Friday, March 7, 2014
So, freaky Friday? Perhaps I should have called it fast Friday because this is a really quick swatch and blog entry about a one of a kind sample I scored from Vivid Lacquer in last week's sale.
I decided to do a sort of speed post to challenge myself and because she's having another sale TODAY with more one of a kinds for just $5!!
If you follow Vivid Lacquer, you probably know that sales at her shop are quite a rarity. I was excited about last week's sale and then she went and set up another one for today!
So I wanted to share my experience with last week's sale in case some of you were hesitant or hadn't heard the news yet!
The polish I scored is called WTF F 12 14 and it came in the mail today! As soon as I opened it I knew I had to put it on my nails right away. I love it more than I thought I would when I saw the shop photos Friday last week.
On my swatching hand I currently have one finger of pink glitter called Smooth Operator from Lumina Lacquer that I tried out this morning to check opacity for when I wear it. On the rest of my fingers is Red Dog Designs Shamrock Shake texture with top coat except that my ring finger is also topped with I'm Drinking Stars from Literary Lacquer. I looked at my nails and thought, hmmm pink goes good with green and so my swatch of Vivid Lacuqer WTF F 12 14 was born. And then. Freaky Friday became a name for it, like ten minutes ago as I was typing the title. :D
I didn't do much clean up, so those teeeeeeeeny awesome black speckly glitters may show up on my skin in some of the photos. But that's ok, right? Cause look at the glitter! ;)
I wore one coat and did not dig or fish or redip for glitter at all. This was brushed on just like any other polish I'd wear.
You can really get a good look at those little tiny black glitters sitting on top of the white skull in this macro shot. I LOVE those!!!
Now, can you believe this polish was scratched from production, offered as a one of a kind and only $5? I know I keep repeating that but I just can't believe what a steal it was.
Are you still here? Reading? What!? Go Shop!
Not only is she offering one of a kinds and small batch protos, but she is also discontinuing several polishes from her core line and those are also only $5!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I had fun with the Red Dog Mardi Gras polishes and now I'm getting lucky with the St. Pat's trio! Gina has done a nice job of capturing the holiday with these three polishes, there's even a rainbow in every bottle!
Póg Mo Thóin!!! - Soft linear holo in a creamy sage color base.
I really love the shade of this polish its such a bright happy spring green! Perfect for St. Pat's or Easter and it has a golden shimmer in addition to soft holographic rainbow. I took a bottle shot outside in the sunlight to get a better capture on camera. It does show on the nail but because I shoot indoors, the lighting tends to soften it. I used three coats with topcoat for the swatch photos.
Shamrock Shake - Hex, square, and circle glitters, in finishes of holo, matte, and metallic, in various hues of green, and iridescent color change green-lime-gold glitters, including metallic green ‘shamrock’ glitters, sprinkled with micro holo glitter, in a clear base. (16 Different Glitters)
Jas and I both love this time of year when McDonald's offers their Shamrock Shakes so I grinned when I saw the name of this polish. I rolled the bottle in my hand and oooed and aaahhhed at all the green, gold, and rainbow holo glitter in there and then I spotted the clovers, so cute! I wore one coat over Póg Mo Thóin!!! I redipped the brush a few times to get two more clovers.
The accent nail features a water marble done in a clover shape with China Glaze Entourage and Jolly Holly topped with a holo topper from Vapid Lacquer. I learned how to do the water marble from watching the youtube tutorial from My Simple Little Pleasures. This was my second try and I'm pretty pleased with it as compared to the first time I tried it in 2011 following the other tutorial she made.
Blarney Stone - Various sized hex glitters, in shades of holo gold, holo green hues, holo black, and green, sprinkled with micro silver, green, and holo glitter, in a mossy green base. (10 Different Glitters) (THIS IS A TEXTURED POLISH)
Kissing the Blarney Stone is an old tradition said to endow the kisser with the gift of the gab. I've not kissed it myself, but I learned what it was because of this polish!
I wonder if rubbing this polish counts? I like the feel of textured polish and often rub it with my fingertips! Blarney Stone has a semi-rough texture compared to the rougher Zoya pixies you may be familiar with. I like Blarney Stone best because it doesn't seem to catch on things as much as the Zoya did, yet its still got a nice grit to it. The first three images are two coats alone and in the last three images I've added a topcoat.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
I am having a great time working with Gina from Red Dog Designs! I'm writing this entry while she's listing the polishes, teamwork!
Her polishes are so well thought out and planned for the theme she has in mind. She sent five polishes to me, and I'm going to share two of those in today's post. So come join the Mardi Gras party with us!
Gina describes King Cake as: Circle glitters in shades of purple, green, and yellow, sprinkled with micro holo glitter, in a milky white base. Builds to opacity in 2-3 coats. (4 Different Glitters)
This polish has depth and looks exactly like the frosting on a King Cake! I had a cake and compared them side by side. Lol I have been craving more cake since its all been eaten, its quite tempting to lick my nail and see if it tastes good! I better not, but I can always remember that cake with this polish! I wore three coats for the photos below.
Gina describes Harlequin Ball as: Various sized circle and diamond glitters, in shades of holo green, holo gold, and purple, sprinkled with micro holo glitter, in a clear base. (10 Different Glitters)
I cannot express how much in love I am with this polish. When I first held the bottle in my hands I was mesmerized by it. Such sparkle and the colors! They're my colors! Connie, if you're reading, you definitely need this one! The tiny diamond shaped glitters are just too cute!! The glitter went on easily, no fishing unless you want more of a certain glitter. I wore one coat over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
The Mardi Gras polishes are limited and only available for the month of March, so grab it while you can!
