Friday, January 31, 2014

Smitten Polish A Wedding Dress That Isn't Bright Turquoise

Today's polish is my second recent obsession from Smitten Polish's Love Actually Collection, A Wedding Dress That Isn't Bright Turquoise. This one is described as

A bright turquoise jelly filled with sparkly pigment that shifts from coppery red to green. Opaque in three coats, or can be layered over another polish.

Description is again spot on but unlike You Saucy Minx, this polish is SHEER. I'm not entirely sure you can completely cover up all VNL in three coats. However, there is still a fantastic amount of color shifting shimmer. Therefore, all swatches show one coat of homemade peel off base coat, two coats of Finger Paints Art Dealer Tealer (which I will show you photos of),  one coat of A Wedding Dress That Isn't Bright Turquoise, and finally, one coat of Glisten & Glow fast dry top coat.

Bottle Shot

First Up, Art Dealer Tealer

Now for the finished mani

Now, I seemed to have trouble catching the coppery red shift but it was VERY obvious in real life. Again, formula was buttery smooth and thick in a great way!

Well, that's all for this week my dears! I hope you enjoyed our little indie polish snacks this week. I will be back on Monday with more franken awesomeness! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Follow Smitten Polish via:
* Their shop
* and on Facebook

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) Nostalgia

I Love Nail Polish, it's awesome because it's true! But it's also the name of a fab indie brand that has been taking the world by storm partly due to their amazing Ultra Chrome Polishes. I already had Birefringence so today, I bring you Nostalgia. The description from the ILNP website describes it as:

Nostalgia magically cascades through vibrant hues of green, gold, red, and everything in between! 

Formula is effortless. There was no dragging and it self leveled well. Given the chrome-like finish of the polish, I'm surprised it didn't dry down to a more brush strokey finish, but I'm not complaining! It was completely opaque at two medium coats. I do want to forewarn you, my camera had a REALLY tough time with this color for some reason, so please pardon some of the blurry photos!

Now, one thing that my camera did not mess up was THIS

Oh the heaven's opened up and sang. This amazing shot is my hand underwater in the sink. You can make out a dark almost blue green, a yellow toned green, and a red. Gorgeous! Now, Because I couldn't leave well enough alone, I decided to do some nail art using Wet 'n' Wild Black Cream as the base, and then did a dotted gradient using both Nostalgia and Birefringence. 

Now, enlarge the next photo and see the shift in the dots!

Well, that's all for Nostalgia, definitely check it out yourself to see all the shifty goodness! Until the next time I see you, remember to keep it classy and creative!

Keep up with ILNP by:
* their website
* on Facebook
* Etsy

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Mani That Changed My Life Featuring Smitten Polish You Saucy Minx

Is that title dramatic enough? Don't worry, I wont' go all spanish telenovela on you and I really am being kind of dramatic. But I do have some awesome news to share with you in a few! But first, let's start with the polish shall we? I was going through Facebook one day (undoubtedly putting off something  way more important that I should have been doing) and I came across swatch photos of Smitten Polish's Love Actually Collection from The Crumpet  and my little heart grew three sizes that day. I was completely and utterly taken with You Saucy Minx and A Wedding Dress That Isn't Bright Turquoise. A couple of restock stalkings later, and those puppies were mine. I have You Saucy Minx to show you today!

Smitten describes this polish as a

Bright blurple base packed with sparkly pigment that shifts from a coppery red on through to green. Opaque in three coats, or can be layered over another polish.

 That's pretty dead on. Formula is buttery smooth and thick in an AWESOME WAY while being packed with color shifting sparkle. The following swatches are one coat of OPI Nail Envy, one coat of Butter London Giddy Kipper (which is a cream with a very similar base color but is a tad dustier), one coat of You Saucy Minx, and one coat of Glisten & Glow fast dry top coat.


Those strategically placed bottles in the background were completely accidental. Great color shift photo though!

Now, onto the life changer. My boyfriend and I decided to meet up with another couple for dinner at a local Italian joint we have in town and the next thing I know, he's on his knee with THIS

Oh yes, it totally happened. I was completely surprised, then started laughing, before finally turning into a blubbering mess. We also had friends who were able to join us via Face Time so it was a group affair :) No wedding planning yet, I'm just going to enjoy the feeling for awhile. Now, can you see why this polish holds such a special place in my heart?

Well that's all for today my loves! See you back next time for another indie polish swatchfest! But until then, remember to keep it classy any creative!


Follow Smitten Polish via:
* Their shop
* and on Facebook

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stump the Femme- The Never Ending Story: The Nothing

Hello my lovelies, hope those of you that are having a long weekend are enjoying it thoroughly. Those of you that aren't, my heart is shedding a tear for you. I would be lying if I said that I didn't spend the majority of yesterday and some of today in bed. If there was a job in which being the laziest ever would make you the most successful, I'd be Bill-stinkin-Gates FO SHO. But since there is not, how's about I at least do something constructive and show you today's Stump the Femme creation? For any noobs that may be reading, every so often, I put out a call on Facebook asking my readers for ideas they think would stump me when I try and turn that idea into a polish. The winning idea(s) then get their idea turned into a polish, blogged about, then mailed to them to keep! Cool right?

