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Digital Nails Under Pressure

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Described by Digital Nails’ creator Raphael Yax as “a neutral gray holo-packed jelly, with multiple sizes of matte black micro glitter, and also loaded with large iridescent hex glitters that shift to a rainbow of colors, as well as my personal fave – shorty iridescent rainbow bar glitters.” Inspired by the transformation of carbon to diamond. Woo!

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HooDoo Taproom’s Kolsch and ILoveNP’s Don Juan

Double post WWWOOOOWWWOOOOWWWWOOOOO! Today I have a brand-new brewery in Fairbanks, HooDoo Taproom, and their excellent Kolsch beer up on the docket. Sort of happened on accident, actually-I needed somewhere to sit and work on computer things, as Little Man has been especially demanding lately, and lo, the taproom opened at three…so off I went, and here I am!

It is a blistering 20F here in Fairbanks today-it’s been up in the 40s even lately, and everything is melting and slick and wet! Beautiful, strangely enough. The things that look nice once you’ve been in -50F for a few months, ha ha…

I’m typing this up before I take pictures of Don Juan, as it’s second on my to-do list behind have a delicious beer and work on some web dev. The taproom’s a little chill, and I’m sitting in a corner relaxing with a stool and a chair as a desk. I actually really like the beer this place brews-enough that I’m eyeing one of the t-shirts that are for sale to show some support. It’s a local brewery after all, and I do like local businesses!

But enough. Y’all aren’t here to hear me ramble about big metal brewing vats and old men having beers and younger men sitting next to me bitching about the awful night they visited upon themselves the night before. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Y’all are here for a review of some beer!

HooDoo Taproom is fairly new here in Fairbanks, and opened up down off of Phillips Field Rd. (This will mean very little to those of you who aren’t from here, but will be helpful for those who are!)

HooDoo’s description of their Kolsch is more thorough than I can manage, and provides more background, so I will provide it first, and then my impression:ย ย “Our German Kรถlsch is a testament to simplicity, tradition and quality. Using the same malt, hops, and process as a brewery in Cologne, Germany (where Kรถlsch originates), we strived to replicate the style in every way possible. The beer is has a clean but complex malt base that marries perfectly with the delicate, subtle aromas of southern german noble hops.”

It does, in fact, have a very clean taste, and is not overly hoppy as I expected from the description. (Or, indeed, from most beers I find in Alaska-they seem to be a group of extremist brewers, either striving for as stout a beer as possible or as hoppy!) The malt base does not taste ‘complex’ to me, but my palate is decidedly….naive? Inexperienced. I mean, I drink beer, but I don’t brew it, and I think the best beer critics are probably also those who brew, since they have access to the individual components and maybe therefore can better label them. I know it’s an alright beer, not my favorite from them though. That honor still belongs to the English Mild that I’ve been promised will return.

HooDoo suggests pairing this with lighter foods, and it’s probably the first beer I could see genuinely enjoying with a salad. Hm. Note to self: do this!

Overall, it’s a moderately alcoholic beer that I’m enjoying drinking but will probably switch up in next time to try their stout again. It’s almost dinner time after all, and their stout is *very* stout!

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Next up is ILoveNP’s Don Juan! ๐Ÿ˜€

ILoveNP and I have history. For reals. I moderate over at reddit.com’s r/RandomActsofPolish, and for our 2k member benchmark I organized a HUGE indie giveaway! ILoveNP’s Barbra was an absolute joy to communicate with, honestly-so enthusiastic and happy to be part of the whole thing. And when her polishes arrived I happily shipped them on to the winner who received them, and mentally bookmarked her shop for future purchase.

Then someone came on to my usual online hangout (a chat on IRC) and offered two ILoveNP polishes up for swap. I said, sure! My friend warned me: they smell kinda bad. I thought to myself, self, it can’t be that bad! Friend is probably being a wuss. Take ’em off her like candy from a baby before she changes her mind.

So I did.

I was wrong.

They smelled really, really bad.

And I couldn’t reconcile the two things in my head: a happy, cheerful, competent Barbra, and this awful polish. So after some hemming and hawing, I finally got on etsy and messaged her with what I hope was a kind and constructive criticism of her polish.

Then I waited, cringing, for what I assumed would be at best a brush-off (thanks to my first meeting with another indie maker, who shall remain unnamed) and at worst an outpouring of “shut the fuck up and get out.”

It did not come. What came instead was an unfailing kind and polite reply by Barbra acknowledging the issues and informing me that a new base had been ordered and arrived, and that her polishes were all undergoing reformulation with the new base.

In fact, she even sent me two new polishes to replace the two that I had SWAPPED for, as an apology, and asked me to let the person who originally purchased them know that she could ALSO get new polishes. (That friend that I got them from did contact Barbra, and was compensated.)

So! Two free polishes from ILoveNP. The day came that they arrived and I opened the package with some small amount of trepidation. I wanted nice polish. I wanted to provide Barbra and ILoveNP polishes with a good review. And most of all, I wanted to feel like Barbra, who I greatly enjoy working with, had redeemed her brand.

And she has.

Bask in the subtle glory that is Don Juan: a dark forest green, blue undertoned holo.

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You heard me.

Dark. Green. Holo.

And it is gorgeous.

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ILoveNP’s Don Juan had an excellent formula, achieving full opacity in two coats. It self-leveled nicely, not leaving behind and nasty streaks or ridges, and almost didn’t need a topcoat, it dried so shiny! I put one on anyway because I’d like to keep it on a few days without chipping. I don’t know if Don Juan would chip easily otherwise, but most holos I’ve worn before do.

Shown is two coats of Don Juan with one coat of butter LONDON’s Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat. In indoor lighting it’s a very slightly shimmery forest green creme, and I love it. Outdoors in the sunlight it has just a whisper of linear holographic sparkle, and I love it even more for that bit of spark! I feel like this is a polish I could wear in a relaxed office setting without seeming OUTRAGEOUSLY SPARKLY but with the safe, secret knowledge that in bright or sunlight, it’ll shine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Essentially, I will be ordering from ILoveNP again shortly, and am tempted to take advantage of their current (rather rare!) sale: use code YAY25 for 25% off any full size polishes at her website, ilnp.com! I’ve been eyeing her Golden Orchid and Don’t Trample My Roses.

And, spoiler alert: she has a full line of holographic polishes coming soon! I know where I’ll be spending a little pocket money next month. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, off to the gym-I’ve been roped into CrossFit by my husband, sigh. Wish me luck!

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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.

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

And here it is on my nails!

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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!

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Such a luscious teal!

 

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Bottle shot 2, full sun

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Bottle shot, full sun

Next time I’ll add a bonus shot with the matching mug. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ta for now, sweethearts!

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