Monday, May 2, 2016

Yves Saint Laurent Peace Green

I hope you can hear some heraldic trumpets playing (or maybe choirs of angel with harps) but today I have such a stunning polish to share with you-- YSL Peace Green! Is it stretching it to say that this is probably the holy grail polish of 2016? It's pretty true, though. Peace Green is currently one of the most sought after polishes-- I didn't even know it existed until recently, but then got lucky enough to catch a restock at Saks and snatched it up without blinking. As the name might lead you to believe, this is indeed a green polish; a light mint green with a gorgeous (and strong) pink shimmer.

This is the first YSL polish I've ever used. It was... okay. I can't say I'm overly impressed by the formula given the price tag but the color is definitely unique and gorgeous so I guess I'll call it a wash. Not that the formula of Peace Green is terrible, but you do need to be a bit careful when applying it and the first coat was a little streaky. It evened out pretty nicely, though, and I used three coats to cover my gigantic wide nail beds.

Look at that shimmer!!! I am honestly hoping shimmer sees a resurgence in 2016. Don't get me wrong, I love a good holo and am glad we have seen indie polish corner the market on making gorgeous holographic polishes. But I love a good shimmer and seeing unique combinations of colors is always fun. I would say-- if you see this polish grab it! I'm really glad I grabbed it! What about you all? Do you want to see more shimmers this year or are you still in love with holos?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

HPB Present Dusty Pastel Gradient

Hey hey hey! It's a Saturday and while I normally don't post on Saturdays, I need to squeak one more post in-- for the monthly Hobby Polish Bloggers monthly nail art round up! The theme for this month is Dusty Colors and for awhile I was stumped, mainly because no polishes sprang to mind and I was dreading having to search through my stash for something to use. And then I stumbled across a display of the new Sinful Colors Porcelain Mattes and grabbed them all (of course!) and I thought these fit the bill. I would call them dusty pastels-- they certainly aren't bright and have a certain muted quality to them that I associate with the term "dusty."

First I applied two coats of Glazy Sunday, which is a "delicate dusty rose." (Look, even has dusty in the description!). Then I applied a liquid latex barrier-- this is seriously a game changer when it comes to doing gradients. Then I sponged on Glazy Sunday, Cheshire China (a light lavender) and 
She's Gone Matte (a mint green). Because they were mattes, they were thicker which meant they were easy to sponge and not too sheer. I was worried the polish might dry too quickly but that wasn't a problem! Here's the finished product:

I am so proud of this gradient! I know I have done gradients before, but I feel like this is my best one yet. Practice makes perfect!I wore this for probably four days, which is really unusual for me (usually every mani is 2 days) and it was hard to remove it. Couldn't have turned out better if I had wanted it too! This is the first time I've used the latex barrier and will definitely do so every time I do a gradient in the future. Hope you enjoyed this manicure!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Girly Bits More Cowbell

I have also had this polish kicking around for awhile (because I'm a terrible person). And it's even another Girly Bits polish! Today I have More Cowbell, which was actually from the 2013 Fall collection-- the whole collection was inspired by TV shows and in particular, this polish was inspired by the famous Chistopher Walken "more cowbell" sketch on SNL. (And if you haven't seen this, please go watch it ASAP!) I think I picked up this polish when it was on sale at Girly Bits because they were retiring it, so unfortunately it's unavailable now. (Though it is still available for sale at Harlow & Co if you decide you can't live without it.)

More Cowbell is described as a "steel blue gray with tightly scattered holo with blue iridescent flakies." I initially thought the blue flakies were microglitters, but I need to go back and look at my bottle to be 100% sure. They are lost in my photos, unfortunately, but they do add some nice depth to this polish. I wore this back in December, so I honestly don't remember a whole lot about it, other than that I don't recall having any issues. I am pretty sure I used three coats here, though most likely you could get away with two.

I am so in love with this polish. This is probably the type of holo finish I love the most-- the soft wash of holo that gives it such a warm, glowy look. I wish I could find real paint like this! But anyway, I digress. I'm so glad I picked up this polish because it's gorgeous and the finish is basically everything I want. Love love love it!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Daily Hues Nail Lacquer Out With the Bold

And we're back to purple today! This is the second half of the Daily Hues New Years duo, Out With the Bold. This is described as a "light rustic purple with shimmer and linear holo." It's definitely a purple but has a strong silver shimmer and tone to it. Unfortunately, this ends up giving Out With the Bold a frosty finish, something not well loved by most in the world of nail polish. Confession: I actually think there are people out there who can make frosty polishes look good-- I am NOT one of these people. I did struggle with this polish a bit. 

Out With the Bold was definitely a touch on the thick side, but due to the heavy shimmer it acts like a metallic and dries pretty quickly. I found it hard to eliminate the frosty streaks so after I applied two coats and was getting annoyed for having thought I could have dealt with this polish, I decided it was time to implement a fix-it strategy. So I grabbed a makeup sponge and sponged on a final layer to even out the streaks and frostiness and it worked!! The soft holo finish is still present but the streaks are gone and it looks much more appealing!

I think Out With the Bold is a pretty polish, buuuuut it ended up being a lot frostier than I wanted (and I did know there would be some frostiness when I bought it). I was able to salvage my manicure by sponging on the last layer and it doesn't look too bad, but I think that's the only thing that saved it. Perhaps if you have more patient polishing skills than I do, but I couldn't take it. It's a little bit of a bummer, though the finished product looks decent and the other half out the duo is good, so I guess it balances out in the end.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mango Bunny Minter Wonderland

Look, here's the green I was talking about! This is actually a polish from Mango Bunny's winter collection, called Minter Wonderland. If you can't guess from the name (but I bet you can!), this is a mint polish. It also has a soft holographic finish. While a mint green isn't the first color that springs to mind when thinking of winter, I actually think it works. This is kind of a cool mint, which brings to mind words like "wintergreen" or "winter mint"... or gum, which is apparently where my mind goes as well, hah. In any case, this is a very pretty polish!

This polish was pretty easy apply, though not perfect. I found I needed a light touch, otherwise Minter Wonderland wanted to drag and be a bit streaky. I ended up using three thin coats to achieve the look I wanted. It wasn't terrible, though not the best I've ever encounter. Not too much to complain about, though!

 So, so pretty! While I am not a huge fan of greens, and mints can be hard to pull off (lobster hands, etc) but I really liked this one. It maybe made my fingers a bit red, but I generally don't care about stuff like that. I guess the color isn't all that unique with all the holos that are currently out there but I like the softer holo finish and I'm happy to have it in my collection!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Zoya Aster

This week we're kind of on a purple kick (though I have some blues and green you'll see later!) so today I've got another polish from the Zoya Petals collection. This is Zoya Aster, which is described as a "fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish, mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning." Aster has the same iridescent shimmer that both Zahara and Azalea do, just in a purple base!

The formula of Aster was similar to that of Zahara and Azalea. It was a little thick, but applied fairly easily. I believe I still used three coats to ensure that I had the coverage I wanted, but you could probably get away with just two depending on your nails and how you like to apply your polish. Otherwise, I didn't have issues applying it! 

Gorgeous! This is definitely one of my favorites from this collection; of course, I love that it's a purple-- can never go wrong with that! The shimmer really elevate this polish and adds a lot of dimension to the polish. Aster is a winner for me!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Girly Bits What Happens in Vegas... Ends up on Snapchat

Hey look, another brand I haven't posted about in awhile! I don't know why I don't have more Girly Bits polishes, honestly. They are a tried and true indie brand and consistently have great collections (and beautiful polishes) so I really need to rectify that situation. But the ones I do have are great! This is another exclusive polish to the 2015 One Night in Vegas collection. Confession: I don't actually use Snapchat. It makes me feel old! Hahaha...! But it is the social media app of today! And I enjoy other people's Snapchats, so keep it up people!

What Happens in Vegas... Ends Up on Snapchat is described as a "light silvery lilac linear holographic polish, accented with holographic microglitter." In my mind I have this as a pink, but nope, it's definitely purple. Given that it's been a really, really, really long time since I wore this, I've forgotten a lot of things-- mainly, anything about the formula! Knowing Girly Bits, I probably only needed two coats and I doubt I had any trouble with it. I had also forgotten how strong the holo effect was! I am now feeling the need to dig this out and wear it again! The microglitter does get a little lost in my photos, but you might be able to see a few specks! With Daily Hues Adele from last week, and another polish I will show you later this week-- I am really digging holos with microglitter! The microglitter adds a nice dimension to the polish rather than just being a standard holo.

This is such a pretty polish and the formula is great! I wish my pictures were a bit better, so I guess that's another reason to find this polish and wear it again. This was a limited edition polish so unfortunately it's not available anymore but there are tons of other gorgeous Girly Bits polishes available for you to peruse if you haven't tried the brand yet!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Daily Hues Nail Lacquer Adele

To wrap up my week of pink polishes, today I have a polish from Daily Hues Nail Lacquer: Adele. I'm not sure when this polish was released, but I picked it up around Black Friday because there was a discount code or sale. But when I received my order, this was the very first polish I decided to wear because it was so, so gorgeous in the bottle. Luckily, it did not disappoint on the nail either!

Adele is described as a "pink tinted linear holo, with matching pink holo glitters throughout." Check and check! I would say that Adele is a sweet pink that isn't overly pink, if that makes sense? I don't know, it's not in your face but you know it's pink; without the flash it's kind of a nice neutral pink that's very easy to wear. I initially wore this back in December, so I can't remember much about applying it (I should really start taking notes again) but I don't recall having any issues at all. In all likelihood I used three coats, because that is usually my go-to number to make sure I have enough coverage. Let's look at some pictures!

Sigh, it's so pretty, isn't it?! I'll be honest, the first time I tried Daily Hues (with the Seahawks trio), I was not very impressed with the polish. It was pretty enough but also pretty sheer and just ok in terms of formula. However, I think Jenn (the owner) has gone through and revamped her business and polishes and since then I have featured other Daily Hues polishes on my blog and have been much more satisfied with my experience. Adele definitely made me a believer and I freaking love it! I think Adele is on my list as one of my favorite pink polishes ever!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer January 2016

Today I have a brand that I have featured once before, though it's been since Thanksgiving! As part of my pink themed week, today I have a polish from Nine Zero Lacquer: January 2016 is part of a monthly series of polishes that were limited edition and only available for the month it was released-- but now Jessica has decided to make them available all year round! So if you like any of the ones that I have been released so far, you have until the end of the year to get them. January 2016 is described as a "berry holographic with holographic silver microglitter added in for extra sparkle." It's a beautiful deep berry pink with a nice holographic finish!

As far as I can remember, the formula of January 2016 was good. It was decently pigmented, though it did have a slightly thinner consistency and I used three coats to get the coverage I wanted-- as per usual, this is more due to my giant nail beds-- with smaller or shorter nails, you could probably get away with two coats! But it goes on easily and is super holographic!

This is a truly lovely polish! So far I have been impressed with the Nine Zero Lacquer polishes I have tried and am definitely a fan of the brand and look forward to using more of their polishes!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mango Bunny Berry Delicious

Today I have the November Polish of the Month from Mango Bunny. This is a polish from their former subscription service: they used to offer sub boxes, but have now switched to a monthly limited edition polish. Berry Delicious is a deep raspberry pink polish with a ton of gold shimmer in it. This feels like the fall/winter edition of their summer neons, and is a welcome addition to my collection because it's just such a lovely polish.

Again, I'm blogging this months after I actually wore it but I don't recall having any issues with this. If anything, it was probably a touch on the thick side, but not so much so that it was difficult to apply. I am pretty sure I used two coats here, though it's possible I added a third for good measure.

This polish is a big hit with me. With a berry toned shade, this shade feels appropriate for autumn and Thanksgiving without treading too far into holiday/Christmas red territory. But honestly, it's pretty for any time of the year! Definitely one of my favorite polishes from Mango Bunny!