Daphine Polish Mother’s Day Duo Swatches & Review

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I have another Daphine Polish post for you today, this time showing off the Mother’s Day Duo!  A few days ago I showed you Daphine Polish’s Spring Collection named What Sorcery is This? so make sure you go check that post out if you haven’t yet!

The Mother’s Day Duo is made to either wear together, or separately if you prefer.  The Mother’s Day duo will be gifted to A-list celeb mothers as a part of The Artisan’s Group Mother’s Day Celebrity Gifting!  I think they will love it!

… And Goodnight

and goodnight

And Goodnight is a deep bluish purple base with gold shimmer and grey micro flecks.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos and application was phenomenal.

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Lullaby

Lullaby

Lullaby is a gorgeous glitter topper packed with pastel mint, pink, lavender small squares and hexes, iridescent squares, pastel pink butterflies and pastel blue hearts in a shimmery base.  I used 2 coats of Lullaby over … And Goodnight for these photos.

Lullaby side

Lullaby CU

Overview

I love the darker base with the pastel glitters.  The duo is gorgeous and application was easy.  I used 2 coats of Lullaby, but 1 coat would have been sufficient (I just love lots of glitter!)  When I get some time after tax season is over I really want to try Lullaby over Hecate from What Sorcery Is This? collection!

Price: $21.00 for both (these are not available separately)

Where To Buy: Daphine Polish Shop

Daphine Polish Social Media Channels: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

I can’t wait to see what Daphine Polish has in store for future releases!  So far, all 7 polishes I have tried have been fabulous!

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I A.M. Custom Color Nail Lacquer Swatches & Review

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About a week ago I introduced you to I A.M. Custom Color Lips2Tips products, and tonight I’m going to be showing you 4 of their nail lacquers!

I A.M. Custom Color is a fairly new indie brand and she sent me a nice variety of items to review and share on my blog.  I do still have another post after this to show you, which will consist of cosmetics.  For now though let’s look at some of these beautiful polishes!

Freetown

Freetown

Freetown is a gorgeous cool toned purple creme base with subtle pink and blue shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

FreeTown was named after the Capital of Sierra Leone, where Michaela DePrince was born. It was the first town and country to be reclaimed and governed by Freed American Slaves. I was inspired by the excitement and vindication I can assume the settlers and Founders of FreeTown felt. It represented something so hopeful and yet has become so disparaged after decades of bloody civil and diamond wars. It had to be given it’s own spotlight.

Freetown Side

Freetown CU

Chaos Survivor

Chaos Survivor

Chaos Survivor is a glitter topper that consists of multi color glitter in various shapes and sizes.  I used 2 coats over Freetown.

I feel like this one’s name and meaning is pretty self explanatory. Each one of these children that endures and survives these atrocities are chaos survivors, all the way. There are hearts and stars and even some butterflies. Hearts for those that still ache and stars for those who have turned this nightmare into something that makes them standout and shine and butterflies represent transformation, which is something each of these survivors had to do to overcome being just another faceless victim.

Chaos Survivor Side

Chaos Survivor CU

Sudan’s Lost Boys

Sudan's Lost Boys

Sudan’s Lost Boys is a pale chocolate brown with shimmer and a subtle scattered holo throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

This color, Sudan’s Lost Boys, was inspired by and named after all the children that have had their youths stolen and their freedoms. Rebels with a gang mentality that abduct and kidnap young boys and make them kill their own countrymen. They are left with very little real world skills, education or family. 

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Sudan's Lost Boys CU

Sudan's Lost Boys AL

CEDAW In Syria

CEDAW in Syria

CEDAW In Syria is a black jelly base with multi colored glitter scattered within.  This is PACKED with glitter, but applied like a dream!  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

CEDAW in Syria side

CEDAW in Syria CU

Overview

All 4 of these shades applied beautifully and without any issue.  The cremes were self leveling and dried to perfection, while both “glitter bomb” polishes had no issues either.  I was expecting CEDAW In Syria to clump up or to have to manipulate the glitters to spread, but they did it all on their own and looks amazing!

