Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tryst Lacquers: Liaison in London

I was very excited when I saw that Kim (@kimberlymaranan on IG) decided to start her own line of polishes. The previews were so exciting, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some of those babies! One of the ones I was mostly looking forward to trying was:
Liaison in London by Tryst Lacquers

Liaison in London is described as a medium dusty red jelly-creme (aka "crelly") based filled with tiny black and white hexes. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of reds/pinks on my skin tone, but when I swatched this on my "IG fingers," I had to put in on the rest! I loved it THAT much. The formula was absolutely amazing. Being a "crelly" polish, it is somewhat sheer, but this polish is totally build-able. The best strategy for these types of polishes is to apply them in THIN coats. The first coat was sheer, and it was for the most part opaque in about 3-4 coats. The following swatches show 4 thin coats with topcoat:
The following swatches are from a different angle, making the polish appear to be a darker shade of red (the swatches above are more color accurate):
Here's a close up shot to better illustrate the jelly-ness of this polish:
With this being my first experience with Tryst Lacquers, I was very impressed, and I'm very excited to see where this line goes! Kim is in the process of moving to a new shop, and the polishes currently available in her Etsy shop are at a reduced price so you should definitely check them out and get them while you can! Kim also has weekly specials including "Fab Friday" where a selected polish is 50% off for 24hrs. How great is that?! Check out the Tryst Lacquers Facebook page and follow her on IG (@trystlacquers) for previews of upcoming polishes and swatches from the amazing Kim herself.

NOTE: The polishes discussed in this post were purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

SindiePOP! Lacquer:
Incorporated Monsters

So this was a long time coming.. When I received this polish from Jessica, I had a simple idea all planned out. I just needed the materials to get it done, and now I finally do. 
Incorporated Monsters by SindiePOP! Lacquer

Incorporated Monsters is a cute glitter topper inspired by Mike, Sully, and Boo from the movie Monsters Inc. (duh). It's a combination of medium periwinkle, lavender and lime green hexes and tiny pastel pink glitters throughout. This is definitely a glitter bomb topper. Each coat was packed with glitter. The following swatches were 1 coat of Incorporated Monsters over OPI Who the Shrek Are You? As for the idea I had.. I thought it would be cute to make an accent nail inspired by Sully using flocking powder. I thought it turned out pretty cute, considering this was my first attempt at using flocking powder:
The formula of this polish was great. Each coat was a glitter heaven, and it was very easy to work with. You can purchase Incorporated Monsters at the SindiePOP! Lacquer shop (here). Check out the SindiePOP! Lacquer Facebook page and follow @sindiepoplacquer on IG for other swatches from this amazing line.

NOTE: This polish was sent to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Freakshow Polish: Snake Lady

Sorry it's been awhile, but I've been pretty busy with classes. The polish I'll be discussing in this post is an untried that I've had for some time and that I had been wanting to try but didn't get to until now. I must say.. I don't know why it took so long!
Snake Lady by Freak Show Polish

Snake Lady is a glitter topper with medium brown and black hexes, larger white hexes, and small black and gold glitters throughout. I swatched FSP's Cotton Candy on IG (here), and I found the formula from that glitter topper to be amazing! Snake Lady is no different. Prior to application, I did shake the bottle a bit to redistribute the larger white hexes. Application was easy, and the glitters spread nice and evenly throughout the nail. The swatch below is ~1 coat of Snake Lady (I say ~1 because there were some, very small, empty patches and a little glitter was added to those areas). I didn't experience glitter curling, and for a glitter topper, it dried fairly smooth. All in all, this polish looks amazing. The color combo in the following swatch gave me a "snake in the grass" sort of vibe:
I used:
Sephora by OPI Base Coat
3 thin coats Sephora by OPI Leaf Him at the Altar
~1 coat of Freak Show Polish Snake Lady

You can purchase Snake Lady and many of the other awesome polishes from the Freak Show Polish shop. Check out the FSP Facebook page and Instagram for coupon codes, swatches, and previews of upcoming polishes!

NOTE: The polishes discussed in this post were purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Julep Maven It Girl Box:
February 2013

Having skipped last month's box because I'm not really a fan of nudes, I was definitely happy about this month's box. I'm typically an It Girl, and every month I don't typically feel the need to switch style profiles. This month was no different. 

The theme for this month's box was glamor and "Get on the A-List." With that theme, Julep brought out all things glamorous, from the colors to the added eyelash curler. Some months, Julep adds cute little added extras (e.g., candy and what not), and because this month has Valentine's Day, they threw in some chocolate hearts, which I thought was very cute. Here is the full view of what I received in this month's box:
A better view of the added bonus eyelash curler: 
The 3 colors that came in my It Girl box:
Joan, Rebel, and Marion by Julep
The bonus gift: 
Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Starting with Joan (after Joan Crawford): a raspberry plum creme with subtle gold shimmer throughout. The formula and application was great with this polish, and you can definitely see the gold shimmer throughout this polish. The following swatch shows 2 coats of Joan:
Next up is Marion (after Marion Cotillard), a smokey blue with a subtle silver shimmer. The silver shimmer wasn't as prominent on the nail as it is in the bottle as you can see in the swatch below, but it's still a gorgeous shade of blue in my opinion. Then again, I've always been partial to anything blue. That aside, look at how beautiful this polish is. The swatch below shows 2 coats of Marion:
I wanted to add a little extra something to this color because I loved this blue so I used my new LeaLacC #8 stamping plate (from Llarowe) to add cute little chemical structures as accents using Julep Harley:
 Meet my thumb as he makes his first blog appearance (LOL):
Last, but definitely not least, is Rebel (after Rebel Wilson), a crazy pretty silver holographic polish. You can somewhat see the holographic quality that this polish has. In person, the rainbow goodness shows up in basically every lit setting. Application and formula were great. The following swatches show Rebel in 2 coats:
Here's Rebel at a different angle to better show the holo goodness present in this amazing silver polish:
Keep in mind this was really difficult to photograph (considering I use my iPhone for all of my images). With that said, this baby looks totally amazeballs in person.

