Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet Heart Polish: Magical Mysteries Collection

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Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a fabulous start! It was definitely a busy one for me, especially on the blog front, but I still got to enjoy some quality time with the family. I've escaped the house so I could get this post written in peace, so let's jump on in!

I've been hoping to see more from indie brand Sweet Heart Polish, and it seems as though the universe decided to make that happen! Cassandra, the creative mastermind behind the brand, has put together a beautiful collection of multichrome polishes that will be launching this upcoming weekend, and I am positively giddy to be sharing them with you this evening!


The Magical Memories Collection currently consists of five limited edition shades. More colours will be added to the collection at a later time, but these are the beauties you can look forward to painting on your fingertips in the very near future. Let's get a closer look at them, shall we? One quick note before I jump into more photos: I've done my best to capture the shifts in these shades, but there were times when the shifts were present, but as soon as I moved into my light area, the colour shift refused to be present. I'll have comments on the colour shifts below each set of photos, but these polishes can best be appreciated in real life. Let's check them out!

Arabian Nights

Ultra chrome that shifts from a royal blue to purple to golden orange

Anyone else feel the need to sing the song from Aladdin or is that just me? Whether you do or not, there is no question that Arabian Nights is a beautiful jewel-toned polish! I was able to capture the blue to purple shifts easily enough, but that pesky orange, while definitely present at some angles, was sadly too elusive when the camera was present. I adore this colour shift combination, and I am happy to report the formula was fantastic and easy to work with. Shown with two coats.

Royally Jewelled

Ultra chrome that shifts from indigo to violet to a yellow green with blue and red glass micro flakes

I'm not gonna lie, photographing Royally Jewelled was a royal pain in my behind. While this polish starts out as an indigo, my camera refused to capture that facet in spite of it being so obvious to the eye. You can see some of the indigo, especially on the bottom photo where the glare is most present, but my camera just loved the violet shift. In spite of the issues in gave me when it came to the photography, the formula of this stunning shade is on point. I'm a sucker for glass micro flakes so this is a favorite for me, and I have it swatched in two coats for this photos.


Pete & Elliott

A yellow to green to slate blue ultra chrome with a splash of linear holographic magic.

Oomph, how pretty is this! I remember a time when I avoided all yellow polishes, and I am so glad I have gotten over my aversion of the colour! Pete & Elliott is predominately this fabulous golden yellow shade, but you do have subtle shifts to green. I actually didn't see the slate blue shift the short time I wore this, but I'm guessing I just didn't play with nail angles enough to see it. Regardless, this polish is beautiful! It has great pigmentation, and while I have it shown here in two coats, those that paint with thicker coats or have short nails may find they only need one coat for opacity.

Fawning Fairies

A teal to violet to gold shifting ultra chrome with teal to purple shifting chrome flakes

If something this majestic is making fairies fawn, I want to know what the fairing are fawning over! This polish is exquisite and another favorite from this collection for me: it is the added teal shift that is slaying me. This applied flawlessly to opacity in two coats, as shown in these photos.

Mushrooms & Doodlebugs

An amazing pink to gold to true green ultra chrome with a splash of linear holographic pigment.

Mushrooms & Doodlebugs is such a pretty polish and the name is adorable! Like the rest of the shades in this collection, the formula was easy to work with, and I only needed two coats for opacity on my nails.


The Magical Memories Collection is launching on the Sweet Heart Polish etsy shop at Noon PST Sunday, April 30th. This is a limited edition collection; only one batch was made for each colour, and they will not be remade. The future shades that will be added to this collection will also be limited as well. The Magical Memories Collection will retail for $11 per bottle.

Do you have a favorite from this collection? Fawning Fairies may be my favorite, but it's so hard to choose just one! They are all stunning, and you can't go wrong with any of them! Definitely put the date on your calendars so you can grab the ones you want at launch!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!
XO!


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Glisten & Glow: The 5 Boroughs Collection

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Good morning, dear readers! For today's blog post, I have a new Glisten & Glow collection launching at Polish Con New York to share with you. The 5 Boroughs Collection is inspired by New York, with each shade offering a fun activity that you can do in each of the five boroughs. Jill, the creative mastermind behind the brand, is a Connecticut native, and she has spent many childhood summers in New York City. Because Jill has such a personal connection to the city, what could be a better collection to launch at Polish Con New York! Jill shared her love of New York City with me, and I wanted to include her thoughts with this post:

My father and his side of the family were from NY and most lived there! My family and I would visit every holiday and I enjoyed many summer vacation as a child with my grandparents/aunts in NYC. We enjoyed visiting all the sights. I loved all of the sky scrapers at night and the glitzy interiors of various buildings. I love the contrast between the darker shades of the buildings and their shadows thru the street lights to the gilded wall coverings and sparkling chandeliers. Recalling my childhood memories when creating the timeless shades in this collection was rewarding.

These polishes are stunning, so let's jump in and get a closer look at them!

Manis in Manhattan
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Manis in Manhattan is a dusty purple based mauve toned linear holographic polish with a strong copper shimmer and a dusting of red and silver holo microglitters.

While I can appreciate the beauty of brighter purples, I have a special love of dusty purples in particular! I'm really excited about this beautiful colour, and it's a fantastic muted shade for those who can't wear bright colours in the office or just want a nice subtle shade as a palette cleanser. The formula is fabulous as well; this polish can do no wrong!


Beatboxing in The Bronx
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Beatboxing in the Bronx is an olive green linear holographic with added pink and blue shimmers and a dusting of gold flakies and gold holo microglitters.

Olive hues sadly aren't the most popular, and I am thrilled to see this addition to this collection! I love the colour, and this has a special place in my heart as my youngest son's nickname is Beatbox. The formula of Beatboxing in the Bronx is sublime and this polish practically applies itself! It is densely pigmented, and those that tend to use thicker coats or have shorter nails may find they only need one coat for opacity.


Quick Step in Queens
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Quick Step in Queens is a medium gray creme based linear holographic polish loaded with blue shimmers and a very light dusting of gold flakies.

While this polish may be made to celebrate Queens, it makes me think of the plentiful overcast and rainy days I've been seeing a lot of lately, complete with hints of blue sky amongst the clouds. While I may not be a fan of the rain, I do love a nice grey polish on my nails; Quick Step in Queens is absolutely stunning! It is also densely pigmented and could potentially be a one-coater depending on how thickly you apply this polish. I found the application to be fantastic and smooth.


Brunch in Brooklyn
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Brunch in Brooklyn is a light pink linear holographic with light pink holo microglitters and a dusting of blue and gold shimmers.

Oh my goodness, this polish is so pretty and these photos don't even come close to doing it justice! I don't wear pale pink shades often, but Brunch in Brooklyn may be a game changer for me. The polish is so delicate and feminine, and while it isn't a colour I wear often, I'm definitely going to be giving this beauty more love! The formula of this stunner is on point; it is also a little on the sheerer side so you will definitely need two coats if not three for those with very long nails. Trust me, it's well worth it if you do!


Selfies in Staten Island
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Selfies in Staten Island is a nude linear holographic polish loaded with copper, bronze and gold shimmers with a light dusting of silver holo microglitters.

Now this is one sexy nude polish! Selfies in Staten Island is a beautiful pale nude, a shade that will be flattering across a large range of skin tones. I adore the subtle metallic flashes against the base shade and it adds an added WOW factor to this beauty. Like the rest of this collection, the formula was spectacular and I have no issues to report.




The 5 Boroughs Collection with be releasing April 29th at Polish Con New York in Brooklyn, NY. They will launch online at www.glistenandglow.com May 5th at 9pm EST.

The 5 Boroughs Collection is a fabulous assortment of gorgeous work-friendly shades! While I'm not familiar with all five boroughs, I do love the direction Jill went with each of these polishes and I cannot chose a favorite! The formulas are amazing, and you can't go wrong with any of them!

Do you have a favorite polish from this collection? I'd love to hear which ones you're planning to pick up at the launch!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

KBShimmer: All The Bright Moves

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Greetings, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and your week has been off to a great start! It's been an odd week around here with lots of changes to our usual routines, so I'm having a hard time already keeping track of the day of the week! At least it has been a good week thus far, even if it has been busy! Now on to today's blog post!


Now that Easter has come and gone, many of us have our sights set on summer, from the long, sunny days, to the fun activities with friends and loved ones. Neon nails are all the rage, with our fingertips and toes as HOT HOT HOT as the sweltering heat. To get your nails ready for the summer, KBShimmer is launching All The Bright Moves, a six piece collection of neons that pay tribute to the days of the late 80's and 90's. Reviewing this collection has been an interesting blast from the past, but these colours are anything but dated. Let's check them out!

Color Me Rad
Three coats plus Clearly on Top

This crelly cream is a shockingly bright watermelon color, a neon red with warm pink undertones. This juicy shade will have you longing for summer vacation, mix tapes, and 90210 reruns. Glows under a black light!

I am personally a sucker for watermelon shades, so Color Me Rad is one of my favorites from the collection. You can bet I'm going to be matching while I'm spitting seeds this summer! Shown with three coats here, the formula was nice and easy to work with. The first coat was a little uneven, as expected with a neon formula, but it leveled out perfectly with subsequent coats.

Please Don't Glow Girl
Three coats plus Clearly on Top

Boy bands got a huge start in the 80's, with groups like NKOTB driving tweens crazy. Neon lunchboxes, posters, and t-shirts were coveted by adoring fans, with these teen heartthrobs making us go crazy! This blazing orange throwback shade has all the right stuff that neons should have and glows under black light too!

An orange that pays tribute to boy bands? I could die from the excitement of this! Like Color Me Rad, the first coat was a little uneven, but this settled out beautifully with subsequent coats. I'm surprisingly usually hit or miss when it comes to neon orange, but I am definitely digging this shade!

All The Bright Moves
Three coats plus Clearly on Top

I am not sure what is more embarrassing, my neon three tiered skirt with layered socks, or the highlighter yellow fanny pack I rocked. But one thing I know for sure, I had to have all the neon! This vibrant, electric lemonade yellow shade is almost as shocking as my neon fanny pack, especially under the black light where it really glows.

I'm not sure why the last photo here is uploading to look more pastel, but All The Bright Moves is definitely a BRIGHT yellow shade! I've found neon yellows in particular to be very tricky to work with, and while the first two coats were a bit uneven, it mostly leveled out with the third coat. It isn't quite as smooth as the others in this collection, but with neon yellow being notorious for being finicky, I'm actually impressed with this one.

Race Against Slime
Three coats plus Clearly on Top

Slime was everywhere as a kid, from kids getting slimed on game shows, to glowing green ghosts in movies. This neon green cream with its crelly like finish would have looked awesome holding your Ecto Cooler drink box.

It may come as a surprise to you, but we're a big Ghostbusters family! While I don't think my kids can handle the films at their young ages, they have been introduced to the cartoon series I remember watching and love it! I love the colour and the formula of this slimy beauty! I had the slightest bit of thin spots with two coats and added a third for these photos, but some may find they only need two coats for opacity depending on nail length and how thickly you tend to apply your polish coats.

Double Pog Dare You
Two coats plus Clearly on Top

From playground games like Pog, to gross game shows like Double Dare, kids of the 90's loved to have fun doing crazy things. This vibrant sky blue shade is reminds me of the crazy colored sets of game shows, with its near neon hue, this electric shade is a summer must have.

A little confession first: I have never played Pog, nor have I ever understood the appeal of the game. Even if Pog wasn't quite my jam, I adore this gorgeous blue shade! The formula was fabulous and rather densely pigmented. While I needed two coats, those that use thicker coats than I do may find one is sufficient for opacity with careful application.

Let's Be Frank
Three coats plus Clearly on Top

I cannot imagine my childhood without Lisa Frank. Unicorns, dolphins, and any sort of girly item they could make, in its bright and colorful glory, graced my folders, Trapper Keeper and pencils. This red toned, electric violet is a blast from my Lisa Frank sticker filled past.

Ah, the days when organization via Trapper Keeper was considered cool.....how I miss those days! While I love ease of keeping things tidy and in their place on my computer on spreadsheets galore, there was something satisfying about holding my notebook where everything was labeled and in its proper place. In it contained my assorted folders, decorated with my preferred Lisa Frank images, and this polish certainly was a flashback for me! The formula was fantastic, and while I needed three coats for opacity, I was *thisclose* to getting away with just two. Those that paint in thicker coats or having shorter nails likely can get away with just two coats.


KBShimmer will be launching the All The Bright Moves Collection at The Polish Convention in Brooklyn, New York on April 29th. It will launch online at KBShimmer.com, Amazon.com and at select salons and retailers May 5th.

These polishes are sure to grab everyone's attention with the added twist of bringing back hopefully fond memories from the past! I'm particularly partial to Color Me Rad, Please Don't Glow Girl, and Double Pog Dare You, but they are all fantastic and you can't go wrong with any of them!

Do you have a favorite shade from the All The Bright Moves collection? I'd love to hear your top picks!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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