Saturday, July 4, 2015

Indie Polish Shop Links



I've just recently done a major overhaul of the Indie Polish Shops Link List.
I checked the majority of the shops listed to make sure they were active, and removed those that either had dead links or no sales this year.
It'd be great if you all would take a look and let me know what brands I can add to it!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Elevation: Sample GVY #22

One of my long time favorite polish companies is Elevation. Over the years that I have purchased from them, they have been very consistent with customer service, formula, and their launch dates are the same each month. This is a company that I stalk for every launch, and sit online waiting for the new shades, samples and sbps to be available.

The polish I'm sharing today is a sample, which means it was only available once and in a very small quantity of one to three bottles. Luck was on my side at the time it was listed. It's a beautifully done brown holo with golden shimmer. The formula was perfect and opaque in one coat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Elevation: Sample GVY #22
xoxoJen's swatch of Elevation: Sample GVY #22
xoxoJen's swatch of Elevation: Sample GVY #22

After I wore it a few days, I double stamped over it with a Vivid Lacquer plate design that was custom made for me - and is available to everyone on plate number 14. I used my GPS jumbo stamper and MDU stamping polishes in #33 and #43. I love how it turned out, and wore it for the remainder of the week last week.

xoxoJen's swatch of Elevation: Sample GVY #22 stamped
xoxoJen's swatch of Elevation: Sample GVY #22 stamped

I hope you've enjoyed the photos - what is your favorite Elevation polish color?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Grace-full Nail Polish: The Ice Princess Collection

The Ice Princess Collection is inspired by the Disney movie, Frozen. Each of the polish names are from quotes in the movie. The whole collection is a set of ten different polishes. I have seven of those to share with you so be sure to check around more blogs for the other three: The Sky's Awake, Queen Arandelle, and My Own Personal Snow Flurry.

This is the first time I've tried this brand, and I think I'm in love!
Each polish's formula was perfection and the flat brush allows for precise control of the polish with minimal clean up afterward.
The color descriptions were provided by Theresa from Grace-full and my comments will be underneath.

Strike for love – an aqua holo with blue flakies throughout

The blue flakies in this are a sapphire shade and micro-sized for that hidden oomph that makes you wonder 'what's in there!?' I used two coats for opacity.

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Strike for love
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Strike for love
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Strike for love

Open Door – a linear mauve holo with violet flakies

I enjoyed wearing this one because it kept me guessing! The holo flame really plays tricks on my eyes - is it purple? pink? smokey? It's all of that and a bag of chips. I wore two coats and added a few extra strokes to insure vnl was covered for the images.

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Open Door
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Open Door
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Open Door

Beautifuler – a deep pink jelly with ultra fine pink holographic glitter and iridescent violet glitter.

Oh man, the squish! the shine! the depth! the sparkle! What else could a gal want? This one does appear darker in the bottle, but once it's on the nail it's a beautiful cherry berry shade! I used two coats for the photos.

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Beautifuler
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Beautifuler
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Beautifuler

Do the Magic! – a deep blue shimmer that shifts to violet
Stunning in the bottle and on the nail! In some lights it looks metallic and sometimes super shimmery. It's blue but the purple shimmer that it's packed with plays tricks on the eye. Definitely one you'll want to observe in different lighting situations while wearing it. This was my favorite of these so I'm wearing it all week!

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Do the Magic!
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Do the Magic!
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Do the Magic!

Little Baby Unicorn – a mauve super holographic micro glitter with violet holo microglitter in a jelly base.
This is the glitter cousin of Open Door, similar in shade but so different in finish! I wore two coats for the photos.

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Little Baby Unicorn
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Little Baby Unicorn
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Little Baby Unicorn

Ice Crazy – a grey crelly with a hint of blue throughout, ultra fine silver holographic glitter, iridescent tiny glitters and little flecks of mauve and blue.
Beautifully done dove grey shade with heaps of purple/blue shimmer. The shimmer in light shades are typically very difficult to capture, but I did my best! I wore two coats, no streaks.

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Ice Crazy
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Ice Crazy
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Ice Crazy

Break the Frozen Heart – a glacial blue linear holo that shifts to turquoise green
This blue may look very similar in color to the one above, but I assure you - they're different! This one is just slightly lighter in color and is metallic! It has a lot of sparkle in dim light and then goes crazy in the sun with a fiery holo flame! Two coats used in the photos.

xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Break the Frozen Heart
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Break the Frozen Heart
xoxoJen's swatch of Grace-full Break the Frozen Heart

The collection launches at http://gracefullnailpolish.com/ on Friday 26th June at 7pm AEST (4am Central)

if you buy 4 or more bottles from the Ice Princess collection you'll receive a bottle of Magical Snowflakes. In a clear base it is loaded with violet-blue shifting and rainbow iridescent glitter in all sizes as well as white matte snowflakes. You can see a photo of it at the Grace-full Facebook page!

Don't forget to surf around for the three shades that I didn't have, they're equally as pretty!

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