August is Indie Month – Day 4: Pahlish “Blood Red Jam”

“Blood Red Jam” by Pahlish was the very first Indie polish that I ever purchased. This polish and this brand is what got me into the Indie scene. Pahlish is based out of Arkansas and the owner/creator, Shannon, makes some of the most gorgeous polishes that I have ever laid my eyes on.

Blood Red Jam is inspired by Lana Del Ray – “My old man is a tough man, but he’s got a soul as sweet as blood red jam”. It is described by Llarowe as “a blood red jelly base with dense red foil micro flakes, purple/orange translucent spark”.

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Inside, beside window sunlight

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Window sunlight

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And then I added a holo top coat! By MDJ ColorBlends which I will be reviewing in full on Day 29!

Pictured above is one coat of Duri 2, two coats of Pahlish “Blood Red Jam”, and one coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat (and on the final picture, one coat of holo top coat). Wear time has lasted as long as 5 days for me with this polish, but I usually remove it after only a couple so I can switch my polish up.

The formula for this polish is absolutely excellent. Two coats until it is opaque, and there was no dragging when I put on either coat.

 

Blood Red Jam cannot currently be purchased on the Pahlish website , but it IS still available on Llarowe! Yay!

Stay tuned tomorrow where I will be doing another 2 posts – a CBL and an Enchanted Polish!

Thanks for reading!

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I purchased this polish by myself, it was not sent to me for review purposes. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.

August is Indie Month – Day 3: Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavor”

I am so behind on posts! My niece has been here for the last two weeks and she has been totally hogging our computer (we’re down to one in the house right now because mine broke!) Soooo, that means you are going to get 2 posts from me today, (yes, I promise this time), and 2 posts from me tomorrow which will bring me back up to date!

Today I have Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavour” up on the blog. The swatches aren’t very good, but I put it in the list so I HAVE to show them, haha!

Mint Flavor was part of the Summer of 199x collection. Mint Flavor is a blue-ish green creme with subtle shimmer. It really IS pretty… Just not on me.

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Inside, with flash

Honestly, that was the only half-decent picture that I could get. I had a hard time working with this polish, but I think it’s because I was working with a mini that’s about a year old and getting goopy… And I have no thinner!

The first coat of the polish went on pretty lumpy, but the second and third coats went on a little smoother. Pictures here is one coat of Duri 2, three coats of Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavour” and one coat of Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl Top coat (which bubbled with polish).

If you’re interested in this shade, it is still available for purchase on Rainbow Honey’s website (If you purchase $65 worth of product, you get a free Mystery Bag!!), and Nail Polish Canada. You can also check out some MUCH better swatches of this polish from both of these websites.

Disclaimer: This polish was sent to me as a birthday gift last year and was not given to me for review. My reviews, as always, are my honest opinions.

August is Indie Month! -Day 2- Fail – Emily de Molly

For day 2 of August is Indie Month (which was yesterday), I intended to blog Emily de Molly “Dark Forces”. However, I applied the polish the night before I was going to take pictures, and by the time I woke up in the morning most of the nails had “popped” off (in whole chunks). So I didn’t have time to redo my nails and take pictures. I did take some awesome bottle shots to share, though, and I will discuss with you my thoughts on this polish.

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Emily de Molly is an amazing indie brand based out of Australia. Her polishes are 5-free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, TSF Resin, Camphor and DBP Free), cruelty free, and vegan friendly.

The Emily de Molly big cartel site currently only ships within Australia due to strict postal regulations, but thankfully for us here in North America, she has stockists who keep her stuff in stock all over the world! North Americans can currently buy Emily de Molly polishes from Nail Polish Canada (ships to Canada and the U.S. from Canada), Llarowe (ships worldwide from the U.S.), MeiMei`s Signatures (ships worldwide from Singapore), and Femme Fatale (ships worldwide from Australia).

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I will be totally honest with you – I have a hard time working with this polish. However, the results are worth it. Perhaps someday I will be able to share with you some amazing swatches, but for now, check them out on the EdM website.

EdM Dark Forces has a black jelly base, with silver holo dots and hex with small irridescent glitter. Due to the size of the biggest glitters, they do sink, which means this polish requires fishing for glitters. The end result, however, is totally worth it.

Most people use 3 coats of this polish to make it opaque, but I like to use one coat of a black base (my favourite is China Glaze `Liquid Leather`), and then 2 coats of Dark Forces. It is important to let the polish dry at least partially between coats, otherwise the previous coat will smudge and create a mess.

I am not blaming the polish for my `pop off` fingernails, instead my base coat – Glisten & Glow `Stuck On Blu`. I love G&G`s top coat, but the base coat isn`t very good. I am not sure why I went with this base for this polish rather than my Duri 2. Back to Duri for my next mani!

I will be back later today with a review of Rainbow Honey`s `Mint Flavour`.

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I purchased this polish on my own through Nail Polish Canada.com. This polish was not sent to me for review, and, as always, my reviews are always honest.

August is Indie Month – CBL Young Turks

August is Indie Month! Hooray!

Today I have chosen an absolutely beautiful colour from Colours by Llarowe – one of my favourite indie makers on the market. CBL is based out of Colorado, and the maker, Leah Ann, also runs the popular website www.llarowe.com – where you can purchase thousands of beautiful indies from all over the world. Definitely check her out sometime! She is constantly releasing new collections so there is always something new and beautiful to try.

Are you wondering what I’m talking about when I say “August is Indie Month”? Check out my post about it HERE.

Time for some pictures! My first choice for Indie Month was “Young Turks”. I was sent this polish in the spring as one of 8 in a prize pack that I won in a giveaway on the CBL facebook page. Young Turks is part of the CBL Spring 2014 collection, and is described on their website as a bright turquoise holographic polish that dries semi-matte.

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Outside, sunlight

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Outside, sunlight

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Inside, under lamp

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Inside, light from window

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Inside, with flash

I am feeling really disappointed right now, as my pictures showed some INSANE holo from this polish, but wordpress seems to have done something to the photos and now they look a little bit dulled out :(. Maybe it won’t on your end!

As with most CBL’s that I own, the formula on Young Turks was fantastic. It went on smooth and was perfect in two coats. (Pictures are 2 coats of Young Turks + 1 coat of HK Girl top coat). No complaints from me. Other than my bottle is almost 3/4 gone and this shade has been discontinued! The horror! LOL.

What is your favourite Indie brand?

Be sure to check back tomorrow, where I’ll be featuring an Emily de Molly!

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I won this polish in a giveaway on the CBL Facebook page. This polish was not sent to me for the purpose of review. As always, my reviews are 100% my own, honest opinions.

August is Indie Month

Hooray! August is “Indie Month!”

A lovely lady from one of the beauty groups I am active in recently did an entire month of Julep manis that she referred to as “June is Julep Month!”. After letting her nails rest for the month of July, she decided that she wanted to have another mani challenge month, and chose to dedicate the month of August to indies!! She invited people to join her and even created a guideline table to help us out. You can check out her post about “August is Indie Month!” HERE.

I am super excited about participating in an Indie Month, because it means I get to give lots of love to these beautiful Indie polishes that I have sitting in my stash. It also means I get to support small Indie brands who totally deserve the love.

Are you wondering what “Indie” means? Basically, Indie polish means that the polish is made independently. The polishes are handmixed (unlike drug store and high-end polishes), and a LOT of work goes into them. Individuals, or small groups of individuals, put hours of work into creating the perfect formulas, the perfect colours, coming up with the perfect polish and collection names, and tons of other stuff that goes into making polishes. Sometimes, the indie polish maker is literally somebody who is mixing her polishes in her kitchen. Koodos to Indie makers for the hard, dedicated, and amazing work that they put into their brands!

Here is the guideline that Tina from “We Didn’t Miss It” set up for us.

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Now, I do own quite a few Indies, but not everything that she has listed (though someday I will, because I love to support Indie makers and there are so many amazing ones out there!). So I asked for permission to create my own guide based on hers. I don’t have 31 different brands, so you will see some brands repeated. For example, there may be a few days of Colors By Llarowe, but rest assured each of those days will be a different colour. There are a couple of days where I threw in a brand like “Hits” or “Layla” which aren’t really Indies, but they’re also not *huge* brands, and I didn’t have quite enough to get me through the entire Indie month, so I threw these in as they were untrieds.

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During this month I will also be topcoating all of my manis with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat (an amazing Indie top coat that I may actually die without, lol!). As for cuticle oils, I don’t own any that are made by Indies (something I should invest in, I’ve heard some great things), but I have a Julep cuticle oil here that I will use for cuticle care.

I am so excited about Indie Month. I can’t promise that I will absolutely have a post every single day (I am moving August 16th!), but I will get as many days in as I can! Please also follow me on Instagram, where I will also be posting pictures of my daily manis. 🙂

My nails aren’t long and strong like some of the girls participating in this challenge, but they’re getting stronger and longer every day; AND I’m getting better at my applying and clean-up skills! Speaking of long and strong… I just purchased some Duri, since I’ve heard so many people raving about it, and I will be using it as my base coat for the next 30 days. So keep an eye out for changes in my nails!

I will see you all back here tomorrow!

Cheers,

Taylor