Monday Manicures

Aaand we’re back! I’ve been waiting patiently for today, because I finally get to share with you my newest polish loves from Hot Mess Lacquers, a new-ish indie seller on Etsy. These are some seriously amazing polishes, so get ready!

The trio that I bought are known as the White Trash Trio — number one is Redheaded Step-Child.Redheaded Step-Child by Hot Mess Lacquers

RHSC is a red jelly packed with red micro shimmer and red and black hex glitter. I love this combination, it reminds me so much of strawberries! This is three coats on its own, not quite opaque but not enough VNL to bother me. All of the glitter laid flat and was glass-smooth with a single coat of topcoat, and absolutely no problems with fishing for glitter. I was hesitant to pick this one up because I don’t wear much red, but juuuust before my package arrived I rediscovered the power in wearing red polish. Totally worth it.

Number two in our trio is Aquanet!Aquanet by Hot Mess Lacquers

Aquanet is composed of a violet jelly base and is absolutely–irrefutably–packed with holographic glitter in all shapes and sizes–super large hexs and even squares! I think this may be the most intense glitterbomb I own now. Believe it or not, those super huge hex glitters were no trouble at all to apply or get on the brush. This is three coats of Aquanet on its own–not quite as opaque as RHSC, and I may wear a solid lavender underneath next time. This polish definitely has the highest shine payoff of the three!

And, last but not least, is Across the Trailer Park.Across the Trailer Park by Hot Mess Lacquers

ATTP is a dark blue jelly base filled with blue and green hex glitters and some blue micro shimmer. This polish has completely killed my lemming for Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe, so if you’re as frightened of that price tag as I am, here’s a good substitute. 😉 And this is no second-rate version; this is three coats on bare nails. The glitter is dense and intensely glowy, even in dim lighting, at three coats it’s mostly opaque, and out of the three it wore on me the longest without chipping. Or maybe I just loved it so much I didn’t want to touch it for fear of messing it up! (I have a real thing for blue polish…)

I also ordered a 1oz container of Hot Mess Lacquers’ Cracks are Whack cuticle cream because I loved the little trial version so much. It’s a firm cream but feels silky to the skin–and it smells vaguely of baked lemon treats, which I love, so that’s a little bonus.

All in all, Hot Mess Lacquers has totally won me over with this selection of polishes, and so I have to highly recommend her shop! I have a couple more picked out on my wishlist–Yankee Star may have to be my next polish buy because omg holographic stars 😀

Now ya’ll stay tuned, I’ve got some good stuff coming up this week! It’s my last week before the beginning of my semester, so I’m trying to get everything done before then!



So I didn’t do a Monday Manicures this week. I’m really bummed out about it, too, because I had this gem in store for ya’ll:

This is Zoya Maura, 2 coats, along with an accent nail done with generic nail striping polishes. Steven and I have been on a real Twin Peaks kick lately, and it only felt appropriate to finally do a manicure based on the Red Room from Agent Cooper’s dream:

But, I’ve decided that I’m going to mix up how I blog about my nails (since that’s one of my most popular tags, currently) so I’m waiting for next week. We’ve also been house & pet sitting, so I’ve been away from my apartment and hanging out with this girl a whole bunch. She’s a pretty cool dog, even though I’m a cat/bunny person. 😉

And to kick off our new Monday Manicure format, I have MORE new polishes to show you!! It’s a brand-new shop, with brand-new polishes, and I’m honored to be part of her grand opening because look at these bottle shots they’re gorgeous! 

More on these come Monday!


Monday Manicures

Note: I noticed that apparently my last Monday Manicures didn’t post when it was supposed to, so I added it last night. You can find it here.

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It’s finally time to review my new polishes from Metametics! I was so excited when I got my shipment last Monday after work, I wanted to swatch and post about them all that very second. But, in the name of not-wanting-to-overpost-about-nail-polish, I saved it all for today.

First up, we have Lannister Gold.

Full sun. Look at that shine!

Partial sun/shade.

Lannister is a honey/amber gold polish with a jelly finish, which holds several sizes and shapes of luminous gold glitters. I love the base color here, it reminds me of honey, especially with the finish, and the glitter is so bright and happy. I kept thinking of happy little bees the whole time I wore it. The glitter is nice and dense too, I didn’t have to fish for it to get a decent amount on the nail–I was deliberately fishing for glitter on my ring finger, and you can see how dense that became!

