Saturday, July 23, 2016

Literary Lacquers: Upcoming Duos and a Single Release

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Happy Saturday, dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful start to the weekend! I made it into Las Vegas really early this morning in preparation of Cosmoprof North America, so I'm only now getting this post finished up. I'm going keep the chit chat short and jump in. Shall we?

Amy, the creative mastermind behind the brand Literary Lacquers, has fabricated beautiful new shades to decorate your digits this summer. Rather than her usual larger collection, her inspirations resulted in two upcoming duos and a solitary, but certainly stunning, loner polish. Let's check them out!

The Othello Duo
Desdemona’s Handkerchief
Two coats plus top coat

An aqua crème polish

First of all, I have to say how excited I am to see a duo inspired by Othello! I relish Shakespeare's work, especially his dramas, and I hope to see even more Shakespeare-inspired duos or collections from Amy in the future! As far as Desdemona’s Handkerchief, the shade is beautiful and soft, and the formula is perfection.

If Thou Hast Eyes To See
Two coats plus top coat

A sea-green crème polish

I certainly enjoy a smooth crème polish from time to time, and I adore the shade of If Thou Hast Eyes To See. It has the perfect amount of brightness: bright enough that it suits the summer season, and yet toned down enough that looking at it won't sear your eyes. The formula of this half is fantastic as well!

Literary Lovers Duo: Vampire Sensuality
over If Thou Hast Eyes To See
One coat glitter topper plus top coat

Black and green glitter topper. Black hair, green eyes, the vampire with a guilty conscience

I kept trying to find the perfect shade of green in my collection to use as a base for Louis, and in the end, I decided that it played too well with If Thou Hast Eyes To See to use something else. I have found Amy's polishes are nice in formula in general, but her glitters are some of the best I have ever come across. The application is so deliciously immaculate that she makes me fall in love with glitter toppers all over again. The formula of Louis is on point, much like its glitter predecessors: the glitters gliding a dance across the nail in a smooth, clear base. Oh yes, dear readers, the formula is that good, and I am spellbound by it as well as its namesake.

Two coats plus top coat

A saturated lilac metallic linear holo. Icy and cool as the vampire himself.

Lestat is my favorite character in The Vampire Chronicles, and I really like Amy's interpretation of the character. It screams of sophistication and haughtiness, and I believe Lestat himself would love it! The formula was nice: easy application and a formula that wasn't too thin or thick.

Now on to the outsider....

Long May She Reign
Two coats plus top coat

Screaming chartreuse microglitter crelly. Inspired by Cersei's revenge.

This one is for all you Game of Thrones fans out there! This shade was inspired by the wildfire explosions and named something that Amy hopes to see happen. As for me, I've been on a Reign kick on Netflix so that is where my head goes when I see the name Long May She Reign. Wherever your mind goes, there is no doubt this is a bright and sparkly polish! It applied really well for me, and I just could not stop staring at my nails.

Each of these shades will be launching at the Literary Lacquers etsy shop located here starting July 25th. I keep trying to pick a favorite, but I like all five of these for different reasons. I do like that there are a range of finishes to choose from so there is bound to be something that catches your fancy.

I'm off to take care of a few things before an early bedtime tonight, but I'll be back soon!

What colours are you most excited about? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, enjoy the weekend!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Darling Diva Polish: The Watch Your Pack Collection

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Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have had a wonderful weekend. I ended up taking an originally unplanned break from my blog last week as my swatch area got an overhaul, complete with a new desk and so much organization. For the first time in a really long time, I am finally pleased with my space; I hope I can keep it tidy! The next couple weeks are going to be fun on the blog; I'm headed to Las Vegas on Friday to cover Cosmoprof North America, and I'll be posting about my adventures during CPNA and afterwards when I return. It's a trip that keeps me busy, but I enjoy it immensely! Now on to today's blog post!

For your viewing pleasure, I have the new Darling Diva Polish collection inspired by Teen Wolf to share with you today. Called The Watch Your Pack Collection, this collection is composed of eight gorgeous shades that you do not want to miss! Let's check them out!

Eye Candy
Three coats plus top coat

This polish is full of holographic flakies and multichrome flakies that flash pink to green. As with the series Teen Wolf, this polish is definitely eye candy. Think Derek style pretty but in polish form. Sparkle on Derek, sparkle on..........

Oh my! This shade certainly is fitting for the name! There is so much sparkle with this polish, and if you opt to not buy the full collection, you're going to want this one! I used three coats here on its own for opacity, but you can easily use it as a dense topper over a base shade if you prefer. The formula was fantastic, and I had no issues with all these stunning flakes.

The Alpha
Two coats plus top coat

This is a deep red shimmeryish polish with added golden holo sparkle and gold flakies. There is a little shift in the flakies but the red is the main player here. Be dominate and kick some ass with this on!

