fivezero's Luckyscent fragrance/perfume sample haulage (September 2018)

Mini Haulage! Lucky Scent Fragrance Samples (2018)

Happy Friday, everybody! I have been AWOL from the land of nail polish for many months, and my renewed obsession with perfume has taken over.

I had been on a bit of a perfume hiatus for about three years, from 2014 to late last year, mainly because I was having kids and wasn’t fussed with scented things at all for that period. Now that the kids are both bigger tots, I’ve revived my interest in perfume.

The kids are loving it, as well. They enjoy testing a scent on their shirtsleeves while I’m browsing the testers in-store; Peanut (who’s now 4 and in kindergarten!) always picks an interesting-looking bottle and claims that it smells the way it looks. So something like Versace Dylan Blue “smells like blueberries!” (No, it doesn’t!) But, by default, everything smells like “Strawberries!” or “Potato juice!” I don’t understand that last one, either. Olive, who is now 2, does a little dab to mimic me sniffing my wrists, even though she’s not wearing any scent.

So, I’ve spent the last nine months or so catching up on all the new department store releases I’ve been able to get my hands on.

I found many new loves in both the designer realm (Love by Chloé, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Essence de Parfum, Lanvin Me), among the drugstore offerings (Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu, Jessica Simpson Fancy, Britney Spears Private Show), and in that space between (MAC Créme d’Nude and Velvet Teddy, Aramis Calligraphy Rose). I’ve even discovered a few beauties from decades past (Chanel Cristalle EDP, Chloé Narcisse, Elizabeth Taylor Diamonds & Rubies).

Niche-land, however, is where I’ve yet to explore further. I’ve dabbled a bit (Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu, Berdoues Assam of India), but there’s a massive world of niche out there that seems exponentially larger now than it was when I last visited it.

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Deco Miami Nail Lacquer in Rosé All Day, swatch

Deco Miami — Rosé All Day (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Deco Miami

Last November, I spotted Deco Miami‘s beautiful, jewel-like bottles of nail polish on Ashley’s blog (Short Nail Swatcher), and immediately placed my own order. Like, the next day.

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers in Black Like My Soul,
Brickell Blue, Champagne Mami, Rosé All Day, & Tied Down.

Just. Look. At. Them.

Russell Crowe Gladiator entertained meme, are these not the cutest little things

So yes, I bought five of them all in one go and haven’t played with them until last month! The packaging was just so spring-y to me that I buried them all winter…but now it’s time for them to come out and play!

I’ll do a little review here of Deco Miami’s online store, too. Ordering was super easy, and they delivered to Canada, no problem (US$12.99 for my five polishes). They arrived in about a week, and included was a surprise free glass file with Swarovski crystals! Yay! I think it may have been because I bought five, because right now there’s a promo on their site for a set of five Winter 2016 polishes that comes with a free glass file.

fivezero's haulage, Deco Miami Nail Lacquers

Deco Miami Nail Lacquers + Glass File with Swarovski Crystals

Each polish comes in an adorable, illustrated triangular box, making it perfectly giftable.

Deco Miami Nail Lacquer, box unfolded

Here’s a box unfolded!

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A England Sargent's Vision collection (Summer 2017)

New Release: A England — Sargent’s Vision (Summer 2017)

Collection: A England 2017 Summer, Sargent’s Vision

English indie nail polish brand A England has released Sargent’s Vision, a collection of four holographic shades.

The collection is named for American artist John Singer Sargent; one of the shades is named for his 1885 painting “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” (pictured in the banner above).

I’m partial to Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl (1862) and “Portrait of Madame X” (1884):

John Singer Sargent: Portrait of Madame X (1884)

“Portrait of Madame X”, John Singer Sargent (1884)
Image: wikipedia.org

The four shades are:

  • Carnation Lily Lily Rose (holographic)
    Angelic translucent azure radiating delicate multiple hues.
  • Symphony In Green and Gold (holographic)
    Sublime honeydew green with hints of gold reflections.
  • Symphony In Blue and Silver (holographic)
    Dreamy powder blue enhanced by flashes of green and silver light.
  • Nocturne (holographic)
    Holographic. Twilight black with a red nuance revealing at times its prismatic spectacle.

