Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Orly Adrenaline Rush

Have you guys seen these yet?  I love neons and Orly never disappoints.  I'm excited to see swatches of these!

Jump headfirst into summer with Adrenaline Rush, the new collection from ORLY. Six vibrant shades celebrate a spirit of spontaneity and risk-taking with a spectrum of atomic red, rich purple, melon and more.  Adrenaline Rush is Made in L.A. and created for thrill-seekers.
The six lacquers in the Adrenaline Rush Collection include:
Push the Limit: Peach Neon Crème 
Thrill Seeker: Lime Neon Crème  

Risky Behavior: Fuchsia Neon Crème 
Be Daring: Purple Neon Crème 
 Fireball: Red Neon Pearl
On the Edge: Blue Neon Crème 
All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Adrenaline Rush Collection are formulated without DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.
The Adrenaline Rush Collection will be available starting May 2015 for $8.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at, Sally Beauty, Ulta and other purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 80 countries worldwide. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Girlosity Cosmetics

When Girlosity Cosmetics sent me the Nature's Vivids collection to review here, they also sent me three of their previous collection as well.  Here are the three I received.

Pastel Dreams: a white crelly with soft pastel glitters.  Shown over a white base (Milani, Spotlight White).

Heavenly Holo: an ultrafine holographic glitter topper.  Shown over hot pink (Milani, Hot Pink Rage).

Opal: iridescent glitters in different sizes along with color shifting flakies and slices.  Shown over a navy base (Milani, Ink Spot).

Opal matte:

I used two coats of each of these over a base.  Their formulas were good.  My favorite was Opal because the glitters and flakies showed well over a dark base without a matte top coat.  I mean, it does look awesome matte, but I also like the option of leaving it glossy and still being able to enjoy the flakies.  Overall, I enjoyed these polishes and I can't wait to see what Girlosity Cosmetics comes up with for future collections.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Girlosity Cosmetics Nature's Vivids Collection

I was provided four of the Nature's Vivids Collection by Girlosity Cosmetics to swatch and review.  Alexandria, creator of Girlosity Cosmetics, stated she was inspired by the beautiful things created by mother nature that are vivid in color.  Below are swatches of four of the six glitters from the collection with Alexandria's reason for inspiration, followed by my review.

Gold Rush: a holographic bright gold glitter inspired by the gold found naturally in the world.  This is shown over a gold base (OPI, Love.Angel.Music.Baby).

Liquid Diamonds: a holographic silver glitter that resembles the glow of diamonds.  This is shown over a silver base (OPI, This Gown Needs a Crown). 

Violet Sky: jewel tone purple with ulta-fine violet holo that has hints of dark magenta when it catches the light and small violet holographic glitters.  This is inspired by the beautiful purple tones found in the sky as the sun sets; just turned up a notch or two!  This is shown over a purple base (Finger Paints, First Edition).

Pacific Breeze: shimmery cobalt blue with iridescent green and dark blue/green glitters in various sizes.  This is inspired by the bright blue sparkling ocean waters in nature.  This is shown over a blue base (Sinful Colors, Why Not).

As far as formula goes, it's what you would expect from an indie glitter.  It's thicker than a mainstream polish but still easy to use.  I like glitters with a thicker base.  To apply this type of glitter, I use one thin coat and then slap the second coat on thick and blobbing where I need coverage.  The gold and silver have a clear base while the blue and purple have tinted jelly bases.  These can be built up on their own on the nail, but I prefer not to.  I tried Violet Skies alone, with three medium coats, and there was a slight visible nail line.  I don't like visible nail lines, so I used them over similar colored bases.

I like these glitters.  My top picks are Liquid Diamonds and Violet Sky.  The holographic sparkle of Liquid Diamonds and Violet Sky are beautiful and purple is my favorite color, so those are the two I gravitate to.

This collection is releasing on May 2, 2015 with six shades.  The other two shades are a bright magenta with pink holographic glitters and teal with fine teal holographic glitters.  I can't wait to see swatches of those two.  I bet they're beautiful!  You can find these beautiful glitters at this link Girlosity Cosmetics.

I was also provided three shades from her previous collection to swatch and review, so keep a lookout for that. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Midwest Lacquer

I love to buy nail vinyls from Vinyl It Up, so when Lizzie (creator of Vinyl It Up) asked me to swatch her line of thermal polishes, I was more than happy to swatch!  The name of her new line of indie nail polish is Midwest Lacquer. 

