Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Femme Fatale Glinting Lodestone

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I hope you're all having a lovely and, hopefully, stress-free December/holiday season!  I think I'm just about all set to go, so I'm finally starting to get a bit excited finally.

I am super thrilled to share with you today Femme Fatale's Glinting Lodestone with you today...and boy is she ever a stunner!  After I saw this polish on More Nail Polish, I knew I had to have it.  I procured this polish (along with Ghoulish Glee and Tricky Treats) via my lovely friend Kristy, of The Polish Haven earlier this fall before Femme Fatale recently teamed up with both Harlow & Co.  and Llarowe.

This polish is so sexy, I wish my pictures did it more justice!  It is a fab mix of huge (matte, I believe) aqua-colored diamond glitters, purple and green square glitters, and smaller blue and orangey-red hex glitters.  This  polish has A LOT going on! 

I have to say, I really liked the formula on Glinting Lodestone too; it went on smoothly in one coat with even glitter distribution.  I didn't have to fuss around or use the dabbing method on this polish, no siree.  Its consistency was on the thinner side for a glitter but in the best way possible, if that makes sense.

On to the pics (I'm wearing one coat of Glinting Lodestone over two coats of Illamasqua Phallic):





Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Glimmer by Erica - A Follow Up!

Heya folks, happy Tuesday evening to you all! 

I just wanted to take a quick minute to follow up on a guest blog post I did for Spit & Polish this past November.  In my review of the Glimmer by Erica polishes, I shared my thoughts/feelings on her shipping rates to Canada and how I felt the shipping was a bit steep considering the usual cost for shipping polishes to Canada from the USA is definitely cheaper than what I had paid. 

Well, this past Sunday, the lovely Erica reached out to me via email to apologize and rectify the problem immediately.  She was very kind and understanding in her email to me, which I appreciated.  She also said she appreciated my honesty, so that was nice to hear!  I felt like she went above and beyond to correct the issue, so to say I was impressed would be a huge understatement.  Erica also informed me that she has adjusted her shipping rates to Canada on her etsy store accordingly, so this is FAB news for all of my Canadian polish lovers who want to get their hands on some of these beauties. 

In emailing with Erica on Sunday, I really got the sense that she genuinely cares that all of her customers and wants them to be 100% happy.  Her dedication to customer service and satisfaction is amazing and I truly appreciated everything she did.  I certainly feel encouraged to make future purchases from her store!

Anyway, I wanted to share my experience of excellent customer service from Erica with you guys!

You can purchase Glimmer by Erica polishes here!  Happy polish hunting! ;)

Saturday, 8 December 2012

One Miiiiilllliiiiiiooooonnnn Pics of One Mani

You know what's awesome?  Flakies.  And you know what's even more awesome than flakies?  Flakies layered over color-morphing topcoats.  Oh yes!

My lovely pal Jenny of Lavish Layerings' fame recently suggested that I try the following as a mani since I was running on empty in the mani idea department: layer Cult Nails Seduction over Clarins 230 over Essie No More Film as the base.  Challenge accepted!  She predicted I would love it and boy was she ever right!  Jenny posted a similar mani back in May, check it out here: Layering with Clarins 230 and Cult Nails Seduction.

Essie No More Film is a lovely shade of blurple (similar to OPI Sapphire in the Snow but lighter/dustier in my opinion) that was released as part of last year's resort collection.  No More Film is an excellent one-coater and is quickly becoming one of my favorite layering cremes.

Clarins 230 is a polish that really requires no introduction.  Many folks call this "unicorn pee" due to its VHTF status in the polish community.  It goes for crazy ass amounts on evilbay even though it has many great dupes available lately, such as Nail Pattern Boldness' Boop-Oop-a-Dupe (available exclusively on Llarowe) and Max Factor's Fantasy Fire.

Cult Nails Seduction is a gorgeous multicolor flakie in a purple jelly base that was also release this past year as part of  the Divas and Dramas collection.  This polish IS limited edition but still available (for the moment) on the Cult Nails store.

So yeah, here's a buttload of pics of pretty much the same thing over and over, I hope you love it as much as I did!  I tried my best to capture the red-to-orange-to-green shifts in my pics but it was tough.  I hope I did this many a bit of justice haha.






Crappy pic but check out that green shift!

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Chanel Malice featuring Sally Hansen Amber Ruby

Ahoy hoy, dear readers!  A happy Thursday evening to you all...I hope this week has been treating you well! 

Well, it finally happened.  I bought my first Chanel.  At $27 CAD, I was hoping and praying that it was worth the price tag.  It did NOT disappoint!  Malice is a limited edition polish released as part of Chanel's Eclats Du Soir Christmas 2012 collection.

Malice goes on so smoothly, the formula wasn't fussy at all and it had beautiful pigmentation.  It was almost completely opaque on the first coat but definitely benefitted from a second coat.  Wowza!  This is one sexy polish, let me tell you.  It is a deep burgundy/wine with a gorgeous red shimmer.  I tried really hard to capture this in my pics, but I still don't feel I did it enough justice.  This polish is a real stunner in person and I felt so fancy to have this on my nails haha.  The wear was also excellent, color me VERY impressed!

The following two pics of two coats of Chanel Malice (pics taken under a desk lamp; no flash):



Annndddd since I can't leave well enough alone, I threw one Sally Hansen Amber Ruby (from the Nail Prisms line of yesteryear) over top.  I love me a good duo/multichrome and Malice looks like liquid flame with Amber Ruby over top of it! 

Check it out *drool*:


Look at the awesome gold/green shift of Amber Ruby over Malice:


As always, thanks for checking out my little 'ole blog and have a wonderful evening!!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

HARE Dog Day Dream

Happy Saturday everyone!

I wore this a while back, earlier this fall, and completely forgot to blog it.  Whoops!  Better late than never, right?  This is probably going to be the shortest blog post I've ever done haha.  First time for everything I guess...

Dog Day Dream is a lovely mix of orange, pink, and purple hex and square glitters in a fuchsia base.  These colors were made for each other, I adore them together.  I am wearing one coat of Dog Day Dream over two coats of OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold Em.



HARE polishes can be purchased on etsy here: HAREpolish on Etsy and you can keep up with the latest HARE polish news on HARE polish's blog.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! <3

Monday, 12 November 2012

The Worst Possible Black Hole Sun?

Ok, this blog title was my attempt at being funny and witty.  Both of which I am neither lol.  Oh well, I tried!

Anyhoo, I feel the need to apologize for my recent MIA-ishness for the past month from this blog.  It wasn't really intentional.  You know the old cliche saying "when it rains, it pours", that's kind of what happened to me.  I had a lot of stuff going on in October IRL that kept me busy, then my ailing grandpa took a turn for the worse and we lost him.  I'm still kind of trying to cope with that, but some days are better than others.  Today is a better day, we'll see about tomorrow.  He was one of a kind and truly one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  I miss him and think of him every day.

Alright, enough sad stuff...no one wants to read a depressing blog as far as I know!  I just wanted to offer an explanation for my absence.  Now that I am back in the thick of it, I am SUPER excited to share with you today's mani!  Black Hole Sun (BHS) is a gorgeous franken that my lovely pal, Jenny, of Lavish Layerings fame, made/gifted to me for my birthday last month.  It's a tough polish to describe,  let me tell you.  BHS has these neat flecks of blue, pink and yellow with tiny holographic glitter bits mixed in.  It looks stunning in different light and different angles.

Here is 2 coats of BHS over 1 coat of American Apparel's Hassid (black creme one-coater, so great!):


And because I couldn't leave well enough alone, I decided to throw Rainbow Honey's The Worst Possible Thing that my wonderful friend, Daphne, had gifted me for my birthday.  I guess you could call this a birthday gift mani of sorts...ha!  Also, Daphne is an incredible professional makeup artist, check her out on FB!!!

