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From The Vault: Colors by Llarowe Behead The Drama Queen!

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CbL - Behead The Drama Queen! 1

Hey Everyone!

My word, I have been sitting on these swatches for way WAY too long. I had lost my notes on them for months and just rediscovered them, just to find out that this shade has been retired from the CbL line. I’m sorry you guys, I really dropped the ball on this one. :( That being said, Behead The Drama Queen is an absolutely AMAZING nail polish. So if you can track it down you will not be disappointed! Let’s move on to my swatches now. ^_^


Behead The Drama Queen

CbL - Behead The Drama Queen! 2
CbL - Behead The Drama Queen! 3
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Behead The Drama Queen is an absolutely gorgeous dark teal based jelly with light green shimmer. This combination of the shimmer against the darker base gives it a beautiful duo chrome effect that shifts depending on your lighting. The formula was amazing, I used 3 easy coats to reach full coverage.
CbL - Behead The Drama Queen! 5
CbL - Behead The Drama Queen! 6

I just can’t get enough of this shade. It also looks like a scattered holo in some lighting just because of how strong the shimmer/color shift is on the nail!
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Let’s take a moment to admire the this pretty little thing in the above macro shot…

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And here’s one last shot of Behead The Drama Queen with flash, because as per usual I swatched in the middle of the night where natural sunlight does not exist.


Hope you all enjoyed these swatches and my ‘vintage’ square shaped nails, haha! I’ve got another ‘From The Vault’ post coming up for you all from a different great indie nail polish creator in the near future. Stay tuned while I dust off this blog yet again. ;)

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

 

 

 

 

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Review: Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy of a #Kdrama Collection

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Anatomy of a K Drama Collection - RBL

Hey Everyone!

No excuses for my prior absence since my last post 4 months ago (!!!), other than Netflix and Hulu owning my life when I’m not working crazy hours. :3

I’m back again with the newest Rescue Beauty Lounge collection to share with you all today! This time we’ll be looking at the Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy of a #Kdrama collection, which consists of seven gorgeous shades.

Here’s what Ji has to say about this collection:

Picture this: A really hot, rich boy (his parents practically own the country—think Samsung!) falls in love with a plain Jane, a pitifully poor girl whose family was financially ruined by loan sharks. The boy’s equally wealthy best friend falls in love with her too, and they even come to blows over the girl. She is without a clue since she is often too exhausted from taking care of her family—and working two or three jobs. It takes about 8 episodes for this couple to hold hands; we don’t know which of the boys she will choose, she may have held hands with both of them. They reach into their bottomless wallets to give her makeovers—in fact, one of their fathers owns the department store!

(Oh Snap!)
Enter the boy’s no-nonsense Korean tiger mom who always has a rich girl for him to marry (think company merger), someone he loathes. There are loads of schemes to get rid of the poor girl, even if his mother has to hire a hit man. Yes, there will be a kidnapping and perhaps some injuries, you name it—I’m scared for her too, no lie. It takes about 16 episodes for these two to kiss and overcome her accidents, hospital recoveries, etc. They promise never to part. But wait! Something else surfaces, after the boy’s friend digs up the girl’s family history, it turns out that the couple are exactly like Romeo and Juliet, their ancestors were enemies and the reason why her family is destitute.

What will she do? Will she honor her family and reclaim their wealth? Or does she
abandon ship?! Anatomy of a #KDrama is my latest collection, brought about by my newest compulsion.
–Ji Baek

Here’s a little trailer created by Ji to showcase the Anatomy of a #Kdrama collection:

As soon as Ji first mentioned this collection to me I was instantly intrigued by the idea. I love quirky and the premise of Kdrama inspired nail polish was definitely a theme that was a first for me! I had never watched any Kdramas before, but after Ji’s description above I had her recommend a few to me. They’re on my to-do list if I can track them down, Crunchyroll don’t fail me now! ;)

I couldn’t wait to see what the colors looked like based on their lovely descriptions. I was definitely not disappointed!


