GOT Polish Challenge: Orange with Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

Today’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) theme is orange!  I just love the color orange, so I was looking forward to going through my orange polishes this week.  I decided to do a mani with an orange glitter that I purchased a couple of years ago, Hoof Wrassle from Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection.

Hoof Wrassle has a rich burnt orange base.  It’s the tone of orange I associate with autumn, and it could remind one of turning leaves.  Added to this is plenty of glitter; there are large golden-orange hexes, bright orange squares, and smaller gold, orange, and what appear to be red holo glitters.  There may be some others as well, but these are the prominent ones in my eyes.  The mixture of the deep orange base with all of the bright flashes of different tones of orange glitter reminds me of a painting of a field of orange flowers.  I’ve enjoyed looking at its nuances on my nails today.

In spite of the large amount of glitter in this one, it was not difficult to apply.  There was no sinking glitter to speak of, and it came out of the bottle easily.  It also didn’t drag or stick to the brush as glitter can do.  Rather, it applied in two easy coats without incident, drying quickly in between coats.  I used a glitter base and a fast dry top coat for the photos.

Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle

It really is a unique and pretty polish to which the photos aren’t quite doing proper justice.  I think adding the shinies to this earthy orange base makes for a nice contrast.

I purchased Hoof Wrassle from Rainbow Honey a couple of years ago.  It looks like it is not currently available.

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Swatch and Review: Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

I’ve been dying to try out Shleee Polish since I first heard about the brand a couple of months ago.  I just couldn’t resist anymore and bought a couple of polishes from this brand last week.  I don’t know why I waited so long!  They are all gorgeous, and I couldn’t wait to try them.  Of course I chose a green one, Mary Jane Holland, to try first.  This color is from the Shleee Polish Lady Gaga inspired collection.

Mary Jane Holland has a bright, grassy green base that has a prominent yellow gold shimmer.  Added to this is just enough linear holographic sparkle to mesmerize you.  I love all shades of green, but this is one of my favorites.  It’s not a shade that you see every day, especially in nail polish colors, so I’m just loving getting to look at it all day.  It’s truly gorgeous.  I really can’t say enough good things about it.

The application for this one was easy.  The consistency was perfect for me; I didn’t find it too thick or too thin.  It dried quickly and the opacity was quite good even after just one coat.  I used two coats for the photos.  I used an aqua base with this one, and I did not use top coat.

Now…the photos.  I took so many.  I really, really love this polish, so I went a little overboard.  It was so hard to narrow them down, but I did.

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Shleee Polish Mary Jane Holland

Are you drooling yet? 🙂  I am so in love with this polish!  I can’t get enough.  The others that I purchased are equally amazing.  Shleee Polish is definitely my new favorite polish brand.  I want them all!

I purchased Mary Jane Holland from the Shleee Polish online shop for $11.00.  It was worth every penny!

Influenster J’Adore VoxBox Review

Many of you are probably already familiar with Influenster, the online community of bloggers and other social media mavens.  They recently provide me with their J’Adore VoxBox of samples for my honest review.  So, what was in my J’Adore VoxBox?  Read on to find out!

Influenster J'Adore VoxBox

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay MaskBoots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

I have incredibly oily skin (I really could probably win a contest), so I am the perfect gal to test out the Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask.  And this one did not disappoint.  I used this after cleansing my skin in the evening, and it applied easily.  I was a little concerned that would be too runny based on the look of the product in the tube, but my impressions were off the mark, as it applied so evenly and easily.  After leaving it on for 15 minutes, I rinsed it off and noticed that my skin’s oily sheen was definitely gone.  My greasy girls out there know, however, that the real test was how my skin looked the next morning.  My skin is normally incredibly oily when I wake up in the morning, but when I woke up the next day after using this, I actually stopped in front the mirror as I was stumbling out of bed in a stupor and thought, “Wow, my skin looks really good this morning.”  I leaned in closer and noticed that it was nowhere near as oily as usual.  Then I remembered, “Oh, yeah, I used that Boots mask last night!”  I’m honestly thrilled with this product.  If it can make my skin less oily, it really can help anyone.

