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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
This color was part of the Friends inspired polishes- if you’re unfamiliar with the show, this is the inspiration:
Pivot gif credit: http://wallflwr.tumblr.com/
I used Pivot! as the undie polish for Above The Curve’s You’re Turning Ne-On– they look great together!
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).
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.
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 🙂
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!
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!
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!
Also from the Summer in the City collection, I Want Candy is a beautiful bright pink holographic polish.
I had a hard time getting the holo to show up inside, but it shines outside 🙂
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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?
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!
*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Today I have some beautiful Jindie Nails to show you- Talk Nerdy to Me and Tainted Love! Talk Nerdy to Me has been around for awhile, but Tainted Love is making it’s first appearance in months TODAY! This fun color was originally created back in August, but there were a few performance issues so Jen (the creator ) opted to pull it from the shelves for awhile. Starting today it’s back, with the same fun look and a few tweaks!
First up is Talk Nerdy to Me!
This polish applied wonderfully and had great coverage at 2 coats. The glitter is a tiny bit bumpy without topcoat but smooths out once you add a coat or two. I used Essence Gel-Look topcoat for these photos.
Next is the new version of Tainted Love! You can find my photos of the original version here!
I’ve always been partial to this polish- I named it! Once she created it, Jen asked for name suggestions, and picked mine. As a prize I received my original bottle of Tainted Love- and because of that, I got a bottle of the new reformulated version too! This polish also combines my favorite colors- neon pink and neon green!
Compared to the original version, Tainted Love Remix is a much whiter crelly base (the original was an off-white), and it contains a wider variety of glitters. You’ll find multiple small sizes of black, green, and pink in here, as well as black hearts. I never had to do much fishing for hearts- while they didn’t come out constantly, they were pretty easy to get out of the bottle. The photos show 2 coats with 1 coat of Essence Gel-Look topcoat.
As I mentioned before- Jindie Nails is restocking her new website TODAY! This restock will include her new summer colors, the new Tainted Love, a new LE patriotic polish, and a few of her core older colors. She hasn’t confirmed a time yet, but you can find out the info when she posts it on her Facebook page!
You can find Jindie Nails here:
International Stockists: http://shop.llarowe.com/, http://meimeisignatures.com,
http://www.harlowandco.org, http://www.ninjapolish.com, http://femmefatalecosmetics.com.au/
*Some polishes or nail care items in this post were provided to me for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own*
And here’s the second part of my Jindie Nails review! Sorry it’s coming a bit late tonight- lots of stuff going on, and as you guys know if you were reading last week- the World of Warcraft expansion pack just came out, which I do play 🙂 I tried to have all week’s posts written in advance… which didn’t happen!
So anywho, the rest of my gorgeous Jindie Nails photos! Today I have Halloween colors to show off- Bite Me, Frankenstein Spit, and Tainted Love.
Tainted Love isn’t REALLY a Halloween polish, but I think it looks like it could be! I was lucky enough to win a full size bottle of this pretty polish, because I picked the winning name! How fun is that?
Onto the polish!
First up is Bite Me.
Bite Me is a beautiful glitter mix filled with black, purple, and orange glitters in different shapes and sizes. I used this as a glitter topcoat, but it could easily be layered multiple times for fuller coverage.
For this mani, I used 1 coat of Bite Me over 2 coats of Finger Paint’s Circus Peanuts.
Next up we have the second color in the Halloween collection, Frankenstein Spit!
This is only 1 coat of Frankenstein Spit over 2 coats of Wet N Wild’s Nerd Alert: Screech. You can’t see the green glitter as well with this undie coat, but I thought that it really brought home the ‘Frankenstein’ idea!
This color could easily have full glitter coverage in just 2-3 coats!
And last but (definitely) not least, we have Tainted Love, my personal favorite!
Tainted Love is a milky white polish filled up with neon yellow, neon pink, and black matte glitters, along with black hearts.
I had to fish a tiny bit for the hearts, but they weren’t overly difficult to get out. And the tiny glitters are always a bit stubborn- seems I missed a few on cleanup 😉
If you’d like to see Part 1 of my review on Jindie Nail polishes, check it out here!
On Friday I’ll be showing off a few shots of the underwear polishes all on their own 🙂
*These polishes were provided to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
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*
I hope everyone had a good weekend! Ours was ok… quiet, relaxing, but slightly boring. Back to the busy week!
