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Rescue Beauty Lounge BiB4 Swatches!

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Evening Everyone!

Sorry this post is laaaaate, but I wanted to compile this group of swatches for those taking advantage of the upcoming Rescue Beauty Lounge BiB4 releases. Those that are signed up for the VIP email blasts will get early access, I’m not sure when they will be available for everyone but I’ll update this post when I find out! ^_^

The nail polishes that will be coming back are Starfish Patrick, Recycle, Piu Mosso, Aqua Lily, Opaque Nude and Insouciant. I do not own Opaque Nude or Insouciant yet, but once I have them I will add swatches for those two to this post as well. :)

P.S. I have not forgotten about Day 13 of the 31 Day Challenge, but as you can tell I’m already running a bit behind today. I’ll have it up as soon as I can. ;)

 


Starfish Patrick

RBL Starfish Patrick 1
RBL Starfish Patrick 2
This is a reswatch from my previous post that can be seen [HERE]. I only needed 3 medium coats of Starfish Patrick this time with RBL’s Base Coat. I forgot how much I absolutely adore this color! I was so lucky to snag this one before it sold out the first time, so I’m happy it’s coming back so everyone else can have a chance to own it. :)

Recycle

RBL Recycle 1
RBL Recycle 2
2 coats of Recycle here. For some reason my top coat made it look a little wrinkly on a few nails but that’s an error on my end for not getting enough top coat on the brush. :? The polish itself was super smooth before I added top coat. This is also a reswatch from my old (non-wrinkled looking) post [HERE].

Piu Mosso

Più Mosso
Più Mosso
I debated reswatching this one too but my old swatches for Piu Mosso represent the polish best. This is 2 coats of Piu Mosso. The shimmer is quite subtle in low light but still visible. Under flash or sunlight it’s really breathtaking. Definitely one of my favorites from RBL. ^_^
Più Mosso
Here’s a quick snapshot of Piu Mosso with flash. You can see my original review in full [HERE].

Aqua Lily

Aqua Lily
Aqua Lily
Aqua Lily
And here is my beloved Aqua Lily, only 2 coats needed. I have lost count of how many times I’ve worn this shade since it came into my possession. These are also swatches from my original review shown [HERE].


These four Rescue Beauty Lounge BiB4 polishes, along with Opaque Nude and Insouciant (will add swatches soon!) will be available exclusively at www.rescuebeauty.com very soon! From there you can also join the RBL VIP email list to be notified of pre-sale dates. The polishes retail at $20 per 0.4 fl oz bottle of polish. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, or Formaldehyde Resin and they do not test on animals.

 

* Some of the product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

 

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!

31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 1
31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 2
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

31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 4
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
31DC2012 Day 9 - Rainbow Nails 6
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.

 

 

 

* Some of the product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

 

31 Day Challenge 2012: Day 6 – Violet Nails!!

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Morning Everyone!

Sam, Cris and I are back again with Day 6 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012 with our violet nails! This is actually the manicure I wore for my birthday this past Sunday and I loved it soooo much! Less talkie, more polish…ie? :-P

 


31 Day Challenge 2012 – Day 6 Violet ‘Equalizer’ Nails!!

31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 6
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 1
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 2
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 3
How effin’ amazing are these, right?! Hahaha, I don’t mean to toot my own horn here but I am SOOOO thrilled with how these turned out! Did I mention that already? ;) I first saw this manicure done by @imichelley on Instagram. Her IG is private but somehow I was still able to pin the link to her mani to my Pinterest board so you can see it [HERE] (yay technology!).

