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SquareHue visits the 1940 in the 05.15 collection

I’m back with the 1940s collection from SquareHue for May 2015! Again, and please forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but SH polishes are notoriously buttery formulas. On each of these polishes this month I painted two coats. The formulas are easy to paint, and very self leveling. Let’s take a look!

So much to love here. The 1940 collection for 5.15 brings us to the era around WWII. From Left: shimmery Sorcerer's Hat 1940; high gloss creme in War Hero 1945; and Mambo 1948, a high gloss creme.

So much to love here. The 1940 collection for 5.15 brings us to the era around WWII. From Left: shimmery Sorcerer’s Hat 1940; high gloss creme in War Hero 1945; and Mambo 1948, a high gloss creme.

I repeat, I LOVE the square bottles. Storing these collections is a breeze and the labels on the backs are brilliant!

What a colorful way to celebrate a turbulent time in our history!

What a colorful way to celebrate a turbulent time in our history!

First swatch is Sorcerer’s Hat. What a glorious, non-staining blue shimmer!

Sorcerer's Hat in honor of that little mouse that wears many hats, namely his master's hat!

Sorcerer’s Hat in honor of that little mouse that wears many hats, namely his master’s hat!

Salute to War Hero!

War Hero is a warm, vibrant mustard yellow creme that is so glossy. 2 coats here.

War Hero is a warm, vibrant mustard yellow creme that is so glossy. 2 coats here.

Ahh, Mambo! Get your towering fruit hats on girls! Time to do the Mambo. 😉

Mambo is a feisty chili red creme that is the perfect buttery formula. 2 coats.

Mambo is a fiesty chili red creme that is the most perfect buttery formula. 2 coats.

Come back in June for my next SH post on the 06.15 collection, 1950s. They ship out on the 1st of the month!

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Thank you Nail It! Magazine and Salon Perfect

I had all but forgotten that I’d entered the Nail It! Magazine giveaway in the fall. There were 200 winners drawn to receive this 6-bottle Holiday set and I was one of them, so thanks a million! I am LOVING these holiday shades and toppers by Salon Perfect and I just had to share a quick holiday mani using them.

Love my prize from Nail It! magazine! For this cute Christmas mani I used He's With Me, Sugar Cube, Glam Glitter, Christmas Cookie and Champagne Toast.

Love my prize from Nail It! magazine! For this cute Christmas mani I used He’s With Me, Sugar Cube, Glam Glitter, Christmas Cookie and Champagne Toast.

The Salon Perfect polish set also included a clear base glitter topper called Snowed In, full of multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitter.

From top: Sugar Cube (white creme), left/Champagne Toast (gold glitter in clear base, Right center, He's With Me (shimmery smooth perfect red jelly base with red microglitter, very much like China Glaze Ruby Pumps), bottom left to right, Christmas Cookie (red, green and white matte glitters in clear base, Glam Glitter (red and green glitters in clear base with micro silver glitters, and Snowed In (clear base topper with multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitters.).

From top: Sugar Cube (white creme), left/Champagne Toast (gold glitter in clear base, Right center, He’s With Me (shimmery smooth perfect red jelly base with red microglitter, very much like China Glaze Ruby Pumps), bottom left to right, Christmas Cookie (red, green and white matte glitters in clear base, Glam Glitter (red and green glitters in clear base with micro silver glitters, and Snowed In (clear base topper with multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitters.).

So, thank you again to Nail It! Magazine for the wonderful Christmas surprise!

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* These polishes were won in a giveaway by Nail It!, and I was not required to post a review. All opinions are my own.

Four sparklers from Alchemy Lacquers

I finally got a chance to become a “lab assistant” today for Alchemy Lacquers. The four lab samples I’m presenting are what I categorize as “Blingity bling bling”! Each one having it’s own character, texture and personality. They are Night Fire, Kelpie Seaweed, Gilded Lagoon and Delphinium.

Night Fire, Kelpie Seaweed, Gilded Lagoon and Delphinium.

Night Fire, Kelpie Seaweed, Gilded Lagoon and Delphinium.

First we’ll start with this glowing beauty, Night Fire. The finished texture sort of reminds me of a cross between the new Magical Pixie dusts and Bubbly polishes from Zoya, just a smidge smoother, but with all of the shine.

Night Fire is a nearly neon pink in a pink base, with pink glitters, holographic sparkle and it screams, "Look at me, I'm fancy!"

Night Fire is a nearly neon pink in a pink base, with pink glitters, holographic sparkle and it screams, “Look at me, I’m fancy!”

I included photos in outdoor shade and sun for each of these polishes today so you could see how the light plays a part of their personalities.

Night Fire in the sunshine.

Night Fire in the sunshine.

Night Fire in the outdoor shade.

Night Fire in the outdoor shade.

I found the formula on the medium thick side as to be expected with a glitter loaded jelly, but totally manageable. Two coats and you’re done for a shiny textured finish. Add a topcoat like Gelous for a smooth look. This is a soon-to-be released item.

Next comes a mysterious green stunner from the Alchemical Imaginarium: Water Fae Collection, Kelpie Seaweed. It’s described as “…A darkened linear holographic nail lacquer with a green, blue, violet multichrome finish. Often found in the lochs of the Green Isles, Kelpies are actually shape shifting water horses. The majestic white horses with striking blue manes can take human form, and when they do, you can always identify theme by their hair, which as a very rare ingredient, seaweed!”

Kelpie Seaweed took me by surprise.

Kelpie Seaweed took me by surprise.

Kelpie Seaweed in the sunshine.

Kelpie Seaweed in the sunshine.

The first coat had me a bit concerned as it was on the thick side as loaded with micro glitters as it was. It was a tad tricky to apply the first coat but dried quickly. The second coat filled in perfectly and all was right with the world! Beautiful!

Kelpie Seaweed in the shade.

Kelpie Seaweed in the shade.

Oh my! My fave of the bunch, soon-to-be released Gilded Lagoon. It looked gorgeous in the bottle so I was pretty jazzed about this one. It has those dreamy mermaidy colors I love, plus gold.

If anyone knows where I can find the actual Gilded Lagoon, let me know. If it looks like this, I'm in!

If anyone knows where I can find the actual Gilded Lagoon, let me know. If it looks like this, I’m in!

Gilded Lagoon is opaque in two coats and sparkles like nobody’s business!

Gilded Lagoon is like having mermaid scales on your fingers.

Gilded Lagoon, even in the shade is like having mermaid scales on your fingers.

Gilded Lagoon is just as sparkly in the shade!

Gilded Lagoon is just even more sparkly in the sunshine!

And lastly we have Delphinium. Just like the flower, a gorgeous blue. This is one I struggled with. It’s very thick and the first coat did not cooperate with me. Two coats will do it and I found that it’s easier for the first coat in bypassing a base coat. Two coats is plenty with a coat of Gelous in between. The pretty payoff is worth the work. So I mushed on. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Delphinium, hard to pronounce, easy on the eyes.

Delphinium, hard to pronounce, easy on the eyes.

She really sparkles in the sunshine. Definitely an attention getter.

She really sparkles in the sunshine. Definitely an attention getter.

Even in the shade, the tiny blue glitters are so densely packed, each coat, two is plenty, will just add more bling.

Even in the shade, the tiny blue glitters of this soon-to-be released polish are so densely packed, each coat, two is plenty, will just add more bling.

I especially love reading indie polish makers’ back stories of how they got started, what inspired them, and how supportive their families are in their endeavors. Be sure to hop over to Rebecca’s “About” page while you’re shopping at her Etsy store. It’s a great little read!

Alchemy Lacquers are 5 free, cruelty free, hand-mixed nail lacquers, all handmade to order out of Rebecca’s lab in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you have questions contact Rebecca via her etsy store, Facebook or email.

On Instagram look for @alchemylacquers

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

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Philly Loves Lacquer’s AMAZING Duo!

I 95 Quick Dry Topcoat & Penndot Sticky Basecoat

I 95 Quick Dry Topcoat & Penndot Sticky Basecoat

Philly Loves Lacquer will be releasing something amazing in June! I-95 Quick Dry Top Coat and Penndot Sticky Base Coat. I’ve had the chance to play with these gems and I can tell you truthfully, I’m in love!

I rarely get a chance to wear any lacquers more than a day or two and recently I went on vacation for a week. I had the chance to wear some polishes for several days while taking a short break from swatching. I packed these babies with me and used them with every manicure. I even kept one polish on for nearly 5 days, of course using both the base and the top coats.

Awesome twosome!

Awesome twosome!

The base coat dries nearly as quick as the top coat. Yet it gives you plenty of time to smooth on the perfect formula. I have a feeling I am going to use this little treasure up quickly because I love it! It’s smooth and obviously helped my polish adhere well. I spent the whole vacation hunting in the sand for seashells, always covered in seawater!

With one mani that I wore 4 days with both the base and top coats, I had minimal tip wear and no chips. The top coat dries amazingly fast, as fast as many mainstream brands. What I like about this is NO SHRINKAGE! Take that George Costanza! 😉 It’s glossy and the formula is spot on. Whether you layer it over glitter or smooth polish, it’s up for the challenge.

Remember indie polish lovers, the brand new Summer Down the Shore Collection, Philly Loves Lacquer will be released tomorrow, June 1st! It’s a gorgeous set of beachy lacquers. Read my review http://wp.me/p43rnr-zA from a couple of weeks ago and check out the swatches. Believe me, you WANT these!

Plus these new base and top coats will soon be released, early June. So be watching Esther’s site for that. Here are the links below:

Esther’s creations at http://phillyloveslacquer.com. Also become a follower and stay in touch with all her releases through:

Instagram, http://instagram.com/phillyloveslacquer

Twitter, https://twitter.com/PHLovesLacquer

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PhillyLovesLacquer

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