Review: Anne Kathleen Pumpkin Smashing Not Advised

Good evening everybody! As Halloween nears I’m sure a lot of you are looking for some good collections to get in the spirit. There’s a super awesome surprise coming very soon from me and another indie brand, but this collection from Anne Kathleen is another amazing choice. You may notice some of the polishes got a little bubbly, but that is completely my fault. I did slightly thicker coats with some of them and didn’t really wait long enough between drying. Anne Kathleen polishes are amazing quality and when applied properly will be beautifully smooth. I also did not use a top coat on any of these.

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First from Pumpkin Smashing Not Advised is Blair, a pale yellow creme. This is pretty much a pastel neon yellow and it’s so cool! This polish will be perfect for both Halloween and can be used for spring or summer too. I did 3 coats because Blair is a bit streaky at first, but you can see it smoothed out nicely.

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Next is Tabitha, a peachy-orange creme. This is another great polish for multiple seasons. I also did 3 coats for the same reason, it starts a bit streaky but after 2 or 3 coats the coverage is great.

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One of my favorites from this collection is Autumn, a darker orange with scattered holographic sparkle. With the flash (bottom two pictures) this polish almost had linear holo. This one is a bit jelly-like but got full coverage in 2 coats. I don’t usually go for warmer colors alone on my nails, but since this orange is a bit darker it looks pretty nice.

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And last of the colored polishes is Morticia, a black with strong holographic sparkle. This polish went on with 1 thicker coat, but I would recommend 2 thin ones for best results. This is a pretty amazing black polish. It looks so sleek on it’s own but with the flash (bottom two pictures) it has such a gorgeous rainbow!

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And the glitter topper from this collection is called Carrie, it’s has fine black and orange matte glitter and black holographic stars. There is plenty of the fine black and orange glitter but I did have to fish around for the stars a bit. Though I would also be perfectly happy without the stars too, so that’s not of an issue. I tried Carrie over each of the other polishes from this collection. Only 1 coat is needed to get really good coverage.

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Which of these polishes is your favorite? I’m definitely partial to both the holos! Pumpkin Smashing Not Advised will release on 10/5 and all of these polishes will be available throughout the year as well at http://annekathleen.com/.

Birthday Glitter

Hey everybody! Yesterday was my birthday and the day before that I had a polish meet up in Philly. I had really wanted to do some fun nail art like cupcakes or something but I just wasn’t feeling it when I went to do my nails. I opted for a simple glitter gradient for some birthday sparkle. I used a base of Marbles For Polish Lynn which is now available in my shop. Then I dabbed China Glaze Prism on the tips and used a dry brush to drag it down. I did this a couple times on each nail, dragging it down less each time which made for a pretty successful gradient. Hopefully next year I can do something fancier!

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Blue Hawaiian Gradiet

Oh no! You’ve had a break and now your nails are super short. What to do? Well I’m in the same boat for the moment, so hopefully I can bring some decent nub nail art to you for the next couple weeks. Today I have a simple sponged gradient using Zoya Ling and Wednesday. I topped it with Marbles For Polish Blue Hawaiian and in the last two pictures I used Fresh Paint matte top coat.

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I really love these colors together! I think Blue Hawaiian goes really well with a lot of different polishes. I love that it’s still a little twinkly under the matte top coat and really blingy with the glossy one. I can’t wait to show you what else I’ve got planned for my short nails!

Wear It Wednesday Review: Anne Katleen Heather on the Moor

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ve seen a few Anne Kathleen reviews. Every time I’ve gotten these polishes I’ve been impressed and this is no exception. Heather on the Moor is a small collection with 3 polishes, and they are beautiful and a dream to apply.

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The first one I tried was Ling, a pale lavender with a pinkish purple shimmer, just like heather flowers. The shimmer was hard to capture with my camera, but it is very plentiful. The application was very nice, and depending on the thickness of your coats it will take 2-4 to make this polish opaque.

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Next I tested Tawny, a bright lime green leaning towards the yellow side. Again, a very smooth application opaque in 2-3 coats. Usually I got for cooler toned greens, but this one is fantastic!

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Last is Heather, a purple toned greyish brown that will be perfect for fall. This one was my favorite to apply, it took 2 coats and was so silky. The picture on the left came out a little dark, but the right is more color accurate.

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All swatches shown have a top coat, but they are pretty shiny on their own. Again, I am blown away by the quality of these Anne Kathleen polishes, I can never find anything bad to say! They are on the thinner side, which I like, they wear well, and the colors are lovely. I really want to play around with these a bit and do some nail art. These polishes will be available in just two days on September 5th!

Blogiversary Giveaway!

Next Saturday (9/06) is my one year blogiversary! I didn’t want to do a huge giveaway, but I did want it to be special. I’ve gotten three customs made, two of which I posted about yesterday.  Shipped directly from Philly Loves Lacquer the winner will get Violet Blooms, a deep purple jelly with holo micro glitter, and Tootsie’s Teal, a teal jelly with holo micro glitter. From Smokey Mountain Lacquers is Ocean Nymph, a dark teal jelly with green, blue, gold, and purple glitters. And from me the winner will get a 2oz bottle of Zoya Remove+, 3 rolls of striping tape, and their choice of one of the new fall holos coming out September.

There will only be one prize pack, so make sure to do the two daily options every day for extra entries. This giveaway will only be active for one week starting today, so go enter HERE! Entrants must be 18 or over and have a US mailing address. If you are outside of the US you can enter if you are able to get somebody in the US to receive the packages and then send them to you. PLL, SML, and MFP are not responsible for packages after they have been sent out.

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Wear It Wednesday Review: Philly Loves Lacquer Customs

Hello everybody, I’ve got a great post for you today! I recently got some custom polishes made by one of my favorite indie brands, Philly Loves Lacquer. I got one of each of these for myself, but they are also being provided by PLL for my blogiversary giveaway starting tomorrow! I wanted to keep with the Philly theme and name the polishes after shops in the Reading Terminal Market. Most of the time we go to Philly we have lunch at the Market, and when my husband and I first started dating we went to get some fresh ingredients so he could make me breakfast, a lot of good memories there.

The first one is called Tootie’s Teal, named after Tootsie’s Salad Express. A teal jelly holo with holo micro glitter. I love the color, greens always seem to look good on me, and the glitter is subtle but super sparkly in the sun.

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Next is Violet Blooms, named after Market Blooms. This one is a deep purple jelly with the same holo micro glitter in it. Purple is my favorite color so I had to get something purple made for me. It’s a great shade, I love that it leans more toward a blue tone than pink, so it looks good on me.

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The fact that these polishes are both the same type will be awesome for nail art in the future. I might even have to get a couple more customs like this made! They were well pigmented and had full coverage in two coats, something that some jellies can’t do. Philly Loves Lacquer continues to put out great products, and Esther has helped me so much with getting my brand on track, I highly recommend giving her your business.

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Do you ever buy a polish that looks amazing in the bottle and then you paint it on and it’s disappointing? Well this polish is the complete opposite. Not to say that I was disappointed with it in the bottle, but I just wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But wow! I don’t know what it is about Aly’s Dream Polish Yuna, but it is just so gorgeous. It’s my first Aly’s, I got it in the July Holo Grail box and I can tell you, I will definitely be buying more from this brand in the future. Top and bottom left photos are with no flash and bottom right is with flash to show the holo effect.

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Holo Watermelon

Before I get into this mani I just want to state that it was not going to be watermelons at first, it was just going to be stripes. I changed it up for two reasons, one being because I started doing the stripes and the two greens together screamed watermelon to me. The second reason was because I owe you guys some actual nail art. I’ve been doing a lot of gradients and other simple stuff lately and I need to put in more effort when possible. And now for some nails!

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I started with a base of Hero’s Shade from Philly Loves Lacquer. This polish was exclusive to the July 2014 Holo Grail Box by Dazzled. I put a top coat over that and saved the nail art for the next day. I used striping tape on my middle and ring fingers and topped it with March 2014 from Enchanted Polish then removed the tape right away. On the other nails I took a french tip guide and turned it around so it curved around the bottom of my nail. I used Enchanted Polish’s July 2014 for the red and removed the guide. I let that dry a bit then carefully used striping tape over Hero’s shade again and painted on March. I used a toothpick to dot on the seeds with Zoya’s Raven. Once the black was dry enough I used my top coat which did cause a tiny bit of streaking from the black. Left photo below is with flash and right is without, above photo is also with flash.

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I am very happy with how this mani turned out! I think the stripes look super cool because the holo in March is more pronounced than in Hero’s Shade and they contrast very well. I was a little sad at first because I didn’t have a watermelon colored holo, but then I remembered I had this red and it fit so perfectly! Anything lighter wouldn’t have looked right in my opinion. What are your thoughts on this one? I think it’s one of my best manis in a while.

Enchanted Gradient

A couple weeks ago I did a Wear It Wednesday with Enchanted Polish’s June 2014. That one seemed to be the fan favorite out of the three that were released together. I bought all three and was very pleased this time around. Before I had even tried on June I used May 2014 and July 2014 as a gradient. The results were stunning! I don’t often wear the same mani multiple times, but I might do this one again!

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I started with a base of Zoya Lulu, which is a sheer nude, and might be my go to base for some of my gradients now. Then I painted May and July onto a makeup sponge and started dabbing it onto my nails. Since I did not wet the sponge first a lot of the polish soaked in and left May (the orange) very light. When I went to do my second hand I used the same spot on the sponge and since it had dried polish on it the orange came out much darker. So I removed it and completely redid it with another spot on the sponge. Both ways looked beautiful but I did prefer this way better. I’m really excited for the next release because I really want September, my birth month.

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I’ve got a great polish for you today! Recently Ellagee put out a Doctor Who collection and I snagged a few of the colors. Each color perfectly matches the scene or object it was based off of. The first one I tried out was Trenzalore, a cloudy blue holo.

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The holo is more subtle, but still very pretty in sunlight. The application was very smooth and it will only take 2 or 3 coats for full opacity. Here’s the TARDIS pendant I got with my order, isn’t it awesome? You can get your own pendant for just $1.50, and Trenzalore for $10 at ellagee.com as well as the other polishes in the collection.

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