Love Nailz: The Sabrina Duo

iusb_760x100.11800620_ew6iHappy Friday beauties!

Louise, the genius behind Love Nailz and I again joined forces which resulted in this duo nail polish: Sabrina Duo (in case you didn’t know already: that’s me :D), which consists of two polishes called Hope and Care. Louise created this duo to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Isn’t she the best?! Thank you sweetheart! This means a lot!
This duo is now available through her Etsy shop for $12.00. All profits from the sales of this polish duo will be donated to Multiple Sclerosis Research. Specifically MS Society. il_570xN.459643540_oad0
Here’s my swatch of Care, a stunning red/purple duo toned shade with red micro shreds. This is opaque in two flawless coats. I used three here without top coat. It’s perfect for layering too, to create a totally different look. Obviously Louise knows exactly what I love 🙂
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And below you see Hope, a mix of ultra fine holographic silver, red and black glitter. This is three easy coats on it’s own. The picture is taken in daylight which reveals to me a unique look. I have never seen a polish like this before. A generous coat over a black base will bring out the holo effect of the fine glitter. See Louise’s swatch at the top of this post. sabrina duo2Isn’t this the most amazing way to raise awareness? And even if you’re not in to polish I bet you can make someone who does very happy! So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Louise’s Etsy shop and get yourself this beautiful polish duo for $12.00.  Remember: all profits from the sales of this polish duo will be donated to Multiple Sclerosis research.

And if you prefer a donation you can do that here.

Thanks so much!

Piper Polish

Today’s featured indie brand on the blog: Piper Polish, a creation by Erin Piper.piper polishLet’s jump right into the swatches:

Not So Basic Grupple, a sheer light grey base packed with different size blue and silver glitter. The formula is good. The glitter spreads easily and don’t stick together. I used one coat over a greyish blue base (ANNY Blue fashion show). piper polish not so basic grupple
Night Fall, a steel grey duochrome that shifts from blue to purple and even pink. As with most duochromes I had a hard time photographing the color shifting 😦 I created a triangle french tip by using two thin coats of Night Fall over a black base (China Glaze Liquid Leather).piper polish night fall
Cotton Candy, a clear base packed with different size and color glitter. A true glitterbomb! I created a gradient by slightly dabbing Cotton Candy over China Glaze’s Tart-y for the party.piper polish cotton candy
Color Of The Year, a vibrant green cream with blue and purple shimmer. This one has a fantastic formula! This is two easy coats on its own.piper polish color of the year
What do you think of these? Any favorites?

You can find these polishes among other lovely creations at Erin’s Etsy shop. Erin offers a Spectraflair top coat too! YAY! 😀
Don’t forget to like Piper Polish’s Facebook page!

*products were kindly provided to me by Piper 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

Treasures by Tan

Today I have three hand blended creations by Treasures By Tan to show you 😀
All polishes are 3-free (Toluene, Formaldehyde or DBP free) and of course cruelty free.treasures by tan
Peacock Peek-A-Boo, a duochrome that shifts from blue/purple to green. The colorshifting is subtle but gorgeous. The formula is great which made the application smoothless. I used two coats of Peacock Peek-A-Boo over a black base (Liquid Leather by China Glaze). The shinyness is all by the polish itself, I didn’t use top coat! 😀treasures by tan peacock peek-a-boo
Grama Cupcake, a white milky base packed with different size/shape pastel green, purple, pink, fuchsia and turquoise glitter.
The story behind this creation: “This was made for my mother, inspired by my 2 yr. old, Noah. Everytime we visit my mom she always gives him cupcakes so he started calling her “Grama Cupcake” (source).
The formula of this polish is great. I used one (slightly dabbed) coat of Grama Cupcake over a white base (Zoya’s Purity). To get a smooth and shiny finish, I topped it of with one coat of Seche Vite.treasures by tan grama cupcake
Rocker Chic, different size/shape pink, black and white glitter swimming in a clear base. I layered one coat of Rocker Chic over a grey base (Rainy day by Koh!). As with Grama Cupcake I slightly dabbed the polish on my nails to get an even coverage of the glitter. treasures by tan rocker chic
Creations by Treasures by Tan are available at Tanya’s Etsy shop ($8.50 full-size, 15 ml). You might want to check out Treasures By Tan’s Facebook page and follow her on Twitter 😉

*products were kindly provided to me by Treasures By Tan for my unbiased review

Borough Babe

Shannon, the creator of hand blended polishes called Borough Babe kindly sent me three of her creations for review. Let’s take a look:
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Black as Night, a black jelly base packed with silver and gold colored square and hexagon glitter. There’s also fine silver glitter in the mix which gives this polish a beautiful depth. Formula is fine and the application went smooth less. I used one coat over a gray base (Rainy Day by Koh!). This is definitely my favorite of these three 🙂borough babe black as night
Williamsburg is part of the NY Hoods collection. It’s a turquoise jelly base filled with a mix of different shapes of (matte) white, red, purple and blue glitter. I layered one coat of Williamsburg over one coat of a bright green polish (Surfing Crocodile by ANNY). The formula is fine. Application went easy by using the dabbing technique. I advice a good shake before use. borough babe williamsburg
Brunch at Tiff’s is a light blue almost milky base with gold, silver and fluoresecent glitter. The formula of this is also fine. I used two coats of Brunch at Tiff’s over a ‘dirty’ green base (Wicked by ANNY). borough babe brunch at tiff's

Borough Babe polishes are available at Shannon’s Etsy shop for $5.00 (mini) or $8.00 (full-size). Be sure to check out her blog for updates 😉

*products were kindly provided to me by Borough Babe for my unbiased review

Darling Diva Polish

Darling Diva Polish is a creation by Carrie. Today I will show you five gorgeous must have shades of her newest line. All photo’s are taken in daylight to get the most color accurate photo’s.darling diva collage
Flirt, a soft green linear holographic with tiny green iridescent glitters. The formula is great and easy to work with. I’ve used three thin coats plus top coat. The tiny glitters in this polish gives it a bit extra bling. Great shade for Spring huh!  darling diva flirt
Glacier is the blue version of Flirt. As with Flirt, the formula is great to work with. I’ve used three thin coats plus top coat. darling diva glacier
Sugar Rush is ment to be layered. You will find translucent larger neon hexes, medium translucent neon hexes, iridescent square glitters, and a touch of silver holographic powder in a clear base. As with most glitter polishes I needed to do some fishing and replacing of the hexes. The formula is surprisingly easy to work with. It needs two coats of top coat to get a smooth finish. This polish makes me think of candy. I like it!darling diva sugar rush
Peonie, a soft linear holographix mix op purple, mauve and pink. Another perfect shade for Spring. I’ve used three thin coats plus top coat. If you have short nails, two coats will do the job. The formula is a dream to work with. It goes on smooth and dries very fast 🙂darling diva peonie
Wardrobe Malfunction is the soft ‘blurple’ sister of Peonie and is formula wise the same. Love this!darling diva wardrobe malfunction
FINAL THOUGHTS:
I love every single one of these polishes. The formula of all of them is a dream and dries very quick. Except from Sugar Rush, you can easily get away with two coats. The linear holo effect isn’t very strong and shows it’s true beauty in sunlight, but it’s perfect for the soft shades.

Darling Diva Polishes are available at Carrie’s Etsy store for $8 – $12 (full size bottles, 15 ml). Like her Facebook page to stay up to date with new releases and special offers. You can find Darling Diva Polishes on Twitter too 🙂

* products were kindly provided to me by Darling Diva Polish for my unbiased review