The Devil Wears Polish: Chocolate Lovers Reborn Review (plus No More Butterflies LE Fundraiser!)

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“Brown colored polish and rainbows on chocolate” is what I’ve been singing in my head to the tune of My Favorite Things this week.  I know, I’m a dork, but I’m just SO excited about the latest collection from The Devil Wears Polish!  Tami revamped last years Chocolate Collection and added linear holo to eight yummy chocolate brown colors!  Yay, Holo all the things!   Brown, Holo, Polish, Chocolate …this collection seriously is a list of my favorite things and Tami sent me a couple to try out and review for you, yay!  I used two coats and my Vapid Lacquer Topcoat in all of these pictures.  The formula for both of them was nice, creamy and dried fast.

Chocolate Cupcake is a rich brown with a nice dose of linear holo.  I LOVE this color so much!  It really is the color of a yummy chocolate cupcake (with lots of frosting, of course!) 🙂 or a milk chocolate bar.

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White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino is a pretty taupe color with tons of linear holo fire.  Mmmm, white chocolate coffees are my favorite!  This one is so holo-y it even shines in low indoor natural lighting, so pretty!

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The Chocolate Lovers Reborn Collection can be bought individually for $12 or as a set for $84.  Check out the complete collection HERE, along with all of the other pretties in the shop.

Another stunning polish in her shop that you don’t want to miss out on is No More Butterflies, a light teal-blue linear holo.  This one looks amazing and I already ordered mine! 🙂

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This is a limited edition fundraiser polish to benefit a cause that is very close to Tami’s heart.  $2 from each bottle sold will be donated to the Epilepsy Foundation of America in an effort to raise awareness and provide education about how to care for someone who is experiencing a seizure.  Ensuring that teachers, students and friends know what to do and how to help when a seizure occurs is so important and will ease the anxiety and calm those nervous butterflies of the children who experience seizures as well as their parents.   This beauty will only be available until September 5th, 2014 …2 more days!  Don’t miss out!

To learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation of America, you can visit their website here: http://www.epilepsy.com/  If you’d rather make a donation without the polish purchase, you can do so HERE.

Press Sample:  The polishes in this review were given to by Tami of The Devil Wears Polish in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

 

ellagee’s Villainous Holo-ween Collection: Maleficent and Hades Duo Swatches & Review

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I love Halloween and who doesn’t love Disney?!  So I was super excited when Laura of ellagee asked it I would review some of her polishes from the upcoming Villainous Holo-ween Collection inspired by the quirky Disney villains we all love.  This collection contains eight polish duos that are all based on a different Disney villain.  Each set has an incredible holo polish and a coordinating glitter topper.  Pre-orders for these polishes begin on 9/5/2014 and can be purchased separately or as a set.   I was sent the Maleficent and Hades Duos to swatch and review and just love them, let’s take a look…

I had to try the Maleficent Duo based on the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty first because, I’ll admit, she has always been one of the scariest and most evil villains to me.  I can still hear her voice and laugh in my head, “Fools! Idiots! Imbeciles!” and “Now shall you deal with me and all the powers of HELL! bwahaha!

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Now Shall You Deal With ME! is a sparkling lime green polish with intense linear and scattered holographic shimmer and flashes of gold.  This polish perfectly captures the color of her green flames.  The formula was flawless, I used two thin coats and my Vapid Lacquer Topcoat for all these pictures.  The holo-fire was so intense in the sun and under led lights and the gold shimmer really came through in lower lighting.

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Mistress Of All Evil is a clear top coat with a mix of black, purple, and hot pink holo glitters.  It was made to go perfectly with Now Shall You Deal with ME!, so I tried it over that first.  Some of the other blogger/swatchers used the glitter topcoats over other colors and I LOVE the versatility with these!  You have so many options and they look amazing over so many colors.  In these pictures I used 1 coat over Now Shall You Deal With ME!  It went on so easily, no fishing, dabbing or placing the glitter needed, and as a bonus, it dried SO smooth I probably could have gotten away without a topcoat!

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I know this was made to be a topper, but I sure do love a good glitter bomb and couldn’t resist trying to use it alone too.  I used 3 coats in these pictures to get full coverage.  Mistress of All Evil is SO sparkly and my camera refused to cooperate so I used a couple blurred photos to show off the bling. 🙂

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Next up is the Hades Duo based on the Disney movie Hercules and I think I may love these colors even more!  Fine, I’ll admit it, I had to do a little homework for this duo …Hercules must have came out when I wasn’t watching new movies and before I had kids because it is one of the very few Disney flicks I hadn’t seen.   Well, I remedied that with a few clicks on Netflix and the kids sure didn’t mind a bit.  We’ve now watched it umpteen times and have all the songs stuck in our heads. 🙂

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Whoa, Is My Hair Out?  is a sparkling aqua blue with intense linear and scattered holographic shimmer and perfectly captures the blue flames of Hades hair.  The holo in this one is insane and I couldn’t stop staring at my nails!  Again this is 2 thin coats with a top coat and the formula was flawless.

