Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Update+Halloween Owl Nail Art

First, don't forget that the huge multi-blogger giveaway is still going on!

Second, I want to apologize for the lack of posts, not doing Halloween nail art, etc.  A close relative has recently received a devastating medical diagnosis and my family is a complete mess over it.  The whole situation is very emotionally and mentally draining and I just haven't been able to concentrate on blogging and art.

In an effort to get my mind off of things, I had some fun this weekend!

I visited Ross Mill Farm & Piggy Camp on Saturday!

Then I went to a street fair to meet the owner of Dollish Polish on Sunday!  I got a hug and bought some great polish!

Then today, I decided to see if I could get out of my funk and get some nail art done.  It didn't go very well, but I think it still turned out pretty cute!  Problems I ran into:
  • I used Elmer's Glue as my base coat, so the polish separated from the nail at the cuticle.  It usually doesn't do that.
  • The moon and one of the owls turned pink after I added top coat.  I have no idea what happened.  I painted over the moon with white polish, but I left the pink owl (middle finger) alone.
  • Top coat messed up the owls' eyes, so I had to paint over them, wait a while, and top coat them again.  As a result, those nails (and also the thumb) ended up super thick.
  • The general shape of each owl wasn't as perfect as I wanted it to be.
That thing I'm holding is a weird spider web lollipop!

Products used:
  • Background-Elevation Polish Jungfrau
  • Moon-painted over original mix with OPI Alpine Snow
  • Clouds-mix of China Glaze Snow and Orly Liquid Vinyl
  • Branches-mix of OPI Warm Me Up and Smitten Polish Cocoa & Cardis
  • Owls-mix of China Glaze Snow and OPI My Vampire Is Buff
  • Owl wings-mix of China Glaze Snow, Orly Liquid Vinyl, and OPI Warm Me Up
  • Owl tummy-mix of China Glaze Snow, OPI My Vampire Is Buff, ad OPI Warm Me Up
  • Owl beak and feet-mix of Zoya Creamy and Zoya Arizona
  • Owl eyes-Zoya Creamy

All products purchased by me

Monday, October 21, 2013

Indigo Bananas: Moonlight (clair de lune) and Enchanté

Hey folks!  I've got a couple of Fall/Halloween polishes from one of my favorite brands for you today! I hope you'll like these new additions to the Indigo Bananas lineup as much as I did!

Moonlight (clair de lune) features real silver flakes and black, purple, and holographic microglitters in a clear base.  The glitter adds a bit of extra sparkle in the sun and the silver flake shines like chrome both indoors and outdoors!  The formula was good, though you'll want to apply this polish gently.  If you press too hard, you won't leave any flakes behind as you swipe the brush across your nail.  Dry time is fast and full opacity is achieved in three coats.

In bright sun.  You can kind of see some colors being thrown off by the holographic glitter in this pic.

In a more shaded area

Enchant√© features a bright red jelly base filled with black glitter and blue glow-in-the dark pigment.  I didn't think I would like this one that much, but the color of the red jelly is so gorgeous that I quickly fell in love!  The formula on this one is great.  The glitter and the glow-in-the dark pigment both seem well-suspended, though I personally like to shake glow-in-the-dark polishes between coats just in case (glow pigments are heavy).  The first layer goes on very sheer, but you will achieve full opacity within three coats.  Dry time is fast.  The purpley-blue glow effect on this isn't the strongest, but it's definitely visible and super cool (be sure to "charge" your nails near a light source in order to get a glow).  Sadly, while the glow was visible in person, my camera could not capture the glow, and Indigo Bananas had some trouble catching it as well (though you can see a glow pic in the Etsy listing).

Indigo Bananas polishes cost $10-$12 for 15mL or $6.25-$7.25 for 8 mL.  You can find the Indigo Bananas Etsy shop HERE and you can "Like" Indigo Bananas on Facebook HERE.  Indigo Bananas also has a website, found HERE.

Products purchased by me

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Colors by Laura K: Green Machine

Hey everyone!  And welcome, new people!  If you haven't entered my US-only giveaway, you need to do so by midnight tonight!  The big multi-blogger giveaway is still going on and ends in a little over a week.  Good luck!

Product received for review

Today, I have a polish from a fairly new indie brand!

Colors by Laura K Green Machine is a slightly muted, grassy green filled with holographic glitter.  The first coat goes on patchy, but everything is opaque and even after the second coat.  The formula was fine, no problems there!  Dry time is fast.  It contains a lot of the tiny holographic glitters, so it dries to a sort of fuzzy, slightly textured finish.  The maker recommends using a top coat, so I topped it off with some Seche Vite.

