Monday, August 22, 2016

Literary Lacquer Nailed Collection

Today I have a very exciting collection to share with you! It's a secret I've been keeping since the spring and I am so jazzed I get to share it with the world today!


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Amy, the genius behind Literary Lacquers, paired up with Opal Carew and made a collection inspired by her erotic romance novel Nailed, which releases today. Nailed is a novel that is actually about an indie polish maker, how awesome is that?

So it only makes sense that Opal would collaborate with Amy to create a collection to release in tandem with this new book! Amy worked with Opal to bring some of her polish ideas to life and she also helped with the names that connect with the book.

This six piece collection is scheduled to be released Tuesday August 22 (probably today for most of you readers because it's late the night before as I write this) in the Literary Lacquers Etsy store. There are a bunch of different types polish finishes in this collection – perfect starter kit for anyone looking to introduce someone to indie polishes. 

Let's get to the swatches shall we?!

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First up we have Literary Lacquers Arousal. This is a gorgeous cherry tomato red jelly polish filled with orange, gold and pink glass flecks. Even with the jelly base of this polish, it was opaque in two easy coats. I just looooved this polish. Super bubly and bright shade of red, perfect transition polish to fall. Bright and happy to remind you of summer, but also almost on fire type of red that reminds me of the leaves changing!

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This gorgeous glitter polish is Literary Lacquers Tia Wanna. This is a beautiful aqua polish packed with different shapes of blue and aqua holo glitter. You've got square, hexagon, microglitter – it's a glitter party all in a slightly blue tinted clear base. This took two coats for this opacity. This polish is like a swimming pool in a bottle. I'm not typically a glitter gal, but man, the depth of this polish has totally pulled me in!

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This fun topper is Literary Lacquers Passion. This gorgeous topper is packed with golden and iridescent flakies and this awesome newish thing on the indie scene – clear holo micro glitter. I layered one easy coat of this over a white and black base so you could see how the base polish kind of creates a different effect. I think I like it over a darker base, I think it would look great over a vampy purple actually!

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This is Literary Lacquers Afterglow. This is a gorgeous burnt orange metallic polish has a lot going on. In addition to that beautiful shade of orange, the polish also has beautiful gold flakies and a hidden pink shimmer which gives it so much character. This was opaque in two easy coats. This polish screams fall to me, and I hope all orange polish lovers will flip because this polish is AMAZING.

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This amazing holographic topper is Literary Lacquers Love. You guys, this polish is everything. Hands down the best holo topper I've ever used. The tricky thing about holo toppers is they typically tend to grey out the base polish and Amy poured herself and talents into the creation of this amazing polish. This topper is not only filled with fine holographic pigment creating a lovely loose linear holo glow, it also has the clear holo microglitter which gives it a scattered holo look to it as well. I layered this over Literary Lacquers Blue Stocking Romance, a creme from Literary Lacquers, to show you all just how much this does not grey the base of a dark polish. The finish this of holo is so beautiful and I can definitely tell you I've used this in several other manis since this!

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And last but certainly not least is Literary Lacquers Orgasm. This is beautiful multichrome polish that shifts from a royal purple to a red leaning magenta. The shift in this one is shy, but take it out for a walk and the shift totally comes out to play! The formula on this one was a tad sheerer than the the rest of the collection, but applies easy in three coats.

Once again the Literary Lacquers Nailed Collection comes out Tuesday August 22 in the Literary Lacquers Etsy store and Opal Carew's Nailed book also releases today!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Midnight Violence

Hey everyone. Still clearing out my phone of some older swatches and nail art. Today I have a gorgeous shifty polish to share with you.



This beauty is Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Midnight Violence. I have some fun nail art inspired by a wine label later in the post so stay tuned after the swatches.

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This is a gorgeous indigo blue polish that looks like the dark night sky. In addition to it's indigo holo beauty, it has a very very very sparse scattering of multichrome flakies, which you can see better in the bottle. It has a medium density holo with holo microglitter that sort of resemble stars. It also has pink shifting pigment which you can see in my tilted bottle shot best.

Most of the time though, it just looks like a deep indigo midnight sky. It's been awhile since I applied this, but I'm pretty sure it was opaque in two easy coats. It is sort of jellish, so it may have been three. I apologize this isn't the most confident review. I do remember it was easy to apply, I always remember the difficult ones!

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I was greatly admiring this one wine bottle's label for quite some time and once I put on this polish I thought it was time to do a little nail art inspired by the wine! So I broke out my UberChic Beauty UC 7-01 and stamped using Essie Penny Talk. I think the final result looked great next to the label.

So what do you think? Do you like the complexity of this polish?! It is quite the stunner! Once again this is Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Midnight Violence, and yes, I think you need it!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tuesday Swatch Spam

Hey everyone! So I was doing a little digital cleaning on my phone and I found a bunch of swatches that have been on deck to share but haven't quite made it to the blog. So I thought I'd put them all together in one place in case y'all are interested in checking them out.



So these are swatches are from various points in the last year so I definitely won't review them, I'll probably just link to where you can get them, if they're still available. I like looking at swatch spam so I hope you enjoy this random assortment I have for you today!

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Literary Lacquers Each to Each. This was part of an Awesome Sauce Indie Box, sorry it's not available anymore, it's a beauty!

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Glam Polish Lani. I think it was on its way out when I ordered it, so no longer available sorry!

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Vapid Lacquer Spellcaster. A Hella Holo Custom so not currently available sorry. 

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I hope you enjoyed this round up of some older swatches of mine. Maybe you found a hidden gem you haven't seen before?! Which is your favorite?!