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Review: My Pretty And Polished Mathematical!! Collection Picks!


Pretty and Polished Mathematical Collection

Oh My Glob Everyone!

I was so friggin pumped when I realized that Pretty and Polished was making the Mathematical!! collection based off the show Adventure Time! As you may well know by now, my boyfriend and I are completely obsessed with the show. We even dressed up at Princess Bubblegum and Finn for Halloween! I set my alarm for the minute these got released and snagged 5 minis from the 8 polish collection. I’ll more than likely go back for the full sized bottles at some point because this collection is totally shmowzow!

If you’re not familiar with Adventure Time, I’ll try to briefly describe it to you. It’s an American tv show on Cartoon Network that follows a 14-year-old boy named Finn the Human and his yellow dog named Jake (who has magical powers) through the post-apocalyptic world called Land of Ooo. Some other outstanding characters in the show are: Princess Bubblegum, the ruler of Candy Kingdom; The Ice King, kinda evil but mostly just wants to marry all the PRINCESSES!!; Lumpy Space Princess, who is pretty much a lumpy valley girl; Marceline, the coolest sorta evil-but-not-really hipster vampire; Lady Rainicorn, Jake’s girlfriend (he’s the only one that understand what she’s saying…) who is half rainbow and half unicorn; and Beemo/BMO,Β  the most adorable handheld gaming system ever. There are TONS of other characters and lots of back-story. So if you enjoy reading check out the wiki and wikia pages! ^_^

Enough of my rambling, let’s get to the swatches! πŸ˜€


I’m Not A Banana!

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First up is I’m Not A Banana! This one is based on Jake the Dog. The yellow jelly is a perfect match for his fur color, and I love the black and white hex glitter! This one was pretty sheer but I was able to build it to an opacity I liked after 4 coats. I didn’t have any issue with getting the hex glitter out of the bottle and it dried relatively quickly for as much as I used. I’ll have to search through my yellows to see if I have something similar to layer it with next time. Maybe Cult Nails Feel Me Up? :)

King Of C-C-Cool

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King of C-C-Cool is based on the Ice King and it’s so awesome! I have nothing like this polish in my collection at all. It’s a blue squishy creme/jelly base filled with blue micro-shimmer, tiny red square glitter, blue and yellow hex glitter, and white diamond glitter! I absolutely LOVE this one. I used 3 coats here and had no issues getting a good amount of each type of glitter on my nails. No dabbing necessary even though there’s so much going on! πŸ˜€


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My Lumps represents the ever awesome Lumpy Space Princess, and is a sheer purple jelly filled with yellow and purple glitter shards and blurple micro-shimmer. This was the only one I chose to layer out of the group. It looked too sheer to build up on its own but in hindsight I believe you can get this one to opacity after 4 coats. Shown here is 3 coats over A England Guinevere. You can’t even really see my base polish at all anymore (except for maybe my pinky which I think I accidentally only did 2 coats of My Lumps :P).

This is another unique one for me in my collection. I loved the yellow flash in the purple! The glitter was fairly easy to place, just make sure you wait between coats so you don’t drag it. And a good top coat will keep the surface smooth.


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Peebles is named after Princess Bubblegum (who is often referred to as PB or Peebles in the show). This one is a squishy bubblegum pink jelly with fuchsia micro-shimmer and pink and yellow hex glitter. I looooooove this one, but I may be partial because PB is my favorite character in the show. πŸ˜› I used 3 coats here.

The Young Hero

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And lastly, we have The Young Hero! This one is named after Finn the Human and it’s another favorite for me in the collection. The Young Hero is a squishy white creme/jelly hybrid filled with blue and yellow small glitters, small blue hex glitter, light blue square glitter and light green hex glitter. LOVE!

