Monday, August 25, 2014

Drunk On Holo...In Pub-lick!

If you are a Ron White fan, y'all already know what I'm talking about and probably read the title hearing his voice. If you're not - seriously, you need to YouTube it! :-)
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Today, I have a different kind of drunk - Drunk on Holo and Holo Wasted from Painted Polish by Lexi. I got turned onto this brand by a lovely friend in my local polish group (thanks and curse you, Heather ;-) ) 
and I haven't been disappointed with either of these purchases. 
Drunk on Holo is an amazing silver holo - here I have it with Holo Wasted - using 3 coats of polish and a top coat of Poshe. I decided not to use a color for a base coat, just to see how it would turn out, and wow I'm glad I did, though I'm excited to see it used with some other polishes as a topper. 
Drunk-on-Holo
 Here is a macro of Drunk on Holo - and as you can see the holo looks so much thinner here, but you really can't tell unless you examine your fingers carefully.
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And here is a macro of Holo Wasted. 
Painted-Polish-by-Lexi
Blue holo!! Need I say more? No, I'm pretty sure it speaks for itself. 

Nail-Art-With-Painted-Polish-by-Lexi
I decided to have some fun with my new sharpies and out line the triangles I made - I think it turned out kinda cool! 
The formula for these polishes were nice - there was plenty of holo on the brush each time I dipped it in, though as with polishes of this style, it does take a few coats to make it opaque - or at least give it the appearance that it's opaque to the general eye. It seemed to dry a little slow to me, however, it could be my coats were too thick, being greedy with the holo. But after a top coat of Poshe, it took about 15 minutes to dry to the touch enough for me to use scotch tape to make the triangles. The triangles took 2 coats and set up nicely - no 'spilling over' after I removed the tape right after the second coat and I was good to go with another coat of Poshe. I was also pleased at how long this polish lasted on my nails - I wore it for about a 4 days and I didn't have any noticeable tip wear, shrinkage or peeling. 
You can find updates on stock and restocks on Painted Polish by Lexi on her Facebook Page and Instagram Feed

Happy Monday everyone! xoxo

These products were purchased by me for personal use and enjoyment. I was not compensated in any manner for this review and all opinions are formed from my personal experience. My experience with these polishes/products are unique and may not be shared by other consumers. Applications vary from person to person along with the products used in conjunction with this product. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sunset Manicure Nail Art

Happy Tuesday!!
Today I have some nail art inspired by Oh My Gosh! Polish on YouTube and her manicure which was a  recreation of Naildecore's Instagram Video of a sunset she painted on her hand, which is absolutely fabulous.
This is probably one of my favorite manicures, and Oh My Gosh! Polish did an amazing video tutorial - it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. My gradients need a bit more work, but I was really happy with how it turned out. I used several Sinful Colors, and acrylic paint in black. Top coat is Poshe.
Nail-Art-Acrylic-Paint
Polishes used: Sinful Colors Blue by You, Lavender, Amethyst, Boom Boom, Island Coral, Unicorn.

Hope you have a wonderful week! xoxo

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Above The Curve - Holo Happiness in a Bottle

Hello lovlies!

