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Review: Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy of a #Kdrama Collection


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Anatomy of a K Drama Collection - RBL

Hey Everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instant Amnesia

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

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

Oh Slap!

RBL Oh Slap! 1
RBL Oh Slap! 2
Oh Slap!: The quintessential flushed cheeks for your nails, Oh Slap! goes on as a sheer pink in one coat with opaque coverage in two coats. This is THE PERFECT PINK; the formula is flawless and streak-free and is not pastel or white-based. You can practically apply it with your eyes closed.

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

Will They Won’t They

RBL Will They Won't They 1
RBL Will They Won't They 2
RBL Will They Won't They 3
Will They Won’t They: Will They Won’t They catches the sun’s rays as it glides on your nails. A gentle cascade of the tiniest silvery, blue-green micro glitter softly flows on a pool of doleful lavender. Sheer coverage in one coat, and opaque in two.

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

Cue The Montage

RBL Cue The Montage 1
RBL Cue The Montage 2
RBL Cue The Montage 3
Cue The Montage: Yellow chartreuse is the most difficult color to wear; it was a daring task to try to create one that would be suitable for all skin tones. Cue the Montage has a different texture than any other RBL nail polish. It dries matte and textured, so you must apply a basecoat and topcoat for the full effect. This color has glittery silver that peaks through in glorified harmony.

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

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

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

Not Your Baby

RBL Not Your Baby 1
RBL Not Your Baby 2
RBL Not Your Baby 3
Not Your Baby: A deceitfully, mysterious brown-bronzy-sage-green duo chrome, Not Your Baby is a classic RBL chameleon nail polish—its identity changes depending on the light. Trickery plays. This color may appear to be brown with a cast of sage-green shimmer in a certain light, and yet bronze the next moment.

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

Burn The Evidence

RBL Burn The Evidence 1
RBL Burn The Evidence 2
RBL Burn The Evidence 3
Burn The Evidence: Burn The Evidence has a finely milled panache glitter that is not only jammed-packed with a mélange of red, gold, orange and copper glitters, but it also provides that dash of ash-black brilliance. This color fully covers in two full coats and has a flaming three-dimensional depth: Your hot nails will look like they’re on fire.

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


RBL Monologue 1
RBL Monologue 2
RBL Monologue 3
Monologue: Virtuously inky, Monologue’s navy blue base is embedded with a soliloquy of elegant light-blue shimmer. Even in low light, this solitary dark blue retains its color and does not appear to be black. Monologue has a smooth, undemanding application; this color is darkly pigmented yet calmingly engaging.

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

Final Thoughts:

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

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

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

Purchase Info:

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle. The 48 hour pre-sale date is set for 6/20 and ends on 6/22 at Noon EST, so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter email blast to take advantage of the Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy of a #Kdrama collection pre-order! If you can’t do the pre-sale don’t worry, the date that this collection will be available for the public is still forthcoming. :)

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

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





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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

RBL - Naked Without Polish 1
RBL - Naked Without Polish 2
RBL - Naked Without Polish 3
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!


RBL - Reveillon 1
RBL - Reveillon 2
RBL - Reveillon 3
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.


RBL - Coquette 1
RBL - Coquette 2
RBL - Coquette 3
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

RBL - Fire Queen 1
RBL - Fire Queen 2
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

RBL - Lotus Elise 1
RBL - Lotus Elise 2
RBL - Lotus Elise 3
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


RBL - Lucciole 1
RBL - Lucciole 2
RBL - Lucciole 3
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 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: Cirque Arcus Collection Swatches Part 1 – Solid(ish) Colors!!


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Cirque Arcus Collection Part 1

Morning Everyone!

