Today’s polish is Dance All Night from Black Cat Lacquer courtesy of January 2015’s A Box, Indied. For those not familiar, this is a monthly polish subscription being offered through October 2015, I believe, that includes nail polish from a group of indie polish makers, more information is available here. The boxes are themed and get very creative. January 2015’s theme was “New Debts, New Diets, NEW POLISH.” This polish and its array of color and sparkle brings to mind a New Year’s celebration for me. How about you?
Today’s post is devoted to SquareHue’s Salute Collection for July 2013. You’ve seen many polishes from SquareHue if you follow and will likely see many more if you stick around. 🙂 For more information on what SquareHue is all about you can check my post here. This month’s collection is clearly dedicated to the military forces, what with July 4th being the United State’s birthday and all. While I was expecting either red, white and blue or a set of camouflage colors (light OR dark), I was surprised to see bits and pieces of what I had in mind strewn throughout this month’s collection of the appropriately-named polishes: Valor, Patriot and Honor.
Valor is a military olive green jelly polish that dries to a nice shine even without a topcoat. The photos you see here are three thin coats and a layer of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Topcoat (my topper of choice, these days). This color was very sheer so I did use three coats versus the two coats I normally use in a mani. It did get me to a nice opaque color, although under flash there was some visible nail line (VNL). As usual, the application was smooth and drying time is decent, as I was able to apply subsequent coats within 3-5 minutes. This applies to all polishes in the collection.
Patriot is a bright blue sheer jelly polish, a bit lighter than the color found in the American flag. I love it’s brightness compared to the drab olive green of Valor. It definitely brings some pizazz to this collection. As with Valor, this color was very sheer and VNL was evident in this flash photo. With either a fourth thin coat, thicker coats to start with or perhaps some nude undies this will likely be reduced or eliminated. Although how many of us really have the paparazzi flashes following us around all day for this to really be that much of an issue, huh? These sheer polishes would be a no-no for stamping, unless you are looking for muted colors and are stamping over a very light base color. Application and drying time were good with this polish.
Honor is a gold foil polish that, by the way, works GREAT if you like to stamp! Take a peek here if you’d like to see it. This polish was completely opaque in two coats although you can probably get away with a single coat if you really don’t feel like using two. I think that their use of gold and the name Honor signifies the importance and value that honor has in the lives of all, especially those who serve to protect the freedom of Americans at home and abroad. A special thank you goes out to all who are serving and unable to be with their families for this holiday. Your sacrifices are acknowledged and appreciated.
So that’s the collection for this month. How do you like it, do you have a favorite color? Hope you are all having a great weekend. Thanks for reading!!
How lucky that I actually bought pink polish recently! Not only that, but I wore it and captured the moment for posterity! The pink polish in question is Daytripper by Deborah Lippmann. The color is described on the website as a pink melon melange and, since I had to look it up to come with an accurate description, I will stick with that. They had a WONDERFUL sale on these at Nordstrom’s a couple months ago and I had to get a couple. 🙂 The second polish in this manicure is Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippmann, a clear base strewn with multicolored glitter. The website describes it as ‘party in a bottle’. I’d have to agree.
I started with two layers of Daytripper, then added a layer of Happy Birthday and another layer of Daytripper. I am thinking maybe two more layers on top next time? We’ll see, the polish is a bit sheer, so it could work. Finally, a butter LONDON’s Hardwear on top.
Deborah Lippmann’s Pink Jelly Sandwich
I even got fancier and threw on a butter LONDON matte topcoat, the first time I’ve ever used one of these. For some reason I assumed that, since the polish wasn’t shiny, that it must somehow be rough. That is absolutely not the case. The topcoat is as smooth as any shiny one I’ve used, and I actually liked the look of it!
Deborah Lippmann Pink Jelly Sandwich matte
This manicure looked really cool, I will definitely be trying this one again with different colors. Have any of you tried a ‘sandwich’ manicure and, if so what colors did you use? I would love to see your version.