Nautical Nail Art

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Hello all my lovely readers!  Today I’m gonna show you most recent manicure.  I decided on a nautical theme, not sure why I just really wanted to give it a go as I haven’t before.  Mermaids and unicorns I’ve done to death but I wanted to do something a little different.

As usual my focus remains on indies so I used all indie polishes (except the white, I really need to get a good indie white and black.  I think that will be my next goal.  I already know I’ll probably get the ones from Digital Nails but if you wonderful folk have any other suggestions I’m all ears).

For this mani I pulled out some gorgeous creme polishes and one really amazing gold flakie topper.  I used Literary Lacquers – Bluestocking Romance and OPNL – Universal Loner were part of the Creme a la Mode box which I have reviewed before.  They are really perfect for nail art.  The gold flakie topper I chose to go with them is Indigo Bananas – A Star to Sail By.

Literary Lacquers – Bluestocking Romance, OPNL – Universal Loner, and Indigo Bananas – A Star to Sail By

First I started by painting my base colors.  I used Bluestocking Romance on my forefinger and pinky finger and I used Universal Loner on my thumb and middle finger.  I painted my ring finger with A Star to Sail By (keep in mind it is a topper so I needed to use four coats to reach an acceptable opacity, it is possible though!)

Nautical Nail Art featuring: Literary Lacquers – Bluestocking Romance, OPNL – Universal Loner, and Indigo Bananas – A Star to Sail By

Once I had the base down I added a crisp white stripe to the nails painted with Bluestocking Romance using some nail vinyls to make sure that it was straight and clean.  I hand-painted an anchor on my ring finger, I know that freehand nail art intimidates a lot of folks but this one is a really simple design that I think anyone can do!  I’m no impressive nail artist and if I can do it then certainly anyone can.  Once I had the white accents added I decided it needed some metallic studs.  I used a teardrop shaped gold metallic stud on my middle finger and thumb and then I added teensie red metallic studs to each of the white stripes on my forefinger and pinky.

Nautical Nail Art featuring: Literary Lacquers – Bluestocking Romance, OPNL – Universal Loner, and Indigo Bananas – A Star to Sail By

While I do not think that Bluestocking Romance or Universal Loner have been discontinued you will want to check Literary Lacquers new pop-up sales model to find out if and when it will be restocked.  OPNL usually also works on a pre-order model and releases certain polishes at certain times.  A Star to Sail By is still available at the Indigo Bananas shop!  I will include social media and shop links for all three brands below:

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Stamping Nail Art

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Hello all my lovely readers.  I promised I was back and here I am again!  Today I’m going to show you a pretty mani that has me staring at my nails whenever I think no one is looking!

I started off with a base coat of Indigo Bananas – Immortal Game.  How I never reviewed this for you guys before I do not know!  So let’s start with that.  I’ve actually had this awhile but it is still available on her site.  If you don’t have any Indigo Bananas nail polishes…I urge you to go and change that.  I haven’t been disappointed yet.

Immortal Game is a turquoise crelly polish filled with glassfleck and a color shifting shimmer.  Honestly, it’s a fantastic stand-alone polish even without nail art…but I can’t control myself sometimes.  I digress!  Back to this polish.  The color-shifting shimmer was extremely shy when I tried to photograph it.  I did get one picture where you can see a little bit of the yummy shimmer.  It’s -much- more prominent in person.

Indigo Bananas – Immortal Game

The application on it was fantastic.  Even though it is packed with glassfleck and shimmer it went on smoothly. First coat is a touch sheer but it was opaque in two coats so I have no complaints with that.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Indigo Bananas – Immortal Game

So then, I said to myself let’s stamp this.  But then I saw my bottle of Cult Nails – Seduction sitting on my desk (I was testing it out with different things) and I thought…why not add flakies…flakies make every mani better!  So I started by adding a thin coat of Seduction over top of Immortal Game.  Now this darkened the base a bit because Seduction is a flakie topper in a indigo tinted base.  Seduction could not be used alone it’s far too sheer for that, but, it makes an amazing effect topper and is packed with iridescent color shifting flakies.

