Monday, September 1, 2014

Lucky 13: Doctor Who!

So, technically, I wore this mani a while ago, but I figured I'd bring it back out again since we're back in the full swing of Doctor Who again!  So far, I'm really digging the new Doctor.  He's pretty different, so I'm definitely going to have to get used to his pacing.  However, I'm really really happy with the season thus far.  What do you guys think?  So, let's get to tonight's offering, which is a lovely duo from Lucky 13 Lacquer, Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey and You Sexy Thing.  Since the name of the game recently has been getting through really old swatch photos where I stupidly didn't write down my impressions, who am I to stray from that theme!  So, check out some photos with a little bit of commentary!

Purchased myself.



First, let's talk a little bit about You Sexy Thing!




YST is a lovely blue shimmer that only takes two coats for full opacity!  Application was super smooth and didn't pool up or flood my skin.  It required very little cleanup, too, which is aces in my book.  Dry time was quick but I wore it with a coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top.


Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey is probably the best quote from all of Doctor Who - hands down - and it's probably my favorite polish from this collection.




WWTW is a blue jelly based polish packed with sky blue hexes, squares, stars, and moons.  While this jelly would build in about three coats, I decided to wear it in one coat over YST.  I really liked the look of this combo, but it is lacking the depth that you'd get if you wore it alone.  It was pretty smooth even without the need for an extra layer of topcoat.  Dry time was average.



You can purchase Lucky 13 polishes at her store here.  Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.  So, what do you think?  Who is your favorite doctor (I'm a 10 girl here)?  Are you digging Capaldi so far?


Friday, August 29, 2014

The Polish Bar Summer of 2014 Collection

So, I received these next two polishes a looong time ago, had some bad breaks and bad skin issues going on, and put them to the side.  Then, I completely forgot about them because I'm a bad blogger.  My bad!!  Buuut, Janice is super cool and totally let me off the hook about it.  And what's even luckier is that these guys are still available on her store!!  So, without further ado, let's get to work on Sail Away and Pink Cosmos!

Press Samples


Sail Away


Color: Medium teal holographic with silver sparkles.


Finish:  Holographic – pigment gives polish a rainbow in the sunshine.


Bottle / Brush:  Round mini bottle – wand and brush are just long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.  However, the fact that it’s a mini makes application a little tricky.  Requires a steady hand to apply evenly without pooling.  I really do think that the issues I had with application on this guy was because of the mini bottle.
Opacity:  Medium – achieves opacity at three to four coats.


Glitter Application:  N/A
Consistency:  Thick – thick or it can be clumpy, but is easily remedied with some polish thinner.


Overall Ease of Application:  Medium – applies well with minimal pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  However, tends to clump up a little if you go over spots that were still wet.


Stampability: Not tested for stamping.
Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes.


Overall Thoughts:  Much like The Polish Bar's other holos, this little baby dries to a high gloss finish.  I just love how she manages to get that gorgeous shine in her finished product!  You don't really need a topcoat, but I use one anyway because I'm way too impatient to wait for it to dry.  This particular polish was a bit on the thicker side and tended to clump up a little without self-leveling.  However, I wholeheartedly believe that the mini bottles are the main culprit for application issues because the brush doesn't fan out enough to cover my nail in only a few swipes.  I probably could've added a touch of thinner to it, but I was running out of time and couldn't really wait for any possible bubbles from shaking the thinner in to die down.  The silver shimmer in both of these is just so pretty and gives these polishes just a little more depth than an average holo.


Pink Cosmos


Color:  Hot pink with silver shimmers.


Finish:  Holographic – pigment gives polish a rainbow in the sunshine.


Bottle / Brush:  Round mini bottle – wand and brush are just long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.  However, the fact that it’s a mini makes application a little tricky.  Requires a steady hand to apply evenly without pooling.  Again, I believe that the issues I had with application was because of the mini bottle.
Opacity:  Medium – achieves opacity at three to four coats.


Glitter Application:  N/A
Consistency:  Thick – thick or it can be clumpy, but is easily remedied with some polish thinner.


Overall Ease of Application:  Medium – applies well with minimal pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  However, it tends to clump up a little if you go over spots that were still wet.


Stampability:  Not tested for stamping.
Dry Time:  Quick – dry to the touch without smudging in under 3 minutes.


