Monday, September 30, 2013

Indie Review: Paint Shop Polish

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A couple of weeks ago Candi from Paint Shop Polish reached out to me and asked me to review 2 polishes from her Fall line and 2 from her Halloween line. Now I was so excited about this, because it was the first time an indie maker has reached out to me before I initiated contact! 
It gave me warm and fuzzies :)

On to the polish! I will show you the 2 polishes from the Fall line I received first. 
Apple Pickin' is up first!

Apple Pickin' is what I did this past weekend! I love heading to the orchard, sitting outside and eating a candy apple that I mostly smear all over my face and get stuck in my hair. 
Apple Pickin' is shown here as 2 coats with 1 NYC top coat.

This shade reminds me of a candy apple. It is the perfect soft red that just is so pretty for Fall without being too red-in-your-face. Application was very smooth and even. This built nicely to opacity and despite the shimmer qualities, there were no brush strokes. I ended out keeping this one on for a couple days and got pretty good wear too! 3 days before I took it off!

I really love this shade of red! Dry time was average and removal was easy!

Up next we have Spiced Cider. Another one of my Fall favorite treats.

Spiced Cider is a light champagne colored gold. It took three coats to reach opacity because of the lovely fine glitters in it! I bet this would also make a nice glitter top coat over a dark polish!

The formula was smooth and even. I loved the shimmer in this one! 

I think this will make such a nice holiday polish too. I can totally see wearing this for Christmas or Thanksgiving or using it as an accent nail to dress up another manicure!

Next I have 2 polishes from Candi's Halloween line.

This gorgeous violet purple jelly is Hocus Pocus. I think Hocus Pocus is one of everyone's favorite and most well known Halloween movies!

Hocus Pocus is shown here as 3 coats and 1 coat of NYC top coat. It built up nicely, but as you can see there is some visible nail line still peeking through. This is typical of Jelly type polishes though!

Application was smooth but the first coat did go on a little patchy. However, the second and third coats evened it out completely.

Last but not least, is Monster Mash!

Monster Mash is a mash up of glitters! There are black shards, orange and neon green hexes and purple squares.

Those neon green glitters glow in a blacklight too! Sweet! I swatched Monster Mash over 2 coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff. This glitter was a little thick and unfortunately, my usual glob and spread method didn't really work. Because of all the different shapes, the glitters kept wanting to stick together! I ended out spreading one coat on my nail and then using the dabbing method, I filled in any holes.

I don't really mind putting in extra effort for a glitter. I feel like I would rather have the glitter how I want it on my nails anyway! This glitter really screamed Halloween to me. I liked that it still gave a real Halloween-y feel, even over lighter colors, because I totally feel those of you who don't like to wear dark polish!

I also swatched this over Essie The More the Merrier and SH Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac. This glitter definitely looks good over a variety of different shades of polish! 

Overall, I enjoyed all of these polishes! My top picks are definitely the Fall Collection though! I am really loving the red and golds this season!

You can find Paint Shop Polish on

Candi has some lovely solids and glitters in her shop AND guess what? If you use code POSSIBLYPOLISHED you can get 15% off of your order!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Falling for Fall with Color Show

I have been totally slacking on posts since I came back from vacation so I am trying to catch up! I also had a cold. I am a super big baby and feel like the world is ending when I have a cold, which explains why I fell off the face of the earth this past week. 
Tonight I have the first Fall polishes I picked up this season to show you! I picked up 3 of the 10 Color Show Vintage Leather shades that really stood out to me a couple of weeks ago. 

First up is Classic Camel.

I will describe the formula to you at the very end of the post, since these were all very similar. The first 2 photos are matte, and the next 2 photos are with NYC top coat. All swatches show 2 coats.

Classic Camel is a lovely fiery orange. It has little silver flakies in it and dries matte. It actually dried very quickly and began to matte almost as soon as I had finished with my brush strokes.

This really glows with a top coat!

I really liked this both matte and glossy, I can't decide which I liked better!

