Wednesday, April 26, 2017

KBShimmer Polish Con NYC Exclusives

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have two exclusive polishes from KBShimmer which will be exclusively available at Polish Con in NYC this weekend (Saturday, April 29th). You will want to get your hands on these beauties, so if you aren't attending, you might want to get a friend to pick them up for you!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer Kiki Vol. 2 Collection


*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's newest release and it is an addition to the gorgeous Christmas Kiki Collection. I'm so excited to see additions to the beautiful shimmering matte collection which all look fantastic with or without topcoat. The Kiki Vol. 2 Collection (as well as the original Christmas Kiki Collection) are available now in the Lollipop Posse Lacquer shop.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer Wayfinder Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Dreamland Lacquer's Wayfinder Collection to share with you! Right after Noelie told me about the inspiration for this collection I finally watched Moana for the first time and it was EXCELLENT! If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it! These polishes are gorgeous, but I totally love knowing the inspiration behind them now. The Wayfinder Collection are on pre-order right now for a 48 hour pre-order window (ends tomorrow at 2 PM CDT) in the Dreamland Lacquer shop.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Polish Pickup: Lollipop Posse Lacquer Good Morning, Lollipop!

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have Lollipop Posse Lacquer's contribution to the first ever Polish Pickup!

The Polish Pickup is an interactive shopping experience where a theme is voted on by the Polish Pickup Pack group and a selection of makers will make polishes inspired by that theme. All of their polishes will be available to purchase from the Polish Pickup shop and you can pick and choose which polishes to purchase (there is no box commitment) and just pay one shipping fee. The Polish Pickup shop is live the first Friday of each month at 11 AM EDT.  It stays open for four days, until the following Monday at Midnight EDT. There will be a 2-3 week TAT after the polishes are purchased.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scofflaw Limited Edition My Very Own Luck Dragon

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Scofflaw Nail Varnish is having a restock tomorrow, and there is a limited edition launching along with it! Finch was inspired by a classic from my childhood, The Neverending Story, for this pretty shimmer. My Very Own Luck Dragon launches tomorrow night (3/24) at 7 PM CDT in the Scofflaw shop along with a restock of the Winter 2017 collection and some select older Scofflaws. There will be a limited number of bottles with a limit of 2 per person.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

KBShimmer Nauti By Nature Collection for Spring 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have KBShimmer's brand new Nauti by Nature Collection to share with you. Far from a typical Spring collection, this collection is inspired by a tropical spring break locale. There are juicy, bright holos, fun colorful crellies and jellies, and beautiful subtle shimmers which all perfectly represent an island escape. The Nauti by Nature Collection releases on March 18th in the KBShimmer shop (along with the Indie Shop limited editions that I already shared).

Saturday, March 11, 2017

KBShimmer Limited Edition Indie Shop Releases

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have two limited edition KBShimmer polishes to share with you that you will not want to miss! Christy paired with Jen from the The Jedi Wife to create some lovely wood-inspired polishes to celebrate Jen's 5th Blogaversary (with wood being the traditional 5 year anniversary gift). These beauties launched today at the Indie Shop in Atlanta, so shoppers who were there got the first crack at picking them up. They will launch on KBShimmer's website on March 18th and will be available until March 31st. Be sure to grab them before they disappear forever!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pahlish March 2017 New Releases

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Pahlish's new releases for March 2017. These 6 polishes don't have a certain theme, but they are all cohesive and amazing with multichrome shimmer and holo flakes (two of my favorite polish components) and even a super reflective foil. These polishes are truly unique creations and a fun twist on the multichrome trend of the moment. These release in the Pahlish shop Sunday night at 7 PM Central Time (Mermaid Tears is available now).



Friday, March 3, 2017

Girly Bits COTM March 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Girly Bit's COTM for March 2017 to share with you. These polishes are gorgeous and fit the theme of March so perfectly...Pam really nailed them! This gorgeous duo is available for the entire month of March from the Girly Bits shop. If you purchase them early (from the first to the 10th of the month) you can get an early bird discount on the set!


Girly Bits Warrior Goddess Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a fabulous creme collection from Girly Bits Cosmetics called the Warrior Goddess Collection. This collection is inspired by the strength of women everywhere and boasts lovely dusty cremes with superb formulas. This Warrior Goddess Collection is available now from the Girly Bits website.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer's Favorite Greens Revamped

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have some revamped green polishes from Dreamland Lacquer to share with you, just in time for St. Patrick's Day! You guys know I love greens and Dreamland Lacquer has made some of my all-time favorite greens. Some of them have been long discontinued, but Noelie has decided to revamp a few of these beauties and bring them back for March! These will launch on Saturday (3/4) at 2 PM Central Time along with a restock of the Power Ballads Collection in the Dreamland Lacquer shop.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dreamland Lacquer The Illusionist from the Crelly Crate Revamped Smoke and Mirrors Box

