Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Glitter Daze - Flora Noxia Collection

Good evening!

Do you love flakies?  I love flakies!  Everyone loves flakies.  Especially the newest multichrome metallic flakies that are hitting the scene.  Glitter Daze is one of the indie brands that is know for amazing flakie toppers.  Flora Noxia is a new collection this month that included two versions of each flakie topper, one with just the flakies and one with holographic microglitters mixed in.  Today, I have all 8 of the plain flakie toppers to share.  The polishes are all named after deadly plants because you will just die when you see them.  Ha!  Just a quick note about all of these swatches.  I used one coat of the flakie topper over two different colored bases.  I am showing you macros with both glossy top coat and matte top coat (Matte all the flakies!!).  The matte top coat I used was Sally Hansen's Big Matte top coat and it really mattified/blurred the polishes.  These flakies are all very thin and easy to apply.  No sticking up at weird angles.  Also, I used two light sources at different angles to really show off the shift of the flakies.  Enough of the chatter....let's look at some flakies!

Glitter Daze - Flora Noxia Collection - McPolish



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Takko Tuesday! - Blue Flammingo: MIA

Happy Takko Tuesday!


It's late in the day but it is still Tuesday somewhere!  Tonight, I have an older takkito to share with you all.  "Blue Flamingo: MIA" was originally release a few years ago as a darker blue shade but was then revamped into what you see here.  Takko Lacquer has a knack for shimmery teal/turquoise polishes.  This shade is a little more on the blue side of turquoise.  The base color reminds me of the ocean around Miami.  It is definitely blue but has these flashes of a more murky green at times.  Maybe it is just the subtle holo shimmer or the way this color plays off my skin tone, but I get a distinct yellow tinge along with the blue.  The pink to purple shifty microshimmer gives it an extra kick of girly flare.  It doesn't show up as well in my full mani photos but you can really see it in my macro and in real life.  The formula was a little more sheer than I expected but still easy to apply.  I wore this in three thinner coats with a glossy top coat.  (It's still on my nails right now!)

Takko Tuesday - Blue Flamingo: MIA - McPolish

Takko Tuesday - Blue Flamingo: MIA - McPolish

Takko Tuesday - Blue Flamingo: MIA - McPolish


I hope you liked this shade!  Since this is an older color, it may be harder to come by.  I am not sure when it will be restocked but as far as I know it is not discontinued.  Be sure to follow Takko Lacquer on all of their social media accounts get up to date info on restocks and new releases.


Takko Lacquer shop and restock info
Takko Lacquer Instagram and Twitter
Takko Lacquer stockists: Mei Mei Signatures, Femme Fatale


Thanks for stopping by!
- Amy McG (McPolish)


*product was part of a nail polish swap*

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Born Pretty Store - Artistic Vortex Water Decals

Hello there!

Today, I have a fun and easy skittlette mani to share with you all using some polishes from P2 Cosmetics and water decals from Born Pretty Store.  As you are well aware, I love me some skittlette nails!  If you don't know what a skittlette mani is, head over the master her self, ChitChat Nails, for a great tutorial.  I always like to use a textured polish in my skittletes :)

Skittlette mani with Born Pretty Store water decals by McPolish


For this simple mani, I used some water decals sent to me from Born Pretty Store.  I just loved the abstract nature of these swirly patterns and the colors felt very retro to me.  I chose polish colors that would compliment the colors in the decal designs.  The saturated teal creme is P2 "Hidden Mermaid" from the Volume Gloss line and the matte orange textured polish is P2 "Peach Icing" from the Crisp+color line.  I adore P2 polishes!  They are a German drug store brand are always impress me with their formulas.

Skittlette mani with Born Pretty Store water decals by McPolish


The water decals are such an easy way to add a little extra something to your manicures.  If you can't hand paint but still want some fly nails, try a water decal.  All you need to do with soak the decal in water for approximately a minute, slide the paper backing off and place it on the nail.  Add a glossy top coat to seal it in and Ta Da!  Instant nail art.  Born Pretty Store has a ton of water decal to choose from.  This sheet of Artistic Vortex Pattern has several different patterns and is only $1.99.  

Skittlette mani with Born Pretty Store water decals by McPolish


You can get many manicures out of this one pack.  Especially if you are just doing accent nails like I am.  If you want to try out this water decal sheet or any of the other numerous water decals, head over the Born Pretty Store and place an order.  They ship worldwide and I have a 10% off coupon code you can use at check out: AVAW10



Hope you have a great weekend!
 - Amy 'McPolish' McG


*decals provided by BPS for honest review*

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Awesome Sauce Indie Box - Mermani

Hi friends!

Today, I have the newest Awesome Sauce Indie Box to share with you.  This is a quarterly indie nail polish box that features four regular contributors and one guest maker.  It comes in both a full sized option as well as a mini option (which I think is a great idea).  The theme for this box is Mermaids and it included a bunch of extra goodies that are all mermaid inspired.  The indie makers in this box are Lavish Polish, Ever After Polish, Vapid Lacquer, Anonymous Lacquer and the guest maker Literary Lacquers.  All of these brands are great. If you haven't tried them yet, then this box of a perfect way to sample their awesome.  Haha.  Let's take a look at these lovelies.

Awesome Sauce Indie Box - Mermani - McPolish



Takko Tuesday! - Sweet Cheeks

Happy Takko Tuesday!

Tonight, I have a brand new takkito to share with you.  The Valentine's collection launches yesterday and this cool thermal polish was one of them.  "Sweet Cheeks" is a peachy nude creme that shifts to a rosy mauve when cold.  It really does look like blushing cheeks when the shift happens.  The warm color is not a perfect skin tone shade as it is a little yellow, but when it is transition to the colder pinker shade it is very pretty.  Transition was easy it didn't take extreme measures to shift.  I was pretty cold in my house when I did these swatches.  When my hands were warm the color was warm and then as my hands got colder the nice shift happened.  I like the rosy mauve color that it is in it's cold state the best.  So wearing this color in the winter/spring would be perfect.  It's subtle and work appropriate but still girly and special.  The formula was nice and not gritty like some thermals can be.  I used two thick coats with a glossy top coat.  If you do thinner coats than I do, you will likely need three for full opacity.   Let's take a look at "Sweet Cheeks" from Takko Lacquer in its transition from warm to cold.

Takko Lacquer - Sweet Cheeks - McPolish

Takko Lacquer - Sweet Cheeks - McPolish

Takko Lacquer - Sweet Cheeks - McPolish


The launch of this shade (as well as the others in the small Valentine's Day collection) released this past weekend.  They were all snatched up but don't worry, Sheryl will have a restock of them soon.  Be sure to follow Takko on their social media outlets to be up to date in release and restock info.  And stay tuned for news about a new international stockist in the works.  Squee!

Takko Lacquer shop and restock info
Takko Lacquer Instagram and Twitter
Takko Lacquer stockists: Mei Mei Signatures, Femme Fatale


Smooches!
- Amy McPolish McG


*product provided by the maker for honest review*

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