Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Untried A- Z Challenge Letter F

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     Happy First day of Spring everyone and welcome to the 6th week of the Untried A-Z Challenge. This week is the letter F and I'm mixing things up by sharing two polishes with you today. That's the beauty of this challenge, the only rule is that the polish or brand has to start with the appropriate letter. And since the point of this challenge is to work through my untried polishes I figured sharing more than one would be a great way to get through a few more. 

    I chose 2 polishes from KBShimmer for letter F week, one I've had in my collection for over a year and one from last summer.  And it just so happens that both colors are a bit spring like so they work as a first day of spring manicure too even if there isn't any nail art. Ok, I might be reaching a bit there but I'm asking you to just go with me on this.

Flock This Way

     Flock This Way was released in the Summer Vacation collection 2017 and is one of my newer untried polishes. This medium pink polish has a smattering of holographic glitter fragments that almost twinkle when in direct lighting.

    The application process was a dream. Flock this Way is highly pigmented and flows smoothly onto the nail. I was able to get even coverage on the first coat and almost complete opacity. Shown here is two coats plus top coat.

Flake Me Home Tonight

     Flake Me Home Tonight was released in the fall of 2016 as part of the Fall Collection. This pale sage green polish has a metallically foil finish which causes the hue of it to lighten and darken depending on the lighting. 

     While not as opaque as Flock This Way I was still able to get even coverage on the first coat. It does build up nicely and full opacity can be reached after two coats. Flake Me Home Tonight does dry with a slight texture but that can be smoothed out with a good top coat. Shown here as two coats plus top coat. 

     So there you have my two letter F polishes for this weeks challenge. I like both colors and think that they would go together perfectly in a manicure. Even with the mixed finishes. Were you able to get the spring vibe I mentioned earlier? Do you have a favorite from these two? 

    Now let's see what the others have picked for their letter F polishes. And please feel free to add your manicures to the link up if you used one with the letter F in the brand or color name. I'd love to have more people join in. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Drip Marble Manicure

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*Nothing to Disclose*

     It's that time of year when people start seeing green. No, I'm not talking about money, I'm referring to St. Patrick's Day. The time of year when everyone is a little bit Irish, city's colors their rivers green, our beverages turn green and for me, it's my nails. But this year I was stumped on how to paint them until I remembered the beautiful drip marbles that Kerry from Painted Fingertips creates. So thank you, Kerry, for inspiring my St. Patrick's Day nail art this year.

     I have to say I am in love with how this turned out!  And it looks great both glossy and matte although the matte version ended up being my favorite. Which one do you prefer? 

     I used polishes a variety of polishes to create this look, Sally Hansen's Granny Smith Apple, Sinful Colors White Board and Wet n Wild Poison Ivy and Deadly Dose.  The brush in the Wet n Wild polishes is wider and made dripping the polish very easy but even the smaller brush in the Sinful works for this type of nail art. 

     The first time I did a fluid nail art like this I used my nail art mat.  This time around I took a page out of Kerry's book and used the top to an old sour cream container. The top is a stiffer plastic than the mat which made controlling how the polish moved a bit easier to manage. 

     For those of you wondering how I created this look, it's actually very easy. I just placed random drops of each polish on my lid, making sure that they overlapped and started to run together. Then I simple tipped and turned the lid until the polish had spread out evenly on the lid. I let the design dry for about an hour and a half before continuing on to the next step. Kerry actually created a video on how to do this if you want to see how it's done in real time. 

     Easy right? Well, the one trick is choosing the right polishes. A nice mix of finishes and colors is key to getting a good marbled effect. I'd avoid polishes with larger glitters because they seem to be too heavy and the base is a bit thick but micro glitters seem to work well.

     After my design dried all that was left was to peel it up, but out the parts of the design I wanted and apply them. The best way I've found for applying homemade decals is using a layer of Orly Bonder and letting it dry about 90%. that way it's still a bit tacky but not so wet that your decal dissolves. A little trimming, some cleanup and I you're done.  

    So there you have my St. Patrick's Day nail art for this year. What do you think of the drip marble technique, will you be trying it out? I hope you enjoyed today's post and if you try this technique I'd love to see them. Feel free to share your creations with me on my facebook page.  I'll be back next Tuesday with another post in the Untried A-Z Challenge but until then, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pastel Gradient with Stamping

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     All around me I'm starting to see signs of spring. The temps are getting higher, the snow is melting and the birds have returned and started singing. That means it's time for some softer colors on the blog and I'm well overdue for some nail art. I did promise more nail art in 2018 and I haven't shared any in almost 3 weeks. I've decided to combine both for this post with a pastel gradient and a little bit of stamping. 

