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Indie Brand Collective: Black Friday Exclusives

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Ooooh, something exciting is happening! The ultimate pajama lounging experience of your life. A Black Friday to elbow jab all the other Black Fridays. And an opportunity to hoard alllll the things cuz no one does Crazy Nail Lady quite like you. Did your Shopping Hand just get twitchy?  Cuz honestly, that’s only the beginning. Get ready for drools and swoons and 27 other levels of ladylike-type scenarios.  Cuz the Indie Brand Collective is back and it’s about to get some kinda sexy in here, just so you know.

A little rundown on the IBC before we start. Organized by Liz of Pretty Jelly, the IBC is a collective sale site where customers can view all participating shops in one place and use one universal sale code to shop them all during the specific sale period – in this case, Black Friday weekend.  The sale code will mean different things for each shop, so you can visit the IBC site, click on each brand and find all the details regarding sale terms and conditions and convenient links to take you directly to their store. Cuz why waste time in figuring all that out by yourself when Liz has already done the hard part for you?  Liz gets a horn toot, a half of one at least.

Currently there are about 36 brands participating.  More could be added before the sale goes live, so be sure to keep checking the list of shops for changes.  About 14 of those brands are offering exclusive polishes for the sale and that is what I’ll be showing you today.  Y’all ready? Well then lessss go! A Noodle Leg EXTRAVAGANZA! is happening in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

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See?  You already want all of them.  You’re about to spend some money, I can already tell.

Suuuuuper picture-y blog today with tons of important info, so in an effort to not spend the next 18 years in here, I’ll keep the chatty to a minumum.  For once, maybe I’ll be a proper blogger or something!  Well, we’ll see.  I dunno.  Stupid words tend to come out whether I want them to or not.

Ugh, already wasting time.  GUYS!  The nail polish:

ALTER EGO:  MYSTERY SHOPPER

DESCRIPTION:  A clear base with light olive green microglitter and purple shreds

OPACITY:  Swatch shows 4 coats plus top coat

Intended as a topper, but I’ve swatched Cynthia’s toppers before on naked nails and they always turn out exquisite. And four coats sounds like effort to about the trillionth degree, but they were an effortless four coats and .. well .. you had me at effortless.

Aside from all that, this polish would make for some awesome party manis. Someone do that for me and tag me in it. I’ll just be over here wearing an extraordinary amount of pajamas.

Price:  $9/17ml or $4.50/8ml

Sale code T&C:  20% off entire purchase; free shipping with $50+ purchase; international shipping

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BLACK DAHLIA LACQUER: COMING UP ROSES


DESCRIPTION:  A metallic mauve holographic with silver holo flakies, rose gold glitter flakes and subtle red/indigo/violet shift

OPACITY:  Two coats, but one covered really well

How precious is this color?  Ugh.  As far as pinks go, it’s pretty much pink, level EXPERT.  If you’re not buying this, let’s have a chat about priorities, shall we? Cuz how can you enjoy sitting amongst all that “electricity” and “running water” without this lovely pink holo in your life? Spoiler alert: you can’t.

Annnnnd then!  A double dose of Black Dahlia.  For real bonus points come to LIFE.  Check it out:

BLACK DAHLIA LACQUER: FOUR LEAF CLOVER


DESCRIPTION:  A dark gunmetal crelly with blackened green to purple duochrome shift, silvery blue and dark violet flakies and champagne/red and purple/blue shifting glitter flakes

OPACITY:  Two coats

Formula here isn’t quite as opaque as the other one, but it’s pretty dang close.  About one-and-a-half coats to be exact, except I don’t think that’s a thing.  Regardless, it went on easy and it’s full of yummy deliciousness.  Flakies, guys, FLAKIES.  And for that fact alone, we lub it lots.

Price: $10.75/14ml or $6.75/8ml

Sales code T&C:  20% discount; purchases $25+ get Four Leaf Clover for free; purchases $40+ get free cuticle oil; purchases $75+ will get free top and base coat; international shipping

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BOHEMIAN POLISH:  A JOHN WATERS CHRISTMAS

DESCRIPTION:  A white crelly with pink and gold chameleon chrome flakies and strong pink shimmer

OPACITY:  Two smooth and silky coats; a Polish Mountain waiting to happen

One swipe down the nail and .. ugh.  DEAD.  This color is STINKIN’ GLORIOUS.  The shimmer! The flakies! The tongue lolling about outside my body!  Told ya it was about to get sexy in here.

My polish is a tribute to the delightfully tacky yet unrefined city I call home.  When I think of how John Waters, our Baltimore hometown hero, would celebrate Christmas, I imagine plastic white trees covered with pink flamingo Christmas lights and just glowing.  I wanted to capture that feeling.

— Jen, Bohemian Polish

And soooo … we’ll take 18,000 bottles.

Price: $12

Sale code T&C:  40% off; free tote to all orders $35+ while supplies last; international shipping

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CRYSTAL KNOCKOUT:  SHELTERED GROVE

DESCRIPTION:  A holographic gold metallic base with subtle green shift, iridescent pink flakies and gold shimmer

OPACITY:  Listen, I did 3 coats.  It only needed 2.  My brain has clearly gone away somewhere.

First time using this brand, and I was quite impressed!  This is a lovely gold and the formula was nice and easy.  A perfect shade for anytime, but it’ll make a great base for some holiday nail art.  Or maybe you just need an excuse to be festive?  These nails are begging for it, let’s just say.  They also say NAP TIME! although that might be just me.  



