Friday, March 30, 2012

CLOSED: Lacquered Lover Zoya Beach and Surf Collection Giveaway!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  I have something very exciting for you all today!  What began as a little mishap ends up being beneficial for all of you!  Let me tell you all a little story.  I absolutely adore Zoya nail polish as anyone who reads this blog knows.  When I got the press release about the new Beach and Surf Collections, I saw there was a polish named Carly so clearly, I was super excited!  I immediately emailed my contact there just to let her know how excited I was to finally have a polish with my name!  Fast forward a few days and I received the summer collection to review and it was GORGEOUS!  (Swatches coming on Monday for you all but check out the nail wheel swatches below)

 Above:  Zoya Surf Collection - From Left to right - Carly, Kimber, Rory, Myrta, Meg, Zuza
Above:  Zoya Beach Collection - From Left to Right - Reagan, Lara, Shelby, Arizona, Tracie, Wednesday

Fast forward 2 days and I receive another package from Zoya with another set of the polishes and 3 extra Carly polishes!  They are so sweet!  Since I received 2 packages from them, they gave me the go ahead for a giveaway with one set so you guys now have the chance to win!

So here is how this will work!  I'm going to split up the collections so we will have one winner for the Surf Collection and one winner for the Beach Collection!  Whoever is the first winner pulled will get their choice and the second winner will get the other collection!  This giveaway is open internationally so just fill out the form below!  A HUGE thank you to Zoya for providing the polishes and good luck everyone!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lacquered Lover is now on Divine Caroline!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Just a quick post today to let you all know about something very exciting happening in my world!  I am now officially part of the "Pretty Pack" which is a group of beauty bloggers on the awesome website Divine Caroline!  I will be bringing you some really fun and easy nail art tutorials there every Thursday!  Here is a little peek at this week's tutorial:

Above:  China Glaze Kinetic Candy and OPI I Have a Herring Problem

Click HERE for the full post!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  I have a real treat for you this afternoon!  Many of you know of my love for Deborah Lippmann nail polishes and I have another for you today!  I remember seeing teaser photos some time back of a dark blue polish packed with flakies that she was going to release this spring and I got super excited.  Blue, flakies and Lippmann are some of my favorite things!  So obviously when I saw it go up on her site last week, I HAD to order it immediately!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

 Above:  2 coats of Ray of Light in artificial light
Above:  2 coats of Ray of Light in sunlight

Ray of Light is a gorgeous indigo jelly polish that's packed with mainly copper/reddish flakies.  Some really neat things about this polish.  First, it's a dark indigo jelly!  And it becomes kind of blurple (aka blue and purple) in the sunlight.  I honestly don't remember the last time I had a polish that changed this much from indoors to outdoors!  The outdoor picture was taken on my lunch break with my iPhone today and I was amazed how much the color changed!  The next really neat thing about this is that the flakies shift colors!  Now the shift is not as intense as some flakies, but there are definitely some flashes of green in there!  It's also cool since the flakies are in the jelly that it gets a sort of layered effect that you don't get with just one coat of a flakie top coat on top of a polish!  The formula is a tad thick on this so I waited a little bit between coats so it didn't just drag around but the final effect is stunning!

I can honestly say that I don't know any dupes of this polish.  Sure, you could try a deep blurple and put some flakies on it to see if it's close but it won't get that jelly, squishy effect that Ray of Light has.  I really liked this polish when I first put it on last night but it wasn't until I saw it in the sun today that I truly fell in love with it!  Ray of Light was on Deborah Lippmann's website but I believe it's out of stock at the moment but hopefully it will show up on all the major websites soon!

What do you think of this polish?  Is it a must have?  Any dupes?

China Glaze Hunger Games Collection Swatches and Review

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers! It feels great to type that, it's been almost a week since I last blogged! So sorry for my absence as of late but sometimes, life just gets in the way! However, I haven't stopped swatching so get ready for a LOT of awesome polishes coming your way! Today, I have a collection that was released at the beginning of last month but since it's connected to a movie that just was released last weekend, I hope I'm not too late!  :)

The China Glaze Hunger Games Collection came out as a tie in to the movie that was just released.  For those of you who are fans like I am, you know that the movie was based on a book (the first one in a trilogy) by Suzanne Collins.  This collection consists of 12 colors, each relating to one of the 12 districts that exists in the fictional country of Panem in the book.  Now keep in mind that the book takes place in a post apocalyptic world where everything is pretty dreary and depressing so the colors reflect a more neutral palette.  I figured it might be fun to show you guys the polishes in order of the districts they represent!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

