Friday, May 26, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer Polishing Poetic Collection Swatches and Reviews: I Carry Your Heart and In a Handful of Dust

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Hi guys! There are so many Memorial Day sales this weekend and I can't stop! The Darling Diva Polish Unicorn Pee collection and Polish 'M Office Humor collections released this weekend, and Turtle Tootsie Polish is having a major sale. Someone just needs to take the computer away from me! Also, don't forget that my giveaway with Cameo Colours Lacquers is still going strong so make sure to enter to win that custom polish. Anyway, tonight we are continuing Great Lakes Lacquer's Polishing Poetic collection with 2 multichrome beauties. Follow me after the break for the full deets.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer Polishing Poetic Collection Swatches and Reviews: The Holos

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Hi guys! Surprise, I love Great Lakes Lacquers! Ok, that's not really surprising, but I had to profess my love. You guys know that I don't often buy whole collections unless I am send full collections for review. I unfortunately don't have quite that much disposable income to justify buying ALL THE POLISH! When I saw the first set of swatches from the Polishing Poetic collection, I knew I was buying the whole set. I couldn't find one that I didn't need. It's an 8-piece multichrome set with various finishes inspired by different poets. I'll be the first to admit that some poetry goes above my head (I think it's my straightforward science brain), but I'm still intrigued by it. Since this is a large collection, I will be breaking them up into different parts. Tonight features the holographic multichrome colors. If you missed the first restock of the collection, no fear, they are back in stock on the Great Lakes Lacquer website. Follow me after the break for my thoughts and additional photos.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Darling Diva Pokemon Go Collection Swatches & Review: Not Another 2k Egg!

Darling Diva Not Another 2K Egg (2 coats)

Hi guys! I hope you had a great weekend and a decent Monday. Tonight is the finale of Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelorette starts back up. I know I should hate these silly reality tv shows, but they always suck me in! I showed you a few polishes from Darling Diva a few weeks ago, and unfortunately a couple of the ones I planned on showing you are now out of stock. Do you guys still want me to show them to you? Let me know in the comments.

Not Another 2K Egg comes from the Darling Diva Pokémon Go inspired collection which was released towards the end of 2016. I was into Pokémon go for awhile, but it has fallen to the wayside like many other apps. I do remember wanting a 5k or a 10k egg though! Not Another 2k Egg is a pale green crelly with various colors of ultrachrome flakes. Despite being pale, I didn't find the formula to be thick or chalky or anything. I did have a little bit of difficulty with the photography on this one. You can probably tell from the pictures that it gave me a bad case of lobster hands. I did color-correct the photos slightly, but I didn't want to over-do it or alter the polish color. This is a unique polish in my collection, and I definitely recommend it.

I just saw some swatches from Cosmetic Sanctuary of a new collection from Darling Diva...and it has a lot of unicorn pee. You have been warned. To find out more about Darling Diva, stop by their website, Instagram, or Facebook pages.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nibs & Nails Presents Cameo Colours Lacquers Caroube de Chypre (Inspired by J Herbin Ink): Swatches and Giveaway!

*press sample*

Hi guys! I can finally welcome you back to Nibs & Nails. You know, the segment where I ask indie makers to dupe (or just be inspired by) popular fountain pen inks. I know it has been a hot minute since I've posted one of these, but you Tonight features the brand Cameo Colours Lacquers. Don't forget, Cameo's Spring Collection is out right now and I reviewed them on the blog a couple weeks ago (link here). If you haven't checked Cameo out, I definitely recommend you do so! I asked her to work on the latest shimmery J Herbin ink, Caroube de Chypre. Stay tuned to the end of the post for your chance to win this exclusive shade!

As always, to see an in-depth review of the ink, please check out my husband's blog post on Inkdependence. Without further ado, let's get started!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mont Bleu Glass Nail Files and Manicure Tools Review

*press samples*

Hi guys! How often do you use a nail file? If you're like me, you have one on hand at all times just in case you get a snag on your nail. While nail implements aren't the sexiest thing to talk about, they are vital to good nails and a good manicure. I was recently contacted by Mont Bleu, one of the most popular manufacturers of Czech-made glass nail files, to review a few of their cuticle tools and nail files. If you are still using emery-board style nail files, I will urge you to seek out a glass file. There are many benefits of using a glass file over metal or cardboard ones. Check out Nail Luxxe's top 5 reasons for using a glass file. Shall we see what they sent over?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Vapid Lacquer 2017 Curiouser & Curiouser Collection Swatches and Review: Whooo Are Youuu

Vapid Lacquer Whooo Are Youuu (3 coats)

Hi guys! I know, I'm posting on Sunday -again! I felt bad about my lack of posts lately because of all the travel for my job. Check back again this week for a Nibs & Nails giveaway featuring Cameo Colours Lacquers! A couple weeks ago I bought Whooo Are Youuu from Vapid Lacquer's Curiouser & Curiouser Collection. All of the colors from the collection looked pretty, but I still have a ton of polishes to swatch, so I just bought Whooo Are Youuu.

Whooo Are Youuu is a blackened base with a purple/green/gold/pink multichrome flash and silver holographic flakes. Whoa! I was super impressed with how intense the shift was in this one. You could probably get away with 2 coats, but I did 3 for good measure and for added depth. The formula was buttery smooth with no issues to report. Whooo Are Youuu is a little expensive at $12 for 15 mL, but it's totally worth it.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jesse's Girl Julie G Spring Trio Set 3

* press sample*

Hi guys! It's been a whole week since I've been able to blog, but I was again traveling for work (this time I was in Chicago). I was insanely busy the whole time I was gone, hence no blog post. Tonight I have the final Julie G set which is $10 for the trio on the Jesse's Girl website. While perusing the site I also noticed that they added a Unicorn Collection. A UNICORN COLLECTION! Shall we see how this last set stacks up? Go ahead and hit that "Read More" button for my thoughts.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cameo Colours Lacquers Spring 2017 Floral Feelings Collection Swatches and Reviews

*I bought this*

Hi guys! I'm back with a brand new collection from Cameo Colours Lacquers. I haven't reviewed Cameo's polishes before, but she did work with me to make a new Nibs & Nails polish which will be coming up shortly. I was so surprised with her work and quality of polishes that I just knew I had to get her next collection. Floral Feelings is a 5-piece collection (4 polish +1 glitter topper) releasing this Friday, May 5, 2017 on the Cameo website. Stay to the end of the post for more information and pricing. It's time for May flowers, so this collection is appropriately themed for spring wouldn't you say? Follow me after the break to see full reviews!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Jesse's Girl Julie G Spring Trio Sets 1 and 2

*press samples*

Hi guys! It's Dancing With the Stars night, and I've been following it this season. Do you watch? Do you have any favorites? I have some extra special things I want to put up this week, so I thought I should get an early start. I have 3 different sets from Julie G (Jesse's Girl) to show you, and you get 3 polishes for $10 on their website. Each polish normally retails for $3.99 so you'll be saving a couple bucks buying the trio. Stay to end of the post for your chance to win a set directly from Jesse's Girl. All of the trios have one thing in common: neons! Well, some of them aren't true neons, but are on the verge of being one. I started this post yesterday, but I thought it would be helpful to see how the pinks and purples compare to each other so I put the first 2 sets together. Shall we see how they stack up?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ever After Polish Mardi Gras 2017 Swatches and Review: Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

Ever After Polish Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (3 coats)

Hi guys! Do you know what this weekend is? Polish Con in New York! If you're like me, you won't make it, but I'm living vicariously through other people on Instagram. I got to meet Miranda from Ever After at The Indie Shop in Atlanta, and they organized Polish Con with Mariah from Great Lakes Lacquer. While in Atlanta I got the polish from Ever After called Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler. After talking to Miranda, I found out that she is dabbling in creating polishes with Rachel in addition to the bath and body products she currently makes for Ever After. This just so happens to be a polish created by Miranda instead of Rachel.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler is an antique gold base with lots of gold, green, and blue multichrome flakes with a holographic finish. There's a lot going on here, but that's how I like my polishes! I wasn't sure if the flakes were going to stand out on the nail, but obviously it does. It had a great formula and built up well in 3 coats. The Ever After Polish website is currently down for Polish Con, but this one should be available after they get back. Find out more about them on their websiteFacebook page, fan groupTwitter, and Instagram pages.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lauren B Beauty Botanical Nail Care Reviews

*press samples*

Hi guys! I was in Atlanta for the past 4 days or so which explains my long absence. No worries, I've got lots in store for you for the rest of April, so stay tuned. Remember Nibs & Nails? Well, I've got another post (and giveaway!) with Cameo Colours Lacquers with another popular fountain pen ink.

Tonight I have a new brand on the blog called Lauren B Beauty. To be honest, before I reviewed these, I didn't know too much about the brand. After reading the About Me section on the site, I learned a lot about Lauren's story and how the brand came about. I could totally relate as someone who grew up loving polish. I'll be up front in saying that this is a luxury nail care brand. While I think everyone should splurge on themselves once in awhile, I can understand that not everyone will be able to go out and get the entire set. With that said, shall we see how these products stand up?

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

*press sample*

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

*press sample*

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?