Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays- though it has nothing to do with the romance part. One of the main colors for Valentine’s Day is PINK- how could I NOT love it?! All of the wonderful Valentine’s Day nail polish collections always contain glorious shades of pink, and it’s totally awesome!
I actually have like- a TON of pink related posts to show you all. I had a box full of polishes to post throughout this past week- but we’ve had nothing but dreary weather. Yesterday, even though we had 5″ of snow (which down here in Alabama is a ton!)- we had a bright, sunny day made even brighter by the white snow! So I went on a swatching spree while I could- so be on the lookout for a lot of pink themed posts even though Valentine’s will be over 🙂 I’ll posted my Valentine’s mani on Instagram (@polish_monster)- it’s nothing too exciting, but I did dabble in nail art (which is to say, I used a dotting tool in it’s most basic capacity). 🙂
Today I’m going to be showing off one of the only ‘sets’ I have for Valentine’s Day this year- I bought plenty of individual polishes from indie brands though, which you’ll see over the next week. These beauties are the Valentine’s Day offerings from Above the Curve! I LOVE Above the Curve- their polishes are always amazing, and Angel and Shawn (owners) are both such amazing people that I’m lucky enough to consider friends.
Anywho, enough rambling- onto the pretty pictures!
First we have Truly, Madly, Deeply.
Truly, Madly, Deeply is a beautiful orchid holographic polish. Orchid seems to be quite the trend this year for Valentine’s Day collections- at least that I’ve seen! It has a pretty pink shimmer and a more subdued holographic finish. Almost metallic feeling, though it’s certainly not a metallic polish.
As I expect with Above the Curve polishes, application was wonderful. I used 2 coats with KBShimmer Clearly on Top topcoat for the photos shown.
And because this song reminds me of my high school prom, I’m going to include the Truly, Madly, Deeply video. I can’t resist! You can listen to it as you look at the rest of the pictures 🙂
Next I have Circle of Love!
I didn’t have any issues with this one- I chose to dab the glitter on where I wanted it rather than paint it on, but I had no trouble at all getting hearts or circles onto the brush. I had to fish a little when I wanted something specific though 😉 Photos show 1 ‘coat’ of Circle of Love with KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat.
Last but not least, my favorite- All You Need Is Love! WINE!!!
*Swoons* what a simply stunning polish. I adore the name, too- you can probably tell from the picture just under this, that in reality the Love part of the name is X’d out, with Wine ‘handwritten’ over! I love my kids- but man, I definitely feel that way a lot of the time 🙂
All You Need Is Love! Wine!!! is a breathtaking polish filled with- well, TONS of things. It’s a brown/wine holographic base, filled with purple, red, copper, brown glitters, holographic glitter- it’s really amazing. The base polish is actually quite opaque, so the glitters in it peek through but aren’t super obvious. This is one of those polishes that sparkles like crazy in the sun- but is equally beautiful inside as well.
You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Big Cartel store, and also at Overall Beauty. You can follow the ATC Facebook page and ATC on Instagram for news and updates. Polishes range from $7 to $9- and don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children!
Hello everyone! Today I have some *gorgeous* colors from Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer to show you! The My Indecisive Valentine Collection has 6 beautiful colors in it- and today I’ll be showing 2 of those! I have Flash Forward Fantasy and I Still Adore. This collection, along with Love Makes You Do The Wacky (seen here), Deepest Inquisitions, and All I’ll Ever Need, will be available on February 2, 2014 at 3pm EST! Be sure to grab what you want- it will be the last ever restock for the non-collection polishes, and the Valentines polishes will only make a second appearance if demand is high!
First up is Flash Forward Fantasy. I think Julie managed to nail the exact color of my skin tone with this one 🙂 Flash Forward Fantasy is a nude polish filled with violet flakies and a strong pink to gold shift. This polish dries matte, but I opted to use topcoat to bring out the sparkle!
Coverage was good, I used 3 thin coats for these photos with KBShimmer Clearly on Top topcoat. I ended up bumping my fingers a few times before photos- and I worried that I would have to remove the polish on that nail and start over, but I was able to just add another coat in the bumped area and it smoothed it out nicely and evenly.
The next polish I received was I Still Adore- an orchid holographic polish!
I Still Adore is simply *stunning* outside in the sunlight. This is a bright, beautiful dusty purple pink/orchid holographic polish with a bit of a pink to gold color shift. You can see the pink flash in some of these photos!
Coverage was wonderful- the polish was thick, but I didn’t find it hard to work with. This was pretty much a 1 coat polish, but I used 2 for good measure. Everything went on smoothly and didn’t need any cleanup- and I didn’t use topcoat! You definitely want this polish in your life!
As I said above- the My Indecisive Valentine collection will be on sale February 2, 2014 at 3pm EST. Be sure to grab the ones you want- there won’t be many of each color, and there will only be a second restock if demand warrants it! It will also be the *last restock ever* before retirement of Love Makes You Do the Wacky, Deepest Inquisitions, and All I’ll Ever Need.
