Swatch and Review: Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck

I recently purchased Vampires Suck in Enchanted Polish’s last restock, and I just had to try it out as soon as I received it since I was looking forward to it so much.  Vampires Suck is a maroon to brown duochrome base with linear holographic sparkle.  The base color is more opaque and metallic than I expected from the photos I had seen of this polish, but it definitely takes on more of a deep red color in the sunlight.  Indoors it takes on a much more brown hue.  The holo in this is extremely vivid in the sunlight; it is somewhat visible in the daylight as well.  It is certainly an interesting color; not exactly what I was expecting, but very pretty nonetheless.

Vampires Suck is a little on the thick side, which made the application a little more difficult than average, but it was nothing to complain about.  I used an aqua base for this one, so I’m not sure how it would do over a regular base coat.  I did not use top coat, since I pretty much never do with holos.  I used two medium coats of polish for the photos.

Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck

Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck

Enchanted Polish Vampires Suck

What do you think of this one?  Have you tried this or any other Enchanted Polish shades?

I think this one looks great in the sunlight, and indoors it is an interesting enough shade of brownish-red, almost like dried blood (not a pleasant image, I know, but a color accurate one. 🙂 )  The wear on this one has not been great.  I’ve had it on for 24 hours and already have a lot of tip wear and chips on two fingers.  I know, I know, I’m not wearing a top coat, but I never do with holos, and they usually don’t chip this quickly (one of the chips appeared only a few hours after application).  I wouldn’t mind as much if the little bugger hadn’t been so expensive!

I purchased Vampires Suck from the Enchanted Polish online shop for $16.00.  This brand of polish is rather difficult to get, as the maddeningly few and far between, stressful restock-method is employed for adding stock to the site.  I try not to buy from brands that take engineered scarcity to such extreme levels…but…they’re so pretty!  Enchanteds are so hard to get that I don’t have to violate that rule too often, in any case.  😉

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Swatch and Review: NailNation 3000 Should Lanterns Shine?

As you know, sunny days = holo nails for me, so I was excited when I woke up yesterday morning and the sun was shining!  Stop!  Holo time.  I decided to use NailNation 3000’s Should Lanterns Shine? from their Dead Poets Collection.  This one is a shimmery, brown-tinged medium orange shade with linear holographic sparkle.  The orange is somewhat similar to a burnt orange shade IRL, and it is lightened up a bit by the holographic pigment.  The base color also definitely has its own slight shimmer to it that adds shine independent of the holographic effect.  It is a nice orange for fall, I think, and is not too garish for wear in the professional setting.  A conservative, slightly rusty shade of orange.

This polish was a little on the thick side, which seemed to be a result of all the holographic pigment, so I didn’t use a base coat when applying in case that would cause problems.  I used three coats of Should Lanterns Shine? for the pictures, although one could probably get away with two coats in a hurry.  The color looks better to me, and closer to the look of the bottle, with three coats, however.  This one dried quickly and was mostly easy to apply, although the shimmery nature of the base color does make streaking a possibility, so careful application with minimal brush strokes is a must.  No top coat was used for the photos.  (The sun disappeared pretty much at the precise moment that I finished this mani, so I only really got one picture in any real sunlight, which is the first photo.  The two after that were taken in more indirect ‘daylight,’ and you can see that the base color looks slightly different in these different lights.)

NailNation 3000 Should Lanterns Shine?

NailNation 3000 Should Lanterns Shine?

NailNation 3000 Should Lanterns Shine?

What do you think of this one?  Have you tried NailNation 3000 polishes before?  The holo in this one is visible even indoors and in various types of lighting, which is nice since the weather turned gloomy for much of the time that I’ve been wearing it.  I love a big, in your face holo, so that works for me.  🙂

I purchased this polish from the NailNation 3000 online shop during a sale for $9.00 or $10.00 (somewhere around there, don’t remember exactly).  If you love holos, you should definitely check them out; the store is lousy with them.  I bought a couple of other colors during that sale, too, so I’ll swatch those for you soon!

Nail Art NOTD: Scratch Harajuku Kawaii Nail Wraps

My weekend mani features some cute and fun nail wraps from the company Scratch.  I’m a big fan of nail wraps because I don’t have any natural artistic talent, so they allow me to wear nail designs that I would never be able to reproduce on my own.  Earlier this year I discovered the company Scratch which makes unique and just generally awesome nail wrap designs, so I just had to try them out.  I always proceed with caution when trying new nail wraps because there are extreme variations in their quality from company to company.  I’m happy to say that Scratch nail wraps are of excellent quality.  I never wear a mani for more than a couple of days, but I have worn Scratch nail wraps for five days and they were literally showing no wear when I took them off.  So obviously I’m a huge fan and highly recommend these wraps to other nail wrap lovers out there.  🙂

The Harajuku Kawaii nail wraps were designed by nail art legend and designer Britney Tokyo as a limited edition collaboration with Scratch.  These bright and colorful wraps feature orange, blue, yellow, and pink stripes and stars, and the wraps also feature cute images of ice cream, unicorns, and hearts.  I used the ice cream images for my manicure.  I also added some rhinestones and pearls that were included with the wraps in my subscription box order (more on that below).

Scratch Harajuku Kawaii

Scratch Harajuku Kawaii

Scratch Harajuku Kawaii

Do you ever wear bright, flashy designs on your nails on the weekend?  My nails are the one thing I turn up when I’m dressing for a fun day out.

