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Madam Glam gel polishes are a hit!

Okay, confession time. I am new to gel polish. GASP! I know, I know. I’ve drug my feet in what seems like forever looking the other way. As if to say, “no, no gels for me. I don’t have time, I change my polish too often. What if they damage my nails. I swatch all of the time. Not gonna work, no way, no how.” Well, I’ve been schooled and I have Madam Glam and a few others to thank for that! I received a sampling of what Madam Glam has to offer. And in the next month or so I’ll be treating you to just a fraction of all the wonderful gels offered by this New York based company. Today, I’ll share with you a couple of colors from two different collections, along with their basic gel base coat and top coat. Also, this week I’ll be sharing one of their amazing LED lights for Pros and home gellers alike! 😉 Let’s start off with the basics.

Here is Madam Glam Soak-Off Base and Soak-Off Top gels. Both go on smooth and this top coat is to be wiped off after curing with a lint free material. I will say that for being a "sticky" top coat, it's not super sticky. I like that!

Here is Madam Glam Soak-Off Base and Soak-Off Top gels. Both go on smooth and this top coat is to be wiped off after curing with a lint free material. I will say that for being a “sticky” top coat, it’s not super sticky. I like that!

Soak-Off Base Gel Excellent base for your gel manicure.
Formula & Curing time: Clear, 1 coat for a Flawless Finish, 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED

Soak-Off Top Gel Get professional salon results at home by adding this polish on top of your gel color. Your color is highly protected and stays radiant and shiny for days. 
Formula & Curing time: Top coat, 1 coat for a Flawless Finish, 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED (a light swipe with an alcohol pad is recommended for this top gel)

Onto the colors for today! First the Soak-Off Gel Color, Girl Power
Formula & Curing time: Creme, 1-2 coats for a Flawless Finish, 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED. I applied two super easy coats after a cured base coat, then one coat of top and cured. I love this cool orchid creme, it really pops and great for any skin tone.

Girl Power from the regular gel lineup on left, and Tutti Frutti from the Smoothie Gel Collection on the right. There are 36 shades available Smoothies to choose from and a ton of other gel colors and finishes in the rest of Madam Glam's offerings.

Girl Power from the regular gel lineup on left, and Tutti Frutti from the Smoothie Gel Collection on the right. There are 36 shades available Smoothies to choose from and a ton of other gel colors and finishes in the rest of Madam Glam’s offerings.

I love how Madam Glam includes a swatch window on top of her bottles. You see what your color is. This is Girl Power. Girl Power is described as Byzantium, (yes, that is an ancient Greek colony ;-)  What a better color to symbolize girls than this perfect shade of mauve? This rich creme gel will make you feel powerful whenever you wear it. I got full coverage in 2 coats.

I love how Madam Glam includes a swatch window on top of her bottles. You see what your color is. This is Girl Power. Girl Power is described as Byzantium, (yes, that is an ancient Greek colony 😉
 What a better color to symbolize girls than this perfect shade of mauve? This rich creme gel will make you feel powerful whenever you wear it. I got full coverage in 2 coats.

The Smoothie Gel Collection color I’m featuring today is Tutti Frutti. The formula can be sticky, so do be sure to roll or shake the bottle. But since this is a gel and won’t dry until it’s cured, you have plenty of time to apply, making sure you get every glitter situated before placing in the light to cure!

Formula & Curing time: Crelly: Bright Baby Blue Jelly Base with colored Glitters, 3 coats for a Flawless Finish I managed it in 2 so it depends on your application method. Apply base coat, cure, color and cure, then top coat and cure! Super glossy smooth, no bumps! 2 minutes by UV Lamp, 30 sec by LED.

Important Instructions for application and curing of the Smoothies, or when applying and curing thicker or glitter dominated gel polishes:

• To avoid an exothermic reaction. (Exothermic– the word describes a process that releases energy in the form of heat.Forming a chemical bond releases energy and therefore is an exothermic process. Exothermic reactions usually feel hot because it is giving heat to you.) It’s kind of a scientific molecule dance thing. But no worries, there are ways around that!

When gel polish cures, it creates an exothermic reaction. With a UV lamp, which cures slowly, that reaction happens slowly and is rarely noticed. With a powerful lamp the reaction happens quickly as a heat spike.

• Some people are more sensitive than others to this but the pain usually comes either from two things: either your nails are thin/damaged either the polish is too thick. In this case, the Smoothies are thick. Because of their nature, the Smoothies need to have a “thicker” consistency than regular gels, to hold the glitters all together so that when you apply them on your nails you actually do get glitters (whereas if the consistency was too liquid all the glitters would stay at the bottom of the bottle and not on the brush). Kind of like a suspension material.
Being thick though, they do cure MUCH faster than the regular gels.