These thermal polishes by Midwest Lacquer that I'm showing you today were created to bring awareness and support to the Children's Tumor Foundation, and Kendall's Crew.  You can read more about the foundation and Crew here.  These polishes will be selling at the Spring Craft and Vendor Fair in West Chester, Ohio on May 2, 2015.

Cincy Sunset: This is a peach to coral thermal, packed with shimmers.  It really does look like a sunset.

endNF: a frosty sheer white to bright blue thermal polish, packed with aqua and pink flashes.

Popple: a magenta to royal purple thermal with a strong pink shimmer.  This one was my favorite of the three.  It's so bright and the transition is very strong and bold.

These thermals are stunning.  The transition from hot to cold is very strong in endNF and Popple.  Cincy Sunet's transition is more subtle but still beautiful.  All swatches are shown with two coats plus a quick dry top coat. 

Want to have more fun with these thermals?  You can use these thermals with Vinyl It Up's nail vinyls.  You can use a similar non thermal polish over the thermal polish and watch your design disappear and reappear with temperature change.  You can also use a different color from the thermal and watch your design have different backgrounds dependent on temperature.  Need a tutorial?  You can watch a sped up version on my IG @thepolished perspective.  Want to watch it slower?  You can watch the slowed down version here YouTube.  And here is the fun vinyl design I created using Popple and the star stencil from

Monday, April 6, 2015

Glam Polish Over the Rainbow: Part 2

Glam Polish released their second part of the Over the Rainbow flakie limited edition in March, 2015.  I bought two that I convinced myself I could not live without.  I was right.  While I have a lot of flakies, I just don't love them like other polishes.  But, these and Part 1 Over the Rainbow flakies are awesome.  They look like they float in the polish.  It's just beautiful.

Ko Olina:

Ke Aloha:

Aren't these beautiful?  Ko Olina and Ke Aloha have a great formula that go on in two coats.  Ko Olina is a wonderful medium teal and Ke Aloha is a beautiful magenta.  They both have scattered holo and iridescent flakies.  The flakies are very obvious even though they are not matte.  I was happy about that.  I have a few flakies that only show up if I matte them and sometimes I just don't want to matte my mani.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

M Polish "Polish of My People" Summer 2015 Collection

Megan of M Polish is releasing a colorful array of stamping polishes for Summer 2015.  This collection is super special to me because one of the polishes is named after my nail account.  Isn't that awesome?  I'm so lucky to have not only a polish named after me, but a super awesome stamping polish at that!

Okay, enough with the gushing.  The Summer line consists of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet) and pink (because pink should be part of ROYGBIV, someone dropped the ball on that one.)  So, good news for stamping newbies.  You can buy the full collection and be set.  You'll have every color you need to compliment base colors. 

I Need a Vacation (IG@ineedamani)

Hottie (IG@thedotcouture):

Scouting the Beach (IG@manimaninails):

Get Lost (IG@lostinpolish):

Pish Plashin' Around (IG@pish.posh.polish):

Dancing in the Streets (IG@dancers_polished_life):

Fresh Perspective (IG@thepolishedperspective):

This is the complete line up of the M Polish "Polish of My People" Summer 2015 stamping polishes.  Each one is named after a tester, swatcher or friend of Megan.  I included the IG account with the name above.  I tested each of these polishes with a combination of Konad, Winstonia, Messy Mansion, Creative Shop stamper heads and Pueen, Moyou, and Uberchic plates.  I did not have any issues with pick up or transfer of images using these polishes.  As you can see, they are vibrant enough to show over light and dark colors. 

The polishes do have a shimmer to them which leaves shimmer on your cuticles.  Here's how I clean it up.  I do one round of 100% acetone brushed around the cuticle with an ELF concealer brush.  Then I go back around, using the same brush with Non-acetone.  It cleans the shimmer off the cuticle.  I actually use this technique any time I have stubborn clean up. 

Ordering Information:
These polishes will be available Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm EST.  You can order them here

Individual full size is $6.50
Individual mini is $3.25

Full size collection is $43
Mini size collection is $21

Here's some other fun things I created using this line of M Polish:
Thanks for reading!  These polishes were provided for review.




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