I’ve got the Summer 2013 Cirque Arcus collection to share with you all, but I’ve decided to split it into two parts because I took a LOT of pictures. I actually have quite a few nail polishes from Cirque that I need to show you, but I’m starting with Annie’s newest collection and working my way backwards. ;)


Cirque - Erda 1
Cirque - Erda 2
Cirque - Erda 3
Erda is a beautiful glowy green with hints of blue around the edges. I wish the blue duo-tone shift showed more on my nails like it does in the bottle! I might try layering this one over black the next time I wear it to see if it shows the color shift a bit more that way. This is 3 thin coats, easy application.


Cirque - Bejeweled 1
Cirque - Bejeweled 2
Cirque - Bejeweled 3
Wow. Bejeweled is a stunning and strong linear holo. This is 2 easy coats, no special holo base coat needed for this baby!
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 1
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 2
Cirque - Bejeweled (flash) 3
And here’s Bejeweled again with camera flash. Isn’t it ridiculous!? ^_^


Cirque - Sanguine 1
Cirque - Sanguine 2
Cirque - Sanguine 3
Cirque - Sanguine 4
Sanguine is a orange-gold duo-chrome shimmer. The color shift is pretty mild when wearing Sanguine on its own, but layered over black it’s a bit stronger. I used 3 thin coats here. Still gorgeous on its own but I’m a sucker for anything orange. ;)
Cirque - Sanguine over black 1
Cirque - Sanguine over black 2
Cirque - Sanguine over black 3
Cirque - Sanguine over black 4
1 coat of Sanguine over black and you can see the color shift a little more here, but I honestly like the brightness and shimmer of Sanguine on its own better. This would be a nice layering combo for Fall though!


Cirque - Vesuvius 1
Cirque - Vesuvius 2
Cirque - Vesuvius 3
Vesuvius is a strawberry red linear holographic. Again 2 easy coats and a great formula, just like Bejeweled.
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 1
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 2
Cirque - Vesuvius (flash) 3
Vesuvius with camera flash is a thing of beauty. I’m thinking I’ll be needing this on my toes for all the cute sandals I can finally wear now that it’s getting warm outside!

Queen Majesty

Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 1
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 2
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 3
Cirque - Queen Majesty (over black) 4
LOVE Queen Majesty! I decided right off to layer this one over black so I wouldn’t have to use so much of it, this is 2 coats over Wet n Wild Black Creme. Great coverage, and I love the sneaky bits of blue flecked in with the purple glitters!


Cirque - Helios 1
Cirque - Helios 2
Cirque - Helios 3
Cirque - Helios 4
Helios is faaaaaaaaabulous! Stunning gold microglitter sprinkled with holo glitter, and opaque after 3 coats on its own! I’m actually wearing a combo of this and Orly Green With Envy on my toes and it’s a really great color combo! You can see it HERE, I promise I don’t have scary toes. ;)
Cirque - Helios (over black) 1
Cirque - Helios (over black) 2
Cirque - Helios (over black) 3
I decided to try it over black as well, 1 coat, and I really like it this way too! Is anyone else reminded of the MOST OBNOXIOUS GOD OF WAR BOSS EVER when they hear the name Helios? Just me? Okay. :D
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 1
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 2
Cirque - Helios (over black with flash) 3
And just for shiggles, some shots of Helios over black with camera flash. Hello holo!!

Final Thoughts:

I’m honestly never really disappointed with any of the Cirque Colors that I’ve had the pleasure of trying, these 6 are no exception to that rule. I DO wish that the two multi-chrome ones, Erda and Sanguine, were more multifaceted without having to layer them over a dark base. That being said, all of these had wonderful formulas. And looooooove the soft lavender/clary sage scent that is her signature for each nail polish. I don’t even care that I look like a creeper sneaking whiffs of my fingers from time to time. ;)

My top picks out of these 6 are Queen Majesty, Erda, and Helios, but all of them are really great. ^_^

Purchase Info:

The Cirque Arcus collection can be purchased from their website, 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: A England Burne-Jones Dream Collection Swatches (Part One)!


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Burne Jones Dream Part One

Morning Everyone!