Next up is Fire Nation:

Fire Nation is a glitterbomb of red and gold hex glitters in several sizes and some orange bar glitter (1 coat here over Revlon Bare Bones). The gold glitter in this one is particularly shiny, and I love the addition of the orange bar glitter for  some variety. Definitely no fishing for glitter here! Nicely dense in one coat.

And last but most certainly not least, is Frost Giant:

This is 2 coats Frost Giant over 2 coats Revlon Royal. I love this combination so much, I can hardly tear my eyes from it! Frost Giant has large, bright blue hex glitter, a smattering of smaller holo glitter, and the most gorgeous violet shimmer running throughout. Seriously, Revlon Royal is a dark blue-purple creme with no shimmer–and look at how this shines! I wore this one until it chipped off my nails, I loved it so much.

Now, I did have to fish for the large hex glitters in this one, but it’s not because they’re sparse. I usually have trouble with larger glitter in mini bottles, so this wasn’t really a surprise to me (actually, the other two being so effortless was the surprise!). I love this polish enough that I’ll probably buy a full-size bottle soon, so I’ll report back if I  continue to have to work for the glitter. It’s worth it, for me!

Overall, the formulas on these polishes were quite nice and applied smoothly–no cuticle-flooding here–and as mentioned, the glitter was a breeze to apply in 2/3 cases. Kas from Metametics states in her shop that she offers a 6-month warranty on her products to guarantee their quality, and I really appreciate that kind of peace of mind from an indie seller. She is also incredibly nice in convos and her turnaround time for mailing is superb! I highly recommend her shop, and I already have my heart set on a few more from her collections. 🙂

This past weekend I picked up three new Zoya polishes (Zuza, Wednesday and Ivanka) that I’ve been wishing for, so I’ll be wearing those this week, most likely. More shimmers, hooray!

Monday Manicures

When I was little, I was known to carry around a purple makeup case filled to the brim with bottles of nail polish. Cheap, horrible, obscenely-bright bottles filled with shimmers and glitters that I adored. I painted the nails of every woman in my family–and extended family–and friends–for years. I gave it up, mostly, in my teenage years and for the majority of my college career as well. My nails have always been short and tiny, and I’ve always chewed on them.

Sometime in January or February this year, that all changed. I now have ~80 polishes, all organized by color and swatched neatly on nail wheels. I don’t do anything halfway, remember? Granted I know some lovely ladies with collections above 300 bottles, but I think it’s safe to say that I’m on my way to that point too. 🙂

Since I’m going to be keeping a log of my various manicures, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly update on what I’ve been wearing. I’d like to do a little reviewing of new stuff that I pick up along the way as well. Let’s go!

First up is Orly Gumdrop with polka dots in L’Oreal Amazon’s Flash and Milani Hi-Tech. I love contrasting shimmery and creme finish polishes, so this was a lot of fun for me. And Gumdrop is the loveliest light blue creme with a good formula. It’s like a staple polish for me.

Sadly, that manicure only lasted a day and a half, because then I bought this gem:

Milani Pink Flare (3 coats here) is a pretty close dupe for OPI Teenage Dream, which I was absolutely in love with, except for the pricetag. I found the Milani in-stock no-problem for about 5$ at my CVS. Totally recommend it. I love that the pink tone of the glitter and base is light and almost neutral. It certainly felt as weightless as wearing a neutral, but with lots of holographic glitter. When the light hits the nail, it’s so ridiculously shiny!  I wore this polish until it chipped off of me a whole five days later, which is incredibly unusual for me. I usually change polish at least every three days or so.

Damn, I needed to do a little more cleanup on this one, huh?

Eventually though, I needed something more punchy in my life, so it was China Glaze Ruby Pumps to the rescue! I love this polish so much, even though I only bought a mini of it because I thought hey, I don’t wear so much red. Yeah, totally going to have to get a full-size when this bottle runs out. I like to build this color up with 3-4 coats to really enhance the richness of the red glitter–this is 3 coats.

Of course, my nails are already different again, but that’s no surprise. 🙂 When Meta Cosmetics on Etsy opened again last night, I rushed to buy a set of three minis I had picked out of her collections beforehand– I got Frost Giant, Fire Nation and Lannister. I’ve heard good things about her polishes so I’m super excited to get some of my first indies from her!! I’ll be sure to swatch them all for ya’ll when they get here of course.

Here’s to an awesome new week!