Sunday, March 3, 2013

J&L Creations - Drama Queen

Today I'm showing you the last of my trio of polishes J&L Creations sent me for review: Drama Queen!

Drama Queen is a grape-y purple jelly, with bar, hex, and square glitters in different colors. 

I know some people don't like bar glitters, to which I say: More for meee! I love it! 

As with the other two J&L Creations polishes I reviewed, application was a breeze. Drama Queen is so fun and squishy! 

I used three coats for my pics, and it gave me great coverage and a nice amount of glitter. I did have to fish around for the bar glitter a bit, but I didn't have to dab it on like with some polishes. 

Drama Queen is another winner winner, chicken dinner from J&L Creations! I can't wait to get more of their polishes, they're pretty great (I may or may not have my eye on a couple, hehe)! Check out their Etsy store, and follow them on Facebook for their latest news - you don't wanna miss when new colors come out. Many thanks again to Lorrie for providing samples.

Finally, here's three coats of Drama Queen, over a coat of Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat: 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

J&L Creations - Butterflies and Rainbows

I've got another gorgeous J&L Creations polish for you, Butterflies and Rainbows

Butterflies and Rainbows consists of a pink jelly base and a TON of different glitters. Waaay too many too list and all of them awesome.  

It's amazing. I'm usually not a fan of pinks OR jellies, but man, I had to have this one as soon as I saw it, and Lorrie from J&L Creations was sweet enough to provide a bottle for review. 

Butterflies and Rainbows applies like a dream - it IS super sheer though, so you'll definitely need several coats. The glitter is bountiful in this polish, so no need to fish for it. You'll have good coverage with just regular application. No need to dab it on either, it comes off the brush beautifully. I suggest waiting a couple of minutes between coats to give the glitter some time to settle so you don't drag it off your nail with the next coat. 

The polish looks great by itself, and of course layered as well. I prefer it by itself though, so I can ogle all the squishy, jelly goodness. SO pretty. No seriously, I can't get over how pretty it is. You need this polish NOW.

For my pics, I used four coats of Butterflies and Rainbows over a coat of Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, no topcoat:

Monday, February 11, 2013

J&L Creations - Mardi Gras

I'm excited to swatch a new-to-me indie brand today, J&L Creations. I highly recommend checking out their Etsy store, because J&L creations also make soap and scented candles in addition to nail polish. 

Lorrie with J&L Creations was kind enough to send me three samples of their current polish line-up, and I'm showing you Mardi Gras first. 

Mardi Gras is a milky white bast with a ton of different glitters. There's hex, square, micro and bar glitters in a rainbow of colors. The mix of glitters is great - totally reminiscent of what the streets look like after a parade when they're littered with everything from beads to candy.

The polish is a bit sheer, but builds well. I used three coats for my pics, and there was barely any visible nail line. I'm sure it layers well over a white creme as well. 

Even though it looks like all the glitter sank to the bottom of my bottle, there were no issues getting any on the nail. No dabbing the brush to place glitter with this polish!

By they way, I wore Mardi Gras for four days without a top coat and didn't have any issues with chipping, peeling or tip wear whatsoever. I'm seriously impressed with it. It withstood typing, doing dishes and general wear and tear like a champ. Love it!

Here's Mardi Gras, three coats over one coat of Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat: 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A England - Saint George (Also, I'm back!)

Hi everyone! *waves* I hope everyone had a happy holiday season!

You may have noticed I've been gone for over a month - I started a new job and moved to a new state (heck, I moved to a new region - from the Southeast to the Midwest). 

I didn't anticipate being gone for so long, I just haven't been able to get back into the blogging groove yet. All my polishes are still packed up in Rubbermaid boxes, and I haven't figured out a new setup for taking pics yet. I have however, already checked out some places to by polish from, and so far I'm a bit disappointed. The Sally Beauty closest to my place is just sad, and the other beauty supply store I found is way over-priced. Hasn't hindered me from buying polish, though, lol!

In the upcoming weeks you'll see some new-to-me butter LONDON's, my first Nubar and a bunch of polishes I never got around to swatching before. Oh, and there may or may not be some swatches of indies coming up as well (hint: there will be. Oh, there definitely will be).

For today, I'm happy to finally show you my very first A England polish! (a england? A England? a England? A england? Someone tell me which is correct!)  Saint George super-special not only because it's my first of the brand, but also because it was hand-delivered to me by the lovely Hannah when she came to visit. 

Saint George is of course a gorgeous teal, from the "The Legend" collection. It's been on my lemming list forever - how could it not be?

Application is absolutely amazing - had I known how easy it was to put on, I'd have applied one thick coat and be done with it. The shine packed into this color is amazing. Like with most of my swatches, I didn't use a top coat for pics and - whoa! So. Shiny. It's gorgeously glossy. 

Saint George is super-saturated with color - I've only swatched this color and haven't worn it as a full mani yet, but man, it stains. Big time. Oh well. It's the only issue I can find with it, and that's alright. Nothing a little baking soda paste can't take care of!

I really, really wish my pictures would do Saint George justice. My one and only resolution for the new year was to take better pictures for my blog, so hopefully I'll be able to put that into action soon!

Here's two coats of Saint George over Orly Bonder: