Monday, January 21, 2013

Share the Love Giveaway Prize 1: Kelara My One and Only

Wow, this giveaway has kinda blown up my blog and Facebook.  This is insanity!!  Awesome, but crazy, you know?  Anyway, welcome to the new readers!  I'm glad to have you aboard!  Feel free to chat with me about anything.  Constructive criticisms, suggestions, and requests are always welcome.  Take a poke around, check out what I do, and tell me what you think!

Anyway, let's get down to business!  When Shelly (from Shelly's Sassy Nails) asked me to join in on the Share the Love Giveaway, I knew exactly what I wanted.  I wanted a mainstream polish that has been a bit hard to find.  I wanted to make one of my own polishes, so I chose one that got a lot of compliments.  Lastly, I wanted a custom made especially for this giveaway.  I decided to see if Kelara would be awesome enough to create something for us, and this is what they came up with.  Get ready for some serious picture spam.  As always, click on the pictures to make them bigger.

My One and Only

Tara describes this polish as: light pink/purple-ish base with some pink holo glitter, purple hex glitter in two sizes, pink shimmer, and a touch of clear iridescent glitter.   Although, I would add that the purple shimmer tends blue at angles.  

The photos in the review portion of the post are over OPI If You Moust You Moust, OPI Alpine Snow, Jelly Sandwiched under OPI Don't Touch my Tutu, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out.  I'll have a review of If You Moust You Moust later.

Bottle Shot

Blurry shot to show the holo yumminess.

Color: Purple-ish pink with purple and blue shimmer, purple and pink glitters.

Over Black Out - notice that gorgeous purple/blue shift?
Finish: Glitter Shimmer – glitter in a base that shimmers in the light from either the use of a certain pigment or micro glitters.

Ignore my horribly stained thumb...

Bottle / Brush: Round mini bottle – wand and brush are just long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle.  However, the fact that it’s a mini makes application a little tricky.  Requires a steady hand to apply evenly without getting polish on your sidewalls.

Three coats of My One and Only alone.

Opacity: Medium – achieves opacity at three coats but also works great at one coat over opaque undies.

Over If You Moust You Moust
Glitter Application: Easy – Spreads evenly without much manipulation.

Over Alpine Snow
Consistency: Medium – applies easily and doesn’t flood the cuticles.  Although, if you keep the bottle open long enough (i.e. for 4 different undie changes with photos), it does get a little thick.  A little bit of thinner will help that along, but won't be necessary if you're only applying one mani at a time.

Jelly sandwich with Don't Touch My Tutu
Overall Ease of Application: Easy – applies well without pooling, dragging, streaking, or balding.  Spreads evenly and smoothly.

Stampability: Not designed for stamping.

Dry Time: Medium – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in 3-8 minutes.

Overall Thoughts: I'm so impressed by Kelara Lacquers.  This is the sixth one I've worn, and I really love their uniqueness and formula.  I spoke to them after my last round of reviews about the thickness of their polishes, and it appears that they fixed the issue.  Keep in mind, my bottle did thicken up a little bit as I was applying my fourth or fifth mani.  For normal usage, though, the thickness should be fine without any need to add any thinner.  For the most part, My One and Only applied easily, and I was extremely pleased with how well the glitter spread on their own.  I was able to control whether I had thick or sparse glitter coverage, which isn't something you can always do with most polishes.  The coverage on its own was fantastic as well.  It wasn't so thick that it became unruly with multiple coats like some glitters.  Sadly, My One and Only is just that - the only one.  I have a mini bottle just so I can show you guys what this baby looks like, but otherwise, this is the only bottle Tara and Kellen will make.  Who doesn't love limited editions?

Let's take a look at My One and Only over various undies.

Over Girly Bits Jelly Shoes

Over OPI My First Knockwurst

Over China Glaze Spontaneous

Over OPI Wing It

So, there you have it!  Remember, if you would like to win My One and Only, you'll need to enter into the Share the Love Giveaway.  I highly recommend contacting Tara and Kellen if you need a custom.  They had great communication, listened to what I needed, and were quick to send me their progress.  Otherwise, you can purchase Kelara Lacquers at their website and their Etsy store.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for news and announcements.

Have you ever had a custom made?  If yes, by whom and what does it look like?


  1. Julie, it's absolutely stunning! I've entered and am keeping my fingers crossed. :0) To everyone else who is entering, Good Luck!

    I have one custom that Missi at Different Dimensions made for me and it's a purple glitter bomb. I reviewed it on my blog and it's called "In Support of Chronic Pain Awareness" since I am a chronic pain sufferer. September is always Chronic Pain Awareness month and I plan to wear it alot then. :D

    1. Angela, link me to your post! I'd love to see it. Or, post a photo on my facebook page. :)

  2. This color is beautiful! I'm thinking about ordering from Kelara Lacquers.

    Please check out my store! I need to sell these last 3 polishes so I can close it!

    1. You definitely should. I <3 their polishes so hard!!! Good luck with your sale!