Posted by Lisa Heath | October 21, 2012 4:54 pm | 3 Comments
Maya Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Swatches and Review
Happy Sunday! I have an amazing set of indie polishes set up today! The lovely lady behind Maya Cosmetics asked me to review a few of her creations and I was more than happy to do so after seeing them reviewed on Things I Love At The Moment (which is also another blog you should check out!).
I was sent 4 Maya Cosmetic Nail Lacquers to review and this is one talented lady! Her Grand Opening was on October 4th of this year and I really hope she takes off! The quality and uniqueness of these blew me away! I had absolutely no formula issues on any of these 4 polishes and all of them spread nicely and evenly, even the chunkier glitters!
Last Call is perfect for those of you who aren’t into glitter bombs but still love a little sparkle! Last Call is described as a Blackened violet with blue/violet/pink-shifting flecks. This one is a stunner! Probably my favorite of the 4! I only needed 2 coats of Last Call and a top coat to finish this mani off.
Commotion is a lovely glitter bomb! I layered Commotion over Last Call and I really think they make a beautiful combo. Commotion is a glitter concoction of Blue, purple and silver hex glitters with small silver and pink glitters in a clear base. I only used 1 coat of Commotion over Last Call and a top coat for this mani.
It Can’t Rain All The Time:
It Can’t Rain All The Time is a very delicate color. It is described as a sheer gray base with gunmetal, periwinkle, mint green, and lavender glitter and subtle purple shimmer. I used 1 layer of It Can’t Rain All The Time over Trind Pastel Blue. On it’s own, It Can’t Rain All The Time is incredibly sheer – but it is buildable. This is an amazing layering polish and there are a lot of colors it would look amazing over.
Hidden Agenda is beautiful! I love dark polishes that have vibrant glitters within to stand out. Hidden Agenda is a black jelly base polish filled with mainly red hex glitters with tons of tiny red, teal, purple, green and gold glitters sprinkled in. I used 3 coats of Hidden Agenda for this mani. The first coat looked REALLY sheer so I wasn’t sure how well it would build, but by the second coat I knew it would be fine. The third coat gave off the opacity I wanted for this photo.
Maya Cosmetics definitely did an amazing job with these polishes. Each one had it’s own unique look and her store contains “Shimmers” as well as “Glitters” so there is a little something for everyone, since I know not everyone loves lots of glitters either because of the look or the removal process. Either way, Maya Cosmetics Shimmers are just as fabulous if you prefer those!
Posted by Lisa Heath | October 17, 2012 11:14 am | 6 Comments
Go Pink Wednesday with Essie and butter LONDON!
It’s Wednesday and it’s still October, so that means another installment of Go Pink Wednesday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness!
Today’s Go Pink Wednesday mani is Essie We’re In It Together with butter LONDON Fairy Cake sponged onto the tips. I couldn’t think of any art to do last night and I was pretty worn out, but I do like the overall look of glittery tips, especially in the sunlight! We’re In It Together is part of Essie’s Breast Cancer Awareness line (I picked up all 4 pinks) and butter LONDON Fairy Cake is part of their new Holiday line!
Make sure you check out all the fabulous Go Pink Wednesday mani’s that all the bloggers participating did! I’ll have another one up next Wednesday, so keep an eye out ;)
Posted by Lisa Heath | October 16, 2012 7:35 pm | 2 Comments
Girly Bits Apparition Swatch, Review AND Video!
Good evening! Today I have a little extra something for my post! A VIDEO! It’s a quick one, but this polish really isn’t captured completely in a photo, so a video was added to help show it off.
Today I wore Girly Bits Apparition over Illamasqua Prosperity. Apparition is another polish from the Girly Bits Halloween Collection and it’s a beautiful addition to any polish lover’s collection. Apparition is described as a clear base with off white hexes, squares and shreds, tiny little holo micro bars and opalescent hexes that flash a gorgeous violet, especially when layered over a darker lacquer. Mainly I made the video (and by ‘made’ I clearly mean I just moved my hand around a little while Nick took the video) to show off small glimpses of the mini holo bar glitter and the flashes of violet from the opalescent hex glitters. They are subtle, but they are definitely there and it’s hard to capture that beauty in a photo. I decided to use Apparition over Illamasqua Prosperity as the base because I really love this shade of purple and it’s become one of my favorite base colors for various glittery top coat polishes.
I do want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to Nick for taking the video. While it only seems like a quick job, Nick took the time to video it, edit it and all that fun stuff and it took over an hour to complete. It’s best viewed in full screen. The violet opalescent flashes and holo bars are really subtle!
You CAN see a color variation from Prosperity between the photo and the video. The video appears darker because of the lighting in the house. I would love to do amazing sunlight photos, but I work all day and by the time I get home all natural lighting is gone :/
One more thing to add! If you despise “glitter removal” this polish is NOT like normal glitters! I removed the entire mani with 3 cotton balls and I DIDN’T use any “soaking” method or scrubby tub!
I don’t do video’s often, I think it’s the second ever made in Cosmetic Sanctuary history. I almost forgot how time consuming they can be, but for this polish, it was worth it… right Nick?
Hope you liked the post! I will have more Girly Bits later this week! <3
Posted by Lisa Heath | October 15, 2012 8:27 pm | 5 Comments
NOTD: Girly Bits Boo-Berry Over Finger Paints Plum Startled
Just a quick post tonight because I wanted to show off this lovely combo and I’m extremely tired!
Here is the mani I was wearing today and I really liked it!
I started off with 2 coats of Finger Paints Plum Startled which is a plum/grape jelly polish with glass flecks and micro glitter in it. On it’s own its GORGEOUS! Of course, I couldn’t stop there though! I added 1 coat of Girly Bits Boo-Berry over it. Boo-Berry is a purple jelly chock-full of blue, purple, and fuchsia glitter of all different sizes. Girly Bits Boo-Berry is one of the new colors from the Girly Bits Halloween collection and probably my favorite of the 5! I topped this mani off with 1 coat of HK Girl top coat.
Now I need to add this in because I was a little frustrated last night when it happened. My son LOVES bath time. He’s 6 years old and will literally stay in the bath tub for well over an hour if I let him. He likes to start the shower water, plug up the tub and sit in the bath while the shower water runs over him. Once the bath fills up, he turns the shower off and plays with his toys in the tub. I thought I would save time and do my nails in the bathroom while he was in the bath. It didn’t save time. At all. When I added the top coat and was giddy about the result and how amazingly purple my nails were… they started to take on a “foggy” look. The steam from my son’s bath fogged up my nails. I waited about 20 minutes and it didn’t clear up, so I removed it and started over again :(
Posted by Lisa Heath | October 14, 2012 8:03 pm | 2 Comments
Mentality Nail Polish The Metallics Collection Swatches and Review
Happy Sunday! Today I will be showing you a fairly newer Indie Polish line called Mentality Nail Polish. This is her first and so far only collection she has available, BUT she is working on a new collection!
Mentality Nail Polish is a husband and wife team that work out of their home to bring you affordable nail polish. They mean that too because this is some of the lower priced (not lower quality) Indie polish that I’ve seen in awhile! The Metallics collection is a 5 piece set that all dries to a suede like finish and they are really pretty!
Lets get started!
Crave is described as a light purple with gold and blue undertones and gold flakes. This is the only one that I felt the description didn’t sound right. In the bottle, it is correct – but when I put it on it was more peach colored with a lilac sheen in certain lighting. Beautiful either way. I used 2 coats for this. Dry time was fast and I added a top coat for some added shine since they dry to a suede like finish. This is a great nude tone!
Desire is described as a golden orange with gold undertones and flake. I really love this one. It’s not orange orange, it definitely leans more golden and I think that’s why it works for me. I have a lot of trouble pulling off orange shades. I used 2 coats and a top coat for this mani.
Covet is described as a blue green with gold undertones and flakes. Another one I really liked! I’m not a green fan, but the gold flakes made this more wearable for me. I used 2 coats and a top coat!
Envy is described as a bright yellow green with gold undertones and flakes. This is a great spring color! Bright and vibrant! I used 2 coats and a top coat for this mani.
Lust has already been viewed on my blog. I used this for my last Go Pink Wednesday post and I got a lot of compliments on it. Lust is described as a coppery red with gold undertones and flake. I will need to purchase a full size bottle of this one! I used 2 coats and a top coat. Here is another photo of it from my Go Pink Wednesday post as well!
As I said earlier, Mentality Nail Polish is a more afforable indie polish than most:
Full Size Polish: $6.00 for a 15 ml bottle
Full mini polish set: $10.00
I love that you can get the full set of The Metallics Collection for only $10.00 and it’s sort of a ‘Try Before You Buy” the full size polishes.
Mentality Nail Polishes are 3 Free and each bottle has 2 stainless steel mixing balls.
I really loved The Metallics Collection, and for those of you who aren’t into “Glitter Bombs” this is perfect!
Make sure you check out Mentality Nail Polish on Facebook HERE as well as on their Big Cartel Shop HERE
I cannot WAIT to see the new line Mentality Nail Polish is working on! For updates and polish info make sure you click “Like” on their FB page.
***Products in this post were sent for review. All opinions are my own***