Monday, February 8, 2016

Made for Me Monday: Ever After Polish

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! Here is my obligatory "how about that game last night" comment. I am not particularly pleased with the outcome, so let us leave it at that and move right along, shall we? Besides, I have something so stunningly beautiful to share with you that I bumped this post up ahead of schedule and it quells my bruised ego from yesterday. Let's do this!

I decided to start up a series for my blog this year called Made for Me Monday to share my experiences in working with different indie brands to create custom products. There are so many brands to choose from, and each one has its own style and spin. My hope is that this series will be helpful to you in finding a brand to work with should you wish to have a custom created yourself. Today's Made for Me Monday post is the first nail polish reveal for this year, and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Ever After Polish!
Ever After Polish is an indie brand run by two fabulous women. If you have not had the pleasure of trying their products, I definitely recommend running to their site to get an order in as soon as possible! Not only do they make beautiful nail polishes, they also have an assortment of other beauty goodies to try from their nourishing cuticle crelly, a product I use frequently, to bath fizzies both my toddler and I have enjoyed. They have a plethora of other products I have yet to test out, but Ever After will certainly not leave you for wanting! I have to admit I was ecstatic when Rachel contacted me about working on this project, and to say she nailed it is a major understatement. Let me share some photos with you to drool over before I go into some of the details. I present to you my Made for Me Monday custom, Huntress of My Eyes!

Huntress of My Eyes
Two coats plus top coat

I love to design polishes with indies, and I have a rather large inspiration folder on my computer in which to pull ideas. As soon as Rachel contacted me, I knew exactly what image I wanted to send her. 
Source: WallpaperCave

I have always loved the ocean, so it wasn't too surprising that was my inspiration photo. I particularly loved the blues and the blue-greens in the water, and I felt that Rachel's penchant for flakes and shimmers would make this image the perfect match for her. Needless to say, she totally knocked it out of the park! This polish is LOADED with shimmers and flakes and my beloved orange in the form of glitter. I swooned when Rachel sent me the pictures of this, but I still was blown away when I had this in my hands. In spite of being jam-packed with so much awesomenesss, the application was a dream. I was actually quite impressed at just how easy it was to work with, and that is why I leave it to the indie masterminds to work their magic and make it all happen.

When it came to naming this polish, I originally had planned to give it a moniker inspired by the ocean. When nothing jumped out to me as being the perfect name, I started thinking about twilight as inspiration and NOT the sparkled vampire variety. This poem by Tagore and translated into English by Pablo Neruda came to mind, and everything clicked.

In My Sky at Twilight
30th poem in Rabindranath Tagore's The Gardener as translated by Pablo Neruda

In my sky at twilight you are like a cloud
and your form and colour are the way I love them.
You are mine, mine, woman with sweet lips
and in your life my infinite dreams live.

The lamp of my soul dyes your feet,
the sour wine is sweeter on your lips,
oh reaper of my evening song,
how solitary dreams believe you to be mine!

You are mine, mine, I go shouting it to the afternoon's
wind, and the wind hauls on my widowed voice.
Huntress of the depth of my eyes, your plunder
stills your nocturnal regard as though it were water.

You are taken in the net of my music, my love,
and my nets of music are wide as the sky.
My soul is born on the shore of your eyes of mourning.
In your eyes of mourning the land of dreams begin.

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Ever After Polish on this project, and I wholeheartedly recommend them if you are looking to have a custom made yourself. Rachel captured the details of the photo I sent beautifully, and I am so in love with this gorgeous polish!
Now for the part that I'm sure you care about the most- can I buy it?!? At the time of this posting, there is no specific release date of this beauty, but Rachel did write down the recipe and will be launching it when she determines the best time with her schedule. Definitely keep an eye on the Ever After Facebook page, or better yet, join the Ever After fan group for news and updates on Huntress of my Eyes and other fabulous Ever After goodies.

