Monday, April 10, 2017

Short hiatus

Hey all! As you may (or may not) have noticed, things are pretty quiet around here! Not because I don't want to blog, though I admit I am not feeling particularly motivated right now, but because my real life is pretty busy right now (searching for a new job, as well as working on some new, different projects) and so I have frankly been exhausted and uninspired to blog! I'm still painting my nails, but only twice a week these days. And I still love it all, but as we know, it takes time and energy to polish, photograph, write, edit, and post!

SOOOOOOOOO... what does this mean? Well, I going to take a short hiatus for the month of April and recollect and figure out where my priorities are. I do plan on doing another Star Wars inspired month for May (as it is the 40th anniversary of A New Hope!) and I have a bunch of Star Wars related polishes to share so I didn't want to let that opportunity pass me by. I also plan, as of right now, to attempt some nail art, so hopefully that all works out! I'm excited to do it and have already start putting posts together so I'm ahead of the game.

And after that...? I'm not sure. It will depend on how things are going elsewhere. I suspect that it's going to be a pretty busy summer and there is a distinct possibility I may let my blog lie fallow until fall and football season starts up again (Purple Fridays, yay!). I don't really want to quit but it's hard for me to keep up and post in a timely and regular manner, which I don't love. This is a hobby, but shouldn't feel like a chore, which is does sometimes. I can't promise anything because I don't actually know right now.

Look for a slew of Star Wars related posts in May!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

KB Shimmer Big Apple of My Eye

And here's another red! Today's polish is KB Shimmer Big Apple of My Eye. This is one of the upcoming limited edition polishes for Polish Con in NYC. These polishes have been available on a weekly basis, so unfortunately this one is no longer available, though if you are going to Polish Con (or know someone who is) you will be able to snag a bottle there! Personally, I think this is a great way to do it, especially because not everyone has the funds to be able to travel to NYC. Big Apple of My Eye is a candy apply red jelly packed silver holographic microglitter, giving it a more scattered holo effect.

Big Apple of My Eye definitely has a more squishy formula, but was super smooth and easy to apply. I used three coats because there is some visible nail line, but you might be able to get away with two if you want! This does dry down with a little of texture, but that was easily taken care of with some top coat! 

This was a fun polish to wear! I actually decided to wear this for International Women's Day on March 8th-- I didn't strike, but did wear red in solidarity for women's rights. And Big Apple of My Eye was perfect for that! I am really happy with this polish-- no, it's not all that unique or different but it's a classic and I love the chunkier holo glitters and the jellyish consistency. I loved wearing this, a lot.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Different Dimension Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis

This week has a mini red theme. Today's polish was an exclusive for the Polish Con held in Chicago last September. I did not attend, but luckily there were a few bottles of this polish, Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis made available after the con and I managed to snatch one up. Of course, it's been sitting in my untrieds pile for months. But I was feeling the need for some red polish recently and decided wearing this was a priority. Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis is described as a "garnet linear holo with added color shifting glitters and copper glitters."

The formula of Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Willis is good, which I expected. It was nicely pigmented and flowed on the nail easily; not too thick or too thin. Despite the opacity, I ended up using three coats to make sure it was totally opaque on my long nails. But I would suspect most people could get away with two.

This is super pretty! I love the dark maroon color, and the holographic flash was pretty strong. This is a color that looks good, always. I'm sad I waited so long to wear it, but it was definitely worth it. Glad I grabbed this one!

If you happen to like this, it's actually still available at Color 4 Nails site but I wouldn't wait too long because once it disappears I don't think it will be coming back!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Girly Bits Grandma Got Run Over by a John Deere

Technically this is a polish from Christmas (as you can probably tell by the name) and is the other half of the December COTM duo. From the Girly Bits website, Grandma Got Run Over by a John Deere is described as an "interesting shade of green that sits somewhere between dill pickle and pine. I know, strange description. It's an interesting colour. It has a squishy depth to it, with a strong copper shift, and is swimming with the tiniest holographic sparkles." This is spot-on. There's a lot happening in this polish, and all of it is amazing and awesome! The copper shift compliments the other half of this duo and it's a fun twist on a traditional Christmas color (deep green).

Grandma Got Run Over by a John Deere had a good formula; a little thick but in a good way. The first coat was a little sheer due it's jelly-like consistency, but the second coat was almost opaque. I added a third coat for good measure because you know me-- I'm like that! 

My indoor photos didn't capture the green as well, so I snapped some outside shots with my phone:!! One of my kids' swim teachers actually complimented me on this! I love that. And she's not wrong, as this polish is really unique and beautiful. Even though green has never been my favorite polish color, I have really fallen in love with shifty green duochromes and this polish definitely falls into that category. It's complicated and gorgeous and I would seriously buy a whole range of polishes like this. 

Happy St Patrick's Day! Any fun plans for the weekend? A friend of mine is visiting from California and we are going to shop and see the Beauty and the Beast remake. I hope it's good! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Different Dimension Leaf Me Alone

It's been awhile since I featured a Different Dimension polish! Today's green is an oldie but goodie: Leaf Me Alone. I actually think I bought this back in 2016 on sale (I'm pretty sure it was a fall 2015 polish... Good grief, I'm terrible.) So this has been sitting in my stash for awhile. BUT NO MATTER! Because Leaf Me Alone is still a good looking polish and I wanted to wear it in the lead up to this year's St. Patrick's Day. It's a yellow toned green holographic that could be called chartreuse, though yellow toned lime green would also work. 

Leaf Me Alone had a pretty good formula. It's a little thick but not problematically so; it goes on smoothly. The first coat was a little sheer, but it built up nicely. I used three coats to get opaque coverage over my wide nail beds, though I suspect overs might be able to get away with two. 

I love funky greens like this! I think the yellow tones work well with my skin and it's a more unusual color, which is fun. This was insanely holographic, which I loved. My camera is really bringing out the yellow here, but in real life it's pretty green, as you can maybe tell by the holographic flash. In any case, I really liked this! Happy to have it in my collection! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sinful Colors Works Like A Charm

It's the week of St Patrick's Day, so I figured we'll go with a green theme this week! I picked Sinful Colors Works Like a Charm on a whim a week or so ago-- not that I need any new polish, but I've been jonesing for a mint and gold combo recently and for the reasonable price of $1.99, I decided I couldn't go wrong with this. Works Like a Charm is one of the St Patrick's Day collection Sinful Colors put out this year. There was another green I am wishing I had grabbed as well, but this was definitely a good choice.

The formula was ok, but not great. It's a little thick and prone to dragging, unfortunately. That said, I did used a light touch and used thinner coats and that made the application ok. Honestly, it could have been much worse so I'm pretty happy. After two coats I still had a uneven patches so I used my typical third coat and I think it looks great.

I got several compliments on this, which of course I always love when I wear a polish. I love the combination of mint and gold; it's so pretty! The formula wasn't perfect, but is acceptable for the price. I loved wearing this!

Hope everyone had a good weekend and that your week is off to a good start!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Enchanted Polish Prism of Darkness

To close out this week of Enchanted Polish, today I have a fun collaboration shade to share with you from Enchanted Polish and the blogger Fashion Polish! This was a collaboration for Fashion Polish's bloggaversary. The inspiration was her love of physics and prisms and vampy polishes. Prism of Darkness is described as a "deep purple holographic with color-shifting simmer." 

Perhaps not shockingly, this had a great formula! Prism of Darkness is nicely pigment and goes on smoothly. I probably could have gotten away with two coats but I used my usual three coats to make sure there weren't any thin spots on my giant nail beds. 

Here a couple of shots without the flash so you can see the green duochrome switch!

This polish is stunning! I love duochrome holographics and this one is definitely unique to my collection. I love how strong the shift is-- you don't see this sort very often. What a lovely polish; this collaboration was a real winner! 

Happy Friday and have a happy weekend! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Enchanted Polish January 2016

Next up, I have January 2016, so this poor polish is already over a year old! Ack. I think this happens to all of us nail polish bloggers, though! Only so many polishes you can wear at one time!  January 2016 is a pinky beige nude creme with a strong yellow green shimmer.

I was expecting this to be a little bit tricky to work with, but I really didn't have any problems! The polish is on the thinner side,but is pigmented and flows easily on to the nail. I did use a light touch to avoid streaking, but that honestly wasn't too much of an issue! I used three coats here to make sure I didn't have any thin spots!

This color is a lovely nude, though I think it's maybe a touch too pink for my skin tone and gives me slight lobster hands. The contrasting green shimmer, though, is a lot of fun and makes it feel different from most nudes. It certainly makes it fun and unique and I love how much the shimmer stands out. Even though it doesn't quite suit my skin tone, I like this a lot! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Enchanted Polish December 2016

Today I have another one of Enchanted Polish's monthly mystery polishes to share with you-- this one is December 2016. (I actually have the whole year... because I remember to purchase them during every preorder but of course I am behind, please don't act so shocked.) Last year Enchanted switched to doing shimmers for the monthly mystery polish instead of holos, which displeased some people, but I love shimmer so I was happy to see the change of pace. It remains to be seen if/what type of finish she'll do this year, assuming she keeps doing the monthly mystery polishes at all. December 2016 is a red creme with a strong green-gold shimmer running throughout.

December 2016 was a little thick, and definitely thickened up as I used it though I didn't really have any issues applying it. I used three coats because I felt like two coats still gave me some thin patches, and thicker coats can lead to some "streaks" in the finish due to the heavy shimmer-- in fact, the shimmer also gives the polish a metallic look and feel but it definitely isn't metallic. But it wasn't too bad in the end, as you can see!

Here's a bottle shot so you can see the shimmer:

On the nail this doesn't look quite like it does in the bottle, it's still really pretty. The overall effect of the shimmer gives the final appearance a more rusty red look than I anticipated; that said, it's quite unique looking and I liked the finished look. Definitely a unique one! Probably one of my favorites from the last year of mysteries!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Enchanted Polish Holiday 2016

This week is going to be a mini Enchanted Polish themed week because it just so happens that I've got several polishes from the brand that I need to share with you! In addition to her monthly mysteries, there's always an Enchanted Polish holiday mystery polish. Though the monthly mysteries were all shimmers last year, the holiday polish for last year was a holographic. Holiday 2016 is a beautiful orchid purple holographic, and while it doesn't immediately jump out and say "holidays!" to me, there is something delightfully whimsical about this polish and I think it works. Plus I am a sucker for anything purple!

Holiday 2016 was up to the usual Enchanted Polish standards and I didn't have any issues with it. It was nicely pigmented and applied smoothly and easily. I used my standard three coats but two would probably be sufficient for most people! 

Of course I love this! Were we really thinking I might not? Hahahaha, yeah, rhetorical question. Or no question! This was really lovely in person and I find the color amazing and wearable. Look at how it glows! I'm really happy to have this beauty in my collection; what a gorgeous color!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a good week!