Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chaos and Crocodiles Once Upon a Unicorn Collection

Hey everyone! Today I have a super gorgeous collection to share with you from a new-to-me brand that has been around, but I've just now gotten a chance to purchase from!!!

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This is the Chaos and Crocodiles Once Upon a Unicorn Collection and the reason I am sharing this today is I purchased this collection via a preorder and today at 5 p.m. EST, the brand reopens shop with inventory she has after the preorder! So I thought now is a good time for a round up of these gorgeous shades.

First off I'll start with formula since they all had the same great formula. These polishes were a medium viscosity and were opaque in two easy to apply coats. The Chaos and Crocodiles formula has always been lauded in reviews I have read and now I can totally see why! I'm in love!

This collection originally released in spring of 2015, and this time was rereleased with three brand new shades. I have all nine shades in this review, and I'll make sure to let you know which ones were new as I share them!!!

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First up I have the Chaos and Crocodiles I've been lusting after for quite some time. This is Tropical Candy Flower, a gorgeous medium density holo that leans very peachy coral for a pink and just is the most perfect shade out there. Feminine without being too pink. Perfection!

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Next we have Chaos and Crocodiles Unicorn Symphony. This is a muted aqua medium density holo that in my opinion is just begging to be paired with Tropical Candy Flower in some fun coral-y/aqua nail art! A combo we know I adore!

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This is Chaos and Crocodiles City in the Clouds and it is just that, a gorgeous medium density sky blue holo. It is bright but not in your face, but just such a happy color. Basically the sky in a bottle!

Now before we move on to the purple-y shades in the batch, I'd like to share a comparison I did while swatching. As I was browsing older reviews of this collection, I couldn't quite see the differences between the purple shades, but let me assure you, they are for sure there.

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From index to pinky we have Wishing Star Sky, Gallop through the Mist (a new unicorn), Spun Sugar Magic and Strawberry Tea Party (another new unicorn). I'll go though each of these beauties individually now!

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Next up is another one I've been dying to get for ages, this is Chaos and Crocodiles Wishing Star Sky. This is a gorgeous periwinkle medium density holo and it totally reminds my of one of my favorite flowers – hydrangeas!!! Love love love this shade of blue leaning pastel purple!

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Next up we have a new unicorn in the pack, this is Chaos and Crocodiles Gallop through the Mist. This is a lovely true pastel purple with gorgeous pink shimmer, that shimmers more in the sun (sorry I don't have a direct sun shot), but you can see that faint shimmer in my macro shot. This is a lovely shade of purple – spot on, not too blue or pink!

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I just love this shade of purple, it leans in the pink category, but still is mostly purple or mauve in my book. This is Chaos and Crocodiles Spun Sugar Magic and it is a dusty lilac medium density creamy holo color that also screams floral to me. Such a unique shade in my collection, not a lot of this shade out there!!!

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Look what we have here, another new unicorn! This lovely shade is Chaos and Crocodiles Strawberry Tea Party. This is a gorgeous bright pastel pink medium density holo that reminds me of cotton candy! Super fun and girly!

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Guys, I think I've found my new favorite nude polish!!! Eeeeeek. I am so in love with this shade. This is Chaos and Crocodiles Forgotten Paths, a pink toned beige medium density linear holo that is like the perfect shade of nude on my skin tone. This color can show more pink on other skin tones, to which I think it is equally lovely, but for me it is basically my holo mannequin nails!

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Last but not least we have the third new unicorn in the pack, this is Chaos and Crocodiles The Tallest Tower. This is a gorgeous medium grey holo with a hint of green shimmer, which is more apparent in the sun, but you can see a bit in my indirect light macro. I just love that this collection includes bright and happy colors, but also two neutrals that work in coordination with the rest of the collection.

I have some quick floral nail art I did with the purples to share with you later this week (hopefully tomorrow if I can get my butt in gear!). But I didn't want you to miss out on this stellar restock happening TODAY at 5 p.m. EST at the Chaos and Crocodiles website!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Under the Sea Nail Art

Hey everyone, I told you I'm trying to post more!!! While I might not be blogging as regularly as I used to, I am still rocking the nail art and loving it!




Today's look features Dreamland Lacquer Village Crazy Lady, the perfect base for an aquatic under the ocean look. And just a note, right now, Dreamland Lacquer is having a 25 percent sale (through Saturday May 20), so if you don't have this shade, you NEED it. Full disclosure, I did swatch this color originally, but this is definitely something I would have purchased. Look at those iridescent glitter pieces shining through the aqua jelly base? It's like sunlight underwater!

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Let's get to the stamping details shall we? For this look I broke out the gotnail Bundle Monster stamping plate for the mermaid, dolphin and scale stamping images and then I broke out the twi_star Bundle Monster stamping plate for the fish and bubble image on the pinky!

For the stamping polishes I used Rave Babe and Jungle Mirage from the Bundle Monster Electric Pastel stamping polish set and used the stamping scraper to create the gradient.

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I rocked these nails easily for a week and they just brought such a smile to my face every time I looked at them. I just love sea-inspired nails!

Anyway, I'm waiting on some extremely awesome nail mail today, so hopefully I'll get to sharing those new shades with you soon (a new-to-me-brand I've been dying to try for over a year!).

Don't forget about the Dreamland Lacquer sale! So many awesome shades to choose from and this brand does not go on sale often! If you've been waiting to try, you don't want to anymore!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer 5-Year Anniversary Celebration

You guys! I have some amazing polishes and awesome news of an upcoming sale celebrating one of my absolute favorite brands out there!

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Dreamland Lacquer celebrates 5 years in operation (formerly Smitten Polish) this month. Not only is she releasing two limited edition polishes in celebration and two limited edition Fan Group customs, she is having a sale – 25 percent off most polishes in her store with the code DREAMIT5. The Fan Group customs are only for members of the Smitten with Dreamland Facebook Fan Group, but join us, the more the merrier!!!

The sale, which is running as a preorder, is happening Saturday May 13 2 p.m. CDT through May 20 2 p.m. The turnaround time for polishes is three weeks after the end of the preorder period.

Let me tell you a bit about my love of this brand. This was one of my first indie brands I full on fell in love with and everything Noelie created could do wrong. In fact my first order included The First Lobster, which is still one of my all time favorite polishes ever!

Let's get to the lovely polishes shall we? We'll start with the Anniversary polishes!

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This is Dreamland Lacquer In Dreams. This is a lovely teal/blue to purple shift polish with large holographic particles. The finish on these polishes is very unique in my collection and I love them. This one, even with it's purple shift, reminds me of a mermaid and aquatic nails – which are my favorite type of nails! This polish does dry on the more textured side, but I found one coat of thick quick dry top coat smoothed it out well. I used two coats for opacity.

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This is Dreamland Lacquer Made of Stars. This one was also difficult to photograph the shift, but trust me it is there for sure. It shifts from indigo blue to burgundy, which is more apparent in indirect light (I have a lot of photos of this one so you could see my attempts to capture that shift). Also dries textured, but one coat of thick top coat should do well in smoothing it out, two coats for opacity.

Now on to the Fan Group Customs, you have to be a member of the Smitten with Dreamland Facebook Group, but all are welcome!

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First up we have Dreamland Lacquer In a Mood. This is a gorgeous deep dark blue polish with large and small holographic particles. This polish has depth for days, it is so gorgeous and dare I say, almost vampy for such a beautiful shade of blue. It is both bright and dark at the same time and I just love it. I didn't find this one as textured as the other polishes, but top coat is needed for a smooth finish. Opaque in two coats.

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Last but not least we have Dreamland Lacquer Middle Distance, or as I like to say, sunset in a bottle! This is a beautiful peachy coral polish with a slight orange color shift in lower light with large and small holographic particles. This is another polish with a lot of depth, but that slight orange color shift is everything in my opinion. This has a textured finish, is opaque in two coats, but is smooth after one thick layer of top coat! This polish is just screaming for the tropical trees tree stamping – expect to see that from me sometime this summer!!!

So once again the details of this awesome event. Dreamland Lacquer is releasing two limited edition polishes in celebration of 5 amazing years in business and two limited edition Fan Group customs combined with an amazing sale – 25 percent off most polishes in her store with the code DREAMIT5. The Fan Group customs are only for members of the Smitten with Dreamland Facebook Fan Group, but join us, the more the merrier!!!

The sale, which is running as a preorder, is happening Saturday May 13 2 p.m. CDT through May 20 2 p.m. The turnaround time for polishes is three weeks after the end of the preorder period.

P.S. I know I haven't been posting as much on my blog, but I'm hoping to get up all the recent nail art I've been doing – and mostly posting to Instagram – very soon!


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