Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tonic Polish Enchanted Elixir: Swatch and Review

Tonic Polish Enchanted Elixir: Swatch and Review

*Purchased by Me*

Happy Saturday! I should have a bit more time for blogging for a while, now; I officially finished submitting my materials for doctorate programs! Woo-hoo! 

Today, I am sharing a color from Tonic Polish with you! Tonic is quickly becoming another one of my favorite brands, and one from which I covet Every. Single. Color. 

The beauty that I have to share with you today is one that I picked up while I was at Polish Con in Chicago, and it is named Enchanted Elixir. Enchanted Elixir is described as a navy jelly base with strong pink/gold/green shifting multichrome shimmer and holographic gold microglitters. I was seriously "Oohing" and "Aahing" every second while I was applying this, and couldn't stop staring at it the entire time that I was wearing it! I was able to get it opaque in two coats, and it dried quickly and smoothly. Shown is with one layer of glossy top coat, under artificial daylight. 


Isn't it stunning?? You can find and pick up Tonic Polish Enchanted Elixir in Lindsey's shop right here. And, BONUS: Her new Holiday collection releases tomorrow, Sunday, December 4th, so you can pick up EVEN MORE!! Enjoy!! 

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you next time! 
♥ Megan

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 2016 Group Customs for Holo-Maniacs and Fantasmic Flakies: Swatches and Review

November 2016 Group Customs for Holo-Maniacs and Fantasmic Flakies: Swatches and Review

*Sent by makers for swatch and review*

Hey there! It's been about a month since I've actually sat down and written out a blog post; I guess that I didn't even realize that I needed a break, until I actually took one! Even though I've still been doing some of my own swatches and posting on Facebook and Instagram, I'm happy to be back! 

Tonight I'm going to be sharing the Holo-Maniacs and Fantasmic Flakies customs that were created for the month of November; these will be available for a few more days, so be sure to grab the ones that catch your eye! Let's take a look! 

Holo-Maniacs Customs

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer Holo-Maniacs Custom #10

Seventy-Seven Nail Lacquer's Holo-Maniacs Custom #10 is a medium green linear holographic base packed with a myriad of different colored holographic glitters. I used two coats for full opacity, and they dried down quickly and smoothly. Shown is with one layer of glossy top coat. 


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DIFFERENT dimension Holo-Maniacs Custom #11

DIFFERENT dimension Holo-Maniacs Custom #11 is described by Missi as a vibrant spring green with a medium intensity linear holographic effect as well as gold flecks and iridescent gold to orange to green. As always, the formula was absolute perfection: It applied smoothly, and was opaque in two easy medium coats. Despite the flecks and glitter, it dried down smooth. Shown is with one layer of glossy top coat! 



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Fantasmic Flakies Customs

Great Lakes Lacquer Emerald Waters

Great Lakes Lacquer Emerald Waters is described as An emerald green glowing with aqua to green crystal flake, lime to teal multichrome flake, and electric blue and gold microflake. The formula on Emerald Waters was smooth and buttery, and I used three thin coats for full opacity. Depending on the length of your nails, you can probably get away with two medium coats; however, I feel that using three thin coats will give you the dimension that comes along with all of the flakes and shimmer. Shown is with one layer of glossy top coat! 


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Ever After Polish Burnt Amethyst

And the final custom for November that I have to share with you is from Ever After, and it is named Burnt Amethyst! Burnt Amethyst is described as a brown crelly packed with blue to purple iridescent flakes and purple and chrome flakes. I was able to get this beauty opaque in two medium coats, and it dried smooth and shiny. Shown is with one layer of glossy top coat! 


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So, do you plan on picking up any of these beauties before November is over? Let me know! 
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you next time! 
♥ Megan 

*Sent by makers for swatch and review*

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lipsticks and Nail Polish Hand and Cuticle Care Products: First Impressions and Review

Lipsticks and Nail Polish Hand and Cuticle Care Products: First Impressions and Review 

*Products provided for review*

Happy Monday!! Today, I have something a bit different for you, but still nail related. I was contacted by Cristina of Lipsticks and Nail Polish , and asked to review some of her newly created hand and nail care products, as well as some nail art products. I was happy to oblige, and have some things to show you today! And may I just say, I absolutely love it when bloggers begin their own indie brands! There are a bunch of products that I have to show you; let's get started! 