Here is 1 coat of The Worst Possible Thing over my BHS mani:


Ahhhhh it's so sparkly!!! *stares*  The Worst Possible Thing is a beautiful mix of teeny tiny lilac, baby blue and holographic hex glitters and a few square glitters thrown in for good measure.  This polish would look amazing over infinite things.

Please excuse the two (obviously) differently-lighted pictures of this mani.  The first picture of BHS was taken in natural daylight, however, the second picture featuring The Worst Possible Thing was taken under a lamp since it is now winter in Canada and the sun sets WAY too early for my liking now.  Sorry.

All in all, I adore both of these polishes!  Application on BHS was very smooth as was the application on The Worst Possible Thing.  The Worst Possible Thing is the kind of glitter that does not need to be dabbed on.  It swiped on quite easily and smoothly, so that's always nice.

I just want to say a huge thank-you for reading my super long and super overdue blog post!!  Also, welcome to all of my new blog followers, I am very excited to have you here!  If you have a free moment, check out my guest blog post on my BFF's blog: Spit & Polish, where I review some Glimmer by Erica polishes I recently purchased!

Have a great evening, everyone!! <3

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

CrowsToes Tangled Web

Happy Tuesday folks!  I hope all of my fellow Canadians had a nice turkey-filled Thanksgiving long weekend!

Here's one of my recent acquisitions, a lovely gift from a lovely friend...CrowsToes Tangled Web.


Awesome, right?  I think it is.  I knew I would like this polish when I got it, but I didn't know I would LOVE it this much.  I really dig the combo of black bar and hex glitter with the blue holo hexes!  Lauri of CrowsToes has changed her formula a bit (for the better!) and it was much easier to apply than some of her other polishes.  I still dabbed this one on because I like having control of the glitter placement.  I kind of did a crap job of dabbing on my ring finger though.  Oh well!

In the pic above, I am wearing one coat of Tangled Web over two coats of China Glaze Recycle.  Regarding Recycle, I have to say...I was not thrilled with the formula.  It probably could have benefited from a third coat but I was being lazy.  Application was not smooth.  Recycle was dragging along my nail as I was putting it on..like some polishes will do when they are too thick.  I thought thinning it might help, but it didn't.  I love the color of the polish but the application was a turn off for sure.

Tangled Web is part of CrowsToes' Halloween collection.  You can purchase CrowsToes polishes at Overall Beauty and at Llarowe

Thanks for popping by and have a great night!

Sunday, 30 September 2012

CrowsToes Cheshire

Long time, no blog!  I'm going to keep this (relatively) short and sweet tonight....which is probably a good thing since I have a tendency to go on and on sometimes haha.

I've been dying to put on CrowsToes Cheshire ever since I acquired it back in June.  Untrieds have a way of piling up on me, so I am pleased to finally have this one on my nails.  Cheshire was one of the first polishes released by CrowsToes and it is lovely.  It is a wonderful mix of tiny purple, magenta and silver holographic hex glitters with larger magenta square glitter and larger yellow hex glitter thrown in for good measure.  I love the combination of these colors.  The yellow hex glitters really stand out against the purples! 

The application on Cheshire was good for me.  Maybe I'm just accustomed to the consistency of CrowsToes polishes, which ARE a bit thicker than others but only because they are so jam packed full of glittery awesomeness.  I used the dabbing method for application as mentioned in some of my previous posts.  It worked out great, as usual!

I'm wearing one coat of CrowsToes Cheshire over two coats of China Glaze Urban Night which was part of the fall 2011 Metro collection.  Application on Urban Night was good; it was fully opaque in two coats and went on very smoothly. 

On to the pic!  Please excuse my haggard cuticles here, sighhhhhh.


CrowsToes polishes are available for purchase on Llarowe and Overall Beauty.  You can keep up with the latest CrowsToes creations on the blog, The Polished Crow


Thanks for visiting my little corner of the blosphere, have a great evening!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

CrowsToes Absolum - Your Potions Master

EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

I am excited you guys!  This mani is the hotness, and I don't usually say that about my nails...I have nail image issues I guess lol.  Anyhoo, I've had CT Absolum (calling it that for short to save on some typing) for quite some time now and only recently got around to actually wearing it, though I have fondled and oogled my bottle on numerous occasions already.  Don't look at me like that!  That's normal behavior for a polish addict right?  Right?!?

People!  Absolum is seriously freaking gorgeous!  It has green, orange, blue, silver, black and silver holographic hex glitter and black bar glitter in a clear base.  It is magical on the nail.  I'm wearing it in these pics over Essie's No More Film from this past Spring's resort collection I believe.  No More Film is a wonderful one-coater, by the way.  I was so pleased with the application on No More Film; it practically applied itself!  This one is a keeper and it may even be backup-worthy.

Ok, so here's the thing about Absolum: it is so jam packed with glitterbomb goodness that it is very thick.  That's just fine with me, I like a challenge!  I thinned my bottle of Absolum with Seche Restore prior to application.  Since Absolum is so thick, it requires more patience than you may be used to.  I put one coat of Absolum over No More Film and applied it very carefully using Spit & Polish's dabbing method and it worked beautifully.  This polish is SO worth the extra effort, I cannot stress that enough!  The only thing that I wish I had done a bit differently with this mani, and you can't tell in my pics, is to use more top coat.  This is one honnnnggggrrraaaaayyyyy glitter!  I still managed to get it pretty smooth by using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails top coat with a coat of Seche Vite over that, but it could have been smoother.  Ah well, live and learn. 

As usual, I've jabbered for too long....on to the pics!




So, are you convinced yet that the lovely Lauri of The Polished Crow is a genius yet??  I think she is!  You can follow her blog for updates on her latest creations...I am crazy excited for her Halloween collection!

You can purchase CrowsToes polishes through Llarowe and Overall Beauty, happy shopping!

As always, I hope everyone has a fantastic evening...thanks for stopping by! <3

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A Special Blog Post...My Storage System!

Good evening folks!  Bust out the popcorn because this is going to be a long post...sorry in advance.  You can always just scroll on by and check out the pics haha, I wouldn't blame ya!

I have a special blog post for you tonight...my storage system!  When I first started collecting polish almost two years ago, I never dreamed I would ever own enough polishes to have to worry about having a legitimate storage system to house them all in.  But polishes seem to have a way of multiplying magically when I'm not looking! ;) 

I initially started off with a "melmer" from Michael's (also known as a "storage cube" lol).  Each drawer in a melmer can hold approximately 100 polishes.  I outgrew that almost a year ago and for the past year, I had been putting my overflow polishes on top of my melmer or in my night stand drawers haha. 

Here's some super old pics of my melmer storage before my polish stash grew exponentially:

All of this is kept within a bedroom closet on top of an antique steamer trunk.  My old melmer is on the left and I used to keep my makeup in the Sterilite containers you see on top of the melmer and to the right of the melmer.  These pictures were taken welllll before my stash multiplied. 






When I informed my hubby in August of 2011 that I had outgrown my melmer and wanted to purchase an Ikea Helmer (which can hold up to 600 polishes), he scoffed and said "I can build you something better but it'll have to wait until next summer because I have to do the work outside".  So I waited patiently and summer finally rolled around again.  The hubby and I started discussing my plans and needs for a new system.  He had an absolutely brilliant idea: rather than using Sterilite containers to store my makeup in, he could make the top of my storage system open up and I could keep my makeup all in one place with less clutter.  I was super excited at that idea since digging through the Sterilite containers had become very tedious.  I also have quite an extensive blush collection and the hubby had another wonderful idea: making blush slots within the top compartment so I wouldn't have to go digging every time I needed a blush and could have them displayed so they were easy to identify quickly.

I waffled back and forth for a while about what material on wanted to use to build my new storage system out of.  Initially, I wanted to go with a nice sturdy oak, but the hubby informed me that it would cost me twice as much money to build with oak than it would be to use MDF sheets.  Since I'm not made of money and the storage system would still be living in my closet, I opted to go for the MDF.  It actually ended up working out for the best since we found some color-morphing paint and were able to use that on the new system.  I absolutely adore it, it looks awesome!