Scratch offers a subscription program called the Monthly Mani Box.  Each month a new featured artist designs three limited edition nail wrap sets, and these are included in the box at a slight discount from the normal price.  They also usually include a few nail art studs or rhinestones to use on the wraps as well.  All in all, I think it’s a great deal and I enjoy being a Monthly Mani Box subscriber.  I purchased the Harajuku Kawaii nail wraps as part of my MMB subscription with two other nail wraps sets for $30.00.  They are also available individually for $12.00.

Swatch and Review: Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

After a long string of gloomy days, the sun has finally reappeared here, so I just had to reach for a holo polish today.  I just recently got DJ B00gi3, one of the polishes from the Pretty Jelly Halloween 2013 collection, so I thought I’d try it out today.  DJ B00gi3 is a dark grey scattered holo polish.  The holo effect in this one really shines in the sunlight, and the polish is a more subdued, dark gray hue indoors.  I don’t often use topcoats on holo polishes, and the Pretty Jelly polishes all look great without topcoat, which is a real plus in my book.  It was a little on the thick side, but application was not difficult.  I used two coats over base coat for the photos.

Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

Do you like this one?  I think it looks great!  I’ve got a few other Pretty Jelly polishes, and I really like them all.  Liz makes beautiful polishes in unique colors, so go check them out!

I purchased this polish from the Pretty Jelly Etsy store for $10.00.

Nail Art NOTD: Dotted Line Mani Using SquareHue

After all the glitter polishes I’ve been using lately, my nails were looking a little beat up.  I decided to take a break from glitter for a few days, so I did a quick dotticure using a couple of my SquareHue shades.  For this mani, I used SquareHue high school crush from their February 2013 collection and swahili charm from their September 2013 collection.  High school crush is a light pink creme, and swahili charm is a rich brown creme.  I like pink and brown as a color combination, and I think these two looked good together!  I started by applying three coats of high school crush over base coat.  I then use a dotting tool to make an off-center dotted line down the side of each nail.  It was relatively simple, but looked good and people seemed to like it!  The photos include topcoat as well.

SquareHue high school crush and swahili charm

What do you think of this simple nail design?  I enjoyed wearing it!

SquareHue polishes can be purchased from the company’s subscription service for $19.99 per month in the U.S., including shipping.  More information can be found on their website.

Swatch and Review: LynBDesigns Quincy

The weather here has been so nice for the past several days that it has been hard to be in Autumn mode when selecting nail polish colors.  As a compromise, I selected a color that seemed appropriate for summer or fall, and I settled on LynBDesigns Quincy.  I thought the mustardy yellow base of Quincy would be appropriate for fall, and its blend of fine blue, pink, green, and yellow glitter (with a shot of square yellow glitter thrown in) would be the shiny, sparkly fun that I associate with warm, sunny weather.

Quincy was quite easy to apply and would have been set at two coats, but I added a third out of compulsiveness rather than necessity.  It dried quickly and the color built up quite nicely.  The color and glitter combination in this one is quite unique; I don’t believe that I’ve seen another polish that looks quite like it.  (Although, if you know of one, let me know in the comments!)  In some ways it has quite a neutral look, and I think it would be possible to wear this polish in professional situations and not have it look too flashy.  As stated above, I used 3 coats of Quincy for the photos, as well as base and topcoat.  The first and third photos are in indoor lighting, and the second is outdoors.

LynBDesigns Quincy

LynBDesigns Quincy

LynBDesigns Quincy

Isn’t it just a cute little polish?!  I feared the yellow might clash with my very pink coloring, but it looked quite nice on me I think.

I purchased Quincy from the LynBDesigns Etsy store during a sale, so I think I got it for around $4.00.  That is another great thing about LynBDesigns:  they have great coupon offers pretty regularly, so keep an eye on her Twitter to stay in the know!

Swatch and Review: Hare Polish Electric Flame

Since autumn is here I decided to use one of my untrieds from last fall’s collections, Electric Flame from Hare Polish’s Fall 2012 Illuminated Life Collection.  This polish is a pink-leaning orange jelly polish with iridescent blue hex glitter and what appears to be pink shimmer.  This polish looks so beautiful in the bottle!  Unfortunately it is one of those that does not look quite as good on the nail.  It ends up having a somewhat strange texture on, and it looks a little lumpy on the nail.  It is also very sheer and took four coats for me to get the color payoff I achieved in the photos, which to me still leaves something to be desired.  All that being said, though, it does have a nice blueish glow on the nail which is eye-catching.  The potos use base and top coat as well as four coats of Electric Flame.

Hare Polish Electric Flame

Hare Polish Electric Flame

Hare Polish Electric Flame

The uplighting from the sun in the third picture really shows that VNL, which doesn’t always bother me, but with this one it does.  I usually like pinkish oranges and orangey pinks on me, but this one just did not work with my skin tone.  Perhaps I’d like it a little better on someone else.

I can see some potential for this polish layered over an orange base, so I’m going to hold onto it for now and try it over one of my oranges next time I use it.  If that doesn’t work out, though, I’ll probably get rid of it.  Maybe I’ll stare at the bottle a few more times too; it really does look pretty in there!  🙂

I believe I purchased this polish from the Hare Polish Etsy store for $9.00 or $10.00.  It doesn’t look like this collection is still available there, but the new Fall 2013 collection is available so check it out!