Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Finger Paints Winter Glaze Collection Part 2

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     About a month ago I reviewed the Winter Glaze Collection from Finger Paints. At that time I was missing two polishes. Like I mentioned in my previous post I was able to find those missing polishes online and had put in an order. Now it didn't take a month for the polishes to arrive but it has taken me a month to finally get them up on the blog. The two polishes I was missing are Sterling Sculpture and Daubigny's Garden. Both polishes are jam-packed with glitter and by looking at the bottles I can see why they were sold out at both stores I visited. We all know that appearances can be deceiving and I've had more than one bottle of polish let me down once I got them on my nails. But was that the case here? Let's find out.

Sterling Sculpture


      Color: Clear based polish with multi-sized silver glitters.

     Application: The first coat applied smoothly and with a medium amount of glitter. I was able to get 98% glitter coverage without using a sponge to apply the second coat. Each and every glitter lays completely flat on the nail but there is a slight texture when the polish dries. Shown as 2 coats plus top coat.



     I actually like this polish and can see myself using it as a topper or for a glitter gradient. I can also see it looking good with some jelly polishes sponged over the top and some stamping. I do have to say that the glitter coverage looked much better to the naked eye then it does in these photos. I could barely see any nail through the glitter.

Daubigny's Garden


     Color: Clear based polish with multi-sized glitters that shift from gold to green to pink to blue to purple.

     Application: The first coat applied evenly but with slightly less glitter coverage that Sterling Sculpture. After two coats I was able to get decent glitter coverage but not quite complete coverage. I would recommend using a sponge to apply the second coat to get better coverage. The glitters do lay completely flat on the nail and there is a slight texture once dry. Shown here is two coats plus top coat.



     This polish for me was a bit of a letdown. I like it much better in the bottle than I do on my nails. Once again the glitter coverage looked better to the naked eye than what my camera shows. If I wear this one again it will only be as a topper rather than on its own. I do think it might look good in a glitter gradient.

    What do you think of the final two polishes from the Winter Glaze Collection? Should I have skipped them or do you think they will work for nail art? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Nail Art featuring the Orly Darlings of Defiance Collection

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     Hi Everyone, today I've got a few nail art looks to share with you using polishes from the Orly Darlings of Defiance Collection. If you didn't see my post reviewing the collection not to worry, you can read all about it by following the link above. If you did already catch that post then you know I mentioned trying to see if a few of the polishes worked well for stamping. 

     While I haven't gotten around to trying all of them yet because you know life, I do have two looks to share with you today. One testing out some stamping and the other a gradient showing how well the colors in this collection go together. So let's get to it!

     First up is the stamped look with Champagne Slushe. You remember how this beautiful color was completely ruined by the brushstrokes? Yes, I was crushed by this but I wasn't ready to discount this polish yet, I loved the color too much and it was so opaque I knew I wanted to stamp with it.

     Using Faux Peal as my base I went in and stamped with Champagne Slushe and Hit the Bottle As Black as Night. The image is from Uber Chic plate Holiday Jingle.

    I love the way these polishes work together, and the look was perfect for the holiday season without being over the top. I can see myself wearing this design again but, maybe just as an accent nail paired with a bright red manicure or even black. What do you think?

     The next look I have for you is a gradient that had a luxurious and elegant feel for me. I'm not entirely sure if it was the color combination or the fact that my nails are getting so long. Whichever it is, this look is a winner in my book.

     Using Penny Leather as my base color I went in and sponged Penny Leather and Champagne Slushe for the gradient. Does that give you an idea just how opaque Champagne Slushe is? Ordinarily, I recommend painting the lighter color first so that it will show up in the gradient easier. I had zero issues with coverage and only had to go over my nails twice with the sponge to get a nice blend.

      I debated reversing the color order but I think having the gold at the tips made all the difference. I have a feeling the darker color at the tips would make my nails look shorter and just change the overall feeling of this manicure.

     Which look is your favorite? I am really enjoying the new collection from Orly and will be back with another post later on down the road once I finally test out how well Secondhand Jade and Penny Leather will work for stamping. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Nvr Enuff - Con Artist

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     Hello, fellow Nailistas. I've got a quick post to share with you today featuring Con Artist from Nvr Enuff. I received Con Artist in my V.I.P bag from Polishcon Chicago last fall. I'm a bit ashamed to say that I wore this back at the beginning of October and am just getting around to blogging it now.  In my defense, it's a great polish for fall or winter so I'm still seasonally appropriate right?

     Con Artist is a dusty mauve nail polish with iridescent glass flecks and a smattering of gold micro glitter. I get a warm cozy feeling just looking at it. 

       The application was smooth and even with tons of glitter in each coat. Two easy coats are all you need to reach full opacity. Shown here is two coats plus a glossy top coat.

      After wearing this for a few days I decided to add an accent nail. I reached for some nail vinyls and my bottle of Lumina Lacquers Soliel to create this. 

     What do you think of the finished look? I know this post was short, sweet and to the point but I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge Letter A

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     Today is my first post in a year-long challenge that I've set up for myself. If you read my post on making 2018 a great year for my blog then you already have a hint as to what this challenge might be. Or maybe you've figured it out based on the title of this post, maybe not. Either way, I'm excited to get this challenge started and I hope that many of you will decide to join me whenever you can. I have an event set up on my facebook page with all the details. 

