Tuesday, July 25, 2017

KBShimmer Summer Vacation Collection 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I've got KBShimmer's Summer Vacation Collection to share! This collection consists of 8 brand new shades in a beautiful shimmering finish complete with holo flakes (my favorite). The Summer Vacation Collection will release on Friday, July 28th in the KBShimmer shop.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Scofflaw Limited Editions and Restock Info

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Tonight I have some brand new limited editions from Scofflaw Nail Varnish that are releasing tomorrow night! These pretties will be available for pre-order which will be open from tomorrow night (July 26th) at 7 PM CST and run through Sunday July 30th in the Scofflaw shop. These LEs will be accompanying a restock of the Tiki Collection as well as an assortment of other popular Scofflaw shades (check out the full line-up for the restock here).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ILNP Interstellar

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Today I have a beautiful ILNP from my backlogged mani photo collection to share with you! I have a ton of backlogged photos to share, so I'm going to be doing that bit by bit if I think they are worth sharing!

ILNP Interstellar is a multichrome polish that shifts from navy/teal/purple with holographic flakes throughout. I wore this some time ago and I can't for the life of me remember the exact polish that I layered it over, but it was a dark blue shimmer polish. Interstellar can be worn on its own, but I was just jazzing up an existing mani at the time, so I layered 2 coats of Interstellar over my dark blue shimmer base. The shift in this is lovely, but a bit more subtle than ILNP Ultra Chrome line. I adore the addition of the flakes too...I can never resist a polish that has those! Interstellar is definitely appropriately named because this is a galaxy in a bottle. I know ILNP is famous for their Ultra Chromes and Ultra Holos, but I really enjoy their polishes that have more complex finishes like this one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stained Glass Nail Art

*Some Press Samples Used*

Hi everyone! Today I have my first attempt at doing colored jellies over a holo base. I've wanted to do this after seeing these fabulous manis from my pals Emily from Very Emily and Valesha from Peachy Polish (I miss seeing both of their posts so much!).  I don't think mine was quite as amazing as theirs, but it's an OK first attempt. Basically, you achieve this look by applying a silver glitter base and then randomly blobbing colored jelly polishes on top to create a sort of "stained glass" look. Then you finish off with some intricate black stamping. It was easy to do...just give it a try! The most difficult part is waiting for the layers to dry before stamping! I was glad to finish off the design using a collaboration plate from yet another one of my Paint All the Nails! buddies, Lucie from Lucy's Stash!

Polishes Used:

KBShimmer Alloy Matey (Silver Glitter Base)
OPI Y'all Come Back, Ya Hear? (Orange)
OPI Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em (Pink)
OPI Houston, We Have a Purple (Purple)
OPI Landscape Artist (Green)
OPI Primarily Yellow (Yellow)
Misa Pour Me Something Tall and Strong (Blue)
Rica Blackout (Black Stamping Polish)
BM-XL 209 Collaboration Plate Bundle Monster + Lucy's Stash (Stamping Plate)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

piCture pOlish Rose

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Today I have a piCture pOlish beauty to share with you!

Rose is a beautiful pink-toned red filled with holo flakes. The formula spread smoothly and easily and I used 2 coats for full coverage. I have always had a great love for piCture pOlish's holo flake polishes, and this one is no exception. The formula on Rose is more creamy vs jelly so it has more opaque coverage while still having a slightly squishy finish. It's a classic shade with a fun twist...it would be an elegant addition to anyone's polish collection. This shade was a collaboration shade with Cotton Coney, who does some of the most amazing free-hand nail art (check her out on Instagram too)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Layerings: Lollipop Posse Lacquer + OPI

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! I've got a gorgeous layering combo to share with you today, courtesy of Lollipop Posse Lacquer and OPI! I haven't purchased many glitters lately, but I could not resist completing my Christmas Kiki Collection with the beautiful This Kiki is Marvelous when Karen recently re-released it (it's sold out now...it was a limited restock). This glitter is really versatile and would look amazing over a variety of colors, but I wanted to pair it with a vampy shade to really make the glitters pop. I chose OPI Kerry Blossom, from the Washington D.C. Collection from Fall 2016. There were so many pretty cremes in that collection...I really need to wear more of them! This was such a lip-smacking combo...love!

