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Lilly Anne’s Garden- Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness Box LE Review

Hi all!

Today on the blog, I have the LE Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness box from Lilly Anne’s Garden. This box is dedicated to, and to raise awareness for, anyone that has lost a child. Each month, Misty creates a scent of the month–50% of all sales of that scent go to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. This is an organization that supports families who have suffered the tragic loss of a child, and remembers and honors them through photographs and remembrances. They also offer assistance for medical services, family services and bereavement counseling.  For this box, $3 from each purchase will be donated. 1 in 4 women have suffered the loss of a child, including myself. This box and what it represents is dear to my heart and you are not alone. If you have suffered the loss of a child, reach out. There is help and support there for you.

 

This box is $13 + shipping and will be available tomorrow, restocked. You can click the link here to purchase. Make sure to follow Lilly Anne’s Garden on Instagram for updates. You can follow by clicking here.

On to the review!–

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This box contains a Sugar scrub in the scent Angel Kisses, a 10mL rollerball cuticle oil in the scent Butterfly Hugs, and a small sheet of awareness ribbon water slide decals from RibbitsStickIts (Kristy create some AMAZING vinyls and water slide decals! Be sure to check out her shop and her Instagram! You can get to her Instagram by clicking here and her shop is ribbitsstickits.bigcartel.com.)

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First up, the cuticle oil.

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This is a 10 mL rollerball Cuticle oil in the scent Butterfly Hugs. It is a creative fresh blend of apple blossom, lily of the valley and rose petals.The overall scent is soft, refreshing, clean and floral. It reminds me of a lush garden in the summer, and like all of Misty’s cuticle oil, it is absolutely amazing.

On to the sugar scrub!–

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The sugar scrub is in the scent, Angel Kisses. This fragrance begins with top notes of green leafy ferns and sweet florals; followed by jasmine and white floral lily; sitting on a floral musk base note. It is also colored pink and blue. The overall scent is is feminine and inviting; Welcoming you into the open arms of a garden of springtime flowers. This sugar scrub, like all of Misty’s sugar scuba is super hydrating and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple.

And finally, the water slide decals from RibbitsStickIts!–

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Used ‘Skinny Dip’ and ‘Zero Tolerance’ by Flirtin’ Co. Holographic Stamped stars and a butterfly charm that is also available in Lilly Anne’s Garden’s shop. Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness ribbon decal by RibbitsStickIts.

These custom decals are exclusive to this box. Show your support and awareness by wearing a ribbon on October 15th!

RibbitsStickIts waterslide decals are so easy to use! Simply cut out your decal and place in water for 15-30 seconds. Remove the decal from the backing and place it on the desired place on your nail. You can remove any excess with acetone and then add your favorite top coat! If you are impatient like me :D, you can add a top coat or clear polish BEFORE attaching/laying your decal so that it adheres to the nail more securely. Because the decals are semi-transparent, they work best over lighter color polishes.

That is my review for the LE Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness box from Lilly Anne’s Garden. Don’t forget to follow on Instagram and my blog for more reviews! Thanks for looking! And until next time…Happy Polishing!

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Pure Poison Polish – Psychobilly Duo – Swatches and Review

Hey guys!

Today on the blog I have the Psychobilly Duo from Pure Poison Polish. Shown below is the inspiration behind these polishes. Both polish names and the polishes themselves were inspired by songs by the artists, Tiger Army and Nekromantix.

This is a duo of two holographic, full coverage glitter polishes that are perfect for any fall or Halloween mani! Drea, the owner/creator/mastermind behind Pure Poison Polish, does holographic glitters like none other, and they never fail to amaze! Each one of these glitters can be used as topper with one coat, applied in 2-3 painted coats for full opacity, or sponged on in 1-2 coats.

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For these swatches, I used a base of ‘Cable Knit Sweater’, also by Pure Poison Polish. This is stunning creamy cream color with a strong gold shimmer.

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Two coats of Cable knit Sweater + glossy topcoat
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Macro of ‘Cable Knit Sweater’–Just look at that SHIMMER!!!

This polish is an exclusive when you purchase her Back to School Collection. That collection is available now! It consists of 6 shimmery basic colors–red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. This base ties all of them together and, a little bird told me that it will tie very well together with the upcoming fall collection. 😉 So, if you want this stunning base and a perfect rainbow of colors, the Back to School collection retails for $35.00 + shipping and you can purchase it by clicking here!

Now on to the swatches!

First up is ‘Ghoulina’–

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One coat over Cable Knit Sweater, 2 coats sponged on the accent + glossy topcoat

This fabulous polish has a mix of blue/purple hex glitters, lime green hex glitters, and holographic glitters in a clear base.

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Macro of ‘Ghoulina’

That green, though! It’s the perfect zombie/slime green for any Halloween mani! And adding the blurple glitter was a stroke of genius, because who doesn’t love purple and green on Halloween? This polish was effortless to sponge on and just as easy to paint on. No fishing or manipulation required. It will be difficult to remove, since it is a glitter, and a peel off base coat is recommended. Also, this polish will dry textured. Be sure to use a good topcoat to smooth everything out.

Next up is Werecat-

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One coat over ‘Cable Knit Sweater’ and 2 coats sponged on the accent + glossy topcoat

This stunning polish has a mix of orange and burnt orange, black and holographic glitters in a clear base.

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Macro of ‘Werecat’

This glitter mix SCREAMS fall and Halloween! Orange and Black makes it classic. Over a nude base, or the base shown, it becomes reminiscent of a Pumpkin Spice latte. YUM! The formula was superb and applied easily with a sponge, as well as painting. As with the other glitter, a peel off base coat is highly recommended. It will also dry textured, so add a nice glossy topcoat to smooth everything out and make the holographic really pop!

And just for fun…here’s a couple of nail art designs I did with the bases I showed you!

