Posts tagged “shimmer

GAP Bright Pool Swatches

Just a quick post today- it’s another polish I swatched forever ago and never posted!

This is GAP Bright Pool, which you can buy in GAP stores.  You may have to dig- in my GAP, they had all the polish all mixed up in glass cylinders.

Aside from being absolutely gorgeous (I adore the aquas and mints!), this made waves in polish land this past.. winter? fall? because it’s a dead on dupe of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s beloved Aqua Lily.  I didn’t do a direct comparison here, but others have done side by side comparisons if you do a quick Google search.  I’ve not really been able to notice any differences- which is great, because it’s a lot cheaper (RBL is usually $20), and Aqua Lily is currently retired.

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Bright Pool is a stunning bright aqua polish with a strong pink flash.  The flash is mostly noticeable in direct lighting or outdoors, but you can sometimes see it indoors- though as you can see from my old AL post I linked above, it’s very subtle.

Bright Pool applied well (I know I’ve been saying this all the time- but I honestly haven’t photographed any polishes that have given me trouble in awhile)- I used 2 coats with no topcoat for these pictures.
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As I said earlier, you can pick this up inside GAP stores- sadly you can’t buy it online (well, not directly from the GAP that is).  I don’t remember the exact price, but I think it was in the $4 range (someone feel free to correct me if I’m off on that!).  They have a few other pretty colors so it’s definitely worth checking out!

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Above the Curve: Doctor Who Collection Part 2

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!

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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.

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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.

Application was great, I used 2 coats for these photos.  The holographic effect on this one is subtle, but very pretty.
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The next polish is my favorite of the collection- Don’t Blink!

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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.

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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!

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Next up is TARDIS!

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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.

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Next is one of my surprise favorites- Banana To The Party!

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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!

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Next we have Pretend It’s A Plan!

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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.

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Last but not least, we have Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey!

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‘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.

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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.

Next, I put 2 coats of Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey over black (I used 1 coat of Cult Nails Nevermore)- and WOW!  This glitter is just so stunning.  You won’t stop staring at your nails!  
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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!

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/.


Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer: If You’re A Seascape & Ocean Warmed By The Sun

*Press Sample*

I sort of fail at regularly posting, don’t I?  I’m sorry guys (for those that still check in!).  I always have great intentions to post, and I even take pictures- and then I get distracted and never get farther than that.  I have nonstop real life ‘squirrel’ moments combined with procrastination.  But I actually do have a lot of pictures ready to go now!  I’ve been *taking* pictures- just not cropping/watermarking/posting them.  So posts are coming!

Tonight, I have some beautiful polishes that will be for sale TOMORROW (or today, depending on your time zone!).  These are 2 polishes from the new Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer collection ‘Far From The Sun’!

First is the beautiful If You’re A Seascape.

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If You’re A Seascape is a coral holographic polish with a pink to gold shift.

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To me, the shift is more of a shimmer than a flat color shift- you can see the pink sparkles in the photo below!  It’s definitely more noticeable indoors- when you’re outside the holographic effect takes over, though the sparkles still shine though!

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Seascape applied nice and evenly, and covered well.  I used 2 coats with no topcoat for these photos.

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The second polish I have tonight is Ocean Warmed By the Sun!

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Ocean Warmed By The Sun is a teal holographic polish with a green flash and pink to purple color shift.

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Like If You’re A Seascape, the pink to purple shift in this is more of a strong scattered shimmer, and it’s what is creating the pretty pink sparkles in these photos!  Again, it’s more noticeable indoors because the holo takes over outside in the sun.
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Like If You’re A Seascape, Ocean Warmed By The Sun applied evenly and covered well.  It was a little thick, but easy to work with.  I used 2 coats with no topcoat for these photos.

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The Far From The Sun collection will be available Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm EST.  This gorgeous collection has 8 polishes in total- 7 stunning holographic shades and 1 beautiful microglitter.  The linear holographics will be $12, the micro glitter will be $8.50, and the full set of 8 polishes will be $98.  As it has been with the last few Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer restocks, this could potentially be the only sale for some of these shades.  Colors return based on popularity- so if you see any you really want, be sure to grab it immediately!  Do not wait!

You can purchase these lovely shades at www.blueeyedgirllacquer.bigcartel.com

Be sure to follow Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer on social media!  You can find them at:
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*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*

 


Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Hypothermia!

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.

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a beautiful deep dusty grape purple holographic polish filled a bright almost neon purple shimmer.

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The shimmer is not shy, but it definitely takes a backseat to the linear holo effect!
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All photos show 2 coats of Hypothermia with topcoat in sunlight.
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Application was wonderful, and the coverage was good- everything went on smooth and evenly without any pooling or cuticle flooding.
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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
Instagram: http://instagram.com/blueeyedlawyer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wishesofablueey/beglove/


HARE Polish: Love You To Pieces!

