April 30, 2014

Whimsical Ideas by Pam Sprung Collection Swatches


Hi guys! Today I have the new Sprung Collection from Whimsical Ideas by Pam to share with you! This is the second Spring Collection from Pam for this year, I really like the whole Spring and Sprung thing she's done! I've been chomping at the bit for these since Pam started teasing them and they didn't disappoint! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 29, 2014

Polished by KPT Nightcrawler Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a fun polish from Polished by KPT to share with you called Nightcralwer. Nightcrawler is a beautiful duochrome thermal. It goes from a grayish purple to a dark grey blue, with a strong blue shimmer that shifts purple. I didn't manage to capture the color shift with my camera but it was fun to see it in person when I was moving my fingers around.

The formula was good, it was a bit on the sheer side but it built easily and was opaque in 3 coats!





Polished by KPT is available at http://polishedbykpt.bigcartel.com, Nightcrawler retails for $12!


April 25, 2014

Lac Attack The Dreamer Collection Swatches & Review


Happy Friday! Usually I'm excited about Fridays but this week, not so much. I have a dentist appointment this afternoon...ugh. The dentist is my least favorite place to visit, especially when I already know what's going to happen. I have to get a couple cavities filled :(

Today I have The Dreamer collection from Lac Attack to share with you. This collection is full of some fun and versatile glitters that will look good over pretty much anything! This collection is being released today and there will be a restock of some of Lac Attacks older shades! Check out all the swatches after the jump!

April 24, 2014

Polished by KPT March Into Spring Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the March into Spring Collection from Polished by KPT to share with you. This 5 piece collection is all really pretty shimmery thermals. This is my first big experience with Polished by KPT the only other polishes I've tried front he brand was part of the holiday trio with Serum No. 5 and Lacquer Lust. I loved the polished in that trio so I was excited to try out more! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 23, 2014

piCture pOlish Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection from piCture pOlish to share with you. These were just recently released for everyone to buy, previously they were only available in Australia when you went to the touring Rocky Horror Picture Show. I know I was lemming a couple of these so I was excited when piCture pOlish announced they had gotten the ok to sell them worldwide. I've never actually seen the whole Rocky Horror movie but I have been to a live performance of it a few years back and that had to be one of the most entertaining things I've been too! Anyway, check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 22, 2014

Dance Legend Top Geometric Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a quick post for ya, I thought I had a post prepped for today but then at like 11pm I realized I didn't so I was like panic writing this in a sleepy haze haha! The polish I have for you today is Dance Legend Top Geometric! Top Geometric is a black and white glitter topper, there is small hex, small bar and small and large square glitter in the mix. The formula is good, it's not thick and the glitter payoff is really nice. I used 1 coat over PaintFab Pink Slip Me A Drink for the photos below.




Dance Legend is available at http://www.dance-legend.com/en/, you can also find their polishes at several etailers like Llarowe. For a full list of Dance Legend etailers all over the world check out the Dance Legend website I linked above.

April 21, 2014

Orly Summer 2014 Baked Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Hope you all had a good weekend! Mine was nice, I didn't do anything too exciting....my family doesn't really celebrate Easter so I just hung out at home and then took Degen to get a new harness since the one he's had for a while was too big!

Today I have the Orly Summer 2014 Collection called Baked to share with you. I haven't really seen too much about these but I spotted them at my local beauty supply when I stopped by on Saturday to get polish remover. It's been a while since anything from Orly has really interested me but these caught me eye. All 6 polishes in this collection are gorgeous and super bright. I've been a fan of the neons that Orly has previously put out so I had to pick these up when I saw the display.

Check out all the swatches & reviews after the jump!


April 18, 2014

4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Happy Friday! I mentioned at the beginning of the week that I'd be having a giveaway for all of the collaboration polishes I've showed on the blog this week and here it is for ya! I hope you guys enjoyed all the polishes this week as much as I did. I had such a fun time talking to all 4 ladies about these ideas in my head and it was crazy and exciting to see them come to life.

I want to send a big thank you to Lulu from Elevation Polish, Pam from Whimsical Ideas by Pam, Carrie from Contrary Polish and Pam from Girly Bits for working with me to make these polishes a reality. All 4 ladies are so wonderful, I'm a huge fan of all 4 brands and being able to create something with them was so exciting. These ladies are truly amazing at what they do and it was an honor making a polish with each of them.

Also wanted to thank all of you for reading my blog and being friends. I feel like the past 4 years have been quite the journey and I've made great friends along the way thanks to this blog. There has been times that I don't know what I'd do without having this as an outlet, it's because of you guys that I'm still motivated to blog even when I'm going through a rough patch in life. I never thought that I'd find something that I'd like the way I like blogging and talking about polish. It makes me feel less crazy to have all of you here with me <3 p="">
To enter the giveaway please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open worldwide. The giveaway ends at Midnight PST on 4/25/14. I will email the winner, they have 72 hours to reply or I will have to pick a new winner. For all the long terms & conditions click here!

Good luck everyone!



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April 17, 2014

Collaboration Week: Girly Bits x The PolishAholic- Darkly Dreaming



Hi guys! Today I have the last of my Collaboration polishes to share with you. This one comes from Girly Bits! Girly Bits was one of the very first indie brands I ever tried and fell in love with! Pam never ceases to amaze me with all the gorgeous polishes she puts out. I always love the inspirations behind her polishes and how she brings them to life!

If you've been reading The PolishAholic for a while you probably have seen me mention numerous times that I've been lusting after a green with a copper shimmer. It's been a polish I've been wanting for literally like 2 years, I've never managed to find the perfect one! When I was talking to Pam about this collaboration I was pretty much like "I need a green version of Cu Blue in my life" and Darkly Dreaming was born! This is exactly what I've been after for so so long, it's the perfect dark forest green and it's jelly enough that the copper shimmer to shines through beautifully. It's basically everything I could have wanted it to be!

The name was inspired by Dexter! The first book in the Dexter series is called Darkly Dreaming Dexter! If you liked the show I highly recommend reading the books, they are different and so good. If you remember back a little over a year when I collaborated with piCture pOlish you might remember me saying that Darkly Dreaming was the original name of Mallard! I've been holding onto this name for a long time and I feel like it fits perfectly with this polish :)



Giant thank you to Pam for finally making my perfect green with a copper shimmer happen. I've been wanting a polish just like this for so long that it's almost surreal that I finally have it!

Girly Bits can be purchased at http://www.girlybitscosmetics.com/, you can also find them at several stockists including Llarowe, Harlow & Co, Mei Mei's Signatures, Overall Beauty and Femme Fatale Cosmetics

April 16, 2014

Collaboration Week: Contrary Polish x The PolishAholic- Beacon Street


Hi guys! Today's collaboration comes from the fabulous Contrary Polish! Contrary Polish is one of my favorite indie brands, Carrie makes some of the most beautiful shimmers I've come across. I love her brand because I feel it's unique amongst a sea of glitter bombs that we tend to see a lot from the indie world. I've always been a huge fan of the interesting combos of base color and shimmer color that Carrie releases and was so excited to work with her on a polish I've been dreaming up for ages!

I don't think it's any secret that Nails Inc Baker Street is pretty much my favorite blue of all time, if there was ever a perfect blue creme it would be that. I've always wanted a shimmery version of it, so when I was talking to Carrie about what I had in mind I explained how I had been dreaming up a matte cobalt blue with a darker blue shimmer. Unfortunately the dark shimmer wasn't working so Carrie tried out a lighter blue shimmer and WOW! I never imagined my dream shimmery cobalt with a lighter shimmer but it ended up being even better than what I had been envisioning for so long!

For the name I wanted something that would be a nod to Baker Street as it was the reason I fell so in love with cobalt blue and I also wanted it to be a nod to my favorite band, No Doubt. So Beacon Street was born, Beacon Street is one my favorite No Doubt albums!

Below are photos of Beacon Street both without top coat and with top coat. It looks fabulous either way. I can't even deal with how much I love this polish, it's perfect!



Lighting: Shade

With Top Coat



I really can't say enough how much I love this polish. Thank you to Carrie for making this polish a reality for me, it's so much better than I could have ever imagined!

Contrary Polish is available in mini size at http://www.contrarypolish.com/, you can buy full size bottles from the stockists who carry Contrary Polish. They are Llarowe, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Mei Mei's Signatures, Norway Nails, Hypnotic Polish and Rainbow Connection.

April 15, 2014

Collaboration Week: Whimsical Ideas by Pam x The PolishAholic- PolishAholic


Hi guys!  Today I have my collaboration with Whimsical Ideas by Pam called PolishAholic to share with you! Don't forget to come back at the end of the week for a chance to win this polish and all of the other collabs I'm posting this week!

