Nail Polish Discussion - Any Brand

Anitacska

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Black Dahlia Lacquer | Fusion × 1
Danglefoot Nail Polish | Oh Boy! × 1
Emily de Molly | Element Of Strange × 1
Girly Bits | Blind Mind's Eye × 1
Jreine | Dunes Aglow × 1
Lemming Lacquer | Cyberpunk × 1
Pixie Magic Kit by Jreine | Dazzle × 1
Supernatural Lacquer | The Incredible Pants × 1
Treo Lacquer | Quantum Entanglement × 1
Wildflower Lacquer | Potion × 1
Nvr Enuff Polish | Chemical Reaction × 1
Great choices!

What do you think of JReine as a brand? I like their PPU polish almost every month, but I've seen a lot of drama surrounding the owner in AA, so I don't buy. Also about 18 months ago I noticed that her admins kept bumping up her and her swatchers' posts in PPU and that wasn't allowed. They actually made the rules stricter afterwards, so that there are only so many posts allowed by brands/swatchers and no self-bumping. I just felt it was really dishonest, they were acting as fans (which I'm sure they also are), commenting on every post. Also there was some spat between her and Ethereal, and she kept kicking people out of her fan group for siding with Ethereal. Very mature.

Thos kits are just repackaged by her aren't they? I doubt she makes them.
 
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PearlyQueen

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Great choices!

What do you think of JReine as a brand? I like their PPU polish almost every month, but I've seen a lot of drama surrounding the owner in AA, so I don't buy. Also about 18 months ago I noticed that her admins kept bumping up her and her swatchers' posts in PPU and that wasn't allowed. They actually made the rules stricter afterwards, so that there are only so many posts allowed by brands/swatchers and no self-bumping. I just felt it was really dishonest, they were acting as fans (which I'm sure they also are), commenting on every post. Also there was some spat between her and Ethereal, and she kept kicking people out of her fan group for siding with Ethereal. Very mature.

Thos kits are just repackaged by her aren't they? I doubt she makes them.
Good grief, indie polish world is full of drama! I admit I don't know the brand, have never bought one. I'm not in any polish groups so I always miss the shenanigans!
 

PearlyQueen

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New mani is Indigo Bananas Spectraflare 20 topper over a brown Special FX:
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I've been trying to find something to wear the topper with for ages, tried it several times without success. This time the base polish was really unflattering on me (looked like poo in the bottle, not so bad on the nails (more like toffee) but really didn't suit my skintone). I also found an old brush - still skinny but about twice as wide as the IB one and used that, which did help with application. I might have a better one somewhere but I couldn't get into my nail oddments drawer due to a sleeping hubby in the way! Anyway IB improved the mani no end. I still don't love it, but I don't hate it either and the holo is awesome in the sunlight at least!
 

boschicka

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Great choices!

What do you think of JReine as a brand? I like their PPU polish almost every month, but I've seen a lot of drama surrounding the owner in AA, so I don't buy. Also about 18 months ago I noticed that her admins kept bumping up her and her swatchers' posts in PPU and that wasn't allowed. They actually made the rules stricter afterwards, so that there are only so many posts allowed by brands/swatchers and no self-bumping. I just felt it was really dishonest, they were acting as fans (which I'm sure they also are), commenting on every post. Also there was some spat between her and Ethereal, and she kept kicking people out of her fan group for siding with Ethereal. Very mature.

Thos kits are just repackaged by her aren't they? I doubt she makes them.
Wow, I'm completely unaware of her nonsense. Good to know going forward.
And yes, she just repackages those kits. Another brand recently offered something similar, but I can't recall which for the life of me.
 

boschicka

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Good grief, indie polish world is full of drama! I admit I don't know the brand, have never bought one. I'm not in any polish groups so I always miss the shenanigans!
Seriously. I wish these makers could control themselves or at least hide their trash personalities better.
Problem is that my memory is so terrible, I'll probably accidentally support one of these fools if enough time passes. I can't keep all these ill-behaved makers straight!
 

Anitacska

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Yeah, it's a bit of a curse being in loads of groups and knowing about all the drama, but at least I know I'm not supporting these makers. There are so many drama-free makers around to give my money to, I don't feel like missing out. I find that a lot of JReine's polihes look similar to EdM's newer ones or Ethereal's (although I don't own many of hers). Another brand I won't buy from is The Don Deeva, I find the whole mafia association off-putting, plus she's an arsehole apparently.
 

Anitacska

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New mani is Indigo Bananas Spectraflare 20 topper over a brown Special FX:
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I've been trying to find something to wear the topper with for ages, tried it several times without success. This time the base polish was really unflattering on me (looked like poo in the bottle, not so bad on the nails (more like toffee) but really didn't suit my skintone). I also found an old brush - still skinny but about twice as wide as the IB one and used that, which did help with application. I might have a better one somewhere but I couldn't get into my nail oddments drawer due to a sleeping hubby in the way! Anyway IB improved the mani no end. I still don't love it, but I don't hate it either and the holo is awesome in the sunlight at least!
I like it!
 

Anitacska

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Some new manis. First is Emily de Molly Peritwinkle with Femme Fatale Crystals from Clouds.

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Next is Cupcake Polish Crazy Mod Love with Darling Diva Menage a Trois (2013 untried). The Cupcake was way more holo irl.

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My current mani is Isadora Ocean Crush (2013 untried) with Lilypad Lacquer I Kissed the Sun. My pictures don't do this justice, the Isadora is so sparkly, it's crazy (it's a liquid sand formula, but I topcoated it as I can't stand the scratchy texture)! Unfortunately I can't admire it in the sunshine as it's too hot to be outside today (35 C!). It's been horrible here since Friday, our house heats up like crazy, we've been really struggling with this heat. Bring on Friday when we'll finally have some cooler weather!

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PearlyQueen

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Some new manis. First is Emily de Molly Peritwinkle with Femme Fatale Crystals from Clouds.

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Next is Cupcake Polish Crazy Mod Love with Darling Diva Menage a Trois (2013 untried). The Cupcake was way more holo irl.

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My current mani is Isadora Ocean Crush (2013 untried) with Lilypad Lacquer I Kissed the Sun. My pictures don't do this justice, the Isadora is so sparkly, it's crazy (it's a liquid sand formula, but I topcoated it as I can't stand the scratchy texture)! Unfortunately I can't admire it in the sunshine as it's too hot to be outside today (35 C!). It's been horrible here since Friday, our house heats up like crazy, we've been really struggling with this heat. Bring on Friday when we'll finally have some cooler weather!

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These are nice! I really like the FF and Lilypad accent nails.
 

PearlyQueen

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So Illyrian released 7 new protos last night - I was tempted by 4 of them but I'm too broke at the moment and skipped. Today I found out she's dropped international shipping altogether so just as well I decided against them! I guess my Illyrian shopping spree is now over as she is talking about maybe sorting out stockists at the end of the year :(
I guess I might Black Friday her stuff to Stackry since I'll probably be buying some other US stuff, but my collection won't be growing massively going forward.
 

Anitacska

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So Illyrian released 7 new protos last night - I was tempted by 4 of them but I'm too broke at the moment and skipped. Today I found out she's dropped international shipping altogether so just as well I decided against them! I guess my Illyrian shopping spree is now over as she is talking about maybe sorting out stockists at the end of the year :(
I guess I might Black Friday her stuff to Stackry since I'll probably be buying some other US stuff, but my collection won't be growing massively going forward.
Oh that sucks. Did she say why she's not shipping internationally? Sounds like she's shooting herself in the foot. Ah well, there are better brands than hers!
 

PearlyQueen

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Oh that sucks. Did she say why she's not shipping internationally? Sounds like she's shooting herself in the foot. Ah well, there are better brands than hers!
She indicated too many problems/too much hassle. She did do that before, it didn't last long - back when she did have stockists, she only opened international for the protos. I've decided not to get too upset about it, I have plenty of polish and not much money these days so anything that helps stop the spending is good. I'll try to save some money for Black Friday and hopefully get the best of what's been out then, at a discount, and ship via Stackry. And if not... who cares???
I was thinking about overseas polish buying last night - between no free shipping these days, higher per polish prices in dollars AND a crap exchange rate, plus the Stackry price increases, combined with my reduced spending power... a few years back I could afford about 40-50 bottles of polish every month. Nowadays - more like 7 to 10. Sad, but I have over 3000 to wear so not exactly short of options to wear!
 

Anitacska

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She indicated too many problems/too much hassle. She did do that before, it didn't last long - back when she did have stockists, she only opened international for the protos. I've decided not to get too upset about it, I have plenty of polish and not much money these days so anything that helps stop the spending is good. I'll try to save some money for Black Friday and hopefully get the best of what's been out then, at a discount, and ship via Stackry. And if not... who cares???
I was thinking about overseas polish buying last night - between no free shipping these days, higher per polish prices in dollars AND a crap exchange rate, plus the Stackry price increases, combined with my reduced spending power... a few years back I could afford about 40-50 bottles of polish every month. Nowadays - more like 7 to 10. Sad, but I have over 3000 to wear so not exactly short of options to wear!
Yeah, same here. Well, I can afford to buy a bit more than 10, but probably shouldn't. The loft conversion wiped my savings clean. I have been able to save a bit since lockdown began as I don't have to drive anywhere and we haven't done anything that costs money. But my car needs its MOT/service in September and there'll be other costs I've deferred, plus something will probably need fixed or replaced sooner or later.
 

Anitacska

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I ended up only ordering 3 from HHC. I like the Quixotic, but it was the least unique/interesting of the 4 I liked. Plus there's one polish coming from last month's sale, so this way the lady that runs the group buy can send all 4 in one package, rather than me having to pay another £4 for postage.

I swatched the Ethereal and it's surprising opaque.

And I'm happy not to be sweating anymore. The past week was hell.
 

Anitacska

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New manis, first up is Colors by Llarowe Berries in the Snow with ILNP XO. I liked the CbL, bit meh on the ILNP.

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Next is Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst (2013 untried) with Fair Maiden The Blind Maiden. Pleasantly surprised by the Sally Hansen, it didn't need a black undie and actually dried properly. Only 2 coats as well.

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Finally, my current mani, Glam Polish Cabin Fever with Nails Inc Bakers Row (2013 untried). Super impressed with both, they were nearly one coaters, did two for good measures. The Glam is a tad greener than my pictures show (it does shift blue though), closest is the indoor photo.

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