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?
Hello, all! Sorry to have let my life outside of my nail polish addiction cut into my blogging time for as long as I did. Work, school, and family medical issues have taken a lot of my time, as I am sure most of you can relate to. I have been painting photographing and occasionally browsing blogs, but just haven’t had the time to blog myself. I will make a sincere effort to share more consistently in the future. *crossing heart* Now on to today’s polish.
Today’s polish is one that I purchased through a blog sale at Fingers Polish Mania. Here is a link to her sale page, in case you want to take a peek. If anyone is interested, it was a speedy and pleasant experience buying this polish and I will certainly keep browsing her page for goodies :). Elevation’s polishes are so beautiful and I had been wanting to try them for some time. When I found a bunch of them for sale, I had to snatch them up! Along with Toubkal, I managed to get a hold of Aurora, Broad Peak, Elbrus, Rapa Nui and Ubsunur. These are not on the blog outside the group shot of my haul below YET, but will be eventually. 😀
Toubkal from Elevation Polish is a burgundy jelly polish that is just packed with golden flakies and microglitter. My photographs really don’t do this polish justice, but you can definitely get an idea of how packed full of golden glow this polish is. These photos show two coats of polish with base and top coat, and clearly this polish offers smooth application and full coverage. AND without having to put on a third coat, yay! I think that with the right pale or pastel base color, this one might even work well as a topcoat. I will have to play with that one and see what I can come up with. Who else has this polish and what do you think of it?
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all had a great holiday season and that 2014 is off to a great start. 🙂
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!!