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The joys of Ninja Polish 100% Colombian…plus mystery bags! [image heavy]


I haven’t disappeared!  Seriously!  I resolved not to blog unless I was inspired and it didn’t make my life unduly complicated.  Turns out inspiration only strikes periodically…and time to blog is even rarer.  Ha!

In any event, I finally found a reason to blog.  A few months back, I posted on the Cuticle Pusher Facebook page that I wished with all my might that I could find Ninja Polish’s 100% Colombian.  Sadly, Ninja Polish had gone out of business awhile back. (They were a great source not only for lots of indie and semi-indie polish brands, but her own polish line was GREAT.)  I stalked eBay and Makeup Alley to no avail.  And no one on FB had any leads, although they had a few good suggestions for similar polishes.  However, it just wasn’t the same!!

Then, like a bolt out of the blue, Ninja was back!  She said that she was offering mystery bags, and she did have Ninja Polish products available.  I decided to take a chance and order an Indie Mystery Bag.  In the comments, I mentioned that I would be super pleased if a bottle of 100% Colombian fell into my bag.  And lo and behold, I got it!!

Did I love it?

Does a nail blogger love rhetorical questions??

Of course I loved it. I’m a big fan of deep browns and multichrome.  Thing is, this completely surpassed my expectations.  I tried to get pictures of all the various facets of this polish, but it’s basically impossible.  You’ll see what I mean from the pictures (which don’t even do it justice).

Here’s the particulars: this is a thin formula.  One coat is not enough.  Two coats look magical.  Three coats looks otherwordly.  (I actually used four coats here because I needed to fix some painting errors, but three coats gives the same effect.)  It was definitely easy to work with – smooth, and medium-to-fast drying. The base is a dark coffee brown base, with shimmer that shifts from red to gold to green.  The shifting can be strong during the most unexpected times (like while driving!).

Here’s a few pictures.  I’m wearing a base of Orly Bonder and topcoat of Seche Vite:




This is direct sunlight.  Shift a bit, and…gold!



Try it in indoor light, and…get a glimpse of red!



Here’s the weirdest shift, though.  I’d been trying for most of the week to get a shot of the green shift in this polish.  I swear, there were times I thought I was wearing an olive green.  The full green shift mostly happened during cloudy days.  Well, we got a cloudy day, and here’s the best I could do.  (Please ignore the tip wear – it’s been on for at least five days now!):


































It’s almost a completely different polish!

This polish is definitely my cup of tea (or coffee), and one of my biggest lemming scores ever. So, if you’re into happy surprises, I’d highly recommend ordering one of Ninja Polish’s mystery bags!  She has all sorts of options.  Here’s what I got in the rest of my bag:



L to R: Pretty Serious Gargoyle Ganache, Dandy Nails Eager Eyes, Serum No. 5 Sunset Flare, and Femme Fatale Maddening Whispers.  All but Pretty Polish are new brands for me!  It’s like she was reading my mind!  I’m really looking forward to playing with these pretties. Getting these polishes was definitely a pick-me-up from the winter doldrums.

You can order your own mystery bag from the Ninja Polish website.


Movember nails (with Zoya Harley and Jinx)

Movember nails (with Zoya Harley and Jinx)

First, I want to thank all of you for your suggestions in my blogiversary giveaway post!

Some of you asked me for tutorials/nail art ideas.  Although I’m no nail art expert (and I’m even worse at tutorials!), I thought I would share for you something really simple that I did recently for Movember.  (Hey, if my husband can grow out all of his facial hair in November, I can at least paint my nails with a mustache, right?)

This is based on a tutorial by cutepolish, who makes just about the BEST video tutorials out there!

First, I painted my nails in a neutral color – in this case, Zoya Harley, which is a light/medium grey polish with a hint of shimmer.  Then I decided to use Zoya Jinx for the mustache because – well, aren’t reddish brown mustaches cute?  I love both of these polishes – they apply like a dream, they dry well, and they’re just generally friendly to work with.  NOTE: I had to use two coats of Harley because it’s a bit sheer, but the end effect is lovely.  (I generally use at least two coats for most polishes anyway.)

I used a dotting tool to make a few big dots to mark the center of the mustache, then smaller dots for the outer points of the mustache.


