Interview: Mardi Carruth of The Howling Boutique

Interview: Mardi Carruth of The Howling Boutique

Welcome back! As promised, I am here today with a very special women, maker and creator, Mardi Carruth of The Howling Boutique. *insert applause here* I had the absolute pleasure of swatching Mardi’s 3rd collection, The Chosen Collection and if you didn’t get a chance to read the my review, be sure you do here. I knew then, that she was someone who had to come back and give the people what the need, an Indie Maker Interview. It’s evident from her line of jewelry AND polish that she is talented, detail oriented and creative.

So without further ado, please give a loud howl…I mean warm welcome to Mardi Carruth!!


Name: Mardi Carruth
Location: North Richland Hills, Texas
Birthday: March 8th

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? When was it?
Oh man. I honestly don’t remember anything specific but it was more than likely something my mom and/or dad said. We’re pretty hilarious.

Stranded on a desert island, what 5 things would you must have?
A fold-out cot, lighter fuel, first aid kit, water purifier, and a large hunting knife.

What cartoon character best represents you?
Daria from Daria.

Relaxing soak in a bubble bath or hot, steamy shower?
Neither! LOL. I’m not a bath type of person and hot showers really irritate my skin. I’d definitely go for a mildly warm shower, though!

Favorite 90s TV show or artist/song?
My favorite show was probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer and my favorite artist was definitely Nsync (even though both of them appeared in the late ‘90s).

If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
Oh. Easy. A wolf for sure! I’ve been obsessed with them every since I was little. I have a framed photo of timber wolves above my bed that my parents bought me in 1993 when I was only 8 years old. They’re just such gorgeous, magnificent creatures and I really love the dynamics of their pack – their family. They’re one of the few species that will adopt orphaned pups that aren’t their own where a lot of other animals, like bears and lions, would kill them. Wolves are amazing.

Best gift received? Best gift given?
The best gift I ever got was probably from my dad in 2004 or 2005. We went to New York City for my high school graduation present (I graduated in 2003) and during one of our site-seeing ventures, visited this HUGE Toys R Us. While inside, I discovered a display of My Little Ponies. As a kid, I was OBSESSED with them and had no idea that they had ‘come back’. So my dad bought me two of them and it more or less rekindled said obsession and now I have close to 400 of the darn things!

When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
I started making nail polish back in 2012 with the intent to ONLY make it for jewelry – as a medium to paint glass cabochons with. While there were (and still are) lots of people who make nail polish jewelry, no one was making the polish themselves for the sole purpose of using it for the jewelry. So I became the first person to do that! Almost immediately after I opened my shop on Etsy in late 2013, people would ask me if I intended to make/sell the nail polish itself. At first, I didn’t want to, but after awhile the idea grew on me and so I began reformulating and branching out from just glitter polishes to try and see if it was something worth doing. And it was! I think the fact that I started off just doing jewelry, and that I don’t really even wear nail polish myself, definitely sets me apart from other brands and makers.

What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
A super random, personal tidbit is that my cousin is Morris Day from The Time (my mom is his aunt).

What advice/tips/best practices would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company?
Do your research!! In the end, it’s SO much more satisfying knowing that you’ve done the majority of the leg work yourself versus getting all the answers by asking other people who did the research themselves. Sure, you’re going to have questions, but try and find out the information first before approaching someone. Not only will it make you feel good, but other people will notice that you’ve done your research first and it will definitely get you some positive ‘points’ before you’ve even launched! Also – testing! So much testing! Like. MONTHS or more of testing!

Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?
I don’t really wear nail polish (shocking, I know) but I still try to buy other indie brands, especially when I’m friends with the maker, as a way of showing support for them and the community in general. I only have 19 polishes right now from Anchor & Heart Lacquer, Baroness X, Frenzy Polish, Great Lakes Lacquer, Stached Polish, Supernatural Lacquer, and Sweet & Sour Lacquer.

Describe yourself in 5 words
Sarcastic, Ramble-y, Creative, Empathetic, and Passionate.

What is one of your favorite collections or polishes you created?
Well I’ve only done three collections plus a duo so far, but I think my favorite release is still my first collection. Out of those, Mystic Mountain has got to be my overall favorite.

