January 30, 2014

I Love Nail Polish Spring 2014 Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have a bunch of new Spring 2014 polishes from I Love Nail Polish to share with you! These will all be available for pre-order on Feb. 14th at ILNP.com! Barbra's Spring polishes this year are pretty amazing, ranging from holos to more Ultra Chromes to another fab Holographic Ultra Chrome! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 29, 2014

CrowsToes Merry Kiss Me A@#!

Hi guys! Today I have an awesome polish from CrowsToes called Merry Kiss Me A@#! to share with you! I laughed so  hard at the name of this when I got it in the mail, it seems like something my Dad would say. I told him that when I showed him the polish and he chucked about it so I'm guessing he agreed with me about that haha!

This is a gorgeous black base packed to the brim with flakes of gold glitter and a sprinkle of red glitter. This is crazy amazing, if you like flecked polishes you'll love this! The formula was good, it was a tiny bit thick due to the amount of glitter but I had no issues with application and it was opaque in 2 coats. I used 2 coats + top coat for the photos below!

Lighting: Shade

This is available at www.llarowe.com it was a holiday exclusive and I'm not 1005 sure if it's still available, I can't look right now because Llarowe is down for the next few days :(

January 28, 2014

SoFlaJo Just Love Her Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have a trio from a new to me brand called SoFlaJo to share with you. This trio is the Just Love Her Collection for Valentines Day this year! This post is going to be a little bit short and sweet, mostly because I'm still sick with this nasty cold and my head feels like it's up in the clouds lol! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 25, 2014

Saturday Spam: Colors by Llarowe

Hi guys! Happy weekend! Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I am doing the same super exciting things I did last weekend, cleaning and de-hoarding random junk. YAY -_-

Today I have a bit of Colors by Llarowe spam for ya. These are form several different collections that Leah Ann has put out recently! I always look forward to seeing what Leah Ann is doing, her holos are always great and I love the other finishes/shades also! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 24, 2014

Cirque Alter Ego

Happy Friday! Today I have a gorgeous Cirque polish called Alter Ego to share with you! This polish was previously only available in a set with a ring but the ring has been discontinued and you can buy the polish on it's own now! This is great news for those of us that loved the polish but didn't necessarily want the ring also.

Alter Ego is a black base with a linear holo. The holo isn't too crazy but it's definitely all kinds of amazing out in the sun and in bright lighting!  The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply. I used 2 coats for my photos, both  photos are in natural sunlight.

Alter Ego can be found at http://www.cirquecolors.com/, it retails for $15!

January 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: Jaded, Pat On The Black & Red My Lips Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have 3 polishes from Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure line to share with you. All 3 of these are core colors, I recently got them in an Influenster Vox Box which was a nice surprise! I've gotten a few Influenster boxes over the last year or so but this was the first I felt like was perfect for me! Clearly, I love nail polish and I've always enjoyed the Complete Salon Manicure line from Sally Hansen so it doesn't get much better than that. When I was first starting out with nail polish a lot of my first polishes were from this line because of how easily accessible they are! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 21, 2014

Mac Unconditionally Fabulous

Hi guys! Today I have a bit of an old-ish Mac polish to share with you! This is Unconditionally Fabulous. This came out with the Glitter & Ice Collection for Holiday 2011. When this came out I liked this polish but couldn't justify the Mac price tag for it. On my last trip to the CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet) I was browsing through the jar of Mac polishes they had...literally, they are in a giant jar, it's awesome haha! I came across this and decided to finally get it, I can justify CCO prices for just about anything I'm lemming. 

Unconditionally Fabulous is an iridescent glitter bomb. Depending on the shade you layer it over it will look completely different. Sure, I have about a billion polishes like this but I'm a big old sucker and when I see them my heart goes pitter patter and I must have it...they are too pretty to resist. The formula of Unconditionally Fabulous was ok, it was a bit thick but since it's a layering polish I didn't have an issue with that.  The glitter payoff was good, I used 1 coat over Nicole by OPI Promises In The Dark for the photos below.

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

As far as availability goes with this polish you might be able to find it at your local Cosmetic Company Outlet but other than that I'm not sure! Sorry :(

January 20, 2014

Nicole by OPI Better After Dark & Promises In The Dark Swatches

Hi guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was nice, I didn't do much other than de-hoarding (and I'm still not done!). Today I have a couple new Nicole by OPI shades to share with you. Both of these are only available via a giveaway Nicole by OPI is doing with Dove Chocolates. They are giving aware 25,000 sets of these through Feb. 5th. You can go enter on the Dove Chocolates Facebook page. In addition to these two polishes you also get a coupon for free Dove Chocolate..nom nom nom!

Better After Dark is a red toned brown with a red shimmer. The formula was good, it was a touch sheer on the first coat but completely opaque on the second coat. The shimmer wasn't in your face but it also wasn't so hidden that you couldn't see it in the sun.

Promises In The Dark is a dark brown creme. This is nice and dark but not so dark that it looks black which is always nice. The formula was good, it was a really nice consistency and the opacity was great. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Both of these shades are only available via the giveaway I talked about at the beginning of the post. To read more about it you can check out my news site here: http://www.thepolishaholicnews.com

January 17, 2014

CrowsToes Indian Summer

Hi guys! Today I have CrowsToes Indian Summer for you! If you remember from my swatches of the Better Late Than Never Fall Collection from CrowsToes my original bottle of Indian Summer committed suicide (RIP) so I couldn't swatch it in that post. Well...Lauri, the fabulous lady behind CrowsToes, sent me a new bottle of Indian Summer after she saw my post so today I have it for you! Yay! Thank you so much Lauri!

Indian Summer is a gorgeous purple/blue/magenta multichrome. This also flashes a bit of gold at extreme angles. I can see why everyone was losing their mind over this polish. I'm also happy that in addition to looking good all over my desk (where it still is because I don't want to clean it up) it looks all kinds of gorgeous on the nail. This is one of those polishes that's dangerous to wear while driving because you might catch a glimpse of the shift and feel the need to stare at your nails instead of paying attention to the road.

The formula was good, it was a little tricky on the first coat but it was full opaque and perfect with the second coat. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

CrowsToes is available at Llarowe, Overall  Beauty, Femme Fatale,  and more. For a full list check out the sidebar on the CrowsToes blog here

January 16, 2014

China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have the new China Glaze Crinkled Chrome Collection for ya! This collection is 6 chrome polishes that are packed with different sizes of glitter to give the polish a crinkled look when it dries. I feel like this is a collection you will either hate or love...I'll have my thoughts about it later in the post. Click the read more button for swatches & reviews of each shade.

January 15, 2014

Ashley Madekwe InStyle Golden Globes Party 2014 Inspired Nail Art

Hi guys! Today I have a little bit of nail art for you! On Sunday during the #NailGlossip chat with All Lacquered Up, Chalkboard Nails and I we talked about trying to recreate a dress from the Golden Globes in the form of nail art. I must have scrolled through red carpet photos for a good hour trying to pick a dress...there were so many gorgeous ones this year! I ended up deciding to do nail art inspired by the gown that Ashley Madekwe from Revenge wore to the InStyle party. She wore a bright orange, pink and yellow color blocked gown...it was one of those dresses that you can't help but notice.

Ashley Madekwe wearing Roksanda Ilincic. Image Source: InStyle

I used Zoya Thandie, Zoya Lo and Zoya Pippa for my color blocked nail art. I really like how it turned out, I'll probably be sporting this again during the summer months. I love how easy this was to do, all you need is scotch tape!

January 14, 2014

L'Oreal Sexy In Sequins

Hi guys! Today I have Sexy in Sequins from L'Oreal to share with you! This came out in the Gold Dust Collection that recently hit drug stores, the whole collection was full of textured glitters! I ended up picking up this one and another that I haven't had a chance to wear or swatch yet.

