Sunday, April 28, 2013

Indigo Bananas-Chill Out

Product given to me for review

After a few days of Liquid Lacquer, I'm going back to the bananas...Indigo Bananas, that is!

Indigo Bananas Chill Out is like a flurry of smaller glitters.  This glitter topper features several sizes of satin white hex and square glitters, orange/green iridescent hex glitters in 3 sizes, and holographic shimmer.  I had feared Chill Out would be too similar to other white glitters I own, but the fact that it consists entirely of smaller glitters makes it a unique addition to my collection.  I'm very glad that Andrea sent it to me because I may have dismissed it and ignored it otherwise!  The formula was fine and dry time was average.  Shown is one coat of Indigo Bananas Chill Out over 2 coats of Essie Come Here!

Oh, and trust me, you could totally see the shimmer in person.  My camera just sucks (working on finding a new one).

In sun

In shade

While the name and snowy appearance make you think of winter, Chill Out can really work in just about any season, and I think it looks great over spring pastels and summer brights!

Indigo Bananas Chill Out costs $10 for 15mL or $4.50 for 5mL.  You can buy Indigo Bananas products in their Etsy shop. and you can stay up-to-date on the latest Indigo Bananas news by Liking their Facebook page.  Indigo Bananas also has a website, found HERE.

Product given to me for review

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Just for Fun: Liebster Award

Veronica from Me Gusta Nail Polish nominated me for a Liebster Award, which is designed to help people get to know bloggers whose follower count is under 200.  I'm supposed to pass it along ad nominate 11 more bloggers, but I never ever do pass-along stuff because it triggers my anxiety (weird, I know...I feel like I'd be forcing my nominees to do something they might not want to do), so I won't be nominating anyone.  It's hard enough for me to get up the nerve to semi-participate and fill this out (or hell, to even blog at all).  Sorry, guys!  At least you can all get to know me better by reading my answers to the questions?

Full rules:
-Write 11 random facts about yourself
-Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
-Create 11 new questions for your nominees<-not doing this part
-Nominate 11 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers <-not going to do this part, but if I were, I'd nominate Royal Milk Tea, A Liquid Blog, and Polish Hound.  I'm sure there are other blogs I follow that meet the requirements, but I'm kind of in the middle of doing a million things and don't have time to go through my massive reading list and figure out who has under 200 followers lol


11 random facts about me:
  1. I have never truly been on vacation
  2. I have never broken a bone
  3. I still have a baby tooth because the adult tooth that would have shoved it out of the way does not exist
  4. I hate the number 4
  5. I have an adorable rabbit named Holly Joy <3
  6. I'm obsessed with Taylor Swift!  I also love Lady Gaga, Jordyn Shellhart, Eminem, and Weezer.
  7. I have never met most of my closest friends
  8. I still use a dumbphone, so no Instagram for me!
  9. I once won an iPod mini for selling 52 tubs of cookie dough during a school fundraiser lol
  10. My favorite TV show is American Horror Story
  11. I am a Gryffindor! 

Veronica's questions for me:
  1. Do you have any siblings?  Yes, an older brother :-)
  2. What is your favorite food?  Chicken marsala
  3. What is your favorite nail polish?  Girly Bits Smurf Dance
  4. Do you have any other hobbies?  No...this is pretty much it lol
  5. What was your most embarrassing moment?  I've fallen when going down steps many times, often in front of people lol
  6. What is your favorite genre of books to read?  I must admit, I'm still rather fond of Young Adult stuff, like Delirium and The Hunger Games lol.  
  7. What is your favorite brand of nail polish?  I could never choose between indies, so I'll just choose from the mainstream brands...OPI!
  8. Do you have a bad habit?  I say "like" way too much
  9. What do you like most about yourself?  Physically, I love that I'm pale.  As far as deeper stuff goes, I love that I have managed to live through a lot of really bad stuff throughout my lifetime...I've come out of it worse for wear, but I made it.  
  10. What is your ideal vacation?  Considering I've never been on vacation, probably anything lol.  I'd really love to stay at a bed & breakfast in an old town full of cute little shops or something, though.
  11. Are you a rule breaker?  Not usually, but I am one today! lol

Thanks, for nominating me, Veronica!  I'm sorry I broke the rules even more than you did when you participated lol.  

Liquid Lacquer: Halfway Gemini

As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought two polishes during my last Liquid Lacquer order.  Obviously, one was Collide Into You.  The other was Halfway Gemini.

Halfway Gemini features a dark royal blue jelly base filled with medium and small hot pink circle glitter, small rose gold circle glitter, and lots of silver hex glitters.  The formula was good, but got a little gummy towards the end of the manicure (probably due to being exposed to the air.  I'm sure thinner will fix it).  Dry time was average.  I used 3 coats and as you can see, there was still a bit of visible nail line.  You can only really see it in close up shots or if you really study your nails though, so I didn't mind.  One coat of Seche Vite was enough to smooth out the surface.

Inside, by a window

In bright sun

In shade

Up close

I think this polish has a sort of a girly outer space look!  It's very cool and unique.

Halfway Gemini costs $8 for 15mL and can be purchased HERE.  It's limited edition, so if you want it, grab it soon!  You can stay up-to-date with Liquid Lacquer news and restocks by Liking them on Facebook HERE.

Product purchased by me

Friday, April 26, 2013

Liquid Lacquer: Collide Into You

So after buying Liquid Lacquer's gorgeous Mockingbird, I kind of forgot about the brand for a couple of weeks (awful, I know!).  Thankfully, a friend alerted me to a sale they were having and after obsessing over a few shades with her, I picked up two more Liquid Lacquer polishes.  One of them was the stunning Collide Into You.

Collide Into You features a bright turquoise crelly base filled with 2 sizes of hot pink circle glitter, small hot pink hex glitter, small gold circle glitter, and tiny gold flakes.  The formula was great and dry time was average.  I used 3 coats, but some people may be satisfied with just two.

Unfortunately, my camera had some trouble with the bright turquoise color.  In most of the photos, the polish looks lighter and bluer than it actually is.  I attempted to correct the color in the last photo, but left the others alone.  

No color correction

In bright sun, no color correction

My attempt at color correction


I really loved this polish!  It's so bright and fun.  I'll probably wear it again in a few months because it's such a perfect summer polish.

Collide Into You costs $8 for 15mL and can be purchased HERE.  It's limited edition, so if you want it, grab it soon!  You can stay up-to-date with Liquid Lacquer news and restocks by Liking them on Facebook HERE.

Product purchased by me

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Liquid Lacquer: Mockingbird

I'm sure you're all familiar with the pain of coming across a beautiful swatch of a polish that's no longer in production.  I was super bummed when I discovered that Nail-venturous Lacquers no longer existed and that I'd never be able to buy Nail-venturous Flying Blue Jay.  Thankfully, after digging around a bit, I discovered that Liquid Lacquer makes a very similar polish called Mockingbird!

Liquid Lacquer Mockingbird features four sizes of white hex glitter in a bright, royal blue jelly base.  The formula was good and the polish was gorgeous, but I wish that there had been more of the large white hex glitters.  Dry time was average.  Shown is 3 coats.  You'll probably want to do a coat of Glitter Food or Gelous followed by a thick, fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite to completely smooth things out.  I think I just did one coat of Seche Vite because I'm generally not super finicky about smoothing out glitters.

In bright sunlight

Inside, by a window

Close-up

Based on swatches I've seen of Nail-ventrous Flying Blue Jay, Liquid Lacquer Mockingbird is very similar to it, but not a dead-on dupe.  I think the smallest glitters in Flying Blue Jay may be smaller than the small glitters in Mockingbird.  Flying Blue Jay also has blue microglitter and shimmer, which are not found in Mockingbird.  Additionally, Flying Blue Jay seems to have more of the smallest and largest sizes of glitter, while Mockingbird is dominated by the two medium sized glitters.  Despite the differences between the two, I think Mockingbird is a really great substitute for Flying Blue Jay!

Liquid Lacquer Mockingbird costs $8 for 15mL and can be purchased HERE.  You can stay up-to-date on Liquid Lacquer news and restocks by Liking them on Facebook HERE.  

Product purchased by me


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ulta Nail FX Kit Swatches and Review

When I first heard about the Ulta Nail FX Kit, I was intrigued.  Four top coats, including matte, color enhancing, holographic, and smokey for $14?  Would the holo really be holo?  What in the world was smokey effect?  I just had to find out!

Smokey:  The Smokey effect is a black jelly with silver microshimmer.  It basically just makes your base color much darker.  It's a bit streaky.  Shown is one coat over two coats of Chin Glaze Shower Together.

Color Enhancing:  The Color Enhancing top coat is a clear liquid that glows violet in sunlight.  It made my base color a bit bluer and brighter.  As you'll see in the photos, I had a lot of trouble with bubbles in this top coat.  It gums up quickly on the nail and it can be hard to even out.  Shown is one coat over two coats of China Glaze Shower Together.

Holographic:  This is in no way a holographic top coat.  It is a crappy silver holographic polish that completely hides your base color.  The holographic effect is weak and the formula is fussy.  As you can see, a lot of balding and patchiness occurred.  Shown is two coats over two coats of China Glaze Shower Together.

Matte:  This is probably the least offensive of the bunch.  It produces sort of a satiny matte finish, rather than a dry, chalky matte finish.  The formula was fine.  Shown is one coat over two coats of China Glaze Shower Together.

All have an average dry time.  They also have a pretty nice brush.  It's thin and works a lot better than the thick, mop-like brush my other Ulta polishes have.   Unfortunately, the brush is the only good thing about these polishes.

Please forgive the messy application and clean up.  I didn't feel very motivated to make these polishes look pretty...they were kind of hopeless.



My thumb shows China Glaze Shower Together on its own 
so you can see what each top coat did to it

The faint holo effect

Sooo yeah, this kit was awful and I'll be returning it today!

I would not recommend buying it, but if you do want it, it costs $14 for a set of four 10mL bottles at Ulta stores and on Ulta.com.  You can stay up-to-date on Ulta news by Liking them on Facebook HERE.

Product purchased by me

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Emily de Molly-You Don't Own Me

Today, we have a polish that I pretty much just bought for the name.  As soon as I saw that Emily de Molly had made a polish called "You Don't Own Me," I dashed over to Llarowe's Facebook page to find out if they'd be stocking it.  I'm guessing Emily de Molly named it after a classic song by Lesley Gore, but all I could think of was a scene from American Horror Story: Asylum in which a young nun possessed by the devil puts on a red negligee and sings the song to a crucifix hanging on the wall.  Yeah, it was a strange show.  It was also my favorite show last fall/winter, so I definitely wanted to snag a polish that reminded me of it!

You Don't Own Me is a glitter topper in the Connect the Dots/Sticks n Stones style.  It features long and short matte white bar glitter, matte white diamond glitter, matte white hex glitter in 3 sizes, matte white square glitter in 2 sizes, small blue and pink circle glitters, and a mix of metallic and holographic hex glitters in various sizes and colors (gold, lavender, pink, blue, green).  Like many glitter toppers of this style, it was slightly thick, but it applied just fine.  Dry time was average.  Shown is one coat of You Don't Own Me over Indigo Bananas Klein Trink Wasser.

Inside, by a window

In the sun

Sparkly!

Such a cheery mix of glitters!

You Don't Own Me costs $13 for 12mL on Llarowe.  Emily de Molly is also sold on Etsy, Femme Fatale, Shoppe Eclecticco, and Norway Nails.  You can stay up-to-date on Emily de Molly news by following them on Facebook.

Product purchased by me.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NerdLacquer-Smoke Dragon

As many of you know, the recent NerdLacquer restock on Ninja Polish was a complete disaster.  By some miracle, I managed to snag a bottle of Smoke Dragon!

