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Cirque Back To Basics Set Swatches & Review + Giveaway

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Hi guys! Today I have the Back To Basics set from Cirque to share with you! This 4 piece set comes with a base coat and top coat along with a white creme and a black creme. I was pretty excited when I heard about this, I don’t know about you guys but those 4 things are what I go through most…especially base and top coat! All 4 items in the set are also available individually so if you don’t want or need all 4 you can grab them that way instead!

Holdfast is the base coat of the set, it has a nice blue green tint. It is infused with garlic and meant to strengthen your nails and anchor your polish. So far I have been enjoying this base coat, I haven’t had a chance to try it for an extended amount of time yet but I have been wearing it as my base coat for the mani I’ve had going on 4 days and haven’t had any chipping and only very  minor tip wear.

Liquid Laminate is a quick dry top coat. I’ve really been loving indie brand top coat lately and was excited to try this one! The formula is nice, it’s not thick and it does a great job of leveling out polishes. Dry time is great, I used this the other day for some nail art and it was dry enough to use nail vinyls over in about 30 minutes…for me that is good, usually I have to wait a lot longer than that. the shine is also great, I’ve been wearing it with the mani I mentioned above, going on 4 days, and its still nice and shiny!

Carpe Diem is a bright white creme. White is the color I go through the fastest so I’m always looking for good ones that will be easy to work with to layer glitters over. The formula of Carpe Diem was pretty awesome, it was a good consistency and application was a breeze. The opacity was great, there was some very minor streakyness on the first coat but it was completely covered and opaque with 2 coats.

The Back To Basics Set from Cirque is available now! The set as a whole retails for $36, you can also buy each item individually. The polishes retail for $13 each and the base and top coat are $10 each! You can buy Cirque from their website at http://www.cirquecolors.com, they also have several stockist both online and in stores, for a full listing check out the Stockist page on the Cirque website: http://www.cirquecolors.com/stockists/

Now onto the giveaway!

Big thank you to Annie from Cirque for a sponsoring a chance to win the Back To Basics Set! Please make sure to read all the entry methods/rules below before entering using the Rafflecopter widget below!

Rules:

  • Giveaway is open from today August 6th through Wednesday August 13th at Midnight PST
  • Entries left in the comment section will not count, please sure the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Winner will be picked within 48 hours of the giveaway ending, I will email the winner and they have 72 hours to respond to my email with their mailing info. If no response is received a new winner will be chosen.
  • This giveaway is open internationally however Cirque cannot ship to Brazil, India, Italy or Russia so those countries are excluded. (please don’t shame Cirque for this, they don’t control how the mail works!!)
  • Make sure to read the full terms & conditions here: http://www.thepolishaholic.com/GiveawayTermsAndConditions
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Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches

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Good Morning guys!  Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha

Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)

First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.

The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before.  The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.

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Saturday Spam: Lynnderella

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Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!

If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.

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Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!

Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!

Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!

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piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial

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Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.

Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here.  The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.

Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.

Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade.  If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.

Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.

All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like LlaroweHarlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.

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