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.

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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), andĀ 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 theirĀ 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.