Saturday, January 16, 2016

(Hopefully) Short Hiatus

I feel like 2016 is off to a rough start-- anyone with me? This week on Thursday my laptop decided to up and die on me-- as in, it will (maybe) power on but nothing comes up on the screen. Super!! Tech support seems to think it's a power supply/cpu issue and not a hard drive issue, but it's still annoying and worrisome. It's still under warrenty because we were smart and paid for the extended one, but I still have to ship it off and they have to fix it, so I probably won't have a computer until February at this rate! 

Luckily, all my most important stuff is backed up so in case it is a hard drive issue, I will only lose a few bits and bobs; in this case, mostly nail polish swatches! Which will put me behind even more, but it could be worse. Hopefully it's a not a hard drive issue at all, but take a lesson kids: back up your stuff regularly (aka every day)! 

Needless to say, it will be difficult to update my blog while I have no computer. It is possible I might be able to use my husband's personal laptop but sometimes he had issues sharing so we'll see. ;) I will work up some posts in the meantime so as soon as I get my laptop back I can get back to it, but in the meantime I'm sorry to have to take a short break. I will try to post NOTD on Instagram: follow me @catray if you like! You can also follow me on Twitter @lacquerland where I will post updates and pictures too!  

I hope 2016 is off to better start for everyone reading this! I hope back to blogging asap! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Enchanted Polish December 2015

Today I have another seasonal polish, this time from Enchanted Polish. This is December 2015, one of her monthly releases, and it's a deep evergreen holographic polish with a slight blue flash. This released with another polish, Holiday 2015 which is a complimentary red/berry color and I'll show it to you later!

December 2015 had a decent formula (gah, I only just wore this last week and now I seriously can't remember; brain drain!). It seemed slightly jellyish and the first coat was a little spotty, and I think I possibly ended up using three coats. The formula was slightly thinner than I expected, but not difficult to apply in any way. It has a nice strong holographic finish.

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As you know if you have read this blog for a length of time, I am generally not much of a green fan-- I vastly prefer blues and purples. However, I do love a rich, deep green like this and I think it perfectly captures the evergreen color of the season.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Colors by Llarowe December Polish of the Month Blue, Blue Christmas

Today I have the Polish of the Month for December 2015 from Colors by Llarowe and it is called Blue, Blue Christmas. I'm assuming this is a take on song of the (mostly) same name. Blue, Blue Christmas is described as "a bright medium blue intense linear holo with intense sparkle shimmer." I would add that it also has a slight green tone to it as well, giving it something depth and not making it quite a straight up blue.

As with pretty much all the CbL polishes (especially the holographic ones), Blue, Blue Christmas was a touch thick, but not in a terrible way. It was a little streaky in the first coat, but two was just perfect. I didn't have any trouble applying, so no complaints there! I really enjoy using the CbL polishes because I know they will generally be easy to apply and usually dry down quickly and I can usually "slap" them on pretty quickly.

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I ended up missing the presale on the Llarowe site and had to wait for it to get to Harlow & Co up in Canada... and then ship it back to the US! The things we do for polish, yes! I'm happy to have this little beauty in my collection.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sinful Colors A-Crush

IWednesday, hump day! Woo! Today I have another polish from the Sinful Colors Chalkboard Matte collection to share with you! This is A-Crush (which I guess is supposed to be a spin on A-plus?! Not sure about that.) and I would call A-Crush a periwinkle satin matte (as opposed to yesterday with Zoya Nyx, which was definitely not periwinkle, despite being described as such).

Ok, real talk: these photos are from August. It's now January. Safe to say, I don't remember a whole lot about this one. I don't think the formula was terrible, but I did see some bubbling when this dried. It's possible I applied the polish too thickly or didn't let it dry. Because I wore this in August, it was also very hot, and that may have affected A-Crush as well. This is at least two coats, possibly three. A-Crush dries to satin matte finish (as opposed to a true flat matte)-- it looks a bit more shiny in my photos than it does in real life, but I did not use a top coat here.

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I think this color is gorgeous, but the bubbling is annoying. Again, with all the heat we had this summer, it may have affected the formula-- or perhaps my coats were just too thick, because I don't think I've seen bubbling in other swatches. Next time I wear this, I will try to apply thinner coats (or potentially add some thinner) to prevent bubbling. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Zoya Nyx

Let's do our first Texture Tuesday of the new year! Textured finishes aren't really a thing these days, so I am slowly working my way through my Zoya Pixie Dusts until I'm done! This week I have Zoya Nyx to share with you! Nyx was released a couple of years ago as part of a spring collection and is described as a "perfect periwinkle with a sugared sparkle." The sparkle is silver, which gives this a more muted look. I also don't really think Nyx is very periwinkle either, to me it reads more of a Wedgewood blue. In any case, it's a nice color and it's blue, so-- I'm sold! 

Despite Zoya rating this a 5 on their opacity scale (5 being the most opaque), I found this to be slightly sheer in the first coat, and needed three to get it to the opacity I wanted. But it goes on very easily, so I didn't have any issues applying it.

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This is such a pretty blue-- I love the dusty, steely quality it has. It's a perfect stormy blue any time of year! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

L'Oreal Feeling Kilty

Hey look, it's 2016!! I hope everyone had a merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate) and very happy New Year! Today I have a polish that's a little more current, though I'm still behind-- I have Feeling Kilty from L'Oreal's holiday collection. I initially planned to post this before Christmas, but we went out of town for almost two weeks and blogging took a back seat to all the packing and family time! So I got a little bit of a hiatus and got some down time and now I can get back to blogging more regularly. So let's talk about the polish! This was the only one that really caught my eye, though the whole collection was nice and colorful, this was the only one I really felt motivated to buy. Feeling Kilty is a gorgeous slightly rose-toned gold polish. It's really a bit of a chameleon-- in some lights it looks more good and in others a bit more platinum. Either way, very pretty!

