Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sinful Colors - Coco Bae

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     Hello Everyone, I hope your week has gotten off to a good start. Things have finally settled down a bit here, for a few days at least and then I'll be off and running again. I'm actually doing another paranormal investigation next week and this one will be a two-day investigation of an old school. It's a place I've investigated before but because of its size, there was a lot that we missed. I can't wait to get back in there and see else we can experience. But before that adventure, there are blog posts to write like this one featuring Coco Bae from Sinful Colors. 

     Coco Bae is a new addition to the core line of Sinful Colors for 2018, although it's not one of the Walgreens exclusive colors. Which means if you want to add it to your collection you can probably find it anywhere Sinful Colors are sold. 

sand colored nail polish with iridescent shimmer

     Coco Bae is a pale tan polish with subtle iridescent shimmer. The moment I saw it in the store it reminded me of the paper you see old treasure maps or love letters on in the movies. Which is why it was the perfect choice for a base color to my parchment manicure from a few months ago. 

sand colored nail polish with iridescent shimmer

     The formula on this is a bit thin and streaky, but the polish does self-level. Despite the thin formula, this polish surprised me with its opacity. I had only a slight VNL after one coat and full opacity after two. Shown here is two coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Sand colored nail polish with iridescent shimmer

     Overall I think the shade of this polish is a bit on the boring side, and the sandy tan color is not one that's overly friendly with my skintone. However, the shimmer that seems to float in the polish saves it from being a complete snooze fest. I do think it makes a great base for nail art when paired with the right colors. 

     What are your thoughts on yellow leaning neutrals, are they colors you can wear easily? Let me know in the comments and be sure to stop back on to the blog on Thursday to see a different kind of post from me. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge - Letter O

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    Today I have for you a very special polish that was created for a fellow nail blogger and classmate of mine Janna from The Girlie Tomboy. (Girlie Tomboy Nails) Colors By Llarow created this charity polish to help pay for medical bills during her fight against inflammatory breast cancer called One Headlight. Sadly she lost her battle in November and while we were no longer close she was the one who inspired me to get into nail art and the loss was greatly felt. That's why this post is a little bittersweet for me. I hate that this polish has been sitting here untried for so long, but happy to share such a beautiful, bright polish for the untried A-Z Challenge with all of you. 




     One Headlight is a neon pink leaning coral crelly polish with intense aqua blue micro-shimmer and aqua blue glass flecks. You know me, anything with glass flecks in it I have to see with a matte top coat.


     The formula on this is wonderful with even coverage on the first coat, even though it's a bit sheer. The polish builds up nicely after two coats but I still had a slight VNL. ONe Headlight dries to a matte finish.  I've shown this polish as two coats plus a glossy and matte top coat.




    I really like this polish in both the matte and glossy versions. Each option has a certain beauty to it, although I am leaning more toward the glossy version. 



    Which one do you like better? While you decide make sure to check out the other polishes for this weeks prompt.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Poetry Cowgirl - Sparrow

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     Today I'm bringing you all sorts of shifty, flakie goodness with Sparrow from the Limited Edition Johnny collection by Poetry Cowgirl. This collection consists of 4 polishes based off of characters played by the man himself Mr. Johnny Depp. As I write this post the collection is still available for purchase but for the last time. It will not be restocked again so get it while you can!


     Sparrow is described as a blackened Green-Yellow-Gold Multichrome polish with iridescent chameleon glitters, matte hot orange glitters, silver holo micro glitters, Purple-Red UCC Flakies, and Red-Orange-Gold UCC Flakies.

     What I saw in the bottle is an army green micro glitter base with duo-chrome glitters and multichrome flakes. I like the maker's description better, don't you? 


     The application process was easy with the polish flowing easily onto the nail. Although sheer on the first thin coat, Sparrow builds up nicely to a full opacity after a second mediumly applied coat. 

     There are a ton of glitters and flakies no matter the thickness of your application which adds a liveliness to this polish that I absolutely adore. The polish does dry with a slight texture but that is easily smoothed out with the addition of top coat. My photos are shown as two coats plus glossy top coat. 


    While I am a self-admitted pink nail polish lover there's just something about these pretty/ugly colors that I can't get enough of. I like them on both long and short nails and no matter the season. 

    The four colors in the collection are Sparrow, Wonka, Sweeny, and Hatter. The full collection costs $45  or you can purchase each polish separately for $12. Each color is as unique as the character it was inspired by. Like I said this is the last restock, so grab them while you can. Thanks for stopping by Happy Polishing!



