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Review: Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Swatches!


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CbL - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 1

Morning Everyone!

I’m excited to share a nail polish with you that has just SLAUGHTERED my number one nail polish lemming from the beginning of time. Ladies (and gents), I would like to introduce you to Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!

As soon as Leah Ann shared her first swatches of this beauty laid out side-by-side with Essie Starry Starry Night, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the two (!!!), I knew I absolutely needed to get my hands on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  Leah Ann reached out to me and asked if I wanted to swatch her newest creation and I’m pretty sure my exact response was “OH HELL YES.” :P

Alright, less talking and MOAR swatching.



Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star is a stunning deep navy blue jelly packed with silver glitter. Application was flawless. Seriously! Usually jellies have a tendency to be slow building and you have to wait ages between coats. Honestly if I had shorter nails this sucker would have been golden with 2 coats! I did use 3 here to completely get rid of my VNL. Wait time between coats was minimal, I’m talking minutes. There was no cuticle drag what-so-ever. ♥ And Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was so shiny even before I added my topcoat!!

Final Thoughts:

I really adore CbL (Colors by Llarowe) Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. It fills the void that Essie’s Starry Starry Night created in my heart several years ago when I first saw swatches, and then saw that a single bottle of Starry Starry Night was going for over $100 on eBay!! O___O

The price for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star at $12 is a steal in comparison. So if you’re still looking for that perfect deep blue celestial jelly, then I highly recommend checking this one out! It’s being released TODAY at around 10am MDT, so set your alarms folks! ;)

Purchase Info:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, as well as other Colors by Llarowe nail polishes can be purchased exclusively from Llarowe’s website. The pricing ranges between $6-12 per 15mL bottle of polish. Colors by Llarowe nail polishes are also 5-free and cruelty free. :)

And for updates on new collections, release dates, etc., you can follow Llarowe on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!





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Review: Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 2.0!!!


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RBL - The Fan Collection 2

Hey Everyone!!!

Holy long time, no updates!! Life has just been craaaaazy busy and my time and energy normally delegated to blogging went out the window for a while. I was working 60 hour weeks for almost three months straight! If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve been witness to my latest trip to Las Vegas for Black Milk Clothing’s SharkieCon 2013 (the method to my overtime madness)!! I’ll make a separate post for that amazing long weekend. But for now I’ve got the six beautiful new Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 2.0 shades to share with you all today!

First I’ll share the cute little preview that Ji made for the new collection and then we’ll move on to my swatches! The color descriptions from the press release will be in italics, my comments on each color will follow. ;)

Naked Without Polish

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Naked Without Polish: “It would be a pure carnation pink base. Very basic and very creamy,
no jellies (as much as I love them). I want a polish that is opaque in 2 coats. I want the pink
base to be filled with a gold shimmer, for the sun to catch the gold and just make it shine! I
want my polish to be soft and girlie, but still make an impact and stand out. I want it to be a
color people can wear year-round, a color that cheers you up on a bad day. I’ve been
dreaming of this polish ever since I can remember. I’ve been a polish lover since I was 13 and
I can’t find anything that comes close to being my absolute dream polish, even though I do
have several on my favorites list. This ONE polish is always in the back of my mind. Just the
thought of it takes my breath away and makes me smile.” — On Becky’s wish list.

Naked Without Polish is a delicate carnation pink with gold/copper flecks and an icy microshimmer. WOW! I love everything that’s going on in this polish. It’s a neutral/nude with some spunk! I was expecting this one to be sheer for some reason but I barely needed 2 coats!


RBL - Reveillon 1
RBL - Reveillon 2
RBL - Reveillon 3
Réveillon: “My vision for Réveillon is based on the cold winter afternoons growing up on the
Quebec/NYS border. This is the borderland where we speak both French and English; for
many on the American side, it’s the furthest south our families migrated. Réveillon is a holiday
dinner held for Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve. It is an event of tradition and family,
marking the transition from night to day as the dinner/party lasts well past midnight. Réveillon
is celebrated with luxurious feasting in the company of family and friends. Given that it takes
place after the winter solstice, the holiday suggests the coming of spring, albeit many months
from that day. The color in my mind is a cool, silver-toned blue (more silver than blue) inspired
by the icy landscape of late December. There is an internal flash of gold/white shimmer,
perhaps violet, representing the light as reflected off ice, as well as the fireworks often used to
light the night sky on Réveillon. Réveillon is mysterious with a complex depth and internal
shimmer/light.” — Cara’s longing.

Réveillon is a periwinkle blue polish filled with purple and silver micro-shimmer. Pictures do not do this one justice, it is so beautiful in person! I love the delicate shimmer, and the fact that it shows in most settings including indoors. This was another 2 coater.


RBL - Coquette 1
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Coquette: “Duality. Dichotomy. The essence of the feminine contradiction—Who’s that girl?
The surface belies the woman within. The intensity and intellect of Marilyn was masked by the
shell of a vixen. The demure facade of Jackie concealed the passionate seductress within.
Stereotypes defied. The Girl next door and the Goddess. Whimsy, charm, flirtation, seduction
and rapture.” — This is what Sarah wanted.

Coquette is such a fun color! Coral pink jelly with silver/gold flecky shimmer. It’s so girly and has a great formula! I did 3 coats to get rid of VNL but you could probably get away with 2 coats. Coquette was so shiny on its own before I even added my top coat!

Fire Queen

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Fire Queen: “My color inspiration comes from Depression Era glass from the 1930s and
1940s—specifically, the pale jade color of the Fire-King line made by the Anchor Hocking
Glass Company commonly referred to as “jadeite.” In a sea of imposters, no one has been
able to capture the magic of the genuine Fire-King and thus it has become highly coveted
since the 1960′s: a small decadence of lean times turned luxury. When you hold a piece of
Fire-King up to the light it glows with history. This hue has a build-able jade jelly and the end
result looks like milk glass veneers on your fingertips. Both edgy and full of vintage charm,
this polish is the perfect fit for any ‘Fire-Queen.’” — Jaime’s desire.

Yeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssss. I was waiting on bated breath for this one. I mean, A JADEITE JELLY NAIL POLISH Y’ALL!! And Fire Queen does not disappoint. The color is spot on to the much loved and often collected glassware. The formula for this pale green jelly is similar to RBL’s Spongebob Collection: thin and sheer but easily buildable. I did 4 coats here to completely hide my VNL, but 3 coats would suffice if you don’t mind a little VNL. Make sure you’re waiting in between coats!

Lotus Elise

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Lotus Elise: “My dream RBL would be something that I have wanted to see Ji do for a
while—the inspiration came from a unique and rare gemstone found mostly in Sri Lanka: the
padparadscha sapphire. While most sapphires are blue, this one stands out amongst the rest
as it varies in color from pink to orange, spanning all the range in between. RBL has some
very lovely pale and girly pinks, but this pink would be different. I envision the gold shimmer to
run as a thread throughout (like the flash
of orange running through Piu Mosso), while the orange microglitter would be more visible.
Because these three colors (pink, orange and gold) are analogous on the color wheel (next to
each other), the result will be a seamless blend of shades that would work well with each
other, allowing this polish to be worn by those who are daring, as well as those a little more
reserved.” — Candice’s dream.

Be still my mother effing heart. Lotus Elis is a little powerhouse with a red jelly base that’s packed with pink, red and gold flecks. I used 3 coats here, the formula was very easy to work with. It’s like fire on your nails, I absolutely love this one! And it immediately went on my toes after I finished swatching this collection. :P


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RBL - Lucciole 3
Lucciole: “Or fireflies in Italian, remind me of the most magical time in my childhood when I
was still innocent and the world was a safe and magical place. This color is reminiscent of the
color of a deepening summer night sky after sundown, between dusk and midnight. In my
mind’s eye, I see interspersed throughout this glorious base, random flecks of blue and/or
green iridescent luminescent flecks (like the ones that are visible in Cuprum) that randomly
sparkle when the light hits it, reminiscent of the fireflies’ sparks of light.” — By Mindy.

Yet another one from this collection that takes my breath away. Lucciole is gorgeous dusky purple with blue undertones. And then add to that the intense tarnished golden flecks and my heart is racing! The formula for this one is on the thin side so I did need 3 coats for full coverage. But yeah, this one stayed on my nails for the night. I just love it!

Final Thoughts:

I know I always say this, but for real you guys…. I love this collection!! I really think that the nail polishes did a very good job with matching up to their creators visions. The formulas were all superb and I can see myself wearing these colors a lot, no matter what season!

My top picks for this collection are… ALL OF THEM! And since I’m no help, I’ll let you know that both Lucciole and Lotus Elise got the coveted BSoA (Boyfriend Seal of Approval). ;)

And for funsies, here’s some quick links to my fellow bloggers reviewing this collection!:
Polish Police, Scrangie, Kellie Gonzo, Fashion Polish. :D

Purchase Info:

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle. The 48 hour pre-sale date is set for 10/17 at Noon, so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter email blast to take advantage of the Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 2.0 pre-order! If you can’t do the pre-sale don’t worry, the date that this collection will be available for the public is still forthcoming. :)

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are created with resin and high molecular polymers to improve flexibility, durability, and high shine. They contain no harmful Toluene, Formaldehyde, DBP, and Formaldehyde Resin. They do not test on animals.

And for updates on new collections, release dates, etc., you can follow Rescue Beauty Lounge on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Google+!





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Review: Cirque Arcus Collection Swatches Part 1 – Solid(ish) Colors!!


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Cirque Arcus Collection Part 1

Morning Everyone!

I’ve got the Summer 2013 Cirque Arcus collection to share with you all, but I’ve decided to split it into two parts because I took a LOT of pictures. I actually have quite a few nail polishes from Cirque that I need to show you, but I’m starting with Annie’s newest collection and working my way backwards. ;)


Cirque - Erda 1
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Cirque - Erda 3
Erda is a beautiful glowy green with hints of blue around the edges. I wish the blue duo-tone shift showed more on my nails like it does in the bottle! I might try layering this one over black the next time I wear it to see if it shows the color shift a bit more that way. This is 3 thin coats, easy application.


