December 31, 2015

2015 Most Viewed Mainstream and Indie Posts

Hi guys! Happy last day of 2015, crazy how quick this year went! For me 2015 was the year I really grew up. It was the best and worst year for me personally. My home pretty much went to hell with everything breaking which was such a frustrating and difficult thing to deal with. On the upside I learned how to get shit done and everything is fixed now and Degen and I are enjoying having our own space. At times it made me put swatching and blog related things on the back burner but everything has turned out for the best now! I'm looking forward to everything that 2016 brings me!

I thought it would be fun to show you guys my top 5 most viewed posts for 2015 both for indie and niche brand and mainstream brands. I always think its interesting to see what gets the most views. It helps me figure out what I should post most or less.

Please let me know in the comments what you'd like to see more or less of in 2016 here at The PolishAholic. Maybe there is an indie brand I've never reviewed that you think I'd love, maybe you'd like to see more nail art since I rarely blog the nail art I do...whatever it is I'd love to know!

Check out the most popular posts of 2015 after the jump, also if you missed any of the posts on these lists you can re-visit them by clicking the name of the collection!



December 29, 2015

Top 25 Favorite Polishes of 2015



Hi guys! Today I have my favorite polishes of 2015 to share with you! I always enjoy putting these together because it gives me a chance to rediscover polishes I've loved throughout the year and haven't worn in a while. Usually I have 2 of these posts, one for indies and one for mainstream brands. This year however indies really stole my heart....since only a couple mainstream polishes made the cut this year I've decided to just do 1 post! In case you're wondering these aren't in order of how much I love them (I don't think I could do that lol). Links for all of the brands included in this post will be at the end of the post! Check out all my picks after the jump!


December 28, 2015

Zoya Winter 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend, and great Christmas if you celebrate it! Mine was pretty good, it was nice to have a long weekend! Today I have the Winter 2015 Matte Velvet Collection from Zoya to share with you. I was pretty exciting when I saw that Zoya was doing more Matte Velvet polishes. Their first collection of them were some of the first Zoya's I ever bought and are still some of my favorites from them. Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 23, 2015

Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking Swatch & Review

Hi guys! Today I have a quick post for ya because I'm a busy bee making cookies and was too much of a procrastinator to edit photos for collections :P We're having a baking day at work so everyone is bringing cookies or other baked treats that they made. I'm brining a bunch of cookies, I made chocolate crinkle cookies, hot cocoa cookies, gingerbread men and snickerdoodles. yum!

Today I have Berry Good Looking from Cupcake Polish to share with you! This polish was on my wishlist for agesssssss and I just finally got around to picking it up during Cupcake Polish's Black Friday sale last month. Berry Good Looking is a super vibrant purple holo. This was making my camera a little crazy, it couldn't handle the awesome. The formula was great, it was very smooth and easy to apply with great opacity. I would recommend a couple coats of base coat with this or it will stain, also be careful with removal or you'll have hot pink cuticles (I found that out the hard way, you're welcome). I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.




Cupcake Polish is available at http://cupcakepolish.bigcartel.com, Berry Good Looking retails for $13

December 22, 2015

Lacquer Lust Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a few polishes from Lacquer Lust to share with you! These are a mix of polishes from different collections. I was excited when Jo sent these over to me because she sent a bunch of her cremes and I've heard good things about them on other blogs! I've really been enjoying indie cremes lately! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 21, 2015

Hello Kitty by OPI Collectors Edition Box Giveaway

Hi guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was eventful to say the least. It started out normal on Saturday until I came home from dropping off Degen at my parents house to find smoke billowing out of a condo next to the parking lot. Apparently the lady who lives there tried to put out a grease fire with water and POOF went her kitchen. 3 fire trucks later it was out, no one was hurt thankfully but it was a heck of a way to start out the day since I was calling 911 then running back and forth through the complex trying to direct the firefighters to the unit. After that I made a ton of cookies and my new mattress FINALLY got delivered!

