May 31, 2012

Megan Miller Collection Caribbean, Coral Bliss and Lemon Ice!

Hi guys! Last night I went to the food trucks, I realized I haven't mentioned them in a while on here...if you follow me on twitter (@thepolishaholic) or instagram (thepolishaholic) you probably already know that I am still addicted to going every Wednesday night. Last night I had yummy sliders from a truck called The Burnt Truck...if you are from Orange County and like burgers look them up, seriously it was nomalicious! I also got a snow cone tropical shaved ice for desert...yes people, there is a food truck that exists to only serve yummy clouds of syrup soaked ice. I  realllllllly wanted to get something from The Grilled Cheese Truck (yup, that exists too) but the line was like an hour long and I was starving *sad face*

Whew, anyway I actually have polish to talk about also...not just yummo food trucks. Today I have 3 polishes to show you from the Megan Miller Collection! Megan Miller Collection polishes come in quite possibly the nicest nail polish bottle I've ever owned, you can see full photos of them on meganmillercollection.com! If you are a lover of pretty packaging, like I am, you will love these...the caps of the bottles are made from corks! Not only are they gorgeous to look at but they are also eco friendly, I appreciate companies to go out of their way to be eco friendly!

To see swatches & reviews of each shade click the Read More button below!

May 30, 2012

piCture pOlish Monroe

Happy Wednesday! Today I have my first piCture pOlish to show you guys, I've been eyeing this brand for a long time I've never gotten around to buying any. It seems like every time I've decided on picking up a couple some indie seller comes along and restocks and I decide I need those ASAP since they sell out in like 2 seconds. Monroe from piCture pOlish was a huge lemming for me. I was completely surprised when Katie from Harlow & Co included a bottle in the last package I got from her. Talk about an awesome surprise (thank you again Katie!), I might have happy danced when I saw it...not gonna lie.

Monroe is a gorgeous deep red jelly with a really nice scattered holo effect. If you like holos but don't want something that is in your face (and hard to apply) like the Layla Hologram Effect polishes this polish might be more your speed. It's gorgeous not only in the sun but it's also awesome in low lighting and indoors! The formula was a little on the thick side but it was easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below, if you tend to do your coats on the thin side it's more likely this will be a 3 coater for you since it did have patchy spots on the first coat! All photos are in direct sunlight, the holo was much more noticeable in real life!




piCture pOlish is a bit on the pricey side, selling for around $13-$17 on most of the etailers. My bottle came from Harlow & Co. but you can also pick it up on several other etailers including Llarowe and  Overall Beauty. For a full list of distributors (or to buy direct from them!) please check out piCture pOlish's official website.


May 29, 2012

FingerPaints Summer 2012 Summer In The City Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day...I didn't do much, it was nice! I love when I get 3 day weekends, I wish I had them all the time. Actually I wish every day was the weekend...that would be even better haha!

Today I have a pretty Summer collection from FingerPaints to show you guys, it's called the Summer In The City Collection! This collection includes some great creme polishes along with a pretty shimmer and an awesome glitter!

To see swatches & reviews of each shade click the read more button below!

May 28, 2012

Pixi Pinks!

Hi guys! Hope you all had a good weekend, it's still technically the weekend for me since I have today off work for Memorial Day! Since now it finally feels like summer I thought I'd post some very pretty summery pink polishes from Pixi! Pixi is not a new to me brand by any means, I own some of their makeup...but I had no idea they made polish until recently!

 To see swatches and reviews of each shade please click the read more button below!

May 27, 2012

Sunday Spam: Zoya

Hi guys, today I have a huge Zoya spam to show you...21 polishes in total I think! I'm always done swatching my Zoya collection so there should only be 1 more of these spam for Zoya yay!! Check out all the photos of each one after the jump!



May 25, 2012

Hits Air Glow

TGIF! Anyone have fun plans this weekend? Today after work I'm going to get Lojack installed on my Mini then I have no idea. It's Memorial Day weekend so I'm sure I'll be going to some kind of BBQ before the weekend is done haha!

Today I have another polish from Hits Phenomena Collection to show you guys, this one is called Air Glow! It's a gorgeous multichromatic glitter polish that flashes magenta, orange and gold. The formula was so nice, it wasn't thick but the glitter payoff was pretty awesome! I used 1 coat over Zoya Nina for the photos below. Both photos are in the shade!



