Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pretty & Polished Mathematical!! Collection

I just about died when I saw the macro shots of the Mathematical!! collection on Twitter a few weeks ago!  This is an Adventure Time inspired collection by Pretty & Polished.  These come in the new printed bottles!  A new Pretty & Polished website, http://shopprettyandpolished.com, was launched last week where you can buy this and other collections in the new bottles, as well as jewelry and cuticle care items. 

All swatches were done with three easily applied coats, unless otherwise noted.  My nails for these pictures were enhanced with OPI Axxium sculpting gel, no tips.

Here is King of C-C-Cool, a light blue Ice King inspired polish with red, blue, yellow and white diamond glitters.

BMO Me Up!  is grey with tiny blue flakies.  This is one that really needs to be seen in person, it's so pretty and unique.
Okay, here is my favorite, I'm Not A Banana!, the Jake polish.  Okay, yellow + jelly + black and white glitter = the polish I have wanted the most, and never even knew it!  This is an amazing, highly pigmented color.

The Young Hero, the Finn polish, has a white base with yellow, blue and green glitter.  Because of the shape of my nails, my boyfriend thought this looked like the dinosaur egg candy.

Here is Peebles, the Princess Bubblegum color.  This is my second favorite in this collection!  A pink jelly with pink and yellow glitter, this is like strawberry lemonade as a nail polish.  I have been looking for the perfect pink and yellow for awhile and here it is!

My Lumps is next, the Lumpy Space Princess polish.  This is a purple polish with purple and yellow shards.  I used about four coats in these swatches.  The shards make application of the base color a little difficult, but what do you want with a polish with lumps in the name?!  Next time I wear it I will probably layer it over another purple, but this is a fun and very different nail polish.

Here is Vampire Sing-a-long, the Marceline inspiration.  I used two coats over two coats of Dior Incognito.  On the Pretty & Polished site this is described as, "packed with red, purple, and black glitters with a sprinkling of white in a crystal clear base. Looks like a vampire bite to me!"  I thought that was cute and accurate.  I know a lot of girls go crazy over the large circle glitter, so go pick this up!

And, finally, Rainy Day Lady, the Lady Rainicorn polish.  This is a multi color glitter bomb, I used two coats over one coat of Milani Black Magic.

I love this entire collection, but I'm Not A Banana! and Peebles are favorites. 
There is still some polish available in the old bottles on the Pretty & Polished Etsy site, but make sure to check out the new site.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy

Okay, so, Deborah Lippmann's Let's Go Crazy is a Prince inspired royal purple (of course) jelly packed with multi colored glitter.  I don't know if I have anything else to say!

I used about three coats for this manicure.  This is the third time I have used this polish and taken pictures before I was satisfied with the outcome.  When spreading polish toward the cuticle it is best to try to get only the base on your brush or else you will have weird bare spots if you try to apply the first coat or second coats with lots of glitter gathered on your brush.
There is no problem finding glitter in this bottle.  And other than what I described above, it applies like a $16 bottle of polish should.
This is one of the Deborah Lippmann fall colors. It was a Nordstrom exclusive for a time and was hardly ever in stock, but I have seen it offered on Birchbox since, so I think it is easier to find now.
This is the same multi glitter combo found in Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop and Happy Birthday, but in a purple jelly this time, I haven't seen anything else in stores or online that would be a dupe of this, so I would recommend going for this one.

Just Add Milk-Whimsical Nail Polish by Pam

Today I have Just Add Milk, one of the Eight Whimsical Nights holiday polishes by Pam of Whimsical Nail Polish.  Pam says this polish is chocolate chip cookies in a bottle and she is right!

The base is a milky light brown with darker brown glitter.  For these pictures I wore three coats.
Like always with Whimsical Nail Polishes, Just Add Milk gave a smooth application.  With milky glitters like these I like to control the brush and only have a tiny bit of glitter on my first coat.  I like to build up the base coat color.  I also love seeing all the layers of depth with the glitter in these semi translucent polishes.
I love this polish and I bet you don't have one like this in your stash!   You can order Whimsical Nail Polish through Pam's facebook page for $10 a bottle.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Candeo Colors Rock Steady & Essence Grey-To Be Here

Today I have Rock Steady from the Candeo Colors Winter collection.  Candeo Colors describes it as a, "mix of small garnet and navy hex with medium gold, navy and gunmetal hex in a grey tinted base."