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Let’s Get Ready To RUMBLE is a clear top coat with a mix of navy, indigo, and charcoal holo glitters.  In the first pictures I used 1 coat over Whoa Is My Hair Out? and application was once again perfect and so smooth.  Then I used it alone with 3 coats to get full coverage.

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What do you think of these?  Who is your favorite villain?  I love that these colors can be used all year and not just specifically for Halloween.  You can get you hands on these starting Friday September 5th, 2014 at 9am CST.  Check out the other amazing Villainous Holo-ween Duos at ellagee.com and follow along on Facebook for release updates and lots more pretty pictures.

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PRESS SAMPLE:  I was provided these polishes from Laura at ellagee in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own.

Mod Lacquer Swatches and Winter SALE!

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I have another fun set of polishes to show you from Mod Lacquer LLC!   Jennifer over at Mod personally hand blends all the nail polish sold in this shop creating some really unique and beautiful designs. The Mod Lacquer Winter Sale is going on right now!  Use code: SHOP15 for 15% off your order with no minimum through 12/31!

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I was sent a blogger package with five polishes from a variety of collections and had a lot of fun playing with them.  I want to show you Goblin first because I was so excited to finally have a crazy color shifter!

Goblin is a beautiful green duo-chrome that shifts from olive green to bright green to a warm burgundy/brown with a micro fine scattered holo glitter to give a little sparkle.  The difference between the bright emerald green and coppery burgundy is so dramatic and in other lights it almost looks black!  The formula was great and went on smoothly and evenly.  In these pictures I have on two coats and a top coat.

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Loup Garou is a clear base with warm toned micro fiber glitters that give it a fuzzy look.  I love the colors in this one, the warm Fall colors are my favorite year round.  This one went on really easily and I didn’t have any problems getting the bars to space out evenly or lay down smoothly even with just one coat.  In this first picture I have on two coats of Loup Garou over Solar Sail and a top coat.

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In these next three pictures I have on 1 coat over various colors and three coats alone on my ring finger.  Wearing it alone actually ended up being my favorite and I did the rest of my nails like that for a few days.

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Sideshow is a sheer blue cream base with a variety of different colors and sizes of glitter.  This one is so bright and fun, like a party popper or confetti cake.  I really enjoyed using this full sized bottle, I don’t have any others shaped like this and found it really easy use and control.  The glitters are suspended in the base perfectly making it really easy to get them out without any digging or extra dipping.  In these pictures I have on 3 coats with a top coat.

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Solar Sail is a bright yellow/orange with a warm shimmer and gold flecks.  I love flakey glitter and the gold looks so pretty in this orange color.  It really shines in the sun!  This one went on really great and I have on 2 coats with a top coat in these pictures.

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Waxing Whimsical is a sheer mint green jelly base with a mix of different sizes and shapes of neon pink glitter, including butterflies!  Yay!  This one is so cute, I love the sage mint and pink combo and the butterflies make me really happy! 🙂  In these pictures I have on 3 coats with a top coat.

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Check out all of the fun polishes in the Mod Lacquer Etsy Shop and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates, promotions and lots of pretty pictures.  All of the Mod Lacquer polishes are hand mixed using micas, pigments, glitter and a 3 free suspension base that has been tested overtime to keep glitter in suspension with little to no settling.  All finished products are cruelty free as well as the ingredients used to produce the final product.

I was provided this blogger package in exchange for my honest review and all opinions are my own.

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Seven and Parker 25% off Sale & FREE SHIPPING

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Seven & Parker is having a SALE …and just in time to start stocking up on gifts for the holidays!  Use the Discount Code: TRAVEL25 to receive 25% off orders of $50 or more and ALWAYS enjoy FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders!  This offer is good through Wednesday 11/13 so don’t miss out!

All of Seven and Parker’s polishes are handmade and 5-free, making them a gift you can really feel good about giving!

Check out some of the pretty Seven & Parker Polishes in my review HERE and keep up with the latest news and creations on Facebook and Twitter.

The Devil Wears Polish Customs, Holos & Anarchy

If you could have someone create any type of nail polish for you, what would you have them make?  Someone asked me this question a couple months ago and I thought of a few ideas.  Literally the next day The Devil Wears Polish posted a picture of her chocolate holo Nice & Toasty and I was floored!  This was exactly what I was picturing as one of my ideas!

