Friday, July 25, 2014

Rainbow Honey Fall In Love


Rainbow Honey's new Summer Mixtape Collection has arrived! RH is possibly my all-time favorite indie brand, so I was definitely looking forward to seeing what they had up their sleeve for summer and this latest release does not disappoint! The collection is comprised of 12 fun, brightly colored shades that perfectly capture the feel of the season. I've got three polishes from the collection to share with you and today we'll be taking a look at Fall In Love!

Fall In Love is a juicy red jelly with blue microshimmer. The base color reminds me of watermelon and the shimmer is a beautiful touch, lending some extra depth and visual interest to this bright jelly shade.







The formula is excellent and very easy to work with. I used two coats here. There was still a little bit of VNL peeking through, but not enough to where it bothered me. The finish is shiny and squishy, like any good jelly should be!

You can purchase Rainbow Honey from their website.


Disclosure: This polish was sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Born Pretty Neon Nail Stickers: Review & Swatches


For us polish lovers, summer is always the season of neon, so I thought it'd be fun to try some neon nail stickers from Born Pretty Store! This sticker sheet  has a couple different shapes--diamonds, owls, lightning bolts and crescent moons--in neon shades of yellow, orange, pink and green. The cool diamonds are what really drew me to this particular design, but they also offer neon sticker sets in other patterns; you can see them all on Born Pretty's website HERE.

Because nothing goes better with neon than more neon, I paired the stickers with OPI You Are So Outta Lime!, a vibrant lime green.



The stickers are very easy to use. Unlike BP's water decals (which I love), you don't need to do anything extra to get them to adhere to the nail--just peel and stick. Removal takes a little extra elbow grease, but nothing too bad.

If you would like to purchase anything from Born Pretty, they offer 10% off for Nailed readers:

www.bornprettystore.com


Disclosure: This product was provided to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily

This week's Twinsie Tuesday theme challenged us to do a mani inspired by nature. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm "indoors-y." I have ridiculously terrible allergies so it's tough for me to be outside for long periods of time. But I do love being by the water. So for my nature mani, I chose Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily. This vibrant teal with a haze of delicate pink microshimmer makes me think of water gardens and blue tropical waters.



It's easy to see why this polish created such a stir when it first came out. Simply put, it's possibly the most beautiful teal I own. The formula is equally fantastic, reaching opacity in three smooth and easy coats.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at this RBL gem with me today! Be sure to head on over to my Twinsies' sites to see what they did for their nature manis!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Vox and Coal Nail Polish Rack


As polish lovers, oftentimes we get so caught up in the joy of collecting that we lose sight of one of the harsh realities of our hobby: "Where the hell am I going to put all this polish?!" I'd been storing my stash using a mix of plastic drawers and acrylic racks. While I have waaaayyy too much polish to keep it all contained in one single unit, lately I'd been forced to admit that my set-up was based more on function than form. Since my stash is in our living room (yep, I shamelessly put the crazy on full display for all our visitors) I figured it could use some sprucing up.

Enter Vox and Coal, an Etsy shop offering handmade nail polish racks to store and display your precious stash in style! When they contacted me asking if they could work with me to create the custom polish rack of my dreams...well, really, what girl could resist? ;)

The owners of Vox and Coal were a pleasure to work with. We did some chatting back and forth via e-mail to figure out what design I wanted for my polish rack and they were very friendly and accommodating. They had the idea of doing a paint job inspired by one of my lemmings, Illamasqua Raindrops, and I asked if they could partner that with some type of Art Deco-inspired pattern. Here's the paint and pattern combo they came up with. Isn't it beautiful?






And now the big reveal: the rack itself! It's hanging in the living room, above my swatching station.



The rack comes with everything needed to mount it on the wall, so installation is fairly simple...and by that, I mean I had my boyfriend hang it for me, hahaha. But he said it was easy enough. The mounting equipment provided with the rack feels very stable against the wall. I pounded on the wall, right next to the rack, and neither the rack or the polish bottles shook. 

The rack measures 24" x 24", so it's nicely sized. It's big enough to hold a considerable amount of polish, but not so large that it takes up a ton of space. I used the rack to display a variety of brands--mostly ones with square bottles so there was some type of visual uniformity.

