Monday, August 31, 2015

#itrustindienailpolish - Rainbow Honey and My Introduction to Indie Polish

I'm guessing most of you have already heard about The Mentality Thing... Long story short, thanks to one irresponsible independent nail polish brand, indie polish is being given a very bad name right now. And that's not quite fair. There are too many brands who consistently work hard, delivering above and beyond other businesses with far more resources. Many of them were born out of this very same nail blogging community. So... a handful of bloggers started this linkup to give a little love back to their favorite brands. It's a way to (figuratively) stand up and say...

#itrustindienailpolish

Let me just say upfront that I have only tried one indie brand so far. Rainbow Honey was a brand that I had seen on a lot of other blogs and was all over my Instagram. It took a long time for me to take the plunge and finally order. There was definitely a little trepidation there at first. But I ordered, fell in love, and ended up subscribing to their monthly Mystery Bag. 

And then I went back into my little mainstream shell. 

I've been hesitant to come back out. The thing is, I could blame not buying indie on a gazillion different things. I do have a mainstream fave. I like shopping in brick and mortar stores. Online re-stocks are frustrating. The price tag is a little intimidating. The polish might not look the same in person as it does in the pics.

But isn't that the sometimes truth behind most new nail polish... mainstream AND indie? 

Yes. It really, actually, 100% is. And if that's my way of thinking about it, than my actions should probably match that frame of thought, right? I mean, I try new things all the time. It happens all the time with new foods and fashion trends. I survived becoming a parent and all the crazy changes that go with that. I try new mainstream brands of nail polish. Why not indie nail polish brands? 

I'm not talking about going crazy and ordering all the polishes on my wishlist. I can't afford that at all. But I am going to try and branch out a little bit. My toes can definitely stand to get a little more wet! I placed an order yesterday for a couple of polishes and bath products from what will be my 2nd indie brand. I'm excited to give them a try, and I can't wait to share that with you! Let's be brave together, shall we? 

Now, getting back to the original point of this post. Rainbow Honey is the first independent polish brand I tried. They're based out of New Jersey, just a skip over the state line from the good old Keystone State. Their polishes are Big 3 Free and Vegan. They've got a decent spread of colors and finish types to choose from, with Limited Edition Collections coming out regularly. I tend to favor shimmers, glitter top coats, and jellies. 

Most of my Rainbow Honey polishes came from the Monthly Mystery Bag. I get the mini-size for $10.00/month+shipping, but there is a full size that's $25.00/month+shipping. Each bag typically has 2-3 polishes and various bath/body products. In addition to nail polish, Rainbow Honey makes ah-mazing cuticle balms, oils, perfumes, lotions, and soaps. Summer Juice and Royal Fruits are my favorite scents! 

Last year, my blue polish for the 31 Day Challenge was this incredible bright blue, 488nm with Best Friend on my accent nail. Both polishes are made by Rainbow Honey...


When I kicked off Fishbowl Friday, I did it with Rainbow Honey Tayabak. It's so bright and gorgeous, I just couldn't resist. I've used this in so many layerings. It just gloooows...


This one is the perfect amount of shimmer mixed with the perfect gray. Grayscale was a Mystery Bag treat from November 2014...


December of last year brought Woland in my Mystery Bag. It's a gorgeous glitter topper! I layered it over a muted lavender for Fishbowl Friday 007.


February brought three polishes that I layered together into a complete and total glitterbomb! That month was also the 3rd Anniversary for the independent brand...


April came and I learned about Seriotypes and began my quest to Seriotype all the things. It's actually really fun trying to use all the polishes from the Mystery Bag in the same manicure. Challenging, but fun! 


Last, but certainly not least, Laguna Grande was part of the May Mystery Bag. It's a gorgeous ocean blue jelly that's packed with gold shimmer... 


Rainbow Honey nail polishes are sold in their online store. The shop does go down for restocks around the end of the month, but be patient. They'll open back up, and there's usually a note listing the specific date, sometimes even the time. Mystery Bag subscriptions are almost always available, or you can buy the current month's mystery bag outright. Previous months are usually available for a limited time, too. Follow Rainbow Honey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news and specials! 

