Sunday, April 8, 2012

NOTD: Easter Candy! OPI "Funny Bunny" with Lynnderella "Sweets to the Sweet"

Happy Bunny Day! Im taking a break from eating candy to show you my Easter mani -- you know I had to use one of those gorgeous Lynnderellas I got yesterday!!! "Sweets to the Sweet" is a slightly pink milky base with varous shapes and sizes of blue, red, lime green, purple, pink and true green glitters. Since the base is so light, I decided to try it over OPI's "Funny Bunny", a sheer white jelly (no shimmer, which is out of the ordinary for me!)

Here's the final product:

Look at all that glitter!!!!!!!!!!! This is 2 coats of "Sweets to the Sweet" over 2 coats of "Funny Bunny". Pardon the stray glitter, but the formula of SttS takes a little coercing to get applied somewhat evenly. I have true problems with scattered glitters -- my OCD does NOT like the fact that there aren't even amounts of glitter on each nail. But, I'm starting to appreciate the way these types of glitters look.

My thumbnail showed a great example of the glitters. I flooded my cuticles a bit, but I was so excited to see the final result that I was rushing! Also, hi lappy in the background!

Another thing about Stts is the glitter shades -- these are NOT colors I ever would have dreamed of putting together in the past, but it really does look like bits of candy. I can't stop staring at my hands!

With the exception of that one stray piece of glitter on my index finger, I really like this shot! This is a fairly true to life representation of the base color -- like an off white tinged with pink. I really like it -- pinks aren't usually my thing but this I can deal with!

How'd I do on this bottle shot????? Lynnderella bottles are very easy for me to hold (and look relatively natural) so I was fairly pleased with how this came out :)

Now just for fun....................


Polish Peep Show: Candeo Colors & LYNNDERELLA!!!

Happy Easter and Happy Passover! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather and the recent holidays . I am enjoying a day "off", meaning I am just being lazy and refusing to do anything more than cook dinner. Yaay!

Yesterday I received 2 awesome pieces of nail mail, and although the swatch sticks are STILL not here (shipping from Europe, takes foreverrrrrrrrrrrr) I just had to share!

Candeo Colors is quickly becoming one of my favorite Etsy polish sellers! The colors are absolute glitter bombs, which of course I am totally in favor of. This was my third order, which was the most fun because I caught the sale as soon as the Etsy shop opened, and got to watch everything sell out after I placed my order!

Unfortunately for me, one of my original color choices ("Rittenhouse", from the Philadelphia collection) was recalled after the sale due to an issue with warping glitter. This is a bummer, but I totally understand -- I wouldn't want to see an inferior product. I can't wait until the formula is revamped, but until then I have these beauties to experiment with:

L to R: Laser Light, Sprouse, Old City, Swoop, South Street

A brief breakdown of the colors:

  • Laser Light: Clear base with silver holo hexes, bars, & microglitter, and iridescent purple glitter (its hard to describe but it totally looks like straight purple holo, not the metallic aspect but just the flash of purple)
  • Sprouse: Black and white hexes and bars, and blue metallic glitter. Very pretty and similar to Lynnderella's "Connect The Dots", which I love! But, they are not dupes at all.
  • Old City: Clear base with gold holo hexes/micro glitter, bars. Going to be a FABULOUS topper!
  • Swoop: This one is weird. A mix of magenta, turquoise and dark blue hexes, silver shimmer, and large silver holo hex. Very pretty! I find I'm digging the unique color combos best of all!
  • South Street: A rainbow mix of square, hex and bar glitters. Similar in color scheme to the ever-elusive Lynnderella "The Glittering Crowd", but as with Sprouse it's different enough not to consider it a dupe.

I strongly urge you to sign up for email notification when Candeo Colors returns from their vacation -- their polishes sell out fast and do NOT disappoint in real life! Additionally, I will do a post soon with some comparisons of Sprouse and CtD, as well as South Street and TGC.