NerdLacquer Smoke Dragon is a highly complex polish featuring a matte charcoal base, purple and emerald green microshimmer, black, silver, and bright purple microglitter, medium black hexes, small silver squares, and small and medium silver hex glitters.  The shimmers in this polish behave kind of strangely...most of the time, you just see purple, but in direct sunlight or very bright LED lighting, an emerald green shimmer appears.  I wouldn't call it a duochrome, since angle doesn't seem to matter.  It seems to appear purely depending on the type of light hitting it.  Very odd, and very pretty.

Like most NerdLacquer polishes, Smoke Dragon doesn't have the best suspension, so you'll want to give it a good shake and leave it upside down for a bit before you apply it.  Formula was decent, though a little thick.  Dry time was fast.  It dries to a matte finish and I definitely recommend adding a glossy top coat It took just one coat of Seche Vite to achieve a smooth, shiny finish.

Inside, by a window

Showing off the purple

Showing off the green (ugh, I need a better camera)

You can kind of see the glitters better here

Smoke Dragon costs $10 for 15mL and is available exclusively at Ninja Polish.  You can stay up-to-date on NerdLacquer news by following them on their Google+ page.  You can stay up-to-date on Ninja Polish news by following their Facebook page.

Product purchased by me

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Beautifully Disney-Ocean Mist

Today, we have something a little different to check out!  When I heard my brother's family would be taking a trip to Disney World, I begged them to pick up 2 of the new Beautifully Disney nail polishes.  They ended up picking out 3 polishes instead and gave them to me for my birthday!  One of these polishes was the lovely Ocean Mist.

With its sparkling mermaid tail color and seashell sticker applied to the cap, Ocean Mist is clearly intended to represent Ariel from The Little Mermaid.  Ocean Mist is a stunning green glass fleck polish.  It appears to consist of both green and gold flecks, making it sort of a lighter and yellower version of China Glaze Running In Circles.  Application was great, dry time was fast, and it was opaque in 2 coats.

In sunlight, looking a bit blue-toned.  It pulls either yellow-toned or blue-toned depending on lighting, but overall, I would consider it a yellow-toned green.

Inside, by a window.

My brother's family also got me two other Beautifully Disney polishes, so be on the lookout for posts on them sometime in the near future!

Beautifully Disney nail polishes cost $8.95 for9mL and can be found at the TrenD stores in the Disney parks.  Beautifully Disney products can also be found on Disney's online store, but it looks like only the mini sets of the nail polish are available at this time.  A 4mL bottle of Ocean Mist can be found online HERE.

Product received as a gift from my family.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Elevation Polish: Stay Behind, Catch A Wave

So while I was waiting for Ninja Polish to figure out what they were going to do about that mess of a NerdLacquer restock a little over a week ago, (scored Smoke Dragon, wooo!), I decided to see how Elevation Polish Stay Behind, Catch A Wave would look over the Urban Decay Woodstock I was already wearing.  The result, as you will see, was pretty cool!

Stay Behind, Catch A Wave features white, blue, and teal circle glitters in varying sizes, iridescent hex glitters, and blue and teal holographic shimmer in a slightly tinted blue base.  The formula is a bit on the thick side and the circle glitters sometimes stick together (I think this is just something circle glitters do for some reason), but it still applied easily.  Dry time was a little on the slow side for a glitter topper.

I apologize for these photos not being super great.  The pink base was so bright that my camera freaked out a little.



In shade

In bright sun

The bright blue really pops over the hot pink!  I think this could be a perfect combo for the summer :-)

Elevation Polish Stay Behind, Catch A Wave costs $10 (I think...it's not in stock right now and I can't check the current price) for 15mL.  You can buy it on the Elevation Polish website.  Elevation normally restocks at 9pm CST on the 7th and 22nd of each month, but there will be no restocks this month.  To stay up-to-date on Elevation Polish news, follow owner Lulu's blog.

