Monday, September 15, 2014

OPI Jinx

My laptop mouse died for good last weekend and using nothing but the scroll pad has made it difficult to do much of anything, especially post. Thankfully I bought a new one so I am back. I have quite a few posts that have been sitting in my drafts for a while and today I am finally publishing one of them. Here is OPI Jinx which I believe I wore back in August.

Jinx is a coral/red/orange with a golden shimmer running throughout. It's absolutely gorgeous and bold. It truly was a perfect color for summer. I honestly had a hard time not staring at my nails while wearing it. I really should have thought to put on top coat to see that shimmer come to life.

Jinx applied effortlessly on the nail without a single problem. I just needed two coats. I had almost no clean up either which I loved.

If you love textured polishes, Jinx is a must have! It's now a favorite of mine along with Zoya Carter.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Candy Lacquer Birthday Girl

It's my 24th birthday today! These days it's more of a number than anything else but no matter how much older I get, I still feel like a kid at heart. Plus who doesn't love presents and cake? Today I am wearing my most recent Candy Lacquer, which I purposely bought so I could wear it on my birthday. Here is Birthday Girl!

Birthday Girl is the cutest mix of glitters. There's predominantly pink glitters but there's also a mix of red, blue, green, yellow, and purple glitters, all in various shapes and sizes. Some of the fun shapes include butterflies, stars, circles, and hexes. I layered two coats of Birthday Girl over two coats of Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing. At first I thought about layering it over either a pink or a purple, but I fell in love with over teal after swatching it on my nail wheel. I really like that I didn't go with a matchy matchy base. At first I wasn't crazy about how it looked after I applied a second coat of Birthday Girl. I felt like maybe there was too much glitter, but now I love it!

Formula wise, Birthday Girl was fairly easy to apply. I let my bottle sit upside down for a bit to help make application easier. Honestly though, Candy Lacquer polishes have great application regardless. I love that their base is thick enough that it keeps the glitter suspended and you don't have to dig to get a decent amount of glitter. The only thing that annoyed me is that some of the larger glitters stuck to each other. I've never really used the dabbing method before but on certain nails I had to. My nails are also shorter than they were a few days again due to peeling which caused a nail to break, so painting was a little harder this time. Dry time took a little longer than I would have liked but it was all good once I applied my Rica Glossy Glam top coat.

So there you have it, my birthday nails! I love them! I'm not sure what my plans are for today but I'm hoping it'll be a good day.

Friday, September 5, 2014

GlitterDaze Birthday Bow-nanza

So yesterday was my mom's birthday and the 7th (Sunday) is my birthday! My nephew is due in two weeks, so he too will also be a September baby. Anyone else have a birthday in September? Since it's almost my birthday I've had the urge to wear some of the birthday themed polishes that I own. Today I have one that I wore a few days ago. It's GlitterDaze Birthday Bow-nanza, a limited edition glitter that was sold, along with a pink creme, in celebration of the 2nd anniversary of GlitterDaze.

Birthday Bow-nanza is such a stunning glitter! Everything about it is totally adorable. It's a mixture of pink, white, and holographic gold glitters. There's bar glitter, circles, diamonds, hearts, stars, and bows, all of which is in a clear base. I've never had a polish with bows but they're very cute. Unfortunately I only got one on my thumb. I forgot to turn my bottle upside down, like I usually do with most of my glitters before application, but next time I'll see if that helps.

For my base I used two coats of Sinful Colors Starfish, which I absolutely love. It's a super pale bubblegum pink that I think is very wearable, especially for those of you that might not be too fond of pinks. Application of Birthday Bow-nanza was pretty easy. For being so glitter dense, the base wasn't as thick as I thought it would be. Unfortunately it did take a while to dry but I'm pretty sure that was because I didn't let my first coat fully dry before applying the second. I only had to use one coat of Rica Glossy Glam to get a smooth finish.

I'm so in love with Birthday Bow-nanza! I especially love how it looked over Starfish but now I'm eager to try it over a brighter bubblegum pink. The next post you'll see from me will be on my birthday. I have the most perfect glitter for the occasion and the combo I came up with is a little unexpected but I just love it and can't wait to share with you all. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Candy Lacquer Frozen Treats

Unfortunately I'm sick again this week. I've been hit with a nasty cold. I feel miserable but I'm hoping it goes away soon. In the meantime, today I'm going to re-watch season 3 of Once Upon A Time on Netflix. Maybe that will make this cold a little more bearable.

Today I have another polish from my favorite indie brand, Candy Lacquer. It's called Frozen Treats. I believe it was one of the first polishes I ever bought from the brand but I can't recall for sure. I just remember how badly I had wanted it and I finally wore it for the first time a few weeks ago.

Frozen Treats is a fun mix of rainbow and white glitter mix in a clear base. It contains hexes, squares, and shreds in various sizes. I have always had great experiences with the Candy Lacquer polishes that I have worn in the past and Frozen Treats was no exception! I wore one coat of Frozen Treats over two, maybe three coats of Sinful Colors Pink Forever, which is a great pink creme if you're need of one. I got mine at my local Target. I topped it off with two coats of Rica Glossy Glam.

