Chaos & Crocodiles Swatch and Review: Reflections, Echos, and Shadows

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samples provided for honest review Liz says… Hello, Darlings! When the lovely Sarey (brainchild of indie polish branch Chaos & Crocodiles) asked me to swatch polishes for her, I knew that it was time to put on my blogging pants again (they are very official). I’m incredibly excited to share these three polishes with you today – they are simply stunning – with rich, squishy jewel tones and five different holographic micro glitters/pigments, these shine like you wouldn’t believe! Because the glitters are so tiny, the removal of these polishes was actually very manageable. I was shocked. One layer of top coat smoothed the polishes out – no muss, no fuss, just happiness. Having laid out the facts, let’s check out the polishes. First up is Reflections. This blue polish is so incredibly squishy… I keep wanting to nibble on my nails because they remind me of the most delicious jelly beans. Weird? Perhaps, but I’m too smitten to care! If you’re in a berry mood, Echos might be more up your alley. This delicious polish is something of a chameleon – I found that it shifted from a bright magenta to a deep burgundy depending on the ambient lighting. While that made capturing the polish a little difficult, I can’t help but love it all the more because of the flexible nature of this shade. Last but certainly not least is Shadows, a deep purple polish that rounds out the trio beautifully. This polish is so lovely, I adore how rich…

This Mani Has Soul, But It’s Not A Soldier (an ode to grayscale polish)

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Liz says… Hello, Darlings! I don’t know about your neck of the proverbial woods, but it has started feeling like SUMMER and I’m already over it. If I had my way, it would be Fall all year round, and it would be perfection. Perhaps it’s my general loathing of overly warm weather, or a simple case of being contrary for the sake of being contrary, but today’s manicure certainly has more of a “Winter is coming” feeling to it instead of a warm breezes, “Come to Jamaica” vibe… and it feels so good! I was perusing through my stash and came across one of my all time favorite glitter polishes. Rainbow Honey’s Soldier is a drop-dead gorgeous gunmetal gray glitter topper (try saying THAT five times fast!). It applies like a dream and it makes me feel like a badass every time I wear it – what’s not to love?! I love how cool this gray is. It reminds me of light reflecting off water and ancient swords. Inspiration hitting me like a freight train, I pulled out Essence’s Chic Reloaded and Ciate’s Cream Soda along with a reel of striping tape and some purple studs. The way that I see it, the only thing cooler than wearing Soldier on it’s own is wearing it in a grayscale manicure. In hindsight, I made this manicure so much more difficult than necessary… I started out with Chic Reloaded as my base color. Once dried, I laid out some striping tape and applied Cream…

1000 Volts of Super Vixen – A Match Made In Glam Polish Heaven!

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Liz says… Ah! It’s been a shamefully long time since I’ve last posted on LOZLOSA, and let me tell you it feels really good to be back! Rather than spend like… five paragraphs filling you in on the life and times of a nail blogger/slacker, let’s just just right back into the game. Since it’s been awhile I wanted to come back with something glam, sexy, and OH SO PRETTY! Of course, my brain takes those key words and translates it into metallics paired with glitters in gorgeous colors. Sometimes I really like the things that my brain puts together. (Good job, brain!) I started this manicure off with three coats of Revlon’s 1000 Volts. This gold polish has the slightest touch of red shimmer that flickers along the edge of your nail. It’s a barely noticable duochrome effect, but what it does do is lend depth and warmth. One heavy handed coat of Super Vixen by Emily de Molly adds just the right amount of bling. I adore this glitter topper – the clear base allows the hexes, circles, and squares in various shades of pink to be paired with an unlimited array of other colors. Topped off with a generous layer of top coat and suddenly this blogger is back in business! Enough about me and this manicure… If you’ve read this far down in the post I wanted to say THANK YOU for sticking with LOZLOSA. The only thing better than nail polish is the ability to…

Glitter, Stamping, and Holo?! Oh, My!

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Liz says… Hello, Darlings. Today is my birthday and I really wanted to do something nice for today’s manicure! I was having a difficult time figured out exactly what to do… until my February Ipsy bag came along. This month I received Odette, which Zoya describes as a “sultry orchid maroon cream.” That’s a pretty sexy description for a purple polish, so of COURSE I was sold. Putting one of the MoYou – London stamping plates that I received for my birthday to good use, I used Color Club’s Miss Bliss to stamp some Gustav Klimt inspired designs. Oh, can you hear my swooning? I apologize because it’s really loud… I just can’t help it! I love how Miss Bliss stands against Odette, the pink really holds its own and elevates a beautiful, neutral purple manicure into something fit for a princess. I just love it so much, but then I get carried away because Gustav Klimt is probably my favorite artist, and I cannot believe that MoYou made not one but TWO stamping plates that are deeply inspired by his works. Swoon! Because beautiful creams, amazing holos, and artsy stamping plates are not enough I pulled out one of my untried indies – Clairvoyant Visitor from the Nail Pattern Boldness A Parliament Of Magpies collection. This textured polish is chock full of grey, pink, and purple glitters. One thin coat of Clairvoyant Visitor over Odette gave me full coverage and wow! It plays so well with the rest of…

