Friday, August 30, 2013

KBShimmer: Pastel Me More

Another quickie post today!  Also, I'm in the process of doing a new color scheme on the blog right now, so don't mind the weirdness, haha.

KBShimmer Pastel Me More is a clear glitter topper featuring multiple sizes of pink, blue, periwinkle, copper, and yellow hex glitter.  Basically, this will turn any mani all girly and spring-y!  The formula was glorious and dry time was fast.  I did one coat of Pastel Me More over two coats of China Glaze Aquadelic.


Sadly, Pastel Me More is no longer available.  Fortunately, KBShimmer has plenty of other stunning polishes to choose from!  KBShimmer polishes are sold at KBShimmer's online store and Harlowe & Co.  Stay up-to-date with the latest KBShimmer news by Liking their Facebook page.

Product purchased secondhand


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rainbow Honey: Lumine Hall

Hey, folks!  Just a quickie review today, since this week is a bit busy for me.  I've got some family commitments and I also need to prep everything I have planned for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall (Summer of 199X collection) is a deep blue-purple jelly filled with multicolored microshimmer and iridescent blue square glitter.  The formula was on the thick side and gooped up even more as I used it, so I added thinner (full-size bottles may not goop up as fast as my mini bottle did).  It takes about two coats to reach full opacity.  Dry time was average.

The sun wasn't producing the best light, so the multicolored shimmer isn't very visible in these pics.





Rainbow Honey polishes cost $10 for 15mL.  Minis of polishes found in the Summer of 199X collection are currently only available in sets ($20 for a set of 5, $40 for the full set of 10).  Rainbow Honey polishes can be purchased at Rainbow Honey's online store and from retailers around the world.  You can stay up-to-date on the latest Rainbow Honey news by Liking their Facebook page.    

Product purchased by me

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Different Dimension: Drops of Jupiter

Hey guys!  Yes, we're still on an irregular posting schedule because I'm not feeling so great.  Ah well, it happens!

Today, we have Different Dimension Drops of Jupiter!  Drops of Jupiter features a black jelly base filled with a mix of silver holographic glitter (stars, circles, hexagons, and squares).  It's on the sheer side, so you'll likely need to use at least three coats, like I did.  The formula was surprisingly thin and the polish flowed nicely, though you may want to shake it, leave it upside down for a bit, and give it a shake between coats to ensure that the larger glitters are easily accessible.  The stars and the largest circles can be a bit hard to grab, but you don't really need to do any crazy fishing for them.  As with all chunky glitter mixes, you'll probably want to use a thick top coat, or a layer of Glitter Food/Gelous plus top coat to smooth things out.  Dry time was average.

Outside

Inside, by the window.  Not the best photo, but it shows the pretty flashes of color made by the holographic glitter!

Blurry to show sparkle

How does it compare to Emily de Molly's Dark Forces?  The main difference is that Drops of Jupiter has star glitter and Dark Forces does not.  The glitter mixes differ in other ways as well, with Dark Forces having just hexes and large circles, while Drops of Jupiter has 3 sizes of circle glitter, square glitter, and hex glitter.  Additionally, Dark Forces has a darker, blacker base than Drops of Jupiter.   They're really more different than I thought they'd be!

Click to enlarge.  Dark Forces on the left, Drops of Jupiter on the right.

Different Dimension polishes cost $8.50-$11 for 15mL.  They can be purchased on Etsy, Llarowe, MeiMei's Signatures, Edgy Polish, and Ledouxnuage.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Different Dimension, follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

Product purchased by me

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Different Dimension: Never Grow Up and Today Was A Fairytale

Ugh, you guys, I am miserable.  I'm on week 2 of mysterious tooth pain and it's driving me insane.  My dentist can't find any apparent cause for it, and I basically have to just wait for it to get worse and show some sort of obvious sign of what the problem could be.  It's ridiculously distracting and I'm so sorry that it has disrupted my posting schedule.  Please forgive me!

Since I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan, I'm super excited to be showing you some Taylor-inspired polish from Different Dimension!

"Never Grow Up" (the song) is a hidden gem off of Taylor's third album.  It emphasizes the importance of not growing up too fast and deals with the harsh realizations that come with adulthood.  This song makes me hope that Taylor will do a lullaby album someday!  I think she would be really good at it!

Video by YouTube user Sarah Paige

Different Dimension's Never Grow Up (the polish) is a bluish-white crelly base filled with blue shimmer and several sizes of blue and silver circle, square, and hex glitters.  It;s a very sparkly mix, since some of the glitter is metallic and some is holographic!  This polish is very sheer, so you'll need to either use a base color or do at least 3 coats of the polish on its own.  The formula is surprisingly thin, but your end result will still be rather bumpy and uneven due to the size and quantity of glitter.  The glitter and number of coats also cause your nails to look quite thick.  I did not have to fish for the largest glitters (yay!).  Dry time was average.  Shown is 3 coats of Never Grow Up (plus top coat, of course).

Indoors, by a window

In sun

"Today Was A Fairytale" (the song) is widely regarded as Taylor's weakest piece, both lyrically and vocally, but it's still pretty cute.  It was released on the soundtrack for the movie "Valentine's Day" back in 2008.  I play this in the car after every outing with my fiance (seriously, even if it was a terrible day or we just ran to the drugstore or something), and sometimes we change the lyrics to reflect what we did that day (like that time we sang "today was a total fail" after everything went wrong lol).  My fiance even proposed to me while wearing a dark gray T-shirt because that's one of the lines in the song (awwwwww!).  So yeah, even though the song isn't the best, it really means a lot to me.  There's just something wonderful about laughing and scream-singing "IT MUSTA BEEN THE WAY YOU KISSED MEEE!" after a long day with the one you love <3

Video by YouTube user ReadTheHits

Different Dimension Today Was A Fairytale (the polish) is a pinky-white crelly base filled with lots of pink shimmer and many sizes of pink and silver circle, square, and hex glitters.  Some of the glitter is metallic and some is holographic, so there's a lot going on there!  This polish is very sheer, so you'll need to either use a base color or do at least 3 coats of the polish on its own.  Like Never Grow Up, Today Was a Fairytale had a surprisingly thin formula, but the amount of large glitter in it did cause a thick, bumpy, uneven appearance on the nail.  The glitter and number of coats also cause your nails to look quite thick.  The largest glitters came out with ease and no fishing was required.  Dry time was average.  Shown is 3 coats of Today Was a Fairytale (plus top coat, of course).

In sun

Inside, by a window

Despite the lumpiness, I thought these polishes were very pretty!

Different Dimension polishes cost $8.50-$11 for 15mL.  They can be purchased on Etsy, Llarowe, MeiMei's Signatures, Edgy Polish, and Ledouxnuage.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Different Dimension, follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

Products purchased by me

Monday, August 19, 2013

Pretty & Polished Fruit Medley Cuticle Balm

Hey folks!  I remain completely obsessed with cuticle care products, so here we go again!  I've already reviewed Pretty & Polished's cuticle oil and liked it, so I decided to give their cuticle balm a try.

Pretty & Polished Fruit Medley Cuticle Balm (0.5 oz size) is a really nice product!  The scent is very delicate (sort of a combo of "clean" and "fruity"), so those of you who tend to be sensitive to fragrances might have luck with this.  It has sort of a grainy texture, but the little grains melt as you rub the product into your skin.  I liked the way it felt, not too greasy, not too waxy!  Once it sinks in, you're left with soft, moisturized skin.  The jar it comes in is much bigger than it needs to be, so while it's easy to grip, it's not super portable (better to keep this at your bedside, not in your purse).  It has a diameter of about 2 inches and a depth of about 1.5 inches, but the balm itself is only about 1 centimeter deep.  My only real complaint is that the ingredient label is not waterproof.  If it gets wet, it becomes gooey and the lettering comes off.

Side note:  Be advised that each scent of P&P's cuticle balms has a slightly different ingredient list.  The ingredient list provided here applies only to the Fruit Medley balm.

Ingredients:  Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Mangifera Indica, (Mango Butter) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil , Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil , Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil , Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Fragrance

Top view.  As you can see from the label, this is a vegan product!

Side view

The balm

Pretty & Polished's cuticle balms cost $5 for 0.5 oz or $9 for 1 oz and can be purchased at the brand's online store.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news from P&P, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Product purchased by me

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's National Thrift Shop Day! Song-Inspired Nail Art

Hey guys!  I have something completely ridiculous for you this evening because it's National Thrift Shop Day!

I'm sure you've all heard Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" by now, but in case you haven't:

(Warning:  Song features explicit language!)


And here is the nail art!  I know it's not quite up to my usual standard.  I was experiencing some pain from my lymphedema, so it was a slow and shaky process.



As far as products used goes, I mixed way too many colors to make creating a list feasible.  If you're curious about a specific color, feel free to ask and I'll try to remember what I mixed/used!

The text obviously consisted of lyrics from the song.  For the designs, I was inspired by images found in the video.

Grandpa's sweater for "I wear your Grandad's clothes, I look incredible"


The drab cream wall paint of the thrift shop for "I'm gonna pop some tags"


Wanz's snazzy pink and salmon suit for "Only got $20 in my pocket"


The Batman pajama design for "I rock that mothaf*cka"


Tiger stripes for the "what what what what" (or, as I spelled it, "wut wut wut wut" lol)


Ridiculous, tacky, and nothing matches...just like the items found in a thrift shop :-) .  

Products purchased by me.  I am not affiliated with Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Wanz.

Elevation Polish Arabian Sea Small Batch Prototype

Hey guys!  Thanks for putting up with my silence this week...been busy and haven't been feeling great, so I just wasn't in the mood to blog.  I tried, but it just wasn't happening!  To make up for it, you'll be seeing at least two posts from me today!

Elevation Polish Arabian Sea is a bright aqua creme filled with gold flakies, iridescent blue flakies, and tiny purple bits.  The gold flakies and the purple bits show up the best.  It's a pretty unusual polish and I definitely don't have anything else like it in my collection!  The formula was nice and dry time was average.  I used two thick coats.

In sun

In shade

Arabian Sea is a small batch prototype, which means that only a small quantity will be released at 9am Central on August 22nd.  Small batch prototypes usually cost $8 for 15mL and can be purchased at the Elevation Polish online store.  To stay up-to-date with Elevation Polish news, follow the brand's blog.

Monday, August 12, 2013

My Picks from the Orly Surreal Collection: Purple Poodle, Angel Rain, and Digital Glitter

Heya!  I've got my picks from Orly's Surreal Collection for you guys today!

Purple Poodle is a deep magenta jelly filled with blue, pink, and purple glitter and shimmer.  I think there may also be some blue iridescent flakies, but I'm not entirely sure.  This feels like prom night in a bottle to me...young, bright, and funky!  The formula was fine and dry time was average.  I did experience some bubbling, but that may have been due to other factors.  I used two coats, but three is probably best.


Angel Rain is a blue/purple/green multichrome polish.  The finish is pretty frosty and you have to be careful when applying it, or else you'll get very visible brush strokes.  The formula was nice, but it's very sheer and takes 3-4 coats to reach full opacity.  Layering it over black produces a much stronger multichrome effect, but you lose the whole heavenly blue situation.  Dry time was average.  As you can see, I experienced bubbling with this one as well, though that may have been due to other factors.

***The polish is thick on these nails because I dented a couple and fixed it by adding polish, and because I just put the black on over the existing coats of Angel Rain***

L-R: 4 coats, 3 coats, 2 coats, 2 coats

L-R: 4 coats, 3 coats, 2 coats, 2 coats

Left=3 coats Angel Rain, Right=1 coat Angel Rain over black

Digital Glitter is a mix of silver square glitter, pink shimmer, and gunmetal, holographic, and red hex glitter.  This is a very strange mix of glitters!  It would probably look nice over gold, bronze, or dark blue, but I layered it over a light pink (Orly Lift the Veil) so you could actually see the glitter.    The formula was good and dry time was fast.  I used one coat of Digital Glitter over three coats of Lift the Veil.

***The polish is thick on these nails because Lift the Veil kind of sucks and pools along the edges***



Overall, the Surreal collection is kind of a disappointment.  I wouldn't consider any of them to be must-haves.  What do you think?

Orly costs around $7 for 18mL at stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty.  You can stay up-to-date on the latest Orly news by Liking the brand's Facebook page.

Products purchased by me

Friday, August 9, 2013

Emily de Molly: Cosmic Forces, Oceanic Forces, and Dark Forces

Hey everyone!  I've got three super popular polishes from Emily de Molly for you today!  Some of these used to be crazy hard to grab, but restocks have been pretty easy lately.  You shouldn't have any trouble getting your hands on these beauties!

Cosmic Forces features a wide variety of pink circle and hexagonal holographic and metallic glitter in a dark magenta jelly base.  The formula on this one was nice and it applied well, but I had to fish for the large circle glitter.  Dry time was slow.  I used two coats




Oceanic Forces features a wide variety of blue circle and hexagonal holographic and metallic glitter in a dark teal jelly base.  This one was my favorite!  The formula was beautiful and it applied like a dream.  Dry time was slow.  I used two coats.




Dark Forces features a wide variety of circle and hexagonal holographic silver glitter in a black jelly base.  I never thought I'd be saying this, but...there's too much glitter.  Specifically, there was way too much circle glitter.  The polish was also thick, so getting it to spread nicely was a nightmare.  Oh, and thank goodness for Seche Vite, because I'm not sure Dark Forces would have ever dried without it!  I have heard of one other person complaining of a sludge-like consistency, but the customer service department over at Llarowe told me that they haven't gotten any complaints about this polish.  It is a mystery!  On the plus side, the concept is very pretty and only two coats are needed to reach full opacity.




I really love these (the depth and sparkle is to die for!), but I just wish the quality was a little more consistent.

Emily de Molly polishes cost $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.

Products purchased by me

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Elevation Polish Geo Duo: Dykh-Tau and Dzhangi-Tau

Hey guys!  There's an Elevation Polish restock tonight, so I figured I'd swatch the Geo Duo!  These polishes will only be available tonight and at the September 7th restock, so if you want them, grab them!

Dykh-Tau is sort of a VERY blue-leaning mint with a bit of a "dusty sage" vibe to it.  It contains holographic pigment, but the holo effect is a faint shimmer, not a linear rainbow.  It was slightly on the thick side, but not bad.  I used two coats, though it may need three coats if you thin it and do thin coats. Dry time was average.



Dzhangi-Tau is a clear-base glitter topper featuring a few sizes of white hex glitter, two sizes of aqua circle glitter, and bright blue shimmer.  I really wish the aqua circles weren't so sparse, because I love them!  I did a little experiment and decided to fish for the circles when painting my left hand, and not fish when painting my right hand.  I got one large circle on each nail on the left hand, and no large circles at all on the right hand.  I know the circles are intended to be sparse, but I personally would have preferred to see more of them!  Thankfully, I love white glitter and the blue shimmer was gorgeous, so I didn't miss the circles too much.  The formula on this was on the thinner side, so the glitter was very easy to spread.  Dry time was fast.  Shown is one coat of Dzanghi-Tau over two coats of Dykh-Tau.

The blue shimmer is more prominent in real life!

I really liked this duo!  It has sort of a calm, airy feel to it...very nice.

The Geo Duo costs $21 for two 15mL bottles of polish.  It will only be available tonight (9pm Central) and September 7th on Elevation Polish's online store, so grab it while you can!  To stay up-to-date on the latest Elevation Polish news, keep an eye on the brand's blog!

Product purchased by me


Monday, August 5, 2013

Dollish Polish Pink Grapefruit Splash Cuticle Oil

Hey, everyone!  I'm currently obsessed with cuticle care products, so I decided to post my review of Dollish Polish's Pink Grapefruit Splash Cuticle Oil today!

Photo taken from dollishpolish.com because I forgot to take a photo of it when I first got it, and now that I've used it, it doesn't look quite so attractive and full lol

Ingredients:  Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E oil).  I assume this also contains fragrance in some form, though it was not listed on the website.

This is really a very nice, nourishing cuticle oil!  Just swipe it on, rub it in, and let it absorb deep into your skin.  Within a few minutes, your skin feels nice and soft!  You won't feel overly oily and greasy, just moisturized.  I actually like to use too much on purpose so I can rub the excess all over my hands!  I also apply it to any dry patches of skin as a more concentrated moisturizing treatment.  The "Pink Grapefruit Splash" scent is very pleasant and mild and has that basic citrus fruit rind smell to it.  I love that this is packaged in a polish bottle, since I prefer to brush on my cuticle oils.  I also really like that Dolly chose a glossy label that doesn't get damaged if you handle the bottle with oily fingers!

Dollish Polish Pink Grapefruit Splash Cuticle Oil costs $5.99 for 14mL and can be purchased on the Dollish Polish website.  To stay up-to-date with the latest Dollish Polish news and releases, be sure to Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product purchased by me

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nail Art: The MTV Logo+Vote for Taylor!


Please Note:  If you have a problem with Taylor Swift, I ask that you keep your feelings to yourself and that you just focus on the techniques used in the nail art.  Thanks!

Hey guys!  I know a lot of you are going to think I'm kind of a dork for doing this nail art, but my fellow Taylor Swift fans have been doing some cute things to get people excited to vote for Taylor, and I wanted to join the fun!

What is Taylor eligible to win?  Two MTV Video Music Awards!  Her video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" could win Best Female Video and/or Video of the Year!


I'm sure you're getting flashbacks to the infamous Kanye West microphone-grabbing incident, but don't worry:


So, yeah, I really want Taylor to win, and I decided to show my support through nail art:

I feel like that MTV logo is my masterpiece, haha

Products used:

Background:Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor
M-Rainbow Honey Apple Kid and Rainbow Honey Tessie
TV-China Glaze Snow
Outlines and text-Orly Liquid Vinyl

Brush used:  10/0 American Painter 4650 Spotter

I've created a little step-by-step guide for the MTV logo!  Clearly, I found it easier to paint it on my nails than to draw it in Photoshop lol.  Please excuse the wonky diagram!


1.  Outline "M"
2.  Add 3-D effect
3.  Color in "M"
4.  Color in 3-D effect
5.  Paint "TV"

For tips on lettering, please see this other post HERE.


To vote for Taylor to win Best Female Video, go HERE, and to vote for her to win Video of the Year, go HERE.  Voting is unlimited, so vote as much as you'd like!


Rainbow Honey polishes cost $10 for 15mL and can be purchased at Rainbow Honey's online store.  China Glaze polishes cost about $6 and can be found at stores such as Ulta and Sally Beauty.  Orly polishes cost around $7 and can also be found at Ulta and Sally Beauty.

All products purchased by me.  I am not associated with Taylor Swift/MTV/the VMAs/etc.