Anyway...today I have a GIVEAWAY for ya! Its been a hot minute since I did a giveaway and I've been wanting to do one, I just haven't found anything I've liked enough to do a giveaway for! Yesterday I was shopping at my local nail supply and looking at the OPI x Hello Kitty Collection, the collection has a bunch of super cute gift sets  and I came across the Collectors Edition box and was drawn to it.


The box comes with 6 full size polishes and little back drops that you can set up so that the box turns into a polish display! Thats what I liked the most about this, if you like to display your polish or are a Hello Kitty fan I think the idea of this is a great one. OPI did a fantastic job with branding this whole collection in my opinion.


Heres a closer look at the polishes included in the set. The little circles below the polishes are where you sit the bottles if you want to use the box as a display.


The back has descriptions for each color and shows the different back drops that come in the box.


So there is it, how stinkin' cute is this set?!? I almost bought one for myself too but resisted (I might go back for one, who knows!)


  • The giveaway is open internationally! If you are under 18 please make sure you have a parents permission to enter as I will need your mailing address if you win,
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December 18, 2015

Sunny's Body Products Winter 2015 Box Review


Happy Friday! Anyone have fun plans for this weekend? I'm supposedly getting my new bed this weekend. I got a Sleep Number and the delivery and customer service to actually get it has been a freakin nightmare. Fingers crossed they actually show up this time. I'm also going to be baking a bunch of holiday cookies. We're doing a cookie day at work next week where we all bring cookies we've made. I think it'll be fun!

Today I have the Sunny's Body Products Winter Box to share with you! This is launching today over on Sunny's website (linked at the end of the post). Also, Sunny is going to be having a sale this weekend! If you use the code WINTER you can get 10% off you order (not sure if it includes this box or not). I don't even remember the last time Sunny had a sale so I'm pretty excited to stock up on a few of my favorite things from her for a discount! Check out the box after the jump!


December 17, 2015

China Glaze Holiday 2015 Cheers Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the China Glaze Cheers Collection for Holiday 2015 to share with you. This collection has a nice mix of glitters and shimmers along with a couple cremes. This collection doesn't feel overly holiday which I really enjoy. Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 16, 2015

Painted Polish NYE Duo Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a brand new duo from Painted Polish for ya! This is the NYE duo and its launching over on the Painted Polish website this morning at 11am Pacific time. This duo brings us a gorgeous holo and another creme! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 15, 2015

Different Dimension Holiday 2015 Babes In Toyland Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Babes in Toyland Collection from Different Dimension to share with you! This collection is made up of a mix of glitters and some stunning holos along with a specially priced crelly with glitter! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 14, 2015

Painted Polish Holiday 2015 Classic Christmas Collection Swatches & Review

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Hi guys, hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was ok, ended up feeling much better but overall it was a stressful weekend. My Grandma moved to a retirement community about 3 months ago and someone came into her room a few days ago while she was at lunch and stole all of her jewelry. The whole thing is pretty upsetting, we think it was an employee of the facility since all employees have keys that can open every door. Luckily its all electronic so the facility is getting to the bottom of it with the local police. Hopefully my Grandma gets at least some of her jewelry back, a lot of it was very special to her and from her parents and my Grandpa. I will never understand how people can be so vile, preying on the elderly like that....especially if they are in fact employed by the facility.

Anyway, onto polish! Today I have the Classic Christmas Collection from Painted Polish to share with you! This collection is a mix of the great micro glitters Painted Polish is known for plus a couple of crelly glitters which Painted Polish hasn't done in a while! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 11, 2015

Pretty Serious Absence / Presence Swatches & Review


Happy Friday! Anyone have fun plans for the weekend? I'm supposed to go visit my Grandma but not so sure that's gonna have because I'm a little under the weather :( Today I have another 2 cremes from Pretty Serious to share with you. These are their own little duo called Absence/Presence and they are a really nicely formulated black and white creme.

