Friday, October 14, 2016

Night Owl Lacquer Witchcraft and Wizardry Collection

Press Sample

You guys, this is probably the coolest post I have ever done! Even though I haven't read the entirety of the series or seen all of the movies, I have so many friends that are huge Harry Potter fans; so when Lindsay asked me if I would be interested in swatching this collection and doing some nail art for you guys I was totally pumped! I really hope you Potterheads out there who also happen to beherenail enjoy what I have put together in this post, I was thinking of you the whole time!

First, the polishes! I was seriously stunned opening this swatch pack. You might remember how gorgeous the Halloween Trio from Night Owl Lacquer was, well I love this one even more! 

Snowy Owl is a white crelly with loaded with gold shimmer, gold micro flake and gunmetal flake. Shown here with two coats and Topped with Love by Shop Love Angeline. This polish looks so much like actual feathers I could not stop talking about it, my poor hubby, he's such a doll! This one is inspired by Hedwig and is definitely one of my favorite's from the collection, that gold shimmer is just magical. I had no issues with the formula and application was a breeze! In fact, let me just say right now that all of these were perfect two coaters with no fussing necessary. All of Lindsay's polishes have been a joy to use so far!

What's Fluffy Guarding? is a deep red jelly base with copper holo micro glitters and red micro flake. Shown here with two coats and Topped with Love by Shop Love Angeline. You guys know I am not crazy about red polish but this Sorcerer's Stone inspired vampy beauty has stolen my heart! I love all of the different pigments layered into that jelly base, it gives it so much interest, and the almost earthy tone of the red really does it for me! 

Oh my goodness, another AMAZING green from Lindsay! I lost my mind over Witch's Brew from the Halloween Trio and Forbidden Forest is even more amazing. She just really knows how to make a sexy green! Moving on... This is a dark, shimmery green with copper & gold holo micro glitters and gold holo shreds. Shown here with two coats and Topped with love by Shop Love Angeline, this shade is inspired by all the magical things that go on in the forest and let me tell you it is magical indeed! Another super complex polish, I feel like it dances on my nails!

Always is a black jelly polish loaded with violet and iridescent rainbow flakies.  Shown here with two coats and Topped with Love by Shop Love Angeline. Lindsay tells me this one was inspired by Snape and the spirit of this word as it is used in the book. I know this one is going to pull on the heartstrings of fans because it even managed to get to me a bit. I kept replaying that moment over and over again in my head, along with Alan Rickman's quote... Ugh... Lindsay why you do this?! 

Goblins Love Gold is a bright and shimmery shade of gold, with gold holo shreds and multi sized gold holo glitters. There are some square glitters in there as well that I think really make this one fun! Shown here with two coats and Topped with Love by Shop Love Angeline. When I saw this in the bottle I wasn't sure it would really be my jam but you know what, I was wrong. It's absolutely awesome and a blast to wear, just try not to blind anyone with the next level bling!

A.P.W.B.D. is a medium grey crelly loaded with ethereal blue shimmer and blue micro flake. Shown here with two coats and Topped with Love by Shop Love Angeline. My absolute favorite polish in the collection that immediately got bumped into the top five of my all time favorite grey polishes list. Yeah, I have one of those! The shimmer and flakes together make the blue glow so powerful, it makes me think of magical energy radiating from within! Seriously, stop laughing at me. I really like this polish!

Now... I can finally show you guys my fandom manis! These are for you so I do hope that you enjoy them. I know how passionate we are about the things we love and the things that are meaningful to us, so I really tried to do justice to the source material! 

For this phoenix feather nail art inspired by Dumbledore I used his polish, the beautiful A.P.W.B.D., and reverse stamped feathers from ÜberChic Beauty's Fabulous Feathers mini plate using Mundo de Uñas Reddish and Sunflower in a random gradient stamp. I filled in using two more polishes from the Witchcraft and Wizardry collection, What's Fluffy Guarding? and Goblins Love Gold. I got a little aggressive with my application when I was painting these decals so please forgive any thickness you may see! I think this look is perfect for fall, and the sparkle was just unreal in person!

With a polish called Snowy Owl you KNOW there is going to be a Hedwig mani! I am calling this Origins of Hedwig because Harry met him after arriving via Platform 9 3/4 in the first book, which by the way I have actually read, haha! I did an accent nail in What's Fluffy Guarding? and stamped in Mundo de Uñas Gold; the image is from the MoYou London Lingo Collection. Hedwig and his feathers are stamped in MDU Light Grey using Fabulous Feathers once more and Moyra Moments. 

It took me ages to come up with a Forbidden Forest mani, but I was determined to do justice to the polish and the fandom! The result? This Flying Ford Anglia mani using both Forbidden Forest and Always! My flying Ford Anglia can be found on MoYouLondon Back to the 50s 01 and the trees in ÜberChic Beauty Collection 2. I used a number of MDU polishes to stamp this look so please leave me a note in the comments if you would really like to know which ones. I seriously hope this makes you smile, it's my favorite of the bunch!

Lindsay has done an incredible job on her second collection and I am once again super stoked she let me get creative with her polishes! These launch today at, head over to the Instagram page for more details!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Polish

I have been meaning to get this review up forever but it took me a while to get my lighting the way I wanted it for these pics, as this post is long overdue, these photos will have to do! That being said, Born Pretty Store's Chameleon Polish 33 is nothing short of amazing!

It isn't exactly a holographic nail polish, but this multi chrome topper packed with iridescent green glitters looks mind meltingly gorgeous over dark nail polish. I am wearing one coat over a black base and my usual Topped With Love by Shop Love Angeline in these photos. 

I mattified this polish but I much preferred it glossy, the shift was more visible, and my goodness is it epic! A second coat is entirely unnecessary and at $6.99 per 6ml bottle, you won't want to use any more than you have to. I don't think it is crazy astronomically priced, though it's the cost equivalent of a fairly high end indie. A gorgeous polish that I am really happy to own, either way! If you are headed over to Born Pretty Store to check out this beauty, be sure to use my code JUSQ10 for 10 percent off any full priced items. Until next time, lovelies!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kelly's Birthday!

I have been itching to do more blogging and I can't think of a better excuse than a birthday in the nail community! Especially one as special as Kelly's @kpnailexpressions. This darling touched my heart with her kind spirit and I am really excited to celebrate her birthday for the first time! 

Kel loves purple like many of us, but more surprising is her love of storm chasing! Yeah, for real, and since I'm not nearly that brave I got cutesy with it using these friendly storm stamps by ÜberChic Beauty! 

Yep, just making some decals! How do you like these pictures of my products used instead of long, convoluted descriptions, is that better? I sure hope so!

This base polish that seriously rocked my world is from the ILNP Spring 2016 Jellies collection and it's called BFFs. I only used two thin coats here! What do you think? I am having a lot of fun taking pictures of polish lately and I would love your feedback on the extra images. Is it a feature of my blog or are you tired of scrolling? Let me know in the comments, I will see you all soon!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Night Owl Lacquer Halloween Trio Swatch and Review

I have the pleasure of introducing you all to a spankin' new indie brand called Night Owl Lacquer! Lindsay is releasing her first polishes ever on September 24th and they're all part of a darling Halloween trio that has definitely gotten me in the mood to get spooky! Let's get right into the swatches because once again I have a TON of nail art to share as well!

This beautiful orange with a crazy inner glow is fittingly named Jack-O-Lantern! It's loaded with pink and gold micro flake and golden shimmer in a beautiful orange base. I love orange polishes and this one is so unique, with a fantastic formula that's opaque in two easy coats!

I used the new UberChic Beauty Halloween 02 plate to show off this trio, because what could be more perfect?! These pumpkin vines riddled with skulls have got to be my absolute favorite images on the plate! I used Kaleidoscope Stamping Polish in Egyptian Scarabeus here as well.

Not surprisingly this green glitter jelly called Witch's Brew is my absolute favorite of the bunch! Another flawless formula that was opaque in two coats, this one is just loaded with multi sized iridescent hex glitters. I will be turning to this shade a lot, all year round!

I couldn't resist these darling skulls, yet another reason I bought the plate!!! Aren't they just the cutest? Haha, and oh so scary! This look was stamped in Mundo de Uñas Velvet. I really love the way the glitters pop through that negative space stamping!

Last but definitely not least is this stunning blackened purple called All Hallows Eve. I can't get enough of the purple shimmer, glimmering holo and bright silver sparkles coming through. This is one vampy shade that will look amazing through Fall and Winter, or any time you need your vamp fix! Again a fantastic formula, opaque in two easy coats!

I thought these spooky spiders and webs stamped in Mundo de Uñas Silver would be perfect over this shade, but I also couldn't resist using the trio as a trio! You know, use the sword as a sword! Bonus points if you get the reference... anyhow, here's what I came up with!

Definitely my favorite of the four manis! I used Mundo de Uñas Bones and Lime Tree for this one, and I can't get over how cute that skull pattern is! Do you guys have a favorite of these three? Let me know in the comments and be sure to give Night Owl Lacquer a Follow! These will be available for purchase on September 24th at