Cirque - Bejeweled 1
Cirque - Bejeweled 2
Cirque - Bejeweled 3
Wow. Bejeweled is a stunning and strong linear holo. This is 2 easy coats, no special holo base coat needed for this baby!
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 1
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 2
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 3
And here’s Bejeweled again with camera flash. Isn’t it ridiculous!? ^_^


Cirque - Sanguine 1
Cirque - Sanguine 2
Cirque - Sanguine 3
Cirque - Sanguine 4
Sanguine is a orange-gold duo-chrome shimmer. The color shift is pretty mild when wearing Sanguine on its own, but layered over black it’s a bit stronger. I used 3 thin coats here. Still gorgeous on its own but I’m a sucker for anything orange. ;)
Cirque - Sanguine over black 1
Cirque - Sanguine over black 2
Cirque - Sanguine over black 3
Cirque - Sanguine over black 4
1 coat of Sanguine over black and you can see the color shift a little more here, but I honestly like the brightness and shimmer of Sanguine on its own better. This would be a nice layering combo for Fall though!


Cirque - Vesuvius 1
Cirque - Vesuvius 2
Cirque - Vesuvius 3
Vesuvius is a strawberry red linear holographic. Again 2 easy coats and a great formula, just like Bejeweled.
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 1
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Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 3
Vesuvius with camera flash is a thing of beauty. I’m thinking I’ll be needing this on my toes for all the cute sandals I can finally wear now that it’s getting warm outside!

Queen Majesty

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Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 3
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 4
LOVE Queen Majesty! I decided right off to layer this one over black so I wouldn’t have to use so much of it, this is 2 coats over Wet n Wild Black Creme. Great coverage, and I love the sneaky bits of blue flecked in with the purple glitters!


Cirque - Helios 1
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Cirque - Helios 3
Cirque - Helios 4
Helios is faaaaaaaaabulous! Stunning gold microglitter sprinkled with holo glitter, and opaque after 3 coats on its own! I’m actually wearing a combo of this and Orly Green With Envy on my toes and it’s a really great color combo! You can see it HERE, I promise I don’t have scary toes. ;)
Cirque - Helios (over black) 1
Cirque - Helios (over black) 2
Cirque - Helios (over black) 3
I decided to try it over black as well, 1 coat, and I really like it this way too! Is anyone else reminded of the MOST OBNOXIOUS GOD OF WAR BOSS EVER when they hear the name Helios? Just me? Okay. :D
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 1
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 2
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 3
And just for shiggles, some shots of Helios over black with camera flash. Hello holo!!

Final Thoughts:

I’m honestly never really disappointed with any of the Cirque Colors that I’ve had the pleasure of trying, these 6 are no exception to that rule. I DO wish that the two multi-chrome ones, Erda and Sanguine, were more multifaceted without having to layer them over a dark base. That being said, all of these had wonderful formulas. And looooooove the soft lavender/clary sage scent that is her signature for each nail polish. I don’t even care that I look like a creeper sneaking whiffs of my fingers from time to time. ;)

My top picks out of these 6 are Queen Majesty, Erda, and Helios, but all of them are really great. ^_^

Purchase Info:

The Cirque Arcus collection can be purchased from their website, The polishes retail at $13.00 – 15.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish, and she does offer international shipping! You can also view her list of international stockists [HERE].

Cirque nail lacquer is 3-Free, which means it does not contain toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Each bottle contains high quality essential oils, such as lavender and clary sage, to lend your hands a subtle scent after the polish dries.

You can also follow Cirque on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ^_^


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Review: GlitterDaze Ultra Daze Box for June!


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Glitter Daze Ultra Subscription Box - 3

Morning Ladies!

Today I’ve got my first nail polish subscription box in a loooooooong time to share with you all. Sana of GlitterDaze recently launched a nail polish subscription box for her indie brand, which I think is a pretty awesome idea!

Here’s how it works:

- First you pick your subscription level. Your options are Super, Mega, and Ultra (which I will be showing you).

- Fill out a preferences questionnaire.


And yoinked straight from the subscription info page:

What you get:

Based on the Daze Level you choose, you will receive the following items monthly, for three months:
- One full-sized polish: This polish will be either a custom for the month OR a soon-to-be-released polish.
- One mini polish: This polish will be either a custom for the month OR a polish currently available in the shop. (If you’ve purchased from GlitterDaze through our Website or Etsy, they’ll make sure you don’t receive a polish you already have).
- Hand care items: These items can consist of any of the following: Luxury Hand Fizzies, Cuticle Sticks, Cuticle Butters, Base Coats, Top Coats, Nail Oils, etc.
- Glitter Accessory: These items can consist of any of the following: Pendants, Rings, Earrings, Key Chains, Magnets, Hair Pins, Paper Weights, Coasters, etc.
- Charitable Donation: Each box will have a specific amount from the purchase price that will go toward a charitable donation. Every three months, we will pick a different charity for these donations. Donations will be made at the end of the three-month period, and the receipt will be posted to our Facebook/blog/instagram. THE CHARITY CHOSEN FOR JUNE-AUGUST IS THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. 
- Shipping: The cost of shipping is included in the price of the box each month.


