Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lollipop Posse: Which Witch, Year of Tarot, LE

Lollipop Posse has a heap of Halloween and Fall polishes to share with us, and they are all here in a single post! A collection, a monthly LE, and a single pour LE. They all release on Friday, September 21st, 2018, at 7pm Central. Get your pen and paper ready, I'm certain you'll want to make a shopping list!

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Which Witch, Year of Tarot, LE


The Which Witch collection is a coven cobbled together from Karen's favorite fictional witches! Movies, television, and literature are represented, all woven together with the theme of flakie-filled jellies and crellies.
The complete set will be available for pre-order only from September 21st - 23rd at regular price with FREE USA shipping. All individual shades will be sold as ready to ship. Karen is experiencing a bottle supplier delay, so these will be put into pre-order after the 'in stock' is sold. So grab them fast if you don't want to wait!


“I’ve got a box of matches in my pocket, Fiona, and I’m just dying to light this fire.” -Myrtle Snow, American Horror Story: Coven

Dying to Light This Fire
an orange jelly base packed full of various color-shifting iridescent flakes, red/orange ultra chameleon chrome flakes, silver galaxy glitter, and Aurora pigment that shifts between purple, copper, and green.

I was a little unsure whether I would like this one but after putting it on it wowed me. It's like fire on your nails! Two coats shown with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Dying to Light This Fire
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Dying to Light This Fire
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Dying to Light This Fire


Castiel: Dean, are you okay? How do you feel?
Dean Winchester: Like my insides just got flame-broiled. Is that normal?
Rowena: Sweetie, we’re so far past normal.
-Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 23

So Far Past Normal
a royal purple jelly accented with silver holo flakes, blue to purple multichrome shimmer, blue/purple/red ultra chameleon chrome flakes, and green/purple shifting iridescent flakes.

Purrrrrrrrrrple, yes! I wore this for almost a week. It wears like iron ya'll. Two coats shown with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse So Far Past Normal
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse So Far Past Normal
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse So Far Past Normal


“One dose, and the time works to the second. But more than five doses breaks the delay barrier, and the formula works instantly. Child... starts to shrink. The child... starts to... grow fur. Starts... growing a tail! All this happens in precisely twenty-five seconds! Shrinking more... child is no longer a child. Child… is a MOUSE!” -The Grand High Witch, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”

Child is a MOUSE!
a murky teal jelly that features copper/red/gold/green shifting iridescent flakes, pink/red/green shifting iridescent flakes, and holographic silver flakies.

Super dark teal after building in two coats. I didn't try it, but if worn over a nude or maybe even white, you could have two or three different looks with this one polish! Two coats shown with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Child is a MOUSE!
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Child is a MOUSE!
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Child is a MOUSE!


“What a tacky shop. I’ve never seen such tacky little hats, yet you are by far the tackiest thing in here.” -The Witch of the Waste, “Howl’s Moving Castle”

Such Tacky Little Hats
a holographic, bright teal crelly that is accented with a strong, pink/green shifting Aurora shimmer and pink/green ultra chameleon chrome flakes.

Like a rainbow in a mirror, very reflective and holo! The flakes are like the icing on the cake for this polish, it couldn't get any better than this! Two coats shown with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Such Tacky Little Hats
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Such Tacky Little Hats
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Such Tacky Little Hats


“Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” -Luna Lovegood, J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”

Just as Sane as I am
a multichrome that shifts between rose gold, copper, green, and purple, filled with copper/red/gold/green shifting iridescent flakes and purple/pink/green iridescent shifting flakes.

Ok, I am totally dubbing this as Mama Unicorn. Look at that color shift! Red, Green, Amber, Gold, even some pink! Wowza! What a standout! Two coats shown with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Just as Sane as I Am
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Just as Sane as I Am
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Just as Sane as I Am


Jadis, also known as The White Witch, is the main antagonist in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. She has brought a never ending snow to the lands of Narnia, making it always winter and never Christmas during the Hundred Years Winter. She is descended of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, and the giants. Jadis lives for over 1,000 years and amplifies her powers by eating the Fruit of Everlasting Life

Fruit of Everlasting Life
a silver-tinted jelly that can be worn as a topper or alone in several coats. She is filled with various types of color-shifting iridescent flakes that flash pink, purple, orange, and blue, holographic silver flakes, and blue/purple Aurora shimmer.

Three coats for opacity and SO SO worth it! I am excited to wear this over so many other colors!