Red Dog Designs polish is 3-Free & Cruelty Free
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Andrea from Glitterfied nails sent some beautiful shades of blue and a glitter topper to me to review. I found the formulas to be smooth and easy to paint with the wide flat bushes in her polish bottles. Her shop has a nice array of polishes too!
Shall we take a little peek at these blues from her polish line?
First is Tempest which I thought was a blue with metallic green and gold flakes, yet it looked foil-like after application and I could see the shimmer changing color! Its not green and gold, its shifting flakes! This polish really reminded me of something but I wasn't sure what.
After playing with it under different lights, it hit me. I remembered! Its what I saw as I rode in my dad's boat on the lake at the end of the day, as he drove us back to the shore. The last bits of sunlight reflecting on the surface of the water. I miss my dad, and I miss those boat trips.
Isn't it amazing the memories and feelings that surface just while admiring a nail polish? I love this polish for helping me remember those times in my life.
Golden Aquamarine is a turquoise leaning baby blue packed full of gold shimmer. This polish reminds me of a clear blue summer sky, sun shining just overhead. I wore three coats of this one and it does have a few brush strokes but they are not as noticeable in person. The shimmer is very noticeable and eye-catching, several gals at work grabbed my hand to see it! On the flip side of the light reflecting, there in the shadowy areas it looks like a vibrant shade of perwinkle! Cool, eh?
The glitter topper that she sent to me is Special Delivery, a pink and blue matte glitter bomb in an iridescent shimmered base. The shade of pink kind of leans orchid or lavender, but I'm still calling it pink! I tried it out over both of the polishes above and I think it looks great over both dark and light colors.
Glitterfied Nails is 5-Free, uses cosmetic grade mica, solvent resistant glitters, flat wide brushes, and a textured cap for easy opening. Andrea is also offering readers of xoxojen.com a generous discount of 15% when you use code XOXOJEN15 at the checkout!
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
April had a dream.
It was filled with fantastical color and sparkling mirages.
Some might have referred to such a dream as a pipe dream.
When she woke up she realized this dream and the Pipe Dream Polish company became reality.
April is the founder of Pipe Dream Polish, a place where polish dreams really do come true! She's currently earning her nail tech license and she's a mommy. She must have amazing time management skills to be doing all those things and still takes the time out of her busy schedule to be friendly, kind and caring to others. April even let me choose the polishes to share with you!
When the Pipe Dream package arrived to me I arranged the bubble wrap burritos and snapped a teaser photo for my facebook page. I challenged my readers to see if anyone might recognize the brand without being able to see the labels or the polish. One of April's loyal fans guessed the brand within a minute of the post! Awesome, right?
First is a charity polish called Twigs and Berries that April created to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer. $1.00 from each bottle sold will be donated to the Movember Foundation. Their vision is to have an everlasting impact on men's health.
I used one coat of Twigs and Berries over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (love it when polish names work well a theme!). I chose a light colored base to signify spring and the celebration of new life. Application was quite surprising, I was expecting to dig for the larger dot glitter but I didn't have to! It all just landed there as I polished. I think everyone will be able to apply this awesome chunky dot glitter topper with ease.
Sapphire Attire is a beautiful glitter topper with sapphire, black holo, and sliver holo glitters dusted with holo pigment in a clear base. I chose this polish because the sapphire is my birthstone and I think navy blue goes so perfectly with my favorite color, purple. So this is one coat of Sapphire Attire over CbL Feelings Whoa Whoa Whoa. Yummy together, aren't they?
Home Sweet Home is a multitude of medium and small orange and white glitter in a clear base. The glitter is so plentiful that I only used one coat and at times, was able to do the next nail without redipping the brush! Speaking of the brush, all of these polishes have the flat brush that I love so much!
The first set of photos of Home Sweet Home show it worn over WnW Listening to Blue Reed. I chose blue as a base because the combo reminds of beautiful koi ponds at the Japanese Rose Garden I visited as a kid. My best friend, Graciela, and her family took me there and I'll never forget it. I learned about origami and watched a man as he folded a crane for each of us. Viewed all the beautiful roses and other flowers as we strolled along. Home Sweet Home, to me, is that place in your heart where warm memories live and this polish definitely takes me there.
Next I wore Home Sweet Home over a gradient of Pipe Dream's Electric Soul, SC Dream On, and ChG Pink Voltage. It reminds me of the summer sunsets I watched from the swings in my back yard as I grew up in Texas. Such fond memories were made there. Where is your favorite place to watch a sunset?
Electric Soul. UNF. That is all.
Ok who am I kidding? I have to say more than that!
Electric Soul has several colors of micro flakies, blue, green, and purple micro iridescent glitter, and a touch of color shifting pigment all swimming in a beautiful indigo base. Each ingredient gives the polish depth and adds to its complexity. A breeze to apply and with just two coats it was opaque.
Pink Elephants and Lemonade is one of April's best sellers from what I've read and I can see why! It has hot pink and deep yellow matte glitters floating lazily down a teal river. I wore just two coats for the look below.
Last but not least, a bonus set of photos of Twigs and Berries. I wanted to show off how flexible a glitter topper this is. I've topped the very same mani from the first set of photos with Loreal Berry Nice. I just used one coat of the purple jelly polish and its got a whole different look!
From initial contact with April to wearing the polish, the whole experience was fantastic. I was excited about the brand so I spent some time reading anything I could find about Pipe Dream. I picked up a little tidbit of info that may be obvious to some but it wasn't to me - Did you know that all of Pipe Dream's polish names are derived from songs? Can you guess them all?
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