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Above the Curve: Galactic Party, Party Polish Pink, Darling Diana, and Risen Angel 2.0 Swatch and Review

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Hey guys!   I have a lot of beautiful Above the Curve polishes to show you today!

If you didn’t already know- $1 from every single bottle of Above the Curve polish purchased is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals!  Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospitals, and for scoliosis.  Even when they’re on sale- they still donate $1 from each bottle!  Just another thing that makes ATC so awesome.

First up is Galactic Party!

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Galactic Party is a beautiful dark blackened purple/maroon holographic polish.  Application was wonderful, as I always expect from Above the Curve polishes- the pictures show 2 coats with topcoat.

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Next is Party Polish Pink- one of my new favorites!

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Party Polish Pink is a bright reddish pink holographic polish filled with small holographic pink glitter.  Application was wonderful, pictures show 2 coats plus topcoat.

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Next is a fun polish called Darling Diana!  I don’t believe ATC will be producing this- Angel showed me a picture to get my opinion because she didn’t think she liked it.  When I mentioned that I loved it, she decided to send me it with my package!

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Darling Diana is a grey polish filled with pink, yellow, blue and white glitters, some blue iridescent glitters and neon green stars.  Application was good- I opted to thin this a little (I now have 2 bottles- and one will be part of the giveaway along with other ATC customs!), so it took 3 coats instead of the original 2 for opacity.

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The last polish for today is Risen Angel 2.0!

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I actually bought this polish and swatched it a month or so ago, so my nails are a little different in these photos.   Risen Angel 2.0 is a beautiful dark plum linear holographic polish.  I used 2 coats for these photos with no topcoat.

I don’t own the original Risen Angel to compare to, but the 2.0 Angels are a LOT more holographic!  I’ll have a Fallen Angel vs. Fallen Angel 2.0 comparison post in a few days.

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You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty.  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates.  Polishes range from $7 to $9 (for holos- though sometimes you can get them for $7 on sale!)- and 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/.

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

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Silly Bee’s Chickadees: Mini Monster Review

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If you follow my blog on Facebook, you may have already heard about this.  A month or so ago, Melissa of Silly Bee’s Chickadees asked if my oldest kiddo, Syd, would be interested in doing kid swatches of some of her colors.  Syd loves polishes almost as much as I do, so of course she wanted to do it- and having a chance to ‘be like mommy’ was exciting too.  I thought it might be fun to let her show off her pictures on the blog- but no hard feelings if you aren’t interested in looking at a 5 year old’s swatch photos and you skip this post 🙂

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This was the cute collage that was posted on Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Facebook page when she was ‘announced’- everything on there is from her ‘interview’ about her favorite things.  Yes, Dr. Who is actually one of her favorite things- her favorite is 11, and Amy Pond.  She’s pretty crushed he won’t be around much longer.  She even has her own talking Dalek she plays with.

Melissa was sweet enough to send out 2 mini polishes addressed specifically to her, all wrapped up in pink paper and bubble wrap.  She felt like quite the princess!

I let Syd paint her own nails, and then I went behind her and cleaned up with my normal polish remover/concealer brush.  We didn’t do any prep work/cleanup beforehand on her nails- the only thing she does use semi-regularly is her own container of Sunny’s Hand Cream (she chose Strawberry Buttercream- which is a scent I don’t like, so she never has to worry about me touching hers).  It’s the only lotion/cream we were able to find last winter that helped the severely dry, cracking skin on her hands.  I’ve said it before, but I highly recommend it!

First, we swatched Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Raspberry Sorbet.  Pictures are 2 coats with no topcoat (she didn’t want to use the ‘shiny polish’).

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This was Syd’s favorite- because it’s pink.  Could you guess from the picture above that her favorite color is pink?  🙂  I asked her what her favorite part of this polish was, and she said ‘It’s pink and sparkly’.  Then I asked what it reminded her of- she said ‘bubble gum’.

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Melissa also sent Everything Nice- another pink themed polish!

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I think Syd had a little trouble putting this polish because it had more glitter, but she got the hang of it.  Her favorite part- surprise surprise- was the ‘big pink glitters and birdie (label) because it’s so cuteeeee’.   When I asked her what this polish reminded her of, her answer was ‘a sprinkle cookie like we get from the store (Publix)’.

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So there you have it, my kiddo’s blogging debut.  This won’t be a recurring thing, though I may post more of her photos in a Facebook album specifically for her pictures.  She’s definitely had a lot of fun doing this- thank you so much Silly Bee’s Chickadees!