Monday, June 5, 2017

CrowsToes Nail Color Pearls of Wisdom Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have CrowsToes latest collection to share with you, the Pearls of Wisdom Collection! This is a set of 6 polishes that can be worn on their own for a pearly finish washed in soft shifting color or layered over a dark color to really make the color shift pop. There is also one glittery layering shade that rounds out the collection. The Pearls of Wisdom Collection will be available again when the CrowsToes shop restocks! Check out their Facebook page for updates on the next restock!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

KBShimmer Holo-maniacs Group Custom for June 2017

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have KBShimmer's Holo-maniac's Group Custom for June 2017 to share with you! This beauty is available exclusively to group members, so join now to grab yours! It will only be available during the month of June, so don't wait!

KBShimmer Holo Can You Go is a blurple linear holo filled with ultra chrome flakes that flash purple, pink, green, blue, and aqua. Formula was excellent to work with and I used 2 easy coats for full coverage. The holo is very nice and strong when the light hits it, but in lower lights the colorful flakes really pop out. This polish is just perfection!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Polish ReVamped Group Customs from Lollipop Posse Lacquer

*Press Sample* 

Hi everyone! Today I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's group custom polishes for the Polish ReVamped Facebook group. This lovely trio of polishes will be available beginning June 1st to Polish ReVamped members (request to join here). 

Here is what Karen had to say about the collab:

Lollipop Posse Lacquer is honored to be the guest custom creator for the month of June in the Facebook Group, Polish ReVamped! We worked closely with the group's admin, Elena, to create an amazing trio of Summer Playlist faves intended to bring to mind the heat of a summer night... That slow, easy feeling. Neon lights on wet cement. Sensuality and that midnight buzz in the air.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Polish Pickup June: Lollipop Posse Lacquer Sea Secret

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Tonight I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's contribution to the Polish Pickup for June 2017. The June theme is Under the Sea and Lollipop Posse Lacquer has created a lovely sea-worthy holo for the occasion. The sales dates for this month are June 2nd-5th in the Polish Pickup shop

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Sea Secret, is a deep, blue-leaning teal linear holo. Formula was super nice to work with and I used 2 easy coats for full coverage. This is a very sophisticated holo with a slightly looser holo flame. The teal shade is rich and gorgeous...perfect for all of the teal lovers out there. Sea Secret was inspired by Tori Amos' "Liquid Diamonds".
"There's a sea secret in meIt's plain to see it is risingBut I must be flowing liquid diamonds."-Tori Amos, "Liquid Diamonds"

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer Indie Expo Exclusives and June Limited Editions

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have some Indie Expo Exclusives from Great Lakes Lacquer to share with you today, as well as two June Limited Editions which will also be available at the Indie Expo. These are some truly unique beauties that Mariah has cooked up, so you will definitely want to get your hands on them if you can! The event exclusives will be available after the Indie Expo starting on June 9th at 2 PM EST (Indie-cent Exposure will have overpour only available). The June Limited Editions will be available online starting on June 1st at 2 PM EST to July 2nd at 2 PM EST (and of course, you can pick them up at the Indie Expo if you are there). 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Terrible Twos Anniversary Trio

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's Terrible Twos Anniversary Trio. This gorgeous trio is releasing tonight in honor of their 2nd Anniversary! Be sure to visit the Lollipop Posse Lacquer shop tonight at 8 PM EDT to grab the trio for yourself!

