Monday, March 25, 2019

6:00 AM

Swatch and Review of Paint it Pretty Jelly glitters polishes


     Today I'm bringing you 4 polishes from Paint it Pretty that are currently available for purchase for $7.76 CAD. While these polishes all have pretty great names they also have 2 things in common, a bunch of fun glitters and a jelly finish. Now I know what you're thinking, jelly polishes tend to be on the sheer side but these are all surprisingly opaque. This is going to be a picture heavy post so let's jump right in.

Less Bitter, More Glitter




     Less Bitter, More Glitter is a blue jelly nail polish with purple shimmer, blue glitters and holographic micro flakes. 


     The Application was smooth and even. While being sheer on the first coat, full opacity can be reached after two coats. There is a nice even coverage of glitters in each coat. Because of the glitter, there is a slight texture when dry, it is minimal and a layer of topcoat will smooth it right out. Shown here as two coats plus glossy top coat. 



Sawdust is Man Glitter




     Sawdust is Man Glitter is a pink jelly nail polish with blue glitters, illusion flakes and a light purple shimmer. 


     The application was again smooth and even. The first coat went on sheer but not as sheer as Less Bitter, More Glitter. Two coats helped reach full opacity and even glitter coverage. Sawdust is Man Glitter seems to be less dense with the glitter but this leads to a smooth finish when dry. Shown here is two coats plus glossy topcoat. 




No Glitter, No Glamour




     No Glitter, No Glamour is a purple jelly nail polish with pink shimmer, magenta and blue glitters and holographic flakes. 


     The Application smooth and even but the sheerest of the collection on the first coat. Full opacity was reached after two coats and I got an even distribution of glitter on each nail. Once again because of all the glitter there is a slight texture once dry but a layer of topcoat gives a smooth finish. Shown here is two coats plus glossy top coat. 



Get Glittered



     Get Glittered is a blue jelly nail polish with orange, copper, and emerald glitters.


     The application is also smooth and even but a bit sheer on the first coat.  Like the rest of the collection, it builds up nicely to full opacity after two coats. While there is a ton of glitter in each coat you get a smooth finish once dry. Shown here is two coats plus glossy topcoat. 



     I told you this was going to be a picture heavy post! What did you think of these fun glitters? Was I right about the great names? Surprisingly my favorite of the four is Less Bitter, More Glitter and I'm not one who actually wears blue nail polish. No Glitter, No Glamour is my second favorite for its rich purple color, or maybe it's because the Mr's love of purple is rubbing off on me. Either way, I'm a fan and I hope you are too. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Monday, March 4, 2019

6:00 AM

Swatch and Review of Paint it Pretty's March PPotM 2019 - Flakes of Dust


     Today I have for you an LE polish from Paint it Pretty called Flakes of Dust. This polish will be available for purchase from March 1st-30th for $9.52 CAD a bottle or about $12 US. 


   This beauty is a blue to purple to magenta shifting multichrome with crystal chameleon flakes in pink and aqua and red/gold /green with a jelly like consistency. 


    In my photos, I  used two thin coats on my pointer finger and 3 coats on the ret plus topcoat to help show off the opacity and layering ability of the polish. 


     The application was smooth with a ton of flakes each time I dipped the brush into the bottle. I've found that with flakie polishes it's best to use thin coats to really layer the polish, instead of using a medium to thick coat. The thin coat really allows for the flakies to shine through. 


     

     Flakes of Dusk is only available for a limited time so if you want a bottle for yourself don't delay, visit Paint it Pretty before the end of the month. And while you're there check out the amazing thermal polishes she has to offer. Or if you prefer to wait a week or two I'll have a review of 4 jelly/glitter polishes from Paint it Pretty that will be available starting on the 15th.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

10:36 AM

Swatch and Review of SassyG Birthday Magic 2019 Duo


    Today I'm bringing you another look at some of the prizes available in my current giveaway. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to check it out! A few smaller prizes have been added and I want them to be a surprise for the winner. Are you excited? 

     I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the brand SassyG. I know I haven't heard much about them which, to be honest, is a real shame. The focus behind this brand really warms my heart and deserves more attention. Here's a little bit about the company from their website:
"Saniyya Grace is a young entrepreneur who is truly a change maker. She has developed a nail care brand for the girl who loves color and is ready to create a beautiful world. Sassy G is a 10-Free, Vegan, natural nail care system. Sassy G is committed to creating beautiful, vibrant, high-quality products that make you feel fabulous and help to make the world a better place. With each purchase you, make it possible for The Sassy Squad to visit resident facilities for the handicapped and developmentally delayed to provide free manicures and a whole lot of joy!"

