More Flowers

I can’t get enough of these flowers!  I’ve been slightly obsessed since I first painted them (in this mani inspired by my iPad case), and thought they’d be a good way to use some of the polishes I picked up at T.J. Maxx last week.

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I used OPI Schnapps Out of It!, OPI Black Onyx, OPI My Vampire is Buff, Orly Frisky, and Sephora by OPI Seriously It’s a Naan-issue.

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I love how they turned out!  I really like how unique and whimsical these flowers are.  They did take a while to do, but I think they were totally worth it.  Plus, I couldn’t think of anything new to paint, so these were a nice option.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! And let me know if there’s any nail art you’d love to see!

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Prima Donna

Prima Donna is the fourth polish in Windestine’s Little Women collection.  It is the simplest of the bunch, but it might just be my favorite.

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My index and pinky fingers have three coats of Prima Donna, which is a bright coral jelly with periwinkle glitter.  The rest of my nails are China Glaze Fade into Hue, with Essie Come Here stamped using bundle monster plate 323.

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I absolutely love the color combination here.  And to be completely honest, I didn’t think I would really like it when I first saw it.  But I am kind of obsessed.

Coral and Black

I have a pretty extensive polish collection (check out my stash here), but by far, the majority of them are “fall” and “winter” colors.  That is, dark and/or neutral.  Since my collection was kind of lacking in the bright, summery colors department, I decided to go shopping for some new ones.  I ended up with a few from Essie’s spring and summer collections, including this one, Come Here (which is currently on my toes).  I still felt the urge to darken it up, so I went with my go-to Mr. Candiipants flowers and some polka-dot borders.  I must say, I kind of love it.

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I used Essie Come Here as a base and painted the design with either Sinful Colors Black on Black or OPI Black Onyx, I can’t remember.  Not that it really matters – black is black, but those two have the best formulas of any I’ve tried.

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I think these are interesting without being too crazy.  I especially love that Come Here is almost a classic red, but then turns nearly-neon coral in the sun.  Perfect for summer, especially if you have an office job like me.

What’s your favorite summer polish this year?

Summertime Geometric

I’m back with new posts this week (even though this one is a day late)!  I kind of borrowed several elements from (who else?) Candice from Mr. Candiipants, but I switched it up a bit.  It’s kind of tribal, but much simpler.  I kind of love it.

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I started with Sinful Colors Hazard, which is definitely bright coral, and not neon orange as the name implies.  I’ll admit I’m a bit of a nail polish snob (I just haven’t had many good experiences with “cheap” polish), but the formula of Hazard is one of the best I have ever tried!  Seriously, it’s better than a lot of my high-end polishes.  The designs were hand painted with Sephora by OPI Give Peach a Chance, which just might have made it into my top ten.  Maybe.  I picked it up last week in the nail polish sale on the Sephora website.  SOPI polishes are kind of hit or miss for me, but I couldn’t pass them up for $4.50.

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In case you missed that announcement, I’m planning on posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from now on, with (I hope) special bonus posts on holidays and such.  I already have two posts planned this week, and next week I will be doing some patriotic nail art, so keep an eye out for that!  And feel free to give me suggestions!

As always, let me know what you think, and please contact me if you’d like to submit a guest post!

Windestine Spring Collection

Today I have Windestine’s brand new Spring collection!  It consists of three glitter filled jelly polishes that are perfectly spring-appropriate.  All swatches are three coats with topcoat.  Make sure to check out the micro shots at the end of the post!

First up, Crushed Rose in Spring:

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Crushed Rose in Spring is an alteration of one of the polishes from Windestine’s previous collection, Crushed Rose.  It’s the exact same glitter, but in a gorgeous green base.  One of the reasons I love Windestine so much is that she is so good at mixing the base color.  The green is really a great shade.  The glitter consists of yellow, white, and pink hexes as well as some white shards.  It definitely resembles a spring garden!

Next is Rainy Day Blues:

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I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of bar glitter.  In the bottle, I thought this would be my least favorite of the three.  And then I put it on.  I was completely shocked by how much I absolutely love this!  It is just so beautiful.  It gives the impression of glistening, slightly murky water.  I love, love, love, love Rainy Day Blues!  If you like blue polishes, this is a must-have.

And last, but not least, Leilani:

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Leilani is definitely my favorite of the three, if only because I love the base color so much.  I’ve been looking for a polish this exact shade of coral, but I hadn’t found one I liked until Leilani.  It is filled with small glitter in various pastel shades.  LOVE.  This is definitely one of my favorite indies ever.  It really needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate just how gorgeous this shade is.

Here are some micro shots so you can see the glitters in each polish:

The Spring collection will be available on February 20 in Windestine’s Etsy shop.

*These polishes were provided to me for an unbiased review*

New Windestine Collection

I’m not usually one to do full-collection posts.  I like giving a lot of attention to polishes I love, one at a time.  But Freda was nice enough to send me her new collection for review, and I wanted to show these before they were released, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I’m still going to give each polish the attention it deserves, so get ready for the longest post in Polish Squirrel history 🙂

If you’ve been reading this blog for any significant period of time, you know that I love the indie brand Windestine.  I could list the reasons, but that might get a little long, so I will just show you her six amazing new polishes.

First up, Home Sweet Home.

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Home Sweet Home is a gorgeous chocolate brown polish with holographic shimmer and some really pretty dark pink shimmer.  It’s really the pink shimmer that makes this one extra special.  As soon as I saw this in the bottle, I knew it would be a favorite!  And I’m not big on brown polish, so you know it’s good.  I want this in every color.  Really.

