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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.

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     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. 

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     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!


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