Sunday, July 20, 2014

Leadlighting with Polish Addict Nail Color Neon Collection

Hi everyone! Today I have a recent mani where I finally tried out the leadlighting technique that has become quite popular lately with nail stamp fanatics. For this technique, you paint on a white base and then stamp on a black or dark stamp that has a lot of free space that you can fill in with color. Then you use sheer jelly polishes to fill in the design to give a stained glass/leadlight effect. Since the jellies are sheer, you can paint over the black lines without covering them.

For this mani, I started with my white base, OPI Angel With a Lead Foot from the recent Mustang Collection. I found this white to have an excellent, non-streaky formula so you should try it out if you are looking for a good white! Next I used a floral design from Winstonia plate W-04 and stamped it on using Mundo de Unas Black. To avoid smearing the design, I applied topcoat and let it dry completely before proceeding to the leadlighting. For the leadlighting, I used 3 jelly polishes with scattered holo from Polish Addict Nail Color's Summer Neon Collection: Barbie Code, Kiss a Mermaid, and Caution. I painted them on with a nail art brush and blended them for a gradient effect on the petals. This was a very simple technique to do with quite a dramatic effect on the nail.

Polish Addict Nail Color is available from their Big Cartel Shop as well as from these international stockists.  Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for product updates and to see swatch photos.

Thanks for looking everyone!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FingerPaints Film Noir Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have FingerPaints limited edition Film Noir Collection for August 2014 to share with you. This collection consists of 4 new shades with a porcelain/matte finish. There are 3 matte creme shades and 1 matte glitter shade. Aside from the glitter, these are very classic shades and the porcelain finish is a modern twist on these classics.

Hollywood Decadence consists of  pink, blue, gold, silver, and green glitter in a matte base. I really love this combination of glitters and the matte base softens them and makes for a very elegant finished look. Because it is in a matte base, this glitter polish dries a little faster than most and you have to work quickly with it and perhaps dab a little with the second coat for even distribution. This does dry with a textured finish, but you can add matte topcoat if you want to smooth it out and retain its matte look. This is two coats of Hollywood Decadence alone. I think this is a pretty cool concept! I don't think I've ever seen a glitter with the matte element built into the polish, so kudos to FingerPaints for forward thinking since so many people love to matte their glitter manis.

Beautiful Mystery is a pale blue matte creme polish. Formula on this was thick and quick drying, so it was prone to balding it was not applied quickly. I used 3 coats to get it smoothed out. It is really pretty when dry and reminded me of an eggshell.

Film Noir is a vampy plum matte creme. This polish is so sexy! I can see myself wearing it a lot in the fall. It has a similar formula to the other matte cremes in the collection, but I found it was the easiest of the 3 to work with. I used 3 coats for this mani.

Petal Obsession is a soft pink matte creme. Again, formula was similar to the other matte cremes in the collection but I found that it caused me the most issue with application. Working quickly and applying thickish coats aided a lot in smoothing it out and preventing streaking. I used 3 coats for this mani.

Overall, I really like this collection. The colors all compliment each other so well and look nice with the porcelain finish. As with most matte polishes I have encountered, the formulas are not going to be as easy to work with as your average polish since they dry so quickly, but working fast really helped with application. I haven't seen a lot of matte polishes released lately, so this is a nice collection to get your hands on if you are looking to add some matte shades to your own collection.

FingerPaints Film Noir Collection is exclusively available from Sally Beauty and will be released in August. It is a limited edition collection, so be sure to get them while they last! Thanks for looking everyone!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Indigo Bananas Rainbow in the Dark

*Polish provided by the maker*

Hi everyone! Today I have another beautiful polish from Indigo Bananas' Summer Rains CollectionRainbow in the Dark is a black jelly with rainbow flakies and scattered holo effect. The rainbow flakes really pop against the dark base and the holo just adds a lot of wonderful depth to the polish. Formula was great and I used 3 thin coats for this mani. If you are a flakie lover, they really have a starring role in this polish so I would recommend adding it to your wishlist!

Indigo Bananas polishes are available from their shop as well as from Edgy Polish (Sweden) and Mei Mei's Signatures (Singapore). Be sure to follow Indigo Bananas on their official websiteFacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter to see many amazing swatches and keep up-to-date on new collections, restocks, etc. Thanks for looking everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Elevation Polish SBP Red Sea

*Purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Today I have my very first small batch prototype (SBP) from Elevation Polish to share with you. Creator Lulu has SBPs at most restocks and they consist of a very limited quantity of prototype polishes that are notoriously difficult to snag, so I was very pleased to grab this one before they sold out.