Visit the Ever After Polish shop here for other beautiful polishes and pick up some cuticle crelly as well to help take care of those winter-worn cuticles.

Until next time, dear readers, have a fabulous day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Jedi Wife Celebrates 4 Years with Ellagee

Happy Friday, dear readers, and what a Friday it is! The weather has been getting warmer and the sun has been out more this week, and it's going to be a gorgeous weekend around here! I know I'll be spending a good bit of time outdoors soaking up the sun, after slathering on the sunscreen of course. I'll be sure to enjoy it extra for those of you that are surrounded by all that snow and wishing you were here!

Today's post blog concludes my reveals for the custom polishes made for my 4th blogiversary. In case you are just now tuning in, I partnered up with four different indie nail polish brands and collaborated with each of them to create a shade in celebration. I have already shared my customs with Fair Maiden Polish, Girly Bits Cosmetics, and Literary Lacquers, and today I am sharing my custom with Ellagee. This was my first time collaborating with Laura, the creative mastermind behind the brand, and it was a wonderful experience! I gave her my ideas that I had in mind as well as a photo to help get the colour I had in mind, and she totally nailed it! I present to you my 4th blogiversary custom with Ellagee, Sea of Tranquility!

Sea of Tranquility
Three coats plus top coat

Sea of Tranquility is a dark cyan jelly polish loaded with sea foam green and coppery flakes. I really love jelly polishes, and I am so excited about this one! I have is swatched here over my bare nails, so against my olive skin tone, it is leaning greener on me than it is in the bottle. While I adore the bluer version in the bottle, I'm going crazy (in a good way, of course) for this greener look! My nails look like turquoise! This is a great shade because you can wear it straight from the bottle or layered over another colour to make it lean more blue or more green. It's like getting three polishes in one!
I was really happy with the formula of Sea of Tranquility. It applied so smoothly and effortlessly for me. I can get lost staring into this flake-filled beauty!
Sea of Tranquility does not currently have a specific release date; however, it IS going to be part of an Ellagee collection releasing soon. I cannot give away any more details than that, but trust me, it's going to be a fabulous collection! There are other beautiful Ellagee shades available on the website here to choose from until this is available. Keep you eye on the Ellagee Facebook page to find out when this will launch and other shop details!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day and a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Jedi Wife Celebrates 4 Years with Literary Lacquers

Happy almost Friday, dear readers! It has been a roller coaster of a week around here, so I am glad the weekend is almost here. Both my boys ended up a little sick yesterday, so this post didn't get started up early like I had hoped. They are doing much better today so hopefully it was just a short thing passing through. Now that it's a little quiet around here, I'm going to get this post together and up! Let's do this!

I have really been enjoying sharing the collaboration polishes I worked on this year to celebrate my 4th blogiversary, and I wanted to share with you another one today! I had the pleasure of partnering up with Amy of Literary Lacquers once again to follow up with my 3rd blogiversary custom, Cast From Stormhold.
Cast From Stormhold
Last year's blogiversary custom

Amy is always such a delight to work, and I think we make a pretty darn good team when it comes to designing polish together! For this year's blogiversary, I present to you Ventomarme.
Three coats plus top coat

Ventomarme is a dusty green-blue shade loaded with silver microflakes, blue iridescent flakes, and blue glass flecks. The inspiration is from The Cactus, a short story written by O'Henry with a twist at the end that teaches the importance of being truthful in addition to paying attention to the details. These are attributes I strive for in both my daily life and my writings here on my blog, and I felt it a fitting name for this year's blogiversary polish.

