WIW Review: The Polished Pachyderm

Hey everybody, I’ve got a brand new polish brand to show you today! The brand is called The Pachyderm Polish and so far from what I’ve seen this brand is going to go far. The creator, Cristie, sent me an unnamed flakie topper and I love it!

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I tried it over a black holo first. It really adds a cool effect to the black. It’s a little colorful but still very dark. This is one coat plus a top coat.

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Then I put it over a white holo and it really popped! Over the white you can really see the multichrome aspect of the flakies better. They have a purple/green shift. This is one coat with top coat again.

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The formula is nice and smooth and easy to remove as well. The dry time was a little longer than I’m used to with some indies, but still very quick for polish in general. The wear time was really good for me as well. I’ve already used this polish more than once and I’m really looking forward to seeing what else The Polished Pachyderm has to show.

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I’m getting a bright and early start today for once! And what a beautiful polish I have to get you going as well. This is I Love Nail Polish Sirene. It’s a beautiful multichrome that mostly shift purple/green but has hints of blue, red, and gold at some angles. This polish went on super smooth and took 3 coats to reach opacity, but you could also do a coat or two over black instead. I got this polish in a swap and I’m so happy I did! I love the couple ILNP colors that I have and I would still really like to get more.

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Good morning! Today I have No Plain Jane for you, a duochrome from China Glaze. I love the shade of purple but I’m not sure that I like how it’s a little brown on the edges when the color shifts. I usually like my duo/multichromes a little stronger but this one (and the others from this collection) would be great for something more subtle. I did three coats for opacity but I think I rushed a little and got a bit of bubbling, which mostly smoothed out with a top coat. What are your thoughts on this polish?

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Hi everybody! Today I have Zoya Wendy for you, it’s a bright coraly pink (I believe their description is grapefruit). Sadly, I think I’ve found a Zoya formula I don’t love. It could just be my bottle, but it was thin, yet goopy at the same time. It was also streaky with the first couple coats. But with those issues aside, I actually do like the color. I’m starting to become much more open to different pinks on my nails. I think my photos did come out a little brighter and pinker than the polish is, the photo in the left is slightly more accurate.

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I didn’t have a post ready for today so I asked what color polish I should feature on my facebook page. All the people that voted chose purple, so I couldn’t disappoint! This is sinful colors Purple Gleam, a purple textured polish with pink and blue shimmer. I’ve had this polish sitting untried since I got it for Christmas. I really had wanted to use it, I just never got around to it. I think it has a lot more dimension on the nail than in the bottle. Top photos are without top coat and bottom are with. It was very easy to apply and is opaque in 2-3 coats. I think I like it worn both ways too.

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Wear It Wednesday Review: Anne Katleen Heather on the Moor

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ve seen a few Anne Kathleen reviews. Every time I’ve gotten these polishes I’ve been impressed and this is no exception. Heather on the Moor is a small collection with 3 polishes, and they are beautiful and a dream to apply.

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The first one I tried was Ling, a pale lavender with a pinkish purple shimmer, just like heather flowers. The shimmer was hard to capture with my camera, but it is very plentiful. The application was very nice, and depending on the thickness of your coats it will take 2-4 to make this polish opaque.

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Next I tested Tawny, a bright lime green leaning towards the yellow side. Again, a very smooth application opaque in 2-3 coats. Usually I got for cooler toned greens, but this one is fantastic!

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Last is Heather, a purple toned greyish brown that will be perfect for fall. This one was my favorite to apply, it took 2 coats and was so silky. The picture on the left came out a little dark, but the right is more color accurate.

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All swatches shown have a top coat, but they are pretty shiny on their own. Again, I am blown away by the quality of these Anne Kathleen polishes, I can never find anything bad to say! They are on the thinner side, which I like, they wear well, and the colors are lovely. I really want to play around with these a bit and do some nail art. These polishes will be available in just two days on September 5th!

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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Today I’ve got a nice simple Wear It Wednesday for you. This is Julep India, a gorgeous shimmery blue. I’m not always happy with Julep’s colors, but this one was a must have for me. I’m so happy I got my box for this month! The application was smooth and the slight color shift to a lighter blue is really pretty.

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I’ve got a great polish for you today! Recently Ellagee put out a Doctor Who collection and I snagged a few of the colors. Each color perfectly matches the scene or object it was based off of. The first one I tried out was Trenzalore, a cloudy blue holo.


The holo is more subtle, but still very pretty in sunlight. The application was very smooth and it will only take 2 or 3 coats for full opacity. Here’s the TARDIS pendant I got with my order, isn’t it awesome? You can get your own pendant for just $1.50, and Trenzalore for $10 at ellagee.com as well as the other polishes in the collection.

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