One full-sized Polish, One hand care item, $1 Charitable donation, Shipping: $15/month


One full-sized Polish, One mini polish, One hand care item, $3 Charitable Donation, Shipping: $22/month


One full-sized Polish, One mini polish, Two hand care items, One glittery accessory, $5 Charitable donation, shipping: $32/month

Sana was kind enough to send me the Ultra Daze for unboxing, so let’s get to it! ^_^

GlitterDaze Ultra Daze Subscription Box for June

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Here’s a photo of the box that my June Ultra subscription arrived in. Nothing too fancy, but the initialed little bow on top was a nice touch. ^_^
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And my individually wrapped goodies! I love this, definitely made me feel like it was my birthday or Christmas haha!

Glitter Daze Ultra Subscription Box - 4

GlitterDaze Cuticle Stick – Peony Scented

First thing I opened was the GlitterDaze cuticle stick. This one is peony scented, not my favorite sent since I’m not a fan of floral scents and this peony scent is pretty strong. At least to me is was strong! I did try it on my right hand in the name of science and it was moisturizing without leaving my skin oily, and easy to use. I will probably end up donating this cuticle stick to a friend though since I can’t really see myself ever using it with that scent. :P
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And next up is this cute little key chain with a glittery blinged out leopard print!
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Now to the super goodies, GlitterDaze Reloaded and American Royalty. Not shown here (but you can see it in the very first picture at the start of this post) is the mini bottle of Super Smooth QuickDry Keratin Top Coat that I received with this subscription box. Super Smooth is a keratin based top coat that is supposed to strengthen your nails. My little info card mentions that is DOES contain Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and cautions not to get it on your skin.


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GlitterDaze – Reloaded

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GlitterDaze – Reloaded

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GlitterDaze – Reloaded

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GlitterDaze – Reloaded

Get the perfect colorful paint splattered look on your nails! Reloaded is full of black and multicolored matte shredded glitter, as well as colorful large neon glitters all in a slightly tinted clear base!

Reloaded is a suspension based glitter that can use used to layer over virtually any polish! It’s thiiiiiiiiick though so you want to make sure that your base polish is completely dry before you use it to layer. My issue may have also been the mini bottle because the brush on it was fairly wide for my narrow nails and with soft bristles, making it a hard to control how much was on the brush when I applied it to the nail. It’s a dense glitter though so only 1 coat was needed with the dab-n-spread method, shown here is 1 coat of Reloaded over Takko Lacquer The Electric Apple: NYC. I LOVE the semi-translucent hex glitter!

My main problem was when I tried to use the Super Smooth QuickDry Keratin Top Coat over my nails. I thought I had given Reloaded enough time to dry (a few minutes) but NOPE I was wrong, and the top coat started to drag my nail polish! What you see above was my second attempt at this manicure, when I waited even longer… And still dragged my nail polish on my middle finger and slightly on my pointer finger. :( I think the combination of how thick Reloaded is plus how thick the top coat is was bad news bears for my manicure. Plus I had the same issue with the soft and wide (and slightly curved) brush on my bottle of top coat that made it almost impossible not to load it with too much top coat. It was a bit frustrating. :/

American Royalty

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GlitterDaze – American Royalty

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GlitterDaze – American Royalty

It’s that time of year again; backyard BBQs, pool parties, and get-togethers. Now you have the perfect patriotic polish to wear to all of these events! American Royalty is our little twist on the classic USA themed polishes; it has multiple shapes and sizes of red white and blue glitter in a light sky blue base as well as some gold accents to give it a little dash of class. Apply three thin and even coats, top with a thick and glossy topcoat!

And here is American Royalty, I really liked this one! It has a squishy creme-jelly baby blue base with what I like to call 4th of July confetti, haha! There’s gold shards, white bar and circle glitter, gold and blue tiny glitter, red shards, circles and bars, and some white stars thrown in for good measure! And the best part is that I didn’t have to fish for any of it! I got several pieces of each kind of glitter (including the stars!) on each nail with minimal effort. Shown here is 3 thin coats. I did use my trusted China Glaze Fast Forward topcoat this time though. ;)

Final Thoughts:

Well my first subscription box with GlitterDaze’s Ultra Daze option was a bit of a mixed bag I suppose. I absolutely LOVE American Royalty! I definitely plan to sport it on my nails some way for the upcoming holiday. And I like Reloaded, I just wish the brush on the mini bottle was easier to work with. I’m thinking if I add some thinner to Reloaded then perhaps I can get it to cooperate a little better. That or it may just be an issue with the mini bottles, and if I had a full sized bottle of Reloaded then perhaps I would not have run into this issue? :)

And if the cuticle stick had been any scent other than a floral scent I would be all about it. It’s great for moisturizing your cuticles, but I seriously hate floral scents! There’s no way Sana could have known that at the time since this was sent for review and I did not have the opportunity to do the questionnaire before subscribing that normally would occur. The Super Smooth QuickDry top coat and I are so far not the best of friends. I just cannot get a thin and even coat of that stuff and the way it kept messing with my Reloaded mani was rather frustrating. I’m also not so sure on it still including DBP when so many other options for top coats have eliminated that in their list of ingredients.

