Monday, March 25, 2013

Smitten Polish Berrydrops Swatch and Review

Today I have three of the six Berrydrops from a recent Smitten Polish collection.  I chose the three that stood out the most to me and I think you'll agree that these polishes are just amazing!  The Berrydrop polishes are "A collection of gumdrop themed polishes, with names inspired by berries - some real, some imaginary. Crelly bases with subtle tiny flakies."

Bananaberry Gumdrop - Huckleberry Gumdrop - Gooseberry Gumdrop
The first polish up is Bananaberry Gumdrop.  I'm totally a sucker for yellow polishes.  This polish is a sheer, yellow jelly-like polish with white flakes that builds nicely.  Yellows are typically a pain, but streakiness wasn't an issue here!  Shown is four thin (super thin) coats.  I have a pretty light hand with polish, so you could likely do 3 thicker coats.  All swatches in this post are over Barielle Advanced Pro and sealed with Out the Door.

Next is Huckleberry Gumdrop, I think if I had to choose, this was my favorite.  Shown here is three thin coats.  Huckleberry Gumdrop is bluer than Snozzberry Gumdrop which leans more teal and is darker.  I don't usually go crazy for blues but I am completely "Smitten" ;) with this one!

Lastly is Gooseberry Gumdrop which is a fun, light shade of green.  This is another one which won over my heart as I don't go for green too often.  Shown here is four thin coats, although I could have definitely stopped at three.

Overall, I was IMPRESSED with the formula, but Smitten Polish always has amazing formulas.  These applied super smoothly, very easily.  I love the effect of the white flakes, I don't have any colored polishes that look like these, so they're most certainly a unique addition to my collection.

Smitten Polishes are available at the Etsy shop for 9$ a piece:
LIKE Smitten on Facebook:  - The owner often posts sneak peeks to her new collections which I love to see!

These polishes were sent for review.

OPI Mermaid's Tears and Pure Ice Heart Breaker

I've had the OPI for a while but Pure Ice Heart Breaker is a new polish thanks for my dear friend Brittany!  She picked out a good one (=

Shown here is two coats of Mermaid's Tears with one coat of Pure Ice Heart Breaker on top.  This is over Barielle Advanced Pro and sealed with Out the Door.

Formula wise, the OPI was great - I love a two coat creme!  The Pure Ice was very fluid and went on super smoothly.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Oopsie Daisies Flora and Fauna Collection NOW AVAILABLE!

The sale is live!  All 5 polishes have been added to the Oopsie Daisies store.  There is a free gift with purchase if you buy all five from the Flora and Fauna Collection!

This collection along with others are now available!

Friday, March 22, 2013

NEW! Oopsie Daisies Flora and Fauna Collection - Swatches

I am particularly excited about sharing this collection with you!   Some of these ideas have been in my mind for a long time so it is very exciting to finally see them in their completed state.

Bluebird - Fawn - Ladybug - Pick More Daisies v2 - Cherry Blossoms
The Flora&Fauna Collection is inspired by some of nature's most beautiful offerings.  The flora (plant life) and fauna (animal life) are expressed in this collection through bright colors and vibrant glitter.

This is a new venture I've taken as this polish is intended to be worn without a topcoat (although it can be if that is your preference!)  Bluebird dries to a subtle, satin, robin's egg type finish.  Shown here is three thin coats with no topcoat.  Bluebird is an airy, baby blue creme base with brown and copper flecks to represent the speckles sometimes seen on bird eggs.

This polish is a bright magenta-leaning red jelly polish with red and black glitter.  Ladybug also has subtle silver shimmer and sparkles to add depth. Shown here is three coats.

Cherry Blossoms;
My favorite from the collection, Cherry Blossoms is a clear based polish with white glitter, tiny pink iridescent glitter and pink flower glitter to represent the Cherry Blossoms.  If worn in multiple layers - I'd say three - "color" starts to build but the base remains ultimately clear. Shown is one coat over Sinful Colors Verbena.

Pick More Daisies v2;
Pick More Daisies v2 is a green jelly polish with green, white and dandelion yellow glitter with yellow daisy glitter.  This polish differs from the first version in the following ways: a more pigmented color base, more daisy glitter and the tiny yellow hexes are a new addition. Shown is three coats - no base color.

Inspired by adorable baby Bambi, Fawn is a yellow leaning brown creme based polish with glitter to represent the "spots" see on fawns.  Glitters are caramel, brown and white. Shown is three coats, but full opacity was reached in two.

The Flora&Fauna Collection will be available in my Etsy Store tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd for $8.50 a piece.  A post will be made here when they are available.

NEW Oopsie Daisies Collection Info!

Hi everyone! It's about 4AM here, but I've been working on the new collection!  This post contains some information for those of you who are interested.

The Spring 2013 collection is titled The Flora&Fauna Collection, based on nature and its inhabitants!  This collection is a set of five glitter polishes with all kinds of shapes and sizes.  In this post, I will share with you the nail wheel swatches.  Later today (Friday) the official swatches will be out (although some of them are already on the Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish Facebook page!)  So here is an introduction to the new polishes (=

For starters, the photo above is for a giveaway being hosted on the Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish Facebook page!  It's a LIKE-SHARE-WIN giveaway that is ending soon.  The prize is one bottle of Bluebird.

Cherry Blossoms - Fawn - Ladybug - Pick More Daisies v2 - Bluebird
More detailed descriptions will be in the post later today, but for those of your wondering about Pick More Daisies v2: it is more opaque, but still a green jelly.   More daisies have been added and tiny dandelion yellow glitters have joined the party as well!

Cherry Blossoms - L to R: 1 coat, 2 coats, 3 coats - no base.

Bluebird - L to R: 1 coat, 2 coats, 3 coats - no topcoat; satin finish.

Ladybug - L to R: 1 coat, 2 coats, 3 coats

Fawn - L to R: 1 coat, 2 coats, 3 coats
Ladybug - T to B: 1 coat, 2 coats, 3 coats
In the following post that will be posted sometime Friday afternoon, I'll include hand swatches as well as detailed descriptions. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Light and Airy Manicure

I always forget how much I love sheers and sheer jellies.  Sometimes a nice palette cleanser is what I need!

For this manicure I did three coats of OPI Care to Danse over Orly Bonder and sealed with OTD.  For the accent nail, I used OPI Crown Me Already! over two coats of Care to Danse and then sandwiched it under one more coat of Care to Danse.


Anyone else think that the accent nail looks an awful like Revlon Starry Pink/Popular?  I was surprised at the resemblance! 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cartoon Inspired Nails

I keep seeing this pop up on the Reddit nail polish board and decided to finally get them a whirl.  I also keep mistakenly call them comic book nails, which I guess technically works; but they're supposed to look like cartoon nails, like the nails of a cartoon, drawn!

For this manicure I did one coat of Finger Paints Black Expressionism and then two coats of Essie Mojito Madness.  I wasn't able to do a straight line along the free edge wit the green so I went back and used a nail art brush with the same black polish to finish the edge.  This is over Orly Bonder, sealed with OTD, and then I mattified it afterwards.

What do you think? Better mattified or shiny? Goofy or clever?