Then, I used the dotting tool to carefully connect the dots, making the middle of the mustache thick and the ends of the mustache pointy.


I finished with Seche Vite.

Hope you like the design, and I hope you check out the rest of cutepolish‘s tutorials.  They’re really great!

Happy Movember!


LynB Designs – Thor’s Hammer: Swatches and Review


It’s been quite the sci fi weekend for me!  With the premiere of Star Trek and the season finale of Dr. Who, I was in nerd heaven.  I’d say more about both events, but I have too many thoughts & questions…and since I don’t know who has & hasn’t seen them (or even who cares), I’ll shut up about them.  As River Song would say, “Spoilers!”

In honor of this sci fi weekend, I decided to try my new bottle of Thor’s Hammer from LynBDesigns.  (I assume you know Thor’s place in sci fi from his own movie and/or the Avengers.  If not, go see one or both!)  I have a number of LynB polishes thanks to her frequent awesome sales, which can be 40-50% off sometimes.  Plus, her polish ideas are always so innovative – and the names are awesome!

According to Lyn’s blog, Thor’s Hammer is ” a clear based glitter that has brown, copper holo, and gold holo glitters that are fine cut. Small silver holo squares, and small silver hexes.”  To me, it gives the effect of hot cocoa mix plus snowflakes!  (And yeah, it’s spring here and that’s not a seasonal image, but it’s the first thing that came to mind.  If anyone’s reading this in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy the imagery.)

Unfortunately, Thor’s Hammer is limited edition polish, and it appears not to be currently stocked in the LynB Etsy shop.  I was able to get my hands on a bottle when I answered a trivia question she put up on her Facebook page earlier this month, and her generous prize to me was Thor’s Hammer plus one other polish.  (It was donated by a fellow LynB enthusiast, Becky, who I can’t thank enough either!)  I couldn’t have been more thrilled, because this glitter is right up my alley!

On to the pictures:



This was two coats of Thor’s Hammer over two coats of Zoya Jinx (which I loooooove too – maybe I’ll post more on that one later). I topped it with one coat of Seche.

Application was stellar!  I had no problem getting all the different sizes of glitter out of the bottle with minimal fishing, and the underlying base didn’t clump or get sticky, nor was it too runny to hold the glitter.

I’m super happy with this polish, and I’ll be wearing this look again!  Thanks, Lyn!

Above The Curve Diablos – swatches and review!


I don’t like to admit that I’m a competitive person, but sometimes my excitement at the thought of winning overcomes any sense of dignity. So, I’ll admit it: a few nights ago, I was on the Facebook page of Above the Curve nail polish, and Angel there was nice enough to have a trivia contest.  The topic was music, and I was fairly confident.  I refreshed, and typed quickly, and refreshed, and typed some more, and sure enough, I won the category!

Of course, in the process, I revealed that I know the band who did Cotton-Eyed Joe.  Knew it right off the top of my head – didn’t even have to think.  (Hey, that’s perfectly cromulent information to keep in my head, isn’t it? Shut up!)

In any event, I was anxious to have a chance to try out my prize – a mini bottle of  Diablos, from the Fallen Angel collection.  Diablos is described as “a beautiful dark reddish brown almost mahogany holographic polish.”  Oh, and it is!



Two coats, with Seche Vite on top.

SO pretty!  It’s got such a pretty holographic finish (but not overly-holographic, if polishes like Nfu Oh 61 aren’t your style).  In my opinion, I thought it was a dark brown with a reddish/purple undertone – sort of a lighter relative of Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate (of which I’ve only seen pictures).  However, my friend who saw my nails today immediately thought it was mauve!  Diablos is a very changeable color, which makes it interesting and beautiful.


See the holo…love the holo…!!!

Bottom line, if you enjoyed Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate  but you’re also in the mood for a purplish mauve undertone, you’ll like this polish.  In fact, the whole Fallen Angel line is worth a look, if you like a lot of  holo goodness!

I’m so glad I was introduced to Above the Curve polish – even if I lost my dignity in the process!  LOL!  You can purchase ATC polishes on Etsy or Big Cartel.

Plus, with each polish purchase, ATC makes a donation to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.  What a great idea!