Sunday, September 29, 2013

Smelly Goods & Pretties Review

Hey Polish Lovers!

Today I have a review on several different things from Smelly Goods & Pretties. I ordered 5 soaps and 3 polishes with a blogger discount. They also threw in a couple of extras.

Smelly Goods & Pretties is a shop on Etsy, started by Kristen in September of 2012. She makes all kinds of hand-crafted, all natural soaps, lip balm, lotion, and more. She also has a line of nail polish called "Vapid Lacquer". 

First up: Vapid Lacquer

From Left to right:
Blarney, Rhapsody, and Winning. 

All swatches have a base & top coat. Each photo has two coats of Vapid Lacquer. 

Blarney is a gorgeous deep green color. It is great for any season, but am especially excited to have it now during the Fall & upcoming Winter seasons.


Rhapsody is a deep purple with lots of micro glitter. Another great polish for this time of year. 

Last, but not least, Winning. I completely understand why this polish is named "Winning". It is the perfect blue color with so much shine, it's amazing. Blue is my favorite color, and this has to be my favorite Vapid Lacquer that I ordered. 

All three Vapid Lacquer polishes went on extremely smooth with great coverage. I could have gotten away with one coat each, but personally, I had to have two- for that extra "pop!". 

Next up is the soap I ordered and extras.
The soaps I decided to go with are: Sugar Sugar, Your Face, Cherry Almond, Oats, Milk & Honey, and The Loofah Bar. The extra goodies she sent was a sample of Muddy Face Mask and Berry Cherry Fluff Lip Balm. 

Sugar Sugar is a Goat Milk soap that is very sweet smelling & girly. I love the look and feel of this soap. It is a very light exfoliating soap. 
On SGP Etsy site, this is how it is described: Fresh, warm and sweet, this scent combines top notes of strawberry and bergamot with a warm dry down of musk and vanilla. 

Your Face is a face soap that has Goat Milk & Charcoal. I have normal skin, with no conditions, such as acne. I do get the occasional dry or oily spots, but my main problem is black heads. Apparently my skin is just a little too sensitive for this soap. I used it once a day for three days in a row, and my face felt very sensitive. I may have an allergy to the active charcoal that's in it. Since I haven't ever used a soap with charcoal before, I am not sure what it was. My husband has oily skin and is not at all sensitive to products, and he loves it. He couldn't believe how clean his face felt after using it and is very pleased. 
Update: SGP is checking into why I am having a sensitivity to this soap.
 On SGP site, it is described as, "This clean rinsing bar is especially made for those with skin issues. Acne, over sensitivity, dry-oily skin, eczema, or those that just truly care for their skin."

Cherry Almond is an amazingly sweet scent!! It is by far my favorite of the ones I ordered. I can't get enough! It makes me want to lick my skin... although.. I do not advise that ;) 
SGP describes it as, " Abundant ripe cherries and warm almonds are just such a treat. Smells so nice you won't want to leave the shower. This is a bar that scents the bathroom long after you've used it." 

Oats, Milk, & Honey is my 2nd favorite! I love the scent and it is long-lasting.
 It is an exfoliating soap, with the oats, but isn't too exfoliating to use every day. I love using it on my 3 year old and then snuggling up with him... He also
 loves how much the soap "tickles" his belly :) I wish I would have seen the lotion to go with this before placing my order.  
SGP describes it on Etsy as, "With real local Texas honey, oats and goat milk, this is just a luxurious bar. Lightly exfoliating, and highly moisturizing bar. The warm and sweet scent will relax and sooth while the oats and honey in the bar smooth soften and correct."

 Last for the soap is The Loofah Bar. It is extremely exfoliating and that is what drew me to it. I love the clean scent of this bar. It's very refreshing that your husband/boyfriend will also be able to use. 
SGP describes it as, " This is our Loofah Bar, a smooth very green and fresh citrus scent cooled down with cucumber. All natural Organic shredded Loofah is in the bar, for an exfoliating event! Just a luxury in itself. With Goat Milk to smooth, even tone and hydrate."