You can find these beauties at Julie’s store: http://www.blueeyedgirllacquer.bigcartel.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/blueeyedgirllacquer
*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Ah, nothing like a 2 month break around the holidays! My absence was not planned, but I just got busy and distracted. Sorry about that! I may still show a few of the holiday polishes I bought- I didn’t get many this year, but I do have a few new pretties!
Today I’ll be showing off a GORGEOUS holographic polish- Love Makes You Do The Wacky from Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer!
I actually received this polish back in September as part of my birthday present from Julie, the creator. It was part of the Once More With Feeling collection, which was one of her debut lines for Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer! The Once More With Feeling collection is based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and this particular polish is for Willow, Buffy’s best friend and witch extraordinaire.
Love Makes You Do The Wacky is a light purple holographic polish with a fuchsia flash.
Application was wonderful- the polish went on smoothly and evenly. I didn’t need any cleanup at all! These photos show 3 thin coats with top coat (I believe I used KBShimmer Clearly on Top).
Unfortunately, the Buffy line has been retired (sadface). But, the reason I’m posting this one tonight- is that Julie announced today that Wacky is making a return!
Julie will be re-releasing Love Makes You Do the Wacky for ONE restock- it will be available alongside her Valentines Day polishes on February 2, 2014 at 3pm EST! There will only be a few of each of the polishes stocked this time, and the last chance for Wacky- so if you want it, be sure to be there! I’ve seen pictures, and I can promise you- the Valentines Day collection is BEAUTIFUL! There’ are some definite must-haves there!
You can follow Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates, and you can find her polishes in her Big Cartel store! Be sure to check them out- she has a lot of beautiful core polishes, including the 2 customs she made for me for my birthday that are now available for everyone (Monster’s Tea at Tiffany’s and Jiggery Pokery)!
Good Evening Everyone! Tonight I have something EXTRA special for you all!
Awhile back, Melissa of Silly Bee’s Chickadees asked me if I would be interested in collaborating with her for her blogger-inspired Christmas collection. Of course I said yes! We were tasked with deciding what our favorite Christmas movie was- and then deciding what our favorite scene of that movie was.
The BEST part about this collection- is that each blogger was able to pick a charity for proceeds from their polish’s sales to be donated to! 20% of each $10 polish will be donated to the charity of that blogger’s choice.
For the proceeds of my polish, I chose Toys for Tots. It’s Christmastime, and that was the first thing that popped in my head. It’s also one of the charities my family donates to each year. My children (ok- mostly my oldest, my son is still too young to ‘get’ it) help pick out toys and bikes each year for Toys for Tots and our local Bikes or Bust campaign. The holidays are a hard time of year for many families- during December we try and help out where we can.
Along with myself, the bloggers contributing to the Gift of Melly collection are Dulcie of OhThreeOhFour, Mishka of Accio Lacquer, Stephanie of Imperfectly Painted, and Emily of The Lacquerologist! This collage shows their polishes and the scenes that inspired them. Be sure to check out their posts!
For my polish, it was a pretty easy decision. I love a LOT of holiday movies- but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is probably my very favorite. It reminds me a little of my own family- which is probably why it’s a favorite for all of us 🙂
When asked about a scene that stood out for me- well, there’s plenty of course! But one in particular is always Clark’s dream sequence, where he’s fantasizing about the backyard pool and the stork clerk he met earlier 😉
And so from that scene inspiration- Melissa created Diana’s Nippley Holiday!
If you’re unsure where the name comes from- here’s another movie clip for your enjoyment 🙂
Diana’s Nippley Holiday is a very light blue crelly base, filled with hot pink flowers, red, green, and white circle glitter, white hexes, and gold magic dust.
The blue base is for the pool water, the flowers and green are for the summer aspect of the sequence, and red for the bathing suit! Every polish in the Gift of Melly collection contain the magic gold dust, to tie them all together 🙂
To be totally honest, I did have a little bit of trouble initially with my pretty polish- it got thick quickly after it was opened, so I added a bit of thinner to make things work well. Melissa has fixed the other bottles to ensure they all apply wonderfully, so this shouldn’t even be an issue for you! Once I added a touch of thinner, application went well. I used just over 2 coats for these photos (but not quite 3 full coats), plus topcoat. I didn’t have to do any fishing for the flowers or other glitter- they all came out easily!
These polishes are being released on November 15 at 11am CST. You can buy each individually, and there are also limited amounts of box sets that contain all of the polishes, plus a few surprises!
Here’s all the Silly Bee’s info- be sure to check it out!
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sillybeeschickadees
Melissa was kind enough to send me 2 bottles of Diana’s Nippley Holiday- one for me, and one for one of you! Just follow the link to the Rafflecopter widget and enter! Giveaway is open internationally, you must be 18 years or older, or have parental permission to enter. The giveaway will run through November 25th at 12:00am!
