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Digital Nails Keepin’ It Weird

Today on the blog we have NEW, NOT YET RELEASED polish from Digital Nails! It’s called Keepin’ It Weird, a slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (inspired by Red Wassenich’s words while making a pledge to an Austin radio station). Keepin’ It Weird (and Keep Austin Weird) have evolved to a sort of motto, sounds like-a pledge by those in Austin to keep Austin friendly for those in subcultures and subinterests, for small businesses with big ideas, and therefore “weird” to the rest of Texas (which is heavily conservative).

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What better cause for Digital Nails, a geeky lacquer company, to support? 😉
Keepin’ It Weird is a grape jelly purple jelly polishwith a mix of iridescent shapes and colors (I see hexes, squares, and teeny tiny shreds!) and itty bitty holographic glitters. The overall effect is beautiful translucent purple with sparkles in all colors of the rainbow! I love the effect the iridescent glitters give in a jelly polish.
The formula on this was a little thick-those iridescent tend to thicken up a polish, I’ve noticed-but not unmanageable. First coat went on a little patchy but that may be fixable with some thinner. Second coat evened it out, and I put on a third coat because I wanted it to look a little darker-like it does in the bottle. The photos don’t quite accurately capture the color of the polish-it is a little more red than shown, and a little brighter.
Photos shown are of three coats of Keepin’ It Weird with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That topcoat, which, by the way, is amazeballs.
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And in bright indoor light:
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Overall this polish is a definite keeper-it’s funky and just a little bit weird, in the best of ways! This is something I’ll put on when I feel like being an eccentric housewife. 😉
Keepin’ It Weird will be available for purchase “sometime in April” according to Raphaelle, so keep a weather eye out!
Disclaimer: This bottle was provided for my honest review. Honest, guys. For cereal.

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.

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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!

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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.  For now, keep on keepin’ on ladies and gents-

All love, Allie.

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. 😉 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:  “Our German Kölsch is a testament to simplicity, tradition and quality. Using the same malt, hops, and process as a brewery in Cologne, Germany (where Kölsch 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! 😀

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. 🙂

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. 😉

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

❤ kettish

Digital Nails’ Bad Wolf

Hello there guys and dolls! I’m back (in a relatively respectable amount of time, again! what’s going on!) with, as promised, Digital Nails’ Bad Wolf.

Bad Wolf. Blaidd drwg. Darlig ulv. There are many ways to say it, scattered across time and space, a message to and from a certain Doctor’s Companion by the name of Rose Marrion Tyler, who looked into the heart of the TARDIS and saw herself. Rose was far and away my favorite companion for a long, long time (until Donna popped up-“Oy, Spaceman!”) and still part of my OTP for the fandom. She’s often described as being all pink and yellow, which I always found an apt description considering her bleach-blonde hair and propensity for bright girly pink. Not my schtick, personally, but she seemed to enjoy it, so, y’know. 

It’s the same propensity that prompted my choice of undies for Bad Wolf. After some agonizing and a little putting-off (I didn’t feel like Bad Wolf would shine brightest as a solitary glitter, much like Serenity and several of Digital Nails’ other polishes) I finally decided on the ‘pink’ part of the pink-and-yellow equation: a-England’s Iseult, a sheer, soft, shimmery light pink that is almost a neutral and I believe provides a nice backdrop to show off Bad Wolf.

Raphael, creator of Digital nails, describes Bad Wolf as “pale gold flakies, white flakies that flash gold in the sun, duochrome mica pigment that shifts from an almost undetectable aqua to a strong pale gold. It also has both hexagonal and square glitter in as many iridescent color shifting colors and sizes as I could find (at least 10!).” Phew! It has a LOT going on! And it’s certainly gorgeous, golden, and glowing-just like the heart of the TARDIS.

Below is shown two coats of Iseult with just ONE (1!) coat of Bad Wolf on top!

In bright indoor lighting:

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And in bright sunlight:

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The formula on Bad Wolf was definitely thick but not unmanageably so. If it really bothers you, you can thin it out just a tad with regular nail polish thinner. I showed just one coat over a base color above, but Digital Nails’ description of Bad Wolf claims it can reach opacity in three rather thin coats, and I may try that next time! Also, surprisingly, this polish was not super-duper rough when it dried-I achieved smooth nails with two coats of Gelous and a coat of butter LONDON’s topcoat. Sounds like a lot, but I think I actually had one coat of Gelous too many, and that it would’ve been fine with just the one (especially if you’re slappin’ a coat of Seche Vite on top).

All in all, this polish gets an A in my gradebook! Would buy again, etc. 😉 You can purchase Bad Wolf for yourself at Digital Nails’ etsy shop for $10.00. She also ships internationally, so if you’ve been hankerin’ for some sweet, sweet indie polish goodness but are stuck somewhere that isn’t a big part of that scene, here you are! Personally, I’m going to try and get my hands her polish Convergent, which is new to her shop and named after convergent evolution. BALLIN’.

Hope y’all enjoyed-stay tuned next time for yet ANOTHER amazing indie polish by ILoveNP, who has recently reformulated her polishes and sent me two colors for review, Don Juan and Window Shopping. 

Have a baby moose that showed up at my doorstep before you go! 

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Later dudes and dudettes! 

❤ kettish.

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!

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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. 😉 Ta for now, sweethearts!

Neither Lacquer nor Liquor! Angel Food Cake

It’s been snowy lately, so I haven’t gone to the store for more beer to review. And I’ve spent my nail polish budget for the month! I have a few more to review, but after a fit of rage following a mis-cut of a few nails, I no longer have any nails. Cut ’em to the quick. While they grow back, I’ll be posting about other goings-on here in Fairbanks and another couple of brews.

Because it’s been so snowy and gloomy outside lately, I decided it was time to do some baking! Perfect timing for that kind of energy, as today is also my husband’s thirtieth birthday. Happy Birthday, Vince! 🙂 He requested strawberry shortcake, but after considering the kind of shortcake he usually picks up at the store, I decided angel food cake would be closer and went looking for a recipe.

As usual, Alton Brown had my back. His recipe, here, even includes a large clip from the show that has him making the cake, so there was very little room to mess up! I had a new Nordicware specially-shaped pan (their buttercup pan, which I picked out so that we could pile whipped cream and strawberries in the middle!) and a glass angel food cake pan. I had my trusty KitchenAid mixer, which I bought last summer at a garage sale for just $50. And I had all the ingredients. The egg whites were room temp, the flour and sugar were sifted. Everything was ready.

Set the mixer going with the egg whites and such in it, as per the recipe, and when it reached medium peaks, I was ready to fold in the flour/sugar mixture with my spatula…

…that I’d forgotten broke a few weeks ago and is now MIA somewhere as a baby toy.

So I folded it in with my hand.

Egg whites, *everywhere.*

My kitchen’s now a sticky, horrific mess, and the cakes came out a little denser than I’d’ve liked, thanks to a little overmixing (and not folding the flour in promptly enough-halfway through Little Man fell down and bonked his head!). But the little cakes especially came out beautifully, and are very tasty! The big one’s a little undercooked towards the bottom but I’ll just cut that part off and we’ll be good to go. 🙂

Have some pictures!

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See y’all next time! I’ll try to start on a M-W-F update schedule. Ta!

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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