Price: $10.50

Sale code T&C:  30% discount; first 20 orders get a free 8ml mystery polish; international shipping

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FAIR MAIDEN POLISH:  IT’S LIT

DESCRIPTION:  A super sparkly periwinkle holographic with violet flame and red/gold/indigo shift

OPACITY:  Two coats

Formula was easy although it can get gloopy if you work it too much.  DON’T DO IT.  I mean it.  Just swipe then leave it alone.  It’ll all work out, I swear.  I mean, I go ultra perfectionist and ruin pretty much everything about 97.74658% of the time ALL so you won’t have to.  In other words, I did this mani twice.  Oops.

Lastly, BLING LEVEL is at an all time high.  Mercy.

Price: $5 (or practically free)

Sale code T&C:  25% off entire shop; international shipping

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LEMMING LACQUER:  CRANBERRY FAIRY

DESCRIPTION:  A cranberry holographic with sparkling pink and red microflake shimmers

OPACITY:  Two coats on ring finger and three coats on the rest; the thicker your coats are the less you need (science!)

So glowy! And sexy and vampy and all sorts of drool-y.  Sad we’re still only at the beginning cuz how unattractive am I gonna be later?  (VERY.)

Thanksgiving approached so the fairy prepared / Her cranberry magic, not that sugar plum fare / She made the food delicious and atmosphere merry / Thanksgiving was good thanks to Cranberry Fairy.

This polish is inspired by the Cranberry Fairy who visits every home the night before Thanksgiving to enchant the foods with deliciousness.  Her magic is also the reason many of us pass out after enjoying the feast.  Just don’t mention her sister, The Sugar Plum Fairy.  There’s some sibling rivalry going on there.

— Cassie, Lemming Lacquer

I could use one of those Cranberry Fairies.  Cuz salad with just some lemon squeezed on it is not quite a delicious as you’d expect.  Seriously y’all, this diet is LAME.  Is skinny happening soon?  Cuz the Cheeto withdrawals are a dire thing.

Price:  $12

Sale code T&C: 25% off $20+ purchases

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MDJ CREATIONS:  FROST

DESCRIPTION:  A clear base with blue/violet shifting shimmer

OPACITY:  Swatch shows two coats on naked nails.  At first I tried three coats, but it got too thick and then disaster ensued. I really really suck at nails sometimes.  It was also 2am on a work night and one eye was already sleeping, sooo …

Formula is thicker than average due to all the shimmer packed in.  I mean, SO MUCH SHIMMER!  It dries slightly textured and semi-matte, but once you add top coat – HOLY MOLY!  Complete driving hazard.  Potholes come straight out of nowhere with this one.

One coat over black for funsies!

Price:  $10

Sale code T&C:  30% off entire purchase; no minimum; international shipping

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MY STUNNING NAILS:  TINSEL

DESCRIPTION:  A silver foil with gold and silver flakies

OPACITY:  Two coats

This one is actually opaque in almost one coat, which works out perfect for those who like to do quick nails and then go be productive and accomplish some shit. So, like, opposite of me, then. Cuz I do nails with a splash of other things, like breathing with a touch of dishes thrown in so hubby won’t divorce me.

Price:  $9.95

Sale code T&C:  40% discount; buy three or more polishes and get the exclusive for free

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PAINT IT PRETTY POLISH:  FEELING FROSTY

DESCRIPTION:  A teal/purple/blue multichrome with some sparkly bits; I added that last part (clearly I did)

OPACITY:  Two coats

Easy to apply, medium thick formula.  There really isn’t much else to say about it cuz multichromes make me stoooopid.  Brain’s stopped holding my mouth closed and the Ugly Ecstasy Face is so dire.  If I somehow manage to stay married after this, it’ll be a dadgum miracle.  Y’all need this!

Price: $8

Sale code T&C:  20% discount; surprise gift with every purchase; orders $80+ ship free; ships international

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POLISH ‘M:  INDIGO GLOW

DESCRIPTION:  An indigo purple holographic with iridescent purple/blue shifting glitter, aqua/purple/pink shifting flakies, slight blue to pink shift and a rainbow of chameleon chrome shifting flakies

OPACITY:  Two ultra glide-y coats

Ummmm, do you see all those goodies in there?  How this polish doesn’t cost like a billion dollars defies allll the comprehensions.  Although considering how much we’d pay for a bottle full of magic, even a billion dollars makes sense.  For half a second, but still.  Purple lovers, get on this!

Price: $12

Sale code T&C:  50% discount; first 49 orders that are $49+ will get the exclusive for free; free shipping for $60+ purchases; international shipping

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PRETTY BEAUTIFUL UNLIMITED:  BLACK FRI-YAY!

DESCRIPTION:  A purple/pink/copper/orange multichrome shifter with cosmic holographic flakies

OPACITY:  Two nice and smooth coats

GUYS.  Another multichrome!  Our best day ever just got best-i-er.  That shift is LEGIT gorgeous and then you go tossing flakies on top and OMG, I swear I’ll never be normal again.  If you haven’t drooled in a thousand buckets at this point, I feel var var sad about your brain.

Price:  $11

Sale code T&C:  35% discount; purchases of $50+ get the exclusive for free plus free shipping

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PRETTY JELLY:  BLACK FRIDAY 

DESCRIPTION: A dusty periwinkle with copper shimmer and rainbow multichrome flakies

OPACITY:  Two coats

All you really had to say is copper shimmer and now not much happens after that.  Good thing we’re nearing the end, otherwise we might be sitting in this blog for nigh on eternity.  I mean, there’s plenty of nail polish but barely any mashed potatoes and THAT, my friends, is a nightmare with a travesty and a sad face on top.

