Category Archives: Nail Art

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.

THE ROUND UP 


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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Cruisin’ Into Polish Con: Glisten & Glow, Cupcake Polish, Different Dimension 

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If there was ever a time to get your life together, now would be it.  Cuz another POLISH EMERGENCY! is headed our way and we need to get prepared.  I mean, imagine a surprise Leonardo sighting is happening and you don’t have your wedding dress in the car. Do you see? DO YOU SEE?!?!  So you miss out on this nail polish, and that’s practically the same thing. 

Well, almost. Cuz LEONARDO, that’s why.  You’ve read this blog before.  (Right?  RIGHT.)

But back to the emergency, i.e., point of this dadgum blog. The next Polish Convention event will be taking place in Chicago on September 23, and every week leading up to the big day, new exclusive Road to Polish Con polishes are being released.  Week 5 starts tomorrow, guys, and now you need to FOCUS.  A legit, no joke BEST DAY EVER just landed in your lap like no big deal.

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Gah!  Excuse me while I toss my ladylike composure out the window real quick.

This is the Cruisin’ Into Polish Con trio from three of our most favorite brands:  Glisten & Glow, Cupcake Polish, and Different Dimension.  It’s like a bonus Holo Hookup box, guys!  Who just peed a little?  I know, ME TOO!

Celebrating the 100th year of Chicago’s Navy Pier, these polishes are inspired by three dinner and sightseeing boats plus fireworks, dancing, music, culture, food, cocktails and beautiful sunsets.  Basically, all your holographic polish dreams come true, So get off your no-buys ladies; this is COMPLETE JUSTIFICATION to the trillionth degree.

GLISTEN & GLOW:  SPIRIT OF CHICAGO

DESCRIPTION:  An indigo purple holographic with violet and blue shimmers and silver microflakies

OPACITY:  Two coats

And all you purple lovers just died a little bit.  For real, you did.

Under the mood lights:

And a macro for funsies:

Some kinda fun nail art:

Although, don’t ask why I felt orange stamping was the way to go with this one.  Sometimes when I nail art, my brain just goes away somewhere.  However, AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE, and that’s worth half a horn toot at least.

Used the Lina Make Your Mark 05 plate if you’re curious.

CUPCAKE POLISH:  MYSTIC BLUE

DESCRIPTION:  An azure blue super linear holographic with heavy green to blue shifting shimmers

OPACITY:  Two coats

More mood lighting to show off the color.  For extra drool-y-ness, clearly:

Now a close up of those goodies.  A bonafide ocean of lovely:

Some simple stamping:

This one looked way better in my head.  There was this cool cutout image on the Powder Perfect 1980s 1 plate, and I instantly thought of a color block design.  But the curves in my nails made the stamping turn out a bit wonky, and I don’t know about you, but I could use 18,000 tubes of hives cream right about now.  Oh, OCD, my evil friend.

DIFFERENT DIMENSION:  ODYSSEY II

DESCRIPTION:  A bright magenta pink holographic with hints of copper shimmer

OPACITY:  Two coats

Seriously, if y’all could just wheel me over one of those old fashioned fainting couches, that’d be great.

Do you hear angels?  I hear angels.

Not hideous, but …

… no award, either.  If anyone has some leftover mojo, I could use a billion of it.

Stamped with the Lina Make Your Mark 05 plate again in case recreations are in order.  (They’re not.  Moving on!)

Then suddenly, a last minute mojo reprieve:

A good old fashioned dotticure!  I used all three polishes for this, and I really love how it turned out.  I made those dots by hand y’all, cuz a burst of energy just came out of nowhere.

So then I did this real quick:

Well, not real quick.  More like 18 years, but still. Gradients don’t just happen like magic, surprisingly.  Although, if this gets me a lifetime supply of bonus points, that sounds about right.  Cuz OVERACHIEVE-Y doesn’t even begin to describe this scenario.

Used the Lina Make Your Mark 05 plate one last time, and then kudos and accolades are coming next, I’m sure of it.

THE ROUND UP

The Cruisin’ Into Polish Con trio will be available starting tomorrow, July 30 at 8am EST and will run until Saturday, August 5 at 8pm EST.  In case you don’t math well, that’s seven short days to get your priorities in order.  Holo up top, people!  Then dishes and groceries, if there’s time.

