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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