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Monday, January 6, 2014

Review and Swatches--Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure

The first two photos are from when I first received this polish in the mail, which I posted about here. Literary Lacquers describes Woman of Pleasure as "a periwinkle crelly (creme jelly) base with navy and lavender sparkle, matte light pink, large navy hexes, and magenta circle glitter." My photos are pulling a little blue, but it is definitely periwinkle.
*I purchased this polish and received no compensation or samples for this post.*

I finally photographed a full mani using this polish. Shown is three coats of Woman of Pleasure over a base coat, and topped with one coat of Seche Vite.

The first coat was very sheer, but not streaky. The second and third coat built up the color nicely. I didn't have any trouble with the formula, everything went smoothly. 

I was very happy with this polish. My favorite part is the magenta circle glitter. The magenta really pops against the periwinkle base. Have you purchased any Literary Lacquers? Their holographic polishes are especially amazing. 

You can purchase Literary Lacquers from their etsy shop: for $10.00 each. Payment is via PayPal only. If you're on Facebook, you should follow their page to keep up with restocks and occasional coupon codes: (Monday, January 6, 2014) is the last day to use coupon code HAPPY2014 to get 20% off at checkout for all orders.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Shorty Post--A England Dragon

A England has an excellent reputation for their polish; pigmented, excellent formula, exquisite beauty. I recently tried my first polish from them, Dragon. It is a green-lover's dream with a scattered holo. (I'm learning to use a new camera and a new photo editing program, so please bear with me.)
*I purchased this polish myself and have received no samples or compensation for this post.*

A England definitely lived up to its reputation with Dragon. The photo shows two coats over a base coat and one coat of Poshe top coat and is after housecleaning, so it wore well. (I believe that the top coat may have dulled the holo a little, because the top coat was getting a little cloudy.) The formula was great and easy to apply. If you have short nails, you can get away with one coat of Dragon if you paint evenly.

If you live in the UK you can order from A England directly: Otherwise, they have a long list of international stockists here: I bought mine from Llarowe; regular price is $10.00. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mobile Shorty Post--Zoya Tomoko

Zoya 'Tomoko' is another lovely Pixie Dust textured polish. From Zoya's Web site: "Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish in Tomoko can be best described as a romantic champagne silver with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish."

I loved everything about this polish. 
*I purchased this polish with my own money and received no compensation for posting about it.*

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shorty Post--Dance Legend Termo #182

I still haven't found the charger for my camera, so mediocre photos it is! This is another lovely polish from my Black Friday/Cyber Monday haul, this time purchased from Below is two coats of Dance Legend Termo #182, topped with one coat of Poshe quick-dry top coat.

This is the first thermal polish that I have tried. I love it! It is magenta when warm and dark purple when cool. The change is quick and dramatic.

This polish dried to a wax finish, so it's the Poshe that is making it glossy. Warning: This polish stinks very badly. I didn't read the ingredients, but I'm sure from the smell that it's not 5-free or 3-free or anything of the sort. The formula was slightly thick.

I am excited to try the other thermal polishes made by Dance Legend that I bought.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mobile Post--Darling Diva Caramel Martini

Argh! I can't find the charger for my camera at the moment. I still wanted to post this polish, so I apologize for the phone photo.
This is 'Caramel Martini', a white crelly with autumn colors of hex glitter in varying sizes and a little bit of bar glitter. I applied three coats over Orly Bonder base coat, and topped with Poshe quick-dry top coat.

I went polish crazy for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Part of my splurge was on Darling Diva polish. She had some polishes already on sale, and then offered a 30% off coupon code. The polish above was part of a mystery grab bag, which typically includes polishes that aren't listed for sale. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I haven't forgotten about my blog, but I haven't had time to take photographs and edit them. I've been working on an important project and my poor blog has had to/will have to take a back seat until the project is completed. It makes me a little sad, but what can you do? I will be back as soon as I can; I have so many more beauty products to share with you!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Emily de Molly Bright Young Things over Zoya Robyn

Emily de Molly is an Australian polish maker that has long since captured my heart, as you might have seen in a few previous posts. I was very happy to find Bright Young Things in a blog sale.
*All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me.*

While I'm not usually one to wear a polish the moment that I receive it (it's usually a strange, OCD, agonizing decision as to which one to wear), I put Bright Young Things on right away. 

I happened to be wearing the lovely Zoya Robyn at the time, so I just put the glitter topper Emily de Molly Bright Young Things over it. I used a quick-dry top coat of Poshe to smooth everything out, although the glitter did lie flat.

I loved this mani and wore it for a few days, which is a long time for me. It reminds me of the ocean and pretty saltwater fish. Next time, however, I will probably choose a different shade for the base so that the purple and turquoisey teal glitter can shine, too. (The purple did show up in real life, but hid from the camera. Silly purple; the camera could be friends with you if you'll let it.)

You can certainly purchase Emily de Molly polishes on Web sites like and, but you might want to do a search for polish blog sales first, or try for lower prices. The first sites that I mention seem to be good, but they sell out really fast and the price is more than I would usually pay. (It's expensive to make beauty products in Australia, I think, and I would guess it's not easy to import them, either.)

Yes, summer has put me in the mood for all sorts of brights! I will revel in the deeper colors of autumn soon, but I will enjoy the brights into September at least. I am not strict about seasonal colors, but the weather does affect the mood and the mood does affect the polish choices. September is surely part of summer in California.