Friday, September 28, 2012

Ciate Velvet Manicure Berry Poncho

I know there has been a small uproar with Ciate stealing other bloggers ideas like using seed beads for "caviar manicures" and flocking powder for this "velvet manicure" kit. My sister sent this kit to me as a gift, I'm not sure I would have purchased it otherwise. It is interesting and I have never tried using flocking powder for a manicure, or Ciate polish, before so I figured I would give it a go with this!

The color included with this is kit is Cabaret, a vampy, berry creme color
All fingers are 3 coats of Cabaret with no top coat and a base coat of Seche Clear. This is the only polish I own from Ciate and I'm not sure if the formula of it is standard for them but, the formula of this was pretty bad. After 2 thin coats, the color was splotchy and not "level". For the 3rd coat I did a thicker coat than normal and still experienced some unevenness and it took a while for it to dry completely. 
The process of applying the "velvet" was pretty messy!
Even after using the "little black brush" included there was still "velvet" hanging around the side of nails and cuticles. I wasn't too sure what would happen if I used acetone or water to clean them up so, I just let them be. 
While, I did manage to cover most of my nails with "velvet", they still ended not fully covered. I think I might have had better coverage if I dunked my nails in the jar of "velvet" rather than sprinkle it on. Overall, I'm underwhelmed with this kit. The color of Cabaret is very pretty but the formula isn't anything amazing.

Find Ciate Velvet Manicure kits at Sephora in stores and online here. You can also purchase them through Ciate's website here though, they are currently out of stock. Ciate is on Facebook here

Jindie Nails Mini Polish Giveaway Winner!

First off, I want to thank everyone that entered this giveaway! I love Jindie Nails polishes and have been really excited to share her polishes with you and have the giveaway. :)

Without further ado, the winner of the 4 mini polishes of their choosing from Jindie Nail's Etsy shop is

Maggy C.

Congratulations Maggy! I have emailed Maggy and she has 48 hours to respond to me or a new winner will be selected in her place. 

And again thank you to everyone! I have a VERY exciting giveaway coming up for Halloween, I'm a little jealous of the polishes being given away myself! :P

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tony Moly MK09 + Jindie Nails Monstar

Another Halloween and Jindie Nails post for today. :P All of these Halloween polishes get me super excited for Halloween itself! I still don't know what my son is doing to dress up as yet. I know I still have almost a month to figure it out, so I'm not too worried. ;)

Tony Moly MK09 is a light, baby blue creme.
All fingers, except my index finger, are 4 coats of MK09 over Seche Clear and under Seche Vite. 
This polish is the perfect shade of light blue. My only complaint though, the formula was pretty bad. :/ I'm not a fan of doing thick coats of polish but, after 2 coats and not getting much coverage with it, I went on to do 2 more thick coats. Even after letting each coat dry for 10 minutes, it bubbled and took forever to dry even with Seche Vite.
Jindie Nails Monstar is a mix of  blue, black, purple and green multi shaped and sized matte glitters and blue and silver glitter.
My index finger is 2 coats of Monstar over Seche Clear. All other fingers are 1 coat of Monstar over MK09. All fingers have an additional coat of Seche Vite added to the top of Monstar. 
Monstar is such a fun "glitter bomb"! I tried it over a couple of colors but it really popped over something lighter. I did have to place some glitters on my nails, they all wanted to go towards my tips. This didn't bother me though, I expect it with most "glitter bombs". ;)

Tony Moly polishes are a Korean brand. You can find a lot of them on eBay or through blog sales. I seriously wish I lived near a Tony Moly store because they have so many cute products! Tony Moly is on Facebook here and you can check out some of their cute products on their site here.

