October AwesomeSauce Box

***PRESS (PR) SAMPLE NOTICE: This post contains polishes that were sent to me for free from the company/brand in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own and based on my experiences. For additional info regarding PR samples, click here ***

Happy Friday!! I know you thought you were going to be reading an amazing post on challenge nails or an inspiration mani because of what my Posting Schedule indicates buuuut instead I have something 10x more fun…promise! Here we are, the end of September but the party is not ending, it’s just beginning. I’m really in love with this post because the awesome box that I am showing you today brings me a since of nostalgia.

Born in the 80s, growing up a young girl meant one thing, Lisa Frank! Lisa Frank dominated as the queen of bright, rainbows, neon dolphins, puppies and stickers. I remember in elementary and middle school all my school supplies had to be Lisa Frank. Even today, she continues her reign because now my girls, 9 and 5 want all things Lisa Frank. This box warms my heart and I’m delighted to bring you the newest, Lisa Frank inspired, AwesomeSauce Box.

First up we have,
Let’s Be Frank by Ever After

Let’s Be Frank is a watermelon holo with rainbow shimmer

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Next,
Chasing Rainbows by Lavish Polish

Chasing Rainbows is a vibrant, medium purple holo with blue and pink shimmering flakies

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Here we have,
Dream Like a Unicorn by Anonymous Lacquer

Dream Like a Unicorn is a deep, bold, rich blue with a flash of purple linear holo

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Last, but not least,
Stargazer by Different Dimensions (Monthly Guest Maker)

Stargazer is a full coverage silver glitterbomb, jam packed with different shapes in multiple colors. Side note, you may want to apply an extra coat of topcoat to smooth out the glitters.

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As you can see, this box is a lot of fun and a great representation of what Lisa Frank is all about, the makers did a great job! But I didn’t even show you the extras….yet! Yes, this box comes with a few extra goodies that will take your mani from drab to fab. 

Included is:

  • Neon Star Glitters from Different Dimensions
  • Cuticle Balm from Anonymous Lacquer
  • Rainbow nail file from Lavish Polish
  • AND….water decal from Green Goddess Creations

Now, let’s talk about how you can get it! Set your alarm for tonight *next Friday, Oct 7 at 8pm EST  to grab this box for only $40 full size / $22 mini + shipping. It will be on sale through 10/8 *10/15 @ 8pm EST.

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Tune into my IG, I’ll be showing some fun manis I did with this box!!

 

Thanks for making this another exciting month…you in October!!!

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*Change in dates. These date changes were made after the post was published.
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Interview: Vernita Goodson of Creme Allure Cosmetics

Interview: Vernita Goodson of Creme Allure Cosmetics

When an awesome indie maker shows up in your backyard you can’t help but to be excited and amazed all at the same time. That’s exactly how I felt when I saw Creme Allure Cosmetics show up on my ‘suggested followers’ feed on IG. This women puts the ‘V’ in my DMV and I can only be talking about the one and only Vernita Goodson. We are capping off September’s Indie Maker Interviews with Vernita so we can get the behind the scenes scoop on her and her brand.

You may remember her name from the swatch and review I previously did of her beautiful line of creme polishes, which you and find here….and here. So enough of the intro, let’s jump in… 

Name: Vernita Goodson
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Birthday: September 20

Q: Favorite season and why?
A: My favorite season is the Summer because it’s vacation time, school is out, & I get to spend a lot of time with my kids.

Q: Favorite meal of the day?
A: My favorite meal of the day is Dinner

Q: What cartoon character best represents you?
A: Betty Boop

Q: Night on the town with friends or evening alone at home?
A: Spending an evening at home with my husband & kids.

Q: Jeans or Dress?
A: I am a jeans kind of girl

Q: If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
A: I would be a female bear because they protect their cubs & I am very protective of my kids.

Q: Read a book or watch a movie?
A: Watch a movie

Q: When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
A: I started Creme Allure May 25, 2016. My obsession started with nude lipsticks. Originally Creme Allure would have been cool earth tone color lipsticks until I had a conversation with my best friend about having my own lipstick line. She felt like the lipstick industry was crowded & unoriginal. I thought about it, prayed, & received a few signs then stepped out on faith. My line is unique because the colors embrace skin tone; we have different shades of nude colors.

Q: What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
A: Anything and everything that I do takes a lot of prayer. I have a relationship with Jesus and I wait for spiritual signs. I try not to rush things and I let him guide me.

Q: What advice/tips/best practices would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company?
A: Pray, be original, and study the business of cosmetics

Q: Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?
A: I mostly support none brand polishes with amazing colors. If I like the color; I buy it.

Q: Describe yourself in 5 words.
A: leader, passionate, caring, considerate, blessed

Q: What is one of your favorite collections or polishes you created?
A: Creme Italy 

Q: What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
A: Shopping, watching good movies, & eating at amazing restaurants.

Q: How did you come up with your company name and logo?
A: All I could think about was colorful ice cream scoops at the time; so I came up with Creme and added allure at the end.

Q: If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?
A: Tee-shirts and that is next!!!

Q: Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
A: Just my colorful Creme Allure tee-shirt line….

Q: In 10 words or less, what would be your brand slogan?
A: “Embrace the skin you’re in with Crème Allure”

Q: What do you love most about being an indie polish maker?
A: I get to create colors that represent me, others, and feelings.

Q: What other brand (just 1) would you like to collaborate with or have already collaborated with?
A: Sun Polish!!!

Q: Favorite nail art technique?
A: Marble nails

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment to date with your brand?
A: Creme Allures’ first major customer outside of Virginia was from Lousiana & we are thankful!!!

I don’t know if you saw, but Vernita just celebrated a birthday last week. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Vernita, you don’t look a day over 23! I wish you continued success in life, love and your business. I will be on the look out for  your next collection and shirts! 

Ladies and gentlemen, please continue to support and buy indie!! Thank you all for reading this post and I hope you join me back here next month for all new interviews and more fun! 

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Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured maker (FM) for review and response. The FM was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FM and have not been altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FM and the FM alone.

 

 

Swatch & Review: le polish – Scale Baby

Swatch & Review: le polish – Scale Baby
PRESS SAMPLE NOTICE***Press (PR) Samples. This post contains polishes that were sent to be from the company/brand in exchange for an honest review, All opinions stated are my own. For additional info regarding PR samples, click here ***

*singing…in my 50cent voice* It’s your birthday! We gonna party like it’s your birthday! And you know we don’t give a (beep) cause it’s your birthday! That’s how you start a Monday, right?! Where are all my Libras at?! Do we have any Libras in the house?! Yes? Good! You’ll want to pay close attention to this post because this one is for you. Even if you’re not, that’s ok, you too can join the party and get your hands on what I’m about to show you.

Before we get into the polish, I want to introduce the maker and brand because this is their first time on the blog, (‘borrowed’ from the “About Us” section of the online store), let’s give Allison of le polish a warm welcome! 

“The Story of le polish

Hi awesome polish lovers!  After loving, buying, and wearing indie polish for so long, I wanted to take the next step.  I bought some supplies and played around with mixing up some polish.  As it turns out, I love the creative process and thus, le polish was born. Since this project is my creative baby, it was only logical that I name my brand after my real babies, the loves of my life, my sons – Lukas and Erik.

Every polish I make is hand-crafted with care and I hope you love my creations as much as I love making them!


♡ Allison”

le polish celebrates birthdays in a special way. Birthday Club!!! For each zodiac sign, Allison creates a new custom polish and this month is no different. This month she has created…Scale Baby and you can get it free!! Keep reading to find out how. But first, lets check this baby out…

Birthday Club Polish – Libra (9/23 – 10/22)

SCALE BABY

Scale Baby is a charcoal grey crelly with silver, blue shimmer and red hex glitters.

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Matte (used Matte Me a matte top coat by Jior Couture)

Like what you see? I know you do! Now it’s time to order this small batch, LE polish! Scale Baby is available NOW thru 10/22 because on 10/23 the new Scorpio birthday polish will begin. So use those ninja fingers to get your Scale Baby now!

Here’s how in 3 easy steps:

*First, you must be a member of the le polish lovelies on FB (direct link below) and be sure to have your name and birthdate added to the Birthday Club List.

*Next, simply place at least $10 of product in your cart IN ADDITION TO the zodiac polish

*Finally, at checkout enter the coupon code LIBRA. This will remove $10.25 (cost+shipping), thus, making your birthday polish free and who doesn’t want a free gift on their birthday!

***Please note***

If your FB and Paypal names DO NOT MATCH, please email lepolish@gmail.com to notify Allison. If you use the code and your name is on not on the list, your order will be CANCELLED!

If you are not a Libra and/or on the birthday list but still want Scale Baby, you can still order at its regular price. The free zodiac birthday polish is only available during its sign month, not calendar month and it’s while supplies last. IF there is stock after, the remaining polishes will continue to be for sale at full price. Also, the coupon code with changed per polish, so joining the group will ensure you get the correct code for your FREE birthday polish.

Be sure to like, follow and join le polish
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Swatch & Review: Vapid – Fall 2016

Swatch & Review: Vapid – Fall 2016
PRESS SAMPLE NOTICE***Press (PR) Samples. This post contains polishes that were sent to be from the company/brand in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own. For additional info regarding PR samples, click here ***

I literally have no words. Why? Because, Vapid! That’s all. That’s all I have to say about this current situation. This is one post you are going to want to pay close attention to. Get out a pen and paper to take notes or rather bookmark the direct link to this post. Why? Because, Vapid! They have gone and done it again! They have created the impossible! 7 beautiful, must have colors for their Fall 2016 Collection. I know you probably think, “Krystal, you always say all the polishes are a ‘must haves’.” But they are and it’s true. I only want to bring you the best of the best. The best colors, the best formulas, the best application, the best coverage….why?? Because, Vapid! No just kidding…kinda, but seriously because you deserve it. You work hard and you deserve the very best…polish! That is exactly what I have for you today! Hahahahaha…I started this off say I had no words. But how could I not? It’s Vapid!

Seriously, we have 7 rich, absolutely amazing, magical, bad@$$, strong, powerful, beautiful, sexy, perfect polishes to get through, so let’s get started.

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issues Peel-Off Base Coat by Vapid and Quick Dry, High Gloss Top Coat by Pro-FX. Photos are taken using artificial lights.**

FALL 2016 Collection

Ablaze

Ablaze is described as a bold orange holo w/ flashes of red sparkle.

Fire Starter

Fire Starter is described as a deep, sultry red shimmering polish w/ a wicked orange flash. 2 words…PERFECTLY STUNNING!

Spider and the Fly

Spider and the Fly is a deep forest, emerald green straight linear holo.

Weaponized Guilt

Weaponized Guilt is a black based, dark, burnished gold leaning green.

Moon Moth

Moon Moth is a sage green crème w/ a subtle pink shimmer.

Psilocybin

Psilocybin is a milk chocolate brown holo w/ a shimmering purple/blue flash.

Distressed

Distressed is a dark, dusty  blue base w/ a copper shimmer and a healthy smattering of holo flakes.

Overall, I think Vapid scored a 5 out of 5 with this collection. Gorgeous selection of colors, excellent formulas, easy application, great coverage and opacity. By the way, did you notice the new labels? They make it easier to see all the gorgeousness inside. I purposely swacthed Fire Starter last because I wanted to wear it for a few days and I got so many compliments from the moms at gymnastics. I was literally stopped and asked what brand I was wearing. VAPID!!! That was my opportunity to explain indies…imagine, having never heard of indie polish 🙂 I’m not sure if she’ll buy or not but she loved the color and even invited her hubby over to take a look who really didn’t see the gorgeousness that is Fire Starter but most don’t….hahaha.

Anywho, this collection releases THIS SUNDAY, September 25th, yes you read it right, SUNDAY at 1pm Central. (Pacific – 11am, Mountain – 12pm, Eastern – 2pm)!! They will NOT be available as a set, only as individuals in both full (16ml) and schmedium (9ml) sizes. Full size will be $10 and schmediums are $7.

Just a few more notes, since you have your paper and pen handy, be sure to add to your wishlist, the Halloween Collaboration Set. Vapid and The Holo Pineapple teamed up to bring us this unique and fun box which includes 2 polishes, BATNADO and Toil & Trouble, 5 hand painted and stamped magnets made with Vapid colors and a handmade sensory slime toy. This set is available in one size only for $29.

Thought I was done? Yeah right! More new treats have been added including LE Fall Scent, Drunken Pun’kin in body cream, nail sauce and digit dust and Pumpkin Ice Cream in wax melts. I will definitely be picking some of those up along with the Halloween 2014 Favorites! I’ve been waiting ALL year for these. Returning is Apparition, Vampires Don’t Sparkle, Purple Poison and Witching Hour. They are only available in full size and have the same amazing recipe as the original release. Be sure to check out swatches on IG on the Vapid page.

Last thing and then I’m outta here. SALE!!! Who doesn’t love a sale right? Make sure to check out the SALE! section of the site for 20% off! No code needed. Discount is applied at checkout.

What do you think? Any favorites among the bunch?

Be sure to Like, Join and Follow Vapid
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Interview: Chelsea McDonnel of Pretty & Polished

Interview: Chelsea McDonnel of Pretty & Polished

Welcome back everyone! You’re just in time for yet another installment of Indie Maker Interview. As always, on the 3rd and 4th Wednesday of the month, I bring you inside and in depth with the makers, scratch that, wizards behind some of our favorite brands. I love todays featured maker and was super thrilled when she agreed to participate in this series. I’m going to give you 3 clues to see if you can guess who this marvelous maker is. Clue #1, before I started blogging, I swatched and posted my photos to IG. One of the collections that I swatched was the Icon Collection from this brand and let me just say,  clue #2, she is the queen of thermal polishes. Clue #3, she was even nice enough to help sponsor my upcoming 5k IG giveway. Still not sure who I am referring to? Then allow me to present, Chelsea McDonnel of Pretty & Polished (P&P). 

Pretty & Polished is a small, family owned company based out of the Midwest in a lovely Indiana college town which started in early 2011 as a nail polish brand but quickly turned into a way of life. They remain active in local charities and also reach out to charities and causes away from home. P&P feel the need to give back to a world that has been so good to them and feel very strongly about keeping their products completely vegan and animal friendly. 

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photo provided by Chelsea McDonnel
Chlesea with a couple boxes of Cancer Care Packages, “we sell charity polishes to fund this project, we make care packages and deliver them to local cancer patients.”

Name Chelsea McDonnel
Location Muncie, IN 
Birthday April 24


Q: Favorite season and why?
A: Fall is the best time of the year. I love the Indiana weather, the gorgeous fall colors, the smells, the food. Fall is when I get to do most of our favorite outdoor activities with my kids. These are the things that stick in your mind forever.

Q: Favorite meal of the day?
A: Dinner. Its the only meal of the day that my whole family gets to sit together. When you have 3 kids and everyone is busy things like sitting at the table become incredibly meaningful. 

Q: What cartoon character best represents you?
A: Linda Belcher (she’s the mom from Bob’s Burgers). My husband always says this about me. He says I’m hilarious, a good mom, a loving wife, and I make up hilarious songs and am not afraid to be funny regardless of who’s around. I also embarrass my children often. 

Q: Night on the town with friends or evening alone at home?
A: That’s a tough one. I don’t get a lot of time with my friends or alone time. I’d probably choose time with friends though because I’m very social.

Q: Jeans or Dress?
A: Love dresses but I wear jeans 90% of the time.

Q: If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
A: An elephant. Elephants love hard. They are faithful and protective. Definitely my spirit animal. 

Q: Read a book or watch a movie?
A: Read! I love books. I’ve read thousands.

Q: Why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
A: Back in late 2010 and early 2011 I became really good at finding nail polishes that were hard to find and getting them into the hands of other polish lovers who wanted them. It was then that I realized how much I enjoyed giving something as special as beautiful polish to others and wanted to make it a big part of my life. 

Q: What makes P&P different?
A: Well, I know we have been making polish longer than most of the other makers (who are still around) at this point but I don’t necessarily think that makes us special. Maybe more experienced. But what I think makes us different and special is our unwavering originality. We make polishes that we like. We don’t feel the need to hop on every trend or copy others. We make shades that speak to us in hopes that it will speak to our customers. 

Q: What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
A: I’ve been really open with our customers over the years and have formed many friendships so I don’t know what there is left for them to know about me. I guess it may come as a shock to some that I have over a quarter of my body tattooed. 

Q: What advice/tips would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company?
A: I would tell them to be patient and don’t get discouraged. The Indie Polish community has become very saturated with new brands and sometimes they don’t last for long. I think if you get into this business to make a quick buck and in hopes of getting “indie polish famous” overnight you are in the wrong business. As with any new business venture you have to work hard, work smart, and be patient. I hate seeing people get discouraged. There is enough room for all of us, and if we worked together more it may just make it easier. 

Q: Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?
A: I have a good mix of Indie brands. I think the ones I own the most of are probably KBShimmer, Lush Lacquer, and Gunpowder Lacquer. I honestly don’t wear a ton of nail polish these days unless it’s something of ours. It has been a great way to advertise. 

Q: In 5 words, describe yourself
A: It’s not five words but it’s how a lot of people have described me. Make it work with what you have. It’s how I’ve had to live my life. 

Q: What is one your strengths? Weakness?
A: I’ve always felt that my ability to FEEL is one of my biggest strengths and weaknesses. I can make an emotional attachment to almost anything. It helps me stay humble but also find beauty in many things which really helps my creativity. But it also means I get hurt very easily. 

Q: What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
A: I am actually a really active person. I love running and working out. I enjoy cooking and am actually working on a cookbook. And I love designing all kinds of things. I have a very imaginative artistic side that is hard to contain.

photo provided by Chelsea McDonnel
 Pictured above is the newest available collection, The Connie and Carla Collection.

This past weekend was the inaugural launch of Polish Con in Chicago and upon the many brands in attendance, Pretty & Polished was there. I saw all over Facebook how awesome it was so see and meet Chelsea. Mariah from Great Lakes Lacquer described Chelsea as, “…a powerhouse in person.” She went on to say, “…an aura that radiates 10 feet around that exudes strength and beauty all combined in one.” For those of us there were no able to make it, I hope this interview brought you a little closer to her and Pretty & Polished.

Until next week…  

Be sure to like, follow and join Pretty & Polished
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Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured maker (FM) for review and response. The FM was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FM and have not been altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FM and the FM alone.

Substance Abuse Awareness Box #3

PRESS SAMPLE NOTICE***Press (PR) Samples. This post contains polishes that were sent to be from the company/brand in exchange for an honest review, All opinions stated are my own. For additional info regarding PR samples, click here ***

It’s always a privilege to be asked to swatch for a maker but this S&R is a little different because there are 4 makers in 1 box. These 4 phenomenal makers came together for 1 amazing cause….Substance Abuse Awareness. By now I know you all have heard of the makers and their brand but you may not have heard about the Substance Abuse Awareness Collaboration Box. This box is the product of a very special FB group, Substance Abuse Awareness and Polish (SAAaP), created 5 months ago by a good friend of mine, Mandy Wynder. The focus of this group is to provide support to people in recovery from addiction OR those who want to be. Not only does this group provide a safe outlet through polish but this group helps raise money for addiction based charities through the sale of its polish box. To date, the Substance Abuse Awareness Box has donated $515 between 2 wonderful charities, Drug Free and THP Purple Project. This box will help support the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA).

The 1st box included: Black Lace Cosmetics, Heathers’s Hues, Pink Hibiscus Beauty and Lifestyle Lacquer.

The 2nd Box included: CbL (Colors by Llarowe), Ever After, LYNB Designs and Pink Hibiscus Beauty

This go round, you’re in for 4 very special treats!

**All swatches done over Commitment Issues Peel-Off Base Coat by Vapid and topped with Quick Dry, High Gloss Top Coat by Pro-FX. All photos are taken using artificial lights**

Substance Abuse Awareness Box #3

No More Demons
by Anonymous Lacquer

No More Demons is a watermelon colored jelly with different sparkly red colored micro flakes and holo flakes. Swatches show in 3 coats.

FACT: “In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.” – The White House

; by Ellagee

; is a violet jelly with matching glass flecks, green/violet shifting chrome flakes and a touch of scattered holo. Swatches shown in 3 coats

FACT: “More than 90% of people with a substance problem began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.” – The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

H.O.P.E (Hold On, Pain Ends)
by Lifestyle Lacquer

H.O.P.E. is a turquoise holo jelly with shimmer and gold/green UCC flakies. Swatches shown in 3 coats.

FACT: “Each year federal, state and local governments spend close to $500 billion on addiction and substance abuse, but for every dollar that federal and state governments spend, only 2 cents goes to prevention and treatment.” – The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

Never Alone
by Pretty Beautiful Cosmetics

Never Alone is a white crelly base with turquoise shimmer, purple, red, yellow and turquoise glitters and UCC flakies. Swatches shown in 3 coats.

FACT: “Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop.” – NIH

The Extras:

Earrings by Nail Jewelry Bling
Guardian Latex Barrier by Pretty Beautiful Cosmetics
String bracelet by Ellagee
Pearberry Lotion Bar by Anonymous Lacquer


The facts given throughout my post are alarming. We have to do something and that time is now. It’s imperative to raise awareness about this disease and we can do that by purchasing this box and those yet to come. You may not be affected by this epidemic, but I’m sure you or some you know is. This is your chance to help make a difference in that persons life.

Sssshhhh…here’s a little secret, SAAaP is trying to re-release the 1st box after this one (before the 4th one come out). So be on the look out for more info so you can score that box and support this cause.

# of Boxes: 50 boxes
Price: $45 + shipping
Presale: Friday Sept. 23rd – Sept. 30th

I wish I had more time today to show you some cool nail art I’ve done with this box, but I guess you’ll just have to join me over on IG for those manis. Until then, please enjoy more swatches and reviews from: Mandy Wynder, Beth Morehart, Jennifer Morgan and Sarah Kapperman.

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Nail Mail: September

***THIS POST CONTAINS POLISHES THAT WERE PURCHASED WITH A BLOGGER DISCOUNT***

Hey ya’ll, it’s finally Friday! I went buckwild this month and we only halfway through. However, I am putting myself on a loooow buy after September because holiday shopping will be here before you know it and shopping for 3 kids is brutal. This won’t stop my monthly nail mail posts, oh no, I’ll still be making purchases. But back to the reason that brought you all here…#NAILMAIL!!!

I’ve bought some killer polishes, if I do say so myself and I’m ecstatic to show you all. If you haven’t seen my nail mail from August, be sure to check it out here.

Today I have:

  • Fall/Winter 2016 Collection by In The Name of Polish
  • Midnight Mayhem (Sept GPF Group Custom), Vampire Breath and Night of the Living Dummy from the It’s Gonna Be A Scream  Collection by Glam Polish
  • Dragon Heartstring from the Ollivander Wanderlore Collection by Nvr Enuff
  • Summer Shenanigans and Dark Twisted Fantasies by Vapid

Let’s get started, shall we?

Fall/Winter 2016 Collection
by In The Name of Polish

Pictured l to r: top row – (Crèmes)Wasabi & Mistletoe, Special Brownies, Smashin Pumkins, Baby Sh!t and Sh!ttin Bricks. Bottom row – (Shimmers) Sugar Plum Barry from Accounting, Skinny Jeans Moose Knuckle and Sweet Turtleneck Bro

I apologize in advance for not doing actual swatches of these polishes, time just didn’t permit. If you’d like to see swatches, check out my girl, Kaylyna aka KillaKays_NailAdventure on Instagram or her full S&R on her blog. What I did have time to do was a watermarble using all the crème polishes of this collection. By now, I’m sure you realize how easily INTOP spread in the water making marbling easy and fun.