Hits polishes are available from shop.llarowe.com the ones in the Phenomena Collection are $10 each!

May 24, 2012

Gelato Mio Water Marble!

Hi guys! Today I have my NOTW (nail of the week!) to show you! I've had this manicure on since Sunday and I'll be so sad to take it off! As soon as I got the Gelato Mio Collection from Jessica in the mail I wanted to water marble with it, it's such a beautiful collection and all the colors go together so well..it was meant to be!

I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Whirlwind White as my base and water marbled with all of the shades in Jessica's Gelato Mio Collection except for Tangerine Dreamz. I wanted to include it but my Mom has "borrowed" that polish from me and I'll likely never get it back from her haha! I am in LOVE with how this turned out, especially my ring finger! 

If you want to see swatches of the Gelato Mio Collection you can check that post out by clicking here





May 23, 2012

Degen's May 2012 Barkbox!

Hi guys! I have a non nail polish post for you guys today, I posted about Barbox last month and got a great response so I thought I'd post what Degen got in his May box. If you haven't heard of Barbox I go over what it is and how you can get it for your dog in my post from last month which you can read here: http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2012/04/barkbox-april-2012.html

May's Barkbox includes a toy, some treats, a very practical doggy gadget and some doggy pampering products. As soon as the mail man brought the box I knew it would be a good one because Degen wouldn't leave me alone...I think he could smell the treats inside of it haha! I had to go outside to take the photos of this months box so that he wasn't trying to take them away while I was taking a photo!

Here is how the box look when it arrived. Everything is packed really nicely with blue crinkle paper and a card that lists everything in the box.


To see everything Degen got click the Read More button below

May 22, 2012

Duri Keep Your Options Open Collection Swatches


Morning! Today I have Duri's Summer 2012  Keep Your Options Open Collection to show you guys! It's very different that what we usually see for the summer offering up some gorgeous brights along with a nice vampy shade and a couple of muted colors! If you don't love crazy neons for summer this might be something for you!

To see swatches & reviews of each shade click the Read More button below!

May 21, 2012

Models Own Ibiza Mix

Hi guys, happy Monday! Did anyone see the eclipse last night? We could see it here, it was all cloudy so you could only see it a little bit but it was cool nonetheless. Today I have a pretty glitter from Models Own to show you called Ibiza Mix. Its part of the Hed Kandi collection...maybe that's a UK thing because I have no clue what or who Hed Kandi is haha. Ibiza Mix is a really cool mix of glitter, I feel like it's very different than I a lot of the multi colored glitters we see. It's more of a pastel toned glitter!

I used Ibizi Mix over Zoya Willow for the photos below. The bottle I'm holding is a Color Club top coat...love the Models Own bottles but my fingers look all crazy when I try to hold them for photos lol! Both photos are in the shade!



Models Own is available on ModelsOwnIt.com , if you are in the US/Canada I would recommend ordering from Harlow & Co (where I got mine) or ninjapolish.com since the shipping time and price is a little bit better for us that way!

May 20, 2012

NOTD: Mini Mani

Hi guys! Today I have a NOTD that matches my new car!! I went and picked up my new Mini Copper, finally yay! I got home and tried to find a polish that matches the paint color. My mini is an "ice blue" color which is a little bit blue, a little bit green and a little bit grey. Amazingly, I didn't have a match in my gigantic nail polish stash so I mixed a whole bunch of stuff together until I got as close as I could to the color of my car. I wish I could tell you the concoction but I wasn't keeping track of anything. The only things I know for sure are in there are China Glaze For Audrey, China Glaze Aquadelic and China Glaze Sea Spray but there was little bits of other polishes too.

I sponged my mini franken over white (because the roof of my mini is white!) it's not exactly what I was going for but that's okay! My Grandma thought it was cute when I went to show her my car so I consider it a success...Grandma approval wins over my own approval lol


Strangely when I look at the above photo of my nails then the ones below of my car they don't even look close o.O I think it's the difference in lighting ( I should have taken a picture of my hand on the car lol). Anyway...behold my cute new car below!!

For those wondering she has no name yet, I was pretty set on Eleanor but I decided to name the lady voice in the navigation that instead (yes, I name the navigation voice lady too). If you have any good suggestions for snobby sounding British lady name please let me know the in comments!




