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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Elevation Polish-Grote et Cascade and Marble Caves

I am super excited to show you my swatches tonight because they are Elevation Polishes!  I recently jumped hard core onto the Elevation fan club bandwagon and I am ALL IN.  Today, I have a new one from last month's restock called Grote et Cascade.  First, let me say, that my pictures do not capture completely the subtle lavender and blue shimmer that is in it.
Grote et Cascade
I used two to three coats of Grote et Cascade.  The formula is on the thinner side of what I am used to working with, but it still went on smoothly.
Elevation Poliish
The base is a mulberry brown cream and there is a very subtle lavender and blue shimmer.  It is just rich in color.
Elevation Polish
The macro shot shows the color much better!
grote et Cascade
I am awed by the creativity and SOUL that is put into these polishes and I need so many more!
Elevation Polish
I was blessed to have won an Elevation Polish from a fellow Elevation lover-Mariah!  I won Marble Caves and was super excited to try it out!
Elevation Polish
The base is a lavender jelly and there are iridescent holo in it!  I only needed two coats for opacity and it went on flawlessly and covered my nails evenly.  Thank you again, Mariah!
Marble Caves
Macro shot!
Elevation Polish

Most Elevation Polishes retail for $8 each.
You can follow her blog for more information at I Dig Brown Nail Polish.
Restocks happen on the 7th and 22nd of each month.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dandy Nails Bound to Fall and Piece of Youth

I bought four of the Dandy Nails new polishes and I am excited to show them to you!  You can actually win both of these polishes plus Wish It Away in my giveway which ends tomorrow at midnight!  Today, I am going to show you two of them!  
First, is Bound To Fall. Bound To Fall is a blue leaning gray cream with flecks of black in blue in it. The formula was a bit on the thicker side, but still very easy to work with!   
I used two to three coats.  Application was flawless despite the slight thickness.  With the super wide brush, it covered the whole nail in one swipe.
Macro shot!
Dandy Nails Piece of Youth is a lighter aqua blue with yellow pieces of hex glitter in it.  It had all the same qualities as Bound To Fall-slightly thick, still flawless application. This one was a steady two coater.

Macro shot!
Dandy Nails is available at her Etsy shop for $8 each or at Ninja Polish for $9.50.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Smitten Polish Hydrangea

Smitten Polish Hydrangea is a beautiful periwinkle base with lavender and blue glitters.  I had actually planned on swatching this really quick and then swapping it.  With the first stroke of the brush, I changed my mind.  
This was three coats and the base was thinner than I was used to.  It didn't affect it in any way. It applied very well and consistently.  The glitter came out perfectly and evenly.  I had not one issue.
I used one coat of Seche Vite to top it off. This is a prefect spring time polish!
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Red Dog Designs The Temptress

Red Dog Designs' debut collection consisted of tone on tone glitters.  Today, I bring you the green one, The Temptress.  The Temptress is a lime green base with emerald green glitter in varying sizes.  
I used two coats to make it opaque and it went on incredibly easily!  The glitters spread out evenly on the nail and it is the perfect consistency.  I am in love with Red Dog Designs' tone on tone glitters!
Macro shot!
Red Dog Designs polishes are available at Red Dog Designs Big Cartel store.  Polishes retail for $8.75 each.
You can LIKE Red Dog Designs on Facebook to stay updated on Gina's restocks and new polishes!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Alter Ego Limelite Lover and Prize Fighter

Today, I bring you two polishes that have also been sitting forever in my untrieds pile!  Both are made by the sweetest woman I know, Cynthia, from Alter Ego.
Limelite Lover is a bright lime green with lime green glitter. 
I used three thick coats of Limelite Lover and still had VNL.  I like that it isn't obvious though.  If you prefer NO VNL, then layer it over another color!   I suggest letting each layer dry before putting the next one on.
Macro!
Next is Prize Fighter.  Prize Fighter is a burgundy/brown base?  I question myself, because it is both!
It is a pretty genius idea, actually.  The aqua glitter play really well off of the burgundy brown base.  If you look closer (and you can in the macro shot,) you will see scattered lavender in it also!
This polish, like all Alter Ego polishes, is thicker and needs to be shaken for a minute or two before using. It is the unique base that she uses that does this. I used two to three coats for this one.
Macro shot with top coat!
Prize Fighter dries to a satiny matte finish.  Here is a photo showing it without top coat.
And here is another macro!
You can buy Alter Ego HERE.  Polishes are $8.50 each.
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OPI Liquid Sands Swatches