Delftware Inspired Stamping

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Liz says… Hello, Darlings! I’m warning you now, I am in a stamping frenzy over here! I’ve always overlooked stamping as a form of nail art that was for other people due to my lack of stamping skills and my serious lacking of the patience to gain them. It turns out that I may have been selling myself short! While I’m not an experienced stamper, I have become an overnight advocate of having the right tools because suddenly I have a stamping set that basically applies itself. Suddenly through stamping I have access to nail designs that I would never have attempted before. For example, I love the look of Delftware! That inspiration firmly in mind, I started out by applying a white foundation by laying down three thin coats of OPI‘s My Boyfriend Scales Walls. This is one of my go-to polishes for nail art because it lends such a clean, crisp palette to build upon. While I’m talking about white polishes, is there a full coverage white polish on the market yet? One-coat black polishes have had their hayday, it’s time to induct white polishes into that arena! Right?! Sheesh! I rooted through my blue polish drawer to find the perfect shade – it had to be bold, BLUE, and fabulous. I settled on OPI’s Dating A Royal, which is a great candidate… while still in the bottle. Dating A Royal is a beautiful blue that lends itself to the Delft pottery motif, in reality it is a sheer…

Love Lifts Us Up: A Valentine’s Day Manicure!

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Liz says… Hello Darlings, and Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Regardless of your relationship status, gender, or age it feels like Valentine’s Day is a big deal. Personally, I’m not a huge fan… I don’t need a corporate holiday to make me realize how much I adore my fiance (it’s a lot!), and I have grown to resent the expectations that can often weigh heavy around this time of year. Despite how bitter I sound above, the one thing that I do appreciate about Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love. I LOVE love! To celebrate love through lacquer, I was inspired by the great 1982 love song “Up Where We Belong.” Love lifts us up where we belong – where the eagles cry, on a mountain high! Borrowing imagery from the lyrics, I turned to one of my MoYou stamping plates (Suki # 8 to be specific) to help place silver clouds and flocks of pink birds (which I’d like to think are fab eagles hanging out crying) across my nails. Eventually I’m going to review my MoYou stamping plates, which are actually a birthday present from my AWESOME co-blogger/mother that I deviously opened early. I have never had such an easy stamping experience… but that review is for another post! Against a milk chocolate base of OPI’s Chocolate Moose I used Color Club Holo Hue shades Harp On It and Miss Bliss. Holographic polishes certainly up the romance factor, right? What do you think of my Valentine’s Day manicure?…

Blue Skittle Nail Art!

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Liz says… Hello, Darlings! Happy Tuesday! When I was last at my local drug store buying bags of holiday Reese’s cups I came across the gorgeous Beaming Blue from the Maybelline Brocade collection. This polish is SO BEAUTIFUL – a sheer, glittery blurple with a faint duochrome shimmer that flashes between electric blue and soft violet (sadly the duochrome flash didn’t translate to the nail at all). Smitten at first sight, I bought myself a bottle and set it on my desk until I figured out how to wear it. The time is now! Hang along for the journey and I’ll share what I came up with. Inspiration hit me hard, and started pulling me in all sorts of directions. Rather than limit myself I decided that a blue skittle nail art manicure was the perfect way to go! Starting off with two coats of Elevation Polish’s Silversword as my base I selected a few blues from my stash and set to work utilizing striping tape, scotch tape, some blue studs, and a striping brush. While my initial inspiration was found in Beaming Blue, I really wanted to play with nail polish finishes and textures. One coat of Beaming Blue over Silversword allowed the texture and depth of Beaming Blue to really stand in focus. It reminds me of light reflecting off of the surface of a river – full of movement and life while still being contained. For my middle finger I placed striping tape in a repeating chevron…

Abstract Mariposa: A Fluttering of Vivid Color

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Lisa says. . . In case you haven’t noticed, New York Fashion Week is underway, and anybody who’s anybody is jumping from one catwalk to the next.  Well, maybe “jumping” is the wrong word.  “Skiing” might be more appropriate, what with the sidewalks still heaped with snow, and more on the way. Brrrrr. It used to be that NYFW was conducted “under the tents” at Bryant Park.  Then, as the event grew, it was moved to Lincoln Center.  Nowadays, it’s All Over The Place, as the celebrity manicurist/lacquer-maven Deborah Lippmann noted in her Instagram feed yesterday, “Baby it’s cold outside! And none of my fashion week stops are anywhere near the others.” I’ve been watching the event’s live feed, from the comfort of The Polish Room (a/k/a Liz’s re-purposed bedroom), where tropical daydreams have inspired the colorful abstract butterflies that flit across today’s nails… Don’t know about you, but for me, this mani evokes sunshine and frosty cold Margaritas (jumbo, on the rocks with salt, please)? Have I mentioned that I’m so over winter? As for how-to, ’twas a cinch.  I first pulled a fanciful collection of bright cremes and shimmers from the stash, as well as a white creme, a gold holo, and a black striper. Then, when it came time to play, I randomly painted swaths here, stripes there, and a dot or two around and about… Sweet, simple, and best of all…comfortably warm at home, with that NYFW live feed in the background. Here’s hoping the weather…