OMG what?  Shut up, Brain.  Stupid words have officially come out, which we were all expecting at some point anyway.

Price: $10

Sale code T&C: 35% discount; free 5ml mini polish for the first 30 orders; order $40+ get the exclusive for free; orders $75+ get free shipping; international shipping

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SASSY PANTS POLISH:  BLACK FRIDAY 

DESCRIPTION:  A black jelly base with platinum silver micro flakies and beautiful shifting chameleon glitter

OPACITY:  Three thin coats

Another one just LOADED with sparkly bits.  I’m on the verge of a loss for words. I’ve been writing this post for like 18 years, trying to come up with something clever to say that hasn’t already been said. It’s nigh on impossible. It is what it is: beautiful, stunning, lovely, gorgeous – all of the pretty words poured in a bottle.

Price:  $11

Sale code T&C:  20% discount; orders $50+ get free shipping; first 30 orders of $25+ get the exclusive for free; international shipping

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TURTLE TOOTSIE POLISHES:  SHOPPING SPREE 

DESCRIPTION:  A blackened green jelly with holo and green sparks

OPACITY:  Three coats

Well if we’re gonna end this thing properly, there better be a green one!  And it’s soooo gorgeous you guys.  GAH!  My heart hurts just looking at it.  Don’t mind me!  Just crying over nail polish.  COMPLETELY NORMAL BEHAVIOR, just so you know.

Price: $6

Sale code T&C:  30% discount; international shipping; free Turtle Tootsie pen while supplies last; first 50 orders get a Turtle Tootsie Post-It note folder full of Post-It notes (OMG, dream scenario!  Office supplies:  GIMME.)

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THE ROUND UP

Who’s still upright?  Not a dadgum one of us, that’s who.  All this pretty all in one place all at the same time.  If any one of you has managed to somehow WALK AWAY, well then perhaps you are a robot cuz nothing else seems logical.  Unless Leonardo is involved, that is.  With Leonardo, everyone gets a pass.

Now, FOCUS.  Very important sale info ahead!

DATE/TIME:  Friday, November 24 at 12am EST through Monday, November 27 at 11:59pm EST

DISCOUNT CODE:  Enter IBCFRIDAY at checkout in all participating shops to receive discounts and goodies pertaining to each shop

WHERE:  Shopping takes place at the individual stores, but the collective information can be found in one convenient site by clicking here

During the sale, customers can interact with each other and the various makers by joining the sale group.  Click here and hang around a bit.  Flash giveaways might happen, and you won’t wanna miss it.

That’s it!  We made it!  You may officially get off your no-buys, ladies, cuz a legit justification-type scenario has just landed in your lap like no big deal.  Get your wallets handy and set those alarms!  Cuz who’s missing out on all this yummy Black Friday goodness?  CERTAINLY NOT YOU.

Later, loves!

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Scofflaw Varnish: Holiday 2017 Limited Edition Trio

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Lunchtime nap? Or write a blog? Nap? Blog? Nap? Blog?  This has been my brain for about the past 20 minutes all while simultaneously wasting valuable break time deciding how I’m going to spend my valuable break time. Clearly, I’m doing it wrong. AGAIN. Booooo.  

Sounds about right though.  Same deal with this speed blog thing I’m attempting to do; so far, it’s a disaster with a big fat fail on top.  Seriously, if defeating your own purpose is some kind of seemingly unattainable goal for normal people, I have officially gone overachievingly NOT NORMAL approximately 18,000 times.  Soooo … If you’re looking for the perfect time to send over some bonus points, right now would be it. 

While we wait, let’s talk polish! The Thanksgiving/Black Friday frenzy is upon us and already the hives are lurking. SO MUCH SWATCHING. SO MUCH BLOGGING. Y’all better be lapping this up, cuz I don’t carpal tunnel for no dadgum good reason, just so you know. 

Take a look at this:

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Do you see all that GREEEEEN in there?  Gah! My brain wasn’t working all that well already (what with the nap-slash-blogging-slash-wasting time fandango) but now if anything gets done for the rest of the day, it’ll be some kinda Christmas miracle. Green = brain function, out the FREAKING window. 

These is the Scofflaw Varnish Holiday 2017 Limited Edition Trio. And you’re buying it. All other points are moot. 

 VELVETEEN RABBIT

DESCRIPTION:  A soft taupe with delicate blue shimmer and silver holo and opalescent flecks

OPACITY:  Two easy coats and a color just dark enough to make my sad, white sausages look less sad and sausage-y. Hooray!

REGRETS FROM THE HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY

DESCRIPTION:  A mint green crelly with white shimmer flecks and pale gold, greens, mint, white and red glitters

OPACITY:  Three thin, careful coats. The formula here is thicker than average due to the heavy glitter load, so I added several drops of thinner to aid application.  However, sometimes I just suck at nails so honestly, what do I know realllly?  Other than a blog full of ridiculousness, I’d say NOT MUCH. 

THAT DAMN CAT IS IN THE TREE

DESCRIPTION:  A green jelly swimming with red/gold shifting multichrome flakies and gold shards

OPACITY:  Three coats, primarily cuz CAN’T. STOP. POLISHING. Could’ve done a billion, but I gave up after three. I’m not very good at goals, let’s just say. 

THE ROUND UP 

This trio releases on Thanksgiving, November 23 at 7pm CST, so while you’re recovering from your 17th bowl of mashed potatoes (or maybe that’s just me), you can be useful and spend a little money at least. Otherwise you are just a log on a couch with her pants undone, and THAT causes divorce if I’m not mistaken.