Lastly, the extras!

Muddy Face Mask 
I am not one to use face masks. The closest I get is Apricot Scrub- that's the main reason I wanted to try the Muddy Face Mask. There wasn't any directions on the trial size. I would say it's just because it is a trial size. So I got online to see if I could find directions on SGP Etsy site, and I couldn't. I don't know if I used it correctly or not. I got my face damp and applied the mask. I allowed it to stay on for 5 to 10 minutes before washing it off. After washing my face twice, I got it off. It's a "mask", so I figured I would have to wash my face more than once to remove it. My face felt so fresh and clean. My skin looked vibrant. I was very pleased!

Berry Cherry Fluff Lip Balm
I am in love with this lip balm!!! It is not in any way, shape, or form... ok, maybe form.... but no other way like "chap-stick". It is so rich and creamy... silky and smooth. It made my lips so soft and hydrated! I am extremely pleased with it!

I hope you all enjoyed my review of Vapid Lacquer and Smelly Goods & Pretties. You can find everything you have seen and more, here!

Don't forget to check out their Facebook page, here!

Until next time, 
Love your polish!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dynamic Polish ~Holographic Polish~ Swatches & Review

Hey Polish Lovers!

Today I have a review and swatches of Holographic polishes from Dynamic Polish. I got these on a blogger discount.

There are 7 different polishes in the Holographic Collection from Dynamic Polish.

From Left To Right:
Strawberry Spark, Outrageous Orange, Electric Lemon, Lime-Wire, Bombshell Blue, Gorgeous Grape, and Hollow Graphix. 
All of the swatches are pictured with base & top coat. They all went on smooth without any problems with the base. 

Strawberry Spark
Strawberry Spark is a deep pink holographic polish. SS is a beautiful pink color and the coverage is really good for a holographic polish. The effect is gorgeous.
 These two photos are 4 coats.

These next two photos are Strawberry Spark over NYC "Red Velvet Rope". 

I prefer Strawberry Spark by itself. The holographic effect is more prominent without a base color and since it's so pigmented, you really don't need a base color. 

Outrageous Orange
Outrageous Orange is an orange holographic polish. It is almost as pigmented as Strawberry Spark, but not quite. The holographic effect isn't as strong in photos or in person, but I still love it. 
The next two photos show 4 coats of Outrageous Orange.

The next two photos of Outrageous Orange are pictured over LA Colors "Spat!". The 2nd photo is more true to color in person. 

I prefer Outrageous orange with a base of another orange polish underneath. It seems to bring out the holographic effect more. 

Electric Lemon
Electric Lemon is a yellow holographic polish. EL isn't as pigmented as Outrageous Orange, but has more of a holographic effect. 
The next two photos are 4 coats of Electric Lemon. 

The next two photos are Electric Lemon over Pure Ice "Showstopper". For some reason I just couldn't capture the holographic effect when EL is over Showstopper, but it looks beautiful in person. 

I prefer Electric Lemon over a yellow polish, since EL isn't very pigmented by itself. 

Lime-Wire is a green holographic polish. LW isn't as pigmented as Electric Lemon, but has a lot more of a holographic effect than Outrageous Orange. It has an amazing holographic effect in person and I was able to capture it in my photos. 
The next two photos are 4 coats Lime-Wire each. 

The next two photos are Lime-Wire over LA Colors "Meadow". I love this!! It shows the holographic effect much better with the color underneath. Absolutely amazing holographic polish! 

 Hands down, I prefer Lime-Wire with a base color. It completely intensifies the holographicness of this polish!

Bombshell Blue
Bombshell Blue is a blue holographic polish. BB is about as pigmented as Electric Lemon. It could completely be worn alone. BB wanted to show off how much of a bombshell it really is in the next two photos which are 4 coats each. 

The next two photos are Bombshell Blue over LA Colors "Aquatic". Don't pay attention to my drooling... 

Blue is my all time favorite color. I love all shades from the lightest to the darkest. Bombshell Blue doesn't disappoint with or without a base color. 

Gorgeous Grape
Gorgeous grape is a purple holographic polish. It is almost as pigmented as Strawberry Spark. Somehow I ended up with only one photo of GG without a base color. That's really all you need anyway- this polish has an amazing holographic effect and the color is gorgeous ;) 

The next two photos are Gorgeous Grape over LA Colors "Tropical Breeze". GG with a base color, just POPS.. No other way to put it. The holographic effect is just completely intensified! 

I love Gorgeous Grape either way, but if I have to choose, I think I like it better with a purple base color. It's just so much more rich and the holographic effect is amazing. 

Hollow Graphix
Hollow Graphix is a silver holographic polish. Even though I love several of the other holographic polishes- I think this one is my favorite. It is just breath taking. 
The next two photos are three coats without a base color.

Last, but not least, the next two photos are Hollow Graphix over LA Colors "Whipped". Whipped is a nude color, so the silver color of HG isn't as intense, but the holographic effect is still all there. 

I love Hollow Graphix both ways. The holographic effect with and without a base color is just stunning. 

Dynamic Polish will have these in her Etsy shop soon. 

I hope you enjoyed my review as much as I liked doing it! 
Thanks so much to Dynamic Polish!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dynamic Polish Swatches & Review

Hey Polish Lovers!

Last week I was sent several polishes to review from Dynamic Polish.
Dynamic Polish opened their shop on Etsy in November of 2012. They are a girlfriend/boyfriend team that stay up late to mix polish. They have 34 items in their shop and offer to custom mix if there is something specific you are looking for. Dynamic Polish sell mainly glitter polish, which I love! 

This is the polish I was sent to review.
 From Left to Right:
Fruity Pebbles, Over the Rainbow, Strawberry Kiwi, and Island Mist.

Fruity Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles has a white crelly base packed with "Fruity Pebble" colored glitter. As soon as my Hubby saw it, he told me it reminded him of a cereal...I asked if it was Fruity Pebbles and he told me that was the one! 
I love this polish. I love crellies more and more each time I see one. This is packed with glitter and goes on smooth!
This photo is one coat over white except for my ring finger. My ring finger is two coats over white. I didn't need the white under, but I didn't want to waste the polish- Yes, I love it that much!

Over The Rainbow
Over the rainbow has a clear base and is packed with rainbow colored glitter. 
Again, I love this! You can wear it over any color and it would look fantastic! Don't worry about what you'll be wearing: it will match! 
This is one coat over LA Colors "Whipped". Again, my ring finger has two coats. 

Strawberry Kiwi
Strawberry Kiwi has a clear base with pink square glitter. It also has black, green, and iridescent hexagon glitters. I love anything Strawberry Kiwi, including this polish! So cute!
I have one coat over LA Colors "Meadow".. Can you guess what's on my ring finger? Yep, two coats :) 

Island Mist
Island mist has very light blue glitter of several different shapes and sizes. It is in a clear base.
This is an unusual glitter polish, which I like- a lot! I love how it looks over any color!
Here, I have two coats on my ring finger- one coat on the rest. It is over LA Colors "Cactus".

Love all 4 of these! The application was so easy! No digging for glitter... not in any one of these polishes! Which surprised me! They all went on in a great pattern and weren't bumpy. 

I have one more Dynamic Polish review coming. It is a set of Rainbow Holographic polish!! Keep your eyes peeled for it!!

Until next time,
Love your polish. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Polishnv Review & Swatches

Hey Polish Lovers!

Today is a review and swatches from Polishnv.
Polishnv is a Mother/Daughter team who love everything that is beauty related. They started selling polish on Etsy in March of 2013. 

I got a blogger discount on 3 polishes that I chose. I decided to get two thermal polishes and a holographic polish. 

From Left to Right:
O'Shaughnessy's Chameleon, Pink Flamingo, Fe's Chameleon

First is O'Shaughnessy's Chameleon
It is a beautiful blue/green thermal polish that changes to lime green with heat. It has tons of holographic glitter and is just gorgeous!