My mani featured Sugar Plum Barry from Accounting on the index finger, Skinny Jeans Moose Knuckle on the middle finger, Sweet Turtleneck Bro on the pinky and a watermarble of the cremes on the ring/accent finger. This collection is perfect for fall and a must have!!!

Midnight Mayhem (Sept GPF Group Custom), Night of the Living Dummy and Vampire Breath from the It’s Gonna Be A Scream Collection
by Glam Polish

I was trying not to over spend my polish budget so early in the month but lets face it, when Glam has new collections being released AND a phenomenal group custom, the budget goes out the door.

I did show some self restraint and only ordered Midnight Mayhem (Glam Polish Fan) Group Custom, Night of the Living Dummy and Vampire Breath from the new It’s Gonna be a Scream Collection.

Please note, you must be a member of the Glam Polish Fans on Facebook to get this polish. There is a special member code that needs to be entered to reduce the price from $120 to $12.

Overall, I loooove these polishes. The colors are perrrfect. However, they do apply a little thick so I would caution you apply in thin coats and allow plenty of drying time.

Dragon Heartstring
from the Ollivander Wanderlore Collection
by Nvr Enuff

Dragon Heartstring totally pulled on my heartstrings and said ‘buy me, Krystal, buy me,’ and I have learned to go with my gut. I am so happy I did because this polish is truly amazing.

Wanda aka my Cindy/Cinderella hand, decided to make a special guess appearance for this swatch of Dragon Heartstring. Normally, I don’t buy toppers because I’m always worried about what base to use underneath. But when I saw PR sample swatches, I knew this one was a no brainer. Here is Dragon Heartstring over Zoya’s Louise.

Summer Shenanigans & Dark Twisted Fantasies
by Vapid

Just when you thought summer was over, Vapid releases Summer Shenanigans! The magenta and blue drew me in but the orange sealed the deal. I am so happy I decided to get this trio because it’s a limited pour and once sold out they will not come back until 2017.

I did the best I could to use all the colors in 1 mani rather than individual swatches. I like that you can wear the alone or all together.

On the index finger I have Fish Out of Water, a turquoise, jelly like polish with intense copper shimmer.
On the middle finger I have Use Your Noodle, a vibrant orange with gold, large particle shimmer.
I used Round n’ Round on the pinky. It is described as a magenta polish w a beautiful copper shimmer.
The accent finger is a fan brush nail using all the polishes.

I have missed out on a lot of Vapids in the past as I recently became more involved in the indie polish world in the last 9 months. Many of the older ones that I have fallen in love with are now HTF. Every once in awhile prayers are answered and those that are HTF, are re-released. That was my experience with Dark Twisted Fantasies (DTF). I longed for the day this beauty would be mine. I searched high and low but no one was destashing it. Then, Krys announced it was coming back and the I heard angels sing.

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Would you look at this beautiful color. Yes, add it to the list of must haves from Vapid. If you miss this, you will only blame and kick yourself later for missing it.


What goodies have you or do you plan on buying this month?

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HHC September 2016 – Anonymous Lacquer and Crowstoes

PRESS SAMPLE NOTICE***Press (PR) Samples. This post contains polishes that were sent to be from the company/brand in exchange for photography. For additional info regarding PR samples, click here ***

Hello everyone, it’s Wacky WEDNESDAY!!! We are half way through the week and I have an amazing post for you today. I was selected to be a guest swatcher for HellaHoloCustoms (HHC) this month! YAY!!! I was hella excited and honored to take part. HHC is a dedicated Facebook group that works with amazing indie makers to bring its members beautiful customs every month. For September, Hella Holo Customs, welcomed back 2 polish maker favorites, Mildred from Anonymous Lacquer and Lauri from CrowsToes. I’m gonna keep this introduction to a minimum because there is a lot of gorgeousness to go over.

 Lets jump in!

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issues Peel Off Coat by Vapid and topped w/ Quick Dry, High Gloss Top Coat by Pro-FX. The photos are taken using artificial lights.**

Anonymous Lacquer Polishes

NIGHTSHIFT

Nightshift, inspired by the winning photo submitted by Andrea Lai and named by Holly Sivley. This polish is described as a deep purple with a nice green shift. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

REALM OF THE FAE

Realm of the Fae, inspired by the runner up photo submitted by Kelly Wiesenthal and named by Krista Schwabe. This polish is described as an ultra light blue with a fuscia flash of color. The finish is an ultra linear holo with holo flecks. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

WICKED INTENTIONS

Wicked Intentions, is the Maker’s Choice photo submitted by Louwisa Jensen Chairez and named by Cindy Bailey. This polish is best described as a deep red/purple shifter. The finish is a linear holo with holo flecks. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

CrowsToes Nail Color

BEYOND YOUR FEARS

Beyond Your Fears inspired by the winning photo submitted by Cualtzin Papalotl and named by Courtney Stemple. This one is described as a medium bright red, based golden orange base, loaded with teal and gold micro holo and a golden orange shimmer that just pops! Swatch shown in 2 coats.