A feature I really enjoy about my new system are the drawer sliders that fully extend (so I can see and reach all the way to the back of the drawers) and are strong enough to carry the weight of hundreds of polishes without fear of the drawer or system falling over.  I have to say, it is really nice to be able to open my drawers and not have to hear the scraping of drawers against other drawers like my melmer used to do.  Anyone who owns or has owned a melmer probably knows exactly what I'm talking about when I say that lol.

The new system's drawers can hold approximately 400 bottles of polish each per drawer, for a total of 1,600 polishes...that's more than twice the storage capacity of an Ikea Helmer!  I am so pleased, my stash has a lot of room to grow now and I have much less clutter to deal with.  I am such a spoiled woman and I am so lucky to have such a handy hubby!  Much love to him!  If anyone might be wondering, it took my hubby approximately one week to build this.  He pretty much spent every spare moment he had out in our garage or back yard working on it.

Anyway, enough with the chatter!  Here are some pics of the finished product AND some video of the color-morphing paint we used.  I hope you guys love it as much as I do! ^_^ 

Here's a picture I took of it outside on my deck...the stick holding up the top compartment is not permanent.  Just used it to hold it open while we took the picture.


From a different angle...the slots on both sides of the top compartment are for my blushes!

Here's a really crappy pic I took of the finished product in its new home, my bedroom closet on top of the steamer trunk.  The closet doors have to be open as far as they can go, just so I can get to it haha.  It's THAT big! O.o


K, so it was really hard to get all of this in one pic because it is so freaking big haha.  Here's the top makeup compartment with all of my makeup in it.  I might re-arrange it some more eventually, but it works for now.  As you can see, almost all of my blushes are now in their little slots.  Neat huh?

In the first drawer, I have indies and HE polishes on the left and Laylas, Cult Nails and Hits on the far right.

The second drawer is strictly OPI polishes!  Look at all that growing room!
 

The third drawer is China Glaze, Orly, Nfu Oh and Jade polishes.

The fourth drawer is a little bit of everything...to name just a few: Sally Hansen, Essence, Verity, Ozotic, Nicole by OPI, Chemistry.  I also keep frankens that I've made and frankens that have been gifted to me in this drawer!

Here's a video showing off the multichrome paint, as promised!




 Well, that's about it!  As always, thanks for stopping by...hope everyone has a great weekend! <3

Saturday, 25 August 2012

HARE Midsummer's Midnight

You know how I was saying the other day that Candeo was one of my top 3 indie polish sellers right now?  Well, HARE is also in that top 3...and with good reason!  The lovely Nikole (mastermind behind HARE) is a freaking genius!  I love her stuff!  The color combinations she comes up with are nothing short of amazing; I adore the way her mind works. <3

Midsummer's Midnight is a stunning mix of green and magenta hex glitters with blue and purple square glitter (along with some matching green and magenta micro glitters thrown in for good measure).  I'm wearing one coat of Midsummer's Midnight over three coats of Verity Deep Violet. 




My lovely pal at Adventures of a Mad Scientist asked me how I was able to get so much of the blue square glitters on to my nails.  Here's my secret: I turned my bottle of Midsummer's Midnight upside down for a few minutes to allow all of the blue squares to move from the bottom of the bottle to the top of it, then I shook it up and applied.  It worked beautifully!  I'm not sure what those awesome blue glitters are doing hanging out down there, but they BELONG on your nails because they are just too pretty for words.  As far as application goes, Midsummer's Midnight was good.  It wasn't too thick, and I felt like I was able to get quite a bit of glitter out in only one coat of Midsummer's Midnight.  I'd be super curious to see how awesome it looks when you slap on three coats of this beauty.  Sexiest glitterbomb EVER!

You can purchase HARE polishes on Nikole's etsy shop, or through Llarowe!

As always, thanks for stopping by...I hope everyone's having a nice weekend! <3

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

OPI I Have a Herring Problem and Candeo Joker

Hi folks!