     Just what is this year-long challenge? It's for all those untried polishes I know we all have sitting around in our collections. I'm calling it the Untried A-Z challenge and the premise is simple.Every other week I'm going to blog about an untried polish in my collection starting with the letter A and working my way to Z. See I told you it was simple. Plus there are 26 letters in the alphabet and 52 weeks in a year so it works out perfectly! 

     Now you can go any route you want to with this. Use the brand name or polish name as your letter. You can choose to do a straight swatch or incorporate nail art into your look. As long as you go in alphabetical order that's really the only rule. Why alphabetical you might ask? Have you seen the amount of untried nail polish I own!? Just take a peek at my collection list and you'll get the picture.  There are so many polishes to choose from, and just how exactly was I supposed to decide? Going alphabetically will help narrow it down a bit and keep me on track. So have fun, join in and let's get this challenge started!

     For my letter A polish I went with a polish that's relatively new to my collection but still untried. Nevermind Polish Aamon from the Daemounum Collection released last summer. This collection is still available for purchase if you find yourself wanting a bottle.


     Aamon is a deep moss green to emerald green duochrome nail polish with scattered holographic glitter and a hint of linear holo thrown in. 


     The formula for this was a tad thicker than I'm used to using but was still very easy to work with. This thicker formula is the reason Aamon applied more opaque than I was expecting. I was able to reach full opacity with two coats. However, if you're used to applying your polish in thin coats you may need 3. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat. 


     Aamon is pretty enough on its own but I decided to add a little nail art to the mix. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to add nail art to each polish for the Untired A-Z challenge yet, we'll see how inspired I get from the colors.

    I'm pretty sure this was not the route to go with my nail art. I wanted something that would really pop on the nail but also show the beauty, depth, and character that Aamon has. For me, purple and green naturally go together but I probably should have gone with a solid purple.

    The image is from plate URBeautiful-05 and the polish is Hit the Bottle Prismatic Purple. Both of which worked wonderfully and I will reach for again. Just a note to self and a tip for all of you, don't use a holographic stamping polish over a holographic base. Things get a little muddled when you do. 

     To try and save this look I added a layer of Matterial Girl top coat from Blush Lacquer. I was hoping it would help add some definition between the stamped image and my base color. How well did that work out? I'll let you be the judge of that...

    While I'm not thrilled with my final looks I do really like Aamon and I'm glad that I snagged a bottle. This is a green polish I can see myself wearing again. And just in case you're not convinced you need a bottle for yourself yet, I'm including a bonus shot to help persuade you.

      That photo was taken while sitting at my desk under my regular room lighting. No lightbox or fancy daylight led bulbs, just my phone, and a ceiling light. Check out that sparkle! Now, are you convinced you need to get a bottle? 

     I hope you decide to join in on the Untried A-Z challenge, I'll see you back in two weeks with my letter B polish. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

MoYou London The Deco Collection (Press Release)

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     MoYou London is starting the year off with a new collection of image plates. The Deco Collection contains 5 new plates that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Let's check out the new designs below.

✨  Because elegance never fades ✨

*Excluding orders with Nail Polishes

     I don't know about you but I am loving these new plates. I am curious to know how they did the nail art look with the different colored dots. Which plate is your favorite? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Cupcake Polish - Limited Edition Food for Unicorns Trio (Press Release)

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     Starting Monday Cupcake Polish will have a very limited trio of polishes and wax melts for sale. You can find all the details here and then make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms because you won't want to miss this.


DALLAS, TX: Cupcake Polish announces a fun new trio themed around everyone’s favorite new trend – unicorns!!  This trio features three gorgeous polishes that are packed full of shimmer and iridescent goodness, perfect for those times when you just want to stand out!  All polishes in this trio are opaque in 2-3 coats.  In addition to these three limited edition polishes, we are introducing a matching wax melt of the month from Ginger Fizz Boutique to go along with this trio!  This month’s wax melt is called Food For Unicorns and it is a fun bubblegum scent adorned with unicorn sprinkles.  These polishes and the wax melt for this month are VERY limited in quantities!

Cupcake Polishes are handmade, long-wearing, full coverage, and 5-free.
Ginger Fizz Boutique wax melts are highly fragranced in a soy wax blend and are approximately 1.25oz.

Polishes are $13 each and the wax melt will retail for $2.  These will be available at
Polishes will be sold separately or as a set with the matching wax melt for a discounted price of $35.
This collection launches on January 8th at 8pm CST.

Available trio colors:
Dark Unicorn
 – burgundy jelly polish packed with a rainbow of multicolored iridescent flakies and gold shimmer
Be Happy - lilac crème polish packed with a rainbow of shimmers that shift from red to green to gold and more
Smile – pink jelly polish packed with red to green shifting iridescent glitters and a hint of blue shimmer
Photo credit Lo Figueroa / Bruised Up Dollie
Swatch photos credit Simone Robinson / What One Girl Loves
Swatch photos credit Alicia Sheeley / Delishious Nails


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