Octopus Party Nail Lacquer – Holo of the Month + Logan

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I truly feel like I abandoned you guys. I have been so busy with work, Bella’s softball, and my new little business that I just havent had the time to paint my nails and do reviews. I miss it! But I am happy to say that after next week (Bella is done playing the World Series), I will have a little more free time! I wont babble too much because I know it has been forever since I wrote a post and I am sure you want to know my thought on these babies!

I shit you not that when Dave emailed me, asking if I was available to swatch, I fangirled a bit. My bestie Jenalyn is always going on about Dave and his polishes! So I was over the moon and couldn’t wait to try OPNL out! And let me tell you, Dave did not disappoint. I guess there is reason Jenalyn went on about them so much. Haha

Dave has started doing a Holo of the Month. The polish will be up for pre-order the last weekend of each month. He will be using female musicians as his inspiration. I think this is an amazing series and look forward to see who he chooses each month!

For this month he chose Grimes. She is a Canadian born recording artist. She pretty much does everything for a majority of her songs. From the way Dave describes her music and from hat I have listened to, she seems to be an artist who could fit in several genres. I can see why Dave chose the colors that he did, at least to me but I will share that once I share the swatches!

 

Grimes is a vampy burgundy with fuchsia, purple and teal flakies. I love this combination. The lighter flakies add more depth to the vampy burgundy base. And we can’t forget about the holo in there. It is truly the finishing touch! Dave’s polish has a very nice formula. I can’t say that I am surprised because again, Jenalyn told me out was good and it exceeded my expectations! I did 2 coats and it was completely opaque. This is available now in Dave’s shop, link will be at the bottom, until July 30th @ 12 PM EDT. So make sure to grab one!

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Next up is Logan. Logan is a custom created for Melissa Lopez. It was made in honor of her first-born, Logan. So the way Dave does customs, is he ask the person if they mind him selling it publicly. To me this sounds more like a collaboration, haha but I think what happened here, is based on what she wanted, he ended up with an amazing polish, so he wanted to share it with us all! I for one am not complaining because its gorgeous! I love the contrast of the Dark grey almost black holo base with bright blue flakies throughout. This one could have easily been a one coater but you guessed it, I did 2. Haha This will also be available this weekend for pre-order only. So I suggest you grab both!

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so if you havent gathered these are my very first OPNL’s and I am extremely impressed. I have been slowly pulling away from polish because it’s so saturated and well when you are broke AF it can get depressing. These will not be my last polishes from Dave either. I keep kicking myself that I didn’t stop y his table at NY Polish Con and say hi! I was so busy between working a table and tutorial, I was running around with my head cut off! Next time! So back to the polishes, you need them. Nuff said. All the links are below and make sure to join their FB Group for all the updates! I shall see you all soon <3

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Night Owl Lacquer | Dragon Blood | July Polish Pickup

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Mondays…..I think most people hate them and I am one of them. But I have to say, today went by fast. So fast that I didn’t have time to make this bog post. So no I sit at home, after a nice hot shower, sprawled out on my bed. Did I mention that my puppy just loves to sit right on my back -_- I can’t move or anything. Yes Bambii owns me and everyone and everything in this house. I was so skeptical about a new doggy, but we needed her just as much if not more than she needed us. Usually on those Mondays that aren’t so good, I come home to her running laps around the house because she is so happy to see me. I love those Mondays too just because of that. Haha How did this post become about my puppy….oh that’s right because she is the boss and wanted to be mentioned! Haha

Life and its new adventures have kept me pretty busy lately so I will jump right on in and tell you why you must buy Lindsay’s contribution to July’s Polish Pick Up. It’s a beauty (like everything Lindsay does, ijs). This months theme was Cocktails & Mocktails, and Lindsay chose a drink called Dragon Blood. You can thank thetipsybartender for this recipe! Haha There is about 5 hours left to go snag one of these and well once the clock strikes midnight tonight, well you wont be able to get it! So make sure to go check out The Polish Pickup Shop now!!! Now on to the swatches:

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Dragon Blood is described as a yellowy neon green base with bright green sparks and ultra chrome chameleon flakes that shift red/copper/gold/green. I love everything about this polish. Great formula and a little somethin’ somethin’ in every stroke. Lindsay does flakies well and I love her choice of flakies in this one. Looks great in this base. I did one thin coat and then a thicker one and it was pretty opaque. So I would say 3 think coats or 2 semi thick coats and you should be ready to rock n roll! You can find it here!

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Now like I said there is only about 5 hours left so hurry over and pick up this beauty! If you do miss it, don’t worry Lindsay has tons of other great polishes in her shop. And you can use my code kkna10 for 10% off but only in her shop! I love Lindsay to pieces and can;t wait to see what else she comes up with. I know I will lurve it! So like me, go make to follow and join her on social media, links are below!

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Starlight Polish l The Aurora Collection & More

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 This past weekend was absolutely crazy. Daniel had a baseball tournament and the heat was insane. I thought I was going to melt. I felt so bad for the boys, they played their heart outs in that heat. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have been able too! I also learned that I’m not as young as I thought I was. After the last tournament game on Sunday, my mom surprised us with a trip to Disney! We ended up at Animal Kingdom and it was so much. But……we stayed until 1am on a Sunday and I had to be at work on Monday at 8am. Mind you..we were 2 hours away. So we slept at the hotel until 5:30am and left at 6am. Happy to report I made it but I was ded all day long. I wont be doing that again, that’s for sure.

