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The Island Collection - Soothing Soul Nail Lacquer - Swatch and Review

Thursday, July 18, 2019

*Press Samples*

Hey everyone! Long time no see. How's your summer going? Mine's been super busy, which is why I haven't had any posts in a while. I've painted my nails, I just haven't even photographed them, not even for IG! Le gasp. 😲 Today's review is for the new Island Collection from Soothing Soul Nail Lacquers. On to the swatches!

Actually, these all had a similar but great formula, so to save time (me writing and you reading), let's talk quickly about that first. All 5 colors in this collection will make you think of a nice beach vacation (which surprisingly for someone from the Caribbean who lives in Florida, I haven't had this summer...). They all have some nice strong shimmer effects, opaque in 2-3 coats (I'll specify for each color before the swatches), dried pretty shiny and quickly. What I love about the formula for these is that it self levels nicely and stays right where you put it, not runny or thick, just perfectly smooth and easy to apply. Ok now on to the swatches.

Lily Pad - shimmery jade green, slightly blue leaning. Swatches show 2 coats with topcoat.




Blue Lagoon - bright shimmery medium blue with the slightest hint of a darker indigo shade when it catches the light in certain angles. Swatch shows 3 coats with topcoat. This one is sheerer than the other 4 colors.




Island Breeze - blue periwinkle or grayish blue shade with hints of a pink-purplish shimmer. Swatch shows 3 coats with topcoat. You can get away with 2 thicker coats too.



Aurora - bright pink shimmer. Swatch shows 2 coats with topcoat.




Toes In The Sand - rose gold shimmer. Swatch shows 2 coats with topcoat.




The Island Collection will be available July 19 for $10 a bottle or $45 for the whole set.

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I received these polishes as press samples in exchange for photography and an honest review.

Chirality - Antonio Bay - June Polish Pickup - Indie Swatches

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

For June 2019's Weather Phenomena theme I also received Chirality's Antonio Bay as a press sample to swatch and review. Inspired by the 1980's John Carpenter film The Fog. Amanda of Chirality sent me this as her description "Beware as the fog begins to roll into the small town of Antonio Bay. It has a metallic base color with blue/green/pink and gold/pink shifting pigments, along with copper flashes. Depending on the light and angle, it will appear mocha, mauve, silver, bronze, soft pink, or many other variations due to the shifty shimmer. Opaque in 2 thick or 3 thin coats. For best results, start with a good base coat and finish with a shiny top coat."



My swatches show 2 coats with a shiny topcoat. This polish is very unique, depending on the light you'll see hints of a mauve cocoa chrome look with flashes of pink and blue. I tried my best to capture the hints of the metallic base along with the pink flashes. If you look closely at the macro you can also the bits of blue. It's even prettier in person and in the sunlight.

You can see the pinky mauve color stand out in the bottle shot as well. Antonio Bay will be $10 for a 15ml bottle at from June 7-10.

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Sassy Cats Lacquer Ocean Wildfires - June Polish Pickup

Friday, May 24, 2019


Sassy Cats Lacquer Ocean Wildfires for June's Polish Pickup is a turquoise jelly polish with red-gold-green aurora shimmer and copper shimmer. It also has ultrachrome chameleon flakies that shift copper-green-gold and iridescent flakies that shift red-green-gold and blue crystal flakes. June 2019's theme is Weather Phenomena, Mohrayma of Sassy Cats was inspired by a viral photo of the recent California wildifres over Malibu. Ocean Wildfires is intentionally made to be sheer in 2 coats, to really let all those shimmers and flakies pop. You can layer it up to 3 coats for a deeper teal shade, or use as a topper in 1 coat. I have lots of swatches below!





Here's what it looks like in 3 coats:





Here's what it looks liked used as a topper over a cobalt blue creme polish:





Video Swatch:

Ocean Wildfires will be available June 7-10 for $12 at

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*I received this polish as a press sample to swatch and review.

Game of Thrones Nail Art - House Stark

Sunday, May 19, 2019

I'm ready for tonight's finale. It's probably going to be disappointing, but my nails are done. I've been a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire books for years, so this has been a long time coming. I'm not gonna ramble about it here though.



Ok so I did these in a hurry cause I was about to leave for a Scouts event with my family and I wouldn't have time the rest of the day to get them done. It's not the best and I haven't done nail art besides stamping in a while, so I'm a bit out of practice. I used China Glaze OMG for the silver holo, the new version that came out in 2018, Galactic Gray for the dark gray holo, and OMG a UFO for the green holo. I only did a silver to gray gradient in most of my nails and a silver-green-gray in my accent nail. In retrospect, it would have looked better to do the same to all my nails or a silver to green, since those are the House Stark colors. Oh well. I had seen a few silver to dark gray gradients for House Stark manis and since I was pressed for time, I did the same. For the direwolf, I used a water slide decal from Fangirl Polish, she has a bunch of fandom themed decals, go check her out.

Let me know your thoughts about the series finale below! Did you do any nail art for it?

5th Blogiversary Giveaway

Monday, May 6, 2019

 OMG! This blog is 5 years old now. It's not a baby anymore. To celebrate I'm hosting a giveaway! There's a bunch of prizes valued at over $100! 😱 I've asked a few of my maker friends, brands I've worked with in the past, and even new to me brands to help out and I couldn't be more pleased. Here's the list:
  • Moonflower Polish - 1 mini stamping set of your choice (up to a $36 value depending on set)
  • Alter Ego Body Care - $10 voucher for her shop
  • Zombie Claw Polish - $15 voucher for her shop
  • Beautometry - 1 set of water slide decals
  • Color4Nails - $35 voucher for her shop
  • Green Goddess Creation - 4 sets of water slide decals
  • Chaotic Glitz Polish - various polishes
  • PolishPak - 1 PolishPak (nifty little travel bag for your polishes, keeps them safe)
  • Poetry Cowgirl Polish - $30 voucher to her shop
  • Nail Hoot Indie Lacquer - $15 voucher to her shop
  • Sassy Cats Lacquer - 1 scented top coat
  • Lantern and Wren - 3 full size stamping plates ($45 value)
  • Fangirl Polish - 3 sets of Star Wars themed water slide decals (because they are super cute and it's my favorite fandom).
So, the rules:
1 winner to be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter. My close personal friends and family, plus the makers who donated are prohibited from participating. Winner must be a member of the online nail polish community, no giveaway/fake accounts. I will verify, if I doubt the authenticity of the winner I will select another one. Must be 18 years or older and US resident. The only required entry is your email, so that I can contact you if you win. Other entries are optional but very much appreciated as all the sponsors are small indie brands. (Let's support small women owned businesses!). No purchases necessary to win, and being a customer of any of the sponsors does not increase your chances of winning. Giveaway will run from May 7 to May 14.  I will contact the winner and give them 48 hours to reply. After that time period they forfeit their prizes and I will select a new winner. If for some reason the winner is not interested in one of the prizes, I will select a new winner specifically for that prize. Giveaway rules can be modified as I see fit.

Ok, I think that's everything! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to sign up! Thank you so much for those of you that have stuck around for the past 5 years!

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Supermoon Lacquer - Beta #110 - Indie Polish Swatch

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


I've got a massive amount of Supermoon Lacquer polishes that I've rarely ever posted about. I think I swatched 2 of them years ago. This is Beta #110. Occasionally, Mardi will have random mystery style prototypes for sales, otherwise known as Beta Batches. You don't know what you're gonna get but it'll always be super pretty. I grabbed a bunch last time she had a sale. Anyway, this one here is a more reddish purple/violet creme base with what look to me like aurora shimmers. They shift from blue to purple and hints of a golden-pink. And there's just a bit of very fine scattered holo in it too.


Swatch is 2 coats with top coat. Formula is a bit on the thicker side, but it's also super opaque and I'm sure you could probably stamp with it. You could probably get away with 1 thicker coat if you wanted to also. Photos looks weird, they photographed super dark so I had to edit them a lot in Photoshop. Polish color is now accurate, even though my skin looks odd. I have a fancy new DSLR and I'm still learning how to use it for nail photography.



That's it! If you like this polish, make sure you head on over to the The Howling Boutique's Wolfpack group on Facebook so you can be in the know for the next time there's new Beta Batches and other releases. Thanks for reading!

Gold Holo Stamping - Moonflower Polish - Poetry Cowgirl

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Whut!! *😲* An actual blog post, I know! I've said it before but just in case you are new, I'm mainly posting stuff on YouTube these days.👈 So go check that out please. I keep this blog cause I like having the pictures actually show up on Google searches, since I know that can be helpful...also cause I occasionally feel like writing.

Anyway...I made these back in October. I'm slowly swatching my Gemstone holo stamping polishes that I made for Moonflower and this was supposed to be the swatch/nail art for Oro. Point is, they are still kinda holiday/autumnal/winter transition that they work for this time of year so I figured I'd go ahead and post.

Ok so the base is Poetry Cowgirl's 525600 Minutes from August's Polish Pickup musicals theme. This polish was inspired by Rent. It's a black jelly base full of glitters and flakies and I love it. I fell in love with indie polishes because of this type of finish. This isn't going to be much of a review though, the formula and application are great and if you want to actually see it in action, which I think says more than my words ever could, just watch the video below.

Swatch is 3 coats with glossy top coat.




On to the stamping! I used Moonflower Polish Oro - a holo gold stamping polish, and Lina Nail Art Supplies Twirls and Swirls 01 plate, with Lantern and Wren's Simply Silver Clear Stamper.





You get two macros 😄 has lint in it 😖.


Ok so Oro is still available at my shop - It's $14 for the 15ml bottle. I know that's pricey so that's why I have a mini for $8. These are all handmade polishes, it's an artisan product, which means it costs more than mass produced polishes. It's also 5 free, which a lot of the cheap polishes from China are not (sometimes they are, but not usually), which means none of the super dangerous stuff. help support a small business, and also a female run business, and also a mom business?  I dunno. It's just me, working from home, making these with love for all of you (and me, cause I use them too, duh).  Same goes for all indie polish makers.

That said, Poetry Cowgirl polishes are available in her shop This particular color though is from Polish Pickup. (And I highly recommend clicking on that link to learn all about it, cause it's awesome.)

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