Thursday, January 31, 2019

10:36 AM

Swatch and Review of SassyG Birthday Magic 2019 Duo

    Today I'm bringing you another look at some of the prizes available in my current giveaway. If you haven't done so yet, be sure to check it out! A few smaller prizes have been added and I want them to be a surprise for the winner. Are you excited? 

     I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the brand SassyG. I know I haven't heard much about them which, to be honest, is a real shame. The focus behind this brand really warms my heart and deserves more attention. Here's a little bit about the company from their website:
"Saniyya Grace is a young entrepreneur who is truly a change maker. She has developed a nail care brand for the girl who loves color and is ready to create a beautiful world. Sassy G is a 10-Free, Vegan, natural nail care system. Sassy G is committed to creating beautiful, vibrant, high-quality products that make you feel fabulous and help to make the world a better place. With each purchase you, make it possible for The Sassy Squad to visit resident facilities for the handicapped and developmentally delayed to provide free manicures and a whole lot of joy!"

    Now I feel just awful because I really should have gotten this post up earlier. Sadly, this is the last day to purchase the birthday duo for $15 and really help this young entrepreneur and the Sassy Squad out. *After this post went live the maker has informed me that the polishes will remain on sale until Feb 20th, 2019* I'm sure you want to see the polishes right? Well, let's get to it!

     On Ten is a beautiful blue polish with silver mirror chrome added to give it an awesome shimmer and pop. The formula is easy to work with. The polish flowed smoothly off the brush for an even application on the nail. While it was more opaque than I was expecting on the first coat, you will need two to reach full opacity.  Shown here is 2 coats plus topcoat. 

     I really like the color on this and the added shimmer adds nice visual interest. The one downside is that there are some minor brushstrokes. They didn't bother me as much because they are truely truly and not easily noticed but if you're one who really dislikes any sort of brushstrokes on your nails I have a tip to avoid them that I shared in my review of the Orly Pastel City collection. It really is a gamechanger for me when it comes to polishes that dry with heavy brushstrokes and worth checking out in my opinion. 

     Kumi which is Swahili for ten. Is an Amethyst polish with a soft peek through pop of pink shimmer which almost gives off a color shifting look. Once again the formula was very easy to work with. Just like On Ten you will need two coats for full opacity. Shown here as two coats plus topcoat. 

    For me, this is one of those colors that can be worn year round and still be seasonally appropriate. The dusty feel is a nice lighter choice for the cold days of winter. The pink shimmer gives me a spring feeling while the pastel tone would work for summer or fall. 

     That's all I've got for you today. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

6:00 AM

Swatch and Review of The Fresh Start Trio from All Mixed Up Lacquers

    I know I can't believe it myself, 2 posts in 2 days but there is a method to this madness! Today I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at some of the polishes available in my current giveaway.  If you haven't entered yet don't worry, there's still time! The giveaway ends on Feb 8th and is open to US residents 18 and older. 

      Let's take a look at the 3 thermal polishes All Mixed Up Lacquers was nice enough to donate as well as provide a set for me to review at a discount. Thermal polishes are a huge trend right now which was why I was so excited to be able to offer these up as part of the prize. This is the Fresh Start Trio.

    The formula for this trio was consistent throughout. While not particularly sheer on the first coat, you definitely need at least 2 coats for full opacity, if you have a distinct or bright white free edge I'd recommend 3 coats. Each polish is shown as two coats plus topcoat. 

     It has been extremely cold here lately so cold in fact that the school that I work for has closed for the week due to the temps. Think -65℉ windchill and threat of frostbite within 4 minutes on exposed skin.  Because of this, my transition shots were very hard to capture. My hands started to shift back to the cold state almost immediately. 

     Frozen B**** Face has a navy to light blue shift with gold flakies. 

    In the cold state, you will see the nice deep navy blue with a sea of golden shimmer. When the polish is in a warm state you see a light ocean blue along with the golden shimmer. 

     A Splash of Optimism is a dark to light shifting thermal nail polish with gold flakies. 

      In a cold state, you see a nice forest green that leans a bit to the army green side thanks to the gold flakies.  Once the polish is warm you get a nice light almost pastel spring green. 

     Change of Heart is a maroon to pink shifting thermal nail polish with gold flakies. 

     Just like the other two polishes in this trio you get the darker color in a cold state and the lighter color in a warm state. In this case, you get a nice rich berry color when the polish is cold and a bright sort of bubblegum pink when the polish is warm. 

