Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Femme Fatale Spam!

Hey everyone!  Long time, no blog!  I apologize for my recent absence/hiatus.  The hubby and I were puppy-sitting for my brother-in-law while he was away for three weeks...so having two dogs around when I don't normally have any around was an adjustment and I was so beat that I never felt like polishing while they were here.

Anyway, to make amends, I am offering up some Femme Fatale spam!  Huzzah!  I was recently lucky enough to be sent a Femme Fatale press kit for review, so that's what I'll be doing right now.

Apologies in advance for my mediocre pictures today...I had the absolute worst time keeping my hand still when was taking these photographs.  All of the pictures were taken in indirect daylight with my indoor light on (no flash).

First up is Snowy Bramble from Femme Fatale's new holiday collection.  Snowy Bramble is inspired by the holiday and winter season and it's a good representation of that encompassed in polish form.  It features silver, magenta and aqua circle glitters (some of which are also holographic), aqua star glitters, matte white bar glitters and some iridescent green/blue shimmery glitter in a clear base.  I'm generally not big on circle OR bar glitters (save for a few exceptions...like Femme Fatale Nightsong Grotto - love!), so this one wasn't my favorite of the four I was sent.  It's a fine polish, just not my cup of tea.  I will say that my favorite part of Snowy Bramble was the iridescent glitter/shimmer.  It was really beautiful and eye-catching!

As far as formula and application goes, Snowy Bramble was a bit finicky for me to work with.  Getting the larger circle glitters out of the bottle and on to the nail was a bit of a challenge but I found that it helps to tip the bottle on to its side or upside down just prior to application.  The circle glitters also required a bit of placement with the brush once they were on the nail so that they didn't all stick together.

Here's Snowy Bramble (one coat) over Joe Fresh Wave (two coats):

Isn't that shimmer just lovely??

Next up is The Other Side of the World, which was released this past summer along with a plethora of other lovely polishes, like Vortex Remnants, which I wore recently.  The Other Side of the World (TOSotW for short lol) features pink, purple and red hex glitters and teeny tiny black glitters in a sheer magenta shimmer base.

Application on TOSotW was ok.  Its formula seemed a bit on the thick side and it was a little bit drag-y for me, but nothing too cumbersome to work with.  I found I also had better luck getting glitters out of this polish by laying the bottle down on its side or tipping it upside down prior to application.  I really like the concept of this polish and how nice the glitters in it look together.  I wasn't really too thrilled with my options for underwear, though.  That's more to do with how woefully inadequate my stash is and less to do with the polish though haha.  I may put it on again sometime with some different undies (suggestions welcome).

Here's The Other Side of the World (one coat) over Joe Fresh Ultraviolet (two coats):

The third polish up is Lime Thief.  This is a fun polish!  It's not the kind of polish I'd normally go for but I loved how cute it was.  Lime Thief has some lovely teal, poppy red (almost orange) matte hex glitters and teal holographic hex glitters in a milky lime green base.  This polish can be worn commando (without undies) and is almost opaque in three coats.  I prefer to layer most glitters though, so that's what I did.

Application and formula for Lime Thief were both good.  It went on smoothly and I didn't have to fuss around with dabbing or glitter placement.

Here's Lime Thief (one coat) over Joe Fresh Lime Juice (three coats):

Kinda looks like a jelly sandwich here...yum!

Last, but certainly not least, is Hydraxia!  I actually purchased my own full sized bottle of Hydraxia ages ago but hadn't gotten around to wearing it yet.  This was a good kick in the pants to get me to wear it haha.  This polish is beautiful and right up my alley!  Hydraxia features predominately teal square and hex glitters with a few yellowy/gold hex glitters thrown in for good measure.  It also has a really lovely blue microshimmer that probably won't be apparent in my picture because I layered it over a foily/glass fleck-y polish.

Application and formula on Hydraxia were fine.  Because this polish is so packed with glitter, the glitters did tend to pile on and goop together on the brush.  A bit of patience may be required when working with this polish but it doesn't seem unmanageable to me and the end result is worth it.