I was fan girling out when my handsome man randomly chose The Nothing from a bowl for today's Stump the Femme idea. The Nothing comes from the book/movie The Never Ending Story. The Nothing is described as

 an emotionless destructive force and the main antagonist of The Neverending Story. It is a dark void representing "human apathy, cynicism, and the denial of childish dreams" that is slowly consuming the world of Fantasia. " - from same credit as Nothing and Gmork photos

I was OBSESSED with this movie growing up so I was totally stoked to see what I could do to turn this into a polish. First things first, here is your sneak peek

Here is a picture of The Nothing and his number one henchman…..errr… henchdog… henchwolf (?) Gmork

I started this polish off with TKB Glamour Base. I then followed it up with 2 medium sized scoops of Glitter Unique's Gun Metal Micro Flakies. Next I added one medium scoop of TKB .025" Black Square glitter and 2 small scoops of Glitter Unique's .008 Black Holo Hex. Finally, I added a few drops to TKB Black Nail Polish colorant to slightly tint the base and allow the polish to be buildable. Now onto the swatch photos! But first, please enjoy this terrible iPhone picture of the ingredients. Hooray!

The holo hexes were great at representing Gmork's eyes as they are bright and piercing while the micro flakes help provide the hazy base of The Nothing's clouds. This polish is opaque at about 3 coats and does dry to a somewhat dull finish so I recommend top coat! Well that's all for today's Stump the Femme idea. Thank you to Ms. Jade L. for your awesome idea, I hope you like it! As for everyone else, how did I do with this one? Be honest…. within reason ;^)

I look forward to seeing you around for my next awesome post. But until then, remember to keep it clash and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* TKB Glamour Base, .025" Black Squares, and Black Nail Polish colorant: TKB Trading
* .008 Black Holo Hexes and Gun Metal Micro Flakies: Glitter Unique

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Black Dahlia

Hello my loves! You know,  for as long as my days feel, my week is flying by. Hopefully your week is going well! I am totally in love with the polish I made for you today, so much so, that I might actually wear this one again *le gasp!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Black Dahlia

Full sun


…. so much *sniff

I made this polish by starting off with TKB Glamour base. I then added multiple drops of TKB Black Nail Polish Colorant (I lost count so I suggest doing a couple drops at a time and checking opacity as you go), one medium scoop of TKB Marinda Star glass fleck (which shifts from gold to red to purple), and finally,  one and a half small scoops of holo powder that I bought in a group buy.

Nail macro from the lightbox with a little of the gold glass fleck shining through

Full sun swatch with a shot of my bed sheet and a towel (it's all about the ambience)

Light box swatch. You can see some of the purple glass fleck peeking through!


Believe it or not, the polish is actually more linear and holo-y in person and the glass fleck added a subtle something extra! Swatches show two coats no top coat. Formula was buttery smooth and surprisingly, I didn't have any dragging issues (as some holos tend to have). Dry time was average to a smudge above average. But I don't care, I LOVE it :)

Well that's all for Black Dahlia, hopefully you are as enamored with it as I am! Hope to see you around next time! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Supplies Are From:
* Glamour Base, Black Nail Polish Colorant, and Marinda Star: TKB Trading
* Holo Powder: Was purchased in a FB group buy but you can find something similar here, here, or here (note, I have only ordered from Wonder Beauty Products so I cannot attest to the quality of product or customer service from the other vendors)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Stump the Femme - Periphescence

A-who-the-what-now? I know, that's what you must be thinking. In all honesty, I had never heard of this word until I put the latest call out for Stump the Femme ideas. Alyssa Z., one of this rounds' winners, said it's

from the book Middlesex: "It denotes the first fever of human pair bonding. It causes giddiness, elation, a tickling on the chest wall, the urge to climb a balcony on the rope of the beloved's hair. Periphescence denotes the initial drugged and happy bedtime where you sniff your lover like a scented poppy for hours running."

Got it? Sorta? Good, me too! I thought it sounded utterly poetic and definitely challenging, so I decided to take a stab at turning this idea into a polish. Check it out! I started this polish off with TKB Luster Base. When I think of love, feverish and new, I think red. So in turn, I added 2 medium scoops of TKB True Red Orange Powder pigment (which has a small sheen to it). Next, I added multiple drops of TKB Black Nail Polish colorant (not pictured) to give it more of a deep lit from within color. Then, I added one medium scoop of Glitter Unique's .004 Garnet Hex, 2 medium scoops of .008 Fire Red Holo Hex, and finally, one small scoop of .004 Shifting Rainbow Hex to help give off a tickling sensation as mentioned in the description. What I created was a deep purple toned red shimmer base with burning red glitter and tiny sparks of iridescence:

Check out that iridescent micro glitter popping out!

So, that is my interpretation of periphescence! Formula is a little sheer at one coat but builds up nicely by the second thick coat. It does dry to a somewhat gritty finish due to the glitter so I added two coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. I like it and I hope Alyssa does too! What do you think? Is it a decent interpretation?

Well that's all for today's stump the femme! See you back next time for more franken awesomeness! But until then, remember to keep it classy and creative!


Today's Ingredients Are From:
* Luster base, True Red Orange Pigment, and Black Nail Polish: TKB Trading
* All glitter: Glitter Unique

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