Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Indie Spotlight: LynBDesigns Spark of Madness Collection, Part 2

*LynBDesigns products provided for honest and unbiased review. All other products mentioned were purchased by me.*

 Happy Tuesday everyone!  I've got the second half of the Spark of Madness collection from LynBDesigns to show you today.  You can see my swatches of the first half of the set here, if you missed it.  This entire collection was inspired by Robin Williams and some of his many beloved films.  Without further ado, let's get going!

Nanu Nanu is up first today.  While technically not a film, Mork was the role that kind of rocketed Mr. Williams to stardom and I think it's completely right for a nod to that to be in this collection.  Nanu Nanu is a creamy, peachy creme base with multicolored small glitters, mostly in red, green, and orange.  If this sounds like a strange combination to you, I'll admit it is.  But it works!  It's definitely a polish that will draw the eye because of its unusual colors.

The formula is great here, with a smooth and creamy consistency.  I'm showing 3 coats here with one coat of Seche Vite to smooth out any bumpiness from the glitters.  I'd also like to note that my camera insisted this polish was more orange than it actually is and no amount of color-correcting could fix it to my satisfaction.  Nanu Nanu is much more of peach shade than an orange, so please keep that in mind if you decide to order.

 If you like unusual color combos, I think Nanu Nanu might just be for you!

Seize the Day, Boys is one of 2 polishes in this collections that pay tribute to Dead Poets Society.  And, rightly so, it's a great movie!  StDB is a lovely teal with a bit of a golden shimmer and a linear holographic finish.  The holo on this one is a little more subtle than others, but no less beautiful for it.

Gosh, isn't that lovely??  I'm wearing 3 coats here with one coat of Seche Vite on top.  The formula is practically flawless here and I had no issues with application whatsoever.

Seize the Day, Boys is a must if you love teals and especially if you love holos.  As I mentioned, it's not an in-your-face holo, but it just adds a little extra to the beautiful color that's already there.

Inspired by Jumanji, Keep Your Chin Up is a shifty bronze that leans towards golden peach and pink depending on the light.  It also has little blue flecks and a subtle holographic effect.  I love the little blue bits in this!  Another great Fall color here as well.

Beautiful formula here, I'm showing 3 coats with one coat of Seche Vite.  I had no streaking, dragging, or other issues at all with KYCU.  

Keep Your Chin Up is definitely one of my favorites of this collection.  The color is lovely and it's kept from being a straight up neutral by the holographic sparkle.

Make Your Life Spectacular is inspired by Jack...such a sweet little movie with a sweet little polish to match.  MYLS is a lovely soft lavender base with a pink shimmer and it has a strong linear holographic effect.  My first thought when I put this on was that it was a bit of a bait and switch.  You grab this pretty lavender bottle and you're thinking it's just a pretty, girly polish and don't get me wrong, it is.  But then the sunlight hits it and you realize that while it's also pretty and girly, it's also pretty damn kickass as well!  Love it!

MYLS is a little on the sheer side and may take 3-4 coats for full opacity.  I'm showing 3 in these photos and you can still see a bit of nail line.  You could, of course, layer it over white or a light color to cut down on layers.  The formula is smooth and easy to apply and I had no problems with it at all.

Another favorite of mine, Make Your Life Spectacular is a gem.  It's definitely one you'll want to snag for your own collection!

Finally we come to my top favorite of this set.  Oh Captain, My Captain is the second polish inspired by Dead Poets Society and Jenna has really outdone herself with this one!  OCMC is a multichrome base that shifts from green to gold to plum with a scattered holographic effect as well.  This very well may be the most perfect Fall polish ever!  It strongly reminds me of the leaves changing color on the beautiful!

And the sparkle!  The formula is, again, near perfect with no dragging or streaking.  I'm showing 3 coats here with one coat of Seche Vite on top.  Seriously, get ya a bottle of this!  Trust me, you NEED it!

The Spark of Madness collection goes on sale today at noon EST and will be available for purchase on LynBDesigns Etsy site.  Nanu Nanu retails for $8: Oh Captain, My Captain is $12; and all the others in this post are $10 for full size bottles. Be sure to follow LynBDesigns on Facebook for updates on new releases, swatch photos, and other important information!

Thanks you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Indie Spotlight: LynBDesigns Spark of Madness Collection, Part 1

*LynBDesigns products supplied for honest and unbiased review.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me.*
Hi there!  It feels like it's been forever since I've blogged and I know I've been a bit MIA lately.  Work has really picked up (in fact, I had to work all!) and my weekends have been packed full of football!  But, I have today off and some beautiful polishes to show you so let's get to it!

LynBDesigns is, as you might have guessed, one of my favorite indie brands.  Jenna creates beautiful colors with a great formula so it's hard not to love them!  This collection is a 10-polish set created in honor of Robin Williams.  Some of my favorite movies are included as inspiration in this collection and I was just thrilled to get the chance to swatch it.  I'll be showing the Spark of Madness collection in two parts as 10 polishes is quite a lot for any post ;)  Here we go!

Oh, There You Are, Peter is inspired by the movie Hook.  Oddly enough, Hook is not only one of my favorite movies, but my Dad loves it as well so I'm a big fan of this polish!  OTYAP consists of a spring-y light green shimmer base with a hint of gold and little grass green and sheer yellow gold glitters.

Isn't it pretty?  The formula was easy to apply and I'm showing 3 coats here with one coat of Seche Vite as a topper.  Because of the little glitters in this one, you'll probably definitely want a good top coat to smooth things out a bit.  The glitters came out of the bottle easily and there was not gloppiness or clumping.

I know not everyone is a fan of green polishes, but it's hard not to love the lighthearted feeling of Oh, There You Are, Peter.  

Friends Come In All Sizes is up next.  Death to Smoochy, the inspiration for this polish, is not your typical Robin Williams comedy, but it's still pretty hilarious.  FCIAS is a deep purple jelly base packed with golden and fuchsia glass flecks.  Of course, since it's purple, I'm pretty much in love with it!

My bottle of FCIAS was a little on the thicker side, but it wasn't an issue for application.  This was opaque in just 2 coats (which I'm showing here) and was really almost a one-coater.  The formula was smooth and I didn't have any issues with it.  The glass flecks really add a nice depth and shine to reminds me of granite or marble!

Friends Come In All Sizes is great fall color!  And I really think it fits the inspiration perfectly; purple, shiny, and just a little bit dark!

Fosse, Fosse, Fosse derives its inspiration from the scene in The Birdcage where Armand is trying to help Albert with some dance moves.  A pale blue creme with a hint of mint and a lovely blue to pink shimmer, FFF had me at "Hello!".  I'm a firm believer that you can never have to many minty polishes in your stash, and more's the better if they have a little extra sumthin-sumthin in the mix ;)

The formula is great here, opaque in 2-3 coats (I'm wearing 3 in these photos).  I'm pleased to report that the shimmer in this polish does not lose its punch when applied...bonus! 
 Even if you own umpteen minty polishes, the shimmer in Fosse, Fosse, Fosse sets it apart from the rest so I'd definitely recommend grabbing a bottle ;)

Next up is Fight Fire With Marshmallows, a reference to the movie Toys.  I'm not too familiar with this movie, having only seen it once, but this polish is just gorgeous!  A warm brown jelly base filled with golden hexes in two sizes, black and white triangles, with lavender hexes and iridescent squares, FFWM is stunning!

*Sigh* I just can't get over how much I love this one!  The color, the glitter, everything!  The formula is great, I'm showing 4 coats here to get a good level of opacity, but you could definitely layer this over a nude or light colored polish if you're not in the mood for so many coats.  I didn't have any issue with getting the glitters out of the bottle and just used the brush to place the triangles and larger glitters how I wanted them.

