Wednesday, August 15, 2018

le Polish Fixer Upper Trio Swatches and Review: Everything But the Farmhouse Sink

Hi guys! I'm trying to force myself back into some normalcy. The week has been flying by and I'm not complaining at all. Tonight I have a new brand on the blog, le Polish. I've seen Alison's work around, especially in PPU, but it wasn't until I saw photos of the polish I'm showing tonight to fully convince me to purchase some. I've got some bad news though...le Polish is closed until September, so if you're interested in purchasing this one, you will have to wait a few weeks. As far as I know, this trio isn't going anywhere. 

Everything But the Farmhouse Sink (3 coats)

Everything But the Farmhouse Sink is a white crelly base with loads of UCC flakes and purple shimmer. SO.MANY.FLAKIES! My photos aren't the best at showing it, but the purple shimmer is quite apparent in real life. I had no issues with the formula, and I used 3 thin coats for my photos. You could easily load up the brush a bit more and use 2 coats. The flakes laid flat on the nail, and it dried with just a little bit of texture. 

I love this one, and I 100% recommend it. If you aren't a huge flakie fan, this one may not be for you. This one isn't available right now, but check back in September. It retails for $11 and you can purchase it individually or with the others in the Fixer Upper trio. You can find out more about le Polish on their website, Instagram, Facebook page, and Facebook Fan Group

Monday, August 13, 2018

Pahlish Bastille Day Mystery Polish: Amelie and Sale

Pahlish Amelie (2 coats)

Hi guys! I hope you had a relaxing weekend, I know did. It's been raining like crazy here. Some of the thunderstorms have been pretty intense, too. Tonight I have a polish from Pahlish I got during their Bastille Day celebration a few weeks ago. The one I'm showing was a special mystery polish, and I couldn't be happier with it, despite not choosing it myself. Right now Pahlish is having their Summer Clearance sale, so check to see if any of your favorites are available. There's a little bit of everything, including some Christmas in July colors. The Mystery Overstock polishes are still available for just $7.00 and may contain discontinued, LE, Bastille Day mystery samples, For the Love of Polish box polishes, or Polish Pickup polishes. I've bought many mystery polishes from Pahlish, and I've never been disappointed...especially for only $7!

The color I received is Amelie and it's a deep metallic cranberry red with gold flakes. It was extremely pigmented and applied easily in just 2 coats. It dried with minimal texture, but it needed a little extra scrubbing to remove due to the flakes. Shannon does an amazing job at these metallic flakie and foil polishes. For example, Team Zissou and Quicksand are both available for just $6 right now. Remember, there's no guarantee that you'll get Amelie if you get a Mystery Pahlish, but I'm sure you'll love what you get. Find out more about Pahlish on their websiteInstagram, and Facebook pages.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Crazy 4 Crellies Group Custom: Second Star to the Right

Oh man, I'm so glad it's almost Friday. I've been exhausted all week, and I can't wait to sleep in this weekend. No real plans, but that's fine with me. I must be honest...I totally misunderstood the post about the Crazy 4 Crellies Noodles Nail Polish group customs. I thought they were only available through the 8th, but apparently it was just the coupon code that was going away. Good news, you have still have a couple more weeks to get these!

Noodles Nail Polish Second Star to the Right (2 coats)

Second Star to the Right is inspired by a photo of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in London (shown above). It's a dusty blue crelly base with lots of grey undertones. It contains violet and gold shimmer, gold and silver glitter, and purple holo glitters. All glitters are very fine, so it doesn't dry with as much texture. I used just 2 coats for my swatches, and the formula was slightly thinner than some of my other Noodles, but it wasn't problematic at all. It's a little blue, a little gold, and a little purple, so it's a winner in my book. 

There you have it, make sure to join the Crazy 4 Crellies and get this duo! They are only $9.50 each, and available all month through the Noodles Nail Polish website. You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Crazy 4 Crellies Group Custom: Enchanted Forest

Hi guys! I had an extremely busy weekend at work (biggest show of the year), so I've been recuperating. I'm still trying to adjust to the loss of my friend and co-worker, and I've had to suddenly change jobs due to this. I've been under a lot of stress, and blogging isn't #1 my priority. Obviously that doesn't mean I won't be posting, but it might be more sporadic. Tonight I've got a Crazy 4 Crellies group custom from Noodles Nail Polish. As you guys know, I swatch for Noodles, but I wanted to be upfront that I purchased these. Make sure to join the Facebook Group to be able to purchase this duo. 

Noodles Nail Polish Crazy 4 Crellies Custom Enchanted Forest (3 coats)

First of all, how dazzling is that inspiration photo? I'm not shocked Natalie chose this one. Enchanted Forest is a black crelly base with multi-colored glitter and flakies. I used 3 thin coats for my photos, but most would be able to get away with just 2. It dried with texture, so make sure to use a thicker topcoat or 2 coats of a thin one. Natalie is the queen of crellies, so rest-assured, you're getting a high-quality polish with a fantastic formula. She shipped my order next-day, so I'm very lucky to swatch this one for you before it's gone forever. 

Enchanted Forest is only available until the end of the month so make sure to hurry to the Noodles site! Like all Noodles, this one is just $9.50. You can find out more about Noodles Nail Polish on their websiteInstagram pageFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Polish Pickup (PPU) July 2018 Rewind: Colors by Llarowe (CbL) 40 Going on 26

Colors by Llarowe 49 Going on 26 (2 coats, artificial light)

Colors by Llarowe 40 Going on 26 (2 coats, natural light)

Hi guys, it's going to be a quick post tonight because you have only 3 hours to get this polish before it goes away forever. CbL rereleased 40 Going on 26 for the Polish Pickup Rewind. It is available for just $9 until midnight tonight so get over there ASAP! Leah also just released a new nail and body care line, Care by Llarowe, and I've really been loving the Nail and Cuticle Butter

40 Going on 26 is a blue/purple/pink multichrome with a silver holographic flake finish. The shift is most apparent in low light which is why I added that last photo taken with my phone. The resolution isn't the greatest, but you can see the shift so much more. The formula was slightly on the thinner side without being problematic, and I needed just 2 coats for full coverage. I should have bought this the first time around, so I was ecstatic to have a second chance. There is no free shipping this month, so the polish was discounted to $9 to make up for that. Find out more about Leah and CbL on their websiteInstagramTwitter, and Facebook Pages while you can learn more about Polish Pickup on their Facebook page and website.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Static Lacquer Summer 2018 Neon Collection Swatches & Reviews

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Hi guys, TGIF! I'm back yet again this week to show you another new collection releasing this weekend. Mace Polish has changed names to Static Lacquer, and they are starting things off with a bang. It's a 6-piece set of neons that are black light reactive and also watermarble. Also releasing at the same time is their Crystalline (fast-drying 5-free topcoat, $7) and Overcast (10-free matte topcoat, $7) which I used for the swatches below. The names for each polish is inspired by the song The Afterglow from the band Silverstein. If you are interested, you can check out the song here:

The collection will release this Sunday, July 29th in the Static Lacquer site for $10 each or $46 for the whole collection. Neons are notoriously hard to capture, but I did my very best to show these as color accurate as possible. Without further ado, let's do this! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Summer 2018 Neon Trio and Crelly Swatches and Reviews

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This is almost unheard of (for me)...3 days of blogging in a row! Taking the week off to grieve really put me behind. You wouldn't guess it, but I'm actually on vacation right now. My family is watching the animals while my husband and I visit Savannah, GA. I was just on the beach in Tybee Island a few hours ago and figured I should get my post up. I've been excited to show tonight's polishes since Natalie from Noodles Nail Polish mentioned she had some neons she was testing. She released a brighter trio at Polish Con and all leftovers were very quickly snatched up. The trio + crelly releasing this Saturday, July 28th at noon ET will retail for $9.50 each (only sold individually) and will restock at the same time on Aug. 1st should they sell out. Oh, and all of them are black light reactive, but more on that later. Follow me after the break for lots more photos. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Polish Pickup (PPU) August 2018: Noodles Nail Polish What a Waste of a Lovely Night

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Hi guys, I'm back for a second day in a row for another PPU shade, this time from Noodles Nail Polish. Again, this month's theme is musicals, and Natalie was inspired by the movie La La Land with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Don't be mad, but I haven't seen this movie either! I 100% planned to because I love Emma Stone. What a Waste of a Lovely Night will be available on Friday, Aug. 3rd at 11 AM ET through Monday, Aug. 6th at 11:59 ET for $11 with a cap of 200. Let's get a closer look at this warlock. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Polish Pickup (PPU) August 2018: Static Lacquer's Naive & Starry Eyed

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Hi guys! I've had a really rough week, so I apologize for my absence. The loss of my friend and lots of travel means little time for the blog. While I'm not 100% ready to be back, being prompt and professional in getting swatches done on time is very important to me. I have a bunch of posts lined up for the week, so I hope you'll stop back in to see some beautiful colors from Static Lacquer and Noodles Nail Polish. Tonight I have a polish from the August Polish Pickup (PPU) which has a musical theme this month. While I personally don't watch very many musicals, I definitely appreciate the art and how powerful they can be. This is the first time Stacy from Mace Polish will be a part of PPU under her new brand, Static Lacquer. Same great maker and customer service, just a new name and logo. All PPU shades will be available from Fri, Aug 3rd at 11 AM ET through Monday Aug 6th at 11:59 PM ET. Static Lacquer's Naive & Starry Eyed will be capped at 150 bottles and will retail for $13 each. Go ahead and hit that button for more pics and information. 

Monday, July 16, 2018


Photo Credit: Joey Feldman 

Yesterday I lost a close friend and colleague, Jim Rouse. Right now painting my nails and editing photos is on the back burner. Life is short, so live your life to the fullest. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July 2018 Talk Indie to Me Collab Box: Mace Polish Flip Flops & Sun Hats

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Hi guys! I have a polish from a new collab box called Talk Indie to Me. The recurring brands in the box are Zombie Claw and Nailed It Nail Polish with a special guest every month. This month will be extra special because there will be 8 different nail polishes and 5 bath & body products available. Instead of buying the whole box, you can pick and choose what you want to purchase similar to PPU. The July theme was Summer Daze, and I have Mace Polish's contribution to share with you. The items will be available from July 13-16, so don't delay getting your purchases in. I just noticed on the Talk Indie to Me Facebook Group that if you spend at least $45 this month you will receive 15% off. So many sales this month!

Mace Polish Flip Flops & Sun Hats (2 coats)

Flip Flops & Sun Hats (fun name!) is a bright neon teal base with lots of silver holo microflakes. Stacy mentioned that this has a subtle shift from green to blue to gold, but I couldn't really see it with my eye. I'm sure it's there (she made the polish and all), but I didn't notice it until I looked at her description. Even if I didn't see any shift, I absolutely love the abundance of silver holo flakies in here. Out in the sunshine the colors really dance on the nails. It's not like a linear holo flash, but stunning nonetheless. Oh, and this one is black light reactive! This was my very first time trying to photograph a black light reactive polish, so please forgive me if it isn't perfect. The formula was slightly thicker in a good way. It completely covered in 2 coats, and dried with a smooth finish. 

This one will be available from July 13-16 for $11 in the Talk Indie to Me website. This is the perfect summer shade, especially if you go cosmic bowling or clubbing. Do people still go cosmic bowling, because that was awesome. Don't forget, if you spend at least $45, you'll get 15% off. You can learn more about Mace Polish on their websiteFacebook, and Instagram pages.

*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, July 9, 2018

Stella Chroma Summer Diversions Wild Blooms and Stella Chromatics Group Custom

Hi guys! I found out that my sister-in-law's father passed away suddenly this weekend and they've been in my thoughts since. I'll likely be spending the weekend in TN with family as everyone tries to cope with the loss. I know it's a sad way to start off a blog post, but I feel like all of you are friends that go through the highs and lows with me. Tonight I have 2 Stella Chroma polishes to share with you, and both are very special colors. Pam rebranded about a year ago, and she's been knocking her PPU colors out of the park (also with her sugar scrubs). In case you didn't know, they promote STEM careers for girls, and donate a portion of proceeds to a different non-profit each quarter. One of the colors I have to show is currently out-of-stock, but Pam reassured me that she's just waiting on pigments and it should be back in stock in about a week. Without further ado, let's look at these beauties!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

California Lovin' July 2018 Indie Duo Collaboration: Mace Polish and 1850 Artisan Polish

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Hi guys! This week has me all messed up. I swear that today is Sunday and not Thursday. I received 2 days off for the 4th, and was a much needed break. Tonight I have a special new collaboration from Stacy at Mace Polish (soon to be Static Lacquer). The California Lovin' set will be available bi-monthly (every other month, not twice a month) and will feature Mace Polish/Static Lacquer with a different special guest brand from the great state of California. The duos will be $20 + shipping in the Static Lacquer website

This month's guest is 1850 Artisan Polish which is a brand that has been on my radar since they started back in January. After trying them here for the first time, this won't be my last! The inspiration for this month's duo is a photo of the Painted Ladies of San Francisco at sunset. To be honest, I had to Google it ­čśČ I felt so foolish after I did so. 