I used two coats of Rock Steady over two coats of Essence Grey-To Be Here (swatches of it alone further down).
The grey tint is very light and I didn't want to build up the glitter too much, so I chose to layer it to get it to look like it does in the bottle.  These are the new printed bottles from Candeo Colors that you can purchase here.  I really love this color and it was very easy to apply.
Here is Grey-To Be Here on its own.  This is a beautiful grey with a slight shimmer. 

These Essence Colour & Go polishes are amazing.  You can find them at Ulta for $1.99, they have unique and deeply pigmented colors that dry really fast and you typically need only one or two coats.

Check out the Winter Candeo Colors, Rock Steady is perfect for fall into winter.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Crows Toes Bunny Slope

We got our first snow fall this week in Rhode Island, so I decided to blog about Crows Toes Bunny Slope!
Bunny Slope is a mix of white matte micro glitter and really shiny silver glitter that looks like snow.
I used two coats of Bunny Slope over two coats of Nicole by OPI Paparazzi Don't Preach.
This polish is beautiful and the formula was great.  Check out the Polished Crow blog.  Crows Toes can be purchased at Llarowe and Overall Beauty.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pretty & Polished Pretty As A Peacock & Mannequin Hands

Today I have two new colors available at the Pretty & Polished etsy shop.  Mannequin Hands and Pretty As A Peacock.
Mannequin Hands is a neutral skin tone color (almost the same as mine) with light pink glitter.  Colors like this are amazing, they make your fingers look long and they're so chic.  This is a great way to wear glitter in an environment that has a focus on work appropriate nail color.
I have used three layers of Mannequin Hands for the photos. 
This polish makes me think of the Andrew McCarthy 1987 classic "Mannequin" which is always a wonderful thing to think about.  I should note that the formula on both polishes reviewed here were fantastic.
Pretty As A Peacock has green, teal, purple and blue glitter in an emerald green base.  This has beautiful colors, it really has to be seen in person!
Three coats were used here as well.
I have a lot of nail polish, it's over 500 bottles now, and I have nothing close to either of these two.  I highly recommend adding both of these to your collection.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pretty & Polished Holiday Collection

Here are the rest of the Pretty & Polished holiday collection starting with the Happy Holodays Duo.

Here is three coats of Happy Holodays Ruby, a stunning jewel toned holographic polish.
As with all holographic polishes, the first coat was a little bit streaky, everything evens out beautifully in the second coat.  I love, love, love this polish and already wish I had purchased a full sized instead.  I didn't have any red holos in my collection and this is perfect.
Here is the other half of the duo, Happy Holodays Glitter Topper.  This is two coats over the Happy Holodays Ruby.
This is a super shiny red and green glitter topper.  This duo is out of control when you are out in the sun!  The glitter topper applies with ease and could be built up for a dense glitter look.
Up next is the very exciting Island of Misfit Toys!
This is indescribable besides calling it a multi shape and color glitter topcoat!  Everything is in there! The pink squares made me smile.  Again, the formula was fantastic on this topcoat.
I used two coats of Island of Misfit Toys over two coats of Julep Claire.  Whenever I think of the movie I see this shade of blue, and I think it may be one of the only hues of colors not included in the glitter mix, so it really makes it pop. 
Now, lets look at Xmas Wreath, described by Pretty & Polished as, "a dark green base packed with green shreds, red hexes, and holo golden glitter".  Below is three coats of
Xmas Wreath.
Here is two coats of Xmas Wreath over two coats of Revlon Wicked Star, another good application here.
And, finally, and my favorite of the Pretty & Polished holiday collection, Everybody Loves Penguin!  I love a white base, here we have a milky one with large and medium black hexes and small yellow hex glitter.
I used two coats of Everybody Loves Penguin over one coat of Milani White on the Spot.
This is a polish that can be applied in three to four layers on its own, and the base coat will give it an amazing look of depth, which is how I love to wear a polish like this.  I thought this layering would be best to showcase the glitter mix, though.
The holiday collection will all be available this week through etsy.  The Pretty & Polished blog can be seen here, and follow on facebook here.
Check out my reviews and swatches of the other two polishes in this collection here.  There you will see S'no Mans Land and Love Always, Candy Cain.  This collection is great, Pretty & Polished gives us some classic holiday colors and presents them in fun and fresh way (never did I think I'd love wearing a red and green glitter) and then takes some traditional ideas and items and deconstructs them into something so unique and perfect for the holidays. 
I will have a couple of new, non holiday colors soon, so check back!