Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Day in the Life: My Obsession with the Beatles and Polish

 Now, if you know me, you will know I am a HUGE Beatles fan. It's actually a little embarrassing. Ok, well it might not be embarrassing for me, but it might be for people that have to be around me (and my insanely loud tye-dyed shirts LOL)

When I began on my polish journey I had no idea there were Beatles themed nail polishes until I stumbled across Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe. And I was in love. It officially became my first lemming.

 I mean, how can you not be in love with this? It's an awesome Beatles song (Let It Be, Track 7) and a kick ASS movie

 If you haven't seen Across the Universe, you need to. I have never tried drugs, I don't condone the use of drugs, but I'm pretty sure that that movie is basically what trippin' is like.

Anyways, I digress (which I will be doing a LOT in this post.)

 DL's version of Across the Universe is a gorgeous dark blue jelly base full of hexes of different shades of blue and green of all different sizes. It's freaking gorgeous.

My next Beatles themed polish was China Glaze's Strawberry Fields. Named for the song Strawberry Fields Forever (Magical Mystery Tour, Track 8) China Glaze's "interpretation" is so-so. It's bright, colorful, cheery. Which was basically the theme of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album which was pretty much LSD derived (or transcendental meditation derived- however you want to look at it. There had to be some kind of hallucination going on for them to come up with some of these songs lol)

 She's a beaut, ain't she? A nice bright pink creme is laced with orange flakies to produce this gorgeous little gem.

 *sigh* This picture doesn't really capture the prettiness

 But this one does!!!

In this picture it kind of reminds me of the red gate that is outside of the original Strawberry Fields in England...

 Someday I will go there... Damnit...

My next one was HM's Across the Trailer Park, which I freaking love the play on words (I live in a trailer park, duh) and I love the fact that it's a less-expensive almost-dupe of DL's ATU.

 It's a blue jelly base with the same blue and green hex mix, only in different shades as DL's

 To be honest, I like HM's better than DL's. But that's just me. The hexes aren't as big, and I hate to say it but my DL is slightly taco-ing. Not cool, yo.

Here's Fiona Apple singing ATU, which is a pretty damned nice cover if you ask me. It was in Pleasantville, btw. 

Now come the Holy Grail of my Beatles polish collection. *angels sing on high*

Hey Jude, by Enchanted Polish. Some say it was written for Lennon's mother, some say it was written for Julian- Lennon's son. (Past Masters Vol. 2, Track 7). One of my all time favorite Beatles songs. I can remember singing this to my son when he was fussy as an infant.

Enchanted created a wonderful duo-chrome scatter holo for Hey Jude that really, really does it justice. Sooooo beautiful, haunting almost.

Next up is Octopus's Garden (Abbey Road, Track 5). Which, honestly, I have a hell of a time telling the difference between it and Enchanted's version of Across the Universe. But, it is one of the few songs that my favorite Ringo got to sing and thus makes it a classic.

It's another gorgeous duo-chrome with scattered holo in it.

Enchanted's version of Across the Universe is much like Octopus's Garden as you can see:

It's the gorgeous duo-chrome, but it's a little more greenish purple when Octopus's Garden is a little more blueish purple.

 Across the Universe with Flash

 Octopus's Garden with Flash. See, they're kinda similar but not quite?

Now there's three more Enchanted's (well four if you count the elusive Penny Lane) that I want, that some day I'll get. But for right now, I'll settle for a close dupe of Enchanted's I Am the Walrus (Magical Mystery Tour, Track 6).

My friend Amy made this beauty called Wicked, completely unaware that she was soooo close to duping IATW. It's a gorgeous deep mahogany red with scattered holo that's just melt in your mouth gorgeous. I just received this polish today after wanting it FOREVER and I couldn't be happier!

 Such a beauty!


Next on the list is my accidental find by Whimsical by Pam. She's an awesome gal who sells from her Facebook page and makes quite a killing on it.

When you think of Magical Mystery Tour (Magical Mystery Tour, Track 1) you're smothered in bright colors, purples, pinks, yellows, greens. A symphony of sound and thought.

