Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pretty & Polished Icon Collection, Part 1! *Picture Heavy!*

Hey guys!

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Today I have 8 beautiful polishes from Pretty And Polished to share with you from the Icons Collection! This is a collection of polishes inspired by some of Chelsea's favorite current female artists! I am going to copy and paste Chels' descriptions for each polish so you get a really great idea as to where the inspiration came from. 

There are 4 thermal polishes and 4 glitter/flakie crelly polishes. ALSO, I am not the greatest with thermals because my hands are usually the core temperature of ice so even using hot water to change the polishes doesn't allow for a lingering thermal change on me, lol. 

ANOTHER Also, all of these had a great formula and were opaque in 2 coats and shown with topcoat, with the exception of two that needed 3 coats, which I will note. 


Rhythm Nation - This nail polish represents not only the powerful black and white music video for this song but it also represents Janet. Janet is multifaceted. She has so many talents and abilities. Her music is powerful just like her and I felt she needed a polish that represented her power and beauty.
Rhythm Nation is a thermal color changer that changes from a dark grey to a softer pale gray when warm. It is a holographic shade with holographic glitter as well as bright purple and dark gray micro flakes. It is subdued enough to draw you into taking a closer look just to show you exactly how powerful and pretty it is. 

 Warm:

Madonna "Express Yourself". When I think of Madonna there are a few words that come to mind. Soft. Sexy. Confident. Strong. I wanted to pull inspiration from the video but found myself gravitating towards the message and the woman herself. The message is simple, don't settle.
This polish has a white base for Madonnas softness. But it's also packed with sexy red and gold holographic glitters as well as rose and dark gray flakes. The polish has a strong presence in a soft base which I feel suits Madonna perfectly.




Christina Aguilera "Genie in a Bottle". She started off young and had a cool and calm good girl way about her. She has transformed into an iconic powerhouse who can sing anything you throw at her.
This polish needed to be special. Not only does "Genie in a Bottle" make you think of magic literally IN a bottle but I wanted it to be representative of her charm, beauty, and good girl attitude. This shade is a thermal color changer that changes from a gorgeous soft teal to a pale pink when warm. It is also filled with a holographic sparkle as well as teal and pink holographic glitters to play up the changing colors.

 Warm:

Gwen Stefani "Just a Girl". I wanted to choose a song from No Doubt where Gwen really got started and made a huge impact with young girls. She was cool and everyone wanted to know her or be her.
In the video for Just A Girl you see a young Gwen wearing an outfit that was basically the opposite of the girl she was singing about everyone wanting her to be. I wanted the polish to represent that. It's ok to be a Girl who doesn't bow down to the standards put in place for her. You can be whatever you feel and still be beautiful. This polish is a bright blue holographic jelly with a purple/blue shimmer and color shifting flakes.

This was 3 coats. 

Beyonce "Run the World". Beyonce is one of the best selling music artists of all time. If that alone doesn't sell you on her iconic status maybe watching a few of her videos will.
The video for this song was incredibly powerful from the beginning. Females standing together in black and metallics letting everyone know who runs things. So much strength in that alone even without her having to say a word. I modeled this polish off of her presence in the video. This is a strong black jelly with gold and copper holographic glitters as well as some very interesting copper color shifting flakes. This polish has amazing dimension.




Adele "Set Fire to the Rain". Adele is one of the best selling recording artists in the world. And if you are familiar with her sultry voice you know why. This young woman has held her own with every album she has released. Her music is so easy to listen to and elicits so many emotions.
Set Fire to the Rain is a powerful song. My interpretation is that of an unhealthy relationship needing to end and her finally doing just that. Anyone who has been in an unhealthy relationship can atest to the difficulty of walking away from someone you love knowing it's for the best. I wanted this polish to almost have a feeling to it. It changes from a red to a pale orange/purple shift with fiery color shifting flakes. I wanted it to spark interest with the person wearing it and those around them.




