Monday, December 30, 2013

My Top 20 Polishes of 2013: Part One

Hey guys! Are you ready for 2014? I love what this time of the year brings, anticipation for the new year but also reflections on our experiences from the last 12 months. I also love Best of type lists, so of course I had to include my own. Narrowing down 20 polishes from the many MANY polishes I acquired in 2013 was no easy task. My only requirements were that I include only one polish per brand, this would be a much larger list if I included all the polishes I flat out adored from this last year. I am splitting the 20 polishes into two posts and they are listed in alphabetical order, it was hard enough to cut the list to 20, ranking them would have been too hard.
 Here we go!

Chaos & Crocodiles Fireside Nights
Layered over Elevation Polish Alpine Heights
Previously posted here and Chaos & Croc's shop is here 
The first polish I purchased from Sarey and I stalked her then Etsy shop to make sure I snagged it.
The look here is more holiday-like but it is perfect over purple as well. Also, circles!

Crows Toes Indian Summer 
Three coats
Previously posted here and available to purchase here and here
I don't own many back-up polishes, I like to keep my stash as tight as I can. This one though, this one I immediately knew I would need a back-up off. Do you blame me?

Darling Diva Polish Little Red Corvette
Three coats
Available for purchase here 
Red polish is my weakness and add some of that holo sparkle and you get this hot little number from Mz. Darling Diva. 
Little Red Corvette Baby, you're much too fast

Digital Nails Wibbly Wobbly
Layered over New York Summer Hot Blue
Previously posted here and Digital Nails' Etsy shop here 
The Doctor Who reference is what initially sparked my interest but it's the combination of colors that makes me absolutely adore this polish.

Elevation Polish Arabian Sea
Two coats
Arabian Sea II previously posted here and Elevation Polish's shop is here
Oh man, to only pick one Elevation Polish as my favorite, this was the hardest task of all. 
So many amazing polishes produced in Lulu's line this year. I didn't think it would be fair to include a OOAK or Sample but this particular Small Batch Prototype polish is okay, considering a reformulated version is sold through Llarowe
Robin's egg blue and gold, a match made in polish heaven. 

Enchanted Polish January 2013
Two coats
Previously posted here and Enchanted Polish's shop is here
A major polish want for me for a while and because of a lovely lady, I was able to acquire this through a swap. Copper holo, how you look so fine?

Happy Hands Beachy Keen
Layered over Barielle Decadence
Previously posted here and available here 
Happy Hands produced some awesome and fun collections this year but my favorite of them all is this coral glitter. The color is so bright and summery and I especially love it over Barielle Decadence, the color is reminiscent of a juicy watermelon still in it's rind. 

Hare Polish Peepshow Magique
Three coats
Available for purchase here 
Nikole, the mastermind behind Hare Polish, made me love a pink polish enough to rank it in my top 20. She has some major skills, that lady. 
This is just so light and delicate without being overly sweet or twee. 

 Jade Mirage
Two coats
Can be purchased here and here
If I being honest, I would say that all the Jade Holografico polishes deserve a place on this list, they apply very easily and are so so holo.
Mirage is the one that is a standout among them, the color is saturated and looks fantastic in  the sun.

Lumina Lacquer Chanson D'automne
Layered over American Apparel Night Sky
Previously posted here
Lumina Lacquer's shop is here but this one is available here
My first purchase from Lumina Lacquer and definitely not my last. 
It's fiery and bright and orange and I looooove how it looks over dark blue. 

Well that was part one and I hope you enjoyed it! Come back tomorrow for part two. 


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