Monday, September 30, 2013

NOTD: Ulta Underneath it All

I won this polish. I have nothing further to disclose.

Today I just want to show you a few pictures of Ulta Underneath It All. I've used this polish in the past, but I don't think I've shown you it by itself until now. This polish is a gorgeous black jelly base with a brownish almost olive green shimmer.

I love this color and it's just a great shade for this time of year, don't you think?

 So, short post today. I'll have more to share with you this week and you'll see this polish again :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

NOTD: Kimber... Fame & Fortune

I have nothing to disclose.

I seem to be really into pinks and reds lately, and today I'll continue that trend with two pink polishes: Zoya Kimber and Color Club Fame & Fortune. I remember sometime over a year ago when I first started blogging, I saw Fame & Fortune.. I think on Happiness is a Dry Nail. I loved this polish and just had to get it, and about a year later I finally did.

Kimber is a gorgeous pink which Zoya describes as follows: "Rich, bright and saturated medium magenta pink with strong gold metallic shimmer and a foil-like finish. A huge hit of color and a shot of shiny gold metal make this polish look electric."

The color is gorgeous, but unfortunately I wasn't able to fully capture the gold shimmer on camera.

Fame & Fortune is.. well, kind of weird. It's a jelly pink base with large chunks of holo glitter. I kind of liked it better in the pictures I saw so long ago. I'll have to play around with it more, for certain. I've heard that this one is a big pain in the butt to remove, but I used the glue method so no problem there.

Stash update

Some of the products were provided in exchange for an honest review. This post contains an affiliate link.

 I have a lot of new additions to add to my stash list, so this will be pretty long!

Last month I did a review of 3 Daphine Polishes, Watermelon Taffy, Mystik Spiral and Hathor.

I also reviewed two Jior Couture polishes, Hey Lady and The Voodoo You Do. Sacha also sent me a full size bottle of top coat! <3

I did my first polish review for KKCenterHk using Ebalay #018.

Next I wrote reviews of 5 Northern Star polishes: Phantasmagoric, Twisted Treat, Macabre Delight, Bella Morte and Pumpkinlicious.

I also received 5 polishes from Wingin' It Lacquer which I will be reviewing in the next week or so.. assuming this cold I have doesn't get much worse! I received 4 minis and 1 full size polish: Falling Leaves, Little Black Dress, RazzBerry Fizz, Simply Mauvelous and When Stars Collide.

I've also made a few purchases within the past few months, including 3 OPIs: Alcatraz.... Rocks, Black Spotted and Funky Dunky.

Awhile ago Avon had a special, any polish shipped for free so I picked up a new "Mosaic effect" polish, a green crackle called Gleaming Emerald. I can't wait to use this at Christmas time!

Lastly, Groupon (affiliate link) recently had the JulieG Gumdrop polishes on sale for 50% off and after shipping it came to about $16. great deal!!! I really couldn't pass this deal up. I had read that some people had issues with Groupon shipping polishes in the past, but I was happy to report mine arrived with no problems.
Blueberry Fizz
Crushed Candy
Hot Cinnamon
Rock Candy
Sugar Rush
Tangerine Dream

I was also very lucky this past month or so and got a ton of awesome giveaway prizes. First, I won 3 Above the Curve polishes: Party Polish Orange, Guardian Angel and Guardian Angel Concept Polish!!

Then I won 27 Chrome Girl polishes from Llarowe - that's a complete collection!!! Now THAT is what I call a haul! This took about half an hour just to unwrap it all just because each polish was individually wrapped. I received a base coat, a top coat and a matte top coat plus:

2Gether Forevs
Barely Legal
Bed Head Blue
Bedroom Eyes
Between the Sheets
Birthday Suit
Empowered Flower
Endless Summer
Hard to Get
Love Note
Midnight Madness
No Tan Lines
Party Star
Pillow Talk
Pleasure Treasure
Poetic Potion
Pucker Up
Soul Sister
Spiritual Hunter
Sweet Spot
When in Chrome
Worth the Wait 

I was organizing my new Chrome Girl polishes by number when I discovered two of them have the exact same number for some reason, so I just had to get a picture of it. Number 5362: 2Gether Forevs and Sweet Spot.

Lastly, back in March I won a giveaway from Shimmerspark, and I just recently received my prizes. Thanks again to Holly, I greatly appreciated that she did keep to her word and sent these out to me.. mostly because I won my first Nubar! I won Milani Digital, Nubar Cherry Cordial and an Essie mini, Angora Cardi.

Check out the manicure postage Holly used on my package. Too cool!