Instant Amnesia

RBL Instant Amnesia 1
RBL Instant Amnesia 2
RBL Instant Amnesia 3
Instant Amnesia: This is the perfectly neutral balance between fawn and taupe, a lofty palate cleanser with a tinge of attitude. Its flawless beauty is infused with flutters of silver, green, and pink shimmer. Once you wear it, Instant Amnesia will erase your memory of all the bad nail polish colors from your past.

Instant Amnesia is a ‘mannequin hands’ gorgeous taupe with pink, green and silver shimmer. The formula was squishy (almost like a jelly-creme hybrid) and application was a breeze! I use 3 coats here, but you could probably get away with 2 if you had shorter nails. I’ve definitely been rocking some talons lately. :P

Oh Slap!

RBL Oh Slap! 1
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Oh Slap!: The quintessential flushed cheeks for your nails, Oh Slap! goes on as a sheer pink in one coat with opaque coverage in two coats. This is THE PERFECT PINK; the formula is flawless and streak-free and is not pastel or white-based. You can practically apply it with your eyes closed.

Oh Slap! is a dusty rose-pink jelly-creme. Not a color I would typically reach for, but it’s very feminine and great if you’re looking for a soft neutral shade to sport. It definitely goes on sheer, I had to use 4 coats for the full coverage I prefer. That being said, it was streak free and I experienced no cuticle drag even with all the coats I had to apply!

Will They Won’t They

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RBL Will They Won't They 2
RBL Will They Won't They 3
Will They Won’t They: Will They Won’t They catches the sun’s rays as it glides on your nails. A gentle cascade of the tiniest silvery, blue-green micro glitter softly flows on a pool of doleful lavender. Sheer coverage in one coat, and opaque in two.

Ohhhhh man, Will They Won’t They is friggin GORGEOUS! Absolutely heavenly application and the glass flecky shimmer is to die for! I used 3 coats here, but again you’d probably only need two with shorter nails since you wouldn’t have to compete with as much VNL (visible nail line). Will They Won’t They also dries with an incredible glossy finish, even before I added my top coat!

Cue The Montage

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Cue The Montage: Yellow chartreuse is the most difficult color to wear; it was a daring task to try to create one that would be suitable for all skin tones. Cue the Montage has a different texture than any other RBL nail polish. It dries matte and textured, so you must apply a basecoat and topcoat for the full effect. This color has glittery silver that peaks through in glorified harmony.

Warning: The glitter in this bottle does not appear the same when applied to nails; it has a sandwiched effect.

Cue The Montage was another insta-fave! But it does take a little bit of work to get the finish as smooth as I’m showing it here. I have on 3 coats, and it definitely needed top coat since it dries textured. I initially just put on a single coat of my top coat and it was still looking a little lumpy. Then I added a coat of Gelous (any ‘glitter tamer’ style treatment will do here) and then another layer of top coat and BOOM: Smoooooth chartreuse and silver glitter sandwich sailing. ;)

This is definitely a shade of nail polish that’s unique to my collection, and when you have over 1200 bottles of nail polish that’s saying something.

Not Your Baby

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Not Your Baby: A deceitfully, mysterious brown-bronzy-sage-green duo chrome, Not Your Baby is a classic RBL chameleon nail polish—its identity changes depending on the light. Trickery plays. This color may appear to be brown with a cast of sage-green shimmer in a certain light, and yet bronze the next moment.

Helllllo baby! Er… I suppose Not Your Baby in this case, bad joke… I’m sorry friends. This one is crazy in a good way! In the bottle it had a strong duo chrome shift from green/gold to a mauve. And happily that shift was just as strong on the nail for me! Take a look at that macro shot for a better idea of what I’m talking about. I can see myself reaching for this one a lot. I used 2 coats here, this one had a perfect formula.

Burn The Evidence

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RBL Burn The Evidence 2
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Burn The Evidence: Burn The Evidence has a finely milled panache glitter that is not only jammed-packed with a mélange of red, gold, orange and copper glitters, but it also provides that dash of ash-black brilliance. This color fully covers in two full coats and has a flaming three-dimensional depth: Your hot nails will look like they’re on fire.

Burn The Evidence was a surprise favorite for me! I was expecting this one to be a pain to apply or just not really wow me since I’m not a huge ‘glitter bomb’ fan. But holy chickens, it’s amazing! This is 3 SMOOTH coats, as in this polish was almost completely smooth before I even added my top coat. And you’ll need top coat to make Burn The Evidence reach it’s max Oh-My-Glob potential. Before top coat, it’s pretty amazing. After top coat, I’m definitely channeling Katniss Everdeen with this nail polish!

Monologue

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Monologue: Virtuously inky, Monologue’s navy blue base is embedded with a soliloquy of elegant light-blue shimmer. Even in low light, this solitary dark blue retains its color and does not appear to be black. Monologue has a smooth, undemanding application; this color is darkly pigmented yet calmingly engaging.

Finally we have Monologue, a great deep navy blue base with light teal shimmer. I absolutely adored this one. I only needed 2 coats to reach full opacity with Monologue.


Final Thoughts:

I was [as usual] impressed by the entire collection and the eclectic mix of colors and finishes. My top picks from the Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy of a #Kdrama collection would have to be Will They Won’t They, Burn The Evidence, and Cue The Montage. And I’d have to say that Monologue and Instant Amnesia are close behind for my second tier picks. ^_^

What do you ladies (or gents) think of the Anatomy of a #Kdrama collection? Any Kdrama fans out there with recommendations for your favorite shows that I should check out? :D

Here’s some quick links to my fellow bloggers reviewing this collection:
Polish PoliceScrangieKellie GonzoFashion PolishMakeup WithdrawalManicuratorPeachy Polish, Warm Vanilla Sugar, and Refined & Polished!

Purchase Info:

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at www.rescuebeauty.com for $20 per bottle. The 48 hour pre-sale date is set for 6/20 and ends on 6/22 at Noon EST, so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter email blast to take advantage of the Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy of a #Kdrama collection 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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+!

 

 

 

 

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Models Own Beetlejuice Collection (swatches & review)

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Models Own Beetlejuice Collection

Morning Everyone!

I’m finally getting around to showing you all one of the most anticipated collections that came out in 2011, the Models Own Beetlejuice Collection! I certainly know that I went on their website the very day it was released and bought the collection set as soon as I got home from work that morning! The set I ordered came with all 5 polishes and the 3 in 1 Base Coat/Top Coat/Gloss by Models Own. I used their base coat/top coat combo for all swatches that I’m showing you today.

Unfortunately I did have some major issues with the Models Own website/customer service, but I’ll address that after I show you all the polishes.

Clicking on each picture will enlarge it to the original size (Hint: Pretty Macros!), and this is a VERY picture heavy post. :-D

 


Golden Green

Golden Green
Golden Green
Golden Green
Golden Green is a beautiful green polish that flashes yellow-gold. This one also has a fine green shimmer. I used 3 coats here, it can be a little brush stroke happy so you have to be a little careful during application. I did my first two strokes on the outer left and right portion of my nail, then the 3rd stroke straight up the middle. I LOVE duo-chromes with this color combination, it’s in the same family as Ozotic 507 and Peridot.
Golden Green
Le macro shot. ♥

Pinky Brown

Pinky Brown
Pinky Brown
Pinky Brown
Pinky Brown is an orange/dark pink/brown multi-chrome with a glass fleck finish, similar to MAC’s Bad Fairy but it is NOT a dupe for that polish. Jen from The PolishAholic did some amazing comparison swatches for the Beetlejuice Collection that I’ll link you to a bit later. ;-) Shown here is 2 coats. I love the glass fleck finish so you know I’m all about this one. :-D
Pinky Brown
Macro shot of Pinky Brown, sorry about the blurry-ness on this one. I didn’t notice until I was editing my photos. :?