Here's Hydraxia (one coat) over OPI Catch Me in Your Net (two coats):

Oh my goodness, please excuse the state of my cuticles here.  Yikes.

Femme Fatale polishes can be purchased directly through their site here.  You can also find them at the following online retailers: Harlow & Co., Color4Nails and Norway Nails.

Hope you enjoyed the spam, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Femme Fatale Vortex Remnants

Ahoy everyone, happy Hump Day!

Today I have Femme Fatale's Vortex Remnants to share with you.  This polish is yet another lovely glitter bomb from Femme Fatale.  It features star, diamond and hex glitters in a purple jelly base.  I am such a sucker for polishes with diamond glitters in them that I couldn't resist getting my mitts on this polish. 

Vortex Remnants is gorgeous!  I adore how the red diamond glitters in this polish really stand out.  I decided to layer Vortex Remnants over one of my all-time favorite cremes: Essie No More Film (an excellent one-coater).  This polish has so much depth; it's mesmerizing.  The formula was really nice and smooth for a glitter bomb.  I occasionally tipped the bottle upside down between coats so that I could fish out the red diamond glitters.  It was SO worth the effort though!  A little dabbing/placing of glitters is required with this polish as well, but I don't mind doing that.  You might not like this polish though if you're not in to putting a bit of extra effort in to application.

Sadly, I was running out of proper day light to photograph this beauty, so you'll have to make do with my "lightbox" pic.

Here's Femme Fatale's Vortex Remnants (two coats) over Essie No More Film (one coat) in artificial light, no flash:

You can pick up your very own bottle of Vortex Remnants at the following sites: Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Color4Nails, and Norway Nails.

Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Color Club Port-folio

Hey everyone!

Welcome to yet another edition of Purple Shimmer Sunday.  This week, I am featuring Color Club Port-folio.  Remember to check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to this week.

I am not sure if featuring Port-folio is technically considered "cheating" or not for Purple Shimmer Sunday since it is somewhat of a duochromatic polish.  Nevertheless, I am going to use it!

Port-folio was released as part of Color Club's fall 2012 collection.  The name of that collection escapes me, but I recall that Port-folio was a definite standout from that collection.  Port-folio is such a weird polish.  In the bottle it looks most definitely like a plummy purple, with a hint of green duochrome.  However, on the nail, this polish is more predominantly green with a hint of purple, if you ask me.

Anyhoo, no issues to report regarding Port-folio and its formula.  It went on very smoothly.  It was a bit sheer on the first coat but was nicely opaque by the third coat.  I loved the brush too, for what it's worth haha.

Here's Color Club Port-folio (three coats) in natural indirect day light, no flash:

So what do you guys make of Port-folio?  It's kind of weird, but overall I rather like it!

As always, thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Emily de Molly Monet's Garden

Hey folks!

I am super excited to share this polish with you today!  My first ever Emily de Molly: Monet's Garden.  When I saw this on EdM's shop a few months back, I knew I had to have it and I was fortunate enough to have my lovely pal, Ms. Shatter Me Claire hook me up with this beauty.

Monet's Garden is an absolutely gorgeous polish featuring lime green, magenta, teal and holographic glitter in a teal jelly base.  I like to layer my glitter polishes over more opaque cremes...so if you're hoping to see Monet's Garden without undies, I am sorry to disappoint. ;)  This polish is a glitter bomb, but the formula is fantastic.  It went on very smoothly and required no fishing for glitters.

Here's Monet's Garden (two coats) over Essie Bobbing for Baubles (two coats) in my "lightbox", no flash:

All in all, I am extremely pleased/impressed with my first Emily de Molly purchase!  I'll definitely be getting more of these beauties.

If you want to pick up Monet's Garden, you can do so on the following sites: Emily de Molly's website (shipping only within Australia), Emily de Molly's Etsy (shipping only within Australia), Llarowe, Mei Mei's Signatures, Norway Nails, and Femme Fatale Cosmetics.

