Showing posts with label Pahlish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pahlish. Show all posts

22 July 2014

Pahlish Swatches and Review: Cauldron Spell, Lantern Waste, and Tashbaan

Hi everyone! In between taking time off from blogging and last week's Digit-al Dozen challenge, I have a few reviews to catch up on. First up is some Pahlish swatches I've been wanting to show for some time now. I have a pretty big collection of Pahlish polishes, and I love everything that Shannon, the maker, comes out with. These are no exception.

Pahlish Cauldron Spell, Lantern Waste and Tashbaan


Cauldron Spell, Lantern Waste and Tashbaan are from the "Woods Between the Worlds" collection. I'm not sure what the reference is, but maybe some of you will know. There are eight polishes in the collection, and these three are crellies with subtle and complementary mixes of glitter and flakes.

29 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 2: Lust

Hi everyone! It's very last minute but I was able to finish day two of the Seven Deadly Sins challenge. Since it's midnight and I still have a lot of work to do tonight, I'm going to keep this short.

The prompt for today was: "Let your body talk and feel free to do whatever you want." While this is very open ended, it still had to keep within the theme of lust. I had been doing some reading about the seven deadly sins (okay, just Wikipedia, whatevs) and I read that in Dante's Purgatorio the repentant sinner would walk amongst flames to rid himself of lustful feelings. Wow, talk about tough times. And of course flames themselves are also a symbol of lust and desire.

Blue flames nail design (seven deadly sins - lust)

I started with a base of Pahlish Heart of Man, which is fitting since this was released for Valentine's Day. It's a dark burgundy jelly packed with magenta and holo glitter. It's quite gorgeous and rich on it's own. I used three coats for full opacity and had no issues with the formula.

Pahlish Heart of Man

Pahlish Heart of Man

For the flames I started with a blue base. For the blues I used a combination of Nubar Dusk Till Dawn, OPI...Eurso Euro, and OPI Can't Find My Czechbook. Then I added the white using Sally Hansen White On. I wanted flames that weren't completely stylized, but I knew I couldn't paint very realistic flames, so that's why I left some streaking and brushstrokes when I painted them. The heart stud is from the Born Pretty Store.

Blue flames nail design (seven deadly sins - lust)

What do you think of these? What kind of design would you do for 'Lust'?

Thanks for reading! :)

24 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 1: Lust

Hi everyone! A quick announcement before I jump into today's post. My first giveaway has officially closed and I've emailed the winners. I'm still waiting to hear back from one, so if your name is Rachael J. make sure to check your email (and spam folder). I also wanted to thank everyone for all the support. And if you're disappointed about not winning, don't worry, I'm sure it won't be my last giveaway! ;)

Image courtesy of Dahlig at http://dahlig.deviantart.com/

About today's design - I'm participating in a challenge called the 'Seven Deadly Sins', which was put together by Alice of One Nail To Rule Them All, and Helena of Nail Wish. There's so many talented ladies participating so make sure to check the links at the bottom of this post. Every week has a different sin as the theme, with two challenges each week. I will be doing my best to complete both of them.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

The theme for this week is Lust, and today's challenge reads as follows: Day 1 - Be a bad girl and make something you have wanted to do soo badly.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Well I have wanted to do lace nails for awhile, and I have *really* been dying to do a glitter/rhinestone gradient, so combining the two seemed natural. It also was an opportunity to use some new rhinestones I picked up over the weekend. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I started with OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base, then did a coat of Pahlish Coney Island Queen. The lace was painted freehand with Cult Nails Fetish. On my accent nail I dabbed some Hare Own Your Opulence on the tips creating a gradient. Then I used my base coat to glue on the rhinestones. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I feel pretty good about this design. I'm very happy with the lace on my middle finger, but I wish my index and pinky fingers turned out better. The rhinestones will take some getting used to. Overall though, I like how this is in keeping with the 'Lust' theme. 

What do you think of this? 

12 April 2013

Pahlish April Showers Duo Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! You have the speedy Canada/US postal system to thank for today's blog post. I wasn't expecting these for at least a few more days. The April Showers duo is a limited edition set that will only be available for the month of April. Pahlish plans to come out with a new duo every month that will only be available for that month. I was fortunate to be sent these for review, and man are they gorgeous! I can't wait to see future monthly duos, and I think this is a great idea - but maybe not for the wallet, lol.

Pahlish April Showers duo

If you are interested in either polish, the duo will be launching tonight, April 12th, at 7:00pm central time on the Pahlish Etsy store. Also launching tonight is the new Experimental Methods collection, which I haven't had a chance to try out, but they also look awesome. You can see bottle shots of those on the Pahlish Facebook page. And especially appealing for international customers, Pahlish has a new-ish flat rate shipping system, so perfect time to stock up on some new pretties, plus some of the Coney Island Queen collection polishes I showed yesterday! ;)

Now that I've gotten the practical info out of the way, let's look at some swatches, yes!? It's no secret that I love blue, so this little duo was heaven for me, so many different shades of blue at one time!

All swatches are with a coat of Seche Vite.

Through Still and Storm is a dusty slate blue creme with hints of teal. There's also grey micro-flakes and a beautiful blue shimmer that is not hidden on the nail. I used three coats here but two will work for most people. It went on very smooth and levelled nicely, but it does dry dull, so one or two coats of top coat is recommended.

Pahlish Through Still and Storm

Pahlish Through Still and Storm

Ocean Gone Wrong is a clear-based glitter topper with various shades of blue glitter. There's aqua circles, teal squares, midnight and royal blue hexes, and blue micro-glitter. There's also tiny silver (or maybe rose gold) hexes that provide a colour complement to the blue. To top it off, it has a gorgeous blue-violet shimmer! I did one coat over Through Still and Storm, with touch ups in a few spots. On a side note, I love the name of this polish!

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over Through Still and Storm)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over Through Still and Storm)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over Through Still and Storm)

I wanted to also see how the glitter layered over a lighter polish, so I did a gradient with China Glaze Sea Spray as my base. I used a makeup sponge to dab on the glitter polish.

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over China Glaze Sea Spray)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over China Glaze Sea Spray)

Pahlish Ocean Gone Wrong (over China Glaze Sea Spray)

If you missed it above, this duo will be available starting tonight, April 12th at 7pm central time on the Pahlish Etsy site. Also launching is a new collection called Experimental Methods. To see bottle shots of the new collection, and to keep up with launches and restocks, follow Pahlish on Facebook.

What do you think of these? Do you like the idea of limited edition monthly themed polishes?

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

11 April 2013

Pahlish Coney Island Queen Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I don't think I've made it a secret how much I love the indie brand Pahlish. Out of all the indies I own (heck, out of all the polishes in general), my Pahlish collection reigns supreme. I was just updating my spreadsheet today (which I know I need to post!), and I own more Pahlish than any other brand in my collection, including OPI, China Glaze, and even Julep with their cheap add ons! Every collection that Shannon comes out with just gets better and better.

The latest collection, the Coney Island Queen collection, is no exception. It reminds me of the pastel speckled polishes that a number of the bigger brands have come out with recently, only this collection is by far more interesting and intriguing in my books. It also has more variation and I think there's something here that almost everyone can appreciate.

Pahlish Coney Island Queen collection

I should also mention that the collection is inspired by the lyrics and style of the singer Lana Del Rey. So if you like her music you might appreciate the polishes for that reason. Me, I've tried to get into her music, but so far I just can't, I don't know what it is. Maybe I'm getting old! ;) But nonetheless, I still appreciate the collection.

The formula on all of these were consistent, so I'll discuss that first before getting into each one. All six polishes are cremes with shimmers, and the majority also have small sized glitter. For each swatch I used three coats plus a top coat. I found that almost all needed the three coats, but there were a few where you could get away with two. Every single polish in this collection applied flawlessly, they were very creamy and smooth, also perfectly self-leveling. I did find that when these polishes settle, they tend to get thicker, which is common for indies, so make sure you give it a good shake before applying and in between coats.

Anticipating and Pacing seems to be the one that stands out in this collection since it's darker and more vibrant, and yet it also works perfectly. The base colour is a berry red, kinda muted, but reminds me of the colour of strawberries. It has a red shimmer in the form of micro-flakes and royal blue tiny and small hex glitter. I know it wasn't intended but this makes me think of berries. :)

Pahlish Anticipating and Pacing

Pahlish Anticipating and Pacing

Coney Island Queen is a nude creme with a gold shimmer. The shimmer is very prominent and made up of gold micro-flakes - it's absolutely gorgeous! I really love nude indies and this is one of my favourites! It's a great colour, and unlike many nudes it's not boring at all.

Pahlish Coney Island Queen

Pahlish Coney Island Queen

His Favorite Sundress is a pale pastel coral with gold shimmer and gold micro-flakes. The shimmer is not as prominent as you see in Coney Island Queen. There are also small orange square and hex glitter. This isn't a colour I normally gravitate towards because I feel it's not as flattering as cooler toned colours, but I really enjoyed this! It's a very nice spring colour.

Pahlish His Favorite Sundress

Pahlish His Favorite Sundress

Mind Like a Diamond is a mid-toned grey with darker grey flakes and a purple-rose-gold shimmer. At first it looks like just a plain grey, but the shimmer really makes this a stand-out for me. The shimmer (especially the purple) is very prominent as you can see from my pictures and it's a beautiful complement to the grey.

Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond

Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond

Singing in the Garden is a pale green with green shimmer and small green hex and square glitter. The polish is not so much of a mint green, but more like a pale grassy green if that makes sense. If I hold it up to a colour like Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, the Pahlish is a tad more muted in tone. The shimmer is also in the form of tiny micro-flakes and there is the very oh-so-subtle hints of purple in it.

Pahlish Singing in the Garden

Pahlish Singing in the Garden

Sugar Venom is a muted bubblegum pink with tiny and small magenta square glitter. It also has pink micro-flakes that have a purple shimmer to them when they hit the light. I love how this is very girly, but not Barbie convertible type of girly! 

Pahlish Sugar Venom

Pahlish Sugar Venom

This collection is available from the Pahlish Etsy store and Llarowe, however, you can only buy the full collection at a discount on Etsy. In terms of the Etsy store, if anything is out of stock, you can message Shannon and she'll get back right away. And despite the fact that this is a fairly new collection, there's going to be a bunch of new polishes released on Etsy this Friday April 12th, including a new April Showers duo. If you're interested check out the Pahlish Facebook page for more details and pictures.

What do you think of this collection? Any stand out to you?

18 March 2013

Pahlish Twelve Days of Christmas: Days Four, Five, and Six

Hi everyone! So it's officially the end of the weekend. *sad face* A little over a month ago (whoa has it been that long!!??), I showed you the first three polishes in the Pahlish holiday collection. You can see that here. As I explained in that post, the collection was limited edition and is now sold out - except for two polishes - but I decided I wanted to show them regardless. There's not too many swatches of them online, and there's always the possibility of getting some of these through blog sales or swaps.

Pahlish Four Colly Birds, Six Geese-a-Laying, Five Gold Rings

I really love all three polishes in this grouping. Something about the darker colours paired with beautiful shimmers and glitters. And each one has a unique finish.

Four Colly Birds is a squishy muted plum jelly. It's got gold shimmer, along with copper and holo glitter. It's pretty sheer - I used four coats here, so you might want to layer it. But otherwise the application was great.

Pahlish Four Colly Birds

Pahlish Four Colly Birds

Five Gold Rings is by far my favourite of the three. The finish is just mesmerizing! It has a very decadent look, like brocade. It's a blackened green-gold jelly with gold glitter and flakes. I used two coats here and had no issues with the application.

Pahlish Five Gold Rings

Pahlish Five Gold Rings

Six Geese-a-Laying is an emerald green jelly with green shimmer and a sparse smattering of fuchsia glitter. The colour on this is very rich and gorgeous. I used three coats and had no issues, but I would wait a bit in between coats so that you don't pull off previous layers.

Pahlish Six Geese-a-Laying

Pahlish Six Geese-a-Laying

What do you think of these? Did you manage to get any while they were available?

03 March 2013

Pahlish This New Sun

Hi everyone! I have a short post tonight. This New Sun is part of a small collection that Pahlish put out for Valentine's Day. Because of a shipping mix up with some polishes I ordered over the holidays, Shannon, the maker, added this to my order to make up for the error. The collection is made up of three jelly-based glitter bombs: in addition to This New Sun, there is a red and violet polish. I chose the orange one because I'm trying to go out of my comfort zone with colours and finishes that I normally wouldn't gravitate towards.

Pahlish This New Sun

I'm glad I did choose this one, it's so beautiful, which is unexpected given my general aversion to orange polish. This New Sun is a transparent orange jelly base with orange microglitter, small orange hex glitter, and small holo hex glitter. The colour overall is a rich golden/burnt orange and the holo glitter adds a nice splash of colour. It's very vibrant, even in low light.

Pahlish This New Sun

Pahlish This New Sun

The consistency and formula was perfect, and I had no problems applying this one. I used two coats for the photos here.

