Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Way-Cool Mani Wednesday: Bold & Bright

I've been all over the place with nail polish lately. I tend to gravitate toward seasonal colors, but this past month I've gone from neons, vamps, shimmers, to brights. I've dabbled in the entire color spectrum of nail polish. 

Here is a fun mani bold and bright mani I did recently. 

Polishes Used: KBShimmer Low and Be Bold and Maybelline Wild at Heart

I think I need to do more red and blue manis. I really love the color combination!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thank You For Being A Friend Giveaway!

*All giveaway items were purchased by me

I posted some Golden Girls decals I purchased from Emerging Thoughts on Instagram last night, and it got a massive response! What you didn't know is that was one of three decal packs I had purchased. You know what that means? I have an extra one for one of you!

I put together this little mini Thank You For Being A Friend giveaway for you all today!

Golden Girls nail decals (water decals), 3 Maybelline Color Show nail polishes (Hibiscus Haven, Green With Envy, and Lust for Lilac), and EOS hand lotion in Berry Blossom

1. There will be only 1 winner.
2. You must be an USA resident to enter this giveaway or be able to provide an USA shipping address. 
3. You must be 18 or older to enter.
4. Giveaway is open until Saturday 1/31 @11:59PM EST.
5. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize by replying to my email or another winner will be chosen.
6. Enter giveaway by using Rafflecopter widget below.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

China Glaze Pack Lightly

Once Christmas and New Years have come and gone, winter doesn't even exist for me nail polish wise. I'm done with winter polish, and I crave spring colors badly. I was excited after New Years when I went to Ulta they had the spring China Glaze collection already out. I have one of those polishes to share with you today.

Pack Lightly
Pack Lightly is a pastel peachy-pink with a subtle golden-pink shimmer.

Collection: China Glaze Road Trip Spring 2015

Color: I really like this peachy pink color. I think the appearance of pink polish especially interesting and unique pink polish has diminished in nail polish collections lately. I miss them, This is a really beautiful shade, and I love the shimmer. My issue is I wish the shimmer showed up more on the nail. That would make it amazing!

Formula: Meh. This formula was tricky. It was patchy and did not smooth or level evenly, as I'm sure you can tell. I used 3 coats. Not my favorite. Not the worst, but problematic, and disappointing considering I know how nice pastel formulas can be these days.

Price: I purchased this in the $7-$8 range at Ulta.

Overall: I do really like the color of Pack Lightly, but it's issues really take it down a notch. The shimmer is barely visible and the formula is not up to par. I really love this on appearance alone, but everything else just doesn't cut it.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: China Glaze Atlantis

I have China Glaze 2009 throwback for you today. I must admit this polish had not seen the light of day for awhile, and I can see why. This one was a "it" polish when it came out. Everyone wanted it, it was a favorite from the collection it was part of.

Atlantis is a teal jelly base packed with silver holographic glitters.

Collection: Specialty Glitters Fall 2009

Color: This deep teal base that leans more toward the green side. I don't know if was always like this or if maybe the polish has aged a bit, but I really could use more punch of the base color. It doesn't pop as much as I'd like. 

Formula: This formula is on the sheer side and still after 3 coats you can see my nail a bit underneath. The formula was easy to use though.

Price: This is easy to find on many e-tailers in the $5-$8 range.

Overall: This really doesn't do anything for me anymore. I have a feeling this polish may have aged too. I really think the based has yellowed a bit, and I remember the glitter really sparkled. This just kind of looks dull to me? I'm not sure this really holds a candle to what is out there now especially with indies. Jelly glitters and glitter polishes have advanced so much that Atlantis just doesn't measure up in my opinion. I don't hate it and it's not terrible, but it's not something I see myself revisiting again.

I feel bad because maybe age did a number on this formula? Scrangie's swatch from 2009 is how I remember this one. It looks really nice there, but mine doesn't look like that anymore.  If you have this color let me know in the comments if you've noticed yours looking a little sad? 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

a-england Virgin Queen

I have a fairly new a-england polish to share with you today. I'm always late to the game in purchasing a-england polishes, and I regret it every time. They are some of the highest quality and nicest polishes in my collection. This one comes from the recent Elizabeth & Mary collection.

Virgin Queen
Virgin Queen is a pewter shade with pink and copper undertones and a scattered holographic shimmer.

Collection: Elizabeth & Mary 2014

Color: This is a beautiful and complex color. This has a silvery/pewter base that has these beautiful golden/coppery glimpses and undertones to it. It's really a very unique and striking color that is unlike anything I've seen before. The holo is a beautiful touch too.

Formula: Excellent easy to use 2 coat formula. This does have an intense metallic shimmer, so some brush-strokes can be visible, but I don't find this detracts from the overall look of the polish.

Price: I purchased this on Color 4 Nails for $10.00.

Overall: This is a standout high quality color and nail polish. The color is unique, it's thoughtfully and well made. The formula is great. It's a-england! That's exactly what I'd expect. Excellent polish!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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