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Review: Cirque Arcus Collection Swatches Part 2 – Glitter Toppers!!

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Cirque Arcus Collection Part 2

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’ve got the second half of my swatches from the Cirque Arcus collection to share with you all today. If you missed Part 1, you check it out by following this link right HERE.

This time I have the 6 glitter toppers to show you, and boy are they stunners! Let’s get right to it, shall we? ^_^


Le Invader

Cirque - Le Invader over Erda 1
Cirque - Le Invader over Erda 2
Cirque - Le Invader over Erda 3
Le Invader is a multi-colored square glitter topper in a suspension base. It’s SUPER dense, which is the nature of these suspension base nail polishes, so the dip-dap-spread method works best when applying this one. I technically only needed 1 coat layered over Cirque Erda, you really get a good amount of glitter on the brush with a small dip. ^_^

They might look a little curled but in reality, this layering was quite smooth! You can see in the macro that the square glitters lay quite flat. I used Gelous top coat and my normal ChG Fast Forward top coat for a super smooth finish.

Kaleidoscope

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Cirque - Kaleidoscope 2
Cirque - Kaleidoscope 3
This one was an instant favorite, even though I can never spell Kaleidoscope correctly on the first try. ;) Annie said that this one has over 30 types of satin finish glitter, and I believe it! The layering possibilities for this are virtually endless! Easy application, 2 coats shown here over black. NO FISHING REQUIRED!! ^_^

Iris

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Iris is a topper that adds rainbow shimmer over any color. Now I only layered 2 coats of this over black, but now that I think on it I’ll definitely need to show you some other layering options for this pretty little polish! Easy and smooth application, no issues what-so-evahhh. The macro shot is to die for (in my most humble opinion ;) )! ♥

Lullaby

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Cirque - Lullaby 2
Cirque - Lullaby 3
Lullaby is an ethereal rainbow confetti topper made up of satin finish glitters in a pastel color palette.

I. FRIGGEN. LOVE. THIS. ONE!!

Super unique to my collection, and no fishing necessary to get a little bit of everything on my nails. Even the stars were easy to snag after inverting the bottle before application for just a minute or two (which I recommend doing for any chunky glitter polish). 2 coats over black shown here.

Magic Hour

Cirque - Magic Hour 1
Cirque - Magic Hour 2
Cirque - Magic Hour 3
Magic Hour is a rainbow confetti that consists of iridescent glitter in various shapes and sizes. This one also has a suspension base like Le Invader, and out of all the glitter toppers I had the hardest time with this one. I’m just impatient when it comes to suspension base glitters, and if you don’t wait between coats it WILL get lumpy/clumpy on you. This is 1 coat with the dip-dab-spread method. Glitter ratio is good enough that 1 coat over whatever base you use (black here) should be sufficient. Looooove the color and look of Magic Hour over black. I couldn’t see myself layering it any other way. ♥

Electric Circus

Cirque - Electric Circus 1
Cirque - Electric Circus 2
Cirque - Electric Circus 3
And saving my favorite for last, here is Electric Circus!! This one is made up of tons of bright neon satin finish glitters. WHAT IS THIS. I CAN’T EVEN… Be still my friggin heart y’all! This is 2 coats over black, and you best believe I’ll be layering this over EVERYTHING. And while I’m at it, please take a look at what my girl Marta of ChitChatNails did with Electric Circus on her blog. WITCHCRAFT. Sexy nail witchcraft. ;) I already plan to recreate that look very very soon.


Final Thoughts:

Glitters are not my favorite nail polish finish, but these 6 are definitely glitters that I can get behind and love. Really great formulas for most, though Magic Hour did give me a little trouble with trying to get a smooth and even coat. My picks for the glitter toppers from the Cirque Arcus collection are Electric Circus (DUH), Lullaby, and Kaleidoscope. ^_^

Purchase Info:

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

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

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

 

 


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Review: GlitterDaze Ultra Daze Box for June!

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Glitter Daze Ultra Subscription Box - 3

Morning Ladies!

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

Here’s how it works:

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

- Fill out a preferences questionnaire.

- profit. ALL THE NAIL POLISH MONTHLY ;)

And yoinked straight from the subscription info page:

What you get:

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

SUPER DAZE

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

MEGA DAZE

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

ULTRA DAZE

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

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

GlitterDaze Ultra Daze Subscription Box for June

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

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GlitterDaze Cuticle Stick – Peony Scented

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

Reloaded

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GlitterDaze – Reloaded

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

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

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

American Royalty

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GlitterDaze – American Royalty

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GlitterDaze – American Royalty

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GlitterDaze – American Royalty

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

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


Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

Purchase Info:

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

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

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

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


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Review: Paint Box Polish Summer Heat Collection for Summer 2013!

