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Unplanned Break

Just a quick note to explain my sudden absence. I managed to get out this week’s Restock Radar post but I’ve fallen behind in the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge. 😦

I’ve been sick, and now my son is sick. I’m hoping everything gets back to normal soon so I can catch up later this week before the holidays swing into full gear.

Thanks for continuing to visit Polish Groupie. I’ll be back as soon as I can!

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Restock Radar: Week Of Dec. 17

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week. It’s a little light so far this week, but I’ll add things as I find them. Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Monday, December 17
4pmET
HARE POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Limited edition Paint The Town Red: Holiday 2012 Collection, including Holiday Hoopla and Swanky Soiree

Tuesday, December 18
5pmET
ENCHANTED POLISH (On Harlow)
Notables: Restock, colors not specified

And Keep An Eye Out For …

PRETTY & POLISHED is offering discounts via several codes: use gift4u for 5 percent off all products; use giftidea for 10 percent off all gift sets; use lastminute for 20 percent off all holiday polishes in the Holiday category

GLITZOLOGY is offering 50 percent off with code DOOMSDAY50 until December 21

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com Thanks for stopping by!

12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge: Holiday Movie – Griswold Christmas Lights

Here we are at Day 5 of the 12 Days of Christmas nail art challenge. I’m running a little late with this one but it’s still Dec. 12 in at least a few U.S. time zones. Today’s prompt is Holiday Movie, and I’ve based this manicure on the over-decorated Griswold house from Christmas Vacation. (Please excuse the state of my cuticles!)

Christmas Vacation Griswold Lights

I started with three coats of Sinful Colors Slate. I used a Kiss Nail Artist pen in black to draw on the wires. Then I used a dotting tool to drop on the lights using OPI Designer De Better. I topped those dots with smaller dots of Enchanted Polish Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds to add a little holographic flair.

Christmas Vacation Griswold Lights

I then retraced the black wires to make sure they didn’t get lost under the dots. I finished everything off with a coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat.

Christmas Vacation Griswold LightsChristmas Vacation Griswold Lights12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

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Restock Radar: Week of Dec. 10

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week. Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Wednesday, December 12
5pmET
HAPPY HANDS NAIL POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of limited edition polishes with proceeds going to charity

Friday, December 14
time not specified
PAHLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of last three 12 Days of Christmas polishes, plus full sets of the collection

And Keep An Eye Out For …
Christmas sale at SASSY LACQUER: get 20 percent off with code lastCHANCE through Dec. 13

Every day until Christmas Eve, SPARKLES BY JULIE will have one item in the shop on sale for 50 percent off.

Use code HOLIDAYS to get 25 percent off at F4 POLISH this week

Get 30 percent off at AMY’S NAIL BOUTIQUE with code SAVE30

Free shipping on orders over $50 all through December at NOSTALGIC LACQUER with code DECSHIP

SEA LORE is offering free polish with purchase through Dec. 16: Buy 4, get 1 free (all of same size), or buy 4 mixed sizes and get 1 mini free

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com Thanks for stopping by!

12 Days Of Christmas Challenge: Snowmen

Day 4 of the 12 Days Of Christmas Challenge already? How did that happen? Today’s prompt is snowmen.

Christmas/Winter nail art: Snowmen

A few days ago I featured Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso on the blog. I used that same mani as the base for this one, so there is a little bit of wear. This is two coats of Piu Mosso plus one coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat to start, and then I added one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. The Piu Mosso made it look to me like a night scene, so I thought the China Glaze Fairy Dust would almost look like stars or maybe snow.

Christmas/Winter nail art: Snowmen

I then used a large dotting tool to add the snow across the bottom of each nail with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. I used the same color to do the first layer of dots for all of the snowmen. I then added a second dot to each that was just slightly smaller than the original using NYC French White Tip. My working theory was that since the OPI is a white with a gray tinge that it would provide a little shading compared to the stark white NYC color. Not sure that came through in the finished product, but that was the idea.

Christmas/Winter nail art: Snowmen

I used a small dotting tool to create the scarves with Essie Very Cranberry, and then used Orly Liquid Vinyl for the coal buttons and eyes.

I finished it off with one coat of Poshe.

Christmas/Winter nail art: Snowmen12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge



12 Days Of Christmas Challenge: Candy Cane French Tips

Day 3 of the 12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge sponsored by Pink & Polished Nails and Over Polished brings us to candy canes.

Candy Cane French Tips

For mine I did candy cane french tips. I started with one coat of clear base coat and then one coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust to the whole nail.

Candy Cane French Tips

Then I taped off my tips and applied two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, followed by one coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat. When that was dry, I re-taped my tips and added stripes. I applied the red, Ulta Steppin Out, with a small nail art brush. The green is an It’s So Easy Stripe Rite striper polish.

Candy Cane French TipsCandy Cane French Tips

I finished with one coat of Poshe.

12 Days Of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso

Last week, Rescue Beauty Lounge restocked some of its retired colors in its latest Bring It Back promotion, where it hauls some of the long-gone shades out of the vault to give polish groupies one last chance at nabbing them.

I actually didn’t have any RBL polishes in my collection, but I had recently read through founder Ji Baek’s “Rescue Your Nails,” so I was interested in checking out her nail polish line.

Despite the steep $20 price tag, I picked up Piu Mosso, which is an intriguing polish to say the least.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu MossoRescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso

In the bottle it looks like it’s a brown polish with lots of shimmer, and on the nail it looks nearly black in most light. But in reality it’s a deep blue with some subtle bronze shimmer. Think really dark pair of blue jeans. RBL actually describes it as as “inky, blue-black.”

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso

It’s really amazing. The formula is great; I could have gone with one coat, but this is actually two, plus one coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat. In fact I did stick with one coat on my other hand and it looks fine. The brush is very thin, just FYI, which for me makes it harder to get a nice clean application at the cuticle line.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso

Piu Mosso is very difficult to photograph, so here’s one in my lightbox with the light shining directly on it so you can get a better sense of it.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso

As of this posting it is still available on rescuebeauty.com. And, just in case you were wondering, the name is a musical term meaning faster, with more movement. I like to think it’s because your heart starts beating a little faster when you look down and see this color on your nails. 🙂

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