Are you dizzy with excitement about nail polish?

 I recently bought the new Sephora X base coat, top coat, and two polishes.  I was very anxious to try them as I've heard various things about the formula already.
 The X line is supposed to provide a gel-like shine and wear with very good opacity.  I immediately thought, "Well, I'll be the judge of that!"
 This mani is a coat of the X base, two very easy coats of Deranged, and a coat of the X top coat.  While Deranged looks a lot like Orly Galaxy Girl, I feel pretty confident saying that they are not dupes.  
Deranged has more of a pinky-red to blue flash that is very apparent and duo cool while Galaxy Girl has a more prominent turquoise flash.  There is also more of a purple feel to Deranged and more of a burgundy feel to Galaxy Girl.  I'm going to go out on a limb, not having compared them side to side, and say that Deranged is more complex and awesome.
 So, how's the wear, you ask?  It's pretty great so far!  I'm on the end of day four right now and I have a tiny chip on the corner of my right index finger.  I also have some tip wear, but it's not very apparent.  Overall, so far, I am impressed.  Also, the top coat dried reasonably quick.  I was terribly worried that my mani would take an eternity to dry without using quick dry top coat.  I painted these four layers without waiting (or hardly) in between, sprayed everything with quick dry spray, then waited about 25 minutes.  Then I got ready for my day!  They were dry enough to function easily.
I don't love the bottles (the caps get all wonky), most of the names bother me, they are smaller than $OPI and more expensive, but so far I am pleased with the new Sephora X line of polishes.  If they all perform this well, then I'd say it could be worth it to me to pay more.  Time will tell.

As far as I know, this new polish line is available on sephora.com and in very few select stores (should be in all stores around next summer).

 Behold the new Rainbow Honey Holiday Collection!  I got these last week and could not wait to try them.  They are fantabulous!  I did lazy skittles, I hope you don't mind.
 Each nail has base coat, two coats of polish, and a coat of top coat.
 Glittering Rapture has gold, pink, and red glitters and will be lovely on its own or for layering.  The glitters disperse themselves evenly and nicely on the nail.  I did two thick coats here.
 Spirit of Wonder is snowy white with blue glitters and a subtle blue shimmer, which my pictures fail to accurately capture!  I was worried about the formula on this one, but truly it applied very nicely and gave me no trouble at all!  I think it's a really fun, wintry, snowy color and it's hard to find whites that cooperate in just two coats.
 Gilded Angel is a high shine metallic gold holo.  METALLIC HOLO.  What.  Is.  This.  Magic?!?!
 I'm not sure I can quite describe it, but Gilded Angel and Annual Emotion are unlike any other holos I've seen or owned.  They are almost foily metallic, but definitely very holo.  Someone help me out with my terrible descriptors!
 I'm wearing Gilded Angel for my pedi right now and I just love it.  I can't see the holo on my toes, but the gold is just super pretty and perfect.
 Both Gilded Angel and Annual Emotion applied very easily, just like the other two in this collection.
 You can pre-order now, if you like, and The Holiday Collection will be available on December 5 (click here).  I have to say, I'm really pleased with all four of these.  They are rocking my holiday socks off!
Rainbow Honey sent these to me in a really precious gift box wrapped with a ribbon!  They are now offering gift wrap.  :)  These were all gifted to me by RH, and for that I am truly grateful.  :)