Now............this is the one I've been waiting for. I'm sure anyone that is reading this blog is familiar with the drama surround acquiring Lynnderella polishes as of late. I finally received my "wish list" order yesterday, and I could not wait to rip into the package! Too bad I picked it up as I was running out of the house to do food shopping and had to wait hoursssssssssssssssss to look at everything!

Sorry, I'll stop whining. Here are my new pretties:

L to R: Lovey Dovey; Love, Lace & Lilacs; Chocolatta Love; Sweets to the Sweet; Connect The Dots; Nosegay; The Glittering Crowd

There have been SO many swatches and detailed descriptions of these shades, I'm not even going to bother trying (also because Lynnderellas are so complex and I generally give a crappy description). CtD was going to be my backup bottle, but I decided to swap it for Nerd Lacquer's Holy Grail, which was top of my list during the last NL sale but sold out before I got on the computer. I realized I have so much polish I'll probably never finish my first bottle of CtD! Oh, I also ordered Boy Girl Party but it's backordered :(

Lynnderella polishes can be found at Llarowe, a great supplier of international and hard to find brands. The polishes are sold on a "wish list" basis, and per the website they are not accepting any new wish lists at this time. I hear they will be accepting new lists next month, so keep checking!

So, that's the peep show for today. Im off to eat more candy and wear my bunny ears around the house like a weirdo. As a side note, I almost forgot to take them off before chasing down the ice cream man. That might have been awkward.................

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

EXTRA EXTRA: OPI "Minnie Mouse" Collection

Hey everybody! Today we have another new category of posts -- EXTRA EXTRA!!! This is where you can read all about it................"it" being upcoming color collections from various polish brands! Of course, since I'm just starting this blog I don't have too many releases coming my way, but luckily the nice people at OPI must have said "aw look at her poor sad little blog, let's give her the releases too".

Just kidding, they give it to everyone that asks. But still, big thanks to OPI for the information!

Here is some background on the OPI Minnie Mouse collection, straight from the press release:

"OPI launches Vintage Minnie Mouse, including four limited edition nail lacquers, for summer. Created in honor of Disney’s beloved character, the colors encapsulate Minnie Mouse’s irresistible charm in playful, pretty shades of pink and red.
'OPI is so excited to collaborate with Disney and draw inspiration from one of the world’s most popular characters,' explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. 'This collection brings together the expertise of OPI and the iconic style of Minnie Mouse to inspire the distinct palette of vibrant, feminine shades for summer Nails will pop against summer skin in these classic, saturated hues – holding their own alongside the bold prints of the season.'
The line features a pink crème lacquer, one frosted red shade, a shimmery fuchsia, and a heart glitter confetti."

Enough blah blah, time for pictures!!!

Nothin' Mousie About It

"Don't squeak it - SHOUT IT! This confetti light pink is tops."

I'm All Ears

"Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer"

If You Moust You Moust

"You gotta pink what you gotta pink."

The Color of Minnie

"You had this little mouse at 'red'."

As is standard with all OPI press release I've seen, the bottle shots are digitally created and not photographed. This makes it quite hard to judge the true color or consistency of a polish. This me no likey. I can't tell you how many times I have drooled over OPI press release photos, only to see the swatches later and think "that's not even the same color". But, at least we know the basics of what the colors will look like :)

I myself will probably get all of the shades except Nothin' Mousie About It -- I've already owned one of the Nicole by OPI polishes with pink hearts in it, and it's not something I ever found myself reaching for. At the very least I'll probably pick up The Color of Minnie because I don't own enough reds!

So what do you all think of this collection??

Sunday, March 25, 2012

NOTD: Hits Mari Moon "Dreamy"

After my gigantic swatch fail in this post, I had to  do something to make up for the awfulness of that paint-job. I feel like I didn't do the Hits Mari Moon polishes justice with my swatchtastrophie (I MADE A WORD), and I was smitten with know what happened..........

