Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Candii Polished Nails!

As promised...a gorgeous collection that I have the great honor of playing with over the last few days. Wow!  I love it.  Here are the ones I got as well as a mystery polish that she sent me to review.

Candii Polished from Left to Right:
Teal To Heal (Ovarian Cancer Awareness)--teal glitter overload (I LOVE IT!)
Purple Haze--reddish-purple shimmer/holo
Blurple--blueish-purple shimmer/holo
Breast Wishes (Breast Cancer Awareness)--pink glitter overload (I LOVE IT!)

They are pretty in the bottles.  Even prettier on the tips:
Teal To Heal: Turquoise blue hexes, diamonds and fine glitter make this a wonderful treat for any blue lover. I love this over greens and blues in this general color hue. The clear background makes it great as an overlay.  This photo was of two coats.

Here is another photo of Teal To Heal with an undie of Sinful Colors Gorgeous...shows the true beauty of the polish.  Very yummy!

Purple Haze: It's purple shimmer, but has a holo feel to it.  This is two coats and it is completely opaque. (excuse the funky cuticle--it looks sore, but it was actually just needing hydration badly)

Blurple: blue-purple shimmer with a holographic element in there. I love this one...it shimmers in whatever light you put it in, but in sunlight, the purple hue really comes out.  Here it looks more lavender-blue.

Breast Wishes: various pink hexes in different sizes, light pink hearts, darker pink metallic bar glitter and more...a feast for the glitter lover. This is two coats.  Being a clear base, it works fabulously over your favorite pink undie!

And this is my SURPRISE POLISH!  Isn't this pretty?!  Ok, so my photo is bad...in truth, it is very deceiving in how it looks in the bottle...

...because ON THE NAIL--O-M-G!  I love this nude! This is the perfect nude for MY skintone.  I hate nudes.  I never wear them because they always look funky with my skintone.  They are almost always too yellow or too pink.  But this one is different. For one, it's not a sheer.  In two coats, it is opaque and DUOCHROME!:

Another photo...I was the dingbat that dinged the finish on my thumb before it was dry.  Grr.  You can see is not visible in the photo above.

You are welcome, Aveeno, for the unsolicited advertisement.  :D

Isn't this pretty!?  I am going to HAVE to encourage larger bottles of this one...or more bottles, whichever she is willing to do. :D   This is definitely THE go-to polish for those of us ladies that have a golden skin tone year-round.!

If you are interested in seeing more of what she has to offer, go check out her links.   :D

Candii Blossom Cosmetics: https://www.facebook.com/Blossoms31?fref=ts
Candii Polished Nail Polish: https://www.facebook.com/CandiiPolished
PURCHASE IT HERE!: http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/CandiiBlossomCosmetics/1/7/251399//

Friday, October 26, 2012

Glitzology Nail Polish!

A new-comer on the Indie polish scene...she makes awesome glitter-infused polishes.  I have ordered a few, but reportedly, some others are coming my way that I didn't expect.  Woot!  

I got a healthy array of colors from her collection.  I ordered Country Girl, Baby Dragon and Skeleton Key.  She also sent Guardian Angel, Blue Lagoon and Crown Royal for me to review. The labels are cute...nice sized bottles are FULL of value!

I decided to swatch on a wheel first.  This is one coat.  Plenty of glittery goodness in just the one coat.  Like any heavily fortified glitter, you do need to finesse it a bit, but it is pretty cooperative.

From Top to Bottom:
Baby Dragon
Blue Lagoon
Country Girl
Crown Royal
Guardian Angel
Skeleton Key

I decided to do a second layer.  I thought it was cool before.  Even MORE glittery goodness!  I am floored!  I cannot stop looking...second layer went on really nice too.

With most, a nearly a complete layer with 2 coats!  Awesome!

Here is Baby Dragon over black, green, two coats and one coat...so you can see the difference:

I used three coats of Seche Vite and I got even more shine.  They are thirsty little buggers, but I don't mind.  As little of the polish as it takes, I don't mind a couple layers of Seche.

OK, that's it for now. I will wear this the rest of today and then do more swatching tomorrow.  :D  

Pardon me while I stare at my fingernails for a while...

Next Polish up: Blue Lagoon...such a yummy color.

Ok, so all of the polishes look awesome in the bottle.  This one is stunning both in the bottle...

...and on the fingers.  I took a photo of the bases so you could see what I was working with. All WnW Megalasts colors: I Need A Refresh-Mint, Root Of All Evil and Poison Ivy.

Thumb: I Need A Refresh-Mint
Index: Root Of All Evil

Middle: Poison Ivy
Ring: Two coats alone
PInky: One coat alone

As you can see, I got nearly perfect coverage in two coats with this polish, which I love.  It was equally stunning on all of the colors I tried.  

