Black Opal

I’ve been experimenting with some new nail art decorations lately. I thought these teardrop rhinestones were pretty cool, so I thought I’d give them a try. They were actually a bit bigger than I’d anticipated – I have pretty large nails, and they are too big to fit on my pinky nail – but I still think they’re really cool. They definitely have the potential to compliment some pretty nail art or made more edgy. It honestly took me forever to come up with what I wanted to do with these, but I ultimately decided to play up the iridescent flakes that are inside them.

black opals

I started by painting my nails using Pretty & Polished Prism Break, which is a clear polish with small iridescent flakes in a rainbow of colors. Then I used Butter London Brass Monkey to add a bit more sparkle just on the tips. The flakes in Brass Monkey are bigger and thicker and lean toward the gold side. Then I attached the rhinestones just using some topcoat since I didn’t plan to wear these very long. Nail glue might be the way to go with these, because they’re completely flat on the bottom so they do stick up a bit where my nails curve. I was a bit worried they’d catch on something, but I didn’t wear them long enough to find out.

black opals

I do think these are really pretty, but I wish they were smaller or at least curved on the bottom. I think they’d make a really edgy accent to some black nails, too, so I might try that later. You can pick these up from Born Pretty Store by clicking here (they also come in white, which looks gorgeous!).

And don’t forget to use code PSQW10 for 10% of your Born Pretty Store order! Let me know what you get in the comments!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Sugar in a Sundress

Today I’ve got another Pretty and Polished polish for you!  This one is called Sugar in a Sundress.  It’s a pale yellow with medium blue and dark cobalt blue glitter.  I honestly didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do.  I absolutely love the glitter colors, and the yellow is really nice and delicate and doesn’t clash with my skin tone.

sugar in a sundress

I was planning on layering this one, but I ended up really liking how it looked with just two coats on its own.  The formula was really nice, but it did pull a bit at the cuticle, so just make sure your first coat is dry before you go for a second.  If you’re looking to layer, I think Color Club Macaroon Swoon would be the perfect base color.

sugar in a sundress

It doesn’t look like this one is currently available (sorry!), but you can buy Pretty and Polished on their website or Etsy shop.  I’ve mentioned before that Pretty and Polished was one of my very first indie polishes back when I started blogging (check out my first P&P post from three years ago – Valentino – here!).  If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I’d definitely recommend it!

Arcane Mermaid

I haven’t ordered any indie polishes in a while, and I’ve been playing catch-up in the past few weeks.  I kind of feel like my polish tastes go in phases, and once in a blue moon I really want some glitter.  This polish definitely satisfied my glitter craving, and I couldn’t help adding some abstract-y mermaid scales (inspired by Mr. Candiipants).  arcane mermaid

I used Pretty & Polished Arcane in the Membrane as the base, and then painted on the scales using white acrylic paint.  I was pretty tired when I was doing this, so they didn’t come out perfect, but I still like them.  I love how glitter looks with a matte topcoat, so I topped it with OPI’s Matte Topcoat.

arcane mermaid

I really love this combination of glitter!  This is two smooth coats, and it dries really smooth – I didn’t even need to add a topcoat to smooth the glitter before I painted on the design.  I’d definitely recommend this one!

arcane mermaid

Pretty & Polished polishes can be purchased from their website or Etsy shop.  Right now, Arcane in the Membrane is still available in both shops.  I’ve been a fan of Pretty & Polished for years (Valentino was one of my first indie polishes), and I have to say, they just keep getting better!  You can check out all my past Pretty & Polished posts here.  I’ve been trying to use a lot of my untried polishes in my nail art lately, so you’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Pretty & Polished and other indie brands!

Popples

It’s been a while since I’ve bought or swatched an indie polish.  But I couldn’t resist Pretty & Polished’s 50% off Daylight Savings sale a few weeks ago.  I got my first ever color changing polishes, a couple glitters, and this gem.  Popples is a white jelly with pink, blue, and green neon glitter.  I actually don’t own anything like this, and I really love it!

popples

It probably would have taken about three coats to be fully opaque, but I did two over a coat of OPI Angel with a Lead Foot.  I have this thing about conserving “special” polish, so I usually use them with undies.

popples

Pretty & Polished polishes (including Popples) can be purchased here.  Pretty & Polished is just one of those brands that is consistently good quality and is coming out with different things all the time.  I’ve been a fan since I purchased Valentino (probably discontinued) back in 2012.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Pretty & Polished Save the Dauphine Collection

This month, Pretty & Polished is releasing a new Marie Antoinette-themed collection called “Save the Daphine.”  I always love when indie brands release historically inspired collections!  Even if you don’t really care about the inspiration behind the polish, I think you will still be able to appreciate how gorgeous these shades are!

First up, Louis Louis:

louis louis

Louis Louis is a warm gold base with small navy blue glitter and medium red glitter.  I’m not normally a fan of glitter in shimmery bases, but this one is gorgeous!  It definitely reminds me of royalty.  I really love that the gold color is slightly dirty and antique-looking.  It is surprisingly flattering on my skin tone, and warm golds usually look terrible on me.  I almost didn’t get this one, but I am sooo glad I did!  I was completely surprised by how much I ended up loving it!

Application was great!  This was two coats with no topcoat.

louis louis

Next is my favorite of the collection, Hameau:

hameau

Hameau is named after Marie Antoinette’s cottage, and it is a shimmery ivory base with small green and purple glitters.  Everything about this polish is perfect: the color of the base, the amount of shimmer, the colors of the glitter.  I’m actually considering getting a back up of this one.  It’s that amazing.

Application on this was really nice.  I used two coats here.

P.S. I have no idea what is wrong with my fingers in these pictures!  I didn’t notice until I was editing them, and I didn’t want to try to remove the red at the risk of changing the color of the polish.

hameau

Next is Let Them Have Cake (the famous words Marie Antoinette never actually said):

let them eat cake

Let Them Eat Cake is a creamy pale pink base with tiny lavender glitter (you have to look closely to see it, but it definitely adds something special), small yellow squares, and small/medium glitter in yellow, white, and two different shades of pink.  I actually really like this one, though I found myself wishing for more of the darker pink glitter.  It kind of gets buried under the base and just looks light pink.  But still, this is a very pretty polish.

No problems with application, other than the issue with the dark pink glitter getting buried.  This was three coats.  I would recommend waiting between coats because this had a bit of a tendency to move toward my tips.

let them eat cake

And finally, we have The Diamond Necklace Affair:

the diamond necklace affair

The Diamond Necklace Affair is a glitter topcoat made up of small iridescent blue glitters, medium/small sheer white glitter, and iridescent medium white glitter.  Very pretty!  I chose to layer it over China Glaze First Mate, because I thought a dark color would show it really well.  If you’ve been following The Polish Squirrel for a while, you might remember that I actually did a mani based on the Diamond Necklace Affair (which you can see here).  I realized when I was doing these that I used the same base color – total coincidence!

Shown is one coat of The Diamond Necklace Affair over First Mate.

And here’s a bottle shot so you can see how it looks on its own.  Keep in mind that this is definitely a layering polish.

the diamond necklace affair

Overall, this is a great collection!  My picks are Hameau and Louis Louis, but that’s just because I not really big on sparkly or pink.  I think they are all great, though.  Definitely a collection to check out this year!

The Save the Dauphine Collection will be available in Pretty & Polished’s shop starting January 16th!

Island of Misfit Toys

I’m going to be completely honest: I only bought this for the name.  I’m usually not a multi-colored glitter person, so this just didn’t seem like “me.”  But I surprised myself by totally loving it!  There’s just something so fun about it – all the colors and shapes are awesome.  Even my little sister, who hates glitter, tried to steal this bottle.  Maybe it’s magic.

I mattified it so you could see the different shapes better.  My absolute favorites are the green moons!  I didn’t get any on my nails for this swatch, but you can see a couple towards the bottom of the bottle.

This was only one coat with a tiny bit of dabbing to fill in bald spots – not bad at all for a glitter like this.  Shown over OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest.

The name is a reference to the claymation Rudolph movie, which is my favorite Christmas movie ever (except maybe Elf), which is obviously why I had to get this.

