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Monday, January 28, 2013

When Indie Brands Collide-Maya Cosmetics and Jindie Nails

You may wonder at the title of the post, "When Indie Brands Collide."  I have been tinkering around with an idea for awhile now that has actually been done by many bloggers, almost daily.  I want to combine a couple of indie brands together to form a beautiful manicure.  I do it all the time as do many of my blogger friends and I am sure many of you do it as well.  Since it is done so often, I thought I would do a special post on my blog whenever I came up with a truly beautiful creation that included at least two different indie brands.  Hence, the title.  In conjunction with these posts, I want you to post YOUR manicures on my Facebook wall that include two of your favorite indie brands and title it "When Indie Brands Collide" and then the names of the two brands.  I will then reshare them on my wall.

For my premiere post, I have two of my favorite new brands from 2012-Maya Cosmetics and Jindie Nails.
You may remember a few days ago, I did a gradient with Maya Cosmetics Like a Boss and Graceless Lady.  The next day, to refreshen my manicure, I layered Jindie Nails Pretty Penny over it.
One coat of Pretty Penny is what you see on my nails.  It is a mix of round copper, gold and rose glittes and well as a smattering of small hexes.  Of course, I didn't stop there; I had to matte it too.
You may read more about Maya Cosmetics and her amazingly versatile polishes by clicking on the link to her name on the right of my blog. I have reviewed all of her polishes to date and they have been outstanding.  The two I am wearing in these photos are both scattered subtle holos.
Jindie Nails is an amazing indie brand. I have yet to find a polish made by her that I don't like!  Even this polish made me fall in love with it, and I thought I wasn't a fan of this color combination.  Jindie Nails has a talent that I don't see anywhere else in the indie world.
I think that the collision of Maya and Jindie turned into a match made in heaven.  What do you think?

LIKE Jindie Nails on Facebook for updates and new stock information!
You can buy Maya Cosmetics in her shop.
 Like Maya Cosmetics on Facebook and you can follow her on Twitter!  
You can also read her blog for more in depth information on the polishes and to see her own swatches.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Starry Earth Valentine's Day Collection!

Hi everyone!  I am back with some Valentine's Day polishes for you from Starry Earth!  These just came out in her shop and are available NOW!
 First, I have Pinkiemania, a pink jelly with an assortment of pink glitters and some smaller silver as well.
 I used three coats of Pinkiemania and it covered my nails well. I had virtually no nail line shooing unless I flashed them in the sun.  The glitters laid down well and spread out evenly.  The base was not too thick and wore very well.
 This is a pretty pink for Valentine's Day.
 Macro shot!
 Some women just aren't into Valentine's Day and I love that some indie brands are coming out with an anti-Valentine's Day polish!  Starry Earth's version is called Black Like My Soul.  LOVE the name!
Black Like My Soul is the perfect name for this anti V-Day polish.  I must admit that Valentine's Day is made more for the woman than it is the man. Everything in the stores is pink and red and flowery and romantic.  I have always had an issue trying to find something  ANYTHING for my husband on Valentine's Day that is remotely manly that he would love.  Personally, it gets tiring having to be all flowery and gushy that one day a year. :)
 Black Like My Soul is a black based jelly with micro holo glitters in it. The base is still sheer though and so I layered it over black on all but my pinkie.  I didn't think it would build up on its own, but I was wrong!  I have three smooth coats on my pinkie without a base coat.  The glitters layered nicely and spread evenly! I love the depth you get when you layer it on its own.
 Here is a blurry shot of the holo that we all love in the sun!
 And here is the macro shot!
You can buy these polishes now at Starry Earth for $8 each.  Visit her shop HERE!
You can also like her Facebook page!
Check out my other Starry Earth reviews:
Candy Corn
Sultan's Daughter, Historically Inaccurate, and Lion of Valor
*these polishes were sent for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oopsie Daisies-Partial Review of the Mt. Olympus Collection!

I am so pumped to show you the lovely polishes I am wearing today made by the equally lovely Cathyrn from Oopsie Daisies.  I will be showing you Dionysus and Zeus from her brand new Mt. Olympus Collection.
The Mt. Olympus Collection consists of five polishes name after five of the Greek mythical gods.  There is Zeus, Dionysus, Ares, Demeter, and Poseidon.  I was quite excited to review two of these polishes, since I had a huge fascination with Greek mythology in my childhood and would go to the library on weekends to read about them all.
First, I will show you Dionysus.  Dionysus is the god of wine and this polish is a perfect depiction of that.
This berry based creme has golden copper shimmer in it that glows on the nail!  I used two coats, but should have used three on some nails as I saw tiny bare spots here and there.  Application was flawless. It glided on smoothly and I had no issues whatsoever other than staring at my nails when I should have been working. ;)
Here is my macro shot. You can really see that golden copper shimmer in there!
Extreme close up!
Zeus- The Greek god that ruled over them all.  Zeus lived in the clouds of Mt. Olympus and carried out swift judgement on all the other gods. I find it fitting that this matte white glitter topper resembles the clouds where Zeus lived.  And just like Zeus ruled over the gods, this polish can lay over the other polishes.
I used 1-2 coats of Zeus over Dioysus.  It went on very well and spread out evenly over my nails. I had no clumping issues or any types of issues.
 What surprises me is that Oopsie Daisies is not bigger than she is.  I have owned and swatched a few of her polishes and still have some sitting untried in my stash.  They have all been consistently well made, her creations are unique, and I am starting to think she is the real queen of jelly glitters!  She just might be my best kept secret!  If you have not tried her polishes, you must!  I will be posting links to all the polishes of hers that I have reviewed at the end of this post. Check it out!
I only used one coat of Seche Vite over the top and it as smooth.
You can still see the shimmer beneath Zeus!
Yes, those are square glitters!
Check out Oopsie Daisies cute labels! Her polishes are very affordable as well, retailing for $8.50  from her Etsy shop.  She is also discontinuing some to make room for new ones, so go get them while you can!
To buy:  Oopsie Daisies Etsy shop
For updates and other news, visit her Facebook page!

Check out my other Oopsie Daisies posts:
Soldier of Fashion
Pick More Daisies
Cultist Chic
*these polishes were sent for my honest review. This does not in any way deter me from speaking the truth about my experience with the polish*

Friday, January 25, 2013

NAIL ART: Gradient with Maya Cosmetics Graceless Lady and Like A Boss

I have really wanted to retry doing a gradient.  I have learned a little bit more about them, thanks to Laurie from Dressed Up Digits.  Her gradients are AMAZING and 2nd to none in my opinion.
I used Maya Cosmetics Graceless Lady and Like A Boss-two scattered holos!
I made a real mess around my cuticles and had a fun time getting the polish off; but in the end, it was worth it!
On my right hand, I used Maya Cosmetics Like A Boss and Nefarious Aquarius.
All of these polishes retail for $8 in  her shop, but her prices will be increasing to $9.50 starting in February.  
You can Like Maya Cosmetics on Facebook and you can follow her on Twitter!  
You can also read her blog for more in depth information on the polishes and to see her own swatches.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Maya Cosmetics Hyperbole Take 2.

Here is my last Maya Cosmetics polish for now. This is Hyperbole (Take 2.)  This is the new and improved version of the first one.  Hyperbole is an electric blue jelly polish with orange bars, squares and hexes in blue, oranges, gold and pink. 
I used three coats on its own, and maybe could have used a 4th coat for these pictures.  Hyperbole layered well and the glitters came out evenly and smoothly. I had no issues with it at all. The difference between this one and the first one is that there is less glitter in this one and the orange bars are smaller. I believe that the hexes are also smaller in size. These changes make this one way easier to apply!
Here is a macro shot. You can really see the glitter close up!
Maya Cosmetics polishes retail for $8 in  her shop, but her prices will be increasing to $9.50 starting in February.  
You can Like Maya Cosmetics on Facebook and you can follow her on Twitter!  
You can also read her blog for more in depth information on the polishes and to see her own swatches.
*this polish was sent for an honest review*

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Red Dog Designs LE Valentine's Day Polish-Besame Mucho

Red Dog Designs has come out with a new Valentine's Day polish collection called Ol' BLue Eyes.  I am going to show you one of those lovelies right now.  It is called Besame Mucho-which in English, means "Kiss Me A Lot."  I have layered it over Sinful Colors Mesmerize, an eggplant cream polish.  
Besame Mucho goes on evenly and all the glitters laid flat when I put it on.  I think it looks absolutely STUNNING over this dark eggplant!
Besame Mucho is a complex mix of copper, pink, magenta glitters and an opalescent shimmer.  There is a clever mix of hexes and squares of varying sizes.  It is a stunning addition to my Valentine's Day polish collection!  I used only one coat.  I could NOT stop staring at this!
Go visit Red Dog Designs to see the other polishes in the collection!
Red Dog Designs polishes will be available January 25 in  Red Dog Designs Big Cartel store.  Polishes retail for $8 each.
You can LIKE Red Dog Designs on Facebook to stay updated on Gina's restocks and new polishes!

*this polish was sent for my honest review*

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Laquerlicious Limited Edition St. Patrick's Lucky Day!

Today, I have a St. Patrick's Day Limited Edition polish for you!  Laquerlicious sent me this lovely glitter topper to review named St. Patrick's Lucky Day.  I layered it over a base color of Cult Nails Deal With It.  St. Patrick's Lucky Day has loads of green and gold glitters of all shapes and sizes in a clear base. There are even gold square holos, circles, and gold bars!  
The glitter came out well, and evenly coated my nails. I had no issues with getting the larger squares out. You can see the holo showing off in the sun!
This polish will certainly be a hit for St. Patty's Day!  You can really see what is in St. Patrick's Lucky Day in this macro shot!  Check out the green circle!

Extreme macro!
You can buy this NOW in Laquerlicious' store!  Her polishes retail for $8.50 each.
LIKE Laquerlicious' Facebook page for updates and bottle shots!
Go follow her on Instagram (at)CreativeNailChick.

*this polish was sent for an honest review*

Monday, January 21, 2013

Maya Cosmetics-The Crescent City Collection!

Maya Cosmetics has a new collection out called the Crescent City Collection-an ode to New Orleans.  You may remember that she did a pre-sale on two of them in November-Treme and Redemption.  I reviewed them HERE.
Tonight, I have the other three from the collection to show you-Let the Good Times Roll, Big Chief, and Cookin' Creole.
Let the Good Times Roll  is a glitter top coat that has all the Mardi Gras colors in it!  In a clear base are green, purple, and black glitters as well as gold holo glitters.
 I layered Let the Good Times Roll over A England Princess Sabra. I thought it fitting to layer a crazy Mardi Gras polish over a gold holo!  I had no issues at all with LTGTR.  The glitters came out easily and layered smoothly and evenly. I only needed one coat and got a good amount on my nails!
 I used two coats of top coat to smooth it out.  Check out the holo glitter in my picture!
Next up is Big Chief.  Big Chief is a light blue jelly polish with matte orange, yellow, lime and silver glitters in it. I used three coats on its own and had slightly visible nail line, but not enough o make me care.  It layered well, but I wished there were a bit more glitters!
The glitters did layer evenly over my nail and I do see the beauty in "Less is more."
Cookin' Creole is a nice nude polish with a kick!  The jelly base is a taupe/peach color and it has dark brown, lime green, and pink glitter in it.
I used three coats to get it opaque, and like Big Chief, it went on very smoothly and did not drag or get lumpy!  Very flawless application!  I really like the micro glitters in it as well!  It reminds me of pepper!
Full sized bottles of Maya Cosmetics retail for $8 in  her shop, but her prices will be increasing to $9.50 starting in February.  
You can Like Maya Cosmetics on Facebook and you can follow her on Twitter!  
You can also read her blog for more in depth information on the polishes and to see her own swatches.

*these polishes were sent for an honest review*

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sinful Colors Nail Art and swatches.

I got really distracted tonight by a group of nail friends and forgot to post something!  So, I am going to show you this nail art I did about a month ago. I used two of the new Sinful Colors Beau Khaki and Mesmerize.
Here is Beau Khaki on its own with two coats. It went on smoothly.
Here is Mesmerize on its own in almost one coat!  My ring finger has two coats. Also, check out the new watermark. What do you think about it?