*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
Good evening everyone! Today was the last day of Blizzcon, the annual convention for all fans of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo! I’ve mentioned before that I’m a very long-term World of Warcraft player- I’ve been playing since just slightly after launch (so *gulp* over 8 years now)- and still actively play. So of course, this weekend was full of excitement as I watched the events on my computer via a virtual ticket (traveling to Anaheim is just not in the cards right now!)- and I decided there wasn’t a better way to celebrate than to do a subtle World of Warcraft post!
While not created specifically for World of Warcraft- if you’re familiar with Femme Fatale Cosmetics and play World of Warcraft, some of the names and themes may seem very familiar. The owners play, and often let the beautiful places and things within the game inspire the creations!
First up tonight we have Aqueous- a beautiful blue crelly polish filled with teal, navy, blue, magenta and pink glitters.
LOVE this polish! I’m a sucker for crelly and jelly polishes- seeing the glitters suspended through different levels makes me smile 🙂
Application was wonderful. I got plenty of extra large pink glitters with absolutely no fishing- I even had to put a few back! I didn’t have to worry about dabbing, I applied like I would a normal cream polish and got wonderful glitter placement. My photos show 2 coats with topcoat.
Next is a long favorite of mine- Spring Fling!
Spring Fling has been a favorite Femme Fatale color of mine for awhile now- I love mint greens! And adding pink? Must be meant for me 🙂 There’s also plenty of white glitters, diamonds, and micro neon green glitter!
Application was wonderful again- the only issue I had (if this is even an issue?) is that I had so much luck with the larger glitters, I had to start putting diamonds back into the bottle. My photos show 2 coats with topcoat.
Witchful Thinking is part of the 2013 Halloween Trio. My first and last picture show 1 coat of Witchful Thinking over Elevation Polish Darkest Storm, and the middle photo shows 1 coat of Witchful Thinking over Cult Nails Nevermore (plain black).
Witchful Thinking sparkled like MAD outside in the sun! Application was great- these photos show only 1 coat! I did have to do a bit of dabbing to fill in a few holes, but for the most part it went on as shown- which is crazy to me, since it looks like I placed each large glitter purposefully! It sort of reminds me a bit of fish scales (in a good way) 🙂
Last but not least is Lime Thief, a beautiful lime green jelly polish filled with green and orange glitters!
This polish was my surprise favorite of the bunch. Honestly, this is one I probably wouldn’t have given a second look to- I didn’t even love it looking at the bottle in person. And then I put it on- and WOW! Lime Thief is incredibly juicy looking, and so bright and happy! I wore Lime Thief for a few days before I was forced to take it off 🙂
Pictures show 2 1/2 coats with topcoat (I added a thin 3rd layer just around my nail line, but not a full coat). Application was amazing- no fishing, no dabbing, no cleanup- just normal application. Perfection!
Femme Fatale Cosmetics not only sells their own beautiful nail polishes, they also offer an amazing line of mineral based cosmetics (I own about 15 of their beautiful eye shadows, they’re wonderful!), and they’re also now a nail polish stockist for Australia! They offer local and imported nail polish to Australian customers, including Emily de Molly, Enchanted Polish, HARE, and Girly Bits among many others!
Femme Fatale nail polish is available via http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/ for $10 AUD, and they’re now able to ship overseas! For nail polish lovers outside of Australia though, sometimes shipping can be a bit prohibitive- so Femme Fatale polish is also available through the following international stockists:
So what do you think? Any favorites from Femme Fatale? I’m also really loving their beautiful holos that they’ve recently released!
*Products in this review were provided for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own*
I managed to miss posting my pumpkin mani *again* last night- I’ll try and get that up tomorrow! It’s a pretty basic, simplistic mani, but I still love it 🙂
Tonight I’m going to be showing off a new favorite- 365 Days of Color’s After All This Time?. For Halloween this year, Sunny released The Horcrux collection- an amazing set of 7 polishes inspired by the horcruxes of the Harry Potter series. To tie in with the Harry Potter theme, the October polish of the month is After All This Time?, a *gorgeous* polish in honor of Snape’s love for Lily Potter. *sniffle* I don’t know many fans that don’t get seriously emotional over this scene in the book/movie.
After All This Time? is a light grey crelly base filled with holographic silver glitters. It is reminiscent of a pantronus- which is featured in the scene. Application was good- I needed 3 coats for opacity, and it was still a bit see through in some spots. I think the sheerness works well for the polish’s inspiration though!
After All This Time? also glows in the dark!!! It has a beautiful blue glow, just like a patronus. The glow is very sensitive- I went outside for photos, and next picture is what the polish looked like without a flash *in my hallway* in the middle of the day. Darkness is not needed for this baby to shine bright!
After All This Time? is sold out at the moment, but I know it will return! Be sure to check it and the other Horcrux collection polishes at the 365 Days of Color store!
This is honestly my favorite book/movie moment of all time- I LOVE that so many amazing indie polish makers are letting it inspire such gorgeous creations! What are some of your favorite book/movie moments that you’d love to see in a nail polish?