Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Pepper Pot Polish The Final Girls Collection Swatches & Reviews: Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome and The Cutie

*purchased with a blogger discount*

Hi guys! Whoa, we got so much snow this weekend! We get a couple snow "storms" a year, but they usually aren't much. I grew up in northwest Ohio, so I am used to loads of snow. But yeah, we got over a foot of snow and ice. You know what that means: snow day! I got a lot done on my extra day off. I almost got caught up on 90 Day Fiancé, worked out a bit, and made a large homemade dinner. How's the weather in your neck of the woods? Tonight I've got a couple shades from Pepper Pot Polish's The Final Girls Collection. The inspiration for this set is super unique and interesting. These were made for Mackenzie's love of horror movies and the heroine/survivor of these movies. If you're a flakie lover, you will love these! 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Starlight and Sparkles Polish Mythological Top Coats Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! It's starting to be that busy time of year at work. People are buying pens and accessories for their friends and family and I have to put in some long hours. Speaking of fountain pens, that's how I was introduced to the maker for tonight's post. It just so happens that Issa from Starlight and Sparkles is a fellow fountain pen enthusiast, so we've become pen pals. She was also kind enough to send along some of her Mythological top coats, and did I mention that they contain unicorn pee (UP) and/or UP-sibling shimmer? Just look at that collage! 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. I cannot hold off any longer, let's get a closer look. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Polish Pickup December 2018 Enchanted Forest: Static Lacquer with Yggdrasil

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Hi guys! I know it's been a little quiet around here, but I'll have a few collections up very soon. The December Polish Pickup will be opening up this Friday at 11:00 AM EST, and unfortunately you may need to have some ninja fingers for this round. Since the makers will have a limited amount of time to ship items (due to the holiday season), every item will have a cap this month. Some will have a cap of hundreds, while some, like the one I'm showing tonight, will be very limited. The December inspiration was Enchanted Forest, and Stacy from Static Lacquer was inspired by the immense mythical tree Yggdrasil which connected the nine worlds in Nordic mythology. How cool is that, right?! This one will be available this Friday-Monday with a cap of just 25 bottles for $12 each

Static Lacquer Yggdrasil (3 coats)

Yggdrasil is a light minty green crelly base with pink to green UCC flakes and a strong copper shimmer finish. If you're not huge into flakies (but why aren't you?!), you'll still like Yggdrasil because it's light on them. The copper shimmer really stands out and is more evident in person than in photos (it still stands out in the bottle though). The first coat was a bit sheer, but it built up well in 3 thin coats. It dried with no texture, and was easy to remove as well. 

Again, this has a cap of just 25 bottles, so if you plan on making multiple orders, make sure to get this one early so you don't miss out. To make things easier, make sure you have an account so you can start a wishlist on the website. I have an alarm already set for 10:58 AM EST (hey, a girl needs an extra couple minutes to prepare)! You can learn more about Static Lacquer on their websiteFacebookGroup, and 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*

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Emily de Molly Swatch and Review: Positive Contact

Emily de Molly Positive Contact (2 coats)

Hi guys! I hope you've had a good Hump Day. The week is flying by, despite being back from a short work week. Not much is going on here. I ordered a ton of items between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, and some of them are making their way to me. One of these items is a new Tuft & Needle Mint mattress which was delivered today. I can't wait to see how we like it! Do any of you out there have one? Tonight I've got a magnetic polish from Australian indie brand Emily de Molly. I have a very strong "c" curve to my nail, so the magnetic line is a little more diffused on the sides compared to those with flatter nails. 

I applied my base coats and the first coat like normal. I then applied a thicker second coat to a single nail and quickly placed the magnet as close to my nail as possible for at least 45 second (or until my hand got tired) before moving on to the next nail. After all nails had 2 coats, I applied a quick-dry topcoat to each nail and placed the magnet over the nail again for about 15 seconds. It sounds like a long process, but it goes pretty fast once you get the hang of it. Positive Contact drew me in from the photos on the Emily de Molly website so you should check them out. It flashes between rose gold, blue, and purple depending on the angle. This one is definitely more beautiful in person. If you have flatter nailbeds, the magnetic line will likely be more striking. 

I'm very particular with the magnetic polishes I purchase and I don't have anything like Positive Contact in my expansive collection. If you don't mind a little extra work in applying your polish, I definitely recommend this one. It is available now for $10 (without the magnet). You can find out more about Emily de Molly on their US/international websiteAU websiteFacebookInstagram, or Twitter pages. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Zoya Gift Sets and Cyber Monday Sale w/ Photos

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Hi guys! I just got home from visiting family, and I just wanted to write a quick post about Zoya's Cyber Monday offerings. All items are 50% off with the code YAY now through 11:59 PM EST tomorrow night. That's right, you can get all Zoya polishes for just $5 each. I also recommend their base coats and Remove Plus acetone because it's not too harsh, and the pump bottle is the bomb. If you thought $5 per polish is good, then you need to check out their gift sets available for a whopping 70% off with the code GIFT! That's right, you can get 4 polishes for just $9 and shipping is free on orders of $30+. Zoya sent along several of their gift sets for me to share with you, and I thought it would be best to show some photos while they're such a good deal. I didn't have time to do swatches yet, but I hope to have those for you soon. 

Zoya Polish and Hot Lips Quads

Zoya All Snuggled Up Quad ($30, sale price $9)

Zoya All Wrapped Up Quad ($30, sale price $9)

Happy Holo-Days Quad ($30, sale price $9)

Zoya Merry & Bright Quad ($30, sale price $9)

Zoya Naked Manicure Women's Travel Kit ($24, sale price $7.20)

Zoya Kissmass Quad ($24, sale price $7.20)

Zoya Lipstick and Hot Lip Duos

Zoya All the Glitters Duo ($15, sale price $4.50)

Zoya Believe in Magic Duo ($15, sale price $4.50)

Zoya Fun & Frosty Duo ($15, sale price $4.50)

Zoya Holly Day Duo ($15, sale price $4.50)

Zoya Snow Kissed Duo ($15, sale price $4.50)

Zoya Taste of Winter Duo ($15, sale price $4.50)

These would make the perfect stocking stuffer, teacher gift, or co-worker gift. The price is right, the quality top-notch, and there's a color for everyone. If you're not sure what color someone would like, it would be best to go with a neutral/nude set. If there's one color in a quad that you're interested in, just buy the whole quad. You can always gift the others, or you may find a new favorite for yourself. I haven't 100% finalized my list yet, but I'll be picking up a few items for myself. Zoya polishes normally retail for $10 and you can find out more about them on their websiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages. Keep an eye out for them in your local Ulta store if you want to see the bottles in person before you buy.

*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*

Monday, November 19, 2018

Emily de Molly Group Customs Swatches and Reviews: Opal Illusion and Symbiosis

Hi guys! It's almost Thanksgiving! I'll probably be taking the rest of the week off to visit with my family. I will definitely be lounging around and eating way too much food. Make sure to check your social media pages often because there will be plenty of Black Friday sales going on. I'll have the Zoya Holiday 2018 collection up soon, as well as some swatches from Starlight and Sparkles. The polishes I have for you tonight cannot be found on the Emily de Molly site because they are group customs. You'll need to join the Emily de Molly Fan Group on Facebook to find the links to purchase them (they are $10 apiece). Hayley said they will be available for several months, so you should have plenty of time before they go away. Shall we get to it? 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Holiday 2018 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I meant to post this yesterday, but I ended up getting a tetanus shot which left me feeling a little crappy the rest of the night. Long story short, I needed the shot anyway, and I may have been accidentally bitten by Mr. Nose (my cat) while trying to give him a pill. He didn't mean to; he was just trying to stop me from giving him the pill and get away. That said, I'm feeling a bit better today. I've been so excited to make this post since the day the box came in the mail. This is my first holiday collection reviewing for Noodles Nail Polish, and I couldn't wait to see what Natalie had in store for us. *hint you won't be disappointed* 

The collection will be released this Friday, November 16th at 6 PM EST. Each polish will be sold individually for $9.50 each in the Noodles Nail Polish site. I don't have photos of them, but 3 previously sold holiday-themed polishes will be available as well (Bah Hum Bug, Peppermint Twist, and Resting Grinch Face). This is a very picture-heavy post, so I think we should get right to it. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Zoya Fall 2018 Element Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part II

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Hi guys! Happy Hump Day! It's been a pretty uneventful week so far, but I'm sure those will be few and far between as the holidays are right around the corner. As promised, I've got the final 6 polishes from the Zoya Element Collection. It's full of pinks and purples, and that's evident from the second set of colors. I'm working on the Winter Collection swatches right now, so those should be posted in a week or so. This post is pic heavy, so shall we get to it? 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Zoya Fall 2018 Element Collection Swatches and Reviews: Part I

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Hi guys! I've been meaning to get this post out forever, and I'm glad it's finally happening. I decided to break up the Zoya Elemental Collection into 2 parts because I feel like some colors get lost when there are a million photos. It's a 12-piece collection featuring lots of pinks and purples in a variety of finishes. These are available now for $10 each in the Zoya store, or at your local Ulta. Shall we get to some swatches? 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Polish Pickup November 2018 Static Lacquer: I Am No Man

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Why didn't anyone tell me I was writing October for the Polish Pickup shades I've been posting?! Eep! Yes, technically it's still October, but these are November's polishes. Now that I've reprimanded myself enough, shall we discuss Static Lacquer's inspiration for Bad-Ass Women month? Think back to last month's color "No Man Can Kill Me" which was inspired by the Lord of Morgul. This month's bad-ass woman is Eowyn, also from the Lord of the Rings. While the men were going off to war to fight in Mordor, Eowyn was ordered to stay behind. Being the fearless woman she was, she disguised herself as a man and headed out with Merry to fight. The Witch-King boasted that "no man can kill me," to which Eowyn responded by exposing herself as a woman before killing the beast exclaiming, "I am no man!" In the end, the King of Morgul was indeed killed not by a man, but by a bad-ass woman. 

I Am No Man will be available this Friday, November 2nd at 11:00 AM EST through Monday, November 5th at 11:59 PM EST in the PPU store. It will retail for $12 with a cap of 200 bottles. The store is open for viewing and wishlists now, so take your time looking through all the photos. 

Static Lacquer I Am No Man (3 coats)

I Am No Man is a pale blush pink crelly base with blue and purple shimmer (which is best seen in my bottle shot), UCC flakes, and silver holo flakes. The shimmer is definitely noticeable on the nail as well, but it just stands out more in the bottle. I must say, Stacy is still the queen of the silver holo flakes! If you need a work-appropriate shade that is actually interesting, this one is for you. While I love my neon polishes and glitter bombs, there are times I just can't wear them. It was a bit sheer, so I used 3 thin coats for this one. That said, it was super easy to apply, dried with no texture, and it wasn't a pain to remove. It's a win all around. 

Again, you can pick this up on Friday for $12 and there is a cap at 200 bottles. You can learn more about Static Lacquer on their websiteFacebookGroup, and 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*

Monday, October 29, 2018

Polish Pickup November 2018 Noodles Nail Polish: Goddess of Pawnee

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Hi guys! Sorry I've been a bit quiet, but I've been enjoying time with my family. We had a great weekend shopping at the outlet mall, watching the new Halloween movie, and having a bonfire (complete with S'mores)! Polish Pickup (PPU) is back this weekend and this month's theme is Bad-ass Women. Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish was inspired by Leslie Knope from her favorite tv show, Parks and Recreation. Goddess of Pawnee will be available at 11:00 AM EST this Friday through 11:59 PM EST Monday night. It will retail for $11 with a cap of 150 bottles. 

I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec, and here is a little GIF from the episode in question:

As a little recap, a little girl wanted to join the Pawnee Rangers, but they told her no claiming it was only for boys. They recommended she start her own club, and with help from Leslie, they started the Pawnee Goddesses. Let's just say that being a Goddess was awesome and all the boys wanted to join. Shall we get a better glimpse of this month's polish? 

Noodles Nail Polish Goddess of Pawnee (2 coats)

Goddess of Pawnee is a grape crelly base with purple/gold flakes, purple shimmer, and purple/gold glitters. Someone in the PPU group mentioned that Minnesota Vikings fans would love this and they are so right! This one was extremely pigmented and was completely opaque in 2 easy coats. It dried with some texture from the glitters, but a thick topcoat evens everything out.

I think Leslie would be proud to wear this, especially with her Goddess uniform. If you look at the inspiration photo in the collage above, the polish matches the vest perfectly (ignore the coloring in the GIF...it appears to have been warmed up a bit). While making your Wishlist for this month's PPU, keep Goddess of Pawnee in mind, as well as the motto 

You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group while you can learn more about the Polish Pickup 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*