Friday, April 20, 2018

Bees Knees Lacquer Swatches & Reviews: Blorange and #whysocatty

Hi guys! TGIF! One polish reviewed this week is just not enough. I don't have any grand plans this weekend, but it's supposed to rain anyway. I think I'm going to try and catch up on some sleep. Tonight I have my final polishes from Bees Knees Lacquer to show you. Actually, I bought one more, but it was Limited Edition for the Fantasmic Flakies Facebook Goup and no longer available. I do my best not to tempt anyone with polishes that are discontinued. 

Bees Knees Lacquer Blorange (3 coats)

Up first is Blorange ($12) which is one of the best names for a polish ever. My husband even has this one on his toes right now (partly due to the name). It's a deep navy base with strong orange shimmer and iridescent flakes in the background. The navy and orange combination is so unexpected and I'm loving it! By this time I was finally getting used to the long brush so I had no issues with the formula or application. I used 3 thin coats for my photos, but you may be able to get away with 2. It dried with no texture as well. Sorry for missing one picture angle; none of the pictures turned out well for some reason. 

Bees Knees Lacquer #whysocatty (3 coats)

We've got another Anon polish I forgot to post with NaCl and Salty Anon a couple weeks ago. #whysocatty ($9) is named after an anonymous post on Acetone Alley stating they didn't like Bees Knees Black Panther set. Because yeah, that was a productive post *eyeroll* The polish is a black base with rainbow flakes. At some angles it shines a bit gold. I went ahead and used 3 coats, but you could likely get away with 2. While I hate that Sarah keeps getting these negative posts, I do love the polishes she puts out in response. I'm so conflicted! 

There you have it! It looks like Blorange is currently out-of-stock, but it should be restocked shortly as far as I know. Make sure to check out Bees Knees Lacquer in this month's Polish Pickup as well. For more information, make sure to stop by the Bees Knees websiteInstagram, or Facebook Group

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bees Knees Lacquer The Deadra Collection Swatches and Review: Nocturnal

Bees Knees Lacquer Nocturnal (3 coats)

Hi guys! I was in Atlanta working all weekend, and I'm still recovering. It's about a 6-7 hr drive from my house, and of course it decided to pour down rain on our way back on Sunday. I spent my birthday driving to Atlanta, and then had to set up some equipment until 10:30 PM. Yeah. Needless to say, I'm excited to rest up this weekend. Tonight I have another Bees Knees Lacquer polish, this time from the Deadra Collection. 

When I heard about Nocturnal, I immediately thought it was going to be a black base. I was delighted to find that it was a grey crelly base with blue undertones. Maybe the blue comes out from the turquoise shimmer and blue flakes. Add to that a healthy dose of rose gold flakes and you've got Nocturnal. This was the first polish I put in my cart, and I'm sure you're not surprised. I used 3 thin coats for the photos, and as I mentioned last week, I had a little bit of trouble applying these with the long brush in the bottle. Once I finally caught on, I had no issues. It dried with a little bit of texture, but a thick topcoat smooths everything out. 

This is a really unique color, and I'm becoming a big fan of Bees Knees Lacquer! This one is still available for $12, but I bought it with a discount code found in their Facebook Group. For more information, make sure to stop by the Bees Knees websiteInstagram, or Facebook Group

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Spring 2018 Collection Swatches & Reviews

*press samples*

Hi guys! Tomorrow is my birthday, so I don't plan on doing any blogging. I do, however, have to work all weekend which sort of ruins any plans of fun shenanigans. On the bright side, I do have an impressive spring collection to show you from Noodles Nail Polish. In case you don't remember my thoughts for Natalie's winter collection, let's recap. It was the best. No, seriously, hear me out. She was able to have a cohesive set with polishes that were all very different. It sort of sounds like something Tim Gunn would say on Project Runway, right? But if you think about it, that's sort of what every indie brand has to do constantly. This 6-piece set is releasing this Saturday, April 14th, at 5 PM EST on the Noodles Nail Polish website. Shall we see if Natalie has outdone herself? (*spoiler* she does)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bees Knees Lacquer Anon Polish Swatches and Reviews: NaCl and Salty Anon

