December 19, 2016

Painted Polish NYE Trio Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend, mine was good! Today I have the NYE Trio for 2016 from Painted Polish to share with you. This trio is available now and with how fast Lexi from Painted Polish tends to ship you should get them with plenty of time to ring in the New Year if you order now! Check out the swatches after the jump!


December 15, 2016

China Glaze Holiday 2016 Seas and Greetings Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Its been a little bit since my last post, sorry for the unexpected absence. I was sick for part of my time away but I've also been battling a bit of blogging burn out. I'm going to be posting less ofter moving forward, but not going away completely since I still do (and always will) love polish! Today I have the Seas and Greetings Collection for Holiday 2016 from China Glaze to share with you. This collection is fun and different for the holidays, its very California which as a California girl I very much enjoy! Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 29, 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer Stuffed Crelly Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the crelly version of Stuffed from Nine Zero Lacquer to share with you. Stuffed originally came out last year as a full coverage glitter. The crelly version of stuffed features the same beautiful fall mix of orange, copper, red and brown glitter in an off white base. The formula was great, it was a little thick in a good way that made application easy. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.



Stuffed, in its original form and the new crelly version, is available at http://www.ninezerolacquer.com/, both retail for $10!

November 23, 2016

Top Shelf Lacquer Holiday Flake Out Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Holiday Flake Out Collection for Holiday 2016 from Top Shelf Lacquer to share with you! This collection is made up 12 polishes containing ultra chrome flakies and a holo sparkle. There is a nice variety of polishes with colored bases along with ones with a clear base for easier layering. Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 21, 2016

Painted Polish Crazy 4 Crellies Trio Swatches & Review


Hi guys, hope you all had a nice weekend! Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? I sure can't, this year is flying by. Today I have the Crazy 4 Crellies Trio from Painted Polish to share with you. These were made for a Facebook group and were just restocked in the Painted Polish shop for the last time! Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 19, 2016

Additional Addictions: Hard Candy Glamoflage Pigment Makeup Drops Review


Hi guys! Hope you're all having a nice weekend so far! Today I have my review of the new Glemoflage Mix-In Pigment Makeup Drops from Hard Candy to share with you! The are 12 colors right now, ranging from Fair to Deep. These can be mixed with pretty much anything to adjust or custom mix a foundation color. You can mix them with a foundation you already own that is too dark or too light, you can make a tinted moisturizer, mix them with primer or serum etc. I tried them pretty much every way and really enjoyed them! Below are the 3 shades I was sent to try out, my personal shade ended up being Light 1.


The drops come with a dropper applicator which makes it easy to adjust how much or little you use. I found that I got the best wear with these by mixing them in with my primer. I have some old acne scarring so I used 6-7 drops with my normal amount of primer to get the coverage I wanted. I also would go back with only the drops for spot coverage which meant not having to use concealer! The finish with these will depend on what you are mixing them with but I did find that on their own they gave a nice natural matte finish to the skin.



Overall I really like this product, it is very comparable to the Cover FX drops and they are so much cheaper! If you need to custom mix your shade these are a great tool for that and buying a few of the shades won't break the bank. These are available available at Walmart and Walmart.com, they retail for $7!

November 18, 2016

First Impression Friday: Pepper Pot Polish

Happy Friday! Today for First Impression Friday I have a couple polishes from a brand called Pepper Pot Polish! I believe I found out about this brand through a post on Facebook about underrated brands and added them to my list after checking out their shop! Pepper Pot makes lip gloss and eye shadow in addition to polish which is great, there is something for everyone!

I placed my order on 10/19/16 and it arrived to me on 10/24/16, so the turn around time was great! The polishes arrived in a bubble envelope. There was a sample baggie of eye shadow included as an extra but unfortunately mine kinda exploded in the package so I didn't try it out. Luckily the polishes were nicely bubble wrapped and weren't dirty from the eye shadow.

Check out what I got after the jump!


November 17, 2016

Painted Polish Parisian Indie Shop Trio Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Parisian Indie Shop Trio from Painted Polish to share with you! This trio was created for The Indie Shop event that took place a couple of weeks back in Southern California. If you've never heard of it, its a 1 day event that indies from all over the place exhibit at. I believe this year was the second Indie Shop but I may be mistaken. This trio is available now in the Painted Polish shop as Limited Edition polishes for those of us who want to get our paws on them but weren't able to go to the event! Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 16, 2016

Great Lakes Lacquer Cuddly Soft Covers Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a polish from the upcoming Winter Survival Kit Collection from Great Lakes Lacquer to share with you! The collection is a 4 piece that is releasing this Friday! The polish I have form the collection is called Cuddly Soft Covers, which aside from having an adorable name is also a really gorgeous shade.

