Showing posts with label indie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indie. Show all posts

July 24, 2014

Freehand Butterfly Nail Art with My Custom Nayll Polish Lepidoptera

  Press Sample 

Hello my sweet little dumplings - today I have something fun to show you! Recently I had the opportunity to craft some custom polishes with up and coming indie brand Nayll Polish on their website and let me tell you it is so fun you guise. One of my custom polishes is called Lepidoptera which is the scientific insect order for moths and butterflies. And of course to go along with the polish name I finally did my first freehand butterfly nail art! Check it out!

Freehand Butterfly Nail Art with My Custom Nayll Polish Lepidoptera - butterfly nails, butterfly nail art on square nails | Manicurity.com

Freehand Butterfly Nail Art with My Custom Nayll Polish Lepidoptera - butterfly nails, butterfly nail art on square nails | Manicurity.com

The Design

Butterfly nail art is definitely not an original idea, but I hadn't tackled it yet and I felt like there was no better opportunity than with this polish! I Google'd around a little bit and used different photos as a guide. I also definitely maybe probably over-did the white dots a little bit? I thought these were sort of meh because the line work seemed a little not-so-butterfly-ish but they went over very well at work so they must have looked OK!

Freehand Butterfly Nail Art with My Custom Nayll Polish Lepidoptera - butterfly nails, butterfly nail art on square nails | Manicurity.com

Freehand Butterfly Nail Art with My Custom Nayll Polish Lepidoptera - butterfly nails, butterfly nail art on square nails | Manicurity.com

The Polishes

My base color for this mani is 3 coats of Lepidoptera, a rather moody blue-green shimmery polish that I got to choose the ingredients for on Nayll.com. It's not quite a duochrome but it does have a flash of intense green shimmer at certain angles (and especially when layered, you'll see that soon in the swatch post!). Then I used black acrylic paint for the veins of the butterfly wings and Zoya Purity for the white dots.

Freehand Butterfly Nail Art with My Custom Nayll Polish Lepidoptera - butterfly nails, butterfly nail art on square nails | Manicurity.com


For more Nayll Polish check them out on Nayll.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram [you should definitely follow her on IG because the before & after snaps are SO FUN to see and totally addictive]

Do you like my custom polish Lepidoptera?! Check back soon and I'll have approx. 243095u35u swatch photos of both this polish and some other custom Nayll creations :D


Disclosure: An item in this post was sent as a press sample for my consideration; all opinions are 100% my own! If you'd like to know more about my policies, please see my disclosure page.

February 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen: Sugared Violet Lace Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day, beautiful readers! Today I have some over-the-top girly, glittery, sugared violet-esque valentine nails loosely inspired by vintage lace for the last day of The Digit-al Dozen does Vintage Week! Read on to hear more about these super sweet nails.

The Digit-al Dozen: Sugared Violet Lace Valentine - super cute, girly, and glittery Valentine's Day nail art for short nails | Manicurity.com

December 16, 2013

My Ten Friends Holiday 2013 Collections: Joy to the Worlds and Happy Frakkin New Year - Swatches & Review

If you've browsed the My Ten Friends webstore lately (which you most definitely should do because glitter!) you might have seen some swatches there from Manicurity...but no blog post? Welp, here it is! This is part one of my swatches for the two holdiay collections from My Ten Friends - the holiday Joy to the Worlds trio and the Star Date 2014: Happy Frakkin New Year trio. I say "part one" because I didn't want to overload your eyeballs in one post, so I'm planning to do a "part two" with photos of these polishes layered over different base colors. Anyhoo, let's look at these babies built up to opacity - these are soooo glittery and amazing, y'all!

Manicurity | My Ten Friends Holiday 2013 Collections: Joy to the Worlds and Happy Frakkin New Year - Swatches & Review

I swatched everything with butterLodon's Nail Foundation as my base coat and Zoya Armor topcoat if you're curious! They're arranged in alphabetical order within each trio for easy sorting, too. The formula on all of the polishes was EXCELLENT and I had no problems building them to opacity despite the fact that these are gosh-darn-dang packed with glittery goodness. These were photographed in the indirect bask of an Ott "natural sunlight" bulb. Grab a drink or a snack before diving in because I've got LOTS of photos! 

December 13, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!

Today I finally tried my own version of a Miss Debbie Crumpet manicure that made a huge impression on me a long while ago, pretty much literally when I first started getting really into nail art during a Purple Crumpet Fairy (now Crumpet's Nail Tarts) Christmas Challenge. I thought Debbie's Christmas Tree mani using magnetic polish was just the absolute most brilliant and creative thing I had seen someone do! Check out my version using China Glaze Cling On and two super shiny indie glitters.