Regrets from the Holiday Office Party will retail for $9; the other two will be $12.

POLISH EMERGENCY ALERT! These will only be available through the Thanksgiving weekend. Snag ‘em by Sunday, November 26 before they’re gone FOREVER. Are you properly panicked? Well, you should be.

Other Black Friday specials include the annual mystery prototype release ($10 each), the annual restock of David Bowie’s Bulge ($9 – or priceless cuz HOW CAN YOU NOT?!) and core color restock ($6.50 each). Check out the site and make your list!  Or just toss polish in the shopping cart all willy nilly like me. 

Where to buy:  http://www.scofflawvarnish.com

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Whew! One blog down, 7,387 left to go. Get ready y’all. A frenzy is coming.  

Later, loves!

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Tux Polish: Chrome Alone Collection 

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Four hour concert.  An hour and a half away from home. On a work night. DO NOT RECOMMEND. Seriously, y’all, I’m more tired than any amount of late night swatching-slash-Full House marathon-ing could ever have me be. For real. Stupid words are most definitely coming out at some point. As one with a brain half asleep is wont to do.  I’m not saying there were 18,000 desk naps happening today, but I’m also NOT not saying it.  I’m a virtual HR darling, just so you know.

On with the speed blog (for real this time)! Received a most awesome swatch pack from Dominique with Tux Polish to share with you today.  Get ready for a flakie EXTRAVAGANZA! in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

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Yes?  YES.  Some rich, vibrant colors for fall got me feeling some type of way.  I’m gonna need some smelling salts and someone to come hold my mouth shut, stat.  Lest the drool fall out and accidentally cause a divorce-type situation.  As happens from time to time.

This is the Chrome Alone collection, a set of 6 jewel-toned beauty queens, all inspired by the 90s holiday film, Home Alone.  You know that open-mouthed scream face little Kevin McCallister makes after he slaps aftershave on his cheeks for the first time?  This collection is that face times a billion.  AT MINIMUM.  Here’s all the proof you need.  Your color rundown:

YA FILTHY ANIMAL 

DESCRIPTION:  A pink/purple/yellow shifting holographic

Okay, so this one doesn’t technically have flakies in it, but it might as well have considering the 27 levels of SWOON that is happening right now.  Multichromes will get ya!  Each and every dadgum time.

CHROME ALONE 

DESCRIPTION:  A glitter topper filled with colorful chrome chameleon flakies

I did one swipe – ONE SWIPE! – over a black base and the flakie payout is LEGIT no joke.  And the below macros I took?  The most spectacular thing you’ve ever seen.  Saw.  You ever saw.  UGH.  One cannot grammar at a time like this.

And then a matte shot for funsies!  

I’M EATING JUNK AND WATCHING RUBBISH!

DESCRIPTION:  A pumpkin orange crelly with scattered holo, green shimmer and chameleon flakies

The name of this polish is basically the motto for my life.  I mean, hubby’s over here watching some documentary about astrophysics, making us all look bad, while my contribution to society is naming off the guys who’ve played the Bachelor on every season since 2002 and shoving Cheetos in my mouth like no big deal.  Well, not lately with the chips cuz I’ve somehow found myself on a diet I didn’t ask for.  Blah.  SCIENCE.

KEEP THE CHANGE 

DESCRIPTION:  A purple base with scattered holo, microglitter and shifty blue flakies

Ummmm, purple lovers, you seeing this?  All your polish dreams come true with this one.  You’re buying a bottle plus 18,000 backups for SAFETY.  Cuz an accidental painting of all the surfaces is coming, I just know it.  

HARRY LIME

DESCRIPTION:  A shimmery green holographic with green shifting chameleon flakies

Oooooh, we got a GREEN one!  Excuse me while I attempt to somehow remain a lady while my tongue is lolling about outside my body.  Nigh on impossible, pretty sure.

FLIGHT TO PARIS

DESCRIPTION:  A shifty blue/black jelly filled with holo and chameleon flakies

Let’s end this thing on a big ole exclamation point, shall we?  What a gorgeous deep ocean of lovely this one is.  Wanna go swimming?  I do.

THE ROUND UP 

Each polish had a really nice formula, a bit on the thinner side which I actually prefer.  The applicator is very long, so polish will drip down the wand and onto the brush (and into your cuticles) if you’re not paying attention.  It took me a minute to get used to but I’m pretty much an expert at this point.  Scroll up if you need a refresher.  Little works of art!  Although BETTER BE, cuz I paint nails for like 17 hours straight; clearly, I’m suuuuuper fun at parties.

NOW … Let’s buy some nail polish, shall we?  Here’s very important shopping deets:

Each polish retails for $10

This collection released just today, so BEST DAY EVER doesn’t even begin to describe this scenario.  It also marks the start of a 48 hour pajama fest, so things officially just got best-i-er.  Weekends = LIFE around here in case you’re new.

PLUS! There’s a coupon. Make a purchase from today through Sunday, November 19 at 11:59pm EST and you’ll get 10% off with code CHROMEALONE. Whyyyyy, that’s practically free!  Soooo, a billion bottles in the shopping cart then?  That sounds about right. 

Where to buy:  http://www.tuxpolish.com

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More blog-y things tomorrow.  Come back to see what else you’re buying.

Later, loves!

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The Holo Hookup: December 2017 – It’s Raining Men!

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Day 7,397 without sun and I swear it may never be warm again. Ugh. Who’s in charge of the weather, cuz clearly they are WRONG.  If I somehow make it out of the house between now and April, it’ll be a straight up Christmas miracle.  Hibernation mode is officially kicking in, y’all!  Hopefully these blog things write themselves, otherwise what happens next is pretty much a crapshoot.