Check out that color shift! Note: the black stripes on my thumbnail are the reflection of my window bars on the surface of my nail. Yes, I live in the hood.


I can not stop staring at my hands in the sunlight! The color shift in Dreamy is very obvious -- not to mention freakin' gorgeous! I took this picture just for fun -- Instragram App (normal filter with "sunlight" adjustment). I love how shimmery and deep it looks! Don't mind the stray cat hair..........

L to R: Cat hair, manicure

And one last shot of the purple aspect of the color shift -- weird angle, but you get the idea!

I really Dreamy for a solo mani -- not often do I wear just one color (wait till you see some of my posts on layering!!!) but with shifty shades like the Mari Moon collection, one is enough (for once!).

Get these gorgeous shifty beauties at Llarowe while you can! She's always adding new products - I can't keep up!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Polish Peep Show: Hits Mari Moon "Modern" Set + Why I Don't Do Swatches (On My Own Hands)

YAAY NAIL MAIL! I've been so busy creating polishes for my Etsy shop that I've barely done anything with this blog! Thankfully now I'm on a break while awaiting supplies so I can get caught up on all the sparklies I've acquired recently. Today I have part of an order from Llarowe, one of the best US sellers of hard to find and international brands. Hits is a Brazilian company, and I'm sure without Llarowe procuring it for us American chickies, we would have a hard time finding it in the states!

I picked up a 4 pack of the Hits "Mari Moon" polishes -- my first purchase of any Hits polishes since I passed on the holo ones (am I the only person who's not super thrilled with linear holos? I like them, but........meh). The set ("Modern") included Cool, Trendy, Dreamy and Cutie Pie. For some reason, I'm a sucker for cosmetics sets, so of course I picked this instead of just one or two polishes to test out.

The packaging is super cute! I've come to realized that in addition to being a sucker for "sets", I'm a sucker for cute packaging! I've bought all kinds of stupid things just because the packaging was pretty or sparkly. I love the heart-shaped window at the front. See?

L to R: Cool, Dreamy, Trendy, Cutie Pie

And the bottles are cute -- I dig the cylindrical bottle, and the cartoonish font is something I'm always drawn to! Here are the bottles alone, and you can already see the color shift!!!

L to R: Cool, Dreamy, Trendy, Cutie Pie 

Cool is olive that shifts to a dark green, Dreamy is blue purple to red purple, Trendy is a light green/gold to.......not much of anything (in my opinion), and Cutie Pie is a teal blue to purple.

I am awful at describing things.

This shot of the bottles was taken indoors, natural light with the "sunlight" filter on iPhone's Instagram app. Not really true to life (see above) but pretty!!

L to R: Cool, Dreamy, Trendy, Cutie Pie 

The color shift in these babies is INSANEEEEEEEEEEE! Im really digging all of them, but I have to say that Trendy has the least color shift of the bunch. And in accordance with my decision that Polish Peep Show posts need swatches, I present to you some swatches. Please also note that I am impatient and sloppy when I'm exicted, so these swatches are a *perfect* example of why I HATE doing swatches on my own hands *taps feet impatiently and waits for swatch sticks*.

Oh, did I mention I'm getting swatch sticks? From now on, all swatches on those little guys. Stupid shaky hands, stupid putting top coat on too early, stupid can't pose for shots because my joints hate me!

Enough complaining, on to the pretty! Well, pretty colors, at least. First here's all 4, natural direct sunlight:

L to R: Cool, Dreamy, Trendy, Cutie Pie 

The color shift on Dreamy and Cutie Pie is very obvious. Cool shows a bit around the right side (from this perspective). And as you can also see, Trendy took the most damage with my impatience to put on top coat and take pictures. Seche Vite will drag your polish if it's too wet. Moral of the story? PATIENCE CHILDREN.

Here's another shot of all four (and I'm cringing at my work.................)

You've gotten through the worst! Now I'll reward you with some nicer shots of the color shift (as best as I could capture it):

Dreamy, blue purple to red purple shift!

Another angle of Dreamy's shiftyness

The best shot I could get of Cutie Pie's shift from blue to purple

Overall, the formula is very easy to work with -- 2 easy coats and I had opaque coverage (hooray!). The brushes on the Mari Moon polishes are notorious for being wonky, but mine were just fine. No problems with application whatsoever.

As for the colors, I'm partial to Dreamy and Cutie Pie because I loooooooooooove purple. Trendy is my least favorite, most because it's a weird shade that's not really "me".  I think it might be good for stamping over, but not as a plain mani.

Did anyone notice my nubs are growing???? Julep Nail Therapy is working really well!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

NOTD: Sinful "Cinderella" with OPI "Super Bass Shatter" (AKA: Resuscitated Fail Mani)

I admit, I'm not usually one to follow trends when it comes to fashion or hairstyles. But, when it comes to cosmetics, I tend to follow the pack in terms of what's hot. Sinful's "Cinderella" has been getting love all over forums and blogs, so after seeing 1,234,201,382 swatches I decided I had to get it.

Unfortunately for me, it looked TERRIBLE on my nails. So sheer that even after 4 fairly thick coats I still had VNL -- and it looked awfulllllllllllllllll. Side note on VNL, I really only like seeing it with the occasional nude or pink shade. To me, Cinderella is NOT a shade I want to see VNL with.

I won't even torture you with the pictures. It looks like I have no idea how to paint my nails. Instead, I'll show you how I tried to save the mani -- by adding a shatter topcoat! OPI "Super Bass Shatter", part of the Nicki Minaj collection, is a pretty red based purple crackle topcoat -- WITH SHIMMER. Im never opposed to anything purple, or with shimmer. So on it went, and here's the result:

With flash

Crappy cleanup (again) :/



I think the contrast of the sky blue and the purple is nice! Also, kinda springy (I guess) -- boyfriend was helping me pick a mani when I chose Cinderella, and his suggestion was a robins-egg blue (you know, for spring) stamped over with white. Too bad I owned ONE pale blue (Cinderella) and no white polishes for stamping (I know, I know, what the hell?!?!?). Cinderella fit the bill for a pale blue, but i really just hated the formula. Plus, on its own it gave me super lobster hands (makes my skin look red). Pale blue is NOT a good color for me.

Whatcha think about this color combo?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Drugstore Score: Wet N Wild "Bejeweled" Collection

I have a slight problem with drugstores. I can't walk in one without buying polish! Yesterday I ran some errands and stopped at Duane Reade before I went home. All I needed was a pack of smokes (bad, yes I know) but then these beauties caught my eye.............

L to R: Born Into Privilege, Jewels For Your Highness, Bow In My Presence, Speak When Spoken To

The Wet N Wild "Bejeweled" Collection! I've heard that these are dupes for some of the China Glaze Prismatic collection, but I don't have that one yet to compare. Just to give a bit more info, here are some shade descriptions (by me, so of course they will be filled with made up words.......)

Born Into Privilege: Gold glitter base with pink duochrome effect, multi glitter specks

Jewels For Your Highness: Pink glitter base with green duochrome effect, multi glitter specks

Bow In My Presence:  Green glitter base with pinky-red duochrome effect, multi glitter specks

Speak When Spoken To: Blue glitter base with greenish duochrome effect, multi glitter specks

Its so hard to describe these! I haven't had a chance to swatch on my nails yet, just on paper (I sometimes use a coated paper plate to do quick swatches, the coating on the paper will keep the polish from being absorbed into the paper plate and lets you get a rough idea of color). I missed one color, The Crown Is Mine, but I'm pretty sure I'll wind up stalking Duane Reade until I get my hands on it!