In sun

In shade

Blurry to show sparkle

Green Machine costs $9.50 for 15 mL or $4 for 5 mL and can be purchased from Colors by Laura K's website.  From now until the end of the month, you can use the coupon code AROUNDTHEWORLD  to receive 20% off your order!  To keep up with the latest news from Colors by Laura K, Like the brand on Facebook.

Product received for review

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants

Don't forget, I have my little US-only giveaway, and I'm also a part of a huge multi-blogger giveaway that's open to everyone!

Today, I have a polish that fits the Halloween season quite well, even though it wasn't intended to be a Halloween polish!

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants is a deep, red-toned purple jelly filled with red and purple diamonds, stars, and hexagons.  Some of the glitters have a holographic finish, so they glow and sparkle beautifully beneath the jelly.  As with most glitter-filled jellies, application was a bit "sticky," but not too terribly difficult.  Dry time was slow.  I used two coats.  I strongly encourage using a glitter-smoothing top coat (such as Gelous or Glitter Food) followed by a thick quick-dry top coat (like Seche Vite).

In shade

In sun

Dark and magical, right?  This polish makes me think of witches...though maybe that's just because I watched AHS: Coven last night!

Keeper of the Grove costs $12.50 for 12mL at Color4Nails.  Femme Fatale polishes are also available directly from Femme Fatale (Australia),  Norway Nails (Norway), Harlow & Co., and Ledouxnuage (France).  To stay up-to-date on upcoming Femme Fatale polishes, Like their Facebook page.

Product purchased by me

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hobby Polish Bloggers Halloween Giveaway!

Image by PolishGalore

Hey guys!  I'm super excited to be participating in my first multi-blogger giveaway with the Hobby Polish Bloggers!  The prize is huge, and it's open to international readers!  Please use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post to enter.  All rules can be found in the Terms and Conditions section found on the widget.  You have until October 31st, 2013 to enter.  Good luck!

Be sure to check out all of the Hobby Polish Bloggers who made this possible!

Carinae L'etoile
Fairly Charming
From Polish, with Love
I Feel Polished
Imperfectly Painted
Kat Stays Polished
Lit From Within
Love. Varnish, chocolate and more...
Lucy's Stash
Manicure Addict
Pamper with Polish
Peer Pressure Polish
polish insomniac
Polished and Glittered
Polished Prescription
pretty tough nails
The Dalai Lama's Nails
The Sparkling Hoard

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Liquid Lacquer: Damn, It's Cold and Just Blue Myself

Hey guys!  Don't forget to enter my Halloween giveaway!

Today, I have a couple more polishes from Liquid Lacquer!

Damn, It's Cold is a clear glitter topper containing a mix of metallic silver, royal blue, and periwinkle blue glitters.  The formula was good and dry time was average.  Shown is one coat over Zoya Kennedy.

Just Blue Myself is a medium blue scattered holo.  I'm not sure why its description calls it a linear holographic, because it's definitely a soft, scattered effect.  Unfortunately, my camera didn't want to show the holo sparkle.  It's more sparkly than it looks here!  The formula was good and dry time was average.  It takes 2-3 coats to achieve full opacity.

In sun

In shade

Liquid Lacquer polishes cost $8-$11 for 15mL, making them a very affordable indie!  The brand often offers coupon codes, so be sure to check their Facebook page before placing an order!

Products purchased in a discounted blogger pack

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Halloween Giveaway!

Hi guys!  As promised, here is the first Halloween giveaway (I'm also going to be part of a multi-blogger giveaway that starts in a few days)! Fun stuff, right?

The prize:  Sephora by OPI Hi Def, OPI Black Spotted, and OPI Funky Dunkey

The Rules
  • Must be 18 or older or have parent's permission
  • Only shipping within the US
  • Must be following The Sparkling Hoard
  • Starts now, ends October 21st at 12am Eastern 
Good luck!

Links to my pages:  Tumblr, Pinterest 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize purchased by me

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Liquid Lacquer: Shots On the Spaceship

Hey guys!  I've been a little busy this week, but I'm hoping to get some more posts done over the next couple of days.  I also have some Halloween giveaway fun coming up soon!

Liquid Lacquer Shots On the Spaceship features a shimmery purpley-blue base filled with metallic and holographic pink and silver glitters.  It's quite sheer (I needed 3 coats), so some may prefer to use this for layering.  The shimmery base is on the frosty side and brush strokes can become visible if you're not careful.  The glitter did not give me any trouble and spread across the nail quite nicely.  Dry time was average.

Liquid Lacquer polishes cost $8-$11 for 15mL, making them a very affordable indie!  The brand often offers coupon codes, so be sure to check their Facebook page before placing an order!

