LevelUP Lacquer ~ Fantasmic Flakies ~ Mademoiselle

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Hello again!! Today’s post will be a quickie I promise!! But first, let’s chat about life! JUST KIDDING… Polish!

There is this awesome group on Facebook calledFantasmic Flakies. Are you a part of it? If not, and you love flakies, I highly suggest it. Ashley, the genius behind LevelUP Lacquer, has created a custom polish for the group! Mademoiselle is a thermal polish full of color shifting flakies and color shifting shimmer! When cold, it is a darker grey and when warm, it turns white. This polish will be available in Ash’s shop from February 1st until March 5th. The polish is listed right now for $9.50 USD, but if you are a part of the Fantasmic Flakies group, you will get a code for 25% off of the entire LevelUP Lacquer shop! The code is in a post in the group! Make sure you’re a member so you can find it.I used 3 thin coats for my swatch but this would have been fine with 2. The formula of this polish is wonderful for a thermal!! Check out the pics, go buy it, then have a fabulous Friday!!!!!

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LevelUP Lacquer ~ Polish Pickup February 2018

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Hey guys! Trying this wordpress thing again! I love the way it looks for now 🙂 I’m trying to be all fancy like lol. So, it’s almost that time again! Have you made your wishlist for all the goodies offered this month? Polish Pickup just got first place in an awards category. Go visit Polish Pickup Pack to see all the deets. Also, check HERE for all the info on how PPU works.

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The February theme for PPU is “Sugar Rush” and Ash from LevelUP Lacquer has brought us a sugary, sweet, pink polish inspired by the boss “Baroness Von Bon Bon” from the game Cup Head. Got all that?

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Baroness Of Sugarland is a creamy pink polish with silver holo flakes and color changing iridescent flakes. For me this polish was a tiny bit thick. PLEASE be easy on our indie polish makers. It is winter and a lot of places are cold. If you open it too quickly after you receive it, it will be thick and goopy. The polish is unharmed. Just add a few drops of polish thinner, give it a good shake, and you should be good to go. After I added thinner, the polish applied very smooth and very even. It does not dry with a texture but a good top coat to smooth the glitters will be best. Don’t forget to use a peel off base coat to make removing a breeze! I used 2 fabulous coats with top coat for my swatch.

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I added some swirls. To me that said “candy and cute”. Not sure I pulled it off but here it is anyways!

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After you drain your bank account… come share with me what ya got! I love to see sparkly hauls. Set your clocks and don’t be late because these things FLY! I hope you love Baroness Of Sugarland as much as I ❤ Have a fantastic Sunday. XOXO

LevelUP Lacquer ~ Polish Pickup January 2018

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Hey peeps! Tonight is going to be busy here! I have this post and another as well as videos for both! So let’s get right to it. LevelUp Lacquer is returning again to Polish Pickup for January. The theme for Januarys inspiration is “Crystals & Gemstones”. Ashley, along with 2 other makers, Crows Toes & Chirality, have each chosen 1 of the 5 Infinity stones from the Marvel Universe to use as inspiration. The one I have for you today is inspired by Aether. 

Infinite Realities has a sheer, ultra holographic base with black and red glitters in multiple shapes and sizes. This polish can be used as a topper but I suggest it by itself. It is just so busy that it needs nothing else! It is a glitter bomb so I suggest a peel off base coat for easier removal. I used 3 thinner coats for my swatch and 2 coats of top coat. It is a thirsty glitter so a good top coat is pretty important. 

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So? What do you think? I think it’s phenomenal! SO. MUCH. SPARKLE. Totally captures the theme for the month. Polish Pickup will be open January 5th – 8th so make sure you set your alarms! These are the only days you can get this! Follow Polish Pickup on Facebook to keep up with all the brands participating. Have a good night y’all 💓



LevelUP Lacquer ~ Star Wars Inspired Quarterly Box

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Hello! How is your holiday season so far? Have you finished your shopping? I have been super busy and am not even close to done shopping. Same as every year lol! I have some things to show you that may help you with your shopping for the nail lover in your life or maybe just for you…

The Star Wars inspired quarterly box from Ash, over at LevelUP Lacquer, will have 4 full size polishes and 1 bath bomb. I do not have the bath bomb for this post but I will give an update on IG when I have it! This box was up for pre-order but will be coming back later this month for anyone who didn’t get it 👍

First polish is For The Troopers. This polish is a white crelly base with black and grey hex glitters and a red, glass-fleck flash! For a crelly polish, I feel this one was easy to work with. Builds up beautifully with an even glitter pay out. I used 3 coats with a top coat. 

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The next polish is a jelly! Far Far Away is a bold blue jelly polish with different sizes of color shifting glitters. The glitters are just like the unicorn pee pigment. Soooo awesome.  I used 3 coats with top coat. This polish was nice and easy to work with.

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Hope. I think this one is my favorite. Hope has a purple, gold, blue color shifting base with silver holo shreds. The first coat was a tad streaky but the second coat completes it. I used 2 coats with top coat.

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Last, we have Rule Of Two. This one has a thermal base that goes from black to clear. It is a jelly base with red and black glitters and black flakies. I love thermals. This one is so bad ass!! Red and black together is just such a strong combo. This went on flawlessly in 3 coats with top coat.
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As soon as these are available I will update this post and spread the word on IG and Facebook. Will you be picking up this box? I would love to do a twin mani with someone with these. Let me know! Have a great day 🙂

LevelUP Lacquer ~ Holiday 2017

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Yay! It’s my Friday!! Which I will use to work because it is a super busy week! On Thanksgiving, I am making the whole shebang at my house. Then, we are transporting said feast to my mother in laws house. AND SHE DOESN’T KNOW! All the kids are grown and have other plans and my father in law will be hunting. She thinks she will be all alone on Thanksgiving. We just don’t do that in this family so we are bringing Thanksgiving to her. We may make her cry… for all the right reasons ❤💗 While on the topic of food, let’s talk polish. Make sense, right?!


LevelUP Lacquer has a 5 piece Holiday collection and each polish is inspired by something off of the Holiday menu! Each polish will be $8.50 + shipping. For the holiday sale, you will be able to get 25% off of these babies. Let’s check them out!


Candy Canes is practically edible! (PLEASE DON’T EAT THE POLISH)!
It really looks just like a candy cane! It is a white crelly/crème base with small and medium red hex glitters and a red flash. I used 3 thin coats plus top coat, but 2 thicker coats will work if you prefer.

The second polish is Strawberry Champagne. This one is a pinky, foily, gold with red and gold micro flakies! This is the perfect polish for someone who likes nude polish. It has just enough flash to make a statement but it’s totally wearable in a meeting! I used 2 coats plus top coat.

Sugared Gumdrops is a glitter polish that is mostly opaque in 3 coats! If you use a sponge to apply your glitter this will be full coverage. I brushed on each layer to keep the squish! SG is a clear base with mini silver flakies ,and medium green and lime transparent glitters. Pretty sure I see mini holo flakies as well!! SG in 3 coats plus top coat.

Hot Chocolate; this is a staple for the holiday season! I like to use my homemade marshmallows when I have a mug. Sooooo yummy!! This polish has a creamy chocolate colored base with subtle shimmer, white hex and square glitters. For this one I used 3 thin coats plus top coat but 2 thicker coats will also work just fine!

My favorite one in this set is Cranberry Sauce! She is a stunning cranberry colored linear holo with color shifting iridescent glitters. Everyone should have this polish. It captures cranberry sauce(the food) so very well! I used 2 smooth coats with top coat.

Don’t forget, These polishes will be available on Black Friday!! I hope you love these as much as I do ❤  Have a great day 😊 





LevelUP Lacquer ~ New Colors!

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          Hey guys!! How are things where you are? Here in Connecticut, it is finally feeling like fall 🍁🍂   I had my husband start grabbing stuff to make crockpot soups. I LOVE THIS SEASON. Fun fact: I am watching Hocus Pocus right now 😍 A few weeks ago, Ash sent me some new colors. 6 to be exact so let’s jump right in.

          Bang is inspired by Spike from the anime series Cowboy Bebop. Have you seen it? Anime is probably my most unliked type of anything. I have never gotten into it. EVER. I can’t even tell you why either because I love cartoons and all types of weird crazy shit. The polish is awesome so I guess I took a microscopic step in the right direction?? Bang is a royal blue crelly base with yellow glitters and glass flecks. It dries semi-matte and oh so shquishy!! I used 3 coats plus top coat to get it opaque to my liking. You may want to add another coat or pair it with a similar base color.

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          Swordfish II. Can you guess what this one is inspired by? Yup! Spike’s ship, also from Cowboy Bebop! This one is a glitter topper and it is super versatile. Its full of red and black glitters with a touch of white glitters. The awesome thing about this one is that some of the red glitters are transparent. So if you layer it over a light color it will look pinkish. Instant Valentine’s Day polish 💥
I used one smooth coat, over a light grey, with top coat. The glitters in this lay perfectly flat 👍

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          This one is called Dark Garnet. It’s a dense glitter topper that gets to full coverage with 3 easy coats. It’s dark and super sparkly. Vampy and totally perfect for this time of year. It will add glam to anything! I used 3 coats with top coat.

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          Oh flakies, why you so good?!?! I had no idea how much I could end up loving flakies. LevelUP Lacquer has some awesome flakies. This one is called Crystal Complex. The base is a jelly that is a stunning mix of emerald and teal. Then the flakies… glass fleck, rainbow, electric blue. I want to swim in this forever 😍 My pics show 3 coats with top coat.

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          Super Nova is next. This is a dark blurple jelly filled with rainbow flakies and iridescent glitters. I thought this was blue. Then I thought it was purple. It definitely changes with the light but this is the exact definition of “blurple”. Super smooth and very eye catching. I used 3 coats with top coat.

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          Guys. This one is mine!! I fell in love with Selene the minute I saw her so I asked Ash if she would add some silver holo flakies and name it Jennifer. She said yes and then I died. Seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE this ❤❤❤ If you want to see Selene just click HERE and it will take you to that post! Without further adieu, I give you the flakie, holo, goodness of Jennifer! 1 coat over black with top coat. Ill throw in some matte stuff too 😀

          What do you think? I may be the tiniest bit bias but I’m gonna have to say that Jennifer is my favorite. My second choice though is definitely Dark Garnet. Such a sparkly beauty. Most of these are available now and the ones that aren’t will be available Monday (10/23/17)! Stop by the shop and have a look. There are tons of other polishes available as well. Have a fantabulous weekend y’all!!

       

       

LevelUP Lacquer ~ Goddesses Of The Moon Trio

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          Hello! Today I bring you some flakie and holo goodness.  Since it is Friday, I will keep this short. LevelUP Lacquer has so many new polishes out! Here we have the Goddesses Of The Moon Trio. There is 1 crème polish and 2 flakie toppers. Holy wow they are divine!

          Nyx is the crème of the trio and it is a must have, staple polish. A luscious black crème with holographic specks scattered throughout. Great base for any nail art especially galaxy manis! I used 2 coats plus top coat.

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          Next is Luna. Luna is a flakie topper with tiny iridescent glitters. The flakies are like the “unicorn pee” pigment. They shift from gold to green to red to orange and whatever else thats in between there. Just lovely.

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          Last is Selene. I love this one the most 😍 Selene has tiny iridescent glitters and flakies that change between electric blue, aqua, pink, purple, green, and in very rare instances even peach!! This polish to me screams fairy to the max!

          To me, all 3 of these are staples in a collection. The range of the shift on the toppers is just fantastic. Totally unlike anything I have ever seen. You will just have to see them in person 😉 Make sure you swing by Ash’s shop to see these and so many more beautiful polishes! Have a fabulous weekend 😃

LevelUP Lacquer ~ Halloween Collection 2017

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          Who is ready for Halloween?? I have been ready since November 1st 2016!! Before we get started, I would like to take a minute to let you all know that Halloween is actually Ash’s wedding anniversary 💕 She was married to her best friend by Darth Vader. It had to have been the most bad ass thing ever! So, make sure you stop by any and all of her social media to wish her and her husband JC an Happy Anniversary!

          Now we can move on to the polish! This year LevelUP Lacquer brings you an amazing trio; 2 thermal polishes and 1 glitter topper. Since this has tons of pics I will get right to it!
          The first polish is Don’t Burn The Witch. This polish is dark grey when warm and grapey purple when cold. It has orange holo glitters, crushed glitters and micro holo shreds. LOVE this one! formula is fantastic and is opaque in 2 coats. All the glitters lay nice and flat. Halloween perfection in a bottle. My swatch is 2 coats with top coat.

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          Corn In My Candy? is the perfect name for this thermal! In it’s warm state it is a bright yellow. When cold, it gets to be a bright orange. The formula on this one is also exquisite but since it is a little more sheer it will need 3 coats or a solid color undie if you want it totally solid. This one is filled with tiny iridescent hexes. My pics use 3 coats with top coat. 
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          Hocus Pocus is the glitter topper. I realize that the color I put it over isn’t exactly “Halloween” but, it really showed off the glitter. I will use it in an appropriate mani soon. This beauty has orange, purple, and green circle glitters, a mix of hex and square black glitters, and some micro glass fleck flakies. I’m not a huge fan a plain glitter toppers but I do like this one. It’s enough to cover nicely without looking too bulky. I used 1 coat over Sally Hansen Cuteapillar with top coat.

          How do you like them? I am so pumped that 2 are thermals! The grey to purple has me all 💅💅💅
Now that my nails are pretty long (to me), the thermal stays in a constant transition!! WIN!! This collection is available now in Ash’s shop! Make sure to grab it up because they are selling fast. Let me know in the comments which one you like best 🎃 Stay close because Ashley has so much more to come 💗 Have a great fall day 🍁🍂

LevelUP Lacquer ~ It’s Always Sunny

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          Monday again! And of course last night was Sunday so we were at the in laws for dinner and football! My MIL’s birthday just passed so she wanted to order pizza. So we had pizza and I made chocolate chip blondies for dessert! I think my in laws hate me for bringing them such fattening stuff all the time LOL. They love me for it at the same time though. They NEVER get any dessert out of a box from me. Always scratch made, and always something different 🙂 Don’t forget to click those links up there for recipes!! The pizza dough recipe is burned into my memory. We have been using it for years for our homemade pizzas. I suppose we should talk polish now, huh? Food always gets me sidetracked. Anywho…

         Today I have a 5 piece collection from LevelUP Lacquer that’s inspired by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia! Have you seen it? WOW… That’s all I really have to say. These polishes are actually based on 1 specific episode: season 4, episode 13. This is the only episode I watched fully and while it wasn’t terrible, it’s just not for me. I’m pretty picky about my comedy. Each polish has an inspiration pic and they are so spot on! These will be available on October 3rd at 9am Alaska Time!!

          First up we have Do Not Bone Me. This one is a sunny yellow polish with micro glass fleck flakies. I used 3 thinner coats with top coat for my swatch and there was a very slight visible nail line; and I mean slight! Formula was okay, not great. It’s a yellow polish thing. Yellows usually have a picky formula so if you look at it from that angel than it was good! For the stamping I used Winstonia plates W111 & W406.

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          This chick is funny! 8 Or 9 Out Of 10 is a bright pink crelly polish with neon and fuchsia glitters and gold micro flakies. The flakies are pretty subtle but they are oh so purty ❤ I used 3 thin coats plus top coat for my swatch. For the art I used Winstonia plate W109. Fun Fact: I used to take part in a Madrigal Feast at my high school (huge show with all of the arts departments). My costume every year was a dress that matches this one perfectly!!

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          Troll Toll. Danny DeVito is the shit. Seriously. The polish is just so fitting. It has glitters that shift just like the magical unicorn pee pigment. Green to red to gold. So awesome. This is a brown that is PERFECT for fall! I used 2 remarkable coats and top coat for this swatch. Art for this polish was done with Pueen plate PUEEN05.

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          Dayman aaaAAAhh is a silver foil polish. The particles are big so it almost looks chunky. It lays totally smooth and goes on great! Nice and sparkly 🙂 I did not do any art on this one. Instead, I used the last polish in this set which is a glitter topper!

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          Laughs Are Cheap is a black and yellow glitter topper. It is full of glitter! My husband and I both thought it was a black polish with yellow glitters until I swatched it lol! The glitters lay flat and the distribution is awesome! I dabbed a little just to make sure I got some yellow glitters. I used 1 coat over Dayman aaaAAAhh with top coat. No art, just glitter 🙂

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          My final thought are this: wonderful polish, not so wonderful show… Troll Toll is a must have for this season!! Make sure you check out the swatch video on YouTube. Let me know down below what you think of the show and/or this specific episode! Have a great week 🙂

LevelUP Lacquer ~ You Matte, Bro? Summer Collection

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          EEEEEEEKKKK!!! It’s neon season 🙂 I am so flippin’ excited to bring you these babies. I was so happy to see that none of these have holo! Just some shimmer and flakies. I love my holo polishes but the mix of holo and neon is a bit over done in the indie market. Of course, that is just my opinion. So, we have this set of super bright polishes… Shall we dive in? Thought so 🙂

          First let me start with this disclaimer. Neons don’t always play nice with the camera. I did my best to get my pictures color accurate as far as the polish is concerned. My skin, however, may look a little… off.

          Let’s start with Hack The Planet since I already shared the swatch video on IG. Hack The Planet is a bright, not quite neon, grass green. She is filled with micro iridescent flakes and glitters and a soft shimmer. This one has a good creamy formula and was opaque in 2 easy coats. I used a glossy top coat and Ash’s new matte top coat called Come Matte Me.

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          Let’s check out Lag. This one is a neon pink crelly polish with glass flecks and iridescent flakes. I love the color of Lag. So bold and Barbie-ish! The first coat on this one was a tad streaky. It totally leveled out with the second and third coats. I used 3 coats for this one with glossy top coat and Come Matte Me.
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          Perma Death is next and OMG is it gorgeous. Such a perfect neon blue. This one is filled with blue and pink flakies and a subtle shimmer. Great formula on this one. Nice and creamy. Perfect in 2 coats. Again, I used a glossy top coat and Come Matte Me.
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          Last is So Meta. She is a neon grape purple. So Meta has the same gorgeous pink and blue flakes as Perma Death. The subtle shimmer in this one is pink! LOVE!! Please don’t mind the skin. I had to warm these up quite a bit for them not to look blue!! I used 2 coats with glossy top coat and Come Matte Me. The bottle shots are more color accurate.
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          I am so happy with this collection. Neon is my favorite color and I am an 80’s baby. I feel like this set totally captured that. Come Matte Me is included in this collection. This is more of a waxy matte, not a no-shine matte. The finish complements each color beautifully!! The You Matte, Bro? collection will be available on Thursday, June 1st. Don’t miss out on the flakie goodness of these!! As always links below 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful day!!
          **At this moment I am taking a moment of silence for the reason of the holiday, Memorial day. I have a sister in the services so I understand that today is more than picnics and celebration to some. Thank you to all the men and women, past and present, for your services ❤
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