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Review: Cirque Arcus Collection Swatches Part 1 – Solid(ish) Colors!!

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Cirque Arcus Collection Part 1

Morning Everyone!

I’ve got the Summer 2013 Cirque Arcus collection to share with you all, but I’ve decided to split it into two parts because I took a LOT of pictures. I actually have quite a few nail polishes from Cirque that I need to show you, but I’m starting with Annie’s newest collection and working my way backwards. ;)


Erda

Cirque - Erda 1
Cirque - Erda 2
Cirque - Erda 3
Erda is a beautiful glowy green with hints of blue around the edges. I wish the blue duo-tone shift showed more on my nails like it does in the bottle! I might try layering this one over black the next time I wear it to see if it shows the color shift a bit more that way. This is 3 thin coats, easy application.

Bejeweled

Cirque - Bejeweled 1
Cirque - Bejeweled 2
Cirque - Bejeweled 3
Wow. Bejeweled is a stunning and strong linear holo. This is 2 easy coats, no special holo base coat needed for this baby!
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 1
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 2
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 3
And here’s Bejeweled again with camera flash. Isn’t it ridiculous!? ^_^

Sanguine

Cirque - Sanguine 1
Cirque - Sanguine 2
Cirque - Sanguine 3
Cirque - Sanguine 4
Sanguine is a orange-gold duo-chrome shimmer. The color shift is pretty mild when wearing Sanguine on its own, but layered over black it’s a bit stronger. I used 3 thin coats here. Still gorgeous on its own but I’m a sucker for anything orange. ;)
Cirque - Sanguine over black 1
Cirque - Sanguine over black 2
Cirque - Sanguine over black 3
Cirque - Sanguine over black 4
1 coat of Sanguine over black and you can see the color shift a little more here, but I honestly like the brightness and shimmer of Sanguine on its own better. This would be a nice layering combo for Fall though!

Vesuvius

Cirque - Vesuvius 1
Cirque - Vesuvius 2
Cirque - Vesuvius 3
Vesuvius is a strawberry red linear holographic. Again 2 easy coats and a great formula, just like Bejeweled.
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 1
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 2
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 3
Vesuvius with camera flash is a thing of beauty. I’m thinking I’ll be needing this on my toes for all the cute sandals I can finally wear now that it’s getting warm outside!

Queen Majesty

Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 1
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 2
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 3
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 4
LOVE Queen Majesty! I decided right off to layer this one over black so I wouldn’t have to use so much of it, this is 2 coats over Wet n Wild Black Creme. Great coverage, and I love the sneaky bits of blue flecked in with the purple glitters!

Helios

Cirque - Helios 1
Cirque - Helios 2
Cirque - Helios 3
Cirque - Helios 4
Helios is faaaaaaaaabulous! Stunning gold microglitter sprinkled with holo glitter, and opaque after 3 coats on its own! I’m actually wearing a combo of this and Orly Green With Envy on my toes and it’s a really great color combo! You can see it HERE, I promise I don’t have scary toes. ;)
Cirque - Helios (over black) 1
Cirque - Helios (over black) 2
Cirque - Helios (over black) 3
I decided to try it over black as well, 1 coat, and I really like it this way too! Is anyone else reminded of the MOST OBNOXIOUS GOD OF WAR BOSS EVER when they hear the name Helios? Just me? Okay. :D
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 1
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 2
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 3
And just for shiggles, some shots of Helios over black with camera flash. Hello holo!!


Final Thoughts:

I’m honestly never really disappointed with any of the Cirque Colors that I’ve had the pleasure of trying, these 6 are no exception to that rule. I DO wish that the two multi-chrome ones, Erda and Sanguine, were more multifaceted without having to layer them over a dark base. That being said, all of these had wonderful formulas. And looooooove the soft lavender/clary sage scent that is her signature for each nail polish. I don’t even care that I look like a creeper sneaking whiffs of my fingers from time to time. ;)

My top picks out of these 6 are Queen Majesty, Erda, and Helios, but all of them are really great. ^_^

Purchase Info:

The Cirque Arcus collection can be purchased from their website, http://www.cirquecolors.com/. The polishes retail at $13.00 – 15.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish, and she does offer international shipping! You can also view her list of international stockists [HERE].

Cirque nail lacquer is 3-Free, which means it does not contain toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Each bottle contains high quality essential oils, such as lavender and clary sage, to lend your hands a subtle scent after the polish dries.

You can also follow Cirque on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ^_^

 


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Review: Introducing the Rescue Beauty Lounge Bloggers Collection 2.0!!!

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RBL Blogger 2 Collection

Morning Ladies!

This is another one of those surreal IS-THIS-REAL-LIFE moments for me so prepare for lots of capslock, haha! I can still remember three or four years ago when I was drooling over the colors in the original 2009 RBL Blogger collection, and wishing I had known about the wonders of nail polish earlier because I needed Scrangie. And now, here I am in 2013 with the Rescue Beauty Lounge Bloggers Collection 2.0 to share with you all, and it’s featuring a nail polish that I helped design! My own nail polish. MINE. Curated with love, and tons of test bottles and swatches, and seriously over a year of love and frustration with unforeseen snags that Ji and I ran into with my initial vision. But it’s here folks. Nails and Noms in nail polish form is here! Along with five other beautiful ladies who got to make their polish dreams come true.

