Saturday, November 22, 2014

Black Friday Box + Stamping Nail Art

Happy Saturday, dear readers! The day has flown by so quickly! It's been a busy day filled with errands and random activities, and I am finally able to sit down and write up this post. In my previous post, I reviewed the I Survived Black Friday 2014 indie collaboration box; tonight, I'm sharing a nail art look I created using the items from the box. Check it out!

Indoor Lighting
I've had the Bundle Monster stamping plate 213 for a couple years now, and I FINALLY had a good use for the shoe pattern! I've been planning this look since the moment I opened the I Survived Black Friday 2014 box and saw the holographic shoes!

I had so much fun creating this look!

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I Survived Black Friday 2014 Indie Collaboration Box Swatches and Review

Greetings, dear readers! I'm back already! I have been DYING to share this post with you since I first heard about the I Survived Black Friday 2014 collaboration box, and I can finally spill the beans!! This box is a special Limited Edition collaboration box that contains stunning polishes by Cupcake Polish, DIFFERENT dimension, and Glisten & Glow. As if that wasn't cool enough, this box also contains both silver and gold holographic decals by NailVinyls in the cutest shapes ever! This box is EPIC! Let's get to some photo spam and more details so you can squeal with me!

Shop Til You Drop Holographic Nail Decals
How awesome are these decals?!? I'm not sure if I'm more excited about the nail polish bottles, the perfume bottles, or the assortment of shoes and purses! I'm really blown away by the attention to detail in these decals, and I love that several styles of shoes and purses are included.The I Survived Black Friday 2014 box comes with two sheets: one in holographic gold and another sheet of identical shapes in holographic silver. I'm only showing the one sheet here because I want to try to use the other sheet as a stencil and haven't been able to do that yet. You'll be seeing these decals in the swatches below in both silver and gold.

Trampled By A Shopping Cart
Cupcake Polish
Indoor Lighting
The name of this polish is brilliant! Thankfully I've never had a terrible experience with Black Friday shopping (although I tend to avoid it like the plague), but I've seen some rather disturbing video footage where customers have been hurt while out trying to catch some amazing deals. Trampled By A Shopping Cart is a beautiful lavender polish that is filled with sparkling pink flakies. This polish applies so smoothly, and it is very opaque. I used two coats here for these photos. I couldn't quite decide if I wanted to wear the gold or silver decals with this delicate shade, so I opted to go with both! I used two coats of Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat over the decals to smooth out my nails.

Up All Night
DIFFERENT dimension
Indoor Lighting
I've never been up all night to be ready for a sale, but I have been woken up early and drug out of bed to go shopping. That totally counts, right? Up All Night is a gorgeous blue-leaning teal, and the colour payout is phenomenal. I used two coats here, but I didn't need the second coat at all. If you've been up all night waiting in lines outside, you're probably already well acquainted with this shade by looking into the night sky. Ha! The formula of this polish is so creamy and perfect! I added the silver decals and then topped my nails off with two coats HK Girl topcoat. I think my middle finger would have been better with just two decals instead of three, but you never really know if you don't try!

First In Line
Glisten & Glow
Indoor Lighting
If you want the only one super-insanely-low priced electronic item in the store, you better be first in line! First In Line is a magnificent shade of purple with fine flakes for extra pops of colour. It has a lot of depth and is truly a lovely shade. First In Line is the more sheer polish in this collaboration, but two flawless coats covered up visible nail line nicely. Something about this purple screamed gold to me so I topped it off with the gold holographic decals. I then added two coats of topcoat to smooth out my nails.

Because it needed to be done!
Indoor Lighting
DIFFERENT dimension, Cupcake, Glisten & Glow, DIFFERENT dimension
These colours play so beautifully together! From the rich shades of the blue-teal and the dark purple to the soft lavender, these polishes are a match made in heaven.

I am elated with this box! From the dazzling polishes to the glorious decals, this box is phenomenal! All I have to say is this box is:
(Yep, I totally just said that. Mark your calendars because it isn't likely to happen again, LOL!)

Now to some details! This is a Limited Edition release for Black Friday, November 28, 2014. It will be available at 12:01am EST and again at 1pm EST on the 28th on the following websites:

NailVinyls (USA only shipping)

There is a limited number of boxes, and if it is sold out at one site, be sure to check the others. It will be listed for $40 plus shipping in all the shops.

This box is EPIC and will sell out fast! Don't miss out!

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

DIFFERENT dimension Pilgrimatic Shooting Star LE Shade

Good evening, dear readers! I am much later with a post than I like to be, but the polish in tonight's post only arrived late this afternoon so I've been scrambling to swatch and photograph while trying to take care of dinner and cleanup. Without further adieu, let me share with you DIFFERENT dimension's Shooting Star being released tomorrow night, Pilgrimatic!
My ring finger is about a coat of Pilgrimatic dabbed over Zoya Purity while the remaining fingers are two coats of Pilgrimatic.  Additionally, I used two coats of HK Girl topcoat for these photos.

Holy Turkey Dinner!! I actually saw a photo of this glitter bomb before I knew the name, and all I could think about was the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday dinner: golden roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, stuffing (or dressing as some people prefer) green bean casserole, cranberry sauce.... this polish nails it with the perfect combination of gold, brown, green, and red glitters! I also like that the glitters are dense enough that you could use it by itself if you wanted to, or you could layer it over another shade with a single coat. I used white for my base coat on the ring finger to help the colours pop a little more, but it would look amazing over a variety of base shades. In the closeup photo, you can see a little more open spaces where I could have added a dab of polish, but I honestly cannot see those ever so slightly bare areas when I closely inspect my nails. It applied really easily for me with a dab here and there on my nails; the glitters dispersed perfectly! It does dry to a textured finish because of all the glitters, but it smooths out nicely with a couple coats of topcoat.

