Friday, July 21, 2017

Cupcake Polish - Highlight It Up {The Holo Hookup February 2017}

If I can wear a nail polish for a week without tiring of it, I know it's a keeper. While I do consider myself a bit of a hoarder when it comes to nail polish, I am rather ruthless when it comes to critically assessing my stash and purging what I am unlikely to wear for a second time. 



As you will be able to see from the myriad of images in this post, Highlight It Up is a bit of a chameleon because of the metallic and holographic makeup of this polish. It's a super pretty, almost white linear holographic polish in the sunshine and in the shade, the metallic nature really shows as does the shimmer.



Cupcake Polish Highlight It Up is a dainty metallic linear pink/lilac linear holographic polish with pale pink (maybe pale lilac?) shimmer. See what I'm talking about in the sunshine? It's almost blinding in the politest way possible. I can imagine this being a wedding polish for those who are so inclined. It would also be very work appropriate. 



I love how Cupcake Polish took the inspiration of highlighter and turned it into a nail polish. I would much rather wear highlighter on my nails than my face. I don't wear foundation/concealer/blush so it looks a little weird if I ever do wear it on my upper cheekbones. I'm more of a mascara and eyeliner with the occasional eyeshadow look kind of person. But the translation of the inspiration into a polish is just perfect.



What I love about The Holo Hookup, month after month, polish after polish, is how innovative the creations are. And every brand involved BRINGS THE CREATIVITY. It's so hard to resist.



I know this polish was from February but I would suggest you try your luck in a resale group to see if someone has a bottle for sale. If you like light holos or are looking for a near white holo, this is for you. It isn't a white and it's not claiming to be but it's so much more that you could even dream of. Totally ethereal and whimsical.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

Girly Bits has become a flakie maven. This is the second half of the January 2017 CoTM duo; the first half was Girly Bits In One Year and Out the Other which I shared a while ago on the blog. The duo is fan-flakie-tastic and I finally had a chance to wear the second half, Steely Resolution.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM nail polish

Steely Resolution is a taupe brown/grey portabella mushroom holo, with added holographic sparkle and UCC flakes that shift from hot pink to violet to gold. Let me tell you, these flakies are magical. I was concerned I wouldn't love this polish out of the bottle but it's truly fantastic on the nail. I am wearing 2 coats and top coat. The application is buttery smooth and the flakies lay very flat.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

The holo in this particular polish is really special. Maybe it's the holographic sparkle but it is very shifty and rainbow-y. There is no indication that there is shimmer in this polish but it has a shimmer-like quality to it that makes it extra special.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

I love the varied sizes of flakies in this polish. Some are really tiny and once in a while you get a larger flakie which is fun. That might not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoy it. You can see the larger flakies in my close-up shots.

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

So, yet again I am THOROUGHLY impressed by Girly Bits' CoTM offering even if it was from January. It's still available from Harlow & Co. if you missed it!

Girly Bits Steely Resolution January 2017 CoTM

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Glisten & Glow - A Little More Altitude {The Holo Hookup April 2017}

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup box

Pardon the deep breathing. I'm still hyperventilating over this Glisten & Glow polish from the April 2017 Holo Hookup box. The polishes in this April box were themed around Bucket Lists and the maker behind Glisten & Glow, Jill, chose mountain climbing. I have a growing bucket list. There's nothing too wild like mountain climbing on it. I just decided this past weekend that I want to ride the Whirlpool Aero Car across the Niagara Whirlpools. I will probably have my eyes closed the whole time but I would like to try it out. YOLO and stuff, right?

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

A Little More Altitude is a light lilac linear holographic with flashes of blue and purple shimmers and a dazzle of silver holo micro glitters. It's is SO. FREAKING. SPARKLY. I have always been a fan of lilac holos ever since I tried Enchanted Polish Love the Way You Lilac back in 2013. This is a lilac holo on steroids though - the sparkle and shimmers are out of this world. It's definitely my favorite Glisten & Glow to date.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

I am wearing 2 easy coats plus 2 layers of top coat. The one downside to this polish, which is by no means a deal breaker, is that it's a bit gritty from all the microglitters. I'm being a bit of a princess about that but it's so perfect in every other respect that I wanted it to be 110% perfect in every single way. This is more about my own expectations than the polish. I used to wear super chunky glitters all the time but now I hate those and begrudge wearing more than one coat of top coat. Life's hard, I know.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

This is a magical nail polish fit for a unicorn and I'm in love with it. I will wear it again and again until the bottle is used up and I cry because it was LE and I can't find a replacement. Sometimes that happens. Nevertheless, I strongly suggest you find yourself a bottle and wear the crap out of it.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

The glitters are practically JUMPING OFF MY NAIL. Can you see it?! I feel like there is some iridescence in the polish but maybe that's just the way the shimmers and microglitters play together or maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks on me. At any rate, I'm obsessed and a massive fan. Every time I try a new Glisten & Glow polish, I fall more deeply in love with Jill's creations.

Glisten & Glow A Little More Altitude The Holo Hookup

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