Friday, April 22, 2016

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics ~ NoSleep Collection Swatch-o-rama!

Hello Dahlings!

Yes, I fell off Planet Polish into a black hole of reality,
but I came back just to show you this
FANTABULOUS collection of polish perfection from

All the beauties I have to show you today were sent to me
to be swatched & honestly reviewed.
All swatches are 2 butterlicious coats with fast dry top coat.

Emily fell in love with several NoSleep on Reddit authors
& was inspired to create a collection that one can't help but adore.

Let's get this drool-fest started !

Inspired by the writings of C.M. Scandreth
This rich white crelly with a subtle gold shimmer
is chock full of ultrachrome metallic flakies
that capture the eye as they reflect the light.


Inspired by the writings of Manen Lyset
You know you want this deep vampy metallic red
jam packed with linear holo & ultrachome flakie goodness!


Inspired by the writings of Elias Witherow
Luscious ultrachrome indigo with linear holo,
ultrachrome flakies & a subtle coppery shift?
Yes, please! *SWOON*
While every polish Emily makes is Most Excellent,
Midnight Violence is easily my fav in this collection


Inspired by the writings of Henry Double Door Bastard
My 2nd fav of this literary soiree!
Rich royal blue linear holo with ultrachrome flakies
& as an added bonus...NO STAINING!!!
My recent debacle with a dark blue polish had left me leary,
but The Kingdom goes on perfectly
& leaves no trace upon removal.


Inspired by the writing of Ashley As For Class
Not too dark, not too light...just right!
This nude ultrachrome with linear holo & ultrachrome flakies
is perfect for work nails with it's subtle pink shift
& sparkly peek-a-boo flakies. 


Not a member of the NoSleep Collection,
but awesome in it's own right.
This playful linear holo nude with ultrachrome flakies
was inspired by Shin Chan & makes Emily laugh.
That's good enough for me!

All of these inspired beauties went on perfectly.
I'm not just hyping here, they really are perfect
& are available NOW!
You know you want these pretties on YOUR claws!

>^. .^<

Me no likey when you not have time to pets my cuteness!

Thanks for stopping by!
Now go show Emily some polish love at
~ Inky

Monday, April 4, 2016

Indie Inlinkz Blog Swap feat Polished Pathology!

Hello Dahlings!

When it was time for the Indie Inlinkz FB group
 to post their March manis,
only Jenne from Polished Pathology (our intrepid admin)
& I showed up for the party.
So we decided to swap blogs for a day!

Here's what Jenne did for our prompt of Layered Shots...

  You might be asking what exactly is a layered shot. Well, it's an alcoholic shot made up of different colored liquors of different densities, so that they 'lay' on top of each other for a unique and fun look. The shot I chose to model my nails after is from a blog that created a shot to commemorate Quantum Leap, a really great (and cheesy) show from the late 80's, early 90's. It's called the Starbright: Photo from Knuckle Salad blog by Kristina Ackerman (
Photo from Knuckle Salad Blog by Kristina Ackerman. Isn't it fun? I searched a TON of my indies and I couldn't find any that I liked that were thin enough to give me the look I I went off the 'indie' part and used my trusty China Glaze polishes, cause I know those are thin--and cuticle flooders. BUT! I still used my favorite indie topcoat AND a shot glass for nail art from an it sort of counts! :) group-full Polishes Used: China Glaze High Hopes, Glistening Snow, Sun Worshiper, License and Registration Pls, and New Birth Shot glass from Different Dimensions Top Coat: Darling Diva Pryzmatic PETC To get my look, I used two coats of New Birth, then let dry. I decided I didn't want to use striping tape, because the lines aren't entirely straight, they're a bit blurred. I chose not to use a sponge gradient either, because I knew I would mess it up and get mad and frustrated. I decided just to use the brush and cross my fingers (mentally) to get them straight enough. And it worked! shots-full Not too shabby, eh? I know the nail world darling is CG Fairy Dust, but I prefer Glistening Snow. I like that it's more dense. shots-match-full shots-glass-fulljpg
Shots for everyone! What do you guys think? Think they turned out ok?
A HUGE thank you to Jenna for letting me blog hop to you today!

I think they turned out just dandy fine, Jenne!
See what a lil teamwork can accomplish?
Especially, when Jenne comes up with a great idea
& I get Mr Inky to help with the tech stuff.
Thank you Jenne for letting me play on your blog today!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Jenna aka Inky

Friday, April 1, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Violet

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Tarts are sharing ideas for manis using the color violet
& boy, did we discuss what color violet actually is in our FB group!

When I was in art school last century,
violet was the color between blue & red on the standard color wheel.

These days you'll find color wheels with that color labeled purple.

Our beloved Debbie Crumpet defined it as:

"it should ideally be violet - think more neon. NOT pink, not purple,
but somewhere in between. A blue-toned hot pink"

So I used 3 colors that can all be labeled violet, just to cover my bases,
along with my assigned technique of reciprocal gradient to do this...

