Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bundle Monster Chose Me Too!

If you’re part of the nail groups I’m in on Facebook, then you probably saw last night, my cute little buddy, the baby Bundle Monster I made, was chosen as a Birthday Contest Winner this week! I am so excited! I of course chose the Holiday Set, so look for a review on them to come in the mail hopefully next week! I can’t wait to share them with you! If you missed seeing the previews of this great Holiday set, you can find that here:



I am so excited and grateful that they liked my creation, inspired by their cute mascot. This will be my 3rd Bundle Monster set and I need to get some rubber waffle shelf paper cut into the rectangles that will keep them in my baseball card protector sheets. Sorry there's not a manicure post up yet, my son is home and I have had less time to do my nails. Thanks for coming by my blog and I wish you happy polishing!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bundle Monster Birthday Contest Photographs

Just a short post today, I wanted to share the photos I took today of my little buddy, meet the Bundle Monster I created today in honor of their Birthday month! I am simply thrilled with how great he came out. I am also sharing my entry in the contest here. I hope they like it! It’s not perfect, but I like to think that part of beauty is making the most of, and celebrating the good things and overlooking flaws.








Isn’t he a cute little addition to my desk? Even if I don’t actually stamp in my bedroom on my desk like I wish I could, it’s still fun to think of a little Bundle Monster sitting on my desk as I do my nail art. So wish me luck in scoring a set of those awesome new Holiday Plates they’re releasing soon, they are giving out 37 prizes so I think I have as good a chance as anyone else to win myself a set. Thanks for reading and checking out my little buddy, I’d love to hear what you think of him! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wet n’ Wild’s Everybody Loves Redmond

I picked this one up on clearance at Walmart, and I suspect that Wet n’ Wild will be releasing some new Fast Dries. I really was glad this one dried fast, because this is three coats and I still had visible nail lines. I know not everyone is bothered by this, but I like more opaque coverage. I adore Wet n’ Wild polishes and makeup, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing this one again, simply because of the visible nail line factor. 




I used Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, Instant Artificials, and three coats of polish, followed this time be Seche Vite. So far on day four, I don’t have any chips and only tip wear, which I think is great. I decided to stamp my nails today in honor of Bundle Monster’s fourth Birthday, they are having an awesome contest/giveaway this month, details can be found here. Basically they are giving away 37 prizes, of either $20 gift cards or nail art image plate sets, including the new holiday set you can check out here.






I hope you like the way this manicure turned out. I do, but I wish I could stamp inside the house, there was wind blowing and I know that effected the way the manicure turned out. I used BM 306 & 307 and for my top coat here, I used NYC Grand Central Station. I really like it, because it never smears for me. I stamped with Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I hope that I’ll be able to come up with a great photo for entry in this contest Bundle Monster is hosting, so look for that coming soon. Thanks for reading and I wish you happy polishing. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wet n’ Wild Megalast in Bubblegum Pop

I picked this beauty up from Dollar General’s huge new display of Wet n’ Wild Megalasts. It was the only one I got, and so far it’s been five days, no gloves for dishes, and no chipping, only tip wear. I really love the color and have gotten a lot of compliments on it. I am delighted it’s wearing so well, and I plan on changing it up tomorrow or Friday for sure.




I used one coat of Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, one coat of Salon Sciences Instant Artificials, and then two layers of Bubblegum Pop, followed by one coat of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. I really like the results too. You can see from my bottle shot below that I have been using it exclusively. I like that it dries quickly, and that it shines so much. Thought sharing a bottle shot would show for sure which one I mean when I refer to the Insta-Dri in the red bottle.





I have some awesome manicures coming up and as I plan on buying the second set of Bundle Monster Plates they will be releasing this year, I am sure much more stamping nail art is on the way as well. They have a holiday set coming out, but so far, that isn’t really exciting me enough to want to get them. Also worth mentioning is the Brazilian company Drikk (DRK) are changing how they put their plates out, they are doing one line ‘ruler’ styled plates, which sadly have zero appeal for me, because I find them to be more expensive and offer fewer designs than they used to for an economical price. Two of these new DRK D ‘rulers’ are available now at Ninja Polish. Thank you for coming by my blog and I wish you happy polishing. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sinful Shine’s Pragmatic

I was very excited when I found the new display for Sinful Color’s, Sinful Shine, ‘With Gel Tech’ as it states on the bottle. The other differences are in price, and the tops, these new polishes cost $2.99 and have shiny silver caps. I picked out one called Pragmatic. A lovely lilac color that I really enjoyed wearing for the five days I wore it.





