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Imprinted Purple

It’s cold out, so I can use thermal polish! I honestly remember this one being MORE shifty than it currently is, but thats alright. It still shifts and it is still pretty! I want to go use my other two shift polishes and see how they behave now as well 😀 especially after all the fun I’ve had with the new ones from Bow Polish (although, I technically painted these first in anticipation of getting the new ones).


Really, this was just a fun little thing that I put together. I figured a self-forming gradient counts as a gradient, and just stamped over a simple polish. Unfortunately, that meant that the nails chipped easier (since it was fewer layers of polish) but it was also much faster!


I also wish I could wear more purple polish…I don’t know how acceptable jewel-colored polish is. I think I should be ok for the next two weeks, since I am conveniently going to be on service with some friends of mine! But that really only gives me time for 3-4 manis. Oh well.


~ Purple shift: Femme Fatale – Mushroom Cloud
~ Light purple: L’oreal – Royalty Reinvented
~ Stamp: BM – 608


Hope you enjoyed, simple but pretty!

Doily Flowers

Simple easy work-friendly mani today!


Unfortunately, the sun did not cooperate, so you can’t see how peachy this looks in the light, with its contrasting bright pink flash. You can see a hint of it in the direct light photos, but still!


~ Pink: Femme Fatale – Mr. Pinchy
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White
~ Stamp: BC – 10


I did so many lace nails in a row back in September that I am completely done with them for the time being. That being said, there are a few more waiting in the wings.



Swirl Up

Simple, easy, and woah do I love thermal polishes! I was having a lazy day but my mani was in desperate need of a change. I didn’t want to spend the time doing a gradient, so I grabbed my magenta-to-dark-purple thermal polish and went to town!


Thermals are one of my favorite things to come out of nail art recently (that and multichromes). You can get so many looks out of one color by just changing temperature! This polish is dark purple when cold and bright magenta when hot, with a blue flakie shimmer. (Yes, you’ve seen it before…I reviewed it about a year ago).



The stamp is one of the new ones I’ve been waiting to try, from plate 612. It’s all awesome and swirly and has hearts (although you can’t see them)…and I am a huge fan of whoever put this stamp together!


~ Purple thermal: Femme Fatale – Mushroom Cloud
~ White: Sinful Colors – Snow me White


This mani took maybe 20 minutes, and most of that was waiting for Mushroom Cloud to dry. Sadly, you can no longer buy Mushroom Cloud (why do polish companies discontinue the prettiest polishes??) but there are other fun thermals out there! Hope you enjoyed!

Top 10 Polishes of 2014

So, I have put together another top 10 list! These are polishes that I got my hands on this year (which is to say some of them are older) which I absolutely adore. I think all of them can still be found SOMEWHERE at least! Most of them are complicated polishes (glitters, crazy finishes, that kinda thing) because very few simple colors are awesome enough to make this list. There are two honorable mentions though, just because I used them so darn much!

Honorable 1: Essie – Penny Talk. This pink-gold metallic polish has been my go-to gold for a while, and I love it.

Honorable 2: Color Club – Harp on It. While this did not make my top 10, everyone who has ever come over to play with nail polish has wanted to use it, and that makes it special :-p

THE TOP 10 OF 2014 (according to flightofwhimsy): If you click on the name of the polish, it will link you back to the post where I reviewed the polish. All of these are easy to work with and I love them!

#10: Mentality – Detonate


#9: Sally Hansen – Liquid Gold (I know this polish shows all your nails flaws, but I just can’t get over how awesome it is. I have used it for nail art repeatedly as well)


#8: Femme Fatale – Mr. Pinchy (the only holo to make the list)


#7: Mentality – Pozzolana (the only matte on the list)


#6: Cult Nails – In a Trance


#5: piCture pOlish – Aurora



#4: ILNP – Masquerade


#3: Zoya – Chantal (the only creme on the list)


#2: KBShimmer – Green Hex and Glam


#1: Emily de Molly – Turbulence (seriously, just give Llarowe your money and buy this polish)


So yes…dense on the glitterbombs. And I love it!

Barbie Scales

Sometimes, I just want to do dots. And all I have with me are pink and a silver. My intention with this pallet was to do a rough gradient of some type (I was traveling), but somehow I decided on pink fish scales. With silver as a contrasting color.


And then I decided that if Barbie were ever to do a scale mani, she would go with pink. Eye-searing pink. So we have a Barbie scale manicure. Honestly, this one looked rather cool on, but since I didn’t have my awesome nail camera, the colors are a bit odd (darn you iPhone!).



~ Pink creme: Clinique – Pinkini
~ Pink metallic: Petites Color Fever – Raspberry Ice
~ Pink holo: Femme Fatale – Mr Pinchy
~ Silver: OPI – Number One Nemesis



I See The Light (Mushroom Cloud)

When I received Mushroom Cloud* by Femme Fatale for review, I immediately fell in love. A dark purple polish with pink glitter and blue glass flecks? YES! And THEN I discovered that it is a thermal polish. I kept staring at the two colors trying to figure out what they reminded me of. Then it came to me: the logo of the kingdom from Tangled!


Mushroom Cloud is a truly impressive polish. Shown here is two coats over my clear base coat. The polish is slightly thick, but the type of thick that makes it easily workable. I had no trouble controlling the polish, and it dried very quickly to a satin finish. The color change occurs somewhere between 68 degrees and 90 degrees (how do I know? My apartment is at 68 and I was unable to get the lighter purple to stay at the tips of my nails!). I can’t decide if I like this polish better with or without top coat!



The “cold” color is a deep indigo with blue glass flecks and a subtle pink shimmer visible at the curve of the nail (it is a bit more purple than it appears in my photos). The color looks almost duocrhome between the blue and pink! The “warm” color is a bright purple that leans strongly pink…one might almost call it radiant orchid :-D. In the warm state, the pink glitters come through more strongly, and the blue flakes are more subtle but appear in indirect light again creating almost a duochrome on the nail!



I love this polish. The dark purple color is stunning, the bright purple is vivid, and the addition of the blue glass flecks creates something unique and wonderful. I love this so much that I wore it alone. For an entire day. No nail art. I NEVER do that! I kept washing my hands just to watch the nails change color :-D. This polish will make your more hygienic!


After staring at my nails for 24 hours, I added the sunburst pattern from Tangled using my yellow WOW polish #301. I am honestly impressed that they looked good in both the light and dark forms of Mushroom Cloud!


Apparently, I saved the best for last. If you want to get your fingernails on Mushroom Cloud, it is $12.50 over at Femme Fatale! You will not regret it. Enjoy!

* Product sent for review. All opinions contained within this post are my own.

Cherry Blossoms

Today’s nail art features the beautiful Mr. Pinchy* by Femme Fatale. This polish just screamed “spring!” to me, so I went for some cherry blossom nail art!


The base, Mr. Pinchy, is a salmon pink linear holographic polish. The holographic flare is not incredibly strong, but is easily visible with direct light. In the shade, the polish shimmers with silver glitters from the holo bits! For this swatch, I used two thin coats of polish over my normal base coat, although I honestly could have gotten away with one! Mr. Pinchy is self leveling and dried quickly. Application was perfect.


This polish appears pink in some lights and coral in others! It is a very delicate feminine shade, with enough glitter to make it interesting. I usually don’t care for pinks, but I find myself liking this shade!


I have also put together a tutorial for the cherry blossoms at the bottom of this post. There are a lot of steps, but it was very easy!



It should be spring! Please 14 degree weather, GO AWAY! I want to bring out my skirts again…and it will be 60 today, but 28 on Thursday! Not ok.



  • Pink holo: Femme Fatale – Mr. Pinchy
  • Black: Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Brown: Zoya – Louise
  • White: Zoya – Purity
  • Light pink: NYC – Prospect Park Bloom
  • Pink creme: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
  • Pink glitter: Milani – Digital


Hope you enjoyed! If you (like me) can’t wait to wear Mr. Pinchy in the spring, you can find it at Femme Fatale for $12.50. Enjoy!

Cherry Blossom Tutorial


  1. Paint your nails with a pale peachy pink. I am using Mr. Pinchy by Femme Fatale.
  2. Paint branches in black polish using a nail art brush. Make the branches slightly fatter towards the free edge of your nail.
  3. Go over the branches faintly in dark brown polish. It does not need to cover the black, just highlight certain bits to add depth.
  4. Using a dotting tool (unbent bobby pin!) add flowers made of 5 white dots. I recommend 2-4 flowers per nail. (I put the wrong photo here. See image 5, but without the light pink dot in the center. Sorry!!!)
  5. In the center of your white flowers, add a large dot of light pink for depth.
  6. In the center of the flowers, add a dot of darker pink.
  7. Add small lines in the same dark pink from Step 6, to create veins in the flower petals.
  8. Add a small dot of holographic glitter polish to the center of the flowers.
  9. Using a small dotting tool (or an unbent paper clip) add a few white dots to the rest of the nail. These are the blown away petals!
  10. If you want, add pink rhinestones to the center of select flowers. I did one per nail.
  11. Top coat, voila!

* Product sent for review. All opinions contained within this post are my own.

Soldier On

When I received Soldier* (Rainbow Honey) from Femme Fatale to review, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Most swatches I had seen were over a shade of grey, but that didn’t quite seem to highlight the blue/purple shimmer, and the two awesomely different shades of glitter. So, I layered it over dark blue, and tried it on its own.


Word to the wise: using Soldier on its own might lead to overwhelming shininess and death from glitter removal. I recommend (strongly) using a peel-off base coat if you are going to try this! I needed 4 coats of Soldier to achieve complete coverage, but MAN was it worth it! I don’t think I have ever seen more concentrated glitter. I feel like I am wearing chain mail on my nail!!! Just stunning.



All other nails are one coat of Soldier over Shocking Seas by Maybelline. You get a lot of glitter on every brush stroke! The polish is a bit thick, but as soon as it hits the nail it evens out…you just end up with a big clump of glitter on the brush before you get it all off! The glitter lies flush with the nail, I only needed one coat of top coat to make everything smooth and shiny.


Soldier has three things going on: silver glitter (big and small), pewter glitter (small), and blue/purple shimmer. As mentioned, you get great glitter payoff in just one layer, but you will need 4 to be opaque. Remarkably, the glitter did not clump when I applied it over itself! Win.


I went ahead and added some nail art, because that is what I do. I wanted to create a border around the Soldier-only nail, and fill that in with a broken glass pattern. The other nails I just bordered and then added one additional line on a random side. My thumb mirrored my accent nail.


Overall, I am really really pleased with this polish! I can’t wait to find some other way to play with it :-). You can buy Soldier by Rainbow Honey at the Femme Fatale shop for $11.85. Enjoy!

*Polish sent for review. All opinions are my own.

Bed of Roses

In honor of the re-opening of Femme Fatale’s shop, I have for your viewing pleasure Bed of Roses* by Femme Fatale! This polish is a delightful mix of all types of glitter. There are predominately two colors: a dark green and a light green holo. Both greens come in tiny, medium, and large hexes, accentuated by pink flecks and red hearts.


In my hands, the hearts came out rarely. I got out three easily for placement on my accent nail and thumb, but no more came out when I was doing the rest of my nails. Since I don’t particularly care for heart glitter, this served me fine! Shown on most of my nails is one thin and easy coat of Bed of Roses. The base color is Visions of Love by OPI, a deep red creme. All the glitter is from Bed of Roses!


I adore the spread of glitter in this, and the tiny flecks of pink…just wonderful! I didn’t have to position or drag the polish, the glitter is very well suspended in the polish base. I have a hunch that with the full size bottle of glitter (I have a mini), it would be easier to get out the heart glitter if you desired to as well.


For my accent nails, I blobbed (technical term) some polish onto paper and pulled out each glitter piece to add to my nails and create a heart garden! Although it didn’t come out as I imagined, I’m glad I was able to show off the heart pieces. The photo below is just to show what happens in the sun, I couldn’t even get a decent photo because the glitters were so shiny!



  • Red: OPI – Visions of Love
  • Green glitter: Femme Fatale – Bed of Roses
  • Green: Essie – The More The Merrier


There are actually two other surprises to this mani, a new top coat (I’ll cover that topic soon) and a new base coat: Elmer’s glue! I love glitter polish but I HATE removing it (to the point that my glitters seldom get worn) so I wanted to try just painting on a PVC-based glue and seeing if the whole nail will peel away easily. Success! New way of applying and removing glitter polish. THIS IS EXCITING! I’ll cover how that works this weekend.


If you love this glittering green and red polish as much as I do, head over to Femme Fatale and pick up Bed of Roses for $10! Enjoy 🙂

* Product sent for review. All opinions contained within this post are my own.

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