Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Indigo Bananas Color of the Fire

Hey guys, today I have another amazing polish to share with you from Indigo Bananas Holo Mega Chrome Flakies Collection!

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This is Indigo Bananas Color of the Fire Holo and it is a gorgeous multichrome stunner that has a different look to it every time you look at it.

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Indigo Bananas Color of the Fire shifts from fushcia to gold to green to blue and is stunning in all different lights! The flakies provide really great coverage and the holo pigment is strong and packs a punch. This polish is opaque in three coats and applies like a breeze with the flakies laying flat on the nail. I've been very impressed with the coverage of these Holo Mega Chrome Flakies, I feel like these polishes have the perfect balance of holo and flakies! Let's see some more swatches!

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So I added some fun stamping from UberChic Beauty 1-03 plate, that really reminded me of water for some reason. Then when looking for another stamp to compliment it, I came across the cutest whale stamp from my Winstonia W108 plate and just had to add it.

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Then because I'm wacky and can't leave well enough alone, I tried to add a smile to the whale and clearly failed. Whomp, whomp. You can't win them all. But I like the addition of blue to this look!

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Let's take one more look at this stunning polish close up shall we?!

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Mmmm, shifty holo amazing!

Indigo Banana's Holo Mega Chrome Flakies are available now on the Indigo Bananas website and retail for $12 for full size (15ml) and $7.25 for a mini (8ml). 

You can look for Indigo Bananas news on their Facebook page and Instagram account, and if you are an Indigo Bananas lover, you should totally join us in the We're Bananas for Indigo Bananas Facebook fan group, the more the merrier!

Let me know what you think about these fabulous holo flakies in the comments! Have you snagged any of the Indigo Bananas beauties yet?!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Smitten Polish Opalescent Elements Collection

Hey you guys, today I have some super exciting swatches of a brand new collection from Smitten Polish! Now it's summer and all over the place I am seeing either neon cremes or holos, it's a neon parade out there but today I am honored to share with you something different! Neon jelly flakies!

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This four piece collection is the Smitten Polish Opalescent Elements collection and it consists of four jelly flakie polishes, unlike anything I've seen out on the market. These polishes will be available on the Smitten Polish website April 25 2 p.m. CT!

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First off let's talk formula. All of these were very similar in formula so I'll group it all together. These polishes each applied very easily in three coats. The first coat is rather sheer since the polish is a jelly base. It builds up quite well in the second coat, and many might stop there, but I have some wicked stains growing out on my nails and I felt like you could see that still, so I added a third coat.

The polish applies quite easily, with the flakies (which vary in size) laying flat on the nail. The polishes dry a tad matte (not totally though, somewhere between that and shiny), and each swatch has a top coat. So let's get to those wonderful swatches shall we?!

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This is Ignis Opal. This is a bright in your face coral leaning pink with golden orange iridescent flakies. I like this take on the bright coral pink, it reminds me of a fire-y sunset!

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This is Aqua Opal, and guys, I have been dreaming of a polish like this for a long time. This is a bright neon blue with green iridescent flakies. As you can tell in the above photo, I have this pendant on my necklace (which I never take off) of Lake Tahoe and I've always wanted to layer polishes to match this pendant. Now I don't have to layer a thing, I have it all in one bottle. I looooove this polish so so much!

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This is Terra Opal, which is a bright in your face neon green with lime green flakies, similar to Aqua Opal. This polish is so bright and reminds me of the green slime from Nickelodeon's Double Dare, that takes you back doesn't it?! Either that or it totally ages me. ;-p

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Rounding out the collection we have Aer Opal, which is a lovely neon purple (more on the warm magenta side, than the royal cooler side) with golden iridescent flakies similar to Ignis Opal.

And because I love to combine polishes to create a cohesive look, I of course had to nail art these amazing polishes! I wore this look for four days and I can say with confidence these polishes wear quite well and do not stain one bit!

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This look was photographed in direct and indirect light, and outside in the sun and in the shade, which gives you a better idea of what the polishes look like in all lighting situations! Also now you can see them all side by side, which gives you an idea of their differences and similarities all in one look.

I used nail vinyls to create the Vs and then used a dotting tool to dot all four colors on my thumb nail. I just looooved how this turned out. I think the thumb reminds me of party lights, you know the kind that are in a dome and move all about the room to create a party atmosphere? Like at cheesy eighth grade dances and such!?!

Honestly I couldn't pick a favorite out of this collection, I seriously loved each one of these equally and I do believe I will be wearing these again and again over the summer! I definitely want to slap a few of these in a pedicure too because they are bright and vibrant and unique!

Now as a reminder, these polishes hit the Smitten Polish site April 25 at 2 p.m. CT and you don't want to miss out on them!

So let me know what you think?! Do you love neons?! Are you over them already and it isn't even summer yet? What about this take on flakies? Share with me your thoughts in the comments!


Friday, April 17, 2015

Easy But Elegant Nail Art: Double Side Dot

So the first time I saw the double side dot look, I kept the idea in the back of my head of something I must do! I believe the first place I saw it was from McPolish on Instagram, so this is definitely not my own idea but one I wanted to share with the masses regardless!

Also I had seen ILNP Poetry and ILNP Happily Ever After paired before, and knew they would make the perfect combination for this look!

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The formula for Poetry and Happily Ever After were great, wonderful two coaters both of them.

Happily Ever After, which is on the thumb and ring accents, is a lilac colored mega holographic which has gorgeous silver flakies throughout. The flakies make the polish glow in the shade and the holo finish makes it blinding in the sun! Awesome polish through and through.

Poetry is a magenta, warm leaning purple. Almost the color of a delicious sangria. But look close, there are magenta microflakies, giving the polish even more depth.

To make the side dot look, just use a dotting tool and add two dots to the side of your nail. Throw in an accent for an even more cute, coordinated look. Pretty simple to do, but a fun way to pair polishes!

Sorry this post is on the shorter side, I've had a busy week and it was my husband's birthday yesterday! But I've got some fun polishes to show you next week courtesy of Smitten Polish! I'll just leave a shot of the bottles right here as a little sneak peek! You won't want to miss these neon flakies!!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Digital Nails Review

Hello everyone and Happy Hump Day!!! Today I've got another mini review of a new-to-me indie Digital Nails! Now this brand has been on my radar for some time, but I just never purchased from them for some reason. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I had had a Moscow Mule or two and was on Instagram wanting to be enabled. Thanks to my friend Nichole over at Pretty Girl Science, she showed me the light!

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I had an Etsy Gift Certificate from my birthday burning a hole in my pocket and Nichole mentioned Digital Nails and specifically The Dude Abides, and boy am I glad she told me about this polish!

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You guys, this polish is OUT OF THIS WORLD. This polish seriously is topping my list of favorites for this year so far. I have not seen anything like it and I can't tell you how much I've been searching for the perfect crelly-flakie-holo combo and you guys this is IT!

This polish is a nude crelly finish packed with multi colored chrome flakies and holo microglitters with a lovely pink shimmer also. The depth and complexity of this polish just does not end. I got so distracted staring at my nails with this polish on – it brought me such utter delight!

This polish was on the sheerer side, as it is a crelly, but built up nicely in three thin coats. The formula was quite easy to work with actually, making me even more impressed!

And while I was wearing this I received my Fair Maiden Polish purchases, which included a limited edition polish – Gilded Garden. Gilded Garden is a lovely golden holographic polish with a pink shimmer that is hard to capture in a photo. I thought it would pair well with The Dude Abides, so I added a quick accent with a single chevron nail vinyl!

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Ok so final word is you NEEEEED The Dude Abides. I cannot stop gushing about how much I love this beautiful polish! On to the next polish, but a quick warning first, please excuse my nubs in these next swatches. I had an unfortunate break over the weekend and now my nails are terribly short. Too short in my opinion!

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This unique beauty is Digital Nails Natural Zesty Enterprise. This polish is an olive green crelly polish with cooler toned multichrome flakies interspersed throughout! The flakie load in this polish is more than in The Dude Abides, but the crelly formula seems a tad thinner. I used four coats for this swatch, but you could probably get by with three just fine.

Both Natural Zesty Enterprise and The Dude Abides retail for $12 in the Digital Nails Esty shop

This was my first experience with Digital Nails and it definitely did not disappoint. They have so many wonderful colors I'd be interested in trying out in their store, but these two were an amazing first shot!

Have you tried Digital Nails before? Have a color to recommend to me?! I'd love to hear about it! Which of these two polishes were your favorites?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Indigo Bananas A Fields Trip with Butterflies Holo

 Recently Indigo Bananas came out with holo versions of their Mega Chrome Flakies collection and I was sent a few to review! Today I'll share with you the fun I had with A Field Trip with Butterflies Holo, complete with a comparison with it's ILNP counterpart.

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Now I am going to warn you now, this post will be extra photo heavy because this polish has so many different looks to it. In the shade it shifts from green to teal to blue. In the sun, the holo totally comes out to play.

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Application on this one was a breeze, three coats for full opacity. This application is with the brush, no sponging required! The flakies lay flat on the nail and are not difficult to remove at all!

What I really like about this particular brand's take on holo finish, is that it is a good portion of holo. In the shade the polish clearly isn't only flakies, which is what I prefer. Close up the flakies look interspersed throughout the holo, instead of just a sprinkling of spectraflair that really is only visible in the sun. It's a good mixture of both the flakie and the holo trends! To illustrate this point a bit I've compared three coats of Indigo Bananas A Field Trip with Butterflies Holo (bottom nail) with ILNP Gaia Holo (upper nail).

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Sorry I know my macros are not the best, but this clearly shows that A Field Trip with Butterflies packs more a punch in the holo and the flakie department! More bang for your buck with the IG and no sponging application required! :)

Since I can never leave well enough alone, I added a little nail stamping to the mix. I've had this butterfly nail stamping image forever and never pulled it out to use it and since butterflies was in the name of this very polish, thought it was high time I actually attempted some butterfly nails!

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The Indigo Banana Holo Mega Chrome polishes can also be used as toppers, but I haven't tried that out yet. I have two more of these to show you in future posts, and hopefully by the last one I'll have a comparison of them side by side as toppers so you can see that effect.

Indigo Bananas can be purchased at their website in full bottles (15ml) or mini bottles (8ml), which I always love because then if you aren't sure you'll like it, you can always just test it out. A Field Trip with Butterflies is $12 for full size and $7.25 for mini. Also Indigo Bananas usually has all their polish in stock, so you aren't dealing with out of control restocks or stressful purchasing situations.

You can look for Indigo Bananas news on their Facebook page and Instagram account (which is having a giveaway right now, so go check it out!). And if you are an Indigo Bananas lover, you should totally join us in the We're Bananas for Indigo Bananas Facebook fan group, we are currently having an IG nail art contest!

So what are your feelings about the flakie craze? Love it? Over it? Liking all the possibilities one can experience with flakies? Like it with holo or as a topper? Share with me your thoughts! I've been very intrigued with the flakies jelly combos I've been seeing out there lately!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Fair Maiden Garden Party Swatches and Art

Today I've got a review of the polishes I purchased from Fair Maiden Polish's Garden Party Collection! When the collection initially released a few weekends ago, I purchased three of the polishes from the collection I wasn't sent to review and over the last week I've had fun making various nail art looks with them!

And news around the block are these are being restocked next Saturday April 18 at 12 CST!

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I purchased Sweet Honeysuckle, Green Goddess and Mint Succulent, so let's get to the swatches shall we? And stay tuned, I've got some awesome nail art I made with these polishes coming up as well later in the post!

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First up we have Sweet Honeysuckle which is a gorgeous peach creme polish with the most amazing golden flash with the slightest hint of violet flakies throughout. This polish is not just a creme, it has so much more going on with it that makes it special.

The consistency of this polish is thicker than the other polishes I worked with from this collection. It wasn't difficult to work with, just be careful how much you load on your brush during application. This is three thin coats.

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Next up we have Green Goddess which is a gorgeous light green holographic polish with a lovely golden flash to it!

The application on this was a breeze. Most people could probably get away with two coats, I added three just to be safe!

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Finally we have my favorite of the these three polishes, Mint Succulent. This is a gorgeous sea foam green holographic polish with the most complex shimmer sparkle in it! I took home the work DSLR camera and captured a stunning macro shot of it! See that amazing pink shimmer with red micro flakies in it as well. This polish has dimension!!!

This polish also applied completely easily, much the same as Green Goddess. Would probably be fine with two coats, I added a third for good measure and more sparkle! :)

Now on to the fun nail art looks. Sweet Honeysuckle is the first polish I took out to play with and I was looking through my stamping plates to see if I had anything that looked close to a honeysuckle and this was the closest I could get. I used my Lily Anna 07 plate using Essie Come Here to create this fun stamping look!

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In this funny polish world, we find inspiration in the silliest of ways. On my polish tray (which is actually a breakfast tray I can move from room to room) I have an old Stampin Up catalog from the days when I made cards for fun. Anyway I use the catalog as sort of a place mat and turn the page when I have made enough of a mess of the previous page. When I turned the page to work on my Fair Maiden swatches this is what came up.

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I saw all those colors and a light bulb went off in my head. I have Fair Maidens to match that color scheme! So off I went to create a fun nail skittle!

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Colors used here, from thumb to pinkie are KBShimmer Eyes White Open (which I also used to stamp with, it's an amazing opaque white polish), Mint Succulent, Green Goddess, a special fan-group custom polish and Be Your Own Heroine.

For the stamping designs, I used my Uber Chic plates 1-01 and 1-02. These are great nail stamping plates, so much you can do with the designs. If you haven't checked them out yet, I highly suggest it!

And here are a few more shots in the sun and daylight because I wanted to share with you how amazing these polishes are in all lights!

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So anyway, you'll want to get you hands on some of these polishes when they are restocked on April 18. If you haven't tried out this brand I highly recommend it. I previously reviewed two polishes from this collection, and I just love those as well!

So which polish do you like best out of this post? Have you tried Fair Maiden yet, which are your favorites?!