Great Lakes Lacquer – The Friend Collection, Part 1 + July LEs

*polishes in this post were provided for unbiased review*


Hi you guys! Today I’ve got a sneak peak of a brand new indie polish line, Great Lakes Lacquer! My friend Mariah has been working on this collection for a while, and I was so excited to see all of the gorgeous polishes she has come up with. Her hard work has definitely paid off! Also, I wanted to say up front that I might be *slightly* biased color-wise about one color(The Fashion Artist), as it is one that is kinda inspired by me, but I promise that won’t carry over into my review of the formula/application/etc!


Up first is Soul Sister. This polish is a pink-leaning bright red with a violet/pink shimmer and a holo finish. I love these kinds of pinkish reds! I had no issues with the formula, and the photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.

“She’s the one that you call your wife. She gets you. She’s the yin to your yang, the reason to your crazy, the calm to your chaos. She makes life better by just being her and you miss her all the time when she isn’t around. Her kids are your kids and vice versa. Even if life has separated you for awhile, that relationship is there, always there. Being the rock to my wave, I hope you all have one of these too.”

Up next is The Quick-Witted Comedian, a teal green filled with silver/green shimmer, some purple/blue flakes, and a bit of a holo finish! Teals and blues always end up being my favorites, and this one is no exception. I love this shade of teal, and the flakes really give it a nice touch. Again, no issues with the formula. Photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.

“This friend is always punny (see, I can do it too). She’s always the first to come up with a twisted response or to shed some laughter on the mundane. She could probably do stand up if she really wanted to but things in life just haven’t rolled that way for her. Her sunny disposition makes you wonder if maybe the clouds don’t have silver linings after all. Did I mention she’s as curious as a cat? Maybe her nine lives are the reason she’s so happy.”


The Triathlon Trainer is a deep blue jelly packed with aqua, green, and gold shimmer, and finished off with some multichrome flakes. Another stunner! The formula on this one was good, it’s not as opaque as the others though so you might need more coats for full coverage. The photos below show 3 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.

“The athletic. She’s as active as you can get and sometimes, it annoys the crap out of you. Why can’t I have that kind of energy or drive? Haha. This lady runs and walks and runs some more. But her favorite is swimming. Her love of water really is apparent. Her scuba dives are awesome. She’s even swum with a Whale Shark. I’m eating my own heart out thinking about it.”


Next up is Krazzzzie Fast Fingered Gamer Girl, a super bright turquoise filled with a gorgeous pinkish/purplish shimmer. This one leans a bit greener in photos than it appears in real life, but it’s still definitely a bright green-leaning teal. The formula is a tiny bit thicker than the others, but it didn’t cause any problems with application or drying time/etc. This is myyyy kind of teal, for reals! Love love love it. The photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.

“This lady is the one you want on your team when you go raiding on WoW or any other role playing game on the net. She’s also a good one to have by your side during nail polish restocks, cuz that girl can snatch anything. She’s also just the sweetest thing on earth (with a bit of attitude on the side) and just a bit shy. Did I mention pretty nails? Gosh yes. Luckily she can deliver the nail polish she enabled you on because she’s krazzie fast.”


The Fashion Artist is a medium blurple filled with an aqua flake shimmer that shifts to pink at times. This polish is 1000000% meeeeeeeee. The color is right up my alley, it’s just perfection in a nail polish bottle! The formula on this one is a bit thicker like Krazzzzie, but again no issues with application or drying time/etc. The hint of pink shimmer in this polish did not want to come out and play in my swatches, but it’s definitely there! Amanda Loves Polish has a great macro shot of it, you can see the pink shift in that if you want to check out her blog post on the collection. The photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite. (also, yeah re: the description of this polish, if you follow me or check out my instagram, you will see that I am indeed addicted to Black Milk Clothing and I change my hair color on a near weekly basis, hahahaha)

“Let me tell you, this lady is an artist. And she uses her body as her canvas. From her hair, her nails, down to the clothes she wears. She’s one of those people that stalk all the Black Milk Clothing releases? Yeah, leggings are PANTS! And her hair? She does these crazy melts that look totally awesome and I wish I could rock. Besides that, she does mini Picasso’s on her nails. It’s insane the talent and creativity this lady has.”


Big Lake is one of the July LE polishes, it will only be available until the 31st of this month. It is a deep orangey-red with a golden/red shimmer. This is a gorgeous polish, and a nice change from my usual summer brights. It’s slightly vampy but not too vampy, a great accent polish for a fancy night out on the town! No issues with the formula, the photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.


Sleeping Bear Dunes is another of the July LEs, and it’s an aqua linear holo stuffed with a green sparkle. For some reason, when I put this polish on, I just wanted to go to the beach! This is such a great aqua, and it’s more of a blue-leaning aqua than a green-leaning one. No formula issues whatsoever, the photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.


These colors(and one other LE – ID), will launch tomorrow, July 12th at 3PM EST(Noon PST). The polishes will be available on the Great Lakes Lacquer Etsy Store. Make sure to follow GLL on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with the latest news, sneak peaks, and future releases!



Elevation Polish – Woke Up in China Collection + Yeti the Stone Warrior!

*polishes in this post were provided for unbiased review*


Hi y’all! Today I’ve got some swatches of the super gorgeous Woke Up in China collection from Elevation Polish. I genuinely think this might be one of my favorite collections, I love every polish in it and all of these colors are right up my alley.

Up first we have Mount Wutai, a spring-y jade creme. I love this shade of green! The formula on this, and all of the polishes in the collection, was great. They were all a tad thinner than previous EvP polishes, and so most of them required 3 coats instead of 2 for full coverage. The photos below show 3 thin coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.

Up next we have Kawagebo, a light blue crelly with a subtle shimmer. If you’re curious as to how it compares with the other Elevation Polish light blue, Walk a Little Farther, Ida has a great comparison of the two on her blog Ida Nails It! The shimmer in this one is so gorgeous. Overall, this polish reminds me of Cinderella and whenever I wear it, I have a sudden urge to watch some version of a Cinderella movie, hahaha. The photos below are 3 thin coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.


Yungang Grottoes is a coral creme with a gold flake shimmer and micro shimmer. I’m not entirely sure when I became such a fan of coral shades, but I went from hating them to now having a solid chunk of my wardrobe being made up of them, haha. This polish is no exception, I love it! This one feels the most ‘summery’ to me, it makes me want to throw on my bathing suit and head down to the beach! The formula on this one was also a tiny bit thicker, and so for the photos below I only used 2 coats + 1 coat Seche Vite.


Camels in the Snow is a glitter topper full of  a blend of iridescent hexes/squares, white hexes/squares/circles, and taupe circles, and some stars! It’s a great topper, and I imagine it will look good over a variety of colors as it is pretty neutral with just the white and taupe bits in it. The photos below show 1 coat over Yungang Grottoes + 1 coat Seche Vite.


The last polish I have to show y’all today is Yeti the Stone Warrior. It’s a LE for the month of July, and it’s a stunning blend of micro platinum flakes and holo pigment. It’s a great topper, I imagine it would work well over most colors and it’s just SUPER SPARKLY AND GREAT. The photos below show 1 coat over Kawagebo + 1 coat Seche Vite.

You can buy Elevation Polish from the Elevation Polish Bigcartel site! New collections restock on Bigcartel on the 7th of every month at 9PM CST and the 22nd at 9AM CST. For more information on restock times, make sure to check out the Colors + Restock Dates section on the bigcartel site. And as always, make sure to follow Elevation Polish via her bloginstagram, or facebook for information on new releases and news.

Girly Bits and Elevation Polish Bamboozled Duo!

*polishes in this post were provided for unbiased review*


Hi guys! Today I have this super gorgeous collab duo from Girly Bits Cosmetics and Elevation Polish, it’s called Bamboozled. Both of these polishes were inspired by bamboo!


The Girly Bits polish is named BamBoom!, and it’s a soft neon green holo with a bit of green holo micro glitter in it as well! I love the color of this polish, and the micro glitter gives it even more of a sparkle, it’s gorgeous! It definitely reminds me of live bamboo, and it makes me want to watch that bamboo forest fight scene in House of Flying Daggers.  I had no issues with the formula, and in the photos below I used 2 coats + 1 coat of Seche Vite.


The Elevation Polish in this duo, Arashiyama, is a sandy nude holo with a charcoal flake shimmer. Another stunner! This polish does a great a job representing what bamboo looks like once it’s dried. Didn’t have any issues with this formula either, it was great! The photos below show 2 coats + 1 coat of Seche Vite.


This duo launches on July 7th at 9PM(with a restock on July 22nd at 9AM) CST(that’s 10PM/AM EST),  exclusively through Elevation Polish.

To keep up to date on any new releases from both brands, make sure to follow them on social media:

Girly Bits Cosmetics Facebook
Girly Bits Cosmetics Instagram

Elevation Polish Facebook
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