Today I’ll be showing you the stunning Be Mine from Smitten Polish! I actually took these photos for Valentines Day, and then you know… never posted them. Posting fail 😦
Be Mine is a yummy bubblegum pink holographic polish.
Be Mine applied well- smooth and even, no pooling or other issues. I used 2 coats with no topcoat for these pictures.
Look at the cute heart on the label! ❤
You can buy this polish and other beauties from the Smitten Polish storefront. Be Mine is in stock right now, but if you’re interested in any of the out of stock colors, there’s a restock coming on July 26 at 2pm CST!
Any other Smitten Polishes you’re interested in seeing? Let me know in the comments! I don’t have them all, but I have a good amount- so I may have it!
Nothing like a giveaway to see a crazy spike in traffic- welcome to all my new friends and followers! If you didn’t already enter, go check out my Big Birthday Bloviversary Giveaway!
Speaking of friends, this is one of my very favorite aspects of being part of the nail polish community. I’ve made so many wonderful, close friends over the past year and a half. And the polishes in this post came from 2 of them!
My awesome friend Peita is super sweet, and is also the genius behind Peita’s Polish. I have a few of her creations now, including the original Miss Dixie, and now the reformulated version that is part of the giveaway! We’ve been sending each other enormous swap packages back and forth for over a year now- if you love swapping, I really encourage girls (or guys!) to find ‘polish pen pals’ in other countries! Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army was a birthday gift from my friend Jen of Jen’s Nail Files- who is also incredibly sweet and generous (and also loves to swap- if you’re new to swapping, Jen tends to find you! If you love candy, she’s your girl for sure!).
Anywho- first up is Peita’s Polish Miss Dixie!
Miss Dixie is a neon pink holographic polish with a faint blue flash. The holo effect is subtle, but it adds a beautiful shimmery sparkle throughout.
Application was great- it was almost fully opaque at just 1 coat, but 2 made it perfect. Photos show 2 coats plus topcoat.
Then I added 1 coat of Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army on top of Miss Dixie!
Seven Nation Army is a holographic topcoat filled with itty bitty black and white hex glitters. All of the glitters are very small, which makes it a bit different than most black and white glitter offerings.
Application was good, as you can see I got a good amount of glitter with just 1 coat. I did a tiny bit of dabbing to ensure I didn’t have a large empty spot, but otherwise the glitter went on with regular brush strokes.
I LOVE this mani- I keep staring at my nails! Of course it’s pink and sparkly and fun- it’s impossible that I wouldn’t love it 🙂
There’s only one downside to these polishes- neither are the easiest to get! I know, I’m sorry for that.
Peita’s Polish is an Australian indie brand- though she DOES ship internationally! You’ll just be paying a bit more (if you’re in the US) for shipping and have to wait patiently a bit longer. Enchanted Polish- well, I think most of us know how challenging Enchanted Polishes can be to snag 🙂 Monthly restocks are fast and furious, and there’s not always a guarantee a particular color will be restocked. I feel it’s worth it- but it can be stressful and intimidating if it’s your first time (or 50th time).
Peita’s Polish: https://www.facebook.com/PeitasPolish & http://www.etsy.com/shop/peitaspolish
Enchanted Polish: https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage & http://www.enchantedpolish.com/
Well, it’s unsurprisingly a little later than I planned- but it’s finally here! My giveaway!
My big 3-0 birthday was at the end of August, and my blog turned 1 year old at the end of June. My blog’s birthday sort of snuck past me, and so I decided to celebrate it alongside my birthday!
I’ve always loved the movie 13 Going on 30, so for my 30th I decided to run with that as the theme. You’ll notice a few of the prizes are inspired by it!
Enough talking- on to the prizes you could win!
And last but not least- each prize pack gets these! A custom For Goodness Grape lip shimmer in Razzle Red (it’s a red, shimmery lip tint with a razzleberry flavor), and 2 Monster Polishes (that’s what my own polishes are called, for those that didn’t know!) made specifically for these events. Please excuse the lack of labels in the photo- I just ordered some new ones that will arrive before the giveaway ends!