Like I said above, I've already ordered from my 2nd indie brand. Any recommendations on what brands I should try next? Let me know in the comments! 

-S

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fishbowl Friday *043*

It's fiiiiiinally weekend o'clock! That magical time when you can say buh-bye to alllll that workweek stress and drama and just do whatever you want to do. Ahhhhh! Magical, I tell you!!! It's been a beyond crazy week for me, and the person who helps me through all that crazy is none other than Mr. Sparkle. Yep. Fresh back from Texas y'all, I can't tell you how great it has been to have him back and home. And back. Did I mention home? He was in charge of picking the prompt for me this time around. I give you the ever-so-ambitious-why-did-I-put-this-in-the-fishbowl 8 COLORS prompt...

Blue Seriotype

8 Color Mani

Blurple Seriotype Manicure

Blurple Galaxy Nails

8 Color Seriotype

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats Orly On The Edge
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle
Color Club The Uptown
OPI Indigo Motif
SinfulColors Dream On
SinfulColors Jolt
SinfulColors My Buoyfriend
SinfulColors Rise & Shine
SinfulColors Thimbleberry

I think it was my love of layering polishes that made me write prompts for more than 2 colors. Taking that beyond 5, well... I do love a good challenge. I mean, it's always more interesting to do things the hard way, right?

8 COLORS pretty much guaranteed that this manicure was going to be Galaxy related or a Seriotype. In the beginning, I was thinking purple galaxies. Then I started thinking Seriotype about halfway through. Vibrant Galaxies, Subtle Seriotype. This mani really turned into a hybrid of the two. Galatype? Serioxy?

Whatever you want to call it, I'm really loving how this turned out. I especially love what The Uptown brought to this nail party. Color-shifting shimmer and flakes really add to the overall awesomeness of this manicure! I will admit that I think I need to put a pause on Seriotypes using blue, purple, or blurple as a base. There are so many other colors to play with, and I need to travel outside of my blue, purple, aqua, pink comfort zone!

Now that the weekend is officially here, I've got a couple things I desperately need to accomplish! My hair needs to be dyed, I desperately need a Pedicure, and if I do that, I'm gonna have to paint my nails again. Rainbow Honey's bath tea is calling my name. And that's just tonight! Tomorrow, it's a day of running around and doing errands, cleaning, church on Sunday, and a whole lot of playing with Peanut! Happy, Happy Friday to you!!! What fun things do you have planned?!?

#FF2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The 31 Day Challenge 2015

September is just around the corner, and that means that it's time again for the 31 Day Challenge! The prompts are broken down into three groups. One prompt each day for 31 Days. The final manicure culminates the entire challenge on October 1st.

Last year was the first year I participated, and I'll admit, it's a challenging Challenge! I finished a couple days past the deadline, but I'm still really proud that I made it through and finished every prompt. Especially that dreaded watermarble.

I'm not sure when the challenge originated, but Sarah from Chalkboard Nails sort of coordinates the whole thing and puts out graphics to use if you're participating. Check out her blog for the 31 Day FAQ if you've got more questions, or to download this year's graphics! Here's what the schedule looks like...


This year, I've got stamping plates to play with, so that's definitely going to help me out a LOT. I grabbed a small set last year to help with my pattern manicure, but it only came with 2 plates. (The stamper was and still is ah-mazingly squishy and wonderful!) I ordered a bunch of plates after that, so I think I'm set for some of the more challenging prompts this time around!

Last year, my goal was simple. I just wanted to complete each prompt, no matter how long it took. This year, I'm going to challenge myself further and try to finish on time. But I'm not really going to stress over that. I'm the mama of an almost threenager. Anything can happen!

