Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pahlish Swatches and Reviews: Go Ask Alice and Quicksand

Hi guys! Tonight I have some more swatches from Pahlish since Quicksand is still in stock in the shop. I know Shannon was waiting to get more bottles in, but I believe they arrived this week. Hooray! I've been a fan of Pahlish for years and can't say enough nice things about the brand.

Pahlish Go Ask Alice (3 coats)

I know, I know. You're probably asking yourself why I'm showing Go Ask Alice when it was an Indie Shop exclusive. Well, that's true, but there are some foil polishes currently in stock that are similar to Go Ask Alice. For example, Team Zissou is a turquoise foil with silver flakes while Go Ask Alice is a turquoise foil with gold flakes. How beautiful is this one? Shannon's foil polishes are definitely some of my favorites. Only 2 coats were needed, but I went ahead and did a third for no good reason. Well, my reasoning is because macro photos are unforgiving. If you can find a bottle of Go Ask Alice, get it. If you can't find it, just go ahead and do yourself a favor of getting Team Zissou.

Pahlish Quicksand (3 coats)

I own the rose gold iPhone so I had to get Quicksand from the Life Aquatic Collection. Quicksand is definitely brighter with more pink, but whatever. I saw it at the Pahlish table in Atlanta and I instantly knew I was getting it. Instead of gold flakes like Go Ask Alice, this one has silver flakes. Again, I used 3 coats for the photos above, but it only needed 2. Both applied flawlessly like all Pahlishes.

Go ahead and pick up Quicksand, you won't regret it. It retails for $10 on their BigCartel site. Find out more about Pahlish on their websiteInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Random Vapid Lacquer Swatches and Reviews from The Purge: Mistrust and Pacific Coast Highway

Hi guys! I told you I was going to be a bad blogger last week. Despite not blogging, I did do a ton of swatching because the rest of this month will be jam-packed with reviews. At the beginning of the year Vapid Lacquer had their "purge" to get rid of old stock. Tonight I have 2 of those polishes to show you. These aren't for sale anymore, but the next Vapid Lacquer restock and new collection Curiouser and Curiouser is coming up on April 29th at noon MDT. Shall we get to the pictures?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Darling Diva Bad Pick Up Lines Part Deux: Partial Review

Hi guys! I hope you had a good weekend! I went to that Origins event and I hope to review it next week sometime so stay tuned for that. Also, my birthday is this week, so I'm not sure how many days I'll be able to blog because I have family coming into town. With that said, I have a brand I've never reviewed before called Darling Diva. They recently released a 6-piece topper collection and I have 2 of them to show you tonight. The turnaround time was really good (especially since I ordered during a release) and it shipped within the 5 business day stated on the website. Without further ado, let's do this!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pahlish 5th Anniversary: Little Bread and Butterflies Swatches and Review

Pahlish Little Bread and Butterflies (3 coats)

Hi guys! I had every intention to post last night, but I had to go to a neighborhood get-together which lasted much longer than I expected. I don't have many plans this weekend, except for going to an Origins party. Influenster is promoting their newest release, and they inviting people for a VIP party (whatever that means). Tonight I have a polish that was released a few years ago from Pahlish, but Shannon asked the Facebook Group what colors they would want rereleased for their 5th anniversary.

Little Bread and Butterflies was recommended, and I knew I had to get it. It's a highlighter yellow neon with ultrachrome flakes. The base reminds me of one of my favorite neon yellows called Yellow Flame from Jessica Cosmetics. If you look at those swatches, please be kind...I posted those swatches 7 years ago and I feel like my blog is now better in every way (content, pictures, etc.). If you don't want your nails to stand out, then this one is probably not for you. It's a bit streaky and sheer on the first coat, but it builds up well in 3 coats.

