Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Holidays Giveaway!

Hi all!  I wanted to put together a little giveaway for the Holidays to thank you all for reading!  I was lucky enough to be supplied the two awesome prizes by Pam from Girly Bits and Rhonni from Ninja Polish.



Swatches of the Girly Bits polishes up for grabs can be found HERE.  Since I don't own the Ninja Polish that is being given away, check out the beautiful swatches my friend Sheila from Pointless Cafe has HERE!

Good luck!!


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Girly Bits Ornamental My Dear Watson and Heirloom


Hello everyone!  It is holiday time, and you know what that means... New nail polish collections!  I got my mitts on two of the new Girly Bits Season of Sparkle polishes.  I will be showing you Ornamental My Dear Watson and Heirloom.  These are not the same holiday polishes you will see in every collection, and I love that!  In all of my photos I show just one coat of the GB polish over a base color.


First up, Ornamental My Dear Watson.  This is a fun multicolored glitter, with yellow, blue, pink, and matte lavender in there.  Pam, the creator, describes this as "A clear based glitterbomb, that includes every colour you might see on your tree."  I don't know what else to tell you about this polish other than it is GORGEOUS especially over white.


I layered OMDW over Orly Au Champagne (index and ring) and Orly Royal Navy (middle and pinkie).


Is this pairing beautiful or what?!



Love this refreshing, brightly colored holiday glitter.


Next up we've got Heirloom.  Pam's description is "A clear based glitter with all the vintage shades of a Victorian era Holiday."  This one has a lovely mix of silver, plum, and light pink.  Again, not your traditional holiday polish, but so beautiful.  I have not seen a mix like this done before and I am so glad to have it in my collection.  You can definitely wear both of these polishes year round!


I layered Heirloom over a bunch of different colors to show you how versatile it is.  I will list the combos below each macro shot.


Heirloom over S-OPI Frankly, I Don't Give A-dam.


Heirloom over OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys.


Heirloom over S-OPI Eve-y On The Eyes.


Heirloom over OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake.


And finally, Heirloom over Zoya Veruschka.

These polishes are both selling for $10 from Pam, and a dollar or two more from her authorized distributors.

There are so many more beautiful colors in the Season of Sparkles collection, be sure to look at them in Pam's shop here:
http://girlybits.bigcartel.com/

If she is sold out they can also be found on Llarowe, Harlow & Co., Mei Mei's Signatures, and Overall Beauty.

You can follow Girly Bits at these links:
http://facebook.com/girlybits
https://twitter.com/PamsGirlyBits
http://pinterest.com/frugaladdict/girly-bits-lacquers/
https://plus.google.com/114703246618416989895/posts

I am also hosting a Holiday Giveaway which starts today and includes both of these pretties!!  Go enter that

Winners of the Water Marble contest!

Hi guys!  After some seriously difficult decision making, I'm ready to announce the winners of the marbling contest!  With all the amazing marbles that were entered in this competition, it was not easy to choose, but with the help of several of my blogger friends who were not participating, we came up with these results.


First place goes to Natalie of Nailz Craze for her marble over a gradient!


Second place goes to Nicole of Nail Polish Wars for her berry and blue marble.

And, since it was so difficult to choose just two of the marbles to win, my friend Kim from OverallBeauty.com was generous enough to donate one more prize so we could have an extra winner!  The new prize addition is the winner's choice of one of the new Naild'it Holiday polishes.


Our third winner is Rochelle of Elle-Hime with her citrus inspired marble... and this was only her second try at marbling!  Awesome job, Rochelle!

Also, the winners of the giveaway portion have been drawn and notified.  Our first winner was Damla, and our second winner was Tami Lee.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for participating!  I had so much fun looking at everyone's marbles!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Design Seeds Water Marble Series: Autumn Fruits


Hi again!  Welcome back to my second Design Seeds inspired water marble.  I hope you guys are enjoying this series so far, and if you have any palettes that you've seen on DS and would like to see as a marble, please let me know!  As long as I have the necessary colors I'd be glad to oblige. :)


The board I used for inspiration this time is called Autumn Fruits.  I quite like the contrast of the bright berries on a leafless branch.  It makes me feel kind of festive because my mother used to decorate with branches and berries like this on our mantle in the winter.


