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Digital Nails Double Rainicorn

Good evening/morning, dearest readers! Welcome to any new friends who may stumble upon my humble blog. And seriously, I mean humble. I’m not being overly modest.

This eve-mor-ning I have for you another Digital Nails polish (can you tell I’m on a spree?): Double Rainicorn! This was inspired by Lady Rainicorn of Adventure Time fame, who looks like this:


and a Double Rainicorn looks like this:


and apparently inspires reactions like this. Woah.

Anywho, Double Rainicorn was created with the intention to convey both Lady’s coloration-which is pretty spectacular in and of itself-but ALSO, her crazy magical ability to change things different colors!Β (This video is like something my brother would make. I swear.) (The first part is pertinent, anyway. The rest is silliness.) So there is an absolutely astonishing amount of different kinds of glitter in this polish. There are holographic bars and dots, there are little bitty holo specks, there are whites and yellow satin squares and blue and green metallic hexes. Those are the ones that really stick out to me!

So, bar glitter: love/hate relationship, she and I. I like how it looks sometimes and it’s a PITA to apply sometimes. We meet occasionally in the middle for a civil tea that afterwards is recalled as enjoyable. Unfortunately this bar glitter was a little longer than I like working with, and so I ended up trimming bits off the ends of my nails where they hung over. I liked them when I thought about Lady, though, and I sort of thought it looked like movement traces-those little lines that blur and show that a character is moving. But holographic. And therefore awesomer.

The rest of the glitters were too easy to get out of the bottle! Even the big dots, which she warns may be difficult, were easy enough after I turned the bottle upside down for a few minutes prior to use. I actually got a lot more glitter than I bargained for with each dip, and so my nails look like crazy. CRAZY!

These photos were taken in indoor lighting. I used two coats of Chaos & Crocodiles LH06 as a base color and then one dabbed/brushed coat of Double Rainicorn on top. Over that went a coat of Gelous and Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That topcoat.







Finn approves!


Double Rainicorn is available through Digital Nails’ etsy shop here for $10 USD and you can keep up-to-date with her shop goings-on at her Facebook page. I’ll have at least one more of her polishes up on the blog soon, and maybe more. πŸ˜‰

Hope you all sleep tight, and have a great day tomorrow!



Lilypad Lacquer Black Pearl

Hello, all! I recently received my first Lilypad Lacquer, a brand that has been building in popularity for some time now. I was very happy to discover that all the attention is warranted! All three of the polishes I received from them is excellent.

The first one I’ll be reviewing is Black Pearl, a grey-pink duochrome with fabulous amounts of holographic effect. It’s a more holographic version of what I expected bL Knackered to be, with an additional metallic dimension. It’s not truly a metallic polish though-I rarely purchase those, as my nails are generally short, and I feel metallic finish is one of those that emphasizes my nubbiness. (For those interested, finishes like holographic, glass fleck, shimmer, etc., are excellent for short nails. Cremes, metallics-anything flat-will make them look even shorter, in my experience.)

On to the photos!

This is three coats, with no base coat and one coat of Poshe topcoat.

Full sun:



And in shade:


Indoor lighting (you can see the pink, but it’s even stronger IRL!):


In short, this is an amazing polish and I kind of need even more of these Lilypads. Seriously. I already have a list of ones I need from them. It’s pretty bad.

Welp, see you guys next time!

Emily de Molly Oceanic Forces

Hello all!

Today I have a more recent acquisition to show you guys, though it’s a polish that’s been out for a while: Emily de Molly’s Oceanic Forces! This is one out of a trio of polishes, the other two being Dark Forces and Cosmic Forces.

Oceanic Forces has a dark teal jelly base with various size holographic glitters all the way up to the amazing large holographic dots. The formula is decent and was not difficult to work with-the hardest part about applying this polish was getting the holo dots placed just so.




As you all may remember from when I reviewed a-England Saint George, my favorite mug in the universe is teal, and I love using it as a prop in teal polish photos!


Sorry about the low lighting in these pics-this is a combination of as bright as I could get our living room lights to go and the sun from this time of the year.

These pics were taken the day after I did this manicure, and I have one coat of a-England base coat, three coats of Oceanic Forces, a coat of Gelous and a coat of Poshe topcoats.

I managed to score all three of this trio together on a blog sale so I’ll be reviewing the other two sooner or later! You can pick up Oceanic Forces and its mates on Etsy if you’re in Australia. If you’re in the US, you can try Llarowe, MeiMei’s Signatures, or Nail Polish Canada. Β For now, keep on keepin’ on ladies and gents-

All love, Allie.

Darling Diva Polish-Chunky PB&J

Hi all! This is my second stab at this post. Safari is a fickle beast, and my MacBook Pro sucks (in part because it’s running on an older OS, and my disk drive is broken, so I can’t upgrade it). So, let’s try this again, shall we?

Today I have Darling Diva Polish’s Chunky PB&J, a grape jam purple holo with copper colored hex glitters. It’s got a little more oomph holo-wise than my last holo from her (Slutty Pumpkin), and applies easily. The first coat was a tad streaky, but coat two evened it out beautifully, and coat three was essentially to just deepen the color a little bit and get a couple more glitters on thar.

Here’s a couple of bottle shots-still working on getting lighting down pat, so please keep in mind that this color is a tad lighter than it appears in the photos.


Isn’t it lovely? I love the sparklies. ❀ A couple of the photos are a little blurred to help you see the holographic effect.

And here it is on my nails!


In the photo directly above it’s easiest to see the holographic effect on my ring finger. Love it! And the glitters were not difficult to get out, nor to apply. πŸ™‚ Definitely worth the money spent!

You can buy Darling Diva Polishes here on etsy for $12, which is a little more than her other polishes due to the amount of holographic material used in the polish. Again-totally worth it. πŸ˜€

I’ll be back soon with the next one in this order! Until next time, keep warm!

A-England’s St. George

Just a quick update-things have been busy here! It’s down to -20F most days now, and with the cold comes a few household maintenances that have been put off for a bit too long.

The formula on this, like the other a-England polish I have (Dragon) was phenomenal. The polish is *very* pigmented, requiring only one coat to be opaque! It dried to a fine shine, though I slapped some Seche Vite on top because hey, I’m a mom, and my baby wakes up randomly and makes me smudge my polish a lot. HA. Sadly, the SV shrunk it up a tad, and so by day two my tips are showing. 😦

The scattered holo in this is very fine, and does not appear in normal lighting. Even in sunlight, you have to be paying attention. Just keep that in mind! And now, without further ado: photos!

You can really see the holo sparkles in the bottle here!

This matches my favorite mug!

a-England St. George

Such a luscious teal!


a-England St. George

Bottle shot 2, full sun

a-England St. George

Bottle shot, full sun

Next time I’ll add a bonus shot with the matching mug. πŸ˜‰ Ta for now, sweethearts!

Northern Star Polish’s “Pumpkinlicious”

Good evening all, and welcome to Pint & Polish!

Today we have Northern Star Polish’s “Pumpkinlicious,” which I bought a 5mL miniature bottle of on etsy for $3.75 and $3 S&H. It arrived on time from Northern Star and was packaged in bubble wrap and a bubble mailer, no problems at all.

The picture above is of three coats of Northern Star Polish’s “Pumpkinlicious” over a coat of Milani’s “Black Swift,” with several coats of OPI’s topcoat over it. I’d love to get a better top coat so it didn’t take so many layers! This glitter ate topcoats like a fat kid eating Twinkies. (Do fat kids all really like Twinkies, actually, or is that just a stereotype? I like cake, personally. And fried Twinkies.)

This was my first glitter polish ever, and it was a little more difficult to work with than I had hoped it would be, but I attribute that entirely to user error and not to low quality of the polish. Regardless, it was a learning experience, and I’m beautifully pleased with the results! “Pumpkinlicious” is, according to the seller, “burnt orange, gold holographic, and green hexes in a clear base” and it is gorgeous. The orange is the primary color showing through, while the hex glitters make a bold statement and add extra visual interest. The green hexes are not holographic, but the gold ones are, and there’s an additional tiny amount of fine holographic glitters that shine rainbows in the right light.

In short, I love it on top of black, and I can’t wait to give it a try over OPI’s Jade is the New Black!


Next time, I’ll be reviewing Rogue Brewery’s Mom Hefeweizen, and if it gets here in time, Darling Diva Polish’s “Slutty Pumpkin!” See y’all soon!

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