I’ve been wearing this one for a few days now. The cashier as PetSmart stopped me dead in the middle of my transaction to gush about my nails when I had this on! She thought I’d put the glitter in there myself. πŸ˜›
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You all get TWO macro shots of The Young Hero because you’re that special to me, haha. That and you can see the green hex glitter in the first macro. πŸ˜‰

Application for The Young Hero was a little tricky. It was hard to get it to level out to even coat on some nails but I managed to get it all under control at 4 thin coats. If you wait between coats or layer it over a white base (I didn’t do either of those things, haha) you might have an easier time of it. But it was totally worth the effort because this final result is effing gorgeous!
Pretty and Polished - Mathematical Bottle Shot 1
Pretty and Polished - Mathematical Bottle Shot 2
And here’s a few bonus shots of the mini bottles with the new Pretty and Polished labels. I love that each bottle has little colored polish drops that reflect the colors inside each individual polish! Very cute!


Final Thoughts:

Even if I weren’t partial to Adventure Time I would still give my picks from this collection an A+++++! Every single polish from the collection is entirely unique to my stash and they all have something great to offer. Not to mention, they’re just so dang fun! I think each one accurately represents the whimsical (and slightly off the wall) nature of the television show, and each polish is a perfect representation of the characters that inspired them. Dare I say that if I made a top 10 indie collection list for 2012, the Mathematical!! collection would be on that list for sure!

Do you need these? Get the math outta here with that question, heck yeah you need them! πŸ˜€

Purchase Info:

The entire Pretty and Polished Mathematical!! collection can be purchased from their online store, Each polish retails at $5.00 for the mini and $9 for the full sized bottle. You can also still find Pretty and Polished on her Etsy Shop.

For updates and previews of new collections, follow Pretty and Polished on Facebook and Twitter!

Review: Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land!


Allo Everyone!

Welcome to Day 2 of my Pretty and Polished Extravaganza, haha! I’ve got another holiday collection polish to share with you all today. This time we’re gonna check out Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land. Let’s get straight to it, shall we? ^_^


Pretty and Polished – S’no Mans Land

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S’no Mans Land is a frosty white polish filled with satin white hex glitter and small iridescent glitter. At first I was incredibly frustrated with this polish. It looked so pretty in the bottle and when I tried to wear it alone it was a frosty-streak filled disaster for me. :( What I quickly learned about S’no Mans Land is that you need patience to get it to work for you and not against you. What you also need to do is layer this sucker, unless you don’t mind the frosty finish when worn alone.

What you see above is 1 THIN coat of S’no Mans Land layered over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.Β  This turned out to be my favorite combo for this polish. This turned out quite pretty when done this way. But make sure your coats are thiiiiinnn, I made the coat on my pointer finger just a little too thick and it started looking pearly again. πŸ˜›

The hex glitter is sparse but fishing wasn’t necessary, and I would not recommend fishing for this polish because it’ll just make your nails look like a mess, hah!
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And here is a shot of 2 coats of S’no Mans Land on its own. I only did my pinky before I gave up on it to go with my layering combo instead. I mean, it’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever seen. But it was just too frosty on its own for me. πŸ˜›


Final Thoughts:

While not my favorite polish of the holiday collection that I’ve tried,Β  S’no Mans Land can be saved! ^_^ If you layer it over white it has quite the ethereal look thanks to the hex and iridescent glitter. Once I learned how to work with S’no Mans Land I really did love how it looked layered!

But bear in mind that it can be tricky to work with. And if frosty finish nail polishes are the bane of your existence, or you don’t like to layer your polishes then this may not be the polish you are looking for.

Purchase Info:

Pretty and Polished S’no Mans Land can be purchased from Chels Marie’s new shop, It retails at $5.00 for the mini and $9 for the full sized bottle. You can also still find Pretty and Polished on her Etsy Shop.

For updates and previews of new collections, follow Pretty and Polished on Facebook and Twitter!




* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Review: Emily de Molly Black Forest!


Morning Everyone!

I’m suuuuuper pumped to be able to share this polish with you all today. I have been lusting over Emily de Molly polishes ever since I first stumbled across her Etsy shop earlier this past Spring. Sadly for me, she is based out of Australia and the turn around time for shipping nail polish from AUS was a staggering 3 months! And that’s if it showed up at all. As much as I loved her polishes, that was just too risky for me and I just came to the belief that I would never own a ‘de Molly’ polish. And after a while she stopped shipping internationally altogether on her Etsy page. :(

Then Leah Ann of Llarowe came to the rescue! She started to stock Emily de Molly! And my nails rejoiced, haha! I immediately snatched up Black Forest because it was at the top of my DO WANT list for months. ^_^


Emily de Molly – Black Forest

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Emily de Molly Black Forest is a BEAST! This super black jelly is chock-full of multi-sized iridescent green hex glitter. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life! I decided to layer 2 coats of Black Forest over 1 coat of black (A England Camelot), and oh-my-glob-you-guys, it’s beautiful!

The polish was easy to apply and I didn’t have to fish for glitter at all. I added a coat of Gelous before adding my top coat to get a super smooth finish. But you may not even need to do that. I didn’t wait for it to fully dry to see if it had any bumpy texture before adding my TC. πŸ˜›
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Sorry guys, I could not get a decent macro shot of Black Forest to save my life! I took about 10 macro shots and this was the best one from the lot. Bah.


Final Thoughts:

I love Black Forest and I’m so happy that there is a way to acquire Emily de Molly polishes internationally now! The way I feel about Emily de Molly is the way I feel about Pokemon, GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL! πŸ˜€

Purchase Info:

Emily de Molly polishes can be purchased from her Etsy Shop for residents of Australia only. Outside of Australia your current options are Llarowe or Shoppe Eclecticco, who both ship worldwide! Pricing ranges depending on the E-Tailer, so check each individual shop for pricing and shipping charges/policies. ^_^

For updates and previews of new collections, follow Emily de Molly on Facebook!

HARE Polish Bisbee Is Finally Mine!!


Morning Lovelies!

I hope you all had a great weekend! First I want to say that a winner of my Cirque All Hallow’s Eve Collection Giveaway has been chosen and the winner has been contacted via email. They have 48 hours to respond before I choose another potential winner from the list of entries. :-)

Today I’ve got a polish to share with you all that had been a HUGE lemming on my wishlist for over a year, HARE Polish Bisbee!! I missed my opportunity to own this lovely polish last year when HARE Polish went MIA for a long time. But now that it’s back again this polish was finally made available for purchase through Llarowe a few weeks ago. I got super lucky and was able to snag one during the first mini-restock of Bisbee. It literally sold out in less than 3 minutes! 😯 But don’t worry, if you missed it during that restock it will be back some time this week (maybe Wednesday I think?).


HARE Polish Bisbee

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HARE Polish Bisbee is a gorgeous turquoise-teal jelly that is filled with gold hex glitter in varying sizes. It was named after the turquoise and copper mines in Bisbee, Arizona. It looked pretty sheer so I decided to layer 1 thick coat of Bisbee over 2 coats of Pixel Aqua-Escence (not a typo, it’s actually spelled that way…).
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Next time I wear Bisbee I think I’ll do 2 thin coats over a base polish or see how it looks on its own. I want MOAR of those gold hex glitters all over my nails. It wasn’t hard to apply though and I did not have to use the dabbing method.
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Here’s a macro bottle shot. I can’t get over how much I LOVE Bisbee. I am totally going to add a matte topcoat next time too! πŸ˜€


Final Thoughts:

I am so so SO happy that I was finally able to get my hands on Bisbee! I may or may not have squealed at my Llarowe package when this arrived at my door last week. πŸ˜€ HARE Polish was one of my first Indie polish loves and I’m so happy that she is back and making new collections as well as slowly releasing some of her older polishes that I missed the first time around. :-)

Purchase Info:

HARE Polish Bisbee is available through Llarowe for the time being for $11.00/ea, but I’m sure that it will be on the HARE Polish Etsy Shop in the future.

You can stay updated on news and restocking dates by following Llarowe and HARE Polish on Facebook, or by signing up for the Llarowe email updates via her website. πŸ˜€

Review: Cagedbird Nail Lacquer


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Morning Everyone!