Pilgrimatic will be available tomorrow, Friday November 21st at 9pm EST from DIFFERENT dimension here. Because it is a Shooting Star, availability is limited; one it is sold out, it won't be coming back. There is also a restock of other shades tomorrow; be sure to check out DIFFERENT dimension's Facebook page and/or Instagram account for a list of polishes. Also, all orders that include the purchase of Pilgrimatic will be automatically upgraded to priority shipping. I can't believe it is so close to Thanksgiving already!

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Indigo Bananas Perfect Night and Molten Universe Swatches and Review

Good afternoon, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you are staying warm. It's definitely not as cold here as it is in other parts of the country, but it is chilly for my standards! I've been curling up with a mug of hot tea all day today and finally getting around to putting up this post. I have two polishes by Indigo Bananas that I wanted to share with you today; let's check them out!

Perfect Night
While the base colour of Perfect Night is described as a dark purple and looked like it in the bottle, it definitely was not what I was expecting once I got it on my nails. Against my skintone, it looks more of a berry-based shade. It's very pretty, but not what I was expecting after seeing other photos. I used three coats for these photos. It applied very easily for me, but the dry time was, in all honesty, painfully slow compared to other polishes. I'm not sure if this is normally the case for this brand, or if it isn't the most compatible with my base coat. I may have to try it over a dark purple base, both for a darker purple colour and to see if dry time improves!

Molten Universe
Once an orange girl, always an orange girl! I am crazy about this rich orange shade, and those flakes, oh my! Molten Universe is any orange lovers dream shade! It applied very easily for me with three coats shown here. Like Perfect Universe, dry time was very slow for me. I'm going to have to test this out with different base coats to determine if that is the culprit for the slow times or if the base isn't as compatible with my body chemistry.

I do like both polishes, even though the colour was not as dark as I expected for one and the dry time was slow for me. I can only speak based on my experience with these polishes; your experience may be different from mine.

Both of these shades are currently available for purchase at the Indigo Bananas website here. Indigo Bananas also just launched their new Chrome Flakie polishes, and they look really cool!

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Collection

Press Sample

Good morning, dear readers! I hope you enjoyed the weekend and have had a great start to a new week! For today's post, I have the new China Glaze Twinkle collection for your enjoyment. I have discovered that their bottles don't exactly work well for my normal hand pose that I use here; I apologize in advance for the awkwardness. I definitely need to figure out something else for these bottles! Now to the collection!

I am excited about this new collection; there is something for everyone! Whether you're into cremes, shimmers, or glitters, there is at least one polish that is sure to appeal to you! Let's check them out!

Meet Me Under the Stars 
over Out Like a Light
This is probably my favorite combination from today's post! It makes me think of a simplistic galaxy look, and I just adore this! Out Like a Light (the base shade) was amazingly smooth and creamy, and it applied like a dream. I is also very opaque, and I only needed one coat! Meet Me Under the Stars was more sheer and I used two coats here. You could use it by itself, but I suspect it would take three if not four coats for opacity. It applied really easily for me as well.

Define Good...
China Glaze has come up with some great names for their polishes, and Define Good... may be my favorite name ever! This cranberry shimmer just glows, and this photo does not do it justice at all. My camera just couldn't handle the awesomeness of it! The formula was perfect for Define Good... as well, and I only needed one coat here.

Dancing & Prancing
over Define Good...
I am definitely a glitter girl! I still love them after all this time! Something that surprised me about this glitter is the colours are much more muted than a lot of other glitter polishes. I actually really like it as it will play nicely with a larger variety of base colours. The formula was nice and it was easy to work with. I used two coats and topped my nails off with topcoat here.

I'd Melt For You
I'd Melt For You is a silver chrome. I'm really not a fan of chrome polishes so I'm slightly biased against this one in general. It was a little streaky for me, and it really accentuates my nail ridges. That can easily be solved with a ridge filler, so definitely keep that in mind if you pick up this one. I used one coat for this photo.

Chillin' With My Snow-mies
over I'd Melt For You
Ok, I lied. Chillin' With My Snow-mies might be the best name ever! I love the simple all white glitters in this polish, but the formula left a lot to be desired. It is very base heavy, and I got very little glitter on my brush- two to three pieces at best. I ended up doing a lot of fishing and tried to remove as much excess base as possible, but I still had a bit too much base and ended up with bubbling as my nails dried. I think this would be better if you used a toothpick and placed individual glitters or use a sponge to help absorb a lot of the base.

Tip Your Hat
Tip Your Hat is a classic red creme, and while they're not my favorite, there needed to be one in this collection! It applied so smoothly and easily for me! I used two coats here, but it you tend to use thicker coats, you might find that you can get away with just one.

No Peeking!
I'm digging this eggplant shimmer polish! The formula was really nice, and I used two easy coats.

over No Peeking
You can't have a winter Twinkle collection without some blingy gold! Just look at all that sparkle! I dabbed on about a coat here, and you could easily use this by itself with two coats. Even though I'm usually not a fan of bar glitters, I do like the short stumpy ones mixed in here.

Pine-ing For Glitter
I really wanted to try out one of these glitter polishes without base colour to check out density. I used three coats of Pine-ing For Glitter plus topcoat here, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this came out! You can definitely layer it over a base colour if you prefer, but I think I like this look even more.

I love the variety of colours in this collection, and overall, the formulas are great!

The Twinkle collection is available now from your favorite supplier!

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. I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.