You can keep up with Silly Bee’s Chickadees on Facebook, and buy these pretty polishes on Etsy (though the store is closed through Sept 15).   Melissa mentioned that mini bottles will be joining her store at some point in the future- perfect time to think about getting that little chickadee in your life some pretty indies for stocking stuffers!  It’s never too early to start a mini stash 😉

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


Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots: Pretty in Polka

Quick swatch post!  I spotted the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot display at my Target last week, and of course couldn’t leave without one.  I’ve been *trying* to be better about not buying ALL THE THINGS, so I limited myself to just 1.  Being an indie nut, I already have a few great black and white toppers- so I grabbed the pink color, Pretty in Polka.  If you don’t already have a black and white glitter topper, I think Maybelline’s version looks to be a pretty good one (only hexes in different sizes, no bar glitter) and best of all, it’s cheap!

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I initially thought this polish would be really sheer and need a lot of coats, but it didn’t- these pictures show just 2 coats with no topcoat.  I didn’t have to do too much in the way of glitter placement, but I did do a bit of dabbing for the occasional empty spot.

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Application was pretty good- like I said, it built up very well, and the glitter went on smoothly and without any issue.  There’s a lot of glitter payoff with minimal effort- no fishing required.   Very pretty!  I also thought the teal color was very beautiful- I may break my rule and go back for it 🙂

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Maybelline Color Show Polka Dot polishes can be found at various drug stores in a display (Walgreens, CVS, Target) though as always not all stores will have them.  You can also buy them online now at Target.com for $2.99 each!


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.


Saturday Swatch Spam

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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This color was part of the Friends inspired polishes- if you’re unfamiliar with the show, this is the inspiration:

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I used Pivot! as the undie polish for Above The Curve’s You’re Turning Ne-On– they look great together!

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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).

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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.

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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 🙂

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Also from the Summer in the City collection, I Want Candy is a beautiful bright pink holographic polish.

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I had a hard time getting the holo to show up inside, but it shines outside 🙂

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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 


Above the Curve Review: Part 1!

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Hi guys!  I have a BUNCH of awesome polishes to show off today and tomorrow from Above the Curve!

If you haven’t already heard of Above the Curve, they’re an amazing indie nail polish brand headed up by an awesome husband and wife duo!  Angel and Shawn are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet- and on top of having amazing polishes, $1 from every single bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!  Their mission with Above the Curve is to raise awareness for Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children, and for scoliosis.  You can read more about their story here on their Big Cartel site!

Today I’ll be showing some of their more recent additions to the ATC lineup: Kiss My Asteroid, Sugar Rush, Ceclia, and You’re Turning Ne-On!  Tomorrow I’ll have the new Polish Addiction Collection, so be sure to come back- those are all AMAZING!

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As a note: every single Above the Curve polish I own applies perfectly (I’ve purchased a large number on my own in addition to review polishes).  I didn’t have to do any cleanup for any of these photos with the exception of 1 nail on Kiss My Asteroid!  The holos all went on beautifully, right where I placed the polish- no pooling, no dragging, no bald spots.  Many times, ATC polishes can be 1 coaters!  I’m not sure that any indie brand I own applies as well as most of my Above the Curve polishes- which is high praise, because I am a self-admitted indie-aholic and adore many brands.  Anywho- onward with the review!

First up is Kiss My Asteroid!, a beautiful black holo filled with smaller black holographic glitters.   This is 2 coats with no topcoat.

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I first took photos of all of these polishes inside in my lightbox, but I opted not to post those and waited patiently for a sunny day (we normally only have sunny days here in the summer- but of course when I want one, we get storms!).  It was worth the wait- look at that sparkle!

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The larger sparkles you see are the black glitters peaking through.  This looks mostly like a black linear holo polish, and those glitters give it a nice interesting pop that is a bit unexpected, but not overwhelming.

Second up is Sugar Rush.  This polish is full of different glitters in a white crelly base- I spy blue, navy, yellow, dark pink, lilac, and green hexes, and pink circles!  I used 2 coats with no topcoat.

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This polish went on wonderfully- I sometimes run into issues with crelly glitter polishes with dragging, but the glitters went on well and didn’t require any special placement from me.  I just love when I can see the different layers of glitter!

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Next time, I do think I would use a topcoat with this one.  Like many times with glitter polishes, the glitters poked out a teensy bit from the base- a topcoat would smooth that out.

Cecilia is an absolutely STUNNING teal/turquoise linear holo.  I did 2 coats for photos (no topcoat), but this is one of those ‘could be a 1 coat’ polishes I mentioned- coverage was amazing.

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UGH, I die.  If there is one thing ATC does very, very well- it is polishes like this (and tomorrow’s post is more of polishes like this!).  The coverage is FANTASTIC, it applies like a dream, the colors are always slightly different than things I already have and oh-so-pretty, and the holo effect is always linear and gorgeous.   I may sound like I’m gushing, but I really can’t say enough good things about ATC holos.  Everyone should own at least 1!