Emerald Black

Emerald Black
Emerald Black
Emerald Black
Emerald Black
Emerald Black. Oh man, this one right here… This is LOVE. I know I say that a lot but I’m for real this time! ;-) I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I do, it took me totally by surprise. It’s also damn near impossible to capture the multi-chromatic flash, but it’s there. Being all subtle and sexy. :-P She is an inky blackened blue with green and blue shimmer that sparkles like the night sky in certain angles. I can’t get over how much I love this one! I used 2 coats for full coverage.
Emerald Black
Just look at this macro and tell me you’re not head over heals for Emerald Black! If you’re still on the fence, enlarge this photo first then make your decision. She’s a vampy polish lovers dream come true. ♥

Purple Blue

Purple Blue
Purple Blue
Purple Blue
Purple Blue is a purple/blue/fuchsia multi-chrome and the other glass fleck finish in the collection. I used 3 coats for full coverage. The formula for this one was similar to Pinky Brown (the other glass fleck), sheer yet buildable.
Purple Blue
Here’s a macro shot of Purple Blue, it looks like crushed candy to me. :-D

Aqua Violet

Aqua Violet
Aqua Violet
Aqua Violet
Aqua Violet was another surprise favorite for me, just look at that color shift! It’s a beautiful lagoon blue/violet duo-chrome with a subtle blue shimmer. The third picture above is in shaded lighting, you can really see the violet come out to play. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails when I had this one on. My boyfriend said it looked like an oil slick, I’m going to take that as a good thing. ;-) Aqua Violet goes on sheer but built up nicely after 3 coats (make sure to wrap those tips!).
Aqua Violet
Aqua Violet
Here’s TWO macro shots of Aqua Violet for you, I just couldn’t narrow it down from these because they’re both so dang beautiful! Enlarge this last one, trust me. :-D


Final Thoughts:

Wow. I love this collection, it’s basically a multi-chrome polish lover’s dream! My favorite out of the bunch are Aqua Violet and Emerald Black, but really all 5 of them are stunners. The formula on each was good. A bit sheer for some but they all built up nicely after 2-3 coats. I’m happy that I didn’t have to layer them over black polish for the color shifts to be noticeable. If you have the means and cash to do so, I would definitely splurge and buy the entire collection. Check out Jen’s Models Own Beetlejuice Collection Comparison Swatches to see other polishes that are similar to the ones in this collection. :-)

The 3 In 1 Base/Top coat that came with my order was also quite nice. The polish adhered well to the base and adding another coat of the 3 in 1 on top did leave me with a nice glossy finish. It takes a little longer than my SV to dry, but the wait time isn’t terrible.

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Now onto the ranty part of my review. :-( While I’m happy with my polishes, the process of ordering them from the Models Own website and subsequently dealing with their customer service department was a nightmare. For one thing, the Models Own website was extremely buggy when I placed my order. I don’t know if it’s always like that or if they were just bogged down with orders since it was release day for that collection. Either way, the profile I created when I placed my order failed to register for one reason or another. I paid via paypal but it took 5 days for the money to be transferred from my account. And in that time I NEVER received an order conformation/receipt from Models Own, so I wasn’t even sure if my order had actually gone through successfully. Which worried me because the full set was already sold out on their site at the time.

I emailed their customer service department to let them know of my issue (thankfully I had made a print-screen of my transaction so I had the order/confirmation number on-hand) and to see if they could confirm my order and also send me a shipping tracking number. I got an email back saying “yes your order went through”. Okay, but I’d also asked for a shipping tracking number. I emailed them again then I waited.. And waited… And waited… And then I sent a reminder email about my tracking number. And 4 days later I STILL had no response to my 3rd email. I reached out on Twitter to see if I could get a response that way, explaining that for some reason my profile I created hadn’t saved. I gave them my order number again and asked for a tracking number for shipping. Their response: oh, you have to make a profile in order for your orders to be saved in our system. :x It was as if every time I asked about a tracking number for my order that question was being ignored on purpose, I felt like I was getting nowhere.

By this point I was ready to pull out my hair. It’d been 10+ days now with no way to track my package and no real answers from anyone. I sent out a 4th email and another message on twitter, this time a bit more forceful laying out my frustration with the lack of help I’d received so far. And after 14 days I FINALLY received an email with a tracking number, but their rep made sure to chastise me by saying that I needed to be patient since overseas packages can take up to four weeks to arrive. Right. Does is also take 4 weeks to receive a tracking number? Or at least a notification letting me know my package had been shipped?! :-( My package finally arrived 17 days after I’d placed my original order. The whole ordeal left me with a sour taste in my mouth and I almost didn’t even want to bother reviewing the polishes.

