Swatch and Review – Sweet & Sour Lacquer March 2017 Polish of the Month

thedotcouture Sweet & Sour Lacquer March POTM

thedotcouture Sweet & Sour Lacquer March POTM

Hello all! Today I have a gorgeous polish from indie polish maker Sweet & Sour Lacquer!! Sweet & Sour Lacquer is a 5-free, cruelty-free, hand-mixed polish brand and they do a Polish of the Month (POTM) series where they release a unique Limited Edition polish every month. This is March 2017, it’s a gorgeous peachy-coral pink with holographic and gold shimmer running through it! Let’s take a look shall we? And stay tuned for a bonus swatch at the end!!

 

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month

That sparkle!!!!

 

 

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month

Starting with some indoor shots, this polish was super vibrant! It was also SUPER opaque – more on that in a bit. All swatch photos are two easy coats plus top coat.

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Indoors
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Indoors
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Indoors

 

I then took it outside to check it out in the glorious daylight:

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Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Outdoors

True love guys!!!! It’s not pink, it’s not peach, it’s just the right amount of both! And the combination of the holographic AND gold shimmer just really sets it apart from anything else I’ve seen.

I decided to stamp over it:

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Indoors
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Outdoors

 

And then topped it all off with a matte top coat:

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Indoors

I love that satiny look with the matte top coat!

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Outdoors

Now remember how I said it was super opaque? Well I figured why not stamp WITH it too?

 

Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Stamped Over White – Indoors
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month
Sweet & Sour Lacquer March Polish of the Month – Stamped Over White – Outdoors

Amazing!!! It stamped beautifully and you can really pick up on that holo and gold shimmer in the daylight!

| The Details |

Formula: VERY opaque, self-levels easily, great consistency, easy to use.

Wear: I had minimal tip wear after 4 days, which is about the longest I will ever leave a polish on!

Removal: Removes like a regular crème polish.

Brand opinion: Sweet & Sour Lacquer’s customer service is bar none! The owner Darlene is also very involved with her fans and is very open, receptive, and interactive!!

Verdict: Great polish, great brand, love the polish of the month concept!

The Sweet & Sour Lacquer POTM for March releases March 3rd and will be available on http://www.sweetandsourlacquer.com/

You should also check out their various social media sites to stay up to date on future POTM releases, sales, and for loads of pics of gorgeousness!!!

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And as a bonus I have a swatch of Hey-Diddly-Ho! from their Catchphrases collection (any other Simpsons fans out there?) It’s a gorgeous purple neon, no white base required!! Swoon!

 

Sweet & Sour Lacquer - Hey-Diddly-Ho!
Sweet & Sour Lacquer – Hey-Diddly-Ho!

I hope you enjoyed my review and the gorgeous polishes! Come on over and visit me on Instagram. Until next time, happy painting!

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Products were provided to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Bornprettystore Review Part Two: Small Silicone Stamping Mat

Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)

I posted Part One of some http://www.bornprettytore.com products earlier today and now I have Part Two.

Silicone stamping mats are an invaluable tool in the nail art world. Not only are they a great base to protect your surface when painting your nails, they are really versatile for nail art.

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This Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555) comes in a cardboard tube for storage:

Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)
Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)
Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)
Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)

This mat is a mini version of a lot of the other mats you see out there. It’s approximately 8″ x 5 3/4 ” (21 x 15 cms) which makes it great for travel (the cardboard tube helps with that too!) and for people that paint their nails in small spaces (like me!). Here it is compared to my hand:

Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)
Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)

It’s also a handy tool for testing out stamping polishes, especially to see how something will look over a dark nail polish base thanks to the black nail templates along the right:

Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)
Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)

You could also make decals by adding a top coat over your stamps, letting it dry, and then peeling it up and placing it on the nail.

Another great use is testing colour combos before you get them on your nail:

Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)
Bornprettystore Silicone Stamping Mat (Item ID 34555)

It’s really easy to clean, you can let the polish dry and peel it right off, or use tape to lift it up, or you can use acetone or nail polish remover and just clean it up.

This is definitely a handy tool for anyone who paints nails!!! Head over to http://www.bornprettystore.com and use code JDGK31 for 10% off non-sale items (they have free worldwide shipping too).

Check me out on Instagram at @thedotcouture. Until next time, happy painting!

Bornprettystore discount code

This product was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Bornprettystore Review Part One: Mani Saver Claw and Snowman Stamper

Bornprettystore Item ID 37266

Hi guys! I have some http://www.bornprettystore.com goodies to review today!!! First up is this adorable snowman stamper (Item ID 37266). This is by far the squishiest stickiest stamper I have ever used! It’s very squishy. It’s also this amazing sparkly purple!!

Bornprettystore Item ID 37266
Bornprettystore Item ID 37266
Bornprettystore Item ID 37266
Bornprettystore Item ID 37266

It picked up beautifully:

Bornprettystore Item ID 37266
Bornprettystore Item ID 37266

The nice thing about a dark-coloured stamper is that it shows the lighter polishes really well. This helps with placement and also to know if the image picked up properly.

Bornprettystore Item ID 37266
Bornprettystore Item ID 37266

This is going to go down as the cutest stamper ever!

Next up is something I don’t know how I lived without! This is a Manicure Saver (Item ID 32220) and you’ll see why in a second:

Bornprettystore Item ID 32220
Bornprettystore Item ID 32220

Looks unassuming right? Until….

Bornprettystore Item ID 32220
Bornprettystore Item ID 32220

You push the little metal plunger at the end and voila!!!

Bornprettystore Item ID 32220
Bornprettystore Item ID 32220

It grabs a cotton ball really securely!

Bornprettystore Item ID 32220
Bornprettystore Item ID 32220

But how will this help you may ask?? Well, now when you’re stamping and have to clean your plate, you don’t have to worry about ruining your nail polish base! Just dip the cotton ball in your remover and swirl around on the plate. Magic!

If you like these products, head over to http://www.bornprettystore.com and use code JDGK31 to get 10% off non-sale items (they have free worldwide shipping too!)

Check me out on Instagram at @thedotcouture. Until next time, happy painting!

Bornprettystore discount code

These products were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Swatch and Review – Bornprettystore Holographic Nail Polish

thedotcouture Bornprettystore Holographic Polish in Sunlight (ID 35869)

Hi all! Today I’m reviewing a holographic polish from http://www.bornprettystore.com (item ID 35869).

This is a black holographic nail polish. It’s super opaque, my swatch photos below were one coat (plus top coat). Despite it being a one-coater, it was super easy to use and self-levelled nicely!

thedotcouture Bornprettystore Holographic Polish in Sunlight (ID 35869)
Bornprettystore Holographic Polish in Sunlight (ID 35869)

Here it is in indoor lighting:

Bornprettystore Holographic Polish in Indoor Lighting (ID 35869)
Bornprettystore Holographic Polish in Indoor Lighting (ID 35869)

Gorgeous polish!!!!

Since it was so opaque, I just had to go ahead and stamp with it!!!

thedotcouture Bornprettystore Holographic Polish (ID 35869) Stamped Over White Using Plate BP-L052 (ID 36310)
Bornprettystore Holographic Polish (ID 35869) Stamped Over White Using Plate BP-L052 (ID 36310)
thedotcouture Bornprettystore Holographic Polish (ID 35869) Stamped Over White Using Plate BP-L052 (ID 36310)
Bornprettystore Holographic Polish (ID 35869) Stamped Over White Using Plate BP-L052 (ID 36310)
thedotcouture Bornprettystore Holographic Polish (ID 35869) Stamped Over White Using Plate BP-L052 (ID 36310)
Bornprettystore Holographic Polish (ID 35869) Stamped Over White Using Plate BP-L052 (ID 36310)

I highly recommend this holo!! As you can see, each bottle is 10 ml and at the time of this posts it retails for 9.99 USD. http://www.bornprettystore.com offers free worldwide shipping and code JDGK31 will give you 10% off any regularly-priced items you have in your cart!!

Come check me out on Instagram at @thedotcouture. Until next time, happy painting!

Bornprettystore discount code

This item was provided for review. All opinions are my own.

