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Friday, August 11, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer - Slipping Out of Time



     Hi everyone and happy Friday! I'm about to set off on another weekend adventure of camping, kayaking, and tubing.  But I still wanted to get a post out for all of you. Today I'll be sharing SLipping Out of Time from Lollipop Posse Lacquer. This polish was released in the summer of 2015 as part of the Midsummer Midnights collection and sadly is no longer available for purchase. I know I know I keep showing you polishes that you can't buy and I'm sorry for that. I'm just trying to make it through more of my collection but don't worry I'll have some newer polishes to share with you soon.

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     Slipping Out of Time is a deep blue polish with scattered holographic glitters. This polish was inspired by a Florence & The Machine song Rabbit Heart (raise it up). While I am familiar with Florence & The Machine I'm not familiar with the song. Have you heard of it? 

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    I was quite surprised at how sheer this applied on the first coat. Thankfully it builds up nicely and only 2 coats were needed for full opacity. Shown here is my standard 2 coats plus top coat.

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     I've decided that I must have a thing for blue polishes from Lollipop Posse Lacquer. The only other one to make it to the blog so far was The Get-Fresh Flow which is pretty close to the same shade of blue, it's just missing the holo. Over all, I do like the color, and I love sparkly nail polish, so this is a win win for me. I do think I should wear it more in the summer months when I have a bit of a tan though since I feel I look a little washed out in these photos. Sadly I swatched this back in April and it's just making it to the blog now. I have the habit of swatching random polishes from my helmers and using them as filler posts. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this. That's all I've got for you today, thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cupcake Polish - Crystals Charity Lacquer Sale (Press Release)

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CUPCAKE POLISH ANNOUNCES CRYSTAL'S CHARITY LACQUER SALE BENEFITING THE SPCA

DALLAS, TX:  Cupcake Polish announces a new duo for their August 2017 feature in the Crystal's Charity Lacquers facebook group.  Cupcake Polish has teamed up with Top Shelf Lacquer to help raise funds for the SPCA!

These gorgeous Cupcake Polishes are perfect for the upcoming fall season and will make you think of bonfires and sweater weather!  Make Today Pawsome is a gorgeous emerald green linear holographic polish with pink/copper/green/gold shifting metallic flakies.  Paws And Share The Love is a gorgeous mulberry purple linear holographic polish with copper/red/gold shifting metallic flakies.

Cupcake Polishes are handmade, long-wearing, full coverage, and 5-free.
 
These are available individually at www.cupcakepolish.com for $13 each with $4 of each sale benefitting the SPCA.
These are ONLY available from August 11th at 12pm CST to August 27th at 11:59pm CST.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pastel Watermarble with Sinful Colors


    You might remember awhile back I shared with you the Sinful Colors Get Bright Back to School Collection. 6 pastel neon shades that dried to a demi-matte finish but had only so so formulas. While I'm a fan of the colors in this collection I'm not a fan of the application issues I had but didn't want the collection to just sit in my helmers unloved. That's where today's post comes in. I've had success in the past getting Sinful polishes to watermarble and wanted to know if this collection would as well and guess what, they do!


     Now If you'll remember from my last post I wore these without undies, and they were still pretty vibrant for neons. Well as vibrant as a pastel shade can be I guess. Well, I did the same thing with my water marble, I simply put down a base coat and marbled directly over it.

      As you can see I have a few bald patches but I think that was caused by the extreme heat we had here at the time and no AC in my home. The warms temps made the polish slow to spread and it dried very quickly thanks to the matte finish so my pattern broke up a bit as I was creating it. 



     I topped everything off with my Pure Ice Matte top coat because it dries the closest to a demi-matte out of all the matte top coats I own. What do you think of the finished look?

     I really like how these colors flow together and I'm sure I will use them for a watermarble again, especially now that I've installed central air in the house so the temperature shouldn't be a problem. I used to do watermarbles all the time but got away from it because I could never make those patterns that everyone does.