Formula was pretty good.  It was a bit thick, but unmanageably so, and a little sheerer than I expected.  Here, I used three coats with no topcoat.

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Next is what Freda described as the “glitter bomb” of the collection.  It’s called Pond Patrol.

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Pond Patrol is a medium green jelly packed with different glitters.  There are some medium-ish sheer white and pale pink glitters along with some smaller sheer white glitter (I really love sheer white glitter) and tiny sheer pink glitter.  But what makes this really unique is the addition of the tiny red glitters.  Love this one!

Formula was thick and a little difficult due to the amount of glitter in the bottle, but that’s to be expected.  I used two coats with topcoat to smooth it out a bit.

As soon as I saw this one, I was reminded of another Windestine polish: Spring Into Fall, so I did a comparison in case anyone wanted to see.  SIF is more of an olive green, and while it has similar pink and white glitter in it, it lacks the red glitter and instead has a golden shimmer.  I can’t decide which I like better, but I’m glad I have both!

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Next up is a polish called Inner Glow.

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Inner Glow is a yellow-toned nude with a lot of holographic shimmer.  I knew this was going to be a favorite, but I was a little worried about how it would look on my skin tone, since I am very pale and very pink (especially on my fingers).  But, even though it doesn’t match my skin (which is totally a good thing), this polish actually looks pretty good on me!

This swatch was two coats with no topcoat.  The formula was a teeny bit thick, but overall, really great!

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This one is called Twirling Upwards and it is gorgeous.

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Twirling Upwards is a pumpkin orange color with two different sizes of tiny gold glitter.  I didn’t notice until it was on my nails, but if you look closely, you can also see that it has some pretty pink shimmer to it.  I really love this combination!  It somehow manages to be a polish that definitely looks like fall in a bottle, but is appropriate year-round.  I think the addition of the pink shimmer makes this really unique and special.  This is one of those polishes that is just stupid pretty.  I want to stare at it all day.

Again, this was a bit thick, but, that means the glitter goes on evenly and you don’t have to shake it.  This was two coats with topcoat.  It was still a teeny bit sheer at this point, so you may need to add a third coat depending on how long your nails are.  This dried a little bit matte on parts of my nails (not the whole thing), which was kind of weird, but not really a big deal.

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Next, I have Jacquimo, which totally reminds me of this:

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If you don’t know what that is, go watch Thumbelina (the 1994 one).  Right now.  Jacquimo was always my favorite character, so I really love the name of this polish!

Ok, on to the actual polish:

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Jacquimo is a coral/pink with silver holographic microglitter.  You might already know that I’m not a pink person, so I wasn’t expecting to love this one, but I really, really like it.  It’s so pretty and flattering, and I really like how the glitter isn’t overpowering.  It’s just right.  

This was two coats with no topcoat.  The glitter in this one does tend to sink to the bottom of the bottle, but it’s easily mixed with a good shake.

I tried to get a picture of the holo, but it just wasn’t working for me, so you’ll have to imagine all the tiny silver specks sparkling like twenty times more.

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And, last but not least, is Crushed Rose.

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Crushed Rose is a glitter topcoat.  It’s has different sizes of both pink and yellow glitter along with some white shards.  Ok, again, because this was pink, I totally underestimated it’s awesomeness.  I honestly thought this was going to be my least favorite of the bunch.  But how freaking gorgeous is this?  Seriously?  It’s so pretty and delicate.  The glitters in this are a bit sheer, so I feel like it will kind of blend with whatever you put under it.

I used one coat over Zoya Malia, because I thought the purple would compliment the yellow and pink glitter.  The combo reminds me of spring.  The formula was surprisingly excellent for a glitter.

And here’s a bottle shot so you can see all the glitters:

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And…. we’re done!

I just want to say that even though I raved about each of these polishes, these opinions are 100% my own, and not influenced in any way.  I will honestly say that if I didn’t like any of these, for whatever reason, I would have said so.

That said, I really did love them all.  I will definitely be purchasing full sized bottles of all of these!  I can seem myself wearing them a lot, especially as we get into spring.  They’re so pretty, and I really think there is something for everyone in this collection!  I was going to do a “my picks” thing, but I don’t think I can since they’re all so different.

UPDATE: This collection will be available on Etsy starting tomorrow!

Too Too Hot

For the third day in a row, it is ridiculously hot here in Boston.  It’s supposed to be the last day of the heat wave, though, and I am really excited about finally being able to sleep since I have no AC.  Anyway, when I was searching for a polish to put on this morning, I came across this gem, and knew I had to wear it today.

This is Too Too Hot, which was released last summer in Essie’s Brazilliant collection.  I picked it today based solely on the name, but I do really love this color.  Which should be pretty clear by now, since I’ve already shown you about five almost identical polishes.  This is a really bright red-toned coral. Perfect for summer!

Shown here is three coats of Too Too Hot with Seche Vite topcoat.  It’s super shiny on its own, but I needed it to dry faster.  I prefer Essie Good to Go to Seche Vite, but it was closer and I was being lazy today.

This is a great summer color, with a really nice formula.  I tried multiple polishes before this one today, and the heat and humidity made them all impossible to apply.  This one was still perfect.  It applies really smoothly and really shiny.  Even though it’s pretty opaque, it has a slight jelly effect.

As I mentioned, Too Too Hot is similar to Essie Camera, but it’s not neon, so this is a great option if you don’t want to go too bright.  It’s similar to, but more red than butter LONDON Macbeth.  It is almost identical to Essie’s Ole Caliente from this spring, but Too Too Hot is squishier-looking and much easier to apply.  Of the two, this is my pick.