Someone help me, there seems to be some sort of watery liquid coming from my eyes. :D

We’re here to finally celebrate The Bloggers’ Collection 2.0. This hypnotically long voyage started back in January 2012. Truthfully, I love collaborating with expert lacquer aficionados because I am guaranteed that they will take me on a journey that raises the bar even higher (even though there’s the chance that I’ll surf and crash hard while riding those high waves of technical difficulties). Every color has its own destiny, and although it may stray from the original creator’s vision, the bumpy ride is always worth it. Scrangie, Kellie, Pammy, Sam, Rie and I are proud and excited—can you hear our thumping heartbeats? My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of them for sharing their creative globe-trotting, nail polish-making paths—I had a blast and hope you all did too.

 


NailsandNoms

RBL NailsandNoms (Rie of Nails and Noms)
If you’ve read Rie’s blog, you know she’s an orange lover and the lady wished to have a Turquoise shimmer or glitter mixed into a bright orange base. However, the vision she had in mind made my already terrible potty-mouth even filthier. The turquoise glitter/shimmer she requested bled into the base, which turned the sherbert-like bright orange base into a canned-pumpkin color, which I do not share kinship with (neither did Rie). Three months into it, I finally got it. Rie loved it and I sent it to the lab. A few weeks later, I was mixing something else and I thought—what the *eek is that? Well, the blues ran the orange into a muddy imbroglio again, making the pigments unstable. I quickly reworked the game plan, I actually hunted down and brought in the orange sherbet of my childhood, you know, the kind in a tub with swirls of different colors and added a mélange of periwinkle, pink and orange shimmer to float on the glaze without losing the integrity of the bright orange. True story, “Rie” stands for Marie Antoinette, so we say—let them eat sherbet!
RBL NailsandNoms - 1
RBL NailsandNoms - 2
RBL NailsandNoms - 3
RBL NailsandNoms - 4
Okay, so you all KNOW I’m going to be biased as hell here but I absolutely LOVE the way that my polish NailsandNoms turned out! The shimmer is so dense and it really does look like sherbert on your nails (which is what I happily squealed at Ji once we finally nailed the color after the umpteenth test run)! The microscopic orange shimmer is reminiscent of glass flecks, while the pink shimmer comes out to play in most light settings. The periwinkle shimmer likes to play in low light as well, and it really comes out to shine in the sun. I cannot WAIT to put this on my toes once it’s warm enough for beach weather where I live!

NailsandNoms has a slightly jelly-mostly creme tangerine finish that is PACKED with shimmer. I used 3 coats here, but you could probably get away with 2 if you have shorter nails. You’ll definitely need topcoat with her because she’s so bright that it dries with a satin/semi-matte finish.
RBL NailsandNoms - 5
And here’s NailsandNoms with camera flash, aka simulated sunlight when you’re swatching nail polish at 4am. ;) But you NEED to see this one in actual daylight, the shimmer is CRAZY. :D

Kellie Gonzo

RBL Kellie Gonzo (Kellie)
Kellie luves her sparkles and glittahs. She wanted a pink-coral happiness that captures her bright, sunny, and bubbly personality; a color that shoots out with her warm-hearted twinkles. At first, I made her the most intense bright coral that we both fell hard for, but then, its legal neon pigments started separating, making the polish a big, hot mess. This color took the longest to color match, it pushes on the edge of bright pink coral without adding any neon pigments—and I can feel Kellie’s smile beaming from the bottle—it’s so her.
RBL Kellie Gonzo - 1
RBL Kellie Gonzo - 2
RBL Kellie Gonzo - 3
RBL Kellie Gonzo - 4
OOOOHHMIGOSH! Is it considered cheating if I say that I love Kellie Gonzo as much as my own NailsandNoms?! ;) Kellie Gonzo is a super squishy coral jelly with sparse pink, orange-y copper and silver glitter. I just.. DIE. I don’t own anything like this and it was a dream to apply. 4 thin coats needed (tis the nature of jellies) and incredibly glossy without topcoat. It reminds me of blinged out grapefruit! :P
RBL Kellie Gonzo - 5
Here’s a shot of Kellie Gonzo with flash. How is it possible that it’s even MOAR gorgeous!? Witchcraft.