Indigo Bananas – Immortal Game topped with Cult Nails – Seduction

Then, because as I mentioned I can’t stop (can’t stop won’t stop!) I stamped a pretty lacy image from Moyra Ornaments 03 over top in a magenta creme.  The stamping is subtle particularly with all the glassfleck and flakie action but I’m really pleased with the result.  Because I used a flakie topcoat I used a matte topcoat so that they really pop (matte all the flakies!).

I hope you like this as much as I did.  Unfortunately Cult Nails is no longer in business, but I will include links below for Indigo Bananas.  As usual you can find me on Facebook and Instagram and I love hearing from my readers!

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Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Some Polishes Provided for Review

Hello All my Lovely Readers!  Today I’m using my stash to create a fun Valentine’s Day inspired mani.  But, because I didn’t go all heart crazy it will work for just about any time!  I used a fun and easy nail art technique that can be used with any combination of polishes.

I used three polishes for this nail art look.  MOD Lacquer – Baby Flamingo, Northern Star – Protego Totalum, and Crows Toes – Edgy Ocean Blue.  I’ve reviewed all of these before so I won’t go into that in this post.

Valentine's Nail Art - Polishes

Crows Toes – Edgy Ocean Blue, Northern Star – Protego Totalum, MOD Lacquer – Baby Flamingo (Left to Right)

The first step was the base color.  For the base of my mani I used MOD Lacquer – Baby Flamingo.  I used two coats to give it a nice base for my upcoming nail art:

MOD Lacquer - Baby Flamingo

MOD Lacquer – Baby Flamingo

MOD Lacquer - Baby Flamingo

MOD Lacquer – Baby Flamingo

Next I used a latex barrier around my cuticles because I knew things were going to get messy.  I used Digital Nails – Questionable Browser History, though I do not think that it’s available any longer.  Latex barriers are pretty easy to find these days though and there are a lot of good ones on the market!

Nail Art Preparation

Nail Art Preparation

Then using a fan brush I started adding the detail.  I got this brush for a set off Amazon, you can find them pretty easily and they don’t cost a lot of money:

Fan Brush

Fan Brush

To create my art I started by putting a several drops of Northern Star – Protego Totalum on my silicone mat and I dipped the tip of the fan brush in it.  I then swiped it across my nails to create stripes.  After I did all of my nails with Protego Totalum I went back and cleaned the brush in acetone and then put several drops of Crows Toes – Edgy Ocean Blue on my silicone mat and followed the same process right over the stripes I made earlier:

Valentine's Nail Art Progress

Valentine’s Nail Art Progress

I was glad I did use the latex barrier, reds and blues are particularly hard to clean up off of skin.  This way all I had to do was peel most of it away and then touch up just a tiny bit around the edges!

I topped everything off with Ciate Gelology Top Coat that I got in my Ipsy Bag last month.  I thought I would try it out because it’s supposed to be super shiny, squishy, and hard wearing.  It doesn’t dry as fast as a quick dry top coat but it does dry super shiny!  I don’t know about the wear yet but if it doesn’t provide at least several days wear I will update this post!

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Valentine’s Day Nail Art

 

There you have it a quick, fun, and EASY nail art look that is perfect for Valentine’s day or any time!

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Valentine’s Day Nail Art

Boom Shaka Lacquer is Back

This is gonna be a short post.  And while this particular post won’t have any pretty polishes or nail art it will have an explanation for my absence and some things to look forward to.  Also, I’d love your input as well if there’s something that you’d like to see let me know and I’ll see what I can do to fulfill those requests!

Back in May around the time of my last post I was having a serious bout of blogger burnout and I sort of was letting things slide a bit.  I planned some posts and did some nail art but I just couldn’t get it to come together.  I needed a break and badly.

In July, my aunt (who is disabled and I am caregiver for) had a serious heart attack.  Needless to say this rocked my/our world in more ways that can be imagined.  She’s recovering well, but we had a rocky time.  About the time things started to look up with her health it was the holidays…well that’s never a good time to get back to blogging what with all the other holiday shenanigans going on.