In continuing with my ‘pictures I wanted to post before Valentine’s Day’ promise, today I have a beauty from HARE Polish, Love You To Pieces!
IMGHARE Polish Love You To Pieces!

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?

HARE Polish Love You To Pieces!

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!

HARE Polish Love You To Pieces!

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.


Sunday Swatch Spam: Colors by Llarowe

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  Recently I took out all of the Colors By Llarowe I owned, and took pictures on a sunny day.  I originally planned to show off the pink shades leading up to Valentines Day, but since I wasn’t able to do that- I decided to just show ALL of them in one go!  Be prepared for lots of blindingly beautiful pictures! 🙂
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I’m a new convert to CbL’s- I resisted for awhile (I have so many polishes, I usually wait to try new brands until there’s something I just can’t live without)- and that ‘can’t live without’ polish came when I saw pictures of Precious Metal.  I got a few- fell in love- got a few more- and now I’m hooked!  I don’t have a ton yet, but every single one of these is absolutely amazing.

I don’t say this lightly- these are some of the nicest polishes I own.  Not that I’m an expert, but at over 1,000 polishes- that’s saying quite a bit.  Every single one has blown my mind with it’s beauty.  Every single one applies like an absolute dream.  The 2 shimmer polishes were a touch thicker than their holographic sisters, but still applied great.  Many of the holographic polishes are opaque in 1 coat.  There’s some in the lineup that aren’t quite my cup of tea, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything from Colors by Llarowe that isn’t pretty.
Colors by Llarowe Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
First up is Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, which was (sadly) a Limited Edition polish that came out alongside the Valentine’s Day polishes.  It is a simply stunning brown jelly filled with an intense gold to red to green shimmer.  I adore this polish on looks alone, but the name really gets me.

I love the Platters- I grew up listening to their music because my mom and my grandma played it constantly.  I can’t think of any of their songs without thinking of my Grandma’s house, because I’m fairly confident it’s all she ever played (or rather- I don’t remember anything else!.  I miss her so much- so this makes me think of her and therefore I love it :).  I saw that one of the upcoming polishes is called The Great Pretender- which I plan on getting regardless of what it looks like!
Colors by Llarowe Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Next is Sparkles Are a Girls Best Friend!
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This is a stunning, bright pink holographic polish filled with purple flash and extra sparkle.  It’s SO bright and fun!
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The polish that started my collection- Precious Metal.
Colors by Llarowe Precious Metal
Precious Metal is a cool, blue toned grey polish filled with an orange shimmer that is noticable even indoors, though never blinding.  I find myself staring at my nails every time I use this one!
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Next we have Dirty Diana!
Colors by Llarowe Dirty Diana
I confess, I did buy this one 90% for the name.  But I am SO glad I did!  Dirty Diana is a beautiful magenta strong holographic polish.  When I’ve worn this on ‘normal’ days (and not taking photos), I only use 1 coat!  This was beautiful inside, as well as outside in the sun.
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This pretty purple polish is Tank Tops and Flip Flops.
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I believe Tank Tops and Flip Flops is retired- but keep your eyes open at blog sales, I occasionally see it pop up!  This is a beautiful muted violet holographic polish.  Just gorgeous!Colors by Llarowe Tank Tops and Flip Flops
Next is another of my very favorites- It’s Shocking!
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It’s Shocking! is a bright, hot pink holographic polish with a bit of a blurple sheen.   SO bright and pretty- my camera had a hard time capturing it!Colors by Llarowe It's Shocking!
Now we have Beat It, from the Michael Jackson collection (which Dirty Diana was also part of)!
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Beat It is a charcoal holographic polish with a blue flash.  I’m not sure if this is retired or not- it may be.  If so, I’m sorry for making you drool!  Super intense linear holo, and really pretty indoors as well.Colors by Llarowe Beat It
Last but not least, we have Rizzo!
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Rizzo is a pale baby pink linear holo.  It’s a bit more ‘metallic’ than some of the other polishes I showed today- it reminds me a bit of Color Club Halo-Graphic, but more baby-pinkish!  But that same kind of metallic feel.  This is probably the most intense holographic CbL’s I have!

Colors by Llarowe Rizzo

There you have it- my Colors By Llarowe collection!  I can’t wait to get more- if you’re interested, you can keep up to date on pre-sales and new releases by following Colors by Llarowe in the following places:
Store: http://www.llarowe.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Colorsbyllarowe and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Llarowe/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/llarowe
Instagram: http://instagram.com/colorsbyllarowe and http://instagram.com/llarowe


Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer: My Indecisive Valentine Collection

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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!

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Flash Forward Fantasy
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!
Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Flash Forward Fantasy
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.  Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Flash Forward Fantasy

The next polish I received was I Still Adore-  an orchid holographic polish!
Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer I Still Adore
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!

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer I Still AdoreCoverage 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!

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer I Still Adore

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
Instagram: http://instagram.com/blueeyedlawyer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wishesofablueey/beglove/

*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*