Because they are already thick, to avoid any heat spike with the smoothies you need to:
1) Apply VERY thin coats ( I mean it, super thin)
2) If you are using our PRO led lamp or hi power/watt lamp, cure each layer for no more than 5 sec. You will indeed need to do more coats to achieve opacity. However as the curing time is so short it shouldn’t take you longer than with the regular gels.

** Another way to go is too use a less powerful lamp 🙂

Aren't these Smoothie Gel Collection bottles the cutest?! Here is Tutti Frutti, as seen on my accent nail. Tutti Frutti is described as a Bright Baby Blue Jelly Base with colored Glitters. There are medium gold hex, small fuschia pink hex, tiny gold and silver glitters.

Aren’t these Smoothie Gel Collection bottles the cutest?! Here is Tutti Frutti, as seen on my accent nail. Tutti Frutti is described as a Bright Baby Blue Jelly Base with colored Glitters. There are medium gold hex, small fuschia pink hex, tiny gold and silver glitters.

CONCLUSION: I have been swatching and reviewing Madam Glam polishes for a long time and have always been extremely pleased with the high quality polishes and variety of colors and finishes. The formulas are fabulous. And NOW I get to brag on their amazing gels. So yeah, I’m a fan! Not gonna lie.

Gels run $19.95 ea and Madam Glam runs specials so DO get on their mailing list! New collections and colors are being added all of the time.

•• Plus take advantage of the Special (buy 12 and get 50% off at checkout!) Free worldwide shipping over $80 and Free US Exchange & returns

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madamglam
On Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Madam_Glam
On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

Virago’s Hollywood Glamour collection and swatches!

When I chatted with indie polish brand Virago Varnish‘s owner/creator, Adrienne about her upcoming collection, I kept getting more and more excited. One, because her formulas and colors are awesome. Two, I knew ahead of time the glitters in this set would be beyond belief. I was right! I will add to that and echo her excitement that one of the glitters in the set came with an honor every indie polish maker dreams about. She says, “Virago is excited to announce this stunning lacquer Radiance. It will be gifted at GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the 2015 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters!” How cool is that?! I will start there after I show you the bottles! 🙂

4 fab glitter polishes. On top is Radiance and from L-R: Stellar, Allure and Glamorous.

4 fab glitter polishes. On top is Radiance and from L-R: Stellar, Allure and Glamorous.

Radiance!

I shot all the glitter polishes in full sun (and thank you Sun for appearing yesterday when I shot these!). Just for fun I did a gradient over a pale blue on the accent nail. This baby sure shines!

I shot all the glitter polishes in full sun (and thank you Sun for appearing yesterday when I shot these!). Just for fun I did a gradient over a pale blue on the accent nail. This baby sure shines!

I LOVE Radiance! It glows on your nail is sun or regular lighting. Radiance is described as, "Radiance couldn't be a better fitting name for this lacquer. The holographic effect is so compelling that you'll be staring at your nails all day. The holographic glitter in this lacquer is nostalgic of a 1960’s jacquard dinner dress."

I LOVE Radiance! It glows on your nail is sun or regular lighting. Radiance is described as, “Radiance couldn’t be a better fitting name for this lacquer. The holographic effect is so compelling that you’ll be staring at your nails all day. The holographic glitter in this lacquer is nostalgic of a 1960’s jacquard dinner dress.”

Allure!

Who can resist a polish like Allure? Seriously smooth, like Glamorous and although no topcoat is require over these two coats, you could use that if you're wanting to do stamping over this GORGEOUS holo glitter. I didn't want to take it off!

Who can resist a polish like Allure? Seriously smooth, like Glamorous and although no topcoat is require over these two coats, you could use that if you’re wanting to do stamping over this GORGEOUS holo glitter. I didn’t want to take it off!

Allure is one of those holos you don't want to take off. Did I mention it's smooth as a baby's "you-know-what"? Allure is described as, "Inspired by 1940s Old Hollywood, Allure does not disappoint. It’s like having a vintage sliver sequenced chiffon dress in a bottle. The holo in this lacquer is so intense that all eyes will be on your nails." Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Allure is one of those holos you don’t want to take off. Did I mention it’s smooth as a baby’s “you-know-what”? Allure is described as, “Inspired by 1940s Old Hollywood, Allure does not disappoint. It’s like having a vintage sliver sequenced chiffon dress in a bottle. The holo in this lacquer is so intense that all eyes will be on your nails.”
Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Glamorous!

Ok, as I painted this one on I was seriously and immediately in love. Then it dried smooth and I was like, "whaaaa?" All that glitzyness and smooth as silk. I did a gradient over Majestic.

Ok, as I painted this one on I was seriously and immediately in love. Then it dried smooth and I was like, “whaaaa?” All that glitzyness and smooth as silk. I did a gradient over Majestic.

Glamorous, all I can say is "WOW"! Also super smooth! Glamorous is described as, "Like a vintage 1950s black tulle Chantilly lace dress. Glamorous is a classy holographic micro-glitter lacquer in a black jelly base. The holo effect in this lacquer is mesmerizing." Finish: Semi Matte, Micro-Glitter Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Glamorous, all I can say is “WOW”! Also super smooth! Glamorous is described as, “Like a vintage 1950s black tulle Chantilly lace dress. Glamorous is a classy holographic micro-glitter lacquer in a black jelly base. The holo effect in this lacquer is mesmerizing.”
Finish: Semi Matte, Micro-Glitter
Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Stellar!

Stellar is right! And look at her over black, wow! It's like holographic blue sugar!

Stellar is right! And look at her over black, wow! It’s like holographic blue sugar!

Stellar is such a gorgeous glitter and I love those little hints of purple. Stellar is described as, "Inspired by a 1950s flocked Chiffon dress, Stellar is a dazzling lacquer with various holographic micro-glitters in a clear base. As with all glitter lacquers from the Hollywood Glamour collection, Stellar also possesses intense holographic display." Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Stellar is such a gorgeous glitter and I love those little hints of purple. Stellar is described as, “Inspired by a 1950s flocked Chiffon dress, Stellar is a dazzling lacquer with various holographic micro-glitters in a clear base. As with all glitter lacquers from the Hollywood Glamour collection, Stellar also possesses intense holographic display.”
Opacity: Fully opaque in approximately 2-3 coats.

Now on to the rest of the Hollywood Glamour collection with the other five elegant polishes. Each one destined to be award winning!

Five glorious formulas, from left: Elegance, Luxurious, Charisma, Majestic and Exclusive (which is a limited quantity you want to get your hands on!)

Five glorious formulas, from left: Elegance, Luxurious, Charisma, Majestic and Exclusive (which is a limited quantity you want to get your hands on!)

I will start with one that is very limited so you’re going to want to get your hands on this stunner Exclusive (maybe two?) before they are gone.

Well, Exclusive is named this for a reason. It's a LTD polish, so you may want to order a couple!

Well, Exclusive is named this for a reason. It’s a LTD polish, so you may want to order a couple!

Exclusive is, oh my gosh, perfection! I can see why it's name that. ONE COATER! Totally! Exclusive is described as, "Reminiscent of a 1940s champagne evening gown worn by old Hollywood’s best, Exclusive is a beautiful pearlescent lacquer. Only limited quantities of this lacquer are available. This lacquer will not be restocked." Finish: Pearlescent, Semi-matte Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Exclusive is, oh my gosh, perfection! I can see why it’s name that. ONE COATER! Totally! Exclusive is described as, “Reminiscent of a 1940s champagne evening gown worn by old Hollywood’s best, Exclusive is a beautiful pearlescent lacquer. Only limited quantities of this lacquer are available. This lacquer will not be restocked.”
Finish: Pearlescent, Semi-matte
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Charisma!

1-coater Charisma is satiny blue that is so classy. Pretty darn amazing!

1-coater Charisma is satiny blue that is so classy. Pretty darn amazing!

One of my faves of the bunch. Amazing on my nails! Charisma is described as, "If a vintage navy blue mesh silk chiffon dress was poured into a bottle it would be Charisma. Charisma is a gorgeous deep-navy blue nail lacquer that has glamour written all over it." Finish: Metallic, Semi-matte Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

One of my faves of the bunch. Amazing on my nails! Charisma is described as, “If a vintage navy blue mesh silk chiffon dress was poured into a bottle it would be Charisma. Charisma is a gorgeous deep-navy blue nail lacquer that has glamour written all over it.”
Finish: Metallic, Semi-matte
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Majestic!

Majestic is a shimmery metallic eggplant and opaque in 2 thin coats. It's sure to be your next lemming!

Majestic is a shimmery metallic eggplant and opaque in 2 thin coats. It’s sure to be your next lemming!

Majestic is a classic eggplant with a fab formula! Majestic is described as, "1939 has been known as Hollywood’s majestic year. Some of the most successful known films of all time were released in 1939. Majestic is an eggplant color nail lacquer inspired for a time when Hollywood was at its best. Majestic has a slight blue, pink, and light purple shimmer." Finish: Metallic, Shimmer Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Majestic is a classic eggplant with a fab formula! Majestic is described as, “1939 has been known as Hollywood’s majestic year. Some of the most successful known films of all time were released in 1939. Majestic is an eggplant color nail lacquer inspired for a time when Hollywood was at its best. Majestic has a slight blue, pink, and light purple shimmer.”
Finish: Metallic, Shimmer
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Elegance!

What a gorgeous transitional plum. Great for any season. This metallic only took 2 coats for me.

What a gorgeous transitional plum. Great for any season. This metallic only took 2 coats for me.

Elegance in a bottle, oh yes, yes it is! Elegance is described as, "Inspired by the 1950s A-line swing dresses, Elegance is vivid plum colored lacquer that is graceful yet tantalizing." Finish: Metallic Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Elegance in a bottle, oh yes, yes it is! Elegance is described as, “Inspired by the 1950s A-line swing dresses, Elegance is vivid plum colored lacquer that is graceful yet tantalizing.”
Finish: Metallic
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

Luxurious!

Aptly named, Luxurious is also a 1-coater! This type of gold is a must have.

Aptly named, Luxurious is also a 1-coater! This type of gold is a must have.

And for that feel of the Golden Age of Luxurious living, this is not to be missed. Luxurious is described as, "Seeing that one gold satin dress on the red carpet screams luxury. Luxurious is a stunning metallic gold-bronze lacquer with a hint of sliver shimmer that is truly captivating." Finish: Metallic, Shimmer Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

And for that feel of the Golden Age of Luxurious living, this is not to be missed. Luxurious is described as, “Seeing that one gold satin dress on the red carpet screams luxury. Luxurious is a stunning metallic gold-bronze lacquer with a hint of sliver shimmer that is truly captivating.”
Finish: Metallic, Shimmer
Opacity: Opaque in 1-2 coats

The Hollywood Glamour collection will be released on March 6, 2015, just a few days away, so go start picking out your faves! Virago should be proud of this amazing collection.

I’d also add that the .45 oz bottles are great to display in their square bottles with matte caps. Easy to handle and the brushes are just perfect!

Deets on shipping and stuff! Shipping: US: $2.68 for the first bottle and $.75 for each bottle thereafter.

Canada: (USD) $5.00 for the first bottle and $1.00 for each bottle thereafter.

Australia and UK: $5.00 for the first bottle and $2.50 for each bottle thereafter.

*FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $50! Use code 50FREESHIP

“5-Free Product” – Does not contain camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde resins.

Find Virago here!

http://www.viragovarnish.com
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https://www.facebook.com/viragovarnish

*These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

Don’t worry, my Zoya swatches are coming soon!

By now you may have started noticing swatches and reviews of the newest darlings on the 2015 Zoya train…those fab new Naturel Satin collection (available now) and the delightfully spunky spring line, the Delight collection (Available to order NOW!). And as always, Zoya continues to think “outside the box” when it comes to new finishes and shades.

Zoya Naturel Satins

Zoya Delight
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As we speak, my swatching samplers of the six Naturel Satins and the six springy Delight collecion have appeared at my post office. Since I’m out of town, there they shall stay for another week all snuggled up with a plethora of other nail mail until I return! I can’t wait to get these on my nails 🙂 But I just wanted to keep you updated in case you thought I was skipping, TOTALLY NOT! LOL Just weird timing that they would show up while I’m in sunny Texas. Please be sure and become a follower of mine. That way you’ll be notified by email when I’ve posted my review and swatches, thanks!

Remember! These sell indiviually for $9 ea. (US) and $54/set all 6 of each collection
Available on Zoya.com

*BIG5FREE: Zoya Satin Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Thank you for reading and I’ll be back with my swatches in about a week! Have a great weekend 🙂

More heavenly polishes from Madam Glam: Look At The Stars and Galaxy

These next two polishes from Madam Glad, Look at the Stars and Galaxy may be polar opposites on the texture scale, but they are both heavenly to behold. Look at the Stars is a very pigmented indigo jelly full of glossy shine. And Galaxy in my book should be in every black polish collection. It dries to a lightly textured satiny finish and with a coat of clear topcoat or my preference, Gelous, this polish is truly breathtaking.

Almost as if they were made for each other, Look at the Stars is such a vibrant indigo blue jelly. Galaxy is a black slightly textured polish, dries semi satiny and blinks at you like the midnight sky.

Almost as if they were made for each other, Look at the Stars is such a vibrant indigo blue jelly. Galaxy is a black slightly textured polish, dries semi satiny and blinks at you like the midnight sky.

If you want a midnight sky on your nails, this stunning glitter will do the trick!

Galaxy dries to a slight texture, slightly satin and two thin coats gets the job done beautifully. I recommend a coat of Gelous or glossy topcoat to finish out a mani that is "out of this world"! I recommend using a little square of felt for removal of remaining glitter.

Galaxy dries to a slight texture, slightly satin and two thin coats gets the job done beautifully. I recommend a coat of Gelous or glossy topcoat to finish out a mani that is “out of this world”! I recommend using a little square of felt for removal of remaining glitter.

Galaxy is described as, "A black kissed with glitters..."Black is the color! Especially when it comes with multicolor glitters that will make you the ultimate trendsetter!"

Galaxy is described as, “A black kissed with glitters…”Black is the color! Especially when it comes with multicolor glitters that will make you the ultimate trendsetter!”

I am a sucker for a good jelly finish. Mainstream polish makers, take notes from Madam Glam because this stuff is primo…perfecto…impeccable! Love love love it!

What can I say but this is simply one of the most PERFECT jellies I've ever used. No staining, 3 THIN coats to perfection and glossy and smooth. LOVE this!

What can I say but this is simply one of the most PERFECT jellies I’ve ever used. No staining, 3 THIN coats to perfection and glossy and smooth. LOVE this!

Look at the Stars is described as, "A vibrant indigo "Don't be afraid to rock this indigo shade! It will flatter any skin tone and match any personality! This is a Jelly. Three thin coats for full opacity. Very smooth to apply."

Look at the Stars is described as, “A vibrant indigo
“Don’t be afraid to rock this indigo shade! It will flatter any skin tone and match any personality! This is a Jelly. Three thin coats for full opacity. Very smooth to apply.”

Let me know if you’ve picked these up. Send me a pic! Comment and spread the word. I have two more polishes to go in this set and will probably post next week, no later. Have a great weekend everyone. The first weekend in 2015. Wow, that seems weird to say!

Madam Glam offers a myriad of shades in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Golds. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $30.

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madamglam
On Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Madam_Glam
On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

These products were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

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My pot of Gold…from Sincerely Polish ✨🍀✨

Shamrockin' Trio Collection, minis here available NOW at Sincerely Polish! 🍀

Shamrockin’ Trio Collection, minis here available NOW at Sincerely Polish! 🍀


Karen Jo never disappoints. I received these three beauties yesterday from her new Shamrockin’ Trio Collection. Emerald Crush, Teal My Luck Runs Out and Don’t Touch My Pot of Gold are gorgeous. Believe me, they are perfect for celebrating St. Patty’s Day, and the whole year through!

Emerald Crush

Emerald Crush

First we have Emerald Crush from the Shamrockin’ Trio Collection. And what a gorgeous green this is! It is a glitter topper generously full of evergreen holographic glitters in all kinds of shapes and sizes along with holographic gold hexagons.

Up close on the nail

Up close on the nail


Emerald Crush Bottle macro

Emerald Crush Bottle macro


If you love green, if you love glitter, if you love Holographics, you NEED this!

Next we have the delicate side of green with Teal My Luck Runs Out.

Teal My Luck Runs Out

Teal My Luck Runs Out


It is a delicate white jelly polish with mint glitters in several sizes and shapes, and gorgeous holographic teal hexes.
Teal My Luck Runs Out nail macro

Teal My Luck Runs Out nail macro


Teal My Luck Runs Out bottle macro

Teal My Luck Runs Out bottle macro


I love this! I doubt you’ll run out of luck while you’re wearing this one. It’s as soft as a breeze on field of Irish clover.

And last but certainly not least, we have a gleaming bottle of gold glitter with Don’t Touch My Pot Of Gold.

Don't Touch My Pot Of Gold

Don’t Touch My Pot Of Gold


It’s truly a Pot ‘o Gold because it’s full of golden goodies…and I didn’t just kiss the Blarney Stone! 😉 Don’t Touch My Pot of Gold is a glitter topper filled with holographic gold glitters in different shapes and sizes.
Don't Touch My Pot Of Gold nail macro

Don’t Touch My Pot Of Gold nail macro


Don't Touch My Pot Of Gold bottle macro

Don’t Touch My Pot Of Gold bottle macro


It’s magically delicious!

You can order these three individually in full size and mini bottles. All of Sincerely polishes are 5-Free((No formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor), handcrafted lovingly by Karen Jo and you can order yours at http://sincerelypolish.storenvy.com.

I received these polishes for review and all opinions are my own.

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