Friday, September 16, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Siren's Guiding Light

I can't believe how the time flies. Every November, Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer hosts an auction for Depression Awareness. She not only makes amazing nail polish, she's also a great person who isn't afraid to talk about her own struggle with depression. For last year's auction, Julie created Siren's Guiding Light which benefited I Need A Lighthouse.

Siren's Guiding Light is a dove gray scattered holo with bright flashes of blue-to-violet duochrome microflakes. It's so complex yet understated. A true masterpiece of a lacquer! I am wearing 2 coats plus top coat in the pictures. I always want to love grey polish but it hates my skintone. I still love this polish, though :)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Chaos & Crocodiles - Pony In A Party Hat

Chaos & Crocodiles is one of those elusive brands which, thankfully for my wallet, releases new (and old) polishes rather infrequently. One of the most recent releases from Chaos & Crocodiles is Pony In A Party Hat which is an ULTRA linear light purple holographic polish. 

This baby is SMOOTH. Pony In A Party Hat applies flawlessly in two coats. I am wearing top coat and it didn't dull the holo thankfully! This polish wears like iron and I had it on for about a week. What I really, really love about this polish is how awesome it looks in the shade (see below). It almost glows. It's totally amazing and very rarely do I love a holo in the shade as much as I love it in direct sun. Good on you, Chaos & Crocodiles!

If you are able to grab this polish, do it ASAP. I love it so much and will wear it again again and again and again.

You can purchase Chaos & Crocodiles here.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Literay Lacquers - Makuahine

Thee questions for you, dear Reader:
1. Have you ever cut your nails while still wearing nail polish, leaving yourself with painfully short nubs?
2. Do you continue to buy and then proceed to wear "nude" nail polishes only to realize you can't pull that look off?
3. Are you having a good day today? :)

I am wearing Literay Lacquers Makuahine which is a rose-ish gold holographic polish with microglitters. Makuahine was a Hella Holo Customs exclusive polish for Mother's Day which meas it's only available to Hella Holo Customs members (information on how to apply is at the bottom of this post) and now no longer available. 

It's a really great polish that applied beautifully in two coats and smoothed out well with top coat. However, it's just not for me. Or, maybe it's perfect for me. This colour blends so well with my skin that it almost looks like I don't have nails in certain lighting. I'm not feeling it though. I guess I'm just a bright polish kind of gal after all! When will I learn?!

To join Hella Holo Customs, Alternatively, you can email your Facebook account details (i.e. name and profile link) to hellaholocustomercare(AT) and Dawn (who manages the group) will set you up so you can purchase lovely polishes like this one!

Other Literary Lacquers are available here for purchase. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Siren's Mint Smash

You know you love a polish when you buy a backup bottle without thinking about how ridiculous that really is. Well, I have 2 bottles of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren's Mint Smash which is a limited edition polish from Summer 2015. 

Siren's Mint Smash is ABSOLUTELY the most perfect minty blue-green polish of all time. It has an incredible golden shimmer. I am wearing 2 coats though it's a little patchy but I didn't want it to get thick and gloopy with a third coat. Nonetheless it's still a great polish and it wears like IRON! This polish changes from a blue to green in different lighting which makes it exciting to wear because it never looks exactly the same - LOVE THAT. 

I will let you just appreciate this beautiful polish and I will contemplate why I'm crazy and hoard nail polish. 

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Sinful Shine - True Kolor {Kylie Signature Collection}

Blue polishes win my heart. Every. Single. Time. I was intrigued by the Kylie Jenner Collection(s) of polish from Sinful Shine (or Sinful Colors if you're in the USA). Some of the polishes are amazing and True Kolor is an absolute knockout from the entire line of over 50 or more polishes.

True Kolor is a bright cobalt blue jelly that applies beautifully. I believe I am wearing 3 thin coats with a top coat to make it extra glossy. I love the glossy jelly finish on the polish. It also wore really well using a new technique I picked up: after you've applied your polish, apply one layer of base coat again and then apply top coat. I swear I get a week out of all polishes now.

Sinful Shine can be found at Rexall and Real Canadian Superstore in Canada. (Or, at least that's where I've purchased it!)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Dreamland Lacquer - Out, Damned Clot! and a Little Information on ARVC

I have a lot of red holos. I am not even a lover of red nails yet I have a lot of red holos. It's weird. Nonetheless I decided to add Out, Damned Clot! from Dreamland Lacquer to my collection (it's still available so grab a bottle).

When I ordered this polish, it was the day on which I was diagnosed with ARVC (you can watch a 53 second video here) which is a genetic heart condition that can cause sudden death. My mom has been diagnosed, my sister has been diagnosed, I have been diagnosed and my late grandmother was diagnosed and treated for ARVC before her death. It's been life-changing but at least we know now. Unfortunately, far too few people (including medical professionals) know about this condition so please educate yourself as young, active teenagers are particularly at risk of sudden death from this condition and many times it's too late by the time they are diagnosed.

Learn more about ARVC here: SADS Canada

Hopefully I didn't bum you out too much about my heart condition. As for the polish, it's totally gorgeous and one of the juiciest red polishes I've ever worn. The holo is really intense and linear with a blue shift. It's so pretty and probably now my favorite red holographic polish. Two coats, top coat. Smooth application and great wear.   

You can buy Dreamland lacquer here

Friday, September 2, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Siren Sells Seashells Down by the Shore

Well friends, this might have been the worst summer of my life. I cannot believe it's September and yet I'm ready for the changing of the season and hopefully, with it, some new and positive experiences. We lost our grandmother who was like a mother and best friend to us a mere two weeks ago and the pain is still fresh. Prior to her passing, she had been in the hospital but was recovering. It feels weird writing these words. Death is so incomprehensible and surreal. If you've lost a loved one recently, our hearts are with you. The pain is real and that whole "time heals" thing... I'm not feeling it yet. I hope that, in time, time will heal our hearts.

My Nannie loved having her nails painted. I often painted her nails and she was even on our blog. She always had the hardest time keeping nail polish on. I used to laugh with her about that because I'd paint one of her hands and then the next minute she would have rubbed her nose and smudged some of the polish. I miss those moments so much and wish I'd taken more time to treat her to a manicure. At any rate, she loved Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer because it seemed like the only brand of polish that would last on her nails without peeling or chipping off.

Seeing as it's the end of summer, I wanted to share Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren Sells Seashells Down by the Shore which was a Limited Edition polish from Summer 2015. Sadly, it has long since sold out but you can find a bottle here and there on blog sales, etc. I bought mine second-hand actually! I am wearing 2 coats with top coat. I like how neutral this is even with the glitters. Gorgeous and beachy. Great wear as always with BEGL polishes and no application issues whatsoever. 

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