Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cupcake Polish: November Sweet Addictions Box


Cupcake's Sweet Addictions collaborative box for November is launching tomorrow! I've had the opportunity to review it and if you thought last month's box was awesome, wait til you see this one!
All three polishes are holographic and the theme is gemstones! The box features polishes from Darling Diva, Different Dimension and Cupcake polish.

xoxoJen's box from Cupcake Polish: November Sweet Addictions

Tina The Labradorite - Adorable name right? It makes me think of a tiny puppy. Anywho, it's a vibrant blue with pink, purple, blue, gold, and black flakies and a linear holographic finish. Quite complex isn't it? This polish was inspired by the labradorite stone which is an absolutely stunning gemstone, don't ya think? The formula was of a consistency that was very easy to control during application and opaque in two coats topped with SV topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Darling Diva Tina The Labradorite
xoxoJen's swatch of Darling Diva Tina The Labradorite
xoxoJen's swatch of Darling Diva Tina The Labradorite

Saphir Rose sounds beautiful doesn't it? Wearing it made me feel a little sassy and bold! This polish by Different Dimension is a hot pink linear holo packed with pink shimmer and rainbow goodness. Missi was inspired by the pink sapphire gemstone for her creation and it turned out gorgeous don't ya think? I wore two coats with topcoat, no issues to report.

xoxoJen's swatch of Different Dimension Saphir Rose
xoxoJen's swatch of Different Dimension Saphir Rose
xoxoJen's swatch of Different Dimension Saphir Rose

Emerald Aisle is described by Sara of Cupcake as a rich dark green linear holo inspired by the emerald gemstone. I'd describe it as WOW! OMG! but that's not too helpful is it? It is definitely a straight up green - no yellow or blue leanings at all. The shade is rich and almost opaque in one coat, but I had some areas that needed more paint so I added another coat. The holo rainbow is so bright and noticeable even in a dimly lit room. Guys, I can't even express how awesome this one is. We all need it!

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Emerald Aisle

The Sweet Addictions box for November will be available on Sunday, October 19th at 11am CDT at the Cupcake Polish online shop.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sweet Heart Polish: Ladies of Peter Pan Collaboration Duo


xoxoJen's photo of Sweet Heart Polish Ladies of Peter Pan

The ladies of Peter Pan who inspired this set are Wendy and Tinkerbell, of course. Sweet Heart, Blue-Eyed Girl and Monster Polish have represented them very well! This set comes with everything you see in the photo, two polishes, nail vinyls, a button and a bottle of magical pixie dust!

You'll receive one of two button designs that were illustrated by Alondra from Glitter Hypnosis and Stinna from Nailant!

Oh Look, a Firefly! is a sassy lime green with tons of pixie dust just like Tinkerbell's dress! I wore this in two coats over white as the jelly is very sheer and something about layering it over white just makes it really vibrant! As with other Sweet Heart Polishes, this one was very easy to apply.

xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Oh Look, A Firefly!
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Oh Look, A Firefly!
xoxoJen's swatch of Sweet Heart Polish Oh Look, A Firefly!

Sewing Shadows was inspired by Wendy Darling's night gown and is a sky blue creme with blue, green, to gold shifting glass flecks that represent each of Wendy, Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell. Clever, eh? I wore two coats and topcoat for the photos below. Formula was good, no issues to report.

xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Sewing Shadows
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Sewing Shadows
xoxoJen's swatch of Blue Eyed Girl Sewing Shadows

With this duo comes a super cute set of Monster Polish Nail Vinyls of Wendy & Tinkerbell! The perfect compliment to create a fun nail art look! For mine, I sprinkled the magical pixie dust on two nails and topped them with one of each nail vinyl and then topcoat.

xoxoJen's Peter Pan Nail Art
xoxoJen's Peter Pan Nail Art

The Peter Pan duo launches at 10/10 at 11am Central at both the Sweet Heart Etsy Shop and the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shop. The duo is limited to forty boxes so if you want it be sure to get it at launch!

What kind of nail art will you create with this set?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Literary Lacquer: Rebecca Collection


Literary Lacquers Rebecca Collection is inspired by Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a suspenseful novel told in the form of a flashback. This collection is dedicated to Rebecca, the book simply throbs with her presence, but yet we never meet her alive.

xoxoJen's swatch collage of Literary Lacquer Rebecca Collection


Rebecca, Always Rebecca
“Rebecca, always Rebecca. Wherever I walked in Manderley, wherever I say, even in my thoughts and in my dreams, I met Rebecca. I knew her figure now, the long slim legs, the small and narrow feet…. I could guess her laughter and her smile. If I heard it, even among a thousand others, I should recognize her voice. Rebecca, always Rebecca. I should never be rid of Rebecca.”

In the novel, our unnamed narrator, a young girl known only to us as The Second Mrs. deWinter becomes obsessed with the supposed perfection of her husbands deceased first wife, Rebecca. She is constantly comparing herself to Rebecca and supposes that everyone that she meets in her new life is also comparing her unfavorably to the accomplished, beautiful and socially connected Rebecca who has been dead for less than a year.

Rebecca, Always Rebecca is an eggplant linear holo with holographic sparkle. Gorgeous shade! It's a sort of mulberry color with hues of brown at certain angles. The holo in all three of these is pretty fabulous!

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Rebecca, Always Rebecca
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Rebecca, Always Rebecca
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Rebecca, Always Rebecca


Je Reviens
The buoy was just opposite, about thirty feet away. There was something written on it. I craned my neck sideways to read the lettering. “Je Reviens.” What a funny name. Not like a boat… “Je Reviens” – “I come back.” Yes, I suppose it was quite a good name for a boat. Only it had not been right for that particular boat which would never come back again.

Rebecca was assumed to have drowned in her little sailboat, Je Reviens, despite being known as an excellent sailor. Je Reviens means I come back or I return, is it ironic that the boat is named such? Has the boat disappeared beneath the water for good or does the name herald future events?

Je Reviens is a deep teal linear holo with holographic sparkle. Do you remember the other teal polish from LitLaq that I reviewed called Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Well, I think this is the more grown up sophisticated brother of that polish! It's greener with just a hint of blue, has more sparkle and is such a rich color!

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Je Reviens
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Je Reviens
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Je Reviens


Shadow Between Us
He put his hands over mine and looked into my face. “Rebecca has won,” he said.
I stared at him, my heart beating strangely, my hands suddenly cold beneath his hands.
“Her shadow between us all the time,” he said. “Her dammed shadow keeping us from one another. How could I hold you like this, my darling, my little love, with the fear always in my heart that this would happen? I remembered her eyes as she looked at me before she died. I remembered that slow treacherous smile.”

Has the shadow and specter of Rebecca and her death poisoned the potential for a happy life and marriage for Maxim and his young wife? In Manderley, the ancestral home of the de Winter’s her presence is felt everywhere. Her abandoned bedroom is the best room in the house. Her preferences are still observed. How can our young narrator ever hope to stand on her own in these circumstances?

Shadow Between Us is a smoky grey linear holo with holographic sparkle. The purple holo really pops on the grey base color - my camera really picked that up for these shots!

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Shadow Between Us
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Shadow Between Us
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquer Shadow Between Us

The formula of each of these was almost buttery and very easy to control with the brush while applying. Clean up was minimal and although there are glitters in each polish it was smooth as glass with just one coat of top coat.

The Rebecca Collection Launches on October 10, 1PM Central time at the Literary Lacquers Etsy shop. Each bottle is $12 or get a discounted price if you order the set of three at $35. (plus shipping)

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