Friday, September 28, 2012

ManGlaze ILF

Today I have my first ManGlaze polish to show you. I've been wanting to try this brand for a while now since I love me some matte polish! ManGlaze had a sale a little while back on Facebook and I picked up ILF and some Franken Juggs empty nail polish bottles.

ILF is a gorgeous teal polish with a silver micro shimmer. The polish is obviously a matte but the shimmer takes this polish to a new level! I think what I love most about this polish is that although it's teal which is always a favorite of mine, it has a hint of sea foam green which mellows it out rather than a teal bitch slap to the retina. That combined with the matte effect makes this an office appropriate color. At least for my office...but I tend to wear whatever I want since I do not work with the public.

The consistency of this polish was great and it applied like butter in thin coats. This polish went above and beyond expectations!




The artwork on these bottles are always kick ass! Zombie chicks with big tits, Raunchy Eye Balls and middle fingers...what else could you ask for? Check these bottle shots out!




They included some stickers, temporary tattoos and a guitar pick that I believe is intended to be a can opener. They wouldn't want you to chip a nail!

ManGlaze polishes can be purchased on Amazon or on their 'crappy website'.
 
Mink Mitten is next on my must have list from ManGlaze! What's your favorite ManGlaze polish?

~Linda  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chrono Cross Samplings

Today I have two polishes from Rainbow Honey's 2012 Chrono Cross Collection. These are Snake Eyes and Siren Song in their adorable little packaging.

Snake Eyes is described as "a sheer but shimmery sea foam green makes up the base of this polish; sprinkled throughout are loads of sea foam glitter accented by hints of purple, magenta, gold, and some searing dark eyes".

Siren Song is described as "Inspired by Marbule’s loveliest mermaid, this polish consists of a shimmering aqua color loaded with glitter, tinsel, and holographic sparkle to boot!"

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Snake Eyes and Siren Song
Rainbow_Honey_Chronos_Cross

To be honest my first impression of these polishes was not the greatest. I swatched them on a nail wheel and sighed. I didn't even really want to swatch them but pulled out a few base colors to play around and see what would look the best under these. They are both very sheer but Snake Eyes especially.

This is two coats of Julep Harley a silver metallic/chrome and two thin coats of Snake Eyes. The sheer green color in the base of this polish was hidden a bit over the silver, but shows over black and other colors. The glitter spreads nicely and I do like the different size glitter pieces as well as the glitter color combo.

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RainbowHoney_Snake_Eyes

Snake_Eyes

This is two coats of Pop Beauty Mint Magic and two coats of Siren Song. This polish is packed with glitter but the tinsel and larger hexagon pieces of glitter do not apply as evenly as Snake Eyes. I had to apply this in patches and the glitter dries a bit bumpier than I like, but it grew on my the longer I wore it.

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Outside Shade
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Outside Shade

Rainbow Honey Siren Song
Indoor Artificial Light
These were the only two that I bought from this collection and although they grew on me they were not what I was expecting. I think I was expecting a smoother application and a deeper color to the base. Obviously polish can look different in the bottle compared to on the nail, but if there were more swatches online I might not have bought these.

Rainbow Honey was born out of a love for color and a penchant for creativity. All of their custom-designed products are always free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (the “big 3”). They never test their products on animals and are hand-crafted and hand-packaged in the USA. 

They offer mini sized bottles (7ml) for $5 and full sized bottles (15ml) for $10 which is an awesome option. You can check out all their collections on their website.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Linda

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Today I have a mani inspired by one of my favorite movies...The Nightmare Before Christmas. I've seen this movie more times than I can count and always find myself jones'n to watch it around Halloween and Christmas time. What's better than a movie you can watch for two different holidays...and it make sense?

The other morning while drinking my coffee I looked down at my Sally mug and smiled. This lovely lady has inspired my mani.

Nightmare_before_christmas
 
Nightmare_before_christmas

Sally is an amazingly sweet girl who has on an iconic patchwork dress as she herself has been pieced together by her 'father' Dr. Finklestein. I've decided to use her dress for my mani. 

Nightmare_before_christmas

Nightmare_before_christmas

I've used the following polishes in this mani:
  • Orly - Steel Your Heart
  • KleanColor - Funky Yellow
  • China Glaze - Riveting
  • Essence - You Belong To Me
  • e.l.f. - Lilac
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • Milani - White On The Spot

I started with a white base, taped off the patches and generally did 2 coats for each color block. I drew the stitches with the black polish and then topped off with Essie Matte About You.  

What do you think? Did I represent Sally well?

~Linda

Monday, September 24, 2012

Julep Sale on HauteLook

Hello Hello! Julep is having a sale on HauteLook that ends on Wednesday at 8AM Pacific.

Don't miss your chance for some great little bundles that are on average 52% off! They have some really great options that include various different products like Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Drops, Pomegranate body scrubs, Sicilian Orange Foot Soak, Cuticle Oil, Julep Glow On Age Defying Hand Brightener, Nail Polish Remover Pumps and of course...polish!


Don't miss your chance for some fantastic pairings of polish!
Check out the HauteLook Sale now!

~Linda

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Franken Polish - Neptune Moon

"Waaasssuuuppp?!?!?!" "Nuthin, havin some milk...watchin the game." "True True"   This makes me laugh soo hard! Hope you are enjoying a day full of football.


Anywho, Today I have a franken polish that I created using a suspension base and some multi-colored blue glitter with a small kick of semi holographic topaz blue glitter. Her name is Neptune Moon.

This polish ended up a bit thicker than I prefer, so what I've done is add some underpants to 2 of my nails to add a tint of purple and allow for a much thinner application of the glitter in order to obtain a fully opaque look. I think I prefer this over just the glitter.

This is three thick coats of Neptune Moon on my middle finger and pinky and two thin coats of China Glaze Secret Peri-winkle and two coats of Neptune Moon on my pointer and index fingers. All nails have on layer top coat which did pretty well at smoothing out this glitter bomb.

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Neptune_Moon_Franken_Polish

I do truly love the sparkle and bright color of this polish. What's fun is that the semi-holographic particles look pink until it dries, and then it turns blue (You can see the pink sparkles in the bottle photo but none of my nails). It's fun to watch it change colors. ☺

What do you think of the polish? Is it something you would wear?

 ~Linda

Friday, September 21, 2012

Urban Angels

Good morning darlings! Today I'm showing off some swag I won from Cosmetic Sanctuary's giveaway of some colors from the Anise Urban Angel 2012 Collection. The collection consists of 12 colors and Anise gave Lisa 6 colors to give away to 12 lucky winners. ☺ 

Today I have three colors to show you - Money to Burn, Deep Attraction and Wildcat.

Money to Burn (my favorite) is a deep teal metallic that has a golden shimmer. This is two coats and one coat of a cheap fast dry top coat.

Anise_Money_to_Burn

Anise_Money_to_Burn

Deep Attraction is a rich purple metallic with golden shimmer. This is three coats with top coat.
 
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Anise_Deep_Attraction

Wildcat is a buttery copper/bronze metallic that looks a bit more gold indoors. This was three thin coats to obtain full richness. Wildcat dried the slowest of the three and was thicker than the others so make sure to let each coat dry completely.

Outside - Sunlight
Outside - Cloudy
Wildcat applied the least smooth and brush strokes were more visible than with the others. This color also had the most difference in finish/color from sunlight to cloud cover. This is my least favorite mostly because it doesn't look good with my skin tone. 

Money to Burn and Deep Attraction both have a golden shimmer in the bottle that can be seen on the nail with only one coat, but once you build it up to completely opaque (generally 3 coats) that shimmer tends to get lost. I did notice that when using a cheap topcoat, it almost 'ate away' at the top layer of polish and the shimmer reappeared. It didn't mess up the finish of the final coat so this might be something you can do if you're looking for that golden shimmer on the nail. The golden shimmer didn't necessarily show in my pictures but is visible in real life.

Overall these polishes are pretty good. I've never used this brand before but it will definitely be a brand I pick up if the colors capture my attention.

Anise polish can be purchased at your local DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) for $6.00 per bottle. 

~Linda

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Zoya Yummy

Hi guys! Today I have on Zoya Yummy which is a gorgeous robin's egg blue creme polish. The polish dried rather quickly and applied a teensy bit thick but with careful application it's not a problem.

This is two coats of Yummy with top coat.

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Zoya Yummy

I added some glitter tips using multicolored semi-holographic blue craft glitter. I added top coat to the tips of my nails and then dipped my nails into the glitter. After the top coat dries the excess glitter can be knocked off.

Zoya Yummy and Glitter Tips
 
Zoya Yummy and Glitter Tips

I love the look and feel of the raw glitter on my nails. If you are not planning on wearing this for an extended period of time, the glitter stays on pretty well without a full layer of top coat.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Linda

Sunday, September 16, 2012

This Lady's a Bug

Hello my lovelies! I am officially on my 2 week vacation and I can finally breathe! I recently traveled for work and was extremely ill which was freakin miserable to say the least. Thank God I'm starting to feel better now because I think I'm having nail polish withdrawals.

Today I have a quick welcome back post of a cute little scene I did a few weeks ago. This is China Glaze Rare & Radiant from the Bohemian Collection with Mash plate #32 for the ladybug and Red Angel plate #118 for the grass, using Konad black stamping polish. 

China Glaze Rare & Radiant

I will be pampering my hands and getting them back on track this week, so I should be posting regularly very soon!  My nails have gotten soo long since I haven't been maintaining them regularly. Once I take a weed wacker to my cuticles I'll feel much better! ☺

Happy painting!

~Linda
 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Julep Sienna

Life has been beyond crazy. **Huge Sigh** I will be M.I.A for the next week and then I promise I will be back. I have 2 weeks of vacation coming up with nothing better to do than show some love to my collection. I'm planning on swatching a bunch of polish from recent hauls and that thought makes me very happy!

Today's a quick post of a Julep Sienna, described as a sophisticated gold metallic. This is a really great polish with a fantastic finish. This is two coats with Seche Vite.

Julep Sienna

Julep Sienna

I ended up adding some stamping using Zoya Jem. I was BEYOND PISSED that I smashed my nail on my camera as I picked it up! Especially since I've had limited nail time. Well I figured I'd show you these anyway because the colors were extremely great together.

Julep Sienna & Zoya Jem

I really miss having the time to post regularly. Thanks for your patience!

~Linda