Thursday, April 28, 2016

Guest Post from Polished Lifting: Legion Lacquer - Atomic Aquamarine

Hey guys! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. I'm Courtney from Polished Lifting, and I'm excited to be here. Today I'm doing the switch-a-roo with Caitlin for a fun project called The Switching Post. A handful of bloggers got together and decided it would be fun to pair up and trade blog posts for the day.

Today I have a shade from my untrieds to share with you. I kind of have this goal to get through my untrieds, but no matter how quickly I wear them I still can't finish them off. I've gotten fairly close a couple times in the last year, but something inevitably comes up. I swear I'm going to make it happen one of these days. I'm the meantime, I will continue to share my unending (but manageable) untried pile.

Legion Lacquer- Atomic Aquamarine

aqua shimmer nail polish

aqua shimmer nail polish

Formula: Thin
Finish: Aqua shimmer with aqua and holographic glitter
Coverage: 4 coats
Notes: I tried my very best to achieve full coverage with this shade, but it just wasn't going to happen. I think it would look best with one or two coats worn over a similar undie.


While I like the color in the bottle, I didn't care for the coverage, or rather the lack of coverage. Legion Lacquer doesn't appear to currently be in business, but you might see one of their shades pop up in a destash from time to time.

I just want to take a moment to thank you guys and Caitlin for having me! It's been a pleasure.

Monday, April 25, 2016

My Indie Polish - Neon Festival Trio (in their New 7mL Mini bottles)

I am SO excited to be sharing a new-to-me Canadian indie brand with you today. My Indie Polish is created locally (in Toronto) by Tanya who has released the most amazing trio of neon cremes just in time for festival season! The Neon Festival Trio includes Field Party, Neon Green and Neon Coral and I will also be reviewing My Indie Polish's new 7mL mini bottle.

Field Party is an amazing Robin's Egg blue crelly with super fun neon glitters including magenta/purple stars which I'm now obsessed with. For a crelly, the formula on Field Party is excellent! I am wearing 3 thin coats because thinner coats are the way to go to ensure that all the layers of glitter show though. The glitters came out of the bottle easily onto the brush with no fishing. I did a little glitter placement with one of the stars but that's it! I finished off with top coat for a glossy and smooth finish.

Neon Coral is tied for my favorite from the trio with Field Party. If you are still lemming after the original China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy... YOU NEED THIS POLISH! I would say that this is really close but with a MUCH better formula. It's a neon creme and I used only two coats and top coat. I loved how shiny and glossy this polish is with just a little top coat. So perfect for summer. I love how neon it is!

Lastly, this is Neon Green which is a lovely creme that is BRIGHT, BRIGHT, BRIGHT! I used three coats plus top coat and it's almost perfect but I will be more careful with my application next time. I wore this for about 5 days with NO TIP WEAR and only a little chip on my thumb. I was so impressed with the formula and wear of this polish. Nice work, Tanya!
(P.S. I had to tweak the photos to get it to show accurately... it's really THAT bright! I'd say the last picture is almost exactly as it looks in person)

I have nothing but high praise for this trio and the new 7mL mini bottles! I am a bit of a snob and only ever buy full-size bottles but I was happily surprised by these minis. The bottle size is larger than the usual 5mL which means MORE POLISH. The brush is also great! I found it easy to use and not much different than a 15mL bottle. If you are looking to save money, these minis are great!!

You can purchase the 7mL mini or 15mL full size set from My Inide Polish.
Follow My Indie Polish on Instagram or Facebook for the latest updates!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacuqer - Kaffir Lily

For many years I had it in my head that I couldn't wear light pink polishes. I must have worn a really awkward light pink polish once and it must have looked hideous. From that moment (until now), I thought light pinks were not for me. As a result of this odd paranoia, I was hesitant to pick up Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Kaffir Lily despite loving the swatches online. Anyway, I took a chance and tried it... I think it looked nice!

Kaffir Lily is a creamy pinky/lavender pastel linear holographic polish with a strong pink glass fleck shimmer throughout... there must be some gold somewhere in there too (or at least that's how it looks on me). It's actually really close to my skin tone and worked as a really great neutral on my baby nubs. Like all Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers, I got great wear out of this polish in 2 coats with base and top coat. 

You can purchase Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer here
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Indigo Bananas - Light the Way

Why is it snowing in April? The weather here is abysmal and I am FED UP WITH WINTER! And it's not even Winter... it's Spring! Gah! 

Anyway, we make our own sunshine so I am bringing the sunshine with my nails. This is Indigo Bananas Light the Way and it's my first polish from the brand. I do really like it. I'm not sure it works well with my pale-ass hands but I am hoping it will look nicer in the Summer. I love how it has a green flash in the holo! I am wearing 2 coats with top coat.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fiendish Fancies - They Live Inside Us: The Stephen King Collection

It's time for a NEW Fiendish Fancies Collection! This sextet of polishes is inspired by Stephen King. I am ashamed to say I've never read anything by Stephen King or seen any movies based on his works. BUT... I love neons so let's take a look at the They Live Inside Us collection!

You're Hysterical Henry - Neon pink shimmer inspired by crates and comic books

She's Real Sensitive - Hot Rod Red cream inspired by Christine and one man's obsession with his curvy car.

We All Float Down Here - Warm neon red shimmer inspired by creepy clowns

I'll Burn You Up - Neon yellow shimmer inspired by little blonde girls with hot tempers

We Made You - Neon grass green inspired by a terrifying trucks and toyz

The Ground is Sour - Neon blue shimmer inspired by burials by twilight in sacred grounds

These polishes are now available in the Fiendish Fancies shop as individual bottles or a set. 
You can follow Fiendish Fancies on Facebook and Instagram for updates and more swatches. 
Products were provided for our honest review.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Guest Post from Polished Pathology: Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Ella Ann Cosmetics Store Exclusive Swatch and Review

Caitlin here: I am SO stoked to have Jenne from Polished Pathology on the blog today! Enjoy :)

Hey guys! Today I am part of a fun idea called 'The Switching Post'! It is the bran child of Boomshakalacquer, where a group of bloggers get together and switch posts! Today I am switching with this lovely gal, and I couldn't be more excited! A little bit about me: I'm in my early 30's and am working as a Pathologists' Assistant. That's where my name comes from, my love for beauty products and pathology! I live with my boyfriend and dog in the frigid tundra of Minnesota, but we do get outside a few days a year when it hits above 50 ;) I have a pretty amazing life, and blogging is a fun outlet for me to explore my love of beauty products! Ok, let's get to the polishes! :)

  pink OPNL Pink Stole OPNL Pink Stole
Formula/Application: No issues to report Coverage: Glitter topper Color: Pink glitter topper with iridescent flakies and pink holographic glitter Finish: Glitter topper Notes: I really wanted to show off the color, so I did two coats over white. I love how delicate it is! I know it will be a very versatile topper.

tannre OPNL A Tanner Darkly OPNL A Tanner Darkly
*Holo shot - not color accurate
Formula/Application: Went on smooth and lovely, no issues to report Coverage: Opaque in two coats Color: Beige Finish: Linear holo Notes: This isn't the most beautiful on my skin tone, but I don't care. I love beige/taupey/nude colors like this one. I can wear it on its own, or use it as a base for nail art!

razz OPNL Razz Hands OPNL Razz Hands  
*Holo shot - not color accurate
Formula/Application: Great formula and application! Coverage: Opaque in two coats Color: Raspberry Finish: Linear holo Notes: Such a gorgeous color! This is a must color in any collection, the berry color will go so well on multiple skin tones

    pasta OPNL Pasta Azul OPNL Pasta Azul  
*Holo shot - not color accurate
Formula/Application: No issues to report Coverage: Opaque in two coats Color: Cerulean linear holographic with blue holographic shimmer Finish: Linear holo shimmer Notes: I couldn't get a good shot of the shimmer, but holy WOW that holo! It's a stunning, very vibrant color!

  So, what did you guys think of the Ella Ann OPNL Store Exclusives? These are still available for pre-order here ($13 per bottle). US orders over $50 will have shipping refunded to them! What are you waiting for, go check them out!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Pink Sugar Sunsets + KBShimmer - Dust in the Bottle

I love short pink nails. Maybe I'm biased but blogs are about opinions and this is mine. At first I was worried that Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Pink Sugar Sunsets would be the wrong kind of pink for my skin tone but I was wrong. It looks so cute on my nails! I added KBShimmer Dust in the Bottle because I've been adding it to every mani lately so why not!

2 coats plus top coat. Great wear. Beautiful colour.

You can purchase Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer here. Follow Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer on Instagram and like them on Facebook