Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Literary Lacquers Tonight's Adventure: Raising Funds for the IOCDF

Press Sample

Good afternoon, dear readers, and happy hump day! I have a gorgeous new polish by Literary Lacquers to share with you, and I hope you love it as much as I do! Not only is is beautiful, it was created to raise funds for a charity. How amazing is that! Let's check out photos first and then I'll follow up with all the details. Ready? Let's do this!

Tonight's Adventure


Two coats plus top coat

Tonight's Adventure is a bright warm orange-coral holographic polish with flashes of pink microflakes. It was with Debbie Wolf DeMars, a fellow indie polish addict and created to raise money for the International OCD Foundation. Here is what she wrote about it:

Imagine you have this amazing friend. She’s super smart, the kind of smart that would be intimidating if she weren’t so down to earth and nice. So instead of feeling inferior you learn from her. The kind of friend who pushes you to be a better person, and pushes you to question what you know and what you stand for. Imagine she has a wicked sense of humor. When you are together you laugh deep in your belly and your eyes tear. She’s caring and genuine and you know if you needed anything she would be there for you. Now imagine she has a teenage daughter and that daughter has all the amazing qualities of her mother. She’s spunky, smart and incredibly sweet. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? And it is! Except that this amazing young woman, in addition to being brilliantly gifted and wickedly funny, also lives with mental illness. Her name is Sage. She is strong and brave but the road is hard and there are many bumps (hospitalizations) along the way. It is a constant fight. As their friend you feel helpless. You feel their pain so deeply it hurts but you are at a loss as to how to help. This is me and these are my friends. During one such hospital stay, amidst my feelings of helplessness, I had the idea of doing a charity polish in Sage’s honor, to raise money for OCD, one of the mental illnesses from which she suffers. I reached out to Amy with the idea and she was immediately 100% on board. Not only was she on board, she offered to donate a generous $5 per bottle sold to the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation)! Thank you, Amy, for your thoughtfulness and generosity! Being able to do something like this makes me feel like we are helping not only my friends but the countless others out there who are battling OCD. Please consider purchasing a bottle of this special polish in honor of my courageous young friend, Sage.

I am swooning over this gorgeous polish- it is the perfect shade for summer! It photographed a little pinker for me that it is in real life, and the true colour is closer to that of a coral peony, the inspiration used to develop this stunner. Bright for the warmer weather but still with  a delicate and feminine look, Tonight's Adventure is sure to be a popular shade from the Literary Lacquers brand. The application was sublime, and I had no issues to report on today's post.

Each bottle will retail for $13, and $5 from each bottle will be donated directly to the IOCDF. Tonight's Adventure launches about midnight tonight at the Literary Lacquer etsy shop located here. This is a limited edition charity polish, and it will only be available for purchase through May 31st. You definitely do not want to miss out on this beauty! The best part is you can always look down at your painted nails and know you did a little good!

What do you think of this polish? Is it something you would wear this spring and summer? I'd love to hear from you!

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

Coral Charm Peony

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Press Release: Zoya Polish Seashells and Sunsets


SEASHELLS: NEW Fresh from the shore...
Six sparkling, textured Zoya PixieDust* ** colors.

·         Levi - ZP841: Beige gold textured PixieDust with medium holographic hexes. Designed to update a classic neutral pixie with a little more glam.
·         Linds - ZP842: Cherry red textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar.
·         Zooey - ZP843: Classic pink textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension.
·         Cece - ZP844: Full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect.
·         Bay - ZP845: Sky blue textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect. Reminiscent of cloud gazing on warm summer days!
·         Tilly - ZP846: Starry grey textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal. Perfect for hot nights out on the town!

NEW ZOYA LIPSTICK! Mellie – ZPLIP12

SEASHELLS 3QUAD GIFT SET – ZPSEASHELLSQUAD1603: 
Cute sand dollar graphic window box gift box set includes 0.25 oz. sizes of Zoya PixieDust in Levi, Linds and Tilly with a full size lipstick in Mellie.


SEASHELLS FUN SIZE SAMPLER – ZPSEASHELLSQUAD160302: 
Four select 0.25 nail polish colors in a custom designed window box. Set includes Zoya Bay, Tilly, Zooey and Levi.


SUNSETS: NEW Captured from the sky...
Six stunning Zoya Nail Polish* one-coat creams.

·         Cam - ZP847: Deep, fully saturated orange with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. Rich and juicy like a ripe tangerine!
·         Dixie - ZP848: Juicy watermelon red with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. A cool treat for hot summer days!
·         Brynn - ZP849: Popsicle pink with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. The epitome of happy carefree color!
·         Liv - ZP850: Fun-filled purple that is seriously saturated and makes a statement! Great on any skin tone, with or without a tan.
·         Dory - ZP851: Vibrant cornflower blue with a densely saturated, buttery smooth application. Get ready to rock the waves!
·         Ness - ZP852: Softened jade green with a hint of blue to make it wearable for all skin tones. Reminiscent of sea glass found on your favorite beaches!
NEW ZOYA LIPSTICK! Candy – ZPLIP11

SUNSETS QUAD GIFT SET – ZPSUNSETQUAD1604: 
Cute sand dollar graphic window box gift box set includes 0.25 oz. sizes of Zoya Nail Polish in Liv, Brynn and Dixie with a full size lipstick in Candy.

SUNSETS FUN SIZE SAMPLER- ZPSUNSETQUAD160402: 
Four select 0.25 nail polish colors in a custom designed window box. Set includes Zoya Dory, Liv, Brynn and Dixie.



AVAILABLE on ZOYA.COM NOW!
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!

ZOYA NAIL POLISH – 0.5oz bottles
$10 (US)


ZOYA LIPSTICK - 0.14 oz. Tube
$12 (US)


QUAD GIFT SETS
$18 (US)


FUN SIZESAMPLERS
$20 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

*BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

**ZOYA PIXIEDUST APPLICATION: For best results apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

Nouveau Geek: Star Wars Box!

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Good morning, dear readers! I am eager to share this post with you so I'm going to skip the chit chat and get to the real reason you're here. Indie polish boxes have become all the range recently, and there is a box for just about anyone. The latest box to come to market is the Nouveau Geek box. This box was specifically designed to appeal to those of us that have a love of all things geekery, and I, for one, am thrilled! For today's post, I have the upcoming May box to share with you. What else could be a better theme this month other than Star Wars!
I am a large fan of most fandoms, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that the Star Wars box in particular and I were made for each other. I might have done a dance when I found out this was coming my way. Thankfully there is no evidence on YouTube, at least not that I am aware of! Ha!


This box is filled with so much awesome, and there is another goody not included in this photo! Boxes will also include a light-up lightsaber keychain. These arrived at Nouveau Geek headquarters a little too late to be included in this blog post, but I'll be sure to update with a photo when it arrives here! There are so many awesome things in this box that I am having a hard time deciding where to start! Let's jump in with the polishes and go from there, shall we? Ready? Let's do this!

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Supernatural Lacquer
Two coats plus top coat

A black crelly with gold flake and shimmer inspired by the iconic opening text

Ah, what could be a better way to start sharing the goodies from this post than with the notorious opening crawl to every film in the Star Wars series! This polish is loaded with so much golden shimmer that it looks like a rich dark brown shade against my skin tone. I'm looking forward to seeing this on cooler skin tones to see if it looks more black on others. I really love this polish, and it's going to be a go-to colour especially in the fall! It applied really nicely for me and the flakes were very well behaved- no clumping, curling or jagged edges to be found!

Planet of Lost Beauty
Leesha's Lacquer
Two coats plus top coat

A turquoise/green color shifting polish with blue/green flakies inspired by Alderaan, Princess Leia's home planet

Wowza! This colour is gorgeous! Between the base shade and the added flakes, I'm definitely in love with this combination! It certainly captures this vast water-filled mountainous and hilly planet perfectly! It does have a metallic quality to it so your nails will certainly shine with this beauty. It applied easily for me, and I had no issues with spreading the larger flakes on my nails.

Rebel Princess
Alter Ego Body Care Products
Two coats plus top coat

A rich brown polish inspired by Princess Leia Organa and her cunning escape from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt

I am swooning over this shade! While it is described as a rich brown, I'm am more inclined to say it is somewhere between a golden bronze and a rose gold. However you choose to describe it, the bright golden flakes and the more subtle pink flashes make this a stunning take on Princess Leia! The formula was fantastic and it applied perfectly for me. It does dry to a slight gritty texture, so you will need to add top coat to smooth out your nails.

Saber the Moment
Sassy Pants Polish
Two coats plus top coat

A turquoise shimmer polish with blue sparks inspired by Luke's lightsaber.

First off, I have to say how much I love the name of this polish! I also need to add a geek warning before I get to this next point- Luke's lightsaber technically wasn't blue. When Luke first was given a lightsaber by Obi Wan, he was given a blue lightsaber, but this actually belonged to his father Anakin, later Darth Vader. Luke uses his father's lightsaber in episodes IV and V before Darth Vader cuts off his hand, resulting in its loss. In Episode VI, Luke appears with a green lightsaber. In order to officially become a Jedi, Luke needed to construct his own lightsaber, and this is the green one. How is this relevant to this post? It's totally not, but I just wanted to fill you in at the expense of exposing my geekness.

Saber the Moment is truly a stunning polish. It is lovely in the bottle, but it glows when it is on the nail! It photographed a little cooler blue than it really is in real life, but it isn't quite a turquoise as Planet of Lost Beauty. The formula was fabulous! I only needed two coats for opacity here, but if you have longer nails, you may need to add a third coat.

Star Wars Vinyls
Toadarrific Vinyls

These are awesome!!! I chose to use the symbol for the Jedi Order as a decal here, but you can use that set of cut vinyls as stencils if you prefer. The Darth Vader decals are composed of three pieces so you're going to need a pair of tweezers to handle the small pieces for placement. I love using vinyls in my nail art so I am happy to see these included in this box!

Captain Phasma Planner Clip/Bookmark
First Sunday Handmade
How cute is this clip?!? I've been planning on picking up a planner for my blog so I have everything nicely contained, and this amazing clip is what is going to make me finally get one! The paper clip is very firmly attached to Phasma, but it looks like it might detach with some wiggling if you wish to use this for something else or if your paperclip breaks. Perhaps you can add a magnet on the back or attach it to a hair clip or a headband? I quite like the idea and may opt to convert it myself! Ha! It is really cute and the embroidery is impeccable!

Other goodies
The Star Wars Nouveau Geek Box includes a few extra goodies from Alter Ego in addition to the AE polish. There is a small bottle of She Shines top coat to help smooth out your nails and keep your polish lasting longer on your digits. There is also a sample vial of egoMANia scent in Magic Man, a woodsy, smoky, musky scent. It smells warm and sexy, and I kind of wish my hubby would wear cologne! There is also a sample of Ego Boosts in Double Agent. This is a face and body cream packed with oils and butters to moisturize your skin, and a little goes a very long way. It is described as a cream, but I found it to be a little on the gritty side before melting with my body temperature on my hands into an oily pool. It absorbed rather quickly and left my hands with a delicious citrus scent from the essential oil that was added to my sample.


The Star Wars Nouveau Geek Box is $50 shipped for all US customers and $60 for international customers. The preorder begins at 4pm EST on May 4th, 2016 and will be open until 3:59pm EST on May 11th. Orders will be filled within two weeks from the order date, if not sooner (depends on transit time of ordered items, as all polishes are made to order). The preorder will only be available at https://nouveaugeek.bigcartel.com. This box is a must-have for any Star Wars fan!


