Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Static Lacquer Spring Blossom 2019 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! It's been a hot minute since I've posted, but I've got several PPU shades ready to review, so I won't be away for quite as long next time. Tonight I have a new 6-piece collection from Static Lacquer that features a rainbow of crellies that all have a scattered holographic finish. These will debut this Friday, May 24th at 5 PM PST in the Static Lacquer site as well as in The Polish Nook. Speaking of The Polish Nook, they will also have 2 exclusive colors available that I do not have to share with you tonight, but make sure to check those out. Each color from the Spring Blossom collection will be available individually for $10, or $56 for the set for a savings of $4. Shall we closer look at these beauties? 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Starlight and Sparkles Mythological Wish Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I got caught up on work and went to our local (ish) nursery. Oh, and I'm thinking of starting up my work with polymer clay. I used to make beads and miniatures back in the day, but just stopped having the time. I think it's time to make time again. Tonight I've got Issa from Starlight and Sparkles' newest collection, Mythological Wishes. In case you've forgotten, make sure to check out the original Mythological Creatures set I reviewed back in December which featured toppers with UP and Aurora pigments. The new Wishes Collection is six toppers with combined color-shifting shimmer and multichrome glitter (the shimmer in these are again UP and UP sibiling pigments). I'm also happy to mention that she has sample bottles that hold a decent amount of polish! The mini size holds 7.5 mL while a full bottle is the normal 15 mL. Mini bottles can have brush issues, but these were very generously sized and I had no issues with applying them.

Each full-sized bottle will retail for $16, or $11 for the mini bottle. On the Starlight and Sparkles website, purchasing four or more bottles of polish from the Mythological line in a single order will give a discount of 3.5% on all Mythological polishes in the order, which will be reflected in the cart as "Mythological line discount." The collection releases on May 17th at 7 PM MT on their website, and Psyche's Beau will start their pre-order at 12 PM PST. Shall we get to some photos? 

Formula and Application

For the first set of my photos, I used 1 coat of Static Lacquer's Primary Black with 2 coats of each respective topper followed with a coat of topcoat. By no means do you need to use 2 coats of each topper; I just used 2 to really show the shift under the bright lighting. The darker the base, the more noticeable the shift, but you can use any color really. These applied like a dream and even a sample bottle will last you a long time. Each polish dried quickly and with no texture, even with the multichrome glitter. 

Starlight and Sparkles Dragon Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

I took so many photos. I mean, I couldn't help myself...these are just so photogenic. Up first we have Dragon Wishes which has UP sibling pigment that shifts from bronze/gold/green and flashes orange and teal at most extreme angles, while the glitter shifts from bronze/yellow/green/turquoise. The glitter is fine and doesn't add texture which makes these easier to remove, too. 

Starlight and Sparkles Kelpie Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Kelpie Wishes contains UP sibling pigment that shifts from teal/violet and flashes aqua and purple at most extreme angles, and the multichrome glitter shifts from teal/green/blue/violet/purple. Issa was kind enough to mention that Unicorn Wishes and Kelpie Wishes use the same glitter and unless you love shifters in the teal/blue/violet range, you may not need both. I personally found these to be very different...the color shift from the shimmer varies, and that's enough for me. 

Starlight and Sparkles Phantasmal Chimera Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Phantasmal Chimera is a bit of a wild card as it's a combination of the 4 colors of multichrome glitter and the UP and UP sibling pigments used in the other Phantom polishes in the Mythological line. The effect is a profusion of colors and shiftiness. In other words, this one is extremely sparkly and quite the rainbow of color. 

Starlight and Sparkles Phantom Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Up next is Phantom Wishes which shifts from a brilliant blue/violet/purple into near invisibility and the multichrome glitter shifts from blue/purple/violet/fuchsia/pink. The shimmer is the same UP sibling pigment used in the other Phantom polishes in the Mythological line. This one just glows on the nail. 