Island of Misfit Toys will be available on Friday, November 9th along with the rest of Pretty & Polished’s holiday collection in her Etsy Shop.  I believe they will go on sale at 10am EST.

Xmas Wreath

Today I have awesome holiday polish from Pretty & Polished.  This one is called Xmas Wreath, and it is a gorgeous combination of metallic green, different sizes of red glitter, tiny holographic gold glitter, and green shards.  To be honest, I was kinda iffy about this one, but I bought it anyway, and I am so glad I did!  You know I’m a sucker for greens, and I am in love with the color of this polish.  Plus, the combination of glitters is very unique, and actually does kind of resemble a Christmas Wreath.  Love!

Xmas Wreath will be available on Friday, November 9th along with the rest of Pretty & Polished’s holiday collection in her Etsy Shop.  I believe they will go on sale at 10am EST.

S’no Man’s Land

Another new Pretty & Polished!  This one’s called S’no Man’s Land (love the name!).  It’s a metallicy/frosty white base with large and small white glitter, and tiny holographic glitter.  I love the effect of all the glitters under the white.  It ends up looking a little bumpy, like real snow, and it’s just so clean and pretty looking.  This is a great white for winter!

Shown is two coats with topcoat.  I considered doing three coats for full opacity, but I surprisingly really liked the sheerness of this one.  What do you think?

S’no Man’s Land is part of the Pretty & Polished holiday collection and will be available in her Etsy Shop starting Friday, November 9.

Election Day

Not only is today Election Day in the US, it’s a Presidential Election day!

So today I have another new Pretty & Polished polish called… Election Day!  I couldn’t not wear it, right?

Election Day is an awesome mix of red squares, blue hexes, white stars and “stripes” (which are really bar glitters), holographic silver bars, and tiny red and white glitter.  I wanted something subtle, so I layered one coat of Election Day over OPI Don’t Pretzel my Buttons.  Love how it turned out!

And here’s a shot of my never-before-seen right thumb, so you can see one of the two stars I managed to get out of the bottle (the other’s on my left index finger, but it’s kind of hard to see).

This is the second time I will be voting for President, and I really love being able to participate in the government.  If you’re eligible to vote in the US, GO VOTE!

Think your vote doesn’t count?  It does.  Hitler was elected as head of the Nazi Party by one vote.  Idaho, Oregon, California, Texas and Washington became states because of one vote (each).   Because of one vote, the official language of the US is English, not German.  JFK won the election by one vote per precinct in just 10 precincts.  One vote saved Andrew Johnson from impeachment.  Andrew Jackson was elected by one vote.  Thomas Jefferson was elected over Aaron Burr by just one vote.  In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes became the 3rd president to be elected by one vote.  And one vote gave women the right to vote.

So after you finish looking at this awesome nail polish, go help decide who will be the next President of the United States.  If only because it gives you license to complain later 🙂

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.”
― Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing

Happy Holodays

Today I have some more new Pretty & Polished colors!  The Happy Holodays (get it?) duo is comprised of a gorgeous red holo jelly and a very Christmassy glitter topper.  Individually, they rock, together they are holiday perfection.

First up is Ruby, a deep red jelly with scattered holographic microglitter.  It kind of reminds me of Zoya Blaze (which I don’t have, but have seen plenty of swatches of).  This is beautiful.  I actually really love how subtle the holo is – the red is center stage, the holo just makes it extra special.

Here’s another pic where you can see that gorgeous, lit from within quality Ruby has.  So, so pretty.  This is two coats of Ruby with Essie Good to Go.  Ruby dries a bit dull, so you’ll definitely want some top coat to bring out the sparkles.

And here it is with the Glitter Topper.  The glitter topper is made up of two sizes of small red glitter, small lime green glitter and smaller kelly green glitter.  Compared to a lot of Christmas glitters I’ve seen, this is relatively simple, but oh-so perfect.

And mattified so you can see the glitter better. This is one coat of the Glitter Topper over Ruby.  The glitter was easy to apply.  There was no fishing or dragging.  I really love how it looks matte!

Pretty and Polished’s holiday collection with be available this Friday, November 9th in her Etsy shop.  I have three more of them to show you this week, and they’re equally amazing.

What do you think of her new polishes so far?