I used my favorite combination of Sally’s Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, Instant Artificials, two coats of polish, then one layer of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. The one bad thing I simply have to mention is that even up to the point where I was removing it to do my next manicure on day five I was able to push a nail into the right thumb and make a mark in the polish. Not good. So I think it might have to do with using the Instant Artificials with it, so I plan on doing a second trial without it. I’ll update you all when I’ve done that in the near future.




Another thing I want to mention it is smells a little different than regular Sinful Colors polishes do. Hard to pinpoint, but it’s slightly less pungent. On the first coat it was somewhat streaky, and the second coat did even it out, but even this might have been due to the use of Instant Artificials. I am probably going to get one more of this line of polishes, and will try it without the Instant Artificials, and test run it to see if it is possible to dent it after 24 hours of time to set. So that’s what I bring you today, I hope you enjoyed seeing Pragmatic and hearing my thoughts on using it. Thank you for coming by my blog and I wish you happy polishing. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

China Glaze Infra-Red


I have a pretty polish for you today from China Glaze’s Hologlam collection currently out at Sally’s Beauty Supply. I picked up three of these beauties and I will use the other two in future manicures, so look for Strap on Your Moonboots and Galactic Gray to come soon. I hope you enjoy the photographs, I am still wearing Infra-Red currently, a week later. With zero chipping.





The combination I’ve been using are my ultimate combo of products for iron wear worthy results. I start with one layer of Sally’s Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, a layer of Salon Sciences Instant Artificials, and then two to three coats of color, and topped with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-chip Top Coat in the red bottle. This is such an amazing combination for me. It’s exciting to me to be able to get this long of wear from a regular polish manicure.






You can even see some holo effect in my photographs. The formula on this was, as you’ve seen others reporting, thick and streaky on first coat. I didn’t want to go with Aqua Base on my first manicure with it, I wanted to be able to test out my regular routine with a chiptastic polish like a holo. I like the polishes I picked up, but I will probably thin them before I use one again. If you like holo polish, these are quite nice, but they are not screaming holo in your face like Layla or Color Club holo polishes do.

As for stamping, I thought about it and decided it was too pretty to stamp over. Thanks for coming by my blog and I wish you happy polishing.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ferguson Crest Syrah, Another Fergie Polish


I bring you an interesting color, that once you see it in person you will most likely fall for. It reminds me of Hard Candy’s Beetle. I used my new usual combination of Sally’s Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, Instant Artificials, two coats of color and then the final coat of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat in the red bottle. I really am impressed with this combination as it seems like I can get up to 10 days of wear if I use my vinyl gloves to clean and do dishes.







I really love this line of polishes. I really do. They wear great on me and look awesome. I hope that you like the photos, I have yet to set up the lightbox. Hopefully I can get around to that in good time. I am looking forward to my next manicure, I have three of the China Glaze Hologlams, and I want to wear one next for you, most likely Infra-Red. I also picked up Strap On Your Moonboots, and Galactic Gray. So look for those coming soon. I have many wonderful manicures to come this spring and summer for you. Thanks for stopping by Nail Soup and as always, I wish you happy polishing!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Over The Moon & Eternal Beauty Halo-Hues


I really am delighted with this collection of polishes. I have five of them, and they are pretty spectacular. Today I bring you the best photo I was able to get of this manicure done without using the Instant Artificials. I used Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, two coats of Over The Moon, and then Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. This convinced me that that strengthener really does improve wear time. I got three days and by then had bad chipping, but I also hadn’t used my vinyl gloves when doing the dishes either.




So this was taken in my kitchen, you can most definitely see the holographic effect in this picture, and since I redid my nails today in Eternal Beauty, which you can totally see in the direct sunlight is very holographic, I thought I’d share both manicures with you today. On this one I applied my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, and then I used the Instant Artificials, two coats of the Color Club polish, and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat in the red bottle. I am also back to using my gloves and will report on the wearability of this manicure in my next blog entry.
  





