Friday, October 24, 2014

Black Dahlia Lacquer Swatches


Hi guys! Today I have some swatches from a new indie brand to share with you. The brand is called Black Dahlia Lacquer, and they have just launched at the beginning of October. I'm going to show you their Halloween duo, and 4 polishes from their Fall collection.

First up, the Halloween duo!

Flor de Muerto: "blackened jelly with purple shimmer and glass fleck, loaded with violet and copper microglitter." I've shown two coats with top coat here. The first coat goes on very sheer, but the opacity builds easily with the second coat. This one dries semi-matte, so you will need to add top coat for shine.

Queen of the Night - "black prismatic polish." This is a fairly standard blackish holographic polish. Not the most unique, but the formula was good. Shown is two coats, no top coat. As with most "black" holo polishes, this is more of a dark gray than black. The holo is fairly subtle on this one, I've shown it under direct light in the photo. You won't be able to see any of the holo flair unless you have it in direct light or sunlight.

Now moving on to the Fall 2014 polishes...

Wild Cherry Blossoms - "pink-red holo." This one is pretty. In person it looks a bit more red than my photo shows. Its one of those polishes where you sit there staring at the bottle and your nails wondering "Is it red? Is it pink?" I personally went back and forth with myself and couldn't decide. It falls squarely between the two. This is two coats, no top coat. This one has a stronger holo flair than QotN does.

Japanese Painted Fern - "brown-tinged gray shimmer with purple glass fleck". I really loved this one! I'm a sucker for grays with shimmer. I've shown two coats with top coat. Top coat is necessary with this one to bring out the shimmer a bit more.

Blooming Wysteria - "light purple crelly with medium neon green hexes, light blue squares, larger aqua hexes, and smaller turquoise and periwinkle glitter." I would describe the base of this more as periwinkle than light purple, as it does lean a bit blue. And when I was looking at the polish I thought the green glitters were yellow. Formula was nice and easy to work with. I've shown two coats with a glitter smoothing top coat. As with most glitters it will look a bit lumpy unless you use a smoothing top coat.

Olaf's Snowflowers - "cream crelly packed with multidimensional holographic gold and silver glitter." This one was another of my favorites! I couldn't manage to get a good photo of the holo glitters, but trust me when I say this is much more beautiful in person. You can see the glitters sparking a bit in the bottle, and that's what it was like on the nail too. I've shown two coats with a glitter smoothing top coat. This is going to be gorgeous for winter or holiday parties.

So there you have it, Black Dahlia Lacquer! I think this company is going to be one to watch... all their formulas were really on point and easy to work with, which is super important to me. I mean who cares if a collection has pretty colors if they are a PITA to apply, right?

Black Dahlia Lacquer can be purchased from their website, as well as their Etsy shop. Most polishes are priced at $6/bottle, with a couple of the holos at $6.75 each.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zoya Naturel Duex Collection

Hi guys! Here are my swatches and review for the Zoya Naturel Duex collection which was released at the end of the summer. As usual, the Zoya creme formula is on point. I've used 2 coats of each of these polishes, and no top coat. I was surprised at how well these all worked on my skin tone, even the ones I didn't think I would like.

Zoya Spencer - "a rich camel cream". This is a lovely light tan. It leans a bit yellow, but worked surprisingly well on my very pink skin.

Zoya Chanelle - "a toasted almond cream". I thought this color reminded me of milk chocolate. I never would have guess that I would like this color on my nails, but I really did!

Zoya Emilia - "a dark chocolate cream". This description is perfect, it definitely looked like dark chocolate. A really lovely polish for fall.

Zoya Madeline - "a muted rose cream". Again, a great color description. This polish is firmly in the mauve family, and I tend to have an aversion to mauves, but I almost liked this one. If you like mauve, you'll love this.

Zoya Aubrey - "a medium mauve cream". Another mauve that I may actually use! This one is one of my favorites from the collection, actually.

Zoya Marnie - "a deep warm plum cream". This is another one that is gorgeous for fall. A sort of muted burgundy color.

