Makeup Wars loves spring nail polish shades

A topic after my heart! Nail polish. I love nail polish and have a collection that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Spring and summer shades are ones I can’t get enough of. This year I seem to be enamored with pink – all shades of pink. Last year it was blue but this year it’s all about the pink although I’ll let a few more shades creep in since I like to wear a new color every week. Three brands are making the grade for me lately: Trust Fund Beauty *, Nine Zero lacquer, and Formula X from Sephora.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning

TRUST FUND BEAUTY is a brand that is 7 Free as well as being Vegan and Cruelty-Free. You won’t find toulene, formaldehyde, lead, nickel, phthlates, and other toxic ingredients. There are dozens of gorgeous polishes that cost between $12 and $15. It’s an indie company that you can be excited about purchasing from. The brand is only 2 years old and was created by a woman who launched the line in honor of her mother. I was sent 3 polishes and have worn two for a full week each. They are not only beautiful on my nails but even after a full week there were no signs of being ready for removal.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Do U Know Who My Father Is?

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Do U Know Who My Father Is?

Do U Know Who My Father Is? is the perfect pink for spring and summer. It’s a clean refreshing cream shade that covers in two coats without any visible nail lines. They describe the shade as a ‘dusty medium pink’. I didn’t feel the dustiness in it, I just felt it was a perfect spring pink that I’ll love wearing over and over.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Dirty Thoughts

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Dirty Thoughts

Dirty Thoughts ($15) doesn’t appear to be a spring/summer shade but it’s actually perfect. Trust Fund Beauty describes it as ‘An opaque purple-copper with tiny multi-colored glitter”. I’m not seeing the purple but I’m seeing a lot of the glitter. This isn’t brazen even though it has so much gold in it. I really love wearing this one even though I had to work a little harder to remove it.

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning SWATCHES

TRUST FUND BEAUTY: Dirty Thoughts, Do U Know Who My Father Is?, Should Come with a Warning SWATCHES

Should Come With a Warning ($12) is the only one I haven’t had time to wear but it’s another great spring polish. It’s a pastel coral pink shimmer that on my longer nails will need 3 coats.

I’ve introduced you to NINE ZERO LACQUERS before and I’m happy to report that their monthly polishes are now available all the time. That takes the pressure off buying before the month is over. Their Nail of the Month polishes are $11 and are very special, while their regular line is mostly $10. All Nine Zero lacquers are 3-free, meaning no Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene. Each bottle is hand mixed by Jessica of Jessface90 on You Tube.

NINE ZERO LACQUER Full Bloom and April 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER Full Bloom and April 2016

I love the holographic glitter in these polishes. The shine is amazing, the wear even better.

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016

April 2016 is a baby pink holographic with holographic silver microglitter added in for extra sparkle. I didn’t consider it a baby pink, I found much more depth to it. This stayed absolutely perfect for 7 days, not even a tiny flaw in it. The scattered hologram was strong and attracted the kind of attention I like. It took two passes of polish remover to remove but it was worth that little bit of extra effort. I love these polishes.

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016 and Full Bloom

NINE ZERO LACQUER April 2016 and Full Bloom

Full Bloom is a light pink jelly base, packed with silver holographic microglitter. The polish in the bottle appears much darker than it is on nails. I’ve got a wedding at the end of May and I’m saving this beauty for that day.

FORMULA X from Sephora is a favorite brand and one of the few non-indie brands I’ll buy. I’ve found them to be consistent in their quality. I fell for Ladylove once I saw the iridescence in it. After a long winter I was ready for a princess pink and this delivered.

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

FORMULA X Ladylove

I recommend any and all of these polishes. These three brands are among the ones I’m willing to buy again without hesitation. I hope you will too.  —  Marcia

Join the other bloggers to see what polishes they will share to make the next few months more beautiful.


*Trust Fund received by PR, others purchased

Makeup Wars favorite new brand: Polish Me Silly plus more

Favorite indie polishes: Nine Zero, Polish Me Silly, Lilypad Lacquer

Favorite indie polishes: Nine Zero, Polish Me Silly, Lilypad Lacquer

Makeup Wars this week will be quite diverse since the participants have a wide open range of items to choose from with Favorite New Brand. It took me absolutely no time to decide on what to write about since I’m crazy about nail polish. My preference is to buy Indie brands of polish. While I love so many brands, both indie and mainstream, my heart really belongs to the Indie brands. By buying these you are supporting other women who love polish and put their heart and soul into designing colors and polishes that will make your nails sing.

Polish Me Silly in Paradise and Dynamite

Polish Me Silly in Paradise and Dynamite

One such brand is POLISH ME SILLY *, created by a mother/daughter team and sold on Etsy.

All of our polishes are custom- blended and have loose cosmetic-grade glitters, micas and colorants added to them. They are 3 free~~NO Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)~~NO Formaldehyde and NO Toluene.

Paradise is aptly named. I’m in paradise wearing this polish. It’s called a Mega Multichrome polish which is a great description. It’s like wearing a rainbow of colors on my fingers. In different lights, it turns different colors. It is often a beautiful teal but then you’ll look and see some navy peeking out on one side. Move your hand and you’ll see a deep enticing cool purple.

Polish Me Silly Paradise

Polish Me Silly Paradise

Just look at the shifts this one polish has. I’ve been wearing it for 5 days now and it looks like new. People have either grabbed my hand to look at it more closely or come up to tell me how gorgeous it is. I used three coats for this manicure because my nails are long right now and I wanted no visible nail line.

Dynamite is the second polish that Polish Me Silly sent and I can’t wait to wear it. This is also a Mega Multichrome so it’s like a party on your nails. Dynamite is a gorgeous reddish-magenta, burnt orange, yellowish-golden & green color shift (description from Polish Me Silly). Just look at this picture from Very Emily to see why it needs to be on your list a.s.a.p.

Polish Me Silly Dynamite (picture from Very Emily)

Polish Me Silly Dynamite (picture from Very Emily)

When I was swatching these on my nail wheel I could easily see that Dynamite was a two coat polish with Paradise needing that third coat. At $8.50 each you will attract the kind of attention you want to attract.

POLISH ME SILLY: Dynamite and Paradise

POLISH ME SILLY: Dynamite and Paradise

There are two other brands that I’ve been loving lately too. Nine Zero Lacquer and Lilypad Lacquer are two brands I’ve been buying.

Nine Zero Lacquer in February 2016 and Santa Suit

Nine Zero Lacquer in February 2016 and Santa Suit

I discovered Nine Zero Lacquer on Kellie Gonzo’s blog when she showed the February 2016 Polish of the Month and I fell in love with it. At the time I also bought Santa’s Suit which is a stunning cherry red jelly with gold microglitter in it. This is still available for $10 but the polish of the month is only available for one month. I have the April one ordered and will share that when it arrives. I’m a little biased about Nine Zero since it’s made in Michigan and the shipping prices are so reasonable.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

I love shades that have holographic glitter within. I don’t wear true glitter because of how difficult it is to take off. But polishes like the ones being shown today are easy to remove.

Polishes from Nine Zero Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, Polish Me Silly

Polishes from Nine Zero Lacquer, Lilypad Lacquer, Polish Me Silly

The third brand that I’m thrilled to share is Lilypad Lacquer. I discovered this brand on Cosmetic Sanctuary. It’s sold on Color4Nails and Lisa has a code for 10% off: CSant10 that I used when I bought my polishes.

Lilypad Lacquer in Iconic and Edgy

Lilypad Lacquer in Iconic and Edgy

Iconic is a light purple lavender with blue shimmer. Edgy is a darker purple described as a blackened violet with violet shimmer.

Lilypad Lacquer in Edgy

Lilypad Lacquer in Edgy

Do you have a favorite Indie brand of polish? Have you ever tried the brands I’ve shown? I’m sure my love for these will continue to grow as will my collection. — Marcia

Join the other Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their special finds.


*provided for review, rest are self purchased

Girly or grunge for spring? Chrome Girl has both!

What nail polish shades are calling your name for spring — the palest of girly pinks, or a darker but still soft grunge gray?  Chrome Girl, the only 8-free nail care product in the market, has both perfect spring shades – plus all you need to maintain those gorgeous tips.

PR samples           

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit and Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit and Hard to Get

8-free means these nail polishes are produced without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor, Xylene, Acetone, or Silicone. Chrome Girl is a US cruelty-free company with nail polishes that are safe for every age.

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

Chrome Girl Birthday Suit

I tend to go for pastels and Birthday Suit ($12) is a huge favorite of mine. It is such a pretty, feminine sheer light pink. I love this shade for spring…it feels light and breezy.

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Chrome Girl Hard to Get

Then again, sometimes I don’t want to be all naked and pure…I want something edgy and unexpected.  Hard to Get ($12) is a color you will want to get, because it’s a truly fabulous gray. I put this on thinking I would wear it for a few days and ended up liking it so much I wore it for almost three weeks!

Chrome Girl Base Coat, Cuticle Oil, Top Coat

Chrome Girl Base Coat, Cuticle Oil, Top Coat

Chrome Girl also has everything you need for a perfect mani that will last. The Base Coat ($12) is the one with the pretty blue tint. It strengthens nails and helps protect them from any staining. The Base Coat also helps your polish go on nice and smooth. If you have natural nails you will definitely want a bottle of this.

The Top Coat ($12) is the one with the slightly pink tone. It goes on clear and gives an ultra high gloss to your tips.

My absolute favorite is the Cuticle Oil ($14), the one with the green tint.  This smells FANTASTIC!  It smells like a juicy, ripe melon…I keep it next to my bed and every night I apply it to my cuticles while taking big huge inhales. You’ve got to check this out.

I thought I would want to go girly for spring, then I ended up preferring the opposite with Hard to Get. Whatever your preference, Chrome Girl has some great options. Take a look online at www.chromegirl.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Get beautiful polishes that are 8 free from Chrome Girl

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

The first time I wore CHROME GIRL was in 2013 when the company was brand new and only had created 18 shades of nail lacquer. They’ve now been in business for 3 full years and their inventory has grown and grown. You have your choice of over 46 polishes.

CHROME GIRL sent Lisa and I several polishes and treatments and I’ve had the pleasure of wearing two of the three polishes that I received. I wear polishes for a full week so I really get the opportunity to see more than just their beauty – I test wear time. I won’t keep you in suspense since the two I’ve worn have lasted the week. The worst I’ve seen is a little tip wear on a few nails towards the very end of the time. Otherwise they win the gold medal.

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Love Note is a beautiful true red cream. There’s no orange or blue to it. Just a beautiful red that flatters my skintone.

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

I couldn’t have asked for a better shade for the month of February or any month actually.

The second one I wore had me panting with excitement. MERCURY IN RETROGRADE is the one I grabbed out of Lisa’s hands when we deciding who would review each one!

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Look at this beautiful shade. It’s like being on an island at sunset and being mesmerized by the water. It appeared more blue on my nails than in the bottle but that didn’t take away from the shimmer and shine.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

You can see the depth of the shimmer within yet this is not a polish that will give you trouble removing it. It removes just like a cream polish, nothing makes it adhere with flakes.

I have one more polish yet to wear but I just couldn’t wait to share these two.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Barely Legal is a wonderful sky blue cream that I know will wear just as well as its pals. It fits in very well with the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, Serenity Blue. I’ll be sharing this with you in April when the skies turn blue again.

I’ve saved the best for last. This is the only 8-free nail care product in the market. That means it is produced without: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor, Xylene, Acetone, Silicone. Chrome Girl is a cruelty-free company that is made in the US and has polishes that are safe for every age.

Take some time to peruse their website to see what shades draw you in. I have my eye on at least half a dozen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Nine Zero February 2016 polish of the month

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016 courtesy of Polishedbybeckie (http://www.polishedbybeckie.com/?s=nine+zero&x=0&y=0)

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016 courtesy of Polishedbybeckie (http://www.polishedbybeckie.com/?s=nine+zero&x=0&y=0)

Forgive me for staring but I just can’t help it. The February 2016 nail polish from Nine Zero is so gorgeous that it has me mesmerized. The sparkle is amazing in this beautiful holographic polish.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

NINE ZERO LACQUER is a new to me brand that I found on a nail blog and couldn’t resist.  Each month a new, limited edition polish will be released. The polish will be available from midnight EST on the first of the month, until 11:59 EST on the last day of the month. This $11 polish is only available for 7 more days so I knew you needed to see this ASAP.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

The Polish Of The Month for February 2016 is a periwinkle holographic with holographic silver microglitter added in for extra sparkle. The polish on the website looks more purple than it actually is but I just don’t care. It’s such a beautiful shade and the sparkle, while silver, glistens in shades of pink, purple, green, and more.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero polishes are 3-free, meaning no Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, or Toluene. One fun fact for me is that the woman who has created these polishes is from Michigan so I’m buying from a small Michigan business owned by a woman. I love that! She’s a nail blogger with a You Tube account.

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016

My pictures can’t do justice to this polish. Just trust me – you’ll be staring too.  — Marcia

Ingredients:
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose , Acetyl Tributyl Citrate,
Isobutyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Silica, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, D&C Violet #2.

nothing to disclose

Bottle image courtesy of Polishedbybeckie.com

Color Me Monthly Janus for January’s polish of the month

Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

What color do you think of when you think January? Some months are just so easy – February is pink and especially red; March is green and the more emerald the better, April brings us pastels that would be Easter Egg perfect, October is orange of course. But what about January? Maybe navy because of the darkness of it would fit. But charcoal? Who would think of charcoal other than the wonderful women who own Color Me Monthly.

sent for consideration

Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

If you don’t know about Color Me Monthly it’s time you did. This is a one polish a month subscription ($7) made by two sisters that is  Non-toxic & Carcinogen-free, Never tested on animal, Vegan, Eco-friendly, Made in the USA, Shipped FREE!

Each month they pick a color they think represents the month. And yes, they did choose charcoal. A charcoal gray jelly. This was chosen in honor of Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions, and door. He looks to both the past and the future so January is his month.

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

While you won’t be able to purchase this polish until it hits the VAULT soon ($9) you can be smart and order a subscription for yourself or someone else as a last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Color Me Monthly polishes last a full week on me without any chipping or fading. While I can’t wear every month’s polish I certainly can wear most of them, especially their beautiful creams and jellys.

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Let me leave you with their monthly haiku but remind you that these are polishes you’d be pleased to own.  — Marcia

the new beginning

boundless possibilities

here’s to memories

JANUS

 

*sample

Be fashionable with Q&Q watches and butter LONDON polish

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

Q&Q Smile Solar watch and butter LONDON polishes

When it comes time for gifting having a plan is always helpful. I created a post about a nail themed stocking yesterday and today I have a wonderful idea to add to that. These Q&Q Smile Solar Watches are perfect gifts and would make a stellar set when paired with a butter LONDON nail lacquer. I received the gray and silver combination and I just love it.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q SmileSolar watch in grey

Q&Q is a division of Citizen Watches with some very reasonable prices. They have styles for men and women with a huge variety of designs. I have a SmileSolar in gray that looks fabulous with butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Polish. There are 16 different watches in the SmileSolar family ($40).

Q&Q SmileSolar

Q&Q SmileSolar

Once you charge the watch by leaving it in the light, the solar powered battery will keep it running for 3 to 5 months before you need to recharge it. All it takes is light. The watch is made of recycled material. Q&Q (Quest & Quality) has changed light into energy all while keeping the world green.

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

Q&Q SmileSolar watch and butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer Nail Lacquer ($15) is a holiday polish that is festive but surprisingly not glitzy. A diamond geezer according to butter London is what the Cockneys call a kind, helpful and reliable man; A gem of a man.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer

This metallic polish is fabulous on. What amazes me most about it is that there were no streaks at all. Not even a hint of one. It applied smoothly and evenly. Definitely a gem.

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer in sunlight

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

butter LONDON Diamond Geezer indirect light

I couldn’t get enough of either the polish or the Q&Q watch. Diamond Geezer is New Year’s Eve ready and the watch helps me keep time of how my life is frittering away. Which combination would be the most exciting for you? — Marcia

 *sent for review consideration

When you purchase a Q&Q SmileSolar watch, a portion of the proceeds is donated to TABLE FOR TWO to deliver school meals to children in Africa and Asia.