     I've discovered thanks to watching a ton of youtube videos that the bowl I use for watermarbling is much larger than what other people are using. This might be why I have such a hard time making consistent patterns. The outer rings are completely dry before I even get to them and the center is too big to make that nice flower center. Now I just need to find a better container to use. If you watermarble what type of container do you use? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Monday, August 7, 2017

Frenzy Polish - Falling Leaves 2


    I know we still have a month of summer left and believe me I'm one who is holding on to these days as hard as I can, except when it comes to my nails. Lately, I've been drawn to shades that have that fall feeling to them. You know the ones that remind you of the turning leaves or your favorite cozy sweater. Today I have one of those shade to share with you, Falling Leaves 2 from Frenzy Polish.

Shown with a matte top coat

     Falling Leaves 2 is a pale grey almost cream colored crelly based polish with gold and bronze flakes that totally reminds me of a warm cozy sweater. Sadly Frenzy polish has decided to close up shop this year and this polish is no longer available. But not to fear I know I've seen a few options out there for polishes that are similar if not almost dupes. 

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     Falling Leaves 2 has a nice even formula with a ton of flakie coverage with each coat. It is a bit on the sheer side and I ended up needing 3 coats for full coverage. I might have been able to get away with 2 coats if I'd used a thicker second coat but I opted for 3 thin one to help the flakes stand out. Shown here is 3 thin coats plus top coat. 

Shown with a matte top coat

     I wanted to show this polish with both a glossy and a matte top coat to see if either one helped the flakes stand out more. As you can see there isn't much difference between the two. I like both options but am leaning a little bit more towards the matte. Which look do you like better and do you know of any polishes that are similar to this? I need to add more to my collection! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Pueen Stamping Kit review


     While browsing through my various Facebook groups I've come across many people asking about the Starter stamping kit from Pueen. Since I was one of the lucky ones to find this kit at my sort of local Wal-mart I decided to test it out and share my results with all of you. Since purchasing this kit I've noticed that more and more people are beginning to find it in their stores so if it's not at yours yet, be patient it will get there.  This is my first experience with Pueen products but after using this kit they won't be my last. Read on to find out why.


     The starter kit contains 1 image plate with 12 patterns, a super squishy stamper, a plastic scraper and 2 stamping polishes. (1 black, 1 white) Basically, everything you need to give stamping a try. I personally think this is a great bang for your buck with its $10.00 price tag.


     As you can see this image plate has a variety of images covering several themes. I opted to use images with varying thickness to the lines so I could really see just how well it worked. For my base color, I used Sinful Colors Eccentricity from the newly released Color Eccentric Collection.



     I found the polishes to be extremely opaque and easy to work with. I needed less polish on the image plate before scraping than I typically use and was still able to get the entire image fully covered. That's huge for me since I have this irrational fear that I'll run out of a product and not be able to get it again, plus let's be honest, I'm cheap and like my products to last as long as they can.



 Each image that I tried picked up nicely on the stamper and transferred effortlessly onto my nails. I did notice that the polish seemed to stay wet for longer than my other stamping polishes so I would wait an extra minute before applying top coat. That way you can avoid smearing your image.

     Along with the starter kit, Wal-mart also carries a single image plate from Pueen that retails for about $6.00 which I also snagged but haven't had a chance to use yet. Overall I'm very impressed with this kit, I feel that it is a great investment for any nail artist whether you're just starting out or have been stamping for years. I also feel that this is the most success I've had with stamping as far as crisp clean lines and full images. 

     Have you spotted this kit in stores yet or picked one up yourself? I'd love to hear your experiences and thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Orly - Whats the Password?


     Every once in a while you have to reach into your nail polish stash and pull out something from the past. And that's just what I've been doing lately. Slowly making my way through my collection trying to get my untried list cut down to a manageable size. So you'll be seeing lots of posts like my last one reviewing OPI polishes from 2006 or Sinful colors from 2011. And today's post featuring Orly's Whats the Password? from 2013. Don't worry I'll still be sharing newer colors and the occasional new release. But today's post is all about What's the Passwordso let's get to it.



     Released in 2013 as part of the Secret Society collection What's the Password? is a burnt orange leaning copper polish with a hint of golden shimmer. Unlike most shimmer nail polishes the shimmer is What's the Password is larger and has subtle hints of a glass fleck finish.



