Showing posts with label Elevation Polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Elevation Polish. Show all posts

Elevation Polish Streets of Japan Collection swatches, review

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I'm excited to share the newest Elevation Polish Collection with you today. The Streets of Japan collection consists of six sensational polishes. There is also a return of a favorite - It isn't part of the collection, but will also be available on May 7, 2015.

The finishes and shades in this collection are varied, but cohesive. I love the inspirations behind her collections. I always find myself searching the Internet for the places that inspired her.

Let's take a look at this collection.

Western-themed stamped nail art

Monday, April 27, 2015

I created some western-themed nail art for an event I attended and I love it. Saturday night my husband and I attended a fundraiser/dinner for Cheyenne Frontier Days. If you haven't heard of Cheyenne Frontier Days - well, it's huge. The events surrounding the "Daddy of 'Em All" occur year round and my husband and I have been volunteers forever. 

I used my new found stamping courage and set to work. I used OPI Alpine Snow for the base and then made a gradient using OPI Fly and Elevation Polish Thunder Basin from the Wyoming the Wild collection.

Then I stamped the barbwire using BundleMonster image plate XL 21 and the boots and horse using Konad S5.

The color theme definitely looks western and the stamping just adds to the look. 

Western themed stamped nail art with barbwire, boots and a horse

I think I am going to have to use my stamps a little more because I love how this turned out. What do you think?

All of the products were purchased by me except for Elevation Polish Thunder Basin, which was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.


Lulu's Favorite Things stocked full of nail care

Sunday, April 19, 2015


We tend to focus on the obvious. Creme, glitter, holo, shimmer polishes draw our eye and capture our attention. But, we forget to think about what goes on behind the scenes. A good nail care routine can enhance the overall look of our finished manicures and add to the health of our nails. 

Wyoming has a very dry climate. The wind and cold temperatures can sap any moisture right out of my skin. I use tons of lotions, but it never seems to fully hydrate my cuticles and nails. So I often use a cuticle oil for that deep conditioning that my nails seem to crave. 

Elevation Polish has started stocking a few of Lulu's Favorite Things. These are products that she continually uses and loves. One of the items is Emerald & Ash Cuticle Oil. I tried one and I want to share my thoughts with you. 


The scent I tried is Yeti Relaxes in Lakshadweep. It has a creamy coconut and bergamot scent. The fragrances blend well together and give it a soft spicy, yet sweet scent. It is a subtle and clean fragrance. Bergamot is a common top note in perfumes.

I have used this oil for the last week and apply it twice a day. The roller-ball provides for easy application. The ball is small and allows for focused application. The oil glides on and doesn't leave a greasy or oily residue. It absorbs into the cuticle area within a few short minutes. I have noticed a positive difference in my cuticles since I started using it. The bottle is perfect for carrying with you in your purse. The bottle is constructed of sturdy thick glass - so I have confidence that it is going to stay intact.




This cuticle oil is affordable too. You can purchase it on the Elevation Polish website for $4.25 for a 10ml sized bottle. You can see the size of the bottle in the photo below. Oh, and that gorgeous blue polish is an Elevation Polish SBP - Uvs Nuur.




Directions: Twice daily apply to the cuticle line or as often as you wish.
Ingredients: Organic jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, cold pressed meadowfoam seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, tea tree oil, vitamin A oil and vitamin E oil.
May contain: essential oil, fragrance oil.
Product Notes: For easy application the bottle has a metal roller ball.

There are more choices available on the Elevation Polish website. Make sure and check it out and treat your cuticles to a little hydration.

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These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

And it's back! Elevation Polish - Khongoryn Els

Thursday, April 2, 2015


I have a special polish to share with you today. Elevation Polish is bringing back Khongoryn Els! This polish was originally from the Mongolia Collection. I am happy to hear that this beauty will be available to the masses again.

Let's take a look.

Khongoryn Els is described as having a taupe base with a purple shimmer. The taupe base is there, but the purple shimmer is the star of the show. The shimmer is an attention hound - you can't help but see it. I tried to catch the shimmer in the photos for you. This is three coats with a top coat. I had no issues with application or formula. 

Normal indoor lighting

Elevation Polish - Khongoryn Els

Elevation Polish - Khongoryn Els

Sunlight

Elevation Polish - Khongoryn Els

Elevation Polish - Khongoryn Els
 

This polish will be available April 7, 2015. Elevation Polish releases new collections each month on the 7th and 22nd. So mark your calendars to visit ElevationPolish.com then. Elevation Polishes are also available at Llarowe.

