This is a post I’ve been planning to make for awhile now- so it’s been a long time coming! This is Above the Curve’s Doctor Who Collection Part 2! If you remember, they also have Part 1 of the collection, that I reviewed a few months ago!
Every polish in this collection is just wonderful. I’ve never had any problems with application from any of my Above the Curve polishes, and these are no exception! All of the polishes are shown with a coat of the new Above the Curve fast dry topcoat, which is 5 free! It’s very glossy and dries pretty quickly- definitely check it out! Best of all, it’s only $2.50/$4.50 for a mini/full!
The first polish I’ll be showing in the collection is You Call Me… Sexy.
You Call Me… Sexy is a gorgeous berry red holographic polish with blue shimmer.
This polish is for Idris, who was the human used to store the consciousness of the Doctor’s TARDIS in the episode ‘The Doctor’s Wife’- one of my favorite episodes. I love that this polish isn’t the typical TARDIS blue, which is what I first expected when I heard this name- it makes it a bit unique.
The next polish is my favorite of the collection- Don’t Blink!
Any fan of Doctor Who is familiar with the Weeping Angels- the quantum locked aliens that appear as normal angel statues, and can only move when no one is looking at them. The first Angel episode (Blink) scared me half to death- and if you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who, it’s an easy episode to watch with no background knowledge of the series.
Don’t Blink is a silver holographic polish with a small amount of fine black glitter. This is meant to imitate the stone of the angel statues!
Photos show 2 coats of Don’t Blink- everything applied evenly and smoothly. The holographic effect was very strong outside in the sunlight, and the black glitter made the sparkly silver polish interesting indoors when the holo wasn’t as visible!
Next up is TARDIS!
TARDIS is a bright blue polish with a slight purple duochrome cast, turquoise shimmer and a linear holographic effect. I didn’t really see a lot of the purple duochrome on my nails, but I see it when I look at the bottle 🙂
Application was good, it applied smoothly and evenly without any pooling or issues. I used 2 coats for these photos. The holographic effect was a slight linear- definitely visible, but not blindingly strong.
Next is one of my surprise favorites- Banana To The Party!
I honestly don’t care for yellow polish, but I loved this homage to 10 and ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ (another favorite, and so sad). I’m glad I got it, because I ended up loving it when I put it on!
Banana To The Party is a squishy yellow jelly polish filled with pink, gold and green glass fleck shimmer, as well as a linear holographic effect. The holo appears a little subtle due to the light polish color, but it’s definitely there! This polish was just so fun and bright outside in the sunlight! Photos show 3 coats- this one is a little more sheer than the others due to being jelly like, but still covers well!
Next we have Pretend It’s A Plan!
‘Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!’
Pretend It’s A Plan is a gorgeoussss purple holographic polish filled with multicolored glass fleck shimmer! Some of my very favorite ATC polishes are their many purple offerings (there was an amazing purple in Part 1 too!), and this has joined them! Pretend It’s A Plan is just so sparkly and pretty! It’s stunning indoors and out, though of course it really shines outside on a sunny day. Photos show 2 coats.
Last but not least, we have Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey!
‘People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… timey wimey… stuff.’
Also inspired by the episode Blink (though 11 uses the phrases a lot afterwards), Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey is a multichrome glitter topper that shift from red to gold to blue to purple.
I first put Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey over TARDIS, to try out a brighter color. It’s pretty, but it doesn’t show off the multichrome quite as well as over black! This shows 1 coat of Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey over 2 coats of TARDIS.
So which is your favorite? Any that you need? I love them all, but my favorites are definitely Don’t Blink, Banana to the Party and Pretend It’s A Plan!
You can find Above the Curve polishes in their Etsy Store (please note that they’ve moved back to Etsy from Big Cartel!), and also at Overall Beauty. They are each priced at $8.50 for full size, and $4.50 for mini size (and ATC’s new minis are larger and have a flat brush just like their full sizes, and look like mini versions of their full sizes- I’ll be posting about them soon!). You can follow the ATC Facebook page and ATC on Instagram for news and updates. Don’t forget, $1 from every bottle is donated to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children! Every single time you buy from ATC, you’re not only getting beautiful polish from some amazing sweet people, but you’re donating to a great cause!
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!
Good evening everyone! Tonight I have a quick on talking, but heavy on photos post!
This BEAUTIFUL polish is Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Hypothermia! This is a Limited Edition polish- it is ONLY available as a gift to those who buy the entire Winter collection. I know, it’s cruel 🙂 I thought this would be a good time to show this one off, since there WILL be a couple of full winter collections available at the upcoming restock (but not many)! So if you want this polish- you have 1 last shot! I’ll post restock information at the bottom of the post.
Hypothermia is a beautiful deep dusty grape purple holographic polish filled a bright almost neon purple shimmer.
As I said before, only a few bottles of this polish will be available at this weekend’s restock, and ONLY when you purchase the entire winter collection. It is not sold on it’s own! But I will say it’s worth the splurge, since all of the winter collection is super gorgeous 🙂
The restock will be on Sunday March 9, 2014 at 3pm EST. You can find a full list of polishes making their last appearance on the Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer’s Facebook page! For more information, you can check out BEGL at the following places:
BEGL’s storefront: http://www.blueeyedgirllacquer.bigcartel.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/blueeyedgirllacquer
The minute pictures were posted of this polish, I knew I had to have it. It’s a beautiful plum purple jelly polish filled to the brim with different colored flakies! What’s not to love?
Application was great- everything went on smooth and easily. Photos show 2 coats plus topcoat. And since these are flakies and not glitter, removal was a breeze!
You can find this beauty and more amazing colors are Hare Polish on Etsy and also at Llarowe! It took a lot of willpower to walk away with only this shade during her most recent restock- there were other new beautiful colors released! For updates on new colors and restock dates, you can follow Hare Polish on Facebook and also at harepolish.com.
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)!
The other day I wore Mentality Nail Polish in Fervor for the first time- though I’ve had it for awhile. I’m not sure why I waited so long to put it on (other than just being lazy)- talk about stunning in the sun!
Fervor is part of Mentality’s Brilliant Holo collection- all of the Brilliant polishes are over the top shimmering, sparkling holographic beauties. Fervor is a light purple holographic shade with a splash of blue sparks.
Fervor went on great, smooth and even and fully opaque in 2 coats.
Mentality Polish has a lot of pretty shades, but I really feel like the Brilliant Holos are must haves- everyone should have at least one. With 9 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find a favorite! I also have Bliss, which is just as beautiful.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Next up is These Boots Were…, which were inspired by Lulu’s hiking books!
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.
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.
And last but CERTAINLY not least, we have the sneak peek I promised! This beauty is Echinops, from the August Wild Flowers collection!
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.
In case you’re like me, you may not be instantly familiar with the Echinops flower that served as the inspiration for this polish:
This beautiful polish and the other colors in the collection, Passion Flower and Pea Flower, will be available on August 7th!
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.
I am a little behind (I know this is terribly shocking, right?)- but my second part of my Above the Curve review is set and ready to go for this evening. But in the meantime, I thought I’d post a quick mani I wore a few days ago. I’m up late writing this because it’s storming pretty heavily, and these polishes felt appropriate to show off! I chose to pair up I’m Only Happy When It Rains and Purple Rain- LOVE the result!
Also- Lumina Lacquer is restocking tomorrow at 11:oo am PST (2EST/1CST/12MST)- so maybe this can add something to your wish list!
First up is I’m Only Happy When It Rains, a beautiful light gray with a gorgeous blue-green sparkle. Sadly, this one isn’t being restocked today and may not return. (You definitely have to grab Lumina Lacquers you love when you can- there’s never a guarantee they’ll be back!) This polish began as a custom for a friend, and I’m so glad Tatiana opted to make a larger batch for all of us to enjoy!
Then I added 1 coat of Purple Rain on top! Yes, ya’ll- that’s just 1 coat.
This is one tightly packed glitter bomb- which is what Lumina Lacquer does best in my opinion! You’ll find just about every type of purple glitter in this polish- large, small, shapes, holos, even shards- all in there. There’s even some beautiful iridescent glitters that peek through in the sun!
I used the dabbing method to apply the glitters- if you’re wondering how to do that, you can follow this link to an amazing video by More Nail Polish showing exactly how! It’s a great way to apply glitter bombs like this one.
Remember, Lumina Lacquer restocks tomorrow at 11am PST! You can visit her Big Cartel store to see the polishes being sold- Purple Rain is included, along with a lot of other amazing colors! And be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on new colors and restocks!
It’s been a bit since my last post (my kids got sick on the first day of summer vacation, can you believe the luck?)- so since I’m almost feeling better I decided to share some pictures I took a few weeks ago. I’ve been great at *taking* photographs- just not at the posting them part!
First up is Zoya Julie, which is part of their Spring 2013 Lovely collection. Julie is described on the Zoya website as a ‘soft wisteria purple metallic’. It’s very soft and shimmery! All photos are 2 coats with no topcoat.
I love Zoya, they’re one of my favorite mainstream polish brands. As usual the formula was great!
Then I added 1 coat of Lynnderella Connect to Pretty on top! Connect to Pretty is a Limited Edition Lynnderella, which means they can be bought via auction on Ebay (rather than buy-it-now). I was lucky enough to win this beautiful glitter bomb in a giveaway, but it does still appear for bidding on Ebay.
I had a *lot* of people grabbing my hands to stare at my nails while wearing this combo! Though attempting to explain where the glitter came from and it’s cost was a bit difficult for non-polishaholics 🙂 While this particular Lynn may be out of most girl’s price ranges, you can find a lot of beautiful similar colors in her newer collections (I also own Beside Herself, from the new Mixed Feelings collection, and while it’s not the same it gives a similar feeling).
You can purchase Zoya at their website here: http://www.artofbeauty.com/, and Lynnderella polishes can be purchased at lynnderella.com.
Hi guys! I never really updated officially on the blog, but I’m sure you were able to guess that I took an extended break from blogging. I still update on my Facebook page occasionally- which I think most people follow- but I apologize for never explaining that here as well. But I’m back now! I’ve missed blogging more than I thought I would. I actually planned to return almost a month ago, but my camera cord went missing- so the pictures in this post are about a month old now!
I’m planning on taking things slow initially- I’m going to make an effort to post regularly to keep myself on track, but I won’t be posting daily like many bloggers are able to do. I have a few reviews I’ve been incredibly late about posting (not polish, but polish/beauty related), so I’m going to do those this week, and then try and jump back in! Let me know what you’d like to see- right now my plan is to mainly do small, quick posts on whatever I’m wearing, but I’m open to suggestions and requests for sure!
This mani uses 2 of my very favorite polishes, Above the Curve Caty Perrywinkle and Lynnderella Blue Rouge. Even though both are recent purchases, they’re towards the top of my favorite list. I happened to have them sitting on my desk together and realized how perfect they would look as a pairing!
First is 2 coats of Above the Curve’s Caty Perrywinkle alone. Periwinkle is one of my favorite colors, so I was SUPER excited when Shaun and Angel debuted this gorgeous polish a few months ago. Caty Perrywinkle is a holographic periwinkle polish. It applied wonderfully, and outside in the sun it was much more holographic than my picture is showing. It’s definitely not an in-your-face holo, but it adds a gorgeous sparkle to a beautiful color.
Lynnderella’s Blue Rouge is actually a lot more opaque than people realize- you can have full coverage in 2 coats easily. Because of this I opted to do a glitter gradiant with Caty Perrywinkle, so that it wouldn’t be completely covered. I dabbed Blue Rouge around the cuticle area of my nails towards the middle, and then added a second coat and drug a tiny bit downward on each side. This is one of my very favorite Lynnderella polishes ever- it’s absolutely worth the splurge! It filled with smaller periwinkle and lilac glitters, and very fine pink glitter. Gorgeous!
I highly recommend both of these beauties! Here’s where you can find both:
Above the Curve: Follow their Facebook Page for updates, and purchase via their Etsy Store or Big Cartel Store– $9 (right now Caty Perrywinkle is only available via Big Cartel)
Lynnderella: Follow the Love Lynnderella Facebook page for polish updates, and buy via Lynnderella’s Ebay Store– $20
I’m excited to be back! I hope you guys liked my first return post as much as I did- I STILL love this mani! ❤
Today I’ll be showing off the underwear coats I used yesterday for my Jindie Nails review post. I don’t think the non-indie colors have been getting enough love lately, so I’m going to try to start working more back into my routine!
For you budget-minded ladies out there, you’ll really love these!
First up, I have Spoiled’s Are Mermaids Real? I used this yesterday underneath Jindie Nail’s Neonderthal.
I have always loved this polish, but when you have as many polishes as I do- most never get a lot of attention. One downside to being a polish hoarder 😉 Are Mermaids Real? is a gorgeous purple polish filled to the bring with a heavy golden glass fleck look. Though not a dupe, it’s very similar to Zoya’s Daul (but a brighter purple than Daul).
This is 2 coats of Are Mermaids Real? with no cleanup. Application was great, went on smoothly and covered well with 2 coats.
Finally, we have Sinful Color’s Sweet Dreams.
I love this color so much! It was part of Sinful Color’s Sheer Shimmers line this spring, so sadly it’s not the easiest to find. However, you can still get lucky sometimes at Walgreens in the big bins of Sinfuls! I found a second of this color months after the collection was gone from shelves.
Sweet Dreams is a beautiful turquoise blue filled with sparkly glass fleck shimmer. It is anything but sheer- it was opaque in 2 coats and was almost a 1-coat polish. Oh, if only it’s cousin Cinderella was so opaque!
Spoiled polishes are created by Wet N’ Wild, and can be found exclusively at CVS stores, and retail for $1.99. Sinful Colors can primarily be found at Walgreens, though you can find them at Target and now some Walmarts as well- also for $1.99.
Both can be found on CVS and Walgreen’s websites if you don’t have a store near you!