Friday, June 23, 2017

DefineMe Fragrance Oils

Greetings, dear readers, and happy Friday! This week feel like it has gone on forever, and I am hoping to sleep in tomorrow! Since having kids, I have developed a newfound appreciation for the little things! Speaking of little, a friend of mine gifted me the cutest little containers of fragrance oils by DefineMe Fragrance to try out. I was so excited about them, I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.

I was super excited to receive these because I actually discovered the brand at Cosmoprof North America last summer, and I was tickled that my friend gave these to me without realizing I had actually met the maker behind the brand last summer! What a small world we live in! It's definitely a brand worth supporting, and you can buying knowing that a portion of your purchase is going to a good cause. DefineMe Fragrance runs a DefineMe Dollar program: for every bottle purchased, $1 is donated to the non-profit organization She's the First. This organization fights gender inequality by providing scholarships to young women in low-income countries with the goal of creating first-generation graduates and training the next generation of global leaders. I love to see women supporting other women, so this program really warms my heart!

DefineMe Fragrance offers six different scents in both a fragrance oil and fragrance mist format. They are blendable with other DefineMe fragrance oils and mists, but each scent is complete on its own should you prefer to just wear them on their own. Because fragrance is such a personal thing, I'm not going to review the specific scents, but I have included the details on each scent below.

Audry is empowered by love and believes it is always the answer.
Fresh, floral, love
Notes of peony, rose, jasmine, and sandalwood.

Clara lives life with gratitude and grace.
Elegant, floral, grateful
Notes of lily, lilac, violet, hibiscus, and soft musk.

Delphine is an artistic, creative soul who radiates an effortless elegance.
Woodsy, floral, creative
Notes of lilac, freesia, ylang ylang, coconut, and rosewood.

Harper walks through life fearlessly blazing her own path.
Citrusy, sweet, fearless
Notes of grapefruit, bergamot, honeysuckle, and amber. A tomboy scent.

Payton exemplifies strength and passion by living her dreams to the fullest.
Spicy, sexy, passionate
Notes of orange blossom, mimosa, clove buds, and musk. A tomboy scent.

Sofia Isabel is a free spirit who embraces life with confidence and grace.
Intoxicating, sweet, free-spirit
Notes of mandarin, black currant, jasmine, and sugar.

I really love these scents! While I am not quite a perfume connoisseur, I've never smelled anything quite like these. So far I've been wearing them on their own, but I definitely need to try layering these! I am having a hard time choosing a favorite, but Sofia Isabel, Delphine, and Audrey in particular are vying for the position. I'm not particularly fond of Harper, but since I have the option of blending, we'll see if she just needs to be mixed with another scent to create something I love. As it is, it's the scent my husband doesn't care for either so at least we're on the same page about that!

DefineMe Fragrance products can be purchased from the online site here.

Fragrance Oils: 9 ml/0.3 oz
$39 each

Fragrance Oil Duos (prepackaged): 2 x 9 ml/0.3 oz
$74 per set

Fragrance Oil Sample Kit: 6 x 1 ml/0.03 oz

Fragrance Mists: 50 ml/1.7 oz
$68 each

Have you tried any of the products from DefineMe Fragrance? Does a particular description catch your attention? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ellagee: Multichrome Madness Customs for June 2017

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy hump day! I hope you're enjoying your summer and staying cool if you live somewhere hot! Like many areas in the US, we're having a heat wave here in Northern California with the temperature in the 100s even before the official start of summer. Air conditioners aren't particularly common in the homes where I live, so you best believe I am thankful to have one! Of course when the power goes out, it makes for some hot days, not to mention no light setup for photography and bubbling nails due to the sweltering heat. It has kept me from getting work done on the blog already so I'm crossing my fingers that the power outages are far and few in between this summer! Now that I've rambled on for a bit, let's get into the real reason you're here: Ellagee Polish!

If you are a member of the Multichrome Madness Facebook group, you may already be familiar with this month's custom offerings by Ellagee. If not, let me fill you in! Laura, the creative mastermind behind the brand, has created two stunning multichrome polishes that are available for purchase this month by group members. If you love multichromes, you're going to want to join the group and pick up these beauties! Let's check them out!