I adore Pam and all the gorgeous polishes she makes, she is wholly responsible for making me love circle glitter like I do. The first polish I got with circle glitter that made me go WOW was from her! Naturally that means I had to go to Pam with my circle glitter idea. I didn't even know what exactly I was after, I emailed Pam being like I just want circle glitter and she went from there. I am totally in love with what she created, it's a clear based glitter topper loaded with small glitter, small green cirle glitter and larger green and green holographic circle glitter. Green AND circle glitter, be still my heart! It's perfection and totally me in a bottle, which is why it got the name PolishAholic! I'm totally in love with this and I've been layering it over pretty much everything the last few weeks that I've had it! Below are a couple of the combos I really enjoyed!

PolishAholic over Seche Conquer The World




PolishAholic over PaintFab Lass With Sass



Big giant THANK YOU to Pam for not only doing this polish with me but for all just being wonderful. If you've never tried her polishes you're missing out. I'm always impressed with the gorgeous polishes she releases! You can find Whimsical Ideas by Pam over on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whimsicalideasbypam all ordering for Pam's polishes is done via email and info for that can be found on her Facebook page!

April 12, 2014

Maya Cosmetics Sprummer Collection Swatches & Review


Happy weekend! Hope you're all having a great weekend so far, mine is alright. Degen had to get a tooth pulled yesterday so I'm snuggling my fur baby back to health. I don't think he's too upset about it, he gets to have wet food for like 2 weeks while he heals so he's stoked. He probably thinks he hit the jackpot and is getting cat food, which is like his favorite thing to attempt to eat. We call him a wiener cat because of his love of trying to figure out ways to sneak into the room where Oreo gets fed.

Today I have the Maya Cosmetics Sprummer Collection to share with you! This collection is 7 polishes for Spring/Summer. There are all kinds of finishes, everything from shimmers to holos and glitters. I really like the variety of colors in this collection, there are some stunners in here! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 11, 2014

OPI MLB Collection Swatches & Review


Happy Friday! Anyone have any fun plans this weekend? Today Degen is getting his teeth cleaned, I'm a nervous wreck because of it. They put him under anesthesia for it and I seriously worry like a crazy person because of it. Hopefully he won't need any teeth pulled or anything...I'll be happy when it's over, I'm sure he will too haha!

Today I have the new MLB Collection from OPI to share with you. OPI has teamed up with Major League Baseball to release a 7 piece collection inspired by the sport. I'm not much of a baseball person to be honest. I've been to a few games, I vividly remember going to an Angels game with my parents when I was a kid and being stung by a pack of bees when I was trying to catch a foul ball. Other than that my only memories of baseball games are going to games and eating hot dogs and drinking beer...I guess that's what you are supposed to do there? Anyway, check out all the swatches & reviews after the jump!



April 10, 2014

piCture pOlish Urban Shades Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you're all having a good day so far, I am! I got to leave Degen at home today, which was a nice change. He's been going to day boarding every day because of the remodeling at the house. He loved it because he gets showered with attention but I hated it because I worry about him haha! I imagine that right now he's probably laying on his little bed passed out...rough life.

Today I have the 4 new Urban Shades from piCture pOlish to share with you. These 4 polishes are all gorgeous cremes. These will be available starting on Monday, April 14th. I know that a lot of people don't get excited about cremes, but I do. I am always a sucker for a good creme and they are pretty fantastic, in my opinion! Check out all the swatches & reviews after the jump!


April 9, 2014

Cirque Heritage Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Cirque Heritage Collection to share with you. This collection is 7 holographic polishes that celebrate the richly spirited traditions and arts from the native cultures of the Americas, according to Annie of Cirque. I'm always happy to see a pretty holo and to have a whole collection of them from a great indie like Cirque is a welcome addition to my stash! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 8, 2014

We got the Kitchen remodeled!

Hi guys! Today I have a totally non-polish post for ya! I've mentioned it a few times here and on other social media that we were getting the kitchen and living room remodeled at my house for the last couple of months. Along the way of the renovation I've been posting photos on Twitter and Instagram of the progress and a few people said they wanted to see the outcome so I thought I'd do a whole post of the process. I LOVE home renovation stuff, I was an interior design major back when I went to college...never ended up graduating, but I still love it. I also love me some HGTV, I kinda felt like I was living on Property Brothers or something haha!  This is the kitchen and living room at my parents, I'm living with them for a few more months until I buy a house or condo so I won't get to enjoy this new kitchen for too long but it was nice to see the whole process!


