Ms. Sparkle Polish for Shiro Cosmetics

Today I get to show you another new-to-me brand, Ms. Sparkle Polish! She’s an international brand that does ship to the U.S., but she also has a U.S. Stocklist, Shiro Cosmetics, stationed in Oregon. Ms. Sparkle Polish created a couple of exclusive polishes for Shiro Cosmetics, and I have the pleasure of showing you those today!

This duo pulls inspiration from The Emperor’s New Groove, a Disney movie made in 2000 which is absolutely adorable. Read about the plot here.

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***I found this picture on the Internet and do not take credit for it.***

Yzma is the first polish in this duo and is described as a deep purple holo (scattered holo) with a blue shift to it. It is super pretty, and looked different in different angles. My swatch shows three coats plus glossy top coat.

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And of course I had to stamp some pretty hearts over this pretty purple. Check out my Instagram for full mani details (@shelseamagan). image

Kuzco is described as a chameleon ultrachrome with a copper-to-burgundy shift and cooresponding color-shifting flakies. This was actually opaque in ONE COAT! I’ve never had an ultrachrome opaque in one coat that shifted this much! I did also apply a glossy top coat.

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I just love the “waterdrop” look on duo/multichromes so I just had to add them to this polish and I was not disappointed!imageimage

These gorgeous polishes should be available soon. Be sure to check out @ms_sparkle_polish on Instagram for all the updates. Plus, she has tons of other pretty polishes!

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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate

Hey everyone! This was a post that I started months ago, and for some reason, never actually published it. I wanted to share a few looks I created using BP-027 from Born Pretty Store (be sure to use the code DEANX31 for 10% off your order).

Honestly, I really adore this plate. It has so many great images on it, making it really versatile! I mean, look at those swirls! I always love those looks, but oftentimes get impatient waiting for my polish to dry so I can use vinyls. Using this stamping plate is seriously a great alternative! Plus all the plates are etched well, meaning the images are always crisp, clear, and transfer well.

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Candied Apple Polish Spring Collection

Alison of Candied Apple Polish has created a spectacular spring collection that is season-appropriate, as well as unique! The collection consists of 3 jellies and 2 crellies, and all are absolutely delightful!

Let’s look at the jellies first. These jellies are all packed with gold and silver glitters of different shapes and sizes, as well as micro glitter that corresponds with the color of the polish!

First up is “Frozen Concoctions”, which is a bright pastel-esque blue. I don’t even really know how to describe the color of this polish other than pretty! My swatch shows three coats plus glossy top coat.

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Here is the same swatch, but with a matte top coat instead.

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Here is a macro of the mattified version of the swatch! I love this because you can really see how complex this polish is. Best thing? All three are like this!

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This is “Hibiscus & Sunrise”-a pretty coral-leaning pink with the same types of glitters in it. Although I’m not typically a pink fan, this might be my favorite of the three! It is seriously so perfect for both spring and summer, and also very flattering! Again, my swatch shows three coats with a glossy top coat. The second picture is with a matte top coat and the last is the matte macro.

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“Lights and Lanterns”is the purple version of these polishes. It is super delicate, but bright at the same time. Super complimentary! My swatch shows three coats with glossy top coat, then matte top coat, and finally, the matte macro.

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“Leis and Li Hing Mui” is super cool because this white crelly has a mixture of all the different colored micro glitter that Alison used in the above polishes, making it super  complimentary to this collection! My swatch shows three coats plus glossy top coat.

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The last polish in this collection is seriously just the icing on the cake, making this whole collection one that everyone needs! “Tiki Torch” is a gorgeous mint crelly packed with all kinds of gold glitters. I seriously can’t get enough of this polish! My swatch shows three thin coats plus glossy top coat.

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Alison was so sweet as to do a pre-order for her Facebook fan group-Candied Apple Fanatics! I definitely suggest joining the group if you’re on Facebook! Fortunately, she is releasing this collection officially this Friday, March 25, at 1 pm EST in her shop.

What do you guys think of this collection? Which is your favorite?

Blogger Squad Spring Love

So, I’ve recently joined a fabulous group of ladies who have fantastic blogs and/or do amazing amazing work in regards to swatching. They call themselves the Blogger Squad, and we’re doing a nail art challenge. The theme for our first challenge is Pastel Florals for Spring. Let’s take a look at what I came up with!

Ok, so confession time. I’m actually a bit picky when it comes to pastels. I just love deep, vampy, vibrant colors so much that I struggle to choose other colors. With that being said, I really do like the mani I came up with and wore it on both hands for two days!

 

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For this mani, I used two coats of Enchanted Polish “Vintage” (which was recently released) and three coats of Ever After Polish “First Frost”. I stamped with Mundo de Unas Black and Pueen’s Lace Blossom stamping plate. I sealed everything with my go-to top coat, My Dream Polish gem glam top coat.

