Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Elevation Polish Yeti Hugs Feel so Close Swatch & Review

Hi all! Today I have for your drooling pleasure a Limited Edition polish from Elevation Polish, Yeti Hugs Feel so Close. When I laid eyes on it I knew it had to come live with me.

Yeti Hugs Feel so Close is a white cream base with a light blue undertone, filled with blue, purple and pink micro flecks. It s the cooler-toned cousin of Limestone which one of my favorites from Elevation. 
The formula of Yet is pretty much identical to Limestone as well. It is a bit sheer on the first coats but evens out nice by the second. 

I love a universally flattering white so this will probably get a lot of rotation for nail art just as Limestone does. 

Yeti Hugs Feels so Close is a Limited Edition polish for January so snag it while you can from the Elevation Polish website!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Stamping: Stamping over Blue Base

This is my inaugural post with the Adventures in Stamping group on Facebook! Each week the group picks a stamping theme for the following Sunday. My goal is to join in every other Sunday. Today's theme is stamping over a blue base. I'm pretty much always on the lookout for an excuse to make stamping decals now and I immediately thought of a nail art design I wanted to do.

Tools used:
MoYou Pro Plate 06
Born Pretty Store Pink Rhinestones
Medium detailing brush

Polishes used:
Revlon Royal
For stamping pattern:
Pueen Black in Black
Butter London Jaded Jack
BMC Electric Pink
BMC Sunshine Yellow
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

I created my stamping decals first using this method. I then painted my nails with three thin coats of Royal for full opacity. Royal is a jelly and had the squishy look I wanted for this design, I then applied my decals to my middle and ring fingers and added a coat of Clearly on Top on all of my nails. While they were still wet I applied my pink rhinestones to my index and pinky fingers.

I wanted to do a sort of tropical look without it being too summer-y and I think I succeeded. This was my first time trying the BMC colors and Electric Pink isn't as vibrant as I would have liked, but the flowers still turned out fairly well.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Polish My Life Milk Chocolate Goodies & Un-Teal Next Year

Happy Friday all. Today I have two polishes from an indie brand that I have been dying to try for awhile now, Polish My Life. I was visiting the site on an almost daily basis and drooling so I decided to allow myself a splurge and picked up Milk Chocolate Goodies and Un-Teal Next Year.

First up is Milk Chocolate Goodies from the Wine & Chocolate collection. This is such a unique color. It's not exactly brown, more of an olivey-green with brown undertones. It also has a really soft subtle shimmer to it. You lose a bit of the shimmer on the nail but it is there (you can kind of see it on my pinky finger in the photos). Formula-wise it was exactly how I like my cream polishes to be: not too thick or thin with great coverage. I used two coats for pictures.

Next up is Un-Teal Next Year. I almost decided not to post this one. It's no longer available and I know it can be annoying to look at discontinued colors but it was just so pretty and I was already swatching MCG so...don't be mad at me! I am a sucker for a good teal polish and this was the polish that made me really take a look at Polish My Life's polishes. The formula was fairly similar to MCG. I used two coats for pictures.

P.S. I had the hardest time photographing this color! My camera and teals have never gotten along and this one kept reading super dark. I got the color as close to what it looks like in real life as I could. It is a tad brighter than this in real life.

So what do you think of these colors? Have any of you tried Polish My Life polish and if so what are some of your favorites? I have already added more colors to my wish list and am open to any recommendations!

Polish my life retails for $9.50 a bottle and is sold here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Clockwork Moth & Love Letter to Frida Kahlo

I am so excited for today's post! Why? Well because I love nail polish and so whenever I have new polish it's of course an exciting occasion. But also because I have two polishes from Scofflaw Varnish's Winter collection to show you. I actually managed to catch her re-stock! This is no small feat since I have missed literally every single restock she's had in the last few months. And then I was on my no buy-low buy regimen...so yeah...I'm stoked! I grabbed two polishes from the new collection, Clockwork Moth and Love Letter to Frida Kahlo.

First up is Love Letter to Frida Kahlo. This was an absolute must have from the moment I saw swatches of it. Frida is a gorgeous soft lavender with delicate gold flecks throughout. The formula is on the thin side and applies a bit sheer on the first coat. I used three thin coats for full opacity.

Next up is Clockwork Moth. I was originally just going to buy Frida and call it a day but then I saw swatches of this beauty and decided to grab it. Clockwork is a really unique pale-green burnished or antique shimmer filled with gold glitter flecks. The formula on this one was bit tricky. The base is more jelly-ish and on the thick sides. I found the best way to apply it was to paint a thin coat and let it dry and then apply another coat. I used three thin coats for full opacity. Application takes a bit of finesse but I think it's worth it!

So what do you all think of my picks from the collection? Did you manage to grab anything from the restock?

Scofflaw Varnish retails for $9 a bottle and are sold here. The collection is currently out of stock but a restock is scheduled for February 11th. Check out the Scofflaw Facebook page for updates on restocks and collection launch info.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Freehand Geometric Nail Art with Elevation Polish Ceram Sea

I sat down last night to do my nails with no idea what I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to use Elevation Polish Ceram Sea. It was part of one of my orders (yes, I order more than once...) from Llarowe's New Year's Day sale and I have been dying to wear it. Once I started painting my nails I kept picturing a black and white random pattern and decided to just go with it.

Tools used:
Medium Nail Art Brush
Medium Striping Brush

Polishes used:
Elevation Polish Ceram Sea
Pueen White in White
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Nails, Inc. Noho
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

I painted my nails with two coats of Ceram Sea. Once dry I painted on my geometric pattern and added an accent nail of Noho. I added a coat of Clearly on Top to my nails (minus the accent nail)

Not my neatest lines but I really like how these turned out. I love the color combo. I kept my left hand plain with just Ceram Sea and Noho because they are so pretty together on their own.