To get the newest information on Elevation Polishes, make sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and the blog.

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Elevation Polish Wyoming the Wild Collection swatches, review and giveaway

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


I have the Elevation Polish Wyoming the Wild Collection to share with you today. I am so excited about this collection as it is my home. So of course I have to share a little bit of information with you. Everything seems to run at a slower pace here. There are only 500,000 people in the entire state. Some of you live in cities that have more population than Wyoming. We actually have more antelope and cattle than people. The terrain varies from plains, to high desert to mountain ranges. There's a little bit of everything in this state.

When I read about the inspirations for these polishes I realized I take many of the scenic areas of the state for granted. I have started looking at them through new eyes. It really is an awesome state! I was so excited about this collection that I purchased an entire collection for a giveaway. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

OK, now that I have given you a geography lesson - let's move on to the Wyoming the Wild Collection.

This seven polish collection is varied - just as the terrain is here. There's a little bit of everything.

Let's take a look!

Grand Teton Sunset is a gorgeous purple creme. It's the kind of purple that sends my camera into a hissy fit. This color will look different depending on your skin tone. It can lean blue, it can be soft or it can be bright. This is three thin coats. This polish has a built in top coat so there is no need to add one. As a matter of fact, it doesn't play well with top coats. If you use one, you might notice some dark purple streaking. It dries relatively quickly. This vivid color amazes me and it does make me think of the gorgeous Tetons at sunset.

Indoor artificial lighting

Elevation Polish - Grand Teton Sunset

Elevation Polish - Grand Teton Sunset

Sunlight

Elevation Polish - Grand Teton Sunset

The majestic peaks of the Tetons were the inspiration for this polish.

Grand Teton Mountains, Wyoming

Thunder Basin is the perfect rich dark brown creme polish. It's like a silky smooth dark chocolate. The formula is perfection. I used two coats and a top coat.

Elevation Polish - Thunder Basin

Elevation Polish - Thunder Basin

Antelope are plentiful in Wyoming. These "goats" are grazing in a grassland area of the Thunder Basin.

Antelope graze in grasslands in Thunder Basin, Wyoming

Cloud Peak is a scrumptious blue with black and multi colored flake shimmer and sparse holographic particles. This polish has it all - including ultra chrome flakes. The sky blue polish is gorgeous on its own, but the addition of the flakes and holographic flakes just tops it off. It applies wonderfully. This is two coats with a top coat.

Indoor artificial lighting

Elevation Polish - Cloud Peak

Elevation Polish - Cloud Peak

Sunlight

Elevation Polish - Cloud Peak

Elevation Polish - Cloud Peak

Fireflies in a Dark Meadow is a magical polish. This black creme/jelly has ultra chrome flake shimmer and gold flake shimmer. This was once a popular SBP and is now part of the core collection with a few slight adjustments. She ramped the opacity up and gave the gold flakes top billing. The gold flakes come to life with every movement of your hand. This is two coats with a top coat.

Indoor artificial light

Elevation Polish - Fireflies in a Dark Meadow

Elevation Polish - Fireflies in a Dark Meadow

Sunlight

Elevation Polish - Fireflies in a Dark Meadow

Elevation Polish - Fireflies in a Dark Meadow

Iceberg Lake is a dusty jade/mint with subtle pearl micro shimmer. It has the softest of pearl shimmers that was completely camera shy. But it is there. This is three thin coats with a top coat.

Elevation Polish - Iceberg Lake

Elevation Polish - Iceberg Lake

Whoa! Jackson Hole is a gray/greige holographic polish. When it's in indoor lighting it appears more gray. Take it out to play in the sun and it come to life and appears as a holographic taupe shade. It's also a subtle thermal polish! It changes its depth of color depending on the temperature. This is two coats with a top coat. Jackson Hole is really the Beverly Hills of Wyoming. Movie stars and millionaires such as Harrison Ford have homes there.

Indoor artificial lighting

Elevation Polish - Whoa! Jackson Hole

Elevation Polish - Whoa! Jackson Hole

Sunlight

Elevation Polish - Whoa! Jackson Hole

Elevation Polish - Whoa! Jackson Hole

Speaking of stars - Hidden Falls is the star of this collection. The 23 k gold top coat is a gem. This is made from real 23K gold, each piece of gold is hand rolled and measured to get a precise amount of gold per bottle. It features larger pieces of gold than most other gold toppers. Because of the time it takes to make just one bottle and the gold itself, it does come with a $25 price tag. You may think the gold would be rigid, but it is supple and rests flat against the nail. I have it on here over Iceberg Lake.

Indoor artificial lighting

Elevation Polish - Hidden Falls 23K gold topcoat

Elevation Polish - Hidden Falls 23K gold topcoat

Sunlight

Elevation Polish - Hidden Falls 23K gold topcoat

Elevation Polish - Hidden Falls 23K gold topcoat

This photo is of Hidden Falls. It can been seen with a bit of a hike and is in the Curt Gowdy State Park. Underneath the water there are tiny particles of gold.


Hidden Falls in Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming

I didn't do much nail art with these polishes. The polishes are stunning on their own. But I did add a bit of Fireflies in a Dark Meadow in a geometric pattern over Thunder Basin. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!

Simple nail art using Elevation Polish Thunder Basin and Fireflies in a Dark Meadow

Which ones are you going to pick up on launch day? I love them all and can't pick a fave. But if I had to pick one and only one, it would be Thunder Basin. 

Now for the giveaway. This is open to international entries. The giveaway ends at midnight mountain time April 16, 2015.

Enter via the Rafflecopter Widget below. Need to enter from a mobile device?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This collection will be available April 7, 2015. Elevation Polish releases new collections each month on the 7th and 22nd. So mark your calendars to visit ElevationPolish.com then. Elevation Polishes are also available at Llarowe.

To get the newest information on Elevation Polishes, make sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and the blog.

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Layered Floral Nail Art - Digital Dozen Day 4

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's Day Four of the Digital Dozen Nature Week. I decided to try a new technique. Well, I am sure someone has done it, but it's new to me.

I decided to see what it would look like if I layered designs between top coat. So, it's sort of like a pond mani... but clear.

I started off with a base color of Elevation Polish "Storm in the Morning Light." Then I painted the leaves and stems with metallic green acrylic paint. Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite. After that dried I applied the light purple petals and then another coat of Seche Vite. I repeated that for the dark petals and then the yellow centers. It really does give it a three dimensional look.


Floral "layered" nail art





Floral "layered" nail art







I may have to try this with different designs. I kind of like the illusion.

See some more nature-themed nail art looks below.








Digital Dozen Does Nature: Day One

Monday, March 9, 2015


It's another Digit-al Dozen week. The Digit-al Dozen is a small group of diverse nail art bloggers that post nail art inspired by a new monthly theme for five days in a row. You can find us blogging away the second week of each month!

This month's theme is Nature. I am loving this theme. It means I get to create some floral and landscape nail art. I realize there are lots of other things that could fit into this category. But I was excited to do something I love.

This mountain scene was created with Elevation Polish and acrylic paint. I used Elevation Lake of the Isles for the sky and Bohai Sea for the water. The gray in the mountains were created using Thracian Sea. I used acrylic paints for the rest of it. White acrylic paint applied with a QTip made the fluffy clouds.

I hear so many people say they can never create intricate nail art. Well, yes you can. Landscapes and florals are oh-so-forgiving. Mine aren't perfect - and they never will be. To create a landscape scene, simply break it into sections. One element at a time.


Landscape mountain scene nail art

I used a top coat of HK Girl to seal it in and protect the nail art.





Some of these products were previously provided to me for an honest review and some were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

See some of the other amazing creations of natures by some talented ladies.





UK Wildcats are on fire: inspired nail art

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Kentucky Wildcats are on fire! The team is my all-time favorite team. I grew up in Kentucky and hearing the 'Cats on the radio or watching them on TV was the norm. 

They are 25-0 this year and I swear I can hear the whoops and hollers all the way in Wyoming. I have created UK nail art in the past. But with their amazing winning streak right now I had to create another.

I used Elevation Polish Lake of the Isles for the blue and China Glaze White on White for the white. I usually just do paw prints. But this year I found an alphabet set of scrapbook punches - so I created the UK decals with those. If you want to know more about punch decals, take a look at this tutorial.

I love the final look. Of course the letters aren't the right font at all. But I still love it. 

UK - University of Kentucky Wildcats nail art

UK - University of Kentucky Wildcats nail art

I can't wait to follow the Wildcats in the next few weeks.

These polishes were previously provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Spiraling nail art for Digital Dozen Pattern on Pattern

Monday, February 9, 2015


It's Digital Dozen time again. This month's challenge is Pattern on Pattern. I am having fun with this theme.

For today's Pattern on Pattern I used some nail vinyls from KBShimmer. These spiral nail vinyls made creating this swirling look oh-so-easy. Just peel them off and press them on to your dry base color and apply polish. Make sure to peel the vinyls off quickly. If you let the nail polish dry on top, you will end up peeling up a lot more than you wanted to.