Also, no car of mine would be complete without a sparkly license plate frame and a Bayside decal!


May 19, 2012

Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

Hi guys, hope you're all having a good weekend so far...I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you....this spam is all Lynnderella! I've been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I'll just post everything I have that I haven't shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it's a bit of a process...you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn't too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It's worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish. Make sure you sign up for her mailing list at shop.llarowe.com so that you know when she is taking them again. She also updates regularly on the status of the wish lists on her Facebook page located here.





To see lots of glittery goodness click the Read More button below!

May 18, 2012

Borghese Almondine

TGIF! Today I have an awesome neutral polish to show you guys, this was sent to me by my love Kirsten from Glitta Gloves. She sent me pretty much the most awesome package ever a little bit ago and this was one of the pretty polishes she included. I've had my eye on Almondine for a while, ever since Kirsten posted it and said it was her favorite nude.

I am SO glad Kirsten included this beauty for me, I went searching for it after she posted it and I guess Borghese is gone forever or something because all the Rite Aid stores near me cleared out all the stock and made their displays into other things :(

Almondine is a gorgeous beige nude with black shimmer/glitter/flecks (I don't really know what to call it haha) There is also a very subtle pink shimmer in here. It reminds me a bit of Cult Nails Cruisin Nude ...if Cruisin Nude had awesome black whatevers in it. The formula was nice, a little sheer at first but it built up so nicely! I used 3 coats for the photos below.




May 17, 2012

Colorphase Nail Polish

Morning! Today I have a polish I found at Rite Aid to show you from a brand called Colorphase. The bottle doesn't seem to have a name on it (I hate that) so I've been calling it blue...very creative of me, I know.

I saw the Colorphase display and was intrigued because the bottles look like little barbells and it said that when you apply the top coat it changed colors. I decided on the blue because it looked the prettiest in the bottle. I have to say, the polish was much nicer than I expected. It went on so smoothly and was a 1 coater!

Without top coat the color from the bottle is a silvery blue foil like polish. To get the color change you are supposed to apply the top coat on the other end of the bottle. The brush in the top coat side is long and skinny like a nail art brush. Once you apply the top coat it turns the color in to a really pretty blurple. If you don't want to do just lines with the long skinny brush because you want the color the polish changes to on the entire nail you could just use regular top coat...you get the same effect.




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Here is what the bottle looks like!


I've only seen these out at Rite Aid, I'm not sure where else can you can get the brand...I think they were around $5 (somewhere in that neighborhood!)

May 16, 2012

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue + A Comparison!

Hi guys! I have a quick random polish & comparison to show you today. This polish is one that I always mean to buy but for some reason never got around to actually getting until a few weeks ago. It's Sally Hansen Pacific Blue! Pacific Blue is a beautiful cobalt blue! The formula was fantastic, a 1 coater for me!



I also have a little comparison for you with Pacific Blue! Below is Pacific Blue vs. Nails Inc Baker Street and Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (that was one requested!)

As you can see, no dupes. Baker Street is darker and also brighter and the Lippmann polish is darker and more purple toned.


May 15, 2012

Jessica Summer 2012 Gelato Mio Collection Swatches

Good morning! Guess what guys, my new Mini Cooper is here...kind of! It arrived from England on the boat yesterday! It has to go through the BMW/Mini distribution center then it gets loaded on a truck and brought down the dealership where it goes through inspections and whatnot but I should hopefully have it by the weekend *fingers crossed*! I am SO excited! I gotta say, these past few days of having to drive a huge SUV has made me appreciate my little cars so much more. I've learned that I cannot for the life of me park a giant SUV in a parking space within the lines...it also sucks to go through a half tank of gas in like 3 days, especially when gas is almost $4.50 a gallon :(

Anyway, today I have a super gorgeous Summer Collection from Jessica to show you! The first thing I thought of when I opened the box of these 6 beautiful pastel creme polishes was ice cream. I laughed when I opened up the envelope with the press release and wouldn't you know...a collection inspired by gelato. I'd say Jessica did an awesome job interpreting the theme, it's pretty rare that I can guess a collection's inspiration without hearing a thing about it beforehand!

 For swatches and reviews of each shade click the Read More button below!