Soak Mani Bombs

There are various mani bombs that Cristina has available in her shop, but the directions for each are the same. When using mani bombs, drop it into a bowl of warm water. Allow the bomb to fizz up and then soak your hands in the water for as long as needed, but no less than 5 minutes. Pat hands dry and rub the remaining oils into your nail beds. 

All of the mani bombs that I received to review smell absolutely divine, and they fizz up really nicely! Each different type will be listed below. 

Mani bomb ingredients: Sodium bicarbonate, Chitric acid, Dead sea salt, Kaolin clay, jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, fragrance oil polysorbate 80, isopropyl alcohol, and colorant. 

Calavera Mani Bomb (0.5 oz, $2.00)



 These myrrh, amber, sandalwood and patchouli scented ghoulish little skills can be used for one mani, one skull per hand. Limited Edition for Halloween. 

The Great Pumpkin Mani Bomb (1 oz, $2.00)





These cute little pumpkin spice scented pumpkins can be used for two manicures, one for each pumpkin. They've been painted orange for the season. Limited Edition for Halloween. 

These little pumpkins smell amazing, and the scent stays with you for a long while, even after washing your hands! Here's a picture of how it fizzes up in a bowl of warm water (picture taken using flash).  


Cherry Sno Cone Mani Bomb (1.2 oz, $2.00)


These cherry scented little Italian ice bombs are perfect for those of us who can't let go of summer just yet. 

How adorable is this?! I love the cute little shape and packaging, and it smells amazing! 

Don't Worry Be Happy Jellyless Donut Mani Bomb (0.7 oz, $2.00)


These jelly donut scented little suckers are super yummy smelling and amazing for your hands

Yes, it DOES smell like a jelly donut! 

Donut Worry Be Happy Chocoholic Donut Mani Bomb (0.7 oz, $2.00)


These chocolate scented donuts are just as yummy smelling as their jelly counterpart and just as good for you. 

I am a sucker for anything chocolate scented, and these babies totally fit the bill! I definitely need to stock up on them! 

This is Halloween Mani/Pedi Bomb (1.3 oz, $3.00)


These Jack-O faces are perfect for a pedicure. You can also break these in half or even fourths for a nice pumpkin spice scented mani bomb. Limited Edition for Halloween. 

Acid Heart Mani Bomb (0.8 oz, $3.00)

These concentrated mani bombs are raspberry lemonade scented and go bright pink in the water. They can be halved for a mani bomb and can also be mixed and matched with 1 or 2 other heart bombs for a full tub experience. 

Yep, you heard correctly: RASPBERRY. LEMONADE. This baby smell so, so good!! 

Electric Heart Mani Bomb (0.9 oz, $3.00)


These concentrated mani bombs are lemonade scented and go bright yellow in the water. They can be halved for a mani bomb and can also be mixed and matched with 1 or 2 other heart bombs for a full tub experience. 

 Bath Bombs

Immerse Bath Bomb

 Directions: Drop bomb into a clean tub of warm water. Allow bomb to fizz up and then step in to soak. Relax and enjoy. Rinse off after bath, spritzing tub with cleaner if necessary. 

Shown is the Big Dipper Bath Bomb (2.6 oz, $8.00), which is jam packed full ofinky dark goodness and glittery silver mica. Peach sparkling citrus rose plum and a musk scented blend is perfect for an escaping little dip. Available in store for Christmas 2016.    
 
**Black bath bombs are amazing, but can be messy. Though these bath bombs do not stain or leave residue, please make sure to clean tub properly before and after use.

Ingredients: Sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, dead sea salt, kaolin clay, avocado oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oi, fragrance oil, grapeseed oil, fragrance oil, polysorbate 80, isopropyl alcohol, colorant. 
  

