Posts tagged jelly

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

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Hey Everyone!

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


Behead The Drama Queen

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Behead The Drama Queen is an absolutely gorgeous dark teal based jelly with light green shimmer. This combination of the shimmer against the darker base gives it a beautiful duo chrome effect that shifts depending on your lighting. The formula was amazing, I used 3 easy coats to reach full coverage.
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I just can’t get enough of this shade. It also looks like a scattered holo in some lighting just because of how strong the shimmer/color shift is on the nail!
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Let’s take a moment to admire the this pretty little thing in the above macro shot…

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


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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Morning Everyone!

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

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

Alright, less talking and MOAR swatching.

 

 


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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


Final Thoughts:

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

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

Purchase Info:

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Review: Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 2.0!!!

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RBL - The Fan Collection 2

Hey Everyone!!!

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

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


Naked Without Polish

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

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

Réveillon

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

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

Coquette

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

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

Fire Queen

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

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

Lotus Elise

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

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

Lucciole

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

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


Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

Purchase Info:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Review: 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

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

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

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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Review: My First Pretty Serious Nail Polish Swatches!

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Morning Everyone!

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

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

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

 


Cybernetic

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

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

My Darlin’ Clementine

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

Purple Monkey Dishwasher

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

Grimm Demise

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


Final Thoughts:

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

Purchase Info:

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

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

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Scofflaw Nail Varnish 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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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

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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!
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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Pretty And Polished Save The Dauphine Collection!

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Pretty and Polished - Save The Dauphine Collection

Morning Everyone!

So I’ve been sitting on these swatches of the Pretty and Polished Save The Dauphine collection for entirely too long. I actually swatched these back at the end of January and edited my photos, but I just couldn’t find the motivation to actually type up my post about them. -_-

But better late than never I suppose! Unfortunately it looks like the collection was moved to a limited edition status while I was sitting on my thumbs, and only two of the four polishes from the collection are still readily available. :( But perhaps they’ll pop up some time in the future on another site’s blog sale! ^_^

I was actually INCREDIBLY pumped about this collection when Chels Marie first announced it. My mother literally named me after the late queen of France (Marie is my first name, Antoinette is my middle name) so I pretty much had to own this collection when it was released. HAD. TO. :D And once I had the polishes in my possession, they did not disappoint. Let’s get to the swatches (that I’m sure you’ve already seen before haha).

 


Hameau

Hameau 1
Hameau 2
Hameau 3
Hameau is a really pretty eggshell/off-white jelly-creme hybrid filled with iridescent shimmer and small blurple and green multi-sized hex glitter. This one was an instant favorite for me. It’s a little on the sheer side, but I only needed 3 coats to reach opacity. It was incredibly easy to apply.

Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake 1
Let Them Eat Cake 2
Let Them Eat Cake 3
Let Them Eat Cake, seriously you all do not know how many times I’ve heard this joke throughout my life. IT’S ALWAYS HILARIOUS. Truth is, the queen most likely never even uttered the phrase. But alas, it’s etched in history forever. That being said, THIS version of Let Them Eat Cake is not a lie (yaseewhatididthere..?) and it’s actually quite gorgeous.

This polish is a pale pink crelly (jelly/creme hybrid) filled with yellow, red, pink, lilac and white glitter in multiple shapes and sizes. LOVE. Again I needed 3 coats, this one was a little tricky to apply compared to Hameau but with patience (and a little bit of Gelous before adding top coat) I got everything to smooth out.

Louis Louis

Louis Louis 1
Louis Louis 2
Louis Louis 3
Louis Louis is fricken fabulous! I was not expecting to love this one as much as I did but oh my damn this color is fabulous! Louis Louis is a tarnished gold filled with tiny blue hex glitter and red round glitter. I’ve never seen anything quite like it! I used just one coat of Louis Louis over black to make the colors really pop. :D

The Diamond Necklace Affair

The Diamond Necklace 1
The Diamond Necklace 2
The Diamond Necklace 3
Last but not least, we have The Diamond Necklace Affair. Marie Antoinette just could not catch a break. This polish is a reference to the incident that placed blame on her regarding a crime against the Crown Jewelers. This polish is a glitter topper, so it has a clear base and it is filled with opalescent and light blue glitter in multiple shapes and sizes throughout. You can layer this over virtually anything and yield a variety of results. Shown here, I have 1 coat of The Diamond Necklace Affair over A England Galahad. I love this combination! But I bet this would look gorgeous over a darker nail polish as well. :)

This one was a little tricky to apply since it’s so thick due to the suspension base. The dabbing method worked best for me, but I had to be careful that I didn’t accidentally pick up glitter again with the brush as I was dabbing. No Gelous was needed before adding top coat for a smooth finish.


Final Thoughts:

Even with The Diamond Necklace Affair and Let Them Eat Cake requiring a little bit of patience to apply, I have nothing bad to say about this four polish collection. I absolutely love every single one of them, with Let Them Eat Cake, Hameau and Louis Louis being my favorites. But seeing as I share a name with their inspiration, I might be a smidge partial. ;)

If you can get your hands on the entire Pretty and Polished Save The Dauphine collection I highly suggest you pounce on them when you spot them out in the wild. :D

Purchase Info:

Pretty and Polished nail polishes can be purchased from their online store, www.shopprettyandpolished.com. 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. Though it does look like the remaining Save The Dauphine Collection nail polishes have been slightly discounted. :)

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

 

 

 

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Review: Pretty and Polished Happy Holodays Duo!

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Allo Everyone!

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

Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Red and Green Holo Glitter) 1
Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Red and Green Holo Glitter) 2
Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Red and Green Holo Glitter) 3
Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Red and Green Holo Glitter) 4
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. ♥
Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Ruby) 2
Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Ruby) 3
Pretty & Polished - Happy Holodays Duo (Ruby) 4
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. ^_^


Final Thoughts:

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! ^_^

Purchase Info:

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.

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.
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