Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pretty and Polished Miss Independent Swatch/Review

Happy Saturday!  This weird shiny thing appeared in the sky this morning...my husband claims it's the sun!?  Could it be???  Finally ;)

Today I have a fun polish from Pretty & Polished.  This is called Miss Independent.
*Provided for Review
Pretty & Polished Miss Independent
2 Coats No Base
Miss Independent is inspired by America's upcoming Independence Day Celebration on July 4th. 
Pretty & Polished Miss Independent
2 Coats No Base
Miss Independent has a white jelly base with blue round, square, and triangle (sorry Emily...shards....however, they could just be parts of the blue squares that broke...ha) glitter; as well as red small and large round glitter.  As noted, the photos above show the polish without an additional white base. 
Pretty & Polished Miss Independent
2 coats over white base
These photos show the polish with a white base (Julep Kate).  There is a decent amount of glitter in the bottle, but I did a little fishing for the large round dots because I think they are so cute:) It was pretty easy to fish one out with the brush and plop it on.
Pretty & Polished Miss Independent
2 coats over white base
I also tried the Swift Sparkle Top Coat from Pretty & Polished.  The name describes it perfectly - dries "swiftly" and gives it a "sparkly" shine!  It applied easily - not too thick, not too thin.  I'm liking it!

Find Pretty & Polished 
Miss Independent is $9.00 - Here

*Pretty & Polished Miss Independent and Swift Sparkle Top Coat were provided for my honest review.  Please see the disclosure policy for more information. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Essie 2013 Neon Collection DJ Play That Song Swatch/Review

I'm Back!!!  I'm so excited - I missed blogging so much.  A big THANK YOU goes to everyone who sent me guest posts. They were beautiful and I sincerely appreciate it.

This is Essie "DJ Play That Song" from their 2013 Neon Collection.  I have been loving neon polish lately and when I saw this plum purple, I knew it had to be mine.
Essie DJ Play That Song
This is pretty unique to my collection.  I do have Sinful Colors "Dream On", but I think that has a bit more pink in it.  This is a straight up plum purple and I LOVE it.  
Essie DJ Play That Song
I layered 2 coats of DJ Play That Song over Julep Kate (white).  I have heard that neon polish works best over a white base and I would have to agree.  The photo below was taken before I added a top coat.  It has more of a matte/satin finish and I am really liking that look.
Essie DJ Play That Song
Without Top Coat
I have been waiting for the perfect nail polish to go with this Jamberry Shield accent.  As you can see, the shield is pulling away a little bit at the ends.  Apparently, Jamberry has changed their material from the material used on this shield.  It sounds like they are thinner now, so I am excited to see the difference.  I will keep you updated.
Essie DJ Play That Song
I hope you like my comeback post:)  I'm excited to get back into the swing of things and start trying some new polish! 

Have a nice Thursday.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Post from Marijana at Nails From Fairy Tale ft. Essence I'm Bluetiful

Hello!  I am ending the week and a half of wonderful guest posts with a gorgeous one from Marijana at Nails From Fairy Tale.  Marijana is a serious artist, in my opinion.  I feel like her nails should be showcased in a museum!  Please take a look at her work on her blog, it's amazing!  Thanks Marijana for providing me with this beautiful guest post.  I think I need this Essence shade, I LOVE silver sparkle in creme polish.

Hi ladies, my name is Marijana and I have a blog called Nails From Fairy Tale where I try to draw everything that is on my mind on my nails. The more is complicated, the more I enjoy doing it. This is my first guest post ever and I hope you will like it. When I heard that Essie broke her nail, I was more than happy to help her out. She seems lovely, and I really love to look at her swatches. Today I did a simple Starry Night manicure. Actually, my day started with painting my nails with Essence – I’m Bluetiful. It’s a gorgeous blue shade with a hint of purple, that has a lot of tiny silver glitter in it. Essence I'm Bluetiful

Essence I'm Bluetiful Application was great, and it is opaque in two coats. It reminds me on starry night. I love to look at sky and think about stars. Some are tiny, some are huge, and all that this polish was missing are those huge stars. So I used a silver nail polish theBalm – Silver Spoon Me to draw few random big stars on that sky.
  Essence I'm Bluetiful

Essence I'm Bluetiful

Essence I'm Bluetiful 
I loved how this turned out, and I hope you will too. What do you think? Thank you Essie for having me here :). 
 Marijana aka Nails From Fairy Tale

