Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fun with KBShimmer Nail Vinyls: Connected Lines and Swirls

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have two different nail art looks to share with you that utilized some of KBShimmer's newest nail vinyl additions. Along with their new spring collection and spring decals, KBShimmer released two new sets of everyday nail decals including a set of thick and thin connected line vinyls and swirl vinyls. These are available now for purchase now on KBShimmer's website. I will also be doing some nail art very soon with the spring vinyls, so stay tuned for those!

#TBT: Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Here's another edition of #TBT. I figured that during March, I would wear some oldie green polishes for you guys! The polish I am featuring today is from over 3 years ago...and I've had it sitting around untried for that long. This polish is from Color Club's Beyond the Mistletoe Collection (Holiday 2011) which was a collection full of microglitter polishes that I acquired via a swap when the set never arrived at my Ross. Remember when you could buy entire collections of Color Club polishes at Ross for about $15? I miss that! Except sometimes I would buy a set just because they were cheap and never use them...

Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe contains light green holo and silver holo microglitter in a clear base. Formula spread easily with good glitter density. This is one coat over Elevation Polish Storm in the Morning Light plus a thicker topcoat (it is a little gritty, but it's easy to smooth out.)  and all but one of them were glitters just like this. I think that they can be worn on their own at 3 coats, but I much prefer layering 1 coat over a base color. This is such a blingy glitter that is very eye catching because of all the holo! So pretty!

Even though this was released so long ago, Beyond the Mistletoe is still available on Color Club's website as well as from other e-tailers . I saw that Llarowe and Live.Love.Polish have it and it is also easily found on eBay and Amazon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CANVAS Lacquer Spring Fling Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have CANVAS Lacquer's Spring Fling Collection to share with you! This 4 piece collection has 2 holos, 1 shimmery creme, and 1 glitter topper. If you want to check out these pretties, they are available now in CANVAS Lacquer's Etsy Shop. Let's take a closer look at them!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hare Polish Welcome to Twin Peaks, Part 2 Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have my last bit of Hare Polish spam to share with you! All of these pretties are from Hare Polish's Welcome to Twin Peaks, Part 2 Collection which was released in December. Nikole did a restock earlier this week, so most of these are currently available in her Etsy Shop. Now I know absolutely nothing about Twin Peaks, but I must say Nikole's obsession with it has really got my curiosity piqued, so I might have to check it out since I'm finally caught up on Doctor Who (especially since I heard there was going to be a revival of the show coming out on Showtime at some point). But whether you are a fan or not, you will surely be a fan of these gorgeous polishes!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hare Polish The Abduction of Persephone Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have one of Hare Polish's Winter 2014 collections to share with you, The Abduction of Persephone Collection. This Greek mythology-inspired collection contains 3 deep, vampy jellies filled with all sorts of glitter, shimmer, and flakes. Per usual, Nikole has managed to create wonderful depth in these polishes that it is even more gorgeous in person!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#TBT: Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Here's my first edition of #TBT! I'm trying to go through my stash and pick out colors I've had untried for ages or wore ages ago. I don't know if I will do it every Thursday, but there will be some #TBT here and there going forward! Original? No. Fun? Well, yeah!

Today's polish was one of my first high-end polish experiences. Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe was such a lemming after I saw it featured on Chloe's Nails in one of her cool patchwork manis. At the time, I had super short nails and zero polishing skills (this was circa fall 2010), so when it finally arrived and I tried it out for the first time, I HATED IT on me. I still oohed and ahhed at it on other people, but not me. I have not put it on since then, but I haven't gotten rid of it for nostalgic reasons. I figured AtU deserved another chance now that I'm a little more advanced in my polishing skills and my nails have improved a bit, so here are the results!

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe is a deep blue jelly base with green, silver, and blue glitters. Formula is ok to to work with, but I find that it gets a bit clumpy doing multiple coats, so I decided to layer 2 coats over a deep blue base (Elevation Polish Definition: The Vivid Unknown). I think that I realized years ago that I liked the way this polish looked better layered than by itself, so I went that route straight away. It does still need a thicker topcoat to smooth it out. I must say that I'm still not in love with it. I think after being hit over the head with amazing glitter after glitter from indie brands, AtU is just lacking some oomph for me. I think maybe if it had a splash of holo glitter in it it might even improve it a bit. I actually think I have a random Hits polish (Blue Jazz) that is very similar but has holo glitters and I like it MUCH better.

And just in case you were was my first mani with it. I think that this time is it was a bit better (is it sad that I still have this picture?).

All of that being said, this polish was really innovative and awesome in its time. It's still a really pretty polish, but it just doesn't wow me as much as it used to. I really applaud Deborah Lippmann for her out-of-the-box thinking that I think really helped to kickstart the trend of amazing glittery polishes that we see now in the commercial and indie world. I feel like this polish really does deserve its place in nail polish history (or at least in mine!)

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe is still available from her website as well as other retailers that carry Deborah Lippmann products (Nordstrom and Sephora are two that I've shopped with before).

So what are your thoughts on Across the Universe? Own it/love it/hate it? Do you have any polishes that used to wow you that seem to have lost their pizzazz? Thanks for looking everyone!

Glam Polish Run and Tell That

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have a beautiful Glam Polish to share with you from their recently released Hairspray Collection. I  purchased 2 polishes from this collection and I was initially more excited about the other polish (Welcome to the 60's), but for some reason I gravitated towards wearing this one first. I reallly need to wear Welcome to the 60's soon because it is also amazing! 

Run and Tell That has a charcoal linear holo base packed with silver holo, black, and white glitters. Formula was very glitter-packed, but it still applied pretty easily in 3 thin coats. This one is topcoat hungry, so I used 2 coats of a thicker topcoat to smooth it out. This sparkle of this polish is INSANE! If you like charcoal holos, this is certainly a unique twist on one and I highly recommend it!

Glam Polish is available from their Big Cartel shop (ships to Australia and the US only) as well as from these international stockists. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new collections and restocks as well as to see lots of beautiful swatches! Thanks for looking everyone!