 I did this mani last Saturday & am STILL wearing it!
Kristen out did her self with her Color Kids Collection!

The Line Up ~ Cotton Granny Panties franken,

Indigo is a blue-violet,
Stormy is a straight up violet (purple),
& Shy Violet is a NEON red-violet that is almost fuchsia,
but not quite & is my fav all time color EVER!

While these shimmery crellies don't really need undies to POP or glow,
I put on my Cotton Granny Panties for this technique cuz I was worried
that the thin layers of sponged polish would muddy the glow.

No mud here!
I'm also happy to report that my new LG Nexus phone
takes decent gitd pics & with practice will get better.
My Samsung G6 could be iffy when it came to focusing in the dark.
The Color Kids Collection comes with the option
of making them all glow-in-the-dark for an additional $2 each.
So of course I got the whole 15 color set in gitd!

>^. .^<

Ciri approves!

Thanks for stopping by!
Please share the luvs for the other Tarts & The Lady Varnishes!
~ Inky

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pink Polish Comparison feat. Creative Shop Plate 14

Hello Dahlings!

Yes, I know I didn't post last Wednesday.
Yes, I know today is Monday.
Yes, my posting schedule is all kinds of whacked.
This isn't going to change any time soon.
Real life is sucking the fun out of my polish fantasy
& I need to cut back a wee bit for the next month or so.
I'll still be doing my challenges.
I'll just be posting fewer comparisons & me manis.
I can't not do the RL things that need doing,
so my blog will just have to suck it up & take one for the team.
So it goes. Sometimes Adulting sucks!

Anywho, this comparison is all about the pink crèmes
& my fav type of crème polishes are NEONS!!!

So I did this... 

 Boy, was that pinky nail a surprise!

 The line up ~ Sinful Colors Bright B4 UR Eyes, Orly Beach Cruiser,
NK Cerise, Finger Paints Warhol Wannabe & Hit the Bottle Snowed In

 All nails are 2 coats of color over my franken base
with a coat of Orly Sec N' Dry.

Pinky ~ Sinful Colors Bright B4 UR Eyes
Look at the bottle. Look at the color of my pinky nail.
Not only is the bottle painted a misleading neon pink,
the polish color is no where near the color of the bottle.
This was the sheerest of this bunch & could have used a 3rd coat.

 See? I'm not making this shiz up.
Sinful Colors are available in most US drugstores,
but I suggest you skip this one, even if it is on clearance.

Ring (& thumb) ~ Orly Beach Cruiser
This is more like it! 
A bright poke-your-eye-out-with a-neon-stick pink.
It did go on a bit streaky with the 1st coat
& the 2nd coat only helped so much.
Top coat did more to even out the color.
Available at Sally Beauty Supply. 

Middle ~ NK Cerise
The darkest of this bunch.
Almost not a neon, but a decent bright pink
that went on smooth & was almost a one coater.
Look for this brand in your local independent supply shops.

Index ~ Finger Paints
This is one of my all time fav neon pinks!
It's not the lightest or brightest,
but it goes on well & wears well too.
Available at your nearest Sally Beauty Supply.

 This is Creative Shop Stampin Plate 14. I used the HtB Snowed In
I topped these nails with Orly Sec N' Dry
& could have smacked myself when it smeared the stamping polish
on every single nail after waiting at least half an hour before applying it.
In spite of the smearing, I got great detail on every nail!

 Pinky stamping looks perfect!

 Other than missing a bit near my cuticle,
I mostly nailed the image on my ring finger too.

 On man! My middle nail looks SO good before the top cost.

 Look at all those itty bitty lines!
I love the detail possible on these plates!

I missed with my placement again,
but still am pleased with the detail I got.

These plates are truly awesome!
Now to work on my placement of the full nail images
& remember to NOT use the Orly fdtc over my stamped nails.

>^. .^<

Wakes me when you gets it right, K?

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, March 25, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Spring

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Crumpet's Nail Tarts
are showcasing Spring themed Manis.

I did this...

 Spring where I live means rain. Who am I trying to kid?
Living where I do means rain. Lots & lots of rain.
We've gotten a bit more than usual this year so far
with 30+ inches since December
& many days in a row where at least some rain fell.
All this rain also means rainbows!

 I started with 2 butterlicious coats of
Whimsical Ideas by Pam Thursday over my franken base.
I then added a coat of FDTC.

I stamped the raining umbrellas from Creative Shop plate 05

 The rainbow line up ~ Whimsical Ideas by Pam Starbucks Holiday Cup
along with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
from Pam's Undies of the Week collection.
Yep! Pam finally gave us a set of undies
that are designed to coordinate with her fantabulous glitters!
There's also a Saturday polish
& a FB group exclusive that you'll be seeing soon.

I used some nail vinyls from a now closed indie
to set up my upside down rainbow
then filled in between those colors with an itty bitty dotting tool.

