Holographic Herringbone

As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve been following this blog, I have a lot of nail polish.  It’s gotten to the point where I can’t remember which ones I have (I used to know my stash really well).  So I’ve decided to start doing some nail art with my untried polishes.  They need some love, too!

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Herringbone is one of my favorite patterns, so I decided to do some new herringbone nails (I’ve been experimenting with this pattern on false nail sets, too).  The base is China Glaze At Vase Value, which I actually just bought, and the design is Revlon Holographic Pearls.  It’s a super-dense holographic topcoat, actually very similar to Cult Nails Coachella.  Both of these polishes are new to me, and I really like them both.  I can’t believe I went so long without picking up At Vase Value!

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I kind of wish I’d put a solid color underneath Holographic Pearls (maybe a gray?), but I like how these turned out anyway.  This pattern is so quick and easy and I love the way it looks!  I just finished a false nail set for my Etsy shop with this pattern in gray and lime.

Padfoot

Today I have another awesome indie polish.  I’ve kind of been ignoring my indies lately, but I’ve been determined to give them some love, since I have a ton of them I’ve never worn.  You might already know that Lac Attack released another Harry Potter themed collaboration collection with Glitta Gloves.  And if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that I bought it (ok, fine, I preordered the entire collection the second it was available); I have a serious weakness for polish named after my favorite things (even if I don’t actually like the color).  Luckily, I’m kind of in love with Lac Attack – her polishes are so amazing she actually makes me like things I usually don’t, like bar glitter.  This is Padfoot from the Magical Mischief collection and it is gorgeous!

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Padfoot is a warm brown holographic polish.  I don’t typically like brown, but this is really pretty!  It ended up being one of my favorites of the collection.  The formula was awesome – super smooth and opaque in two coats.

For those of you who don’t know, Padfoot is Sirius Black’s nickname.  Although I guess if you didn’t know that, you don’t know who Sirius Black is so go read/watch some Harry Potter.  Because if you haven’t, you are really missing out.

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You can get Padfoot and the rest of the Magical Mischief collection here!  Also check out the first Lac Attack/Glitta Gloves Harry Potter collection, Magical Musings.  There really is something for everyone in there: jellies, holos, glow in the dark, and tons of glitter!

D!ck in a Box

D!ck in a Box is from the Girly Bits Fall 2013 collection, which is a collection of nine polishes inspired by three of my favorite TV shows: BonesFamily Guy, and Saturday Night Live.  As soon as I saw this collection, I immediately went and preordered all of them.  You might already know, but I have a huge weakness for polishes inspired by my favorite things.  It’s seriously becoming a problem.  Luckily, this entire collection is gorgeous, so it worked out well.  I wore this to celebrate some exciting news: my dad is officially cancer free!

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D!ck in a Box is a medium gray with a very strong holo and a bit of pink shimmer (check out my thumb above).  If you like holos, you will definitely love this!  Six of the polishes in the collection are holo and they are all amazing.  This is honestly the first time I’ve worn any of them, even though I’ve had them for months, and I was amazed by the formula.  I don’t have a ton of holos, but the ones I’ve tried have either been very sheer, or very pigmented, but with a weak holo (or both *cough* China Glaze *cough*).  But D!ck in a Box was super smooth and perfectly opaque in two coats.  And this is no exaggeration: this was honestly one of the easiest to apply polishes I have ever used.  Well done Girly Bits!

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Now, I know this is SNL themed, but I can’t help it that this is the first thing that pops in my head (Game of Thrones fans should appreciate this):

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Hopefully I’ll have the rest of the collection up at some point in time.  They’re all really amazing.  I ordered the entire full size collection on a whim and I don’t regret it a single bit.

You can get the Fall Season Premiere collection, and the rest of the gorgeous Girly Bits polishes here (if you like holographic nail polish you really need to go check her out).

Fishwife

I’m just going to say it: I’m not all that into holos (holographic polishes, in case you’re not yet fluent in lacquerhead-speak).  I do like them, I’m just super picky about the ones I choose to wear.  Usually I go for something subtle, like my beloved a-Englands, but even I can’t deny the beauty of butter LONDON Fishwife.

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This polish is super holo, but it’s also pretty sheer, so I layered two coats of Fishwife over two coats of Essie Maximillian Strasse Her.  Definitely mermaid nails.  Perfect for summer!

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A huge thank you to Pointless Cafe, who gave three of these beauties away a while back – I was lucky enough to win one!  I probably would have never tried it otherwise, and I am so glad to have this in my collection.

If you like holo polishes, definitely give Fishwife a shot!  I don’t have it, but bL Trustafarian is very similar, just more green.

Cold Winds are Rising

Many of you probably already know that yesterday was the season 3 premier of Game of Thrones.  I finally started watching the show last year, and I am obsessed.  I am so glad it’s back!  So I thought it was the perfect time to break out my GoT-themed nail polish, Dollish Polish Cold Winds are Rising.

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Cold Winds are Rising is a grey jelly polish with different sizes of teal glitter.  Some of the pieces are holographic, too (you can see that in the bottle in the above pic).  It definitely reminds me of a grey version of Dollish Polish Expecto Patronum.  Application was good – I did need to add some thinner to it, but after that it was fine.  I used three coats here, trying to keep them as thin as possible (which wasn’t that easy).

