Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pretty & Polished Review

Hello my sweeties! Chels from Pretty & Polished recently sent two polishes for review, and I was so excited because I’ve been wanting to try that brand anyways! I’m really excited to share them with you because they’re stunning.

So let’s get right into it. First up is I Never Kiss and Spell. This one is from the new Dark Arts collection and is now available.

Pretty & Polished I Never Kiss and Spell (no top coat)

Pretty & Polished I Never Kiss and Spell (no top coat)

The above pic shows it without top coat. It’s a beautiful Barbie pink with a ton of iridescent microflakies and shimmer. It dries with a bit of a satin finish, but it looks good both with and without top coat. And guess what? It also glows in the dark! I couldn’t for the life of me get a picture of it glowing, but it really does!

With top coat:

Pretty & Polished I Never Kiss and Spell (with top coat)

Pretty & Polished I Never Kiss and Spell (with top coat)

And a closeup:

Closeup of Pretty & Polished I Never Kiss and Spell (with top coat)

Closeup of Pretty & Polished I Never Kiss and Spell (with top coat)

Isn’t that beautiful? It’s a great girly pink!

The second polish I received is The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway. It’s a part of the new Winter 2014 collection, and it’s obviously named after Frozen! I loved this the minute I put it on my nails. It’s a beautiful bright cobalt blue holo jelly with multisized silvery holo hexes.

Pretty & Polished The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

Pretty & Polished The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

I used three coats for this swatch to get opacity and a good glitter payoff. It was a bit difficult to get the larger hexes out initially, but I kept the bottle upside down between coats and those larger pieces came out with no fishing.

This polish reminds me of Zoya Dream but with hexes! I adore it – it’s definitely in my wheelhouse!

And if you weren’t sure about it yet, here’s a closeup:

Closeup of Pretty & Polished The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

Closeup of Pretty & Polished The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

So gorgeous right?! How could you not love it? Out of the two, this blue is definitely my favorite… but they’re both winners! Great formula, beautiful colors, and great finishes! I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to try out these polishes, and I definitely plan on going over to the shop and buying some to add to my collection!

Check out Pretty & Polished:

What do you think? Do you own any Pretty & Polished polishes? Will you be picking up either of these? You won’t regret it if you do!

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Holo Humpday: WingDust Steel Town Girl

Hello sweeties and happy Holo Humpday! I hope everyone in the cold Northeast is staying as warm as can be with Juno bearing down on you. Today I have a stunningly complex holo to share. I picked up WingDust’s Steel Town Girl probably over a year ago, and I can’t believe this was the first time I’ve worn it!

I bought Steel Town Girl for a few reasons: 1- it’s gorgeous duh, 2- I had never tried WingDust polish, and 3- I now live in Pittsburgh, aka the Steel City, which makes me a Steel Town Girl! So this polish and I are truly a match made in heaven!

WingDust Steel Town Girl

WingDust Steel Town Girl

Now that picture doesn’t do STG enough justice. It’s a deep steely blue-grey almost teal jelly with a scattered holographic base and infused with blue iridescent flakes/ shards and 23 karat gold flakies. In person this is fully opaque, but you can see nail line in the above pic. I used three coats in this mani. Every now and again, I came across a shard that wouldn’t lie flat, but that was rare.

I love how complex this polish is! Kirby (The Mercurial Magpie) recently did a mani layering holos and multiple flakies (check out her Flakies on Fleek post), and after I shut my drooling wide-open mouth I decided I needed to wear something like that immediately! I took multiple polishes out, and then a light bulb went on – I own something similar, and it’s only ONE polish with that effect! So Steel Town Girl = Flakies on Fleek 🙂

Closeup of WingDust Steel Town Girl... and MIC DROP!

Closeup of WingDust Steel Town Girl… and MIC DROP!

That closeup there really represents what this polish looks like in real life. Holo with depth, flakies everywhere, and just general beauty on the nail! I mean, so pretty! I love this one so much.

What do you think? Do you love polishes with more than one special effect? Or are you a polish purist? Have you tried layering these types of polishes before?

Splattered Wallpaper: January NCC #4

Hello sweeties! I’ve definitely acquired the winter viral crud that’s going around, so my creativity for this last NCC look is a bit lacking. I saw Love Varnish’s recent post in which she did a beautiful splatter manicure, and I wanted to try her technique out. I’ve always had difficulty doing splatter manis, so I was eager to try out some of Deborah’s suggestions.

My splatter manicure

My splatter manicure

Deborah recommended using a shorter straw, so I cut down a straw until it was about 2-3 inches long. And it made such a huge difference! It used to take me multiple attempts to even get the polish to leave the straw, but this was quick and easy.

My favorite result:

Closeup of my favorite nail!

Closeup of my favorite nail!

I think of this as either splatter wallpaper OR a wall that someone has thrown paint over to cover ugly  red wallpaper.

Polishes used:

  • Index, Middle, and Ring Finger base color: Julep Maryam… this polish looked so much nicer in the bottle. It’s a deep burgundy red with golden shimmer throughout, but when it’s on the nail the golden shimmer falls flat and it ends up looking like a muddy brick red. Shame – it could have been so pretty!
  • Splatter colors:
    • Essie Strut Your Stuff… this is a gorgeous bright blue that leans slightly turquoise. It stains like crazy, but it’s so pretty.
    • Essie Good as Gold… a perfect metallic gold.
  • Pinky & Thumb: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Bound to the City Life… this is from the new Spark in the Dark collection, and I am so happy I picked this one up! It’s a beautiful dark teal jelly that has multicolored microglitters throughout, giving it depth. I only had to use two coats for opacity. It does photograph a bit more royal blue, but in real life it’s a mix of royal blue and dark teal. I love it! It’s another winner from BEGL!

What do you think? Do you have any other suggestions to make splatter manis easier?

Check out the other NCC wallpaper manis:

Rica Cuticle Oil Pen Review

Hello sweeties and a happy Friday to y’all! How has the winter been treating your hands? I know my hands and nails have been truly suffering. I’ve upped how often I do my Beauty Bootcamp (see my post that details my skin & nail care routine), and I make sure I try to keep my cuticles oiled. I make my own cuticle oil, and have been using a rollerball to apply. Even though I make my own, I love trying out all types of cuticle oil and ways of applying.

Ricarda from Rica recently sent me her new Heal + Fortify cuticle oil pen to try out, and I chose the Cotton Candy Dreams scent. First off, here’s what it looks like:

Rica Heal + Fortify Cuticle Oil Pen

Rica Heal + Fortify Cuticle Oil Pen

As you can see, it’s already gone haha! So I obviously liked it. 🙂 First, let’s talk about the scent I chose. Cotton Candy Dreams smells DIVINE! It’s like strawberry-infused cotton candy aka a sugar high on your nails. I’ll admit I caught myself smelling my hands more than once.

If Mary Katherine Gallagher's nails smelled like Rica's Cotton Candy Dreams oil, I understand why she did this!

Yup, like this

If Mary Katherine Gallagher’s nails smelled like Cotton Candy Dreams, I understand why she smelled her hands so much!

OK, and onto the oil itself. The ingredients:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Safflower seed oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Calendula flower extract
  • Essential oils/ fragrance

So it’s nice and natural! When applied to the nail, it absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue which is so important. I really love the pen application too! This was my first time trying oil via a pen, and I gotta say – I’m not going back. You can get into the little nooks and crannies around your skin with the brush tip, and it’s easy to control how much you’re applying. I tend to go crazy with the oil, so I use 1-2 clicks per nail then massage it in.

I definitely noticed a change for the better in my nails. I used up the entirety of one cuticle oil pen, which lasted me just about 8 days. I applied it anywhere from 2-10 times a day because I really wanted to get my cuticles in check. I have to be honest, I don’t tend to see much of a difference between most cuticle oils… I think the biggest difference is in how you apply it. Most oils will have similar ingredients, so you need to shop around to find your favorite applicator, scent, and price!

Rica Heal + Fortify Cuticle Oil Pen

Rica Heal + Fortify Cuticle Oil Pen

I do have to say that this Rica pen is a definite winner for me! The pen contains 2 mL of oil, and it comes in 35 different scents from Lemongrass to Green Tea to Birthday Cake and even Monkey Farts (oh, and also unscented too)! It costs $4.25, which is super reasonable. If you’re not a fan of the pen applicator, you can get the oil in rollerball or polish bottle form. I hope she starts stocking refill bottles because I’d love to stock up on some of those yummy scents!

Check out Rica:

Oh and if you like what I’ve got going on with the nails in that pic, I’ll be showing you more on Monday! 🙂

Have you tried Rica’s cuticle oil? Or other pen applicators for oil? What’s your favorite cuticle oil?

Holo Humpday: Glam Polish Mount Doom

Hello my sweeties! I’m sitting here watching crappy television and admiring my nails… typical weekday night for me! 😉 I find that mindless crappy TV can be so relaxing – just give me a glass of wine and bring on the Housewives!

Aaanyways, the nail polish I’m admiring right now is Glam Polish Mount Doom. I recently gave in and made my first (and second shortly thereafter) Glam Polish purchase, and I can’t believe I didn’t try them out before! They make some stunning sparkly polishes, and the quality is always great. Mount Doom is from the Epic Journey collection from this past summer and is based on Lord of the Rings!

Glam Polish Mount Doom

Glam Polish Mount Doom

Isn’t this one gorgeous? It’s this duochrome shimmery holo that shifts from pinkish purple to indigo blue. The shift is really subtle, but you can at least see the pinkish tinge in the pics.

