Silly Lily Polish – Black n Red n Matte All Over …Review/Swatches

These Silly Lily polishes I received the other day, are so super cute!  I keeping promising myself I will only try on one a day …… let’s just say – will power is not my strength.   So, here’s another one!!

Black n Red n Matte All Over  polished over Zoya Purity, with a Seche Vite topcoat.

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As with any glitter polish with chunky sized glitter, the pieces had to be maneuvered a bit so they didn’t bunch up and overlap too much.  But, the quantity of “stuff” that came out after each brush dip was a perfect amount.

IMG_3510I messed up with my pinky finger….after the first coat, I decided to try for a second, and clearly….this polish does NOT need a second coat.  One coat is just enough to show off what the polish contains, and two coats is overload.

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In this (above) photo – you can see what happens when you rush and spread the top coat over too quickly….bubbles.  Take it slow, and brush smoothly towards the tip of the nail.  I was hurrying, and dabbing in places trying to smooth out some bumps showing from the glitter.  Don’t do this 🙂  Two thin layers is better than one thick globby, bubbly layer 🙂

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Final say on this particular polish…I love it, I really, really do!  In fact, I have been looking for, and attempting to recreate something almost exactly like this since the summer.

And someday soon, I hope to have more time to give it the manicure it deserves 🙂

Revlon Brilliant Strength “Beguile” and Silly Lily (Indie brand) “Swamp Juice” – Photos/Review

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It’s always nice to start a post with a pic, instead of blah, blah, blah 🙂   Now, onto the blah, blah, blah 🙂

Revlon Brilliant Strength is a favorite of mine, when it comes to drugstore polishes.  Here in Canada, they go for about $6-$7 (so, not super cheap, but not too expensive).  My latest Brilliant Strength acquisition is called “Beguile”.

Beguile is a very deep blue with hints of purple and the occasional green (in the right lighting) – very cool.  Application was good – two coats and done – not streaky at all, no bald spots – just like the color in the bottle.

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Next, I added a couple of layers of one of the Silly Lily Polishes I received the other day “Swamp Juice“.  The super duper nice thing about this one was…it was free 🙂  Silly Lily has a promotion on, where you receive a bonus with every order placed…and mine was Swamp Juice!

As expected with any polish that has glitter and flitter and other shiney things…it was thick and a little chunky.  But not lumpy.  So, while it was quite thick to apply, there were no problems with smoothing it out after with top coat.

The description of Swamp Juice…I have no idea how to describe it, so right off of the Silly Lily description “Made with blue/green flakies blended with a rusty purple shimmer”.  Yes…that would be how I would describe it, if I had time to think about it 😉  Whatever the description in type – the way it looks over the navy polish is awesome 🙂

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And last, but very not least – I added some adorable Christmas stickers from my Bloggers sample pack (go get one!!  They’re free!!) from Viva La Nails.

 

Have a great weekend!!

I’ve been Floam’d, and I Love It! (Floam by Nail Venturous review and photos)

 

Floam by Nail Venturous and sold by Ninja Polish.  ($9 usd)

 

I have been holding out on trying this one…the images I have seen online looked so amazing, that I wanted to take the time to do it right and give “Floam” the manicure it deserved 🙂

 

 

So, after all that – I messed up.  I am so used to putting glitter or other toppers over a black polish, and I was most definitely wrong on that one!  (images below)

 

Ick!  Ack!  Eww!

I also made the mistake of not putting on a “for glitter polish” base coat.

Whatever this polish is made of, it must be industrial strength, because I cleaned up the same way I normally do (dipping small brush into acetone and cleaning around the edges) – and I was practically scrubbing the excess polish and glitter pieces, and barely got anywhere.  Except a worn down brush and dry cuticles.

Obviously, I did “Floam” no justice, and had to start over.

This time, I put on a “for glitter polish” base coat… then, instead of black, I used a light mint green polish ( Essence “exists on your right”).

I cleaned the up my cuticles, pre Floam, and was VERY careful spreading the Floam on – then topped it off with a very thick coat of Seche Vite (Floam was very grainy, as expected from any polish that contains glitter etc.)

Now, here is the manicure that Floam deserved 🙂

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Despite the issues I had originally had (tech support always say 90% of problems are user error…same with manicures :)) – I do really like the way this polish looks.  The little extra effort to get it on smoothly, and the removal – is completely worth it, in my opinion.

 

Have a great weekend!