Monday, March 18, 2019

le polish Swatches and Review: Cocaine and Windchimes 2.0

le polish Cocaine and Windchimes 2.0 (3 coats)

Hi guys! It's be too long! Rest assured I've been busy working behind-the-scenes on some new collections, PPU, and Polish Con shades. I'm not quite done with them, but you'll be the first to know when it happens. Tonight I've got a polish from le polish that features their infamous crelly flakies. I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is that le polish has been closed for a few months, and I'm not 100% sure when they'll be back. On the bright side, I don't think Cocaine and Windchimes 2.0 is discontinued, so as soon as Allison is back, you will hopefully be able to purchase this one. She's been closed recently, but make sure to check out PPU because she has had some shades pop up there. 

I have no idea where the name Cocaine and Windchimes comes from, but this is 2.0 because the 1.0 version was a One Batch Wonder which sold out quickly. Allison didn't have a recipe to follow, so she made 2.0 as close to the OBW as possible. It's a light grey crelly base with multi-colored UCC flakes, and blue shimmer. It was fairly sheer, which is expected, so I needed 3 thin coats for full opacity. I had no issues with the formula, and it dried with no texture, despite the abundance of flakes. 

I love this polish. If it happens to come back when the website opens, make sure to add this to your cart. I believe it retailed for $11, and it's worth every penny. You can find out more about le Polish on their websiteInstagramFacebook page, and Facebook Fan Group

Friday, March 8, 2019

Static Lacquer Primary Collection Swatches and Reviews + Cuticle Oil + Magnets!

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Hi guys! TGIF! It was a short week for me at work, but it still felt long. I was in Baltimore working all last weekend, which is the reason for my semi-long break from the blog. Tonight I have a new permanent collection from Static Lacquer, as well as some new items hitting the shop. These are available now, so make sure to check out the site for everything shown here. 

The new Primary Collection will always be available and restocked in the shop. They all stamp and watermarble for all you great artists out there. As you know, I'm not one of them. I did manage to get a few photos of some simple stamping just so you can see how well they work. They are available individually for $10, or $45 for the 5-piece collection. Just want a trio of the yellow, red, and blue? No problem, these will be available for $28. Perhaps the staples black and white are all you need? You'll save yourself $1.50 and get the duo for just $18.50. 

All 5 polishes were easy to work with. The only one that I felt could really use the second coat was the yellow, which is no surprise for that shade. As you can see below, I used 2 coats for all my swatches. Macro settings and bright lighting show every imperfection, which is why I opted to apply a second coat. When using these at home, you would be more than happy with just 1 coat (minus maybe the yellow). I should also mention that these dry with a satin finish due to how pigmented they are. If you want that shiny finish, make sure to grab your favorite topcoat. 

Static Lacquer Primary Black (2 coats)

Listen, there are many issues that came up when I decided to stamp. First, I lost the stamp I usually use. I had to use one of those really cheap and small ones that don't work well with the strong 'C' curve of my nail (and is too short for my nail bed). Second, I never got the chance to use the Halloween plate I bought last year, so of course I decided to go ahead and use that one. In March. I totally expect to be judged for that. Anyway, if you want a great basic 1-coat black, here it is. It will make a great base for your nail art, or shifty UP-filled polishes. 

Static Lacquer Primary Blue (2 coats)

Up next is a Primary Blue which is a bright cobalt blue creme. 

Static Lacquer Primary Red (2 coats)

Primary Red is your bright tomato red creme. With topcoat, it has a nice squishiness to it.  

Static Lacquer Primary White (2 coats)

Calling all artists! A stark white creme is what everyone needs. 

Static Lacquer Primary Yellow (2 coats)

Last, but not least is Primary Yellow which is a canary yellow creme. Again, this is the only one I thought really needed a second coat. That's really saying something because most yellows need 3 coats and are a pain to apply. I'm digging this one a lot more than I was expecting to! 

New Items to the Shop 

MAGNETS! These are neodymium mini magnets that come as 4-packs for $5. They are approximately 12 mm and I went ahead an gave a size comparison because I'm more of a visual person. All magnets are decorated with your favorite Static Lacquer shades including some limited edition, PPU, or other collaboration shades. You will get a random assortment unless specifically requested. I immediately put mine on my Helmers, but they can easily be used on refrigerators, whiteboard calendars, or in the office. 

And Static Lacquer now has cuticle oils! Stacy took her time with the ingredients and came up with a really nourishing and moisturizing formula. It does take a few minutes to absorb, but it's still lightweight. The ingredients include Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E , and fragrance, if chosen. They are currently available in 5 mL droppers for only $3, but brush pens will be coming soon. The scent list is quite extensive, and Stacy also includes the top, middle, and bottom notes for each scent which I appreciate. 