HERSHEY’S KISSES® Milk Chocolates

HERSHEY'S KISSES®I do love chocolate, and it is usually the ‘candy’ item I will allow myself to eat from time to time.  That being said, I hadn’t had HERSHEY’S KISSES® in quite some time when I received a bag of them in the J’Adore VoxBox.  How have I gone so long without these in my life?  The milk chocolate in the HERSHEY’S KISSES® just melted in my mouth.  I can feel my mouth starting to water now just thinking about how delicious they are.  When I do eat chocolate, I usually buy more expensive, high-end brands, but now I can’t imagine why.  HERSHEY’S KISSES® are delicious and have that same smooth and sultry quality of high-end chocolates, but at a much more affordable price.  And they included a recipe for peanut butter blossom cookies on the bag!  I used to live for those when I was a kid.  I can’t wait to make some (if I don’t eat the whole bag before I get the chance).  I know I will be purchasing these again.

Frizz Ease® 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Sprayjadorevoxbox3

My hair has always been fine and frizzy, and it is even more so now that it is starting to go grey.  I have hair that is neither straight nor curly; it’s somewhere in-between and what a hair stylist once referred to as having ‘wacky wave.’  When I style my hair I usually use a blow dryer to straighten it, then go back over it with a flat iron, and it usually still isn’t completely straight, especially around my face, where the frizz has taken up permanent residence.  I’m always trying new products to see if something will make my hair, well, less like my hair, so I was eager to try the Frizz Ease® 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray.  This product definitely worked for me.  I sprayed it on my clean, damp hair just as the directions instructed.  Then I dried my hair straight, and I definitely noticed that it looked silkier than normal.  I followed this up by flat-ironing the sections around my face that will practically never lie flat outside the walls of a salon, and my hair was actually straight and sleek all day!  Because my hair is so fine, I’m not able to go 3 days in between washes, but I did wear this straightened style for a second day, and it was still smooth and straight the second day as well.  I’m so glad I was offered this product to try!  I’ll definitely be using it again.

KISS Looks So Natural Lashes

KISS Looks So Natural Lashes

I don’t often go through the effort of putting on false lashes.  I think they’re one of those things you have to wear a few times to get used to, and the first few times you wear them you just have to push through feeling a little uncomfortable and fearing that you look bad in order to get to your happy place with them, like hats and wigs.  That said, KISS Looks So Natural Lashes really are a great starter set of false lashes, because they really do have a natural look that isn’t over the top.  They are quite long, but they are more on the wispy side, rather than the full-on baby spider legs look that some false lashes can have.  They use what they call ‘Tapered End Technology’ to make them blend more easily with your own lashes, and this technology really does make the false lashes look and feel more like one’s natural lashes.  I don’t think I’ll be wearing false lashes any more often now that I’ve tried these, but I would definitely wear these on a special occasion and not feel self-conscious about them.

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas

Red Rose Simply Indulgent TeasI love tea.  I gave up caffeine a couple of years ago, and I now drink herbal tea every morning.  One of the teas sent to me was the Red Rose decaffeinated Lemon Chiffon black tea.  First of all, this tea smells divine.  It has a strong base of black tea, but it also smells of creamy, lemony goodness.  It made me so excited when I opened it.  And the flavor of the tea did not disappoint.  It has that richness that characterizes black tea, but it also has a lightness from the lemon flavor, and the two blend so well.  I really love lemon tea (and pretty much all flavors of tea, really), so this was right up my alley.

Overall I had a great experience with my first Influenster VoxBox!  I’m definitely a fan of the products that were included.  Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?

These products were provided to me by Influenster for my honest review.

GOT Polish Challenge: Chevrons with Barielle Baretini and Hits Speciallità Hard Rock

This week’s theme for the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details of the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) is chevrons.  I was eager to try this theme because I bought some nail vinyls a few weeks ago in chevron patterns, so this was a great excuse to try them out finally.  I decided to try for a delicate look for this mani, so I used two light colors to create the look (one of them is glitter, though, since every mani needs some flash).