What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
I love to write, watch ‘my’ TV shows, and organize.

How did you come up with your company name and logo?
Well, I really wanted to incorporate wolves into my brand name somehow and after a ton of brainstorming, The Howling Boutique was born. Even though I started off doing jewelry, I knew that I eventually would want to branch out into makeup, which is why I went with Boutique. When I decided to do nail polish, I wanted to make sure that it went well and followed the same sort of theme, so doing something moon related was a given and that’s how I got Supermoon Lacquer.

If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?
Jewelry! LOL. Which I already do. Probably eye shadow? I’d eventually like to explore that avenue as well.

Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
Well I’m currently working on my first two collections for 2017. As far as any specifics go, I really like to share ‘behind-the-scenes’ stuff with my Facebook group so you should definitely join that for spoilers!

In 10 words or less, what would be your brand slogan?
I already sort of have two: “Unique. Vibrant. Wild.” and “Individually Designed. Always Handmade.”

What do you love most about being an indie polish maker?
Aside from the obvious stuff like creating the polishes and getting to experiment with various ingredients, I really love meeting new people! Whether it’s a customer who’s made a purchase (or several), another indie maker, bloggers/swatchers, or just other people in the community who have no idea who me and my brand is. I’ve made a lot of good friends and met a ton of awesome people and I love it!

What other brand (just 1) would you like to collaborate with or have already collaborated with?
Well I JUST did my first collab. at the beginning of November with Stashed Polish, Sweet & Sour Lacquer, and Lilly Anne’s Garden. I’d love to be able to do a future collab with Supernatural Lacquer! I think it’d be suh-WEET.

Favorite nail art technique?
Hm. I don’t do any nail art personally, so really, everything amazes me but I think the people who are able to free hand pictures on their nails are just. RIDICULOUS.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date with your brand?
Well my ‘overall’ brand – The Howling Boutique – just celebrated its 3 year anniversary on October 12th, 2016! I think that’s amazing!!

*SHOUTING* Someone get Stephanie Sanders on the phone, we need to get this duo in the works immediately!!! (I’m making it my mission to bring indie brands together for the betterment of the world and ultimate polish domination…lol!) No, seriously though, I’d love to see these two ladies work together.

What an amazing way to end November. Thanks, again, to Mardi for stopping by and we look forward to what you have planned for 2017! See you in December!

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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.
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Swatch & Review: BEGL – Room with a View Collection

Swatch & Review: BEGL – Room with a View Collection
***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 ***

Hey Queens, welcome back! Now that the turkey has been carved, the out-of-town guests have left and you’ve somewhat caught up on sleep, it’s time to continue shopping because today celebrate CYBER MONDAY!

Rent Boy, He Has A Little Woman? and Squall at St. George are possibly my favorite polishes from this brand today, Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer (BEGL) is releasing the Room with a View Collection. This collection is based on fall foliage and its release will be a preorder starting at 12pm est and end on 12/2 at 11:59 pm est. There will also be a Cyber Monday sale on where you can save not 10, not 15, but 25% off of your entire order with the code CYBERMONDAY25.* AND….orders over $50 after the 25% off discount will receive a special edition free polish with their order.

Let’s check out the view!

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Topped with Love by Love, Angeline (shiny) and Matte Me by Jior Couture (matte). Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

Room with a View Collection

 

Light that Shadows in the Night


Sunny yellow jelly packed with gold ultra-holographic microglitters and red-bronze-copper UCC flakies. Full Size$12 / Mini $6

Clear My View


Bright pink with holographic microflakies and purple and aqua shimmers. Dries to a satin finish. Full Size $12 / Mini $6

Every Moment Lasts a Day


Leaf green crelly packed with copper shimmer and gold microflakies.

Full Size $8.50 / Mini $5

Autumn Winds Blow


Pumpkin orange with red, gold, and green microflakies. Full Size $8.50 / Mini $5

Flaming Fields


Wine red with blue to gold to green shifting glass flecks. Full Size $12 / Mini $6

 

Overall Thoughts

Formula: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 – No issues

Application: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 – because of the great formula(s) on these polishes, the application was super easy to apply and work with.

