Swatches

Black Sheep Fall Collection Preview Plus One

As I mentioned yesterday, I love Black Sheep Lacquer.  Erin makes such fun, high quality polishes and is a pretty danged nice lady to boot. I have a couple of polishes from her upcoming fall collection that I received in my monthly subscription and one of my personal favorite polishes.  These were all paid for with my hard earned money so I have no obligation to be overly nice – but I can’t help it!  I love her polishes!!

First up is Smooth Criminal.  This polish will be available when she releases her Fall collection, which is available for preorder on her site now. It’s priced at $50 for full size (14mL) and $25 for minis.  Considering that there are EIGHT polishes in the collection – IT IS A STEAL. Smooth Criminal falls (har har) between royal and navy with an outstanding shimmer that’s meant to emulate the color of Michael Jackson’s tie in the “Smooth Criminal” video. I only know this because Mr. Tipsy is a huge MJ fan and he schooled me.

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Here’s her Fall Collection glitter – Mustard Flake.  It’s packed with bronze hexes, gold holo glitter in various shapes, gold micro glitter, and iridescent glitter.  It looks great over lots of different colors so I did a sampling here.

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The last polish is Blink.  A beautiful pink to blue duochrome that is downright magical over black polish. I used some chevron vinyl nail stickers that Mr. Tipsy made for me.  Pictures can’t capture how electric this looked in person.  It was like the polish was lighted from below.  Absolutely amazing.

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Yes – that’s what it looks like in the bottle. A delicate, shimmery pink. And then BOOM!!!! Electric Blue!!!

Black Sheep does have a monthly subscription for $16 in the states, $20 in Canada, and $22 international. She sends two full size and one mini. I know that Canadian polish addicts have a hard time getting reliable shipping on a lot of subscription boxes but since BSL is based in Canada, you don’t have to have any worries!  No getting your sub a month after it’s shipped!  You can let her know your polish preferences and she’ll work with you to try and get you polishes you’ll love. She hasn’t failed me so far.

Check out Black Sheep Lacquer and tell her nailtipsy sent you!

This post was brought to you by the letters D & H and the number 90.  As in Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Baroness of Glitter

As I’ve made evident in previous posts, I love glitter polishes.  When I came across the Baroness of Glitter, I was intrigued for obvious reasons.  I grabbed 3 polishes from her etsy store and today I’m going to share them with you. First up are two polishes from the Chromatic Love Collection.

This is Prismatic – a multichrome holo topcoat.

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Below is just one coat over OPI’s Black Onyx and Polish Alcoholic’s Zoisite.  I really wanted to see how this would layer over a brighter color and I was quite happy with the results.  I only used one coat because there was a whopping 5 minutes of sun and I wanted to grab it in natural light.

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The formula on this top coat is quite thin. Mind the amount on your brush so you get nice even coats.  The photo below is two coats of Prismatic.  The purple color shift really comes through over the Zoisite. It has a beautiful galaxy look.

Prismatic3Next is Aquaflux.  This is a multichrome microglitter top coat with a green to magenta shift.

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I loved the color shift on this one!  I did my best to capture it in full flair.

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This is two coats of Aquaflux over OPI Black Onyx.  The formula on this top coat is thin as well so exercise caution on that brush dipping. But really, is there such a thing as too much glitter? (No.)

Aquaflux3I like the intense green shimmer you get when looking at it straight on.

Finally, we have Bubble Goth! An adorable mix of pastel pink, purple, and blue matte glitter in a white crelly base.  There’s also the very tiniest hint of blue microglitter.  Plus – skull and crossbones!

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I love the concept of this polish.  As with most heavy glitters, you have to do a bit of fishing for the skulls.  Let the bottle sit upside down for a few minutes and they’ll come up closer to the surface. Give it a good shakin’ and you should be good to go.  This is two coats over OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls and how freaking cute is it??

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On my middle finger is a reappearance from Prismatic.  I used two coats of it over the OPI.  This worked really well as a canvas for the holo.

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You can check out her many NEW polishes just released in her store at baronessofglitter.com. She’s also on twitter @glitterbaroness and on Instagram as baronessofglitter.

Multi-talented lady that she is, she also has a jewelry store on etsy! Check out demiflux.com to see her inspired creations!

Pop over to facebook and like Baroness of Glitter and Nailtipsy so you don’t miss out on anything! Cheers!

Hit Polish Tribute Day 1 – Pennies From Heaven

Over the next week, I’ll be paying tribute to a wonderful indie polish company – Hit Polish.  It is with a heavy heart I inform you that her esty shop closed earlier this month.  However, so she is moving on to bigger and better things.  So, hooray for that!  In honor of her glitter polish brilliance, I will be posting a few of my favorites over the next few days.

