Thursday, August 29, 2013

Smokey Mountain Lacquers Blue Jean Baby

I have another beautiful polish from Smokey Mountain Lacquers to show you today. Blue Jean Baby is  a limited edition polish that will be available in September. It is a lovely light blue scattered holographic polish. The holo effect is subtle indoors and more noticeable outside. The holo effect being scattered and subtle makes it look like denim to me. 

The formula is very easy to work with just like the other polishes I've tried from this brand. It applies smoothly and is opaque with two coats. Top coat doesn't effect the strength of the holo. I used two coats of Blue Jean Baby with one coat of Seche Vite for the following pictures.


Smokey Mountain Lacquers Blue Jean Baby
Smokey Mt Lacquers Blue Jean Baby

Blue Holo Polish

Blue Holo Polish Macro
This is a close up of the bottle.

Blue Holo Polish Macro
Isn't this polish beautiful? 

Blue Jean Baby will be available in September at the Smokey Mountain Lacquers' Etsy shop. I think the price will be $10.00 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Super Black Lacquers Summer 2013 Collection

A while back, I started seeing pictures of Super Black Lacquers' Drunk Dial everywhere (swatch coming soon). I had to find out what that purple glittery goodness was and how to get my hands on it. I ended up getting that and HBIC. I was instantly hooked and now I have the pleasure of showing you the Summer 2013 collection.

Most summer collections consist of bright colors and/or neons. This collection doesn't follow that pattern. There is something for everyone from the mysterious, instant galaxy in a bottle that is Blitz to the perfect red creme, Cannibal. Then, there is my favorite, Weird Girl. She has many faces which makes her a beast to photograph. Trust me when I say, Weird Girl is a must have. 

I'll go over the formula now so we can get to the many many pictures I have of this fabulous collection. Each polish is an easy two coater formula. The brush is easy to use and the polish flows evenly and self levels perfectly. Weird Girl is a bit sheer on the first coat but is opaque with a second coat. I used two coats of polish in all of my swatches with one coat of Seche Vite top coat. 

Picture time! Grab your bibs. 


 Super Black Lacquers - Blitz
Super Black Blitz
Blitz is a black creme with a variety of silver holographic glitters. I had a hard time photographing this polish because of how sparkly it is against it's black base. It's absolutely stunning. 

Super Black Blitz

Super Black Blitz
This is a picture of the side of the bottle, hence it's rectangular shape. This is what it looks like on the nail. You will stare at your nails all day with this baby on. 

Super Black Blitz


Super Black Lacquers - Cannibal
 Super Black Cannibal
I love that this is called Cannibal. Cannibal is a basic red creme. Everyone needs a red creme in their collection (in my opinion) and this one is perfect.
Super Black Cannibal

Super Black Cannibal


Super Black Lacquers - Dusted
Super Black Dusted
Super Black Lacquers describes Dusted as being, "a sheer, grape purple polish totally crammed with sea green shimmer. Wear it without a topcoat for an unusual, textured matte finish, or use a topcoat to bring out all of the sparkle."  

Super Black Dusted
I don't see purple at all. It looks blue to me with green shimmer. The shimmer is very strong in the bottle but is more subtle on the nail. I of course, used top coat to bring out the sparkle because that's how I roll. Beautiful!

Super Black Dusted


Super Black Lacquers - Plip
 Super Black Plip
I absolutely love this shade of green. It's a dark blue green creme polish with different sizes of black hex glitter. I know this is weird but it reminds me of mint chip ice cream. It's not the same color, I know but it still makes me a crave it. 

Super Black Plip

 Super Black Plip

 Super Black Lacquers - Weird Girl
Super Black Weird Girl
Weird Girl is so complex that I'm going to use the description from the Super Black website. "Weird Girl is a strange, yet flattering neutral polish. Light concrete grey, with gold/red/purple opalescence. Weird Girl is hard to describe, but it's beautiful, wearable, and versatile polish that looks great on." 

Super Black Weird Girl
This polish is very hard to photograph. It looks so different depending on the lighting it's in. Sometimes it looks light grey and other times it looks lavender. The shimmer is strong enough that you can still see it indoors. Outside, it's insane. 

Super Black Weird Girl
Here is the shimmer. I can't get over how pretty this is. You need this. Trust me. 

You can get Super Black Lacquers, here for $12.00. 

What do you think? As you can probably tell, Weird Girl is my favorite. Which one do you love the most? Have your tried this brand yet? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Smokey Mountain Lacquers

Earlier this month, I received an e-mail from a new indie polish brand asking if I'd swatch a few polishes. I quickly agreed and then I started to worry. I've never agreed to swatch for a brand I wasn't familiar with. What if the polishes were horrendous? Obviously, I'd be honest in my review but I'd feel really bad about it! I'm a chronic worrier so my brain went a little cray cray. Then the package arrived and holy crap are the polishes gorgeous. The colors, formula, and even the packaging are on point. 

The brand is Smokey Mountain Lacquers. Commit that to memory. You're going to want to grab these while you can. Kim is the creator of this lovely line of indies. She has been easy to work with and well, you'll see the polishes. Her shop is brand new. I'm talking open for a few hours as I type new. I thought I'd introduce her to you since she's new to the indie polish community. 

I asked Kim why she started her own line of polishes. This is what she said, "I have several friends like myself that have the same love of nail polish and doing manis and nail art so I thought why not take my love for polish and create my own line of polishes. I believe every woman is beautiful and deserves beautiful things even if it is just a bottle of nail polish. Sometimes all it takes for a woman to feel beautiful is the smaller things."

I completely agree, it's often the smaller things that make me feel better about myself. That's one of the many reasons I love polish so much. Diamonds are also small. ;)

When I asked Kim what inspired the shades of polish she sent me, she said, "as far as what inspired me to make these shades was the beautiful scenery in my area. I live in TN and in the Smokey Mountains so I have inspiration year round here. The name behind Raging Hormones isn't what many think. We as women are emotional beings by nature and our emotions can be all over the place as well as our hormones throughout the different phases in our lives hence Raging Hormones."

Now let's talk polish. I have three polishes to show you today; Her Majesty, Mountain Mist, and Raging Hormones. The formula for all three were very similar so I'll tell you about that now. All three only needed two coats for full coverage. The formula was a nice consistency, not too thin or thick. It flowed smoothly onto the nail. It self leveled well giving nice even coverage. Dry time was good. 
I used one coat of Seche Vite for my top coat for each swatch.


Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Her Majesty
Smokey Mtn Lacquer Her Majesty
Her Majesty is a beautiful deep purple polish with silver micro glitter. This polish dries a little matte but a coat of top coat will shine it right up. I love this shade of purple.

 Smokey Mtn Lacquer Her Majesty

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Her Majesty

 Smokey Mtn Lacquer Her Majesty
I love the twine and matching butterflies that come with each polish.

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Her Majesty


Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Mountain Mist
Smokey Mtn Lacquer Mountain Mist
Mountain Mist is a light grey polish with small midnight blue square glitter. The glitter reads black to my eye. I love grey polishes and square glitter. Beautiful!

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Mountain Mist

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Mountain Mist

 Smokey Mtn Lacquer Mountain Mist

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Mountain Mist


Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Raging Hormones
Smokey Mtn Lacquer Raging Hormones
You know I love this one. Red is my favorite color and I love love love holos. 
Raging Hormones is a red scattered holo. Top coat doesn't weaken the holo effect. 

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Raging Hormones

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Raging Hormones

 Smokey Mtn Lacquer Raging Hormones

Smokey Mtn Lacquer Raging Hormones


What do you guys think? Give Kim some love on her Facebook page, here. You can buy these polishes on Kim's Etsy page, here for $9.50 - $10.00. 

Which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Nail Art Society

I would like to introduce you to a fairly new monthly subscription service for nail art supplies. Nail Art Society (NAS) started sometime last year (I think). They quickly received a lot of attention and interest. So much so, that their system couldn't handle it. Like any growing company in the beginning stages, there were bumps. As a result, the kits were put on hold so that NAS could regroup, reorganize, etc. They relaunched this month with an amazing kit which should be shipping out shortly. To read all about the changes that have been made, click here.

So what exactly is Nail Art Society? It's a monthly subscription service for $9.95 (+shipping) that comes with a variety of nail art supplies, and/or polish. I have only received two kits so far and they both included polish. What you get is on trend allowing you to experiment with your nail art without breaking the bank. To find out more about how it works, click here

Nail Art Society has a panel of gurus who have been creating looks from the NAS kits to give ideas and inspiration. For some crazy reason, I was asked to be one of them. If you have seen the panel of ladies NAS has, you will know that they are extremely talented nail artists. I'm trying not to feel too intimidated because I am not at their level right now. I am, however, thrilled and honored to be a part of this and look forward to showing you what I do with the kits. I can't say what exactly is in the kit for August but it involves Orly and it's good. 