Hi guys! It's another busy week at work, and it just so happens to be my birthday week. Let's not talk about how old I'm turning. On the bright side, I still feel 25! Later this week I'll be showing you Noodles Nail Polish spring offerings, so check back soon. Remember how much I loved their winter collection? Well, I think I love this one even more. Tonight I have a newish brand that has insanely popular, especially after a couple critical anonymous posts on the Acetone Alley Facebook Group. If you're looking for a light and fuzzy Facebook Group, this one isn't for you. I'm not even immune to the drama as I was on the receiving end of some of the comments once, and it was not fun. When Bees Knees Lacquer was new on the scene, a couple anonymous posts were made, but lo and behold, this criticism actually made many people (including myself) check out this brand. Sarah, the owner, was polite and and up-front, which I think drew many to the brand. Now every time an anonymous poster tries to bring drama to Bees Knees, Sarah releases a new "Anon" polish. Whew, that was a lot of backstory. Shall we see these warlocks? 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Quixotic Polish Mystery Bag: Proto OOAK Polish 2 & 3

Hi guys! I know, I'm coming at you on a Saturday! It is ridiculously rainy and cold right now, so my whole family has decided to sit at home and watch movies and the new Trading Spaces. Anyone else watching that tonight? Anyway, I have the other 2 mystery polishes from the Quixotic Polish Mystery Bag to show you tonight. As you can see from the collage, we've got some attractive polishes coming up. Don't forget that Polish Pickup is this weekend, and Mary has another beauty up for grabs. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Quixotic Polish Mystery Trio: Proto OOAK Polish 1

Quixotic Polish Proto OOAK 1 (3 coats)

Hi guys! My family just got in town so this is going to be a quick little post. You all know my love for Mary from Quixotic Polish. Last month I was able to snag a mystery trio which may contain collaboration overpours or other prototype colors. Mary, being the kind soul she is, is even willing to take color/finish requests as much as possible. I like a good mystery, so I didn't even give her any suggestions (and I haven't met one I didn't like, so I felt safe). 

All three polishes I received were Proto OOAK colors, and all three are very different. The first one I have to show is a slightly off-white crelly base with red and black (I think?) holographic microglitter, iridescent flakes, and a strong blue shimmer flash. Wow, this one is so unique. My dad looked over at my photos and said, "Hey, that looks like an Easter egg!" I'm not exactly sure why, but it does remind me bit of an Easter egg. I'd love it if Mary released something like this in the future. The formula was perfect in 3 coats, but it does dry with texture from the glitter. I recommend a thick topcoat to smooth everything out. Removal took a little extra elbow grease, so break out that foil or peel-off basecoat. Don't worry, it's totally worth it! 

The Mystery Bags ($25) are usually available during the first-of-the-month releases, but make sure to check out the Facebook Fan Group for full information. If you haven't done so, come join us in the Quixotic Polish Facebook Fan Group for fun discussion and giveaways. Stop by the Quixotic Polish websiteFacebook page, or Instagram pages to find out more. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Zoya Spring 2018 Thrive Collection Swatches and Reviews Part II

*press samples*

Hi guys! I was meaning to post this all weekend, but then I ended up just not doing it. I had all the photos edited, but I couldn't get myself to write the post. I think we all already know I'm a bad blogger. We finished our taxes this weekend, and went to our friend's wedding reception which was fun (the taxes, not so much). Oh, and Happy Easter if you celebrate! You know we went to the grocery store to get that 50% off candy! Also, from what I hear, Easter baskets today have other gifts besides candy in them. Is this a new trend? Like Halloween, it was purely a candy holiday in my day. Anyway, I know you guys have been patiently waiting for the second half of the Thrive Collection. If you like any of the colors, make sure to sign up for this year's Earth Day Exchange going on now (info here) for 50% off and free shipping with code HEALTHY

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Zoya Spring 2018 Thrive Collection Swatches and Reviews Part I

*press samples*

Hi guys! I just found out the other day that I have this Friday off for Good Friday! Hooray! I had to work a half day last year, so it was a pleasant surprise to get the whole day. Tonight I have the first half of the spring offering from Zoya which features 6 shimmer and creme polishes (technically one is called a topper, but I used it on its own). I just received the summer press release and it's another whopping 12 polish set, so hopefully I'll be able to show those to you soon. It hit 70 degrees here today, so it's sort of fitting to be showing these to you. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Zoya Naked Manicure Hand and Body System (Serum & Cream) Review

*press sample*

Hi guys! I hope you had a good weekend. I did a lot of resting and ran a few errands. Tonight I have reviews of some exciting new products from Zoya. Up until now, only Zoya's sister brand Qtica featured products for the hands and body. Zoya just released their Hydrating Hand & Body Serum and Healing Hand & Body Cream aimed at curing those dry hands from all that acetone and dry winter air. The duo can be purchased as as a set in 3 different sizes:

