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!

Wednesdays We Wear Pink – Featuring Digital Nails!

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Hello my dearest readers!  I hope that today finds you moving closer and closer to Spring.  Are you waiting with bated breath for the cold to end like I am?  I feel more certain than ever that it’s just around the corner.  Already temps are rising here in the South.  There are some interesting things a-brewing here at Boom Shaka Lacquer, including a unique blog collaboration with some of the other amazing bloggers out there.  I can’t wait to share!

Today I’m bringing you a gorgeous polish for our Wednesdays We Wear Pink post.  You ready for pretty polish?  Ok great, this should definitely fit the bill!

I’m telling you right now this is a must have polish!  This is Double Helix:

Digital Nails - Double Helix

Digital Nails – Double Helix

Isn’t it gorgeous?  I’m in love with this one.  I’ll be honest I’ve had this one awhile, but, the holidays and the move got in the way of me posting about it!  Double Helix is a deep rose color linear holographic polish with rose microflakies.  It’s deep and complex and absolutely beautiful.  I don’t often wear “just” a single color, but I wore this one alone for a week and I got so many compliments!  This is part of her Scientist Pun collection and is based on Rosalind Franklin whose work was hijacked by other scientists who are credited with discovering the double helix shape of DNA.  Definitely not cool!  But this polish recognizes her accomplishments and honors her for her instrumental discoveries!

Digital Nails - Double Helix

Digital Nails – Double Helix

The formula for this polish was absolutely fantastic.  It went on like butter as they say.  Streaks, drags, balding?  Not here I say!  I did use two coats, but honestly I probably could have gotten away with one.  The only thing I will caution against is that as with ALL highly-pigmented polishes (particularly deep pinks, reds, and blues) careful application paired with well-moisturized cuticles will help you with clean up.  These kinds of polishes do like to glom onto cuticles and can be a little trying to clean up if you have any dryness at all.   Pictures show two coats plus my tried and true Digital Nails – Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That quick drying topcoat (I love this stuff!).

This polish is not only gorgeous but it’s available in the Digital Nails shop right now!  If you don’t have this one yet, you definitely need it!  Pertinent links below!  So did ya miss me, wonderful readers?  Because I have missed you.  Stay tuned for more Boom Shaka Lacquer and that blogger collaboration series that I teased about earlier!

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Alchemy Lacquers Lab Report – St. Patrick’s Day!

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Hello my lovely readers!  I have the Alchemy Lacquers’ St. Patrick’s Day-themed polishes for you today!  These are just awesome.  There is a new Moonshard which will become part of the Moonshard collection and a Potion which will not be available after March.  The potion comes with a stinking adorable set of vinyl nail decals…wait until you see!  I don’t want to keep you in suspense too long so here we go!

If you haven’t ordered from Alchemy Lacquers before, let me show you something that I find adorable!  Whenever these polishes go out they are wrapped up in tissue that matches the polish with a little name sticker on the outside.  It’s like a hint of the magnificence that you’ll see once you rip into that tissue paper!  Although, I don’t rip mine I can’t stand to, I always peel the label carefully to reveal the polish inside.  This month the name sticker on the outside for the Potion is shamrock shaped…how stinking cute!

Alchemy Lacquers - Adorable Packaging

Alchemy Lacquers – Adorable Packaging

First I’m going to show you the new Moonshard, Tethys:

Alchemy Lacquers - Tethys

Alchemy Lacquers – Tethys

Now I used one of the nail vinyls on this swatch but I’ll talk more about them later, they actually come with the Potion.  But this polish…it’s no secret I’m a fan of the Moonshard collection, beautiful shifty bases with shifty multichrome flakies…sign me up!  Tethys is a shifty gold based polish packed with green to gold shifting multichrome flakies.  Oh and did I mention it’s holo too?  SO much happening here, it’s complex and beautiful!

Alchemy Lacquers - Tethys

Alchemy Lacquers – Tethys

All the flakies give the gold a greenish cast but it is most assuredly gold.  I feel like I might have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with this one.  The formula on this is what I have come to expect.  Honestly, sometimes I feel like I repeat myself over and over but Rebecca is such a perfectionist when it comes to her polishes that I’ve really come to expect that.  This is a relatively sheer polish, you could layer it or build it to opacity (as I did) but it’s still not excessive, I have really long nails right now so I had to do an extra half coat at the tips to cover nail line, but folks with shorter nails or less prominent nail lines won’t need more than two.

Alchemy Lacquers - Tethys - Sunlight

Alchemy Lacquers – Tethys – Sunlight

Bonus sun shot!  I was still wearing this when I ran out to check the mail so I snagged a picture for ya’ll.  All pictures show two and a half coats plus topcoat.

Next up is the March Limited Edition Potion – Liquid Luck:

Now, Liquid Luck comes with an adorable little sheet of glitter vinyl nail decals.  And they are stinking cute.

