Thursday, February 13, 2014

Indie Spotlight: Spellbound Nails The Druken Leprechaun Duo

Hi there, folks!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  It's been awhile since my last post (which included a giveaway, so be sure you don't miss it!) and I've got some fun stuff coming up for you to check out!  To start off, Ashely from Spellbound Nails has a new St. Paddy's Day duo coming out and was kind enough to let me play with them before they release.  The set is called The Drunken Leprechaun Duo and consists of two shades of green holographic polish.  As an added bonus, these polishes glow in the dark!

First up is Magically Delicious, a mossy green holographic polish.  There are times when I have a bit of trouble figuring out if a holographic is linear or scattered and that's how it is with these two.  I'm going to go with scattered for these, but it's a strong effect.  

Next up is Lucky Charm (she what she did there?).  A light sage green scattered holographic polish and my favorite of the two.  They're both pretty, but the way the light hits LC just makes it sing...with an Irish lilt! 

Ashley asked for some nail art with these two polishes, so that's what I've done in lieu of the standard swatch.  I alternated MD on my thumb, middle, and pinky nails with LC on index and ring nails.   I'm showing 3 coats of each here.  The formula was great on both of them and they dry with a bit of a semi-matte finish so you'll most likely want to top coat them.  I used a coat of Seche Vite here (post nail art) and noticed no dulling of the holographic effect.  In fact, in this case I think it enhances it. 

This was my first attempt at negative space nails.  You can see (or at least I hope you can!) two little negative space shamrocks on my middle and ring fingers.  The technique is pretty easy to do, but a little finicky to pull off.  I outlined the design using Moon Frost by Kleancolor.  One Nail to Rule Them All has a great tutorial if you're interested in trying it yourself!  My thumb, index, and pinky nails are stamped with little clovers using a generic store plate (it came in one of those little stamping kits) and Sinful Colors' Last Chance. 

I have to preface this last photo with an apology and a plea for help!  I'm rubbish at taking long exposure photos and can't figure out any other way to photograph glow in the dark polishes!  So I'm terribly sorry for the quality of this photo but I wanted to give you an idea of the glow.  If you've got any tips for low light photography, I'd love to hear them!

You can see, it's not the best photo ever, but these polishes do have a nice glow to them.  Also, Ashley has said that her new batch of glow in the dark additive has an even stronger glow than this, so if you order this duo you'll get more bang for your buck!  Both of these polishes are so pretty and just perfect for St. Paddy's Day or just Spring in general.

If you're interested in ordering The Drunken Leprechaun Duo, they'll be available for presale beginning this Saturday, Feb. 15th through Feb. 22nd on Etsy and Storenvy.   You'll have to purchase both polishes if you opt for the presale but you'll get the discounted price of $16.  If you decide to wait, the full release will be on 3/1.  Regular pricing is $18 for the set and $9 for an individual bottle.  And can I have a "hurrah!" for an indie maker offering a holiday polish a good while in advance of said holiday?  It's so frustrating to order a holiday polish and not have it in time to wear it before or even on that holiday!  

Make sure to follow Spellbound Nails on Facebook to keep up with new releases, giveaways, and other relevant info!  Thanks so much for reading!

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