     I like all 3 colors in this collection but have to be honest and tell you that Change of heart is my favorite. I actually wore it for a full week on my recent trip to Nashville. When I returned home I had a small chip on the pointer finger of my right hand but very minimal tip wear. 

     Which color do you like best? Will you be entering the giveaway? Be sure to check back tomorrow where I'll be sharing 2 more polishes available to win. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

5:00 AM

Just for Fun Giveaway (CLOSED)

    Hello everyone, long time no posting. I've been pretty much absent from blogging and the nail polish community since October and I have to say it's been a nice break. I did take that time to give my blog a makeover and I hope you like the new look. I've decided to take a step back and start blogging more as a hobby rather than try and focus on turning this into a job. What that means is that I will be posting less frequently, and to be honest a bit sporadically for now. I want to focus on quality content and enjoy what I'm doing rather than quantity and put out posts just to get them posted.

     I thought a fun way to get back into blogging and remind people that I'm still here is to kick things off with a giveaway! This giveaway will have one winner and is open to U.S residents 18 and older.

     For now, the prize consists of 12 handmade jelly polishes for all your leadlighting needs, a small paint pallet to help with nail art, a set of dotting tools, a trio of thermal polishes from All Mixed Up Lacquers, a birthday duo from Sassy G, cute little nail polish highlighters set, a bottle of Wet N Wild Topcoat and, 4 polishes from Sinful Colors.

    I'd like to include a few more nail art supplies so as I shop throughout the week more items could be added.

The giveaway will run from 1/29/2019 - 02/08/2019. Winner will be randomly selected through raffelcopter and notified within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 72 hrs a new winner will be drawn. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

6:00 AM

Liquid Vitamins from SBR Nutrition

     Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you my thoughts on the new Liquid Vitamins from SBR Nutrition. What are liquid vitamins and why are they better than traditional ones? Aside from being easier to consume, liquid supplements can also have a comparatively higher absorption rate when compared to supplements in solid form. Combining high-quality ingredients with a higher absorption rate is what we like to refer to as the "Liquid Advantage." These vitamins are Made in the USA, Non-GMO and, Vegan: Biotin, B12, Turmeric, Theanine

Here's just a little information about the company. "At SBR Nutrition, we are dedicated to enhancing your overall health and well-being. Our mission is to consistently deliver high quality products with a focus on helping you reach your wellness goals. We are confident in the “Liquid Advantage” and we want you to experience the difference yourself. That is why all purchases are protected with a 90 day, 100% money back guarantee. We are committed to making our relationship last a lifetime." The options available are Biotin, Vitamin B12, Turmeric, Theanine, Ashwagandha, Hydration Formula, and D3 + K2. I chose to review the Turmeric and Biotin.

Liquid Turmeric: Turmeric continues to garner attention from the health community, thanks to its antioxidant properties and potential to help support cardiovascular health, provide natural pain relief and promote healthy joints. Despite their extraordinary potential, many herbs can have limited benefits due to poor absorption. SBR Nutrition helps alleviate this absorption issue by bringing you our high quality Turmeric Curcumin liquid drops. Our liquid formula helps ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs — faster.

     The bottle of this says to take 2 droppers full daily and you can mix it with juice or water. I would recommend adding it to something as the taste is not one that is enjoyable.  
Liquid Biotin: Often called “the beauty nutrient” because of the nourishment it delivers your hair, skin, and nails to those that are deficient in Biotin. This member of the B-vitamin complex is a key cofactor of enzymes involved in fatty acid metabolism, helping to supply cells with energy.

The taste of this is a mixed berry and is very enjoyable. My only issue is that the instructions are to take half a dropper daily but there are no markings on the dropper. I have to estimate what half a dropper is which isn't impossible but not entirely user-friendly.

     While I've only been taking these liquid vitamins for just over a week I have seen small results. I've noticed less hair falling out when I brush it or take a shower. My knees haven't hurt as much after a full day of standing at work. I am hoping that the results will continue to grow as I continue taking the vitamins.  

     Here is some more information on the vitamins available in case you are like me and are unsure of what they can do for you. 

Liquid Vitamin B12: A breakthrough in vitamin B-12 supplementation with Methylcobalamin, the neurologically active form of B-12. Traditional B-12 supplements give you cyanocobalamin, a form that the body must convert into methylcobalamin to harness its neuro-nourishing potential. Our Methylcobalamin completes this conversion for you, so your body gets more active B-12 faster, for the health of your entire nervous system.

Liquid Theanine: This unique amino acid derived from green tea leaves has been extensively researched and shown to promote relaxation.

Liquid Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. Helps to aid in the reduction of anxiety and stress with an increase in memory, cognition, muscle strength, energy, endurance, and more.

Liquid Hydration Formula: An electrolyte-replenishing, liquid concentrate made for those who don’t want unnecessary additives, sweeteners, or calories in their hydration products. Its mineral base is a significantly more efficient form of hydration than water alone. Formulated with fulvic acid, humic acid, over 74 trace colloidal ionic minerals, electrolytes, amino acids, B vitamins, an array of enzymes and unique polysaccharides.

Liquid D3 + K2: Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 work together synergistically – each nutrient aiding the other in its functions. Taken together, the nutrients can effectively support your overall heart health, your vascular (arteries and veins) system, and your respiratory and immune systems. They also help you maintain strong bones, among many other benefits.

You can purchase these vitamins from SBR or find them on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6:00 AM

Untried A-Z Challenge - Letter T

     Welcome back for another installment of the Untried A-Z Challenge. We are up to week 20 which brings us to the letter T. This challenge will run all week long and everyone is welcome to join. Just add your post to the linkup located at the end of my post, the only requirement is that either the Brand Name or polish name begins with the letter T. 

     For my letter T polish, I wanted to use a brand that I haven't featured in this challenge yet. That narrowed down my options for the week which I found very helpful. I don't know about you but with the size of my collection, it's hard to pick a polish sometimes. And mine could be considered a small collection compared to some of you out there. 

    I decided to share with you today Tiara On Top from LynBDesings. This polish was released in 2014 as a limited edition topper from the Princess Personality Collection. Because this is a topper I've decided to show it two way. On its own and layered over Sinful Colors Black on Black.

     Tiara on Top is a clear based polish with iridescent flakes and holographic micro glitter. Obviously, this polish is sheer since it's a topper but it covers evenly and each flake lays completely flat against the nail.  I've shown it here as 3 coats alone plus a glossy top coat and two coats over black plus a glossy top coat. 

     I like the depth that you get from the flakes and glitter. My nails had a different look depending on what angle they were at and the sparkle was amazing. I have a feeling this would look great over lighter colors also. 

     I'm a little sad that I let this polish sit in my untrieds for so long. I mean just look at that macro shot, it's so pretty with the pastel colors popping through. You can be sure that I will be using this one again. I want to test it out over some lighter shades, maybe even some pastels. 

     That's all I have for you today, I hope you enjoyed this look at Tiara on Top from LynBDesigns. Make sure to check out the other posts in the linkup. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

12:00 PM

Top Shelf Lacquer - Sale Sale Sale! (Press Release)

We've reduced prices and restocked our Clearance section.  Use code CLEARANCE for an additional 20% off already reduced prices!  Help us clear out and make room for new!  All Wax, all bath products and MOST polishes are now reduced and eligible for another 20% off!

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9:56 AM

LynBDesigns - October POTM (Press Release)

Our October POTM Quad is Live! Use the code OCTOBER for 50% Off

October POTMs are here. Come check them out

Through the 2nd use the code OCTOBER for half off your entire order (excluding LynB Loves Customs) 

I've made 4 October POTM polishes. Three are inspired by my love of opals and one is dedicated to Watermelon Tourmaline. They are all half off during the sale.

I've also been asking our group for help with future collections and limited editions like PPU. Come join our group to get in on all the fun.
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Halloween Trio

I've restocked the Halloween Trio and they're included with the sale. These are limited edition so don't miss out.

Well Wishes

Since fall is upon us I've created a germ fighting personal diffuser. I keep one in my purse, by my bed. It's a staple.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

6:00 AM

Lustrous Lacquer's Quarterly Favorites Round-up Vol. 3

    It's time for the third installment of my quarterly round-up. I hope you enjoy this look back at the previous 3 months as I do. I've decided to shake things up a bit this time around and share more than just my favorite nail art looks.  Mainly because there are so many things that inspire me, teach me and shape who I am as a blogger and I feel they are worth sharing. Plus I feel that it's nice to get to know a little about the person behind the blog. I know I'm more likely to leave a meaningful comment or even just search out the latest blog post if I feel like I know the person behind the screen a little bit. 

