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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Superficially Colorful Grand Opening-Part 3!

~SUPERFICIALLY COLORFUL GRAND OPENING~

Well, tonight is my last post of the thermal polishes I was given by my friend, Jin Jit of Superficially Colorful.  If you missed my last two posts about her new indie shop, please check out Part 1 and Part 2.  Superficially Colorful will be opening on March 3 and I am very excited for her as she has some great thermals to choose from!

My very favorite from all of Superficially Colorful's polishes is Meditative.  I am not great at describing colors, but I believe this is a teal green when warm and a darker deep ocean green when cold.  As per her other thermals, this one also has a great shimmer-this time in teal.
*gasp*  Staring at this picture, I am in awe of the beauty!  I used two very smooth coats and had no issues. The polish had great consistency.
I have worn a few indie brands' thermals, and this one takes the cake!  

Mischievous is a glitter jelly polish.  The base is a muted orange and it has purple squares with a little bit of gold shimmer in the base!
I used two coats and the base came out well, and plenty of glitter came out.  It did not spread super evenly, but after the second coat, it evened out.  I did notice that the glitter sat on top of the base rather than suspended in it.  A top coat of Gelous and Seche Vite smoothed everything right out.


Enthralled is the cream of the Superficially Colorful crop.  It is a rust-red when warm and darkens to a reddish brown when cold.  It has a shimmer that is hard to define-maybe a gold/rust/brown/red??? 
Application on Enthralled was flawless-I mean perfect consistency. I used three thin coats.  The thermal is obvious as is the shimmer. 
The shimmer is insane!
Impulsive is a bright 7-Up green when cold and a lime green when warm.  It has a great gold shimmer which is evident close-up on the nail.  This was actually the first one I took pictures of and I was still trying to figure out how to take pictures, so here it is when cold...
Here it is when warm...
Out in the sun...
I used two coats and had great application!  


Parting Thoughts: Of all the polishes in all three posts, my top favorites are Enthralled, Meditative, Giggly, Daring and Provocative!  Okay, I loved so many!  Don't forget that these dry matte, but I top coated all of them.  I also found the brushes hard to work with, but found out that Jin has changed her bottles and brushes to better ones already!

Price:  $9

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*These products were provided as a gift. All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Superficially Colorful Grand Opening Part 2

~SUPERFICIALLY COLORFUL GRAND OPENING~


Hello!  Are you as excited as I am about Part 2 of Superficially Colorful's swatch and review?  In case, you don't know what I am talking about, read my post from last night about Superficially Colorful's grand opening on March 3. While you're there, check out the other three colors I posted too!  I am very excited about the feedback I have gotten about these polishes from my friend, Jin-Jit.  Tonight, I will show you four more thermals. 

Daring is a yellow thermal that turns orange when cold.  It has a very obvious gold shimmer that runs through it when top coated. 
Application was spot on and perfect.  I do not say that lightly. The ease of application was very attractive to me and made me fall in love with this polish even more. I am not even a fan of yellows, but Jin-Jit did something to this to make the yellow attractive.  It may be the tone of yellow or the gold shimmer or the transition to orange...Whatever it was, it is a keeper!
In the macro, you can see the shimmer!
Provocative is a royal purple thermal that runs a few shades darker when cold.  It has a pink and purple shimmer in it as well. 
I used two coats for most fingers, but a third on a few as I noticed a slight bald spot here and there. Provocative had good consistency and like the other polishes, dries matte. I used top coat to get the glossy finish on all the polishes.
The creativity in these polishes is amazing!  I love all the different things I can look at while wearing them.  I have an issue with getting bored with polish quickly, and these had me staring and playing with my nails ALL DAY.
Exalted is a light baby pink thermal that darkens a couple of shades when cold.  It has a pink shimmer when top coated that isn't super obvious on the nail.
Of all the polishes, this one gave me the most issues. While the polish was much thicker, it also didn't cover very well. I had bald spots after two coats and had to do a third one. It also dried fairly gritty.  A coat of top coat did smooth it out though.
I will say that staring at the finished product on the nail makes me forget all that though. :)
Listless is another one of my favorites.  It is a sage-type of green when warm and a more forest green when warm.  It has a green shimmer that is obvious on the nail.
I used two coats and had easy application.  I love the color combo that this is!  

Parting Thoughts: My favorites from this post are Listless and Daring!  Yes!  A yellow/orange polish!  Superficially Colorful has some unique talent for thermals and I am excited o show you the last of them tomorrow night!  What were your favorites?

Price:  $9

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*These products were provided as a gift. All opinions are my own*

Monday, February 24, 2014

Part 1 of Superficially Colorful's NEW INDIE SHOP!


~SUPERFICIALLY COLORFUL'S GRAND OPENING~

     Tonight is super exciting for me, because I have a special friend who is going to be opening her shop March 3.  She has been making polishes for well over a year now and has finally-FINALLY- decided to open a shop! Jin-Jit is the blogger behind Superficially Colorful.  She is based out of Israel and I have had the pleasure of knowing her for about two years.  Jin-Jit recently sent me ten of her polishes as a gift, and I have decided to review them and show them to the world.  
     Let me just say, that while Jin-Jit is a friend, I would be doing no one any favors by giving her rave reviews for no reason.  I have already told Jin-Jit this and I pride myself on being able to give you, my reader, fair and honest reviews. If a polish is not worth it, I do not want you spending money, and I do not want an indie maker unknowingly making a polish that could do with some improvements.  So let's have at it shall we? I am so excited!

