Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Moonshine Mani Looking for Group Collection Swatch and Review: Leeeroy Jenkins!





Moonshine Mani Leeeroy Jenkins (3 coats)


Hi guys! Long time, no blog. I was in Philly for 4 days for work and it was a whirlwind trip. It was cold and windy, (no surprise there) and snowed a bit on Saturday night (again, no surprise). Most of the snow ended up falling in Virginia, so we were able to get back to NC on time because it warmed up a bit on Monday before we headed back. Tonight I have a brand I've never featured on the blog before named Moonshine Mani. It's a newer brand by Phoebe Moon, and features a wide variety of colors and finishes. If you aren't a member of the Facebook Fan group, definitely join, because there are monthly exclusives available. 

Tonight I have Leeeroy Jenkins! from the Looking For Group Collection which is inspired by World of Warcraft (WoW). I've never played, but my husband was into it before we met. Apparently it's extremely addictive and you can spend a ton of time playing. Leeeroy Jenkins! is a silver linear holo base with aqua/gold metallic flakes and orange/pink/green/gold chameleon flakes. It was the metallic flakes that really compelled me to buy this one. You can definitely use this as a topper, or on its own like I did in 3 coats. The photos show a little visible nail line, but that's mostly due to the bright lights. It applied well, but I had to tap down a few rogue flakes that decided to stick up off the nail. If you use this as a topper you won't have that problem. 

I don't have any polishes with this flakie combination in my collection, and I love it. I can't wait to add more Moonshine Mani polishes to my collection soon. Oh, I should mention that you can create your own 3-piece ($32) or 6-piece ($65) bundle to save yourself 10%. You can find out more about Moonshine Mani on their website, Facebook Group, and Instagram pages. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Zoya Winter Holos Trio 2019: Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! Tonight I've got the newest Zoya trio which features their famous scattered holo flakie polishes. These are available now, and Zoya has a special going on as seen on their Instagram. 

New Year...New HUE! 

This year, keep up with those healthy resolutions by switching to our Big10Free formula!
Get ANY 4 Zoya shades FREE!* Use Code: HUE19 at www.zoya.com.

Be sure to tell all the nail polish lovers you know! They do not want to miss out on this. *Just pay promotional shipping & processing charge of $15 or completely on us for orders over $50. Ends 1/21/19. Limit One Per Customer. 

I don't know if I need any right now, but this is a great deal. Four Zoya polishes for just $15! One of the polishes in the trio was previously released in the Bridal Bliss 2018 collection, so I won't be showing a full swatch again (you can see my review here). 



Zoya Cadence (2 coats)

Up first is Cadence which is a watermelon pink base with that scattered holo flake finish. The holo stands out more in person...unfortunately there was no sun out while I was swatching these. I needed just 2 healthy coats for full opacity, and it dried with no texture. The formula was perfect on all 3 polishes, too. 



Zoya Everly (2 coats) with Brighton on ring finger (2 coats)

I wore this mani during the holidays, and I just loved it! Everly is a bright red base with the same holo finish. I'm not normally one for red polishes, but bring on the holidays, and I'm all over them. This is 2 easy coats and it was also easy to remove. 

Zoya Brighton (2 coats)

And here is a macro photo of Brighton for good measure. This is a nude base with the scattered holo finish. I'm always surprised this goes well with my skintone, but it does! This is one that may need a third coat, depending on your application. I used 2 thicker ones, so I got away with 2. 

Definitely check these out when you pick out your 4 for the Zoya sale. You have until the 21st, so you have some time. Zoya polishes retail for $10 and you can find out more about them on their websiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages. Keep an eye out for them in your local Ulta store if you want to see the bottles in person before you buy.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Friday, January 4, 2019

California Lovin Indies Jan. 2019 The Horsetail Falls: Static Lacquer and Necessary Evil Polish

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Hi guys, TGIF! I'm really loving these short work weeks, so I'm going to be very disappointed next week. Tonight I've got the next installment of the California Lovin Indies Collaboration box where Stacy from Static Lacquer works with other indie brands in the great state of California. I've noticed how many brands come from California, so I think this is a wonderful way for brands to join forces. This month features Tamara from Necessary Evil Polish. The duo goes on pre-order Monday (Jan. 7th) at 8 AM PST through Jan. 14th at 11:59 PM PST in the Static Lacquer website. This month's inspiration is a phenomenon that happens for one week out of the year, usually the first week of February, in Yosemite National Park. For this week, as the sun rises, Horsetail Falls catches fire. At least that's what the sun causes it to look like. 