What do you think of this box? What are you most excited about?

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

















Monday, May 2, 2016

Destination Polish Collaboration with Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Superficially Colorful

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Good evening, dear readers, and happy Monday! This weekend seemed to fly by and I have nothing to show for it! What started out last week as one sick kiddo has turned into two sick littles so I've been spending a lot of time around the house taking care of them. As often as they've been sit lately, I am really starting to question putting the oldest in part time preschool! Yikes! I digress, so let me get to polish.
If you've been following along with releases by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, you know that Julie, the creative mastermind behind the brand, has been partnering up with other indie brands to create the Destination Duo Series. I have the latest duo for your enjoyment tonight; this month’s Destination Polish Duo is a collaboration with Superficially Colorful!  The polishes were based off of this photo that Jin took while in Morocco.

"Once upon a time, they actually were the water sellers, a bright and colorful offer of water, shade, and rest for the ones crossing the desert. Today however, no one uses their water anymore, and they make a fine living out of being paid for taking their pictures... They do carry a glorious past in their gorgeous outfit."

Let's get a closer look at the duo! Guests first!

Superficially Colorful
Squashing Water
Two coats plus top coat

Warm red base polish packed with gold holographic microglitters, gold shimmers and red and gold micro-flakies. Dries very lightly textured, almost smooth! For a glossy shine you may add a top coat but the polish sparkles so bright in the sun that you may not need any top coat

I love a warm red shade, but it is the additional pops of gold that win my heart. I think it has become my mission to acquire every colour with these beautiful golden micro-flakies! This is such a rich shade, and I really enjoy wearing these warmer shades over the summer. Squashing Water applied really nicely for me, and I did decide to add top coat for these photos for just a little extra smoothness and shine.

Superficially Colorful Mani Bomb
Moroccan Sweet Mint

Natural handmade mani fizzy with luxurious cocoa butter to keep your skin moisturized and soft. Organic virgin Avocado oil adds both to the light green color and the luxurious feel. Scented with Moroccan Sweet Mint, to wrap the Moroccan colors experience.

I have a confession to make here. I haven't tried this yet, but I wanted to get the post up tonight. My hands are currently a little irritated since the weekend, and I'm not sure if a mani bomb is a good or an awful idea for me right now. I can say that it smells fantastic though! It has a light minty scent that is far from overpowering; I'm definitely looking forward to using it!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer
Marrakesh’s Colorful Mirage
Three coats plus top coat

Clear base polish packed with gold holographic microglitters, gold shimmers, green micro-flakies, and accents of navy, red, green, orange, and yellow holographic microglitters.  Dries textured.  Needs topcoat for a glossy shine.

This shade coordinates so perfectly with Squashing Water! Of course that is to be expected given that they came from the same inspiration photo, but I feel like these in particular work so well together. Ok, perhaps not so much with the pseudo-gradient, but on altering nails, this combo is perfect! Marrakesh's Colorful Mirage applied really nicely, and I didn't have to put in any extra effort to avoid nail exposure. I really dig this colour, and I have a feeling it's going to be getting a lot of love from me!

This duo is currently available for purchase from the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shop located here and Superficially Colorful's shop located here. The cost is $20 shipped domestically in the USA from BEGL and Israel from SCL or $26 internationally. Both shops do ship internationally so if it sells out from one, you have the option of purchasing it from either shop.

What do you think of this set? Does it make you want to go to Morocco too? What other destinations are you hoping to see covered with this series? I'd love to hear from you!

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer: Foux du Fafa Collection, a New Siren, and a Charity Polish, Oh My!