But let’s talk about Starlight Polish and her amazing polishes. Issa makes amazing holographic polish but kills it at toppers. Issa has told me that toppers are her favorite to make and i have to agree for this collection. They transform a polish and make it magical! Issa sent me 10 polishes to review, 8 are from her new Aurora Collection (2 sets of 4, one set is The Aurora Top Coats and the other set is the Mythological Aurora Top Coats) and 2 are new additions to her existing Mythological Collection, which is also fantastic! All 10 are toppers and I used them all over the same base, Obsidian, which is another of Issa’s polishes. It’s a really dark gray almost black with subtle shimmer. I love it! I reviewed it in another post, which you can find here. I’ll list the pricing below and then start sharing all of the swatches!

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Aurora Top Coats: $9.00 full size/$4.00 mini size

Aurora Top Coat set (all four Aurora Top Coats): $32.00 full size/$14.00 mini size

Mythological Aurora Top Coats: $15.50 full size/$6.75 mini size

Mythological Aurora Top Coat set (all four Mythological Aurora Top Coats): $58.00 full size/$25.00 mini size

The Aurora Top Coats (4 Polishes)

Aurora Australis is described to have shifts from orange through green. It is named after the Southern Lights. This top coat was very hard for me to photograph. In my swatch pictures it looks like not very much is on my nail after 2 coats but that is so far from the truth! This had such a beautiful sparkle. I really do like it how it looks matte! Good formula and glitter placement. You can buy it here.

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Aurora Borealis is described to have shifts from cool-toned green through blue. It is named after the Northern Lights. I love the shift in this one. I did 2 coats over Obsidian. Good formula like always! You can buy it here.

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Venusian Aurora is described to have shifts from light green through gold. It is named after Venus’s diffuse aurora effect. I did 2 coats over Obsidian. All four in the Aurora Collection have the same formula. So that means its great! Each one is unique and has such a cool shift! You can find this one here.

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Jovian Aurora is described to have shifts from light blue through violet. It is named after the intense auroras of Jupiter, and the color choice inspired by images of Jupiter’s northern aurora from the Hubble in ultraviolet and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. 2 coats over Obsidian and great formula. You can get it here.

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The Mythological Aurora Top Coats

Phoenix Aurora is described as having iridescent glitter that shifts from orange through green and shimmer that shifts from red to gold to green. It’s the counterpart to Aurora Australis and contains the same pigment used in Starlight Polish’s other Phoenix-named polishes. This topper is just gorgeous! I actually used it to make a dragon egg! The shift is amazing and I have to say it is definitely one of my favorites…I would be lying though if I said I didn’t love all four in the Mythological Aurora Collection. I only needed one coat over Obsidian to achieve this look. You can find this one here.

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Dragon Aurora is described as having glitter shifts from light green through gold and the shimmer shifts from bronze gold to green. It’s the counterpart to Venusian Aurora and contains the same pigment used in Starlight Polish’s other Dragon-named polishes. Again, I can’t get over the shift. Haha It is just AMAZING. One coat over Obsidian. Perfect smooth formula. You can buy it here.

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Unicorn Aurora is described as having glitter shifts from cool-toned green through blue and the shimmer shifts from cool green to deep blue. It’s the counterpart to Aurora Borealis and contains the same pigment used in Starlight Polish’s other Unicorn-named polishes. Okay I lied. This is my favorite. Blue and green tones are just gorgeous AND it matches my hair! Hahaha. Again, this is only one coat over Obsidian. You can buy it here.

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Kelpie Aurora is described as having glitter shifts from light blue through violet, and the shimmer shifts from aqua to violet. It’s the counterpart to Jovian Aurora and contains the same pigment used in Starlight Polish’s other Kelpie-named polishes. I feel like a broken record at this point. Issa is consistent so of course this is a great formula and one stroke of polish is jam-packed with glitter and shimmer galore. One coat over Obsidian and top coat. You can find it here.

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Mythological Top Coat Additions

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Kelpie: $12.50 full size/$5.75 mini size

Kelpie Song: $16.50 full size/$7.00 mini size

Kelpie is described as a color shifting shimmer top coat that shifts from aqua to blue to violet. Issa does all things mythical perfectly. Like this looks like magic on my nail beds! The mythological collection is amazing as is but these 2 additions add a little more bang! This is one coat over Obsidian and top coat. You can find it here.

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Kelpie Song is described as a holographic version of Kelpie. Kelpie is bluer than Unicorn and its shift goes more into violet than Unicorn’s does. Just look at that holo. I totally didn’t do this polish justice! This is one coat over Obsidian. It can be found here.

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So there you have it. 10 awesome polishes by Issa of Starlight Polish. That woman is ahmazing and her customer service is out of this world. if you have yet to give her a try, you totally should! Even if none of these ruffled our feathers, you should check out her other gorgeous polishes! She has tons and she is definitely one of those brands I feel isn’t as well-known as they deserve to be! So go follow her on Instagram and join her new Facebook group!

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