Worth The Purch? Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polishes

Life as a nail polish and nail art addict is pretty awesome. However, there are a few drawbacks (especially if you’re in love with glitter). For instance, the constant application and removal of nail polish is not only time consuming but also can be very drying on your nails. Plus, the process of applying and removal of glitter polishes can be, well, a pain. Sure, there are peel off base coats. But those are really only great if you like to change your polish every day or if you’re using it to do nail art and then remove as soon as all of the polish is dry. Personally, I like wearing my designs for at least a few days, and although I love peel porn I hate the anxiety that comes with peel off base coats…the constant worry of “will my nail polish peel off today while at work and leave me with naked nails?” is too much for me. XD

Enter: Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polish. (yes. you read that right. WATER based)

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Little Ondine is a fairly new (or at least to me) brand of polish that fits into a very special niche in the polish world. This is a water based nail polish that is pigmented with rich mineral colorants. They also claim that their polish is easy to peel off, quick drying, odor free with a rich & smooth formula – oh, and they also say that it can last up to a week with a good application.

For someone that changes their polish often but hates drying my nails with remover every few days, I was intrigued. Their website is U.K. based, but they also have one for the U.S. The U.K. site has a lot more color options available, as well as the special base/top coat that they recommend, so I ordered all of mine there. I’m sure I ended up paying more than if I had just got them from the U.S. site, but at the time the base/top coat was out of stock and the U.S. site also doesn’t have the holographic glitter polish that I desperately wanted to test. After all, if you’re going to test a peel off glitter polish why not make it holo?

Here are the colors I got to try out –

  • Secret – their special and recommended base and top coat
  • Radiance – a mesmerizing holographic silver polish
  • Twins set with First Love & Cherry Blossoms – First Love is a bright Barbie pink and Cherry Blossoms is a really cute baby pink.

I was especially curious to see if the glitter polish would not only apply well but peel off as well. But I decided to get a small duo set of colors to test out a dark/bright color to test for any staining, since peel off base coats don’t protect from staining I was weary that these might stain.

I went ahead and applied Radiance to my index nails and First Love to all my other nails so I could test them at one time. Below is the lighting comparison – Direct artificial light on the Left and then Natural light on the Right.

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OH. EM. GEE. How incredible is that holo?! ❤    (oh and btw, these photos were taken on Day 3!!!)

The application process is pretty simple, think of it as a combination of normal and gel polish. You apply it like normal polish and let it air dry. But you HAVE to clean up the cuticles and edges before it dries to prevent peeling.

How To Use:

  1. Clean & dry nails
  2. Apply 2-3 layers *2 layers provides rich color according to the website*
  3. Clean edges before polish dries
  4. Keep dry for the 1st hour (ideally 3 hours). Polish hardens and sets over time & may soften and cause the edges to lift if it gets wet too soon.

They also recommend to use their Base/Top coat to make your color last longer and appear brighter. I used it and holy cow it makes the polish super glossy. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Again, the above picture was taken on Day 3 after applying. So, needless to say this polish lasts really well without any issues chipping/peeling if you apply it correctly. I didn’t even have any problems on my right hand, which I’m hardest on as it’s my dominant hand.

However, I definitely had to use at least 3 layers of both Radiance and First Love to reach full opacity – I took an extra step and did 4 layers of everything plus a layer of the Secret base/top coat as a Base and then once as a Top coat. So I wouldn’t say that this is going to be a super opaque polish, I didn’t test the opacity of the baby pink Cherry Blossoms, as lighter polished are typically less opaque anyhow. Perhaps darker colors are more opaque?

That aside, it does dry really quickly, so I don’t think it’s too much of a problem to have to do a 4th layer (or even 5th if you wanted/needed to). These polishes also apply really smoothly with absolutely NO streaks.

Oh, and I am IN LOVE with Radiance. It’s a gorgeous amazing super pretty silver holo with GREAT glitter payoff, absolutely no sponging needed. I applied 4 coats and got it to full opacity like the rest of the polish. This would be a great one to layer over their other colors as a “holo top coat” if you wanted to.

Now, they do advertise that there is no odor to their polishes, however, I could definitely tell there was some kind of smell. Not the normal strong polish smell that you usually get, but almost a very faint “plastic” smell. Again, it’s not really strong and I just barely noticed it. So if you’re doing your nails around people with sensitive noses (or if you have one) this wouldn’t bother them with a nail polish smell.

Now for the true test, does this polish ACTUALLY peel off? Let’s find out….

This just in, this polish DOES INDEED peel off, including the several layers of highly packed holo glitter polish! I does leave your nails a tad dry, but nowhere near as dry as they would be is you used remover.

