My 2014 Roudup

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Ever since I got addicted to nail polishes earlier this year, I've bought and tried quite a number of polishes and brands. It's impossible for me to pick a favourite, so here's my wrap up post for the brands/polishes that stood out to me the most since I got sucked into the polish world.

You're The One For Me Award - Darling Diva Polish (DDP)
From the great colours, intense holo rainbows, perfect formula, wide flat brushes (their brushes are hands down my favourite. EVER.), incredible drying time, availability (always in store due to quick restock) to their reasonable price, DDP is everything I've ever wanted.
Shown is DDP Cast A Spell. Original post here.

It's Not You, It's Me / Most Underwhelming Award - I Love Nail Polish (ILNP)
It pains me to say but 3 out of 5 ILNP polishes that I bought are, in my honest opinion, bland. They look amazing in the online swatches but on my nails, they just fall flat. Sure, the colours are nice but they don't wow or excite me at all. Their brushes and formula are okay - nothing terrible but they're not remarkable either. I'm not sure if I'll be purchasing from them again, but never say never!
Shown is ILNP Black Orchid. Original post here.

I Need A Backup For My Backup Award - Nightbird from Darling Diva Polish
I've worn Nightbird three times since I got it in September. Quite a feat, seeing that I only wear most of my polishes once as I'm currently trying to go through my stash. One of my all time favourites.
 Original post here.

Joint I Need A Backup For My Backup Award - Mint Frosting from SV by Sparkly Vernis
A stunning, sneaky polish that's right up my alley. I can see myself reaching for it very often.
Original post here.

Love It Or Hate It; I Can't Stay Away From You Award - Enchanted Polish (EP)
EP's restock = madness. They make awesome polishes but scoring a bottle of EP is a pain because they often sell out within a minute. I actually have to stay up to 4am to order the monthly mysteries. But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop buying them because the harder they are to get, the more I want them. *hides*
Shown is EP August 2014. Original post here.

Best Neon Award - Lemon Sundae from Lilypad Lacquer
I've bought several neons but Lemon Sundae has got to be my favourite. This highlighter yellow is bright and loud. An instant mood lifter for me.
Original post here.

Best OPI / Wasn't Expecting To Love It So Much Award - The Sky's My Limit
This polish is described as the perfect mermaid shade by many bloggers (at least the ones that I follow). I was on the fence but once I had it on my nails, I fell hard for it.
Original post here.

SV by Sparkly Vernis Blurple Ice Cubes swatch & review

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 -Provided for honest review

Today I'm wearing Blurple Ice Cubes, a blurple polish with strong linear holo released from SV by Sparkly Vernis' Frosted Sweets collection. Subtly shifting between blue and purple, it reminds me of an early winter morning sky, where a variety of blue hues, dark pink and vivid lilac blend perfectly into each other as the sun begins to warm the air. I usually avoid pastel shades like this because they tend to be unforgiving on my skin tone but to my surprise, I really like how Blurple Ice Cubes look on me.

Great formula that allows for easy application. I love SV's brushes - they are flat, medium in width and fan out nicely on the nails to provide good coverage. Two thin coats were applied over one coat of OPI Start-to-finish. Since I prefer the icy look given by the matte, metallic finish, no topcoat was used in all the swatches below.

In direct sunlight. So happy that the sun finally came out to play because sun shots are the best!


Blurry pic to show off the mega holo flame. *Gasp!* Taken in direct sunlight.



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The Frosted Sweets collection from SV by Sparkly Vernis is now available at their store. To stay up-to-date on their news, you may like/follow SV by Sparkly Vernis on instagram and Facebook.

This polish was sent for my honest review.


SV by Sparkly Vernis Mint Frosting Swatch and Review

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-Provided for honest review

SV by Sparkly Vernis has recently released their debut collection, Frosted Sweets, for Winter 2014. This collection consists of 5 pastel holos that all have slight metallic qualities to them. I was fortunate to be sent 3 for review, so I'll be showing each polish one by one in the following week.

