Thursday, January 30, 2014

Painted Sabotage: Ice Flowers

Hey folks!  Hope you're all doing okay and not freezing to death!  I kind of froze my butt off taking these pics and my fingers were kind of red and chapped and unhappy by the end of the swatch session, haha.

I actually came up with the name for this polish!  Wilson Bentley, one of the first photographers of snowflakes, often referred to the crystals as "ice flowers," so I thought that would make a great name for this wintry color!

Painted Sabotage Ice Flowers features a mix of white and periwinkle glitters in an icy, moody blue, shimmery base.  As with all Painted Sabotage polishes, the formula was great and application was smooth and easy.  It takes 2-3 coats to reach full opacity (if you have long nails, you'll probably need 3 coats).  Dry time was average.

Pardon the red fingers, I was freezing!

Posing with my trusty snowflake ornament!

I posted this photo to my Instagram account

This polish is pretty much a perfect representation of winter in a bottle, but I think it could fit in with your spring pastels as well!

Painted Sabotage polishes cost $9.75 for 15mL and can be purchased from the brand's Etsy store.  To stay up-to-date on the latest releases from Painted Sabotage, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product purchased by me

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Indigo Bananas: Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days

There is a lot that goes through my mind while experimenting with my new camera.  Most of it is positive, but since I'm still learning, I also have moments of frustration.  The overwhelming majority of my thoughts while photographing this polish were:

"Why is it purple"

"Wait, what setting is this?"

"Still purple"


Once I uploaded the photos, I realized that they didn't look as bad as I'd feared.  The display screen on my camera seems to make things look a little "off."  I also think my camera may have  been extra sensitive to the violet shimmer found in this polish.  Sooooo just keep in mind that this polish isn't quite as purple as some of the pictures would lead you to believe, mmmkay?

Indigo Bananas Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days is a bright pink linear holo with violet color shifting shimmer, pink metallic glitter, and holographic blue glitter mixed in.  It's pretty much a party in a bottle and I can hardly stand how bright and happy this polish is!  I spent a good chunk of the day just admiring my nails.  The holographic effect is very strong and the glitters add a unique twist.  The formula is very good and full opacity is reached in 2-3 coats.  It's better to do 3 thin coats because thin coats produce a stronger holographic effect.  This polish does come with a stain warning, but I did not experience any staining.

In sun, camera picking up a bit too much violet shimmer

In semi-shade.  Again, camera picked up on the violet shimmer a bit too much

Indoors, with flash

This photo is from my new Instagram page!  Taken indoors by a window using iPod Touch camera

Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days costs $12 for 15mL or  $7.25 for an 8mL mini and can be purchased from Indigo Bananas' Etsy shop.  For the latest news on Indigo Bananas, be sure to check out the brand's Facebook page!

Bonus pic:  this little male Downy Woodpecker came to visit while I was taking photos :3

Product purchased by me

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Elevation Polish: Darkest Storm

Hey guys!  I'm kind of nervous about this post because this is the first time I'm showing you guys photos taken with my new camera.  I'm still learning how to use it and how to adjust the settings to suit the situation, so please forgive any errors in technique!

Elevation Polish Darkest Storm is a dark royal blue shimmer with a linear holographic effect.  It's not the strongest holo, but it's still quite stunning.  I cannot really comment on formula because I actually own a prototype version of the polish which was made with traditional polish base.  The version of Darkest Storm sold on Elevation's website is water-based and may therefore apply differently than mine.

Indoors in low light, with flash

Outdoors on a cloudy day (pinky looked weird, so I cropped it out)

Indirect sunlight

Elevation is one of my favorite brands and I highly recommend checking them out!  Darkest Storm costs $12.50 and is restocked at the Elevation Polish online store on the 7th and 22nd of each month.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Elevation Polish, follow the brand's blog.  

Product purchased by me.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Indigo Bananas Cuticle Balm

I hope you all had a great holiday!  I've been busy with family stuff, trying to learn how to use my new camera (it may be a while before you guys see photos taken with does not come easily to me!), and some time in the emergency room (apparently, there's something wrong with a muscle in my jaw...yeah, ouch).  Oh, and I need to learn how to use Instagram, too, because I finally got a new iPod Touch!

Like many folks across the US, I've also been trying to cope with tons of snow, freezing temperatures, and sad, dry hands and cuticles.  I'm sure many of you share my pain in this area, so today, I'll be showing you my favorite daytime cuticle balm from Indigo Bananas!

Why did I call this a "daytime balm," you ask?  This balm is non-greasy and has a powdery feel after it sinks in, so you can go about your daily business without greasing up everything you touch!  It's smooth,  moisturizes nicely, and the scents aren't overbearing.

Ingredients (subject to change and varies based on scent, always read the listing before buying!): Avocado oil, mango butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, caprylic/capric/stearic glycerides (palm oil derived), jojoba oil, lanolin, isopropyl myristate, meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin E, scent (essential oil or fragrance - see specific scent for more info)

Indigo Bananas Cuticle balm costs $8 for 20mL, $5 for 10mL, or $18 for a winter mini set and can be purchased from the brand's Etsy store. Be sure to Like the brand's Facebook page for the latest Indigo Bananas news!

Product purchased by me