Monday, September 30, 2013

Silly Bee's Chickadees Día de los Muertos Duo Reviews & Swatches

Morning everyone! I've been eager to share this duo for awhile and am happy to be able to do so today! :D

Calavera Queen is a mixture of various glitters with each one representing something featured in altars created in honor of loved ones during Día de los Muertos. As described by Melissa, the creator of Silly Bee's Chickadees,:
  • Red is symbolic of blood and life, for Christians it has special meaning as the blood of Christ shed for his disciples.
  • Purple is the color of grief and pain. In Christian churches, purple is used to dress the church during Lent, the time between Jesus' death and resurrection.
  • Yellow and orange represent the sun and the source if energy and renewal.
  • Pink is the color of celebration during day of the dead festivities, which really is what the holiday is about, celebrating the lives of those who have passed on before us.
  • White represents purity, renewal and hope.
  • Black represent death and the underworld.
  • Red hearts to represent the departed loved ones
  • Sugar skulls are also often decorated with silver foil, so that was added to give it more sparkle.
These first set of photos show 2 coats of Calavera Queen over 3 coats of Melly's Marigolds.
This set of photos show 2 coats of Calavera Queen over 2 coats of Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris.
I love that each color has a meaning and the polish itself is so packed with glitters. :) The white glitters really pop over a darker color, but everything also looks amazing over Melly's Marigolds!
Melly's Marigolds is as a marigold-yellow crelly with yellow, gold and brass glitter and a satin finish. All nails are 3 coats with top coat. 
Love, love, love this polish! The over all color is amazing, and it works good with my skin tone ;) , and the formula was perfection. The added glitters give a nice pop to overall amazing base color and it's a must have in my book! :D
This duo will be released today, September 30th, at 4 PM CST in Silly Bee's Chickadees Etsy store. It will be a limited release and restricted to 1 set per person, so make sure to snatch it up while you can! Make sure to follow Silly Bee's Chickadees on Facebook and Instagram. I have it on good authority something exciting is in the works for the holiday season! :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Lacquerhead Polish Halloween 2013 Collection Reviews & Swatches

Still chugging along trying to beat whatever this bug is I have caught :( Hopefully it goes away soon because we finally found a place to move into!! Woo-hoo! Anywho, I have Lacquerhead Polish's new Halloween collection to share today! :)

 Countdown To Candy has a white "crelly" base with various orange, red and yellow glitters; including circle glitter. These photos are 3 coats with top coat.
 Ah candy corn, my number one reason for loving Halloween! I already have at least 4 bags stashed away and promptly ate all the pieces I used for the bottle shot when I was done with it! :P Enough of my love for candy corn and back to this polish. ;) Countdown To Candy was super easy to work with and looks super yummy on my nails...and reminds me of candy corn♥! :P 
 Franken-Tastic is a mixture of  neon green, black, orange and purple glitters accented with black skulls and green neon stars. All nails are 2 coats over 3 coats of CoverGirl Rogue Red.
 Anything to do with Frankenstein, sign me up!! I even have a tattoo of the Bride of Frankenstein. ;) Franken-Tastic's glitters are sure to make you stand out during Halloween and get your nails noticed no matter where you are. :) I did have a problem with the larger black hexes curling a bit, but they smoothed out with top coat and I had no problems at all getting out any skull glitter. :)
 Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun contains an assortment of white, pink and pastel glitters with white and pink skulls throughout. Shown is 2 coats over 3 coats of CoverGirl Pyro Pink.
A girly glitter mix isn't something you normally see during Halloween, but I think with the fun skulls it works! :) Even though it doesn't show in my photos, in person the glitters "popped" better over my base color. :/ Hopefully you can tell that in the close up shots below. Still, this is a great glitter mix for Halloween and beyond! Like Franken-Tastic the skulls came out super easy! :) 
 If You've Got It Haunt It has a mixture of holographic charcoal glitters, rainbow glitters and holographic silver moons. All nails are 1 coat over 2 coats of Sugar High. 
 I'm always a sucker for those moon glitters! ;) And with all the other holographic glitters you are sure to bling someone while trick-or-treating! :P Again wonderful formula and I had no troubles getting out any of the moon glitters. :)
 Let's Go Out For A Bite... contains red holographic squares and hexes in a deep, dark red jelly base. For these photos I used 2 coats with top coat.
 Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without a nice vampy color, now would it? ;) The holographic glitters add a nice "spark" against the jelly base and make your nails look good enough to eat. :P 
 Sugar High is a candy corn scented, neon orange creme with sparse holographic glitters. Shown is 2 coats with top coat.
 Not only does this polish smell yummy, it's super bright and amazing to look at! :) Apparently it glows under black light, sadly I don't have a black light. >_< I  still have some visible nail line at 2 coats in certain lighting, so you might want to try 3 coats if that bugs you. ;) Nevertheless, this is a MUST have for Halloween!
P.S. My camera used for the close ups below gave it a red tint. It does not have this tint in real life and is a super bright orange! ;)
 Witches Be Crazy is described as a mix of metallic orange and holo orange hexes with metallic rainbow glitter scattered throughout. All nails are 1 coat of Witches Be Crazy over 3 coats of CoverGirl Sulfur Blaze. 
 I had a good laugh for awhile after I saw the name of this polish! :P It's a fun glitter mix and I got plenty of glitter out in just one coat! :)
Lacquerhead also has a new cuticle oil in stock for this Halloween season perfectly scented, candy corn! I'll try not to eat my fingers off, no promises though! ;)