Cuddly Soft Covers is a royal purple base with holographic flecks and holographic micro glitter. There is a lot of depth to the polish and it really sparkles in the sun and bright indoor lighting. The formula was good, it was a good consistency and easy to apply with fantastic opacity. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.





Cuddly Soft Covers will be available with the entire Winter Survival Kit Collection on Friday at http://greatlakeslacquer.bigcartel.com

November 15, 2016

Painted Polish Gobble Till You Wobble Collection Swatches & Review



Hi guys! Today I have the Gobble Till You Wobble Collection from Painted Polish to share with you! This is a Thanksgiving themed collection made up of 5 gorgeous fall shades including 2 new stamping polishes! Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 14, 2016

Vapid Unicorn Egg Swatch & Review

Hi guys, hope you all had a nice weekend! Today I have Unicorn Egg from Vapid to share with you. I don't believe this polish is available anymore, but I could be wrong. I picked this up a couple months back which was exciting because it was on my wishlist for ages.

Unicorn Egg is a light grey base with very tiny blue, pink and purple glitter and a soft holo. The formula is really nice, its a good consistency and easy to apply with good opacity. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.



Vapid is available at http://vapid.mybigcommerce.com!

November 9, 2016

Blush Lacquers Sherlock Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Sherlock Collection from Blush Lacquers to share with you! This collection is made up of 6 gorgeous cremes that are perfect for Fall. They are great on their own and also water marble really easily if you're looking for cremes in this color range for that. Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 8, 2016

Literary Lacquers The Raven Duo Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have The Raven Duo from Literary Lacquers to share with you, this duo is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe!

And This Mystery Explore is a greyed jelly loaded with copper and orange micro glitter and a hole sprinkle. I really like this one, its super interesting on the nail and a stunner out in the bright light and in lower lighting. The formula was good, it was a little sheer on the first coat but opaque with the second. I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.



Sweet Lenore is a metallic bronze holo. The holo stands out much better in real life than its showing in photos! The formula was good, it was a good consistency and easy to apply with good opacity. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




Literary Lacquers is available https://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryLacquer, these polishes retail for $10-$12

November 7, 2016

Blush Lacquers Rust-ic Beauty Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend, mine was good! Today I have Rust-ic Beauty from Blush Lacquers to share with you. This is the November color of the month and its available now! Rust-ic Beauty is a rusty red/orange with golden shimmer. This leans a little more orange in real life than it does in photos. The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply but a little sheer. It builds easily and was opaque in 3 coats for me. I used 3 coats plus top coat for the photos below.




Rust-ic Beauty is available now at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BLUSHLacquers, it retails for $9!

November 4, 2016

First Impression Friday: Pipe Dream Polish

Happy Friday! This week for first impression Friday I have some polishes from Pipe Dream Polish to share with you! I'm sure everyone has heard of this brand, they are known for their polishes being fantastic to watermarble with! I have been trying for ages and ages to buy something from them but their restocks are a pain and I usually give up...however I stumbled upon their site the other day when there was actually stock so I grabbed 3 polishes!

I placed my order on 10/13/16 and it arrived on 10/19/16 which I was impressed by. I'm guessing that Pipe Dream gets a lot of orders when stuff is in stock so I appreciate the fast turn around! The polishes arrived in a bubble mailer with an invoice copy, piece of candy and a little cuticle pusher. The polishes were also bubble wrapped and wrapped in branded tissue paper. I really really love the little cuticle pusher that was included, it was nice to get an extra that is useful (not that I don't love getting candy, but you know what I mean). Check out what I got after the jump!



November 3, 2016

Zoya Holiday 2016 Enchanted Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Enchanted Collection from Zoya to share with you. This collection serves as their Holiday Collection for 2016. There are 4 new PixieDust polishes and 2 gorgeous shimmers! Check out the swatches after the jump!


November 2, 2016

Literary Lacquers The Needle's Bite Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have The Needle's Bite from Literary Lacquers to share with you. This polish is for a good cause, with $5 from each bottle sold being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This polish is available now until November 17th so if you want it you better go grab it fast!

The Needle's Bits is a gunmetal grey holo with a little bit of a golden flash shimmer. The formula was good, it was easy to apply and had a good consistency. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




The Needle's Bite is available now until 11/17/16 at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryLacquer, it retails for $13

November 1, 2016

KBShimmer Holiday 2016 Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend and Halloween! My weekend was great, I went and saw Gwen Stefani which was super fun! Today I have the Holiday 2016 Collection from KBShimmer to share with you! I also have their holiday promo items to share with you! Check out the swatches after the jump!
 

October 28, 2016

First Impression Friday: 6 Harts Polish

Happy Friday! This week for First Impression Friday I have a few things from 6 Harts to share with you. I've seen this brand on blogs for a long time so I finally decided to buy some stuff! I placed my order on August 30th and received it on September 8th so the turn around time was great! Everything came in a small box and was bubble wrapped nicely with a business card! Check out what I got after the jump!


October 27, 2016

Orly Holiday 2016 Sunset Strip Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have my first Holiday Collection for 2016 to share with you. It's crazy that its actually time for Holiday collections already, this year is seriously flying by! This collection is the Sunset Strip Collection from Orly! They are keeping on with their LA theme from Fall for this collection, which I love since I'm sort of near LA. Check out the swatches after the jump!


October 26, 2016

Mystery Grab Bags For Sale!

Hey everyone- I'm reposting this because I still have a few grab bags to sell!

Hi Guys! Its that time again, I have destashed like crazy! I've been meaning to do these grab bags since February, literally boxes of polishes have been sitting in my living room since then! Between my Grandma passing away and Degen getting hurt I just never found the time...until now! All of the money from this will be going to pay for the amount I still owe from Degens massive surgery he had in March which cost a whopping $8,000 (I wish I was exaggerating). All the detail, pricing, how to buy and the like will be after the jump!

Edited to add: I don't think I ever told you guys really what happened to Degen...I'll put his story at the end of the post if you're interested in reading about it!


Literary Lacquer Fall 2016 Nailed Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Nailed Collection from Literary Lacquer to share with you! This collection is a bit risqué which is kinda fun! These are available now and perfect for Fall, check out the swatches after the jump!


October 25, 2016

China Glaze Fall 2016 Rebel Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the Fall 2016 Rebel Collection from China Glaze to share with you! This collection is made up of 12 polishes, everything from a matte to glitter toppers. This collection has some great 90's inspired names which I really enjoy also! Check out the swatches after the jump!


October 24, 2016

ILNP Fall 2016 Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was good, it actually rained yesterday which is a rarity in So Cal so that was great! Today I have the Fall 2016 ILNP Collection to share with you! ILNP released 2 collections for Fall this year, a neutrals half and this half which is a more traditional Fall Collection. Check out the swatches after the jump!


October 22, 2016

Additional Addictions: Korres Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper Body Products


Hi guys! Hope you're all having a nice weekend so far! Today I have some body products from Korres to share with you! I have a showegel, body milk and eau de toilette all in the Velvet Orris Violet White Pepper scent. I was drawn to this scent because of the scent notes,which are Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Cranberry, White Peppercorn, Orris Wood, Caviar, Orange Blossomm Dry Amber, Musk, Patcouli and Cashmere Wood. The scent is really complex and everything I hoped it would be, I really pick up the floral notes the most but its got a nice musky-woodsy background to it also which balances it out nicely.

I really like to use all 3 products together, but each one has a nice scent linger on its own.The Showergel lathers really nicely and the scent sticks around for a nice amount of time.

I follow up the Showergel with the Body Milk, its a nice rich lotion that sinks in nicely and doesn't leave a greasy finish.I like this because its not quite as heavy as my normal body lotion but my skin doesn't feel any less moisturized.


The last item in the trio of products is the Eau de Toilette. I knew I would like the scent of this but I was worried that since it is a toilette the scent wouldn't last...but it does! I can smell this all day! I usually spray my wrists and sweater before I leave for work in the morning. When I run out of these, this will be the one item I repurchase!

Overall this scent is divine...because of the notes it wears easily both during the day and at night. Korres body products are on the expensive side but I think they are a nice splurge or a thoughtful gift for a friend. You can pick these up at Sephora.com or http://www.korresusa.com. The Showergel retails for $18.50, The Body Milk retails for $24.50 and the Eau de Toilette retails for $38.50

October 21, 2016

First Impression Friday: Blush Lacquers

Happy Friday! First Impression Friday is finally back! I was  hoping it would be back last week but the power at my house decided to go out half way through writing this post and the whole thing got deleted. This week for First Impression Friday I have the brand Blush Lacquers to share with you. Blush Lacquers is a relatively new brand but they have put out some stunners already! I was drawn in by one of the polishes in this post and let me just say...it is probably my favorite polish that I've purchased for this First Impression Friday series.

I placed my order on September 1st and received it on September 6th so the turn around time was great! The polishes were sent in a bubble mailer with a business card and invoice copy. The polishes were bubble wrapped and wrapped in tissue paper.

