Wear It Wednesday Review: Philly Loves Lacquer Customs

Hello everybody, I’ve got a great post for you today! I recently got some custom polishes made by one of my favorite indie brands, Philly Loves Lacquer. I got one of each of these for myself, but they are also being provided by PLL for my blogiversary giveaway starting tomorrow! I wanted to keep with the Philly theme and name the polishes after shops in the Reading Terminal Market. Most of the time we go to Philly we have lunch at the Market, and when my husband and I first started dating we went to get some fresh ingredients so he could make me breakfast, a lot of good memories there.

The first one is called Tootie’s Teal, named after Tootsie’s Salad Express. A teal jelly holo with holo micro glitter. I love the color, greens always seem to look good on me, and the glitter is subtle but super sparkly in the sun.

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Next is Violet Blooms, named after Market Blooms. This one is a deep purple jelly with the same holo micro glitter in it. Purple is my favorite color so I had to get something purple made for me. It’s a great shade, I love that it leans more toward a blue tone than pink, so it looks good on me.

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The fact that these polishes are both the same type will be awesome for nail art in the future. I might even have to get a couple more customs like this made! They were well pigmented and had full coverage in two coats, something that some jellies can’t do. Philly Loves Lacquer continues to put out great products, and Esther has helped me so much with getting my brand on track, I highly recommend giving her your business.

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Do you ever buy a polish that looks amazing in the bottle and then you paint it on and it’s disappointing? Well this polish is the complete opposite. Not to say that I was disappointed with it in the bottle, but I just wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But wow! I don’t know what it is about Aly’s Dream Polish Yuna, but it is just so gorgeous. It’s my first Aly’s, I got it in the July Holo Grail box and I can tell you, I will definitely be buying more from this brand in the future. Top and bottom left photos are with no flash and bottom right is with flash to show the holo effect.

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Unboxing: Birchbox July 2014

Hey everybody! I know I skipped last month’s unboxing for Birchbox. I accidentally deleted my photos and didn’t feel like retaking them because I wasn’t happy with the box. This month was a lot better for me though. They paired up with Women’s Health this time around.

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As usual there was a description card with my products. There was also a cool little pamphlet with simple things you can do to improve yourself.

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The first two products I tried out were the pore refining primer and lip lube. The primer was smooth and lightly tinted so it didn’t change my skin color at all. I didn’t really notice any difference in the size of my pores though, even after applying makeup on top. The lip lube is a nice texture and it’s minty, but I didn’t like the color I got. I’ll probably only wear it around the house.

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Next was the peel and leave in conditioner. I followed the instructions for the peel and my face did feel nice and smooth after. This sample will probably be enough for a month or two of use if it’s used weekly as recommended. The spray in hair conditioner is supposed to protect color, strengthen and nourish hair. I’ve used it twice so far and haven’t seen any differences, but I’ll finish off the bottle. I don’t really have any big issues with my hair so I probably wouldn’t buy something like this in the future.

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And lastly, the Riffian polish and remover towelette . I didn’t use these, but the cool thing was that I got to pick which color I got. I did pick the one I wanted out of three but I honestly don’t think I’ll use it. I’ll probably find somebody to swap with for something else I want.

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This was a pretty good box for me overall. I’m still iffy about Birchbox as a whole because I don’t use many beauty products besides eye makeup and nail polish. I’ll keep giving it a try and see where it goes.

WIW Review: Black Dahlia Lacquer

Happy Wednesday everybody! I’ve been pretty busy lately, but I’m trying to work on regular posts for you again plus I’ve been prepping for new color releases. Now for a new indie brand! I received two polishes from Black Dahlia Lacquer to test out. This brand isn’t open for business just yet, but they are working on putting together their fall collection.

The first polish is a dark blue linear holo. It seemed to have a pretty wide holo if that makes sense. The application was very smooth and I only needed one or two coats for full coverage. The picture on the left is with no flash and is a good representation of the color. The second picture’s color is off because of the flash, but you can see the beautiful rainbow holo effect.

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The second was a glitter topper with different sizes of silver holo glitter. I wouldn’t normally wear glitter as big as the large hex in this one, but I kind of liked the fact that you can see a whole rainbow in one piece of glitter. Again, left side is without flash and right side is with.

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These polishes together lasted pretty long for me, I barely had any wear before I took it off a couple days later. Because I work with my hands a lot my polish usually chips or peels pretty quick. I did also have a top coat in between the polishes and then on top, but sometimes that doesn’t always help. The only issue I had was that some of the big glitter doesn’t lay flat on curved nails, so I was picking some of them off. Overall this brand looks like it has a ton of potential. They are very organized already, so expect an amazing launch!

WIW Review: Gothic Gala Lacquers Burlesque Girls Part 2

It’s Wednesday again! Time for Part 2 of the Burlesque Girls collection from Gothic Gala Lacquers.

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First up this week is Opal Jamila, a silver holo with silver micro glitter. This one is a little thick and I got a little streaking on the first coat but it’s opaque in 2 coats and the streaking goes away. Itdries a little textured but smoothes out just fine with a top coat. I feel the holo would be a little bit stronger if it were a tad bit thinner, but that’s very easy to do on your own with polish thinner. The glitter is visible in the bottle but when I applied the polish it kind of blended in. I think I would have liked it with either no glitter, more glitter, or possibly a darker glitter. (L no flash, R flash)

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Next is Gyspsy Rose Lee, a dark pink holo. This is one of the rare times I like a pink polish. It’s on the thicker side but it’s also very pigmented and has great holo. You can get away with one thicker coat or two thin ones and like most of the other GGL polishes, it dries pretty quick. (L no flash, R flash)

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And this is Dannie Diesel, a deep blue holo. I was so excited about this one especially, it’s so pretty! It has a good consistency, pigmentation, and holo. You can also do 1-2 coats with this polish. It dried fast and cleaned up pretty easy with no staining. (L no flash, R flash)

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And last from the Burlesque Girls collection is Krystal Sparkle which consists of different colored shimmer a flakies. This polish can be used on it’s own in several coats or as a topper. To me it’s a little hard to see all the different colors over light or bright polish, but it looks gorgeous over black, maybe I’ll use it for my next galaxy mani. This one is a little thick too, but that works because you only need one coat for a topper to get good coverage.

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My overall thoughts on the Burlesque Girls collection are very positive. Pretty much all the polishes dry quickly and go on nice and smooth. As stated before, some are a little thick for my liking, but it’s easy to make them thinner. The colors are amazing! I was really excited to see some brighter colors from Gothic Gala Lacquers this time around, and it seems like there will be more in the near future. The polishes from this collection are $9 each or $65 for the whole collection, and I highly recommend getting them all!

And now for an added bonus, Astrid! This one was sent to me by mistake instead of Dannie Diesel so for the trouble Samantha had to go through to get the right polish to me I figured I could at least add it to my review. Astrid is a dark blue metallic with scattered holo. It’s so pretty and goes on nicely in 1-2 coats. I was not upset at all that she mixed them up! You can get Astrid for $8.50, a great price for this polish.

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WIW Review: Gothic Gala Lacquers Burlesque Girls Part 1

If you frequent my blog you’ve seen that I did a Gothic Gala Lacquers review before. Today I have 4 out of the 8 polishes from the Burlesque Girls collection. The collection consists of 7 holos and a shimmery micro flakie topper. All the polishes are absolutely beautiful, I’m so excited to share these with you!

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First off is Sassy Citrine, a golden holo. I has very mild streaking on my first coat, but it smoothed out perfectly with the second. This polish is pretty pigmented so you wont need more than 2 coats. The holo isn’t as strong in this one which is very understandable. Holo pigment tends to grey out warmer colors so it was a very smart decision for his one. (L flash, R no flash)

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Next is Sinfully Stephanie, a bright purple holo. This is definitely one of my favorites. This one is a little thinner, which I like, and it takes 2-3 coats with no streaking. The pigmentation and holo is great in this polish. (L no flash, R flash)

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This one is Lili St. Cyr, a grassy green holo. This one is also on the thinner side and takes 2 coats. There was no streaking and the pigmentation and holo are awesome. Look at that linear goodness! (L flash, R no flash)

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And lastly for this post, is Perle Noir, a dusty purple holo. This one is thicker and very pigmented. It only needs one thick coat or two thinner ones. The holo is so pretty in this polish and isn’t hindered by how pigmented it is. (L flash, R no flash)

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I did use a top coat on all of these because most of them dried a little bit matte, but they look lovely both ways and the holo is just as amazing without a top coat. For the thicker ones you can add a thinner to get the consistency that you like. I prefer my polishes on the thinner side so I might add some next time I got to wear them. All of them had little to no streaking and dried very fast. You can get each polish from the Burlesque Girls collection for $9 each or the entire collection for $65 at http://www.gothicgalalacquers.com/. And look out next Wednesday for Part 2!

WIW Review: Aurora Lacquers

If you haven’t heard of Aurora lacquers yet you might want to check them out. The mother daughter team is taking the indie world by storm and with good reason too. They’re friendly and fun and have great creative minds. I was sent four polishes from Aurora lacquers to try out.

First I tested out The Dusty Fairy. The formula was on the thick side but that happens more often in mini bottles (which I got) and it’s being reformulated. This one is a silvery holo glitter that seems to have a bit of a blue or pink sheen in certain lighting. This is two coats with no top coat. I didn’t get a chance to get photos with the top coat, but you can see the holo sparkle much better with one.

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Next I tested My Fair Lily, a pale pink cream. For me it’s very hard to see the pink in this polish, especially when it’s on me. The formula is great for this one though. On the thinner side which I love for creams and no streaking. This is two coats but some people may be able to get away with one thicker coat.

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Next I tested Cookie Gardens, a crelly with pink and purple glitters. This one has purple flowers and pink butterflies in it. I got a good amount of the butterflies out but I was only able to get one flower and it got covered up after the next coat. This one is on the thinner side too and went on very nicely.

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Lastly I used Imaginary Butterfly. A glitter topper with pink and purple glitters and silver holo butterflies. It was very easy to get the glitters out and it covers well with one coat. The second pictures in Imaginary Butterfly over Cookie Gardens, My Fair Lily, and then The Dusty Fairy.

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I was really excited to try out these polishes. I’ll definitely be using The Dusty Fairy a lot as well as My Fair Lily for an undie. The dry time and wear were good and they all had great application. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Aurora Lacquers, and you might even see a collaboration from our brands later on!