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Spinning Again by Essie

Today I have tons of swatches of Spinning Again by Essie. I thought it looked like the perfect fall polish to break out now that the leaves are starting to fall and the temperatures are starting get crisp in the mornings. It’s not a new color for Essie but it’s certainly a good one. It’s sort of a brick red which is something you don’t see all that often in a lot of polish lines (at least I haven’t) and while I didn’t like it much at first it has really grown on me since I tried it out! Like all Essie polishes it applies smoothly and you can achieve the following effect in just two coats.

One more thing: Most of the photos were taken indoors using direct sunlight but the last three photos were taken with indirect sunlight (so indoors during the daytime but not in the path of a direct light source). The color of this polish obviously varies from one light source to another but it’s more brown than red when all is said and done!

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And the last photo is just for fun. I thought it looked kinda cool!

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(Remember to click to enlarge photos!)

Enjoy!

Glamrock by Nina Ultra Pro

This should be the first of several posts today. I’ve been on “vacation” visiting family in South Carolina and haven’t had the time or energy to update much.

First one is dedicated to Glamrock by Nina Ultra Pro. I LOVE NUP polishes and wish I had more of them! Not only is the polish of great quality but I love that the brushes they use are so wide that you can paint [a coat on] a nail in as little as two strokes. It makes it so much easier to reach the cuticle in one clean line because the brush automatically fits the curve at the base of the nail. It can be made really wide with little pressure and fit wide nails which is great for thumbs and toes. Sometimes I have trouble making my cuticles look smooth without doing actual cleanup but NUP polishes make it a lot easier to accomplish a clean look with little effort.

On to the polish though. This color isn’t new from what I can tell but I hadn’t seen it before in stores or online. I’m not sure why that is because it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s something I would definitely consider on New Year’s Eve or a night out on the town and it looks great both indoors and out no matter what time of day. To me it looks almost as if they used a black base color and simply went crazy with the silver bits of glitter they added but I’m not quite suer that’s the case. It doesn’t really matter either way though because this nail lacquer is beautiful!

Before I post swatches I must say that I broke not one but two nails this past week 😦 One of them is really obvious and the other is only somewhat bad. It always sucks when this happens! You either file the rest down so they can all be similar or cut your losses and risk your swatches looking awkward. As you can see I tried my best but it wasn’t avoidable in every single one.

Click on photos to enlarge so you can really see how gorgeous this is!

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Mentality-ful

I got my shipment from Mentality polishes finally! It included six bottles of polish and the one I’m reviewing today is called Laura. Naturally I wanted to start with it because not only is it my favorite, it’s also my name. I was not disappointed!

This is the third shipment I’ve gotten from Mentality in the past two months. It definitely won’t be the last. I now have 12 or 13 of her polishes and use them frequently. Quite honestly this indie brand makes one of my all time favorite polishes to date!

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My collection of Mentality polishes.

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The order I got yesterday, minus a bottle of Virginia.

On to the swatches for Laura! This polish is a beautiful and unique silver color with light green undertones (or is it a light green color with silver undertones?). Like all Mentality polishes it applies smoothly in just two coats and dries quickly. This one also has a matte finish which seems to be popular with Mentality as well. It wears well and even withstood a day full of hand washing dishes, wrangling toddlers, and cleaning rooms without a single chip. Usually most polishes end up with at least one chip by the end of my day and it’s almost always because of the dishes. I might as well get rid of our dish washer since I have to pre-wash them by hand and it’s like, what’s the point? But I’m getting off track, haha.

So… I really do recommend this brand to anyone. Click the link above and check out the Mentality etsy page! Below are some swatches.

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I’m not sure why the focus is so screwy on this. It looks like I Photoshopped the crap out of it but I really haven’t!

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This one is a little better but it got cloudy outside and made the photo darker. I’m against heavily altering nail photos (a.k.a. too lazy and unwilling to pay hundreds of dollars for Photoshop) and I’m pretty sure it shows but at the same time it’s nice to see what polish REALLY looks like in swatches. A lot of times I see photos and think, “This person clearly Photoshopped the crap outta this. Is this even remotely what the polish looks like..?” Does anyone else think this too? Anyway…

I have more swatches prepared for this polish but they have to be added to the computer first! I also have swatches ready for Not For Sale (Mentality). They will be up later today!

 

Spellbound Nails: Jaded for Green

Aaaand here’s the second polish from Spellbound Nails. It’s appropriately named Jaded for Green and it’s a teal holographic  polish. Like Watermelon Seeds this polish applies smoothly in just two coats and dries quickly enough. Photos are shown with a topcoat of Seche Vite.

I see more Spellbound Nails in my future!

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Under a little less light:

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Swatches and a Review for Watermelon Seeds by Spellbound Nails

 

I haven’t done a legitimate review in quite some time! Here to break that trend is Watermelon Seeds by Spellbound Nails. If you didn’t catch the post below, this polish was the only one of three that survived the shipment. I was able to salvage some of the other two but won’t get to them until later. I tried the one that struck me the most: Watermelon Seeds.

This polish is a bright pink creme jelly with teensy tiny black specks of glitter. It’s eye-catching and it’s different, not to mention how great it looks. Application was done in just two coats and it dried fairly quickly. Photos are shown with a topcoat of Seche Vite but it looked fine without. If the other polishes are as good as this one I will definitely be ordering more from Spellbound Nails! I highly recommend this shop and for $8 a bottle it’s well worth it.

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Last photo is a little blurry because I couldn’t get the focus quite right. Hopefully the first two still do a decent job of displaying this gorgeous polish.

Review: Muse by Revlon

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Muse by Revlon essentially looks like a cross between Marine green (the green used for PT and gear by the Marine Corps) and khaki. I hear that greens are going to be “in” this fall and immediately thought of this color. Not only is it a “fall color” to begin with, it’s also somewhat green. Like all Revlon polishes it is great quality. You only need two coats and they apply smoothly. Add a topcoat for best effect.

Smitten Polish and OPI Reviews

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Yesterday I got my order of Smitten Polish in the mail! I ordered The Ghost of Jupiter and Mother of Dragons. Before I get started, here’s a link to Smitten Polish.

At first glance The Ghost of Jupiter reminds me of a galaxy with its deep navy base and various silver, blue, and gold glitters. Mother of Dragons isn’t quite as in your face but just as appealing. It’s a lot more demure as it is composed of a light beige base with small blue and gold flecks of glitter. Below is a shot of the polish as I received it:

Although I tried both polishes I only took photos of The Ghost of Jupiter. The reason was because although Mother of Dragons looks great, it doesn’t photograph quite as well. Quite frankly because it’s a light color you have to use three or four coats which makes the polish a bit thick and goopy if you don’t do it right. I didn’t want to show bad photos and give the idea that it’s a bad bottle of polish because that isn’t the case, you just have to apply it more carefully than the average polish. Without further ado, here are some swatches:

Doesn’t it look like a solar system with a bunch of planets??

Once again please ignore my cuticles! I am trying to get them in better shape but it’s hard when you’re constantly doing housework, raising a two year old, etc.

Onto OPI’s polish, Don’t Talk Bach to Me. This polish is an extremely fun lime green color that’s perfect for summer. I’ve actually had it for a while but never used it until now. That will probably change though because it’s amazing stuff! It’s a good “go to” color for warmer months. Like all OPI polishes it applies smoothly and you only need two coats.

And just because, here are three of the polishes I’ve made recently 🙂 They were all made from scratch. I’m far from perfecting it but I’m getting better. I especially love the one on the left! The one on the right kind of reminds me of puke though, heh. It looks cool on but I’m not so sure I should have used that khaki yellow color with that specific glitter. Ah well.

Have a great weekend!