Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bee's Knees Lacquer -Which Witch Trial?

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     Bee's Knees Lacquer hit the indie scene with a splash last year and of course, I had to see for myself what all the buzz was about. I got 3 polishes in my first purchase and from what I've seen I'll be ordering more soon. I'll be sharing Which Witch Trial?  from the Witch, Please collection with you today.

Brown to gray nail polish with red flakes and golden shimmer

     At first glance, Which Witch Trial? looks like a milk Chocolate polish with red micro flakes but this polish is so complex that a second look shows you a charcoal gray base with golden shimmer. 

Brown to gray nail polish with red flakes and golden shimmer

     The application for Which Witch Trial? is amazing. It has a smooth formula with even coverage. While it's pretty opaque I did need 2 coats to reach full opacity. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.

Brown to gray nail polish with red flakes and golden shimmer

     I'm so glad that I picked this one up when I first heard of the brand. It's a very unique polish for my collection and one I can see myself wearing no matter what the season. Although I think it's a great color for those long winter months. Have you tried Bee's Knees Lacquer yet or have any on your wish list? Let me know in the comments and as always, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sassy Pants - Valentine's Duo (Press Release)

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Here's What's Up!
There's just so much awesome going on, I can hardly stand it!
"Valentine's 18 Duo"
Finally, right?!
My apologies for it being FOREVER since I've launched any collections! Polish Pickup along with the Monthly Awareness Polish Box has kept me quite busy! However, I missed doing my own independent creations and so here is a gorgeous Valentine's duo! I hope you enjoy!
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Sassy Pants Polish is excited to bring you two gorgeous holographic polishes in honor of Valentine's Day! "Gold 'n' Roses" and "Love 'n' Lingerie." Unlimited pre-order launch opens up at midnight Valentine's day and will be open for 1 week. Then these beauties will be gone for good. Pictures by Cosmetic Sanctuary. Happy Valentine's Day!!?

Only available Feb. 14th through the 21st, so go get your hands on this gorgeous duo before they're gone for good!
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Until next time...don't forget to put on your Sassy Pants! 
xoxo, Angie

Angie (Cavaiuolo) Neyens, CEOS (Chief Executive of Sassy)
Sassy Pants Polish
sassypantspolish@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Love nail art for Valentines Day

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     I'm back with another nail art look for Valentines Day and once again I used a few nail polishes from Sally Hansen that I picked up on clearance. As some of you may have noticed Sally Hansen has had redone their displays and colors in stores clearing out a ton of colors. I have taken full advantage of this and added more to my collection than I'd like to admit. Because of my recent purchases and procrastination at putting them away, I've found myself reaching for them when it's time to paint my nails. Hence all the Sally Hansen posts lately. I will get back to posting other brands soon I promise. Now for today's nail art. 


     For this color combination, I was inspired by one of my fiance's friends. She sent me a message asking about pink and gray polishes that went well together. Her daughter is starting to get into nails and nail art which I think is really cool. I also liked the idea of pairing pink and gray together as a semi non-traditional valentines look. 

    Pink Blink is a bubblegum pink polish that I used as the base color on my ring finger.My main manicure color is Seize the Gray, a lighter gray than I had envisioned but has a great formula and nice opacity. 


    For my ring finger, I used What's Up Nails Vinyl written with love (wv215) and then painted Seize the Gray over it. The middle finger was done using What's Up Nail Vinyl Profiles (wv219) and Pink Blink. Both sets of Vinyls are still available at What's Up Nails if you'd like to get some for yourself.


    I found that this was a quick and easy way to create my Valentines look and I like the color combo. I'm so glad it was suggested to me. Have you used vinyls before? Where is your favorite place to get them? I hope you have a lovely Valentines Day, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dark and Vampy Valentines Day Manicure

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     It's the beginning of February and that means it's time for Valentine's nail art looks. I missed out on doing any last year and I want to make up for it this year. Don't worry I won't be dedicating the entire month to Valentines I only have 2 looks to share with you. The first one is a needle drag look that has subtle valentines feel to it that I'm kind of proud of. 


