Posts tagged “glass fleck

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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Different Dimension Thermal Collection Review

*Press Sample*

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.*


Spoiled Are Mermaids Real? and Sinful Colors Sweet Dreams

Today I’ll be showing off the underwear coats I used yesterday for my Jindie Nails review post.  I don’t think the non-indie colors have been getting enough love lately, so I’m going to try to start working more back into my routine!

For you budget-minded ladies out there, you’ll really love these!

First up, I have Spoiled’s Are Mermaids Real?  I used this yesterday underneath Jindie Nail’s Neonderthal.

I have always loved this polish, but when you have as many polishes as I do- most never get a lot of attention.  One downside to being a polish hoarder 😉  Are Mermaids Real? is a gorgeous purple polish filled to the bring with a heavy golden glass fleck look.  Though not a dupe, it’s very similar to Zoya’s Daul (but a brighter purple than Daul).

This is 2 coats of Are Mermaids Real? with no cleanup.  Application was great, went on smoothly and covered well with 2 coats.

Finally, we have Sinful Color’s Sweet Dreams.

I love this color so much!  It was part of Sinful Color’s Sheer Shimmers line this spring, so sadly it’s not the easiest to find.  However, you can still get lucky sometimes at Walgreens in the big bins of Sinfuls!  I found a second of this color months after the collection was gone from shelves.

Sweet Dreams is a beautiful turquoise blue filled with sparkly glass fleck shimmer.  It is anything but sheer- it was opaque in 2 coats and was almost a 1-coat polish.  Oh, if only it’s cousin Cinderella was so opaque!

Spoiled polishes are created by Wet N’ Wild, and can be found exclusively at CVS stores, and retail for $1.99.  Sinful Colors can primarily be found at Walgreens, though you can find them at Target and now some Walmarts as well- also for $1.99.

Both can be found on CVS and Walgreen’s websites if you don’t have a store near you!


Jesse’s Girl Swatches: Confetti, Glee and Firefly

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  I got to go out Saturday night with my husband and WITHOUT the kids, so I had a great one!

I was feeling pretty uninspired when it came to nail art or techniques, so I opted to skip Mani Monday this week and swatch some pretty colors I picked up on Sunday instead.

I’ve often passed by the rack of Jesse’s Girl polishes on my normal trips to Rite Aid- I wasn’t really familiar with them, and they were in a package.  I usually associate packages with the dollar store- of course, the dollar store is now carrying Sally Hansen, so I have to rethink that ‘dismissive’ idea anyways 🙂  I’m glad I took a second look this time!  These colors are GORGEOUS!  And at only $2.99, they’re certainly affordable!

I picked up Glee, Confetti, and Firefly.  Of course, they would be the sparkly ones!


First up is Glee!  This is a beautiful blue green shade, that’s very reminiscint of… well… a LOT of other colors.  Still very beautiful, but it’s something seen before… and then a few times before that.    But first up, swatches!

This color applied wonderfully, and is just stunning.  The pictures show 2 coats, no underwear.

You all know I love flakes- and while clearly not a flakie, the glass flecks in these three colors are all very large and I love it!

As I mentioned before, this is definitely a color we’ve seen before.   I swatched comparisons of the 2 look alikes I own:

Glee and Orly’s Halley’s Comet are pretty much identical.  The Orly does have a bit more shimmer, and has a stronger gold tone to it.  Essence’s Choose Me is a tad ligher than the other 2, and leans more blue.  Still VERY similar, though!  The other 2 look-alikes that I know of (but don’t own) are OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net, and Zoya Charla.

Orly Halley’s Comet and OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net are both harder to find now, and Zoya Charla runs in at $8 new.  Essence Choose Me was only $0.99, but now that Essence has changed to the new bottle type, I haven’t seen this color.   Jesse’s Girl Glee is $2.99- making it one of the more affordable options, and also easy to find it you’re near a Rite Aid!

Next up is Firefly!

I layered Firefly over black to try and show it at it’s best.  This is 1 coat over Cult Nails Nevermore.

Firefly is a beautiful gold shimmering topcoat.   The flecks are large and gorgeous!  They are a pretty gold iridescent color, with a very slight green tinge.

Finally, I saved my favorite for last- Confetti!

Confetti is a BEAUTIFUL shimmering purple.  I’ve made my never ending love for Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie known to many people- and I still hate the fact that I didn’t splurge on it when it was available.  This is by NO means a Scrangie dupe, or even a look alike.  But it has similar characteristics to what I adore about Scrangie- specifically, a blurple shade!

Like the other 2 I purchased, this color has large glass flecks in it.  The color lightly shifts from lilac to purple, and the flecks give it a beautiful hint of green shimmer.

Look how pretty!  *Squee!*

This color is on the sheerer side compared to Glee, so I chose to layer 2 coats over a coat of Julep Anne.  You can’t really tell Anne is under there, except for it adding a slightly darker tone to 2 coats of Confetti (otherwise this look would be reached with about 4 coats in my experience).

So there you have it, my very first Jesse’s Girls!  The other colors at the store were pretty, but in my sparkle-loving opinion, these 3 were the standouts.  You can find Jesse’s Girl at Rite Aids for $2.99.