HPB October: Halloween Mani Link-Up

Saturday, October 25, 2014


It's the Saturday before Halloween and the Hobby Polish Bloggers (HPB) are doing a frightening fun festival of Halloween inspired manis. You can see all the great manicures for the link-up at the bottom of this post. 

HPB will be doing monthly link-ups and I am excited to be a part of this month's Halloween group post.

Hobby Polish Bloggers is a group for bloggers who blog primarily just for fun or more casually. Hobby Nail Polish Bloggers is a resource for feedback,support, and guidance on your current blog or how to get your blog started. Check out HPB on Facebook if you're interested in joining.

Now, let's move on to the Halloween nail art. I did something completely different for me. I saw the idea on hellomaphie.com and just had to try it. It's pretty freaky and so much fun. 

Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
I started with a base color of Darling Diva "Queen of the Night" on all my nails except for my ring finger. For my ring finger I used Milani "White on the Spot" with a coat of OPI "Ski Slope Sweetie." Then I applied a coat of nail foil glue on my ring finger and let it dry. When it was completely dry, I added powder eye shadow to add some color variation.

Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
I used white acrylic paint to draw the white part of the eye and then black acrylic paint for the outline. I created a large dot of Darling Diva "Dream Walker" for the blue iris of the eye. Then I added a few small dots of Darling Diva "We Need to Talk" to add dimension. One dot of black acrylic paint in the center and red acrylic paint for the bloodshot veins and the painting part of the eyeball was complete.


Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
I used a top coat of HK Girl and let it dry completely. Then I used some cheap false eyelashes I had and cut them to size. I used the kind that already have a mild adhesive on them to hold them in place. Then I added a couple of drops of nail glue on the ends to hold them down better.

Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
Creepy Halloween Nail Art with eyelashes
These are so much fun. Definitely not practical - but Halloween isn't about practicality. I am going to recreate these and wear them to work on Halloween. What's going to be on your nails for Halloween?


Hawaiian sunset nail art using Elevation Polish Hawaiian Punch Collection

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Yesterday I had the luxury of being able to share the Elevation Polish Collection - Hawaiian Punch - with you. Six stunning shades that are inspired by nature and Hawaii. 

Today, I have some sensational sunset nail art to share with you. 


Beach sunset nail art
Beach sunset nail art using Elevation Polish
I started off with Elevation Polish Golden Leaves, which is a small batch prototype polish. But any golden yellow shade will work. I only used this polish on the bottom third of my nails. Then I added a gradient with Elevation Polish Kilauea. It's a gorgeous sun-drenched orangy pink shade. I then added another gradient on the top third of my nail using Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias. It's an amazing deeply pigmented purple leaning pink with tons of shimmer. I added a bit of Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms to the very top of my nail. 

Then I added shaped "dunes" to the tip of my nail using Elevation Wai'anapanapa, which is a black creme polish with lots of purple shimmer. 

To finish the look off, I painted the palm trees using black acrylic paint. I added a top coat of HK Girl and the look was complete. 

You can see swatches of this collection here. It will be available November 7, 2014. Elevation Polish releases her new collections on the the 7th and 22nd of each month. They normally retail for $8.50. 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 know that computer monitors may display colors differently.

Elevation Polish - Hawaiian Punch Collection, swatches and review

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I am so excited to be able to share the newest Elevation Polish Collection - Hawaiian Punch - with you. There are six amazing shades in this collection for November 2014.



Elevation Polishes are quality polishes and her creativity never ceases to amaze me. So let's take a look at the individual polishes. These are in no particular order. There are tons of photos - as I simply couldn't choose. Some of the photos may seem similar, but the slightest shift of the nails shows something different. To see a larger photo - Just click the photo. I tried to grab some shots in the sunlight - but the sun didn't want to come out and play much.

Kaihalulu is a gorgeous black cherry shade with a lot of micro shimmer. In normal light it is subtle and the shimmer is classy and stunning. This is my favorite of the collection. Wait, I say that now, but as I go through and describe these polishes I am sure I will change my mind several times. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues.

Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
 In the sun the shimmer comes alive and is mesmerizing. 


Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Elevation Polish Kaihalulu
Sunset Among the Palms is a matte magenta with low density holographic particles and an amazing shimmer. This almost orchid shade is packed with shimmer particles that add depth and dimension. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues.

Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
The sunlight makes this polish dance.
 

Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Elevation Polish Sunset Among the Palms
Purple Queen Anthias is a sensational pink/purple, almost fuchsia shade with tons of micro shimmer. I am lucky enough to have the small batch prototype of this polish and I am so glad it is going to be available in a collection. The shimmer in this polish adds depth to an already amazing shade. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues.

Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias

Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias
Wai'anapanapa is a pure black with purple and pink flake shimmer. The shimmer is amazing in this. It is an extrovert in real life. But the camera seems to make it shy. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues.

Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Elevation Polish Wai'anapanapa
Bromeliad is a very berry linear holographic shade. The holographic prisms even show in normal lighting. But like most holographic polishes, it thrives on bright lighting and sunlight. I am a sucker for holographic polishes and this polish is the reason why. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues. 

Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Talk about thriving on sunlight. This polish needs its Vitamin D.
 

Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Elevation Polish Bromeliad
Kilauea is a red/salmon/orange/magenta creme. I say this because on my skin tone it leans toward a strong salmon shade. Which is perfect for me. On a friend's nails, it had a strong orange tendency. This polish seems to shift to match your skin tone. Which is perfect! Especially since I seem to be losing my summer tan. I love this creme polish. This is two coats with a top coat. I had no application issues.


Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
Elevation Polish Kilauea
I am impressed with this entire collection. Every shade will be getting a lot of love in my house. 

This collection will be available in November. Elevation Polish releases her new collections on the the 7th and 22nd of each month. They normally retail for $8.50. 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 know that computer monitors may display colors differently.
 

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