I chose Strawberry Shortcake and Blackcurrant Absinthe to try out. Strawberry Shortcake is sugary and sweet, but not cloying or overpowering. It adds a nice hint of scent without being headache-inducing. Sometimes strawberry scents can smell really artificial, but I didn't find that with this scent at all. The Blackcurrant Absinthe scent is stronger, likely due to the base notes in it. When you hurl around anise, patchouli, and amber scents, it's no surprise it has more throw. And don't worry, it doesn't smell like patchouli or anything. The fruity top and middle notes mellows it all out. I've only been using the cuticle oil for a week or 2 so I can't claim any long-term results, but it has done a great job at keeping my nails and cuticles in top shape. 

What an awesome set from Static Lacquer! Don't forget, everything is available now for purchase. 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*

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Leesha's Lacquer OOAK of the Month Swatches and Review: Hypnotized

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Leesha's Lacquer Hypnotized (2 coats)

Hi guys! I'm back again to show you a shade from Leesha's Lacquer that will be available tomorrow (Feb. 27th) at 6 PM CST in their website. This is a One of a Kind (OOAK) polish that will be made in a 16 oz batch and will be available in full-size bottles only for one time only. When they're gone, they're gone forever. Leesha's Lacquer is in the second year of this OOAK series and this month's polish is called Hypnotized. 

Hypnotized is a magnetic dark magenta base with a purple/gold/green shift. When the magnet is applied, the purple is pulled and and it darkens the base. The green and gold are most evident at extreme angles, while the magenta and purple are prominent straight on and in bright lighting. Even if you're not a huge fan of magnetic polishes, this one is still a beauty and you get that shift, just without the line. I used 2 coats for full opacity, and it applied easily. Here are my instructions on getting the best magnetic line on your polishes:

Yes, you will need a magnet to get the effect. If you don't have one, lots of brands or stockists carry them. For example, check out Lantern and Wren for a wide variety of types with good prices. To get the effect, I first 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 seconds (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. 

If you love this one as much as I do, stop by the Leesha's Lacquer website to pick it up for just $10. There will only be 32 bottles if this made, so don't dally. You can find out more about Leesha's Lacquer on their website, Facebook Group, 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*

Polish Pickup March 2019 Album Covers Swatches and Reviews

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Hi guys! For some reason I keep thinking today's Wednesday. I guess I'm just really excited for the March Polish Pickup to begin. This month I was given 3 polishes for review, and I figured it'd be easier to go ahead and post all of them in 1 post than to divide them up into multiple days. Let me know if you like it this way better, or if you want me to break the posts up. This month's inspiration is Album Covers which is something I was really excited to see. Everyone loves music, and I was interested to see what albums I should be checking out. PPU start this Friday at 11:00 AM ET and goes through 11:59 PM ET Monday night. Let's go ahead and take a look at this month's offering. 

Leesha's Lacquer Whatever (2 coats)

Inspiration: Whatever by Adore Delano 
Price: $10
Cap: 100 bottles

Up first is a new brand to the blog and that's Leesha's Lacquer. This is Whatever which is a black base with tons of aurora shimmer that shifts between red/orange/green with UCC flakes. Yes, it is this shifty in real life. I know the aurora shimmer is quite expensive, so this one is a really good deal. Even though it's a black base, you can't tell because of the shimmer and flakes. I used 2 thicker coats for this one, but you may need 3 if you use thin ones. The formula was smooth, and it dried with no texture. 

Noodles Nail Polish My Favorite Color is You (2 coats)

Inspiration: The Click by AJR 
Price: $12
Cap: 125 bottles

I really like AJR! I haven't listened to the whole album, but my jam is "Burn the House Down" which I hear on SiriusXM's Alt Nation. Noodles Nail Polish's My Favorite Color is You is a blackened indigo crelly base with violet/gold shimmer, rainbow flakies, copper/aqua/lavender glitters, and violet/green/gold color shifting flakes. In other words, this is full of rainbow glitter and flakies. I used 2 normal coats for my photos, and it applied easily. The glitter gives the polish some texture, so make sure to use a thicker topcoat to smooth it all out. 

Static Lacquer On Letting Go (2 coats)

Inspiration: On Letting Go by Circa Survive
Price: $12
Cap: 100 bottles (10 bottles for UK)

Static Lacquer's shade On Letting Go is a medium dusty blue base with teal shimmer, silver holographic flakes, and green to magenta UCC flakes. The queen of the holographic flakes strikes again! This one also applied flawlessly in just 2 coats and dried with no texture. 

All 3 of these are vastly different, and I love them all. One thing they have in common is flakies, and you know my feelings on those. The site goes live on March 1st and goes through March 4th, so you do have a few days to get your orders in. All of these have caps, so if you're interested in any of them, I wouldn't delay purchasing them just in case. You can learn 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*