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Paint Box Polish Summer Heat Collection (Summer 2013)

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got three out of the five nail polishes from the upcoming Paint Box Polish Summer Heat collection! Pam (creator of Paint Box Polish) sent me these babies and I really enjoyed them! She created this collection after she was inspired by the bright and energetic colors of her Zumba classes. ^_^

Since I wanted a glass smooth finish, I did use Glitter Tamer and a thick top coat (China Glaze Fast Forward) for these swatches. :D

 

 


Booty Pop

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Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

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Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

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Paint Box Polish – Booty Pop

Booty Pop is a highlighter yellow jelly-creme hybrid with blue shimmer and black square and circle glitters. This one had a super easy to work with formula, which isn’t a simple feat with yellow pigments! I did 3 coats of Booty Pop by itself here. ^_^

Sweat It Off

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Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

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Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

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Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

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Paint Box Polish – Sweat It Off

Sweat It Off is a peachy neon creme with opalescent shimmer and black circle and square glitter. The formula on this one was a little bit temperamental on the first 2 coats, but after 3 coats it evened itself out. You will definitely need topcoat with this one to make it super glossy since it dries with a satin finish. Formula aside, Sweat It Off was a favorite for both my boyfriend and me!

Everybody’s Doing It

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Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

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Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

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Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

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Paint Box Polish – Everybody’s Doing It

Everybody’s Doing It is a goooorrrgeous neon pink jelly-creme hybrid with blue shimmer and black circle and square glitter. This one had a nice thin and easy to work with formula just like Booty Pop. I used 3 coats here, but you could easily get away with 2 if you have shorter nails. ;)


Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the nail polishes that I got to try from this collection! The square and circle glitters were very easy to apply, no fishing required! And I was able to achieve an opaque and finished look at 3 coats, which is not always the case with neons. Pam did mention to me that these layered over white make them REALLY pop so I’ll have to try that next time I wear them. ^_^

All three were great though, both Booty Pop and Sweat It Off got the BSoA (Boyfriend Seal of Approval) and I really loved… ALL of them, haha! I actually plan on going back to snag the two I’m missing from the collection (a neon green and a bright Tardis blue!) once it’s released. :D

Purchase Info:

The Paint Box Polish Summer Heat collection will be available for purchase from the Paint Box Polish Etsy shop beginning on June 26th. These will only be available as full-sized bottles, which retail at $9.00 per bottle of polish.

And the ever wonderful Pam was kind enough to create a coupon code for you lovely folk who read my humble little blog. When you enter NOMSSUMMER20 at checkout you’ll get an additional 20% off your purchase! This coupon is good for the next 30 days folks! ^_^

And for more updates on new collections and stocking info, you can follow Paint Box Polish on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@paintboxpolish).

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: The Arcus Collection by Cirque!

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Inspired by hues of the rainbow, The Arcus Collection consists of 12 brightly-colored nail lacquers just in time for the summer.  The first half of the collection explores the primary and secondary colors of the spectrum in variety of finishes from a fiery holographic red to a regal purple micro-glitter.  The second half of the collection focuses on multi-colored “toppers”, such as whimsical squares, punchy neons and polychromatic sparkles, designed to be used over existing colors.

Cirque Vesuvius
Vesuvius
A strawberry red with a rainbow holographic finish

Cirque Helios
Helios
A brilliant gold micro-glitter with holographic sparkle

Cirque Bejeweled
Bejeweled
A royal blue with a rainbow holographic finish

Cirque Le Invader
Le Invader
A rainbow confetti than consists of square-shaped glitter (best layered over other colors)

Cirque Electric Circus
Electric Circus
A rainbow confetti made with bright neon satin-finished glitter (best layered over other colors)

Cirque Magic Hour
Magic Hour
A rainbow confetti that consists of iridescent glitter in various shapes and sizes (best layered over other colors)

Cirque Sanguine
Sanguine

A chameleon orange that shifts to coral and gold at different angles

Cirque Erda
Erda
A glowing green that shifts to teal and blue at different angles

Cirque Queen Majesty
Queen Majesty
A radiant purple micro-glitter with glimmers of blue

Cirque Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
A rainbow confetti made with over 30 different types of satin-finished glitter (best layered over other colors)

Cirque Lullaby
Lullaby
A rainbow confetti made with satin-finished glitter in soft pastel colors (best layered over other colors)

Cirque Iris
Iris
A topper that adds rainbow shimmer over existing colors

The Arcus collection will be available online at www.cirquecolors.com starting June 3, 2013.  Prices range from $13-15.  For other retailers, please check the “Stockists” page of the website.

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Flotsam & Jetsam

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Hey Everyone!!

