Pretty Serious Cosmetics Toxic Tiara, Viscous Vampire, Gruesome Groom swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonYes I’m back (back again – dang, now I have Eminem stuck in my head!) with more swatches that have been lost to time – UNTIL NOW! (I feel like an informercial here, lol.) Today I’m bringing to you Pretty Serious Cosmetics Toxic Tiara, Viscous Vampire, and Gruesome Groom – I guess all appropriate since Halloween is coming up!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Toxic Tiara | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Toxic Tiara macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Toxic Tiara is a mauve-y purple with golden glass fleck shimmer. I adore the color combo but removal was a PITA. Formula was thin. This is 3 coats and no top coat.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Viscous Vampire | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Viscous Vampire macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Viscous Vampire is a blood red jelly polish with glitters of red, orange, purple with (I think) pink-purple shimmer. Formula was thick but in a good way. It does dry matte and it did stain my nails. This is 2 coats plus top coat.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Gruesome Groom | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Gruesome Groom macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Gruesome Groom is a forest green polish with varying sizes of red hexes and blue shimmer. This is just one of those weird color combos that I just love! Formula was perfect. This is 2 coats plus top coat. 

Do you like weird-ugly color combos of polish or do you tend to shy away from them?

Darling Diva Polish Forced Family Fun swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonWell, hello there old manicures! So I was riffling through my swatch/nail art notebook and noticed quite a few nail polishes that I have never gotten around to posting. I guess I better get to it! Today’s manicure is Darling Diva Polish Forced Family Fun.

Darling Diva Polish Forced Family Fun | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Darling Diva Polish Forced Family Fun macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Forced Family Fun is a black-based holographic polish with glitters of red and red shimmer.

Darling Diva Polish Forced Family Fun holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Darling Diva Polish Forced Family Fun holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was a little thin and it does dry gritty. This is 3 coats plus top coat. 

Expect to see a few more old manicures over the coming weeks – I think I have 10-15 manicures from spring & early summer I still haven’t shown you. Oops!😛

Pick Three Polishes: Poetry Cowgirl Snowfall, Pahlish Test Batch Highgarden, Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool nail art

Oh my gosh! Old mani alert!😛 This mani is from way back in June. Uhh, oops? Anyway, let’s take a look at this sort of failure with Poetry Cowgirl Snowfall, Pahlish Test Batch Highgarden, and Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool.

Pahlish Highgarden | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Highgarden macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Test Batch: Highgarden is a mid-toned holographic purple with purple flakes. No complaints on formula! This is 2 coats plus top coat.

Pahlish Highgarden holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Highgarden holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I didn’t get a chance to swatch Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool, so here are some more pics of Highgarden. But WCC is a gorgeous blue polish that will stain (sorry to say!).

Poetry Cowgirl Snowfall | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Poetry Cowgirl Snowfall is a jelly white base with varying sizes of white, black, and iridescent glitters.  It does dry matte, and had good glitter coverage. This is 2 coats plus top coat.

Pahlish Highgarden, Poetry Cowgirl Snowfall | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Snowfall, then covered up half of it with Highgarden.

Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool, Pahlish Highgarden, Poetry Cowgirl Snowfall | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Then I used a nail stripe to divide the upper half and painted over with West Coast Cool. This is where it went a bit wonky. Did I mention I was staying up late to create this before we went on vacation the next day? All I’m saying is, I wasn’t at my best.😛

So individually I like these polishes on their own, and perhaps I like them together. But definitely not with this design! What do you think?

CrowsToes Nail Color Your Last Breath, Sleep With One Eye Open, Beyond Your Fears [Hella Holo Customs nail polishes]

Press Sample buttonGood morning all! The end of another week, phew! But I tell you what, I’m so not looking forward to next week – blergh. Too many appointments and general craziness.:/ As long as I have time to rock an awesome mani though, I’ll be all good.😀 Speaking of awesome manis, how about three awesome nail polishes from CrowsToes Nail Color for Hella Holo Customs month of September? Read through to the end for details on how to purchase!

CrowsToes Nail Color Your Last Breath | Be Happy And Buy Polish

CrowsToes Nail Color Your Last Breath macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

First I have Your Last Breath, described as a “delicate cornflower blue base with a softened linear holo to match. There is just a touch of pale green shimmer and a bit of gold micro flake peeking out here and there.