In addition to completing the prompts on time, I'm trying to up my nail game a little bit. Like last year, (with the exception of one day) I'll try to use at least two polishes in each manicure. I'm also going to use untried polishes as much as possible. I made a really big dent in the number of my untried polishes last year. It's amazing how quickly that number grows again, though!

Fishbowl Fridays are still going ahead as scheduled. I'll be pulling a prompt and combining that with the #31DC2015 prompt for the day. It's definitely going to make Fridays a little more of a challenge during the month of September! But that's part of the point, you know?

Why should you participate? It's a lot of fun! One of my favorite things about participating last year was searching through #31DC2014 and finding so many new blogs, grammers, and even tumblrs to follow! If you're just starting out with a nail blog, it's a great time to reach out to the nail community and introduce yourself! It's also a ton of fun working on this challenge alongside so many other talented bloggers... especially come Day 20... O.o

Will you be taking the #31DC2015?


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sally Hansen La Vida Polka Accent Mani

La Vida Polka Accenticure

Sally Hansen La Vida Polka Accent Mani

La Vida Polka by Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen La Vida Polka, Revlon Holographic Pearls & Diamond Texture

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
4 Coats Sally Hansen La Vida Polka
1 Coat SinfulColors Out of this World (accent)
1 Coat Revlon Diamond Texture (accent)
2 Coats Revlon Holographic Pearls (accent)
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat (non-accent)
1 Coat Seche Vite

On Wednesdays, pink is usually the last color I end up wearing on my nails. So today worked out nicely! I needed something a little girly and a little sparkly. I've noticed that pink nails with glittery accents are my girly go-to manicure. But I'm constantly finding new pink polishes to try, and this time is no exception!

La Vida Polka has been sitting in my stash for a little while. I think I bought it for Peanut and then she decided she didn't want to sit still for nail painting. It was part of the Xtreme Wear Color Xpression collection from earlier this Summer. Application wasn't bad, just a little frustrating. I kept seeing bald spots that I thought needed fixing. Finally, by the 4th coat, I was pretty happy with how everything looked, but there was a definite hope that La Vida Polka would settle out upon drying. Thankfully, that's exactly what happened.

For my accent nails, I started out with a base of Out of this World and realized it was a little more sheer than I remembered. I switched gears and painted on a coat of Revlon Diamond Texture and was really surprised at the amount of coverage. Definite one-coater. Also, it's an all-silver version of Zoya Tomoko. I've instantly fallen in love! I topped that off with two layers of Holographic Pearls, then added a coat of Seche to smooth everything out. There's just the slightest bit of grit to the touch on my accents.

Funny story about Holographic Pearls... The other night, I was wishing that Mirrorball didn't have those slightly larger pieces of glitter in it when I thought about Holographic Pearls. Convinced that I had bought it months ago, I fruitlessly searched my stash. Nope. Have you ever done that? So, when I went to CVS the other day, I picked up a bottle along with Diamond Texture because I had a coupon for $3 off $9 worth of Revlon. Score!

I feel like it's been a while since I've had a drugstore find like Diamond Texture. Back in the day, you couldn't avoid displays of new, limited edition polishes. Now, they're fewer and further in between. I don't want to say that it's the end of an era, but it sure feels that way, and it has for a little while. I know I can't be the only one to notice! I mean, it's great that with accent manicures, layerings, and nail art, there are a zillion ways to combine what you have and make new looks... but I miss the hunt!

-S

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wet n Wild Keep Vinyl Alive

Keep Vinyl Alive by Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Keep Vinyl Alive

Keep Vinyl Alive Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Keep Vinyl Alive

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild Keep Vinyl Alive
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I love black nail polish. It's been my Fall/Winter neutral for a really long time. The color to wear when you have absolutely no clue what color to wear! I've got a couple in my stash with different finishes. This one is a great mix of metallic edge and shimmer!

Part of Wet n Wild's Here's to the Wild Ones collection, Keep Vinyl Alive is an almost-black metallic shimmer. Up close and in photos, you notice the shimmer, but not so much in real life. Looking down at my nails as I type, they read as a very shiny dark graphite.