I’m super excited to be sharing yet another collection from one of my favorite indie brands, A England. It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Adina’s gorgeous nail polishes. Not only are the colors usually beautiful and perfectly formulated, but the story she creates with each collection is masterful. Almost every collection so far has followed themes of Arthurian legend combined with Adina’s favorite artists, and the A England Burne-Jones Dream collection is a beautiful addition to the A England family. This collection is based on the legend of Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty, as depicted by Sir Edward Burne-Jones in his four painting series. The story of Briar Rose is coincidentally one of my favorite legends, and a revamped version of Briar herself is featured heavily in one of my favorite comics (Fables) as well! So when I saw this collection for the first time and realized what it was about, I think I let out some sonic squeals that only a dolphin or dogs could comprehend. :D

The Burne-Jones dream collection is a small collection of five, and four of which I will be showing you today. The fifth one (named Briarwood) will be releasing at a later date, as well as two more stand-alone beauties that I will show you as Part Two of this post in the near future. ;)


Fated Prince

A England - Fated Prince 1

A England – Fated Prince

A England - Fated Prince 2

A England – Fated Prince

A England - Fated Prince 3

A England – Fated Prince

Fated Prince is a gorgeous charcoal grey scattered holo. A really superb formula that I have come to expect with all A England nail polishes, this was opaque after 2 thin coats. I love the depth of this color even in low light! Easily a new favorite. :)

A England - Fated Prince (Flash) 1

A England – Fated Prince (Flash)

A England - Fated Prince (Flash) 2

A England – Fated Prince (Flash)

A England - Fated Prince (Flash) 3

A England – Fated Prince (Flash)

And here is the same Fated Prince with camera flash. Absolutely. Fabulous. There is nothing weak about this scattered holo effect!

Briar Rose

A England - Briar Rose 1

A England – Briar Rose

A England - Briar Rose 2

A England – Briar Rose

A England - Briar Rose 3

A England – Briar Rose

Briar Rose is a bit of a chameleon. It appears to be a slightly more delicate berry fused reddish-pink in low light, but really brightens up into a much bolder version of itself with camera flash. Shown here is 2 coats, but you could get away with 1 with careful application.

A England - Briar Rose (Flash) 1

A England – Briar Rose (Flash)

A England - Briar Rose (Flash) 2

A England – Briar Rose (Flash)

A England - Briar Rose (Flash) 3

A England – Briar Rose (Flash)

Briar Rose with camera flash. I was not expecting to love this one as much as I did, the scattered holo effect really adds to it!

Sleeping Palace

A England - Sleeping Palace 1

A England – Sleeping Palace

A England - Sleeping Palace 2

A England – Sleeping Palace

A England - Sleeping Palace 3

A England – Sleeping Palace

Sleeping Palace is another almost 1-coater! It’s not pure purple, so I would say it has some grey undertones. This one was another instant favorite for me!

A England - Sleeping Palace (Flash) 1

A England – Sleeping Palace (Flash)

A England - Sleeping Palace (Flash) 2

A England – Sleeping Palace (Flash)

A England - Sleeping Palace (Flash) 3

A England – Sleeping Palace (Flash)

And Sleeping Palace with camera flash. OH. MY. You really honestly need to see this one in person. The beautiful holographic effect is not being done complete justice by my camera. ♥

Rose Bower

A England - Rose Bower 1

A England – Rose Bower

A England - Rose Bower 2

A England – Rose Bower

A England - Rose Bower 3

A England – Rose Bower

And just like that, Adina has created yet another red nail polish that I have fallen madly in love with. Red is not normally my go-to color, but this beautiful red scattered holo with pink undertones has me wrapped around its little.. glass bottle? Anyway, Rose Bower was a breeze to apply and provided complete coverage with 2 coats.

