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Today, 4 of my final 7 ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies!

As some of you may already know, my life has been a whirlwind in the last month or two as we attended to the needs of my husband’s ailing mom. She was suffering with severe end stage COPD and has been here at our home in a hospice setting. She passed away on Dec. 6, and the last few weeks of her life were pretty uncomfortable. We have had her funeral services and currently still have company, much welcomed visit from our daughter and her husband. I truly appreciate the outpouring of love, support, patience and prayers of my online friends. Thank you so much! Even though we are in the thick of the holidays, I am pretty much keeping up with my swatching and blogging commitments, a little more sparse than usual. But I’m getting back on track. So on with this week’s ILNP showcase!

Today I’m sharing with you 4 of final 7 Ultra Chrome Flakies with Atlantis, Brilliance, Cold Fusion and Rapture. Be on the lookout on my blog and Instagram within the next week for the final 3, Metropolis, Neon Rosebud and Open Fields! All 13 UCFs are perfect!

First up, Atlantis. Here comes the eye candy! Be sure to click/tap on each image for an even closer view.

Atlantis is described by ILNP as, "Atlantis is breathtaking. This beautiful Ultra Chrome Flakie magically travels through hues of blue, orange, purple, and red. The colors are so vibrant they almost appear as if they're glowing. A personal favorite!" So cool!

Atlantis is described by ILNP as, “Atlantis is breathtaking. This beautiful Ultra Chrome Flakie magically travels through hues of blue, orange, purple, and red. The colors are so vibrant they almost appear as if they’re glowing. A personal favorite!” So cool!

Atlantis is amazing over Mega by ILNP and super cool over a black or dark creme!

Atlantis is amazing over Mega by ILNP and super cool over a black or dark creme!

Ahh, I finally found the elusive Atlantis! One coat over Mega by ILNP and one coat over a black creme on the accent nail.

Ahh, I finally found the elusive Atlantis! One coat over Mega by ILNP and one coat over a black creme on the accent nail.

Brilliance…what can I say, it’s brilliant!

Brilliance is described by ILNP as, "Brilliance is a wonderfully vintage feeling Ultra Chrome Flakie nail polish. It might look a bit similar to a couple of the others but we assure you it's not! The primary color range of Brilliance travels through a pale gold, a pinkish bronze, and a light green. You'll also be able to notice a bunch of other colors like blues, oranges, and reds depending on your lighting!" Lovely!

Brilliance is described by ILNP as, “Brilliance is a wonderfully vintage feeling Ultra Chrome Flakie nail polish. It might look a bit similar to a couple of the others but we assure you it’s not! The primary color range of Brilliance travels through a pale gold, a pinkish bronze, and a light green. You’ll also be able to notice a bunch of other colors like blues, oranges, and reds depending on your lighting!” Lovely!

All the flakies I'm sharing today are only one coat over undies respectively, but really nearly two coats will almost bring them to opacity. Brilliance over Bella by Seche.

All the flakies I’m sharing today are only one coat over undies respectively, but really nearly two coats will almost bring them to opacity. Brilliance over Bella by Seche.

Well, the stupid sunshine kept teasing me going in and out. I wanted you to see how fab Brilliance is over the vampy cranberry shimmer of Bella by Seche. But you get the idea, it's stunning!

Well, the stupid sunshine kept teasing me going in and out. I wanted you to see how fab Brilliance is over the vampy cranberry shimmer of Bella by Seche. But you get the idea, it’s stunning!

Cold Fusion, perfect for winter!

Cold Fusion is described by ILNP as, "Cold Fusion is a super cool Ultra Chrome Flakie that's a must have! Shifting through hues of blue, teal, and even purple, Cold Fusion doesn't disappoint!" Wear this and chill!

Cold Fusion is described by ILNP as, “Cold Fusion is a super cool Ultra Chrome Flakie that’s a must have! Shifting through hues of blue, teal, and even purple, Cold Fusion doesn’t disappoint!” Wear this and chill!

I knew the moment I saw Cold Fusion what shade I wanted for it's undies! Kerfuffle by wHet was a perfect choice because of it's creamy periwinkle pastel hue.

I knew the moment I saw Cold Fusion what shade I wanted for it’s undies! Kerfuffle by wHet was a perfect choice because of it’s creamy periwinkle pastel hue.

Cold Fusion over Kerfuffle by wHet. Wowza!

Cold Fusion over Kerfuffle by wHet. Wowza!

And the last for today, Rapture. Holy cow it’s gorgeous over Cygnus Loop by ILNP! First, I’ll share CL with you so you can take in its beauty.

Cygnus Loop is described by ILNP as, "Who would’ve thought you could wear the remnants of a supernova on your fingertips? Cygnus Loop is a stunner of a polish that may just blow your mind right into another galaxy. Depending on the light and angle of your lovely fingertips, Cygnus Loop will shuffle through a bright purple, to orange, to yellow, and even a little bit of green. Woah! Cygnus Loop is part of ILNP’s “Ultra Chrome” class of chromatic nail polishes; formulated to apply directly to the nail without the need for a base color. Fully opaque after 2 coats!" It truly IS!

Cygnus Loop is described by ILNP as, “Who would’ve thought you could wear the remnants of a supernova on your fingertips? Cygnus Loop is a stunner of a polish that may just blow your mind right into another galaxy. Depending on the light and angle of your lovely fingertips, Cygnus Loop will shuffle through a bright purple, to orange, to yellow, and even a little bit of green. Woah! Cygnus Loop is part of ILNP’s “Ultra Chrome” class of chromatic nail polishes; formulated to apply directly to the nail without the need for a base color. Fully opaque after 2 coats!”
It truly IS!

So, this was my base color for Rapture and a perfect undie for any of the 13 Ultra Chrome Flakies!

So, this was my base color for Rapture and a perfect undie for any of the 13 Ultra Chrome Flakies!

Now Rapture over Cygnus Loop!

Rapture is described by ILNP as, "Rapture is a gorgeous primarily golden Ultra Chrome Flakie that also shifts through beautifully subtle hues of silver and blue." I describe it as AMAZING!

Rapture is described by ILNP as, “Rapture is a gorgeous primarily golden Ultra Chrome Flakie that also shifts through beautifully subtle hues of silver and blue.” I describe it as AMAZING!

Rapture is undeniably beautiful!

Rapture is undeniably beautiful!

Rapture is undeniably beautiful!

Rapture is undeniably beautiful!

Please read this information (which may change depending on supplies being delivered to ILNP). This is a quote from ILNP Facebook page. Please, please be patient with ILNP when ordering. Barbra has no control over the timing and whims of customs. This is an AMAZING company to deal with and they are doing everything in their power to get these fabulous products to your mailbox.

As of December 6th Facbook quote: “We’re dealing with another supply delay (our product boxes have been held by customs for close to 3 weeks now) so the official release of the Ultra Chrome Flakies will likely be postponed until late December unless we get some really good news next week. I’m not going to risk potentially delaying anyone’s Christmas gifts. This delay also affects ‘in-stock’ products. Anyone making a purchase will be notified before being allowed to complete their checkout of the delays and given the option to cancel or complete their order. This has been a complete nightmare for us at the worst possible time of the year. On the bright side, we will be adding physical gift cards to the ILNP shop in the coming days that can ship immediately. Just in time for Christmas! Thank you all so much for your patience and understanding. We’ve been working 16 hour days since Monday (when we received our bottles) to get everything poured, packed, and shipped!”

Please take a moment to comment and let me know if you’ll be picking up some or all of these gorgeous special effect polishes. Again, please know these are NOT DIFFICULT to remove. It’s just like removing regular polish whether you layer it over an undercoat of color, or on the bare nail. I LOVE that!

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 Boutique Nail Lacquers from ILNP here!

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Other mainstream brands mentioned are:

wHet at http://www.whetnails.com

Seche at http://www.seche.com

* Products from ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) were sent to me for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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My water garden, a Lacquer Legion monthly mani challenge

My water garden, a Lacquer Legion monthly mani challenge

Ok, so Kirby The Mercurial Magpie inspired me to branch out and create a Garden Themed mani for this month’s Lacquer Legion’s theme challenge! #LLgarden I have to admit, nail art in it’s true form intimidates me a bit. #1 I’m no artist. Well yeah, we will stick with #1!

So here is my contribution, my garden mani is called Water Garden. I used the watercolor technique (which I’m still learning) from Nicole @youngwildandpolished, one of my YouTube faves. Lacquers used: thumbnail and ring finger are base of Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen Extreme Wear and topped with Sally Hansen Complete Salon in Mermaid’s Tale. For the watercolor water garden nails I used as a base, Essie’s Mint Candy Apple representing water; and for the lilies I used Essie’s Watermelon, Zoya’s Josie, and SH’s Pacific Blue. Topped with Seche Vite. And yes, I did both hands! Love to be challenged? This was my first one for Lacquer Legion and it was pretty fun. Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thelacquerlegion. The challenge is going on today, May 28th and you can post both on their Facebook page as well as on Instagram. Their handle is thelacquerlegion. Are you submitting one? Leave a comment below with your link!

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Zoya Cosmo is like 100 prisms on every finger

Zoya Cosmo is like 100 prisms on every finger

Here is the first of my three new Magical Pixie Dusts from Zoya and it’s out of this world! Now, since mine just came in the mail the other day after waiting for them over a month, I have to say…YES, they were worth the wait. I try so hard to not be an early adopter, but I didn’t want to wait until these sparkling gems hit Ulta’s shelves. (spanks hand) 😉

I still have to try the other two in this Spring 2014 collection, Vega (soft baby blue yet blingy), and Lux, the soft pink with the same amazing features as it’s sisters. I am pretty sure I was prepared for a chunkier experience compared to the other Pixie Dusts, because of what I’ve read. And I own nearly all of them (which I bought with my own cheddar!). I wasn’t however prepared to have my breath removed from my body in one blast upon opening the precariously thin shipping box that Zoya is so famous for. I’ve been praying they would arrive in one piece after such a long wait.

Zoya describes Cosmo as a silver crystal sparkle. I heartily echo that description. They also tout the new spring line with having “mega hex iridescent particles”. I agree, but I think they should have added a disclaimer that you need a bit, just a tad, more patience in applying. Once you put on a thin coat on all ten, by the time you get back to #1 it will be dry. Nice! Then the second coat is the challenge, but maybe it’s just me. And yeah, all you need is two coats. Three would be overkill and it would look like you dipped your fingers in a sparkly vat of extra thick concrete. The result though is nothing short of…magical! Oh my goodness, it’s blindingly bright in the sunshine and should probably come with a warning from the DMV, “Do not stare at nails while driving, it could be hazardous to your health.” If I could describe this jewel in one sentence, I’d have to say it’s like having 100 prisms on ever finger. It’s texured, it’s sparkly, it’s holographic and yes Zoya, it truly IS “Amped Up”! I LOVE all three. One other thing. You know I love me some textured polishes. Such time savers! These are a bit rougher than what I’m used to. So even though Zoya recommends you don’t need base or top coats, and I don’t on the others, I did apply a thin coat of Seche Vite top coat to this. It’s still textured, shine didn’t change, but it just feels smoother. I’d say this is pretty much how I’ll do the others.

Also, you may want to skip wearing this in shark infested waters. I hear they are attracted to shiny things 🙂

I purchased this with my own money.

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