Showing posts with label glitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label glitter. Show all posts

8.05.2014

ellagee Chronic Badass

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One of my favorite parts of nail polish is meeting the people behind the blogs and behind the brands. Last November, I was able to meet up with a group of polish makers and lovers in Austin, Texas - including Laura, the owner and creator of ellagee polish.

Laura and I are both members of a club that no one wants to join - fibromyalgia. Laura's is more advanced than mine but we can both relate to the constant and irritating pain, exhaustion and frustration of this very misunderstood chronic illness. 

Chronic Badass is the ellagee half of this "Fi-bros For Life" collaboration box and is a clear base with black matte and holo glitter, black holo stars and butterflies in matte purple and silver holo. This polish was her collaboration with fellow Texan, polish maker, and lovely lady with fibromyalgia - Raphaelle from Digital Nails. 

I decided to use LVX Porcelaine for three fingers (creme white) and LVX Aster for one finger (creme purple) for my base coats and just used one dabbed coat of Chronic Badass. I topped all fingers with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. The coverage was good but I did have to fish a bit for the butterflies that I used.

The stars wouldn't come out and play for me but you can see I got two butterflies with a little fishing.

Shade photo! You can really see the different glitters here - square, hexagonal, circle... And if you look super hard, you can see a black star near my middle finger inside the bottle.

Here's some indirect light as well. I'm really loving the lavender glitters but not against the purple. I think it's better over white.

You can purchase ellagee through her website. Prices range from $8 to $15.00 Join the conversation with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.

7.30.2014

FingerPaints Metallic Moondust

Press Sample 

Back in March, FingerPaints announced a limited edition collection of intense glitter chrome polishes with textured glitter. Today I have Metallic Moondust to share. This green, gold and silver mix is an interesting combination in my collection.

I used a base coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel, 2 coats of polish and no top coat. My brush was super "fluffy" which aided in the glitter application.


As you can see, the 2 coats was perfectly fine for full coverage without any bald spots. I was quite surprised how well it did apply.


In the shade you can really see the different glitters appear. This combination gives the polish almost a 3D effect in person and in photos.


Hiding out in some indirect light and you can see how this polish is a bit rough (textured). I always feels weird when I run my hands through my hair, but otherwise it's neat to wear.


FingerPaints [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Blog]  is found exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply. Cost is $5.99 per bottle or $5.49 for Beauty Club Card holders.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

7.26.2014

CrowsToes Bad Catholic

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Back in March, I FINALLY got my hands on A Box, Indied by llarowe. Some months go like HOTCAKES and others have a few extras to sell. I don't recall what happened back in March but I was glad to get my hands on it.

Inside my box included a bottle of CrowsToes Bad Catholic. I have a few bottles of CrowsToes that I've purchased over the years but haven't reviewed them on PolishGalore before. No real reason - just haven't gotten around to "that" section of my polish. ("That" being indies - I've been VERY picky on the indies I buy, and then very careful of those indies - not wanting to let anyone borrow them or basically, see them.)

Back to the polish. This was a part of the Mardi Gras theme - hence the name. I am Catholic, and have been a bad one from time to time (hah) but I'm actually in good standing with the Church now (Mr PG had to go through an annulment before we could get married in the Church this past May). ANYWAY - polish!

I started with a base coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel before deciding that I didn't want to wear this polish bare. I left my pinkie clear so I could see how well the polish applied but on the rest of my nails, I used one thin coat of Cult Nails Tempest.

I ended up only having to use ONE coat of Bad Catholic to achieve the photos you see below. I was quite pleased. To smooth the top and add shine, I used Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That.

The madness! Check out all this glitter goodness with ONE coat. I didn't have to go fishing for glitter either. Now I did use the dab method where you dab the polish on to the nail first, then use one swipe to smooth it out. There is a variety of small round, medium round, and larger hexagonal glitter in purple, green and gold in a clear base. Absolutely perfect for Fat Tuesday.

I was super surprised in the shade - you can see that polish holds up well with some reflective properties without being mirror like or taco curling.

Finally in some indirect light (and in need of some cuticle oil!) - I was actually really happy with this polish. Now I'm not sure how much I'd wear it OTHER than Fat Tuesday just because it does remind me of Mardi Gras, but it's enough to make me want to keep the polish in my stash.

CrowsToes can be purchased in the USA through Llarowe or Overall Beauty for $13 and a few other places overseas. Join them on Facebook and follow on Instagram.

3.29.2014

Salon Perfect Cosmic Black

Press Sample 

Here's another twist on your typical black and white glitter - throw in some silver, add some bar glitter and today you have Salon Perfect Cosmic Black. I decided to layer one coat over my essie maincure using the dab method where you just dab the polish onto your nail and smooth out with one stroke from cuticle to tip. This helps minimize the spreading or removing of the glitter from your nail.

This also drives matte so I used a top coat of Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That.

Just one coat! I'm impressed.

The ring finger has only one dabbed coat of glitter as well.