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

1850 Polish - Dichotomy

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     Ever since their debut in December of 2017 1850 Artisan polish has been taking the indie world by storm. While there have been several memorable releases including a stunning topper collection packed with flakies, today I'll be showing you one of the original polishes, Dichotomy.

     Dichotomy is scattered holographic thermal polish that shifts from a deep purple when cold to a pale lilac when warm. 




     The application is absolutely luxurious with a super smooth formula and a much higher opacity than expected. When applied the color is in the cold state and appeared to have full opacity after the first coat. I used two coats to make sure of full opacity no matter what stage this polish was in. Shown here is two coats plus top coat. 




    For the accent nail, I wanted a stamped image that seemed to appear and disappear depending on the temperature. I used Sinful Colors Forbitten Fruit and an image from Creative shop 23. Forbitten Fruit isn't an exact match but it wasn't as obvious in the cold state as my camera shows. 




    I absolutely loved wearing this manicure and got a kick out of people noticing that it changed colors. I wore this for a full week wild I was camping and came home with only minimal chipping and tip wear. For the conditions I put my hands through that week, I'm very impressed with this polish.  

      How do you feel about thermal manicures with "disappearing" designs? Have you tried this brand yet? I also picked up Duplicity which is another thermal polish and can't wait to try it. Be sure to stop back on Thursday for my review on Sparrow from Poetry Cowgirl, until then, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gradiated Foliage Nail Art

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    I think it's about time I show a little nail art around here, how about you? I know we all like to see swatches of pretty colors but nail art is what really drives me. For today I've gone for a look inspired by my recent camping trip and all the green trees that surrounded us. And will be surrounding us again this weekend as I head out for another adventure. I've gotten my camper all cleaned out since my last post and now I've moved on to packing it up.


      I started with a base of Color Club Super Natural from the newly released Halo Hues collection found at Walmart. For my gradient, I used Lemming Lacquer You're Standing on My Neck which was released in the Polish Pick Up 1990's theme from May of this year and Color Club Super Natural.


    The original look had Super Natural going all the way to my tips, which looked nice. At the last minute, I sponged a bit of You're Standing on My Neck to the tip of my ring finger as an accent. AS soon as I did that I knew I wanted the rest of my nails that way.

    


     I really like the way Super Natural gives an illuminated effect to the center of the design. It's almost as if the sunlight is reflecting off the center of the leaves. 


    The stamping I did with Hot the Bottle A Glint of Gold and Creative Shop plate #96. I actually had three other colors picked out to stamp with. Black, White, and Silver. But I quickly put those aside for the gold and I think I made the right choice. The black and white would have been too harsh and the silver too subtle. What do you think, did I make the right color choice for my stamping?


    And because I have the need to matte everything these days I had to show you both versions. MY go to matte top coat is currently Matterial Girl from Blush Lacquer. Which I happened to help name. It's my first time naming a polish and I'm still a bit giddy about it!


    So which version do you like better, glassy or matte? Have you found the Halo hues collection this year and are you thinking about picking up a few colors? I've got to get back to packing but Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge - Letter N

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     Welcome back to my blog, I hope your week started off on a good note. Mine started out with cleaning and straightening our camper from our last trip so I can get it ready for our next one. I will be off and running for the next two weekends with friends out camping and attending a music festival of sorts. I'm currently thinking up mani ideas for each event but in the meantime, I thought I'd share with you my letter N polishes for the Untried A-Z Challenge. 

     

     Yes, you read that right I said polishes, this week I'm sharing two polishes with you from China Glaze.  I'll also be sharing my thoughts on a new to be base and top coat. This post is chocked full of untried products! I'll get to the top and base coat at the end of this post but for now, let's get to the polish. 


     New Birth is a white creme nail polish with just a whisper of a blue tint. While you can easily see the hint of blue in the bottle, I found it looks mainly white on the nail until you get it next to something truly white.   Released in 2014 as part of The Giver Collection this pale beauty has been sitting around unloved in my helmer for almost 4 years. It was way past time to get it on my nails. 
   

     The application process for this was interesting, the first coat was a bit runny and applied semi-sheer. I know my bottle is a bit older so I decided to look up some previous reviews to see if it was an age issue or a formula one. The two reviews I read both mentioned that the formula was good but had streaks on the first coat. 

     I gave my bottle a good mixing before applying the second coat to see if it would help with the application. It didn't, but I was able to get full opacity on the second coat with an even finish.  Now even though this polish is thin and runny I didn't have any issues with pooling around my cuticles and clean up was minimal. 

     New Birth dries to a glossy finish. I've shown it here as two coats plus glossy top coat.


     I wish the blue was a bit more evident in this, I'm not sure I would wear this on its own again. Even though the formula is thin it still applied easily and I'd be willing to use it again. I'd like to try it in a watermarble or as a base for some floral leadlighting.


      Naked is a Begonia pink polish with silver micro-shimmer. This polish was released as part of a Breast Cancer Awareness set in 2012 that included this color and a bottle of Seche Vite top coat. It took me hour and hours of scouring the internet to find out that little tidbit of information. Why would I put so much effort into it? Well, I wanted my China Glaze Collection list to be complete!


     The formula makes this an easy polish to work with. While it is very sheer on the first coat, it covers evenly and with a ton of shimmer. It builds up nicely but I was left with a slight VNL after two coats. Shown here is 3 thin coats plus top coat. Naked dries to a glossy shine and a smooth finish. 


    I am a pink polish lover so this color is right up my alley. I like that it's a bit muted as far as pinks go but you still get a little sparkle from the shimmer. I will definitely be wearing this again. 

     Now let's talk base coat. For these swatches, I used the Cuticula scented base coat in Effervescent. This was offered in Polish Pick Up for April. It dries very quickly and leaves a smooth surface.

     Funny story, I haven't really read any reviews on scented base coats, and I had no idea what effervescent smelt like. So obviously I opened my bottle when it first arrived and took a big whiff. NOT a good idea, because all I smelt was chemicals. I soon realized that the scent is only evident after the product dries. So hopefully now you won't make the same mistake that I did when it comes to scents base coats. And in case you're wondering Effervescent has a sweet, crisp scent to it. 

     Instead of using Pure Ice Girl on the Run, which is my typical go-to quick dry top coat, I reached for one called Show Stopper from 77 Nail Lacquer. I honestly have no idea when I picked this up, or how long it's been in my helmer. Show Stopper was dry enough to lightly touch after 4 minutes, still dentable after 10 and, fully dry after 30 minutes. Once dry I was left with a super glossy finish and is UV reactive. I didn't test the UV part because after moving, I have no idea where my black light has ended up!

     That all I've got for you today, time to get back to my preparations. I hope you enjoyed this post, I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of the products I mentioned. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



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Monday, July 9, 2018

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sinful Colors - Wild at Heart Collection

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     We are smack dab in the middle of summer, the days are long, the temps are high and the nail polish is getting brighter. What a perfect time to share with you the new Wild at Heart Collection from Sinful Colors for summer 2018. This 8  piece collection contains an illuminating base coat, a top coat, and 6 bright neon colors.  This collection was announced on 6/26 and has been spotted in a few Walgreens stores throughout the US.

   "Let your heart run WILD this summer with luscious neon colors that sizzle with exotic jungle heat!" - Sinful colors IG acct

     Before I get into the swatches I should tell you that I used one coat of the illuminating base coat (White on Time LE) in these photos. I would strongly suggest picking it up if you're interested in the collection. Trust me, on this one. 

     I've chosen to show each polish as 2 coats with both a matte and glossy top coat. 90% of the photos were taken outside in direct sunlight with the exception of when color accuracy prevented it. I will make a note on the photos that were taken indoors for full transparency. 

     I should also mention that I swatched these polishes outside when the humidity was high. (My kids wanted to swim in our pool and I needed to be where I could see them and I wanted to get this post up right away) This caused a few bubbles in my top coat that look like lumps in the polish. I assure you that these lumps are purely due to my swatching condition and that the polish will lay smooth on your nail. 

Safari Not Sorry

Bright bubblegum pink neon nail polish with blue shimmer in a matte finish

Wild at heart collection summer 2018

     Color: Bright bubblegum pink with a hint of blue shimmer. 

     Application: The formula has a nice consistency but like most neons, the first coat applies with some streaks and was a bit sheer. I found that the more I played around with the polish the more issues I had with streaking and the polish began to pull away at the cuticles. The second coat built up to full opacity and a smooth finish. Safari dries very quickly to a matte finish





     Sadly the shimmer seems to disappear when matte but as you can see the glossy top coat helps to bring it out. I do love a bright pink polish, and this one is no exception. 

Bird of Paradise

Eye searing neon pink nail polish with peach shimmer in a matte finish

Wild at Heart Collection summer 2018

     Color: Light neon pink polish with peach shimmer. This one is eye-searingly bright!

