Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Zoya Spring 2018 Thrive Collection Swatches and Reviews Part I

*press samples*

Hi guys! I just found out the other day that I have this Friday off for Good Friday! Hooray! I had to work a half day last year, so it was a pleasant surprise to get the whole day. Tonight I have the first half of the spring offering from Zoya which features 6 shimmer and creme polishes (technically one is called a topper, but I used it on its own). I just received the summer press release and it's another whopping 12 polish set, so hopefully I'll be able to show those to you soon. It hit 70 degrees here today, so it's sort of fitting to be showing these to you. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Zoya Naked Manicure Hand and Body System (Serum & Cream) Review

*press sample*

Hi guys! I hope you had a good weekend. I did a lot of resting and ran a few errands. Tonight I have reviews of some exciting new products from Zoya. Up until now, only Zoya's sister brand Qtica featured products for the hands and body. Zoya just released their Hydrating Hand & Body Serum and Healing Hand & Body Cream aimed at curing those dry hands from all that acetone and dry winter air. The duo can be purchased as as a set in 3 different sizes:

Mini ($21)-2 oz of each
Retail ($23)-2 oz serum with 3 oz cream
Pro ($56)-8 oz of each

or you can purchase the items individually in 2-8 oz bottles. Follow me after the break to see if this set is really worth it. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mace Polish November 2017 Duo Swatches and Reviews: Crunchy Leaves and Frosty Leaves

Hi guys! I'm still trying to catch up on sleep since I've been home. The weather has been super weird around here as well. Yesterday it snowed, and today it was in the 50s. Apparently there's a chance for snow this weekend, too! How is the weather in your neck of the woods? Tonight I have a duo from Mace Polish to show you. They are no longer on Etsy, so make sure to stop by their BigCartel site. It just so happens that a new 7-piece Disney Collection is releasing tomorrow, so don't forget to check that out. I don't see the duo I'm showing tonight on the website, but there are lots of other flakie polishes that are just as pretty. Shall we settle in for some swatches? 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vapid Lacquer Swatches and Review: Sea Glass

Vapid Lacquer Sea Glass (3 coats)

Hi guys! I know, it's been too long. I was in Little Rock, Arkansas from Thursday through yesterday. Three of my 4 flights there and back were delayed (thanks, Southwest). While I like the free bags, I didn't like all the extra hours spent in the Dallas airport. And no, it wasn't DFW, it was Love Field Airport so I wasn't even able to eat Pappasito's. Needless to say, I'm happy to be home! 

Tonight I have a polish that I believe is part of the core collection for Vapid Lacquer. I was able to get a great deal on Sea Glass during the Purge, but it's still available on their normal website. It's a peachy pink crelly base with loads of ultra chrome flakes. I'm NC-20, and I feel like it goes well with my yellow undertones. I'm a sucker for flakie polishes, so I'm a huge fan of this one. I used 3 coats for the photos above, but you may be able to get away with 2. I tend to add an extra because MOAR FLAKIES. It applied easily and smoothed out with a thin coat of topcoat. 

This one is still available on the Vapid Lacquer website for $11.  There's another restock coming March 25th for the My Little Vapicorns collection, so you may want to consider picking up Sea Glass as well. Make sure to check out Vapid Lacquer on their Facebook Fan Group, Instagram, Twitter, and regular Facebook page

Monday, March 12, 2018

Polish Pickup January 2018 Crystals and Gemstones: Ever After Polish and Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish

Hi guys! I'm doing more traveling for work this week, so I'll be quiet this weekend. Oh, and it actually snowed today! Many of our flowering trees have bloomed in NC, so it's super sad to see this happen. Perhaps this will be the last snow of the year. Tonight I've got the 2 polishes I purchased during the Polish Pickup Crystals and Gemstones theme. If you haven't heard about Polish Pickup, let me give you a quick recap. First, definitely join the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. You don't necessarily need to actively participate in the group, but it will give you a look into the polishes coming that month. Do you hate it when a new indie box comes out with multiple brands and you only really love one of the colors? What do you do then? Destash the ones you don't want? Just suck it up and buy it and keep them all because you're too lazy to destash? Well, there's now a group and website called Polish Pickup that will open for suggestions for box themes for the upcoming month. Everyone votes, and the winner becomes the theme for a future box. Any indie brand can participate and has their own specific inspiration picture and polish for that month. All you need to do is go to the Polish Pickup site during the pre-order window (the first Friday-Monday of the month) to make all of your purchases of these exclusive polishes. There's no need to pay for multiple shipping charges; since this is a pre-order, all polishes get sent to Polish Pickup and they send you the polishes you ordered. Yup, it's that simple. Oh, and shipping is a flat-rate of $3 to the US (more for Canada and international). With that out of the way, shall we look at these beauties? 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Painted Polish Polish Con Limited Edition Swatches & Review: Fairs and Funnel Cakes

Painted Polish Fairs and Funnel Cakes (3 coats)

Hi guys! It's almost Friday, and it cannot come fast enough. The week has been dragging on, and I want to rest this weekend. Tonight I have an indie brand that has been around a long time, but this is my first time trying them. I've been a fan of Painted Polish from afar, and I was really excited to see what the fuss was about. Lexi is best known for her crellies, so I'll definitely be getting one of those next time. 

Despite not making it to a Polish Con yet, I've been able to purchase a few limited editions from overpours. Fairs and Funnel Cake is a pink, gold, and blue glitter polish in a clear base. You can use this as a topper, or use 3 coats for full opacity. You could always sponge this one on for fewer coats. If you see any bald spots, you can't see them in real life. The formula was slightly thick, but that's to be expected from the glitter. This is going to dry with a lot of texture, so you'll likely need 2 coats of topcoat to smooth everything out. Removal is also going to be a pain. Bust out the foil or peel-off basecoat for easier removal. 

I love the color combination of the glitters! This one is still available for $10 on the Painted Polish site. Head on over to the Painted Polish webpage, Instagram, or Facebook pages for more information. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ruby White Tips Swatches and Reviews: Like Kim, But Not and Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Ruby White Tips Like Kim, But Not (2 coats)

Ruby White Tips Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm (2 coats, cold)

Ruby White Tips Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm (2 coats, warm)

Guys, can we talk about The Bachelor for a second?! Whoa, Arie is such a dick. The whole scene was raw and emotional. My heart was breaking for Becca and I can only imagine what she's going through. Sorry, I know lots of people don't watch the show, but I just needed to get that out there! Tonight I have the second set of polishes from Ruby White Tips

A few years ago they had a polish called Kim, a nude holo named after an angry Pomeranian dog. That polish is no long available, so I assume Like Kim, But Not ($9.50) is named after that one, but with a shimmer twist. Like Kim, But Not is a warm neutral creme with silver and red shimmer. This is my perfect nude! I have yellow undertones, and I think this works really well with my skin. I think the shimmer will allow it to mesh well with cool-toned ladies and gents, too. I used 2 coats for the photos above, and it applied flawlessly. It dried with very minimal texture, and was easy to remove. 

Are you into thermals? If so, Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm ($10) is for you. It's a mint green creme that turns purple when cold. It transitions quickly and I love that the warm vs cold state is so striking. My apologies that my tips started to turn purple in my "warm state" photos. Like I said, it changed so quickly! If you have really short nails, you will mostly see the warm state unless you wash your hands or go outside when it's cold. I mean, it's still winter, so I'm sure you can easily find some cold weather! I used 2 coats for the photos above, and I had no issues with the formula or application. 

There you have it! Laura has a mix of colors and finishes in the shop, so there's something for everyone. My top picks are Bitch Please, I Ride a Unicorn and Sonny the Horse. You can find Ruby White Tips on their Etsy storeFacebookTwitter or Instagram pages. 

*These polishes were purchased at a discount and I only give honest reviews*

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ruby White Tips is Back! Swatches and Reviews of Bitch Please, I Ride a Unicorn and Dangerous Doney

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Hi guys! I'm still nursing this illness (I'm not 100% sure what I have), but I'm slowly recovering. It seems like the plague has been worse than usual this year. Oh, guess who's back?! Whelp, I think I let the cat out of the bag with my title, but Laura from Ruby White Tips is back to making polish! You may remember her from some swatches I did a few years ago, and I'm stoked that she's back in the polish game. She just released a whopping 22 polishes back in January, and I have 4 of them to show you. I believe she is releasing a new polish every month, so keep checking her Etsy page for updated info. Let's get a closer look, shall we?