Giggly is a thermal polish that is berry purple when warm and a royal purple when cold.  There is an amazing pink shimmer when top coated.
I used two coats, and it dries matte (as do most all of her polishes.)  I put on a top coat to bring the shine and shimmer out.  The polish gave me great coverage and the shimmer and thermal are quite obvious when looking at the nail. 
The brushes in these bottles were a bit wonky.   Some worked fine and some did not. I already talked to Jin-Jit about them and she already has new bottles and brushes!
WOW!  Look at that shimmer and look at that thermal!
Fascinated is a thermal that goes from light sky blue when warm to a purple when cold.  It has a slight pink and blue shimmer to it when top coated.
Application was two coats on this one as well, but it was a bit on the thicker side.
I love how the pink and blue shimmer come out to play in the sun!
You can really see the shimmer in this macro.
Serene is a pastel sky blue with slight blue shimmer.  The thermal is not as obvious as the others, but it does change to a slightly darker blue when very cold.
I used three coats basically because I was finding bald spots after the first and second. 
You can somewhat see the shimmer in this macro.
Parting Thoughts:  Of the three in this post, I am in love with Giggly.  Fascinated was also pretty impressive.  I think some tweaks need to happen to Serene; but once those happen, it too will be amazing!

Price:  unknown-I will update when I know.

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Instagram @jinjit
*These products were provided as a gift. All opinions are my own*

Friday, February 14, 2014

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

*nothing to disclose*
~Girly Bits~
If you haven't heard of Girly Bits, then I don't know what to tell you.  Pam, the owner and operator behind Girly Bits, has been in the business longer than most.  She is known for her quality, integrity, humbleness, and her broad range of creativity. Many of her polishes are best sellers in the nail polish community and the one I am about to show you was the Girly Bits Best Seller of 2013.

D!ck in a Box is a deep charcoal gray, tightly scattered holo.  It was inspired by an episode of Saturday Night Live.  I don't quite see charcoal. What I DO see is a lighter green-gray with a soft linear holo.  
I use two flawless coats and I couldn't stop staring at my nails.
No wonder this was the best seller of 2013!
Parting Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Girly Bits. She made my #1 indie brand in 2012 and if I had done one in 2013, she would have been in the top three there as well. You would be hard pressed to find anything of hers that wasn't up to par with perfection.

Price: $10-$12.50 on her website. Other stockists may vary.


SHOP LINKS:
Website
Girly Bits is stocked at eight other distributors. Click here to find one near you.

MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram  @girlybitscosmetics
Twitter  @pamsgirlybits
*This products was purchased by me. All opinions are my own*

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Maya Cosmetics One Batch Wonders

*nothing to disclose*
~Maya Cosmetics One Batch Wonders~

Maya Cosmetics hit the indie polish world by force in early 2013. She took a break for a little bit, but has quietly been making polishes as of late.  I want to show you some One Batch Wonders of hers that may have passed you by.  I think a One Batch Wonder is self-explanatory, no?  Basically, Maya Cosmetics only had enough of that polish mixture to make one batch.  These are also on sale from $5.25 to $8 and there are still a few left!

Cheers is a stunning rusty orange-red with a touch of scattered holo.
I used two coats and I would even describe it as buttery. It was very opaque and almost a one-coater.  On sale for $6.50  
Special Snowflake is an icy blue jelly with silver, white, and blue iridescent glitters.  I used two coats and a coat of Gelous and Seche Vite.  On sale for $8.
Cozy Up is a glitter topper that consists of a metallic array of warm-toned glitters interspersed with blue glitter.  You may be able to make this one opaque on its own, but I chose to layer it over Maya Cosmetics Turbo Classy.  (Which, by the way, is a great base for nail art!)
I used one coat and it covered really well and I love the mix of blue and brown!  On sale for $5.25
Serenity Now is a teal leaning blue metallic. It has a silver shimmer to it.
I used two coats and it applied well.  This one is on sale for $6.50.  
Parting Thoughts: How do I convey to you that this brand is in a class that only few indies are in?  The quality of the polish, the creativity, the application-all at the top of the indie food chain! If you're not sure, use this sale to try them out! At the top of my must-have list is Cheers!  Get them before their gone!

Price: Regularly $9.50 On sale $5.25 - $8

Also check out her clearance section! 

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MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter +MayaCosmetics 


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lacquer Lust Midnight Snack, Stroke of Good Luck, S-Mauve-Mente

~Lacquer Lust~

A couple years ago, when I finally got a smart phone, I joined Instagram.  While learning the IG ropes, I found an entirely different community of nail polish lovers/makers out there!  It was large and it was cult-like!  Amongst the makers I found on IG with a cult-like following was Lacquer Lust.   One day, she mentioned having a restock and I leisurely went over to her site about two minutes after it opened.  Everything was sold out!  I was sorta shocked and just KNEW I needed to try out her polish.  I finally was able to get a few and they were pretty impressive.

Midnight Snack is a thermal scattered holo.  When warm, it is a very light nude.  When cold, it is a dark charcoal.
I used two coats and they were flawless.
Stroke of Good Luck is also a scattered thermal holo.  When cold, it is a soft yellow. When warm, it is a lime green. I used two flawless coats.




S-Mauve-Mente is a scattered holo pink that leans gray.  This was also flawless and two coats. 




Parting Thoughts: After trying these three polishes, I can see why Lacquer Lust sells out so quickly.  All three of these had consistently flawless application. The thermal is not bad and the scattered holo is a nice added bonus to the polish. 

Price: $12.50

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*These products were purchased by me. All opinions are my own*