LevelUP Lacquer ~ It’s Always Sunny

                                                                           *Provided for review

          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 ~ Intergalactic Flakie Collection

                                                                            *Provided for review

          Hey!! How’s it goin? I’m about to drop your jaw a few times. Ashley has done it again, and by that I mean created magic. I know there are some people out there that have been obsessed with flakies of all kinds since they became popular on the indie scene. I was not one of these people. I really liked the way it would look in pics but it was never quite enough to push me to buying one.  I have been converted. Like in an instant, hardcore!! I actually told my husband that If you could tattoo one polish on your nails to keep forever, I would choose one of these. But not just any one. Let’s hop into the pics and you will see this amazingness I speak of!

          First we have Stargazer. This is a flakie packed black jelly polish. I always thought that flakies would be a PITA to get nice and flat. I was wrong again… The formula is amazing and it is swimming with rainbow flakies. The sparks of blue and gold are the strongest. I used 3 thin coats with top coat

3 coats of Stargazer with top coat

3 coats of Stargazer with matte top coat
 
Stargazer macro

Stargazer matte macro
 
 
I am super partial to blue and purple polishes so I was positive this would be my favorite. Subspace is beautiful but this is not my unicorn. Subspace is a dusty robins egg blue with a very strong gold shimmer and rainbow flakies. I could use the bottle as decoration because its just so pretty! I used 3 thin coats with top coat. Let me apologize (or not) right now. I took tons of pics. Well, because… FLAKIES!!!
 
3 coats of Subspace with top coat

3 coats of Subspace with top coat
3 coats of Subspace with matte top coat
 
Subspace macro

Subspace matte macro
 
 
 
 
When I realized that Subspace was not my favorite I thought, “Well, this has to be my favorite. In the bottle it looks like Lisa Frank. Freaking amazing!!” It is such a stunner. I didn’t want to take this off for a while. Nekrit Expanse is a medium dusty violet polish with color shifting shimmer and rainbow flakies. Again I used 3 thin coats with top coat.
 
3 coats of  Nekrit Expanse with top coat

3 coats of  Nekrit Expanse with top coat

3 coats of  Nekrit Expanse with top coat

3 coats of  Nekrit Expanse with matte top coat

 Nekrit Expanse macro

 Nekrit Expanse matte macro
 
 
This baby is Dark Matter. It gives me all kinds of feels. This is an ultra chrome flakie polish with a clear base. OMG is it stunning I highly suggest this matte! I used 1 coat over Jessica Cosmetics Argon Blue and then sponged it on without a base for the accent, all with top coat. To me, it got a little muddled. I will try this again in just 3 coats instead of sponging.
 
Dark Matter with top coat

Dark Matter with top coat

Dark Matter with top coat



Dark Matter with matte top coat

Dark Matter macro

Dark Matter macro

Dark Matter matte macro



Dark Matter macro

Dark Matter matte macro
 
 
Here it is!!!!! This is Temporal Flux. I seriously could be left on a deserted beach with just this polish and I would be good. This is an off white, almost a blue toned grey sometimes, with rainbow flakies and a slight holo sparkle. Just mmmmmmm. I’m actually sitting here at a loss for words!! This is 3 thin coats of PERFECTION with top coat. Pictures please 🙂
 
3 coats of Temporal Flux with top coat



3 coats of Temporal Flux with top coat

3 coats of Temporal Flux with top coat

3 coats of Temporal Flux with matte top coat

3 coats of Temporal Flux with matte top coat. This pic was taken with my phone with flash

Temporal Flux macro

Temporal Flux macro

Temporal Flux  matte macro
 
 
Which one do you like? I know you need to have at least one of these. You know you need to have all of these lol! I am sure you will be seeing a lot of these babies very soon. They have their own following haha! I will leave the links below for your purchasing pleasure 🙂 Have a great week everyone xoxo 🙂
 
 
 
 
 
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Deborah Lippmann vs. Sally Hansen

          Good morning! Its Monday… Let’s brighten it up with some glitter! This past Wednesday I got a package in the mail from a great friend I met on IG. I had mentioned that I needed to get Starry Starry Night from Essie and she immediately said here have mine!! Along with SSN she also sent me my very first Deborah Lippmann polish, Across The Universe. They are some pricey polishes so this was a super sweet thing to do! Thanks Jamee 🙂 I have owned Mermaid’s Tale from Sally Hansen for quite a while and never used it. I figured now that I have the expensive version let’s compare!