Check out what I got after the jump!


October 20, 2016

Powder Perfect Egyptology Series III Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the third part of Powder Perfect's Egyptology Series to share with you. If you'd like to check out the 1st and 2nd part of the series you can see the first series over on Cosmetic Sanctuary here and and second series on Olivia Jade Nails here.  This third series of the collection is made up of10 gorgeous holos! Check out all the swatches after the jump!


October 19, 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer October 2016 Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the current monthly polish from Nine Zero Lacquer to share with you! October 2016 is a milk chocolate holo. This has a nice linear holo along with silver holo micro glitter for added sparkle. The formula was great, it was a nice smooth consistency and easy to apply with good opacity.  I used 2 coats plus top coat for the photos below.





October 2016 is available now at http://www.ninezerolacquer.com, it retails for $11!

October 17, 2016

Powder Perfect 3rd Anniversary Duo Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend, mine was good! Today I have the anniversary duo from Powder Perfect to celebrate their 3rd anniversary to share with you! These are available now at Color4Nails, I'll have a coupon code for you at the bottom of the post for the whole site! Check out the swatches after the jump!


October 13, 2016

Serum No. 5 Fall 2016 Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Today I have the brand new FW16 Collection from Serum No. 5 to share with you! This collection is made up of 6 polishes that all glow in the dark. There is a nice mix of finishes, from cremes to shimmers, glitters and holos. These will be available starting tomorrow! Check out the swatches after the jump.


October 12, 2016

Color4Nails HaloChrome Powder Pigment Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have a quick review of the HaloChrome Powder Pigment from Color4Nails to share with you! Powders like this have become very popular over the last couple of months, starting with chrome and now we have holo! I've tried out chrome powders and holo powder from another company but this was my first time trying the HaloChrome powder from Color4Nails.

The HaloChrome Powder is 15 micron which means that the particle is smaller (I've seen 35 micron and 50 micron holo pigment also). The other holo powder I have is 35 micron and in terms of if they look different on the nail, they DO. I found the 35 micron powder to be more holo, this 15 micron powder looks more chrome on the nail to me. These types of powders are best used over gel and sealed with gel so you don't kill the effect, but I have seen people get nice results with regular polish and a water based top coat.

I used a burgundy gel polish as my base for this mani, however you really can't tell! Typically powders like this are meant to go over a no-wipe gel top coat for best results, its how I used the other holo powder I have and the chrome powder I've tried. I for whatever reason could not get this powder to stick to a no wipe top coat...I thought it was just user error so I used my other holo powder and it worked fine. I'm not sure if the difference in micron size has anything to do with that problem. I ended up re-doing my nails and using a gel top coat that has a sticky layer (Orly Gel FX Top coat) and that solved the problem. For a detailed tutorial of how to apply powders like these I would suggest hitting up youtube, there are tons of videos on holo powder and chrome powder nails!

As far as wear goes, I am still wearing this and it looks just as good today as it did on Sunday when I did my nails!

Below are photos and a little video from Snapchat of the HaloChrome Powder in action!




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 Below is what the packaging looks like for the powder. You get 2 grams in the container and it has a little sifter.


The HaloChrome Powder Pigment is available at Color4Nails.com for $15, as always you can save 10% at Color4Nails with the code PolishAh10.

October 11, 2016

Serum No. 5 October 2016 Swatch & Review


Hi guys! Today I have Serum No. 5 October 2016 to share with you! This is a really pretty grey crelly base loaded with various sizes of glitter. This has all kinds of different colors in it, from blue to white and gold along with some holo bits. This also glows purple in the dark! The formula was good, it was easy to apply and had a good consistency. Because of the glow pigment and the glitter this dries down with texture and a little dull. I used 2 coats plus top coat for my photos.






October 2016 is available now at http://serumno5.com, it retails for $13!

October 10, 2016

Contrary Polish Fall 2016 Playing With Fire Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Today I have the Contrary Polish Playing With Fire Collection for Fall 2016 to share with you. This is a 4 piece collection that is launching today! There is a nice mix of finishes from glitters to shimmers and even a matte! Check out the swatches after the jump.


October 8, 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer Halloween 2016 Collection Swatches & Review


Hi guys! Hope you're all having a nice weekend so far! This post was meant to go up yesterday but my wifi crapped out on me :( Today I have the Nine Zero Lacquer Halloween 2016 Collection to share with you. This is a 6 piece collection and its one of my favorites this year because there are some shredded glitters in it and I love shredded glitters! Check out the swatches after the jump!


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