Friday, January 31, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Crack in the Wall

As you guys know, Smokey Mountain Lacquers is an indie I've been working with recently! Kim is incredibly talented! She makes phenomenal polishes and she's incredibly nice! I've really enjoyed working with her! I was chosen as one of her regular bloggers and the month of January was my month to swatch for her! Each of her bloggers gets to have her make them a custom polish during their month, which I think is incredibly amazing and thoughtful!

Now let me just say that I am terrible at customs! I can never really decide what I want but the polish makers are always patient and helpful! Kim made several prototypes based on a list of favorites I gave her. This polish originally started as blue but when Kim showed it to me in white, I was in love! I was watching Doctor Who when I saw the swatch of this in an email and it reminded me of the time field that manifested as a crack in Amy Pond's wall. So, I named this beauty Crack in the Wall!

Crack in the Wall is a white crelly with scattered holographic shimmer and small holographic silver hexes! I did three coats alone, but this beauty could be worn in a coat or two over undies for sure! I love how this polish turned out! It's gorgeous both in and out of the sunlight! LOVE! Enjoy! :)

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Crack in the Wall

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Crack in the Wall

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Crack in the Wall

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Crack in the Wall

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Crack in the Wall

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Crack in the Wall

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Shimmer Astrid

Shimmer Astrid is a gorgeous, gorgeous polish! It is beyond PACKED with iridescent glitter in all shapes and sizes! There's also some purple glitter in there, making this polish stunning! I did one coat over Square Hue Nantucket! I love Shimmer polishes because they are loaded with glitter but go on so smooth! Not to mention how beautiful they are! Enjoy! :)

Shimmer Astrid

Shimmer Astrid

Shimmer Astrid

Shimmer Astrid

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Garnet Dreams

You Polish has started to create birthstone polishes! I LOVE this idea! Even though it isn't my birthstone, I am in LOVE with Lauren's creation for January! The moment I first saw shots of it, I knew I was going to adore it!

Garnet Dreams is a clear base full of garnet glitter in a variety of shapes and sizes. It also has purple, crimson, and ruby glitter with holographic silver micro glitter! Gorgeous, right? I did two thin coats over Zoya Sailor. 

You know what's even more awesome? If you purchase your birthstone polish during your birth month, leave Lauren a note when you check out and you'll get a free bottle of her Stuck Up base coat! I'll be showing you February's polish soon! Enjoy! :)
You Polish Garnet Dreams

You Polish Garnet Dreams

You Polish Garnet Dreams

You Polish Garnet Dreams

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tip Tuesday: How to Polish Your Nails

Yes, I'm writing a post about how to polish your nails. Seems silly, I know! So why am I writing it? Because it answers the most frequent question I get asked: "What polish brand lasts the longest?" The answer: Almost all of them. In my opinion, it's all in HOW you put your polish on, not the brand. So, I've decided to show you how to polish your nails so that your polish will last the longest it can! 

I can get my polish to last about seven days, though I personally like to change my polish more often. However, I don't have a job where my hands get down and dirty (other than those wily kid-germs) so that has to be taken into account, too! Another thing to consider is body chemistry. I'm not promising seven days of polish wear since we're all so different, but hopefully this will help you keep your polish on longer than usual! Here's a visual representation of a manicure the entire way through:

How to Make Nail Polish Last

1. Begin with clean, naked nails. Don't wash them right before polishing, and don't put lotion on right before, either.

2. Put polish remover onto a cotton ball and wipe all of your nails with it. This will get rid of any surface oils.

3. Begin with a base coat. YES, please USE a base coat! It gives your polish a surface to stick to, it prevents staining, it lengthens the life of your manicure, and it creates a barrier between your oily nail and your polish. You need to seal the edge of your nail with each layer of polish you put on, beginning with the base coat. Swipe your brush over the edge of your nail first. This helps protect the tip of your nail, which you're more likely to bump than any other part of your nail. It also prevents water from getting under your polish. I like to use ellagee's Grip because it has a sticky quality to it and my polish really adheres to it! Even holographic polishes, which are notoriously finicky when it comes to base coats! 

4. Once you've sealed your edge, polish your whole nail with the base coat. 

5.When your base coat is dry, begin with your chosen polish by sealing the edge. I chose to use ellagee Snapdragon.

6. Putting on polish should take three strokes. One down the middle.

7. One down one side.

8. One down the remaining side. (Note, my first coat looks uneven. That's only because I was taking pictures between strokes and the polish had begun to dry.)

9. Continue with steps 5-8 until you are pleased with the opacity of your polish. Remember to seal the edges each time!

10. Use a small make-up brush (I swear by e.l.f. concealer brushes, available at Target for $1 each) to clean up your cuticles.

