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Zoya Ornate: Aurora

Hope everyone had a good holiday and picked up a lot of good deals over Black Friday weekend. I’ve got a lot of new indie polishes coming my way, so can’t wait to show them to you when they arrive.

I’ve been procrastinating on putting up any polish posts over the past week or so because one of the nails on my swatching hand broke clean off and I wasn’t ready to face the fact that I’d need to even everything out. 😦

Zoya Aurora: Ornate Collection

But here I am with my new short nails to show off Aurora from the Zoya Ornate holiday collection. I would describe this as a purple berry shade, and then off course its got a lot of holographic glitter in it. I really love the formula on this. If you took a heavy holo polish and diluted it a bit with a jelly polish, you would end up with Aurora.

This is three coats with one coat of Poshe fast-dry top coat.

Zoya Aurora: Ornate Collection

The accent nail is one coat of A Piece of Love from Essence’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 collection. Originally I didn’t buy this one but I picked it up after reading on a few other blogs that it’s great for stamping. FYI, the formula on A Piece of Love is about a hundred times better than the others in the collection.

Zoya Aurora: Ornate Collection

I added one coat of Poshe and then taped off half the nail and added two coats of Aurora to the other half of the nail. I finished it off with another coat of Poshe.

Zoya Aurora: Ornate Collection

Restock Radar: Week Of Nov. 26

Sorry this post is way later than usual but I did my Cyber Monday post earlier, which I’ve been updating throughout the day, so that took a chunk of time out of schedule.

But now on with the show: Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week. Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Monday, November 26
available now
THE HUNGRY ASIAN (On Etsy)
Notables: Restock, plus launch of a Winter collection, including Brrr, Candy Cane and Celebrate

available now
VIVID LACQUER (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of two new collections – Holiday 2012 and Thankful For My Console (Part One)

Wednesday, November 28
12pmET
RESCUE BEAUTY LOUNGE (On RescueBeauty.com)
Notables: Restocks of previously retired shades, including Opaque Nude, Insouciant, Starfish Patrick, Recycle, Piu Mosso and Aqua Lily

time not specified
PRETTY & POLISHED (On shopprettyandpolished.com)
Notables: Launch of a new Web site as well as the new Mathematical collection

Friday, November 30
1pmET
SONOMA NAIL ART (On Etsy)
Notables: Restock of Steampunk, The Puck Stops Here, Wine Country Wedding, Sonoma Sunset and Tiny Tangerines

8pmET
PAHLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of Series 2 in the 12 Days Of Christmas collection, including Four Colly Birds, Five Gold Rings and Six Geese-a-Laying

Saturday, December 1
time not specified
LAC ATTACK (On lacattack.com)
Notables: Launch of a new Harry Potter-inspired line created with Glitta Gloves called Magical Musings

And Keep An Eye Out For …

RAINBOW HONEY started taking pre-orders for its forthcoming LOVE collection, including Spirit of Wonder, Annual Emotion, Glittering Rapture and Gilded Angel. Pre-orders will begin shipping Dec. 1

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

Indie Nail Polish Cyber Monday Deals

And so it continues … the shopping frenzy is still on. Black Friday seeps into Small Business Saturday which morphs into Cyber Monday. Regardless of what it’s called, it all adds up to some sweet deals if you’re a fan of indie nail polish.

Here’s a look at some of the steals today, in no particular order:

SONOMA NAIL ART (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Halloween shades on sale for $5 with reduced shipping charges

DOLLISH POLISH (On Big Cartel)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
15 percent off with code CYBERDOLL

SOFLAJO (On Soflajo.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Free shipping on orders $20 or more

BLACK CAT LACQUER (On Etsy)
Expires: 2:59amET Tuesday, Nov. 27
Free domestic shipping with code CYBERMONUS

MAISIE SHINE (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
20 percent off with code MAISIEMONDAY

FANCHROMATIC NAILS (On Etsy)
Expires: 3amET Tuesday, Nov. 27
full-size bottles on sale for $6 (except new and reformulated shades), minis 10 percent off (except new and reformulated shades)

MANGLAZE (On manglaze.com)
Expires: ???
26.66 percent of nearly everything

NOSTALGIC NAIL LACQUER (On Big Cartel)
Expires: 12amET Tuesday, Nov. 27 (*will be extended by several hours to make up for technical difficulties*)
Sale on some colors, free shipping on orders over $50 with code CYBERSHIP

AMY’S NAIL BOUTIQUE (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Free shipping on domestic orders with code FREESHIP12

KBSHIMMER (On kbshimmer.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Free bottle of Black To Business with $50 purchase using code BLACK2BUSINESS; free shipping on orders of $100 or more

365 DAYS OF COLOR (On 365daysofcolorpolishes.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Sale, plus free cuticle balm/oil with $25 purchase; or free cuticle balm/oil and a free full-size bottle of polish with a $50 purchase

LAC ATTACK (LacAttack.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
20 percent off all orders using code giveback2012

ALL THAT GLITTERS (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Free shipping in the U.S. with code FREESHIPTHANKS

SEA LORE (On SeaLore.net)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
15 percent off with code YAYTURKEY

POMEGRANATE NAIL LACQUER (On pomegranatelacquer.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
30 percent off orders over $25 with code THANKS

RAINBOW POLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
20 percent off with code TAKE20, buy 5 full-size bottles and get one unlisted special polish free

HARLOW & Co. (On harlowandco.org) *Lots of indie brands available from this online retailer*
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
15 percent off your order using discount code CYBERMON15

FREAK SHOW POLISH (On Big Cartel)
Expires: 11:59pmET Monday, Nov 26
15 percent off with code CYBERMON15

ELIXIR LACQUERS (On ElixirLacquers.com)
From 12amET through 10amET, buy any three and get a new secret shade for free; From 10am to 11:59pmET, buy any four and get the new secret shade for free

ONCE UPON A POLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
20 percent off with code CYBERMONDAY

SMITTEN POLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26 with restocks at 2pmET and 8pmET
20 percent off with code CYBER20, plus launch of a new holiday collection

GLITZOLOGY (On Etsy)
Expires: Mondayday, Nov 26
50 percent off everything with code SUPPORTSMALL50

TOUGH AS NAILS LACQUER (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov 26
$7.50 for full-size bottles

PAHLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: 12:59amET Tuesday, Nov. 27
$6 for core colors

SERUM NO. 5 (On Etsy)
Expires: 2:59amET Tuesday, Nov. 27 (starts 10amET on Friday, Nov. 23)
20 percent off with code GIVETHANKS, first 100 customers get a free gift

HIT POLISH by D&R APOTHECARY (On Etsy)
Expires: 7pmET Wednesday, Nov 28
30 percent off everything

MENTALITY (on Big Cartel and Etsy)
Expires: 12am Friday, Nov. 30
Free shipping on full-size bottles

And FYI …
BUTTER LONDON (On Ulta.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Buy 2, get 1 free

Adding more as a I find them … good hunting!

Indie Nail Polish Black Friday Deals

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wal-mart and Target aren’t the only ones offering sales and specials for Black Friday; a lot of the ladies (and some gents) in the indie polish community are getting in on the action as well. Here’s a look at some of the deals, in order of how soon they expire:

MANGLAZE (On manglaze.com)
Expires: ???
26.66 percent of nearly everything

KBSHIMMER (On kbshimmer.com)
Expires: ???
Free bottle of Black To Business with $50 purchase using code BLACK2BUSINESS; free shipping on orders of $100 or more

LUSH LACQUER (at Harlow & Co.)
Expires: 11:59pmET Thursday, Nov 22
20 percent off with code THANKLUSH20

JINDIE NAILS (On Etsy)
Expires: 7amET Friday, Nov 23 (*Code reactivated! Now expires 12:59amET Saturday, Nov. 24*)
25 percent off with code BLACKFRIDAY25

FREAK SHOW POLISH (On Big Cartel)
Expires: 11:59pmET Friday, Nov 23
30 percent off with code FSPBLACKFRIDAY

BUTTER LONDON (On ButterLondon.com)
Expires: Friday, Nov 23
Free bottle of Wallis with $50 purchase using code CELEBRATE12

ELIXIR LACQUERS (On ElixirLacquers.com)
Expires: 11:59pmET Friday, Nov 23
20 percent off everything except holiday shades; buy 7 bottles and get a free secret shade

OOPSIE DAISIES NAIL POLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: 12amET Saturday, Nov 24
20 percent off with code GIVETHANKS20

TOUGH AS NAILS LACQUER (On Etsy)
Expires: Saturday, Nov. 24
$7.50 for full-size bottles

GLITZOLOGY (On Etsy)
Expires: 11:59pmET Saturday, Nov 24
50 percent off everything with code SUPPORTSMALL50

F4 POLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: 12amET Sunday, Nov 25
$5 for full-size bottles, buy 4 or more and get a free mystery mini

BLACK CAT LACQUER (On Etsy)
Expires: Sunday, Nov. 25
30 percent off with code BLACKFRIDAY

RAINBOW POLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: Sunday, Nov. 25
20 percent off with code TAKE20

FANCHROMATIC NAILS (On Etsy)
Expires: 3amET Monday, Nov. 26
full-size bottles on sale for $6 (except new and reformulated shades), minis 10 percent off (except new and reformulated shades)

365 DAYS OF COLOR (On 365daysofcolorpolishes.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Sale, plus free cuticle balm/oil with $25 purchase; or free cuticle balm/oil and a free full-size bottle of polish with a $50 purchase

LAC ATTACK (LacAttack.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
20 percent off all orders using code giveback2012

ALL THAT GLITTERS (On Etsy)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
Free shipping in the U.S. with code FREESHIPTHANKS

SEA LORE (On SeaLore.net)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
15 percent off with code YAYTURKEY

POMEGRANATE NAIL LACQUER (On pomegranatelacquer.com)
Expires: Monday, Nov. 26
30 percent off orders over $25 with code THANKS

PAHLISH (On Etsy)
Expires: 12:59amET Tuesday, Nov. 27
$6 for core colors

SERUM NO. 5 (On Etsy)
Expires: 2:59amET Tuesday, Nov. 27 (starts 10amET on Friday, Nov. 23)
20 percent off with code GIVETHANKS, first 100 customers get a free gift

HIT POLISH by D&R APOTHECARY (On Etsy)
Expires: 7pmET Wednesday, Nov 28
30 percent off everything

MENTALITY (on Big Cartel and Etsy)
Expires: 12am Friday, Nov. 30
Free shipping on full-size bottles

Adding more as a I find them … good hunting!

Restock Radar: Week of Nov. 19

Here’s a look at some of the indie nail polish restocks scheduled for this week. Check back every Monday to see what’s coming up.

Monday, November 20
by 1pmET
TRELLY’S M.I.S.C. POLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of new holiday collection, including Griswold’s Lights, His Heart Grew 3x and Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate

Tuesday, November 20
time not specified
NAILD’IT UNIQUE NAIL POLISH (On Etsy) *DELAYED UNTIL NEXT WEEK*
Notables: New holiday polishes including Marshmellow Fellow and Reindeer Poo-f, plus some that will be available exclusively through online retailers, such as No Elfing Way (a Llarowe exclusive) and Snow Queen (an Overall Beauty exclusive)

2pmET
MAISIE SHINE (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of new holiday polishes, including Cookie Exchange

Wednesday, November 21
7pmET
HIT POLISH by D&R APOTHECARY (On Etsy)
Notables: Launching 12 new glitter polishes as well as a week-long 30-percent-off sale. New polishes include Painted Desert, Arabian Nights and Wonderland. The sale runs until 7pmET on November 28.

Friday, November 23
time not specified
FANCHROMATIC NAILS (On Etsy)
Notables: Launch of nine new colors, including Rebel Heart and Little Rowan, plus reformulated versions of Dire Wolf and Spatial Anomaly.

time not specified
CHAOS & CROCODILES (On Etsy)
Notables: Restock with remaining inventory

time not specified
ELIXIR LACQUERS (On ElixirLacquers.com)
Notables: Launch of a holiday trio, including Peppermint Barque, Snowman Suite and Wynter Wonders. The trio is available for pre-order until then.

time not specified
PAHLISH (On Etsy)
Notables: launching the first three in a series of 12 Days Of Christmas-inspired polishes. Pahlish will also be having a Black Friday sale on core colors, details not yet available.

time not specified
WHIMSICAL IDEAS BY PAM (via email: pea422000@yahoo.com)
Notables: Launch of 8 Whimsical Nights collection, including Moon Over Miami and Peacock Park

Saturday, November 24
5pmET
HAPPY HANDS (On Etsy)
Notables: Stuffed and Lady Goodman

And Keep An Eye Out For …
PRETTY & POLISHED is launching a new Web site some time this week and is celebrating with the release of a new collection called Mathematical. Full size bottles will be on the new site, minis will be available on Etsy.

Llarowe will be having lots of surprise specials on Black Friday, so shop early, shop often.

WHOOZ POLISH is offering 25 percent off through November 23 with the code HappyTurkeyDay

If you know of any planned restocks coming in the future, please let me know at polishgroupie@gmail.com Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn: Alice Had A Vision – Again

Friday’s the big day, Breaking Dawn Part 2 arrives! This is my final post on Essence’s line of Breaking Dawn Part 2-inspired polishes.

Earlier in the week I had Edward’s Love and Jacob’s Protection. But I saved the best for last with today’s Alice Had A Vision – Again. It’s my favorite of the three that I tried. (There’s a fourth, a gold polish called A Piece Of Love, which I didn’t pick up, although I’ve read in the meantime that it’s great for stamping).

Essence Breaking Dawn Part 2 Alice Had A Vision - AgainEssence Breaking Dawn Part 2 Alice Had A Vision - Again

Alice Had A Vision – Again has a purple jelly-ish base with what looks like pink, purple and turquoise shimmer in it.

Essence Breaking Dawn Part 2 Alice Had A Vision - Again

The formula and the brush on this one were a lot better than the others in the line. It was thinner and went on much smoother.

Essence Breaking Dawn Part 2 Alice Had A Vision - Again

 

Alice Had A Vision – Again and the other items in the Breaking Dawn Part 2 cosmetics collection are available at Ulta. The polishes cost $1.99

Essence Breaking Dawn Part 2 Alice Had A Vision - Again

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn 2: Jacob’s Protection

The countdown to the last installment of the Twilight movie franchise is on: Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere’s Friday. This week I’m showing off some of the polishes from Essence’s Breaking Dawn-inspired line of cosmetics.

Yesterday I featured Edward’s Love, a black base with silver shimmer. Today I’ve got Jacob’s Protection, a black polish with a subtle royal blue shimmer. In low light it looks nearly black, but when the light hits it you can see a hint of blue.

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 Jacob's Protection nail polish

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 Jacob's Protection nail polish

The formula on this one is a little better than Edward’s Love was, but still on the thick side. The brush however, was even worse. It was very uneven with a severe angle on one side that made it a little difficult to apply.

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 Jacob's Protection nail polish

Jacob’s Protection is available at Ulta for $1.99.

Essence Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 Jacob's Protection nail polish

Come back tomorrow for a look at one more polish from the Twilight Breaking Dawn line.

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