Sold individually, each bottle will retail for $10.  Only available on the Polish Convention website, so click here for shopping!  Then keep a lookout every Sunday for new polishes to hoard.  Cuz no one does CRAZY NAIL LADY quite like you.

Come back tomorrow for more blog.  This train keeps moving!

Later, loves!

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Different Dimension: 90s Trio

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You know you’ve got a shopping problem when the mailman doesn’t even look at the addresses on boxes anymore and just brings all of them to you.  I opened up a stuffed mailbox after work today, and OMG, the effort in there!  Seriously y’all, it’s Friday and about 2.5 seconds away from pajamas; digging through the Tetris game of packages and wandering around the neighborhood is not my idea of couch lounging.  Ugh.

But I do it anyway cuz karma is a real life thing.  I mean, a stock pile of bonus points will come in handy for me one day, surely.   Cuz the second I don’t get a package delivered to me AS SCHEDULED and promised and contracted by blood, there’s a meltdown plus a whole tube of hives creme that absolutely no one wants to watch.  Can I try to be even a little bit sexy?  NO. I. CAN. NOT.

Let’s look at pretty things!  I have an awesome set of neons for the summer that are just begging for some nail art!  Missi with Different Dimension sent me her new 90s Trio, and for real you guys:  flashbacks of Hammer pants and triangle-shaped hair is happening, but not necessarily in a good way.  After the Record in the Hair Incident of 1987, things went slightly downhill, let’s just say.

Oh, but the neons!  The neons are okay.

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My eyes, my eyes!  There’s no way you’re walking away now.  Unless you don’t like happiness.  Or maybe you’re a robot.  I dunno.

These neons are based on the CMYK color scale, which is fancy talk for something office-y, and in which case, the grabby fingers are lurking.  DREAM SCENARIO, is what I mean.  Gimme. 

BOMB

DESCRIPTION:  A neon blue creme

OPACITY:  Two coats

And then I did some super cute nail art:


I figured I’d go for a bit of geometric 80s/90s style arting, so I used the new Powder Perfect 1980s 1 plate for this one.  Turns out, I had a brief moment of mojo, cuz I just loooooooove how it looks!  I mean, it’s nothing genius, but I’ll take my half a horn toot where I can get it.

OMG

DESCRIPTION:  A neon pink creme

OPACITY:  Two coats

And look:  they stamp!


You know, I don’t hate it and that’s good enough for me!  I stamped with Bomb and the Powder Perfect 1980s 1 plate to make the blue triangles and stamped with OMG and the Lina Make Your Mark 05 plate to make the pink splatter.  Who’s doing recreations?  Anyone? Anyone?  

NEXXXXXT.

DOPE

DESCRIPTION:  A neon highlighter yellow cream

OPACITY:  Three coats, cuz I suck sometimes.  The formula on this one was a little thicker than the other two, so I had to finesse it a bit.  And because I have ZERO finesse (as evident in pretty much this entire blog), I forget how to do nails sometimes.  All the time.  Blah.  Whatever.

And then this hideous thing happened.  Please tell me what this is:


Cuz no one freaking knows.  Seriously, someone just needs to take my stamping plates away.

Except don’t, cuz I will cut you.

Used the Powder Perfect 1980s plate again if you’re curious!

A SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

I used all three colors in an attempt at a watermarble, and I swear if I don’t officially get a lifetime supply of bonus points for this one, something is var var wrong with this world.  

THE ROUND UP 


This trio releases Saturday, July 29 at 9am EST – which is probably right now by the time you read this as I prefer to blog in the middle of the dadgum night cuz going to bed like a normal person is something for other people.

Was that run-on sentence?  Prolly.

Only available as a trio, the cost is $25 and includes shipping within the US.  HOWEVER, they are limited edition and will not be restocked, so if you feel like having a quick little panic attack, now would be a good time.  Click here for shopping!

Annnnnd THEN!  The linky loos.  Connect with Different Dimension:

Instagram

Facebook

Fan Group

Thanks to everyone who is continuing to read this speed train we’re riding on lately.  I can’t believe how badly I got behind, even though (for the most part), things are getting posted relatively on time.  I’ll be back to my storytelling nonsense soon.  Who’s excited?  (You, to be clear.)

Later, loves!

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