Monday, March 30, 2015

Polish My Life Swatch Monday

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Hey guys! I have some more Polish My Life polishes to share with you today. Some of these are no longer available for purchase but there are a few that are and those can be found directly in Polish My Life's shop here

My own love for this brand has yet to diminish, I love the colors she puts out and how awesome the formula and application has been with each polish. This isn't a review post so much because really, I had no issues to speak of! I just really like wearing these and want to show them off. 

Polish My Life Eye Sea
Two coats
Cerulean blue creme
Part of the LE Love in Rewind Duo

Polish My Life It's a Little Nippy
Two coats
Pink toned beige creme
Part of the LE Love in Rewind Duo

Polish My Life Breakfast on Fifth 
Two coats
Tiffany blue creme

Polish My Life Good Morningside
Two coats
Sunny yellow creme

Polish My Life Raspberry Roses
Two coats
Red toned purple creme

Polish My Life Mauve Rose
Two coats
Dusky rose pink with light holo pigment
Part of the Wine & Chocolate Collection 

Polish My Life Merlot Magic
Three coats
Blackened burgundy jelly with holo pigment
Part of the Wine & Chocolate Collection 


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Elevation Polish Saturday Spam Part Fifteen

 My continuing Elevation Polish Saturday Spam, have a great weekend! 
*not all Elevations shown are mine, some are borrowed from friends*

Elevation Polish Larch Forest 
Layered over Elevation Polish Rococo

Elevation Polish Meadow of Provence

Elevation Polish Mont Maudit

Elevation Polish My Heart Lays in the Altai
Layered over Polish My Life Eye Sea

Elevation Polish Oh So Blue

Elevation Polish Payun Matru

Elevation Polish Peteroa 
Layered over a random navy blue creme

Elevation Polish Purple Simply Smashing

Friday, March 27, 2015

Elevation Polish Wyoming the Wild Collection + Khongoryn Els: Swatches and Review

Provided for Review
Good morning! For today, I have Elevation Polish's Wyoming the Wild Collection, a six polish collection of polishes inspired by the great state of Wyoming. Here is a little info behind the inspiration that Lulu posted: 

"Last September I had the honor of spending some time camping with friends for my birthday in the most scenic of places. Wyoming. It was such a great trip. I had also several months earlier did a solo road trip to the big horn mountains. It was so peaceful but also so wild. I knew it was time for a collection to be born."

After a vacation month in March, I was very happy to get a new set of Elevation Polishes and I was blown away by the beautiful colors. Which kind of my reaction every month if I am being honest. Formula wise, everything was great, there is one polish, Grand Teton Sunset, that has some quirks but I will explain that beneath it's description. In addition to the six polishes from the collection, Elevation is also re-releasing Khongoryn Els, as well as a new line called Lulu's Favorite Things. You can see a sneak of that here, more info on that in the future. 

The Wyoming the Wild Collection will be released on Tuesday, April 7th at 9 pm CST in Elevation Polish's shop.

Elevation Polish Cloud Peak
Two coats
Periwinkle blue creme with multi-chrome and black flakes and holographic pigment.
I love to see those multi-chrome flakies in a colored base, especially when it's as nice as this blue is. It has a low density holo which gives it an extra oomph in the sun. 

(Direct Sunlight) 

Elevation Polish Fireflies in a Dark Meadow
Two coats
Black jelly base with multi-chrome and gold flake shimmer
A revised version of a previously released SBP (Small Batch Prototype) but with a few small changes. The gold is more prominent and the black base is much more opaque, two coats will get you full coverage but you will still see those awesome multi-chrome flakes. 

Elevation Polish SBP Fireflies in a Dark Meadow
I forgot to do a side by side comparison but I know a few will be wondering how Fireflies will compare to the original SBP version, so here is a pic of that one. As you can see, the base is much less opaque, I applied three coats and you can still see hints of my nail underneath. I liked the SBP Fireflies a whole lot but I do think the core version is better. 

Elevation Polish Grand Teton Sunset
Two coats
Light royal purple creme 
Grand Teton is a new formula polish from Elevation as it has a built in topcoat. You can get away with two coats for coverage and do not need to apply a topcoat. However if you decide you would like to topcoat this (which is what I would want to do) because of this feature, the purple may end up streaky. I have included photos of the polish with and without topcoat below. As for the color, it's one of the crazy but beautiful purples that will change in coloring based on lighting and skin tone. It could lean more blue or more bright on others, though I feel like my lighting for photos gives it a pretty accurate photo. 

(without topcoat)

(WITH topcoat)
I see some streaking but it was not super obvious and did not bother me that much. When I wear this again, I will probably just end up top-coating it (that's just my habit). I will say that dry time could make the streaking more noticeable but I did not test that. The color did darken though with the added topcoat. 

