thermal

La Fee Verte by Ellagee

Funny story about this polish. I saw the word ‘thermal’ in the description and basically noticed nothing else beyond that. So I had no idea that it glowed in the dark, and completely freaked myself out at 1 in the morning when I woke up after a crazy dream to see something glowing in my bed.

I mean, you’d be spooked too if you weren’t expecting it!

My first reaction was – honestly – to freeze and say ‘Holy crabcakes!’ to myself. So apparently when faced with unexpected glowing things, my reaction is to call upon crabcakes for help. I don’t even like crabcakes.

A while after that, my husband woke me up by exclaiming, “You’re radioactive!” in response to my still-glowing nails. So if you’re looking for a peaceful night’s sleep, La Fee Verte may not be for you. It’s pretty phantasmagoric.

It’s also pretty awesome in the daytime, too.

This product was provided for an honest review.

Ellagee is officially on my ‘nod of approval’ list. I’ve tried three polishes, and they’ve all been big time winners. La Fee Verte – the green fairy – is no exception. In its warm state, it’s a cool silver. When cold, it’s a subdued green. Tiny holographic glitters are speckled sparsely throughout, and there’s a delicate shimmer to the polish overall, giving it an ethereal feel.

La Fee Verte in transition, low light

Ellagee recommends using a top coat for this polish, but heck if I ain’t a rebel and went without. And I actually really love it on its own. It dries with a slightly textured finish, and a muted – not quite matte or satin – shine. It also dries remarkably fast.

Two coats, direct sunlight

So, we’ve got another triple whammy from Ellagee here: thermal, textured, and glow in the dark. Whoaaa nellie. Watch out for this Ellagee gal, people. She’s clearly a lacquer genius – who knows what she can accomplish with such powerful polish skills?

Ellagee polish can be found at her site, http://www.ellagee.com/!

This product was provided for an honest review.
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Just Lucky – Liquid Sky Lacquer

Saturday night, listening to Bowie and writing about nail polish – try not to be intimidated by my wild and glamorous life!

That being said, I actually am very excited because I broke 1K today over on my facebook blog – things are happening, people!

1K LIKES – I CAN’T EVEN

I’VE NEVER EVEN COUNTED TO A THOUSAND

Okay wow, I got really sidetracked here. I’m just still so amped by all of the generosity, kindness and support I’ve encountered from the nail polish and blogging community! There’s some really amazing people around here. And you’re probably one of them, whoever you are reading this! Thanks for stopping by. ūüôā

Okay, so nail polish. Let me get back on track. Today I’ve got another thermal for you – I am on a HUGE thermal kick lately.

So last week, Liquid Sky Lacquer restocked her thermal Just Lucky – I ordered it and received it by the end of the week! Check it out:

Direct sunlight

Soooo faaaabbb.

4 thin coats, HK Girl on top

Just Lucky is a shimmery nude-gold in its warm state, and a vibrant, punchy red in cold state. When it’s gold, it is a little sheer, so I used four coats here – next time I would probably use an opaque base to save polish.

It is a sensitive thermal Рit switches remarkably quickly between gold and red. I had just put my hands under cold water for the photo above, and by the time I took the twenty steps from my kitchen to outdoors, it was already shifting back to its warm gold state (you can see it starting to shift on my ring finger near the base).

And this might turn some people off, but I thought it was pretty cool – when I put on lotion, the polish got this creepy streaky effect that looked totally horrorshow.

Spooky scary thermal effect

I mean, throw on a leather jacket, some black eyeliner, and this polish, and you’ve got a don’t-mess-with-me look going on that would be perfect for, say, fight clubs or girls night outs or whatever.

So obviously, once I noticed the spooky mood this polish could give off, I had to take a picture with a skull.

This is what everybody does on Saturday nights, right? Right?

