Costume Design Nails: Lucille’s Blue Gown from Crimson Peak

I’m incredibly excited to launch a new feature on my blog. As many of you know I used to work in independent film and theater as a costume designer, customer, and wardrobe assistant. I also owned my own business where people could commission me to make costumes and clothing. I really do miss it but my eyes just cannot handle the itty bitty stitches anymore.

I had been trying to think of a way I could incorporate my knowledge of costume design and my love of nails and nail art. That’s when I came up with the idea for this feature on my blog. I’m far from the first nail artist or blogger to do nail art inspired by fashion and certainly don’t wish to take credit for it. But I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to do nail art that evokes the feeling and look of a specific costume from stage or film.

Because costumes are made from entirely different mediums than nail art my goal isn’t to exactly replicate the look of a costume, but rather create a nail art using the color palette, lines, and aesthetic to create an “inspired by” look. I really enjoy nail art even though I am still, very much, in the learning phase. It helps me to break out of my swatching routine and I feel this new feature of my blog will challenge me to try new things.

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For my first entry into the Costume Design Nails feature I picked a costume I really loved from a recent film and one I knew I had the supplies to create the look. Crimson Peak came out around Halloween last year and while Universal marketed it as a horror film, the filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro, wrote it as a Gothic Romance. While the Gothic Romance genre has a few similarities to Horror they’re really not the same thing at all. Universal Studios in Hollywood even had a Crimson Peak themed maze at last year’s Halloween Horror Nights event. It was a really well done maze, but didn’t fit in with the others. Because of this poor marketing Crimson Peak was received as, basically, a “bait and switch.” I ended up seeing the movie with the friend who went with me to Halloween Horror Nights because all my other friends were too scared to see the movie with me. I really enjoyed the sets and the costumes but left the theater feeling prepared for a far scarier movie than it ended up being. The story was “meh” but it definitely fits into that Gothic Romance genre. If you enjoyed Pan’s Labyrinth you may enjoy Crimson Peak.

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One thing I really did enjoy from the film was the costumes. I especially enjoyed how Lucille’s costumes mimicked the architecture of the haunted house. Her petrol blue gown with the appliqués was, easily, my favorite. I really love how it’s so intricate but appears really old and almost ratty, kind of like the house.

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For my the base of my nail art I chose ILNP’s Sweater Weather because, in person, the color is almost a dead on dupe for the blue velvet of Lucille’s gown. I really wish Zoya had a petrol blue in their Matte Velvets collection because that would have been perfect. Although, Sweater Weather is a gorgeous polish and worked well for this project.

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Mimicking the appliqués was a bit harder. The appliqués on the actual gown appear the be beaded and embroidered lace. I wasn’t about to make an appliqué for nail art. They’re a big enough pain in the rear for clothing, much less miniature sized. I know they have nail appliqués but none like the kind I wanted. Luckily, one of my blogging friends, Megan, from Mindfully Polished had sent me some stamping plates because she’s a sweetheart and I found a couple floral patterns that had an appliqué look to them. Thank you, again, Megan!

This nail art made me realize I really need to put more work in my double stamping techniques. I decided to use M Polish Bronze and Elizabethan. Elizabethan ended up not being as high contrast as I wanted paired with bronze but I was afraid to use a lighter stamping polish because the appliqués on the gown are pretty dark because they are meant to evoke the feeling of moths that have settled onto the dress. I thought if I did some double stamping it might give the design a bit more dimension.

Although the finished look didn’t quite turn out exactly as I had hoped I feel it works well and matches the inspiration. I figured the more I do this feature on my blog the better my nail art interpretations will be.

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What do you think of this feature? I’m thinking about opening this up to others if other people are interested and creating a Linkup or something similar. Let me know in the comments if this is something you think you would like to participate in.

Like I said, I’m really excited for this feature and already have a bunch of nail art looks in the works.

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Joy Lacquer Group Customs

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I have a much loved brand for you today. I don’t own a whole lot of Joy Lacquer polishes but the ones I do own are among my favorites. Joy sent me the four group customs for Joyful Fingers, the Facebook fan group for Joy Lacquer. All four are inspired by artistic car paint jobs that were submitted by group members and the final four were voted on for Joy to create polishes inspired by each of the four photos. We have two multichromes, one thermal, and one shimmer. In the top row of the photo above we have the inspiration photo for Destination: Just Drive on the left and the inspiration for Highway Heat on the right. On the bottom row we have the inspiration for Roadtrip Rendevzous on the left and the inspiration photo for Sunroof Stargazing on the right.

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Roadtrip Rendezvous

 Roadtrip Rendezvous is the first of the multichromes. It has a green base and shifts to purple, magenta, and even hints of red and gold. This is a gorgeous multichrome with a smooth formula. I was able to get Roadtrip Rendezvous opaque in two coats but you may need three if you do thinner coats. Like other multichromes, you could wear Highway heat over a black or dark colored base to get different effects and use less coats of the multichrome.

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Destination: Just Drive

This was my favorite of the four customs. This polish has a bright blue base that shifts to purple, magenta, and even hints of red and gold at the edges. What makes this multichrome extra special is it also contains duochrome flakies that shift from green to gold. Destination: Just Drive was opaque for me in two coats, but again, you may need three if you do thin coats. I’m absolutely in love with this polish.

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Highway heat

Highway heat is a gorgeous magenta to deep plum, almost black, color thermal with a pink to gold shifting sparkle. This polish is magenta in its warm state and the deep plum color in its cold state. I really love Joy lacquer’s thermals and find them to be very reactive all I had to do was touch my ice water cup to get the polish to change colors. Highway heat was opaque for me in two coats and zero issues with application.

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Sunroof Stargazing

This is the shimmer polish among the four customs. Sunroof Stargazing is an orchid purple with a warm pink shimmer and scattered holographic. The pink shimmer is much more visible and a bit warmer toned than it shows in my photos. It’s really pretty and as a shimmer fan I really like it. This was a two coat polish for me, but you may need three coats if you do very thin coats.

Overall Impression

Joy makes some really gorgeous polishes and I loved the variety of finishes and colors with these customs. Even though Destinations: Just Drive was the standout favorite for me I enjoyed the other three polishes a great deal and they are polishes I would absolutely buy. I think Joy did an excellent job matching the polishes to the inspiration photos.

You can purchase the group custom polishes on the Joy Lacquer website here. Roadtrip Rendezvous is available for $11.00 and the other three are $10.50 each. Which of the four polishes is your favorite?

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Cirque Colors Vice 2016 Collection: Part 2

*Purchased by Me*

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If you missed the first half of my review if the Cirque Colors Vice 2016 collection you can catch up on it here. In this post I will have two more colors to show you as well as the holographic topcoat and the holographic pouch.

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Plastik

Plastik is best described as a neon magenta pink. It’s got a bit of warm purple in it but not enough o really justify calling it a purple. It really is that, CMYK, process magenta except with an even bigger neon punch. Really smooth and easy to use formula, applied more like a regular crème than a neon and was opaque in two coats.

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Rehab

This gorgeous color was very difficult to photograph. Rehab is a neon indigo that leans a bit more blue than purple. It’s similar to China Glaze’s I Got a Blue Attitude except it leans more on the blue side. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Rehab is in between I got a Blue Attitude and the original formula of Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue. It is in no way a dupe for either, just in between the two. The formula was great, no issues, and was fully opaque in two coats.

We Trippy

We Trippy is the holographic topper that was rereleased along with the Vice 2016 collection. I was a bit hesitant to buy We Trippy because I already own a few holographic toppers and wasn’t sure how different this one would be. I was very wrong! All of my holographic toppers (with the exception of one) give a scattered holographic effect. Scattered holographic is nice but I never found a topper that gave the linear effect I really hoped for. We Trippy has both a scattered and linear holographic effect but if you’re looking for a topper that has a stronger linear effect you may want to grab this one.

I decided to show off We Trippy as a macro over each of the colors from the Vice 2016 collection. Although, I have to give a forewarning that it’s difficult to see the rainbow effect in photos because the base colors underneath We Trippy are so bright. The holographic effect is much more visible in person. We Trippy does slightly dull the color of the polish underneath which is always going to happen with holographic pigment. In all honesty, the colors in the Vice 2016 collection are so intense and bright that the slight dullness really doesn’t make much of a difference at all. You’re still going to have in your face neon with We Trippy worn on top.

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Holographic Pouch

In the first part of this review I mentioned how much I admired Cirque Colors overall branding as well as how they are really good at producing cohesive collections. The addition of the holographic pouch with purchase of the full Vice 2016 collection gave it a high end feel as if I was buying from a department store.

I wasn’t sure how high quality the holographic pouch would be but, again, was very pleasantly surprised. The inside is lined with vinyl so you can store makeup or nail care products in it. The pouch is a pretty good size at 7” wide and 5 ¼” tall with a zipper closure. I stored my nail care items in it so I can keep them with me in my messenger bag.

If you missed out on buying the full collection or only want a few colors you can now buy the holographic pouch separately for $10 which is a fantastic deal.

Overall Impression

The more I used this collection the more I enjoyed it. The colors in the Vice 2016 collection go very well together and will look amazing in various nail art looks. The quality of the polishes is superb and they do not, at all, apply like the chalky, difficult to level out, neons that we’ve had for years. Indies really do neons the best and I was impressed how much the Vice 2016 collection applied like non neon crème polishes. Al of the formulas were very consistent and all of them were opaque in two coats except for one which was opaque in three. Cirque Colors contain lavender and clary sage essential oils and I definitely noticed the sage fragrance while applying the polish.

I like all the colors in the Vice 2016 collection and it’s difficult to pick a favorite but the stand outs for me were High Roller and Sin City. High Roller stands out for me because t’s such a pretty and highly saturated mint shade that I can wear all year and in a variety of settings. Sin City is the other stand out for me for the opposite reason of High Roller. It’s probably the brightest of all the neon polishes I own and is eye searing even in dim lighting.

If you want to purchase the Vice 2016 collection or the polishes individually you can do so through the Cirque Colors website. I know we’re getting into fall colors but it’s going to be close to 100 degrees here this coming week and I’m just not ready for vampy fall colors yet. So if you could only pick one color which one would it be?

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Cirque Colors Vice 2016 Collection: Part 1

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Even though this is only a five piece collection with a holographic topper I’m breaking this review up into two parts because I’m still waiting for my replacement for one of the polishes to arrive. Once it does I will feature the other two polishes in this collection and show macros of all five colors topped with the holographic topper.

The Vice 2016 collection by Cirque Colors is a limited edition collection that is only available during the summer. It consists of five neon shades and a holographic topcoat.

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Electric Daisy

I was kind of proud of my photo of this polish because it’s the first time I was able to accurately photograph a neon yellow. The color of Electric Daisy reminds me a ton of china Glaze’s Celtic Sun. It leans ever so slightly more on the chartreuse side than Celtic Sun but they’re pretty similar. The big bonus of Electric Daisy is its formula. Electric Daisy gives you the Celtic sun, in your face, neon yellow look without the hassle of a white base. It took me three coats to get Electric Daisy fully opaque. The formula was easier to use than Celtic Sun. My recommendation is if you like that highlighter yellow look you should grab electric Daisy just because it will make your life easier.

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High Roller

This was the color I was most excited about with the Vice 2016 collection. The idea of a neon mint really appealed to me. High Roller is probably one of the least neon of the colors along with Rehab. It’s extremely similar to Virago Varnish’s Paradise Pool except High Roller leans a bit greener. For those who missed the Boardwalk collection from Virago Varnish High Roller is an excellent alternative to Paradise Pool. It’s very bright and has an excellent formula. I was able to get High Roller opaque in two coats. No issues with the formula being chalky or hard to work with.

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Sin City

The actual color of Sin City is a whole lot brighter than my swatch shows. Sin City reminds me a lot of the original formula of China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy except on steroids. Sin City is a super neon coral red  polish and is fully opaque in two easy coats, no white base needed. This color was bright even in a dimly lit room. I own a lot of neon polishes but Sin City may be the brightest one I own. It’s pretty intense and not for the faint of heart. I really liked the formula of Sin City and found it very easy to apply.

Overall Impression

This is just a partial review so I will have the other half of the Vice 2016 collection and macros coming as soon as I get my package.

This was my first time trying Cirque Colors and I do admire how clean and sleek their branding is. Branding is big for me. I also think Cirque does a really great job of producing cohesive collections. I come from a fashion design background so I pay a lot of attention to collections and how they are presented. Creating interesting and cohesive collections is really one of those talents you either have or you don’t. You can fine tune that talent but it’s very hard to develop from scratch.

The Vice 2016 collection is currently still available on the Cirque Colors website as of the time of this blog post went up. I do not know how much longer they will be stocked but if you’re interested in them I would grab them. I’m looking forward  showing you guys the rest of the collection very soon.

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Polish M Back to Reality Collection

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I became a fan of Polish M when I went to The Indie Shop event in Torrance and was able to meet Michelle, the maker and mastermind behind Polish M, and see her creations firsthand. Polish M makes some of my favorite crelly and glitter polishes because I like the wide variety of color combinations and the formulas are excellent. I was thrilled when Michelle approached me to swatch the Back to Reality collection for the big sale. Yes, you read that right, the Back to Reality collection is discounted and I will have a special surprise for you at the end of this post.

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The Back to Reality collection consists of six brights that work well as summer to fall transitional colors. This time of year the weather still has not cooled down and I’m not quite ready for the vampy shades that are signatures of fall collections. So it’s nice to have some colors that are great for in between the neons of summer and the deep shades of fall.

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Hello Monday

I can best describe this polish as a bright, but murky, chartreuse color with bronze, gold, and teal micro flakes. I wasn’t sure I would Hello Monday but ended up really liking it because the micro flakes give it a little something special. Hello Monday has a smooth formula that is opaque in two to three coats depending on application. I do thinner coats so it took three of them to completely hide my visible nail line. All of the polishes dry pretty quickly so even three coats goes fast.

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The Last Mile Home

The color in my photos looks more neon than this orange really is. It is bright, but not at all a neon orange. The color makes me think of the outer skin of blood oranges. There are also gold, orange, silver, and a tiny amount of aqua micro flakes. The orange and gold flakes stand out the most and give this color almost a shimmery look. The formula for The Last Mile Home was a bit thicker than the prior polish and I was able to easily get it fully opaque in two coats. Absolutely zero issues with application and fast dry time. However, the dry time is not so fast you have to work quickly or worry about polish drag.

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Hit Snooze. Repeat

This was, hands down, my favorite color of the collection. Hit Snooze. Repeat is that perfect shade of bright medium jade green that toes the line of green and teal. I really love the drop of blue in this and that in leans on the cooler spectrum of green. There are also silver, blue, and green micro flakes that add extra dimension to Hit Snooze. Repeat. This was another very easy two coat polish for me.

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Back to Reality

The namesake polish of this collection is a bright, cool toned medium hot pink. The color was a bit hard to fully capture in my photos but it reminds me a lot of cherry bubble gum. It’s that same bright, fun, cool toned pink with blue and silver micro flakes added in. I didn’t have any issues with application but I did need three coats for Back to Reality to completely cover my visible nail line. However, this is not unusual for pinks and each one of the coats went quickly. I didn’t notice any issues with staining either.

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Inbox Is Full

A true concord grape purple polish with silver, lavender, and purple micro flakes.  My brush macro did not come out as color accurate as my other two photos of this polish but it shows the micro flakes. I’ll never be one to turn down shades of purple like this. This purple leans ever so slightly on the cooler side but will be very flattering on a wide variety of skin tones. Inbox is Full was almost a one coat wonder for me and with careful application of a thicker coat it may be for some. I prefer thinner coats because they’re easier for me to control and they dry a lot faster so two coats was all I needed. The formula was excellent.

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PVB (Post-Vacation Blues)

When I first pulled PVB out of the box I thought it was an exact dupe for the cult classic, Original Pacific Blue by Sally Hansen. PVB is darker than Pacific Blue, therefore it’s not a dupe, but it has that same dusty quality to it. If you’re hankering for a cobalt blue polish with a similar feel then PVB is a great stand in. The bronze micro flakes stand out well against the blue base and there are also a scattering of silver and purple micro flakes in there as well. Again, PVB is another easy two coat polish with no application issues. You’ll be happy to know that I experienced zero staining with this one and my nails can stain pretty easily. You’ll still want to use basecoat but blues like this can sometimes be bad strainers but this was not the case with PVB.

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Nourishing Cuticle Oil in Hot Apple Pie Scent

Michelle was kind enough to send me one of her new cuticle oil fragrances for the fall and I was really excited to try it out. She sent me the Hot Apple Pie scent and she is a scent wizard because it really does smell like apple pie baking in the oven. The fragrance is very apple cinnamon with the tiniest hint of cloves.

I love the lip gloss type applicator that comes inside the 8ml tube of cuticle oil. It makes the oil easy to apply and the tip easily gets into those hard to reach parts on the sidewalls and underneath the nail. The packaging also provides a no mess application and I have mine stashed in my little nail care bag I carry in my messenger bag that it take with me everywhere.

Polish M’s Nourishing Cuticle Oil is comprised of seven different oils and they are avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, grape seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and sweet almond oil. Fragrance oils are also added to scent the product. My skin especially loves avocado and sweet almond oils so this cuticle oil works great for me. I apply the oil to my cuticles and sidewalls then allow it to soak in for a few minutes before rubbing into my skin and nails.

Overall Impression

I really love these polishes that Michelle makes with the micro flakes in them. She makes such nice colors and the flakes add something extra so it’s not just a basic crème. I own a wide variety of indie nail polishes and Polish M, easily, has some of the best formulas that are also consistent from one collection to the next. There wasn’t a single “meh” formula in the entire collection which is great.

All six of the polishes dry smooth but benefit greatly from a glossy topcoat to help bring out the micro flakes. I’m really excited to use these with some nail art because there’s just enough going on with the micro flakes but not so much that it takes away from the base color or nail art techniques such as stamping over them.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post I have a discount code for the Back to reality collection that Michelle was kind enough to provide. The code BTR25 will give you 25% off of the Back to Reality polishes which regularly retail for $9.00 each and $54.00 for the entire collection. This is a fantastic deal and you won’t want to miss out if you don’t own the Back to reality collection yet or want to add to your collection of those polishes. Which polish are you most interested in?

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Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer July Featured Items & Overpour Sale Items

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I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that I would have the rest of the polishes I was sent for review that would be available during the overpour sale on August 24th. I had to laugh a bit because my swatch photos ended up being an unintentional evolution of my photographs over the past few months.

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Merman, Pops, MerMAN

This polish, obviously, holds a very special place in my heart since it’s the polish Julie and I created together for the teal edition of The Color Box. You can find my original review here. This is a bright, almost neon, teal polish with copper shimmer and blue, violet, and color shifting multichrome flakies that shift from blue, violet, and aqua. There is no holographic in Merman, Pops, MerMAN but you really won’t miss it with all the color shifting elements in this polish. The formula is buttery smooth even with all the flakies and is fully opaque in two o three coats depending on your application.

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Wash Away What’s Past

Wash Away What’s Past was Blue eyed Girl Lacquer’s contribution to the May 2016 Magic 8 Box. It’s a beige base with a strong copper to red shifting shimmer and holographic microglitter. This polish was inspired by Les Miserables and represents the character Eponine really well. Wash Away What’s past applies smoothly and is opaque in two coats.

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XOXO, Siren

XOXO, Siren is a steel blue gray with blue, purple, to pink color shifting shimmers. This is a “first come, first serve” polish. If you want it you better grab it. I really adore these steel blue polishes. It’s one of my favorite polish colors because they can work as a neutral or a more edgy look all depending on the finish. The color shift in XOXO, Siren is nice and strong even on the nail. It shows mostly blue in my photos but there is also that purple and pink shift as well. This polish will be opaque in two to three coats depending on application. I recommend thinner even coats for perfect application.

Overall Impression

All three polishes are gorgeous. I don’t feel it would be fair for me to choose a favorite so I’m going to say all three are my favorite. Like I said, these will be available during the overpour sale on August 24th. The Overpour Sale will begin at 3:30pm EDT and it will go through 11:59pm EDT on August 29th. Prices of the sale polishes will be marked down, no code needed. Just go to the section of the shop labeled “On Sale.”

If you missed the teal edition of The Color Box or May’s Magic 8 Box it’s very likely this may be your last chance to snag those two polishes in the foreseeable future. And you don’t really want to miss XOXO Siren either. Yes, I am a total enabler and I make zero apologies for it. If you could only snag one of the three polishes which do you think it would be?

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Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Fan Favorites Collection

*Press Samples*

I had a busy weekend swatching the really gorgeous collection I have to show you today from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. The preorder for the Fan Favorites collection may be over but you will have another chance to snag these beauties during an overpour sale on August 24th..

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We have a variety of colors and finishes in the Fan Favorites collection so I will include descriptions and application notes with each polish. Since there are ten polishes in this collection lets jump in.

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Fire in Your Eyes

I love fiery reds like this even if my skin tone doesn’t. There’s just something playful and sexy about this tone of red. Fire in Your Eyes is a bright, fire truck, red jelly filled with pink to blue shifting glass flecks. The color shifting glass flecks really make this confident red extra special and give it a fuchsia to purple shifting inner glow.

Fire in Your Eyes was very easy to work with and was fully opaque in two coats. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this polish did not stain because bright reds like this usually do. Really nice red and I’m excited to use it with some nail art.

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She’s Electricity

I will never get tired of bright pinks like this. She’s Electricity it is a hot pink linear holographic polish with pink and aqua glass flecks and purple-blue iridescent microglitters.

This polish looks almost neon in my photos but it’s not quite that intense. The linear holographic in She’s Electricity is nice and visible. This was another easy, two coat, polish.

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Sordid End

I have to admit I went a little bonkers when I saw this polish in my PR package. Periwinkle polish is life. Sordid End is a periwinkle crelly with a blue to purple shift. Because this is a crelly you’ll want to be sure each coat is completely dry before applying another to avoid creating bald spots and polish drag.

I highly recommend you do thinner coats with Sordid End because it makes it much easier to work with. Sordid End was fully opaque for me in three coats but you may need four if you overwork the polish. A glossy topcoat helps the shimmer stand out.

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I’m Doctor Martha Jones, Who the Hell Are You?

As a huge Doctor Who fan I was pretty excited about this polish. I will be honest; I’m probably one of the few Doctor Who fans who liked Martha. She wasn’t my favorite companion but I liked her spirit. I’m Doctor Martha Jones, Who the Hell Are You is a bright fuchsia crème with green/gold/blue glass flecks. Be aware this polish dries satin so you will want to top it with a nice, glossy, topcoat. This was a solid two to three coat polish with no application issues to report.

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Flash Forward Fantasy

I really enjoy these beautiful nude polishes Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer makes. Flash Forward Fantasy is a pinky nude with violet flakes and a strong pink to gold shift. This polish dries matte so you’ll want to work quickly but carefully and finish with a glossy topcoat.

Again, this is another polish you will want to do thin coats and allow ach to dry completely. Because Flash Forward Fantasy is so light you will need three coats to hide any visible nail line. The formula levels out nicely and is easy to work with.

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The One Worth Leaving

You’ll be sad to leave this one. The One Worth Leaving is a deep berry pink with pink and purple glass flecks that give it a beautiful inner glow.

I really love the color of The One Worth Leaving but found it needed careful application when applying because the jelly like formula shows streaks if you don’t apply it evenly. It’s way better to do a thinner first coat and a thicker second coat. If you rush application you may need a third coat. It’s a beautiful blackened pink color and I love the flashes of purple.

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Cold Inside Me

I lose my mind for medium teals like this. Cold Inside Me is a medium, but saturated, teal with blue to teal shifting glass flecks. This polish dries satin and requires a glossy topcoat to help it really pop. Cold Inside Me was fully opaque in two coats and I encountered zero issues with application. You’ll be happy to know that I did not experience any staining with this polish and I have pretty porous nails.

I love cold inside Me so much and it’s easily not only one of my favorite polishes in this collection but also one of my favorite BEGLs. And this is coming from someone who helped create a teal polish for the teal edition of The Color Box. It’s right up there with the polish I collaborated with Julie on for that box. If you love teal polish you absolutely need Cold Inside Me.

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Hydrangea

This polish reminded me a bit of Essie’s Virgin Snow, except more on the blue/periwinkle side. It leans a bit bluer than my photos show. Hydrangea is a pastel blue crelly full of purple, blue, and aqua shimmers. As I mentioned with Sordid End, because this is a crelly polish you will want to wait until each coat is fully dry before applying another.

Just like with the other crelly polishes in this collection, thin, even, coats really help. It took three coats for me to get Hydrangea fully opaque but it was pretty easy to work with. For those wondering how Hydrangea compares to Sordid End Hydrangea is considerably lighter and less saturated. Because of this the shimmer isn’t quite as visible as it is in Sordid End but is still really gorgeous. This is the perfect winter to early spring polish.

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Lilac Blondes on the Beach

This polish was the fan design winner created by Corrine Loftus and is a sandy nude linear holographic packed with purple shimmer and purple microflakes. Lilac Blondes leans more on the beige side than Flash Forward Fantasy does so if you want a neutral that doesn’t have that pink leaning base color you’ll want Lilac Blondes. This polish had a very similar formula to Flash Forward Fantasy with three coats to full opacity and is a lovely neutral with something extra.

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Three Years and S-Teal Going!

This is was the polish made to celebrate BEGL’s 3rd birthday. Three Years and S-Teal Going is a bright aqua-teal crelly with clear holographic microglitters and purple/blue microflakes. I really love the bright, happy aqua color of this polish and the purple shimmer is a wonderful touch.

Again, crelly formula means thin, even, coats are your friends and you’ll reach full opacity in three coats with no issues.

Overall Impression

Julie, the maker of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, is a nail polish sorceress, I swear. I have yet to review or purchase a polish from BEGL that I disliked. If you are a fan of shimmers and polishes containing glass fleck you really do need to pick up some BEGLs, especially a few of the polishes from the Fan Favorites collection.

All of the polishes in the Fan Favorites collection benefit from a glossy topcoat because it brings out the glass fleck shimmer and color shifts. I almost feel bad wanting to do nail art with these because so many of these polishes are gorgeous on their own. But the shimmer and glass fleck really does lend itself to some interesting nail art looks.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, even though the preorder for the Fan Favorites collection has passed you will still be able to purchase these polishes during the overpour sale on August 24th. You’ll want to follow BEGL’s social media networks to stay apprised of the details.

During the overpour sale there will be a few other polishes available for purchase, including the polish I made with Julie as part of the teal edition of The Color Box. I will be showing those polishes in tomorrow’s post. In the meantime, which of the polishes from the Fan Favorites collection do you think you might want to check out during the overpour sale?

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Baroness X Vulcan Stamped with M Polish Gilded

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I have been on a stamping and nail art kick lately. I was feeling really uninspired by swatching. I figured since I was also distracted by Pokémon Go, and later, reading Harry Potter and The Cursed Child it made since to take a bit of a break from swatching. I’ll have a review a bit later on the new Harry Potter book (or script if you want to be extra specific.) But I want to wait a little bit before posting it to give my friends who are currently reading it a chance to finish. Yes, I know, book reviews on a nail blog? I get it, it sounds weird. But I made a decision during my blogging break that I wanted to branch out my blog a bit and give it a stronger voice and personal style. Since this isn’t a lifestyle blog I have zero interest in discussing my personal life in any great detail. However, I can make this blog more uniquely mine by including a few more of my interests. I will, of course, continue reviewing nail and beauty products and doing nail art. I simply know it can be an even better blog than it has been.

I have been really interested in improving my nail art. It’s something I enjoy doing even if I am still, very much, in the learning phase. I am so appreciative of everyone’s kind comments on my last blog post. Thank you for making space for those of us who don’t have perfect nail art yet and are still figuring out the little tricks and fine tuning the details. Using  M Polish stamping polishes has really increased my confidence in my stamping abilities and I find myself playing a lot more than I used to.

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I do have to confess, I am a bit disappointed my photos were unable to capture the full depth of the manicure I am showing you today. Because I stamped over a jelly polish with one coat of Vulcan it really does look like gold leafing over cobalt glass. In sunlight I could even see the color shifting pigment in Vulcan change the gold stamping slightly from a green tinged gold to almost a rose gold. I’m sad it didn’t show in the photos.

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So what is Vulcan you may ask? Vulcan is the name of the new X Army group custom by Baroness X. Like Doomfire, Vulcan is an indigo blue jelly base containing red to green shifting Konfusion color shifting pigment. I purchased the Vulcan duo with also came with a matching indigo blue jelly polish to wear underneath Vulcan so I don’t have to use several coats of Vulcan to get the color opaque. Both Vulcan and Vulcan’s Blood apply perfectly. I did three coats of Vulcan’s Blood to get the color to match what was in the bottle and topped it with one coat of Vulcan. I love, love, love, the red shimmer from the Konfusion pigment against the indigo base of Vulcan. In some lights it even takes on a fuchsia shift.

I dug out a $2 stamping plate I got at The Indie Shop Event back in May that had all sorts of designs. I wasn’t able to get it to work so I chalked it up to either my amateur stamping skills or not having the right kind of polish. Since I was having so much luck with the bottles of M Polish I bought I decided to try Gilded with the plate. I shouldn’t even be surprised at this point that my M Polishes worked with it. I’m so happy! I really liked some of the designs on that plate so I’m happy it worked. I ended up using the Rococo floral motifs for my nail art since I was using such a bright gold for my stamping polish.

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Gilded by M Polish is a bright yellow gold. It looks a bit bronze on my nails against the blue base. It truly does look like gold leafing on the nails. Even a beginner like me was able to get a design lift onto my stamper on the first try. I really like Winstonia’s extra large sticky marshmallow stamper. It has a nice, squishy, super sticky stamper head on it that is plenty big and covers your entire nail.

I really loved this nail art look a great deal. After I finished taking my photos I went to run a quick errand at the corner store. One of the ladies that works there always asks to see my nails and she said this nail art looked like jewelry for my nails. Again, I really wish my camera showed the full effect.

Have you bought Vulcan yet? Are you a fan of the polishes containing the Konfusion pigment?

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Stamping with M Polish Baroque and Vapid Nail Lacquer Wanderlust

July was a weird month for me. I won’t apologize for the lack of posts because I think it’s important as a blogger to know when to step away and take care of offline things. I’m slowly working myself out of my blogging rut.

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I did some stamping with two “new to me” polishes and brands to try and help inspire me. I got a few of the new Vapid Lacquer summer shimmers because beautiful contrasting shimmers always make me happy. Wanderlust was on my “must have” list and I’m so glad I got it. It really is the perfect unicorn shimmer. It has a cornflower blue leaning periwinkle base with a strong hot pink shimmer. The formula applied like a crème and was a dream to work with,. I was able to get it fully opaque in two thicker coats and three thinner ones. It will dry faster if you do thinner coats.

When I got into stamping several of my fellow nail bloggers told me about M Polish and how great it is for stamping. At that time the maker was away on maternity leave. Sadly, she was unable to return to making polish at this time and sold of her remaining stock. I was really fortunate to be able to grab several polishes. One of the ones I purchased was called Baroque and it’s a deep reddish pink metallic that really does remind me of the elegance and lavishness of seventeenth century fashion. I thought it would look really cool stamped over Wanderlust.

I have to say those who recommended M Polish to me were spot on. Baroque stamped perfectly on the first try with my Winstonia plates and marshmallow stamper. I liked that I had a little bit of extra time for placement and that I didn’t have to use as much polish as I normally do in order to get a clear deign lift onto my stamper and to transfer the design onto my nail. I still need a lot more practice stamping. I’m still, very much, a beginner. Working with the M Polishes I purchased has made stamping a much more pleasant experience since I don’t have to do multiple attempts just to get a clear design lift from the plate.

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The only downside of this manicure other than my crummy placement on my nail was I didn’t wait long enough for the stamped design to dry before applying topcoat and smudged it. Boo! I decided to share it anyways so I could keep track of my progress on my blog.

Baroque ended up looking more on the red side stamped on my nail. But I like how at certain angles I can see the pink peeking through the design. I decided to mattify the nail art because I was curious how it would look matte. I kind of dig it.

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I was glad to take a brief break from swatching posts and do something a little different. If you are interested in Wanderlust is still, currently, available on the Vapid Lacquer website. Unfortunately, Baroque is not available for purchase. I really hope the maker of M Polish returns to polish making someday because she is very talented and her stamping polishes are worth every single penny and more. They are a joy to work with and look so beautiful. But, I understand her reasons for keeping her shop closed for the time being. I think we all need a break every now and then.

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CrowsToes Nail Color Indian Summer

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CrowsToes is a not a new indie brand by any means but is simply new to me. Shimmers are starting to come back which makes me very happy and I love that CrowsToes has some offerings for folks like me who still love multichromes. I have bought a handful of polishes from them s I will be showing them off gradually instead of doing one big post.

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First up is, arguably, one of CrowsToes most popular multichromes, Indian Summer. At first I didn’t really think I needed Indian Summer because it looked a lot like ILNP’s Cygnus Loop. The two polishes have the same color shift and do look pretty similar. I think Indian Summer may be slightly more saturated. The biggest difference I found is Indian Summer has a much stronger magenta shift between the royal purple and red. It still has that royal purple, magenta, red, to copper shift to it that Cygnus Loop does. If you have Cygnus Loop you may be able to skip this one, unless you are a multichrome nut like me. If you wan more of that magenta shift between the purple and red you’ll want Indian Summer.

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Indian Summer had a smooth, easy to use, formula that dried fairly quickly. There are a bit of brush strokes when you first apply the polish but most of them disappeared once the polish was fully dried. Topcoat will also help to smooth out those remaining brush strokes. Just for reference’s sake, my photos were taken without topcoat so you could see the polish in its natural state.

It took 3 coats for Indian Summer to be fully opaque on its own. Like with other multichromes you will be able to get it opaque in one coat. Sometimes I find adding the black base is more work unless you have a really nice one coat black polish. Some people say black base makes the color shift in multichromes stronger. I have not noticed that personally but it’s worth a shot if you want to save on polish.

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This was the first time I have really been happy with my photos of a multichrome polish. I’ve found multichromes to be in the top three polish finishes to photograph because it’s not easy to capture the color shift and to capture the full spectrum of color shift takes some serious acrobatics with your posing and lighting. I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to capture the copper shift. It’s definitely there in person if you angle your fingers the right way. You are going to mostly see the royal purple, magenta, and red shifts.

I have been really pleased with the turn around time and customer service from CrowsToes. I have made two purchases from their website so far and both times my orders shipped in a timely manner, I received shipping notices and tracking. Everything arrived well packed and I liked that rubber bands that matched he caps were included for each polish. The smooth, short, caps were a bit difficult to open. However, CrowsToes is switching over to matte caps which I’m pretty happy about since they will be easier to grip.

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