Friday, May 31, 2013

The Sunshine Award

I am very honored to have been nominated for the Sunshine Award from the fabulous and wonderful Kelsey at Polished Prescription (she had a tape mani a couple of months ago that makes me so want to keep trying!! Looky here !! )

The conditions for receiving the Sunshine Award are:
A) To thank the person that nominated you - Thank you again, Kelsey! It was so sweet of you to nominate me! :-)
B) Post the award logo on your blog - DUH! So not gonna hide it!
C) Share 7 facts about myself: ugh, I'm not that interesting!! lol
   1) My mother is Australian, and I have dual citizenship in the USA and Australia. All my mothers family is still there, it was the most amazing thing to visit them when I was a teen. I can do a fairly good accent, and no, my family does not say 'Throw another shrimp on the barbie' or drink Fosters. :-P
   2) Not into chick flicks as a general rule: exceptions are The Twilight Saga and Jane Eyre (the 1996 version with Charlotte Gainsbourg and William Hurt & the 2006 Masterpiece Theater version with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stevens)
   3) I love thrillers, especially psychological thrillers - Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal (the tv series) and mysteries - Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, Grimm
  4)  My first intro into the addiction of nail polish was last May when I stumbled upon Facebook group of the Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge, which is now the Crumpet's Nail Tarts. I started about halfway through their Summer Challenge in nail art, and haven't looked back.
  5)  One of the most important things to me is that I do my best to leave a positive experience with the people that I encounter. You never know what troubles someone has in their life, what experiences they've had that may cause them to believe that they aren't important - and all it takes is one smile, or a few kinds words to make a difference in someone's life, to inspire them, to make them feel valuable.
  6) I'm an iPhone junkie and tech addict; I love apps, programs and computers.
  7)  I'm addicted to Pandora. Music is my outlet for just about whatever I'm feeling - it helps me get through my runs and keeps my cadence in check when I sync my music to a pace I want, it helps me study, helps me sleep and generally keeps me from going completely bonkers. (I said COMPLETELY, ok? I didn't say it kept me from going bonkers, just completely!)

Ok, final step is to nominate 5 or more blogs that inspire me:  Ugh, there's so many!!!

Here we go: I nominate these lovely ladies!
Zachy's Nail Buzz
Purple Polish Fairy
Lacquer or Leave Her!
Coat of Mani Colors
Behind Green Eyes
Rambles of a Polish Addict

So there we go!!!! Happy Friday everyone! Have a safe and fun weekend!!! xoxo

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lovely Spring with Speckled Eggs

Happy Thursday my friends!
I'm back on my Indie kick, and today's post features yet another of Polish Addict's amazing polishes, this time in Speckled Egg.
Speckled Egg is a beautiful color of an egg shell with a hint of muted grey. Contained within this lovely, delicate polish are hex glitter in light pink, blue, green, purple , along with pink and purple square glitter.

Application for Speckled Eggs is perfect, the brush is a great shape and size and the formula is wonderful, easy to work with and dries perfectly. This is two coats of Speckled Egg on her own, with a coat of Posche.

A macro shot of the awesome glitters in Speckled Egg. 

I ordered a Bottle of Suite and Tie with Speckled Egg (ok, ok, there were a couple of OTHERS too, but that's another post) and applied it to my ring finger. I really, really like it, but more on that one in another post too...I just like to tease you ;-)
Polish Addict can be found on her regular store with current products on Big Cartel store and at her Store Envy where she has discounted/discontinued products.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Voodoo That You Do...Solitaire

I knew when I heard about OPI releasing polish inspired by the Bond girls, that I would have to have them.
I'm such a Bond geek - I think I've mentioned that before - and while I have absolutely no problem with Daniel Craig, there's just no replacement for the older James Bond.
For today's post, I have one of the latest releases from OPI in their Liquid Sand Collection, the mysterious Solitaire.
Be warned, this post has LOADS of pictures!
Solitaire is a simple but stunning, diamond-solitaire-white Liquid Sand polish with micro and small silver glitters. It's not a bright white, but rather more soft, rather like the soft nightie Solitaire was wearing when Kananga sent her to be killed in the poppy fields of San Monique.

(photo source here)

Solitaire's formula is yet another a fabulous textured polish from OPI's Liquid Sand's collections. This is two coats, to make it fully opaque. One thick one could do it, but we all know how greedy I am when it comes to good polish coverage, so two it is with no application issues. Dry time was great, and cleanup was easy. I'm also really pleased with how long these polishes last, considering they don't use a top coat.

 A lovely close up of Solitaire
I decided to use Solitaire as a base for my Memorial Day mani, and paired it with The Impossible and Get Your Number from the Mariah Carey Collection. These colors went perfectly with Solitaire and I was really happy with how well it turned out. Simple, but I love the combination. I'm also going to go out on a limb here and say that so far, I really like OPI's textured polish above  some of the others - the JulieG Gumdrops being a close second to OPI. There's just enough texture for me to satisfy my fingers running over it, but not too much that I'm worrying about if the polish will start flaking off. 

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Many many thanks to all our service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Butterflies and Sunshine

Happy Tuesday everyone!
It's late today, I'm back at babysitting so I didn't have the time I'd originally planned to sit and blog. I have a new addition to my charges, a four month old, and today was the first day he and mommy had been separated for a significant amount of time. He's a sweet, good boy, but oh my he had a time after a couple of hours not knowing where mama was, though I was happy to see that when he woke up from his nap and she was there, he still smiled at me, bless him.
We've had some lovely sunshine in the Pacific Northwest lately, and having scored myself some lovely Nail Sauce of Jessica, a stunning pink holo from her Heavenly Holo Collection, Dancing Queen from Wingdust on Etsy, and stamping plate NC02 from Nailz Craze on Etsy, I decided that it was time to make a butterfly mani. 
My stamping skills are still in progress, and I'm still struggling with images that have a large area of open polish, however, as this was my first time with this plate, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. I swiped over the stamp again with a black striping brush, and added some rhinestone studs from the Born Pretty Store
I started with two easy coats of Jessica, which went on perfectly. I think her store is down for a bit, and I saw on Instagram today that she's planning on a surprise re-release of Space Junk, so don't miss out on that. 
Then I stamped with NC02 plate and my lovely big white squishy stamper (which I'm slowly starting to get better at) in Sinful Colors Back on Black, and applied a regular coat of Dancing Queen (Fab-u-lous glitter top coat!) and added the studs. I had no trouble with the plate, the image came off clear enough once I got the hang of scraping off the excess polish properly; not too much to make the image too thin, but just right to keep enough to pick up on the squishy stamper. The studs from Born Pretty were easy enough to work with, a bit of top coat on a small tipped dotting tool and they picked right up and were easy to place, and didn't slide around when they weren't supposed to.
I thought I was being clever when I added the studs first then put a top coat on, but after examining them, I think it will be better next time if I use the top coat, then apply the studs and just pray for the best. They didn't seem to look right with the top coat over them.  Ah well, lesson learned, and it didn't look too bad. 

 I was surprised to see that my right hand actually turned out a little better than my left hand, for once this time!! Go figure!

The sun was just fabulous, I couldn't resist taking a picture of the sparkly!

What's on YOUR nails this week?

Til next time friends!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Forever in Love with Forever Polished

Hello my friends!
It's such a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest today!! There's actually sunshine and warm weather - don't laugh!!! We do have nice weather here too ya know! ;-)
Today's polish is a stunning blue holo from Forever Polished. You can find Forever Polished on Big CartelFacebook, and her Instagram which has lovely swatches of her polishes, but is NOT a nails only account.)
This stunning little thing is Something Blue, a fabulous blue jelly that is littered with blue holo goodness. 
My first photo is Something Blue in direct sunlight - look how dazzling  it is! It just doesn't stop being gorgeous!! This is three coats, two would be plenty, but you know how greedy I am when it comes to polish, so three it is with a lovely coat of Posche top coat. Something Blue has a smooth formula with absolutely no application issues other than it's perfect. 

This photo was taken in the lightbox - I love how it changes in different light, without losing it's fabulous color. 
Something Blue is still available on Forever Polished, along with plenty of other fabulous polishes, don't miss out on such a fab polish! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rumor Has It

'Bless your soul you got your head in the clouds,
She made a fool out of you, and boy she's bringing you down,
She made your heart melt, but you're cold to the core,
Now rumor has it, she ain't got your love anymore...'   Adele, Rumor Has It

