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Today I have for you a polish I have been after for months! Dollish Polish’s Drop Your Sword!

I have tried and tried to purchase this baby but could never seem to catch it when the store was open, or it wasn’t offered in Dolly’s shop. My good friend and sometime-guest-blogger Mai had purchased this as one of her very early indies and was kind enough to share. Now that is a true friend… πŸ˜‰

For some reason, I don’t seem to remember Drop Your Sword as being a pale blue, but that’s exactly what it is: a light baby blue with a gorgeous faint blue shimmer, with the occasional gold micro and hex glitter tossed in. It really is a pretty polish; more so in the bottle, unfortunately.
I wore two coats of Drop Your Sword over A England’s The Knight basecoat, followed by a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. The application was a little tricky… the polish was very quick to drag if I dared go over an area twice. So I tried to apply a thin coat and let it dry before the second coat, but I do wish it had been a little easier to use.

See the gorgeous blue flash?

And here is a macro shot. Please excuse the slightly drier hands and cuticles that day…yikes.

This polish isn’t glitter-heavy, which I kind of appreciated.

One last pic… I wish there had been sun that day! 😦

Dollish Polish can be purchased fromΒ Llarowe, Overall Beauty and her online shop (psst! She’s opening tomorrow afternoon with some select polishes!)

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While I was drafting up yesterday’s post about Dollish Polish’s Go Luigi!, I kept staring at my nails and debating how work-appropriate some of my more glittery looks are. While I personally adore glittery and colourful nail polish, sparkly eyeshadow or blush, red lips as much as nude lips, I often feel hindered by my professional job. I should point out that I do not work in a law firm or a suit-type environment; in fact, my office is quite relaxed and offers a casual dress code; yet I sometimes look at my nails before running out the door in the morning and wonder if I should have removed my polish.

Yesterday’s post with my two-toned Go Luigi! is already off in favour of my next blog post’s colour, but would you wear this to work?

This look was quite demure….

…before I added the sparkly The Many Shades of Mr. Grey:

And how do you feel about this look? Office-appropriate?

Sometimes I even wonder if my simpler polishes are “appreciated” in the workplace:

Thanks to my polish (and beauty products) addiction, I am always seeking my next purchase. Many times I want colours that are different, unlike anything sold in a beauty store, but I purchase and wear it, write a post about it, and then decide it’s not “safe” to wear in “real-life.”

I would love to know how my fellow polish lovers and non-polish-lovers alike feel about this dilemma.

Do you wear some polishes only to blog about them, then immediately remove before your work-day? Do you have weekend and weekday-specific polishes? Or are you bold enough to wear the bright and glittery confections, no matter the place?

xo

I was lucky enough to snag a few minis during Dollish Polish’s last restock – her launch of the new Super Mario Bros Collection! Although I have not been wearing a lot of chunky glitters lately, I wanted to get my hands on the SMB Collection for nostalgic reasons… I loved Super Mario Bros when I was younger, and had not played in years. Thanks to Dolly’s collection and constant references to Super Mario on Facebook, I finally went out and purchased a Nintendo Wii a few weeks ago!! LOL! (Darn that Dolly and her creative genius!!)

So today I have Go Luigi! for you! And because I couldn’t decide which way to wear it, I swatched on two different colours for you!

Go Luigi! is a clear-base polish with small and medium bright blue and green hex glitters, as well some holographic stars (that I haven’t yet managed to grab).

Here is Go Luigi! over A England’s Lancelot, one of my favourite creme polishes in the world, and my go-to in place of a regular black. Lancelot is a blood-red that looks black in almost all light–except maybe when worn over white or in direct sunlight. I also swatched Go Luigi! over an opaque, French-tip white as I had a feeling it would look great over white (and I have been in a “white polish” mood).

with flash

For this look, I applied 2 coats of each Lancelot and Zoya Snow White over my base coat, and once that dried, I applied a generous coat of Go Luigi! Although I had rolled and rolled and turned upside down my Go Luigi! before application, I still had to do some digging to ensure the brush had lots of glitter on it and that it covered my nails… and after all that digging, I did not get a single star out of the bottle!!

natural light – shade

And here’s a macro shot of all that glitter goodness:

I’d love to know what you think of this post and which combo you liked the best. Did Go Luigi! look best over white or black?

xo

I had to have this sucker. Not because of its novel namesake… but when I saw it glistening on Dollish Polish’s page, I just had to have it. If you know me, you know that anything that sparkles beckons me!!

The Many Shades of Mr. Grey is a sparkly new creation from Dolly, the creator behind Dollish Polish. I have several of her beauties that you can see here.Β  The Many Shades is a monochrome grey glitter confection. According to Dollish Polish, “this glitter polish boasts an array of grey-hued hexagon glitters ranging from micro-sized to large size all in a clear base.” It is literally packed full of grey glitter!

Even though it’s still scorching hot outside, and we are still in the heat of summer, I wore this beauty the day I received it. I decided to stick with the monochromatic scheme and wear it over beautiful Pelican Grey from China Glaze.

Pelican Grey is the ultimate medium grey polish. It needs an even two coats as it can be a bit tricky to apply on the first coat, but it has this very subtle shimmer that makes it THE grey cream to have in your collection.

Let me show you what I mean with a macro shot. Look at that gorgeous shimmer!

Then I added two coats of The Many Shades of Mr. Grey. This looked like a mirror mosaic:

I kept trying to capture the mirror-reflection-look but my camera just wanted to capture each piece of glitter…

The Many Shades needed a bit of coaxing during application to get the glitter to provide coverage, and that is why I decided to add a second coat, but it wasn’t as difficult as some of the bar glitter polishes I have worn in the past. I sometimes get glitter hexes hanging off the edge of my nails, which then act like hangnails and pull on things, so I had to do some maneuvering with a cuticle stick, but again, it was a manageable application.

I also added a coat of Gelous followed by my China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat to try and smooth down the rough texture of the glitter.

So while not exactly season-appropriate, grey is always appropriate in my books, and I loved this look. If you are looking for your very own bottle of moody Mr. Grey, you can try Dollish Polish, Llarowe, and I believe Overall Beauty carries this polish also.Β  And don’t forget to follow Dolly on Facebook here for the latest restock updates!

What do you think? Summer-appropriate? or always appropriate? πŸ™‚

xo

Today I have for you another beautiful Dollish Polish, one that I have been eyeing for some time. I finally snagged this in a swap – my first swap ever! (And now I know why people say swapping is addictive! πŸ™‚ )

First, here are the two beauties from this swap:

Dollish Polish’s Sweet Dreams are Made of Glitter and Candeo Colors’ Jellybean!

Sweet Dreams are Made of Glitter is another one of those instant Easter-egg manis: gorgeous pastel base with multi-colour glitter in varying sizes. The base is a creamy pale pistachio green with a very subtle shimmer to it. It reflects a hint of gold in direct sunlight – just gorgeous!

The polish was quite opaque so I didn’t bother layering it. It went on nicely and provided good coverage; however, my one complaint is that this polish was really thick. I’m not sure if anyone else has experienced this with any of the DP polishes, but I have Expecto Patronum and it was nowhere near as thick as Sweet Dreams. Did anyone else have this issue?

Here it is at 2 coats topped with a coat of Gelous and China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat:

Indoors – artificial light

Daylight – shade

Direct Sunlight

I just LOVE the slight shimmer of this polish!

Dollish Polish can be purchased on her new Big Cartel shop and she is hoping to restock in the next week or two!

 

Lately I have seen so many indie polish-makers emerge that it has blown my mind. It’s as though a trend has emerged, wherein the franken polish is overtaking the mass market. Even the big guns are paying attention — have you seen the glitters and flakies emerging with OPI (Muppets collection anyone?) or with China Glaze (hello Luxe and Lush, Hunger Games collection)? Not to mention that there are whole brands dedicated to flakies!

Having said all this, I am in love with the creativity of the indie polish makers. And speaking of creative, look at this beauty I finally buckled and purchased:

I ADORE Expecto Patronum. I mean, just adore!!!

There is something about white jelly bases. Such a beautiful clean canvas, sprinkled with the most gorgeous blueish turquoise glitter, and dotted with the teeniest bit of pearl-coloured specks. The glitter in this polish is quite dense, some of it even settling on the bottom of the bottle.

Here is another shot of this beauty:

(Click to enlarge)

In these pics, I used two coats followed by a generous coat of OPI top coat. At first I worried a little that Expecto would not be very shiny (some frankens I’ve tried have had almost no shine), but the top coat brought its shine to life. I was thrilled!

And I have to say, this bottle was delivered much quicker than I anticipated–arriving in about 8 or 9 days, versus the usual minimum 2 weeks it takes from the US. And the bottle was beautifully packaged in a little sachet, with a Dollish Polish card, inside bubble wrap. Bullet-proof! πŸ™‚

I guess my only slight confusion was over the current edition of Expecto, shown here, versus one purchased a couple of months ago, which seems to be more milky and sheer and much less glitter-dense. Not sure if that was a bad bottle/one-off, or if Dolly recently changed the formula.

Here is a pic of that older bottle:

Would love to hear your feedback or general thoughts!

Expecto Patronum is available from Dollish Polish’s Etsy store, which will hopefully open up again soon! πŸ™‚

Happy polishing ladies! xo

(Please don’t mind my dry cuticles in these pics! :o)

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