Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Nayll Plum Stroked


Today, I have my second Nayll polish creation to show you!  In case you missed my first Nayll swatch of January 1, I recommend you click here to check out my very first custom designed polish with the details of the easy creation process at Nayll.com.  

As an unabashed purple lover, I knew one of my creations would need to be in my signature hue.  Enter Plum Stroked, my mix of lavender holographic microglitters.  I'm not 100% sure where I was going with the name (maybe a riff of sun stroked?), but one coat over China Glaze Lotus Begin and it didn't matter.  Look at this fantastical flurry of pastel iridescence in action!







If I didn't convince you the first time that Nayll is a brand you need to be trying, I'm pretty sure Plum Stroked has.  I mean, come onnnnn, how pretty is this baby?  And all it took was less than five clicks of a mouse for me!

Sara, Nayll's creator, has also provided Amandalandish readers with a special offer of 30% off their first Nayll.com order.  Just use the code AMANDA30 and you're all set!
Good until April 30.

Stay up to date with Nayll on social media (and you should definitely follow since there's lot more coming our way!):





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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Gifted Polish

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Since I was down for the count with food poisoning last Tuesday, I thought I'd up the ante with my Twinsie Tuesday post this week.  In addition to the gifted polish we will be swatching, I jazzed up my mani with a holographic accent and an adorable Born Pretty Store bow.

First let me discuss my gifted polish, Illamasqua Jo'mina.  My very first Illamasqua polish was sent my way by my Twinsie, Chelsea, last year.  On top of the fact that this is one of the most deliciously spring-perfect light purple crellies known to naildom, the Illamasqua formula is unparalleled.  Smooth and buttery, the application was flawless and dried to a glossy sheen in two coats.  Chelsea really spoiled me here with this beauty!

My accent nail is Color Club Eternal Beauty, probably one of the best purple linear holos I've ever tried.  I love how it reflected off Jo'mina's lilac undertones, making the linear holograph appear to radiate a rainbow of purpleness. 

To really feminize my already super girly mani, I added a tiny pink and crystal 3D bow from Born Pretty Store.  I simply placed the bow on my wet ring finger and it set pretty quickly although I imagine some glue would be best for better durability.  And on the plus side, when I took it off, all I had to do was wipe off the excess polish on its backside and it was in perfect condition to use again!  (Even if it was destroyed after removal, the bow came in a set of 10 for the whopping price of 99 cents.) 



Small nuance, but I really loved how my camera was able to capture the light reflecting off the rhinestone center of the bow.  I had a few pictures of this swatch without the glare, but I thought the effect was too cool not to highlight.

You can purchase this item the Born Pretty Store website by clicking here.

Make sure to use the coupon code CVJ61 to receive 10% off your purchase!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra




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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nayll January 1


Today, I have the first of 5 Nayll polishes to show you.  Yes, I spelled that correctly, "Nayll."  This newly launched polish brand is different from every other on the market in that you are able to design your very own custom nail polish and have it shipped to you within 48 hours.

The process is simple.  After navigating to Nayll.com, you have the ability to choose from multiple jelly bases (all 4 free).  If you choose to design a glitter based polish, you have the option of selecting up to 10 ingredients to mix; if you choose to design a color based polish, you have the option of selecting up to 3 ingredients to mix.  Name your polish and voilà!  You have your very own Nayll polish created by you.

My first Nayll polish began with a clear base with a mix of gold and silver holographic glitter.  The combination reminded me of New Years Eve confetti so I dubbed my polish January 1.  This is one thick coat over Borghese Almondine.







I love how the mix of holographic glitters gives a really pretty iridescence to this glitter topper and I can't wait to try this over various other colors!

Nayll Polish is really a fabulous way to personalize your polish collection and I highly recommend those creative and not so creative to give the site a test drive.  You won't be disappointed.

Sara, Nayll's creator, has also provided Amandalandish readers with a special offer of 30% off their first Nayll.com order.  Just use the code AMANDA30 and you're all set!
Good until April 30.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

KBShimmer Spring 2014 Swatches and Review


Spring is here!  And with that, KBShimmer's fresh take on the traditional pastel palette.  Let's start the show, shall we?
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Eclipse
I know what you're thinking: a black in a spring collection?  Yeah, surprised me too.  BUT this is no ordinary black.  I mean, yes it's a standard and opaque black creme but OMG is this fabulous.  The application is flawless (like buttahh) and the finish is highly glossy.  Oddly, the gloss looks a bit waxy in my photo, but trust me that this is worth the $8.75 for those that require a good black creme in their stash.
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My Life's Porpoise
A cool, blue-toned grey?  That has Amanda written all over it.  So soft and delicate, I couldn't bring myself to take this off!  The formula was just as amazing as eclipse, so prepare yourself for some fantastic application.  Plus, this makes me think of the time I was knocked out by a dolphin in Jamaica.  True story.
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Sky Jinks
Hello gorgeous!  A bright, oceanic blue creme is exactly what the doctor ordered.  So happy and chic, I fell in love with Sky Jinks the minute I pulled it out of it's bubble wrap.  Again, amazing formula and like the other two cremes, only required two coats.
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Daisy About You
And here we begin with the glitters of the collection and where things get a little dicey.  So in the bottle, Daisy About You is a happy neon mint flushed with purple and white circle glitters and purple microglitters.  Super spring-like.  However, in application, it's a pain to get the glitters to stay put without dragging the mint base.  A lot of dabbing and waiting was required for this swatch and it's still not even.  This was three coats.
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Laugh Myself Lily
This blue-leaning teal jelly wasn't as difficult to work with as Daisy About You, but it wasn't a picnic either.  The color is naturally thinner so three coats would be required regardless, but the glitter stayed put a bit better.  I love the pastel pink, yellow, and baby blue glitters of multiple sizes.  The look like little Easter egg-esuqe fish in the sea (weird imagery, I know).
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Full Bloom Ahead
And the worst glitter of the bunch is Full Bloom Ahead.  I just could not get this polish to work with me.  The white crelly dragged like nobody's business and the rainbow hex glitters just would not cooperate.  This was three coats (again, lots of dabbing and waiting) and I really just don't like how it turned out.
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Prism Break
My first thought when seeing Prism Break was, "How has no one ever used this name for a holo polish before?  So clever!"  After my initial appreciation for KBShimmer's punny brilliance, I was excited to try this holo topper out.  Since so many silvery holo top coats apply unevenly and leave a greyish finish, I was very impressed that Prism Break did not!  Super smooth, it did not take away one iota from the loveliness that is Sky Jinks; and in fact, the scattered (or maybe super weak linear?) holo only makes this look like fairies flying about the sky!
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Quick and Flirty
Purple linear holos are something special, aren't they?  Just so regal and chic.  Quick and Flirty, despite its suggestive name, is just as perfect, really glistening in rainbows of delight without detracting for the royal purple base color.  The only rub is the application., which was somewhat draggy.  Probably best to apply more thin coats and wait between each to avoid the issue I had. 
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Overall, KBShimmer outdid itself.  Just a really fun collection of spring-inspired shades, with something for everyone.  And for the $8.75 pricetag, not entirely unreasonable. 

Make sure that you follow KBShimmer on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and their website for all their latest news. 



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