Elevation Polish SBP Red Sea is AMAZING! It is a strong multichrome holo that shifts from red/green/bronze. It is very opaque (almost a one coater) but I used 2 coats for my mani. The formula also spreads very easily and evenly. I could wear this polish all the time and I would be ok with it, I like it that much. It is going to be restocked on the 22 of this month, but you will have to be quick to get it, as there are very limited quantities available.

Elevation Polish is available from creator Lulu's Big Cartel Store. She has a lot of info on restock dates and availability on the Big Cartel site as well as on her blog. Her shop is restocked on the 7th and 22nd each month unless otherwise noted. Elevation Polish is also stocked at Llarowe.

Thanks for looking everyone!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Girly Bits Food Fight! for August's A Box, Indied

*Press Sample*

 Hi everyone! I've got a preview of Girly Bits' contribution to August's A Box, Indied. All of the polishes/products in August's box are frat-tastically themed and are inspired by the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House". August's box will go on sale at Llarowe on July 26.

Girly Bits Food Fight! is a medium grey crelly filled with tiny holographic glitter and loads of large and small iridescent glitter (some is the orange/red and some of the blue/green). Formula was fantastic on this polish and had complete coverage in 3 thin coats. It spread easily with fantastic glitter distribution. I used my regular topcoat with Food Fight! and it was completely smooth. All I have to say is, this must be a very elegant food fight, because this polish is one classy broad.

A Box, Indied is available from Llarowe for $50 each. Each box contains 5 polishes and/or products that are exclusive to that box and will not be available individually. You can sign up to receive a box each month or you can purchase the boxes individually when they are released. Follow Llarowe's Facebook page for announcements of exact dates and times of releases (the box for the next month is usually released around the end of the previous month.) She will also give previews of the products and makers that will be in the box (there is a rotation of makers that are included, it isn't always the same). Thanks for looking everyone!

Smitten Polish Endless Sunset - Edgy Polish Exclusive

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous Smitten Polish to show you that is an Edgy Polish exclusive. Endless Sunset is a bright peachy-orange jelly base packed with silver holographic microglitter. Formula was great and was opaque in 2 coats. I used a thicker topcoat + quick dry topcoat to get it glassy smooth. This is such a bright and fun polish! The color of this polish was terrible difficult to capture, but this was as close as I could get with some adjusting. It has even a little more of a pinky/coral tone to it in real life. If you have Safety Dance, which is the orange holo from the summer collection, just know that it is the same base color but it is a microglitter instead of a holo. Hopefully that will be a big help for you Smitten Polish lovers out there because I know you likely have snagged that one already.

OTT Light. You can see the corally tones best here but it still isn't perfect. (I tried guys! I really tried!)

Natural Light. These are even more color innacurate. They make it look more of an carrot orange but it really does have this awesome pinky coral leaning quality to it that my camera refuses to pick up. It is gorgeous, just trust me guys! I think there is some sort of neon pigment at play here that exists only to be beautiful and frustrating to photograph.

As I said, Endless Sunset will be exclusively available at Edgy Polish in Sweden (owner Katarina ships internationally at very reasonable prices).

Other Smitten Polishes are available in creator Noelie's Big Cartel Shop as well as Femme Fatale Cosmeticsand Shoppe Eclecticco. Be sure to follow Smitten Polish on Facebook and Instagram for updates on restocks and new collections. Thanks for looking everyone!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rainbow Leopard Mani with Born Pretty Store Water Decals

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! I recently received these really fun rainbow leopard water decals (item K171) from Born Pretty Store to review. I thought I would use a white base (OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls) so that the colors would really pop. There were hot pink, yellow, and blue decals. I used 2 decals for each nail (you could sort of fit them together like a puzzle on the nail). They were really easy to work with and held up really well. I wore them for 4 days while I was on vacation at the beach and they still looked great when I changed my mani.

Be sure to check out Born Pretty Store for all of your nail art supply needs (you can use my coupon code JCX31 for 10% off your order).  I've always had great experiences with ordering from them at very reasonable prices. Also, you can't beat free worldwide shipping! You can also follow Born Pretty Store on Facebook and Instagram