Friday, November 30, 2012

Pretty and Polished How Do You Spell Chanukkah? Swatches and Review!

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Friday!  I hope you have all had a nice week so far and are looking forward to the weekend!  Today, I have a really special nail polish to show you!  My friend Chelsea, the creator behind one of the best indie brands Pretty & Polished, has created a Hanukkah polish!  I was so excited when she asked me to review it since being a Jewish blogger, most of the holiday collections I see are Christmas themed so I loved this.  PLUS, I got to help name the polish which is after a hilarious song by the band The LeeVees who got together a few years ago after realizing there were no good Hanukkah songs and they released an album of all funny songs for the holiday season!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

Above:  2 coats of How Do You Spell Chanukkah?
How Do You Spell Chanukkah? is like the snowy winter sky and Hanukkah had a baby and this nail polish was the result!  The base of this is a light blue and it's full of small silver, gold, blue and white glitters and then has really large white hexagonal glitters as well!  It truly looks like the falling snow with the large white hexes and I love that it incorporates all the Hanukkah colors without just being a full on glitter.  Two coats made this polish opaque and the white glitters were surprisingly easy to get out of the bottle!
All in all, I love this polish!  It's super adorable for winter and I love the Chanukkah theme!  This polish is now available in the Pretty and Polished store for $9.00 a bottle and is perfect for you or a Jewish friend for the holidays!  Even if you're not Jewish you can enjoy the fun colors and wintery feel!  And, let's be honest, no one ever knows how to spell this holiday's name so I will leave you with the hilarious music video by The LeeVees for your viewing and listening pleasure for a new kind of holiday song!

What did you think of this polish?  Must have? Any Dupes?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor Holiday Collection 2012 Swatches and Review!

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you are all having a good start to the week!  Today is supposed to be cold and snowy in NYC so hopefully the weather won't be too bad!  Today, I have another Holiday collection to show you!

Nicole by OPI has done another collaboration with the Kardashian family for the holiday season!  There are three jewel toned shimmers and three glitters in this collection for an array of holiday shades. Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

 Above:  2 coats of All is Glam, All is Bright

First up is All is Glam, All is Bright which is a mix of very small red, silver and what looks like some blue glitters.  The overall look of this polish is almost a light pink or purple which is really unique!  The formula is good, opaque in two coats but a bit gritty so you may want to use 2 coats of top coat.

 Above:  3 coats of Deck the Dolls

Deck the Dolls is a vibrant bright teal shade that definitely leans more blue than green.  I like the color payoff but it did require three coats to be fully opaque as the formula is quite sheer.

 Above:  1 coat of A Gold Winter's Night over 2 coats of Keeping Up With Santa

The strangest thing is that my bottle labels this gold as being Good Tidings We Bling and not the actual name of A Gold Winter's Night!  This polish is a sheer base full of tiny gold glitter, gold bar glitter and turquoise bar glitter.  I definitely do not own anything like this in my collection!  You'd probably need 3-4 coats for full opacity but one coat like pictures above is a great glitter topper!

 Above:  2 coats of Here We Kome A-Karoling

This was a bit of a problem polish for me.  Here We Kome A-Karoling is a dark shimmery purple.  I loved this shade in the bottle but on the nail it was too blackened, the shimmer didn't stand out enough and the formula made the polish really patchy.

 Above:  1 coat of Kardashing Through The Snow over 3 coats of Deck The Dolls

Kardashing Through the Snow is a mix of small silver, gold, red, green and blue glitters in a clear base. This is by far the most festive polish of the bunch!  The glitter is great for a topper but would probably take at least 4 coats to be fully opaque.  The formula was good, easy to use and no need to fish the glitters out!

Above:  2 coats of Keeping Up With Santa

Last but not least is Keeping Up With Santa, the quintessential red shimmer that every holiday collection needs.  I have a million polishes like this but I always love them!  The formula was good, opaque in two coats.

All in all, this was a decent holiday collection from NOPI.  I'm never a huge fan of the bottle shape or brush on these and was disappointed that 2 out of the 3 shimmers were fairly sheer but the glitters were cute and pretty unique for Winter!  This collection is now available where Nicole by OPI is sold for $7.99 each.

What did you think of these polishes?  Must have?  Any Dupes?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ninja Polish Bling Collection Swatches and Review!

Good morning my fellow lacquered lovers!  Happy Saturday to you all!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far!  I've spent the last few days with my family and am headed back to NYC today!  I'm really excited to show you today's collection!  The wonderful ladies behind the nail polish website Ninja Polish have started making their own polishes a few months ago!  Today I have their newest collection, The Bling Collection, to show you!

The Bling Collection currently consists of 3 gorgeous glittery polishes!  Now, without further ado, on to the polish!