So at this point, I’m split 50/50 on likes and dislikes. But the nail polishes are my main concern and I did enjoy both of those, so anything else is not as important to me. With that in mind I would consider myself satisfied with this month’s box. And if I were signed up for the monthly subscriptions I would be eagerly awaiting my goodies for July’s box! Though I would probably downsize to the Super Daze subscription since I’m not a big fan of the brushes on the minis at this point. ;)

Purchase Info:

Again, there are three different options and price points for the GlitterDaze subscription box:

SUPER DAZE – $15/month; MEGA DAZE – $22/month; ULTRA DAZE – $32/month

Currently the GlitterDaze subscription box is available to residents of the US only. For further details and to subscribe, make sure you check out the Subscription Box Page!

And for updates and news on GlitterDaze products, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. ^_^

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Layering Experiment No. 10 – Sea Dreamscape From The Vault Of Yesteryear


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Pure Ice Heartbreaker, Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso, NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter

Hey Everyone!

I’ve had this layering experiment lounging in my draft purgatory for TWO YEARS!! I initially had been saving it for a guest blog post or a rainy day, and neither happened so I decided to finally let this mani see the light of day after languishing away for so long, haha! Bear with me, this was from way back when. I don’t even think my blog was even a year old at the time and my photography/nail shaping skills were still a work in progress. But this manicure… Is just so damn pretty!

I hope you all enjoy this trip back in time to 2011. ;)


Pure Ice Heartbreaker + Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso + NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter

Più Mosso
Più Mosso
I started out with two coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso by itself, a deep blackened blue filled with copper shimmer. I love this color so much. :-D

Pure Ice Heartbreaker, Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso, NYX Girls Dreamy GlitterThen I added two layers of Dreamy Glitter by NYX Girls. The name of this one fits it perfectly. It has a clear/pink base filled with prismatic hex, star, and micro-glitter. I topped everything off with a light layer of Heartbreaker by Pure Ice. People, this polish is a layering dynamo! Just do a google search for it and your heart will stop. If you can find Heartbreaker I highly suggest you snatch it up. :-D
Pure Ice Heartbreaker, Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso, NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter
Pure Ice Heartbreaker, Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso, NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter
I really REALLY love the outcome of this layering combination! It reminds me of a dreamy underwater seascape.
Pure Ice Heartbreaker, Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso, NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter
Lastly, here’s a close-up so you can see all the wonderful things happening on my nail. If I could keep this manicure forever I probably would. ;-)
Pure Ice Heartbreaker, Rescue Beauty Lounge Più Mosso, NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter
And here’s random bottle shots of the individual nail polishes that I used. I really need to utilize the NYX and Pure Ice polishes more often. SOOOO many possibilities! ^_^

This post brings back so much nostalgia from the start of my blog, complete with microscopic watermarks and nubby nails haha! But it also reminds me of how much I enjoy layering to see what I can come up with depending on various nail polish combinations. Methinks I’ll have to do more layering experiments a lot more often. :D




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Review: Barielle Summer Brights Swatches for Summer 2013


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Barielle Summer Brights 2013

Morning Everyone!

I’ve another great collection from Barielle to share with you all today. This time we’ll be looking at the Barielle Summer Brights for Summer 2013 swatches on the blog. All five of these beauties have a great creme finish, let’s check ‘em out!


Blue Capri

Barielle - Blue Capri 1

Barielle – Blue Capri

Barielle - Blue Capri 2

Barielle – Blue Capri

Blue Capri is a gorgeous cornflower blue creme. This is 2 coats and it has great coverage. The formula for all of these is fairly similar so I’ll go over that later in my “Final Thoughts” section.

Pink Flip-Flops

Barielle - Pink Flip-Flops 1

Barielle – Pink Flip-Flops

Barielle - Pink Flip-Flops 2

Barielle – Pink Flip-Flops

I think I would describe Pink Flip-Flops as a baby pink creme, this is 3 coats to even it out. It’s not a color that I would normally gravitate to, but it’s still very pretty!


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Barielle – Lemondrops

Barielle - Lemondrops 2

Barielle – Lemondrops

Lemondrops is a fabulous bold yellow creme! Levels out at 3 coats, which is shown here. I’m always on the look out for great yellow nail polishes and Lemondrops does not disappoint.