Thank you again Marijana - this is so pretty! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guest Post from Melissa at Lacquer Reverie ft. Layla Queen Bordeaux

I have two more guest posts for you and then hopefully I will be back in full force.  I have missed blogging so much:( 
This beauty is from Melissa at Lacquer Reverie.  I have gotten to know Melissa quite well since she started her blog.  Her blog is one of those that I actually read, word-for-word.  She is so funny, witty, and is such a brilliant writer.  This is one of my favorite posts from her...it seriously made me LOL.  If you start reading her blog; you will be hooked, I'm sure of it.  You can learn some random/fun facts about her here.  Melissa has turned out to be a great friend and I am so thankful for her.  Thank you Melissa!

Hey everybody! My name is Melissa, and I run a humble blog called Lacquer Reverie.  I have always loved nail polish, but my love turned into a full-blown obsession a little over a year ago.  I didn't know that nail polish blogs even existed, but then I stumbled upon Essie Rae's...and the descent into madness began.  Essie recently encouraged me to get into blogging, and so here I am.  Right now, I feel a bit like a drooling super fan who somehow ended up front and center on her favorite rock star's stage.  Because make no mistake, Essie IS a rock star! :)  Yikes!  I'd better get on with the post before my coach turns back into a pumpkin!

Today I would like to show you one of the very first ever textured polishes, Layla Softouch Effect 7, also known as Queen Bordeaux...a regal lady indeed!
Layla Softouch Effect 7
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, Layla is an Italian company that makes several different polish finishes.  The Softouch Effect line came out last year before the current explosion of textured polishes.  When applied, it dries to a leathery matte finish.  Queen Bordeaux also has a gold metallic shimmer that you can just make out on the nail.
Layla Softouch Effect 7
I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to this.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I wanted to add a LOT of sparkle.  I used Layla Ceramic Effect 55, also known as Space Cowboy.  Space Cowboy is a gorgeous gold glitter that looks beautiful paired with just about anything.
I decided to add top coat to this to see how it affected the texture finish.  It gave it a slightly rubbery feel.  Hmmm...perhaps a faux leather finish?
Layla Softouch Effect 7
I purchased both of these at Ulta.  However, I heard just yesterday from the Ulta salesperson that they will no longer be carrying Layla polishes.  So if you get the chance, pick up a Layla before they've left the building!  Layla is also available at Ninja Polish and Harlow & Co.  

Layla...you've got me on my knees!! 

Thanks so much for reading, and my sincerest thanks to Essie Rae for having me today! :)

Melissa loves her Laylas and these are beautiful.  She was kind enough to send me one called "Butterfly Effect" and I love it. Thanks again Melissa! You are wonderful:)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Guest Post from Lisa at The Polish Playground ft. Vintage Mismatched Nails

What a great way to start off a new week! Beautiful nail art:)  This post is from the talented Lisa at The Polish Playground.  Not only is Lisa a talented nail artist, she is also a great friend and supporter to bloggers.  I make my rounds reading/commenting on blogs, and I see Lisa there right along with me.  I am also in a few FB Blogger groups with her and she has such great advice for bloggers and is so supportive and friendly.  Be sure to check out her blog - you won't be disappointed.  Thank you Lisa, for all that you do:)

Hello everyone! I'm Lisa over at The Polish Playground. After I heard about the nail break from Essie on Facebook, I wanted to help her out so here I am guest posting for her blog. Since this is my first time doing a guest post, I wanted to make it extra special. I decided to do a manicure which I've always wanted to try which is where all the nails have a different design from one another. Let's see what I created!
   Vintage Mismatched Nails Nail Art 
  Vintage Mismatched Nails Nail Art
Vintage Mismatched Nails Nail Art 
 First, I applied Julep Nail Therapy as my base coat. The polishes I used to create this manicure are American Apparel Rose Bowl, American Apparel Office, American Apparel Coney Island, Windestine Jeweled Sand, and Finger Paints Tough Art To Follow. I also used a dotting tool. Lastly, I applied Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat to seal in the design and to add some shine. Vintage Mismatched Nails Nail Art

Vintage Mismatched Nails Nail Art

Vintage Mismatched Nails Nail Art
Thank you to Essie for having me guest post over at her amazing blog! It was a pleasure to do so since I'm a huge fan of hers with her amazing photo quality and comparison posts that she does. 
 I hope everyone enjoyed seeing my manicure as well! You can see more from me over at my blog, The Polish Playground and you can like me over at Facebook for blog updates too. Bye everyone!

These are gorgeous Lisa!  I love everything about this manicure:)  Thank you so much for taking the time to guest post!  Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Guest Post from Anita at Intense Polish Therapy ft. Nail Art/Tattoos

Hello Again! I hope you are having a nice weekend.  This guest post and tutorial is from the talented Anita at Intense Polish Therapy.  Anita's blog is so fun to read.  She has long beautiful nails that are perfect for nail art...as you will see below.  Not only am I impressed with her nail art; her swatches are gorgeous too! I find myself going to her blog to help determine if I need a new polish.  Thanks Anita, for all of your hard work.

Hey guys! My names Anita (IntensePolishTherapy), I am so happy to be featured & do a guest post on IHeartPrettyPolish! 
 I must admit as soon as I found out that Essie was looking for people to help out & do a guest post, I had to message her right away! I am absolutely in love with her swatches. They are amazing & truly inspirational. I guess you could say she's one of my blogger role models. So it really is an honor to be here.
 Anyway, enough of all of the emotional stuff. Let's get started. Today I will be creating a Floral manicure with a Caged Bird accent. I knew I wanted to do something playful, but I wasn't sure what type of nail art I should do. I started to look around my desk & I noticed the Nail Tattoos I had in my drawer.  The bird caught my eye & for some reason I thought of a bird cage. I know I didn't want to try & do a manicure with a bunch of bird cages, especially 10 cages that look very similar. In the end, I decided to do the caged bird as an accent nail. 
 Yay! Now that that's figured out, what am I going to do with the other 8 fingers? I was thinking of doing a light blue base colour with white polka dots, which I absolutely love the idea I am imagining in my mind; however, for some reason I thought that was too boring. I wanted something colourful & summery. So I decided Floral. It's very summery & I don't think the floral trend will ever "end". 
Now for the reality part. lol.  
 The products I used are: Base Coat: Nurtra-Nail Bullet Proof Strength Base Colour on my accent nails: OPI - Don't Pretzel My Buttons Base Colour on my other nails: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - Barracuda Rose Base Colour: OPI - Pink Friday Rose Outline: Essence - Fame Fetal Leaves: Essie - The More The Merrier & Shake Your $$ Maker Bird Cage: Essence - Piece Of Forever ASAP Top Coat Striping Brush Dotting Tool Tooth Pick Fake Tattoos - Nail Tattoos 
 Wow that's a long list. Of course, you don't have to use the same products or even the same colours, this is just to help inspire you.
Floral Bird Nail Art
 To start off, I applied my base coat & let it dry completely. Then I applied two coats of my base colours & allowed them to completely dry. 
Floral Bird Nail Art
Once dry, I cut out 2 little birds & left a spot where I can hold on to without touching the image. I would suggested using tweezers if you think they'll help you place them on your nail better. Then using water, I followed the directions & applied the them to the nail.  
After that's done, I let the water dry & made sure not to touch the nail tattoo. Once everything was dry, I took my gold polish & dotting tool & made a dot above the bird in the middle of the nail. Then still using the gold polish, I used a striping brush & starting at the bottom of the gold dot, made one curved line down the left & then I tried to mirror the curve down the right side. Then I made the other bars by applying three thin lines over the nail tattoo.  
Floral Bird Nail Art
 Now for the floral part. I am in no way a professional floral nail art creator. I actually just started trying to do them about a month ago. So this is the 3rd time I've done roses.  You may have your own method to making roses, but this is what I have found that works for me. 
 To start off, I took the light pink brush out of the polish wiped both sides off & using the end of the bristles, I made rough circles.  I allowed them to dry completely (this way when you're applying the red polish with the toothpick it won't smudge the pink polish ). 
Once the pink is dry, I took a toothpick and some red polish (on a disposable surface) and dipped the point of the toothpick into the polish. I create "C" shapes working from the outer petals in. 
 To create the leaves, I took two different greens & using the other end of the toothpick, I created "V" shapes (= 
 After that step, I let the polishes settle for about 3-5 minutes & applied top coat. (= 
Floral Bird Nail Art
Taadaa a beautiful, fun & summery manicure. It was such a pleasure doing this, I hope everyone has an awesome week & weekend

Thanks Anita! What a great tutorial!
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