Saturday, May 26, 2018

Girly Bits No Fawkes Given

As of April this year, Hella Handmade Creations (HHC), formerly Hella Holo Customs, has upped its game in a big way. There is now a dedicated Hella Handmade Creations online store, where artisanal offerings by indie polish makers will be available for pre-order for a week-long window each month. You no longer need to be a member of HHC to purchase, and there will be handmade products other than nail polish available. Featured makers sign up for a series of monthly offerings centered around a theme of their choosing. Find out more about scheduled online store openings, featured makers and what products will be offered by joining HHC on Facebook!

No Fawkes Given was created by Pam of Canadian Indie Polish maker Girly Bits exclusively for the April 2018 HHC online pop-up, which ran from 14-21 April. Pam chose Harry Potter as her HHC product theme, and this polish was inspired by Fawkes the phoenix, Albus Dumbledore's animal companion, proxy, messenger and defender. It is described as "a bright red scattered holo with a golden/copper shimmer, and a slight sprinkling of gold holo microglitter."

The base color is a medium-dark crimson that is warmed by the golden/copper shimmers to more of a dense, cedary vermilion or chili red appearance with aspects of copper, flame and persimmon. It is bold, complex and intensely fiery on the nail, where finely-milled holographic pigment nuances it with hues of crimson, rust and fire brick and creates a subtle sparkly flush of orange and gold in ambient light, complemented by twinkling red, orange and gold sparks from the microglitters. In the sun, the look is blanketed with brilliant scattered prismatic sparkle in every rainbow color.

Application was most agreeable! The consistency of No Fawkes Given is fluid and surprisingly light with a medium viscosity and a fluent, smooth, self-leveling glide over the nail, a wonderful, eminently-paintable formula that is a pleasure to work with. Pigmentation is very good, netting completely even, opaque coverage in two coats. Cleanup is straightforward with a skosh of pigment travel and a little bit of shimmer and glitter stickiness. No Fawkes Given dries naturally in very good time to a smooth, shiny finish.

Photos show two coats of No Fawkes Given over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Seche Vite.


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given


Girly Bits No Fawkes Given

Cue the heart emoji! First, a round of applause for the name of this polish -- so clever and funny! If that alone isn't enough to generate heartfelt appreciation, the look does it with gusto -- an unconventional rusty red radiating all kinds of lively sparkle and shimmer, absolutely gorgeous! With its holographic effects, shimmers and microglitters, it's a complex, multifaceted extravaganza of fiery goodness. As perfect as it could possibly be!

love,
Liz

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace

Mrs Mia Wallace was created by Noelie of Missouri-based indie polish maker Dreamland Artisan Nail Lacquer especially for the May 2018 "90s Pop Culture" edition of Polish Pickup. This polish was inspired by nail color worn by the character of Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 postmodern masterpiece Pulp Fiction. Noelie writes
In 1994, pop culture collided when Mrs Mia Wallace danced her way onto the screen. The very definition of a vamp, Mia was mysterious, gorgeous, dangerous, and drop dead sexy (no pun intended), and she was wearing a very, very special polish on her fingers and toes. That polish changed the landscape of nails away from flower type colors to the rainbow we now know and love. People waited in lines around the block and put themselves on in-store waiting lists to obtain a bottle of the blackened red stunner that everyone was talking about. Spawning endless dupes, and setting the nail industry on a new and exciting journey, it was a real game-changer - so much so that 24 years later, we've tackled the idea of making it vamp like it's 1994, but sparkle like it's 2018. 
That polish was Chanel's No. 18 Rouge Noir, known in the US as Vamp.

Noelie's take is a deep, dense, plummy, venous blood color that is similar to Very Dark Reddish Purple from the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names or Benjamin Moore's Dark Purple. Superabundant tiny silver holographic microglitters blanket it with a glamorous, twinkling field of delicate prismatic sparks in ambient light that explodes into bold, brilliant sparkle in the sun, where the intensity of the color takes on an almost chocolatey sensibility.

Application was great! The consistency of Mrs Mia Wallace is fluid and full-bodied with a medium viscosity and a fluent, even, self-leveling slip over the nail, going on easily in medium coats. The brand's flattened-style brush holds quite a lot of polish -- take care not to overload! Pigmentation is excellent, very close to opaque in one coat although I used two like I always do. Cleanup is straightforward. Mrs Mia Wallace dries naturally in very good time to a sandy-textured, matte finish that wants a good glitter-smoothing topcoat to look its best.

Photos show two coats of Mrs Mia Wallace over treatment and basecoat with a layer of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze plus a layer of Seche Vite for the ultimate glassy finish.


Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace


Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace


Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace


Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace


Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace


Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace

Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace

Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace

Dreamland Mrs Mia Wallace

Noelie's microglitter polishes are perfection, I just love them! This is a fabulous look, intensely vampy and mysterious with the glamorous twinkle of countless prismatic sparks. I don't often gravitate toward colors this dark, but I love this one a lot for the Pulp Fiction reference and its homage to the Chanel Rouge Noir phenomenon, so significant in the evolution of nail polish culture. Outstanding!

xo,
Liz

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth

Stealth was released in February this year by Maryland-based indie polish maker Chaos & Crocodiles as part of an update to the Secret Agent collection, originally released in June 2014. The new installment is divided into three parts or "types": New Recruits, Double Agents and Rogue Agents. Stealth is one of the Rogue Agents and is described as a "blue-purple with teal/purple shimmer and orange-red/green flakies."

The color is a clean, bold, medium-dark to dark blue with ultramarine aspects, similar to International Klein Blue. Teal/purple color-shifting microflake shimmers have a slightly more subtle overall effect on the nail than in the bottle, reading largely as bright azure/royal blue but also giving the color a certain chameleonic quality, leaning it more toward a darker royal blue or an indigo depending on viewing circumstances. Abundant flakies, sized from tiny to small-medium, glow in shades of flame, pink and lime green as light catches them, offering a striking contrast with the deep, intense blue of the base and giving the look a fetching, mosaic-like visual texture.

Application was wonderful. The consistency of Stealth is fluid and full-bodied with a medium consistency, dense with flakies but not at all unwieldy or difficult to work with. It has a fluent, self-leveling glide over the nail that went on best for me in generous coats from a moderately-loaded brush. The flakies go on flat to the nail without stacking or stickups and only an occasional attempt to protrude over the free edge. Pigmentation is very good. Two medium coats nets completely even opacity. I did my cleanup as I went along and experienced a little bit of flakie-sticking but no pigment travel to speak of. Stealth dries naturally in very good time to a mostly smooth finish with a slightly satiny look. Topcoat adds a becoming gloss and really pops those gorgeous flakie colors.

Photos show two coats of Stealth over treatment and basecoat with a topcoat of Girly Bits Glitter Glaze,


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth


Chaos & Crocodiles Stealth

This is a beauty, livelier and more complex than you'd guess from my pics, and so much fun on the nail! The formula is excellent for a flakie-filled polish, totally paintable and a pleasure to work with, which endeared the polish to me from the get-go. I absolutely adore the colors of the flakies and their contrast with the base -- it is just delicious and makes my eyes happy. Boatloads of light play here, and tons of visual interest that never gets old. Awesome!

love,
Liz