Sunday, July 5, 2015

Before & After: String me up

(Polishes sent for review; affiliate links)

Hello!

When I was swatching Zoya Selene from Zoya's Paradise Sun collection, I couldn't help but wonder how the flake finish would look matted...so I decided to do a manicure today to find out.


I started wtih Zoya Selene, a green-leaning teal flecked wonder:


Zoya Selene

Zoya Selene



Then I stamped it with Pueen 45:




Using Hit The Bottle Polishes Absinthe-Minded and Pool Party:

Mardi Gras beads!

Mardi Gras beads


And finally, I matted with with China Glaze Matte Magic:


Matted Mardi Gras

So which do you like better, the matted or the shiny?

Happy polishing!
M. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

NOTD: All Men Are Created Equal

(Some polishes originally sent for review; affiliate links)

Hello!

Just a quick post today to show you my 4th of July nails!

Nail polish is my happy place, and I assume it is for others, too; so I generally keep politics and things like that off my blog. However, sometimes things happen that you just have to celebrate.

The Constitution of the United States of America states one of our most deeply held beliefs in its second paragraph:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

About a week ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made it possible for all men and women to marry, regardless of whether or not they are marrying someone of the opposite or the same sex. I believe this decision is a great step forward in our efforts to live up to the claim that we do hold those truths to be self-evident.

To celebrate this I did a slightly different type of 4th of July manicure than I normally would. I took the rainbow flag, pulled out the red and the blue for the 'stars' section of the U.S. flag, and left the rest of the colors in a rainbow for the 'stripes' portion:


We hold these truths to be self-evident


That all men are created equal


For the rainbow portion, I did a gradient with Zoya Darcy, Zoya Thandie, Zoya Jace, and Zoya Keiko; the red is Zoya Demetria and the blue is Zoya Talia, both from the Island Fun collection (click here for my full review).

Then I stamped with Drk-A for the stars, and Winstonia 107 (see my full review of the set here) for the stripes, both with Konad White.


I hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe 4th of July!

Happy stamping,
M.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

My top 5 indie polishes!

(Nothing to disclose)

Hello!

A bunch of my fellow blogging buddies and I decided to do a link-up of our five favorite indie polishes. Some of us are doing are favorites from this year, some are doing our all-time favorites--so here are my five all-time favorite indie polishes, in alphabetical order.


Cult Nails: Coveted

I went back and forth about whether to include this polish or Iconic, because they're a tie for me; in the end I chose Coveted because I've featured Iconic before. And there's just so much I love about this beauty--the dark-grass shade of the green, the glowy sparkle, the squishy jelly, the flakie shards. It was one of the first indie polishes I absolutely...Coveted. Sadly, Cult Nails has closed their doors, but you may be able to find this baby in blog sales...:)


Cult Nails Coveted

Cult Nails Coveted

Cult Nails Coveted

Cult Nails Coveted



Elevation Polish Gobi

Gobi is an ethereal beauty that defies description. It's a soft caramel jelly holo with a soft mint green flash. It looks like it glows from within, like it's radiating the light of angels. It's the most amazing neutral, sophisticated and understated, while still being special and eye-catching. It's breath-taking. This polish isn't currently available, but you can find tons of other amazing polish in the Elevation shop.


Elevation Polish Gobi

Elevation Polish Gobi


Elevation Polish Gobi

Elevation Polish Gobi

Elevation Polish Gobi



InDecisive Bloodstone


Ah, Bloodstone. Beautiful anytime, but possibly the most perfect Christmas polish ever made. Deep pine green sprinkled with red, gold and green glitters, with a subtle sprinkle of gold shimmer throughout. It has a vintage feel, like winter in an English manor house. If the ladies of Downton Abbey had worn nail polish, they'd have loved this. And, and: she's still making this one, and you can find it here.


InDecisive Polish Bloodstone

InDecisive Polish Bloodstone

InDecisive Polish Bloodstone

InDecisive Polish Bloodstone

InDecisive Polish Bloodstone



Lucky 13 Lacquer But I Want To Fight! & Fool Of A Took


Yes, okay, this is technically two polishes, but they were released as a twin set, so I'm counting them as one. These two polishes represent Merry and Pippin from the Lord Of the Rings books/movies, and I think they capture the spirit of the hobbits well, with a touch of whimsy in them both. But I Want To Fight! is a dusty grape jelly with green holo glitters; it's pretty with just a bit of twinkly sparkle. Fool Of A Took is a muted avocado with purple glitter that has made it into my Halloween nail art several times, and is fun even when it's not October. These are no longer available, but there are plenty of other beauties that are in the Lucky 13 shop.


Lucky13 Lacquer But I Want To Fight!


Lucky13 Lacquer But I Want To Fight!


Lucky13 Lacquer But I Want To Fight!

Lucky13 Lacquer But I Want To Fight!

Lucky13 Lacquer But I Want To Fight!

Lucky13 Lacquer Fool Of A Took

Lucky13 Lacquer Fool Of A Took

Lucky13 Lacquer Fool Of A Took

Lucky13 Lacquer Fool Of A Took



LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

This polish is a tangerine jelly with pink-purple flakies; together they give the polish a coral summer-sunset-sky look that's like nothing I've seen elsewhere. It's summery and feminine and it feels like it has just the right amount of magic splashed in. Art in a bottle. You can find LynBDesigns here.

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?

LynBDesigns Do I Look Like A Frolicker?



Mentality Tenderness

(Um, Michelle? I think this is more than five polishes, even with your little cheat about the twin polish set from Lucky13 Lacquer...) (Shhhhh...quiet...nobody needs to know that, keep it to yourself!)

*Ahem*. This polish. THIS polish. THIS. POLISH. Deep regal purple with an amazing scatter of holo throughout. Nothing more needs to be said. Just enjoy and try not to drool everywhere. You can find Mentality's shop here.


Mentality Tenderness

Mentality Tenderness

Mentality Tenderness

Mentality Tenderness

Mentality Tenderness

Mentality Tenderness


Mentality Tenderness

Mentality Tenderness



Sweet Heart Polish Hurry Ba-ack!

(Um, Michelle? I think you're pushing this pretend-this-is-only-five-polishes thing a little far...) (Hey! If Douglas Adams could put out a trilogy that had five books, I can do a post of my five favorite indie polishes that has eight polishes! Work with me here!!)

Hurry Ba-ack! was a limited edition polish in honor of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, and I think it is easily the funnest polish (most fun polish?) I've ever seen, hands down, indie or no. I love the combination of the bright glitters in the squishy jelly, with the healthy dose of shimmer added in. I love that it captures the vibe of the ride, at least for me. I never thought I'd call a black-based polish 'happy', but it is. It's happy and it's fun, and it makes me smile. I loved it so much that although I was originally sent a mini for review, I bought myself a full-sized bottle. LOVE. This was a limited edition polish, but you can find her other beauties here. :)


Sweet Heart Polish Hurry Ba-ack!

Sweet Heart Polish Hurry Ba-ack!


Sweet Heart Polish Hurry Ba-ack!

Sweet Heart Polish Hurry Ba-ack!


Narrowing it down to five was crazy difficult, I had at least 30 more I wanted to include. So I'm thinking maybe I need to do this by season or something in the future, give myself an excuse to pull out pics of more awesome polishes! But there are my top indie polishes today, at this moment. Wait, maybe I should have put in...focus, Michelle, focus!! Don't forget to check out what the other bloggers chose in the link-up below. :)

So what do you think of my choices? Any there you love? And what's your favorite indie polish of all time?

Happy polishing!
M.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: Sugar Bubbles SB 008 (aka, villain skittle!)

(Purchased with my own money; affiliate links)

Hello!!

I recently bought my very first ever Sugar Bubbles plates (not sure what took so long), and I'm gonna review 'em for you here today.

First, though, I want to do a customer service shout out to Beautometry.com. Long story short--they accidentally sent me the wrong plate, and when I let them know about it, they responded to my e-mail almost instantly, and sent me the right plate right away. I'm talking, in the morning mail kind of right away. Absolutely amazing customer service.

But back to the plates! Here is the video I made reviewing SB 008 and SB 08:






And here are the still images of SB 008:


Sugar Bubbles 008



Sugar Bubbles 008

Sugar Bubbles 008


And here's the plate with a Konad plate so you can judge the size of the individual images:


Sugar Bubbles 008 vs. Konad


So how does it stamp? Here's my stamping test; notice that while the Freddy Krueger image isn't very clear on the plate, you can see it clearly on my test:







However, stamping Freddy is a little more complicated than you might think...For my test manicure, I wanted to use Freddy as one of my 'villains' for the Nail Challenge Collaborative's 'Superheroes and villains' theme. I made a started with Zoya Anais on my ring finger, and Zoya Arianna on the rest. Then I stamped on my ring finger and pinkie with Barry M Silver Foil:





As you can see, Freddy doesn't show up nearly as well as it does in my stamping test above...so, when you use this stamp and stamps like this, you're going to get the best result stamping in a darker polish over a lighter surface. That will give you the right contrast you need to allow the face to show well.

But wait...it feels like there's something...missing...wait...what...BAM!




Take that! Nothing more awesome than a surprise blinged-out skull to round out that mani. :)

Yes, I love it. Love, love love! Hope you do, too. :)

To see a list of my other stamping plate reviews, click here.

Happy stamping!
M.