Fight Fire With Marshmallows is definitely a unique polish, which is all the more reason that you might NEED to own it!

Lastly, but definitely not least,  is Phenomenal Cosmic Powers; an obvious nod to Genie in Aladdin.  I'm a sucker for a good animated flick and Robin Williams certainly made this movie.  PCP is a stunner of a teal metallic with a golden blue-green shimmer.  This polish simply glows and I had a hard time choosing which swatch photos to show as every one was practically perfect!

Easy breezy formula on PCP for sure.  Opaque in 2-3 coats (I'm wearing 3 cuz that's how I roll) and super smooth, I had no issues at all with this one either!  The color is definitely phenomenal and I love, love, love the shimmer!

The Spark of Madness collection will be available for purchase on the LynBDesigns Etsy site beginning tomorrow, Tues. Oct. 21 at noon EST.  Each of the polishes in this post will retail for $8 for a full size bottle.  Be sure to follow LynBDesigns on Facebook for release dates, new polishes, and other important info! 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for swatches of the second half of the Spark of Madness collection.  Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Spellbound Nails Can I Keep You?

*Spellbound Nails products provided for honest and unbiased review.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me*

Hello, hello!  I'm continuing with the Halloween theme today with a gorgeous Spellbound Nails polish.  Ashley, owner and creator of Spellbound Nails, has a created a beautiful Halloween collection inspired by the movie Casper.  Along with Hocus Pocus, Casper is a movie I make sure to watch around Halloween every's just so cute!  So when I found out Ashley was making a polish collection inspired by it, I knew it would be really special.  The collection is titled Give Up the Ghost and contains 6 polishes, 5 of which glow in the dark.  I've got one of these to show you today and it just so happens to be my favorite of the collection!

Can I Keep You? is obviously (at least if you've seen the movie) inspired by the line Casper whispers to Kat after they first meet and later when he becomes human for the night.  Can I Keep You? is an amethyst crelly base with bright yellow stars and hexes and orange shreds.

There's no two ways about it, this polish is just fun!  You guys know I was sunk at purple, but I love the glitter combo in it as well!  The formula here is also good, opaque in 2-3 coats (I'm wearing 3 here with one coat of Seche Vite on top) and the glitters were quite easy to get out of the bottle.  Please ignore the bubbly you see in the macro shot...that was an application error (cuz I was going too fast!) and has nothing to do with the polish itself.  If you give a bit more time between layers to let the polish dry, you won't have an issue.  I know better, but I was just in a hurry to get this lovely on my nails!

In addition to beautiful color, fun glitter, and a great formula, Can I Keep You? has a super strong glow in the dark effect!  My poor camera isn't well equipped to deal with photos in the dark, but even it grabbed a pretty good shot of the glow on this beauty.  
 Ashley's creations never let me down and, if you're looking for a fun Halloween collection to try out this year, I highly recommend the Give Up the Ghost collection!  Can I Keep You? is currently available on the Spellbound Nails site for $9 for a full size bottle.  If you love the whole collection, you can nab it in full size for $53 or mini for $27 (which is a great deal on both counts!).  Be sure to check out Spellbound Nails on Facebook to keep up to date on new releases, swatch photos, and other important info!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Pretty & Polished Little Miss Scare-All

*Pretty & Polished products provided for honest and unbiased review.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me*

Hello all!  I'm excited to bring you my first Halloween polish swatch of the season!  Halloween is my favorite holiday and therefore, I'm always excited to see what the indie makers come up with for the season.  Pretty & Polished has recently released their Halloween 2014 trio and I've got one of the set to show you today!

Little Miss Scare-All is comprised of tiny bright pink, copper, and red glitters swimming in a gorgeous purple jelly base.  I wasn't sure how I'd like this one when I saw it in the bottle.  But once I got it on my nails, I was blown away by the depth in this polish; it's stunning! I love the way all the little glitters catch the light and the colors are perfect for Halloween and autumn in general.

LMSA is also fully opaque in 2-3 coats.  I'm showing just 2 coats here with a coat of Seche Vite on top to smooth out any bumpy bits.  The formula is great, very smooth and easy to apply.  My bottle is a little on the thick side, but not enough to be a problem.  Durability is good as well.  I wore this one for about 2 days with little to no tip wear and no major chips.

Pretty & Polished has quickly become one of my favorite indie brands.  The polishes are always flawless with gorgeous and unique colors and finishes.  You really can't go wrong!

Little Miss Scare-All is currently available on the Pretty & Polished site for $8.50 for a full-size, 15ml bottle.  You can also purchase it as part of the Halloween 2014 Trio which is listed for $26 (plus you'll get a free LE bottle if you buy the set during October.  I have it, trust me, you want it!).   I'm definitely eying Black is the New Orange from this set as well...I love thermals and this one just screams Halloween!  Be sure to follow P&P on Facebook for updates on new releases, swatch photos, and any other important info!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Product Review: Born Pretty Store, Quirky Arabesque Stamping Plate

*Born Pretty Store products provided for honest and unbiased review.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me.*

Hello there, everyone!  You may remember me mentioning how much I love stamping at the moment, so when Born Pretty Store asked me to review some items, I knew right away I wanted to give some stamping items a try!

 Image from Born Pretty Store

Whilst perusing their site, which if you haven't been has tons of great nail art items at really reasonable prices,  I came across some fun plates.  I decide to try out plate QA88 with a pattern they called "Quirky Arabesque".  Fitting, no?  The swirly patterns and "infinity" style appealed to me right away.  (Infinity plates are ones with designs that cover the whole plate so you can stamp anywhere and get an "infinite" number of patterns.)  This is a smaller plate at just over 2 inches across so it's a little more limited than, say, the Pueen Encore plates or MoYou's...but it's still a pretty pattern with lots of great looks.

I began this manicure with 3 coats of Sinful Colors Easy Going, a barely there, pink creme.  Initially when I saw this plate, I thought it might be good for leadlighting so I wanted to start with a light base to try that out.  The stamping polish I used is part of a set from Born Pretty Store and I'll be reviewing that set in a few days.  Overall, QA88 is a good plate.  I had no issues getting it to stamp and I received it in perfect condition with no scratches or dents.  You can see a few spots on the tips of my nails where the pattern "skipped", but that is more likely due to my own stamping skills (or lack thereof; I'm getting better, but not perfect!) or the fact that a few of my nails curve under when they get to a certain length.  So that's nothing I can point to as a product issue. 

And, as I thought when I saw it, QA88 is great for leadlighting!  The pattern is open enough to allow you to fill in the design with whatever colors you choose.  I went with a multicolored design created with Zoya's Frida, Wet 'n' Wild's Trippin' on the Boardwalk, Simply Sweet in pink neon, and a random yellow.  Kind of has a circus vibe, but I love it!

If you're looking for an inexpensive infinity plate with a fun pattern, this one might just be for you! Plate QA88 retails for $2.09 and shipping is free with non-registered airmail or minimal with airmail tracking (depending on where you live).  I always find their shipping to be faster than I think it will be though their site does say it can take up to 20 days for delivery.  If you decide to purchase this or any other items from Born Pretty Store, feel free to use my referral code, YFL91, to save yourself 10%!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, It Got Away from Me, Yeah…Women of Doctor Who Subset Collection Sampler

*Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer products supplied for honest and unbiased review.  All other products mentioned were purchased by me*

Hi everyone!  Check me out...two posts within mere days of each other!  I can't help it; these lovely indie makers keep sending me gorgeous things to swatch that I simply must share with you!  

Today's post includes some swatches of two upcoming Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer polishes.  BEGL is a brand I've wanted to try for a long time, but never had a chance to so I'm thrilled to bring you these two polishes today!  Both of these polishes are from BEGL's It Got Away from Me, Yeah... Collection, a 15 (!) polish collection inspired by Doctor Who.  The collection name seems somewhat appropriate as Julie began with a 6 polish set and it kind of snowballed from there lol  Since there are so many polishes in this collection, she's divided them up into subsets and the first set that will be released is the Women of Doctor Who and both of the polishes in this post are from that set.

I'm Dr. Martha Jones. Who the Hell Are You? is, as you may have surmised, inspired by the character Martha Jones.  I must admit I don't watch Doctor Who (though I know I should...there aren't enough hours in the day!), so I really can't offer any insight into Julie's inspiration.  But, I can tell you that IDMJWtHAY is a bright fuchsia creme that dries to a satin finish.  That lovely sheen you're seeing in the photos are the light-reflecting, shifty flecks in the polish...a beautiful touch that causes flashes of green, blue, and gold.

This is the second polish in a week that has me rethinking my dislike of matte finishes (excepting matte those!).  I've never been a huge fan of this particular finish, but there's something about the smooth finish here that I can't help but love! And the glass flecks in IDMJWtHAY give it a faux flakie feel.  The formula was very easy here (I'm showing 3 flawless coats here) with no dragging or other nasties to worry about.  

The beauty of a satin or matte finish polish is that you can get a separate look out of them simply by adding top coat.  Which I did in the photo below.

 One coat of Seche Vite deepens the color a bit and, of course, pumps up the shine.  If you're in the market for a bright polish with a unique finish and plenty of versatility, I urge you to give IDMJWtHAY a go!

Next up is A Snogging Booth?, a lightly textured, red and black, full coverage microglitter polish with a pop of holographic glitter.  This was a pain to photograph, but I loved the polish!  The texture kept throwing my camera into a tizzy, but hopefully I've managed a few decent shots so you can get an idea of the fun going on here.  Textured polishes can be...well...they can just look gross sometimes.  This is not the case with A Snogging Booth?.  The texture is a bit less than the Zoya PixieDust polishes, but is still evident on the nail...sort of a fine sandpaper sort of a finish.  The holographic bits give it a lovely shimmer as well.

I wore this in 3 coats, though in hindsight, I think I might have preferred 2.  The coverage is great, but the glitter is very dense so it will pile up quickly and give some uneven edges if you try to use thick coats.  It's not enough of an issue to bother me but you may want to be aware that it's just a touch finicky (as I think many textured polishes are).

Since we're dealing with a matte-like finish again, I decided to top coat A Snogging Booth? to see what it would look like.

Much like the aforementioned PixieDusts, A Snogging Booth? with top coat is a whole different beautiful animal!  Another polish with two looks in one bottle...gotta love it!

The Women of Doctor Who collection goes on sale starting Sunday, September 21, at 3:30 PM, EDT.  Both of these polishes will retail for $8.50 for a full size bottle.  Be on the look out for the next Doctor Who release coming in October with the third installment in November.  All of the Doctor Who polishes will be available through November after which they will be if you see something you like, don't wait!  Be sure to follow Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer on Facebook for information on collaborations (like her same-day-release Disney Duo collab with Sweetheart Polish!), upcoming release dates, and other important stuff! You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Pretty & Polished, Fall Collection & It's Funnier in Enochian Collection Sampler (Photo Heavy)

*Pretty & Polished products provided for honest and unbiased review. All other products mentioned were purchased by me*

Hello, hello!  I hope everyone is ready for autumn because the indie Fall Collections are starting hit the virtual shelves and there's a lot to love!  I was fortunate to get to swatch from not one but THREE upcoming Pretty & Polished collections and I'll be showing you polishes from two of those collections today.  Both P&P's Fall 2014 Collection and their Supernatural-inspired collection, It's Funnier in Enochian, are currently available for purchase on their site and I'm sure you'll love them all so let's check out some swatches!

I Can Quit Anytime I Want is a polish from the 5-polish collection It's Funnier in Enochian.  I used to watch Supernatural forever ago but I went several years without cable TV and just never got back into it.  That said, it was always entertaining and great for the eye candy!  ICQAIW is a deep, deep brick red jelly (it looked like espresso in the bottle) that dries to a velvety matte finish.  I was very surprised by how much I loved the finish on this one as I don't generally care for mattes (unless there's glitter involved).  However, ICQAIW's finish is so perfect I can't help but love it!

I'm showing 4 coats of ICQAIW in these photos; it is quite sheer and because of that, it's going to be great for layering, jelly sandwiches (as you'll see in a few moments), and leadlighting.  The formula is just about flawless, although my bottle did have a little bit of pigment that was unmixed.  A good shake fixed that problem though and it did not affect my finished swatches at all.  Additionally, because of the matte finish, there's almost no drying time to worry about...bonus!

I mentioned earlier that the versatility of this polish is great, check out the photos below!

I decided to add a coat of Seche Vite to ICQAIW in the photo on the left.  It really brings out that jelly squishiness that we all love so much.  Then, of course, I had to do a jelly sandwich!  I added on coat of Shirley Ann Nail Lacquer's Wedded Bliss and then one coat of ICQAIW with a final coat of SV on top.  Beautiful!  I Can Quit Anytime I Want is available on the Pretty & Polish website for $8 for a full size bottle. This is a beautiful polish, with a lot of versatility and you definitely don't want to miss it!

Take the Long Way Home is the first of the Fall 2014 Collection polishes I have to show you.  An eye-catching gold glitter, TtLWH is greatly changed by light variation.  In bright light, it's a sunny, vivid gold, but takes on an antiqued, burnished color in the shade.  You'll definitely want to check out all the listing swatches on this one to see how much difference the light makes!

TtLWH is fully opaque in 2-3 coats (I'm showing 3 here with one coat of Seche Vite). I always worry that full coverage glitters will be an issue, but TtLWH has a great formula; not too thick or gloppy. Application was a breeze!

Gold is a big color for the fall collections this year (this is the second one I've swatched for the season already) and Take the Long Way Home is a great polish, if you need a full coverage gold glitter to add to your stash!

There is S'more to Life is a crelly glitter polish and I love it!  The inspiration and this polish match up so well!  The creamy, almost white base is the marshmallow with the golden caramel hexes as the graham crackers and deep, chocolate glitters as the Hersey's bar (because it's not really a S'more with a Hersey bar!)...and the total is greater than the sum of its parts, just like the original!

I wore TiStL in 3 coats with one coat of Seche Vite to smooth out any rough glitter bits (not that there were many).  Application was easy, with little to no fishing for glitters.  Just a great polish with a lovely visual payoff!

In addition to being a dead on dupe for its inspiration, There is S'more to Life is perfect for autumn.  The sparkle of gold from the glitter gives it a touch of sophistication that will have you sighing every time you catch a glance of it!  

Last and my favorite of this set is Ninjas Hate Crunchy Leaves...makes sense, right? ;)  This bright glitter topper consists of autumnal-hued glitters in varying sizes.  It's like Vermont in the fall in a bottle! 

NHCL is packed with glitter so I had no trouble getting a good distribution onto my nails.  I chose to show this polish over a candy corn inspired gradient (comprised of Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Wet 'n' Wild in Cursed and Get Lucky) because I'm totally jonesing for Halloween already lol  It turned out to be the perfect way to show off this colorful topper, doncha think?  So much fun!

The Fall 2014 Collection is currently available on the Pretty & Polished website and each of these polishes retail for $8.50 for a full size bottle.  Be sure to follow P&P on Facebook as well to keep updated on new releases, sales, and other important info!

I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks so much for reading!