Sunday, October 19, 2014

Press Release: Zoya Wishes Collection for Winter/Holiday 2014

*Press Release*

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!


LynB Designs Spam

*Won in a Giveaway*

Hi everyone! Today I have a wonderful selection of polishes from a new to me indie, LynB Designs. I have seen her lovely creations around, and I was so excited when I was selected to pick 5 from her line to try during the Digital Dozen's recent HUGE 2nd Anniversary Giveaway. So a huge thanks to creator Jenna and to the ladies of the Digital Dozen for such an amazing giveaway! I tried to capture the essence of the beautiful header that she has on her Etsy Shop in my collage...but it was probably a massive fail. LOL!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pretty & Polished LE Halloween Bonus Polish

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous Halloween polish to share with you from Pretty & Polished. This polish is a free gift when you purchase the entire Halloween Trio during the month of October. It does not have a name, but has a scary pumpkin sticker on the bottom. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Smitten Polish Halloween Duo: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have Smitten Polish's limited edition Halloween Duo to share with you! These polishes have the cutest names ever for a duo: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble! These have already been stocked once, but creator Noelie said that there would be an additional restock of the duo and she is aiming to do this on October 25th.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Collection

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have a recent release from Zoya, the Ultra PixieDust Collection, which are some new additions to the PixieDust line and are textured polishes that have larger and smaller glitter pieces in them. After seeing blog posts from Zoya bloggers, it seemed that two polishes from this collection weren't drying down to a proper textured finish like they were supposed to. I read that the retail versions of the polishes were working properly, so I went and purchased the set from Ulta. I'm happy to report that the retail versions do, in fact, dry down to a proper textured finish! There must have been some sort of anomaly with the early press samples sent to bloggers, but it appears to be resolved now. So on to the swatches!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KBShimmer Spot Sign

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! I've got a really cool glitter polish to share with you today from KBShimmer! KBShimmer Spot Sign is part of their Winter 2014 Collection, but it was released a bit early so it is available for purchase now in the KBShimmer shop. This is the first polish that I've ever seen that has leopard spot glitters, so I was excited to try it out!

Spot Sign is a clear-based topcoat filled with holographic silver microglitter, black hexes and dots of various sizes, and black leopard spot glitters. For this mani I used 1 dabbed coat of Spot Sign over KBShimmer You're So Shellfish (because I love leopard spots over brights!).

The base glitters spread easily, but I would recommend to place the leopard glitters individually because of their size and shape. When you place the glitters, take care to place them in such a way that they sit well with the curve of your nailbed so that they will be flat. Also, I did find 1 or 2 glitters that were a tad bent on the end, so I just did not use those because they will stick up off of the nail bed. When topcoating, you definitely will want to use a thicker topcoat because they are thicker/larger glitters. So in essence: know that this glitter is going to require a bit more work than a normal glitter, but it is so cool that it is worth the effort! It really did not take me much more time to apply it than a regular glitter polish, I was just particular about my application. It's such a fun look and you get to have a cool leopard spotted look even if you aren't necessarily a nail artist!

KBShimmer products are available from their website as well as from Harlow & Co. (Canada).  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new collections and to see swatches of all of their polishes. 

So what are your thoughts on the leopard spot glitters? Will you be picking this one up? Thanks for looking everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pahlish La Derniere Reine

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! I've been pretty blah lately as far as painting my nails (despite having SO MANY pretties that I need to wear) so I went for a palette cleanser. I chose Pahlish La Derniere Reine from the fall Royal Reverie Collection. I literally wore this from last Wednesday to Sunday (which is AGES for me). I did eventually stamp over it after a few days, so it is also a great base for nail art.

Pahlish La Derniere Reine is a light nude with copper and neon purple flakes as well as taupe shimmer. The copper flakes really shine here with the purple flakes being very subtle and just flashing occasionally. I was worried this would be weird on my skintone, but it was quite flattering. I used 3 thin coats for this mani and it applied perfectly. This is a wonderful palette cleanser with the lovely flecked creme Pahlish finish.

Then after a few days, I added some weird double stamping. It looked a bit cooler in person, but it wasn't a total success. I used an unnamed copper metallic from Anne and Florio, Nubar Risky Rose, and Bundle Monster Plate BM-H11 to do the double stamping (I turned the design upside down when I stamped the second time.)

Pahlish is available from Pahlish's Big Cartel ShopBe sure to follow Pahlish on Facebook and on their blog for details about restocks (they are Fridays at 7 pm CST) and new polishes. Pahlish is also available from LlaroweRainbow Connection, and Edgy Polish. Thanks for looking everyone!