Sunday, January 5, 2014

Daphine Polish: Swatches and Review

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and spent them with those closest to you.  Our holidays were very quiet, spent with our immediate family, and all of the kiddies had a blast which is most important.

A few months ago I was introduced to a new indie brand and fell in love.  Tonight I will be showing you guys Daphine Polish, and I think you'll be immediately hooked as I was.

The first polish I want to show you is Bahplumbug, adorable name that was picked by one of Daphine's Facebook fans.  Bahplumbug is a beautiful dusty purple linear holo polish, you all know my love for purple so this was my favorite out of the holiday collection.  The application was effortless and the polish held up perfectly for 4 days before I had any chipping.

The next pretty I have from Daphine Polish is also from the holiday collection, Skating was made with an instrumental from A Charlie Brown Christmas in mind.  This topper is a mix of metallic, matte and holographic blue and silver glitter along with blue diamonds in a clear base that has a gold shimmer.  It sounds like there is a lot going on in this polish but it is so soft and feminine that I couldn't stop staring at my nails.  This polish was the one I received the most compliments on out of the three and when you see it you will understand why.  I didn't have any problems with glitter placement and the formula isn't thick at all, one quick coat was more than enough to have every single type of glitter on my nails.

Lastly, Frosty is a must have from Daphine's holiday collection.  Frosty is a topper as well, that would look lovely on top of any base and is chock full of glitter.  I haven't seen so many different types of white and iridescent polish in one bottle before, there are squares, hexes and bars all in different sizes.  Again, application was unbelievably easy for a topper, one coat was all I needed and I didn't fish once.  Don't let the name fool you, Frosty can be worn year round and look gorgeous for any occasion.

Daphine Polish will have any indie lover hooked right away, it is a beautiful and well made brand that has a great selection.  If you would like to take a look at other pretties by Daphine you can visit the Etsy shop, and to stay up to date with releases and promotions become a fan of the Daphine Polish Facebook page.
I hope 2014 has started off great for you all and that the upcoming week flies by.  Have a great night guys!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Giveaway!!!

Hey there!  This post is coming from Gia and I, as she is sitting here looking at the polish in front of us as I type.  I hope you're all surviving the holiday prepping and aren't too stressed.  I know how hard this time of year can be, and as a Thank You for all of your support I think a giveaway is in order.  My blog is fairly new, only a few months old, and the support you have shown is so touching and appreciated that I want to give some back.

This giveaway is going to have two winners, 1st place will win two bottles of polish and 2nd place will win one.  The first place prize is a bottle of Lyn B Designs Little Foot, and Lyn B Designs has generously donated a bottle of her very LE polish Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-Ven-Der for the second first place prize.  The second place winner will be receiving a bottle of Lyn B Designs It's Mauve and Dangerous which is a beautiful mauve, scattered holo.

This giveaway will be ending on December 30th so you have plenty of time to get those entries in, and remember the more you share the more entries you get! 

Thank you again for all of your support, it is why I enjoy swatching and blogging so much!  I hope you all have a great holiday and spend it with those that are near and dear to you. 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lyn B Designs Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-Ven-Der

Hey there guys! It has been such a gloomy few days here for us, which stinks when you're trying to get some beautiful holo polish in the sunlight, it also means that I have been stuck inside with the baby.  I am really dreading the winter, it is getting harder to entertain Gia but I really am proud of some ideas that I come up with.  Mini dodge ball in the house, clean up party, which is how I try to make cleaning up fun, finger painting, jewelry making, anything crafty we have done and I'm starting to run out of ideas! You can lose your sanity quickly being home alone with a toddler but thank goodness for polish.

You guys know how much I love Lyn B Designs and tonight I have a new beauty that is being added to the line tomorrow at noon, Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La-Ven-Der is a limited edition polish that you will only be able to get up until the end of the year.  La-Ven-Der is right up my alley, it is a stunning purple/gray scattered holo polish that is so soft and feminine yet strikingly beautiful at the same time. I have done many posts on my love for gray, purple and purplish gray polish so when I received this bottle of prettiness I was one happy polish addict.  Mother Nature was not on my side when it came to getting sunlight pictures but I promise you, this lovely has a beautiful rainbow effect when the light hits it.  Take a look...

Absolutely beautiful, another incredible polish added to the Lyn B line but like I said, only until the end of the year.  If you want to get your hands on La-Ven-Der before it is gone you can visit the Lyn B Designs Etsy shop and you can also become a fan of Lyn B on Facebook to keep up with promotions, coupons and releases.
I hope you're all having a great night and I promise that giveaway info will be coming soon, very soon.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gothic Gala Lacquers Holiday Collection!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am really hoping that you all had a fantastic holiday, and now that all of the hard work and overeating is finished this evening would not be complete without some new indies to swatch and show you.  Of course, I am thankful for my daughter Gia, my husband, family, friends, the roof over my head, my health and all of that good stuff but I am also thankful for some good polish and how can I end the night without giving myself a manicure?!  My nails have taken such a beating in the last few days with all of the cooking, cleaning, scrubbing, stuffing, you know all that fun holiday prep work (can you feel the sarcasm?) so I have trimmed them down to nubs, and have an awesome collection tonight so lets get started.

I was introduced to Gothic Gala Lacquers recently, many of you already know from my last post which was a custom made by the lovely creator Samantha, and tonight I want to show you her holiday collection which will blow you away.  It is a collection of five new stunners and a new top coat that will smooth over any glitter polish that you may have a problem with.

The first of the beauties I bring to you tonight is Winter Wonderland, a beautiful opalescent white polish that has an incredible shimmer to it when the light hits it.  This is such a pretty winter white polish and goes on so smoothly! The formula is amazing and I achieved full coverage in only two coats, opalescent polish will leave brush marks so just make sure to use a steady hand when applying but I promise the little bit of extra work is well worth it.

This holiday collection also includes a lovely blue jelly, glitter polish called Blue Christmas which will be on your ISO list for sure.  This is the perfect jelly sandwich, you have a mix of medium sized white and gold hex glitter along with micro silver and gold glitter throughout this amazing bright blue jelly base.  The glitter was a dream to work with, I didn't have to fish or worry about placement at all and only two coats did the trick and left me with a perfect sandwiched manicure.  I topped this mani with Gothic Gala Lacquers Smooth Me Over and my nails looked almost like stained glass windows, this is a great glitter smoother without the fumes or sticky mess.

This collection has it all and next up is an amazing glitter topper that will go with just about any polish you want to put underneath.  Snowfall is a clear based topper with micro and small sized hex glitter in silver, gold and peachy pink.  The application was a breeze, I didn't have to worry about pulling or glitter placement here at all and this will look incredible on top of almost an color.

This polish was one of my fav's out of the collection, Auld Lang Syne is another beautiful topper consisting of black and silver glitter, scattered holo, and OH MY is it lovely!  It is jam packed with glitter, but not to the point that it is too thick to apply, the glitter brushes on so evenly that I only had to apply one coat of this stunner.  Any shade will look great as an undie with Auld Lang Syne and I know that I will be wearing it year round.

Of course, I saved my favorite Gothic Gala Lacquer for last, It's Raining Glitter is the ultimate girly-girl topper.  This polish is packed with three different sized dots, diamonds and hexes in pink fuchsia, silver, purple and green, it also has a scattered holo and is pretty much everything that I love about polish packed into one bottle.  The application, again was dreamy, I had so much fun placing these pretty glitters on to my tiny nubs.  I cannot wait until I have some more growth so I can play with it again.

All of these were topped with Smooth Me Over and it did just that, the finish was perfectly smooth without feeling any ridges on my nails.  Gothic Gala is a beautiful polish that is very feminine and fun at the same time.  The creator also makes customs, like I showed in my last post, and is having an amazing Black Friday sale!  If you visit the Gothic Gala Etsy shop and use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY you will receive 30% off of your entire order OR you can use code FREESHIPPINGBF for free shipping on orders of $20 or more.  As if that isn't good enough any order over $16, after discounts and before shipping, will receive a free bottle of the LE Shop Teal You Drop which cannot be purchased.  These are some amazing Black Friday sales and you're not going to want to miss them!  You can check out the Gothic Gala Lacquers Facebook fan page to keep up with news, releases and upcoming promotions.
Thanksgiving is a special holiday to me because you don't have to worry about gifts, trying to
top someone and means that Christmas and the end of the year are approaching.  It is also a time to have your family and loved ones close to you, enjoy good food, good company and reflect on what you are most thankful for and what matters in your life.  With that said, I would like to say how thankful I am for you, yes YOU, the reader, the person who takes a minute to click that "subscribe" button or the link to my page and comes to visit.  This is a somewhat new blog, only a few months old, and every single one of you who click in means so very much to me so... THANK YOU!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I'll be back soon with something exciting!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Gothic Gala Lacquers: My Custom Polish is Prettiful!

Hey guys! I'm sure you're all busy getting ready for Thanksgiving, I know I am, but there's always time for some swatches.  I want to give you a little background on the name of this custom before I get into swatches and such.  You all know my daughter, Gia, how much of a girly-girl she is and that she shares a love for pretty polish just like her Momma.  Every time Gigi sees a pretty polish on my nails she flips for it, always complimenting me and letting me know how much she admires it.  What Gia usually says to me is "Momma! That is prettiful!" Prettiful, my 2 1/2 year old daughter combines pretty and beautiful and that is the end result, so when I was asked what I wanted to name this polish Prettiful was it! 

I asked Samantha, the creator of all Gothic Gala Lacquers, if she could make me a beautiful purple holo (yes, I have a problem with purple holos too) and she accepted the task without any hesitation.  I explained to her the color I was hoping for and she kept in great communication with me, showing me pictures and asking me how I liked the progress.  The last picture blew me away, and I couldn't wait to get Prettiful into my hands.  It is a beautiful dusty, purple scattered holo polish that takes your breath away.  The application was effortless and the formula is rich and silky smooth.  Take a look at this stunner, with and without flash so you can get the full effect of Samantha's talents.

Stunning!!! I couldn't believe how well Samantha had nailed what I was hoping for, plus how perfect the formula is, to say that I was pleased is an understatement.  If you would like to check out Gothic Gala Lacquers you can visit the Etsy Shop or become a fan of the Facebook page to keep up with promotions and releases.  I have a few others from Gothic Gala that I will be bringing to you later this week, and right in time for Black Friday sales so stay tuned.
I wish you all have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cult Nails All Access Collection Swatches and Review

Hey everyone!  I hope you all are having a great week and survived all of the pre-order and restocks that went on.  The polish Gods were on my side for once and I was able to nab most of what I wanted.  On the home front though, Gia has a nasty little cold and once again we've been stuck indoors.  The weather has been pretty chilly, so I think no matter what we wouldn't have been outside exploring too much but with her not feeling well I haven't been able to get a lot of swatches to you guys this week.  Hopefully, my little one gets over this nasty congestion quickly and we're able to do something exciting with her this weekend.  I was able to get a few swatches done so lets get to them.

Tonight, I have the All Access Collection from Cult Nails and I love them all.  This collection is made up of five different colors, three crèmes, a gold glitter topper and a beautiful jelly with some crimson glitter shards within it.

First I bring to you guys Grunge which is described as "the perfect military green creme that is blended with just the right amount of femininity" and I think this is pretty spot on.  Grunge is such a rich and creamy polish that I fell in love with it right away.  Aside from the formula and color being so dreamy, it is also a true one-coater.

Next up I have Wack Slacks for you all, I love the name by the way.  All I can say is, what a beautiful blue that is described as "a bold blue creme that sets itself apart by leaning, slightly, purple."  You can see a hint of purple when you catch this beauty in the right lighting and then back to a deep blue in the shade.  The formula was perfection, and Wack Slacks is almost a one-coater as well but I applied two for full coverage.

Another beautiful creme in this collection is Lamestain, a beautiful crimson, vampy, blood red polish.  Two coats was all that I needed for full coverage and I don't have a single complaint when it comes to this beauty.

I was drawn to Disillusion because the berry colored shreds of glitter in the bottle were beyond amazing.  I wore this polish alone and just want to note that it is best to wait for each coat to completely dry before applying the next.  The glitter shreds can be a little difficult to work with, and will pull if not completely dry, but if patience isn't a strong point for you then I suggest wearing this over a black polish and you'll get the same effect.

Lastly, we have the glitter topper of this collection, Feedback.  The glitter was the same as in Disillusion, nice thick shreds of glitter in gold, pink and orange and I thought it looked lovely on top of Grunge.  The application can be a little tricky since it is shreds, instead of flat standard shaped glitter, but it is worth the tiny bit of effort.  I love the end result and all I needed to seal the deal was a thick top coat to lock it all into place.

The All Access Collection is still available for $12 per bottle on the Cult Nails site and definitely worth checking out.  I don't wear a lot of glitter, as you guys know, but I really enjoyed applying these as well as wearing them.  You can also become a fan of Cult Nails on Facebook to keep up with  new collections, sales and promotions.
The weekend is approaching, WOOT, and I hope you have a great one!  I want you all to know that I am currently speaking with an indie maker about doing a giveaway in a few weeks and this one is going to be really special!  Stay tuned and have a great night!