Sexy in Sequins is a dark purple base loaded with golden micro glitter and larger silver hex glitter. I love me a good texture so when I saw this in the bottle I was like :O I must have it. The formula was ok, I found it to be thick but I had no issues with application and the opacity was great. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

Sexy in Sequins and the entire Gold Dust Collection from L'Oreal is available now, I believe I found mine at Rite Aid but I've seen them at other drugstores also!

January 13, 2014

Zoya Naturel Collection Swatches

Hi guys hope you all had a good weekend! Mine was good, I had a ton of fun last night chatting with everyone on Twitter during the #NailGlossip chat! If you missed out  on last nights chat we'll be doing another on January 26th!

Today I have the newest Zoya Collection to share with you, the collection is called Naturel and its 6 gorgeous neutral creme shades. I know that not everyone gets excited about cremes but I do, they are a nice great from all the glitters and these are gorgeous palette cleansers and great bases for glitters and whatnot. Also, in case you didn't already know Zoya has a promo going on that ends tonight for 3 free polishes, you can read all of the details about that on the Zoya blog here.  As always, if there are any comparisons you'd like to see for these please leave them in the comments. Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 10, 2014

Contrary Polish On The Rocks Collection Swatches

Happy Friday! Anyone doing anything fun and exciting this weekend? I'm cleaning...how exciting. Since I'm planning on buying a place later this year I figure I should get a jump start on getting rid of crap I don't need...I tend to hoard useless junk and clothing I never wear so I'm going to have a massive throwing away and donating spree this weekend...and many weekends to follow. Anyway, today I have the gorgeous Winter Collection from Contrary Polish called On The Rocks to share with you! I always look forward to what Carrie from Contrary Polish has coming out, her shimmers are always gorgeous! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 9, 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Collection Giveaway!

Hi guys! Today I have an awesome giveaway for ya for the Gwen Stefani Collection from OPI...yay! I'm giving away 1 full set of the collection to 1 lucky winner, keep on scrolling for all the details and to enter!

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*some of the polishes in this giveaway were provided by OPI, Push & Shove and Over & Over A-Gwen were purchased by me*

January 8, 2014

Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Hope you're all having a good day so far, for me it's kind of weird being at work today after having the last 2 Wednesday's off thanks to the holidays. I've already started counting down to the next paid holiday I get off from work...bad I know lol! Today I have the newest celebrity collaboration from Nicole by OPI to share with you. This collaboration is with Carrie Underwood! I've liked Carrie since the American Idol days, it's crazy how far shes come since then!  The collection brings us 14 new shades, everything from soft pink cremes to vampy shimmers and fun glitter toppers...there is even some flower shaped glitter in this collection! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

As always if there are any comparisons you'd like to see please leave them in the comments!

January 7, 2014

Maybelline Wild At Heart

Hi guys! Today I have a quick post for you! I went into Rite Aid a couple weeks ago and spotted a brand new Maybelline display called Street Chic, it was literally untouched, what luck! The collection was 5 or 6 polishes (I can't remember exactly, sorry lol) and they were all black and colored glitter. I love pretty much anything with black glitter so I had to stop myself from buying all of them...I ended up only grabbing the one I'm showing you today, how's that for self control!

Wild At Heart is red and black glitter in various sizes and shapes in a clear base. I love how there is everything from little micro glitter to big hex glitter. I'm always happy when I see indie-like glitters in the drugstores. The formula was good, it wasn't thick and the glitter payoff was fantastic. I used 1 coat over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the photos below.

Lighting: Shade

This collection is at drugstores now, I found mine at Rite Aid!

January 6, 2014

Join me on Twitter for some #NailGlossip!

I'm very excited to let you guys know that starting on Sunday January 12th at 9pm EST (6pm PST) Michelle from All Lacquered Up and Sarah from Chalkboard Nails and I will be co-hosting a bi-weekly twitter chat called #NailGlossip.

Since our first chat lands on the night of the Golden Globe awards we'll be talking all about red carpet nails, celebrity polish collection collaborations and more! Along with chatting about nails we'll also be doing some giveaways throughout the chat!

RSVP to the chat on Twubs to follow the conversation, interact with us and get updates about future chats. Visit Twubs.com/NailGlossip to connect.

