Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Polish Post: I Love Nail Polish "Cold Fusion" & "Supernova" Pics and Revew

It's the last day of 2014!!!  What a year - I started running this year, archery, Taekwondo, and this blog!  I'm hoping to make this coming year even more productive :)

I've been wanting to swatch some of my new multichrome flakies from I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) since I pre-ordered them - they are such stunners!!  I gotta say, I totally love the new bottles, too.  They make the brand look so much more sophisticated - I feel like I have a super high-end polish with these new bottles :)

"Cold Fusion" 


Out of the five flakies I purchased, I have my two favorites to show you today.  We'll start with "Cold Fusion"

Direct Sunlight


Cold Fusion is so very gorgeous, but I found the color shift to be much more subtle.  I'm not sure if it is because I wore it over another blue colored chrome polish by ILNP "Washing Ashore" (discontinued) rather than a neutral base color, like a dark blue or black.  Either way, it is still a beautiful look!!  I'm such a sucker for blues ;)  I love that when applying this, the flakies actually spread out and give nice coverage in just one coat (shown in the photos above).  This would definitely be full-coverage in about 2-3 coats!

The second flakie is called "Supernova":

Direct Sunlight

Indirect Sunlight

I wore Supernova in one coat over "Grapalicious" (another ILNP discontinued color), and I think it looks really great!  Grapalicious is a dark purple holographic polish, so having that as a base with the power of the chrome flakes creates a what I like to call a WOWZER effect :D  The color shifts in this flakie were a lot more apparent, and application was just as easy as Cold Fusion.  I'll be posting a macro video of that effect in motion on my Instagram today, so keep an eye out :)  

These flakies are superb, and I'm so excited to wear the other three!  They are currently in stock and available at the I Love Nail Polish website.  Here are some links for you:

Store: Here

Facebook: Here

Instagram: Here

I hope you have a wonderful final day of 2014!  What are some of your goals for this next year?

*NOTE: Links in this post are NOT affiliate (i.e. I get no kickback when you click on them).  I simply provide them for your convenience :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

*Press Release* (Part 2): KBShimmer "Men are from Mars-ala" Swatches


I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I was one of those silly people out shopping and taking advantage of mega discounts on all the Christmas stuff :P  Hey, it's how I got my 6ft tree this year for 70% off last year ;)

You may remember a post I wrote up on the 18th about a new polish from KBShimmer based on Pantone's Color of the Year "Marsala."  I received the polish the day after Christmas, and oh my wow, it is a STUNNER!!!

"Men are from Mars-ala" is an absolutely gorgeous color, and the linear holographic effect is astounding - not only is is super eye-catching outdoors, but it is just as stunning indoors!  Take a look at the photos below:


The application was super smooth and even, with no dragging or streaking.  It took only 2 thin coats to be completely opaque, and dried in under 5 minutes to a lovely shiny finish (shown in the photos above).  Wear time is impressive with this polish, too, as I had no chipping or wear at the tips for the 3 days I had it on!  As a stay-at-home-mommy, it's always nice to find a polish that will stand up to the various chores and mommy duties in my day :)

If you're not-so-into the holographic goodness of this polish, this is what it looks like with a matte topcoat:

Adding the matte topcoat helps the overall color of "Men are from Mars-ala" stand out a bit more, since the holographic effect is so strong.  It becomes a really lovely, soft neutral shade.

I have nothing bad to say about this polish - it's just perfect!  KBShimmer hit it out of the ballpark with "Men are from Mars-ala."  This gorgeous polish will be available for purchase January 1st at the company's website here.  Believe me, you don't want to miss this one!

I'm curious to know - which do you prefer?  Are you a Must-Holo-All-The-Things! kind of person (like me), or do you prefer the more subtle, rich look of the matte topcoat? 

*NOTE: This polish was sent to me for swatches and a review. However, my opinion is 100% honest and in no way swayed.  Links in my post are NOT affiliate (i.e. I get no kickback when you click on them).  I simply provide them for your convenience :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Polish Post: Model City Polish Winter Collection

I hope you all had a fantabulous Christmas (if you celebrate it)!  Mine was pretty good - had family over for breakfast and my kids got lots of great prezzies this year, including a proper swing set!!  I broke a nail wrapping gifts, though, which totally sucks!  But eh, at least it will grow back :)  I hope you all will be okay with nubbies for the next few posts!

Today I wanted to show you the 5 new polishes Model City Polish released for her winter collection.  We'll start with my absolute favorite of the bunch - Arctic Sea:



Arctic Sea is a gorgeous medium blue with a striking holographic effect in the sunlight!  It almost seems a bit metallic when indoors, too.  It applies very smoothly, is opaque in about three thin coats, and dries in under five minutes to a lovely shiny finish.  It is absolutely the PERFECT blue!!!

Next is Christmas with a Chance of Snow:


Christmas with a Chance of Snow is a fun red, green, and white glitter bomb topper with various sizes of each color.  It is very densely packed, so if you wanted to wear it alone, as I have in the pictures above, three thin coats ought to do it.  I am wearing two thick coats above, and it is nearly opaque!  This polish takes just a bit longer to dry since it is thicker (to keep the glitter suspended and not falling to the bottom of the bottle), and dries to a semi textured finish.  I added a thick coat of HK Girl Glisten & Glow topcoat for a nice shine :)  This glitter also catches the sun and sparkles so much more than my camera could manage to capture!

Next up is Evergreen:


Evergreen is a lovely green color with a scattered holographic shimmer in the sunlight.  This polish also applied so very smoothly, opaque in three thin coats, and dried in under five minutes.  I'm a sucker for greens, and this one is definitely in my top favorites - it is so beautiful!

Here is another fun glitter topper - Winter Wonderland:



Winter Wonderland is a beautiful glitter polish full of various sized round glitters, bar glitters, triangles, and of course - snowflakes!  There is also a scattered micro holographic shimmer to it that really makes it pop when outdoors.  I am wearing two coats alone in the photos above with a topcoat to smooth it out (may take two layers of topcoat due to the size of the snowflakes.  This glitter is also thicker to apply (again, so the glitter don't sink to the bottom), and takes just a bit longer than 5 minutes to dry, depending on how many layers to have on.

And last but not least is Winterberry:


Winterberry is a very cheerful red jelly polish with a scattered holographic shimmer.  This is the perfect Christmas red - reminds me of the color of Santa's coat ^_^  This red is very sparkly, and is a bit deeper in color indoors.  Application was smooth and the polish was dry in under five minutes to a shiny finish.  I am wearing three thin coats in the pictures, and you can still see a bit of my nail line, so it may take either thicker coats, or one more thin coat for the polish to be completely opaque.  

Overall these are really beautiful polishes, and a great Winter collection!!  I love that the solid colors can be worn year-round, too!  I can easily see wearing Winterberry for Valentine's Day, Evergreen for St. Patty's Day, and Arctic Sea for a nice Easter blue :)

Here are some links for you:

Shop: Here

Facebook: Here

Facebook Fan Group: Here

Instagram: Here

She's having a year-end sale of 35% off right now, so this is the *perfect* opportunity to pick these lovelies up!!  The discount code is YEAREND :)

I hope you enjoyed this post!  See you soon <3

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