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The Holo Hookup: March 2018 – Gelato



Some var var useful advice:  if the plan is to write a blog somewhat on time and before the things are no longer the things (i.e., most ideal scenario) then don’t sit down next to a cat giving himself a bath all distracting and cutelike.  Like, I got about two words in and then suddenly IT’S DOWN THE KITTY HOLE FOR ME and I’m literally spending all my blogging efforts trying to keep myself from sticking my face in the middle of all that adorable licking.  The possibility of getting an eyeball scratched right out (approximately 97.3855% percent) fazes me not.  Nor does a timely blog, apparently, cuz it’s about 4 days later and I’ve just now remembered I have an actual job to do.  Who’s the best most professional blogger in all the land?  I’m not saying it’s me, but it’s probably me.


The Holo Hookup: February 2018 – Love Connection



Hubby left for work and left the TV on the sports channel. The remote control is clear across the other end of the couch, and the cat (who hates me) has decided to lay adorably across my lap and fall asleep. It is both the worst day and best day ever. If anyone wants to come over and change the channel for me, seriously, that’d be GREAT.


The Holo Hookup: January 2018 – Time to Wine Down 



Someone needs to come take my internet away. It seems I’ve accidentally stumbled upon the secret to making winter less sad. Unfortunately it comes with about 37 brand new sweaters. YOU GUYS. I can’t stay off Nordstrom, not even for a little bit. It’s like, groceries? electricity? or perhaps a SWEATER instead? Seems like such an easy question, but then there was polka dots and a shoulder cut-out and the most adorable black velvet bow that you EVER did see. And well … I’m not saying there’s a shopping problem, but there’s probably a shopping problem.


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


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:



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?


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.)


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?


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!)


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!


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!


The Holo Hookup: November 2017 – Galaxy


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!


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:


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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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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!


Different Dimension: Be Nice or Leaf + Creepin’ It Real Trios


Current status: sitting in a pedicure chair taking care of business, one eye sleeping but still blogging like a DADGUM PROFESSIONAL.  Seriously guys, I earned those Gucci flats, in case you’re curious. Even if hubby did say I have to wear them everyday for the rest of my life.  Although if he’s thinking that’s some sort of punishment, CLEARLY he doesn’t know me very well.  Cuz before there was a nail polish problem there was a shoe problem, and once it is in you, IT IS IN YOU.  Allll the designer shoes: GIMME.

Okay, before a full-on snoring nap sesh happens in front of strangers, let’s look at polish.  Missi with Different Dimension has sent over so many pretties to share with you today!  Actually, I’m splitting things into two, maybe three blogs just to ensure y’all READ ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM and I figure shorter blogs are more ideal.  Cuz although I can sit around and read things-slash-lounge about-slash-do freaking nothing for nigh on eternity, I’m quite certain everyone else in the world has more exciting shit to do.  Blah.  You and your fancy life.

But yeah.  Nail polish.  Lessss go!  First up is the adorable Be Nice or Leaf trio:


Want, want and need! That’s your new motto.  There’s just something about some glossy cremes in PERFECT seasonal colors that’ll give you a dire case of the Grabby Fingers.  Cuz while I do not particularly love fall – solely due to it’s unfortunate proximity to the hell that is winter – but anytime you toss in a bunch of pretty polishes that resemble the changing colors of leaves, welllllll … I’ll take a thousand.

Rational behavior?  NOT TODAY!

Swatches below show two coats plus a glossy top coat.  Nice formulas, applied evenly and easily.  Take a look at what you get:


DESCRIPTION:  A berry red creme


DESCRIPTION:  A butterscotch yellow creme


DESCRIPTION:  An olive green creme

Gah! Are those not glorious?  A trio of dreamboats?  Headed for the shopping cart?  If the answer isn’t YES, I am var var concerned about the state of your brain.

Plus they also stamp and watermarble!  I mean, I have nothing to show you cuz I don’t plan things very well, but that is beside the point.  Best Blogger Ever is what you’re thinking.

In addition to the cremes, there’s another festive trio headed your way.  Some Halloween fun courtesy of the Creepin’ It Real trio.  Check out more things you are buying!  

I see glitter! I see holo! I see wallets just flying out of purses everywhere!

Here’s the rundown:


DESCRIPTION:  A black holographic with silver flakies and holographic microflakies


DESCRIPTION:  An orange holographic with silver flakies and holographic microflakies


DESCRIPTION:  A holographic base filled with fine orange and black glitters

For these swatches, I did two coats each and had no formula issues whatsoever. Even Here For the Boos was quite impressive by its opacity considering the base has no color.  I did add a tiny bit of a third coat to that one just to ensure no naked spots, but it was barely a third. However, if your nails are longer, maybe three coats would work best for you.  Either way though, we lub it lots.

These polishes are available individually, but if you buy the trio you get one of these:


Whaaaaat?! CANDY CORN CUTICLE OIL?!  I swear, if you’re turning your back on this now, there’s a karate chop with your name on it. 

The candy corn scent is very nice. Sweet, but not over the top. I really liked it! And the brush applicator is super soft and fine enough to get down in the cuticles without causing disaster.You definitely want this. TRUST ME, you do. 


Two trios for extra drool-y scenarios!   Do you see how much you’re buying these?  In fact, you’re first in line. (Right? RIGHT.)

All the shopping deets:

The Be Nice or Leaf Trio retails for $25 and is only available as a set. 

The Creepin’ It Real Trio retails for $30 and includes the Candy Corn cuticle oil pen. If ya gotta go single bottles, they’re $12 each but sadly no pen.  In other words, you’re getting the trio. I HAVE DECIDED FOR YOU.

Everything is available now, so no waiting necessary. Y’all get busy!  You were just sitting around in sweatpants doing nothing anyway. 

Where to buy:  http://differentdimensionpolish.bigcartel.com/

And now the linky loos! Connect with Different Dimension:



Fan Group

More blogs are coming later cuz this train keeps moving whether we want it to or not. Stay tuned!

Later, loves!


Different Dimension + Cupcake Polish + Crystal’s Charity Lacquers: Duos for the Houston SPCA


Someone done jacked with my tv and now there’s only one hour of Full House instead of two, so how all this swatching’s getting done then, we’ll never freaking know.  Cuz I have a routine, a tradition, and now what?  Just sit here in SILENCE painting nails like a crazy person?  Ugh.  Me and Nickelodeon’s about to have words, I guarantee.  Although I’m not much of a scrapper, so most likely it’ll just be a symbolic recap of me in the 6th grade slapping some girl in the ear.  

But aside from all that, FOR ONE, I’m an extremely cool person, and TWO, Crystal’s Charity Lacquers is back once again and it’s time to hoard some polish! BOOM.

Each month or so, Crystal’s Charity Lacquers chooses a charity and teams up with indie brands to create exclusive polishes to sell and help raise funds for the cause. This round, she has chosen Missi from Different Dimension, Sara from Cupcake Polish and Lindsey from Tonic Polish to release some pretties to benefit the Houston SPCA

So get off your no-buys, ladies! ANOTHER TOTAL LEGIT JUSTIFICATION-type scenario just fell into your lap like no big deal. Lesssss go!


We have chosen the Houston SPCA because of the tireless work they have put into protecting and rescuing the animals in Houston who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Houston SPCA is also a no kill shelter.  I will not support a shelter who puts time limits on an animal finding their perfect forever home.  Their mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals.  

Throughout the disaster of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston SPCA have been on the front lines, doing everything they can to help the animals and for that, we thank them.

— Crystal Weber, Crystal’s Charity Lacquers

Welp. We’re definitely doing this one.  I can’t think of any better reason to spend some money today.  And then go kiss your fur babies straight in the mouth cuz we lub them more than anything, oh yes we do. Cat butthole in the face notwithstanding. 

As mentioned, there are three indie brands  involved in this fundraiser, but I only have swatches for two. However, as your PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER EXTRAORDINAIRE, I will give you deets on Tonic’s offering at the bottom of this post.  This is a good time to send bonus points, just so you know. 

This sale is kind of a quick one so I figure less chatty mo better. So here’s your brief rundown of colors. An insane display of pretty in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..


Good things we’re doing no chatty, cuz I am LITERALLY SPEECHLESS.  Moan-y throat noises are about to come out, I just know it.


DESCRIPTION:  A metallic rose gold holographic with added holographic microglitters

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

My eyes, my eyes!  Uhhhhhhhnnnnnnnn.  See?  Speechless.  The sparkle in this one is a complete driving hazard, just so you know.  Hello Mr. Pothole, we’s now best frans.

OMG, what?  Shut up, Brain.


DESCRIPTION:  A gunmetal holographic with red shimmer and holographic microflakies

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

Oooooh!  What about this one?!  SUPER HARDCORE IN LOVE.  The shimmer peeping through gives me a dire case of the Grabby Fingers.  And so we want 18,000 bottles.  Completely normal behavior, in case you’re curious.

Still upright?  Just checking.  Either way, hang tight. More noodle leg-type scenarios are coming!


We are officially pass-out-y. Bring on the smelling salts! And Leonardo, just in case.


DESCRIPTION:  An indigo base with heavy red shimmer, holographic microglitters and subtle holographic effect

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

OMG, the sparkle, the bling, the ladylike composure just OUT THE FREAKING WINDOW.  I swear, if I stay married after this, it’ll be a damn near miracle.


DESCRIPTION:  A teal base with heavy green to gold shimmer, holographic glitters and subtle holographic effect

OPACITY:  Two coats plus top coat

Oooh, we got a GREEN one!  Excuse me while I attempt to reattach my jaw to my face about a billion times.  Cuz where there is green there is me being the most unattractive mess of all time, ever.  Drooling, Level EXPERT at minimum.   

And now, we SWOON. You guys. Get on this like stat.


Pre-sale for the polishes will run from October 1 at 10am CST thru October 7 at 11:59pm CST.  In case you don’t math well, that’s 7 days of panic, so be sure to set alarms so you don’t miss out. Cuz while the polish is bueno to like the trillionth degree, a portion of the proceeds are being donated to the Houston SPCA which makes this hoarding problem well and truly worth it. Get on it, boo boos!

Polishes will be available in each respective maker’s site, so here are the linkies all typed and ready to go:

DIFFERENT DIMENSION http://differentdimensionpolish.bigcartel.com/

Cost is $14 each

CUPCAKE POLISH http://www.cupcakepolish.com

Cost is $13 each 

As for the Tonic polishes, they have already been released so go snag em right meow. (Yes, I just did a thing. I am a SUPER NERD.)   Swatches are on their website – Fur-ple is new and Project Aloha is a re-release.  I reviewed the latter back in May if you wanna click here for funsies.  Then click below for REALSIES:

Tonic Polish http://www.tonicpolish.com

Cost is $12 each

And while you’re in a clicking mood, go ahead and join the Crystal’s Charity Lacquers Facebook group so you can get inside scoop on future donations, brand collaborations, and polish sneak peeks. DO IT. I mean it. Click here.

Okay, well I’m off to NOT go watch Full House, I guess.  I may never be normal again.

Later, loves!