Product purchased in a discounted blogger package

Friday, October 4, 2013

e.l.f. Disney Villains Nail Cube Swatch + Review

Hi guys!  Today, I'll be reviewing the e.l.f. Disney Villains Nail Cube, which is part is a Disney Villains-themed beauty collection at Walgreens drugstores.  There are 12 polishes in this set and most of them are just cremes, so I did skittles-style swatches and I'm going to try to keep the review short and sweet.

General review/info:
  • All of the polishes are opaque in 2-3 coats
  • Many are a bit "sensitive" to top coat.  What I mean by this is that you may end up picking up some color/shimmer from the polish when applying the top coat.  This can result in bald spots in your mani, as well as contamination of your bottle of top coat.  I recommend getting a nice glob of top coat on the brush and "floating" it over the nail.  
  • Some of the brushes are okay, but others are a bit mop-like and have hairs that stick out
  • The bottles and caps are an odd hexagon shape.  Sometimes, the cap and bottle line up perfectly when you close the bottle, but other times, the cap ends up a bit offset.  EDIT-Apparently, the white outer cap pulls off to remove a small black cap, so you can line up the white cap with the bottle!

L-R:  Bubble Gum Pink, Mod Mauve, Gina Girl

Bubble Gum Pink is a dusty medium pink creme.

Mod Mauve is a dark mauve creme.

Gina Girl is a black jelly filled with small red, purple, orange, and green glitters.  This polish is gorgeous and looks like something an indie would make.  This was my favorite!

In sun
L-R:  Bubble Gum Pink, Mod Mauve, Gina Girl

In shade
L-R:  Bubble Gum Pink, Mod Mauve, Gina Girl


L-R: Coral Dream, Mint Cream, Sea Escape

Coral Dream is a bright coral creme.  This one did not want to photograph properly!  It's pinker and less orange in person.

Mint Cream is a slightly dusty mint creme.

Sea Escape is a blackened teal shimmer.  The base is so dark that the shimmer is barely visible.

In sun
L-R: Coral Dream, Mint Cream, Sea Escape

In shade
L-R: Coral Dream, Mint Cream, Sea Escape

Evil Queen

L-R:  Pot of Gold, Cranberry, Thunderstorm

Pot of Gold is a pale gold shimmery foil.

Cranberry is a deep red shimmer.

Thunderstorm is a very dark slate gray creme.

In sun
L-R:  Pot of Gold, Cranberry, Thunderstorm

In shade
L-R:  Pot of Gold, Cranberry, Thunderstorm

Cruella DeVil

L-R:  Nude, Smokin Hot, Smoky Brown

Nude is a flesh-toned pinky-beige creme.

Smokin Hot is a bright blue-toned red creme.

Smoky Brown is a dark taupe creme.

In sun
L-R:  Nude, Smokin Hot, Smoky Brown

In shade
L-R:  Nude, Smokin Hot, Smoky Brown

The e.l.f. Disney Villains Nail Cube Gift Set costs $10 for twelve 6mL bottles of nail polish and can be purchased at Walgreens drugstores.

Product purchased by me

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Leesha's Lacquer Halloween Collection: Cinnamon Sparkle and Trick or Treat

Products were given to me for review

Hey everyone!  Gave the blog a little makeover for the Halloween season!  Now how about some festive polish from Leesha's Lacquer for the first blog post of October?

Cinnamon Sparkle is a dense mix of tiny orange metallic glitter and small black glitter.  I chose to wear it on its own (3 coats for full opacity), but you can also use it as a glitter topper.  The formula was fine and dry time was average.  I absolutely LOVE the way this looks by itself!  SO FESTIVE!

In sun

In partial sun

In shade

Blurry to show sparkle

Trick or Treat is a mix of matte black, orange, and white glitter in a clear base.  The glitter in this one is sparse, so some may prefer to use two coats.  I was content with just one coat, though.  It was pretty refreshing to be able to really see the base color under the glitter!  The formula was great and the glitter spread nicely and evenly.  Dry time was fast.  Shown is one coat of Trick or Treat over two coats of Sinful Colors Let's Talk.

In sun

In sun, auto-enhanced (colors are off, but can see glitter better)

In shade

I think Leesha's Lacquer is a great option for simple and pretty glitter mixes.  If you want a Halloween look in its purest form, these polishes should be right up your alley!  Leesha's Halloween collection also features a glitter-filled purple jelly and a green glitter topper if you prefer the green and purple color scheme for Halloween.

Leesha's Lacquer polishes cost $7 for 15mL and can be purchased at the Leesha's Lacquer online store.  To stay up-to-date on the latest Leesha's Lacquer news, follow her blog or Like her Facebook!.  

Products were given to me for review