Friday, November 27, 2015

Potion Polish Holiday 2015 Festive Fancies Collection Swatches & Review

Hi there! I have a new collection from indie brand Potion Polish to share with you today called Festive Fancies. This nine piece Holiday collection features lots of glitter, with a mix of jelly, crelly, holographic, and clear bases.

Let's Get Elf'd Up is a deep burgundy holographic mixed with tiny blue glitter throughout. This is an intensely pigmented shade, a little thin but really opaque. The holo aspect has a nice mix of linear and scattered bits. This is two coats.
Potion Polish Let's Get Elf'd Up

Silver Skates is a dense combination of silver flakes, silver and light blue holographic glitter in various sizes and shapes. This is substantial enough to be a stand-alone polish, and though you probably could layer it, it would most likely cover up the underlying polish a lot. It was a little thick, but wasn't difficult to use and it dried quickly. I used two coats but you might need three.
Potion Polish Silver Skates

Mistletoe Smooches is a "Christmas Tree" green linear holographic with a bunch of gold holographic glitter added. I am head over heels with this, green and gold is one of my favorite combinations! Great opacity and easy to apply. This is two coats.
Potion Polish Mistletoe Smooches

Snow Day has a bright white crelly base with blue metallic flakies, blue shimmer and light blue glitters hexes and squares. This had a pretty opaque white for a base, more so than most white crellies I have. It was a little thick but not too difficult to manipulate. This is three coats.
Potion Polish Snow Day

Pretty Pink Tree is a light pink linear holographic with a touch of lavender, with rose gold holo glitter added in various sizes. Another more unique combination, and so beautiful. This was great to apply and very easy, two coats here as well.
Potion Polish Pretty Pink Tree

Reindeer Tracks is a holiday glitter mix of circles and hexes in red, gold and green glitter in various sizes and a sprinkle of gold and silver dust in a clear base. I put one coat over OPI Christmas Gone Plaid. This was easy to get a lot of glitter on the nail without trying and was nice to apply without having to manipulate the pieces. I like the addition of gold in this festive glitter topper!
Potion Polish Reindeer Tracks

No Peeking! is a deep eggplant purple crelly with a splash of scattered holographic glitter and a pinch of blue iridescent glitter. I found this one on the thicker side and a little difficult to spread. This is two thick coats. If you can manage thinner coats, you may need three.
Potion Polish No Peeking!

Treetop Angel is a pale gold holographic with gold metallic flakies. This went on really easily and dried super fast. I only needed two coats for this. This is a unique combination that I haven't seen before. I love gold!
Potion Polish Treetop Angel

On the Nice List is a lustrous sapphire blue with a strong gold shimmer and gold holographic glitters in varying sizes. This applied well, but was a teensy bit brushstrokey. I feel like the glitters get out shown by the in-your-face shimmer, but I liked the night sky effect it has. Two coats here.
Potion Polish On the Nice List

This collection will be available for purchase on Friday, December 4th at 3pm EST on the Potion Polish website. They will range in price from $8.50 to $9.00 each, with the complete collection selling for $70.00. I'm glad to have found Potion Polish, they are a great indie brand! I really like the set as a whole, it feels very cohesive while providing some uniqueness for the holiday season. My picks are Mistletoe Smooches, Pretty Pink Tree, and Reindeer Tracks. Tell me which ones you would pick!

**UPDATE: I just learned that these are available for pre-order today!! Go to to get your order in!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Native War Paints The Cozy Sweaters Collection Swatches & Review

Hi friends, hope your week is going well! I've come down with another awesome (not!) cold so I've been mostly resting and throwing back the vitamin c to try to get well before Thanksgiving hits so I am able to taste my food. :P

Today I wanted to show you a collection I bought from Native War Paints a while ago called The Cozy Sweaters. These are six polishes inspired by their best selling polish from last year, My Favorite Sweater, all featuring a strong gold shimmer. (A little fun fact, I had to photograph these without the label in the front showing because the bright white of the sticker was throwing off my exposure balance.)

Cable Knit Sweater is a dark cadet blue grey with that lovely gold shimmer. Shows up more in bright light, but still a definite shimmer indoors as well. Thick but opaque in one coat, but I used two here. Dries very fast and self-levels like a dream. Dries down to a dull finish so you will need a top coat for shine. I love this so much, I'm wearing it right now!
Native War Paints Cable Knit Sweater

Cashmere Sweater is a pinky red with gold shimmer that reminds me of a freshly harvested Gala apple. Same formula as Cable Knit, very easy to apply but thick. Two coats. Also dries to a matte finish.
Native War Paints Cashmere Sweater

Cozy Sweater is a dark midnight blue with gold shimmer. This looks blue in the bottle, but is so dark that it appears mostly black to me on the nail. The shimmer really pops out from the dark base on this one. Another easy formula, two coats here. Dries matte.
Native War Paints Cozy Sweater

My Favorite Sweater HDF is the reincarnated and slightly adjusted version of their original polish called My Favorite Sweater. The HDF stands for holographic, duochrome, and flakies. It's a mid-tone blue teal with green and blue shimmer, flakes and gold shimmer. This was quite chunky and thick with all the stuff going on inside, but I was shocked to see how easy it was to paint with. Two coats as well. I like this a lot, but I think I would prefer the original version. Also dries dull.
Native War Paints My Favorite Sweater HDF

Sweater Dress is a mid-to-light royal purple with gold shimmer. This one was a lighter shade than I expected it to be. The shimmer makes it positively glow! Went on more sheer than the others, but was still pretty opaque which is surprising. A little brushstrokey. Two coats. Dries matte.
Native War Paints Sweater Dress

Sweater Weather is a muted kelly green with gold shimmer. The shimmer is not as apparent in this one as the others. It has the thickest consistency of the collection, but is incredibly opaque. I only did one coat for this guy. It dries matte like the others.
Native War Paints Sweater Weather

The brush on these was a little big for my preference, and they were all a little splayed on the ends. But honestly these all had such forgiving formulas that I didn't end up having any problems with application. Another thing to mention is that they all were noticeably separated in the bottle, they needed a good shaking before I could put them on. My Favorite Sweater HDF required the most mixing, all the shimmer and flakies had sunk to the bottom of the bottle and it took a long time and a lot of shaking before it came together again. That may or may not bother you. I thought it would turn me off more than it did, but I ended up loving these so it didn't matter to me in the end.

I purchased these from the Native War Paints website. All of the polishes are $8.50 each, except for My Favorite Sweater HDF which is $9.50. Or you can get all six for $45. When they put out a new collection, it's usually sold as a pre-order first and is slightly discounted, so I was able to get the collection on pre-order for $40 which is a great price. So be sure to watch their social media pages for upcoming collection announcements! Tell me what you think of these pretties!

**UPDATE: I just learned that NWP are having a 30% off sale for Black Friday using the code BLACK, which includes this collection!

❤ Kellie

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fair Maiden Polish Winter 2015 Winter At Dusk Collection Swatches & Review

Hi there and happy Thanksgiving week! It's gonna be a short work week for me, which undoubtedly makes me a little giddy so I'm in good spirits. That in part also comes from this collection, my first from indie brand Fair Maiden Polish. The Winter At Dusk collection has six soft shades inspired by the tranquility of a winter sunset. Let's take a look!

Fire Frost is a pale champagne nude with a scattered holographic shimmer, red-orange color shifting micro flakes, and a subtle orange to violet flash. This had an nice, easy formula and was opaque in two coats.
Fair Maiden Polish Fire Frost

Snow Jewel is a metallic purple with a red-violet shimmer and pale gold micro flakes. This one took a little more care to apply, it can kind of bunch up on itself like some metallics tend to do, so give yourself extra dry time between layers. Opaque in two coats. This reminds me of Rescue Beauty Lounge Lucciole from the Fan 2.0 collection, but this is a warmer purple compared to that one.
Fair Maiden Polish Snow Jewel

Ice Petals is a light blush pink with green sparkle, iridescent micro flakes that shift from blue to violet to red, and metallic silver flakes. I found this a bit on the thicker side, but not terribly so. Two coats.
Fair Maiden Polish Ice Petals

Winter Moon is a medium blue grey crelly with a blue flash, super itty bitty holo twinkles, and blue-green sparkles. This was more sheer than the other shades, it took three coats for full opacity.
Fair Maiden Polish Winter Moon

Afterglow is a light lavender holographic shade with pink shifting micro flakes. This had a great formula, maybe the best in the collection. Very easy to apply, two coats for total coverage.
Fair Maiden Polish Afterglow

Starry Night is a midnight navy blue holographic with golden metallic flakes. This one was also great to apply, no trouble and opaque in two coats. This might be one of my favorite polish shades I've ever tried, no joke! The metallic flakes really pop in lower lighting. You have to see it in person!
Fair Maiden Polish Starry Night

I recommend a glossy top coat with all of these shades. They don't dry dull necessarily, but they aren't super shiny. This collection will be available on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9pm CST on the Fair Maiden website. The collection will be sold for $10 each for full size bottles, $6.50 each in mini bottles.They are having a few holiday promotions as well starting that day, including 25% off all purchases and a free Limited Edition Holiday 2015 lacquer with the purchase of the full Winter at Dusk collection. Those promos go through Monday, Nov. 30th, no code necessary.

Tell me what you think about these soft winter shades! Which is your favorite? I think I would be lost without Starry Night now that I have seen its wonder!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.