Alchemy Lacquers - St. Patrick's Day Glitter Vinyl Decals

Alchemy Lacquers – St. Patrick’s Day Glitter Vinyl Decals

Just look at how adorable.  These are also perfectly sized for nail decals, despite the length of my nails I actually have fairly small nail beds so I love to find little vinyls that work perfectly for me.

You said polish?  Ok here we go for real this time!

Alchemy Lacquers - Liquid Luck

Alchemy Lacquers – Liquid Luck

Alchemy Lacquers - Liquid Luck - Matte

Alchemy Lacquers – Liquid Luck – Matte

Liquid Luck is a bright delightly Spring grass green crelly.  There is a pinch of linear holo, and a whole bunch of gold iridescent flakies.  The crelly is closer to jelly than creme so it’s a bit squishy looking as well.  I could not resist matting it which just made the flakies pop even more though I lost that tiny bit of holo because of the matte topcoat.

Alchemy Lacquers - Liquid Luck

Alchemy Lacquers – Liquid Luck

Alchemy Lacquers - Liquid Luck - Matte

Alchemy Lacquers – Liquid Luck – Matte

Formula was excellent on this.  The flakies spread nicely and don’t clump up.  It is a tiny bit sheer (moreso than I thought it would be because of the way it looks in the bottle) but I didn’t find this to be an issue as it built up nicely to opacity in about 2.5 coats (for my long nails).  Application was smooth and easy.  Pictures show 2.5 coats with a shiny and a matte topcoat.

Now don’t forget Liquid Luck is only available for the month of March.  You’ll want to snag that beauty before it’s gone!   These are going to release on Friday March 4.  I’ll post the store and social media for Alchemy Lacquers below, per usual!    I have some exciting new series planned for all of you soon so keep watching out here!

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Alchemy Lacquers Lab Report: Valentine’s Day

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Hello my lovelies!  I’m so sorry for my absence  yet again!  I have been extremely busy settling into my new place (all my nail polish isn’t even organized yet!!!) and getting used to my new schedule and things of that nature.   That said, I have missed you all so terribly and I’m delighted to be back to sharing some gorgeous polishes with you.  I’m super excited about these so without further ado, let’s get to it!

Today I have three Valentine-themed polishes from Alchemy Lacquers to show you!  A Gilded, a Moon Shard, and  a Potion polish!  These all refer to various collections of similar type of finishes.  I’m a HUGE fan of the Gilded and Moon Shard collections especially, though if we’re being honest I love them all.

Let’s start with the Potion!  Alchemy Lacquers’ Potion collection is a series of quasi-limited run polishes and are very special!  It’s usually best to grab these as soon as you see them, this particular one is only available for February!!  First up today is Love Potion No. 9:

Alchemy Lacquers - Love Potion No. 9

Alchemy Lacquers – Love Potion No. 9

Do ya’ll remember the Infinity Collection?  This is basically a special dark pink version of those!  This is a dark magenta base with Magenta to Red to Gold multichrome shifting flakies.  I love these flakies and the gorgeous things that happens to them in Alchemy Lacquers polishes.

Alchemy Lacquers - Love Potion No. 9

Alchemy Lacquers – Love Potion No. 9

Hello, gorgeous!  The formula on this one is what I have come to expect from Alchemy Lacquers.  It’s workable, the flakies don’t clump up or leave a grit to the finish.  Even though there are a ton of flakies I didn’t find it difficult to work with.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Next up is a new Moonshard Collection polish, Cupid:

Alchemy Lacquers - Cupid

Alchemy Lacquers – Cupid

Hubba hubba.  This one makes me so happy.  In fact when I got done swatching these I did a whole manicure with this polish and stamped it with a fun Valentine-themed design.  I’ll be sure to share that on Instagram and I am planning a round-up of any Valentine nail art I do before the day!  This is a white/gray color-shifting holographic base filled with Purple to Magenta to Pink to Gold multichrome shifting flakies.  Not only that, this is a versatile polish, while I love it on its own it could also be layered over another color to add some amazing to your manicure!

Alchemy Lacquers - Cupid

Alchemy Lacquers – Cupid

The color shift in the base of the polish goes from a pink to gold and is just stunning!  Now, because this polish could be used as a topcoat it is a little bit sheer, however, it builds to opacity easily in three coats.  The application was very good and the flakies spread out evenly.  As you can see there are a LOT of flakies!  Pictures show three thin coats with topcoat.

Alchemy Lacquers - Cupid

Alchemy Lacquers – Cupid

I did mention the pink to gold shift right?  Oh yeah, my lovely readers.  Shift happens!

Last but certainly not least is a new Gilded for us all to crave.  Gilded Orchid:

Alchemy Lacquers - Gilded Orchid

Alchemy Lacquers – Gilded Orchid

Yes!  I feel like this one was needed in the Gilded collection for awhile now.  I love this one!  This Gilded has a magenta-leaning purple base with red and purple holographic glitter and that oh so special gold to silver shiftiness that the Gilded collection is known for.  I cannot get enough Gilded polishes.  I feel like every single one that has been released has been fantastic!

