Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pretty & Polished : Pretty Little Lady and Girl Next Door


A post on a Sunday?! Crazy, I know, but Pretty & Polished released several new colours today and these two are part of that release. Can you believe that something arrived from the US to Canada in time for me to swatch and post about? I was pretty excited. :)
 
Pretty Little Lady and Girl Next Door are two new offerings in the Country Girl Swag collection (the Dark Arts collection also launched today along with four new holographic shades).
 
First up is Pretty Little Lady - a lovely white crelly that is JAMMED full of blue and white glitter as well as a smattering of pink bows. Due to the amount of glitter the formula is on the thick side but, if you use thin coats and wait a few minutes between coats, you should be fine. I noticed that if I applied a new coat too soon it resulted in some dragging and bald spots. Also, I did have to fish for the bows but they came out easy enough with a few dips of the brush. I love me a good white crelly and this one definitely fits the bills. It's soft and feminine and just all around lovely. Shown here is 3 coats with one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness glitter food to smooth things and one coat of Gelous for shine.
 
swatcher, polish-ranger | Pretty & Polished Pretty Little Lady swatch
swatcher, polish-ranger | Pretty & Polished Pretty Little Lady swatch
swatcher, polish-ranger | Pretty & Polished Pretty Little Lady macro swatch
 
I have a confession to make; lately I've been having glitter fatigue. I've been lazy and the difficulty of glitter removal was too much for me. But then, the perfect glitter combo comes along that screams to be used and Girl Next Door is one of those combos. I tested this over many different undies and it worked with all of them - cream, taupe, teal, mint, purple, even pink. I ended up choosing to layer it over Dior Waterlily because the light mint green perfectly highlighted the aqua, turquoise and gold glitters. Shown here is one dabbed coat and one coat of Gelous.
 
swatcher, polish-ranger | Pretty & Polished Girl Next Door swatch
swatcher, polish-ranger | Pretty & Polished Girl Next Door swatch
swatcher, polish-ranger | Pretty & Polished Girl Next Door macro swatch
 
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Friday, January 9, 2015

First Blogiversary Giveaway!

Wow! I can't believe that a year has passed already! I started this blog so I could stop spamming my family with nail posts on Facebook. I've really enjoyed posting here and, while I may not be as consistent as some others, I hope that my readers have found something of interest in this little corner.

Strangely, one of the things I've enjoyed most has been the writing. I think you know when you've found your niche when you are able to be 100% yourself. Sometimes I'm boring. Sometimes I'm weird and crazy (ok, most of the time). Sometimes I'm grumpy. And I've NEVER felt the need to self-censor here. In past blogging lives I've always tried to "fit in" and the content never felt like me. But this here? It's good. It feels good. I've found my people. :)

So, in order to celebrate and thank you guys for sticking with me, I have a wee giveaway. It's not much, just some things I've been collecting over the last while, but it's a small material token to show my appreciation.

swatcher, polish-ranger's 1st blogiversary giveaway!

Just a few rules:

  1. You must be 18 years of age or have a parent's permission to share your mailing address in the event that you are the winner.
  2. Giveaway is open internationally! (Unless your country prohibits the import of nail polish)
  3. Please, no giveaway only accounts - that's just dirty pool. All entries will be verified. Let a genuine follower win.
  4. Giveaway runs from January 9-22, 2014. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
Good luck!

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