Woo look at me, 3 days in a row! Maybe I’m finally back in my groove?
Tonight I have some fun polishes to show off from a new indie line launching this weekend! My sweet friend Jess of the blog Too Cute-icle is venturing into the land of polish making. I was sent Frosty the Penguin and Pretty Pretty Princess to review, and they’re both so pretty!
First up is Frosty the Penguin!
This pretty glitter topcoat was named for an adorable mani Jess did with this polish- originally called Frostbite- that featured a cute penguin! This is a fun mixture of iridescent, blue and white glitters. Perfect for winter!
For these first 2 photos, I layered 1 coat of Frosty the Penguin over 3 coats of OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I opted to use a bit of dabbing to get the glitter exactly where I wanted it, but it went on fairly smoothly and evenly without it
In this photo, I layered 1 coat of Frosty the Penguin over 2 coats of Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise. What a gorgeous combo! I’ll have pictures of Arctic Sunrise this weekend (though I’ve featured it briefly here).
The second polish I got to try out was Pretty Pretty Princess!
In the first 2 photos, I layered 1 coat of Pretty Pretty Princess over 2 coats of Sinful Colors Flutter. I did a bit of dabbing to ensure things were photo ready, but for the most part the glitter went on nice and evenly!
Too Cute-icle is opening shop on December 2nd. You’ll be able to find these polishes and others at her Etsy store! You can also follow her on Facebook, as well as her blog. Be sure to keep an eye out!
*These polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own*
Well, today was sunny and beautiful, so I had great sunshine for photos! As promised, I have some fun Christmas polishes to show you (sometimes I use a lightbox, but these didn’t want to cooperate inside). We’re in the process of putting up our tree and decorating here- I adore this time of year!
Tonight I have some of the colors from Model City Polishes Christmas Collection: O Christmas Tree, Silver and Gold, and You’re A Mean One.
First up, I have O Christmas Tree!This is a fun polish, filled with green shards, gold stars, silver bar glitter, and a variety of multi colored hex glitter! Everything you’d imagine on a Christmas tree 🙂 This polish applied well- I chose to use the dabbing method to apply it exactly where I wanted it. I layered 1 coat of O Christmas Tree over 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted The Lizard.
Next up is the Silver and Gold duo! I’ll start off with Silver.
Silver and Gold is made up of 2 polishes- a silver glitter topcoat, and a gold glitter topcoat. Both are filled up with multiple sizes of hexes and bar glitter. Again, I chose to dab to apply where I wanted. This one was a bit tricky to work with, but it didn’t take long to have everything where I wanted it. I layered 1 coat of Silver over 2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey.
And now for the gold part of the duo!
Like Silver, Gold is made up of multiple sizes of metallic gold hexes and bar glitter. This one was the most tricky of the bunch- the bar glitter has a bit of a curve to it (though topcoat helps smooth it down), and I definitely had to dab to place everything just so. Out in the sun, this was very stunning! I love wearing gold on my nails. It was a beautiful counterpart to my base color- 365 Day’s of Color’s Mrs. Claus (which will be shown off all on its own in a few days!).
Last but not least, we have my favorite- You’re A Mean One!
This is a fun glitter topcoat filled with green squares, silver hexes and bright red hearts. Again, I dabbed the glitter on for placement. What I loved about this one was that I never once had to fish for hearts- what you see is what came out! I think I had to put a few BACK one time! This is 1 coat of You’re A Mean One over 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted the Lizard (which makes for a great undie coat for these Christmas colors!).
Overall, I really like this collection. The glitters can definitely be a bit tricky with placement and things of that nature, so these are better suited for us ladies (or guys!) that love glitter and are used to dealing with the challenges they can sometimes come with- though it doesn’t take much longer using the dabbing method, just a bit more patience! And I really encourage everyone to check out the store- there are some other AMAZING colors in this collection! I just adore Spearmint and Sugar Plum, and Cookies and Milk is such fun!
*These products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own*
Hi guys! It’s time for another Go Pink Wendesday!
Today I started off with 1 coat of Zoya Lara, one of my very favorite pink creams, and added 1 coat of Lynnderella’s Boy-Girl Party on top.
Now, those of you familiar with Lynnderella colors may be questioning my sanity about now- since Boy-Girl Party is a mix of primarily pink and blue glitter. But no, I haven’t lost my mind, this was intentional. Aside from just being very pretty, I decided to add the touch of blue this week as a reminder that not just women are affected by breast cancer. Yes, it predominately affects women- but it’s easy to forget men do suffer from this as well. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 just over 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 400 will die from it.
So while we’re surrounded by pink this month, this is my nod to all the men affected by this terrible disease as well as women.
Both polishes applied wonderfully. I ADORE Zoya’s polishes, especially their creams- they’re almost always 1 coat and apply like a dream. Boy-Girl Party is a little tricky- it’s a very thick, full glitter, so I used a bit of the dabbing method for placement.
Interested in a free Zoya? If you haven’t signed up for their Share the Love program yet, you can use my referral link here– once you sign up, you’ll get a coupon code (in your ‘My Promotion Codes’ section of your account page) for a free polish! Just pay shipping! If you add 2 more polishes to your order with this coupon, you’ll get free shipping (so 3 Zoyas for $16 even). Not bad!
Tomorrow I’ll be showing off a few colors by Pams & Kin, so be sure to check back!
Want to see the other lovely manis for Go Pink Wednesday! Look no further! Click the link below!
As promised on Saturday, I have a lot of colors from Jindie Nails to show you all! Rather than spam you with a ton of colors, I’m dividing this up into 2 posts- I’ll be posting the second on Wednesday. On Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll be showing off a few photos of the ‘underwear’ colors I wore with all of these- lots of drugstore polish love!
Today, I’ll be showing off Water 4 Elephants, Neonderthal, and Strung Out on Compliments.
First up, we have Neonderthal!
Neonderthal is a pretty glitter topcoat full of white, blue, green, and purple matte glitter and just the hint of sparkle here and there. The photos are shown with 1 coat over Spoiled’s Are Mermaids Real?.
The application on this was fine- no painting issues and the glitter was fairly evenly distrubuted in just 1 coat. You could get much heavier coverage with 1-2 more coats, but I think this is a ton of fun just with 1 coat!
Next we have Strung Out On Compliments!
This one is denser than Neonderthal, so it could easily be worn on it’s own in a few coats. My index finger (top of the photo) shows 2 quick coats, while the rest of the nails are sporting 1 thin (believe it or not) coat over Sinful Color’s Sweet Dreams.
And finally, we have my very favorite: Water 4 Elephants!
This polish was incredibly easy to apply- though not perfect, I didn’t have to do any cleanup for these photos. The photos show 2 coats of Water 4 Elephants on it’s own- no undercoat. The first coat was a little thin, but the second coat filled it out beautifully!
You can find Jindie Nails on Facebook, Instagram, and on Etsy! Full size bottles cost $7.75. Be sure to check them out! Jennifer (the awesome lady behind Jindie Nails) offers a TON of polishes, and if you like matte glitter or neon you’ll fall in love with her creations! (Though if you don’t like either of those, she has goodies for you as well!)
Be sure to check back on Wednesday for the second half of this review!
*These polishes were provided to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
The following is what runs through my head now every single time someone mentions the circus. We just saw this movie a few days ago- the kids loved it! Don’t watch the clip if you’re easily annoyed though! 🙂
Almost 2 months ago now, my husband and I took the kiddos to the circus when it came to town. I haven’t been to the circus since I was 8 years old, so I think I enjoyed it just as much as the kids. A larger chunk of the acts were performed by people than I realized- but I know there’s a lot of controversy with the circus in terms of animal rights. Though not amazing, these are a few of the pictures I was able to take during the performance before my camera battery died (note to self: stop going to events with a non-charged camera battery).
Like any other nail nut, I had to have an appropriate mani for the occasion! I had great plans for what to do… but true to form, I put it off until a few hours before we had to leave the house. So in a pinch, I went to one of my very favorite polishes- Milani Gems!
Milani Gems is part of their Jewel FX line, and in my opinion it’s the prettiest of the bunch! I’ve used Milani Gems on it’s own before and it looked wonderful, but for this mani I used O.P.I.’s DS Radiance as underwear. Since you can’t see it well, Radiance is a beautiful 1-coat silver. I then added 2 coats of Milani Gems on top. Gems is a dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s beautiful Happy Birthday, though as far as I can tell Gems is a bit thicker with more glitter per coat. Without underwear, 3 coats is plenty to give complete coverage. I didn’t need to dab the polish to place glitters, I was able to just brush it on. I have noticed the polish seems to be thickening with time, but it’s nothing a bit of thinner won’t fix.
If you notice my cuticles look a little off, its because I did do some rushed editing in Photoshop. I wanted to be able to use the photos but my poor cuticles looked TERRIBLE! So for the sake of everyone’s eyes, I cleaned them up a little after the fact. I didn’t touch the polish, though 🙂 I was wearing acrylics at the time- which are the cause of my itty bitty weak stub nails I’m currently sporting (and everyone will see soon). I don’t think I’ve ever had this much trouble recovering from acrylics- my poor nails must have been filed down thinner than I realized at the time, because they have absolutely no strength and chip and break even when short. Luckily, the damaged area is almost grown out, so I can focus on growing them again!
This polish is definitely perfect for a party, the circus, or anything in between! I got quite a few compliments while we were at the circus on my mani, so I know I’m not the only person that loves a good glitter bomb!
And to finish off, here’s a picture of me and my biggest monster at the circus! The littlest monster did NOT want to cooperate for pictures.
Until next time!
~Diana, The Polish Monster