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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Maya Cosmetics "Sprummer" Releases

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~MAYA COSMETICS~

Maya Cosmetics will release their "Sprummer" Collection today!  While the colors aren't all the typical spring or summer colors, they are a wide range of colors and finishes.  Application was exactly what I have come to expect from Maya Cosmetics, and instead of repeating myself for each polish, I will just tell you once-Application was great and the base is on the thinner side allowing for easy application and thinner coats.   I used two coats for all polishes except one.

Zazzy:  An orchid foil with microfine holographic glitter.  
This subdued orchid foil is easy on the eyes and the holo scattered sparkle is great in the sun.


Ethereal:  golden base with peachy-gold sheen and a scattered holo finish
This reminds me of beach sand!  I totally think summer with this on. I love the scattered subtle holo and was surprised that it only took two coats for opacity.


Beyond the Pale:  coral orange jelly base with pink and peach micro flakes 
                                       
Another summer reminder here!  I love corals.  It is hard for me to find a coral that looks great on, but this one does!  The flakies add that special unique touch.


Beach Baby: full-coverage glitter blend of bronze, sand, pink, and orange glitters in a shimmery bronze base.
                                        
Beach Baby might not seem like a summer polish at first, but this glitter bomb looks like beach sand! Maya Cosmetics does many polishes really well, but she OWNS it when it comes to micro glitter bombs.  Application was perfect and opaque.


Bittersweet Symphony:  gunmetal, periwinkle, and white glitter with flashes of fuchsia glitter and violet-blue-pink micro flakes in a sheer dark gray base. this one is a One Batch Wonder, very limited quantities!
I'm not completely sure how this fits into a spring/summer collection, but who cares?!  It is a gorgeous blue/purple micro glitter bomb which had perfect application!


A Different Kind of Buzz:  royal purple jelly with multiple colors of micro flakes
This purple concoction is my favorite of the collection.  Again, I am not sure how it fits in with spring or summer, but I love the deep purple and the flakes!


Crush V2:  teal blue jelly base with multiple colors of micro flakes
Crush V. 2 is a teal based jelly and I did have to use three coats. 


In case you wonder about the difference between Crush and Crush V 2, Crush is on the left and Crush V 2 is on the right.  Crush is more blue based with smaller flakes.  Crush V 2 is teal based and the flakes are larger.  Crush was two coats and Crush V 2 was three.
Parting Thoughts: All polishes went on in incredibly well. The polishes are on the thinner side in typical Maya fashion, unlike many indies who run thicker.  While I did question why a few were in the spring/summer collection, I am thrilled that they made it in!  My favorites were A Different Kind of Buzz and Beyond the Pale.


Price: $9.50

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*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*

Sunday, March 23, 2014

KB Shimmer Creams for Spring 2014

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~KB SHIMMER 2014 CREAM SPRING COLLECTION~
I had previously swatched several of the KB Shimmer Spring 2014 Collection already, but then-oh glorious day!  I was sent more to review in the mail!  I have three more of the Spring Cream Collection and the holo top coat to show you.

Honey Dew List  "Just like ripe honeydew, this dusty pastel green is perfect for spring or summer. This is the ideal color to wear under Rush Flower Traffic, or pair with Ice Queen for a sparkly spring manicure. Full coverage in just 2 coats."
I used two easy coats of Honey Dew List and it went on very smoothly. All of the creams are creamy and opaque.  I did some simple dots on my ring finger with Chick Me Out, Life Rose On, Sky Jinks, and Pansy-Monium.


Sky Jinks:  "I love those days, the ones when there is not a cloud in site, and the sky is the most stunning shade of bright blue. This medium blue cream with a hint of dustiness, reminds me of those perfect days. Sky Jinks covers in 1 coat with careful application and is perfect in two."
I used one coat on my pinkie and two coats on the rest of my fingers.  Application was excellent.  I have to add here, that the brush has a lot to do with it as well. It is a higher end brush that allows the polish to go where you want it to go.  I did a simple flower design on my ring finger using Chick Me Out and Life Rose On.
Pansy-Monium:   "This pansy purple cream offers full coverage in just two coats. With a red undertone, this purple will look great even on warm skin tones."
I love this royal purple cream.  I used two coats and had great application again.  I used Chick Me Out, Life Rose On, Sky Jinks, and Honey Dew List to add a dotted french manicure. 


Stamping:  When I got the first few creams from KB Shimmer, I was excited to see what they could do as far as nail art goes.  I used all five of these to stamp on my hand and four out of the five stamped wonderfully!  Chick Me Out is not quite able to make it as a staling polish, but works great as a base.  Honey Dew List, stamped well, but needs a much lighter base color to show it off.
Prism Break: "We here at KBShimmer love rainbows, and nothing is more rainbow then holographic polishes! This linear holo top coat was designed to bring rainbow bling, while still allowing the color below to shine. One light coat over any cream will turn your color into a holographic lover’s dream or add a second coat to pump up the prism power!"
Prism Break is a holo top coat.  I used one coat over Honey Dew List and one coat over Sky Jinks.  It went on flawlessly and has a scattered holo effect on any cream polish.
Parting Thoughts: I am floored by the cream collection that KB Shimmer put out. I actually have another window open so that I can buy the three I did not get in to review!  What I love the most about them is their opacity which allows them to be used for stamping and nail art.  