Mint Frosting is a seafoam green holo with green shimmer. As a green polish lover, I was most looking forward to try this out and the moment I applied this..... it blew. me. away. In real life, Mint Frosting has a greyed out, dusty look to it. On the nails, it changes depending on the light, sometimes looking more blue, sometimes looking more greyed out.

The shimmer is rather subtle, but overall it adds to the depth. This polish dries slightly metallic. This finish, together with the green shimmer, gives a brighter and shinier appearance that really sets Mint Frosting apart from other light green holos out there.  I honestly can't stop *staring* at my nails while wearing this!

Great formula that applied like butter. The brush was pleasant to use and two easy coats gave me full coverage. No staining upon removal. OPI Natural Base Coat was used in all swatches.

Artificial light without flash. Shown here is two coats sans topcoat. This is how Mint Frosting looks like most of the time indoor. Can you see the blue holo arc? Stunning!

Artificial light with flash. Sans topcoat.


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The Frosted Sweets collection from SV by Sparkly Vernis is now available at their store. To stay up-to-date on their news, you may like/follow SV by Sparkly Vernis on instagram and Facebook.

This polish was sent for my honest review.

Different Dimension Just Keep Swimming Swatch & Review

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DIFFERENT Dimension's Just Keep Swimming is a vibrant blue holo with a super strong green flash that is visible even in indoor lighting.

The formula couldn't be more perfect- it wasn't too thin or runny and applied easily on the nails without any balding or streaking. I could've gotten away with one thick coat but I did two thin coats without base coat. There was slight staining upon removal so I learnt my lesson- never skip base coat!

There are two things that I must mention - the quick dry time and the brush. DIFFERENT Dimension uses a flat brush, much like OPI's Pro Wide Brush but not as wide. Personally, I love flat brushes like these because with steady hands, they require zero clean up!

Swatches below are two coats without base coat.

Artificial lighting without flash. This is how the polish looks like most of the time. IMO the green flash adds to the depth of this polish and makes it stand out from the other blue holos out there. So pretty!


 Artificial lighting with flash to show off the holo.


ILNP Sirene H Swatch and Review

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ILNP Sirene (H) is the holo version of Sirene, an ultra chrome (aka multichrome with super strong color shift). While the holo effect isn't very impressive, the gorgeous color shift between green and blue (as well as teal, purple and violet) has certainly won me over. I just can't stop staring at my nails!

The formula was thin and smooth. Application was easy. It covered in two coats but I added the third for more depth.

This is three coats over OPI Start to Finish.


Lilypad Lacquer Wild At Heart - Swatch and Review

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Lilypad Lacquer Wild At Heart is a deep olive/khaki holo. This would be considered as an "ugly" colour in my book but much to my surprise - I adored this polish! The unique color, combined with the holo rainbow (which wasn't pictured in my swatches because it made my camera freak out) makes this polish a great addition to my stash.

Great formula, as I've come to expect of Lilypad Lacquer. This is two coats over OPI Start-to-Finish.



Lilypad Lacquer Orange-A-Peel Swatch and Review

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Lilypad Lacquer Orange-A-Peel is described as a neon orange holo. Since I'm a big fan of orange and holo polishes, I couldn't resist getting this.

While the color is certainly bright, it's not a true neon. And the holo lover in me can't help but felt a little disappointed that the holo effect was invisible at all.

Similar to other Lilypads that I've previously tried on, the formula was excellent and allowed for easy application. Orange-A-Peel dries to a semi-matte finish.

Direct sunlight.

Flash.

OPI The Sky's My Limit - Swatch and Review

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Released from OPI Ford Mustang Collection 2014, The Sky's My Limit is a gorgeous blue polish. It has a blue base, but the green/golden glass flecks could make it appear teal in certain lighting. So pretty that I couldn't stop staring at my nails!

The formula was great and easy to control - the first coat was a bit sheer but a generous second coat evened out well. Two coats were used over OPI Start-to-Finish.



Enchanted Polish October 2014

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Today I'm wearing October 2014. It's a blackened green holo that somehow reminds me of A England's Beauty Never Fails, except that the latter doesn't have any holo particles in it.

October 2014 has a great formula that allows for easy application. This is a one-coater but I used two out of habit. I wore this sans topcoat.

Enchanted Polish has become one of my favourite indie brands. My only nitpick: its brush. It's too thin and the wand is quite long. Hopefully I will get used to it soon.







Lilypad Lacquer Lemon Sundae swatch and review

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Recently I bought several Lilypad Lacquer polishes from Llarowe. This is the second Lilypad that I've tried from my Llarowe haul and I'm incredibly impressed, to say the least.

Their brush reminds me of OPI's Pro Wide brush- flat, wide and fans out nicely. I'm no pro in applying polishes but in the pictures below, I didn't even need to clean up. Right now Lilypad is sitting at the top of my favourite brushes together with OPI and Darling Diva.

The formula was very easy to work with. I used three thin coats over OPI Start to Finish. Like most neons, it dried to a satin finish. I topped it with OPI Start to Finish to give it a glossy look.

Indoor, natural light.

Indoor, artificial light.

Dance Legend Grey Britain, Surfing At Night, Boo Swatches

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First up is Grey Britain. I enjoyed wearing this, such a soothing colour. Application was easy as it covered nicely in two coats.



Surfing At Night is a neon purple. It looks good in bottle but I don't like how it looked on me. Application was slightly tricky as the formula was a tad runny.



I layered two coats of Boo over A England Lady of Shalott. Boo is a multichrome and it is autumn in a bottle! Easy application.




ILNP Black Orchid Swatch and Review

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Not too long ago ILNP was having a 30% sale and I of course, took advantage of it :D

ILNP Black Orchid is a deep wine holo. It's dark, mysterious and sexy at the same time. The application was easy, two coats were enough to achieve full opacity.

I liked Black Orchid okay, but for some reasons, I didn't fall head over heels for it.

In direct sunlight.

Enchanted Polish August 2014 Swatch and Review

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The only thing that I'm going to say about Enchanted Polish August 2014 is that, YOU NEED TO GET IT.

This is my first enchanted and I finally understand why people put up with the fuss with this brand. The packaging is absolutely professional and fancy, which is always a big plus. And the moment I applied this polish, I was in awe of it. The formula and application was amazing as August 2014 practically applied itself.

August 2014 is a duochrome/multichrome polish with a jelly-like formula. It shifts between teal, blue, and at a certain angle, purple. I used two coats over OPI Natural Base Coat.

Enchanted Polish is very hard (almost next to impossible) to get, so I'm really glad that Chelsea is doing preorder for monthly mysteries.



Halloween Nail

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After seeing all those pretty Halloween nails on instagram, I decided to give it a try. Though top coat smudged it a little, I'd say my first attempt at nail art turned out better than expected :3

On my accent nail, I used OPI Can't Afjord Not To and A England Lady of Shalott. I was craving for some delicious holo goodness, so I applied Darling Diva Nightbird on the rest of my nails. OPI Start-to-finish Base Coat and OPI Clear Top Coat were used.

Direct sunlight.


Flash.




Credit: cutepolish

If you're interested, here's her video tutorial on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GgWk1dTRU8

Smitten Polish Electric Lime swatch and review

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For the two past days I've been wearing Smitten Polish's Electric Lime. It's a neon lime-green holo, with a golden flash and strong blue holo arc. This polish might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love it! It's such an unusual colour, definitely an eye-catcher.

Electric Lime has a sheer formula, but it did build up nicely after three coats. Application was easy. I used three coats over one coat of OPI Natural Base Coat.

Direct sunlight.



Indoor lighting.