Cult Nails - Baker

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!

Today, I have Cult Nails Baker to share with you, a Limited Edition polish from the Let's Get Nekkid collection.  It's a sheer shimmer and is described as a rich butterscotch/tan.  The formula has a slightly streaky first coat, but it levels out.  Here I used three coats with no base or top coat.

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Baker is a great nude shimmer.  It's a perfect palette cleanser or great if you like a more conservative look.

What do you guys think of Baker?  Did you ever pick this one up?
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L.A. Girl - Swatches & Review

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!

I have a few polishes from L.A. Girl's Color POP line to share with you today.



Birthday Cake

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Birthday Cake is a pink crelly with a mixture of green, blue, pink, yellow and white hex and microglitters.  This polish is very reminiscent of Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop.  I can't say for sure it's a dupe though, since I don't have it.   Birthday Cake applied well and was opaque in three coats.  There was great glitter coverage with each coat and it dried to a slightly gritty finish, so I topped it off with Nubar Diamont.

Dragon Fruit

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Dragon Fruit is a deep pink with gold shimmer.  It applies well, is opaque in three coats and dries to a matte finish.  Below, I topped it off with Nubar Diamont.

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 Peacock

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Peacock is a lovely green creme with shimmer.  It was slightly streaky when applying, but leveled out and was opaque in three coats.  I used no top coat.

Storm

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Storm is a dark gray creme.  It has a good formula and is opaque in two coats.  I used no top coat.

Deep Sea

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Deep Sea is a dark teal almost navy creme.  It applies well and is opaque in two coats.  I used no top coat.

Tart

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Tart is a bright purple creme.  It requires three coats for full opacity, but applies well.  I used no top coat.

I love that L.A. Girl always has really fun colors.   I can honestly say that I like all of these.  What do you guys think?  Any favorites?

L.A. Girl polishes can be purchased at Rite Aide and Dollar General Stores and online at lagirlusa.com and cherryculture.com.  Prices range from $3-$5.

**Polishes sent for honest review**
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Hare - Peepshow Magique

Hi everyone!!  Happy Wednesday!

Today, I have a Hare polish that I got from Llarowe late last year to share with you.  Peepshow Magique is really pretty in the bottle.  It's a sheer pink crelly base with golden flakies.  I just wish the formula was better.  The polish was streaky and sheerer than I expected.  I was able to level it out, but I wanted it to be more opaque.  Here I used three coats with no top coat.

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I so wanted to love this polish!  However, I ended up just liking it a bit.  The combo is super pretty, but I needed a better formula :(.

What do you guys think of Peepshow Magique?  Have you tried it?

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Twinsie Tuesday - Favorite Nail Polish Brand

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!

This week's Twinsie theme is to share our favorite nail polish brand.  This was really hard because I have quite a few favorites.  So I cheated and just randomly chose a polish by Color Club, one of my favorite mainstream brands.

Color Club Pucci-licious is a neon purple creme.  It required three coats for full opacity because it was a bit streaky, but it's super pretty. Here I used three coats with no base or top coat.

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I decided to layer Nostalgic Lacquer's Blane over it.  Nostalgic is one of my favorite indie brands.  Blane is a very sheer purple jelly base with blue glitter.  It's best layered and goes perfectly over Pucci-licious.

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I loved these two together.  They're such pretty polishes!

Do you have a favorite nail polish brand? Let me know in the comments.

Don't forget to visit the other Twinsies to see what their favorite brands are.
Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra
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Zoya Magical Pixie Collection - Swatches & Review

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!

I have the three polishes of the Zoya's Spring 2014 Holographic Pixie Dust Collection (Magical Pixie) to share with you today!


These polishes have Pixie Dust like the previous polishes, but also have holographic hex glitters in it.

Cosmo
Silver Crystal Sparkle

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Cosmo applied well and was opaque in two coats.  It was a bit on the thick side, but manageable.  Though these are the types of glitters that eat top coat, of course, I had to see how it would look.  Below, I added a coat of Nubar Diamont.

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I love the beauty of the holographic glitters that show up when I add the top coat.

Lux
Rose Quartz Sparkle 

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Lux wasn't as opaque as the other two polishes, but it applied well.  I actually think it can be used as a layering polish.  I used two coats above and with top coat below.

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Lux is a really pretty shade of pink.

Vega
Blue Opal Sparkle

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Vega was thick, like Cosmo, but it applied really well and was opaque in two coats.  I recommend waiting a couple minutes between coats.  I used two coats above and top coat below.

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The Magical Pixie collection is perfect for a true glitter lover.  For me, the holo glitters make it a bit much since it's already a textured polish.  I don't see myself wearing these as a full manicure.  I would use them for accent nails though.