Starlight and Sparkles Phoenix Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

As you can probably tell from the photos, Phoenix Wishes is the original UP pigment and shifts from red/green/gold, and flashes red/bright green at extreme angles and is the same UP pigment used in the other Phoenix polishes in the Mythological line. The multichrome glitter shifts from pink/red/orange/gold. As much as I don't want to love UP-filled polishes (due to the price), I can't help but fall in love every time. I mean, just look at that last photo ­čśŹ

Starlight and Sparkles Unicorn Wishes (2 coats) over 1 coat of Static Lacquer Primary Black

Last, but certainly not least, is Unicorn Wishes which shifts from cool green to deep blue, and flashes turquoise/indigo, and the multichrome glitter shifts from a teal-y green/blue/violet/purple/fuchsia. The shimmer is the same UP sibling pigment used in the other Unicorn polishes in the Mythological line. Again, Issa mentions that this one and Kelpie Wishes use the same glitter, so unless you really love the UP sibling pigment, you may not need both. If you ask me, you need both. 

L--R Dragon Wishes, Kelpie Wishes, Phantom Wishes, Phantasmal Chimera Wishes (1 coat) over 2 coats of Zoya Walker 

L-->R Phoenix Wishes, none, Unicorn Wishes, none (1 coat) over 2 coats of Zoya Walker

I went ahead and used all of the toppers over a lighter color and this time just one coat was used. As you can see, one coat is plenty and these are full of UP pigment, UP sibling pigment, and multichrome glitter. A sample bottle will last you a long time if you can't afford full-sized bottles. 

Well, there you have it! It's so hard for me to pick my favorites because they are all so beautiful and flashy. I was swatching these when my parents were in town, and they were so shocked with just how much they changed the base color. They've seen me wear a lot of colors, so it really takes a lot to surprise them. My top picks have to be Dragon Wishes, Phantasmal Chimera Wishes, and Unicorn Wishes. Gah, it's so hard to choose! These will be available on May 17th at 7 PM MT on the Starlight and Sparkles website and Etsy store, while the pre-order will start at 12 PM on the Psyche's Beau site. You can find out more about Starlight and Sparkles on their websiteEtsy pageInstagramFacebook Group, and Facebook page.

*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*

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Polish Pickup May 2019: The 1980s with Noodles Nail Polish, Soothing Soul Nail Lacquer, and Static Lacquer

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Hi guys! Tonight I've got 3 more polishes for this weekend's Polish Pickup (PPU). This month's theme is the 80's and I'm living for it! It all begins at 11:00 AM ET on the PPU website and runs through 11:59 PM ET. A couple of these items have caps, so you may want to make an early purchase and go back and pick up any you were on the fence about since they combine shipping and will refund any subsequent orders (if you're in the US, shipping is a flat $3). This is another picture-heavy post, so let's catch a glimpse of these warlocks. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Literary Lacquers A Court of Feels and Sparkle Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! It definitely feels like a Monday. My co-workers have to travel to Chicago for a pen show this weekend, but this is my one show off a year, so I get to stay home and relax with the animals. While I enjoy the shows, they are exhausting and a lot of work. It's been so (too?) long since we've heard from Amy at Literary Lacquers, so I'm happy to report that she's back with a brand new 7-piece collection filled with metallics, glitters, and flakies! This collection is available now for purchase, and every order over $50 (before shipping) from now until May 1st will include a special edition bottle of polish with purchase which I also have to show you. The prices for the new set of polishes range from $10-$12, depending on the shade, or you can purchase the whole collection for a discounted price of $70. I know this doesn't give you much time to purchase to get this special offer, but swatching takes time. Oh, and all older Literary Lacquers collections are 25% off through the 1st as well. 

The Court of Feels and Sparkle Collection is inspired by the Sarah J. Maas series A Court of Thorns and Roses. This collection will take you on a journey through the 7 courts of the High Fae of Prythian. Amy promises these will be spoiler-free for those interested in reading the series. I've never read any of these books, but the polishes have definitely piqued my interest. It appears to have 4 books in the series and is a mix of the romance and fantasy genres. I know that was a lot of info thrown at you, so how about we get to some photos? I have 8 polishes to share tonight, so this will be a picture-heavy post. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Polish Pickup May 2019 Lucky 13 Lacquer Swatches and Reviews: Take a Look, It's in a Book and Lotion of Immortality Trio

