Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review | Lemming Lacquer | Better Watch Out | Holiday 2015

Today I have a wonderful review and swatches of a beautiful holiday collection for you all. When Cassie of Lemming Lacquer e-mailed me, I have to admit, that I didn't know much about her brand. I had seen some swatches around Instagram, but I wasn't very familiar with it. After looking into it and talking to a couple people I decided that it seemed like Lemming Lacquer would be a great fit on my blog so I accepted. Boy am I so glad I did. I absolutely love this collection.

Better Watch Out is a holiday collection with a twist. Cassie created a really well thought out collection inspired by the Winter Solstice and old Yuletide stories about dark creatures and sinister figures that came around if children misbehaved. I love this take on the holidays especially since I actually celebrate Yule in my home. I love how unique both the colors and the inspiration for these lacquers are.

Now for the photos? Are you ready? First up is one of my favorites (who am I kidding? I loved them all). This is Gryla.

Gryla is a beautiful flashy blue holo with almost a metallic feel to it. It is completly unique in my collection.

I used two coats of Gryla for these images and she went on super smooth and easy. At first I thought I may end up with brush strokes, but they easily smoothed out as the polish dried. I added one coat of shiny topcoat to make the shimmer really stand out in these images. 

Next up is another beauty, Yule Cat.

Yule Cat is a black base loaded with holo shimmer and glitter and shine and all sorts of beautiful silvery goodness. Look at that baby glitter! This is where I wish I was good at videos, cause you have got to see this in action. 

 I did two coats of Yule Cat plus a thick coat of topcoat to smooth out this glitter bomb. I found the formula to be thick enough to hold the glitter but not so thick that it was hard to work with. Yum.

This next green is one of my favorites greens I own now. Here is Perchta.

I am not usually a fan of green. But this... I can get behind. Absolutely stunning deep green holo polish with a perfect formula and holo for days? Yes please!

I used two easy easy coats for these images and added a coat of topcoat for shine. 

Last, but most definitely not least is my absolute favorite of the collection, Krampus.

Hoooooly... wow. This is another that is completely unique in my collection. This red holo has the same sort of flashy metallic holo finish as the blue earlier. I am still wearing this red three days later and I have had more compliments on this color than any color I have ever worn. 

My coworkers usually ignore my polish obsession at this point, but this one? They're noticing for sure. This red is perfect for the holidays and I'll be surprised if it doesn't find its way to my nails a couple more times over the next month. 

I painted on two perfect coats of Krampus for these images and topped with a shiny topcoat to finish. I loved the formula and had absolutely no complaints.

Overall I would suggest the entire Better Watch Out collection, but if I had to choose, Krampus and Gryla are the most unique in my stash for sure. I don't have anything else like them.

The Better Watch Out collection will be released this Friday, November 27th, just in time for your Black Friday shopping in the Lemming Lacquer shop. Don't forget to follow Lemming Lacquer and Cassie on social media to keep up to date with new releases and to see more images of these and other gorgeous colors!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review | China Glaze | Fall 2015

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I hope I can make up a little for my long absence today with a HUGE post full of beautiful Fall China Glaze lacquers. The Great Outdoors collection has been out for a while, but if you don't already have them they are definitely worth picking up.

Fall is my favorite time of year and these colors really showcased the kinds of polish I love to wear when it starts getting cold.

First up is a beautiful polish called Sleeping Under The Stars.
Sleeping Under the Stars is one of the colors I was most excited about. It is a deep dusty blue with a creamy finish and filled with a beautiful copper shimmer. The shimmer is much more apparent in real life, but you can see it the most in the bottle shot below.

I used just one coat of Sleeping Under The Stars plus topcoat for these images. The formula was amazing.

Next up is another creme based polish, this is Change Your Altitude.

Change Your Altitude may have photographed more on the grey end of the spectrum, but it is a grey with almost a putty tone in real life. I love the color of this polish, definitely unique in my extensive stash.

I did two coats of Change Your Altitude for these swatches and then added topcoat. I did find this polish to be kinda goopy and it bubbled slightly on my nail. Since the rest of this collection was stellar, my guess is that my bottle wasn't sealed properly and thickened up a bit. I'll be adding some of my trusty thinner for the next time I use it.

Overall, I can see this color becoming a staple in my routine.

First of the three duochromes is Cabin Fever.

Cabin Fever is a reddish copper to reddish gold duochrome lacquer. It looks best layered over a black undie and looks awesome in low light.

 I started with a base of Cult Nails Nevermore for these swatches and then added two coats (I really could have left it at one.) of Cabin Fever. I left it without topcoat for the photos. The formula was great, but I do suggest a light hand for the least amount of brush stroke lines. 

Next is another beautiful creme, this is Take a Hike.

Green usually isn't my color, but this deep hunter green is beautiful!

I did two coats of Take a Hike and then added topcoat for these images. The formula was great as always and I love how shiny this is even without topcoat.

Next is the first of two metallic polishes in this collection.

Wood You Wanna is an absolutely beautiful deep golden silvery polish. Can you tell I can't really describe it? You'll need to see this baby for yourself. Personally, I LOVE it.

Want another reason to buy this beauty? Its a one coater, this is no topcoat, the formula is perfection AND... It stamps beautifully. Huzzah!

S'More Fun is the only polish in this collection that I felt was out of place.