I’ve got another nail polish from Scofflaw Nail Varnish to share with you all today. This time I’m wearing Scofflaw Flotsam & Jetsam. As soon as I saw swatches of this nail polish on the Scofflaw Facebook page I knew it had to be mine! I’m half asleep here so I apologize for the minimalistic post. ;)

 


Scofflaw Nail Varnish Flotsam & Jetsam

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Flotsam & Jetsam is a gorgeous pale mint jelly/creme hybrid that is filled with purple and turquoise shards and turquoise micro-shimmer. So pretty!! Application was a breeze and it was opaque at 3 coats. Though I think next time I’ll try layering it over a creamy white or minty green underwear nail polish.
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Macro shot of awesome and win.


Final Thoughts:

Flotsam & Jetsam by Scofflaw Nail Varnish is yet another great freshman release from the newcomer to the indie nail polish world. I’m really looking forward to trying more from her, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next! Have any of you tried Scofflaw nail polishes yet? If so, what are your thoughts? ^_^

Purchase Info:

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Scofflaw Nail Varnish Koi Pondering Swatches and Review

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Hey Everyone!!

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

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

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


Koi Pondering

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

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


Final Thoughts:

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

Purchase Info:

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Diptic

Morning Lovelies!

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

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

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

 


The Eye

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

TDBSLWCHSHITD

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

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

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

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

All of Time and Space

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


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

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

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

Review: Alanna Renee Nail Polishes!

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Morning Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great Monday, or as great as a Monday can be anyway. ;) Today I’ve got some very special nail polishes to share with you all. I’m excited to have the opportunity to review several nail polishes from the Australian indie polish creator, Alanna Renee! These special little treasures came to me all the way from Australia through the joint effort of Alanna herself and my wonderful IG pal, Natalia. Thanks so much ladies!! I especially loved the little Aussie koala stuffed animal and the nummy Caramello Koala candies stowed away in my care packages. :D

I was given the option to pick out whichever Alanna Renee nail polishes that I wanted to try, and Alanna ended up throwing in a fourth one for me to play with as well. Enough of my rambling, let’s move on to the swatches! I’m using my new light box for the first time so hang in there with me while I adjust, haha!

 


Tranquil

Alanna Renee - Tranquil 1
First up is Tranquil, a gorgeous turquoise filled with lavender hex glitter, small light blue and purple hex glitter, large turquoise square glitter and small indigo flakes. This one is sooo pretty, but the lavender hex glitter was a little difficult to get out and turquoise square glitter flat out refused to leave the sides of the bottle. :P I inverted it, but I think I need to take a toothpick and jab the sides of my bottle to loosen their grip on the glass. I think I managed to get a single piece of square glitter on one nail, haha!
Alanna Renee - Tranquil 2
Alanna Renee - Tranquil 3
Alanna Renee - Tranquil 4
You see all that beautiful lavender and turquoise hex and square glitter in the bottle? Yeah, it’s still in there. ;) I’ll wear this one again soon and try some other techniques to get that glitter to play nice. If I have better results I’ll update this post!

Even with the stubborn glitter, Tranquil is really beautiful. I’m a sucker for this color of nail polish and the glitter that did come out of the bottle really accented the base color nicely. It was like creating a jelly sandwich without having to layer two different nail polishes. This is 2 coats with a little bit of dabbing for a 3rd coat after fishing out some hex glitter.

Ablaze

Alanna Renee - Ablaze 1
Alanna Renee - Ablaze 2
Alanna Renee - Ablaze 3
Oh hell yes, you already know that Ablaze is my shizznuckle. :D Ablaze is a complex mix of yellow, orange and red shreds and yellow, orange, red and black hex glitter in a fiery orange jelly base. YESSS GAWWWWWD I am in love!! I used 3 coats here. There’s an epic crapton of things going on in this polish, so you definitely need a top coat to get everything nice and smooth. And as will all nail polish with shard glitter, making sure those pieces lie flat before adding top coat is a must for a smooth finish.

I want this on my toes. I don’t even care how atrocious the future glitter removal will be for it, haha! I will use the foil method on my toes if I have to. It’s just that serious. O_O

Milky Way

Alanna Renee - Milky Way 1
Alanna Renee - Milky Way 2
Alanna Renee - Milky Way 3
Milky Way was snuck into my care package by Alanna for me to try out. It’s a pretty glitter topcoat made up of orange-to-green and blue-to-purple colour shifting glitter of different shapes and sizes in a clear base. While it’s not anything particularly new to the glitter topper world, Milky Way is very pretty and application was superb. All I needed was 1 coat over my black base for a nice effect. The formula is very easy to work with versus most glitter toppers that have thick and sometimes goopy suspension bases. I see myself coming back to this one a lot to jazz up my vampy nail polishes.

