Saturday, January 12, 2019

GIrly Bits: Let Love Grow

Girly Bits released the six piece Bridal Bliss collection of pastel creams this summer and in it is Let Love Grow, a pastel mint green cream.

The formula was creamy and nearly opaque in one coat, shown is two topped with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Let Love Grow
xoxoJen's swatch of Let Love Grow


I watermarbled with Girly Bits Hoosier Daddy, a bright red cream. I just love this combo!

xoxoJen's swatch of Let Love Grow


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Bee's Knees: Throne of Glass series


Bringing you three flakie polishes today, of which I was unfamiliar with their names so I did a bit of research. These are derived from the Throne of Glass series written by Sarah J. Maas.
These launched today and are available right now at https://beeskneeslacquer.com/

xoxoJen's swatch of Bee's Knees: Throne of Glass series

-Manon Blackbeak-a deep red with ghost flakes, the larger flakes that shift red to gold to green, similar to UP.

Such a squishy, deep, dark, true red. In person, it was actually slightly darker than the photos show. It looks like candy - and those flakes!
Two coats/topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Manon Blackbeak
xoxoJen's swatch of Manon Blackbeak
xoxoJen's swatch of Manon Blackbeak


-Abraxos-inspired by Manon's wyvern Titus, this is a charcoal polish with ghost flakes, the larger flakes that shift red to gold to green, similar to UP.

I love me a grey crelly with flash! The flakes in this are subtle until the light hits them, then blam! There they are.
Two coats/topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Abraxos
xoxoJen's swatch of Abraxos
xoxoJen's swatch of Abraxos


-The Thirteen-a blackened blue loaded with UP and ghost flakes, the larger flakes that shift red to gold to green, similar to UP.

Woo! What a vampy UP polish! It is definitely teal. Shown in two coats really darkens it. This would be a bit lighter if layered over a lighter shade of teal. Quite versatile, and look at the green flash!

xoxoJen's swatch of The Thirteen
xoxoJen's swatch of The Thirteen
xoxoJen's swatch of The Thirteen
xoxoJen's swatch of The Thirteen

The formula for each of these was good - smooth and easy to apply. I especially enjoyed Abraxos from this set!


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hella Handmade Creations: January 2019

Are you ready for the Hella Handmade Creations pre-order?!
HHC is a third party reseller of special custom made limited edition polishes from a variety of brands. It is one stop shopping and shipping for all the polishes on offer, plus a monthly wax melt. You can see all the polishes at their shop, and most of them here in my review.

Launch in various time zones are as follows!
On the 13th:
7:01pm HST
8:01pm AKST
9:01pm PST
10:01pm MST
11:01pm CST

On the 14th:
12:01am EST
5:01am GMT

Preorder sales end on the 21st at 11:59pm HST.
Polishes will start shipping a month after sales end on or around the 22nd, barring any unforeseen circumstances.


xoxoJen's swatch of Hella Handmade Creations: January 2019

Read through for my comments and/or see my wrap up at the end!

Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer I Am Your Sinner
a bright watermelon red toned base with scattered holo, copper sparks and copper shimmer inspired by female rockers.
100 bottle cap.

Perfect hot pink in a bottle, what more could you want?

xoxoJen's swatch of Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer I Am Your Sinner
xoxoJen's swatch of Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer I Am Your Sinner
xoxoJen's swatch of Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer I Am Your Sinner


1850 Artisan Polish Chocolate Waterfall
described as a delicious linear holographic milk chocolate that pairs perfectly with a stroll through a candy garden inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
150 bottle cap.

Like silky milk chocolate, perfectly done!

xoxoJen's swatch of 1850 Artisan Polish Chocolate Waterfall
xoxoJen's swatch of 1850 Artisan Polish Chocolate Waterfall
xoxoJen's swatch of 1850 Artisan Polish Chocolate Waterfall
xoxoJen's swatch of 1850 Artisan Polish Chocolate Waterfall


Bees Knees Lacquer Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
described as a dark blue polish with green to gold sibling UP and iridescent flakes inspired by Rick and Morty.
200 bottle cap

Jelly and flakes anyone? Super vibrant royal blue!

xoxoJen's swatch of Bees Knees Lacquer Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
xoxoJen's swatch of Bees Knees Lacquer Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
xoxoJen's swatch of Bees Knees Lacquer Wubba Lubba Dub Dub


BLUSH Lacquers Pinkerella
a purple linear holo base with small pink holographic glitters and larger iridescent shifting glitters of pink, purple, blue, gold, orange and red inspired by The Pink Panther.
No cap

Stunning shade! Super vibrant and eye catching.

xoxoJen's swatch of BLUSH Lacquers Pinkerella
xoxoJen's swatch of BLUSH Lacquers Pinkerella
xoxoJen's swatch of BLUSH Lacquers Pinkerella


Chirality Polish The 13th
a sapphire blue jelly with purple to green-gold shimmer that's been filled with emerald and gold holo micro glitter, and glitter in all the colors of the rainbow; inspired by Dr Who.
no cap

Is it teal or blue? Get one and you decide! (quite a shifty lil wench!)

xoxoJen's swatch of Chirality Polish The 13th
xoxoJen's swatch of Chirality Polish The 13th
xoxoJen's swatch of Chirality Polish The 13th


Colors by Llarowe Ready Freddie?
inspired by Freddie Mercury
a black base with OG UP, Aurora pigment, multiple types of flake, intense red to pink to green to gold shimmer and prismatic holo flake.
250 bottle cap.

Love the inspiration and the vampy look of this polish!

xoxoJen's swatch of Colors by Llarowe Ready Freddie?
xoxoJen's swatch of Colors by Llarowe Ready Freddie?
xoxoJen's swatch of Colors by Llarowe Ready Freddie?


DRK Nails The Girls
The Girls - an ultramarine jelly base mixed with red shimmer
Tutu Magnetic Top Coat - a pinkish magnetic top coat mixed with a pinch of aurora red/green pigment
Magic Light - loose holographic micro-flakes in a small round container.

The Girls only: no cap
The box set (all three items)cap of 70

You guys. You want the box set. Get in quick and snag it. Trust me on this.

xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls
xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls
xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls

The Girls topped with Tutu, magnetized with a bar magnet.

xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls
xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls
xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls

Mani above topped with Magic Light
The container this was in would not open so I contacted Katia for help. Nothing worked. The container was opened by hammer, thus no images of it. Katia is going to a different and easier to open container for actual customer orders.
(no pigment was harmed, I was able to save it in a different container!)

xoxoJen's swatch of DRK Nails The Girls


Ethereal Lacquer Enchanted Grotto
a bright blue jelly base with chameleon iridescent flakies that shift aqua, green, blue and violet. With a red to green shimmer inspired by mythical creatures.
No cap.

Reminds me of a jellyfish and how they glow in the ocean! Three thin coats used for photos.

xoxoJen's swatch of Ethereal Lacquer Enchanted Grotto
xoxoJen's swatch of Ethereal Lacquer Enchanted Grotto
xoxoJen's swatch of Ethereal Lacquer Enchanted Grotto


Girly Bits I Must Not Tell Lies
a raspberry pink jelly with holographic pigment, colour shifting shimmer in purple/red/orange, and colour shifting iridescent flakes in orange/pink/gold inspired by Harry Potter.
No cap.

Beautifully done raspberry polish! It almost looks metallic sometimes because of all the flake and shine. A favorite of mine.

xoxoJen's swatch of Girly Bits I Must Not Tell Lies
xoxoJen's swatch of Girly Bits I Must Not Tell Lies
xoxoJen's swatch of Girly Bits I Must Not Tell Lies


Heather's Hues Magicians Turning Tricks
tri-thermal that shifts from purple when cold to colorless when warm and blue in between. It's filled with holo, turquoise and hot pink holo glitters and is inspired by Bob's Burgers.
120 bottle cap.

Such a pretty trio of colors!

xoxoJen's swatch of Heather's Hues Magicians Turning Tricks
xoxoJen's swatch of Heather's Hues Magicians Turning Tricks
xoxoJen's swatch of Heather's Hues Magicians Turning Tricks


Illyrian Polish A Dangerous Type
a darkened indigo base with a scattering of micro holo flakes and red/orange/green shifting iridescent flakes inspired by The Craft.
300 bottle cap.

It's all about that base! The base shade of this polish is a mover and a shaker! Under one lamp it appears almost denim, pull my hand away from it slightly and it's straight up grey, in my photography studio it reads more purple, as the descriptions states. Ya'll are gonna love the way this polish looks new under every light!

xoxoJen's swatch of Illyrian Polish A Dangerous Type
xoxoJen's swatch of Illyrian Polish A Dangerous Type
xoxoJen's swatch of Illyrian Polish A Dangerous Type


Lollipop Posse Lacquer This Sudden, Curious Act of Extortion
a nude-leaning white jelly filled with green shifting shimmer, holo micro flakes, aqua/green/purple shifting iridescent flakes, and copper/gold/green shifting iridescent flakes inspired by the Magicians.
No cap

Such a delicate polish, look at it shimmer and sparkle! At some angles it reads slightly green or blue.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Lacquer This Sudden, Curious Act of Extortion
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Lacquer This Sudden, Curious Act of Extortion
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Lacquer This Sudden, Curious Act of Extortion


Mckfresh Nail Attire Valor
an orange-bright red- dark maroon tri thermal. Orange, gold and red glitters & flakies with scattered holo inspired by Pokemon.
40 bottle cap

A tri-thermal in warm hues of red, orange and bright orange packed with glittery red sparkles.

xoxoJen's swatch of Mckfresh Nail Attire Valor
xoxoJen's swatch of Mckfresh Nail Attire Valor
xoxoJen's swatch of Mckfresh Nail Attire Valor


My Indie Polish Grammy's Back
a medium grey cream with holo and sister UP pigment. Based on Shameless where Grammy comes home and it becomes obvious where Frank gets his parenting skills.
50 bottle cap

This is one of those 'go to' types of medium grey polish. If you don't have one, pick this up. You'll be glad you did!

xoxoJen's swatch of My Indie Polish Grammy's Back
xoxoJen's swatch of My Indie Polish Grammy's Back
xoxoJen's swatch of My Indie Polish Grammy's Back


Native War Paints Four Directions
a white crelly filled with matte yellow, holographic red and holographic black micro glitter with copper to green aurora pigment.
No cap

A smooth crelly, especially for white base! Loving the tiny glitter in it.

xoxoJen's swatch of Native War Paints Four Directions
xoxoJen's swatch of Native War Paints Four Directions
xoxoJen's swatch of Native War Paints Four Directions


Quixotic Polish Treat Yo'Self 2019
an ultra neon pink holographic polish inspired by Parks & Recreation, perfect to start 2019 off right!!
125 bottle cap

Get noticed with this eye catching pink! Neon and bright, like a highlighter and super holographic!

xoxoJen's swatch of Quixotic Polish Treat Yo'Self 2019
xoxoJen's swatch of Quixotic Polish Treat Yo'Self 2019
xoxoJen's swatch of Quixotic Polish Treat Yo'Self 2019


Sayuri Nail Lacquer Brain Freeze
a holographic thermal transitioning from a delicious blackberry purple (cold) to strawberry pink (warm) sprinkled with sparks of violet inspired by Ice Cream.
85 bottle cap

I want to eat it, definitely reminiscent of ice cream!

xoxoJen's swatch of Sayuri Nail Lacquer Brain Freeze
xoxoJen's swatch of Sayuri Nail Lacquer Brain Freeze
xoxoJen's swatch of Sayuri Nail Lacquer Brain Freeze


Shleee Polish But You're, Like.... Evil
Inspired by Gwen Stacy
black with pink iridescent flakies, and silver holographic glitter.
60 bottle cap

My very first Shleee and I'm quite impressed with it. These images don't do it justice. The sparkle and shimmer is insane - very much like those blinged up IG videos only not a fake video effect. It's real ya'll.

xoxoJen's swatch of Shleee Polish But You're, Like.... Evil
xoxoJen's swatch of Shleee Polish But You're, Like.... Evil
xoxoJen's swatch of Shleee Polish But You're, Like.... Evil


Turtle Tootsie Polish Sir Paul
a green/purple/aqua tri thermal holo polish with gold holo micro glitter, gold flakies, and some purple chameleon flakies inspired by the Beatles.
80 bottle cap

My three favorite colors in one bottle? Yes please. That green, turns grey before purple so I actually think this is a quad thermal. Is that a thing?

xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Polish Sir Paul
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Polish Sir Paul
xoxoJen's swatch of Turtle Tootsie Polish Sir Paul


Under A Hula Moon Somebody To Love
Love is rarely all bliss and flowers, sometimes there's farts between the flowers. Monkey farts that is! A fruity and floral blend of Kahuku bananas, vibrant kiwi, wild strawberries, hints of bubble gum and vanilla all mixed with tropical plumeria.
No cap.
Each order containing this product will receive a gift with purchase

A very strong plumeria scent with hints of fruit. Fill your home with the fragrance of Hawaii! This melt takes me back to the islands.

xoxoJen's swatch of Under A Hula Moon Somebody To Love
xoxoJen's swatch of Under A Hula Moon Somebody To Love

Every polish is shown in two coats unless otherwise specified in their descriptions. The formulas on all of these are fantastic! I believe that indies have all nailed the formulas and surpassed mainstream polishes. I almost feel like formula isn't worth mentioning unless there's an issue with it. So rather than repeat it above every single polish, here is one comment that applies to all of them. If you need a more specific detail, feel free to comment below and I will answer any questions you may have.

The variety of colors and finishes is on point for such a large collection of polishes and we've got several new brands who just joined HHC this month! Great way to try some new to you brands and pick up some of your favorites.

What's on your HHC shopping list?

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