For my marble I used a base of Zoya Dove.  Then I made my bulls-eye with Dove, China Glaze Jungle Queen, China Glaze Pointsettia, and China Glaze Velvet Bow.  They all played very nicely together in the water and I had no problem making my design.


The first two photos are shown with flash, this photo and the next photo were taken in natural light.  I think the actual color was somewhere between the two, not quite as vibrant as the first two, and less washed out than these last two.


I loved that one little tendril of red trailing down into the gray on my thumb!  (Also, I can never decide whether to write grey or gray, so I bounce back and forth between the two...)

Hope you enjoyed this!  Again, let me know if you have any requests, I'd love my readers to help me step out of my comfort zone.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Glittering Snow and Ice Drip Nails

 China Glaze Frostbite, Orly Au Champagne, Shimmer Polish Julia

Hey guys!  Today I've got some fun winter-y nail art for you.  If you haven't heard, Nail Polish Canada is hosting a Holiday Nail Art Challenge.  (I actually just heard about this today on Neverland Nail Blog!)  There will be 3 weeks of challenges with one theme/post per week.  The first week's theme is Snow.

I actually already did this mani last Friday, and it happened to fit the first week's theme, so woohoo for that!

As soon as I saw Shimmer Polish Julia I knew it would be great for some winter nail art.  Since it is an icy blue I was inspired to use my base color of China Glaze Frostbite, a GORGEOUS glowing blue shimmer. (I really need to use this color more because it is so lovely.)  I used a dotting tool to make my snow drips with Orly Au Champagne, the perfect shimmery winter white.  Then I used the dotting tool again to place Julia over the white bits.


I am super happy with how this turned out... Drip nails are easy but I love the look of them!

If you like these winter-y nails, please take a minute to vote for my entry HERE, I would really appreciate it!  There is just a short form to fill out, and since I have only registered today you will not see my blog on the drop down menu, but you can enter it into the "Other" field at the bottom of the form. Thanks, everyone!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My 100th Post!! Shimmer Polish Taylor - Swatches and Review

 Shimmer Polish Taylor

Hello again!  Here we are, the final installment of Shimmer Polish week (and also, my 100th post!! Whee!)... Last, but certainly not least, I have Shimmer Polish Taylor to show you!  You will want to click that first photo to enlarge it and bask in the glory that is this polish.  TRUST ME!


Taylor has a deep red jelly base, with red, green and blue glitters.  The blue glitters are the iridescent, glowy blue kind, like the ones that can be found in Lynnderella BoF.  This polish is AH-MAZING guys!!!  Taylor is my favorite of the polishes that I recieved from Cindy.  I haven't seen anything like it before, and I love that.


Again, in all of my Shimmer swatches I will show you a few different ways you can wear each polish.  On my index finger I have 3 coats with no base color.  On my middle finger I have a base color with one coat of the Shimmer.  On my ring finger I have a base color with two coats of the Shimmer.  On my pinkie I have one coat of black as a base with one coat of the Shimmer.

For Taylor I chose a base color of China Glaze Velvet Bow.  It matched almost perfectly with the cool burgundy of the jelly base, and really popped those blue glitters since they had a darker background.


Finally, a macro shot of Taylor over black.  She's even got a bit of green shimmer in the base!  Beautiful, isn't it?!

Hopefully you are not tired of seeing swatches of the gorgeous glitters made by Cindy, because I've got some more that I received in a swap that I will be swatching soon.  Keep an eye out for that!


Where to buy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish  (Cindy is currently on vacation but her shop will reopen on Nov. 26th.)
Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook for info about new polishes, giveaways, and even some occasional discount codes!
http://www.facebook.com/ShimmerPolish

**These polishes were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion and swatches.**

Friday, November 16, 2012

Shimmer Polish Julia - Swatches and Review

 Shimmer Polish Julia

Hi all!  Bet you can't guess what I'm going to say here... Welcome back to Shimmer Polish week, of course! Today I will share Shimmer Polish Julia with you.  Julia is a great winter-y polish... I am already concocting another mani with this one over white, like ice and snow.