Once again I’ll be starting off the week with a Mani Monday! As I sat down to work on this yesterday, I struggled with what to do- and then it hit me! I just recently ordered my very first stamping plates- Cheeky’s 2012 Collection bundle– and hadn’t used any yet!
When I say hadn’t used any- what I really mean is that I have never used a stamping plate- ever. I’d long drooled over designs that I saw people do with the plates but had never bought any. Laziness, again. Stamping plates aren’t something you can just pop into the drugstore and buy.
There are a lot of various brands you can buy stamping plates from- Konad (my stamper is from Konad), Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Red Angel, Shany, Mash… and many stores offer their own line. Ninjapolish.com offers some really interesting ones, Llarowe just announced that they’ll be carrying a line, and you can even find them on etsy, like at Vivid Lacquer’s store!
How cool is that, though? She makes her OWN stamping plates!
So back to the mani… One of the major designs I’d seen people do was a leopard print design… or more specifically, a NEON snow leopard design. Be still my neon-loving heart.
I honestly don’t remember the first place I saw this crop up, though I do have have Steffel’s post on it saved in Pinterest, so that’s the one I’m going to credit. She used the Bundle Monster plate, which is a little different than the Cheeky design.
For this, I used a base of Essie Marshmallow (can anyone suggest a good, plain white? My only one is Sinful Nails Snow White and I’m not a fan), Cult Nails Nevermore for stamping, Cheeky plate CH2, and my Konad stamper. I pictured the Konad scraper, but I ended up using an old gift card (I’ll explain below).
For the neon accents:
I have a lot of neon colors. I picked these out mostly for their brightness factor, but also because they seemed to work well together. From left to right: Sinful Colors Pink, China Glaze Sun Worshipper, Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Color Club What A Shock!, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet. The last 3 are part of Color Club’s Electro Candy neon set from 2009, and I won’t lie- they’re by far my very favorite neons of every color- especially Ultraviolet. You can still find this collection (cheap) at Ross sometimes, and can definitely find it on Amazon.
I didn’t detail the stamping process. I had planned on it, but the photos my husband took just turned out terrible- I probably should’ve given him a clear cut list of how I wanted things, but I was working quickly with both kids screaming for dinner. Luckily, there’s a ton of amazing tutorials and videos all over the internet.
Basically, you paint over the design to be stamped on the plate, scrape off the excess (leaving paint in the design indentations), smoosh-roll (new word) the stamper across the design, and quickly roll it over your nail. Almost every nail blogger I’ve read suggests using an old credit card/gift card instead of the scraper included- and I 100% agree! I initially tried out Konad’s scraper, but was having absolutely no luck. It wasn’t getting all the excess paint off, and by the time I went over it again I’d lose paint in the design or the design would be dry. The first time I tried a gift card was the first time I had a successful stamp on my finger!
*SQUIRREL* moment incoming:
Did I mention my very favorite animal ever is a snow leopard? Has been since I was really little 🙂 We took the kids to the Chattanooga Zoo in September, and I was so excited to see the Snow Leopard was not only hanging out right by the glass… but she had a baby! They quickly became Syd’s favorite animal, too!
So here’s my nails without the neon accents, looking like lovely snow leopards:
Time for neon! To add the neon, I used toothpicks. I didn’t want to have to clean paint brushes, so I simply dipped the end of a toothpick into the color on the brush, and then dabbed it where I wanted it. After I finished all the colors, I added 1 coat of Poshe Fast Drying top coat.
As an afterthought, I threw on a topcoat of fine glitter. Because really, the only way to make neon better is to make it sparkle. Or am I the only one that thinks that??
I wanted the effect to be subtle (believe it or not), so I used the finest glitter I could find in my Helmer. This Avon glitter is simply called ‘Purple Glitter’ (yes, it used to be purple) and it’s from approximately 2003. I also have ‘Pink Glitter’ and sadly it looks the exact same as this one 9 years later. Proof that my nail polish hoarding began a long, long time ago 🙂
So there it is! I apologize for not having a thorough explanation this week, but I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have- just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you! See you all tomorrow for Try It On Tuesday! And if you haven’t hoped over to my Facebook page, please do! I love being able to interact with everyone!