But, lately I’ve been doing my nails more, doing more nail art, and even posting on Instagram some (as many of you may have noticed).  Most importantly, I’ve missed all my lovely readers!

I have some travel coming up this summer so I’m on a pretty serious no-buy BUT I have a huge stash of polish and quite a bit that I’ve never shown you.  So I will be challenging myself to use and blog my stash for you all.  This means you’ll see more nail art, some LEs and discontinued polishes (which you may be able to find on the second-hand market), and some things that never made it to the blog before.

What would you like to see?  Do you want me to test nail art techniques or tutorials and tell you my thoughts on how easy or hard they may be?  Do you want to see my fails as well as my successes?  I promise you I fail hard at nail art sometimes!  Let me know in the comments.

The Switching Post – Featuring Polished Pathology!

Hello my lovely readers!  I’m so delighted to be bringing you another installment of the blogger collaboration, The Switching Post!  This month I’m switching with one of my dear friends and an absolutely astounding blogger, Polished Pathology.  Seriously, if you don’t follow her already, then definitely follow the links at the bottom of the post to go check out more of her awesome posts!  Let’s get right down to her post now oh and if you’re looking for mine, well you’ll just have to head on over to her blog!
Hello all! I’m Jenne with Polished Pathology, and I’m switching with Karel this month! We decided to focus on more a fashion theme, and this is the picture we chose:

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Isn’t that outfit gorgeous?

When I was looking for colors to match this photo, I realize that I must hate burgundy colors…because I have almost ZERO!I managed to find some that were similar to the photo above. I used the following:

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Zoya Nail Polish in Sam

OPI Nail Lacquer in Pepe’s Purple Pasion

China Glaze in Ruby Pumps

In order to get this look, I decided to use my Border Patrol latex from Girly Bits Cosmetics. I swooped it over my base color, which was two coats of Zoya Sam.

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Then, I did one layer of OPI’s Pepe Purple Passion, waited a minute or so, and then one layer of Ruby Pumps. I easily peeled off the latex, then I added a coat of HK Girl. This is my final result!

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I think if I had given myself more space to use the glitter, it would be more contrasting, but I also really like how subtle it is. I really like how Ruby Pumps blended in with the colors! What do you guys think? Thanks for visiting, and be sure to follow both Karel and I on social media, and if you’d like to be a part of The Switching Post series, look us up on Facebook!

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Alchemy Lacquers April Lab Report – Swatches and Review!

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Hello my lovely readers!  I hope that you enjoyed The Switching Post.  Plans for this month’s Switch are already underway…and you won’t believe who I’m switching with this month!  Trust me it’s going to be awesome!  Today though I have some fantastic polishes from Alchemy Lacquers to show you, including the April Potion LE!  You’re not going to want to miss this so settle on in while I share some pretty polishes with you!

First up is Sea of Snapdragons:

Alchemy Lacquers - Sea of Snapdragons

Alchemy Lacquers – Sea of Snapdragons

Sea of Snapdragons is a perfect spring color.  Really it doesn’t get springier (not a word, as usual I totally don’t care) than this!  This beauty is a soft mauve pink creme polish filled with iridescent micro-flakies, gold micro-flakies, and the teensiest tiniest holographic glitter/sparks.  It’s shimmery and lovely.

Alchemy Lacquers - Sea of Snapdragons

Alchemy Lacquers – Sea of Snapdragons

Let’s talk about formula!  The formula on this is really good.  Like any good creme polish it went on and was opaque in two coats.  Has good self-leveling.  I didn’t have any problems with streaks or drags.  There appears to be a slight wrinkle on my forefinger but that’s because of me, I touched it and left a fingerprint and didn’t realize it until just now!  Ha!  This one is definitely a winner.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Next up is probably my favorite of the trio I’m going to show you today.  I submit Sea Holly for your consideration:

Alchemy Lacquers - Sea Holly

Alchemy Lacquers – Sea Holly

Alchemy Lacquers - Sea Holly (Matte)

