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?