Thursday, February 25, 2016

Anchor & Heart Lacquer Home Collection Swatches and Review

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Hi everyone! Tonight I have a special collection to show you: Anchor & Heart Lacquer's debut collection "Home!"  Home was originally to be released last spring, but with a baby coming the collection was put on the back burner.  While preparing for her precious baby boy, she worked on her brand, and fine tuned her debut collection, and now here we are with an amazing entry into the indie polish world!

Home is a collection of 8 polishes all inspired by Taryn's home state of Maine, family, and love.  Let's take a look!

anchor and heart lacquer home collection

Monday, February 22, 2016

Scofflaw Varnish Nina Sings the Blues

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Hi everyone!  Today I have a special limited edition from Scofflaw Varnish called Nina Sings the Blues.  This will be available for a 24 hour pre-order on Friday February 26th 8pm Central on

Nina Sings the Blues.  With a name like that I can't help but to think of the incomparable Nina Simone, a woman who's voice and music inspired with mixings of jazz, soul, blues and classical and she wasn't afraid to get political.  Many consider her songs to be a soundtrack to the civil rights movement.  I did just watch the documentary about her on Netflix called What Happened to Miss Simone? so maybe that's why she's on my mind.

Nina Sings the Blues is mix of several glitters in different shapes and sizes that come in gray, blue, tan, beige and black.  All of this is in a crelly cornflower blue base with turquoise shimmer.  It's complex and glitter heavy and I love it.  Because of all the glitter, some of the pieces can clump up, but the base is thin enough that you can still move things around.  Also be prepared to use an extra coat of top coat if you like things smooth!  Other than that, it's a easy formula to work with!

This is 2 coats.

scofflaw varnish nina sings the blues

scofflaw varnish nina sings the blues

Be sure to mark your calendars! This is a limited edition and will only be available February 26th starting at 8pm Central for a 24 hour pre-order!  Check out Scofflaw Varnish at the following spots!

**Products in this post were provided by Scofflaw Varnish for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday - Coffee

Hi everyone! Time for Twinsie Tuesday!  Today's theme is coffee.  I was stumped for a while about what I could do besides plain brown.  None of my stamping plates have anything coffee related and my free hand skills need some work.  Then I thought about latte/cappuccino art!

So I brought out my Uber Mat and did some dry marble decals because I couldn't find my latex lol. These aren't quite as uniform as latte art and ended up looking more like stirring cream into coffee.  I kind of like how they came out, but the brown feels like it clashes with my skin.  I'd definitely do it again with different colors.

dry marble coffee nail art

dry marble coffee nail art

For this look you need:

  • Dark brown polish. I used Nubar Milk Chocolate Creme
  • Light tan/cream polish. I used OPI You're So Vain-illa
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic ziploc bag or Uber Mat.  I've even seen some people use those silicon baking sheets.
  • Quick dry top coat.  I used KBShimmer Clearly On Top.
  • Nail File
  • Scissors
  • Acetone and clean up brush
How I did it:
  1. Paint a square the size of your nail with the dark brown polish on your plastic bag or Uber Mat.  Make sure it's a thick coat and opaque.  Dab it on if you have to.
  2. Drop a few drops of the tan polish on the the wet dark brown.
  3. Using your tooth pick swirl and make any design you want while everything is completely wet.
  4. Let sit for a while and then paint your quick dry on top.  Don't be neat, get it all outside the "lines" to make it easy to peel off.
  5. After everything is dry peel off your decals.  Paint a nail with top coat and place the decal on top.
  6. Press down and using your nail or a cuticle stick, press down around the cuticle and file the edge of your nail to get the excess decal off.
  7. Clean up around the edges with your acetone and clean up brush
  8. Top it all off with top coat!
Be sure to check out what the other Twinsies did!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pahlish There is a Song Collection Swatches and Review

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Hi everyone!  It's time for another Pahlish collection: There is a Song.  It's inspired by the tv show Doctor Who and more specifically the character River Song.  If you love Doctor Who, definitely check this collection out.  And if you're not, still check it out because there is some serious fabulousness happening here!  The collection consists of 6 polishes (I'm missing one. Unfortunately it broke in transit) and will be available from February 14th along with the February Duo and some special Doctor Who bespokes!

Let's get to the swatches!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Contrary Polish Exclusive Duo for Color4Nails

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Hi everyone!  I've been trying to get this post up all day, but of course my computer decided to act up, but it's back up and running!

Today I'm excited to share with you a brand new Contrary Polish duo!  This weekend on February 13th @ 4pm PST Contrary Polish will be making it's debut on, a site that sells various brands of indie and main stream polishes both indie and mainstream.  As a special Valentine's Day treat, Color4Nails will also be selling a limited edition, exclusive duo that will only be stocked once!

The duo is inspired by the story of Orpheus and Eurydice:

"Orpheus was the son of Apollo, a very gifted musician whose music could charm mortals, animals and the trees. Eurydice was the wife of Orpheus. One day Eurydice was wondering with the nymphs and a shepherd named Aristaeus attempted to make advances toward Eurydice and she ran off.  While running she was bitten by a snake and died.
Being so grief stricken Orpheus played his sorrows in his music which was heard by gods and me. 
In such need for his love he went in sear of Eurydice in the underworld.  In the underworld he sang his sorrow with such perfection that Pluto, Proserpine and all of the ghosts of the underworld stopped.  Orpheus' song made Proserpine and Pluto grant him his desire.  They let Eurydice leave with him under one condition; he could not look at her until they left the underworld.
When they had nearly left the underworld Orpheus had forgotten his promise and wanted to assure that Eurydice was following him so he glanced back, their eyes met, and she was instantly gone. Orpheus didn't even have a chance to hug his love.  In such love for his wife Orpheus wanted to follow her in death.  He wandered back into the underworld and kept playing his heartbreaking song.
Orpheus' singing caused the Thracian maidens to get angry and they screamed to drown out his overpowering music.  The maidens ripped him apart and placed his remains at Libethra.
Now in death Orpheus and Eurydice walk the fields together in true happiness."

Let's take a look at the polishes!

Contrary Polish Orpheus.  This is a charcoal grey with some slight taupe-ish leanings.  It's filled with pink shimmer that looks more violet, as well as scattered holo.  This has a bit of a crelly formula so it's sheer in the first coat, but builds up nicely.  Application was a breeze.

This is 3 coats, but can definitely be done in 2.

contrary polish orpheus

contrary polish orpheus

contrary polish orpheus

Contrary Polish Eurydice.  This is a slightly purple red crelly with pink shimmer and scattered holo.  It is slightly more sheer than Orpheus, but still buildable.  Application is easy with a great consistency.

This is 3 coats (2 may be okay if you don't mind slight visible nail line).

contrary polish eurydice

contrary Polish Eurydice

contrary polish eurydice

These will be available from Saturday February 13th at 4pm PST!  Be sure to get yours because these won't be restocked!

Contrary Polish


**Products in this post were sent by Contrary Polish for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

14 Days of Valentines - Manglaze LesbiHonest

Hi everyone!  I skipped 14 Days of Valentines yesterday for Twinsie Tuesday, but I'm back with ManGlaze Lesbihonest.  Be sure to check the links below for what's on everyone else's nails!

Lesbihonest is a fuchsia color with loads of shimmer and it dries matte.  It's really gorgeous with and without top coat and the formula is absolutely amazing.  It goes on smooth, dries super fast, and only needs one coat.  And as always, the ManGlaze label always has some interesting artwork.

This is 1 coat.

manglaze lesbihonest

manglaze lesbihonest

ManGlaze Lesbihonest with topcoat.

manglaze lesbihonest with topcoat

And some pictures of the artwork on the bottle:

manglaze lesbihonest

manglaze lesbihonest

manglaze lesbihonest

Don't forget to check out what everyone else is showing off today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday - Mix and Match

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Hi everyone!  It's been a while since I've been able to participate in Twinsie Tuesday, but things have calmed down, and I'm getting back on track.  I love Twinsie Tuesday because it often pushes me out of my comfort zone with nail art.

That said, today is all about mixing and matching.  I decided to use some nail vinyls that I have.  It was my first time and I think it came out pretty well!

black and gold nail art

black and gold nail art

black and gold nail art

For this look I used:
-A black polish
-Dreamland Lacquer (formerly Smitten Polish) I Made a Promise **
-Whats Up Nails Vinyls
-OPI I Snow You Love Me
-Quick Dry Top Coat

**I Made a Promise was sent by Dreamland Lacquer for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be sure to check out the other Twinsies!!

Alaina at The Little Canvas

Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing

Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles

Monday, February 1, 2016

14 Days of Valentines - Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance

Hi everyone!  It's February 1st and just 14 days until Valentine's Day. I teamed up with some bloggers to post 14 days of Valentine's Day inspired manis.

Before there were indies, there were brands like Deborah Lippmann always coming out with innovative glitters and combos we hadn't seen before.  Bad Romance was one of these.  While not as unique now, it's still gorgeous!

Inspired by Lady Gaga's song of the same name, Bad Romance is has a black jelly base with different sizes of metallic magenta glitters.  It's a little anti-Valentine's Day, but I think it still works for the theme!

This is one coat over black.

deborah lippmann bad romance

deborah lippmann bad romance

Don't forget to check out the blogs below!