     In July I continued my quest to get through my polish collection and found myself reaching more for older polishes while also sharing the new Wild at Heart Collection from Sinful Colors. It was a slow month for nail art with only 3 looks but they are looks that I really loved. It was hard to narrow down a favorite but I decided on the look I created for the 4th of July.

     I revisited an old technique to create this look while still following the fluid nail art trend and was very pleased with the results. If you want to see my second favorite look from the month check out my Dichotomy post from 1850 Lacquer.  Dichotomy is a thermal polish and I added an accent nail that has a "disappearing" image on it.

     In July I decided to try and take my blog to the next level and see if I could make a small income with a few affiliates. You may have noticed the addition of a few banners in my sidebar, if not take a look and see if there's anything that catches your eye. I've got the ever so popular Born Pretty and Beauty Big Bang banners that people are familiar with. And then I got lucky and was able to become an affiliate with Sally Beauty Supply and Planet Beauty.  I'm not looking to be able to quit my day job but it would be nice to make enough to be able to pay for my blog fee's from it. And a girl can always dream, can't she?

    August saw a new opportunity for me when I joined the Nail Challenge Collaborative group on Facebook. I know art is supposed to be personal and come from the artist's heart but sometimes it's nice to be given a direction. The direction I was given for August was simply Pink and Blue. That inspired my first ever manicure using Sharpie Markers.

    My daughter also got to share her nails on my blog again with her baseball inspired look. She was so happy about this post and checked my site every day for weeks just to see if her post was still in the top spot on my popular posts list. I should probably thank her for all those page views.

     In August, I discovered Naio Nails on Youtube and have become fascinated with the nails that she creates. They are generally over the top and completely inappropriate for my lifestyle but I love them. And I feel like I've picked up a few things that will help my skills.

     September saw me heading back to work and ended up being a slow month for nail art. I only shared one look with you, but it's my favorite one in this round-up. My stone marble nails not only made me proud but actually turned out the way I pictured them.

     I am hoping to have more fun looks to share with you in October, including some techniques that I have never tried or haven't used in years.  Do you ever go back and revisit old techniques? What trends do you wish would come back? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

6:00 AM

Northern Star - Shards of the Heart Polish Pickup October 2018

    Hello everyone, it's time to start making your wishlists for Polish Pickup! The theme for October is villans and today I will be sharing with you a polish that in my opinion needs to be on that list. Shards of the Heart from Northern Star Polish. Read on to see why I am so pleased with this polish. 

      For those of you who are unfamiliar with Polish Pickup here's a quick rundown of how it works. Polish Pickup offers a fun, interactive experience that allows you to submit theme ideas, vote for your favorite theme, and selectively purchase your favorite polishes every month. The shop opens at 11 AM ET on the first Friday - Monday of every month. In this case, that's Oct. 5th -8th at www.polishpickup.comYou can pick which polishes you would like to purchase from the previously chosen theme. There is no box commitment. Purchase one or purchase them all! Shipping in the US is $3, $5 in Canada, and does ship internationally. Allow 3+ weeks for delivery. So, in other words, this is a pre-order event. 

    Shards of the Heart is inspired by Miss Havisham from Great Expectations and the Victorian Decaying bride aesthetic. "Miss Havisham is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. She is a wealthy spinster, once jilted at the altar, who insists on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life. She lives in a ruined mansion with her adopted daughter, Estella." Quote from Wikipedia

Greyish purple nail polish with scattered holographic glitter

    Shards of the Heart is a dark grey with lavender tint that looks like a creme indoors but contains two type of holographic pigments that sparkle in the sun. Subtle indigo micro flakes complete the polish.  My lighting really accentuated the hint of purple but under regular lighting, you will see more grey coming through.

     You guys the formula on this is phenomenal! The polish has a great consistency and is very smooth but the awesome part is the opacity. I've been showing you one coat of polish plus top coat. that's right, this is one coat coverage. If you are in the habit of applying thin layers of polish you will probably need two but a regular layer will only require one. Shards of the Heart dries to a smooth, glossy finish that is slightly darker than what you see in the bottle.

    I  have been drawn to grey polishes lately, the last three polishes I've worn have been grey and I purchased 5 more at Polishcon earlier this month. I think that the purple hint and subtle holo make this unique from the others and I am more than impressed with the opacity and coverage. The color is also great for the colder months that are soon to be upon us. 

     Shards of the Heart will be $11.75 USD and is capped at 75 bottles. 

    Make sure to check out Polish Pickup on Facebook and don't forget to make your purchases starting October 5th. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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