Elevation Polish Iceberg Lake
Two coats
Dusky jade/mint creme with pearl micro-shimmer.
BOOM. That was my heart. Right there. This sort shade of jade/mint is one of my favorites and I fell hard for Iceberg Lake. The pearl shimmer adds a softness to the polish. I will be definitely be putting a dent in my bottle. 

Elevation Polish Thunder Basin
Two coats
Dark brown creme
While we have had a couple of brown jelly polishes, there has not been a brown creme in Elevation's line up yet. I will admit that brown is not a color I gravitate toward but with a very shiny, very creamy looking dark brown like Thunder Basin, it's hard to resist. Thinner style creme formula but opaque enough with just two coats.

Elevation Polish Whoa! Jackson Hole
Two coats
Gray/taupe thermal holographic with silver shimmer. 
I am a bad blogger and totally forgot that this was a thermal so I didn't photograph it that way. But check out the other reviews from Elevation Polish's official bloggers, they will likely showcase that feature. The thermal feature is subtle though, this is the color that you will see more and in which it will eventually settle to once the thermal pigment expires. It has a low holographic density and dries slightly matte. 

(Direct Sunlight) 

Elevation Polish Hidden Falls
Layered over Iceberg Lake
Clear base with 23K gold flakes
This is polish made with love, each bottle contains gold that is hand rolled and measured to get the right amount of gold in the bottle. The gold pieces are on the larger side and you will get a good amount on the brush with just one coat (which is what I did below for each photo). Because of the 23K gold flakes used and the time and effort in bottling Hidden Falls, each bottle will be priced at $25. 

Elevation Polish Hidden Falls
Layered over Thunder Basin

Elevation Polish Khongoryn Els
Three coats
Purple tinted taupe creme/jelly 
Originally part of the June 2013 Mongolia Collection. It is a re-release, no changes to the original color or formula so if you already have the original you likely do not need the re-released version.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Chaos & Crocodiles Once Upon A Unicorn Collection + Dragon Stories: Swatches and Review

Provided for Review
Hello! I am very excited to share with you Chaos & Crocodiles newest polishes. The Once Upon a Unicorn Collection consists of 6 holographic polishes is spring shades and I also have another addition to the Dreaming of Dragons series, Dragon Stories. 

Application on these were so flipping easy, I barely need to do any clean-up, that's how great the formula is for these polishes. I only needed two coats for full coverage with each polish though you could sneak away with just one if that's how you roll. I am continually impressed by the quality of Chaos & Crocodiles polishes and I hope that you guys will love these too. 

All the polishes shown today will be released this Sunday, March 29th in Chaos & Crocodiles' shop. She has not confirmed the exact time but if you follow her on Facebook or Instagram, those details will be announced soon. 

Chaos & Crocodiles City in the Clouds
Two coats
Light blue linear holographic with faint silver shimmer
A beautiful shade of blue. It makes me think of clear blue skies and lounging on the grass underneath. 

(Direct Sunlight) 

Chaos & Crocodiles Forgotten Paths
Two coats
Pink-toned beige linear holographic with slight gold shimmer
Oh yes, so much love for this color. It's neutral yes, but with enough pink to it to make it interesting.

(Direct Sunlight) 

Chaos & Crocodiles Spun Sugar Magic
Two coats
Orchid linear holographic with subtle purple shimmer
Some major magic going on here, in this wonderful orchid/berry/red toned purple. But magic is in it's name so it's only appropriate. It is always hard to pick a favorite but this is probably the one I like the most from the collection. 

(Direct Sunlight) 

Chaos & Crocodiles Tropical Candy Flowers
Two coats
Coral linear holographic with faint pink to gold shimmer
UGH YES PERFECT. Nothing else to say....

(Direct Sunlight) 

Chaos & Crocodiles Unicorn Symphony
Two coats
Dusky aqua green linear holographic with slight turquoise shimmer
For all those green holo polish lovers out there, this one's for you. Also, I would pays lots of money to see a legit unicorn symphony, you know that would be a life changing experience. 

(Direct Sunlight) 

Chaos & Crocodiles Wishing Star Sky
Two coats
Periwinkle purple linear holographic with subtle blue shimmer
Have you grown tired of me exclaiming about the colors in this collection yet? No? Okay one awesome is this purple? Cooler in tone compared to Spun Sugar Magic.

(Direct Sunlight) 

Chaos & Crocodiles Dragon Stories
Two coats
Dark purple jelly base with fuschia to purple to blue multi-chrome flakes and holo pigment
So freaking hard to take photos of this one. It's definitely one of those, see it to believe it type of polishes. The chrome flakes look almost iridescent in the dark purple jelly base and with the added holo, you will want to make sure and score Dragon Stories. 

(Direct Sunlight) 


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