Wednesday, April 12, 2017

24k Magic Nails

April showers?  Not so much here in the desert!  We do have flowers, on cacti....

Today I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite indie brands that I haven't mentioned in awhile.  Fancy Gloss is known for thermal polishes as well as one coat wonders.  Seriously, there's some kind of magic in Jackie's creations.

One of the things I really love about Fancy Gloss is the interaction with buyers/fans.  The Facebook fan group is VERY active, and there's all kinds of sneak peaks going on of new polishes in the works.  One of the really neat things is that quite often, Jackie will ask the fans to help name a polish (which I had the honor of doing last year!).  It really makes it a unique experience that you don't get with a lot of indies.

So today I have for you a fan named thermal, "Calypso's Curse".  When warm, it is a gorgeous turquoise with a purpley-pink shimmer, when cold it is a gorgeous dark orchid purple.

Of course, I had to be extra and add a 24k gold flake topper from Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, "Peace & Karats" to it and I am in love!!

Fancy Gloss can be purchased here, the fan group is here, and there is also a special resale/swap group here.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer as always can be found here, fan group here, the gold topper was part of a collab box with a Mardi Gras theme!  You can catch more pics of the polishes from that collab on my instagram.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Marching Into Spring

Or is it summer?  It is 90 degrees here already in the desert, we don't really have a spring time to speak of.  I'm glad the sun is back and it's time for some bright colors!  Not that I ever stick to ridiculous societal norms like season appropriate colors, or any real conventions.  More is more!  Bright, shiny, glittery, in your face.  That's my personality and it's reflected in my nails.

So welcome to Spring!  And to another round of yes, my absolute favorite indie polish of all time, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer.  Warning: you may become addicted.

The main focus here is Cribbage and The Horse, a gorgeous yellow with iridescent dark turquoise flakies and a subtle pink shimmer.  The kind of polish that rewards those who take a second look.  This polish is limited edition, and I suggest you get it NOW! Of course I added rhinestones and beads as is my style, but this polish is also great on its own.

You can purchase Cribbage and The Horse as well as some other awesome spring colors here

The blue accent polish is Octopus Prime, a group custom for OPNL fans, you can join the OctoSquad here

Monday, January 30, 2017

Where Have I Been?

Hey all! I can't believe we're already one month into 2017 and yet again I failed at my blogging duties.  Besides work being insanely busy, I took a nice vacation for a few weeks in November to Australia and New Zealand!!!

So these pics are not going to be of any brand or anything, I actually just got gel polish done before I left and then redone while in Australia because I did all my traveling with one suitcase!  And with the liquids restrictions and etc, I did not want to risk losing one of my precious indies in transit.

It was really weird having someone else do my nails, it's been so many years since I had that experience, it was really nice.  The first "polish" I got was actually just a ton of loose purple glitter with a gel top coat.  Super sparkly!

Then, I got my nails done at a salon in Melbourne, the name escapes me, but they had that holo powder so you know I had to go for it!
Left: indoors, no flash; Right: indoors, with flash

I couldn't resist taking pics at every opportunity.  Definitely a good fix for my holo needs.  So here's mostly travel photos, but there's nails in there so it counts, besides, this is my blog, and unlike life, I make the rules here!  I have once again vowed to blog more regularly, so here's hoping!


 Feeding a Wallaby with a baby!

Feeding a parrot

Beautiful flowers in New Zealand

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dazzled by Dioptase

Welcome back to the blog! I have an awesome polish for you today!!  When I saw sneak peeks of Cirque Colors new facets collection I knew I had to get them!!

As you may know if you follow me on Pinterest, I love gems and minerals. I go to the largest gem and mineral show in the U.S. every year, which fortunately is held a mere 2 hour drive from me in Tucson.  I love it, the sensory overload from the beauty surrounding me is breathtaking.

At last year's show, I fell in love with Dioptase. A striking emerald green-blue, I couldn't stop looking at it. Normally I gravitate towards amethyst, but Dioptase quickly became my new love.

So when I saw that one of Cirque's new polishes was called Dioptase, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!  Dioptase is a stunning scattered holo flakie glitter masterpiece. Nearly opaque in one coat, the formula is perfect and it glides on easily.

I took some pics with my specimens of Dioptase as well as some other fossils and minerals in my collection.

