Monday, September 30, 2013

Hit Polish Represent

If you're all about indies but you've never heard about Hit Polish, previously known as D&R Apothecary, you should do yourself the favor and check them out! They have so many colors to choose from, everything from jellies to shimmers, and glitter galore. You can even create your own custom polish. Rachel, the owner, recently had a sale to celebrate her 35th birthday. Everything was 35% off! I made a small purchase a few weeks before this, so I couldn't resist coming back and taking part in it. I made two orders during the sale and even though my wallet may be sad, I couldn't be happier. Today I have one of them to show you! It happens to be one of my favorites. Here is Represent!

As you can see, Represent is a glitter bomb! As described on their Etsy shop, Represent has "large; silver, gray, black, orange, pink, blue; holographic, matte and metallic finish in hex, square and star shapes." It was inspired by Rachel's family. How cute is that? I LOVE Represent. It is not only stunning in the bottle but on the nails as well. The glitter mix is gorgeous and the holographic sparkle is so beautiful. It takes it to the next level. I didn't get any black stars, but I actually like the way it looks without them. I was going to layer it over a white creme, but I went with China Glaze Grape Pop instead. I love the way it turned out. I will be trying it over white next time. Formula wise, it is perfect. What you see is just one coat over two coats of Grape Pop. No fishing, no dabbing. I'm impressed! For a glitter, it dried incredibly smooth, so I just needed one coat of top coat.

P.S. The small chip on my index finger is my fault, not the polishes I used. I shouldn't have waited so long before putting on top coat. Imagine how annoyed I was when I saw it.

I almost didn't get Represent, but I'm so so glad I did! It is crazy beautiful. Because of the sale, I have so many polishes of theirs that I can't wait to wear. It's safe to say that Hit Polish has now become one of my favorite indie brands. Now you should go take a look for yourself and find some pretties to get for yourself! There are always awesome sales going on.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Morgan Taylor All The Right Moves

My Orly Fowl Play mani had barely any chips, so I didn't want to take it off, but I was getting bored and wanted a new look. So, I grabbed my bottle of Morgan Taylor All The Right Moves and made the decision to layer it on top. Here is the result!

All The Right Moves is a dark purple jelly with dark purple, blue glitter. It's quite beautiful! The glitter definitely isn't lacking. I have a handful of Morgan Taylor polishes but this is the first one I've worn and I'm impressed with it. It was such a pain to photograph though, as purples can be at times. It isn't as blue as it looks in pictures. Application was easy, even though the polish was a bit thick because of the amount of glitter in it. I only had to use one layer over Fowl Play. It dried a bit bumpy and was lacking shine so top coat was a must. I used a coat of Gelous and one coat of my Orly top coat and it became smooth.

I'm happy I made an impulse decision to use All The Right Moves over Fowl Play. Now, I can't wait to wear my other Morgan Taylor polishes!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Orly Fowl Play

I finally got one of my biggest lemmings last weekend! I have been wanting Fowl Play ever since it came out. I managed to find it at T.J. Maxx in an Orly two pack, for about $7.99, which is an awesome deal. I painted my nails with it on Thursday night, but I was so tired from my overnight shift, that between each coat, I would lay on the couch, waiting for it to dry and ended up falling asleep each time. After the second coat and the second nap, I decided to call it a night. I ended up finishing the mani the next afternoon. Here are the pictures!

I loveee Fowl Play. It has a lot of great things going on. It is a dark purple jelly base that is filled with flakies that shift from green to orange, and blue micro-glitter. I can't stop staring at my nails. The flakies are gorgeous and truly take this polish to the next level. It's also a perfect dark shade for fall. I'm sure most of you already know that Fowl Play is a dupe of OPI Midnight Merry, which isn't the easiest polish to get your hands on. The formula was pretty great, it was really easy to work with. It was sheer on the first coat and a little patchy, but I already expected that, being that it's a jelly. The second coat covered everything up quite nicely and the third made it completely opaque. The drying time was decent as well. I did get a few small dents in my nail after my first coat, but the blanket I fell asleep with on the couch is to blame. None of them are evident now, thankfully. I topped everything off with one coat of my Orly top coat.

And just because here is a picture of Carter, now 5 months old and 38 pounds! I still can't get over the fact that he's mine.

Anyway, I can't believe it's taken me this long to get Fowl Play. Now that I think about it, I really don't know what was stopping me from going out and buying it, but I think the wait was definitely worth it! It's such a gorgeous polish and aside from its dupe, it's quite unique. I love it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Random glitter swatch!