The formula was pretty good-- it's a metallic and a bit on the thick side and also a bit prone to brushstrokes if you're not careful. It also dries pretty quickly, so you need to be careful when applying it. I didn't have any issues, though it did drag a bit towards the tips of my nails as I applied additional coats. I *think* I used three coats here, because I remember thinking I should have stopped one coat earlier, though really, it looked just fine.

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I certainly don't feel guilty wearing Feeling Kilty! (I'll be here all week, hardy har har!) This is a gorgeous metallic-- perfect for the holiday season (and beyond)! I don't know if this is the most unique color in the world, but I like it a lot.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Two-fer Tuesday: Mango Bunny Mums the Word and Blue Moon

Today I have two Mango Bunny monthly exclusives to share with you! The September exclusive is Mums the Word, which is a fabulous crelly polish inspired by mums (also known as chrysanthemums) which typically bloom in fall. Mums the Word has a pinky nude base, with a smattering of pink, red, orange, purple and yellow glitters of various sizes. The formula was great; the first coat was a tad sheer, but it built up very nicely. I used three coats so I would have completely opaque coverage, but might have been able to stop at two with slightly more careful application. The glitter was nicely distributed and I didn't have any troubles applying it. The October exclusive is Blue Moon, which is a soft linear holographic periwinkle. This also had a very nice formula and was super smooth and easy to apply-- I believe I just used two coats here (though maybe a possible three to cover all my bases), but no issues at all to report!

Mums the Word:

Blue Moon:

I am really happy with both these polishes and they are each so pretty in their own respective ways. Definitely two winners! Mango Bunny is in the midst of changing their subscription service/process-- instead of a subscription, they will offer two LE polishes each month: a glitter topper and a crelly. You'll be able to buy them singly or as part of a duo. If you are interested, I would pop over to their site-- they also have some very pretty winter polishes available right now!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Colores de Carol Stargazer (June 2015 Exclusive)

Ok, I didn't end up posting as much I planned last week-- whoops! Trying to get on top of things. I'm only six months late posting about this polish. Today I have the Colores de Carol (yeesh, I have such a hard time typing that) June exclusive, Stargazer. This is my first Colores de Carol polish, and I decided to spring for Stargazer because it was the exclusive polish for my birth month and because the color was pretty unique. Stargazer is a golden beige with a blue/green duochrome shift and holographic finish.

Honestly, I had major issue with the formula of this, but hear me out. When I applied this polish, Seattle was in the middle of majorly hot summer and I think it affected the polish. The formula was on the thick side when I applied it and the brush seemed incredibly floppy, which made it frustrating to apply. I ended up using three coats to get the look I wanted, but probably should have stopped with two, just due to the thickness because the third coat dragged a bit.

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I find the color to be very unique, though the formula was a bit annoying when I applied it-- though I am pretty sure it was due to the extremely warm temperatures. I am less pleased with the floppy brush, but I have a couple more Colores de Carol polishes to try so we'll see if it is all of the brushes or just an unfortunate combination. I'm not ready to give up on the brand altogether-- I'll put it down to bad circumstances!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Many Splendors

Today, let's tackle Texture Tuesday-- from an unexpected source no less. This is one of the last polishes from Rescue Beauty, as part of the Fan Collection 3.0. Today I have Many Splendors, which is a polish inspired by "...a night-sky black polish that, like Uluru, responds to its environment revealing fiery flashes of red orange from within." The result of this inspiration is a the polish I have to share with you now! Many Splendors has base of black glitter that is shot through with gold, orange, and red glitters. In some light the base looks more brown than black, so it's a little bit a chameleon in that sense. 

Many Splendors was a little sheer in the first coat, but built up nicely in the next coat. Unfortunately, I can't remember how many coats I used-- I think it was probably three in the end, but two might have been sufficient. I didn't have any issues applying it, and as mentioned, it does try to a textured finished. If you want to make it glossy, it will probably require several coats to smooth everything out.

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wish I had put some top coat on this so I could show you what it looks like all shiny, because it looks very beautiful like that. As a texture, this wore well-- I actually wore this for 4-5 days with only minor tip wear. Awesome! This polish is no longer available, but I feel it really accurately captures the inspiration and is a pretty unique texture! I like it!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mango Bunny Polish Pinking About Summer

Is it too soon to be thinking of summer again? Probably, but that doesn't stop me! We have already had a lot of rain and wind this fall, which has me wishing for sun and warm temperatures already. In an effort to cheer me up, here's a splash of color to get the week started right! I have a polish from Mango Bunny's Sunkissed Neon collection and this is Pinking About Summer, which is a happy neon pink with a slight holographic finish. I am reminded of watermelon when I look at this polish. 

Real talk: these photos have been kicking around since this summer. I can't remember any details about this. As far as I recall, the formula on this was good and I didn't have any issues. I probably used three coats, but possibly two. My photos make this lean a little coral, though I believe in real life it was decidedly more neon pink. The holographic finish is definitely on the subtle side, but adds a nice little sparkle to the polish.

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Pinking About Summer is a perfect summer color, and perfect as a much needed pick-me-up during the grey months of winter. If you are currently craving some brights in your life, the entire Sunkissed Neon collection is still on the Mango Bunny site, but hurry before they are gone!