Color Club: Port-Folio

Hi everyone!

So back in May Luchessa and I hosted a Sweet Summer Swap which was so much fun! My swap partner, Adelina, sent me lots of gorgeous polishes, including some that were on my wishlist. Port-Folio by Color Club is one of them:color-club-port-folio Continue reading

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Essie: For The Twill Of It – Fall 2013

Hi y’all!

As promised here’s Essie’s For The Twill Of It from their same named Fall collection 2013:Essie For The Twill Of ItAs with OPI’s Peace & Love & OPI it is a grey based duo chrome that shifts from blue to purple. The formula is perfect. This is two coats without top coat.

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OPI: Peace & Love & OPI – Fall 2013 San Francisco Collection

Hi my loves!

I’m happy to be back! My nails are still growing to the length as I used to have but here I am 😀 As said, I’m far behind with my swatching and nail art plans. So get ready to see some new but also some older polishes here.

Here’s OPI’s Peace & Love & OPI from the San Francisco Collection for Fall 2013:OPI Peace & Love & OPI Continue reading

Polish Alcoholic on ETSY

etsy1Hi loves!

Today I have some exciting news for you! I’ve had a hard time keeping it a secret, so here we go:

I love nail polish… *newsflash*! That’s why I finally decided to create my own polish. Whoop whoop PA is on Etsy now! On the shop page you’ll find everything you want to know about my (new) creations and sales 😉

This does absolutely NOT mean that my swatching-, nail art-  and tutorial- days are over! Are you kidding me? Of course not! 😀

My very first treasures are now available at the shop. There are five lovely shades to choose from, all made with super concentrated Spectraflair (35) for the ultimate rainbow effect. And there’s a holo top coat too, also made with Spectraflair:
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And here’s a sneak peek of the ‘Out of Space Reloaded collection’ which consists of five color shifting (or duo-/ multichrome) polishes and one holographic glitter topper. These beauties are available from August 20:Out of Space Reloaded collection1International shipping? Of course! 😀
3-free? Got that right!
And yeah, of course I welcome custom orders! I feel that your nails say a lot about you. So, if you’re looking for that particular polish but can’t find it anywhere? Don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be happy to create something unique especially for you. With love!

Last but not least: a big shout out for my girl Brijit! Just to let you know how much I appreciate your tips and tricks 😉

Happy polishing! :*

Ozotic 907

Ozotic 907 is part of the Beam Collection. It’s a clear base packed with blue/purple and green/yellow duochrome glass flecks. Depending on the lightning it’s either very blue/green or more purple/yellow. ozotic 907 1
I layered one (yes, that’s all it takes) coat of 907 over a black base without top coat. The formula is great. It’s very dense and the flecks spread nicely. Drying time is average.  ozotic 907I really can’t say anything else than that I really love this! I couldn’t stop staring at it in different lightning. That is what I love with Ozotic’s. They’re pure magical. You really can’t form an opinion just based on how it looks in the bottle. You need to play with layering it over different undies… Seeing is believing!
What do you think? And do you have a polish from the Beam Collection?

Head over to the piCture pOlish network list to check where you can find them! You can find piCture pOlish on Facebook and Twitter too 😉

For my girls here in The Netherlands: piCture pOlishes and Ozotic polishes are available through Petra’s webshop: Pretty Polish! Can’t find the one(s) you’re looking for? Petra is always willing to kindly answer your question(s) through the contact form. And of course you can find Pretty Polish on Twitter and Facebook too!
Pssshhh: Petra is giving a 20% discount on all Color Club polishes this weekend!!!

*product was generously provided to me by piCture pOlish for my unbiased review

Indigo Bananas

Today I have another indie brand to show you: Indigo Bananas (awesome name ha)!

Indigo Bananas is a handmade, indie nail polish brand that launched February 2013.  IB has been in the works since late May 2012, and many of the launch colors date back to the summer of ‘12 in terms of development. Currently, Indigo Bananas is only Etsy based, but accepts both Paypal & Credit Cards on there.

I (Andrea) first got into polish mixing, or rather ‘collect all the glitters and pigments that you can lay your eyes on’ in April/May of 2012. Back then I got sidetracked by trying to make my own suspension base (partially, at least from top coats – doing it from scratch requires a hazmat license & full chem lab) for a while, but went full steam ahead on ‘buy ALL THE (glitter and pigment) COLORS’ by May 2012. I’ve been working on the current set of launch colors since June or so for many of them, and have made nearly two hundred proper polishes (not frankens really, but from base & pigments) since then.

My background’s in biology at the PhD level, with undergrad training in ecology, molecular bio & chemistry, so my interest in this all stemmed from a love of deconstructing what went into nail polish at the chemical level. So: a love of pigments (especially duochromes) and the chemistry behind it and a passion for making terrible, awful jokes led to Indigo Bananas as you see it now.

Why the name Indigo Bananas? Well, it’s a great color (and too many people call it ‘blurple’), and it turned out that bananas, especially ripe bananas, glow indigo when exposed to UV.  Most importantly, the name’s a pun on ‘Indie-go-bananas’ – the indie polish community is nothing if not a bunch of ripe bananas (and that’s the way we like it!). Lastly, hopefully some of you will go bananas for this indie as well 😉 If not, I guess… feel free to throw some ripe fruit at me”. (source)
indigo bananasScroll down for swatches of three of the large range of their duochromes. All of the swatches are just one coat over a black base and topped off with top coat (Seche Vite).

Review after the pics!

Eris, a duochrome that shifts from lavender to pink. indigo bananas eris
This duochrome is called Hermes and shifts from blue to purple (with slight green undertones).indigo bananas hermes
Maui shifts from teal blue to purple (with green undertones).indigo bananas maui
FINAL THOUGHTS:
Well, first of all I love these duochromes! Every single one of them. They are such eye catchers. I had a difficult time capturing the color shifting on camera (even after tons of pics from different angles).That is such a pity because it’s stunning! I love how duochromes ‘pop’ when layered over a black base. But these babies can also be worn on their own. Then they will require three coats though.
Indigo Bananas really stand out for their large collection of duochromes!
The formula of all of these is great and easy to work with.
I can’t wait to try Shadow and Pan. Oh and -as a holo addict- I just need to have the Spectraflair top coat! How about you? Anything that catches you eye?

Things to know:
Indigo Bananas polishes are vegan and cruelty free. And they are also 3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free) 😀

Indigo Bananas polishes are available at Andrea’s Etsy shop (15 ml: $10.00/€7,85 5 ml: $4.50/€3,53). Keep up to date for giveaways, feedback and contest by liking their Facebook page. And you might want to check out Indigo Bananas’ website!

*products were kindly provided to me by Indigo Bananas for my unbiased review

Ozotic 730

Another duochrome… just because they are STUNNING 😀
ozotic 730Ozotic 730 is another gorgeous duochrome that shifts from gold/orange to pink/magenta. On my accent nail I’ve layered two coats of 730 over one coat of Liquid Leather by China Glaze. De rest of my nails have two coats of 730 😀 I thought that a black undie would make a difference, but there isn’t a dramatic difference. It shows just a bit more magenta 🙂 The formula of this one is good and the drying time is average. ozotic 730 1This is a great shade for fall, isn’t it?ozotic 730 2Have you tried any of Ozotic’s duochromes or other awesome toppers?

Ps.: Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from Mommy Loves Nail Polish and myself 😀 You don’t want to miss it! 😉