Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lemming Lacquer Eat Me

I love an Alice in Wonderland theme. This is why I was attracted to Lemming Lacquer's first collection off the bat, but they're more than that.  Lemming Lacquer is a new indie brand to the scene, and they've really hit it off well. This is a brand that knows what they're doing, how to do it, and does it exceptionally well from their nail polish, packaging, to customer service.

I picked up some pretties from a recent sale and I'm so impressed. This is one of the colors I bought.

Eat Me (over Curiouser & Curiouser!)
Eat Me is a mix of matte rainbow and white glitters in a clear base.

Collection: Lemming Lacquer Curiosities from Wonderland Spring 2015

Color: You cannot go wrong with a rainbow glitter. Eat Me has such a pretty array of primary and pastel matte glitter colors. The white glitters add a nice touch that ground the rest of the colors.

Formula: Excellent and easy to use glitter formula. I did not need to fish for glitters in this at all. I used 2 coats above. Dabbing will allow you to place more glitters on the nail, but it's not necessary. You can get a nice amount of glitters on the nail with just swiping your brush.

Price: This is $8.00 on the Lemming Lacquer website.

Overall: Eat Me is one of those pretty straightforward polishes. It's a lovely rainbow glitter that is easy to apply and looks great!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Link-Up Round-Up Tuesday: 9/29/15

If you want to submit a link for next week's round-up, please fill out the form below!

The Polish Playground Turquoise and Navy Distressed Shatter

Pointless Cafe Fall Nail Art

Streets Ahead Style Lynnderella Pink Starfish

The Call of Beauty Fall Manicure

B'Nails Ovarian Cancers Awareness

Seize the Sparkle #31DC2015 017//Glitter

Betty's Beauty Bombs Red Zebra

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Northern Star Dreadful Curiosities

I'm definitely in fall mode now. Everything is decorated for fall and Halloween here. I'm wearing fall colors. I'm drinking my homemade Pumpkin Spice coffee. Sorry, Starbucks, I'll make my own! The only thing thing that is holding back from fall here is the weather. I don't expect it to get cooler until November though. I'll live. I'll just pretend it's cool out!

I have a great fall polish for you today. This one is by Northern Star and part of her recent fall collection

Dreadful Curiosities
Dreadful Curiosities is a dark earthy brown with a subtle holographic finish.

Collection: Northern Star Polish Fall 2015

Color: This fall it's all about brown for me. I've never been into it at all before, but this year I want browns! This is a great rich and deep brown. It reads as brown on your nail not as black which is a plus. The holographic finish is subtle, but just enough to detect a hint of sparkle on your nail.

Formula: Excellent easy to use and apply formula. I have come to expect a lot formula-wise from Northern Star since my first experience a few weeks ago. This did not disappoint.

Price: This is $9.00 on Northern Star's etsy site.

Overall: Beautiful brown polish for fall. I love the richness of this brown and the subtle sparkle. The formula is excellent and this is all around a great polish!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekly Wax Wrap Up: 9/20/15-9/27/15

I'm starting a new weekly weekend feature on my blog. I'm a reformed candle addict who has turned into a wax junkie. Candles are expensive, take up a lot of space for storage, and I get tired of scents quickly, so I decided to switch to wax melts. Every Sunday, I'm going to do a wrap of up and review of all the wax melts I melted that week

You can melt wax melts in a warmer. I like the Glade electric warmer best. The wax melts are small and the scent last between 8-12+ hours, so you can switch out scents frequently. I primarily purchase only a handful of brands. I like Glade, Better Homes & Gardens, Scentsationals, and Ten Digits Creations an indie wax vendor. You can find Better Homes & Gardens and Scentsationals for $2 for 6 little tarts at Walmart.

I melted all Ten Digit Creations wax this week. I love TDC. There are other indie vendors out there I've tried, but TDC is the best in my opinion. They have the best quality, their TAT (turn around time) is super fast, and their customer service is amazing. You can purchase their wax melts (they're dye free) in singles, doubles, 4 packs, 12 packs, or a big 14oz loaf. I typically burn a half or whole tart/melt depending on the scent.

Here is what I melted this week!

Fall Festival
Scent Description: pumpkins, fall leaves, caramel apples, hayrides, and hot cider
My Thoughts: I'm not hugely into sweet/bakery scents, but I adore this. I can really smell the caramel apples in this. It's sweet without being too much. I detect the pumpkin and leaf notes in this which tone down and round out the sweetness!

Twisted Peppermint
Scent Description: peppermint, vanilla, and sugared musk
My Thoughts: This a Bath & Body Works dupe. This is spot on. It's a sweet peppermint, but again not sickly sweet. The peppermint in this is STRONG. It will clear your sinuses. This is a great bright and knock your socks off scent. 

Green Tea & Willow
Scent Description: green tea with notes of fresh air, bergamot, white willow, and jasmine
My Thoughts: Green Tea & Willow is a very fresh and green scent. I love clean scents like this, the clean/green scent is the high note in here with some subtle but nice sweet floral background.

Autumn Night
Scent Description: crisp autumn nights come to life with nutmeg and cinnamon  layered with applewood and cedar
My Thoughts: This is another Bath & Body Works dupe. This is a great fall woodsy scent. It's spicy, dark, smoky, and rich all at once. This is masculine, but not really in terms of cologne, it's those woodsy and smokey notes that make me think masculine. 

Christmas Spirit
Scent Description: cranberry, bayberry, fir needles, clove
My Thoughts: This is spot on Christmas scent to me. It's a very fresh and nature kind of Christmas smell. It smells like a fresh Christmas tree out in the cold winter air with hints of tart cranberry to round it out. There is nothing artificial or too strong about this scent. It's very festive, crisp, and inviting. One of my favorites!

Black Pearl
Scent Description: lavender and chamomile with notes of myrrh, olibanum, and sugar
My Thoughts: This is a Lush dupe scent. This is the perfect bedtime scent to me. It's very soothing and calming. The chamomile note in here is strongest to me which I love. I adore this scent. I want to spray it on everything. The sugar notes in this really balances it out to be sweet (not candy or bakery sweet though) and soothing, not medicinal like some lavender scents can be.  Another favorite here!

Christmas Tree
Scent Description: complete with lights, ornaments, and garland
My Thoughts: This had a very nondescript scent description, so I took a gamble. I wanted to like this so bad, but I sadly this isn't for me. This has a something what I think is a licorice note to it mixed with pine. It's just a combination that my nose does not agree with it all. It's too sharp and has a sweetness to that I didn't find pleasant. 

Cactus & Sea Salt
Scent Description: green cactus mingled with ocean air, sea spray, driftwood, and sea moss
My Thoughts: This is another clean/spa scent. I like this one. It has strong watery and sea salt notes to it with a hint of green from the cactus. It's not the most exciting scent, but it's a great go-to clean and fresh scent that works year round.

That's all I melted this week, which is a lot! I switch up scents every other or day and sometimes everyday. You can purchase all the ones I listed above on the Ten Digits Creations website.

I know many of you are just nail polish readers, but I hope you will enjoy this. I hope I can turn some of you into wax addicts too!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 25, 2015

DazzleGlaze Night Nyx

I have another polish from DazzleGlaze to show you today. DazzleGlaze is actually an indie that is local to me here in Orlando. Pretty cool! I went to a craft recently to scope them out and purchase some of their goodies. They have a ton of beautiful jelly glitters which happen to be my favorite finish. This one caught my eye!

Night Nyx
Night Nyx is a black jelly base filled with fuchsia and magenta glitters.

Collection: DazzleGlaze Greek Underworld Fall 2014

Color: I love glitters like this with a black jelly base and some bright glitter. It is so hard to find them done right though, and Night Nyx is done right. A common problem with black jelly glitters is that the black jelly usually drowns out the glitter. This isn't the case here at all. There is perfect balance between base and glitter. That beautiful magenta glitter shines through strong!

Formula: This formula was good. The glitters came out easily. I would recommend with this polish though that you wait for it to dry completely between coats. I noticed that if it was still slightly wet applying the next coat, the polish would pool in areas and get thick. If I waited for it to dry though, I did not have this problem at all and it applied evenly. I used 3 coats above.

Price: This is $8.00 on the DazzleGlaze website.

Overall: Gorgeous polish! I love glitters like this and I wish it came in more colors. I'd buy them all! The formula was nice, but I think you'll have better results if you let it fully dry between coats. I didn't find this bothersome or a deal breaker at all though as it only maybe added another 1-2 minutes to my polish time.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Indie InLinkz: Favorite Fall Color

It's times for another Indie InLinkz post. Indie Inlinkz is a group of bloggers who do monthly posts that feature indie polishes. This month's theme was our favorite fall color. I didn't even need to think about this one at all. I knew exactly what fall nail polish was going to grab.

One of the colors I feel like gets really neglected in nail polish especially when it comes to the fall season is pink. Let's face it, pink is hard to make unique or special these days. I love pink though, and what I love even more is a innovative pink. Pinks with pizzazz that fit the fall/winter seasons are some of my favorites. When I spotted this Sindie POP! polish back in 2012 I knew my pink fall polish prayers had been answered. This polish became my favorite fall polish ever, and it still holds that title!

Golden Raspberries
Golden Raspberries is a dusty rose-mauve packed with golden glitters and shimmer.

Collection: Sindie POP! Fall 2012

Color: Now this is a fall pink! You take a pink you make it dusty and you add golden glitter and shimmer. This is a beautifully unique color. I absolutely adore it and I think I may even love it more now than when it first came out. I still haven't seen anything like this color or even close to it. This color combination is elegant, rich, and perfect for fall.

Formula: This has a great formula. The glitters apply easily to the nail. I used 3 coats.

Price: You can purchase this from the Sindie POP! website for $10.

Overall: This is an all-star polish for me. I absolutely love everything about it. There have been 3 years of fall indie polish releases between the release of Golden Raspberries and now. Golden Raspberries beats out anything in the past 3 years and is my definite fall indie favorite!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Check out my fellow Indie Inlinkz friends favorite fall indies below! 

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Link-Up Round-Up Tuesday: 9/22/15

If you want your link featured in next week's link-up fill out the form below.

B'Nails Stress Management on Mars

The Call of Beauty Wedding Details: Pure White Nail Art

Seize the Sparkle #31DC2015 009// Rainbow Nails

Streets Ahead of Style Swatches and Review- Fiendish Francies Feature 2: Aliens Collection

Manis & Makeovers Autumn Leaves

Baroque Fool Tattoo Roses Nail Art

Pailette Polish Journal Heat of the Fire

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Color Club Take a Hike

*This product was provided in exchange for my honest review.

I have been craving dusty colors this fall. The dusty polish trend had its hay day back in 2011-2012. I wasn't really into it then, but I am in 2015. I'm always behind the times or ahead of them, never with them. When I was at Cosmoprof this summer I stopped by the Color Club booth who kindly gave me some samples of their fall Cabin Fever collection. This collection featured a handful of neutral, muted, and dusty cremes. I fell in love with this one immediately.

Take a Hike
Take a Hike is a dusty denim creme.

Collection: Color Club Cabin Fever Fall 2015

Color: It can be hard to be innovative with cremes these days. Cremes rarely wow me anymore in regards to color. This blue, however, is pretty special. I love the muted softness with this blue. I can't say it's 100% unique, but it's definitely a nice variation from your standard blackened blues or navy blues this season.

Formula: This had a good formula. It was easy to apply. I used 2 coats.

Price: This is $8.50 on the Color Club website.

Overall: I love Take A Hike. The color is great it's different than your typical fall blue I'm used to seeing lately. The formula is nice. This is a winning creme for me in formula and in color.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

HPB Presents: Autumn Mani

It's time for another Hobby Polish Bloggers blog link-up. This month's theme was fall/autumn manicures. I had a difficult time coming up with what to do this month. I had so many polishes that came to mind to use that I ended up using a bunch!

 My only concern with my mani is does this look more like an autumn manicure or a Christmas one? I feel like I should of used some more orange or brown maybe? I still really love this though!

Polishes Used: Zoya Pepper (this is my favorite fall red!), OPI Bring on the Bling, Essie Summit of Style, Zoya Maria Luisa, and KBShimmer Leaf of Faith.

I did a bunch of layering in this mani. On my middle finger I have OPI Bring on the Bring topped with Essie Summit of Style and on my ring finger I have Zoya Pepper topped with KBShimmer Leaf of Faith then topped with Zoya Maria Luisa.

Check out the awesome manis done by other HPB members below!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Third Week Throwbacks: OPI Tease-y Does It

I feel somewhat similarly to OPI as I do to China Glaze I've never really been hugely into OPI. I know that's a shocker coming from a nail polish person as they seem to be the most recognized and desirable nail polish brand across the board. I don't know. They are so hot and cold for me, and more so cold as of late. 2010, as the trend seems to be this week they did really well, especially with their Burlesque collection. One of my favorites from that one is Tease-y Does It

Tease-y Does It
Tease-y Does It is a vampy red-plum base filled with a reddish pinky shimmer.

Collection: OPI Burleseque Holiday/Winter 2010

Color: This is one of those polishes that looks a little hum-drum in the bottle, but comes to life on the nail. This is a beautiful blackened base with a intense shimmer that glows on your nails. This is rich, intense, and shimmery all in one. I love colors like this.

Formula: Excellent two coat formula.

Price: Fear not. Tease-y Does It is still available on Amazon in the $10 range.

Overall: Beautiful rich and shimmery color. I think I've noticed a trend here this week in my throwback pics. I love deep jewel-toned colors with lot glowing shimmer and sparkle. Tease-y Does It ticks those boxes as do the others I showed you this week. I wish there were more polishes like this out in 2015! I guess my polish style is dated :(?

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Third Week Throwbacks: China Glaze Midnight Mission

China Glaze is a brand that hasn't been hitting their marks in the past few years for me. China Glaze when I got into nail polish in 2008 was the "it" nail polish brand. It remained that way probably through 2011 and then they fell flat for me. I still buy a few of their polishes here and there, but I used to buy multiple polishes from every collection back then. One of my favorite fall collections they had was the 2010 Vintage Vixen collection. I have a polish from that one to show you today.

Midnight Mission
Midnight Mission is a denim blue with a blue-silver foil finish.

Collection: China Glaze Vintage Vixen 2010

Color: This a stunning and eye catching blue. I love the foil finish in this. Foil finishes are one of my favorite finishes in nail polish that sadly don't see much anymore. I love them because they have that beautifully shiny metallic effect made with larger metallic glitter particles. They're so much more dynamic than a straight metallic which can look flat. This is gorgeous and it glows on the nail.

Formula: This formula is excellent. Foil finishes tend to have really opaque formulas and this isn't an exception. I used 2 coats here.

Price: You can still find this one! If you search Amazon you can find listings in the $4.50-$7.50 range.

Overall: This blue is a staple in my fall nail polish rotation. I wear it at least one time on my nails and toes every year. It's a beautiful color and I adore the foil finish. Great blue!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Link-Up Round-Up Tuesday: 9/15/15

If you want to submit a link for next week's round up, fill out the form below!

B'Nails My August Round-Up

What's on my nails today? Epitome of Autumn

The Polish Playground Twinsie Tuesday: Ocean Inspired

Polish Obsession Zoya Arizona

baroque fool Black and white nails

Seize the Sparkle #31DC2015 006//Violet Nails

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Third Week Throwbacks: Milani Dot Com

It's time for another week of throwbacks. This week I wanted to share with you some of my fall favorites that I wear every year. These are staples in my nail polish collection that I will never turn my back on. The funny thing I realized is all the polishes I'm going to show you this week are from 2010. I must say 2010 was a good year for nail polish. Today, I have a oldie but goodie Milani to share with you.

Dot Com
Dot Com is a smokey plum base with intense metallic pinky,golden, copper shimmer/glitter bits.

Collection: Milani Liquid Metals Summer 2010

Color: This is one of those multi-dimensional colors. There is so much going on here that and in a very good way. The base color is a beautiful rich purple and the shimmer/glitter stuff going on here really makes this polish. This is a stunning nail polish and I really haven't seen anything like it since.

Formula: The formula on this is a bit lacking. It is not bad by any means, but it does take 4 coats to build to opacity. The base on this is a bit sheer, and can peak through if you don't have enough coats.

Price: This one, like many drugstore limited edition polishes has bit the dust. Sadly, I haven't been able to find this anywhere.

Overall: This is a beautifully complex polish. I adore it and it still a favorite of mine 5 years later. Like I said before, I haven't see anything like this since. It's unique and it's awesome!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 11, 2015

KBShimmer Fall 2015 Collection- Glitters/Shimmer/Holo (6 of 8)

*I received the following in exchange for my honest review. 

I have the continuation of the KBShimmer Fall 2015 collection for you today. The next part I have the glitters, shimmers, and holos. I only have 6 of the 8 polishes that fit into this category, but many other bloggers have the other two in their review.

Fig-Get About It
Fig-Get About It is a darkened fig burgundy linear holo.

I Feel Gourd-geous
I Feel Gourd-geous is a pale coppery-champagne holographic micro glitter.

Carpe Denim
Carpe Denim is a dark denim navy jelly filled with silver holographic glitter.

Talk Qwerty To Me
Talk Qwerty To Me is a shimmering teal with hints of blue and gold micro flakes.

Dark & Twisty
Dark & Twisty is a black jelly with metallic rainbow glitters.

Open Toad Shoes
Open Toad Shoes is a soft olive green jelly with chartreuse, burgundy, and navy glitters and a subtle holo shimmer.

Collection: KBShimmer Fall 2015 Collection

Colors: I am all about the bling and the glitz and these polishes nail it (pun intended). Again, like I always say with KBShimmer there is something here for everyone. These are awesome and thoughtfully made colors. KBShimmer knows how to do color combos and Open Toad Shoes is an awesome example. I never would of thought of that color combo, but it's awesome! Dark & Twisty is the type of polish I've been waiting for--a black jelly with rainbow glitter! Fig-Get About It is a surprise favorite for me in the bunch since I normally don't gravitate toward purple shades like that. These are all amazing colors.

Formula: These all had great formulas. I did not have application issues with any of these. I thought they all were smooth and easy to apply. I used 3 coats on all of these swatches.

Price: These all are $8.75 and will be available for purchase on Tuesday 9/15 on the KBShimmer site.

Overall: These polishes rock my world. They're inventive, beautifully made, and I wouldn't expect anything less from KBShimmer. I got to preview these back in Cosmoprof in July and I knew this collection would be a hit. I think Open Toad Shoes has to be one of the coolest polishes out in this season I've seen so far. If you had me pick my favorites I'd have to go with Open Toad Shoes, Fig-Get About It, and Dark & Twisty.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

KBShimmer Fall 2015 Collection- Cremes

*I received the following product in exchange for my honest review. 

Today and tomorrow I have for you the KBShimmer Fall 2015 collection! I decided to split these because I have quite a few to share with you. I have the cremes in this collection share with you today. This collection releases Tuesday 9/15 on the KBShimmer website.

Soul Deep
 Soul Deep is a blackened blurple creme.

Such A Vlad-Ass
Such A Vlad-Ass is a rich red-berry creme.

Teal It To My Heart
Teal It To My Heart is a slightly muted teal creme.

Breaking Blues
Breakings Blue is a darkened periwinkle creme.

Collection: KBShimmer Fall 2015

Colors: This collection provides a nice variety of creme shades. The colors are all richly pigmented and saturated. I love Soul Deep and Such A Vlad-Ass because they're more traditional fall colors, but I also love the dusty Teal It To My Heart and the vibrant Breaking Blues. It's a great mix of colors!

Formula: These all had great formulas. I used 2 coats on each of the swatches above. These applied very smoothly and easily. I did notice Breaking Blues has a slightly thicker consistency than the other 3, but it didn't effect the application.

Price: These are $7.50 each and will be available for purchase Tuesday 9/15 on the KBShimmer website.

Overall: These are great cremes and great colors for fall! The formulas are all great and easy to work with. I don't have any complaints with any of these cremes!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Thursday!