Baroness X Hedonist + Tonic Nail Polish Carnality swatches + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! This duo from Baroness X and Tonic Nail Polish was up for sale back in January and I just had to snap it up. Let’s take a look at Baroness X Hedonist and Tonic Nail Polish Carnality.

Baroness X Hedonist | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Hedonist macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Hedonist color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Hedonist is a holographic olive green-brown base with gold shimmer. It was sheer but had a good thickness. This is 3 coats plus top coat. 

Tonic Nail Polish Carnality | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Tonic Nail Polish Carnality macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Tonic Nail Polish Carnality color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Tonic Nail Polish Carnality is a multi chrome polish that shifts from purple to plum to red to glowy red and at the edges a golden red. I had smooth application but it does dry quickly and a little patchy. I had a sheer first coat, this is 2 coats and no top coat. 

Of course I love the Baroness X – you all should know that from how often they’re featured on this blog. This is my first experience with Tonic, and I just have to order more to make a better informed decision. 😉

Baroness X Vulcan swatch + review [facebook group custom]

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! This is a continuation of yesterday’s post with Formula X Orbit and Vroom, and Baroness X Vulcan. I decided this part of the manicure needed its own post because, well, I had so many photos! 😀 Check out that link if you’ve missed yesterday’s post or just need a refresher on that beautiful manicure.

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit color shift macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Let’s start off with a little bit of shiftiness, hmm?

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit orange to red to yellow shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit green to yellow to orange shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit green shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

And some more? Yes, I know that last photo is a tad out of focus, but that green shift is so purty!

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit green to yellow shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit yellow to orange shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Vulcan over Formula X Orbit shade photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I also decided to go outside and take some photos of the shiftiness and glowiness.

I saw so many colors in this polish: purple, red, orange, yellow, green, and a tinge of brown. I hate to tell you that this polish is no longer available, but it isn’t. 😦 It is available only to members of The X Army, the fb fan group for Baroness X. Be sure to join so you know the next time it’ll be available!

Nail Art with Formula X Orbit, Formula X Vroom, Baroness X Vulcan

Purchased by Me buttonGood morning, my wonderful readers! Today I have a manicure that I was really happy with – I almost thought it looked like stamping, even though I achieved it using nail vinyl stencils. I’ve used Formula X Orbit and Vroom, and Baroness X Vulcan (fb group custom).

Formula X Orbit | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Orbit is a deep blue tinged green creme polish (it’s a bit more green than my photo shows). Formula on this, unfortunately, was no bueno. It was super thin and floody. 😦 This is 2 coats and no top coat.  Continue reading

Sideways Rain Drops nail art with Ever After 2 Peace in a Pod, Baroness X Glass Beach, Top Shelf Lacquer Sarasota Lemonade [Hella Holo Customs]

Purchased by Me buttonMorning all! I created this manicure awhile back and I just was never happy with how it turned out, hence my hesitation in showing it to you. Sometimes what’s in my head doesn’t match what ends up on my nails and it’s super disappointing. Let’s take a look at this manicure with Ever After 2 Peace In a Pod, Baroness X Dioscouri, Baroness X Glass Beach, and Top Shelf Lacquer Sarasota Lemonade.

Ever After 2 Peace In a Pod, Baroness X Glass Beach | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Ever After 2 Peace In a Pod on all fingers except my thumb and ring finger. This polish was created to mimic the ever-sought after YSL Peace Green. I had quite a bit of trouble with the formula on this one, it was uneven and got thicker as I was applying it. This is 3 coats and no top coat. Continue reading

Baroness X Sir Cockicorn swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! Today I have a nail polish to show you that’s not currently available. (I lied! It’s available! Read to the end to find out how to get it.) 😦 I’m sorry, but it’s so pretty and I can’t help myself. I must enable others. 😛

Baroness X Sir Cockicorn bottle shot | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is Baroness X Sir Cockicorn, which is a group custom for the X Army (Baroness X fb group). Sir Cockicorn is a unicorn pee polish that shift from red to green to yellow to brown and has teeny iridescent blue specks clear holographic glitter.

Baroness X Sir Cockicorn over Trenzalore | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Sir Cockicorn over Trenzalore macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Sir Cockicorn over Trenzalore color shift macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with a base of Baroness X Trenzalore [previously swatched & reviewed] and then used 1 coat plus top coat of Sir Cockicorn over.

Baroness X Sir Cockicorn over Trenzalore color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

No complaints about formula at all!

This is one of those polishes that just has to be seen to be believed, to be honest. Color shifty goodness galore that is super hard to capture on camera (of course!). You’ve gotta join The X Army to be able to purchase this goodie, and then you’ll be able to purchase other group customs as well!

P.S. This is currently available for members of the X Army (linked above) only, so join up already in order to get it!

Layered Manicure with China Glaze Midtown Magic, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, Baroness X Dulcinea

Purchased by Me buttonLast Saturday I showed you part of this manicure in my Quick Dry Top Coat Showdown post, so why I don’t go more in-depth with this beautiful layered manicure with China Glaze Midtown Magic, Baroness X Opulent Oddity and Baroness X Dulcinea?

China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Midtown Magic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with 2 coats and no top coat of China Glaze Midtown Magic. Oomph! Midtown Magic is a dark brown base with gold and pink flecks. I love old-school polishes and this China Glaze is no exception. It does have a thin formula though (not surprising!).

Baroness X Opulent Oddity over China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Opulent Oddity over China Glaze Midtown Magic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

After I used this, I layered 1 coat of Baroness X Opulent Oddity over it (no top coat). Opulent Oddity is an iridescent glitter that shifts in 2 shades in a clear base.

China Glaze Midtown Magic topped by Baroness X Opulent Oddity | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Opulent Oddity is a little thick and it does dry bumpy.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Lastly, I layered 1 coat of Baroness X Dulcinea on top plus top coat. Dulcinea [previously swatched + reviewed] is a violet based jelly polish with red to green pigment and iridescent flakies.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic red to green shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic blue green shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Dulcinea has a smooth formula, no complaints!

Though this was kind of a lot of layers for me, I really enjoying playing with the light and this manicure – it’s so fun when a manicure just makes me smile! Let me know what you think!

Quick Dry Top Coat Showdown: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, Top Shelf Lacquer

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I’ve been having troubles lately with quick dry top coats just not working out – Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That was my main squeeze, which stopped working; then Darling Diva Polish PETC became my love and it stopped working for me. I thought I’d do a little QDTC challenge between 4 brands: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, and Top Shelf Lacquer. I’ll show you the results after 5 days of wear in just a moment but let’s talk about ship times, then application, then wear time.

Keep in mind that every person’s body chemistry is different, and your mileage may vary – this is only a reporting of how these top coats worked with me.

Ship Times
Dreamland: Ordered on a Saturday, received the following Saturday
KBShimmer: Ordered on a Sunday, received on Thursday
Paint Box Polish: Ordered on a Saturday, received on Thursday; my order also included a mani bomb, which was a nice touch
Top Shelf Lacquer: (Older order but I’m sure I received my order within 3 days of purchase.)

Application
I used each top coat over a layered manicure: 2 coats of China Glaze Midtown Magic, 1 layer of Baroness X Opulent Oddity, 1 layer of Baroness X Dulcinea.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

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