So exactly how many bottles can this rack hold? Well, for reference, the shelves are wide enough so that each one can comfortably hold 20 Essie bottles or 17 OPI bottles across. But the shelves are also deep enough that you can easily place the polishes two-deep, so that means you could hold up to 40 Essie bottles or 34 OPI bottles per shelf. (With my Butter London polishes, I could even get them to three-deep and the unboxed Rainbow Honey minis are four-deep!)That brings us to a grand total of up to 200 Essie bottles or 170 OPI bottles for the whole rack! Impressive!

I left some empty space on the bottom shelf since I have tons of untrieds from the brands I chose to display, so those will gradually be making their way to their permanent home on the rack as I (hopefully) work through my untrieds. But I currently have about 170 polishes on there, with plenty of room to spare.

The construction feels very sturdy and even with the amount of polish I put on each shelf, the shelves weren't showing any strain. They're made from solid wood, so they can take quite a bit of weight. You can tell this rack was made with time and care. I expect it to last a good, long time!

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this rack. It's sturdily built, lovely to look at, and holds a good amount of polish. The customer service was excellent, with Vox and Coal providing updates and communication every step of the way as my rack was designed, assembled and shipped out to me. I couldn't ask for more!

So, like what you see? Well then enter to win your very own polish rack from Vox and Coal! They've been kind enough to offer up a free rack to give away to one of my readers! The winner will get to pick a free rack from Vox and Coal's offerings on Etsy--awesome, right?

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Please read all rules carefully before entering. Good luck!! :)

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Disclosure: This product was provided to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Preview

Preview shots for China Glaze's fall collection, All Aboard, have arrived and it is...brown. Well, more taupe, really, but whatever you want to call it, there is a lot of it in this collection!

I couldn't find anything listing an exact release date, but I'm guessing we'll see these pop up sometime in August. Check it out!

China-Glaze-Fall-2014-All-Aboard-Swatches 

China-Glaze-Fall-2014-All-Aboard

There might turn out to be some winners in here, but the collection as a whole seems more than a little same-y to me. Do we really need that many taupe tones, China Glaze? That's not to say this is a bad bunch of colors (Choo-Choo Choose You and Nice Caboose look promising to me), but I haven't been nearly as excited about any of CG's 2014 collections as I have been in the past. New Bohemian, On Safari, Hunger Games... Remember how completely awesome those collections were? I want more of those!

Am I being too harsh on this collection? Which colors are you looking forward to?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lumina Lacquer Free Spirit

Lumina Lacquer Free Spirit is a glitterbomb with pink, purple, gold and silver pieces in a variety of shapes. You've got butterflies, triangles, hearts, circles, stars, flowers--all kinds of fun stuff! Here I've paired it with Barielle Paradise In The Tropics, a raspberry creme. (Please forgive that I'm holding a tube of lipstick in these swatches. I didn't have a polish bottle with me at the time.)





Despite being chock-full of glitter, Free Spirit was very easy to apply. You don't have to fish at all for the big glitter pieces, as there are plenty of them in the mix. However, they might require a little guidance to go where you want them to on the nail.

I think the circle pieces are my favorite thing about this polish, although the triangles are a really cool addition as well. But I'm a sucker for circle glitter, so when you've got holographic circle glitter in a polish? Fuhgeddaboutit!

You can purchase Lumina Lacquer from their website.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Deborah Lippmann New York Marquee Preview

Deborah Lippmann's chrome-tastic fall collection just hit DL's website. The collection, titled New York Marquee, features six new metallic shades in a rainbow of colors.

12TH STREET RAG
12th Street Rag
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK 
Autumn In New York
HARLEM NOCTURNE
Harlem Nocturne
I'LL TAKE MANHATTAN 
I'll Take Manhattan
LULLABY OF BROADWAY
Lullaby Of Broadway
TAKE THE "A" TRAIN 
Take The "A" Train

Chromes can be a tricky finish. Application is make-or-break. So I'm curious to see how these look in swatches before I dive in and buy. If they're done right, I'm sure I'll wind up with at least one or two!

Will you be taking home some DL chromes? Which fall collection are you most looking forward to?