, and the second coat would pull and ruin the first coat.  Once I waited, I had no more issues.  Photos are 2 thick coats plus topcoat.
Elevation Polish Naked Night Sky

And there you have it, the Naughty by Nature collection!  As I said earlier, these polishes were released on Thursday- Darkest Storm is sold out for now, but the rest are still available!  Elevation Polish restocks on the 7th and 22nd of the month, so Darkest Storm will be available again then.  The collection is also going to be launched at Llarowe.com, though I don’t believe the restock date has been announced yet.

Elevation Polish: http://elevationpolish.bigcartel.com/ and http://www.llarowe.com/

Also, Elevation Polish is now on Instagram!  Be sure to go follow- @elevationpolish!

*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


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.


Smitten Polish Gooseberry Gumdrop and Elevation Polish Haba Xueshan

This mani is what I wore this weekend to my sister in law’s bridal shower- my outfit had a mint green shirt with black slacks and a black 3/4 sleeve jacket, and this added a bit of fun all while matching perfectly!

I was the incredibly lucky winner of Smitten Polish’s Spring Giveaway- I haven’t won many giveaways, let alone such an AMAZING huge prize!  I won all of the Berrydrop and Speck-tacular colors- and they are all are so very, very beautiful.  This is one of the Berrydrop colors- Gooseberry Gumdrop.
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For the Berrydrop collection, think of Illamasqua Raindrops in a rainbow of colors.  All of the colors in this collection are very soft, muted pastels filled with fine white flakes.  This particular color is a beautiful mint green.  I used 3 thin coats- 2 coats may have been enough but there was just a hint of visible nail line.  2 thicker coats would be sufficient coverage.

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Then I topped Gooseberry Gumdrop off with one of my other latest additions, Elevation Polish’s Haba Xueshan.  This polish was just released in March in the View From The Top Collection.  It’s similar to many other black and white polishes- various shapes and sizes of black and white glitter in a clear base.  What makes Haba Xueshan unique is the addition of small and large ice blue/green circle glitter.  I love it!  This is just 1 coat of Haba Xueshan.  I had to fish a tiny bit for the circles- they weren’t difficult to find, but I wanted to have many on each nail!

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You can find Smitten Polish on Facebook for news and information, and purchase polishes on Etsy for $9.

Elevation Polish can be found on Big Cartel (various prices, $8-$10), and you can follow Lulu’s blog for updates.


Go Pink Wednesday: International Brands and Indies!

Good afternoon everyone!  I couldn’t decide which mani to use for today’s Go Pink Wednesday- so I decided to show off both!

My first look is using 2 international polishes- Tip Top Nails Popsicle that you saw in yesterday’s post, topped with Passe Nati Sabrina Sato- Quero Amor.

How fun!  Quero Amor is a gorgeous green-shift flakie in a light pink jelly base, filled with glitter!

Of course flakes don’t show up as well over colors that aren’t black or dark, but when I put my hand in the shade it was easy to spot them!

And now for my second mani- This one is a gorgeous color from Fanchromatic Nails!

It’s called Layer Cake- and I knew I needed it just for the name!  This polish is inspired by Kaylee from the amazing show Firefly- which was sadly only on for 1 season.

Inara: I see Kaylee’s here.
Mal: Yeah, crying Cinderella tears.  You should have seen her when I told her she could have that layer cake she’s wearing.
Inara: I think she looks adorable.

So this polish is a homage to Kaylee’s completely over the top, adorable, so ‘her’ dress that she had to wear to the big shindig.  I love Kaylee 🙂

This polish is so beautiful!  It’s an amazing light pink linear holo, spotted with holographic pink glitter.

For these photos I wore 2 coats of Layer Cake over 1 coat of Zoya’s Rory, but it can easily be worn on it’s own.  I previously wore 3 coats of Layer Cake alone just fine!   It was just too cloudy for photos that day 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the different looks!

Sadly- Tip Top Nails can only be purchased in South Africa, and Passe Nati can be found in Brazil (Llarowe does carry some of the brand, but not this particular polish).

Fanchromatic Nails can be found here on Etsy, and you can follow their Facebook Page for news and updates!  I’ll be showing off a few other beautiful colors from Lynae at Fanchromatic tomorrow, so be sure to check back!

Check out all the other awesome Go Pink Wednesday posts here:


Indie Wednesday: Polished Components Hydrangea and Future

Today I’m going to be showing off some very pretty indies- Hydrangea and Future from Polished Components!

I picked these up awhile ago, but I just got word that Hydrangea can *no longer be made*.  There’s only a very small number left (single digits), so if you really want it- I suggest you try to grab one quickly!  I’ll post links at the end of the post.

 

First up I’m going to show off Hydrangea.

 

This is a beautiful shade of purple, packed with purple and blue shimmer.  If you’re a fan of simple, understated indies over glitter bombs, Polished Components is a great store to check out.  She offers a little bit of everything!

For these photos I used 2 coats of Hydrangea.   I didn’t use a topcoat, because I knew I would be adding Future to it once photos were done!

Look at that beautiful shimmer 🙂

Next up, I layered 2 coats of Future on top of Hydrangea (although 1 would have been plenty).

Future is a really awesome flakie topcoat.  Ya’ll know how I’m a sucker for flakes!

The flakes in Future are the kind I love- the thin variety that go on smoothly.  They’re a beautiful mix of iridescent purple, blue, and a charcoal color.  The purple are a bit larger than the blue and charcoal so that you don’t see them as easily, but they give off a beautiful color shift.  This is definitely a different mix of flakie colors than any others I have!

Again with this mani, like many over the past week, I did no cleanup.  While it may not look as perfect as it could, if the application is good and doesn’t ‘need’ cleanup, I like to try and leave it as normal as possible for everyone to see what they’d be working with!

You can find Polished Components here on Etsy, and here on Facebook.  She has some adorable new labels for her bottles now too- but I bought mine a few months ago!

Be sure to check out the shop!

I have grand plans of posting something tomorrow, but my track record with ‘unplanned’ posts isn’t good.  So if not tomorrow, I’ll see you all on Friday!