Friday, April 15, 2016

Swatcher Spotlight Charity Duo - Jior Couture

***Press Sample: The products were received from the brand for review. The goal with these posts is to be able to provide my readers with my honest thoughts and opinions on products. Any products received for review will not be influenced in any way, shape, or form.***

Jior Couture is giving back by featuring each of her regular swatchers and letting them choose a charity and create a polish duo.  I was up first!

Swatcher Spotlight Duo - Lelia
The charity I chose is called Darkness to Light. It’s goal is to help prevent and stop child sexual abuse. This cause is close to my heart as my daughter was sexually abused. I wish no child the pain and suffering of having to endure this awful crime. I talked with my daughter about this before choosing it and she agreed wholeheartedly. She’s a very strong young lady and so amazing…I’m lucky to be her mom.

Sacha's post containing my full bio is HERE on Jior Couture's blog.

Ariel's favorite color is turquoise, so we used that for a jumping off point. The first polish is called In Darkness and it's a dark teal crelly.  We went dark with no embellishments for the darkness you must feel when something like sexual abuse happens.  The second polish is called There Is Light.  We went much lighter to an almost mint color and added holo to represent the light and healing that comes after you've gotten help. I felt like it was also a nice play on the name of the charity.

Let's start with In Darkness.  It does lean a little more green than the pictures show.

Formula:  Buttery smooth.  Not too thick or too thin.
Application:  Covered completely in 2 coats.  Can pool at sides of the nail if you use too thick of a coat.  I added glossy top coat, but it is very shiny without.
Wear:  Three days with no chipping or dullness.  Very minimal tip wear.
Removal:  As expected.  No staining.

There Is Light

Formula:  Great formula, very smooth.  Not too thick or too thin.
Application:  Covered completely in 2 coats.  I added glossy top coat.
Wear:  I wore this color after the ombre was applied and had no issues, but I didn't wear it alone for any amount of time.
Removal:  As expected.  No staining.

Some stamping with There Is Light & an ombre using both.  <3

20% of all sales from this duo will be donated to Darkness to Light.  Please join us in supporting this worthy cause.  Thanks for popping in today!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Anonymous Lacquer Customs Trio

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Long time no talk! Sorry I've been MIA. Today I wanted to share with you the Customs Trio by Anonymous Lacquer. It will be available first to her Adorably Anonymous, on April 15th. Public sales will happen on April 29th.

Mildred had group members post photos of their custom polishes that she made and opened up the floor for voting.  The top three choices were remade for sale with the original owner's permission.  Boy, am I glad this happened!!!

First polish I used is called Perez Pink.  I can only describe it as a barbie pink holographic.  It's really gorgeous!  Don't ask about the stamping...I have no good explanation of the color choices.

Formula:  On point.  Not too thick, not too thin.  Very smooth.
Application:  Covered completely in 2 coats.  It could pool on the sides of the nail if you go too heavy with the coats.  I added glossy top coat.
Wear:  Three days with no chipping or dullness.  Very minimal tip wear.
Removal:  As expected

Second polish up is called Impossible Dreams.  An orchid toned purple holo that you really must have!  My first time using gold flakes, so I'm not too sure how I'm feeling about that, but I do love the mask charm.  ;)

Formula:  Great formula, same as the first.
Application:  Covered completely in 2 coats.  Could pool at the sides of the nail if you go too heavy with the coats (I may have done this.) I added glossy top coat.
Wear:  N/A Only swatched.
Removal:  As expected

Last polish in the Customs Trio is my favorite, by far.  701° Fahrenheit is my dream color.  Kind of a peachy coral holo with larger holo glitters.  I did a gradient using all 3.  It got a little tricky since this one has some extra larger glitters, but I liked it anyway.  

Formula:  Very smooth even with the added glitters.  Not too thick, not too thin.
Application:  Covered completely in 2 coats.  I added glossy top coat.
Wear:  I wore the gradient for several days with no issues, but not this polish alone.  I have it on my toes right now, day 3, and it's still beautiful.  I feel like polish on my toes could survive a nuclear strike though.  LOL!
Removal:  A little hard to say since I removed after I had applied the gradient.  The added glitter made it harder to remove than a straight holo, but nothing crazy.


I'm curious if you'll be picking this trio up.  Lacq it or Leave it?