Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Top 10 of 2012

I almost didn't make this list. Almost. This is a hard list to make for so many reasons. First of all, there are so many amazing polishes that came out this past year. There are so many new brands. The indie nail polish world exploded to the point where I felt overwhelmed looking at everything at times (in a good way). I also didn't swatch everything I bought in 2012. There are many polishes that deserve to be on this list that I just don't have pictures of yet. With that said, this list consists of my favorite polishes (in alphabetical order) that I swatched and posted this year!  I included the link to the original post in the name of the nail polish if you'd like to have more information. 



1. A England Dragon

This entire collection (The Legend) is stunning. This picture doesn't do this beauty any justice. It has a beautiful holographic effect that I failed to capture. You can find Dragon and more from A England here. Check it out, they are amazing!


I'm Not Lion came out with the On Safari collection. If you like holographic polishes, I recommend tracking this down. As you can see it's intense sparkle wigged out my camera. 


You can still find this amazing green polish in the stores right now. I found mine at Sally's Beauty Supply. It is an amazing emerald glass fleck with a fabulous gold shimmer. If you like green polish, you need this in your collection. 


There are many pink holos on the market that look just like this one. Why did I pick this as one of my favorites? If you've ever tried a holo as strong as the polish above you will know what a pain application is. This one applies like butter and you don't need a special base coat. Oh and it lasts for more than a day. That makes Halo-Graphic a huge win in my book. 

5. Cult Nails Deal With It
Bright lime green is not my thing which is why Deal With It surprised me so much. It's gold shimmer is out of this world making it a fave for me.

6. Lush Lacquer Sea Breeze
 I heart this. I love this color, I love glitter, and it reminds me of the ocean.

This tiny little bottle (bottle not shown) of multichrome goodness had the nail world in a tizzy. I was lucky enough to have a fellow polish lover mail this to me from the U.K. 


Have you discovered Pam's polishes yet? Her homemade polish is a work of art. I couldn't resist adding Seuss to my collection and my top ten. 


Do I need to explain why I love this so much? 

Or this? Good job Zoya. I love you even more now.

Do you own any of the polishes on my list? Do you love them as much as I do? Tell me which polishes from 2012 are your favorites in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and have a safe and wonderful New Year!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lush Lacquer Love

I LOVE Lush Lacquer. I have several of their polishes and they have all been amazing. If you don't own any of these amazing polishes, you are seriously missing out! You need to check them out, here is their link. I'll wait......

See what I mean?!?! 

I have three polishes from Lush Lacquer to show you today. I got two from their holiday collection and one from their regular collection. I seriously wanted every single holiday polish. Ok, I just want them all. It was SO hard to control myself. 

This is what I picked out!


 *swoon*

Lush Lacquer Tree-mendous 
 This is my favorite of the three. A Christmas Tree in a bottle! Genius! The majority of the glitters are hexagon (ornaments) and then the yellow stars of course. It has a clear base and green holographic micro glitter that represents the tree. 

 I used two coats of Zoya Holly for my "undies" and two coats of Tree-mendous. I did have to fish a little for the stars but they came out very easily. 

 I placed the stars by dabbing them on with the brush but everything else was applied with regular brush strokes. 

Close up of the bottle. Sorry about the horrid picture. Eeep! 

I planned on wearing this on Christmas Day but forgot to pack it. I am still really really mad at myself. Really mad. Doh!

Lush Lacquer Peppermint Kisses
 I've decided that I need to avoid polishes that have a white base. Hello lobster hands! Despite the fact that it clashes with my skin tone, I still think it's beautiful. 

I used two coats of Zoya Purity as my "undies" and two coats of Lush Lacquer Peppermint Kisses. As most white polishes go, it was a little tricky to apply. You have to work quickly so it doesn't get gooey. I think it's worth the extra effort. 

Peppermint Kisses has a white base and pink, red, white, and green matte hex glitter. As you can see, the glitter comes in a variety of sizes.

Here is a close up of the bottle. 

This can also be worn on it's own with two or three coats. I preferred it with the white base color  underneath. 

Lush Lacquer Splitter Splatter
 Splitter Splatter comes from the regular Lush Lacquer line. I am really into the different black and white glitters that are out there right now. I love the addition of the blue in Splitter Splatter and couldn't resist adding this to my collection.

 I'm still out of town so I can't double check which grey polish I wore with this. It was a grey creme from Orly. When I get home (if I remember) I will edit in the name. 

Splitter Splatter has a clear base so it needs a base color. It has a variety of shapes and sizes of matte black, white, and blue glitter. Love it!

Here is a close up of the bottle. 


Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this. Lush Lacquer is available on their Etsy site and at Llarowe

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful and safe New Year's!

-Mira





Monday, December 24, 2012

Nail Mail: Cult Nails

As you figured out from the title, I have another nail mail post for you. I'm out of town and don't have my nail supplies so I'm using the nail mail pictures I have on my laptop. If you don't like these posts, let me know! This blog is for you, dear reader, and I'd love to know what you think. 

A short while ago, Cult Nails had an amazing special. Spend $50 and you'd get a surprise bag of nail supplies. I can't remember if everyone got a surprise nail polish or if I was just really lucky. The same day of this special, Flushed was restocked. I had been waiting for that to happen so I got some goodies.


Let's see what I got!

 When I opened the box, everything was in this gorgeous tissue paper. I want to wallpaper my polish room with this design. 

 Inside the package. 

 Don't you love polish burritos? 


 The free products came in this bag that matched the tissue paper. 

 I got a free polish!!!

 Toxic Seaweed! For those of you who don't know, Toxic Seaweed is sold out and isn't being restocked (I think) and it's amazing. You can see my swatch of it, here

 Nail Art Supplies

 Silver stars and diamonds.

Small rhinestone squares.

 I'm not sure what to do with these. Do you have any ideas? 

 This is what I ordered.
Left to right: Flushed, Blackout, Nevermore, Disciplined, and Coveted

I hope you enjoyed! When I come home, I'll work on swatching these for you. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Nail Mail - I Love Nail Polish

While I'm in California, I thought I'd share some more of my recent "Nail Mail." When/If I have more time here, I'll prepare a regular post for you. 

On Cyber Monday, I Love Nail Polish had a fabulous sale (40% off) that I just couldn't resist. I had been eyeing this brand of polish for a while and was so excited when they arrived.


 I can't get over how adorable the packaging is. Aren't the heart cut outs so cute?  I love the boxes so much that I'm not throwing them out. This is where my bottles will stay. 

 The bottles are very cute as well. The I Love Nail Polish logo is printed on the bottle making it look professional and classy. The lids are made out of a soft rubber making it very comfortable to grip when painting your nails. 


On the bottom of each bottle is a color coordinated label with the logo and polish name. 

I haven't tried these polishes yet so I don't have swatches for you at this time. When I try them, you'll see them here!

You can purchase I <3 Nail Polish, here

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nail Mail Rescue Beauty Lounge

Hey, husband! Don't read this. Thanks. 


I've been drooling over Rescue Beauty Lounge's (RBL) polish for a while now. I've never purchased one because of the insane price tag. I just couldn't justify it. The husband has issues with Christmas specifically knowing what to get me. This gives me free reign to order things and hand them over to him with the instructions to give them back on December 25th. I'm not a fan of this system since there is absolutely no magic or surprise on Christmas morning but I'm used to it now. I did make him a wish list this year and told him to pick from it. I'm trying to teach him slowly.

That ended when RBL had their Bring it Back special. Husband was happy. 

Being the stinker that I am, I took pictures of the products before I gave them to him. I may or may not have tried them out on my pinky too. 

I feel nervous having proof of my naughtiness out on the interwebs. ;)

Moving on, let's see the polish shall we?

Ok, so RBL comes in a box. I'm not sure what determines the box color. Each box comes wrapped in pink and brown tissue paper with RBL printed on it. I removed that in my psychotic fury and can no longer show it to you. *blush* It is very stylish and adds to the feeling that you are indeed, getting something very special.


 Here you can see that the name of the polish is labeled on the top of the box.

 Left to right: Grunge, Black Russian, and Aqua Lily 

 Grunge does not look peachy but the other colors look pretty accurate. 

 I'm in love with the pink shimmer in Aqua Lily. It is strong in person, I did not do it justice. 

Black Russian
It looks much darker on the nail with the shimmer fading a bit. Swatches coming after the holidays for obvious reasons. 

Let's talk about Grunge for a minute. I actually ordered Ghost but Grunge came in it's place. I didn't open the bottle or take close ups because I was planning on sending it back. RBL was very quick to correct the error and sent Ghost immediately along with postage so I could return Grunge. By the time Ghost arrived, I fell in love with Grunge and decided to keep it too. I of course payed for it and handed all four over to my husband for safe keeping. Kudos to RBL on their sneaky marketing. I'm just kidding, I know it was an honest mistake. I'm actually glad it happened because Grunge is a gorgeous color in person and I can't wait to wear it!

Do you own any RBLs? Which ones do you own and do you love them? I'm thinking this will be my go to wish list item for special occasions. I'd love to have more I just can't justify the price unless it's a special gift. Let me know what you think in the comments! 

By the way, RBL can be purchased, here

Also, do you enjoy posts about nail mail? This blog is for you so let me know!

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Press Release - Zoya Lovely

Zoya Lovely

Beauty is a lovely state of mind

Lovely, just LOVELY!
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....

ZOYA LOVELY – SPRING 2013

Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei (ZP651) - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Julie (ZP650) - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13).
Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)



Shipping January 01, 2013

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Zoya Lovely $8 (US)
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Color Club Gingerbread

Last Christmas, Color Club came out with a set of six glitter polishes. I believe the collection is called Under the Mistletoe. I didn't get them until summer time. I was trying to resist them but they finally broke me down. I should have given in right away, they are glitters after all. I am powerless over glitter. 


Gingerbread has small warm gold glitter mixed with holographic glitter in a clear base. It looks like there are other colors mixed in. I see a little copper, green, and blue but I could be seeing things. It's an interesting mix that makes this polish different than your average gold glitter. I used two (or three?) coats with two coats of Seche Vite. By the way, it is very very sparkly. I haven't been able to take my pictures outside so the sparkle is hidden. 

They are still available where Color Club is sold. I believe I found them on transdesign.com

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Zoya Posh

I really wanted to do this


and then I had to go to nubs. Not a big deal, I don't know why that matters to me. Then, I injured my already injured back. Big deal. I get to hang out in the tube (MRI) again in a couple of hours. 

I won't be doing this nail challenge anymore and I can't swatch until I can sit upright again. I do have random swatches already edited that I'll be showing you while my back heals and my nails grow. =) 

I swatched Zoya Posh for Day 1 Red which was about two weeks ago. I am that awesome. I looked it up on Zoya's website and it looks like it's discontinued. I hope you don't mind that I'm showing it to you. 

As you can see, Posh is a fabulous red matte polish. Mattes aren't my favorite but I do wear them occasionally. I only needed two coats and the formula was very easy to work with. Don't you love the frosted bottle?

I couldn't resist applying a top coat to show you what it looks like glossy. It has a little bit of shimmer in it. You can see it when it's matte but it really comes out when top coat is applied. 

I'm sad that this isn't available anymore. It's perfect for this time of year.

Thanks for reading!

-Mira



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Born Pretty Dried Flowers

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I don't do a lot of nail art. It's strange because I've always loved being creative. This seems like something that should come naturally to me. I suppose it's the ten tiny canvases that intimidate me. I recently made the goal of experimenting more with nail art. When Born Pretty asked me to review some of their products, I picked items that would help me achieve that goal.  

I used two coats of Zoya Natty for my base color. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do and how to best handle the flowers. The flowers are very delicate and require a gentle touch. I used tweezers to pick them up and small scissors to cut off what I needed. I applied a thick coat of top coat on each nail to make sure the flowers stayed in place. I also applied two more coats of top coat to seal the flowers in.  

The flowers come in this wheel, you can see that I have already used a few different colors. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. 

You'll also notice that what I received is different than what is shown on the website. On the website it shows that the wheel comes with two different types of flowers. I'm not sure if the product has changed or if it was just a fluke. 

Aren't they pretty? 

You can find these flowers and many other nail art supplies at the Born Pretty store, here. Don't forget to use the coupon code!


Have you ever used dried flowers on your nails?

Thanks for reading!

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-Mira