Sunday, November 19, 2017

I.A.M...Custom Color Cosmetics: Costa Rican Collection, Grimm Holoday Duo, and IAMCCC 4th B-Day Duo

Press Samples

Greetings, dear readers! I know this post title is quite a mouthful, but I, A.M...Custom Color Cosmetics (IAMCCC) is releasing a variety of collections and duos on Black Friday (THIS FRIDAY! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?). I have all the goodies to share with you in this post. There is a fair bit to get through, so let me keep the chit chat short and dive in! Ready? Let's do this!

Costa Rican Collection

This winter, IAMCCC continues on with her Travelogue Series with a trip to Costa Rica. Unfortunately, I've never had the opportunity to visit myself, but these polishes certainly make me want to visit sooner rather than later!

Arenal Springs
Two coats plus top coat

A Mint ultra holo with iridescent color shifting blue flakies and shimmers. Arenal is an active volcano that creates these amazing hot springs and they are a huge tourist destination in the center of the country. The waters are minty green even at night and just spectacular!

I'm definitely jumping in one of my favorite shades from this collection! I have a weakness for mint shades, but oftentimes the formula leaves a lot to be desired. I was thoroughly impressed with just how easily this polish applied to my nails! I have no issues to report with this beauty.

Retail: $8

Cerveza and Lizards
Two coats plus top coat

A green to yellow thermal with copper shimmers, flakies, holo glitters and flecks. This is inspired by a pizzeria that had a huge Imperial beer sign with a little Lizard on it. Lit up at night you could only see the little lizard outlined. It was a sight to behold. Because every time we passed it you could see a lizard on it. 

This is another one of my favorites from the collection! On my nails, I found the warm state to be more of a chartreuse than a yellow, but that may vary with different skin tones. Whether in the warm or cool state, the flakies pop so perfectly against the background! This was another shade with a great formula.

Retail: $8

Glowing Waters
Two coats plus top coat

A Navy ultra holo with tons of shimmers, iridescent flakies and UCC flakies. This is a type of algae that when hit, glows bright blue. I don’t usually like going in the ocean at night but this was too cool to not play in. It allowed you to see the bottom of the water. This was right outside the house on the beach we had rented in Tamarindo.

I really like this take on the ocean as it's different from the more common tropical blue (which I still love!). I have never been to Costa Rica, but I would love to see the glowing algae one day! Glowing Waters has great formula with easy application. It is quite pigmented, and while I needed two coats for opacity, those that paint with a heavier hand may find this to be a one coater.

Retail: $8

Night Monkeys
Two coats (base) plus top coat
Added one coat topper on two middle nails plus topper

A black ultra Holo with silver flakies and micro glitters. Includes a mini bottle of micro silver holo stars and micro holo flakies. This is a memory I have of being passed out in the back of the car on our way from Arenal to Tamarindo. This was before smart phones so we relied on maps and locals. What should have been a 3-4 hour drive took 12 hours because what was a road on the map became a torrent of a river in reality.  In pitch black and the middle of the Costa Rican jungles, the road is riddled with pot holes, the size of the car itself. I was half dazed and passed out when we hit one of these pot holes that I was awakened and screamed “Monkeys!” about which I had been dreaming. You could hear them all over the forest. I’m not sure why I remember this so vividly but at like 3 in the morning, it was pretty hilarious. 

This is a gorgeous black polish that is perfection for the holidays! Whether you want to keep it more simple, but still dazzling, or add a little extra sparkle complete with stars, this is sure to be a hit for at your holiday parties! The base shade applied easily for me without any issues, and I applied the topper on my two middle nails with my dab and swish method. The topper does have limited amount of stars, and I did have to dig a couple extra out for placement on my nails.

Retail: $8

Playa Conchal
Three coats plus top coat

A pastel creamsicle with blue, red, purple iridescent color shifting flakies and shimmer. This is inspired by a beautiful shell beach ( playa conchal means shell beach in spanish) about a mile down the beach from were we stayed in Tamarindo.

Playa Conchal is a great colour combination, but it is a little on the thicker side due to the added flakies. I recommend painting with a very light hand for easier application and just build up slowly rather than trying to get full coverage with thicker coats. The final result is exquisite and definitely worth the extra bit of patience!

Retail: $8

Plantain Muffins
Two coats plus top coat

A mid tone purple holo with tons of blue, purple, red and green iridescent color shifting flakies.  Every morning in Tamarindo we walked to this little breakfast spot that was simply amazing. It was this one local woman cooking out of her house and one of the amazing goodies she had were Plantain Muffins. They may have been red bananas but they were purple and thats what she called them.

This is such a stunning polish, and the iridescent flakies really makes this polish pop! The formula was really great and easy to work with; you will not be disappointed with this beauty!

Retail: $8

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Grimm Holodays

This year's holiday duo is inspired by none other than the Grimm's brothers! IAMCCC will have these polishes available separately should you only want one of these beautiful shades, or you can pick up the duo for a discount.

Mother Hölle
Two coats plus top coat

A white holo with blue iridescent shimmers and flakies. Mother Hölle is said to be the reason it snows.  You can read it here for free.

I don't wear white polishes often, but I do love them this time of year. Unfortunately my camera wasn't quite able to capture the full beauty of this polish: the blue shimmers are more obvious in person. The formula is a little on the thicker side due to the flakies, but overall, I found the application to be quite smooth.

Retail: $8 each or $15 for the duo

The Golden Goose
Two coats plus top coat

An antiqued golden ultra holo with UCC flakies. This is a fun story that kind of males you wonder where and why these stories came about. You can read it here for free.

The Golden Goose is a great polish for when you want a gold that isn't quite so "in your face" as many others I've seen. The flakies add an almost textured appearance although the final application is pretty smooth on the nails. This is another shade that could potentially be a one coater if you paint with a heavier hand.

Retail: $8 each or $15 for the duo

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IAMCCC 4th B-Day Duo

Happy 4 years to I, A.M...Custom Color Cosmetics! To celebrate, IAMCCC is releasing a 4 year Indie-versary duo. Each of these polishes can be purchased separately if you have a preference for just one shade, or you can order than both for a discount.

Cali Dreaming
Two coats plus top coat

A neon creme pinky coral inspired by the Mama’s and the Papa’s song.

I know these photos are on the darker side, but the lower light setting made for much more accurate colours. The formula of this cream polish is really smooth and easy to apply. While I only needed two coats for opacity, some readers may find they need a third depending on how it is applied.

Retail: $6 each or $15 for the duo

Crab Nebula
Three coats plus top coat

An ultra chameleon chrome shifting polish with iridescent color shifting flakies and UCC flakies that shift from blue/green/purple/gold. This color looked like space to me so space it became.

Some of my favorite IAMCCC polishes are the Crab varieties, so I'm not even the least bit surprised that Crab Nebula is joining that list. The formula is on point, and the colour shifts are glorious!

Retail: $10 each or $15 for the duo


And this, dear readers, concluded today's blog post! As I mentioned previously, all of these polishes will be launching on Black Friday on the I, A.M...Custom Color Cosmetics website.

Have you enjoyed this year's Travelogue Series? What sort of inspiration/series are you hoping to see IAMCCC go with next year? Ashlie always comes up with interesting ideas for her yearly series, so I look forward to seeing what 2018 brings the brand! Are there any favorite shades in this blog post? I'd love to hear from you!

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

  1. Wow!! I love the Costa Rican Collection! That coral!!!

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  2. I love all of these stunning colors from this collection! My favorite has to be Arenal!

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  3. These color looks so cool and beautiful. I would love to try these colors out. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love the light blue grey and the white the most.

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  5. These colors are giving me LIFE!!! The Cali Dreaming would make a gorgeous ombré look.

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  6. I love the white and this just made me look at my nails real quick and decided it's time to make them look a bit pretty.

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  7. My girlfriend will really love the glowing waters shade. It's really nice. Perfect for any occassions.

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  8. My mom who is into nails would surely love this art. All looks amazing!!

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  9. I love love love the mint! It is so cute! I also love the Crab Nebula! Beautiful colors you have here!

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  10. Oh my goodness! They are all pretty and the names are fun!!

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  11. I'm always amazed at how well you apply the nail paints. Simply flawless!! This series is lovely, however, I'd go with Glowing Waters and Night Monkeys for sure. Cheers!!

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  12. These colors are gorgeous and they look like they go on smooth. I don't think I can choose hahah I have like a top 4 and the rest are still lovely shades!

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  13. The Costa Rica Collection is gorgeous. The first two are totally amazing.

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  14. There were so many great shades in this post I can't even pick one that I like most! I was sad that the Grimm ones are the fables and not inspired by the show.

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  15. I pretty much need all of these haha!

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  16. So much sparkle! Love these shades on you

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  17. Wow such a great post and these nail color polishes look great! xo, Suzanne

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  18. I absolutely love the glowing waters color. And they’re so affordable!

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  19. I love the Costa Rican Collection! The colors are so amazing!!!!!

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  20. I'm loving all of the sparkle and shine! So pretty!

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  21. These are some amazing colors. I love metallic colors and anything sparkly. The Golden Goose and Crab Nebula are two colors I would am going to have to get for sure. Thanks for sharing these amazing nail colors.

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  22. Both of my sons love Costa Rica. One even honeymooned there. If only my DIL's wore polish then I'd have the perfect gift for them.

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  23. LOVE your swatches!!! This is a beautiful collection

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