Girly Bits Perry-Twinkle for April’s A Box, Indied

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I just showed you the Jindie Nails creation for Llarowe’s A Box, Indied… now let’s check out Girly Bits!  The Girly Bits shade for A Box, Indied is Perry-Twinkle!

Perry-twinkle

Perry-Twinkle is a linear holographic periwinkle!  I only needed 2 coats for these photos.

Perry-twinkle side

Perry-twinkle CU

Perry-twinkle AL

Perry-twinkle AL CU

And as a bonus… I managed to get an actual shot of Perry-Twinkle in the sun!  I usually do my swatching at night so getting sun shots is pretty much rare for me!

Perry-Twinkle Sun

It’s beautiful!

Perry-Twinkle will only be available in the April Llarowe A Box, Indied.  So if you want it, sign up for either a reoccurring subscription or just purchase a box on the months you have some extra spending cash!

In each A Box, Indied you will receive 5 indie shades which generally have a theme.  For April – all 5 shades will be holographic!  I have 4 of the 5 polishes in April’s A Box, Indied to share with everyone and none of them disappoint.

Price: $50.00 per month

If you aren’t already subscribed to A Box, Indied – head over to the Llarowe Shop to check it out.  You have a better chance of snagging a box if you have a subscription.  Boxes ARE limited, and none of the polishes are available outside of the sub box.  You can just buy a box here and there without the subscription, but if you choose to do it that way then you need to be QUICK because they sell out fast!

Make sure to check out Girly Bits Shop for more amazing creations.

You can view both Llarowe and Girly Bits on Facebook for more swatches, updates and A Box, Indied Information!  Want specific A Box, Indied information – check out the A Box, Indied Facebook page.

Girly Bits Gloss48 Exclusive Polish Trio & Giveaway

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I am so thrilled to be able to tell you that I teamed up with Gloss48 to bring you an EXCLUSIVE Girly Bits Trio review and an exciting giveaway!

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You know from my blog that I am a Girly Bits fan, and it’s one of the first indie brands I had ever tried, so to be able to do a feature in Gloss48 and work with Girly Bits is just amazing for me.

Lets take a look at the Girly Bits Exclusive Gloss48 Trio!

#islandtime

islandtime

#islandtime is a beautiful turquoise linear holographic.  My favorite of the 3!  I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.  For color accuracy, refer to the photos directly above and below.  The last 2 photos are under an artificial light to show the linear holographic more.

islandtime closeup

islandtime artificial lighting

islandtime artificial lighting closeup

#endlesslove

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#endlesslove is a lavender creme linear holographic shade.  I’m a purple lover, so of course I was thrilled to see a purple shade thrown into this trio!  And it’s a perfect tone for Spring.

endlesslove closeup

endlesslove artificial lighting

endlesslove artificial lighting closeup

#blingernails

blingernails

#blingernails is the perfect nail for this glitter topper!  #blingernails contains an assortment of gold holographic glitter in a clear base, including gold holographic stars!  I used 1 coat of #blingernails over another favorite Girly Bits in my stash… Mint To Be!

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Now you’ve seen the Exclusive Gloss48 Trio by Girly Bits, are you ready to enter the giveaway?

If you can’t wait for the Giveaway… you can also purchase this trio for $24.00 on Gloss48!

The Giveaway

Gloss 48

The Spring Beauty Giveaway from myself and Gloss48 has a value of $150+!  The winner will receive the Girly Bits Gloss48 Exclusive Trio, TanTowel Self Tan Towelettes, Julie Hewett Lipstick and Cheekie and a SENNA Eye & Face Palette!

Enter here -  http://woobox.com/vez7pc

Q & A

I also got the opportunity to do a Q & A session with Gloss48, so check me out!

http://gloss48.com/blog/cosmetic-sanctuary/

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Girly Bits Holiday Holos 2013 Swatches and Review

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Girly Bits Holiday Collection

Tonight I have some amazing new holographic polishes from Girly Bits!  These are 4 stunning shades that make up the Holiday Holos 2013 Collection.  Time after time Girly Bits puts out amazing, quality polishes that continue to amaze.  It’s no wonder she won so many spots in various ‘Best of 2013′ posts I’ve been seeing from bloggers!

Take a look!

Dash Away All

Dash Away All

Dash Away All is a gorgeous taupe holographic polish.  I used 2 coats for this photo and a top coat.  I’m not a huge fan of taupe, but this is a shade you have to love!

Dash Away All CU

Dash Away All AL

Dash Away All  AL CU

Crantini

Crantini

Crantini is a light pinkish cranberry holographic with iridescent flecks within it.  This is so pretty and vibrant!  I used 2 coats for this photo and a glossy top coat

Crantini CU

Crantini AL CU

Crantini CU AL

Auld Langs Wyne

Auld Langs Wyne

Auld Langs Wyne is a lighter burgundy holographic.  Perfect Fall and Winter shade!  I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for this photo.

Auld Langs Wyne CU

Auld Langs Wyne AL

Auld Langs Wyne CU AL

Ho-Ho-Hope

Ho Ho Hope

I saved my FAVORITE for last!  Ho-Ho-Hope is a vibrant violet holographic.  I am so blown away by this shade and NEED a back up bottle.  I’ve already worn this 4 times since I received it and it gets me compliments left and right!

Ho Ho Hope CU

Ho Ho Hope AL

Ho Ho Hope CU AL

Overview

As with all Girly Bits shades, these 4 polishes applied like a dream!  The holo effect was pretty strong in even minimal lighting.  Top coat didn’t take away the holo either, it amplified it if anything.

My Top Picks:  Ho-Ho-Hope and Dash Away All, but really – all 4 are must haves!

Price: $11.50

Where To Buy: 

The Girly Bits Website

Girly Bits Nail Lacquer is carried all over the world! Please check their Authorized Distributors for your favorite Girly Bits Nail Lacquer. Visit their sites for product availablity, release dates, pricing and shipping information.

Llarowe (USA)
Harlow & Co. (Canada)
Mei Mei’s Signatures (Singapore)
Overall Beauty (USA)
Femme Fatale (Austalia)
Foxy Fingertips (Denmark)
Maria Gastadeira (Brazil)
Rainbow Connection (United Kingdom)

What do you think of the Girly Bits Holiday Holos 2013 Collection?  Which was YOUR favorite?

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Best of 2013 Top 10 Indie Nail Polishes

Some Items In This Post Were Sent For Review

Best of 2013 Indie Polish

This is probably the hardest post I’ve had to write.  Last years was no different.  I had over 60 polishes listed as possibilities for my year end Top 10 post, and I’ve been sitting here for 3 days trying to narrow it down to JUST 10.  This year I saw a HUGE explosion of creativity from indie makers and it made it so hard to pick a favorite, or even 10.

I did the only thing I could think of to narrow this list down.  The polishes that popped into my head first as favorites got a spot.  The shades that I continued to reach for to wear again and again long after the review was over.  Does this cover my whole favorites list?  Not by a long shot.  Because of this, I have also decided to add an “Honorable Mention” section at the bottom of this post.

Keep in mind, these are all preference based.  I have color preferences that may very well differ from many other people.  I have swatched and reviewed hundreds of indie polishes this year.  HUNDREDS.  Possibly even in the thousands, so finding just 10 was really difficult and I think next year I’ll have to do a top 20 to make it a little easier, but we shall see.

Here is my Top 10 Indie Polishes of 2013… enjoy!

Number 10 – Jindie Nails You Can’t Turn A Ho-Lo Into A Housewife

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This baby earned a spot for 2 reasons.  1. Look at that intense purple holo!  and 2.  The name still makes me giggle.  Jindie Nails is still rather new to me, but the last collection she released that I got the honor of swatching was just stunning, starting with this one.

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 9 – DIFFERENT dimension Why Am I Such A Misfit?

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DIFFERENT dimension is a brand I got to work with quite a bit this year and she put out stunner after stunner.  Why Am I Such A Misfit? won a spot because I love the all of the neon glitters and shapes with the shimmery jelly base.  It just worked, but was still just a tad different!