I have two nail polishes to show you from Cagedbird Nail Lacquer today. Cagedbird is an indie brand that is new to me. From her Etsy page she described Cagedbird Nail Lacquer as “a variety of both handmade from scratch nail lacquers and custom blended nail lacquers using craft and cosmetic grade glitters with existing polishes.”

Sarah (the lady behind Cagedbird) sent me two of her polishes for review, Antoinette and Rose Gold. Let’s move on to the swatches! πŸ˜€



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Antoinette is a very sheer cream nail lacquer containing gold, rose pink, pastel blue holo and pink holo glitter, fine iridescent glitter and silver glitter. Antoinette is also my middle name (yes… my name is Marie Antoinette, for real. :-P) so I’m already partial to this polish! I ended up trying out Antoinette on its own this time around and I used 4 coats here. You can still see a bit of VNL but it doesn’t bother me. Next time I’ll layer it over a pale blue, jelly white or pink and see what it looks like. πŸ˜€

I love love LOVE the mix of glitters in Antoinette. It’s such a delicate polish and it makes me crave french macarons. πŸ˜€ Application was pretty good, it has a thicker formula but it was still easy to apply. Dry time was a little slower than usual but I also had on 4 coats of polish.

Rose Golden

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Rose Golden is a mix of metallic glitter in both medium yellow gold hexes and rose pink in various sizes. I loooooove this one! This is just 1 coat of Rose Golden over L’Oreal Cockatoo’s Mystery. Rose Golden has such a heavy glitter ratio you could probably reach opacity with it alone after 2-3 coats.

This one was an absolute breeze to apply and I didn’t have any issues with glitter placement (no ‘dabbing’ is necessary).
L'Oreal Cockatoo's Mystery
Here’s a swatch of L’Oreal Cockatoo’s Mystery by itself. It’s a pretty muted taupe/greige from their LE Project Runway collection (borrowed from my fellow lacquerhead/knitting/crochet machine roomie :-P).
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And here’s one more bottle shot of Antoinette and Rose Golden for you. I love the mini bottle shapes and the cute ribbons!


Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed both of these polishes. Both Antoinette and Rose Golden had great formulas, good brushes and I really have no complaints. I also like the fact that they provide the full list of ingredients for their polishes on each product link. Cagedbird Nail Lacquer is on my radar now. So I’ll have to browse her Etsy shop to see what other goodies Sarah has to offer from now on. ^_^

Purchase Info:

Rose Golden and Antoinette can be purchased from the Cagedbird Nail Lacquer Etsy Shop. They retail at $5.00/ea for the 5ml bottles and $10.00/ea for the 15ml bottles. The shop looks a little bare-bones right now but you can follow Cagedbird on theirΒ Facebook Fanpage to stay updated on restocks and any other news. ^_^




* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Introducing CIRQUE Nail Polish!! Dark Horse Collection Swatches & Review


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Morning Lovelies!

I hope youΒ  all had a great weekend! Mine was a lot of fun. A little too much fun, haha! Moving right along, I’m happy to be sharing a brand new line of polishes with you all today. CIRQUE nail polish is the creation of Annie Pham out of NYC, and her Dark Horse Collection really has a little something for everyone!

Annie was nice enough to send me a few of her babies to try out, so let’s get moving right along to the swatches. Thanks Annie! As always, clicking on any of the images will bring you to the originally sized files on my Flickr account. :-)



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Vaudeville is a lavender polish filled with green/golf shimmer and blueish flecks! I’ve never seen a color combination quite like it! It’s a bit sheer and the first coat was a bit runny, but Vaudeville evened itself out after 3 coats.

I really like this one, it’s like a funky neutral. :-)


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Trousseau is a sheer polish with flecks of silver/gold glitter mixed in with larger gold hex pieces in a clear base. I used 3 coats here but I think Trousseau would look phenomenal layered over a black creme, I’ll have to try that next!

The hex pieces were not easy to get out of the bottle, but they weren’t impossible either. Only minor glitter fishing and no swearing was involved in this polish swatch. πŸ˜‰


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Epoch pretty much has my heart in its hot little hands. β™₯

This duo-chromatic beauty flashes a gorgeous blackened teal or a vivid purple, I love it! I used 2 coats here without much fuss.