Liberty

RBL Liberty (Pam of Polish Police)
From the opposite time zone on the other side of the globe, Pammy and I worked together on Facetime to race against the clock. She has a true-blue infatuation with Pizzicato and she demanded Pizzicato’s mint-green sister. Of course, I had to add a pinch of blue shimmer here and there to make it—sister worthy. Our most hilarious and surprising moment came when it was time to name her polish—she actually choked! Yup, our Pammy, one of my favorite authors. She thought naming the polish would be easy and fun—she now knows my pain. But this name is spot on—I see an image of the majestic Lady Liberty gleaming with reflective glass-flecks, shimmering on a warm, sunny day while I stand on the deck of the Staten Island Ferry, my hair blowing wildly against the wind, mesmerized by her presence and the symbol for what she represents.
RBL Liberty - 1
RBL Liberty - 2
RBL Liberty - 3
RBL Liberty - 4
If nail polish was like a sport, I would consider this the completion of a nail polish hat-trick! Liberty is absolutely GORGEOUS. You all know how much I love seafoam greens. And actually, when Ji first asked if I wanted to be part of the second blogger collection my first choice was a seafoam green! But Pammy beat me to it, and I bow down because her vision of Liberty is PERFECTION! This beauty also features delicate teal and silver shimmer that can be seen in almost all lighting. I’ve been wearing it for days now and I can’t stop staring at my nails! 3 easy coats here, no issues with the formula.
RBL Liberty - 5
Lady Liberty with camera flash, a vision of beauty y’all. ♥

Fashion Polish

RBL Fashion Polish (Sam)
I’ve never worked with anyone who had actually mixed (frankened) nail polish before. When Sam and I were DM-ing each other, this made me nervous; I was humbled and excited. It was refreshing to know that she had her own technical challenge. She wanted to incorporate her deep affection for black base nail polish with gold and red glitters. The black pigment’s weight issue with the floating glitter ratio was indeed a challenge for me as well. Sam sent me a photo of a breathtaking sunset that bleeds into the golden sunlight. Red clouds coat-tail into the blackest of the night. I mixed six versions of the color and shipped it to her home in France, ridiculously wishing that I, too, could shrink and sneak into her shipping box and be whisked away to France.
RBL Fashion Polish - 1
RBL Fashion Polish - 2
RBL Fashion Polish - 3
RBL Fashion Polish - 4
I took one look at Fashion Polish when it arrived and I immediately decided that this was 100% a bona-fide Sam color! An edgy yet sophisticated black jelly base filled with pink, green, gold, and red glitter that was easy to apply. I was satisfied after 3 coats, but it has great coverage so you may be able to get away with 2 coats. One layer of top coat (I used my RBL top coat and base coat for all swatches today) was enough for a smooth surface, but I think I may do a Gelous/ChG Fast Forward top coat combo the next time I sport this bay boy… Or naughty girl? I don’t know, personification of nail polish is sometimes difficult. ;)
RBL Fashion Polish - 5
Flash shot of Fashion Polish. ^_^

Scrangie 2.0

RBL Scrangie 2.0
Naturally, I tagged Queen Scrangie first, who can forget what we’ve made together already? And, of course, she wanted that elusive nailpolish-goliath. A black oil slick with a multifaceted ring visible in lowlight. I, too, have had this effect on my wish list for as long as I can remember. We tried unconventional raw materials that failed miserably after months of mixing. After six intense months, the end result is a polish that contains isolated oil rings, it is the color of an oil base that floats on water with rainbow sparkles, it shifts from shade to shade depending on the light that is cast on it.
RBL Scrangie 2.0 - 1
RBL Scrangie 2.0 - 2
RBL Scrangie 2.0 - 3
RBL Scrangie 2.0 - 4
Scrangie 2.0 is a complex beast! And when I say that it is with the utmost praise. ;) She is a blackened bronze-y metallic green that is filled with blue/maroon/wtfbbq shimmer. It kinda makes me head want to explode with glee. I’ve been wearing a combined mani with Scrangie 2.0 and Liberty and I cannot stop ogling my own nails! Amazing formula, 2 coats needed at most or 1 carefully applied thick coat. JUST LOOK AT THAT MACRO. LOOK AGAIN. All is right with the world. :)
RBL Scrangie 2.0 - 5
One more shot of Scrangie 2.0 with camera flash.

An Accidental Interloper

RBL An Accidental Interloper (Ji)
Who is the nail blogger behind this color? ’Tis I, an interloper who is not a nail blogger–shameless I know. When we were in the beginning stages of mixing Liberty, Pammy mentioned that we needed some kind of silver in our RBL family. For me, making a unique silver color was an obstacle I had yet to solve for many years. I have numerous bottles in my RBL cemetery drawers sitting there like rejected sleeping beauties. Yet, it was impossible to stop my hands and my foolish heart from trying again. I mixed, searched my polish graveyard, reawakened, remixed and re-married pigments to achieve this silver goddess with an edge faceted by multi-shimmer hues. It’s a silver palette I can embrace as a part of the RBL family. Please forgive me??
RBL An Accidental Interloper - 1
RBL An Accidental Interloper - 2
RBL An Accidental Interloper - 3
An Accidental Interloper is a blue-toned gun-metal silver with pink, green and teal microshimmer. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one, but it’s a lot more complex than what you see with the naked eye. Upon closer inspection you see just how jam-packed it is with shimmer! Formula on this one was similar to Scrangie 2.0, thick yet easy to work with. 2 coats here, but again I barely needed that 2nd coat. 1 could work well on shorter nails or with careful application.
RBL An Accidental Interloper - 4
Flash camera shot of An Accidental Interloper. The shimmer really comes out to play here. :)


Final Thoughts:

It’s been a long year and a half of throwing ideas back and forth with Ji. And receiving words of encouragement and advice from my roomie Brenda and my wonderful boyfriend Chad (who were both very good at keeping this all a secret for soooooo long!). And I’m so very thrilled with the end result, and the fact that I can finally tell people about it! I seriously burst into tears when I got the final blogger collection in the mail and saw my polish in its final form. I feel like all of my hard work and sharing my love of nail polish has paid off in little moments like this. And I cannot stop grinning like a fool. :D

But anyway, enough gushing from me and let’s get back to evaluating the 6 polishes in this collection. *ahem* I’ve always thought that RBL was lacking in the orange department, so I’m thrilled that my baby NailsandNoms is part of the family now. You all definitely need that one. Just sayin’. :D My other top picks are Kellie Gonzo, and Liberty. But Scrangie 2.0, Fashion Polish and An Accidental Interloper are a close 2nd place! I cannot wait to do ALL THE NAIL ART with this collection. I think that An Accidental Interloper and Scrangie 2.0 will be excellent for stamping! And I already plan on doing a gradient with NailsandNoms and Kellie Gonzo! Plus I need to show you all the pretty mani I wore over the weekend with Scrangie 2.0 and Liberty! Okay, so maybe they’re ALL my favorite. ;)

Oh! And don’t forget to hop on over to the other ladies’ blogs to see their lovely swatches too: Scrangie, Kellie Gonzo, Pammy of Polish Police, Sam of Fashion Polish!

Purchase Info:

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at www.rescuebeauty.com for $20 per bottle. The pre-sale date is set for 6/28 at noon (12pm), so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter email blast to take advantage of the Rescue Beauty Lounge Bloggers Collection 2.0 pre-order! If you can’t do the pre-sale don’t worry, the date that this collection will be available for the public is still forthcoming. :)

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability, and high shine. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. They do not test on animals.

And for updates on new collections, release dates, etc., you can follow Rescue Beauty Lounge on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+!

 

 


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Review: Paint Box Polish Summer Heat Collection for Summer 2013!

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Paint Box Polish Summer Heat Collection (Summer 2013)

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got three out of the five nail polishes from the upcoming Paint Box Polish Summer Heat collection! Pam (creator of Paint Box Polish) sent me these babies and I really enjoyed them! She created this collection after she was inspired by the bright and energetic colors of her Zumba classes. ^_^

Since I wanted a glass smooth finish, I did use Glitter Tamer and a thick top coat (China Glaze Fast Forward) for these swatches. :D

 

 


Booty Pop

Paint Box Polish - Booty Pop 1

Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

Paint Box Polish - Booty Pop 2

Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

Paint Box Polish - Booty Pop 3

Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

Paint Box Polish - Booty Pop 4

Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

Booty Pop is a highlighter yellow jelly-creme hybrid with blue shimmer and black square and circle glitters. This one had a super easy to work with formula, which isn’t a simple feat with yellow pigments! I did 3 coats of Booty Pop by itself here. ^_^

Sweat It Off

Paint Box Polish - Sweat It Off 1

Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

Paint Box Polish - Sweat It Off 2

Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

Paint Box Polish - Sweat It Off 3

Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

Paint Box Polish - Sweat It Off 4

Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

Sweat It Off is a peachy neon creme with opalescent shimmer and black circle and square glitter. The formula on this one was a little bit temperamental on the first 2 coats, but after 3 coats it evened itself out. You will definitely need topcoat with this one to make it super glossy since it dries with a satin finish. Formula aside, Sweat It Off was a favorite for both my boyfriend and me!

Everybody’s Doing It

Paint Box Polish - Everybody's Doing It 1

Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

Paint Box Polish - Everybody's Doing It 2

Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

Paint Box Polish - Everybody's Doing It 3

Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

Paint Box Polish - Everybody's Doing It 4

Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

Everybody’s Doing It is a goooorrrgeous neon pink jelly-creme hybrid with blue shimmer and black circle and square glitter. This one had a nice thin and easy to work with formula just like Booty Pop. I used 3 coats here, but you could easily get away with 2 if you have shorter nails. ;)


Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the nail polishes that I got to try from this collection! The square and circle glitters were very easy to apply, no fishing required! And I was able to achieve an opaque and finished look at 3 coats, which is not always the case with neons. Pam did mention to me that these layered over white make them REALLY pop so I’ll have to try that next time I wear them. ^_^

All three were great though, both Booty Pop and Sweat It Off got the BSoA (Boyfriend Seal of Approval) and I really loved… ALL of them, haha! I actually plan on going back to snag the two I’m missing from the collection (a neon green and a bright Tardis blue!) once it’s released. :D

Purchase Info:

The Paint Box Polish Summer Heat collection will be available for purchase from the Paint Box Polish Etsy shop beginning on June 26th. These will only be available as full-sized bottles, which retail at $9.00 per bottle of polish.

And the ever wonderful Pam was kind enough to create a coupon code for you lovely folk who read my humble little blog. When you enter NOMSSUMMER20 at checkout you’ll get an additional 20% off your purchase! This coupon is good for the next 30 days folks! ^_^

And for more updates on new collections and stocking info, you can follow Paint Box Polish on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@paintboxpolish).

