Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIFFERENT dimension Spooky Spooky Halloween Collection

Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have been having a wonderful week thus far. For today's blog post, I have the new Limited Edition Spooky Spooky collection that the lovely Missi of DIFFERENT dimension is releasing for Halloween. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I look forward to it every year. I was thrilled to learn that Missi had created a Halloween collection in addition to a fall collection that I will be showing you soon! Let's get to some pictures!

With HK Girl Topcoat
Dragula is an orange jelly based texture polish with black and orange holographic glitters throughout. Opaque in 2 to 3 coats- can also use topcoat for extra sparkle and shine.

The song may be 16 years old (yikes!), but it still makes me roar a fierce YEAH! The name is so fitting for this awesome textured polish, and it is, by far, my favorite textured polish ever. I think all I need to do is add spikes and I'll have the most bad@$$ nails for Halloween this year! I used two easy coats of polish for the top photos and added topcoat for the bottom photos. To help make removal a little easier, I applied it over a layer of watered down glue so it would peel off easily for me. Dragula is the most unique polish I've seen for Halloween, and it is definitely a must have!

Thriller is a dark violet jelly polish with added shimmer. Opaque in 2 to 3 coats.

Another fabulous shade names for an awesome song! The base colour alone is beautiful, but the additional shimmer makes it glow. Not in the dark, of course, but it does add a gorgeous depth to the polish. I may be wearing this one every day on my toes all next month! I used three coats of this polish for these photos. It applied so nicely for me!

Werewolves of London
Indoor Lighting
Outside in the Sun
Werewolves of London is a holographic orange polish. Opaque in 2 to 3 coats.

Werewolves of London is only the most perfect pumpkin orange holo polish is existence. I love a lot of different polish colours, but there is something about orange that makes me so happy. I squealed out loud when Missi told me she had made an orange polish for her Halloween collection, and she certainly created one beautiful shade! I used three flawless coats for these photos.

Monster Mash
Layered over Werewolves of London
Monster Mash is Missi's personal definition of the perfect Halloween glitter topper- orange, black, and white glitters in a variety of shapes and sizes with holographic shimmer.

I like that Missi created a glitter topper to go with this collection! Even though removal isn't the easiest, I still love glitters, and this one is perfect for Halloween. The assortment of shapes is fun without going overboard and becoming too crazy. I didn't have to fish for glitters, and they spread out nicely over my nails. I used about a coat for my middle, index, and pinky fingers, and I used two for my ring finger. I then smoothed my nails out by adding HK Girl topcoat for these pictures.

Ghostbusters is a light neon orange crelly with iridescent glitters. Glows orange in the dark, can be intensified by layering polish over white. Opaque in 2 to 3 coats. May require an extra coat of topcoat.

Ugh, my camera just could not handle the awesomeness of Ghostbusters! The colour of the polish is pulling slightly more yellow in these pictures than it does in real life, particularly in the brighter areas where the iridescent glitters blew its mind. The camera did weird things with my skin tone, but let's ignore that and focus on how incredible this colour is! It is magic in a bottle! It glows a pretty orange shade, as you can see in the last photo. I'm still working on getting good glow in the dark images, so I apologize for the graininess! I used two coats of Ghostbusters over Zoya Purity (white). I topped it off with two coats of topcoat to smooth my nails.

The Spooky Spooky collection is awesome, and I cannot pick a single favorite. Each shade is perfect for it's own reason, and I love that Missi included a variety of finishes; there truly is a polish for everyone in this collection!

Cuticle Oil
Candy Corn
While not exactly part of the Spooky Spooky Collection, I wanted to share the new Candy Corn cuticle oil that will also be launching September 26th. I am in love with Missi's cuticle oils, and I really like this style of bottle. The dropper is perfect for putting a little oil under the free edge of your nails, and her oils have kept my nails from drying out with all the swatching and nail art I've been doing recently. Other seasonal scents being released include Pumpkin Caramel Latte, Cake Batter, Candy Apple, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. YUM!

