Thursday, July 31, 2014

Salon Perfect - Neon POP Collection - 8 Polish Review

I love neons year round, but summer is the time for neon releases, like the 8 Salon Perfect polishes I have for you today.

Salon Perfect sent out some press release info, so take a quick look then we will get to my pics!

Neon nails are the it manicure look for summer with eye-dazzling digits ruling from the catwalk to the boardwalk. Let your fingertips feel the energy of a high-voltage shade with Neon POP, a new collection of vibrant, neon lacquers from Salon Perfect®. Whether you’re just dabbling in a highlighter bright hue or living the full-on Technicolor dream, these 12 bright and bold neon shades will POP out from the rest.
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Available this July exclusively at Walmart, the Salon Perfect® Neon POP collection features:
  • Flamingo Flair – Neon flamingo pink
  • Electric Grape – Glitter-charged electric purple
  • Perky Pink – Bubbly bright pink
  • Tickled Pink – Neon bubblegum pink
  • Traffic Cone – Neon orange
  • Yowza Yellow – Highlighter yellow
  • Summer Escape – Blazing sunny orange
  • Oceanic – Bright blue with a jolt of glitter
  • Haute Pink – Scorching hot pink
  • Gone Sailing – Energizing sea green shimmer
  • Loopy Lime – Luminous lime green
  • Fired Up Fuchsia – Flashy fuchsia shimmer
  • Sugar Cube – bright white crème (Insider Tip: Use as a base color to make neon shades really POP.)
  • Crystal Clear – Clear top coat for a glossy finish
The Salon Perfect® Neon POP collection will launch in July as part of a limited edition promotional display at select Walmart stores nationwide. Individual shades will retail for $3.98.
I was sent 8 shades to review and I have pics for you.

 Most, like neons usually do, need 2 coats of white underneath to fully POP, so I'll let you know which did and which did not. Speaking of white polishes, I highly recommend Salon Perfect's own Sugar Cube, a gorgeous creme white, which I used under most of these neons.

Let's go!

First, this is Plum Sorbet.  This is actually not listed in the description above, LOL, but I received it with this group so here it is!


This polish didn't need white undies and was opaque in 2 coats. Formula was nice and creamy, easy to work with and quick to dry. My only complaint was that the polish dried a lot darker than the bottle color.

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Next, this is Fired Up Fuchsia, which has a distinct shimmer. I love all pink polishes so I have zero complaints about this beauty.  Opaque in 2 coats, it didn't require white undies either.


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Tickled Pink was the lightest pink I received and it does not disappoint one bit!  Opaque in two coats over white, it was creamy and easy to work with.


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Yowza Yellow needs undies, of course, but it dries to a happy highlighter yellow.  I am happy that this photographed yellow and without a green tint, as many yellows do (for me, at least).  This is three thin coats, easy to work with, that dry to a creamy matte finish.


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Loopy Lime is an almost metallic looking neon (does that even exist?) that dries matte but still shimmery.  It is easy to work with and opaque in 3 thin coats.  This isn't my fave due to visible brush strokes, but the shade is pretty.  I did use white undies under this color.


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After looking at the press release again, I realize Bermuda Baby isn't in this new collection either, but it could be!  This seriously dries matte so grab your topcoat if you're looking for shine.  I did use topcoat here, 2 coats of polish underneath, but no white undies.


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Flamingo Flair is a vibrant peach creme. I used 2 coats over white.  This color is phenomenal if you like peaches, there is zero streaking and it is so creamy and easy to work with.  I don't know where the name comes from, but who cares? This is my favorite of the collection!


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Traffic Cone, on the other hand, has the perfect name! This is freak-out-the-camera perfectly bright, perfect formula neon orange. I used 2 coats over white. Love this polish!


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Last but not least, Haute Pink is another favorite.  Also freaking out my camera, this almost looks like a neon red in real life, but does pull pink in these pics.  Perfect in 2 coats over white, I loved this so much I actually did a pedi with it...and I never, ever do bright pedis.  This color screams summer! Love it!


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Soo, there you go.  Apparently 6 of the new shades and 2 non-collection neons, but still, all in all, these are 8 great shades.  At the under $4 price point, I recommend scooting over to your nearest Walmart ASAP!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Literary Lacquers - July Indie-Go Box - Summer Bachelors

Indie subscription boxes are all the rage right now.  Literary Lacquers is involved in a couple boxes, including the Holo Grail box and the Indie-Go box, where you'll find this stunner - Summer Bachelors!


The July box's theme is Hot Summer Nights. Other polishes and companies include:

Literary Lacquers(Summer Bachelors),
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer(Thermogram),
Stardust Polish (Heat Lightning)
and Ethereal Lacquer(Euphoria).

You can purchase the box by visiting Ethereal Lacquer's site - HERE - but I am sorry to say, it looks like the July box is sold out.  If you love Summer Bachelors, stalk Facebook groups because you never know if you'll stumble upon one for sale!

Let's take a look:


This is TWO coats of perfection.  When I swatched this, I told Amy that this polish is the equivalent of one of those cars that can park and drive themselves.  This applied so well that I barely needed to be here!  I am so impressed with this polish!

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The name is from a Nora Ephron quote, "Summer bachelors like summer nights are never as cool as they pretend to be"


This polish is super cool, no pretending, LOL.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Literary Lacquers - A Wrinkle In Time - Full Collection Swatches!

Literary Lacquers keeps turning out the most beautiful polishes and I am so lucky to receive them and to be able to swatch for you!

This new collection, A Wrinkle In Time, will be available Monday the 28th on  For pricing, the polishes are $10 each but the 8-piece collection is $75..and yes, you'll probably need at 8!

As usual, the meaning behind the name and color of each polish comes from a literary inspiration.  The meanings have significance and the passages are always worth reading.  This post is picture heavy but oh, so worth it.  Enjoy :)

Bottle shots:


These are: Strong Steady Hand, Happy Medium, Who Which Whatsit & Megatron

Next 4:


Names: Camazotz, Swallowed Up In Blue, Aunt Beast, Tesseract

Beautiful, right? Let's get to the swatches!  I'm going to go in the order of the pics above, which is good for you because OMGTHISMICROGLITTER.  This is 2 coats of Strong Steady Hand and no topcoat.  What a stunner!  It just glows in the light.


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The reference for this polish comes from Amy.  She says:

Strong Steady Hand is Calvin O’Keefe’s polish. I had so many ideas for the name of this polish but I really wanted to focus just on the first book of this quintet. In A Wrinkle in Time, Calvin is mentioned over and over as being strong and having a steady hand for Meg, taking her hand over and over again to reassure her and give her strength. Unlike the Murry misfits, Calvin is a popular basketball player at school, but he doesn’t value that popularity, says that it’s for “all the most unimportant reasons” and yearns for true connection. He finds that connection with the Murry’s, especially in Meg and he finds that he’s falling in love with her.

"Well, you know what, you've got dream-boat eyes," Calvin said. "Listen, you go right on wearing your glasses. I don't think I want anybody else to see what gorgeous eyes you have."
Meg smiled with pleasure. She could feel herself blushing and she wond
ered if the blush would be visible in the moonlight.
"Okay, hold it, you two," came a voice out of the shadows. Charles Wallace stepped into the moonlight. "I wasn't spying on you," he said quickly, "and I hate to break things up, but this is it, kids, this is it!" His voice quivered with excitement.
"This is what?" Calvin asked.
"We're going."
"Going? Where?" Meg reached out and instinctively grabbed for Calvin's hand.
"I don't know exactly," Charles Wallace said. "But I think it's to find Father."

Next, this is Happy Medium.  It is such a happy summer color!  This is three thin coats, no topcoat.  The color is described as a bright yellow with linear holo and yellow microflakies:


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For this inspiration, Amy writes:

The Happy Medium lives on a planet where everything has been evened out to a medium gray, but she herself is a different kind of "medium,”. And she is indeed happy, though it seems she gets to be that way through pretending unhappy things don't exist Her cheerfulness is not that of a person who looks at the world straight-on and still finds cause to be optimistic, but of some who maintains a positive mood by sticking her fingers in her ears and singing "la la la" when anything upsetting comes up. She uses her crystal ball to show the children more about the evil that they are up against. The Happy Medium's power to show the kids the shadow of the Black Thing over Earth strengthens their will to fight. She also offers another kind of lesson, to Meg at least, that maintaining a happy medium, or a Happy Medium, at the cost of self-enforced ignorance is not a worthwhile goal.

"Watch!" the Medium told them.
The Darkness seemed to seethe and writhe. Was this meant to comfort them? Suddenly there was a great burst of light through the Darkness. The light spread out and where it touched the Darkness the Darkness disappeared. Th
e light spread until the patch of Dark Thing had vanished, and there was only a gentle shining, and through the shining came the stars, clear and pure. Then, slowly, the shining dwindled until it, too, was gone, and there was nothing but stars and starlight. No shadows. No fear. Only the stars and the clear darkness of space, quite different from the fearful darkness of the Thing.
"You see!" the Medium cried, smiling happily. "It can be overcome? It is being overcome all the time!"

