Thursday, June 29, 2017

Road to Polish Con: Great Lakes, Tonic, and Ever After

The Road to Polish Con is back as a preview for the September Polish Con event in Chicago. I am delighted to be involved again as both Director of the event and Official RTPC Blogger! If you missed the NYC Road to Polish Con, you can find photos and links here.

I and five other “official” Polish Con Bloggers and Swatchers will share each polish with you first! We'll adventure together down the Road to Polish Con every Thursday for the next eleven weeks.
The releases begin this week on July 2, will be available to order for one week, and then the shop is refreshed with different polishes for the next launch.

xoxoJen's swatch collage of Road to Polish Con Week 1

Ever After - Razzle Dazzle Them
Gold holo glitter bomb with gold shimmer and pink sparkle and shimmer
Shown is two coats, formula was smooth and easy to apply.

xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Razzle Dazzle Them
xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Razzle Dazzle Them
xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Razzle Dazzle Them
xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Razzle Dazzle Them
xoxoJen's swatch of Ever After Razzle Dazzle Them

Great Lakes Lacquer - Polish Your Crystal Ball
A silver holo micro flake filled with two kinds of iridescent flake. Can be used as a topper or alone in three to four coats.
Shown is three coats, formula was smooth and easy to apply.

xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Polish Your Crystal Ball
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Polish Your Crystal Ball
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Polish Your Crystal Ball
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Polish Your Crystal Ball
xoxoJen's swatch of Great Lakes Lacquer Polish Your Crystal Ball

Tonic - Vaudeville Venom
A medium warm leaning purple cream with green to fuchsia shifting multichrome shimmer
Shown is two coats, formula was quick to dry; few brush strokes on the first coat will prevent it from dragging.

xoxoJen's swatch of Tonic Vaudeville Venom
xoxoJen's swatch of Tonic Vaudeville Venom
xoxoJen's swatch of Tonic Vaudeville Venom
xoxoJen's swatch of Tonic Vaudeville Venom
xoxoJen's swatch of Tonic Vaudeville Venom

I hope you've enjoyed the review and photos - snag yours this Sunday morning after 8am Central over at http://polishconvention.bigcartel.com/products and if you haven't already, join the Polish Con facebook group to stay informed.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blush: Mojito Mondays

Blush has created a beautiful polish for the Polish Pick Up, a pop up type shop that opens monthly with various brands of limited polish with a theme. This month's theme is Cocktails & Mocktails and will be open for pre-order on July 7th at 11am EST through Monday, July 10th at 11:59pm EST.

Blush Lacquer's Mojito Mondays was inspired by the drink and is a bright pastel lime based holo with gold shimmer and a smattering of gold to lime shifting holo glitter for sparkle.
I wore two coats with topcoat in the photos, and the formula was excellent.

xoxoJen's swatch of Blush Mojito Mondays
xoxoJen's swatch of Blush Mojito Mondays
xoxoJen's swatch of Blush Mojito Mondays

Below is the inspiration photo that was used to create the polish.
xoxoJen's swatch of Blush Inspiration Photo

I have enjoyed wearing this polish, it is a nice crispy fresh shade, perfect for warm summer days!
See a preview of the other polishes in their facebook group!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Turtle Tootsie: Anniversary Trio

Chrissy at Turtle Tootsie is celebrating her brand's 2nd year and created a limited edition trio for the occasion. They release on July 1st at 12pm EDT and come in both full and mini sizes. These will not be restocked, so get them while you can!

xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Anniversary Trio

2nd Turtleversary - a blue to gold holographic duochrome with multicolor chameleon flakies and purple/blue micro flakies

xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie 2nd Turtleversary
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie 2nd Turtleversary
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie 2nd Turtleversary

Where's the Cake? - A dark brown polish with gold flakies, multichrome ucc flakies and gold shimmer

xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Where's the Cake?
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Where's the Cake?
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Where's the Cake?

Bottled Concord - A purple holo with silver micro glitter & purple/blue ucc flakies
This may very well be my favorite purple of the year. It's vibrant, berry leaning, has a strong holo, and looks amazing!

xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Bottled Concord
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Bottled Concord
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Bottled Concord

I wore two coats of each polish, formula for all three was excellent - smooth, buttery and easy to apply. Wear time was fantastic for Bottled Concord, I wore it 7 days without a chip! I didn't wear test the other two, but I'm sure they will last nicely too.

You can get yours on July 1st, at 12pm EDT at http://www.turtletootsiepolishes.com/.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Literary Lacquer:New releases and Launch


Literary Lacquer is back and here to stay! No more monthly pop-ups, the shop will remain open and stocked beginning today. Amy has loaded a heap of inventory for us, some new and some returning. I've linked my reviews of returning polishes in the list at the bottom of this entry, and the rest are in this review. I hope you enjoy it!

xoxoJen's swatch collage of Literary Lacquers

Ocean at the End of the Lane Trio, inspired by the book of the same title by Neil Gaiman. They are the next three polishes below.

Lettie's Ocean - Sparkling ocean blue holo. Designed with Carolyn Chambers (trio)

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lettie's Ocean

Miner's Gift - Blurple multichrome with holo microflakes. I wore three coats and topcoat. (trio)

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Miner's Gift

Swaying Grayly - Matte grey with silver flakes and glass fleck. Designed with Adrienne Nguyen (trio)
It's definitely a three coater, but it's matte and metallic at the same time and comes across almost looking like stone.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Swaying Grayly


Literary (&) Lacquers facebook group
custom - limited, sale ends 7/9.
Handful of Falling Stars designed by Kaitlin Vasatka inspired by The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Navy blue mega glitter holo

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Handful of Falling Stars
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Handful of Falling Stars
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Handful of Falling Stars

The next polish is a gift with purchase: mini bottle with $20 purchase, full sized bottle with $50 purchase

Feather Family - Soft pink holo with holo microflakes. Inspired by The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

When I was searching for the right name for this gift with purchase polish to adequately express the gratitude I have for the support and love given to me by my fans and customers as I come out of this long dark period of LitLaqlessness, Alex pointed me in the direction of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, a brilliantly fun sci-fi book by Becky Chambers. The book introduces a few interesting alien species, including Sissix, the reptilian feathered Aandrisk tech.

“Okay, well, on her wall, there’s this big fancy frame with a mess of Aandrisk feathers hanging from it. Every Aandrisk’s got one, as far as I know. See, if you’re an Aandrisk and somebody really touches your life in some way, you give that person one of your feathers. And then you keep the feathers you get from others as a symbol of how many paths you’ve crossed. Having a lot of feathers on your wall shows that you’ve had an impact on a lot of people. That’s a pretty big priority for most Aandrisks. But they don’t give feathers out casually, not, like for helping you carry something or giving you a free drink or whatever. It’s got to be an experience that sticks with you, but it can totally be between strangers.”
Thanks for being my feather family. ~Amy

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Feather Family
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Feather Family
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Feather Family

These next few polishes are a blast from the past:

Green Gables - a mid-toned grass green linear holographic polish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Green Gables
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Green Gables
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Green Gables

Lake of Shining Waters - a murky teal linear holographic polish

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lake of Shining Waters
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lake of Shining Waters
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Lake of Shining Waters

Raspberry Cordial? - a raspberry pink linear holographic polish with added holo glitter

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial?
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial?
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial?

Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch - an amethyst shimmer polish with a pink to orange flash

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch

If It Pleases You - a deep plum with a touch of brown (or bruise colored if you will) linear holographic polish.

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers If It Pleases You
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers If It Pleases You
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers If It Pleases You

Some Glad Morning - Cyan linear holographic polish

xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Some Glad Morning
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Some Glad Morning
xoxoJen's swatch of Literary Lacquers Some Glad Morning

I used two coats and a topcoat unless otherwise specified and all the polishes' formulas were amazing as always with LitLaqs.

Other returning shades and links to my reviews for them are below:
1. And So I Step Up
2. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
3. Ether Binge
4. Flickum Bicus
5. Grasshopper With Candy Colored Hair
6. Porco Rosso
7. Some Glad Morning
8. Green Gables
9. Lake of Shining Waters
10. Raspberry Cordial?
11. Marilla’s Amethyst Brooch
12. If It Pleases You
13. The Happy Prince
14. Hope Is A Thing With Feathers
15. Amortentia
16. Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred
17. Orgasm
18. If Thou Hast Eyes To See
19. Desdemona’s Handkerchief
20. Salmon Chanted Evening
21. Bluestocking Romance
22. Breathing Dreams Like Air
23. Laters Baby
24. Long May She Reign

Amy plans to continue adding new colors and returning shades. Have a favorite you missed or want to gift one you don't see here? Join her fan group and post a suggestion! Ready to shop? Let's go!

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