Friday, July 31, 2015

BEGL July Releases!

Provided for Review and Made Myself

Wow.  I don't even know what to say except, hi?  I'm back, sort of?  I would love nothing more than to get back into my normal groove of blogging, especially because I was on a roll before I fell off the face of the earth, but I'm not sure how steady I can be.  However, I wanted to make sure to share a few items that will be up for sale today at my shop!  The Fan Favorites Collection will also see a small restock today at 3:30 pm edt, so make sure you grab yours as soon as they're up!  They will likely go fast!  

Alright, let's take a look at the new releases!  This will be a picture heavy post, so bear with me and click on the photos to enlarge them!  First up, let's take a look at this month's Destination Duo Collaboration!  The Destination Polish Duo Collection was actually an idea thought up during a conversation with Morgan of a rhyming dictionary.  The thought was that we’d take one photo from one of our vacations/travels and each come up with our take on the photo.  In the end, we will each have a polish that draws inspiration from the same photo.  Each duo will be a collaboration between myself and another indie maker. This month’s Destination Duo is with the ever amazing Amy of Literary Lacquers.  We chose this photo of a sunset over the ocean that I took while spending time at St. George’s Island in Florida.  Included in this set will be:

Literary Lacquer's Gulf Coast Twilight, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's Happy Hour at the Blue Parrot, and beachy cocktail water slide decals.

Let's start first with the Lit Laq. Gulf Coast Twilight is described as a soft dusky twilight purple linear holo with iridescent gold flakies and a touch of orange shimmer. Application was great as always with Lit Laq, and it had a nice fluid consistency without the dragging you see with many holos. It was also thick enough that it didn't flood my cuticles or require much cleanup. I used three coats with one coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top, but I probably could've used only two coats if I weren't taking photos. Unless where specified, these were taken outside on the lake in the direct sunshine. The blurry one was taken indoors but in full sun.

Next, we've got the BEGL portion of the duo - Happy Hour at the Blue Parrot. This is a juicy sunny orange jelly with purple and copper shimmers. This is a true jelly, so you'll need to either use undies or use a few extra coats. I tried to make this one a little less thick than my normal consistency since jellies tend to gum up when exposed to the air for long periods of time. As such, it's a tad more fluid than I tend to like and required a touch more cleanup than my normal lacquers. Here, I've used four thin coats for my photos, but I truly could've gotten away with only three. I did wait a few minutes between application of coats, so I didn't have any issues with dragging, balding, or self-leveling, so you may want to make sure to take your time to ensure a perfect application. It dries ever so slightly dull, so I used one coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top. Even though it's an orange polish, I didn't have any issues with staining of my nails or the skin around when I cleaned up and removed the polish. All photos are taken under a daylight lamp.

The decals are two each of five different designs for a total of 10 images. I won't be reviewing them as I didn't get very good photos of the one I wore before it got destroyed by the lake. The box will cost $25 shipped domestically.  You will be able to purchase the box at both shops.  International customers can purchase their boxes for $22 plus a shipping fee. You can purchase a set at both my shop and Lit Laq's shop here.

Next up is the next polish in the monthly numbered limited edition Siren Series, Siren Channels the 80s. As always, this is a super LE batch, so make sure you are there on time to grab your bottles! These are limited to one bottle per household and all orders over that amount will be cancelled and refunded. Luckily, my shop has a cart hold, so you should be able to stash one in your cart for up to 10 minutes while you pickup the other items you're hoping to grab! Siren Channels the 80s is a neon/fluorescent green crelly packed with silver holo, gold holo, lime holo, and rainbow iridescent microglitters. Here, I've used three coats for full coverage. I made the consistency of this one similar to Happy Hour to ensure that it won't gum up while you're working. I would still recommend, though, that you wait between layers to ensure an even application. It dries a tad satin and with a slight textured finish, but one coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top really smoothed it out and shined it up nicely. All photos are taken under a daylight lamp.

So, there you have it! Everything in today's post will be available to purchase today at 3:30 pm edt. Here are the important links for both Literary Lacquers and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer!

Are you planning to pick up anything from today's sale? Which are you most excited about?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A is for A-England Elaine and Digital Nails My Violet Crown

I'm horrible at playing along with challenges, but I really am trying hard to keep up with my Red Coat Tuesday, and now the #alphamani challenge I'm doing in one of my Facebook Groups.  Last week's "theme" was A-England.  I only have one, Elaine, so I decided to pair it with a special Digital Nails polish that went really well with Elaine.  I received the Digital Nails polish in a special swap I did with Raph, the maker, and I seriously love it!  Let's take a look at Elaine with accents of My Violet Crown.  

A-England Elaine is a deep almost eggplant purple creme.  Application was smooth and super easy.  I didn't need to do much cleanup at all.  The layers went on smooth, and I only needed two coats for full opacity.  I topped it off with a layer of Seche Vite to make it nice and glossy.

My Violet Crown is an indigo based polish with a strong purple to blue shift, silver micro holographic glitters, and a dash of holographic pigment.  It was a tad on the thicker side, but I added some thinner, and it was perfection.  I used three coats with one coat of Seche Vite, and it had a gorgeous glossy finish.

As you can see, I've cropped my nails short again.  I find that I tend to like them shorter in the winter time since the cold and wind can really kill them, my cuticles, and my skin.  If you follow Born for a Storm, you're probably already familiar with the Cutie phenomenon.  Cuties are nails that are intentionally short.  Those of us who like to wear our nails super short never have a nice name for our nails.  People call them nubs, but that's such a pejorative term in the nail community because usually after nub the words ugly, boy hands, or gross closely follow.  To counteract that mentality, Sara and I decided to come up with a new name to describe intentionally short nails - the cutie.  So, if you have cuties, we welcome you to post your manis on IG or FB and tag them as #cutienailclub and #clubcutie.  That way we can all celebrate our short lovely nails!

