The Lady Varnishes Have Some Candy & Candeo Colors Jellybean

Happy Easter! Thought I’d celebrate with a couple candy-sweet indie colors today. This is The Lady Varnishes Have Some Candy (inspired by Wreck It Ralph‘s King Candy, from her monthly Disney villains series) and Candeo Colors Jellybean.

Have Some Candy is a salmon-pink jelly base loaded with gold shimmer and various sized holographic hex glitters in purple, fuchsia, and gold-green. The polish is good to go in two coats, was easy to apply with no special glitter placement needed, and dried on the fast side of average. Better yet? It smells of bubblegum! ❤

Jellybean instantly made me think of Peeps when I saw it for the first time. It’s a thin creme base in pale, cool-toned yellow, with turquoise, pink, and purple hexes and microglitters. This polish takes two to three coats to get good opacity and seems to have an average dry time, but the glitters distributed evenly on their own and didn’t take special placement. In the bottle, I wasn’t sure if the bright glitters would overpower the pale base, but it works beautifully on the nail; the thin base gives it that jelly-sandwich effect that mutes the glitters a little to excellent effect. Great Easter polish, for sure.

I love both these polishes! Jellybean is my first and only Candeo Colors polish at the moment, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve picked up quite a few colors from The Lady Varnishes, but Have Some Candy is definitely one of my favorites when the mood for pink strikes.

Anyway, have a great weekend, and eat lots of candy! 😀

July 4th: The Lady Varnishes Stay Puft, Pure Ice Deja Vu & Sinful Colors Star Blast-Off

I’ve swatched a few festive colors for July 4th! Here’s The Lady Varnishes Stay Puft, two coats, on all fingers except the ring, which is two coats Pure Ice Deja Vu layered with one layer Sinful Colors Star Blast-Off.

This is day two of this manicure in outdoor natural light, all nails topped with Essie Good To Go top coat:

The Lady Varnishes Stay Puft, from The Lady Varnishes’ I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost collection, is a fun glow-in-the-dark glitter topper with a sheer white base and multi-sized matte white hexes, translucent blue-raspberry blue and red hexes, and white glass-fleck-y shimmer. The sheer white is subtle but gives the nails a cleaner look. Also, my bottle is marshmallow scented!

The formula is a bit goopy and clumpy, but it’s not too bad to work with, since it’s sheer and hard to mess up. The brush is a bit thicker and wider than the typical standard nail-polish brush and easily fans out to cover the entire nail. I typically prefer the finer standard-size brushes, but I didn’t have trouble with this one, though it did pick up a lot of glitter at once. Dry time was super fast, always a plus.

Did I mention that it glows in the dark? It’s beautiful, too – the glow is primarily a soft blue and looks like a galaxy with all the glitters:

Super sweet!

Pure Ice Deja Vu is one of my favorite Pure Ice polishes. It’s a royal-blue metallic/shimmer with a fuchsia/purple duochrome/dichroic flash, and it’s opaque in two coats. The formula is a tad more watery than optimal, but it’s not too hard to work with, and the brush is pretty standard. Dry time seemed average.

Sinful Colors Star Blast-Off, which I picked up at the same time as Green Ocean from the Having A Blast display at Walgreens, is a glitter topper with matte white stars, small matte white round and hex glitters, and medium matte blue and matte red hexes suspended in a clear base. The base is a bit watery, so some fishing, dabbing, and manual glitter placement is needed to get a good distribution of glitters. The brush is pretty standard and picks up glitter decently. Dry time was a bit longer than average for me.

I think Stay Puft is a new favorite for me. I even like how it looks sheer. 🙂 It goes for $11 at The Lady Varnishes’ Etsy store and is still in stock as of this writing. The other two polishes were $2 polishes at Walmart for Pure Ice and Walgreens for Sinful Colors.

What are your favorite July 4th polishes?

Have a happy and safe Fourth!

Durability update 7/8/2015: Stay Puft started chipping within 2-3 days, but the other two colors lasted about a week without too much damage.

The Lady Varnishes The Werewolf Code

This week, I’ve been wearing The Werewolf Code from  The Lady Varnishes, from her Harry Potter-themed Where Everything is MagiCOOL collection. It’s a medium-dark gray-brown jelly liberally dosed with iridescent shimmer and glitter of varying sizes that shifts from green to blue. The color/effect combination is so interesting and really reminds me of labradorite, so I had to pick it up when I saw it in her Etsy store.

Here’s three coats in natural light, topped with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat:

The sparkle is a little more focused in indoor fluorescent lighting (sorry for the dry skin, hehe):

Either way, it’s a lovely polish. Nothing to complain about with the formula, but it’s worth noting that the  glitters are so dense that you might want to take some extra care to watch out for glitter danglers at the nail tips. I had a couple that ended up causing premature chips later because I was a little careless in my usual excitement and impatience. I don’t blame that on the polish, though, since it’s easily fixed before drying. TWC goes on smoothly and dries very fast, though like with most jellies, I found it needed three coats for opacity.

I got my bottle with a fresh-cut rose scent, and phew, it’s powerful stuff! My hands still smell like roses almost a week later.

I found it interesting that TWC could maybe pass for an edgier work-appropriate color, since the dark taupe base is such a typical fall neutral, and the shimmer and glitter aren’t overpowering in person. I’m lucky that I can wear whatever color I want at work, but if your work’s borderline conservative, maybe this could still pass muster while not being too boring. ;]

Zoya Remy & The Lady Varnishes A Center for Ants!?

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a big fan of Zoya’s Ignite collection for this fall. My favorites are Yuna, Remy, and India, in no particular order, though the only one I have so far is Remy.

Here’s Zoya Remy (two coats on the index and middle, one coat on the pinky for reference) and The Lady Varnishes A Center for Ants!? from this past spring’s Really Ridiculously Good Looking collection (three coats), topped with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, in natural outdoor light:

Remy is a heavily pigmented, deep peacock-blue jelly with dense glass-fleck shimmer that shifts from green to blue. As you can see, there’s not too much difference between applying one coat versus two, and it can maybe be fully opaque in one coat, if you’re careful. I still had some thinner patches at one coat, though, so I put on a second for good measure. I think the extra coat also adds more depth to  this polish, which is even more amazing in person.

I had no problems with the formula, which applied smoothly. The brush is pretty standard, and the dry time seemed average. The Miracle Gel Top Coat did cause some color transfer, even when the polish felt dry to the touch, though.

A Center for Ants!? is a milky, very pale yellow jelly/crelly base with gold shimmer and gold and silver hexes in various sizes – essentially a jelly sandwich in one bottle. It’s beautiful and such a classy color – one of those rare polishes that can be fun and interesting while also looking reasonably professional. I love the subtle effect of the glitters, especially as some of the silver hexes look almost matte white under a layer of the creamy base. The formula is a little thick, and the brush is on the wider and softer side, but I actually didn’t find it difficult to work with. The thicker consistency is great for glitter suspension, and no special glitter placement was necessary. Also, the dry time was pretty fast, which made up for needing three layers for opacity.

No color transfer from the Miracle Gel Top Coat with this one. Woot!

Also? I picked a jasmine scent for this polish, and it smelled wonderful for two days. On the third day, the smell’s fainter, but it’s still there if I sniff up close. :] (Yeah, I really don’t care if someone catches me sniffing my nails. I’m okay with appearing eccentric.)

I couldn’t capture Remy’s full jewel-toned shimmer depth in my photos; it’s much more vibrant in real life, especially in more intense lighting. A Center for Ants!? also has much more visible sparkly gold shimmer.

As per usual, the Miracle Gel Top Coat is holding up amazingly. It’s been three days with virtually no visible wear on either polish. It doesn’t have the glassy, candy-shell thickness of Seche Vite, and it’s got that pesky habit of picking up color when swiped over nail polishes dry to the touch, but it’s otherwise amazing and still my current favorite. Last I checked, it was $9.99 at CVS and can be cheaper if on sale and/or with a coupon. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new durable fast-dry top coat!

The Lady Varnishes Now I’m the Bad Guy

I’m still pretty new to collecting indie nail polishes, but, man, are there some amazing indie creations out there.

The Lady Varnishes is an indie brand that I stumbled on while browsing through Etsy, and besides the dazzling array of glittery colors, I was sold by the cute beaded star charms on each bottle and that these lacquers are scented!

Now I’m the Bad Guy was the August’s “Villain of the Month” polish, inspired by Mother Gothel from Disney’s Tangled. Here’s two coats, with one coat Nail-Aid Fast Dry Top Coat, which I’m trying out this week. Outdoor natural light:

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It’s possible my bottle of NItBG might be a bit different from the one shown in the shop listing photo, since it’s hand-mixed, but instead of coming out ruby red, mine looks more like a bright rose/fuchsia! I’d been hoping for that deeper ruby red I saw in the listing photo, but this is rather pretty, too. It’s a candy-bright jelly filled with multi-sized gold and iridescent glitters that really glow from inside the translucent base. Lovely.

I don’t have any complaints about the formula, which applied smoothly and didn’t require any fishing or special glitter placement. It’s reasonably opaque in two coats, and I tried three on some nails on my other hand (not shown), which deepened the color very slightly and added another layer of glitter complexity but otherwise didn’t change the look of the polish too much. The brush has a somewhat shorter stem and is a little softer than average, but it’s otherwise pretty standard and easy to use.

NItBG seemed to take slightly longer than average to dry for me. It dries to a nice semi-matte and has that squishy jelly look on its own, but clear top coat really brings out the glitters’ sparkle. I picked the sweet cherry cinnamon scent, and on the second day, I can still smell it pretty strongly. It smells like candy. Yum!

I ordered three other polishes (and got the Stabbington Brothers freebie mini) in the same order, so I’ll be posting swatches of those soon!

UPDATE 9/8/14: Whoops, this one was the cinnamon-scented one, not sweet cherry!