So, there you have it, the lovely Naturel Duex collection! These are great office-friendly polishes, and work well to carry us into the fall season.

Zoya polishes are available from and retail from $9-10/bottle.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Zoya Summer Magical Pixies Nail Art

Hi guys! Here is a mani which has been sitting in the vault for a little while. I did this tape mani last month using the second release of Zoya Magical Pixies. This collection of three polishes contained Bar, a glittery nude topaz, Ginni, a glittery pink tourmaline, and Arlo, a glittering violet amethyst. I layered them over top of two coats of Zoya Taylor, which I taped off with some painters tape. The fingers with Bar and Taylor had painters tape cut with scalloped edge scissors.

These polishes are available for purchase on the Zoya website. Zoya polishes retail for $9-10 each.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Lacquer Legion: Weird Science, Glucose Nails

Hey there! So today I'm participating in this month's Lacquer Legion challenge. The theme for this go-round is Weird Science... how could I resist that? Of course Mr. Sparkles got in on the fun and helped me come up with the inspiration for this mani.

These are my glucose nails! The diagram on the middle two fingers is the glucose molecule. Its color coded; the purple dots (Color Club Disco Dress) represent carbon, the pink dots (KBShimmer Beach Please) represent oxygen, and the turquoise dots (KBShimmer Shore Thing) represent hydrogen.

Since glucose is sugar, I "sugared" my other nails with some loose iridescent white glitter over two coats of Beach Please. The base for my molecule diagram is two coats of Ciaté Cookies and Cream.

I hope you guys like this, and don't forget to check out all the other Weird Science manis by searching for #LLWeirdScience on your preferred source of social media!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stamping Sunday: Textured Ocean Stamping

Hi guys! Here is a quickie post for you... this is actually some nail art I did for a previous Digit-al Dozen challenge which I never posted.

The base for this mani is Kiko Sugar Mat 457 Royal Blue. I stamped over it using my MoYou Sailor 05 and 07 plates, and Mundo de Uñas stamping polishes in #39 Avocado, and #42 Holland Blue.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer - Life on Pandora

Hi there, lovely readers!! Today I have a super exciting summer collection from one of my favorite indie brands to share with you. I am a big fan of Superficially Colorful Lacquer, who makes some spectacular thermal polishes. For her summer release (on sale August 1st!) she has whipped up something a little different, and absolutely stunning...

 The Life on Pandora collection is made up of seven bright (I would say neon, even) holographic polishes! The polish names are all in the Na'vi language from the film Avatar.

These are so gorgeous in person guys, and the formula is spectacular. I've shown two coats without top coat in all of my swatch photos, but on a couple of these you could really get away with one coat with careful application. These dry SUPER fast, which I love. They do dry semi-matte. I didn't seem to notice much dulling of the holo properties when top coat is added, but I didn't test each polish. They are not the most in-your-face holo polishes, but the effect is definitely there and noticeable.

One more thing about this collection is that they are all black light reactive! I don't have a black light, so I couldn't photograph this for you unfortunately.

 Atokirina - "A bright holographic pink polish that represents the sacred seeds of the Tree of Souls that lives on Pandora. Atokirina is the Na’vi word for a woodsprite. A very pure and sacred spirit that represent the planet's life force." A beautiful bright pink with a bit of a cool tone to it.

Menari - "The meaning of the word is eyes. The polish is bright neon yellow with a little bit of
green undertones, inspired by the big yellow eyes of the Omaticaya people of Pandora." This one is one of my favorites. It's somewhere between yellow and chartreuse, and I love it.

Omaticaya - "The name is translates to Blue Flute Clan. It is a medium bright blue holographic polish inspired by the nationality of the people living on Pandora." This blue is divine. This is one of the ones that is almost a one coat polish.

The Sacred Tsaheylu - "An apple green holographic polish inspired by the magical connection the people of Pandora have with nature. The meaning of the word Tsaheylu in Na’vi language is bond. Neural connection." Another of my favorites, this one has one of the stronger holo effects in the collection.

Toruk Makto - "An orange holographic polish inspired by the brave rider of the Toruk – the great red-orange leonopteryx." This is the color of orange highlighters. I love it!

Tsahik - "A bright holographic orange-red polish that is inspired by Mo’at – the Tsahik of the Omaticaya clan. The Tsahìk is the spiritual leader of a Na'vi clan, and the most important female member." A beautiful coral color, also one of the ones with a stronger holo effect and can be a one coat polish if you're careful with application.

Utral Aymokriyä – Tree of Voices - "A red leaning purple holographic inspired by the special tree where the Omaticaya people can hear the voices of their ancestors." Last, but certainly not least, my clear favorite, the most amazing purple you've ever seen! It does have a bit of a fuschia/pink tone to the purple, maybe more than it looks in this photo because I was loosing my sunlight as I took this one. I love the gorgeous bright orchid shade of this polish, and it has a strong holo effect. This now has a place as one of my favorite polishes in my whole collection.

So there you have it, the amazingness that is neon holographic polishes for summer! I will be rocking these often, I think... I'm already planning some epic nail art with them! This collection is releasing August 1st, and will be available on the Superficially Colorful website. Jin's polishes retail for $9/bottle, and she ships from Israel to most of the world for very reasonable costs.

Which ones are you most interested in? I tried to type a list of my top picks just now, and I wanted to list all of them! If I could only choose two though, I would pick Utral Aymokriyä and Menari.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Layering... Mattified!

Hi guys!! I'm sure you have seen swatches of the Zoya Tickled and Bubbly collections on many blogs by now, so I decided to show you them in a bit of a different way. I swatched each of the cremes (Tickled collection) using two coats, and then added one coat of the corresponding glitters (Bubbly collection) on half of the nail. I just did this freehand with the polish brush, no tape or anything. Then I topped with a matte top coat.

I think these colors all look really striking mattified, and it also brings out the iridescence in the glitter.

Zoya Wendy ("a juicy summer melon") topped with Zoya Alma ("a warm golden peach metallic"). Alma and Wendy are the only two of the glitter shades that don't precisely correspond with each other, but they do pair well! Wendy brings out more of the orange tones in Alma.

Zoya Rooney ("a mid-range magenta pink") topped with Zoya Binx ("a spicy orchic purple"). All of the gitter shades have gold shimmer in them, as well as the iridescent glitters that Zoya refers to as holographic in their descriptions.

Zoya Kitridge ("a classic summer bubblegum pink") topped with Zoya Harper ("a cotton candy pink"). Bubblegum and cotton candy, yum! These are really accurate descriptions for sure.

 Zoya Rocha ("a classic folly red cream") topped with Zoya Jesy ("a firey coral orange"). I don't agree at all with the description of Rocha, I think its pretty clearly orange rather than red. Maybe you could call it a red-orange. Despite that, I absolutely think that Rocha is one of the standouts of both collections. Its the first one I wanted to wear as a full mani, and my mother-in-law gave herself a mani/pedi with this too, and she doesn't even like orange! Super summery.
a classic folly red cream
a classic folly red cream

Zoya Tilda ("a warm mantis green") topped with Zoya Stassi ("a brilliant citron green"). Now here are some more favorites for me. Mantis green is a perfect way to describe Tilda. I have a lot of green polishes but I'm sure these will get a lot of use from me.
a brilliant citron green

Zoya Ling ("a vibrant royal blue") topped with Zoya Muse ("a blue raspberry holographic fizz"). These were also winners for me. Although when I think of royal blue I would tend to think of a darker blue than this. I loveddddd the way this looked matte. Bright blue polishes also always hold a special place in my heart, and these are no exception.

Zoya polishes can be purchased from for $9 each. You can also purchase the full collections (either cremes or glitters) for $54 each.

How are you wearing these collections? Layered? Alone? In nail art? Which shades did you buy or add to your wishlist?
a blue raspberry holographic fizz