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Added some freehand spiders and webs to my Ghoulina base!
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Added a fall nail charm from Lilly Anne’s Garden and stamped the accent with Cable Knit Sweater….yes, it stamps and stamps gold! Yowza!

Hope you all enjoyed the swatches! The Psychobilly Duo is available now for $16+ shipping! You can purchase by clicking the link in Pure Poison Polish’s bio on Instagram (click here to go there now!) Or you can click the direct link here to purchase!

Thank you all for looking! And until next time…Happy polishing! 😉

 

 

Philly Loves Lacquer – The Glen Coco Collection – Swatches and Review!

**Picture Heavy and bad humor heavy…don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😀 **

 

Hey Guys!

Today on the blog, I have the new Glen Coco collection from Philly Loves Lacquer! It is a 6 piece collection that consists of 4 Holographic/Flakie crellies and 2 flakie toppers.

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This is their new collection for fall and is inspired by the film, Mean Girls.

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Now, I love anything that has to do with Tina Fey. I have watched and re-watched 30 Rock more times than I can count and her humor really shined through in this movie. Up until this collection, I had only seen the film once. Yeah–don’t judge. Somedays I really feel behind the times, haha! So, to get a better feel of the names of the polishes in this collection, I re-watched the movie. I found that I enjoyed it so much more than I had the first time. I grew up watching Clueless. Every teen back then wanted to be Alicia Silverstone and “Rollin’ With The Homies” was THE song you played at your party. I loved that this film brought all that nostalgia back. And because I feel like a film critic, I’m gonna stop there and move on to the real reason we’re here–the polish.

The namesake of this collection is Glen Coco. If you don’t know Glen Coco, then you should. Because he gets more candy than you–

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Photo Credit – pinterest.com

And on to the swatches!–

First up is ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’-

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This is a bright Barbie pink crelly packed with scattered holographic and iridescent, color shifting flakies. This polish has an excellent formula and was opaque, for me, in 3 coats. You could easily get away with two coats, but the polish can still be a bit on the sheer side at 2. If you’re not a huge stickler for visible nail line, 2 coats is the way to go. This polish and all the others in this collection have a very fast dry time–which I love. I tend to be a bit impatient going from coat to coat, so this collection made the impatient part of my brain squeal for joy. All of my swatches were down with a normal base coat and each polish was very easy to remove. I also recommend a good topcoat for all of these polishes, not only to extend the life of your mani, but to really make the holographic and flakies pop!

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3 coats + Glossy Topcoat – Artificial Light
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Macro of ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’

 

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We all remember the awkwardness of this scene. If someone looked at me like that, I wouldn’t want to sit with them. Just walk away, and say, “okay.” And then give a side-eye.

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Image credit – huffingtonpost.com

…ahhh…the teen years.

Next up is ‘Is Your Muffin Buttered?’–

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This is a gorgeous dusty purple crelly packed with scattered holographic and iridescent, color shifting flakies. Perfect formula just like the last. This was opaque for me in 3 coats, but could be done in two. And also like the last formula–very fast dry time and easy removal!

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3 coats + Glossy Topcoat – Artificial light
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Macro of ‘Is Your Muffin Buttered?’
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Photo Credit – lizzycaplanisanactress.tumblr.com

…Creepyyyyyyy. That’s a fun conversation to have when your about to eat your lunch, haha! Ew.

Next up is ‘You Smell Like A Baby Prostitute’– (these names though….HAHA!)

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This is one of my favorite in the collection. I really love this cornflower/periwinkle blue. This polish is another of the holographic crellies, and it’s packed with holographic sparkle and those iridescent, color shifting flakies. This one had the most sheer formula of the 4 creliies and is definitely a 3 coater. I was very easy to apply since, like the others, it had a fast dry time.

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3 coats + glossy topcoat – artificial light
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Macro of ‘You Smell Like A Baby Prostitute’
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This is what happens when Regina George gives you perfume. You get doused with room deodorizer. And now you smell like a deodorized baby prostitute.

And the last of the holographic crellies, ‘I’m a Mouse, DUH!’–

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This is a perfect color for the upcoming fall season. It’s a “mousey” (teehee ;-})medium grey holographic crelly with iridescent, color shifting flakies. This polish was opaque in two coats. It has a wonderfully smooth formula and the same quick dry time.

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Two coats + Glossy topcoat – artificial light
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Macro of ‘I’m A Mouse, DUH!’- Love the depth this one has up close!

 

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…Obvs you’re a mouse. Wonder what a cat would have looked like? Ohhhhh…thats a TOTALLY different headband. DUH.

Next up we have the two toppers in this collection. First is ‘It’s Full Of Secrets’–

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This is a clear based iridescent, color shifting flakie topper. This definitely looks amazing over darker colors, but still looks amazing over lighter colors as well. One coat is pretty much all you need for this topper, as it is packed to the brim with those flakies. They distribute evenly and there is no fishing or manipulation required.

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One coat over black + glossy topcoat-artificial light
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One Coat over black + Matte topcoat –Love how you can really see the color shift in the flakies!!!
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Big Hair = being full of secrets. So, the 80’s? That was a pretty secretive decade, huh?

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Photo Credit – buzzfeed.com – click the link if you want to see more secretive hair.

I’ll bet she had a TON of secrets. Just sayin’.

And finally, ‘You’re A Regulation Hottie’-

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This is a multicolored UCC (Ultra Chameleon Chrome) flakie topper in a clear base. It has pink, blue, good, green, purple, silver…shifting to every color– and there’s even some holographic in there! This topper looks amazing over light colors and darker colors alike. One coat of this is all you need as there is no fishing or manipulation required. Application is smooth as silk. And if you really want flakie overload, you can always sponge it on for a super sparkly accent! This polish was easy to remove, but I recommend a peel off base, as those flakies can stick to your skin and never want to let go.

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One Coat over white + Glossy Topcoat – Artificial light
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Macro of ‘You’re a Regulation Hottie’ over white + Glossy topcoat
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Macro of ‘You’re a Regulation Hottie’ over black + Matte topcoat
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…’nuff said.

So there you have it! My swatches, review (and bad humor :P) for the Glen Coco collection by Philly Loves Lacquer. The collection is available for Pre-Order from now until September 5th as a Full set ONLY. The full size set is $62 and the mini set is $31. On September 6th, individual bottles will be available in both the mini, and the full size. The full size bottles will be $11.50 and the mini size bottles will be $5.75. You can purchase the Glen Coco collection by going to phillyloveslacquer.com or clicking the link in Philly Loves Lacquer’s bio on Instagram.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for looking and Happy Polishing!!

Lilly Anne’s Garden – Halloween Box – Swatches, Reviews, and New Fall Charms!

Hey guys!

The obsession with Lilly Anne’s Garden products grows stronger daily. I seriously have purchased more than I may ever need, but on the upside, my cuticles will never have anything to fear, haha!! Any who…Sorry about that tangent there. On to the review!

So today I have my review and swatches of the upcoming Halloween Box by my absolute favorite, ride or die nail care, Lilly Anne’s Garden. This box has a little of everything from her shop in it!

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My little boxes not included 😛

The box is $17 + Shipping and includes 3 nail charms that are ONLY available with this box, a 5ml cuticle oil with a rollerball applicator in the scent ‘Tricks or Treats’, a 2oz jar of tri-colored sugar scrub in the scent ‘Candy Corn’ and a 30ml bottle of her AMAZING acetone additive in the scent ‘Witches Brew’. The scents will not be exclusive to the box, so if you have a have a favorite in any one of the scents, you can always get more!

On to the individual reviews!! —

First up, the Sugar scrub!

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I absolutely adore Misty’s sugar scrub! If you love her cuticle oil, this is a must have addition to your nail care routine. It’s packed with her cuticle oil to keep your skin and nails hydrated while exfoliating all that dead skin. And the moisture doesn’t end after you rinse…it lasts! I even use this in replacement of my cuticle softener. The scrub is layered in orange, yellow and white to look like candy corn and the scent is that of the BEST candy corn you could ever eat. (Don’t eat it…Misty’s scents may smell delicious, but they’re not for human consumption. She always warns me not to eat it, haha! :-P) This scent can be described as warm vanilla candy with top notes of butter and a slight hint of almond. So delicious and sweet!!!

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My hand photo bombed the scrub, haha!!

Now on to the Acetone additive! —

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As I said in the beginning of this post, I don’t know know what I would do without Misty’s products. The acetone additive is no exception to that. I will never do another mani without it. It’s that good. When I swatch, I’m constantly using acetone, so to have something that does not affect the effectiveness of 100% pure acetone AND keeps my cuticles healthy is a huge bonus for me!

(Fair warning…this reads like an infomercial…but it’s ALL TRUE!)

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For those of you that are more casual nail painters– Have you ever shyed away from that gorgeous glitter polish because you dread soaking your fingers in acetone to remove it? Do you dread the dry, ashy residue left by 100% acetone? And the damage that your nails and skin has just endured for more 10 minutes or MORE? Do they look awful and hideous afterwards, like the photo below?? (Take a good look at the photo…because this is like a unicorn…never to be seen again. Except this is the internet and it’s there forever…*le sigh*)

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Ew…dry. Thanks a lot, acetone.

Well, fear that glitter no more!

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With this additive, You can remove polish without dryness. It leaves your cuticles hydrated and supple.

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YAY! No more dryness!! 😀

So, theres my “infomercial” like testimonial. If you haven’t tried this stuff, you should. It’s amazing! If you have allergies or concerns about whats in her additive or any of her products, Misty has some of the best customer service around and would be happy to give you an ingredients list! I will have all her shop’s information at the end of this post.

Now to talk about the scent–and this one has color too!–

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Just like Misty’s other additives, this one has an AMAZING scent. Witches Brew has notes of fall spice with a hint of licorice and rich patchouli that makes for a mysterious, yet compelling scent. It reminds me of mulled cider–rich, spicy and delicious. This one also has a magenta/purple tint to it to give it more of a “potions” feel. It will lightly tint your acetone,(pictured below) but in no way will it stain or tint the skin/nails.

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And finally, the cuticle oil!–

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Photo Credit – djournal.com -EDIT: The scent name is Tricks OR Treats…not “and”. Sorry!

This oil has seriously changed my life.Well, maybe not my WHOLE life, but definitely the life and health of my cuticles. My nails are stronger and more flexible. I haven’t had a break in 4 months, and I am constantly using my hands and fingers at work. My cuticles are so healthy and hangnails are few and far between–which is a VERY good thing since I’m a recovering cuticle biter.

So, before I get into another infomercial like testimonial…on to the scent!

Tricks or Treats…mmmmm. This…this is what it smells like.

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Just like a bowl of candy. A definite must have for Halloween and beyond! If you’re a sweet lover, than this is scent is for you! Tricks or treats begins with top notes of pumpkin, persimmon and apple; followed by middle notes of blueberries, elderberries, currants, orange and cinnamon with well rounded base notes of sugar cane and vanilla. This scent is complex, sweet and scrumptious!

Here is the oil applied–

 

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And here it is after being massaged in completely–

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YAS!

This oil absorbs completely without leaving your fingers greasy!

Now its time for charms!! There will be three charms that will come with this halloween box and will be exclusive to this box. So if you love Halloween as much as I do, these charms are a must have for the holiday!

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The three charms available in the Halloween Box.

So first is an adorable skeleton face nail charm! This reminds me of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas! Here is a mani using this charm!

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TOO CUTE!

Then we have the Jack-O-Lantern charm! This charm is a perfect addition to any Halloween mani! Here is my mani featuring this charm–

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He’s just too cute with the orange and green!