My thoughts on the products:

  • “First Frost”-while I did need 3 coats to reach full opacity, it’s truly a stunning polish and absolutely unique in my collection. It’s the closest thing to a white holo I have.  And honestly, Ever After has (rather quickly) become one of my favorite indie brands. Everything that Rachel and Miranda make is great.
  • “Vintage”-honestly, I was less than impressed with this polish. With Enchanted Polish retailing between $16-$17, I expect the polish to be perfect but it wasn’t. The formula was a bit spotty and the brush sucked. To color almost looks a bit cheap in some lights. I will probably be de-stashing this polish; no need for me to keep something I don’t absolutely love.
  • Pueen Stamping Plate-PERFECT!! Just wonderful. The images are great, the plate is large, and they are just too-notch quality.
  • Mundo du Unas-while these stamping polishes are a bit stinky, they’re the best on the market right now and definitely worth it.
  • My Dream Polish gem glam top coat-I’m so spoiled with this product and rarely create a mani that I don’t use this product. The shine is amazing, the product is 5-free, and it’s scented.

What at are your thoughts? Have you tried any of these products?

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer

I’m really excited to show you guys some pretties from  Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer and tell you my thoughts on them! I own a couple polishes from the brand, but haven’t had the chance to swatch them yet so this is basically a new-to-me brand!

The first couple I am going to show you are exclusives to Hella Holo Customs and are no longer available. If you are interested in joining Hella Holo Customs, check them out on Instagram at @hellaholocustoms.

First up is “Holomelon”, which is absolutely amazing! It is opaque in one coat as well. This is definitely one of my favorites of the ones I was sent. It’s just so pretty!

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The Next Hella Holo Customs exclusive is “Atalanta”. The formula was a bit spotty with the first coat, but really evened out with the second. This is a lavender holo full of gold flakies and a seafoam shimmer. It is super unique in my overwhelming collection of purple holos! This one was incredibly difficult to photograph, but so pretty in person!

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And a little nail art using the two together. They really compliment each other well! I used vinyls from Whats Up Nails for this look.

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“I Only Meant to Stay a While” is described as an emerald green jelly with micro holographic glitters in red, green, silver, blue, and purple. This dried to a bit of a textured finish but smoothed out nicely with topcoat. This jelly is opaque in two coats. I truly love the combination of glitters with the emerald!

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The next polish is “Blue Ridge Sillouhette”, which is one part of the Destination Duo with Alter Ego Cosmetics. This is described as a glitter topper packed with matte glitters in orange, hot orange, watermelon, hot pink, royal blue, and navy. It is seriously so fun and the glitters were easy to manipulate and no fishing was required. My swatches show one coat plus topcoat rover “I Only Meant to Stay a While”.

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I had to add it over a light blue creme as well, and definitely love the look! Again, this is one coat plus topcoat and no fishing for glitter required.

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The last polish was my favorite as the bunch. This polish is truly stunning and a must have for any polish lover! The Seasons Change is described as a berry pink linear holographic with platinum microflakies and silver microflakies. It was opaque in one coat, but I used two plus topcoat for my swatches. It’s so wonderful because it is versatile enough to be perfect for any situation!

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My thoughts on Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer? Overall, Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer has a thicker formula, but I didn’t mind it because it meant fewer coats for opaqueness! Also, I’m truly in love with the combinations she puts together; I feel that each polish is unique! Be sure to check her out; I feel like she has something for everyone!

What are your thoughts on these polishes and/or the brand?

Best of 2015-Part 3

I am FINALLY getting around to writing this post! This is my third and final installment of my thoughts on the Best of 2015. As I’ve stated in the previous posts, this is my Disclaimer: these are my own personal favorites and are in no particular order. It was difficult enough to narrow it down this far, and there is no way I could put these in any kind of order.

Polished for Days “Very Berry Christmas”
Polished for Days is definitely an indie polish brand you need to have on your radar. She creates a lot of gorgeous polishes, and adds tons of fun combos, as you can see with this polish. Here she added some green UCC flakies to a stunning magenta ultra  holo. This polish is so unique to my collection. Plus, Jenna, the maker of Polished for Days is so sweet as well!image

Love Angeline “Take Me to Tinsel Town”
Holy sh*#. That’s really all I have to say. This silver ultra holo with holo glitters is INSANE! Unfortunately, it was part of a previous Pipe Down This Love Is Bliss box and is no longer available. But, if you ever find it in a destash, SNAG IT! You won’t be sorry.

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drip drop nail paint “Mysterious Sky”
This polish is just perfect. Easily one of my top drip drop’s, and I have a lot of them (a half of a melmer drawer to be exact). It’s not quite gray, not quite blue, with a stunning shimmer to it (that is a bit camera-shy). Drip drop always have amazing formulas, and Jess is really so creative with color combinations. image

Exotic Lacquers “Heartbreaker”
Exotic Lacquers is new to the indie scene, as they opened shop in February of 2015.  This is in my top polishes because this is a truly unique flakie topper. This topper has some blue and pink flakies in it, which I have not really seen in UCC flakie toppers before. With those added colors, the polish really just pops. Plus, the formula was perfect. I’ve shown it with a matte top coat because, #mattealltheflakies!