I know I wasn’t the only one having issues with their site on the day the Beetlejuice Collection launched. I feel like they should have had better representation for such a huge release, both for technical support and for customer service. I’m not telling you to never buy products from them, I just want you all to be aware of the issue I had. Hopefully you won’t have to experience the same thing I went through. :-)

Purchase Info:

The Models Own Beetlejuice Collection can be purchased straight from the Models Own website. I know, I know… But even after everything I just said I still want to give you all options. :-) They retail at £5 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish [HERE], or you can buy the entire boxed set for £20, this price also includes the 3 in 1 Base Coat/Top Coat/Gloss. They’re currently running a Buy 3 Save £3/Buy 5 Save £7 deal.

Thankfully (in my case especially) there is another way to get your hands on these polishes. Katie of Harlow & Co. stocks Models Own polishes and she just recently started carrying the Beetlejuice Collection! You can find them [HERE] under the Models Own tab, they retail at $8.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish.

Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504 (swatches & review)

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Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight)

Morning Everyone!

Today I am extremely excited to be able to show you one of my biggest lemmings of the year, Ozotic Pro polishes! Ozotic Pro is an Australian brand that up until recently was only available in Australia or via very expensive international shipping/swapping. Now thanks to Llarowe’s shop you can get your hands on these beauties in the US. ^_^ Today I’ve got Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504 to share and it’s magnificent. I’ve heard it called ‘Twilight’ on some forums and blogs but I don’t think any of the Ozitics have actual names (someone correct me if I’m wrong). There are a LOT of photos with this post so you’ve been warned. ;-)

I used Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat for these swatches. Click the photos to enlarge them. Trust me, you’ll want to view all of these photos at their maximum size. :-D

 


Ozotic Pro 504

Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Indoors
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Indoors
Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504 is hard to describe. On its own it is very sheer and rather blah, but once you layer this polish it really comes to life. The color shifts for this multi-chromatic polish are phenomenal! It shifts from royal blue to purple, purple to maroon, maroon to orange, then finally orange to yellow. I could not stop staring at my nails when I was wearing 504. :-D
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Indoors
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Indoors
This is two coats of 504 over Black Creme by Wet n Wild. Application was a breeze. The polish was thin and spreadable, and the polish brush was long and flexible. I love the hidden shimmer in 504! You can’t see it from the bottle but on the nail is really beautiful. :-)

504 – Outside/Natural Light

Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
The sun finally decided to show its face two days after I put 504 on, so I decided to take advantage of it while I still had the polish on to capture some shots in natural sunlight. I’m glad I did because 504 is even more spectacular in the sunshine! Please excuse the tip wear on a few of my fingers, again this was after I’d been wearing 504 for three days. -_-
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
More of the purple/maroon shift, just look at the shimmer shining through! *le sigh*
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
Some shaded shots of the polish, this is when you’ll really see the orange and yellow color shifts most predominately.
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
No words, just awe and wonder. Quite frankly I never want to take this off. :-D
Ozotic Pro 504 (Twilight) - Outdoors
And last but not least, the macro shot you’ve all come to know and love. ;-) I’m so happy that I managed to capture all 504‘s color shifts and the shimmer in one shot. ^_^ Maximize This Picture!


Final Thoughts:

What’s not to love about this polish! Ozotic makes some of the best multi-chromatic polishes I’ve seen in quite a long time, and their formula is superb. They are a little on the expensive side but you get such a unique polish that I feel it’s well worth the money spent. I hope to eventually own all of the available Multi Chromes because they’re wonderful! :-)

Purchase Info:

Ozotic Pro Multi Chrome 504, and other Ozotic Pro polishes can be purchased from their US stockist, Llarowe. Ozotics retail at $17.50/ea for a 16ml bottle of polish. She does offer worldwide shipping (although Italy is currently excluded). Oztotics are also available through the Australian company Picture Polish for $14 AUD, though international shipping through them varies and can get quite expensive so I would refer to their shipping chart.

 

 

*The products in this post were sent to me for reviewing purposes.

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