Anyway, you can purchase A-Englands in several places including Color4Nails.  While My Violet Crown isn't available for purchase, you can grab other Digital Nails polishes at her shop here!  So, how would you describe your nail shape?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Red Coat Tuesday: Elevation Fall-ow Me Up North

Well, tonight's polish isn't quite red, per se, but it's close.  I'm starting to run out of red polishes, so I guess it's either time to buy some more or I'm going to have to start using things that are kind of red for the future, heh.  Who are we kidding.  I'll probably buy more.  Let's get to tonight's Pretty Little Liars Red Coat Tuesday linkup featuring Elevation  SBP Polish Fall-ow Me Up North, which was an amazing surprise gift from my friends MaryJo and Sara!  Also, I'm currently rocking some cuties, which we can discuss in more depth tomorrow!

First, the rules!

  • Paint your nails red, do your lips red, do a shadow design in red, or do anything beauty related that is mostly red.
  • Add your blog and photo to the inlinkz!  If you don't have a blog but do have an IG, you can check this link for directions on how to use your IG for inlinkz.  If you don't have a blog or IG, you can just add your photo to the linkup or send it to Color Me So Crazy, and she will get them up for you!
  • Use the #RedCoatTuesday tag when you share your photos on IG, Twitter, or Facebook!
Gifted to me by friends.

Fall-ow Me Up North is a small batch prototype from Elevation Polish, which are always highly sought after and a pain in the butt to obtain.  Luckily, I didn't have to do the work for this little baby because it was sweetly gifted to me by friends who were trying to help me feel better after a pretty horrible interview.

FMUP is a lovely orange-leaning coral with red mylar-style flakes.  It's got a bit of a crelly consistency, and I only needed two coats for full coverage.  I used three, though, to make sure there weren't any bald patches in my photos.  

The consistency was great, and it didn't flood my cuticles or get all over the place...  On my swatch hand.  On my right hand, however, it was all over the place.  Cleanup wasn't too hard, but I did have some spots left on my cuticles that I couldn't get off with remover.

While SBPs and Samples are super difficult to grab during restocks, you can purchase other Elevation Polishes at her shop here.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer February Releases Part 2

It's been a busy couple of days due to some tight deadlines at my day job plus prepping for today's preorder!  Remember, this month's release is a preorder that will be up until 3:30 pm est on 2.10.2015.  If I have enough stock left after I fill the preorders, I will list them on the store, but some polishes may not be available after the preorder.  You can check out the first half of the Crooked Hearts Collection here.  Let's take a look at the last three from that collection as well as the latest in the Siren Series, Siren Sweetheart.

Cold Inside Me

Cold Inside Me is a teal creme with green to blue to purple shifting glass flecks.  Unfortunately, you can see the purple flecks best in the bottle but not very well on the nail.  Otherwise, the blue and green show up really nicely in the bottle and on the nail.

I used two coats here with and without topcoat.  I had to take my photos in the sunshine because this color really messed with my camera.  It's very bright and definitely teal, but all of my indoor photos made it look blue.  CIM dries with a satin finish, so you will need to add a topcoat to get a glossy look.  Dry time was quick, but I still suggest using a quick dry topcoat so you can get back to using your hands more quickly.

The One Worth Leaving

TOWL is a deep berry pink with pink and purple glass fleck shimmers.  The shimmers can look flat in photos, but they're very bright in person.  This polish is a little less thick than most of my polishes, but that's because I needed a not-quite-but-almost-jelly formula so you could still see the shimmers without the opacity dulling them.  Because of this, I used three thick coats for my photos, but you could probably do four thin coats if that floats your boat.

TOWL is probably up in my top favorite BEGLs ever, and I just love the effect it gives.  It's vampy and yet demure.  It would be a great work appropriate color that has just enough extra umph to make it fun.  I didn't have any staining issues with this one, which is great because my nails and skin tend to not like deep reds/pinks.

Might Not Recover

This is probably one of my blingiest polishes.  It contains platinum flakes, silver reflective beads, silver holographic microglitters, and purple/lavender holographic microglitters.  This one seriously shines like only one other polish I've ever made.  The first coat can be a tad tricky depending on your base coat, but you can easily use the dab method to get great coverage in two coats.  Here, I've worn three to make sure I covered up any bald spots.

Please note that reflective beads are slightly heavier than normal glitters, so they may sink to the bottom of your bottle.  Simply roll your bottle upside down between your hands or store it upside down while you're prepping your manicure to mix them back in.  I used two coats of Seche Vite to get a super glossy finish as it does dry a bit textured.

Siren Sweetheart

Siren Sweetheart is a clear based glitter topper packed with blue/green iridescent glitters in varying shapes and sizes, white glitters in hexes, squares, rectangles, dots, diamonds, and stars, and periwinkle glitters in hexes, dots, and mini stars.  Application was relatively easy, but you may have to dig a bit for some of the larger glitter pieces unless you store it upside down during your mani prep.

Here, I've worn it in one coat and a few glitter placements over BEGL Hydrangea and accent of Cult Nails Tempest.  It looks thicker than it really is, so I'm not sure why my photos are doing that.  I only needed one coat of Seche Vite to make it smooth and glassy.

Again, the preorder for the Crooked Hearts Collection is open at my shop until tomorrow at 3:30 pm est.  If there's anything left after I fill the preorders, I'll be adding it to the shop.  So, which are you most excited about?