Next, this lime green holo with shimmer is Who Which Whatsit.  This polish is more sheer so this is three thin coats that build up to instant perfection.


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The inspiration for this polish comes from:

 The three Mrs. Ws, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit are the mysterious women who find the Murry children and Calvin on Earth and lead them on their adventure to rescue the missing Mr. Murry from the evil Dark Thing. On Earth they appear to be old women, tramps and vagrants, but on the gorgeous green planet of Uriel they reveal themselves to be stars and angels, warriors of the light combatting the Dark Thing, the evil that threatens the entire Universe.

"Now, don't be frightened, loves," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Her plump little body began to shimmer, to quiver, to shift. The wild colors of her clothes became muted, whitened. The pudding-bag shape stretched, lengthened, merged. And suddenly before the child
ren was a creature more beautiful than any Meg had even imagined, and the beauty lay in far more than the outward description. Outwardly Mrs. Whatsit was surely no longer a Mrs. Whatsit. She was a marble white body with powerful flanks, something like a horse but at the same time completely unlike a horse, for from the magnificently modeled back sprang a nobly formed torso, arms, and a head resembling a man's, but a man with a perfection of dignity and virtue, an exaltation of joy such as Meg had never before seen. No, she thought, it's not like a Greek centaur. Not in the least. From the shoulders slowly a pair of wings unfolded, wings made of rainbows, of light upon water, of poetry.

The pretty purple of the group is Megatron. WOW. I was blown away by this polish.  You just need two coats for full opacity with this baby.  Dry time is incredibly fast.  Holo is amaaazing.  It is a royal purple linear holo with purple and silver sparkle added.


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For the name:

Megatron is inspired by the nickname of Meg Murry, our awkward but loveable square-peg of a heroine. Meg’s struggle in the book is one of learning to embrace her idiosyncrasies, to see her faults and differences as strengths. Ultimately, it is her stubbornness, rudeness and tendency to be headstrong (along with her limitless capacity for love) that saves the day and rescues both her father and her little brother from IT, the evil disembodied brain that is the villain of this story. She ultimately triumphs over IT not through eloquent pleas or persuasive rhetoric, but through the sheer power of a love too great for words.

She knew!
That was what she had that IT did not have.

She had Mrs. Whatsit's love, and her father's, and her mother's, and the real Charles Wallace's love, and the twins', and Aunt Beast's.
And she had her love for them.
But how could she use it? What was she meant to do?
If she could give love to IT perhaps it would shrivel up and die, for she was sure that IT could not withstand love.
But she, in all her weakness and foolishness and baseness and nothingness, was incapable of loving IT. Perhaps it was not too much to ask of her, but she could not do it.
But she could love Charles Wallace.
She could stand there and she could love Charles Wallace.

The charcoal perfection that is Camazotz is next.  This is a black linear holo with a red and purple shift.  My swatch shows two coats, no topcoat.  This polish was hard to photograph, so I am adding some out of focus shots to show you the amazing rainbows.


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Isn't that purty!?  The name comes from:

Camazotz is the planet that has been swallowed up completely by the Dark Thing. Mr. Murry is being held captive there by IT, the evil disembodied brain that controls everything on Camazotz. Free will is an illusion on Camazotz: anyone who deviates from the norm is considered a mistake, and either forcibly brought back into conformity or destroyed. It's utopia...or hell, depending on your perspective. As Meg discovers when she’s fighting off the control of IT, like and equal are not the same thing at all.

Below them the town was laid out in harsh angular patterns. The houses in the outskirts were all exactly alike, small square boxes painted gray. Each had a small, rectangular plot of lawn in front, with a straight line of dull-looking flowers edging the path to the door. Meg had a feeling that if she could count the flowers there would be exactly the same number for each house. In front of all the houses children were playing. Some were skipping rope, some were bouncing balls. Meg felt vaguely that something was wrong with their play. It seemed exactly like children playing around any housing development at home, and yet there was something different about it. She looked at Calvin, and saw that he, too, was puzzled.
"Look!" Charles Wallace said suddenly. "They're skipping and bouncing in rhythm! Everyone's doing it at exactly the same moment."
This was so. As the skipping rope hit the pavement, so did the ball. As the rope curved over the head of the jumping child, the child with the ball caught the ball. Down came the ropes. Down came the balls. Over and over again. Up. Down. All in rhythm. All identical. Like the houses. Like the paths. Like the flowers.
Then the doors of all the houses opened simultaneously, and out came women like a row of paper dolls. The print of their dresses was different, but they all gave the appearance of being the same. Each woman stood on the steps of her house. Each clapped. Each child with the ball caught the ball. Each child with the skipping rope folded the rope.

The pastel of the group is Swallowed Up In Blue, the most gorgeous sky blue linear holo. It's hard to capture in pictures but it has a pink shift that is just heavenly!


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Swallowed Up In Blue gets it's name from:

This polish represents Charles Wallace, the third of our trio of young adventurers. Charles Wallace Murry is a precocious five-year-old boy, the youngest son of the Murrys. He has a command of language far beyond what might be expected of a boy his age, although because he did not begin to speak until he was four, most people think he is stupid. Charles Wallace has a gift of understanding things that fall outside of normal human experience. It is he who first befriends the Mrs. Ws, and he has an uncanny ability to know what others are thinking. He can even understand the wind talking to the trees. Charles has a little too much pride and a desire to know at all costs. It is this that makes him even more vulnerable on Camazotz than Calvin or Meg. As a result, he is taken over by IT.

"Look into my eyes. Look deep within them and I will tell you."
Charles Wallace looked quickly at Meg and Calvin, then said, as though to himself, "I have to," and focused his clear blue eyes on the red ones of the man in the chair.
Meg looked not at t
he man but at her brother. After a moment it seemed that his eyes were no longer focusing. The pupils grew smaller and smaller, as though he were looking into an intensely bright light, until they seemed to close entirely, until his eyes were nothing but an opaque blue. He slipped his hands out of Meg's and Calvin's and started walking slowly toward the man on the chair.
"No!" Meg screamed. "No!"
But Charles Wallace continued his slow walk forward, and she knew that he had not heard her.

Pretty grey Aunt Beast is up next.  This is a neutral polish, a tarnished silver linear holo with taupe microflakies.  This is 2 coats, no topcoat. So pretty!


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The inspiration for this polish is:

Aunt Beast is one of the aliens on the planet that the Murrys and Calvin tesser to in order to escape IT and Camazotz. The entire planet is grey and brown, largely colorless, and it turns out that the beings on this planet have no eyes and no mouths. They communicate telepathically and are confused by the humans’ reliance on their visual senses and attachment to words. The theme of communication is key to Aunt Beast's role in the story. It turns out that it's not her lack of mouth that is the main barrier to shooting the breeze with the humans, but her lack of eyes. As Meg realizes first when she tries to explain light, and then when she attempts to conjure Mrs. Whatsit, her very language is shaped by how she sees things, which makes talking to a being that has no conception of sight difficult to say the least. Aunt Beast's lesson for Meg is not, however, of the limitations of blindness, but rather of the limitations of sight. Meg's relationship with Aunt Beast drives home once and for all the message that appearances are deceiving, or at least insufficient; the things that really matter are beyond the reach of sight.
"But she realized now that here on this planet there was no need for color, that the grays and browns merging into each other were not what the beasts knew, and that what she, herself, saw was only the smallest fraction of what the planet was really like. It was she who was limited by her senses, not the blind beasts, for they must have senses of which she could not even dream."

Last up, Tesseract is as close to white holo perfection as it gets. My swatches are 3 thin coats alone, BUT if you layer it over a white base, you're going to have a gorgeous snow-white look.


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The name inspiration comes from:

A tesseract is the method by which the characters travel through time and space in an instant, the Mrs. Ws try to explain it to the children thus:
Mrs. Who took a portion of her white robe in her hands and held it tight.
"You see," Mrs. Whatsit said, "
if a very small insect were to move from the section of skirt in Mrs. Who's right hand to that in her left, it would be quite a long walk for him if he had to walk straight across."
Swiftly Mrs. Who brought her hands, still holding the skirt, together.
"Now, you see," Mrs. Whatsit said, "he would be there, without that long trip. That is how we travel."
Charles Wallace accepted the explanation serenely. Even Calvin did not seem perturbed. "Oh, dear," Meg sighed. " I guess I am a moron. I just don't get it."
"That is because you think of space only in three dimensions," Mrs. Whatsit told her. "We travel in the fifth dimension. This is something you can understand, Meg. Don't be afraid to try.

And there you have it!  As usual, Amy did an amazing job.  My favorites are Slow Steady Hand, Who Which Whatsit, Megatron, and Swallowed Up In Blue.

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March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...