Sunday, May 15, 2016

Literary Lacquers: Tonight's Adventures and Makuahine


Amy of Literary Lacquers enjoys helping others and it shows, as she is offering another charity polish. This time she has collaborated with Debbie Wolf DeMars of Running With Lacquer. The polish is inspired by a young friend of Debbie's and is available now through the end of May. For each bottle purchased, LitLaq will donate $5 to the International OCD Foundation.

The limited edition shade, Tonight's Adventures, is a vivid pink-orange holographic polish with orange and copper shimmer. I wore two easy coats, and added topcoat for shine and seal. I also want to say thank you to Amy and to Debbie for including others and touching their lives to help them have better days. My uncle suffers from anxiety, ocd, and depression, so this means a lot to me!

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Tonight's Adventures
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Tonight's Adventures

Debbie's Story:
Imagine you have this amazing friend. She’s super smart, the kind of smart that would be intimidating if she weren’t so down to earth and nice. So instead of feeling inferior you learn from her. The kind of friend who pushes you to be a better person, and pushes you to question what you know and what you stand for. Imagine she has a wicked sense of humor. When you are together you laugh deep in your belly and your eyes tear. She’s caring and genuine and you know if you needed anything she would be there for you. Now imagine she has a teenage daughter and that daughter has all the amazing qualities of her mother. She’s spunky, smart and incredibly sweet. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? And it is! Except that this amazing young woman, in addition to being brilliantly gifted and wickedly funny, also lives with mental illness. Her name is Sage. She is strong and brave but the road is hard and there are many bumps (hospitalizations) along the way. It is a constant fight. As their friend you feel helpless. You feel their pain so deeply it hurts but you are at a loss as to how to help. This is me and these are my friends. During one such hospital stay, amidst my feelings of helplessness, I had the idea of doing a charity polish in Sage’s honor, to raise money for OCD, one of the mental illnesses from which she suffers. I reached out to Amy with the idea and she was immediately 100% on board. Not only was she on board, she offered to donate a generous $5 per bottle sold to the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation)! Thank you, Amy, for your thoughtfulness and generosity! Being able to do something like this makes me feel like we are helping not only my friends but the countless others out there who are battling OCD. Please consider purchasing a bottle of this special polish in honor of my courageous young friend, Sage.


The Hawaiian name, Makuahine (Ma-koo-ah-hee-nay) means mother or any female relative of the parents' generation. The name was chosen to honor mothers everywhere, but Amy created the polish for HHC admin Aubrey who lost her mother. The metallic finish represents the strength that our mother figures have in all that they do for those they hold dear. The warm earthy color represents the love and care they bring forth to us. This polish is no longer available, but was an HHC exclusive, so you may be able to find it in the HHC chat group in a destash. I wore two coats with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Makuahine
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Makuahine

I hope you've enjoyed this review and will stick around for more - albeit a slow trickle until my work hours normalize.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Candy Lacquer: Springtime!

Candy Lacquer launched their springtime collection back in early April, but asked if I'd like to review some so I jumped at the chance! She sent three of the six and I liked them all, of course. These are available right now at Candy Lacquer's shop.

In Bloom is a lavender holographic polish with iridescent shimmer.

xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer In Bloom
xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer In Bloom

Spring Forward is a mint green holographic polish with iridescent shimmer and a few gold microflakies.

xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Spring Forward
xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Spring Forward

Deep End is a denim blue holographic polish with iridescent shimmer.

xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Deep End
xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Deep End

I wore two coats of each of these with topcoat. These are smooth to the touch and dry to a semi-gloss or satin finish on their own. The formula is consistently good and easy to work with based on the (now) five CL polishes I've tried so far. I hope you have enjoyed the review!

A personal note from me: I have been working extended hours in my career for a month now, which has caused me to have very little free time. My situation may change back to normal as soon as July or as late as September, so entries here will be slower/fewer until then. I appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Candy Lacquer: Peanut Butter Girl and Jelly Candy

Brand new from Candy Lacquer is this PB&J duo! This is the first time I've reviewed for Candy Lacquer, but I am definitely already familiar with the brand. All the polishes I've ordered previously have been more beautiful than the photos in the shop, have smooth and consistent formulas, and shipped to me super fast. Sandra, the owner, is very kind and fun to work with! Not to mention the fun names she comes up with for each polish - which usually share what her inspiration was for the creation.

Peanut Butter Girl is a light orange brown holographic with pink shimmer throughout. Like it's namesake, it's a peanut buttery color! I wore two coats with topcoat for the photos. Formula was smooth and consistent, no clumping or pulling.

xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Peanut Butter Girl
xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Peanut Butter Girl

Jelly Candy looks just like a yummy grape jelly! It is described as a deep orchid holographic with multi colored shimmer. I wore two coats with topcoat for a glossy finish, as this dries semi-matte on its own. Formula was smooth and consistent, no clumping or pulling. The accent nail is a base of Peanut Butter Girl, stamped with MdU and a jelly looking stamp design.

xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Jelly Candy
xoxoJen's swatch of Candy Lacquer Jelly Candy

I hope you have enjoyed this duo as much as I have! It is launching Friday April 22 at 9am Central.

I also have some of the already launched spring shades coming up in a future review. Stay tuned!
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