Opaqueness: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 – polishes are opaque in 2 coats. Just as a note, please remember, BEGLs are designed to be opaque in one to two coats, so they may need to be thinned to your desired consistency because these.

Price: $$

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 – for reasons stated above.  

Again, the Room with a View Collection releases TODAY, Monday, Nov. 28th and polishes will priced as stated above or available as a set for $53 full size | $28 mini.

There may be a small restock of a few sold out items (i.e. Squall at St. George) or oops items depending on the amounts of over-pours available.

My personal fave of this collection is Light that Shadows in the Night. What do you think of this collection? Any faves amongst them?

Useful hashtags for social media: #begl; #BEGLove; #begldestination; #destinationpolishduos; #beglfall; #beglroomwithaview

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December Monthly Awareness Polish Box: M.A.D.D.

December Monthly Awareness Polish Box: M.A.D.D.
***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 ***

Another month, another box, another worthy cause. Last month’s Awareness Polish Box focused on Lung Cancer, this month…we are M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). I remember that first time I heard of M.A.D.D., it was 1999-2000 and I was a junior in HS. Right before prom, they had all the juniors and seniors come outside to the front of the school where a car crash had been staged to show the life changing and damaging effects drinking and driving could have on ones life. Not just those involved but the family and friends too. Now mind you, in HS we were not of legal drinking age, but the message was, and still is, extremely important, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Or, for that matter, get in the car with someone who has been drinking.

FACT: “Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes” MADD.org

As I continued to read and research more about M.A.D.D. the madder I got, but then I remembered that knowledge is power. So, my plea and call for action from todays post is that we unite together and stand firm that we are M.A.D.D.!!!

FACT: “Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.” MADD.org

FACT: “In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.” MADD.org

The facts are alarming but we don’t have to stand for it any longer. Every month the Month Awareness Polish Box will donate 10% of each box to a specific charity or cause, this month proceeds are going to M.A.D.D. Orders for this box will start Saturday, Nov.26th thru Dec. 5th and start shipping will begin mid month. At this time international orders will not be accepted but that may change in the future.

December’s Makers and Brands features:

  • Lindsay Johns of Night Owl Lacquer
  • Hillary Wilson of Nail Jewelry Bling
  • Carrie Lynn of Darling Diva
  • Virginia Shaw of Pretty Beautiful
  • Victoria Greathouse of Blush Lacquers
  • Anetress Malone of Dainty Digits

 **All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Topped with Love by Love, Angeline (shiny) and Matte Me by Jior Couture (matte). Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

 Overcoming Gray Skies

Overcoming Gray Skies: a medium gray crelly with copper shimmer, UCC flakies that shift copper, gold and green, chameleon micro glitters and red hook micro shreds.

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M.A.D.D. with Envy

M.A.D.D. with Envy: an evergreen with golden and green/blue/purple UCC flakies.

No More Victims

No More Victims: a raspberry holo

Blackout

Blackout: A black holo polish with black holographic fine microglitters
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Always Count the Cost

Always Count The Cost: a light gold with gold holographic micro glitter and red holographic shreds.
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Hand Over the Keys

Hand Over The Keys: periwinkle blue with a royal blue shimmer

You can help fight this war and support small business by purchasing this box for $52 + $6.80 shipping.

Be sure to check out more swatches and reviews here:

Jessica Federoff of SloppySwatches – Blog / FB / IG

Courtney Stemple of nails_by_courtney.s – IG

Samantha Hickernell of samhnails – IG

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Interview: Morgan Langley of Sweetpea Polish

Interview: Morgan Langley of Sweetpea Polish

Good morning y’all! Have I told y’all how much I loooooove doing Indie Maker Interviews? No? Well I do! Why? Because I really feel like I get a better understanding of the brand AND maker on both a personal and professional level. Plus, I’m a very curious person by nature….ok, ok, I’m nosey…lol, but curious sounds better! As I continue on my blog journey, many segments may come and go but interviews, both Swatcher Spotlight and Indie Maker, will be around for a while….oooooorrrrr at least until I get all the willing indie makers/brands to participate…lol! When I send out the questions to the makers and prepare the blog to go live, I imagine that I am sitting on a stage, like on a talk show and all the readers who stop by (you), are the live studio audience. So now that I have painted the scene, I want you to picture it too.

 Queue theme music….and in 5…4…3…2 anndddd action!

Good Morning Queens! We are back we today with a new maker, and by new I mean new to the blog, so please, let’s give Morgan Langley of Sweetpea Polish a hand. (insert applause here). 

Good Morning Morgan! So happy you stopped by to hang out with us today. We are very casual here, so make yourself at home and let’s chat.


Name: Morgan Langley
Location: Guntersville, Alabama
Birthday: June 14

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? When was it?
My chorkie puppy being pitiful on Oct 29th

Stranded on a desert island, what 5 things would you must have?
Clothes, soap, music, someone to talk to and shoes!

What cartoon character best represents you?
Oh that’s a tough one, lol hmm…I’d have to say Lois from family guy lol.

Relaxing soak in a bubble bath or hot, steamy shower?
Hot, steamy shower!

Favorite 90s TV show or artist/song?
Wow another tough one, hehe, I can’t pick just one..Angel (tv show) Married with Children and hmm South Park

If you were an animal, what would it be and why?
A bird, so I could travel all over the world.

Best gift received? Best gift given?
The very first present my boyfriend of 3 year now got me my first rose for valentines day! And best gift given would have to be when I sent a nail care package to a nail friend who is having family health problems. I know it brightened her day so much. There is no better feeling in the world.

When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
Around May my nail polish addiction was taking over all my money. So I decided to make my own. Then got addicted to that haha and here we are. I believe what makes my brand stand out is amazing customer service. I would love to build a great personal relationship with my customers.

What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
Well I haven’t always been this happy and bubbly person I am today. I use to suffer from depression. But I brought myself out of it with the help of my family and my amazing boyfriend!

What advice/tips/best practices would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company?
Research research research! Also don’t be afraid to reach out to other makers. Most are very willing to help out others.

Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?
Drip Drop Nail Paint. (haven’t got to try many unfortunately)

Describe yourself in 5 words
Caring. Crazy. Honest. Spastic. Sleepaholic

What is one of you favorite collections or polishes you created?
It would have to be my Seedling Collection. My first collection holds a special place hehe.

What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
PlayStation 4, Horses (if i had one 😞) and spending time with my family

How did you come up with your company name and logo?
The name was so tough to come up with. But I finally decided on Sweetpea because that is my pet name from my amazing boyfriend. The logo is a hummingbird because my grandmother passed not long before I started selling and she loved hummingbirds. And then purple is my favorite color!

If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?
Jewelry but really I’d love to train horses hehe

Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
New collection (Southern Belles) is hitting the shop on December 1st.

What other brand (just 1) would you like to collaborate with or have already collaborated with?
I would love to work with Radioactive Unicorn!

(Shouting) You hear that Radioactive Unicorn, hook up with Morgan and give the people what they need….A DUO!!!

Morgan, or should I call you Sweetpea, thank you so much for stopping by and allowing us to get to know you a little better. On behalf of myself and all the Queens, we wish you much success on the new collection and all the future releases.

Queens, if you haven’s ready checked out Sweetpea Polish, be like Nike and ‘JUST DO IT’!

That’ll do it for us today, I wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Be sure to come back Friday after all your shopping for another S&R of the upcoming Monthly Awareness Polish Box (MAPB) and next week we’ll end November with a S&R and Indie Maker Interview with…..it’s a surprise!!!

 

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: Pretty In Glam – Minnie Me Pretty

Swatch & Review: Pretty In Glam – Minnie Me Pretty
***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 ***

Hey y’all, welcome back! How many of you are pumped for Black Friday shopping, sales and deals but don’t like to wait in never-ending lines or go out on Thanksgiving to get to extra savings? I personally, every year, my mom, hubby and I go out on Black Friday, for no reason other than to be in the crowd and it’s an excuse for us to have breakfast/brunch WITHOUT KIDS!!! But the real shopping for me is done online on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday. With all the women and young ladies in my life, what gift says, ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘I Love You’ all wrapped up???? POLISH!! Today I have a swatch and review from a brand that is making a name of itself her on the blog. You saw these pretty bottles here and she glamourized you with her interview, but today Ashley Briana is back! I have 1/4 of her new collection, Glam Princess Party.

This collection will feature 4 polishes inspired by Disney and it’s, “…dedicated to the inner princess in you!”

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat. Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

 Minnie Me Pretty

Minnie Me Pretty is a delicate, light, baby pink jelly packed with silver shimmer, hex glitters in various shapes and shades of pink and white and Minnie shaped glitters.

 Overall Thoughts

Formula: ♥♥♥ 3 out of 5. Apply thin coats.

Application: ♥♥♥ 3 out of 5 because you do have to fish out the heavier Minnie glitters and apply with thin, even layers.

Opaqueness: ♥♥ 2 out of 5 because while I love a good shimmer polish, I don’t like sheer polishes. I don’t like be able to see my nail line so I’d have to recommend a base, preferable white or pink.

Price: $

Overall: ♥♥♥ 3 out of 5 because I do love its uniqueness and the budget-friendly price.

The 4 polishes will only be sold as a set for $25 and will be releasing Black Friday, Nov. 25th.

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Swatch & Review: Anonymous Lacquer – Color of Magik Collection

Swatch & Review: Anonymous Lacquer – Color of Magik Collection
***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 ***

Hey Queens, can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away? I mean really, it feels like 2016 flew by. But as I look back on the year, I find that I have a lot to be thankful for. In addition to my family, friends, great job, health and happiness; I can really say this year has been great to me and Queen of Nails 83. I’m thankful for the relationships that have been created throughout the year, including working with many creative swatcher/blogger and makers in the indie world. It goes without saying that one of the greatest experiences has been working with the kind, sweet and oh-so talented Mildred of Anonymous Lacquer. I kid you not, everything she does is worth having!!! There aren’t many brands that I but everything from, but AL is one of them.

This collection is no different. Today I have a full swatch and review of the Colors of Magik Collection from Anonymous Lacquer. This phenomenal 5 piece collection definitely lives up to its name. From shimmer to holo to flakies, this collection is simply…Magikal.

**ALL SWATCHES ARE DONE USING COMMITMENT ISSUE PEEL-OFF BASE COAT BY VAPID AND TOPPED WITH QUICK DRY, HIGH GLOSS TOP COAT BY PRO-FX (SHINY) AND MATTE ME BY JIOR COUTURE (MATTE). SWATCH PHOTOS ARE TAKEN USING ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS.**

THIRD EYE

Third Eye is a duo chrome that shifts from blue to purple and is packed with flakies and holo

Echo of the Goddess

Echo of the Goddess is a teal holo with flakies

Sun and Sea

Sun and Sea is a sea foam holo with gold shimmer

Dark Magik

Dark Magik is a black holo with flakies

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Come Fairies

Come Fairies is a pink leaning gray holo

Overall Thoughts

Formula: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5. No issues to report.

Application: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5. Super easy, no streaking, no pooling…no problems!

Opaqueness: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 perfectly opaque in 2 coats. 

Price: $$

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥ this collection is getting a 5 out of 5 from me. I really enjoyed the smooth, flawless application and how beautifully versatile these polishes are.

Color of Majik will be available TODAY, Nov. 18th at 11pm est. I addition to showing you this collection, I have Black Friday info!!! Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sales will begin 11/25-11/27. Most everything will be marked down. FREE STUFF…there will be a ‘first come’ mystery polish(es) which will be free then be available at a discounted price and other free stuff with purchase. Please note, Color of Majik will NOT be discounted and this is a no codes needed or in effect sale.

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12 Days of Polish: le Polish – On This Day

12 Days of Polish: le Polish – On This Day
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Sung to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas”
On The Fifth Day of Polish, My True Love Gave to Me;
On This Day, a royal blue jelly.

Hey y’all, I’m back with another polish from le Polish. However, this time, things were done a little differently with this collection. What do you get when you add an amazing maker and 12 bloggers? The answer…12 Days of Polish!!! Instead of group members and fans submitting an inspiration photo and voting or Allison choosing a Winter/Holiday based inspiration, Allison chose to go the route less travelled.

“Honestly it was sort of a round about thought process. Last year I did a 12 Days of Christmas sale, where I had a different sale every day, but that was a real pain to keep up with. So I kind of had this idea and I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to get to know some bloggers better.”

Each blogger submitted a winter/holiday inspired photo to Allison who then created 12 beautiful polishes. This was such an amazing opportunity to be selected amongst this group of bloggers and I’m so excited and honored to be a part of this project. But before I jump into the polish let me give you a little background on the inspiration for my Holiday/Winter inspired polish.

February in Maryland is the epitome of winter and what better holiday to celebrate love than Valentine’s Days?! Jason and I married on Valentine’s Day 2014 and it was by far one the best days of my life. But the day did not start off without its fair share of…CRAZY!!! Imagine waking up the day before your wedding, fielding calls, text messages and facebook messages asking, “are you still getting married tomorrow?” “Is the wedding still on?” Not because of ‘cold feet’, in the traditional sense, but because the governor had issued a State of Emergency Declaration just 2 days before. Yes, on Feb. 11th, Maryland residents were preparing for what was the largest snowfall of the season. The snow fell and fell and fell and I was a wreck yet I was adamant on getting married on Valentine’s Day. Luckily, thanks to family, friends and neighbors, Jason and I wed.

The day was perfect and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I said ‘I do’ to my amazing husband in front of God and a small gathering of family and friends. Our colors were Horizon blue, white and silver…you guessed it, Dallas Cowboys colors. Why? Because my hubby is a die hard fan! That was for him and the only thing I asked for was that we write our own vows….they started with,

On this day….

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Topped with Love by Love, Angeline. Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

On This Day is a royal blue jelly with lots of silver and gray shimmer and glitter.


I may be a bit bias, but this is by far the pretties blue I’ve seen! So here’s how you can score yourself a bottle of On This Day and the other polishes in the 12 Days of Polish Collection.

Releasing: 12am est on Black Friday Nov. 25th

Cost: $10/bottle (only available in full size (15ml) only)

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Swatch & Review: Pretty & Polished – Winter Collection (partial)

Swatch & Review: Pretty & Polished – Winter Collection (partial)
***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 ***

Welcome back to another Monday Swatch & Review! Before I get started, about 2 weeks ago, I posted a Press Release of all the “throw-backs’ and Black Friday news from P&P. I hope you had an opportunity to take advantage of the pre-order or at least marked your calendar for the WEEK LONG Black Friday sales/offers. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, make sure you do here.

As promised, today I have polishes from the Winter Collection by Pretty & Polished (P&P). This collection contains 12 new shades split between 4 finishes; crellies, glitters, cremes and multi-chromes. To keep things exciting and you wanting more, I have a partial swatch and review, 4 polishes, 1 with each finish.

**All swatches are done using Commitment Issue Peel-off Base Coat by Vapid and Topped with Quick Dry, High Gloss Top Coat by Pro-FX (shiny) and Matte Me by Jior Couture (matte). Swatch photos are taken using artificial lights.**

Crellies

*Obligatory Christmas Polish: A white crelly Polish packed with red and green metallic glitter and golden holographic glitter. (not shown)

*Blue Balls: A light blue crelly packed with round blue glitters in different sizes. (not shown)

*Shameless Sugarplum: A light pink crelly with a soft gold and pink shimmer packed with blue, pink, and purple glitters. (not shown)

*Rocks in my Snowballs: A white crelly polish packed with white, gray, and black glitters.

Glitters

*Spike My Cider: A light brown holographic polish packed with brown holographic glitter. (not shown)

*I Busted My Glass: A glitter topper packed with metallic and holographic glitters in different shapes and sizes. (not shown)

*Throw Some Glitter On It: A full coverage glitter bomb packed with pinks, purples, blues, oranges, coppers, and a scattering of color shifting flakes.

Dusty Cremes

*I Need a Taupe-ical Vacation: A soft Taupe Dusty Creme. (not shown)

*That’s Just Plum Dandy: A dark plum purple Dusty Creme.