All of these polishes, plus tons more, are available through Lacquerhead Polish's Etsy shop.This weekend only use the code TRYME to get a free cuticle oil with any $15.00 purchase! All her cuticle oils ship free, so why not try one! ;) Make sure to follow Lacquerhead Polish on Facebook and Twitter!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Above the Curve Falling for Autumn Collection + Diva P. Reviews & Swatches

Hey there everyone! I know I've been slacking lately >_< My immune system has decided it's ok for me to get sick. Not ok! And on top of that, we have *hopefully* found a place to move. Not sure if I have mentioned it or not since it's "been in the works" for what feels like forever now, but I am moving from AR to OK and it's been one heck of a time trying to find a place. I'm trying to stay hopeful this place will work out and we can finally get moving...again. :P
Today tonight, rather, I have some gorgeous new colors from Above the Curve. If you don't remember, Above the Curve donates $1 from each full size bottle to Shriner's Hospitals For Children. You can have pretty polish and help out others at the same time. :)

 Akiko is a rusty, pumpkin orange holographic. All nails are 3 coats with top coat.
Akiko is Japanese for bright, autumn child and I think the name is very fitting for this polish! :) It's a perfect autumn shade, as are all of these polishes, and had a great formula!
Anona has deep olive green base with gold shimmer and micro-flakes. Shown is 2 coats with top coat.
On the bottle it says Anona was Roman goddess for the harvest. Google says the spelling should be Annona, but I found a few sites that list is Anona; I can't say which is correct. :P Nevertheless, Anona is a lovely "harvest" green and again had a problem free formula. :)
Aphaea contains a pink flash and very faint scattered holographic in a dusty grey lilac base. These photos show 2 coats with top coat.
 My camera didn't want to pick up the pink flash or the scattered holographic finish. :/ It is there, but the holo is very light compared to the flash. I like this color even if it had neither, though. :) I thought I would need 3 coats because it is a lighter color, but had great coverage with just 2 coats! 
 Scarlet is a rich cranberry red with scattered holographic. All nails are 2 coats with top coat. 
Reminds you of cranberry relish, doesn't it?! Except for no cranberry relish I've ever eaten has sparkles! :P Another perfect autumn shade with a great formula to boot! :)
Diva P. is described as a strong holographic with blue-green fleck simmer in a clear base. For these photos I layered it over the above colors with top coat.
I couldn't make up my mind which polish I wanted to layer this I went with all of them! ;) I also can't say which is my favorite because I liked them all! :P I haven't seen anything like Diva P. on the market, but it's definitely something I like! As always formula was perfection and you get out plenty of holo and flecks with just 1 coat! :)
The Falling for Autumn collection will be available soon through Above the Curve's BigCartel store. Diva P. is available now in a set with 2 other "flecked" holo toppers! Make sure to follow Above The Curve on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shimmer Polish Airriann, Karen, Tracy and Wendy Reviews & Swatches

Hey everyone! Of course, as I assumed no extra post from yesterday. >_< Yesterday was more insane than normal and ended with my son spilling an ounce of loose glitter all over my carpet, so that Let's try to aim for an extra post for today...maybe? :P
Anyways I have some more awesome glitter mixes from Shimmer Polish to share with you all. As always from Shimmer Polish, these polishes all had a perfect formula! :)

Airriann is a described as a pale pink glitter mix. Shown is 1 coat over 2 coats of Elevation Polish Epidote with top coat.
I think combo goes together pretty well, don't you? Sometimes it's good to follow pairings from the color wheel because they just work. ;)
 Karen contains a mixture of lavender, plum, silver and pink glitters in various shades, sizes and shapes. For these photos I used Karen in a gradient over 3 coats of Above the Curve Aphaea.
 This turned out super girly, and even though it's far from the normal for me...I love it! :P
Tracy is listed as a tarnished gold holo glitter mix. All nails are 2 coats of Lumina Lacquer Homesick at Space Camp with Tracy used as a gradient. 
 My high school colors were gold and blue, so I think that's why my mind put these 2 polishes together. Once again though, they work great together! :)
Wendy has a various shapes and sizes of purple, copper, silver and blue glitters. These photos are 1 coat of Wendy over 2 coats of Elevation Polish The Med.
Over The Med, Wendy really adds to the mermaid looks. :) The glitters remind me of little scales. ;)
Find Shimmer Polish through EtsyTo see more swatches and information about each specific shade offered visit Shimmer Polish's blog and find information about the customs she offers. Also, make sure to follow Shimmer Polish on FacebookTwitter and on Pinterest
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