Thursday, September 20, 2018

Rogue Lacquer - VIP2

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    Polishcon Minneapolis was last Saturday and I am so grateful that I got the chance to go. I opened up a bit and talked with a few people that I didn't know and overall had a great time. My daughter was my plus one and ended up coming home with more than a few polishes of her own. In today's post, I will be sharing with you a Polishcon VIP bag polish but not one I got this weekend. I decided to reach into the VIP bag from the New York Polishcon last summer and ended up pulling out Rogue Lacquer VIP2.

    For those of you who were wondering, no I wasn't able to attend the event in New York, but I was lucky enough to be able to purchase one of the leftover VIP bags. I'm not sure if there are any bags left from last weekends event but I'd suggest checking out the Polishcon Facebook group to find out. 


     VIP 2 is a medium silver grey polish with scattered holographic glitter in various sizes ranging from micro to shards. 


    The formula is very easy to work with. The polish covers evenly but is a bit sheer on the first coat. Normally I don't think a sheer first coat is a good thing but in this case, it allowed the holo glitters to really come through the polish and add visual interest. My pet peeve with polish is when the base color is so thick or opaque that it covers up the glitter from the previous coat. 

     VIP 2 builds up nicely reaching full opacity after two coats along with a balanced amount of holo glitter on each nail. There is a slightly gritty texture when the polish dries but it's nothing that a layer of top coat can't smooth out. Shown here is two coats plus glossy top coat.


    So confession time, I actually wore this polish back in August but am just getting around to blogging it now. The reason I  mention this is because I liked this polish so much as was impressed that I was able to get a full week's worth of wear with only a teeny tiny bit of tip wear on my pointer fingers.  This is my first Rogue Lacquer polish but I had to buy three polishes from the new Wilds of Arizona collection while at the convention based on this experience. 

    Are you familiar with Rogue Lacquer? Do you have a favorite polish from them or one on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments and as always Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge - Letter S

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     It's time once again for the Untried A-Z Challenge! It's week 19 and that brings us to the letter S. I can't believe there are only 7 more weeks for this challenge, it has flown by but there's still time to join in if you want. Everyone is welcome and the more the merrier. 


    I've gone back to my mainstream collection of polishes this week to bring you a beautiful polish from Color Club. To be honest, I don't reach for Color Club polishes all that often, but that may be because I don't own that many. I haven't bought any in about 3 years and I think I had maybe 6 polishes from the brand until they released the new holo's at Walmart which added 12 more to my stash. Which explains why I completely forgot that Color Club came out with some duo-chrome polishes. They had an entire collection actually called the Oil Slick collection which was a limited edition collection back in 2015. 

Pink to gold shifting duo-chrome nail polish wirh hints of copper

     Sorry Not Sorry is a pink to gold shifting metallic duo-chrome polish that takes on a hint of copper depending on the lighting. 

pink to gold shifting duo-chrome nail polish with hints of copper

    While this is a very pretty color and great for fall the formula can be a bit tricky. The consistency is really nice but wants to steak when applied thinly. A regular coat will not cause any issues and leaves behind even coverage with no VNL but not quite full opacity. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.

     Sadly this polish suffers horribly from brushstrokes, I avoided them by using the sponging trick I shared in my review of the Orly Pastel City Collection. I absolutely hate brushstrokes in my polish and love that I've found a way to avoid them. 

Pink to gold shifting duo-chrome nail polish with a hint of copper.

     I know I must have really liked this color when I bought it but when I pulled it out of my helmer I was experiencing buyers remorse. Until I had it on my nails that is. It's actually a pretty nice color and I like the subtle color shift. I actually own two more colors from this collection and I've become inspired to pull them out and try them.

    Now its time to share my the mani fail. I mentioned last week that I've been hooked on watching Naio Nails on Youtube. Well, she always does these over the top nails with lots of bling and I've got lots of nail bling gathering dust in my nail room so feeling inspired I decided to bling up my nails.


