Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pretty & Polished - To Be A Lady from the Sweet Sixteen Collection

Pretty & Polished To Be A Lady is a polish that I received from a friend (Thanks, Jess S!) and, for some reason, it went untried for a while!

I really don't know why it hung out in my untried pile...it's an indie, a pink based crelly, and super girly - those are my favorite polish characteristics! LOL.  I am glad I finally used it though, because it is puuurty.

Check out To Be A Lady:

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The bottle came to me label-less, so I googled a bit and easily figured out what it was.  It came out in the summer of 2013 and was part of the Sweet Sixteen collection, which had 3 polishes total.

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I don't have any other polishes by Pretty & Polished, so this is my first time trying the brand.  The crelly is a good formula, easy to work with and builds to opacity in 3 thin coats.  Even chock full of glitters, the consistency is not thick at all. The big glitters came out with little effort but I did push and place the biggest ones. The smaller glitters came out easy as well and required no placement.

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I was checking out their store and unfortunatley, I don't see To Be A Lady anymore, but they do have other pink based glitter filled crellies, so there are so beauties to check out.

You can find Pretty & Polished:
On their standalone site HERE
On Facebook HERE

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Lacey

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glam Polish: Rose Dawn & Moonworks Emporium Decals

Pink and holo and Aussie and decals...oh maaaan, I am psyched for this post.  Picture first, then explanation!

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This gorgeous pink creme holo shimmer ohmygawd polish is Rose Dawn from the Australian indie maker Glam Polish.  Seeeriously.  I have been lusting after this polish for a while now and was soo happy when my very good AU nail mail pal snagged it for me. (Thank you, Leeanne!!!!!!)

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She also sent me some cool chevron decals, which I used Salon Perfect Sugar Cube as the base and Rose Dawn over top.

The monogram decals are custom made from Moonworks Emporium.  I ordered black and pink decals.  They aren't that easy to use...make sure your base color is dry, dry, DRY before attempting to adhere the decals.

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I am loving the tone on tone detailing...I wore this for quite a few days, which is like forEVER in blogger days, hahaha. One more:

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You can find Glam Polish:
On the store site HERE
On Facebook HERE

You can find Moonworks Emporium Decals:
On etsy HERE
On Facebook HERE

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

New To Me Indie: Dragon Claw Polish - Toys Everywhere! Collection

Today I have posts from an indie company so new that the store isn't even open yet! Pre-orders from Dragon Claw Polish will begin on November 7th - but you can see swatching of one of the three premier collections right here and right now!

I was sent the 5 piece collection called Toys Everywhere! which is inspired by maker Janet's 7 children and her busy, happy, toy-filled home.  I am going to show you 4 of the 5 polishes today (which Janet tweaks the 5th a little bit). There are a couple knockout polishes in this collection so let's get to the pics!

Group shot:
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First up, this is Chewy Rainbow Bands, a neon pink jelly with assorted rainbow glitters.  This polish is inspired by Janet's daughter who loves her Rainbow Loom...and her baby, who finds the discarded bands, LOL.  I used three coats alone for these swatches, with topcoat.

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The jelly is squishy, sheer, and bright, everything you look for in a jelly.  The rainbow glitters come out of the polish easily.  Dry time is longer than a creme, but it's a jelly, so you already knew that!

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I wanted to see this over a solid hot pink, so I put two coats over Nire's Desire unnamed pink creme.  I love how the neon glitters stand out on top of the pink. This is one bright mani!

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Next, this polish is Crayons On My Wall, a delicate lilac that seems to change color to silver in certain lights.  It has a slight holo to it, too.  This is three thin coats with topcoat. The polish applies well and dries quickly. Nice!

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The inspiration comes from the drawings and artwork that Janet saves and pins up on the wall.

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The third polish I have to show you is called DonaRaphLeoAngelo, and I am sure you can figure out the inspiration for this one! This color shifter slides from maroon, green, silver, and even a blue in certain lights. I did three coats and topcoat for these swatches.  The formula is great, zero issues!

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Last but not least, this is the standout of the collection, in my opinion, and my favorite, by far. Red Bouncy Ball is a squishy red jelly with a gorgeous gold shimmer.  I did three coats and topcoat for these swatches. The formula is excellent and it dried surprisingly quickly!

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The inspiration comes from a favorite toy in Janet's house, which is red and lights up. The shimmer captures the inspiration perfectly!

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Like the other jelly, I wanted to swatch this over a solid to capture the jelly and the sparkle. I used Orly Sweet Tart, which, to my surprise, is a jelly, too. I know this would look even more vibrant over a red creme but I had committed to this color, LOL.  Loove how vibrant this is over a solid red. This baby went on my Favorites shelf so I know to grab it again soon!

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Remember, pre-order starts November 7th! My fave, by far, is Red Bouncy Ball. The shimmer is gorgeous, the jelly consistency is squishy and perfect, and this is just lovely for the upcoming holidays.

You can find Dragon Claw Polish:
On Facebook HERE
On Storenvy HERE
On Instagram HERE

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Lacey

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Knockout Lacquer - It's All Over! Red Holo Goodness!

Today I have the polish that brought me to Knockout Lacquer.  You've already seen KO on my blog before, with the 3 Beautifully Bruised trio polishes.

As I've mentioned before, the polishes are all based on MMA fighters, names, actions, and other MMA related terms.  In general, the names are all pretty bad ass! Also, check out the little boxing glove charm on the bottle - how cute is that?!

Today I have a RED holo for you called It's All Over!

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You know, it seems pretty rare to see primary colors with such vibrant holos.  Usually, holo (spectraflair) will grey out a color and that's why we see unique holo shades instead of basic primary colors. NOT SO with It's All Over.  This shade is a vibrant cherry red.

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I did three thin coats of It's All Over with topcoat.  No issues with application.  This baby is sure to get you noticed and plenty of nail compliments, too.

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You can find It's All Over and Knockout Lacquer:
On Facebook HERE
On Storenvy HERE

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xoxo,
Lacey

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Barielle - Fall 2014: Me Couture Collection!

Fall collections are in full swing from indies and mainstream companies alike!  Today I have the 6 piece Me Couture collection from Barielle.

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According to the press release: "The Me Couture
Collection for Fall 2014 embraces the high fashion
colors for the season. It has a sophisticated palette
combination of retro and intense shades."

First up, this is Berry Posh, a deep berry shade that is perfect for fall and year round. This is two coats and topcoat:

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Soho At Night is a muted purple, dusky, deep, and creamy. Two coats and topcoat is all you need:

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Moda Bleu is a creamy navy that I know I'll reach for again and again. Two coats, topcoat, done:

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Vintage Gown is a gorgeous neutral polish!  Unlike the others, it has a slightly cinnamon shimmer to it.

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Taupe Notch is the polish I was most excited for!! I am all about grey this season, including my new favorite thing, a gel liquid eyeliner in a smoky grey. This is the polish I wish another mainstream company would've made..ahem... Anyway! This is two coats, topcoat, and pure perfection. Love this one!

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Last but not least, this pretty forest green is Boho Chic, almost a deep jungle green. This is two coats and topcoat. Pretty for the season!

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Aren't these lovely? Taupe Notch is my favorite, by far, with Berry Posh as a close second.

 You can find Barielle:
On the main site HERE
On Facebook HERE

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Lacey

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