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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:

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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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The Holo Hookup: November 2017 – Galaxy

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Jumping right into the polish tonight cuz apparently there is a sink full of dishes that needs my attention.  Although if you’re asking my opinion, well CLEARLY hubby is wrong.  However, in an attempt to stay married – and to keep the sandwiches coming – I will oblige.  I mean, I guess technically it was the agreement anyway, settled back in 2011 after it took roughly 18 years for me to cut an onion.  He cooks, I do dishes.  Fiiiiiine.  So quick blog for y’all cuz hubby is ZERO fun sometimes.

It’s time for another Holo Hookup!  The November one specifically, which doesn’t even sound right.  Cuz it was April like yesterday, I swear it.  Ugh, winter is lurking y’all. Send hives cream.

Okay.  Nail polish.  Lesss go!

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Holo holo everywhere, and in the cart they go!  Weeee!

So this month’s theme is Galaxy, and the HH ladies brought us this gorgeous palette of blues and purples to fit the theme perfectly.  Did y’all’s cat ears just perk up, cuz I know at least a trillion people who are having a realllly hard time staying vertical right now.  I mean, I get it.  Polish makes you swoon-y.  But polish the color of a sky full of science-y things?  Basically a noodle leg EXTRAVAGANZA!  In fact, if it came with a side of Leonardo, no one would be surprised.

Here’s the inspiration photo:

Yep.  NAILED IT doesn’t even begin to describe this scenario.

Our usual culprit of Glisten & Glow, Different Dimension and Cupcake Polish is here, and they brought with them a whooooole lotta international gorgeousness.  Cuz this month’s featured brand is Femme Fatale all the way from Australia, so if you’ve been waiting for the right time to pass the hell on out, now would be it.  We lub Femme Fatale in here, just so you know.  Sophie’s polishes are little masterpieces, and hoarding at least 2,387 bottles sounds about right.  Complete rational behavior?  NOT TODAY!

Guests go first, cuz we all sorts of classy.  Take a look:

FEMME FATALE:  EXOSPHERE 

DESCRIPTION:  A berry holographic with turquoise shine and scattered silver holographic microglitters

OPACITY:  Two lovely coats

Seriously, as if we weren’t drool-y enough today.  Ladylike composure = out the dadgum windows with this one.

And then there was nail art:

And I don’t hate it!  I mean, it’s not gonna win an award or anything but that is beside the point.  Used the Uber Chic Beauty 18-02 plate in case you’re curious.

DIFFERENT DIMENSION:  COMET

DESCRIPTION:  A navy blue holographic with blue to green color shifting shimmers

OPACITY:  Two perfect coats

This one appears less navy more teal, but that’s just the green shimmers popping through.  Gah!  Told you there were science-y things in here.  Reading this blog suddenly got a bit more fancy.

More decent nail art:

Two decent ones in a row!  Whose blog are you reading, cuz it’s certainly not mine.

Layered stamping courtesy of the new Uber Chic Beauty 20-03 plate.  I somehow managed to line up the images pretty good this time, so if y’all got a horn handy, quick! lemme toot it.

CUPCAKE POLISH:  MILKY WAY

DESCRIPTION:  A creamy periwinkle holographic

OPACITY:  Two luscious coats

Purple lovers, you seeing this?!  Sometimes you don’t need frills when a simple, lovely holo will suffice just fine.  Although a dire case of the Grabby Fingers is happening, just so you know.  GIMME.

Kinda cute nail art:

Mojo hanging by a thread, though.  Y’all know we can’t keep a streak going forever.  Although, I’m mildly relieved cuz I’m not ready to commit to being too good at anything. Cuz I fixed the work copier just ONE time back in 2008, and now apparently I am a copier repairman with a side of doing my actual job. No, the expectation of being an expert is just too much to bear sometimes.

Pretty leaves stamped on using the Uber Chic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 plate, one of my official favorites.

GLISTEN & GLOW:  ASTEROID BELT

DESCRIPTION:  A deep blackened indigo holographic with copper shimmer and tiny twinkling microglitters

OPACITY:  Two dreamy coats

Ummmmm, LITERALLY SPEECHLESS.  How the rest of this blog is getting written we’ll NEVER freaking know.

You know that mojo thing we were talking about?

Yeah, he gone now.  I dunno.  It’s not necessarily a nail fail, but kinda lacks inspiration.  However, dry brush skills are pretty much expert level, sooooo .. BONUS POINTS.  Bring it.

And now, more overachieve-y.  Nail art using all four polishes together:

For real, I don’t even know who I am anymore. How does this mani exist without a minimum of 18 stupid things on it? I’m starting to get suspicious, like perhaps I’ve been kidnapped and I don’t even know it. Who is doing this nail art, cuz it’s certainly not me. A facsimile of me, maybe.

Used the Lina Feeling Shapely 09 plate and I.  STINKIN’.  LOOOOOOOVE.  One of my favorite nail art-y things I’ve done.

Ok, now FOCUS.  Effort-y things are about to happen.  Because this is a galaxy-themed box, I attempted to do my very first galaxy mani.  I was nervous, y’all; there was SO MUCH sweat bead mustache on display.  Hubby had to straight up leave the room just so I could maintain a skosh of sexy and keep the divorce papers at bay.

And then I just dove right in:

I’m not saying anything magical just happened, but basically SOMETHING MAGICAL JUST HAPPENED.  I think it turned out adorable.  Get a good looksie, though, cuz the chances of ever recreating something like this again?  A crapshoot.

Oh, used the Bundle Monster BM-XL213 plate in case recreations are in order. (They might be this time!)

THE ROUND UP 

Pre-order for this box starts on October 21 at 9pm EST and will run thru October 28 at 9pm EST. Which means, you have just ONE WEEK to get your life together before the polish goes away forever. Are you properly panicked? Well, you should be.

Cost is $40 and shipping will begin November 17 or so. Click here for shopping! (Well, not right now. The 21st. As in Saturday. We’ve been over this about 17 times already.)

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

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Fan Group

That’s it!  Set your alarms and put Post-Its on all your surfaces.  Cuz who’s waking up on the 29th, sad and holo-less?  CERTAINLY NOT YOU.

Later, loves!

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Painted Polish: Fall Into Zen Collection 

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Current status:  blogging from my hotel room cuz CLEARLY I don’t know how to vacation like a normal person.  In my defense, the blogs don’t write themselves, as evident by the 7,397 drafts just sitting in here judging me with their lurk-y eyes.  But I’ve brought ZERO nail polish with me on my trip just so I can concentrate on writing.  GUYS.  An award better be coming cuz the overachieve-y on display over here is downright superhuman.  

In more exciting news, I had almost 17,000 steps on the fitness app yesterday.  Compared to the 263 steps I had from the day before, I’d say SKINNY should be happening any day now.  Weeeee!

Oh, but the nail polish!  I have a gorgeous set of pretties from Lexi with Painted Polish to share with you today.  And if coordinating matchy matchy soothes your soul like nothing else, well then you’re about to have your BEST DAY EVER.  Take a deep breath:

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Now, SWOON!  Gah!  And this is just the first half.  Oooooh, it’s getting elbow jabby in here already.

This is the holographic portion of the Fall Into Zen collection, in PERFECT fall colors.  Do you love it?  (Yes you do.)  I swear, if it came with a side of Leonardo, no one is surprised.  Cuz they’re a best day made best-i-er, that’s why.

Each swatch below shows two coats plus top coat.  No issues with formula; everything applied smooth and easy.  In other words, you’re tossing polish in the shopping cart like NO BIG DEAL.

MULBERRY MUSINGS

DESCRIPTION:  A raisin purple ultra holo with added silver holographic glitters

MOSS MEDITATION 

DESCRIPTION:  A lush moss green ultra holo with added silver holographic glitters

MELLOW MUSTARD

DESCRIPTION:  A mustard ultra holo with green and brown undertones and added silver holographic glitters

MOCHA MANTRA

DESCRIPTION:  A light brown ultra holo with blood orange undertones and added holographic glitters

Annnnnd then!  There’s coordinating cremes.  OMG, who just peed a little?  Seriously.

I’m not crazy, you’re crazy.

Not food.  Not food.  Not food.  Don’t mind me.  I’ll just be over here trying not to stick my fingers in my mouth.  Cuz these are legit yummy deliciousness, in case you’re curious.

All swatches below are ONE COAT.  Basically voodoo magic.

STAMPED IN MULBERRY 

DESCRIPTION:  A mauve taupe one-coater creme that doubles as a stamping polish

And then I did effort!  Wanted to show off the stamping side of these cremes so each one gets a nail art.  Super simple designs using the creme plus its coordinating holo.  Seems like someone thought things through this time!  A rare moment of mojo, so we’s just gonna roll with it.  Plus matte top coat for funsies.

I used the Uber Chic Beauty 20-03 plate for this one:

STAMPED IN MOSS

DESCRIPTION:  A moss green one-coater creme that doubles as a stamping polish

I used the Uber Chic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 plate for this one.  I reallly love how it looks.  But then again, GREEN.  Y’all already know.

STAMPED IN MUSTARD

DESCRIPTION:  A dusty mustard one-coater creme that doubles as a stamping polish

I used the Uber Chic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 plate once again, and I might be in love with this one super hardcore.  Not sure what it is about those ugly pretty colors, but we need like 18,000 bottles.

STAMPED IN MOCHA

DESCRIPTION:  A light brown one-coater creme that doubles as a stamping polish

I used the Uber Chic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 plate one last time cuz when I love something I do it in the most smother-y stalker-y way possible.

THE ROUND UP 

Let’s spend some money!  The Fall Into Zen collection is available now, so any excuse you had for not shopping is now officially cancelled and deleted.  Here’s all you need to know:

The 4-piece holo set retails for $45; single bottles are $12 each

The 4-piece creme set retails for $36; single bottles are $10 each

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

So get on it, boo boos!   Then sit back, relax and revel in all your good decisioning.  Pajamas for the rest of the day!  Hooray!

Now, the linky loos!  Connect with Painted Polish:

Instagram

Facebook

Fan Group

Hubby says it’s time to go do “stuff” which means I’m about to walk myself skinny, this time FOR SURE.  Back later with more blogs.  YOU ARE EXCITED, just so you know.

Later, loves!

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Glisten & Glow: Fall 2017 Collection 

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I fully intended to finish this blog on the plane today, but I had a nap with mouth hanging open around a bunch of strangers instead.   Seriously, can I not ever be sexy even for just a little bit? NO I CANNOT. 

However, I did get a portion of the blog written but then hubby dropped a pretzel on his tray table and then put it in his mouth like no big deal. Nooooo! ABORT ABORT!  Don’t make me spend the rest of this flight googling symptoms of the GERM POISONING you’ll undoubtedly have later. Ugh. 

Meanwhile, I’m over here sticking my face in the bag to grab pretzels with my tongue like a crazy person.  Again, sexy = out the dadgum window. 

Let’s talk polish!  I have a lovely set of fall colors from Jill with Glisten & Glow to share with you today.  There’s creams and holos and general yummy deliciousness, so brace yourself for pretty things. Ready?  Well then lesss go!

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Welp, you’re buying all that.  I see no reason otherwise.

So this collection is split into three cremes and three holos, and I can’t even begin to describe how happy they make me.  The cremes are absolute perfection – smooth and glossy and basically all your polish dreams come true.  But then Jill tossed three holos in the bunch, and seriously I may never be the same again.  Absolute beauties!  A Grabby Fingers epidemic is lurking, I swear it.

Quick rundown of the colors (as usual, lately).  Let’s do the cremes first.  

APPLE PICKING & ANTIQUING

DESCRIPTION:  A red scarlet creme and sexy as hell

I did some nail art with apples cuz I am the most cleverest person in alllll the land.  It turned out pretty cute, so if y’all wanna hand me my horn, imma toot it real quick.  Toot toot!  By the way, SURPRISE!, these cremes stamp.

Used the Uber Chic Beauty School is Cool plate for the apples and the Lina Feeling Shapely 01 plate for the chevrons, if you’re curious. 

PUMPKIN CARVING & PALE ALE

DESCRIPTION:  A medium tangerine orange creme, kinda Cheeto-y which makes me lub it MORE

To keep the streak going, I stamped pumpkins this time and think this one turned out pretty good as well.  Two decent nail arts in a row!  Whose blog is this, cuz it’s certainly not mine.

Used the Lina 4 Seasons-Autumn 01 plate for this one!  I have a feeling I’ll be using this plate lots over the next couple months.

LEAF PEEPING & LATTES

DESCRIPTION:  A medium pine green creme, and if you guessed it’s my favorite, well then you may continue to read this blog

Do not look at this nail art.  Seriously, don’t do it.

You looked.  I can’t even explain what happened.  Sometimes I nail art with my eyes closed.

Used the Lina 4 Seasons-Autumn 01 plate again in case recreations are in order.  (They’re not.  Moving on!)

Each creme swatch shows two coats with glossy top coat.  Application was spot on amazing.  No issues whatsoever; self-leveled like magic.  You will love!

Now time for holo.  Check these out:

SNUGGLING & STAR GAZING

DESCRIPTION:  A navy blue holographic with green shimmer 

Color leans more teal, but I’m assuming that’s the green shimmer peeping through.  Either way though, GIMME.

SOUP & SIPPIN’ CIDER

DESCRIPTION:  A medium plum holographic with copper shimmer 

All you purple lovers, pay attention!  This one’s headed for the shopping cart!  The copper shimmer really lends a certain richness to the color, and if it somehow ends up on all the surfaces, well no one is surprised.

TURKEY TROT & TAILGATING

DESCRIPTION:  A medium cinnamon holographic with dusting of gold shimmer 

I love a good brown polish; they’re so comfy and cozy and warm and luscious.  If we’re forced to give up summer, at least there’s brown polish to get us through.

All three holo swatches show two coats plus top coat.  Coverage was excellent in one coat, but we always do two for safety.  Formula was effortless on these as well.  They’re perfect for a quick mani, cuz not everyone has 17 hours to polish nails like me.

THE ROUND UP 

Let’s spend some money!  The Fall 2017 Collection is available now, so you’re all set for shopping!  Here’s some very important deets:

Full set of six retails for $58

Set of three cremes retails for $25

Set of three holos retails for $35

Single bottles will run $8.50 each for cremes or $12 for holos

But happiness is PRICELESS, and that’s really all you need to know.  Legit justification-type scenario just landed in your lap, ladies!  

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

And now, the linky loos! Connect with Glisten & Glow:

Instagram 

Facebook 

Fan Group 

Okay hubby says I have to go have vacation now, so UGH, I guess we’re done for today.  Check back tomorrow though, cuz more blogs are coming.  Hooray!

Later, loves!

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The Holo Hookup: October 2017 – Ballroom Dance

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GUYS.  If there was ever a time to hoard some nail polish, right now would be it.  Cuz the October Holo Hookup is almost here, and you’re gonna need one box plus 27 backup boxes at minimum.  Anyone in the mood for a bit of completely rational behavior?  NOT TODAY!  An insane amount of holo is happening in 3 … 2 … 1 …

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Still upright? Just checking.

So this month’s theme is Ballroom Dance, and I swear the HH ladies were thinking of me when they came up with this one.  I started dance class the summer before 6th grade after a humiliating experience refusing to show school spirit during cheerleading try-outs.  Even at that young age, I couldn’t bring attention to myself.  I could hear all the other girls inside the gym, one by one, as they turned cartwheels across the floor,  rah-rah-rah-ing as if middle school football solely depended on it.  Seriously, I’m pretty sure the birth of my anxiety started right there in the library while I waited my turn to make a fool of myself.

Needless to say, you don’t make cheerleading by walking in the room all ladylike and proper, reciting an over-rehearsed cheer only slighter better than a robot, and then walking back out like QUIET CHEERING is a thing and I just invented it.  So in an effort to console my broken heart, mother signed me up for ballet, tap and jazz, and I stayed there, mediocrely dancing (and only a skosh less quietly) for the next 8 years.

And now I’m blogging the Ballroom Dance-themed Holo Hookup box, so life’s officially come full circle.  How I’m not married to Leonardo DiCaprio by now defies all the comprehensions.

Here’s the inspiration pic:


In related news, my dancing career looked approximately ZERO percent like that.  Unless you count that time where I dressed up like Dick Tracy in a yellow trench coat.  Soooo, maybe ZERO point 2 percent then.  Plus an unlimited supply of sweat bead mustache cuz pliés are hard, people!  SO. HARD.

Trying to not get too chatty in here, as I need to get this posted sometime before 2037. A polish emergency is among us and for some reason, the blog don’t write itself. So let’s get into the goodies, yes? YES.

Perhaps the best part of this box? My girl, Victoria, with BLUSH Lacquers is October’s featured brand!  I’ve said this a trillion times over, but I’ll say it again:  Victoria’s a DADGUM polish magician.  If you don’t own any BLUSHes, my first thought is WHAT?! WHY?! but then my second thought is, Here, lemme fix it.  And then this blog post just falls in your lap like no big deal.

