Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cupcake Polish - With Love, From Cancun

There are a ton of nail polish boxes out there these days. I think I know of at least 15, which is just wacky! If you're not familiar, nail polish boxes usually feature several different brands in one box and those polishes are usually exclusive to those boxes. It's a cool idea but often you only want one polish in the box and are forced to either forgo the purchase entirely or buy up to seven other polishes that you'll probably never wear just to get that one coveted lacquer. It's dangerous territory for us nailphiles.

However, you can also sometimes split the box with another nailphile or find the polishes second-hand. Problem solved! Such was the case with this particular polish from The Holo Hookup Box (a monthly box featuring three mainstay brands and one guest brand). Cupcake Polish's From Cancun with Love was from the May box and while I missed it at the time of pre-ordering, I managed to find it second hand. 

This is an aqua/turquoise linear holo with iridescent flakies. I love how the flakies are picked up in different lighting - they definitely make this polish. I am wearing two coats with top coat. Great formula. Flawless application. 

After wanting this polish so badly, I have to admit I didn't love it on my nails. I will probably pass it along to another nailphile who, like myself, missed the box and still wants this pretty (just not on me) polish. 

Cupcake Polish can be purchased here
The Holo Hookup Box can be purchased here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lynnderella - Poolicious

This is a special Lynnderella because it's the custom created by one of my nail friends: Elena of @ecklipsedbycolor. Poolicious is a stunning shimmerella with a lovely greenish flash and iridescent glitters. I believe I am wearing 2 coats over China Glaze At Vase Value plus top coat. The perfect summer nails, really!

Lynnderella polishes can be purchased on eBay or Storenvy

Monday, July 18, 2016

Girly Bits - You're My Hooper Hero + ILNP - My Private Rainbow (X)

Summer is the time for hot pink nails. Last Summer, Girly Bits released a neon collection and I think this particular polish, You're My Hooper Hero, is the standout for sure. 

You're My Hooper Hero is this eye-searing coral red pink jelly. I am wearing 3 coats here and the polish does try matte so a top coat is a must. I choose to top You're My Hooper Hero off with ILNP My Private Rainbow X which is a fine holo shard topper. I love this topper and I wear it over almost everything nowadays. One coat is perfect for a light dusting of sparkle without impacting the basebase colour.

Girly Bits polishes are available here. Follow Girly Bits on Instagram and Facebook.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Whites and Greys featuring Paint Box Polish, Anonymous Lacquer and Smitten Polish

I always wonder if I'm getting too old to wear more than one colour on all my nails. I think this manicure was my attempt at an "adult" skittle wherein I used whites and greys and only 3 different polishes. I think I succeeded if I can say so myself. 

For this manicure I used a few new to me brands, namely Paint Box Polish and Anonymous Lacquer. I acquired both of these polishes from polish boxes (Magic 8 Box and Awesome Sauce Indie Box respectively). I have to say that I was impressed with the opacity of the Paint Box Polish and disappointed with the gloopy/patchiness of the Anonymous Lacquer. I love white polishes but this was a dud plus the shimmer didn't show through like I had hoped for. Finally, the Smitten Polish was lovely but the application was a bit awkward (patchy as well).

Paint Box Polish - The Closest Shave You'll Ever Have (Magic 8 Box) - middle
Anonymous Lacquer - Bridezilla (Awesome Sauce Indie Box) - index and pinky
Smitten Polish - Shoe Polish (Smitten with Dreamland Group Exclusive) ring

Friday, July 1, 2016

Cirque - Coronation

Coronation from Cirque Colors might be the prettiest nail polish of all time. I feel so lucky to have found it second-hand. I could probably only wear this polish for the rest of my life and be very happy. I thought something as regal as Coronation was appropriate for Canada Day! 

Coronation was Limited Edition nail polish released a few years ago. It's made with the coveted unicorn pee pigment that is every so elusive and AMAZING!

What I love most about Coronation compared to some of the other unicorn pee polishes is that it's opaque in 2 coats which means no undies or matching a base. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! This polish is sooo complex and gorgeous. It has a million different faces which I've tried my best to capture in these photographs.

I think the green flash might be my favorite part about this polish. I love contrasting colours and purple and green are contrasting colours after all! I also love red and purple together - they look so regal. 

If you can find a bottle, do not hesitate to purchase it as quickly as you can! It's worth every penny and I wish I had an endless supply. Seriously. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chaos & Crocodiles - You're My One in Five Billion

Earlier this year Chaos & Crocodiles and Emily de Molly collaborated to release a four piece collection inspired by The X-Files. As someone with a love-hate relationship with The X-Files, I needed these polishes. They also happen to be gorgeous.

Chaos & Crocodiles "You're My One in Five Billion" is a black jelly with colour-shifting flakies and iridescent flakies. I was a bit worried when I applied the first coat because it was very sheer and patchy but the second coat made everything perfect! I finished off with top coat. While it was very smooth on its own, you definitely want the top coat to bring out the glossiness and flakies.

You can purchase Chaos & Crocodiles here.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Holo Microglitter Rainbow Skittle Nails!

I have way too much nail polish. I will admit that with shame (and maybe a little pride). So, in order to get through my massive pile of untrieds I wore a rainbow skittle manicure with all my holo microglitter polishes (AKA liner holos with microglitter/flakies). 

Thumb: (Not pictured) Fire by Gliten & Glow (an exclusive from The Holo Hookup). I'm holding that bottle. 
Index: Light the Way by Indigo Bananas (I wore it as a full manicure)
Middle: I'm Not Saying It's Aliens by Emily de Molly
Ring: Human Oddity by Emily de Molly 
Pinkie: Candied Violets by Sweet Heart Polish

I would definitely wear each one of these polish on their own! I absolutely love I'm Not Saying It's Aliens which is rare for a green! It has the most amazing flakies which are so beautiful in all lighting, especially indirect.