Pam captured that in this gorgeous polish. A creamy purple base is chock full of different-sized blue hex glitters for a Magical free-for-all!

How can you not like this polish?! I mean, c'mon! It's so bright and happy and cheerful! Makes you want to break out into song every time you look at it (or listen to it!)

This one isn't quite a Beatles themed polish, even though I think it is.

Pretty and Polished's Day Trippin' (Day Tripper, Yesterday and Today, Track 11. Btw, useless piece of Beatles knowledge- the original cover art for Yesterday and Today was banned from production after it was released in small quantities. Dubbed "The Butcher Cover" it portrays the Boys in lab coats with disembodied baby dolls and blood adorning them. A Butcher Cover album cover with LP is worth... A LOT!)

Not only is it a catchy freakin song, this polish... FREAKING rocks. It was my first Pretty & Polished purchase and it's a color changer! The deep purple turns to pretty pink when warm. And if you have long nails, then it goes to purple on your tips to pink on the beds.

 Not only is it pretty and fun to use, it has awesome glitter in it that glints in the sun but you can barely tell is there until then!

My last two are probably my favorites. Made by the same gal that made Wicked before it, Glass Onion (White Album, also known as The Beatles, Track 3) is very close to my heart. I can remember late nights spent in my living room growing up with my dad listening to the White Album on the stereo. Playing Glass Onion over and over again.

Amy captured the mystery and mystique of The Glass Onion in this gorgeous polish. Silver and green hex mingle with holo hex and micro glitter to make this gorgeous topcoat.

I can sit here and stare at this polish for hours if you'd let me.


Last but not least, the gorgeous, the haunting, the mysterious... Blackbird...

 Every time I say the name I immediately begin humming/singing the tune. I'm singing this now in my head. This song is so touching, so moving, so incredibly beautiful and this polish that Amy created for me mirrors it completely.

All kinds of square, diamond, shard and hex glitters swim in a translucent black jelly base.

 Wait til you see this beauty with the flash.....

 BOOM! Look at the iridescence! It looks just like a blackbird's wing. It's visually stunning, I tell ya.

So this ends my collection of Beatles themed polishes. I'm sure there will be more in the mix and I will update it accordingly! If you have any information on Beatles themed polishes I don't have on here, let me know!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

LynBDesigns: A Dweam Wiffim A Dweam Collection Review

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The awesome designer over at LynBDesigns, Jenna, very graciously asked me to review her upcoming line of polishes inspired by the cult classic Princess Bride. Who on earth would say no to that?! I certainly wouldn't! So I sat waiting patiently for my polishes to arrive. I figured I'd have about six to review. Man was I wrong. When I opened the package... Lowe and behold.... 

Fifteen hand-poured beauties winked up at me. 

The polish addict in me *squeed* in delight. Seriously... This was like EPIC. And the fact that they were inspired by one of my favorite movies ever? Even freaking better. The night I got them, I popped in the DVD while I swatched the first few gorgeous polishes. 

First up: 

As You Wish

How gorgeous is that? The picture doesn't do it justice. As You Wish is a highly pigmented dark blue shimmer with a hint of holo. It goes on like a dream. 
This is two coats and quite near perfection. And the dry time is astronomical as well. Practically non-existent. Two thumbs WAY WAY up. 

Next Up:
Iocaine Powder. Named for the "deadly" Iocaine powder that Vizzini tried to drug the Man in Black with it's a GORGEOUS clear jelly chock full of beautiful micro holographic hex glitters and what looks to be very fine iridescent flakies. 

How freaking gorgeous is that?!

Here it is with Zoya Raven undies and by itself at two coats. So inconceivably beautiful (see what I did there?!)


Guess this one should have went before Iocaine Powder but oh well! Here's a polish named for Vizzini's favorite phrase. 

It's Inconceivable is well... Inconceivably beautiful! 

And my damned camera couldn't get a decent macro shot and instead turned it mostly to bokeh. Inconceivable! Inconceivable is filled with teal, pink, silver and light green micro glitters in a slightly tinted. And it's saturated with glitter, I mean CHOCK FREAKING FULL. 

Zoya Raven again appears as the Undies in this photo (my go-to black, as you can tell). Pointer, ring and pinkie fingers all have just one coat of this beautiful polish, while middle finger has two for complete coverage. AMAZEBALLS! 

Next Up:

Named after your favorite priest wiff a lisp- and the namesake of the collection- Let's Get Mawwied is sure to please just about everyone!

Midst a creamy white base floats gorgeous peachy pink, lavender and yellow transparent hex glitters of various sizes- most of which are on the larger side. Simply. Freaking. Gorgeous. 

I mean, c'mon. It's freaking fabulous.

This is one coat over Zoya Purity (which, BTW  is a horribly streaky polish so beware!) Some of the glitters do tend to stick up a bit but a good coat of Gellous and a topcoat like Hong Kong Girl will beat it into submission. So light and airy, this is one of my favorite polishes in the collection.

Next up is Miracle Max, a wonderfully funny and dynamic character that Billy Crystal brought to life in the movie. 

Gah. This polish is gorgeous. A clear base is filled with iridescent micro hex glitters, iridescent stars and white hearts. Soooooo freaking sparkly and pretty. Would be a great topper for ANY polish.

I really wish you could really see all the gorgeous glitter in there <3

Here it is over Zoya Purity and CQ Purple Passion. The hearts were a little difficult to fish out of the bottle, but when they did come out they were easy to place and maneuver where I wanted them.

Again, for some reason, my camera does NOT like iridescent glitter. Blew the prettiness right outta the water. But here's a good example of the hearts and stars. 

Another Miracle Max inspired polish.. MLT- named for Mutton, Lettuce & Tomato sandwiches that MM favors!!

When I first saw this polish I was like... Uhm... Hmmm... Interesting. 

Then I got to looking closer. Brown, copper and gold micro glitters swim in a very lightly tinted black base mixed in with red and white hex glitters and green square glitters. I was in awe of the beauty!

And it went on like a dream. Undies are of course, Zoya Raven and the middle finger is two coats of MLT by itself. Dry time is super fast, which surprised me!

And it's super shimmery and gorgeous. I can almost see this as a Christmas polish as well! LOL

Next up is Princess Buttercup!

I have to admit... I am not a big yellow fan. I maybe own like four yellow polishes in my entire collection. But this one... This is the exact right shade of shimmery pale yellow. 

White shred glitter, hex glitter and bar glitter is mixed harmoniously through the shimmery yellow. Not too little, not too much. Juuuust right.

And it's freaking gorgeous. Two coats is all it took to reach full opacity. And it didn't make me look orange or washed out or anything like that. Not your typical yellow polish!


Coming up is The Dread Pirate Wesley named for well... You freaking know who it's named for if you watched the movie.

This, my friends, is a very unassuming bottle. I figured it was just a pigmented black with some black glitter in it. 

Still pretty unassuming in the bottle, eh? HAHA! Wait to be amazed!

BOOM! See what she did there?! This totally unassuming polish was actually chock full of black micro glitter, black hex and shard glitters, a few black bar glitters and black diamond glitters and... HEARTS! *squee* I absolutely LOOOOOOVE this one. I can see this as my new favorite topper, tell you what. I'm wearing it over CQ's Purple Passion and I loooooove it. *sigh* So pretty!

Next up is Fire Swamp. This and You Are the Brute Squad are the only two polishes I was able to swatch outdoors. The weather has been very... Unpredictable, to say the least. And for some reason I didn't get a bottle shot. *SMH*

This really is a gorgeous color. A shimmery taupe base is mixed with orange, black and gold micro glitters with just a tinge of orangey-shimmer. 

Worn as a topper over Zoya Lauren undies, it makes for a beautiful polish. Worn alone on the middle finger I think three coats would have brought it to complete opacity. Very beautiful and very shimmery!

And the glitters are soooo fine!

Ahhh another black beauty... The Six Fingered Man who killed Inigo Montoya's father makes his swarthy appearance in this inspired polish:

This black jelly-based polish is full of copper, silver and white hex glitters with white bar glitter and smaller iridescent black micro glitters mixed in. It's stunning in the bottle!

And of course, my camera bokeh-ed out part of them up toward the top of the bottle. x_X

Simply stunning over Zoya Raven! I loooove this topper and I know I'll see it again. Muahahahahaha


Ahhhhh my favorite Spaniard is forever immortalized in this gorgeous polish:

How can you not like a super shimmery silver polish?! I mean, c'mon! Reminds me of the scabbard of his beloved sword. 

A super-saturated silver shimmer base is filled to the brim with silver hexes. Freaking breathtaking. 

Worn over black, or worn even by itself Spaniard is awe-inspiring. 

I can see that me and this Spaniard are going to have a very long and fruitful relationship. 

AH! Another Miracle Max polish I forgot to add into his section. To Blave! 

A beaaaautiful two coater in a shimmery orange-pink, To Blave is just... WOWZAS.

I mean... *drool*

And to say this doesn't go on like a dream is... Well... Inconceivable  Two coats! That's all it took to reach perfect shimmery perfection! Gorgeous!!!!!

Next up is You Are the Brute Squad- named for Andre' the Giant's character Fezzik. Andre the Giant was always my favorite wrestler when I was growing up- when wrestling was REAL. But that's another story all together. 

You Are the Brute Squad is a gorgeous deep copper polish with beautiful iridescent glitters and just a hint of holo mixed in. It's simply stunning.

This is a completely stand alone polish that reaches complete opacity in two coats. And mannn does it shimmer in the sunlight?

I mean, gorgeous right?! 

AHhh!!! Shrieking Eels!!!! Oh no!!!! 

Poor Jenna accidentally mis-monikered this polish. Instead of the true Shrieking Eels name, she put Screaming Eels. But hey, its ok! This silver-grey beauty is just a shimmer waiting to happen.

Two coats brings out the shimmery almost holo-y goodness of this muted beauty! I have to say, this is one of my favorite polishes in the collection and one I plan to wear again, and again and again until the little bottle runs out.

Hehe... He has nipple cups on... Err wait... Never mind  This really isn't for this polish, but it's the only screen cap I could find that had to do with torture and the movie LOL The next polish is Don't Torture Me

A gorgeous lavender based polish with iridescent flecks in it makes for an awesome (and again) unassuming polish. I really didn't expect much out of it, but the simple beauty and simplicity stunned me. 

I mean, how can you not like a pale lavender polish? You rarely ever find them and when you do, they're usually either too blue or too eggplant-y to want to bother with. So when I found this beauty, it was love at first swatch.

It goes on like a dream in just two coats. Can't ask for a better polish, can you? And when the sun hits it just right the flecks really pop out. It's breathtaking!

Last but not least, my personal favorite and a tribute to Freddie-Bear fans everywhere:

Wait, Wait! This is a Kissing Book?? 

My sister was a HUGE Fred Savage fan back when this movie came out. So of course, we had to watch it a few million times so she could see her precious Freddie-Bear. And amazingly, this has to be my favorite polish of the entire collection. 

There's really no words that can describe how beautiful this polish is. And no, I'm not just kissing ass. This is seriously a gorgeous polish! A multi-faceted red-pink-orange base is inundated with tons of micro hex glitters in the same colors with a bit of holo mixed in. Combine it all together and DAMN. 

It makes for one freaking beautiful polish.

Worn over OPI's Peru-B-Ruby it adds just enough flash and glint that it makes you think your fingers are dancing. Worn alone it reaches full opacity in just two coats. I LOVE this polish. I mean FREAKING LOVE.

While the release date for the Dweam Wiffim a Dweam Collection is still up in the air (I'll fill you in as soon as I hear) you can find countless other gorgeous beauties in her Etsy shop. Right now she's offering a whopping 40% off your entire order to celebrate her two year Etsy birthday! Enter coupon code HAPPYTWOYEAR to cash in on the deal! 

I HIGHLY recommend any of Jenna's polishes. I have yet to find one that I really dislike. GO. GO NOW! To Blave!!!!!!