Today, we look at Pennies From Heaven.  This is a beautiful rosy bronze base with gold and copper hologlitters in various shapes and sizes.

Hit PFH_1Her formulas are consistently wonderful and her glitter loads always juuuust right.

Hit PFH_2This is Mr. Tipsy’s favorite of the bunch.  What about you?  If you have any Hit Polishes, what are your favorites?

London Calling! – SquareHue’s 01.14 Box

The weekend is finally upon us!  As we kiss the first full week of 2014 goodbye, let’s say hello to SquareHue’s January Box! This is part of the Passport Collection and this month they took us to London!

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For those not familiar with SquareHue, they are a pretty unique company.  Each month they send out themed boxes that contain 3 .5 oz premium polishes in shades that suit not only the theme, but the season as well.  There are really so many things to love about Square Hue.  The polishes are 5-free, cruelty free, and all handcrafted right here in the USA.  I love the square bottles. What I wouldn’t give for a backwards time machine so I could’ve been subscribed since their inception in 12.12.

First up is Buckingham! This brickish red creme has a very nice formula and is opaque in two coats.  The thing that I found most amazing about all three of these polishes is just how shiny they are without a top coat.  None of these pictures have a top coat, but you can see how well they stand on their own.  Great stuff.

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SH Buckingham 2I love this color.  It’s so different from all the other reds I have.  I tend to lean toward true reds and blue leaning reds, with the occasional vampy red.  It was nice to be pushed out of my red comfort zone.

Next up is Westminster – a white that’s so yellow leaning as to be a pale yellow. It reminds me of lemon gelato that I used to buy at a little shop a few years back. It’s opaque at three coats and can be a little streaky so just watch your brush work.

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SH Westminster 2When I finally get around to doing my white polish comparisons, this will definitely be included.  And still, look at that shine!  No top coat!  Amazing.

Last, but certainly not least, is West End.  This deep navy shimmer borders on a blurple but definitely goes on navy.  The formula is nicely opaque in two coats, the shimmer is very subtle, and the shine, again, is outrageous.

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SH West End 2I love this for the winter season.  It’s a great alternative to black out nails and can be worn with most any outfit and still hold its own.

A portion of the cost of monthly subscriptions goes to HueGive, SquareHue’s charitable venture.  The current focus is human trafficking, which is a cause near and dear to me.  A SquareHue subscription is $14.99/mo plus shipping (so, basically $20/mo) and you receive it the first week of the month. I have no problem handing over $20/mo for this quality from a socially conscious company.  Give it a shot!

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve Mani!

Woohoo!  It’s New Year’s Eve! I’ve had a pint each of Karbach Brewery’s Fra-Gee-Lay and Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies and I’m in the celebrating mood!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t post my nails for the evening.

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I used OPI Black Onyx and Wet n Wild Kaleidoscope.  My top coat is the WONDERFUL Digital Flash from Nail Pattern Boldness.  The WnW goes on really nicely and I haven’t regretted picking it up.  It’s almost half empty after a few months because it’s just so fun to throw on top of pretty much any color.

I hope everyone has a safe and spectacular New Year’s Eve and a glorious and prosperous 2014.

Thanks for your support!

Mani of the Sugar Plum Fairy

I’m usually pretty on top of my Christmas shopping – generally starting in October and feeling smug right about now because I don’t have to battle the malls and stores and traffic.  Not so this year.  This year I am amongst the throngs trying to decide if 50% off everything at express was actually worth the line. (No.) Since my time is limited, I wanted a quick and glam manicure to distract myself with while standing in the lines that inevitably lie before me today.

Here’s a lovely polish from Julie G’s Holiday Frosted Gum Drops in Sugar Plum Fairy.  It’s a gorgeous textured dark violet matte glitter with a light sand-like finish. The sparkle is abundant but not over the top.

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DSC01757The formula is very nice and applied pretty smoothly for a textured polish. One coat covered nicely over a base coat, but I went with two coats for good measure. They recommend not using a top coat in order to get the full effect.  The cleanup was much easier than expected considering the color and the glitter.  It’s definitely helpful if you’ve mastered not getting any polish on your cuticles.

The collection has some really pretty colors and I definitely plan on picking up a couple of the other colors since they’re only $4. Maybe even the whole set.  An extra bottle of this color would make a good gift. Speaking of gifts, it’s time to go battle the crowds.  At least my nails will look good while I’m handing over my money!