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.