 Above:  2 coats of Caribbean Reef

First up is the gorgeous Caribbean Reef.  This polish is a clear base full of turquoise and aqua glitters mixed in with fine holographic glitters.  I wish I could capture how sparkly these are in person!  The glitter was really easy to use and two coats made it about 80% opaque.  If you want full opacity you will probably need 3-4 coats or you can layer it over your favorite color to add some sparkle!  One coat of top coat evened this out!

Above:  2 coats of Sexy & I Know It over 1 coat of Finger Paints Black Expressionism

I decided to show you these next two over 1 coat of a black creme so you can really see the complexity of the glitters!  Sexy & I Know It is a mix of bright blue and bright pink glitters mixed in with fine holographic glitter.  I love how warm and sparkly this looks!  The formula was great, the glitters came out easily and two coats of this really popped over the black!

Above:  2 coats of Eye Candy over 1 coat Finger Paints Black Expressionism

Eye Candy is like Mardi Gras in a bottle!  I can see gold, purple and aqua glitters mixed in with the fine holographic glitters!  This glitter is so complex and fun and sparkly!  It really pops over the black!  The formula was great, the glitters were easy to use and one coat of top coat smoothed it out!

All in all, this is a great collection for any glitter lover!  They are bright, sparkly and can be worn layered or on their own!  The formulas were very easy to use for a glitter, no fishing necessary and one coat of top coat gets rid of any glitter grittiness!  This collection is available now for $9 each on the Ninja Polish website!

What did you think of these polishes?  Must have?  Any Dupes?

The products in this post were sent to me for my unbiased review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Holiday 2012 Metallurgy Lip Tar Collection Swatches and Review!

Good afternoon my fellow lacquered lovers!  Two posts in one day!  I was too excited about this post to not put it up as soon as my pictures were edited!  As some of you may know (especially if you follow @lacqueredover on Instagram or Twitter) I am obsessed with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tars.  Lip Tars are a different take on lipstick in that they are pretty much pure pigment in liquid form.  All of their former lip tars were big punches of color with a matte finish.  For Holiday 2012, they came out with something new!

The Metallurgy Collection is a new metallic lip tar collection!  The same color punch and quality as the original lip tars but with a metallic sheen to them!  Now, without further ado, on to the makeup!

Above:  Authentic

First up is Authentic.  Authentic is somewhere between a rust/copper/red with orange/gold shimmer to it.  I can honestly say I've never seen a lipstick this shade before!  I really like how it looks, it's good for Fall when you want something a little more neutral than a bright or dark shade but still have some fun with the metallic which really shows up well on this one.  The formula was great, a very small bead of the lip tar on a brush gave me full coverage!

Above:  Electric Grandma

Electric Grandma (and seriously, how funny is that name) is a bright, almost neon coral with pink undertones and a light orange/gold shimmer to it.  Now to me, this is definitely more of a Spring/Summer color but it's really fun!  The coverage on this was great, a small amount of product on a lip brush gave me full coverage and the shimmer is really visible!

Above:  Iced

Now, Iced looks like a hot mess on me on it's own.  It's very sheer unlike the other lip tars and I just could not get it to look normal.  The main reason for this is that Iced is meant to be a layering lip tar.  This white with silver shimmer can be used on top of any lip tar (or any lipstick for that matter) to lighten the color and give it a hint of shimmer.  I will do a post soon of Lip Tar mixing options because this one is stunning when it's layered!  I just wouldn't recommend it on its own.

Above:  Super NSFW

Now I'm pretty sure Super NSFW is my favorite of this collection!  The original NSFW which is a true red was my first lip tar I ever bought and I love it!  Super NSFW is a slightly warmer version of NSFW that also has a golden shimmer to it.  It's lip perfection in a tube for the holiday season!  It's so festive and gorgeous!  Especially from further away you can really see the golden shimmer to it!  As with most lip tars, the formula was perfect, a tiny bead of product on a lip brush is all you need to be opaque.  I wore this one for almost 9 hours yesterday and it was still almost 90% on!

Above:  Triptych

Triptych is called a "True 24k Gold" but I find it to be little lighter and more warm than a true gold.  The formula on this was great however I'm not sure I can really pull off a straight up gold lip.  But, this lip tar is amazing for layering over any lip tar to give it a warm shimmer in the same way that Iced gives a cool shimmer.  Triptych is actually very opaque and a little bit of product makes it opaque so be sure to only use a tiny, tiny bit if using it to add a shimmer!

Above:  Yaoi

Yaoi is my other real favorite of this collection!  Yaoi is a BRIGHT cool toned pink that's full of a light pink silvery shimmer.  I love how neon it is and how the shimmer makes it look even brighter than my beloved Anime!  This is probably not a lip look you could wear every day but it's super fun for a night out!

All in all, this is a solid first metallic collection by OCC.  I really like the layering possibilities of Iced and Triptych and Super NSFW and Yaoi are just gorgeous!  This collection is now available on OCC's website for $16 each!

What did you think of these lip tars?  Any must haves?  Any dupes?


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