Friday, June 24, 2016

Recent Great Lakes Lacquer Purchases

Happy Friday everyone! I’m in full chill mode at the moment, I’m listening to a little Bob Marley, I’ve finished my deadlines at work and now I’m just watching the clock waiting for 5 p.m. Since I didn’t take a lunch break today, I thought I’d get this post up!



Today I have some awesome recent purchases I’ve made from Great Lakes Lacquers and since two of them are limited editions, I thought I would get this post up right quick so you don’t miss your chance to get them. The third I’m sharing today isn’t available anymore, I’m sorry for that, but Great Lakes Lacquers has a bounty of awesome polishes coming next month (you’ll see some here soon enough), that I know you’ll love.

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To start with I’ll show the one polish that is no longer available. This is Great Lakes Lacquer Lavish Orange and it was a special Black Friday polish made with Jenny from Lavish Layerings in mind (one of my all-time favorite bloggers). It’s a gorgeous brick red leaning orange holo polish packed with subtle, mostly matching multichrome flakies. This polish has an abundance of depth to it and now it that I’m looking at it is also leans a bit brown on me, it’s a perfect fall shade. I know it’s not fall, but that is totally my favorite season for polish. Love me some vampy colored holos. The formula on this was a bit thick and didn’t self level very well, but a thick quick dry top coat fixed that up right quick.

Note: Mariah worked her butt off earlier this year to improve her polish formulas and actually delayed a collection release when she realized that she needed to perfect her formula methods. Her formulas since this have been beyond stellar and her creativity keeps blossoming, as you will see in these next two polishes.

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First up we have one of the June limited edition polishes. Usually each month Mariah releases a few special monthly polishes. This beauty is Great Lakes Lacquer Taste the Serenity. This is an amazing periwinkle polish that has a light scattering of linear holo pigment and the most beautiful golden/pinkish glow. I wish I could have captured the glow better, but it’s even more apparent in person. The formula was great on this one, opaque in two easy coats.

The holo in this one is very delicate, but it’s like a super bonus since the shimmer is great as well! Definitely glad I got this polish, it’s gorgeous.

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Next up is Great Lakes Lacquer Holo-Maniacs Group Custom #3. This amazing polish is a custom for the Holo-Maniacs Facebook group. If you’re a fan of holos, come join the party, we’re all a pretty fun bunch! This polish is a beautiful classic cherry red linear holo polish with awesome holo flakies that just bring that depth and wow when it sparkles in the sun! This polish was practically a one-coater and I added a second just for good measure. Formula was great too.

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And because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I had to add some nail stamping. I know black and white usually look pretty stunning with red, so I did a gradient stamping job using and image from the UberChic Beauty 1-01 plate! I like how this all turned out, it’s pretty simple but a nice look nonetheless.

So in conclusion, if you haven’t tried Great Lakes Lacquer I suggest you do. I know I’m a swatcher for her occasionally, but I spend my own money on her polishes too (I’ve just placed another order for this awesome green stunner which was a custom for Savvy of Addicted to Polish).

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Emily de Molly and Hella Holo Customs

Hello everyone. On Tuesday I received my latest order from Emily de Molly, which included one of the June Hella Holo Custom polishes, so I thought I would get to sharing these shades with you lickety-split, so you could see swatches while the polish is still available.



These are three shades full of shimmer, which I’ve been very drawn to lately, and I feel a lot of makers have been gravitating toward. Only one of these shades is a Hella Holo Customs shade – meaning you having to be a member of the group to purchase it. To join email hellaholocustomercare@gmail.com with the topic 'JOIN'. The ladies at Hella Holo Customs have worked with a number of different indie companies, calling on them to make polishes inspired by the Facebook group photos.

Well let’s get to the swatches shall we?!

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First up we have Emily de Molly Lace Man. This is a lovely purple leaning grey polish packed with pink, purple and golden iridescent flakies which give off the most stunning pink glow. This was opaque in two easy coats, but does dry down slightly textured (very very slightly, just the flakies I think). I would recommend a thicker top coat to make it shiny and smooth.

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Next up we have Emily de Molly Shadow on the Moon. This is a lovely stormy grey linear holo polish packed with larger microglitters for a scattered holo effect and then packed with dark pink flakies to create an awesome red leaning pinkish glow. This one was absolutely stunning, I was in love with this polish. Just look at the macros and appreciate the depth and complexity of this gorgeous polish!!! This was opaque in two coats, shown with a glossy thick top coat.

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Finally we have Emily de Molly Desert Rose, the Hella Holo Customs special polish. This polish was definitely pinker than I expected, but paired with that greenish golden glow (it leans more green in real life) that totally cools down the pink and makes it appear more coral like. I love the optical illusion of it all! The shimmer definitely is strong in this one, so much so the linear holo seems to take a back seat, but it is still a lovely combination. This polish was opaque in two coats, but was a bit on the watery side, not difficult to work with, just don’t overload your brush. It was mildly brush-strokey, but that seemed to disappear when the polish dried a bit.

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This above shot is a little warmer, due to it being taken in the morning sun. 

I just can’t leave well enough alone and decided I needed to do a little double stamping of a succulent-like stamping image, since the inspiration for this polish was the most gorgeous mix of succulents. The image is from UberChic Beauty 7-01 plate. To stamp I used Bundle Monster Jungle Mirage (from the Electro Glo nail stamping set) and then used Painted Polish Midnight Mischief to double stamp.

I looooove the results. I was inspired by a video that UberChic posted on instagram last night. I thought the double stamping was a neat effect and I thought the Jungle Mirage color matched the shimmer in this polish so well!

There are two other Hella Holo Custom shades from Emily de Molly I didn’t purchase but now am seriously considering. I was really impressed by all of these polishes and now I want all the Emily de Molly polishes!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

GlitterDaze Nail Polish Review

Good morning everyone, this year I've continued with the tradition of trying brands that are new-to-me so I can review them and share the results with you!

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Today I have three beauties from GlitterDaze Nail Polish. I don't know how I originally missed The Marie Antoinette Collection, it came out in fall of last year, as I am obsessed with creme, flakie, holo combos – but I sure am glad I found it this year and can share with you my picks! And stay tuned because of course I've saved some nail art to complete the post!

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First up we have GlitterDaze Chemise A La Reine. This is a lovely off white/light grey creme base packed with multicolored color shifting flakies with delicate holo pieces that shine throughout. The thing I love best about the creme/flakie/holo creations is that they look beautiful indoors and outside. The holo dances in the sun and the flakies bring the multicolored fun to life inside! Best of both worlds. The formula on this was great, opaque in two easy coats and the flakies lay flat on the nail!

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Next we have GlitterDaze Eat Cake. This is a nice nude creme base packed with warmer pink to green to gold shifting flakies with those same delicate holo pieces. I think I would have preferred this polish more if it had multicolored flakies like Chemise A La Reine, only because this pulls warmer because of the color family and I prefer neutral rainbows over warmer color families. This had the same great formula and was opaque in two easy coats, however I did not heed the warning (which is on the shop listing) on this polish – it is a light stainer. Albeit it was only a slight stain, but you might want to double up on base coat, I had light pink nails after wearing this one out for a few days.

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Finally we have GlitterDaze Versailles. This has a lovely dusty green creme base and is packed with green/blue/purple color shifting flakies and the same beautiful scattered holo pieces. I looooved the cooler colors in this, but I thought the colored base sometimes stole the show from the flakies. Either way this one was a stunner. Two easy coats, no staining at all. This polish reminded me of a mermaid or peacock, which is why I did added the following nail stamping to it.

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Because of the flakies peacock qualities I decided to break out my most recent feather-y stamping plate I got from the Bundle Monster Festival Plates (BM-S301 to be exact), and stamped this fun feather image. I thought it matched pretty well with the base polish and it was a cute look!

Overall I was pretty impressed with the quality of these polishes. I haven't heard a whole ton about the GlitterDaze brand, but was happy with what I received in these beauties. Something about the holo in these, they aren't your typical holo pigment and I think that is what makes them stand out a bit in my large collection.

So share with me, have you tried out GlitterDaze before, what are your favorites?! What should I check out from them?!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Anchor & Heart My Friends, My Anchors Picks

Hey everyone! I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is my hockey team – the San Jose Sharks, lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. The good news – my schedule will no longer be bogged down so back to regular posting I hope!!!

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Today I have three lovely polishes to share with you from the Anchor & Heart Lacquer My Friends, My Anchors collection, which is scheduled to restocked with some new releases Thursday June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. I purchased these three when the collection first came out, and with a restock imminent, I thought what better time to share with you these polishes but now?!

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First up is Anchor & Heart Lacquer The Free Spirit. Yellows don't typically call to me but the extra sparkle in this one did for sure! It is a beautiful butter yellow crelly with subtle rainbow iridescent rainbow sparkle. That added sparkle really makes this yellow something special and makes it stand out and unique in my collection. The formula for this is on the thick side, I would do three thin coats for opacity.

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Next we have Anchor & Heart Lacquer The Rock. This is a lovely darkened grey holo polish packed with iridescent purple and copper flakies which give it this lovely purple glow. Amazing forumla, applied perfectly in two coats. This polish is a stunner, I have nothing like it my collection and I just love that it has depth from the flakies and looks good indoors and out!

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Finally we have this lovely bright stunner, this is Anchor & Heart Lacquer The Selfless. This is a pale minty blue creme that has the most gorgeous red shimmer that I promise is more prominent in person than what my photos capture. This red shifty shift is what attracted me to this polish in the first place. The formula on this was on the thicker side as well, was more of a crelly consistency. Stick with three thin coats (with drying time between) for optimal application.

I've been really impressed with Anchor & Hearth Lacquer lately. Her polishes have been unique and fun and Taryn, the shop owner, is a sweetheart as well. Don't miss out on the restock tomorrow, June 16, at 9 p.m. ET.

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