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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!

Tiffany Impostor + Matte Topcoat

Over a year ago I did a review post for Tiffany Impostor by Finger Paints. This single post has been responsible for more hits on my blog than any other entry. Apparently a lot of people search the term “Tiffany Impostor” on google.com and for some crazy reason my post is high enough in the search results that people actually click on it!

I mention all of this because it really shows how popular this polish is. It’s obvious why: It’s gorgeous, Finger Paints is a great brand, and in a sea full of “Tiffany” colors it somehow manages to be one of the best.

Given its consistency in being awesome no matter what season it is or what style is current, I usually end up wearing the stuff once every couple of months. This time, however, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of using a regular topcoat I decided to use Revlon’s matte topcoat. I was NOT disappointed!

I’m going to include two old swatches of Tiffany Impostor without the matte topcoat and then add the swatches that were done today with the matte.

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(Above photos are without matte topcoat.)

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I think I might like Tiffany Impostor even more with the matte topcoat! What do you think?

Queen B by China Glaze

Just a couple ‘o swatches of Queen B. I saw it on display with China Glaze’s fall 2013 collection at Sally’s and had to pick it up. It’s a deep violet creme polish and while it looks great on its own it looks even better with a matte topcoat. I wish I had taken photos after I added the topcoat but I’ve already removed it all. Just take my word for it: Queen B looks great as is and if you happen to have a matte topcoat around, give it a shot on top of this gorgeous color!

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Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them!

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Man, the broken tips on my middle and ring fingers really affects all of my swatches right now and it’s so frustrating. Ah well, you can still see how gorgeous Queen B is and that’s all that matters!

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!