That being said, this happened at the very end of Day 3 after I had showered. I realized after showering/drying off and dressing that the polish on one of the nails was starting to peel every so slightly at the tip. I decided that 3 days was long enough of a test, after all, they specifically advertise this as a polish used by people that change their polish often, so 3 days is a good end point.

I do feel as though the rest of the nails would have held up for at least another day or two, because they were all pretty stable and one or two of them took a little bit of coaxing to start peeling to remove.

Conclusion: TBG Rating 5 out of 5 stars
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Yes, I wasn’t able to get it to last for a full week. But again, this polish is designed for those that change polish frequently. These polished did absolutely everything I asked of it. It held up for 3 days solid, not even starting to peel until after my third shower and plenty of hand washing. No chipping, no peeling, and holy cow it actually stayed 100% glossy the entire three days. Most of the time you get a tiny bit of fading on your glossy top coat as it wears off with hand washing and every day life. But the Secret base/top coat held up super well. On top of it all, both First Love and Radiance peeled off without and flaking or staining, and there was NO glitter left over to remove!

I will definitely be using these again, and more than likely I will be purchasing more. ❤

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**items in this post were purchased by me to use and review. for more information, visit my disclosure & policy page.

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Review: Harley Quinn Beauty Brushes

I know this post is late, but better late than never! My new work schedule has got my sleeping patterns totally skewed, so I’ve been trying desperately to reset them!

Everyone in my family knows I love Harley Quinn. She’s such an interesting character, and it’s amazing how she’s developed over the years. From the semi-sweet victim of an abusive & manipulative relationship to the super crazy bad-ass that she is now, I doubt there has been quite as many other villains with as much character development. Anyhow, this post isn’t about that. This post is about how my family continues to allow me to obsess over Harley, this time in the form of makeup brushes. {insert heart eyes here}

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My sister got me these for Christmas, and I’ve finally been able to test them out! The set came with a full face brush, an angled foundation brush, and an angled brow brush as well. All of which were beautifully decorated with Harley’s original colors, red and black. From the card suit design on the handles to the brushed red metal grip with her logo, and the finishing touch of a divided black and red design in the brushes themselves, these scream HQ.

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You can see above that they’re close in size to the Bare Minerals serum foundation brush. However, I felt like both the full face brush and the foundation brushes are just a bit too small to be effective in coverage – not because they don’t distribute product well, because they do – but because the smaller size means that it takes longer to distribute. Could just be because I like to quickly get my makeup on and done. 😉 The brow brush however is perfect. It’s amazing for filling in brows.

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Look how pretty they are up close! ❤ The brush bristles are super soft and feel amazing on my skin. So even though the two full face brushes are a little on the small size for me, they still do their job very well. In fact, the angled foundation brush is good for getting product distributed underneath my eyes.

I can’t wait to start using these more often! ❤

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First Impressions: Pastel Ombre Nail Effect Polish

We all know I love nail art. And I love the ombre effect that’s been swimming around the interwebs for a while now. However, we also all know that I kinda maybe suck at achieving it myself. So who’s to blame me when I see a product that may help me cheat a little? Absolutely no one. That’s why I decided to pick this little guy up whilst roaming around Ulta one day.

It’s a nail polish that is supposed to coat-by-coat gradually lighten the color of any nail polish, therefore making a pastel-ombre effect possible and easy.

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And it’s supposed to be super easy. Just pick your base color and apply 2 coats, then after your base color dries just layer on the Ombre Effect polish to your desired effect. They also suggest using a darker base color for a better and more visible effect.

For my first test I did a nail by nail swatch, adding one extra layer of the effect polish to each nail than the last. So on my thumb nail I didn’t apply any, index had 1, middle had 2, etc. etc. You can see below how it worked out. {for those wondering, the polish I used as a base is Ripped Denim by Trust Fund Beauty}

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1 coat didn’t seem to make too much of a difference, but after 2 coats you can definitely tell that it starts getting a lot lighter. I quickly realized that this polish is literally just a super watered down white polish, so each individual coat is quite transparent but when layered on top you would eventually get a solid white color. (maybe this was a white polish formula that Essence just couldn’t make work so they relabeled it lol)

However, the real test is how it looks when trying to achieve an ombre effect look.

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(forgive the blur…my camera wouldn’t cooperate today).

Anywho…clearly it’ll take some practice to achieve an ombre look. But, I do think that it would actually work really well if used properly. Alternatively, it could also be used to create some interesting looks. I’ll definitely be trying this out with some new ideas I’ve got brewing now!