Here is what Karen had to say about the collection inspiration
Each of these three shades is inspired by one of Karen's favorite literary characters: Delirium, from Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" graphic novels. Delirium is the youngest of the seven Endless, beings who are neither gods nor mortals, but have existed since the dawn of time. Delirium is abstract, lost, naive, and wise, and embodies a chaotic state of being that we've all experienced at one time or another.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Scofflaw Tiki Collection and LE Love Letter to Hemingway

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new mini-collection from Scofflaw Nail Varnish to share with you! The Tiki Collection is inspired by classic Tiki drinks and also includes a limited edition polish that was inspired by Finch's favorite drink, the Hemingway Daiquiri. These are all classic Scofflaw goodness, so you will want to pick them up if you are a glittery crelly fan! The Tiki Collection will be available in the Scofflaw Shop on May 19th at 7 PM CDT.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer 5-Year Anniversary Celebration

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have 4 new releases from Dreamland Lacquer to share with you that will be released during Dreamland Lacquer's 5-Year Anniversary Celebration! There are two Anniversary Polish and two group customs which will be available only to members of the Dreamland Lacquer Facebook fan group (Smitten with Dreamland). Both sets of polishes will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow (May 13th) at 2 PM CDT until May 20th CDT in the Dreamland Lacquer shop. There will also be a sale code available to use on all other Dreamland Lacquer polishes in the shop with the exception of the 4 new releases during the pre-order period (DREAMIT5 will take 25% off of your order).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pahlish New Releases May 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Pahlish's May 2017 releases to share with you! This is not one collection, but actually 4 mini collections including Doctor...Who?, By the Sea, Summer Creams, and Summer Escapes. All 4 mini collections are available now in the Pahlish shop.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

KBShimmer Multi Chrome Collection New Additions

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have some brand new editions to KBShimmer's Multi Chrome Collection to share with you. These 6 beauties will be in addition to old favorites Shade Shifter, Rollin' With the Chromies, and Pigment of My Imagination, so now KBShimmer will have a full range of full-coverage multichrome finishes. These new Multi Chrome polishes will debut on Saturday (April 29th) at Polish Con NYC and on the KBShimmer website on May 5th. 

KBShimmer All the Bright Moves Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have KBShimmer's brand new All the Bright Moves Collection to share with you! This collection of juicy neons was inspired by the late 80's and early 90's, and they are perfect for the coming summer months! The All the Bright Moves Collection will launch this Saturday (4/29) at Polish Con in NYC and online on the KBShimmer website on May 5.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

KBShimmer Polish Con NYC Exclusives

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have two exclusive polishes from KBShimmer which will be exclusively available at Polish Con in NYC this weekend (Saturday, April 29th). You will want to get your hands on these beauties, so if you aren't attending, you might want to get a friend to pick them up for you!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Kiki Vol. 2 Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's newest release and it is an addition to the gorgeous Christmas Kiki Collection. I'm so excited to see additions to the beautiful shimmering matte collection which all look fantastic with or without topcoat. The Kiki Vol. 2 Collection (as well as the original Christmas Kiki Collection) are available now in the Lollipop Posse Lacquer shop.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer Wayfinder Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Dreamland Lacquer's Wayfinder Collection to share with you! Right after Noelie told me about the inspiration for this collection I finally watched Moana for the first time and it was EXCELLENT! If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it! These polishes are gorgeous, but I totally love knowing the inspiration behind them now. The Wayfinder Collection are on pre-order right now for a 48 hour pre-order window (ends tomorrow at 2 PM CDT) in the Dreamland Lacquer shop.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Polish Pickup: Lollipop Posse Lacquer Good Morning, Lollipop!

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's contribution to the first ever Polish Pickup!

The Polish Pickup is an interactive shopping experience where a theme is voted on by the Polish Pickup Pack group and a selection of makers will make polishes inspired by that theme. All of their polishes will be available to purchase from the Polish Pickup shop and you can pick and choose which polishes to purchase (there is no box commitment) and just pay one shipping fee. The Polish Pickup shop is live the first Friday of each month at 11 AM EDT.  It stays open for four days, until the following Monday at Midnight EDT. There will be a 2-3 week TAT after the polishes are purchased.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scofflaw Limited Edition My Very Own Luck Dragon

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Scofflaw Nail Varnish is having a restock tomorrow, and there is a limited edition launching along with it! Finch was inspired by a classic from my childhood, The Neverending Story, for this pretty shimmer. My Very Own Luck Dragon launches tomorrow night (3/24) at 7 PM CDT in the Scofflaw shop along with a restock of the Winter 2017 collection and some select older Scofflaws. There will be a limited number of bottles with a limit of 2 per person.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

KBShimmer Nauti By Nature Collection for Spring 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have KBShimmer's brand new Nauti by Nature Collection to share with you. Far from a typical Spring collection, this collection is inspired by a tropical spring break locale. There are juicy, bright holos, fun colorful crellies and jellies, and beautiful subtle shimmers which all perfectly represent an island escape. The Nauti by Nature Collection releases on March 18th in the KBShimmer shop (along with the Indie Shop limited editions that I already shared).