I started off with 1 coat of Rescue Beauty Lounge 360, a gorgeous aqua teal blue with a subtle silver shimmer. Then I carefully added 1 coat of Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas (a deep purple creme) over half of each nail, because I didn’t feel like effing around with tape that day. :-P

31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 4
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 5
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 7
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 8

After both of those polishes had a little time to dry, I added short frenetic black lines down the center of each nail in varying lengths with a black nail art pen. Then I went back over the black area with my Sinful Colors Time Off polish (it’s the fine-tipped nail art polish version of their Black on Black).  I think it looks like an equalizer bar on a sound system, hence my nickname for the manicure. ^_^

I loved how it looked plain, but I realllly had been wanting to play with my Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce so I added that too before I finished everything off with top coat. Secret Sauce changes its appearance depending on what its layered over and it has multi-chromatic shimmer. I love it! You can’t see it on my nails here, but depending on the lighting the shimmer went from red, to golden, to green! :-D
31DC2012 Day 6 Violet Nails - 9 (no tc)
And here’s a photo of my mani before I added Secret Sauce and my top coat. Still gorgeous on its own but damn it, I wanted some ~*~sparkle~*~ for my birthday. ;)


So what do you all think of this bad-ass mani?! I certainly love it and I want to do Equalizer nails with ALLLL the colors now!

For those with grabby hands: RBL 360 and Mismas can be purchased at rescuebeauty.com, and Enchanted Polish is available through Llarowe or Harlow & Co (though it’s currently sold out on both sites). ^_^

Don’t forget to check out  Sam and Cris’s blogs to see their Day 6 violet nails!

 

 

 

* Some of the product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

 

Review: New Fall 2012 Takko Lacquer Collection!!

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New Takko Lacquer Fall 2012 Collection

Morning Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great Wednesday! I’m pretty pumped because American Horror Story (wiki|FX site) is having their season 2 premier tonight!! Sadly I have to work so I’ll miss most of it but I have my DVR set. Did anyone else see the season 3 premier of The Walking Dead (wiki|AMC site) this past Sunday? HOLY CRAP. 8O I’m a HUGE fan of the graphic novel series and I was pretty displeased with season 2 (aka, the longest farm visit ever and how hard is it to keep an eye on Carl?!), but this first episode of season 3 definitely made up for it. :-D

Today I’m also excited to be able to share the new Takko Lacquer collection with you!! Sheryl blew me away with her last collection from this summer so when she contacted me with news of her four new pretties I was already getting excited before I even knew what they looked like! Then she posted her inspiration boards on her blog and I just about died. :-P

Well these pretties showed up at my home on Monday and I had to… HAAADDD TO swatch them right away. This is a VERY picture heavy post so I’ll be putting the images behind a cut today. I’m going to show you everything on its own AND also layered over black because…. oh man, they’re glorious! Let’s get right into it, shall we?

 

Click Here For The Swatches and Full Review…

Guest Post For LTHP… Lightning Strike Nails!!

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Allo Everyone!!

I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be taking over for the evening post on Let Them Have Polish today! Head on over to Cris’s blog so see more of this awesome manicure that I whipped out for her. :-D

 


Lightning Strike Nails

Lightning Bolt Nails 2

Review: Pixi Fall 2012 Nail Polish Collection Swatches

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Pixi Fall 2012

Morning Everyone!

I hope you all are having a great week so far. Two of my favorite shows had their season premiers in the past few days. Dexter was on the 30th (holy crap!) and season 8 of Supernatural premiered last night! It’s on my DVR and it’s the first thing I’m watching when I get home from my midnight shift on Thursday morning!! October is seriously the best, all of my fave shows are coming back this month! I cannot WAIT for season 3 of The Walking Dead to start because I absolutely love this section in the graphic novels (oh haaaay Michonne and OMG THE PRISON!). And then a few days later season 2 of American Horror Story begins!! :-D

Now that I’m done rambling, I’ve got three great polishes from the Pixi Fall 2012 collection to share with you today! These little beauties surprised me at home one day and I couldn’t wait to try them out! And then life happened and it took me a few weeks to get to them. My world. Oy. Let’s move on to the swatches now! ;-)

 


Amazing Amethyst

Amazing Amethyst 1
Amazing Amethyst 2
Amazing Amethyst 3
Amazing Amethyst is a pretty medium purple shimmer. I had to color correct the heck out of this one because my camera hates taking accurate photos of some purple polishes, it almost always want to make them blue! What you see is pretty damn close to how it looks to the naked eye. I’m patting myself of the back for finally figuring out how to color correct my nails without making my hands look jaundiced. :-P

The formula on this one was great, this is 2 easy coats.

