The month of March brings SquareHue The Adventure Collection Pub Crawl Dublin collection! An eye-popping set of juicy shades featuring two different finishes. I’m loving these shades and a fun addition and sort of rare is the white texture.
You won’t have the blues when you’re wearing blue hues like this! St. John is gorgeous!
Juicy orange creme, Temple Bar looks good enough to eat.
A sugary textured white, Bridge Inn, not too white but very complimentary to every skin tone.
Conclusion: No blarney here, these polishes are perfect for March! The Temple Bar and St. John shades are glossy and quick drying, only required 2 coats. Bridge Inn took a bit more patience in application, but that is how textures are. The outcome is worth the effort.
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I have two of six polishes sent to me from Madam Glam to share with you today. Drink With Me and Bronze Me Baby. I’ll be following up with the last four in a very near future post! But first, let me help you drool over these beauties!
Drink With Me by Madam Glam is the quintessential deep deep burgundy wine. It’s almost like having a Cabernet with a slight sexy shimmer on your nails.
Application is as near to pigmented perfection as it comes. The formula is what I like to see in all cremes and shimmers like this. It stays buttery smooth and wet for the duration that you apply it to each fingernail. It never drags or get ahead of itself. It doesn’t pool or goop up on you. It’s patient and kind! Lol yet it dries fairly quickly to such a glossy finish, you’ll wonder if you already applied a gloss topcoat and slept through it!
Bronze Me Baby is another huge win. This formula…wow! Love love love it!
I can’t wait to show you the rest. I’m trying desperately to stay caught up with all my swatching. With about a dozen polishes waiting in the wings and even more winging their way through the postal service presently, I say to winter, “Bring it on!” My nails and my camera are ready 😉 Footnote: I hit my pointer finger nail on a grocery cart today…no, I didn’t swear but I wanted to! I broke the tip off the nail of my model hand, so, looks like I’ll be shortening those nails a bit so they all match. So my next swatches my nails will be more “working length” but oh well, they grow fast thank goodness!
I need to also mention, Madam Glam not only updated their bottle designs, great brushes I might say. But the boxes that hold up to three polishes are super sturdy and well packaged. Great touch and attention to detail. I love that!
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Things are finally settling down around here! We’ve already had our family Christmas party and all the family has gone home. So now I’m back to swatching and posting! You already know I love Squarehue, but this particular collection gets straight As.
I am over the moon happy with this collection. I can’t wait to see what’s coming our way in 2015 with the Decades Collections beginning in January.
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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.
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.
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.
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!”
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!
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.
Gilded Lagoon is opaque in two coats and sparkles like nobody’s business!
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.
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.
As you may, or may not know, I’ve been on vacation in Florida. We have a beach condo here. Sadly, we are leaving tomorrow. It gets harder and harder to leave every time. And we bought the place in ’07! I didn’t want you to think I’d dropped off the map so I’m sharing a beachy mani with you. And maybe a couple images from our trip.
About a month ago I took a stab at a watercolor nail thanks to Nicole’s youngwildandpolished YouTube tutorial. Thank you so much! 😘💕💕💕 I can’t wait to do more. Polishes used were China Glaze Seahorsin Around for other nails, them for water color I used Square Hue in Beethoven Straat; Wet n Wild for the white base in Whipped Topping; Wet n Wild in Deception; and Elle Cutting Edge Emerald.
Here are a couple of images from our beach trip. And we do rent out our condo. Most of the summer is booked solid, but for future reference if you’re interested, check us out here: http://www.vrbo.com/129539 our booking calendar is always updated.
And I’ll leave you with this. Perfect beach, perfect relaxation. What are your summer plans? 😎🌴🌞
Zoya describes beautiful Dillon from the Spring 2014 Awaken Collection as a full-coverage (on a scale of 1-5 as a 5), a green mint metallic with a silver shimmer. I’d go beyond that. This minty wonder is on the warm side. So depending on the light, you may think you see a bit of golden shimmer instead of silver. But it’s just your eyes playing tricks on you. The finish is glossy and the application is a dream. I used two coats here. Then, just for fun…
I decided to compliment Dillon’s silver shimmer with Cosmo, one of three Magical PixieDusts from the 2014 Spring release. I painted my ring finger first with Dillon, then painted one half with Cosmo and picked out a few of the circle holo glitters and scattered them on Dillon. Cool! It’s almost like wearing jewelry on my fingertips! Zoya describes Cosmo as a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent or holographic particles.
I’m dying to get my hands on some more of the Awaken collection. And now Zoya has opened up preorders (shipping May 15) for three new Summer 2024 Magical PixieDusts; Gini, Bar and Arlo! Mama want! PLUS…12 new summer shades from the Summer 2014 collections, Bubbly Holo Glitters and Tickled Creams. Tickled shades are: Tilda, Ling, Rooney, Kitridge, Wendy and Rocha. Bubbly shades are: Stassi, Muse, Harper, Binx, Jessi and Alma. All are preorder able now and set to ship on May 15. I’m super excited about this release as they all look like winners and you know you can’t go wrong with Zoya’s formulas!
Same mani, two looks. Say whaaaa?! 😉 well, this is what happens when you are being snowed in on a stormy mid-March Sunday. Disclaimer: forgive the rough iPhone selfies! I just intended these pics for Instagraming but wanted to share them with you, my loving followers!
Last night I painted my St. Patty’s Day mani using Zoya’s Pixie Dust in Solange on the accent nail, encrusted with fake emeralds. Then I finished her with two coats of the minty wonder, Wintermint by Revlon’s Parfumerie. Pretty huh? Then…
I decided since we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon, I’d test out a recent purchase from http://www.bornprettystore.com. The texture on #05 is ever so slight, so if you’re a texture virgin, this will be pleasing to you, all the glitz of a sparkly texture without the heavy grit. You know, the kind that will scar your cornea if you scratch your eyeball?! Lol now I’m dying to get more. They have many shades to choose from and although it takes a long time to ship, they are worth it. One note. They smell like Kleancolor polishes but this fades as it fully dries. You can always top it with a quick coat of Seche Vite if you can’t take the odor.
Here is my Born Pretty Dsicount code just for my lovelies!