Saturday, March 11, 2017

KBShimmer Limited Edition Indie Shop Releases

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have two limited edition KBShimmer polishes to share with you that you will not want to miss! Christy paired with Jen from the The Jedi Wife to create some lovely wood-inspired polishes to celebrate Jen's 5th Blogaversary (with wood being the traditional 5 year anniversary gift). These beauties launched today at the Indie Shop in Atlanta, so shoppers who were there got the first crack at picking them up. They will launch on KBShimmer's website on March 18th and will be available until March 31st. Be sure to grab them before they disappear forever!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pahlish March 2017 New Releases

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Pahlish's new releases for March 2017. These 6 polishes don't have a certain theme, but they are all cohesive and amazing with multichrome shimmer and holo flakes (two of my favorite polish components) and even a super reflective foil. These polishes are truly unique creations and a fun twist on the multichrome trend of the moment. These release in the Pahlish shop Sunday night at 7 PM Central Time (Mermaid Tears is available now).

Friday, March 3, 2017

Girly Bits COTM March 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Girly Bit's COTM for March 2017 to share with you. These polishes are gorgeous and fit the theme of March so perfectly...Pam really nailed them! This gorgeous duo is available for the entire month of March from the Girly Bits shop. If you purchase them early (from the first to the 10th of the month) you can get an early bird discount on the set!

Girly Bits Warrior Goddess Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a fabulous creme collection from Girly Bits Cosmetics called the Warrior Goddess Collection. This collection is inspired by the strength of women everywhere and boasts lovely dusty cremes with superb formulas. This Warrior Goddess Collection is available now from the Girly Bits website.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer's Favorite Greens Revamped

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have some revamped green polishes from Dreamland Lacquer to share with you, just in time for St. Patrick's Day! You guys know I love greens and Dreamland Lacquer has made some of my all-time favorite greens. Some of them have been long discontinued, but Noelie has decided to revamp a few of these beauties and bring them back for March! These will launch on Saturday (3/4) at 2 PM Central Time along with a restock of the Power Ballads Collection in the Dreamland Lacquer shop.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer The Illusionist from the Crelly Crate Revamped Smoke and Mirrors Box

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Tonight I have Dreamland Lacquer's contribution to this month's Smoke and Mirrors themed Crelly Crate Revamped. Other makers in the box include Polish 'M, Cameo Colors Lacquer, Tonic Polish, Lemming Lacquer, Painted Polish, and Midnight Hour Beauty and sells for $50.00. It is available for pre-order now until March 10th on the Polish 'M website

Monday, February 27, 2017

Girly Bits COTM February 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have some last minute swatches to share! Girly Bit's COTM for February 2017 are available only during the month of February, so today is the last day to grab this duo! They are such pretty polishes, so grab them while you can from the Girly Bits shop!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Scofflaw Winter 2017 Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Tonight I have Scofflaw's Winter 2017 Collection to share with you! These polishes are so much fun and so classic Scofflaw! I've been enjoying the multichrome madness lately, but these pretties were a nice change of pace. I just feel like I don't see as many glitters anymore, and I always appreciate Scofflaw's creative mixes. The Winter 2017 Collection releases tomorrow at 7 PM Central time in the Scofflaw shop.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