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Potosi is a glitter overcoat that is packed with silver shards and smaller silver and gold glitter. I looooooove it!! I decided to layer 2 coats of Potosi over Epoch and this is a match made in polish heaven! πŸ˜€ It’s so pretty and damn near blinding in the sun, hah!

The shards are easy enough to get on the brush but be careful that the pieces are laying flat before you add your top coat so that none of the shards poke through. If you look closely on my middle finger, I have one shard poking out that I forgot to flatten down. But the rest of the shards lay out smoothly during application and the final result with top coat was super smooth otherwise.

Dark Horse

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Dark Horse feels like it could be a 3rd cousin (twice removed) of Butter London’s The Black Knight. But where TBK is a black jelly filled with glitter, Dark Horse is a clear base that’s filled with black glitter as well as multi-shaded glitter pieces. I wasn’t expecting that at all, and I don’t have any other polishes made up of black glitter!

Dark Horse goes on sheer so what you see above is 4 thin coats, though 3 may suffice if you’re careful. I think this one would look great layered over a black creme so I’ll have to try that out soon! I used a coat of Gelous before adding my topcoat to get a glass smooth finish. β™₯

Tibetan Nights

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Tibetan Nights is a gorrrrrgous navy blue jelly with silver micro-glitter, small hex glitter and some bar glitter pieces! You all know how much of a sucker I am for these types polishes! I used 4 thin coats here. :-)

The formula on Tibetan Nights is veeeerry thin and may cause frustration for polish beginners, so you must be careful with application. Use thin coats and build it up, waiting a few minutes between layers to avoid cuticle drag. If there’s too much polish on the brush you WILL flood your cuticles with blue polish. πŸ˜›


Taken from Cirque’s About page:

Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York. Β The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Β Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. Β The debut collection, Dark Horse, is a 12-color arrangement that is diverse in its hues and finishes — similar to the creative energy that abounds New York.

Cirque nail polish is B3 free, which means it does not contain toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. Each bottle holds .45 oz / 13.2 ml of product and is hand-mixed by batch using high quality ingredients such as cosmetic-grade pigments and glitter.Β  Organic lavender and clary sage essential oils have been added to lend your hands a subtle scent after the polish dries.

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I was given 6 out of the 12 polishes that are part of the Dark Horse Collection. I have my eye on a few more and I can’t wait until I can try them. Here’s another bottle shot picture of the ones I currently own.
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And here is a swatching wheel that Annie sent along with the polishes I received, where you can see swatches of all the polishes from the Dark Horse Collection. French Roast, Debris, and Ophelia pretty much NEED to be in my hands soon. And I kinda feel like I need Never Nude just because the name reminds me of Arrested Development. πŸ˜€


Final Thoughts:

Overall I’m VERY happy with the collection of Cirque nail polishes I was sent for review! My favorites so far are Epoch, Vaudeville, Tibetan Nights and Potosi… But I’m planning to some layering experiments with Trousseau and Dark Horse so I may add those to my favorite list soon enough. πŸ˜›

I did not notice a lavender/sage scent to the polishes but since I was swatching I only have them on for a brief period of time (the Epoch/Potosi combo took a trip to Arby’s with me, haha!). I’ll report back when I wear the polishes long-term to see if there is a noticeable lavender/sage fragrance. ^_^

Though PayPal is currently not available for online shopping, it is on the list of things (along with possibly offering free shipping!!!) that Annie is thinking about including in the future. πŸ˜€

Purchase Info:

Cirque’s Dark Horse Collection can be purchased from their website, The polishes retail at $12.00 – 16.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish. She does offer international shipping!

For NYC locals, Annie also has a booth at the Hester Street Fair several times this summer! Check out Gotham Polish’s post [HERE] for the dates that Cirque will be available. ^_^

You can also check out the Cirque Facebook Fan Page by clicking [HERE].



* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Review: Aphrodite Lacquers SandBar Collection Swatches!


Aphrodite Collage

Hey Everyone!

I’ve got another fun indie brand to share with you all today. This time we’ll be looking at Aphrodite Lacquers SandBar Collection, which is a series of 6 summer ready jellies! You know how I feel about jellies, they’re close to my heart so I was super excited when Rebecca contacted me about these gems. πŸ˜€

I used Cult Nails Get It On & Wicked Fast for my swatches today. But honestly all of these dried so fast and were so shiny and smooth without topcoat! Clicking the photos will bring you to the original sized… you know the drill. πŸ˜‰



Aphrodite Lacquers Grapetini
Aphrodite Lacquers Grapetini
Grapetini is a purple jelly polish with lavender glitter, light purple holo glitter, and tiny silver glitter/shimmer. 3 coats here, I really liked this one. It’s a smidge lighter in real life, my camera likes to spaz out with purples. πŸ˜›

Mai Tai

Aphrodite Lacquers Mai Tai
Aphrodite Lacquers Mai Tai
Mai Tai is GORGEOUS! Super sexy red jelly with red hex, holo and silver shimmer. 3 coats here, though a careful 2 coat would suffice.
Aphrodite Lacquers Mai Tai
I had a strange pigment deposit on my first attempt with this polish. You can see the little blotchy looking areas after one coat in the above picture. I just rolled the bottle more vigorously and my second try was issue free.


Aphrodite Lacquers Ambrosia
Aphrodite Lacquers Ambrosia
Ambrosia is one of the more sheer jellies in the bunch, but still pretty. It’s a light pink jelly polish with fuchsia glitter, holo glitter, and tiny silver glitter/shimmer. This was 4 coats. I’ll be layering this next time I wear it.

Blue Lagoon

Aphrodite Lacquers Blue Lagoon
Aphrodite Lacquers Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is another sheer one, again 4 coats and still a lot of VNL. This blue jelly polish is filled with aqua glitter, light blue holo glitter, and tiny silver glitter/shimmer. I can’t wait to layer this one over a dark blue!

Rum Runner

Aphrodite Lacquers Rum Runner
Aphrodite Lacquers Rum Runner
Rum Runner is a really pretty strawberry reddish pink filled with dark pink hex, holo and silver shimmer. 3 coats here.


Aphrodite Lacquers Margarita
Aphrodite Lacquers Margarita
Savin’ the best for last, this one is Margarita! A juicy green jelly with green hex, holo and silver shimmer. I looooooove this one! I used 3 coats to deepen the color, but 2 is perfectly fine and opaque as well. :-)


Final Thoughts:

I really liked all of these polishes, though hands down my favorite is definitely Margarita. A green jelly? HELLO! πŸ˜€ Blue Lagoon and Ambrosia were a little too sheer for me on their own but I’ll use them in my next layering experiment to see what I can come up with. ^_^

I had the pigment deposit happen to me a few times while applying, but since she’s starting to add a few metal beebees to each bottle in future batches I’m hoping that issue will resolve itself. And all of the polishes are indeed 3-Free.

Purchase Info:

You can purchase any of the polishes from the SandBar Collection from the Aphrodite Lacquers Etsy Shop for $8.00 per 15mL bottle of polish. Rebecca has swatches on the shop of all the polishes over other colors to give you an idea of the layering possibilities as well. You can check the feedback section for the colors that are out of stock right now. You can also follow the Facebook Fanpage for store updates. ^_^




* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

An Old NOTD: Pretty And Polished Jawbreaker!


Morning Lovelies!

Today I’ve got an old NOTD to share with you fine people. I bought Pretty And Polished Jawbreaker and Toy With Me mini bottles at the same time and immediately fell in love with both. I’ve swatched both of them, but I wasn’t happy with my pictures of Toy With Me so I plan to re-do my pictures for that one at a later date. But today it’s all about Jawbreaker. This polish… So much love. β™₯


Pretty And Polished – Jawbreaker

Pretty & Polished - Jawbreaker
Pretty & Polished - Jawbreaker
Pretty & Polished - Jawbreaker
Jawbreaker is perfectly named because it looks just like the candy it shares its name with! This milky white based polish is filled with blue, green, yellow, and purple glitters in all shapes and sizes.

I used 2 coats of Essie Marshmallow as my base and then layered 2 coats of Pretty And Polished Jawbreaker over it, perrrrrrfection! Jawbreaker is opaque on its own after 2-3 coats, but since I only have a mini bottle I want to try to use as little of my precioussssssss as possible. πŸ˜‰

For the best results, I inverted the bottle for about 15-20 minutes and shook it a bit to loosen the grip of the larger hex glitter pieces from the sides of the bottle. :-)
Pretty & Polished - Jawbreaker
And a macro shot to share with you all. It’s a thing of beauty, so you’re gonna need to maximize this picture. For science.


Pretty And Polished is definitely one of my favorite indie/custom polish makers out there. Her polishes really stand out and catch my attention, which in a market that’s currently flooded with indies right now it difficult to achieve. I only have three of her creations right now but I love them all! Hopefully I can show you guys Party In My Yacht and Toy With Me soon. ^_^

You can check out the Pretty And Polished Etsy page to see when she is opening up shop again. If you look at her feedback section you can get an idea of what her polishes look like and see some of her past creations. I’ve got my eyes on Sand Art, Pool Party, Green Garden, Forever Rose and Bayou Blitz! :-)


Spam-a-Thon Thursday: NerdLacquer Swatches


Morning Everyone!

As I’m slowly becoming more and more engulfed by nail polish, I’ve realized that I have WAY too many polishes that I haven’t swatched yet. In order to help circumvent being featured on an episode of Hoarders I’ve decided to start “Spam-a-Thon Thursdays” so I can just swatch a crap-ton of polishes and share them all with you in a lump post. Because I care. And because my roommates and boyfriend are starting to give me “the look”. πŸ˜‰

Strangely enough we’re going to start with polishes that I actually don’t own, haha! I have quite a few NerdLacquers in my collection, but these bad boys I’m showing today were kindly lent to me by one of my besties (us quirky nerdfolk have to stick together). I am proud to say that I take total responsibility for turning my pal Amanda (not to be confused with the Amanda who creates NerdLacquer polishes) into a fellow lacquerhead, and every time I look at her now beautifully maintained cuticles a tear comes to my eye. πŸ˜› She has a TON of NerdLacquer polishes that she let me borrow so I could swatch them all for you guys, so thank you Amanda!! ^_^

I used Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat and Seche Vite top coat for today’s swatches.


Cold & Calculating

Cold & Calculating
Cold & Calculating
Cold & Calculating – a shimmery purple based polish that’s filed with silver and blurple hex glitter pieces in varying sizes. This is 2 coats.

Crunchy Frog

Crunchy Frog
Crunchy Frog
Crunchy Frog – this color is so strange, I love it! This is 3 coats, it built up nicely and wasn’t too gritty. I’ll use the Etsy description…

A revoltingly gorgeous milk chocolate shimmer base with emerald glitter, small and medium grass green hexagonal glitter, olive microglitter, and you might also notice some large chunks of silvery white.

Don’t Blink

Don't Blink
Don't Blink
Don’t Blink – a light milky grey with white and black glitter. There’s large silver hex glitter in the bottle but it refused to come out and play when I painted my nails. This is 2 coats.

Event Horizon

Event Horizon
Event Horizon
Event Horizon – LOVE AND NEED. This one was a favorite of mine. For one, Event Horizon is one of my all-time favorite movies. And two, this is such a dense gorgeous jelly! Blackened teal with multi colored glitter and holo glitter galore. This is 2 coats! I honestly didn’t want to give this one back to Amanda. ;-P


Exterminate – another favorite of mine. This polish was actually the one that started my NerdLacquer love. I stumbled upon it on her Etsy page and I KNEW I needed it. Even though I still don’t own it, lol. I did end up getting this one in a mini bottle for Amanda as part of her Christmas present last year since she’s a giant Dr. Who fan, and that’s when her NerdLacquer obsession began as well. WELCOME! πŸ˜‰ This is 3 coats.