BLUSH LACQUERS: CHA-CHA-CHA!

DESCRIBED as a copper-toned orange holographic with coppery pink shimmers, this one is so full of drool-y type scenarios, we may never be normal again.

The nail art:

And I actually like it!  Used the new Uber Chic Beauty Lovely Leaves 2 plate for this one, and I have a feeling I’m going to wear the dang thing out.  It’s sooooo good!

CUPCAKE POLISH: PASO DOBLE

DESCRIBED as a red holographic with heavy silver shimmer and silver holo flakies, and it’s exactly how I take my reds.  I mean, regular red is nice and all, but toss a bunch of goodies in it and HAND MODEL! is happening whether we want it or not.

More nail art I like:

I don’t quite understand how I’ve done two good ones in a row.  Certainly the mojo is halfway out the door by now?

Used the layered flower image from the new Uber Chic Beauty 20-02 plate, in case you’re curious.  (You might be this time!)

DIFFERENT DIMENSION: SAMBA

DESCRIBED as a plum holographic with silver flakies and silver holo microglitter, this one has one of the prettiest rainbow effects that ever lived.  It’s glorious!  If it ends up on all the surfaces, guys, NO ONE is surprised.  

And then this happened:

Bye bye mojo!  Well, it was only a matter of time.

GLISTEN & GLOW:  RUMBA!

DESCRIBED as a medium turquoise holographic with silver holo microglitter and subtle flashes of blue shimmers, this one is a bonafide ocean of lovely.  Makes my sad white sausages look less sad and sausage-y, and for that fact alone, we lub it LOTS. 

An attempt to redeem myself:

Well, I don’t hate it, so bonus points are coming, surely.  Used the new Uber Chic Beauty 20-01 plate here and a jumbo sized gold stud because I do nail art with my eyes closed.

More art-y things using all four polishes together. Some overachieve-y on display:

A striping tape EXTRAVAGANZA!  Plus some color blocking that took roughly eons to do.

And now, more effort:

A smoosh mani PLUS stamping?  What blog are you reading, cuz it’s certainly not mine.

THE ROUND UP 

Pre-order for this box starts on September 21 at 9pm EST and will run thru September 28 at 9pm EST. Which means, you have just ONE WEEK to get your life together before the polish goes away forever. Are you properly panicked? Well, you should be.

Cost is $40 and shipping will begin October 12th or so. Click here for shopping! (Well, not right now. The 21st. As in Thursday. We’ve been over this already.)

And now, some linky loos:

Holo Hookup Instagram

Holo Hookup Facebook Fan Group

Lastly, set some alarms and put Post-Its on all your surfaces. Cuz who’s missing out on this incredible box? CERTAINLY NOT YOU.

Later, loves!

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Polish ‘M: Not Really Neons (partial) Collection 

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Sleeping til 11am does not get a blog written, I’ll tell ya that much.  Ugh.

Happy Labor Day to all my U.S. pals! Anyone working?  Not working?  Lounging on couches?  Swatching and blogging til your fingers fall off?  ME TOO!  I’ve been so far behind on blogging responsibilities, so today is my day for an attempt to catch up.  I started a new job that’s kinda sorta thrown my 9-year routine into a skosh of chaos, and my brain hasn’t quite figured out what the hell just happened.  I fully expect to stay home and polish nails for a living ANY DAY NOW, but hubby tells me no.  Cuz FOR SOME REASON he says I have to keep the job that pays me money since APPARENTLY nail polish doesn’t buy electricity.  Well, butttttt … have you tried though?  I mean, I’d do all sorts of things for nail polish.  Perhaps there’s a lady at the Electric Company who’d manage to keep our lights switched on in exchange for something with flakies in it.  I mean, what if – WHAT IF! – the barter system is still a negotiable thing but we’ve just been sitting over here paying cash and being normal and whatnot?  How sad is that?  (VERY.)

In the meantime, though, it’s business as usual I guess.  I’ve got some fun polishes to show off for you today!  Michelle with Polish ‘M sent me 6 shades out of 12 from her new Not Really Neons collection, and if you’re into ultra creamy, gloop-free, yummy deliciousness, well then you’re about to get at least 27 levels of drool-y.  Take a look at what you’re buying today:

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I know!  You want all these, plus extras for SAFETY. Completely normal behavior, if you’re curious.

Before we get into the colors, in order to save time and/or a carpal tunnel-like situation, all of my swatches show three coats.  Some of you could do just two coats, as the coverage was really good.  But because I overanalyze just about everything in my life, I went with three in case of some invisible unevenness that no one else but me could see.  Thus, I may have a medical condition or quite possibly some superpowers, and in which case, this whole Best Blogger Ever thing just took on an entirely new meaning.

Also, a little note from our maker:

Although this collection is marketed as NOT “neons”, they do indeed contain neon pigment. Neon pigment is notorious for fading. PLEASE keep your polishes stored OUT of direct light and sunlight. A closed, dark cabinet is best! Even still, fading will occur with time. That’s the nature of neon pigments. There’s no way to avoid this.

36 combined pigments were used to create the 12 colors. The pigments are broken down by hand, by me. They are then triple strained to get out undissolved pigment chunks. I do not use a mixer; separation CAN happen. It’s nothing a good shake can’t fix!

Y’all set then?  Well then lesss go!

ATOMIC


DESCRIPTION:  A rose pink creme; so girly and sweet


TANGELO


DESCRIPTION:  A bright orange-yellow creme; a surprise favorite.  Most likely cuz it looks like I’ve had my hand in the Cheetos too long, which honestly isn’t even that impossible of a thing.


HARLEQUIN 

DESCRIPTION:  A bright lime green creme; the most neon of the bunch


MYRTLE

DESCRIPTION:  An aqua green creme; probably my favorite.  Cuz where there is GREEN, there is me picking my jaw up off the floor 18,000 times.

ROYAL

DESCRIPTION:  A royal cobalt blue; brilliant and dreamy and all sorts of noodle leg-y


WISTERIA 

DESCRIPTION:  An orchid creme; purple lovers, PAY ATTENTION!


All of these dry to a semi-matte finish, so I added one coat of glossy top coat and then went and passed out real quick.  Cuz sometimes the effort of staying upright is simply too much to bear.  

But do they watermarble?  Whyyyy, yes they do!  Of course, watermarbling has a host of factors and frustrations that go hand in hand with any semi-successful result.  Here is what happened when I turned off my air conditioning, dropped polish in lukewarm bottled water, and then stopping breathing for 20 minutes:

A WATERMARBLE ATTEMPT


Not the worst, right?!  I’m kinda diggin it.  The polishes were super spread-y in the water, which quite possibly might be the only time ever when it’s perfectly okay to describe something as “super spread-y.”  But it’s true; these polishes are watermarble champions, and if you’re kind new at this whole thing, this collection might make your life a whooooole lot easier.  Prettier, for sure, though.

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There’s no way you’re leaving this blog without spending some money.  Every single one of these is bright and cheerful and vibrant and yum, so who’s NOT in the mood for basically all the happinesses poured in a bottle?  CERTAINLY NOT YOU.

Like previously mentioned, this collection has a total of 12 polishes, so be sure to click here to see them all and then throw every last bit of it in the shopping cart.  DO IT.  I mean it.  Each bottle is $9 and that’s practically free; therefore, no excuse.  Plus, if you watermarble, you pretty much have no choice.  This collection is up for presale until September 15 at midnight PST, so setting alarms is your next most logical step.

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

And now, the linky loos!  Connect with Polish ‘M:

Instagram

Facebook

Fan Group

Off to do more swatching and blogging and being surprisingly useful on my day off.  If things go well, another blog is happening later.  If you don’t see one, you can guarantee someone fell down the Full House rabbit hole.  As happens about 97.8767% of the time.

Later, loves!

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The Holo Hookup: September 2017 – Royal Women

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Hubby’s left me for an overnight business trip, and I swear I don’t know how to be a proper human being.  Things accomplished so far?  A Cheetos and wine cooler dinner.  But the swatching and the blogging and the dire responsibilities?  Not so much.  And then the cat meowed for roughly an eternity before I realized I was in charge of food.  Seriously, I feel slightly out of sorts, almost like I’m lounging on someone else’s couch for the night.  OMG, I may never be normal again.  Cue the hives cream!  I’ll take a thousand tubes.  

Good thing there’s nail polish!  It’s time once again for the Holo Hookup box, and I got a whoooole lotta holo to share with you today!  Let’s take a look at what’s coming your way for September.  Prepare to spend some money y’all!  And grab your drool buckets just in case.

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Anything ladylike still happening?  NOT TODAY!