Price: Between $5.00 – $10.00 depending on if you want mini or full size

Where To Buy: I A.M. Custom Color Shop

I will have the I A.M Custom Color cosmetics on the blog soon, so keep an eye out for them!

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Too Fancy Lacquer Blossoming Collection Swatches and Review

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Too Fancy Lacquer has a nice 4 piece holographic collection releasing for Spring, and I have it to show you tonight!  This new collection is named Blossoming and all 4 shades are perfect for the season!

Too Fancy Lacquer has several stockists all over the world, so check the bottom of the post for info on where to buy!

Spring In My Steps

Spring In My Step

Spring In My Steps is a mint green ultra holo.  My favorite of the 4!  I love mint to begin with, but in an ultra holo?  I die!  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Spring In My Step Side

Spring In My Step CU

Spring In My Step AL

Lilac Rain

Lilac Rain

Lilac Rain is a pastel purple linear holo with green micro shimmer within.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Lilac Rain side

Lilac Rain CU

Lilac Rain AL

Call Me Queen Bee

Call Me Queen Bee

Call Me Queen Bee is a soft mustard yellow linear holo.  Yellow isn’t my favorite shade, I’ve never hidden that fact BUT I can still appreciate a good polish.  Call Me Queen Bee only needed 2 coats and while I’m still not a fan of yellow, this one didn’t look awful against my skintone and is wearable for me.

When I saw this polish name, this immediately became stuck in my head:

You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

Call Me Queen Bee side

Call Me Queen Bee CU

Call Me QUeen Bee AL

Lake Como

Lake Camo

Lake Como is another beauty.  Too Fancy Lacquer seriously has some of THE BEST blue holos out there.  Lake Como is a vibrant pastel aqua blue linear holo.  I only needed 2 coats for this photo.

Lake Como side

Lake Como AL

Overview

What can I say?  Charlene (the owner of TFL) is a genius when it comes to holos.  This is a simple, yet stunning Spring collection with 4 softer linear holos that can really pack a punch.  My top 2 picks are Spring In My Steps and Lake Como.  I had no application issues at all.  Lilac Rain, Lake Como and Call Me Queen Bee are a creme based linear holo while Spring In My Steps is more of a metallic like linear holo.

Price: $10.00 for Lake Como, Lilac Rain and Call Me Queen Bee – $12.00 for Spring In My Steps

Where To Buy: Too Fancy Lacquer Website in mid April

Keep an eye on Too Fancy Lacquer’s Facebook page for a release date! As of right now the date isn’t set in stone, but she is aiming for mid April.

Stockists:

Color4Nails based in US, ships worldwide (coming soon)

Dazzled - based in Hong Kong, ships worldwide

Edgy Polish - based in Sweden, ships worldwide

Mei Mei’s Signatures - based in Singapore, ships worldwide

Rainbow Connection UK - based in UK, ships within Europe

This collection has already launched on Edgy Polish but they are already sold out of Lake Como, the rest are still available though!

So what did you think?  Any favorites?  Will you be springing for any of these when they release (or now on Edgy Polish ?)

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Daphine Polish What Sorcery Is This Collection Swatches & Review

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So many Spring pretties have been arriving, and with tax season coming to a close, work has been SLAMMED!  I’ve been trying to take blogging in stride and get things done when I can in my free time.  I am looking forward to a few days off right after April 15th though, so I’m looking forward to a mini at-home vacation with my son (it’s also his Spring Break week at school!)

Tonight I have a new-to-me indie to share with you… Daphine Polish!  The 5 piece collection I will be showing you is the What Sorcery is This? collection and I really enjoyed it.  The collection has 5 gorgeous Spring shades with a lovely shimmer within each color.  They seem simple enough, but still have that burst of oomph when light hits them!

After each photo I will give a little info about each polish inspiration, taken from the Daphine Polish Etsy Shop descriptions.

Let’s have a look!

Ceridwen

Ceridwen

Ceridwen is a cotton candy pink polish with a touch of light golden green shimmer and gold and pink glass flecks.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Ceridwen is an enchantress in Welsh medieval folklore. According to legend, Ceridwen had a hideously ugly son who she sought to make wise. She made a boy, Gwion Bach, stir the potion needed to accomplish this task but he accidentally received the gift of wisdom meant for her son. Ceridwen chased him, changing into many forms during the length of the chase, and as a hen devoured him in the form of a piece of corn. Ceridwen became pregnant, and knew that it was Gwion being reborn inside her. She planned to kill him, but he was born so beautiful that she could not bring herself to do so. Many modern Pagans regard her as the Celtic goddess of rebirth, transformation, and inspiration.

Ceridwen side

Ceridwen CU

Ceridwen AL

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is one of my favorites of the 5!  Baba Yaga is a grey crelly base with strong purple shimmer and silver glass flecks throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Baba Yaga is a witch in Slavic folklore, who is depicted as a as a deformed and ferocious-looking elderly woman. She is associated with the mortar and pestle, She lives deep in the forest and is associated with forest wildlife. She often appears to mortals as an ambiguous character, equally likely to help or hinder those who seek her aid. In old Russian, baba can mean midwife, sorceress, or fortune teller.

Baba Yaga side

Baba Yaga CU

Baba Yaga AL

Nimue

Nimue

Nimue is a grey blue polish with aqua shimmer and gold glass flecks throughout.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Nimue is also known as the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend, specifically named as such in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. In his tale she gives King Arthur his sword Excalibur. She learns her magic from Merlin, whom she later enchants and traps. With Merlin incapacitated, Nimue replaces him as King Arthur’s advisor. After Arthur was wounded at the Battle of Carmlann, Nimue is one of the four queens that bear his body to Avalon.

Nimue Side

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Nimue AL

Melusine

Melusine

Melusine is a bright spring green base with gold shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Melusine was a water spirit with the body of a serpent or fish from the waist down, similar to a mermaid. Her legend originated in Poitou and the Low Countries of Europe. The most famous version of the tale says that she was cursed to take the form of a mermaid or serpent from the waist down every Saturday. She married a mortal man, Raymond of Poitou, giving him the condition that he could never enter her chambers on Saturdays. When he broke this promise and saw her in her half serpent form, she fled, never to be seen again.

Melusine side

Melusine CU

Melusine AL

Hecate

Hecate

Hecate is a pastel yellow base with reddish pink shimmer throughout.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

An ancient Greek goddess, Hecate was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery. She was often portrayed in triple form, and was in later writings described as having three heads: dog, serpent, and horse. Shrines to Hecate were set at the entrances to homes and cities which were supposed to protect the people from spirits and the restless dead. Today, Hecate is often the patron goddess of many Wiccans due to her three faces, like the concept of the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.

Hecate side

Hecate CU

Hecate AL

Overview

I adore this collection for Spring!  The subtle shimmer hidden within each Spring shade just gives them an added bonus.  To be completely honest, I would have been happy with the base shades because they are not streaky like typical pastels tend to be.  Even Hecate will get wear from me, and I rarely do yellows of any kind!  All 5 shades self leveled just fine, application was like butter and there was no streaking at all.

Price: $10.00 Each or buy the full collection for $46.00

Where To Buy: Daphine Polish Etsy Shop

Daphine Polish Social Media Channels: Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

Also, a huge thank you to Babi at ColorSutraa for connecting me with Daphine Polish!  Babi is currently holding a Daphine Polish Giveaway for the Mother’s Day Duo, but only 24 hours left, so drop by and enter!

Any favorites in this collection?  I’d love to hear it!

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OPI Limited Edition MLB Collection Swatches & Review

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OPI is releasing 7 new limited edition nail lacquers this month, inspired by Major League Baseball (MLB).  This is the first ever professional sports league licensing agreement for OPI!

While the shades in this collection aren’t overly exciting, I can see the reason for that.  MLB colors are fairly straight forward as far as blues, reds, oranges.  No neon pinks or fuchsia’s  really to be seen.  So taking that into account, the overall execution of this collection is pretty much spot on for an MLB collection.

Now to be 100% honest, I’m not a sports fan (sorry!) but I can watch it and seem semi competent while doing so.  Years ago it was a joke when we did baseball pools at work because I didn’t know what teams were better, I would pick the teams with the “prettier” uniforms.

I won over $1,800 that year, which was more than everyone else, including those who actually made their picks based on stats and favorite teams.  Go me.

Ok back to the collection, let’s move onto pictures!

OPI Love Athletes Cleats

Love Athletes In Cleats

OPI Love Athletes Cleats is a classic red creme with pale silvery pink shimmer throughout.  I used 2 thin coats for these photos

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Love Athletes In Cleats CU

OPI Right Off The Bat

Right Off The Bat

OPI Right Off The Bat is a frosty navy blue creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Right Off The Bat side

Right Off The Bat CU

OPI Short – STOP!

Short Stop

OPI Short – STOP! is a rich orange leaning red creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.  This is a thinner formula, so no need to load up the brush with polish or it may pool in your cuticles.  I found the formula easy to work with, but it can definitely be runny if you use too much while applying.

Short Stop side

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OPI Orange You Going To The Game?

Orange You Going To The Game

OPI Orange You Going To The Game? is a vibrant frosty orange creme.  Brush strokes are fairly visible because of the frosty finish.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Orange You Going To The Game side

Orange You Going To The Game CU

OPI 7th Inning Strrretch

7th Inning Strrretch

OPI 7th Inning Strrretch is a frosty steel blue creme.  I used 2 thin coats for these photos.  Very slight brush strokes are visible and I found that thin coats made the strokes less visible.

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OPI Umpires Come Out At Night

Umpires Come Out At Night

OPI Umpires Come Out At Night is a deep midnight blue creme.  I was expecting smurf nails when I removed this, but it didn’t happen.  Yay for blues that don’t stain!  I used 2 thin coats for this shade, but it is a thinner formula like OPI Short – STOP! so you don’t need to load up your brush for application, otherwise you may experience cuticle pooling.

Umpires Come Out At Night side

Umpires Come Out At Night CU

OPI Girls Love Diamonds

Girls Love Diamonds

OPI Girls Love Diamonds is a shimmery pure white.  I used 2 coats for these photos.  This can also be used over other colors in the collection if you just apply 1 thin coat as a topper to give any of them a shimmery white cast.

Girls Love Diamonds side

Girls Love Diamonds CU

Overview

As I said earlier, the colors aren’t incredible unique in this collection, but considering the MLB inspiration, they are spot on.  I didn’t experience any major application issues with the formulas other than frosts showing some visible strokes.  OPI Short – STOP! and Umpires Come Out At Night are thinner formulas so they should be applied in thin coats to avoid pooling, but they built up easily in opacity without having to do several coats.  Why an MLB partnership?  Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball said “Major League Baseball understands the importance of female fans in the growth and success of our sport, and so we continuously seek new opportunities to diversify our portfolio of licensed offerings to target this extensive fan base.”

Price: $9.00 Each

Where To Buy: Professional Salons, Amazon, ULTA and other major retailers.

Release Date: April 2014

MLB Collection by OPI nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. MLB Collection will be available April 2014 – just in time for the start of the baseball season – at professional salons and select retailers for $9.00 suggested retail.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

ABOUT OPI

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

Love OPI?  Make sure to check out my OPI Section in the Swatch Gallery

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