          Let’s start with the formula. MT was thicker while ATU was very thin but silky. Honestly, I prefer the Sally Hansen formula. It just isn’t as easy to work with a thin formula. It runs and floods the cuticles. The glitter to base ratio was exact to me. Same glitters, same colors, same sizes. The weird thing I did notice, ATU glitters were shinier. I checked in all sorts of light but it was always flashier. Maybe the base is a little clearer idk. Here are the pics!

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe

Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe macro

Sally Hansen Mermaid’s Tale

Sally Hansen Mermaid’s Tale macro

Sally Hansen Mermaid’s Tale on pinky and middle finger.
Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe on my ring and index fingers.



Sally Hansen Mermaid’s Tale on pinky and middle finger.
Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe on my ring and index fingers with Pure Ice matte top coat.
 
 
If I didn’t label it would you be able to tell the difference? Let me know down below! Have a good day!

          

Lucky 13 Lacquer ~ Sea Salt Scrub

Hey there! How has your summer been? Mine has been family filled and fun! I have been spending all my spare time at my desk swatching and whatnot. Tonight, I bring you a review of a hand scrub from Lucky 13 Lacquer. The ingredients in this product include sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, coconut oil, and synthetic “blackberry fizz” fragrance.  First impression: It is such a pretty light coral color due to the pink Himalayan salt! It also has a pretty strong fragrance. Although it is blackberry fizz scented, it definitely had a citrus note to it. It smelled fresh and lively. Can you describe scent like that lol? It just woke up my senses! Don’t worry too much about the strong scent. It soaks in and leaves a nice subtle scent that is very long lasting! I also was sent a glass file. I already know I love these so my review is to run and get you one! I will show you all the pics then let you know what I thought!!

 
 
Macro of the scrub.

                                        



Right after a long swatch session and right before my first use of the sea salt scrub.
 

Right after my first use. Look at the moisture!
 
 
This was after 3 uses of the scrub.
 
 
Freshly filled and scrubbed!
 
Overall, I loved this stuff. After a week of use (every other day), It definitely made my hands softer. My nails and cuticles soaked up the oils so fast. It was exactly what I needed for my nails and I didn’t even know it! Make sure you get some for yourself! Links below 🙂
 
 
 
 
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Ms. NailGasm ~ Nail Charms!!

Hey friends! This post will be an ongoing post for some nail charms that were sent for me to swatch! Not too much detail about the art (unless you want!). This is more about the carms so the pics will speak for them selves. I will leave the info at the end of this post as to where/how they can be purchased! Why I chose this charm first should be no surprise at all!! Cup O’ Joe anyone?!

 Here are some other thing I have been doing with the charms and rhinestones!

This is great for the fourth of July!!!

Complete with grill stamp lol!
Beach and wine… Does it get any better?

Fancy shmancy BLING!!

Here you can see the holo and the 18k gold flakies I added. Its ok, you can drool!!

Trippy tribal stamped mani with the Hamsa charm!!

Macro!

Polaroid charm with some film strip nail art to match!
Macro! How cute is the little stone for the lens!!

For ordering, visit Ms. NailGasm’s (LaTisa Durant) Instagram page to see what is offered then text her at 1-612-978-3863!

Formula X ~ Infinite Ombre

Hello!! I hope everyone had/is having a wonderful Saturday! Gorgeous weather here in CT 🙂 And what am I doing you ask?! I am sitting here bringing you a nifty new Formula X Infinite Ombre nail kit! This kit was provided  for free from PreenMe and Sephora to test and create new looks with. Per the norm, I have swatches first! I was really excited to try this new trend in polish! These are supposed to be the more pigmented version of sheer jellys. The kit comes with 4 colors and a silver base called Platinum Prime. I do not have swatches of Platinum Prime because it was just your average silver metallic polish. If you would like to see a swatch just let me know in the comments and I will add it for you 🙂 The other four polishes were all the same amazing jelly formula. It was a step above a jelly though. Like a jelly+ polish lol. For each polish I did one finger that did not use the base. Either way I loved most of them. Have a look!

Infinite Indigo is an deep inky blue that leans slightly purple in real life. This is 2 coats over Platinum Prime on all but my index finger, all with a glossy top coat. The top coat was strictly for drying purposes because these have a wet shine look on their own!! The index finger looks almost blackened without the shine of the silver base. Love it both ways equally!

 Timeless Teal is a deep teal that looks almost like an emerald color in real life (ya know, cuz this is a dream lol!). This looks pretty streaky in pics but it didn’t to my eyes! This is 2 coats over Platinum Prime on all but my ring finger. That is 2 coats alone. All with a glossy top coat. Beautiful color!

Boundless Berry is a sexy bold red. I kept oohing and ahhing with every brush stroke! This one is a little more sheer than the first 2 because of its lighter color. I used 2 coats over Platinum Prime on all but my middle finger. That is 2 coats alone. All with a glossy top coat. I think this may be my favorite. So classic!

Limitless Lemon is my least favorite. Just not a huge fan of yellow unless its highlighter yellow or pastel yellow. This will be great for blending though. 2 coats over Platinum Prime on all but my pinky. That is 2 coats alone all with glossy top coat. Over the Platinum Prime it is a bright yellow. On its own it is very yolky looking. Like over easy egg yolk.

 
Overall, I love these! I can’t wait to play with these after my chores tonight! That’s right! I am 30 and I still call housework chores lol! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!!
 
 
Hi! I am here to add on some recent looks I created using these polishes! I will be getting a new tripod next week so videos to come for all the looks I will be adding!
WATERMARBLE! They work wonderfully for watermarbling!

 
 
Next we have some advanced/reverse stamping. This is always fun with a beautiful outcome… but super time consuming. For me anyways. I don’t have steady hands at all!

 
 
The last 2 looks used all of the colors over a solid base of Platinum Prime. This next look uses only Limitless Lemon and Boundless Berry in a gradient over a stamped design using Platinum Prime over my bare nail. I really loved the look of this one!

 
 
 
Which look is your favorite and what would you like to see in a video?

Nia’s All Natural ~ Berry Girly

                                                                                                                               *PICTURE HEAVY

Hey polish friends! It has been such a long time since I even have looked at my blog. It has been such a busy time for me and my family. Things are calming down now and getting back to somewhat normal so posting should be more regular. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I hosted dinner at my house and I enjoyed it tons! My family is fun lol. Today, I bring you a thermal polish called Berry Girly from a new to me indie brand, Nia’s All Natural Cosmetics for Girls. I had no idea this polish was thermal until I checked out swatches from other ladies. This polish goes from a very deep plummy purple to an almost neon pink! My husband noticed this right away because he loves thermals that have a huge difference in colors. This polish also has a very fine shimmer and a light amount of small square holo glitters. It lives up to its name perfectly! It’s a crelly strongly leaning jelly like formula that applies like butter. No streaking or bald spots what so ever! It also dried pretty quickly. For this swatch I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat. I did a little stamping with a similar color polish as the cold state. That way it “appears” when warm! I also added some swatches with matte top coat because my shine was just too shiny lol!! **All of my cold shots appear brown. I am not sure why because it was like this in person not just in photos. I assure you it is not brown in the bottle!!! You will see what I mean, check it out!

                                                                                    
                                                      COLD WITH WARM TIPS:

 
 

                        Can you see the difference in the color from the nail to the bottle?! COLD:

                                                                              

                                                                          WARM:

 
 
 

                                                           WARM WITH COLD TIPS:

 
 

                                                           MATTE:

 
 
 

                                                                     TRANSITION:

 
So, what do you think?  I love this one a lot. Make sure you check out the shop for more info and availability!
 
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OPI ~ Umpires Come Out At Night

Good morning! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and continues to have a nice relaxing Sunday! As usual here in Connecticut we are expecting snow later today. We have had snow once a week (at least) consistently for 6 weeks now! I am so over it! I have to do a post to help me forget about it so today I bring you, OPI Umpires Come Out At Night. I also added a shimmer topcoat from Orly just because it was a great match! Lets start with UCOAN. I went to the OPI site and it says that this is a crème polish. I really thought it was a crelly by the super smooth way it applied. It is so creamy and shiny. I picked this up because it reminded me so much of Revlon Royal. Turns out its darker and not as bold. That’s fine with me. Who doesn’t love blue polish?! For this swatch I used 3 thin coats plus topcoat. I didn’t need the third coat at all. Not even to even out the polish. I’m just weird like that lol. Look how gorgeous!!!

 
Here I have 1 coat of Love Each Other from Orly Over UCOAN. To me, it looks like very fine pink and blue shimmers in a clear base. Now, because of the mix of color shimmers, it flashes violet. I love it!  I used glossy topcoat for all but the ring finger. I used matte on that finger so you could see the shimmer!

 
What a standout combo!! Hope you enjoyed my random Sunday morning swatch!!
 

Glitz’d23 Nail Lacquer ~ Glass Princess

 
Hi! This is the last of 5 polishes I was sent to review for Tammy, owner of Glitz’d23! Glass Princess was the first one I decided to swatch! It just has the best iridescent glitter I have seen! It changes colors so easily! It is packed with the glitters, mini and small. The base isn’t clear. Its very sheer but the base is a milky jelly. I put this over a sheer shimmer white polish because I just wanted enough of a base to show off the delicateness of this polish. So very pretty and girly! For my swatch I used 2 thin coats over the shimmer polish with a glossy topcoat. Formula was great and the glitters were totally flat. I added an extra bottle macro picture so you can see what a difference different lighting will make on this polish! Pastel rainbow!!
 

 
GLOW SHOTS!!!

Glass Princess has such a beautiful aqua glow. Just like the others, super bright! I got this glow by putting my nails and the polish bottle under my desk lamp (daylight light bulb) for 1 minute! This is another must have so do yourself a favor and get some awesome glow polish!!! Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading 🙂

Glitz’d23 Nail Lacquer ~ Blu Lite Special

 
  “Blu Lite Special aisle 6!! Glow in the dark polish!!” That’s what I think of when I say the name of this polish. This is 1 of 2 glitters I received to swatch from Glitz’d 23. Blu Lite Special is a clear base with mini ice blue, almost white, metallic hexes and small metallic teal square glitters. For the most part I loved this topper. I put it over a white base so you didn’t think the small glitters were white! I used one generous coat over white for my swatch then topped it with a glossy topcoat. I actually swatched this 3 times before I was ok with it. At first I thought what I was seeing was a super bubbly topcoat. But then when I tried it the next day over a light purple, it was the same. Almost like tiny little fuzz got in the polish. This is just the glow pigment and you cant see it unless you are looking for it. Besides that everything about this polish was great! The glitters lay nice and flat and give a good coverage with just one coat. and like most glitters it dried quickly!    
 

 
See the “fuzz”?
 
This was a bottle shot so no topcoat bubbling goin on here!
 
GLOW SHOTS!!!

Blu Lite Special has such a strong blue glow!! I got this glow by placing my nails and polish bottle under my desk lamp (daylight light bulb) for 1 minute!