YOUR LAST BREATHE

Your Last Breathe inspired by the runner up photo submitted by Crystal Vasquez and named by Norgaard Mortensen. It is described as a delicate cornflower blue base with a softened linear holo to match. There is just a touch of pale green shimmer and a bit of gold micro flake peeking out here and there. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN

Sleep With One Eye Open is the Maker’s Choice photo submitted by Maryn Adams and named by Robin Zurovec. This polish is described as a cool leaning, blackened plum, linear holo with just the right dusting of orange, gold and silver micro holo that spark with each wave of the hand! Swatch shown in 2 coats.

By now, I’m sure you are wondering, how do I get my hands on these beauties? I’m so glad you asked. If you’re not already a member of HHC, send your join request now and once approved you’ll be able to purchase these and any other upcoming HHC polishes. If you are a member, find the September sales thread for all the ordering details. September customs are on sale now thru 9/30, so don’t delay, act fast, you won’t want to miss these!

Anonymous Lacquer HHC polishes are $13 and Crowstoes Nail Color are $13.75 plus as a member you’ll also get a special code to save you 10% off the HHC polish and any other polishes you order.

Be sure to Join & Follow HellaHoloCustoms
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Be sure to Join, Like and Follow Anonymous Lacquer
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Shop Anonymous Lacquer

Be sure to Join, Like and Follow Crowstoes Nail Color
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Shop Crowstoes Nail Color

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Swatch & Review: Jior Coutour – SWL The Sweets

Swatch & Review: Jior Coutour – SWL The Sweets
PRESS SAMPLE NOTICE***Press (PR) Samples. This post contains polishes that were sent to be from the company/brand in exchange for an honest review, All opinions stated are my own. For additional info regarding PR samples, click here ***

Happy Monday and thanks for joining me here today. With official start of fall fast approaching, fall collections are all the rage. Makers and brands alike are finalizing the perfect fall inspired polishes that I’m sure will include shades of brown, orange,  burgundy, gold and green. These colors will scream hayrides, pumpkin patch, falling leaves, apple cider and cooler days. One brand that I have grown to love will be releasing their Fall Collection of 12, yes 12, polishes. Jior Couture will be releasing SWL (Sugar, Water, Lemons) on September 15th and this collection will feature 2 sets of 6 polishes, SWL: Sweet and SWL: Bitter.

Today I have all 6 Sweets to show you, so let’s jump right in!

SWL: The Sweets

**All swatches are taken over Commitment Issues Peel-Off Base Coat by Vapid and topped with Quick Dry, High Gloss Top Coat by Pro-FX. All swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

REFORMATION

Reformation is a blue jell base with multicolored flakes. To show its versatility, I have swatches (on the left) over a contrasting base using 2 coats of Splish Splash by China Glaze and 2 coats of Reformation. On the right, I have 4 coats of Reformation w/o a base color.

 RESURRECTION

Resurrection is a holo, multichrome shifting from golden yellow, olive green, magenta and red. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is a orange toned brown holo and a beautiful 1 coater.

HOPE

Hope is a sheer multichrome, microglitter that looks amazing over dark base colors. Swatches show with 2 coats over 2 coats of Charmed, I’m Sure by China Glaze.

REDEMPTION

Redemption is a blue to purple duochrome with a gorgeous shimmer. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

AWAKENED

Awakened is another multichrome that shift through amber red, bronze and a coppery, orange. Swatch shown in 2 coats.

Overall, I think this collection is stellar. Why? Because there are a variety of colors in a variety of finishes. This one collection would settle the hearts of nail addicts everywhere. The formulas are astonishing and the finishes are stunning. Application is trouble-free and there is no fishing for flakes in Reformation. BTW, I think Reformation w/o a base would be best suited for a pond mani. Hope…O.M.G., it can be worn alone but best as a topper that is sure to transform any base. I really couldn’t pick a favorite because they were all so different, but because I am a sucker for multichromes, Awakened was definitely the front-runner for me. Did any stand out to you? Will you be enjoying something Sweet with Jior Couture this fall?

The entire 12pc collection can be yours for only $95 or get the Sweets or the Bitters for $48 per set. Of course, they will be available individually for $8-8.50.

Check out more with Sacha and Ari of Jior Couture, here or my S&R of their Holo Topper collection, here.

