Monday, May 5, 2014

Live Life Polished Review

Hello Kittens!

I can't believe I've been so lazy in getting new blog posts. I'm so sorry, so very, very sorry.

Cause I had to add him once I realized what I said.

That being said, I've been wanting to show you guys these nails for awhile now. Two weeks ago I went to Funk in the City, which is a pretty cool little art festival in the art district of a nearby city. While there, I met Tammy, of Live Life Polished. This is a fantastic maker who lives in the Midwest and designs 5 free, cruelty free polishes. I got some very exciting new colors at her booth and I fell in love with her polish! Definitely one of my absolute favorite makers! So here we go!!

Peachy Keen

This beauty is Peachy Keen, a gorgeous peach/melon color perfect for Summer fun.
What can I say about this polish that isn't self-evident? It's so pretty and pun, and I love how it reminds me of fruit just by looking at it. Application was wonderful and smooth.

This picture shows 2 coats of Peachy Keen sans undies with one coat of Seche Vite.

Shocking Pink

Truth, kittens. Shocking Pink is the first polish I gravitated towards at Tammy's booth. I love this color. It is such a bright pink. Incredibly vivid and I (we) instantly fell in love with each other. Tammy's polish is a dream to apply and this polish is true to it's shocking name, needing only 2 coats without undies to achieve this look. That's right, I didn't have to layer this neon beauty over white to get her to pop at all!! 

Pictures show 2 coats of Shocking Pink sans undies with one coat of Seche Vite.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Can you see yet, kittens, that I'm a sucker for neons? I love neons a lot. This beauty is a neon lime green that really pops in person. I got this as a freebie mini from Tammy's booth, and I'm digging this little cutie. Sunshine on a Cloudy Day has micro glitter in it to give just the tiniest hint of shimmer and as always, application was lovely. The rippling on my index finger is from the Seche Vite and me being impatient!

Picture shows two coats of Sunshine on a cloudy Day sans undies and one coat of Seche Vite.

Fun in the Sun

Next is Tammy's first thermal of the group that I purchased. This is Fun in the Sun which is a yellow to peach thermal. I'm normally not a yellow person, but I really like the yellow of this particular polish. It was a little strange during the application on this as I got one coat on and it started warming up to my body temperature, I was putting the second coat on which was cold. It felt very strange like I was covering my polish up! Overall, application was fun but with a few small hiccups because of the shifting colors. 

These pictures show three coats with one coat of Seche Vite.

Warm is shown here on the left and cold is on the right.

Purple People Eater

Purple People Eater is the second thermal I picked up and it's a pale pink to purple thermal. This is hands down one of my favorites that I bought. I love looking at thermals and these are my first two. Application was dreamy like a fudgsicle.

This shows three coats of Purple People Eater with one coat of Seche Vite.

Purple People Eater is warm on the left side, and cold on the right side.

What A Wonderful World

What A Wonderful World is a white crelly with medium pink hexes, blue, pink and aqua mini hexes, and green and blue microglitter. This was also a freebie mini I got with purchase. At first I wasn't digging this polish so much, but after application I changed my tune and sure wish I'd gotten a full size of this gorgeous crelly. I had no problems getting glitters out but if you're really wanting a lot of the larger pink hexes you may need to fish them out and hand place them. Otherwise, application was smooth sailing. 

These pictures show two coats of What A Wonderful World over one coat of Formula X - White Matter and topped off with one coat of Seche Vite.

Midnight Love

Midnight Love is a clear based glitter topper with a multitude of different shades of purple and blue mini hexes and micro glitter. One of my favorites, I realized pretty quickly that while it may take a while, Midnight Love could probably be built up to opacity. Very easy to apply and I didn't have to place glitter by dabbing at all.

This shows one (ONE!) coat of Midnight Love over two coats of Formula X - White Matter and topped with one coat of Seche Vite.

Redbird Nation

Redbird Nation is also a clear based glitter topper with red hexes and squares, smaller red and pearly squares and large white circles. This polish is lovely to work with and I used the dabbing method for everything but the large white circles. Those are a bit heavy so I had to store the polish upside down for a few minutes before fishing them out and hand placing them on the nail. Other than that it was a lovely formula!

Pictures show two dabbed coats of Redbird Nation over two coats of Formula X - White Matter and topped by one coast of Seche Vite.

Dreams That You Dream Of

Unf. I mean seriously. Just, I swoon when I look at this gorgeous polish you guys. Dreams That You Dream Of is part of Tammy's Somewhere Over the Crelly Rainbow collection and really it's just plain gorgeous. DtYDO features a white crelly base with purple and fuchsia hexes and purple and fuchsia glitters. Application was absolutely lovely, and I did fish one or two of the larger hexes out and hand place them for looks but it wasn't absolutely necessary.

Overall, I can say easily that I am loving this indie maker. These are my first polishes that I got to actually meet the maker and have some pretty awesome conversation. Tammy's polishes are amazing but more than that, her brushes are nice and full which led to fantastic application. I absolutely love these polishes and I'm excited to get the rest of the Over the Crelly Rainbow collection at her online store.

Tammy is taking pre-orders now for the Somewhere over the Crelly Rainbow collection now at her online store. Check her out on Facebook and follow her on IG @teajayess

 Live Life Polish Facebook

All polished were purchased for review. This is the honest opinion of the blogger. 

The review was not solicited, nor was any polish provided for review.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Life of a Mad Typer Mystery Beauty Box Giveaway!!

I have been wanting to do one of these in forever! So heres how it works.

I give you a small peek at what's in this box.

This is just what I gathered in the first hour putting this box together. I had since then filled half of a shoe box with goodies. 

I will continue to stuff things into the box throughout the giveaway until I can't fit anything else into the box. This will be mostly beauty products and only a few will be sample sized. I don't like messing with samples so there won't be a lot of those in this box. Of course there will be some nail polish! I mean its me of course there will be polish!

This is part of a Giveaway hop and there are other mystery box giveaways just waiting for you to enter. The best part? You get more entries into mine for entering theirs!!!!  If this goes well we may do this a few times a year.

I mean look at this box!!! Just imagine all the things I can stuff into it!

Be sure to keep an eye out for hints on what's in the box on FB,Twitter, and instagram

So what are you waiting for? Enter below!!!

~Rubyblood from Life of a Mad Typer~

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hello Kittens & Mittens!

         This is my first post for my first polish blog, you guys. I'm not gonna lie, I'm totally nervous and thinking that my pictures aren't good enough, and no one is going to read this, or if they do read it will be convinced I should just hang up my polish stamper and head the hell home. But...jokes on them; I am home! HA!

         Anyway, now that that's all out of the way kittens, I do want to note that this blog is intended for polish reviews and mani designs only. I'll hopefully be sharing pictures, tutorials of my own making, as well as my honest and truthful opinion about polishes. It will only ever be my honest opinion, that I can promise. To start with, I'd like to share the last manicure I did.

        This was just a very simple Dotticure using my new Formula X - The Twenty-Two Set (received for Christmas) using gray (Extraordinary), white (White Matter, Black (Dark Matter), and the purple (Haphazard).

        Gorgeous, right? This was a super simple design, inspired by a dotticure I found on Pinterest. I prepared by buffing my nails and giving them a quick swipe with a cotton ball with a little bit of rubbing alcohol on it to get rid of any oils on my nails. Then, I painted a base of Duri - Rejuvacote, followed by a layer of ORLY - Bonder to help the polish really stick well. Then came the moment of truth. 

        Honestly, I'm not a fan of these bottles at all. They are wickedly gorgeous but as far as functionality goes, I'd give them a 2/5 stars. The lids are as large as the bottle itself which may work with a full size bottle, but paired with the mini size and the short by necessity brush does absolutely nothing for me in making it easier to apply polish where I wanted it to go. 

        The formula of Extraordinary was just that, extraordinary. Some streakiness on the first coat which I expected with the light gray color, but it was made completely opaque with the second coat. I used a quick coat of Seche Vite to dry up my layers and turned my attention to the dots. I knew I wanted to play with the black and white against the gray of Extraordinary but I also wanted to punch it up with a bright fun color. I almost went with Zap! which is billed as an electric limoncello; but in the end, my love affair with purple couldn't be contained. Haphazard called to me, and Haphazard was what I went with. This electric purple is shockingly bright in a good way!

        I had no problems with White Matter, but as soon as I touched my dotting tools into Dark Matter I had a few problems. As a good polish girl, I had rolled all of my polishes before cracking them open to mix the contents as they've been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks. I spent about 5 minutes dotting with White Matter, and in that time, Dark Matter had already started to separate again. I closed it up again and rolled it once more and after that had no problems. Same thing with Haphazard. Once again, it separated very quickly and left me with the unpleasant oily ring of a lighter color around one of my dots. I rolled it again and it was lovely as well. I sealed it all up with a final topcoat of Seche and let them dry.

        These nails wore surprisingly well. I had them on for 4 days before I had tip wear, and 5 before I had any actual chipping (although that could be attributed to washing dishes at Subway for 5 hours as well). I was so impressed with these colors, and despite the issues with the bottle and brush design and a few minor formula hiccups which were easily solved, I absolutely loved doing this manicure. I got a lot of compliments on it around campus, and town. I was even told I have too much time on my hands, and they didn't believe me when I said it only took about a half hour to do. 

        Kittens, this is definitely a fantastic start for the new Formula X line by Sephora and I can't wait to show you a mani I did using some of these polishes in an outer space theme a few weeks ago. I'll see you soon!