Hotties, I have exciting news to share with you! It’s so nice to find new vendors to work with but it’s even better when that vendor is close and lovely to work with. We recently welcomed Joy Lacquer into The Rhinestone Housewife family and now we’ve launched our new collaboration – the Jet City Burlesque Polish collection! This collection is near and dear to my heart and I really believe it’s got something for everyone. Available exclusively at The Rhinestone Housewife.
We were lucky enough to have some wonderfully talented bloggers swatch and review this collection so I am going to start with those, then you can see individual photos and listings below. If you are at all into nail polish and nail art, I highly recommend that you follow all of these lovely bloggers and swatchers.
Pampered Polishes – You can see a really fun YouTube video of the polishes being swatched and some quick thoughts and comments. If you like what you see, subscribe to the channel and like the videos. Each of these ladies was a gem to work with and so talented!
So, if you are mesmerized by all the sparkle and color, you can check them all out!
Boylesque – Considered part of the Neo-Burlesque revival, boylesque is the term used to describe male performers in burlesque. While boylesque was not invented in Seattle, Seattle enjoys a vast variety of talented performers. This color is a soft khaki green with warm brown undertones and it applies like a dream. It’s both masculine and feminine at the same time, with a light green shimmer and flawlessly smooth minky finish.
Burly-Q – A nickname many performers use for burlesque. Burly-Q the nail color, starts with a stunning jungle-green base and contains scattered multi-sized opalescent glitter in shades of blues and lime greens. There is a multitude of green/blue and turquoise holographic micro glitter. It’s also lightly sprinkled with subtle pink/purple sparks, giving the jelly polish an astonishing depth. The squishy teal base is perfect for yielding to each of the fine elements; truly dimensional! Opaque in 2-3 coats and 3,2, Oh! top coat is recommended for a smooth, glossy finish.
Glitter Lips – Red. Sparkly. Glamorous. A prerequisite of stage, the sexy look of red glitter lips is one of the most recognized elements of burlesque. Glitter Lips is a bright candy apple nail color with shades of scarlet, maroon, crimson and vermilion red micro glitter. This gorgeous red has a scattered holographic finish that works perfectly with it’s cranberry jelly-type base. Opacity is reached in 2-3 coats and top coat is recommended. If a pink glitter shade is more up your alley, see Glitter Lips’ glorious cousin The Rhinestone Housewife!
Hottie McNaughty – A local Seattle performer, Hottie has been described as the love child of Bugs Bunny and Carol Burnett. Hottie was known for using humor and ‘giving good face’ in her performances and performing to odd and unique music. One of her signature stage colors being orange, the polish made to represent her started with a fire-y tangerine base semi-creme base. It’s scattered with orange and contrasting purple iridescent glitter ranging from medium to large sizes. The more subtle elements include blue, orange and gold microglitter shimmers, giving this crelly (creme-jelly) a fantastically cheerful finish.
Lost a Pastie! – Equal parts titillating and horror inducing, losing a pastie happens. You never know when or where but it strikes terror in the hearts of club owners in the Seattle area due to liquor laws. Lost a Pastie the polish, is a marvelous interpretation of nude encrusted with Swarovski crystal. It’s packed with holographic silver and gold glitter that appeals to the sparkle fanatic in all of us. It also contains a range of ultra-luminous orange, pink, teal and purple opalescent glitters. The nude polish base contains a light blue flash that subtly complements the abundant glitter effects, and creates a truly exhilarating finish.
Neo-Burlesque – Neo-Burlesque is the revival of burlesque performance. Though based on the traditional Burlesque art, the new form encompasses a wider range of performance and neo-burlesque acts can range from classic striptease to modern dance to comedic and witty parody. For 2018 color of the year, Neo-Burlesque was created with an ultra-violet purple base and packed with gold/copper chrome micro-flecks. Scattered throughout is an ultra-fine holographic dust and electric blue flecks. The finish is smooth as butter and in the direct sun, you’ll see a beautiful linear holographic effect.
Pink Door – Whether triple, colored or hidden, burlesque performances happen behind many different doors in the Seattle area. Every collection needs a soft pink hue and this one fits the bill as perfectly as the ballet pink slipper it was inspired by. Soothing and pleasant, Pink Door has a true creme finish and is opaque in 1-2 coats.
Show At Midnight – Burlesque being a slightly subversive form of entertainment, frequently shows were speak easy style and later in the evening. A salute to the midnight hour, this polish is a shimmering, deep navy with scattered holographic glitter and an ever-so-subtle lapis blue sparkle. It’s everything you’d imagine when envisioning the dimensionally deep sky and tiny far-off galaxies, this incredible space blue is opaque in 2 coats.
Stage Kitten – This is the term used for the stage assistants that are responsible for gathering the performers garments after they strip out of them. The true unsung heroes of burlesque! Stage Kitten is a warm taupe, almost leaning mauve. The color looks as soft as a kitten and it’s finish is a rich true creme, similar to the color of a perfect vanilla latte. Opacity is easily reached in 2 coats.
The Rhinestone Housewife – A tagline given to Hottie McNaughty, it embodies everything that Hottie stood for. A sparkly house with a quirky gem-of-a-hostess. This raspberry color is the pink cousin of our luscious red Glitter Lips polish. It sparkles and shimmers with facets just like that of it’s namesake. Silver sparks with a chrome effects are scattered in with copious amounts of pink holographic microglitter in shades of magenta, punchy pink strawberry and bubblegum. This mouthwatering shade is a must-have for pink polish lovers.
If you are interested in mini bottles, you can get the entire collection as a set here for $72.00
First up are: (The light was changing at this point so the lighting is inconsistent in these first couple…sorry!)