11. Simply dip the brush in remover and swipe it along your cuticle line and the edges of your nail until stray polish is gone. 

12. Seal your edge again with top coat and then finish the rest of your nail off with top coat. Yes, USE a top coat! This seals in your polish, gives it a gorgeous shine, and protects it from chipping and fading. You can even reapply top coat every few days to help your nails last even longer. I use ellagee Glass because it's super shiny and dries crazy fast! 

That's it! It sounds like a lot when it's all typed out, but it isn't much more work than normal and it's TOTALLY worth it! Before I became a polish addict, I liked polish, but I just hated how fast it chipped! Within 24 hours, my nails were hopelessly chipping and there went my hard work, down the drain. It was so frustrating. It took me a long time to learn the tricks of the trade and took starting a blog, talking to other polish addicts, and furthering my skills to figure them out. Luckily, you don't have to do all of that! :) I hope this has helped! Feel free to ask any questions! Happy Polishing! Enjoy! :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Indie Spotlight: ellagee's First Date Collection

Laura has created an amazing collection for Valentine's Day called the First Date Collection! It was inspired by Laura's favorite romantic comedy, 50 First Dates! 

Forgetful Lucy is Laura's first creme polish with nothing in it aside from creamy gorgeousness! I must say, she rocked her first creme! This warm pink creme was buttery smooth and amazing! I did two coats of First Date all by itself with top coat to top it off! 

ellagee Forgetful Lucy

ellagee Forgetful Lucy

ellagee Forgetful Lucy

Wouldn't It Be Nice is a shimmery silver polish with holographic silver and hot pink glitter in it! Awesome! This beautiful polish was perfect in three coats with top coat! Look how pretty:

ellagee Wouldn't It Be Nice

ellagee Wouldn't It Be Nice

ellagee Wouldn't It Be Nice

My favorite of this collection is Nothing Like a First Kiss! This polish is so so so fantastically amazing! It's a ruby red jelly with hot pink shimmer and silver holographic microbars. The microbars in this catch the light like crazy and make it look like fireworks, just like Laura intended! 

ellagee Nothing Like a First Kiss

ellagee Nothing Like a First Kiss

ellagee Nothing Like a First Kiss

I also have one more polish to show you, which isn't part of the First Date Collection but it's perfect for Valentine's Day! Light My Fire is a red shimmer polish that Laura created to go with a lipstick created by Nessa's Naturals! The duo will be available from ellagee and Nessa's Naturals for the month of February! I did two coats with one coat of Glass! Enjoy! :)

Head Over Heels Duo




ellagee Light My Fire

ellagee Light My Fire

ellagee Light My Fire

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Indie Spotlight: You Polish's February Box



Ready to see the polishes that Lauren made for her February box? She has some gorgeous polishes out this month with something for everyone! Even if you don't like Valentine's Day, there's sure to be something you'll love in this mix of beautiful polishes! 

First up is Anti V-Day Party! This clear topper is packed with different types of glitter. There's a lot of black and white glitter and they mix so well with the iridescent and rainbow of other colors of glitter! I did two coats over grey! 

You Polish Anti V-Day Party

You Polish Anti V-Day Party

You Polish Anti V-Day Party

Chocoholoc is a lighter brown spectraflair holographic polish! This beauty was perfect in two coats and when it hit sunlight or an LED light, oh.my.gosh. Soooo beautiful!  

You Polish Chocoholoc

You Polish Chocoholoc

You Polish Chocoholoc

Chocolate Covered Love is a clear topper with small, medium, and large brown hexes and squares and a ton of shades of red dots, squares, and micro glitter. This polish will also come with a bag of red hearts for you to mix into the polish or use as an accent! I did two thin coats over a nude polish!

You Polish Chocolate Covered Love

You Polish Chocolate Covered Love

You Polish Chocolate Covered Love

Love Crush is one of my favorites! This is a clear base packed with matte micro hexes in pink, white, and red. I decided to do one coat over a pale pink but you could definitely build this up on its own in three coats. I just love how this one looks!

You Polish Love Crush

You Polish Love Crush

You Polish Love Crush

Love Dangerously is another favorite! This glitter topper mix has bubblegum, light, and holo pink glitter with white and holographic black glitter! So gorgeous! I did one coat over a purple polish!  

You Polish Love Dangerously

You Polish Love Dangerously

You Polish Love Dangerously

Rose Garden is a clear topper with red glitter is a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes. The red glitter is accented with pink and green glitter! I did two coats over a mint green polish! 

As always, Lauren's polishes are flawless! They are smooth, easy to apply, and well worth the price! These all retail for $8 except for Chocoholoc, which is $9! Enjoy! :)

You Polish Rose Garden

You Polish Rose Garden

You Polish Rose Garden
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