Next up is Plush Plum. The first 2 photos are 2 coats of polish, and then next 2 photos are with 1 coat of NYC top coat.

This one was a dark magenta. I ended out liking this one the least. Despite it being a typical Fall Shade, I don't think it was very unique.

There were also small flakies mixed in with this shade. I think the flakies sort of created a nice depth to this shade.

Next up is Mod Moss, which ended out being my very favorite. 

Mod Moss is the most lovely shade of army green. I love green polish in every delicious hue. but darks compliment my skin tone nicely and I just love them!

The first 2 photos are 2 coats of polish, and the next 2 have 1 coat of NYC top coat.

I love how pretty this shade was with top coat. You can see the flakies in the bottle in this shot pretty well.

Let me talk a little about the formula on these. The formula was a little hard to work with. Each of these dried so quickly, that it made it hard to paint each nail evenly. They started to matte-fie almost immediately! However, I think putting the top coat on afterwards smoothed it right out. Each of these also contained small flakies, which to me, didn't really translate to the nail very much. You can see above that they are not very noticeable.

Overall, I love Mod Moss and Classic Camel but could have passed on Plush Plum. What do you think? Is matte polish still in?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Indie Review: Glitterfied Nails Diamond Ring

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I have been totally out of commission since coming back from my vacation! I had a ton of fun in DisneyWorld, but apparently, I brought some germs home with me and now have a lovely sinus infection. Pretty much all I want to do is close my eyeballs so my head doesn't explode. 
BUT I can't wait to show you this amazing glitter from Andrea at Glitterfied Nails called Diamond Ring. It is so amazing!!

So amazing that I swatched it over 3 different colors and I wore it around town in a Galaxy mani. 

Diamond Ring is described as an iridescent opal glitter. It contains several different sized and shaped glitter in a clear base. The glitter shifts to many different pastel shades when over different colors and in different lights.

Here I layered Diamond Ring over 2 coats of Revlon Sugar Plum

Diamond Ring showed a lot of blue here over Sugar Plum. I am falling in love with this glitter all over again! Shown here with 1 coat of NYC Top coat.

Another shot of Diamond Ring in the sun.

Next I paired Diamond Ring over 2 coats of Revlon Chroma Chameleon Cobalt.

I love how evenly this glitter topper spread out and what great coverage I got in just one coat. You can see how many more colors can out over this blue. I see yellow, orange, blue, green and red!

I swatched it one final time over 2 coats of OPI Manicurist Of Seville.

Manicurist of Seville is a deep maroon shade and the iridescent glitters show up great over this one too. This glitter topper is awesome! It went on so smooth and you can see I got great coverage in one coat. Dry time was average and all glitters dried flat to the nail.

I decided to use this as a topper over a Galaxy mani. If you follow me on IG @PossiblyChrista, then you already saw a sneak peek of this mani! 
I am over the moon in love with this! This is my favorite galaxy mani to date!

Diamond Ring added just the right amount of galactic glitter to this mani.

What do you think? Do you think this glitter is as beautiful as I do?!

You can find Glitterfied Nails on

Andrea specializes in her Team Spirit lines and has so many awesome glitter combinations that are perfect to rock your favorite sport or school colors! Go show her some love!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Guest Post: Tips on Tuesday with The Classy Anarchist

Hello hello! I got home from my trip late last night and I can't wait to share some photos from my trip! 
For the last Guest Post, I invited Aly from The Classy Anarchist to do a Tips on Tuesday post for you! She chose to give you some tips on achieving the perfect Gradient Nails! I am so pumped to share these tips with you guys because I will definitely be using them! She did an awesome job!
Thanks Aly!

Perfect Gradient Nails

First of all, I'd like to thank Christa, the wonderful blogger behind Possibly Polished, for giving me the opportunity to guest blog for her! The topic I am covering is gradient nails (a favourite of mine)! Gradient nails are an easy and fun nail art technique to learn. They add pizzazz and dimension to any nail art design, and I'd like to share with you some nail gradient basics, plus my top five tips when doing gradient nails. This is not a full tutorial; it is geared towards anyone curious about gradient nails, and how to improve the end result.
Here is what you'll need to get perfect gradient nails (with little to no cleanup involved):

*3-5 different nail colours
*topcoat (I use Orly's Sec'n Dry)
*nail polish remover (I use Kit Advanced, or CVS Advanced nail polish remover)
*cuticle oil (I like to brush it on after the topcoat dries, to give my cuticles some lovin' after all that work)
*painter's tape
*scissors (to cut your painter's tape)
*cosmetic wedges cut into smaller nail-sized pieces
*angled eyeliner brush (for precise cleanup around the cuticle area)
*2-3 Q-tips (for the minimal cleanup you will have)
My top 5 tips:
  1. Use good quality cosmetic wedges: I had decided to try a cheaper grocery store brand of cosmetic wedges, just to save a couple bucks (it was Market Basket brand). Unfortunately, these wedges weren't dense enough and bits began to kind of fall off as I was dabbing my gradient onto the nail. Most drugstores sell decent cosmetic wedges (CVS brand or Quo for those in Canada, work just fine). You want to make sure they are densely packed, and don't look like they will fall apart easily. I prefer the ones with a curved shape on the wider end, so it matches the curve of your nail when dabbing the gradient on.

  2. Tape around your cuticles using painter's tape! You can also use other tapes, like scotch tape or masking tape, but painter's tape works best for me. I find it sticks better, and wraps around your fingers much better than any other tape. I bought a roll for $1.50 at the dollar store! You will be amazed at how much better your gradient turns out when you don't have to spend 20 minutes cleaning up afterward. Eventually, taping your cuticles takes about 2-3 minutes total!
  3. Pick nail polishes that are densely pigmented, and not sheer. Whether you are using cream shades or holo shades, you want to make sure they are very pigmented to make sure each colour shows up well. I would rarely use a jelly for this, unless every colour was a jelly so the gradient would come out equally sheer.

  4. When starting out, pick a natural gradient of colours. Pick one colour, and make a gradient that represents different shades of that colour. For example, if you choose red, start with a light baby pink, a neon pink, then a bright red, and finish with a burgundy or purple.
  5. Before you dab on your gradient, you want to paint your nails with two coats of a white nail polish (like Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear White On), or the lightest colour in your gradient pattern. I prefer to use the lightest colour in my gradient pattern. If I need to use a nail art brush for clean up around the cuticles, no white peeks through because the base colour is the same as the lightest gradient shade.
Here are some finished nail gradients I did to inspire you:

Thanks for reading! If you have any more questions about gradient nails, feel free to visit me at Facebook, or on Instagram: @theclassyanarchist!  

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Guest Post: Paint Those Piggies

Hello! I only have one more day in Florida! Today I will be spending the day in the Magic Kingdom stalking Cinderella riding a ton of rides! Yesterday I went to Animal Kingdom!
I have been following Erin for quite some time now and am so excited she agreed to guest post for me! I love how perfect her nails are and all her nail art looks. Not too mention, she takes great photos.
 Check out the mani she put together today!
Thanks Erin!

Hi everyone, my name is Erin and I run the blog Paint Those Piggies!  When Christa asked me to guest post for her, I was happy to oblige.  We both seem to have a love for color and nail art.  I have been loving her football designs especially since I've been hearing the football countdown from my husband for the last few months haha.  

For my nail art look, I started with my favorite polish  I started with a base of my blue version of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape and then freehanded a chevron tip with China Glaze Unpredictable.  I finished off with some simple black dots in Essie Licorice.  

Overall I was quite happy with the finished result.  I will leave it up to you to decide what kind of nails you think these are ;)  Grecian?  Space cadet?  Either one is just fine with me.  Thanks again to Christa for letting me take over.  Have a great day everyone!

Make sure to follow Erin at her links below! You don't want to miss her posts!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Guest Post: Adventures in Polishland

Today is my first day of PLAY! Work is over and I am booking it to my Disney Resort to meet up with my cousin. I cannot wait to throw on my Micky & Minnie Tshirt and romp all over Magic Kingdom! I can't wait to meet Cinderella! <3
I invited Christina from Adventures in Polishland to guest post for me today. I am so excited for her to give you a review of some awesome Urban Outfitters polishes! 
Thanks Christina!

Hello from Adventures in Polishland! I am so excited to be on Possibly Polished today! If you're a fan of my blog, you would know I am dedicated to fabulous and affordable nails. Did you also know that you can get some amazing nail polishes at the store Urban Outfitters?! Like many clothing retailers, Urban Outfitters carries a line of store brand nail polish. They come in a variety of colors and types, and even go on clearance for amazing prices! Let me show you some of my favorite polishes from Urban Outfitters.

First up is Bright Lights, a milky white polish with multi-colored hexagonal glitter. Bright Lights has a great but sheer formula. I applied three coats in the photos above, and it is not fully opaque. I really like the look I achieved, but if you would like opacity just layer a coat over a white nail polish. Bright Lights reminds me of an indie nail polish, but it was so much more affordable (even though I love my indies!). I love that Urban Outfitters keeps up with the nail polish trends!

Next up is Sunshine, a golden yellow creme polish. Sunshine has a good formula, especially for a yellow polish! It is opaque in two coats, but I added a third to make sure there were no visible streaks. Sunshine is a great polish for the fall, and can go well with many outfits, especially those olive green tones. I definitely suggest Sunshine if you're looking for a great yellow! 

 Last but not least is Scorcher, a glitter top coat with fine silver glitter and a mix of multi-colored hexagonal glitter. I layered one coat over another Urban Outfitters polish called Freakin' Pink that I featured in THIS blog post. Scorcher is an amazing glitter polish -- the coverage is great and the glitters apply with ease. I just love glitter top coats, and Scorcher is no exception!

All in all, I love the variety of nail polishes that can be found at Urban Outfitters! Not only are they awesome polishes, but they retail for just $5 each or 2 for $8! Be sure to stop by your local Urban Outfitters, or shop online at I hope you enjoyed this review, and I hope to see you soon over at Adventures in Polishland

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Guest Post: Lacquer: The Best Medicine

Hey guys! I am taking off for Orlando today for my business/play trip! I asked Ariel from Lacquer: The Best Medicine to fill in for me. I absolutely LOVE the mani she has to show you guys. I have a soft spot for nude polish and she used it so creatively! Give her a nice welcome!
Thanks Ariel!

Hey, Lacquerbeanz!

My name is Ariel, and I'm the girl behind the blog Lacquer: The Best Medicine!. I'm from New Jersey, and I will be starting medical school next September. But most importantly, I LOVE NAILS! - so here is a picture of mine:

I'm so happy that Christa asked me to guest post today. I only recently discovered her blog, but I love it already! :-) I warned her that I was super-busy with studying, so I can't do anything too crazy - but I actually love the way this mani turned out!

I was wearing this nude color (Carrigan) from Pretty & Polished's soon-to-be-released Basics line, and I realized that it was a perfect base for some type of skittle mani that I could use for this post! I didn't know where I was going with it when I started, but I have been into glitter gradients lately (they are SO easy to do!) so I did a glitter gradient on my ring finger using Shimmer Polish Jasmine.  Jasmine is my FAVORITE Shimmer Polish ... isn't it beautiful! Well, it was so beautiful that I had to put it on another nail! :-) So, I added it to my index finger.

Next I found a color that prettily closely matched Shimmer Jasmine: a nice teal-greenish color I have from a brand called Pastel that I won in a giveaway a few months ago. Never heard of it before, but it is a very pretty color! I used sticker guides to achieve the chevron look, and added the same color to my thumb for the full skittle effect! :-)

I topped the whole thing off with my favorite topcoat: HK Girl by Glisten & Glow. It's the best!

What do you guys think? I am so into skittle manis lately!

Thanks again to Christa for featuring me on her blog today. Please feel free to check me out on Facebook and Bloglovin' as well!