Julia is a mix of ice blue, silver, and iridescent glitters.  The iridescent ones are similar to China Glaze Snow Globe.  Like I have said before, these apply like a dream, and Julia is no exception.  This is another one that I don't have anything similar to in my collection, so I love that.

Again, in all of my Shimmer swatches I will show you a few different ways you can wear each polish.  On my index finger I have 3 coats with no base color.  On my middle finger I have a base color with one coat of the Shimmer.  On my ring finger I have a base color with two coats of the Shimmer.  On my pinkie I have one coat of black as a base with one coat of the Shimmer.


Here is my index macro.  Two coats of Julia over two coats of OPI What's With the Cattitude.  Doesn't it make you think of icicles?


Macro shot of my index finger, with three coats of Julia and no undies.  You get such a different look on this one without layering it, which I love.  Versatility of polishes is important when you have a smaller collection (unlike me) because you can get many different looks from one bottle!


And on my pinky, over black.  The black lets you see more colors from the iridescent pieces.  Which layering (or non layering) combo do you prefer on this one?


Where to buy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish  (Cindy is currently on vacation but her shop will reopen on Nov. 26th.)
Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook for info about new polishes, giveaways, and even some occasional discount codes!
http://www.facebook.com/ShimmerPolish

**These polishes were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion and swatches.**

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Shimmer Polish Amy - Swatches and Review

Shimmer Polish Amy 

Welcome back to Shimmer Polish week!  Today's post features Shimmer Polish Amy.  If you like multi-colored glitters, this girl is for you!


Amy has so many different colors, I would have a hard time listing them all!  The main colors are red and pink, but there seems to be a bit of every color in there.  As usual, no trouble with application... these are a breeze to work with guys!  This one is a real standout in my collection.  I love multi-colored glitters but I don't have anything like this.

Again, in all of my Shimmer swatches I will show you a few different ways you can wear each polish.  On my index finger I have 3 coats with no base color.  On my middle finger I have a base color with one coat of the Shimmer.  On my ring finger I have a base color with two coats of the Shimmer.  On my pinkie I have one coat of black as a base with one coat of the Shimmer.


Here is a macro of 3 coats of Amy with no base... look at that mix of glitters!  Amazing!


Here is 2 coats of Amy over one coat of China Glaze Electric Beat.  I tried this polish over pink and purple as well (as a matter of fact, I originally photographed this over China Glaze Gothic Lolita, but I didn't think the photos did it justice, so I reswatched!), it looked pretty over both but I think the blue really let the glitter pop.


And last but not least, one coat of Amy over black.  Which way do you prefer this glitter?


Where to buy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish  (Cindy is currently on vacation but her shop will reopen on Nov. 26th.)
Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook for info about new polishes, giveaways, and even some occasional discount codes!
http://www.facebook.com/ShimmerPolish

**These polishes were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion and swatches.**

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shimmer Polish Marilyn - Swatches and Review

Shimmer Polish Marilyn 

Hello there!  I'm back, with a brand new edition... of Shimmer Polish week!  Let's take a peek at Shimmer Polish Marilyn, shall we?


In my opinion, if any polish color should be named Marilyn, it is a red.  This polish instantly brought to mind the classic beauty of Marilyn Monroe for me.

Marilyn is a red microglitter in a red jelly base.  She may not be the most unique polish, but she sure is stunning anyway!  A classic, just like Ms. Monroe.

Again, in all of my Shimmer swatches I will show you a few different ways you can wear each polish.  On my index finger I have 3 coats with no base color.  On my middle finger I have a base color with one coat of the Shimmer.  On my ring finger I have a base color with two coats of the Shimmer.  On my pinkie I have one coat of black as a base with one coat of the Shimmer.


This is three coats of Marilyn on her own... This is my favorite way to wear this polish.  I think with jelly bases like this you get the most depth without using a base color.


Here we have two coats of Marilyn over one coat of Zoya Sooki.


