Thursday, February 28, 2013

Silly Bee's Chickadees Café and Té Swatches Part 2

Even though I previously posted these two colors (here) I wanted to show them off yet again, so everyone could see they not only work as polish on their own but also to layer over other colors and change them up a bit! ;)
(Yes this is the same photo from the previous post, my bottles are getting large "dents" in the from so much usage! :P )

First up is Café over 3 coats of Sinful Colors Sugar Rush. My index nail is one coat, my middle nail is the Sinful Colors by it's self, ring nail is 2 coats and pink nail is 3 coats. All nails have no top coat. 
I know it was a bit weird to use the base color on it's own of my middle nail. I wanted to be able to show the obvious difference that Café changed it up. ;) Also, you are probably thinking it was weird base color in the first place to layer a brown over, but I think it works and looks pretty neat! ;) Like a smokey downed blue in one coat and a nice dark chocolate colored creme at 2 and 3 coats.
Té over 3 coats of Sinful Colors Cotton Candy. Again applied in the same order of coats as I did with Café above, I did over 3 coats of Sinful Cotton Candy and no top coats
At one coat it gives Cotton Candy a coral-like appearance and really oranges it up in 2 and 3 coats. I don't think *scratches head* I have a orange like Té creates at 2 and 3 coats in my collection, so it's great to now have one in a way! 
Ok so I was going to try not to use a purple-like color to layer these polishes over because Melissa, the creator of Silly Bee's Chickadees, did that with OPI Houston We Have Purple some of her shots, but I couldn't help myself! >_< I started with 2 coats of Pure Ice Monte Carlo (which I used for another Silly Bee's post here!)and used 1 coat of Café over my index nail, 2 coats on my ring nail, 1 coat of Té over my middle nail and 2 coats on my pinky nail. All nails have no top coats. 

You can purchase The Beverage Cart collection, and all of the polishes from Silly Bee's Chickadees, on Esty here. Make sure to follow Silly Bee's Chickadees on Facebook here, there is a collaboration from her and Sonoma Nail Art coming out very soon! The line is very amusing, to say the very least! :P Be sure to check out Melissa's blog here for all sorts of cute and crafty things.

Silly Bee's Chickadees polishes were sent for review, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hard Candy 2013 Swatches

So this is surely not all the new colors from Hard Candy (you can see all the 45 colors in my post with the press release info here), but ones I have picked up...thus far. :P I tried to get this post up as quickly as I could because I had a lot of people asking to see them on the nail, sorry if it's a bit late! ♥ I must say though, Bitty Blue and Little Bo Pink look so much better on the nail than they did in the nail wheel swatches I posted to Facebook. ;)
Warning: Tons of photos ahead!

Bitty Blue is a ocean blue duochrome with a purple flash. All nails are 3 coats with no top coat.
First off the name of this just makes me think of "old bitty", which amuses me greatly! :P Ok so now that that's out of the way, on to the formula! Dry time was pretty average but not terribly long, consistency was great  and it was nice and shiny with no top coat. If you do thicker coats you could probably get away with 2 coats instead of 3 like me. Overall, not too shabby for $4! ;)  The color is amazing and I think a must have from the new Hard Candy Colors. The duochrome isn't as strong on the nail versus the bottle, but most duochromes are and I am happy with just the amazing blue color it's self!
Party Central has a clear base with various sizes of blue, black, purple, green, white, tan, orange and silver hex glitter. I used coats over 3 coats of Little Bo Pink with a top coat of Seche Vite.
This is a great glitter mix! All the colors go together nicely, even the small bits of green that otherwise I wouldn't think would work. Formula was great again! A perfect consistency, average dry time and was only slightly gritty before a top coat.
 Little Bo Pink is a bright pink with orange glass fleck. All nails are 3 coats with no top coat.
My camera did not want to capture this color. >_< The orange shimmer it gives off is there and noticeable in real life, but my camera was just being a brat. Again another beautiful, well worth $4 color! Formula of Little Bo Pink was the same as Bitty Blue and again may have been a 2 coater had I been thicker with coats.
Peach Pop has a milky peach/orange base with pink, orange and silver glitters. I used 3 coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
This color does not work well with my skin tone, personally :( But it is pretty nonetheless! Any lovely ladies with darker complexions would make this color look a hundred times more amazing than I do! Formula was a thinner, but workable, had a super fast dry time and was just slightly bumpy with no top coat, so I opted for one.
So So Sequins is made up of small light pink holographic glitters, so many it uses them as the "base", and bright blue medium sized hex glitter. Except for my pinky nail, all nails are 2 coats. My pinky nail is one coat and all nails have a top coat of Seche Vite.
WOW this polish super sparkly! If you are looking to be the belle at a disco, pick this color up! ;) Formula was very thick and I should have added a bit of thinner to it, I just haven't yet. I was able to make it work it's in thick state so it wasn't too awful, but still pretty thick. It had a longer dry time, most likely due to the formula thickness and all the glitter, and will need a top coat because it's gritty without one, again pretty normal with glitter bombs like this. Overall though it's worth it for these sparkly nails! :P
Sweet Tooth has a milky white base with white, pink and blue glitters. I used 3 coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
Formula was exactly the same as Peach Pop, so I don't feel the need to repeat it again. ;) The color does look a lot like Nails Inc Sweets Way, but I don't own the Nails Inc to compare. Regardless I love it! :D
I picked up some colors for a friend and thought I would show off bottle shots and close ups as them as well. ;)
Jelly Bean Blue, Crush On Caribbean, Gummy Green and Little Hottie
Sugar Rush, Cocoa Smore and Pixie Pink
New Vs. Old
New: 7.8mL/.26 fl. oz. Old: 10.3mL/.35 fl. oz.