May 14, 2012

Orly Magnetic FX Collection Swatches

Happy Monday, hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Did you do anything fun for Mother's Day? I went to dinner with my parents and my Grandma to a yummy italian restaurant named Villa Nova! I love that restaurant, it's right on the harbor in Newport Beach and the view is so pretty. Last night I saw a lady paddle boarding and her dog was standing on the board with her I  was like :O I wish Degen wasn't crazy, I'd totally do that with him. He's such a weirdo that he'd probably jump off the board to attack a fish swimming by...or he'd bark at boats, maybe both.

Today I have a brand new Orly Collection to show you called Magnetic FX, yep...Orly is doing magnetic polish too. Honestly I haven't heard much about this other than 1 post from Orly on their Facebook with a promo photo saying they would be out for Summer. I wandered into my favorite local beauty supply on Friday looking for the China Glaze Summer Neons (which the still didn't have *sad face*)  and found these instead!



To see swatches and reviews of each shade and the magnets click the Read More button below!


May 13, 2012

Cosmoprof North America 2012 Discover Beauty Overview

Hi guys! Today I have a press release to share with you about the brands that will be featured in the Discover Beauty section of Cosmoprof North America this year. I will be attending again this year (yay!) so this is something I will definitely be checking out. Last year Discover Beauty introduced me to Layla and we all know about the amazing polishes they have brought us since then. If you are wondering what exactly Cosmoprof North America is you can check out my posts from last year's show by clicking here! 

I am so excited to see what all the brands will be giving us for the rest of the year and the beginning of next year. I'm also really looking forward to seeing some of the awesome bloggers I met last year again, and meeting a bunch of lovely new bloggers. If you'd like to see who some of the other bloggers are that will be going to Cosmoprof North America click here!



DISCOVER BEAUTY 2012 OVERVIEW

ANNOUNCING THE INITIAL LINE-UP FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM

Las Vegas, NV (April 18, 2012) – The Discover Beauty program, an exclusive initiative of Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), returns for its sixth successful year of matching leading retailers with emerging beauty brands in 2012. Companies from all over the world must be selected to participate in Discover Beauty, ensuring an exclusive array of unique, cutting-edge brands that are sure to be the "next big thing." For these brands, CPNA show organizers arrange pre-scheduled sales meetings and events with important retailers, although, all show visitors are invited to discover these brands. CPNA is proud to announce the initial Discover Beauty line-up for 2012, which include: GOLDFADEN MD, Hevia Skin Science, Layla Cosmetics, KARORA Cosmetics, Marula The Leakey Collection, Niki Saint Pierre Botanical Cosmeceuticals, Recipe for men and TEMPTU.

Below is the initial list of the 2012 Discover Beauty exhibiting companies:


GOLDFADEN MD – USA
GOLDFADEN MD is the only physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skincare line in the industry. The highly efficacious, non-prescription skincare solutions utilize state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and anti-oxidant rich botanicals. GOLDFADEN MD’s problem-solving skincare remedies target a range of specific skin concerns inspired by treatments developed in Dr. Goldfaden’s South Florida dermatology practice.
goldfadenmd.com


HEVIA SKIN SCIENCE – USA
Created by Oscar Hevia, MD, cosmetic dermatologist and founder of The Hevia Center for Research, the Hevia Skin Science line uses scientifically formulated active ingredients to help prevent skin aging and encourage rejuvenation. Highly effective and innovative, this line also contains proprietary, patent-pending and exclusive ingredients.
heviaskinscience.com


LAYLA COSMETICS – ITALY
Layla Cosmetics has been creating trend setting and cutting edge products from Milan for over 70 years. Fusing the latest in technology along with an Italian fashion influence, Layla reveals their newest collections for the first time to the   U.S. market unveiling ground-breaking innovation and nail art to the industry.
luxcongroup.com


KARORA COSMETICS – IRELAND
Irish beauty brand KARORA, offers modern women a glamorous choice in the natural beauty category with a true skin caring approach to faux tan. KARORA’s botanical bronzing collection delivers World first custom colour technology, with natural and organic bronzing formulas enhanced with signature ingredients of açaí berry and argan that provide intense skin treatments. This is pure bronzed perfection with a botanical twist at luxe for less price points.
karoracosmetics.com


MARULA THE LEAKEY COLLECTION – USA
Marula The Leakey Collection, is an oil that boasts higher levels of antioxidants than Argan or Grape Seed Oil, offering better absorption and hydration. Clinically-proven and physician-endorsed, this product offers superior protection against environmental stressors and damaging free radicals, which can lead to signs of premature aging. marula.com