Next up is Pink Flamingo
Pink Flamingo is a deep pink holographic polish. I am in love. I didn't want to take it off to swatch more polish. Once I am finished with reviews, this is definitely going back on. 

Last is Fe's Chameleon
Fe's Chameleon is a breath taking periwinkle purple that changes to an amazing dark purple when cold. It also has holographic glitter in it. The polish in the bottle shows the lightest color and the tips of my nails shows the darkest color of the change. Another great polish!

I am so happy that I chose these three polishes! Polishnv makes it hard to choose. Their polish is beautiful and unique. I couldn't be more pleased with these three. I honestly didn't know how I would feel about thermal polish, because I didn't own any prior to these... but I love them!! They are so neat! If you don't have any thermal polish, get some from Polishnv... you won't be disappointed. 

To check out Polishnv on Etsy, just click here. 

Don't forget to "like" their Facebook page!

I hope you enjoyed my review and swatches from Polishnv.

Until next time,
Love your polish.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Northern Star Polish Swatches & Review

Hey Polish Lovers!

Today I have a review & swatches from Northern Star Polish. I was sent their Halloween set which will be released September 15th, 2013. 
Northern Star Polish got started in March of 2012. They strive to use high quality & durable ingredients in their polish, which means their polish is never  diluted with clear top coat, they use stainless steel agitator balls, solvent resistant glitter, and proper suspension base. All of their polish is 4-Free: DBP, Toulene, Formeldehyde, and Formeldeyde-resin free. Northern Star personally test all glitter and pigment for months before using them in their products. All polish goes through a holding & testing period before it is released for sale. 
Northern Star Polish comes in two sizes: Small is 9 mL/0.3 oz for $5.50 and Full Size is 15 mL/0.5 oz for $8.50.
 All the polish in their Halloween collection are distinct, but work well together. They are great for fall!  

First up, a photo of all the polish I was sent. 
The only reason Bella Morte looks low is because I forgot to take this photo prior to swatching (oopsie!). 
From Left to Right: Pumpkinlicious, Twisted Treat, Bella Morte, Macabre Delight, and Phantasmagoric. 

Every one of these polishes went on smooth and without any problems. The application was easy and the coverage was good. They didn't have an extremely strong smell. I am very pleased with this brand. If you haven't tried Northern Star Polish, you have to!

Twisted Treat 
Twisted Treat is a black polish with orange shimmer. 
This is two coats over a base coat. I also have top coat on. It is absolutely gorgeous and is a must have for Fall! 

Pumpkinlicious had a clear base with gold, burnt orange, and green glitter. In this photo it is two coats over Twisted Treat. I also have on a top coat. 
This is another amazing polish for fall. It would look good over almost any fall color and is packed with glitter. I love it! 

Bella Morte
Bella Morte is a blood red jelly polish with matte red glitter and black flakes. 
In this photo I have on two coats over a base coat. Again, I have on a top coat. 
This polish is a beautiful red. It's bright but not over-powering. It did not stain my nails or skin at all. I love the glitter in it! It would look good with any skin tone!

Macabre Delight
It is described as a blue jelly with various shades of purple and neon green glitter. It is pictured here over a base coat and under a top coat. It is two coats of the polish.
This polish is awesome! It would be great for any season! It looks to me to be more of a purple color. The picture is true to color on my screen. Whether it is blue or purple doesn't matter, it's amazing! 

Phantasmagoric is a teal jelly with red-violet-blue color shifting glitter. It is pictured with two coats in between base & top coat. For this polish, I had to do two photos. The first is a straight shot with flash. The second is a side shot to try to capture the color shifting glitter. 
This is such a beautiful color- even without the color shifting glitter. It's the perfect teal color and with the color shift--- it's breathtaking. I can't even describe how pretty this is. You have to see it in person to get the full effect! 

I absolutely love this whole collection! It's great for fall!! I had a blast swatching theses. 

Don't forget to visit Northern Star Polish on Facebook!

I hope you enjoyed my review & swatches of Northern Star's Halloween Collection! Don't forget, it will be released September 15th!

Until next time, 
Love your polish!