Classy Cocoa

Classy Cocoa 1
Classy Cocoa 2
Classy Cocoa 3
Classy Cocoa is a gorgeous taupe brown with golden shimmer. I loooooooove this one! This is such a perfect smokey Fall shade! The formula was great for this one as well, I only needed 2 coats for opacity. ^_^

Evening Emerald

Evening Emerald 1
Evening Emerald 2
Evening Emerald 3
Evening Emerald is not emerald at all. :-P It’s actually a blackened teal blue-green packed with shimmer! I absolutely LOVE this one. Flawless formula, just like the other two. I only needed 2 coats with this one as well. I can see myself wearing this polish on my toes a LOT this Fall. What’s great about Evening Emerald is that the shimmer is visible in almost all light settings. :-D


Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed all three of these polishes quite a bit! Amazing Amethyst is the least unique of the bunch, but it had a great formula and it’s still a pretty shade. Classy Cocoa and Evening Emerald were clear winners for me here, and they’re definitely my top picks out of the three. :-D

Purchase Info:

You can find the Pixi Fall 2012 polishes at Target stores and online at Target.com for $8 each per .25 oz bottle of polish. They are also available online at Pixibeauty.com for the same price. I still think they’re a bit overpriced for the amount of polish you get, but the formula is great so that’s something to think about when considering this brand. :-)

 

 

 

* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Review: Contrary Polish Swatches!

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Contrary Polish Bottle Shots

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got Contrary Polish swatches to share with the class. :-P This is another Indie line that is brand new to me. These lovely polishes arrived with my EPIC nail mail from Llarowe. I’m still slowly working my way though that pile, haha!

I’m pretty excited about these polishes because they’re another Indie brand that has stepped out of the glitter market. All six of the polishes I was sent for review are gorgeous jelly or jelly-creme hybrid shimmers! Let’s move on to the swatches shall we? :-D

 


Gilded Oak

Gilded Oak 1
Gilded Oak 2
Gilded Oak 3
Gilded Oak is a gorgeous ‘plummy brown with golden shimmer’. I love the depth here! It has a thin formula but it’s easy to work with. I used 3 thin coats for opacity. Just look at the shimmer in that macro shot!! ♥

Firebrand

Firebrand 1
Firebrand 2
Firebrand 3
Firebrand is my kind of red! She’s a deep raspberry jelly (YASSS) with red, orange and pink shimmer. Amazing formula, and again easy to work with. Since it’s a jelly finish, make sure you’re waiting a few minutes between coats to avoid cuticle drag. This is 3 coats.

Purple Smoke

Purple Smoke 1
Purple Smoke 2
Purple Smoke 3
Purple Smoke is described as a ‘blue grey with purple and blue shimmer’. This one has a jelly-creme hybrid finish, my favorite kind! I love the subtle shimmer in this one. This is 3 coats.

Bright Night

Bright Night  1
Bright Night  2
Bright Night  3
Bright Night is a ‘deep blue jelly with aqua and silver shimmer’. I am a sucker for these blue jelly/shimmer combos, so I obviously love this one. Anything that even remotely reminds me of the much sought after Essie Starry Starry Night is a win in my books. This is 3 coats. There’s a little VNL so you’ll probably need to layer this or do 4 coats to reach full opacity.

Inky Fingers

Inky Fingers 1
Inky Fingers 2
Inky Fingers 3
Inky Fingers is a gorgeous polish! This one is a blurple (blue/purple) jelly-creme hybrid with blue and green shimmer. It’s absolutely stunning and I love that the shimmer shows up in almost all light settings. ^_^

I used 3 coats here, but I would have been able to get away with 2 if I’d waited a bit between coats.

Creeping Moss

Creeping Moss 1
Creeping Moss 2
Creeping Moss 3
Creeping Moss is Fall in a bottle! This one is described as ‘olive green with pink and copper shimmer’, but it looks more brown with olive green undertones to me. Whatever color it is, I frickin LOVE it! This one has the thinnest formula of them all but still reached opacity at 3 coats. ^_^


Final Thoughts:

Wow! What’s not to love about these polishes!? Shimmer and jelly-creme formulas are at the top of my favorite polish finish list, so these beauties by Contrary Polish really hit the spot for me! It’s hard to name a favorite, but if I had to choose my top picks would be and Creeping Moss, Gilded Oak, Firebrand and Inky Fingers since they are the most unique to my polish collection.

