Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Enchanted Polish - Awesomeness

Hi Everyone!  Today is going to be a quick swatch post of Awesomeness by Enchanted Polish.  Enchanted Polish stared out with only holos, which are some of the best I've seen!  Enchanted Polish has since released a Looney Tunes and Falloween collections that are glitter toppers, although I haven't purchased any of these.

Awesomeness is a jewel toned purple holo, and like all  the polishes from Enchanted Polish, it is very smooth to apply and very pigmented.  It's opaque in one thick coat or two normal/thin coats.  The holo effect is spectacular on this polish, and its not dull, even low light.  The pictures below are two coats without a topcoat.  They are taken outside to capture the holo effect, but I'm not used to outdoor pictures, so please forgive the less than stellar pictures.





At least the bottle shot is accurate :)

Enchanted Polish can be found at Llarowe ($13), Harlow and Co ($15), and Mei Mei's Signatures.  Mei Mei's has a few exclusive colors, but it is sold for 20 Singapore dollars, which converts to about 16.25 US dollars.  You can also follow Enchanted Polish on Facebook for updates and swatches of new collections.
Thanks for reading!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

China Glaze On Safari and Darling Diva Polish Water Marble

Hi Everyone!

Today I have another water marble for you.  This time, the marbling itself turned out a lot better, however the mani as a whole still didn't turn out as I wanted.  I started out with a white base of China Glaze White on White, then used Exotic Encounter, Purr-fect Plum, and Jungle Queen from the China Glaze On Safari Collection and Space Beetle from indie brand Darling Diva Polish.  The On Safari polishes are all deep fall-esqe colors and Space Beetle is a charcoal duochrome holo.

L to R: Purr-fect Plum, Jungle Queen, Exotic Encounters, Space Beetle

I thought being from the same collection these colors would work well together, but after marbling the colors we a little off.  Jungle Queen looked especially different as the grey tones in it took over after being marbled. I seem to have a common theme of accidentally making my water marbles look like candy canes; last time the pink, purple, and white ended up looking like a peppermint candy cane, and THIS time my boyfriend said the colors looked like the mint chocolate candy canes.

Another friend said they looked retro, which is a little better but still not what I was going for.  Sigh.  Still, It wasn't as bad as as last time, and I still really like the idea of using one shimmer color in the marble, maybe just one with a darker pigmented base next time.  So here you go!

RT Hand - White Light

RT Hand - Flash

LT Hand - White Light (Jungle Queen was really grey on this hand)

LT Hand - Flash

And here are some macros of my favorite fingers :)

RT Ring Finger

LT Ring Finger

LT Middle Finger

You can purchase Darling Diva Polish on Etsy, all her polishes are beautiful and readily available!  She has recently launched her Halloween Collection and you can also follow her on Facebook for updates on new colors and giveaways!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Magnetic Polish and Apologies

Well Hello.
It has been an entire month since I've posted, for that I am very very sorry.  A lot has happened recently, including MOVING!!! Yay!  The boyfriend and I finally found an apartment so I spent a lot of time packing, and shopping, and of course, moving!  And best of all, the apartment has an extra bedroom so I have an actual room for all of my nail goodies instead of a table in my parent's basement :)  Pictures of "the nail room"  will be coming soon, as well as pictures of a new addition to the family.  After moving, Tifa's been kind of lonely, she really loved the other cats, so we got her a little brother!  I can't wait to show you all how cute he is.

Anyway, on to today's polish!  I really love the idea of magnetic polishes, and I'm glad that some cheaper polish brands like Sally Hansen have jumped on board.  Since I am first and foremost a China Glaze fangirl,  I obviously chose the CG magnetix polishes over the other brands.  Unfortunately, while the magnetic particles in the polish are fine, the magnet is super weak and, frankly, sucks.  I've seen other bloggers get decent results with it, but I have no idea how.  The design barely shows up, and the horseshoe design is awkward to use and I usually end up getting polish on the magnet.  Boo.  So I picked up some magnetic polishes from Finger Paints and Icing for the magnets.  The swatches below are one normal coat followed by one thick gloppy coat of China Glaze Pull Me Close and then about ten seconds of the wavy magnet from the Icing polish.  Then I blew on my nails a little bit to keep the magnetic particles from spreading and blurring the design, and very carefully put on a coat of China Glaze Fast Foreward Topcoat.

Pull Me Close is a medium blue polish that reveals black as the contrast color with the magnet.  The polish is very opaque and would only need one coat, but the instructions say two coats, and having 1 normal coat under the glooped coat seems like a good idea, haha.  As for the magnet, It it leaps and bounds better than China Glaze's.  It's on the cap like most other brands, so it's easy to hols and use.  It also has two lips for the cuticle so you can easily use the design vertically or horizontally.

Icing Polish & Pull Me Close

Icing Magnet 

White Light



I love love love Pull Me Close now that I have a decent magnet!  The contrast of the black and blue is stunning, and I love the glowy quality of the shimmer.  It's really eye-catching as well, it grabbed a lot of attention at work and I know a few girls that are going out to buy a magnetic polish after talking to me about them.  Even the boyfriend was impressed; he said they look like marbles, which I think is super cool!

So all in all, I think China Glaze made a blunder with their magnets, but the polish itself is beautiful and easy to work with like expected, and I'm happy with the results.

Aaaaaaand finally, here is a long overdue picture of a silly sleepy Tifa.  Enjoy!