Fireside Wine
Two coats plus top coat

Magenta base with shifts of copper, red, fuchsia, and violet plus bright pink sparkle

I'm not gonna lie, with this heat wave, the last thing I want to think about is sitting by a fire, even if it does include drinking wine! It is the perfect name for it though since it really captures the aspects of drinking a glass of wine by a crackling fire. The formula is a little on the thicker side, but I still found it to be ultra creamy and easy to apply to the nails. This is definitely a great option for date night although you may have to remind yourself to take your eyes off your nails and interact with your date. 

Rhapsody in Blue
Two coats plus top coat

Royal blue base with shifts of emerald, teal, blue, and purple plus bright turquoise sparkle

Rhapsody in Blue is my personal favorite of these two shades, but that isn't a big surprise as I tend to be biased towards this shift combination. This polish is truly remarkable, and I adore the turquoise sparkle as an added twist! The formula of Rhapsody in Blue was not as thick as the formula in Fireside Wine, and it practically applies itself as the ultra smooth polish glides off the brush.

Fireside Wine and Rhapsody in Blue are available for purchase NOW at The listing is at an inflated price to keep non-members of the Multichrome Madness Facebook group from purchasing these, either as a duo or individually. If you wish to purchase these, please join the group. There is a discount code posted in the Facebook group to bring these down to their normal price point. Both these shades are being made in batches and have scheduled shipping dates. The next shipping days are June 26th and July 3rd. Be sure to get those orders in this month so you don't miss out on these beauties!

Are you a member of the Multichrome Madness group? Which of these shades is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, have a wonderful day!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Literary Lacquers: Upcoming Limited Edition Shades and a Few Returning Favorites

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Good evening, dear readers! In my previous post, I shared the new Literary Lacquers trio inspired by The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I had mentioned in my post that there will be two limited edition shades also available with the shops' relaunch, and I have them and a few returning favorites to share with you today. Let's check out the upcoming Limited Edition Shades first!

Handful of Falling Stars
Literary (&) Lacquers group custom
Navy blue mega glitter holo

Inspired by The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Designed with Kaitlin Vasatka.

If you're a fan of literature, book clubs, and custom polishes inspired by books, I hope you're joined the Literary (&) Lacquers facebook group! If not, now is a great time to join! Of course, if you're like me and always have the best of intentions to read the current book and usually fail miserably, you are still welcome in the group! Handful of Falling Stars is the newest book club custom, and it is a beauty! This sparkling beauty captures the night sky so perfectly, and I am quite smitten with this one. Between a gorgeous colour and a formula that applies like a dream, I can't image why anyone wouldn't want to adorn their nails with this stunner! Shown here with two coats plus top coat.

Feather Family
Gift with purchase
Soft pink holo with holo microflakes

Inspired by The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Named by Alex Bacon-Leslie, LitLaq Marketing Director

When I was searching for the right name for this gift with purchase polish to adequately express the gratitude I have for the support and love given to me by my fans and customers as I come out of this long dark period of LitLaqlessness, Alex pointed me in the direction of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a brilliantly fun sci-fi book by Becky Chambers. The book introduces a few interesting alien species, including Sissix, the reptilian feathered Aandrisk tech. 

“Okay, well, on her wall, there’s this big fancy frame with a mess of Aandrisk feathers hanging from it. Every Aandrisk’s got one, as far as I know. See, if you’re an Aandrisk and somebody really touches your life in some way, you give that person one of your feathers. And then you keep the feathers you get from others as a symbol of how many paths you’ve crossed. Having a lot of feathers on your wall shows that you’ve had an impact on a lot of people. That’s a pretty big priority for most Aandrisks. But they don’t give feathers out casually, not, like for helping you carry something or giving you a free drink or whatever. It’s got to be an experience that sticks with you, but it can totally be between strangers.”
Thanks for being my feather family.

I've become a big fan of pink polishes since I started blogging, and Feather Family is simply beautiful. The colour is lovely and the ultra-smooth formula practically applies itself to the nails. I wore it here with two coats plus top coat.

This gift with purchase shade will be included in any orders over $20 at the Literary Lacquers shop. Purchases of $20 will include a mini-sized bottle of Feather Family while a full-sized bottle will be included in orders of $50 or more.

Feather Family and Handful of Falling Stars are Limited Edition shades that will only be available June 23rd through July 9th.