Thanks for stopping by! <3

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Revlon Perplex

Hey everyone!

Today for Purple Shimmer Sunday, I'm sharing Revlon Perplex.  I know this polish is old news but I've had it sitting around for ages now so I figured I had better slap it on.  Don't forget to check out Lavish Layerings and The Polish Haven to see what Jenny and Kristy are up to today!

Revlon Perplex is a beautiful dusty purple with subtle pink/violet shimmer.  This polish was Revlon's answer to Chanel Paradoxal from a few years back when that polish was all the rage.  Anyway, Perplex is lovely.  The formula was really smooth...no fussy application here.  Coverage was good; Perplex was fully opaque in two coats.

On to the pic!

Here's Revlon Perplex (two coats) in natural sunlight, no flash:

I have to say, this polish is a very welcome addition to my stash.  I don't have any purples quite like this...love it!

Have a great evening, everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ninja Polish Divinity

Happy hump day everyone!  Hopefully your week is going well!

I'm super pumped to share this polish with you guys today.  I know it's been out for a while now and as always, I'm slow to hop on to the gravy train.  Better late than never, right?

Ninja Polish Divinity, where have you been all my life?!?!  This polish is absolutely beautiful.  It has the same stunning red to green color-shifting magic that the elusive (or maybe, formerly elusive) Clarins 230 and many other dupes of that polish, have.  The leg up Divinity has over Clarins et al is that it is very pigmented and opaque in two coats.  No layering necessary!

I have no complaints to report with this polish.  It went on smoothly and easily.  And while it definitely is opaque in two coats, I did three because I screwed up one of my nails so I decided to fix that by adding another layer haha.  I can't be the only one who does that, right?

On to the pics!  Apologies in advance for the volume...I just couldn't narrow it down past this many.  I'm sure you'll understand why when you see 'em!

Ninja Polish Divinity (three coats) in various lighting:

So what do you guys think??  I think it's pretty darned great!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Color Club Glitter Wonderland

Hey folks, it's Sunday again!  Is it just me, or is this fall flying by??  It's already less than three months until Christmas.  How the eff?!?!?! *ahem*  Anyway, be sure to check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to today!

Today's purple "shimmer" polish is Color Club Glitter Wonderland.  My memory's a bit fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure this polish was released as part of Color Club's holiday collection last winter (side note: it's a gorgeous collection, oh my goodness).  This polish is called Glitter Wonderland but the particles within it are so small and smooth that I don't really find its name terribly appropriate.  But I digress!  I'm not really sure how to classify this polish's finish to be perfectly honest.  Shimmery glass-fleck, maybe?  I'll let you guys be the judges!

Glitter Wonderland is a beautiful red-toned purple with lots of beautiful magenta and blue particles contained within it.  This polish is definitely on the thin side.  I used three coats for my picture this week and I'm pretty sure it could probably use at least one more coat.  I may have to put this over a similarly-colored creme or jelly some time to see if that helps.  No application issues to report and no qualms with the brush either...I consider this a victory!  But truly, Glitter Wonderland is very pretty and worth the effort of multiple coats!  I think it would look especially spiffy with some kind of glitter bomb over top of it.  I will be plotting future manis with Glitter Wonderland for sure.

Anyhoodle, enough of my babbling!

Here's Color Club Glitter Wonderland (three coats) in indirect day light, no flash:

*swoon* Isn't she a beaut??

Hope you all have a wonderful day! <3

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Contrary Polish Desert Fruit

Hey everyone, it's Sunday again!  Time sure does fly by these days.  Make sure you take a few minutes to check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to today.

Today I'm sharing Contrary Polish's Desert Fruit with you!  Desert Fruit was gifted to me by the lovely Jenny for my birthday last year (thanks lady! <3).  It's a shame I haven't gotten around to wearing it until now but I move through my stash very slowly haha.  Anyway, as it was sunny today, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to slap Desert Fruit on.

Desert Fruit is a beautiful red-toned purple with a bunch of red shimmer.  Its name, I believe, takes inspiration from OPI's discontinued (and much beloved by me) Peel Me a Gobi Grape.  Though these polishes share similar themes in their names, I wouldn't call them dupes.  And that's a good thing!  Just makes me feel all the more justified for having both of these lovelies in my collection.  If anything, Desert Fruit reminds me a teensy bit of Dior Shadow, which I also love.  I love ALL THE PURPLES!

Formula-wise, I have no complaints with Desert Fruit.  It was surprisingly opaque on the first coat and applied very smoothly.  I did put on a second coat just in case, however.  I have to say, the shimmer in this polish is SO beautiful!  The red shimmer really compliments this shade of purple.  As with most shimmery polishes, Desert Fruit looks best in full blown sun light.  It's fine in low lights as well, but I prefer it in the sun.

Anyway, here's the pics!

Contrary Polish Desert Fruit (two coats) in full sun light, no flash:

Lovely, isn't it??

You can pick up your very own bottle of Desert Fruit at Llarowe, Femme Fatale Cosmetics and Norway Nails.  Happy shopping!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: China Glaze Let's Groove

Hey everyone!  Happy Purple Shimmer Sunday!  Don't forget to check out what Kristy and Jenny are up to today.

Today I have China Glaze Let's Groove to show off.  Let's Groove is an older China Glaze polish from a collection whose name currently escapes me.  It is a beautiful deep purple shimmer that is absolutely stunning and glowy.

No complaints about the formula and application on Let's Groove.  It went on smoothly and was almost opaque in one coat.  The brush was skinny, the way I like 'em haha.

Let's Groove reminds me a lot of Illamasqua Baptiste though I think it might be a bit more on the red side than Baptiste.  Either way, both Baptiste and Let's Groove are amazing polishes and worthy additions to any good purple polish collection. ;)

Here's Let's Groove (two coats) in direct sun light, no flash:

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Pantone Universe Parachute Purple

Hi folks, happy Sunday!

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet today since I don't really feel like writing the usual wall-of-text that I normally do when blogging.  Don't forget to check out Lavish Layerings and The Polish Haven to see what Jenny and Kristy are up to today!

Parachute Purple was released last fall at Sephora in collaboration with Pantone Universe.  Parachute Purple is a lovely mid-tone blue-y purple with teal shimmer.  This polish is easily opaque in two coats and applied nicely.  I hated the short square brush but that's my only complaint.  All in all, a lovely polish!

On to the pic!

Here's Pantone Universe's Parachute Purple (two coats) in direct sun light, no flash:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Femme Fatale Nightsong Grotto

Happy hump day everyone!

Today I am super thrilled to share with you a stunning polish courtesy of the wonderful Femme Fatale Cosmetics.

I'm not going to lie: ever since Femme Fatale started selling polishes last fall, I have been absolutely enamoured with them.  Femme Fatale always seems to come up with new and interesting polish combinations with incredible depth.  Nightsong Grotto is no exception!

I picked up Nightsong Grotto earlier this spring through a lovely Aussie pal of mine (<3) and boy am I glad I did.  I am kicking myself that it took me this long to put it on, however, because the entire time I wore this polish, I couldn't stop staring at my nails.

Nightsong Grotto is a stunning combination of circle and hex glitters, some of which are holographic glitters, of various sizes with colors that range from teal, lime green, magenta, dark blue and purple suspended in a turquoise jelly base. 

Nightsong Grotto can be built up to opacity/worn alone, however, I prefer to layer most of my glitter polishes over other jellies or cremes to give them a little something extra.  I tested a few combinations of polishes to layering Nightsong Grotto over and decided I liked how it looked layered over OPI's Ski Teal We Drop best.

As far as application goes, Nightsong Grotto went on surprisingly smooth considering the amount of glitter packed in to it.  Also, I was very pleased to find that I had no trouble at all getting the larger circle glitters on to my nails.  Sometimes you have to fish these glitters out (which I don't mind doing), but I didn't have to this time, so it was a nice surprise.

Enough chatter, here are the pics!  You'll notice my nails in the following pics are longer and more squared than my pics from Purple Shimmer Sunday.  I actually wore this mani prior to this week's Purple Shimmer Sunday post.  Sadly, I had to trim and file my nails back after wearing Nightsong Grotto since the corners of my squared nails were breaking off. 

Here's Femme Fatale Nighstong Grotto (one coat) over OPI's Ski Teal We Drop (two coats):

The following picture was taken in indirect day light, no flash:

The following two pictures were taken in my "light box" (lol), no flash:

The next picture was taken under a desk lamp, no flash:

Finally, here's a close-up thumb shot!  Taken in indirect day light, no flash:

This was way more pictures than I usually share of one mani but it's just so pretty that I couldn't help sharing them all with you guys!

You can pick up your own bottle of Nightsong Grotto directly from Femme Fatale Cosmetics here or through Harlow & Co.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?

Ahoy hoy folks...welcome to another edition of Purple Shimmer Sunday! \o/  Before I start my usual rambling, make sure you check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to today.

Today I'm showing off OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI from the 2012 Holland collection.  DYJLO has to be about the worst polish name ever.  Get it together, Suzi!  Eesh!

DYJLO is a beautiful midtoned purple with bits of gold and copper (from what I can tell anyway) shimmer.  In most lighting, DYJLO looks like a plain 'ole purple creme.  However, get this baby in the glaring sunlight and BAM!  Shimmer in your face.

Application on DYJLO was fine; not too thin or thick.  It looked opaque to me in two coats though a third coat probably wouldn't hurt.  I was being lazy today so I stopped at two.  As usual, I am not a fan at all of OPI's pro wide brush, but everyone else seems to be, so what do I know? haha.  All in all, DYJLO is a very nice polish.  The shimmer is more hidden than I like from typical shimmer polishes, but it's still pretty.

On to the pics!

Here's two coats of DYJLO by itself.  Both pics were taken in direct sun light, no flash:

Thanks for popping by! <3 And to all my North American readers: happy labour day weekend!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Estee Lauder Dressed to Kill

Hey everyone!

I hope you're all having a fantastic hump day this week!  Today I want to show off Estee Lauder's Dressed to Kill, which I wore a few weeks ago but only got around to posting it today.  Ha!

Dressed to Kill is a beautiful shimmery blackened red (reminds me a bit of Chanel Malice).  In most light, it looks nearly black.  However, get Dressed to Kill in just the right light and it is a stunning, glowy red.  I believe this polish was part of Estee Lauder's fall collection from last year.  I picked this up at an outlet when I was in the USA earlier this past Spring.  I can't resist these kinds of reds. 

In the bottle, Dressed to Kill almost looks like it could be a duochrome: red with a hint of bronze.  Come to think of it...Spit & Polish has some fab pics of Dressed to Kill here.

Anyway, the formula on Dressed to Kill was fantastic.  It was almost opaque on the first coat...madness I tell you!  It was fully opaque on the second one.  Dressed to Kill went on so smoothly that it practically applied itself.  My only real beef with this polish, isn't even with the polish itself.  Yep, I am complaining about the brush.  The Estee Lauder brush is short and very square shaped at the end, which makes polishing close to the cuticle frustrating for me.  It was like holding an awkward mop.  This polish is so pretty though, that I am willing to overlook the brush.  I think I am just really fussy about brushes in my "old age" bahahaha. ;)

Anyhoo, here's my crappy out-of-focus pic.  Hope you like it despite the general crappiness/my lack of photography skill.

Estee Lauder Dressed to Kill (two coats) in indirect day light, no flash:

Sooo glowy...sigh! <3

You can get your very own bottle of Dressed to Kill on ebay for a reasonable price (I just checked).  So yay for that!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic evening!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Finger Paints Icy Iris

Hey everyone, happy Sunday!

I am now officially on vacation for the next week, so I am hoping to get lots of manis queued up to post here during my time off hehe.  It's a little late in the summer to have time off, so keep your fingers crossed that I still get some nice patio weather. ;)

Before I get started on today's post, make sure to head over to Lavish Layerings and The Polish Haven to see what Jenny and Kristy are up to!

Alrighty.  So today I have Finger Paints Icy Iris to share!  I believe this polish was released a few Christmases ago (I'm too lazy to look up the exact year...I'm on vacation, ha!) as part of Finger Paints' holiday collection.  I'm told that Icy Iris is supposed to be a dupe of OPI Visions of Sugarplum which was an Ulta exclusive as well a few Christmases back.  I can't share any sort of an educated opinion on the matter since I don't have VoS.

Icy Iris is a lovely sort of glass fleck-y/shimmer-y polish.  That's the best way I can describe it.  I am terrible at descriptions but I try anyway haha.  I'd call this color eggplant, I suppose.  To my eye, I see a bit of purple shimmer and almost pale gold shimmer in this.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  Icy Iris is dark, but does not appear black indoors.  I think the shimmer keeps this from being a boring polish for sure.

Icy Iris' formula was awesome and very easy to work with - it wasn't too thin or thick...it was just right.  Finger Paints has the nice long skinny brushes that I love, so that was definitely a bonus.

On to the pic!

Here's two coats of Finger Paints Icy Iris in indirect day light (no flash):

Doesn't it just look like it's begging to have some glitter slapped over it?!?  I might go do that soon haha. 

You may be able to find Icy Iris or Visions of Sugarplum still on ebay.  I haven't checked lately, but in the past, the ebay prices for these weren't too outrages.  Here's hoping they still aren't...ha!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Belated Purple Shimmer Sunday (Tuesday): Illamasqua Baptiste

Hey everyone!

I am wayyyy behind in blogging lately, and for that I apologize.  Purple Shimmer Sunday is happening today this week instead of Sunday as I attended a wedding this past Saturday and didn't get my crap together in time for Sunday lol.  Be sure to check out what Jenny and Kristy were up to this week!

Today I am showing off Illamasqua Baptiste.  Baptiste is a lovely dark purple polish with bits of violet shimmer within.  The formula on Baptiste was nice; not too thin or thick.  Baptiste was opaque for me in two coats.  I have to say, the Illamasqua brushes are fab!

In most lighting situations, Baptiste is very dark - nearly black.  But get Baptiste in the sunlight and BAM!  Shimmery goodness!  I've been reading around online that people have been saying Baptiste and Urban Decay Vice (see it here) are dupes, however I don't feel that they are exact dupes.  Yes, they are both dark shimmery purples but to my eye, Vice is a lot more red-toned whereas Baptiste looks more blue-toned.  Also, in the sunlight, Vice has a lot more apparent shimmer than Baptiste.  Don't get me wrong though - both of these polishes are lovely in their own right.  Though if I had to pick only one, it would be Vice because of the higher shimmer factor (yep, that's now officially a thing...ha).

Well, enough babbling...check out Baptiste for yourself!

Here's two coats of Baptiste in the sun (no flash):

And here it is under a desk lamp (no flash):

So shiney! ^_^

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Cult Nails Flushed

Good morning and happy Purple Shimmer Sunday everyone!

Be sure to go check out what Kristy and Jenny have going on today. :)

Today I am sharing a polish that I have been meaning to put on for quite some time now...I feel like I say that every time I blog lol.  Anyway, today's purple shimmer is Cult Nails Flushed!

Flushed is a violet purple that is absolutely packed with pink shimmer.  I believe this polish is part of Cult Nails' core line and thank goodness for that because it is a beauty.  Flushed looks great indoors and in indirect light, in addition to looking amazing in the blaring sunlight.  To me, this definitely is not a polish that requires a lot of effort to see it how lovely it is (compared to a holographic or duochrome polish, for instance...polishes that only look their best in certain lighting conditions).

The formula and application on Flushed were both fine.  Nothing terrible but nothing amazing either.  Just average, in my opinion.  Flushed went on a bit sheer on the first coat but really evened out to full opacity by the second coat.  I did three coats, however, because I am a messy polisher and needed to cover up a few mistakes I made haha.  I do need to take a minute to rant about the brush that came with my bottle of Flushed right now.  I don't know if this just happened to my bottle or if other folks have the same problem but my brush was a hot mess.  It had splayed out strands everywhere and that made putting Flushed on incredibly challenging for me.  I attempted to capture the brush in picture form to share my suffering with you guys (bahaha, first world problems huh?  THE HORROR) but my crappy camera wouldn't focus properly, so I gave up.  I will say that the brush wasn't quite as bad as the Hits Mari Moon polishes, however...so that's a huge plus.  Lordy, those Hits brushes were the worst I've ever seen.


Anyway, enough of my prattling on about minor crap.  All in all, Flushed is a pretty polish with a lot of beautiful shimmer action going on.  It is definitely worth checking out if you are a purple lover!

On to the pics!

Here's Cult Nails Flushed (three coats) in direct sunlight, no flash:

Here's Flushed in indirect day light, no flash:

And here it is in my "light box" *snort*, no flash:

And, finally, here it is under my desk lamp, no flash:

See what I mean?  Stunning in all lighting situations!

You can pick up your very own bottle of Cult Nails Flushed directly from Cult Nails' website here.  You can also purchase Flushed from Harlow & Co. here.  Happy shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Ninja Polish Shillelagh

Hey everyone!  I hope you're having a fine Wednesday evening.

Today I am showing off Ninja Polish Shillelagh from Ninja Polish's Enigma collection, which was released earlier this year.  This is my very first Ninja Polish purchase (along with Divinity and Mystic Glacier, also from the Enigma collection), so I am quite excited!  I had heard lovely things about the Enigma polishes prior to purchasing and I have to say, Shillelagh really lives up to the hype.

Shillelagh is a stunning medium green color shifting shimmer polish.  This polish is so pretty but so difficult to photograph lol.  I did my best but, as usual, I don't think my pics do this polish enough of the justice it deserves.  It must be seen in person to be believed!  I had read that the Enigma polishes were incredibly pigmented and require no "underwear". I only used two coats of Shillelagh for this mani, so that claim definitely holds true.  Shillelagh's formula was nice and smooth; I have no complaints.  It does dry on the matte side, so I slapped some quick dry top coat over it for maximum shine.

Shillelagh shifts from a beautiful army green and gold to a lovely deep, almost blue-y green with intense glowing shimmer.  Ah heck, I am crap at describing it but you will see what I mean in the pics.

And speaking of pics...on to them!  I took over 80 pictures of Shillelagh trying to capture her beauty, however, I managed to pare that down to 7 for this blog post.  BE THANKFUL! :p

Here's Ninja Polish Shillelagh (two coats by itself):

This pic was taken outdoors in natural day light (no sun and no flash).  It is a bit out of focus but I wanted to show how it looked in this light.

The next two pictures were taken in my light box (aka the refrigerator lol), no flash.  Check out that gold shimmer:

The picture below was taken in my "office" with a desk lamp, no flash.  You can really see the army green + gold thing Shillelagh has going on here:

The next pics were also taken in the same room as the desk lamp, no flash.  You can kind of see that blue-y green I was mentioning earlier in these pics.

And here's one last picture for good measure...also taken in the office:

If you're a green lover, it is safe to say you need this polish!

You can pick up your very own bottle of Ninja Polish Shillelagh on Ninja Polish's site here

And since I am on the subject of Ninja Polish, I should mention that they were excellent!  They processed my order the same evening I had placed it and shipped it out the very next day.  Color me impressed!  My Ninja Polish package also arrived in the mail to me in record time.  I had to rave because this is such rare and excellent customer service from an online polish retailer.  Very pleasant experience!

As always thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening! <3

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Urban Decay Vice

Hey everyone!  It's Purple Shimmer Sunday again!

Be sure you take a minute to check out what Jenny and Kristy have going on today. ;)

This week, I am so excited to share with you Urban Decay's Vice nail polish.  Vice has been released alongside Urban Decay Addiction nail polish (which I did not pick up).  Vice is limited edition for some reason, which is a huge shame since it is stunning but I am definitely going to be picking up a backup.  Addiction is permanent.

Vice is a deep, rich purple with tiny bits of red and blue-y/violet shimmer within.  This polish is such a beauty.  If you are any kind of a purple polish fiend, you will need this polish.  The shimmer in Vice gives it a beautiful glow-y quality that you only ever find in the best purple polishes, in my opinion.  In the glaring midday sun, this polish is breathtaking and the shimmer bits really come out to play.  As much as I am singing this polish's praises right now, believe me when I say it is one of those polishes that you have to see in person to really understand how lovely it is.  My pictures only do this polish maybe a fraction of the justice it deserves.

Vice's formula was amazing.  I am not embellishing one bit when I say that.  This polish practically applied itself!  It was incredibly smooth.  I am a messy/careless polisher, so I used two coats of Vice today, but Vice is so rich and pigmented that it looked pretty opaque on the first coat to me.

Without further ado, here is Urban Decay Vice nail polish (two coats).  Please excuse my recently nubbed nails...I am not a fan of nubs or this shape on me *sigh* and the huge gap lol, I should have been more careful during application.  All of the following pics were taken in direct sunlight, no flash:

I think that the next three pictures really speak to the glowiness (that is so not a word haha >.>) of Vice:

I adore this polish!  I have a sneaking suspicion it would made amazing undies for a color-shifting top coat like Clarins 230/Max Factor Fantasy Fire/any indie dupe for either of those two hehe.  I might even try that out for myself some time!

If you are lusting after Vice, you can pick it up in store at Sephora.  Unfortunately, I don't see it anywhere on Sephora's website right now.  Vice can also be purchased online directly from Urban Decay here.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Pretty Serious The Pink One

Ahoy hoy everyone, happy hump day!

Today I am beyond thrilled to share this polish with you: Pretty Serious The Pink One.  Oh my goodness...I got my greedy little polish-loving mitts on this polish months ago but I've only just gotten around to putting it on tonight (it's really tough when your stash is made of awesome to pick which polish to put on, amirite?).  Anyway, I am absolutely kicking myself for not wearing it sooner.  This polish is made of win and awesome!

The Pink One is a hot pink (do we classify it as neon? *shrugs*) polish with little bits of gorgeous blue and violet shimmer hidden within.  I'm not normally big on pinks but this one has me completely smitten, I must say.  Kaz is some kind of mad genius! <3

The Pink One was surprisingly pigmented.  I don't know why, but I expected this polish to be quite sheer on the first coat...but boy was I wrong.  It is very pigmented and very awesome...on the first coat!!!  The formula was fantastic; it went on like butter.  The Pink One only needed two coats for full opacity.  As a side note, I also have zero complaints with the Pretty Serious brushes: they are right up my alley (long and skinny).

Enough swooning, it's picture time!!

Here's Pretty Serious The Pink One (two coats).  All of the following pics are taken in the day light, no flash.

This is the best pic I have where the blue/violet shimmer is sort of apparent lol, please forgive my crap photography skills.

So how do you guys feel about pinks?  Or neons?  I'd love to hear!

Pretty Serious The Pink one can be purchased directly from the Pretty Serious store here.  Pretty Serious recently secured a North American distributor, so shipping within North America is pretty danged fast now - I love it!  The Pink One is currently sold out on their site but you can follow Pretty Serious' Facebook page here to get the latest info on restocks.

Pretty Serious is also available through Llarowe and Harlow & Co., though The Pink One is sold out on both of those sites currently as well.  Be sure to follow Llarowe and Harlow & Co. on their Facebook pages as well to keep up-to-date with the latest restocks.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening!