Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pretty and Polished Jawbreaker

Hey everyone! Jawbreaker is probably one of Chelsea's more popular creations these days. And I can see why! It's totally unique and the name describes it looks just like a jawbreaker!

Base coat: 1 coat of CND Stickey
Polish: 3 coats of Jawbreaker
Top coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

How gorgeous is that?! Jawbreaker is a mixture of a ton of multi-sized glitter in different colors in a milky white base with a tint of pink to it. I see blue hexagons in varying sizes, red hexagons in different sizes, there's small yellow glitter and small green bars. There are supposed to be red squares but I don't think I was lucky enough to get any of those onto my nails.

Look at all that pretty glitter! Formula was pleasant to work with as well. The larger glitters can be a bit bumpy so I would suggest maybe two coats of a really thick top coat or one coat of Gelous and one coat of a thick top coat.

You can purchase this polish at her Etsy shop here. She's currently closed but she's opening soon (Wednesday I think). You can sign up for a email notification for when she opens up again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sinful Colors Olympia

Hi everyone! Today I have a Sinful Colors polish from one of their most recent collections, Cast Away. I actually looked for this collection quite a bit (so much that my husband got tired of taking me to Walgreens) and I was so happy when I finally found it! When I saw swatches of it online, I knew right away that it had to be mine.

Base coat: 1 coat of CND Stickey
Polish: 2 coats of Olympia
Top coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Olympia is a pistachio green creme. The formula was a pleasant surprise to work with. Pastel-type cremes are notorious for being streaky and difficult to apply evenly. I was mostly interested in this polish because it's supposed to be a pretty good dupe for Essie Navigate her. Pistachio greens like this seem to be a bit popular for the spring.

Olympia is part of a limited edition collection. So you can check out your local Walgreens to see if it's in stock. If not there, there's always Ebay! I paid $1.99 for this polish and I think it was money well spent :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Maybelline Purple Trend

Hey everyone! The manicure I'm bringing you today was somewhat of a disappointment to me for a few reasons. The first thing you'll notice in my swatches is the tip-wear and minor chips. I had this polish on for less than 24 hours before this happened!

Base coat: 1 coat of Julep Nail Therapy
Polish: 2 coats of Purple Trend
Top coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Purple trend is a dark brown creme with a tinge of purple and a blue shimmer flash, at least that's how I interpret it. Now what was really disappointing is that the shimmer rarely ever shows up. Indoors it just looks like a dark purple or something. And even in the sun, it doesn't show up as much as I'd like it to. This polish was a real snooze for me! The fact that it chipped so easily doesn't help either.

The formula was ok, can't say I'm a fan of the brush either. This is actually the first Maybelline that I've ever used or owned. Doubt I'll be running out to try another Maybelline anytime soon.

Here's the best I could do for getting the shimmer to show up on my camera.

Anyway...this polish was limited edition from their 2011 fall (I think) collection. You can find it on Ebay or maybe somewhere else on the Internet. Perhaps some drugstores have them on clearance. I bought it from a blog sale.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 26, 2012

This Week in Nail Polish

Good evening or morning, wherever you are! This week was a bit slow on the nail polish front. I haven't been spending too much on polish lately, or I'm still waiting for stuff in the mail.

From left to right: Zoya Rica, Akyra, Reece, Jessica Iridescent Eye

Left to right: Zara, Heidi, Midori

The six Zoya polishes are from the spring promo they recently had, buy 3, get 3 free. I couldn't resist that deal!

And the Jessica polish came from the Ninja Polish website. Of course, I bought it because it's apparently a pretty good dupe of the ever popular Chanel Peridot. I don't think I'll ever own a Chanel polish in my life (way too damn expensive) so this will have to do. I'm not too sad about it though, cause from the swatches I've seen...she's a beaut!

I also tried my hand at frankening tonight. This is literally my first attempt. I'm not generally a fan of the fumes that come from nail polish, so I tend to avoid spending a lot of time playing with it ;)
Yeah, that might sound strange coming from a polish addict...

Here she is!

I named her M83. Why? The swirl of glitter and shimmer made me think of a galaxy. AND! M83 is one of my favorite bands ever. Seeing them live last year was one of the best experiences of my life.

So I was going for a light purple jelly with a rainbow of glitter in it. Didn't quite come out how I wanted it to. But then again, frankening is an experiment. I might play with it some more in the future, who knows.

Anyway...that's all for this week. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pretty and Polished Party on my Yacht

Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you something truly special. This dreamy polish reminds me of funfetti cake with the rainbow of glitters resting among the jelly white formula. Ah, I love it!

Base coat: 1 coat of Julep Nail Therapy
Polish: 3 coats of Party on my Yacht
Top Coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Party on my Yacht is a mixture of small hot pink, purple, teal and cream colored circle glitters, as well as some small electric blue bar glitters in a jelly white finish. It is so DREAMY. I feel like this polish is something truly unique and special and I totally adore it! 

The formula was easy to work with, although a bit on the thicker side. This baby is packed with glitter, so you don't have to worry about placing any on your nails. You can paint like normal and get awesome results! I love how some of the glitter gets buried underneath the layers but you can still see it peeking through. And my favorite glitter might be the cream colored glitters...I don't think I've ever seen anything like it!

This glitter isn't top coat hungry either, so my manicure was nice and smooth with one coat of Seche Vite.

In summation, I'M IN LOVE.

Chelsea sells her magnificent creations here. Keep your eyes peeled if you're wanting this polish!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Essence Blue Ray

Hey there! Today we have my very first Essence. Of course, I've seen swatches and heard all about this brand. But I think this brand is a little hard to get a hold of in the U.S.