I haven't had much time to paint my nails as I've been busy with work. Last night I did my first overnight shift from 10:00-6:00 this morning, setting up Christmas displays and decorating trees with ornaments galore. I'm pretty tired! About two hours before going to work, I was bored and I randomly started playing around with some glitters in my collection. I was in a playful mood, so I layered four of them over my current mani, OPI Tiffany Case. Here are the results!

The four glitters I used, from left to right, are Maybelline Color Show Lavender Sparks, CrowsToes Boat Drinks, Hit Polish Steampunk Revival, and Maybelline Color Show Gold's Night Out. These pictures were taken in my bedroom, so the lighting isn't ideal.

Even though it's random, I quite like the look of them all together. I feel like the first two go together because of the purple, and the last two because of the gold in them. All of the glitters are gorgeous, but I would have to say that my favorites are Crowtoes Boat Drinks and Hit Polish Steampunk Revival. I'm definitely going to go back and properly swatch them all.

Thanks for taking a look and have a great day! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sephora By OPI It's Real 18K Gold Top Coat: Take Two!

Lately, I've been finding myself playing around with my polishes, trying different combinations. One that I did on impulse that I'm quite happy with is Sephora By OPI It's Real Gold Top Coat layered over OPI Liquid Sand Tiffany Case. Here are swatches!

It's such a gorgeous combination, if I do say so myself! The gold flakes add something really special. Blue and gold are made for each other in my opinion. The flakes are subtle in the above picture, but they're actually much more intense in person. It's gorgeous in the shade but in the sun, I can't stop staring at my nails! It's so sparkly and stunning. 


In natural indoor lighting: 

I'm definitely not going to hesitate playing around with more of my polishes in the future! It's super fun to create something beautiful like this.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

OPI Tiffany Case

I'm so happy it's the weekend! We had inventory this week at work, so it was busy. I'm definitely going to enjoy my days off. Yesterday, I wanted to wear a polish that was easy to apply, fast drying, and pretty much hassle free. I ended up choosing OPI Tiffany Case.

Tiffany Case is a Liquid Sand from the Bond Girls collection earlier this year. It's an icy, metallic blue, with small silver glitters. I really like it, it's quite pretty. It's gorgeous in the shade but in the sun, it's so sparkly! The formula had to be the best part. It was so easy to apply. What I'm wearing in pictures is just one coat! Unfortunately, I've read other reviews that say it stains and I'm not looking forward to that. I hope it's not too bad.

Despite the possibility of it staining, I'm really happy with Tiffany Case! It's a gorgeous color and it's super easy to apply. What more can you ask for? I have one more Liquid Sand that I haven't worn but should soon. There's a few others I have on my wishlist.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Island Girl Island Color

Today I have a polish from Island Girl, a brand that is new to me. They are only sold in ABC Stores, which is a chain of convenience stores located mostly in Hawaii and Las Vegas. I went there during my trip to Vegas, and they have a HUGE selection of everything from cremes, shimmers, glitters, glow in the dark, and even color changing polishes, and they only cost $2.99 each and when I bought them, there was a buy two get one free deal. Of the three that I bought, one of them was a glitter and without further ado here is Island Color!

Island Color is a mix of super fine copper and silver glitters, and larger silver and pink hexagons. It's gorgeous and I don't have anything like it. I layered it over Sation Chocolate Chip Resistant. It was the only polish I could find in my stash that was a close enough match. I think they ended up working great together. I got great coverage in just one coat. I had no problems whatsoever in application. My only problem with this polish is the smell. It's not only strong, but it's kind of funky and different from a normal polish smell. I have a polish that smells like it, so it's not that big of a deal, but still. Oh, and the other two polishes I have from Island Girl have a normal polish smell.

I'm really happy with Island Color! I got it because it was gorgeous and unique, so I'm glad it doesn't disappoint when on the nail. Definitely go to an ABC Store if you're in Vegas!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sation Chocolate Chip Resistant

Every time I take off my polish, it's super hard to decide which one to wear next. I was almost tempted to wear another indie after taking off Darling Diva Bitches Have Birthdays, but I decided that I should stop neglecting my drugstore/mainstream brands. Therefore, I finally settled on Sation Chocolate Chip Resistant.

Chocolate Chip Resistant comes from the Candylandia collection and it's a peachy nude with gorgeous but subtle shimmer. It was the shimmer that made me want this polish when I first saw a swatch of it, even if it is hidden. But it also happens to be a beautiful nude and before this one, I had zero to none in my possession. I like the way it looks on me. I think it works with my skin tone. The formula wasn't terrible either. I've had some issues with cremes in the past, but this one wasn't bad at all. It was a little streaky on the first coat, but by the second, it was a lot better. I used three coats in the end, but that's pretty typical for a pale shade like this. I didn't use top coat for my pictures, because I'm planning on using a glitter over it, which I'll be posting soon.

You can really see the gorgeous shimmer in this picture!

I'm very happy with my first experience wearing a Sation. Chocolate Chip Resistant is a gorgeous nude if you're ever in need of one. I have a handful of other Sations that I need to wear and post soon, not to mention I want a ton of their gorgeous glitters.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Darling Diva Bitches Have Birthdays

Yup, it's my birthday today! I'm now 23 years old. Even though it's just another number these days, it's still nice to have a day to celebrate me. All I really asked for my birthday this year were tickets to an LA Kings hockey game, the second season set of Once Upon A Time, and maybe an Etsy gift card. I'd be happy to get just one of those things. I am excited though for tonight, since I'm going to dinner with the family. Of course I had to paint my nails and what better polish to use than Darling Diva Bitches Have Birthdays? Not only is the name hilarious, but the polish itself is cute, girly, and definitely birthday appropriate. I've been waiting for this day to wear it.

Bitches Have Birthdays is a pink crelly base loaded with all kinds of glitter. There's blue and green hexagons, tiny yellow gold and fuchsia glitter, as well as red hearts and holo butterflies. I absolutely adore the mix, it's so cute! The hearts and the butterflies are my favorite and they weren't too hard to get out, which can be said for all of the glitters in the polish. That being said, I didn't have trouble with application. It was sheer on the first coat but it built up easily by the third. I used a coat of Gelous and one coat of my Orly top coat to smooth it out. My pictures were taken in the shade because in the sun, they weren't coming out so great. My camera had trouble capturing the shade of pink. Even in the shade, they're not totally accurate.

I'm glad I waited to wear Bitches Have Birthdays today! This was my first experience wearing a Darling Diva and I couldn't be more happy with it. I got my bottle many months ago, and as of right now, it's not in stock at the shop, so I'm not sure when or if it's going to be restocked.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Las Vegas Haul!

First off, happy birthday to my mom! Here is the second haul I had originally wanted to post a few weeks back after my Las Vegas vacation. I already knew that when I went to Vegas, I wanted to hit up the ABC Store and the beauty supply store. I was prepared to bring home some polish, but the rest I got mainly on a whim. Anyway, I came home with 23 new beauties and here they are!

 ABC Store:

Island Girl polishes: Diamond Head Breeze, Honolulu Orchid, and Island Color.

Beauty supply store:

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, China Glaze Sea Spray, Dare To Wear Ready For My Close-Up , Morgan Taylor Let Them Eat Cake, Morgan Taylor Make A Statement, and Morgan Taylor Under The Stars.

Nabi Multi Jumbo Glitter, Sation Most Hue-nique, OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and OPI Pirouette My Whistle. 


Sation Just Lilac That, Sation Plenty of Frogs, and SpaRitual Deep Shimmer.


China Glaze Kalahari Kiss, China Glaze Orange You Hot?, Essence Chic Reloaded, Essence Hello Marshmallow, Essence Oh My Glitter, and ULTA Blues Cruise. 

As you can see, I have a lot of new polishes that I need to start wearing ASAP. I'm probably most excited to try out the Essence's, since they are my first and hopefully not my last. Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Electric Salamander

A few days ago when I was taking pictures for my haul posts, I was really ashamed about my amount of untrieds. I'm not going to even count them, but it's bad. That being said, I'm going to try to be better about wearing my polishes when I actually buy them. Today I have an indie that I bought on Llarowe a few weeks back and am now just trying it out. Here is Scofflaw Nail Varnish Electric Salamander!

Electric Salamander is apart of the Summer 2013 collection by Scofflaw Nail Varnish. The description from Etsy describes it as a "pale shimmer-packed green base gray base with glitters in lavender, light and dark green, and bright electric neon blue. The aforementioned shimmer in the base is made up of blue, purple, and pink sparkles." I really like this polish! The combination of glitters work really well together. I just love the pop of the blue hexes. The shimmer itself is gorgeous. I didn't even know it had any until I was looking at my bottle. As for the formula, no complaints here! It was easy to work with and it applied beautifully. I had no problems getting any of the glitter out. I ended up using three coats, plus a coat of top coat.

I'm really happy with my first experience wearing a Scofflaw polish! I have two other gorgeous ones in my collection that I can't wait to try out. Scofflaw Nail Varnish is sold here and here.