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Moonflower Polish - One More Light Swatches

Thursday, February 1, 2018
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Hi guys...so I created this collection in collaboration with Jenalyn of Two Girls One Blush/Velashaa on IG and FB. It's inspired by our struggles with mental health and a couple of songs by Linkin Park. It's a bit of a heavy subject matter and since I tend to tear up when talking about it, I'm just going to copy what's on the site. Like always when I blog about my own polishes, this is not a review, I'm just showing you the swatch pics I took with a description for each. There are currently available as a pre-order until Feb 2 at www.moonflowerpolish.com and after that they will be discontinued.

The One More Light collection came about directly as the result of Chester Bennington from Link Park's death. It struck a chord with me in a way that no other celebrity death had previously as I have been a longtime fan of their music. I reached out Jenalyn from Two Girls One Blush/Velashaa on IG because I knew she was feeling the same way and had been very vocal about her depression. I myself was diagnosed officially with General Anxiety Disorder and Depression back in 2005. It's been an integral part of my life since then, pretty much shaping me into the person I am today. When I asked Jenalyn if she wanted to collab with me, I showed her a few song lyrics and the colors I had in mind and then I also asked to assign colors to what she feels when she's depressed and happy. She provided me with some pictures to help explain her emotions in color form, and this is what we settled on. The colors represent both the good and the bad.

20% of the proceeds will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Linkin Park's One More Light fund.

In alphabetical order the colors are:

A Million Thoughts - greenish teal jelly base with red-green-gold color shifting aurora pigments and copper shimmer.

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Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. This color represent my personal struggles with anxiety. Depression comes and goes but anxiety is always there for me. It often feels like I have a million thoughts in my head, all at the same time, a million worries and what ifs. Teal is my favorite color and very representative of me, it's the color fo the ocean of my Caribbean home (I'm from Puerto Rico originally), it's the color I had on my hair for a while (but it's purple now), it's everything to me, it keeps me grounded.

Do You Love Me - dusty blue with gray microflakes and pink-red-gold aurora pigment.

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Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. Inspired by Jenalyn's long time boyfriend, specifically an old shirt of his that she loves, she likes to ask him if he still loves her in order to calm the chaos in her brain even though she knows she's his world.

Heart and Soul - wine jelly base with scattered holo, purple-blue iridescent glitters, and purple-blue aurora shimmers.

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Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. This color represent my kids, they are the reason I'm still alive today, they reason I get up in the morning and fight. My son is 5 and his favorite color is red, my daughter is 10 and her favorite color is purple.

One More Light - a dusty purple creme with scattered holo and red-green-gold color shifting aurora pigments.

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Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. Inspired by the Linkin Park of the same name, this song is what has kept me alive on my worst days. The chorus goes "Who cares if one more light goes out? In a sky of a million stars, it flickers, flickers. Who cares when someone's time runs out? If a moment is all we are. We're quicker, quicker. Who cares if one more light goes out? Well I do". It reminds me that people do care about me, and I care about them. It shows the purpose of the collection, not just to raise awareness but to let others who are also suffering that we are here, there are lots of us, and we care. 

Shadow of the Day - bluish gray creme with pink-red-gold aurora pigment and scattered holo.

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Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. When we are struggling, the world feels all gray and heavy, it feels like there are no more options but one.

Once again, this polishes are only available until February 2, 2018 after which they will be discontinued. 20% of the proceeds will be donated and so far we have raised over $200, which I think is just amazing. I want to say a huge thank you to all the bloggers that swatched and have reviewed/promoted this collection, plus all the customers that have re-posted info about it. Most  importantly I want to thank everyone who has shared their personal stories with me, who has reached out to share why this means so much to them...because that was my main goal. Awareness, not that depression exists, but for the sufferers, to let you know you are not alone.

If you want to purchase, the shop is http://www.moonflowerpolish.com. They are $10 each or $48 for the 5 piece set. Turn around time is about 5 business days after the pre-order ends.

Lantern and Wren Stampers and Brushes Review

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


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Today I have a review for some new products I purchased from Lantern and Wren and one I received as a press sample. I'm always looking for new products to test with my Moonflower Polishes since I want to make sure they will work with a large variety of stampers and plates. One of my favorite places for 1 stop shopping for nail art supplies is Lantern and Wren. Recently, Carleigh (the owner) got some custom made stampers and brushes and I had to order them, she also included an extra brush for me to review.

If you've been following me for a while you might have noticed that I struggle to use clear stampers. They have become the standard stamper for most nail artists right now and I've always felt behind the times. I keep buying them in the hopes of finding an amazing stamper out there that worked flawlessly but most of the time they left me disappointed. The only way I got them to eventually work was by clouding the heads a little by priming them with acetone. I have gotten better with practice but when Carleigh posted pics of her new stamper she described it as super soft and sticky so I ordered one right away. I was not disappointed this time.

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I used Moonflower Polish Noche and Lina Nail Art I Foil In Love 1 and that was the result I got on my very 1st try. It's damn near perfect. The only thing I did was wash it with Dawn dish soap and let dry.

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I also purchased a soft sticky white marshmallow stamper because I just love them. These were all the rage and the new "it thing" when I started stamping. I got almost perfect results as well straight out of the package. I did prime this one afterwards with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser to remove the shine on the head, cause I'm picky like that.

I also purchased a new angled clean up brush, which is nice and small for my tiny hands and a detail brush. Those are hard to review in photos so just check out the video review if you want to know more.



Lastly, these products are all available right now at Lantern and Wren! You can find them here, these are not affiliated links. 

Pahlish Fairy Frost - The Great Untrieds Challenge

Monday, January 22, 2018
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It's 2018 and I'm doing a new thing. How are you? Is there anyone still here? I've been busy, my nails are in a sorry state due to several factors like cold weather and making nail polish. I have barely painted my nails in the past few months...yes...months. It's so sad. Anyways...I have a lot of nail polish, I thought I had over 1k at some point but I've been slowly destashing. During the time Florida was dealing with the effects of Hurricane Irma I realized that if I had to leave my home, knowing there might not be anything left when I came back, there really wasn't a single bottle of polish I would take with me. Maybe 1, cause it was a custom gift from a friend. I'd take my supplies and the bottles for my own brand if I had the time and space, or rather I'd put them somewhere safe and hope for the best but when it comes down to it...it's just nail polish and I have more than a person can wear in a lifetime. Which brings me to my next point. I spent the past few days going through and cataloging them, which I had never done and I'm proud to say that I am now down to somewhere closer to 800 bottles. But that is still a huge amount. Most of them are untrieds, that means I bought them and have never worn them other than to swatch them on a stick, and some not even that. I have bottles I bought in 2014 when I started collecting indies that I've never used. I can't with that. That's not who I am.

So...I know I've done this before and failed but here's attempt #2, the Great Untrieds Challenge. 1 new polish everyday, or every other day, starting with the stuff I bought in 2014, all untried. I'll still do product reviews and nail art tutorials, you'll find most of those on my YouTube channel (click on it!) probably once a week or so. I need to paint my nails every day, it's the only way I don't bite them. My nails are a super short mess right now and I'm trying to fix the damage I've done to my sidewalls, more on that in another post. Point is, if I don't paint, I bite. So what better way than a new untried polish every day?

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Today's polish is Pahlish - Bespoke Batch in Fairy Frost. Originally described as a turquoise blue jelly with a mix of platinum flakes and ultra fine holographic silver glitter. Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. It's pretty opaque for a jelly, which is nice. There was a little bit of staining on dry skin during clean up but nothing too bad.

BBP - December Birthstone Duo Swatches and Review

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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*Press Samples* Today I have swatches of these beauties from Bad Bitch Polish. I'm a sucker for anything blue so you know I loved these. The December birthstone duo from BBP consists of a jelly and a holo just like all the others. December has 2 stones, either Tanzanite or Turquoise so Britt did a color for each stone.

Turquoise Meteor - is described as a deep dark turquoise jelly polish with a variety of shapes and shades of turquoise glitters and flakies. Swatch was 2 coats with top coat. Formula was excellent as usual, it's smooth, it stays put, not runny, great glitter to base ratio, dries down smooth and shiny. It did not stain my skin or nails. And it looks awesome matted with a matte top coat.


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Cerulean Sky - described as a sky blue linear holo. Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat. Formula for this one is not as opaque as BBP's usual holos but still very nice. Easy to apply, not streaky, a little thin but not too runny. Dries to a shiny finish on it's own, but I always use topcoat to help it dry faster.

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The December Birthstone Duo will be available tomorrow at www.badbitchpolish.com. Britt will also be having huge Black Friday sale, the entire store will be 50% off, no codes needed. There will also be free shipping with domestic orders of $50+ and international orders of $100+. The Black Friday exclusive polish will be excluded from the sale. Sale starts tomorrow and ends Monday. Check out her  FB fan group for more info. I received these polishes as press samples in exchange for photos and an honest review. 

Rose Stamping with China Glaze and Moonflower Polish

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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Hey everybody! Today's post is just some simple nail art using China Glaze Cabin Fever and Moonflower Polish Cozy Sweaters. I'm trying to get back into blogging at least twice a week, painting my nails every other day, and making video tutorials once a week. That also includes working through my ginormous stash of nail polishes, most of which are untried.

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For this look I went with China Glaze Cabin Fever, which I've owned since it came out in...2015. Yeesh, 2 years...where has the time gone? Cabin Fever is a wine-red-gold multichrome. It's got a very thin formula and definitely needs 3 coats for opacity. You have to be careful with the brush strokes as well.

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To finish off the look I used Moonflower Polish Cozy Sweaters, a dark gunmetal gray holo stamping polish with golden shimmer. I used a rose image from MoYou London Pro 08 stamping plate. And that's it, easy, simple, and pretty for fall.

Moonflower Polish is my own brand of 5 free handcrafted nail polish for stamping, nail art, and regular wear, available at www.moonflowerpolish.com and www.nail-artisan.co.uk. You can find Moonflower Polish on IG @moonflowerpolish (and don't forget to use #moonflowerpolish so I can repost your pics). On FB: @moonflowerpolish and the fan group Painted Moonflowers.

Glow in the Dark Marble Stone Nail Art

Monday, November 6, 2017
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Hey guys! I've got more nail art today. I was sent the Glow in the Dark collection from INM Nails a few months ago and I really wanted to do something cool with them. I also recently purchased the super cool Dixie Plates Marbled 01 stamping plate and it occurred to me that some glow in the dark marbled stone nails would be interesting.

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INM Nails Angler - glow in the dark polish
 To start out I painted a white base on my nails. Next I created a "watercolor" effect with INM Nails Angler and Foxfire glow in the dark polishes. As I mentioned in my review for these found here, these polishes have a thin, jelly like consistency that made them perfect for this technique. Usually I would create this sort of effect with a sponge or by smooshing the colors on my nails with a stamper. However, because these colors are thin, they behaved a lot like real watercolors, so all I had to do was place drops of color on my nails and gently spread them around with the brush tip, so they sorta blend. Let them dry and repeat 3 times. The final result is not thick at all, since I'm not plopping on a bunch of polish, just a bit. Top coat and wait for it to dry.

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Next step was to stamp an image from the Dixie Marbled 01 plate, using Moonflower Polish Silver, and then layer over that another image from the same plate with Noche. (It just occurred to me that it would have also looked cool to do the stamping in between the layers of the glow in the dark jellies, since they are translucent, it would have added more depth. Let's add that to the "to do" list.) Final step was Out the Door topcoat and clean up.

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Due to the white base, the glow was really intense! If one treats the INM Glow in the Dark polishes like jellies instead of plain sheer polishes, the nail art options expand. You can have glow in the dark leadlighting, gradients, watercolor backgrounds like these...I dunno! I just loved the final result. The Dixie plate was also a breeze to use, I'll definitely be doing more designs with it. Check out my video tutorial below to see exactly how I created this look.

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The INM Nails Glow in the Dark collection is available right now for $3 at www.inmnails.com. You can find INM on social media on Instagram and Facebook and with the hashtags #inmnails and #inm. I received the polishes as press samples in exchange for a review.

Dixie Plates Marbled 01 was purchased with a blogger discount from Lantern and Wren. Use my link here for a 10% discount on your purchase, only for 1st time buyers, discount applied at checkout. Moonflower Polish is my own brand of 5 free handcrafted nail polish for stamping, nail art, and regular wear, available at www.moonflowerpolish.com and www.nail-artisan.co.uk. Noche is also available at Lantern and Wren.

BBP - November Duo Swatches and Review

Thursday, November 2, 2017
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OMG you guys...two posts in 1 week! Can you believe it? Today I have swatches and a review on the November Duo from indie polish brand Bad Bitch Polish. All year long BBP has been coming out with these gorgeous jelly glitter and holo duos and I feel so blessed that I've been able to feature a few of them here in this blog. For November Britt has made one of my favorite duos to date. Check out below for why I liked this one so much.

Citrine Shimmer

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Guys...my fingers are super oily in these shots, I apologize for that. When I swatched these a few weeks ago my fingers where super dry and flaky, I had to load up on the cuticle oil. Anyway, Citrine Shimmer is a gorgeously squishy jelly glitter polish with scattered holo flakies in an citrine orange base. It's super pretty and unique to my collection. Swatch is 3 coats with top coat. It dries shiny on it's own. The formula is just smooth, buttery perfection. Being a jelly, it does need a few coats to reach opacity. No staining or any issues to report.

Sunny Haze

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Sunny Haze is a sorta burnt orange red holographic polish. Swatch is 2 coats with topcoat, although it dries shiny on it's own. Just like Citrine Shimmer, this color is very unique to my 1000+ nail polish collection. It's perfect for fall and has just the right amount of holo pigment to have a very intense rainbow flash without overpowering the base color. Britt is really a master at what she does and I feel these duos really showcase her talent well. Formula is also nice and buttery, a bit on the thinner side but not runny either, it's still very pigmented. If you load up a large drop on your brush then it will run, but you really just need a bit to get great coverage in just a few strokes.

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Overall, the November Duo from Bad Bitch Polish is an excellent addition to anyone's collection. The colors have great formulas that are a breeze to apply, in very wearable shades of orange that are perfect for fall. They are available now at www.badbitchpolish.com, $10 each or $19 for the duo.
Make sure you're following BBP on Instagram, Facebook, and join the FB fan group for all the latest info and swatches!

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

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