Been a while since I last blogged...sorry about that.  The DH and I went on our little USA road trip last week and had a fabulous time!  Now that I'm back home, I'm able to get back to blogging again...huzzah!

I was having a tough time deciding on a mani the other day since I have so many untrieds that I left the decision in random.org's capable hands lol.  It selected OPI's I Have a Herring Problem from the Spring 2012 Holland collection.  I bought quite a few polishes from this collection upon its release, however, this is the first polish from that collection that I've worn so far (something I plan to remedy).  I have to say, I am impressed with I Have a Herring Problem.  It went on so beautifully and fully opaque in two coats.  I really liked this polish a lot more than I thought I would.  I'm not normally one for dusty hues but this one is really pretty, especially with its faint gold shimmer.

See how pretty it is?? (sorry my nails look sort of wonk here, I don't know what happened >.<)


And because I couldn't leave well enough alone, I thought it would be fun to slap another untried, Candeo Joker (1 coat), over I Have a Herring Problem.


The above pic does not do Joker nearly enough justice, but it'll have to do for now.  I absolutely ADORE Joker...wow!  Just look at it (hell, I can't STOP looking at it...even the DH said he liked it and he never comments on my manis)!  A beautiful mix of periwinkle, medium purple and silver hex glitters with tiny bits of lavender and periwinkle holographic glitter.  This is my first Candeo purchase ever and I am thoroughly impressed!  You can buy Candeo Joker at Llarowe, which is where I bought my bottle.


Like most glitters, Joker requires a little bit more effort than your average polish but the payoff is well worth that effort.  I used the dabbing method to apply Joker.  If you are unfamiliar with the dabbing method, Reece at Spit & Polish just gave a great how-to explanation of it in her recent CrowsToes polish post.

In the past few months, so many indie polishes have exploded on to the scene.  Some of them fabulous, some of them not-so-fabulous, and some are downright atrocious (just my opinion, so put away your pitchforks, k?).  Candeo falls in to the fabulous category and I am super excited to try out Candeo Dive Bomb (which is currently on its way to me)!  It's interesting how popular indies have become.  This time last year, there was really only one or two big-name indie producers out there.  Now there are hundreds! 

I'm just going on a bit of a personal tangent here, but I think we're getting to the point in the indie market of over-saturation.  Seems like every day, someone with enough suspension base and a few glitters or pigments is hawking their new "indie" line.  Sigh, I don't know...maybe I'm just starting to get "indied out" lol.  Maybe I'm alone in this feeling, who knows?  Feel free to share your thoughts on indies in general in the comments section, I am genuinely curious to hear what you guys think! <3

Long story short, in a sea of so many indie producers out there, Candeo is definitely a standout brand.  I'd rank Candeo in the top 3 of my current favorite indie brands.

As always, thanks for stopping by everyone!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Jade Holigrafico Deja Vu

Ahoy hoy folks!  It's a lovely sunny Saturday, which means I couldn't resist the call of my holographic polishes again hehe. :)  I nubbinized my nails last night since they badly needed it, so I decided to slap on Jade Deja Vu.  Deja Vu is a lovely pink holographic polish.  I have to say...this polish is a lot brighter pink than I was expecting it to be, not that I mind!  Like the other Jade holos I've tried, the formula was lovely and it was opaque in two coats.  I am really digging these polishes, my only real gripe about them is that they're only 8mL.

Here is is (two coats and topped with Seche Vite) on my nubbly nubbins!  I had a hard time capturing the holo in my pics today, but I can assure you it is much more holo in person than pictured here.  LOOK HOW BRIGHT IT IS!


I was curious how Deja Vu stacked up to other pink holos I own, namely my OPI DS holos: Divine, Signature and Exclusive.  I did some nailwheel swatching I thought I'd share with you guys!




As you can see in these pics, DS Divine is very close in color to Deja Vu but Deja Vu's holographic effect is stronger/more linear in appearance.  DS Signature was the least opque of the four and dustier in addition to being more blue-toned in color (not that my crappy pics really make that obvious lol sorry).  DS Exclusive is quite a bit different than the rest..it is blue toned and darker, but with a very vibrant holographic effect.  DS Exclusive was also pretty much opaque in two coats whereas DS Divine and DS Signature definitely needed three coats.  If you already own DS Divine, you might not need Deja Vu unless you're a holo hoarder like me hehe.

You can pick up Jade Holografico Deja Vu at Llarowe!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Jade Holografico Magia Negra

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope your summer has been treating you well thus far.  I haven't had any real chunk of time off from work yet, so I am super excited that the hubby and I will be taking a little road trip to the US some time next month.  I plan on hauling my little polish-loving heart out!  Anyone else have any exciting plans??

Anyhoo, on to the polish!  Today I have Jade Holografico Magia Negra...a black holographic polish!  In the past year, holographic polishes hailing from Brazil have been a pretty huge deal in the polish world.  First, Hits released their No Olimpo holographic collection which included a black holo (Zeus), and recently, in Jade's Holografico line, Magia Negra was released. 

Magia Negra is so flippin' fabulous, I have to say.  I am wearing two coats of Magia Negra in my NOTD pic below.  No undies, just two coats of black holo fabulousness (topped off with Seche Vite, and no, it didn't dull the holo effect...huzzah!).  Magia Negra's formula was smooth as butter and it has the same kind of sorta-linear/sorta-scattered holo thing happening that most of the OPI DS holos have.  So pretty! 

I highly encourage anyone who is a black holo lover to run and buy Magia Negra, you won't be sorry you did.  Jade holographic polishes are available for purchase at Llarowe, which is where I picked my bottle up!

Ok, so sorry for the long-winded post....here's the pic!!


It is seriously so much more impressive in person, so I hope my pic does it at least an ounce of justice lol.

Here's a quick nail wheel swatch I did of Magia Negra to show how opaque it is.  LOOK at how opaque it is even on the first coat...insanity I tell ya!!






  
As always, thanks for checking out my little blog! <3
 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Pahlish Toxic and Timeless

I know I say this all the time...but I am SUPER excited to be sharing this polish today.  It's an indie polish made by the lovely Shannon of Pahlish.  This is so pretty.  It has blue and green hex and bar glitter as well as iridescent micro glitter in a green jelly base.  It is LOVE!

I am wearing one coat Toxic and Timeless over 3 coats of Verity Bright Green (gifted to me from the lovely Linda <3).  I have to say, the formula for T&T was really nice.  It definitely wasn't too thick, which can sometimes happen with glitter polishes, and it went on pretty evenly.

Pahlish is available for purchase on Etsy and will also be available through Llarowe beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. MST.

I recently noticed some other blogging ladies had posted pics of T&T looking slightly different than mine, so I inquired with Shannon about this.  She informed me that a few friends had requested bottles of T&T without the bar glitters.  They're definitely not everyone's cup of tea, so I get that.  I just wanted to make sure that the polish I am showing here on my blog is still and/or will be available for purchase.  Shannon also informed me that T&T is currently being produced without the green bar glitters (but still with the blue ones) as she is currently working out some issues with that particular glitter.  I have to say, I really admire her dedication to ensuring she is using quality ingredients...that says a lot to me about her integrity.

Again, kudos to Shannon for trying to work out the glitter issue asap so she can continue to produce this gorgeous polish.  It is definitely worth checking out and waiting for if you are digging these bar glitters! ;)  And I say that as someone is normally not a huge fan of bar glitters...I can't get enough of 'em in T&T!!!

Anyhoo, enough of my jabbering...here's the pic!


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Chemistry 518

I just love summer when it's actually sunny like it has been...it means I get to WEAR ALL THE HOLOS!!



Yeah, that's pretty much me all summer long!  Anyhoo, my friend, the lovely Kristy of The Polish Haven fame, sent me Chemistry 518 a while back.  Chemistry 518 is an exact dupe of Ozotic and Artform 518 as I understand it.  It is a fabulous cool-leaning red holographic polish.  The formula was pretty good but I did need to thin it a bit prior to application.  Went on marvelously after that, however.  I love this kind of holo.  It's similar to the OPI Designer Series holos of old in both holo appearance (linear yet not in the same way as say, the Layla holos) and application.

