Don Deeva Varnish Acid Crush swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonGood morning all! I gotta tell you, I’m exhausted. Lately I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, taking care of my family and my household, trying to exercise daily and eat right and at the end of the day, I’m just dead. Which has been leaving little time for swatching or even wearing my pretty polishes! This brings me to a polish I did actually get to wear for a few days, Don Deeva Varnish Acid Crush, a white to reddish holographic thermal.

Don Deeva Polish Acid Crush warm state | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Don Deeva Polish Acid Crush warm state macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

In its warm state, Acid Crush is a white-ish holographic finish with silver flakes.  Continue reading

CrowsToes Nail Color Pearls of Wisdom nail polish collection swatches + review

Press Sample buttonYo ho ye land lubbers! I think I have pirate speak on the brain because of the name of this nail polish collection from CrowsToes Nail Color: the Pearls of Wisdom. Orrrr….I could just be weird. Yeah, that’s probably it. 😉 Anyway, this collection is a 6 piece collection with a bonus 7th polish when you buy the whole shebang.  It includes: Triple-Double Standard, 3 Sides to Every Story, Suck It Up Buttercup, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Glass House?…drop the rock, Projection Deflection & Misdirection; the bonus polish is called The Next time You think you’re perfect Try Walking on water (TNTYTYPTWOW). Each of these polishes (other than the bonus) are in a pearlescent base that has shiftiness and added glitter.

CrowsToes Nail Color Pearls of Wisdom | Be Happy And Buy Polish

For my full 4-finger swatches, I’m showing each polish over black (sponged & painted – you’ll see). You’ll also get to see a macro collage of each polish by itself, over black, and over white. Overall, the formula on them was a little hard to get even over another color (hence why I sponged over black), but Madame Crow has tweaked the polishes’ formula to make sure they are at their absolute best! Continue reading

Model City Polish SB 34 and SB 33 nail polish swatches + review

Purchased by Me buttonMorning all! Boy yesterday was a long freaking day – cleaning and organizing and laundry, laundry, laundry. Don’t ask what got into me, I have no idea! But most of the laundry is done, thank goodness, I just have my own to do. Now though, let’s take a look at a couple of small batch polishes from Model City Polish – SB 34 & 33.

Model City Polish SB34 November 2016 | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Model City Polish SB34 November 2016 macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

SB 34 is a lightly tinted brown (my notes say) clear-base polish with glitters of gold, bronze, black, and a reddish brown (I think?). Glitters came out even, it dries satin. This is 3 coats plus top coat.

Model City Polish SB33 October 2016 | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Model City Polish SB33 October 2016 macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

SB 33 is a beautiful green base polish with golden shimmer and glitters of purple and bright green. This had a good consistency but was sheer; it dries satin. This is 3 coats plus top coat.

I’m sorry to say that Model City Polish is no longer! Hopefully though you can find her polishes in destash sales because she really put out some unique finishes. Which of these two is your favorite?

Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening + Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algea-atic Sea

Purchased by Me buttonHello all! Today I have two polishes from one of the Creme a la Mode indie collab boxes, Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea. I’m all about those punny names! (I’m unsure as to whether the C.A.L.M. box is still up and running, if you know, please comment.)

Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Salmon Chanted Evening is just what it says – a salmon colored creme polish. It is slightly pinker in real life. Formula was thin and sheer but it self-leveled fairly well. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea | Be Happy And Buy Polish

The Algae-atic Sea is a bright lime green creme polish. Formula was also thin and sheer. It did have a bit of trouble self-leveling, as evidenced by my ring & pinky fingers. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

To be honest I’m really picky about creme polishes because they are so easy to come by in mainstream brands. So would I purchase this box again? Probably not. That isn’t to say I don’t like these polishes! I can’t pick a fave – I love both of them.

What are your thoughts? Do you tend to stick with mainstream brands when it comes to certain finishes or go indie all the way?

Soft, Sweet, and Blingy Pedicure with Daisy and ILNP

Hi everyone! As you may have figured out from the title of today’s post, I have a pedicure to show you! I’ve used Daisy Sweet Romance  [gift] with ILNP Juliette, along with nail gems from Crystal Parade’s nail art gold mix.

Daisy Sweet Romance and ILNP Juliette bottle shot | Be Happy And Buy Polish

If you’re not a fan of pedicures, then don’t look beyond this point!  Continue reading

Pahlish There Is a Song nail polish collection [partial] swatches + review

Purchased by Me buttonIf you didn’t already know, I’m a big fan of Doctor Who. My friend Kate got me hooked on it and I love it. My favorite Doctor is Nine (Sassy Nine is the best), followed I think by Twelve (Grumpy Cat Twelve). Anyway, I picked up this collection from Pahlish awhile back, it’s based on River Song. There are 6 polishes in this collection, and you’ve seen one before: Melody Malone. Here are Impossible Astronaut, Hello Sweetie, Singing Towers, and Stormcage.

Pahlish Impossible Astronaut macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Impossible Astronaut | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Impossible Astronaut is a beige with silver micro glitter. This has a good consistency but doesn’t self-level. This is 2 coats and no top coat. 

Pahlish Hello Sweetie | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pahlish Hello Sweetie macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Hello Sweetie is a periwinkle polish with silver flakes. Formula was sheer, and thin; application was patchy. Those silver flakes go everywhere upon removal. This is 2 coats and no top coat. Continue reading