I'm excited for this new chapter with NAS and look forward to working with them and developing my nail art skills. 



For those of you who have already heard of NAS and signed up in time to get the August kit (the deadline for Aug. has passed), you can enter this nail art contest! 

Check out the rules (contest ends Sept. 30), here

Good luck to everyone who enters.

If you'd like more information about NAS, there website is https://shop.nailartsociety.com/ .

If you have any questions about NAS for me, please leave it in the comment section below. 

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cult Nails Road Trip Anyone Collection

One of my favorite things to do is to go on a road trip. I love filling the cooler with fresh ice cubes and packing it full of our favorite snacks. Back in the day, I'd bring my favorite CDs to listen to over and over again. Now, I just take my husbands ipod (he has an amazing collection of tunes). Staying at a hotel is always exciting for me. First of all, I don't have to clean it. That's always a plus! Secondly, there is usually a pool and a hot tub. That's the perfect way to end a day packed in a car. It's also a great way to really get to know someone when you're stuck in the car with them for a day or more. I always had at least one road trip on the agenda every summer ever since I was a kid. Cult Nails nailed *snort* this collection just by making it summery colors. I had to grab it just for nostalgic reasons alone. 

I'm going to discuss the formulas first because they were consistent across the board. Usually, Cult Nails cremes are on the thicker side. This isn't a bad thing! A thicker polish can provide coverage in one coat (with practice) Thick polish doesn't always mean difficult and gooey. If you still don't like the consistency, add polish thinner and voila, you're problem is solved. With that said, I was surprised that the polishes in this collection were on the thin side. Again, that isn't a bad thing in this case. They were very easy to work with. No complaints here! An important tip (I think) is to wipe off the excess polish from the brush (inside the neck of the bottle) before application. This prevents your cuticles from getting flooded. With using thinner coats with these polishes, I needed two coats of the cremes. In some pictures, I use Mayhem (holo top coat) and All Out as an accent nail. For those two polishes, I used one coat

Now, for the pictures...


 Cult Nails Party Time
Blue Creme Nail Polish
 Cult Nails Party Time is a basic bright blue creme polish that every girl should have in their collection. I can see myself reaching for this shade over and over again. I'm a sucker for blue polish and this particular shade of blue is gorgeous. 

Cult Nails Mayhem
 Cult Nails Party Time with one coat of Cult Nails Mayhem on my accent nail. Mayhem is a holographic top coat. Need I say more? Ok, it's a linear holographic that is more on the subtle side. You can get a stronger effect by applying another coat. I wanted the base color to show through more which is why I went with one. Another must have from this collection. 

Cult Nails All Out
 Cult Nails Party Time with one coat of Cult Nails All Out on my accent nail. Cult Nails describes All Out as being a "multifaceted shimmer that will glisten from yellow, gold, orange, or green depending on what color it is layered over." I'm not in love with using All Out as an accent with this color. I would wear it on each nail but I wanted to show you how it compares. Warning: This topper has a serious shimmer that will have you staring at your hands all day. 


Cult Nails Riot
Mint Creme Nail Polish
Cult Nails Riot is a bright mint green creme. Love! 

 Cult Nails Mayhem
Cult Nails Riot with one coat of Cult Nails Mayhem on my accent nail. I did a full mani with Riot and Mayhem with a few small rhinestones on my accent nail earlier this week. You can see that post, here

Cult Nails All Out
 Cult Nails Riot with one coat of Cult Nails All Out on my accent nail. Again, I think this would look better if All Out was applied to every nail. That's just my personal preference. 


Cult Nails Be Loco
Coral Creme Nail Polish
 Cult Nails Be Loco is a bright coral creme that has a lot of peach in it. I love this color but it doesn't love me. This will be one of my summer pedi colors. For those of you who can pull this off, I envy you. 

 Cult Nails Be Loco with one coat of Cult Nails Mayhem on my accent nail. I think Mayhem looks so beautiful with Be Loco. I think I can pull it off this way too. That makes me happy!

Cult Nails Be Loco with one coat of Cult Nails All Out on the accent nail. I like All Out both as an accent and on each nail with Be Loco. 

Cult Nails, Road Trip Anyone? can be purchased from http://www.cultnails.com/lacquers/ for $12 each. Mayhem is $14. 

Which polishes will you be rocking from this collection? Do you have any favorites?

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