Mini ($21)-2 oz of each
Retail ($23)-2 oz serum with 3 oz cream
Pro ($56)-8 oz of each

or you can purchase the items individually in 2-8 oz bottles. Follow me after the break to see if this set is really worth it. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mace Polish November 2017 Duo Swatches and Reviews: Crunchy Leaves and Frosty Leaves

Hi guys! I'm still trying to catch up on sleep since I've been home. The weather has been super weird around here as well. Yesterday it snowed, and today it was in the 50s. Apparently there's a chance for snow this weekend, too! How is the weather in your neck of the woods? Tonight I have a duo from Mace Polish to show you. They are no longer on Etsy, so make sure to stop by their BigCartel site. It just so happens that a new 7-piece Disney Collection is releasing tomorrow, so don't forget to check that out. I don't see the duo I'm showing tonight on the website, but there are lots of other flakie polishes that are just as pretty. Shall we settle in for some swatches? 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vapid Lacquer Swatches and Review: Sea Glass

Vapid Lacquer Sea Glass (3 coats)

Hi guys! I know, it's been too long. I was in Little Rock, Arkansas from Thursday through yesterday. Three of my 4 flights there and back were delayed (thanks, Southwest). While I like the free bags, I didn't like all the extra hours spent in the Dallas airport. And no, it wasn't DFW, it was Love Field Airport so I wasn't even able to eat Pappasito's. Needless to say, I'm happy to be home! 

Tonight I have a polish that I believe is part of the core collection for Vapid Lacquer. I was able to get a great deal on Sea Glass during the Purge, but it's still available on their normal website. It's a peachy pink crelly base with loads of ultra chrome flakes. I'm NC-20, and I feel like it goes well with my yellow undertones. I'm a sucker for flakie polishes, so I'm a huge fan of this one. I used 3 coats for the photos above, but you may be able to get away with 2. I tend to add an extra because MOAR FLAKIES. It applied easily and smoothed out with a thin coat of topcoat. 

This one is still available on the Vapid Lacquer website for $11.  There's another restock coming March 25th for the My Little Vapicorns collection, so you may want to consider picking up Sea Glass as well. Make sure to check out Vapid Lacquer on their Facebook Fan Group, Instagram, Twitter, and regular Facebook page

Monday, March 12, 2018

Polish Pickup January 2018 Crystals and Gemstones: Ever After Polish and Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish

Hi guys! I'm doing more traveling for work this week, so I'll be quiet this weekend. Oh, and it actually snowed today! Many of our flowering trees have bloomed in NC, so it's super sad to see this happen. Perhaps this will be the last snow of the year. Tonight I've got the 2 polishes I purchased during the Polish Pickup Crystals and Gemstones theme. If you haven't heard about Polish Pickup, let me give you a quick recap. First, definitely join the Polish Pickup Facebook Group. You don't necessarily need to actively participate in the group, but it will give you a look into the polishes coming that month. 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. Oh, and shipping is a flat-rate of $3 to the US (more for Canada and international). With that out of the way, shall we look at these beauties? 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Painted Polish Polish Con Limited Edition Swatches & Review: Fairs and Funnel Cakes

Painted Polish Fairs and Funnel Cakes (3 coats)

Hi guys! It's almost Friday, and it cannot come fast enough. The week has been dragging on, and I want to rest this weekend. Tonight I have an indie brand that has been around a long time, but this is my first time trying them. I've been a fan of Painted Polish from afar, and I was really excited to see what the fuss was about. Lexi is best known for her crellies, so I'll definitely be getting one of those next time. 

Despite not making it to a Polish Con yet, I've been able to purchase a few limited editions from overpours. Fairs and Funnel Cake is a pink, gold, and blue glitter polish in a clear base. You can use this as a topper, or use 3 coats for full opacity. You could always sponge this one on for fewer coats. If you see any bald spots, you can't see them in real life. The formula was slightly thick, but that's to be expected from the glitter. This is going to dry with a lot of texture, so you'll likely need 2 coats of topcoat to smooth everything out. Removal is also going to be a pain. Bust out the foil or peel-off basecoat for easier removal. 

