Posts tagged “Takko Lacquer

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has had a great Halloween!  Ours wasn’t super- it’s been pouring rain and storming all night.  But we tried to have fun here at home!

Tonight wraps up Halloween inspired manis 😦  I have a couple to show you tonight!

First up is Lumina Lacquer’s Mickey’s Moonlit Masquerade over Takko Lacquer Kiss the Sky (post coming in a week or so)!

Lumina Lacquer Mickey's Moonlit Masquerade

I really love this Micky polish- and it looks so lovely over Kiss the Sky!  As with most of my Luminas, I applied using the dabbing method.  I didn’t have to fish for any glitters- such a fun variety!

Lumina Lacquer Mickey's Moonlit Masquerade

Next up is the pumpkin mani I kept talking about!

Like I said- simple, but festive and fun!  I never got a chance to take ‘real’ photos of this one before there was so much chipping I couldn’t save it.  But I was able to enjoy it for almost a full week!  I got a bunch of compliments!

Sinful Colors CitrineThe base color is Sinful Colors Citrine.  I picked it up last summer from the Wow! Pop! display, but I’ve heard that it’s part of *this years* Halloween display!  So if you want to grab it- hurry!  My phone picture is showing this as more red than it actually is- it is a red orange, but a bit more orange leaning.  For the jack o lantern face, I used Nail Thins- SUPER easy to apply, just like a sticker- but it’s incredibly thin, so you can’t see a ridge where it’s applied.  I’ll provide links at the end of the post!

Last but not least, is my official Halloween mani for this year!

Lumina Lacquer Desfile de Mickey over Different Dimension Gnarly, Totally and Tubular GradientI finished my nails up last night right as the clouds rolled in, so I wasn’t able to get good photos- and then I smudge my ring finger.  Still wearable, but not as pretty to photograph 😉

This is a gradient mani using Different Dimension’s Gnarly, Totally, and Tubular (green, yellow and orange).  I did 1 coat of Cult Nails Tempest (white), and then sponged the 3 colors on top.  This was a super fast, quick gradient- I think it took me 5 minutes.  It’s also very messy, and you can probably see a bit of green still on my fingers.  After I was finished I did a TON of cleanup!  I knew I was going to add glitter though, so  I wasn’t worried about it looking good on it’s own.   Then I topped it with 1 coat of Lumina Lacquer’s Desfile de Mickey!  Such a fun, bright look to compliment my bright pink and purple monster hat 🙂

Information!
Takko Lacquer:  Store , Twitter
Lumina Lacquer: Store, Facebook Page
Nail Thins: Store, Facebook Page
Different Dimension: Store, Facebook Page
Sinful Colors: Available at most drug stores (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart) for $1.99

 


Polish Monster’s Big Birthday Blogiversary Giveaway!

Well, it’s unsurprisingly a little later than I planned- but it’s finally here!  My giveaway!

My big 3-0 birthday was at the end of August, and my blog turned 1 year old at the end of June.  My blog’s birthday sort of snuck past me, and so I decided to celebrate it alongside my birthday!

I’ve always loved the movie 13 Going on 30, so for my 30th I decided to run with that as the theme.  You’ll notice a few of the prizes are inspired by it!

Enough talking- on to the prizes you could win!

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Prize #1 contains the Above the Curve duo Arrivederci and Au Revoir, Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Floppy. Hoppy. BUNNIES! and a custom Little Lazy called Cutie Beebee!

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Prize #2 Contains Above the Curve Darling Diana, Takko Lacquer Muse, Contrary Polish Anniversary Monster, Lucky 13 Lacquer Softening the Bad Things, and Nailz Craze stamping plate NC01!

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Prize #3 contains Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Oh, We’re Not Together, Lucky 13 Lacquer Fight Like a Girl, Takko Lacquer Heads Will Roll, Contrary Polish Gift Wrap, and Peita’s Polish Miss Dixie!

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And last but not least- each prize pack gets these!  A custom For Goodness Grape lip shimmer in Razzle Red (it’s a red, shimmery lip tint with a razzleberry flavor), and 2 Monster Polishes (that’s what my own polishes are called, for those that didn’t know!)  made specifically for these events.  Please excuse the lack of labels in the photo- I just ordered some new ones that will arrive before the giveaway ends!
The first is Razzle Red, which I created for my birthday.  It’s a glitter topcoat filled with every shape, shade and size of red and pink glitter I had in my glitter tub with a pink shimmer.  The second is Monster’s Ball, which I created for my blog’s anniversary.  It’s a frosty holographic purple polish filled with color shifting glitters and flakes.  Swatches of both of these will be on the blog in the next few days!

And now onto the official stuff.

This giveaway will be conducted via Rafflecopter. There will be 3 winners and this is open internationally!  This giveaway will end October 10, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.  The winners will be announced here, as well as on Facebook and emailed (please be sure your Rafflecopter email address is accurate). The winners will have 48 hours to respond to me or a new winner will be chosen in their place.  I am not responsible for lost/damaged deliveries. Winners will randomly paired with prizes, though preferences will be taken into account (but not guaranteed).  All products are new and unused.  The only required entry for the giveaway is following my blog (polishmonster.com) via email or Blog Lovin’.  Additional entries can be gained through following on other social media outlets, following Facebook/Twitter pages of the brands featured in the prizes, and sharing the giveaway on social media.  Some of the prizes in this giveaway were donated to me for the purpose of this giveaway, and others I purchased myself.

I will be verifying winning entries, so please don’t lie.  I’ve had to throw out winning entries with every giveaway in the past because people have lied about finishing tasks- it makes me sad.  Please don’t do it!

If you cannot enter using Rafflecopter, please leave me a comment and/or email with your information and I can enter it manually for you.

Please follow the link RIGHT BELOW THIS to enter!!!  And GOOD LUCK!!!

Polish Monster’s Big Birthday Blogiversary Rafflecopter Giveaway


Takko Lacquer: Wanderlust

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers here in the US, and to anyone else that may be celebrating today!  One of the many things I am thankful for is all of YOU! My husband pushed me and pushed me to just start a blog to have a fun way to show off my collection, and I never thought so many people would be even remotely interested in looking at my chubby nubbin’ nails 🙂 So thank you!

Speaking of nubbin’ nails… mine have made a reappearance again 😦  I had finally recovered from my last break, when I got a small tear at my nail bed line on my swatching hand’s index finger. I tried to repair it, but I had waited too late (it happened when I was out) so the nail just had to be cut. Back to square one! You’ll probably notice for about a week that particular finger is uneven- I refused to cut the entire nail that far down, so one edge is a bit shorter than the other (that’s where the break happened). Truth be told, I prefer my nails this short in terms of function- with how much running around and housework I do, maintaining longer nails is hard. But I love LOOKING at my nails when they’re long!

Anyways, on to my swatches! Today I decided to wear a long lemming that I finally purchased- Takko Lacquer’s Wanderlust! Takko Lacquer is a newer brand on the indie scene, and all of her polishes are just absolutely stunning. I now own 5! You’ll be seeing the others soon 🙂

 This is described on the Etsy listing as ‘a smokey lilac jelly creme hybrid lacquer with vibrant teal shimmer’.  And I can’t resist quoting the inspiration of the polish from it’s listing as well- all of Takko Lacquers have *amazing* descriptions and inspiration photos. ‘Toes in the sand, taking over the world’s concrete jungles, tea with the Queen, climbing up mountains, shopping in the Champs Elysee. Watching the sunrise, and racing it to watch it set on the other coast. This one is for all of those whose heart is always wanderlust, ready for adventure and chasing unknown lands, the world is your playground.’  *swoon*

‘Vibrant teal shimmer’ is a VERY good description here.  This shimmer is very, very noticeable.  It’s not one that only comes out to play in sunlight- it’s just as beautiful and visible in the shade and indoors.

Application was amazing. I rarely use the phrase ‘applied like butter’, but that’s really how this applied. The polish is a bit on the thicker side, but it goes exactly where you want it to- no flooding, no other issues. It even appeared to self level a bit!

This is 2 coats of Wanderlust followed by 1 coat of Color Club topcoat. I could have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did 2 since I was going to photograph.

Close up photo of one of my nails!

I could probably rave forever about these polishes.  Though I didn’t photograph it, I wore ‘We’re All Mad Here’, one of her holiday colors, just yesterday and it took my breath away.

All Takko Lacquer polishes are 3-Free, made in the USA (all the ingredients, pigments, base, bottles, labels, from the boxes and bubble wrap are USA made), vegan, cruelty free, and mineral based.

You can follow Takko Lacquer’s blog here to keep up to date on new polishes and news, and follow them on Twitter here (@takkolacquer).

You can buy these beautiful colors at Takko Lacquer’s Etsy store here. Polishes sell for $15.  I know that’s a bit higher than a lot of girls are comfortable spending- but trust me, they are worth every penny. They’re worth saving for! Restocks typically happen on Fridays at 1pm EST. If you want something, though, be sure to be there when she opens! There’s usually only a few of each color and things move pretty quickly (though not so fast you want to throw your computer out a window).

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!