And finally we have my favorite of the three charms…the spider. Here is a mani featuring this charm–

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LOVE IT! Who knew a spider could be so pretty?!

Misty is going to be releasing several new charms, as well, for the fall season. I already showed you 2 in my sneak peek, but I will be revealing all the ones I have received thus far, and show you a couple manis with the others that I showed you all previously.

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New Fall Charms!!!

And here are the ones I featured previously, as well as the manis I used them in!

I will be doing more manis featuring the new charms on my Instagram (@nails.in.arizona), so be sure to check that out!

Once again, the Halloween box will be available September 2nd for $17.00 + shipping. The boxes will be limited, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Be sure you don’t miss out! And for all you international ladies and gents, Misty does ship internationally. You can send her an email to discuss shipping options by going to her website lillyannesgarden.bigcartel.com or going to her Instagram page (@lillyannesgarden) and clicking the link in her bio! All of the new charms and fall scents will be available starting September 2nd as well!!

Thanks for looking and Happy polishing!

Born Pretty Store – Items review and swatches!

 

Hey guys!

Sorry this post is coming so much later than I wanted it to. Life happens, ya know? SO without further ado, lets begin!

Born Pretty Store reached out to me recently to review a few items for you all, and I have to say, I’m impressed! I was sent a clear silicone stamper, black stamping polish, holographic nail stencils, and some water slide decals. Each product I tested was of good quality, and the only item I seemed to have any problems with was the stamper. This issue was easily fixed and I no longer had a problem with it.

Now on to the reviews!

First item I am going to show you is the stamper. This is item number 26498 and you can find it by clicking the link here.

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I really love this stamper! It has clean pickup and there was no priming needed! I was able to use it right out of the packaging. The only issue that I had with this stamper was that the rim on the holder was not wide enough to hold in the head of the stamper while stamping. As I would stamp, the edges of the head of the stamper would slip into the holder, and I would have to pull the head up out of the holder in order to get a clean stamp on my nail. On the plus side, it was an easy fix. I was inspired to do this by a fellow Instagrammer and one of my favorite  YouTubers, Fireangel.120. You can find her Instagram by clicking her name. I saw a video of hers (you can watch it by clicking here) about how to keep a stamper head from slipping. She had found a way to keep the head of the stamper from slipping into the holder by using hot glue to create a wider rim. Well, because I don’t have a hot glue gun, I had to get a bit more creative. My method was more time consuming, but it turned out nice enough. I took some thicker placement glitters that I had, and using a older bottle of quick dry topcoat that had gotten on the thicker side, began to build a rim. Think if it like laying bricks for a wall. As you can see in the picture, it all worked out and I no longer have an issue with the head of the stamper slipping into the holder! The stamper has become one of my favorites to use and has yet to let me down. It is also big enough to reverse stamp and make decals with! Here is a collage of my reverse stamping/decal making. And believe it or not, this was my first time creating one!

As you can see, the image turned out beautifully! I’ll have to remember in the future to use a clear polish, rather than a quick dry topcoat. The topcoat dried very rigid and was difficult to manipulate once I got it on the nail. Definitely a lesson learned. I would post the mani, but the damage I created when applying the decal was irreparable. Sorry guys. I’ll be sure to do more reverse stamping in the future. Everything is learning process.

Next item I have to show you, and it was used in conjunction with the stamper, is black stamping polish. This is item number 27268 and is a 6ml bottle. You can find it by clicking the link here.

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Yes, the bottle seems small, but the pigmentation of this polish really packs a punch and just little goes a long way! Be aware that when using this polish, it can stain your skin. I recommend using a liquid latex product around the cuticles to protect the skin from staining. The odor of this polish is slightly strong, but is not offensive. It does dry quicker than regular polish, so you going to want to move quickly when stamping with it. Be sure to have all your tools ready so that the polish doesn’t dry before you have a chance to pick up the image.

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Just a little goes a long way. This is two swipes of polish.
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Fantastic pickup! There are a few pieces missing, since I waited just a little too long due to taking photos.
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Perfectly opaque and amazing pickup!

Next item I have to review for you is the holographic nail stencils. This is item number 27530 #6 and you can find them by clicking the link here.IMG_4521

These are almost too pretty just to use and dispose of! I’m definitely going to have to find a way to incorporate the holographic into a mani. Until then, gaze into the rainbow! These stencils are really easy to use. Unlike vinyls, there is no weeding. The vinyls themselves are very thin, almost foil-like. They have a stronger adhesion than most vinyls do, so make sure your base is completely dry before using. I was impatient and almost pulled up my base on one of my manis. If you want to avoid this completely, you can always create a decal. Also, these are durable enough to use more than once while creating your decals, which is a huge money saver!

Here is a close up pf the stencils–

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As you can see, the lines are perforated. I do not recommend attempting to tear along the perforations as you can’t tear them without the backing being removed and could damage the entire sheet. I suggest using scissors to cut each stencil out that you’d like to use to avoid damaging the item. The stencil peeled away from the backing easily and I began my mani. I applied the polish on the stencils in two ways to test application. I painted it on directly, and also sponged it on to see which way would give the clearest effect.

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Polishes used in this review are – Stached Polish: Oops! (orange) and Lightning Has Struck (gold) 

I placed the stencils like this to apply my polish for the design. as you can see, there is some significant space around the cuticle. I do have deep nail beds, but this could cause pooling. If you want a more snug fit on the cuticle, you can trim the stencil to fit better to avoid any issues with pooling.

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The polish was painted on my ring finger and sponged on on the middle finger. As you can see, the images on the ring finger are not as crisp as the images on the middle finger. So I recommend sponging on your polish for the best effect and remember to remove the stencil before the polish is dry, otherwise the begin won’t be clean and crisp.

Here’s the finished mani!

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I added some caviar beads to add some texture. 🙂

And finally, the last item I have to review are water slide decals. This is item number 27367. You can find these for purchase by clicking the link here.

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These were the easiest water slide decals that I have tried thus far. They were not too thick or delicate and they separated from the paper easily and quickly. The images were bright and bold on the nail. For these lighter decals, I recommend using a lighter color of polish as a base so that the colors pop!

Here is an up close shot, so you can see just how gorgeous these are!

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To apply, the steps are as follows–

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Peel off the protective plastic from the front of the decals. Don’t throw it away, so that you can protect your decals between uses.
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Choose your desired image, and cut it out with scissors. 
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Using tweezers, place your image in a cup of water. I used a dappen dish with plain tap water.
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Make sure your decal is completely submerged and let sit for approximately 10-15 seconds.
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Separate the decal from the paper gently, and using tweezers, get ready to place. I find it easier to place with tweezers than my fingers.
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Place your decal in the desired position and dab away any excess water with a makeup sponge or lint free cloth. 
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Repeat these steps to achieve your desired look!

Here is the final mani! Be sure to seal in your decals with a topcoat!

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I thoroughly enjoyed doing this review for you all. I really hope that it was informative. The Born Pretty Store is a great place to look for all your nail art needs. Shipping can take some time (3-4 weeks), but in the end it’s all worth it! If you would like to save some extra money, Born Pretty Store was kind enough to give me a discount code to share with all of you! If you use CHSW10 at checkout, you can save 10% off on all regular priced items! Such a great deal on items that are already priced so low! If you want to shop Born Pretty Store, go to bornprettystore.com and check it out!

Thanks for looking and Happy polishing!!

‘Lightning Has Struck’ Collection by Stached Polish–Swatches and Reviews

OH BOY! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to do this blog post! As a certified Harry Potter nerd and fanatic, I squealed A LOT (and maybe even cried a little) when I was asked by Stached Polish to swatch this collection! The entire collection is based on the Harry Potter books and films.

It is a 7 polish collection that consists of 4 stunning flakie polishes (one of which is a one coater!!), one gorgeous jelly polish, one holographic glitter polish, and one amazing creme.

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Shown above is a slideshow of all the bottle shots.

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Bottle shots with the polish names–Harry Potter image from  Harry Potter Wiki

Now that you know what the polishes look like, lets see them on the nails, shall we?

On to the swatches!!

First up is the namesake of this collection, ‘Lightning Has Struck’…

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First photo: two coats + matte topcoat–Second Photo: two coats + glossy topcoat — Bottle Shot–All photos taken in this photo are artificial light. Header photo from Harry Potter Wiki.

This polish definitely reminds me of lightning! Stunning and bold! When Harry returns to Hogwarts in the Deathly Hollows, Lee Jordan announces “Lightning has struck!” Such a powerful moment in both the book and the film.

This polish is so much more complex than I could capture in these photos. It has a golden yellow base with flakies that seem to shift between light blue and pink. It was completely opaque for me in two coats, but if you’re not picky about your nail line showing, you could possibly get away with one coat. The shift in this polish is so much more apparent in person. The formula is slightly thick, but not difficult at all to work with. It was easy to remove, but be prepared to have some sparkling fingers, because the flakies like to stick to the skin. Or, you can use a peel off base coat to avoid the sparkling fingers all together. With each polish, I will recommend a good base coat. The polishes in this collection are highly pigmented and can stain your nails. So, a base coat is recommended for this polish, as well as the others to come.

Individual photos—

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Two coats + Glossy Topcoat — Artificial Light
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Two Coats + Matte Topcoat — Artificial Light
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Two Coats + Glossy Topcoat — Outdoor Light
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Two Coats + Glossy Topcoat — Outdoor Light at an angle for a better view of the flakie shift. Still hard to capture, but you can slightly see it.

Next we have ‘Transfiguration’…

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First Photo: Two coats + Glossy Topcoat – Second Photo: Two coats + Matte Topcoat — Bottle Shot –All photos taken in artificial light–Header photo from Harry Potter Wiki.

Nothing beats Ron Weasly’s face when he is asked by Professor McGonagall to cast his first transfiguration spell in class. Needless to say, his worried look is well warranted when he turns his rat, Scabbers, into a furry cup with a tail.

This is another stunning flakie polish. It has a warm purple jelly base and is absolutely packed with light blue flakies. The flakies really stand out in this polish, almost “transfiguring” it into blue. The formula on this polish is also on the thick side, but not so thick that it required any thinner or was at all difficult to work with. Shown is two coats, but it can be opaque in one. Adding two coats will definitely deepen the saturation of the color though. The polish was easy to remove, but again, you need to watch out for sparkly fingers with removal. A good peel off base coat will help with removal and avoid flakies sticking to your skin. And as with all Stached Polishes, a good base coat is recommended to avoid any staining of your nails.

Individual Photos—

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Two Coats + Glossy Topcoat — Artificial Light
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Two Coats + Matte Topcoat — Artificial Lighting
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Two Coats + Glossy Topcoat — Outdoor Sunlight

Next we have ‘Malfoy Manor’…

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First Photo : Two coats + Glossy Topcoat – Second Photo : Two coats + Matte Topcoat -Bottle Shot–All photos taken in Artificial light–Header Photo from Harry Potter Wiki.

Ahh…The Malfoys. Slytherin to the very core. Deceptive, shifty and villainous.

This polish embodies all the shiftiness of the Malfoys and the villains of the world of Harry Potter. It is a steely gray, almost gunmetal, base packed with flakies that shift from purple to blue and green…even reddish gold. The shift is best seen in indoor lighting or outdoor shade. The polish is also holographic! In the sunlight, rainbows sparkle through the depths of the steely base. The formula was absolutely smooth and easy to apply. Not too thick or thin and didn’t pool or flood the cuticles. It self leveled beautifully. Shown in the swatches is two coats, you could do three depending on your application, but I don’t think it would be necessary. This polish was also easy to remove, but like the other flakies in this collection, be prepared for sparkling skin if you don’t use a peel off base coat. As with all the polishes in the collection, I recommend a base coat to avoid any staining, as Stached Polishes are highly pigmented.