NIKI SAINT PIERRE BOTANICAL COSMECEUTICALS – USA
Niki Saint Pierre Botanical Cosmeceuticals is a groundbreaking facial skin care line of intensive overnight treatments that support the skins natural functions, restores nutrients and revitalizes suppleness. Free of parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and coloring, the end result is a healthy, radiant and youthful look.
nikisaintpierre.com


RECIPE FOR MEN – SWEDEN
Created by men specifically for men, Recipe for men is pure hydration and energy for the skin.  Developed in the harsh winters of Scandinavia, the formulations are carefully selected to fit a man’s needs.  With oil-free textures that guarantee quick absorption and minimize shine, Recipe for men stands for logical skincare without fuss.
recipeformen.com


TEMPTU – USA
TEMPTU, the leader in AIRbrush Makeup was founded in 1981. With the introduction of the AIRpod Makeup System, TEMPTU has revolutionized makeup application for every woman – it’s fast and easy to use, and in just three steps and less than three minutes, you get results that are truly flawless.
temptu.com





May 12, 2012

Saturday Spam: Zoya

Hi guys! It's another edition of spam woohoo!! Today I have a bunch of Zoya's to show you! After I made my spreadsheet I decided my next project would be swatching everything. I've decided to start with Zoya. I own a lot of Zoya and a lot of them I've never shown here, mostly likely there will be a few more Zoya spam posts in the future! I like having these kinds of posts for myself to look back on but I think Zoya posts like this are helpful for you guys too. It seems like every time Zoya is having a promo I see a lot of traffic from people looking for swatches!

Check out the bazillion photos by clicking the read more button below the collage!


May 11, 2012

Layla Hologram Effect Ocean Rush

TGIF! Anyone have fun plans this weekend, I sure don't! No car = me being a hermit all weekend. Today I have the last of my Layla holographic polishes to show you guys :( I need Layla to make more ASAP! This one is called Ocean Rush and it's a gorgeous blue holo! It's more much holo than my photos make it look, I had some trouble capturing this one it's all it's glory!

For my base on this I tried out Essie Matte About You. I've heard from a lot of people that matte top coats are good bases for difficult holos. While that may be true for some holos it is not true for these Layla's. It completely killed ALL the holo, like it just ate it right up. If you have these Layla's I suggest staying far far away from Essie Matte About You as a base coat.

After that disappointment I ended up taking my holo-less mani off and redoing it using Nubar Foundation as my base coat. It worked really well! I only needed 2 coats for Ocean Rush!





Layla Hologram Effect polishes are available a whole bunch of places, they have finally landed at Ulta stores so if you have one an Ulta near you there is no need to buy online now(plus then you can use coupons yay)!!  If you do want to buy online these can be found on AveYou.com, Zappos.com and HarlowandCo.org (and probably other places but those are the first that come to mind!)

May 10, 2012

Jessica Awakening Collection Swatches!

Hi guys! Today I have a gorgeous Spring Collection from Jessica Cosmetics to show you called The Awakening Collection! This gorgeous collection brings us 5 really beautiful creamy neutral shades and 1 coral-y orange shimmer! I love collections with great neutrals like this, they feel like a comfy old sweater....you know what I mean? They always fit perfectly and you love wearing them!


To see swatches & reviews of each shade click the read more button below!

May 9, 2012

Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

Good morning guys!  Tonight is the night, I'm getting rid of my Jetta :( I won't have a car for over a week until my Mini Cooper arrives from England! It's going to be so weird, I think the last time I had to depend on anyone else for a ride somewhere was like 10 years ago. It will probably be the best money saving thing ever, no car= no shopping lol!

Today I have a gorgeous new Butter London polish to show you called Lillibet's Jubilee! It's a beautiful silvery lilac foil! According to Butter London's website This commemorative color honors the international celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. I have a lot of silvery foils but nothing quite like this beauty, I was worried that once I got out in the sun you wouldn't be able to pick up the lilac in the formula but that turned out not to be the case at all!

The formula was great, a little thick but easy to apply. This was almost a 1 coater for me. I ended up using 2 coats to cover up a couple of patchy spot!


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Lillibet's Jubilee is available now on ButterLondon.com for $14!


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