GOT Polish Challenge: Tropical with Pretty and Polished Rainbow Sparkle

This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday challenge theme is tropical!  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this one, but then I thought that an oceanic blue would be a good tropical inspiration.  I chose Pretty and Polished Rainbow Sparkle.

Rainbow Sparkle has a medium blue jelly base that is a touch darker than a true cornflower blue shade.  In this base are tiny holographic glitters, medium-sized blue, pink, and green hex glitters, and large green hex glitters.  The glitter in this has definitely faded since I purchased it two years ago; the pink glitter was much darker when I bought it, and now it is really barely pink at all.  That being said, I still think it is an absolutely beautiful polish, so I won’t quarrel too much about that.

The photos show three coats of Rainbow Sparkle over a glitter base.  I used my normal top coat as well.

Pretty and Polished Rainbow Sparkle

d Polished Rainbow Sparkle

d Polished Rainbow Sparkle

d Polished Rainbow Sparkle

Isn’t that blue just stunning?!  It really does remind me of a beautiful ocean.

I purchased this mini polish from the Pretty and Polished Etsy shop for $4.75 a little over two years ago.  It doesn’t look like they offer this color anymore, probably because of the bleeding glitter.

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GOT Polish Challenge: Pastel with Jindie Nails Swoon

Well, we’ve made it to spring (sort of) which also means we’ve made it to the second quarter of the Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge!  The theme for this week is pastel nails.  How perfect for the season!  I decided to use Jindie Nails Swoon for this week’s challenge.  This is the first polish I ever bought from Jindie Nails, and I hadn’t used it since I got it two and a half years ago, so I thought it would be a perfect choice for the challenge.

Swoon has a pale blue crelly base with large neon yellow, blue, and pink matte hexes, medium-sized blue metallic circle glitters, and tiny blue glitter.  The base color is quite translucent on the first coat, but it builds pretty well.  I ended up using four coats for the photos, but I probably could have gotten away with three.  I really wanted it to last because I knew I wouldn’t be able to photograph it right away, so I added the extra coat hoping it would turn into polish armor.

The application of this polish was not terribly difficult.  I did have to fish for glitter a little bit, but the size of the large matte hexes makes it so that not so many are needed for full effect.  Even though I bought this a while ago, the application and dry time did not seem to be affected at all with time.  I used a glitter base coat and two coats of top coat for the photos.

I didn’t have time to take the photos until a couple of days after I did this mani, so my nails are not pristine in the photos, unfortunately.  My job is extremely hard on my nails, and my index fingers and thumbs tend to take the brunt of it, so you’ll notice that my index finger had some nicks in it and missing glitter by the time I was able to take the photos.  Oh, well.  I’m learning to make do since I no longer really have free time.  As long as I’m enjoying myself, I’m not going to worry about whether things are perfect.  Join me in that!  It feels great. 🙂  Now for the photos.

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

Jindie Nails Swoon

What do you think?  I’ve learned by now that I tend not to prefer very large glitters in polishes.  But it was nice to try one that I hadn’t used in a while!

If you’re curious about what the next several weeks of the GOT Polish challenge have in store, check out the schedule!

Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge Schedule

I purchased this mini polish from the Jindie Nails Etsy shop for $4.75.  They have since moved their online shop, and a reformulated version of this polish is still available there.

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.

GOT Polish Challenge: Blue with AquaDaisy You’re a Firework and Lechat Dare to Wear Disco Ball

The theme of the third week of the Golden Oldie Thursday Polish Challenge (see my first post on the challenge for details) is blue!  I didn’t realize it until I started to clean out my stash recently, but I have more blue polishes than any other color, and now I’m noticing how much the blue options in new collections are the ones I often gravitate towards.  Even though I don’t consider it my favorite color, there’s just something breathtaking about a rich, bright blue that I can’t resist.  I used today’s theme as an opportunity to haul out a blue indie that I haven’t used in a while, AquaDaisy’s You’re a Firework.

You’re a Firework has a bright blue base that is reminiscent of Klein blue, although it is a touch darker (though no less vivid).  Added to this is silver holo glitter and a sprinkling of red hex glitter.  The glitter is somewhat obscured by the richness of the base color, but it is definitely visible and does serve to add some interest to the base.

The application for this polish is a dream.  It is completely opaque in one coat, and I imagine a second coat might muddle the visibility of the glitter.  It dries quickly, and there’s something about the texture of this one that makes it apply perfectly.  I barely had to do any cleanup after using this, which is rare with such a dark base color.  I really couldn’t ask for a better experience using a polish.  I used this with base and top coat for the photos.  I also used Lechat Dare to Wear in Disco Ball to create accent nails.  Disco Ball is a dense mix of small, hex, and bar-shaped silver holographic glitters in a clear base.  The glitter in Disco Ball does not require any special effort during application.

AquaDaisy You're a Firework

AquaDaisy You're a Firework

AquaDaisy You're a Firework

AquaDaisy You're a Firework

AquaDaisy You're a Firework

Is there a color more gorgeous than that blue?  I haven’t seen one.  You can see that the glitter ends up adding a subtle accent to the beautiful base, rather than being the star of the show.  I like that the glitter steps back in this polish and lets that blue shine.

I purchased You’re a Firework a couple of years ago from the AquaDaisy online shop for $9.00.  It doesn’t look like this color is available at present, but you can always contact the seller and ask if it is still available.  I purchased Lechat Dare to Wear in Disco Ball from Head2Toe Beauty for $3.00 a few years ago.

 

Swatch and Review: Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01

I’ve been going through my stash lately hoping to make room for my Christmas polish prezzies, and I found this beautiful untried nail polish languishing in the back of a drawer.  It looked like a great color for New Jersey’s typical dark and dank December weather, so I used it for my New Year’s Even mani.

Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01 is a deep blue jelly base with loads of bright blue shimmer.  The shimmer can look almost green in some lights, but the color shift is not a strong one.  (In the fourth photo below the hint of green in the shimmer is visible.)  The color looks a little darker in the bottle than it does on the nail, where the bright jewel-tone of the shimmer mostly dominates the darker base.

The application of this polish was not difficult.  Missha uses the wide, flat polish brushes that can cover one’s nail in one or two strokes.  It always takes me a little extra time to paint my nails with these types of brushes, I think because I am afraid I’m going to make a huge mess if I’m not extra careful.  The upside of that extra effort is that I didn’t need to do much clean-up afterwards.  The polish dried very quickly and applied evenly.  I used three coats of JBL01 for the photos, and I also used ridge filler, base coat, and top coat.

Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01

Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01

Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01

Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01

Missha The Style Crystal Nail Polish in JBL01

Do you like dark, vampy shades of blue like this one?  I think it’s beautiful, especially when the light hits that shimmer! 🙂

I wasn’t aware before using this polish that Missha uses a scented nail polish formula.  The polish has a strong floral scent that lingers even after the polish is dry.  I did this mani yesterday, and I can still smell it somewhat when I sniff my nails (not something I do all that often, so it’s not a huge deal for me).  If you are particularly scent-sensitive, though, this may not be the polish for you.

I purchased JBL01 from the Missha US online shop for somewhere around $4.00 (I know I got it on sale, but I’m not sure of the exact price).  It looks like this line of polish is on sale for 50% off on their site right now, so, if you like it, now’s a great time to get one!

Happy New Year!

Swatch and Review: Freak Show Polish Harvest Hayride

I know I’ve mentioned my affinity for beauty subscription boxes before, so I’m sure you’re not surprised that I subscribed to the Llarowe nail polish subscription box, A Box Indied.  (I did cancel a couple other boxes before I subscribed, though; that’s gotta count for something.)  🙂  The polish I chose for today is one I received from the November A Box Indied; it’s called Harvest Hayride from Freak Show Polish.  I hadn’t tried this brand before, so that made me extra excited to try this polish.

I’ll describe Harvest Hayride the way it looks on the nail.  I’m saying that up front because it looks quite different on the nail than it does in the bottle.  It applies as a dark navy blue base with multi-colored glitter.  It’s hard to pick out all the different types of glitter in this one, in part because they are difficult to see in the base color.  It looks like there are red, purple, and silver (?) shard glitter, silver microglitter, and coppery tan-colored bar glitter.  There may be other glitters in there, who knows.  This one dries to a matte finish.  The darkness of the base color obscures most of the color and shine of the glitter, however, and, in its natural state, it kind of looks like a matte, textured mess.  The addition of top coat, however, does bring the glitter out of its shell and really brightens up the look.  It turns into a very dark navy with hints of glitter once top coat is added.

As an aside, I’ll say that I’m not someone who spends a lot of time fretting over which base and/or top coat will be perfect for a particular polish.  This is just not what I want to spend my time thinking about.  However, this is a polish that requires a user who is willing to think about such things.  I used one coat of the nails inc. top coat for this polish, and within minutes, literally, the bar glitter was curling up and sticking out from almost all of my nails.  If I had used multiple coats of a specialized glitter top coat after applying this polish, perhaps this would not have happened.  Now, I’m not someone who would never do this, but the look of the polish on my nails would have to be really spectacular for me to expend energy testing top coats / number of coats of each one to figure out how many it would take to keep the glitter from curling.

On to the photos!  I used two coats of Harvest Hayride with a base and top coat for the photos.  You will probably notice that the color of the polish in the bottle looks significantly lighter than the color on my nails.  That is not an illusion!  This one really does apply much darker than the bottle.

Freak Show Polish Harvest Hayride

Freak Show Polish Harvest Hayride

Freak Show Polish Harvest Hayride

What do you think of this one?  I actually think the dark navy base with hints of different types of glitter looks interesting on the nail.  I think it would have looked better without the silver micro glitter, though.  It mostly serves to make the polish texture look far too clumpy to the eye.  It’s possible that applying multiple layers of top coat would ameliorate this effect, either somewhat or entirely.

The A Box Indied subscription box can be purchased through Llarowe for $50.00.  It is sold on both a subscription basis and on an individual basis, and it is possible to skip a month with the subscription if the polishes just don’t appeal to you.  I doubt I’ll wear this one again, so if anyone wants to try this bottle (swatched once), let me know and I’ll send it to you for the cost of shipping.  🙂

Swatch and Review: Love Thy Polish A Beautiful Mistake

The sun finally came out a couple of days ago, and I just had to use the chance to try a new holo polish I recently purchased.  I’ve been wanting to try the Love Thy Polish brand for some time, and I finally splurged and bought a couple of their polishes.  Boy, am I glad that I did!  They are simply stunning.  I decided to use the shade A Beautiful Mistake, which is a deep blue linear holographic polish.  This is the most gorgeous blue holo I’ve ever seen, bar none.  It is my new holy grail blue holo.  The color is such a deep and rich shade of blue, and the holo is so vibrant.  I really can’t say enough good things about this polish! 🙂

I used two coats of A Beautiful Mistake over an aqua base coat.  The polish applied very evenly and dried quickly.  I didn’t use a top coat, but the holo in this is bright enough that it would likely still look quite good with a top coat.  Are you ready to see the pictures??

Love Thy Polish A Beautiful Mistake

Love Thy Polish A Beautiful Mistake

Love Thy Polish A Beautiful Mistake

Can you believe how gorgeous this polish is?!  I basically spent the past two days staring at my nails.

I purchased this polish from Harlow and Co. for $16.00.  It is a little pricey, but so worth it!  If you are a blue or holo lover, you NEED this polish. 🙂

NOTD: Kelara Lacquers Blue Steel

Today is such a beautiful, sunny day!  And for me, sunny days almost always mean holo nails.  🙂

Today I’m wearing Blue Steel from the Kelara Lacquers Double Rainbow collection.  Blue Steel is a pretty ocean blue color that has a scattered holographic glow in the sun.  The holo in this one is not really visible in the shade, but the shade of blue is so pretty that I don’t mind.  I used three coats of Blue Steel with no base or top coat for the pictures.

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What do you think?  Do you like this type of scattered holographic polish?  And please don’t mind my right index finger nubbin.  I am always breaking that one nail!  I don’t know why, exactly, as I’m not even right-handed.  You’d think my left hand would be in more danger. 🙂

I purchased Blue Steel from the Kelara Lacquers online shop for $12.