Jindie Nails Etsy shop is located here and Monstar is currently in stock! Make sure to like Jindie Nails on Facebook here and follow her on Instagram here. Also I wanted to make a note that tomorrow, September 28th, is Jenn's son birthday (Happy Birthday little man!) so if you would like to order some polishes from her do so tonight! If not all orders placed after today, September 27th, will be shipped some at the beginning of next week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wet n Wild Once Upon A Time

I think I'm in full blow "Halloween mode" with all themed polishes I have purchased and the ones that I have on their way to me. :P I love Halloween and seeing as this time last year I wasn't fully into being a polish lover (hoarder?), I am super excited to be able to nab some pretties this year!
I have been on the hunt for Wet n Wild's Fantasy Makers and finally was able to find a few at Ulta. Of course, as soon as I got home I had to swatch the one I picked up, Wet n Wild Once Upon A Time.
Wet n Wild Once Upon A Time has a black jelly base with medium-sized red hexagonal glitter and red micro glitter.
All fingers are 4 coats of Once Upon A Time with a base coat Seche Clear and a top coat of Seche Vite. You can see Seche Vite "shrunk" this polish. :/ It was really hard to wrap my tips with it because I had to use 4 coats and because of the glitter.
Since this polish has a jelly base, the red glitters really pop and stand out against the black. I love the color but, the formula leaves little to be desired. I almost wanted to give up on it after 3 coats but, I really wanted to see it in all of it's glory. Even though it required 4 coats, it dried quickly (I usually do thin coats so this maybe the reason). I had some trouble in getting the glitters where they needed to be on my nail, as you can see on my middle nail. Despite the formula being a bit of a pain, the bottle makes up for it. ;)

Wet n Wild Once Upon A Time is from Wet n Wild's Fantasy Makers 2012 line. You should start seeing them pop up in stores like Ulta, Walgreens and CVS soon with all the other Halloween goodies! Like Wet n Wild on Facebook here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jindie Nails Check The Candy Review & Swatches

Hopefully, everyone is still enjoying my posts on Jindie Nails! :) Jenn, the creator of Jindie Nails, is simply amazing and sent me more polishes to review along with ones I ordered. One of those polishes being Check The Candy.
When I first read the name of this polish, I remembered back to when I was in middle school and read a book called The Culture of Fear. The book outlines that in many situations our perception of fear increases, rather than the actual level of risk does. Although, I haven't read it in many years, and I am not sure where my copy ended up,  I do remember the book focusing on the topic of people finding poisons in Halloween candy and that the truth behind the stories were never real. In the two bigger events that did occur, the candy was tainted by a relative or was blamed on poisoned candy to cover up another story. You can find out more about those stories here
Now enough with my blabbing and onto the polish! :)

Jindie Nails Check The Candy is listed as barbie pink, hot orange and neon blue matte glitters in a white jelly/cream base.
All fingers are 3 coats of Check The Candy with no base coat and a top coat of Seche Vite.
Yet again, another wonderful formula! Aren't you surprised. :P I have yet to find a single issue with any of Jindie Nails polishes. They dry quickly, require no fishing for glitter and look lovely.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I'm not always a fan of creme polishes with glitter. That being said though, this polish doesn't have a pure creme base. It is a mixture of a creme and jelly base and I think that really helps the glitter not get "lost". The mixture of the base and glitter make this polish look delicious, like candy! ;)

You can find Check The Candy, along with a ton of other amazing polishes, at Jindie Nails' Etsy shop here. Make sure to like Jindie Nails on Facebook  here and follow her on Instagram here.

This product was sent for review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weird Indeed Pivot!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I was able to get a lot of projects done around the house so, I had a very productive weekend. :) Previously, I posted about Weird Indeed Daria & Jane here. I never got around to posting the other polish I purchased at the same time, Pivot! So today is the day for swatches of it. ;)

Weird Indeed Pivot! is a lighter turquoise creme with fine holographic glitter.
All fingers are 2 coats of Pivot! over Seche Rebuild and under Seche Vite.
If you aren't a fan of the show Friends, Pivot! is a quote used by Ross in the episode "The One With The Cop" while he is  moving a couch upstairs. Not only is the name of this polish amazing, the color is as well! The holographic glitter doesn't over power the base color and the two combine to create a gorgeous polish. :) My camera did have some trouble picking up the true color, it is a tad more green my pictures.

Sadly, Weird Indeed no longer makes polish. :( There are still a few colors in stock on her Facebook located here (Click on the "Shop Now" icon). I am not sure they are still available though, so please make sure to message her first and ask.

Friday, September 21, 2012

OPI Pink Friday

As mentioned in my Jindie Nails Oh, U Fancy, HUH? post here, I chose to swatch OPI Pink Friday today. Conveniently, it's Friday! :P

OPI Pink Friday is a bubble gum pink creme.
All fingers are 3 coats of Pink Friday with a base coat of Seche Restore and top coat of Seche Vite.

While I really love this color, the formula was a huge pain for me. It was streaky and very thick. Even after thinner I had to work with it to make it look decent. From reading online, it seems the formula can be a hit or miss for some.  For me it was a huge miss. :( I really do love the color but the formula turns me away from using it again. 

Pink Friday is from OPI's Nicki Minaj collection released at the beginning of 2012. While I haven't seen it in stores for some time now, you can still find it online through, Amazon and many other retailers. Like OPI on Facebook here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jindie Nails Mini Polish Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed, thank you for everyone that entered! I will be having another giveaway in October, stay tuned!

I spent a greater half of this week swatching Jindie Nails polish so, I figured to end it off I would put up a giveaway and have some of these great polishes as the prize! 
Normally, I would post photos of the polishes I am giving away but, this time around YOU get to choose them!

This contest will be done via Rafflecopter. There will be 1 winner and this is NOT open internationally, sorry international ladies! At the end of the giveaway, the winner of the contest will message me 4 chosen colors from polishes in stock at Jindie Nail Etsy Shop located here. Aquadisiac will not be an option to choose, sorry! The winner will receive their 4 choice of colors in mini bottle form. This will end September 28th on 12:01 AM EST. The winner will be announced here and on Facebook. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to me or a new winner will be chosen. Jindie Nails nor I are responsible lost/damaged deliveries.

If you cannot enter using Rafflecopter please leave me a comment/email with your information and I can enter it manually for you.

Good Luck! 

Jindie Nails BeTrixed Review & Swatches + Matte Glitter Comparison Revisited

I have finally come to the end of swatching all of the Jindie Nails polish I received for review. It's a little bittersweet for me since she makes great polishes and I loved reviewing all of them. I have a few bottles on order so, I'm sure that will fill the void once it arrives. Also, stay tuned for a giveaway starting tomorrow with none other than Jindie Nails polishes as the prize!

BeTrixed is a mixture neon yellow, neon blue, bright pink and black of matte glitter.
All fingers are 3 coats of BeTrixed over OPI Nail Envy and topped with Hong Kong Girl Top Coat.
 I don't think I can gush more than I already have about Jindie Nails formula! The color on BeTrixed is great, just like all of Jindie Nails colors. :) If you are looking for something similar to Floam with a little more kick to it, this is your polish! 
Just for comparison I decided to show off BeTrixed compared to Nail-Venterous Floam, Pretty & Polished Sand Art and Nail Pattern Boldness Flipping Out Hard. You can find more out about the last 3 mentioned polishes on my post here.
From left to right: Jindie Nails BeTrixed, Nail-Venterous Floam, Pretty & Polished Sand Art and Nail Pattern Boldness Flipping Out Hard. All 3 coats of each with Hong Kong Girl Top Coat.
As you can see BeTrixed is similar to Floam but has the added kick of having larger pink and black hex glitter.
A close up of each one

Find Jindie Nails' Etsy shop here. You can also find Jindie Nails on Facebook  here and on Instagram here.

This product was sent for review, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jindie Nails Oh, U Fancy, HUH? Review & Swatches

Another Jindie Nail post for the day! I'll be a little sad when I finally finish up posting all the polishes I received from Jindie Nails for review. I just ordered 3 bottles from her the other day so I'll have more of her creations to show off in the near future. ;) Make sure to stick around, on Friday I will be doing a giveaway where you can win 4 minis in your choice of colors from her! Now on to the swatches of Oh, U Fancy, HUH? !

Jindie Nails Oh, U Fancy, HUH? is described as grape matte purple, neon matte pink, matte teal and teal sparkle glitter. The base of it has a clear slight pink tint.
All fingers, with the exception of my ring finger, are 2 coats of  Oh, U Fancy, HUH? over 3 coats of OPI Pink Friday (I will have swatches of this up Friday). My ring finger is 4 coats of Oh, U Fancy, HUH? over bare nail. All nails have a top coat of Seche Vite and no base coat.
But of course, this is another amazing formula! If you haven't worn or worked with a lot with glitter polishes or are wanting to get some for a friend or family member that hasn't, Jindie Nails formula is the perfect place to start. The only time I have had to "fish" for glitters was mentioned in my last post here and I have never had to use the "dab" method to achieve the amount of glitter placement I get on my nails. I think that says a lot about a polish when you don't have to use many of coats to achieve a great look!
The mix of matte and shiny glitter in Oh, U Fancy, HUH? is spot on perfect.  I love how the pink tint to the base changed how Pink Friday the slightest bit. I honestly had no idea where the name of this polish came from until I googled it :P It seems to be lyrics from a Drake song. The more you know. ;)

 Jindie Nails Etsy shop can be found here. Make sure to check out Jindie Nails on Instagram here and like her Facebook here .

