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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ninja Polish Divinity, Girly Bits Shift Happens, Max Factor Fantasy Fire-Dupes or Not?

Truth be told, I have a lot of swatching and posting to do, but I really wanted to put Ninja Polish Divinity back on my nails.  Then I got to thinking about a blog post I read comparing it to Max Factor Fantasy Fire and Clarins 230 which surprised me.  Then I remembered that I also had Girly Bits Shift Happens which is supposed to be a dupe for Fantasy Fire.  Alas, I don't have Clarins, but I have the others.  So, prepare for an in depth look at these three polishes!
(Before I begin, I want to apologize profusely for the typos in some of the pics. I would change them, but these pics took forever to edit the first time around. )
 First,  let's look at all three polishes on their own with no base coat.
 Girly Bits Shift Happens is too transluscent to be worn on its own and was made specifically as a topper.  You can barely see the shimmer and duochrome qualities on their own.  It needs a base color.
Max Factor Fantasy Fire has a purple base and even with three coats was still see through; but with additional coats could be made opaque.
Ninja Polish Divinity is made to be worn on its own as you can see in the picture.
Here, I have all three polishes over black and then Divinity on its own with three coats.
Here is what I noticed: Girly Bits and Max Factor are the closest to being dupes. GBSH has a tad bit more of the color shifting properties than MFFF.  It also applies better, the polish bottle is larger, and the brush is WAY better.  MFFF's brush dragged and was very stiff and hard to use. Divinity over black has some of the same qualities as the other two, but is more opaque.  It also loses some of its own color-shifting abilities when not worn on its own!  Check it out over black and by itself!  The red/purple is much more obvious AND you still get the copper/orange/yellow/green shift at other angles.
For fun, I also put the three polishes over Cult Nails Time Traveler.  You can see a lot better in this picture that GBSH is much more obvious in its color shifting than MFFF.  A base color for Divinity does nothing for it and is unnecessary.  If you compare Divinity over CNTT and on its own, you can see what I mean.
To sum it up:  GBSH is a fantastic dupe of MFFF and better than it in my opinion.  Both of these polishes need to be worn over a base coat to be seen.  GBSH has a more obvious color shift and is better made and the brush is much higher in quality than MFFF's.  Divinity is not a dupe of either of these polishes and isn't even in the running.  It is made to be worn on its own, and while GBSH and MFFF has color shifts from gold to yellow to copper to green; Divinity ALSO shifts from red to purple.  The base of Divinity is also denser and you can not "see through" the color shifting.
Click on each polish to see my original post on each one:
Girly Bits Shift Happens
Max Factor Fantasy Fire
Ninja Polish Divinity

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Pretty Jelly-Holo Heaven!

Happy Easter, everyone!  Today, I want to show you three very pretty holo polishes made by Pretty Jelly.  She specializes in holo polishes and has quite a few others in her shop as well!
All three polishes had the same application-two easy coats and no issues to report at all.  
Cat's Eye is a medium green linear holo.   It is perfect for spring!  Cat's Eye is a Limited Edition, so get it before it goes away!
The next two polishes are from the Glamorous Thief Collection.  Grape Escape is a gorgeous plum purple linear holo.  This one was my favorite as I have a weak spot for anything purple.   According to Liz, "...it also has sparkly pigments that give it extra sparkle in addition to the holographic prisms."  
In a time when all the indies are busting out holo polishes, these are well worth looking at!  They have no issues that some holo polishes have-streaking and dragging.  All of these go on incredibly easy in two coats.  Grape Escape was closest to being a one coater.
Diamond S-teal-er  is a teal linear holo polish.  It also contains the sparkly pigments in addition to the holo particles.  It definitely gives these polishes something extra!  I can't say enough about the beauty in these holos!  These are definitely must have's!

Pretty Jelly polishes retail for $10 each.  Mini's are available for $4.25.
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*these polishes were sent for an honest review*

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pretty Jelly Strawnana

Pretty Jelly specializes in holographic polishes, and I will show you a few of those tomorrow.  Tonight, I want to show you her one glitter jelly polish, Strawnana.  Liz, from Pretty Jelly describes it best herself:   It has a sheer pink base filled with red and white satin hexes, gold and iridescent squares, and fine holo glitter.
I used three coats and it went on evenly and smoothly.  The glitters all laid flat and spread fairly evenly.  I didn't get a whole lot on my brush, but by the third coat, I had the perfect amount on my nail. Sometimes, less is more.
It takes a lot to stand out in the indie polish crowd and judging by this polish, Pretty Jelly has done just that!
Pretty Jelly polishes retail for $10 each.  Mini's are available for $4.25.
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*this polish was sent for an honest review*

Literary Lacquers Roissey

Literary Lacquers has come out with a new collection of polishes based on erotic fiction from Fanny Hill and Fifty Shades of Grey. 
Today is the last of the five I was sent for review.  To be honest, I should have posted this a lot sooner!  It somehow slipped by me, so without further ado, this is Roissey.
 According to Literary Lacquers, 
Roissey is a royal blue polish with a very sparkly finish and black shredded glitter. This polish has a fairly thin consistency and works best at three thin coats for full coverage.
I did use three thin coats and it built up quite well, although looking at the photos, I should have used a fourth coat as cameras pick up every little flaw.  This was opaque in real life after three coats.  The shards in it actually came out and laid flat. I had no issues with them at all.  I absolutely love the color of blue that is in Roissey!  