I really love how the combination of the glitter and the base ends up looking like murky seawater.  Or rain.  Kind of perfect for a Game of Thrones polish that isn’t super dark, red, or gold.  I love it!

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So… what house are you?  I’m kind of obsessed with House Targaryen (because Daenerys is totally badass), but I still have a soft spot for the Starks.

Also, keep an eye out for some Game of Thrones nail art.  Because I need to do it at some point, right?

Amortentia

“Amortentia doesn’t create actual love, of course. That’s impossible. But it does cause a powerful infatuation or obsession. For that reason, it is probably the most dangerous potion in this room”
– Horace Slughorn (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

For some reason, I’ve really been craving pink polishes lately.  So I decided to finally break out the pink from Lac Attack’s Magical Musings collection (it’s Harry Potter-themed), and go all out.  It is a layering polish (you could probably get it opaque in like 6 coats if you really wanted to), so I layered it over China Glaze Escaping Reality, which is a neon bubblegum pink (think Barbie).  I wasn’t really creative with the layering combo, but I think next time I want to try Amortentia over a dark purple.

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Amortentia is a bright pink shimmer with small and medium lavender holographic glitter.  It is really pretty, and perfectly suited to it’s namesake, the strongest “love” potion in the world.  Also, it kind of reminds me of the love potion display in Fred and George Weasley’s shop in the movie.

This was one of the few Magical Musings polishes I didn’t plan on buying, just because I rarely wear pink, especially bright pinks like this.  But I am a huge Harry Potter geek, and I ended up just grabbing the whole collection because Harry Potter nail polish is my kryptonite.  But I’m really glad I got it, because it is very pretty, and recently I’ve actually been buying and wearing more pink polish.

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Here is a macro shot of the bottle so you can see the color a bit better.  It is a bit cooler-toned than Escaping Reality, and adds that color shimmer to any polish you layer it over.  I really love that!  I am a huge fan of layering shimmer.

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While I can’t say this is my favorite of the collection, I was surprised to find that I do really like Amortentia.  It’s very versatile, and definitely different than anything else I own.

Lac Attack polishes are available here.  The Magical Musings collection is currently all sold out, but I’m sure it will be restocked eventually, so keep an eye out for that.

Saint George

This might just be my favorite a-England ever!  And I love a-England.  I wanted Saint George for probably six months before I finally bought it, and then it just sat in my helmer (I did take it out and look at it every few days).  I don’t know why I waited so long to wear this, but when I finally put it on the other day, it was magic.

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Saint George is a gorgeous teal base with a scattered holographic shimmer.  It’s just perfect.  I’m not really all that into holos (I know, shocker), but I cannot resist any of Adina’s creations.  This has just the right amount of sparkle, and the color itself is really something special.

I wish I could have captured the holo better, but my camera was being dumb and it was already getting dark.  Just imagine this with way more sparkles.

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The formula on this was typical for a-Englands: ah-mazing.  If you haven’t tried any of them, you are seriously missing out.  This was… wait for it… one coat.  Yes, one coat.

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If you haven’t already guessed, I LOVE Saint George! I also love a-England (and Adina and Tristam – her adorable cat).  Definitely a contender for my favorite polish (and brand) ever.  Ok, I need to stop because I could totally look at pictures of this all day and I actually have things to do.  Kind of.

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!

Advent Calendar Day 4 – Silver

I’m usually pretty uncomfortable wearing metallic polishes, especially silver.  They’re just too bright and flashy for me.  So I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for today’s post.  But then I remembered I had gotten China Glaze Glistening Snow (from the Holiday Joy collection), which is gorgeous.  But removing ten full glitter nails didn’t sound very appealing, and I wanted to do something a little bit different, so this is what I came up with.  I actually ended up really liking it!

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For all my nails except my ring fingers, I used Essie No Place Like Chrome.  I got this polish for stamping, and it is definitely excellent for that purpose.  This is one coat!  The ring fingers and dots  are China Glaze Glistening Snow.

This kind of reminds me of glitter wrapping paper.  I really love the texture – I decided not to add topcoat because I loved the way that the glitter dots were raised.

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And here’s a super close, blurry picture so you can see the awesome holographic sparkly-ness of Glistening Snow:

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What’s your favorite silver polish?

Champagne Kisses

When I first saw promo pics of the new China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, there was only one I knew I needed.  Champagne Kisses is gorgeous, a reminiscent of the CG fall glitters, and I had to have it.  So when I saw this in Sally’s the other day, it came home with me.  After trying it, I ordered two backups.  Which I never do.  So you know this is awesome.

Champagne Kisses is a small glitter that gives complete coverage in two to three coats.  It’s a rose gold color, with a little bit of brighter gold and a little bit of holographic glitter.  On me, it’s almost nude.  I absolutely love it!  The color makes it a little but subtle, but it’s still a bright, sparkly glitter polish.

This was three coats with one coat of topcoat.  This will probably take two or three coats of topcoat to be completely smooth.

I think this is going to be my go-to holiday polish this year.  What’s your favorite holiday polish?