I had no idea this happened, and I'm so jealous of anyone able to see this! Apparently conditions have to be perfect for it to glow (and it only occurs for about 10 minutes), but imagine how amazing it would be to see and photograph it. The box will be $20 + shipping for the duo, and it will include a holographic Helmer decal. Since this is a pre-order, items will begin shipping 2-3 weeks after the pre-order ends. Shall we get a closer look at the set? 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Polish Pickup January 2019 Mythology: Static Lacquer Ratatösk

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Hi guys, Happy New Year! I rang in the new year relaxing with my family and I'm totally ok with that. Tonight I've got my other Polish Pickup shade for January from Static Lacquer. Again, there will be fewer low caps compared to December, and this month Polish Pickup and Indie Pickup will be debuting together. This means one shopping experience, and cheaper shipping! Shipping will still be $3 for the US, and just $5 for Canada (international shipping prices vary). The website opens at 11 AM ET this Friday (Jan. 4th) and will stay open until Monday (Jan. 7th). Static Lacquer continued their Nordic mythology theme started last month with this month's polish. Ratatösk is a red squirrel that would travel up and down the tree Yggdrasil, sending messages between the serpent and eagle at each end of the tree. Apparently he was quite the troublemaker and would fuel the animosity between the two. This one will retail for $12 and has a cap of 200 bottles. 







Static Lacquer Ratatösk (3 coats)

Ratatösk is a black jelly base with copper/pink/green ucc flakes and pink to blue shifting shimmer. The flakes are prominent, but it's not chock-full of them. It dries with a slightly satin finish, so you'll want to add a coat of topcoat to get that shiny finish. It's a true jelly, so you'll need 3 coats for full opacity. I had no issues with the formula or application with this one. It dries quickly and is easy to remove. 

I love the shimmer and flake combination with this one! The polish really resembles the inspiration photo as you can see above. Don't forget to pick this one up for $12 this Friday at 11 AM ET. You can learn more about Static Lacquer on their websiteFacebookGroup, and Instagram pages, while you can find more about PPU on their Facebook page and website.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Polish Pickup January 2019 Mythology: Noodles Nail Polish Snow Nymph

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Hi guys! Can you believe it will be 2019 next week?! I have Monday and Tuesday off and my family is coming into town for second Christmas. Other than that, I don't really have anything else going on. Polish Pickup is upon us already, and January's theme is Mythology. The order window opens at 11 AM ET on 1/4 and ends at 11:59 PM 1/7. Unlike December, caps will be back to normal, so you likely won't be needing ninja hands this time around. Tonight I have this month's Noodles Nail Polish which is inspired by Khione, the Goddess of snow and winter. Ugh, we've had more snow here this month than we did all last winter. I have a feeling it's going to be a long winter. Despite my hatred of snow, I'm a huge fan of wintery shades. Snow Nymph will be $12 with a cap of 125 bottles. 





Noodles Nail Polish Snow Nymph (2 coats) (diffused lighting)




Noodles Nail Polish Snow Nymph (2 coats) (direct full-spectrum lighting)

I know, I took lots of photos, but I wanted to make sure to show how this one looks in different lighting. Snow Nymph is an icy blue holo with silver flakies, and white and blue microflakies. When you're indoors, the flakies are most promient, but when the sunlight hits it, you'll be shocked at how blinding the holo finish is! It's almost like it's 2 polishes in 1. Snow Nymph was extremely opaque and easily covered the nail in 2 thin coats (and it self-leveled nicely). It dried quickly and with just a little texture that smooths out with topcoat. If you get any polish on your skin, it will take a little extra acetone to remove it due to all the flakies that want to stick around. 

I definitely think Khione would be proud to wear this one. I imagine there'd be some glittery makeup and accessories to match. Snow Nymph is such a beautiful cool-toned blue with extra pizzazz from the holo and extreme flakie finish. Remember, it will only be around for 4 days, or until all 125 bottles are sold. You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group while you can learn more about the Polish Pickup on their Facebook page and website.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*