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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wing Dust Collections - Silent Reverie

Hi folks! I have a polish I've been waiting to wear for a while now. I was trying to let my nails grow a little so I could emulate Alexis Leigh's mani shown here. This polish is by Wind Dust Collections, an indie polish maker based in Canada. I fell in love with Alexis's swatches and knew I needed this immediately.

Silent Reverie is named after the Sarah Mclachlan song Angel, and I end up singing it in my head whenever I think of the name haha. The base of this is a beautiful ethereal white with gold shimmer. The glitters are in gold, satin white, iridescent and two shades of blue in varying sizes. Beautiful color combo that gives a the polish heavenly look. There is a lot of glitter sunk around the bottom of the bottle so I might try to add some Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food to make them swim better for next time. It was a tad on the sheer side, more so than I expected. This is three coats.

I bought this from Wing Dust Collections' Etsy store. They sell for between $8.50 and $10. Shipping is from Canada so takes a little longer than it would if it were from the states, but not too long. You can also purchase WDC polishes from Llarowe for $10.50, although Silent Reverie is not currently available on either site. You can keep up with their news and stock info on their Facebook page. What do you think of this demure polish? I'm in love!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pretty & Polished Color Change Nail Lacquers

Today I have some polishes to show you that were sent to me for review from indie polish maker Pretty & Polished. They are unique in that they are color changing lacquers, meaning they change colors according to temperature. A mani using these ends up producing a french tip gradient-like effect because the bed of your nail is warm and the free edge is cooler, depending of course on how long your nails are. Water temperature affects them too, you can actually see the color change when your hands are in water of varying temps which is pretty cool.

Sometimes these types of polishes are marketed as "mood changing" or "thermal" but as far as I know they all use the same type of method to get the color change. There are also color changing polishes that change when exposed to UV light like the sun, but those are different. These are my favorite type of color changing polishes because my nails usually have a pretty nice free edge, meaning the two-tone effect is usually always evident. If your nails are too short they can just stay the "warm" color, which I think kind of negates the purpose.

This first one is called Pretty Chameleon, named for the color changing lizard of course. The cool color is a medium bright magenta pink with bits of sandy type glitter and the cool color is a light strawberry milk with the glitter being more apparent as purple bits. I was thinking that a top coat might mess up the effect (which it does not) so these photos are taken without it, which is why they look bumpy. This is two thick coats with my hand at normal temperature. This is how the polish would look most of the time.

This is the same polish with the picture taken right after I dipped my hand in hot water. It was a cold day so it wanted to change back very fast which is why it's a bit blurry.

And here is the polish after dipping my fingers in cold water. See the water droplet on my pinky?

This next polish is called Cuttlefish, which is a color changing marine fish. This how it looks with my hand at regular body temperature. The warm color is a pale blue almost white cream with blue and green glitters and the cool color is a bright teal aqua with the same glitters. This is three coats. The glitters were a bit tough to place but not terrible.

This is the warm color, the photo is taken after I dipped my nails in hot water. Again it wanted to change color really fast so this is a bit blurred. Who knew it wasn't easy to take photos of waterlogged nails?

And this is the cool color shown after I dunked my nails in cold water, a pretty bright teal ocean blue with peeks of the glitter. I love how this looks!

After I took the photos above, I decided to experiment with a top coat and it really improves the overall look of these, evidenced below. I think the polishes tend to run a bit thick and the glitters were bumpy in them both, so of course top coat would help the look, but I was worried it would affect the color change. It did not. And creator Chels even says so on her website, but of course I didn't do my research before I swatched them haha.

You can buy these and P&P's other color changing polishes on their website for $9.50 for a full size bottle. They also sell them on their Etsy store. What do you think of these two? Have you tried any color change type nail polishes before? 

Products provided for review.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Nfu Oh - #63

Everyone I know that loves polish loves holographic polish. And I am no exception. I ADORE holo lacquers! They were super en vogue a while ago and had a big resurgence with the indie community making their own versions to sell online, even though they've been around for a long time. Remember Sally Hansen's Magical Nail Makeup line? Nfu Oh is one of those brands that has been doing holo polish right forever. They are made out of France and their bottles are so gorgeous, just to die for. They are shaped like a dress, with a corset handle and a skirt glass bottom.