Individual Photos—

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Two coats + Glossy Topcoat – Artificial Lighting
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Two Coats + Matte Topcoat – Artificial Lighting
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Two coats + Glossy Topcoat – Outdoor Sunlight
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Two coats + Glossy Topcoat At an angle – Indoor White Light

Next up, ‘Triwizard Champion’…

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First Photo : One coat + Glossy Topcoat- Second photo : One coat + Matte Topcoat – Bottle shot–Header photo from Harry Potter Wiki

Could you survive the tasks set before you to become a Triwizard Champion? Harry, Fleur, Cedirc, Viktor…each had attributes and skills to win. The ending to this was tragic and a dark turning point in the Potter series.

This polish is powerful, sultry and assertive. It has a raspberry jelly base and packed with flakies that shift from deep pink to purple and even gold. This polish has a fantastic formula and is opaque in ONE coat. The formula was not thick or thin. It did not pool or flood the cuticles. Two coats does deepen the color and enrich the depth of the polish, but I used one for the swatch photos. This polish was easy to remove, but watch those flakies! I did not experience any staining, (I had the polish on for less than an hour) but this polish is extremely pigmented. If you are prone to staining, I recommend at LEAST 2 coats of base coat and even if you are not prone to staining, I still recommend one to avoid staining your nails.

Individual Photos—

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One coat + Glossy topcoat – Artificial Light
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One coat + Matte topcoat – Artificial Light
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One coat + Glossy topcoat – Outdoor Sunlight

Next up, ‘Undesirable No. 1″…

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First Photo : Two coats with glitter placement + Glossy topcoat – Second photo : Two coats with glitter placement + Matte topcoat – Bottle Shot –Header Photo from Harry Potter Wiki.

It seems that making the front page of The Daily Prophet as a fugitive ran in Harry’s family. First, Sirius Black being accused of murder, and then Harry. Such an unfortunate turn of events that put Harry at the top of the Wizarding World’s most wanted list.

This polish is one of my favorites in the collection. It is a blue jelly base with blue flakies, scattered holographic and lightning bolt glitters. This polish was opaque in two coats. The formula was not thick and applied easily. I did have a difficult time applying the larger bolt glitters with general application. To make it easier to apply the glitters, I used two different methods. If you settle the larger glitters towards the top of the bottle, the glitters will be more apparent on your brush making them easier to apply to the nail. Let the bottle sit upside down for about 5 minutes before applying. This helped, but I wanted a few more glitters on the nail, so I used a toothpick to apply the glitters where I wanted. As far as removal goes, I used a peel off base coat for this swatch. Larger glitter and micro glitter have a tendency to adhere to the nail, and I wanted to avoid having to use too much acetone. And remember, all Stached polishes are highly pigmented. So, to avoid staining, I recommend a good base coat.

Individual Photos—

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Two coats with glitter placement + Glossy Topcoat – Artificial Light
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Two coats with glitter placement + Matte Topcoat – Artificial light
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Two coats with glitter placement – Outdoor sunlight

Next we have, ‘The Gray Lady’…

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Top Right : Two coats + Glossy topcoat – Bottom Left : Two coats + Matte topcoat – Bottle shot –All shots are artificial light. Header photo found on Harry Potter Wiki.

The Gray Lady. Ghost of the Ravenclaw house. Also known as Helena Ravenclaw. She holds the key to Harry finding her diadem…a horcrux, carrying a piece of Voldemort’s soul.

I can’t say that I own a single grey creme. Shocking, right?! This my first and I adore it! The formula is a perfect consistency and was opaque for me in two coats. It was not too thick or too thin and self leveled beautifully. It even watermarbles! Don’t forget to wear a base coat to avoid staining!

Indiadual Photos—

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Two coats + Glossy topcoat – Artificial light
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Two coats + Matte Top coat – Artificial Light
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Two coats + Glossy Topcoat – Outdoor shade

last up, ‘Yule Ball’…

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First photo : Two coats + Glossy topcoat -Artificial Light – Second photo : Same in sunlight – Bottle shot –Header photo from Harry Potter Wiki .

Ahhh….the Yule Ball. When Ron sees Hermione all dressed up and realizes how beautiful she is. Ron is in a hand-me-down “suit” and the Pavarti twins just want to dance;  But their dates, Harry and Ron, are preoccupied with others. Ahh..youth. Haha!

This is a stunning glitter polish with holographic, pink, purple and blue glitters set in a clear base. It can be worn as a topper or full coverage can be achieved in 2-3 coats. You could also sponge it on for full opacity. This polish will be difficult to remove without a peel off base coat, due to it being a glitter. Shown in my swatches is 2 coats painted on.

Individual photos—

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Two coats + Glossy Topcoat – Artificial Light
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Two coats + Glossy topcoat – Sunlight
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Two coats + Glossy topcoat – Indoor white light

And thats it! This is a fantastic collection. Each polish is so unique and beautiful! The ‘Lightning Has Struck’ Collection will be available on July 31st (Harry’s birthday!) at stachedpolish.com or you can click the link in the bio of Stached Polish on Instagram to purchase!

Thanks for looking and Polish on!!

Flirtin’ Co. Summer “Slay” polishes Swatches and Review

Hey guys!

I have a couple polishes from Flirtin’ Co. to share with you today. The owner, Sham, was kind enough to send me these to share with you all! There are from her new Summer “Slay” Collection. I was first introduced to Flirting’ Co in the spring and have since purchased 4 of the polishes from her Spring Blossoms Collection. I was so impressed with them, and am just as impressed with the two that she sent me. I’ll definitely have to purchase a few more! If you want to see the swatches of the rest of the Summer “Slay” Collection, you can do so here.

