Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Butter London Trallop

First off, I want to thank everyone for their well wishes for my big day at work yesterday. My boss' boss' boss was supposed to visit, but then they wound up having to re-schedule at the last minute. I was all ready to go but I can't say I don't welcome the extra prep time!

Anywho, enough real life! Let's do what we all came here for: talk polish! I was pretty sure Butter London Trallop was going to be a disaster on me, but I'm trying to open myself up more to nude polish--and a camel-colored nude like Trallop is not something I'd normally try. I will rock a crazy bright without batting an eyelash but I'm way less confident with nudes for some reason. But once I got over all that and tried Trallop on? Well, I kinda love it! I was shocked how well it matches my skintone!



It's been a while since I wore a creme from Butter London (I tend to be drawn more to their shimmers and glitters) and I'd forgotton how nicely they apply. The formula was very smooth and...well, buttery. This is two coats. 

I am beyond surprised how much I fell in love with Trallop. I wore it alone for a bit, but then I did some really fun nail art on it that I'm super excited to show you guys later this week! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday: Mattify

I am not the biggest matte fan, but it's still a fun finish to play around with every now and again. For today's mattify theme, I thought it'd be fun to do something with a bright shade. So I paired Sally Hansen Poppin' Paprika (another beauty from the Amanda files) with my favorite matte top coat, Jamberry Matte Top Coat.


Welp, I gotta run. My boss' boss' boss is coming to my work today, and guess who gets to oversee the visit? Think good thoughts for me!


Alaina at The Little Canvas

Amanda at Amandalandish

Amanda at Fashion Footing

Amber at Nails Like Lace

Bridget at A Painted Nail

Chelsea at Nailed Blog


Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished


Marisa at Polish Obsession

Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les

Savannah at Addicted to Polish

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Zoya Vega

I want to apologize that I haven't been around as much this past week or so. In fairness, I've been watching my boyfriend's cat while his family is out of town and really, how can I be expected to concentrate when this adorable face wants to cuddle and play?


But I did manage to tear myself away for some nail time. I was in the mood for some serious glitter and they don't come much glitzier than Zoya's Magic PixieDusts! It's been a while since I wore a textured polish but I was itching to wear one again.

Vega is an icy blue textured polish with chunky silver holo glitter. I know a lot of people were divided on the Magic PixieDusts but I really like them! Amanda was kind enough to hook me up with the first batch of them for my birthday last year and Vega might just be my favorite of the trio. The base color is beautiful and all that extra glitter and holo on top certainly doesn't hurt! It's like an uber version of one of my other favorite textures, OPI Tiffany Case.



Vega is more opaque than most of the other Magic PixieDusts. I probably could have stopped at two coats but I applied three for good measure. I find thinner coats work best with PixieDust polishes, as some of them can be a little slow to dry.

I know textured polish isn't "on trend" anymore, but I still like to bust out my favorite textures. They're pretty, so that's all I care about. :) Do you still wear textures or have they gone the way of crackle?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lumina Lacquer Soleil

I love me some Lumina Lacquer and I've got an awesome one to share with you guys today: Soleil, a gold holo glitterbomb. Yes, holo and glitter! Sometimes we really can have it all, ladies. ;) That's one of the best things about indie polish; there's no limit to the crazy awesome combinations out there!

This is a polish that really transforms with different lighting, so I wanted to try and show off all the different sides of Soleil. I took pictures of it in direct sunlight...






...in the shade...







...and indoors, under a hot lamp.



Since Soleil has a clear base, I was worried this was gonna take a zillion coats or a ton of dabbling to make it completely opaque, but it was actually super easy! All it took was three coats--no special application methods needed.

I love the blinged out effect this polish creates. I couldn't stop staring at it! You can't beat solid gold nails, lemme tell ya. But if for whatever reason, gold isn't your thing, Lumina makes this type of polish in several different colors. I really want the purple version, Maleficient!

You can purchase Lumina Lacquer from their website.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

OPI Can't Hear Myself Pink!

It's really rare for me to only purchase a pink polish from a new collection, but that's exactly what happened with OPI Brights. Can't Hear Myself Pink! (I hate unnecessary exclamation points in polish names) is a warm-toned pink shimmer with a slight orange duochrome and small golden flecks. With summer fast approaching, I can't help but think this polish is totally something Malibu Barbie would rock.



The formula is fantastic here. This was three easy coats.

This strikes me as pretty unique as far as pinks go and I'm glad I picked it up! It's very pretty, although I would love it even more if the duochrome was stronger. Still, it's got a beautiful gleam to it and it truly pops in the sunlight, just like any good summer polish should!

Did you get anything from the OPI Brights Collection?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired By Your Favorite Cup/Mug

I am a tea fanatic, so I own quite a few mugs. Most of them are superhero/pop culture-themed, but not all. One of my favorites is this cute balloon mug:


The inside of the mug is painted a creamy shade of turquoise, so using that as my inspiration, I started with Essie In The Cab-ana. Then to play off the colors of the balloons, I layered Rainbow Honey 20% Cooler, a flurry of rainbow hexes with a sprinkling of iridescent blue microshimmer, over top. They play off each other perfectly!


I'm super happy with how this combo turned out. It's very fun and colorful, plus I think it represents my mug pretty darn well.

What's your favorite drink? I used to drink a TON (like, probably majorly unhealthy quantities) of Coca-Cola, but tea has really helped me cut back a lot.

Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer

Chelsea at Nailed Blog

Bridget at A Painted Nail

Amber at Nails Like Lace

Amanda at Fashion Footing

Amanda at Amandalandish

Alaina at The Little Canvas

Friday, May 15, 2015

Seche Not Easily Swept Away

Seche Vite top coat is legendary, but did you know Seche makes polish too? I was gifted a bottle a while back: a pink-based lavender creme called Not Easily Swept Away. The name is kinda weird, but the polish itself is a nice spring pastel.


Sorry if my edges are a little messy. I used this polish as a glitter base, so I didn't do any real clean-up.

The formula here is pretty much your typical pastel: a little patchy, but ultimately opaque in three coats. There was some noticeable drag with this one too. The brush is virtually identical to Seche Vite's.

Is this a unique color? Nope. Most of the major polish lines will have something close, if not exactly like Not Easily Swept Away. But it's pretty enough and it's a good go-to type of shade to have in your arsenal if you don't have something like it already. I'm kind of a whore for lavender polish, so I personally can never have too many (admittedly subtle) variations of it!