 Above:  1 coat of Luxe and Lush over 2 coats of Agro

Above:  1 coat of Luxe and Lush over 1 coat of Stone Cold (District 1 - Luxury)

First up is Luxe and Luxury which is a flakie top coat!  Yay!  This is the polish I was most excited about!  District one makes the luxury goods for the Capitol in the books so it makes sense that this is a glitzy polish!  Luxe and Luxury is orange, blue and some purple iridescent flakes set in a slightly milky base.  The base doesn't really change the color of the polish beneath it but the flakes are gorgeous!  I love this one, it's a great way to dress up a manicure!  The cool thing about it is that it doesn't need to be over a dark color to shine like most flakies, in fact, it looks better over slightly brighter colors!

Above:  1 coat of Stone Cold (District 2 - Masonry)

I was so excited to see a matte in this collection!  Stone Cold is a gorgeous dark grey matte polish with a ton of shimmer to it.  And it's a one coater!  It looks absolutely stunning on.  The only problem is I found the wear time to be pretty short.  I put it on last week and I had chips in less than 12 hours.  I know that's an issue with mattes but usually I can get at least a day out of it so that was a bit disappointing.  However I'm determined to keep trying with another base coat!

Above:  2 coats of Riveting (District 3 - Technology)

Riveting is a gorgeous bright orange!  I love that it kind of looks like a jelly and kind of like a glass fleck but is perfectly opaque in 2 coats.  I now want China Glaze to make a polish like this in ever color!  Riveting is incredibly vibrant and full and pigment and ended up being a favorite from the collection!

Above:  2 coats of Hook and Line (District 4 - Fishing)

Hook and Line is a silvery grey polish with a frosty finish.  As you can see, the brush strokes are very visible when you apply this polish due to the frost finish.  The pewter color of the polish is really pretty but the brush strokes make me a little crazy!  However if you don't mind the brush strokes, it is a very pretty color.  It's opaque in 2 coats and went on very smooth.

Above:  2 coats of Electrify (District 5 - Power)

Electrify is a glitter!  It's a clear base that is PACKED with gold and red small glitters.  What's great about it is that it's pretty much opaque in 2 coats!  There is definitely more gold than red so the overall look is mostly gold with speckles of red in it.  I wasn't sure if I would like this but it almost gives the effects of your fingertips being on fire which looks pretty neat!

Above:  2 coats of Fast Track (District 6 - Transportation)

Fast Track is a beige polish with a ton of gold tiny little flecks in it.  This is my kind of nude!  The gold flecks make it looks like it's glowing from within which I love.  I think this is a great neutral polish to have in your collection for times you want a more subdued polish but don't want to be boring!  I really like how subtle it is but still really pretty.  The formula was perfect, opaque in 2 coats and easy to apply.

Above:  2 coats of Mahogany Magic (District 7 - Lumber)

For some reason my camera refused to capture Mahogany Magic properly.  In real life, Mahogany Magic is a yellow based brown.  Very yellow based.  Not a good shade for girls with a lot of yellow in their skin tone like me but definitely unlike any other brown I own!  The formula was a bit thick on this one but was easily opaque in 2 coats!

Above:  2 coats of Dress Me Up (District 8 - Textiles)

Dress Me Up was originally named after the character Primrose in the book and it worked perfectly for her, not sure about for textiles but let's not get hung up on semantics.  Dress Me Up is a dusty rose shade, fairly neutral but with slightly warm tones so it would compliment any skin tone.  The formula was similar to Mahogany Magic, slightly thick, but fairly easy to work with and opaque in 2 coats.

Above:  2 coats of Harvest Moon (District 9 - Grain)

Above:  2 coats of Foie Gras (District 10 - Livestock)

Foie Gras is a purple/taupe shade that definitely leans more towards taupe than purple.  It is surprisingly almost exactly the shade of foie gras which is a bit weird but it works!  I like this for a neutral but not boring shade!  Foie Gras had a great formula, opaque in 2 coats and easy to work with.

Above:  2 coats of Agro (District 1 - Agriculture)

Agro was another stand out from this collection for me!  Agro is a gorgeous medium green with a bit of olive overtones that's packed with gold shimmer!  I love how multidimensional it looks on the nail!  This was honestly prettier on the nails than in the bottle.  The formula was good, opaque in 2 coats, lots of pigment, but due to the metallic nature you need to be a bit careful so it doesn't look streaky!

Above:  2 coats of Smoke and Ashes (District 12 - Mining)

Last but certainly not least is Smoke and Ashes.  This polish is amazing!  The base is a blackened blue (I think, it's very possible it's just black but I think it's the tiniest bit blue) with blue AND green flecks!  It's so unique!  I love how much depth and dimension it has because of the flecks!  The formula is great, opaque in 2 coats and lots of pigment!

So there you have it, the China Glaze Hunger Games collection.  I'm a big fan!  I wasn't sure how I was going to like it since a lot of the colors seem more Fall based than Autumn, but there are some real beauties in here!  This collection is available now and runs from about $3-$7 depending on where you buy it!

What did you think of this collection?  Any must haves?  Any dupes?

Please note some of the polishes in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review.  For further information, see the disclosure policy above

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nicole by OPI Spring 2012 Target Exclusives Swatches and Review!

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers!  Just a quick post this morning about the new NOPI Spring exclusives for Target!  I believe it was last year that NOPI began to do Target exclusive nail polishes.  Now I haven't tried too many of NOPI polishes before but these looked super pretty!  Today I have 3 of them to show you so let's get started!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

Above:  2 coats of Great Minds Pink Alike

First up is Great Minds Pink Alike.  This is a very bright pink that's packed with pink and lighter purple glass flecks!  I love how different the purple flecks make this polish look, lots of depth!  I was a bit disappointed that the formula was kind of sheer (you can still see visible nail line with 2 coats) but a third coat would probably even it out!

Above:  2 coats of Purple Yourself Together

I must watch too much of RuPaul's Drag Race because all I can think of is Rupaul saying "Pull yourself together" when I read the name of this polish!  Purple Yourself Together is a really pretty medium purple that's full of gold shimmer.  I love how the gold flashes depending how the light is hitting your nails!  This is by far my favorite of this collection! The formula and application were great and I love the color!

Above:  2 coats of That's Totally Red-ical!

That's Totally Red-ical is described as being a candy apple red.  I have to be honest and say that this definitely looks pink to me!  A really pretty hot pink, but definitely on the pink side!  There is a tiny bit of shimmer to this polish and it looks like it will be a great pedicure color for the summer!  The formula was good, opaque in two coats!

So there you have it, most of the new Target exclusive NOPI polishes!  These should be available now at Target stores and on their website and retail for just over $7 each!  I really liked Purple Yourself Together because the gold shimmer looks great!

What do you think of these polishes?  Any must haves?  Any dupes?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Stardust and No More Drama Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Today I have a couple gorgeous Deborah Lippmann polishes to show you!  At first, I only bought Deborah Lippmann glitters but in the past few months, I've extended my collection to all different finishes and I have yet to be disappointed!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

Above:  2 coats of Deborah Lippmann Stardust

Wow.  I have a new favorite silver!  Plus I'm pretty sure it's named after Ziggy Stardust which just makes it even better!  Stardust is a gorgeous bright silver foil.  Look how bright that is, and that's without flash!  It's like tin foil on the nails.  I love how sparkly and bright this is without being overwhelmingly glittery.  Perfectly opaque in two coats, this silver gets an A + in my book!

Above:  2 coats of No More Drama

No More Drama was created in conjunction with Mary J. Blige.  I can't help but singing the chorus every time I see the name of this polish!  No More Drama is a warm light brown (it kind of reminds me of a really light milk chocolate) with bronze/golden shimmer to it!  I really like how subtle this shade is but how fun it is at the same time with the light shimmer!  If you're looking for a good neutral to have in your collection, this warm brown is a great choice!  Perfectly opaque in 2 coats and lots of pigment, I'm a fan!

So there you have it, two gorgeous Deborah Lippmann polishes! Both of these are part of the core line and are $16 wherever Deborah Lippmann is found.  Stardust is absolutely gorgeous and if you are looking for the perfect silver, I found it!

What do you think of these polishes?  Any must haves?  Any dupes?

These polishes were sent to me for my unbiased review by the company or PR firm.  For more information, see my disclosure policy above.


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