Even now, looking at my swatch sheet of it with the other colors, this bright slime green really sticks out. Though I suppose I could do a Halloween Slime nail art. Who's with me?

I used three coats of S'More Fun for these images. The formula is on the thin side, but goes on well and is very buildable. I did not use topcoat on this swatch. WOW.

Gone Glamping is the second of the three duochromes from this collection.

Gone Glamping is a greenish gold duochrome lacquer that I find very unique. 

I started this swatch off with a coat of Cult Nails Nevermore and then added one thin coat of Gone Glamping for these images. The formula was great, I had no issues. I did not add topcoat to this swatch.

Next up is another neutral creme that I love. Here is Your Lodge or Mine?

Your Lodge Or Mine is a mauve toned neutral that is really simply beautiful.

I painted on two coats of this lacquer for these swatches, and used a coat of topcoat. I found My Lodge or Yours? to be a good formula though I did have a few streaking problems, it evened out on the second coat. 

Next up is the silver sister to an earlier metallic, this is Check Out The Silver Fox.

Check Out The Silver Fox is an almost gunmetal silver while still managing to be super bright under lights. It is really unique and one of my favorites in this collection.

Just like Wood You Wanna, Check Out The Silver Fox is a one coat, no topcoat needed, fantastic formula polish that stamps wonderfully.

I only have three more polishes left in the collection, but they're all stunners. This is the last of the three duochromes and is called Pondering.

Pondering is a deep blue to teal to purple duochrome and I love it!

I used one coat of Pondering over Cult Nails Nevermore plus topcoat. The formula was great.

Next is the only glitter ion the bunch, this one is Lets Dew It.

Let's Dew It is a super sparkly blueish glitter with tons of shimmer in the base, I really can't even describe it. Its crazy pretty.

I used one coat of Lets Dew it over China Glaze Creative Fantasy for these images and I used two coats of topcoat to make it really glossy and smooth.

Of course, I had to add a matte finish to this look. WOWZA!


Last up is another of my absolute favorites, and of course I had a hard time photographing it. This is Free Bear Hugs.

I know it looks black here, but Free Bear Hugs is a super deep, super vampy red jelly like creme. It is absolutely gorgeous. I will wear this all the time. YUM.

I did just two coats of Free Bear Hugs with no topcoat (omg look how shiny). The formula was a little thick but everything evened out beautifully on the second coat.

 Whew! Thanks for bearing with me. This collection is pretty epic, so I'm sure it wasn't too difficult to sit through. 

Which lacquers were your favorites?

I hope everyone has a lovely evening!



Did you miss me?

Did you miss me?

I know I know, it has been an awfully long time. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I've been slightly more active over there, but... my blog fell to the wayside. I'm so sorry.

Life sometimes gets in the way of online life and when you're also dealing with personal issues, everything compounds. I do my best to be active here, but unfortunately sometimes my life gets to where I have to make myself the most important person. I've had some of those moments over the last few months and I had to make the decision to step away until I was able to come back.

If you've been following me for a while you know that I am not shy about the fact that I have major depression and anxiety disorder. I've been struggling with both lately and I had to make the decision that I was more important than my blog or my shop or whatever else was going on with my online life. I'm playing catch up now, but while I was away I came to an important decision.

This blog was started as somewhere I could share more about my nails and my art. It was somewhere that I could post reviews of colors I loved and post lots of photos of nail art I did. Somewhere along the way it stopped being my soapbox and became a place of stress and anxiety for me. My posts went from excited to business. I stopped doing nail art and spend countless hours painting my nails then taking it off and painting my nails then taking it off. It's gotten tiring.

Now don't get me wrong... I love polish and it is a big part of my life still. I don't mind taking a review job here and there, but it has to be a brand I love. It has to be a brand like Sweet Baby by Donna, Nvr Enuff Polish or Doctor Lacquer, where I really stand behind them and their brand. I don't want to get burnt out again, and for the most part, I'll be posting only on my Instagram. I'm going to be trying to get one post up here every other week to start, whether it is nail art or a review.

If you've gotten through all of this I commend you. I think I've been rambling for the most part. The bottom line is, I need to take a step back and not expect as much out of myself. I want this blog to be something I love again. If you have Instagram PLEASE go follow me there, because I am there much more often. (Also there are kitty photos.)

One last thing, I have a few reviews that have been mostly done for ages now, but haven't been posted. I'm going to start posting them the next couple days since they're so late, but I hope you enjoy.

Much Love,


Friday, September 4, 2015

31 Day Challenge | Green

Day 4 of the 31 Day Challenge is Green! If you don't know what the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge is you can head over to the FAQ over at Chalkboard Nails. She does a great job explaining everything.

Also, make sure you're following along with the hashtag #31DC2015 on social media (especially Instagram) to see what everyone else is doing for the prompts.

I had the hardest time deciding on a design for green. I had about 5 ideas and I tried three of them before finally deciding to just start with a gradient and see what it inspired. It turns out that it reminded me of a background in a beautiful piece of jewelry I saw on Pinterest, so I decided to recreate something similar on my nails. I did a combo of freehand and stamping that I think captures it pretty well.

 I think it captures the essence of the piece very well! 

I started with a gradient using Black Luna Lacquer Cat Eyes and China Glaze The Grass Is Lime Greener. I loved this combo of greens and although it seems like my bottle of Cat Eyes doesn't really glow anymore, it couldn't be happier with how the gradient looks in the light.