Sunday, November 29, 2015

Literary Lacquers Community Collection 2015 (& LE GWP Polish!)

Today's blog post is a feast for the eyes! I am going to show you the 8 piece Community Collection 2015 by Literary Lacquers. This is the third year that Amy has tapped into her blogger and polish obsessed friends to help develop 8 unique polishes based on literary inspirations and, as usual, the results are gorgeous.

The collection is launching December 1 at noon MT (2pm ET, for reference).

Give My Heart is the LE Gift with Purchase. A $24 purchase gets a free mini, $48 purchase gets a free full size. Orders over $75 use code 2015HOLIDAY for free domestic shipping or 2015INTERNATIONAL for $7 off international shipping.

Here are the 8 main polishes. I am going to do something a little different with this post. Instead of my usual light box full hand then macro, I am going to do a full hand light box and then a full hand sun light, no flash pic so you can see how gorgeous these are!

(Updated 12/1 with inspirations).


First up, this is Stinky Little Truck. I used three thin coats for these pics. The formula is easy to work with, dry time is average. The first coat is sheer but builds up nicely. This almost has a foil like finish. Beautiful for any time of the year.


Inspired by the Veronika Layne Hot Off the Press mysteries by Julia Park Tracey This collaboration was the brainchild of blogger Michelle Chouinard of Lacquer or Leave Her who asked Literary Lacquers to create these colors in collaboration with Julia.  

Julia writes: I see this as the perfect choice for the character of Veronika Layne, who is a kind of goth-hippie. She’s a tree-hugger and an eco-warrior, who has tattoos, body piercings and loves her sexy lingerie and her black and white cat. Purple nails? Yes, please!

Michelle writes: In the Hot Off the Press books, Veronica Layne drives a biodiesel truck that runs off of vegetable oil; it’s an excellent alternative fuel, but can make your car smell like a vat of French fries. But really, that’s a small price to pay to keep the earth healthy, especially if you can look like this while you’re doing it. I love metallics and bling during the holidays, but have had difficulty finding a silver polish that has an elegant, sophisticated feel while still making my fingers sparkle and shine. The subtle linear holo and flecked finish in this polish satisfy my need for something that’s glamorous and special, without going way over the top.

Here is the polish in the sun, with no flash or artificial light:


Next, here is My Favorite Day, a sunny coppery gold. This is three thin coats. This polish has a very sunny quality to it and is guaranteed to make you smile when you see your nails.


My Favorite Day – golden amber metallic linear holo designed with Jody Morris Feldman and inspired by Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Jody writes: It's one of my favorite quotes from Winnie the Pooh, which the father of my grandson had me read to him over and over again when he was a little boy. Winnie asks Piglet what day it is and Piglet answers 'it's today' to which Winnie says 'my favorite day '. I told my son, every time I read it to him, that every day with him was my favorite day, so now I know that every day with his son is his favorite day. Mushy, I know, but that's what grandparenthood has done to me.

The sun shot makes it look like you've got a bar of gold on your nails.


A personal favorite of mine is Phizzwizard. I am lucky enough to be friends with Amy and every once in a while, I send her a random FB message that starts with "You know what would be an awesome color?" LOL, I am sure she loves those. One of the random message colors that I described was a holo seafoam green - and here it is! This is totally someone one else's vision and description but this color is here and it's just gorgeous. You'll need three thin coats since it is a pastel but it dries quickly. Love!


Phizzwizard was inspired by Traci Hatling of Newsie Nail Novice, inspired by The BFG by Roald Dahl

“Sophie peered into the jar and there, sure enough, she saw the faint, translucent outline of something about the size of a hen’s egg. There was just a touch of colour in it, a pale sea-green, soft and shimmering and very beautiful. There it lay, this small oblong sea-green jellyfish thing, at the bottom of the jar, quite peaceful, but pulsing gently, the whole of it moving in and out ever so slightly, as though it were breathing.”



Another favorite of mine in this collection is Free to Fly. I adore pastels and holos, so combining the two is an instant win for me. Since this is a pastel, it is slightly more sheer than some of the others in the collection. This is actually 4 thin coats but 3 would've been fine. This beauty is already on my Favorites shelf.


Free to Fly – Delicate lavender linear holo with blue iridescent flakies and green glass fleck, designed with Jennifer Zakroff and inspired by Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

"Too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down. Like vanity. Can't nobody fly with all that shit. Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down." - Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Sun shot!


Burning Slowly From The Inside Out is a burnt orange color. This has the typical, perfect, LL holo formula with two coats to opacity.


