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Giveaway Shout-outs: Enchanted Polish and Peace, Love & Polish

Over the past few weeks I have been a very lucky Groupie, winning not one but TWO fantastic nail polish giveaways. I will have additional posts on these coming up, but wanted to at least get some public thank yous out to these ladies here on the blog. These aren’t the greatest photos — really I just took them to show my sister my spoils — but wanted to make sure I had some images here.

Last month I won a giveaway from indie polish maker Enchanted Polish, my first-ever win! What a great one to start out with. I received the lovely Penny Lane. Is it pink? Is it copper? For me it’s somewhere in between, but it’s 100 percent holo, and very, very pretty.

Enchanted Polish Penny Lane

(BTW, there’s another giveaway going on right now from Enchanted Polish for three brand new shades, so jump on it.)

Then at the end of July I was one of two winners of a giveaway from Peace, Love & Polish, which was a collection of 26 polishes left over from her blog sale. Not sure how she parted with some of these, some real beauties. You can get some sense for the massiveness of this haul from the photo. I wish I had photographed everything before I unpacked them … she took such care wrapping up each one, must have taken forever.

Peace, Love & Polish Giveaway Haul

So thanks very much to Chelsea at Enchanted Polish and Heather at Peace, Love & Polish for your generous gifts.

Restock Radar: Week Of August 6

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week:

Tuesday, August 7
ELEVATION POLISH (on Big Cartel, and 10 minutes later on Etsy)
Notables: Marble Caves (a blue-purple base with shimmer); this one’s a one-time limited edition (only 75 available for purchase), so move fast if you love it

Wednesday, August 8
NAIL SAUCE (on Etsy)
Notables: Promising a restock of all colors, plus the launch of the new fall line. Check out the Se7en collection.

Thursday, August 9
WINDESTINE (on Big Cartel)
Notables: Coupons! Use code ‘DEC’ for $3.75 off of mini Decorated; use code ‘AND’ for $3.75 off of mini Androgynous

time not specified
Notables: Colors not specified

Friday, August 10
Notables: new polishes Passiflora (described as a glitter topcoat with matte purple squares and tiny bars, lavender hexes, yellow hexes and green flecks) and Galloping Ghost (described as a glitter topcoat featuring white and teal diamonds, teal hexes, small metallic fuschia and aqua glitters, and silvery white flecks)

Saturday, August 11
time not specified
Notables: One of a kinds!

And Keep An Eye Out For:
CULT NAILS is having a birthday sale from Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 12; all polishes will be $7. At the same time, a huge chunk of their lineup is being discontinued, including:
Bad Devious Nature
Black Out
Feelin’ Froggy
Happy Ending
Mind Control
In a Trance
Living Water

Get ’em while they last at cultnails.com.

Sinful Colors Swatch Spam

Like a lot of polish groupies out there, I took advantage of last week’s Walgreens sale to stock up on Sinful Colors. The company recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons in the Blogosphere after stealing bloggers’ photos for its advertising materials. Shame on them (parent company Revlon has since issued what seems to be a sincere apology on Facebook). Despite the drama and calls from some bloggers for a Sinful Colors boycott, I was still curious to try out their polishes since their colors are pretty rich and their prices are extremely low. They were only $0.99 during the sale, but even at full price they’re only $2, so I felt like it was a good chance to try some colors out that I might not have spent more on (I actually had a yellow shade in my cart for awhile but couldn’t commit to it in the end!) These are a few of the bottles I picked up, and I really liked each of them. The formula on all of them seemed pretty consistent, which is to say they went on pretty easily. I apologize in advance for the increasingly sloppy manicures; a storm came on very quickly and I was losing my light for outdoor photos. Here’s a look at what I got:

Social Ladder is a sheer-ish pink polish with a subtle iridescent shimmer. This is three coats, no top coat.

Sinful Colors Social Ladder

Sinful Colors Social Ladder

Sinful Colors Social Ladder

Next up is Frenzy, which sports purple and teal micro-glitter in a clear base. Here’s one coat over Social Ladder, no top coat. It was pretty hard to clean up. You can see remnants of it around the edges after I switched to the other colors. But it’s very eye-catching.

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This one is my favorite of the group, Cinderella. It’s a really nice, elegant pale blue with a very subtle pink shimmer. This is two coats, no top coat.

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Moving on to Slate, a medium gray with frosty silver shimmer. I think this would be a great color underneath a lot of the popular glitter layering polishes. This is two coats, no top coat.

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Last of this bunch is Amethyst, a grape purple cream. After taking these photos I added a coat of Poshe and wore this one for a week with only minimal tip wear, so very pleased with its longevity.

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That’s it for now. What Sinful Colors did you pick up in last week’s sale?

Restock Radar: More For The Week Of July 30

A few more indie polish restocks have popped up on the radar for this week. For a look at the others, see my earlier post.

Wednesday, August 1
3pmET & 9pmET
Notables: The new Super Mario Bros. collection of super-glitters!

3pmET & 9pmET
Notables: Sand Art (multi-colored matte glitter) and Jawbreaker (multi-colored glitter in a white jelly base)

Saturday, August 4
time not specified
Notables: Colors for the restock weren’t specified, but some of the more striking shades from Sonnetarium’s line include Demonized (teal and purple glitter in a clear base) and Snowfall (large white hex and small iridescent glitter in a clear base)

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com

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