Posts tagged iridescent

Review: Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land!

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Allo Everyone!

Welcome to Day 2 of my Pretty and Polished Extravaganza, haha! I’ve got another holiday collection polish to share with you all today. This time we’re gonna check out Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land. Let’s get straight to it, shall we? ^_^

 


Pretty and Polished – S’no Mans Land

Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 1
Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 2
Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 3
S’no Mans Land is a frosty white polish filled with satin white hex glitter and small iridescent glitter. At first I was incredibly frustrated with this polish. It looked so pretty in the bottle and when I tried to wear it alone it was a frosty-streak filled disaster for me. :( What I quickly learned about S’no Mans Land is that you need patience to get it to work for you and not against you. What you also need to do is layer this sucker, unless you don’t mind the frosty finish when worn alone.

What you see above is 1 THIN coat of S’no Mans Land layered over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  This turned out to be my favorite combo for this polish. This turned out quite pretty when done this way. But make sure your coats are thiiiiinnn, I made the coat on my pointer finger just a little too thick and it started looking pearly again. :-P

The hex glitter is sparse but fishing wasn’t necessary, and I would not recommend fishing for this polish because it’ll just make your nails look like a mess, hah!
Pretty & Polished - S'No Mans Land 4
And here is a shot of 2 coats of S’no Mans Land on its own. I only did my pinky before I gave up on it to go with my layering combo instead. I mean, it’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. But it was just too frosty on its own for me. :P


Final Thoughts:

While not my favorite polish of the holiday collection that I’ve tried,  S’no Mans Land can be saved! ^_^ If you layer it over white it has quite the ethereal look thanks to the hex and iridescent glitter. Once I learned how to work with S’no Mans Land I really did love how it looked layered!

But bear in mind that it can be tricky to work with. And if frosty finish nail polishes are the bane of your existence, or you don’t like to layer your polishes then this may not be the polish you are looking for.

Purchase Info:

Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land can be purchased from Chels Marie’s new shop, www.shopprettyandpolished.com. It retails at $5.00 for the mini and $9 for the full sized bottle. You can also still find Pretty and Polished on her Etsy Shop.

For updates and previews of new collections, follow Pretty and Polished on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 

 

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Review: Emily de Molly Black Forest!

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Morning Everyone!

I’m suuuuuper pumped to be able to share this polish with you all today. I have been lusting over Emily de Molly polishes ever since I first stumbled across her Etsy shop earlier this past Spring. Sadly for me, she is based out of Australia and the turn around time for shipping nail polish from AUS was a staggering 3 months! And that’s if it showed up at all. As much as I loved her polishes, that was just too risky for me and I just came to the belief that I would never own a ‘de Molly’ polish. And after a while she stopped shipping internationally altogether on her Etsy page. :(

Then Leah Ann of Llarowe came to the rescue! She started to stock Emily de Molly! And my nails rejoiced, haha! I immediately snatched up Black Forest because it was at the top of my DO WANT list for months. ^_^

 


Emily de Molly – Black Forest

Emily de Molly - Black Forest 1
Emily de Molly - Black Forest 2
Emily de Molly Black Forest is a BEAST! This super black jelly is chock-full of multi-sized iridescent green hex glitter. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life! I decided to layer 2 coats of Black Forest over 1 coat of black (A England Camelot), and oh-my-glob-you-guys, it’s beautiful!

The polish was easy to apply and I didn’t have to fish for glitter at all. I added a coat of Gelous before adding my top coat to get a super smooth finish. But you may not even need to do that. I didn’t wait for it to fully dry to see if it had any bumpy texture before adding my TC. :-P
Emily de Molly - Black Forest 3
Sorry guys, I could not get a decent macro shot of Black Forest to save my life! I took about 10 macro shots and this was the best one from the lot. Bah.


Final Thoughts:

I love Black Forest and I’m so happy that there is a way to acquire Emily de Molly polishes internationally now! The way I feel about Emily de Molly is the way I feel about Pokemon, GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL! :-D

Purchase Info:

Emily de Molly polishes can be purchased from her Etsy Shop for residents of Australia only. Outside of Australia your current options are Llarowe or Shoppe Eclecticco, who both ship worldwide! Pricing ranges depending on the E-Tailer, so check each individual shop for pricing and shipping charges/policies. ^_^

For updates and previews of new collections, follow Emily de Molly on Facebook!

Layering Experiment No. 4 – Little No Name Sally

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Sally Hansen Mini (no name)

Morning!

The title of this entry sounds like it should be a children’s book, yes/no? Anyway, today I’ve got another polish I acquired during a yard sale (1 of 13 — it was a good sale!). This is a Sally Hansen polish that sadly has no name that I could find. It’s also a mini and the itty bitty rectangular bottle is so adorably tiny! The polish is quite sheer and even after three coats never reaches the green opalescent color shown in the bottle. But layered over black… Now we’re talkin’! ;-)

All swatches are with Essie Fill The Gap base coat and Seche Vite top coat.


Sally Hansen Mini – Green No Name

Sally Hansen Mini (no-name)
On my index finger I’m wearing three coats of the Sally Hansen mini. On the rest of my digits I’m wearing one coat of Sally Hansen Black Out with one coat of the green Sally Hansen polish layered over it. It takes on this gorgeous emerald colored hue! This has a pearl finish so you can see a few brush strokes here and there, but nothing too horrible.

Sally Hansen Mini (no-name)

A closer look. The color on its own is still very pretty, but personally I think this baby was made for layering. This polish is definitely going to be on the contenders list for next St. Patty’s Day. ^_^


Well that’s all I have to show you for now. I’m quite speechless that my little blog that is only a month and a half old already has 50 FOLLOWERS!! :-D I’d like to use this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that takes time out of your day to view my little space on the internet. It really means a lot to me, because without all of you I would be talking to myself. ;-)

Pink Wednesday: Essie Miami Nice

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Miami Nice
Hey Everyone!

Sorry about the late post, today has been pretty busy for me. I’m finally joining the Pink Wednesday bandwagon! I think this will be a nice break from hardcore swatching and it will force me to come out of my polish comfort zone since I hardly ever wear pink nail polish. :-)

Today I’ve got Miami Nice by Essie to show you all. I bought this one a few months back and I believe it’s part of the retail exclusive line carried by Target, Walmart and various drugstores. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

I used CND Sticky/Seche Vite as my base and top coat combo.

 


Miami Nice
Miami Nice

Miami Nice is an iridescent hot reddish-pink hue with a violet flash. The formula on this one was fantastic. It was squishy, like a cross between a jelly and a creme, and very well pigmented. Two coats would be perfectly acceptable for this, I used three just to get rid of a barely noticeable VNL (visible nail line).

Miami Nice
Here’s a close-up so you can see the shimmer in this one better.

Miami Nice
From another view, the flash of violet in Miami Nice just about disappears. It almost looks like a completely different polish!


Final Thoughts:

I love this color, when I first bought it I used it for a pedicure and I was quite pleased. I think this will be a  fun shade to have for the summer months. :-)

Purchase Info:

Essie has two lines of polish. They have the retail line, where you can find Miami Nice and others for about $8.00/each at your local Walmart, Target, CVS, etc. Then they have the salon line, initially the only Essie line, that has a wider variety of colors but can only be purchased through salons that carry the brand or via e-tailers like NailSupplies.us and Head2ToeBeauty.com

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