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Polish ‘M: Fall 2017 Collection 

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Blog train still rolling cuz this catching up thing NEVER FREAKING ENDS.  Ugh.

Effort is being made, though, I swear it.  If you ignore the part where I spent the last two hours watching my fat cat try to lay in a skinny box and looking like a tube of busted biscuits (which surprisingly gets zero blogs written), then basically I’m a DADGUM BLOGGING MACHINE.  A slow, kinda broke and sleepy machine, but a MACHINE nonetheless.

Sooooo … if an award is coming, well that makes the most logical sense.

Let’s talk polish!  I have another awesome collection from Michelle with Polish ‘M to share with you today.  Grab your smelling salts and prepare for extra ladylike scenarios!  Drool is happening in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

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Gah!  Excuse me while I attempt to get control of my brain.  Cuz mouths are gaping, everywhere.

This is the Polish ‘M Fall 2017 Collection, a set of 10 glorious shades full of glitters and flakies and happiness galore!  I’m in love with everything about this collection.  The colors are delicious, the formulas are MAGICAL PERFECTION, and I swear if it came with a side of Leonardo, no one would be surprised.  Cuz they’re a best day made best-i-er and the one good reason why you’re about to spend some money today.  Bye bye no-buy; you’re looking at a legit no joke justification situation to like the trillionth degree.

And now, a most beautiful parade:

RUSTIC PINE 

DESCRIPTION:  A greened down teal with strong copper shimmer

AMBER FLAME 

DESCRIPTION:  A mustard yellow with gold iridescent microflakies and strong gold shimmer

FIRESIDE SNUGGLES 

DESCRIPTION:  A deep purple with strong blue shimmer and red metallic microglitter

FLUTTERING LEAVES 

DESCRIPTION:  A warm brown with red/gold shift and gold holographic glitter

SHORTER DAYS, LONGER NIGHTS 

DESCRIPTION:  A blackened teal with strong pink/gold shimmer, blue/green iridescent shimmer and silver holographic glitter

ABLAZE 

DESCRIPTION:  A fiery reddish/pinkish/orange with red/orange shift, black holographic microglitter, gold holographic glitter and red/orange color shifting flakies

FALLING FOR YOU 

DESCRIPTION:  A plum purple with green/gold shimmer, silver holographic microflakies and pink/orange iridescent color shifting flakies

BARE BRANCHES 

DESCRIPTION:  A taupe with rose/gold iridescent microflakies and purple/blue iridescent glitter

HOWLING WIND 

DESCRIPTION:  A blue with green shimmer, slight violet flash, silver holographic glitter and blue/pink/purple shifting iridescent flakies

PERCHED CROW 

DESCRIPTION :  A black with green/blue shift, purple flash, iridescent glitter and red and blue holographic glitter

THE ROUND UP 

If you haven’t drooled in a thousand buckets by now, well clearly you are WRONG.  How you’re getting out of this blog without a cart full of nail polish defies alllll the comprehensions. 

All my swatches show two coats plus top coat, although if you have longer nails than me, three coats may work best on some colors.  No formula issues either!  Everything applied like a dadgum DREAM.  And good news:  you’re buying these!  Cuz you make good decisions, that’s why.

This collection releases Saturday, September 9 at 11am PST.  It is a one time release, NO RESTOCKS, with only about 40 bottles available per shade.  Which means if you feel like having yourself a quick little panic attack, right now’s a good time.  40 BOTTLES?!  We’re all about to get 27 levels of elbow jabby, I just know it.  First in line?  That’s YOU.

Very important deets:

Full collection retails for $112

Single bottles are $10 for Fireside Snuggles, Amber Flame, Rustic Pine and Ablaze; $12 for the rest

Where to buy:  http://www.polishm.com

And now, some clicking opportunities!  Connect with Polish ‘M:

Instagram

Facebook

Fan Group

As always, thanks for reading all the way to the bottom!  I’m off to paint my nails real quick before bed, which pretty much means I’m never going to sleep again.

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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Indies Outside the Box: Fan-Tastic Customs 3rd Edition

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GUYS.  I went to bed before midnight last night cuz for an extremely brief moment, I thought I had my life together.  Swatches were done, blog was done, and all my tiny baby pandas had been set free from their bubble traps.  So I laid myself down, snuggled deep into my pillow, and about carpal tunneled myself via a high-fiving frenzy.  Are trophies coming, y’all?  Cuz, logically, that sounds about right.

And then I proceeded to scroll Instagram under the covers until after 1am because VICTORIES ARE A THING FOR OTHER PEOPLE.  Ugh.  Seriously, someone needs to come take my internet away.  Except don’t, or I will cut you.

Beautiful things are on the blog today!  I’ve got the latest edition of the Indies Outside of the Box collaboration, and it’s basically a box full of perfection.  Who’s ready for a one way ticket to the Drool Convention?  (All of us, to be clear.)  Take a look!

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And just like that, wallets are flying out of purses everywhere.  Weeeee!

The Indies Outside of the Box collab is a quarterly box created from inspiration photos submitted by the members in their fan group.  The box features two constant brands – Top Shelf Lacquer (love!) and Lollipop Posse Lacquer (more love!) – and two featured brands.  For this 3rd edition, Fair Maiden Polish and Polish ‘M have joined the fun, which basically means you’re buying this box.  At this point, you have no choice.

Here are the photos that were chosen:

And then magic happened …

TOP SHELF LACQUERS:  PINEAPPLE MATTE-RS

DESCRIPTION:  A bright pink matte base with pink and gold flakies

OPACITY:  Two smooth coats

I stinkin’ love this one.  There’s just something about matte polish that gives me a dire case of the Grabby Fingers.  And then those little flakies peeping through?  Gah!  GIMME.

Then I did a couple of glossy versions, cuz SOMEONE’S a dadgum professional:

Top is under the lamps; bottom is in indirect lighting.  Either way, we lub it lots!

LOLLIPOP POSSE LACQUER:  EIGHT ARMS TO HOLD YOU

DESCRIPTION:  A blue-aqua crelly with pink shimmer and a touch of holographic sparkle

OPACITY:  Two easy coats

Seriously, are angels singing?  Cuz I hear angels.

Karen with Lollipop always makes such lovely polishes.  This blue is no exception.  And then that pink shimmer is this extra layer of magic, and suddenly your brain has gone away somewhere.  So. Freaking. Dreamy.  

FAIR MAIDEN POLISH:  PASSION PLANET

DESCRIPTION:  A deep dusky purple holographic with magenta/orange/copper shifting flakies and a subtle violet/red shifting flame

OPACITY:  Two yummy coats

I won’t lie, I kinda wanna lick this one.  Except SOCIETY says no.  Booooo.

I mean, I know it tastes like poison and it might actually kill me, but what if – WHAT IF! – it doesn’t? What if it’s a grape Jolly Rancher and I’ve just been wasting so much time sitting here being normal and whatnot? What is the point in life if you can’t eat a bit of nail polish every now and then? I ask you, WHAT IS THE POINT?

But aside from all that, I’ll just be over here reattaching my jaw to my face about 18,000 times. BRB.

And then I went outside for this one.  The overachieve-y is in FULL EFFECT:

POLISH ‘M:  AT FIRST BLUSH

DESCRIPTION:  A rose pink base with gold shimmer, gold micro flecks, rose iridescent flakies, rose gold microflakies and touch of scattered pink galaxy holo

OPACITY:  Two beautiful coats

OMG.  It’s time to roll the couches over cuz we’re all about to get suuuuuper pass-out-y in here.  Cuz you can’t just toss in all those goodies and then expect anything ladylike to happen next. Nope, it’s sweaty to, like, the trillionth degree.

THE ROUND UP

Now here’s where it gets serious.  This box is only available for the next four days, so now is not the time for lounging on couches.  FOR REAL.  Don’t 👏🏼 sleep 👏🏼 on 👏🏼 this!  If you miss it, it’s a sad state of affairs for you.

Here’s some deets:

Cost for this box is $40 plus shipping

Pre-sale ends August 14 at 1159pm EST, and then the box goes away forever.  Are you properly panicked yet?  Well, you should be.

Expected ship date is August 30, which also happens to be my birthday.  Write it down in your book in case there’s a quiz.  Or if you’re in a Starbucks and a gift card just falls in your lap like no big deal.  

Available at http://www.topshelflacquer.com RIGHT NOW, so get on it, boo boos!  Cuz it’s Friday and you’re most likely wearing sweatpants doing nothing anyway.  Well, if you’re me.

Later, loves!

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PART 1 Polish Pickup July 2017: Cocktails & Mocktails

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GUYS. After all the blogs I’ve written, assuming an award would be coming any day now – either for a miraculous not-hideous nail art or maybe just because I wore pants on a Sunday –  well FINALLY all that efforting has paid off.  Cuz a legit no joke award has officially come.  I’ll be honest:  I was just thinking maybe y’all would get me a Starbucks or something.  But OMG, NO; it’s wayyyyy better.

Sarah and Adrienne, the awesome gals behind the Polish Pickup (as well as Fair Maiden Polish), asked me to be the designated blogger for the month of July.   Whaaaaaa?!  For real, are angels singing?  Cuz I swear I hear angels.  And a full toot on my own horn, at the minimum.  Cuz I rarely win anything.  I mean, I guess I did win 48 rolls of toilet paper in the work raffle, but that point is moot.

So listen, this is gonna be a super big blog post.  There are 29 polishes to go over that’ll take at least 18 years to read, so make sure you have snacks and some diabetic circulation socks handy cuz basically you’re not moving for a really long time.  I mean, if I’m about to give myself a wicked case of carpal tunnel, you’re about to look at some nail polish for nigh on eternity.  Who’s getting excited then?  EVERY DADGUM ONE OF US, that’s who.  Lessss go!

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For those who aren’t familiar with the Polish Pickup, I’ll give you a very brief synopsis.  Each month there is a theme that is nominated and voted on by the members of the Polish Pickup group on Facebook.  The makers who participate will create exclusive polishes based on that theme, the shop goes live on the first Friday thru Monday of the month, and then we all thank Baby Jesus for the internet, otherwise there’d be some Black Friday-style elbow jabbing happening everywhere.  Come Tuesday, the shop is closed and the polish goes away forever.  Are you properly panicked?  Well you should be.  It’s a  POLISH EMERGENCY! at it’s most finest.

To read more about it, click here.

Okay, no more chatty.  There’s some serious business up ahead.  EVERYONE:  prepare for the noodle legs, cuz it’s about to get suuuuuper pass-out-y up in here.   This month’s theme is Cocktails & Mocktails, so if you need a reason to have a wine cooler on a Sunday morning, this here’d be it. 

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ALTER EGO:  Silver Cocktail

DESCRIPTION:  A silver holographic base with just a hint of gold

COATS:  Opaque in two; ultra smooth 

I reallllly love this color.  It’s a simple and elegant shade, but that holo is straight up ridiculous.  About 27 levels of gorgeousness.  And Queen of England-approved, in case y’all are having sandwiches later.  As happens from time to time.

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $7

Linky loos:

Shop http://wisconsinsoap.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/alteregobodycareproducts

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/alteregobodycareproducts

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ELLAGEE:  Hard Cider

DESCRIPTION:  A luscious warm brown holographic with flashes of honey gold plus copper, bronze and gold microflakies

COATS:  Opaque in two; easy to apply

Did someone just wrap me up in a thousand toasty blankets and hand me a bunch of kitties?  Might as well have!  This polish is a comfy cozy dreamboat, and we lub her so much.

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $12

Linky loos:

Shop http://ellagee.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/ellageepolish

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ellageepolish

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POLISH MY LIFE:  Passion Peach Sangria

DESCRIPTION:  A light peach/mild orange crelly with white and rainbow flakies for the perfect shimmer

COATS:  Formula was thicker than average so I added several drops of thinner to ease application. Two coats was good coverage but I did three to smooth everything out. 

The flakies in this one are a bit shy to capture, but in person you can see them easier.  I mean, it’s not a flakie EXTRAVAGANZA! or anything, but sometimes you just want something a little more chill.  We’re not always feeling our jazz hands, now are we?  And this peach color has just enough darkness in it to not wash out my see-thru skintone.  Bonus!

Outside:

Macros:

Price: $11

Linky loos:

Shop http://www.polishmylife.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/polishmylife

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/polishmylife

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NIGHT OWL LACQUER:  Dragon Blood

DESCRIPTION:  A yellowy neon green base with bright green sparks and ultra chameleon chrome flakies that shift red/copper/green/gold

COATS:  Three easy ones

If you’ve read this blog before – although WHY HAVEN’T YOU?! is the actual question – y’all know I have a thing for green.  Green is my happy place.  I mean, where there is green there is me picking my jaw off the floor like 18,000 times.  And then you go tossing flakies in it like NBD, and I swear I’ll never be normal again.

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $10

Linky loos:

Shop http://www.nightowllacquer.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/nightowllacquer

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nightowllacquer

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NORTHERN STAR:  Shark Bite

DESCRIPTION:  An ocean blue base with red microflakies and blue shimmer

COATS:  I got opacity in 2, but some may need 3

This is my very first Northern Star polish, but it’s absolutely not my last.  Formula on this is beyond amazing, so fluid and practically silky.   The deep saturated color was a one way ticket to the Drool Convention, and I swear if I there weren’t like 24 more polishes to get through, I’d just go ahead and pass on out now.

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $9

Linky loos:

Shop http://www.northernstarcosmetics.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/northernstarpolish

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/northernstarpolish

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MY INDIE POLISH:  Goodnight Puppy

DESCRIPTION:  A pink base with lots of depth and a neat green spark

COATS:  I did three even though two probably would’ve been just fine; no formula issues at all

This one makes me smiley, although not very adorably.  No, I’m just sitting here with my eyes closed, smiling to myself like an idiot cuz polish does things, and they’re not always pretty.  The Ugly Ecstasy Face, guys!  It’s getting very unattractive over here. 

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $11

Linky loos:

Shop http://myindiepolish.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/myindiepolish

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/indiepolish

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POLISH ‘M:  Ripped in Rio de Janeiro

DESCRIPTION:  A red/orange leaning coral with gold microflakies, red/gold microflakies and red and gold scattered galaxy holo

COATS:  Two of the smoothest of your life!

Oh, but this one!  What a spectacular shade for summer.  Seriously, you’re buying one bottle plus 27 backup bottles in case of accidental polishing of all the surfaces.

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $9

Linky loos:

Shop http://www.polishm.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/creativenailchick

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/polishmpolish

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NAIL HOOT:  Berry Sexy Vanilla Sunrise

DESCRIPTION:  A berry holographic with a hint of a purple flash

COATS:  Opaque in a quick two

Nail Hoot was the very first indie brand polish I’d ever purchased over two years ago, and it’s because of Brandie that I even have this indie addiction.  Basically, if it wasn’t for Nail Hoot luring me into this fantastical new world, you wouldn’t be reading this blog right now.  It simply wouldn’t exist.  So now we all owe Brandie our firstborn childrens cuz I think that’s how this thing works, right?  I might be thinking of something else.  Either way, though, Brandie, THANK YOU!

Under the lamps:

Macros: 

Price: $9.75

Linky loos:

Shop http://nailhoot.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/nailhoot

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nailhoot

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DIFFERENT DIMENSION:  Purple Rain

DESCRIPTION:  A mulberry purple linear holographic with added color shifting pigment and a gorgeous pink flash

COATS:  Opaque in basically one coat, but I did two to smooth out my strokes

Uhhhhhhhnnnnn.  Words have left me.  It’s seriously moan-y throat noises from here on out.  Purple lovers, you die!  How this blog is getting finished, well, wouldn’t we all like to know?

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $11

Linky loos:

Shop http://differentdimension.us

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/differentdimensionus 

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/difdimension

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FAIR MAIDEN POLISH:  Sparkling Sangria

DESCRIPTION:  A berry holographic with red flame and holographic sparkles

COATS:  Pretty much a one coater but I did two cuz CAN’T STOP POLISHING.

This is the perfect ending to Part 1 of the blog cuz nothing has you beggin for more like a sultry, sexy little red.  Seriously, are you hot?  Cuz I’m hot.  Don’t mind me and my sweat bead mustache.  Ugh.  Good thing I’ve got this Trophy Wife deal on lock, or else we’d all be worried.   

Under the lamps:

Macros:

Price: $11

Linky loos:

Shop http://www.fairmaidenpolish.com

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/fairmaidenpolish

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/fairmaidenpolish

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The Polish Pickup shop will open on Friday, July 7 at 11am EST and will run thru Monday, July 10 until 11:59pm EST.  Click here for shopping, but only after you read parts 2 and 3.  WE ARE NOT DONE.  In fact, we’ve just gotten started.  Weeeee!

Part 2

Part 3

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