Multi-Chromes

Brisky Business: A dark blue to purple multi-chrome polish with color shifting flakes. (not shown)

*Yule Thank Me Later: A blue to green multi-chrome polish packed with golden shimmer and color shifting flakes. (not shown)

*Sleighing It!: A red to orange multi-chrome polish with a strong linear holo effect.

Overall Thoughts

Formula: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 of their ideal formula and great consistency. No issues to report.

Application: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 because of the great formula(s) on these polishes, the application was super easy to apply and work with. No fishing for add-in i.e glitters, flakies, etc,

Opaqueness: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 out of 5 because these polishes are opaque in 2-3 coats. The glitters did not require sponge application because the are dense and packed enough to be opaque with regular application.

Price: $$

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥ this collection is getting a 5 out of 5 from me based on the 4 of the 12 polishes I reviewed. I love the names of these polishes and how well the looked shiny, matte or with nail art.

The Winter Collection releases TODAY, Monday, Nov. 14th and polishes will prices accordingly: Crellies $8.50, Glitters $8.50, Dusty Cremes: $7.50 and Multi-Chromes: $9. But you can score the entire collection for $90!! That’s a $11.50 SAVINGS AND purchasing the whole collection qualifies for free domestic shipping!!!

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Special Edition Interview: Jason Moore

You may be sitting there like who is Jason Moore? So let me address that right now. He is my best friend, my amazing, better half, simply put, he’s my husband. If you’re a reader of my blog, a friend on Facebook or a follower on Insagram, them I’m sure you’ve read or seen his name or nails along the way. During my journey of doing my own natural nails at home vs going to a salon and now getting into blogging, my husband has supported and encouraged me and even been the test dummy for many new, but failed nail techniques trials. 

Seeing as though November marks my 2 year anniversary of #nomoresalons, I thought it only befitting to Spotlight my one and only. Please help me give him a warm welcome!!


Name: Jason Moore
Location: Frederick, MD
Birthday: July 29

As you may have imagined, I couldn’t ask him the same type of questions that I’d ask a Swatcher/blogger but I’m sure you’ll find the answers to what I did ask, funny and interesting. Here’s goes nothing…

Q: Name 5 indie brands I own
A: The Parrot one, Anonymous Lacquer, Vapid and Toxic

Q: Do you mean Tonic?
A: Yes, the ones by Lindsey
Hahaha, I have many, many more than that but he could only name 4. I’m schocked he remembered that many.

Q: To date, how much money have I spend on nail polish?
A: $567.32
I’m not sure how he came up with that number but I can tell you it’s a lot more than that since I’ve been purchasing indies since April of last year! Shhhhh, that will be our little secret.

Q: What 3 things have you learned since I started doing my own nails?
A: 1) similar does not mean the same, 2) everybody has a cuticle (or at least they should) and 3) there is a difference between indie, mainstream/drugstore and salon.

Q: What is the worst part of my nail polish addiction?
A: The fumes
Note to self, get a fan or open a window. I didn’t realize the fumes were that bad because I’m so use to it.

Q: What was the last blog post you read of mine?
A: Indie Maker Interview on Vernita Goodson

Q: What one piece of would you give to other husbands/boyfriends?
A: Just say yes!

Q: Name 3 Polish finishes
A: matte, shimmer and holo
I was very impressed with his answer for that question.

Q: Roughly, how many polishes do I own?
A: 350
I literally lol’d at this answer. Glad he doesn’t count. Or care for that matter.

Q: What color/finish/type of polish do you prefer me to wear?
A: matte, holo, Neon

Q: Name 5 nail art techniques
A: the water thing (watermarble), the sponge thing (gradient), stamping, free hand and the sticker things you hate (vinyls). 

This has to be the best interview I’ve done to date! I had such a good time laying in bed asking him these questions. And I must say, I am in awe at some of his answers…I never knew he paid so much attention when I talk about polish. Trust me when I tell you, that these answers are his and his alone. I love him so much for participating in this interview for me. Do you all see why I love home so much? 

That does it for today everyone. Thanks for joining me here and I hope you come back next time. Have a great weekend!