Wowza! Now this is one sexy red polish! This is the kind of polish that makes me weak at the knees, and it is perfect for date nights or when you want to show off just how confident you can be. The formula is a touch on the thicker side, but I still found it to apply easily enough. You can add polish thinner if you prefer a thinner consistency, but I quite liked it as is. If you tend to paint with thicker coats, you may find you only need a single coat for opacity.

Two coats plus top coat

When a werewolf kills an innocent their eyes change to a brilliant blue. Queue to not get on their bad side I guess.

This polish is stunning! It pulled a little on the purple side in these photos, but it is more blue in real life. Darn my finicky camera! The formula was excellent, and I am happy to report the blue glitters didn't cause me any trouble whatsoever!

The Huntress
Two coats plus top coat

Imagine you are out hunting whatever monster is threatening your family..........and you look down at your nails as you pull back your arrow and catch sight of this gorgeous deep blackened purple polish full of gold flakes and holo gold shimmer and are wowed by the gorgeousness of your nails in the moonlight. Would you miss?

While this shade is definitely a very dark purple, it is difficult to see the purple hue against my tanned skin tone. You can always choose to layer this over a lighter shade so you can enjoy it in it's full purple glory if you so decide, although I do quite like the depth two coats created. The formula was a touch on the thick side, but again, it was still very easy to work with and manipulate over my nails.

The Healer
Two coats plus top coat

Every werewolf needs that special Veterina....sorry Druid healer who can take care of your boo-boos. You can gift your favorite healer with this blackened green shimmery soft holo perfect for traipsing around the forest gathering all those druidy things that are needed to heal your wolfie :)

I don't know if I can find the words to describe just how much I love this colour! Although the design of this shade is simpler than the rest in this collection, I adore this shade of green so much, and I am glad there is nothing to detract from its beauty. The formula was on point and this polish applied like a dream come true.

The Hot Kitsune
Two coats plus top coat

Carrying around the spirit of a kitsune is hard work. One that fires electricity? Damn girl!!! This holo gold polish would sure captivate that naughty kitsune spirit long enough to oh say, have lunch with your hot werewolf boyfriend.

Let's be honest here, this is definitely not my colour. While it is a gorgeous golden shade, it does not suit my skin tone well. It is really pretty though and the formula is really nice; I'll just have to find a way to incorporate this into my nail art so I can still appreciate this beauty!

The Screamer
Three coats plus top coat

If you were a socialite banshee haute couture as well as longevity in your polish would be a must. Something subtle but with spark. This super pale teal shimmer polish is just the thing Lydia would reach for.

It is my opinion that The Screamer is the highlight of this collection. Although it isn't quite a flashy as Eye Candy or as bold as The Alpha, there is something breathtaking in this delicate polish. It is on the sheer side so I did need three coats for opacity, but it was well worth it! You *could* layer it over a similar colour, but that would just be lazy and you would be missing out on the incredible depth created with all the layers. Seriously, just take the time to build it up properly. The formula was superb so it won't kill you.

Blood Teeth & Bromance
Two coats plus top coat

I made this for the amazing bromance between Scott and Stiles. Its a thing of beauty, just like their friendship. Deep blue, with flakies and sparkle.

Prior to receiving this swatch package, I had thought I was over my love of the colour blue. Thankfully, I was proven wrong when I had this in my hot hands! The sparkle is beautiful, and I could get lost just staring into this polish! I found the formula to be really easy to work with as it applied flawlessly in two thin coats for these photos.

The Watch Your Pack Collection is scheduled to release this Friday, July 22nd on the Darling Diva Polish website located here. Please note that this is a one pour collection, so once the bottles are gone, they will not be restocked. If there is something you have your eye on, and with all the beauties in this collection, I would be surprised if you didn't have several favorites picked out, you're going to want to pick them up before it is too late.

What do you think of the shades in this collection? I'd love to hear which ones are your favorites!

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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Postings are Suspended this Week for a Move

Good morning, dear readers! I just wanted to let you all know that my blog is being put on standby this week, but I will be back soon! I have several polishes from new collections currently in transit to me that will be going up soon followed by all things Cosmoprof North America! Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ellagee: Summer of Love Duo

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Greetings, dear readers; I hope this post finds you well! I wish I could say things were great here, but that is unfortunately not the case. We've got a very sick cat that isn't eating or drinking, and so far the testing she's had done this week hasn't given us much to go on. She's been getting fluid packs inserted to keep her hydrated and anti-nausea meds to help her eat, in the hopes that she will eat and get well. They only seem to be working temporarily, and our future with her is uncertain at this point. I've been pretty broken up about it this week and not in the best state of mind to write, but I did want to get this review up before the launch. Let's jump on in to the polish and get this post a little more cheery, shall we?

