Monday, March 24, 2014

ALIQUID Lacquer Giveaway + Silmarillion Collection: Hidden City, Dragonspell, Divine Curse, and Day Shall Come Again

Products provided for review

Hey folks!  I've got four out of the seven new polishes from ALIQUID Lacquer's new Tolkien-inspired Silmarillion collection on the blog today.  There's quite a bit to cover, so let's get right to it!

(Pssst...Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end!)

Hidden City is a rich green linear holographic polish featuring gold, bronze, and copper flecks.  Personally, I find that it gives more of an earthy forest vibe indoors and an almost teal oceanic vibe when in bright sun.  It's absolutely amazing and despite taking way too many photos of it out on my back deck (didn't want to stop looking at it), I'm not sure any of my photos fully captured its beauty!  Formula is fine, dry time is average, and full opacity can be achieved in just two coats.

Indoors with flash

In sun

Intentionally blurry

Inside, by a window

In shade

Dragonspell features an amber jelly base filled with vivid green shimmer and gold flakies.  It's kind of like a tortoiseshell look, but fancier!  Even if you're not into brown tones, I really think you should give this polish a shot because the flakies and shimmer are super pretty.  Formula was great, dry time was average, and full opacity can be reached with two easy coats.

In sun

In sun

In partial shade and light of the setting sun

Inside, by a window

In shade, pardon the reflections

Divine Curse is described by ALIQUID Lacquer as "a sheer purple base packed with copper, gold and green shimmer, red flecks, and black flakes that flash purple."  It's one of those moody, mysterious colors.  I found the formula to be slightly fussy (the flakes keep it from going on as smooth as I'd like), but it wasn't too troublesome.  Dry time was average. You'll likely need three coats to reach full opacity, but if you have short nails or tend to do thicker coats, you might be able to get away with only two coats.

In sun

In shade

Inside, by a window

Blurry to show flashes of sparkle

Day Shall Come Again is a shimmer polish featuring a rusty maroon base filled with red/orange/yellow multichrome shimmer and larger particles that give off flashes of red, green, and copper.  Basically, it's a slightly sparkly shimmer that appears more berry-toned from some angles and more orange-toned at other angles.  Very pretty and classy!  The formula was fine, dry time was average, and you'll reach full opacity in 2-3 coats.

Leaning berry/red

Leaning orange/copper

Somewhere in between the color shift

Indoors, by a window

In shade

ALIQUID Lacquer polishes cost $4-$4.50 for 5mL or $9-$10 for 15mL and can be purchased from the brand's Etsy shop.  A full-sized set of all polishes from the Silmarillion collection can be purchased for $59 (a 10% discount!).  Be sure to Like ALIQUID Lacquer on Facebook and join the brand's mailing list to stay up-to-date on things like new collections and coupon codes!

Want the chance to win 3 polishes from the Silmarillion Collection?  Fill out the Rafflecopter below!  Here are the rules, as posted on the ALIQUID Lacquer blog:

It's open to anyone over the age of 18 in the USA and Canada. The only mandatory entry is to give your email address; all other entries are optional but will increase your chances of winning! All entries will be verified. Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to provide [ALIQUID Lacquer] with their mailing address, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

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Products provided for review

Friday, March 21, 2014

Enchanted Polish: Chim-Chiminey

Hey folks!  I have something a little different for you today.  Unfortunately, this item is long discontinued and if you manage to find it, you will likely pay/swap quite a bit in order to get it.  I know you're probably wondering why I'm showing you something that's nearly impossible to obtain.  I'm doing this because I've only ever seen one swatch of this polish, and I feel that there really ought to be more photos available to those who hope to buy it if the opportunity for a private sale arises.

Enchanted Polish Chim-Chiminey is a silvery black linear holographic polish.  It was very hard to capture the holo on camera, but it was quite evident in person.  It reminds me a lot of the graphite in pencils and has sort of an urban or industrial vibe to it.  The formula was fine and while I think I could have gotten away with just one coat, I used two.  Dry time was average.

outside, in sun

indoors, with flash

indoors, by a window

under cloudy conditions

While you can no longer purchase Chim-Chiminey, you can still acquire new polishes from Enchanted Polish.  Subscribe to their newsletter on their website and Like them on Facebook to stay in-the-know!

I swapped with another polish collector in order to get this polish

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pretty Serious Cosmetics: Rae's Rainbow

Hey folks!  I've spent the past few days taking swatch pics (except for yesterday, which was spent curled up in bed trying to deal with horrific jaw pain, ugh), so hopefully I can get back into the swing of things with blogging.  Today's polish was one of my favorites from my swatch fest!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Rae's Rainbow features multicolored hex glitter and blue microglitter in a medium blue jelly base.  It's absolutely gorgeous, but did not photograph well in the lighting options I had available to me, so you're not even seeing the full extent of its beauty here.  I kind of want a backup bottle!  I had no issues with the formula, though dry time was a bit slow.  I used two coats

By a window

In shade

In sun.  For some reason, this polish does not photograph well in sunny conditions.

Pretty Serious polishes cost $9.95 for 11mL and can be purchased from the brand's website or from a number of stockists.  $5 from the sale of each bottle of Rae's Rainbow goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.  Pretty Serious will not be restocking it further after this month, so grab it while you can!  To stay up to date with the latest Pretty Serious news, be sure to Like their Facebook page!

Product purchased by me

Monday, March 3, 2014

Anne Kathleen Golden Fields Collection: Ailís and Fidelma

Press Sample

Hey folks!  Today I have a new-to-me indie to show you!  These sparkly green beauties are part of the latest Golden Fields collection from Anne Kathleen.

Ailís is a rich green jelly filled with tiny matte green and gold holographic glitters.  Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!  My camera didn't want to pick up on the gold glitters (it made most of them look green), but I can assure you that they show up quite nicely in person!  I found the formula to be too thick, but adding thinner helped.  Those of you who have short nails may find one coat to be sufficient, but I used two coats.  Dry time was average.

In sun

Indoors with flash

This photo is generally terrible and I don't remember taking it, but it does prove that the gold glitters show through the green base

Blurry to show sparkle

Fidelma is a sheer gold filled with sea green hex glitters.  You could probably use it as a topper for lighter-colored polishes (I tried it over a dark green and didn't like it), but I prefer to wear it on its own.  This polish comes off rather frosty in photos, but is pretty and delicate in person!  The formula was on the thicker side, but I did not need to add thinner.  2-3 coats are needed for full opacity.  Dry time was average.

In sun

In partial sun

In shade

Blurry to show sparkle

Ailís, Fidelma, and the rest of the Golden Fields collection are available now and can be purchased from the Anne Kathleen online store ($10 each, 15mL bottles, 5-free, cruelty-free, and many vegan options).  Be sure to keep up with the latest Anne Kathleen news here:

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Products provided for review, I only paid shipping