Finally, Marilyn glittering away in direct sunlight.


Where to buy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish  (Cindy is currently on vacation but her shop will reopen on Nov. 26th.)
Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook for info about new polishes, giveaways, and even some occasional discount codes!
http://www.facebook.com/ShimmerPolish

**These polishes were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion and swatches.**

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shimmer Polish Tiffany - Swatches and Review

Shimmer Polish Tiffany 

Hello again!  Here is the second day in my week of Shimmer Polishes!  Today I am going to show you the lovely Shimmer Polish Tiffany... keep reading for my review of this polish, and some sweet glittery macros!


Tiffany is a gorgeous mix of light pink and baby blue glitters.  This polish would be perfect to wear to a baby shower!  There are also some iridescent glitters in there, which flash just a touch of light green in certain lights.  As with all the Shimmer Polishes I have, application was a breeze.


Again, in all of my Shimmer swatches I will show you a few different ways you can wear each polish.  On my index finger I have 3 coats with no base color.  On my middle finger I have a base color with one coat of the Shimmer.  On my ring finger I have a base color with two coats of the Shimmer.  On my pinkie I have one coat of black as a base with one coat of the Shimmer.



This macro shows 2 coats of Tiffany over 1 coat of China Glaze For Audrey.  I just could not resist that combo because of the little bit of play on words!


Here is a macro shot of my index, 3 coats of Tiffany with no undies.


One coat of Tiffany over black... with this combo you can see some of those glowy blue glitters which are similar to the ones in Lynnderella BoF.


And finally, one coat of Tiffany shown over ChG For Audrey.  I was so happy with how this combo turned out... when I layered Tiffany over a blue or a pink the glitters of the same colors kind of faded into the background.  With this combo I felt it let all the colors really stand out.


Where to buy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish  (Cindy is currently on vacation but her shop will reopen on Nov. 26th.)
Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook for info about new polishes, giveaways, and even some occasional discount codes!
http://www.facebook.com/ShimmerPolish

**These polishes were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion and swatches.**

Monday, November 12, 2012

Shimmer Polish Katherine - Swatches and Review

Shimmer Polish Katherine

Hi everyone!  Today is the start of a week of Shimmer Polish swatches!  I am so excited to share these with you... If you don't have any Shimmer Polishes, and you are a glitter lover, you need some!  Cindy's creation are a nice break from the huge chunky glitters of the indie polish world.  They still have a beautiful mix of colors and shapes, but are a bit less in your face and are easier to work with since you don't have to place glitters or fish for the big ones.


Shimmer Polish Katherine is a beautiful bronze micro glitter.  This is one of two that I got which are made up of all small glitters, very little difference in sizes.  (There are still some slight differences which were visible in my macro shots, but not so much to the naked eye.  I think this adds greatly to the depth of the polish.)  It does have a mix of different colors though.  I see bronze, orange, red, and chocolate brown in there... I believe the orange and red are flashes from one of the other colors.  This is a great color for Thanksgiving and fall in general!


In all of my Shimmer swatches I will show you a few different ways you can wear each polish.  On my index finger I have 3 coats with no base color.  On my middle finger I have a base color with one coat of the Shimmer.  On my ring finger I have a base color with two coats of the Shimmer.  On my pinkie I have one coat of black as a base with one coat of the Shimmer.

For Katherine I chose Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Coco-a-Go-Go as my colored base.  You can see in my photos that Katherine is so dense that is is difficult to tell the difference between one coat and two.  All the Shimmer Polishes that I have tried are certainly wearable alone at three coats.


This is a macro of my ring finger, which again is two coats of Katherine over one coat of SH Coco-a-Go-Go.  Click these photos to enlarge!


This macro is my index, with three coats of Katherine and no undies.  Look at that gorgeous glow!!

Where to buy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish  (Cindy is currently on vacation but her shop will reopen on Nov. 26th.)
Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook for info about new polishes, giveaways, and even some occasional discount codes!
http://www.facebook.com/ShimmerPolish

**These polishes were sent to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion and swatches.**