Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pastel Easter Gradient

Hi guys! I'm really excited about today's post! Which is a big deal since lately I just haven't been as excited about blogging, polish or anything really. I just couldn't wait to share my Easter manicure with you guys!

I really hope you guys like it as much as me! I think it's perfect :D I'm so obsessed with gradients lately.

Also my Blogiversary is coming up on the 22nd! I really wanted this year's giveaway to be on time but I haven't received everything for it yet, but hopefully it'll be up before the end of the month! I will keep you guys updated!

Pastel Gradient Easter Gradient (2) Easter Gradient (3)
For this gradient I used the sponge method (painting strips on polish onto the sponge and smushing it on the nails) I used the following colors over a white base.

Barielle - Banana Drop, Barielle -Pink Flip-Flops, Orly - Lollipop, Zoya - Blu, and Bondi - Lady Liberty.
Barely of  Lady Liberty even got on the nail though. I used too many colors lol!

After that I was trying to decide what to put on top, between China Glaze Fairy Dust,
Lynnderella Connect the Dots, Elevation Haba Xueshan or nail stamping. I chose Haba Xueshan!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Contrary Polish Love Lyrics Redux Collection - Swatches & Review!

Hi guys! How are you all doing today? I hope you are all doing well!
It seems that every time I post now I just want to say sorry for being such a bad blogger lately. :(
I wanted to start this year off fresh and strong but instead I'm more unmotivated than ever.
So I'm not forcing myself to blog because It takes all of the fun out of it. I'm behind on my reviews and I hope
 my PR contacts don't hate me for it. I'm accepting less for review so it feels like less of an obligation.
I really just want it to become as fun again like it was when I started blogging. And I want to do more nail art.

I just wanted to say Thank You to you guys for following me, and sticking with me through my continuous ups and downs through life and blogging. As I've mentioned in the past depression is a big problem for me and has been for a very long time. Lately it has gotten even worse.. I didn't even think it could.
I'm trying very hard to stop letting depression dictate my life - my relationships with people and the things that I love but it is hard. It's saddening to have something so important to me that typically brings me such joy to feel more like a burden. The excitement just hasn't been here for me lately. I just wanted to say that I'm sorry and thank you.

As for today's post and the reason you are here...

Today's post is featuring the new Contrary Polish Love Lyrics Redux Collection!

Check out my swatches and macros below of this elegant spring collection.

You'll also see my short lived rounded nail shape, I've already filed them again but let me know what you think about them!

Contrary Polish Love Lyrics Redux

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pahlish March Duo - Swatches & Review!

Hey guys! Today's post is of the Pahlish March Duo - Don't Hesitate!
This Duo is only available in March and is being restocked today so if you love it I urge you guys to move fast!

This Duo is extra special because it is celebrating Shannon and Josh's wedding!
Josh is Shannon's husband and the other half of Pahlish for those who are unaware :)

This duo was inspired by Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way" which is their song.

I'm wishing you two newlyweds so much love and happiness! Congrats you guys!

Pahlish Shadows Grow So Long (1)
Shadows Grow So Long - Two coats.

"Soft lavender cream with purple, lavender, and scattered iridescent charcoal flakes"

Pahlish Fireflies Under the Pines
Fireflies Under the Pines - One coat over Shadows Grow So Long .

"Topcoat with satin lavender dots, lavender metallic glitter, and caramel metallic
glitter accented by lavender-gold flake shimmer and iridescent purple hex"

Pahlish Fireflies Under the Pines Matte

Here is the duo Mattified! It doesn't look nearly as pretty as it did in person...
But trust me these two are stunning matte! If you buy this duo you MUST matteify it!


This duo is so stunning and has tons of detail that I feel my pictures didn't capture perfectly.
But Jenny from Lavish Layerings did a far better job than I so go check out her review!
She did a great job on it and she captured it a bit more accurately.

My camera was having trouble focusing on all of the tiny flecks and captured Shadows Grow So Long a tiny bit lighter than in person. It is more 
lavender and less white looking in person.

**While I'm talking on the subject this has been happening for months now, my camera (Canon Rebel T1i) hasn't been focusing as well and hasn't been performing 100%. For micro shimmers, holos, etc I have to take many more pictures now to get them into focus like it used to easily.  If anybody has any advice please, please let me know down below!
I'm pretty positive that it is the body because it does it with all of my lenses. It's four years old now.**

Anyway back on subject! Pahlish will be restocking Today at 7 PM CST which is in about 20 minutes!

This duo will be available for $15.00. You can't buy these separately but single Pahlishes are $9.50 each.
Pahlish also sells Mystery Pahlishes ($6.00) and Holographic Mystery Pahlishes ($7.50)

Make sure you guys are following Pahlish on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay up to date!

Pahlish March Duo Don't Hesitate

Now I'm going to finish laying around being utterly useless and continue blowing my nose 8000 times a day, haha.
Being sick Ftl! I hope you are all well and havign a wonderful Spring!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pahlish Timeless Flight Collection - Swatches & Review!

Hey guys! Happy Friday!! I can hardly believe it's even March yet and it already feels like it is flying by!
KC Comicon is next weekend! Woot! My sister, BIL and brother are going to head up here to stay with us for it since our place is the closest so we can all go again this year like last. I love my family so much <3
 I'm way too excited to drink with them and play board games, haha.

Anyway today's post is a brand new collection from the talented (and newlywed) Shannon from Pahlish!
Congratulations again Shannon!!

This collection is the 
Timeless Flight Collection, it has six gorgeous holographic polishes inspired by Elton John!

Pahlish Electric Boots
Electric Boots - Two coats.

Electric Boots is a little sheer but it went on smooth and even for me and was opaque with two coats.

It's super sparkly and shiny and much more holographic in person.

"Bright cornflower blue linear holographic with soft gold shimmer and scattered gold flakes"

Pahlish Mohair Suit (1)
Mohair Suit - Three thin coats.

Mohair Suit went on like a breeze for me. Two coats was a little sheer so I used three.
I recommend using two coats of topcoat to make it smooth. Some of the little micro flakies weren't laying flat for me.
This is just an awesome color! Great for people who need work friendly colors but still need some sparkle!

"Linear taupe holographic with soft red and violet flake shimmer"

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Precious Metal & Rare Bear

Hi all! I realize I haven't been posting as much as I would like and I want to tell you all I am sorry!
My husband got a new promotion at work but in doing so him hours have changed drastically and I'm still trying to adjust to it being so different. He used to get home by 3 pm so he was home a lot, which opened up more free time for me.

Now he doesn't get home until after bedtime. I usually stay up late to blog and swatch but it's much harder to do now.
Sky doesn't sleep well by herself so it forces me to give up that free time I usually dedicated to myself.
Before my hubby had to wake up very early for work so he went to bed early so it was taken care of but now it's all wonky.

Anyway, needless to say I'm super behind. I already was before this and this just made it worse.
But it will be worthwhile, we can finally get insurance for me which I desperately need!
Hopefully I get to find a better "time slot" to do my blogging now, but it can be very hard with a clingy kid!

Okay enough rambling! For today's post I have two more gorgeous Colors by Llarowe polishes I purchased recently.
 (And click here to see swatches of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!)

Colors by Llarowe Precious Metal (1) Colors by Llarowe Precious Metal (2)
Precious Metal - Three thin coats.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Butter London Boho Rock Collection Swatches - Goss and Keen

Hi guys! Today I have two polishes from the recent Butter London Boho Rock Collection to show you.
These two shades are gorgeous and extremely wearable, I hope you guy enjoy the swatches!

Butter London Goss
Goss - Two coats.

Goss is an elegant rose gold metallic foil polish.

The formula on Goss wasn't bad, you have to apply slowly and smoothly in order to avoid brushstrokes.
I really love it and I can't wait to try it with stamping plates! I don't have another rose gold metallic in my collection.

Butter London Keen
Keen - Three coats.

Keen is a really pretty delicate peach creme polish.

Keen applied good, it was a little streaky but nothing difficult.
It's a really nice peachy nude polish and I really liked it on me!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Hey guys! Today's post is just a quick one, I have been slacking so bad lately D:
I received my Llarowe purchase the other day, with my first CBL polishes in it!
I have been wanting to try them for ages and I finally broke down and bought a few!

And I just had to put this baby on right away!
Below is two coats of CBL Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (1) Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (3) Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (4)

The formula was a little thick which was unexpected, I was expecting it to be thinner like normal jelly polishes.
But it still applied really nicely and I didn't have any issues with it. Easy peasy!
I was happy to find out that the removal was the same, super easy.
It does dry the tiniest bit gritty and I found that for pictures it looked best with two coats of topcoat.
The first photo only has one and you can tell that it looks less smooth than photos 2 & 3.
It was not noticeable in person at all though. I'm really impressed with this polish and I can't wait to try the other 3 I bought!

I hope you guys all have had a wonderful weekend!
Did anybody do anything fun for Valentine's Day?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GlitterDaze LE Birthday Duo - Swatches & Review!

Hi all! Today's post is a Limited Edition Duo from GlitterDaze to celebrate their two year anniversary!
GlitterDaze is also having a ton of great deals this month that you should check out! Check it out below.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Contrary Polish Bal Masque from the March A Box, Indied.

Hey guys! Today's post is featuring the Contrary Polish from the March Mardi Gras themed A Box, Indied.
Bal Masque is available solely through the March A Box, Indied. Read more about A Box, Indied below.

Contrary Polish Bal Masque (4) Contrary Polish Bal Masque (3)
Bal Masque 

Bal Masque is kind of a dusty cornflower blue with a tinge of purple, filled with golden microflake shimmer.

Bal Masque has a really great formula, it goes on very smooth and evenly.
It's a bit sheer and requires three coats for opacity, but it's also layerable. 
I wore it built up on it's own.

Contrary Polish Bal Masque Macro (2)
Macro gorgeousness :D

Contrary Polish Bal Masque Macro (1)

For those of you who might not know about what the A Box, Indied is, it's a themed monthly
subscription box that contains 5 polishes or nail related items from 11 possible indie brands.
You can sign up to get a box every month or just purchase one box at a time.
The items in the box are only available through the A Box, Indied. 

You can purchase the March A Box, Indied on Llarowe once it releases on Feb. 26th.
The A Box, Indied boxes sell for $50.00.

And Contrary Polish is available from Carrie's blog and the following sites.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Norway Nails
Rainbow Connection
Mei Mei's Signatures

Also be sure to follow both Contrary Polish and Llarowe on Facebook & Twitter!

Contrary Polish - Facebook & Twitter.
Llarowe - Facebook & Twitter.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer - Swatches & Review!

Hi guys, Happy Friday! I hope you are all having fun tonight and this weekend!
I'm not really up to much, spending the night at home playing video games and watching some movies!

This evenings post is featuring a indie brand that I've never tried before - Liquid Sky Lacquer!
I hope you guys enjoy this post! Let me know what you are all up to this weekend! 
Liquid Sky Lacquer (3) Liquid Sky Lacquer (2)