Returning Favorites

The relaunch of the Literary Lacquers shop means the return of several favorites from previous launches. I have revisited a few of the shades for this post to help convince you to add these to your collection if you don't have them already.

Green Gables
Mid-toned grass green linear holo

Part of the Green Gables Collection

While holographic nail polishes with extra bling are pretty spectacular, sometimes I just want something beautiful but without all the frills. Green Gables is the perfect option for any green lover! It's a great shade of green no matter what time of year! The formula is not too thick or thin and applies flawlessly with three coats for opacity. Those with shorter nails or who prefer to use thicker coats may find they only need to use two coats. I also added top coat for these photos.

Marilla's Amethyst Brooch
Amethyst shimmer with a pink to orange colour shifting flash

Part of the Green Gables Collection

Marilla's Amethyst Brooch is one of those shades that is so gosh darn pretty and yet I rarely see it get any love in the polish community. If holographic polishes aren't quite your jam or you just want to mix it up every once in awhile, Marilla's Amethyst Brooch is a beautifully delicate and feminine option. I just love this polish and would love for others to give it some more love too! The formula is a little thicker than what I've come to expect from Literary Lacquers, but it was still easy to apply to my nails. I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat. Because it is a thicker formula, it could potentially be a one coater with careful application should you tend to paint with thicker coats.

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Part of the Literary Liquors Collection

Ah, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (PGGB)! While Amy has created so many gorgeous polishes, PGGB is an iconic Literary Lacquers shade. If you're a fan of holo, teal, and sparkle, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is a MUST HAVE for your collection. I had this on my toes while on the beaches in Hawaii, and I have to say, it was pretty amazing! The formula is really easy to work with, and I needed two coats for opacity. I also added top coat for these photos.

Here is a complete list of the returning Literary Lacquer favorites:

1. And So I Step Up 
2. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 
3. Ether Binge 
4. Flickum Bicus 
5. Grasshopper With Candy Colored Hair 
6. Porco Rosso 
7. Some Glad Morning 
8. Green Gables
9. Lake of Shining Waters 
10. Raspberry Cordial? 
11. Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch 
12. If It Pleases You 
13. Happy Prince 
14. Hope Is A Thing With Feathers 
15. Amortentia
16. Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred
17. Orgasm
18. If Thou Hast Eyes To See
19. Desdemona’s Handkerchief
20. Salmon Chanted Evening
21. Bluestocking Romance
22. Breathing Dreams Like Air
23. Laters Baby
24. Long May She Reign

The Literary Lacquers shop is scheduled to relaunch this Friday at 12 noon MDT. Please note this is NOT a pop-up: the shop will continue to remain open. Feather Family and Handful of Falling Stars are Limited Edition shades that will only be available June 23rd through July 9th. Other than these two polishes, the listed core polishes will be restocked continuously. If your favorite Literary Lacquers shade is not on this list, have no fear! There will be other shades returning to the shop at a later time. You can also join the Literary (&) Lacquers facebook group to suggest shades you would like to see return to the shop.

Are you excited about the relaunch of Literary Lacquers? I know I am! What shades are you planning to pick up? Is there anything you hope to see make a come back in the future? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Literary Lacquers: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I am thrilled to report that Literary Lacquers is coming back, and not just as a short Pop-Up next month! While Amy, the creative genius behind the brand, started a monthly pop-up pre-order system earlier this year, she decided to go back to her roots and bring back an open Literary Lacquers etsy shop all month long! To kick off the official shop reopening, Amy is releasing a new trio inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at The End of the Lane. Let's dive in and check them out!

Lettie's Ocean
Soft turquoise holo with holo sparkle

Designed with Carolyn Chambers
Lettie is an eleven-year-old girl who just may have very well been eleven for a very long time.
"Lettie Hempstock was made of silken sheets the color of ice, filled with tiny flickering candle flames, a hundred hundred candle flames. Could there be candle flames burning under the water? There could. I knew that, when I was in the ocean, and I even knew how. I understood it just as I understood Dark Matter, the material of the universe that makes up everything that must be there but we cannot find. I found myself thinking of an ocean running beneath the whole universe, like the dark seawater that laps beneath the wooden boards of an old pier: an ocean that stretches from forever to forever and is still small enough to fit inside a bucket, if you have Old Mrs. Hempstock to help you get it in there, and you ask nicely."

This polish is simply beautiful! The colour is exquisite and the formula is so smooth and easy to work with! The holo sparkle adds the slightest touch of texture to the nails, but it is still surprisingly smooth even before adding top coat to the final look. Shown here with two coats plus top coat.

Miner's Gift
Blurple multichrome with holo microflakes

Inspired by the character of the opal miner. The death of the miner is the catalyst for the awakening/actions of Skarthach. His offhandedly adult means of compensating for the loss of the one thing that gave the boy comfort is counter-balanced by Lettie’s selfless, childish (as in done by a child – not as in immature) and steadfast determination to make things right for her friends. As such, the Miner (and other adults – Hempstocks excluded) is the initial counter character to Lettie.
“He was a South African, although he had made his money mining for opals in Australia. He gave my sister and me an opal each, a rough black rock with green-blue-red fire in it. My sister liked him for this, and treasured her opal stone. I could not forgive him for the death of my kitten.”

Another winning colour and fabulous formula from Literary Lacquers! Miner's Gift applied nicely to my nails and the colour is breathtaking! Shown here with two coats plus top coat. Those that use thinner coats or have longer nails may find they need a third coat for opacity.

Swaying Grayly
Matte grey with silver flakes and glass fleck

Designed with Adrienne Nguyen
Inspired by the persistent description of Ursula Monkton in her true form as Skarthach of the Keep as represented by tattered grey canvas.
“It was my old bedroom, but it wasn’t. Not anymore. There was the little yellow handbasin, just my size, and the walls were still robin’s-egg blue, as they had been when it was mine. But now strips of cloth hung from the ceiling, gray, ragged cloth strips, like bandages, some only a foot long, others dangling almost all the way to the floor. The window was open and the wind rustled and pushed them, so they swayed, grayly, and it seemed as if perhaps the room was moving, like a tent or a ship at sea."

While all three shades in this trio are beautiful, I am particularly loving Swaying Grayly! The combination of matte and metallic is swoon worthy! This dried a little quicker than the other shades in the trio although I had no issues applying it to my nails. I have it shown here with three coats and no top coat to show off the full matte effect.

The Literary Lacquers Etsy shop will be reopening Friday, June 23rd at noon MDT. Once relaunched, the shop will remain open and continue to be stocked to you can pick up your favorite literary-inspired shades whenever you wish! In addition to this trio, the relaunch will include the return of 24 favorite shades and two limited edition shades. I'll have the limited edition shades and a couple returning favorites on my blog later this week so don't go too far!

Do you have an eye on any particular shade from this trio? Which one(s) will you be picking up? I think they are all gorgeous and you can't go wrong with any of them!

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

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ellagee Polish: Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder and I'm Peach

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy hump day! I apologize for the blog being so quiet the past week, and since it's been a little while, let's jump right on in and check out some polish!

The lovely Laura of Ellagee Polish has released just this past Monday two new stunning shades on her site. Both these shades are glorious, and I hope you love them as much as I do! Let's check them out!

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder is a soft lime polish with brilliant green shimmer and a strong holographic shimmer. This shade is so cheery and bright for the summer but subdued enough for those that don't care for searingly bright neons. The formula has my perfect consistency- not too thick or thin, and ultra smooth application. I have it shown here with two coats plus top coat. Those with longer nails or prefer to paint with thinner coats may find they need three coats for opacity.

Retail: $13

I'm Peach

I'm Peach is a vivid summery coral/orange with shimmer that shifts from hot pink to lilac. This is totally my kind of colour, and it comes with an added bonus: $8 from every bottle purchase will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union in your name! Those that purchase this polish also have the option of purchasing with an "additional donation" option if you would like to donate more funds to the ACLU. The formula is fabulous, and I reached opacity with three thin coats. I also added top coat for the photos above.

Retail: $12

Both Absinthe Makes the Heart Grown Fonder and I'm Peach are available for purchase NOW on the Ellagee Polish website. These shades are so cheerful and just so perfect for the summer season (or year round for those who where what they want, when they want to wear it!), and you can't go wrong with either polish!

Do you have a favorite between Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder and I'm Peach? I keep flip-flopping on my favorite, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on them!

Until next time dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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