     I used all Sally Hansen polishes in my gradient because to be honest I had them handy and I was just messing around with the polishes on my desk when I did this. Plus I wanted to try out the new liquid latex I'd just picked up from Ribbits Stickits; Un-Frog-gettable cuticle cover in Plain Toad. 

     You might remember me mentioning all the Sally's I've picked up on clearance lately and haven't put away in my Vinyl Valentine's look which ironically, was the last nail art post I shared with all of you. I'm happy to report that while I was procrastinating writing a blog post I put all those polishes away where they belong and can see a portion of my desk once again. 

     The polishes I used are all from the Insta-Dri line and are Pink Blink, Seize the Gray, Jade Jump, and Sand Storm. These polishes blend beautifully when doing a gradient and the colors flowed together so nicely that even though I was just messing around and had no intention of sharing this on the blog once I saw the finished look I knew I had a manicure worth sharing. 

     For my stamping, I used Hit the Bottle As Black As Night and Shandy plate SH22. I wanted to use an image plate from a brand that I don't reach for often and the circle image seemed like a fun one to use without covering up too much of the gradient. 

     I have to say I was really impressed with the Un-frog-gettable cuticle cover. It applied evenly, dried quickly and removed in one easy piece. 

     Have you ever just been playing around with your nail polish and come up with a blog-worthy look? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Paint it Pretty - St. Patrick's Day Duo

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     Who's ready for St. Patrick's Day polishes? If you answered yes to that question than I've got the post for you. Paint it Pretty Polish is releasing a gorgeous St. Patrick's Day duo on Friday, March 9th but if your a member of the fan group you have a chance to win. Want to see what you could win? Well, let's get to it then. 

Irish You a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Yellow gold nail polish with green micro glitter

     Color: A yellow gold nail polish with green and holographic micro glitters. 

     Application: Smooth application with even coverage. I had some VNL after one coat and thought I may need 3 for full coverage. Irish You A Happy St. Patrick's Day builds up nicely and full opacity was reached after two coats. There are a few brushstrokes but they are very minimal and the glitters help to conceal them. Shown here is two coats plus top coat.

Yellow Gold Nail Polish with green micro glitter

Yellow gold nail polish with green micro glitter
     Yellow gold is not a color that plays nicely with my skin tone so while I think this is a very pretty polish it's not one for me. However, in the summertime when I have a bit of a tan, I would probably like it more on my nails. 

It Ain't Over Till It's Clover

Green to gold duo chrome nail polish

     Color: A green to gold shifting duo Chrome with a few hints of blue and purple. 

     Application: Smooth application with even coverage. Two coat needed for perfect opacity and shift. Does dry with a few brushstrokes but they are minimal. Shown as 2 coats plus top coat.

green to gold duo chrome nail polish

green to gold duo chrome nail polish

     Sadly I wasn't able to capture the blue or purple color shift on the nail because it is so subtle but you can see it around the edges of the bottle. This is also my favorite of the duo and one that I will gladly wear again. 

      The St Patrick's Day Duo is releasing on Friday, March 9th and will be $10 each. Be sure to check out the fan page for your chance to win a set for yourself. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Paint it Pretty Information

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge Letter E

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     Welcome back for another week of the Untried A-Z Challenge.This week is the letter E and I've chosen Earl Grey Icing from Poetry Cowgirl to share with you.

      If this is your first time reading about this challenge let me give you some quick details. This is a year-long challenge to help work through all the untried nail polish that tends to gather at our homes. The posting schedule is every other week and we go in alphabetical order. You can use the brand name or polish name for each week's letter or mix it up and do both. You can share one polish or more, do a polish swatch or add nail art. It's wide open and a come and go type of challenge. Do as many or as few weeks as you want, just have fun with it. You can find more details listed in the event on Facebook along with inlinks codes for that week. Now back to today's polish...

     I picked up Earl Grey Icing last spring when it was released as part of the cool quad in the Spring Frosting Collection. Then I moved into my new house and in all the moving chaos it got packed up in my helmer. So it is one of my newer untired polishes but is being shared a year after it's release. But the good news is,  it's still available for purchase!

Cement grey scattered holographic nail polish

     Earl Grey Icing is a cement grey nail polish with a light dusting of scattered holographic glitter. While it applied a bit sheer on the first coat and much lighter than what you see in the bottle, I did have a smooth and even application. Earl Gery Icing builds up nicely to full opacity after two coats and the polish dries just a wee bit darker to match the bottle. Shown as two coats plus top coat. 

cement grey scattered holographic nail polish

cement grey scattered holographic nail polish

      This is my first time using Poetry Cowgirl nail polish but I was impressed with the formula and am glad that I picked up with rest of the colors in the Spring Frosting Collection. I can't wait to share the rest of them with you. But for now, it's time to see what everyone else chose as their letter E polish. I hope to see some of you join us in this challenge, there's room for everyone. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sassy Pants News And Exclusives for March (Press Release)

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Newsletter, 3/2/18
Here's What's Up!
There's just so much awesome going on, I can hardly stand it!
"Wild Things"
"Books" is the theme for this month's Polish Pickup. Mr. Sassy Pants and I chose Where the Wild Things Are. The book held a special place in his heart as a child and has fond memories of reading it to his three boys when they were young. My son also is a fan! 

Our resulting polish from this inspiration is a gorgeous azure blue jelly holographic polish with various holographic microshreds, glitter and a red/purple shimmer. The shimmer was a bit camera shy in swatches, but is gorgeous in person! $12 and no cap on the number of bottles available.

Only available through Monday, March 5th, so go get your hands on this exclusive before it's gone for good!
Handmade Natural Beauty
As you are probably aware, Sassy Pants Polish is the sassy little sister company to Handmade Natural Beauty, the bath, and body line I began in 2001. We have one fabulous item available at Polish Pickup as well. Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, meet “Proud As a Peacock.” This luxurious handmade and creatively swirled soap is scented with a Blackberry Sage Tea fragrance. This soap is considered a bastille soap which means it has at least 70% olive oil and is a nice gentle soap, ideal for sensitive skin. The design is meant to resemble the peacock which is depicted on the cover of the book in addition to the old watermarbled papers that can be found inside the covers and decorating the for edges. Each soap will be unique and different! 

Only a limited number available at Polish Pickup through Monday, March 5th, or sell out, so don't delay!
Until next time...don't forget to put on your Sassy Pants! 
xoxo, Angie

Saturday, March 3, 2018

1850 Artisan Polish - Women in History Collection (Press Release)

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A New Collection from 1850 Artisan Polish

Women's History Month 2018

1850 Artisan Polish is celebrating the lives of women who helped shape California's history with a beautiful new collection filled with gold shimmers.
From left to right in the main photo:
Helen Hunt Jackson's life inspired an earthy copper shimmer called Use Your Voice
Clara S. Foltz
 is honored with an ultraviolet purple with gold shimmer called Raise the Bar High
Biddy Mason
 is celebrated with a fresh green with gold shimmer called New Life

Our two thermal colors, Groundbreaker, and Boundless remind all women of the power we have to change the world around us!

Thursday, March 1st at 3 pm PST / 6 pm EST

This collection will be available tomorrow, along with a restock of our entire Debut Collection!
See the New Collection

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Heather's Hues You've Got to be Shiftin' Me Encore Duo

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     Welcome back to Heather's Hues week! This time I'm bringing you the final installment of the You've Got to be Shiftin' Me series. The Encore Duo consists of two shifty and opaque polishes. If you missed the first two installments not to worry, I've got you covered. You can follow these links to see my reviews of the You've Got to be Shiftin' Me collection and the You've Got to be Shiftin' Me Collection part deux. Just like those previous posts I've shown this duo on four full fingers and then stamped on one nail with creative shop plate 14 over a black base.


An aqua to green shifting multi-chrome nail polish

     Color: An aqua to green shifting multi-chrome nail polish. 

     Application: Smooth application with an even coverage and very opaque. Shown as one coat plus top coat. Out of the entire series, this polish has the most subtle shift. Sadly the shift is more evident in my photos than I could actually see on my nails. 

An aqua to green shifting multi-chrome nail polish

An aqua to green shifting multi-chrome nail polish


A purple to pink multi-chrome nail polish with flashes of gold and green.

     Color: A purple to pink multi-chrome nail polish with flashes of gold and green. 

     Application: Smooth even application with a high opacity. Shown as one coat plus top coat. Dazzle does dry with a few brushstrokes but they are minimal and the color shift makes them less evident to the naked eye. 

A purple to pink multi-chrome nail polish with flashes of gold and green.

A purple to pink multi-chrome nail polish with flashes of gold and green.

     That rounds out the You've Got to be Shiftin' Me series of polishes from Heather's Hues. Just like part deux at the time of this post, the encore duo is not currently available for purchase and there are no immediate plans to bring it back to the shop. That being said I hope you still enjoyed this duo. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

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