Monday, September 1, 2014

Enchanted Polish June 2014

Hey guys!

Enchanted Polish is like the unicorn tears/pee/sweat of the polish world. The restocks are almost non existent, and the preorders are only for one hour at completely random times. I purchased the mystery May, June, and July colors, not knowing if I would like them enough to keep them and then I opened June and gasped.

People. This is one coat. ONE COAT. *dead*
With flash.

Fluorescent light:

Ummm yeah. Gorgeous and amazing.

What are your favorite Enchanted Polishes?

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Friday, August 29, 2014

KBShimmer Anniversary Trio


Hey guys! 

KBShimmer is celebrating it's 6th anniversary with this brightly colored trio! 

Beach Please is a purple leaning pink and is SEARINGLY bright! This was two perfect coats of bright bright brightness. Super awesome and I love this! 



Shore Thing is a bright almost neon mint creme. This was two easy coats, as usually. I added some stars using some nail vinyls and Hexy Bikini, which is a textured holographic glitter rainbowy goodness!



I love this trio so much! You can purchase the polishes individually or as a set here.

What's your favorite KBShimmer??  

Talk to you soon! 
Amanda

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pretty & Polished Guardians of the Galaxy Polishes

Hey guys!

Pretty & Polished recently released a collection based on the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy movie and I have two of the polishes to share with you today!

First is The Gamorous Life, a lime green with red flakes. This was 2 coats.



This next polish is Draximum Security and I won this polish from a contest on the P&P facebook page, so thank you!

I used 3 coats here, plus a top coat. This blue jelly with blue and red glitters is pretty awesome!



You can purchase Pretty & Polished here!

Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy??

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Monday, August 25, 2014

Barielle Sweet Treats Collection

Hey guys!
Press Sample

I have some Barielle polishes and a treatment to share with you today!

The Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filling Base Coat is just what I need. Some of my nails are quite ridgey (ridgey? Sure, we'll go with that!) and it is visible when wearing polish. I don't think my nails are brittle but they definitely have some ridges so I was curious to see how this base coat worked to help mask that problem. This ridge filler has silk protein fibers that help to smooth ridges and moisturize nail beds.

It is a milky color, and dries to what looks like a matte finish on the nails. It dried very quickly and I was able to apply my nail color within no time at all. On my left index finger, I have more ridges than my other nails so I applied two coats to that nail.


Green Apple Chew is the brightest of the bunch. I used 2 easy coats of this lime green polish.


Banana Drop is a creamy banana yellow. This covered very well for a yellow; I did two coats!


Lilac Jelly Bean is a dusty lilac purple. This was my second favorite! So pretty. Perfect for fall but not dark and vampy like so many fall shades.


Blue Cotton Candy is the most pigmented of this group. I could have gotten away with one coat but I did use two, partially out of habit and partially just to be sure it was completely opaque. This was my favorite, that color just screams "Amanda!" This description on the Barielle website calls this a "frosted opalescent sea blue" but I would not call this a frost polish at all. There is definitely shimmer but not at all frosty.



Orange Parfait is an orangey coral. This reminds me of a desert orange. I really liked this!



Overall, these were very lovely polishes to be able to use. They swatched nicely, dried fairly quickly, and the formulas on all of the polishes were very easy to work with. I have several other Barielle shades and I don't use them as often as I should! They are lovely!

You can purchase Barielle nail polish on their website. Individual bottles retail for $4 each (a steal!) or you can purchase color collections for $25. There are also a bunch of hand and foot treatments, creams, and lotions on the website!


Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Katarina Naturals Nail Polish Remover

Hey guys!
*Products were sent to me for free in exchange for my honest opinion*

Today's post is a little different because it's not really about nails, but about a nail polish remover!

Katarina Naturals is a Michigan company (whoo!) that makes natural, plant based removers with no petroleum and they are cruelty free. I am always looking for more natural products and especially if those products are made in the USA and/or local! And Laurie was a peach to work with so that's just a bonus :-)

I was sent two varieties, an acetone based and a non acetone based remover. The acetone based remover is supposed to smell like a "fresh fruity scent" but I did not think it smelled fruity at all. I can't really pinpoint the scent but it wasn't fruity. The non acetone remover has a lovely mint scent, however!


A note was included on the best way to use the removers. The acetone based remover works well for soaking off gels and shellacs and since I don't use gel or shellac, I have no idea if that's accurate, lol. I soaked a cotton round in the remover and held it on my nail for 10 seconds and rubbed the polish off. I used a similar method with the non acetone remover (and my nails smelled minty fresh! Haha!) but I did have to work a little harder to remove the polish using the non acetone. However, I ALWAYS use acetone removers so I can't compare removal very well since I've never used another non acetone remover. Phew, remover remover remover!

These are effective removers. I don't think they work better than a regular acetone remover (which is what I usually use) but I am okay with using a little more effort to remove my polish considering they are a more natural alternative to the chemical laden products we usually find for removal.

You can purchase Katarina Naturals on Amazon.com and visit their website here. If you have a natural food/health store near you, encourage them to carry Katarina Naturals locally!

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wet n Wild Love Me Some Muscles

Hey guys!

This shorty post is a bright little Wet n Wild polish from their summer collection. This is Love Me Some Muscles, and it's a bright coral pink! I used 3 thin coats here.


Kind of a simple color and not terribly unique but still really pretty!

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bestie Twin Nails with The Little Canvas!

Hey guys!

Alaina of The Little Canvas and I are back with another round of Bestie Twin Nails or BTN, for short :-)

This time, we chose to replicate this look that is unfortunately not credited and the link it was pinned from is... well... Pinterest won't let you go to the site because it's been flagged for inappropriate content. SO! If you know you did this manicure, let me know so I can properly credit!!

I chose to use similar colors as the original pin, using Squishy Face Polish Dusty Rose as my base color and then Zoya Tomoko for the gold and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Wet n Wild Black for the accents. I used some nail vinyls for the lines because I'm terrible at straight lines, lol.




I quite liked these! I need to practice my striping but it's not terrible looking, I don't think. I am definitely enjoying our BTN, as it's helping me to come out of my comfort zone with nail art. Baby steps. Baby steps! LOL

Go look at Alaina's nails because they are really pretty!

Talk to you soon!
Amanda