Monday, August 25, 2014

Sweetheart Polish: Disney Duo inspired by POTC

Ahoy Mateys! Avast!

Sweetheart polish collaborated with Ellagee for the next Disney ride inspired duo. It launches on August 31st and is inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean themed ride. I was so excited to have the opportunity to review this duo because Disney theme parks are near and dear to me. The box consists of two polishes, a Doubloon keychain and some candies all packed up in pretty red organza bags!

xoxoJen's Sweetheart Duo unboxed

Ellagee's polish is called Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho! and is a beautiful golden Doubloon shade that sparkles a heap because it's packed with shimmery micro flakies! I used three coats for opacity yet I think that a single coat would be sheer enough to wear over your favorite dark creams to give them a kiss of gold! The formula was smooth and easy to apply.

xoxoJen's swatch of Ellagee Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho!
xoxoJen's swatch of Ellagee Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho!
xoxoJen's swatch of Ellagee Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho!

Sweetheart's polish is Inflame & Ignite, inspired by the burning room. A fantastic room inside the ride, filled with the scent of burning wood, raging flames and chaos - even a teetering table and chair that just might come crashing down! This micro glitter is packed with reds, golds, and silvers, plus holographic microglitters. It's opaque in three coats on it's own as shown here or you can use it as a topper over another polish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweetheart Polish's Inflame & Ignite
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweetheart Polish's Inflame & Ignite
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweetheart Polish's Inflame & Ignite

The box comes with a cool Doubloon keychain as shown here, and I've done up some proper pirate nail art! I used the Ellagee polish in this set as my base color, stamped it with a Vivid Lacquer stamper and plate VL023 with Konad black, and then topped it all off with the Sweetheart Polish from this set. These polishes go great together when layered!

xoxoJen's swatch of VL023 Stamping Nail art and Disney Duo

I nearly always learn something when I'm researching to write my reviews and this time I learned that Talk Like a Pirate day falls on my birthday every year. I also found this handy webpage, complete with a pirate translator and name generator!

Savvy?
The set launches on August 31st at 2pm Central at both the Sweetheart Polish shop and the Ellagee shop for $22 plus shipping.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Literary Lacquer LE: To Blossom

Amy of Literary Lacquers is celebrating her birthday on Sunday, August 24th, with a special birthday polish that she created. The polish is limited edition and will be a pre-order only.

The inspiration for her birthday polish this year was a quote and flower as you see in this image:



To Blossom is a unique color to my eye, it looks kind of mauve-ish, but it also has shades of purples and pinks and reds that I can see, and the holographic pigment and glitters add a whole other dimension of color. It's really beautiful!
Capturing all the different colors on camera proved challenging, but I did my best! I wore two coats, but I almost stopped at one. Had I not been shooting under bright light, one coat would be sufficient. I also topped it with topcoat but it felt fairly smooth even without it.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer To Blossom
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer To Blossom
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer To Blossom


The polish will be available in numbered bottles by pre-order only in the Literary Lacquers shop on August 24th from 6 - 8 pm Central time. All polish will be shipped out by September 1st.

If you've enjoyed the review and photos, please let me know in the comments!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cupcake Polish: Sweet Addictions September box

September's Sweet Addictions collaborative box from Cupcake polish has a Marie Antoinette theme. Featured guests in the box are Pipe Dream Polish and Serum No5 along with the box's creator, Cupcake Polish. The box includes 2 full sized polishes, one mini polish and a sugar scrub. The box is packaged very well with bubble wrap around the polishes and pink shreds in the bottom of the box. There are also a few business cards included from the brands.

Cupcake Polish Sweet Addictions September box

Dauphine is made by Pipe Dream Polish and is a cool toned nude crelly packed with small pastel blue, teal and white glitters. The polish was opaque in two coats and topped with Gelous and KBShimmer topcoat for a smooth glossy look. The formula was good and easy to apply with the flat brush. The cap of the bottle has some texture which makes it easier for me to open and her logo and label are splashy!

xoxoJen's swatch of Pipe Dream Polish Dauphine
xoxoJen's swatch of Pipe Dream Polish Dauphine
xoxoJen's swatch of Pipe Dream Polish Dauphine

Versailles is made by Cupcake Polish and is a lavender linear holo with a smattering of pink and purple shimmer. The holo is very strong even under studio lighting. I used two coats and KBS top coat for the finished look. The formula is very easy to control and applies smoothly. The square bottle allows for easy opening and is adorned with a fanciful label.

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Versailles
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Versailles
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Versailles
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Versailles

Cake Revolution is made by Serum No 5 and is a mini sized vanilla crelly with a rainbow of pastel glitters and gold micro glitter. This polish also glows purple in the dark!
I wore two coats over Illamasqua Scorch. The formula was a little textured due to the gitd pigment which dries quickly so you'll need to use fewer brush strokes and work quickly when applying each coat. The polish has a matte finish so I topped it with Gelous and KBShimmer top coat for a smooth glossy look. I used a flashlight to charge the glow for the glow in the dark photo.

xoxoJen's swatch of Serum No5 Cake Revolution
xoxoJen's swatch of Serum No5 Cake Revolution
xoxoJen's swatch of Serum No5 Cake Revolution
xoxoJen's swatch of Serum No5 Cake Revolution

Serum No. 5 also contributed a 2 oz. sugar scrub in the delicious scent of dark chocolate hazelnut. SO in love with this scrub - read why below the photo. :)

Serum No5 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Scrub

Other than nail polish, I'm a bath and body junkie and I love scrubs. I've used hundreds - from commercial to indie; I've even made a few! I've been working through my scrub stash for about two years now without buying more and still have two shelves full. I was super excited to see a scrub included in this box, but also skeptical because I've found my holy grail scrubs already.

And well...this one zoomed right up to holy grail status.

If you're familiar with scrubs, you know that there are a few different kinds: oily, bubbling, and somewhat bubbly yet moisturizing at the same time. Some scrubs contain salt while others are sugar scrubs and then there are also different sized granules of salts and sugars from large to very fine. Some granules are more square and have rough edges, those work well on callused skin but can feel harsh to softer areas. Some granules are rounded and soft which feel amazing to softer areas of skin like the hands, arms and legs.

The Serum No5 scrub has soft bubbles and a velvety cream feel. It contains fine sugar granules which are rounded and feel good on the hands, arms and legs. I tested this with handwashing first and then on my legs. I like to use a scrub on my hands about once a week to help the skin feel soft and smooth and I always use a scrub on my legs before shaving for a really close and smooth shave.

Using a spoon, I scoop about half a melon ball's worth of scrub into my hands. I use a spoon because when other oils and/or water are introduced into the scrub jar it can cause the scrub to go bad fairly quick. Rubbing the scrub into the skin without water first allows the skin to absorb the moisturizing oils in the scrub; this one contains Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil along with the oils from the soap. After I've rubbed it in a bit, I add a splash of warm water to work up the suds and creaminess from the scrub and when most of the sugars are melted I rinse and pat my hands dry with a towel. After using the scrub, my hands felt moisturized and soft and smelled of delicious chocolate. SO much love for this scrub, I can't even. If you get this box, I'd love to hear what you think of the scrub!


scrub ingredients: Organic Refined Sugar; Shea Soap [Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Shea Butter (refined naturally crushed), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Oat Protein (conditioner), Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque soaps)]; Jojoba Oil; Sweet Almond Oil; Mica; Fragrance; Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol


The September Sweet Addictions box will be available at the Cupcake Polish shop August 31.

If you've enjoyed this review, please let me know!


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