     For years I have attempted the needle drag technique without success. I must have a heavy hand because no matter how lightly I tried to be with my dotting tool I ended up putting gauges in my polish instead of beautiful swirling designs. That was until I tried using a nail art brush instead of my dotting tool. A little tip, you want to use a striping brush with long bristles and the lightest amount of pressure possible. 


      The polishes I used I recently picked up on clearance from Target. Who doesn't love a bargain right! My main color is Ruby Do from the 2017 Berry Chic Collection. I accented it with Clean Slate which is part of the 2016 fall collection. Both polishes are extremely opaque and have great formulas. To create my hearts I used a medium sized dotting tool and a few drops of Ruby Do. The brush in the complete salon manicure line is great for painting my nails but it too big when it comes to wanting small drops of polish. You'll want to move quickly when doing the needle drag technique so that your polish doesn't have time to dry. I had my dotting tool ready to go before adding my second coat of clean slate which I think was also part of why I was able to do this successfully. A quick swipe with my striping brush through the polish and I had my heart pattern.


     I'm super excited to finally get this technique to work and can't wait to try it out with other colors and designs. Have you had success with this technique? Do you have any other tips or tricks? I hope you enjoyed this simple Valentines nail art look. I'll be back with another look soon until then, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Untired A-Z Challenge Letter C

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     It's time once again for the Untried A-Z Challenge, this time around is the letter C. I hope you've been enjoying this challenge as much as I have. It's been great to see so many people join in but there is always room for more. Feel free to check out the event on facebook and see if it will work for you. 



     I'm sharing another polish from Sally Hansen but this time from the Extreme Wear line. I know I know I should be mixing it up with my polish brands but if you remember from my 2018 goals post, one of my goals is to work through my untried polishes with a focus on the mainstreams. Don't worry I'll get back around to some indies polishes soon. But in the meantime let's take a look at Sally Hansen Coin Flip. 

Pale Bronze metallic nail polish with golden shimmer

     Coin Flip is a pale bronze metallic polish with a golden shimmer. I must have had a thing for metallic golden bronze polishes back in 2014 when I went on a polish purchasing spree because I have a lot of them in my helmer. As proven by my letter B post from a few weeks ago. 

Pale bronze metallic nail polish with golden shimmer

     The application of Coin Flip was typical. I had smooth and even application but this polish is a bit sheer on the first coat. Thankfully this polish builds up nicely and full opacity can be reached after two coats. Unfortunately, like most metallic polishes this one suffers from brushstrokes. I recently had a tip shared with me on how to avoid the brushstrokes and I'd like to pass it along to you. The secret is to sponge on the second layer for a more even surface. I haven't tried it yet but you can bet I will the next time I wear a shimmer or metallic finish nail polish.

Pale bronze metallic nail polish with golden shimmer


     This is a color that I really like but not a polish I will probably wear again. I have so many colors like this in my collection that I need to give them all a chance.Plus I typically can get a lot of the polishes from this line to work for stamping but I think this one is too sheer to work for that. Now that I've shown you my C polish let's see what other people have chosen. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Groundhogs Day Prediction 2018 - I'm hoping for spring!

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     I'm posting outside of my regular schedule for a special reason today. The members of The Stamping Shop group on Facebook have gotten together for a fun little collab for Groundhogs day and I thought it was a fun idea. Everyone who participated did a manicure with what they thought Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction would be. If they thought he would predict 6 more weeks of winter you did a winter themed manicure, if you thought he would predict an early spring you did a spring themed manicure. I am desperately hoping for an early spring. I've got the urge to go camping already and am over the cold temps of my Minnesota winter. It's been a mild one for snow but the temps have been brutally cold. And I'm cheating a little bit because I did this manicure back in early November but didn't have an appropriate time to share it until now. Hence the lush green grass for my background and beautiful sunlight to capture the shimmer. Oh, spring....hurry up and get here, I miss you!


     For this manicure, I started with a base of Black Cherry from the Orly Velvet Dreams Collection. This deep rich color was the inspiration for my entire manicure and has started a slight obsession of polishes similar to this. You might remember I recently shared with you Con Artist from Nvr Enuff another polish in this color family. Plus I may have ordered a few more recently that will be on the blog soon.