    I definitely need practice with this, and a better way to apply them to my nails. Dipping my dotting tool into top coat and then applying the rhinestone resulted in lots frustration. Especially when it came to placing all the tiny microbeads between the larger stones. I'd like a way to be able to place them and then move them a bit if needed. I think I need to invest in some nail glue. 

    This didn't turn out quite how I wanted but it was fun to play around with my rhinestones again. And we all have mani fails whether they get shared or not, and I think they help us grow as nail artists. 

      Do you have any tips on how to apply them? What do you think of Color Club polishes? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to check out what other people picked for their letter S. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Saturday, September 15, 2018

LynBDesigns Halloween Collection (Press Release)

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It's that time again, Halloween is coming!

Through the 18th use the code SPOOKY for half off almost the entire store including the new Halloween Trio

In July I posted several polls in my Facebook Group asking about our next group custom. It turned into a quad of group customs that are releasing tomorrow. Each polish will be 10 dollars, but if you're a member of my Facebook Group you will get a special discount code for the quad. So follow the link above and join the group.

I've also created a fun Halloween Trio inspired by various potions and concoctions. These are half off with the code SPOOKY through the 18th.

As the month is drawing to a close, I want to remind everyone that the retirement home polishes will be going away on October 1st. They're also half off during the sale.
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Halloween Cursed Box

I've collaborated with three amazing makers to bring you this special box only available through the 4th

The Shade of It All

The Shade of It All collection is restocked. Check it out and get them all for half off during the sale

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Minnesota Nice Box for Polishcon Minneapolis

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     Polishcon Minneapolis is just 2 days away and the excitement in this house is building. Not only will I be attending but my daughter gets to be my plus one. As some of you know I attended the event last fall in Chicago and had a pretty good time. My daughter begged and pleaded to go along but sadly it wasn't in the cards for her. As a bonus for her, her birthday is 4 days away so Polishcon is sort of her early birthday present, plus she will be buying her very own bottle of indie polish. I have no idea what she will get for her first indie but I'm pretty sure it will have lots of sparkles and possibly the word unicorn in the name if that's an option. Another fun item for this event is the Minnesota Nice collab box from 4 local makers which I will be sharing with you today! 

     There is a saying I hear all the time called Minnesota Nice, I honestly have no idea what that really means, I've just heard it all my life and thought hey that's a nice thing to be known for. I do however know each and every reference made in this collab because they are all 100% Minnesotan. So let's get to it. 

SKOL!

We know it as the Vikings war chant, the rally cry, the word that brings the fans together – skol! “Skol has been in our lexicon since the very beginning of the franchise in 1961,” says Erin Swartz, Director of Brand and Creative for the Minnesota Vikings. “It was really like a Cheers! Vikings! We’ve scored, we’re celebrating, we’re winning.”

Purple glitter polish with iridescent flakes

     Skol! is the contribution from Darling Dive and is described as a purple tinted base with purple micro glitter, scattered holo glitter and, tiny iridescent shards. 


    The formula has a nice smooth consistency which made application a breeze. There was a bit of VNL left after the first coat but full opacity can be achieved with a second coat. Shown here is two coats plus glossy top coat.


     While I am not a Vikings fan myself (Go Packers) the Mr. is a die-hard fan so I get to watch the team quite frequently during the season. I have to say this polish is spot on for the inspiration and I will be wearing it again, probably on game day. (Just not when the Vikings play the Packers 😉)

Hotdish

hotdish is a casserole which typically contains a starch, a meat, and a canned or frozen vegetable mixed with canned soup. The dish originates in the Upper Midwest region of the United States, where it remains popular, particularly in MinnesotaSouth Dakota, and North Dakota. Hotdish is cooked in a single baking dish and served hot (per its name). It commonly appears at communal gatherings such as family reunionspotlucks, and church suppers.

blue/violet multichrome nail polish with holo sparkle and chameleon flakes

     Hotdish is the contribution from Fair Maiden as is described as a mix of all that we love about polish - a blue/violet multi-chrome that shifts magenta-gold-green, holo sparkle and iridescent chameleon flakes in pink-blue-gold-green-violet.


    The formula for Hotdish is wonderful. The polish applies smoothly and evenly but is semi-sheer leaving a slight VNL after the first coat. Full opacity was reached after two and I've shown it here as two coats plus glossy top coat. 


   Small known fact, I have lived in Minnesota for 40 years and have never had hotdish. My mom never made it growing up and it's not something that shows up at get-togethers with my friends. The school I work at serves it monthly for lunch but I've never tried it. I do however love this polish as a transition color from summer to fall and think it would be great to wear in the winter time too. My only thing is I wish the flakes were a bit more visible. They seemed to get a bit lost but that may have been due to my application. I tend to apply my polish in a slightly thicker layer than most. I will be wearing this again and will use thinner coats to see if that changes things for me. 

Land of 10,000

 Minnesota is known on its license plates as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but Minnesota actually has almost12,000 lakes.


     Land of 10,000 is Leesah's Lacquers contribution to the collab and is described as a turquoise lake blue with a strong gold shift and a smattering of holo, reminiscent of a sunset off of any of our 11,842 lakes.


     Land of 10,000 has a nice formula with smooth even coverage. It is the sheerest of the collab and I thought for sure after the first coat that I would need three coats for full opacity. I was pleasantly surprised when I achieved full opacity after only 2 coats. This polish has some serious building power. Shown here as two coats plus glossy top coat.


     I really am reminded of days spent on the lake when I look at this polish.  I have seen the sun shimmering off the lakes in northern Minnesota and Leesha nailed it in this polish. This is another polish that will get lots of love from me.

Uff Da

Uff da (sometimes also spelled huffda, uff-dauffdauff-dah, oofda, ufda, ufdah, oofta, or uf daa) is an exclamation or interjection expressing bafflement, surprise, or dismay.


      Uff Da is Northern Star's contribution to the collab and is described as a hibiscus red with gold shimmer, and pink to gold shifting micro flakes.




     The formula for Uff Da is fantastic. The polish has a high opacity and I almost got away with only using one coat. The polish flows smoothly off the brush and evenly onto the nail. Shown here is two coats plus glossy top coat. 


     I have been known to say Uff Da but not as often as the movie, Fargo would lead you to believe. While I chose to show these polishes in alphabetical order it just worked out that I saved my favorite for last. I am so into fall colors right now it's insane and Uff Da falls perfectly into that category. Plus it will work great for the winter months as well. 

     This collab will be available at Polishcon (9/15)at the Darling Diva, Fair Maiden, and Leesha's Lacquers booths. Sadly Northern Star is not a vendor this year but I heard a rumor that she may be in attendance. The collab will be $32 for all 4 polishes plus a charm bracelet. As of right now, the polishes will not be available individually but I will keep you updated if that changes. 

     Which polish is your favorite? Are you attending Polishcon this Saturday or have you attended one in the past? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sassy Pants - September News (Press Release)

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9/10/18
Here's What's Up!
There's just so much awesome going on, I can hardly stand it!
Last Day to Get: "Sometimes We All Go a Little Mad" exclusively at Polish Pickup!
After binge-watching Bates Motel on Netflix a few months back, when the Horror Movie theme was assigned for September Polish Pickup, Mr. Sassy Pants and I chose Psycho as our inspiration. 

"Sometimes We All Go a Little Mad" is a chilly icy blue scattered holo with a red/violet shifting shimmer, plus a rainbow of fantasy, crystal chameleon and other assorted flakies.
Today is the final day to pre-order! Open until 10:59pm CST!
Polish Con is this Saturday 9/15!
Both lines, Sassy Pants Polish & Handmade Natural Beauty are excited to be attending the next Polish Con in Minneapolis, Minnesota right across from the Mall of America at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport! Tickets still available, including FREE Admission. Click the button below for more information.
All of our Event Polishes are inspired by Prince's Paisley Park and are a play on words to his songs. Our Exclusive (only available at Polish Con while supplies last) is "Purple Reign". 

Our Limited Editions available at PC and online/boutique afterward are "When Doves Sigh," "Raspberry Soiree," and "Nothing Compares to Blue." All were performed and made famous by the late artist, Prince, with the exception of the song "Nothing Compare to You" which was made famous by Sinéad O'Connor. Who didn't cry along with her to that video? It was the perfect most gut wrenching break up song of all time!
Purple Reign: Yes, it is a gorgeous blurple shifty magnetic polish! $13 only available at the event. If you can't make it to the event, they have started a fairy program where you can pre-pay and a polish fairy will shop for you. Click here!
When Doves Cry • Nothing Compares to Blue • Raspberry Soiree $12 each. Limited gift packs of the trio with FREE Sassy Pants Polish Shot Glass are also available at the event for $36.
What else?
A couple more collaborative projects and I've finalized my Halloween Trio and Fall '18 Collection. Both will be pre-releasing at Polish Con and an official launch announced later. Stay tuned!
Until next time...don't forget to put on your Sassy Pants! 
xoxo, Angie

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Marbled and Floral Manicure

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    You guys, it's already the second week of September! How the heck are we almost halfway through the month already? It's my third week back to work and I feel as if my summer vacation just started. I suppose that's because I was off and running for almost 3 months straight with lots of little trips and visiting with friends. My life is just as busy now as it was then but I'm still finding time to blog which makes me very happy. Typically by this time of year I'm a bit burnt out and end up pushing blogging to the very bottom of my to-do list. Not this time, this time I have a nail art look to share with you that I am very proud of! 

     I have been trying for months to do a marbled nail look that actually resembles stone marble. I thought I was on the right track with my Neutral Marbled nails manicure but once that was completed I realized it was too uniform looking and really wasn't what I wanted. I've come close to the effect I wanted with my Holiday Fluid Nail Art but it still wasn't quite right. Then I remembered the glitter topper nails I did a few years ago for a challenge and decided to try a spin on the technique I used for that manicure and it worked!


     What do you think?  I am so happy that I didn't give up because I am still floored by how this turned out.  And it was so simple to do in the end, but quite messy if I'm being honest. 


    I started out with one coat of Sally Hansen Whited from the Crayola collab in the Insti-dri line. To protect my skin and help with clean up I used UN-Frog-gettable cuticle cover. I then painted a very thick layer of the Sally Hansen White onto my nail art mat and placed random drops of polish onto the wet surface. The polishes I used were all from China Glaze in the colors Elephant Walk, Cosmic Dust, Kiss My Glass and Stone Cold. 

     Using my squishy stamper from Creative Shop I placed it on the polish and gave a slight twist. This swirled the colors giving the marbled effect which I was able to stamp directly onto my nails. I've found that a squishy stamper works best for this because it allows you to really press down firmly on your nail without distorting the design. You will also want to press the stamper straight down onto your nail, and pick it straight up, there will be a lot of polish on the stamper and will most likely slip and slide if you try rolling it. 


    If there are any portions of your nail that seem to have too much solid color you can do the process again and use the edge of the stamper head to fill in that area rather than stamping the entire nail again. I ended up doing this to a few nails and it worked out really well. 

    I've been watching a ton of nail art videos on youtube lately, mostly from Naio Nails and she always does these extreme nails which inspired me to add some nail art on top of the marble. Now I do floral manicures all the time because they are my favorite but they are usually stamped and I haven't done any hand painted roses since 2013 and figured it was time to give it another go. 


     I tried to strategically place the roses over parts of the marble that were my least favorites which put them on the sides of my nails. Not the best placement I know because it seems sort of unbalanced to me but overall I really really love how this turned out. 


    I used acrylic paint in red, green and white to paint my roses. The pink and light green you see was created by adding a small amount of white to the red and green. The veining I did with a gold glitter striper from Jordana I picked up on clearance several years ago. 


    I have mixed feelings about the glitter. I think it was needed for the marble effect but maybe not quite so much. What do you think? 


     That's all I have for you today. Be sure to stop back on Thursday when I'll be unveiling a Minnesota Nice collab that is releasing this Saturday at Polishcon Minneapolis from 4 Minnesota makers. Also, I will be attending Polishcon again and hope to meet a few of you there. Until then, thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!







Thursday, September 6, 2018

Great Lakes Lacquer - Going,Going, Already Gone

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I'm reaching back into my bag of past Polish Pickup polishes today to bring you Going, Going, Already Gone from Great Lakes Lacquer. This blue-grey colored jelly polish with iridescent flakes and a sprinkling of scattered holo was released in April for the Across the Universe theme. 

Blue-grey nail polish in a jelly finish with iridescent falkes and scattered holo glitter

     This polish hit the "Pillars of Creation" theme on the head with its subtle flashes of gold.  With a smooth formula and beautiful consistency, this polish has that lit within look that I go gaga for. While this polish is a bit sheer on the first coat there is no shortage of flakes and full opacity is reached after the addition of a second coat. 


     This is one of those polishes that I have zero regrets about buying. I am typically not a fan of wearing blue polish on its own but this shade has just the right amount of grey for me, and what can I say about those flakes, they make this polish go from pretty to stunning.  Here's a video I made of this polish in direct sunlight. 





     While this polish is no longer available, you never know when the Polish Pickup will do another flashback theme and you just might get the chance to purchase this. Or it may pop up in a destash sale sometime. 

     If you're not familiar with Polish Pickup I highly recommend you check them out on Facebook. I have gotten so many beautiful polishes and been able to try out several new to me brands thanks to this monthly themed shop. JReine, Bluebird Lacquer, LynBDesigns, Contrary Polish, Supermoon Lacquer and Northern Star Polish are just a few of the brands I've purchased from through the Polish Pickup. And in case you were wondering the theme for September is Horror Movies and the polishes go on sale tomorrow Sept. 7th until Monday, Sept. 10th. 

     That's all I've got for you today. I hope you enjoyed Going, Going, Already Gone as much as I did. If you've purchased from the Pickup before, what was your favorite polish? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge - Letter R

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    I'm back this week with another installment of the Untried A-Z Challenge. This is a laid back challenge where every other week a new letter is chosen and you swatch a polish that starts with that letter. You can go by brand name or polish name, do one polish or a few, share a plain swatch or add nail it. It really is up to you with what you share and how often you join in. 



     This week bring us to the 18th week of the challenge and as you may have already guessed, the letter R. For the letter F I shared with you 2 polishes from KBShimmer and will be revisiting the brand again. This week I've gone with a not completely untried polish, but one that I have yet to actually wear, Run! It's the Coppers!

   
Copper colored linear holographic nail polish

     Released in 2014 as part of the Early Summer Collection, when this perfectly copper colored linear holographic nail polish arrived at my door I immediately painted one nail so I could bask in all its beauty. Sadly that was it for this polish and it was tucked away in my helmer, collecting dust until I pulled it out again 4 years later. I know, I know, I have hung my head in shame over this. 


     The application was an effortless experience. The formula is one of the best I've worked with allowing for the polish to flow evenly from the brush onto the nail with complete control. I did notice a slight VNL after the first coat and a second coat achieved full opacity.

     I did notice minimal brushstrokes once the polish dried but I had to really look for them. In fact, my camera picked them up more than what my eyes actually did.


      I really like this color, but it's a bit much for a full manicure even for me. I'd love it as an accent nail but ended up using it as a base for some Autumnal nail art.


     Now, this didn't turn out quite like I had envisioned but that's partly because I had to switch tactics in the middle of it. I thought I had a specific image for stamping but I was wrong and ended up going with an image that I'd consider a distant cousin of my original idea. 

     This image is from the Totally Negative 02 plate from Lina and while it still looks a little like leaves, it falls short of what I wanted. The gradient I did using another KBShimmer polish called Oh My Ganache from the 2016 Fall Collection and Run! It's the Coppers!

     I absolutely love the accent nail however and am quite proud of how it turned out. I decided to dust off my freehand skills and painted the tree with acrylic paint. Seeing the success I had with this has inspired me to try more freehand looks and will have another one to share with you next Tuesday. Or if you just can't wait until then I shared a teaser pic on my Facebook page. In the meantime be sure to check out the other polishes in the challenge this week and as always, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


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