Birthday/Christmas Gifts

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**The featured products were gifted to me by a friend. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated.**

My friend Samantha, the wonderful lady behind A Girl Obsessed, decided to send me a little birthday/Christmas gift (yes, I know I'm way late in posting this) with an order I made. It may be a little late, but I still wanted to swatch them for you all to see.

The first one that caught my eye was this little thing from Cranky Girlz. The bottle is adorable! Almost looks like a small fancy perfume bottle or something. There isn't a name on it, but it's a stormy grey creme that has blue tendencies. It's scattered with gold glitter, but barely any. This is three coats. The color may be beautiful, but the formula was off and thick. I had to do three coats to fix the streaking. I couldn't even tell there was glitter on my nails until I went to take pictures. They look like little bubbles, but at closer inspection it's glitter. That's about all I was able to get out or see. I do love this color. I'm a huge fan of greys, just not this formula. Plus, what's the point of glitter in a polish if you're not going to be able to see it?

Ciate Wrap Star! was the next one that caught my eye. I've been wanting to try Ciate for some time now, so this made me so happy! It came in this little plastic ornament, but unfortunately it didn't make the trip. The nail polish was safe, so all is right in the world. Wrap Star! is a glitter topper filled with purple micro glitter and bright pink small hexes. This is one coat of Wrap Star over two coats of Essie For the Twill of It. Applied beautifully, and there was no fishing for glitter. That brush is full when you pull it out of the bottle. Absolutely lovely! I'd definitely buy Ciate and try them again!

Essie On A Silver Platter is a clear base filled with a bright frosted silver macro glitter, and scattered with blue glitter in different sizes and finishes. It turns out, that On A Silver Platter is a textured polish. Not so textured though. This is three coats of On A Silver Platter on a naked nail. I didn't add a top coat. I waited for it to dry, then touched it. It was smooth. No texture to it what so ever. However, this color is beautiful! I was surprised by how much I truly enjoyed it once it was out of the bottle. I'm a flip-flopper when it comes to Essie polishes. On A Silver Platter applied smoother than most cremes I have from them, but I am not a fan of the brush. I will be using this beauty again though. Not as a full mani, but definitely some accent nails.

This is a franken that Samantha made. I already had a teal one and was so excited to see she had sent me a couple other colors. She started frankening textured polishes to create colors to fill in gaps from what was missing in the mainstream world. Plus it allowed her to get better aquainted with the polishes so she could start making them. (She's got three available now that she made. Not frankens.) This is three coats for full opacity.

This beautiful shade is the other textured she frankened. I don't know what to call it other than mermaid. It's beautiful. A perfect mix of colors to create a stunning product! This is three coats for full opacity. Without frankening, someone needs to mass produce this color like yesterday!! 

I love all my gifts!! Samantha, makes beautiful polishes, but it was fun getting these from her. Even if they don't always turn out wonderful, I love trying new brands. 1 out of 2 ain't bad!! And please, please, please check out her shop, A Girl Obsessed. She has some gorgeous polishes that you'd hate to miss out on!

With the exception of the 3 textureds, the other swatches were topped with Magpie Shine top coat. Also, I hydrated my cuticles with 

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**The featured products were gifted to me by a friend. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated.**

Happy Polishing!!

Becky   :o)

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