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Tonight I have Dreamland Lacquer's contribution to this month's Smoke and Mirrors themed Crelly Crate Revamped. Other makers in the box include Polish 'M, Cameo Colors Lacquer, Tonic Polish, Lemming Lacquer, Painted Polish, and Midnight Hour Beauty and sells for $50.00. It is available for pre-order now until March 10th on the Polish 'M website

Monday, February 27, 2017

Girly Bits COTM February 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have some last minute swatches to share! Girly Bit's COTM for February 2017 are available only during the month of February, so today is the last day to grab this duo! They are such pretty polishes, so grab them while you can from the Girly Bits shop!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Scofflaw Winter 2017 Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Tonight I have Scofflaw's Winter 2017 Collection to share with you! These polishes are so much fun and so classic Scofflaw! I've been enjoying the multichrome madness lately, but these pretties were a nice change of pace. I just feel like I don't see as many glitters anymore, and I always appreciate Scofflaw's creative mixes. The Winter 2017 Collection releases tomorrow at 7 PM Central time in the Scofflaw shop.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

KBShimmer Hella Holo Customs Releases for February 2017

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have KBShimmer's Hella Holo Customs creations for February 2017! This quartet of gorgeous holos will only be available through March 1st, so be sure to snag them while you have the chance! You can only purchase these if you are a member of the Hella Holo Customs group on Facebook, so join there for full purchasing details.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer's Polishing Poetic Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new collection from Great Lakes Lacquer to share with you! The Polishing Poetic Collection is a collection of 8 gorgeous multichromes and multichrome holos inspired by classic poetry. The Polishing Poetic Collection releases on February 17th at 3 PM EST in the Great Lakes Lacquer shop

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lollipop Posse Lacquer's Women of Words Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new collection from Lollipop Posse Lacquer to share with you! The Women of Words Collection is inspired by some great heroines from literature. This 5 piece set of rich jewel toned holos with all sorts of extra flakes and flecks is definitely a winner! The Women of Words Collection launches on February 17th at 7 PM EST in the Lollipop Posse Lacquer shop. There will also be a one time only restock of a shade that is coming back by popular demand: Shiny Blue Water! I missed out on that one the first time around so I definitely need to snag it before it's gone!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Pahlish Raggedy Man, Goodnight and Lady of Raynham Hall

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have two recent purchases from Pahlish to share with you. Both of these are oldies that have recently made a comeback to the Pahlish shop, so if you missed them the first time around, now is your chance to grab them! 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New CrowsToes Multichrome Finishes!

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! CrowsToes has released a collection of multichromes including some brand new ones and some old favorites. Altogether, there are 6 multichrome shifts (4 brand new, 2 oldie favorites) with 4 finishes of each shift including the original finish, a sparked finish, a linear holo finish, and a bleached holo finish. Lauri has a little something for everyone's taste here, so you can pick your favorites! Today, I have two of the multichrome shifts to show you, Damned If You Don't and one of my old favorites, Huginn & Muninn. All of these new multichrome finishes are available now in the CrowsToes Shop for pre-order until tomorrow night at 8 PM Eastern time.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pahlish The Life Aquatic Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I also have the Pahlish The Life Aquatic Collection to share with you. This is something we haven't seen from Pahlish in awhile, a whole foil flake collection! Per Shannon, this collection was inspired by The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge, which is a collection of David Bowie songs that Jorge covered in Portuguese for The Life Aquatic Soundtrack. The Life Aquatic Collection launches tomorrow (January 22nd) at 7 PM Central time in the Pahlish shop.


Dreamland Lacquer Power Ballads Collection for Valentine's 2016

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand new Valentine's 2017 Collection from Dreamland Lacquer called the Power Ballads Collection. This collection is inspired by some 80's power ballads (that I have been singing in my head the entire time I've been editing pics and writing this post). These beauties release today at 2 PM central time for a 48 hour pre-order window in the Dreamland Lacquer shop.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

TBT: OPI DS Original

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Today I have an oldie but a goodie to share with you! I know I have posted it on the blog before (along with some of my other OPI Designer Series (DS) stash and my fun stories about acquiring them), but it is one of my favorite polishes ever so I have to bust it out every now and again. OPI DS Original is the polish that got me into polish back in 2011 when I saw it on Chloe's Nails. It was hard to find even then (and going for >$40 on eBay) and I never thought I would get my hands on it. Luckily, my pal Jen found a whole stash of OPI DS polishes at a cosmetic wholesaler she happened to stop by and she was able to snag one for me, so I got it for retail!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Polish Con Exclusive: Great Lakes Lacquer Blue Skies From Pain

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have a Polish Con Spring 2017 Exclusive to share with you guys from Great Lakes Lacquer. This time around, the makers are doing some events leading up to Polish Con and they are taking turns releasing their exclusive polishes ahead of time for those who will be unable to attend. This week, Great Lakes Lacquer and Different Dimension are releasing two exclusives, and I have the GLL to share with you today. This exclusive will be available from January 15-January 21st in the Polish Con shop. Polish Con will be taking place on April 29, 2017 in NYC (see more event details here).


Thursday, January 12, 2017

TBT: Contrary Polish Sky

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! This week for TBT, I'm sharing one of my older Contrary Polishes. Carrie is known for her amazing shimmer polishes, and Contrary Polish Sky is a prime example of that! Let's check it out!

 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

TBT: Layla Flash Black

*Nothing to Disclose*

I know that it's nothing too special or unique, but I'm going to again attempt to do Throwback Thursdays (TBT). Since I have so many older polishes that are unloved in lieu of shiny new pretties, I need some encouragement to pull them out and wear them. Don't get me wrong, they are amazing polishes...just often forgotten since they aren't right in front of me. Hopefully this will be the push I need to pull them out!

I'm going to start off with a polish from a few years ago, Layla Flash Black



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Favorite Nail Art of 2016

*Some Press Samples Included*

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my favorite nail art of 2016! I was disappointed in myself when I looked through my blog that I did so little nail art in 2016, but I'm definitely going to push myself to do more in 2017. I did start the 31 Day Challenge, but unfortunately I never completed it (I even have some manis I did for future prompts that I never even put on the blog!). Of the nail art looks that I did, these were my top picks for 2016.


Monday, January 2, 2017

My 2016 in Review and My Favorite Polishes of 2016

*Some Press Samples Included*

Hi everyone! Today I have a wrap up of my favorite polishes of 2016 to share, but first I wanted to give a little synopsis of my year so that I can lead into where my blog is going from here. 2016 was not a good year for me blogging-wise, even to the point that I considered quitting at the end of the year. My personal life has been a bit chaotic and I really let that affect how I viewed blogging. Not only that, I started to have feelings that I was just old news (this blog is almost 5 years old y'all!) and that newer, flashier bloggers and swatchers with impossible glamour shots were all the rage now so I was just fading into oblivion. 

I got a surprise promotion at the beginning of 2016 after my boss passed away suddenly and it came with a ton of responsibilities that I had to adjust to and a LOT of work I had to do to get our department up to date which took almost the entire year. In the midst of that, my husband lost his job and has been unable to find another one, so that added even more stress. I was very mentally drained, stressed, and depressed, so when it came to blogging I could barely make myself go. For those of you who have never struggled with depression, it affects people differently. In my case, I wasn't sad all the time, but instead it was a major task for me to do ANYTHING. I could function fine at work, but at home it was a task to make myself get out of my chair. It took me a long time to even realize that I was depressed and seek help. I stopped blogging for fun and did only what I had to do and it became like a "job", which isn't what I got into blogging for. I got behind on a lot of my commitments and then things snowballed and I had SO MUCH STUFF TO DO, I just wanted to throw in the towel. 

Going into 2017, I have a handle on my new job, things are running smoothly now and I'm actually enjoying it! My stress level is back to normal and I'm feeling like my old self again, so I'm going to put my focus back on blogging for fun again. I'm still going to review things of course, but I'm also going to make time for me. I want to explore my collection (which has to be at around 3000 bottles now, with lots of cool older stuff) and share that with you guys. I want to do more nail art because that is one of the things that I find the most fun about nail polish...playing with it! Heck I even want to do some features on layering which was my original form of "art" when I started this blog almost 5 years ago (hence the name!). I want to blog about my purchases, because I have bought from some cool new or new to me brands this past year that I haven't gotten to feature on my blog. All in all, I'm going to try to bring the focus back to what I love in 2017 and make blogging fun again. 

Anyway, just wanted to "explain myself" I guess for how things have been on the blog this past year, because I felt like getting it out there would hopefully help me move past it in the coming year. It's sometimes embarrassing to admit your shortcomings and it's just easier to act like everything is normal and okay, but it's also very cathartic to get it all out there on the table! New year, fresh start! 


So now, how about we check out my favorite polishes of 2016 now? After looking at a few "favorites" posts from other bloggers, I can tell that I have so many amazing polishes in my untrieds that very well would have made the list if I had had time to wear them (the number of untrieds I have is epic at this point!). I realized when I started making this list that there were also a few of my favorites that I neglected to take photos of, so I did a mini swatch session to prepare for this post (on my fresh baby nubs even)! There are a few things that really stand out about my picks this year: orange, green, blue, and purple. SHOCKER! Also flakes...all the ultra chrome flakes. And complex holo finishes really dominated the list as well, especially those involving my favorite holo shards/bits that finally became widely available this year!