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.
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.
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’–
This fabulous polish has a mix of blue/purple hex glitters, lime green hex glitters, and holographic glitters in a clear base.
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-
This stunning polish has a mix of orange and burnt orange, black and holographic glitters in a clear base.
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!
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! 😉
**Picture Heavy and bad humor heavy…don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😀 **
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.
This is their new collection for fall and is inspired by the film, Mean Girls.
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–
And on to the swatches!–
First up is ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’-
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!
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.
…ahhh…the teen years.
Next up is ‘Is Your Muffin Buttered?’–
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!
…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!)
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.
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!’–
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.
…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’–
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.
Big Hair = being full of secrets. So, the 80’s? That was a pretty secretive decade, huh?
I’ll bet she had a TON of secrets. Just sayin’.
And finally, ‘You’re A Regulation Hottie’-
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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!!!
Now on to the Acetone additive! —
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!)
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*)
Well, fear that glitter no more!
With this additive, You can remove polish without dryness. It leaves your cuticles hydrated and supple.
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!–
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.
And finally, the cuticle oil!–
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.
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–
And here it is after being massaged in completely–
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!
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!
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–
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–
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.
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!!
Today I have swatches and a review of the Pure Poison Polish ‘Hazy Summer Daze’ collection. This is a collection of 6 bleached neon cremes all inspired by songs that are sentimental to the maker. I find that Drea always has this special connection to her polishes and the names she chooses, which makes each polish and each collection more special than the last. Each polish in this collection is versatile as well! They all stamp very well and also watermarble!
Here is a slide show of the bottle shots of each polish –
**Just wanted to add a note before I continue with the swatches. In my experience swatching these, they were all one coat applications. Please keep in mind that Pure Poison Polish makes her polishes in small batches, and that consistency and color may vary slightly from batch to batch. All the polishes in this collection were highly pigmented, as well. I highly recommend a base coat for each polish to prevent staining your nails.**
Now on to the swatches!
First up is ‘Mellow Mood’ –
This is a gorgeous bubblegum/Barbie pink that was opaque for me in one smooth coat. I have to say that I was shocked at the opacity of these the I first applied them! Application was smooth as silk. It was not difficult to work with and the consistency was on the thicker side. It wasn’t too thick, but just right; which made application so easy. Being that these are cremes, the removal was very easy.
Next up is ‘Your Love’ –
This is a pastel neon coral/salmon pink creme. This was the most opaque polish for me and one of the lightest in the collection. This is much more bright than I could capture on camera and is absolutely stunning. It almost reminds me of cotton candy! If my middle finger looks like a thicker application, it is. I smudged it while moving something on my desk and did a second coat to cover it up. But as you can see, the second coat did not change the color at all, and it was just as bright and bold as the first! Application was easy and smooth and of course, easy removal.
Next up is ‘Lazy Afternoon’ –
This is one of my favorites in the collection! I just love a good purple and this is gorgeous purple is no exception. It is almost pastel, almost blueberry entirely perfect. This was opaque for me in one coat as well, but you could possibly need two based on application. My application was easy and smooth, just like the rest, and easy peasy removal.
Next up is ‘I’m With You’ –
This one had the thickest of the formulas for me, but I added a couple drops of thinner and all was well with the world…erm…polish. This is a super bright bleached orange neon. The color reminds me of macaroni and cheese! Love me some mac and cheese! All of my quirkiness aside…this is truly a fun color. I am not the biggest fan of orange polishes, but I do love this. I can’t wait to use it for the upcoming fall/halloween season!
Next up we have ‘Green Hell’ –
I never thought I’d love a lime green polish as much as I love this one! It is a perfect balance between being pastel and being a neon, and my second favorite from the collection. This was a one coat polish for me, but I could see needing two based on your application.
And finally we have ‘Bowl For Two’ –
This is my absolute favorite from the entire collection. Anyone who knows me, knows I love mint, well this is a minty turquoise that just blew me away. The formula – perfection. The application – perfection. Opacity – perfection. You get the idea. I love everything about this polish. This was opaque for me in one coat, just like the rest, but you could need two based on application.
So now into some of the things that take these polishes to the next level. The all stamp. All of them. Some are more opaque than others as far as stamping goes, but they all do stamp, and they stamp well.
And just to add to the stamping awesomeness…
This just goes to show how beautiful these colors all are together. Its a perfect fit. The look stunning stamped over both black and white. And I had to add holo…because…holo.
And finally…the cherry on top…they watermarble. And they watermarble well.
And just so you all can see…I did a couple of watermarbles and took photos before dipping in for my mani –
**Yes, I use silicone cupcake molds for my watermarbling. They are so much easier to clean, and I never waste cups. Plus, they’re acetone resistant if you need to clean off excess polish**
So there you have it. The ‘Hazy Summer Daze’ collection by Pure Poison Polish. This collection is available now! The set is $35 or available individually for $7 each. She is also offering a master neon set for $65. This includes her ‘Spring Break’ Collection set of 6 neon cremes, 2 crellies and one glitter topper. Thats 15 polishes for $65! All of the polishes with the exception of the crellies, stamp and watermarble leading to endless mani possibilities! You can purchase by clicking the link in Pure Poison Polish’s bio on Instagram, here. Or you can go to purepoisonpolish.bigcartel.com.