Friday, August 18, 2017

Stella Chroma July 2017 Polish Pickup Exclusive Swatches and Review: Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule

Stella Chroma Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule (3 coats)

Hi guys! TGIF! I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours tonight, so this must be a quick post. Well, somewhat quick because I still need to explain this super awesome new thing called the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. Do you hate it when a new indie box comes out with multiple brands and you only really love one of the colors? What do you do then? Destash the ones you don't want? Just suck it up and buy it and keep them all because you're too lazy to destash? Well, there's now a group and website called Polish Pickup that will open for suggestions for box themes for the upcoming month. Everyone votes, and the winner becomes the theme for a future box. Any indie brand can participate and has their own specific inspiration picture and polish for that month. All you need to do is go to the Polish Pickup site during the pre-order window (the first Friday-Monday of the month) to make all of your purchases of these exclusive polishes. There's no need to pay for multiple shipping charges; since this is a pre-order, all polishes get sent to Polish Pickup and they send you the polishes you ordered. Yup, it's that simple. 

Now that I've explained a little more about Polish Pickup, I must give you some bad news. The polishes I have to show for the next few days are no longer for sale. I don't get any of them before the release so I have no way to promote them here on the blog (definitely stop by the Facebook Group for some awesome swatches though). The good news is that you will have the chance to purchase from the next Polish Pickup with the "Fall Foliage and Fun" theme. The polishes I'll be showing you have the theme of "Cocktails & Mocktails" and were released back in July. I'm not a big drinker, but I'll have one once in awhile. 

Tonight's polish is from Stella Chroma with the inspiration drink called the Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule. Full disclosure: I've never had a Moscow Mule, let alone a Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule. That said, I knew this polish was my #1 pick for the month. I've never seen a polish like this, and I have quite the collection. Blackberry Mint Moscow Mule is a peachy nude crelly base with loads of copper and ultrachrome flakes and gold shimmer. It dried a tiny bit darker on my nails, but that could be from my skin tone. It was a bit sheer, but built up well in 3 coats. I love this polish and should have bought a backup. Yes, it's that interesting and unique. Removal was fairly painless, but worse than removing a creme. 

Again, you can learn more about the Polish Pickup on their Facebook page and website and here are the appropriate links for more information on Stella Chroma (websiteFacebook pageFacebook Fan GroupTwitter, and Instagram). Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pahlish Swatches and Reviews: Hempstock and Ashen

Hi guys! Ok, so I watched both nights of Bachelor in Paradise and I'm still confused about what happened between Corinne and DeMario. I'll definitely be watching through the rest of the summer. Tonight I have Hempstock from Pahlish which was released earlier this year and is still in stock if you are interested in purchasing. I also bought a Mystery Pahlish which is often a test batch or prototype of colors that may be released in the future. The Mystery Pahlish is always discounted and I've never been disappointed with what I've received. Swatch time!

Monday, August 14, 2017

KBShimmer Office Space Collection Swatches and Review: Staple Relationship

KBShimmer Staple Relationship (2 coats)

Hi guys! How was your weekend? Mine was good. I didn't sleep as much as I'd like, but what else is new? Tonight I'm watching Bachelor in Paradise and I can't wait to see that mess. Please tell me I'm not the only one watching tonight. Anyway, I have one final polish from KBShimmer to show you and it's from the Office Space collection which features interesting "work appropriate" colors. 

Poor Milton. I can't watch Office Space without feeling bad for Milton. Staple Relationship is a deep charcoal base with silver and blue/pink flakes and holographic glitter. You can especially see the bluish flakes in the bottom photo. The finish is similar to those from the Birthstone Collection which really appeals to me. For some reason I didn't get a photo showing the holo finish, but it's there and it's strong. It applied well in 2 coats, but the removal was a bit difficult with the glitter (and the flakes tended to stick to the sides of my nails). No problem, I just went ahead and used a peel-off basecoat to make it a breeze. 

You can find this on the KBShimmer site right now for $9.25. Make sure to check out KBShimmer's websiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages for more information.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

KBShimmer 2016 Birthstone Collection Swatches and Reviews: Diamond and Pink Tourmaline

Hi guys! I'm still recuperating from my long weekend. My brother is coming into town this weekend, but I think it's supposed to rain. Boo. A few weeks ago KBShimmer had a sale and I just had to buy some polishes. What really caught my eye was the Birthstone Collection. I know it was released last year, but these holo metallic colors were too gorgeous to pass up. Each month's birthstone color is featured and you know I had to buy mine. Shall we get to it? 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bliss Polish The Indie Shop Atlanta Exclusive: Secret Grove

Bliss Polish Secret Grove (3 coats)

Hi guys! I was in DC for a pen show all weekend and I was just too exhausted to blog last night. Tonight I have a polish that was exclusive to the Indie Shop: Atlanta back in March. I've been going through these slowly because they're no longer available anyway. Bliss Polish is a brand I've been meaning to try out for years, so I was ecstatic that Yvette was in Atlanta to see them in person. The label reminds me a little of what Cirque used to have before the rebranding this year. Secret Grove was a part of trio that was available, but I was only able to snag this one. 

Secret Grove is a blackened teal crelly with blue, green, and gold ultrachrome flakes. I found that it had the perfect amount of flakes without making it apply too thick. You could easily get away with 2 smooth coats for full opacity, but I went a third just to add a little more dimension. I just love this one!

Unfortunately this one is no longer for sale. Bliss Polish currently has a bunch of creme polishes on clearance for only $6 and I have my eye on them. Make sure to check out Bliss Polish on their Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.