 

 

 

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Review: Barielle Sweet Treats Swatches for Spring 2013

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Barielle Sweet Treats Spring 2013

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got the Barielle Sweet Treats swatches for Spring 2013 to show you all. I’ve been sitting on this collection for a while now and I wanted to make sure I shared it with you before spring ended, haha! This is a 5 polish collection of pastel(ish) cremes and a lone shimmer from Barielle, so let’s check ‘em out!

 


Banana Drop

Barielle - Banana Drop 1

Barielle – Banana Drop

Barielle - Banana Drop 2

Barielle – Banana Drop

Banana Drop is a creamy pale yellow creme. I was afraid of how application would be on this one with it being yellow AND a pastel, but it was relatively painless! Only one tiny spot of cuticle drag (on my ring finger) and it self leveled at 3 coats.

Green Apple Chew

Barielle - Green Apple Chew 1

Barielle – Green Apple Chew

Barielle - Green Apple Chew 2

Barielle – Green Apple Chew

Green Apple Chew is a great chartreuse green creme. This one was perfection at 3 thin coats, and again self leveling. It immediately reminded me of OPI’s Did It On ‘Em but I’ll have to compare the two to see how similar they really are. I do know that the formula for Green Apple Chew is ten times better than the OPI! And I think Green Apple Chew might be a smidge brighter, but don’t quote me on that one! ;)

Orange Parfait

Barielle - Orange Parfait 1

Barielle – Orange Parfait

Barielle - Orange Parfait 2

Barielle – Orange Parfait

Orange Parfait is a super chic muted coral orange, it reminds me of the color of sherbet! This was 3 coats here, but you could probably get away with 2 coats with careful application.

Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle - Lilac Jelly Bean 1

Barielle – Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle - Lilac Jelly Bean 2

Barielle – Lilac Jelly Bean

Lilac Jelly Bean is your typical grayed out violet. Nothing new here, but the formula is great! This is 2 coats. :)

Blue Cotton Candy

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 1

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 2

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

Blue Cotton Candy is a sweet surprise for this collection, a muted sea blue with silver shimmer! At first glance I thought it was glass flecks and my heart skipped a beat, haha! The formula on this one was superb, almost a 1 coater but I used 2 here. Careful application and shorter nails will easily require only 1 coat of polish

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Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

And here’s a macro shot. *le swoon*


Final Thoughts:

Honestly I really have nothing horrible to say about this collection! I usually stay far far away from pastels because they give me lobster claws, but this collection was quite flattering on my skin tone! Of course the only non pastel, Blue Cotton Candy, is hands down my favorite. I’m a shimmer lover after all. ;) But my other picks from the Barielle Sweet Treats collection are Green Apple Chew and Orange Parfait. Lilac Jelly Bean has been done over and over and OVER by so many different brands that I would have honestly enjoyed any other color in its place. That being said, they all had great formulas for a mostly pastel collection. No chalkyness, no streaks, easy application. Which ones are your favorites?

Purchase Info:

The Barielle Sweet Treats collection can be purchased on the Barielle website. Their polishes retail at $8.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish, or $25 for the Sweet Treats 5-piece set.

 

 

 

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Review: My First Pretty Serious Nail Polish Swatches!

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Morning Everyone!

I’m super excited to be sharing a brand that I’ve been admiring from afar for a while. I’ve been wanting to try out Pretty Serious Cosmetics nail polishes for quite some time now, but I just hadn’t gotten around to snagging any of them. They were part of my pretty hefty “Must Try Eventually” list of indie brands. ;)

So when Kaz shot me a message asking if I wanted to try a few of her little gems I practically squealed! And then immediately said hell yes. ;)

She’s shared four lovelies from her Seriously Random collection for me to show you all today. Let’s check out my Pretty Serious nail polish swatches right meow!

 


Cybernetic

Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 1
Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 2
THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO… Haha, sorry I had to do it. The name of this nail polish reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future. It was the great circuiting… :D

But I digress, this Cybernetic nail polish is a gorgeous blue, teal, and purple glitter mixture in a blue jelly base. It’s absolutely beautiful and so fun to look at! Application for this one was fairly easy, this is 3 coats for full coverage.
Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 3
Here’s a macro shot for you all. Cybernetic is easily one of my favorites from the bunch. ^_^

My Darlin’ Clementine

Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 1
Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 2
YAAAAAAAASSSSS!! So obviously I absolutely adore My Darlin’ Clementine. Orange is one of my absolute favorite colors and this nail polish does not disappoint in hue saturation or formula. 3 easy as pie coats for shiny orange jelly goodness with golden shimmer. This shimmer looks almost green before I put on my nails, but it’s definitely a golden hue (at least to me) after applied. ^_^
Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 3
DAT MACRO SHOT. My Darlin’ Clementine definitely had the easiest formula to work with out of the four that I swatched from this collection.