KBShimmer Hella Holo Customs Releases for February 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have KBShimmer's Hella Holo Customs creations for February 2017! This quartet of gorgeous holos will only be available through March 1st, so be sure to snag them while you have the chance! You can only purchase these if you are a member of the Hella Holo Customs group on Facebook, so join there for full purchasing details.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer's Polishing Poetic Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new collection from Great Lakes Lacquer to share with you! The Polishing Poetic Collection is a collection of 8 gorgeous multichromes and multichrome holos inspired by classic poetry. The Polishing Poetic Collection releases on February 17th at 3 PM EST in the Great Lakes Lacquer shop

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer's Women of Words Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new collection from Lollipop Posse Lacquer to share with you! The Women of Words Collection is inspired by some great heroines from literature. This 5 piece set of rich jewel toned holos with all sorts of extra flakes and flecks is definitely a winner! The Women of Words Collection launches on February 17th at 7 PM EST in the Lollipop Posse Lacquer shop. There will also be a one time only restock of a shade that is coming back by popular demand: Shiny Blue Water! I missed out on that one the first time around so I definitely need to snag it before it's gone!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Pahlish Raggedy Man, Goodnight and Lady of Raynham Hall

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have two recent purchases from Pahlish to share with you. Both of these are oldies that have recently made a comeback to the Pahlish shop, so if you missed them the first time around, now is your chance to grab them! 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New CrowsToes Multichrome Finishes!

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! CrowsToes has released a collection of multichromes including some brand new ones and some old favorites. Altogether, there are 6 multichrome shifts (4 brand new, 2 oldie favorites) with 4 finishes of each shift including the original finish, a sparked finish, a linear holo finish, and a bleached holo finish. Lauri has a little something for everyone's taste here, so you can pick your favorites! Today, I have two of the multichrome shifts to show you, Damned If You Don't and one of my old favorites, Huginn & Muninn. All of these new multichrome finishes are available now in the CrowsToes Shop for pre-order until tomorrow night at 8 PM Eastern time.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pahlish The Life Aquatic Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I also have the Pahlish The Life Aquatic Collection to share with you. This is something we haven't seen from Pahlish in awhile, a whole foil flake collection! Per Shannon, this collection was inspired by The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge, which is a collection of David Bowie songs that Jorge covered in Portuguese for The Life Aquatic Soundtrack. The Life Aquatic Collection launches tomorrow (January 22nd) at 7 PM Central time in the Pahlish shop.

Dreamland Lacquer Power Ballads Collection for Valentine's 2016

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new Valentine's 2017 Collection from Dreamland Lacquer called the Power Ballads Collection. This collection is inspired by some 80's power ballads (that I have been singing in my head the entire time I've been editing pics and writing this post). These beauties release today at 2 PM central time for a 48 hour pre-order window in the Dreamland Lacquer shop.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

TBT: OPI DS Original

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Today I have an oldie but a goodie to share with you! I know I have posted it on the blog before (along with some of my other OPI Designer Series (DS) stash and my fun stories about acquiring them), but it is one of my favorite polishes ever so I have to bust it out every now and again. OPI DS Original is the polish that got me into polish back in 2011 when I saw it on Chloe's Nails. It was hard to find even then (and going for >$40 on eBay) and I never thought I would get my hands on it. Luckily, my pal Jen found a whole stash of OPI DS polishes at a cosmetic wholesaler she happened to stop by and she was able to snag one for me, so I got it for retail!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Polish Con Exclusive: Great Lakes Lacquer Blue Skies From Pain

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have a Polish Con Spring 2017 Exclusive to share with you guys from Great Lakes Lacquer. This time around, the makers are doing some events leading up to Polish Con and they are taking turns releasing their exclusive polishes ahead of time for those who will be unable to attend. This week, Great Lakes Lacquer and Different Dimension are releasing two exclusives, and I have the GLL to share with you today. This exclusive will be available from January 15-January 21st in the Polish Con shop. Polish Con will be taking place on April 29, 2017 in NYC (see more event details here).