   The formula is almost flawless with a smooth and even application and surprisingly no VNL after 1 coat. I've shown the nail polish as two coats plus top coat.The reason for my almost flawless remark is because like all shimmer polishes What's The Password suffers from brushstrokes. Thankfully the sparkle and shimmer help to hide most of them. And trust me this polish is super sparkly no matter what lighting you're under.



     Normally I'm not a huge fan of orange nail polish but when they lean copper like this I absolutely love them! Especially as a pedicure color.  Ever since I had my first pedi with OPI's Down to my Last Penny I've been hooked. Maybe it's the way the color goes with my skin tone or maybe I just think it's fun to have coppery orange toes. I'm not really sure but whatever the reason this type of color makes me happy. What is your happy go to shade of polish? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Friday, July 28, 2017

OPI - Teal the Cows Come Home


     I've just got a quick post to share with you today as I'm sure everyone is anxious to start their weekends. I know I've got a laundry list of things to do and I'm hoping to throw some fun in there somewhere. 

      OPI's Teal the Cows come home is just one of the polishes I snagged back when Copious was a thing. Anyone remember when everyone was going gaga for Copious back in 2012? I was able to get tons of Klean Color polishes for just a penny and then they offered OPI duos for super cheap. I don't remember the exact price off the top of my head but I want to say it was under $10.

   

     

     Released in 2006 as part of the Brighter by the Dozen Collection Teal the Cows Come Home is a pale blue polish with iridescent shimmer. I can't quite tell though if the shimmer is a lighter shade of blue or silver. I know by now that's something I should be able to recognize right off the bat but this one has me stumped. It looks blue in one lighting and then I shift my hand and it looks silver. Either way, it makes this polish sort of sparkle subtly on my nails.


     The Application process was a breeze with the polish applying more opaquely than expected but I would still consider sheer. The formula was smooth with the polish flowing nice and evenly onto my nails and also builds up nicely. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.


     I decided to dress things up a bit and went for a little tone on tone stamping to see if I could get some nice contrast. I used the creative shop 02 plate and Heathers Hues Coruscate from the You've got to be Shiftin' Me Collection part 2.


     I like the contrast of colors, I just wish I wasn't in such a hurry when I did this. Then I would have gotten a much cleaner image when I stamped.  But I guess they can't all be masterpieces of nail art. That's all I've got for today. I hope you enjoyed this blast from the past polish. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

     

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Laser Lace Nail Art


     Today I have a fun new product to share with you from Dollar Nail Art. It's called Laser Lace and when I saw it on their website I knew I wanted to try it. I thought to myself that I might finally be able to share a completely new product with all of you and ordered a sheet in every color. The pictures they showed looked absolutely stunning and unique to any of the nail art looks I've seen from others. Now I still might be able to share with you a brand new product but it's not an easy product to work with. Let's take a look.


    For my first look, I used the Raspberry Laser lace over a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I wanted to do full coverage on an accent nail and then random pieces on each additional nail. Well, I did it but it didn't turn out how I wanted.


     For starters, the laser lace is extremely delicate and once it was cut into pieces it wanted to separate. So instead of getting nice little strips on my nails, I ended up with random splotches. I do like how my pointer finger turned out, it's almost like the veins in marble. Which if you've been reading my blog for the last year you'd know that's a look I love but haven't mastered yet.


     I wasn't ready to give up just yet so I decided to try the lace over a darker base just to see if it made a big difference.


     This time around I used Cult Nails Black Out as my base and the Sky Blue Laser Lace. Yes, I know it doesn't look blue at all, yet it did before I cut it into smaller pieces. I'm not sure exactly why it has changed. I thought maybe I applied it upside down but that wasn't the case. Either way, I do like the contrast between the lace and the black. But I am disappointed I didn't get the pale blue color.


     As you can see my second attempt was not a success. I think at this point I was getting frustrated, especially since my blue lace didn't look blue at all! 


     So here are some tips I learned while trying the Dollar Nail Art Laser Lace. I hope if you decide to try this product they will help you. Also, I should mention quickly that removal was easy. The lace came right off with regular remover.

 1. Have your pieces cut and ready to apply right after applying your top coat as it is not self-adhesive.
 2. Work on one nail at a time!
 3. Have a soft brush or similar item handy to push the lace onto your nail. That way you can avoid using too much pressure and ruining your base color.
 4. After applying the lace use a good top coat to cover it because there will be a LOT of texture. I recommend one made specifically for chunky glitter. If you don't own one it will take at least 2 thick coats of a regular top coat to smooth it out. And even then you'll still have aome slight texture.

