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Let me dust off my keyboard and tell you that I’m SUPER excited to be able to show you the new Takko Lacquer Spring 2013 collection today! Sheryl contacted me a bit ago to see if I’d be willing to review the collection and I of course said yes! I have loved every single one of her beautiful and unique nail polishes in the past so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity the see her new babies.
I was worried that once I got them I’d still be in my non-blogging slump, but once I saw them in person I dusted off my camera and lightbox straight away! Hell, I even managed to swatch a different collection that I’ll be showing you later this week as well.
This post is gonna be PICTURE HEAVY. I couldn’t settle on just 3-4 pictures of one of the polishes and you’ll see why in just a few minutes. So grab a chair and your drool bib, ’cause
shit’s about to get real. ^_^
Whimsical is a gorgeous pastel lavender purple with iridescent light blue shimmer. This one had a thicker formula that was the trickiest to work with, but not unsalvageable! It reminded me of the formula for Takko’s The Electric Apple NYC. Thick and doable in one coat you’re very careful. I needed 2 coats here because it didn’t want to level itself. That said, once I added my top coat it smoothed everything out for me that I couldn’t do myself. :p
I’m not usually one for pastels but this one actually works for me! Look ma, no lobster hands!
The name Glittergasm works perfectly for this nail polish. The colors Duke, THE COLORS!! It’s like a glitter explosion in a bottle! And the star glitter actually wasn’t super difficult to get out of the bottle. I had to do very minimal fishing and I managed to get at least one star on almost each nail. On one of my nails I had two stars and I didn’t even realize I’d already pulled one out on the brush. This is 2 coats of Glittergasm over Whimsical, no ‘dabbing method’ needed.
Maneki Neko (aka the Lucky Cat) is a gorgeous holographic silver, light gold and green full coverage glitter. This is only 2 coats people!! And even before I added my topcoat this polish was incredibly smooth to the touch. No Gelous or Glitter Tamer needed before I added my top coat. ^_^
Opium is intense!! It’s a murky brownish black jelly but it’s absolutely filled with multichrome shimmer! I took about 89483.5 pictures of Opium to try to capture all of the color shifts from burnt orange, to red, to green, to yellow and back! I apologize if some photos appear a little blurry, but the green shift was shy and only wanted to come out to play in low-light settings.
MOAR color shifts! Application was a breeze, I only needed 2 coats for full coverage!
And a few macro shots so you can get a better look at the shimmer. It’s like a grungy Unicorn Pee.
YAASSS CORAL!! I love coral nail polishes, it’s as close to me loving a pink nail polish as I can get haha. Pucker Up is a divine shade of coral jelly/creme hybrid with pink and gold shimmer. This is 2 coats and the formula was great.
And last but definitely not least, Marie Antoinette! I might be slightly partial to this one because that’s my name too. No really, it is. Ask my mom! Marie Antoinette (teehee!) is a gorgeous pastel blue with pink hidden shimmer. I looooove it! But I’m always a sucker for these baby blue shades. I used 2 coats here, and the formula on this one was perfect.
In low light settings the shimmer is quite subtle but still visible.
And with direct light the pink shimmer really comes out to play. This polish has my heart. I ended up keeping it on after I finished my swatching session for the night. ^_^
It’s pretty obvious that I’m completely in love with what Sheryl has come out with for the Takko Lacquer Spring 2013 collection. This is one of the few times that I’ve been completely thrilled with a spring collection, which are usually filled with nothing BUT pastels that I can’t get away with on my skintone. I loved the range and variety of hues that she’s offered up with this collection. And even the one ‘problem’ formula wasn’t even really that big of an issue. If I had to pick favorites….. Maneki Neko (hello St. Patty’s Day!!), Marie Antoinette (duh), Opium and Pucker Up.
Which ones did you like the most?
Takko Lacquer nail polishes can be purchased at the Takko Lacquer Etsy Shop! They retail between $9-15 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. She DOES offer international shipping! Check out her shop policy page for more details on that.
Takko Lacquer nail polishes are also now available at Mei Mei’s Signatures. You’ll have to check her e-shop out for pricing and shipping policies.
The Takko Lacquer Spring 2013 collection will be available this Friday on Etsy.
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
So we’re going to be going on a Pretty and Polished adventure for the next few days! AKA, I have a TON of new Pretty and Polished lovelies that I’ve been collecting for the past few weeks that I need to share with you all before I burst, haha! First up today is the Pretty and Polished Happy Holodays Duo! This duo consists of Ruby (a scattered holo jelly) and an un-named green/red holo glitter top coat.
Pretty and Polished – Happy Holodays Duo
IT’S A WRAP FOLKS. Stick a fork in me cause I’m done! This is SUCH a winning holiday combo! The glitter topper (renamed Holy Sh*t! by yours truly) is a gorgeous mix of green and red hex glitter in a clear base, with some of the glitters being holographic. I immediately turned to my boyfriend and said “WELP. Holiday mani locked and loaded!” He knowledgeably agreed.
Shown here is 2 coats of the glitter topper over Ruby. Super easy formula to work with AND LOOK AT THAT MACRO. ♥
And here’s the base polish Ruby on its own, a gorgeous cranberry red scattered holographic jelly. I literally squealed out loud when I put this on my nails. It’s so damn pretty, and super pigmented! This is just 2 coats! And there was no staining after I took it off. Hai nails, me my new favorite red jelly polish! Formula was perfection as well, it wasn’t runny at all and Ruby practically painted itself on my nails. ^_^
Everything that is Christmas, and Santa, and evergreen, and winter lived in these two bottles of polish. But for reals, I have been a fan of Pretty and Polish for over a year now. She knows her stuff and her polishes are pretty fantastic folks. In my opinion, the Happy Holodays Duo are definite must-haves for the holiday/holoday season! ^_^
The Pretty and Polished Happy Holodays Duo can be purchased from Chels Marie’s new shop, www.shopprettyandpolished.com. The price of the duo starts at $9.00 for the minis and goes up from there. You can also still find Pretty and Polished on her Etsy Shop.
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
I’m back with Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles to share with you all today! This polish is just… WOW. So gorgeous! I believe that Ballerina Sprinkles is one of Chelsea’s older polishes that has been revived with her brand new bottle shape and label, and I’m so excited that it’s mine! My precioussssssssss…
Off topic, but I am SO pumped for The Hobbit coming out on the 14th!!
Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles
Ballerina Sprinkles is a delicate powder blue light holographic, with a golden/pink shimmer. Think Sinful Colors Cinderella. But prettier. And a far better formula. And on steroids. ♥ I just…. I DIE! The holo really comes out to play in direct sunlight, or in my case with camera flash because it was probably 4am when I was playing with this nail polish.
Application was easy-peasy, this is 3 thin coats but I probably could have stopped at 2.
And here’s a macro shot. Have a drool bib ready. Oh, maybe I should have warned you before the macro. TOO LATE.
I wanted to show you just how AMAZING this polish looked with camera flash/midnight sun (teehee) because OMG. Look at that complexity!!
And finally some bottle shots to show off the pretty shimmer and the new labels! Did I mention I’m a sucker for rectangle bottles! Rectangle shaped bottles and my IKEA Helmer are OTP.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I absolutely ADORE this nail polish! I’m a sucker for these baby blues and add in the shimmer and holo and I’m in flippin’ heaven y’all! The formula on every single Enchanted Polish that I own is perfection, and that’s truly a feat for holos because even mass-produced brands can’t get that ish right half the time! If you don’t own Ballerina Sprinkles, keep an eye out for the next restock date. You NEED this one in your collection. And I NEED this one on my toes for my next pedi!
Enchanted Polish Ballerina Sprinkles will be available for purchase from the following E-Tailers: Llarowe, Pshiiit Boutique, Harlow & Co., and Mei Mei Signatures. Prices per bottle range depending on the E-Tailier, so please check out their individual policies at each website.
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
I have two blog posts for you today because I really wanted you all to have a chance to take a gander at these beauties before Sheryl re-opened her shop on Friday! I am pleased to introduce you to the Takko Lacquer Winter Collection! I’m on a glorious cocktail of cold meds so I’ll keep this intro short and sweet, so let’s get right into the swatches!