Manicurity | The Digit-al Dozen: Abstracted Christmas Tree with China Glaze Cling On + TONS of Glittahhhh!

December 10, 2013

Lynx Cosmetics Mystery Island Mix: Miss Perfect - Swatches & Review

Have you heard of the Mystery Island Mix polishes from indie brand Lynx Cosmetics yet?! It's such a cool idea! You order a bottle with just a glimmer of an idea of what it is, then shake the bottle upon its arrival to reveal the full shade. I received the color Miss Perfect to test and share with y'all, so if you don't want me to spoil the mixed color you'll probably want to stop after the first few photos of the unmixed bottle :p

Manicurity | Lynx Cosmetics Mystery Island Mix: Miss Perfect - Swatches & Review

Manicurity | Lynx Cosmetics Mystery Island Mix: Miss Perfect - Swatches & Review

Manicurity | Lynx Cosmetics Mystery Island Mix: Miss Perfect - Swatches & Review

December 7, 2013

Pahlish - Black Lace Elderberry, Blood of the Mountain, Fleur de Sel, and Lonesome Ocean - Swatch Spam & Mini Reviews

I have some major, major eye candy for y'all today! I've got four amazing Pahlish polishes to shower you with swatch spam. Be prepared because Black Lace Elderberry, Blood of the Mountain, Fleur de Sel, and Lonesome Ocean are four diverse polishes that will probably run right to the top of your "omg, gimme dat!" wish list. Not trying to be ridiculous, but with this swatch 'sesh Pahlish has risen to my inner mental circle of "personal favorite indie brands I will convince everyone they need to try". I am so in love with the variety of finishes that Shannon creates! Check 'em out!
Pahlish - Black Lace Elderberry, Blood of the Mountain, Fleur de Sel, and Lonesome Ocean - Swatch Spam & Mini Reviews

BTW: I swatched everything with butterLodon's Nail Foundation as my base coat and Zoya Armor top coat if you're curious! They're arranged in alphabetical order for easy sorting, too. Overall I found these Pahlish polishes incredibly easy to work with (as usual), but make sure and check out the little review snippet with each polish for specific details. With my handy new apartment patio, I took photos in a variety of lighting situations (Ott lamp, direct and indirect natural sunlight) - they'll be labeled in the captions below the photos. Grab a drink or a snack before diving in because I've got LOTS of photos! 

November 27, 2013

Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review

Skiing Snowman is a 3-free white crelly filled with Spectraflair 35 from Polish Alcoholic's Winter // Holiday 2013 collection! Is this the answer for those of you seeking the elusive (and pretty much impossible) white holographic polish?! Read on to find out!

Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review

Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review
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Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review

Oooooh, pretty! I love this soft, light grey color with rainbows for winter; very much reminds me of the way snow can look like fluffy diamonds. When top coat'd I do feel like the holo-ness is dulled; it's there in an "ooh, what a fancy creme, there's just something about it!" way but not in a "Look at this holo polish!" way. With my accidental tan Florida hands I think this takes on a verrrry light, grayed lilac color which I really like.

Being a white crelly-based polish, Skiing Snowman can be a little bit streaky if you're not paying attention while applying. As long as you use purposeful, even coats you won't have any problems! If you apply it a little weird and lazily [this was totally me the first time] then it will be patchy and nearly impossible to fix no matter how many coats you use [like a yellow, bah]. The formula is really easy to work with if you do the 3 stroke way (like one down the left side, one down the right side, one in the middle to even it out). Do not forget to shake this polish before applying it!!! Otherwise you won't get very much of the holographic rainbow magic bits onto your nails.

Here I've layered one coat of Skiing Snowman over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, with 3 coats of Skiing Snowman on my ring finger. Skiing Snowman is still a wee bit darker grey than when it's layered. No top coat in these photos.
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review
indirect natural light
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review
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Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review

Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Skiing Snowman - Swatches & Review

The first time I wore this polish I had mad chips on the free edge on the first day (part of why I had to re-swatch it). Not to boast tooo much, but I very rarely get chips in my manis so that was a bummer. However, holographic polishes do have a tendency to chip and thus it's not particularly surprising that this did chip ((I also applied like 3939824 coats because I did a horrible job, so that was a problem, too)). Obviously I don't know if this will chip on you or if my nails were dehydrated or if my base coat didn't work well or any other number of reasons for ze chips, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Is Skiing Snowman the answer to the quest for a white holographic polish? Mayhaps. If you were looking for like the OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls of holo polishes, this is totes the one!! But if you wanted a pure white holo, I think that's literally impossible. Spectraflair and other holo-making ingredients are silver and silver + white = grey.