Today, I am going to show you three of the four OPI Liquid Sands polishes.  I was practically given these by a dear friend, and I will not lie...I was curious!  
Let me just say that all three wore like iron, went on flawlessly in two coats, dried in about 1-2 minutes, and came off easily with a cotton round and some remover!  Much easier than the Milani Texture that I reviewed yesterday! I was impressed!
First, is OPI Get Your Number, an aqua blue.  Here is my macro shot without topcoat!
OPI Get Your Number
I was completely impressed with the formula and the quality of these polishes.  I had forgotten how amazing OPI can be!
OPI Get Your Number
Get Your Number sparkles without topcoat and is not gritty without it. It is like a fine grade sandpaper.
OPI Get Your Number
Here is Get Your Number with top coat.  While it is still quite beautiful, I like them much more without the top coat!
OPI Get Your Number
Can't Let Go is the purple version.  The polish is very pigmented, so two coats covers very well.
OPI Can't Let Go
I love the sparkle in it and the larger sizes of glitter as well!  You would think it would be harder to take off because of those, but it is not.
OPI Can't Let Go
The macro shot really shows off the glitters!
OPI Can't Let Go
Can't Let Go, as well as the others, does require at least two coats of topcoat to make it smooth.
OPI Can't Let Go
As you can see it is still beautiful with top coat.
OPI Can't Let Go
The last one I got is Stay the Night.  Stay the Night is a black with red glitter.  It is also pretty, but not my favorite.
OPI Stay the Night
I love how it looks like lava!
OPI Liquid Sands
Macro shot!
My top coated photos of Stay The Night are somewhat of a fail. I have light glare, which kind of gets in the way of the polish, but hopefully you get the idea.

So what do you think?  Do you own any?  Zoya has some out as well, and I just received three of those in a swap! I have already reviewed the Milani Texture Collection.  The link for those is at the beginning of the post.
You can buy OPI at many etailers and retailers throughout the USA.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

MIlani Textured Polish Collection-Swatch and Review

This afternoon, I have the Milani Texture Collection to show you!  Now, I had seen photos of them swatched and I had it in my head that I didn't like them.  Having seen them on my own nails and in person, I have to say that my opinions have changed!
 I also have some crazy nail art I did with three of them at the end of the post, so please don't skip!
Since they all have some of the same qualities, let me share those first so I am not redundant.
  • New wide brush makes polishing so much easier and gives a nice clean line around the nail.
  • For even coverage, you need two coats.
  • Dry time is about 2 minutes, and you can not use top coat.
  • Application is very easy and flawless.

Milani Texture
Yellow Mark is a Crayola yellow-bright and basic. It reminds me of Big Bird!  While I am not a fan of yellow, I know some of you will love this.
Milani Texture

MIlani Texture
Here is a macro shot for detail.
MIlani Texture
Spoiled In Fuchsia is a bright pink.  I really liked the way this played off of my skin tone.
MIlani Texture

Milani Spoiled in Fuchsia
Macro shot!
MIlani Texture
Purple Streak is in my top two favorites here!  It helps that I love purple, but I also just love the plain texture of it.
Milani Texture

Milani Purple Streak
Macro shot.
MIlani Texture
Aqua Splash is a straight teal.  I am just realizing how much I like teal against my skin tone.
MIlani Texture

Milani Aqua Splash
Macro shot!
Milani Aqua splash
Tainted In Red is an orangey red that is very bright! I don't even like orangey reds and this won me over.
MIlani Texture

MIlani Tainted in Red
Macro shot.
MIlani Texture
I saved my favorite for last. Shady Gray is a true gray.  It reminds me very much of wet concrete. For the last year, I had been searching for the perfect true grey, so for this to fall in my lap and be so spot on, is just full of awesome!
Milani Shady gray

Milani Texture
Macro shot.
Milani Shady Gray
MY THOUGHTS: All of the Texture polishes dry to a sandpaper-like finish. I did find that it got caught up in my clothing at times. Unlike the OPI and Zoya Liquid Sands, these do not have a sparkle to them. They are more matte and one tone.  I didn't think I would like that about them, but I was wrong.  I love all of these with the exception of the yellow, and that is just for personal preference.  Application was very easy-just like putting on a cream-and that new wide brush is AMAZING!  It helped immensely with application both in this collection and the High Speed Fast Dry Collection. (Click for my review.)
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Ready for some texture nail art?!  I thought I would try a gradient with three of the colors, not having a clue how it would turn out.  It was quite messy and took about four coats, but I really like the results!  Check it out...

gradient nail art
I think it looks like spun sugar!
nail art
It is even more sandpaper-like than just painting it on your nails, but all I can think of are the many color combination!
nail art
Thank you so much for reading this far, I hope you enjoyed!
gradient
Macro shot!
gradient
My favorites were Shady Gray and Purple Streak.
Milani polishes are sold throughout the USA, both online and in stores.   My local CVS and Walgreens already had these.  They retail for around $4.49 each.
Visit Milani Cosmetics for more information.
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*these products were sent for my honest review*