I love how awesome these polishes are, and that the Sally Hansen didn’t dull the holographic effect at all that I could see. One thing I wanted to mention is that it reminds me, speaking of Eternal Beauty under normal lighting, of Max Factor's Fantasty Fire over black. I know it’s not a dupe for it by any stretch, but it’s really a pretty pinkish purple polish, and I am so glad I picked it up. That’s all I have for you today, thanks for stopping by and I wish you happy polishing.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Revlon Dreamer & Santa’s Magic Back Again


A favorite manicure is too good not to repeat. A friend’s daughter is turning Sweet Sixteen Sunday and in honor of that event and another friend’s birthday yesterday, I thought I would bring back an old favorite manicure of mine. The trusty gorgeousness of Revlon’s Dreamer and the glittery goodness that is Finger Paints Santa’s Magic. I know I’ve done this one once before, but it’s one of my favorite combinations. And this time I am expecting to get some good wear out of it as I used my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing base coat, with Instant Artificials underneath my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat. I am very pleased with this combination of base, strengthener, and top coats, they are wearing like iron for me since I’ve begun combining the three in this fashion.




Like last time I won’t be stamping over this one, it’s just too pretty to put another layer of polish overtop of. If you’re interested the video for this polish in motion is located here:




My Blue Eyed Soul manicure, stamped with Pure Ice, Silver Mercedes lasted a full week and had zero chipping, so I think I really might be onto something with this combination for myself. I wish what worked for me, would work for everyone, but the truth in my experience, is you need to experiment with base coat and top coat combinations to see what is your best working combination. I am planning on trying something else for a base coat and I will keep you informed on when that happens and how it goes when I switch it up a bit. Thank you for coming by and checking out my blog and I wish you happy polishing.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Manicure


Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I have a green manicure with gold four-leaf clovers that I am pretty pleased with. It could have been a little better on lining up the images, but I enjoyed it for the 5 days I’ve worn it for. I used China Glaze Watermelon Rind, which has been discontinued, so if you like it you’ll probably have to grab it from an online retailer if you can't get it on clearance right now at Sally's. I used my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, two coats of Watermelon Rind, then one coat of Instant Artificials, then after two minutes I applied my new go to top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat.







I waited about 45 minutes before I stamped with Maybelline Bold Gold using my XL Stamper, but I saw from the first image transfer onto it that it was not going to cooperate. So I pulled out my Konad stamper and immediately the results were much better. I placed my first image but it wasn’t where I thought it was going on my ringer fingernail, and so when I picked up and placed the second smaller clover on the ring fingernail it too came off a little wonky. Anyway, the others were easier, except for the index fingernail. It just served to remind me that I believe there’s no such thing as a perfect manicure. Once the BoldGold had dried I top coated using NYC Grand Central Station. I got a lot of compliments on this manicure too. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day! Happy polishing!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Another Fergie, Blue Eyed Soul


I bring you a lovely blue today, Fergie’s Blue Eyed Soul, very pretty both in the bottle and on the nail. I have had a thing for these polishes lately. I am including a picture of the brush this time around as I meant to mention it before, but it’s a very wide brush. It is hard to get your pinky without getting polish on the skin at the sides. But with a little practice it is possible, at least on the left hand. I am very impressed with the brand so far, they are wearing well for me, I got five days without any chipping on my Miami Spirit manicure and I got nearly a week on my Make Them Boys Go Loco manicure.




Onto the polishes I used, I went with my usual base, the Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, only this time rather than applying Instant Artificials on over the color I put it on over the base coat. When I did the red manicure I had some of the color bleed into the applicator brush, so I wanted to try something different. Then I applied two coats of Blue Eyed Soul, but it easily could have been a one coater, so I am thinking it might stamp well. It’s almost a metallic denim blue, my camera did its best to capture the color, but I suggest checking out Walgreen’s for this one to see it in person. And I have temporarily put aside my Seche Vite for now, in favor of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat which is working out well for me.







I let them set for 45 minutes before stamping using one of my new Winstonia plates, W111 and the polish I went with was Pure Ice Silver Mercedes. It was perfect too. I was delighted that my XL stamper worked this time, my previous manicure for Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day manicure, it gave me trouble and I had to use my konad stamper. Luckily it might have been the combination of Maybeline’s Bold Gold from the Metallic Color Show collection. At any rate, I think the results speak for themselves. I used NYC Grand Central Station for my top coat after the stamping like I like to do, because for me it hardly ever smears my work. Thank you for reading and I wish you happy polishing.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Another Fergie: Miami Spirit


I have another one for you, this one is Fergie’s Miami Spirit; a bright green polish that wore pretty well for me, although I did suffer a break on the right ring fingernail. I am thinking it’s time to try something different so I am going to use some Instant Artificials on my next mani under something different and see how it works out. But for this manicure I used my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, with Seche Vite. I used two coats of the Fergie, and no glitter with this manicure, though I was tempted to do some Sinful Colors Green Ocean, but ended up not using it.




I had intended to stamp gold four leaf clovers over this manicure, but I wasn’t able to. Real life got in the way. I hope you liked this one, I was surprised at how much I liked this color, I think I would have liked it even more with some gold clovers, but there’s always next time. So far every one of the Fergie polishes I've tried has worn really well and been to my liking, if you've picked any up I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Thank you for stopping by and happy polishing!

Monday, March 4, 2013

MASH 2012 set & Winstonia Image Plates From Amazon


I treated myself to these two image plate sets and the just arrived Thursday the 27th. I am very excited to get these, as I’ve seen other’s efforts using them and their results were exciting! They both have images I really wanted to add to my image plate collection and while I was waiting on the post office lady to bring them to me, I organized the rubber waffle, shelf liner that I picked up from the Dollar Tree, by cutting rectangles and stuffing them into my baseball card protector sheets, of which I have PLENTY still to allow for room to grow.




I really am looking forward to using these plates and will soon, but for now they remain untested. As other blogs have done detailed images and you all know I am not one to do photo heavy entries, I’ll leave that to those who are better able to do them as they do a fabulous job on that kind of posting. I will keep bringing you manicures with nail art and polish reviews on polishes I’ve purchased as I just got two from the Avant Garden China Glaze collection I am eager to try out for Spring and I was eye balling one from the new Finger Paints Spring Collection. So more posts with polish reviews coming soon! Thanks for coming by and I hope to have a review on using these two sets of plates for you in the next week or two. Happy polishing!

Ninja Polish Huge Giveaway!


This one is to celebrate their hitting some big milestones. They broke 5K followers on Facebook, hit over 2K followers on Twitter and a few others. Here is the Ninja-Polish Blog entry on this giveaway. I really love Ninja-Polish for many reasons. But their giveaways are the best! I hope to see some of your comments there on their blog as that entitles you to 10 entries. It ends in 13 days so head on over there!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Fergie Make Them Boys Go Loco


I bring you a spectacular manicure today of Fergie’s Make Them Boys Go Loco. My mother had picked it up and I had eyeballed it, but passed. THEN she WORE IT! I saw it on her nails last weekend and simply had to own it, seriously. I was lucky I found my local Walgreen's had one bottle left so I didn't have to hunt it down too far. I used my usual base of Sally’s Beauty Secret’s Moisturizing Base Coat, then I used China Glaze Adventure Red-Y from the Safari Collection as the base manicure, two coats of that, then two coats of the Fergie. And WOW!







As you can see it’s got bigger chunks of red glitter, and it’s all set in a blackened jelly suspension base with tinier red glitter. I really am impressed with it, and Mother has reported it’s wearing like iron for her too, but her base is different. I gave her my bottle of Instant Artificials and she’s hooked on using that, but over the color coats, and underneath the top coat, she uses NYC Grand Central Station. If Sally’s has some Instant Artificials when I swing by later I am getting another bottle to re-add it back to my polishing routine because I remember it definitely made a big difference in how long and well a manicure would wear. The top coat here is Seche Vite, and even with two coats of the glitter to get my desired effect, it doesn’t feel gritty at all.

I hope you enjoyed sharing this manicure with me, it’s one I’ll do again, but this time over Ravishing Darling by China Glaze, as Mother used Love Struck from Nina Ultra Pro and we had slightly different results in the tone of our red outcomes, and I liked both, but want to try it over a really vampy red like Ravishing Darling which I just picked up this past week at Sally’s along with some others to add to my collection. Thank you for reading and happy polishing!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Revlon Dreamer Stamped With DRK-A


I wanted to do another blue toned manicure, and with how well the previous manicure wore with a glitter topper I decided to use one of the China Glaze Prismatics with Revlon’s Dreamer. I used two coats of Dreamer, then one coat of China Glaze’s Liquid Crystal, which I adore, and then Seche Vite. After it was dry and nicely set, I pulled out my DRK-A plate and got my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Co-Bolt Blue out. Like I usually do I used NYC Grand Central Station for the top coat over the stamping. Hope you like the photos, I still haven’t made my light box yet, hopefully soon.







I wore this manicure for five days and could have gone six without any chipping, so I was very impressed with the combination of polishes. That’s it for today! Thank you for coming by Nail Soup, I wish you happy polishing!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Kalahari Kiss, Make A Spectacle Stamped


Yet another m57 leopard print manicure. I simply love this image. I used China Glaze’s Kalahari Kiss, two coats, and then one coat of the China Glaze glitter Make A Spectacle, topped with Seche Vite. After letting it dry for an hour I stamped using Sinful Colors Black on Black. I really like this manicure, it’s very striking in its contrast. I got a lot of compliments on it too. It’s one I’ll be repeating. I hope you like it, I am glad that it lasted so long too, it wore for six days!






That’s it for today, thanks for stopping by and I wish you happy polishing!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sunshine Pop Stamped With A Smile


I bring you a not so perfect, but yet fun manicure today. This is China Glaze’s Sunshine Pop, stamped with Sinful Colors Black on Black. This is BM304, and I used NYC Grand Central Station for the top coat. This is over top of a Seche Vite top coat on the base manicure of Sunshine Pop. I love this polish, and the stamping is good enough for a first time after a three month break from stamping. I think I am back in the saddle, hope you enjoy my efforts.






I am still working on getting the tissue paper for my light box, but that should happen soon, so hopefully we’ll see some better lit manicure photos soon. Thank you for checking out Nail Soup today and happy polishing!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Small Birthday Haul & Update


These were from my mother, she bought me Halo-graphic & Cloud Nine from Color Club’s Halo Hues collection, and Orly’s Glitz & Glamour. I really adore these polishes. I wish I had manicure photos to share, but I am having trouble figuring out where I can take decent manicure photos here in the new place. I don’t want to post really crappy photos, so I am working on it. I really appreciate my friend Lili, sharing her thoughts with us here on Nail Soup and hope you enjoyed her Top 13 Untrieds of 2013 post, I am thinking of doing a Top 10 Untrieds of 2013 post of my own too, so let me know if you’d like that idea.




Here’s my latest manicure, I got it for free with a Seche Vite purchase this month at Sally’s, it’s China Glaze’s Rich & Famous. I also picked up a second bottle of Seche Vite and got China Glaze’s Spontaneous and a clearance bottle of Kalahari Kiss. I am finding that I have almost every China Glaze in their display that I am attracted to! Has that happened to any of you yet? I am really looking forward to the upcoming Avant Garden collection, it looks as good as last year’s Electropop one, and I am really excited for it. Not so much about Glitz though, we’ll see if they “wow” me in person though in a week and a half or not. For now Avant Garden and HoloGlam are the two collections I am most looking forward to this year.




My oral surgery went good, I am healing from it and once I nail how to light my photography here (my point and shoot camera doesn’t have any light settings other than being able to have or disable the flash) in the new place, I’ll resume bringing you better photographs of my manicures. Some of you might wonder why I don’t hold bottles in my photos, that is because I figure picture thieves are more prone to steal photos with bottles than the way I pose my hand or how I choose to shoot mine. I am really glad January is almost over, because I am ready to move into February and do some red manicures again! Thank you for reading and as always, happy polishing!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lili's Top 13 Untrieds of 2013


Hello and Happy New Year nail peeps!

I am Lili Anne and this is my second guest blog here on Nail Soup. I thought that in keeping with a New Year's theme: "In with the new, out with the"...well, untried...I have pulled out 13 of my top untried polishes for the New Year. I discovered, to my horror, that I have a great deal of untried polishes of which I've collected over the past 18 months or so when I began a phase of really loving lacquer. I counted a little over 50, not including nail art and stamping polishes. My goal is to use all of my untrieds before buying any new colors--this does not include treatments, top coats, etc., as a gal can never have too many of those. Here's my list of Lili's Top 13 Untrieds of 2013. These are the first polishes I will use in 2013, two of which I've already tried.



Barielle - Wrap Me In Ribbons (See photo above, left to right)

I bought this shimmery dark rose polish in a package from Barielle last year. I have ordered from their sight several times when they've had sales and I have never been disappointed. This shade was packaged in a box with about five other polishes and the first shipment I received contained a few broken bottles. While none of them were leaking, a couple had jagged edges on them. I called Barielle's customer service department and they shipped me a whole new package and let me keep the damaged goods. I believe I threw out the worst of the bottles so neither me nor my daughter would get cut but I kept the rest, so I have a couple of dupes. This is so pretty, I can't believe I haven't used it, so this one will be featured on this blog soon.

Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish - Red Taboo

This was acquired during a flash sale that Ninja Polish had one night before Christmas. I bought three Layla polishes at 20% off their price with free shipping, along with a nail buffer which is suggested for use with the holographic polish. Once I received my order I realized the buffing file is similar to the buffing side on my Body Shop Nail Block so it's not necessary that you buy the Layla buffer if you have another. What you want to do, from my understanding, it lightly buff any ridges on your nail base so that the holo doesn't show any ridges or imperfections on your nails. Layla recommends that you use no base coat with their hologram effect nail polish. I'm a little skeptical but I will try this when I use this lovely looking lacquer. Red isn't always found in the holo world, so I wanted red for my first Layla holo. Stay tuned for this lovely Layla.

Avon Nailwear Pro+ - Tweed

I used to be an Avon/mark representative and I grew up with a sister and a mom who both sold Avon at one time or other when I was growing up. Avon was probably the first polish I used on my nails as a little girl. I remember they had a beautiful dark raisin creme polish similar to this shade, so I wanted to get Tweed to try to replicate that pretty, vampy shade I remembered from the 70s. From my experience with other Avon Nailwear polishes, I can expect this to be glossy and wear like iron. This polish will look great on is own but I can already picture some of the special indy glitters and additional finishes that will look great with this as a base. Tweed is very similar to the shade Cherries Jubilee but contains a tad more brown. I'm looking forward to using this one.

Literary Lacquers - Greatest Treasures

This is an indy brand that I'm just beginning to get familiar with. I bought a few LL beauties off of Esty in December and I am loving them. This holo polish is a robust orange color to my eye (in the bottle) but it's described on Esty as a semi-sheer red linear holographic polish from the Gift of the Magi Collection. It's beautiful in the bottle with tiny bits of green, yellow, blue, purple...colors of the rainbow...in it. I will definitely share pics of this manicure when I try it.

OPI - Bubble Bath

I bought this at JCP hair salon for $6. I got it along with a couple of the NYC Ballet Collection because I wanted a more robust candy pink that the jelly pink in the ballet collection. I had read a lot about Bubble Bath on a nail board and it is in lots of people's top ten polishes or at least top pastel polishes. I wanted this to use as a good, neutral base and it can't wait to see it with Pirouette My Whistle. This will probably be my first combo when I try this beauty.




Color Club - Cloud Nine

This was the first untried of 2013 that I decided to try. I was a little intimated by a "good" holographic polish because I heard they were a little hard to deal with. I lightly buffed my nails and applied Avon Smooth Beginnings base coat which I let dry completely before putting my first thin coat of Cloud Nine over. This polish practically applied itself. It went on so smooth and easy like knew where and (most importantly) where not to go. I was "Wowed" after the first coat and blown away after the second coat. Here's a photo of my mani.




I loved the look of it. I added a coat of NYC Grand Central Station the following morning to help protect the polish but it began chipping badly on the third day. Most of my manicures last a lot longer than this but I will experiment with different  base coats/top coats and see what happens. I will try Orly Bonder next time and perhaps Revlon No Chip Extra Life TC will help keep it from chipping. I want to mention that I purchased this through CrowdCut. I was very unhappy at how long it took to receive my order and super disappointed with their customer service when I checked on the order. After I received this, along with a bottle of Harp On It, I promptly removed myself from their email list. I did get a great deal on two bottles of holo polish but poor turnaround time.

Revlon Scented - Gum Drop

I bought this last spring at the height of my polish hoarding, I think. I wanted the perfect pastel purple/lavender and then it sat, unused, after it came home from Walgreens. I'm sure I had a coupon for I never pay full price unless it's a really spectacular, unusual polish. I'm excited to see how this goes on as I've had a problem with Revlon bubbling on me. I used the new Colorstay formula last night which is described below and it did not bubble, so maybe my bad luck with Revlon is over. I'm looking forward to experiencing the scent of Gum Drop in the near future, too.

KleanColor - Dessert

I bought this online from California with a bunch of other KCs about a year ago, I think. When I was in the height of my polish hoarding, it's all a blur. Thankfully I was pretty good about keeping a diary on Makeup Alley but it's not important in this instance when I purchased this, except for the fact that it has sat, waiting for me to use this beauty. It's a shimmery beige with a touch of gold. It would be pretty as part of a tape mani or a gradient. I see lots of fun things in this polish's future.

Revlon Colorstay - Bonsai

I do lots of Packer manicures to support my favorite football team from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Lots of green and gold, and variations thereof. I pined for this posh polish for weeks before I finally found it at Walgreens on sale AND i had a coupon (SCORE!) Bonsai is almost a creme but it has a very slight hidden shimmer of yellow to highlight the green. I picture a bonsai tree in a Japanese garden with sunshine shimmering on the leaves. I used this last night with Avon Smooth Beginnings base coat, two coats of color, one coat of Seche Vite and one coat of NYC Grand Central Station. I added the second top coat this morning when I discovered the dreaded shrinkage that SV is often guilty of. The GCS make this passable until the Packer game tomorrow, then I will grab one of these other untrieds and move on. I need to get out my Seche Restore and try to thin it down in hopes of getting rid of the shrinkage. Here's a pic of my mani.




Here are my last four 2013 Top Untried Polishes



Nabi Magnetic - Sky Blue

I got three of these magnetic polishes at Walgreens when I heard they were there and that they wouldn't be getting any more one they were gone. With my hoarder mentality, I had to grab three AND I have only used one on one nail as an accent. The magnetic effect does work pretty well as my DD tried this shade shortly after i bought this one. It's a pretty teal which is one of my favorite colors. I will be busting this out sooner that later and seeing how the magnetic effect looks on my shorter nails. I don't own any other magnetic polish, so I will embrace these three Nabi's that I have.

Ninja Polish - Alexandrite

It could be that I don't have a life...but I do. It probably was the excitement of getting that HTF polish. One day I literally camped out on Ninja Polishes' sight when I learned they only had enough crystals to make about one more batch of this glorious polish. I finally got my hands on it and as soon as it hit my shelf my interest waned. I may have used this on one  or two nails as accents but this polish deserves a full mani and a blog review of its own STAT. This will be done.

Zoya - Song

This is from one of Zoya's newest collections. Song is a gorgeous blue with a bit of shimmer but not over the top glitter. I love blue and I'm sure this will become one that I will reach for this year many times. You will be seeing Song on my nails very soon as it is so pretty in the bottle. I have lots of accent ideas with glitter and other top coats to use with Song. This looks like it would be a good pedicure polish, too.

Manglaze - Fuggin' Ugly

Once again, this was a polish that I just HAD TO HAVE suddenly one day when I saw a photo posted on MUA or a nail blog and I fell in love. It is matte unless you add top coat and it is gorgeous either way. I ordered a few Manglaze polishes through Amazon and they were discounted at that time. I have used Lesbihonest and Matte is Black but this lovely has been waiting for me to pick it up. It will be done soon, beauty.

I hope you enjoy my top picks and I will show you my reviews as I use each one. Thank you for reading this and I look forward to hearing your comments.

Polish on, pretty ladies,

Lili Anne