CrowsToes Nail Color Your Last Breath holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

CrowsToes Nail Color Your Last Breath holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

It has this really pretty golden shimmer that was hard to capture on camera. It honestly reminds me a bit of blue satin that’s placed in coffins. Eeep!

CrowsToes Nail Color Your Last Breath shade | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was a bit thicker than I personally prefer, and I did experience dragging between coats. This is 3 thin coats plus top coat. 

CrowsToes Nail Color Sleep With One Eye Open | Be Happy And Buy Polish

CrowsToes Nail Color Sleep With One Eye Open | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Next is Sleep With One Eye Open (man, have I had that song stuck in my head since the name was revealed!), described as “a cool leaning blackened plum, linear holo with just the right dusting of orange, gold and silver micro holo that spark with each wave of the hand!

CrowsToes Nail Color Sleep With One Eye Open | Be Happy And Buy Polish

CrowsToes Nail Color Sleep With One Eye Open | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I adore this polish! It has this blue-black thing going on, but also kinda gray, and those orange glitters are oomph, perfection! (P.S. See that holo shimmer in the macro above? Yeah, it was seriously insane trying to get a focused shot because of the holo madness!)

CrowsToes Nail Color Sleep With One Eye Open shade | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was perfect! I did thin first coat followed by a thicker second coat. This is 2 coats plus top coat.

CrowsToes Nail Color Beyond Your Fears | Be Happy And Buy Polish

CrowsToes Nail Color Beyond Your Fears macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Last is my personal favorite, Beyond Your Fears, described as “a medium bright red/golden orange base, loaded with teal and gold micro holo and a golden orange shimmer that just pops.

CrowsToes Nail Color Beyond Your Fears holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

CrowsToes Nail Color Beyond Your Fears holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is fall in a bottle to me. Seriously, I’d slather myself in this polish if I could. I will probably end up buying myself a second bottle, tbh. The teal glitters that I swear also look purple at certain shifts – the deep orange to red base that is a fall leaf turning colors with the golden orange shimmer. Oomph!!

CrowsToes Nail Color Beyond Your Fears shade | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was thicker than I’d like, and I ended up having polish ball up on the neck while I was applying this (because this was my full mani for almost a week, y’all!). I did mention this to Lauri, the maker, who said it’s the likely the larger size glitter that’s doing that; she also let me know she’d add a bit of thinner to this and Your Last Breath. This is 3 coats plus matte top coat to smooth plus shiny top coat. 

Okay, now how to get your grubby little hands on these beauties? Read on! First, be a member of Hella Holo Customs group on Facebook. Sales are open now until September 30th at 11:59pm HST. These polishes are available for pre-order, which means they won’t start shipping until sales close. There are discount codes available as long as you are an HHC member, each of these polishes are $13.75 before discount. Once you are in the group, head to this permalink for details on how to purchase.

So holler at me in the comments, which one is your absolute favorite?

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Lifetime of Love

Gift buttonMorning all! I hope you’ve had a good week so far. Totally unpaid endorsement: I’ve been using the app Cozi to schedule appointments and share calendars with my hubby on his phone and it is working like a charm! We can share grocery lists (oh that reminds me!), and calendars, and other lists. Bonus: he’s actually using it. haha!😛 Anyway, I have a custom polish from Carpe Noctem Cosmetics that was made for me a really long while back that I thought I had shown you already, but I guess not!

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Lifetime of Love | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Lifetime of Love macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Lifetime of Love is a polish that was made based on my parents’ wedding photo. It’s a soft grey scattered holographic polish with a mix of black, white, holographic glitters and rusty red shards.

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Lifetime of Love sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I used 3 thin coats plus top coat. Formula was wonderful.

Okay, gotta go – toddler is up from nap (already!). Let me know if you’ve been using any wonderful apps lately in the comments!

Polish ‘M La Quinta [Indie Shop May 2016 exclusive] swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! Do you ever have a month where it seems birthdays and anniversaries are flipping rampant? That’s how September is for me – between my husband’s family and mine, it’s chockfull! Speaking of chockfull, this post is going to be full of pictures of the beautiful Polish ‘M La Quinta, so you’ve been forewarned.😉 I used my lightbox, natural indoor light, sunlight, and shade for the following photos.

Polish 'M La Quinta | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M La Quinta macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

La Quinta was the exclusive polish from Polish ‘M that she had available at the Indie Shop May 2016 event. Luckily, I was able to snag one because Michelle (the owner) had made just a few extras.

Polish 'M La Quinta color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M La Quinta color shift macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

La Quinta is a grey-black based polish that shifts from blue to teal to purple to red and I think I spied a bit of orange in there too (but of course couldn’t capture with my camera!).

Polish 'M La Quinta holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M La Quinta holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was good! A little thick but I prefer my polishes a bit thick because I find it makes them easy to manipulate on the nail.

Polish 'M La Quinta shade photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I will say that this shade photo [above] shows most accurately what La Quinta looks like most of the time (when not in sunshine!).

Polish 'M La Quinta red to purple shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M La Quinta blue to purple shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M La Quinta Blue to Gray Shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I didn’t write it down, but I believe I used 3 thin coats plus top coat for this manicure. I ended up wearing it for almost a full week! (I know I sound silly.😛 )

Seriously, I’m so glad I was able to add this one to my stash, it makes my polish loving heart go a-pitter-patter.😀 What’s the last polish you added to your stash that you just loved?

Joy Lacquer Kinder Queen Collection [partial] swatches + review

Press Sample buttonGood morning everyone! I’m typing super fast because my little one-year old (!!!) is currently napping and I’m trying to get this done before he wakes up.😉 Today I have two polishes from Joy Lacquer‘s Kinder Queen collection, launching September 9: Crush on the Blue-Eyed Boy and I Heart My Teacher. I also have an earlier version of CotBEB that Joy sent me, which she named Yogo in the Rough. More on that later!

Joy Lacquer Crush on the Blue-Eyed Boy | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Joy Lacquer Crush on the Blue-Eyed Boy macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Crush on the Blue-Eyed Boy is described as “a beautiful royal-blue violet with a sparkling jewel-like shimmer, [with] abundant purple and blue micro-flecks throughout the polish and dash of scattered holo dust that gives it an extra twinkle.  The one thing you remember most about your first crush is the color of his eyes and this polish was made to match a dreamy shade of blue.” Formula on this was good, sheer but build-able. It had a good thickness, and dries matte. This is 3 coats plus top coat. 

Joy Lacquer I Heart My Teacher | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Joy Lacquer I Heart My Teacher macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I Heart My Teacher is described as “a linear holographic pink that’s fun and bright, [with] subtle gold and lavender flashes that catch in the light.   Being a teacher takes patience, commitment and a huge heart and this is my tribute to the incredible people that make up the fiber of the education system.  Teachers, we heart you!” Formula was great, spreads easily but no pooling; it dries matte. This is 3 thin coats plus top coat. Not usually a pink fan, but the gold sparkle in this polish totally makes it worth it. 

Joy Lacquer Yogo in the Rough | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Joy Lacquer Yogo in the Rough macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Yogo in the Rough is an early prototype for Crush on The Blue-Eyed Boy. After I posted in a nail group looking for Yogo sapphire colored polishes, Joy sent me a message letting me know she might just have the ticket.

Joy Lacquer Yogo In the Rough color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Joy Lacquer Yogo In the Rough macro with Yogo sapphire ring | Be Happy And Buy Polish

YitR is a medium blue that seems to have a slight purple shift to it at the edges, with purple and maybe green microspecks and scattered holo microspecks. On the nail, it seems to have a glowing from within look, which I adore! Formula was seriously just the way I love a formula, not too thick or thin, and spreads easily. This is 3 coats plus top coat, though you could get away with 2 thicker coats.

Joy Lacquer Crush on the Blue-Eyed Boy compared to Yogo In the Rough | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Here is a comparison between CoTBEB and YitR.

I’m really pleased with my first experience with Joy Lacquer. It’s always hard to try out new brands as you never know what you’re getting into, but the formulas alone on the three I tried have sold me. As I said, the Kinder Queen collection launches September 9 at midnight EST at Joy Lacquer. The full collection is 7 polishes and are $10.50 for each full size (13 ml.) individually.  For full collection discount, enter the code KinderQueen at check out. It will take $1 off each bottle, bringing the price to $66.50 for the full collection.  Mini collection (7 ml bottles) will be available in limited quantity at 7 bottles for $36.