I'm not totally against this bar glitter even - it doesn't look at hairy as normal bar glitter does.

Salon Perfect [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [YouTube] is a collection of professional-quality lash, brow and nail products. Available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide for $3.98 a bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

3.27.2014

Salon Perfect He's With Me

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One of my first China Glaze polishes was Ruby Pumps. I was so in love with the red glow of the glitter and how smooth it applied. You can image how much I love Salon Perfect's He's With Me, a red glitter that absolutely glows both in the bottle and on the nail.

I used a base coat of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top coat of Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That.


How pretty is this? The coverage was excellent - totally opaque in just 2 coats.


Look at that glow! Squishy jelly goodness.


Absolutely full of love and win. If you can find this, snatch this up. And a back up. And another. So says me.

Salon Perfect [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [YouTube] is a collection of professional-quality lash, brow and nail products. Available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide for $3.98 a bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

3.26.2014

Salon Perfect Loves Me, Loves Me Not

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Here's a weird twist on the normal black and white glitter - this is a pale pink and black glitter. When I saw Salon Perfect Loves Me, Love Me Not, I knew I had to have it for my collection.

I decided to add one coat over my existing manicure of In Love, and then on my ring finger, I put 2 coats of polish alone. This glitter dries matte.


I love the tiny glitter!


Indirect light - you can see the ring finger isn't opaque in 2 coats but I didn't really want to pack it on any more. Because the glitter is so tiny, it's hard to tell that it's pale pink and not white, but I promise it is.

Salon Perfect [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [YouTube] is a collection of professional-quality lash, brow and nail products. Available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide for $3.98 a bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

3.24.2014

Salon Perfect Hearts-a-Flutter

Press Sample 

Last month, Salon Perfect came out with a line perfect (hah) for Valentine's Day including this glitter - Hearts-A-Flutter. It's a small purple glitter with silver hearts in a clear base. I like that it's not your typical Valentine's Day polish but it's still appropriate for the holiday.  I used my existing manicure of Morgan Taylor Polished Up, added one coat of Hearts-A-Flutter and topped with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. I fished each heart out using the brush only and dabbed the glitter to make sure I got the heart on the nail.

Cute polish! I like the silver hearts a lot since I'm such a silver fan.

In indirect light, the hearts reflect whatever is in front (in this case, it was my shirt which was yellow). Another reason why I have to remember to always wear white when photographing. It's the little things!

Salon Perfect [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [YouTube] is a collection of professional-quality lash, brow and nail products. Available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide for $3.98 a bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

10.24.2013

China Glaze Bat My Eyes

Press Sample 

Today I have for you Bat My Eyes from the Monsters Ball (Halloween) collection from China Glaze. The name totally throws me, because when I think of "bat my eyes", I think of a pin up girl with long eye lashes and dark black mascara. This polish, however does not remind me of bats or eyes but hey, not every name can be a winner. (Sorry!)

This is a gold glitter in a slightly black base but not so much that the glitter gets eaten by the base. I used a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

So yeah, check this out - it's pretty awesome! There's even a little bit of yellow bar glitter in there but that gets sucked in the base coat. I was pretty impressed by the opacity in 2 coats.

Same story in the shade - it's almost like a jelly which is pretty cool.

Ta da! I was actually very happy with this polish and I can see myself wearing it again. It's a great color for Halloween and I could maybe see this working for fall otherwise - maybe as a funky French!

China Glaze [Website] [Facebook] [Twittercan be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe BeautySally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

10.21.2013

China Glaze Boo-gie Down


So maybe you remember the drama from last year's China Glaze Halloween collection. Long story short, the 3rd party graphic designer that was hired to make the box artwork ended up stealing a photo off DeviantArt and changing the colors. Well China Glaze fired the graphic designer (and who knows what else) and this year as a sign of good will, they worked with the original artist Abigail Larson for the box artwork. Abigail even got to sign the image which is in all beauty supply stores and I think that's really awesome.

When I saw these at Cosmoprof North America, all I wanted to do was hide them in my bag and run away. I'm such a sucker for glitter. When these arrived at my door, I decided to try Boo-Gie Down first. This multi-sized orange, black and white glitter needed a good base color so after looking in my stash, I decided on Electric Pineapple from the 2011 Summer Collection "Island Escape". I had a base coat of Rejuvacote, 2 coats of Electric Pineapple and then just one coat of Boo-Gie Down. I topped my nails with Cult Nails Wicked Fast to smooth out any glitter and add shine.

I had tried a new manicurist and she just didn't quite get my cuticles smoothed out so I apologize for them. I'm also working on keeping them oiled at all times so they look healthy and moisturized.  So here it is in the sun - you can see all the different glitters in there... small, medium and large (pointer) as well as bar glitter. Great mix for Halloween!

I tried using the glitter on its own for an accent nail but I feel like it just makes the nail look dirty - like you stuck your hand in salt and pepper. Otherwise, I'm in love.