If you didn't already know about the Julep Maven program, the Julep Maven program is a $19.99/mo subscription with at least $40 worth of products. Keep in mind that each polish is typically $14! There's no commitment, and you can skip a month or cancel anytime. Being a Maven also gives you access to 20% off any products in their store. 

You can get your first box for a penny using the code PENNY when you check out. If you want to try out this program (US and Canada only), click the following link: here or type the referral code 3049200 at check out. I hope if you do try out this program that you love it as much as I do. 

NOTE: The products discussed in this post were purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sindie POP! Lacquer:
Velvet Darkness & Golden Raspberries

The following 2 polishes had been on my wish list since I saw them on Yvonne (@lafemmelulu on IG), and I'm so excited to finally have them:
First up is Velvet Darkness:
Velvet Darkness by Sindie POP! Lacquer

Velvet Darkness is a deep purple jelly filled with medium, deep red and lavender hexes and silver holo micro-glitters throughout. Each coat of this polish was just a glitter bomb. I would've been able to get away with probably one coat, but I actually have bigger nails than most so I needed that extra half of a coat. I thought the glitters would stand out in a black base so I decided to layer this over OPI Black Onyx:
Here's a close up shot of Velvet Darkness:
Now.. check out the subtle holo goodness:
I used:
Sephora by OPI Base Coat
2 coats OPI Black Onyx
2 thin coats Sindie POP! Lacquer Velvet Darkness
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Next up is another beautiful must have:
Golden Raspberries by Sindie POP! Lacquer

Golden Raspberries is a beautiful raspberry jelly filled with various sizes of gold glitter, from medium gold hexes to gold micro glitters throughout. This could be built up on its own or over another shade. I actually used this over one of my It Girl colors from my February Julep Maven box, and it looked great! The following swatches shows Golden Raspberries on its own:
 Close up alert! Check out the glittery goodness:
I used:
Sephora by OPI Base Coat
3 coats Sindie POP! Lacquer Golden Raspberries
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Here's the swatch of Golden Raspberries over 2 coats of Julep Joan. You can see the darker hue, and the contrast of the golden glitters is just gorgeous:
You can purchase Velvet Darkness and Golden Raspberries at the Sindie POP! Lacquer shop. Be sure to like the Sindie POP! Lacquer Facebook page and follow @SindiePopLacquer on IG to stay up to date on new collections and other swatches! You never know which swatch may change your mind. I know that's happened to me plenty of times!

NOTE: These polishes were sent to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sindie POP! Lacquer:
Roger That! & I'm Just Drawn Bad

I have a Sindie POP! Lacquer duo for you today, inspired by Roger and Jessica Rabbit!
First up is Roger That!:
Roger That! by Sindie POP! Lacquer

Roger That! is inspired by Roger Rabbit himself (obviously!). This glitter topper is loaded with medium blue and red hexes and small gold and pale pink hexes in a clear base. Since the color scheme of this topper was based on Roger Rabbit's outfit, I thought it would look great over his hair color so I decided to layer this over a couple shades of orange. I used Roger That! over Sephora by OPI Your Lioness (middle/ring) and Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah (index/pinky):
The next couple of swatches were taken in the shade. I thought you could get a better view of the smaller glitters in these shots:
Now here's a close up shot to better show each type of glitter present in this glitter topper:
I used:
Sephora by OPI Base Coat
middle/ring: 2 coats Sephora by OPI Your Lioness
index/pinky: 2 coats Sephora by OPI Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah
2 coats Sindie POP! Lacquer Roger That! 
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Next up is I'm Just Drawn Bad, inspired by Jessica Rabbit:
I'm Just Drawn Bad by Sindie POP! Lacquer

I'm Just Drawn Bad is inspired by Jessica Rabbit's dress and classic red lips. This polish contains medium red and purple hexes and small pink hexes in such a pretty warm purple (berry colored in some settings) jelly base. I've been loving glitter containing jelly polishes lately, and I decided to use this baby alone to show the awesome qualities jellies have. Like the other polishes that I have tried from Sindie POP!, the formula on this was just as great. The glitters spread evenly, and there was very little effort involved in getting these glitters out of the bottle. The following swatches shows I'm Just Drawn Bad alone in 3 thin coats:
A close up shot to show the glittery consistency that is this polish:
I used:
Sephora by OPI Base Coat
3 thin coats Sindie POP! Lacquer I'm Just Drawn Bad
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

You can purchase Roger That! and I'm Just Drawn Bad at the Sindie POP! Lacquer shop. Check out the Sindie POP! Lacquer Facebook page and Instagram for previews and other swatches!

NOTE: These polishes were sent to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.