Let's take a look.

I started off with a base color of Orly Bling. I wanted to be able to see shimmer through the "swirls." Then I added a rough bulls eye using blue, yellow and green polishes from the Esmaltes Da Kelly Soap Bubbles collection.

Spiral nail art

Then I applied the spiral KBShimmer Nail Vinyls and pressed them down firmly.

Spiral nail art

I painted over the vinyls using Elevation Polish Volcanic Dust. This polish is being discontinued. So if you want it, you better hop on over to Elevation Polish and grab it. Once it's gone - it's gone.

Spiral nail art

This look came out better than I hoped. I love the shine and shimmer the microglitter base color provides.


Is this a look you would try?

KBShimmer Nail Vinyls can be purchased at KBShimmer.com. There are a variety of choices.

The KBShimmer Nail Vinyls were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently. The remaining products and polishes were purchased by me.

Make sure to check out more of the Digital Dozen creations below.






Elevation Polish Minneapolish Collection and a limited-edition Yeti: swatches, review

Sunday, February 1, 2015


I have the latest Elevation Polish collection to share with you today - Minneapolish. And there's a wonderful little Yeti polish that has been roaming the streets of the mini apple.

The creator of Elevation polishes never ceases to amaze me with her range of colors and finishes. The formula is always great. This collection was inspired by the area surrounding Elevation Headquarters - Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This collection has five gorgeous polishes. There's also a limited-edition Yeti polish for you to see.

Let's take a look.


Lake of the Isles is a light, yet bright blue. It would best be described as a cornflower blue. This is a new type of finish for Elevation. Elevation calls it a “Gelly.” The first coat applies a bit streaky, but the second coat evens it out and provides an amazing glossy shine. The high shine is like a gel polish, but it has the depth of a jelly. I hope Elevation makes more like this! Look at that shine from two coats of polish. 


Elevation Polish - Lake of the Isles


Elevation Polish - Lake of the Isles


Elevation Polish - Lake of the Isles


Elevation Polish - Lake of the Isles

The Walker is a linear purple holo. In normal lighting it is a soft, subtle purple. But in bright outdoor light it comes to life with prisms of blue, yellow gold and red. This is two coats.

Normal indoor lighting


Elevation Polish - The Walker


Elevation Polish - The Walker

Artificial lighting


Elevation Polish - The Walker

Sunlight


Elevation Polish - The Walker


Elevation Polish - The Walker

St. Anthony Falls is a white jelly base packed with gunmetal and iridescent glitter. It applied wonderfully and the glitters rest flat against the nail. The sparkle of the iridescent glitter adds a classy depth and dimension. This is two coats with a top coat. Glitters aren't normally my style, but this one is quite mesmerizing.


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls

Mill City Ruins is an olive green with gold shimmer. Better yet, it's a thermal. Elevation hasn't delved into the thermal world much and this one is stunning. It shifts from a darker olive green shade to a lighter one. You can see on my nails the polish is lighter on the nail bed and on the tip it's a little darker. The addition of gold shimmer and flakes adds a gorgeous sparkle. It is a bit thinner than other Elevation polishes. But three light coats was perfect.


Elevation Polish - Mill City Ruins


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls


Elevation Polish - St Anthony Falls

Theo Wirth Parkway is a stunning jewel-toned emerald green with multicolored shimmer. This vibrant color will be perfect for those spring days. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no issues with application.


Elevation Polish - Theo Wirth Parkway


Elevation Polish - Theo Wirth Parkway


Elevation Polish - Theo Wirth Parkway

Limited Edition: Yeti Hides in the Mini Apple is a vibrant candy apple red linear holographic polish with red shimmer. This holographic polish is sure to be an eye-catcher. It applied smoothly and evenly. This is two coats.

Indoor lighting


Elevation Polish - Limited Edition: Yeti Hides in the Mini Apple

Shade


Elevation Polish - Limited Edition: Yeti Hides in the Mini Apple

Sunlight


Elevation Polish - Limited Edition: Yeti Hides in the Mini Apple


Elevation Polish - Limited Edition: Yeti Hides in the Mini Apple

Which ones are you going to pick up on launch day? I love them all and can't pick a fave. But if I had to pick one and only one, it would be Lake of the Isles. 

This collection will be available February 7, 2015. Elevation Polish releases new collections each month on the 7th and 22nd. So mark your calendars to visit ElevationPolish.com then. Elevation Polishes are also available at Llarowe.

To get the newest information on Elevation Polishes, make sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and the blog.

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note that computer monitors may display colors differently.
 

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