A England - Rose Bower (Flash) 1

A England – Rose Bower (Flash)

A England - Rose Bower (Flash) 2

A England – Rose Bower (Flash)

A England - Rose Bower (Flash) 3

A England – Rose Bower (Flash)

Just look at Rose Bower with camera flash!! If this doesn’t scream permanent summer pedi than I don’t know the meaning of life anymore. ;)

Final Thoughts:

I really cannot stress enough how much I love Adina and her A England brand. Each nail polish is created with so much love and care behind it, that I’m seriously gushing with happiness about this Burne-Jones Dream collection. I cannot WAIT to see Briarwood, the one still forthcoming! I don’t have top picks this time because all four of the nail polishes that I have tried so far from this collection are truly amazing!

Purchase Info:

The A England Burne-Jones Dream collection can be purchased from the A England website, only if you are a resident of the UK. Due to recent changes in policy, she unfortunately can no longer ship directly from the UK to international buyers. But fret not! If you are outside of the UK you can check out her Where to Buy Section to find an international stockist in your local area! There are several in the North America alone like Llarowe, Ninja Polish, and Nail Polish Canada. And again, the ‘Where to Buy’ Online Directory section gives you quite a few options internationally.

Retail cost is £9.00 per bottle of polish from the A England website. Pricing varies per e-tailer, so check each individual stockist for their pricing and policies before purchasing. ^_^



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Review: Barielle Sweet Treats Swatches for Spring 2013


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Barielle Sweet Treats Spring 2013

Morning Everyone!

Today I’ve got the Barielle Sweet Treats swatches for Spring 2013 to show you all. I’ve been sitting on this collection for a while now and I wanted to make sure I shared it with you before spring ended, haha! This is a 5 polish collection of pastel(ish) cremes and a lone shimmer from Barielle, so let’s check ‘em out!


Banana Drop

Barielle - Banana Drop 1

Barielle – Banana Drop

Barielle - Banana Drop 2

Barielle – Banana Drop

Banana Drop is a creamy pale yellow creme. I was afraid of how application would be on this one with it being yellow AND a pastel, but it was relatively painless! Only one tiny spot of cuticle drag (on my ring finger) and it self leveled at 3 coats.

Green Apple Chew

Barielle - Green Apple Chew 1

Barielle – Green Apple Chew

Barielle - Green Apple Chew 2

Barielle – Green Apple Chew

Green Apple Chew is a great chartreuse green creme. This one was perfection at 3 thin coats, and again self leveling. It immediately reminded me of OPI’s Did It On ‘Em but I’ll have to compare the two to see how similar they really are. I do know that the formula for Green Apple Chew is ten times better than the OPI! And I think Green Apple Chew might be a smidge brighter, but don’t quote me on that one! ;)

Orange Parfait

Barielle - Orange Parfait 1

Barielle – Orange Parfait

Barielle - Orange Parfait 2

Barielle – Orange Parfait

Orange Parfait is a super chic muted coral orange, it reminds me of the color of sherbet! This was 3 coats here, but you could probably get away with 2 coats with careful application.

Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle - Lilac Jelly Bean 1

Barielle – Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle - Lilac Jelly Bean 2

Barielle – Lilac Jelly Bean

Lilac Jelly Bean is your typical grayed out violet. Nothing new here, but the formula is great! This is 2 coats. :)

Blue Cotton Candy

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 1

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 2

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

Blue Cotton Candy is a sweet surprise for this collection, a muted sea blue with silver shimmer! At first glance I thought it was glass flecks and my heart skipped a beat, haha! The formula on this one was superb, almost a 1 coater but I used 2 here. Careful application and shorter nails will easily require only 1 coat of polish

Barielle - Blue Cotton Candy 3

Barielle – Blue Cotton Candy

And here’s a macro shot. *le swoon*

Final Thoughts:

Honestly I really have nothing horrible to say about this collection! I usually stay far far away from pastels because they give me lobster claws, but this collection was quite flattering on my skin tone! Of course the only non pastel, Blue Cotton Candy, is hands down my favorite. I’m a shimmer lover after all. ;) But my other picks from the Barielle Sweet Treats collection are Green Apple Chew and Orange Parfait. Lilac Jelly Bean has been done over and over and OVER by so many different brands that I would have honestly enjoyed any other color in its place. That being said, they all had great formulas for a mostly pastel collection. No chalkyness, no streaks, easy application. Which ones are your favorites?

