Monday, July 27, 2015

Twilight Nails and an Elevation Polish Yeti

Hey guys, I'm going to be a bit short on words for this post as I am writing super late the night before this goes live, I just arrived home from a weekend full of wine and too much sun and just spent the last hour working on a news alert for some breaking news that is day-job related.

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I originally drafted this so you all won't miss out on Elevation Polish's special Yeti polish of the month. It will go away after this month and it is just too special to pass up in my humble opinion! I've got two looks for you today featuring this beauty.

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First off I just wanted to show you the beauty of this gorgeous topper. This is one coat of Elevation Polish Yeti the stone Warrior over two coats of KBShimmer Bahama Drama. Yeti the stone warrior is a holographic topper with platinum/silver shards throughout. I thought it gave it a rather starry effect so I created this next look with just that in mind!

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I decided to make a twilight look by layering Yeti the stone warrior over a gradient with some fun bamboo in the foreground. The gradient (which I just absolutely love this combination) was made with KBShimmer Leggo My Mango, KBShimmer Bahama Drama and Literary Lacquers Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred. Let me just take a moment to give a shout out to this Lit Laq. This color, a gorgeous purple holo has the most beautiful blue flash to it which is what I thought really pulled this twilight look together. I stamped on top using my Rica Blackout polish and my Bundle Monster BM-424 plate.

And since the Elevation Yeti reminded me so much of stars, I thought it would be perfect over this gradient and I was totally right!

Yeti the stone warrior is a limited edition polish and only available this month (July) so I promise you definitely don't want to miss out!

Friday, July 24, 2015

I Finally Tried Darling Diva Polish!

Happy Friday everyone! I finally get to share with you my first purchases from Darling Diva Polish. They've been on the scene for quite awhile and I have no idea why I've never purchased from them before, clearly I was delusional!

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Anyway, needless today in addition to being so in love with all these colors, I was so impressed with the brand too! The formula on these polishes was spectacular and they shipped within less than 24 hours, which was amazing too! So let's get to these gorgeous swatches shall we?!?

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This is Darling Diva Polish Peekablue. This is a gorgeous squishy blue jelly polish with holographic sparkle and color shifting flakies. In the bottle it looks a little more bright blue than it does on the fingers, but I think this color would also look really cool layered over a lighter color (that might make the blue pop even more). Because this was a jelly I applied three coats, but I bet most people could get away with two coats. The formula was totally a breeze to work with too. Keep reading in this post to see a fun nail art look I added to my Peekablue mani!

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This is Darling Diva Polish The Alchemist. This was totally the first polish that tempted me by Darling Diva and I knew when they were having a sale recently that it was a must purchase. This is a stunning bright red holo with gorgeous violet flash in its strong linear holo finish. The best part about this stunner – ONE COAT. No joke. This polish is out of this world amazing. It's fire-y and delicate all at once and I am in total love. Such an amazing red!

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And of course I'm a sucker for a good vampy polish so I always had my eye on Darling Diva Polish BEWBS!!! as well. This polish's formula was similar to The Alchemist, it could almost be a one coater, but I applied two coats here for extra umph! This is a gorgeous dark berry purple and it is vamp at it's very best. Expect to see me wearing this a lot in the fall (my most favorite season ever!).

In fact, I'm actually wearing this baby now. I am headed on a weekend away to the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo to go wine tasting and beer tasting with a bunch of coworkers and ex-coworkers this weekend. I broke out BEWBS because the color reminded me so much of wine and it just so sophisticated looking!

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And finally I finish with this fun art look I created using Jolie Polish Baby Green Hulk stamped using my new Bundle Monster Shangri-La plates for this fun buffet stamping look over Peekablue. I thought the green would be a good pairing because it pulls some of the fun shift in the flakies of Peekablue!

Anyway, I can't say enough good things about this brand. I already ordered from them again actually. And you should totally check them out too! If you visit Adventures in Acetone, another amazing nail blog that knocks it out of the park with her swatches and nail art, you maaaaay find an awesome discount code for this brand! So what are you waiting for?! What are you dying to get from this brand?!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bundle Monster Shangri-La stamping over Green Gradient

Today I have a fun look to share with you featuring my new plates I recently purchased from Bundle Monster – the Shangri-La nail plate set.

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I loved the Shangri-La set, it has ten great plates that all have these abstract cohesive looks. So with one plate, you can have a different look on all nails, but they will somewhat match in design. Very useful for when you don't know what you want to stamp, but you know you want variety on each nail!

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For the gradient I used a base coat of KBShimmer For Sail By Owner and added a gradient of BeYu 78, a random bright green polish I got while visiting Russia last summer. I topped it all off with my new favorite gradient topper Indigo Bananas Linear Holo Top Coat SF35. I topped it all off with various images from the BM-S104 plate.

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The closer image really shows just how awesome the holo top coat is and how fun the stamping image is. And well, I love showing you macro shots.

The day I wore these to work, I chose a matching dress, and that wasn't even on purpose – but the ladies at work always point out that I do that often. I just love this color palate though and I'd like to do an even more matchy-matchy look with the print of this dress.

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That's it for today but I've got some super fun things coming your way soon! On Friday I plan on showing off another new-to-me indie Darling Diva Polish and next week watch out – I've got a vamp comparison post you're definitely going to want to check out. If you're curious for a sneak peek, better check out my Instagram account and if you aren't following me there yet, why not!?!? ;-)


Monday, July 20, 2015

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Review

Hey everyone, happy Monday! Today I've got a review of a new-to-me indie brand Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.

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I've heard of this brand for quite sometime, but it was the preorder for the fan favorites collection that finally got me to make some purchases. Another plus to this shop, you can order 10ml mini bottles, which is what I did to first try this brand out. Let's get to the swatches shall we?







This is Monster's Tea at Tiffany's, which is a lovely aqua-green polish with brighter more green-green shimmer. The shimmer really comes out to play in direct light. This was super gorgeous and soft and lovely. Reminds me of a gorgeous spring afternoon. The formula did not self level super well – not sure if it was the smaller brush on the mini bottle or just the thickness of the polish or what. I used three coats and a top coat to reach this opacity and smoothness.







This is Sordid End, which is a lovley periwinkle leaning pastel purple with beautiful bright blue shimmer. The shimmer in this one is most noticeable in direct light, but is more noticeable in shade thank Monster's Tea at Tiffany's was. The shimmer in this one is what truly makes is spectacular in my eyes. Definitely unique in my collection. The formula on this one was similar to Monster's Tea at Tiffany's – was on the thicker side, did not self level well and took three coats for opacity. I think for best application for these two, I would do one smooth coat and then wait a few minutes before adding another coat.







This is Fare the Wind, which is a beautiful royal purple with strong blue shimmer and a subtle holographic finish. The formula on this polish was much better, not too thick or thin and needed only two coats for opacity.

These three above were purchased as part of the Fan Favorites preorder and are listed as sold out on the site. I did here murmurings in the Facebook fan group that the leftover stock may be listed on the site at some point. I don't know a date sorry!







This is We Saved the World, I Say We Party!, which is a gorgeous pale pink linear holo that leans slightly purple. Formula on this was great as well, opaque in two thin coats. I loved how delicate this color is.







And finally we have Cuts in My Heart, which I got as part of the February Addicted to Holos Box. This is a gorgeous raspberry holo with beautiful violet linear holo flashes. The surprise of this polish is that it was slightly textured, which isn't really my favorite, but if you double top coat it it will probably be smooth. I used one layer of top coat and it still had a textured finish.

Overall, I loved the look of all of these polishes. While some of the formulas were finicky, I'm not 100 percent sure it wasn't just the brushes from the mini bottles I purchased. But I am still definitely interested in this brand and will be watching for future releases. So many of these polishes are pretty unique to my collection and that is what piques my interest the most.

So let me know, have you tried BEGLs before? Which polishes are must haves?! Which of this sampling did you like the best?!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Vertical Neon Smitten Gradient

Hey everyone, happy Friday. It's been a pretty busy week but I wanted to help enable you all in case you hadn't picked up the Smitten Polish neon flakies yet, they are available in her shop thanks to a restock she had earlier this week.

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In case you need a refresher, I reviewed* and compared these puppies here and here, but last night I thought it was high time I combined them all in a single look. So I have seen quite a few vertical gradients out there and thought combining these eight polishes would make a spectacular bright rainbow look!



To create a vertical gradient of this kind, I didn't use any make up sponges, just painted with the brushes. I would paint one side 2/3 of the nail in one color, and then go over the other side with the other color for 2/3 the nail. Leaving the middle 1/3 of the nail to be a combo of the two colors. 

So let's take a look at the individual nails and I'll show you which colors they are.


This is Aqua Opal (left) and Ice Pop Paradise.


This is Lazy River and Aqua Opal


This is Terra Opal and Lazy River. This is my favorite nail because the middle third turned out the best! 


This is Ignis Opal and Jar of Sunshine. Now Jar of Sunshine takes over here, but trust me, Ignis Opal is in there, just didn't layer well with the strength of the neon in Jar of Sunshine. I also have the original version of Ignis, which is why it probably looks a bit different than the website. 


This is Aer Opal and Pool Noodle. These two look the most similar, but they are actually quite different. Because they were on my pinky they had the least opportunity to create the middle third of a mixture, so the whole nail looked mostly one color. I have the first version of Aer Opal if anyone is wondering, I think that is why my Aer looks less purple than the shots on the website. 


These all retail for $11.50 on the Smitten Polish website

So I just thought I'd show some more love to these awesome neon flakies. They clearly deserve a revisit now and again, they are quite awesome in my ever so humble opinion. Do you have any of these? Found a way to combine them that I haven't tried yet?!

*These were originally sent to me as press samples for my honest review.