Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jindie Nails Swatches and Review!

Good evening guys!  I know it's been a bit since my last post, but my computer has been giving me some problems and I wasn't able to get on.  The last week has been extremely hectic, we're getting ready to leave tomorrow morning for Salem so we can be there during their Halloween events, but I wanted to share these swatches with you all before I leave.  There's not much for the kids to do here in Staten Island for Halloween, aside from banging on our neighbors doors asking for candy, so we decided that a nice trip to Salem is in order.  Last year Hurricane Sandy hit us pretty hard and Halloween was "cancelled", Gia was only 19 months so it wasn't the end of the world but I wanted to make sure she got to wear her Minnie Mouse costume this year.

On to the polish! 

I have some beautiful polish from Jindie Nails to show off tonight, one of them is perfect for Halloween so I will start with that.  Monster's Ink has a "bright yellow/green base similar to the color of Mike from Monsters Inc.. It has several fun glitters in it including matte light purple dots, matte dark purple diamonds, metallic violet medium dots, lilac holo large & medium dots, teal holo large dots, matte satin teal hex & squares, light green metallic dots, magenta large & small squares, silver dots, mauve small squares, pastel pink matte dots, white dots, lime green holo dots and hex, matte kelly green dots and diamonds and satin matte teal hex and just a few satin matte teal stars & diamonds."  I had fun with this polish since it was full of so many beautiful glitters, it is extremely bright and screams HALLOWEEN on your nails.

The next polish that I had to try was Anniversary Seaquins, this beauty was made to honor the one year anniversary of Jindie Nails.  "This one is a beautiful medium blue shimmer crelly with light pink opaque dots, pastel yellow opaque dots, pastel peach opaque dots, moss green metallic squares, magenta large and small squares, mauve squares, light green metallic dots, kelly green matte medium dots, matte white dots & opaque matte medium purple dots. It's meant to be worn on its own and opaque in 2-3 coats."  Once again, there was no need to fish for glitter and placement was nice and easy.  I do recommend a nice thick topcoat since there is so much glitter, I used Glitter Tamer here.

I was surprised to see the next polish because it wasn't the "usual" Jindie, it's a snazzy, sophisticated, tamed but fun polish.  Harlow Can You Go is an exclusive for Harlow & Co. and boy oh boy is it beautiful!  It is a nude, shimmer crelly with tons and tons of different glitter throughout.  There is a mix of purple, gold teal and burgundy glitter in all shapes and sizes including dots, squares and hexes.  Again, I recommend a nice thick topper for this polish and the application was just as easy as the others.

Lastly, I bring to you guys Electric Grape.  "Electric Grape has a bright neon purple, magenta toned jelly/crelly base with intense neon blue shimmer."  This polish has been revamped and I had full coverage in three coats which built up perfectly.  There weren't any problems with pooling, cleanup or streaks and I used a regular topcoat to seal the deal.

If you want a polish that is bright, fun, vivid and stands out from the rest then Jindie Nails is definitely the polish for you!  There are so many beautiful colors and they're available in mini, medium and full sized bottles by visiting the Jindie Nails site.  You can also stay up to date with news, releases and promotions by becoming a fan of the Jindie Nails Facebook fan page.
I hope you all have a spooky and happy Halloween and I will be back at the end of the week, when we get home, with more beautiful polish for you. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Literary Lacquers: You Do Not Want to Miss This!

Good evening guys!  I hope everyone is having a great night and that your week started off well, it was a busy day here but Gigi is down and it's some much needed Mommy time right now.  This week is supposed to start getting very cold here in NYC, so I wanted to get Gia out as much as I could today before we are stuck indoors and I'm having daydreams of bashing my head into one of the walls.  This meant the park, lots of walking around, visiting a friend recovering from surgery, the park again, then company from my sister and niece.  The little one definitely wore herself out, got nice and cranky before bed and now my house is QUIET!

I know a few weeks ago I showed you guys Strawberry Ice Cream Soma from Literary Lacquers and it received some great feedback, so I thought I would bring you some more from this amazing indie line.  Tonight, I will be sharing three more beauties made by the very talented Amy of Literary Lacquers.

First I bring to you Bionic Mmmm-Detector, you have to love these names!  "This polish was inspired by Vox by Nicholson Baker, published in 1990. This entire book is one long anonymous phone sex conversation over a 1-900 number. This book, published in the midst of the AIDS crisis represents the ultimate safe sex in a pre-Internet era. This book gained even more notoriety as the book famously given to President Bill Clinton by the young intern Monica Lewinsky.