The Spooky Spooky Collection launches this Friday, September 26th at 9pm EST. This particular collection is limited edition, and it will only be available until the end of October. Missi has closed down her etsy shop, and you can now shop with her on her new shop over here! At the time of this post, Missi is still finishing up the new site, but it should be live soon. Be sure to follow DIFFERENT dimension on Facebook and Instagram for shop announcements and lots more photos!

Is there a favorite polish from this collection you are excited about? Did you make it through this post without singing any of these songs, at least in your head? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day! XO!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Polish TBH Pathos Review

Good morning, dear readers! I have another beautiful polish by Polish TBH to share with you, this time the gorgeous red Pathos. This polish is more complex than your regular red creme. It starts with a lovely rich red base and contains blue pink shimmer and a dusting of gold micro shimmer. I had a difficult time capturing the shimmer with my camera, but it is definitely there!
I like my red polishes to have a little something extra to them, and Pathos is perfect! The formula was really nice, and I used two coats plus top coat for these photos.

You can order this and other beautiful Polish TBH polishes by visiting the website here. I have really liked the couple that I have, and I definitely want more!

Until next time dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 19, 2014

International Talk Like a Pirate Day Nail Art

Avast, me hearties, and feast yer eyes on me pirate nail arrrrrrrt!

As much as I would love to write an entire post in pirate speak, it would likely be a little difficult to read, not to mention writing on my end. As you may already know, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and it is probably my second favorite day after Halloween. It always is a good excuse to do pirate themed nail art as well, and I managed to do my nails this year for it! Check it out!
Polishes used:
Barielle: Coral Reef
Deborah Lippmann: Just Walk Away Renee
Ellagee: Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho!
Sweet Heart Polish: Inflame & Ignite
Zoya: Breezi
Zoya: Josie
Zoya: Raven
Zoya: Purity

Skull and crossbones charm from Born Pretty Store
Bundle Monster Stamping plates 506 and 509

Trying to get my thumb in for poses is always awkward for me, but it is currently painted in the gold polishes to match my middle finger. They are the limited edition Sweet Heart Polish and Ellagee Pirates of the Caribbean inspired duo that I review previously; the duo along with this awesome pirate coin keychain I'm holding are still available for purchase!

My stamping skills need a little more work (hurry home, new stamper!), but overall, I am loving this manicure! I really enjoy doing themed manicures, and I definitely need to do them more often!

Did you do any special nail art for Talk Like a Pirate Day? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, me hearties, have yerselves a wond-arrrrr-ful day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Born Pretty Store Metallic Halloween Water Decals Review

Press Sample
Good morning, dear readers! For today's blog post, I wanted to share some cute metallic Halloween water decals from Born Pretty Store with you. Now, before you say "Jen, are you crazy? It's still September!" let me explain the method to my madness. Yes, the middle of September might be early to be thinking about Halloween nail art, but I wanted to show these to you now in case you wanted to order some for yourself. Shipping from Born Pretty Store can take anywhere from two to five weeks, and if you order now, you shouldn't have to worry if they will arrive on time for use this year.
I received the gold version to review, and there is a silver one with identical patterns. The ruler on the left side of this photo is using the centimeter scale bar for approximate size reference.
Polishes Used:
China Glaze: Champagne Bubbles
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: Commander in Chic
Superchic Lacquer: Baker's Hunger for a Bun in the Oven
Zoya: Natty
Zoya: Raven

