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