Month: September 2017

Swatch & Review: Painted Polish – Fall into Zen

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TGIF!!! Who’s read for a little 3-2-1 action?!

3 group exclusives

2 collections

1 brand

Today I have 3 HHC (Hella Holo Customs) FB group polishes, The Fall into Zen Collections – The Holos and The Cremes all from 1 amazing brand. Yep, you guessed it, Painted Polish!

If you’d like to see how these polishes preformed, I have video from my live swatches here and here.

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Polish Box: Fall Seasonal Indie Box

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 It’s looks like Mother Nature has finally read her ‘Seasons Changing’ memo and turned off the heat. Today’s the first day in about a week that we are having seasonal temperatures. The weatherman is calling for a high of 78 but this morning when I woke up it was 71 and the first thing I reached for was my sweatshirt. My bed was so cozy and warm, the perfect place that you’d want to stay in all day but alas, I must adult and do all those things I dread, mainly laundry.

Speaking of which, I was so very proud of myself yesterday when I turned my mountain pile of laundry into a molehill. I finally felt as though I had accomplished something in life. I was on a high! That was until 2 mysterious baskets of laundry appeared out of thin air, like seriously?!

 I can’t!!

I abruptly yelled, ‘this is a joke, right?!’ As my 14 year old just turned and ran away. He must have noticed my….. frustration and washed a load himself! Yay, one point for me for great parenting.

Only….. he left the clothes in the washer all night meaning… I have to re-wash them. Dude, SERIOUSLY?!

Anywho, on a brighter note, today’s my moms birthday and because I didn’t get prior, approval I won’t say how hold she is, but at any age she’s still my best girl! Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Now, turning our attention to polish, today I have the Fall Seasonal Indie Box featuring Colores de Carol, Anchor & Heart, Turtle Tootsie and special guest, Tonic!!!!

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Swatch & Review: Turtle Tootsie – October Birthstone Trio

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Between, work, school, basketball, band, run club and gymnastics, Tuesday is quite the busy day in my house. Pick up and drop off all happening at different times and at different place, it’s a little hectic but we make it work. I will say though that I look forward to Wednesdays like no other! So welcome to Wednesday folks, happy humpday!

Today I have more October Birthstone goodness in the form of a trio by Turtle Tootsie. If your new to the Queendom aka my blog, then I’ll catch you up to speed, vets bare with me. Every month Chrissy from Turtle Tootsie polishes releases a trio consisting of a glitter crelly, a holo and a glitter topper in a shade inspired by the months birthstone. You don’t have to be born in the particular month to purchase as it’s open to all. This month,  the trio represent Tourmaline, one of the 2 birthstones of October.

Tourmaline is not a single mineral, but a group of several closely related minerals and it’s name means stone of mixed colors. Tourmaline is available in a spectrum of colors and color combinations as it is the most colorful of all gemstones. It occurs in all colors, but pink, red, green, blue and multicolored are its most well-known gem colors.

Let’s see how Tourmaline lives up to its name! 

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Swatch & Review: Bad Bitch Polish (BBP) – October Birthstone Duo

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Good Morning, my polish lovin’ people!!! I greet you from MD and wish you a happy Tuesday! Yes, it’s only Tuesday and hopefully after tomorrow we will start experiencing some Fall like temperatures. I don’t know you and where you are located but I didn’t sign up for 90 degree weather in Fall. I’m ready to turn off my air conditioning once and for all and open up the windows. This is absurd! I’m ready for hoodies and cider and…and all the other Fall things. But shorts and tank tops…not so much. So if anyone has an in with mother nature, can you please tell her that it’s Fall; because apparently she didn’t get the memo.

Now that I have that off my chest…

To all those born in October and even those that are not, your wait is over!!! The BBP October Birthstone Duo will be available this WEEKEND!! If you are a lover of all things PINK, these polishes are JUST. FOR. YOU!

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Swatch & Review: Baroness X Facebook Group Custom

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Hey y’all! Today I have a special treat for you! Today I have the Facebook group custom from Baroness X, Anthracite. In keeping with tradition, before we check out the beautiful polish, let’s get a quick inside scoop about the brand and maker.

Baroness X, created by Demetria Williamson and is always 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan friendly. “Each Baroness X creation is 100% handmade with a precise formulation that creates a lacquer that is not too thick and not too thin for a smooth, easy application. The blend promotes a chip resistant luster. Many of our ingredients, like our multichromatic pigments and glitters, are extremely difficult to acquire. Some of these same ingredients are used to create currency around the world. And as such, are strictly controlled. We test all our glitters to make sure they won’t bleed or curl up. In short, our lacquer is perfection in a bottle.”

That is a statement I’d agreed 200% with. That said, I’d like to officially welcome Baroness X and Demetria to the Queendom. If you’re not familiar with this brand I suggest that you change that immediately. Even before receiving this polish for review I was a fan. The formulas of the 9 polishes I own are a pure delight and I love them.

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October Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Breast Cancer Awareness

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Good Morning and happy Monday! This week we are starting things off with a little awareness. As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that’s when the whole world goes PINK in an effort to bring aware awareness and change to a terrible disease that one in eight, yes 1:8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

So think about if you gathered yourself and 7 other females in your life. This stat of 1:8 means that one of you will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but that crazy to me.

Here are a few more stats that just blow my mind!

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.*
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.*
  • Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.*
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.*
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.*
  • Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.*

I believe early detection is KEY!! Looks for signs:

  • A change in how the breast or nipple feels
  • A change in the breast or nipple appearance
  • Any nipple discharge—particularly clear discharge or bloody discharge

At-Home Self Breast Exams

Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month 7-10 days after menstrual period starts which is also when breasts are the least tender and lumpy.

If they are no longer menstruating, then select the same day of the month (first of the month for example) and mark it on the calendar to remind yourself when to perform this self exam.

What to look for is a change from last month’s exam to this month’s exam. It is not unusual to have lumpy or bumpy breasts. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.

Note: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately.

This is not to scare anyone, it’s simply to bring and raise awareness.

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Swatch & Review: October Polish Pickup

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Fun fact #257 about me… I am the biggest scared-cat EVER!!! I’ll be the first admit that and admitting it is the first step, right? Monsters and scary thing freak me out, I can’t even bear to watch previews for scary movies on tv, I literally close my eyes until its over. But there is nothing scary about the October Polish Pickup that will be available 10/6-10/9.

Inspired by Where the Wild Things Are, Gremlins, Stranger Things 2 and other mythical creatures, the 4 polishes I have today are nothing to hide under the covers in fear of. In fact, its quite the opposite, these polishes will have you running to them!!

Let’s take a look at what Alter Ego, Chirality, LynB Designs and Pahlish  have in store for us!

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Swatch & Review: Ever After – Polish Con LEs and A Land Before Time Collection

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While on FB this morning, I noticed makers have started posting shopping lists and attendees have even started posting their travel photos as the make their way to Chicago. Eeeeekkk, it’s getting so real!!! I am so excited and looking forward to Polish Con, and I’m not even going. Ok, simmer down, Krystal.

Be sure to check out and stay tuned in the Polish Con Facebook Group for more detailed info as the big day draws nearer. There are also helpful travel tips regarding parking, hotels, bank reminders, ect in there that will make your shopping experiences painless. 

Today I have the event LEs and A Land Before Time Collection from Ever After. As you know, Rachel and Miranda are 2/3 of the amazing team that created, organized and manage Polish Con. Having attended PCNYC2017 a few months back, I can say with certainty that this event will be one for the books!

Let’s take a look at what they have in store!

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Swatch & Review: Pretty Beautiful Unlimited – Vintage Fall 2017

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 Hey ya’ll, welcome back! Today I have the upcoming collection from Pretty Beautiful Unlimited, Vintage Fall 2017. This 12 piece collection features gorgeous fall colors in a multitude of finishes that will make your heart go pitter-patter. Be sure to mark your calendar as these will be available this coming Saturday, Sept. 23rd and you won’t want to miss them!

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Swatch & Review: Scofflaw Nail Varnish – Polish Con LEs

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The Exclusives and LEs for Polish Con Chicago just keep coming! Today I have a brand that recently made its first appearance in the Queendom, Scofflaw Nail Varnish. I reviewed Charlotte Spinning in the Stars during week 6 of the RTPC series.

So why don’t you say, for the sake of doing things a little backwards, let’s find out more about this brand and the maker.

Up off, I had to do a little research to understand the brand name, that took me to the dictionary. According to dictionary.com, Scofflaw is defines as

  1. a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed.
  2. a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.

and Scoff meaning,

  1. an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer.

The term Scofflaw was coined during the Prohibition era and was in reference to speakeasy patrons.

Scofflaw Nail Varnish is a small indie brand of offbeat nail polish. created by Finch Liz Grace. All polish is toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP free and uses only high quality cosmetic-grade glitters and pigments.

 Ok, so I hope that answers some questions and sheds some light on this amazing brand. So let’s finally take a look at the 2 amazing PC Exclusives!

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