Designed with Destany Pingle of Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom inspired by The Selection series by Keira Cass: the inspiration was her current literary obsession - The Selection novel series by Kiera Cass. The covers are just so amazing, and I've dreamed about the fiery red-orange of the cover of The Elite. Let me just say this - I'm not much of a romance reader. These books are fairly high in the romance department, but the dystopian drama fills it up, too. This series is kind of like The Hunger Games meets the Bachelor. The country has been torn apart by war, and from the ashes it has risen as a caste system, complete with a ruling monarch. When the ruling monarch's child is "of age," there's a competition of sorts. Girls from all over the land are chosen to compete to be the prince's wife. Let's just say I found myself wanting a Prince Maxon in my life! But the true star is the cover of these books. They are fabulous studies in gorgeous colors! My favorite is the cover of The Elite, which features a beautiful fiery red-orange gown (on our heroine) with a background of shimmery white holo-y goodness. And as for the name? It comes from this quote... “It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.” - Kiera Cass, The Elite


This is Veronika, a gorgeous royal purple. Pics show two coats and oh, the rainbows that this holo creates are just spectacular!


See inspiration info under Stinky Little Truck as they were a collaboration duo!

This polish is drool worthy!


I can't help myself. You need to see this macro:


Love this one! Sensible Rabbit is a taupe-y neutral with black micro glitters to give it the texture look with a smooth finish. Neutral holos are amazing for every day wear. This is three thin coats. The formula is flawless, the color is fantastic. Love, love, love.


Wow. Just wow!

A Sensible Rabbit was designed with Cassandra Pio of Fierce Hearts Wildlife Rehabilitation and inspired by Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down is a story of brains over brawn, the power of the underdog, compassion, and most importantly: rabbits. A Sensible Rabbit is inspired by Hyzenthlay, whose name is translated in the book as “fur that shines like dew.” She’s a no-nonsense doe who rises to the occasion when it’s her time to shine. The book might focus on the boys, but it’s a lady of a rabbit who really saves the day. I wanted a polish that mimicked a rabbit’s surprisingly complex fur, with enough sparkle to get me through a slog of a day, and of course Amy delivered. It’s a testament to my character that I love the same books I did when I was 11 as well as work in a field my childhood self would think is pretty awesome. I’m blown away by the support that Amy and the indie polish community have offered me as I get Fierce Hearts Wildlife Rehabilitation off the ground. You can follow my exploits, rabbit related and otherwise, on my facebook page.


Holo macro!


No one does deep, emerald greens like Literary Lacquers. Perfect in two coats, Leaves of Grass is a stunner.


Leaves of Grass – Emerald green mega glitter linear holo designed with Alex Bacon-Leslie, longtime friend and Admin Extraordinaire of the Literary (&) Lacquers facebook group inspired by Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass is one of the great, iconic American poetry collections. Walt Whitman wrote about nature and exalted the material world, sensual pleasures and the human body. Each edition of the collection was different. When it was first published it only included 12 poems, but by the end of Whitman’s life it contained more than 400. Such an iconic work felt appropriate to lend its’ name to this gorgeous green polish. Leaves of Grass is a work that demonstrates the human condition, which resonated with me from the first time I picked up a copy. This iteration of the idea of “Leaves of Grass” is a sun-drenched meadow in a bottle.

Here is a macro in artificial light, which means this is what you're going to see all day long when you wear this polish.


Here's your sunlight shot:


Finally, the Limited Edition Gift with Purchase polish is called Give My Heart. This is just two coats, no topcoat. It is a gorgeous cranberry meets watermelon jolly rancher shade with intense sparkle.


Give My Heart was inspired by In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
 If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
 If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
 Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.


And one last close up so you can see how gorgeous this is:


There you have it! My favorites are Sensible Rabbit, Free to Fly and Phizzwizard. If you love deep jewel tones for the fall/winter then you need Leaves of Grass and Veronika.

Remember, these beauties release on December 1 at 2pm ET. The GWP is a limited edition, too, so keep that in mind.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sweet Heart Polish: Frosted Sugar Cookies

Back in the summer, ellagee created an awesome 'Christmas in July' box with over 28 items. I actually just went to the website to see if it was still available and as of mid-November as I write this post, it is still available HERE.

Anyway, I wasn't able to afford the whole box but I was lucky enough to swap for a couple polishes that were exclusive to the box. Today I have Frosted Sugar Cookies by Sweet Heart Polish to show you:



Is this a ME polish or what!? FSC is a light pink crelly with dot and star glitters, in shades of pink, blue and white. My swatches show two coats! That's all it took for opacity and there was zero fishing or placement needed for the glitters.