    Now I feel just awful because I really should have gotten this post up earlier. Sadly, this is the last day to purchase the birthday duo for $15 and really help this young entrepreneur and the Sassy Squad out. *After this post went live the maker has informed me that the polishes will remain on sale until Feb 20th, 2019* I'm sure you want to see the polishes right? Well, let's get to it!


     On Ten is a beautiful blue polish with silver mirror chrome added to give it an awesome shimmer and pop. The formula is easy to work with. The polish flowed smoothly off the brush for an even application on the nail. While it was more opaque than I was expecting on the first coat, you will need two to reach full opacity.  Shown here is 2 coats plus topcoat. 



     I really like the color on this and the added shimmer adds nice visual interest. The one downside is that there are some minor brushstrokes. They didn't bother me as much because they are truely truly and not easily noticed but if you're one who really dislikes any sort of brushstrokes on your nails I have a tip to avoid them that I shared in my review of the Orly Pastel City collection. It really is a gamechanger for me when it comes to polishes that dry with heavy brushstrokes and worth checking out in my opinion. 



     Kumi which is Swahili for ten. Is an Amethyst polish with a soft peek through pop of pink shimmer which almost gives off a color shifting look. Once again the formula was very easy to work with. Just like On Ten you will need two coats for full opacity. Shown here as two coats plus topcoat. 



    For me, this is one of those colors that can be worn year round and still be seasonally appropriate. The dusty feel is a nice lighter choice for the cold days of winter. The pink shimmer gives me a spring feeling while the pastel tone would work for summer or fall. 

     That's all I've got for you today. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

6:00 AM

Swatch and Review of The Fresh Start Trio from All Mixed Up Lacquers


    I know I can't believe it myself, 2 posts in 2 days but there is a method to this madness! Today I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at some of the polishes available in my current giveaway.  If you haven't entered yet don't worry, there's still time! The giveaway ends on Feb 8th and is open to US residents 18 and older. 

      Let's take a look at the 3 thermal polishes All Mixed Up Lacquers was nice enough to donate as well as provide a set for me to review at a discount. Thermal polishes are a huge trend right now which was why I was so excited to be able to offer these up as part of the prize. This is the Fresh Start Trio.

    The formula for this trio was consistent throughout. While not particularly sheer on the first coat, you definitely need at least 2 coats for full opacity, if you have a distinct or bright white free edge I'd recommend 3 coats. Each polish is shown as two coats plus topcoat. 

     It has been extremely cold here lately so cold in fact that the school that I work for has closed for the week due to the temps. Think -65℉ windchill and threat of frostbite within 4 minutes on exposed skin.  Because of this, my transition shots were very hard to capture. My hands started to shift back to the cold state almost immediately. 




     Frozen B**** Face has a navy to light blue shift with gold flakies. 





    In the cold state, you will see the nice deep navy blue with a sea of golden shimmer. When the polish is in a warm state you see a light ocean blue along with the golden shimmer. 





     A Splash of Optimism is a dark to light shifting thermal nail polish with gold flakies. 





      In a cold state, you see a nice forest green that leans a bit to the army green side thanks to the gold flakies.  Once the polish is warm you get a nice light almost pastel spring green. 





     Change of Heart is a maroon to pink shifting thermal nail polish with gold flakies. 




     Just like the other two polishes in this trio you get the darker color in a cold state and the lighter color in a warm state. In this case, you get a nice rich berry color when the polish is cold and a bright sort of bubblegum pink when the polish is warm. 




     I like all 3 colors in this collection but have to be honest and tell you that Change of heart is my favorite. I actually wore it for a full week on my recent trip to Nashville. When I returned home I had a small chip on the pointer finger of my right hand but very minimal tip wear. 

     Which color do you like best? Will you be entering the giveaway? Be sure to check back tomorrow where I'll be sharing 2 more polishes available to win. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

5:00 AM

Just for Fun Giveaway (CLOSED)


    Hello everyone, long time no posting. I've been pretty much absent from blogging and the nail polish community since October and I have to say it's been a nice break. I did take that time to give my blog a makeover and I hope you like the new look. I've decided to take a step back and start blogging more as a hobby rather than try and focus on turning this into a job. What that means is that I will be posting less frequently, and to be honest a bit sporadically for now. I want to focus on quality content and enjoy what I'm doing rather than quantity and put out posts just to get them posted.

     I thought a fun way to get back into blogging and remind people that I'm still here is to kick things off with a giveaway! This giveaway will have one winner and is open to U.S residents 18 and older.

     For now, the prize consists of 12 handmade jelly polishes for all your leadlighting needs, a small paint pallet to help with nail art, a set of dotting tools, a trio of thermal polishes from All Mixed Up Lacquers, a birthday duo from Sassy G, cute little nail polish highlighters set, a bottle of Wet N Wild Topcoat and, 4 polishes from Sinful Colors.



    I'd like to include a few more nail art supplies so as I shop throughout the week more items could be added.

The giveaway will run from 1/29/2019 - 02/08/2019. Winner will be randomly selected through raffelcopter and notified within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 72 hrs a new winner will be drawn. Good Luck!


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

6:00 AM

Liquid Vitamins from SBR Nutrition

     
     Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my thoughts on the new Liquid Vitamins from SBR Nutrition. What are liquid vitamins and why are they better than traditional ones? Aside from being easier to consume, liquid supplements can also have a comparatively higher absorption rate when compared to supplements in solid form. Combining high-quality ingredients with a higher absorption rate is what we like to refer to as the "Liquid Advantage." These vitamins are Made in the USA, Non-GMO and, Vegan: Biotin, B12, Turmeric, Theanine

Here's just a little information about the company. "At SBR Nutrition, we are dedicated to enhancing your overall health and well-being. Our mission is to consistently deliver high quality products with a focus on helping you reach your wellness goals. We are confident in the “Liquid Advantage” and we want you to experience the difference yourself. That is why all purchases are protected with a 90 day, 100% money back guarantee. We are committed to making our relationship last a lifetime." The options available are Biotin, Vitamin B12, Turmeric, Theanine, Ashwagandha, Hydration Formula, and D3 + K2. I chose to review the Turmeric and Biotin.



Liquid Turmeric: Turmeric continues to garner attention from the health community, thanks to its antioxidant properties and potential to help support cardiovascular health, provide natural pain relief and promote healthy joints. Despite their extraordinary potential, many herbs can have limited benefits due to poor absorption. SBR Nutrition helps alleviate this absorption issue by bringing you our high quality Turmeric Curcumin liquid drops. Our liquid formula helps ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs — faster.



     The bottle of this says to take 2 droppers full daily and you can mix it with juice or water. I would recommend adding it to something as the taste is not one that is enjoyable.  
Liquid Biotin: Often called “the beauty nutrient” because of the nourishment it delivers your hair, skin, and nails to those that are deficient in Biotin. This member of the B-vitamin complex is a key cofactor of enzymes involved in fatty acid metabolism, helping to supply cells with energy.




The taste of this is a mixed berry and is very enjoyable. My only issue is that the instructions are to take half a dropper daily but there are no markings on the dropper. I have to estimate what half a dropper is which isn't impossible but not entirely user-friendly.

     While I've only been taking these liquid vitamins for just over a week I have seen small results. I've noticed less hair falling out when I brush it or take a shower. My knees haven't hurt as much after a full day of standing at work. I am hoping that the results will continue to grow as I continue taking the vitamins.  

     Here is some more information on the vitamins available in case you are like me and are unsure of what they can do for you. 

Liquid Vitamin B12: A breakthrough in vitamin B-12 supplementation with Methylcobalamin, the neurologically active form of B-12. Traditional B-12 supplements give you cyanocobalamin, a form that the body must convert into methylcobalamin to harness its neuro-nourishing potential. Our Methylcobalamin completes this conversion for you, so your body gets more active B-12 faster, for the health of your entire nervous system.


Liquid Theanine: This unique amino acid derived from green tea leaves has been extensively researched and shown to promote relaxation.


Liquid Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. Helps to aid in the reduction of anxiety and stress with an increase in memory, cognition, muscle strength, energy, endurance, and more.


Liquid Hydration Formula: An electrolyte-replenishing, liquid concentrate made for those who don’t want unnecessary additives, sweeteners, or calories in their hydration products. Its mineral base is a significantly more efficient form of hydration than water alone. Formulated with fulvic acid, humic acid, over 74 trace colloidal ionic minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, B vitamins, an array of enzymes and unique polysaccharides.


Liquid D3 + K2: Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 work together synergistically – each nutrient aiding the other in its functions. Taken together, the nutrients can effectively support your overall heart health, your vascular (arteries and veins) system, and your respiratory and immune systems. They also help you maintain strong bones, among many other benefits.

You can purchase these vitamins from SBR or find them on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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