Tiger Stripe Nail Art Manicure with Sweet & Sour Lacquer How Do You Like Them Apples

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Good morning! I hope you are warm & well today. It’s currently 10 degrees but with “real feel” of 3 😬. I’ve created some nail art with both polishes from the Harvest Gala collab: today I’m showing my tiger stripes/slasher nail art manicure with Sweet & Sour Lacquer How Do You Like Them Apples?, using Julie G Black Sheep as the stripes.

I love how breaking up the manicure with the black slashes really helps those flakies pop out even more! Don’t forget this polish is available for preorder starting October 24 through 30 at http://www.sweetandsourlacquer.com.

The Harvest Gala collab: Sweet & Sour Lacquer and Peachtree Polish/Bonparsco

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Hi! I hope you are well today. I have a fun collaboration between Sweet & Sour Lacquer and Peachtree Polish/Bonparsco to show you. This collab consists of 2 nail polishes and 1 lotion. Read on for more details and of course, pictures!

The Harvest Gala Collab 

Pre order October 24-30 for $25 + shipping for 2 polishes and 1 lotion at www.sweetandsourlacquer.com

Peachtree Polish Let’s Get Toasted is a dark bronze crelly with gold shimmer. It’s loaded with iridescent flakes that shift from red to gold to green. 

My photos show 2 coats plus 1 coat of Sweet & Sour Lacquer Glossy Sauce, then 1 coat of matte top coat. This is a jelly polish, and those who want more complete coverage may want more coats.

Sweet & Sour Lacquer How Do You Like Them Apples? is a candy apple red filled with pink/gold/green flakes, a dash of orange shimmer, and a touch of silver holo dust. 

My photos show 2 coats plus 1 coat of Sweet & Sour Lacquer Glossy Sauce, then 1 coat of matte top coat. This is a jelly formula and some people may want more coats for complete coverage. A note: HDYLTA will come with new fan brush.

Bonparsco Lotion: An aloe lotion that’s rich with skin-loving Shea and Cocoa butters. The scent is Toasted Marshmallows which will remind you of sitting around a warm fire roasting marshmallows.

From left to right: before application, right after application, 5 minutes after application.

I’m fairly picky about my lotions, especially hand lotions. I loathe the feeling of greasy hands and often have to wipe down my palms because they feel slimy. Suffice to say, my standards are high: but Bonparsco Lotion exceeded them! Right after application, my hands are greasy; between 5-7 minutes after application, the lotion has soaked in and I don’t even have to wipe down my hands.

The scent also is really lovely; not heavy enough that I get a headache, not so light I don’t even smell it.

Fun gradient using both How Do You Like Them Apples and Let’s Get Toasted

Phew, I’d forgotten how hard writing reviews was! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and don’t forget to check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for swatch videos and more photos. Plus I’ll have more nail art coming soon!

Hey strangers…here’s where I’ve been

Hey everyone! I know it has been over a year since my last post. So much has happened!

-I lost my will/the heart to blog on a regular basis. It seemed like stats were tanking, and I hated that I was placing so much importance on what my stats were; losing my joy in showing off polishes and makeup looks in the process.

-Last year I was pregnant with child 5, and when you’re pregnant and you already have kids…well, life is exhausting. 😴 There was just no time to blog regularly!

-The computer I had just kept getting slower and slower until it was almost impossible to use. Added into the mix was that my external hard drive was killed (thanks children) and I still can’t recover all the photos I had. Also my camera performance was getting worse and worse. All of that added up to a disheartened me.

So, I started microblogging on instagram and slowly the joy I had when I started this blog has come back. I’ve been posting when I want, and how I want, and trying to drill into my head “Comparison is the thief of joy” *thanks Nichole*. I’ve stopped being so concerned about how my photos look, and being obsessed about taking “the perfect picture”. I’m sharing more about me than just my nails and my makeup.

Now I’m getting into Instagram Reels (I never did get into the tickity-tok) and even though it is frustrating at times, it’s also something I’m enjoying!

I’m hoping to get back to actual blogging because let’s face it, an actual blog has lasting power that microblogging doesn’t have. I do feel there is still value in blogging and I hope that when I get back to regular posting, you’ll be here along for the ride.

Peace to you, and be well!

Pretty Jelly Arctic Frost Flowers [June 2019 Polish Pickup Pack] swatches + review

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1 coat of base coat
Pretty Jelly Arctic Frost Flowers [June 2019 Polish Pickup Pack], 3 thin coats
1 coat of matte top coat
1 coat of QDTC

Hello all! I know it’s been quiet around here but due to familial issues, end of school, and business stuff, I’m wiped out! But as always, there is polish to make things better. Today I have swatches of the upcoming Arctic Frost Flowers from Pretty Jelly to show you. This polish will be available this coming weekend, June 7-10, for $12 and I believe no cap.

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KBShimmer That’s Smore Like It with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte Gold Rush scroll thermal manicure

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KBShimmer That’s Smore Like It, 3 thin coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Matte Gold Rush [previously swatched]
1 coat of QDTC

I recently bought the whole tri-thermal collection from KBShimmer and I’ve been obsessed with using them in fun ways. This was the first one I used because ever since I saw swatches, That’s Smore Like It was the one that jumped out first at me.

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Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic nail polishes swatches by WOC @polishandpups

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Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Blast Off Bronze
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Deep Space Sparkle
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Sunburst
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Razzmic Berry
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Shimmering Blush
Sally Hansen Insta Dri Metallic Sonic SilverHey I’m back again with more WOC swatches, this time by Melissa of @polishandpups. If you’re interested in my original swatches, here they are. Don’t forget to follow Melissa! The following are all Melissa’s notes:I wanted to get a good idea of how these would wear without topcoat and decided to start with Razzmic Berry. My experiment didn’t go well. Even though they are Insta-Dri, I let it dry for over an hour and went to bed. I woke up with terrible sheet marks. After that unsuccessful attempt I decided to use top coat on all of them; therefore, I don’t really know how all of them work without top coat. I also didn’t find I was happy with all of them in one coat. A couple of them worked okay in one coat but really I needed two for the coverage I prefer. Continue reading