I first painted my nails with the base colours and designs I wanted in the background. I then cut out the decals and peeled off the plastic film covering them. Using tweezers, I dipped the decals into warm water for 20 seconds. Usually this is plenty of time for the decal to float off of the cardstock backing to be picked up and then placed on a damp nail using tweezers, but this particular set did not want to budge easily from the backing. I soaked for an additional 20 seconds (40 seconds total), and using a finger, gently slid the decal off the cardstock and onto my tweezers. I dipped each nail in water immediately prior to placing the decal on the nail. The decal adheres loosely to the nail initially, and you can shift it around slightly if you need to adjust the image. I then blotted up the excess water and then topped my nails off with top coat.
Check it out, the spider is silver! More details on how that happened further down!
These decals are really cute, and I love how this came out! The sheet is available in either gold or silver tone. Something interesting that I discovered is the gold decals are silver on the backside, so you technically have more options with one sheet if you put the decal on backwards. Obviously the "trick or treat" may not be the best decal to put on backwards as it would no longer be readable, or maybe you can wear it backwards in an awesome Shining-inspired costume. REDRUM perhaps? I'm definitely planning on using these decals again when it gets closer to Halloween!

To purchase your own set of Halloween decals, please visit this link. While you are there, check out Born Pretty Store for your other nail art needs. You can also save 10% off your order by using discount code QWL91.
Have you started thinking about Halloween nail designs yet? I'd love to hear what you're planning!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer:  The products reviewed above were provided to me for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts stated are entirely my own and are based on my use of said products.  I love receiving feedback from my readers, and any comments left here are the express opinions and/or property of the individual authors.  Therefore, I, the author of this site, cannot be held responsible for the opinions held by others.  I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spectraflair4U gLORIous Goldflake top coats

Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have been having a nice day thus far. If you recall in a previous post, I had mentioned being excited to see that Lori, the owner of Spectraflair4U, has goldleaf top coats for on your nails. I have two of them, and I had to share what they look like! They are so cute in the bottle, and I must say, the name gLORIous is quite brilliant! Look at how pretty these toppers are!

22K Yellow GoldLeaf Topcoat
over Precision Nail Lacquer Call Me Pumpkin
I originally wanted to use this over a dark green since gold and green is one of my favorite combinations, but I thought it would be nice with a good pumpkin orange shade as well. I really like this combination, and I'm looking forward to wearing the top coat with other colours too! I used two coats of the goldleaf top coat over three coats of Precision's Call Me Pumpkin.

12K White Goldleaf Topcoat over Precision Nail Lacquer Sage
I tend to wear more white gold than yellow, and I love being able to add the bling onto my nails. I used one coat of the white goldleaf topcoat over two coats of Precision Sage.

I really enjoy these top coats! I like the simplicity of these manicures, and I'm thinking of a few nail art ideas now. You will be seeing these again in the future!

You can order these and other top coats at the Spectraflair4U site located here. She also carries a plethora of pigments and other goodies for polish making, so definitely check out her shop if you want to give that a go as well. Her shipping is fast- often the same day, so you can have awesome nail mail in no time!

Do you prefer the yellow or the white goldleaf top coats? What would you were with them? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nail Art for Llarowe Grand Opening

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! In my previous post, I shared my photos from the grand opening of the new Llarowe retail store in Fort Lupton, Colorado. I had planned to share pictures of the nail art I did for the event, but I was too excited about the opening to remember to include it in my post. I really wanted to share my nails, so here I am writing up another post. More details to come after the pictures.
I really wanted to create a look using only brands that are carried at Llarowe.com and now the brick and mortar store that also coordinated with the outfit I wore for the opening. I used the following to create this look:

Glisten & Glow: Stuck on Blu! base coat
Colors by Llarowe: Julia Roberts 1967
Colors by Llarowe: Plum Crazy
Darling Diva Polish: Take Down the God Damn Freda Sign!
DIFFERENT dimension: Speed of Light
Girly Bits: Accidental PPV
Girly Bits: Too Hot For Pants
Nail Vinyls: Chevron
Glisten & Glow: HK Girl top coat

My manicure is a little more colorful than what I normally choose, but I'm pretty happy with how my nails came out. It was challenging to limit myself to specific brands and then even more so to certain colours, but it was still a lot of fun for me.

As always, dear readers, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!