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That got me thinking, and I contacted Tami about another idea that I thought she would do best and Indian Summer was born.  This polish is really special and is made in remembrance of Tami’s dad.  I feel very honored to have been able to collaborate with her on this beautiful color.  Check out this collage that she made to announce its arrival …I definitely felt super warm and fuzzy seeing my mention in it. 🙂

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Indian Summer is a copper jelly base containing copper hex, dark copper micro hex, and small gold dots.  It is really sheer so it can be used as a glitter topper to add some festive Fall flavor, or it can be worn on its own in 3 coats or so.  I’m always a little greedy with my color so I used 4 coats in these pictures with a top coat.  I felt like it dried really fast because I was actually packing for a road trip in between coats and every couple minutes I had to change laundry, change diapers, do dishes and I never smeared it at all! (that pretty much never happens, I am always redoing a couple fingers)  I seriously LOVE this color, check it out…

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The Devil Wears Polish – Indian Summer (1 coat over Suck My Peach, Nice & Toasty, Julep Ingrid and Julep Olivia)

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The reason why I knew she would do such a good job with this one?  Her jellies are awesome!  I bought these a while back, check out how pretty How’s Them Berries and Merman Tracks are!  Both of these are 3 coats with a top coat.  Love, love, love the large dot glitters!

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The Devil Wears Polish – Merman Tracks and How’s Them Berries 

But do you know what The Devil Wears Polish does even better?!  HOLOS!  In my mind Tami is the Queen of Holo, maybe it’s because they were some of the first ones I saw, but they are amazing!  I bought a few from her Lustrous Linears 2.0 line and then of course my Nice & Toasty.   She also created another beauty for me called Bourbon Substitute which is a gorgeous amber holo, buuut I haven’t been able to buy that one yet, so it will have to wait.  Take a look at these pics to find out why I am in love with Tami’s holos so much… all of these pictures are 3 coats with a top coat.  2 coats would have been perfectly fine, but remember I am greedy with my color! lol

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The Devil Wears Polish – Nice & Toasty

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The Devil Wears Polish – Suck My Peach

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The Devil Wears Polish – Water Nympho …the PERFECT rainbow!

The Aspiring Anarchist Collection is also available in the store now and is a cute punk themed collection inspired by by early punk bands.  Tami slipped in an extra mini of I Wanna Be Sedated with one of my orders and was so excited!  This is my favorite one from the collection, and every time I think about it I get the song by the Ramones stuck in my head.  This is a black jelly base with multi-colored neon micro glitters, matte pink and white skulls, and a dash of white micro glitter.  Pink skulls?!  Are you kidding me?  LOVE it!

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All of the nail polish at The Devil Wears polish is hand mixed using a 3-free base that does not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde or Dibutyl Phthalate.

The Devil Wears Polish is involved in a HUGE giveaway from The Polish Diva, so you can enter for a chance to win some of her fun creations here: http://thepolishdiva.blogspot.com/2013/10/huge-new-indie-polish-giveaway.html

…AND she will be sponsoring a prize in my 1 year anniversary giveaway so stay tuned for that!  YAY!

Check out all the pretties at The Devil Wears Polish Store and keep up with all the news and promotions on Facebook.  Tami is always creating new things and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Polished Expression Custom Nail Wraps Review

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I have the most BEAUTIFUL nail wraps I have ever seen to share with you today and the best part is they are HANDMADE!

Deb over at Polished Expression Designs makes a variety of custom wooden home and wedding decor using reclaimed wood and materials.  Her products are so cute with a rustic shabby chic style.  She also makes stunning custom nail wraps using real nail polish!  I love the marbling nail art technique but have absolutely no interest in trying to do it myself, so when I saw her nail wraps I was really intrigued!

She makes them with real nail polish and instead of using glue or heat like other wraps, they just adhere to your regular wet base coat.   I bought a set of 12 in the Chocolate Truffle design and Deb threw in a bunch of other fun Fall colors for me to review too, yay!  I’m so glad she did, because I ended up really loving some of the other colors she sent!  I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous about the application, what if I mess it up?  I didn’t want to waste any!  After watching a tutorial that Lacquer is the Best Medicine did, I was super excited  and couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

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They came laid out on wax paper and are really easy to use.  First choose which wrap you want and trim it to a bit larger than your nail.  Then paint your nail with base coat or polish and while the polish is still tacky, peal the wrap off the paper, smooth it onto your nail and press down around the sides with an orange stick to seal the edges.  Once your base coat is dry, then peal off the excess around your nail and clean up the edges.

