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Monday, August 8, 2016

Ellagee's Zippered Bag

***Press Sample***

I know, I KNOW - I haven't posted in just under Forever.  There's reason for that, which I will get in to in a post later this week.  I don't mean to keep you all in the dark, especially when you've stuck with me this long through thick and thin! But for now, let's talk about something a lot more fun!!

So I've told you about Ellagee polish before, and how amazing it is, but did you know she actually offers more than polish on her site?  Like, a lot more.  Like...it's every polish swag lovers' dream on her site.  Just check out the "EXTRAS" section, you'll see what I mean.

From that awesome section, I'd picked up two fantastic zippered bags that had polish prints on them, and will be talking about those with you today!  I also did a matchy-matchy mani for one of them ;)



I have two different uses for both my bags - one of them I put in my purse/diaper bag and it holds beauty products:

                            

I keep a compact mirror, hand sanitizer, a roller cuticle oil, topcoat, nail color, and toe spacers in the bag - I'll be adding nail polish remover wipes to that, too, once I get some more.  I use the toe spacers to hold the polished and cuticle oil upright in the bag, like so:


It works perfectly!  The bags have a nice, thick lining so that even if (polish gods forbid) one of the polishes were to break, the damage to the rest of the contents in my purse/diaper bag would be minimal.  

The other bag I use to hold markers and pens for coloring on the go.


These bags are the perfect size for holding both types of items without taking up a ton of space, and I love the durable quality!  Good for kids for school, too - I know a couple little girls who would love the unicorn designed bags :)

Here's the mani I did to match the purple bag:




The base is Ellagee's "F5! F5!" All the polish bottles are freehanded using acrylic black paint for the caps and the following Ellagee polishes for the bottles: "Garrison of Glitz," "Three Years of Sparkle, "The Gravedigger," "Cartjacked," and "KACHOW!"

The price for these zippered bags is just $12, and you can get them on the Ellagee website.  Here are some linkages for you so you can keep up to date with the brand and keep watch for even more awesome swag :D


What do you think??  Is this the type of item you'd find useful?  What would you use one for?  Let me know in the comments! <3

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One of the zippered bags was offered in exchange for an honest review - the other bag I purchased.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gothic Gala Lacquers "Tropical Sunsets" Collection

***Press Sample***

I've got a gorgeous collection from Gothic Gala Lacquers to show you today!!  This is the "Tropical Sunsets" collection and it is gawgeous!  Each polish is themed off a famous beach.  So let's get to the swatches!

First up: Bondi Beach





Bondi Beach is a purple with pink undertones and a subtle holographic effect.  Opaque in 2 coats.

Next: Eleuthera





Eleuthera is a gorgeous emerald green with a subtle holographic effect.  Opaque in 2 coats.

Here we have: Jobson's Cove





Jobson's Cove is a neon pink with pinky/orange flakies.  Opaque in 2-3 coats, depending on how thick you apply.

Next: Matira Beach





Matira is a lovely deep royal/midnight blue with blue flakies.  Opaque in 2-3 coats depending on how thick you apply.  And it looks divine with a matte topcoat, as shown in the last photo :D

Here is: Navio Beach





Navio Beach is a neon orange reminiscent of orange soda :D  It has golden/orange flakies throughout and is opaque in 2-3 coats, depending on how you apply.

And lastly we have: Punalu'u Beach





Punalu'u Beach is a black jelly packed with black holographic micro glitter.  Opaque in 2-3 coats, depending on application.

Overall I really appreciated the variety in this collection.  I love that they are colors of the rainbow, as seems to be the trend this year, but that they are a mix of holos, jellies, flakies, neons, etc.  It's always nice to see multiple choices!!

This collection is available TODAY at 12pm PST - use the code MOMMRSANDME25 to get 25% off your order, because I love you ;)

Here are some linkages for you:

So what do you think??  Have you ever been to one of the beaches used as inspiration above?  Let me know in the comments!

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Polish sent to me for photography purposes and an honest review, as provided above with full disclosure.

ALL beach images were found using google image search - I do not own any of those images.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July!!

***Nothing to Disclose***

It's Independence Day here in the United States!!  No...no, there's no Will Smith and a bunch of aliens (dammit) :P


I created 3 different manis in celebration of the 4th - I'm pretty stoked that I made myself sit down and do these.  I rarely ever make myself use polish I purchase right when I purchase it, and most of it ends up sitting, neglected in a drawer :( 

But not this time!!  Bwahaha!!

Here's the first mani:






I used Laquered Up's "Liberty Belle" over all my nails and did a glitter placement accent nail using "Star Gazer" on my ring finger.  Those took me FOREVER - but worth it, I'm so happy!!  These stars were holo, too, so they stood out a lot outdoors :D

Next mani:






I used Envy Lacquer's "Bang," "Sparkle," and "Grand Finale" for this mani, as well as vinyls from Vibrant Vinyls to make the curved lines - there's no way I could do that freehand and it would look okay :P  This trio sparkles like nobody's business, and I'll have a video of it up on my Instagram later today, so keep an eye out!

And my final (and favorite) mani:







I used Frenzy Polish's 4th of July Trio for this mani.  I did glitter placement on the pointer nail to represent the stars in the American Flag, and straight line vinyls from somewhere (it's not marked on the back so I have no idea where I got them) to make the stripes pattern on the remaining nails.  The holo in this one was incredible!!  I left this mani on the longest ^_^

I'm on my own this year with the kidlets while the hubs is out of town, so we won't be doing much by way of fun activities for the holiday.  They're a bit young yet, anyway.  What are your plans for the 4th (if you celebrate it)?  

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All polish purchased by me for funsies.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Model City Polish Summer Collection

***Press Sample***

I feel like this year has been treating me well so far with regards to opportunities to work with indies I've wanted to work with since finding them.  Today, I get to check another favorite indie off my Indie Swatcher Bucket List, and that is Model City Polish!

Model City Polish is a brand I've been following since almost the beginning of my blogging adventures.  I think I've purchased at least 1 color from every collection/release she's produced in the last 2+ years.  She has some seriously amazing polish!!

So it's no surprise I squealed so hardcore that the neighbor's dogs went nuts when I got a message from the creator asking if I'd like to swatch her upcoming Summer collection :D  Hell to the yes!!  And I am happy to share it with you today!!!

For this year's summer collection, she took the "neon" craze in a more sparkly/shimmery/holographic direction so that these beauties would sparkle both indoors and outdoors.  All of them are named after some of her favorite poolside tunes - and they happen to be some of my favorite driving songs :P  Let's get right to them!

*Note: All of the swatches are shown in 2 coats with topcoat, shot in indirect evening sunlight.

First up: Boys of Summer





Boys of Summer is a bright sky blue blend with holographic pigment and ultra holo glitter.  This one is my second favorite in the collection - the blue is really much brighter in person than any camera could capture.

Next up: California Girls





California Girls is a bright bubblegum pink holographic with holo glitters throughout.  This shade is one of the few of pink that I like, and I actually think it looks alright with my skintone.

Next: Cruel Summer





Cruel Summer is a nice bright nude orange holographic with holographic glitters.  This polish was such a unique blending, it's one of the better oranges I've seen on the market!

Next: Sunglasses at Night





Sunglasses at Night is a nice black holo with ultra holographic glitters throughout.  It's so tough to find a black holographic that stands out from the many others, but I feel she absolutely made one with this polish!  It's my favorite of the collection :)

Next: Surfer Girl





Surfer Girl is a beautiful bright purple holo with ultra holo glitter throughout.  This one is definitely a must for all the purple polish lovers out there :D

And lastly we have: Working for the Weekend





Working for the Weekend is a fantastic bright money green holo with ultra holo glitter throughout - my third favorite in the whole collection, because it's such a perfect bright green without being too lime-like in color.

Overall this collection is fabulous!!  The formula is super smooth, dry time is very quick, and the colors are all spot-on!

And...

THEY WATERMARBLE!


How freakin' awesome is that?!!  The watermarbling detail was lost in this photo since I decided to do it over the dark Sunglasses at Night as opposed to a lighter/white color, but it still stood out, just more in person :D

Each of these polishes will be available today at 7pm CST!!  Here are some links for you:


So what do you think of this collection??  Which one strikes your fancy most?  Let me know in the comments! 

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Polish was sent to me by the maker for photography purposes and an honest review, as provided above with full disclosure.