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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hello from over the pond :D

Howdy hi fellow polish lovers, So as Tia is going to be minus the Internet for a few weeks or so (HOW is she going to cope?! I am not sure I could) I offered to step into the breach and keep her blog ticking over until she is back. I don't have a blog myself but I do guest here and there for a few of my polish and fashion loving buddies, so I am hoping that you and I can firm up a wonderful friendship and I can brighten your day a little with a couple of english beauties I have hidden away in my stash. So what can I tell you about me?? Hmm.... Well apart from loving polish I love to Dance with my Street Dance Family. Its another massive passion of mine. I am also a mumma to an amazing little lad.... oh and I LOVE purple polish :D So you will more than likely see a LOT of that going around here. Now, we in good ol' Blighty are a little bit backwards when it comes to polish, but we do have some which, I think, are stunning. For this post.... I am going to show the some of the lovelies in the new Model's Own collection Wonderland. Like all Model's Own polish, they are wonderful to apply and have a super finish once dry. Here I have for you Northern Lights, which is a subtle pink holo, which packs a massive punch when you get it in the light. WOWZER!!!
After grabbing this one, I knew the purple Southern Lights NEEDED to be mine.... but I am afraid to say I was more disappointed in this one as it was more silver than purple. Nevertheless..... its still lovely, and you can see it here with A-England's Lady of the Lake on my ring finger.
Both of these beauties are 3 coats for good measure :D So what do you think? Worthy of a USA thumbs up?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Brave Little Toaster

I had a nail accident about a week ago which caused me to have to nub to the nail bed every nail I had. I was really sad because my nails were finally getting closer to the length I wanted them. After a few pep talks I decided all I needed to finally embrace my nubbins was a pretty mani! And they were right. I put two coats of SH Blue Me Away and then took out my long awaited F4 Splat! and oh my god sparks flew. Okay not really but you get the point I love this polish and dare I say it satisfies my Lynn Connect the Dots lemming.

Feeling Whimsical!

Okay so maybe not but I do love this polish. I got it as a RAOK a while back from a great friend in a polish group. Revlon whimsical is one of those lemming everybody had and then half of them were like wait I dont want this...I am not one of those people. This is two coats over a few coats of SC Cinderella a polish Im not so crazy about but Ill show you swatches anyway.
I am a Milani fanatic if you haven't tried their polishes go now get some I'll wait.........you back yet? Okay good now lets get started. I got this forever and a half ago and never tried it. Deep thoughts is a gorgeous dark vampy purple and if you have nice nails its definitely a one coater. But my nails were a little worse for wear so I did two to cover all my bumps and cracks. Isn't it gorgeous?
Now onto my favorite pastel ever. Violet Dash. Milani claims this as a one coater and if you're not like me and apply really thin coats this would most definitely be one. I absolutely adore their one coaters Black Swift and White on the Spot are my go to black and whites. So this is two thin coats. Look at that shine!
I got some amazing nail mail this day so I topped it with Rainbow Honey 20% cooler. I wasn't totally in love with this to be honest but its a nice pairing none the less.

Be still my heart!

Be still my heart I have found a tiny matte glitter I love more than Floam. Jindie Nails Be Trixed! It is so gorgeous. I'll give you Jennifer's description because she's much better at it than me. "This polish has all matte glitters in it. The colors are neon yellow, neon blue, barbie pink and black. Super fun, bright glitter polish." I love the bigger matte glitters mixed in with the tiny floam like glitters. I think I will do a comparison of the two very soon. Below is three coats. Polish goes on well just like all her others. This can be found in her etsy store.

Smells like who?

Smells like teen spirit! Who loved/loves nirvana? I know I do. But actually this mani Smells like green spirit! Another wonderful creation by the amazing lady at Jindie Nails. This is a medium super bright green jelly with purple, blue, lime green and silver holographic glitters. She says its so ugly its pretty but I thought it was just pretty. I got this even though I usually dislike greens just because it was so unique. This is two coats with no top coat. You can buy it in her etsy store.

Fun House!

