Saturday, December 20, 2014

HPB Presents: Winter Mani

It's time for another Hobby Polish Bloggers link-up! Hobby Polish Bloggers is a group I founded on Facebook  for prospective, new, and long-time nail polish bloggers who blog mainly for fun or solely as a hobby. Hobby Polish Bloggers offers members a welcoming, friendly, and supporting environment for any type of blogger.

This month's link-up theme is a holiday or winter themed mani. I had a lot of fun doing this mani. I went the route of winter, and loved this mani so much I wore it for an entire week! I didn't want to take it off.

Polishes Used: KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold and Sonnetarium Snowfall

Manicure Description: I painted my base using KBShimmer Too Cold To Hold, and created some snowy glitter gradient tips using Sonnetarium Snowfall.

Check out my HPB friend's link-up posts below!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Orly Bling

I'm running out of time for holiday polish! When did Christmas sneak up so quickly? I have another Orly Sparkle polish to share with you today. 

Bling over Cult Nails Sublime
Bling is a gold holographic microglitter in a clear base.

Color: What I like about this is the intensity of this glitter. There is a lot of it, and it really makes a statement on your nails. Also, gold holographic glitter toppers are hard to come by. I prefer gold ones over silver, and I rarely seem them.

Formula: The formula was a bit thick, that could be due to the fact I have a mini bottle. This is does build up, but not to complete opacity. I think this packs more of punch layered. 

Price: This can be purchased in the $7 range at Sally's, Ulta, and many e-tailers. 

Overall: I really like this glitter topper. It's perfect for the holidays, but it also fills a bit of a void when ti comes to holo toppers. The formula wa a bit on the thick side to my personal liking. 

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Friday! 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ILNP Champagne Blush

How about we continue the holo trend for another day? I have a ILNP holo to share with you. This one is from the recent fall collection.

Champagne Blush
Champagne Blush is a dusty rose linear holo.

Collection: ILNP Fall 2014

Color: I feel like pinks are disappearing from the nail polish scene. I rarely see them in even mainstream collections anymore. It's hard to make a pink special or different, but a holo pink does the trick. I love how this traditional color was taken up a notch with the holo. It's still feminine and sophisticated, but with a twist.

Formula: This was an easy to use formula. I used 3 coats above.

Price: This is $10 on the ILNP website.

Overall: There are many times I crave understated colors as manis, but I still want a little sparkle. Champagne Blush is perfect for that. It's one of those colors that makes you feel "put together", but not stuffy!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Orly Mirrorball

I have a very popular polish to share with you today from the Orly Sparkle collection--Mirrorball. This is one of those rare finds when it comes to mainstream retail nail polish that's for sure. It's easy to see why Mirrorball got a lot of buzz!

Mirrorball is a silver linear holo with sparse holograhpic glitter.

Collection: Orly Sparkle Holiday 2014

Color: You rarely find holos of this quality in mainstream brands anymore. This is a bright and beautiful silver holo. The picture speaks for itself here.

Formula: The formula was easy to work, but was a tad bit sheer. I used 3 coats here.

Price: This can purchased in the $7-$8 range at Sally's, Ulta, and online retailers. You rarely find holos priced like this!

Overall: Excellent all around polish. This is such a nice surprise in the mainstream market, and I hope more brands follow suit. The price is great, and this is a definite must have for polish addicts.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

I have one of my first polishes I ever owned as a nail polish addict to share with you today. I got into nail polish back in December 2008, 6 years ago. Wow, that seems like so long ago, in nail polish years, considering all the collections and trends I've seen come and go.

When I first got into nail polish I was only familiar with drugstore brands and OPI. I didn't know China Glaze existed. I started visiting the nail board on Makeup Alley (haven't been there in years) back then, and heard that a must have polish was Emerald Sparkle by China Glaze. Emerald Sparkle became one of my first China Glaze polishes, and definitely igniting my already growing love for nail polish.

Emerald Sparkle
 Emerald Sparkle is a deep green jelly base filled with green micro-glitter.

Collection: Sleigh Ride Holiday 2008

Color: This is a beautiful squishy green glitter. This is so richly pigmented and sparkles beautifully. I haven't come across a green in recent years that can compares to the awesomeness of Emerald Sparkle.

Formula: This a nice and smooth formula. I do find this requires 3 coats for full coverage.

Price: Unfortunately, this has become a little harder to find, but not impossible fi you're will to splurge. If you search it on eBay you can find some listings in the $14-$15 range.

Overall: This is classic favorite for me, and it definitely has some sentimental value. That being said, it is a beautiful polish, and one I haven't seen replicated or beat in 6 years!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Thursday!

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