Right. So, Liquid Sky Lacquer can be found here: http://liquidskylacquer.bigcartel.com/

Also, check out her facebook for upcoming colors, restocks, and international stockists: https://www.facebook.com/LiquidSkyLacquer

And now I have to go have a David Bowie dance party in my living room. Happy weekend everyone, hope you have a great one!

La Catrina – Polished By KPT

Okay, I think I have a thermal problem. I am obsessed with them, and most especially with Polished By KPT’s thermals, which always have unique color combinations and are excellent quality. If she ever comes out with a glow-in-the-dark thermal my head might explode.

Until that day comes, we have La Catrina:

Three coats La Catrina with HK Girl on top – direct sunlight

Okay, I have to be honest with you. I have no idea what I was thinking when I took these pictures. I didn’t get a bottle shot, and apparently I was feeling very nature-y because all I have is pictures of my nails on grass, wood, etc. I think I thought I was being artsy? Sigh. Anyways, they’re the only pictures I have of La Catrina and they still do a fairly good job of showing the awesomeness of this polish, so try and bear with me, I’m sorry.

Direct sunlight.

Okay. La Catrina. How can I describe this polish? I have nothing else like it in my stash, and have come across nothing else like it out there.

In its warm state, it’s a gorgeous, shimmery taupe, shifting very¬†slightly between tan and purple-tan when you tilt your hands. It has a gorgeous glow to it, a pink golden shimmer that burst into life in sunlight.

In its cold state, it transforms into a vibrant green. It’s a unique shade of green; sort of jade, sort of fern…hard to describe. The pink-purple shimmer pops out against the green background.

I love thermals because they make it look like I put more effort into my nails than I really did. The edges of my nails tend be colder, where the base of my nails stay warm, so I often end up with this awesome gradient effect. I have no idea how to do a gradient, but it looks like I do!

All thermals are different – some are more sensitive to cold and heat, some shift more quickly or slowly. But Polished By KPT consistently makes thermals that shift perfectly on my nails, so I often end up with this gradient look. With a lot of thermals, the polish usually just remains in the cold or warm state for me, and I have to ‘force’ the thermal affect. Maybe Polished By KPT thermals just work really well with my body temperature, I don’t know. But they are my favorite thermals I have come across so far.

I didn’t really capture the shimmer in these redonkulous photos I took (seriously, no idea), but trust me, it’s gorgeous. Really breathes life into this polish. And the polish applies¬†beautifully –¬†super smooth, no issues at all.

You can find Polished By KPT polishes at her BigCartel shop. Her shop is currently closed to restock and work on new colors, so check out her facebook page for updates on when it will be opening again!

 

 

Nightcrawler – Polished By KPT

It’s a thermal. It’s a duochrome. It’s Nightcrawler by Polished By KPT and it’s seriously awesome.

I’m not even going to blab on like I usually do because you guys just need to see this.

Nightcrawler in transition; two coats + seche vite.

This is one of those times where I wish I knew how to swatch like other nail bloggers do because I can’t do this polish justice with my pictures. You can get an idea of how awesome it is, but it sparkles and shifts so much more beautifully in person.

Nightcrawler in warm state.

In its warm state, Nightcrawler is a delicate, sheer blue that shifts purple at certain angles. It’s soft and ethereal and almost seems to glow.

Cold state.

In its cold state, it becomes a rich, deep blue with light blue shimmer, and still maintains the duochromatic shift to purple. The duochrome effect is subtle and well-balanced. Sometimes you want to have a lot of duochrome, but with this polish it would distract from all the other gorgeousness going on.

Nightcrawler is currently sold out, but you can follow Polished By KPT on her instagram or facebook¬†for restock updates. Also, you can check out other Polished By KPT colors at her website. In addition to Nightcrawler, I own Country Road (which is still in stock, by the way), and I would totally¬†recommend both. Come to think of it, I believe they’ve become the two most top worn polishes in my stash, that’s how much I like them.

Polished By KPT website –¬†http://polishedbykpt.bigcartel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KPTranPolish

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