This photo is indoors without flash. I'm still without a storm door so I'm trying to find good lighting in my house for photos. This was also taken with my PaS camera instead of my DSLR so it's all a learning curve up in here.

If I had to pick one polish out of this whole collection that's a MUST BUY, I'd say it this one. Definitely a big fan of the size of glitter and the appropriateness for Halloween. I'm seriously thinking about making this my Halloween manicure but with all fingers using Electric Pineapple instead of just 4 out of 5.

China Glaze [Website] [Facebook] [Twittercan be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe BeautySally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

9.11.2013

Glitter Daze Summer Sprinkles


Glitter Daze [Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | tumblr]  is an indie line from my home state in Texas. I cannot believe I missed meeting the creator while at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas this year but she made sure to shoot me an email and asked if she could send me a few bottles. As you know, I'm still learning about indies and while I have my favorites, I do like finding new brands.

Glitter Daze features two size options for her polishes - a full size 15 mL for $11-11.50 & mini 4 mL (shown above) for $5.00. I'm very impressed with her business. Not only does she offer two different sizes, but she also has her own base coat, her own top coat, her own cuticle sticks and a Subscription Box with 3 different levels and including only a 100 run Limited Edition full size polish.  Oh wait, there's more... she has apple blossom scented polish remover and hand "fizzies"! And she has international shipping available through stockists AND she has a rewards program on her website.  Deep breath.

I used a base coat of NYC Clear, 1 coat of polish and topped it with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. On my ring finger, I used Golden Rose 38 to show this over a color.

Okay, so this is a glitter polish that has multicolored neon glitter with black and white microglitter all in a clear base. It looks like a super blended fruit salad which is suoer fun.

This is just one coat! I love that it's a clear base, no issues with bleeding.

I didn't have any issues with the glitter being curled or raised with just one top coat, so that's fab too.  This is like an awesome glitter bomb that I have no problems wearing far into winter. What cracks me up is that I would have never picked this normally in the bottle but I LOVE it on. So don't judge a polish by its bottle!  Truth!

Glitter Daze [Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | tumblr features two size options for her polishes - a full size 15 mL for $11-11.50 & mini 4 mL (shown above) for $5.00.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

9.04.2013

China Glaze Liquid Crystal

Press Sample


In July (don't judge) I decided to close my eyes and randomly grab a bottle of polish to swatch. I came up with China Glaze Liquid Crystal from the 2012 Prismatic Chroma collection. When I first heard about these, i was really excited. The official release stated "bright blue holographic with purple tint dusted with silver, gold, green, pink and orange.  Hello.

I started with a base of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and a top coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. I know others have found this polish to be gloopy or thick but mine applied well without any real issues. It did eat top coat though, so you may want to add a second layer.

In full sun, this looks more like turquoise polish with glitters, although in the bottle, you can see hints of purple around the edges.

In the shade, the purple starts to peek out and you can see that the "dusted" parts are actually glitters. This combo of glitters was pretty popular last year and I've seen it in a few polishes this year as well.

Indoors with indirect light you start to see the color shift but sadly, no holographic properties here.

And just as I was about to call it a day, I was able to get full on purple tint from this little fiend. Thanks Liquid Crystal!

China Glaze [Website] [Facebook] [Twittercan be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe BeautySally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

7.16.2013

CPNALV 2013: China Glaze On The Horizon

One of the most difficult things about attending a business-to-business conference like Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas is that there are items on the show floor that you can see but a lot of times you can't photograph, write about or talk about for months later. That was the case for China Glaze. I was able to preview six amazing collections but my lips are sealed and the photos I was allowed to take are being hidden in folder upon folder until the day that they can be released.

One thing we could share was the On The Horizon "feathered finish" polishes that will be launching in September.  This is a 6 piece collection that featured small bar glitter in a various of color combinations. It only takes 2 coats for each polish to be opaque.  The official press release states "This free-spirited collection introduces six new lacquers using interwoven matte particles to create a feathered finish."



As you can see, the colors are as fun as the names. My quick picks are All A Flutter and Flock Together.  The China Glaze® On the Horizon collection will be available in August 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide with an SRP of $10.

Official Bottle Images from China Glaze:

All A Flutter
Pastel Peach, Soft Blue & White Particles interwoven to apply like a feathered finish in one quick swoop over the nail 

 Flock Together
Mint Green, Bold Blue & Black Particles interwoven to apply like a feathered finish in one quick swoop over the nail

Flying South
Orange and Soft Yellow particles interwoven with a Red glitter to apply like a feathered finish in one quick swoop over the nail 

 Light As A Feather
Orange, White & Black Particles interwoven to apply like a feathered finish in one quick swoop over the nail

 Party Fowl
Bold Blue, Orange & Black Particles interwoven to apply like a feathered finish in one quick swoop over the nail

You’re A Hoot
Soft Yellow, Orange & Black Particles interwoven to apply like a feathered finish in one quick swoop over the nail 
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