Here's another picture with flash (colors messed with to give a better idea of the shades):

Gorgeous! I haven't seen them anywhere but Duane Reade as of yet, and they were $2.99 each -- not bad, but keep in mind the bottles are only 9ml as opposed to the standard 15ml bottles. So a little pricey, but SUPER PRETTY!

Now off to get ready for a pedicure and shopping with my BFF :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: Julep Maven Program

And I'm back! My frankening is on hold while I wait for more supplies, so time to get some posts done! NOTD's, Polish Peep Shows and reviews coming up soon :)

Today I have a quick review of Julep's Maven program and my experience thus far. For those of you who don't know, Julep Maven is a program that allows you to receive a customized monthly shipment of polish and other mani goodies. Monthly the price is $20.00, and you receive over $60 of product including 2 polishes.

I had previously ordered the Julep Valentine's Day Mystery Box, which was the same value as the Maven monthly box. Mystery Boxes are supposed to have the potential for up to $200 of product, but I wasn't that lucky. My experience with ordering and receiving my box was easy, and I loved the colors (Blake, a yellow creme, and a purple shade I cannot for the life of me remember at the moment!).

After hearing so much about the Maven program and already liking Julep's polish, I just had to sign up. I took their style quiz and wound up with "Boho Glam", which is pretty accurate I suppose (I'm some kind of weird reincarnated 70's hippie). The shipping was free, which of course everyone likes!

I received my March Boho Glam Box in 4 days via USPS, and immediately tore into it. Here's what the package looks like upon opening:

Pretty packaging! I also like that they ship in an appropriate sized package -- once I ordered a nail polish from Nordie's and they shipped it in a box big enough for a pair of boots. Very wasteful and just dumb.

The polishes themselves are GOOOOOOOOOOOORGEOUS! Boho Glam came complete with Alicia, a coral creme, and Portia, a blue jelly with iridescent sparkles. Here they are:

I quickly swatched both but I don't dare show you my hands right now! They are so beat up from mixing and pouring frankens :( Let's just say both shades have great formula and superb color! Anyways, this review is for the Maven program, not Julep polishes themselves (that's coming later!!).

Also in the March Boho Glam box is a full sized Glycolic Hand Scrub and a nail file. The Julep website says that the March box is supposed to come with Elixir, a Moroccan Argan Oil that I would have loved to try! I did email Julep to ask about this but have not heard back yet (just sent that out a few minutes ago). Standard  squeeze tube, 3 ounces of product. I tested that out too -- my hands feel so smooth! I can always use more nail files, so added the Julep logo one to the pile! For the record, I still use regular files because I can NOT stand the feeling and sound of using glass or "crystal" files. Like nails on a chalkboard!

So here's the whole contents of the box:

Overall, I feel like this is a really good deal. The polishes retail for $18.00 each on the website, so right there it's a great deal at $20 a month for 2 polishes. The scrub retails for $35.00 on the website alone -- the box really seems to be a steal! I'm happy with the service thus far -- speedy shipping and no missing components or weird charges on my credit card. They do have a referral program (every 2 referrals is a free month), so if you like the Maven program and would like to try it please feel free to use my referral link and help me get some free months! Once you sign up, be sure to get your friends to sign up via your link and you can earn free months as well. Who doesn't want free polish???

I just ordered Julep's St. Patricks Day Mystery Box for $20 as well -- the same deal as the V-day box (anywhere from $60 to $200 of product inside) so keeping my fingers crossed I get a good one this time.

If you like what you see here, go to my Julep referral link, take their brief style quiz and get started!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My brain and myself are having creative differences. Also, cameras hate me.

I can't seem to think straight. Every time I think I have a plan laid out for posting, it all goes to hell. I don't want to copy other bloggers (meaning their formats). I don't want to post in a formula -- not the same things all the time, like clockwork. I want to do something different, something interesting.

I'm just afraid I'm not that interesting :(

But, I'm doing my best. Right now I'm working on coming up with some solid post categories and formats. The biggest problem is that I HATE doing swatches. Im totally impatient, I wind up rushing and painting all over my cuticles, and then the swatches look like crap. But I feel like at the very least "Polish Peep Show" should have swatches to go with the bottle shots. So tonight I'll be practicing my swatching skills on some frankens that I made, and then trying to properly photograph them.

Speaking of bottle shots, boyfriend got a new camera and macro lens setup so I'm busy trying to figure out how to take decent pictures! Seriously, I am the least gifted photographer in the universe. My hands shake, I'm impatient, I have no idea what I'm doing...........but, I'm determined to make it work!

Check out some interesting macro shots I took over the last week:

Dollish Polish "Random Dancing" (used in a ring sold in my Etsy shop):

And here's one of my frankens, "Shamrock" (also for sale in my Etsy shop!):

And a classic, Deborah Lippmann's "Across The Universe" (another ring in my Etsy shop!):

Have also been taking random photos around the house to test out the lighting and settings on the camera. The poor dogs are my usual subjects -- first up is Dottie, just checkin out the camera:

Then there's Scooter, just bein' a dude:

I also have 2 cats, but since the dogs moved in they are seldom seen outside the kitchen (where their food and water is). But here's one of them (Rainbows, her sister Christmas is busy sleeping in my lightbox......) hanging out in the kitty condo my boyfriend got for the kitties, with her buddy Dottie napping below (yes that is a potty patch in the lower right corner, they are AWESOME for dogs that need to "go" frequently):

And even though this last one was taken with my Iphone, it's too cute not to share:

Muppets have taken over my bed.

So there's some pictures. Now bear with me while I reformat, do some swatching and photo taking, and tend to my Etsy shop. It's franken city over here!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NOTD: NerdLacquer "All of Time and Space"

Hi all! My apologies for the lack of posts in the past few days, but I've been busy working on my Etsy shop, PolishedPerfection. All my current jewelry items are listed and Ive been working on logos, mailing supplies, and new products! Check it out!!!

Onto serious business. Today's NOTD is a truly unique (to me, at least) mix of colors from NerdLacquer. "All of Time and Space" is part of the Mad Man with a Box trio (inspired by the TV show "Dr. Who"). I've been lusting after this shade for a while, and finally picked it up recently when Nerdlacquer's store opened (very briefly before everything sold out!).

AOTAS is a seafoam green shimmer base with micro and medium hex glitter in two colors: silver and purple. That's right -- PURPLE! It sounds hideous, but the contrast in colors plays out very nicely in this polish. The formula is a bit sheer, but nothing that an opaque coat of base color can't help with.

I was a bit unsure of how to wear this color when I sat down to do my nails. It seemed that none of the "base" colors I own would work with AOTAS -- Essie's "Navigate Her" was too green, "Turquoise & Cacios" too, I decided to use just 1 coat of OP Funny Bunny to give AOTAS something to build on (also because I just received it and wanted to check out the application!). Over the base, I used 2 coats of AOTAS. The color seems fully developed but I think next time I will do 3 coats for better opacity.

Natural light:

Look at all that glitter!!!!!! I love it so much :)

And here's one shot with flash:

I did use a coat of Gelous over the 2 coats of AOTAS to even out the finish. I find that even if a glitter polish doesn't feel gritty before topcoat, it will probably still be "hungry' and suck up that layer of topcoat if I don't put something on after the glitter polish. Seche Vite finished it up and I was super happy with the color!

Make sure you stop by NerdLacquer's Etsy shop  and sign up for notification of when the talented Miss Amanda will be back from vacation --- trust me, you want some of this glittery goodness!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Adventures In Stamping: Zebra Stripes

I mentioned "cheat manis" in a previous post and thought I'd show a perfect example! Cheat manis are when I take an existing mani that might just be a bit dull, and change it up with stamping, glitter topcoats, crackle topcoats........whatever catches my eye! This trick is great for when you're bored with your mani and it's still in good shape, you don't have time to change polish but want a different look, or when you're like me and you're too lazy to start from scratch!!

