Monday, February 22, 2016

Ever After polish: Let's Eat Cake!

* I won this! *

Hello!  I wanted to share my first impressions of an indie brand that was new to me.  Ever After Polish has been around for awhile now, but it was just in the last few months that I found out about them.  Today I have Let's Eat Cake that I wore as a birthday mani this month.

Let's Eat Cake is a light purple polish with ucc blue/green flakies, shimmer and holo.  The two above photos were indoors...once you get her out in the sun, the holo pops! All photos are three coats and topcoat.

Let's Eat Cake is half of a birthday duo called Rachel's Birthday Duo.  Rachel and Miranda are the creators behind Ever After, so Miranda has a birthday duo as well.  Let's Eat Cake is currently in stock in their shop along with its companion polish.

The other polish in this duo, Mermaid Princess, is also still available in their shop.  It's a pretty coordinating lapis blue holo with turquoise flakies and shimmer. I have that one too so I will share swatches in a future post.

This is a perfect time to get to know Ever After better, if you don't!  They have so many polishes and bath and body products to pick from and some of the things I have seen coming for Spring are just gorgeous!  I am officially hooked!
I have since ordered twice after getting this duo.  If you have any Ever After favorites I'd love to know.

You can find Ever After Polish here:

~ Hayley ~

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sweet Heart Polish - Off With Her Head

 **Purchased by me**

Today I wanted to share some swatches of a new-to-me Indie: Sweet Heart Polish. I fell in love on Etsy when I saw her Alice in Wonderland themed polishes and knew I needed to get my hands on some! This collection, appropriately called the Wonderous Collection, has six polishes in various shades and finishes. I think there is something for just about everyone.

The first one I decided to try was Off With Her Head. To me, this pink falls somewhere on the spectrum of a coral-raspberry, meaning it is not quite berry but also not quite plain pink. I'm not the best at my color descriptions, so I'll let the swatches speak for themselves.

This is three coats of OWHH. I think it could be opaque in two, depending on how you like to polish. Everybody has their own style. The microglitters and microflakies in this polish make it a stunner and I didn't notice that it was too gritty without a top coat but I used Rica's Glossy Glam just because I love how fast it dries. With a young and energetic son, I don't have time to not use a quick dry topper!

I have a few more Sweet Hearts that I plan on sharing with you at a later time, but I just couldn't wait to show you this one. Alice in Wonderland has always fascinated me both as a child and an adult, so when I see a collection with names like Who R U? and One Lump or Two? I am instantly drawn in. I just can't help myself! Are there any themes that you just can't resist?

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Lewis Carroll quotes. "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Something to ponder, eh?

You can find Sweet Heart Polish here:


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Simple and Sweet Valentines Day Manis

Hello sweet friends!  I hope that you're having a great weekend regardless if you have something elaborate planned or you're just counting down the days to 60% off chocolate (which is the real MVP!)  I'm a February baby, so I do love seeing all the bright pink and chocolate love during this month.  I'm sharing two different manicures that are super simple and sweet, but I really love these colors.

First up is True Love's Kiss from Pure Ice.  This is from that very elusive LE Fairytale Forest collection that came out around November/December.  I hate to post this one, because it's impossible to find now (it took me no less than 4 WalMarts before I found one that even had a display!)   However, if Pure Ice is reading this.....
Why aren't you re-releasing this collection!?!?  Help some polished sisters out!

I adore True Love's Kiss. It takes 3 coats, but is fully opaque and the gold shimmer is perfection in this pale pink.  IF you know of any similar polishes that are opaque like this one, let me know!  I'd love to own a few others.  This was 3 coats on its own with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

Next, are a few older polishes but this look will be v easy to recreate.  This is an older CoverGirl Outlast polish I found on clearance, Crushed Berries.  The formula is amazing! This is 2 coats and I have never had a berry polish that was so easy to apply.  I hope other CoverGirl polishes are like this.

I topped it with SinfulColors Love Sprinkles that was from their Valentines Day collection last year. I love the pastel matte glitters they did. The small glitters are light pink, but very pale.  This was 2 coats of Love Sprinkles and fishing out the hearts are so worth it!

So that does it! Let me know which was your favorite. If you know of any other similar indie polishes to True Love's Kiss let me know that too!

XOXO - Hayley 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Zoya Lake and Born Pretty Store Dandelion Water Decals

*decals provided for an honest review*
*polishes were purchased*

Hello my sweet friends!  Today I have some very easy nail art to share from Born Pretty Store and a color I purchased from Zoya's newest transitional collection, Whispers.  I love dandelions in nail art and I'm so excited I get to rock them in the easiest way possible!

Born Pretty Store was nice enough to send me a few items to review, and share my honest thoughts on.  The first item I chose were these adorable water decals in different whispy dandelion patterns.  This was my first ever experience with water decals, and they were so easy to use!  These are the Flying Dandelion design (item 20604) and they're under $2.00!!

For this look I used Lake from the new Zoya collection, Whispers.  I think I preordered this set the day it can out.  All these dusty pastels speak to me and I can't say no to them.  Lake is a very greyed out blue with just a tiny tinge of green to it.  This was 2 coats with a very nice formula.  Once Lake was dry, I used the water decal as an accent and later used OPI Pirouette My Whistle as a pinky accent.

The designs in the Born Pretty decal sheet are very detailed and sharp and I love that you get single designs + whole nail options.
To use them, I cut out the flower design I wanted and dipped it in warm water for about 15 seconds with tweezers.  The design slid right off the backing and I smoothed in place with a damp fingertip.  Let it dry for 1-2 minutes then topcoated it.  Super easy!
I highly recommend these and will definitely be using them in lots of Spring manis!

Shade - Lake leans so pretty in the shade :)

If you want these dandelion designs or any water decals you can use my code HAYH10 for an extra 10% off at BornPrettyStore AND free shipping....(the BEST)!  Let me know what you pick up. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Hayley ~