Be sure Like, Follow and Join Jior Couture
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Shop Jior Couture

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Swatcher Spotlight: Kaylyna Ramirez

Swatcher Spotlight: Kaylyna Ramirez

Hello and happy Friday everyone! This week felt like it flew past, maybe because I was off Monday for Labor Day, but I’m not complaining. If you’ve checked my Post Schedule, you know it’s that time of the month again for another Swatcher Spotlight. This segment can be a little misleading being as though I interview both swatchers and blogger but Swatcher Spotlight has a ring to it..hehehe. Anyway, I know you can hardly contain your excitement and I can’t either because this month I am bringing you a young lady that I have quickly become good friends with, Kaylyna Ramirez aka KillaKays Nail Adventure!

You may be wondering how she got such a unique handle, I did too, but recently it came up in a FB post how names/handles came to be and this is what Kaylyna told us. “I was a bad@$$ growing up. Always getting into trouble so the neighborhood called me Killa Kay as I grew up the name stuck. I think mostly because a lot of the people don’t know how to say my name right. When I really got into nails they would say ‘look at Killa Kay’s nails’ but I like Nail Adventure better. My hubby makes fun of it but I like it. Makes me remember that just because you are a bad kid doesn’t mean you cant grow up.”

Let’s find out more out this lady making big waves in the indie nail community.

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photo provided courtesy of Kaylyna Ramirez

Name: Kaylyna Ramirez
Age: 26
Location: Treasure Coast, Florida

Q: Kids? If so, how many?
A: I have two kids. Daniel is 10 and Bella is 8

Q: Marital Status?
A: Good question. I’ve been with Oscar for 8 years now. I feel to old to say boyfriend. Lmao but no paper or ring so not hubby either haha

Q: Birthday?
A: February 27th Pisces Baby!

Q: Pets? If so, types and how many?
A: I have a rescued chihuahua named Mister and a Seal Point Siamese named Buddah they are the best of friends!

Q: Best Vacation Taken?
A: Thats hard. I think when we went to the Florida Keys for a week. We did so much! Went on snorkling excursion and everything. Kids loved it and so did we!

Q: Beach or Pool?
A: Ugh I love the beach but hate sand. Lmao but I’m still going beach. Nothing like the breeze and smell of salt water!

Q: Best character trait:
A: I’m loyal and honest.

Q: Favorite pastime?
A: I’d say reading. I read everything. Lmao and nails of course!

Q: Favorite food?
A: BREAD! and cheese. Ugh love it. So basically pizza with light sauce and extra cheese

Q: Movie night at home or theater:
A: At home snuggled on the couch!

Q: Favorite season?
A: Winter…well winter isn’t much here in Fl…lmao 🙂

Q: What got you started doing your nails?
A: I’ve always painted my nails even as a little girl. My mom use to have a wicker basket filled with polish. I was in heaven.

Q: What was the first brand you swatched for?
Kristen from In the Name of Polish gave me my first polishes to swatch. She is truly an awesome person! And it was when I like had 400 or less followers! On Instagram!

Q: What is your ‘go to’ cuticle oil?
A: Tropical Fusion by In the Name of Polish and I also love Mango Scented Cuticle oil/butter by From the Hands of an Angel

Q: Do you have swatch/mani routines?
A: Nope. I do it whenever I can. Daily. Never sure what time though. Lmao

Q: What tips would you give an aspiring swatcher?
A: Don’t give up. Apply. If you don’t get accepted. Wait a little while and apply again! And always try to improve. No one is perfect. There is ALWAYS room for improvement. You have to remember that an indie brand might not accept you because your lighting is wrong or you don’t have enough followers. Fix that. They run a business and have to have certain standards when choosing swatchers. Don’t give up!

Q: What’s one nail related item you can’t live without?
A: Tropical Fusion Cuticle Oil. I buy multiple from In the Name of Polish at a time lmao

Q: If you were to start an indie line of polish what would you name it and what would the first collection be inspired by?
A: Killa Polish probably. I’ve toyed with the idea just havent commited lmao and it would probably be a little mommy and me collection to be honest. For example. Mommys color would be a deep dark red while baby girls is a soft innocent pink. Lmao i dont know!

FYI…I love the unique idea of a mommy and me nail polish line, it’s just what my daughters and I need. BTW…just in case you were curious as to how to pronounce her name, it’s Kay-lee-nuh…lol and it’s one you’ll want to remember because you will be seeing a lot of her and her beautiful swatches. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Kaylyna and will join me back on the 2nd Friday of next month when I’ll feature a new swatcher/blogger. If you or someone you know deserves the spotlight on them, please feel free to leave their name in the comments or contact me on IG, FB or email.

You can see more of KillaKays Nail Adventures here:

 Follow Kaylyna on Instagram: @killakays_nailadventure
Follow her blog on FB: Killa Kays Nail Adventure
Subscribe to the blog: killakaysnailadventure.com

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Disclosure: The questions above were sent to the featured swatcher (FS) for review and response. The FS was advised they could omit responses from any question they were not comfortable with answering. The responses are directly from the FS and have not be altered in any way, shape or form. The comments and responses expressed in this interview are those of the FS and the FS alone.