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Two more NEW additions to the ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky line!

Well, I’m down to six ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies to review for you, and they are available for pre-order now as of this date, 3/13/15. Today I’ll share a pair of new flakies to tempt you. Paradox and Paradox (H)! ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Here is a sneak peak (I previously posted) of the new lineup of polishes from ILNP for spring 2015.

Ultra Chrome Flakies (H) You know ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) LOVES polish when they can create such massive collections! Each one a winner.
Ultra Chrome Flakies (H) You know ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) LOVES polish when they can create such massive collections! Each one a winner.

First up is Paradox. ILNP says, “Paradox is an absolute jaw-dropping beauty of a nail polish!” I agree!

Brand new in the lineup is Paradox.
Brand new in the lineup is Paradox.

ILNP describes Paradox like this. "If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you'll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. You'll love it, guaranteed!" This is three thin coats with no undies.
ILNP describes Paradox like this. “If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you’ll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. You’ll love it, guaranteed!” This is three thin coats with no undies.

Can’t have too many views, but here’s another.

This is three thin coats over the bare nail. Honestly, I'd have to show you a dozen shots to convey how many shades are possible with this amazing new flaky polish.
This is three thin coats over the bare nail. Honestly, I’d have to show you a dozen shots to convey how many shades are possible with this amazing new flaky polish.

And its even blingier sister, Paradox (H). Paradox (H) is a holographic version of the original Paradox Ultra Chrome Flakie nail polish!

Brand new to the UCF (H) lineup is Paradox (H).
Brand new to the UCF (H) lineup is Paradox (H).

The new Paradox (H) contains just the right amount of holographic splendor to add a beautiful rainbow sparkle to the polish. All without ruining the intense color shift effect!

ILNP describes Paradox (H) like this. "If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox (H) is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox (H) has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you'll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. The added holographic touch in Paradox (H) is sure to add an extra vibrant touch that you're guaranteed to fall in love with!" I applied one light coat over black.
ILNP describes Paradox (H) like this. “If Supernova was a little bit too green for you, Paradox (H) is the answer! Just like Supernova, Paradox (H) has an extreme color shift that travels through teal, blue, violet, pink, and fuchsia. Of course, you’ll definitely catch glimpses of other colors at extreme angles and under different lighting conditions. The added holographic touch in Paradox (H) is sure to add an extra vibrant touch that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with!” I applied one light coat over black.

Don’t be left out of the new 2015 lineup of polishes from ILNP! You’ll want these in your hot little hands asap.

What is your vegan/cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

Order your ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky polishes from ILNP here!

I LOVE NAIL POLISH Social links:

https://www.facebook.com/ilnpbrand
http://instagram.com/ilnpbrand

https://www.youtube.com/user/ilnpbrand

*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.

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Cult Cosmetics, two new shades made for each other

I love the formulas of Cult Cosmetics polishes anyway, and here are two more that didn’t disappoint. I finally got to try out Huntington Beach and it’s amazing. Now, I just noticed on Facebook that the real Huntington Beach, CA, just had a freak storm laying down about 1/2″ of hail making it look like it snowed there! Wow, that global warming is a diva! LOL But seriously, in honor of that great beach, here is a super simple mani using Huntington Beach polish and accented with a dry brushing and trident of Whisky A Go Go!

It's like Huntington Beach and Whisky A Go Go were made for each other!
It’s like Huntington Beach and Whisky A Go Go were made for each other!

On Top: "A rich marsala red. Our 'Color of the Year'! Huntington Beach polish pairs perfectly with long nights, warm fires, and red wine. A sensual red to inspire your most romantic mani ever." On Bottom: "A bold, full glitter coat. Whisky a Go Go is for all you bright, bold, beautiful sparklers. This thick, gold glitter will make you feel like royalty as you party like a princess."
On Top:
“A rich marsala red. Our ‘Color of the Year’! Huntington Beach polish pairs perfectly with long nights, warm fires, and red wine. A sensual red to inspire your most romantic mani ever.”
On Bottom: “A bold, full glitter coat.
Whisky a Go Go is for all you bright, bold, beautiful sparklers. This thick, gold glitter will make you feel like royalty as you party like a princess.”

I should mention, Whisky A Go Go is a one coater glitter. And Huntington Beach is opaque in two coats. Buttery formula as well!