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And last but not least, I have You’re Turning Ne-On!  You’re Turning Ne-On is a mix of white and black hexes, squares, and rectangles, along with blue, pink and green neon hexes in a clear base.  I used 1 coat of You’re Turning Ne-On! over 2 coats of Weird Indeed’s PIVOT!.   (And since someone may ask- sadly, you can no longer buy Weird Indeeds other than a lucky blog sale find.  The creator quit selling last fall and I rarely see people parting with them).

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Ahhh, I love this polish!  I will admit, since a majority of the shapes are larger, I had to do some fishing and the glitters were a bit stubborn.  I also had to place them a bit (though not completely dabbing).  It was worth it though, isn’t this fun?

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My favorite thing about this polish is exactly what makes it slightly challenging to apply- the really big shapes.  Most of my glitter toppers are filled with a lot of micro glitter, or a wider variety of sizes- everything just looks ‘jumbo’ with this one and I love it!  I really love the squares and rectangles too- its like bar glitter I can support 🙂

So that’s it for tonight!  I’ll have my second post up tomorrow, so be sure to check back- they’re gorgeous too!

Interested in grabbing any Above the Curve beauties?  You can find them in their Big Cartel store, their Etsy store, and also at Overall Beauty (which I HIGHLY recommend- amazing service!).  You can also follow the ATC Facebook page for news and updates!  Polishes range anywhere from $7 to $9 (for holos)- which is a deal, especially considering $1 from every bottle goes directly to Shriner’s Hospital!

Interested in seeing other colors?  You can check out my past reviews of Caty Perrywinkle and Fallen Angel (both are MUST HAVES.  For real.)

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/.

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


Fantasy Nail Lacquer: Camillia, Magic, and Sapphire Rose

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Today I have a new indie brand to show off- Fantasy Nail Lacquer!  I love getting a chance to try out new lines that I’ve never used before 🙂  I received 3 shades to review-  Camillia, Magic, and Sapphire Rose.  Magic is available now, but Camillia and Sapphire Rose are new shades due to be released later this week!

First up is Camillia, a beautiful pink!  You all know how I love my pinks!

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Camillia is a pretty rose pink filed with fine silver holographic glitter.   The picture above shows Camillia inside in my light box, the second 2 photos show it outside on a sunny day.  All 3 of these colors were beautiful inside, but they popped outside in the sun!  My camera wasn’t able to pick up all the sparkles these were showing off.

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The lightbox photos were taken this weekend, and used 2 coats of Camillia.  The outdoor photos were taken yesterday, and used 3 coats.  I trimmed my nails down a tiny bit in between (*squee!* my first time in awhile cutting my nails shorter by CHOICE!).  Camillia dried a tiny bit matte (maybe a bit of a suede finish?), so I chose to add a coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat to really bring out the shine.

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Application was smooth and easy.  I did add a few drops of thinner to all 3 polishes, but that’s not a necessity- I just prefer to do multiple thin coats rather than 2 thick coats.

Next up is Magic!

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Magic is a gorgeous grey jelly polish filled with ultrafine silver glitter and fine holographic purple, pink and blue glitters.   Like with Camillia, the first photo is inside in my lightbox and the next 2 are outside in the sun.   The first photo shows 2 coats of Magic, the second 2 photos are both of 2 coats.

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Coverage was really really outstanding for a glitter/jelly polish.  You get pretty good coverage with just 1 coat, but things are completely opaque with 2.   My nails were sparkling like crazy outside!   This reminds me a little of OPI’s Excuse Moi! and other polishes that are filled to the brim with microglitter and cover so well.   Because of how much glitter there was, this polish was a little thicker but nothing hard to work with.

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Last but not least, we have Sapphire Rose!

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This is just like Camillia, only in a bright beautiful blue.  Sapphire Rose is a pretty sapphire blue filled with fine silver holographic glitter.   Like the other two (no surprise by now I’m sure), the first photo is 2 coats in my lightbox, and the second 2 photos are 3 coats outside.

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Like Camillia, Sapphire Rose dried a tiny bit matte (more like a suede), so I used 1 coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat to bring out the shimmer.   Application was great, and went on wonderfully.

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Aren’t these colors so pretty?  If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be Sapphire Rose (I didn’t pick the pink, what?!)- the blue is just so bright and pretty and really pops with all the sparkles in the sunlight.

You can grab Magic along with other gorgeous colors right now in Fantasy Lacquer’s Etsy Shop for $8/full size and $4/mini size- Camillia and Sapphire Rose are going to be released this Saturday, June 15.

Be sure to follow the Fantasy Lacquer Facebook page to keep up to date on news and new releases!

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