Thursday, February 28, 2013

Face Off - Butter London vs. Pure Ice

Holy cow it's been almost a week since my last post - it's been a hectic week here!

Let's get to it then! Today I have a dupe/comparison for Butter London's The Black Knight and Pure Ice's Private Show. I can't tell you how excited I was to find PS in the Pure Ice section, especially since I've been eyeing TBK for a while now and have resisted purchasing it. BUT in the interest of comparing these two polishes, I felt I could no longer hold out on buying this lovely Butter London polish. And since I had a coupon, it was even further justified! ;-) I hadn't read anything on a dupe for TBK from the blogs that I've been reading, with the exception of fraken dupes, which doesn't mean anything since I've only been in the 'polish world' since August of 2012. Anyways,  I'm selfish enough to say I was kind of excited to have picked up on a dupe I hadn't previously read about. (my inner cattiness coming out) hehe
First up is, Butter London's The Black Knight - a stunning, elegant black creme with fuchsia, silver and dark blue micro glitters jam packed into each swatch. The formula is wonderful, this is two coats without a top coat. Clean up was easy peasy, and I was surprised at how the black didn't stain my cuticles.


Not sure why my hands managed to look yellow here :-/
So at least now I have a back up for both, however, the Pure Ice was harder to find than Butter London's was.













As you can see, PS is pretty much a spot on dupe for BL's The Black Knight. I had no issues with the formula and it does with a similar finish, this is two coats of Pure Ice Private Show with no top coat. Both of these polishes dry with a slight texture, and even after I applied two coats of HK Girl, it maintained a tad bit of grit to it which I was really surprised with.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

6 Harts Craft Company - A Cloudy Summer Sky

Good Morning everyone! Happy Thursday! Today I have another review of 6 Harts Craft Co polish.
Courtney has produced yet another amazing polish! Let me introduce Summer Skies!
Summer Skies is the perfect shade of light sky blue with a subtle, but lovely, duo chrom shimmer which can flex between a light green and gold reflection. Apparently the shimmers weren't feeling very photogenic cause I had a hard time trying to capture them - which is completely me because I was being impatient. Summer applied like a dream, it was so smooth to work with! My hands were a bit unsteady when I was applying and I was getting miffed at the streaks I was getting but it was such a wonderful surprise to see how the polish smoothed out quickly! I even make it streaky on purpose and it evened out just perfectly. It dries well also. This is two regular coats with no top coat, so three would make it completely opaque, but again, I was impatient when I did it so I just did two coats. :-)


I decided to do a mani completely with 6 Harts polishes with Summer Skies as my base, then I added an easy coat of Secret Galaxy, and I have to tell you, I almost wavered from my original idea cause this was just sooooooo pretty!!! Secret Galaxy totally melds well with Summer Skies and really brings out the green shimmer in it. BUT! I decided to press on!


And then,,,,,,I just went Bat Crap Crazy!!!! ;-)
Here I used 6 Harts Bat Crap Crazy to stamp with NC 02. I just love BCC! It stamps soooo well, doesn't dry too quickly on the stamper, but applies well and dries quickly on the nail, clean up was easy peasy both around my nail and off the stamper and plates. 
Though I just couldn't stop there!!! Oh no no no!!!
I applied one easy coat of  Cloud Sculptures that was released with Summer Skies. Cloud Sculptures is a clear base with matte silver hex, shiny silver bars with the perfect hint of holo to bring it together. 
So there you have it! I've called this mani 'Cloudy Summer Skies in Montana' ;-) 




 Don't miss out on these amazing polishes! 6 Harts Craft Co can be found here on Etsy. Courtney is a wonderful lady and superb to work with. You won't regret purchasing from her! :-)



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nail Art - Cherry Blossoms


Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you week hasn't started off too rough?

Today I have some nail art, cherry blossoms that were inspired by the Arizona Tea can - and I found several videos on YouTube but this is the first one that I found and chose to follow for my nail art Cutepolish Cherry Blossom Nails. And yes, I'm very aware that there are several others that have done this, and probably did it first, I'm not stating that Cutepolish came up with the technique solo, just that her video is what I chose to copy from.
Ok so now that all that is out of the way, here is my nail art.
I started with  two coats of China Glaze For Audrey, then applied one coat of 6 Harts Craft Co's Secret Galaxy to my ring finger (now wishing I'd done it over all my fingers!)
Then I used Cherimoya's black nail art polish to make branches, Cult's Devious Nature and Tempest to make the flowers buds, then topped it off with one coat of HK Girl.
My art work definitely needs improving, my lines are WAY thick!
What about your nail art this week? Post a link of your fav nail art you've done in the comments so I can check them out! :-)
Hope you week goes smoothly! xoxox


Monday, February 18, 2013

Lac Attack - The Magical Musings

Before we get to the polish, I would like to thanks Candace of Life as Kandistar for helping me with my blog. She was so sweet to help me with the tabs on my blog! If you haven't checked out her blog, you should, she's got great posts and fabulous photos (that's probably because her talents aren't limited to polish and blog support, she's also a pro photographer!) Candace and I met on Facebook and I was fortunate enough to wiggle into the birthday group she was setting up, and it's been the best fun ever!
 Candace is also about to launch her own polish line, and I'm telling you, you do NOT want to miss it, she made me a glitter-bomb-tastic polish for my birthday and it's A-MAZ-ING! (I really love it, in case you can't tell) so keep tabs on her blog for her launch date.





The horcruxes in Harry Potter were items that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named had hidden pieces of his soul in so that he could achieve true immortality. In order to destroy HWMNBN, Harry had to destroy each of the horcruxes.

This is the last Lac Attack I have to show you - yes there are more to the collection - but this was all I was able to nab at the sale. I'm on the list for the full collection, and trust me, I'll be spaming you with more photos of this amazing collection. :-)

This is The Horcrux of It... a black jelly with  small green glitter with larger green and copper hexs. On my nails is three regular coats and no top coat.
The small green glitters do a wonderful job of twisting the black jelly base into almost a deep black emerald appearance. It makes me think of the Drink of Despair that Dumbldore endured on Harry's behalf to find Salazar Slytherine's locket in the Horcrux Cave.



The horcruxes in Harry Potter were powerful magical items that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named had hidden pieces of his soul in so that he could achieve true immortality. In order to destroy HWMNBN, Harry had to destroy each of the horcruxes.
Don't forget to check out Lac Attack's website here and their Facebook page for details on the next release and pre-order of the full sized Magical Musings collection.
Happy Monday everyone! xoxo

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lac Attack - The Magical Musings Collection








Today's review is on another of Lac Attack's Magical Musings Collection, Hogwarts.
 For all the Harry Potter fans reading, Hogwarts needs no explanation - it's the ultimate school that everyone of us has wished were real at some point. For the non-Harry Potters here, well, that's ok. You can be excited about an awesome polish with a cool name. :-)
Hogwarts is a clear base, with red (Gryffindor), green (Slytherin), blue (Ravenclaw), orange (Hufflepuff) and silver (Hogwarts itself) glitter. This is three regular coats with a top coat (sorry for the tip shrinkage, damn top coat) and let me tell you, there is no fishing for glitter in this bottle my dears! As you cans see, Hogwarts can be used solo or layered over other polishes.  Lac Attack can be found on online at their store here and on Facebook here.

I have one more from this collection to show you, and hope to have it up tomorrow. Happy Saturday evening everyone! Hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend! :-) 


Friday, February 15, 2013

Lac Attack - The Magical Musings Continued


Hello friends. I hope you've had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I'm afraid mine was about average, but as busy as I've been lately that was a treat. Daughter had a sleepover and hubby and I went for Mexican food, then to sleep by about 8pm.

The Sweets To The Sweet sweepstakes ended yesterday and I have been in contact with the winner. Congratulations Lynda, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! :-)

Don't forget that Lac Attack just posted on their Facebook page that they are accepting pre-order sign ups for anyone interested in purchasing the full set of Magical Musings. You can also find their store here

Ok onto the polish!

Today I'm continuing the reviews on the Magical Musings collection (the ones I have) and today's post is on Dementor's Kiss.
This malevolent beauty will hardly leave you feeling soulless when it sits on your fingertips. Dementors Kiss is a clear base with red matte, small and medium black hex glitter and can be used for layering or used solo. I used one generous coat of it over the top of NYC's Long Wearing nail color in Broadway Burgundy Frost, but used it solo on my ring finger. As you can see, with about 2-3 coats it could be worn alone.



The pictures just don't do it justice, this polish is just stunning in person. 


 
Happy Friday everyone! Hope you get some great mani's in this weekend! xoxo

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lac Attack - Durmstrang

Goodness, it's Wednesday already, and even more crazy, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow!!! Holy cow, didn't we just get done with Christmas?!?!

Today's post is part of the Magical Musings collection from Lac Attack found here - she's out of stock right now for this collection, however, if you find them on Facebook there is a link that you can sign up for a pre-order of the set of Magical Musings. I had to fight to get the few I had as I got cart jacked for the whole set and didn't understand why it would let me check out! I've seen some chatter about being cart jacked before and WOW is it frustrating!! However, I'm really glad that these polishes are getting the attention they deserve, and that it's been a successful line for Lac Attack. It's also nice to know they aren't a limited edition collection, so if you're lusting after any and all, hang in there!!!

Ok so onto the actual polish......this startling blue beauty is Durmstrang.
When they came to participate in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Durmstrang Institute's bold entrance helped set the stage for the exciting adventures to follow with their fellow wizarding students of Hogwarts and the Beauxbaton Acadamy of Magic. This polish is no different. It sets the stage for a spectacular manicure, and will leaving you with almost as difficult a time looking away from your finger tips as Viktor Krum had looking away from Hermione! Durmstrang is a stunning semi-sheer oceanic blue with matte black glitter in small and medium shards. This is three regular coats that applied perfectly with no top coat and I must say that this was a polish worth fighting for. I'm a blue lover through and through and am very happy to have this apart of my collection.
Tune in next post when I review another of Lac Attack's Magical Musings Collection.





Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Comments

Ok everyone, I'm really really sorry if I haven't responded to a comment you've posted. I'm still learning how to use Blogger and I've just discovered that there are comments that get sent to spam, and I've also been having troubles replying. Dumb, I know, but I'm trying to get it sorted out.
For those that have commented, thank you so much for reading!
Thanks for your understanding. Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Zoya Pixie Dust Polish

Let's kick off this Monday right, with some lovely Zoya polishes. If you're a lover of Zoya polish as much as I am, you're probably already aware of their new Pixie Dust collection they released the beginning of February. Having discovered my love for textured polish with OPI's liquid sand products, I couldn't resist pre-ordering a couple of Zoya's new line.
Today I have for review Chyna and Nyx from Zoya's Pixie Dust Collection.


First up is Chyna - a classic deep red with a texturized finish that is similar to OPI's Liquid Sand but it seems to dry with a slightly shinier finish, at least Chyna did. This is two coats without a top coat. The formula is a bit thick, but doesn't dry too fast so you have time to smooth it out and manipulate it. 





This is Nyx, a beautiful light storm cloud gray/blue with what I perceive to be a slight lavender tone. Nyx wasn't as thick as Chyna and this is actually three coats of Nyx with no top coat. The formula is still great though, I had no issue with applying it, and it has the same texture as Chyna.



Here's a little fun a had with them both, I was really pleased how well it came out! I'm thinking I might be using these beauties for a Valentine's Day mani?!? Hmmmmmmmm...............
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful week.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sweets To The Sweets Sweepstakes

Happy Saturday my dears! To kick off your weekend, I'm having a sweepstakes for my current readers and followers on Instagram. The prize is Rainbow Honey's latest collection, The Sweetheart Collection.

This sweepstakes is for current followers only, and any new followers are ineligible for this giveaway. Standard sweepstakes rules apply, see 'Official Rules' below for details. The prize was purchased with my own money, Rainbow Honey has no knowledge this sweepstakes, did not sponsor it nor is participating in any way with this sweepstakes. Facebook does not sponsor or support this sweepstakes. Void where prohibited by law.
 Winners will be chosen at random via the sweepstakes host, Punch Tab. Winners will be contacted via email for contact information to send the prize.
This sweepstakes will be open internationally, but as usual, I cannot guarantee that the parcel will reach you. All I can do is pack it well and provide tracking numbers.
By providing your email/Facebook for entry you agree to all rules, regulations, exclusions and stipulations of this sweepstakes and confirm that you waive any liability to this blogger, sweepstakes host, Facebook or Rainbow Honey.

Now, with all that out of the way! Good luck!!! :-)


Above The Curve Review

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope fully you've been able to relax and enjoy the weekend, or enjoy the weekend by doing your favorite activities. :-)
Today, I have a review of Above The Curve's Risen Angel which is one of their Fallen Angel Collection.
Above The Curve is just one of the fabulous polish children of Angel and Shawn that can be found here on Big Cartel and on Etsy. Apart from being a great husband and wife team, Above The Curve is an indie polish brand with a cause, with $1.00 from each polish purchase going to the Shiners Children's Hospital.
Risen Angel is a beautiful deep eggplant color with the perfect amount of holo in it.This is two regular coats of Risen Angel, with no top coat. The formula is just perfect, no issues with applying it, the brush size is just right, cleanup is easy (it doesn't seem to to stain), and it dried really well.
And since it's been a couple of days since I applied this, I will tell you that the wear is also amazing, I've done dishes, washed my hair and it's still holding fast with hardly any tip wear. I have to really inspect my nails to see it, and I'm really pleased that this polish has held up to my wear and tear.
 Here's a close up of Risen, and while I'm pretty happy with the photo, it really doesn't do it justice.

ATC has a great variety of polishes on their site, so don't pass them up! They are on Facebook and their shops can be found on Etsy and Big Cartel.
Happy Sunday everyone!

xoxo

Friday, February 8, 2013

Sweet On Rainbow Honey

Well lovlies, February is here and that means Valentine's Day. This holiday of love has been around since the ancient Romans, and while I'm sure that things of change a bit in the way of celebrating, the foundational expression of the holiday remains steadfast.
And in the spirit of new celebrations for Valentine's Day, today's post is on Rainbow Honey's Sweet Talk Collection which can be found here on their website. Be warned, you will not find it easy to browse and not buy!
First, I want to show the gorgeous packaging that this collection was snuggled in. This is the set I bought from Fab.com



Be Mine, Sweet Talk, XOXO are the contents of this latest collection.










First up we have Be Mine - a sweetheart cotton candy pink
polish with fabulous gold shimmer. This is now probably my most favorite pink - not too bright, but not too light either. This is two regular coats of Be Mine with no top coat. The formula was amazing and applied perfectly, clean up a breeze.



Next up is Sweet Talk - this is a beautiful white jelly with glitter that boasts the entire collection of Sweetheart Message Heart colors. The formula for Sweet Talk is a bit thicker than Be Mine, and does take a bit of patience with the application. This is two regular coats, with no top coat. I love the muted look of the glitters from the first coat underneath the second, it gives the polish such a great depth.

I couldn't resist trying a stamp over Sweet Talk, so I experimented with  Be Mine and Gilded Angel to see how it would look. Be Mine stamps well, but is a subtle color and would probably be better with a much darker base. Gilded Angel on the other hand was a good match, at least for me. 


And for the finale, we have XOXO - the perfect fuchsia hex and heart glitter in a clear shimmer base to seal your mani with hugs and kisses. XOXO has a perfect formula and I had no need to fish for glitters, the brush plucked them up from the bottle without coaxing.
This is one coat of XOXO over Be Mine - per Dee's tip from a previous mani, the glitter is best dabbed on then smoothed out.


Check out all that glitter and shimmer!
This is one coat  XOXO over Sweet Talk with no top coat. 









I hope you all liked this post; stay tuned as I have a giveaway planned. This giveaway will be for my current followers only and available internationally. 



These products were purchased with my own money - the contents of this post are my own honest opinion of the products. I have received no compensation of any form for the review. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whimsical Ideas by Pam

One of the many things I've notice about indie polish makers is all the wonderful names that are bestowed upon their lovely polishes babies. Some of my favorite names are from Whimsical Ideas by Pam, whom you can find on Facebook, here.
For today's post (which will be a short one), I have Magical Mystery Tour from Whimsicals, with an accent nail of Barry M Amethyst Glitter. Magical Mystery Tour was given to me by a dear lady in group on my Facebook, and is a perfectly purple shade with a variety of blue glitter. The picture on the left is in my light box, and the right is in natural light.
The formula for MMT is just perfect, this is three regular coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat.
If you haven't checked out Whimsical Ideas by Pam yet, you should stop by her Facebook page and check out all her amazing polishes.
Happy Hump Day everyone!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pop Culture Reviews

My goodness, can you believe it's February already? We just got done with Christmas, sheesh!!!
February bring Valentines Day, and I have some lovely polish from Pop Culture Cosmetics for you to lust after. Pop Culture has an Etsy shop, here and if you hurry, they're having a sale on their polish with 35% off until 2.5.13.
This is Love Letters, a fabulous pink (with a hint of lavender, I think)  sheer jelly with small and medium teal/blue glitter, large red hex, and pink heart glitters. This polish applied perfectly, and while the formula is a bit thicker than other jellys I have, I'm starting to like a bit of a thicker formula for the larger glitter, if it's not just a solid glitter polish. For me, it makes it easier to grab and hold the glitters on the brush from the bottle to the nail. There was just the right amount of the pink hearts for an accent, they weren't hard to pick up and I purposely just used one on my ring finger. This is three coats with HK Girl top coat and I was surprised at how well it dried, considering it's slightly thicker consistency. Love Letters can be worn over other polishes or used along, as I did in these pictures.

 





 



And this is SWAK, a soft, sheer/milky white base loaded with red micro, white and pink glitters in round and hexs that come in small, medium and larger sizes with large pink and red hearts.  
The formula for SWAK is a little thinner than Love Letters, but with the selection and amount of glitter in the polish, there's no fishing needed, even the larger hearts. I loved how deep the layers of glitter make this polish look. This is three coats with HK Girl as my top coat. I wore this to work one day, and I received many compliments on how lovely it was. SWAK can be layered over other polishes or used solo, as I have here.


 



And I would like to point out, that I'm not usually a sheer polish kinda gal - but I was really impressed with these polishes and totally fell in love with them, they are definitely going to be some of my go-to polishes. I hope you take the time to go check out Pop Culture Cosmetics on Etsy, they have several other polishes that are equally as lovely.
 
(These polishes were purchased with my own money and the review is my honest opinion of the products; I am in no way associated with the company and have received no compensation in any form from them)