Oi, Spaceman series. A deep Dalekanium blackened-bronze brown with small black and gold glitter, large golden hex glitter, and small and medium light blue hex glitter.

I Think You Call Me… Sexy

I Think You Call Me... Sexy
I Think You Call Me... Sexy
I Think You Call Me… Sexy – this was another one I ended up really liking. A pretty cornflower blue jelly jam-packed with hex, iridescent, and multicolored glitter. This is 3 coats.

It’s Just A Flesh Wound

It's Just A Flesh Wound
It's Just A Flesh Wound
It’s Just A Flesh Wound – love the name for this one, I LOVE Monty Python & The Holy Grail. This one is a black jelly base filled with fine shimmer that’s complimented by red, white, and gold glitter.Β  2 coats.


Quasar – green jelly that’s filled to bursting with green, silver, holo, and hex glitters. 2 coats.


Regeneration – another mini, I gave up trying to hold the bottle for it. πŸ˜› Very sheer orange with giant golden hex glitter and smaller silver, orange and golden glitter pieces. This is 3 coats.


Hope you all enjoyed my spam post. I kinda feel like “I’m doing it wrong” and I was too wordy for my own spam-a-thon, but it’s hard not to be chatty when it comes to NerdLacquer! πŸ˜€

You can find NerdLacquer on Etsy, NinjaPolish, Harlow & Co., and Think Geek though I don’t believe anything is in stock at the moment.

UPDATE – 5/17/11

Amanda and her lovely NerdLacquers seem to have gone MIA for the time being. :-( I’ll keep my ears to the ground and update this and future NL posts if she resurfaces and starts selling polish again. Thank you to my readers for alerting me of this change in the comments on this post!

Black And White Challenge Day 10: Your Choice With Black And White


Happy Saturday Everyone!

So I haven’t played GW2 yet, getting ready to play right after I finish this post though! Instead I went to see Cabin In The Woods for the second time! This time I went with my boyfriend and he enjoyed it as much as I did. If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel, etc) you’re gonna love this movie!

Today we’re finally on our last day of the Black and White Challenge. And for Day 10 we decided to recreate our favorite black and white challenge day from one of the other girls to recreate! I decided to try my hand at Emily’s Day 7 Nails (Black & White w/Glitters). Let’s take a look to see how I did! πŸ˜€


Black And White Challenge Day 10: Your Choice With Black And White

Day 10: Your Choice With Black & White
Day 10: Your Choice With Black & White
Day 10: Your Choice With Black & White
This was my very first time working with striping tape, and other than losing where the tape started on the wheel a few times I had a lot fun with it. :-) I started out with 2 coats of Sally Hansen White On, then I added 1 coat of Jawbreaker by Pretty & Polish over it. After it dried, I made my stripes with the tape on each nail. Then I added a thick coat of The Black Knight by Butter London and then I removed the striping tape while the polish was still wet.
Day 10: Your Choice With Black & White
Here’s a macro shot! I finished everything off with a coat of Gelous and 1 coat of Seche Vite Top Coat.

Butter London The Black Knight

Day 10: Your Choice With Black & White
Day 10: Your Choice With Black & White
I didn’t feel like doing both hands with the striping tape so I decided to just wear The Black Knight layered over 2 coats of Glitter Gal Serpent Black. I loooooooooooooove it! πŸ˜€


I hope you all have enjoyed watching our creations for the month of April. Check out the rest of the Sexy5 and their take on the Day 10 Challenge!! ^_^

The Black & White Challenge

1. White base with black (Apr. 1st 2012)
2. Black base with white (Apr. 4th 2012)
3. Black base with color (Apr. 7th 2012)
4. White base with color (Apr. 10th 2012)
5. Color base with black (Apr. 13th 2012)
6. Color base with white (Apr. 16th 2012)
7. Black & white with glitters (Apr. 19th 2012)
8. Sponging (Apr. 22nd 2012)
9. Water marble (Apr. 25th 2012)
10. Manicure of your choice with black and white (Apr. 28th 2012




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