Next Up: Country Girl!

The yellow jelly base kinda threw me for a bit...but I LOVE it over greens!  I used SC Irish Green on the index finger and Revlon Bonsai for the middle finger.  Wow!  I am not a great fan of it alone, but as an overlay OH YES!

Next Up: Crown Royal:

All I can say is OMGoodness!  It is so pretty!  It looks all nice and glittery in the bottle...and I couldn't get the color to come out quite right in my photos...but it looks good over purple, gold and silver...because it has ALL 3 IN IT!  Wow.  A perfect blend of purple, gold and silver fine glitters...and gold and silver square/diamond glitters.  This one really says Mardi Gras to me and I love it!  I will be wearing this one often!

Up Next: Guardian Angel:

I really like this color.  Undies include ChG Naked, Essie Angora Cardi, KC Metallic Black, Orly Decades of Dysfunction and then the pinky is two coats of Guardian Angel by itself.  OMGosh is this pretty.  Pink and Pastel pink hearts, white and irridescent glitter, transparent gold mica, small pink squares and pink and white satin glitters.

This one looks good all by itself...but I love it over the pink on my thumb, where it represents the last days of October.  But Breast Cancer Awareness shouldn't just be in October...it should be ALL YEAR ROUND.  Get checked frequently...the life you save could be yours!

Up Next: Skeleton Key:

Believe me, this is not JUST a Halloween polish.  Oh, the name evinces the thought of Halloween...but the color could be used anytime as far as I am concerned.  I LOVE this one.  I have it layered her over the following colors:

Thumb: SH White On
Index: KC Metallic Black

Middle: Orly Decoded
Ring: Savvy Deep Amethyst
Pinky: 2 coats of Skeleton Key
Well, I eagerly look forward to more of her polish.  Stay tuned here for more.  I will probably add on here as I add them to my nail polish black ho--er...collection.  

If you want to purchase her polish (I know *I* want more!), before you check out, put in this code:  ILOVEGLITTER20 for 20% off your order!  

Go now!

1. Who are you?
My name is Stacy. I'm a professional nail tech living in a small town in Ohio, USA. When I'm not doing nails or being distracted by glitter or other shiny objects, I like to spend time with my crazy family and boyfriend, play with my little Boston Terrier, George, watch too much tv, and read nerdy fantasy books.
2.Store Link:

3. When did you open?
After weeks of testing, preparing, and second guessing myself, I finally opened on October 19, 2012. The name Glitzology came from my boyfriend, who was teasing me about my glitter mixing "lab". He said something along the lines of "Look at you over there, with your funnels, and your measuring devices. You're like a glitter scientist, a glitzologist!" I loved the word, so I named my shop after it!

4. What do you make/carry in your shop?

Right now I carry about 40 colors of hand made glitter nail polish. I plan to add a few new colors every week or so. I would also like to get into other beauty products, like scented lotions, soaps, and maybe even other cosmetics like eyeshadow.

5. What got you started doing what you do?
I've always played "mad scientist" with my polishes at work; combining colors together, adding glitter, etc. My friend and fellow nail tech, Missi, introduced me to the world of indie polish. When I learned I could make my own colors from scratch, I was hooked! For me, making polish is just an extension of working with what I love, nails, glitter, color, etc.
6. What inspires you?
I seriously get inspired by everything! My family and friends, television, books, food, holidays. Sometimes I will hear a clever word, phrase, or quote and I write it down to make a polish with that name later. Other times, I mix random colors and have a hard time naming my "creation".

Saturday, October 6, 2012


...an inexpensive nail polish that have gotten mixed reviews after several searches.  So I decided to give my own spin on the reviews.

The bottles are very cool...and tall.  The caps are easy to hold and the brushes are a nice length.
Colors, left to right and the number of coats it took to get to this point:

52 Dark Brown x 2
66 Sweet Pink x 2
135 Holo Blue x 3
134 Holo Pink x 2
94 Holo Chrome x 2
197 Salsa Much x 2
92 Holiday Jingle x 3
36 Sparkle Purple x 6+
95 Disco Ball x 3

Let's just say right now...most were awesome in their coverage.  I will be reaching for that Green glitter for Christmas and that holo blue and holo chrome for the winter months.  That disco ball is gorgeous, but I would like it better if it was smaller micro glitter.  That Salsa Much is actually a HOLO, even though it doesn't really say so.  It has the same glisten and shine that the other holos do.  The two plain janes, as I call them, were nice to put on.  The dark brown and the pink were two coaters...the first coat streaky, the second coat filled it in very nicely.

So the next time you need a cheap fix...head to the Kleancolors!