So before all the happiness goes away, let’s look at nail polish real quick.  It’s Holo Hookup time again and December’s box is like we all just walked into a room full of office supplies.  As in DREAM SCENARIO, cuz I can’t ever be normal, not even for a little bit. Here’s what you’re buying:

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ALL OF THAT. IMMEDIATELY.

The theme for December is It’s Raining Men! and I can’t think of any better way to end 2017 but with a box full of pretty things.  With some nail polish on top, you know, for SAFETY.  Y’all better get ready:  ultra drool-y scenarios is happening in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

The inspiration pic:

YEP. And that’s really all you need to know.

While I attempt to grab a hold of my brain (although honestly, WHAT IS THE POINT), let me start off my saying that despite the surprising lack of LEONARDO DICAPRIO, I still want all these people .. errr, polishes .. sitting in my bedroom .. handing me a Starbucks .. putting the Cheetos in my mouth for me and without a skosh of the judgy eye ..

I’m sorry. SHOPPING CART! I want all these polishes sitting in my shopping cart. Seriously, can we start over? This post has spiraled all to hell.

Is Ryan Reynolds naked up there?

OMG, what?! SHUT UP, BRAIN. Moving on. (I think.)

Alongside our usual lovely ladies of the Holo Hookup, you’ll see Shannon with Pahlish sitting in the spotlight lookin’ so fancy.  Being the featured brand never looked so good!  So let’s start there, shall we?

PAHLISH: IDRIS

DESCRIPTION:  A soft milk chocolate taupe with rose gold shimmer and linear holographic finish

OPACITY:  Two coats plus glossy top coat

Shannon was inspired by actor Idris Elba, and I’m thinking she pretty much nailed it.  Cuz a polish this dreamy better have someone named Idris attached to it.  You know, if it can’t be Leonardo, that is.

Some nail art:

And I don’t hate it!  In fact, I kinda love it.  Whose blog is this, cuz it’s certainly not mine.  

Used the Lina Hipster, Geek or Chic 01 and the Feeling Shapely 01 plates for this one.  A box full of men and a mani full of mustaches.  How clever did it suddenly get in here?  (VERY.)

GLISTEN & GLOW: CHANNING

DESCRIPTION:  A dusty grey holographic with purple undertones and tiny touches of purple shimmer

OPACITY:  Two coats plus glossy top coat

Jill’s inspiration for this polish is the beautiful Channing Tatum.  If your first thought was Magic Mike well then you may continue to read this blog.  If your first thought was Channing, who? well then I feel var var sad about the state of your brain.

What is even happening right now?!  Look:

Actual effort alert!  And two decent nail arts in a row.  Let’s revel in this brief moment of mojo, cuz it’s about halfway out the door, I feel it.

Used the Lina 4 Seasons-Autumn 01 plate in case you’re curious.  And reversed stamped somehow without creating disaster.  Seriously, who is this person and what have you done with my blog?

DIFFERENT DIMENSION: JESSE

DESCRIPTION:  A creme based ivory linear holographic

OPACITY:  Two coats plus glossy top coat

Missi chose Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams as her inspiration, and OMG there goes all pretense of ladylike behavior.  Cue the drool buckets!  I’ll take a thousand.

Pretty good streak of mojo but then this happened:

Don’t ask.  But it’s clear:  we’re all back to normal now.  Blah.

Used the Uber Chic Beauty 21-02 plate in case recreations are in order.  (They’re not.  NEXT!)

CUPCAKE POLISH:  RYAN

DESCRIPTION:  A creme based sea green linear holographic

OPACITY:  Two coats plus glossy top coat

Sara’s inspiration for this polish is the Ryan Reynolds half of my two favorite Ryans (the other being Gosling), and basically we’re all just a big ole puddle of goo now.  Good thing we’re at the end of this blog, otherwise we’d be sitting here in mouth-gaping silence for the next 18 years.

Final nail art:

A last minute reprieve.  Super simple stamping, but I’ll take what I can get.  It’s either super simple or a stamp allll the things! sort of situation and never anything in between.  One of these days, I’ll get this nail art thing figured out.

Used the new Lina I Foil in Love 01 plate on this one!

THE ROUND UP 

Pre-order for this box starts on November 21 at 9pm EST and will run thru November 28 at 9pm EST.  And in case you don’t math well, that’s 7 days of panic heading your way. So 17 alarms and Post-It Notes in all the places? COMPLETELY NORMAL BEHAVIOR.  

Cost is $40 and shipping will begin December 12 or so.  Plus, there’s a COUPON!  Domestic customers can get free shipping on this box by using the FREESHIPUSA code at checkout.  If you are international, use code 5OFFINTL to get $5 off your shipping cost.  And then go ahead and buy like 25 more boxes cuz saving money is still saving money no matter how much money you’re spending.  Or something along that line.  I dunno.

Where to buy:  http://www.theholohookup.com

And now, the linky loos! Connect with The Holo Hookup:

Instagram

Fan Group

Another day, another speed blog that took 9 hours to write.  Who’s the best most thorough blogger in allll the land?  (That be ME, to be clear.)

Later, loves!

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Don Deeva: Multichrome Madness Group Custom Trio

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I’m panicking y’all. I just updated my blog calendar (again, for like the trillionth time), and basically guess who’s never sleeping again?  GAH!  Considering how meticulous I run this dadgum spreadsheet, I’m surprisingly unorganized. Do blogs write themselves, cuz if so, that’d be GREAT.