Price: $8.75 each
Cr
eams: $7.50

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*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Flashback to Nailventurous

~Nailventurous Lacquers~

Two years ago, I met a wonderful lady named Amy from the popular blog, I'm Feeling Nailventurous.  She was making polish for fun and I convinced her to swap me for her pretties.  We even became friends and after she opened her shop, I bought even more of her polishes.  Sadly (for the polish community,) Amy decided that making polish to sell just wasn't for her and she stopped selling.  I am so very grateful that I do have the ones that I have and I decided to wear a few of them again.  

The Shimmer Effect was a newer polish she made.  It is a purple base with green, gold and other glitters along with a fantastic shimmer!
 
I reviewed it for the first time HERE
Look at that!  I love her creativity!
Swamp Princess was actually one that I bought long after Amy closed shop. I didn't like greens at the time, but do now!  This was a two coater and went on so smoothly. It is a green jelly base that allows the glitter to peek through.

I love the large glitter mixed with the smaller glitter. 
Spring is upon us and Robin Laid an Egg is perfect for Easter!  This was actually the very first polish I ever reviewed!  I had about 80 followers, no watermark, and bad cuticles. I was shocked and thrilled when Amy asked me to review it. 
I used two coats this time around and it was flawless.  I love the Easter colors in this polish and the base isn't stark white, but a softer cream.  


Parting Thoughts:  I miss the days when Nailventurous Lacquers was making polish. She was on the cutting edge of creativity and every bottle was a work of art.  I have yet to find anyone with such a genius eye for color.

Price: These can only be found in blog sales and so price is subjective.

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*These products were purchased by me (except one.) All opinions are my own*

Monday, March 17, 2014

Liquidus Nail Gloss Spring Line 2014!

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~LIQUIDUS NAIL GLOSS SPRING 2014 LINE~
Launching today!
Have you bought anything from Liquidus Nail Gloss yet?  If you have not, you are missing out.  Danielle, from Liquidus Nail Gloss, is an avid collector of  gemstones and so all of her polices are named after these natural beauties.  I have had an ongoing email relationship now for quite awhile and when I opened up my review package, I was tickled!  She included doggy treats for Sierra!  That has never happened before and I won't soon forget it. 
Something you should know about Liquidus Nail Gloss is that she is very eco-conscious. This new card came in the package with me.  It explains how important it is for Liquidus to be earth friendly and environmentally sustainable.
My polishes even came wrapped in recycled paper and tied with string.  If the environment is important to you, you should definitely support this indie brand.
Morganite: Inspired by the soft pinks of the mineral, Morganite, this polish is a milky light pink with a touch of shimmer. 
I used 2-3 coats and it was almost flawless. Like any milky polish, it had minor streaks that needed to be smoothed over.  The shimmer is a great bonus.  For the record, this went on easier than any other milky polish I have ever tried on.


Rose Quartz: Inspired by the sparkly gleam of the mineral, Rose Quartz, this polish is a bright pink micro glitter in a clear base. 
I used one coat on my ring finger and then I did a gradient on the rest of my nails over Morganite.  This is a very packed glitter polish! I had zero issues with it.  I am even going to go so far as to say that I was never a fan of these types of glitters, but having done this gradient, I now see a great use for them!




Rose Quartz jelly sandwich and gradient:  I decided to do a layering mani with Peridot and Rose Quartz.  I did a layer of each one about three times each, but I just dabbed on Rose Quartz as it was really glitter happy.  I then did a gradient on the tips with Rose Quartz.  
Hopefully, that made sense to you.  Here are some other pictures to show you the two techniques I did.
You can see the layering effects at the far end of my nail and the gradient on the front end. 
Peridot: Inspired by the bright yellow-green mineral, Peridot, this polish is a lovely neon green jelly that plays well with glitter of any color.
Okay, well I don't consider this a neon by any means, but it is a fantastic jelly-great for layering.  I used 4-5 coats for these pictures. I had no issues and it layered well and has that great squishy look.


Parting Thoughts: Liquidus keeps flying under the radar, but if you have tried her polishes, you KNOW the quality is there and it is consistent.  She may not come out with quantities, but when she does launch new polishes, the quality is outstanding.  I highly recommend supporting this passionate indie maker. The Spring line is available TODAY!

Price: $9 full size  $6 mini
Discount Code:  TILATM10OFF  gets you 10% off for two weeks!

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*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*