For the Love of Polish Box – April

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Hi Everyone!

Today I have the April edition of the For The Love Of Polish box. This is a monthly box featuring Polished for Days, Pahlish and a guest maker. This month’s guest maker is Tonic Polish and the theme is Dragons!

Pahlish – Madam Mim

This polish is a bright lavender with holo flakes and chameleon flakes. It was a bit sheer on the first coat but it was fully opaque on the second coat. I see a good amount of pink flakes in there along with some pink shimmer. This was easy to apply and despite the amount of flakes, removal was easy as well. My swatch is two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Polished for Days – Dragon Breath

This polish is a purple-red base with holo flakes and red to copper shifting shimmer. This polish is definitely a vampy color but the holo flakes give it a nice sparkle. This was easy to apply and remove. I had no staining. My swatch shows two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Tonic Polish – Draccus

This polish was tricky to photograph. The official description is a deep teal with purple to copper shimmer. The purple shimmer is very dominant though my pictures show more of a blue tone. I was able to catch the copper to green shimmer at an extreme angle. There is a soft but gorgeous linear holo running throughout. This polish was easy to apply and remove with no staining. My swatch shows two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Thanks again for stopping by to check out my swatches!

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March Polish Pickup Pack – Books

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Hi Everyone!

I have a whole bunch of polishes to show you today. These are from March’s round of Polish Pickup Pack. The theme for March was books! I hope you enjoy my swatches.

 

Alter Ego – Midsummer Night’s Dream

This is a new-to-me brand. I love the unique bottle shape and the brush was easy to control. This polish is a smooth silver foil. Application was easy. I was worried about visible brush strokes but the polish glided on smoothly. My swatch is two coats and a glossy top coat. My macro shot revealed tiny blue specks which I was not expecting.

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B Polished – Like Anybody Reads In The Library

This is a gorgeous soft pink to purple thermal with color-coordinating flakes. The cold state is a glowing purple; the warm state is the soft pink. The flakes give this polish a beautiful depth in both states. Application was smooth and easy. My swatch shows two coats and a glossy top coat. I think my macro captured the thermal transition nicely.

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CrowsToes – Stellla!

This polish is a gunmetal base loaded with glitter of every color! I don’t know if it’s possible to get any more glitter in one bottle! The first coat was almost full-coverage especially below my free edge but I did two coats for a fuller look. Even with all that glitter, the polish was smooth before top coat. The glossy top coat really pumped up the sparkle. I love glitter bombs because they have so much going on but removal can sometimes be a pain. This polish, however, removed cleanly and easily.

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Fair Maiden Polish – You Do It Too!

Multichrome base, holo glitter and iridescent glitter – what a beautiful combination! This polish is a soft purple-red base that shifts to gold and green. It is bursting with holo and iridescent glitter that perfectly compliment the shifts in the base color. My swatch shows two smooth coats and a glossy top coat. I tried to capture all the shifts in still pictures…check out the macro!

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Fancy Gloss – Captured Butterfly

This is a stunning teal green to violet thermal with turquoise shimmer and tiny pink flakes. The cold state is gorgeous teal green that blends nicely with the vibrant violet of the warm state. The turquoise shimmer is very visible in both states. My swatch shows two coats and a glossy top coat. Without top coat, this polish dries to a satin finish. I tried to capture the tiny pink flakes in the macro shot.

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Illyrian Polish – Narrow Sea

This polish is a blue-leaning teal base with red-gold-green shifting shimmer and small bright blue sparks. This was fully opaque in two coats. The red-gold-green shimmer really shines through even though the base does seem dark at certain angles. The bright blue sparks pop nicely against the base color and shimmer.

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Nvr Enuff – If You’re A Bird, I’m A Bird

Here’s a gorgeous magenta-red chrome polish with soft linear holo and tiny blue and silver flakes. My swatch shows two smooth coats for full opacity. The base color is so versatile – bright enough for a great spring manicure but the red is perfect for the holidays, too. The soft linear holo and silver and blue flakes give this polish a nice depth.

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Pahlish – The Land Of Tears

This polish features a green to blue shifting shimmer and a generous amount of holo flakies swimming in a gorgeous violet jelly base. The holo flakies show up nicely against the shifting base. It was almost fully opaque in just one coat but my swatch is two coats (plus gloss top coat) for full coverage on my free edge.

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Quixotic Polish – The Girl Who Stood On A Grave

This polish is a gray base with teal-blue-purple-red shifting shimmer and a light scattered holo. The shifting shimmer transitions beautifully and the scattered holo pops nicely against the soft base color. My swatch shows two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Supermoon Lacquer – I Would Walk 417 Miles

Here’s a stunning charcoal gray polish with a whole lot of shimmer, flakes and sparks! The base is a deep charcoal with scattered holo. The flash of the blue and red sparks and the purple shimmer really shine through. There are tiny bright blue flakes in there, too! My swatch shows one coat – yes, ONE COAT for full coverage (and a glossy top coat)!

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Top Shelf Lacquer – For Pete’s Sake

Want to see a super shifty multichrome polish with shifting flakes and scattered holo? Here it is! The base shifts from blue to vibrant purple, then red and green. It is full of chameleon flakes that shift from pink to orange to bright green and scattered holo glitter. The shifting flakes compliment the shifting base perfectly. My swatch is two coats and a glossy top coat.

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I hope you enjoyed my reviews of these polishes. Comments and questions are always appreciated. Thank you for reading my blog.

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For The Love Of Polish – February 2018

Hi Everyone!

Today I have the February edition of the For The Love Of Polish box. This is a monthly box featuring Polished for Days, Pahlish and a guest maker. This month’s guest maker is Blush Lacquers and the theme is 1980’s! I was born in the mid-70’s and grew up in the 80’s…how could I not get this box?

The first polish is Karma Chameleon by Polished for Days. You might have expected this to be red, gold and green but it’s a gorgeous purple with blue to teal shift! It also contains scattered holo glitter and holo flakes which give this polish a beautiful depth. My swatch shows two coats and glossy top coat.PfD02PfD03PfD01

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Next up is The Final Countdown by Pahlish. This is a soft gray base with purple shimmer and scattered holo. The shimmer really shines through and at a certain angle, it shifted to copper but I couldn’t capture that on camera. My swatch shows two coats and glossy top coat.

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Last up is Synthwave Diva by Blush Lacquers. This polish features a blackened base with pink to red shimmer, multichrome flakes and scattered holo. There’s so much gorgeous in this polish. The flakes give it a nice depth and the pink to red shimmer just glows! My swatch shows two coats and glossy top coat.

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This box is on my monthly must-have list simply because the polishes are always so unique. This month’s polishes definitely fit that description. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my swatches!

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December Polish Pickup Pack – Holidays Around the World

Hello!

I know it’s been a while since my very first post and it wasn’t my intention to go so long without posting again. Right after I launched my blog, the holidays started and we all know how crazy those can be.

Today, I have some polishes to share that I purchased during the December Polish Pickup Pack sale. For those of you who don’t know about Polish Pickup Pack, head on over to the Facebook group and see what it’s all about! In a nutshell, there’s a monthly theme on which members get to vote. The makers create polishes from inspiration photos based on that theme and the polishes are offered for sale during the first weekend (Friday through Monday) of each month.

December’s theme was Holidays Around the World. These polishes were purchased by me and these are my honest reviews.

Anchor & Heart Lacquer – What Is a Pirate’s Favorite Letter?

This polish is a beautiful purple-red jelly with blue, purple and red shimmer. It also contains gold micro shreds and a bit of holographic blue micro glitter. My swatch shows two coats and no top coat because I really like the way it dried semi-matte.

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B Polished – Witches’ Brew

This polish is a vampy purple base with tons of color shifting flakes and scattered holo. My swatch is two coats with a glossy top coat. Unfortunately, I have only one picture of this polish because I accidentally deleted the pictures from my memory card and my computer.

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Bluebird Lacquer – For the Rest of Us

This polish is a gorgeous shade of classic Christmas red. It features scattered holo and tiny blue sparks. My swatch is two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Blush Lacquer – Countdown Kiss

Here’s an eye-catching linear holo with a soft lavender flash. I see tiny color-shifting flakes in there, too. My swatch is two coats plus a glossy top coat.

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Bohemian Polish – Krampusnacht

This polish is a vampy purple-red with red shimmer and linear holo. At first, I couldn’t decide between this one and “For the Rest of Us” because I thought they would be very close in person. I am so glad that I got both because they are very different but both are gorgeous. My swatch shows two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Colors by Llarowe – Frohe Feiertage!

This polish is a soft shimmering nude with pink shimmer and scattered holo. Google tells me that Frohe Feiertage means Happy Holidays. I used two coats and a glossy top coat for these pictures. I need to try this polish as a topper over a dark base.

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Contrary Polish – A Lapland Christmas

This one is a stunner! The soft gray/blue base! The pink and green shifting shimmer! The holo sparks! My swatch is two coats with a glossy top coat.

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Polished for Days – Rockin’ Eve

This polish is a navy blue base with a copper/pink/green shimmer and holographic flakes. Holographic flakes seemed to be very popular this year in the indie polish world. I really love how they give a polish a “dirty” finish without hiding the base color. My swatch is two coats and a glossy top coat.

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Quixotic Polish – Basant

Here is Basant. This polish is emerald green with a strong pinkish-red flash and gold shimmer. There’s a nice scattered holo in there, too. My swatch is two coats (though I should have done three) with a glossy top coat.

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Stella Chroma – Karavaki

Karavaki is a black jelly base filled with small blue and silver holographic glitters. I absolutely love glitter bombs like this. They’re great on their own but can be used as a topper, too. Next time, I will try this over a one-coat black creme. My swatch is two coats and a thick glossy top coat.

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Turtle Tootsie Polishes – Christmas in Rockefeller Center

This is a black jelly with a stunning purple shimmer with color-shifting flakes and green holo glitters. This is a very unique polish so I knew it would be a nice addition to my collection. My swatch is two coats and a glossy top coat.

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I hope you enjoyed my reviews of these polishes. Comments and questions are always appreciated. Thank you for reading my blog.

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Welcome to My Blog

Welcome! I love nail polish and knitting but I’m sure you guessed that by the title of my blog. I’ll be sharing nail polish swatches and knitting projects here. I’d like to start this off with a post about me. My name is Kristen and I live in Boston, MA with my husband, Tommy and our cat, Rex. You might see the latter around here.

Back in 1999, I started getting acrylic overlays on my nails. Shortly after, I began collecting mainstream brands like OPI, Orly and China Glaze. It wasn’t until 2012 that I discovered indie nail polish. My first indie brands included pipe dream polish, Enchanted Polish, ILNP, and CrowsToes. My polish collection has grown considerably since then and I own more indie polishes than mainstream polishes now.

I started knitting in 2003. One of my co-workers was knitting in the lunch room and I commented to her that I wished I could knit. She responded simply, “You can do this. You just have to learn.” She offered to teach me so I bought a set of needles and some cheap yarn. She showed me the basics and shortly thereafter I was making scarves, dish cloths and baby blankets. I started with making easy, one-piece objects but my skills have progressed over the years. I’ve learned several advanced knitting techniques and I’ve even designed a couple of patterns.

I’m looking forward to sharing my love of nail polish and knitting. I hope you enjoy the content about which I will be writing. I appreciate any feedback or comments. Thank you for taking the time to read my very first post.

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