Friday, October 24, 2014

HPB Oct. Halloween Mani Link-Up

I'm a member of the Hobby Polish Bloggers group on Facebook. We're a diverse group of bloggers who help each other discover new ways of getting the blogging done, give each other feedback when asked, and grow our friendship inside and outside the group. Each and every lady in our group is special, we're very supportive of each other and we each contribute in different ways.

We're doing monthly link-ups, and the theme for October is Halloween! I've prepared a few nail art manicures with stamping and a even touch of freehand on two of them!
(The Simples group is really helping give me the confidence to try more free-hand nail art!)

For this look, I used Sweet Heart Polish Rad!, that I recently reviewed, as the base color. I then stamped it with spiders and webs from the Vivid Lacquer plate VL013. Spooky? Creepy?

xoxoJen's Halloween nail art - spiderwebs
xoxoJen's Halloween nail art - spiderwebs

Next, I tried capturing the feel of eery night skies filled with bats and different phases of the moon. The base is a sponged gradient of two Darling Diva polishes - Early Riser and Tina the Labradorite. The bats are stamped with Vivid Lacquer plate VL013 and the moon is freehanded with a mixture of Zoya Dove and Sweet Heart Polish Bitchin for a greyed out yellow moon effect.

xoxoJen's Halloween nail art - bats and moon
xoxoJen's Halloween nail art - bats and moon

What will you be wearing on your nails this Halloween?
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sweet Heart Polish: Neons with a kick!

Sweet Heart Polish launched a really cool set of six neons this summer and each one of them has either flakies or shimmer. They're really pretty and slightly sheer so they'd make a good polish to use for leadlighting or most of them are opaque in just three coats. The best part? Since summer is ended, these are retiring which means they're on SALE!! (through Saturday)

Stoked is the first one I swatched, and also my favorite of the bunch. It has a depth and shine like a piece of candy and is the most vibrant neon raspberry flakie.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Stoked
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Stoked

Amped is a a coral leaning pink packed with golden shimmers. This particular neon shade not color accurate in my photos, I got as close as I could. Think of a brighter more neon pink that leans a little bit coral due to the shimmers added in. The skirt in this photo is very very close to accurate for the color of this polish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Amped
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Amped

Wipe Out is a vivacious blue flakie.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Wipe Out
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Wipe Out


These last three shades, I wore over a white cream base so I could hide the nail line while shooting under bright lighting as these three are a bit more sheer than the first three shades.

Bitchin is a really bright lemon yellow filled with coral shimmer. The bright studio lights washed out the shimmer in my photos but trust me, it's there and it's gorgeous!

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Bitchin
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Bitchin

Gnarly is a flakie packed shade in between chartreuse and lime. Love it!

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Gnarly
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Gnarly

And finally there's Rad!, this orange packs a punch and will wow you with it's flakies!

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Rad!
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Rad!

You can grab your full sized super sale priced neons and many other retiring polishes for $4.50ea plus shipping at the Sweet Heart Polish shop, but don't delay! The sale ends Saturday!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cupcake Polish: November Sweet Addictions Box


Cupcake's Sweet Addictions collaborative box for November is launching tomorrow! I've had the opportunity to review it and if you thought last month's box was awesome, wait til you see this one!
All three polishes are holographic and the theme is gemstones! The box features polishes from Darling Diva, Different Dimension and Cupcake polish.

xoxoJen's box from Cupcake Polish: November Sweet Addictions

Tina The Labradorite - Adorable name right? It makes me think of a tiny puppy. Anywho, it's a vibrant blue with pink, purple, blue, gold, and black flakies and a linear holographic finish. Quite complex isn't it? This polish was inspired by the labradorite stone which is an absolutely stunning gemstone, don't ya think? The formula was of a consistency that was very easy to control during application and opaque in two coats topped with SV topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Darling Diva Tina The Labradorite
xoxoJen's swatch of Darling Diva Tina The Labradorite
xoxoJen's swatch of Darling Diva Tina The Labradorite

Saphir Rose sounds beautiful doesn't it? Wearing it made me feel a little sassy and bold! This polish by Different Dimension is a hot pink linear holo packed with pink shimmer and rainbow goodness. Missi was inspired by the pink sapphire gemstone for her creation and it turned out gorgeous don't ya think? I wore two coats with topcoat, no issues to report.

xoxoJen's swatch of Different Dimension Saphir Rose
xoxoJen's swatch of Different Dimension Saphir Rose
xoxoJen's swatch of Different Dimension Saphir Rose

Emerald Aisle is described by Sara of Cupcake as a rich dark green linear holo inspired by the emerald gemstone. I'd describe it as WOW! OMG! but that's not too helpful is it? It is definitely a straight up green - no yellow or blue leanings at all. The shade is rich and almost opaque in one coat, but I had some areas that needed more paint so I added another coat. The holo rainbow is so bright and noticeable even in a dimly lit room. Guys, I can't even express how awesome this one is. We all need it!

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle

The Sweet Addictions box for November will be available on Sunday, October 19th at 11am CDT at the Cupcake Polish online shop.

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