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Fruit of Everlasting Life
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Fruit of Everlasting Life
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Fruit of Everlasting Life


September Year of Tarot
Don’t be alarmed! If you draw the card of Death, it is not always as you think; on the contrary, it can be one of the most fruitful and positive cards in the deck! Death is symbolic of the ending of a major phase in your life that may bring about the beginning of something far more valuable and important. You must close one door in order to open another. It may be difficult to let go of the past, but you will soon see how important it is so that you can bring renewal and transformation into your life.

Death
a blue-based multichrome that also shifts to green and purple. She is filled with silver holo micro shreds, holographic violet micro glitter, and scattered holographic pigment.

Shifty little wench, extra photos cause she's worth it. Two coats shown with topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse September Year of Tarot: Death
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse September Year of Tarot: Death
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse September Year of Tarot: Death
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse September Year of Tarot: Death
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse September Year of Tarot: Death


Sept. Single Pour Limited Edition
Since this is a single pour, quantities are limited. Once all have sold, no more will be made available.
“Filthy tight, the dress is filthy
I'm falling flat and my arms are empty
Clear the way, better get it out of this room
A fallen woman in dancing costume” -PJ Harvey, “Dress”

Fallen Woman in Dancing Costume
a dusky, muted cherry red, perhaps the color of the dress PJ Harvey refers to in the beginning of the song. Accented with scattered holographic pigment, bronze micro flakies, and pink and purple shimmers.

Pink or red lover? Both will enjoy this spicy shade! Two coats with topcoat shown.

xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Fallen Woman in Dancing Costume
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Fallen Woman in Dancing Costume
xoxoJen's swatch of Lollipop Posse Fallen Woman in Dancing Costume

Ok, fess up. How many of you created a shopping list?

Get yours at September 21st, 2018 at 7pm Central! Don't delay, remember some of these will sell out and never return and bottle supply is limited so they'll go to pre-order once the in stock is gone.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

OPI: My Private Jet 2007 and 2018

I saw today on facebook that OPI My Private Jet is back and I rushed right out to get one!
I was so excited about comparing it to my original bottles from the Night Brights Spring 2007 collection, that I had to share the results right away.

First a bottles shot. The 2007 bottle nearest the light source on the right is not mixed well and appears to be slightly more holo then the other. The bottle on the far left was purchased on the same day from the same store and is mixed much better. The middle bottle is the new 2018 Infinite Shine version.

xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007 and 2018

First a look at the original from the Night Brights Spring 2007 collection. This little guy has quite the history behind it. It is a linear holographic jelly with either a charcoal or brown base. Fans saw both color variants, and believe there are two color versions of the linear holo polish. It could also be how we perceive the color from person to person or even the lighting used to view the bottle. For me, the ones I have look brown, with holo and copper shimmer.

At some point soon after launch, OPI completely changed the formula and finish, kept the same name and wouldn't admit that a linear holo version existed. You can see a comparison at My Simple Pleasures of the original and the second iteration.

xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007

There's a peek at the copper shimmer in the bottle there!

xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007
xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007


Below is the new 2018 version from the Infinite Shine series. It is most definitely holographic, however it is set in a creamier base which tends to hide the holo and coppery shimmer.

xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2018
xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2018
xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2018

As you can see in this next photo, when the top layer of cream is brushed off with acetone and then topcoated; the shimmer and holo really come through in a lovely way on the top nail, the bottom nail is not brushed with acetone and appears muddy or blurred from the creamy base. While this is not exactly like the original, I feel that if thinned out or brushed over with acetone, it comes pretty darned close.

xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2018


Below are side by side comparisons of them along with their bottles. My pinky and middle finger are the 2007 version, the others are 2018. When these are on the nail at real life size, the difference in base color is hardly noticeable. The difference that you will notice most at real life size, is the vibrancy of the holo rainbow. Never fear though, a little swipe of acetone and top coat will reveal its inner beauty.

xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007 and 2018
xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007 and 2018
xoxoJen's swatch of OPI: My Private Jet 2007 and 2018

Each swatch is shown with two coats and no topcoat except for the one photo where I mentioned topcoat. I absolutely love them both, and think that the new version would be so very close if it were in a more translucent base - or brushed over with acetone and topcoated. (gah the copper shimmer in it is amazing!)

If you missed the original or have had a lemming for it, I think the 2018 version may satisfy that. I would recommend getting it in person so you can make certain the formula is holo.
In the store, I shined my phone light on the bottle since the lighting there is lacking for holos.

I hope you've enjoyed this impromptu post and deviation from indie brands. My passion for polish was heightened when I got my hands on this one sometime in 2008 or 2009 so it was a bit nostalgic when I heard there was a new version.

I've fallen in love with it all over again. :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

KBShimmer: Falloween Collection

KBShimmer's Falloween collection is packed full of a variety of polishes in seasonal shades and finishes. The collection was inspired by colorful fall leaves, kids in costumes, and all things pumpkin. Join me in celebrating the season, nail polish style, with these ten KBShimmer Falloween polishes.


xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Falloween

Oops! A bottle of polish that shall remain a mystery for now, sneaked into my shot.


Hide And Eek
Purple, orange, black, green and yellow in a white crelly base

The name of this is cute for a crelly, the glitter is definitely playing hide and seek. Two coats shown with topcoat, no formula issues.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Hide And Eek
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Hide And Eek
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Hide And Eek


The Snuggle Is Real
a neutral tan cream

Truly neutral, this one doesn't seem to lean yellow or orange, but does a good job of staying right in the taupey color space. Two coats shown with topcoat, super creamy smooth formula.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer The Snuggle Is Real
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer The Snuggle Is Real
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer The Snuggle Is Real


Take It Or Leaf It
metallic flakes that shift from red, burnt orange, gold and hints of green at extreme angles in a clear base.

Look at those fall leaves!! Oh wait, that's polish flake. One coat painted over The Snuggle Is Real then topcoated, no formula issues.
I am also showing it topped with a purple jelly, and then another coat of Take It or Leaf it to show how it looks in a jelly sammich.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Take It Or Leaf It
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Take It Or Leaf It
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Take It Or Leaf It
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Take It Or Leaf It


Smashed
a spiced pumpkin linear holographic.

Super vibrant holo flame, and its copper leaning rather than straight orange. Two coats shown with topcoat, no formula issues.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Smashed
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Smashed
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Smashed


Here For The Boos
Halloween orange base loaded with silver holographic glitters.

Packed with sparkle, it is noticeable even in dim lighting. Two coats shown with topcoat for a smooth finish. I didn't notice much of a texture without topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Here For The Boos
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Here For The Boos
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Here For The Boos

How could I not do this?

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Here For The Boos


Fool Moon
a multichrome that shifts from a light yellow to warmer goldenrod, sage, olive, and a dusty blue at extreme angles.

I noticed the blue hue in the bottle, but not on my nails while shooting. It is possible that my light source for photos just wasn't the right lighting for it. Two coats shown, the second coat was sponged on to eliminate brush strokes and then topped with topcoat. No issues with formula.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Fool Moon
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Fool Moon
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Fool Moon


Absinthe Minded
a multichrome that shifts from lime to green and blue.

The blue in this though! Two coats shown, the second coat was sponged on to eliminate brush strokes and then topped with topcoat. No issues with formula.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Absinthe Minded
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Absinthe Minded
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Absinthe Minded
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Absinthe Minded
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Absinthe Minded
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Absinthe Minded


Spell Check
a deep blue jelly base loaded with flakes that shift from green, blue, indigo, to aqua.

Christie names all the blues/greens, but I swear I saw violet in there too, a quite vibrant violet. Two coats shown for a squishy jelly look, no issues with formula.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Spell Check
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Spell Check
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Spell Check


Best Witches
A purple base filled with silver holographic glitters.

Another super sparkly mega flame finish. I wore two coats with topcoat for a smooth finish. I didn't notice much of a texture without topcoat.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Best Witches
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Best Witches
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Best Witches


Creep It Together
a magnetic polish that comes alive with a magnet. Hues of pink, golds and green are attracted to the magnet, allowing the black base to show off the flakes that shift from lime, to pink with hints of blue and gold.

Loving the complexities of this polish. I wore two coats, and then magnetized with the KBShimmer dual ended magnet in two different diagonal directions. It's the first time I have used this new magnet and I must say it is super strong and thick.

xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Creep It Together
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Creep It Together
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Creep It Together
xoxoJen's swatch of kbshimmer Creep It Together

All polishes are shown with two coats and KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat. The formulas for all of them were good, no issues. I've enjoyed swatching and wearing the whole Falloween Collection, so it is really difficult to choose one single favorite from all ten of them. If I were to narrow it down, definitely The Snuggle Is Real (tan cream), Best Witches (mega flame purple), and Creep It Together (multichrome, flake, magnetic).

Do you have a favorite or five? The Falloween collection will be available at Polish Con on September 15 and then online on October 1st at kbshimmer.com

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