Keep Vinyl Alive went on nicely. It was opaque in two coats, but I added a third to smooth out some lines and make extra sure that there weren't bald spots.

While I do like this shade, I'm not totally over the moon about it on its own. I'd love to see it mattified, because I think it might gray it down a little bit. It would probably also work really well in a Seriotype. Shimmery polishes usually do. I'm definitely excited to give that a try.

-S

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wet n Wild I Moss Have It

I Moss Have It Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild I Moss Have It

I Moss Have It Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild I Moss Have It

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild I Moss Have It
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I am not normally the biggest green polish fan, but this metallic mossy olive green from Wet n Wild? It's gorgeous, and it really does glow! This just might be my new favorite neutral for Fall... and Winter.

I Moss Have It is part of Wet n Wild's Here's To the Wild Ones collection for Fall 2015. I just read a post about these polishes on Nouveau Cheap late last week, so I was a little surprised to find it at my local Kmart. This time around, I remembered to take a picture of the display before I transferred one of each shade into my shopping cart.

Stop and Mel-the-Roses, Gettin' Inked, Pop-Up Bluetique, I Moss Have It, Keep Vinyl Alive, and Thrift Shopaholic

I tried to take a picture of all six polishes on my newly cleaned off nail desk last night, but between the glowing of the polish and the glare of the lamp, it just didn't happen. Stop and Mel-the-Roses, Pop-Up Bluetique, and Thrift Shopaholic were especially vibrant! I can't wait to try them out!

Application was really great. The Mani-Curve brush really makes clean polishing easy. Between the width of the brush and the curve at the tip, it's much easier to keep a clean line at the base of my nail bed! I probably could've stopped at just two coats, but I saw a little streaking at odd angles. That can translate weirdly with photos, so I added a third coat to be on the safe side.

I Moss Have It is packed with a shimmery metallic olive that's so on point for Fall. There's also just a hint of amber and gold shimmer to give it incredible depth and sparkle. I'm not trying to give up on Summer and bright colors, but the vampier Fall colors are just so novel and tempting right now!

As much as I love, Love, LOVE this color... It's off with it tonight and on with something else. But I can definitely see myself coming back to this polish again and again. Olive green has always been a neutral in the fashion world, so it's nice to see that same love happening in the beauty realm. With lots of added sparkle, of course!

-S

The Mentality Nail Polish Debacle

The nail polish blogging community is a really tight-knit sisterhood. We band together in times of trial. We've tackled bad formulas, curling glitter, weird smells, bleeding glitters, any issue we've had with a polish, we put it out there for our readers. Why? Well, that's the point of a nail blog, right? We paint, take photos, and review polishes so others know exactly what they'll get when they buy a bottle.

Recently, there's been a lot of talk surrounding Mentality Nail Polish. Apparently, use of their nail polish during a certain period of time caused reactions in their users. That reaction ranged from a tingling sensation to the nail detaching itself from the nail bed. Onycholysis is the medical term for that reaction. It's just as bad as it sounds.  

Mentality bloggers came forward with concerns about their reactions as soon as they pinpointed Mentality Polishes might've been at the root of it all. Mentality did post about the issue on their social media accounts. Subsequently, they posted constantly about their ongoing sales and new collections, burying that crucial information about the tainted polish. Emails went unanswered. But word kept getting out, mainly by nail bloggers who wanted to warn anyone who hadn't heard about the situation. 

I'm sure Mentality was flooded with a lot of concern surrounding the "in question" polishes. Many customers wanted to return the potentially tainted product for fresh stock. Some customers wanted to simply return their polish and have their money refunded. Eventually, Mentality began blocking requests for refunds. Later, through Paypal, further attempts at refunds were blocked because Mentality claimed they were being targeted by an internet bullying campaign.  

But it gets worse. Those poor Mentality bloggers whose nails were affected in the first place? Regardless of their level of support, they were all fired. Some had already chosen to distance themselves from the brand, others had been willing to stick it out.

