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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Finger Paints - Winter Glaze Collection

     During my Thanksgiving break from school I did a little brick and mortar shopping for polish. My coworkers had given me a gift certificate to Sally Beauty supply and it was burning a hole in my pocket so of course I had to spend it. I came across the Winter Glaze Collection from Finger Paints at the firsts Sally's I stopped at. I grabbed 4 polishes from the display and happily made my purchase. It wasn't until I got home that I found out only 2 of the polishes were from the collection. The other 2 were left over from a summer collection. Of course being the polish hoarder I am I just had to get the rest of the collection. I went to 2 more Sally's but came up short. I was only able to find 4 of the 6 polishes in the collection. Not to worry though, I was able to order the missing 2 online and they should be here shortly. Needless to day this is not an easy collection to track down. 

     I'll be sharing the 4 polishes I was able to find with you today, and I have to say I am extremely impressed with this collection.  Mainstream polishes seem to be stepping up their game lately. Just like Orly, Finger Paints has changed their brush. They no longer have the skinny round brush but have switched to the wider flat brush I'm used to seeing the in the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line. 

     This will be another picture heavy post so I'll get some particulars out of the way right now.All photos are taken in my light box using daylight bulbs. I'll include how many coats I used for each polish as I go since that is different from polish to polish. Now let's get to the polish!

Piece De Resistance


     Color: Deep rich burgundy wine color with red shimmer.

     Application: The application was a dream with smooth even coverage. Piece De Resistance is extremely pigmented and very opaque. Shown here is 1 perfect coat plus top coat.



     I wouldn't recommend adding a matte top coat to this one as it seems to have made all the shimmer disappear. Although it does look pretty dark and vampy that way. And it does remind me of Mentality Tempest so this would be a great and much safer alternative.


     For my nail art look I stamped with Bundle Monster plate Winter Kingdom BM-XL482 and Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold. 

     I love everything about this polish. The deep rich color, the smooth formula, the 1 coat coverage. I wouldn't be surprised if it worked well for stamping. 

Easily Noticed


     Color: Extremely dark navy blue creme nail polish that almost looks black on the nail.

      Application: Shown here is 1 perfect, effortless coat plus top coat. Easily Noticed is another highly pigmented, extremely opaque polish with a smooth formula and easy application.



     To dress this color up I added a few Ice Chips from Dollar Nail Art in the color White AB. I'm going to have to play around with these again to see if I can get a smoother application.

     Overall I like the formula and opacity of Easily Noticed. I do think the color is just a bit too dark for me to wear alone again. I do want to test to see if it works for stamping.

Cubism Crimson


     Color: A true crimson red nail polish with subtle red shimmer and a jelly like finish. 

     Application: The formula was the thinnest of the collection but still very easy to work with. I was able to get smooth even coverage with each coat. I do still have a slight VNL after 2 coats which is typical of a jelly polish. I have a feeling if I'd added a 3rd coat full opacity would be reached. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.



     For this nail art look I went with the waterfall technique. I used some striping polishes from China Glaze in Black, white, and Silver. You can find these stripers at Sally Beauty Supply also.

     This is another favorite of mine from the collection. I just love how shiny and squishy it looks! Plus I'm a huge fan of bright red nails.

Oh My Gauche


     Color: Clear based polish jam packed with yellow gold micro glitter.

     Application: Great coverage with each coat. Typically I'd apply the 2nd coat of glitter polish with a sponge to get full coverage but not this time. I was about to get full even coverage by applying this one just like any other polish. No sponging required! Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.



     For my last nail art look I went the free hand route using my China Glaze striping polishes. My idea was to create the look of argyle wrapping paper. The good news is I'm getting better at my freehand work. The bad news is I'm still having issues with the angles of my strokes. But this just gives me something to work on in 2018 and I'm up for the challenge. 

     I have to say I was very impressed with the coverage I was able to get with Oh My Gauche and I like the bright gold color.  The 2 colors I'm missing are also glitter polishes and this one is giving me high hopes for them.

     I'm very glad I picked this collection up and have to say if this is any indication of how Finger Paints polishes are going to be I'll have to pick up future collections. If you can find this collection I suggest snatching up the colors you want,you wont regret it.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Black Matte Layered Glitter

     I can't believe it's December already! Where did the year go? It seems like just yesterday I was contemplating the goals I wanted to set for myself for 2017.  It was a rocky start and I'm glad that I didn't set goals that were too lofty. It helped me feel like even though I didn't get a lot of posts up I still accomplished a few things. But I'm getting off track as I so easily do... I have decided that because I missed out on so many holiday-themed manicures this year I am going to dedicate the month of December toWinter and Christmas/New Years related posts. To kick things off I'm going with a not so traditional look to a New Years manicure. Although you could wear it for a Christmas or winter themed manicure too I guess, it does remind me a little of snowflakes.

     I started off with a base color of Sinful Colors Blackboard for the Back to School School Goals Collection released earlier this year. Then I added 2 layers of Princessly Polished Variance. A clear based polish with multichrome glitters that shift from purple, blue, orange and, Magenta. A layer of Finger Paints Psychedelic Hue from the 2014 Kaleidoscope Collection was added to the mix. I topped everything off with Your Mattejesty top coat from Princessly Polished. I wanted the matte look so that the uniqueness of each polish would really pop. 

   For the stamping design, I used Hit the Bottle polish Amethyst Sizzle and BBF plate BBF49. I love the way the image lets you see the polishes layered underneath. This is probably one of my favorite stamped manicures I've ever created.

   I opted to not add another layer of top coat after this step because I wanted the contrast of the sparkly stamping polish to stand out. I just love the finished look and as you might have guessed am really proud of this manicure. Do you think I made the right decision to not add top coat after stamping? Would you have gone the glossy route? I'd love to hear your thoughts. As always, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bee's Knees Collection List

     My goal is to have a comprehensive list of every collection Bee's Knees has released over the years. This will be an ongoing post as I research previous collections and new collections are released. If you know of a collection I'm missing or see an error please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an e-mail. 

Launch Collection 
Queen Bee
Waggle Dance

IT Collection
Down Here
We All Float

CoTM - September
Hello Gourd-geous

Charity Polish
FU (pink ribbon) Cancer

CoTM - October
Un-Teal it Sleeps

Pun-kin is Coming Collection
All Holo's Eve
Bonfire, James Bonfire
Children of the Corn Maze
Goin' Campin'?!
Hocus Crocus
House on Haunted Chill
I Know What You Did Last Fall
I See Plaid People
Night of the Living Red
Oh, Come On!
Reddy Kreuger
They're Heeere

American Horror Story Collection
I'm So Bored

Group Custom - October
Zombie Blood

Witch, Please! Collection
Fine Swine
Only Witch is Best Witch
Which Witch Trial?
Witch Children?
Witch Way to Go

Charity Polish - October
Cats Meow

Thor Ragnarok Collection
Friend From Work
He's Adopted
Hela Holo

CoTM - November

Charity Polish - November
Smile if you Love Men's Prostates!

Prototypes - November
Na Cl
Salty Anon

Justice League Collection
Don't Make the Suit Animated
I Am No Man
I Hear You Can Talk To Fish
I Need Friends
The Bat

Black Friday Collection
Pennywise 2.0
There's No Such Thing as an Evil Turkey
We All Float 2.0

Dwight Before Christmas Collection
Cheer or Fear
Fa La La La La La Ka-Ching
How About Icing it....lol
Machiavelli meets Christmas

CoTM - December
Krampus Klaws

Bethesda Collab Box with Geekish Glitter
Madness or Cheese
The Greymarch

Stranger Things Matte Trio
He Likes it Cold
The Gate
The Upside Down

Friday, December 1, 2017

Girly Bits CoTM Duo and other News (Press Release)

December 2017 CoTM

Each month brings a new selection of limited edition polishes. This month features Slay Belle, a super blingy and full of multiple types of silver holo pigments and silver holo glitter in a clear base, studded with fiery red metallic glitter and Fir Realz , a deep forest green jelly, with tiny silver metallic flakies, and a gorgeous shimmer.

Both shades will be available for purchase individually from the December 1st 2017 at 2pm EST (*NEW TIME*) until January 1st, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

Early Bird Special: Pick up the duo from the Duo Early Bird Promo listing at a discounted price of $1.00 off each bottle from the 1st to the 10th of each month. After that, they will continue to be available for purchase individually at full price only.
Swatches courtesy of Delishious Nails, Nail Experiments, and Manicure Manifesto
As always, the CoTM shade names were chosen from suggestions from the Girly Bits Polish Lovers Facebook Group! The winners get a free bottle of the polish they named.

A special thank you to Carolyn S. for naming Fir Realz, and to Jennifer D. for naming Slay Belle! xo
Be sure to join in on the fun if you're not already a member!

Home For the Holidays
(CbL December PoTM)

The Polish of the Month for December 2017 is called Home for the Holidays - a silver prismatic holographic base with prismatic holo flake and green, silver and red holographic microglitter.

Launching at 2pm EST today (Friday, December 1st)
Swatches courtesy of Bruised Up Dollie and @littlemermaidnailedit

Festival of Lights
(Polish Pickup December 2017)

Don't forget to head over to Polish Pickup to grab your bottle of Festival of Lights.