Giveaway Rules

In order to be eligible to win a prize during a #NailGlossip chat, you must be: A US Resident, follow @AllLacqueredUp @ChalkboardNails and @ThePolishAholic on Twitter and use the hashtag #NailGlossip.

Winners will be randomly selected. You must provide your address within 48 hours of prize notification. Prizes will ship within 6 weeks of Twitter chat.

Pixi Fall 2013 Nail Lacquer Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have 3 polishes from Pixi for Fall 2013 to share with you, I'm a little late with these...For Fall Pixi released 3 new shades, 2 shimmer and 1 creme. These work for pretty much any season and actually feel much more wintery than fall to me! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 4, 2014

Scofflaw Winter 2014 Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Anyone have any fun plans for this first weekend of 2014? I'm taking Degen to get a pawdicure...how exciting...not. I'm in major money saving mode so I'm decided to just not leave the house other than things I have to do. For me leaving the house means spending money on crap I don't need so I'm going to try not to do that haha!

Today I have the Winter 2014 Collection from Scofflaw to share with you. This is my first time trying the brand, I've heard so many good things about their polishes from other bloggers that I was excited to give them a try for myself! The Winter 2014 Collection is full of 8 glitters and shimmers and a really pretty duo! Aside from the polishes being gorgeous I'm kind of in love with the label on the bottles for this collection...I've put pictures at the end of the post so you can see why I like them so much! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 3, 2014

OPI x Gwen Stefani Nail Art

Happy Friday! Today I have a quick NOTD post for ya, I posted this on Instagram the other day and decided I wanted to share it here too because I am happy with how it turned out!After I was done swatching the Gwen Stefani Collection I decided to do a bit of nail art with the polishes and studs from the collection. I managed to use all 7 polishes in one crazy manicure lol!

For my thumb I used I Sing In Color topped with a gradient of In True Stefani Fashion, my ring finger is Over & Over A-Gwen and a rectangular gold stud, my middle nail is a base of 4 In The Morning splattered with Push & Shove, my ring finger is Hey Baby and square silver studs and my pinky nail is Love.Angel.Music.Baby and small black circular studs.

My favorite nail is my ring finger, I used the studded design OPI included in the little pamphlet that came with Over & Over A-Gwen...it turned out so cute! If you are wondering how I did the splatter nail I have a tutorial from a couple years ago that you can find by clicking here.

January 2, 2014

Misa Fall 2013 Blink of an Eye Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have Misa's Fall 2013 Collection called Blink of an Eye to share with you! I didn't even know Misa had a Fall Collection until these landed in my mail box a couple weeks ago...better late than never I suppose! The collection is 3 semi textured glitters and 3 satin finish shimmers. Check out all the swatches after the jump!

January 1, 2014

Best of 2013: Most Viewed Posts!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hope 2014 is treating everyone well so far, considering it just started I'm sure it is! Today I'm planning on being lazy, watching the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl and not much else! I figured since I'm having a lazy day today I'd put up a little best of kind of post. I've already posted my favorites for the year so today is kind of like YOUR favorites...or at least the posts that have had the most page views in 2013!

I've never done a post like this so I thought it would be fun to gather what you guys were loving! I'd love to hear in the comments what you'd like to see more of on The PolishAholic also! These are in order from 10th most viewed post to my top post of the year! To see the original posts you can click on the name of the collection/post!

#10 with 54,548 page views is Essie's Resort 2013 Collection!

#9 with 59,511 page views was my Spring 2013 Comparisons! I have to say I am SO happy a comparison post made it into my most viewed for this year. I love doing these posts even though they are extremely time consuming. I'm so happy that you guys enjoy them!

#8 with 60,261 page views was the OPI Bond Girls Collection. Glad you guys like the liquid sand as much as I do!!

#7 with 62,924 page views was the China Glaze Spring 2013 Avant Garden Collection!

#6 with 73,707 page views is the Essie Fall 2013 Collection!

To see my top 5 viewed posts for 2013 click the read more button below!

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