I used Barielle Shades in Baretini as the base for this mani.  Baretini is a soft, light pinky peach shade with a touch of pink shimmer.  Baretini is rather sheer, and it could be used as a nude shade on some skin tones.  It takes at least 3 coats to reach opacity with this polish, and I really didn’t have time for that, so I had to settle for two.  Some unevenness to the color is definitely visible, however.

To this base I added chevron accents using Hits Speciallità Hard Rock from their Glitter Forte collection.  Hard Rock is packed full of small silver holographic glitter in a clear base.  The glitter in this one is dense enough that it gives good coverage at one coat, though I prefer to use a second coat when applying this one on its own.  I applied Hard Rock over chevron nail vinyls for the chevron stripes effect, and I also free-hand painted chevron French tips on the other nails.

GOT Polish Challenge Chevrons

GOT Polish Challenge Chevrons

GOT Polish Challenge Chevrons

I think this look has a good combination of femininity and flash.  I do think it would look even better with a third coat of Baretini for the base, but sometimes time can make us compromise with our nail looks, sadly.

I purchased Baretini from the Barielle online shop three years ago for $4.00.  It doesn’t look like this color is available there anymore, but they may have something similar.  I purchased Hits Speciallità Hard Rock through a group buy of Brazilian polishes a few years ago, back when they were impossible to get in the States.  Now the Hits brand can be purchased from a few different online retailers.  I purchased the chevron nail vinyls from the Nail Vinyls online shop for $6.75 for a pack of 300.  It looks like they have doubled in price since I purchased them around 6 weeks ago, which is disappointing.

Swatch and Review: Glittering Elements Burning Desire

It was a bright, sunny day today, which means I got to try out a new holo!  Yay for me.  I just recently ordered a couple of polishes from an Australian indie brand I hadn’t tried before, Glittering Elements, so I was eager to try one today.  I chose the shade Burning Desire.

Burning Desire is such a beautiful and complex color.  It has a cool-toned medium pink base, and added to that are what appear to be golden and darker pink sparkles.  It also has a tightly scattered holographic flash.  In the sunlight, all of this combines to form a sparkle bomb on my nails.  It really is so gorgeously flashy.

The application for this polish was a dream.  It was the perfect consistency, and it didn’t flood or streak at all.  If applied in thicker coats, it really could be a one-coat polish; most of my nails were fully opaque at one coat (once I realized that it might be possible).  I used two coats for the photos.  I used an aqua base for this mani, and I did not use top coat.

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Glittering Elements Burning Desire

Isn’t it just gorgeous?  Let me tell you, it looks even better in person.  This is definitely one of my new favorites!

I purchased Burning Desire from the Glittering Elements online shop for around $11.50 USD.

GOT Polish Challenge: Valentine’s with Nicole by OPI Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ and SquareHue High School Crush

This week’s GOT Polish Challenge (details can be found on my previous blog post about the challenge) is Valentine’s nails, appropriately enough.  The challenge for me this week was actually finding the time to sit down and paint my nails for the theme!  The first two times I planned to do this mani something came up and I couldn’t, but I finally was able to get to get it done this afternoon, probably in part because the world has stopped here in New Jersey due to the weather.

I used this week’s theme as an excuse to break out the heart-shaped glitter topper that I purchased a few years ago from the Justin Bieber for Nicole by OPI collection calld Step 2 the Beat of My ♥.  I used it back when I first got it, but it has been sitting in a drawer ever since, so I thought the GOT Polish Challenge was the perfect place to use it again.  Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ is packed full of pink and purple iridescent heart-shaped glitter and small iridescent glitter in a clear base.  I applied it over SquareHue’s High School Crush, which is my go-to light pink creme polish and one of the only light pink cremes I actually like on my skin tone.  High School Crush is from their February 2013 collection, which makes it just old enough to qualify for the challenge.