The Nfu Oh polish I have to show you today is #63, a fabulous pale pink with a crazy linear holo. These give off an impressive rainbow flash and apply easily. Some holos have trouble going on the nail unless you use a special base coat, but I didn't have any trouble using this with my regular one. This is two coats in full sunlight, no top coat.

Do you own any Nfu Oh polishes? I need to get more haha, I only have two and they were both presents! (Thanks girl :-*) I believe you can find them on Ebay from time to time, and you can order from FabulouStreet for $12.50. I heard a long time ago they were having credit card issues, but I haven't heard anything negative about the site since then. Anyone order from them recently? Have a great week kittens!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lynnderella - Gotta Love Brains

I have a Lynnderella nail polish to show you all today, called Gotta Love Brains. It's from her early Halloween collection from 2011. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time, since it came out, and I finally bit the bullet and purchased it.

The base of this is a sheer grey jelly with pink microshimmer and a bit of a white fleck thing. The glitter is in multi-sized squares, hexes, strings, in purple, silver, pink and blue. I don't love the very large silver hexes, and some of the pink bars have curled but overall I really like the assortment of glitters. This is three coats.

You can purchase Lynnderella polishes from her Ebay store, This one sells for $23 and is worth every penny if you ask me. I know people are wary of the price of Lynn's, but they're just as nice as department store luxury brand polishes and more unique in my opinion. It's obviously up to every individual as to what they want to spend their money on haha, I don't see much point in worrying about it. What do you think of Gotta Love Brains?

Monday, March 18, 2013

How To Keep up with Kellie Gonzo

So I'm sure you have all heard about the latest Google product getting the axe, Google Reader. If you know and love this RSS reader like I do, you are most likely devastated and distraught at the thought of it's impending death. But there is no need to fret, there are many ways to follow and stay abreast of all my newest blog posts!

Facebook - I don't use facebook really for my personal life, just for my blog stuff. I have an automatic post to my fan page every time my blog has a new entry, so if you use it a lot you should become a fan of my page so you can see my updates.

Twitter - I tweet when I feel like it, sometimes a lot and sometimes not so much. But I also have an auto post set up whenever I blog so my Twitter gets a link. I tend to live tweet dumb tv shows that I'm watching if you're into that.

Instagram - I didn't hop on the IG bandwagon when it first came out, but I'm really into it now. I post my "nail of the day"s and also links to my new blog posts. I keep pretty up to date on my feed a lot and if you follow me I'm very likely to follow you. And like all your photos. Because I really like you.

Tumblr - I used to be huge into Tumblr and it was my number one "time wasting" website. I put that in quotation marks because time is never wasted when you're getting wasted, right? Anyhoo, I do auto post my blog links to Tumblr and also my Instagram feed goes there most of the time too. Tumblr is for cool kids.

Hello Cotton - This is a site I'm not too familiar with but you can follow my blog there if you use it.

BlogLovin' - This site is getting a lot of love, haha, since the announcement of Google Reader's demise. It's pretty user friendly and you can import all of your GR subscriptions with relative ease, so you don't have to re-follow everything manually.

Some other RSS Reader - If you use another reader like Feedly or something cool I don't know about, here is a link to my plain RSS feed.

Subscribe Via Email - This one is something I tend to favor for a lot of blogs that I really want to keep up to date on. Even when I don't go to my Reader every day, I always check my email. Like a billion times a day. If you're like me and you like something reminding you to read something, rather than relying on your own forgetful brain, this is a good option.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have. I'll do my best to lend a helping, freshly manicured, hand. Thanks for reading and giving my craziness an audience.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

BB Couture Pastel Bunnies Collection

The newest collection from BB Couture for Spring is called Pastel Bunnies, a selection of six pastel shades. They're all have cutie names and great formulas. Reminds me that the Easter season is right on the horizon and yummy candy starts showing up in stores! I'm a Peeps marshmallow-aholic y'all.