More Jindie polishes? Oh yes! These are from a shopping spree I went on a few weeks ago. Oh I don't think she will ever let me down. Must get my hands on water for elephants next though. I neeeed it. This is Fun house of 1000 corpses. A yellow base packed with all sorts of crazy glitters in all kinds of colors. It looks like a carnival exploded on my nails in a good way of course. Its also named similar to one of my favorite movies ever House of 1000 Corpses so there was no question I had to have this. I have almost the entire Hellaween collection except for I think Zomboy. Go visit her etsy store and facebook page there's a weekend sale right now!
This is two coats and is slightly see through with the flash but in person its opaque. I absolutely love this one and its gonna be my Halloween night mani. Im sorry for the strange fog...adds to the creepy maybe?

Crackles back?! No....

This mani was inspired by the super October Julep fail! There's tons of crackles in nearly every brand. So why oh why would Julep think I would want to spend 20 bucks on two MINI crackles and one creme. Julep thinks I'm an idiot obviously. So I broke out my OPI pink crackle in their honor. I think its just called pink (real original OPI wonder why I don't own many of you) I did one coat over two coats of Tip Top Noir. Shoulda done two but I was still waiting on my fast dry top coat at the time.

BCA Mani!

You knew it was coming. It's breast cancer awareness month and even though I haaaate pink with a passion I had to do at least one :) Of course this cause is near and dear to a lot of hearts and I don't think there should just be a month we should be aware year round! Now when I realized what month it was I immediately stopped dead in my polish tracks because I own approximately 10 pinks. And now this may sound like a lot but when your collection looks like mine well its pathetic. Most pinks look awful on my skin or they just aren't out there enough for me. That's until I swatched this bad bitch. Three coats of China Glaze Shocking Pink (neon).
Look at my skin! I look tan as hell. Now Im going to post a normal picture of my horrible pale skin and you'll see the craziness this created.
See the ghost like quality of my skin. I swear I'm so pale I'm see through.

Brought out an old friend

So I got my hands on this bottle of what is now practically gold right before the maker decided to stop selling it not in base causing a huge up in price and the hunt for a new spectra-hoozy which I also want to get my hands on. So I was feeling a little down the other night and went on a swatching spree and I found my mini of spectraflair! Oh it was so pretty and reminded me that I am indeed obsessed with holos just like everyone else.
I was feeling purple because October is Domestic Violence Awareness month (yes I know its BCA too I'm getting there) and I decided to do one for the lesser talked about but just as important issue. This is two coats of WnW Buffy the Violet Slayer (don't be confused by the bottle in my had Buffy is a mini and awkward to hold) topped with two coats of spectraflair top coat. Blurred for holo goodness :) Enjoy!

Klout Perk #2

If you haven't been introduced to the wonderful world of Klout count your blessings. Possible the most confusing site ever. But Essie has a klout and when they come out with a new collection they give away what is called a klout perk and if your score is high enough and you sign up before its full they send you a random color from the collection. This time they sent me Recessionista. The color is really not for me but I swatched for you guys anyway. Its a wonderful purple/red/oxblood? creme goes on very nice and smooth in two coats.
Don't mind the cuticles in the process of moving I have moved and misplaced things including my clean up brush

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Jindie Nails Review #3

Here we are with the third installment of Jindie Nails polishes. I will repeat all the info for you still. Awesome lady who I am super happy to work with. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram @jindienails and you can get her amazing creations in her etsy store. This third installment does not feature more from the Hellaween collection though that post is coming I promise :). But today I have some super amazing ones for you. Got Glitter? and Soul Surfing.
First up is Soul Surfing. This is the new version of Soul Surfing so if you have the old one this is a bit different! I like this version better from the swatches Ive seen of the old one. Maybe Jen can use this swatch in her etsy store to update that pic :) Anywho its a pastel white, green, and teal matte satin glitters in several sizes/shapes in a clear base. It also has green and teal sparkle throughout. Seriously this baby is gorgeous I totally underestimated it in the bottle. This requires zero fishing for glitter <3 I swatched it over black and it looked amazing but I sadly don't have that for you since that mani suffered an accident. But I do have two coats of it here over WnW I Need a Refresh Mint. I love this combo so much it goes together but still completely stands out. This is no top coat.
Next up is Got Glitter? which contains glitter colors from turquoise, green, lavender holographic hexes and silver holographic stars and bars in a clear base. This does dry semi matte so I did add a layer of top coat for shine. I have only one complaint. Jen can I get more stars? I have a love affair with stars and this polish teases me with them. Their is no fishing required with this polish to get all the glitter you could ever need. I also had this swatched over black and it was beautiful but I went for something different. Here is two coats over WnW On a trip with one layer of top coat.
I hope you're enjoying all my posts my lovely readers. I'm working hard to get better at describing and swatching all these beautiful polishes for you. Thanks for sticking around and reading don't know what I would do without you guys <3

Friday, September 28, 2012

F4 Polish Review!