"Your brandy," resumed the other, coming over and joining him, "is abominable. Run down to see me some time at Punta Redonda, and try some of our stuff that old Garcia smuggles in. It's worth the, trip. Hallo! here's an old acquaintance. Wherever did you rake up this cactus, Trysdale?"
"A present," said Trysdale, "from a friend. Know the species?"
"Very well. It's a tropical concern. See hundreds of 'em around Punta every day. Here's the name on this tag tied to it. Know any Spanish, Trysdale?"
"No," said Trysdale, with the bitter wraith of a smile--"Is it Spanish?"
"Yes. The natives imagine the leaves are reaching out and beckoning to you. They call it by this name--Ventomarme. Name means in English, 'Come and take me.'"
I am so in love with this polish! I love this colour combination, and I find it to be a perfect shade for the transitional period between winter and spring. It is a little on the sheer side so the pops of blue don't get lost in the base, but it was opaque in three coats. The formula was very easy to work with- not too thick or thin for my preference and the flakes spread nicely over my nails.
Ventomarme will be launching at the Literary Lacquers Etsy shop here around the middle of this month. You'll want to keep an eye on the Literary Lacquers Facebook page for Amy to announce the exact date when she finds time in her busy schedule.

I hope you love this shade as much as I do and a special thank you to Amy for working on this beauty with me!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dreaming of Beach Weather with Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Ellagee!

Happy hump day, dear readers! I'm sure it seems wrong to complain about the cool weather, especially since all things considered, it really isn't that bad in the Bay Area, but I am ready for warmer days. To really get in the mood for sunny days, what could be better than a beach-themed duo! Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer has been collaborating with different indie brands to create the Destination Polish Duo Collection. The very first collaboration in this series was with Ellagee, and it is all about the beach! Laura from Ellagee snapped a photo of a beach in Destin, Florida, and each of these makers created their own polish inspired by the photo. Let's check out the Sand & Surf duo!
Do you feel like you're at the beach yet? Of course this manicure is mostly the sand, but I'm ok with that! I tend to spend more time on the sandy beach than in the water anyway. Haha! My camera isn't a fan of pale shades and either makes me look more tan than I already am or blows out whites so you can't see anything. I figure you'd appreciate the shimmers more, even if I do end up looking like I've spent far too much time in the sun!

Shimmering Sandcastles
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer
Three coats plus top coat

Ivory/light nude creme with green microflakies and shimmers in aqua, silver, blue, and gold.

I am pretty darn proud of this closeup photo! It took a lot of playing around with camera settings and moving lights around to be able to catch any of the gorgeous shimmers and microflakes, but it was well worth the effort! This polish is exquisite; I can get lost just looking at all those sparkling shimmers! This was a little thinner than the other Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shades I've used, and it applied quite nicely. The first two coats were the littlest bit patchy, something I expect from this kind of colour, but it leveled out flawlessly with the third coat. I might have even been able to get away with just two coats if I didn't overwork the polish with the second coat a little too much. Shimmering Sandcastles is beautiful, and I'll certainly be grabbing this beauty again soon!

Rhythm of the Surf
Three coats plus top coat

A deep turquoise blue jelly packed with shades of white, blue, turquoise, and shifting iridescent glitters.

Please pardon the bubbles in this photo; my top coat bubbled up on me and the camera made it more obvious than it did to the naked eye. This polish definitely captured the look of the ocean with the white foaming crest of the waves! I love the ocean, so I am quite fond of this shade as well! It applied very easily for me- the glitters spread nicely over my nails and there was no digging needed. This is a jelly polish so you can see my nail line with three coats, although the bright lights I use for taking photos does make it look more obvious than it truly is with normal lighting.

This duo also comes with a 10 piece set of shell water decals- 2 each of 5 different designs. Unfortunately I don't have a photo to share because I did not put the organza bag that contained them up for the night and my hellkitten decided to play with and destroy it along with the decals overnight. Boo hiss! I'm pretty sad about that because they were adorable, and you can check them out on the website here.

It seems wrong to be sporting beachy nails in light of the blizzard that recently hit the east coast and the blizzard that is hitting other parts of the US now. I wanted to do something to show my support for those of you suffering with the cold. I present to you: Snowmen dreaming of the beach!

I love the look of snowmen at night after the snow has stopped falling, and I added Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Believin' Won't Fly to create this look. This dark navy blue polish has a gorgeous icy blue flash, and it was very opaque with just one quick coat. I wish I could say I was talented enough to do my snowmen on my own, but I cheated. Haha! I used the Tribal Curlz vinyls by Lou It Yourself to create my abstract snowmen and swished on China Glaze Liquid Leather for the hats. I promise, there are actually hats on my snowmen!

I had a lot of fun creating this manicure, and I think I'm going to have to recreate it later this year for the holiday season.

The Sand & Surf duo and Believin' Won't Fly are still available for purchase here. I'm loving all of these shades, and they are gorgeous! Now to start planning a trip to the beach....

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Jedi Wife Celebrates 4 Years with Girly Bits

Good morning, dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful day so far! I am thrilled to introduce you to another one of my blogiversary polishes! A year ago, I shared Let's Do This!, my 3rd blogiversary collaboration polish with Girly Bits Cosmetics. It was available for purchase on the Girly Bits website for a little while, but it has since been retired. I know orange isn't the most popular shade, but I hope you give it a try if you can get your hands on a bottle! 

Let's Do This

I am happy to report that Pam and I have collaborated once again to celebrate my 4th blogiversary! If you've been following my blog this past year, you may have read posts where I mentioned my family vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii this past spring. While there, I visited the botanical gardens and took a photo of a flower that I found fascinating. I regrettably never took note of the name nor have I been able to track it down in spite of hunting online, but I wanted it to be the inspiration for my 4th blogiversary polish.  **Ninja edit: Pam's detective skills are much better than mine as she was able to track down the name. This is a Crimson Medinilla. Thank you for finding this, Pam! <3
Not exactly red, but not exactly pink, I loved the bright cheeriness of the colour; I also loved the little pops of purple in the mix. Thankfully Pam was up to the challenge of capturing this flower in polish! I am so pleased with the outcome, and I hope you are as well! I present to you my 4th blogiverary polish by Girly Bits Cosmetics, Lei-zy Beach Day!
Three coats plus top coat

This is a coral-red jelly with violet and gold shimmer, gold holo micro-glitter, and iridescent violet flakes, giving it a juicy red-raspberry appearance overall.

I don't know about you, but I find this to be summer in a bottle, and I am loving this shade! I am a huge fan of jelly polishes, and this is one sexy lacquer! I realize I may be *slightly* biased, but I think this is fabulous! Unfortunately, it is just too awesome for my camera to fully capture the beauty of this polish, but hopefully you can see some of the shimmer, micro-glitter and flakes.
You can see some of the details with this photo better. This arrived in the mail while my husband was out of town, and I snapped this quick photo with my cell phone to send to him. It washes out my skin tone horribly, but this polish is still a beauty here!

The formula was fantastic and easy to use; Lei-zy Beach Day practically applied itself to my nails! I'm sure this comes as no surprise to anyone that has used Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes; Pam certainly knows how to make fantastic polish!

I hope you are loving this shade as much as I am because..... it's launching on the Girly Bits Cosmetics website tomorrow! *Throws confetti* I may be a polish hoarder, but I love sharing my collaborations with you! Lei-zy Beach Day is far too pretty to keep to myself, and I hope it helps to warm up those of you that are dealing with the cold wintery weather right now. The listing can be found here.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and this polish! Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day! XO!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ellagee: Calla Lily and the Valentine's Glitz Duo

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! My husband was out of town all last week so the weekend was filled with family time; my boys certainly missed their daddy! It was sunny and the weather wasn't too cold, and we spent a lot of time outside at various parks. This week looks like it is going to be nice as well, and I am happy about that! Both the toddler and I were going crazy with all the rain we've had so we're going to take advantage of the dry days while we can!

