Friday, September 19, 2014

Sweet Dots and Pearl Flowers (A BPS Review)

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Hello Loves!  Just a quick and simple mani today.  I'm having a hard time accepting that fall is right around the corner.  My nails really want to be ready for spring!
Sweet Dots and Flower Manicure with Born Pretty Store flowers

For this mani, I started with a base of Daisy Duo Classical Violet.  I haven't shown you this one yet, but I'm wearing it right now as part of a wear test so swatches will be coming soon.  ;)  I then added a few dots with Milani High Speed Fast Dry polish in Instant Pearl.  Finally, I finished it off with these precious pearl flowers from Born Pretty Store.
Sweet Dots and Flower Manicure with Born Pretty Store flowers
Sweet Dots and Flower Manicure with Born Pretty Store flowers

Aren't the little flowers just adorable?  They make me think of the flowers you see on hair pieces for flower girls in weddings.  So sweet! 

Born Pretty has several flower pieces like these and other styles to choose from. Be sure to check out some of Born Pretty Store's other nail art items too!  Use code MANYX31 for 10% off and free shipping. 

~Michelle

*The flowers featured in this post were provided by Born Pretty Store for my honest review.  This post uses Born Pretty Store and Amazon Affiliate links.  Purchases through these links generate commissions that help fund this site.
 
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hobby Polish Bloggers Facebook Giveaway!

Hello Loves.  I'm a member of an awesome bloggers group on facebook called Hobby Polish Bloggers, and we have joined together to bring you an epic facebook giveaway! There will be three prizes awarded, all "cash" via paypal.  First place will win $165, second place will win $90 and third place will win $75.  That's a lot of polish money.  ;)  Entry closes 9/30/2014.

I'm a day late sharing this one with you.  I apologize!  Still sick over here and struggling to keep up, but there's plenty of time to get those entries in.  ;)

Enter for your chance to win via the Rafflecopter Widget below.  Be sure to check out all of the awesome sponsors too!

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~Michelle

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Glam Polish Halloween 2014!

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Glam Polish Halloween 2014

Hello Loves!  I'm super excited about these two incredible polishes from Glam Polish!  Why?  Because they're Halloween and drop dead gorgeous!  I'm a huge fan of Halloween.  I look forward to breaking out the Halloween polish and nail art every year.  Heck, we've been watching Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown for months already! 

Want a closer look at what Glam Polish has in store for us?  Of course you do.  But before we get to the swatches, I should point out that these babies are available for preorder today at www.GlamPolish.com.au

First up is FrankenSlime 2014.  This is a slimy green holographic crelly base with purple and neon green glitter scattered throughout.  There's so much going on in this relatively simple polish that it is pretty mind blowing.  I also adore the Glam Polish formula.  This is an easy two coats, which is really saying something for an RNP challenged gel user like me.  ;)
Glam Polish FrankenSlime 2014 Swatch

I left my pinkie and index nails a little out of focus in this next shot in an attempt to capture the holographic effect a bit better.  See that fuzzy green rainbow?  It's much stronger in daylight.  Of course, I never get the chance to swatch during daylight hours thanks to my boys, but I think I captured it ok here.
Glam Polish FrankenSlime 2014 Swatch

Naturally, I couldn't take this one off without turning it into a slime mani.  It IS called FrankenSlime, after all.  Can you believe this is my very first slime mani?  Crazy, right?  I paired FrankenSlime 2014 with That Old Black Magic (swatched on it's own here) and I'm in love with the final result.  :)  I think the double holos give it a toxic effect, but I admit I may be off my rocker.  The neon glitter in FrankenSlime shows up a bit better in this photo too.
Slime manicure with Glam Polish Frankenslime 2014 and That Old Black Magic

Ready for the next polish?  Snoopy the Witch is a super fun glitter topper with holographic shimmer, black and white stars, and a mix of orange, purple and white hexes, squares and circles of various sizes.  I have swatched it below as one coat over Couture Private Jet.  I found this topper to be fairly easy to apply.  The glitters come off the brush easily, though I did have to do a little bit of placement on some of the larger pieces.  I should note that this one requires a good shake before application or those stars will hide from you.  But after a few good whacks, they started popping up on the brush without issue.
Glam Polish Snoopy The Witch Swatch

Glam Polish Snoopy The Witch Swatch

Did I mention we are HUGE peanuts fans in my house?  I think I did, right?  So naturally I had to do a little nail art with this one too.  I mean, Snoopy and all.  Sadly, I didn't think this one through very well.  Don't get me wrong, I love my little Witchy Snoopy, but I should have put him on my middle nail.  I didn't account for the curve of my ring fingernail making him look a little like Brian's clone on Family Guy when photographed in my standard nail art pose.  (If you're not familiar with the episode, here's a video clip.  Warning, NSFW due to language).
Snoopy over Glam Polish Snoopy The Witch

To prove my sweet little Snoopy doesn't REALLY look like Brian's clone, I took a closeup from a better angle.  See, much better.  lol
Closeup of Snoopy over Glam Polish Snoopy The Witch

Yeah, yeah, yeah...I went for the low hanging fruit on the nail art.  Slime for FrankenSlime and Snoopy for Snoopy the Witch, but can you blame me?  These polish names are adorable!


What do you think?  Do you need these awesome Halloween polishes from Glam Polish in your stash?  If so, preorder yours today at www.glampolish.com.au with shipping to Australia and the USA.  USA Shipping rates are $7.95 for the first polish and an extra $1.00 for each additional polish.  If you're outside of Australia or the US, no worries.  There are several international distributors to choose from.  Check them out here to find a distributor near you.  Oh, and don't forget to follow Glam Polish on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see swatches and announcements about new collections.

~Michelle

*The Polishes featured in this blog post were provided by Glam Polish for my honest review.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blogiversary Giveaway #3: Win a $35 Girly Bits Cosmetics Giftcard


Hello Loves!  It's time for my Blogiversary Giveaway #3!  Ready to see what I have to give away?

I have partnered with Girly Bits Cosmetics to offer this week's fabulous giveaway! 

The Prize:
(The fabulous swatches featured in the Girly Bits collage above 
are from www.PolishedtoPrecision.com.  Aren't Tiffany's swatches just gorgeous?!?!  
Be sure to swing by her blog and show her some love.)

  • One (1) winner will receive a Gift Certificate to Girly Bits Cosmetics in the amount of $35.00.  This is easily enough to purchase two polishes and cover shipping anywhere in the world.  ;)  

The Details:
  • Contest begins September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am EDT and will end on September 23, 2014 at 12:00 am EDT.  
  • Contest is open Internationally. 
  • Winners will be contacted via email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway.  The winners will then have 48 hours to respond and accept the prize.  If the winner does not respond to claim the prize by 48 hours after notification, a new winner will be selected for that prize.
  • The prize will be fulfilled by Girly Bits Cosmetics.
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~Michelle

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Monday, September 15, 2014

There's Something New from Daisy Duo! (Review)

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Hello Loves!  Daisy Duo has made a few changes in addition to releasing a ton of new shades!  I have two of the new shades to show you today compliments of Esther's Nail Center as well as a wear test of their new optional base coat.
New Shades from Daisy Duo

Daisy Duo gels are designed for up to three weeks of wear without needing a separate base coat and come with a matching regular lacquer.  However, skipping the base coat does lead to a longer soak off with this brand so Daisy has released a base gel for those who desire faster soak off.  Yea! for options.  :)  As always, I have put the base to the test and will share my results in a moment.  First, how about a few swatches?

The first swatch I have for you today is a gorgeous, full coverage blue glitter called Sapphire Stone.  The result is what my husband refers to as "bass boat nails".  In other words, a ton of glittery goodness.  Sapphire Stone is made up of fine blue glitters in a blue jelly base.  I can't even begin to tell you how much this color speaks to me.  Blue...and glitter...be still my heart!  Application was average for Daisy Duo gels.  I did have a little bit of shrinking at the tips on the first coat, but it evened out nicely on the second coat.  As usual, I have swatched three coats below.
Daisy Duo Sapphire Stone Swatch

Daisy Duo Sapphire Stone Swatch

The second color I have to show you is the one I wore for my wear test with the new base.  Classical Violet is a soft, violet purple cream.  I found application to be a little tricky with this one as it wanted to streak on me at first.  I did apply this one over the new base gel, so having a slick surface may have been a factor.  I did find that it leveled well and any streaks disappeared as I finished the other nails.
Daisy Duo Classical Violet Swatch

Daisy Duo Classical Violet Swatch

You may notice that Daisy changed the packaging a little here too.  Rather than a small sticker on the front of the bottle and a larger sticker on the top of the lid, Daisy Duo gels now have a label that wraps around the cap.  I really like this change!  It is so much easier to find the color I want on my rack when I don't have to look at a dot or, as with some brands, a sticker on the bottom of a bottle.  The cap color has also changed from black to white.  Finally, the brushes are a little different too.  The previous design used a narrow but flat brush.  The new bottles use a round brush.  The brush also seems to be a bit softer, which eases application.

Andrea at Chickettes has a few swatches of the new Daisy Duo colors on her blog today too.  Be sure to swing by and check them out.  You can also see more photos of the new colors on Esther's Nail Center's website here.

Ready to talk about the optional Daisy Duo Base Gel?  The consistency of the new base gel is quite nice.  It is thin, which I find I really like but not so thin that it becomes runny.  I had no issues with application at all and it cured nicely in my Couture Espree LED lamp (my lamp of choice).  Using the base under the Daisy Duo gel did change the way it behaved a little, which may be part of the application differences I mentioned above for Classical Violet.

I put the base through my usual, abusive right hand wear test.  So, how does it stack up?  While I did have a small amount of tip wear and a microscopic chip on my index nail by the end of two weeks.  The tip wear started showing on the corner of my index nail around the one week mark and the teeny tiny chip happened on day 13.  Overall, I'm calling this one a win and I'm betting a touch of bonder would eliminate the tip wear.
Two Week Wear Test with Daisy Duo Base Coat

Removal is a huge factor in this base for me.  As noted in my previous Daisy Duo wear test without a separate base here, removal was a little difficult compared to other brands.  I called it a fair sacrifice for the wear in my review, but faster soak off is always a plus in my book.  So, how does the base impact soak off?  It changes the game completely!  While soaking off with the base, I felt the pop at around the 8 minute mark.  You know, that moment that the acetone causes the gel to crack and pop off of the nail.  Oh the glorious pop!  Without the base, I never felt the pop.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves at this point, though I should note that I didn't get quite enough acetone in my caps when I soaked off this time, so the tips were a little dry.  Totally my fault.  Photo was taken after 10 minutes of soaking.
Removal Results with Daisy Duo Base Coat

To correct my error, I added a touch more acetone and let them soak for a few more minutes and everything came off clean.  I'm confident that this would have been a simple 10 minute soak off if I wasn't so careless.  See, clean nails.  Ignore my damage.  Poor Cinderella nails get all the abuse from testing the good, the bad, and the horrendous.
Removal Results with Daisy Duo Base Coat

So, there you have it.  The new, optional Daisy Duo base is a winner in my book!  Average wear and delightful removal.  :)

Finally, many of you have asked where I get my Daisy Duo Gels.  Esther's Nail Center carries them for a great price.  :) 

~Michelle

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Revel Nail Fall 2014 Collection Swatches (pic heavy)

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Revel Nail Gel Polish Fall 2014 Collection

Hello Loves!  I have the full Revel Nail Fall 2014 Collection to show you today!  The fall collection consists of 16 new colors - 6 gorgeous shimmers and 10 beautiful creams.  I apologize in advance for the extremely pic heavy post, but when I asked on facebook if you would rather see them all together or in two separate posts, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of this monstrous post.  So here we go!  Ready to take a closer look?

Before we get to the swatches, I should warn you that I am currently pretty loopy on sinus medicine. It isn't my usual brand, and I'm pretty sure that instead of relieving my congestion, it temporarily decreased my IQ by about 30 points.  But the show must go on, right?  ;)

In case you missed it, I previously reviewed Revel Nail Gel Polish here - complete with two week wear test.  Along with the new colors, there have been some changes that I should mention.  First, they no longer come in clear bottles.  To help minimize confusion and reduce improper storage issues, they have switched to an opaque, black bottle.  The second change is the brush (my one application complaint in my previous review).  The brush is fuller now, allowing for a proper three stroke application.  This is a HUGE improvement in my opinion and made this swatch session a breeze.  At only $7.49 per bottle, Revel Nail Gel Polish is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands.

Yeah, yeah...I hear you...shut up and get to the swatches already.  Ok, ok...here we go.

Oh wait...one more thing!  See that banner ad just below my blog header?  Note the Promo Code MANIC.  If you feel so inclined to purchase the entire Revel Nail Spring Line (which I haven't completely swatched yet, but give me time), Promo Code MANIC will make it yours for $25 less than the regularly listed price.  That's 24 bottles of color plus base and top coat for a total of $150 with free shipping.  Math isn't my subject, but my calculator says it works out to $5.77 a bottle.  You can't beat that with a stick!

(Revel Nail should hire me to do their advertising, don't you think?  A good dose of bad medicine and a few southernisms never hurt anyone, right?  Hey, put that stick down.  I promise I'm really going to show you the swatches now.  If you bothered to read all that, I just might have bought enough time for all 32 photos in this post to load...maybe.)

Incline is one of my favorite colors in the collection, which honestly surprises me.  I'm not usually a fan of gold tones, but this blackened gold polish is incredible.  The gold shimmer in the black base takes on an olive undertone, and I love it!  Below is three coats, which I felt provided the best coverage, but in all honesty you could get by with two.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Incline Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Incline Swatch

Supernova is a stunning, super dark purple shimmer.  This one screams fall to me.  I found her to be opaque in two coats.  I swatched three anyway since that's my standard as I tend to apply thinner than average layers, but two would have been plenty.  I am super thrilled to report that Supernova cured in 30 seconds in my LED lamp.  Impressive.  Most dark purples like this require a longer cure.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Supernova Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Supernova Swatch

If you like your purples a little less vampy, Revel Nail has you covered with Queen.  This polish is similar to Supernova in tone and shimmer but is a few shades lighter.  I did feel that three coats was best with this one.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Queen Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Queen Swatch

Passion is what I consider a classic, pink leaning, mauve cream.  Very elegant and office friendly.  Let me take a second to say that Revel Nail really knocks it out of the park with the creams.  The formula is quite nice, levels well, and application was a breeze.  Passion, along with many of the other creams in this collection, is nearly a one coater.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Passion Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Passion Swatch

Bonfire is a muted, burnt orange (?) cream.  I really don't know the best way to describe this one, but it is also a nice twist on a classic shade.  It reminds me of a muted version of Mai Tai
Revel Nail Gel Polish Bonfire Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Bonfire Swatch

Flynnstone is a beautiful, blue toned grey cream.  Very elegant.  Medicine head is kicking in and I can't think of a good way to describe it, so look!  Pictures!  Oh, this one is an easy two coater for opaque coverage.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Flynnstone Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Flynnstone Swatch

If you prefer a little darker grey, Mylestone is perfect.  Also a blue toned cream.  Another loss of words and pretty pictures.  I will say that this too is nearly a one coater.  By the way, that means for the average person it would be a one coater.  Just not for me and my crazy thin layers.  I really should work on that.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Mylestone Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Mylestone Swatch

Gardner is a super sweet, slightly bright yet classic pink cream.  It is a little brighter in person (my camera hates pinks), but no where near as bright as the photo on Revel's page.  Guess what?  It's another two coats of perfection.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Gardner Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Gardner Swatch

Another of my favorites from the collection, Lava is an amazing red base with golden shimmer.  It is simply beautiful.  I expect to wear this one a good bit this fall.  The base is very much the color of fall leaves, but the golden shimmer gives it that awesome wow factor.  Three coats here, but two would have been enough.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Lava Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Lava Swatch

Honeymoon is another brighter shade in the collection.  I can't quite find the words to describe this blue cream stunner, but it would definitely fit the bill if you're looking for a "something blue" for that special day before your honeymoon.  Yes, I crack myself up.  It's the sinus medicine talking.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  This is another nearly one coater for me.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Honeymoon Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Honeymoon Swatch

Did someone say green?   Matrix has you covered in it's creamy green glory.  There is a crayola crayon in this shade, but I can't think of it to save my life.  Remember, I'm 30 IQ points below normal right now, and I wasn't that high to begin with.  ;) 
Revel Nail Gel Polish Matrix Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Matrix Swatch

Ah, Blarney.  Another of my favorites.  Can you tell I like shimmers?  Blarney is dusty green with a silvery shimmer and grey undertones.  Be still my heart!  A perfect two coater.  But yes, I swatched three.  That three coat swatch is a hard habit to break.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Blarney Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Blarney Swatch

Solid is a golden frosty shimmer that easily provides solid coverage (see what I did there?).  I'm not a huge fan of gold - it looks horrible with my skin as anything other than an accent nail, but I fully intend to pair this lovely shade with Supernova in the near future.  Hold me to it in case I forget, ok?  Two coats will do you, but I find a third super thin coat is the ticket (golden ticket?) for smoothing out any streaks in these frosty type polishes.  The two photos look different.  Yes, I know.  The bottle shot has a lot more light hitting it than the non-bottle shot.  In normal lighting, it's somewhere between the two.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Solid Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Solid Swatch

Harvest is a stunning, medium yellow cream.  To be honest, I was hoping this one would be a little less yellow sweet corn toned and more corn shuck for fall, but it is a beautiful polish.  This is the only polish in the collection that gave me a touch of trouble.  It's a cream, but borderline crelly.  I found I definitely needed the third coat to hide my stubborn VNL. 
Revel Nail Gel Polish Harvest Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Harvest Swatch

Chaste is another that doesn't work so well with my skin tone, but don't let that throw you off.  This cream colored cream polish is quite lovely.  It is also opaque in two and will pair beautifully with a darker base for some freehand florals.  Hold me to that too, ok?
Revel Nail Gel Polish Chaste Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Chaste Swatch

Finally, Fawn is a slightly grey toned nude cream.  This one is also a nearly one coater.  And I'm completely out of descriptive words, so I'll let the pictures do the talking again.
Revel Nail Gel Polish Fawn Swatch

Revel Nail Gel Polish Fawn Swatch

So, what do you think?  Which of these beauties calls your name the loudest?  One thing is certain, Revel Nail covered the spectrum with these additions to their line.  The only thing missing (in my opinion) is a vampy, blue toned red.

So, where can you get your hands on these gorgeous polishes?  In case you missed all the bold links above, you can get them online at www.RevelNail.com.  ;)

And on that note, I'm taking my loopy, medicine head to bed.  Cheers!

~Michelle

*The polishes featured in this post were provided by Revel Nail for my unbiased review.

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