On to the swatches!

First up is “Dominate Without Regret”…

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One Coat + Topcoat- Artificial Light

This is a stunning reddish orange that has a metallic sheen and metallic red hex glitters. It was fully opaque for me in ONE coat. I love one coat polishes. they’re easy to apply, they normally won’t flood your cuticles and are rarely streaky. The formula on this – was- a bit on the thick side. If you’re not comfortable with thicker formulas, you can always add a few drops of thinner to make the consistency more to your liking. It is also HIGHLY pigmented. Higher pigmentation makes the polish much more opaque, but if your nails are prone to staining, one or more coats of base coat is recommended.

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Nail art over “Dominate Without Regret”

and finally we have, “No Competition”…

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One coat + topcoat – Artificial Light

This polish is a teal that leans more green as it dries. The green is more apparent on my pinky finger in the photo, as I had painted that one first. It also has a metallic sheen and has silver holographic glitter in it as well, which adds some texture to the finish. This was also opaque in ONE coat. I love it! Two one coaters in a collection is a huge plus for me! The formula on this is also a bit on the thick side. Nothing a few drops of thinner won’t fix if the thickness bothers you. It is also highly pigmented, so a good base coat is recommended for this polish as well.

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Nail art using “No Competition” as the base.

 

I’m so happy to have had the pleasure of swatching these two gorgeous polishes. If you would like to purchase these, or the entire Summer “Slay” collection, you can get it here by clicking the link in the bio on her Instagram page or you can go directly to her website.

Thank you so much for looking, and Happy Polishing!!!

Stached Polish-LE Birthday Duo-Swatches & Review

Hey Guys!

Today I have swatches and reviews of the upcoming Birthday Duo by Stached Polish. This duo includes a pretty pink holographic polish and a deep teal creme. Both are one coat polishes. That’s right, one coat. For the sake of my own habits and my stubbornness, I used two coats in my swatches of the pink holographic. It did not alter the opacity of the polish or really deepen the color, so one coat is definitely sufficient for that polish. I have several photos to share with you, including nail art! Both of these polishes will stamp and watermarble! Say What?!

Now, without further ado…

Let’s get into the swatches!

First up is “21…For The 7th Time”

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Left photo: 2 coats + Matte Top Coat–Right Photo: 2 coats + Glossy Top Coat

This is the perfect flirty pink holographic! It has an intense holographic flare that seems to be scattered and border lining on linear. It stamps and watermarbles like a dream. This polish IS opaque in ONE coat. But, as I said earlier, I am stubborn and had to try two. I wanted to see if it would deepen the color, the holographic, but it didn’t. The color and holographic was just as strong, beautiful and perfect as the first coat I put on. Shown on the left is with a Matte top coat. It mutes the holographic some, but it softens the polish as a whole and seems make it more delicate, almost petal-like. The right photo is with a glossy top coat. This really makes the holographic stand out. Rainbows for all!

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Using “21…for the 7th time” for stamping.

The second polish in this duo is “Birth- Yay”

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Left photo: One coat + Matte top coat –Right photo: One coat + Glossy top coat

This polish blew me away when I applied it. The formula is beyond smooth and dries really quickly…the perfect creme. It is extremely pigmented and only required one coat for opacity. Due the the high pigmentation of this polish, a base coat, or even two coats of base coat is recommended if you’re prone to staining. The photo on the left is completed with a matte top coat. Making this polish matte gave it a smooth soft finish and did not appear to significantly dull the color. On the right, the look is completed with a glossy top coat. This finished the polish as expected and added that glossy shine.

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Negative space watermarble using Birth- Yay over 21…For The 7th Time

Overall, these polishes are everything I have come to love and expect from Stached Polish. Not only are they one coat polishes, but they dry quickly, apply smoothly, do not run or flood the cuticles, and they have versatility.

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This duo will be available on July 1st, 2016 at http://stachedpolish.com . You can visit Stached Polish on Instagram  for all the latest updates and swatches on this duo. The quantities are limited, so be sure to get one while you can!

Thanks for looking and happy polishing!

Pure Poison Polish – Fireworks Trio- Swatches & Review

Hello!!

Today I have swatches and reviews for Pure Poison Polish’s Fireworks Trio! The trio includes 2 glitters and a crelly.

Up first is the bottle close-up shots of each polish-

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Top Left – Fireworks Trio with free gift!, Top Right – Sparklers, Bottom Left- Grand Finale, Bottom Right- Black Cats

Lets get into the swatches!

First up is Sparklers-

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Sparklers – Artificial Light – 3 coats + topcoat

This polish is just gorgeous! The glitter in this polish is representative of the sparks coming off a sparkler! I remember being a kid and always loving that when the sparks would hit my skin they would seem to bounce off. …enough reminiscing and back to the polish, haha. This polish has copper and gold metallic hex glitters and gold holographic glitter. There is also a gold shimmer that runs throughout it. Shown is 3 coats with topcoat, but you could easily get away with two coats if you’re not as picky as me about nail lines showing.

Next up is Black Cats-

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Left photo: One coat over back base + topcoat–Right photo: one coat over white base + topcoat

This polish could have so many different applications but I’m going to show you two of them. Black Cats is a black, red and blue glitter, plus holographic glitter in a clear base. The red and blue glitters really makes the 4th of July theme of this polish The glitters are packed in there so it could definitely be built up to full coverage. Shown is one coat over both a black base and a white. Both swatches include a topcoat. I could definitely see a Harley Quinn mani with this polish! Black and red for Halloween or Valentine’s Day (or anti-Valentine’s , if you so desire) Even as a base for nail art at Christmastime! So versatile and definitely one of my favorites in the trio!

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One coat of Black Cats over a black base + topcoat – Artificial Light
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One coat of Black Cats over a white base + topcoat – Artificial Lighting

Next up is Grand Finale-

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Two Coats over a white base + topcoat – Artificial Lighting

This topper is most definitely lives up to it’s name. This multicolored, metallic glitter mix just explodes with color! There are glitters of all different sizes and all are metallic. There’s even holographic glitter in there! Can you say GLITTER BOMB! Shown is two brushed on coats over white to really make the colors pop! This polish could easily be sponged on for full coverage as well!  Shown below is Grand finale over a red and blue base along with the white. I wanted to see how well the colors popped when applied over other colors.

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Two coats of Grand Finale over red, white and blue + topcoat – Artificial lighting

As you can see, it looked great! This is definitely fireworks for your fingers.

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Overall, These polishes have amazing formulas and are so versatile. They could definitely be used for more than just a single seasonal mani, which in my opinion, makes the purchase well worth the money. There is also a 4th of July Trio that is available as well. Each trio is $20, but if you purchase both trios together, you can use the discount code, 4FIREWORKS,  for 20% off your purchase. Both of these collections are very limited, and will not restock once sold out. If you would like to purchase you can visit Pure Poison Polish on Instagram by clicking here. Or go straight to her store page at http://purepoisonpolish.bigcartel.com

Thanks for looking and Happy Polishing!

Stached Polish – Beverly Hills, What A Thrill! Collection – Swatches and Review

Hey guys!!

Welcome to blog post number two!! If you’re returning for this post, thank you! If you’re new, thank you for stopping by!

I’m opening my very first blog review and swatches with the Beverly Hills, What a Thrill! Collection by Stached Polish.

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The collection is inspired by the 1989 film “Troop Beverly Hills“. It includes 5 polishes; Four of them are holographic and one is a jelly with flakies. I initially purchased the mini set of 4 polishes, seen below-

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The fifth polish, “The Freddie”, was only offered as a limited edition and the maker wanted it to be available to all, without having to purchase the entire collection, so it was sold separately. I did purchase this polish after I purchased the 4 pc collection, (before it sold out) and we’ll talk more about that further towards the end.

Here we go! Into the swatches!

First up, “It’s Cookie Time”-

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This is a stunning teal holographic. It is perfectly opaque in two coats and a glossy top coat is recommended to really make that holographic pop! This polish has a serious amount of holo in it. I mean, WOW! its like a galaxy of rainbows!! The application is smooth and easy to apply. This polish does dry demi-matte, so again a top coat is recommended if you want that glossy finish.

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2 coats + topcoat – artificial light
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2 coats + topcoat – Outdoor Sunlight

Next up is, “I’ve Lost My Will To Shop”-

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This sexy, vibrant red rivals the best red holos out there! In the sun it is blindingly beautiful and just comes alive! As you can tell from the outdoor shot, my camera could barely handle all the holographic goodness! This polish also has a fantastic formula! It’s smooth and easy to apply. It is opaque in 2 coats but could easily be opaque in one if you did a bit thicker application, or are not as picky about nail lines showing slightly. It dries to a demi-matte finish as well, so if you want a nice glossy finish and the holographic to really stand out, a top coat is recommended. Also, I need to mention that all Stached Polishes are highly pigmented and a base coat is highly recommended to avoid staining your nails.

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2 coats + topcoat – artificial lighting
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2 coats + topcoat – outdoor sunlight

Next we have, “Jewelry Appraisal Patch”-

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This is a perfect blushing pink holographic. It is dainty and feminine, girly and fun. When this one hits sunlight, it looks like your nails have been draped in silk and diamonds! Again, perfect formula! Applies smoothly and is opaque in 2 coats. It dries to a demi-matte finish and a top coat is recommended to give it a glossy finish and make the holographic stand out.

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2 coats + topcoat – artificial lighting
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2 coats + topcoat – outdoor sunlight

And last but not least from the 4 pc collection, “Wilderness Of Life”-

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This is the only jelly, and the only polish with flakies rather than holographic. But just look at those flakies!!! They have a distinct shift to pink and that flash is much more apparent in indoor lighting than anywhere else and was difficult to capture. However, I’m hoping that my photos have done this stunning and unique polish some form of justice. This one has to be my favorite from the entire collection. I’m going to be so sad when the mini is gone. Ah well, It’s an excuse to buy a full size! This polish is opaque in two coats, dries to a demi-matte finish and a topcoat is recommended to add a glossy finish. I am dying to get a matte topcoat to see this matted! Flakies always have a tendency to stand out more with a matte topcoat. Also, since this is a blue polish especially, all of Stached Polishes are highly pigmented and a base coat is recommended to avoid staining.

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2 coats + topcoat – artificial lighting
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2 coats + topcoat – outdoor sunlitght

And finally we have “The Freddie”-

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This polish was a Limited Edition and, unfortunately, is no longer available. I still wanted to share it with you, because you’ll never know if it’ll be restocked! It is the absolute perfect nude, and it’s holographic! And holo makes all things 110% better. Always. This perfect polish is opaque in 2 coats. It dries to a demi-matte finish, like the others, so a glossy topcoat is recommended to really make the holographic pop and add a nice shine.

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2 coats + topcoat – artificial lighting
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2 coats + topcoat – outdoor overcast (we’ve had stormy weather so the sun disappeared *sad face*)
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2 coats + topcoat – outdoor lighting with flash

Overall, this collection is absolutely fantastic. Each polish is unique and beautiful. The formulas are consistently smooth and opaque in 2 coats. If you’d like to purchase the 4 piece collection of “Beverly Hills, What a Thrill!” by Stached Polish, you can check her website by clicking the link here or go to http://www.stachedpolish.com. The collection is available as a set for $36.50 for the 12mL full size or $18.50 for the 6.5 mL mini set. The polishes are also available individually for $9.50 for the 12mL full size or $5.00 for the 6.5 mL minis.

Thank you all for looking! Keep on polishing!

-Christine