Purchase Info:

The Barielle Sweet Treats collection can be purchased on the Barielle website. Their polishes retail at $8.00 per .45 fl oz bottle of polish, or $25 for the Sweet Treats 5-piece set.




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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!



Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 1
Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 2
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.
Pretty Serious - Cybernetic 3
Here’s a macro shot for you all. Cybernetic is easily one of my favorites from the bunch. ^_^

My Darlin’ Clementine

Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 1
Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 2
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. ^_^
Pretty Serious - My Darlin Clementine 3
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

Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 1
Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 3
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.
Pretty Serious - Purple Monkey Dishwasher 4
Macro shot! I love how well the glitter coats up to the tips without any bald patches. ^_^

Grimm Demise

Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 2
Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 3
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.
Pretty Serious - Grimm Demise 4
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

Scofflaw - Flotsam + Jetsam 1
Scofflaw - Flotsam + Jetsam 2
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.
Scofflaw - Flotsam + Jetsam 3
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 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: Rescue Beauty Lounge Emoting Me Collection For Spring 2013!


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Emoting Me Collection 1

Morning Everyone!!

I hope you’re all doing well this fine Thursday afternoon! Work has been keeping me plenty busy this month, as I’m averaging about 50-55 hours per week lately! But I managed to find time to play with the new Rescue Beauty Lounge Emoting Me collection that Ji sent me for review! :)

Ji of Rescue Beauty Lounge had this to say about her newest collection:

“May my goods come out greater than my own, every time I walk
towards your path. Please usher my footfalls, guide me to be where
to be, what to do, what to say, what to write, and to whom. Let me
embrace every moment you’ve given to me with clear vision,
strength, peace, love and grace. Let me be with you every moment
to moment in your magical kingdom. Let me be at your service, my
heart is open to you and use me for something greater than my own.
Thank you for your abundance, blessings, and your love. Thank you
for this beautiful gift of today.”

This is my daily mantra and how I greet each day. I subconsciously
and consciously recite it from that exquisite place sandwiched
between my sleepy-dreamy blur and the lustering lights of a brand
new morning. It took me many years of seeking, practicing, and
learning to reach this point in my life. I feel stripped naked, revealing

and sharing my private daily mantra, but this is my story and also the
story that is within all of us: we are all emoting.

I’m convinced that if one is ready to truly learn, this generous
universe paves the road in front of us. The trick is knowing when to
admit the desire to take that first baby step.

Sadly for me, my desire to take this first step came five years ago,
when my beloved mother-in-law suddenly left this earth. Our sunny,
delightful home came under a dark gray rolling fog that thickened
with our gloom. Lingering questions struck me during this time: Can
emotional darkness be contagious? Are we enjoying this sorrowful
place just a tad too much? It was time for me to open my own eyes
and to start my first step toward my own path and to seek my true
self. I became an observer of my own life.

I read self-help books and came across many sparklingly wise words
and phrases that we’re told should accompany our daily lives. But by
painfully peeling the layers off of my own ego, I learned that I’m
responsible for my own emotions and the energy I give out.

My everyday practice is simple: I’ve stopped labeling myself. I’m not
so evolved that I levitate in the lotus position in the snowy mountains
wearing my flowing pair of tai chi pants. I process and feel every
emotion, just like everyone on this earth, but I keep my daily ego in
check by knowing that I’m responsible for what I give out and what I

No matter what the circumstances, these are the seven words I
repeat persistently:

The seven words she mentions are the seven nail polishes that made up the Emoting Me Collection. I used the RBL base coat and top coat for all my swatches shown here today. Let’s more on the lovely lacquers, shall we? ;)


Thank You

Thank You 1
Thank You 2
Because I’m my own worst critic, I first thank myself, then I thank
others, and lastly, I thank the universe. I know that I am loved and,
even in negative circumstances, in order to grow, lessons must be
learned. It may be tough in the beginning, but when I close my eyes
in gratitude and start with a bare, neutral nude, a cast of beatific

Opalescent pink shimmers radiates with thankfulness.