Quench Cuticle Oil ($6.00)


This cuticle pen is jam packed with oils that benefit the health of your nails and nourish growth and strength. Use multiple times a day for maximum benefit. 
Directions: Rub oil into cuticles and nail beds 3 times a day or as needed
Ingredients: Jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, fragrance oil.    
 The scent that Cristina sent me was Raspberry Lemonade and, just like the mani bomb, it smells amazing! The oil soaked in extremely quickly, and was very moisturizing, with no extreme oily residue. The applicator is a click pen, with a very soft top; it took me about 15 clicks of the pen to get the oil to begin to advance, in order to be used. 

  



In addition to the products listed above, Cristina also offers two other products, which include cocoa butter (I did not review these, as I have a cocoa butter sensitivity). These include Drench Mani Truffles ($8.00 for a set of 4) and Slough Lip Balm Scrub ($4.00). Also debuting around holiday time will be sugar scrub cubes ($8.00 for a set of 16).

Nail Art Products

In addition to the hand and nail care products, Cristina is also offering nail art products, including nail stickers ($5.00), stencils ($4.00), and water slide decals ($5.00). 

 The nail stickers and vinyls were very easy to peel off of the backing, and they stuck well to the nail. While applying the stickers, I was able to top them with 1-2 layers of glossy topcoat, and they lay flat. The vinyls allowed for crisp and even images when they were peeled off of the nail. 

Before my package arrived, Cristina told me that she received an email from her distributor, stating that the decals were accidentally made with a matte paper, rather than glossy paper. This did affect my final look, but did not adversely affect the application; the decals still removed/slid off of the backing with great ease, after soaking in water for about 15 seconds. 

Here are some looks that I made with all three of the Nail Swag products! 


Thank you so, so much to Cristina for allowing me to review these products! These are all an absolute dream to work with, and I most definitely recommend trying them out in your hand and nail care routine. Let me know below if you have any question! 

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Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you next time! 
♥ Megan 

*Products were provided for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*    

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ever After Polish The Wicked Collection (Part One): Swatches and Review

Ever After Polish The Wicked Collection (Part One): Swatches and Review

*Purchased by Me*

Hello, there! Today, I am sharing part of one of Ever After's newest collections with you: The Wicked Collection! Yep, that's right; this collection is based off of the play Wicked! Now, I've never seen it, but it is most definitely on my bucket list! 

The Wicked Collection is made up of 6 polishes, and I will be showing you three today, and three later on. To avoid being repetitive, each of these three polishes was smooth and easy to apply, had a quick dry time, and dried glossy. Each color is shown with two coats for full opacity, plus one layer of glossy top coat. Let's get to it! 

Ever After Polish Fly My Pretties, Fly

The first color that I'm showing you is Fly My Pretties, Fly. This is described on the Ever After site as a deep chocolate leaning plum with blue to purple crystal flakes with blue to purple shimmers. It is available here, and the cost is $10.50 for a full-sized 13.5 mL bottle.


I also added some stamping on top of Fly My Pretties, Fly!  This image is from a plate by UR Beautiful, and I used white Konad polish to stamp. 



Ever After Polish Defying Gravity

Next up is Defying Gravity! Defying Gravity is described on Ever After's site as a black jelly with green and purple shimmers and flecks with scattered holo sparkle. It is available right here, and the cost is $10.00 for a full-sized 13.5 mL bottle. 


I chose another image from UR Beautiful to stamp on top of Defying Gravity, and again used white Konad polish. 


Ever After Polish The Emerald City

The third color that I have to share with you today is The Emerald City. The Emerald City is described as a deep emerald green with silver shimmer. This may just be my favorite out of the three colors that I'm showing you today! You can find The Emerald City right here, and the cost is $10.50 for a full-sized 13.5 mL bottle. 


I again chose an image from UR Beautiful, and stamped with white Konad polish. I think that this is also my favorite image out of the three! 


So, what's your favorite out of these three polishes? As I said above, my top one is going to have to be The Emerald City. I'll be back soon with the other half of The Wicked Collection! 

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you next time! 
♥ Megan