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Monday, April 21, 2014

Gamer Gloss | Minecraft Collection


Today I have a lovely collection for you from Gamer Gloss!

This collection is inspired by Minecraft and is a mix of glitter filled jelly finish lacquers. There are three glitters with a colored jelly finish and one scattered holographic topcoat with added square glitter. Most of them were quite sheer, so I layered them over some like-colors to show them off. 

The first lacquer in this collection is Keep Calm, Creep On.


Keep Calm, Creep On is a green jelly with black and white square glitters. It dries to a very shiny finish.

I layered two coats of Keep Calm, Creep On over Wet n Wild Stand The Test Of Lime for these images. All photos are with NO topcoat. I found the formula on this one great, though there was some unmixed pigment throughout the bottle.


 Diamonds Ore Forever is my favorite in the collection.


This is a scattered holographic glitter topper with white, black and blue squares throughout. There is a ton of scattered holo in this though it didn't want to show in my images.

I layered two coats of Diamonds Ore Forever over Wet n Wild Pin 'Em Slater for this bright sparkly look. I found the formula fantastic, and it dried super shiny. I didn't even use topcoat.


Next up is Pork Chop (love the name.)


Pork Chop is a shimmery lavender leaning pink sheer lacquer with pink squares and silver round glitter.

 I had a lot of trouble with the formula on this one. The polish itself was very thick and it made getting the glitter on my nails difficult. I placed most of the glitter and then used about two coats of the Pork Chop over Wet n Wild Tickled Pink. I topped this one with a coat of Seche Vite.


Last up from this collection is Don't Ender-Estimate Me.


This pretty lacquer is a black jelly base with tiny purple square glitter and larger purple hexes in the same color. It dries super shiny.

 I love the subtleness of the purple throughout this black jelly. I layered two coats of Don't Ender-estimate Me over Milani Black Swift for these images.


Overall, I loved the colors in this collection. They stood alone and yet also worked well as a collection. My favorites were Diamonds Ore Forever and Don't Ender-Estimate Me.

You can purchase Gamer Gloss in their shop HERE.

To keep up with new collections be sure to follow Gamer Gloss on Instagram and Facebook as well!

xoxo

Lex


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cult Nails | It's A New Day

Two days in a row?! Whoa!

I am SO EXCITED about this collection!! I saw some sneak peeks of it a couple weeks ago and could not wait to get my blogger package in the mail. When I heard that it came with the stamping plate I was even more excited (why, I don't know, I am terrible at stamping haha!)

I am talking, of course, about the April release from Cult Nails, It's A New Day. This collection consists of three dreamy, creamy shades in bright pastel colors, perfect for spring. They are available for preorder now and may be available later individually if there are any left.

First up is Falling Hard.


Ahhhhhhhh! How perfect is this pink!? I am in love for sure. 

Falling Hard is the perfect bubble gum pink creme. I used two coats for these photos, but if you are careful with your application, you could probably get away with one. Falling Hard dries to a super shiny finish on its own, though I did use a top coat for these images out of habit.


The formula on Falling Hard is fantastic as is usual for Cult Nails creme shades.

I will most definitely be wearing this one a lot in the coming months.


Next up, and my favorite from the collection is Evolution.


O. M. G. Look at that creamy peachy, beautiful goodness!!!!

This polish is simply elegant and smooth and really a fantastic palette cleanser while still being a fun shade. 


Evolution is a sheer crelly style creme polish that builds easily to opacity. I used three coats here, but fr a sheer wash of color you could use one or two easily. These images are taken without top coat to show you how shiny Evolution is on its own.


Great formula, practically painted itself. This is like the peach cousin to Cult Nails Enticing, a sheer pink crelly/creme.

Looooooooooove! I really can't say enough about this polish, I love it so much. It really is perfection.


And finally, the namesake of the collection, New Day.


Beautiful. Perfect for spring. I really have nothing negative to say about any of the shades in this collection.

 New Day is a beautiful buttery yellow creme. It has the best formula of any yellow I have come across, especially for one this light in color. I used three thin coats for opacity and found it to be on the thin side, but easy to work with and self leveling. I think it is the slight thinness that makes this yellow work so well and not wind up streaky or clumpy like so many others.