Macro shot!
I just want to add that after reviewing these newer polishes from Literary Lacquers, I was impressed.  She has really upped her game since her first collection and brought some real beauties to the indie scene!
This new collection which also includes some impressive holos is available now in her Etsy shop! They retail for $10 each.
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*this polish was provided for my honest review*



Friday, March 29, 2013

Butter London Molly-Coddled and Cuppa!

Tonight, I get to show you my first Butter London polishes sent to me to review!  Butter London sent me Molly-Coddled and Cuppa from their Spring 2013 line.  I decided to include some nail art as well as swatches.
Here, I used a base coat of Molly-Coddled, a creamy lavender. I used a large dotting tool to make dots with Cuppa, and then used a smaller dotting tool and Molly-Coddled to go inside those large dots.
Butter London Cuppa
 Here is Molly-Coddled on its own. I used two coats and true to Butter London's application, the coats were buttery and so easy to apply. While the brush isn't wide, I noticed it laid flat and gave me a nice clean line near my cuticle edge.  I just adore this color for spring!
I tend to get bored easily, so I did my other hand with something different.  I used a base coat of Cuppa, a light beige cream.  I put tape on my nail at a diagonal for a clean line and then used Molly-Coddled for the tip. I then used a large dotting tool to make dots in Cuppa right on the center of the line and went over each tan dot with a smaller dotting tool in Molly-Coddled.
Butter London Molly-Coddled
 Here is Cuppa on its own. I used two coats for opacity and it went on so easily.   While I won't wear this one on its own; it will certainly be a perfect base coat for a lot of nail art!
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*these polishes were sent for my honest review*

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hard Candy-Cotton Candy PInk, Party Central, Party LIghts

Hard Candy just released 45 new polishes that you can find at Walmart.  They sent me six of them to review, and since I had never worn a Hard Candy polish before, I was curious and excited!  A couple of nights ago, I showed you Bitty Blue, Black Tie Optional, and Crush On Lava.  Tonight, I will show you Cotton Candy Pink, Party Central, and Party Lights.
Cotton Candy Pink is part of the Candy Sprinkles Collection.  It is what I would call a soft pink crelly.  It has blue, white, and silver small hex glitters in it.  
I used 2-3 easy coats. You can get away with two coats, but I wanted depth to the glitters in the base, so I used three. Application was amazing. The glitters laid flat and did not get in the way of application.  The polish layered well and I had no issues!  Do I sound surprised?  Well, honestly, I am. I am surprised that Hard Candy has gotten it so right with all six of the polishes they sent me!  I had not one issue with any of them.  Hard Candy has taken it to another level for mainstream brands.  These are easily as well done as a good indie brand and for a fraction of the price.
Yummy macro shot.
Party Central  is a multi-colored glitter in a clear base.  Party Central is part of the Crystal Confetti Collection.   These are best used over a base coat, so I used Zoya Dove as my base. Party Central is a mix of glitter using mainly pink, blue, white and copper glitters.
I only needed one coat as tons of glitter came out on the first brush stroke.  As you can see, I had no issues and the glitters laid flat and spread evenly.
Macro shot!
Lastly, I have Party Lights which is part of the Glitteratzi Collection.   Party Lights is a mix of small gold, green and navy blue glitters in a clear base. I wore it over a base coat of Pop Beauty Golden Metal.  I only needed one generous coat and again had no issues. While this style of glitter isn't for me, I can see many people loving it!
Macro shot!
Hard Candy Glitteratzi Collection
Hard Candy Polishes retail for $3.97 at Wal-mart and HardCandy.com.  
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*these polishes were sent for review. All opinions are my own*

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hard Candy-Bitty Blue, Crush On Lava, Black Tie Optional

I am pretty excited to show you my first review for Hard Candy!  Hard Candy just released 45 new polishes that you can find at Walmart.  They sent me six of them to review, and since I had never worn a Hard Candy polish before, I was curious and excited!  Tonight, I will show you my favorites of the six I received...
First up, I have Bitty Blue.  Bitty Blue is part of the Crushed Chromes Collection of which there are nine in total.  Bitty Blue is a vivid blue metallic that is stunning on the nail and only needed two coats.
I had no issues with application and I love the metallic finish of it!  The bottle shows a touch of lavender which I did not see on my nail.
Next, I have a gorgeous duochrome called Crush On Lava which is also part of the Crushed Chromes Collection.  Crush On Lava also has that metallic sheen, but is a deep rose color with a copper or gold shift that is very obvious on the nail.
I used three coats on my nail and had no issues with application!  I love the look of this one!

The last one for tonight happens to be my favorite of the six!  Part of the Chrystal Confetti Collection, which consists of all glitter toppers, Black Tie Optional is a brilliantly done black and white glitter in a clear base.
I only needed one coat over Bitty Blue and the glitter came out plentifully. I had zero issues with using the glitters.  The mix of both large and small hexes and some tiny hairy glitters was perfect. It is good to see name brand companies like Hard Candy doing something out of the ordinary and doing it well.

I also put Black Tie Optional over Crush On Lava.  If you're not used to glitters, then you can see the versatility of a black and white only glitter topper. It will look good over anything!
Being that my blog is about 90% indie brands, I am no stranger to black and white indie glitters.  After having worn Black Tie Optional, I can say that it easily stands up to the well-made black and white glitters I have seen done by well-known indie brands! 
Hard Candy Black Tie Optional

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*these polishes were sent for review. All opinions are my own*

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Literary Lacquers Zipless

Literary Lacquers has come out with a new collection of polishes based on erotic fiction from Fanny Hill to Fifty Shades of Grey.   Tonight, I have Zipless.  The description of Zipless by Literary Lacquers is...
Warm-leaning red jelly with matte red glitter and tons of holographic gold glitter.  I'm satisfied with how this looks at 2 coats with no underwear, but your mileage may vary.
I used three coats of Zipless with no underwear and the polish spread adequately.  I had no issues with the glitter and they all spread evenly and laid flat.


This new collection which also includes some impressive holos is available now in her Etsy shop! They retail for $10 each.
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*this polish was provided for my honest review*


Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light

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Literary Lacquers has come out with a new collection of polishes based on erotic fiction from Fanny Hill to Fifty Shades of Grey.  Tonight, I have a stunning burnt orange holo from that collection called More Like Fire Than Light
Here is Literary Lacquers' description...
Orange linear holographic-I get full coverage in two coats, this is brighter on the nail than in the bottle.
I am not a fan of orange polishes. Period.  But More Like Fire Than Light certainly made me rethink that opinion!  Not only did this shade of orange make me feel comfortable with having an orange polish on my fingers, but I couldn't stop staring at the fire-y orange of it!
More Like Fire Than Light went on easily and smoothly, but I did have to use 3-4 coats to get rid of the VNL on my nails. Of course, my nails have a more stark nail line, so you may not need as many as me. Be that as it may, it was super easy to put on and well worth it!

This new collection which also includes some impressive holos is available now in her Etsy shop! They retail for $10 each.
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*this polish was provided for my honest review*


Friday, March 22, 2013

Literary Lacquers If It Pleases You

Literary Lacquers has come out with a new collection of polishes based on erotic fiction from Fanny Hill and Fifty Shades of Grey.  Tonight, I have Woman of Pleasure  According to Literary Lacquers...  

If It Pleases you is a deep plum with a touch of brown (or bruise colored if you will) linear holographic polish. 2 coats will give full coverage.

The description of If It Pleases You is dead on. This was my favorite of the five polishes I tried hands down!  Literary Lacquers succeeded in making a purple holo polish that is unlike any other I have seen!  The holo leans towards brown and really gives it the "bruised" look.  I only needed two coats for opacity and it went on easily and with no issues.
I freaking love this!

This new collection which also includes some impressive holos is available now in her Etsy shop! They retail for $10 each.
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*this polish was provided for my honest review*


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Literary Lacquers Woman Of Pleasure

Literary Lacquers has come out with a new collection of polishes based on erotic fiction from Fanny Hill and Fifty Shades of Grey. Throughout the next week, I am going to show you five of those colors!  
Tonight, I have Woman of Pleasure.  According to Literary Lacquers, Woman of Pleasure is described as follows: 
Periwinkle crelly with navy, lavender, matte pink glitters and magenta circle glitter. I get full coverage in two coats.  This polish is inspired by Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a  Woman of Pleasure written by John Cleland in 1748 (!!) when it was promptly banned for over 200 years.
I actually used three coats for full coverage, but application was easy and the glitters laid flat and spread evenly.  I loved the addition of the circle glitters and the larger navy hexes added a lot of extra interest!
I am a huge fan of periwinkle and magenta.  Literary Lacquers really hit it out of the park on this one. It is everything I like in a glitter crelly.  There is a perfect amount of glitter to crelly ratio and I highly recommend this one!
Check out the macro shot!
This new collection which also includes some impressive holos is available now in her Etsy shop! They retail for $10 each.
Go LIKE her Facebook page for shop updates and restocks!
*this polish was provided for my honest review*