 

Swatch and Review – Moonflower Polish Rainbow Cremes and Day & Night Duo

thedotcouture moonflower polish the rainbow cremes day and night duo stamping polish

thedotcouture moonflower polish the rainbow cremes day and night duo stamping polish

Hi everybody! I have a crazy exciting blog post today. I was lucky enough to get to play with a bunch of beautiful of pretties from Moonflower Polish, a brand new indie offering 5-free stamping polishes!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish

Moonflower Polish is the invention of Nadia Velez. She may be new to polish-making but I’m betting you’ve seen her nails around – she’s been an active blogger and swatcher herself for many years now.

 

The Rainbow Cremes collection is described as “an artist palette of 10 colors inspired by the rainbow (plus a few extras!) to cover all your basic stamping needs.” And she isn’t messing around!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes
Moonflower Polish – The Rainbow Cremes

From L to R: Rojo, Anaranjado, Amarillo, Azul, Verde, Violeta, Marrón, Gris, Turquesa, Rosa

In addition to the 10 creme polishes, there is the Day & Night Duo, which consists of a black and a white stamping polish.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish the Day and Night Duo
Moonflower Polish – Day & Night Duo

L-R: Dia (White) and Noche (Black)

As you can see, the names are all the Spanish words for the colours. Let’s get into the swatches shall we?

Rojo (Red)

Rojo is a vivid cherry red. It was easy to work with and stamped easily over black. You can see how vibrant it is over white as well!!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Rojo red stamping polish

Anaranjado (Orange)

Anaranjado is a bright beautiful orange. Anyone that knows me knows that I am forever on the search for an orange creme polish that will stamp over black. I mean for years I’ve been looking!!! And wow look at Anaranjado! It’s truly stunning!! I can’t wait to see all of the amazing Halloween manis I will be creating this year!! Orange is definitely one of my favourite colours to wear (year-round). I will be needing a few backups of this one!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Anaranjado orange stamping polish

Amarillo (Yellow)

Amarillo is a warm sunny yellow. I’m not normally a fan of yellow polishes, but I think this may very well be the happiest polish I have ever seen. It truly does look like sunshine in a bottle!!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes amarillo yellow stamping polish

Azul (Blue)

Azul is a super vibrant cobalt blue. When I put this on my nail I was immediately reminded of OG Sally Hansen Pacific Blue. It’s intense and very opaque. I chose this pattern to stamp with because it reminded me of the famous Delft Blue Dutch China.

 

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Azul cobalt blue stamping polish

I added some accents with Anaranjado because the two just seemed to go together!

 

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes anaranjado amarillo orange yellow stamping polish

Verde (Green)

Verde is a very opaque medium green. Green is another colour that sometimes loses its vibrancy and opacity when you stamp with. Definitely not the case here.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes verde green stamping polish

Violeta (Violet)

Violeta is a bright purple. Super opaque and very vibrant even over a dark base.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes violeta purple stamping polish

Marrón (Brown)

Marrón is a gorgeous chocolate brown – and it really does look like chocolate!!! Intensely opaque.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes marron brown stamping polish

Oh look I added a Pusheen the cat using Gris and Noche!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes marron brown gris gray noche black stamping polish

Gris (Gray)

Gris is a medium gray. I love how soft this polish reads, yet it doesn’t sacrifice any of its opacity to do so. Beautiful.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes gris gray stamping polish

Turquesa (Turquoise)

Turquesa is a bright teal/aqua. What can I say besides WOW!!!!! This one absolutely glows.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes turquesa turquoise aqua teal stamping polish

Rosa (Berry Pink)

As the name suggests, Rosa is as a berry pink. This is a great staple in your stamping polish arsenal. I love how this isn’t just your everyday pink – it definitely has lovely depth to it!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Rosa berry pink stamping polish

And then I took the concept behind The Rainbow Cremes Collection (that it’s an artists’ palette) and ran with it, creating some additional looks below:

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes

I love how this looks sort of like a watercolor!! I used Rojo, Verde, and Anaranjado:

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes

Then I added a matte top coat:

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes

I created a stamped gradient with Turquesa, Amarillo, and Rosa, and inadvertently created a few other colours through the blending process (which was the creator’s intent!)!!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes

And with matte top coat:

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes

Gorgeous fall leaves using Marrón, Rojo, Amarillo, and Anaranjado:

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes

Clearly I had a lot of fun with these polishes!