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Good morning, dear readers! I hope you have had a wonderful week thus far! Things are still a little crazy around here, and my youngest decided it was the perfect time to get sick again. Yay! He's down for a nap so I'm a running with this post while I can. Ready? Let's do this!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer launched the new Foux du Fafa Collection, a new Siren, and a charity polish yesterday, and I have the all to share with you. Let's start with the Foux du Fafa polishes. This five piece collection is composed of gorgeous creme shades inspired by Flight of the Conchords. They were designed so they can be used in your favorite nail art techniques such as stamping and water marbling, and I tested out the water marble capabilities for this post. Please note water marbling is not my strongest suit, but I definitely enjoyed testing these! Let's check them out!

Too Many Misters
Two coats plus top coat

Deep forest green creme

I am so excited to see something different for the spring from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer! I really like dark greens, so this one is definitely one of my favorites from the collection. The formula was really nice and it applied perfectly with two coats.

Robo-Aggression
One coat plus top coat

Medium grey creme

This is the most glorious grey shade ever! The formula was a touch on the thick side, but application was still pretty good. Bottles going out to customers will have a little thinner formula so it should be easier to work with.

Freaky Dream
One coat plus top coat

Blackened indigo creme

Like Robo-Aggression, Freaky Dream was also on the thicker side and will be thinner for customers. In spite of the thickness, I found it applied nicely and will probably keep it in the current state instead of adding thinner. This is beautiful!

We’re Vincible
Two coats plus top coat

Mustard yellow creme

There was a time when I avoided yellows, but I have fallen hard for this gorgeous mustardy shade! I've found the formulas of yellow polishes tend to be ho hum, but this one was quite nice; I was impressed with how well it applied! This is a great shade if you want something a little brighter but not too light or pastel.

Rent Boy
Two coats plus top coat

Deep scarlet creme

Wowza! I love dark reds, and Rent Boy is perfection! The colour is fantastic and the formula is on point- what more could you possibly want!

I used the full Foux du Fafa Collection for my accent water marbled nail. The polishes spread so perfectly over the water! The yellow hue does get a little muddied at the edges next to a dark colour, but other than that, I had no issues with the polishes. Now my technique....well, that could use a little improvement still.

In addition to the Foux du Fafa Collection, there is a stunning new Siren!

Siren’s Vamp Chic Spring
Two coats plus top coat

Deep grape purple scattered holographic packed with gold holographic microglitters and gold and purple microflakies

Hello there, gorgeous! Now this is one perfect purple polish! The base shade is lovely, but it's the gold and purple microflakes that are making me swoon. The formula was fantastic, and this is another must-have Siren!

Lilly of My Dreams
Two coats plus top coat

Hot pink (leaning a touch red) creme packed with blue shimmers

Lilly of my Dreams is a very special charity polish. A close friend of Julie's, the mastermind behind Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, and a friend of mine from the polish community for four years now has PCOS and was told she likely would never be able to have a child. Lo and behold, the doctor was wrong and she became pregnant naturally! I certainly teared up when she shared the news, and I can only imagine how thrilled she was! Created in honor of her beautiful daughter Lillian (whose name I probably voted on 100 times when they were choosing names, haha), Lilly of My Dreams was created to celebrate this miracle with 100% of the proceeds going to PCOS Awareness Association. This shade is stunning, and the formula is fabulous!

Purchasing Details
There is a lot to take in so let me break it down for you so it is hopefully easy to understand.

Foux du Fafa Collection
Cremes
Currently available for preorder until April 30 midnight EDT
Full size $8.50
Mini $5

Siren’s Vamp Chic Spring
Currently available for preorder for only 24 hours until April 28th 3:30 pm EDT
Available in Full Size only for $12

Lilly of My Dreams
Currently available for preorder until April 30 midnight EDT
Available in Mini Size only for $5

Because this is a pre-order, please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping. This is dependent on the number of orders received, and I must say, they are all well worth the wait!

These and other BEGL shades are available at the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shop located here.

There are so many gorgeous shades to choose from, and I love that customers have the opportunity to own the beautiful Lilly of My Dreams while still benefitting charity!

Which shades are your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, have a wonderful day!
XO!