For today's blog post, I wanted to share with you Cally Lily, an older shade by Ellagee. Check it out!
Described as a soft sheer ivory with subtle silver and pink shimmer, this polish is gorgeous for when you want a delicate and feminine look. I had the hardest time capturing the shimmer, but you can see it in the closeup. It's fairly dense on the nail and gorgeous! The formula of Calla Lily was really nice. It went on a little patchy with the first two coats, as expected from this sort of colour, but it leveled out perfectly with a third coat.

In a previous post, I reviewed the new ellagee Valentine's Glitz duo. I wore it alone with a few carefully placed coats for blinged-out nails, but I wanted to share what Je T'aime and Galentine's Day look like layered over a base shade. Calla Lily was the perfect base colour so I had to wear the duo again. They all play so beautifully together!
I love the look of the glitters in the duo together as well! I used about a coat of Je T'aime and Galentine's Day on my index finger and pinky respectively. I also dabbed each shade on my middle and rings fingers with a littlest bit of overlap of the shades. I then added topcoat to smooth my nails.

All three of these shades are available for purchase now at the ellagee website here. First time shoppers can save 5% off a minimum $35 for their first order as well! I recommend all three of these shades, especially with Valentine's Day here in two weeks!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Jedi Wife Celebrates 4 Years with Fair Maiden Polish!

Good morning, dear readers and Happy Friday! I am so glad the weekend is upon us, and I hope to sneak in a nap! It would be so glorious!

As the title of this post suggests, my blog is now celebrating its 4th blogiversary! WOW! Time sure does fly, and I almost can't believe that I've managed to stick with blogging  after having two babies, moving to another state, and buying a house (which obviously included another move). While I do occasionally take a little break away, it is generally due to the needs of my family rather than for myself. I enjoy the swatching, creating nail art, and writing far too much to be gone for long, and I hope to still be here doing this four years from now! 
To celebrate my 4th blogiversary, I had a whopping four custom polishes created, each with a different indie brand that I love and adore. For today's blog post, I wanted to share the first custom shade created in collaboration with Fair Maiden Polish. I remember the first email I received from Sarah and Adrienne when they were about to launch their brand and first collection, and it has been a pleasure seeing their brand grow. They make beautiful polishes, and I was delighted when they agreed to collaborate with me on a blogiversary shade. It was through this collaboration that I Believe in Blue was born.
Even though I gave Adrienne and Sarah an inspiration photo and worked closely with them to design this colour, I still was not prepared for the beauty of this blue. I Believe in Blue is near and dear to my heart, not only because it is a blogiversary shade, but because I chose to start with the colour blue in honor of my boys. My husband is my biggest supporter with blogging, and my toddler is always eager to check the mail and bring all packages inside to my swatching area. My baby likes to stare at the pretty colours on my nails and shows his love by wanting to chew on my fingers (yay for teething). This polish is also sentimental to me because there have been times I've thought about giving up blogging because I've had someone in my ear telling me I wasn't good enough and I've kept up with it after my husband would tell me that he believed in me. I Believe in Blue is just as much a tribute to them as it is a shade to celebrate my blog's 4th birthday. Now that I've gotten all mushy on you, let's get into the details!
This blue has it all! An upturned linear holo iron blue with glass flecks, sea foam green sparkle and navy blue flakes.

One of the reasons I chose to collaborate with Fair Maiden Polish is that their polish formulas are fantastic. In true Fair Maiden Polish fashion, I Believe in Blue applied so perfectly for me and I had no issues whatsoever with the formula. I used two easy coats plus top coat for these swatch photos.
While I Believe in Blue may have been created for my blogiversary, you can still get your hands on a bottle. A large batch was made and will be available for purchase in addition to the Valentine trio launching this weekend on the Fair Maiden Polish website. The launch is scheduled for January 31st at 8PM CST; you don't want to miss it!

A special thank you to Adrienne and Sarah for working with me to create this stunning shade, and a special thank you to you, my dear readers for dropping in and reading my rambles and for tolerating my nuttiness! Until next time, have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend!