Monday, December 10, 2012

A Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Hello friends,
Today I have a challenge mani for you. This is from Polished Art for a Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge.
I missed last weeks challenge (surprise, ugh!) but for today's challenge, I have two coats of Cult Nail Polish in Bitten, stamped in SH-17 in Sinful Colors Super Nova, and topped off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast Dry top coat.

 
Don't forget to check out the other Challengers!
Happy Monday!

Shimmer Madness

Wow can you believe that it's just 2 weeks until Christmas? 2012 has just flown by for me, how about you all? What are you plans for Christmas and New Years?
For today, I have a review of Shimmer polishes; specifically Carmen, Lianna and Karina. I was really really impressed with these polishes, the formula was great and easy to work with. I was also surprised how easy it was to remove, considering the glitter content. I've got plans for these babies for a mani for my husbands work Christmas party!
All of these Shimmers can be layered over other polish, or used solo being opaque with about 2-3 coats, depending on your preference of glittery-ness.

First up is Carmen. This Shimmer has amazing golden medium and micro glitter with just a hint of copper tone in it to make it pop. You can layer Carmen over other polishes or with 2-3 regular coats, it will give you a golden glitter bomb mani. This picture is 3 coats with no base color or top coat. 
 

Here we have Karina, which so far is one of my top favorite red glitters. Karina boasts a burgandy wine jelly base with a plethura of deep red, pink and black glitters. This is 3 coats with no top coat.

   Last but certainly not least, is Linna.
Lina is a beautiful clear base with green, teal, red micro glitter and medium teal round glitter. The red really sets it off and brings out the different greens and teals.  This is 3 coats with no base color and no top coat.
 
Well my lovelies, these are just a few of the amazing polishes that Shimmer has available for all your glitter polish obssession needs!  Shimmer Polish is on Etsy, go check it out!
 

Friday, November 30, 2012

NOTD = Blue and Red

Well, I just can't resist anymore! I got 3 Shimmer polishes and KB Shimmer's Snow Way and just couldn't wait to try them any longer. I will have a review of the Shimmer polishes for the weekend, but for now, here is my NOTD.
I started with a light coat of OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls to give Snow Way a brighter base, then used two coats of SW. Then I stamped with Sally Hansen's Cinna-snap with BM 309, while on my ring finger I applied 3 coats of Shimmer polish in Karina. As you can see, I topped it off with HK Girl.
 
 
What do you guys think? Pretty cool combo don't ya think?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Crumpet's Nail Tarts = Sat-ART-Day Challenge

For today's post I'm showing you a challenge mani I did for the Crumpet's Nail Tarts, November 24th which is One Stroke.
I've been reading up on one stroke techniques for a while now, so I was excited to see this in the challenge so I could finally pluck up the courage to do it.

For today's challenge, I started out with one thick coat of China Glaze,For Audrey, applied a light coat of SoFlaJo's Enchantment, then topped it off with some of Lynderella's Connect The Dots. On my ring finger I used acrylic paints in white and Ultramarine blue to do my one stroke flower and leaf.
 Please note that I have one on both my left and right accent fingers! I did a one stroke with my left! Aren't you proud! I sure am! ;-)
I was really pleased with how this turned out, and am looking forward to working on some more one stroke.
TTFN my friends, Happy Sat-ART-Day! :-)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mentality Nail Polish - The Brilliant Collection

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Well, am I on a roll blogging this week! I really am trying to be more consistent with my posts, but then I say that every time, don't I? LOL

Today we have another review of Mentality Nail Polish, this time from their Brilliant Collection. I loved the Metallic Collection, but I am head over heels for the Brilliant Collection. I really love how wonderfully named this collection is, each polish lives up to it's name perfectly.

First up is Elation - hands down my favorite polish in collection, but then you all know what a blue girl I am. :-) Elation is 'the quality or state of being elated' according to Websters, and boy does it do just that for me!
I would interpret this color as a perfect storm cloud gray blue holo. I love love love this color! (can you tell I like it ;-))
It dries quickly, and has a bit of a rough texture (think super fine grit nail file) with a satin finish, which only adds to the fabulous holo effect. The formula is wonderful to work with, this is three regular coats, with a top coat on the first and ring finger.
The first two photos are in my light box, the third one with the stamping (my rain and clouds mani) are outside, with a mostly cloudy sky behind me. It's November in Seattle, a fitting manicure for the month ;-)



Next up is Euphoria, aptly named, as you'll be swimming in a golden sea of holo bliss, with gold and red flecks to keep you company. Websters dictionary defines euphoria as a 'feeling of well-being or elation', and with this polish on your nails, you're well on your way to achieving that sensation.
This is three regular coats, (the whole Brilliant Collection has the same textured finish as Elation) with a top coat on the first and ring finger.


 

The third polish in the Brilliant Collection is Fervor - an 'intensity of feeling or expression.' While this polish possesses light lavender and may not be an intense color, it wasn't difficult to experience an intense feeling of happiness that comes from this creation. The holo's in it are perfect, sparking off  red and gold flecks.
Perfect application, no bubbles. This is three regular coats with a top coat on my first and ring finger.

 

Last but certainly not least, is Rapture. One of Webster's definitions of rapture is 'an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion' and I couldn't agree more. There is no question of the passion that the Makers of Mentality have poured out their love and passion for polish (and holo) into their products. Again, this is three regular coats, with a top coat on my first finger.
I couldn't resist stamping from my new Ninja Polish plate a lovely steaming coffee cup, with Pure Ice Scandal, the colors just sang perfectly together!



Isn't this collection amazing?! I'm trying to be a good girl and focus on my birthday club and Christmas presents and not buy polish for myself, but man, Mentality's polish does NOT make it easy for a girl to stick to a plan!
Don't forget to check out Mentality Nail Polish on BigCartel and Mentality Nail Polish on Etsy, and stop buy their Facebook page for more photos and pictures.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xxoo

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mentality Nail Polish - Metallics Collection

Back again with some more Mentality polish reviews; Desire, Envy and Lust are all from the Metallics Collection.

First up is flush with Desire, which is a stunning golden orange with gold flecks, looking as beautiful inside the bottle as on your nails. I think that Desire is the kind of color that can be used for all seasons; alone for a splash of color, or pair it warm, cool or neutral colors to match with whatever style you're sporting.
This bottle of Desire went on smooth and even, and has a beautiful finish, with or without a top coat.  In this photo, I applied three coats of Desire, but it is opaque in two, and a top coat on my first and ring finger.
 

 
Next up, we have green as Envy which is a beautiful yellowish green with gold flecks. It makes me think of the metallic pears you can get from Pier Once for the holidays, only better since it's for your nails :-) This is two coats, and perfectly opaque. A top coat on my first and ring finger, just for comparison.
Envy went on perfect as well, no issues whatsoever.  
 
 
And last, but certainly not lease, is pink with Lust.
 Lust is probably one of my favorites of the Metallics Collection with it's pink rusty color and gold flecks. It went on smooth as silk, and dried quickly. This is three coats, but Lust is easily opaque with just 2, I just liked the third coat to deepen the color.
 It reminds me of the 'Blackout' Asiatic lilies in the summer grocery store bouquets, minus the metallic sheen .
 
 
Here ends the Metallics Collection from Mentality Nail Polish, on BigCartel, and  Mentality Nail Polish on Etsy. Don't forget to check out their Facebook page too!
 
Happy Sunday everyone!
 
xxoo

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mentality Nail Polish - The Metallics Collection

Hello my friends! Hope you all are having a wonderful day. :-)

Today, I have a review over 2 of 9 polishes that I've swatched this week.
 I got brave and started contacting some polish sellers on Etsy to see if I could review some of their products. The lovely polish makers at Mentality Nail Polish replied, and I immediately ordered their Metallic and Brilliant Collection. Metallics has 5 polishes, Covet, Crave, Desire, Envy and Lust, and the Brilliant Collection has Elation, Euphoria, Fervor and Rapture which can be found on  Mentality Nail Polish Shop at BigCartel, an Etsy Shop Here, and a Facebook page Here. 


First up is Covet, from the Metallic Collection. Covet is a beautiful light green with gold flakes, and while I'm not a big green polish girl, I really like this one.
The formula for Covet was a bit of a struggle for me, the first time I applied the first coat, it got bubbly and uneven. It's not too thick or thin, so I figured I had applied it too thick and removed it to try again. This time I did a thin coat, made sure it was dry before I applied the second coat, but the second coat bubbled on a couple of my fingers again. The third time it went on smooth as silk and no bubbles. Who knows what happened, but I'm pretty sure that it was an error on my end. I tried one with and one without a base coat, but I had a base coat on the third try, so I don't believe the base coat was reacting adversely to the Covet to cause bubbling.
So here we have the final result; 2 easy coats made it opaque and I had no trouble on this third application. There is coat of Seche Vite on my first and ring finger. The top coat, in my opinion, makes the polish really come out, though I like it bare too. It seemed that, especially when I was taking pictures, that it kept my nail from glaring so much and in turn really brought out the holo effect in the polish without taking away the dazzling suede-ish effect.




 


Next up, is Crave which is also from the Metallic Collection.  Mentality describes Crave as 'a light purple with gold and blue undertones and gold flakes' and while I full heartily believe that it is the Maker's right to describe their polishes as they see fit, I didn't really see the purplish in Crave. To me it was more of a pinkish, rosy flesh tone, which I do love. I can foresee this being the base of many girly manis ;-).
This formula was flawless and I had no trouble with bubbles. Again, there is a top coat on my first and ring finger.

 
 



So what do you think? I've been playing with a home made light box, how are my pictures doing? Are these better or worse than the others I've been posting?
 Toss me all the thoughts and tips you can, I'll happily accept them all!!!!

Happy Saturday my friends! Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

xxoo


*These products were purchased by me for an honest, unbiased personal opinion of these products*









 



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Birthday Mail Mani #2

Oh no my lovely friends - we are not even close to being done with the birthday mail. And I will probably not be done with posting mani's from my birthday nail mail for quite some time. I will spread them out though, so I don't bombard you with birthday mail. :-)
But for now, it's round 2 of the birthday polish!!!!

This package on the left was from Dana - Art Deco nail art pen in metallic Purple - Butter London in Come To Bed Red, L.A. Colors Lip Gloss and China Glaze in Blue Sparrow Neon.
I started with 2 coats of the Blue Sparrow, then sponged on the Beware just on the tips and stamped with CH 26 in Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I dotted a few spots on the stamped image with the Beware for accents.
What do you think? It's a fun winter/Christmas mani, don't you think??






 







And this one on the right was from Amanda - this package had the Pure Ice in Beware




 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

CNT's Sat-ART-day Challenge - Vampire

Well my lovelies, today I have a challenge mani for you.

I joined the Crumpet's Nail Tarts (or the Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge as it was when I first joined) back in the spring of this year, and at that time, there were several challenges a week.
Now we have Sat-Art-Day and for this challenge, it was Vampires.
I'd seen a tutorial here on YouTube for Twilight themed mani and decided that I had to try it. I'm hoping to do these for some girlfriends that are going to the 'Twilight Marathon' next week that goes with the new Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2 so I started practicing today.

 I started out with Essence new Twilight line in Jacob's Protection which is a dark blue/navy base satin with fine blue, red, silver, and gold glitter flakies. This was 2 coats and I wasn't really impressed with the formula of this one, it was kind of globby and uneven and it took a little time to dry. However, it did settle well and even,  the glitter in it is fabulous! I don't mind saying that I contemplated just leaving it un touched for a while and doing the nail art later.


After watching the tutorial on YouTube, I then used acrylic paints to do the art. It wasn't as hard as I was afraid it was going to be  - sometimes I get a little anxious about something I want to do, but then when I get going, it's not really as difficult as I had anticipated. :-)

 
Thanks for checking my post out! Let me know if you do this tutorial, post a link!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Birthday Polish Mani

Good Morning my lovely readers - Happy Monday!

Today I have a beautiful mani courtesy of some polish I received from one of my polish birthday clubs. This box was from Jen who sent me Wet N Wild's Fergie Line in Going Platinum, Estee Lauder in Black Iris, and China Glaze in Techno.
 
This is 1 generous coat of EL's Black Iris - so sorry for the crumby photo



I was really impressed with Black Iris, the formula is absolutely smooth, and even where I streaked it a bit, it settled very nicely back into itself and was smooth as satin when it was done. It is a deep purple that almost looks black, and is apart of the Pure Color Collection by Tom Pecheux. I had no problem applying, and it was just perfect to apply - not to runny or thick - it went on like a dream, with hardly any clean up. The brush is a great size too. There just isn't anything  that I don't like about this polish.


Needless to say, I couldn't resist stamping on top of it. It's such a lovely color alone, but with such a lovely dark base, how could I not stamp on it? I used the WnW in Going Platinum to stamp with Shanty 24 butterfly. On my ring finger, I applied at quick dash of China Glaze Techno. As much as I like the stamp, I'm seriously in love with the Techno - annnndddd it just might end up topping off this mani again when the tip wear kicks in.
So what do you think??? Pretty awesome nail mail eh?!? Well my friends, there is lots more - this is just the first one! I have some pretty amazing and lovely birthday nail polish club sisters. :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Awesomeness that is Space Junk

My lovely polish friends, I have finally aquired some Space Junk! I've stalked @feliifel on Instagram to success when she had her very last restock on Nail Sauce. I missed the one back in September, much to my frustration, so when she said she would run one last restock, I was NOT going to miss this one.
Behold my blog reading friends,,,the awesomeness that is Space Junk!!

 
 
Isn't it beautiful?!?!  This is 2 coats and a top coat of Seche Vite. The formula is wonderful, no problems applying it and it dries quickly. It's a black base, packed full of teal, blue, gold with larger hex accents. It's like a galaxy mani on it's own!
I just can't get over how beautiful this polish is. I'm not normally a black/dark nail polish girl, but this polish definately has a spot to the front of my budding collection. 
Nail Sauce also has some lovely holo's that she's just added to be sold which have peaked my interest and I will probably be adding that set soon too. 
Don't forget to check out the other polishes on Nail Sauce!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gaze in Wonderment at Model's Own Wonderland Collection

Another amazing post by my lovely polish friend Amy Smith at Purple Polish Fair.



Howdy hi fellow polish lovers,

Seeing as I have a funny feeling you and I are going to become more acquainted in the future I thought that I would tell you a little bit about myself. I am 30 and apart from polish I love to Street Dance with a local crew who are like family to me now. I am a great believer in family comes from who you love, not always who you were born to. Any howdy who, lets get this polish show on the road shall we?

I have for you today a couple of the Model's Own collection and OMG are they stunning!!! Like all Model's Own polish, they are wonderful to apply and have a super finish once dry. Here I have for you Northern Lights, which is a subtle pink holo, which packs a massive punch when you get it in the light. WOWZER!!!
 
After grabbing this one, I knew the purple Southern Lights NEEDED to be mine.... but I am afraid to say I was more disappointed in this one as it was more silver than purple. Nevertheless..... its still lovely, and you can see it here with A-England's Lady of the Lake on my ring finger.


Both of these beauties are 3 coats for good measure :D So what do you think? Worthy of a USA thumbs up? 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blues and Greens from Across the Sea

Well my lovely readers, I'm finally getting some mani's in with my lovely polish from my UK polish sister Amy. Who, by the way, has started her very own blog! I'm so proud to present the Purple Polish Fairy by Amy Smith!! I'm so excited for her in this adventure.

I must say that I was particularly pleased with this mani. I started with 2 coats of Max Factor Max Effect in Dazzling Blue, which I was almost tempted to leave by itself, but nay - the others were begging to be used! Next up was Nails Inc. which is a no name deep teal/green cream, I used this with NC 01, the peacock feather. Then I stamped L'Oreal in Magic Croisette, and Max Factor Max Effect in Fantasy Fire with the same image over each image. Dotted the center with China Glaze in Want My Bawdy and topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite.
 I pulled a copy cat form Marta at Chit Chat Nails and pulled out some jewelry to photo with, and the weather here in Seattle let up for a brief reprieve so I was fortunate to have a lighter moment to take pictures of my mani.
So what do you think???




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Time to get my purple on!

So my UK polish sister Amy, who just did a guest post for me, was so sweet to me and bought me a couple Rainbow Honeys I was lusting after (well, one of many) Mare of the Moon and The Element of Magic. 
Rainbow Honey's website can be found here. She's just introduced the Yokai Limited Edition collection to her site, and WOW. I'm having that on the way soon too! (ignoring the growling and nasty snarls from my pocketbook)
Anyhoo, I scooped up The Element of Magic out the other day and decided to really see what it could do. I do love it solo - but I decided that I would try a little background shade to really bring out it's Magic, enter Wet n Wild's Megalast in Disturbia. Now I'm not a huge fan of the Megalast's brush, but I'm getting better at it.
So I did 1 coat of Disturbia, and then layered 2 coats of Element of Magic, with a top coat of Butter London's Hardwear Quick Dry top coat.
Isn't it fabulous?

 
I wore EOM for a couple of days and then my brain started wondering if I could stamp over it. So I spent some time looking over my stash to see what would work - low and behold I came across Essie's Nothing Else Metals and used it with Nailz Craze NC02 and topped it off with another quick coat of BL's quick dry. I had started out only stamping my ring finger for accent, but once I stamped Metals over it, I knew I couldn't do just that one.
Voila! Behold the amazing purple creation before you!!! I wore this for 3 days before it started to show some tip wear. I was seriously impressed with the BL topcoat, 3 layers of polish, a top coat, stamping and another top coat and that bad boy held on to all of it for 3 solid days of every day life  until day 4 which was 24 hours of non stop cake decorating (lots of shortening, powdered sugar and hand washing involved, not a quick death for a mani). I'd like to say I'm ashamed that I picked most of the polish off my fingers, but it saved me a ton of time removing the Element, so I'm not so sorry, but kinda sorta??
This mani will without a doubt be one of my top 5 favs and is destined to be repeated.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Depression Awareness

A few days ago in one of my Facebook nail polish groups, I came upon a fabulous post by an even more fabulous young lady by the name of Sally posted a most heart-felt and intimate blog with a mani that was dear to her heart, and mine. Sally's blog is Nail Pron and this post, Green Nails With A Meaning features her green mani in support of Depression Awareness, and shares the story of her battle with depression. It was a post that touched my heart, as I am a depression survivor too.
So grab a cup of coffee or tea and some kleenex and take a few minutes to read Sally's blog.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Polish across the sea

Yay I have my very first guest post!
Amy Smith, my fabulous polish friend from the UK has most graciously written a lovely post about her love of Butter London's Marrow.




Hello my Lovelies,

Who loves Charis? I DO I DO :D She and I are newly found polish buddies, and I think she is just amazing. Although sadly as I am from over the pond in the UK and she is in the Good Ol' U S of A, chances of us meeting are slim. Still your never richer than the people you have in your life and I am blessed to have her in mine. Any old how, I guest blog for one of my friends in the UK (www.prettyposhohmygosh.com if you care to go and say hello :D ) and Charis has asked me to step in with a few posts here and there to relieve the pressure of everyday life, and give you guys, her wonderful readers something to peruse when you have a free moment :D


Now, whilst I love the UK with all our stiff - upper - lipped - ness, we are a *little* behind in the times when it comes to polish and such. Don't get me wrong, we have some pretty strong brands over here which are AMAZING in all there sparkly glory, but indies and the like….. well were thin on the ground I am ashamed to say. Still, our polish is still pretty and I am hoping that I can share some of this with you, as well as a few indies I pick up along the way :D

For my first posting, I sat and pondered with a good old Cuppa Tea (and a few Oreo's NOM) what I should do, and then it hit me… Butter London. Of course! Now Butter London is hard to get in the UK, but with the wonders of on line I managed to find a few to add to my ever growing collection, and as I am a purple freak I chose to Marrow :D All Hail Butter London Marrow in all its purple loveliness. It applied like a dream and was done in 2 coats. I had little tip wear as well which was marvellous as I didn't want to take this beauty off!

Whilst they are slightly pricier, they are worth the cost, so I would recommend anyone adding a Butter to their collection :D

Until next time, from over here in rainy Blighty,
Lots of love and polish,

Amy
xxx

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Perfection in Perception Nail Laquer


Hello my friends, have I got some amazing polish to show you!

This is White Lies from Perception Nail Lacquer - a custom order that the amazing creator at Perception did for me and it is FABULOUS! I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Perception has described White Lies as 'Luxurious white nail polish that has a special color effect shimmer to it. You never know what color it will be when you move it around. Heavily pigmented, took 2 coats to make opaque'  and honestly, I have nothing more to add to that, it pretty much sums it up!
I am not a white polish fan, nor a white glitter polish fan - but White Lies has changed my mind. It applies smoothly and dries quickly, I have tried it with Seche Vite topcoat and H&K Girl, and have great results with both, no shrinkage and more than acceptable tip wear, or lack thereof.

First up are the bottle shots - I really love the bottle too, the brush holder is very easy to pick up and hold, the mouth of the bottle is wide enough to not catch at the brush bristles.



       

Next up, is the swatch of this fabulous polish, this is just one coat, I haven't used 2 yet mostly because I've been in a hurry since I've used this and haven't taken the time to do another coat. Hopefully this week will give me a little more time to swatch this one again and some more that I want to try.


This is one of my breast cancer awareness manis - base is White Lies, and it's stamped in Sally Hansen's in Popin Pink with BM -321 and tips with Sinful Colors in Boom Boom. I used Glisten & Glow's HK Girl as the top coat.





And this is White Lies stamped over Zoya Edyta with Nailz Craze plate - isn't it fabulous!!! I'm just so impressed with this polish!!! I can't thank Perception enough for making this for me, it's one of my favorites!