Base coat: 1 coat of Julep Nail Therapy
Polish: 3 coats of Blue Ray
Top Coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Blue Ray is a shimmery blue with a very, and I mean VERY, subtle purple duo-chrome. I was disappointed in this polish because I had high expectations for the color shift. It looks blue most of the time and the purple barely peeks around the edges. It's still very pretty to look at, just not what I was expecting. I guess I prefer my duo-chromes/multi-chromes to pack a punch!

Formula-wise, I had no issues. It was a decent consistency and I didn't notice any pooling or dragging. I think it did need the 3 coats though, to be to my liking of opacity. Maybe I need to layer this over black. I probably will in the future.

I bought this polish from a blog sale. I think it was a limited edition but you could always check Ebay if you're really wanting this one!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

This Week in Nail Polish

Hi everyone! This week I got exactly 10 bottles of nail polish, same amount as last. What a funny coincidence :)

From left to right, Pretty and Polished Party on my Yacht, Jawbreaker, Sinful Colors Zeus, Grecian Sun and Olympia.

Early in the week I got my two Pretty and Polished polishes in the mail. I had been searching for one of the newer Sinful Colors collection, Cast Away, for a while and I finally found it on Friday. I was thrilled!

Sinful Colors Neptune, China Glaze Riveting, Cling on, Instant Chemistry and TMI.

I made a stop at Sally's on Wednesday and picked up Riveting and the two magnetic polishes (as well as the magnet). And I got TMI in the mail from a blog sale. TMI is the first polish from the OMG collection that I can call mine :)

All in all, not a bad week! I'm so glad I was able to find the Sinful Colors because they are supposed to be limited edition. I'm totally loving all of these blue and purple shimmers that are coming out in recent collections. I actually haven't had a chance to play with ANY magnetic polish, so I look forward to that too. And of course, I'm thrilled to have the Pretty and Polished polishes. They are so STUNNING in the bottle. Party on my Yacht is just dreamy and I could stare at it all day ;)

That's it for this week in nail polish! Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Zoya Ivanka for St. Patrick's Day

Hey everyone! I changed my manicure today to this shimmery shade of green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. And that's about the extent I'm going to celebrate this holiday ;)

Base coat: 1 coat of Trind Base Coat
Polish: 3 coats of Ivanka
Top Coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Zoya's website describes this color as a "mermaid green sparkling metallic". I thought it was the perfect bling-y shade of green to wear today. It's so sparkly in person!

The formula was a bit thin and watery but not difficult to work with. It is a bit sheer but builds up nicely. I felt it needed the three coats to be decently opaque (I'm not a fan of the VNL look).

I bought this from Zoya's website last October and it's just barely getting a chance to shine. You can check out their website here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pretty and Polished Valentino (Picture Heavy)

Hi everyone! Pretty and Polished is a relatively new indie brand that is making a huge splash in the polish world right now. And rightfully so! Chelsea's creations are unique and fascinating. Today we're taking a look at Valentino...

I layered this polish over Peripera Modern Green GR309, which is a mint green creme. Here is a swatch of it on a nail wheel, below 3 coats is shown:

Onto the manicure!

Base coat: 1 coat of Julep Nail Therapy
Polish: 2 coats of Peripera Modern Green, 2 coats of Valentino
Top Coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Lillith (see gray, tailless cat) was outside when I was taking pictures. I love that she sneaked up into the background of this one!

As you can see, Valentino is a mixture of multi-sized black and white glitter. The base is not totally clear, it's somewhat tinted. It added a dark cast to the polish I was wearing underneath. Indoors it looks a bit muddied, which I'm not exactly a fan of...but it still looks interesting and nice.

I'm terrible at working with large glitters and "placing" them where I want on the nail. I wish I had gotten more of the large white hexagonal glitter on the brush, but it just wasn't working! I set the bottle upside down for a good while before I even started my manicure and shook it for a bit and the white glitter was still hiding from me. It's hard for me to tell if this is a result of the polish or user error. Next time I use it, I guess I'll just have to try harder to get the glitter that I want and get it on my nail where I want it.

I'm glad that this polish wasn't "top coat hungry", which some large glitters tend to be. One thick coat of Seche Vite was enough to leave me with a glossy, smooth manicure.

Here's a close-up of it on my thumb:

I do love this polish because it's the first black and white glitter combo that I have. I can't wait to layer this over different colors!

Since Lillith was outside, I decided to try and get a decent picture of her. She's a very grumpy looking cat but I think this one turned out nice.

She is so ridiculously beautiful to me :)

You can check out Pretty and Polished's Etsy shop here. She works hard to keep her Etsy shop stocked and delivers her packages out fairly quickly. I really love her creations and hope to have more soon!

And that's it for this post. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Zoya Tru

Greetings! Today I have swatches of Tru, which came from Zoya's spring collection this year.

Base coat: 1 coat of Julep Nail Therapy
Polish: 2 coats of Tru
Top Coat: 1 coat of Seche Vite

Zoya's website describes this polish as, "A saturated, red-toned grape purple with speckled shimmer that reflects gold, orange and red."

I think that Zoya does the best job of describing their colors. So I really have nothing to add to that!

This color is SO pretty in person. The shimmer is what makes this purple special, it adds a lot of depth and complexity. When I initially saw swatches of this polish online, I was not very impressed. So I think this baby needs to be appreciated in person.

Application and formula were ok. Nothing spectacular, but no major fails either! Overall, I'm happy I have it.

I actually won this polish in a contest but you can purchase it over on their website here. And as of now, they're running a promo, buy 3 polishes get 3 free. This offer ends soon though (3/14).

Thanks for stopping by!

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