Monday, July 16, 2012

KBShimmer Giveaway!

Hey Hey Hey!! Christy from KBShimmer is having an awesome giveaway on her Facebook Page! It started today and runs until Friday the 20th. She is giving away four bottles of Rainbow polish.

"Enter to win 1 of 4 KBShimmer Rainbow Polishes. This polish was created for a rainbow themed challenge, and since I just can not seem to make one bottle, I have extras to giveaway! It starts with white clouds in three sizes and a blue sky. A hint of left over rain from a passing storm is represented by tiny holographic glitters. A rainbow of colors in two sizes completes the polish. Three coats over white are shown with one coat of fast dry top coat."

Good luck to everyone to participates!! Hope this makes your Monday a little less dreary. :)

xo Karly

Friday, July 13, 2012

KBShimmer Lilac Dreams & Ice Queen

TGIF everyone! So glad it's finally the weekend. To celebrate I wanted to show you this gorgeous mani I came up with today using KBShimmer nail polish in Lilac Dreams and Ice Queen. Lately I've been wearing just plain polish colors so I wanted to do something a bit more exciting than usual, but still simple. (I'm so lazy!!) 

I started off with 2 coats of KBShimmer Lilac Dreams. This color is so pretty! It is explained as a luscious shade that depending on the light, shifts slightly from a medium purple to a lovely shade of pink. Holographic glitter in aqua blue and sliver add sparkle and shine while a scattering of micro black and silver glitter adds depth to the color. The formula was great, smooth and very easy so apply. Full opacity in 2 coats.
 I took probably a gazillion  pictures before finally capturing the true color of this polish, as it shows in the bottle. Like the description says, it does shift from purple to pink depending on the lighting. These pictures were taken from my inside my lightbox.
 These pictures were taken outside and it was a bit cloudy. You can see more of how it shifts to a different shade below.
 It looks more purpley outside, and indoors it shows it's true color as being more of a pink shade. 

To give my mani a little flair I added KBShimmer Ice queen on the tips, and as an accent nail. It is explained as holographic glitters floating in an almost clear polish, slightly silver blue in color. We start with micro fine glitter, move to several hex glitters and finish with scattering of large diamond glitter. The formula of this polish was good. The glitters were plentiful and it was surprisingly easy to apply. 2 coats are shown on the accent nail.
 The following pictures were taken outside.

I'm absolutely in awe with how this turned out! It makes me feel extra glamorous. KBShimmer polishes are top notch, excellent quality and just might be my new favorite indie line! They retail for 8.50 and can be bought directly from her website. Not only do they sell polish, but they offer a wide variety of soaps, scrubs, lotions, bath bombs and more! Check out her website for yourself! 

I hope you've enjoyed today's post, I will have many more KBShimmer polishes to show you in the future!! Have a great weekend girls. 

xo Karly

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NailNation Polish Swatches/Review *PIC HEAVY*

Happy Wednesday! Today I have something new and exciting for you guys! A good friend of mine, Maria, from NailNation and NailNation3000 on YouTube had sent me some wonderful polishes to play with! Maria has been in the nail industry for many many years, and is a professional nail technician. In her spare time she enjoys creating custom nail polishes and creating nail art for all to enjoy.

She had sent me a bunch of minis as well as a few full bottles, and asked me to swatch and review some! I picked a few of my favorites and over the past few days I have been wearing and testing them out. I will be giving my 100% honest opinion about these polishes and nothing less.

*The polishes Maria sent me are all prototypes, and are still in test runs.*

The first of four is one that really caught my eye. It stood out from all the rest and was practically singing to me. I could stare at this polish bottle all day. It amazes me! It is a royal blue base with holographic glitters, and sheer hex glitters that flash blueish/greenish. Absolutely beautiful.
 As far as application goes, it went on smooth and opaque in two coats. Unfortunately, the hex glitters were not willing to come out of the bottle, and the ones that did make it on to my nail didn't show up as well as I was hoping. If you look on my pointer finger you can see some, but they don't stand out like they do in the bottle. Other than that, the dry time was longer than what I am used to, which resulted in some indenting.... which may of been my fault since I went to bed shortly after applying this polish. ;)

Conclusion: This polish is beautiful in the bottle. However, it doesn't translate exactly the same on the nail. Dry time was on the slow side but aside from that it's still a lovely polish! I wish I could of got more hex glitters on my nails, they were my favorite part of this polish. 

Next in line was a rather fascinating color. Looking at it in the bottle it is a silvery/pink/green duochrome. It doesn't stop there. As soon as I went out into the sun, I was totally floored. It was as if I had a completely different polish on! In the sunlight, the polish transforms into a holographic color!
 Here is what the polish looks like in the bottle, as well on the nail when you are indoors. The green doesn't show up on the nail as much, though. I noticed that it mostly flashes from a silver to a pinky color. The formula was smooth, but kind of sheer. I used 4 coats to get full opacity.
 Here it is in the sun. It looks totally different from indoors! I was so shocked when I saw it. I had no idea it was holographic from looking at it indoors. Strangely enough, when you are outside the duochrome almost disappears. There is still a slight pinkish tone, but without really looking it looks to just be a plain holographic polish.
Conclusion: I tried to get some shots in the shade, showing the duochrome but my camera was refusing to pick it up. If you take a look at the bottle, that is how it really looks on the nail while indoors. Outdoors, it looks like the above pictures. It is seriously a tricky polish! Definitely unlike anything I've ever seen before.

Here we have another holo! It is a beautiful silver holographic. This formula was also a bit sheer, but 3 coats and it was fully opaque. 

 Look at the holo goodness. GORGEOUS!
Conclusion: I thought this was a very  nice polish! I've tried my fair share of silver holo's and this one was better than most, to be totally honest. It isn't patchy or streaky like some holo's are. You don't need a specific base coat to wear this.

I've saved the best for last! This specific polish stole my heart. Purple is my favorite color, and this polish does not disappoint. This color is so unique, it practically leaves me speechless. I so badly would love to have a full bottle of this color. It translates to the nail beautifully, and the formula was good. 3 coats for full opacity, and I imagine it would look stellar over black or any other dark color. It is a shimmery purple that flashes pink and blue.
 Indoors it looks exactly like it does in the bottle on the nails. This color is so complex that I couldn't get my camera to capture the true beauty of it indoors on my nails.
 This is how it looks outdoors. It's so amazing. I don't even know what to say. Just look at it! Micro shimmer of purple pink and blue. Delicious.

Here you can really see how it flashes pink. 

Conclusion: This polish was my absolute favorite. Application was smooth and dried fast. I really think this might of made it's way to the top of my favorite polishes list. Everyone needs to have this color! 

Wow! That was long. I hope all of this was exciting for you as it was for me. If you want to contact Maria you can do so on Facebook. I believe she plans to have her polishes for sale ASAP via eBay or another popular selling website such as etsy or bigcartel.  I will be sure to update all of you as soon as I hear anything about availability! 

xoxo Karly

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Hey everyone! Short post today. I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a wonderful 4th. Make sure to be extra careful, and stay hydrated!

Here is my nail art for today.

Talk to you all soon!
xo Karly

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pretty & Polished Jawbreaker

Happy Sunday, girls! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

Recently I just started dipping my toes into the world of indie polishes. It's funny because for the longest time I never understood the hype most indie polishes got. I thought they were totally overpriced and underwhelming. I finally decided "Heck, I might as well give them a shot.. I might actually like them." Lo and behold, I fell in love. Granted, only with the ones I've tried so far which admittedly isn't many!

Today I have to show you Pretty & Polished - Jawbreaker. I don't think this polish needs much of an explanation. When my boyfriend saw the bottle he said "Wow, this is awesome! It actually does look like a jawbreaker!" Normally my boyfriend isn't phased by polishes (big surprise!) but this one impressed him.

                                                                          Bottle Shot!

                       This is 2 coats of Jawbreaker over 1 coat of China Glaze - White on White.
                                                           Application was fairly easy/smooth!

In the shade.
 If you are interested in checking out or purchasing P&P polishes, you should check out her Etsy Shop! Also, Llarowe has recently announced she will also be stocking P&P polishes sometime this month so be sure to look there, too!

I have tons of indie polishes making their way to me (Rainbow Honey, Dandy Nails, Lush Lacquer) and many many more!  I will have swatches and reviews up as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!

xo Karly
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