The only way to do this – and by this I mean tell you things before the things are no longer the things – I’m gonna have to speed blog. Not our normal speed blog, you know, where it’s not very speedy AT ALL, but a real speed blog.  As in a blog with no words in it.  Oooooh, who’s excited?!  (All of you, prolly.  I dunno.  Even I can out-ridiculous myself from time to time.)

Okay, now FOCUS cuz words are coming out and I’m defeating my own purpose.  Seriously, for someone who sucks at blogging, I somehow keep succeeding at it as if bonus points FOR REAL are coming.

Multichrome is happening, y’all!  Don Deeva is in the spotlight for November, and Danette has created a lovely trio of shifters exclusively for the members of the Multichrome Madness on Facebook.  Look at them:

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Now, SWOON!  It’s your most logical next step.

Moving right into the rundown of colors because remember up top how I said I was going to speed blog and then spent the next 18 years telling you all about it?  Soooo … clearly, I’m not very good at speed blogs.

ELECTROCUTED SINS 

DESCRIPTION:  A green/gold/pink multichrome shifter with holographic flakies

OPACITY:  Three coats

SO. STINKIN. PRETTY.  I mean, multichrome = DEAD; green multichrome = MORE DEAD.  Plus pink and gold, blah blah blah.  Regardless, you can’t deny how much you’re buying this.  It’s nigh on impossible.

SPIRITUAL VOMIT 

DESCRIPTION:  A purple/blue/orange/magneta multichrome shifter with red/green unicorn pee shimmer

OPACITY:  Two coats, three if you’re crazy; obviously I did three

Ummm, where my purple lovers at?  Cuz 18,000 bottles of this is headed for your shopping cart.  Now is not the time for rational behavior, just so you know.

DIRTY MAGIC

DESCRIPTION:  A blackened teal to silvery-teal subtle thermal with holographic flakies, Spectraflair and copper fleck

OPACITY:  Two coats

So yes, this is a multichrome thermal.  Or is it a UNICORN, i.e., a thing you didn’t know ACTUALLY existed outside your dreams?  Granted, it’s subtle.  I mean, you may not even see it without me pointing it out for you.  Kind of like how that pile of laundry that’s been sitting on my floor for about a year and a half is STILL FREAKING THERE.

Some efforts.  Full mani of just the warm state:

Now just the cool:

See?  Ever so slightly darker.

But back to the gradient.  Tips are darker, and those copper flecks have their JAZZ HANDS! on:

THE ROUND UP 

And good news:  it’s all available now!  Here’s how to snag em:

1.  Join the Multichrome Madness group on Facebook. It’s required. Click here;

2.  Head over to the Don Deeva store by clicking here;

3.  Then toss polish in the cart with your eyes closed, cuz at this point, nothing even matters.  WE WANT EVERYTHING.

This trio is only available until November 30, so if you can’t go now – well, clearly we need to have a chat about decisions and how to make them.  Otherwise, be sure to set some alarms so you don’t miss out. Cuz who’s waking up December 1st so very sad and trio-less? Not a dadgum one of us, pretty sure.

Spiritual Vomit retails for $15 and the other two are $12.  Since this is a pre-order, shipping turnaround will be after the 30th (as in, a lifetime from now) but it’s good to practice patience and self-control and other ladylike-type scenarios.

Bahahahahaha!  Just kidding.  We gonna stalk the mailman now like a proper loon.

Lastly, more linkies for clicking. Connect with Don Deeva:

Instagram

Facebook

Fan Group

So about that speed blog we were gonna do.  Yeahhhh, let’s try again tomorrow.

Later, loves!

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Tonic Polish: Secrets & Soulmates Collection 

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Hubby spent the day outside cleaning the solar panels while I stayed in my robe and painted nails for eight hours straight. You know, as far as the divisioning of duties go, I’d say that sounds about right.

So now I’m laying here in the bathtub blogging like a crazy person cuz I literally can’t wait to show you what all I’ve accomplished today. Aside from two glasses of wine and 16 Whopper malted milk balls (diet status: going quite well, clearly), I’ve swatched SO! MUCH! PRETTY! that if anything ladylike happens next, it’d be a damn near miracle.  New Tonics are coming, new Tonics are coming!   And then we all collectively pass the hell on out now.

GUYS. I can’t even describe. There are no words. Hope y’all wanna read a blog full of silence, cuz my brain’s done gone away somewhere and it’s moan-y throat noises from here on out.  Uhhhhhhnnnnnnn.  See?  Ugh.  

Okay, FOCUS.  An attempt is happening.  Take a look at new stuff from Tonic Nail Polish:

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Still upright?  Just checking.

This is the Secrets & Soulmates collection, a set of 7 glorious shades full of shimmer and flakies and voodoo and MAGIC.  Which means Lindsey’s about to break some kind of sales record, I’m quite certain.  Cuz you don’t just toss all this pretty out in the world and expect wallets not to fly out of purses, everywhere.

So this collection was made in collaboration with Elena from @ecklipsed on Instagram.  Lindsey and Elena both have a love for design, art, fashion, romance and nail polish (duh), so it was only natural for them to come together to bring one of the most stunning collections of color to LIFE.  Elena created mood boards and Lindsey turned them all into tiny glass jars of LEGIT PERFECTION.

And now we all want like 18,000 bottles.  Rational behavior?  NOT TODAY!

Each swatch below will be interspersed with Elena’s own words, her inspiration and the meaning behind it all.   Ooooooh, we’re about to set a mood, I can already tell.  Grab your smelling salts and your drool buckets, y’all; it’s about to get sexy:

NOVITIATE 

Novitiate represents the preparation for a new journey.  It’s fresh, soft, ethereal and innocent.  It is a color of promises yet to be fulfilled and chances to be taken.