Reptar

Alanna Renee - Reptar 1
Alanna Renee - Reptar 2
Alanna Renee - Reptar 3
And finally, my favorite in my humble collection of Alanna Renee nail polishes…. Reptar!! I was already in love with the look of this nail polish from photos. And then I saw the name!! I mean, who else wasn’t obsessed with the Rugrats as a kid? Or babysat someone who was obsessed with the Rugrats for the more distinguished crowd. ;) If you’re not familiar, Reptar is pretty much the most badass dinosaur (behind the HBICs in Jurassic Park anyway). I mean hello, Reptar On Ice anyone? :D

Alanna Renee’s Reptar captures the essence of the original source flawlessly. It has orange and lavender hex glitter and smaller black, white and neon green hex glitter in a light green base. I LOVE this one. I ended up keeping Reptar on my nails after my swatching session and I’ve made a point to show it to everyone. It even got the coveted Boyfriend Seal Of Approval™!

I used 2 coats for full coverage. Reptar dries gritty and it has a monster appetite for topcoat. I used 2 coats of Gelous AND China Glaze Fast Forward topcoat. And today (2 days later) it’s back to being a little gritty to the touch. But in the days of Liquid Sandzzzz/etc. this is quite acceptable, and I actually like the texture. ;)
Alanna Renee Lacquers 1
And one more group bottle shot for you all because I was messing around with my new pop-up light box. It even comes with 4 backdrops! Fancy, eh? :P


Final Thoughts:

I am absolutely smitten with the four Alanna Renee nail polishes that I currently own. I think all of them are great, but my favorites are definitely Ablaze and Reptar. If you’re looking for a great glitter topper, Milky Way is the one for you. And Tranquil would be flawless if not for the temperamental square and hex glitter, though I still love it even though it’s the ‘problem child’ of the group. :p

There are currently 10 nail polishes in Alanna Renee’s collection. And now that I’ve tried these four I definitely want to try the other ones!

Alanna Renee nail polishes are Big 3 (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP) free, and the full list of ingredients can be found [HERE] via her website.

Purchase Info:

Alanna Renee nail polish is currently only available for purchase in Australia at alannarenee.com, they retail for $7.99 AUD per 12ml bottle. Unfortunately due to the strict international shipping regulations with nail polish (classified as dangerous goods), international shipping is not offered at this time. :(

BUT!!!! Alanna is working with Shoppe Eclecticco in Singapore and Color 4 Nails in the U.S. to stock Alanna Renee polishes, and they both offer international shipping (pricing not confirmed yet)! So keep an eye out for news from Alanna Renee on when those two stockist will start supplying her collections. ^_^

To keep updated on Alanna Renee collections, news, etc… You can follow her on her blog, 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: Pretty And Polished Pretty As A Peacock!

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Allo Everyone!

Welcome to Day 3 of my mini Pretty and Polished spam! Today I have Pretty As A Peacock to share with you all! This one is a beauty, so let’s get to the swatches!

 


Pretty and Polished – Pretty As A Peacock

Pretty & Polished - Pretty As A Peacock 1
Pretty & Polished - Pretty As A Peacock 2
Pretty & Polished - Pretty As A Peacock 3
Pretty As A Peacock has a dark emerald green base that’s filled with multi-sized blue, teal, purple, and green glitter. There’s a lot going on and it’s alllll good. :-D Chels Marie was inspired by the plumage of male peacocks, and I think she nailed this one perfectly!

I layered 2 coats of Pretty As A Peacock over Paint Box Polish Northern Lights, but honestly I think Pretty As A Peacock is opaque enough to be built up on its own. I’ll have to try it next time I decide to wear it.
Pretty & Polished - Pretty As A Peacock 4
Here’s a macro shot for ya! This polish is busy in all the right ways!


Final Thoughts:

So I have a bit of an obsession with birds. I have a small owl tattoo on my ankle, a HUGE phoenix spanning from my ribs to my knee, and I’m currently working on the sketching of my owl half sleeve with my tattoo artist! And peacocks are on my list of avian loves, so I’m sure I’ll find a spot to get one of them tattooed on me too. :P This polish is truly amazing and it definitely captures the spirit of the bird in the nail polish. I had no application issues whatsoever with Pretty As A Peacock, so that also constitutes as a win in my books! :)

Purchase Info:

Pretty and Polished Pretty As A Peacock can be purchased from their online store, www.shopprettyandpolished.com. 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!

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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

Emily de Molly - Black Forest 1
Emily de Molly - Black Forest 2
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. :-P
Emily de Molly - Black Forest 3
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! :-D

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!

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