Purchase Info:

You can purchase full sized bottles of Contrary Polish through Llarowe. They retail at $11.00 per 15ml bottle of polish.

For mini bottles and invoicing for custom orders, you can contact Carrie at the Contrary Polish blog. You can also find updates and news on upcoming collections there too, as well as the Contrary Polish Facebook Fanpage.

Contrary Polish is a 3-Free brand. :-)

 

 

* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Guest Post for Love. Varnish, Chocolate, And More…

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Hello Everyone!!

A few days ago I did a guest post for my girl Deborah over at her blog: Love. Varnish, chocolate and more… Head on over there to check it out if you haven’t seen it already! :-D


Love Varnish... Guest Post Photo 1

Bottle Shots: Glitter Gal Nail Polish

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Morning Everyone!

Happy Guild Wars Early Access Weekend for those that also pre-purchased the game like I did! :-D I’ve been waiting for this game to release since I first heard about them making it back in 2007! I was a huge fan of the first Guild Wars, and I’ve been enjoying all the Beta Weekend and Stress Test events for GW2 for the past few months. I might be a little quiet online for the next four days because I’ll be thoroughly lost in the wonderful world of Tyria. I’ve scheduled posts through next week! :-P

If anyone else will be playing this weekend, come find me in-game! My Guild Wars ID Tag is Nymeria4326. ^_^

And now back to the polish! I posted nail wheel swatches of these Glitter Gal nail polishes a loooooong time ago on Instagram. I’ve yet to actually swatch them on my nails, but in the meantime I hope you enjoy the bottle shots! ^_^

 


Glitter Gal Nail Polish

Glitter Gal Bottle Shots 2
From Left to Right:

Transitions Soft Blue
Transitions Soft Violet
Transitions Soft Green
Transitions Soft Red
Glitter Gal Bottle 4

From Left to Right:

Coober Pedy Green
Lightening Ridge
Andamooka Blue
Serpent Black
Glitter Gal Bottle Shots 3
From Left to Right:

Hidden Violets Soft
Daybreak Soft
Evening Light Soft
Furnace Glow Soft
Glitter Gal Bottle Shots 1
From Left to Right:

Wild Violet Brilliant
Last Light Brilliant
Red Night Sky Brilliant
Fiery Furnace Brilliant


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I layered these all over Serpent Black when I swatched them on the nail wheel and they are really pretty! I will eventually get around to swatching them on my nails in the not-so-distant future. ;-)

You can see who stocks Glitter Gal in your area by checking out the Glitter Gal Store Locator on their website. ^_^

 

 

 

* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

NOTD: Sally Hansen Arabian Night

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Morning Lovelies!

I completely blame Stephanie from Imperfectly Painted for this polish finding its way into my clutches. She featured it on her blog a few months back and it was love at first sight. Then she told me where to buy it online and it was a done deal. :-D

 


Sally Hansen Arabian Night

Sally Hansen - Arabian Night
Sally Hansen - Arabian Night
Sally Hansen - Arabian Night
Sally Hansen Arabian Night is a polish from their Salon Nail Lacquer line that was originally released back in 2008. I liked polish back then but not the way that I do now where I actively looked at polish while I was out shopping. I’m kicking myself now because I would have had some GREAT polishes in my IKEA Helmer if I’d started my collection in those days. :-P

Arabian Night is an absolutely gorgeous grape purple shade that’s filled with golden shimmer. Words cannot express how much I love it! It has a great formula and it was opaque in 2 coats. Just look at that macro shot, it’s bursting with golden shimmer goodness! ^_^


Sadly, you can’t find Sally Hansen Arabian Night in stores anymore… And now that I think of it I really haven’t seen anything as amazing as Arabian Night from their Salon Nail Lacquer line in quite some time. The good news is that you can still find Arabian Night for a good price online at Cassie Cosmetics or their sister site on eBay.

I love discovering older gems like this. What are some of your favorite older/vintage polishes? :-)

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