Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Little After Dark Party

So I'll admit that I wasn't a big fan of the whole glow in the dark polish thing when it first started. I tried a couple of store brands and wasn't all that impressed with it, but then I started seeing Polish Me To Go on Instagram and really liked the looks of the polish and ordered a mini set of the pastels.
Wow. These polishes pack a punch on every level!!
The pastel collection has 6 polishes; LOVEnder, Honey My Dew, Oh Cool Blue, Pinky Promise, Yell Oh Mint and Snow Glow.
If you're not sure about glow in the dark polishes either, I highly recommend this collection, or the neon mini set. The minis are the perfect size and will give you a great opportunity to decide what you think about them without having to spend a lot of money. The mini set was $20 (plus shipping and handling) and I definitely feel like I got my money's worth of product.
The polish itself has kind of a texture to it in it's liquid state, almost like it had really fine sand in it - but application was very easy, the polish went on well and the brush was good,  though I did have to work quickly as it dried fast. It also dries with a slight texture, not exactly a 'liquid sand' feel, a little more smooth than that, but still more like a fine grit nail file that is worn out. It dries matte with one coat, and with slightly more shine with 2 coats.
I decided to use all the colors at once, since these are not your average glow in the dark polishes - they glow the color of the polish itself, purple glows purple and so on.
 Polish Me To Go recommends that a white undie be used to maximize the glow of the polish, so I started with two regular coats of Snow Glow, then used the rest of the polishes to make a water color manicure; taking a dab or two of each polish and dropping it on my nail, then using a ziplock bag that was cut into smaller squares, I pressed the plastic onto the nail to mesh the colors together. Since it was just one application of each color, it dried matte, however I decided to put a top coat on it, so my pictures feature 1 coat of Posche.
Application, again, was easy and while they didn't stain, they were a little bit harder to clean up just because of the 'grit' to the polish. However, I love the colors, they are fabulous and vibrant.


 Per the instructions that I received with my polishes, and on the store page, I 'charged' my manicure directly under an LED light for about 5 minutes.
And there's the beginning of the amazing glow in the dark. This is in my lightbox which is in my office, no lights but you can see the hallway light on my fingers. As you can see, it's already glowing brightly.
















And here we have full darkness for this picture, it is in my lightbox, in the office with hall light off, shades down, and the door closed. I just can't express to you how bold the glow in the dark feature is, and how long the glow lasts! I wore this mani several days and in the morning, it glowed as brightly as before.  I also did my toes a skittle with the colors and that is even more fun! Not only does the polish look good, it lasted several days with very little wear.
My daughter was astounded by these polishes and not only did I do her nails, but my nieces too, who insisted to me it was like fairy lights. So at sleepover time, there was quite the 'fairy' dance with the lights off.



In case you haven't figured it out by now, I'm madly in love with these glow in the dark polishes, they are definitely unique. Polish Me To Go is currently sold out of most of the polishes right now, but if you follow them on Instagram @polishmetogo and Facebook you won't have trouble finding out when the next restock is. This collection, along with a few others, comes in minis and full sizes and is sold separately.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sea Glass - Beauty from nature in polish

Hi friends! Today I have a review and nail art for you, with polish from 6Harts Polish.
Today's post features a review of Sea Glass, with nail art that includes Summer Skies and Glacier, all from 6Harts, and first up is Sea Glass, a beautiful grey polish.


 Sea Glass is an amazing polish and so difficult to photograph! The base is a beautiful storm cloud gray, all thick and luscious - but that's not even the beginning of this polish - ohh no my friends. Scroll down for details

Let's get some of the important info of the polish going first, the formula for Sea Glass is fabulous, as is customary for 6Harts polish. I had no application issues and this is three regular coats with no top coat in this photo. There were a couple of bubbles, but that was entirely my fault for not letting it set properly in between coats, too impatient. :-)
 Clean up is easy and there was no staining.




Are you ready for the next part?!?


Here is the mysterious features of this polish - it's subtle but powerful 'glass flecks' which can deceive you into thinking it's not so sparkly, but then it just absolutely lights up the polish when you see it from different angles. The flecks can turn light yellowish, light purple, and light teal blue, but that's just what the camera was able to capture, there are several other colors that I just couldn't capture.
Isn't it fabulous?!


I really think the name Sea Glass fits this polish, it's unique and full of beauty.


  I decided to do a dotticure with Summer Skies and Glacier, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I received several compliments on the colors. 


6Harts Polish can be found on her Etsy store, or on Facebook and Pinterest - though she's on vacation until July 8th. You should definitely go check it out after she re-opens.
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Behind The Bottle: Interview With an Indie

Behind the Bottle



Morning everyone!  

Father's Daywas Sunday; isn't that crazy?? I hope it was a great one for all of you This year just seems to be flying by so far!
Today's post is going to be a little bit different as it's not going feature a polish or nail art.  
I'm hoping that if this is appealing to you all, I will be featuring a different Polish Maker interview from time to time. I thought it would be fun to throw a lil somthin' different out, with a little bit of getting to know some of the people behind the amazeball polishes that so many of us have come to love and lust after. 
6Harts Polish was my first official response to my trolling for a chance to do a blogger review late last year, and I've been fortunate enough to make friends with the creator, Courtney Begeman Hartman. She's been so wonderful to visit with, and I'm so grateful she took a chance on me reviewing in her polishes. 
Courtney hails from the lovely state of Montana, where her busy little mind has given us the beautiful polishes stocked on her Etsy shop. Reviews on her polish from this blog can be found here and here, and other reviews of 6Harts Polish can also be found on Pointless CafeThings I Love At The Moment, and My Nail Polish Obsession, just to name a few. You should definitely check them out. 
Courtney was kind enough to answer a few personal questions I posed to her, some about polish and some about her. 
Q: What inspired you to get started in making polish? 
A: I started frankening (mixing up concoctions from existing polishes) about 2 years ago to save money-I couldn't afford polishes I wanted, so I tried to make my own version. I showed my best friend and husband, and they both encouraged me strongly to try actually making my own...I finally started collecting bottles and supplies a little bit at a time  until I got rolling.
Q: Is there anything in particular that you absolutely refuse to put into a polish? Other than the typical hazardous '3' - like any glitters or pigments? 

A: I am cautious about what I add, mostly because experimentation costs money, lol!
Q: What is your favorite part of polish making, what gives you the most satisfaction? 

A:  Ha! Seeing and hearing how pleased people are by my polishes!
Q: What's one of your top three bucket list things to do?

A: To go on a cruise with my husband somewhere tropical.
Q: What's your favorite thing to do to relax? Alone or with family. 

A: Answer: I have a lot of things that I enjoy, lol! Hmmm...playing with one of hobbies and camping with family (I know that is 2 things, but I don't have any one favorite thing to relax!!)


So there you have it! A little of the Behind the Bottle of 6Harts Polish, created by Courtney Begeman Hartman. 

Hopefully this has been a fun post for you, please do leave me some feedback and let me know if this is something you would like to see once or twice a month. Also let me know what other kinds of questions you'd like to hear from a Maker. (please refrain from asking where they get supplies) 

Cherry Blossoms, take two!

I'm absolutely loving Robin Moses these days. Her stuff is always stunning, but lately I've really been into nail art and wanting to do more. Today's post is inspired by Robin Moses' video tutorial of Cherry Blossom Nails on White.



For this look, I started with one regular coat of Cult Nails Tempest, then with acrylic paints, I followed the instructions on on the video to create my version of a Cherry Blossom manicure. It was very easy, and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Then I topped it off with a few random dabs of  Ruby White Tips Kick Ass Topcoat, and finally a coat of Posche to seal it all in.

I'm really excited with the length of my nails these days, they've gotten so long and healthy! This is by far the longest my natural nails have been for a consistent period of time. I will probably be filing them down soon, as I'm kind of clumsy and will probably start knocking cracks into them :-)
I love cherry blossoms! They are one of the most beautiful and delicate flowers I've seen. I'd love to go and see the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. in March/April one day - there are several bike ride tours through there, and I just can't imagine how fragrant and beautiful that ride would be!

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you all have a great Friday and happy weekend! xoxo

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

That Special Glow

Ok I just can't contain my excitement about having my first glow in the dark polish that I'm posting again - hey don't  laugh at me, I gotta get in while I can! :-)
Let's just get to business, shall we?
This is Strawberry Glow from Polish Addict, a beautiful glow in the dark polish. I think the full bottle might have accidentally jumped into my shopping cart after I put the sample on my nails! :-/
Strawberry Glow is a beautiful girly pink sheer polish with silver holographic flecks that glow in the dark. The best way to get this polish to really turn it up in the dark, is to 'charge' it by holding your nails under a light, kind of close to the bulb for a minute to two. Be careful not to burn yourself!

This is three regular coats of Strawberry Glow with no undies, and a coat of HK Girl topcoat. This is a really great polish for a light look, as it gives just a slight amount of color and sparkle to your nail without completely taking over with color. I would anticipate that it would make a lovely polish for pink lovers that would need a conservative office polish, but still give you the satisfaction of having a lovely polish.

 

Here is a lovely macro to show you the holo pieces

Now this is three regular coats of Strawberry Glow under Butter London's Nail Foundation, which is a wonderful nude base. While the Nail Foundation is not completely opaque, you can see it doesn't take much to change the depth of the polish. On my ring finger, I used a no name baby pink I had from a sample polish, which has really made Strawberry Glow pop. I'm looking forward to layering other pinks/berrys under Strawberry to really have some fun, and did I mention that it's glow in the dark???? 
  
Let me tell you, I had a heck of a time trying to photograph the glow of the polish in the dark. I even used my black sheets and comforter to make it completely dark when I snapped this, and even then this is like the seventh photo I grabbed before I was satisfied.
Seriously, I just can't stand how fun this polish is, I love waving my fingers around in the dark, and my daughter's eyes about fell out of her sockets when she saw it! Guess what I'll be doing today?!?!
Polish Addict can be found on Big CartelFacebook  and Instagram @polishaddictnailcolor. Go check it out!
Tootles everyone! See you next time!

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Happy Monday everyone! So once again I'm going to throw you for a loop and not stick to the original schedule of Tuesday and Thursday postings because I have a great post today.
I think by now you guys have all discovered my love of all things that come from Polish Addict, and today's polish review is no different. 
Today I have for you the beautiful summertime polish of Sweet Dreams, which is a beautiful muted white cream base with a fabulous combination of small and medium square glitter, micro, small and medium hex glitters in lavender, purple, spring blue, grass green and red colors. For a bonus, large star glitter on purple and green with a few large black hex to really set it off.





















 The formula, no surprise, is exactly what I've come to expect from Polish Addict, smooth, easy to apply and the right amount of glitter in the base. Application was easy and dry time was normal. I did notice a black hex glitter had curled slightly at the end but I only found one of those in the four that were on my nails, and it was a slight curl that was remedied with the top coat.
For this manicure I used three regular coats of Sweet Dreams and one coat of HK girl topcoat. 


To meet this polish is exactly its namesake, a dream like polish. I can imagine myself floating through the clouds, looking out down at the green grass and blue waters is I float overhead. 
The formula, no surprise, is exactly what I've come to expect from Polish Addict, smooth, easy to apply and the right amount of glitter in the base. Application was easy and dry time was normal. I did notice a black hex glitter had curled slightly at the end but I only found one of those in the four that were on my nails, and it was a slight curl that was remedied with the top coat. 
For this manicure I used three regular coats of Sweet Dreams and one coat of HK girl topcoat.

Sweet Dreams can be found on their BigCartel  Store, Polish Addict and they've just released some new summer 
time polishes that I know will have something for everyone. 

*This product was sent me free of charge for my honest opinion of the product, and I have not received any compensation for the post.*

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Butterfly Nail Decorating - Product Review for KKCenterHk

Hello my friends!
I have another late post for you! :-)
Today I have another product from KKCenterHk and this one is a nail decoration, a Blue and Pink Butterfly Decoration - there are many more kinds of 3D decorations, and I'm looking forward to trying more.


 I made a watercolor mani with some Sinful Colors, added La-De-Dots from Whimsical Ideas by Pam. The decoration was applied after the top coat for my mani, with some nail art glue I got in another kit.
As you can see, it's quite a large decoration for a finger, but I didn't find it difficult to manage, though I did have to be careful with my hair. It also pulled off easily when I was ready to be done with it, and I'll be using it for another manicure in future.

KKCenterHk  can be found on their WebsiteBlogTumblr, and Facebook - You should check them out, they've got so much great stuff!


Thanks for stopping by, catch you later!






*This product was sent for my honest review and opinion*

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Product Review from KKCenterHK

Hello my friends!

Today I have a new-to-me product from a company called KKCenterHk from Hong Kong, who contacted me a couple of weeks ago to do a review two of the many products they offer on their website.
They offer several different beauty products from false eyelashes, makeup, to a variety of nail and hair products/accessories and website is easily navigated with shopping and checkout being a breeze. I was sent nail foil and nail glue to review for this post.

First up for review is a silver patterned nail foil - N.NAIL Silver Diamond Hidden Pattern Nail Foil
This was the first time that I've worked with foils, and had no clue as to what to expect, but the instructional video on the website page of the product was helpful.
I'm going review the instructions, as there were a few details that I had to learn from trial and error.
Here are the things you will want:
Nail foil
Nail foil glue
Regular nail polish (non-textured)
Cotton swab
Acetone (or your fav nail polish remover)
Polish clean up brush
Scissors



I cut some of the nail foil into 'finger sized' pieces to make it easier to apply to my nails.














First up, is to paint your nails with nail polish and let it dry completely. I would recommend that you not use a top coat, the first finger that I tried had a top coat and the foil glue didn't adhere very well, so I redid it. I used one coat of a-England's Lady of the Lake, cleaned up, and let it dry.












Next, I applied one coat of the nail foil glue; the glue is white when applied, and turns translucent when it is ready to have the foil applied, as you can see the difference between my pinkie, which I did first, and my first finger.



Then carefully lay a strip of the nail foil with the shiny side up. This part is still tricky for me, and as you can see in the photos, there's a few creases in the foil. The creases are hard to get out, and I'm still working on how to keep it as smooth as possible.












Next, you want to burnish -kind of 'buff the foil with the cotton swab. This will help adhere the foil to the glue, and to smooth it out. It takes a few minutes to complete this process, as you want to be sure that you burnish the foil all over the nail until you can see it transferred to your nail, and the wrapper will be translucent when the foil releases it.












Here you can see where it has released from the wrapper and peels up easily after burnishing it well. Start by peeling it carefully from one side and watch carefully to make sure it doesn't pull the foil up with it.



Here we have the final product! I was really happy with how this attempt turned out, after the first one was definitely a learning experience.
I would not suggest putting a top coat, it seems to dull this particular nail foil.
KKCenterHk has a great variety of nail foils, and I'm looking forward to purchasing some others from them. The foils are definitely a unique look.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

*This product was sent to me for my honest review and opinion of the product*