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Two New Polishes Added to Vixen Polish!

I’ve added two new polishes to my page on etsy. What do you ladies think?

First up is Beachin’, a handmade glitter polish that utilizes neon yellow hexagonal glitter and square blue flecks amid a deep beige base that features slight lavender undertones. This polish reminds me of when you’re looking across the expanse of a gorgeous beach and it’s littered with bright beach toys. Two bottles are available and they are 15 ml./.5 oz. each.

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(Shown in artificial light.)

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One, two, and three coats (from L to R).

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(Shown in natural sunlight.)

Next up is Parrot Feathers. I’m not usually a huge fan of “feathered” polishes but I adore the three bottles I made! The colors look wonderful together, the consistency of the polish of itself is very easy to work with, and it can change up any manicure you try it with. You can use a single coat to add a slight “glittered” look or you can use two or three coats to achieve the super “fuzzy” look that has become popular over the past year. If you do upwards of three or four coats your nails will look entirely fuzzy at a glance and you will no longer be able to see the original base color (if there is one).

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(Taken under artificial lighting; no flash.)

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(Taken under artificial lighting; no flash.)

Click any of the photos in this post to enlarge for a closer look!

September Haul

New month, new haul… right? Some of these are old and some of them are new. I’m behind on the textured polish trend because I honestly didn’t like it at all until just recently (but I adore it now!) so a lot of these have been posted before on other blogs. However, I’ve never been one to check on whether or not my posts include the most up-to-date polishes. I would like to do more of that though so I’m beginning to make it a point to find newly minted colors. I’m pretty sure I found some stuff that comes from 2013 fall collections so without further adieu, my September haul:

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First up are the glitter polishes! From L to R we have…

  1. You Tacht to Know Better by Finger Paints
  2. Hue Brighten my Day by Finger Paints
  3. Call the Coppers by Nina Ultra Pro
  4. Glamrock by Nina Ultra Pro (Glamrock was swatched and reviewed in my last post.)
  5. Peaceful Opposition by ORLY

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Aren’t they gorgeous?! I took closeup photos of these so you could really see the glitter. The lighting became altered between each photo due to changes in my position but the photos are true to their beauty!

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And then we have the China Glaze and Seche Vites… Sally’s Beauty Supply had a “buy one, get one” sale on the Seche Vite which I had to take advantage of! You can never have enough topcoat anyway (this time I got a base coat too… we’ll see how it goes!). From L to R:

  1. Kiss My Glass by China Glaze
  2. First Matte by China Glaze
  3. Base Coat by Seche Vite
  4. Dry Fast Top Coat by Seche Vite

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Now for the textured polishes I picked up! From L to R:

  1. Sweetie from the Sugar Coat line of Sally Hansen
  2. Sugar Fix from the Sugar Coat line of Sally Hansen
  3. Unrefined by China Glaze
  4. Blue-Berry Sweet on You from the Gumdrops line by Nicole by O.P.I.

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Remember when I got three bottles of polish from Spellbound Nails and two of them were broken? Well, when I placed an order for two more bottles from her shop she was kind enough to include the original polishes that didn’t make it one piece. She even left a sweet handwritten note in the box! Now to the polish! From L to R:

  1. Pishsalver/Drink Me! by Spellbound Nails
  2. Upelkuchen/Eat me! by Spellbound Nails
  3. Jaded for Green by Spellbound Nails
  4. Lilac You by Spellbound Nails

I will start swatching more of these beauties as soon as possible. I have tried every single one on at least one nail though and so far, so good!

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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Vixen Polish = Officially Launched!

It has been quite a journey since I began making polish just a couple of months ago. It has been fun documenting it here in this blog as well as learning more about it through other blogs. I added three bottles to my etsy page at the end of August and have about 30 more to go but I am currently out of state so it will be a few days before more polish shows up.