The shimmer in Thank You is so pretty! At first I initially thought it was just a golden shimmer, but in different lighting it shifts to a pink and then green! I have never been disappointed by a RBL nude shade and Thank You is no exception. I used 3 thin coats here to achieve the level of opacity I prefer.
Thank You 3
I tried my best to capture the subtle shimmer in Thank You. In this photo you see a mostly gold shimmer and at the curves of my nail you can just make out the shift to pink. The green shift didn’t want to come out and play for my camera, haha!

Be Humble

Be Humble 1
Be Humble 2
I know that I can’t be too self-congratulatory or judge others. I always
remind myself to stay modest. I try to grey out my ego with this taupe
lightness and allow hope to float in pink, blue, and lavender

Be Humble is so stinkin’ pretty!! This light taupe has a lot of lavender undertones and the hidden shimmer is a great addition. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails when I had it on. This would be a great work appropriate shade with a nice little punch from the subtle shimmer to kick it up a bit. The formula for Be Humble was slightly thicker than the others in this collection, but not so thick that it caused too many issues with application. 2 careful coats is all you need, maybe 3 if you don’t wait long enough between coats for it to dry.
Be Humble 3
The subtle shimmer comes out to play a bit in this macro shot of Be Humble. ^_^


Forgiveness 1
Forgiveness 2
To forgive and to ask for forgiveness is the ultimate emotional
cleanser, but why is it so difficult for me to open my heart and admit
that I’m wrong? Guilt and regret are useless emotions. When I forgive
someone, or even when I forgive myself, I step into the serene
opaqueness of this dove-lavender color and then I am able to let go
and move on.

I definitely agree with Ji on this one. I have no room in my life for regret, I take everything as a learning experience. ^_^

Forgiveness is a gorgeous muted lavender creme, 3 thin coats here. And WOW is it ever glossy, even before top coat! This one got the BSOA (Boyfriend Seal Of Approval) and was dubbed as a “really cool shade of purple”. Lavender my dear, lavender. ;) Application was a breeze and the formula was thin and easy to work with.


Smile 1
Smile 2
First, I always smile at the sky at least once a day. It is a privilege to
be in this universe. When I lift my face to the sun and bask in its
gloriousness, I blink my eyes and see this dazzling red light, a neutral
red, and full of sunny, shimmery goodness. Like a smile, this color is

OMGGGGGGG Smile is a faaaabulous nail polish! This little beauty is a vibrant shade of coral-red with pink undertones that is filled with orange micro-shimmer. I’ve power-marathoned through seasons 2-5 of Mad Men over the past weekend to catch up to the season 6 premiere. And everyone had such gorgeous manicures on that show, it had me craving a red shade to wear on my digits. Smile landing in my lap on Monday afternoon was a sign from the heavens. :P

I used 3 coats here but you could probably get away with 2 coats on shorter nails.
Smile 3
Macro shot to try to capture the shimmer in Smile. It’s extremely subtle but it can be seen in indoor and outdoor lighting.


Pause 1
Pause 2
Violet is the color of the chakra that marks the union of the soul with
the body, mind, and divine consciousness. With this come bliss,
satisfaction, and rest. Being in the present moment is probably the
hardest challenge I have. When I stare at the depth of this multi-
faceted mid-violet silky shimmer and be at one with this color and
nothing else, then I know I am in my present moment.

Because my digital camera gets blue and purples confused regularly, I thought I was going to have issues capturing the true royal purple color of Pause. But this is quite accurate hue-wise to how it appears in person. The shimmer is much more prominent in real life though and my camera did take issue with the glowy fuchsia and pink micro shimmer. I just could not get it to play nice for my camera!

Pause has great coverage and a superb formula. All I needed was 2 coats here.
Pause 3
This is as good a shot of the micro-shimmer as I could get of Pause. Pictures really do not do this one justice, you just have to see it in person. ^_^

Become One

Become One 1
Become One 2
I imagine that one brilliantly sunny day in April when I looked up to
see the sun flickering through a cascade of innocent leaves. This

Opaque green takes me to those young; verdant leaves in the spring
and reminds me that nature is our best teacher of life cycles.

Become One is a bright grassy green creme. I think everyone needs this shade of green in their collection! But I’m a sucker for anything green so I might be ever so slightly biased. ;) I actually have 2 other nail polishes in my collection that in my mind seem quite similar to this one, I’ll post a comparison between them soon!  Application was great, I did 3 thin coats here for full opacity.

Turn It Around

Turn It Around 1
Turn It Around 2
Once I understood the universe’s law of polarity, everything made
perfect sense. Negatives can’t exist without positives. If I never allow
pain to wash over me, then joy becomes meaningless. From this
color’s dark mossy green pond, a vivid, glittering cast of copper
shimmer welcomes me back to joy.

Turn It Around… Oh my… Remember like, 2 seconds ago when I said I was a sucker for anything green? Because HOLY SHIZZZZ I flipped out when I opened the box for this one!! Earthy forest green mixed with chunky flecks of golden-yellow, copper and bronze!

What is this?! I can’t even…!! Mama likes! Turn It Around simultaneously reminds me of Spring and Fall mixed together into liquid nirvana for my nails. :D I used 2 coats here and the formula was nice and smooth.
Turn It Around 3
Just… Look… At… That… SHIMMERRRR!! I was not expecting a shade like this for a Spring collection, and I am SO here for this right now. ;)

Be Humble vs. Insouciant vs. Forgiveness

Be Humble vs Insouciant vs Forgiveness
I did do a quickie comparison of RBL Be Humble, Insouciant, and Forgiveness for y’all since I had all three sitting on my swatching [coffee] table. Definitely not dupes, but it’s nice to see a side-by-side every now and then when your memory of the colors gets hazy. ^_^

#1 is Be Humble, #2 is Insouciant and #3 is Forgiveness (3 coats each). All great colors. :)

Final Thoughts:

The Emoting Me collection is another great addition to the Rescue Beauty Lounge family. Each shade has an elegant story behind it and I can completely understand Ji’s vision for each color and what she had in mind as she created each nail polish. My stand-out favorites in this collection are Smile and Turn It Around. Honorable mentions go to Forgiveness, Be Humble and Pause being faves for my boyfriend. Thank You, Forgiveness and Be Humble are great neutral office friendly choices for those that have tone it down for work or if you just prefer softer shades. And while I do love Become One, I’m not entirely sure if it’s a must-have if you already own another grass green creme like it. Though the ones I plan to compare it to may not be readily assessable, so in that case… Become One is a possible must as well! ;)

Which ones do you like the most?

Purchase Info:

Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at for $20 per bottle. The 48 hour Pre-Order starts 4/12/13, so make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter email blast to take advantage of the pre-order! The Emoting Me collection will be available to the public at the end of April.

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.





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Introducing The Takko Lacquer Spring 2013 Collection!!


Takko Lacquer Spring 2013 Collection

Morning Ladies!

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. :D

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 1
Whimsical 2
Whimsical 3
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! ;)


Glittergasm 1
Glittergasm 2
Glittergasm 3
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. :P This is 2 coats of Glittergasm over Whimsical, no ‘dabbing method’ needed.

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko 1
Maneki Neko 2
Maneki Neko 3
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 1
Opium 2
Opium 3
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.
Opium 5
Opium 6
Opium 4
MOAR color shifts! Application was a breeze, I only needed 2 coats for full coverage!
Opium 8
Opium 9
Opium 7
And a few macro shots so you can get a better look at the shimmer. It’s like a grungy Unicorn Pee. :P

Pucker Up

Pucker Up 1
Pucker Up 2
Pucker Up 3
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.