Pricing & Availability

Skiing Snowman and the rest of the Winter/Holiday 2013 collection is currently available! Yay!
Polish Alcoholic ships worldwide from their Etsy store (10mL full size, price varies)

For more Polish Alcoholic check out their blogFacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter!


Do you like Skiing Snowman? Have you tried any polishes from Polish Alcoholic? I think the little bottles are so cute!

*I received a press sample for my honest review and swatching purposes. If you'd like to know more about my disclosure policies, please check out my disclosure page

November 26, 2013

Pahlish El Topo Petit and Toxic and Timeless (Version Two) - Swatches & Review

I have two stunning and rather different Pahlish polishes (say that three times fast!) to share with you today! The first is El Topo Petit, a shimmery taupe, and the second is a 'classic' Pahlish shade aptly named Toxic and Timeless. I am so in love with both of these!!

Manicurity | Pahlish El Topo Petit and Toxic and Timeless (Version Two) - Swatches & Review


November 21, 2013

Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review (lil bit pic heavy)


Polish Alcoholic is an indie brand from the Netherlands created by fellow nail blogger Sabrina. Today I've got one stunning linear holographic polish to share with you named Cheer Bear from her upcoming Care Bears Collection! This post is a wee bit pic heavy because I really wanted to show you this polish in different lighting.

Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
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Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
indirect OTT 'natural' sunlight, slight holo bends
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
real full-on sunlight
Manicurity | Polish Alcoholic Cheer Bear - Swatch & Review
indirect natural sunlight, outdoors

November 12, 2013

Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Rainbow Honey's complex fall 2013 collection entitled The Final Battle is inspired by the video game Final Fantasy VII. I have to admit that I have not played the game (unfortunately not a video game buff over here), but I at least have heard of it before AND it was the theme of one of our marching band shows in high school. Much like with other recent RH collections, this one is divided into three different parts - an idea I love because it seems to provide a lot more variety, and can be a little easier on the wallet depending on your polish finish preference! I'll explain a little more about the different parts with each swatch because I have one polish from each category to share with you today.

(Press Sample)

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

I swatched everything with butterLodon's Nail Foundation as my base coat and Zoya Armor top coat if you're curious! They're arranged in the same order as the different portions of the collection - from Part I -> Part III. The formula on all of the polishes was a little thick, but I don't mind them arriving too thick vs. too thin because I can thin it down to exactly the viscosity I want (versus thin and runny). All photos were taken in indirect Ott Lite ("natural"), except where stated as different in the caption.


PART I: The Battle

The Battle plays off the main elements of the game - the heroes and the ultimate face-off between the Planet's Lifestream and the Meteor, with Phoenix Down as a nod to the recurring battle item throughout the Final Fantasy series. 

Phoenix Down is a glitter topcoat "full of orange, red, white, and iridescent glitters" and I spot some light yellow hexes, shards, bar glitters, squares, plus some amazingggg tiny gold shimmer bits and a touch of purpley-pinky shimmer that catches in the light. It is loaded with glitter and it was easy to get out of the bottle - no fishing required. Some people might want less glitter (pshhh), and thus might need a few drops of thinner. This seems SO holiday appropriate and I feel like I will pull it out a lot as we get closer to Christmas. I've swatched Phoenix Down over a ton of base colors to show you how it looks with different polishes!

First up - one coat of Phoenix Down over 2 coats of Orly Pure Porcelain, a very light pale pink creme color.
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Here's one coat of Phoenix Down over 1 coat of Orly Wild Wisteria, a dark blue-toned purple creme.
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Finally here's Phoenix Down over 2 coats of Pure Ice Kiss Me Here, one of my favorite mid-toned grey polishes.
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon


PART II: The Summons
The Summons depict five of the attacks used by beasts and monsters summoned in the game. From this portion of the collection I have Tidal Wave.

Tidal Wave is a "murky aqua base filled with holographic glitters and the effervescent shimmer of the great Leviathan's scales" and I would say that description is so spot on. This is stuffed with holographic glitters and it is amazing in person; check out this video of me twiddling my fingers with Tidal Wave all up on them (tbh, even that video is 'just okay' compared to how cool this is in person). My bottle was crazy thick, so I 'dabbled' my coats on to get it opaque instead of traditional painting. Then I thinned it a wee bit before layering Tidal Wave over Barry M Turquoise.