Purple Monkey Dishwasher

Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 1
Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 3
The name for this one cracks me up. I’m looking forward to the facial expression of the person I tell that I’m wearing Purple Monkey Dishwasher on my nails. :P Purple jelly base packed with purple glitter (Pretty Serious Cosmetics informs us that this nail polish contains no actual monkeys ;) ). This one gave me the most issues with application. It’s a little thicker maybe than the other three I tried from this collection, and I must not have waited long enough between coats for this one because I had some cuticle/tip dragging issues on a few nails. I think the next time I wear Purple Monkey Dishwasher I’ll double my wait time between coats. I have 3 coats shown here.
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Macro shot! I love how well the glitter coats up to the tips without any bald patches. ^_^

Grimm Demise

Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 2
Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 3
Another awesomely named nail polish from Pretty Serious, Grimm Demise is a gorgeous green glitter (alliteration win!) with a green jelly base. I’m a huuuuuge fan on folklore and urban legends, with the Grimm’s Fairy Tales being some of my favorites. Frau Totenkinder of the Fables comic series also comes to mind when I see this color and hear the name. ^_^ This is 3 thin coats of Grimm Demise, easy peasy application.
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And of course a macro shot. I hate that this one came out so blurry! It looked so great in my preview window on my camera. I’m blaming the nargles.


Final Thoughts:

I’m pretty fricken pleased with my first nail polishes ever from Pretty Serious Cosmetics! The pigmentation for each of them is great and other than the thicker formula of Purple Monkey Dishwasher (still lol’ing at that name) they were all very easy to work with! My two easy favorites are tied between My Darlin’ Clementine (duh) and Cybernetic, with Grimm Demise in at a close second place.

Purchase Info:

Pretty Serious Cosmetics nail polishes are Big 3 Free and Formaldehyde Resin Free. They are also vegan and cruelty free for those that require that in a nail polish!

Retail cost is $9.95 per 11ml bottle of nail polish, and they can be purchased right at Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ website. They ship worldwide out of Australia, so please check their Shipping & Returns policies as shipping costs and stipulations may vary country to country. You can also check out their ‘Also Available At…’ link for where to buy internationally. ^_^

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Review: Alanna Renee Nail Polishes!

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Morning Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great Monday, or as great as a Monday can be anyway. ;) Today I’ve got some very special nail polishes to share with you all. I’m excited to have the opportunity to review several nail polishes from the Australian indie polish creator, Alanna Renee! These special little treasures came to me all the way from Australia through the joint effort of Alanna herself and my wonderful IG pal, Natalia. Thanks so much ladies!! I especially loved the little Aussie koala stuffed animal and the nummy Caramello Koala candies stowed away in my care packages. :D

I was given the option to pick out whichever Alanna Renee nail polishes that I wanted to try, and Alanna ended up throwing in a fourth one for me to play with as well. Enough of my rambling, let’s move on to the swatches! I’m using my new light box for the first time so hang in there with me while I adjust, haha!

 


Tranquil

Alanna Renee - Tranquil 1
First up is Tranquil, a gorgeous turquoise filled with lavender hex glitter, small light blue and purple hex glitter, large turquoise square glitter and small indigo flakes. This one is sooo pretty, but the lavender hex glitter was a little difficult to get out and turquoise square glitter flat out refused to leave the sides of the bottle. :P I inverted it, but I think I need to take a toothpick and jab the sides of my bottle to loosen their grip on the glass. I think I managed to get a single piece of square glitter on one nail, haha!
Alanna Renee - Tranquil 2
Alanna Renee - Tranquil 3
Alanna Renee - Tranquil 4
You see all that beautiful lavender and turquoise hex and square glitter in the bottle? Yeah, it’s still in there. ;) I’ll wear this one again soon and try some other techniques to get that glitter to play nice. If I have better results I’ll update this post!

Even with the stubborn glitter, Tranquil is really beautiful. I’m a sucker for this color of nail polish and the glitter that did come out of the bottle really accented the base color nicely. It was like creating a jelly sandwich without having to layer two different nail polishes. This is 2 coats with a little bit of dabbing for a 3rd coat after fishing out some hex glitter.

Ablaze

Alanna Renee - Ablaze 1
Alanna Renee - Ablaze 2
Alanna Renee - Ablaze 3
Oh hell yes, you already know that Ablaze is my shizznuckle. :D Ablaze is a complex mix of yellow, orange and red shreds and yellow, orange, red and black hex glitter in a fiery orange jelly base. YESSS GAWWWWWD I am in love!! I used 3 coats here. There’s an epic crapton of things going on in this polish, so you definitely need a top coat to get everything nice and smooth. And as will all nail polish with shard glitter, making sure those pieces lie flat before adding top coat is a must for a smooth finish.

I want this on my toes. I don’t even care how atrocious the future glitter removal will be for it, haha! I will use the foil method on my toes if I have to. It’s just that serious. O_O

Milky Way

Alanna Renee - Milky Way 1
Alanna Renee - Milky Way 2
Alanna Renee - Milky Way 3
Milky Way was snuck into my care package by Alanna for me to try out. It’s a pretty glitter topcoat made up of orange-to-green and blue-to-purple colour shifting glitter of different shapes and sizes in a clear base. While it’s not anything particularly new to the glitter topper world, Milky Way is very pretty and application was superb. All I needed was 1 coat over my black base for a nice effect. The formula is very easy to work with versus most glitter toppers that have thick and sometimes goopy suspension bases. I see myself coming back to this one a lot to jazz up my vampy nail polishes.

