Sunday, November 30, 2014

Literary Lacquers: Gloss48 Exclusive duo


Literary Lacquers has teamed up with Gloss48 to offer another exclusive set!
I purchased the first duo that launched and had a good experience with G48. The new duo is a beautiful pair inspired by the Wuthering Heights book.

Catherine is a rustic red/violet holo with microglitter, and gunmetal flakies that shimmer and sparkle and a strong linear rainbow flame

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Catherine
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Catherine
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Catherine

Heathcliff is a dark denim blue colored strong linear holo packed with blue mircoglitter and gunmetal flakies that shimmer and sparkle.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Heathcliff
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Heathcliff
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Heathcliff

The formula on both was effortless, I used topcoat to ensure a smooth to the touch feel.

The duo is launching on 12/3-12/10 at 11am Central and will be on sale for 20% off, along with all the other duos in the Gloss48 shop.
Which is your favorite duo? Have you shopped with G48?
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cupcake Polish: Holiday 2014

Cupcake Polish has a very vivid Holiday 2014 collection and I'm excited to share them all with you! This collection has three holographic polishes, and three glitter polishes. The formulas on each were very nice in that they're all easy to apply and control where the polish lands on the nail. I had very little clean up with these and I wore two coats of each with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatches of Cupcake Polish Holiday 2014 collection

Yule Be Missing Me is a crazy vibrant grapey purple with a super strong linear holographic effect. The holo rainbow has a very strong blue flame in the middle which makes this polish really pop! My favorite of this collection and maybe my favorite purple holo ever. :)

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Yule Be Missing Me
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Yule Be Missing Me
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Yule Be Missing Me

Look Who's Stocking Now is a linear holographic turquoise polish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Look Who's Stocking Now
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Look Who's Stocking Now
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Look Who's Stocking Now

Just Sleighing Around is a blue or cool leaning red holographic polish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Just Sleighing Around
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Just Sleighing Around
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Just Sleighing Around

Menorah-ty Opinion is a blue linear holo packed with blue and gold micro glitters and gold flakies.

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Menorah-ty Opinion
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Menorah-ty Opinion
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Menorah-ty Opinion

Ornamentary My Dear is a gold microglitter packed with gold glitter, gold flakies, and linear holographic pigment. In some lighting, you can see a linear rainbow on top of the glitter.

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Ornamentary My Dear
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Ornamentary My Dear
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Ornamentary My Dear

Deck The Malls is a green microglitter polish with glitters in green, holographic green, and black.

xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Deck The Malls
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Deck The Malls
xoxoJen's swatch of Cupcake Polish Deck The Malls

This collection launches December 1st at 6pm CST at the Cupcake Polish online store.

I enjoyed wearing each of these but Yule Be Missing Me is staying on my nails for a long while! It's such a stunning shade of purple! I don't think I have any other holo like it in my stash. My photos just don't do it justice. If you like purple holos you won't want to miss this one!

Which are your favorites?
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Friday, November 28, 2014

b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn: Signature Collection

b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn is launching her Signature Collection on December 1 at 8:00pm Central time. The collection consists of five polishes and I'll be sharing them in a specific order. See if you can figure out why and I'll reveal the answer at the end of this post!

Bold is a purple to blue duochrome with subtle holographic sparkle.

xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Bold
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Bold
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Bold

Intelligent is a metallic denim blue shade with subtle holographic sparkle.

xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Intelligent
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Intelligent
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Intelligent

Trendsetting is a silver chrome holo with an almost mirror-like finish. This one is very reflective so I was not able to catch the holo pigment except in the dark area of the macro shot, but it's there and it's beautiful!

xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Trendsetting
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Trendsetting
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Trendsetting

Chic is a hot pink, glass flecked, holo. Quite a stunner! I wore two coats with topcoat but one heavy coat would also work well.

xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Chic
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Chic
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Chic

Haute is the star of this collection with it's super dark black base and linear holographic pigment. Take a look!

xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Haute
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Haute
xoxoJen's swatch of b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn Haute

Each of these polishes can be worn in one coat, Chic will need a heavier coat than others or perhaps two coats. Each polish's formula was smooth and easy to use, although I did find Bold to be a little on the thick side so if you prefer a thinner polish just add a few drops of polish thinner to that one.

Did you make a guess as to why these polishes are shown in a certain order? The first letter of each word spells out the brand name. Nifty, eh!? Jac is also launching special packaging with this collection. Take a look!

b.i.t.c.h. by jaclyn: Signature Collection box

You can snag your set of Signature Collection polishes and others on December 1 at 8:00pm Central time at http://www.bitchbyjaclyn.com/.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Anne Kathleen: Holiday Night Lights

I was quite happy with the polishes I first reviewed for the AK brand but then Leanne sent this set and lemme tell ya, they're pretty flippin' awesome!
These are jellyish glitter polishes that reach opacity in just 2 coats. The yellow is a little sheerer, but still just used 2 coats.
Each polish dries semi matte, but when top coat is added they look like glass Christmas lights all lit up and glowing!! On top of this awesomeness, they ALL glow in the dark when charged up under a regular light-bulb (60W or higher works best) for a few seconds. How could these be any more perfect for the holiday season?

(the purple has been fixed, but my new bottle is not here yet)
xoxoJen's photo of Anne Kathleen Holiday Night Lights polish bottles

I also noticed her labeling - she has a batch number for every polish, and this whole set is vegan and cruelty free. Pretty cool!
I've used AK's descriptions for each polish below.

Alumina is a glow in the dark red jelly full of very fine, and small bright red glitters. In the dark Alumina glows dark red after being charged.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Alumina
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Alumina
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Alumina

Ciana is a glow in the dark orange jelly full of very fine, and small bright orange glitters. In the dark Ciana glows orangish-yellow after being charged.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Ciana
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Ciana
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Ciana

Lumina is a glow in the dark yellow jelly full of very fine, and small greenish-yellow glitters. In the dark Lumina glows yellow after being charged.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lumina
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lumina
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lumina

Eliora is a glow in the dark dark green jelly full of very fine, and small bright green glitters. In the dark Eliora glows green after being charged.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Eliora
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Eliora
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Eliora

I'm not great at taking glow in the dark photos but I was able to capture a few pretty well. This is Eliora, it's kind of a tiffany type blue-green when glowing.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Eliora

Lenora is a glow in the dark deep blue jelly full of very fine, and small bright blue glitters. In the dark Lenora glows blue after being charged.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lenora
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lenora
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lenora

I was also able to get a good photo of this one, the brightness of the glow on this one is quite bright!

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Lenora

Nehara is a glow in the dark deep purple jelly full of very fine, and small bright purple glitters. In the dark Nehara glows blue after being charged.

xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Nehara
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Nehara
xoxoJen's swatch of Anne Kathleen Nehara

Leanne contacted me before I discovered it, but there was an issue with Nehara's glow and suspension. She has already redone the batch to fix it and is even sending a replacement to me. How's that for customer service?

I found the formulas on all six polishes to be good, with a dab here and there to spread a few glitters. The darker colors may only need one coat, but I used two plus topcoat for photos.

The Holiday Night Lights is launching on December 1 which also coincides with the last day of her sale so you can pick these up at a discounted price! Just use the code TURKEYTURKEY for 25% off all orders (excluding shipping)

These and more available at the Anne Kathleen online store.


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