Holy Jesus, I am so excited about this post. I’ve been meaning to make it since I got back from Italy, but kept putting it off because I’m lazy. But now I’m finally getting around to it and I get to show off my goodies! A warning though, this post is incredibly picture heavy. I couldn’t control myself.
I’m pretty sure all of these packages were delivered before my trip, but I didn’t pick them up from the porter until after my return. A nice little treat to round out a very fun trip. So let’s start off with my first delivery. I ordered two grab bags–an indie and a holo–from the Crumpet’s destash sale back at the end of January. Best destash haul I’ve ever gotten! I ended up receiving so many brands that I’ve never tried before.
The indie bag had Darling Diva Polish Shop Till You Drop, Different Dimension Emily, Delush Polish Glamazon, and Pretty & Polished Private School.
Some bottle shots too! Emily and Private School aren’t polishes that I would normally buy on my own, but I’m still excited to see how they look on my nails. That red shimmer in Private School looks interesting.
And here’s the holo grab bag. Orly Miss Conduct, Pretty & Polished Crush, Smitten Polish The First Lobster, and Literary Lacquers 84, Charing Cross Road.
Every time I look at the polishes in this haul, I am so thrilled. Both bags were definitely worth the money.
And so was my next purchase, which just so happened to be my first ever Bespoke polishes from Pahlish. I don’t tend to stalk releases unless I know there’s something I really really want, so it was a surprise to me that I actually did wait around for these two. So here’s Sleep Under the Stars and Burning Branch.
And last, but certainly not least, is a giveaway prize that I won in Squeaky Nails’ 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway. There were five great prizes, and I happened to win the Renaissance Cosmetics one. So I got three of her best-selling shades: Flirt, Kensington, and Sex, Death & Rock ‘n’ Roll. I also got a bottle of Mango Papaya cuticle oil and a nice little card. Let me tell you something, that cuticle oil smells fantastic, and I happen to hate mangoes with a passion.
And of course since I won them in a giveaway, I thought it only fair that these three be the first of all of my new pretties to be tried out. So first up is Flirt, what I would call a plum linear holo with a gold shimmer and different sized holo glitters.
(And with flash)
Being completely honest, I thought from my first glance at the bottle that I would hate this. I’m not one to like glitters in my holos and so I thought they would ruin the overall effect. I was SO WRONG. This polish is absolutely stunning and was my favorite of the bunch. Application was a dream too. The formula was perfect and this only needed two coats. Possibly could have done one thick coat if I had wanted to.
Next up was Kensington, which is the polish that I thought would be my favorite of the three. It’s a light shade of purple, with a very strong gold/copper shimmer. It also dries sort of suede, which I found interesting.
I personally like it a bit more with a glossy top coat though. That shimmer is gorgeous!
Application was great on this one too and it only needed two coats as well. Although–and I might just be crazy and clumsy here–I think this one had a slower dry time. For some reason it kept squishing far too easily at a point when Flirt was fine. Still, a very pretty polish.
Last up is Sex, Death & Rock ‘n’ Roll. It was another of those holo-glitter combinations that surprised me. This one is a black holo with small holo glitters and a gold shimmer that is possibly even stronger than the one in Kensington. It sounds like there’s a lot going on with it, but trust me it works. This one was my second favorite.
That gold shimmer sort of makes it hard to see the holo effect in pictures, but it is easier to see in person. And even if it’s not, who cares? The shimmer is beautiful on its own. And pays homage to the platinum hair of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who was apparently the inspiration for this polish.
And so there you have it! An insane amount of pictures of my new pretties, plus some swatches of three amazing polishes by Renaissance Cosmetics. A hell of a long post, but I had fun showing off all these new additions to my ever-growing collection!