I dreamed up this color while I was taking a chance on following my heart for the first time in a long time.  It paid off.  My heart is complete.  Lindsey made this shade whisper a love poem.  I can’t wait for you to “hear” it.

— Elena

DESCRIPTION:  An icy mint creme with turquoise shimmer that shifts to a soft pale purple

OPACITY:  Three coats 

Did you just die?  Cuz I sure did.  Multichromes are happening and now all semblance of normal = out the dadgum window.  Also, don’t look at that hair dangling off my index finger.  DON’T LOOK AT IT!  Cuz I’ve stared at it hardcore enough for all of us.  Blah.

LEMONS & CREAM

Sometimes you have to lose it all to find a better way.  Lemons & Cream is the personification of that feeling.  It has a hidden glow that shows the power of persistence in the face of adversity.

Elena

DESCRIPTION: A yellow with strong red/pink shimmer and large shimmer particles

OPACITY: Three coats

Formula on this one is a little thicker, but I still found it manageable.  Which coming from me, the girl who sprained her foot from laying on the couch too hard, that’s saying something.

This color is intense and therefore it might stain.  Base coat for safety!

SPECTRE

The past few months have been nothing short of a blockbuster movie or a telenovela.  It even had a good villain.  I wanted a tongue-in-cheek nod to the most formidable foes of one of my favorite fictional spies, James Bond.  007 matched wits with the criminal organization, SPECTRE, more than once.  Bond always came out on top.  My foe didn’t succeed either.  I figured I’d celebrate victory with nail polish.

Elena

DESCRIPTION:  An aqua blue to purple shifting lumichrome

OPACITY:  Two coats

Who’s still sexy?  NOT THIS LADY!  The Ugly Ecstasy Face is a dire thing.  And crying over nail polish is COMPLETELY NORMAL BEHAVIOR, just so you know.

FECUNDITY 10

This polish was conceived with my 10th wedding anniversary in mind.  I had met my husband in February (amethyst) and we were married the following August (peridot).  The day Lindsey launched this collection, my divorce was finalized.  This color now symbolizes how life and love will always move on, that it can always be created, it is fecund.

Elena

DESCRIPTION:  A deep grape purple with green/fuchsia/purple large particle multichrome shimmers, a hint of green//fuchsia/purple multichrome shimmer, iridescent flakies and tiny silver holographic microglitters

OPACITY:  Three coats

So many goodies!  How this one doesn’t cost like a million dollars defies all the comprehensions.  Regardless, in the cart she goes!

LAGNIAPPE 

This color was inspired by someone very dear to me and Lindsey – Chris Burnes, Tonic’s fan group admin and biggest cheerleader. Chris was a gift to me during my transition to a new job opportunity and my divorce.  Almost every day I got a “proof of life” check and she got a heavy dose of Boston accent in return.

Lagniappe is a Cajun Creole derived word that means a little bonus or extra token of appreciation.  This color has a little something extra, as does the woman who inspired it.

Elena

DESCRIPTION: A multidimensional pink/orchid holographic with sparkly blue shimmers and glowing orange/green shifting iridescent flakies

OPACITY: Two coats

If you’re a purple lover, how happy must you be right now.  This shade is GLORIOUS!  Cue the noodle legs; it’s getting suuuuuper swoon-y in here! Hope ya’ll got your fainting couches handy, like one of those fancy Victorian ones, cuz who’s about to get unattractive on a futon?  Not a dadgum one of us, that’s who.

DULCINEA

Dulcinea was the love interest of the literary character, Don Quixote.  The name has now evolved into a synonym for “sweetheart” or “beloved”. 

I think Rihanna sang it best:  We found love in a hopeless place.  That’s basically what happened with me.  I wanted a color that was passionate, glowing, rich, warm and delicious.  That is Dulcinea.

Elena

DESCRIPTION:  A berry red with vibrant glowing metallic shimmer

OPACITY:  Two coats

Holy freaking moly.  Are you seeing this?  This is the red that ends all reds.  Your date night red, your hot mama red. The red you wear when you want to feel less sweatpants-y but also still be in sweatpants. Well, if you’re me, that is. All the rest of you, I’m sure, can figure out more proper uses that doesn’t require a nap for good measure.

LOVE YOURSELF FIRST 

Love yourself first.  Simple enough, right?  We all struggle everyday with putting our needs first.  We are programmed to think it’s selfish and wrong, self-serving.  Guess what?  It’s not.  If we love ourselves first, we are happy.  If we are happy, it is felt by those around us.  Ultimately, we make the world around us better.

I was given a gift that was inscribed with “love yourself first” the weekend I asked my husband for divorce.  It reminded me that I was loving me to better my life.

Elena

DESCRIPTION:  A slight teal green base with rose/golden multichrome and large particle color shifting shimmers and scattered holo

OPACITY:  Two coats

Elena described her vision of this color as all the colors you see reflecting off of sun shining on water.  And you know what?  NAILED IT doesn’t even begin to describe this scenario.  Lindsey, you get a horn toot!

THE ROUND UP 

OMG.  Have you ever?  (No, you have not.)

If y’all know even a smidge of the magic that is Tonic Polish, it’s about to get all sorts of elbow jabby in here real quick. A bonafide frenzy, is what I mean.  Here’s your shopping deets:

Full collection retails for $77

Single bottles (although, why?!) are priced as follows:

Lemons & Cream – $11

Novitiate, Fecundity 10, Lagniappe, Dulcinea and Love Yourself First – $12 each

Spectre – $13 (she fancy!)