Once again, I used no top coat here to show you how shiny this one dries on its own. 

 What else can I say? I'm incredibly impressed with this color and the formula. I don't think Ive ever seen a self leveling yellow before to be perfectly honest.


In addition to the three lacquers shown above, Cult Nails worked with the lovely Marta from Chit Chat Nails (one of my favorite blogs) to create a unique stamping plate that will ship free with the preorder of this collection. Below you can see the plate and the stamper set that is available in limited quantities for $6.00 from Cult Nails.


I love the rose and the argyle and the words. The text in the bottom image says "I joined the Cult and fell in Love." over and over.

I have been practicing with the new stamper and trying to perfect my technique so I can show you all, but I am terrible at it, really. Hopefully I will have some Cult Nails stamping to show you soon. Haha!

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The presale for the It's A New Day collection will run until April 25th (or while supplies last). It includes the three shades shown as well as the stamping plate for $24, which is a superb deal. You can also purchase the stamping plate alone for $5.00. I suggest you make a quick decision before these are gone as the last collection's presale sold out in only a couple days!

You can purchase Cult Nails lacquer in their shop HERE. For other Cult Nails retailers click HERE.

If you are a first time Cult Nails purchaser you can get $12 off $24 on your first purchase by signing up for an account and purchasing using THIS LINK. (Please note: This collection is already discounted and is not eligible for additional discount, however, you may purchase additional shades to get the discount.)

Don’t forget to follow Maria and Cult Nails on Social Media to keep up to date on new collections, sales, swatches and more! 



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I hope you all enjoyed this collection as much as I do!

xoxo

Lex

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cinema Swatch Lacquers | Geisha Collection Pt. 1


Hi All!

Things have been so super crazy here and I was sick.. again... BUT while I was stuck home sick I got 23 polishes swatched, so I have LOTS to share with you!

Starting off I want to share the first half of the Geisha Collection from Cinema Swatch Lacquers. I know I usually share full collections, but I had a bad nail break in the middle of swatching a couple collections, so different nail shapes. I thought visually it would work better if I split it up. I have three lacquers from this collection for you today. All three are a jelly or crelly base with glitters added.

First up is the brightest of the three, here is Mameha.


Mameha is a bright olive toned green shimmer with darker green circles and some goldish hexes.

This lacquer was very sheer, so I layered two coats over L'Oreal New Money to make it more opaque and punch up the brightness a bit. I found the formula a tad thick, but not difficult to work with. I do suggest flipping the bottle over for about 10 minutes before you start working due to some glitter sinkage. I tend to do that with more glitter lacquers thought.

 I really love the shimmer in this one. It looked pearly in the bottle, but on the nail its just super shimmery.


Next up for this part of the collection is Pumpkin.


What a great color. I love this shade. It is super unique and I loved it against my skintone.

 Pumpkin is an orange crelly lacquer with darker orange shredded glitter sparsely strewn throughout and a slight orange shimmer. It really works well visually and will be PERFECT for some Halloween manicures come Fall.

I did have some formula issues with this one. I found it rather thick and will most likely use some thinner before using it again. It was really streaky on the first coat, BUT as you can see it evened out perfectly on the second coat, which is all I used. I added a topcoat to make is super shiny.


Last up from this half of the collection is my favorite, Hatsumomo!


I wish I could have captured the true depth of this dark beauty! It sparkles and shines and I really love it a lot.

 Hatsumomo is a black jelly base with copper micro and small hexes and red squares throughout. It is loaded with the glitter and sparkles like hell!

I used one coat over a base of Cult Nails Nevermore for these swatches and I added topcoat for the shine. The polish was sheer, but as a guess it would probably reach opacity in about 3 coats. I loved it over black, but if you want a more jelly look, then definitely try it on its own!


I always have so much fun with the Cinema Swatch Lacquers that Rachel sends me and I can't wait for you to see the other three from this collection on my new shorter nails. Haha!

You can purchase these shades and other Cinema Swatch Lacquers in their shop HERE. 10 ml bottles start at only $5.00 each.

Don't forget to follow Cinema Swatch Lacquers and Rachel on social media for news and swatches as well as info on other collections and sales!


xoxo

Lex

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Purple Butterflies for Donna | Lupus Awareness

Today I have a very special post for you all.

Recently, a very dear friend of mine found out she has Lupus. Many of you may know her as Donna of @workinggirlnails on Instagram. While Lupus is surely treatable, the last few weeks have not been easy for Donna as she adjusts to the changes in her life and running between doctors appointments. On Thursday, Donna suggested I do some purple butterfly nails with her for Lupus Awareness and I agreed of course! I wasn't sure when I would get to do them, but I knew I wanted to. Yesterday, I got a text from Donna that she was in the ER and not feeling very well. I knew I wanted to push out this design quickly and maybe put a smile on her face sooner rather than later.

I don't know a lot about Lupus, but I'm willing to learn so I can understand what my friend is going through. Donna is one of the most caring, generous people I know and any little thing I can do to give back to her will be done even if it is just some nail art and lending an ear. Donna, you are a light and a positive force and I love you so much. I hope you love these butterflies, they are all for you.

I'm not going to say much about the design today, lets just enjoy the photos shall we?








I hope you all enjoyed this post even without the mani details. If you have any questions about the design or colors please just leave a comment or drop me an email and I will answer you!

Love you Donna. Lots of love and hugs.

xoxo

Lex

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Doctor Lacquer | CoHOLOrful Traits


I have a super exciting post for you todau and I have to get it up very quickly because these lacquers go up in a half hour from me typing this! WOW! I'm running a little behind due to some snags in my schedule, but lets get to it!

Doctor Lacquer is one of my favorite brands for thermal polish and now Angelyn is venturing into the world of Holo as well. Lets just say I'm not disappointed ;) These shades all had just about the same formula, were 2-3 easy coats each and needed topcoat to be super shiny. The photos really speak for themselves though. Wanna see? Thought so!

First up is my favorite of this collection, here is Malicious Pleasure!


Malicious Pleasure is so dreamy. Although subtle, this thermal is so pretty and the holo effect is quite stronger than I expected! I am completely in love with this color!!



I used three coats of Malicious Pleasure plus topcoat for these photos. I found it just a tad thick, but not hard to work with.

 Mysterious Love is another favorite of this collection. (Beware, I may say that on all of them!)


 I love the color combo on this stunner! The holo is super strong. I really have nothing bad to say about this. 


Mysterious Love went on perfectly in two coats plus topcoat.


 This next one was a little camera shy. Meet Natural Flirt.


Natural Flirt is supposed to be a light to dark mauve thermal holo. As you can see, my camera thinks it is grey. Either way it is gorgeous. And just look at that HOLO!


Natural Flirt took three coats to reach opacity and I used a topcoat to help it shine. I did have some unmixed pigment in this one, but in person on the nail it really wasn't noticeable!


This next delicious thermal is Optimistic Youth!


Yum! Optimistic Youth is a juicy green to caramel colored thermal with a subtle holo effect.

I did have some pigment that didn't quit mix with this color. It didn't really bother me, and from further away it wasn't even noticeable, but if that is something that may irk you, then you might want to skip this shade. I used three coats plus topcoat for these photos.


The first lacquer I wore when I got this collection was the next one. Here is Royal Luxury.


Royal Luxury is a purple to blue thermal holo with a very strong shift from blue to purple when it gets cold. I really loved wearing this one.



I used three coats plus topcoat for this lacquer. I did have some wrinkling after I applied the topcoat, but I think I just didn't wait long enough for the layers to dry or it was my base because when I wore it before I didn't have any wrinkling. 

Most of it smoothed out enough for the photos, you can only see one little wrinkle on one nail. ;)

 Last but certainly not least is my surprise love of the bunch, here is True Compassion!


 This baby was WAY more holo than expected and I really loved the subtle shift from light to bright blue. ♥ ♥ ♥



I needed just two coats of True Compassion for these photos and then I used a topcoat to really make it shine!

 One more obligatory holo shot ought to do it! Looooove!

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I do!
These literally just went on sale over at Doctor Lacquer! Why are you still here???

You can also follow Angelyn on Instagram for updates on restocks and other swatches.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Lex