Friday, April 29, 2016

Different Dimension Mic Drop

I've never bought a group custom until now. I'm terrible about following indie FB groups. I'm in a handful including Portal to a Different Dimension, but I hardly ever remember to check it along with the other 20+ groups I'm in. I am horrific multi-tasker. I don't know how people follow and keep up to date with so many groups. It hurts my brain to think about it. I don't know what kind of luck I had to come across this polish in my feed, but I did. I've heard about other groups doing customs before, but never was able to catch them (the bad multi-tasking thing). I was able to spot this one though and I needed this polish!

Mic Drop
Mic Drop is a hot pink creme base with golden holographic glitter.

Collection: Different Dimension March 2015 Group Custom

Color: You know how I feel about golden holographic glitter? If a polish has golden holographic glitter I must have it. Mic Drop is insanely awesome. I love this hot hot pink with that gold glitter. It's bright, summery, and and definitely my type of color.

Formula: Excellent formula. I used 2 coats above. This applied smoothly and easily.

Price: Sadly, this is no longer available as it was a group custom that had a 72 hour purchase window. That being said, I do believe group customs will be continually for Different Dimension so be sure to join Portal to a Different Dimension so you can get in on the action..

Overall: I adore Mic Drop. This is vibrant and peppy shade that I adore. You know I love that golden holographic glitter, and that's what makes this polish for me. This polish is a stunner!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

China Glaze Violet Vibes

I thought we were past the stage of tricky purples in nail polish, but I guess not. Those of you who have been on the nail polish scene for awhile will remember how when brands attempted to neon purples some of them would look purple in the bottle, but more pink on the nail. Plus, they'd photograph funky and have weird formulas. Well, China Glaze last summer gave us a tricky purple.

Violet Vibes
Violet Vibes is a medium bright grape purple creme/jelly(?).

Collection: China Glaze Electric Nights Summer 2015

Color: This is one of those purples that looks more purple on the bottle, but looks more pink on the nail. It also photographs more pink than it is, but it's still really more pink than purple? That makes no sense, but this is just one of those weird purple polishes that is just weird. I know that's such helpful commentary.

Formula: Ugh. What is this? This has this weird thin, jelly like formula that dries all uneven and matte. I used 3 coats above. It's not a pleasant formula to work with. I rarely comment on wear time, but I will on this one. I have this on my toes. I usually can wear a pedicure color 3-4 weeks with out any wear or chips before I have to change it. This chipped on my toes in less than a week. Not just one chip or a tiny chip. This chipped off in chunks on multiple nails.

Price: You can find this on e-tailers in the $3.50-$7.00 range.

Overall: Nope. The color isn't bad. It's pretty despite it not really being the color I expected. The formula is what really kills this polish. It's exactly the same type of terrible formula "neon" purples like this have had in the past. Sinful Colors Dream On would be a prime comparison and example as far as what type of polish this is like. I'm not impressed.

My Rating: 1 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Darling Diva Beau Job

Ahem. What a name for a polish!

One of the things I like about some indie brands is that they offer grab bags. They're mystery grab bags that usually range from $20-$25 for around 5 polishes. This is a great steal because these days you can easily spend $30 on just 3 indie polishes.

The indie world is still a bit overwhelming for me. If I like a brand, but I can't decide what I really want to get, a grab bag is the perfect way to go for me. The cool thing about grab bags is they often include prototypes or limited edition polishes you can no longer purchase in the regular rotation. When I do group gift exchanges I often put indie grab bags on my wishlist. That's how I ended up with this polish from Darling Diva! I've always liked this brand, but when it comes down to deciding what I want I can't make up a mind, so a grab bag does that for me!

Beau Job over a purple creme
Beau Job is a color shifting shimmer pigment (green-blue-purple shift) with multichrome flakies in a clear base.

Collection: Last Night in Vegas LE Duo 2015

Color: This is one of the coolest nail polishes I've ever seen. It's like all the magical unicorn power in one polish. The color shifting shimmer is strong and vibrant on the nails and the multichrome flakies really add beautiful dimension. This polish is liquid magic.

Formula: Excellent formula. I used one coat. It applied easily and smoothly.

Price: This one is no longer available for purchase, but I got it in a grab bag, so you may score one too the same way. Darling Diva grab bags are $20 and can be found on her site.

Overall: I don't have another polish even remotely like this one. This is gorgeous and so unique and complex. What's interesting is the duo it was released with, it was paired with a lighter purple. I personally think you really get the best effect with this polish layered over a dark color. That color shift really pops against dark colors. This is a great topper and I'm very impressed.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 4/17/16-4/24/16

This was really good wax week. It wasn't a perfect week, but I tried a lot of new wax I liked. I'm also happy because I got a lot of new wax this week, so I have a lot of new stuff to try!