Side note:  Elevation Polish has excellent customer service and Lulu is a sweetheart. My first order had 2 problems*:  1) I was sent Jungfrau instead of Marmolada, and 2) My bottle of Rapa Nui was the wrong color.  I was allowed to keep Jungfrau, and Lulu sent me Marmolada, a replacement Rapa Nui, and a sample called Golden Glacier!

Product purchased by me

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Indigo Bananas: Klein Trink Wasser

A few weeks ago, Indigo Bananas held a fan art contest.  The challenge was to draw bananas in a historical or famous setting.  I won 2 polishes for my contribution, a parody on Sandro Botticelli's famous Birth of Venus painting:

Phallic, I know lol

One of the polishes I won was the lovely Klein Trink Wassser.  Klein Trink Wasser is a rich, royal blue creme.  It's one of those "wow, that's really blue" shades, along the lines of Nails Inc. Baker Street.  Klein Trink Wasser has a great formula, applying beautifully, easily, and evenly.  Full opacity can be achieved in just two coats, though you may need 3 if you tend to do very thin coats.  It dries to a semi-matte finish with an almost gritty texture, so I recommend adding top coat.  Dry time was fast.

 In sun

In shade 

Inside, by a window

Great blue, right?  This was an awesome addition to my collection!

Indigo Bananas Klein Trink Wasser costs $10 for 15mL or $4.50 for 5mL.  You can buy Indigo Bananas products in their Etsy shop. and you can stay up-to-date on the latest Indigo Bananas news by Liking their Facebook page.  Indigo Bananas also has a website, found HERE.

I won this product in a contest.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Rainbow Honey: Hoof Wrassle

I have to confess, I still love cartoons.  One of the cartoons I like to indulge in is My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic, a revamp on the My Little Pony cartoons I watched as a child.  Based on all the MLP-inspired polishes out there, I'm not the only 20-something who still loves her ponies!

Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle is inspired by a pony named Applejack, a rough-and-tumble, hard-working tomboy who helps maintain her family's apple farm.

Photo from http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Applejack

Rainbow Honey took Applejack's coloring and ran with it, creating a complex mix of varying sizes of gold, copper, and orange metallic hex glitter, and gold shimmer in an orange base.  Hoof Wrassle's formula was fine and dry time was fast.  Because of the orange base, you can wear Hoof Wrassle on its own, but I chose to layer it over Urban Decay Showboat.  Unfortunately, Showboat's extreme neon coloring freaked my camera out, so these photos probably aren't as nice and clear as they could be.  


In sun

Close-up

I really loved this combination, it made me feel like a glittering goldfish!  If you own Hoof Wrassle, I highly recommend putting it over the brightest neon orange you can get your hands on!

Hoof Wrassle costs $5 for 7mL and $10 for 15mL.  You can buy Rainbow Honey products on their website, MeiMei's Signatures, Norway Nails, and other retailers.  You can stay up-to-date with Rainbow Honey news by following their Facebook page or their blog.

Product purchased by me.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

HARE Polish: King of Carat Flowers

Do you ever buy a polish and decide that it's just soooooo not right for the current season, so you put it away and save it for later?  For me, HARE's King of Carat Flowers was one of those polishes.  I couldn't wait to try it, but it just didn't seem right for fall/winter.  I knew I wanted to wear it in the spring, and I finally gave it a try the day before Easter!

King of Carat Flowers is a very complex polish.  The medium gray crelly base is packed with metallic goldenrod hex glitters, metallic light yellow square and hex glitters, metallic lavender square and hex glitters, purple iridescent glitter, and gold shimmer.  Application was easy and dry time was average.  I used 2 coats.


In sun

In shade

Close-up

Pretty, right?  I think this polish is great for people who want to do pastels without looking super girly.  The gray base really tones things down and makes it look more sophisticated than cutesy.

King of Carat Flowers is $11 for 15mL on Llarowe.  You can also find HARE Polish on Etsy.  You can stay up to date on HARE Polish news by following them on Facebook or on their blog.

Product purchased by me.