Friday, November 30, 2012

november haul

Sit down, this is going to be a long one...

Let's start at the end. I got some amazing nail mail today that I am so excited about!
It was a biiiiiig ol' package from Ninja Polish. I even took pictures of it all.

Models Own - Hot Stuff
Models Own - Boogie Nights
Models Own - Freak Out
Models Own - Dancing Queen
Models Own - Disco Inferno

Glitter Gal - Rebecca (YES!!!)
Ninja Polish - Girly Floam
HITS - Cupcake
HITS - Suspiro
Zoya - Aurora (not from Ninja, but snuck into this picture)

OMG, Hello Kitty!
HITS - Blueberry
HITS - Plum
HITS - Fizzy 

HITS - Gum
HITS - Melon
HITS - Mint

HITS - Candy
HITS - Sweet
HITS - Apple

Epic package. Holy crap.
Now for other things.
Today I picked up some new China Glaze shades:

China Glaze - It's A Trap-eze!
China Glaze - Glitter All The Way
China Glaze - Pizazz
China Glaze - Merry Berry

The wonderful Lori was kind enough to round up some of the velour polishes from Pure Ice for me, and they came a few days ago:

Pure Ice - Touch Me Softly
Pure Ice - Temptress
Pure Ice - Femme Fatale
Pure Ice - Ruffled Sheets
Pure Ice - Blue Midnight
Pure Ice - Stunning

Lori had also tracked down the Essence Breaking Dawn polishes for me! (But they weren't near me as I was doing these photos so no picture.)
Essence - Alice Had A Vision - Again
Essence - Jacob's Protection
Essence - A Piece of Forever
Essence - Edward's Love

You've seen these Pirate Polish pretties already, in the swatch post here:

Pirate Polish - Joyeux Noel (mini)
Pirate Polish - Christmas Tree In Blue (mini)
Pirate Polish - Holiday Glow (mini)
Pirate Polish - Christmas Lights (mini)
Pirate Polish - Sugar Cookies (mini)

Stupidly, I forgot to skip my Julep box this month so I got some new polishes from them. I really should cancel my subscription because I never want the polish but I keep thinking maybe the next month they will do something interesting... At least these are suedes. Not a bad month to get I suppose.

Julep - Hailee
Julep - Nora
Julep - Matte Top Coat

If you know me, you know I can't resist Color Club, and I found their magnetics at a local drugstore on clearance for $2.49 each! So of course I bought the 5 I didn't already have... Even though they're pretty gross colors. But I have a CC addiction. I know it.
Color Club - Steel of the Night
Color Club - Magnetic Force
Color Club - Sci-Fi
Color Club - Electro-Midnight
Color Club - Cop an Attitude

The lovely Nicole from Elixir Lacquers sent me some polishes for review! I'll be swatching these soon.

Elixir Lacquers - Peppermint Barque (forgot to get in the photo)
Elixir Lacquers - Spotted & Splotched
Elixir Lacquers - Happy Tears
Elixir Lacquers - Brindle
Elixir Lacquers - Blue Coat

Also got some review polishes from I Love Nail Polish! Can't wait to try them.

I Love Nail Polish - Blow Pop
I Love Nail Polish - Matthew Peri
I Love Nail Polish - Babes In Toyland
I Love Nail Polish - Party of Four

I picked up some polishes from the OPI Skyfall collection.
OPI - Live and Let Die
OPI - Goldeneye
OPI - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
OPI - The Man With The Golden Gun

And while I was getting those OPIs, I found a bunch of super cheap clearance ones which of course I couldn't resist, especially because they also came with cute little OPI cosmetic bags.
OPI - Passion
OPI - Kyoto Pearl
OPI - Pompeii Purple
OPI - Bubble Bath
OPI - Too Hot Pink To Hold 'Em

Last but not least, the random section:
Essie - Don't Sweater It (clearance)
Orly - Monster Mash (clearance)
GOSH - Holographic Hero

Holy crap on a cracker.
There's no excuse for this. There's just none. I'm gonna go now. Bye.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

seven random swatches for your viewing pleasure!

Hey guys! Tonight I'm gonna just post some totally random swatches I have had laying around in my folders for a while. They don't deserve their own posts, but they deserve to be seen!
(Two of them are pretty old and bad but don't hate.)

I still aim to one day have posted swatches or manicures of my entire collection... It will probably never happen but a girl can try!

Let's start with a cute OPI.

OPI - Panda-Monium Pink
This is an older color but I think it is in the core line. Maybe. Can't remember. I picked this up in a clearance sale for two dolla!
It takes three coats to cover fully but the color is really cute.

Orly - Shockwave
This is one of the colors from a recent collection, Electronica. I didn't pick it up originally but when I found it on clearance at Sally's, plus an extra 50% off, it came home with me.
I'm glad it did, because the formula is great and I don't think I have another royal blue like it really! 2 coats.

Essie - Pretty Edgy
Picked up this one in a blog sale recently. 2 coats for full coverage. Fun green. I love green nails.

Sation - Love At First Lavender
This is a new-to-me brand that I found recently at Winners. They were just $3.99 a pop so of them followed me home. This one is that color between pink and purple that I can't seem to resist! Formula was good, no complaints.

Sation - Periwinkle Princess
Shown over Love At First Lavender, this is a glitter topcoat with fuchsia and blue glitter as well as some short holo bars that are kinda hard to see in the pictures, but they are there!
It looked more fun in the bottle than it did on the nail. Not really satisfied. But it's okay.

Sinful Colors - Cinderella
This is a color from SC that got really popular, but I can't really understand why because it is soooo sheer and annoying to apply. I put on 4 thick coats and it was still sheer, not to mention too thick to dry.
I gave this away. Not a fan.

Savina - Purple Hologram 
This is an old swatch, sorry for the crappy pictures. Cute pink polish with pink glitter and holo glitter. I think this is three coats.

There you go! That gets some clutter out of my swatch folders. But there is still a lot of unposted crap in there... Ah!
Have a lovely evening!

Do you love my holiday blog layout?! I sure do!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pirate Polish Christmas Collection - swatches and review!

Hey everyone! I have a festive post for you today, featuring five beautiful polishes from one of my favorite indie sellers, Pirate Polish!

This is the Christmas Collection from Pirate Polish! I love holiday polishes, they are so fun.

I'll start out by showing you my favorite of the set!

Pirate Polish - Sugar Cookies
Don't you just want to eat this up?! It's so cute and such a good interpretation of sugar cookies for your nails.
Here I layered 2 coats of Sugar Cookies over one coat of white polish, just to ensure perfect opacity.
The glitter was not hard to fish out and I just love the squares and the colors and man, it's perfect!

Pirate Polish - Christmas Tree In Blue
My second favorite! A great layering glitter in a clear base. There's all sorts of blue, silver and white glitter.
Here I've shown two coats layered over Zoya Kristen.
Again, no issues with getting enough glitter onto the brush, great formula. I really like the bar glitters in this one because they're big enough that they don't look hairy and I didn't have issues with them poking out and annoying me.

If you like this one, I just miiiiiight have a bottle for an upcoming giveaway... Keep your eyes peeled... ;)

Pirate Polish - Joyeux Noel
How Christmasy is this?! Red and green and gold glitter in different sizes, in a clear base. The layering possibilities for this one are endless, but I chose to layer it over a green creme, Essie Pretty Edgy.
I've worn this once already, and I got a ton of compliments on it! People kept noticing how festive my nails were.

Pirate Polish - Holiday Glow
This is a crazy flakey glittery sparkly golden polish. I chose to layer it over a dark blue (Orly Shockwave) but it can also be worn alone with 2-3 coats.
This is packed with the ultrafine flakes and its totally gorgeous! Big win.

Pirate Polish - Christmas Lights
Last but certainly not least, a dark purple jelly filled with bright hexes and tiny silver holographic glitter. Definitely looks like twinkling Christmas lights!
I layered two coats over OPI Eiffel For This Color which was the perfect base match!
With this one I did have to fish for some glitter a little but it wasn't a major pain.
Super cute!

You can get these polishes in the Pirate Polish Etsy Shop.
The full-size polishes are $10 each, or $45 for the set.
Mini size are $5 each, or $22 for the set.

You can get 15% off any order from Pirate Polish this week with the code "REBECCALIKESNAILS"!
How awesome is that?! Let's all thank Tara for the great discount!

Be sure to also check out Pirate Polish on Facebook!

My nails are ready for the holidays! Which one is your fave?
Product provided for honest review.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

OPI - The Man With The Golden Gun

Hey guys! Today's post is for my friend Drew who informed me she has been waiting too long to see me post about this polish. Here you go Drew! I hope this satisfies you.

This polish is truly ridiculous.
OPI - The Man With The Golden Gun - Real 18K Gold Top Coat

Real gold on yo' nails. Big pimpin'.
Even the bottle is awesome.

I've actually got three manis with this top coat to show you today!
The first time I wore it, I chose a different color on each hand because I couldn't decide what I wanted to layer it over. Neither ended up being my favorite.

OPI - The Man With The Golden Gun over OPI - Honk If You Love OPI
The gold flakes look great over deep vampy polishes! But I wasn't feeling this shade, I wanted something more purple.

And on the other hand?

OPI - The Man With The Golden Gun over China Glaze - First Mate
Looks great over blue too! Pretty sure it would look good over anything.

Those combos didn't satisfy me. So today I did another manicure with the golden gun. And I love it! So here's a bunch of pictures.

Tada! This is just the look I wanted. Pastel prettiness with added gold sparkle.

This manicure started with Zoya - Kristen, a lovely pastel gray-blue that covers in 2 coats.
I then did a gradient using Lime Crime - Lavendairy, a bright pastel purple.
Finish with two coats of The Man With The Golden Gun!

In love!

I will admit, it is pretty crazy to wear actual gold flakes on your nails only to remove them in a few days (or a few hours, depending on your mood.). But I love it. 
I'ma put some gold on my if I wanna.

This polish retails for around $30 depending on where you get it. Very pricey, but hey, it's a collectible! Justified.