Monday, February 29, 2016

Deborah Lippmann vs. Sally Hansen

          Good morning! Its Monday... Let's brighten it up with some glitter! This past Wednesday I got a package in the mail from a great friend I met on IG. I had mentioned that I needed to get Starry Starry Night from Essie and she immediately said here have mine!! Along with SSN she also sent me my very first Deborah Lippmann polish, Across The Universe. They are some pricey polishes so this was a super sweet thing to do! Thanks Jamee :) I have owned Mermaid's Tale from Sally Hansen for quite a while and never used it. I figured now that I have the expensive version let's compare!

          Let's start with the formula. MT was thicker while ATU was very thin but silky. Honestly, I prefer the Sally Hansen formula. It just isn't as easy to work with a thin formula. It runs and floods the cuticles. The glitter to base ratio was exact to me. Same glitters, same colors, same sizes. The weird thing I did notice, ATU glitters were shinier. I checked in all sorts of light but it was always flashier. Maybe the base is a little clearer idk. Here are the pics!

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe macro

Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale

Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale macro

Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale on pinky and middle finger.
Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe on my ring and index fingers.

Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale on pinky and middle finger.
Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe on my ring and index fingers with Pure Ice matte top coat.
If I didn't label it would you be able to tell the difference? Let me know down below! Have a good day!


Friday, February 26, 2016

My True Love Creations ~ Elements Collection

Yay!! We made it to Friday!! Now that I am finally feeling better, I have the Elements Collection to show you. It has 4, perfect for spring, shimmer polishes. This collection will be releasing on March 23rd. Read all the way to the bottom to find out how you can win this collection before its released!! Lets get to it!
          First up is Burning Desire. It is a salmon pink polish with a hot pink flash to it. This one also has a super subtle scattered holo in it. I used 2 easy peasy coats plus HKGirl top coat.

Emerald Sea is a gorgeous, frosty, aqua, shimmer polish. It is so bright while still being soft enough for spring. Love it. My swatch is 2 coats with HKGirl top coat. Be mindful with your strokes as it can leave brush strokes.

Pink Diamond is next and is such a soft dusty rose color. This seems to have micro glass flecks along with the shimmer. Super duper pretty. Again, this swatch is 2 smooth coats with HKGirl top coat.

Silver Lining is the final polish in this set. It is also my favorite. It is a gunmetal silver-grey that has purple undertones to it. This one also seems to have micro glass flecks along with the shimmer. So unique and an absolute must have. Keeping with the trend, this is 2 coats with HKGirl top coat.

**My macros are not color accurate. I really wanted you to be able to see the polish close up though. The pictures with the bottles are color accurate!
What do you think of this set? Would you like to win it? I will be giving away my set with my current giveaway. Yes, they have been swatched, but they are full bottles of an unrealeased collection!! Enter my giveaway HERE!
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Monday, February 22, 2016

My True Love Creations ~ Afterhours Collection

Hi everyone! How are we all doing on this Monday? I should be cleaning but I think I will put it off just a little while longer. I think that polish is more important in my list of priorities!! Today I have the very dark and sexy Afterhours Collection from MTLCreations! This upcoming collection will be available for pre-order on February 29th and for sale in the shop on March 9th. The full collection will be $46.99 CAD. The polishes in this collection are amazing. Would you like to see them? I thought you would!

          French Kiss is a deep crimson crème polish that is totally opaque in 2 coats with HKGirl top coat. The formula was perfect as usual. Such a creamy formula that is totally self leveling. So vampy. My pictures lean a little browner than it is in real life.

Blue-ty Call is a dark blue jelly polish that leans a little teal. Omg is it gorgeous. Blue polishes have been a weakness lately and the deeper the better. I used 3 thin coats with my HKGirl top coat. It is so squishy! I cant wait to make jelly sammiches with this!

Can you see the bump in my nail? This is just how my nail grows. NOTHING to do with the polish!!
Orgasmic Dreams is my favorite of the bunch. It is a dark purple jelly. Kind of a cross between a raisin color and royal purple. So pretty. It has scattered holo and multiple sizes and shapes of holographic and metallic glitters. I used 3 thin coats with top coat but 2 coats would be ok. I just wanted more glitter lol. Formula was perfection with this one. Its like a little purple galaxy on the nails. So mesmerizing.

Bottle macro of Orgasmic Dreams
Happy Ending is the last polish in this collection. It is a chocolate brown crème polish with scattered holo and tons of glitters that are holographic and metallic. This polish is so opaque! I only used 1 coat plus HKGirl. The formula on this polish is wonderful. The mix of colors is so so pretty. I did find that because it has such an opaque base, it was a little hard for the glitters to show up. You can see the glitters much better in the bottle. Either way, I loved it.

Bottle macro of Happy Ending
Overall, this collection is unique and I love it. Which one is your favorite? As always, links below! Have a great week!
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Joy Lacquer ~ Know It. Fight It. End It.

Hi guys! I have been under the weather and I cant sleep so here I am. I want to show you a polish and cuticle butter I just won in a giveaway! Joy Lacquer is a new to me indie polish brand. I love trying new things. Especially when they impress! The polish is just amazing. I used 3 thin coats of Know It. Fight It. End It. plus my HKGirl top coat. This polish is a blurple metallic that has a great formula. Brush strokes are a little visible but not too bad at all. My favorite thing about this polish is that it stamps! I did some stamping over SinfulColors Alfresco and the colors matched beautifully. The stamping itself is terrible because I was trying my new marshmallow stamper. For some reason the firm stamping heads pick up sooooo much better for me!

Joy Lacquer Know It. Fight It. End It. macro
Joy Lacquer Know It. Fight It. End It. stamped over SinfulColors Alfresco.

Joy Lacquer Know It. Fight It. End It. stamped over SinfulColors Alfresco macro
Matte Orange Cuticle Butter is the second thing I want to show you. It is the best thing ever! I have been strictly using my Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Nail Oil and my Burt's Bees cuticle cream. My nails have been pretty good so far. Then this! I have stopped using my Burt's Bees and I don't plan on buying it anymore. This balm is much more firm and way less greasy. The smell is so very subtle, yet very fresh. This cuticle butter and my oil are a match made in heaven. The packaging is so tiny and cute. Super convenient. Its is also available in bigger sizes and other scents. I grabbed this little piece of info from her shop site, "Matte Orange Cuticle Butter is a firmer formula and contains a bit less oil than your normal cuticle butters, but is just as beneficial.  It's base is shea and cocoa butter with grapeseed oil added.  The fragrance is blood orange essential oil and is found to be very soothing and subtle.  Matte Orange is perfect for those who do not want a shiny look on their fingertips." I am now totally hooked. I will be trying this in other scents but because of the matte quality this one has, I will be keeping it as a staple for swatching. Moisturized cuticles without the oil slick shine!
This, and the next picture, were taken right after washing my hands and applying the Matte Orange Cuticle Butter. I used no other products in these pics.

Please, please, please, go give this shop a look and follow the social media accounts! This is a highly underrated indie that needs to be shared! If you already own a Joy Lacquer, tell me what is the must have shade? Links below!!
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