Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hare Polish Dreams Under a Microscope

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have Hare Polish's latest release, Dreams Under a Microscope, to share with you. This polish is an addition to their "Jackalope" category, so that means that it doesn't belong to any specific collection. This was recently released in Hare Polish's shop and is in stock now!

Hare Polish Dreams Under a Microscope is described as a dusty sea-blue jelly with tiny white and lavender squares, charcoal flakies, copper flakies, ultra chromes flakies (predominantly purple), icy white flakies, and holographic shimmer. Formula started off sheer, but built up nicely to opacity in 3 thin coats. It has a great mix of glitters, shimmers, and flakies floating in the squishy jelly base so I can definitely see how Nikole was reminded of looking through a microscope and seeing all of the sparkly stuff floating around...like a magic pond water sample, perhaps?

Hare Polish is available from Nikole's Etsy Shop as well as from several other e-tailers around the world (complete list found here). Be sure to check out Hare's websiteInstagram, and Facebook for updates on new collections and restock info. Thanks for looking everyone!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Glam Polish Under the Sea Collection (Partial)

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Last week I had some family issues come up and I didn't get to blog much at all, so I'm going to skip Multichrome Mondays again so that I can bring you some brand new pretties! Today I have a selection of polishes from a brand new Glam Polish collection, the Under the Sea Collection. This collection consists of eight crelly holos filled with microglitter, glassflecks, and shimmer as well as one holographic glitter mix. This collection's official release date is Saturday, August 1 at 1 PM Eastern time (USA). I've seen previews of the whole collection floating around and I already know I'm going to HAVE to pick up a few more of them, but for now I have 3 of these beauties to show you today!

Friday, July 24, 2015

New from Pretty Serious: New Daphne's Party Shades and Returning Favorites

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have 2 new polishes from Pretty Serious Cosmetics to share with you and one returning favorite! Pretty Serious's mascot Daphne has been at it again and their are two brand new additions to her party collection, and they couldn't be more different! Let's take a look at these glittery creations!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Baroness X Northern Lights Trio

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a new to me brand to share with you, Baroness X. I was very excited to try them for the first time, and what a killer collection to start out with! The Northern Lights Trio is a set inspired by, obviously, the aurora borealis and is available as a set for $29 or you can also buy the polishes individually. There are two holos and a glitter topper in this set that all coordinate beautifully! I also love that maker Demi has coordiating cabs on the top of each bottle, such a pretty touch!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Paint All the Nails Does Floral

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! We are taking a week off from Multichrome Mondays because I'm very excited to participate in a link-up today with some of my favorite bloggers for Paint All the Nails Does Floral! <3 No joke...I feel like I'm among celebrities here! Since the theme for this link-up is florals, who better to inspire my nail design today than one of these fellow artists! I've long admired the fabulous free-hand designs that Lindsey at Wondrously Polished creates. I've been intimidated to try them in the past, but I figured that this was the ideal time to give it a go. I used her Vintage Floral design as inspiration for today's manicure, and I'm so completely smitten with how it turned out!

I wanted to pay homage to Lindsey's design, but I decided to use a different color scheme to give the look a slightly different feel (she used pink, teal, and green for hers). I started off with a base of Polish My Life Rays of Sun, a pale buttery yellow creme. For the artwork, I used acrylic paints (I use these acrylic paints for nail art) in orange, and two different shades of blue (I custom mixed the colors a bit to get them the shade I wanted). Freehand art is definitely not my specialty, so this was a challenge! I played around with a dotting tool and detail brush but finally decided that the brush was working better for the design. Roses are so hard for me, I don't know why! They were the most difficult part of the design to make look right. After I finished with the design, I finished it off with a coat of OPI Matte Topcoat which really gave the look the perfect finishing touch. I'm definitely not on Lindsey's level (because she is crazy talented!) but I was very pleased with how my design turned out, especially for a first try! I loved the color scheme too...it felt very much like a vintage fabric. If you want to give this design a try, Lindsey has a tutorial for it on her blog. It's a very free-form design so you can switch it up however you want, but she shows how to create the basic elements of the design step-by-step. 

Be sure to check out what the other ladies have in store for today...I know it is going to be amazing! I'm so excited to see their manis! Thanks for looking everyone!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Great Lakes Lacquer August Limited Editions

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! I recently shared Great Lakes Lacquer's very first collection with you, and today I have two new limited edition polishes that will be available in August. There are a total of 3, but I have 2 to share with you today (check out this post by Ida Nails It to see the third LE, Torch's Purple Haze). These polishes will be available starting August 1st and will remain available until the 31st. Once again, Mariah provided her inspiration for these polishes (I really love that she does that!) so that is included after each polish description.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

HPB Presents: Starry Night Skies

*Some products in this post were provided previously for review*

Hi everyone! Today I have July's Hobby Polish Bloggers Link-Up and the theme for this month is Starry Night Skies. For my mani, I was inspired by the aurora borealis (northern lights), which is one of the most gorgeous natural phenomenons in the world. I love to look at pictures of the blankets of colors with stars peeking through...it doesn't even look real! I can't imagine how glorious it would be to see in person!

For this mani, I followed the steps for a traditional galaxy mani like I've done several times in the past. I started off with a base of Glam Polish Nani (from the Over The Rainbow flakies). Next I used a make-up sponge and sponged on random sections of white using KBShimmer Eyes White Open. Then, I came back and sponged on sections of blue (KBShimmer In Yacht Water), green (KBShimmer Shore Thing), and purple (KBShimmer Sarong Place, Sarong Time) over the white to mimic the gorgeous colors of the aurora. Next I used my dotting tool and fine nail brush to place random "stars" all around using white acrylic paint. Finally, I finished off the mani using KBShimmer Dust in the Bottle to add some holographic sparkle. I love galaxy manis so much and they are so easy to do! It's easy to use different bases and color combinations to make each one unique, and I really loved the colors of this one and how they looked similar to colors I've seen in photos of the aurora borealis. It's definitely more of a free-form sort of nail art and there is no wrong way to do it, so if you want to dip your toes into nail art, try this!

Be sure to check out what everyone else did for their Starry Night Sky manis! I was very tempted to do something Van Gogh-inspired, but I didn't know if I could pull it off. Maybe one day soon I will try that! Thanks for looking everyone!