Monday, June 13, 2016

Bliss Polish Swatch Spam

Bliss Polish is a newer to me indie polish brand.  I met Yvette, the creative genius behind Bliss, through the SoCal nail meet ups and I was lucky to snatch up some of her pretties in person. I don't buy much indie polish because I prefer to see everything in person first so when we have these polish girl meet ups I splurge on all the pretty indies.

Expecto Patronum 

Cherry

Smuggle Struggle 

Icy You Staring 

All About That Base
Unfortunately this polish is no longer available in Yvette's shop, but its so freaking pretty I have to include it here. This is the polish that made me like linear holo! 

What other Bliss beauties should I add to my collection? Let me know in the comments :)

Stay Sparkly,
A

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

KBShimmer Eclipse Quatrefoil Nails

This is an older mani that I found buried in my drafts folder. I miss my long squares :( life and work have turned my nails in to nubbins lately. I love how chic black manis look on all nail lengths.
KBShimmer Eclipse
OPI This Gown Needs A Crown
Essie Ignite The Night
Nail Vinyls from Nails Redesigned

Stay Sparkly,
A

Chanel Sunrise Trip

Chanel is the polish line that started my obsession, so it is sad for me to post this but Chanel is changing their polish direction and I'm not loving it. They are discontinuing all Les Vernis polishes and coming out with a "gel-like" line instead... I'll reserve judgement until I try them but I'm not excited. They have also been releasing more jelly formula polishes lately which is my least favorite finish.

Here is Sunrise Trip. In all of the ads it looked like a fun, bright purple cream polish. Unfortunately it is a much darker jelly purple. While the formula is really great and glossy, I'm just not a fan. My swatch is without top coat so you can see just how glossy it is.
Pointer finger has 4 coats, middle finger has 3 coats, ring finger has 2 coats and pinky has 1. It isn't the sheerest jelly, but its a jelly none-the-less. 

What was the nail polish brand that started your obsession... I mean love... of polish?

Stay Sparkly,
A

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Glitter Butterfly Wings

When I purchased the Painted Polish fall collection I immediately thought the micro glitter polishes looked like the colors of a monarch butterfly wing. I've been planning on doing this mani for months, and I'm glad I finally did it! I feel like I have sparkly, opulent jewels on my fingers. Doing this mani also renewed my love for Fireside Flannel, seriously one of the most beautiful polishes that I have.

This is Painted Polish Holo Harvest, Dreaming In Rustic, Fireside Flannel and Midnight Mischief with KBShimmer Eyes White Open.

Just for fun, here is a few shots of my glitter base before I painted the wings.

All of the Painted Polish glitters used in this mani and being retired, so if you like them now is the time to snatch them up! At publishing time they are all still available for sale at paintedpolish.com

Stay Sparkly,
A

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

How is it already Valentines Day?  2016 is just flying by. Here are some mani's I have done lately to get in the Valentines spirit!

Painted Polish Heartthrob Hustler
ShopKeeki Heart Water Decal


OPI Let's Be Friends
Revlon Holographic Pearls
Twinkled T Heart Vinyls

Holographic Pearls is just like China Glaze Glistening Snow. I have been hoarding my 2 bottles of Glistening Snow because it is just the most versatile, beautiful, sparkly goodness polish that I own. I'm so glad that there is a more readily available polish that gives the same opacity and sparkle.

And for the less traditional girl, some red and gold to get you in the spirit.
OPI Love Is In My Cards 
OPI Super Star Status
Twinkled T Heart Vinyls

What are you wearing on your nails this Valentine's Day? I'm in New Orleans for the weekend, so naturally I had to wear a polish from the new OPI New Orleans spring/summer collection :) Does anyone else theme their nails if they have a nail polish that represents where they are going? Just me? Haha let me know in the comments! 

Stay Sparkly,
A




Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pink and Red For Valentines Day

Pink is one of my least favorite colors in life, but for some reason I don't actually hate it in nail polish. I decided to include red polishes here too, because I absolutely love red. Here are some of my favorite pink and red polishes that are perfect for Valentine's Day! If you want to see an actual review of any of these polishes, let me know in the comments :)

OPI Let's Be Friends

SeaLore Alluring Alana

Polished by KPT Wave Function

OPI Cajun Shrimp

KBShimmer Chilly Pepper
fun fact, my first car- that I had for 10 years and just had to retire at the end of 2015- was this color and named Pepper. Naturally I had to pick up this polish as an ode to my dear Pepper.

Azature Red

OPI Infinite Shine Relentless Ruby

What are your favorite pink and red polishes?

Happy Valentine's Day!

Stay Sparkly,
A

Thursday, January 28, 2016

OPI Infinite Shine

**I found a few posts that I prepped last year before my 6 month hiatus, so I will be posting those manis this week. All of the mani's that I'll be posting have already been featured on my instagram.**

It's no secret that I'm a huge OPI fan, and while I usually can get a few days of wear with regular OPI I was very curious to try their new Infinite Shine line.  I picked up 2 shades and the base coat and top coat.

While these aren't gel polishes that need to be cured under a UV or LED light, I did decide to take advantage of the Los Angeles sunshine and sit outside after applying the top coat so that the sun could "cure" the polish and possibly extend the wear.

OPI We're In The Black- 2 coats- super opaque and creamy, the thickness of the polish did make clean up a little difficult so be careful with this one.  

 oops looks like I forgot to take a pic on day 3 :(


So as you can see, by day 4 I had some chips on my pointer finger.  I'm a jewelry designer and it causes a lot of polish and nail damage on my pointer finger- as you can see both corners actually broke- which I think caused the polish chipping. 

Overall I am super impressed by how well this wore.  I made jewelry, went to Disneyland, and worked 3 days at my real job at a school where I'm constantly cleaning and washing my hands. My only critique is that I didn't find this super shiny, I guess I've been spoiled by HKGirl top coat.  I did add nail art on day 2, but I didn't add any top coat so as to not change the wear time. 

Stay Sparkly,
A