First up is Bunny Bum, which might be the most adorable polish name I've ever heard. It's a soft peachy pinky pale orange creme with super subtle shimmer. This has a pretty good formula, a tad patchy. This is two coats.

Bunny Love is a beautiful cool lavender creme. The formula is pretty perfect and went on like a dream. I adore this one, beautiful color. This is two coats.

This one is called Cotton Tail and it's a fabulous shade of bright pastel green. Another great formula, two coats. I might end up wearing this as my green on St. Patrick's Day!

Snow Bunny is a sticky sweet slightly dusty pale pink. This one was a little patchy but not terrible. I think the name is perfect. I could see a bunny wearing a snowsuit this color and going for a ski run haha. Two coats.

I fell in love with this color as soon as I saw it. Honey Bunny is a milky pale yellow with hidden shimmer. Almost a lemon chiffon type of yellow. This reminds me of one of BB's glitters, Pina Colada, but without the glitter. It's quite thin and a bit patchy but I didn't even care. This is four coats.

And last is Bunny Boo Boo, another darling name haha. It's a pale yet deep pastel violet with shimmer that is a little more perceptible than the rest of the shades have. This formula is top shelf, really buttery. This is two coats.

I know doing pastels for Spring sounds a little predictable, and that may be true, but I have never been a slave to trends or seasonal colors. I just wear what I like! I enjoy all these shades, my favorites would be Honey Bunny and Bunny Love. You can buy BB Couture nail polish at their website or from Overall Beauty for $10.95 each. What do you think of these bunny babies?

Products provided for review.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Lynnderella - Magic Fairy Stars

Hi everyone! Sorry it's been more than a couple days since I last updated. I was a little under the weather and the weather has sucked big time so I haven't been able to do any decent swatching! Today I am showing you a special polish that I just added to my collection. It's called Magic Fairy Stars by Lynnderella. This polish was made last year for a Hurricane Relief charity fund and I am so excited to have it! It's so beautiful.

It's quite complex, like most Lynn's, made up primarily of lavender and light aqua metallic glitters, some holo, some iridescent, some large moon shapes and some silver stars. I love the moons and stars the most, so cute! This might be my favorite Lynn yet! These swatches show two coats over white creme Cult Nails Tempest.
You can purchase Lynnderella polishes from her Ebay store, She just released a new collection for Easter, Everything Coming Up Neon, which you can see on her blog Some fun shades in there :) Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'N Pieces Collection

China Glaze has recently put out a collection of six glitter topper polishes in a collection called Glitz Bitz 'N Pieces. They all contain small black glitters, black hexes, black string glitter, and a solid metallic colored small glitter and hexes in varying sizes in a clear base. Very fun and totally in the groove of polish trends these days.

Glitz 'N Pieces is a silver and black mix of glitters. I used three coats over white creme Cult Nails Tempest for this swatch.

Mosaic Madness has bright blue glitter along with the black bits. I love this vibrant sapphire! This is one coat over pale blue creme Zoya Blu.

This is Graffiti Glitter, a green and black combo. I used two coats over pale green creme Zoya Neely.

Scattered & Tattered has beautiful pink red glitter in with the black glitter. This is two coats over pink shimmer Zoya GeiGei.

Razzle Me, Dazzle Me has colored glitter that is supposed to be pink, but to me it looks almost a light brown shade. They can look more pink or tan depending on the light. This is two coats over magnolia creme Zoya Jacqueline.

And last is Bling It On, an indigo purple and black mix. I used one coat over lavender shimmer Zoya Julie.

These were all very dense and rather dry but, I honestly LOVED the formula! It allowed me to place the glitter a little better than clear base formulas that are too liquidy, where the glitters just slide around. I did use topcoat on all these swatches, they do need it for smoothness and shine. The entire bunch are winners for me, but my favorite is probably the red/pink combo I swatched here with Scattered & Tattered.

You can find these at Sally Beauty Supply and at various online retailers. What do you think of this collection? Are you planning on picking any of them up for your own collection?

Products provided for review.
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