What do you guys think of the Magical Pixie Collection?  Would you wear them as a full manicure?

The Zoya Magical Pixie Collection may be purchased online at www.zoya.com.

**Polishes sent for honest review**
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Indie Sunday - The Lady Varnishes

Hi everyone!!

Meet Kirsten of The Lady Varnishes!!

When did your love for polish begin?
I have always had a fascination with nail polish, mainly because it was kind of like a forbidden fruit growing up. My mom NEVER wore it and my dad didn't really approve of makeup in any form. But I liked to look at my older sisters' secret stashes and mull over the clever names and amazing colors that cosmetic companies came up with. I couldn't really wear it because I was a FEROCIOUS nail biter, often chewing down until my fingers were painful, bloody messes. Nail polish is what eventually helped me kick the habit, because I discovered that I didn't bite when my nails were painted.

What made you decide to start your own polish line?
I was mixing up polishes for myself out of eyeshadow and clear topcoats for years, when my dad (yes, the one who didn't approve of nail polish and is now practically my business manager) suggested that I start making the real stuff. So I did some research and some trial and error experiments and figured it out.

Why the name The Lady Varnishes?
I am a HUGE movie buff. Not even kidding, my love of all things cinematic long ago crossed the border into ridiculous territory. So when I was trying to think of a mildly clever name for my nail polish endeavors, my mind went to Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, a title which leant itself quite readily to a punny polish name.
What's the inspiration behind the colors you create?
Whatever strikes my fancy, but mainly--you guessed it--movies. I also have collections inspired by tv shows and books that I love and soon I will have a collection available inspired by a musical.

How many polishes do you have in your stash?
Lots. Lots and lots. I lost count over a thousand polishes ago...

What is your favorite polish brand? (Besides your own, of course)
My favorite large brand is Zoya. Their polishes go on so smoothly and the colors are so breathtaking. My favorite indie brand is a little harder to choose because there are so many doing incredible things with nail polish, but I am a huge fan of a-England. I would own all of her polishes if I could.

How can customers follow you on social media?
I am a bit social media impaired, so the best way is to like me on facebook (www.facebook.com/TheLadyVarnishes) and to favorite my shop on etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/TheLadyVarnishes).

I absolutely loved reading this.  It's so interesting how many folks that are into polish used to be nail biters.  I also thought it was quite clever she came up with the name.

Here are a few of my The Lady Varnishes favorites.

The Lady Varnishes - It's Not Fair


The Lady Varnishes - That's Close Enough

The Lady Varnishes - The Best Bounty Hunter
Okay, okay, these are the only three that I've tried, but I love them all!  I do have more that I need to show some love to as well.  I hope to try them soon and share them with you all.

Kirsten's shop can be found here.  She was sweet enough to offer my readers a discount code too:
Use MARIJO10 to receive 10% off any purchase in my etsy store until March 31st. And as for sneak peeks, I will be releasing the second half of my Zoolander inspired collection on March 1st. Orange Mocha Frappucinos anyone?
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Show Some Love Saturday

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!

For this week's Show Some Love mani, I replicated a look I saw a while back on Instagram that was done by @the_naja, celebrity nail artist.


This is a really simple look, but I love the unique color combo.  I used Pure Nail Lacquer Limitless as my base.  I then created a stripe down the center of the nail with Beauty UK Aztec.  Finally, I added blue, thinner stripes on each side of the gold using a blue Milani nail art brush.

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What do you guys think of this look?  Would you wear these colors together?
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Cult Nails Faded & Tillie Snow Bunny

Hi fellow nail polish lovers!!

I have a simple, yet pretty mani to share with you today!


For this mani I used Cult Nails Faded, a light gray creme from the Dance All Night collection.  I got it last November during a sale.  For my accent, I used Tillie Snow Bunny, a silver glitter in a light gray base from the Wonderland collection.  Both polishes have great formulas and I used two coats for each.  I topped the mani off with Seche Vite.

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I love these two polishes together!  They're both really pretty and simple.  I loved wearing this manicure.

What do you guys think of these polishes?  Do you have any of them?

Cult Nails polishes may be purchased online here.
Tillie polishes may be purchased online here.
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Essence - Chic Reloaded

Hi everyone!!

Today, I have a duochrome Essence polish to share with you.  I don't remember where I got it from to be honest, but I know I've had it for a while.  Chic Reloaded is a duochrome of purple/plum and green.  It has a really good formula and is opaque in two easy coats.  Here I used no base or top coat.

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This is a really nice duochrome polish.  I like the colors and that you don't have to do much to see the duochrome effect.

What do you guys think of Chic Reloaded?  Do you like duochrome polishes?
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