A England Nail Varnish retails for GBP£11 / CA$15.50.

Happy shopping!

[Featured Image: a-england.co.uk]

Colors by Llarowe Nail Polish in Shiny Happy People, swatch

Colors by Llarowe — Shiny Happy People (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Happy International Women’s Day!

Just for a little background, International Women’s Day was originally observed as International Working Women’s Day in New York City, 1909. In 1917, women textile workers in Petrograd demonstrated on the day, marking the start of the Russian Revolution. Upon the revolution’s end, the new government granted Russian women the right to vote.

The United Nations officially adopted the observance in 1975. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

Now, I feel a bit funny celebrating the day with something as relatively trifling as a nail polish swatch, but this is a nail polish blog, after all!

Collection: Colors by Llarowe 2016 Summer

I’ve been trying to pick up more indie brands lately (though I’ve been somewhat foiled by beginning to avoid ecommerce platform Shopify) and Colors by Llarowe is one of the latest brands I’ve tried.

Shiny Happy People (named for a great R.E.M. song) is a periwinkle with an explosion of holo shimmer.

Colors by Llarowe Nail Polish in Shiny Happy People
Colors by Llarowe Nail Polish in Shiny Happy People

R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People (1991)

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A England Nail Varnish in Her Rose Adagio, swatch

A England — Her Rose Adagio (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2013 Winter, Ballerina

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today’s polish comes from indie brand A England’s 2013 Ballerina collection.

Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)
Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010)

Her Rose Adagio is described by A England as “faded roses in a silver prismatic base, as romantic as it is ‘en pointe'”. The base is a pastel pink, but as the polish is loaded with fine, silver holographic shimmer, the overall look is pale mauve.

A England Nail Varnish in Her Rose Adagio
A England Nail Varnish in Her Rose Adagio

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ILNP Boutique Nail Lacquer in Valentina, swatch

ILNP — Valentina (Boutique Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: ILNP

I don’t often review indie brands, since I don’t buy them very much. But I recently dipped my toes a little deeper into the indie pond and picked up my first ILNP (I Love Nail Polish, of course! Fab name!), inspired by Gym Bag Makeup’s review last year.

Valentina is completely stunning in the bottle: a light robin’s egg blue with a strong pink flash. The shimmer is very fine and the formula appears sheer.

ILNP Boutique Nail Lacquer in Valentina, with box
ILNP Boutique Nail Lacquer in Valentina, with box

The packaging is very nice: the bottle is sleek and the box is a great touch. It’s the kind of polish box I do keep! The shade name is also handily stickered on top of the box.

ILNP Boutique Nail Lacquer in Valentina
ILNP Boutique Nail Lacquer in Valentina

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A England Nail Varnish in Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty, swatch

A England — Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2013, Burne-Jones Dream

Indie brand A England‘s 2013 collection, Burne-Jones Dream, references the work of 19th century British artist Edward Burne-Jones. I’ve previously reviewed Rose Bower and Sleeping Palace from this collection.

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898), Edward Burne-Jones
The Legend of Briar Rose: The Garden Court (1885–1890), Edward Burne-Jones.
Buscot Park, England.
Image: wikipedia.org

Briar Rose / Sleeping Beauty is another romantic shade from this collection. It’s a deep cranberry pink with fine holographic shimmer that gives it a soft-focus look. The shade veers a little purplish on the nail, but it’s still remarkably neutral and I think it’d look good on most skintones.

A England Nail Varnish in Briar Rose/Sleeping Beauty
A England Nail Varnish in Briar Rose / Sleeping Beauty

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