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 8 – Celestial Cosmetics Santa’s Blue Balls

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Celestial Cosmetics Santa’s Blue Balls won a spot in the top 10 because of the VIBRANT cobalt blue holographic.  I have several blue holos and this one just stood out.  Application was like butter and the color was amazing – and best part… it didn’t stain my nails!

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

 Number 7 – Colors by Llarowe Unorthodox Annie

Unorthodox Annie

Colors By Llarowe really started off on the right foot this year!  I had the pleasure of swatching many of her shades and there were so many beauties!  Unorthodox Annie is among those, and deserved a spot in my Top 10.

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 6 – Smitten Polish Klaatu Barada Nikto

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It’s very safe to say that holographic shades dominated my list this year.  Most were linear holos, but this scattered holographic by Smitten Polish blew me away!

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 5 – KBShimmer Pretty In Punk

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This one surprised me.  I am NOT a green lover.  I can appreciate a gorgeous green though, and Pretty In Punk definitely deserved a spot on my top 10 list.  I have worn this several times since swatching it, and it gets prettier every time.

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 4 – Glam Polish Maleficent 

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This picture says it all.  Glam Polish NAILED this stunner and it continues to be a polish I slap on repeatedly.  It’s gorgeous in every light.  While Glam Polish has MANY stunning shades, when I hear ‘Glam Polish’ this is the shade that pops into mind.

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 3 – Mentality Nail Polish Orgasmic

Orgasmic

A shade from the Mentality Brilliant Holos Collection made my list last year and I’m so happy to see them continually adding on to this set!  While Rapture is still one of my favorite polishes of all time, Orgasmic is right up there with it.

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 2 – Colors by Llarowe Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey See Monkey Do

As I said, Colors by Llarowe really got off to a great start this year and Monkey See, Monkey Do gets a spot because it’s unique to my collection, but also incredibly gorgeous.  I already need a backup bottle!

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Number 1 – Girly Bits Get Weaponized

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After a LOT of thinking, I had to give the number 1 spot to Girly Bits Get Weaponized.  Girly Bits put out a ton of amazing shades this year and I wear a LOT of them regularly, but Get Weaponized is another unique shade in my collection and it’s amazing.  Probably the single polish I have gotten the most comments on.  Every time I wear it people notice and WANT it.

To see the original review (and purchasing information) go HERE

Those are my Top 10 Indie Polishes of 2013.  While others may disagree, this list was based on my favorites and ones that will continue to be favorites for some time.

Honorable Mentions

Because this list was so hard to narrow down, I wanted to share just a few of the shades that were strong contenders for the top 10.  I started off with more than 60 shades and narrowed down to about 17 or 18 for the top 10.  Here are 8 that barely missed the top 10 spots.

Girly Bits – What Happens In Vegas… Ends Up On Facebook

What Happens In Vegas

Girly Bits – Lack of Pies

Lack of Pies

Smitten Polish – Electric Lime

Electric Lime

Smitten Polish – Imperio

Imperio

DIFFERENT dimension – Mistle-Toad

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DIFFERENT dimension – Dueling Unicorn

Dueling Unicorn

KBShimmer – Teal Another Tail

Teal Another Tail

Mentality Nail Polish – Kindness

Kindness

I’m not done with my ‘Best of 2013′ posts just yet.  I have 2 more to do, so stay tuned for those!

What were some of YOUR favorites from 2013?

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Best of 2013 Top 5 Nail Care Brands

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Best NC Brands

Over the last 2 years I have been asked several times if I had fake nails.  No I don’t.  My nails are 100% mine and I do all the work to take care of them.  I have also been asked through comments and private messages what I use to keep them strong and to clean up the cuticle area,  so I decided to do a Best of 2013 Nail Care Brands post.  These are items I’ve been using throughout the year to try to keep my nails in decent shape.  While they may not be perfect, they are moisturized, strong and have some people wondering if they are real – and I have the following 5 brands to thank!

So here are the Top 5 Nail Care Brands I couldn’t live without in 2013!

