essie On a Silver Platter swatches + review

Press Sample buttonGood morning, everyone! I hope you are looking forward to a great day, I know I am. 🙂 Today I have a polish from essie called On a Silver Platter. This came out quite awhile ago, but I was offered a chance to review it through the Amazon Vine Program.

essie on a silver platter bottle shot | Be Happy and Buy Polish

essie on a silver platter bottle shot | Be Happy and Buy Polish

I’ve taken two bottle shots to show you the difference that lighting can make. Both photos were taken in my lightbox, but with just a slight movement, one is more blue/silver-toned and one is more blue/gold-toned.

essie on a silver platter | Be Happy and Buy Polish

The way this polish went on the nail was so strange. It was lumpy because of the blue glitters, but super sheer because of the gold/silver base. Plus the blue glitters had a tendency to stick to one another and not apply evenly.

essie on a silver platter | Be Happy and Buy Polish

I kept adding coats (shown is 3 coats plus top coat), but to be honest, I think I could have done one more coat because I noticed it pulling away from my tips.

essie on a silver platter macro | Be Happy and Buy Polish

If I used this polish again, I would definitely layer this over another color.

All in all, this isn’t my favorite polish from essie. I’m not quite sure what they were thinking, to be honest! Question: did you ever purchase this polish? Did you have a better experience than I did? Let me know!

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Military Plaid Nail Art

Good morning, how are you this morning? It is freezing here! Our high today is going to be 12. TWELVE! haha! I guess winter decided to come with a vengeance to make up for a snow-free October (a rarity in this part of Montana).

Anyway, I thought today would be a good day to show you this military look inspired by an outfit of the day from Glamour-Zine.

SOPI Caught With My Khakis Down, OPI Tickets to Paradise, essie no more film | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On all nails (except accent) I started off with 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Caught with My Khakis Down, then placed these flat studs in a row on each nail. On my accent nail (and thumb) I started with 3 coats of OPI Tickets to Paradise before using a striping brush with essie no more film. Then I topped it all off with a coat of ellagee glass top coat.

Today is Remembrance Day (in the Commonwealth of Nations) to recall the end of World War I on this day in 1918. It is also Veterans Day in the USA, to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I’d like to leave you with the poem “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written by a WWI soldier after presiding at the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Celebrate the Occasion Nail Art Challenge: Memorial Day

Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Today I have a special manicure for you, to honor the theme of “Memorial Day.” Some of you may know that a few years ago, my uncle’s remains were returned to my family. His helicopter had been shot down during the Vietnam conflict, and his remains hadn’t been recovered for almost 40 years. Memorial Day has always held a special place in my family for many years, and I wanted to do something to honor my uncle.

I decided I would recreate part of the patch we received, this is what his company was called:
Vietnam War Patch US Company D | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve used Verity Hot Baby Blue for the background (reviewed here). I then used OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sephora by OPI High Maintenance, essie licorice, and JulieG Canary Islands.
Air Force Redskins Vietnam Patch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Air Force Redskins Vietnam Patch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Air Force Redskins Vietnam Patch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I hope you enjoyed this manicure, I know I enjoyed creating it. If you celebrate or otherwise enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, please remember those families who honor their loved ones.

Let’s take a look at the other manicures for today:

I just love what everyone is coming up with so far, aren’t you? Until tomorrow,

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ellagee nail polish Stained Glass Collection (Partial)

press sampleGood morning everyone! I hope you are ready for some squishy polishes today! I have three polishes from ellagee’s Stained Glass line: Manganese, Cobalt, and Milk. I do need to note that I had a bit of trouble with Manganese and Cobalt. They seemed to get stringy (like when you’re doing sugar spun nails). I had particular trouble with Cobalt. It did help a bit to add thinner. On the upside, they dry pretty quickly!

Update: ellagee let me know that the polishes shouldn’t be like that and is sending me replacements. 🙂

First up is Manganese. This is a purple polish but it has a bit of brown to it. A really beautiful purple! This is 3 thin coats, with top coat.
ellagee Manganese | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I paired it with 1 coat of Finger Paints Go Baroque:
ellagee Manganese, Finger Paints Go Baroque | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then added one thin coat of Manganese over that:
ellagee Manganese, Finger Paints Go Baroque | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Next is Cobalt. This is 3 thin coats, with topcoat. I adore this blue color, that might be why I was a little disappointed on how it applied:
ellagee Cobalt | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then dabbed on essie a cut above:
ellagee Cobalt, essie a cut above | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Last I added another thin coat of Cobalt:
ellagee Cobalt, essie a cut above | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I have shown you Milk before, but here it is again. This is a definite new favorite of mine!
ellagee Milk Glass | Be Happy And Buy Polish

What are your thoughts on these polishes? Any favorites? I want to try out Obsidian Glass and Selenium Glass as well. You can purchase these for $8.75 on ellagee.com! Until the next time,

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Radiant Orchid nail polishes, part 6 (The Berries)

Good morning everyone! 🙂 I’m so excited to be back posting about the Radiant Orchid nail polishes, and I hope you’re excited too. 🙂

Today’s nail polishes will be all those that fit within the berry spectrum of Radiant Orchid. I’ve used one coat of top coat on each of the following, except for Maybelline Lasting Lilac, since that is supposed to have a matte finish. If you’ve missed them, here are parts one, two, three, four, and five. I’m using this color pyramid by Sephora as a guideline:

Radiant Orchid pyramid

Revlon Rich Raspberry:
Revlon Rich Raspberry

essie the girls are out:
essie the girls are out

Sinful Colors Sagitta:
Sinful Colors Sagitta

Sinful Colors Fig:
Sinful Colors Fig

Sally Hansen Cherry Cherry Bang Bang:
Sally Hansen Cherry Cherry Bang Bang

LA Splash Blowfish Violet:
LA Splash Blowfish Violet

Wet N Wild Through the Grapevine:
Wet n Wild Through a Grapevine

Maybelline Lasting Lilac:
Maybelline Lasting Lilac

So many in this group are ones that I love but I think Sinful Colors Fig just edges out the others, with Sagitta coming a close second.  What are your favorites from this selection? Don’t forget, I’d love to do a comparison post, so if you’d like to see any polishes compared to another, just ask! 🙂 The second to last post will be the Radiant Orchid glitters/holos. I can’t wait for those! Until tomorrow,
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Radiant Orchid nail polishes, part 5 (The Brights)

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far. 🙂 I was feeling like I needed a bit of a pick-me-up last night, so I had a hot bath. Man, there’s nothing better feeling than a hot shower or bath, you know?

Switching gears to other things that make me feel good: nail polish! Today’s Radiant Orchid polishes are at the bright part of the spectrum: they don’t really fit into any other category. If you’ve missed them, here is part one, two, three, and four. Here is the color swatch from Pantone, and the color pyramid from Sephora, that I’m using to go by:

Radiant Orchid Radiant Orchid pyramid

We start off with essie madison ave-hue:
essie madison ave-hue

Orly Frolic:
Orly Frolic

LA Splash Blowfish Fushia:
LA Splash Blowfish Fushia

butter LONDON Disco Biscuit:
butter LONDON Disco Biscuit

Sally Hansen Twisted Pink:
Sally Hansen Twisted Pink

L’Oreal Check Me Out:
L'Oreal Check Me Out

What do you think about this color set? Orly Frolic has to be my favorite one – it’s just this great, bright, purple/pink color. I also like L’Oreal Check Me Out – that purple shimmer is so nice! Don’t forget that if you’d like to see comparisons of any polishes, to let me know in the comments. 🙂 The next set is the berry colors.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Xmas mani challenge, can you believe it? I’m still deciding on what I’m going to do – it’s freestyle tomorrow. Any suggestions? Later today I’ll have the last Advent manicure, so until then,

Radiant Orchid nail polishes, part 1

Hi everyone! Once the new color of the year from Pantone was announced, I knew I wanted to go through my stash and see which nail polishes would be considered part of that color scheme. I used this pyramid from Sephora to go through my stash:

Well, I didn’t realize how many polishes I owned in that color pyramid, so I’ve decided to break this down into a few epic posts! This first post is going to be more “on point” to the actual color, from light to dark. These aren’t mean to be exactly the same as the below picture, but a close approximation (whether light or dark).

Some of these swatches are from when I was first starting out, so please don’t laugh at them! (Okay, you can. I mean, I did. 😛 )

First up, Sinful Colors Cupids Arrow:
Sinful Colors Cupids Arrow

Next, Zoya Marley:
Zoya Marley

Sinful Colors Mauve:

Sinful Colors Mauve

essie full steam ahead:

essie full steam ahead

Sinful Colors Purple Diamond (slightly more purple than photo):

Sinful Colors Purple Diamond

Sinful Colors Tempest:

Sinful Colors Tempest

OPI Planks A Lot:

OPI Planks A Lot

Part two of this epic post will include slightly darker nail polishes; part three will include the darkest polishes; part four  will focus on the softer pink/purple; part five on brighter pink/purple; part six on darker pink/purple (leaning berry). Let me know in the comments if you would like me to compare colors side-by-side, and I’ll do a last post (part seven) on comparisons.

What do you think of these polishes? The one I like the best is Sinful Colors Tempest. 🙂 If you’re on pinterest, I’m pinning all the nail polishes onto a brand new board, so be sure to follow it right here. Tomorrow is another day of the 12 Days of Xmas Manis challenge & another set of Advent nails. Until then,

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