Cult Cosmetics lacquers are premium, 5-FREE, Vegan, cruelty-free single coat polishes and makeup products. None of their polishes are animal tested and they are made in California, USA.

https://www.cultcosmetics.com
Instagram (@cultcosmetics)
https://www.facebook.com/cultcosmetics
http://magazine.cultcosmetics.com

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

#cultlovenails

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Two new kids on the block from Glitter Lambs

Indie polishes are so much fun. Why? Indie polish makers take risks, think outside the box, seemingly have no limits and they HAVE FUN with their creations. Jamie, owner and creator of Glitter Lambs polishes is a perfect example of that and every time I see a new creation I applaud her in my head! Stop picturing that, LOL, it may be too much to handle! Jamie sent me a whole new batch of newbies now available in her store. Today I’ll share two of them with you.

Glitter Lambs' new Sun Dazzler Glaze (on the bottom) is an amazing lightweight quick drying iridescent glaze that will make any undercoat really rise and shine! Gorgeous on darker shades, a brilliant shine-maker on medium to pale shades. On the right Cotton Candy Bubble Bath is a feast for the eyes. 1 layer on top of any shade is a great way to start your day!
Glitter Lambs’ new Sun Dazzler Glaze (on the bottom) is an amazing lightweight quick drying iridescent glaze that will make any undercoat really rise and shine! Gorgeous on darker shades, a brilliant shine-maker on medium to pale shades. On the right Cotton Candy Bubble Bath is a feast for the eyes. 1 layer on top of any shade is a great way to start your day!

So, today is March 2nd and after living in this part of Missouri for such a long time I’ve grown aware that just because the calendar clicks over to March, doesn’t mean in any way that spring is here. Oh, the daffodils and early risers take the bait. But Mother Nature doesn’t have me fooled a bit. As I sit here looking at the artic wind blowing the 20 degree air over a frozen layer of snow, just let me say, “Mom, I’ve got your number.” Now picture me holding two fingers in front of my eyes and pointing back at her! lol, Okay, rant over. I MISS THE SUN! Not only for warmth and the ability to thaw, but I prefer natural daylight filled with sunshine to take my swatch photos. But we tarry on. I may have to revisit this page when the sun decides to kick Mother Nature to the curb!

Here is Sun Dazzler Glaze (the gorgeous top coat that makes me wish for sunshine once again)!

Here is Sun Dazzler Glaze over Zoya Indigo. Really Sun Dazzler Glaze is fabulous over any color in the sunshine, but it's even more amazing over dark shades like black, browns, and Indigo is a super deep blue. I have waiting a full week to get a chance to photograph this top coat sparkler in the sunshine and Old Man Winter has not cooperated. Take it from me, even in artificial light this one is a polish transformer!
Here is Sun Dazzler Glaze over Zoya Indigo. Really Sun Dazzler Glaze is fabulous over any color in the sunshine, but it’s even more amazing over dark shades like black, browns, and Indigo is a super deep blue. I have waited a week to get a chance to photograph this top coat sparkler in the sunshine and Old Man Winter has not cooperated. Take it from me, even in artificial light this one is a polish transformer!

Here is how Jamie of Glitter Lambs describes Sun Dazzler Glaze: "Sun Dazzler Glaze glitter topper indie nail polish ONLY does well in the SUNLIGHT! This will not twinkle that great indoors. This glitter topper LOVES THE SUNLIGHT! So if your hitting the outdoors for the day or the beach then you seriously need this GORGEOUS glitter topper. This shows up very well over black and darker colors. It does semi-okay over lighter colors but does not have a strong shift like it would over the darker colors. Sun Dazzler Glaze is a .004 flake but looks more like glitter dust. It is a micro color changing glitter from Aqua Blue-To-Purple. I mostly see blue green when I look at it though."
Here is how Jamie of Glitter Lambs describes Sun Dazzler Glaze: “Sun Dazzler Glaze glitter topper indie nail polish ONLY does well in the SUNLIGHT! This will not twinkle that great indoors. This glitter topper LOVES THE SUNLIGHT! So if your hitting the outdoors for the day or the beach then you seriously need this GORGEOUS glitter topper. This shows up very well over black and darker colors. It does semi-okay over lighter colors but does not have a strong shift like it would over the darker colors. Sun Dazzler Glaze is a .004 flake but looks more like glitter dust. It is a micro color changing glitter from Aqua Blue-To-Purple. I mostly see blue green when I look at it though.”