I'm slightly annoyed about the chip on my index finger but I'm pretty sure Pink Forever had already chipped somewhat before I added Frozen Treats on top. I wish I had applied it sooner. Either way, I just loved this combo so much and did not want to take it off. Frozen Treats is a cute summer polish that I'm so happy to own.

Since I didn't see Frozen Treats up in the shop, I messaged Sandra, the creator of Candy Lacquer, and found out that she was planning to discontinue it. Because I showed interest in it, she went ahead and listed it back in the shop. I don't know for sure if this means it's staying around for good but the last time I checked there were only a few bottles listed. As of right now the store is on hiatus since Sandra is getting ready to release Halloween polishes. The shop should be opened sometime this week.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hit Polish Verdantly Divine

I'm having such a great week so far! I just got my brand new iPod Touch 5 yesterday, a few days earlier than expected. It was time for an upgrade, seeing as I've owned my iPod Classic for about 7 years and it's dead. I bought the touch with money from tax returns and so far I am loving it! I bought the cutest London telephone booth case for it from Etsy and I love it. I also got some pretty amazing nail mail yesterday. I can't wait to wear the polishes and post about them on here. Getting packages in the mail always puts a smile on my face!

Anyway, onto the polish!

One of my favorite brands, Hit Polish closed for several months earlier in the year but ended up coming back into business. I have so many polishes from this brand, so I couldn't have been more happy when I heard the news. One of the new polishes they created when they came back was Verdantly Divine, which I am posting about today. I actually wore it several weeks ago over Hit Polish Peas In A Pod.

Verdantly Divine is a colorful glitter topper consisting of hexes, dots, and flakies in various shades of green. There's even pink and iridescent glitters and the base is slightly tinted green. I fell in love with this polish just based on the picture I saw of it in the listing. It's incredibly gorgeous! It's so shimmery and sparkly. It was hard not to stare at all of the beautiful glitter in the bottle. Application was a breeze. I only needed one coat to get amazing coverage. I finished by adding my Rica Glossy Glam top coat.

I'm happy to say that Verdantly Divine is still available in the shop. I'm hoping it sticks around for a while because it truly is a special polish. It's not only gorgeous but I can't recall anything that looks quite like it. It was made for spring but I also think it could pass off as a holiday polish. I totally see a decorated Christmas tree when I look at it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hit Polish Peas In A Pod

Hi! I am back today with a beautiful polish that I wore several weeks ago. It's Hit Polish Peas In A Pod. It's sadly no longer available from the brand but I was lucky enough to find a bottle in a blog sale. Don't you just love when that happens?

Peas In A Pod is a pea green with a gorgeous holographic effect, which is on the medium side. It's not weak but it's not crazy strong either. I actually like it. The formula couldn't have been any better. It was creamy and applied like butter. I don't exactly remember how many coats I wore but I'm guessing two.

I took a ton of photos and while a lot of them turned out nice, I just wasn't satisfied with how the holo looked in them. They weren't coming out right. I edit my pictures on Picmonkey and usually I just crop them and I'm done. This time I used the "auto adjust" option to bring out the holo in my photos, which ended up working. I just might have to try that more often in the future.

Peas In A Pod is a lovely holographic polish that I'm happy I was able to get my hands on. It's just another reason why I'm in love with blog sales. It's a shame that it's no longer available. Fortunately Hit Polish has several other gorgeous polishes worth checking out. Their 30% off sale ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Polish Destash!

Hi! Today I finally opened my first polish destash on Storenvy. I figured it was time to do one especially with the amount of polishes that I have. Some of the brands include China Glaze, OPI, Orly, and there's even a handful of indies as well. There's 69 polishes listed, so there's a lot to choose from.

If you're interested here's the link!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hit Polish Nail Lacquer Celebrate

Today I have a 4th of July mani that I had every intention of posting last month but as you can see I am very late. I don't recall painting my nails last year for the occasion so I was super excited to play with some patriotic polishes this time around. It was also the first time I had painted my nails in several weeks after they had suffered a bad break. The polish I used is a fairly new glitter from one of my favorite brands, Hit Polish. It's called Celebrate. Here it is!

Celebrate is a stunning mix of gold, red, silver, and blue glitters in hexagons, circles, squares, moons, shreds, and stars. On top of that there's the prettiest holographic shimmer. I love it so much! I just had to have it the minute I saw it listed in the shop. It's really stunning.

I layered one coat of Celebrate over Sinful Colors Endless Blue which is seriously awesome. It might just be my most favorite blue creme. It was opaque in just one coat! It can't get any better than that. I totally forgot to take a picture of it but I will definitely be pulling it out to wear it again. Celebrate was amazing to work with. Each dip of the brush provided a lot of glitter and the coverage was great. I used just one coat of it. I topped it off with a coat of Rica Glossy Glam for a completely smooth finish.

I'm really bummed that I wasn't able to take better pictures of this mani. They don't do the polish any justice. I wish you could see how beautiful this combo was in person. I just had the hardest time capturing it. I provided a bottle shot so you can see all of the amazing glitter up close. I will definitely be wearing it again so I'm hoping next time to get better pictures of it.

Celebrate is still available in the shop but there's only 7 bottles left and I'm not sure if it's being restocked. Hit Polish as of right now is having a 30% off sale, no code needed.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is a good one!