So this month’s theme is Royal Women, and to be honest, I relate to this on roughly 727 levels. Cuz I wear pajamas and hubby brings me snacks on his way back from the kitchen, and if that doesn’t sound like someone’s a DADGUM PRINCESS, well clearly how wrong you must be feeling right now.

But also, I am a Trophy Wife EXTRAORDINAIRE!, which is basically royalty to, like, the trillionth degree, so any further questions are officially moot.

Here’s the inspiration photo:

Picture of me, notwithstanding. Cuz ALSO A QUEEN, that’s why.

In an attempt to write this blog in less than 18 years, I’ll try to control the chatty.  Cuz as always, a new Holo Hookup is cause for emergency, and if I don’t get to the point quick enough, the karate chops are coming.

So this month’s featured brand is Takko Lacquer, and I’m so so excited!  Takko is one of the first brands I tried where every new collection incited an elbow jabby, Black Friday-style frenzy.  It is with Takko where I learned the importance of setting 17 alarms, and where the sheer act of it was the only logical next step.  Seriously, you guys.  Takko is legit, and if you’re buying 27 bottles of it, well, no one is surprised.

Let’s get busy!  Takko goes first!

TAKKO LACQUER: RANI OF JHANSI

DESCRIPTION:  A pink base with light sprinkle of holo and shifty green to pink shimmer

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

Under the mood lights, it gets a bit sexy:

And then a macro to show off that shimmer:

Now, actual nail art:


Effort on display!  I did a gradient using the Takko plus the Glisten & Glow (coming up next!) and added some stamping from the Powder Perfect Floral 1 plate.  Kinda cute, yes?  YES.

GLISTEN & GLOW:  QUEEN ELIZABETH I

DESCRIPTION:  A dark red toned berry holographic with added pops of copper shimmer

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

Vampy shades like this get me all kinds of excited!  And anytime you throw a copper anything in there, well, let’s hope there’s an old fashioned Victorian fainting couch nearby.  Specifically.  Cuz I refuse to get unattractive on a futon.

Under the lamps, the holo gets insane:

And turn the lights down low, and that shimmer gets ya good:

Simple nail art:


How clever am I for doing crowns on a Royal Women-themed polish?  Like, I might’ve thought this one through or something.  Bonus points are coming, I’m quite certain.

Used the Uber Chic Beauty Fairytale 02 plate for this one, in case you’re curious.

CUPCAKE POLISH: CLEOPATRA 

DESCRIPTION:  A turquoise holographic with gold shimmers

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

It’s practically green, guys, so for that fact alone, I lub it lots.  And this bling?  RIDICULOUS.

Under low lighting, there’s a touch of blue peeking through:

And then I went and ruined it:


Bye bye mojo!  I picked the Powder Perfect Egypt 1 plate to use on top of my Cleopatra-themed polish, and then immediately my brain went away somewhere.  Ugh.

DIFFERENT DIMENSION: QUEEN NEFERTITI

DESCRIPTION:  A purple to blue multichrome holographic with added microglitters

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

This one is freaking dreamy!  I mean, the holo is all well and good, but the shift is what brings on the noodle legs. Proof below!

See?!  We’re all a big puddle of goo at this point.

Temporary mojo reprieve:


I used the layered dragon scales image from the Uber Chic Beauty Fairytale 02 plate and I couldn’t be happier.  Even my lining up of the layers is getting a bit better.  Who is this person doing my nails right now, cuz certainly it cannot be me.  Toot toot! 

More nail art using all four polishes together.  Some overachieve-y on display:

Did a smoosh mani and stamped over it using the Lina Let’s Doodle 01 plate.  Who’s in love?  (All of us, to be clear.)  Also, the level of effort?  Superhuman.

And now, a dotticure:

Always a good idea.

THE ROUND UP 


Pre-order for this box starts on August 21 at 9pm EST and will run thru August 28 at 9pm EST. Which means, you have just ONE WEEK to get your life together before the polish goes away forever. Are you properly panicked? Well, you should be.

Cost is $40 and shipping will begin September 12th or so. Click here for shopping! (Well, not right now. The 21st. As in Monday. We’ve been over this already.)

And now, some linky loos:

Holo Hookup Instagram

Holo Hookup Facebook Fan Group

Lastly, set some alarms and put Post-Its on all your surfaces.  Cuz who’s missing out on this incredible box?  CERTAINLY NOT YOU.

Later, loves!

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