High School Crush applies easily, especially for a light pink creme, and dries quickly.  It does have a little of the streakiness that plagues polishes of this color, but I find that it evens out at three coats, which is such a rarity for light pink polish.  I have been let down by the application of so many light pinks before, so I really can’t rave about High School Crush enough.  Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ has all of the application problems that plague these ‘shaped’ glitter toppers.  The hearts are practically impossible to get out of the bottle, and the thick Nicole by OPI brush is quite incompatible with applying the heart glitter.  Even when you are able to get hearts onto the brush, half of them get tangled up in it and won’t come off.  You have to really, really want this look to make it work.  I ended up using an orange wood stick to pick the hearts off the brush and put them onto my nails.  This polish is a few years old now, and, at this point, the hearts are starting to deteriorate in the bottle, as well, with the pink and purple shell of coloring coming off the hearts, which the brush also exacerbated by rubbing the outer color off of a couple of the hearts during application.

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

GOT Polish Valentine's Nails

Were they worth the trouble?  Probably not.  They are definitely appropriate for Valentine’s Day, though, so I’ll enjoy wearing them for the holiday.  After that I’ll probably find a new home for Step 2 the Beat of My ♥.

I believe I purchased Step 2 the Beat of My ♥ from Wal-Mart for around $7.00.  I purchased High School Crush from the SquareHue monthly subscription box which offers three polishes for $19.99 per month, including shipping.

Swatch and Review: Enchanted Polish January 2014

I definitely had a “Get On My Nails” moment when I got my latest Enchanted Polishes, and I was so lucky that the sun was actually out the day after I received them.  Since the weather has been very cold and wintery of late, I decided to try the shade January 2014.

January 2014 has a shimmery blackened teal base with linear holographic sparkle.  This is a decidedly blue-leaning teal, and in some lights it was almost making me question whether it was navy.  Whatever you want to call it, this color is gorgeous and a perfect winter shade.

January 2014 was not difficult to apply for a holographic polish.  It was a touch on the thick side, which could be remedied with a few drops of thinner if the consistency doesn’t suit you.  The advantage of its consistency is that it works as a one-coat polish.  Since I used a very thin coat on the first couple of nails I painted, I ended up using two coats to even everything out, but I was able to achieve full, opaque coverage at one coat once it occurred to me to try (I can be slow sometimes).  I used an aqua base with this to ensure even application, and I did not use top coat for the photos.

Enchanted Polish January 2014

Enchanted Polish January 2014

Enchanted Polish January 2014

Enchanted Polish January 2014

How much do you love this shade?  This was sold as one of her “Mystery” polishes, and it just made me so happy when I saw it.  I’ve been wanting a holographic polish in a deep teal for a few months now, so I’m just thrilled with it!

I purchased this polish from the Enchanted Polish online shop for $16.00.

Swatch and Review: Model City Polish Ghost Stories

I took advantage of the sunny morning we had a couple of days ago to use one of my untried holo polishes.  I got Ghost Stories from Model City Polish as a Christmas present, and I’m thrilled that the weather was finally nice enough for me to give it a try.

Ghost Stories has a charcoal gray base and a TON of holo pigment.  This gives it a bright tightly-scattered holo finish in the sunlight.  The holographic effect is also visible in artificial light, it is just not as vivid.  This one really sings in the sunlight.

Like other polishes with loads of holo pigment, this one was a bit tricky in terms of application.  I used my standard base coat, and there was some balding with the first coats.  Applying each coat with as few brush strokes as possible mitigates this effect.  I ended up using four coats of Ghost Stories to even out any patchiness.  The final effect was a little uneven when examined up close, but in a way that no one but you will ever notice.  The dry time was quick, though, so this mani didn’t take long to do even with four coats of polish.  So the photos are four coats of Ghost Stories over base coat, with no top coat.

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

The holo effect of this one in the sun is pretty spectacular, isn’t it?  I’m glad it was sunny for a while so I could give it a try.

This polish was given to me as a gift; it can be purchased from the Model City Polish online shop for $8.50.

GOT Polish Challenge: Green with Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

This week’s GOT Polish Challenge theme is green!  (Details on the challenge can be found in my original post about it here.)  Green is my favorite color, so I was thrilled to go through my green polishes for this challenge.  It was such a difficult choice!  I ended up selecting Celery Stalker from Paris Sparkles.  This was one of the first polishes I purchased that had that ‘milky glitter’ look, before that was a huge thing and every brand had one.  I got this one right around 3 years ago.  I remember being thrilled with it when I got it, since I didn’t have anything like it at the time.

Celery Stalker has a light, yellow-toned green base.  The green can well be described as a true pistachio green.  Added to this is glitter in multiple colors and shapes; there are medium silver hexes, slightly smaller blue and green hexes, small red, and micro silver glitter.  There may be others as well, but those are the ones that are jumping out at me.  The green base builds easily, but it does not obscure the visibility of the glitter.  I used three coats of Celery Stalker, although it would have been fine at two, and it may have looked even better there than at three.  The micro silver glitter in this builds up and creates a textured look to the polish that doesn’t seem intentional, so the fewer coats one uses, the better for this polish.  I added the third coat to cover a very slight VNL, but it was probably only noticeable to me.  The rough texture could probably be smoothed out completely with a couple extra coats of top coat (I’m just not one for many layers of top coat unless I will be blown away by the result).  I recently purchased a glitter base, so I used that as my base coat, and I used a quick-dry top coat for the photos.

Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

Paris Sparkles Celery Stalker

What do you think?  Do you like milky glitter polishes?  I love the whole ‘Easter egg’ look that nails have when decked out in pastels and glitter.  This is definitely a spring-y shade, and it’s been brightening up my dreary days.  The gritty texture in this polish is visible in the photos, but it’s not terribly distracting from the overall effect IRL.

I purchased Celery Stalker from the Paris Sparkles Etsy shop for $8.00.  It looks like this shade is still available, although the swatch in the store listing looks a little different than mine, so the glitter mix used in this one may have been changed at some point.

Nail Art NOTD: Valentine’s Nails with Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart

There are so many great Valentine’s collections from polish brands this year, and they have really put me in the mood for girly, pink, heart-covered nails.  I knew I must have a pink and red glitter polish already (all right, I probably have a few), so I looked through my stash and found one that reminded me of Valentine’s Day, Pahlish’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Total Eclipse of the Heart has a light pink jelly base packed with pink shimmer.  Added to this base is small silver holographic and pink glitter, some tiny pink bar glitter, larger silver bar glitter, and large red square glitter.  There’s a lot of glitter going on in this one, so I may have missed something, but those are what jump out at me on the nail.

The application for this one was somewhat tricky, as these glitter bomb polishes can be.  The red square glitters are very difficult to get out of the bottle, and they will be missing from your mani entirely unless you put a lot of effort into getting them out.  I ended up painting two quick coats that had no red glitter, than I went back over with a third coat in which I fished the red glitter out (which took some effort) and dabbed it onto the final look.  The red glitter is really what makes the look of this polish, so the effort was worth it.  I achieved good coverage after three coats, but I probably would have used a fourth if I hadn’t been afraid of covering the red glitter that I had just painstakingly placed on my nails.  The consistency of this polish was on the thin side, although it was not difficult to work with, and it dried quickly.  I used my normal base and top coat with it for the photos.

I decided to add some interest to this mani by doing an accent nail that I modified from a simple tutorial I saw on The Beauty Department’s nail art Pinterest page.  The tutorial used the reinforcement stickers for loose-leaf paper that we all use for half-moon manis to create a chevron mani that has the look of hearts.  It’s super cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart with nail art accent

What do you think of this girly Valentine’s Day mani?  I love it!  I think the accent nail is the cutest.  It is totally reminiscent of hearts on my nails.  I’m sure I’ll use this idea as inspiration again.

I purchased Pahlish Total Eclipse of the Heart a couple of years ago for $8.00 or $9.00.  This color is no longer available, but Pahlish has other awesome colors available in their online shop.