Today I have for you three gorgeous F4 polishes. Space Mountain, Shellie, and Bubble Yum. I have to say I am in love with these polishes. Like unhealthily obsessed :) F4 Polish is made by 3 wonderful sisters. You can find pictures of all their pretties on their Facebook page and in their Etsy store. They have an amazing Halloween collection as well. First up is....
Space Mountain. Space Mountain is made up of black, white, purple and blue glitters and silver holographic glitters This is two coats of Space Mountain over Milani White on the Spot. The glitter goes on super smooth and dries quickly. I think this looks like blueberry poptart frosting.
Next is Shellie. Shellie is made up of pink, purple, white hexes of all shapes and small square white glitter. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Rise and Shine. Also a very easy to apply glitter. I love the color combo here. Could not stop staring at my nails. Shellie is also made and named for this really awesome lady at on_a_budget_nails.
Last but definitely not least is Bubble Yum. Bubble Yum is made up of different size pink and white hex glitter. This is two coats of Bubble Yum over Milani Black Swift. I am head over heels for this one. Its the first one I tried on. I love the pink and white with black. I am gonna need a full size bottle very soon.
These are amazing polishes and when you buy some you will not be disappointed in the slightest. I also adore the jewel on the label. Im a sucker for packaging. I love when minis have the brand label and the polish name label on the bottom. Something so indie about the yellow sticker on the bottom :) Well that's all for today ladies have something super neon for you next time.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jindie Nails Review #2

I am going to steal the information from my last post to introduce this wonderful indie maker. Her name is Jindie Nails. Her polishes range from glitter in creme/jelly bases to fine and chunky matte glitters. I love that her polishes aren't all the same. I have yet to find one that I dont love. I received these first 6 you will see for review this weekend. Jindie Nails creator is the sweetest lady who offers amazing polishes. You can find them here in her etsy store. Also follow her on instagram @jindienails! I recieved my order yesterday and one of them is featured in this post. This is three polishes from her Hellaween collection. I believe I have one or two more from this collex to show you. I will also be using her descriptions since well they are a lot better than mine
First off is Ya Freak! a white creme polish with purple and black matte glitters and a few sparkles of lavender and some hidden purple shimmer throughout. I saw some really cool purple triangles on my nails which I thought was neat I had never seen triangular glitter. This is two coats of Ya Freak! over two coats of white I think it could be opaque on its own but this is how I did it. It went on super smooth and dried fast just like the rest.
Next is Witch Way? is a very pigmented purple jelly base with black large square glitter, matte neon green small glitter and green shimmer/flake glitter added to it. In other words its amazing. Theres so much swimming around in this jelly. This is also my first jelly and even with a lil vnl I still love it! Again application is a dream a this is the glitter that comes out of the bottle I do not dab glitter on. This is two thickish coats.
Lastly for tonight we have Frankenstein Spit a polish made of all matte neon green, black and purple glitter in a clear base. Of course this is very reminiscent of NVL Floam but Halloween colors. I am so in love with this, I adore matte glitter. This is four thin coats. I want to ask my lovely readers a few questions before I go. Do you like my swatches?Are the pictures too small? Has my clean up improved? Are there other things you would like to see? Lemme know in the comments :) Oh also be sure to check out Jindie Nails etsy for some football themed polishes only there for a limited time!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jindie Nails Review #1

Today I have the beginning of what is going to be a week long process. I found this awesome indie maker a few weeks ago. Her name is Jindie Nails. Her polished range from glitter in creme/jelly bases to fine and chunky matte glitters. I love that her polishes aren't all the same. I have yet to find one that I dont love. I received these first 6 you will see for review this weekend. Now I am waiting on my order which will be here anyday. :) I am so excited for this mail. Jindie Nails creator is the sweetest lady who offers amazing polishes. You can find them here in her etsy store. Also follow her on instagram @jindienails! Today I have the first two and this are a part of the Hellaween collection. More from the collection during the week. Check the Candy and Monstar
Check the Candy. Be prepared I'm gonna ramble about this one. Check the Candy is an amazing glitter mix of barbie pink, hot orange, and neon blue matte glitters of different sizes in a white creme jelly base. I say creme jelly because it covers like a creme and looks like a jelly because the glitters arent swallowed by the white. I never understood why people loved glitter in white base polishes. Now I do. I am absolutely head over heels for this. I think you should just let the picture explain it to you. This is 2 coats by itself.
Monstar is a glitter bomb! We all know I love glitter bombs but this is a new love for one reason. Chunky glitter! Monstar is full of purple, blue, green and black matte glitters of all shapes and sizes, oh the moons and stars. With blue and silver sparkles through the base. I thought I was going to have to fish hard for the bigger glitters but all I had to do was shake it up a bit before I started and sometimes had to put the brush in a little deeper and they come out with ease. I have two coats here over two coats of Pure Ice Kiss Me Here (my first gray!).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Monster Mixers & Elixirs

From the wonderful people that brought you the Copious store and blog page Be Someone Cute comes a fabulous new store. Monster Mixers & Elixirs a franken polish store. There Melissa sells already mixed glitter top coats, bottles of suspension and many different colors and sizes of solvent resistant glitters. I love that they test their glitters before selling them. They have great customer service as well. Today I have two of the fabulous glitter top coats to show you King's Cup and Stratosphere.
King's Cup is a gold holographic glitter that I thought looked great layered over black. It went on smoothly and is so dense I think it would make a great stand alone glitter polish as well. And there's also Stratosphere making an appearance on my ring finger.
Stratosphere is a beautiful blue holographic glitter. It went on very smoothly and looked great over blue and black here it is over Julep Claire. I was afraid the glitter would get lost but it looked beautiful.
I will definitely be buying some of her base and glitters very soon. I can't wait to start frankening my own polishes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Perception Nail Lacquer

I received these amazing indie polishes in a swap last week and have to review them for you guys! They come from Amy at Perception Nail Lacquer . She has great customer service on top of her beautiful polishes. I recieved three polishes, Wicked, Purple Heart, and Martian Farts. Martian Farts is probably my favorite, I love the name! So lets start with a bottle shot. I have finally gotten a decent picture without flash.
First up is Wicked. I had almost complete coverage in one coat but of course went for two. Its a beautiful dark purple with holo glitter. Not sure if I can call it a scattered holo but I think it is. Just not in my pictures because they are only indoors. It has a great dry time and goes on very smoothly.
Next is Purple Heart. This one was a surprise in the swap. Its a purple jelly like polish with lots of holo glitter. It is so beautiful I can't seem to capture it though. You will see VNL in the photos but you couldn't see it in person. It goes on great and was pretty much opaque in two coats.
Finally we have Martian Farts. Don't you love the name? This is my favorite because I love green and holo. I have absolutely nothing like this. Its a beautiful shimmery green with holo glitter. I would definitely call this a scattered holo but the world of holographic glitter is very complicated so don't quote me lol. The application is just as nice as the rest and in two coats is perfect. I also tried three coats after the photos and I like that better I think. Makes it even greener. Again photos don't do it justice.
You can contact Amy at her facebook page and in her etsy store And also check this out my great friend made me these for my indie reviews. I gave this one five stars :)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Starry Earth Review

A relatively new thing on Polished to a T is going to be indie reviews. Yes I know you see a hundred a day but its very exciting for me! So first up on the list is Starry Earth. Shes a great brand with all sorts of different polishes, including a Princess line that you should really check out. The only thing I wish she would change is putting her name on the minis. So I picked two for review, Cosmic Space and 70% Chance of Rain. First up is Cosmic Space.
Cosmic Space is a beautiful dark blue polish with holographic glitter and holographic stars. If you have been reading my Facebook posts lately you will know I am obsessed with stars. I am pleased to say that I did not have to fish for a single star in this polish! And that is a huge accomplishment. It goes on smoothly and dries very quickly. It also dries slightly matte so this is two coats of Cosmic Space with two coats of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat. Two coats of top coat was merely to even out the stars. I will definitely be buying a full size bottle of this.
70% Chance of Rain is a very light blue polish with a golden and holo is some lights shimmer. I love this polish. Very fitting considering the tropical storm we have headed our way. It goes on very smoothly and in 3 coats I had full coverage. There is slight VNL in the photos but you can't see it in real life.
You can buy her polishes here in her Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/StarryEarth