Bionic Mmmm-Detector is a black jelly polish packed with aqua, teal, blue and green microglitter."

The formula was perfect to work with and I didn't have a hard time with glitter placement, fishing, building or clean-up.  I was able to apply two coats freely and it had a wonderful finish, there was no need for a very thick top coat, any will suffice since the glitter does not curl at all.

Look at that glitter in the light, absolutely lovely.  Removal was a breeze too, I didn't have to use the foil method and my nails are super soft but they weren't dinged or damaged.  The polish lasted a nice 3 days before I had the tiniest chip on the side of my thumb, and you all know how Mommy chores can ruin a perfect manicure, so that is saying a lot.
Next I want to show you Midsummer Night's Dream, "this polish was created to evoke the starry midnight sky as seen through the eyes of a fairy. Deep shimmery blue, with small gold squares, black hexes, and holographic gold hexes, this polish shimmers and glows on the nail, drawing you into its dream world."  The description couldn't be any more accurate because it really does have a glowing effect to it when the light catches it.  The gold squares are amazing against the deep blue.

An absolutely stunning, deep but yet bright, blue.  I received many compliments on this polish, and again was able to wear it for three days without any chips.  The glitter application was great, it went on smoothly and I was able to use Out the Door top coat as I normally would.  If you are able to get your hands on this polish I highly recommend it.
Lastly I bring to you my favorite of the bunch, If It Pleases You, which is also from the Good Parts Collection.  "This polish was inspired by The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice, originally published in 1983 under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure. It’s a kinky fairy tale, telling us what happens after the prince wakes Sleeping Beauty (not with a kiss this time…). If it pleases you is what Beauty is taught to answer questions by her masters.  If It Pleases you is a deep plum with a touch of brown (or bruise colored if you will) linear holographic polish. 2 coats will give full coverage. In my experience, topcoat does not dull the holographic effect."  With the first stroke I was able to see the full plum pigment in this beauty and really had to stop and stare at it, I just kept saying to myself "this is gorgeous, this is gorgeous."  I started with two coats, and could have left it alone there but since it built so well I took it to three.  Take a look at two coats.

That rainbow, holo effect is just amazing and the finish was nice and smooth, not grainy or bumpy  like some holos can sometimes be.  I took this beauty to three coats and here is what it looks like.

I added a top coat to If It Pleases You and it did not dull the holo effect at all, I wanted so badly to capture it in the sunlight but Mother Nature was working against me for a few days.
If you haven't tried Literary Lacquers yet, now is a perfect time to snag your first few!  There is a special promotion going on at the Etsy shop until October 27th and you will receive 20% off by using coupon code YAY1YEAR.  You can also stay up to date with releases, promos and news by becoming a fan of the Literary Lacquers Facebook page.
I hope you all enjoyed these swatches and get on over to Literary Lacquers to get your own.  Later this week I have some great finds, and a custom to show you so be on the lookout.  Have a great week guys and an even better evening!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Colors by Laura K: Grip and Sip

Well, it's another week and I am already exhausted!  I know most of you can agree that if we were just left alone to sleep, no alarms, no work, no children, then we could probably sleep for a week.  Luckily, for some people, yesterday was a day off from work and this will be a short one for them, all it meant for me was no nail mail or post man stalking.  Fortunately, today my mailman finally made his way to me and I have a new beauty to bring to you.

Today I received my first ever Colors by Laura K., Grip and Sip, and she is a beauty!  Grip and Sip is described as "pinkish/purple scattered holo with a blue iridescent sheen. This color dries semi-smooth (it kind of feels like an eggshell) so a good topcoat is recommended."  I applied three coats and the application was smooth, flawless and trouble free.  I took Laura's advice and used a nice thick top coat, Butter London Quick Topcoat, which smoothed any textured finish.  My mailman must have been jam packed since there wasn't mail yesterday, and he made it to me very late in the afternoon so I made sure to run out and catch what sun I could... Take a look.

I have a soft spot for purple holos and this one really surprised me, the first coat was very light but the second and third were stunning.  Grip and Sip catches the sun so well and the sparkle, shine and rainbow holo effect are jaw dropping. 
The lovely Laura K. is running a promotion right now in her Big Cartel shop, until the end of the month, for 20% off your order by using coupon code AROUNDTHEWORLD.  Make sure you get those orders in on time because you aren't going to want to miss this!  You can also become a fan of Colors by Laura K. at her Facebook page and stay up to date with new releases and promotions.
I hope every ones week started out well and that you're having a peaceful, relaxing evening!  I'll be back later this week with another beautiful polish for you all, so stay posted!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Limited Edition Lyn B Designs All Holo's Eve

Well its Thursday night guys, the week is almost over!  It was a gloomy, rainy, cold day here in Staten Island which means I stayed in all day trying to entertain Gigi.  Luckily, my sister came over with my three year old niece and we had a mini pizza party for the girls.  Entertainment for the both of them and some sister bonding for us, while breaking up tiny pulling wars over dolls.

On to this evenings special reveal!  As you all know from last nights post, I had the honor of swatching some pretties from the revamped Lyn B Designs Halloween collection and she threw in her new, limited edition, beauty All Holo's Eve.  Just by looking at the bottle I knew this polish was special, it is a deep pigmented navy blue, linear holo that shifts to a pinkish purple.  I love blue holo polish and this is one you're not going to want to miss out on!

Look at that perfect rainbow effect in the sunlight!  It is absolutely stunning and great to work with, the formula is a mix between a creme and jelly which went on smooth and easily.  I used two coats here and there weren't any streaks or brush lines.
All Holo's Eve will be released tomorrow, October 11th and it is a limited edition polish so make sure you get your hands on it.  You can visit the Lyn B Designs Etsy shop to purchase it while available, and you can also stop by her Facebook fan page for more information on promotions and other collections.
I want to thank you all for entering my first giveaway and say CONGRATS again to Sarah Turner from Florida for being the lucky winner!  I am planning on working with a few indies on another giveaway and will keep you guys posted about the details.  Remember, its Thursday night and the weekend is almost here, so pat yourself on the back for getting through another week!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My Halloween Treats Thanks to Lyn B Designs

Hi everyone!  This is a much earlier post than my usual ones, but I couldn't wait any longer to share these pretties with you!  The other day I posted a "teaser" on my Instagram page and on a few polish groups that I belong to on Facebook.  Many of you were trying to guess what the polish was and who it was made by, and as hard as it was I actually kept my lips sealed for the last couple of days.  Well, the wait is over!  I had the honor of having Jenna, creator of Lyn B Designs, send me some of her revamped Halloween collection and they are yummy! 

The first of the pretties that I tried was Nightmare Revisted, this is the polish that I teased you all with, SORRY!  Nightmare Revisted is a beautiful bright pink, fuchsia linear holo that you will not be able to take your eyes off of.  When polishing I noticing how smooth the formula was and how easy it was to apply, it built up to three coats easily and dried perfectly.  Two coats probably would have been enough but I wanted to take it to a deeper fuchsia and see how it looked, I'm glad I did.  If you look at the last picture you will be able to see Nightmare Revisted in two coats and the rest of the pictures are three coats. 

After being in awe of this beauty I couldn't wait to move on and the next night I polished with This is Halloween.  I really cannot believe how great these formulas are and even got up out of my chair to show my hubby who could usually care less but he stopped and said WOW himself.  This is Halloween is described as a "gorgeous deep purple base with copper colored duochrome. It's loaded with purple and orange smaller glitters".  I didn't need to put this polish over anything and applied three coats without any troubles.

I had a hard time choosing which polish to use next and my daughter chose Zero, which she calls "Halloween nails" and it really is a pretty accurate description.  Zero is a white based polish packed with glitters of all shapes and sizes, no fishing for glitter with this one.  There are white bars, small orange and red hex's, red and white squares, medium sized black hex's, red hearts and black stars.  It really bothers me when I buy a glitter polish and have to scoop and fish for glitters, or worry about placement but this was hassle free.

Lastly, I bring to you Pumpkin King.  This is the perfect Halloween topper with all of its amazing orange, silver and black glitter.  It has micro orange glitter, medium orange and silver hex, black diamonds and black bars.  Another dream to apply, I used two coats and there wasn't any issues with curling, fishing or glitter placement, it went on completely smooth and just a regular quick-dry top coat sealed the deal.

These beauties were a dream to work with and I highly recommend picking up this line, not just for Halloween.  They will be released this Friday, October 11, and you can visit the Lyn B Designs shop or you can become a fan on her Facebook page for more information on other promotions, sales and upcoming releases.
I have one more reveal tomorrow from Lyn B Designs and you're not going to want to miss this!  It will only be available for a limited time and I will give you a sneak peak tomorrow night.
Have a great evening!!!!