Alchemy Lacquers – Sea Holly (Matte)

Oh to the Em to the Gee.  This one is beyond amazing.  Seriously, I nearly lost what little chill I had over this one.  Gorgeous dark cornflower (Thanks Christina for that description *wink*) or dark periwinkle blue crelly…check!  Seductive purple shimmer…check!  Stunning color-shifting flakies…check!  Check! Check!  This polish checks all my boxes that’s for sure.  You all know I have a passion for blue, flakies, and complex polishes and this one fits that bill to a tee!  I utterly fail at capturing the shimmer in my pictures but let me tell you in person on the nail it’s absolutely amazing.  You can see it a bit more in the matte pics because matte topcoat makes all the goodies a little more prominent!

Alchemy Lacquers - Sea Holly

Alchemy Lacquers – Sea Holly

Alchemy Lacquers - Sea Holly (Matte)

Alchemy Lacquers – Sea Holly (Matte)

Formula on this one was nothing short of perfection.  This is slightly more on the crelly side than creme side of things but it was still opaque in two easy coats.  I didn’t have any problems with all those gorgeous flakies clumping up or any other application issues.  No streaks, drags, or balding here!  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat in the shiny pics and two coats plus matte topcoat in the matte pics.

Last but certainly not least I have the April Potion LE – Restoration Tonic:

Alchemy Lacquers - Restoration Tonic

Alchemy Lacquers – Restoration Tonic

Ok I really had a hard time not making this one my favorite.  It’s definitely my favorite baby blue polish to date and I have a LOT of blue and baby blue nail polish.  I seriously have a blue nail polish problem.  Wait…that’s not right, it’s not really a problem.  I NEED all the blue nail polish!  Restoration Tonic is a perfect baby blue crelly polish packed with stunning shimmer.  I see red/pink shimmer and blue shimmer.  The shimmer gives it a pearly kind of quality without being frosty, which, for me is fantastic since I’m not a fan of frosty polishes!

Alchemy Lacquers - Restoration Tonic

Alchemy Lacquers – Restoration Tonic

Restoration Tonic is a gorgeous crelly formula that is opaque in two coats.  I had zero issues with application or performance.  In fact I’ve been wearing Restoration Tonic for a week now and I have just very minimal tip wear.  Even though it’s shimmery and pearly (probably not a word) it does not get brushstrokey (again not a word but you know what I mean).  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Oh and did I mention?  This polish comes with a set of adorable pink glittery vinyl decals with flowers, butterflies, birds, and rain clouds!  I’ll have a nail art look I did with those and Restoration Tonic on my Instagram later!  Also, typically these Potions are only available through the month that they are released however Alchemy Lacquers will be on vacation from the end of this month until the end of May so this will actually be around again when she reopens but hey, why wait…you know you need it now!

So you want to know when YOU can get these gorgeous, happy, spring colors?  Well I’m going to tell you…TOMORROW, April 15th.  I’ll include all the pertinent links below.  Which one of these are you the most excited for?  Let me know in the comments!

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The Switching Post – Featuring The Fancy Side

Hello all my lovely readers!  I have something that has been in the works for a little while finally ready to go.  Some time ago I decided to get together with some other bloggers to create a new collaboration.  Each month we will pair off and Switch Posts.  Today is a post courtesy of Amy from The Fancy Side blog and she will have a post from lil’ ole me!  I think this is going to be a lot of fun and I hope ya’ll like this as much as we have enjoyed switching.  So let’s see what Amy has in store for us today.  Welcome to the very first

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Hi All, I’m Amy from over at The Fancy Side! I’ve been blogging for a little over 4 years now about all kinds of polish from indie to mainstream. I’m excited to be switching posts with Karel today, to bring you some fun neon nails. We decided to do a bright anti-pastel look because we tend to get overwhelmed with pastel nails around these days.

 

For today’s look, I put together a cute but BRIGHT in your face neon pink look. I started with a base of Morgan Taylor Pink Flame-ingo and then got my Russian nail artist on by adding a needle drag marble center in the each of nail. The drags were done with Cirque Colors PLUR a bright neon holographic pink.

