Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Part 2 Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Release and Restock: April Showers

Today, w'ere going to take a look at part 2 of the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer April Showers Collection set for release this Sunday, April 27, at 3:30 pm edt!  Check out the first three polishes from the collection, Peruvian Lily, Cherry Blossom, and Dogwood, here.  And here's another shot of the full collection.


From left to right: Peruvian Lily, Cherry Blossom, Purple Phlox, Hydrangea, and Lady Slipper.

As always, click on the photos to see them in greater detail!

Purple Phlox








Purple Phlox – purple crème with blue to purple iridescent micro glitters.  This is three coats with one coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top.  The photos don't show the micro-glitters very well, but they are definitely easy to see in person.  It's almost like it's got a light within it on the nail!  All photos are taken in artificial light.

Hydrangea








Hydrangea – pastel blue crème packed with purple, blue, and aqua shimmers.  Here, I've used three coats with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  All photos are taken in artificial light.  

Lady Slipper









Lady Slipper – mint green crème with a blue to purple shift.  This is three coats with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  All photos are taken under artificial light.  The shimmer in Lady Slipper is very prominent in person, and the shift is also pretty visible.

You can purchase Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers at my store here.  Follow me on Facebook for news, updates, and giveaways!  Make sure you sign up for my newsletter to get the first look at all upcoming Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer releases as well as insider information and special discounts!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Part 1 Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Release and Restock: April Showers

Yeah, how last week slipped by without a single post is pretty shocking for me.  I thought for sure I was back on track!  I got so wrapped up with this latest restock and all of the customs I've been working on that I just worked my butt off on polish-making without any actual time to do much of anything else!  In case you haven't been privy to my spam, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's next restock is this coming Sunday! So, let's take a look at the April Showers Collection set for release on April 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm edt!  Get ready for some swatch spam coming your way!  Since there are so many photos, I'm going to split this reveal into two posts so I don't drive you guys crazy with too many photos!  As always, click on the photos to see them in greater detail!


As the old adage goes, April showers bring May flowers!  This is the exact image I wanted to evoke when I created my April Showers Collection.  Soft colors with unique shimmers giving a vibe of florals coated in rain.  Stock will be relatively low, but, depending on popularity, I may bring some back for the special May restock!  Here is the collection in total.  From left to right: Peruvian Lily, Cherry Blossom, Dogwood, Purple Phlox, Hydrangea, and Lady Slipper.




Peruvian Lily



Peruvian Lily – pastel orange crème with a red to gold shift.  Shown are three coats of Peruvian Lily with one coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top.  All photos are taken under artificial light.  The photos make it difficult to see the shimmer and shift, but it's much more vibrant in person.








Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom – pastel pink crelly with a teal to purple shift.  I've used four coats of Cherry Blossom to ensure that it would be fully opaque for my photos, but you could most likely do only three coats and be fine.  I've used one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top and photographed under artificial light.








Dogwood

Dogwood – white crelly packed with silver shimmer, purple micro-flakies, and multicolored iridescent flakies.  These photos show three coats with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top under artificial light.  The bald-looking spot on my ring finger is actually a large flakie.  I have no idea why it looks bald, but it's definitely not!  The flakies are a little shy, but they're definitely there!  The shimmer is super vivid even in person!









A few of the older Core Line, Winter Collection, and Valentine’s Day Collection polishes will also be restocked during this sale, which includes Watch the Walls, Self Satisfied, Tacky Winter Sweater, Skating in the Snow, Idealistic Future, and the December Duo.  Prices for these polishes will be reduced to $6 for each individual polish and $10 for the Duo.  These polishes will be retired as soon as they have sold out.

Please note, sadly, my cost of production has increased due to the rising prices of raw materials.  As such, I have had to increase the cost of future collections.  All old collection polishes will retain their old pricing.  From here on out, the pricing structure on all new collections will be as follows: $8.50 for glitters/cremes/shimmers, $12 for shifters/duos/holos, and $13 for LEs.  I appreciate your understanding!

You can purchase Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers at my store here.  Follow me on Facebook for news, updates, and giveaways!  Make sure you sign up for my newsletter to get the first look at all upcoming Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer releases as well as insider information and special discounts!

I look forward to seeing you all at the restock!  Have a great week!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Comparison Friday: Black and White Glitter Toppers

So, I'm writing this post on Thursday to auto post today because I'm at Six Flags with the hubby and a friend!  Yay!  It's been so long since I've been, so I'm pretty excited.  This week's comparison is a bit of a rehash, sort of...  I've already done a comparison here with four black and white glitter toppers, but I've since acquired the mother of all black and white glitter toppers - Lynnderella Connect the Dots!  Every time I hear Connect the Dots I think: 



So, that being said, let's take a look at Connect the Dots versus Cover Band's Sticks 'n Stones!

I purchased all of the polishes in this review.



First, here's a photo of the first comparison in case you don't feel like clicking on the link up top.


And now on to the main event!  First, the similarities.  Well, there's the obvious that they're both black and white with hexes, squares, and bars.  Also, both have some sort of iridescent shimmer to them, but that's pretty much where the similarities end!  All photos are taken with one coat of glitter topcoat over OPI Rumples Wiggin and one coat of topcoat in my old lighting setup.



Connect the Dots




Connect the Dots has a densely packed silver iridescent flakie shimmered base where Sticks 'n Stones is in a clear base with larger iridescent glitters.  Furthermore, CtD has several smaller glitters than SnS, too, with a bevy of tiny black hexes.  Application of CtD is easiest of the two, with a great glitter to base payoff.  The glitters come out of the bottle easily without the need for fishing and spread without much manipulation.  There was no danger of flooding my cuticles because I didn't feel the need to load up on polish to get enough glitter on the brush.  Cleanup was easy, and removal wasn't too bad.  You can purchase Lynnderella polishes at their store here, and since Connect the Dots is a mainstay of their core line, you can easily purchase it here!


Sticks 'n Stones




Sticks 'n Stones is lacking in the smaller glitters and the shimmered base as compared to CtD.  It's got a clunkier look as compared to CtD.  Application wasn't that great, to be honest.  The glitter to base ratio is in favor of base instead of glitter.  If you loaded up on glitter on the brush, then you'd definitely have flooding of the cuticles.  So, if you want a more dense look, you'd definitely need more than one coat.  As you can see, the middle of my nails with SnS on them have some bald spots.  That's because the glitters slid down to the sides of my fingers while it was drying.  Not awesome or cute.  Furthermore, I did have to dig some to get the glitters out of the bottle.  You can purchase Sticks 'n Stones from Ninja Polish.

So, it's pretty obvious that my choice is the Lynnderella.  What about you?  Which is your favorite?

I purchased all of the polishes in this review.