I actually did pretty good my first time, but you will see that I got better at cleaning the edges as I went.  I tried it first on my natural nails, then on my press-ons, and liked them both.  You can use these as a whole manicure or just on an accent nail which gives you lots of options.   There are quite a few color schemes you can choose from and Deb offers custom designs too, so shoot her a message and see what she can do for you.

OK, are you ready for tons of pics?

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I really loved these!  Check out all of the pretty nail wraps and cute wood decor in the Polished Expression Store and keep with with the news and sales on Facebook and Twitter.

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Beauty Bar Baby Mineral Eyeshadow Review and SALE!

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I have recently been trying to use more natural beauty products, so when my friend told me about Beauty Bar Baby Mineral Makeup I jumped at the chance to buy the discounted blogger package to try them and share them with you.  All of the mineral makeup at Beauty Bar Baby is 100% all natural with NO parabens, sulfates, talc, preservatives, fragrances, dyes, or cheap fillers added.  Everything in the shop is handcrafted in small batches by Nicole.  She literally has 100’s of items and tons of colors in her shop and is constantly adding new things!  Keep reading for a special offer just for us!
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I bought 2 blogger packages with 6 eye shadows each and even trying to pick just 12 colors was hard!  I decided to try both warm and cool shades so I could play around with some fun color combos.  When they arrived I was in awe!  These are definitely the prettiest eye shadows I have every owned, or even seen!  Some of them are so sparkly, I just can’t get over it!  Each eyeshadow was individually sealed in shrink wrapped plastic, so they all arrived safely with no spillage at all.
I was super excited, but honestly I had never used loose powdered eyeshadow before.  First I played around with it using q-tips and then bought a little makeup brush set at CVS.  I swatched each color on my arm, both dry and wet.  It is crazy how different they can look when applied wet!  Several of the ones I bought were eyeshadow/eyeliners and I really loved how they looked as eyeliner!  I was surprised what smooth line you can get using it this way.  Then of course I played around with a few different looks using them.  Are you ready for tons of pics?
Black Widow, Meteor and Stolen  Left to Right is Black Widow, Meteor and Stolen.
Black Widow Liner/Shadow – Black with silver diamond fire sparks through out
Meteor Liner/Shadow – Smokey grey/black matte shade with silver sparkles
Stolen Liner/Shadow – Steel blue grey with purple undertones
Chocolate Sparks, Camp Fire and Sandy Toes  Left to Right is Chocolate Sparks, Campfire and Sandy Toes.
Chocolate Sparks Glimmer Eyeshadow – Chocolate brown with hints of golden sparks
Campfire Eyeshadow – Rich shimmery oranges, golds & browns
Sandy Toes – Neutral soft colors of peaches, pinks & gleaming honey golds
Seductress and Grapeberry  Left to Right is Seductress and Grapeberry.
Seductress Duo Chrome Eyeshadow – Matte Black base color (looks purple in jar) loaded with purple sparkle glitter & purple interference glowing undertones
Grapeberries Glimmer Eyeshadow – Medium purple amethyst with black undertones
Sexy and Lust  Left to Right is Lust and Sexy
Lust Glimmer Eyeshadow – Deep mauve/burgandy tone with brown undertones
Sexy Glimmer Eyeshadow – Plum burgundy with pink rose undertones
Dragons Tail and Barbados  Left to Right is Dragon’s Tail and Barbados.
Dragon’s Tail Liner/Shadow – Deep & dark shades of blues & emerald greens with black undertones, more of a teal shade
Barbados Glimmer Eyeshadow – Shimmery teal blue green shade with silver sparkle undertones
I had a lot of fun playing around with different looks and colors, but found out quickly that I am not a makeup artist …yet, haha. 🙂
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Barbados and Seductress Seductress & Barbardos
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SALE Time!

There is a Fall Sale going on right now for 50% Off All Eyeshadow Colorsand Nicole has actually offered a special discount, just for US!  Use the code 10FREEBIEMOMMIE10 at checkout for an extra 10% off your order!  Yay!  Check out all of the amazing products in the Beauty Bar Baby Store and follow along on Facebook for all the latest sales and giveaways.
Extra bonus fun…
My friend Sarah from Polish Luv turned one of her Beauty Bar Baby Eyeshadows into a nail polish and it was incredible!  Now, I don’t know anything about polish making (and I’ll leave it to the experts) but I couldn’t resist and put a little bit of Campfire into some clear base coat to see what would happen.  I really love this coppery color!
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Then I put a bit of Barbados in an almost empty bottle of Taste the Rainbow from Polish Luv and came up with this awesome color!  Fun! …looks like Nicole should start making polish too! 😉
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