Part of this month's Holidays Around the World, Festival of Lights is inspired by Diwali which is the Hindu festival celebrated every year in the fall in the northern hemisphere (spring in the southern hemisphere) and signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.
Festival of Lights is a sparkling base of golden metallic microflakes and gold shimmer, teeny tiny holographic particles, rose gold shimmer, iridescent and metallic colour shifting flakes in violet, pink, gold, green and purple. Exclusively at PolishPickup.com, and only for a 4 day pre-order. Don't miss out on the fastest growing one-stop indie shop!
Festival of Lights will retail individually for $13.00 USD, and ships to Canada and the US for a flat fee of $3.00!! Shop one, or shop them all. $3.00 max shipping. Polish Pickup is now offering Over Seas shipping at cost.
**Festival of Lights is ONLY available at the Polish Pickup website. Please click the link above to be directed to the listing to purchase this polish. The price on the Polish Pickup website is $13.00 USD, and it will be shipped to you from the US for just $3. (US and Canada)
Swatches courtesy of Delishious Nails, Nail Experiments, Streets Ahead Style and Manicure Manifesto

Winter Whispers

Winter Whispers is a custom polish made exclusively for the group Fantasmic Flakies and will be available throughout the month of December. **the current turn around time can always be found on the front page of the website.

Winter Whispers is a lovely icy blue crelly base swimming with pink to gold shifting shimmer, microscopic holographic glitter, gold flakes, and a multitude of multichrome flakes in violet, blue, green, purple, and gold. Full coverage in 2-3 coats.

Would you like to purchase this exclusive group custom as well? Join the Facebook Group FANTASMIC FLAKIES where group members submit their inspiration photos for monthly custom polishes from various brands. Congratulations to Leanne Vaccaros for submitting the winning inspo picture and to Dee Rose for naming this months beauty.
Swatches courtesy of Nail Experiments
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We also have monthly group buys in the Girly Bits Facebook group which ship from the US, so if you want to grab just a bottle or two, join in the next group buy and save!!
*'In Stock Reminders' are available on individual product listings only. If your must-have bundle is out of stock simply look for the message on the listing that says which item is out of stock and sign up for a reminder on that products listing to be notified when it is back.

Sassy Pants Polish Exclusives and Customs (Press Release)

     Here is the latest news from Sassy Pants Polish. I've already ordered the lotion bar for myself and can't wait to try it out!

Here's What's Up!
There's just so much awesome going on, I can hardly stand it!
"New England Christmas"

"Holidays Around the World" is the theme for this month's Polish Pickup. I created "New England Christmas" focusing on the tradition of lighted candles in the windows and white Christmas lights, a fond memory from my childhood traveling east from Wisconsin to Connecticut for the holidays. 

While Christmastime with both sides of my family was my favorite holiday growing up, the Christmas's out East were something quite special. My Italian grandparents plus my dad and uncles (most with culinary backgrounds) spent days preparing for the event of the year. A large several course feast in which they hosted probably 40 or so family members. Think "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"... that. Only we're Italian and not Greek, but you get the idea. Lots of hugging, kissing, laughing and feasting. My grandparents have since passed and these extended gatherings are no more, but they are a fond memory I will always cherish.

OK, back to the polish! It is a champagne platinum holographic polish with iridescent shifting and gold glitters with a touch of red shimmer. $12

Only available through Monday, Dec. 4th, so go get your hands on this exclusive before it's gone for good! Check out the other gorgeous polishes too by the other makers... only one low flat rate shipping price no matter how many polishes you order!

     I also decided to offer one of my wonderfully moisturizing cuticle balms in this delicious Sweet Pumpkin Spice scent! (Holiday inspiration was Thanksgiving of course) $6

     As you are probably aware, Sassy Pants Polish is the sassy little sister company to Handmade Natural Beauty, my bath and body line I began in 2001. I decided to offer one of my best sellers, especially this time of year... my solid Lotion Bar to Polish Pickup this month. It is an ultra-moisturizing lotion that you remove from the container, hold it and rub wherever you want your dry skin transformed, as if by magic! Made with all natural ingredients. The fragrance is phalate-free and "Sweet Romance" is what I call my dupe of Victoria Secret's LoveSpell. (Inspiration, Valentine's Day) $5.50

     The focus of this month's Monthly Awareness Polish Box is Missing Children. 10% of all sales will be going towards www.missingkids.com/home

My exclusive contribution to the box is "Buddy System" which is a dark aqua teal shimmer polish with scattered holo.

This exclusive box is only available through December 11th so don't miss out on these gorgeous polishes and a chance to help a great cause! 

The cost is $52/box including all 6 polishes, $40 for your choice of 4 or $11/individually (applicable shipping rates apply).

Until next time...stay sassy! xoxo, Angie

Angie (Cavaiuolo) Neyens, CEOS (Chief Executive of Sassy)
Sassy Pants Polish

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