Here’s a closeup:

Glam Polish Mount Doom

Glam Polish Mount Doom

And another closeup:

Glam Polish Mount Doom

Glam Polish Mount Doom

See how different it looks in slightly different lighting? I love that! When I looked at the other polishes in this collection, they all looked beautiful. The Epic Journey collection was limited edition, but I think there are still a few available on the site!

What do you think? Do you have any Glam Polishes? How about guilty TV pleasures?

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul in a Girly Wallpaper design: January NCC #3

Hello sweeties!! Today I have two things to share with you – another gorgeous Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer polish, and my third wallpaper look for January’s Nail Challenge Collaborative. Julie from BEGL sent me this beautiful pink polish from her My Indecisive Valentine collection for review, and it’s called Newly Impassioned Soul. I put this baby on and immediately thought it’d be the perfect base for a girly wallpaper design!

NIS is this baby pink yet still almost neon crelly with loads of iridescent microflakies. It almost leans a bit more jelly than crelly – I used three coats and still had some visible nail line. If I was wearing this alone I would throw a 4th coat on for opacity, but I was planning on stamping over it so I left it at three.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul

Isn’t it beautiful? So girly and feminine with a little bit of modern edge from the flakies! My camera freaked out at how pretty it is too.

Closeup of BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul

Closeup of BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul

See those flakies? Love! This is the kind of color that could be all over a little girls’ bedroom decor, so I decided it would be perfect for my Girly Wallpaper Mani!

Girly Wallpaper Manicure

Girly Wallpaper Manicure

What better to adorn a little girls’ walls than flowers/ roses? I really like how this came out! I was originally going to use a lace image to stamp with, but it covered the pink way too much. And flowers are quintessentially girly!

Growing up I would have died if this was in my room – I was far from a girly girl. But I could totally see this in some chic and girly girl’s room!

Products used:

  • Base color: BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul
  • Stamping plates:
    • Pinky & Ring finger: Konad m65
    • Middle & Index fingers: Shany SH208
  • Stamping polish: Rica Whiteout… amazing opaque white creme!

What do you think? Does this look like wallpaper you’d have in your room growing up? Do you like this BEGL?

Oh! Before I forget – Newly Impassioned Soul is on sale on BEGL’s site! So if you like it, go pick it up!

And go check out the other Wallpaper Manis from the NCC ladies:

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Instagram

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Facebook

Seche, Seche Vite, & Live Love Polish review

Hello sweeties! I hope everyone has had a good week! I was recently contacted by Live.Love.Polish and asked if I wanted to review a polish and the popular Seche Vite top coat. I totally jumped at that because I’ve never tried Seche‘s polish AND I recently ran out of the top coat!

The polish that I was sent is Seche Contemporary. I have to say – I am super impressed! For starters, the color is this gorgeous dusty mauvey purple. It almost looks like a chocolatey purple with some pink tint in certain lighting, but is such a beautiful neutral purple. It’s classy and work appropriate but “contemporary” like its namesake! Surprisingly I don’t own any polishes this color, so I’m happy I chose this one to try out!

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Seche Contemporary

And now onto the impressive details – the formula. This baby was ridiculously opaque! It’s a true one-coater… it’s not like “Oh if I put a thick enough coat on, it’ll be a one-coater.” No, it’s super duper opaque with the very first coat! FOR SERIOUS! The application was really easy – nice and creamy! And it dries almost as quickly as the Seche Vite top coat.

Speaking of Seche Vite… For awhile now, SV has been my go-to top coat for swatching, especially when I do nail art. However, it’s not something I wear regularly otherwise. In the past, I’ve had similar issues as most people do – shrinkage and turning thick and gloopy about halfway through the bottle. When I wore Seche Vite over Seche Contemporary, there was no shrinkage! I don’t know if that’s because it’s a brand new bottle of SV or if it’s from using the same brand polish and top coat. But I was excited nonetheless!

Seche Contemporary

Seche Contemporary

I was pretty impressed with the wear time as well. I wore this mani (base – Duri Rejuvacote, Seche Contemporary, and Seche Vite top coat) for 5 days, and I only had minor chips on 2 nails and some minor tip wear. I’m usually pretty hard on my hands (lots of hand washing and playing my new ukulele), so I thought that was pretty damn good wear time!!

Anyways, back to Live.Love.Polish! If you’re not familiar, it’s a stockist site that has mainstream nail polish brands and some indies too! There’s everything from China Glaze, Color Club, and Seche to Pretty & Polished, FUN Lacquer, and Colores de Carol.

What do you think? Do you use Seche Vite? Have you tried Seche polish? If the other Seche polishes are as great as the one I tried, I gotta say it could be my favorite cream formulation!

Seche polishes are available for $7.50 USD and Seche Vite is $9.50 USD from Live Love Polish.
There’s free US shipping on orders over $20 and free international shipping on orders over $100! Check out Live Love Polish: