Thursday, 31 July 2014

July's What's In-die Box?

I believe it is well and truly safe to share the July's edition of What's In-die Box? The theme for July was animals. I was excited for this box as the inspiration pictures looked exciting and colourful. I think this has been the most colourful box so far!

"Bad Kitty" by Shades of Phoenix. Inspired by a black cat with green eyes. This one is such a glitter bomb! For my swatch I dabbed one coat over a black base and topped it off with a glossy top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Tweetie Pie" by Glam Polish. Inspired by a sweet little yellow bird. This polish is a bright yellow with a soft holographic glimmer. For my swatch I used three thin coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: Inside with flash

Lighting: Inside with flash



"Clowning Around" by Peita's Polish. Inspired by a clown fish. This one is super bright! I actually like this one on much more compared to in the bottle. I can see myself wearing this for Halloween! For my swatch I used three coats plus a glossy top coat.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Shake Your Tail Feather" by Smudged Polish. Inspired by the feathers of a beautiful peacock. This one has such an amazing jelly base! For my swatch I used three coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



"Frogalicious" by Lilypad Lacquer. Inspired by a bright pink tropical frog. I love the vibrant pink of this polish. It also has a subtle golden shimmer. For my swatch I used two coats plus a glossy top coat. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box



Each month the What's In-die Box? is available from Peita's Polish.

-Bettina

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The Unearthed Collection by Moonstone Nail Polish

This fabulous new collection by Moonstone Polish is inspired by rich vibrant shades of beautiful minerals found in the earth. I admired the beauty of these minerals captured into polish form and I think this collection is wonderfully appropriate for a brand named Moonstone Polish.

For each of my swatches I used two coats with out a base colour and a glossy top coat to finish it off. I found these polishes to be really easy to work with even with the dense glitter formula. I loved the brightly pigmented jelly bases with the small glitters, iridescent glitters, and flakies. Each polish has a wonderful shimmer to it and the iridescent glitters give subtle colour changes.

"Rhodonite" - Inspired by the Rhodonite mineral which is a bright pink rose colour often with black manganese veins running through the mineral. The colour of this one is a very bright girly pink!





"Amethyst" - The only polish from this collection that I had actually heard the name of before. This one is, of course, inspired by the violet quartz Amethyst. The purple of this ones looks slightly blue, until you put it next to the blue polish and then it is clearly a very vibrant purple.





"Azurite" - Inspired by the soft, deep blue copper mineral. This one is such an amazing deep, bright blue, and it is so pigmented it's simply wonderful. If you are a lover of blue polishes, you need this in your life!





"Malachite" -  A copper carbonate hydroxide mineral with an opaque green band. Like the other polishes in this collection it is wonderfully pigmented and rich in colour.





"Acanthite" - Inspired by the silver mineral that is most often an iron back colour.  I really like this one, for some reason I like dark colours like this. It's not quite black in colour and the iridescent glitters and flakies give blue/green tones throughout the polish.





"Cerussite" - Also know as white lead ore, this mineral consists of lead carbonate and is a clear white in colour. This is probably my favourite one is polish from this collection. I decided not to use a base colour for this one, exactly why I chose not to I don't know. I really like how this one looks with out a base colour. It is so pretty and delicate.




I highly recommend googling some of the names of these minerals and checking out the pictures. They are beautiful to look at and give a greater appreciation of the inspiration behind the polishes.

This stunning collection will be available from Moonstone Nail Polish at 7pm the 30th of July. Individual bottles will be sold for $9.50 and the whole collection will be available with a generous 10% discount at $51.30.

-Bettina

Stop! Collaborate and Listen Trio by Pretty Serious

I have had the privilege of swatching the Stop! Collaborate and Listen Trio by Pretty Serious. This collaboration trio involved three talented nail ladies, one for each polish. These are actually my first polishes from Pretty Serious so I was very excited to try them out.  For each swatch I used two coats of polish and topped it off with the "Crystal Clear" top coat by Pretty Serious. I'll have a few words about the top coat at the end.

"Stuck in the Middle" by The Polish Haven. This polish is beautiful and my personal favourite from the trio. It has a bright fuchsia base with iridescent flecks. I love the colours that show through on this polish, sometimes it looks more red, other times it looks very pink.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Swatch and Learn" by Swatch and Learn. This polish has a green jelly base with irridescent shifting rainbow glass flecks and copper and gold flakes. Personally, I really don't like the base colour, greens just aren't for me. However, I do love the pretty shimmer that this polish gives off. To me it was a very pinkish silver shimmer. Very pretty.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Undercover Mermaid" by Lab Muffin. This polish is very subtle. It has a very soft lilac/grey base with iridescent green flakies and glass flecks. This is a very neutral colour, but in the right lighting the flakies and flecks it is a beautiful subtle colour.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I used the "Crystal Clear" top coat by Pretty Serious over each swatch. The top coat was super smooth to apply! It was also nice and glossy. I didn't time the drying time but it did seem to dry rather quickly. Usually I am pretty good at reading at watching a movie or reading a book while my nails dry and I don't pay attention to the time often. I wore Stuck in the Middle to work with the top coat over the top, I didn't get any chipping or tip wear during the day. I don't know how long my nails would have lasted as I had to redo my nails at the end of that because I can't wear a polish for longer than a day! Overall I found this to be a great top coat. I am still so impressed with how smooth the application was!

-Bettina

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cloud 9 Multichrome Collection by Polish Me Silly

Polish Me Silly recently released a new collection of 10 new multichrome polishes. I have 9 polishes from this collection to share with you today. All of these polishes shift colour depending on the light. Some have more of a dramatic shift than others, but they are all phenomenal polishes. When this arrived and I was opening it up I was literally saying "WOW!" each time I unwrapped another bottle. I stared at each bottle turning it around looking at the colours. My eyes were practically popping out of my head.  Each polish has a mirror like chrome finish. For each of my swatches I used three thin coats and no top coat. I didn't use any base colour for any of my swatches. The first coat is quite sheer, but it builds to opacity quite quickly. Application is really smooth, but I found that it worked better when there was drying time between coats. I used water droplets on most of my swatch photos as water bends light showing the shifting colours and it can also highlight some of the more subtle colour shifts.

"Dreamer" - This beautiful polish shifts between blues and greens with a bit of purple.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Dynamite" - A favourite of mine from this collection. The main colour shifts in this polish are red, orange, gold, and green. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Envy" - The main shifts in this polish are purple, pink, blue, red, gold, green, and orange. This one is very pretty. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Justice" - This is a pretty polish that has a more subtle colour shift. The colours range between different shades of blue and purple. 

Lighting: In light box


Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Under water


"Legacy" - This polish shifts between different shades of green including a bright green, emerald green, and olive green. It also shifts to a blue, gold, and yellow. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Mystery" - Another favourite of mine with a strong colour shift. This one shifts from pink, magenta, gold, and green.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Paradise" - Yet another favourite! There are a lot of brilliant colours in this one including purple, teal, pink, gold, red, orange, blue, and green.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Rebel" - This one is similar to Mystery but it shifts more of a red rather than a pink. It has a strong green/gold colour presence. The under water photo of this polish really shows up all the different colours. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Under water


"Vixen" - This one has such a pretty colour shift from a magenta plum red to purple with a touch of gold, green, orange. The under water shot of this one also shows up more of the subtle colours. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Under water

Be sure to check out the Polish Me Silly shop and pick up your favourites. Some of these polishes are very limited due to supply. I am sure all of these stunners will go fast!

You can check out more swatches by Very Emily on her blog HERE

-Bettina