All in all, sure it seems like a kind of gimmicky product. However. It does work, even if not by some magical way. Plus, it could also be used just to get more tones out of the polishes you already have. Got a dark blue but need a shade just a tad lighter? You could definitely pop this on top to get the desired effect.

till next post, Katie

Live Love Polish Mini Haul

Guys! It’s Friday!!! And what better way to celebrate than by showing off some new polishes?

I recently started following Simply Nailogical & through Cristine I’ve discovered Live Love Polish, an Indie polish collective site. :3 Since then I’ve been trying super hard not to go crazy and buy ALLLLLL the polish, but I’ve allowed myself to buy a couple as a reward for not letting the polish addicted monster inside of me go nutz like a kid in the candy store and max out a credit card on nail polish. XD

First up we’ve got Sunrise Funfair by Femme Fatale, a really pretty peachy neon orange polish with gold shimmer.

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This is such a pretty color, and the formula is really great. I was expecting the formula to be a little thin like most metallic/shimmery polishes tend to be. But Sunrise Funfair was opaque in 2 coats! This will definitely be a go-to summer and maybe even spring color.

I couldn’t pass this next polish up for a couple of reasons. The first one being the amazing deep burgundy shade, the next being the adorable name, Gloomy Kitty by Pretty Serious.

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I can’t wait to wear this when fall arrives! This is definitely a dark and “vampirish” color – maybe that’s what I’ll be for Halloween? XD The formula is nice a rich and creamy, and goes on really well.

Ok…so everyone knows I’m a bookworm right? Ok. Now that that’s established/reminded, I am a sucker for anything that plays off of books in some way (be it games, art, this time nail polish…). These next two polishes are by A-England and are based off of the book Wuthering Heights. Granted, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, but I’m all for the polish!

This one is called Wuthering Heights, a really pretty mauvey-purple with silver shimmer thrown in.

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This formula was a little bit thicker, but otherwise a wonderful polish, going almost completely opaque in one coat.

Lastly is my second favorite to Sunrise Funfair, Heathcliff. This is a blue, silver, and pink glitter polish in a black base. The glitter in this polish is just super packed in! I of course used the sponge technique to get a full coat of glitter though. 😉

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I love this polish because from a distance it just looks shiny, maybe a little bit shimmery. But the closer you get the more visible the glitter is and more is sparkles!

I’m so in love with all of these polishes and can’t wait to get more (though Zach would argue that I already have enough….silly boy). What do you guys think about these polishes? Have you tried any of these brands? What’s your favorite Indie brand polish? Let me know in the comments below!!

till next post, Katie

* Disclaimer: all thoughts and opinions posted are my own. this is not an affiliated post. all products were purchased with my own money. I am not receiving any form of compensation for this post. I am not affiliated with any of the above companies/organizations/brands mentioned above*

 

Wet n Wild Summer 2016 Collection

Happy Wednesday everyone! I needed a little bit of a break from blogging, and it’s given me the opportunity to refresh some ideas and basically just give myself a needed break. In fact, from now on I’m considering taking a month or two break every May & June…but we’ll see about that next year eh? Today I’m going to be sharing some swatches of Wet n Wild’s Summer* line for 2016! I fell in love with their Spring collection they released earlier, but to be honest I’m much more of a summer person – I love bright and wild colors! Let’s take a look. 🙂

Leaf Me Be

Leaf Me Be is a super bright neon green, so obviously I had to apply this over a base of white to let it show its true neon potential. I’m not sure when I’ll wear this…but maybe I’ll think of some wild nail art for it? 🙂

Poppy Culture


Yay for another bright one! This polish is a gorgeous orange-hued red polish, and she’s pretty much 100% opaque with a single coat (score!)

Wild Wild Violet


Bright purples are some of my favorite colors, and Wild Wild Violet fits the bill very nicely. This one did take two coats to get completely opaque, but the color is definitely worth it. For whatever reason, however, this one did end up staining ALL of my nails HOT PINK… =_= needless to say that I’ve been even more anal about keeping polish on my nails for the past week or so…lol.

Cherry Blossom On Top


Not only is the name on this bright neon pink perfect, but oh my gosh so is the color! I’d say I’m in love with this one more than Wet n Wild’s It’s Sherbert-Day “wonder gel” polish. Ironically enough, this one did not stain my nails.

I love love love all four of these gorgeous bright summer polishes, and I can’t wait to try out some nail art with them for you guys!


**I was not paid for nor am I receiving compensation for reviewing the products mentioned above or writing about them. They were purchased by me, for me, and all opinions and views stated above are my own and 100% honest.**