This collection releases Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm CST and will most likely sell out completely about 8pm and 1 second later, so setting 17 alarms and putting Post-Its on all your surfaces makes the most logical sense.  Cuz who’s missing out on all this gorgeous goodness?  CERTAINLY NOT YOU.  Lindsey does say the polishes are not limited edition and will continue to be restocked.  However, why delay happiness?  Tonic Polish up top, people!  Seriously.  I MEAN IT.

Where to buy:  http://www.tonicpolish.com

More clicking opportunities! Connect with Tonic:

Instagram

Facebook 

Fan Group

And some bonus clicking! Elena’s linky things:

Instagram 

Polish ReVamped Facebook Group

Well look at you, reading all the way to the bottom and stuff.  As always, thank you.  Come back tomorrow for more blog-y type things, k?  K.  

Later, loves!

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BLUSH Lacquers: BLUSH Beauties Fall Collaboration Collection 

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Welp, my medical condition, i.e., the end of Daylight Savings Time, has kicked in and I am officially the saddest of all things sad.  Goodbye sunshine.  Goodbye green grass.  Hello things so brown and crunchy.  Seriously guys, I wish more than anything I could be one of those cute girls wearing Uggs and holding a latte.  But instead, I’m speed walking across the parking lot saying shit shit shit all the way to my office door. Cold AND classy. I’m not even sorry for it.

So seeing as it’s practically winter outside, I figure now would be a good time to write a blog about some fall nail polish you’re buying.  BEST BLOGGER EVER?  I say YES.  Here’s pretty things from Victoria with BLUSH Lacquers:

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OKAY.  These colors make fall about half a point more bearable.  Which is saying A LOT because fall NEVER gets bonus points.  In fact, points get taken away.  Unfortunate proximity to winter?  Minus ten points.  Pumpkin-ing all the things, even though pumpkin tastes like dirt rolled in nutmeg?  Minus ten points.  Stepping outside into a 40-degree day and hubby telling you it feels soooooo AMAZING!  Ugh.  Minus a BILLION freaking points.

In other words, the only thing good about fall is this dadgum fall nail polish collection.  Victoria, you get a horn toot!  Otherwise, I’d never get out from under all these blankets.

Now FOCUS.  I have a job to do.  This is the Fall Collaboration Collection, a set of 8 spectacular seasonal shades made with flakies and holo and shimmer and MAGIC – all the goodies you could ever want in a polish.  Plus a side of Leonardo.  Or else I dreamed that.  I dunno.

All of these polishes were made in collaboration with the members of the BLUSH Beauties group on Facebook, who submitted inspiration photos and polish names, and then Victoria breathed them into life.  Take a closer look:

FLORAL ENGAGEMENT 

DESCRIPTION:  A deep berry purple with a shifting green/blue/red shimmer, holographic pigment and gold/red/green flakies

OPACITY:  Three thin coats plus glossy top coat

THE LAST CARNIVAL

DESCRIPTION:  An olive base with gold shimmer, gold flakies and holographic pigment

OPACITY:  Two coats plus glossy top coat

SPICED COCOA

DESCRIPTION:  A deep chocolate brown with an orange/red/gold/green shimmer

OPACITY:  Three thin coats plus glossy top coat

COLLIDING CONSTELLATIONS 

DESCRIPTION:  A dark teal blue jelly with iridescent orange glitters and gold and copper holographic glitters

OPACITY:  Three thin coats plus glossy top coat

FROSTED FOLIAGE

DESCRIPTION: A black/grey jelly base with a strong red-orange/gold/green shifting shimmer, linear holographic and red/orange/gold shifting flakies

OPACITY:  Two coats plus glossy top coat

THE SCENIC ROUTE

DESCRIPTION: A creamy yellow crelly with copper/gold/bronze shifting flakies

OPACITY:  Three thin coats plus glossy top coat

FALL FLAME

DESCRIPTION:  A tangerine base with subtle red tones, a sparkling orange/gold/green multichrome micro flake shimmer and a light touch of holographic pigment

OPACITY:  Three thin coats plus glossy top coat

FALLING UP

DESCRIPTION:  A faded teal with a pink/bronze shifting shimmer, small orange holographic glitters and a touch of scattered holo

OPACITY:  Three thin coats plus glossy top coat

THE ROUND UP 

GUYS.  How perfect is this collection?  Like, out of all the best fall colors, Victoria has captured every last one of them.  I can’t think of anything better she could have done.  Other than that Leonardo thing, that is.  One day though, he’s coming, I’m sure of it.

But GOOD NEWS:  it’s all available now.  Time to spend some money in 3 … 2 … 1 … 

Full set of 8 polishes retails for $73

If you go the single route, prices are:

Colliding Constellations, The Last Carnival and The Scenic Route – $8 each

Falling Up, Floral Engagement and Spiced Cocoa – $9 each

Fall Flame – $10

Frosted Foliage – $12 (cuz hers a pretty lady, that’s why)

Although, why stress yourself out with all the decisioning?  Buy all 8 then get in pajamas – you chose CORRECTLY and now life = succeeded.

Where to buy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/blushlacquers

International stockists include Girly Bits Cosmetics and Color4Nails, so whatever excuse you had for NOT shopping is hereby officially canceled and deleted.

And now, the linky loos! Connect with BLUSH Lacquers:

Shop

Instagram

Fan Group

All done!  Off to swatch about 9000 bottles of nail polish just so I can blog again another day.  YOU ARE SO EXCITED, I can already tell.

Later, loves!

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