Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vapid Lacquer June 2018 Releases: Calamari Ice Cubes

Vapid Lacquer Calamari Ice Cubes (3 coats)

Hi guys! Long time, no post. It's sort of between fall and winter releases, so I don't have too many polishes to show right now. I do, however, have lots of Zoya polishes to show you in the near future. Their collections are large, so I'll divide those up into 2 posts each to save your internet browser from imploding. I was meaning to have this post up last night, but I had some software issues and couldn't edit my photos. Better late than never, right? The polish I have for you tonight may or may not be available when Vapid Lacquer gets back. In case you didn't know, The Indie Shop happened last weekend in San Antonio which is local for Vapid Lacquer. Apparently they brought a huge truck's worth of merch which sounds delightful. Their website is still down, likely because they're just getting back into the swing of things. 

Calamari Ice Cubes is a bright cobalt jelly blue base with purple/blue/green flakies and a sprinkling of scattered holo particles. This one dries shiny and with a squishy look. It was very sheer and needed a healthy 3 coats to get it mostly opaque. I love my flakie polishes, but more so in crelly bases than jellies due to the coverage provided. That said, this is still a beautiful polish. 

I'm not 100% sure if this will be back when Krys and the Vapid Team gets back online. That said, most polishes tend to reappear eventually, either in the regular lineup, or during The Purge. Make sure to check out Vapid Lacquer on their Facebook Fan GroupInstagramTwitter, and regular Facebook page

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Emily de Molly August 2018 Polish Pickup: Three Words, One Song

Emily de Molly Three Words, One Song (2 coats)

Hi guys! Yay, we have hurricane Michael moving through tomorrow. It will mostly dump a bunch of rain on us, but if you are further south, please be careful. Tonight I've got a polish that is no longer available. I know, I try not to show things that are long gone, but I'll try and give some suggestions to some similar polishes you may be interested in. 

Three Words, One Song was the August polish from Emily de Molly which was inspired by the musical Frozen. Truth time: I've never seen Frozen. I was much too old to watch it when it came out, and I'm never around other children, so it just fell to the wayside. Three Words, One Song is a pale purple base with turquoise shimmer, rainbow iridescent flakes, and silver holo microglitter. Look at that huge flake on my middle finger! I love it! The first coat was pretty sheer, but I only needed 2 coats for full coverage. I was honestly expecting to need a third based on what it looked like in the bottle. It dried with a little bit of texture, but was smooth to the touch after a coat of topcoat. 

While this one is no longer available, I think you'd really love The Grey Silence, Dancing Through Sunday, or Dreams of Glass from Emily de Molly (and they're still for sale). You can find out more about Emily de Molly on their US/international websiteAU websiteFacebookInstagram, or Twitter pages. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pepper Pot Polish The Indie Shop (TIS) San Antonio 2018 Limited Editions: The Bitches Duo

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Hi guys! I hope your weekend is going well so far. I had to get up at 5:45 AM to drive to Raleigh for a plant giveaway at the JC Raulston Arboretum. It's a great time, but boy is it an early Saturday morning. I came home, ate some breakfast (by that time it was 11:45 AM), then took at couple hour nap. Oops! Tonight I've got Pepper Pot Polish's limited editions for The Indie Shop San Antonio which takes place next weekend. I can't make it, and I'm super jealous of those who can. I attended the Atlanta one the year before last, and I had a wonderful time. It was so special meeting the fine ladies and gentlemen behind the brands and other polish enthusiasts. 

Mackenzie has a LE duo for the event, and it's named The Bitches Duo. I do need to mention that if anyone would like a bottle without the word bitch on it, Mackenzie will have labels available that say Witchcraft and Witches Brew. That's a really thoughtful touch, and I appreciate her taking the time to make extra labels and realizing not everyone wants a swear word on their bottle. I happen to cuss like a sailor, so it doesn't bother me, but I can definitely see those with little ones wanting something a little more kid-friendly.  These will be $11 individually, or $20 for the set, and supply is limited. If these sell out, Mackenzie will be taking orders for free shipping, but only for items available at TIS. My guess is that if there happens to be any left over they will be put on the Pepper Pot Polish site

Pepper Pot Polish Bitchcraft (3 coats)

Up first is Bitchcraft which is a mossy green crelly base with purple/blue UCC flakes, gold flakies, and a sprinkling of scattered holo particles. This one is well-balanced with a happy mix of all 3 finishes. It dries with no texture, and I used 3 thin coats for full opacity. Both of these were very easy to work with, which is what I've come to expect from Pepper Pot Polish. 

Pepper Pot Polish Bitches Brew (3 coats)

Ok, Bitches Brew is a party on the nails. Just looking at this one in the bottle, I knew I was going to love it. It's a black jelly base with a mix of gold glitter and flakies, and blue/red/purple/gold glitters in square and hexagonal shapes. This one is quite ostentatious, and begs for your attention. I love it. It does dry with a lot of texture from the glitters, so use a thicker topcoat (you may need to double up if you really want a smooth finish). Shown is 3 easy coats. 

While I liked both polishes, Bitches Brew stole my heart. Either way, you might as well get the duo and save a couple bucks on each bottle. I mean, you know you want to. While at TIS, please say hello to Mackenzie for me! I've worked with her a few times, and it would be wonderful to finally meet her. It doesn't help we live on the opposite sides of the US. Again, you can get these next weekend at TIS. Make sure to join TIS Facebook Group to find a polish fairy to buy limited edition polishes for you if you can't make it. Also make sure to check out Pepper Pot's other products like lip balm, lip gloss, and body oils. Find out more information about Pepper Pot Polish on their websiteInstagramFacebook, or Facebook Fan Group.

*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, October 2, 2018

Polish Pickup (PPU) October 2018: Noodles Nail Polish Proclamations

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Hi guys! Tonight I have my last Polish Pickup (PPU) shade for October's Villains month. If you are a Harry Potter fan, or a pink polish fan, then this month's Noodles Nail Polish is for you. I just so happen to be both, so I'm super excited to show this to you! PPU starts this Friday at 11 AM EST and goes through the end of Monday. The polish will be $11 and and there is a cap of 150 bottles. 

Noodles Nail Polish Proclamations (2 coats)

You all know Dolores Umbridge as the dreadful villain from Harry Potter. While I immensely disliked the character, I enjoyed her overwhelmingly pink outfits. Proclamations is an intense raspberry pink jelly base with pink shimmer, small pink holo glitter, and pink flakes. In other words, pink ALL.THE.THINGS. I expected this to be a bit sheer because it's a jelly, but this was extremely pigmented. I used 2 thin coats and was done. It dried with some texture due to the glitter, so you may need 2 coats of topcoat if you use a thinner one. I used 1 thicker one for photos, and it smoothed everything out nicely. 

Natalie knocked this one out of the park. I could definitely see Dolores wearing this with one of her signature pink suit skirts. Again, set your alarm to get this one on Friday because you won't be disappointed. 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*

Monday, October 1, 2018

Polish Pickup (PPU) October 2018: Pepper Pot Polish I'm Your Number 1 Fan

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Hi guys! Polish Pickup starts this Friday, and I have a couple more polishes to show you. As a refresher, October's theme is Villains. Pepper Pot Polish was inspired by Annie Wilkes (played by Kathy Bates) from the movie Misery, adapted from the Stephen King book from the same name. I never read the book, but I loved the movie. I've watched most of Kathy Bates' movies, and I still enjoy her on American Horror Story. Polish Pickup starts this Friday, Oct. 5th at 11 AM EST and ends at 11:59 on Monday, Oct. 8th. This one will retail for $11, and has a cap of just 80 bottles. I can see this one easily selling out, so I suggest putting your order in as soon as possible. 

Pepper Pot Polish I'm Your Number 1 Fan (3 coats)

I'm Your Number 1 Fan is a murky olive green crelly base with orange to blue aurora shimmer, and rainbow iridescent flakes. I used 3 thinner coats for full opacity, but you may be able to get away with 2 depending on your application and/or nail length. It practically applied itself, and dried with no texture. 

I'm Your Number 1 Fan is the perfect earthy green for this fall. I love the depth and softness the flakes add. With a cap of only 80 bottles, you may need some ninja fingers to get this one. Make sure to set your alarms for 11:00 AM EST this Friday to get yours. Find out more information about Pepper Pot Polish on their websiteInstagramFacebook, or Facebook Fan Group 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*

Sunday, September 30, 2018

California Lovin' Oct. 2018 Indie Duo Collaboration: Static Lacquer and Fanchromatic Nails

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Hi guys! I just got home from Dallas, and I was shocked to find that we brought fall with us. It was in the 70s which is relatively cool for this time of year. Tonight I've got the next installment of the California Lovin' Collaboration box where Stacy from Static Lacquer works with other indie brands in the great state of California. I've noticed how many brands come from California, so I think this is a wonderful way for brands to join forces. This month features Lynae from Fanchromatic Nails. The duo goes on pre-order tomorrow (Oct. 1st) at 8 AM PST through October 5th at 11:59 PM PST in the Static Lacquer website. This month's inspiration is the Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, California. This crazy house built by Sarah Winchester has many oddities, such as stairs that lead straight up into the ceiling, doors that let out on the second floor to open air, and, of course, secret corridors. Here is the photo used for inspiration:

The duo will retail for $20 with $4 shipping and will include a large California Lovin' Indies vinyl sticker. Ok, enough chatting, let's see some swatches! 

Fanchromatic Nails Secret Corridors (2 coats)

Up first is Secret Corridors from Fanchromatic Nails which is a turquoise crelly base with iridescent flakes, purple/green UCC flakes, and blue shimmer. It dries with the tiniest amount of streaks, so just don't overwork the second coat and float it on. It dried with a satin finish and applied perfectly in just 2 coats. 

Static Lacquer Doors to Nowhere (3 coats)

Next we have fall in a bottle. Doors to Nowhere is the Static Lacquer's contribution and it's a reddish brown jelly base with silver holo flakes, and a mix of several different colors of UCC flakes. Stacy was inspired by the stained glass windows in the Winchester House photo above. Since it's a jelly, a third coat was needed, but it also added a nice depth to the abundance of flakes in there. I had no issue with flakes sticking up, and the polish had a perfect consistency. It dried with a tiny bit of texture that completely smoothed out with a coat of topcoat. 

There you have it! This is the perfect fall duo, and if you live in California, you'll love it for the Winchester association (side note: apparently there was a movie released this year inspired by the house with Helen Mirren in it. I will definitely watch it if it gets released on Netflix or HBO). Both polishes are beautiful, but I'm a sucker for flakies, so I'm more drawn to Doors to Nowhere. For just $24 shipped, you get 2 interesting polishes with a professional vinyl sticker. Again, these go on pre-order tomorrow at 8 AM PST through 11:59 PM PST on Oct. 5th. You can find out more about Fanchromatic Nails on their Etsy site, Instagram, or Facebook Fan group while you can check out Static Lacquer on their websiteFacebookGroup, 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*

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Static Lacquer The Sanderson Sisters Trio Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys, I'm back with another Halloween trio from Static Lacquer. This trio is inspired by the wonderful 1993 movie Hocus Pocus featuring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as witch sisters. I mean, you've all seen it, so I don't need to give any more of a synopsis. If you haven't seen it, you need to. This trio will be available on Friday, Sept. 28th at 8 AM PST in both the Static Lacquer and Polish Nook websites for $11 each or as a trio for $30 + shipping. Don't forget, if you get them from the Polish Nook, you can add the Munsters trio to your cart as well. This set features jelly finishes with UCC and holo flakes. Shall we go ahead and get a closer look? 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Static Lacquer Munsters Trio (Polish Nook Exclusives) Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! I've got a couple posts coming your way featuring Static Lacquer. As you may remember, Stacy from Mace Polish recently re-branded to become Static Lacquer. The trio I have tonight is exclusive to the Polish Nook and will be available Friday, Sept. 28th at 8 AM PST for $11 each. The inspiration is The Munsters and I've been known to enjoy some episodes of it. I remember staying up late at my grandma's house watching The Munsters on Nick at Nite in the early 90s...am I dating myself or what?! I haven't seen it in a few years, so I definitely to get back into it for this Halloween season. If you are a flakie lover, or a crelly lover, this collection is for you. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Polish Pickup (PPU) October 2018: Static Lacquer No Man Can Kill Me

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Hi guys! The October Polish Pickup (PPU) is fast approaching, and I have several to share with you this month. The theme this time is Villians, which is somewhat similar to last month's offerings (Horror Movies). Tonight I have Static Lacquer's shade and boy is it pretty. The inspiration chosen was the Witch King of Angmar (aka Lord of Mogul), the leader of ring wraiths from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. If you want to learn more about the famous Witch King, I found this video to be very informative: 

Static Lacquer's No Man Can Kill Me will be available in the PPU website from 11 AM EST 10/5-10/8 for $12.00 with a cap of 200 bottles. 

Static Lacquer No Man Can Kill Me (3 coats)

No Man Can Kill Me is a black jelly base with green shimmer, silver holo flakes, and blue/green/gold UCC flakes. If you're not a fan of black polishes, don't worry, the flakes and shimmer are quite prominent so it doesn't really look black. I used 3 thin coats for full coverage, but you may be able to get away with using 2 thicker coats. The formula was slightly thick, but in a good way. It dried with no texture, and was easy to remove. 

Stacy really works her magic with the use of the silver holo flakes. I'd say it's almost a signature look for her. If you're looking for a beautiful polish to wear this fall, definitely check out No Man Can Kill Me! Again, it will be available at 11 AM EST on Friday, Oct. 5th for $12 with a cap of 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*

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Noodles Nail Polish Halloween 2018 Trio Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys, I'm back, as promised. I have a fairly busy weekend planned with a fountain pen meeting tomorrow night and a birthday party on Saturday. Tonight I've got the Noodles Nail Polish Halloween trio to show you, and if you order, you'd definitely get them in plenty of time for the big day. Natalie is notorious for being a fast shipper, which is great when there's a holiday deadline. But heck, these polishes will be perfect any day, not just for Halloween. The trio will be available next Friday, Sept. 28th at 6 PM EST and will retail for $9.50 each (and will only be available individually). A big thanks also goes out to Jody from JodisPolish on Youtube for picking the names for the set. Without further ado, let's get to the pretties! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Zoya 2018 Bridal Bliss Collection Swatches and Review: Brighton

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Zoya Brighton (3 coats)

Hi guys, I was planning on a different post for tonight, but time got away from me. I'll have the Noodles Nail Polish Halloween trio for your viewing pleasure either tomorrow or Friday. I also have 2 more Halloween trios from Static Lacquer to show you this weekend. In other words, it's gonna be creepy and spooky around here. Tonight I've got the one new polish released in the Bridal Bliss Collection released earlier this year from Zoya. I didn't end up showing the set to you guys because I already have swatches of most of the colors already up on the blog, so I didn't want to repeat them. No worries, the one I'm showing is still available and a permanent color. 

Brighton is a light gold base with a scattered silver holo flake finish. It's more of a beige gold than a yellow gold. It works well with my yellow toned skin, but it may give those with pink undertones a bit of lobster hands. I think this would look amazing on deeper skintones, too. It had a nice formula, and I ended up using 3 coats for my photos. If you use thicker coats, or have short nails, you may be able to get away with just 2. It dried quickly and had no texture. 

If you are looking for some nice neutrals, definitely check out the Bridal Bliss Collection, especially Brighton. I tend to like scattered holo flakes more than straight linear holos, but that's just personal preference. Zoya polishes 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*