      I definitely need more practice with this product. Maybe I'll have better luck when my nails are longer since I always seem to have trouble with nail art when my nails are nubbins. So what do you think of the laser lace? Do you have any other tips that might make my next attempt more successful? Have I scared you away from trying this product? Let me know in the comments and as always Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Monday, July 24, 2017

KBShimmer Summer Vacation Collection (Press Release)


     I don't know about you but it's been a long time since I've gotten really excited about a collection because it offered something unique. Sure there are those collections where you like the color, or you have to have because you collect the brand. But in my opinion, there hasn't been anything recently released that had quite as unique of feeling to it that the new Summer Vacation Collection from KBShimmer.

       KBShimmer Launches Summer Vacation Collection 

     School is out, the weather is hot, and it is pedicure season! Now that the countdown for summer is over, we are throwing back to the summers of our youth with 8 beach bag ready hues. These summer shades feature our innovative holo glow flake finish for perfect coverage in 2-3 coats. Each polish is filled with colorful shimmer, for shades that come alive on your nails. So grab your friends, load the cooler, and let’s head outdoors to celebrate summer vacation! 



Flock This Way –A raspberry pink shade with glowing holo flakes and a sizzling copper shimmer for a color that morphs into a deeper pink and coral in different lighting. Your tips and toes will never be more summer ready than in this flocking shade. 


Shady Beaches- The sand, the sun, the self-tanner mistakes, ah summer in collage was so much fun! A coppery orange shade, with our glowing holo flakes and rose gold shimmer, ready for any beach. 


Squeeze The Day- Squeeze The Day is a juicy yellow color inspired by pitchers of shockingly yellow drinks. We amped up this lemony shade with an orange leaning copper shimmer, and holo glow flakes complete this fresh squeezed look. 


Kiwi Real – There are days when you just crave those sweet summer salads filled with slices of oranges, strawberries, kiwis, and green apples. This juicy kiwi color shade is almost as refreshing as a fruit salad on a hot day. We filled this color with holo glow flakes. We added a pop of grass green colored shimmer for a really refreshing summer shade. 


No Wave! – Our nod to summer days spent in pools starts with a deep teal leaning turquoise base. We then loaded this polish with holo glow flakes and blue shimmer, for a splash worthy shade. 


Hashtag You’re It! –A vibrant indigo leaning grape, this purple polish is accented by holo glow flakes and a duochrome shimmer that flips from a inky blue, to a deep purple. Hashtag your posts, this is one polish you will want everyone to see! 


Berry Chill – Andorchid colored polish with holo glow flakes, and accented with a violet shimmer for a hue so vibrant, you will want to wear sandals year round! 


I’m Onyx –Filled with holo glow flakes, this onyx black polish features a color shifting shimmer of blue and purple that dances like lights in the sky, while the flakes emulate the stars that sparkle. This polish is our proof that there is beauty even in the dark. 

     KBShimmer’s Summer Vacation collection will be available July 28th, 2017 at KBShimmer.com, Amazon.com and select salons & retailers. 
     

     KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose. KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, form aldehyde, form aldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter- grabbing brush for easy application. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish topcoat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, mani shots, and other hand care products. If you would like more information about KBShimmer, contact Christy Rose by emailing sales@kbshimmer.com or visiting http://www.KBShimmer.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

Polish My Life - Pink Sandals



     At the end of last year, I decided to go on a no buy and start working through my polish stash so that I could get more of them featured on the blog. After all some people like seeing older polishes right? Well, I make this decision almost every year and every year I'm good about it for about a month or two and then I start buying polishes again. Needless to say, my list of untried polishes is probably double if not triple my list of tried polishes. That's where today's blog post comes in. Back in September of last year, I swatched Polish My Life's Pink Sandals from the 2014 A Time To Chill Collection. But the post kept getting pushed back and pushed back until today. Pink Sandals is finally having its turn on my blog and I hope you enjoy it even if the polish is no longer available for purchase.