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette 1
Marie Antoinette 2
Marie Antoinette 3
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! :-D 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.
Marie Antoinette 4
In low light settings the shimmer is quite subtle but still visible.
Marie Antoinette 5
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. ^_^

Final Thoughts:

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?

Purchase Info:

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. :D

To keep up to date with restocking news and other updates you can follow the Takko Lacquer Blog, the Etsy Shop, @TakkoLacquer on Twitter or her new Instagram account!





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


Pretty and Polished Mathematical Collection

Oh My Glob Everyone!

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

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

Enough of my rambling, let’s get to the swatches! :-D


I’m Not A Banana!

Pretty and Polished - I'm Not A Banana! 1
Pretty and Polished - I'm Not A Banana! 2
Pretty and Polished - I'm Not A Banana! 3
First up is I’m Not A Banana! This one is based on Jake the Dog. The yellow jelly is a perfect match for his fur color, and I love the black and white hex glitter! This one was pretty sheer but I was able to build it to an opacity I liked after 4 coats. I didn’t have any issue with getting the hex glitter out of the bottle and it dried relatively quickly for as much as I used. I’ll have to search through my yellows to see if I have something similar to layer it with next time. Maybe Cult Nails Feel Me Up? :)

King Of C-C-Cool

Pretty and Polished - King of C-C-Cool 1
Pretty and Polished - King of C-C-Cool 2
Pretty and Polished - King of C-C-Cool 3
King of C-C-Cool is based on the Ice King and it’s so awesome! I have nothing like this polish in my collection at all. It’s a blue squishy creme/jelly base filled with blue micro-shimmer, tiny red square glitter, blue and yellow hex glitter, and white diamond glitter! I absolutely LOVE this one. I used 3 coats here and had no issues getting a good amount of each type of glitter on my nails. No dabbing necessary even though there’s so much going on! :-D


Pretty and Polished - My Lumps 1
Pretty and Polished - My Lumps 2
Pretty and Polished - My Lumps 3
My Lumps represents the ever awesome Lumpy Space Princess, and is a sheer purple jelly filled with yellow and purple glitter shards and blurple micro-shimmer. This was the only one I chose to layer out of the group. It looked too sheer to build up on its own but in hindsight I believe you can get this one to opacity after 4 coats. Shown here is 3 coats over A England Guinevere. You can’t even really see my base polish at all anymore (except for maybe my pinky which I think I accidentally only did 2 coats of My Lumps :P).

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


Pretty and Polished - Peebles 1
Pretty and Polished - Peebles 2
Pretty and Polished - Peebles 3
Peebles is named after Princess Bubblegum (who is often referred to as PB or Peebles in the show). This one is a squishy bubblegum pink jelly with fuchsia micro-shimmer and pink and yellow hex glitter. I looooooove this one, but I may be partial because PB is my favorite character in the show. :P I used 3 coats here.

The Young Hero

Pretty and Polished - The Young Hero 1
Pretty and Polished - The Young Hero 2
And lastly, we have The Young Hero! This one is named after Finn the Human and it’s another favorite for me in the collection. The Young Hero is a squishy white creme/jelly hybrid filled with blue and yellow small glitters, small blue hex glitter, light blue square glitter and light green hex glitter. LOVE!

I’ve been wearing this one for a few days now. The cashier as PetSmart stopped me dead in the middle of my transaction to gush about my nails when I had this on! She thought I’d put the glitter in there myself. :P
Pretty and Polished - The Young Hero 3
Pretty and Polished - The Young Hero 4
You all get TWO macro shots of The Young Hero because you’re that special to me, haha. That and you can see the green hex glitter in the first macro. ;)

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

Final Thoughts:

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

Do you need these? Get the math outta here with that question, heck yeah you need them! :-D

Purchase Info:

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

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