Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening + Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algea-atic Sea

Purchased by Me buttonHello all! Today I have two polishes from one of the Creme a la Mode indie collab boxes, Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea. I’m all about those punny names! (I’m unsure as to whether the C.A.L.M. box is still up and running, if you know, please comment.)

Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Salmon Chanted Evening is just what it says – a salmon colored creme polish. It is slightly pinker in real life. Formula was thin and sheer but it self-leveled fairly well. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea | Be Happy And Buy Polish

The Algae-atic Sea is a bright lime green creme polish. Formula was also thin and sheer. It did have a bit of trouble self-leveling, as evidenced by my ring & pinky fingers. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

To be honest I’m really picky about creme polishes because they are so easy to come by in mainstream brands. So would I purchase this box again? Probably not. That isn’t to say I don’t like these polishes! I can’t pick a fave – I love both of them.

What are your thoughts? Do you tend to stick with mainstream brands when it comes to certain finishes or go indie all the way?

Beach Nail Art manicure

So last week I showed you a smoosh nail art manicure in which I used a whole bunch of polishes, including two that I used in this beachy manicure: China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic and Dreamland Lacquer A Wedding Dress That Isn’t Bright Turquoise. I also used Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound and Pretty & Polished Sand in My Crack for today’s manicure.

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic color shift, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Rodeo Fanatic on my middle, ring, and pinky fingers. It’s got a lovely shiftiness going on that is to die for! Formula was a little thin, and can be draggy – make sure you let each coat dry. This is 3 coats and no top coat.  Continue reading

Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness manicure

Hi everyone! I know, it’s a rare Saturday post but I missed the commemoration of this day last year and so I wanted to do a manicure for it this year. In case you aren’t aware, October – specifically October 15 – is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. This can be a difficult topic to talk about – in fact many people do not ever open up about the losses they’ve suffered. It is better than it was in my mother’s day but still, it isn’t really an open topic.

Part of that, I think, is because of the sensitive nature of miscarriages & infant death. It can be hard, heart-wrenching to talk about that kind of pain. Add in that most people are uncomfortable with talk of death, or dealing with another’s grief, and most people struggle alone.

But you don’t have to struggle alone! After my last miscarriage, I found support online in a Facebook group  and in the Facebook page October 15 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. To be supported by others going through a similar journey, and to support others helped my own grief journey.

If you are struggling with the aftermath of an infant death or a miscarriage, please reach out. Please talk to someone. If your baby was named, please ask people to say your baby’s name. Your baby is not forgotten. ❤

In honor of my own miscarriages, I wanted to create a hopeful manicure. Not hopeful because after years of infertility I was able to get pregnant again, successfully, but hopeful in that I was able to work through my own grief journey.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness watermarble | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls on all fingers except my ring finger. I then watermarbled OPI Sailing & Nailing (the blue) and OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops (the pink) over the top.

watermarble manicure for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I wanted to create the watermarble in a pattern that looked like a flame, that in my heart my children are never forgotten.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Metaphysics, Baroness X Dioscouri, Pahlish Confetti Cannon holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Metaphysics, Baroness X Dioscouri, Pahlish Confetti Cannon | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my ring finger, I used 3 coats of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Metaphysics topped by 1 coat of Baroness X Dioscouri, topped by 1 coat of Pahlish Confetti Cannon (part of the March 2015 duo).

I hope that if you are part of this unfortunate club, you are supported by your family, and friends. Your little one is never forgotten. ❤

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi all! Can you believe it’s the 20th already? Geesh. I don’t think I’m ready for school to be out. I’m kind of wracking my brains thinking of what to do with the kids this summer. Any ideas? But at any rate, how about some photos of the absolutely gorgeous Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis?

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Crypsis is a purple, slightly duochrome-y, holographic polish. I just feel like my description doesn’t do this flawless polish justice though.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is 3 thin coats plus top coat. Formula was perfect, which is my usual experience with OPNL.

This is not currently available through the Octopus Party Nail Lacquer shop, as it was a fb group custom, but keep your eye out for destashes of this!

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonGood morning (almost afternoon) everyone! I got up late today which kind of has had a domino effect on my day. Sigh. Kind of a Monday, I suppose! LOL. Today I have the really vampy and lovely Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! to show you. 🙂

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

EVIL LIVE! is a red toned plum color that in the sunshine has a beautiful brownish tinge to it.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! side pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Yeah, I love a good color like this even though it’s spring.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer EVIL LIVE! sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is 2 absolutely flawless, perfect coats with one coat of top coat.

EVIL LIVE! is currently not available from OPNL – BUT – you should definitely check out what is available for pre-order right now in the shop. Let me know what you think of this color!

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Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHappy Tuesday afternoon to you! I know I’ve been throwing a lot of blog posts at you lately but I have such a backlog right now and I’m trying to plow through them before summer. But at any rate, I have Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon to show you this afternoon.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Indikon is a denim blue holographic nail polish.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon side pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is 2 coats plus top coat and the formula is pure perfection.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Indikon sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I haven’t yet been disappointed by one of Dave’s holographic polishes, and this one isn’t an exception. It’s just pure awesomeness.

This is not currently in stock at the OPNL shop on etsy, but I do spy (as of this writing) other polishes that would be beautiful additions to your collection. Let me know your thoughts on this polish!

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Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Teenage Bedroom swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonYesssss it’s another Octopus Party Nail Lacquer and today it’s one I picked up from a de-stash: Teenage Bedroom. This came out in the summer of 2015.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Teenage Bedroom 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Teenage Bedroom macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Teenage Bedroom is a rich plum violet holographic nail polish with blue specks.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Teenage Bedroom side pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

The formula on this was good, kind of jelly feeling. This is 3 thin coats plus top coat.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Teenage Bedroom sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Teenage Bedroom sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Of course, we can’t forget about how this beauty looks in the sunshine!

Though this isn’t currently available at Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, you may be able to pick it up at a reasonable price through someone’s destash!

What was your last great secondhand polish purchase?

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