Reptar

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Alanna Renee - Reptar 2
Alanna Renee - Reptar 3
And finally, my favorite in my humble collection of Alanna Renee nail polishes…. Reptar!! I was already in love with the look of this nail polish from photos. And then I saw the name!! I mean, who else wasn’t obsessed with the Rugrats as a kid? Or babysat someone who was obsessed with the Rugrats for the more distinguished crowd. ;) If you’re not familiar, Reptar is pretty much the most badass dinosaur (behind the HBICs in Jurassic Park anyway). I mean hello, Reptar On Ice anyone? :D

Alanna Renee’s Reptar captures the essence of the original source flawlessly. It has orange and lavender hex glitter and smaller black, white and neon green hex glitter in a light green base. I LOVE this one. I ended up keeping Reptar on my nails after my swatching session and I’ve made a point to show it to everyone. It even got the coveted Boyfriend Seal Of Approval™!

I used 2 coats for full coverage. Reptar dries gritty and it has a monster appetite for topcoat. I used 2 coats of Gelous AND China Glaze Fast Forward topcoat. And today (2 days later) it’s back to being a little gritty to the touch. But in the days of Liquid Sandzzzz/etc. this is quite acceptable, and I actually like the texture. ;)
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And one more group bottle shot for you all because I was messing around with my new pop-up light box. It even comes with 4 backdrops! Fancy, eh? :P


Final Thoughts:

I am absolutely smitten with the four Alanna Renee nail polishes that I currently own. I think all of them are great, but my favorites are definitely Ablaze and Reptar. If you’re looking for a great glitter topper, Milky Way is the one for you. And Tranquil would be flawless if not for the temperamental square and hex glitter, though I still love it even though it’s the ‘problem child’ of the group. :p

There are currently 10 nail polishes in Alanna Renee’s collection. And now that I’ve tried these four I definitely want to try the other ones!

Alanna Renee nail polishes are Big 3 (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP) free, and the full list of ingredients can be found [HERE] via her website.

Purchase Info:

Alanna Renee nail polish is currently only available for purchase in Australia at alannarenee.com, they retail for $7.99 AUD per 12ml bottle. Unfortunately due to the strict international shipping regulations with nail polish (classified as dangerous goods), international shipping is not offered at this time. :(

BUT!!!! Alanna is working with Shoppe Eclecticco in Singapore and Color 4 Nails in the U.S. to stock Alanna Renee polishes, and they both offer international shipping (pricing not confirmed yet)! So keep an eye out for news from Alanna Renee on when those two stockist will start supplying her collections. ^_^

To keep updated on Alanna Renee collections, news, etc… You can follow her on her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 21 – Inspired By A Color

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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to another day of the 31 Day Challenge 2012! Today’s theme for Day 21 is ‘Inspired By A Color’, which is such a vague theme. I mean… The entire first week of the challenge was inspired by color, don’t ya think? ;) I didn’t really know what direction I wanted to go in with this one so I just did a skittle mani. That’s inspired by several colors, right? :-D

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 21 – Inspired By A Color!

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I’ve been meaning to play with several of my new glitter polishes that I got last month, so here they are! Let’s see if I remember the names of everything because I’m awesome and didn’t write anything down when I wore this last week. :-D
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Smitten Polish ERMAHGERD, CANDY CORMS. I really… REALLY hate the whole “Ermahgerd” meme so the name of this one drives me up the wall. It was funny at first but it’s seriously been beaten into the ground. -_- But the polish itself is pretty! It was a bit of a pain to work with, goopy/thick but worth the headache. I think if I add thinner it might help.
31DC2012 Day 21 - Inspired by Color 5
This is Accessorize Nail Speckle Bumble Bee. I layered it over OPI Hi, Pumpkin!. This one was a gift to me from my pal Esther in the UK. Thanks lady! :-D
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This is Whimsical Ideas by Pam Wicked! I fell in love with this one after seeing Jen’s swatches. ^_^ I layered it over…. I think Essie Mojito Madness, but I honestly can’t remember anymore.
31DC2012 Day 21 - Inspired by Color 7
This is the other Accessorize Nail Speckle polish that Esther sent me for my birthday. It’s called Butterfly, I layered this one over a white creme. :)
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I think this was my favorite combination! This is OPI Candlelight with 1 coat of Cagedbird Nail Lacquer Hallowishes layered over it. I loooove the combination of the orange, purple and star glitter. I didn’t even have to fish around for the stars, it had perfect application! ^_^


Don’t forget to check out what Sam and Cris did for their day 21 nails! :D

 

 

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 16 – Tribal Nails!!

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Hey Everyone!

*Phew!*

I’m finally caught up with Sam and Cris for the 31 Day Challenge 2012! I’m really happy with how my tribal nails turned out so let’s get right to it! ^_^

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 16 – Tribal Nails

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31DC2012 Day 16 Tribal Print 3
I first saw this look created by Supa Nails and I fell in love. I pinned her Zulu Pop nails to my Pinterest ‘nails to try’ board and then promptly forgot about it, haha. When I was trying to think about what to do for today these popped back into my brain and it was a wrap. :-D
31DC2012 Day 16 Tribal Print 4
31DC2012 Day 16 Tribal Print 5
I used China Glaze Orange Knockout (Neon) as my base, it’s one of my favorite oranges and it’s BRIGHT! I then free-handed the rest with black and white nail art pens, Milani White On The Spot, Sally Hansen Lightening and Essie Lapis Of Luxury.


What do you think of these bright tribal nails everyone? I really like ‘em. But you know how I love my brights. :-D

 

 

31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 11 – Polka Dot Nails!!

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Evening Everyone!

I’m apologize for how late my polka dot nails post is for the 31 Day Challenge 2012 that I’m doing with Sam and Cris today. I ran out of time to do my nails yesterday before heading out for the night, and this morning I was just a smidge headachey from too many adult beverages. I’ll share a few pictures from my Halloweekend at the end of this post. :-D

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 11 – Interlocking Polka Dots!

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Ever since I saw Slacquerr do these interlocking dots I have been obsessed with them! It’s such a fun way to do polka dot nails and the possibilities are endless! This particular design originated at Nail Polish Wars who also has a great tutorial on her blog. ^_^

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I used Rescue Beauty Lounge Abi and Santa Fe with dotting tools. I was going for a Fall look but it kinda reminds me of the colors for Nickelodeon, haha!

Halloweeeeeen!!

Finn and Princess Bubblegum - nailsandnoms
And here’s the boyfriend and I as Finn the Human and Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time!! I’m really happy with how our costumes turned out this year. Didn’t win any costume contests but we still had a lot of fun. A few people even recognized who we were supposed to be, hehe. :-P

Yes, that is a Game of Thrones poster and a STFU cross-stitch on the wall behind us. My roomies and I are a bunch-o-nerds. :-D
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A better photo so you can all see my awesome strawberry milk pink wig, complete with and Abby photo-bomb. ;) I can’t believe I only spent $13 for it on eBay!!
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One more of the boyfriend and our friend Mark who was dressed as Waluigi. ^_^


That’s it for today! I promise my next post for the challenge will be on time, hah! :-P Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 11 polka dot nails too!

 

 

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31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 9 – Rainbow Nails!!

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Morning Everyone!

I hope you’re all having a great week so far! I have one more night of work and then I have the rest of October off! I’m excited to have a mini break and just become a vegetable at home. And perhaps venture out a time or two for Halloween festivities! For those that celebrate, any of you have fun plans for the extended Halloweekend? And what are your costume plans?! I love hearing about what other people are going to do for the holiday. ^_^

Also I wanted to thank everyone that voted for my Bundle Monster Fright Night contest entry, BECAUSE I MADE IT AS ONE OF THE 13 FINALISTS!! :-D You can see the other finalists [HERE]. The guest judges are picking the winners some time today, and even if I don’t place I’m still happy to have made it as far as I did because there were some amazing entries for the contest. :-P

Today is Day 9 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012, and the prompt is rainbow nails. I don’t know why, but this is my least favorite prompt of the entire challenge (swiftly followed by ‘Inspired by a Color”, I’m still wtf-ing at that one). Last year I did Nyan Cat (which I loved, even though my cat looked a little… off) but this year I was just so uninspired. I did eventually figure something out so without further ado…

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 9 – Rainbow Nails!

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31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 3
I called myself trying to keep things “simple” with a rainbow skittle manicure. I wanted to do the Fishtail Braid as an accent nail because I figured that doing it on just one nail would save time. Too bad this still took me THREE FRICKIN’ HOURS with having to wait between coats to dry… :-( Even 12 hours later my stupid ring finger is still dentable. I love the look of Fishtail Braid manicures, and this one turned out better than my last attempt… But I doubt I will ever do this ish again unless I’m using quick dry nail polishes. :-P

Nail Polishes I Used:
Dermelect Head Turner (pointer finger)
Sally Hansen Lightening
(thumb and ring finger)
OPI Red Lights Ahead… Where?
(middle and ring finger)
Color Club Insta-This
(pinky and ring finger)
OPI A Roll In The Hague
(ring finger)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas
(ring finger)
Essie Pretty Edgy
(ring finger)
China Glaze Wireless Holographic Top Coat

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31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 5
I’m glad I decided to add the holographic top coat because I really think it ties everything together nicely. For the fishtail braid accent nail I just carefully free-handed the lines because I am just entirely too impatient for tape manicures. I always end up peeling off half my nail polish in the process. :-P
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31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 7
31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 8
And a few more shots with my rarely seen thumb. My nails are getting pretty long again, eh? I think I’ll keep them long-ish at least to the end of the challenge since it gives me a better work space for nail art. ^_^

I’m almost tempted to grow them super long and shape them into stilettos just for shiggles before I file them down after the challenge is done. 8O


Well that’s all she wrote for today everyone! The next challenge day is this Saturday and it’s gradient nails! I cannot wait to show you what I have in store for that day! ^_^

Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 9 rainbow nails.

 

 

 

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