November 30, 2013

Glittering Elements Swatch Spam Part I

Disclaimer:  This product was offered at a reduced price or at no charge to thelazylaquerista.blogspot.com in exchange for published reviews.  All reviews are fair, honest and reflect my personal opinion.
 

Hello readers!  I've been busy this week putting together a post featuring the first four polishes from my Glittering Elements order.  The dark overcast weather outside made taking pictures of all these holo's a little tricky but I did my best.  So, who's ready for some yummy shimmery polishes?? I know I am!

Turn It Off


Turn it off is a rich teal leaning blue with a shimmery linear holo.  The formula was great and easy to apply.  This polish has enough holo that you definitely get a rainbow of colours on your nails but not so much that it overpowers the blue-teal base.  Photos show three coats with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.





Star Dust


Star Dust is a glitter topper packed with holographic silver glitter and shimmer in a variety of sizes.  I LOVE this shimmery concoction.  It was easy to apply and I didn't need to do any dabbing.  It was also not too difficult to remove since it's more shimmer than large glitter.  Photos show one coat of Star Dust over Turn It Off with one coat of Seche Vite.





Secret Keeper


Secret Keeper is a periwinkle blue with a subtle lavender shimmer and a shimmery linear holo.  Again, no problems with the formula and the result was a shimmery holo that didn't overpower the periwinkle blue.  Photos show three coats of Secret Keeper with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.





Crystal Ball


Crystal Ball is a dark grapey purple.  In the bottle this looked like it would be another linear holo but on the nails it definitely looks more like a jelly scatter holo.  I love the squishy look!  This one a slightly more sheer than the other two holo's.  Photos show three coats of Crystal Ball with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.





Conclusion

Ok, I will admit it, linear holo's are definitely growing on me.  Especially ones like Turn It Off and Secret Keeper where the rainbow-ey holo doesn't completely take over the base colour.  Crystal Ball's scatter holo was definitely a pleasant surprise.  It kind of reminds me of Zoya Aurora but not quite as glittery.  If you want to get your hands on some of these polishes keep an eye on the Glittering Elements facebook page.  The shop is temporarily closed but should be back soon and you'll here about it there first.  I'll be back later this week with Part II of my Glittering Elements review.  Until then, happy polishing!

November 25, 2013

Off Topic Tuesday: Manatees!

Hello readers.  A quick little post today.  As I mentioned in my last post, I spent last week on the gulf coast of Florida.  You're probably getting sick of me mentioning it by now but I'm trying to hold on to the memories of warmth now that I'm surrounded by cold and snow.  Anyhow, while I was there I visited the Mote Marine Aquarium.  It's the only place I've ever seen manatees, gentle dopey giants.


There are two of them in residence there who were rescued but can't be returned to the wild.  One of them would squish his face into the glass wherever people were standing.  It was so funny and cute all at the same time.  So, without further ado... smoosh face manatee!


 

 

November 24, 2013

Vacation Mani! Nail Pattern Boldness Allons-Y

Hello readers! You may have noticed that I was quieter than usual last week.  That's because I was busy soaking up the sun on the gulf coast of Florida.  I'm got back home to the cold and snow yesterday which means I'll have lots more time to devote to posting.  I didn't want to bother touching up chips and redoing my nails while away so I chose the polish type that is the hardest to remove... glitter!  Specifically, I chose Nail Pattern Boldness Allons-Y.


This polish features a clear base packed with silver, blue and teal microglitter.  Silver is the dominant colour but the blue and teal glitters are quite visible.  I used it as a full coverage glitter and it took three coats to become opaque.  You could also use a single coat over a dark base colour.  It dried just a little bit gritty and one coat of Seche Vite was more than enough to smooth it out.

Incandescent + Fluorescent Lighting



Sunlight



I used one coat of OPI Nail Envy and one coat of CND Super Sticky under this polish and it lasted for 5 days before chipping.  Not too bad considering it was up against salt, sand and sea shells.  I also chose a glittery polish for my toes.  I used once coat of Laquerlicious Unity Peacock Tail over OPI Ski Teal We Drop.  I don't show pedi pics too often but a sandy beach scene changes things completely.


If either of these glittery polishes caught your eye you can get them at http://www.nailpatternboldness.com/ and http://www.laquerlicious.com/ respectively.  Now it's time for me to relax, enjoy the last few hours of my vacation week before returning to work tomorrow and decide what polish to wear next!