The first is Razzle Red, which I created for my birthday. It’s a glitter topcoat filled with every shape, shade and size of red and pink glitter I had in my glitter tub with a pink shimmer. The second is Monster’s Ball, which I created for my blog’s anniversary. It’s a frosty holographic purple polish filled with color shifting glitters and flakes. Swatches of both of these will be on the blog in the next few days!
And now onto the official stuff.
I will be verifying winning entries, so please don’t lie. I’ve had to throw out winning entries with every giveaway in the past because people have lied about finishing tasks- it makes me sad. Please don’t do it!
If you cannot enter using Rafflecopter, please leave me a comment and/or email with your information and I can enter it manually for you.
Please follow the link RIGHT BELOW THIS to enter!!! And GOOD LUCK!!!
Good morning everyone! Three posts in a row? This must be a new recent record for me 🙂 I told you all having the kids in school now would help me get back on track! *knocks on wood*
In keeping with this week’s trend of showing off giveaway polishes, today I bring you Contrary Polish!
Contrary Polish is one of my favorite indie brands. Since around fall I’ve been really drawn to non-glitter bomb polishes (with a few exceptions of course!), and Contrary Polish is one of the best at amazing shimmers. I own a good chunk of her creations (you can check my stash list, though it’s not up to date- I also have the new colors and a few more older ones), so if there’s any you’ve been wanting to see- let me know in the comments and I’ll try and post them next week if I have them!
A few months ago I contacted Carrie about creating a custom polish, and I LOVE what she came up with! We decided to name it ‘Anniversary Monster’ in celebration of my 1 year blogging anniversary (which was in June, but I’m slow) 🙂 A second bottle of Anniversary Monster will be a prize in my upcoming giveaway!
Along with Anniversary Monster, I decided to swatch Gift Wrap, which was created to celebrate Contrary Polish’s one year anniversary! It seems fitting 🙂
First up, I’ll show off Gift Wrap!
Gift Wrap is a beautiful dark purple polish filled with very noticeable blue green shimmer. Application was good, I used 2 coats plus topcoat for the photos. Gift Wrap dries to a semi-matte finish without topcoat- also pretty, but I prefer shiny 🙂
When I first bought this polish I thought it might look a bit of RBL Scrangie (one of my favorites), but in person it didn’t. The colors are a bit different, but the major difference is the shimmer. Gift Wrap’s is much more noticeable, and it’s also more of a scattered, larger particle shimmer rather than a smooth shimmer (does that make any sense? I can’t figure out a better way to describe it!). This alone makes it appear completely different. If you like that color combination you will adore Gift Wrap!
Agh, the sparkle. This polish was so gorgeous and stunning outside in the sun- though it was beautiful indoors as well!
And now for Anniversary Monster!
When Carrie asked what I would like for my polish, I just gave her a list of colors I loved and let her have free reign. I said that I love pink (of course!), grey, tiffany blue, green and purple- so whatever she thought would look great and use some of those colors would be awesome.
What I got was this beautiful blue-grey polish filled with bright pink shimmer. The base is almost green-leaning in some lights, and a bit blue in others. Definitely something unique, and very ‘me’, and it even seems to fit the ‘Anniversary Monster’ name perfectly!
Again the application was great- I used 2 coats and topcoat for these photos. Like Gift Wrap, Anniversary Monster dries to a bit of a satin finish without topcoat.
So what do you think? I love it! If you’d like to try and win a bottle, be sure to be watching my blog- I’m hoping to start the giveaway early next week!
Be sure to follow Contrary Polish on Facebook to stay up to date on new releases and information!
You can purchase Contrary Polish from the Contrary Polish website (via email on Fridays) for mini sizes and certain full sizes, and also through a number of international stockists: Llarowe, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Shoppe Eclecticco and Norway Nails. Bottles are $5 for mini sizes and $10 for full size via Contrary Polish’s website, and full size prices vary for international stockists.
Above the Curve: Galactic Party, Party Polish Pink, Darling Diana, and Risen Angel 2.0 Swatch and Review
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!
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.
Next is Party Polish Pink- one of my new favorites!
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.
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!
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.
The last polish for today is Risen Angel 2.0!
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.
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!
*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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 🙂
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’).
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’.
Melissa also sent Everything Nice- another pink themed polish!
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)’.
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.*
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!
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.
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 🙂
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!