Thursday, April 18, 2019

Revisiting Polish Con: New Orleans, Spring 2019

Greetings, dear readers! I hd hoped to get this post up last week once I got back from Polish Con, but the return home shockingly took a lot out of me. While later than expected, I'm still eager to share photos I took at the event with you. This way, those that couldn't be there can still experience some of the event, and those that were present can relive some of their favorite moments.

Ready? Let's check in at the door and do this!

Polish Con New Orleans was put together and run by Miranda of Ever After Polish.

Beads could be found at every table and were handed out to customers with each purchase. Some people kept them in their bags while others proudly displayed them as they walker the floor.

Resorting the polish display at The Great Lakes Lacquer booth!

A stop at the Necessary Evil booth!

Those looking for nail art supplies could shop with Whats Up Nails for stamping plates, vinyl stencils and more!

I'm not sure if I was more excited by the King Cake Scrub or the sparkled skull at the Don Deeva booth!

Pepper Pot Polish has a lovely rainbow of colours on display at their booth.

Many brands had exclusives for the event.

Many displays were influenced by New Orleans, and masks could be found at several, including those at Sassy Sauce Polish.

New Orleans based Kathleen & Co was one of the brands on site.

Tonic Nail Polish fans could pick up shirts and lip paint in addition to polish!

Bottles couldn't be opened at the convention, so many had swatch wheel at their tables, like these from Ethereal Lacquer.

Some brands, like Girly Bits Cosmetics, has extra bottles of their VIP polishes available for purchase at their booths.

Bright nail polishes and crawfish could be found at the Leesha's Lacquer booth.

While it's easy to buy nail polish online, you just don't quite get the interactions as you do at Polish Con!

Blush Lacquers was present to keep everyone pastel-ready for spring.

Bowl of assorted shades by Poetry Cowgirl Nail Polish

Quixotic Polish and all brands present put so much thought into how they wanted to display their goods!

The squeeze tubes of Ever After Polish's Cuticle Crelly makes the product even more portable!

I spied Adrienne of Fair Maiden Polish at the booth. I love seeing all the personalities at the show!

Alter Ego Nail Enamels were on site with both regular sized bottles and smaller bottles for those wanted to maximize their budgets and try out more shades.

Aurora Nail Lacquer went with a peacock colour scheme at their booth.

Turtle Tootsie Polishes brought a large assortment of lip balms in addition to their polishes!

The Polish Pickup had a booth where they sold excess bottles of previously released shades. All proceeds from purchases made at the event were donated to the New Orleans Women and Children's Center.

New brand but not new maker Rogue Lacquer came with event exclusives, regular collections and grab bags featuring a mystery shade and a grab bag exclusive shade.

While Bee's Knees Lacquer couldn't be present with the full brand lineup, there was a table with the exclusives that were created for the event could be purchased.

JReine is another Louisiana based brand, and just about everything had a touch of NoLa to it.

While it may be called Thigh Gap, this Ever After product can be used anywhere you can experience chaffing, from thighs to inner arms and even to help protect feet from your sandals.

Girly Bits Cosmetics brought their new spring collection.

Lina Nail Art Supplies brought a large selection of stamping plates, including their new Queen of the Carnival plate. I've already got another trip to New Orleans in the back of my mind so it will be getting a lot of love. I also like the etched Polish Con design so I can sport it on all my future Polish Con adventures!

I hope you have enjoyed this little stop at Polish Con New Orleans!

For those interested in attending a future Polish Con, be sure to keep an eye on the website and join the Facebook group! While the date hasn't been announced yet, the next Polish Con is currently slated to be in New York City in September 2019. If you are able to make it, I definitely encourage the trip!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

A Celebration of KBShimmer's new look one year later with Launch Party 2019

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After 10 years in business, indie brand KBShimmer left behind its sweet, floral look a year ago and took on a modern edgier look. It is always a bold move when you step away from a look that customers have loved for many years, but as I can certainly attest even with my own blog name and look, sometimes you just outgrow the look and need a fresh change. To go with the look, KBShimmer launched the aptly named Launch Party Collection in March 2018. The original collection consisted of eight gorgeous magnetic nail polishes and a topper. Now, one year later, KBShimmer is bringing you Launch Party 2019, a trio of new magnetic shades.

