Monday, August 3, 2015

Gridlock Lacquer Buffalo Summer 2015 Collection swatches

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Gridlock Lacquer Buffalo NY Summer 2015 Collection Polish Swatches
Hey Everyone! Today I am sharing the Summer 2015 Buffalo Collection from Gridlock Lacquer! I love posting about Gridlock Lacquer because it’s an indie polish brand based in my backyard: Buffalo, NY! GL is also one of the very first indie polish brands I bought and definitely helped get me into buying more indie brands, how cool right? AND I just love that there are polishes inspired by my city! Gridlock Lacquer has other city themed polish lines: Niagara Falls, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and the soon to be released Detroit.

You can read more about Gridlock Lacquer in an article that was published in The Buffalo News!  Check it out here: Kaisertown resident’s Gridlock Lacquer puts polish on city. Ok, let’s do this!

Gridlock Lacquer Buffalo Summer 2015 Collection For The Love of Larkin

Gridlock Lacquer Buffalo Summer 2015 Collection For The Love of Larkin
Let's start out with a bang, this is my fav from the collection! This is ‘For the Love of Larkin,’ a gorgeous blue toned neon pink. The Larkin Building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright but was demolished in 1950, Larkin Square is right next door. Larkin Square is a pretty hip-happening place these days, you can even find Gridlock Lacquer setting up shop there and check out their awesome polish live and in person! This polish is everything and quite possibly will be on my favorites of 2015 list! Shown here with 3 coats.

Gridlock Lacquer Buffalo Summer 2015 Collection For The Love of Larkin
For nail art I did some reverse stamping using Winstonia Store stamp plate The Carnival with Bundle Monster Black Noir, and Rica Polish White Out.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MidWest Lacquer For The Love of Grayskull He-Man inspired collection!

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Are you ready for an 80s flashback? I posted these swatches to Instagram @twi_star already and I think a huge amount of my followers weren’t alive in the 80s haha! Anyways, enough of being old, today I have the ‘For the Love of Grayskull’ He-man and She-Ra inspired polish collection from MidWest Lacquer (Vinyl It Up) to show you! This collection releases on Friday, July 24th at 7:00 pm EST. Make sure to follow @vinylitup for more swatches.

Ok let’s travel onward to Castle Grayskull…

MidWest Lacquer For The Love of Grayskull He-Man Inspired Polish Collection

MidWest Lacquer For The Love of Grayskull He-Man Inspired Polish Collection

Look at how fun these are! I have such fond memories of this show and running around the house pretending to be She-Ra! For all my accent nails I made my own water decals. I used decal transfer paper that I found on amazon, you print the images and then spray a few coats of spray paint clear coat onto the printed sheet. You have to really let them dry for at least a day before applying to your nails and topping with top coat.

Monday, July 20, 2015

August 2015 A Box Indied: Glisten & Glow Veni Vidi Vici



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I’m starting out the week with pink holo lol Today I’m reviewing the Glisten & Glow contribution to the August A Box Indied ‘Veni Vidi Vici.’ This box goes on sale July 26th and can be purchased at Llarowe, follow @aboxindied on Instagram for more swatches and updates! Let’s get started.

A Box Indied August 2015 Glisten & Glow Veni Vidi Vici pink holo polish

This beautiful fuchsia pink holo is ‘Veni Vidi Vici.’ This pic was taken in the sun. It has a stronger holo presence in person and there are silver flakes in there but for some reason they only showed up in pics taken in the shade but are visible in person. This applied really easily, I used 2 smooth coats no issues with application and of course topped with 1 coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

China Glaze The Great Outdoors Fall 2015 polish swatches

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Ohhhh boy do I have something fun to share today! The China Glaze The Great Outdoors Fall 2015 Collection! Wait a minute, isn’t it July? Why yes, yes it is lol I’ve actually had this collection for 2 months but just didn’t have time to swatch it, bad bad Angel. (I purchased these) I think we usually start to see swatches in August so yea to early even though Summer started about 5 mins ago. I’ve been on a real China Glaze kick and I’m a big fan of this collection, my type of colors. But surprisingly I think I like the duochromes and glitter the best! Shocking since crème is my fav finish. Ok let’s do this!

China Glaze The Great Outdoors Fall 2015 polish swatches

China Glaze The Great Outdoors Fall 2015 polish swatches

Ooooooooo, aaaaahhhhhhh! This collection consists of 6 cremes (one has shimmer), 3 duochromes, 2 shimmer metallics, and 1 glitter flakie.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Neon Chevron Gradient with China Glaze Bottoms Up and Flip Flop Fantasy

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Today’s post has a little different twist to it! One of my Instagram ladies Dvi aka @naiidazzlee asked me to take part in a B-day mani collab for Bev of Nailed The Polish aka @nailedthepolish and of course I said yes, love Bev! We were tasked to either recreate one of her manis or do an inspired by mani, so I chose to do both. I copied one of her manis on 2 nails and then went all freestyle for the rest of the mani haha I happened to have the same polishes so it was a good match.

 Neon Chevron Gradient with China Glaze Bottoms Up and Flip Flop Fantasy

And here is the lovely Bev! And the rest of the ladies and manis! Top R and down: @lacquerandspice, @justagirlandhernails, Yours Truly, @naiidazzlee, and @alondralovespolish.

 Neon Chevron Gradient with China Glaze Bottoms Up and Flip Flop Fantasy

And here are muy fingahs. This is not a color combo I would have put together, the cremes sure, but pairing them with the subtle holo? Never would have done that but I LOVE THIS! They look so great together, really unique.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Winstonia Store Dotting Tool review and leopard nail art!

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Hi Guys!

Hopefully this week is treating you well, the weather by me has been so crappy. It’s been raining for about a week straight and it’s not letting up anytime soon. Come on! It’s Summer! I’m supposed to be sitting in my driveway every day after work with a frozen drink and yelling at all the neighborhood kids for leaving their garbage all over my lawn. This is a true story, I’ve actually become this lady lol Hey, just don’t act like an ass outside of my house and leave your trash and we can all exist peacefully. Haha!

Winstonia Store dotting tool nail art review

Well onto my mani that I’m so in love with. I was sent a new dotting tool from Winstonia Store for review, I was like dotting tool? Why do I need a new dotting tool? But now that I’ve used it I’ve seen the light! It’s actually pretty great and I think they’ve improved the whole dotting experience. It’s a metal double-ended barrel and the tips unscrew from the ends and then can be stored inside of the barrel. It comes with 8 interchangeable tips, so instead of having 4 double-ended dotting tools you can now have one! It’s very well made and has a good weight to it. It feels pretty fancy actually haha The only downside that I could think of, would be if you were in the middle of doing a mani and wanted to switch out a tip you’d have to unscrew one and potentially mess up your in-process mani. But for this mani I only needed to 2 size tips so I just screwed them in before I started. I don’t think I’ve ever needed more than 2 sizes for one design so I don’t see myself running into this problem but I thought it was worth noting.

Winstonia Store sent me a 10% discount code, use code TWISTAR. Pretty clever code right? HA! Love it.

Color Club Diggin' The Dancing Queen Different Dimension swatch leopard nail art

This purple! I reviewed the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neons HERE and then I also did a bunch of stamping manis with this collection HERE. I’ve been wanting to use ‘Diggin’ The Dancing Queen’ again and leopard seemed purrfect! Like my review said, these polishes got mostly bad reviews BUT I find using 2 coats over 1 coat white undies and they are sooooo pretty! They’re a little thick but sheer but the white undie cancels it all out and they’re worth it to me.

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