My thumb got the pot o' gold!

POG line up ~ Pam's Yeah Magnets! & Caramellow
plus my franken Silk Boxers.

I mixed a bit of Yeah Magnets! with Caramellow to make my gold.

I'm not so sure about this whole gold at the end of the rainbow theory
as the rainbows I see in my neighborhood
end in the drainage pond at the end of the street.
Ain't nobody got time to slog thru the mud looking for a pot o' gold!

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hobby Polish Bloggers Presents ~ Spring!

Hello Dahlings!

Spring is here & all over my nails cuz this month
the Hobby Polish Bloggers are doing Spring themed manis.

With that in mind, I did this...

Bunnies multiplying all over my nails.
Yes, I know they're sorta upside down,
but I wanted to be able to look at them
& if I'd put these DIY decals on the other side of my nails
I would have needed to do hand gymnastics to see them.

has all their nail polish on sale!!!
With the move to the new online store,
Emily is also changing her bottles.
So she needs to clear out all her polish inventory
that's in the old bottles.
Many of these perfect formula beauties 
are only available while supplies last,
so get your polish loving fanny over there & stock up!

I started with one butterlicious coat of
Snowfall Serenity over my franken base.
I then used a piece of cosmetic sponge to create the gradient.
All those flakies made for awesome sparklies
in addition to the linear rainbows!
I quick coat of Sally Hansen Dries Instantly
& I was ready to make my decals.
I used Spun Gold, Creative Shop Stamping Plate 05 & my gorgeous
After a coat of the SHDI dried on my on my Uber Mat,
I stamped 5 bunny borders using Spun gold
& filled them in using a small brush with Pure Glow Getter.
I trimmed the excess clear polish off
& applied my bunny borders to the long edge of each nail.

I mentioned on Friday that I was trying a new to me top coat
to see how it compared to Seche Vite.

SH Gel Shine 3D doesn't create as thick a layer as SV
& doesn't dry as fast either.
However, it is thicker than any of the other fast dry top coat I've tried
& is readily available where Sally Hansen products are sold.
This is in pretty much every chain drugstore
& big box store in the USA.

As to whether it thickens up & shrinks when the bottle gets half gone?
I don't know yet,
but if I notice these SV issues happening with the SHGS3D,
I'll let y'all know.

I don't know why I can get crystal clear gitd pics sometimes
& others it ain't happening.
This was the best pic out of dozens. Blerg.

>^. .^<

My mom's cat Missy is a strange cat.

But give her some cat nip & she acts pretty normal for a stoned cat.

Come a lil closer so I's can bite you.

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Hobby Polish Bloggers!
~ Inky

Friday, March 18, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ 3 Shades of Green

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Tarts are sharing ideas for manis using 3 shades of green.
My technique for this week is pattern on pattern.

So I did this...

I did use 3 different greens
& I did a stamped pattern over a stenciled pattern.
I even tried a new to me top coat.

 The line up ~ Emori White, Color Club On The Flip Side,
Ellegee Get Away From Her, You Bitch!
& Hit the Bottle Green Around the Gills.

 I started with a coat of Emori White over my franken base.
I then added 2 coats of On The Flip Side
& a coat of Sally Hansen Dries Instantly.
with GAFHYB! then added another coat of SHDI.

 I did the stamping using Messy Mansion plate 04,
Green Around the Gills
I sealed it in with Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D top coat.

I love my Seche Vite fast dry top coat.
I don't care that it can be persnickety & get thick or even shrink
when the bottle gets down to the half way point.
I buy my refill & Restore thinner in big bottles from Amazon
& refill or thin my 15ml bottle as needed.
I easily get a week of solid mani protection with minimal tip wear.

But what if I couldn't do that?
What if I ran out & needed to finish a mani NOW?

So I tried a new top coat from Sally Hansen.
Their products are usually decent in both quality & price 
plus they're readily available in most, if not all, drugstores in the US.
The product info says it's thicker than most top coats
with a gel like shine with no uv lamp needed & fast drying.

It isn't as thick as SV, but it is thicker than my other fast dry top coats.
The glossiness is about the same.
It doesn't dry as fast as SV (SV usually dries in about 5 minutes),
but it is supposed to cure the polish under it like SV.
If you can sit still for 5-10 minutes so you don't ding it.
It didn't quite wear as well as SV.
I had tip wear after 2 days
& SV usually lasts 4-5 days before I notice tip wear.

Over all, if I need a thick fast drying top coat & my SV isn't available,
I'd use the Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D again.

 I'd been craving some gitd & these nails supplied it!

I didn't do the chevrons on my thumb, just the stamping.
The Color Club 2015 Poptastic Remix collection
is a 2.0 of the original Poptastic collection
with gitd added. I had to have it!
They all have a strong glow with minimal charging
& hold the glow for quite a while.

>^. .^<

My laser eyes will keep da leprechauns from stealings my cuteness!

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs
with the other Tarts!
~ Inky