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