Ellagee is releasing two gorgeous new holographic polishes on Saturday, and you definitely don't want to miss out!
These two shades are very similar because of the silvery holographic base; however, one is a little pink while the other purple, and you can better discern the difference between the two depending on your light source. Let's check them out!

Strawberry Moon
Two coats plus top coat

Pale silvery pink with hot pink shimmer and silver holo microglitter

I am in love with this polish- both the name and the colour! June's full moon was known as the Strawberry Moon, and it was extra special this year because it occurred at the same time as the summer solstice. To commemorate the occasion, you now can wear it on your nails! Strawberry Moon applied flawlessly in nice, even coats, and while I used two coats here, you might be able to get away with just one if you tend to use thick coats.

Summer of Love
Two coats plus top coat

Pale silvery blurple with violet shimmer and silver holo microglitter

Summer of Love is one of those polishes that you'll keep looking at over and over again to try to determine if it is more blue or more purple....or maybe that's just me. Either way, it is one gorgeous blurple! Like Strawberry Moon, the formula was impeccable and I have no application issues to report. Again, if you tend to use thick coats while painting your nails, you may find that a single coat will suffice. 

My butterfly nail art accent finger has both these shades smooshed together, although with the added butterflies, the differences aren't as noticeable. My accent nail didn't turn out quite as I hoped, but it fits these perfectly!
Side by side of Strawberry Moon and Summer of Love

Have you been enjoying the butterfly rings in these photos? Each of these polishes will include a butterfly ring while supplies last! They can be easily adjusted to fit your fingers and are so cute!

The Summer of Love duo is scheduled to launch on the Ellagee website located here this Saturday, July 9th at 3pm CST. You're going to want to grab these early so you don't miss out on the additional butterfly rings.

Which is your favorite shade? I'd love to hear from you!

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

Monday, July 4, 2016

Crème à la Mode Box: Summer 2016

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Greetings, dear readers, and Happy Independence Day to all my US readers and Happy Monday to my International readers! It has been a busy holiday weekend for us from setting a space for the kids' sandbox, cleaning up the backyard, and putting together new polish storage units and rearranging my entire polish collection. I think I need a weekend to recover from the weekend! As you likely have surmised, we tend to stay close to home over holiday weekends. Hopefully we'll make it to the beach soon!
Speaking of the beach, I have the new gorgeous cream shades from the summer Crèmè à la Mode box to share with you today! They are so deliciously vibrant, cheerful, and oh so perfect for your summertime digits at the beach, by the pool, and wherever you happen to be spending the summer. This quarterly box is curated by indie brands Digital NailsIndigo BananasLiterary Lacquers and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, and this season's box shades coordinate impeccably. Let's check them out! 

You, Me, And Daiquiri
Two coats plus top coat

You, Me, And Daiquiri is a lovely blushed white cream shade. It has the slightest touch of pink, and this is a fabulous shade to incorporate into wedding day nails for all the summer brides and bridesmaids out there! The formula is smooth and creamy, just what you want from every cream shade! 

Creme Bluelé
Two coats plus top coat

Creme Bluelé is a gorgeous azure blue shade, and one of my favorite shades of blue for the season. While it did apply nicely for me, my bottle did contain small specks of undissolved pigment. The problem has been discovered so this won't be an issue with customer bottles, and you will get to enjoy this stunning blue shade. Even with the pigment issues in my bottles, the application was really easy. While I needed two coats, if you tend to use thicker coats, you may find that one would be enough for opacity.

Three coats plus top coat

These pictures are a lie. Melonade is a fabulous neon coral hue, and my camera just could not handle the awesomeness of this bright shade. It isn't quite as pink as photographed here: it is more of a red-orange with a kiss of pink and definitely brighter than in these photos. I had a little bit of streakiness with the first two coats of application, but the third coat smoothed it out perfectly.

Cyan-Tifically Proven
Two coats plus top coat

Cyan-Tifically Proven is a lovely verdigris shade: the bright blue-green shade of patina formed by atmospheric oxidation on copper or brass. This shade reminds me of Hawaii and its tropical waters; one day I'll make it back! As for the formula, it applied flawlessly for me. My bottle did have a couple large pieces of unsuspected pigment, but they did not get on my nails for my swatch. Other bottles have been checked to make sure there are no issues and they should not be present in future batches.

I used all four cream shades from the box to create my accent nail. I also used the Mandala Stuck on Love Nail Shields from Love, Angeline to create my spotted pattern.

The Crème à la Mode box will be available for pre-order from July 8th at 9am through July 15th on BigCartel here. The box will retail for $26 plus shipping and handling, and it will ship in the following two weeks. After the boxes have shipped, the individual polishes will be available for purchase at the regular retail price from their respective shops. This may be my favorite box yet from this quartet, and I certainly will be enjoying my bottles this summer!

Are you planning on picking up the summer Crème à la Mode box? What shades are your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

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