Katy Perry "Firework". Katy Perry is an artist that has really given a voice to the underdog. She has a very laid back kind of beauty and attitude but speaks to those who don't always have the words to express themselves. She speaks for them through her music and has really ignited a wave of confidence in young people that's hard to ignore.
I chose this song because I feel like it is one of her most empowering performances. The lyrics push you to keep moving forward and find the light within yourself. The polish was made to match the color in not only her lyrics but the video as well. It's a full coverage flake polish with so many different colors and textures. Its difficult to explain them all without showing you. This polish really ignites your fingertips with color.




Carrie Underwood "Blown Away". Carrie is special because we got to see her evolve from being a normal country girl to an iconic country superstar. She has continued to produce singles that not only showcase her amazing vocal abilities but the good person she is. Her music can speak to you on a very basic human level and make you feel like she's just a normal girl doing what she loves.
Blown Away is a very emotional song. The feeling of wanting things to just go away is an emotion I think we can all relate to at some point. The polish I made to represent this song is a 3 part color changing polish that shows you the beauty in the beast of a storm. It is blue when cold, green when room temperature and a gray when warm with a "dusty" appearance same as our popular "Dusty Creme" line. I feel like I've really captured a storm in this polish.


This was 3 coats.



So yeah these are lovely! I think that Run The World and Just A Girl are my favorites and trust me, Run the World is not as fabulous in this picture as it is in person! I do have a video swatch that I will post to my Instagram account later today, showcasing its magic :) 

These polishes release on May 13th at shopprettyandpolished.com! 

Which ones will you be buying?? 
Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Swatch & Review: NYC & Rimmel

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Press Sample

Today I have some goodies from NYC New York Color and Rimmel to share with you! There are quite a few so let's get to it! I am going to do eye products first and then lip products so we'll skip around a bit with the brands.

First up, from NYC. The Show Time Kohl Kajal Eyeliner is available in 4 colors and retails for $2.99: True Black, Deep Brown, Deep Grey, and Purple Glam. These come in a cone shaped applicator which provides a precise application. These are very pigmented; the swatch shown is one swipe of each color!


Next from Rimmel, the Magnifeyes Double Ended Shadow and Liner! This product comes in 5 colors and retails for about $6-$7, depending on where you purchase it: 001 Back to Black, 002 Kissed By A Rose Gold, 003 Queens of the Bronzed Age, 004 Dark Side of Blue, 005 Pink & Purple Rain. I have three of the shades to show you and I am pretty excited about them.


From left to right, Kissed By A Rose Gold, Queens of the Bronzed Age, and Dark Side of Blue. I. Love. These! The eyeshadow side is LIKE BUTTAH, so smooth and so comfortable to apply. The eyeliners are also very smooth and easy to apply, even though the blue eyeliner was slightly less creamy to apply because it is a matte.

Lastly, I have 4 shades from the NYC New York Color Get It All Lip Color. These retail for $2.99 and are available in 10 shades: ImpREDssive, WondeREDful, IncREDible, FUCHSIAtastic, FabFuchsia, Pinkdigious, ExeptioNUDE, MOCHAmazing, ExtraordiBERRY, TerrifiCORAL.

The shades I have MOCHAmazing, FabFUCHSIA, WondeREDful, ExtraordiBERRY. You get hand swatched and lip swatches, AREN'T YOU SO EXCITED?!



MOCHAmazing

 FabFUCHSIA

WondeREDful

ExtraodiBERRY

The lipsticks were very comfortable and quite pigmented. This was two swipes for each lip swatch. I think FabFUCHSIA and WondeREDful were my favorite!

I LOVE AFFORDABLE makeup! It's my favorite thing! Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sanchez Says...Spring Flowers

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Nothing To Disclose

It's time for another Sanchez Says and this time I'm doing some spring flowers. So let's get to it.

I decided to do a negative space dotticure flower manicure. I grabbed some of the few pastels that I own and got to work.

I started with OPI's Barre My Soul, a sheer nude. Then I dotted Moon Over Mumbai, Mod About You, and Gargantuan Green Grape.... annnddd Gargantuan Green Grape, the blue version, lol. I don't know why OPI didn't just rename the second version of GGG but whatevs. I used Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous for the center dots. Since I am awful at smooth dots, I did need two coats of topcoat to smooth this out! LOL!


Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sally Hansen Byte Blue & Let's Get Digi-tal

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Today I have a simple combination but one that I wore for several days, which is basically unheard of lately, lol.

Sally Hansen Byte Blue from the Miracle Gel line is basically my favorite color, but you all know this fact. Perfect in 2 coats and a great formula with not pooling or dragging. Shown with topcoat.

I added Let's Get Digi-tal, iridescent shifting topper. This primarily flashed pink over this color but over a darker color, I think you would be able to see some blue and green, as well.

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pretty & Polished Green Thumb

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(I won this in an Instagram contest)

Today I have one of the polishes from the Pretty & Polished Dusty Cremes collection, Green Thumb. I actually won this in an Instagram contest, which was very nice and quite exciting!

This is a pretty grassy green and very accurately described as a dusty green. Great formula, opaque in two coats.

What's your favorite Pretty & Polished shade?

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Monochrome

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Today we are doing Monochromatic manicures and I'm not really sure if mine counts but I'm calling it monochromatic anyway.

I used 4 different China Glaze polishes for an ombrè dry brush mani. From ring finger to pinky:
- At Vase Value
- Aquadelic
- Treble Maker
- Gaga for Green

All were 2 coats, except for At Vase Value which was prettttyyyy tricky. I did three coats but it was kind of a mess: patchy, chalky, and didn't level very well. So my coats were very very thin. Such a gorgeous color though!


Then I reversed the colors for a dry brush so I used Gaga for Green on my index finger, Treble Maker on my middle, Aquadelic on my ring, and At Vase Value on my pinky. The colors didn't contrast as much as I would have liked but I guess that just makes this better for monochromatic, right? LOL

Alaina at The Little Canvas
                                                                 Alice at Nail Art in Wonderland
                                                                   Amanda at Amandalandish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nine Zero Roy G Biv Collection!

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Today I have the Nine Zero Lacquer Roy G Biv collection. This is a holo collection with a crelly, glitter, and a topper. So let's get to it! So I save a little bit of typing, I added topcoat to every swatch.

Refraction is a red holo. This is super bright red holographic! Like.. glowing bright. This was opaque in two coats.

Frequency is an orange holo. Another great formula, opaque in two coats!

Dispersion is a yellow holo and can I say HOLLLAAA!! I love yellow and they are rather difficult to formulate and this is just perfect. Opaque in 2 coats!

Spectrum is a green holo. Another great formula, opaque in two coats!

Wavelength is the blue, and obviously this is one of my favorites. I love this, and another perfect formula. 2 coats. AND I didn't have any staining with this one and I wore it for a few days!

Reflect is an indigo holographic. ANOTHER perfect formula, 2 coats.

Chromatic is a violet holographic. And can you guess the formula? Just about perfect, 2 coats.

Prism is a silver holographic microglitter with rainbow holographic glitter. This was technically not completely opaque in two coats but I only did two because the glitter is so holographic and sparkly that you couldn't see the small spots that weren't covered... except for the ring finger and in this picture, lol.

Double Rainbow is a white crelly with matte rainbow glitters. This was packed with glitter and super easy to apply. Opaque in two coats. Because there is so much glitter, this did need two coats of top coat to be completely smooth.

Kaleidoscope is a rainbow glitter topper and most normal people would put this over white so you can see all of the colors but I just really had it in my head to layer it over Spectrum. I should probably put a proper swatch of this up on instagram. Someone remind me to do that, lol!

So yeah, Jess is killing it as per usual. Her shop is on vacation mode right now but I highly recommend checking these out! Love love love!

Talk to you soon!
Amanda