Today I have a review and nail art featuring the ever amazing polish of Above the Curve. These guys are probably some of my top favorite nail polish makers, hailing from my own beautiful Pacific Northwest backyard.
 I first came upon Above the Curve over a year ago and have previously reviewed Risen Angel polish which one of my first ATC polishes. I have many more I need to get posted!
But today, I have a couple from their lovely Ultra Holo selection.
This is Ultra Holo Blue, with Ultra Holo Purple on my ring finger. The color of these polishes is just amazing, so bright and "here I am!" without being obnoxious.
Above-The-Curve-Ultra-Holo-Purple
I applied two coats of each polish, both had excellent formulas. I didn't have any clumping or streaking. It does quickly, but for me, that doesn't interfere with application. My topcoat of choice for this mani is Simply Quick by Bliss Kiss which has done an excellent job of maintaining the holo effect.
Now you all know what a Bluey I am, and normally this right here would satisfy me, but I decided to mix it up a bit and do some art with these polishes. So I reached for my chevron nail vinyls from NailVinyls.com and, voila - I applied two coats of the Ultra Holo Purple over the Blue, and two coats of the Ultra Holo Blue over the Purple on my ringer finger, again with the Simply Quick top coat. 
I'm probably going to file my nails down within the next week, because they are getting a little long for my lifestyle, but I was excited to get a full three nail vinyls on my nails for this design. 
Nail-Vinyl-Chevron-design
 And, because they are holos, sunlight is really the main source that shows them off best - and I just couldn't quit looking at my nails!
Nail-Vinyl-Chevrons
Above the Curve has many more stunning polishes in their shop on Etsy, and $1 from each polish goes to the Shriner's Hospital for Children. International stockists are Overall Beauty and Pshiiit Boutique
You can also interact with Above The Curve on Facebook, they have fun giveaways and blog link ups! 

These products were purchased by me for personal use and enjoyment. I was not compensated in any manner for this review and all opinions are formed from my personal experience. My experience with these polishes/products are unique and may not be shared by other consumers. Applications vary from person to person along with the products used in conjunction with this product. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Honesty in Blogging

I do not consider myself a 'professional' blogger. I consider myself a blogger - that's it. I like to share my interests, specifically nail polish and art, with a few others thrown in and with any luck, a few polish addicts find my ramblings amusing. (See header -"The awkward, not so graceful, confession of a polish addict")

The reason for this long post is this, my lovelies: there has been some discussion, and flat out drama (real shocker in the nail polish world, right?!?), regarding what an honest review is and how bloggers should handle reviews. Kirby at The Mercurial Magpie and Sarah at Tunay Na Mahal have done wonderful posts on this issue. (I highly recommend their blogs) This post is mostly my opinion on the issue.

 But first...

Polish:
When it comes to polish, I've turned into an Indie Polish Snob - I LOOOVEEE them! And having worked for small businesses almost exclusively, I equally love to support indie polish makers in their endeavor to make a business out of their passion for polish.
No matter if an Indie Maker is well established or just starting out, sometimes problems just happen. It's just life, and that's just part of being in business and producing a product. Be it a bad batch of polish, a wonky brush, a defective bottle, whatever, things get messed up. It's not the end of the world, it's just a bump that can be overcome - and that goes for mainstream and indies.
I feel confident saying that a majority of the Indie Makers I have encountered and/or  worked and dealt with are committed to making sure their customers (which include bloggers too, kids - bloggers are just consumers with a blog) are happy with their product and have a great experience with their customer service. After all, it's their business, sometimes their means of income - of course they want happy customers.

Reviews vs. Promotions
For me and my blog, reviews are my opinion of my personal experiences regarding a product. From nail polish to beauty products, every day or specialty products, what I write about is my own experience - good and bad. Most of the products I review, I've purchased with my own money, sometimes on sale, and a few with a discount. I always try to be tactful about problems or issues I have with a product, but I'm going to be honest and open about what I like or don't like about it. Again, I write about my experience and my opinion of the product. Not everyone is going to have the same experiences, and that just fine.
More than likely, I'm going to review a polish based on my initial experience, right at usage after delivery, regardless of it being a good or bad, or even just a 'meh' experience. If it's a problem that I think should be fixed, such as a bad batch of polish or a bad brush, I'm definitely going to reach out to the Indie Maker and let them know, but probably not before I review it. The exception to this is if the product is essentially unusable because of the defect/problem, then of course I can't review it and would go to the Maker first. The reason for this is - I'm a consumer. With a blog. I'm no different than any other consumer who purchased the same bottle of polish. My experience might be shared, it might not. (Let's face it, I have 'DUH' moments where it's totally not the polish, it's really just me and my clumsiness/ignorance).
 However, I'm also going to tell you when an issue has been rectified, because to me, that's as important as the issue or problem itself.  I'm far more likely to support and recommend a product/brand that takes responsibility for an issue or problem and makes it right. Who wouldn't?!? That's a key attribute for any business, to identify and work through problems to achieve positive results. That's a brand/business/product I'm proud to support.

Promotions are completely different than reviews, in my opinion. If I've agreed to promote a product, then protocol for me is to test it out, get back to the Indie Maker if there's any problems, and then post a promotional review. Promotional reviews may or may not be something you've paid for - that's between you and the Indie Maker. But to me, a promotional review/post is that I'm promoting the product on behalf of the business/brand in order for them to gain exposure, and as such, I would want to post a good review. Again, after having worked out any potential issues.

Regarding negative comments on blogs - again, that's up to individual preferences, and frankly I don't blame anyone for deleting rude and nasty comments. I am happy to have comments that disagree with an experience or a product - but if you get nasty or hateful, don't be shocked at the responses, either from me or other readers. My only promise is that you're not going to get an emotionally charged response from me. You will, however, are most likely going to get beaten at your own game with logic, facts, and probably your own words used against you. So think carefully about what you want to say. ;-)

In conclusion - I apply honesty (with tactfulness) in my reviews of products. You're going to get the good, the bad, and the ugly here, kiddos. That's just how I roll. It wouldn't be my blog if I did it another persons way.

Honest Blogger
Courtesy of Tunay Na Mahal

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ruby White Tips with Stamping and Sharpie Art

Today I have something a little odd, but fun. I had been hearing about using markers/Sharpies for nail art, but I hadn't given much thought to it - until I stumbled onto a great deal from Staples. I found an advertisement (on Facebook, no doubt) for a 24 pack of multi-colored ultra fine point and fine point Sharpies for $10 each. At that price, I knew if I didn't like them or they didn't work, I had at least scored for my daughter's art supplies. That's what I call a win-win!

This nail artwork features polishes from Ruby White Tips in Lunatic (GITD fuchsia) stamped with green from Mundo De Unas and Bat Pack #3 (baby pink with multi-glitter) stamped in Sinful Colors Back on Black and filled in with a lavender and fuchsia Sharpie, under a lovely coat of Suspended Prisms from Ruby White Tips. Stamping plate is #72 Pueen 2014 Set 24B Stamping Buffet from Amazon
The sharpies did pretty good and were definitely more opaque than sheer jellies that I have used for lead lighting.  The ultra fine point was almost too small for this kind of stamp, though I feel like they will work nicely for detailed stamp fill-ins. My next challenge is to work on shading the stamps with the Sharpies. 
One trick I figured out, is that it's good to have a paper town handy, to dab the Sharpie on from time to time as the top coat was occasionally a bit slick. Dabbing it on the paper towel seemed to help draw the color back to the Sharpie tip and continue the application easily.
I did top coat the base polish before I stamped with Poshe, but then I applied the sharpie color directly within the stamp. Take care when you try this because the sharpie can scratch the stamped image. 

The glow in the dark feature was epic, but apparently I either didn't get a photo, or it got deleted. :-( 

I'm excited to try the fine point Sharpies now, they have a lot of nail art potential! 
Happy Monday everyone! xoxo

The Ruby White Tips polishes were sent to me at no charge for review and swatch photographs to be used by the owner of Ruby White Tips for marketing purposes. My opinion of the polishes is my own, based on personal experience, and may not be shared by other consumers. I received no compensation for review or photographs, other than the polishes sent to me for review and photographing.
 The Sharpie products were purchased by me for personal use and enjoyment. I was not compensated in any manner for this review and all opinions are formed from my personal experience, nor am I affiliated with the brand Sharpie or Staples. My experience with these polishes/products are unique and may not be shared by other consumers. Applications vary from person to person along with the products used in conjunction with this product.