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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.


Glisten & Glow: Birthday Duo + New Glorious Glistenettes



Quick blog for you today, I guess.  Cuz hubby just got up and randomly started taking ornaments off the Christmas tree, complete with extra dramatic sighs and a skosh of the side eye, so I’m assuming that means I have a job to do and FOR SOME REASON it’s not writing a blog.  Or perhaps I just need to supervise the whole thing in case the Tree Punching Incident of 2016 rears it’s ugly head once again.  But UGH, who’s up for a rousing game of moving legs and arms and other body parts against your will?  NOT THIS LADY.  If the tree stays up until February 26 (as it has once before; clearly not my best year ever), that’s fine by me.  Sunday is for lounging and for eating things with gravy on top – there just isn’t room for much else.


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.


Glisten & Glow: Glorious Glistenettes Small Batch Thermals


How many people got a Black Friday-style elbow jab to the face today?  Who crawled out of bed at 3am to stand amongst the crazies at the door to Toys R Us?  Who waited in the drive thru at Starbucks for like half an hour cropping and watermarking swatch photos until coffee finally came?  NOT THIS LADY!

Okay, well that Starbucks thing was me, but all the rest?  NEVER.  Black Friday gives me the hives, y’all.  Too many people, all up in my business.  Shopping carts all trying to go down the same aisle.  Arms, everywhere.  Plus, the surprising lack of pajamas is just too much to bear sometimes.

However, there was a coffee emergency.  Hubby left early for work this morning and then I laid in bed for the next four hours waiting for Starbucks to just appear in my hand like magic.  IT NEVER FREAKING DID.  Ugh.  So basically I had no choice but to venture out in traffic, with pants on and everything, and get in line for the next eternity all for the love of a peppermint mocha.  I was soooo brave, you guys!  Seriously, if there’s an award coming, I’ll take a Leonardo.

Speaking of emergencies, y’all need to FOCUS.  The Glisten & Glow Black Friday & Beyond sale is officially underway and nail polish is happening to like the trillionth degree.  Take a look at the next thing you’re buying, as in today, as in right now:


GAH!  Are you seeing this?  Purples and blues and flakies and loooooooove.  I don’t know what else you got planned for today, but tossing a bunch of THIS in the cart sounds like the most logical.

Introducing the Glorious Glistenettes trio, a set of three beautiful small batch thermal polishes that you never knew you needed.  You do, you do!  They’re absolutely lovely, but they’re also 80% sold out sooooo … if you’re thinking about a proper time to have yourself a panic attack, right now would be it.

Now we’re in a hurry.  In an effort to not spend the next 18 years in here chatting about stupid stuff, let me just say:

1.  Formula was a consistent, fantastic two coats

2.  No issues with application whatsoever; practically effortless

3.  Annnnd, you had me at effortless.  All other points are moot.  


DESCRIPTION:  A purple to pink thermal holographic with red shimmer, purple holo microglitter and color shifting flakies

Just the warm version:

Now the cool:

And gradient macros. Oooooh, the overachieve-y!


DESCRIPTION:  A lilac to light green thermal holographic with aqua shimmer, silver holo microglitter and color shifting flakies

The warm:

The cool:

Back to the gradient:


DESCRIPTION:  A periwinkle to silver thermal holographic with copper shimmer, red holo microglitter and color shifting flakies

Full view of the warm:

Full view of the cool:

And finally, gradient macros to drool over:


Seriously guys.  If you’ve got a thing for thermals, these are spectacular.  But did we expect anything less from Glisten & Glow?  NO WE DID NOT.  Jill’s got this polish thing on lock, y’all.

Very important shopping deets:

Sale is going on now and will run through Monday, November 27 at 11:59pm EST.  However, let me stress to you ONE MORE TIME, these thermals are 80% sold out.  I’m not the best at math, but even I can tell that’s not good news.  Who’s missing out on all this pretty?  CERTAINLY NOT YOU.

Use discount code BFANDBEYOND2017 to get 30% off your order.  Which translates to free as far as I’m concerned.  Shopping cart full of nail polish = completely and officially JUSTIFIED.

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

Lastly, some linky loos! Connect with Glisten & Glow:



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Now GO GO GO!  Get your pretties before they’re gone.  Pick up some top coat and some cremes and the new nail care products while you’re at it.  It’s Black Friday; what better way to celebrate?  Pants or no pants, that’s up to you.

Later, loves!


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:


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!