However, in the mean time I’ve been designing labels and tags for each bottle of Vixen Polish. I am also about to get the name “Vixen Polish” copyrighted! I was genuinely surprised it wasn’t already in use, haha. I was able to print off roughly 60 tags (front and back which are shown below) and 72 clear labels for the actual bottles of polish. The tags list ingredients and other information and the labels are simply there to look pretty. I haven’t come up with individual names for all of my polish and I’m quite terrible with that so I will be using another label program to add those at a later date. The polish names will appear on the bottom of each bottle.

Speaking of bottles, I just purchased 100 of the most gorgeous square bottles two weeks ago so hopefully they’ll be delivered soon after I get back! Then I can REALLY get down to business.

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This first photo displays the actual bottle label as well as the front side of each tag (which will be tied to every bottle). The second photo shows the back of the tag. These photos aren’t very good but they’ll do for now!

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So what do you think about everything? Honest opinions VERY welcome!

Edit: I just want to add that the label is displayed on a bottle of Cover Girl nail polish. It is not my own polish! I don’t have any of my stuff with me since I am visiting family out of state and really wanted to see what the label would look like on an actual bottle. Cover Girl’s bottles are very similar to the ones I use (square in shape) so I just turned it to a side that wasn’t labeled and stuck mine on top 😛

Just didn’t want anyone to recognize the polish and think I was trying to sell it off as my own!

Pet Peeves

This is one of very few text only posts you’ll ever see on this site. It’s a place to vent about some of your pet peeves in the “nail world.” I touched on one of my big pet peeves in the last entry: overly Photoshopped photos. I have more though… and sometimes I just have to bitch and get it off my chest, haha. Some of these aren’t exactly pet peeves but more like trends I just don’t understand. Here goes…

  • Pointed nails. I do NOT understand this phenomenon. Fortunately this trend seems to be on the decline but I still see it in blogs frequently enough to warrant a place on this list. Man, those things must be so impractical. Think about being intimate with anyone else (don’t let your mind wander too far, I’m just talking about everyday contact like hugs, hand-holding, etc.). Also think about small things like trying to use loofahs in the shower without them getting hung up on your nails. I truly understand fashion doesn’t always favor comfortable trends but this is one I’ll never get.
  • Overly Photoshopped photos. Yep, I already complained about this one but after my daily blog surfing I was once again reminded of this prolific occurrence in the nail world. I am NOT speaking against tweaking photos in small ways but if your fingers look like they belong on a mannequin because there are no wrinkles or imperfections then you might be Photoshopping your pictures too much.  It really does undermine the entire nail blog world when people do this. A lot of people see these photos and become frustrated because they can’t attain the same exact results. Well, it’s no wonder… Those results aren’t realistic to begin with.
  • Anything 3D that sticks out a lot. It always catches on something and falls off within minutes (hours if you’re lucky) and usually ruins the manicure underneath it. Yeah, it looks cute to put a bow on an accent nail but let’s get realistic: It NEVER lasts. It’s not enduring. I understand doing it for a night out but I still don’t get this trend where women put all kinds of stuff all over their nails. Another thing I don’t understand? Nail piercings. What the… I just don’t even have words for that one.

I’ll come back and add more when I’m not so distracted by the TV. I know there’s more, ha. This post makes me sound whiney and that’s fine. There are just certain things I don’t like or will never understand.

What are some of your pet peeves or trends you don’t understand in the nail world?

Swatches for Strength by Mentality

Strength is a rich brown polish that’s perfect for fall and can be purchased at Mentality’s etsy page for just $8.00.

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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.

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Good news: I got three bottles of polish from Spellbound Nails.

Bad news: Two bottles were broken in transit.

Good news: I have spare bottles and was able to salvage a good bit of each bottle.

So, all in all there is more good news than bad. I will be trying these polishes out later on and making a post for them. I will say they were wrapped particularly well so it wasn’t a lack of bubble wrap or tissue paper or peanuts (all three were used!) that caused the breaks. Sometimes crap just happens and it’s no big deal.

 

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