 Brace yourselves!  This post is not for the faint of heart.  It's going to be quite long and have pictures of many beautiful polishes!
 These pictures are all swatches of Starlight and Sparkles Polish, sold on Etsy here.  All Starlight Polishes you see here have been graciously provided to me for review and I promise I am giving you my honest and heartfelt opinions here.  :)
 I used three coats of Eponymous Princess and no top coat.  Isn't she pretty!?  Reminds me of delicious cupcake frosting.  The application was easy.
 Next is three coats of Starlight holo top coat, no additional top coat.
 Application was easy on this one as well.  Starlight is a delicate silver holo meant to be layered over top of other polishes.
It's so nice on its own!  I forget to try it over another polish, but I'm sure it would be great that way, too.
 One of the reasons I love Starlight and Sparkles holographic polishes is because the formula is so easy and also long-wearing!  I never get pulling, dragging, or early chipping.  They also play well with any base coat I've tried.
 Starlight is quiet in the shade, of course, but I've included a picture above.
 This is two coats of Hot Chocolate, no top coat.
 It is rich and deep, shimmery, glowy, and just delicious!  I adore it.
 This is very pigmented and application was a breeze.  The bump you see on my middle finger below is just part of my actual nail that needed to be buffed away.  Eep!
 Next is Starshine holo top coat.  It's the more subtle sister to Starlight.  Here it is shown over black with no additional top coat.
 If you forgive my awful application on the index nail, it's actually really lovely.
 Starshine has teensy little holo particles, but they still come out nicely in the sun!
 Application was easy except for the index finger I mucked up, but that was only because I rushed the swatching process and the base black wasn't quite dry enough (Finger Paints Black Expressionism).  By the time I got to my middle finger and then the others, the black was dry enough and everything went smoothly.  Below is Starshine in the shade.
 Next up is Sunlight over black, no additional top coat.
 Sunlight was shy for me in the sun, ironically!  I have a hunch that it would benefit from additional top coat.  I always use top coat for my manicures, so I'm sure it will be even more sparkly and pretty that way.
 It's smooth and pretty, just the sparkles are hiding a bit.
 You can see them a little bit better below.
 Sunshine is next!  I used one coat over black with no extra top coat.
 Sunshine is a little more complex and gives a beautiful olive effect over top of the black.
 I really like how this looks!  I bet this would be awesome over dark blues, purples, burgundies - pretty much everything dark!
 Ready for some blue?!  This is one coat of Companion Fairy over black with no top coat.
 Companion Fairy has bue to green shifting sparkles that are so so super pretty.
 I swoon!  I love!  This is perfect.
 My sunshine pictures don't do this justice.  It's even better in person!
 Now I'm going to revisit some old friends!  Companion Fairy actually belongs with these guys as a Legend of Zelda inspired quartet of color shifting sparkle top coats.
 Issa reformulated Din, Nayru, and Farore to be even better.  You can see my previous review of the older formulations here.
 Din shifts from yellow to copper/orange to green.  All of them are shown here over black with no top coat.
 Nayru shifts from turquoise to deeper blue.
 Looking back at my older pictures, I think the new Nayru might be slightly less dense in sparkle particles.  I'm not positive, though, so don't hold me to it!  Both versions are for sure amazingly beautiful.  The new one is much less textured.
 Farore shifts from greeny blue to soft gold.
 All three new versions are noticeably much less "milky" in appearance than the old counterparts.  In fact, I would be hard pressed to notice any milkiness in the new ones whatsoever.
 They all applied easily and only Nayru appeared slightly bumpy without top coat.
 I added a coat of Crytal top coat to each so you can see how they pop even more!
 Crystal is quick drying and long wearing.  It has a good texture - not too thick and not too thin.
 I've not experienced any shrinking or bubbling so far, so I am a happy camper with it!
 You can see that it's super shiny as well.  I am starting to think it's a contender as a top fave, up there with my beloved Butter London quick dry top coat.  Crystal should be available for sale in about a week or so.  It's going to be $6 for a 15mL bottle and $2.50 for a 5mL bottle.  That's quite a bit cheaper  than BL...I could live with that!
PHEW!  That's it for now.  I hope you've enjoyed the pictures.  Please check out Starlight and Sparkles polishes if you have not already.  I recommend them very highly.  Do get!  Do love!

Starlight and Sparkles shop is found here.  Let me know if you have any questions about these polishes.  Thanks again, Issa!  You rock!

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I love color, beauty, creativity, animals, and being care-free. I'm not care-free, in reality, but would like to think it's an attainable state of being! I do like to bend the rules when it serves a greater purpose and I'm all about being authentic. Here I am, take me or leave me! I suppose I'd call myself a sensitive soul. I think I feel things more deeply and ponder things more thoroughly than your average bear.


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