KBShimmer spring polishes delight your eyes and nails

KBShimmer Prints Charming, Pool Paradise, Blush Money

KBShimmer Prints Charming, Pool Paradise, Blush Money

KBShimmer always creates a seasonal collection of polishes that are to die for. The polishes for Spring 2016 are mixed with creally, cream, holographics as well as their new formula, Ultra Flairs. It’s hard for me to pick favorites when dealing with KBShimmer since they are all wonderful. The three I’m sharing today were sent for consideration and after using them I just had to buy Peony Pincher (see Lisa’s review) and Purr-fectly Pawsome.

KBShimmer is well known for their crelly polishes that contain a variety of glitters within. What makes these great is that the glitters lie flat so I don’t get obsessed with playing with them and can just enjoy the way they look on my nails.

Pools Paradise is typical of these beautiful crelly polishes. It’s a described as a lightened green leaning aqua. The glitters are neon pink, periwinkle and aqua. They really stand out making this quite unique. The glitter load is light and the sizes are small and medium.

KBShimmer Pools Paradise

KBShimmer Pools Paradise

KBShimmer Pools Paradise from kbshimmer.com

KBShimmer Pools Paradise from kbshimmer.com

Prints Charming is a great summer polish and will look amazing if you have a tan (real or faux). It needs 3 coats for the white crelly to completely cover and to layer the glitters (fuchsia, turquoise and sapphire) so you get more depth and dimension. It’s rare that I’d recommend a glitter polish for a pedicure but this would look amazing.

KBShimmer Prints Charming

KBShimmer Prints Charming

KBShimmer Prints Charming from kbshimmer.com

KBShimmer Prints Charming from kbshimmer.com

The third polish is a favorite of mine: Blush Money. It’s a peachy rose with gold shimmer. It totally glows in bright light whether inside or out. I love a holographic polish and this linear holo is perfect for spring. It contains a medium amount of small glitter. I needed two coats. The manicure lasted a full week and if I didn’t have an appointment would have lasted for another week.

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Blush Money

KBShimmer Spring 2016

KBShimmer Spring 2016

It’s hard to beat KBShimmer polishes for beauty and long lasting, reliable polishes. They’ve made me appreciate what a good independent company can create. Have you experienced the beauty of KBShimmer?  — Marcia

KBShimmer

KBShimmer

*sent for editorial consideration

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

Wearable technology: LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

Wearable technology? Makes me think of the Jetsons. Remember how Jane Jetson would wake up a mess and just need to put her ‘morning mask’ on?

Jane Jetson

I’m still waiting for this to be invented. In the meantime, I can hop on over to CVS to pick up some LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish for the wearable technology that we do have.

PR samples

LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC is inspired by both technology and by New York City, ‘the city that never sleeps’. It debuted exclusively at CVS in January and the packaging is indeed different and very useful.

LIT-NYC-Nail-Polish

The Nail Polish ($7.50) has an LED light in the nail cap so you can paint your nails in the dark, if you so desire. Even in regular light the extra illumination comes in handy (yeah, I know – punny!).

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

The LED light in the cap

The LED light in the cap

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

It’s not all cool packaging – the polish is long-wearing, high shine, and is free of formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, formaldehyde resin and toluene. It also comes in 24 different shades – pictured is HOT, a shimmery hot pink.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

The Lip Gloss ($7.50) also has a LED light in the cap, along with a side mirror so you can discreetly and precisely apply it whenever and wherever. There are 12 shades available, some sheer and some cream.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

I have a berry red cream with shimmer. It feels very comfortable on with nice slip and it stays on longer than the typical lip gloss. The mirror and the light are great, making this affordable lip gloss a terrific drug store find.

While this wearable technology isn’t quite as amazing as Jane Jetson’s ‘morning mask’, the LED lighting makes LIT NYC Nail Polish and Lip Gloss well worth a trip to CVS…just wishing I had a flying car to get there!  – Lisa

*PR samples

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KBShimmer nails spring with Peony Pincher and Smells Like Green Spirit

9d69bba71dde3459a032e7a9eb5a7eafYes, perfect nails do make an imperfect life so much better! In my quest for perfect nails I’ve had acrylics for so many years now that my real nails are paper thin…I had no idea how to get out of the cycle, but thankfully I changed manicurists and my new one had just the solution. He buffed most of the acrylic off then put shellac over top. Every time I go in, more of the acrylic covered nail has grown out without the difficulty of dealing with thin nail beds. The best part about shellac? I can put any nail polish over it and it doesn’t affect the shellac at all! I am so geeked!!

In celebration of my newly perfect nails that don’t require totally wrecked nail beds, I’ve been playing with some of the latest KBShimmer spring shades. I can’t wait to tell you about two that are just perfect for the new season.     

PeonyPincherHolo

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

sent for consideration

Peony Pincher ($9.25) is a stunningly gorgeous pastel pink with lavender undertones. It’s part of KBShimmer’s Ultra Flair line up, and it is FABULOUS.

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

KBShimmer Peony Pincher

I adore all of KBShimmer’s holographic nail polishes, but this one has gone right to the top of my ultimate favorites list. The pink/purple linear holographic flashes so many other colors that it’s endlessly fascinating in bright light. People constantly stop and ask me about this shade – so pretty for spring.

KBShimmer Smells Like Green Spirit

KBShimmer Smells Like Green Spirit

If you want something a little more on the funky side, I recommend Smells Like Green Spirit ($9.25). This is part of a new collection of 7 Mega Flame holo shades that feature micro holographic glitters in tinted bases.

KBShimmer Smells Like Green Spirit

Smells Like Green Spirit is just so much fun – deep lime with gold, silver, pink…you name it and you can probably find the color somewhere in this refreshing shade. It’s easy being green with Smells Like Green Spirit – I got full coverage in only one coat. Without a top coat it has a textured finish and if you add Clearly On Top top coat it has a beautiful holographic shine.

Peony Pincher and Smells Like Green Spirit are just two of the gorgeous Spring 2016 Collection from KBShimmer. You’ve got to head on over to www.kbshimmer.com to take a look at this fun collection – KBShimmer definitely nailed it for spring.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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