This one is still on sale for $9.00 on the Pahlish website if you're interested. I love it and highly recommend it if you want a new neon color. Find out more about Pahlish on their websiteInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Zoya Spring 2017 Charming Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part II

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Hi guys! I was in NYC part of last week and that's why I didn't have a post up. I should have had this ready before I left...but of course I didn't. I don't know how anyone could live there. The traffic was insane and everything is just crazy. I'll take my boring NC town, I guess. Tonight I'll be finishing up Zoya's Charming Collection which features 6 spring-inspired colors. Without further ado, let's do this!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zoya Spring 2017 Charming Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part I

*press samples*

Hi guys! Tonight I'm back with the post I meant to put up on Monday. Zoya recently released their 6-piece spring collection which features 3 cremes and 3 shimmers. I'm posting these alphabetically so you're going to see a mix of finishes. Without further ado, let's get to the reviews!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Ice Cream Makes Everything Better Swatches and Review: Chocolate Chip Mint

Turtle Tootsie Polishes Chocolate Chip Mint (3 coats)

Hi guys! Unfortunately I didn't have the time tonight to do the post I originally planned on doing, but at least I'm able to do something. The Ice Cream Makes Everything Better (so true, right?) collection from Turtle Tootsie Polishes was released during The Indie Shop and I was able to snag Chocolate Chip Mint. To be honest, when I saw the polish sitting there on the rack I thought it looked like kelp. That may sound like an insult, but it's what drew me in and it's so interesting!

Chocolate Chip Mint is a light mint crelly with matte black flakes, chameleon flakies, and a holo finish. I didn't get a chance to take a picture in direct daylight LED lighting so the holo finish is a bit muted in my photos above. I really love this one, and I know for a fact that I don't have anything like it in my collection. I used 3 thin coats for the photos above to add some dimension and depth to the flakes. The formula was perfect; you just need to make sure that the flakes don't extend over the nail.

This and the rest of the Ice Cream collection is currently for sale on the Turtle Tootsie Polishes website for $6 (mini) or $10 (full-size).  To learn more about Turtle Tootsie Polishes, stop by their website, Instagram page, or Facebook Fan Group.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Press Release: Zoya Springlettes Are Here!

I wish Peter Cottontail would put a few of these cute Springlettes in my Easter basket *hint hint* Will you be picking any of these up? This week I'll have the Zoya Charming Collection on the blog, so stay tuned!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Strengthener Review

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Do you like to walk around Walgreens or CVS just to look at new beauty products? I'm totally guilty of this. In terms of drugstore nail polishes/treatments, Sally Hansen is a huge player. They have multiple treatments for nails and cuticles, but how do you know which one will work best? That's why I find blog reviews so helpful! My nails have been a little fragile lately, with some peeling and hangnails. I blame winter for the hangnails, but my nails tend to be in the peeling state most of the time. Part of it has to do with my job, but the other has to do with all the acetone I put on my nails. When I was asked to review Sally Hansen's new Moisture Rehab Strengthener, I was admittedly dubious. Was this really going to help? 

Let's first talk a little about the ingredients. This is what Sally Hansen has to say about the Moisture Rehab:

This moisturizing treatment work wonders for skin and hair, and now nails and cuticles can benefit from the rejuvenating results. Introducing Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab, our first overnight nail serum that contains moisture and nutrient rich extracts for intense nail and cuticle restoration. This brush-on, luxurious formula, featuring a blend of black orchid, açai and algae actives and humectants, helps hydrate and rejuvenate severely dry or weak nails. The lightweight, serum formula leaves nails ready for rest and repair, so you can awaken to stronger, replenished and healthier-looking nails and cuticles.

As you can see, it's more of a gel consistency than an oil which surprised me. Most cuticle products which claim to moisturize are oils that take forever and a day to sink in. Being a gel, it soaks in quickly and you don't need to massage it in for too long. They recommend using it at night, but you could likely use it at other times during the day because it doesn't make your hands oily. It has a light, nondescript floral fragrance that I like. If you are especially sensitive to fragrance, this may bother you a bit, but I doubt it. But the question of the hour is, does it work? 

It's a resounding yes! Immediately after application, my cuticles were soft and moisturized. I should also mention that they recommend applying this to bare nails, but I never have bare nails. I brushed the product straight on my cuticles, and I could definitely see results. While I liked what it temporarily did for my cuticles, I like what it did for my nails even more. I've used this daily for over a month and my nails have no more peels and are overall much stronger/healthier. I really can't believe how much of a difference this has made for me. I've already decided to buy another bottle so I never run out. This week all Sally Hansen products are buy 1 get 1 50% off at Ulta, so I might stop there this weekend. It retails around $9-$10 depending on where you buy it, so wait for a sale to stock up. 