They are amazing pieces of architecture and full of color. The duo is available now for pre-order through Tuesday, July 10th at 11:59 PM PST. Since it is a pre-order, it will take about 2-3 weeks after the pre-order ends for items to ship. Now that we've gotten through all the info, shall we get to the swatches? 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 2018 Polish Pickup Rewind: Mace Polish's Starlight Starbright

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Hi guys! I'm finally back from my work trip. Tomorrow happens to be the 4th of July, so I get to rest up a little bit. Well, that and watch some fireworks! I've had the chance to review a few Polish Pickup colors in the past, and instead of a regular month, PPU is taking July off. Each brand is permitted to re-release a polish of their choice in their respective storefronts. Mace Polish (soon to be Static Lacquer), has chosen Starlight Starbright from the January Crystals & Gemstones to bring back, and it's available now for $12 through July 31st with a cap of 150 bottles. All orders with Starlight Starbright will receive 15% off their entire purchase with code ILOVEPPU. It seems like most brands are running sales for a percentage off or free shipping to offset the shipping you have to pay. Keep reading for more pics and the full review. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Zoya Jelly Brites Trio Swatches and Reviews plus a Zoya Sale!

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Hi guys! We're back at it and it will be a short blog week for me because I'll be traveling for work. Before I do that, I wanted to show you Zoya's newest trio featuring jelly finishes. While jellies aren't my personal favorite, I appreciate Zoya coming out with different finishes. These are available now on the Zoya website, so if you see any you like, they are available for purchase. They are all sheer, but build up well in 3 coats. If you see any visible nail line, it's mostly likely due to the bright lighting and not noticeable in real life. What's great about jellies is that you can layer them with flakies or glitters to change things up. With that said, are you ready for some swatches?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tonic Nail Polish June 2018 Releases Swatch and Review: Jubilee (magnetic)

Tonic Nail Polish Jubilee (2 coats)

Hi guys! Magnetic multichrome polishes have been all the rage lately, and I'm just now jumping on the bandwagon. I've resisted all releases until Tonic came out with Jubilee, shown above. I tried my first Tonic polishes last year and I found the formula to be thicker than I preferred. They've had polishes that interested me, but I held off because of the formula. After I saw swatches from the Tonic June releases, I finally bit the bullet again. 

Jubilee has the same base pigment as Peacock Parade, a shade they released previously. It flashes blue/green/purple/pink/gold, depending on the angle. I had to purchase the magnet separately ($2) because this is the first magnetic polish I've used in several years. Applying Jubilee is different than other polishes. After your preferred basecoat, apply one coat and let dry for an extra minute. For the second coat, you'll need to work one nail at a time, applying one thicker coat, and then placing the magnet as close to the nail as possible for about 30 seconds. I left it over the nail as long as possible to get a good line. My nails are very curved, so I was curious how well the magnet would work. As you can see, it worked pretty well....except for the pinkie nail. For some reason the particles scattered a little more on that nail. As for the formula, I'm very happy to say that it was much easier to apply than my other Tonics. It's still slightly thick, but in a good way. I think there will be more Tonics in my future. 

This one is still available and retails for $13 without the magnet. I am so impressed with this one and it's such an eye magnet (pun intended). You can find out more information about Tonic on their websiteInstagram, and (their extremely popular) Facebook Group pages. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Summer 2018 Collection Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I have the Summer Collection from Noodles Nail Polish to show you tonight. You know I've been extremely impressed with the variety of finishes and quality of Natalie's polishes, so let's see if this continues with this set. It's another 6-piece collection with glitter and flakes galore. These will release this Saturday, June 23rd at 5 PM ET and will only be available individually this time. All polishes will be priced at $9.50. Polish Con was this past weekend, and there were overpours! I asked Natalie about this and this is what she had to say: 

"The neon trio will be available for $28. There are a limited amount of sets available and they will not be restocked once sold out. There will be a few individual bottles of “Cloud Nine” and “Paradise” available due to overpour which will be priced at $9.50 each and will not restock once sold out.  
We will also be giving away our Polish Con exclusive “City Lights and Midsummer Nights” to anyone who purchases 3 or more bottles while supplies last. We have overpour and won’t be selling it since it was an exclusive, but in honor of our 5th anniversary we would like to share this polish with those who couldn’t make it :) There is no code necessary, it will be added to orders that qualify."

Count me in! I was eyeing the Polish Con exclusives in the Noodles Nail Polish Fans group (make sure to join us for all the fun) so I'll be getting those. So the Summer Collection and Polish Con polishes will all be available this Saturday. Whew, that what a lot of text, and I hope you're still with me. I think it's time to see some pretties, right? 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Zoya Summer 2018 Sunshine Collection Swatches & Reviews: Part III

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Hi guys! TGIF! Polish Con is tomorrow, and I am so jealous of everyone who can make it. Some of my favorite brands will be there, so hopefully I'll get to make it next year. It's also a special day because it's my mom's birthday. Happy Birthday, mom! Tonight I have the final installment of the Zoya Sunshine Collection for you. This set features the 2 toppers that can be also be used on their own. Without further adieu, let's do this!