The other glitter topper I have to show you today is Cotton Candy Bubble Bath. Wow, this one is full of glitter goodies. LOL I tried to picture taking a bubble bath in cotton candy and just came up with fighting ants afterwards! 😉 But I love the polish!

Cotton Candy Bubble Bath is loaded as you can see. A super fun top coat  with everything but the kitchen sink. Great for gradients as you can see, or over any shade. I painted her over Lost Labyrinth by the 2015 CND Vinylux Garden Muse collection.
Cotton Candy Bubble Bath is loaded as you can see. A super fun top coat with everything but the kitchen sink. Great for gradients as you can see, or over any shade. I painted her over Lost Labyrinth by the 2015 CND Vinylux Garden Muse collection.

Cotton Candy Bubble Bath contains: White Leopard Glitters, Pink Leopard Glitters, Pink Hex Square, Turquoise Holographic Shreds, White Circles, White Hex, .008 Holographic Rainbow Hex Mix, White Stars, White Squares Rainbow Iridescent hex .008, Gold Hearts, Arctic Blue Dots, Pink Hex .008, Pink Mini Stars, Pink Stars Normal Size, Gold Stars, White Donut Glitters, Neon Glitter Mix in different sizes , Violet Holographic Dots, Pink and White Glitter Mix in different shapes and sizes, Gold and Silver Hex Mix in different sizes and shapes. And all of these glitters go into an Ultrafine Hologram twinkling suspension base.
Cotton Candy Bubble Bath contains: White Leopard Glitters, Pink Leopard Glitters, Pink Hex Square, Turquoise Holographic Shreds, White Circles, White Hex, .008 Holographic Rainbow Hex Mix, White Stars, White Squares
Rainbow Iridescent hex .008, Gold Hearts, Arctic Blue Dots, Pink Hex .008, Pink Mini Stars, Pink Stars Normal Size, Gold Stars, White Donut Glitters, Neon Glitter Mix in different sizes , Violet Holographic Dots, Pink and White Glitter Mix in different shapes and sizes, Gold and Silver Hex Mix in different sizes and shapes. And all of these glitters go into an Ultrafine Hologram twinkling suspension base.

Stay tuned, I will be bringing more new glitter toppers from Glitter Lambs to you within the next week or two!

Thanks for reading and be sure to comment. I love hearing from you!

Use Glitter Lambs coupon code HEART15 on Etsy, on $30.00 or more to get 15% off on ALL OF POLISHES! All of their polishes are made to order and will ship out in 1-3 days. Order yours here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterLambsPolish
http://www.glitterlambs.com

You can also find them on these Social Media Outlets:

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*Glitter Lambs polishes were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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Pt. 2 “ILNP NEW Ultra Chrome Flakies are Holographic!”

Since I’ve already given you the preliminary info on ILNP’s new additions to it’s Ultra Chrome Flaky line, and I didn’t want to overwhelm you with photos. (See previous post here). In this post I’ll share swatches from more of the collection with Brilliance (H), Cold Fusion (H), Electric Carnival (H) and Gaia (H). Let’s take a look!

Brilliance (H) is brilliant!

Brilliance (H) with one light coat over brand new ILNP Poetry and a thicker coat over Poetry on the accent nail.
Brilliance (H) with one light coat over brand new ILNP Poetry and a thicker coat over Poetry on the accent nail.

Brilliance (H)
Brilliance (H)

Cold Fusion (H) is so cool!

BRR, frosty isn't it?! Cold Fusion (H) over brand new ILNP Peri Me.
BRR, frosty isn’t it?! Cold Fusion (H) over brand new ILNP Peri Me.

Cold Fusion (H) Not to be mistaken for Ice House, totally different blue effects!
Cold Fusion (H) Not to be mistaken for Ice House, totally different blue effects!

Electric Carnival (H) just brought new excitement to the party!

Electric Carnival (H) over CND Vinylux Crushed Rose from the 2015 Garden Muse collection.
Electric Carnival (H) over CND Vinylux Crushed Rose from the 2015 Garden Muse collection.

Electric Carnival (H) is a party in a bottle!
Electric Carnival (H) is a party in a bottle!

And the last for this post, Gaia (H)!

Gaia (H), 2 coats on it's own and one coat over black on the accent nail.
Gaia (H), 2 coats on it’s own and one coat over black on the accent nail.

Gaia (H) is amazing and I really loved the non holo version. This one will take your breath away!
Gaia (H) is amazing and I really loved the non holo version. This one will take your breath away!

Come back next week as I bring you 2 more posts with the remaining 8 polishes from the 2015 collection of UCFs! You’ll want to collect these new holographic polishes! The holo glitter effect creates an all new look. These will be available for pre-order on March 6 so stay tuned to ILNP’s social feeds.

Get out your pens and paper, bookmark this post and head to ILNP to order on March 6th!

What is your vegan/cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

Order your ILNP Ultra Chrome Flaky polishes from ILNP here!

I LOVE NAIL POLISH Social links:

https://www.facebook.com/ilnpbrand

http://instagram.com/ilnpbrand

https://www.youtube.com/user/ilnpbrand

*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in anyway and all opinions are my own.

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27 Brand new ILNP polishes Pre-Order March 6th! (image intense post)

Say what?! Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. 27 brand new polishes are set for a March 6th pre-order and the next few days I’ll be sharing my swatches with you so you can start your shopping list. In this blog post I will share the Spring Collection, a total of 10 polishes in various finishes. Then coming up over the next few days, I will be posting 17 Ultra Chrome Flakies in a Holographic version, 4 (2 UCF/2UCFH) of which are totally new colors to the UCF family. Remember, you can pre-order the new spring polishes as well as the new Ultra Chrome HOLO flakies on March 6th! So let’s get started with the new Spring Collection. I’ve been swatching my digits to the bone and I have them all right here…right now! Warning, lots of images but I tried to compress them so the page won’t take too long to load.

Abundance (H)

Abundance (now in holo) is described as, Abundance is an absolutely gorgeous fall themed Ultra Chrome that couldn't be more suited to the colors of the season! Abundance effortlessly shifts through super vivid hues of red, orange, bronze, and gold. Now add to that holographic microparticles and you have a seriously gorgeous warm sparkler!
Abundance (now in holo) is described as, Abundance is an absolutely gorgeous fall themed Ultra Chrome that couldn’t be more suited to the colors of the season! Abundance effortlessly shifts through super vivid hues of red, orange, bronze, and gold. Now add to that holographic microparticles and you have a seriously gorgeous warm sparkler!

Abundance (H) is quite simply, a super stunning bronze color shifter!
Abundance (H) is quite simply, a super stunning bronze color shifter!

And a sun shot!

Simply breathtaking multichrome with holo in the sunshine added in for good measure.
Simply breathtaking multichrome with holo in the sunshine added in for good measure.

Another favorite is Mega, now in (S) for scattered. Scattered rainbows of SpectraFlair!

Mega (S) in the sunshine! If you wear this and drive, you might want to wear gloves to avoid staring at your nails!
Mega (S) in the sunshine! If you wear this and drive, you might want to wear gloves to avoid staring at your nails!

Mega (H) in regular indirect daylight! Barbra of ILNP says, "MEGA is the mother of all holographic nail polishes, period. It is not a top-coat. It’s a full-blown 100% all-thriller, no-filler SpectraFlair nail polish." She even suggest for fun to try adding a few drops of Mega to an old polish and watch the magic. Cool idea!
Mega (H) in regular indirect daylight! Barbra of ILNP says, “MEGA is the mother of all holographic nail polishes, period. It is not a top-coat. It’s a full-blown 100% all-thriller, no-filler SpectraFlair nail polish.” She even suggest for fun to try adding a few drops of Mega to an old polish and watch the magic. Cool idea!

Mega (S) is Mega with scattered Holo!
Mega (S) is Mega with scattered Holo!

I couldn't stop staring!
I couldn’t stop staring!

Fame is another brand spanking newcomer that is sure to capture everyone’s attention. Gilded and glossy, you’ll love the 2-coat formula.

Fame in 2 easy coats!
Fame in 2 easy coats!

Fame is a smooth white gold metallic with yellow gold flakes (and I'm trying to describe this on my own, stay tuned for more detailed descriptions once I have them). It is smooth and shiny, not textured!
Fame is a smooth white gold metallic with yellow gold flakes (and I’m trying to describe this on my own, stay tuned for more detailed descriptions once I have them). It is smooth and shiny, not textured!

Fame in the sun!
Fame in the sun!

Next is a precious pink metallic Flower Girl, with the added bonus of little gold flakies. Anyone who knows me, knows I love pink and gold together.

Flower Girl is sure to be on fingers and toes at weddings this spring and summer!
Flower Girl is sure to be on fingers and toes at weddings this spring and summer!

Flower Girl is such a delicate shade with that pop of gold. Perfect for spring!
Flower Girl is such a delicate shade with that pop of gold. Perfect for spring!

I could definitely be happy forever with Happily Ever After! So shiny it really played tricks with my camera. It just couldn’t handle the beauty.

Another marvelous metallic that's smooth and glossy is Happily Ever After!
Another marvelous metallic that’s smooth and glossy is Happily Ever After!

ILNP describes Happily Ever After as, "lavender holographic stunner accented with the perfect amount of silver flakes."
ILNP describes Happily Ever After as, “lavender holographic stunner accented with the perfect amount of silver flakes.”

Happily Ever After in the sunshine. Whoa, get my sunglasses!
Happily Ever After in the sunshine. Whoa, get my sunglasses!

Sticking with the wedding theme, here is Peri Me! I love periwinkles and this one is super special.

Peri Me is a gorgeous faded periwinkle with tons of micro holographic glitters (at least to my eyes that's what it looks like) and silver and gold micro flakes. 2 coats is perfect!
Peri Me is a gorgeous faded periwinkle with tons of micro holographic glitters (at least to my eyes that’s what it looks like) and silver and gold micro flakes. 2 coats is perfect!

Yes, Peri Me may just be THE polish shade for some upcoming weddings!
Yes, Peri Me may just be THE polish shade for some upcoming weddings!

Timeless Vow is a soft sage green with gorgeous gold flakes. Smooth application, only 2 coats needed.

Timeless Vow is one of those delicate sage greens everyone is a must for every collection. The added bonus of gold flakes makes this one a stunner for spring!
Timeless Vow is one of those delicate sage greens everyone is a must for every collection. The added bonus of gold flakes makes this one a stunner for spring!

Timeless Vow, oh yes, I promise you want this!
Timeless Vow, oh yes, I promise you want this!

Poetry has been a teaser on ILNP’s Facebook page for good reason!

If you love ILNP's Black Orchid, that deep rich gemstone shade, you'll REALLY want Poetry!
If you love ILNP’s Black Orchid, that deep rich gemstone shade, you’ll REALLY want Poetry!

ILNP describes Poetry as, "a deep and rich raspberry holo accented with a vivid magenta shimmer."
ILNP describes Poetry as, “a deep and rich raspberry holo accented with a vivid magenta shimmer.”

Hush! No really, this one is called Hush and you won’t be able to keep your mouth shut about this beauty. I’ve counted at least 4 shades, maybe 5 in this multichrome polish. And keep reading, there is a (H) holographic version!

Hush shifts from teal, to blue, to purple, to green, and beyond!
Hush shifts from teal, to blue, to purple, to green, and beyond!

Hush is a must have addition to your multichrome arsenal!
Hush is a must have addition to your multichrome arsenal!

And last we have the holographic version of Hush (H). Yes, I do think you need both! lol

Hush (H) with Gaia over Hush on the accent.
Hush (H) with Gaia over Hush on the accent.

Hush (H) is even more amazing with that touch of holo goodness.
Hush (H) is even more amazing with that touch of holo goodness.

I know that is a lot to digest and I’ve got even more coming in the next few days. But just to whet your appetite, I couldn’t wait to share these new spring polishes with you. Get out your pens and paper, bookmark this post and head to ILNP to order on March 6th!

What is your vegan/cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

Order your ILNP Metropolis Ultra Chrome flaky polish from ILNP here!

I LOVE NAIL POLISH Social links:

https://www.facebook.com/ilnpbrand
http://instagram.com/ilnpbrand

https://www.youtube.com/user/ilnpbrand

*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in anyway and all opinions are my own.

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

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This mani is Shamrockin’ using shades from Cult Cosmetics!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a bit ‘o the Irish feel than with a Shamrockin’ mani?! Now, I have to admit, I don’t have a drop of Irish in me. Not that I know of. But most of us have grown up celebrating the day anyway. I did some simple nail art using a dotting tool for some rudimentary shamrocks. I used a fine lining brush for the rainbow and added a few dots of gold to complete the look. No blarney, I did it in 15 minutes! Let’s take a look.

The mani at the end of the rainbow! Here is a cute nail art idea for you for your St. Patrick's Day mani. I used 2 coats of that pale minty green Venice Beach, 2 coats of Palos Verde and the gold accents I used the gold micro glitter bomb polish (not a glitter topper, a polish, called Whiskey A Go Go by Cult Cosmetics.
The mani at the end of the rainbow! Here is a cute nail art idea for you for your St. Patrick’s Day mani. I used 2 coats of that pale minty green Venice Beach, 2 coats of Palos Verde and the gold accents I used the gold micro glitter bomb polish (not a glitter topper, a polish, called Whiskey A Go Go by Cult Cosmetics.

Here are the main polishes used for this look.

The polishes I used for my shamrock mani are, from left: Palos Verde, Venice Beach and Whisky A Go Go.
The polishes I used for my shamrock mani are, from left: Palos Verde, Venice Beach and Whisky A Go Go.

You can used your own imagination for your rainbow and pot ‘o gold! I used all Cult shades for this one. How about you? Do you celebrate, drink green beer or go to the parades? If not, at least you could sit in comfort on March 17th and create a fun look in no time! You can order all these shades and a ton more at Cult Cosmetics today! Links below so you can go shop now, and it won’t take a whole bag of gold either!

Cult Cosmetics lacquers are premium, 5-FREE, Vegan, cruelty-free single coat polishes and makeup products. None of their polishes are animal tested and they are made in California, USA.

https://www.cultcosmetics.com
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**These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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A simple Mardi Gras inspired mani with 3 ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies!

Actually, although I am a day late for the actual Mardi Gras day, folks in New Orleans and most likely beyond are still celebrating. So I thought I’d share with you my super simple Mardi Gras nails using ILNP’s Ultra Chrome Flakies. Of course the three mainstay colors of MG are purple, gold and green. Granted, Mardi Gras is all about celebrating, excess, thinking outside the box and blingy overkill in fashion. But after all that preparation, a simple nail art that still delivers the shine and looks amazing is just the ticket!

Well, I may be a day late and a dollar short, since the true Mardi Gras was technically yesterday. But folks are still celebrating, you can bet on it! I used three MG shaded flakies from the Ultra Chrome Flakies from ILNP. The green one is Open Fields, the gold is Rapture and the purple is Metropolis. All are available in the ILNP.COM store! The accent nail used all three over black. 2 coats on the others over a bare nail, followed by a clear topcoat.
Well, I may be a day late and a dollar short, since the true Mardi Gras was technically yesterday. But folks are still celebrating, you can bet on it! I used three MG shaded flakies from the Ultra Chrome Flakies from ILNP. The green one is Open Fields, the gold is Rapture and the purple is Metropolis. All are available in the ILNP.COM store! The accent nail used all three over black. 2 coats on the others over a bare nail, followed by a clear topcoat.

Here are three of the 13 polish collection of Ultra Chrome Flakies currently in stock at ILNP.com.

The three Ultra Chrome Flakies I used for this Mardi Gras mani are, from bottom: Metropolis, Open Fields, and on the right Rapture.
The three Ultra Chrome Flakies I used for this Mardi Gras mani are, from bottom: Metropolis, Open Fields, and on the right Rapture.

If you haven’t already picked up some of these, I highly recommend them! Whether you use them in nail art, an accent nail are on every digit on your body, you’re sure to love and treasure these beauties. Do you own any, all or want to? Let me know. I love hearing from you!

Order your ILNP Metropolis Ultra Chrome flaky polish from ILNP here!

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*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.

Manis and lacquers

A bit of inspiration for you from my Zoya Mystery trio promo

As I’m getting through my mountain of polishes that were waiting for me, I’m back from vacation and I’m almost caught up! I wanted to throw in this quick manicure that just popped into my head while staring at the three polishes included as a mystery mini trio from the January 2014 Zoya promo. I read a lot of “on-the-fence” reactions to these three little bottles.

In case you missed it, these are the  Zoya's January 2015 Mystery Trio (minis) came with the 3 for Free pay $15 shipping. Upon opening the box I was not surprised as I had already seen photos being posted on Instagram and when mine arrived I was out of town. I was not sure these would fit into my polish life but Zoya polishes are always great formulas and worth a try. And they were free! I have to say these formulas are perfect! Here is Charlott, Anais and Severine.
In case you missed it, these are the Zoya’s January 2015 Mystery Trio (minis) came with the 3 for Free pay $15 shipping. Upon opening the box I was not surprised as I had already seen photos being posted on Instagram and when mine arrived I was out of town. I was not sure these would fit into my polish life but Zoya polishes are always great formulas and worth a try. And they were free! I have to say these formulas are perfect! Here is Charlott, Anais and Severine.

But you know what? I like them! The khaki shade Charlott is super pigmented and applies like butter. Only two coats and it dries glossy and fast. Anais is a warm (almost brownish bronze shimmer) pewter and two coats will reach full opacity as well. In the bottle I thought, meh. Then I applied and immediately fell in love. And finally Severine is a white gold metallic and with careful 2-coat application you can nearly get by without metallic streaks. But it’s so pretty, it’s totally worth it. I have to say that this Peter Som ensemble is quite lovely. Not a part of Zoya’s core line but I wish they were. I’d love full size bottles. Here is my mani!

Looking for a little inspiration for your mystery polishes? As these were featured with the A/W 2012 Runway show colab with designer Peter Som, it just looked like my design should be based on the fashion plate idea. I used all three with a dry marble using Charlott at the base and marbled Anais and Severine.
Looking for a little inspiration for your mystery polishes? As these were featured with the A/W 2012 Runway show colab with designer Peter Som, it just looked like my design should be based on the fashion plate idea. I used all three with a dry marble using Charlott at the base and marbled Anais and Severine.

Did you receive this long-awaited promo? I mean, seriously long because Zoya experienced an unprecedented response to this promotion. I ordered a few lemmings, Dot, Sooki and Lo. Have you used your minis yet? Post them on Instagram, I’d love to see them!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!

$9 (US) Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

*These polishes came as a promotion pkg included with my own polish purchase. All opinions are my own.

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Neon Rosebud Ultra Chrome Flaky polish by ILNP is BRILLIANT!

How does one find a favorite out of 13 perfect Ultra Chrome Flakies from ILNP? Not really possible but Neon Rosebud is pretty much up there on my list. Maybe that’s why I have been saving it almost the last. I nearly swatched her over black, but I have been looking for a nail art idea to use the shade I finally chose for undies. Almost Midnight by L’Oreal won out over black for this look. It’s a deep deep eggplant creme. A perfect fit for a flaky as brilliant as Neon Rosebud!

Neon Rosebud is perfect over any shade, but I chose the very deep eggplant creme by L'Oreal, "Almost Midnight".
Neon Rosebud is perfect over any shade, but I chose the very deep eggplant creme by L’Oreal, “Almost Midnight”.

Neon Rosebud is described as, "Neon Rosebud is just...wow. The primary color range of this beautiful nail polish travels through super vivid fuchsia, green, and gold with hints of other colors in different lighting! A true stunner that lives up to its name!"
Neon Rosebud is described as, “Neon Rosebud is just…wow. The primary color range of this beautiful nail polish travels through super vivid fuchsia, green, and gold with hints of other colors in different lighting! A true stunner that lives up to its name!”

For this look I simply used a single diagonal piece of pink foil striping tape over the base color. Then filled in half the nail with Neon Rosebud, then topped with a single layer of topcoat.

I'm love this shifting from brilliant pink to gold to green, even orange!
I’m love this shifting from brilliant pink to gold to green, even orange!

Aaaand here’s your macro! Ooooh…ahhhh 😉

Because you love macros!
Because you love macros!

My last swatch of these fab flakies will be Metropolis. I’m still pondering what look I should go for. Which UCFs have you picked up from ILNP and how are you wearing them? I would love to hear from you!

In case you wondered, here is info on ILNP 3-Free and cruelty free products!

“What is your vegan / cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

Order your ILNP Neon Rosebud Ultra Chrome flaky polish from ILNP here!

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