We’re All Mad Here
OMG Y’all. We’re All Mad Here is flippin GORGEOUS!! Plus its name is a nod to Alice in Wonderland, what’s not to love here?! We’re All Mad Here is a stunning deep blue jelly with green flakies and orange shimmer. I mean… WOW. Pictures really don’t do this one justice, you NEED to see it in person. We’re All Mad Here is a slightly deeper blue than what my camera was able to pick up, and the shimmer is noticeable in even low light! Take the shimmer you see in my photos and intensify it (closer to what it looks like inside the bottle), and that’s what you get in person.
This is 3 coats. You see a teeny bit of VNL in these shots but it’s not that noticeable in person. You could get away with 2 coats if you didn’t mind a little VNL. Application was a breeze, this polish spread like butter over my nails and built up nicely.
A few more shots of We’re All Mad Here with a macro so you can take in that glorious orange shimmah! ♥
Va Va Voom
Va Va Voom is a metallic deep wine red with strong scattered/mild linear holo finish. I DIE! The color and holo effect deepen depending on your lighting but the holographic finish is visible in almost all lighting. Shown above is Va Va Voom in direct light from my light box. This is 2 thin coats! Va Va Voom had a perfect formula. Not too thin but not so thick that I had trouble applying it. The dry time was very quick!
And here it is with indirect lightbox er… lighting.
And this is Va Va Voom with camera flash. If any nail polish deserves its name, this is it! Look how intense the red is now! I cannot wait until I get a chance to see Va Va Voom in direct sunlight, I think I might never take it off.
Introducing Takko Mani-Bombs!
And here’s the surprise I mentioned in my post title, introducing Takko Lacquer Mini-Bombs! These little beauties were created by Sheryl as a thank you for all the love and support the nail polish world has shown her since she opened her Etsy shop doors earlier this year. If you’re familiar with bath fizzies/bath bombs, this is a similar idea. But these mani-bombs are all about caring for your beautiful hands. You drop it in a container filled with warm water large enough to fit your hands, and it fizzes up almost immediately. Then the magic begins.
The mani-bombs release Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to nourish your skin, cuticles and nails. It then leaves behind a Shea Butter and sugar scrub combo that you use to scrub, exfoliate and moisturize your skin, help with peeling nails and dry cuticles. I used one of the mani-bombs before I swatched We’re All Mad Here and Va Va Voom. They have a very light powdery scent, it’s almost undetectable. I couldn’t smell it but I also have a cold. My boyfriend said it smelled nice though, so it shouldn’t overpower your lotions or perfumes. ^_^ My hands felt absolutely amaaazing afterward. The sugar scrub was very gentle, and once I rinsed off the leftover scrub the shea butter was easy to massage into the skin on my hands (and elbows, hah!) and my cuticles. It absorbed into my skin after a few minutes and didn’t leave any greasy residue. I’m sold!
And you want to hear the best news about the mani-bombs?
As a thank you for all of her customers, Sheryl will be including one mani-bomb as a free gift with each purchase for the rest of 2012! This will start on Friday, November 16th.
And one last miscellaneous photo for you all. It looks like there was a slight label change! On the right (Kiss The Sky), you can see the old slightly rounded frosted label and on the left (We’re All Mad Here) you have the new clear rectangular labels. Nothing drastic, just something I noticed! ^_^
Sheryl never ceases to amaze me with everything that she has to offer. She seriously produces some of the best indie nail polishes out there in my opinion, and she is such a sweetheart! So if you hadn’t guessed yet, I absolutely adore both of Sheryl’s new babies. We’re All Mad Here combines several of my nail polish loves: blue, green, orange, flakies, and jelly! The list of red polishes that I love is pretty small, but Va Va Voom has a place on that list now because it is EVERYTHING. Perfect formula, a gorgeous rust hue and holographic finish. Be still my heart. I really can’t pick a favorite so you basically need both of these suckers.
And the mani-bombs are perfect and just in time for the winter months that always take a toll on my nails and skin. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do! Sheryl will be including instructions on how to use them in each package since they’re a little different from a typical bath bomb.
Takko Lacquer nail polishes can be purchased at the Takko Lacquer Etsy Shop! They retail at $15.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. She DOES offer international shipping! Check out her shop policy page for more details on that.
Another great thing is that she restocks often, usually about once a week. So if you missed one sale you have another chance to snag your favorites the following week! She’s opening up her shop again this weekend on Friday, November 16th at around 1pm so mark your calendars!
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
I hope you’re all having a great week so far! I have one more night of work and then I have the rest of October off! I’m excited to have a mini break and just become a vegetable at home. And perhaps venture out a time or two for Halloween festivities! For those that celebrate, any of you have fun plans for the extended Halloweekend? And what are your costume plans?! I love hearing about what other people are going to do for the holiday. ^_^
Also I wanted to thank everyone that voted for my Bundle Monster Fright Night contest entry, BECAUSE I MADE IT AS ONE OF THE 13 FINALISTS!! You can see the other finalists [HERE]. The guest judges are picking the winners some time today, and even if I don’t place I’m still happy to have made it as far as I did because there were some amazing entries for the contest.
Today is Day 9 of the 31 Day Challenge 2012, and the prompt is rainbow nails. I don’t know why, but this is my least favorite prompt of the entire challenge (swiftly followed by ‘Inspired by a Color”, I’m still wtf-ing at that one). Last year I did Nyan Cat (which I loved, even though my cat looked a little… off) but this year I was just so uninspired. I did eventually figure something out so without further ado…
31 Day Challenge 2012 Day 9 – Rainbow Nails!
I called myself trying to keep things “simple” with a rainbow skittle manicure. I wanted to do the Fishtail Braid as an accent nail because I figured that doing it on just one nail would save time. Too bad this still took me THREE FRICKIN’ HOURS with having to wait between coats to dry… Even 12 hours later my stupid ring finger is still dentable. I love the look of Fishtail Braid manicures, and this one turned out better than my last attempt… But I doubt I will ever do this ish again unless I’m using quick dry nail polishes.
Nail Polishes I Used:
Dermelect Head Turner (pointer finger)
Sally Hansen Lightening (thumb and ring finger)
OPI Red Lights Ahead… Where? (middle and ring finger)
Color Club Insta-This (pinky and ring finger)
OPI A Roll In The Hague (ring finger)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas (ring finger)
Essie Pretty Edgy (ring finger)
China Glaze Wireless Holographic Top Coat
I’m glad I decided to add the holographic top coat because I really think it ties everything together nicely. For the fishtail braid accent nail I just carefully free-handed the lines because I am just entirely too impatient for tape manicures. I always end up peeling off half my nail polish in the process.
And a few more shots with my rarely seen thumb. My nails are getting pretty long again, eh? I think I’ll keep them long-ish at least to the end of the challenge since it gives me a better work space for nail art. ^_^
I’m almost tempted to grow them super long and shape them into stilettos just for shiggles before I file them down after the challenge is done.
Well that’s all she wrote for today everyone! The next challenge day is this Saturday and it’s gradient nails! I cannot wait to show you what I have in store for that day! ^_^
* Some of the product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
I hope you’re all having a great Wednesday! I’m pretty pumped because American Horror Story (wiki|FX site) is having their season 2 premier tonight!! Sadly I have to work so I’ll miss most of it but I have my DVR set. Did anyone else see the season 3 premier of The Walking Dead (wiki|AMC site) this past Sunday? HOLY CRAP. I’m a HUGE fan of the graphic novel series and I was pretty displeased with season 2 (aka, the longest farm visit ever and how hard is it to keep an eye on Carl?!), but this first episode of season 3 definitely made up for it.
Today I’m also excited to be able to share the new Takko Lacquer collection with you!! Sheryl blew me away with her last collection from this summer so when she contacted me with news of her four new pretties I was already getting excited before I even knew what they looked like! Then she posted her inspiration boards on her blog and I just about died.
Well these pretties showed up at my home on Monday and I had to… HAAADDD TO swatch them right away. This is a VERY picture heavy post so I’ll be putting the images behind a cut today. I’m going to show you everything on its own AND also layered over black because…. oh man, they’re glorious! Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Trends for Autumn/Winter 2012
Sequins! Velvet! Satin! Tweed! This season, the catwalks were abundant with rich texture! We’ve translated this to nails through the infusion of glitter particles and metallic and holographic finishes. The colour tones speak to “earthiness” but are not specifically earth tones – think rust, shimmering greens and silvers. This collection feels future-forward but not futuristic. This season is all about using texture to add interest and depth to your look!
Backstage with butter LONDON: butter LONDON is a backstage staple at Fashion Week, having created the nail looks for shows including Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, and Yigal Azrouel. Sought after for their innovative design, technique, and custom blended colours, this season the brand created the nail looks for Altuzarra, Kevork, Kaelen, Simone Rocha, JS Lee, Craig Lawrence, Matthew Williamson, Michael van der Ham, and Roland Mouret.
butter LONDON Autumn/Winter 2012 Colours Include:
|Lovely Jubbly||Colour: A vibrant magenta flecked with red, blue and gold micro particles. Channeling a distinctly retro 70’s feel, this sultry glitter gives high impact sparkle perfect for Disco Divas.||Definition: Brit speak for “Excellent.” Used when a person hears pleasing news or has a stroke of good luck.|
|Trustafarian||Colour: A golden holographic finish gives this delightful sage green a surprising and sophisticated edge.||Definition: A spoiled rich kid who pretends to be a hippy but still goes home to Daddy’s mansion on the weekend.|
|Gobsmacked||Colour: A heavily pigmented charcoal grey glitter with a slightly textured finish. This shade is unlike anything we’ve seen before. A legend in the making!||Definition: To be totally speechless. Unable to think of anything to say.|
|Shag||Colour: A high-shine metallic lacquer in a warm orange-burgundy hue. Reminiscent of fallen Autumn leaves. Sigh.||Definition: Brit slang for “knocking boots.”|
|Dodgy Barnett||Colour: A highly holographic shade that blurs the line between grey and silver. A classic!||Definition: A bad hairdo. A mullet of any variety is a seriously Dodgy Barnett.|
Butter London polishes retail at $14.00 per .4 fl oz bottle of polish. They can be purchased at Butter London’s Website, Ulta and Nordstrom locations nationwide as well as on each stores website (Ulta.com and Nordstrom.com). You can also find them on nailpolishcanada.com.
Oh man… I think I’m gonna need to get my hands on the entire Butter London Autumn Winter 2012 collection. Which ones are your favorites/lemmings? ^_^
I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend! I’m looking forward to having a nice weekend off to spend time with my friends and boyfriend. And maybe throw in some swatching and gaming. You know, the usual stuff. I’m really excited to show you a polish brand that’s entirely new to me. Sheryl, the creator of Takko Lacquer, contacted me last month and asked if I would like to swatch her new 8 polish collection. I took one look at the polishes and said hell yeah! Each color looked beautiful, shimmery, and well made. All traits that I look for in an Indie polish brand.
According to Sheryl’s FAQ page on her Etsy shop, Takko (or Tako) means Octopus in Japanese. Which I love because they’re one of my favorite animals! I also like that all of her products are made with safe, top quality pigments/ingredients that she researches before she uses them in her polishes. All Takko Lacquers are also 3-free, no formaldehyde, no toluene and no DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). And they are vegan and cruelty free!
Once I had the polishes in hand they looked even more beautiful than in pictures. Let’s get right into the swatches! I used Cult Nails Get It On base coat and China Glaze Fast Forward top coat for all of my swatches today.
Blushing Nude is a nude light beige with a flash of pale pink shimmer. It’s a great ‘band-aid but better’ shade, and I can see myself using this as a base for nail art in the future. I really enjoy nude polishes that have a little bit of “oomph” to them, so the hidden shimmer is a winner for me here. This is 2 coats. It’s thicker, but not horribly difficult to work with. If you’re careful you could probably get away with 1 coat here. ^_^
Here’s a shot of Blushing Nude with flash so you can get a better look at the shimmer. Me gusta.
I Love Rock & Roll
Sheryl describes I Love Rock & Roll as a “deep black jelly lacquer with bursts of pink shimmer and micro glitter”. The pink shimmer has a multichromatic/glass fleck quality to it that reminds me of the darker polishes in the Models Own Beetlejuice Collection. But I Love Rock & Roll is definitely not a dupe to those. I think of it as their American cousin.
I used 3 coats here to reach the opacity I preferred. It’s a little on the thick side, so you want to wait a few minutes between coats or you’ll get cuticle drag. And yes, I did get the song stuck in my head.
This polish has my heart y’all! Kaleidoscope Eyes is a gorgeous… GORGEOUS blue/green/purple multichrome polish that’s filled with holographic shimmer! The purple was camera shy but it’s there, I promise! It reminds me of the Ozotic Mish Mash polishes and the Beatles Collection by Enchanted Polish. I really did not want to take this one off to swatch the other polishes in this collection, I loved it that much! Kaleidoscope Eyes has a thinner, easy to apply formula. I did use 3 coats here, but 2 would have been perfectly fine.
You can see the holographic shimmer pretty well in this shot. It’s not in-your-face, but it’s definitely noticeable in most light settings. Another great thing about this polish is that it’s Spectraflair Free! She uses a natural mineral based pigment with holo qualities instead. There has been some concern in the polish world lately about the safety of Spectraflair in cosmetics, so it’s nice to know that Kaleidoscope Eyes can achieve the same holo glow without Spectraflair. ^_^
Kiss The Sky
Another winner here! I posted a sneak peek shot of Kiss The Sky on Instagram and my Facebook fanpage the other night and I’m pretty sure everyone fell in love with this one too! If Max Factor Fantasy Fire and Clarins 230 had a baby, that baby would be Kiss The Sky. It’s a ‘blurple’ jelly with green/orange duo-chrome shimmer, just look at that macro shot!
And this baby has a great build up, all I used here were 2 coats of Kiss The Sky! I can’t wait to try layering it over other polishes.
Lemon Macaroon is a FABULOUS yellow jelly creme that’s filled with orange/green duo chrome shimmer. This polish is amazing! It’s so hard to find great yellows, and this one is SO so fly. Yes. I said fly.
It has a great thin formula and I achieved full opacity in just 2 coats, which is a feat for any yellow polish. So basically, if you love yellow polish YOU NEED THIS.
The Blue Flamingo: MIA
The Blue Flamingo: MIA is Sheryl’s tribute to Miami. Sheryl is also an artist and fashion designer in real life so she spends a lot of her time traveling back and forth from Miami and NYC (haaaay Fashion Week! ). I like that she found a way to incorporate that into her polish line. ^_^
The Blue Flamingo: MIA is a sky blue jelly that’s filled with pink glass fleck shimmer. The pink is hard to capture on camera but you can see if in the macro pretty well. I used 3 coats here, and once again make sure you wait between layers to avoid cuticle drag with this one. The finish on this one is almost metallic, it’s a nice change up from the rest of the collection.
The Electric Apple: NYC
The Electric Apple: NYC (her tribute to New York City) is another surprise hit for me. I love the combination of the cement grey creme and the golden yellow shimmer. I don’t have anything quite like this in my collection! It really has that glowing-from-within feeling that I just love in polishes. It’s a little thick, but not unmanageable. I used 2 coats here, but it has the potential to be a careful 1-coater. ♥
Here’s The Electric Apple: NYC with flash. O.M.F.G. I cannot wait to wear this in the sun!
Last, and absolutely not least, we have Wanderlust. This wonderful polish is described by Sheryl as a ‘smokey lilac jelly creme hybrid lacquer with vibrant teal shimmer’. I couldn’t have said it any better myself. And man, Wanderlust is AMAZE-ING. I used 2 coats here, but again it could be a 1-coater if I didn’t rush it. It has a thick formula, but like the others in this collection with a similar consistency it was not hard to work with.
And here is Wanderlust with flash. HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THIS?!
I’m pretty much smitten with my Takko Lacquer polishes! I can be pretty picky about my Indie polish brands, but Sheryl and her lovely polishes have definitely won me over! If her debut collection is this unique and versatile I cannot wait to see what Takko Lacquer has to offer in the future! My top picks for this collection are Wanderlust, The Electric Apple: NYC, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Lemon Macaroon, and Kiss The Sky.
If I have one single complaint about the polish it’s that the brushes are a little tricky to work with initially. They are full length but a little soft/loose, if that makes any sense. Not loose as in ‘strands falling out’, but loose as in you get a little too much polish on the brush. It takes some getting used to, and I think it caused me to have to use 2 coats instead of 1 coat of polish on a few of these. But really, I can handle a minor brush complaint when the polish is this gorgeous!
Which ones are your favorites?
Takko Lacquer nail polishes can be purchased on Sheryl’s Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/takkolacquer! They retail at $15.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. And she DOES offer international shipping! Check out her shop policy page for more details on that.
They’re a little pricier than some Indies but I think that this collection is certainly worth the money. ♥
This Just In: Sheryl just let me know that she will be discounting all Takko Lacquer polishes to $12.00 per bottle to celebrate their first full review on Nails and Noms! Thank you Sheryl!! I’m not sure how long this sale will last so snatch ‘em up ladies!
MOAR Updates!: Holy cow did those polishes sell out fast! But Sheryl stated that she plans to restock her Etsy shop on Friday, August 24th and she will extend the sale until then as well! For further updates, stay tuned to Takko Lacquer’s Etsy Shop. ^_^
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
I’m back again with another Spam-A-Thon Thursday. This time we’ll be looking at swatches from the Etsy seller, Enchanted Polish! This post is going to be hella long and picture heavy, so I apologize to those who have slower internet connections because there are a LOT of pictures here people.
And of course the day I want to swatch 8 million gorgeous holographic polishes is the day that we have rain from dusk till dawn, so I had to settle for indoor shots. Still pretty, but you really need to see these babies in the sun to fully appreciate them. Check out Jen’s post for some kick-ass natural sunlight photos! ^_^
I used Cult Nails Get It On Base Coat and Wicked Fast Top Coat for all my swatches today. I’ll show indoor lighting shots first, camera flash (aka “fake sunlight”) shots second, and macro shots last for each polish. Clicking on any picture will bring you to the original sized photo.
Swatches galore await ye beyond the page jump. Tally-HOOOooooooOOoooooo!
I’m squeezing this post in today to let you know about some great polishes that are being released today! I was contacted by Karine who asked if I wanted to review one of her new polishes from her Birthday Club Collection. Karine’s collection consists of 10 polishes that are inspired by each lady in her birthday club. Each polish is a jelly that’s filled with flakies and glitter!
I had the pleasure of reviewing Mine d’Or, a golden jelly polish filled with holographic glitter and multi-colored flakies. Let’s move right onto the swatches, shall we?
Like I mentioned above, Mine d’Or is a sheer golden jelly that’s filled with all sorts of goodies! There’s holographic glitter and flakies, as well as shredded flakies that flash gold, blue and green. And I see little bits of red glitter in there too! It’s really quite beautiful. But it is also VERY sheer. What you see above is 4 coats and there’s still some pretty heavy VNL, which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Mine d’Or is much better suited for layering, as you’ll see below.
Here I layered 2 coats of Mine d’Or over 2 coats of A England’s Holy Grail. I love this combo! I think next time I’ll layer it over a dark polish to see if the flakies pop a little more. You can also see Mine d’Or layered over a green polish on my St. Patrick’s Day post, it’s on my right pointer finger.
And here’s a macro shot for you all to gaze at. ^_^
And some bottle shots. G’head and enlarge those pictures so you can get a better look at all the flakie and glittery goodness that’s going on inside of this bottle of polish.
I really like the versatility of Mine d’Or! It really looks different depending on what polish I layer it with, and I’ve been having fun trying out new polish combinations. The formula is good, thin and it flows easily onto the nail with no grittiness like you get with some shard style flakie polishes.
I do want to mention that these polishes are NOT 3-Free, so that’s something you may want to keep in mind. The fumes weren’t too horrible, I still find Seche Vite top coat to be stronger scented than this polish.
Karine’s Birthday Club Collection goes on sale today! The polishes are priced at $8.00 per bottle (not including shipping). You can find the order information [HERE] on Karine’s blog. You can also view more swatches of the other 9 polishes in this collection on her blog or her new Facebook Fan Page!