*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, March 21, 2017

My Indie Shop: Atlanta Recap Part V

Hi guys! Tonight is my last post on the Indie Shop Atlanta (finally). I wasn't able to make it to every table, so you won't be seeing everything from the show, but I did my best in the time allotted. I purchased the Early Admission tickets and was able to get in around 10:00 AM, which gave me ~5 hours for shopping and schmoozing. While that sounds like a lot, it really wasn't. There were lines at most of the tables, and time just flew by. I'm not going to Polish Con in April because I'll be working at a pen show in Atlanta for my job. I really wish I could make it to that one!

Turtle Tootsie Polish

Turtle Tootsie Polishes had a wide variety of products on their table from polishes, bath and body, and treatments. Their was a LE trio for sale and you can see it in the very middle rack above. It's still for sale on their site if you are interested in getting it! They also debuted their Spring Collection called Ice Cream Makes Everything Better which is on the far left rack above. I bought Chocolate Chip Mint because it reminded me of kelp (I promise, it's a compliment).

Ribbits Stickits had a cute frog on their banner, and Turtle Tootsie had a turtle. Cuteness overload! 

These are called Adult Files. Look closely, you'll see why. Haha!

This is the Bracelets Collection which feature holographic microglitters. 

Nail wheel swatches of the Bracelets Collection. So much bling! 

 I am a bath and body product junkie. I've tried lots of sugar scrubs from brands like Moonalisa, Cocoa Pink, and Mad City Sue. I'm always on the lookout for a new scrub so I bought one of these in the scent cherry blossom. This one has a foaming base (which I prefer) with kaolin clay and 2 types of sugar. I can't wait to use it! 

Pens! I love when brands give away pens. 

Chrissy and Kim were so friendly! They are definitely a brand I will be purchasing more from. 

I thought I had pictures of the table from Dainty Digits Polish, but my husband and I were having too much fun talking with Anetress. I had no idea she is a nail tech! I think it's great that she works with both clients and DIYers. They have some stock left from the show and the overstock is on sale on their website so check it out. I bought a ton of polishes before going to their table so I was most interested in their quick-dry topcoat and Glitter Be Gone. I'm always looking for new ways to swatch quickly and I think this will be just the ticket. I'm currently using UNT peel off basecoat and it just take a little too long to dry. Anetress really seemed to listen to her swatchers when formulating this product to dry quickly and not pull any layers away from the nail bed (which leads to nails peeling later on). 

Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to stop by the Chaotic Glitz Polish table (they shared with Dainty Digits Polish). They have a new collection releasing this Saturday, so stop by the site then. 

This was as close as I got to the Pampered Polishes table. I believe I was talking with Miranda from Ever After when my husband took this picture. Timberlin had several show exclusives, but they must have sold out of them because I don't see them on their Etsy site. Has anyone tried them? Any polish recommendations? 

My husband must have been a creeper again taking a picture of the Jior Couture table. This is another brand I've been meaning to try and I hear they do great custom polishes. I should have her do a Nibs & Nails polish! Oh, I can't wait! I'm also taking polish recommendations for Jior Couture. They have their Whimsically Indie Set for sale right now, and if you join their Facebook Fan Group, they have a discount code available. 

And there you have it. I had a great time at the show, and I hope they bring the show back to Atlanta next year. How about I leave you with a picture of my haul?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Indie Shop: Atlanta Recap Part IV

Hi guys! I hope you've having a fun weekend, and also had a great St. Patrick's Day. I didn't do anything special (for nails or in life), but I hope you were able to enjoy your day. Tonight I have the fourth installment of my recap. and it will feature Ever After Polish, Envy Lacquer, and Joy Lacquer.

Ever After Polish

I had to do a little waiting before getting to the Ever After table, but I was able to meet this super sweet woman in front of me. I didn't get her name, but if you're reading this, we should chat some more! 

I didn't catch the names of the 2 helpers at the table, but I easily recognized Miranda (on the right) from her posts on the Ever After Facebook Group

There were several special polishes for the event. At the top in the basket we have Dark Forest, Peach Fuzz (the one I bought), and Woodland Nymph (from left to right in the basket). There was also a polish named Rolling with my Gnomies which was named by Miranda (love it) and the dark blue is Enchanted Brook. 

Miranda mostly makes the bath and body products for Ever After, and one of the most popular products would definitely be their cuticle crellies. I've used them off and on for a few years, and knew I had to get at least one of them at the show. The spring scents debuted at the show, and you can get them on their website right now. The scents include Blackberry Magnolia (the one I purchased), Georgia Peach, Twisted Ice Tea, Raspberry Vanilla, and Southern Breezes. I can tell you that Blackberry Magnolia is a really nice mix of fruity and floral. One side never overwhelms the other. In  other words, I love it! 

Tonic Nail Polish and Ever After had a quartet which released several weeks ago and they had them for sale at the show. I should have bought it, but it's just another thing I regret not getting. 

Another closeup of Rolling with my Gnomies.

They had plenty of Magically Delicious for sale at the show. Look at all those flakies! 

Ever After also sells their own topcoat and basecoat which they had for sale. I didn't know they ventured into wax melts, but I can't wait to try them. There aren't a ton of indie nail polish brands making melts besides Heather's Hues, Vapid Lacquer, and Lou It Yourself (that I know of). 

The pink polishes are Popular, and the blue is Unicorn Approved 2. I love the Easter theme here. 

After taking to Miranda for awhile, I found out that she is mixing a few of the polishes now. For example, this beauty came from her and is a Mardi Gras themed color named Leissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (Cajun French for "Let the good times roll" ...Google is my friend). 

Here I am with the beautiful Miranda. I was loving the leggings she was sporting that day. Lularoe was representing that day. 

Mike sneaked in a picture while there was nobody at the Joy Lacquer table. I have no idea how that happened.

Joy Lacquer released the Enchanted Forest Trio shown above for the show. They were about sold out by the time I made it to the table. It seems as though there are still a few available on the Joy Lacquer website, if you are interested. 

Her table had tons of polishes as well as some other nail-related products and treatments. There were glass nail files, balms, whips, and oils. 

The bottom containers had thermal polishes with photos showing the transition which I thought was a great idea. 

She let you thumb through all of her swatcher photos so you could see them in the warm and cold state.

One lonely, random polish. 

My husband and I were enjoying the beach theme. Crabs and starfish oh my! 

The Sugar High Spring Collection debuted at the show and contained 5 polishes and a topper. 

Joy was indeed a joy to talk to! Her daughter, Josie, was there to lend a helping hand as well. I got to the table later in the day, and she was completely over being there. I was a kid once, so I get it. She was super cute though. 

If you look in front of Joy you can see a few large dice. If you spent over a certain amount you could roll  a die to win an item. I ended up winning a glass nail file which I plan on gifting to a friend (she just learned how great glass files are). 

In case you didn't know, Melody is the woman behind Envy Lacquer and was in charge of the show itself. I can imagine it was a lot of work, so congrats to her for making a successful show for all. 

The Envy table was enchanting, indeed. I didn't get the name of the guy behind the table, but he was really nice and enthusiastic.

There was 1 special edition polish which  I didn't get the name of. I'll update this when I get it. It was a nice white color with a scattered holo finish, if my memory is correct. 

The Enchanted Forest Fairies Collection debuted at the show and is available on their site. That pink is really calling my name right now.

They also had the Galaxy Collection for sale. 

This one was really calling my name.

Their handmade soap was so pretty. It looks to be glycerin-based, but I could be wrong. They smelled divine, and had various scents available. I wasn't able to get a picture with Melody, but it's safe to bet that she was insanely busy. 

I believe I'm getting towards the end of my pictures. I still have Dainty Digits and Turtle Tootsie Polishes to show you so please stay tuned for that. There were a few tables I didn't have time to get to, so if I don't show every vendor there, that's why. As always, thanks for reading!