Absence is a pure black creme. The formula was fantastic, it was a great consistency and had perfect opacity. I used 1 coat for the photos below.



Presence is a bright white creme. The formula was really nice, it was a good consistency and applied easier than a lot of other whites I've tried. I've heard from a ton of people that this is a 1 coat white but I had some slight streakiness in the first coat so I ended up needing a second coat to even it out.  I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Absence and Presence are both available at http://www.pretty-serious.com, they retail for $9.95 AUD each.

December 10, 2015

Pretty Serious Pet Names Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Pet Names Collection from Pretty Serious to share with you. This collection has 6 really nice staple polishes. They are all great on their own but would also be great bases for nail art or glitter.  Check out the swatches after the jump.


December 9, 2015

Serum No. 5 FW15 Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Fall/Winter 2015 Collection from Serum No. 5 to share with you! This collection features a few holographic glow in the dark polishes which I think its pretty awesome, its something I've never had in my collection before! There are also a couple regular glitters and shimmers to round out the whole collection. Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 8, 2015

Cadillacquer Eat The Rude Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Eat The Rude Collection from Cadillacquer to share with you! This collection is inspired by Hannibal! There is a nice mix of shades in the collection, from nice and soft to vampy and bold! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 7, 2015

Cirque Holiday 2015 Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was pretty good, didn't really do much to be honest. I didn't even leave my place yesterday except to take Degen out for a walk.  Today I have the Cirque Holiday Collection to share with you. The collection is made up of 3 new polishes and a re-release of Au, which is a gold leaf top coat. Also, Cirque has decided to donate part of her profit from sales of this collection to a charity called Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code is a charity that inspired and educates young women to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 3, 2015

Different Dimension Dream Team Trio Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a new trio from Different Dimension to share with you! This trio is the Dream Team Trio and its inspired by Missi's love of trio color gold. The trio is super metallic and sparkly! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 2, 2015

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Today I finally have KBShimmer's Winter 2015 Collection to share with you! This collection is made up of 12 polishes and also includes a 13th polish that is this years Toys For Tots polish! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


December 1, 2015

Contrary Polish Ch-Ch-Changes; December 2015 A Box Indied Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Today I have Ch-Ch-Changes from Contrary Polish to share with you. This is their contribution to the December 2015 A Box Indied. A Box Indied has been revamped and it relaunching this month with some new brands joining in! The December box will be available today and tomorrow (12/1 & 12/2) for preorder on the Llarowe site, which is linked at the end of the post.

Ch-Ch-Changes is a purple-y taupe to dark grey thermal with a bit of shimmer and holo sprinkled in. This is actually Contrary Polish's first ever thermal which is fun! The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply. It starts out on the sheer side but built easily. This dried a touch matte and really comes to life with top coat. I used 3 coats plus top coat for the photos below.

Apologies for the water spotted nails...it's been a little chilly here lately and when I wore this my hands were like ice cubes so it didn't want to change to the warm temperature for me without putting my hand in the warm bowl of water :P





The December 2015 A box Indied will be available for preorder on 12/1 and 12/2 at llarowe.com, the box retails for $50

November 30, 2015

Serum No. 5 December 2015 Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was good, it was really nice having 4 days off work! Today I have the newest one and done polish from Serum No. 5 to share with you called December 2015. December 2015 is a light blue crelly base with blue micro glitter and a subtle shimmer, it also glows bright blue in the dark!

The formula was good, it was easy to apply and had a nice consistency. It was a touch sheer on the first coat but it ended up being completely opaque with the second coat. It does dry a little matte due to the glow pigment so top coat really brings it to life. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.





December 2015 will be available at www.serumno5.com starting tomorrow 12/1!

November 26, 2015

Native War Paints Cozy Sweater Swatch & Review

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope all of my US readers are having a wonderful day with their families! I just wanted to post a quick swatch of what is on my nails for today! The swatch photos are from a few weeks ago but I set this aside after swatching it because I knew I'd want to wear it again, and today is that day!