     Pink Sandals is a very pale baby pink creme polish. It's a little pale for my personal taste but it does work well in nail art. In fact, I used it as my accent nail for my Pink Roses nail art look earlier this year.


     Remember when I mentioned that this collection was released in 2014? That's how long this bottle has been sitting in my helmer waiting to be loved. That length of time may have contributed to the issues I had with the application because I hear nothing but good things about this brand.

     For me, Pink Sandals applied streaky when I used thin coats and a bit goopy when I tried to use thicker ones. Thankfully the polish self-leveled so I wasn't left with a disaster on my nails. Shown here is 2 coats (1 thin and 1 thick) plus top coat. 



     How do you feel about pale shades like this? Are then something you gravitate to or like me are they not something that really appeals to you?  I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments and well as if you like seeing posts about older no longer available polishes. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sassy Sauce Polish- The launch


     Happy Friday Everyone! I made it through my first week back at work, just one more week to go and then it's back to summer vacation for me. That means no more setting alarm clocks and lots of time to paint my nails. Until school starts up again in September that is. Speaking of painting my nails, I was recently given the opportunity to paint them with a brand new indie: Sassy Sauce. And when I say brand new I mean brand new, you can't even buy her polishes yet, but you will be able to tomorrow. That's right the very first bottle of Sassy Sauce Polish will be sold at 11 am CST on July 15th. How exciting is that!

     Today I will be sharing 5 polishes from the inaugural launch with you but there are more to come. For today all polishes will be shown as 2 coats plus a layer of Sassy Sauce's personal top coat and photographed in my light box using daylight light bulbs.

Giltzie Pleasure


     Color: A coral colored base with gold and purple shift and purple holographic glitters. In most lighting, the base took on a rose gold hue.

     Application: I had a smooth application with even coverage and tons of the smaller glitters with each coat. I did need to do a little fishing for the larger glitters due to some settling in the bottle but nothing more than swirling my brush around inside the bottle to get them. 

     Finish: Dried with a slight texture due to all the glitter but not anything close to what I would consider a chunky texture. And all the glitters laid completely flat on the nail.



Charming Wench


     Color: A bright pinkish purple crelly base with Bright pink and copper glitters in various sizes.

     Application: Smooth even coverage with tons of glitter in each coat. There was no fishing for glitter required with this one and all the glitter laid flat against the nail. 

     Finish: Dried to a smooth finish.




Savage Deviant


     Color: Medium neon pink with tiny blue glass flecks.

     Application: Effortless application and extremely opaque on the first coat. Heavy coverage with the glass flecks for each coat.

     Finish: Dries to a smooth glass like finish. 




Dorothy's Dark Side


     Color: Red jelly base jam packed with black and holographic glitters.

     Application: Amazing coverage and very opaque coverage for a jelly. Amazing glitter coverage in each coat and no VNL after 2. You don't get that often with a jelly polish!

     Finish: Dries to a smooth glossy glass like finish. 




Bitter Break Up


     Color: Black jelly based polish with a smattering of red glitters.

     Application: Smooth flowing formula with very even coverage and amazing opacity. I did have a slight VNL after 2 coats but I had to really look for it. Sadly because the base color is so opaque you do lose a lot of the red glitters.

     Finish: Dries to a smooth glossy glass like finish.




     Now at the beginning of this post, I mentioned using Sassy Sauce top coat for all my swatches. At the time of writing this post, that top coat has no official name but I believe it was being called Sassy Top Sauce. Well weather it has an officialy name or not I was really impressed with it. Not only did it dry quickly for me but it was extremely glossy and smoothed out the texture of Giltzie Pleasure with 1 coat. I was sent a sample sized bottle to test out and will be picking up a full sized bottle when the shop officially opens.

     Out of the 5 polishes I've shared with you today Dorothy's Dark Side is my hands down absolute favorite. Which surprised me because I wasn't so sure what I thought about it when looking at the bottle. I'm a tad disappointed with Bitter Break Up because you lose so much of the red glitter in that black base. I was impressed with the formulas on all the different finishes and can't wait to watch the rest of the colors to share with you. Out of these 5 which one is your favorite?

     Sassy Sauce Polish will officially open for business at 11 am CST on July 15th and polishes will be $8.50 for a full sized bottle. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Sassy Sauce Information
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