So, that brings us to where we are now. 

When it comes down to it, the tainted polish was where the problem began. But that's not what has driven the conversation about this in the nail world. Mistakes happen all the time. It's how you handle them that determines your character. The way I see it, Mentality has responded to this challenging PR situation with a lack of communication, followed by an unwillingness to take responsibility. 

At the end of the day, it's not just taking responsibility for the bad product, it's their reaction to the whole situation. As someone with a minor in Public Relations, I can't believe that a business would act this unprofessionally after such a damaging event. I mentioned in a comment on The Mercurial Magpie's Facebook that "when there's an issue with food that might make people sick, or a faulty device that could hurt people, companies usually issue a complete recall of ALL of that product." 

But that's just what I think after reading everything I've been able to find about the subject. I normally steer away from anything that has to do with negativity, but on the off chance that any of you haven't heard about this situation and might be polishing your nails with one of the tainted Mentality polishes... I just want to inform you of what is going on right now. 

As for me? It was unlikely that I was going to buy anything from Mentality. I don't typically buy indie polish. So far, Rainbow Honey is as far as I've dipped my toes! The one thing that I would ask you to take away from all of this... don't let one indie behaving badly ruin it for the rest of them. There are some amazing independent brands out there that test their products stringently, run their businesses professionally, and really care about their customers.

Should you send the polish back? Should you keep it in case there's a class action suit? What are the true intentions of Mentality? If it were me... I think I'd hold onto the polish. I'd definitely file with the FDA. And I'd probably try to give a little bit of love back to the other amazing indie brands that are out there. They've been unfairly marked with the same scarlet letter as Mentality, and that's just awful. Show them how much you love and respect everything they do! #itrustindiepolish and #supportindiepolish are just two of the hashtags floating around the interwebs right now.  

If you'd like to read more about The Mentality Thing, here are links to articles that have a few more specifics in them.




And lastly, if you're wondering what to do with suspect Mentality polishes... Nail polish is considered hazardous waste, so you can't just throw it out like regular trash. I've heard that Lowe's will accept them and dispose of them properly. I've never done that, and I don't know if there's a fee involved. You could also hang onto them and wait for Zoya's Earth Day polish recycling promotion.

UPDATE #1: added a post by Lab Muffin. She actually knows about science and the chemistry of nail polish. Very informative! Also, a lot of these posts are getting updated as more information becomes available. Stay tuned...

UPDATE #2: Finally, after being called out by customers, bloggers, and social media users all over the internet, Mentality issued a statement. They claimed they had figured out the issue and posted about it. Not long after, the company they tried to throw under the bus issued Mentality with a cease and desist order. That C&D was posted on Mentality's Facebook account along with a statement claiming innocence. Not long after, Mentality issued a recall for every polish they've made going back to April 2014.

UPDATE #3: I know I said before that Mentality should've gone with a recall to begin with, but a recall this late in the game seems shady. It doesn't seem like any money is being reimbursed, so I can't really see the benefit of sending polish back. There's a lot of talk that the owner might be trying to destroy evidence, and while I have no idea if that's true, all we've got to go on are his previous words and actions.

UPDATE #4: Looks like you don't have to wait until Earth Day! Zoya just sent this over...


Apparently, they're open for recycling polish now through 9/12/15! For every bottle you send in for a minimum of 6 and a max of 24, enter the code HAPPY and you get 50% credit back to your order. This is a great way to properly recycle unwanted polish!

-S

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fishbowl Friday *042*

Here we are, back at my most favorite day of the week... Fuh-riday! It feels like I say this every week, but it was definitely a crazy one this week. I would blame it on the full moon, but that's not happening until next week, so........................

Anyway...

I finally pulled a gem prompt for Fishbowl Friday! When I first created the fishbowl prompts, I included birthstones and a couple of other gemstones I thought would inspire fun manis! This one is especially special, because it happens to be Peanut's birthstone... TOURMALINE!

Tourmaline Nails

Tourmaline Nails

Cover Girl Emerald Blaze Layering

Tourmaline Nails

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Cover Girl Emerald Blaze
n.y.c. Sweet Candy
Pure Ice Lucky Charming
Rainbow Honey The Master
1 Coat n.y.c. Sweet Candy
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Technically, Peanut's birthstone is Pink Tourmaline. My manicure is not only TOURMALINE inspired, it's specifically watermelon tourmaline inspired. Look the stone up if you get a chance. It's a mix of a warm, bright pink that gradients to clear and comes back up to a light olive green. So pretty.

Emerald Blaze by Cover Girl probably would've fit the prompt well enough on its own. It's a medium olive green duochrome that flashes pink. But it's not a strong flash. So I added pink shimmer with Sweet Candy from n.y.c. Then I painted on a coat of The Master and dabbed it with saran wrap. I repeated that same process with Lucky Charming, Sweet Candy, and Emerald Blaze. That was topped off with a coat of Sweet Candy, a coat of clear, and finally, a coat of Seche Vite to lock everything in place.

Overall, I love the way this layering turned out. It looks so much better in real life than it does in the photos though, and that's a little irritating. My pictures make the green darker and the pink sort of turned red. Trust me, I wasn't going for a Christmas seriotype, but somehow it happened! C'est la vie, n'est pas?

Not sure if I'm going to take this off or if I'm going to paint something else on my nails tonight. I really like this layering and I wouldn't be opposed to wearing it for another day or two. Plus, I'm trying to get a head start on some weekend projects tonight. I've got a pantry that needs to be cleaned and organized and there's not much more of the sparklestash left to put away. (YAY!) So, whatever your weekend plans, I hope it's a great one... Happy Friday!!!

P.S. Just a quick note, I finally signed up for Ipsy today. I've gone back and forth on subscribing for an embarrassingly long amount of time now. Have you been thinking of signing up? In the interest of full disclosure, I do get points if you use my referral... Ask me in a day or so what those points get me. I'm not sure yet! At $10/month, I really don't feel bad about subscribing. Pretty sure I'll be posting about my inaugural bag, too.


SinfulColors Night Owl

Night Owl by SinfulColors

SinfulColors All Nighter Night Owl

SinfulColors All Nighter Night Owl

SinfulColors Night Owl All Nighter

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
2 Coats SinfulShine Most Sinful
1 Coat SinfulColors Night Owl*
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

While I was brainstorming how I would layer Night Owl, I originally thought navy blue or black, possibly even a really dark purple. I've been dabbling in more fall-like colors, but I just couldn't do it with this one. So, I chose the amazing bright cobalt blue-ness of Most Sinful.

Just like the other 3D glitters in the All Nighter Collection, Night Owl is made up of opalescent hex and bar glitter mixed with opalescent flakes inside a sheer lavender base. Glitter payoff was excellent, just one coat gave me full coverage (and sparkle!) on every. single. nail.

Night Owl is part of SinfulColors Class Act All Nighter Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreen and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle. The full All Nighter Collection also contains Blue Sensation, Casablanca, Daredevil, Fig, Glass Pink, Ice Dream, Late Night Haute, Purple Diamond, and Sinful Sunrise. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

SinfulColors Blackboard

Blackboard by SinfulColors

Blackboard by SinfulColors

Blackboard SinfulColors Chalk Board Diaries

Blackboard SinfulColors

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Blackboard*
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat (accent only)
1 Coat Seche Vite (accent only)

Black nails are always edgy. Black matte nails are somehow edgier and soft all at the same time. Out of all the Demi-Matte polishes in the Chalk Board Diaries Collection, Blackboard is definitely my favorite. Just look at that finish!

In the bottle, Blackboard looked like a really dark charcoal gray, but it's the demi-matte formula that makes that illusion. The Demi-Matte finish was definitely made for this shade. Application was great, too. Very little streaking, and that all evened out at the second coat. I added a third just to be sure I wouldn't have any visible streaks upon drying.