This is Cozy Sweater from Native War Paints! It's a deep blackened navy blue with a very strong gold/green shimmer. I love me a good shimmer and this polish (and every other one from the collection) is fantastic. Its not a shy shimmer so I can see it pretty easily indoors and out in the sun! The formula was good, it was a really nice consistency and the opacity was fantastic. The only issue I have with this one is that the shimmer tends to sink, a lot. I had to leave this upside down for a long time to get it to redistribute before applying it. Not sure if all bottles of this polish are like that but it doesn't really bother me since the polish is so pretty! I used 1 coat plus top coat (this polish dries matte!) for the photos below!




Native War Paints is available at http://www.nativewarpaints.com, this polish retails for $8.50! If you want to pick this up I would suggest doing so tomorrow, Native War Paints is having a 30% off sale for Black Friday, promo code is BLACK. I fully plan on picking up the rest of this collection with the sale, since I was kicking myself for only initially buying 2 in the first place!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone <3 p="">

November 25, 2015

CrowsToes Winter 2015 The Holographic Principle Collection Swatches & Review



Hi guys! Today I have a brand new CrowsToes collection to share with you called The Holographic Principle! This collection is inspired by an episode of The Big Bang Theory where Leonard explains The Holographic Principle to Penny. This collection is launching on 11/29 on the CrowsToes website, links will be at the end of the post as usual. Also,  CrowsToes is having an awesome Black Friday sale this weekend (details at the end of the post!) so if there are any polishes you've been lusting after it'll be a great time to pick them up. Check out all the swatches after the jump!


November 24, 2015

Femme Fatale Midsummer Night's Dream Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! This afternoon I have the Midsummer Night's Dream Collection from Femme Fatale to share with you. This post was supposed to be up yesterday but I guess blogger had other ideas because it never published the scheduled post :(

The Midsummer Nights Dream Collection is made up of 7 polishes, there are some really unique ones in here! Check out the swatches after the jump.


Delush Polish Winter Quartet Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have 4 new Winter polishes from Delush to share with you! These are being released tomorrow both on their own and in a great little gift set that comes with a nail file and cuticle oil, more on that at the end of the post! I'll also have the details for Delush's Black Friday deals at the end of the post! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


November 20, 2015

Dollish Polish Home Alone Collection Swatches & Review


Happy Friday! Today I have the new Home Alone Collection from Dollish Polish to share with you! Home Alone is pretty much my favorite Christmas ever, I'm totally that person that watches it every time I notice its on tv. Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 19, 2015

Femme Fatale Sanctum Trio & October COTM Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Today I have the Sanctum Trio and the October Color of the Month from Femme Fatale to share with you! The Sanctum Trio is actually an anniversary collection to celebrate Femme Fatale's 4th brand birthday! Check out the swatches after the jump.



November 18, 2015

Painted Polish Fall 2015 Cozy Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Fall 2015 Cozy Collection from Painted Polish to share with you plus a couple other additions to the Painted Polish line up! The Cozy Collection is a 7 piece collection its made up of 4 new glitters and 3 new cremes. I also have 2 other new polishes to share with you in this post that are part of the Under the Holo Influence Collection. I've been playing around with a lightbox recently and this post is some of my very first attempts with it so please be kind about the photos :P They will get better as I learn!

Check out all the swatches after the jump!


November 16, 2015

OPI Holiday 2015 Starlight Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys Hope you all had a nice weekend. Mine was alright, I feel like I'm coming down with a cold or something so that kinda sucks. Today I have the Starlight Collection from OPI to share with you. This is a big collection made up of 18 polishes. Instead of being red heavy like OPI Holiday Collections usually are this one is more silver and metallic heavy. Check out all the swatches after the jump.