     Application: A bit sheer and streaky on the first coat. Again I found that the more strokes I did with the brush the worse the streaks became. Two coats leave a smooth opaque finish.  Because of all the shimmer in this, I'd say it dries to more of a demi-matte finish than a true matte. 





     The peach shimmer in this gives it an almost duo-chrome like appearance on the nail. That effect is particularly evident with the addition of a glossy top coat and direct light. I loved wearing this on my nails and have decided it will be my next pedi color.

Off Tropic

Creamsicle orange neon nail polish with yellow gold shimmer from the Wild at Heat Collection

Wild at Heart Collection from Sinful Colors

     Color: Creamsicle orange nail polish with yellow gold shimmer.  

     Application: The formula for this was a nice consistency which leads to less streaking than the rest of the collection. I did have a few issues with dragging at my cuticles when I did multiple strokes with the brush. While the polish is still a bit on the sheer side it layers beautifully for full opacity after 2 coats.  In order to capture this one accurately on film, these photos were taken indoors with nondirect lighting.





     The shimmer in this one really glows. Id direct sunlight it shines like a light bulb. Which looked spectacular but was very hard to photograph. You can see a glimpse of that shimmer in the bottle on a few of my shots.  And just because I can here is a bonus shot showing you what I mean.



Palm Down

Grass green neon nail polish with bright green shimmer.

Wild at Heart summer neon collection from Sinful Colors

     Color: Grass green nail polish with bright green shimmer. 

     Application: Almost the sheerest of the collection this color gave me quite a few problems when it came to streaking. The first coat looked quite blotchy but Palm Down builds up nicely to full opacity after two coats.  This one dries to a demi-matte finish and shoes off the shimmer nicely in both the matte and glossy version. 





     I love this shade of green. It's just fun to wear, it's lively and fun. Even with the iffy formula, I can see myself wearing it again on its own or as a base for nail art. 

Poison Arrow

Sky blue neon nail polish with opalescent shimmer

Wild at Heart summer neons collection

     Color: Sky blue neon nail polish with opalescent shimmer. 

     Application: The most opaque formula of the collection, Poison Arrow has smooth even coverage. In fact, it was so opaque and smooth I almost stopped after one coat. (Thanks to the illuminating base coat) Unfortunately, this is also the one polish from the collection that suffers the most from brushstrokes. If you want to avoid these check out the tip I shared in my review of the Orly Pastel City Collection. Poison Arrow dries quickly to a demi-matte finish.





    This really is a pretty blue. It's a bit bright for me to wear on its own but I can see myself using it for gradients or a base for something else. I like how the shimmer in this looks silver or golden depending on the lighting. 

Amazon Woman

Byzantine purple neon nail polish with magenta shimmer

Wild at Heart summer neons collection

     Color: Byzantine nail polish with Magenta shimmer. The color Byzantine is described as a rich tone of medium purple toned toward magenta according to Wikipedia

    Application: This polish had the thinnest formula of the collection, it was extremely sheer on the first coat and was prone to streaking. It does dry quickly but patchy on the first coat. Thankfully like the rest of the collection, I was able to get full opacity after two coats. There are a few brushstrokes visible once this polish dries to a true matte finish. 





     This is another fun color to wear on either your fingers or toes. It looks great in both the glossy and matte version and I can see myself wearing it alone or in nail art. The formula was not enough to turn me off this color but I can see how it would do that for others. 


    My overall thoughts on this collection are that I love the colors. They are fun, bright and vibrant. I like them both glossy and matte. I honestly can't pick a favorite but I'm leaning towards Palm Down and Bird of Paradise.  I will say that if you're used to applying polish in thin coats you will hate this collection.  The streaking and unevenness will drive you bonkers. I found that these work best when applied with normal to medium coats and a white base is imperative. I was really impressed with the Illuminating base coat but I'm sure any white polish would work. 
    
     As for the top coat that comes along with this collection, I'm not sure that it is anything special and since I have a ton of topcoats I skipped picking it up. I later heard speculation that it might be a black light reactive top coat since it has a purple tint to it so I may end up heading back to the store to get it. I haven't fully decided on that yet. If you know anything about it, please drop me a comment letting me know. 

     Id love to hear your thoughts on this collection, do you like the colors, what do you think of the formulas, do you like the glossy or matte version better? I know this was a long post and I thank you for sticking with me until the end. Be sure to stop back next Tuesday for letter N week in the Untried A-Z challenge, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

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