Number 5 – Trind Perfect System

Trind

I have been recommending Trind Perfect System this whole year to people who ask.  It’s on the pricier side, but it’s worth the splurge for me to keep my nails and cuticles in check.  I received my first set to review in 2012, but have continued to purchase it after I ran out because it’s that good.  Every Sunday I go through the Perfect System routine of application and cuticle cleanup and I will continue to do so until I find something better, but this works so well, I haven’t really been looking for anything “better”.

Price: $79.95

Where to Buy: The Trind Website

Number 4 – KBShimmer Cuticle Oil Pen, Sugar Scrub and Hand Lotion

KBShimmer

I had the opportunity to review (and guest post!) for KBShimmer Bath & Body several months ago, and received her cuticle oil pen, hand lotion, sugar scrub and soap in the scent Pink Sugar.  All 4 of these items were amazing, but the cuticle oil pen, hand lotion and sugar scrub really did a fantastic job of keeping my skin looking and feeling amazing.  The cuticle oil applies from a pen with a brush tip applicator, which made oiling up my cuticles on the go fast and easy!

Prices: Cuticle Oil Pens are $6.00, Hand Lotion is $10.00 and Sugar Scrub is $10.00

Where to Buy: KBShimmer Bath & Body Website

Number 3 – Girly Bits Frazzle Fixer

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As you will see in this post, I never stick to just one cuticle oil.  I like different ways to apply as well as the different consistencies.  Some oils are thicker and give a more intense hydration.  Frazzle Fixer smells amazing (I have Cupcake!), soaks in fairly quickly and hydrates really well.  Definitely a must have the next time you shop on the Girly Bits site!  It comes in a dropper style applicator and is very easy to apply and control.

Price: $6.50

Where to Buy: Girly Bits Cosmetics Website

Number 1/2 – Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat, Glis-tics and Nail & Cuticle Balm

Glisten & Glow

I seriously couldn’t decide places 1 and 2, so they tied (which is why it says Number 1/2 next to the name).  Glisten & Glow carries a TON of nail, cuticle and hand/foot care items and 3 of my favorites are the Glis-tics Cuticle Oil, Nail & Cuticle Balm and HK Girl Top Coat.  Now Top Coat isn’t a “nail care item” but I use it constantly to keep my polish looking fresh and glossy, so I felt it deserved a spot.  Glis-tics are roller ball cuticle oils in a variety of scents but the blue frosted glass containers and personalized labels (I have some that say Cosmetic Sanctuary right on the label) make these amazing gifts as well. Presentation is gorgeous and the product is amazing.   The Nail & Cuticle Balm are fairly new and are great for overnight hydration if your skin is especially ragged from the weather or paper cuts (which I suffer from a lot).

Prices: Glis-tics are $10.50, Nail & Cuticle Balm are $8.50 and HK Girl Top Coat is $6.95 (Use the code CS10 now through the 31st of December for a 10% discount!)

Where to Buy: Glisten & Glow Website

Number 1/2 – 365 Days of Color Hand Cream, Cuticle Oil and Miracle Balm

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Tying with Glisten & Glow for the 1st and 2nd place spot is 365 Days of Color.  I religiously use her hand creme (and own about 14 containers), cuticle oils and miracle balms.  She sells them full size or in sampler packs so you can get a few at once at an affordable price.  The hand creme soaks in quick if used sparingly and she has well over 100 scents to choose from and is always adding more.  365 Days of Color cuticle oil soaks in fast and are in roller ball applicators (and also come in over 100 scents) and the miracle balms aren’t only for nails/cuticles but for any dry area, such as knees and elbows, that need extra moisture or love.

Click here for previous 365 Days of Color reviews

Prices: All 3 products range in price from $4.00 to $8.00 each

Where to Buy: 365 Days of Color Website

And there is my Top 5 Nail Care Brands to check out!  I have all 5 of these brands to thank for keeping my cuticles as moisturized as they have been!

Have you tried any of the above brands?  If not and you are in the market for a new care routine – take a peek!  A lot also sell stunning polish you need as well!

More ‘Best of 2013′ posts are coming, so keep an eye out!

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