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Different Dimension “Blue Shift”
So, I actually didn’t order this polish. I ordered a different one, but was sent this one by accident. I contacted the brand to inform them, and as a courtsey, they let me keep this one. Let me tell you, best “mistake”all year! This polish is seriously perfect. It’s a one coater that also stamps! I’ve used this polish like 4 times already, which is a new record for me. This will probably always be my favorite Different Dimension.

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Illyrian Polish “Night Crawler”
This was my very first Illyrian, and the one that kept me coming back for more! I mean seriously, just look at it. It is jam-packed with goodies, and is truly unique in my ridiculous collection of purple holo polishes. image

What are your thoughts? Did any of these polishes make your list of top polishes?

Best of 2015 part 2

I have seen some posts floating around in regards to Best Polishes of 2015-and I thought it would be fun to create my own personal list and re-swatch them, so here they are! This is the second part of this series. You can find the first post here.

Disclaimer: these are my own personal favorites and are in no particular order. It was difficult enough to narrow it down this far, and there is no way I could put these in any kind of order.

Vapid Lacquer “Sweaters n’ Denim”
Why: If you’ve been around the indie world this year, then you would know that Vapid lacquer has just blown up. Honestly, I feel like it’s the new Enchanted Polish, which I think is cool because I’ve literally been supporting and following this brand since way before she was big. Vapid has always made some amazing colors, and this polish is no exception. I’m in love with the shimmer in this thermal. It is a bit thin; I used 3 coats plus topcoat for my swatches and you can still see my nail line a bit. Otherwise, the polish is amazing and so so unique to my collection. I’m excited to see where Vapid goes in the next year.

Ever After Polish “Steel Magnolias”
Why: This was actually my second Ever After, and the polish that sold me on the brand. This polish is pure magic, and another of my top 10 fave polishes of all time. It’s a gray medium linear holo but has some amazing silver flakies in it that really make it special! The formula is amazing and I barely needed any cleanup. My swatch is two coats plus topcoat.

Cupcake Polish “Berry Good Looking”
Why: I don’t really feel like this one needs much explanation. “Berry Good Looking” is simply amazing and probably made everyone’s top list. It is gorgeous and almost opaque in one coat. My only issue is that topcoat dulls the holo a bit and changes the color, and without topcoat, it is a bit matte.

Crows Toes Nail Lacquer “Edgy Red”
Why: This is probably my most favorite burgandy red holo ever. It is so versatile, and that color that’s both work and play appropriate. I always feel a bit sassy and sexy when wearing this polish (yes; you can totally feel sassy and sexy based off your mani!). My swatch shows two coats plus topcoat.

Heather’s Hues “Hoodies n’ Hayrides”
Why: One word-flakies! I mean seriously, just look at that! This is a dark blue jelly polish filled with flakies that is opaque in two coats. My only complaint was that the polish was a bit thick for my personal preference, but I added a bit of thinner and was good to go! This was exclusive to a MOTM box, so is no longer available. However, Heather is amazing with customs, so she might be able to make you something similar if you really want.

Lou It Yourself “It’s Grape to Meet You”
Why: This polish is every purple polish lover’s dream. I mean, just look at it! It is an amazing shade of purple with these amazing blue micro flakies (or is that shimmer? Who cares-it’s beautiful!). Plus the formula was amazing and applied like butter. This was part of a previous month’s Sparkle Kit and was LE, so it is no longer available.

Femme Fetale Cosmetics “Lantern Waste”
Why: I remember seeing a swatch of this and thinking, “If we could bottle unicorn pee, that’s probably what this would look like.” This is truly a magical polish with that simmer and those flakies! My only issue with this polish, as you can see in the picture, is that it always shrunk. I have swatched this twice now, using the same base and top coat I always use, and have gotten the same issue both times. Regardless, it is still gorgeous! This is two coats plus topcoat.

I Am Custom Color “Denishawn”
Why: My love for I Am Custom Color runs deep. My love for black polish runs deep. My love for flakies runs deep. So, when all of those things are combined into a polish, of course I’m going to love it!

Noodles Nail Polish “Berries n’ Cream”
Why: This was the polish that launched my love for the brand. You can read all about my love for the brand here. This crelly was super easy to apply-my swatch hows three coats and top coat. This leveled out well and had no clumping issues. Glitter dispersed well and the combination is absolutely gorgeous.

Londontown USA “Purple Reign”
Why: This is a seriously wonderful creme. The formula was amazing-my swatch shows two coats with NO TOPCOAT. Yup-you read that right. All that shine without a topcoat. I really love this color and can see myself using it so frequently.

Best Duo of the Year: Candy Drop Duos
Why: Alison of Candied Apple Polish and Jess of drip drop nail paint always collaborate so well, come up with the cutest themes, and create polishes that are both festive to the time of the year, but versatile enough to wear year-round! Here I re-swatched my personal favorite from this past year-Candied Apple Polish  “Professor Bubbles” and drip drop nail paint “Mad Scientist”.

Honorable Brand Mention: My Darling Curios
Why: If you’re interested in Indie Brand nail polish, My Darling Curious is a good place to start. Every polish of hers I’ve tried has a great formula, and are all super affordable. Here I’ve shown “Foxtrot”-two coats plus topcoat.