Thursday, May 28, 2015

Addicted to Holos: June box


xoxoJen's collage of Addicted to Holos June Box

The Addicted to Holos box for June has arrived and I'm excited to share the polishes with you before their upcoming launch!

Literary Lacquer's Salt & Sweetness is a very rich shade of teal with blue flakes and liner holographic pigment. The richness and variation of color reminds me of time I spent snorkeling in the oceans off the coast of Hawaii. The formula for this polish is perfection as usual, and opaque in two coats.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Salt and Sweetness
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Salt and Sweetness
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Salt and Sweetness

Sweet Heart Polish made the palest blue holo called Summer Breeze which I think describes the color of this polish perfectly. The holographic finish is very strong in full sun, and I was still able to capture it under studio lighting. I wore two coats with topcoat and the formula was excellent.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Summer Breeze
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Summer Breeze
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Summer Breeze

June Bug is a creamy orange-ish shade with subtle holo shimmer made by Philly Loves Lacquer. I found the formula to be thick, but I was able to apply it in two thin coats. You may get away with one heavier coat, as this one is quite pigmented!

xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer June Bug
xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer June Bug
xoxoJen's swatch of Philly Loves Lacquer June Bug

Love Potion from The Polish Bar is a strong holographic flirty shade of pink and it even has tiny holo glitters in it for an extra bit of sparkle. Perfect for hot summer days and quite eye catching! I wore two easy coats with topcoat for the photos.

xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Love Potion
xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Love Potion
xoxoJen's swatch of The Polish Bar Love Potion

Blue-Eyed Girl brings us Bikinis & Flip Flops, a great medium purple holo shimmer polish which has a matte finish! I snapped a photo of that first and then topcoated to really show off the shimmer. The formula was really smooth and easy to apply, no dragging or pulling the way some mattes are.

Matte

xoxoJen's swatch of Blue-Eyed Girl Bikinis & Flip Flops

With topcoat

xoxoJen's swatch of Blue-Eyed Girl Bikinis & Flip Flops
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue-Eyed Girl Bikinis & Flip Flops
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue-Eyed Girl Bikinis & Flip Flops

Are you excited about this upcoming box? I sure am! I really enjoyed the palette of colors, the perfect combination for summer. I think that these would also be great to use for nail art as well since there's a good contrast between these shades.

The Addicted to Holos box will be available for pre-order 6/8 - 6/15 at http://addictedtoholos.bigcartel.com/. See ya there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Butter London: Fruit Machine

Confession time...

I tend to swatch a lot of polish that I've purchased, but I don't always get around to publishing a review for them.
Butter London Fruit Machine is one of those! I swatched this in June 2013 and I remember using two coats with top coat in between each coat because the formula was difficult to work with. It seemed thick and dried fast during application so I had some patchy spots. I learned that by putting top coat over the first layer then doing another layer, it seemed to smooth things out for a nicer finish. This shade of pink reminds me of childhood ice creams like rainbow sherbet! Perfect for a hot summer day!

xoxoJen's swatch of Butter London: Fruit Machine
xoxoJen's swatch of Butter London: Fruit Machine
xoxoJen's swatch of Butter London: Fruit Machine
I hope you have enjoyed this little blast from the past!
What is your favorite polish shade to wear for summer time?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer: Teenage Bedroom

Teenage Bedroom is a sun kissed violet based polish with a vibrant linear holographic rainbow! Dave from Ocotopus Party Nail Lacquer told me about the inspiration for the polish, and I must say it is quite well thought out and well, I got a bit nostalgic while reading his description.

I wanted to create a collection that was loud and vibrant, so things like tropical paradises, heat waves, guns, Barbie dolls, and gemstones all made it into the mix. Teenage bedroom is sort of an ode to youth. Teenagers spend a lot of formative hours in their rooms dreaming of the future, mulling over the past, obsessing over music, crushes, movies, food, friends, and nail polish. Their room acts sort of as both a catalyst and a sanctuary at that time in life. The color is a warmer toned purple to lend itself both to the summer season and the safety and urgency of such a sacred place in our lives.

I wore two coats and topcoat for the photos below. The formula was perfectly smooth and easy to apply, very little cleanup needed.

xoxoJen's swatch of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer: Teenage Bedroom
xoxoJen's swatch of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer: Teenage Bedroom
xoxoJen's swatch of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer: Teenage Bedroom

Afterward, I did some Octopus inspired stamping over it with XL plate U and MDU #14 stamping polish. I used a super squishy marshmallow stamper from Chelle Lee.

xoxoJen's swatch of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer: Teenage Bedroom
xoxoJen's swatch of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer: Teenage Bedroom

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this pretty purple polish! The entire summer collection consists of eight different polishes. Other bloggers will be posting those from now until launch, so keep a look out for them!

You can get this polish and other beauties on May 30th at noon central on the OPNL shop!

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