Pahlish This New Sun

This polish is available through the Pahlish Etsy shop, and is currently in stock. And good news for international customers, Shannon has implemented flat rate shipping, $8 for Canada and $11 for other international orders. So unless you only like to order one or two polishes at a time, you will be saving on shipping. I highly recommend Pahlish, both for the excellent service and the beautiful polishes.

What do you think of this? Do you own any Pahlish?

04 February 2013

Pahlish Twelve Days of Christmas: Days One, Two, and Three

Happy Monday everyone! Today I'm posting some swatches that I did about a month ago - yikes! In the weeks leading up to the holidays, I bought a limited edition collection by Pahlish based on the Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, you heard me right, I bought all twelve. Then they started arriving (they weren't all released at the same time) and it seemed like other things came up that I had to post about. So now only a small handful are available. But I'd really like to swatch the entire collection. If I do get around to it, I might keep it interesting by incorporating them into nail art. I don't know, how do you feel when bloggers show HTF polishes?

Today I have the first three polishes out of this collection. In the bottles they don't look particularly special, but each one has a complexity that is appealing.

Partridge in a Pear Tree: This one has been added to the Pahlish core collection so it is still available. It's not too often that you find a nude-based indie polish, and this one is pretty unique. This is a sheer pale pink/nude colour with an orange-gold shimmer and orange micro flakes. The glitter is a pretty mixture of green and wine colour squares and hexes that are tiny to small in size. I used three coats and had no issues with the formula. I did find it a bit sheer, however, so if I wear it again I would try to find a suitable nude-colour base polish.

Pahlish Partridge in a Pear Tree

Two Turtle Doves: This is a charcoal grey jelly with small black and silver glitter - both squares and hexes - and an iridescent shimmer. This one is beautiful but in a very subtle way. I used three coats applied very carefully. There was a bit of shrinkage at the tips, but otherwise the application was good.

Pahlish Two Turtle Doves

Three French Hens: I was expecting a straightforward orange/red glitter polish, but this is way more complex than that. The base is a very sheer orange and it's packed with tiny hex and square glitter in a variety of colours: silver, gold, orange, red, brown, and fuchsia. There's also a touch of green - surprise! The first swatch shows three coats on its own. I really don't like this way of wearing it. I much prefer to layer it or use it for glitter gradients. The second swatch shows one coat over China Glaze Sea Spray, much preferable in my books.

Pahlish Three French Hens

Pahlish Three French Hens over China Glaze Sea Spray

So what do you think? Did you buy any of the polishes from this collection? How do you feel about the idea of me showing the rest of the collection? I'll probably do it anyways but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts. :D

20 December 2012

Pahlish Your Silver Lining

Hi everyone! My work ran later than I thought tonight, so I'm showing you another polish that I swatched awhile ago. I'm also not in the most talkative mood so I'm going to keep this short (we'll see how that goes).

Your Silver Lining is part of my quickly growing Pahlish collection. I seriously love everything that Shannon Pahlas makes. This polish is discontinued, but I bought it at a blog sale: jyjnp who I follow on Tumblr. She's got a lot of Pahlish, OPI, and now I see even some Lynnderella. I would recommend buying from her, she's really quick to respond and send things out.

Pahlish Your Silver Lining

YSL (not to be confused with the other YSL) is a sheer white with silver holo glitter in a variety of shapes and sizes: tiny round glitter, bar glitter, and small and large hexes and squares. It's perfect for a winter mani. This is two coats over China Glaze Sea Spray, followed by a coat of Gelous, and a coat of Seche Vite.

Pahlish Your Silver Lining

My first impression of YSL was not too good. I applied it over Essie Mezmerised, a vibrant cobalt blue (previously reviewed here). The base colour was too dark, at least for my taste. YSL I find works better layered over a lighter colour, such as white, or a pale blue, pink, lilac, or even grey. It's a pretty versatile polish in that you can layer it over a lot of lighter pale colours for a different look or effect.

Pahlish Your Silver Lining

The formula on this was okay. I found it difficult to get a good glitter payoff hence the two coats I used. The glitter tends to sink to the bottom, so I let it sit upside down for several hours (30 minutes would probably work fine). But what really helped to get the glitter out is rolling it between my palms. It's the larger hexes, bars, and squares that really make this polish pop when it's on the nails, but it's pretty difficult to get them out.

What do you think of Your Silver Lining? Do you own any Pahlish?


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