Monday, August 22, 2016

Zoya Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection Metallic Holos Swatches & Reviews Part I

*press samples*


Hi guys! I hope the start of your week is off to a great start! I was completely swamped at work today, but that's not always a bad thing. Oh, and there will be another Nibs & Nails this week, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Tonight I'll be starting the shimmery side of the Zoya Urban Grunge collection. This side of the collection features 3 holo finishes and 3 glass-flecked metallic finishes. Without further ado, let's do this!


Friday, August 19, 2016

LeChat The Iced Collection Swatches and Reviews: Ice Princess and Precious Ice


Hi guys! TGIF! No Nibs & Nails tonight, but you still have about an hour before the giveaway for the Anonymous Lacquer polish from last week ends. Good luck! I've shown several polishes from the brand LeChat in the past, and tonight I have 2 of the colors from the Iced Collection. This set features 3 glitter topcoats, 2 cremes, and 1 metallic polish. They are available as gel or regular nail polishes, and each nail polish collection usually comes as a set of 6 in mini bottles. You can get these mini polish collections at your local nail supply store or at online e-tailers such as Transdesign (all 6 will only set you back $4.95). Without further ado, let's do this.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Barielle Fall 2014 Couture Me Collection Swatches and Reviews: Berry Posh and Boho Chic

*press samples* 


Hi guys! I can't believe it's Wednesday already. Tonight I have 2 polishes from the Barielle Couture Me collection which features 6 cremes. Shall we investigate further?



Barielle Berry Posh (2 coats)

Up first is Berry Posh which is a berry pink creme. It's a very OPI-like polish, right? It's not the most unique color in the world, but it's a really fall-appropriate color. It had a great formula and application in just 2 coats.



Barielle Boho Chic (2 coats)

Now this is more interesting! Boho Chic is a deepened forest green creme with some blue undertones (so perhaps it's more of a teal?). It's a great color for fall or even winter if you ask me. This has a bit of  "ugly bottle syndrome" but it had no impact on the color on the nail at all. Perhaps if I shook it a bit more the bottle would have looked a little better. I didn't do this because the shaking would add air bubbles to the polish, and I was looking to avoid that. Pictures show just 2 simple coats. I should note that I had no problem with staining with this polish, but it's the type of color that is notorious for it, so double up on basecoat.

Currently Berry Posh is available with the ProSina finish, and I couldn't find Boho Chic on their website at all. Sorry for posting a polish that isn't currently available! As I mentioned yesterday, the regular polishes retail for $8 ($9 for the ProSina colors) on their website, but check the sales or free shipping offers on their Facebook pageTwitter, or Instagram pages.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Monday, August 15, 2016

Barielle Spring 2015 Gentle Breeze Collection Swatches and Review: Under the Sea

*press sample*



Barielle Under the Sea (2 coats)

Hi guys! The name of the polish I have for you tonight has me all nostalgic for The Little Mermaid. Who doesn't love the song "Under the Sea" from Sebastian the crab? My parents still have these 2 stuffed Christmas ornaments of Sebastian and Flounder at home. I haven't seen the movie in years, but I definitely need to check it out. Actually, I don't think it's on Netflix or Amazon Prime streaming services, so I'll have to find another way to get my fix.

Under the Sea comes from the spring 2015 Barielle Gentle Breeze collection and is a medium teal shade with strong green undertones and subtle silver shimmer. I love a good teal, especially during the summer. The formula was a bit thin, but it built up to full opacity in just 2 coats.

I really enjoy Barielle polishes, and they are definitely an underrated brand. The regular polishes retail for $8 ($9 for the ProSina colors) on their website, but check the sales or free shipping offers on their Facebook pageTwitter, or Instagram pages.

*This polish was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Friday, August 12, 2016

Nibs & Nails Presents Anonymous Lacquer in As Good As Purple Pazzazz (Inspired by Diamine's Purple Pazzazz) | Swatches and Giveaway

*I bought this*

Hi guys! Welcome back to another week of Nibs & Nails, a feature where I ask indie makers to dupe (or just to be inspired by) popular fountain pen inks with shimmer or sheen. This week the spotlight is on Anonymous Lacquer. Mildred is the mastermind behind the brand, and she was actually the first maker to make a polish for this blog segment. Anonymous Lacquer is famous for their beautiful shimmer and holo finishes. I've been meaning to purchase for a long time, so I was excited to purchase a custom from her. Stay tuned to the end of the post for more information on this week's giveaway. 

As always, check out my husband's blog (Inkdependence) before looking at the swatches to get a sense of the ink this week's polish is based off of. 

Top: Diamine Purple Pazzazz ink
Middle: Anonymous Lacquer As Good as Purple Pazzazz (3 coats, matte)
Bottom: Anonymous Lacquer As Good as Purple Pazzazz (3 coats) 

On first glance, As Good as Purple Pazzazz is quite different than the ink, but I don't blame Mildred at all. Like I said above, this was the first custom I asked anyone to do, so not every aspect of the blog segment was thought through. All she had to go on was pictures from other blogs, and the picture she sent me of the polish she made looked really close to the ink. About a week after she finished the polish I had the great idea of having the makers get a sample of the ink so they could properly dupe the inks. 




Anonymous Lacquer As Good as Purple Pazzazz (3 coats)

All this being said, I still love how the polish turned out. I know I'm not the only purple fan, so I think lots of you will want to win this for your own collection. The ink is a bit more of a violet purple with gold shimmer, while the polish has more pink in it. You'll need 2 or 3 coats of the polish depending on your nail length. I used 3 coats for the photos above, but I wanted to make the color as dark as possible. 


Anonymous Lacquer As Good as Purple Pazzazz (3 coats, matte)

I think the mattified version is gorgeous, but the topcoat makes the polish lighter (and less like the ink).

Make sure to stop by the Anonymous Lacquer store where Mildred will make a custom polish of your dreams for just $12. Giveaway time!

Giveaway Rules:
1. Open to the US Only (I'm so sorry my lovely international readers...I hope to have a non-polish giveaway for everyone so it will be easier to ship)
2. Please do not use giveaway or empty accounts. Winners will be checked for verification.
3. You must be at least 18 years old to enter
4. The giveaway will end on August 19th at midnight (EST)
5. A winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. They will have 48 hrs to respond before new winners are chosen.
6. Please do not immediately unfollow after the giveaway ends. :-(

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