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

With flash, to show off the holo a little bit more (i.e. there's no red glitter in this, just different colors the holo glitters are catching in the photo). It is a gorgeous aqua color - mostly blue, a little green and I feel like the below photo is closest in color to what I see IRL
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon
mmmmmmmmm look at the shimmer! totally looks like 'scales' from the description :)
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Here's one thin coat of Tidal Wave over 2 coats of Barry M Turquoise. I think it's lovely that Tidal Wave can be layered for versatility and less glittery coverage if you want! Layering it with this particular base color renders it a lot more blue/turquoise than 'aqua'.
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon


PART III: The Weapons
The Weapons are created by the Planet as self defense, apparently some pretty sweet bio-mechanical monsters that were huge and powerful. The 5 Weapons polishes are meant to be smooth metallic shimmers that make great bases for the many glitters in the rest of the collection.

Sapphire Weapon is a "deep navy with green and gold shimmer" and it has a jelly-ish formula. I used 2 coats for these photos because that was opaque in person (but maybe it could have used 3). The formula was a little thick on the first coat so I thinned it just a wee bit before the second coat and it was much easier to use. This is crazy pretty in person, definitely recommend if you love blues :)

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

BONUS: Here's Phoenix Down OVER Sapphire Weapon! So patriotic and festive, this pairing would be great for a 4th of July manicure! The bars and shards in Phoenix Down remind me of fireworks.
Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon

Manicurity | Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Fall 2013 Collection: Swatches & Review of Phoenix Down, Tidal Wave, and Sapphire Weapon


Pricing & Availability

These gorgeous fall colors are already available at RainbowHoney.com and their other global suppliers!

Here is the break down on pricing for the new collection:
  • The Final Battle- Full Set: 15 colors,  full size (15ml $120)/ mini size (5ml $60)
  • Part I- The Battle: Meteor, Soldier, Lifestream, Cetra, Phoenix Down. 5 colors, full size (15ml $45)/ mini size (5ml $20)
  • Part II- The Summons: Diamond Dust, Hellfire, Judgement Bolt, Tidal Wave, Tera Flare. 5 colors, full size (15ml $45)/ mini size (5ml $20)
  • Part III- The Weapons: Sapphire Weapon, Diamond Weapon, Ruby Weapon, Emerald Weapon, Ultimate Weapon. 5 colors, full size (15ml $45)/ mini sized (5ml $20)
  • Individual polishes at full size only (15ml) will be $10 each.

For more Rainbow Honey goodness check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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I really love the three shades I got to try from this collection. Tidal Wave is probably my favorite (so holo!), but Sapphire Weapon and Phoneix Down are also amazing. Rainbow Honey is such a fun indie brand because they offer such an interesting variety of polish finishes (chromes, shimmers, glitters, etc.). I did find these to be a little on the thicker side, but I find that to be preferable than arriving too thin and runny (plus then I can thin it to exactly the right consistency for me!).

Which ones do you like?! Have you picked up anything from the collection?

*I received a press sample for my honest review and swatching purposes. If you'd like to know more about my disclosure policies, please check out my disclosure page

October 23, 2013

Messy Gradient topped with SoFlaJo Dragon Heart

To the best of my knowledge, the first time I saw the idea of a color-shift top coat over a black and white gradient was from Mandy over at Chameleon Stampede (see it here) and I filed it away as a "must absolutely do" nail idea. Today I've tried a similar-ish idea using SoFlaJo's color shift top coat called Dragon Heart, from her Year of the Dragon collection, over a messy black and white gradient!



underwater shot

this is mostly what it looked like in it's "static" form - sort of red-pinky



I didn't really intend on this being so messy to begin with, but I let the polish do what it felt like doing... It seemed to not be feeling the 'cloud' manicure I attempted as much as I was! The base colors are two super fabulous Cult Nails polishes - Tempest (white) and Nevermore (black). Tempest and Nevermore are both super fabulous because they are one coaters for me! DID YOU READ THAT? A one coat white polish. Truly.

After I felt pleased with the messiness of my gradient, I topped it off with one coat of SoFlaJo Dragon Heart! Super simple and fast nail art!! The official description of Dragon Heart is "Holographic and red glitter depending on your basecoat, duochrome shifts from red to copper to gold." I feel like the 'standing' color for me is more of a pinky color than red, but I did only use one coat.

The messy gradient seems perfect for this time of October, which I achieved by just using a light touch of the brush straight from the bottle with very little polish on it. I think next time I will definitely go for the more specific shape I had in my mind, and I will definitely do two coats of Dragon Heart. I think two coats will really help bring out the shift of the glass flecks by putting lots more little flecks on the nail (totally logical). One thing I love about the Year of the Dragon top coats over some other color-shifting top coats is that they have holographic glitters that give it some fun dimension!

Have you tried the SoFlaJo Year of the Dragon polishes? What's your favorite way to wear color-shifting top coats?