 

The Fancy Side - Neon Pink Nail Art

The Fancy Side – Neon Pink Nail Art

The Fancy Side - Neon Pink Nail Art

The Fancy Side – Neon Pink Nail Art

The Fancy Side - Neon Pink Nail Art

The Fancy Side – Neon Pink Nail Art

I hope you’ve enjoyed our first Switching Post. You can check out the links to everyone else below, including Karel’s post over at my blog. She’s an overachiever and did two cool looks, so be sure to pop over and check them out!

 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

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There you have it my dearest readers, our first switch is complete!  Be sure to check out the InLinkz below to see other bloggers trade places for a day.  Also, if you haven’t already why don’t you go show Amy some love and visit her on Social Media!  Let me know how ya’ll like this new feature, you know I always love to hear from ya’ll!

Until next time, dear readers, may your days be filled with Glitter and Flakies!

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Fleeting Fancies – Crows Toes

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Hello my most magnificent readers!  I’m back with another installment of Fleeting Fancies.  Today I’m going to show you two stunning Crows Toes polish that were store exclusives for Edgy Nails (a European Stockist).  Recently, Madam Crow herself listed a small number of one of these as a “One and Done” limited edition on her site.  I was lucky enough that my bestie, Glamour Granny, snagged one of these for me!  I couldn’t not share it or the one I already had with you so here we go!

Edgy Red:

Crows Toes - Edgy Red

Crows Toes – Edgy Red

This stunner is a wine-red colored linear holographic.  While I wouldn’t necessarily call this color red (definitely more burgundy or wine colored) it’s definitely drop-dead gorgeous.  This is just the sort of shade that I think looks amazing on me.  That could be why I’m always drawn to colors like this!

Crows Toes - Edgy Red

Crows Toes – Edgy Red

The formula and application on this is just stellar.  You can see a bit of the holographic arc in this picture but let me assure you that it is a knock your socks off holo in the right lighting!  No streaks, drags, or problems to report with this one.  Went on smoothly and in one coat!  Pictures show one coat plus topcoat.

Next up is Edgy Ocean Blue:

Crows Toes - Edgy Ocean Blue

Crows Toes – Edgy Ocean Blue

Awwww yes!  This is a gorgeous almost icy cerulean blue linear holographic with a whole ton of gold flakies mixed in for fun!  Boy oh boy is the holographic arc in this one strong!  It’s near blinding it’s so prominent.  Definitely one of my favorite polishes to wear!

Crows Toes - Edgy Ocean Blue

Crows Toes – Edgy Ocean Blue

Formula and application is delightful on this.  It is a touch sheer at one coat but builds to opacity very easily in two coats.  The flakies do not clump up and spread evenly across the nail created a golden sheen.  This one definitely has a ton of depth and character.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Crows Toes and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them around here.  You definitely need to follow Crows Toes on social media to keep up on all the things that are happening.  I’ll also include the links to the Official and Fan-run facebook groups for Crows Toes as well!  Pertinent links below.

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Nerd Lacquer – Swatches and Review

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Hello my wonderful readers!  I’m delighted to be back to blogging on a kind of regular basis.  I hope ya’ll are liking it too!

Today I’m going to show you a NerdLacquer polish.  Now, I know there has been a good amount of scuttlebutt in the indie polish community but I still like NerdLacquer polishes and I think other people do too.  I personally have not ever had a bad experience and I assure you that if/when I do I will be certain to tell you about it.  Enough of this part though…let’s get down to nail polish, that’s what we’re all here for!

Today I’m reviewing Rheingold:

NerdLacquer - Rheingold

NerdLacquer – Rheingold

I really love the color of this one it’s a slightly blackened teal jelly polish filled with black and gold micro-glitter, metallic gold dots, and matte black hex glitters.  There’s a shimmer to it too.  It’s a lovely glitter jelly polish that isn’t so heavy on the glitter but has a really good balance.

NerdLacquer - Rheingold

NerdLacquer – Rheingold

Formula and application on this was really quite good.  It didn’t require any fishing for glitter and I got a decent spread.  It’s sheer but builds to opacity in about two coats, I put a little extra on the tips of my nails here because they were so long and the nail line was quite prominent.  It was also not “topcoat hungry” and smoothed out with my usual topcoat very well.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

NerdLacquer doesn’t maintain any social media and their restocks are silent.  You just have to watch the site.  In recent months things have been pretty well stocked and she has a good variety of geek-themed polishes.  Pertinent link below.

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There you go my lovelies!  Don’t forget I have some exciting things coming up so you’ll want to keep checking back!  Until then, may your days be filled with Glitter and Flakies!

Fleeting Fancies – Pahlish – River Song Bespoke Trio

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Hello my dearest readers!  I told you I had some new series of posts to share with you.  Over the years I have collected polishes that for one reason or another didn’t make it to the blog.  Usually because they were discontinued right after I got them, I picked them up in destashes, or they were limited edition.  Now, the polishes I will show you in this series may not be readily available however, they do pop up in second-hand sales in groups or blog sales from time to time so I have decided to go ahead and show you these anyway.

I’m starting this series with a relatively new trio, however, it was part of Pahlish’s Bespoke Batches which are by their very nature limited edition.  Today I am going to share with you the River Song Bespoke Trio!  River Song is hands down one of my favorite Doctor Who characters and I can tell you that when this trio came out I knew I had to have it!

Let’s start with  Penny in the Air:

Pahlish - Penny in the Air

Pahlish – Penny in the Air

Penny in the Air is a beautiful cream colored creme polish with a subtle copper shimmer throughout.  It’s a fantastic neutral with a slight blush from the shimmer.  This is a perfect neutral for me and I struggle with them a lot because I’m pale as can be.  I really loved how this one worked for me.

Pahlish - Penny in the Air

Pahlish – Penny in the Air

Pahlish - Penny in the Air

Pahlish – Penny in the Air

Penny in the Air went on beautifully, flawlessly, and is wonderfully self-leveling.  I tried desperately to capture some of the shimmer and you can kind of see it a little bit.  Trust me though it’s there.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Next up is My Bespoke Psychopath II:

Pahlish - My Bespoke Psychopath II

Pahlish – My Bespoke Psychopath II

Be still my heart.  I’ve discovered my love for purple in the past couple of years and this one is just really perfect and I don’t have anything else like it in my collection.  Now ya’ll know, because I keep saying it, I prefer holographic polishes that have a little something something extra going on!  This is a purple linear holographic polish with a strong pink shimmer and microflakies.  How could I not love it?

Pahlish - My Bespoke Psychopath II

Pahlish – My Bespoke Psychopath II

The formula on this was absolutely fabulous.  No complaints here whatsoever.  This was almost a one coat wonder, I think had my nails been a little shorter I could have gotten away with one coat.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat!

Last but certainly not least is Hallucinogenic Lipstick:

Pahlish - Hallucinogenic Lipstick

Pahlish – Hallucinogenic Lipstick

This polish is EVERYTHING.  I love it so much I’m kicking myself for not picking up back up bottle.  Hallucinogenic lipstick is a juicy raspberry jelly polish filled with purple iridescent glitter and some scattered holographic sparks!  I’m totally in love with this.  It’s squishy, gorgeous, and utterly girly.

Pahlish - Hallucinogenic Lipstick

Pahlish – Hallucinogenic Lipstick

I really can’t say enough about the formula on this.  It’s opaque in two coats but retains all the squishiness that I love about jelly polishes.  It’s a smooth application and no issues to report.  It *is* highly pigmented so moisturized cuticles and a patient hand will keep you from having an issue with clean up.

While these are no longer available there are tons of other great Pahlish polishes that are available!  I highly recommend following Pahlish on social media so that you can see all the gorgeous goodies that she has coming up.  Pertinent Links below!

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Until next time my lovely readers, may your days be filled with Glitter and Flakies!