      For my accent nail, I went with the advanced stamping technique using Hit the Bottle As Black as Night and a plate I ordered from Amazon called Flowers 01 by Meidus. Sadly this plate is currently out of stock with no date for when it will return.


     To fill in my flowers I used Maybelline Bold Gold and Milani Bijou Bronze. I just love this color combo! Sadly it was really humid in my house when I did this and it caused my top coat to bubble. I guess I learned my lesson about painting my nails when the dryer has been running all day. For clarification, my office now has to share space with my laundry room. We recently bought new machines, they are bigger than our previous set and no longer fit in the same space. Our solution was to flip the hookups to the other side of the wall and move them into my office. The result is no more swatch fests on laundry day. That's all I've got for you today, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

      



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Literary Lacquers - As You Wish Trio

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     Just a few weeks after releasing her Alice in Lacquerland collection Literary Lacquers is at it again with a trio just in time for Valentines Day. This Collection was named by a member of the Fan group and it's like they were reading my mind. I am a HUGE Princess Bride fan. So much so that my I'm having my friend who is officiating my wedding this fall open with this famous line...


     Speaking of Mawage, that's the name of the LE topper from this trio. It will be available for the entire month of February. 

Mawage

Limited edition topper from the As You Wish trio Valentines Collection 2018. Clear base with heart glitter mixed in with holographic hex glitter

     Color: A clear based polish filled with holographic hex glitter and heart-shaped glitters. Shown here over Sinful Colors Whiteboard.

     Application: When trying to apply this like a typical polish I did need to do a bit of fishing for the heart glitters. The holographic and pink hex glitters came out easily and were abundant on the nail. Rather than play around too much and have thick layers of this on my nail I decided to sponge it on. As you can see I was able to get a good amount of coverage this way without being over the top. I did need to fish a little for the hearts but it was minimal. Shown as 1 sponged coat plus top coat.

Limited edition topper from the As You Wish trio Valentines Collection 2018. Clear base with heart glitter mixed in with holographic hex glitter

Limited edition topper from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018. Clear base with heart glitter mixed in with holographic hex glitter


     Typically I'm not a fan of the shaped glitter in polish. You will notice that I have maybe one other polish on my blog with them in it. That being said I actually like this one. The shapes are not overpowering and blend well with the hex glitters for a fun look. I don't see myself wearing this a lot but it is a great polish for Valentines.

Princess Buttercup

White matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018

     Color: White matte polish with pink glitter and shimmer.

     Application: Smooth formula with even application. This polish is a bit on the sheer side and I had quite the VNL after 2 coats. Opacity builds up nicely and I was able to get full coverage after 3 coats.  Shown as 3 coats plus a matte top coat.

White matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018

White matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018

     Now, this is a polish I can see myself wearing a lot, especially in the spring when all flowers are blooming. I think it also makes a great base for nail art although I didn't add any this time around. I did add a glossy top coat however so you can see what it looks like with a little shine. 

White matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018

White matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018

White matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines Collection 2018

The Man in Black

Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines collection 2018

     Color: Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer. 

     Application: Smooth application but goes on a bit sheer with the first coat seeming to have a sparse amount of glitter. Builds up beautifully to reach full opacity with 2 coats and a nice amount of glitter. Shown as 2 coats plus a matte top coat. 

Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines collection 2018

Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines collection 2018

    This is another beauty that I can see myself wearing. While I like Princess Buttercup better matte I actually like this one better with a glossy top coat. Check it out below.

Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines collection 2018

Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines collection 2018

Black matte nail polish with pink glitter and shimmer from the As You Wish Trio Valentines collection 2018

     Which version do you like better glossy or matte? The As You Wish trio is releasing Friday, Feb 2nd at noon Mountain time. Polishes will be $10 each or $27 for the trio while supplies last. Be sure to keep up with Literary Lacquers on social media for sneak peeks and information about upcoming collections. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



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