I have this trio to share with you today, and I have them all swatched over a black base to really show off the vibrant colours. All polishes are shown using two coats plus Clearly On Top top coat. I used the new KBShimmer Neodymium Ring Magnet (shown at the end of this post) on my pinkie and ring fingers (left-most fingers). I also used the bar side of the KBShimmer Dual Ended Magnet on my index and middle fingers (right-most). To really show off the multichrome aspect of these polishes, some of these shots are with dimmer lighting further from my light setup, but hopefully you can appreciate how lovely these polishes truly are! Let's check these out!

Universal Appeal

Galaxies swirl with planets, stars, dust and dark matter. Universal Appeal is a galaxy-inspired shade alive like the Milky Way, with hues of purple and pink that shift into a vibrant emerald green. At some angles, hints of golden orange or dusty silver also appear. Micro holo flakes add sparkle and shine to this magnetic flake top coat. Best worn over black or other dark colors when used with a strong magnet, Universal Appeal can also be worn alone in 2-3 coats when not magnetized for a unique multichrome finish.

Moon On Over

As dusk gives way to night, the vibrant tones of nature become muted as moonlight casts a soft glow. Moon On Over is inspired by those muted tones and features a soft peach hue that shifts to pink, lime, and grass green. Micro holo flakes add sparkle and shine to this magnetic flake top coat. Best worn over black or other dark colors when used with a strong magnet, Moon On Over can also be worn alone in 2-3 coats when not magnetized for a unique multichrome finish.

Sol Mate

Hot, fiery, and warming, the sun changes our moods, warms our homes, and gives life to out planet. Sol Mate echoes the colors of nature that the sun helps bring to life. Starting as a bright pink, Sol Mate quickly shifts to shades of gold, green, copper and peach. Micro holo flakes add sparkle and shine to this magnetic flake top coat. Best worn over black or other dark colors when used with a strong magnet, Sol Mate can also be worn alone in 2-3 coats when not magnetized for a unique multichrome finish.

Ring Magnet

Magnetic polishes are an out-of-this-world invention! With the power of a magnet, color is shifted and relocated on the nail for a futuristic effect. For best results, you need a strong magnet with the right magnetic pattern and not all magnets will work. The KBShimmer Neodymium Ring Magnet will give your magnetic polish manicures a makeover! The one-inch magnet has a convenience 3/4-inch opening larger enough for most fingers and is 1/4-inch in width. For a curved, negative space on the nail, hold the ring flat against the nail about 1/4 inch away. For a subtle linear look, hold nail inside the ring. This magnet can be used with all magnetic polishes, including gel varieties.

I have really enjoyed trying out these polishes, and I hope you love them as well! I loved the negative space look created with the ring magnet and want to use it on all my magnetics now! To get the magnetic effect, I applied the magnet to my polish immediately after application and held it in place for about 30 seconds while the polish was drying to prevent migration of the colour. In my first use, I found holding it flat near my nail was a little awkward, so I combatted it my attaching the opposite side of the ring to the dual sided magnet so I would have more of a "stick" to hold on to, giving me just that extra bit of control. I don't know about you, but I am notorious about holding my magnets so close they end up dipping into the polish and having to redo my nails, so this little trick helped a lot!

The new Launch Party 2019 and Neodymium Ring Magnet will be launching at on Monday, April 8th. The magnetic nail polishes will retail for $10 each and the Neodymium Ring Magnet will retail for $3. The first 50 customers to purchase from the magnetic nail polish trio listing will receive the ring magnet for free.

Do you have a favorite from this new trio? I enjoy them all although I have a particular affinity to Moon On Over. Do you like the effect of the new ring magnet? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day and enjoy the weekend! Also, be sure to follow me on social media for updates on PolishCon in New Orleans Saturday!

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