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365 Days of Color Hocus Pocus Collection: Black Flame Candle and I Smell… Children!

Hi all!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Today I have some gorgeousssss Halloween colors to show you- 365 Days of Color’s Black Flame Candle and I Smell… Children! from the Hocus Pocus Collection!

Hocus Pocus is my very favorite Halloween movie, so when Sunny said she was going to be creating her Halloween shades based on themes from the movie, I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with!  The collection consists of 5 colors:  I Smell… Children!, Black Flame Candle, Come Little Children, Boouk!, and I Put A Spell On You.

First up, we have Black Flame Candle!

In the movie, the Sanderson sisters (seen above) are hanged in Salem during the late 1600s.  Before their death, Winnie (Bette Midler) casts a spell allowing them to come back to life if a virgin lights the black flame candle on Halloween.   Fast forward 300 years… and Max, who recently moved to Salem, lights the candle to impress a girl.  ‘Come on, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!’

Like it’s namesake, Black Flame Candle is well… black!  This is a gorgeous black polish with silver shimmer throughout.

The consistency is on the thinner and more jelly-like side, and it builds beautifully.  These photos are 3 coats on their own, with Poshe topcoat.

While writing out this post, I thought that Black Flame Candle may work well for a jelly sandwich, so I quickly tried one out.  It works great!

This is 3 coats of Black Flame Candle and 2 coats of a franken of mine (it’s a white glitter mix), alternated.  Very pretty!

Next, I have I Smell… Children!

This color is inspired by Mary (played by Kathy Najimy), who can ‘smell’ children- this helps her sister Sarah lure them in with her hypnotic singing, in order to steal their life essence to keep them young.

I Smell… Children!  is a beautiful black base filled with purple glitter and shimmer.

This is 3 coats of I Smell… Children! on it’s own, with Poshe topcoat.  While this is gorgeous indoors- outside in the sun, it’s even prettier!

Application on both was wonderful.  These polishes are on this thinner side, but that was a very good thing- it allowed me to build them up to full opacity without having a giant polish bubble on my nail!  Even my jelly sandwich with 6 coats wasn’t too thick, which I loved!

I’d also like to take just a second to RAVE about 365 Days of Color’s Miracle Balms and Cuticle Oils.

I’ve purchased 7 Miracle Balms, and 3 Cuticle Oils (not all at once, but over the past few months).  These are all amazing!  If you stop into the store to buy anything, be SURE to check these out!  Sunny has 5 million scents (ok, not really, but I would bet she has around 100), and they are wonderful!  The balm goes on nicely and absorbs quickly, and the new oils are really awesome- I love being able to roll the oil right over my fingers!  Every scent I own is amazing- my very favorites so far are Lilac & Lilies, Candy Corn, and Orange Sorbet!

The photos are all *sample sizes*, if you can believe that!  You can get a full size of a single scent- $4 for a 10mL oil, or $3 for a .5 oz balm; or you can get sampler trios (pick 3 scents)- Oils are in 5mL containers for $6, and the balms are in .25 oz containers for $5.

The Hocus Pocus collection is going to be released on September 21, at 365 Days of Color’s Big Cartel store.  You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook, as well as Sunny’s blog!  Right now the store is in maintenance mode, but it will open on the 21st when this collection is available!

*The polishes in this post were sent to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Indie Wednesday: Darling Diva Polish, Take 1

Hello All!  I have a TON of Darling Diva Polishes to show off, so I’ve decided to split them into 2 posts.  Today I will feature Cotton Candy, Sophia, and Princess Luna!  Friday I’ll be showing off Ringer and Dangerous Driver.

Earlier this week, I had a big swatch-a-thon with all of these beautiful colors.  Everything looked nice in person, however, I’m not entirely happy with the photos for this particular post (I think Friday’s pictures look great though).  I already promised this write up for today, and I won’t be home tomorrow, so I wanted to go forward with posting.  But I think I’m going to retake some photos this weekend and add them in.

First up, we have Cotton Candy!

Cotton Candy is a pretty shade of pink, with various sizes and shapes of white glitter- but not a ton of glitter, so it gives the polish a dainty feel.   These photos were taken with 2 coats of polish.

I only used Cotton Candy for the photos, but I think next time I’ll try layering over a very similar pink (maybe Zoya Lara?)- since the second layer does cover up the first layer’s glitter almost completely.   Either way, you’ll have a beautiful look!


Next up, we have Sophia!

For Sophia, I opted to use an underwear coat of Love My Nails Electric Blue, with 2 coats of Sophia.

Sophia is a beautiful periwinkle blue fine glitter, sprinkled with the occasional gold holographic hex glitter.  I had to work to get the ones I did on my nail!  I’d say average use would be closer to 1-2 on each nail without any fishing.  This color would look beautiful over black or white, and I bet it would look pretty over a red for a patriotic look.


And last but certainly not least, we have Princess Luna!

Princess Luna is inspired by the lovely Nightmare Moon/Princess Luna of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  I’ve said it before, but I actually recommend MLP even for grownups.  Seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Netflix, and they’re awesome.   Princess Luna is the sister to Princess Celestia, who is inspiration for another polish by Darling Diva Polish!

Much like her inspiration, the polish version of Princess Luna is a beautiful blue, full of sparkles, accented by deep purple and teal glitter, with a bit of white thrown in.

Like Sophia, I layered 2 coats over Love My Nails Electric Blue.

I placed some of the larger glitters, but I didn’t have to fish for any of these, they came right out to play!  I think this is my favorite of tonight’s colors 🙂  But I may be partial due to the reference!

You can find Darling Diva Polish on Facebook, and you can buy her beautiful colors at her Etsy shop.   All of her colors are $8.00 with the exception of holo colors, like Dangerous Driver, which are $12.00.  And she ships internationally for a reasonable rate!

Be sure to check her out, and also check back on Friday for Part 2!  Ringer and Dangerous Driver are SO GORGEOUS- I’m definitely saving the best for last.  You won’t want to miss it!

*Some of the products shown in this post were provided to me without cost for an honest review*