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Hi guys! I have a bunch of PPU items to share this month, so I may combine the next few polishes into 1 post, but I thought that the 2 Lucky 13 Lacquer items I have may get a little wordy and picture-heavy, so it gets its own post. This month's inspiration is the 80's, and I couldn't be more excited! I was an 80's baby (born in '82), so give me all of the iconic toys, music, games, and movies from that era and I will be happy. Lucky 13 was inspired by something near and dear to my heart, Reading Rainbow. I feverishly read any book I could find when I was a kid, and I loved LeVar Burton. I received a little maker's note about the inspiration for this month, and wanted to share it here:

" I grew up watching Reading Rainbow, LeVar's soothing voice helped my love of books grow throughout my childhood."

I feel like LeVar inspired many of us to pick up a book and use our imaginations. Just a few years ago there was a Kickstarter to bring back Reading Rainbow, and my husband and I backed it. I believe it was also the highest amount raised for any Kickstarter at the time. Polish Pickup will open up at 11:00 ET AM on May 3rd and will run through 11:59 PM ET on May 6th. 

May Indie Pickup: Lucky 13 Lotion of Immorality Trio + Glitter 

Lucky 13 Lotion of Immortality Trio + Butterfly Glitter ($11)
Cap: 35 trios
Inspiration: Reading Rainbow

Lotion of Immortality is a thick moisturizing lotion that is perfect for the cuticles, hands, or the body. It is made with shea butter, aloe, and love. It is very emollient, but does not leave you greasy at all. Each jar is 20 g which is plenty for the cuticles and hands. If you put it all over your body, it obviously won't last as long, but a little goes a long ways. Instead of the usual shimmer included in each trio, a small container of gold holo butterfly glitter was this month's addition.  You can use it in your favorite nail polish, or hand-place it on your skin or mani. If you use it on your mani, it is recommended that you use at least 2 coats of top coat to smooth it out. 

Take a Look, It's in a Book: described as an endless room of books on dusty shelves, and all the time in the world to read them. It has the barest notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and tobacco. This one is extremely complex, and is definitely a warm, rich scent. 

Butterfly in the Sky: I can go twice as high! Fresh air & floral. It includes notes of hibiscus, rose, juicy plums, and fresh mountain air. The rose is what I noticed first, but not in a bad way. Some "clean" scents can give me headaches, and this one didn't do that. It's a clean, spring-like scent. 

Secretly a Starfleet Officer: Patchouli, lavender, chamomile, and apricots. It includes notes of musk, leather, and a gentle powdery freshness. I know that patchouli is a polarizing scent, and while you can tell it's in there, the lavender and fruit really evens it out. I had my husband smell this one, and he immediately put it on his hands. This is the most "masculine" of the scents, but definitely remains a unisex scent.

Lucky 13 Lacquer Take a Look, It's in a Book (3 coats, warm transitioning to medium)
Price: $14
Cap: 120 bottles
Inspiration: Reading Rainbow

Lucky 13 Lacquer Take a Look, It's in a Book (3 coats, cold)

(medium to cold transition)

Take a Look, It's in a Book is a tri-thermal that shifts from pale lavender (warmest) to periwinkle (medium) to bright plum (cold) with red/copper/gold/green unicorn shimmer, and teal/blue/purple color-shifting flakes. While I love it in the warm state, the real star is in the cold state when the flakes and shimmer really pop against the dark background. Truth be told, I didn't know this was a thermal when I started applying it, so I ended up using 3 coats because it was slowly transitioning to the warm state and I thought it was sheer. Oops. That said, you could likely get away with just 2 coats, but I used 3 from my confusion. It applied perfectly; just make sure that no rogue flakes stick past the free edge. It dried with very minimal texture, but I still recommend a good topcoat to protect the nails. Oh, I also used the Lucky 13 Lacquer Elemental Ward top coat for my photos which retails for just $5 and comes in a variety of scents (not available through PPU). 

There you have it, everyone! This was my first time trying the Lotion of Immortality, and I was extremely impressed with the longevity and the level of moisturization it provided. The polish for the month was extremely unique, and chock full of fancy ingredients (tri-thermal, unicorn shimmer, flakie, oh my!). You can find out more about Lucky 13 Lacquer on their website, Facebook Group, or 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*