Unfortunately I didn't take any "before" photos. I kinda forgot about that. My Mom was also taking photos of the progress but she didn't have any before photos either :( I can tell you that the kitchen was majorly fug. It had linoleum that looked like beige rock (you can see it in some photos), really ugly 70's looking cabinets and an avocado green tile counter. You know I love green but it was literally the ugliest counter top of all time. The way it was set up there was hardly any counter space to work on and it was just not a functional kitchen. My parents decided to renovate after there was a leak behind one of the walls. Demo started for the new kitchen on February 10th, below is a couple guys ripping out the cabinets and the hood that was over the stove.

 
This is a picture heavy post so I've put most of it behind a cut, load time might be a little slow since there are so many photos!

April 7, 2014

Glow In The Dark Splatter Nail Art

Hi guys! Today I have a bit of nail art for ya! I wanted to try some splatter nail art with the glow in the dark cremes that Serum No. 5 just recently put out, you can see swatches here if you missed them.  I thought it would be fun to see if the different glow colors would shine through with the splatter effect. I'm pretty much obsessed with how it turned out! It looks like an Easter-y mani in normal light and then in the dark it almost looks like the Earth from outer space or something...maybe I'm the only one that sees that?

I used Pure Glow Getter as my base and the splatter was done with  Blue Blazes, Glowin' of Eden and Laven-Daringly Bright. For a tutorial on how to do a splatter mani you can check out my tutorial from a couple years back by clicking here.


lighting: shade







April 5, 2014

OPI Russian Navy Suede

Hi guys! Hope you're having a great weekend so far! I'm not doing much this weekend, I've managed to catch a cold that's been going around the office at work so I'll probably just relax and try to sleep away the sickness. Today I have an oldie but a goodie for ya, it's OPI Russian Navy Suede! I'm pretty sure this is long discontinued and probably not easy to find but it's one of my favorites so I hope you don't mind me posting it too much!

Back when I fish started getting into polish OPI was putting out their Suede collections. Suede's are shimmery matte shades, OPI made a few of their classic polishes into them. Back then I had no idea how awesome they were so I think this was the only one I got, I'm kicking myself for that now! I busted this beauty out a couple months ago when I couldn't decide what to wear and I keep forgetting to post it...until now! Pretty much everything except for the wear time (it sucks) is perfect. The color, formula etc. I used 2 coats for the photos below! Both are without top coat and in natural sunlight.


April 4, 2014

Contrary Polish Darling Wildflower (May 2014 A Box, Indied)


Happy Friday! Today I have Darling Wildflower from Contrary Polish to share with you. This polish is exclusive to the May A box, Indied available only at Llarowe. Make sure to keep your eye on the Llarowe Facebook page to see previews of all of the other shades that will also be in the May box.

Darling Wildflower is a dark purple jelly with red/orange shimmer and small flakes of glitter. The shimmer/glitter is a little bit on the subtle side in lower lighting but out in the sun it really shines! The formula was good, because of the jelly base it starts out a bit sheer but it was easy to build and I had no application issues. I used 3 coats for the photos below. 





Darling Wildflower is part of the May 2014 A Box, Indied available at Llarowe.com! Check out Llarowe for availability and pricing! 

April 3, 2014

Different Dimension Spring 2014 Collection Swatches


Hi guys! Today I have the gorgeous Spring 2014 Collection from Different Dimension to share with you. The collection launches tomorrow at 7pm est over on the Different Dimension shop. This collection has a little something for everyone, there are shimmers, holos, glitters and even a couple thermals. I'm not sure if Missi has done thermals before but it's the first time I've tried any from her so I was most excited about those (and they didn't let me down! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 2, 2014

Serum No. 5 SS14 Part 1 Collection Swatches


Hi guys!Today I have the Serum No. 5 SS14 Part 1 Collection for ya! This collection is full of glow in the dark cremes and glitter and a couple regular glitters. I was excited about this collection because of all the glow in the dark cremes. I have no many nail art ideas in mind for them, be on the lookout for some of those hopefully coming to fruition soon! In the meantime check out all the swatches after the jump!


April 1, 2014

Contrary Polish Spring 2014 Love Lyrics Redux Collection Swatches


Hi guys! Happy April Fools Day, hopefully you aren't getting tricked too much today. I'm sure I will, I'm one of those gullible people that will believe anything! Today I have the Contrary Polish Love Lyrics Redux Collection to share with you! Last year Carrie did a Love Lyrics Collection (you can see it here) that was based off the names of some of Carrie's favorite love-themed songs. This years Love Lyrics Redux Collection is based off lyrics in some of Carrie's favorite love-themed songs! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


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