Colonial Candle Topaz Waters
Scent Description: Sail away in the crystal clear water of St. Barts with sparkling bergamot, blue freesia, and driftwood.Top: Fresh Bergamot, Blue Mandarin, Black Anise - Middle: Blue Freesia, Geranium, Mediterranean Lavender - Bottom: Tonka Bean, Driftwood, Turquoise Musk
My Thoughts: This is a very unique water scent. It's unlike anything I own in the water category. It has a masculinity to it, but it's mellowed by floral and citrus. It's so hard to describe because it's so unique. This scent is excellent though. It's very fresh, crisp, and sophisticted.
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Colonial Candle 

Colonial Candle Simple Breeze
Scent Description: Take in the fresh outdoor feeling of dewy greens and a hint of lavender and geranium. Top: Dewy Greens, Ozone, Citrus - Middle: Lavender, Geranium - Bottom: Sandalwood
My Thoughts: This smells like a fresh laundry scent. I usually do not laundry scents because I can find them so strong and very harsh. This was PERFECT. There were no harsh or chemically notes whatsoever. This had a very soft scent of fresh air, lavender, and other florals. This had a very solid throw, but was not overpowering in anyway. I had just finished cleaning the house when I put this in the warmer and this was the perfect scent.
Scent Throw: 4/5
Where To Buy: Colonial Candle

Candles by Victoria Whispering Winds
Scent Description: An extremely unique blend this cucumber mint fragrance begins with top notes of garden-fresh cucumber, ripe banana, and juicy clementine; followed by middle notes of cyclamen blossoms, African violets, and Madonna lily; sitting on base notes of palm fronds, spearmint leaves, and cool peppermint.
My Thoughts: When I smelled this on cold it smelled like straight up Altoids. It has a very heavy peppermint smell. When melted, you get a strong background note of peppermint, but you also get some green and floral notes too. I felt while the peppermint note is the main note it was well balanced with other notes too. It didn't come off as a straight peppermint scent or anything Christmas-like. It's a very crisp clean air scent with greenery. I quite liked this scent. 
Scent Throw: 4.5/5
Where To Buy: Candles by Victoria

Colonial Candle Fresh Aloe
Scent Description: A fresh fusion of Polynesian palm leaves, rainforest bamboo, and sparkling citrus. Top: Soft Bergamot, Lemon Slice - Middle: Neroli Blossom, Water Lily, Marine Accord - Bottom: Fijian Palm Leaf, Polynesian Hibiscus, Sea Grass
My Thoughts: This is a very fresh and green scent. I definitely get those green notes form it right away. I do detect some slight water and citrus notes in there too, but it's mainly a green scent. I really like this scent, it just did not have a strong enough throw for me to really notice it. 
Scent Throw: 2/5
Where To Buy: Colonial Candle

Ten Digit Creations Lavender Patchouli 
Scent Description: earthy patchouli, herbaceous lavender, and sheer musk
My Thoughts: Patchouli is typically one of those scents people either love or hate. I sometimes love it and sometimes I don't. I really like it in this lavender blend. This is really nice blend of earthy, soothing, and perfumey. This scent reminds me of how my grandparents house smelled. They had some potpourri that smelled just like this. Yes, this does have kind of an antique and vintage quality to it, but it's nostalgic so I like it! This one had a strong throw.
Scent Throw: 5/5
Where To Buy: Ten Digit Creations 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Throwbacks Week: Maybelline Street Art Blue Beats

Remember when black and white glitters were all the rage? I remember when you could only find these types of glitters from indies. In early 2014, Maybelline decided to do their take on the black and white glitter, but adding colored matte glitter with black instead. This was one of my favorites from that collection and I loved seeing a drugstore brand take on the trend.

Blue Beats over Sinful Colors Endless Blue
Blue Beats is a mix of varying types of a black and light blue glitter in a clear base.

Collection: Maybelline Street Art Collection January 2014

Color: I love the use of the blue matte glitter paired with the black. I love this color combination and how it does offer something unique rather than just black and white glitter. I like how these colors really stand out against my base color.

Formula: Excellent and very easy to use glitter formula. There was no fishing or dabbing glitters here. I used 2 coats over a base.

Price: This was a limited edition collection, but you can still find it online if you search in the $3-$5 range.

Overall: I love this fun glitter and it reminds me I need to use glitter toppers more. I usually at bar glitter, but it works in this polish because it is mixed with other glitter shapes. It looks like confetti. I love the color and how it makes a statement on my nails.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
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