November 13, 2015

Ellagee Winter is Coming Collection Swatches & Review


Happy Friday! Today I have a collection from a new to the blog brand, but not a new to me brand...Ellagee! I've tried Ellagee before when a friend gifted me a bottle but have never posted any of their polishes before! The collection I have to share with you today is the Winter is Coming Collection and its being released today. Its inspired by Game of Thrones and each polish comes with a cute little snowflake ring! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


November 12, 2015

Creme a la Mode Box #2 Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the 2nd Creme a la Mode box to share with you. This box is a collaboration between Indigo Bananas, Literary Lacquer, Digital Nails and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer. What makes this box different than other collab boxes is that all of the polishes in it are creme finishes! The theme of this box is a bit of a twist on the normal holiday types of shades. This box will be available for pre-order starting on 11/15 and ending on 11/21, I'll have links and the pricing info at the end of the post! Check out all the swatches after the jump.


November 11, 2015

Cirque Meta Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys, today I have the Meta Collection from Cirque to share with you. This collection is made up of 5 multi chrome polishes. The finish of these is nice and smooth, they are easy to get opaque on their own and they don't show brush strokes which can be a pain with multi chromes occasionally. Check out all the swatches after the jump.


November 10, 2015

Nine Zero Thanksgiving & Holiday Collections Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a big old post for ya...3 collections in 1! I have the Thanksgiving Trio, Sparkle All The Things Duo and Holiday 2015 Collections from Nine Zero to share with you! Originally I was going to split these into separate posts but I decided to put them all together so you guys would be able to see them before they launch on Friday. Check out all the swatches after the jump!


November 9, 2015

Emily de Molly New Shades at Color4Nails Swatches & Review


Hi guys, hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was good, did a bunch of Christmas decorating around my place. I like to decorate early, no shame here haha! I'm excited to decorate this year, its my first real Christmas in my place since I bought it last year. I owned my condo last Christmas but everything was such a mess that I didn't actually live here until months later.

Anyway...today I have 6 Emily de Molly polishes to share with you. All 6 of these are now available over at Color4Nails! Check out the swatches after the jump.


November 7, 2015

Glam Polish Anniversary Ultra Holos Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the new Ultra Holos Collection from Glam Polish to share with you, this collection is made in celebration of their 3rd anniversary! There are 9 super holographic polishes in this collection, check out all the swatches after the jump!


November 6, 2015

Arcane Lacquer Color4Nails Exclusive Duo Swatches & Review


2 posts in 1 day?!? Yep! Today's second post is an Arcane Lacquer duo that is exclusive to Color4Nails! Originally I was going to post this next week but I couldn't wait and decided to wanted to post it today haha! Check out the swatches after the jump!


Sunny's Body Products Fall Mystery Box Review!


Happy Friday! This morning I have a brand new box of goodies from Sunny's Body Products to share with you. For Fall this year Sunny decided to mix it up a little and offer a mystery box! The mystery box contains 7 products (so its a little cheaper than usual!) and there are 8 different scents that you might get in your box. Every box will be a bit different, I think its fun to get a surprise and no matter what you end up with you win because all of the scents are pretty awesome! Check out everything my mystery box contained after the jump!


November 5, 2015

Celestial Cosmetics The Chocolate Factory Collection Swatches & Review

Hi guys! Today I have The Chocolate Factory Collection from Celestial Cosmetics for ya. This collection is inspired by Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory in case you didn't catch that from the name. I love the original Willy Wonka movie so I was excited when I originally saw the collection, even moreso when I saw them in person and put them on. Check out all the swatches after the jump.


November 4, 2015

Arcane Lacquer Differentia Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have most of the Differentia Collection from Arcane Lacquer to share with you. In total there are 6 polishes in the collection and I have 5 of them in this post today. These are all really gorgeous shimmers, a couple have a little something extra also! Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 3, 2015

Celestial Cosmetics & Emily de Molly Heroes Duo Swatches & Review


Hi guys, today I have a collab duo from Celestial and Emily de Molly to share with you. This duo is inspired by the show Heroes! I watched it when it was first on TV but have been re-watching the series on Netflix recently so I was like oh ya when I saw this duo! Check out the swatches after the jump!


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