Cosmic Kiss

Barielle - Cosmic Kiss 1

Barielle – Cosmic Kiss

Barielle - Cosmic Kiss 2

Barielle – Cosmic Kiss

Cosmic Kiss is a goooorgeous deep flamingo pink creme. It’s incredibly shiny! I posted a pic on my instagram before I added topcoat and it’s craaaaazy how shiny it was even then! This is 2 easy coats.

Sweet Addiction

Barielle - Sweet Addiction 1

Barielle – Sweet Addiction

Barielle - Sweet Addiction 2

Barielle – Sweet Addiction

And finally we have Sweet Addiction, a perfect turquoise green creme. This one was almost a 1 coater! I did show 2 coats here, though you could probably get away with 1 coat if you have shorter nails. ^_^

Final Thoughts:

The formula for all of these was really great! All but Pink Flip-Flops and Lemondrops were 2 coats, and I can accept the 3 coats needed for those two because it’s a yellow (a notoriously difficult pigment for nail polish) and an almost pastel pink. My top picks from the Summer Brights collection are Lemondrops, Cosmic Kiss, Blue Capri, and Sweet Addition. Soooo basically all of them except for Pink Flip-Flops, which is a great color but just not something that I personally would wear.

Purchase Info:

The Barielle Summer Brights collection can be purchased on the Barielle website. Their polishes retail at $8.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish, or $25 for the Summer Brights 5-piece set.




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Review: Barielle Sweet Treats Swatches for Spring 2013


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Barielle Sweet Treats Spring 2013

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got the Barielle Sweet Treats swatches for Spring 2013 to show you all. I’ve been sitting on this collection for a while now and I wanted to make sure I shared it with you before spring ended, haha! This is a 5 polish collection of pastel(ish) cremes and a lone shimmer from Barielle, so let’s check ‘em out!


Banana Drop

Barielle - Banana Drop 1

Barielle – Banana Drop

Barielle - Banana Drop 2

Barielle – Banana Drop

Banana Drop is a creamy pale yellow creme. I was afraid of how application would be on this one with it being yellow AND a pastel, but it was relatively painless! Only one tiny spot of cuticle drag (on my ring finger) and it self leveled at 3 coats.

Green Apple Chew

Barielle - Green Apple Chew 1

Barielle – Green Apple Chew

Barielle - Green Apple Chew 2

Barielle – Green Apple Chew

Green Apple Chew is a great chartreuse green creme. This one was perfection at 3 thin coats, and again self leveling. It immediately reminded me of OPI’s Did It On ‘Em but I’ll have to compare the two to see how similar they really are. I do know that the formula for Green Apple Chew is ten times better than the OPI! And I think Green Apple Chew might be a smidge brighter, but don’t quote me on that one! ;)

Orange Parfait

Barielle - Orange Parfait 1

Barielle – Orange Parfait

Barielle - Orange Parfait 2

Barielle – Orange Parfait

Orange Parfait is a super chic muted coral orange, it reminds me of the color of sherbet! This was 3 coats here, but you could probably get away with 2 coats with careful application.

Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle - Lilac Jelly Bean 1

Barielle – Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle - Lilac Jelly Bean 2

Barielle – Lilac Jelly Bean

Lilac Jelly Bean is your typical grayed out violet. Nothing new here, but the formula is great! This is 2 coats. :)

Blue Cotton Candy

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 1

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 2

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

Blue Cotton Candy is a sweet surprise for this collection, a muted sea blue with silver shimmer! At first glance I thought it was glass flecks and my heart skipped a beat, haha! The formula on this one was superb, almost a 1 coater but I used 2 here. Careful application and shorter nails will easily require only 1 coat of polish

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 3

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

And here’s a macro shot. *le swoon*

Final Thoughts:

Honestly I really have nothing horrible to say about this collection! I usually stay far far away from pastels because they give me lobster claws, but this collection was quite flattering on my skin tone! Of course the only non pastel, Blue Cotton Candy, is hands down my favorite. I’m a shimmer lover after all. ;) But my other picks from the Barielle Sweet Treats collection are Green Apple Chew and Orange Parfait. Lilac Jelly Bean has been done over and over and OVER by so many different brands that I would have honestly enjoyed any other color in its place. That being said, they all had great formulas for a mostly pastel collection. No chalkyness, no streaks, easy application. Which ones are your favorites?

Purchase Info:

The Barielle Sweet Treats collection can be purchased on the Barielle website. Their polishes retail at $8.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish, or $25 for the Sweet Treats 5-piece set.




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Review: My First Pretty Serious Nail Polish Swatches!


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Morning Everyone!

I’m super excited to be sharing a brand that I’ve been admiring from afar for a while. I’ve been wanting to try out Pretty Serious Cosmetics nail polishes for quite some time now, but I just hadn’t gotten around to snagging any of them. They were part of my pretty hefty “Must Try Eventually” list of indie brands. ;)

So when Kaz shot me a message asking if I wanted to try a few of her little gems I practically squealed! And then immediately said hell yes. ;)

She’s shared four lovelies from her Seriously Random collection for me to show you all today. Let’s check out my Pretty Serious nail polish swatches right meow!



Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 1
Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 2
THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO… Haha, sorry I had to do it. The name of this nail polish reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future. It was the great circuiting… :D

But I digress, this Cybernetic nail polish is a gorgeous blue, teal, and purple glitter mixture in a blue jelly base. It’s absolutely beautiful and so fun to look at! Application for this one was fairly easy, this is 3 coats for full coverage.
Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 3
Here’s a macro shot for you all. Cybernetic is easily one of my favorites from the bunch. ^_^

My Darlin’ Clementine

Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 1
Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 2
YAAAAAAAASSSSS!! So obviously I absolutely adore My Darlin’ Clementine. Orange is one of my absolute favorite colors and this nail polish does not disappoint in hue saturation or formula. 3 easy as pie coats for shiny orange jelly goodness with golden shimmer. This shimmer looks almost green before I put on my nails, but it’s definitely a golden hue (at least to me) after applied. ^_^
Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 3
DAT MACRO SHOT. My Darlin’ Clementine definitely had the easiest formula to work with out of the four that I swatched from this collection.

Purple Monkey Dishwasher

Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 1
Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 3
The name for this one cracks me up. I’m looking forward to the facial expression of the person I tell that I’m wearing Purple Monkey Dishwasher on my nails. :P Purple jelly base packed with purple glitter (Pretty Serious Cosmetics informs us that this nail polish contains no actual monkeys ;) ). This one gave me the most issues with application. It’s a little thicker maybe than the other three I tried from this collection, and I must not have waited long enough between coats for this one because I had some cuticle/tip dragging issues on a few nails. I think the next time I wear Purple Monkey Dishwasher I’ll double my wait time between coats. I have 3 coats shown here.
Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 4
Macro shot! I love how well the glitter coats up to the tips without any bald patches. ^_^

Grimm Demise

Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 2
Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 3
Another awesomely named nail polish from Pretty Serious, Grimm Demise is a gorgeous green glitter (alliteration win!) with a green jelly base. I’m a huuuuuge fan on folklore and urban legends, with the Grimm’s Fairy Tales being some of my favorites. Frau Totenkinder of the Fables comic series also comes to mind when I see this color and hear the name. ^_^ This is 3 thin coats of Grimm Demise, easy peasy application.
Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 4
And of course a macro shot. I hate that this one came out so blurry! It looked so great in my preview window on my camera. I’m blaming the nargles.

Final Thoughts:

I’m pretty fricken pleased with my first nail polishes ever from Pretty Serious Cosmetics! The pigmentation for each of them is great and other than the thicker formula of Purple Monkey Dishwasher (still lol’ing at that name) they were all very easy to work with! My two easy favorites are tied between My Darlin’ Clementine (duh) and Cybernetic, with Grimm Demise in at a close second place.

Purchase Info:

Pretty Serious Cosmetics nail polishes are Big 3 Free and Formaldehyde Resin Free. They are also vegan and cruelty free for those that require that in a nail polish!

Retail cost is $9.95 per 11ml bottle of nail polish, and they can be purchased right at Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ website. They ship worldwide out of Australia, so please check their Shipping & Returns policies as shipping costs and stipulations may vary country to country. You can also check out their ‘Also Available At…’ link for where to buy internationally. ^_^

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Scofflaw Nail Varnish Koi Pondering Swatches and Review


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Hey Everyone!!

Lookit, two posts in… Well, less than a month! I’m working on posting more often. But I’ve been doing this weird thing called ‘leaving my house” on my days off from work. Puts a damper on my usual Netflix Marathon-n-Swatch… A-thons. ;) And there’s also this whole “I’m working almost 50 hours of overtime in April why did I do this to myself” mess that I got myself into. Soooooo, yeah. It’ll be a blessing no matter how many posts I manage to crank out this month. O___o

I did add a nifty little feature to my blog where you can check out my forever active updates on Instagram. You can see it to your right —————————————————————>>

Anyway, I have a new indie brand to share with you all today. Presenting one of my new pretties I picked up from Scofflaw Nail Varnish! She is a pal of the one and only NerdLacquer (who recommended her to us lacquer-heads on her Google+ page), and so far I am not disappointed with the two nail polishes I grabbed from her debut collection!

Koi Pondering

Scofflaw - Koi Pondering 1
Scofflaw - Koi Pondering 2
Behold, Koi Pondering!! I fell in love with this beauty instantly from the swatches that Scofflaw shared on her Facebook fan page before her premier release. As per my usual addict fashion, I set an alarm and used my Ninja Skills to snag this and one other polish from Scofflaw the day of her initial release. :D

Koi Pondering is a gorgeous blue jelly with orange, yellow, white hex glitters in various sizes and micro-shimmer. Application was super easy and it was opaque after 3 thin coats.
Scofflaw - Koi Pondering 3
Macroooooo time!! The shimmer in this one is really beautiful. And I love the fact that I didn’t have to go hunting for the glitter to get it to apply evenly on my nails. :D

Final Thoughts:

Koi Pondering by Scofflaw Nail Varnish has left me quite impressed! I hadn’t purchased nail polish in a long time, like months, until I discovered this brand. The combination of color and glitter in unique to my collection and I enjoy the professional level of her indie brand with the bottle and gorgeous label/font right from the start! Her prices are reasonable for an indie brand so if you’re looking for something new I would recommend giving Scofflaw a try! I already have my eyes on a few others of hers that I need to snag in the next restock.

Purchase Info:

Koi Pondering and other Scofflaw Nail Varnishes can be purchased at either or Llarowe. Prices and shipping vary depending on the site so check their shop policies individually. And for you folks not in the US, Llarowe does offer international shipping. ^_^

To keep up to date with upcoming collections, news and restock dates you can check out Scofflaw Nail Varnish on Facebook.





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The Return Of NerdLacquer!! Swatches of The Eye, TDBSLWCHSHITD, and All of Time and Space!



Morning Lovelies!

I honestly didn’t think I would ever be able to say this, but… NERDLACQUER IS BACK Y’ALL!! :D I’m so SO thrilled to have Amanda of NerdLacquer back in the indie space. I certainly missed her gorgeous nerdling nail polishes. My first indie nail polishes I ever bought were NerdLacquers back when she had first created her teeny Etsy shop before the indie polish boom. She’d suddenly disappeared one day due to personal life circumstances (which you can read about [HERE] if you have a Google+ account), and I faithfully and patiently hoped for and awaited her return. I’m so so so happy that once again I have to chance to get ALL THE THINGS from her portion of the indie nail polish world. :D

No joke, I set an alarm to be ready for when she opened her shop for the first time again in almost a year. She had new pretties based on LOTR and I NEEDED THEM. But as I was adding things to my cart it looked as if the two polishes I had eyed up had sold out from under me. Kick dirt, there’s always next time right? So I ended up snagging All of Time and Space, one of her polishes that I’d been lusting after for about a year, and I was content. Fast forward to a week or so later and not only does that one show up, but the two LOTR collection polishes I’d been after were in my package too! I thought at first, WOW, she must have used magic psychic powers and known that I’d wanted those and included them for me. HOW COOL!

But see-what-had-happened-was… That I had already bought them via paypal, but forgotten about it in my panicked nail polish shopping frenzy. Derp. ;) Well, I’m happy that in my blackout I managed to snag ‘em so let’s get to showing them!


The Eye

NerdLacquer - The Eye 1
NerdLacquer - The Eye 2
NerdLacquer - The Eye 3
The Eye is a cayenne red-orange jelly packed with black, orange, gold, red, and holographic glitter. It’s based on (you guessed it…) The Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is definitely my favorite of her newbies and the one I was after the most. The application was great and I only needed 2 coats for opacity!
NerdLacquer - The Eye 4
I love that Amanda included THE EYE on the top of my bottle. Anyone else get one on theirs? :D


TDB… OMG the name on this one!! O__O TDBSLWCHSHITD stands for “THE DWARF BREATHES SO LOUD WE COULD HAVE SHOT HIM IN THE DARK” according to Amanda’s description on her shop page. Once I read that it made me lol heartily. I wasn’t sure how I would like this one but after seeing it in person I’m sold.

I’m just gonna drop the rest of her description here because it’s made of win:

“Soft gold-flecked spring green of Lothlorien. A sunny green shimmer plus loads of white, golden, and leaf-green glitter on your fingertips will make you feel like you’re in Galadriel’s own garden…with a snotty elf making snide remarks about your lack of intrusion skills.”

I used 2 coats here. It was a little lumpy without top coat so keep that in mind if you prefer a smooth finish. The glitter likes to hide inside the base at times, so thin coats work best. ^_^

All of Time and Space

NerdLacquer - All Of Time and Space 1
NerdLacquer - All Of Time and Space 2
NerdLacquer - All Of Time and Space 3
And lastly, one of the classic NerdLacquer nail polishes that I had been lusting after since the beginning — All of Time and Space! This nail polish is beautiful! The Doctor Who themed AoTaS is an ethereal semi-sheer crystalline minty turquoise with silver shimmer, plus silver and fuchsia glitter. I used 3 coats here, but perhaps could have used a 4th to make sure my tips were fully covered. I cannot wait to layer this with my baby blue and pale greens! Or maybe purple to match with my purple version of one of my favorite hoodies from Threadless!

That’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope you all enjoyed my mini NerdLacquer spam! I actually have 2 or 3 more that I’ve yet to share with you on the blog. I must get around to correcting that, eh? ;)

And for those that want to stay updated on NerdLacquer releases, looks like the only sure-fire way to get updates directly from Amanda herself is to follow her on NerdLacquer’s Google+ Page. You can also randomly stalk her e-shop, for updates like I do. :P I am almost positive that she is restocking TODAY at 3pm CST!!

I do know that both Harlow & Co. and Ninja Polish plan to begin stocking NerdLacquer nail polishes again soon, so it might be in your best interest to (politely!!) e-stalk these gals too. ;)

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