The new Hard Candy collection will be in Walmart stores very soon, if it isn't at your store already. If you are interested in any of the older colors Hard Candy made I would suggest picking them up NOW because most are being discontinued (including Matte-ly in Love *cries*). Find Hard Candy on Facebook here (see this album for all the new products and colors) and Twitter here.

Frankenstain Nail Polish Reviews & Swatches

I have a new to me new brand to share with everyone today, called Frankenstain Nail Polish! I'm sure a lot of my readers don't know, that I have a love for all things Frankenstein and I even have a tattoo of the bride of Frankenstein on me. :P 

Diamonds In The Twilight has a deep blue jelly base with holographic shimmer and silver holographic hexagons. All nails are 3 coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
One thing I will mention now and continue to mention is the smell of these polishes. It is very strong. Think KleanColor, but stronger and the smell does not dissipate even with a top coat or a long period of time. Besides the smell, the formula has a very long dry time and a fast dry top coat like Seche Vite is a must. Formula of Diamonds In The Twilight was thicker, but I did not need to fish out any of the larger hex glitters. The color is very pretty and I love how the deep blue jelly base makes the glitter looks nice and "squishy". ;)
Kaleidoscope is described as a clear base with a collection of different color shards and shapes glitters. All nails are 1 coat of Kaleidoscope over 2 coats of Pure Ice Black Velour and a top coat of Seche Vite.
I had to layer this over black just so all those fun little yellow glitters could pop out! :P It reminds me of the circus with all the fun bright colors and in just one coat my nails were so darn glittery! ;) Formula was a little thick, though I didn't have to fish out any of the larger glitter or shards. It did have a strong smell, but had a quicker dry time than Diamonds In The Twilight being about average.
Psychotic Pussy Cat has a clear base with pink, green and blue glitter. I used 2 coats over 3 coats of Road Rats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
This color of this polish is a fun glitter that I'm sure would look great over a variety of other colors! The formula was a great consistency and I got plenty of glitters out in 1 and 2 coats. Again, I know I sound like a broken record here, but it had the same strong smell as the previous 2 polishes and a long dry time. 
Road Rats is a gun metal gray with a pearl finish. I used 3 coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.
Besides the smell and long dry time, Road Rats was very thick and goopy. I needed to add a few drops of thinner to get it to apply nice and evenly. The color is a nice dark gray pearl that can be worn alone or layer with glitter! ;)
Sleep Deprived is a clear based polish with holographic pigment and various shapes, sizes and colors of glitter. All nails are 2 coats over 3 coats of Hard Candy Bitty Blue and a top coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.
I love how the added holographic pigment in this polish gives Hard Candy Bitty Blue a galaxy look to it! This polish is not a glitter bomb by any means, but that's ok! I know plenty of people don't love having disco ball nails and a little bit of glitter is just a nice added touch to any manicure. ;) Formula wise, again, had a strong smell and but a quicker dry time than the other polishes.

As much as I try to always outweigh negative things about a polish with positive ones, it was very hard to get past the smell of these. It came to the point I could only swatch 1-2 a day because the smell gave me such a headache. I did email Sarah, the creator of Frankenstain, and mentioned the smell to her. I was told that the base was in fact big 3 free and they already switched bases. I received polishes from an older batch of base so while I cannot confirm personally the base switch, I can tell you it was very hard to enjoy these polishes due to their smell.

Find Frankenstain Nail Polish on Etsy here. Road Rats and Sleep Deprived have yet to be stocked, but I am told they should be soon. Make sure to follow Frankenstain Nail Polish on Facebook here.

These products were sent for review, all opinions are my own.   
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