Month: November 2017

Swatch & Review: Domani Color – Winter 2017/2018 Collection

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Hey y’all! The day almost got away from me. I looked up and realized it was 3pm and I hadn’t posted today’s feature collection coming from a brand near and dear to my heart, Domani Color. Meke, brand owner and creator, was one of the first makers to give me a shot at swatching when she launched her inaugural collection in 2016. She took a chance on little ole’ me and I am forever grateful and honored. I wasn’t blogging at the time so I am super excited to have her and Domani Color in Queendom.

Meke took some time away from the polish game for a while to tend to her family but she is back and her new collection is packing a powerful punch. The Winter 2017/2018 Collection is a 5-piece collection showcasing cool weather shades I know you will love. These polishes are currently available so I stop the small talk so you can have more time to check out these beauties and get to shopping!

Enjoy…

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Swatch & Review: Turtle Tootsie – December Birthstone Trio

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Hey y’all! Can you believe that we have 32 days left in 2017? Man! Where did 2017 go?! I feel like it was just yesterday when we were wishing each other a happy and prosperous 2017 and here we are again. Holiday decorations everywhere you turn, carols being sung and the everyone busy with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. Here we are breathing down the neck of December and with every change of every month there is a new Birthstone Trio from none other than Turtle Tootsie. Sharing these polishes every month for an entire year has been a true pleasure for me and I hope that you have been fortunate enough to grab a few for yourself. If not, no need to worry because they are still available in the shop RIGHT NOW!!

If you haven’t been privy to seeing the birthstone trios, be sure to take a second to rewind back to the beginning where it all began.

Jan / Feb / March / Apr / May / June / July / Aug / Sept / Oct / Nov

So let’s keep the party going and check out what December has in store for us! And don’t forget, nail polish makes the perfect stocking stuffer for any nail-aholic!

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Swatch & Review: LynB Designs – December COTM and December Polish Pickup

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 Hey All, I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday thus far! Yesterday I announced my official return but didn’t get a chance to really chit chat. I’ve missed you all while on my mini vacay. Majority of my time was spent getting ready for the big move. We had our pre-settlement walkthrough, then closing and finally move day. I was lucky enough to have amazing help from family and friends making my move seamless. We were done loading and unloading the truck in under 2 hours. I’m still in the process of getting things organized but all the boxes are unpacked and the place is starting to get that homey feel.

I’ve been really looking forward to sharing today post. I have 3 new polishes from LynB Designs, 2 of which are COTM and the other is for the upcoming December Polish Pickup themed based on holidays around the world.

Enjoy!

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Swatch & Review: Pahlish – 12 Days of Christmas, Free GWP and December Polish Pickup (PPU)

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I’m baaaaaaack!! Happy Belated Thanksgiving to you all! I hope that you all gobbled-gobbled til you wobbled wobbled. 

I will not delay this post as today is the last day to take advantage of the 12 Days of Christmas Collection from Pahlish. Plus I have the amazing gift with purchase (GWP) polishes AND….. the December Polish Pickup!! So let’s jump right in, shall we?!

This year, Pahlish did a bit of a throwback and revisited the 12 Days of Christmas! This collection is currently available for preorder until midnight cst., but lets say 11:59pm to be on the safe side. But don’t fret if you miss them this time, they will be restocked in small amounts when the shop reopens in December. These polishes will all be limited edition and will not be available after January 1st. 

Everything on the site will be unlimited preorder!! Don’t forget to stock up and save on shipping, FREE US shipping at $50 and international shipping at $100 will be available and all open discount codes will be deactivated during the sale. Please note, the anticipated turnaround time of up to 14 business days after the close of the preorder (everything should ship by December 15th) (more…)

Swatch & Review: Smokey Mountain – Holiday/Winter Collection

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Hey y’all, welcome back! Today I have upcoming, 4- piece quad from Smokey Mountain Lacquer, and what. They are all crellies!!!

You may remember Smokey Mountain Lacquer from part 3 of the November Polish Pickup but today Kim is back! Before we jump right into the polish, because this is Kim’s, brand creator and owner, first time solo in the Queendom, let’s say we find out a little about the brand.

Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Smokey Mountain Lacquers (SML) has been in business for 3 years. SML is a 5 free premium quality indie brand that offers unique nail lacquer in several colors, effects and finishes. SML also offers custom polishes which are the perfect gift for that special someone in your life or special events. SML expanded their product line to include bath and body products in 2017!

So without further adieu, let’s check out the polish!

Enjoy!

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Swatch & Review: LynB Designs – Making Christmas Collection

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I’m so excited to publish today’s post because today is my 300th blog post!!! When I launched my blog June 2016, I never thought I’d get to this point. I thought maybe 50 and if I were lucky 100 but 17 months later I’ve hit a huge milestone.

For all those thinking of starting a blog or YouTube channel, start it! Start now! Don’t put it off any longer!! Don’t wait until next tomorrow or next week or next month, start now!! My husband asked me a question the other day, I’m sure it was something he heard or read somewhere, but he asked me, ‘When’s the last time you did something for the first time?’ I had to stop and thing about it because so many time we get caught in an everyday routine and while that’s great, we have to also make sure we are showing up for our life. For ourselves! So my encouraging message for the day is, Start Now! Do something new.

Ok now that my sermon is over, let’s talk polish! I’m not sure about where you live but now that Halloween is over, everywhere I turn it’s all about Christmas. Oh, and Black Friday! So if you’re one of those people who love sales and Christmas, make sure you read til the end. Today’s post features the newest, upcoming 7- piece collection from LynB Designs, Making Christmas.

Now I love Christmas just as much as the next person but I can do without the white stuff… ya know, snow ❄️!! But nothing is better than celebrating this joyous holiday with family and friends, other than weeeelll maybe a great mani… lol. But with this collection, you can have both!

Enjoy!

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Swatch & Review: Tonic Nail Polish – Secrets & Soulmates Collab

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Something special happens when friends get together; memories are made and good times are had. Just think about the last time you and a good friend or friends hung out. I’m sure there was laughter and/or crying, maybe some dancing, singing and of course… eating. Good friends are like a rare gem, so when you find them, it’s important to hold on tight. And even through arguments, disagreements and no matter how much time or space passes in between talking, real friendships last.

Today’s feature collection has been a long time labor of love between two friends with mutual loves of design, art, fashion, romance, and of course, nail polish!!

Lindsey and Elena met very shortly after first launching Tonic when she did the first group custom under the newly minted “Polish Revamped” group (link below). Elena kindly remembered Lindsey when she partnered with the Crazy for Crelly’s group to do the special edition “Smoke & Mirrors” box. Lindsey realized Elena had a passion for design and creative concept that she wanted to tap into, and eventually asked Elena to develop some mood boards to develop colors from!! This collection came from Elena’s inspiration boards (shown), was named by Elena, and comes straight from both of their hearts!

Enjoy!

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Swatch & Review: Tux – Chrome Alone Collection

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Well hey there, lemon drop! Aren’t you so glad we are finally at the end of the work week! #TGIF!!! I’m so happy to have for the first time, Dominque of Tux Polish in the Queendom. Tux has a new 6-piece collection, Chrome Alone, releasing on Thursday, Nov. 16th. YAY!!! Today I have swatches and as you may have guessed, this collection is inspired by the 90s holiday film Home Alone. Can you believe it’s been 27 years since this move came out? I was 7!  

Now, I don’t care who you are, where you’re from or what holiday you celebrate, I know you you’ve heard of Home Alone. It’s got to be one of the most iconic holiday movies to date. I have to admit that I lost all interest in little Kevin McCallister and his antics during after Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. But to this day I try to catch 1 and 2 on tv if they come on and wouldn’t you now it, my kids, all 3 of them, curl up right beside me to watch too. My favorite scene has to be when he is prepping the house for Harry and Merv… #classic!

So, I hope you’re ready for a little trip down memory lane!

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The Queen’s Critique: Color Clutch Nail Polish Holder

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Hey there! I have a quick blog posting announcement before we get into todays product review. Starting Nov. 16th thru until Nov. 26th the blog will be on vacation mode. While I am on ‘vacation’, I’ll be moving and setting up shop at my new home and plan to be back to my regularly scheduled program on Nov. 27th. I plan to stay active on IG and check in every now and then. So if you’re not already following me on IG, be sure click the link below and follow.

 Now on to the review!

I was sent the Nail Polish Holder from Color Clutch to use and I want to share my thoughts and feedback.

First off, let me start my sharing what it is. Color Clutch Nail Polish Holder is a storage unit that can store 14 bottles of your favorite nail polish. Because of its sleek and clean design it take up just 2″ of space and looks great on a shelf or bookcase! The Nail Polish Holder accommodates almost every brand of polish and keeps polish in its upright position,  preserving the brush and polish life. The large window lets you see every bottle and…… there’s a space on the side where you can swatch each color for easy identification and the magnetic closure keeps bottles secure.

I know I’ve peaked your interest now, keep ready to find out more…

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The Queen’s Critique: NailDrama Box – Winter Wonderland

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Hey there, suga! So I have to honest, last night I turned my heat on again. *hides head in shame. I’ve been trying to hold out but the house was so cold yesterday, I just could take it anymore. Of course Jason complained it was too hot after the heat had been on for like… 30 seconds but I told him to get over it. You see, I love late September/early October weather. Not hot, not too cold but just perfectly in between. However, if it were up to Jason it would Jan/Feb all year long. He loves the winter and snow and all that jazz.

Because of his love for for all things snow, I showed Jason the newest Nail Drama box he loved it and even gave me a few suggestions on the snowflakes themed mani I created using its contents. Let’s take a look 👀!

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