Sadly, I believe the 500 series of the Ozotics is being discontinued, so this beautiful polish will likely be difficult to obtain in the near future.  Such a bummer since the world needs more accessible and beautiful holos like these.  If you ever have the opportunity to get this polish...do it!!! You won't be sorry you did!

I'm wearing three coats of 518 and one coat of OPI DS topcoat in this pic.


As always, thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!! <3

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Jade Holografico Fascinio Violeta

Happy Sunday folks!  It looks like summer has officially arrived in Canada as it is currently a sweltering 29c (that's 84f for my American friends <3) here right now.  I am positively melting!

We haven't had a really nice and hot summer here like this in a few years.  Last year, it rained here most of the summer and I think we only went above 25c maybe twice.  Either way, I love warm weather...so I'll take this!  And since it's warm, that means the sun is out at full force lately...which can only mean one thing: HOLO NAIL POLISH TIME!!! *happy dance*

Today I have Jade Holografico Fascinio Violeta to share with you.  I am absolutely smitten with this polish.  I adore OPI DS Original, but THIS polish is what I wanted DS Original to be...so yeah, it's pretty fab.  I ordered this polish through Llarowe, so that's where you folks can procure it as well.  I believe Jade is another amazing Brazilian polish brand.  Must be something in the water over there where they make freaking awesome holographic polishes!

I'm wearing 2 coats here with a coat of Seche Vite over top.  As you can see, no holo dullage here!  I will say that the application was pretty good, but I did have to stop and thin my bottle a bit.  After thinning Fascinio Violeta, it went on like butter though!  This is an interesting polish, it's mostly linear but it looks a bit scattered in my pic.  But enough of my jabbering, check it out for yourself:


As always, thanks for stopping by!  I hope the summer has been treating you well! <3

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Burgundy Orchid

Ahoy folks!!!  My lovely bff, Ms. ReecesPeeces of Spit & Polish was in town recently for a visit and she spoiled me by painting my nails for me (and she cooked for me, omg she has skills!!!).  That was a nice treat!  As you can see, she is much more skilled than I am at painting nails.  I hope to one day be as good as she is...until then, you will generally have to suffer with my crappily-painted nails.


Oh Burgundy Orchid....what a beaut!  Burgundy Orchid was released, and subsequently discontinued, by Sally (ho) Hansen many moons ago....such a shame.  Old SHs are some of the best polishes to ever have been released in my opinion.  I bought this on the bay of evil earlier this winter when the prices weren't so ridiculous and boy am I glad I did!  If you ever have the opportunity to procure this polish, I highly recommend that you do!  It pretty much magic in a bottle.  Burgundy Orchid shifts between violet, magenta and red.  It is phenomenal!!! 

This is one coat of Burgundy Orchid over one coat of Finger Paints Black Expressionism.  Enjoy, and as always, thanks for popping by!






Thursday, 7 June 2012

OPI DS Glamour

Wheee! I am so excited to be sharing this with you folks today!  It's been over a year since I wore DS Glamour last and it is still one of my all-time favorite polishes (we're talking top 5 material here, people!).  OPI DS Glamour was released in 2008 and it is a damned shame that OPI doesn't make them like this anymore.  I would really love for OPI to hop back on to the holographic train because when they do a holographic polish, they do it WELL.  And if they DID do that, then this would be me:



Side note: DS Glamour was one of the first polishes I ever dustied...it was BNIB at a local nail salon and I think I paid $18 for it.  Which is a steal considering the outrageous amounts it is going for on auction sites that shall not be named haha.  

I don't really have much else to say about this polish as I think my pics (that don't do it nearly enough justice, imo) hopefully speak for themselves.  I'm wearing 3 coats here and the application was lovely, smooth as butter as with pretty much every DS holographic polish I have tried so far.

Anyhoo, here it is!





As always, thanks for stopping by!