Pick Three Polishes: Daisy Island Oasis, Formula X Voodoo, ILNP Home Sweet Home

Morning all! I’ve been trying really hard to get some photos edited and posts typed up, but obviously you can see how well that went. But I made it for today! I’m back with my Pick Three Polishes series where I randomly pick three untried polishes out of my stash, swatch them and then attempt to make nail art with them. For today’s post I’ve used Daisy Island Oasis (a gift from Michelle at Manic Talons!), Formula X Voodoo, and ILNP Home Sweet Home.

Daisy Island Oasis | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Daisy (brand name) Island Oasis is a beautiful bright teal green. It isn’t as bright as my photos show, but I took about 50 pictures and gave up trying to get color accuracy, tbh. LOL.😀 This is 2 coats plus top coat but it’s almost a OCW.

Formula X Voodoo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula X Voodoo is a metallic pink holographic polish. The holographic effect is more noticeable in real life, even inside.

Formula X Voodoo holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula X Voodoo sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was good, it dries fast and then can be a bit draggy. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

ILNP Home Sweet Home | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP Home Sweet Home macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP Home Sweet Home is a lavender holographic polish.

ILNP Home Sweet Home holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP Home Sweet Home holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula was more sheer than I thought it was going to be. This is 3 thin coats plus top coat.

Formula X Voodoo, ILNP Home Sweet Home, Daisy Island Oasis nail art | Be Happy And Buy Polish

So for nail art, I wanted to do some negative space nail art but it really didn’t turn out like I wanted. I’m not sure what I was going for!😛

Formula X Voodoo, ILNP Home Sweet Home, Daisy Island Oasis nail art closeup | Be Happy And Buy Polish

You can see in the above photo that Voodoo’s holographic flame is more noticeable not in the direct light of my lightbulbs. Anyway, sometimes nail art works out and sometimes it doesn’t. Just the way the cookie crumbles, I guess!

Let me know what you think in the comments!

ellagee Burnished Skies versus Scofflaw Varnish Diamond Dogs

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I know I promised to have more posts this week but alas, this “morning” sickness isn’t going away any time soon. I’m trying, I promise! (Currently typing this while wanting to puke on my keyboard.:/ ) But I went through my photos and I did have this comparison post between ellagee Burnished Skies and Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs ready to go.

ellagee Burnished Skies | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Burnished Skies macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Burnished Skies was a fb group custom from a few months ago. This is a turquoise green crelly with bronze, gold, and color shifting flakies. I used 3 thin coats plus top coat.

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs is from the Spring ’16 collection, I believe. This is described as “a vivid sky blue polish with gold and bronze flakes and finished off with a delicate violet shimmer.” I used 3 thin coats plus top coat. Formula was a bit watery.

ellagee Burnished Skies compared to Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Burnished Skies compared to Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Where Burnished Skies has a much more green base, Diamond Dogs base is much more blue. The flakies are also very different in the two polishes – Burnished Skies is copper, Diamond Dogs is more gold and bronze.

Burnished Skies was a fb group custom, as I said, and is no longer available. But you should join the fb group anyway! Diamond Dogs is still available from Scofflaw Nail Varnish as of this writing.

Hopefully I can get my ass in gear this weekend and get some posts written up! I do miss blogging – it really is my creative outlet to write and paint my nails. I hope you have a great weekend!

Well, hello there!

Hi everyone! My apologies for the lack of posting lately. We went on vacation and I had posts lined up for while we were gone, but then when we got back I just had no time to sit down and edit photos or write up posts.

To be honest, this summer has been sucking me dry of energy. Between the two older kids running around with high energy, a baby on the verge of toddlerhood (seriously, he’s been walking since 8 1/2 months old!), into everything and NEVER SLEEPING (ugh!), and surprise, I’m pregnant! We’re due in late January, and “morning” sickness has hit me hard all day long. After our vacation, I’ve been taking TWO naps a day just to feel somewhat normal.

I have photos galore of nails and nail art ready to show you but between the lure of a nap versus editing & writing up a post – napping pretty much always wins. Shoot, there are days when I don’t shower because I’d rather nap!

I still enjoy painting my nails though I’ve had zero time lately to do so, and I know that I’ll have energy again one day.😛 I don’t want to just fall off the face of the earth, because I hate when bloggers do that. But lately it’s taking me an embarrassingly long time to take photos of my nails, edit them, and write up a post.:/ I used to be able to knock out 20 polishes in an afternoon and have all the photos edited by evening and write up a post in 10 minutes. Now it takes 2 or 3 days to do all that.

I’m hoping this Sunday I’ll have time to sit down and edit, write & schedule posts. I’m going to try to stick to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule for now. I hope you’ll bear with me as I struggle to balance my kids and family and writing up posts.:) Bye for now!

Turtle Tootsie Polishes One-Year Anniversary Carnival Collection swatches + review

Press Sample buttonMorning all! I am so excited to share with you Turtle Tootsie Polishes One-Year Anniversary collection. Chrissy, the maker, is launching new products as well as this 12-piece polish collection. The polish collection consists of 5 scattered holos, 5 coordinating linear holos, a neon holographic glitter topper, and a 1-year anniversary special edition polish. Be sure to read to the end to hear about fun specials and events happening throughout this month!

Since there are 5 scattered holos and 5 coordinating linear holos, I’m going to play matchy-matchy today!  Continue reading

Pick Three Polishes: Pahlish Melody Malone, China Glaze Stella, Different Dimension Moonbeam

Purchased by Me buttonMorning everyone! Time for another Pick Three Polishes, today with Pahlish Melody Malone, China Glaze Stella, and Different Dimension Moonbeam.

Pahlish Melody Malone | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Melody Malone macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Melody Malone is a warm purple with gold and purple shimmer. This is 2 coats plus top coat. I found the formula a bit uneven.

China Glaze Stella | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Stella is a gorgeous purple metallic polish that has a slight red shift to it. This is 2 coats plus top coat. As per usual with older China Glaze polishes, the formula was thin and kind of stinky.

Different Dimension Moonbeam | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Different Dimension Moonbeam macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Different Dimension Moonbeam is a complex rose gold base with holographic glitter.

Different Dimension Moonbeam sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Different Dimension Moonbeam sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is 3 thin coats plus matte top coat plus shiny top coat. I found the formula to get thick as you use it.

China Glaze Stella, Pahlish Melody Malone, Different Dimension Moonbeam | Be Happy And Buy Polish

So I started off with China Glaze Stella on my thumb, Pahlish Melody Malone on my pointer and middle fingers, and used Different Dimension Moonbeam on my ring and pinky fingers.

Different Dimension Moonbeam, China Glaze Stella, Pahlish Melody Malone | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Using nail vinyls (which I placed on my thumb), I painted Stella over Melody Malone. At first, I wasn’t sure about this, but it grew on me! It has a definite luxe look to it. What do you think?

Wet N Wild Lava Brew swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I picked up Wet N Wild Lava Brew at the Dollar Tree awhile back. It’s always nice to pick up nifty finds like this for a cheaper price. Let’s take a closer look!

Wet n Wild Megalast Lava Brew | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Wet n Wild Megalast Lava Brew macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Lava Brew is a pink orange base with orange glass flecks. (Which, btw, got EVERYWHERE when I removed this polish!)

Wet n Wild Megalast Lava Brew 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I found this to be really sheer – more sheer than I was expecting. This is 3 thin coats and no top coat.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lava Brew over black | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I decided to try this over black and it was really pretty! This is 1 coat over Wet N Wild Black Creme (2 coats).

When was the last time you found a decent polish at a good price?