This product was sent for review, all opinions are my own.

Lynnderella Unteal The Diamonds...

I have to do a slight interruption with all of my Jindie Nails reviews and swatches for this post. I will still be posting swatches of Jindie Nail polish today but, I realized that this will be my 55th swatching post! Since I love the number five and have been meaning to swatch and post this polish, Lynnderella Unteal The Diamonds..., for some time now, I figured this post would be perfect to do so. :) I received this as a gift from Lynnderella herself. Despite everything that has happened regarding her, she is the nicest, sweetest, most amazing person. People are quick to judge her without ever speaking with her and don't realize that she is a great person. I could write a novel on how lovely she is but, I will just end it this with the fact that no matter what your stance on her, she makes gorgeous polishes!
Lynn made me this polish because I had to contact her regarding a situation. I was told she sent me the polish because: You have lovely manners and care to communicate precisely. :) So enough chatter, onto the polish!

Lynnderella Unteal The Diamonds... has a shimmer blue and purple base with holographic teal diamonds and small hex glitters mixed it. 
My pinky finger is 3 coats of Unteal The Diamonds... over OPI Nail Envy and a top coat of Hong Kong Girl Top Coat. All remaining fingers are 2 coat of Unteal The Diamonds... over Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris. The same base and top coat combo used on my pinky finger was used on the remaining as well.
This polish is simply breathtaking! The base color alone is amazing and the added glitters are just the icing on the cake. This polish is something I will truly treasure forever. :)
I really wish my camera could capture all of the shimmer and glitter but alas it didn't. :( I even tried making a small movie with my iPhone and Flip camera but they came out pretty crummy and didn't do it justice.

Lynnderella is currently only selling through her ebay store, which can be found here. Go check out her pictures of her new Halloween collection on her blog here! I "need" a few. ;)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Jindie Nails Bite Me! Review & Swatches

Normally, when people see a polished name Bite Me! around Halloween time and it's made up of Halloween styled colors I'm sure it would condor up thoughts of Dracula/vampires. Well not me, when I saw that Bite Me! was one of the polishes Jindie Nails sent me for review I though of Mimi from "The Drew Carey Show". Hopefully, someone out there knows what I'm talking about! ;) I'm not sure why it instantly reminded me of Mimi, the colors are definitely Halloween colors, but it did. 
Anyways, on to the swatches of  Jindie Nails Bite Me!

Bite Me! is described as hot neon orange, black, violet purple matte glitters in several sizes/shapes in a clear base.
All nails, except my middle finger, are 2 coats of Bite Me! over 3 coats of OPI Candlelight (previously swatched here and here). My middle finger is 3 coats of Bite Me! over Seche Restore and under Seche Vite. The same base and top coat was used on all the other nails as well.
I can't seem to say it enough, but Jindie Nails make awesome polish! Similar to Femme Fire, I did want to note what Jenn, the creator of Jindie Nails, has posted on the Etsy listing of Bite Me!:  The polish applies very easy but the larger hex glitter are harder to get out. There are several smaller, easier to get out other sizes of glitters in the bottle though. The larger hex glitter are meant to be accents, not main focuses of the polish. I was able to get one of these larger glitters out without any "fishing", the others were very easy to get out by turning the bottle upside down for a few seconds.
I love that Jindie Nails has a variety of matte glitters and that they aren't all your standard formula of smaller circle matte glitter. All of the glitters in Bite Me! are matte including the bars and hexes, how great is that! This polish does have a lot going on but personally, the more glitter (matte or shiny) the better. It makes any polish exciting and fun to look at. :)

You can find Bite Me! along with a ton of other great polishes on Jindie Nails Etsy shop here. Be sure to like Jindie Nails on Facebook here and and check out her Instagram here.

This product was sent for review, all opinions are my own.
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