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Rescue Beauty Lounge Swatches!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Swatches! 0

I recently had the privilege of reviewing ten shades from cult nail lacquer brand- Rescue Beauty Lounge. Rescue Beauty is a 5-free, highly pigmented polish.

I first discovered Rescue Beauty Lounge in 2006 when I was a Sophomore attending Boston University. The black nail polish craze was in full swing and I was on a desperate search for the perfect, but unique shade.  At long last I discovered Black Russian, at local high end department store Louis Boston. The shade was a glistening fine ruby glitter red suspended in black lacquer. I received endless complements.

Eight years later, I am very proud and honored to introduce to my readers the following 10 shades from Rescue Beauty Lounge.

Moxie: a metallic gold kissed pearly white.

Opaque Nude: a creamy pink-tinged nude.

Fire Queen: a pretty pale fairy dust green. (Fan Collection 2.0)

Footpath: a marigold mustard yellow with orange and brown undertones. Covered completely in a single coat. (A Poem Collection)

Thank You: an iridescent shimmer pale rose pink.

Small, Dim, Summer Stars: a deep midnight blue base with mico green and multi shimmer particles. A True stunner in person! (A Poem Collection)

veillon: a pink shimmer dusty grayed out blue. Also covered completely in a single coat. (Fan Collection 2.0)

Fortissimo: a deep dark espresso brown.

Recycle: a dark forest green.

Forgotten Road: a slate charcoal gray blue. (A Poem Collection)

The formula of all the polishes was so wonderful.  They covered beautifully and applied so smoothly with absolutely zero streaking. Each lacquer retails for $18-$20.

(All swatches shown here were 2 coats for full opacity.)

For more information on Rescue Beauty Lounge, or to purchase, please check them out at: http://www.rescuebeauty.com/

Unboxing MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer

Unboxing MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer 0

I recently had the privilege of unboxing and playing with the worlds first and only luxury nail lacquer- MINE.  I know what you might be thinking, this seems silly for nail polish, but I stand corrected, and so will you.

From conception to packaging the attention to detail is insane amazing.  Conceived by jeweler and artist, Veleta Vancza, a pioneer in the industry unto herself; each polish comes wrapped by hand in a custom black wrapped box that is sealed by hand with a wax stamp; very old school prim and proper.

Once opened, the magic continues to reveal an incredible hand cut Austrian crystal bottle epitomizing the utmost of luxury.  Even the bristles of the polish brush are completely custom and and are comprised of natural hair.  To protect the bottle, each shade comes with a black satin jewelry pouch, perfect for travel, or when you take your bottle to your manicurist.  Also included inside are two 24K Gold and 12K White Gold nail decals of the brands logo.

The polish itself is a force to be reckoned with.  This is not your ordinary high end department store brand of polish.  Hand poured, 5-free, richly and purely pigmented using only raw minerals, each shade require solely 1 coat (which is unheard of in the nail industry).  Upon reading this in the instructions I myself was highly skeptical, but was proven wrong very quickly.

Yes luxury is not without a high price.  MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer retails for $100-$500 depending on the valuable materials used, 24K Gold should be costly.  However, this is for the individual who truly wants to relish in all of the finest luxuries life has to offer.

The three sumptuous shades I reviewed include:

Fine Silver Lacquer: a pretty pale metallic silver.  Formula was non streaky, and very smooth and easy to use.  This shade is made with pure silver .999 !! Retails for $175.

Pewter Lacquer: a gorgeous green hued light gray.  This color is made with lead- free Pewter, and dries to a beautifully understated matte finish.  If you desire a glossy sheen, you can apply top coat, or take a more natural approach, and use a burnishing buffer as the company recommends, to reveal a metallic sparkle. Retails for $125.

Graphite Lacquer: a glistening dark gunmetal. The darkest of the 3 shades, I was in shock when I saw how opaque and prefect the coverage was in a single coat. Retails for $100.

(All swatches shown here were just 1 coat, as recommended).

All in all I am very impressed and am definitely a fan of MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer, and would recommend it to nail enthusiasts who appreciate luxury, or even to give it as a gift to loved ones; it’s already wrapped.  The presentation of the product is impeccable, and would proudly sit atop the most beautiful of vanities in ones home, or mansion, or apartment even.

For more information on MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer, or to purchase, check them out at: https://www.minelacquer.com/

Formula X- The System

Formula X- The System 0

The fabulous folks of Sephora have completely scraped their old nail line endeavors, and have come out with the exclusive Formula X line.  The line has launched with various nail lacquer shades, and this Great customizeable kit called The System.

The System is a 4-piece totally customizeable manicure kit to provide you with the perfect long lasting at home manicure in 4 easy to follow steps. The System retails for $32, but is a $44 value if sold separately.

You can chose whatever Formula X lacquer you like from the entire line.  For the review purposes here, I have chosen Alive, a pretty peach pink from Sephora’s latest Spring 2014 collection.

Step 1) CLEANSE- Nail Cleanser: a wonderful cleanser that removes any residue or remaining product from your nails, prior to applying the base coat.

Step 2) Base Coat: a slightly red tinged base coat that provides from maximum polish adhesion.

Step 3) Polish- Alive: I chose this gorgeous peachy pink shade from The Cut Spring 2014 collection. I applied 2 thin coats.

Step 4) Top Coat: the final step in creating the perfect manicure.  I found this top coat to be both incredibly shiny, and dried relatively quickly.

I couldn’t recommend The System enough.  It also makes a wonderful gift for friends, family members, or even teachers.

For more information, or to purchase, check out Formula X and it’s entire line exclusively at Sephorahttp://www.sephora.com/

inm Out the Door PINK Nail Polishes!!

inm Out the Door PINK Nail Polishes!! 0

Sweet Bouquet: a pearlized soft ballet slipper pink.

Pink Carnation: a bright 70’s diner pink.  Reminds me of a bright strawberry milkshake.

1st Kiss: a metallic light silvery infused pink.

Rio Razzberry: a neon fuchsia.

A Good Year: a metallic magenta.

(All swatches shown here are 2 coats.)

To find out more about inm nail products, check them out at:http://inmnails.com/