My Zoya "Freja" and Glitter Gal "10 to Midnight" mani was super pretty, but kind of plain for my taste. My boyfriend got me the Bundlemonster 21 plate pack from Amazon to encourage me to work on my stamping skills (I had voiced frustration with stamping a few weeks back) so I thought it would be a perfect time to test out the plates, try a more subtle stamp effect than my last go-round, and give my mani a new lease on life! Plus, I was running short on time before dinner with friends (as usual) and a quick round of stamping was the only thing I could fit in before we had to split.

My subtle zebra creation (BOO BAD CLEANUP):

I used the BM-223 plate for the zebra stripes, and stamped in Konad Special Polish in black. I put a coat of Seche Vite over top to seal the design, and done! I was really happy with how this turned out -- this is the first time I've been successful in full nail designs (with the exception of my thumb, it overlapped a bit when I went to line up a 2nd stamp because my nails are bigger than the design) and I was really liking how the holo shone through the stripes.

Holo peeking though:

I had a hard time not staring at my hands all through dinner! My one complaint is that Konad Special Polish in black is SO HARD to clean off my cuticles! I should have done one more pass with acetone before posting these, but I'll blame the distracting rainbows on my fingers!

It even looks cool in black and white (thanks Instagram!):

In the future I'll have to try more holo polishes as base for full nail stamps! I'm thinking some leopard print stamped over a pink jelly holo franken I created would be sweet! I need more stamping polishes, but am kind of reluctant to try more Konad SP so I'm slowly testing out existing polishes I have that might be opaque enough (only winner so far: Rescue Beauty Lounge "Piu Mosso"!). This mani will probably hang out on my tips for a few more days -- I like it too much to take it off just yet!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

REVIEW: Nostalgic Nail Lacquer "Andie"

Oh, Nostalgic Nail I love you so! I can NOT say enough wonderful things about their polishes - and even though I have eleventy billion polishes to try (not to mention swatch and review, let alone a full mani) I keep gravitating towards their shades -I can't resist the glitter!!! Today, I have NNL's "Andie" to review.

Nostalgic Nail Lacquer is an indie brand found on Etsy. "Andie" is from the Bizarre Teenage Love Triangle trio - the polishes are named after characters in "Pretty in Pink" -- Andie, Duckie and Blaine. Here's all 3 polishes:

Duckie, Andie, Blaine

Cute packaging! The labels make the glass look frosted, and I love the fonts they used for the polish names! Simple and effective.

Andie is a milky pink jelly base with large pink hex glitter and small purple glitter. The jelly base is not very pigmented (would still show VNL and that's not my style) so here I have shown it over a base of Essie "To Buy or Not to Buy", a pale lavender. This does give the polish a slight purple tint in the pictures, but "Andie" is pigmented enough to hold its shade with 2 coats.


Direct sunlight (just trying out different angles and light sources for best representation):

I really liked the consistency of "Andie" -- the jelly was thick enough to apply evenly, and the glitter was not too difficult to work with. As with "Duckie", I had to work with the hex glitter to get it evenly distributed on the nail, but I don't mind a bit of work for such an amazing polish! I love everything about it -- the colors, the finish, the's almost like pink polka dots floating in a sea of pink jello! Or maybe I just analyze things too much. Hmm...

My experience with NNL during purchase and shipping was nothing but positive. My polishes were shipped fast, and well wrapped. The Bizarre Teenage Love Triangle trio was actually my second purchase, and I have no doubt I'll be back for more!

Verdict: Yes, please. Soft, pretty, squishy glitter perfection! Definitely a keeper. When NNL restocks their Etsy store, snag a Bizarre Teenage Love Triangle trio while you can!