Like the other Demi-Mattes I review, I added a clear coat and Seche Vite to an accent nail so you could see what Blackboard looks like all glossed up. To me, it almost looks like a jelly. Oddly enough, I prefer the matte look on this one, because it is such a soft matte finish. It's got a great luxe leather sort of look to it. I'll definitely be wearing this one again!

Blackboard is part of SinfulColors Class Act Chalk Board Diaries Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreens for $1.99 a bottle. The full Chalk Board Diaries Collection also contains A-Crush, Black on Black, Chalk It Up, Hazed, Pink Break, RADiant, Truth or Lavendare, V.I.Peach, and Whiteboard. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SinfulColors Purple Diamond

Purple Diamond by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Purple Diamond

SinfulColors All Nighter Purple Diamond

SinfulColors Purple Diamond

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Purple Diamond*
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I first tested this polish out on a swatch wheel, I think I must've been half asleep or using a different polish. I had the idea in my head that it was really sheer, more along the lines of a sheer topper. Thankfully, I tested it out again before using it in a layering and found that not only did it have a lot of shimmer, it had great coverage. I quickly scrapped the plans to layer it so Purple Diamond could shine all on its own!

Application was great, Purple Diamond was easy to manage with very little cuticle pooling while polishing. I probably could've stopped at three coats, but I was a little worried that my yellow tips might show through. I always prefer to err on the side of one coat too many rather than one coat too few! I really love this shade of lavender. It's a really feminine shade, and the shimmery glass-fleck finish adds a lot of fun! So much so, I actually wore this for two whole days, which rarely happens!

Purple Diamond is part of SinfulColors Class Act All Nighter Collection. You can find it on display at Walgreen and other mass retailers for $1.99 a bottle. The full All Nighter Collection also contains Blue Sensation, Casablanca, Daredevil, Fig, Glass Pink, Ice Dream, Late Night Haute, Night Owl, and Sinful Sunrise. Follow SinfulColors on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

*provided by PR for review. All thoughts, views, and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Layering: Iris Garden

When I sit down to paint my nails, there are times when my vision works out and translates correctly on the first try. Then, there are times that I get way too many layers going or really don't like the finished product. Last night was a combination of the both of those, with a little bit of old, gloppy formula and poor color choice mixed in. Thankfully, version 2.0 turned out much, much better!

Turquoise Layering Manicure

Mermaid Nails

Mermaid Jelly Glitter Sandwich

OPI Colorpaints Jelly Glitter Sandwich

OPI Turquoise Aesthetic Jelly Glitter Sandwich

Polishes Used: 

1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
1 Coat OPI Turquoise Aesthetic
1 Coat Fingerpaints Daubigney's Garden
1 Coat Pure Ice Iris
1 Coat OPI Turquoise Aesthetic
1 Coat Pure Ice Iris
1 Coat Seche Vite

For the past couple of weeks, I've been wanting to do a mermaid inspired manicure. Not gonna lie, several attempts never saw the light of day. Some attempts turned into something completely different. This particular layering is version 2.0 from last night, and I'm really happy with how it turned out! 

Starting out, I knew that I wanted to use mainly turquoise and purple. I wanted a mermaid vibe and kind of had a jelly glitter sandwich in mind. The first time around, I actually used Turquoise Aesthetic to top off my layering and to test the jelly glitter sandwich capabilities. I was pretty surprised that it turned out as well as it did. However, that was layer 10 or 11, and my nails were turning into a gloppy mess. I started over and simplified my layering, sticking to just 3 polishes to create this super sparkly turquoise jelly glitter sandwich. 

Now that I've seen Turquoise Aesthetic successfully pull off a jelly glitter sandwich, I want to try the rest of my Colorpaints! Initially, I had written them off as being too pigmented for that sort of thing, but this layering turned out perfectly! Sadly, as much as I really do love this manicure, there's a tiny bare spot on my ring finger that I just can't leave on for another day. It's back to the drawing board, or I guess in my case, the nail desk! 

-S

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