I love the color combination of the glitters! This one is still available for $10 on the Painted Polish site. Head on over to the Painted Polish webpage, Instagram, or Facebook pages for more information. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ruby White Tips Swatches and Reviews: Like Kim, But Not and Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Ruby White Tips Like Kim, But Not (2 coats)

Ruby White Tips Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm (2 coats, cold)

Ruby White Tips Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm (2 coats, warm)

Guys, can we talk about The Bachelor for a second?! Whoa, Arie is such a dick. The whole scene was raw and emotional. My heart was breaking for Becca and I can only imagine what she's going through. Sorry, I know lots of people don't watch the show, but I just needed to get that out there! Tonight I have the second set of polishes from Ruby White Tips

A few years ago they had a polish called Kim, a nude holo named after an angry Pomeranian dog. That polish is no long available, so I assume Like Kim, But Not ($9.50) is named after that one, but with a shimmer twist. Like Kim, But Not is a warm neutral creme with silver and red shimmer. This is my perfect nude! I have yellow undertones, and I think this works really well with my skin. I think the shimmer will allow it to mesh well with cool-toned ladies and gents, too. I used 2 coats for the photos above, and it applied flawlessly. It dried with very minimal texture, and was easy to remove. 

Are you into thermals? If so, Sonny the Horse at Ryerss Farm ($10) is for you. It's a mint green creme that turns purple when cold. It transitions quickly and I love that the warm vs cold state is so striking. My apologies that my tips started to turn purple in my "warm state" photos. Like I said, it changed so quickly! If you have really short nails, you will mostly see the warm state unless you wash your hands or go outside when it's cold. I mean, it's still winter, so I'm sure you can easily find some cold weather! I used 2 coats for the photos above, and I had no issues with the formula or application. 

There you have it! Laura has a mix of colors and finishes in the shop, so there's something for everyone. My top picks are Bitch Please, I Ride a Unicorn and Sonny the Horse. You can find Ruby White Tips on their Etsy storeFacebookTwitter or Instagram pages. 

*These polishes were purchased at a discount and I only give honest reviews*

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ruby White Tips is Back! Swatches and Reviews of Bitch Please, I Ride a Unicorn and Dangerous Doney

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Hi guys! I'm still nursing this illness (I'm not 100% sure what I have), but I'm slowly recovering. It seems like the plague has been worse than usual this year. Oh, guess who's back?! Whelp, I think I let the cat out of the bag with my title, but Laura from Ruby White Tips is back to making polish! You may remember her from some swatches I did a few years ago, and I'm stoked that she's back in the polish game. She just released a whopping 22 polishes back in January, and I have 4 of them to show you. I believe she is releasing a new polish every month, so keep checking her Etsy page for updated info. Let's get a closer look, shall we?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quixotic Polish Grey Nail Polish Fanatics Group Custom and Shiny New Seahorse

Hi guys! I've been nursing a mild illness, so please bear with me. Tonight is the last night to get one of the polishes, so I wanted to make sure to get this post up ASAP. You guys know how much of a fan I've been of Mary and what she's done with Quixotic Polish this past year. She was recently asked to make some customs for the Grey Nail Polish Fanatics Facebook Group, and boy did she come out with some beauties! The other polish appears to be a core color now, so you'll at least have some time to get Shiny New Seahorse, because you're going to want that one. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pepper Pot Polish Paradise Found Collection 2017 Swatches and Reviews

*press samples*

Hi guys! I know it's been a hot minute since I've posted, but I was super busy in LA last week. The weather was beautiful out there, but I didn't get to enjoy it since I was working the whole time. Tonight I'm debuting Pepper Pot Polish's Paradise Found Collection on the blog. The owner, Mackenzie, is from Washington state, and there's been some awesome press surrounding the brand (see here and here). It's a 5-piece collection of creamy shimmers inspired by 1960's ads from Hawaii. It will make more sense in just a moment. This set will release this Friday, February 23rd, at 12 PM PST. Each polish will retail for $10 each, or $45 for the collection. I mean, you may as well buy all of them because they're beautiful and you can save yourself $5! Shall we get a closer look?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Vapid Lacquer Swatches and Reviews: Crab Nebula Dirty XXX and Waxing Poetic

Hi guys! This week has been flying by, and it'll be the weekend before you know it. I'll be doing a little traveling next week, so who knows what the blog schedule will be. Tonight I have a couple random polishes from Vapid Lacquer that I bought during the annual Purge. I bought more bath and body products than polishes, so I think I have just one more to show you at some point. Neither of these are currently for sale, but February is the maker's birthday month, so there are usually some new goodies that make their way back to the website. I highly recommend you join the Vapid Lacquer Facebook Group (Vapicorns) to get the most up-to-date info about the company and releases. Swatch time!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Zoya Winter 2017 Party Girls Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part III

*press samples*

Hi guys! Not much is going on here. We went to see the last Maze Runner movie this weekend (meh), and stayed in the rest of the weekend due to rain. The weather was really nice today, and I'm hoping that trend sticks around for awhile. Tonight I have the final set of Zoya colors from the Party Girls Collection. I should also mention that I just received the Bridal Bliss set, so I hope to start swatching those soon. There's only 1 brand new polish in the set, but I believe there are a few I haven't reviewed before. Shall we finish this up?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Literary Lacquers Valentine's Day 2018 As You Wish Trio Swatches and Reviews

*press samples*

Hi guys! I told you I had a lot of polishes to post this week! Tonight I have a Valentine's Day trio releasing this Friday, February 2nd at noon MST from Literary Lacquers. The trio was named by someone in the Facebook Fan Group, and the inspiration is The Princess Bride. Ok, confession time: I've never read or seen The Princess Bride. I know, I know. My husband constantly talks about how crazy it is that I refuse to watch it. There are 2 movies that people swear are the best that I've never seen: The Princess Bride and Shawshank Redemption. I figure I've gone this long without seeing it, so I'm sticking with it. That said, my husband told me that he loved the names and the polishes. I'm not going to lie, I secretly want to see it a little bit now. The trio features 2 matte polishes and a glitter topper. The topper is limited edition for the month of February, while the other 2 are new core colors. Shall we take a closer look? 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Winter and Valentine's Day 2018 Swatches and Reviews

*press samples*

Hi guys! Tonight I have 2 collections from Noodles Nail Polish that are being released this Friday, January 2nd at 6 PM EST. I had the chance to try one of Natalie's polishes a few months back when she was the guest spot in the For the Love of Polish box. I don't think I reviewed it here on the blog, but that's just because the polish was exclusive to the box and no longer available. When I was asked if I was interested in reviewing more polishes, of course I jumped at the chance. The first collection is a 6-piece winter set, while the second is a Valentine's Day trio. These will be available individually, or as a 9-piece set with special pricing ($80). All polishes except for Bundled Up (the holo one-$10) will retail for $9.50 apiece. This is a long post with lots of pictures, so let's settle in. 

Oh, and a congratulations is in order for Noodles Nail Polish because they were voted the #3 top brand for crelly polishes from the Indie Swatch Awards. 

TL;DR I love these polishes. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Zoya Winter 2017 Party Girls Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part II

*press samples*

Hi guys! It's going to be a busy week here on the blog. I plan on finishing the Zoya Party Girls Collection as well as showing some new shades releasing from Noodles Nail Polish and Literary Lacquers. Tonight I have Part II to show you, and it features a few more cremes and one slight duochrome. Let's take a closer look, shall we? 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Zoya Winter 2017 Party Girls Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part I

*press samples*

Hi guys! So everyone has the flu. Well, I'm still going strong, but that's pretty much it. Is it going around near you? Tonight I'm finally going back to review the Winter 2017 Collection from Zoya. It's a 12-piece set with cremes, jellies, duochromes, and shimmers oh my! I love when there's a little bit of something for everyone. Remember when I said that I broke a nail and had to cut my nails down mid-collection? It was this one and half of the swatches will be with long nails, and the other half with nubs. Sorry! Hit that button below to see some pretty polishes. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Polish 'M 4th of July Duo Swatches and Review: Diamonds in the Sky

Polish 'M Diamonds in the Sky (2 coats)

Hi guys! I hope your weekend went well. Everyone around me seems to be sick right now, so I've been lucky to not catch it. I caught something back in November, so maybe that was my cold for this winter? If I could only be so lucky. Tonight I have a color from Polish 'M which is from their 4th of July duo, but it's appropriate for any time of year, really. 

Diamonds in the Sky is a black base with tons of ultra chameleon chrome flakes, silver holo flakes, and silver holo microglitter. Michelle doesn't often make flakie polishes, but when she does, she knocks it out of the park! I used 2 coats for the photos above, and the formula was just fantastic. It dried with a bit of texture, so make sure to use a thicker topcoat. You'll also need an extra few minutes to remove it, but it's totally worth it. 

This one is still available for purchase, and retails for $10. Michelle periodically has sales, so make sure to follow her on social media for up-to-date information. You can find Polish 'M on their storefrontFacebookInstagram, and Facebook Group pages