Thursday, January 12, 2017

TBT: Contrary Polish Sky

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! This week for TBT, I'm sharing one of my older Contrary Polishes. Carrie is known for her amazing shimmer polishes, and Contrary Polish Sky is a prime example of that! Let's check it out!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

TBT: Layla Flash Black

*Nothing to Disclose*

I know that it's nothing too special or unique, but I'm going to again attempt to do Throwback Thursdays (TBT). Since I have so many older polishes that are unloved in lieu of shiny new pretties, I need some encouragement to pull them out and wear them. Don't get me wrong, they are amazing polishes...just often forgotten since they aren't right in front of me. Hopefully this will be the push I need to pull them out!

I'm going to start off with a polish from a few years ago, Layla Flash Black

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Favorite Nail Art of 2016

*Some Press Samples Included*

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my favorite nail art of 2016! I was disappointed in myself when I looked through my blog that I did so little nail art in 2016, but I'm definitely going to push myself to do more in 2017. I did start the 31 Day Challenge, but unfortunately I never completed it (I even have some manis I did for future prompts that I never even put on the blog!). Of the nail art looks that I did, these were my top picks for 2016.

Monday, January 2, 2017

My 2016 in Review and My Favorite Polishes of 2016

*Some Press Samples Included*

Hi everyone! Today I have a wrap up of my favorite polishes of 2016 to share, but first I wanted to give a little synopsis of my year so that I can lead into where my blog is going from here. 2016 was not a good year for me blogging-wise, even to the point that I considered quitting at the end of the year. My personal life has been a bit chaotic and I really let that affect how I viewed blogging. Not only that, I started to have feelings that I was just old news (this blog is almost 5 years old y'all!) and that newer, flashier bloggers and swatchers with impossible glamour shots were all the rage now so I was just fading into oblivion. 

I got a surprise promotion at the beginning of 2016 after my boss passed away suddenly and it came with a ton of responsibilities that I had to adjust to and a LOT of work I had to do to get our department up to date which took almost the entire year. In the midst of that, my husband lost his job and has been unable to find another one, so that added even more stress. I was very mentally drained, stressed, and depressed, so when it came to blogging I could barely make myself go. For those of you who have never struggled with depression, it affects people differently. In my case, I wasn't sad all the time, but instead it was a major task for me to do ANYTHING. I could function fine at work, but at home it was a task to make myself get out of my chair. It took me a long time to even realize that I was depressed and seek help. I stopped blogging for fun and did only what I had to do and it became like a "job", which isn't what I got into blogging for. I got behind on a lot of my commitments and then things snowballed and I had SO MUCH STUFF TO DO, I just wanted to throw in the towel. 

Going into 2017, I have a handle on my new job, things are running smoothly now and I'm actually enjoying it! My stress level is back to normal and I'm feeling like my old self again, so I'm going to put my focus back on blogging for fun again. I'm still going to review things of course, but I'm also going to make time for me. I want to explore my collection (which has to be at around 3000 bottles now, with lots of cool older stuff) and share that with you guys. I want to do more nail art because that is one of the things that I find the most fun about nail polish...playing with it! Heck I even want to do some features on layering which was my original form of "art" when I started this blog almost 5 years ago (hence the name!). I want to blog about my purchases, because I have bought from some cool new or new to me brands this past year that I haven't gotten to feature on my blog. All in all, I'm going to try to bring the focus back to what I love in 2017 and make blogging fun again. 

Anyway, just wanted to "explain myself" I guess for how things have been on the blog this past year, because I felt like getting it out there would hopefully help me move past it in the coming year. It's sometimes embarrassing to admit your shortcomings and it's just easier to act like everything is normal and okay, but it's also very cathartic to get it all out there on the table! New year, fresh start! 

So now, how about we check out my favorite polishes of 2016 now? After looking at a few "favorites" posts from other bloggers, I can tell that I have so many amazing polishes in my untrieds that very well would have made the list if I had had time to wear them (the number of untrieds I have is epic at this point!). I realized when I started making this list that there were also a few of my favorites that I neglected to take photos of, so I did a mini swatch session to prepare for this post (on my fresh baby nubs even)! There are a few things that really stand out about my picks this year: orange, green, blue, and purple. SHOCKER! Also flakes...all the ultra chrome flakes. And complex holo finishes really dominated the list as well, especially those involving my favorite holo shards/bits that finally became widely available this year!