Overall Thoughts:  Unlike most of The Polish Bar's holos, Pink Cosmos actually dries matte!  Because of that, you'll need to work quickly when you apply, or you run the risk of clumping.  Again, I think that the mini brushes on the bottles make application a little more difficult because they don't fan out very wide.  However, because it's matte, it does dry much more quickly than the high gloss holos.  The silver shimmers are probably more noticeable in Pink Cosmos than in any of the other polishes from this collection that I've reviewed.  I own a lot of pink holos, but I really love that added sparkle!

You can purchase The Polish Bar polishes at their store here.  Follow Janice on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily and Lynnderella Thank Blue!

Man, last orders were out in record time!  Although, that kept me from blogging pretty much all week last week, so I'm sorry!  Tonight's post will be picture heavy and information light because, yet again, I'm pulling from some older swatches before I wrote down my opinions on application after every mani.  That being said, I am so much in love with this mani that I will be rewearing it again!  Hey, maybe I can do a challenge for myself to re-wear some of my favorite manis and polishes one month!  Next month, I'll be working my way through my untried Enchanteds and Elevations as I'm working towards starting to purge some of my preciouses.  My stash is overwhelming, so it's time to make room!  So, let's get to it!

[I purchased these polishes myself.]


For this mani, I used three coats of Aqua Lily with a glitter gradient using Thank Blue.  They are a perfect match, so it was a really nice monochromatic look.  I topped it off with a coat of Gelous and a coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top.

Thank Blue is made up of teal and silver glitters in a clear base.  This polish is so jam packed with glitters, that you definitely need an extra coat of topcoat to smooth it all out.  You can also wear this on its own in three coats, if you really wanted to.  



Aqua Lily is a lovely medium teal creme with a strong pink/purple flash.  Sadly, the flash is much more prominent in the bottle than it is on the nail.


Loving this blurry shot so you can see just how much holo goodness is in Thank Blue.  It's sooo stunning!


You can see the pink shimmer sneaking out in the middle of the nail towards the left.


You can purchase Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes at their store here.  You can purchase Lynnderellas at their stores here and here.  Sadly, both of these have been discontinued, so you'll have to look for them on blog sales if you want them!  So, what did you think?  Do you like to do monochromatic gradients or glitter looks?

[I purchased these polishes myself.]

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blog 2 Year Birthday Giveaway Prizes Part Two

So, yeah, I'm having to work tonight (still not done, in fact, *sigh*), so this will be pretty short.  There's only about half an hour left before my 2nd year blog birthday giveaway is over!  So, make sure you enter here!  Now, let's take a look at the rest of the prizes!

Lilypad Lacquer I Just Think It's Pink





IJTIP is a bright hot pink polish packed with flakies and holographic glitters.  I only needed two coats, but I probably could've just gone with one coat instead.  Dry time was quick, and application was super easy.  I'm so in love with the vivid brightness of this polish!


Model City Polish Strawberry Jam



I've got a full review of Strawberry Jam here, so make sure to check it out.  I just love how squishy this polish is!  And the sparkle!  Ahh, I love it so much!


Color Club Eternal Beauty




Application for EB was fairly easy and didn't require the use of an aqua base, which is fantastic!  Application was fairly easy and didn't really pool, drag, or bald like a lot of the other mainstream ultra-holos.  I used three coats to ensure opacity, but it only really needed two.  


Emerald and Ash Mie Scattering




Mie Scattering is a white jelly with a subtle holo shimmer.  It's a true jelly, so you'll need to layer it with other polishes to get rid of the nail line.  Here, I used five coats to try and cover up any sheer spots.  It can get a tad thick, so you may need to thin your bottle a little bit.  Otherwise, application was fairly easy without much need for cleanup.  It's my go-to white jelly, and it's just so squishy and gorgeous.  Dry time was average.


Elevation Polish Ave Secretan



For some reason, my photos are looking a lot more red than it really is.  It's actually a lovely bright pink and not really red.  I love the consistency of this creme, and it applies easily in just two coats, but I used three coats for my photos.  There was a little need for cleanup, but nothing too serious.  Dry time was fairly quick with a quick dry topcoat.


Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Hypothermia



You can check out a full review of Hypothermia here.  It was a super limited edition that I released last year as a free gift with purchase of my full winter collection.  It will be back off and on as a free gift with purchase or prizes for giveaways, but it will never be sold individually.

So, there you have it!  Those are all of the prizes for the giveaway!  Which are you most excited about?  I'll have the winners announced sometime tomorrow evening.  Good luck, everyone!

Oh, and if bits and pieces of this post made no sense or were grammatically incorrect, please note that I'm running on fumes here...  I hope to be able to catch up on some sleep sometime in 2015...  ;)