Posts tagged: gold

Out of this world

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Today we have the first Smitten Polishes to hit the blog.  This is a brand I’ve had my eye on for some time.  I’ve bought a couple, but only a couple, as every time I look, most of the polishes seem to be those milky white glitters that I just cannot get away with wearing.

Luckily however, Noelie’s new collection is bursting with colour, and I was super excited when she offered to send me 3 for review.  Now, it probably won’t surprise you that I asked for a purple, but WAIT, STOP THE CLOCKS, I also asked for 2 greens.  Uh huh.   But obviously I’m going to start with the purple …  :)

Smitten Polish Look To The Western Sky is gobsmackingly sensational.  As a purple lover, it takes something quite exceptional to knock my socks off these days.  Well, this is it!

This is an intense purple vinyl polish which is obscenely bright (I’m amazed the photos are as accurate as they are). By vinyl, I mean this dries to a matte, rubbery finish.  I know a lot of you are going to love that.  I liked it, but was in a hurry, so just went straight to glossy with a lick of Poshe.

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Can you tell I love cool shades?

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Zoya Lotus is a smoked-out, deep violet sprinkled with magenta metallic flecks. It’s an edgier twsit on those smokey purples that were so popular a few years back (eg OPI Parlez Vous OPI?).

Amazingly gorgeous

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I went with a base of OPI Miss You-Niverse, which is a gorgeous dark eggplant creme that I reviewed here. Then, I took Essie Good As Gold and with just a tiny bit of polish on the brush, swiped it upwards from the tip of my nails. Doing this also left little flecks on the rest of the nail, which are barely visible in the photos but had a nice effect in the light.

Supernatural

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I have an awesome preview to show you today. I got these polishes in late January and have had to wait patiently to post. It’s been difficult. The GLAM Polish Supernatural Collection includes five gorgeous jewel-toned, jelly-based polishes, each with a mix of flakies, shimmer and holographic glitter. Every single one of these is seriously stunning and they’re available for pre-order TODAY (20 Feb)! See details at the end of the post. Let’s get to the swatches. GLAM Polish Divinity is a dark eggplant purple. I love the deep base with the embedded sparkle.

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Hello polished friends and happy Saturday!  I have four polishes from a new-to-me indie brand to share today: Super Black Handmade Lacquers.  First off, I was super impressed by the packaging and presentation…such a great look!  Plus, the polishes are great!

First up is Super Black 3rd Degree, a shimmering golden orange-red.  This is two easy coats.  I’m seeing lots of orange-reds like this for the holidays and winter, and I’m loving it.  I think this will work on more skin tones than a traditional red-red!

Been gardening

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Sloth is from the 7 Deadly Sins of Summer collection from Nostalgic Nail Lacquer. Sloth has orange, burgundy and copper glitter. This is a pretty awesome glitter. The formula was beautiful – not too thick and not too thin – and I only needed to dabble just a little bit to get glitter placed where I wanted. If I let Sloth thicken a bit I could easily wear it without layering but I like to layer.

Striped Nails

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Something I’ve been making a conscious effort to improve on with my nail art for 2014 is tri-fold – 1.) using colors I don’t use as frequently (i.e. yellow, like today, and pink, etc.) 2.) using more exciting polish finishes (I’m sort of a die-hard creme + glitter topper thru and thru, most likely because cremes don’t make me cry when I’m trying to clean up ’round the edges) and 3.) keep on keeping on with freehand stuff (i.e. get better) Luckily for me, and maybe for you if you like adorably wonky freehand stripes and yellow nail polish, I’ve actually been remembering these 3 goals this week for MONOCHROME week! Today I present these ‘lovingly freehanded ombre striped nails).

Divine purple

Whoa, this color is mysterious and awe-inspiring!

River Market is a gorgeous deep purple jelly with a fiery raspberry shimmer. This shimmer reminds me of the shimmer in Clarins 230, intensely sparkly and magical. This is three coats. You can see that I applied it a little thicker on my middle finger so it appears deeper and darker than the polish on my other fingers.

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Golden

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Super Black Lacquers Guilty is very unique. It’s almost a vintage gold shade (that leans a little olive on me) with a strong holo effect in the sun. Indoors, the rainbow is subtle, but the polish is still glowy. With the right skin tone, this would be gorgeous. I’m just not a fan of it on me. The formula was excellent. My swatch is two coats.

Brown Sugar

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Contrary Polish Tiger’s Eye is a golden brown base with a strong golden shimmer. This is my favorite of the collection, it’s such a gorgeous brown and I don’t feel like I really have anything quite like it. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque and easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

Flash

 Girly Bits Flash Your Tips Swatch 5

Hi everyone! I’m very happy to be showing you Girly Bits Flash Your Tips, an exclusive polish for A Box, Indied. This polish is only available through Llarowe’s indie polish subscription box so you can’t buy it on it’s own.

Flash Your Tips was made for the March box, and the theme is Mardi Gras. It’s a bluish-purple linear holo with a strong holo effect. It also has gold and green microglitter, which is subtle but really adds to the impact and appeal of the polish. The microglitter plus the colour really makes this polish stand out for me, and it’s completely unique in my collection.