I would suggest checking Facebook sale groups if you're looking for this baby. I know mine is sitting pretty on my Favorite Polishes shelf and has found it's permanent home!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MDJ Creations: Dessert Duo - Biscotti

A couple of months ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and came across the most beautiful neutral holo polish. I simply HAD to have it!


I want to take a moment to praise the attention that most indie companies give to their clients. Unlike major chains, if you take the time to ask an indie seller a question, you'll get a response (if it's a good company, of course!).

Case in point: the polish featured in this post, Biscotti by MDJ Creations, was featured in the Dessert Duo collection. Although both polishes are pretty, the second of the colors, Cappucino, didn't look like it would go well with my skintone, so I commented on Facebook to ask if she would sell one separately. 5 mins later, the listing was up and the polish was ordered. This was my first experience with this brand and I am thrilled!



This is three thin coats with topcoat. The polish applied very smoothly and dry time was fine. The formula is great. Awesome polish + extra attentive customer service = one very happy polish addict.



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

bornprettystore review: Flower Nail Art Water Decals Vine Nail Art Transfer Stickers

I am not sure why gives the longest names to their items, but today I have the "1pc Colorful Flower Nail Art Water Decals Vine Nail Art Transfer Stickers" to show you. In short: flower water slide decals, LOL.

 Here is the item I received:


 You can find it on the store site HERE. It is one of my favorite products so far!


Check it out:


 The base color is In A Lilly Bit by China Glaze. The application for the decals is easy, they are normal waterslide decals.

 In brief, peel off the front protective layer and then cut the decal as close to the design as possible. Submerge in water for about 10 seconds. The decal should slide away easily from the white backing. Use tweezers or your fingers to position the decal on the nail. Press down gently to adhere it and squish out the water from underneath. Give it a moment to dry then apply your topcoat.


 I love the colors in these decals and they are a good quality product. Often, with cheap water slides, you can tear up the design when you add like smears and drags. These are perfect even after topcoat! Last look:


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Opal Water Drops - bornprettystore review and Barielle Buddha-Full

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Today I have something for you that you rarely see on MBHM: 3D nail art! I am lucky to receive items for review from, which is an online store with pretty much any accessory for nails that you can imagine!

When I choose samples from BPS to review, I usually go with a couple items that I know I will like, such as flower waterslide decals, and also something completely out of my comfort zone. These 3D Water Drop Nail Art Decoration (long name, I know) are definitely in the out-of-my-comfort-zone department.

Take a look!


The base of this mani is Buddha-Full by Barielle over a neutral creme. I applied the 3D Nail Art piece by gently pressing it in while the topcoat was still tacky. I love the colors and the look but the 3D piece is HUGE! If you do anything with your hands during the day, I feel like you'll snag this and just pop it off. It is cute but not practical at all.


They come packaged in a group of 6 and you can choose either black or white. I loved the colors in the black ones - here they are in the packaging:


Unfortunately, I do not see these on the site any longer but hopefully they come back soon.


Remember, you can take 10% off your purchase with the code MBHMK31 and shipping is always free, no matter how much you spend.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cupcake Polish: A Budding Romance

Lately, I have been trying to swap polishes instead of purchase more. I was lucky enough to swap for this beauty, A Budding Romance, by Cupcake Polish.


Swatches show three thin coats with topcoat. I only own a few Cupcake polishes but they are all lovely! The formula is almost a creme meets holo so it's easy to work with and comes with immediate, gorgeous, super holo payoff.



The color is a very rosy, wearable pink. Very pretty!


Last look!



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Disco Ball Mani: Lilypad Lacquer Lunar Lights & CoverGirl City Lights!!

As you may have figured out, I paint my nails a LOT. Like, a lot, a lot. So, when I say that this is perhaps the sparkliest mani I have ever done, EVER, that is a BFD. Big freakin' deal.

Ready?  Here is the finished product:


I started with three coats of Lunar Lights by Lilypad Lacquer. The color is a cool toned silver and it is a sheeeer polish. Very, very sheer. Nice, but sheer. Sheer like you may need 6 coats of it to get it opaque.




So, I grabbed my favorite, old, discontinued and I wish I could find another, glitter topper called City Lights by CoverGirl. I added two coats to Lunar Lights and THIS is what I got:



Of course I have to post an out of focus super sparkly shot, right?


I loved this mani so much that I wore it for a few days. Sun shots!



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