 

Day and Night Duo

Rounding out this fabulous collection is the Day and Night Duo. These are white (Dia) and black (Noche) stamping polishes, a staple in any stamping fan’s collection.

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Day & Night Dia
Moonflower Polish: Dia

 

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Day & Night Dia white stamping polish
Moonflower Polish: Dia

Black and white are my most-used stamping polishes – these were very opaque and it was easy to stamp even fine-line images!

thedotcouture Moonflower Polish The Rainbow Cremes Day & Night Noche black stamping polish
Moonflower Polish: Noche

 

Overall Thoughts

This is a fabulous collection of creme stamping polishes! With these two collections you pretty much have your needs covered. They are all highly opaque, and I personally didn’t experience any staining with them. I used a variety of stampers when using them (Creative Shop, Bornprettystore clear silicone stamper, Pueen round stamper) on a variety of plates, and was successful with all of them. The polishes do dry quickly, especially when using plates with a lot of fine details on them, but nothing that would cause a problem when stamping. All polishes removed easily with non-acetone remover.

 

The Details

Moonflower Polish will be available for pre-order from 9am Feb 15th to 11:59 pm Feb 17th. Turnaround time for shipping is currently two weeks. Pricing is as follows:

The Rainbow Cremes:

$7.50 USD each for full size, or $70 USD for the entire set of 10.

$4.50 USD each for the 7ml minis, or $40 USD for the entire set of 10 minis.

Day & Night Duo:

$7.50 USD each for the full size, $14 USD for the duo set.

$4.50 USD each for the 7ml set of minis, $8 USD for the 2-piece mini set.

Free shipping within the US and Canada (yay!) with $50+ USD purchases, use code FREESHIP at checkout.

And please check out Moonflower polish on their social media sites to stay updated on restocks and new releases:

Shop: http://www.moonflowerpolish.com

Instagram: @moonflowerpolish

Facebook: Moonflower Polish

Email: moonflowerpolish@gmail.com

 

Of course you can always check me out at @thedotcouture. Until next time, happy painting!!!!

Disclosure: These products were provided to me free-of-charge for honest review. All opinions are my own.

New Year’s Eve Nail Art and #2016bestnine

It’s the last day of 2016 (where did the year go???) and while it’s been a busy one, it’s been a very fulfilling one as well. I’ve been blessed with a happy family, and that includes my nail family! You all keep me going and inspire me to do what I love – which is painting my nails!

Here is what I’m sporting on my nails today – I used Wet’n’Wild Yo Soy and Sinful Colors Black on Black and stamped with Bundlemonster plate BM-S211.

Thedotcouture New Year's Eve nail art stamping
I tried to get fancy with some nail gems from Amazon but I think I overdid it and should have stopped at one. 😬 I love the black and nude look!

Here are last year’s nails just for funsies:

Thedotcouture New Year's Eve nail art stamping
And I did the Instagram #2016bestnine – I had over 41.5 thousand likes in 2016 alone! So thank you all so much! There were my top 9 most liked pictures.

Thedotcouture #2016bestnine nail art nail polish short nails

I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and all the best in 2017. I look forward to spending another year with you all!!

Until next time, happy painting! 

Thedotcouture

Favourite Halloween Nail Polishes!

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Halloween (and Autumn in general) is my favourite time of the year. It’s also the time for my favourite kind of nail polishes – HALLOWEEN POLISHES!!!! Make no mistake, these polishes are not limited to wear strictly during the haunting season. I indulge in these awesomely spooky polishes year round. From the innovative glitter/base combos to the imaginative (and often punny) Halloween or Autumnal names, these polishes will put you in the mood for pumpkin spice lattes and jack-o-lantern carving in no time!!!

thedotcouture favourite Halloween nail polishes

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