As always, please let me know if there's any of these you would really love to see and I will try to get to it as soon as possible :)

Thanks to EVERYONE who provided me with these products, either winnings or samples.

Friday, September 27, 2013

NOTD: Sugar Sugar... Black Tie Optional

I have nothing to disclose.

 I have a bunch of random manicures to share with you over the next week, in addition to a bunch more reviews! Today, I'm going to show you two drug store polishes, Sinful Colors Sugar Sugar and Hard Candy Black Tie Optional.

Sugar Sugar is a gorgeous red and if you look closely, you'll see it has a bunch of gold flakies. Last Christmas I bought this one for my sister in law, and I always regretted not picking up a bottle for myself... so a few months back I had the chance to snag it.  It's a gorgeous color but as you'll see in the photos, it sure did stain my fingers!

Black Tie Optional is a fun black and white glitter, full of hex and bar glitters of different sizes.

I really love this combination together, it's just too bad Sugar Sugar stained so much.. it kind of ruins the effect. Oh well, you win some and you lose some :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Above the Curve Party Polish Orange.... Spotted

I won Party Polish Orange, and I purchased OPI Black Spotted. This post contains an affiliate link.

A couple of weeks ago I won a grab bag from Above the Curve, hurray! Today I'm going to show you one of the polishes I won, a gorgeous orange holo by the name of Party Polish Orange.

 I love this color, and it's absolutely perfect for Autumn. The holo is stunning, but what sets this polish aside from other holos is the inclusion of little orange hex glitters.
 Look at that holo effect!

Here it is in natural light.

I also recently got my hands on a bottle of OPI Black Spotted and I felt it would look awesome over Party Polish Orange. It definitely created a nice Halloweenish manicure. I found Black Spotted was easiest to apply as a very thin coat, otherwise you don't get the full spotted effect. I love this polish, and I love this combination!

(In case you're wondering, I bought OPI Black Spotted from <affiliate link> check their site often, because they have random specials.. who knows if they will ever have Black Spotted available again!)

Thanks to Above the Curve for this gorgeous polish!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Northern Star Halloween Collection Part 3: Final

Press sample


Over the past few days I've been showing you the Northern Star Halloween Collection. Today I'm going to show you one from last year, Pumpkinlicious. This one is returning because as Kristin informed me in her letter, it just looks so great when paired with Twisted Treat. Well, I felt that it looks great with all of the collection and I wanted to test how well all of these polishes work together. I have to say that I am very pleased. I really love these polishes, and I found you can do some really amazing combinations with them especially when layering over one another. I do apologize, I had wanted to more full manicures with these polishes to show off some of the combinations but things have been really hectic here with roofers installing a new roof. I do have some wheel swatches to show you though! But first, here is Pumpkinlicious.

Pumpkinlicious is a "clear base polish with burnt orange, green, and gold glitters."

I love the combination of Pumpkinlicious over Twisted Treat. In truth it reminds me more of Thanksgiving than Halloween, but still a perfect pair.

When paired with Phantasmagoric, it reminds me of some of the other indie glitter bomb polishes I've seen. Love this combination.

Pumpkinlicious really adds something to Macbre Delight.

Last I have to show you it paired along with Bella Morte. Again, I love this combination.

The only way I think I didn't try out Pumpkinlicious was by itself. It just never occurred to me to use it this way until I saw other bloggers do it. So, sorry, no individual swatch of it. The only issue I had with this polish was that I had to fish from some of the glitter but I found that simply turning the bottle on it's end for a few minutes helped.

I tried out just about every combination of all of these polishes that I could think of and I honestly could not find one I disliked. Shown above: 2 coats, then 3 coats of each polish, and a couple of combinations ;)

As you can imagine, I couldn't cover every single possible combination or I would never finish reviewing these. I just want to give you an idea of how flexible and fun these polishes are and what a great collection this is.

(on the right, that's Phantasmagoric over white, black, and Twisted Treat from right to left.)

so many pretty possibilities! I never even tried any of these with other polish, either so I'm sure there's so many more lovely possibilities.

I was a bit skeptic that these would play so nicely together, but you got me. I love them all. I can't wait to see her Winter collection, I may have to get my hands on more!

Northern Star Polish is available in 2 sizes: small at 9mL/.3 ounces for $5.50 and full size at 15mL/.5 ounces for $8.50. Northern Star Polish is Big 4 free, cruelty free, vegan friendly and handcrafted in the USA. The Halloween collection is now available and I noticed she also has some spooky cuticle oil available as well.

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My final thanks to Kristin for providing me with these product samples.