Alchemy Lacquers - Gilded Orchid

Alchemy Lacquers – Gilded Orchid

This super sparkly masterpiece is a joy to apply.  Also, because there are smaller gauge glitters in this polish it’s very easy to remove.  Takes just two coats to reach opacity.  The sparkle is almost blinding…prepare for distractions when driving on a sunny day!  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Because I couldn’t resist a close up shot:

Alchemy Lacquers - Gilded Orchid

Alchemy Lacquers – Gilded Orchid

I was very definitely doing a happy dance when these arrived in the mail!  To answer your question my dearest readers, yes, it was probably very awkward and disturbing, and no, I won’t video my Alchemy Lacquers happy dance now or in the future!  I’ll leave that to your vivid imaginations!

These lovelies will be available on Tuesday February 2, 2016.  You definitely should come and join us at the Alchemy Lacquers Facebook Fan Group for sneaky peeks and announcements of upcoming releases!  I’ll leave all the pertinent links below.  Until next time dear readers may your days be filled with Glitter and Flakies!

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Gorgeous Fall Holos from Indigo Bananas

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I know, I know it’s Winter!  But I have some of the gorgeous fall holos from Indigo Bananas to show you and they will transition beautifully into the Holiday and Winter season so if you haven’t snagged them yet – you’ll want to get on that!

Ok, ok, ok!  I’m moving onto the holo’est holos I own right now.  Now, we all know that holo polishes are not my “go-to” but sometimes even I can’t resist a mega-holo of epic proportions which is why I *had* to pick up a couple of the Indigo Bananas fall holos (in actuality I ordered one and the amazingly awesome Indigo Bananas’ maker included two others as a special treat, and boy, am I glad she did.  My polish collection wouldn’t have been the same without them!)

First up is the amazing Rhythm and Booze:

Indigo Bananas - Rhythm and Booze

Indigo Bananas – Rhythm and Booze

Rhythm and Blues is a royal purple linear holographic polish.  It’s got a rich fantastic color and the holographic flame even if artificial lighting is spectacular!

Indigo Bananas - Rhythm and Booze

Indigo Bananas – Rhythm and Booze

This polish was really good formula wise.  I used two thin coats and they didn’t drag or pull.  I could have gone for another coat and it would have deepened the color even further but I was really happy at this level of awesome.  This is shown with topcoat.

Indigo Bananas - Rhythm and Booze

Indigo Bananas – Rhythm and Booze

Next up is Polish of Unusual Quality (or POUQ for short):

Indigo Bananas - Polish of Unusual Quality

Indigo Bananas – Polish of Unusual Quality

Ok I admit I drooled a little when I saw this one.  This deep dark magenta is truly breathtaking.  By far and away the strongest holographic flame in my entire collection.

Indigo Bananas - Polish of Unusual Quality

Indigo Bananas – Polish of Unusual Quality

Seriously, I love this color so much and I can’t wait to use it in a nail art look.  The application was perfection.  None of the issues that I typically find with holographic polishes.   Indigo Bananas does have a possible stain warning on this polish however I did not have a problem with staining.  Pictures show two coats plus topcoat.

Indigo Bananas - Polish of Unusual Quality

Indigo Bananas – Polish of Unusual Quality

Last up is my favorite.  Synonym Bun!

Indigo Bananas - Synonym Bun (no topcoat)

Indigo Bananas – Synonym Bun (no topcoat)

Indigo Bananas - Synonym Bun (with topcoat)

Indigo Bananas – Synonym Bun (with topcoat)

Synonym Bun is a gorgeous rich cinnamon holographic polish.  The cool thing about this one though is that it has two different looks depending on whether you use topcoat or not.  If you want a traditional holographic flame then the no-topcoat look is for you.  If you like those deep velvety-looking holographic polishes then definitely add topcoat!  I like both looks and can see using both in the future.

Indigo Bananas - Synonym Bun (no topcoat)

Indigo Bananas – Synonym Bun (no topcoat)

Indigo Bananas - Synonym Bun (with topcoat)

Indigo Bananas – Synonym Bun (with topcoat)

This polish applied perfectly as the other two.  I didn’t have streaks or drags or anything like that.  Also, just like POUQ Indigo Bananas does have a stain warning on this listing but I did not experience any staining for the time that I wore it.  I would recommend a good basecoat, however, if you are prone to staining.  Because it is a rich deep color with a lot of red in it clean up around the cuticle is a bit of a challenge, but moisturizing ahead of time and/or using a barrier may assist.

Indigo Bananas - Synonym Bun (no topcoat)

Indigo Bananas – Synonym Bun (no topcoat)

Indigo Bananas - Synonym Bun (with topcoat)

Indigo Bananas – Synonym Bun (with topcoat)

I highly recommend picking up these and a bunch more Indigo Bananas polishes.  I have been completely happy with everyone that I have ever received.  I’ll include all the pertinent links below!

 

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