Happy Tuesday my friends! Today's post is another Indie - not to worry, I'll post more on the OPI Bond Girls Liquid Sand collection in another post. 
This is yet another polish by Polish Addict just wouldn't be silenced. I haven't found too many swatches online about Rumor which is a shame because this polish definitely doesn't deserve to have just 'rumors' about it, it deserves to be confirmed!! lol 
Let me tell you my friends, Polish Addict has got it going on with her polishes! I have nothing but great things to say about them, and Rumor is no exception. 
Polish Addict can be found on Store Envy with polishes starting at $3 for her discontinued selections and personal stash items, Big Cartel where her new and upcoming items are, along with her Facebook page where you can see all kinds of reviews and photos of her polishes, and on Instagram @polishaddictnailcolor. 
Rumor is a beautiful denim colored base absolutely jam packed with small, round and hex, medium hex and square glitter in a rainbow of colors -  dark and light blue, green, pink, purple, yellow and black with some black bar glitter for good measure. It's a perfect mixture, glitter in every swipe, but not too much that it overwhelms the base = fabulous formula with easy clean up, and it didn't stain my nails!!! Wear and tear on this polish is great too, I usually change my polish pretty often, so it was something for me to keep this on for three days, and I didn't have any tip wear. 
My mani here is two coats of Rumor with two coats of Posche top coat. Rumor does dry with a bit of a texture to it due to all the glitter, but it's not bad and smoothes out well with a good top coat. If you like what you see here, you won't regret taking a peek at her store. Have a great day everyone! xo

Thursday, May 9, 2013

OPI - Liquid Sands Tiffany Case

Good morning my friends! 

Sorry for my absence lately, my crazy life continues to pop things into life that is messing up my regular schedule. I may even drop down to two posts a week instead of doing 3 as I have been, but I'm hoping that this week will even out and I can get back to three. (yeah yeah you've heard it before ;-o) )

I've decided to take a break from my Indie polish fixation (only briefly, don't worry) to show you some OPI Liquid Sands. No doubt that you've seen this new line from the Bond Girls Collection in other blogs, so if you haven't purchased it yet, I'm going to contribute to being the arch nemesis of your bank account and credit cards to make you lust after it even more!
I'm a huge fan of the James Bond movies, and without a doubt, Sean Connery is my favorite Bond, with Roger Moore being a close second, although I will say that Daniel Craig is definitely a competitor for a favorite. Seriously though, it's hard to compete with the older movies, they're so cheesy but classic.
Today's feature is Tiffany Case - a fabulously classic aqua blue polish which dries to the Liquid Sands signature texture. Tiffany Case was the main Bond Girl in Diamonds Are Forever, played by Jill St. John. 
 While this polish is the beautiful textured polish we've come to love from OPI, I've found that this polish has slightly larger texture particles in it compared to the Mariah Carey Liquid Sandy collection, but that doesn't stop it's ability to be a fabulous polish to work with. My manicure is two coats of Tiffany Case, thought you might be able to get away with one thick coat if you aren't in the mood to mess with two. I decided to try it with a top coat too, so my ring finger sports two coats of Posche top coat.  Some texture is still evident even with the top coat, but not as rough. This formula was fabulous to apply and fairly easy to clean up. Being a beautiful blue, it does stain a little bit, so I would encourage you to use a good base coat. If it should stain a bit as it did mine, I used a bit of warm water, soap and baking soda with a soft nail brush (toothbrush would work well too) and it comes right off if you get to it as soon as you're done removing the polish. 
I'm really impressed with these polishes, and I'm excited to try the others in the collection. 
Hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo

You can see a slight difference in the texture on my ring finger where the top coat is - it does even out the texture, without taking away from the beautiful sparkle of the polish.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Namesake of Wanderlust.

Ok, don't fall over, I'm posting two days in a row. I know I know, I'm overcompensating for not having had regular posts the last couple of week,,,,but, but, but I just can't HELP it!!! THERE'S JUST SO MANY STINKIN AWESOME POLISHES TO SHOW YOU!!!!!!
There was a post on Nail It magazine's Facebook page the other day asking viewers what their favorite indie polish(singular form) was - and my first thought was WTF man!?!? You want me to choose?!?!?! Like, narrow it down to single digits?!?! What idiot decided to ask THAT stupid question?!?! I mean seriously, that person needs to be slapped and handed a huge basket full of indie polish and locked in a room well supplied with cotton balls and nail polish remover!!!
 Needless to say, being the rule breaker that I am, I didn't name just one indie polish, oohhhhh nooooo my lovelies  I named off like twelve!!!! Then I felt like I two timin' girl friend for naming just twelve and not others, when I CLEARLY have more than twelve favorite indies. It's like being forced to choose which of your children you like!!! Not. Happening. It depends entirely on what mood I'm in when I decide to do my nails, and even then, I spend more time trying to pick out what I want to wear, then it does for me to actually DO my nails. And that's just the polish, that's not including if I want stamping or nail art, or an accent nail,,,,,,guurrrllll don't EVEN get me started on that dilemma, shoot!
Ok, ok, I'm done with the rant. On to the polish!!!! And to make up for my wordiness, I'm going to give you two of Wanderlust Lacquer's amazingness! Warning! This is a picture heavy post today!!!
First up is the namesake, Wanderlust. Wanderlust is a soft, feminine, light sage green shimmer polish. In my picture, this is three regular coats of Wanderlust with a single coat of Posche. Formula for this polish was perfect, it applies flawlessly, blends well with no bubbles. While I used it alone here, I did try it over black, which produces a lovely muted black, which would be an awesome backdrop to galaxy nails.  I'm sure it would also be a great compliment layered over a similar color base. This polish is a beautiful color for a day when you want a little something, but not to flashy. Classic, but tasteful.

Next up is Sloth - but let me tell you, there's nothing slow about this polish - it will leave you breathless.
Sloth is a purple to pink shifting duochrome top coat. These photos feature two coats of Sloth over one coat of Cult Nails Fetish and two coats of Posche top coat.
Sloth has a beautiful formula, it had no problem doing it's thing with Fetish. Dry time was great and no clumping or bubbling. The shift from purple to pink in this polish is just stunning, I couldn't quit looking at my nails! The first four pictures are in my light box, the fifth is in sunlight.

I couldn't resist doing a little stamping - silver and purple go so well together!!
You can check out Wanderlust Lacquer on Store Envy - there's so many more polishes to check out! You won't be sorry!!!
Happy Weekend everyone! xoxo

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Wonder of Wanderlust Continues

It's Frrrriiiiiiidddddaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Well, at least for me it is, I know some of my lovely friends on the other side of the ponds have already started without us. ;-) Fine, be that way - you get to have Monday roll around before us anyways so there! tthhppttt (sticks tongue out)
Anyways, onward, ever onward! I have another beautiful Wanderlust polish for you. This one is a light, spring/summer time polish, not only in looks but in theme - and it's like a fiesta on your nails!!!
This is Rainbow Pinata - a fabulous party in a bottle! RP has a fabulous amount of blue, purple, yellow, red, orange, and green matte like shreds in a perfect milky white base. And the base is a really great shade being just dark enough to give opacity in two to three coats, but thin enough that it really allows for a sandwich look for the under layers of glitter to still be seen clearly, giving it a really great sense of depth. I also really like the fact that it's not a bright white, but almost a gravy gray/white.  Not that there's anything wrong with bright white base, but for some reason, this polish just really struck me well with this white-but-not-bright white look.
Here is one of the macro shots of Rainbow Pinata - the shards are just perfect. 

I turned up the light in this on the nail macro shot - to give you a better look at the kind of white base it gives you. Even with a brighter light, the polish remains this really great matte white look

Aren't the glitters great?? It gives the polish such a great look of suspending the glitters in the milky layers. I've mentioned before that I'm really into glitter in white polishes, and this one ranks right up there for me.  

Here is another full shot in brighter light. I couldn't quit looking at my fingers while wearing it, and again, I love that the glitters are kind of matte, it almost makes it look like a splatter on canvas to me. Actually, I think I like that description, it's like a canvas color for the base. 
Wanderlust Lacquer can be found on Store Envy - you won't regret it! Stay tuned for two more of her polishes! :-) Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xxoo

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wanderlust Lacquer

Happy Hump Day everyone!!! Sorry for my lag in posts, good intentions yet again. HAHA!
Hopefully you all are having a great week so far! I've been enjoying some much needed sunshine in the Pacific Northwest - it's been lovely!!!
I have a new-to-me indie polish for you today - Wanderlust - and for today's review, the lovely polish Seaweed. 
Seaweed is a beautifully murky turquoise jelly with  large blue hex glitter, blended with smaller gold and green hex glitter. 
Seriously, I feel like continuing to stare at the photo til a mermaid swims past - I feel like I'm taking a dip in the Black Lake from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!!!
Seaweed can be worn alone, but for today's post, I've layered it over Cult Nails Fetish. This is two coats of Seaweed, and one coat of Posche top coat. The formula for Seaweed is just perfect, the base is smooth and applies well, the thickness is just right to hold the glitter. Another perk for me is that it's not hard to manipulate the glitter if you are particular about placement, and the base settles well even after I drug the glitter around my nail. This is also a 'No Fishing' bottle! There's plenty to be had in this bottle of blue and green glitter goodness, the large hex are plentiful!!  
Wanderlust can be found on Store Envy Here - she's got lots of other amazing polishes - a couple of which I will show you in my next posts. You should definitely go check out the store, you're bound to find something you NEED in your polish life :-) Wanderlust is also on Instagram, and there are lots of wonderful photos for you to get lost in! Happy hunting! :-)