Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HHC October: Kokua for Charity

HHC has launched their annual Kokua for Charity for the month of October. Each brand has designated a charity or person that will receive donations for their polishes.

Kokua is a Hawaiian word that means "to help."

xoxoJen's swatch of HHC October: Kokua for Charity

Anonymous Lacquer Peace, Love and Rescue
a deep blue linear holo with red micro glitter and super holo micro flakes
Application was easy and smooth in two coats, it does contain glitter so I recommend the foil method or using a peel off base.

This is her third year participating in our charity event too! Mildred has been a life long lover of animals. It seems fitting that she would choose PetSmart Charity as her kokua charity. https://www.petsmartcharities.org/ This is the first time HHC has had a pet rescue for kokua month. It's so timely with all the hurricane pets needing help.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anonymous Lacquer Peace, Love and Rescue
xoxoJen's swatch of Anonymous Lacquer Peace, Love and Rescue
xoxoJen's swatch of Anonymous Lacquer Peace, Love and Rescue

Bluebird Medal of Honor
a sapphire holo with a rainbow of ucc and crystal flakies.
Formula was buttery and awesome, two coats with topcoat shown.

a memorial polish for Lou's best friend's mother who passed away recently, after battling cancer. Cecilia was an amazing mother and not only to her own children but to her grandchildren. Lou says that she thinks that Cecilia was the definition of a wonderful mother in so many ways and she deserves a medal because she was a mother when no one else could be. Because of Cecilia's love and compassion for children, Lou decided donate to St Jude's for childhood cancer treatment in her name.

xoxoJen's swatch of Bluebird Medal of Honor
xoxoJen's swatch of Bluebird Medal of Honor
xoxoJen's swatch of Bluebird Medal of Honor

Blush No Soldier Left Behind
In bright sunlight this beautiful linear holo appears as a yellow-gold base and in shade it takes on a mustard hue. It also has gold flakes, and gold holo glitters.
Such a gorgeous shade of yellow! Easy to apply, awesome brush (I can't mention this enough!) and opaque in two coats.

Victoria has chosen a cause that is very dear to my heart. http://www.hvafofindiana.org is her charity. This organization helps seek out homeless veterans and helps them find housing/employment as well as providing things like food and healthcare.

xoxoJen's swatch of Blush No Soldier Left Behind
xoxoJen's swatch of Blush No Soldier Left Behind
xoxoJen's swatch of Blush No Soldier Left Behind

CBL That's What Friends Are For
A deep rich red filled with holo sparkle, Unicorn pee and Unicorn pigment for extra shimmer and sparkle.
I wore this for a special event and it was perfect. Opaque enough in one coat to wear on its own but for added depth, two coats is amazing.

Leah Ann has been bothered by what is going on in Puerto Rico recently an in true Leah Ann style decided to act. wishing to help a friend's family that is in need. Another indie brand, Jior Couture (Sacha Junique) has family that has been personally devastated on the island of Puerto Rico. After discussing the dire situation with Sacha, Leah Ann could not stop thinking about the help that was needed there so she decided to help her friend's family. Leah Ann is finishing up her charity polish and will be donating 100% of her funds to help this family.

xoxoJen's swatch of CBL That's What Friends Are For
xoxoJen's swatch of CBL That's What Friends Are For
xoxoJen's swatch of CBL That's What Friends Are For

Don Deeva Daddy's Little Monster
A burgundy base infused with illusion flakes and mixed together in a linear sauce.
Perfect formula, shown in two coats.

Because of her deep love for her father and their devotion to children's charities, Danette has chosen St. Jude's hospital for her kokua charity organization.

xoxoJen's swatch of Don Deeva Daddy's Little Monster
xoxoJen's swatch of Don Deeva Daddy's Little Monster
xoxoJen's swatch of Don Deeva Daddy's Little Monster

Ever After Pieces of Me
a lavender soft linear holographic micro colors shifting and holo glitters with a subtle blue sparkle
Like a lavender unicorn, this sparkles and is magical. Shown is two easy coats.

Mayo clinic that supports cancer research is Ever After's chosen charity.
Rachel shared this: "Working with cancer patients gives you an eye witness account of how much of themselves they give to the fight and not only them, but their families, so many pieces of them. I feel like a piece of them always stays with me too especially getting to see them at different stages in their treatment. They remember me too. A little bit of kindness can make someone's day a little better."

xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Pieces of Me
xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Pieces of Me
xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Pieces of Me

Great Lakes Lacquer Ohana
A fuchsia jelly linear holographic filled with multichrome flakes, iridescent flakes and holo micro flakes
My favorite of the bunch! If you can only order one, this is the one. Shown is two coats, it wore like iron, and removal was a breeze even with all the sparkly things in it!

Mariah has chosen a person, not an organization. to be the recipient of her kokua. Gretchen has been a part of our family since the idea was born in my head for this group. She encouraged me to start HHC. Over the past two years we have seen her struggle with a cancer diagnosis and the treatments that followed. She still has a long way to go on her road to recovery and Mariah has made a delicious polish to help her along. If that didn't warm the cockles of my cold, cold heart, she named it "Ohana" and I got a little misty eyed. Ohana means family, and that's exactly what Gretchen is. Ohana.
Mariah says "We're all family around here and we need to not forget that."

xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Ohana
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Ohana
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Ohana

Heather's Hues Shatterproof
a perfect purple polish with violet, indigo, and purple microflakes, purple holo microglitters, Spectraflair, holo flakes, and scattered holo.
Formula on the thick side but not unworkable. Shown is two coats, dries slightly textured due to curling flakes, foil method removal recommended.

xoxoJen's swatch of Heather's Hues Shatterproof
xoxoJen's swatch of Heather's Hues Shatterproof
xoxoJen's swatch of Heather's Hues Shatterproof

I hope you've enjoyed my review - be sure to join the HHC Fan group and order yours now through October 31st at 11:59pm HST!

Monday, September 18, 2017

KBShimmer: Polish Con LEs

KBShimmer's Polish Con Limited Editions are stunning! You won't want to miss them if you're going, if not, watch her page for possible overstock online!

xoxoJen's swatch collage of KBShimmer Polish Con LEs

Bean There, Done That –Our first of two limited edition polishes for Polish Con Chicago 2017 is inspired by the chrome silver sculpture named Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. More commonly known as The Bean for its bean like shape, this sculpture reflects the sky and surroundings for a unique piece of art. Our take on the bean starts with micro holographic flakes that give this polish both a linear and scattered holographic look. We then added a touch of color shift shimmer to allow a hint of blue and pink to pop at various angles.

In love with this! It has shifting shimmer from blue to purple/pink and that holo rainbow is unbelievable! The shade of silver is bright, and almost tricks the eye into seeing white at times.

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That

The above images are shot under regular light showing a blue shimmer in the middle of the rainbow. The below photo shows off how it shifts to a purpley shade!

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That

This next image shows a full blown shift to a pinky/purple hue. How amazing is that?!

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That

The next image is shown at an extreme angle to show off the holo flame up close!

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer Bean There, Done That

The Age Of Aquarium – Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium inspired our second of two limited edition polishes for Polish Con Chicago 2017. One of the area’s top attractions, it features both salt water and fresh water attractions and is one of the largest aquariums in the country. Like the deep waters of the attractions, darkened teal shade features our holo glow flakes and a fun purple shimmer like glistening fish swimming through the sea.

I have two lamps and this polish looks completely different under each of them, so I've included photos with each source. It's a shifty stunner of a polish!

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer The Age Of Aquarium
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer The Age Of Aquarium
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer The Age Of Aquarium
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer The Age Of Aquarium

The next two photos are taken under a different light source and look completely different! The shimmer here is a bright aqua and the base appears teal.

xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer The Age Of Aquarium
xoxoJen's swatch of KBShimmer The Age Of Aquarium

I wore two coats of each polish for opacity and the 5-free formula is fantastic. I can't choose a favorite between these, they are both simply beautiful. I think they'd work great as an accent nail for each other or perhaps some gradient or french tip style nail art. What would you create with these?

I hope you've enjoyed the review, feel free to comment or ask questions. This is my last review post until I return from Polish Con/Vacation!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Great Lakes Lacquer: Notes To Self

The Notes To Self Collection from Great Lakes Lacquer consists of four thermals, with names themed around things that Mariah needs to remind herself of sometimes. The launch will be at Polish Con September 23, at Navy Pier and later released online September 30 at 2pm Eastern.

xoxoJen's swatch collage of Great Lakes Lacquer Notes To Self

It Can't Rain All The Time
A reminder that the sun will shine again. A sky blue thermal that transitions to pale gray with copious pink shimmer and a soft linear holo.
Shown is two coats, formula was good.

xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer It Can't Rain All The Time
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer It Can't Rain All The Time
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer It Can't Rain All The Time

The Grass Is Greener For A Reason
Comparing myself to someone else does no good as I have no idea of their struggles. I must compare myself to me. A brilliant lime green saturated with gold to green shimmer and a soft linear holo that transitions to yellow gold.
Shown is two coats, formula was good.

xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer The Grass Is Greener For A Reason
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer The Grass Is Greener For A Reason
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer The Grass Is Greener For A Reason

A Rose Is A Rose. Unless it's A Peach
Taking things at face value while remembering to not judge a book by its cover. A tea rose pink with peach shimmer and a soft linear holo that transitions to a peach with orange/bronze shimmer.
Shown is two coats, formula was good.

xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer A Rose Is A Rose. Unless it's A Peach
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer A Rose Is A Rose. Unless it's A Peach
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer A Rose Is A Rose. Unless it's A Peach

To Thine Own Self Be True
Finding me. Being me. Improving me. Best. Thing. Ever. A triple transition at times! A purple filled with pink shimmer with flecks of blue and a soft linear holo that transitions to a soft blue in between and a rose gold with flecks of copper.
Shown is two coats, formula was good.

xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer To Thine Own Self Be True
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer To Thine Own Self Be True
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer To Thine Own Self Be True

That's a wrap - I hope it was enjoyable, thermals are fun to play with however; quite challenging for me to shoot because of my hot hands and short nails. I still love wearing them and have fun showing people at work how they change - it fascinates them!

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