Cirque Colors is available for purchase here

Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's been a long time

OMG.  You know how you get busy and then you say, "oh tomorrow I will do ____." And then tomorrow never comes.  And then it's two months later and you're like "oh shit!"  My poor blog left all alone to fend for itself!!  It's ok, I'm back and have some neat stuff for you.  Consider this my throwback Thursday.  Here's some weird manis that for some reason did not get put on instagram.  Just those ones I only took one pic of and then forgot about and now here we are!  

To kick us off, since it is Thermal Thursday, here is Octopus Party Nail Lacquer's Disco Tech, topped with Fancy Gloss's black thermal top coat.  Yeah, I am the kind of person who saw the amazing neon glitter rave on my nails and decided it needed more.

For a palette cleanser, here is one of my long time lemmings, Chanel Django.  My friends and family will understand the meaning behind this polish.  A gorgeous milky neutral, appropriate in even the most conservative of workplaces.

But..... you think I would just leave a pretty neutral polish all on it's own?? Think again!  This is me, I overdose on glitter for breakfast!  So, I grabbed some giraffe vinyls, as one does, and added CrowsToes Betelgeuse!  This shifty glitter crashed in waves on my neutral Chanel shores.

I love sparkles so much that I have a hard time using a matte top coat.  It just feels wrong somehow.  But, every now and then I bite the bullet, knowing that my regular top coat will bring the sparkles to life again!  Here is Glam Polish's Baby Got Back, mattefied.

Last, but certainly not least, I bring you the delightfully named Don't Be A Shady Beach from Different Dimension.  A gorgeous juicy pink, perfect for the transition from summer to fall, packed with speckles of black - it almost reminds me of watermelon.

There you have it, it's like we never were apart!  I won't abandon you again, little blog of mine!  

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer is seriously the best thing on earth. Get it here

Fancy Gloss is addictive, so watch out!  Get it here

Chanel is timeless, get it here or any high end department store.

CrowsToes is about to have a preorder, stalk the shop here

Glam Polish is another dangerous one, it feels like there's a new collection every other day.  Start or add to your collection here and set aside a few helmer drawers, you're gonna need them!

Different Dimension is a long time indie love, and the polishes are even more beautiful in real life!  Snatch some here

TwinkledT makes giraffe vinyls, among so many other shapes and animals and oh my!  Get some sass in your mani here

Friday, June 24, 2016

Now You Sea Me

Happy Summer everyone!  Have you been getting lava hot nail mail?  I sure have!  It's over 110 most days here, and won't drop below 100 until nearly November.  Oh the joys of living in the desert.

Today I have two gorgeous polishes for you to feast your eyes on.  Up first is Octopus Party Nail Lacquer's gorgeous neon creme The Algae-atic Sea.  This was OPNL's contribution to the Spring CALM (Crème à la Mode) Box and is also available in the Octo Shop RIGHT NOW!!.  This color is definitely a notice me color, you will certainly get stares when you wear it; unless you're known as "that crazy polish girl" and people already expect you to bring the uniqueness!  If you can't rock this at work because of "rules", then certainly try it on your toes!  Perfect summer color!

The other polish is a gorgeous coral glitter packed shimmer from Girly Bits, called Fragments.  This was part of a duo for Harlow & Co's ONE series, where each month an indie maker creates a duo of polishes for a cause.  Girly Bits made their duo for the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.  I am not usually one who goes for this type of color, but it is truly unrivaled in my massive collection.

You keep hearing about OPNL, so why not get some for yourself?  

Girly Bits is a Canadian indie, and while the exchange rate of USD to CAD is pretty sweet right now, there is a strike issue with Canada Post so the shop is currently closed.

Harlow & Co's ONE Series

CALM Box is a quarterly box of 4 creme polishes, check out the FBFan page - the summer box colors have been revealed and swatches will be out soon!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Purple Reign

Happy Thursday!  Three weeks ago today, Prince passed away.  He and his music had a huge impact on my life.  I normally don't care much about famous people's deaths, but this one hit me hard.  I knew I had to do something to honor him.  So I got a tattoo of a purple dove.  I love it and it makes me happy!

But, I also had to do a mani for Prince.  Luckily, I had just finally picked up Cupcake Polish's Berry Good Looking that I have lusted after for months. It's such a gorgeous, luscious berry holo! I paired it with Octopus Party Nail Lacquer's The Cake is a Lye from the Color4Nails Mothers' Day Box.  It makes me think of a glitter flecked marshmallow!  And of course added some bling as is my style.  RIP Prince, the good ones always leave us too soon.

Cupcake Polish can be purchased here

OPNL is always my favorite polish of all time, you can join the octo addiction here or the facebook fan group here