These are swatched over a primer and photographed with no flash in natural light. I just realized that I forgot He Was No Frog so I’ll be adding that swatch!
The Devil Told You That-A soft white highlight shade with a gold sheen.
Jersey Devil (free sample-the Cryptolozoology Collection)-A light golden brown with a strong red duochrome.
Let Down Your Hair-A soft, sheer nude-pink with lots of shimmer.
The Thirteenth Gift-A coral pink with a gold shift.
Next up are:
Golden Slipper-A champagne gold with a slight shimmer.
Goodbye Hans-A bright orange with gold shimmer.
Gingerbread Haus-A matte tan with a complex indigo-purple-red shift.
Barely A Bite-An apple red with a poisonous green shift.
Death At His Feet-A dark chocolate brown with a satin finish.
The Better To Eat You With-An antique silver with deep brown undertones.
The Summer Garden-A midtoned rosy purple.
Nightingale-A mid-toned aubergine with subtle shimmer.
Bluebeard-A velvety navy blue.
Three Ravens-A satiny black with strong blue undertones.
These were swatched over Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way and photographed under a bright light with no flash.
First up are Child Who Swallowed A Star, Duck Hat, Good Doggy and I Never Liked Turnips. I Never Liked Turnips is my favorite out of this bunch.
Then we have Tackiest Thing Here, Elaking On Air, Wartime and Wizard’s Apprentice. I really love Tackiest Thing Here…it’s got some really gorgeous subtle red flash that’s hard to see but just beautiful.
These were swatched over a taupe colored primer by TIck Tock Cosmetics and photographed under a bright light with no flash. On to the pretties!
First up are Affair Of The Diamond, Death Of Marat, Dictateur Sanguinaire and Madame Deficit. The stand out for me in this set is Death Of Marat.
The next set is National Razor, Sun King, The Republic and Versailles. National Razor is really pretty and super complex.
Shipping and TAT were lightning fast and I found these shadows very easy to work with. I can’t wait to try them on my face!
Hello hotties! This week I got to try a new indie brand to me, Ten Three Labs. I decided to try the Howl O’Ween Collection sample sizes, as well as the Bad Bitch sample size collection and a Smudge Stick in All Vamp Everything. I was lucky enough the also receive a sample of Artificial Angels perfume oil as well as a full size of Shelley’s Big Eye and a Salve Stick in Nightlock. On to the swatches! These were photographed under Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way, under a bright light with no flash.
All these shadows were a joy to work with!
First we have Howl O’Ween, Mouth, That Goat Got Devil Eyes and Shelley’s Big Eye. The stand out for me in this set is Mouth.
Next up is Antoinette, Bathory, Coretta and Cruz. I loved Bathory….it’s gorgeous!
This third group is Dandridge, Hatshepsut, Hiawatha and Joyce. Hatshepsut is gorgeous and would a great color to wear with either warm or cool colors.
This last group is Murasaki, Pearl, Seondeok and Sotomayor. Pearl is absolutely amazing!
This next photo is of All Vamp Everything, swiped ones, twice and three times. It’s got great slip and is very moisturizing and quite natural and easy to wear with a simple face on the go.
Artificial Angels–A somewhat cloyingly sweet scent. Maybe TOO sweet…Nothing good can come of such sweetness. Apple, black cherry, sugar cane, olive.
In bottle: Sweet with cherry.
Wet on skin: Cherry, cherry and more cherry with a bit of apple and sweetness.
Dry on skin: The apples comes out more with the olive which should be weird but gives it a good non-sweet note to ground it. The sugar cane comes out at the very end and just wafts gently around in the background.
Verdict: I love this! It’s sweet but the olive keeps it from being too cloying or little girl smelling.
Fair Season-It’s fall! Fall’s great. And fall means fairs all around America. Funnel cakes and giant turkey legs and rides with people getting sick…You know, fun! Cola, beer, candy corn, cotton candy, caramel, buttered popcorn, firewood, pumpkin, brown sugar, amber.
In bottle: Sweet amber.
Wet on skin: Cola and amber are right up front with the firewood and brown sugar hovering in the back ground.
Dry on skin: This has dried down to a beautiful blend. The cola and caramel are blending gorgeously with the rest of the notes. The firewood grounds the scent and the brown sugar really warms it up.
Verdict: I love this and am wearing it right now.
Well, I’ve got a lovely swatch post for you today. Up for your viewing pleasure is Darling Girl’s Halloween collection, Who Ya Gonna Call. As usual Susan took customers suggestions for names in this collection and I’m happy to say that one of my suggestions made it into a color this year, The Flowers Are Still Standing. These are swatched over Tick Tock’s Infinity base in Milky Way and photographed with no flash either under a bright light or in natural light.
First up is Don’t Cross The Streams, Ghost Job, He Slimed Me, Key Master and Mass Hysteria. The stand out for me is Key Master.
And next is Spiritual Turbulence, That’s A Big Twinkie, The Flowers Are Still Standing, There Is No Dana and The Tragic Death Of Mr. Stay Puft. That’s A Big Twinkie is my favorite. This is a versatile color that you could wear every day.
It’s been so long since I’ve done a review that I thought I’d jump right in and review a somewhat new but local brand to Seattle called Atomic Cosmetics. Several of my friends who are also performers endorse this company and rave about the products. I had been hesitant to purchase because a while back there was some sort of ‘glow in the dark’ or ‘uv reactive’ shadows they were selling. At this point there is no uv reactive or glow in the dark pigment that’s approved for use on the eyes in the US but those products seem to have been pulled so I decided to just bite the bullet and try some stuff out.
The Site: I’m sorry to say this, but I find the web store really clunky and painfully difficult to navigate. Too much flashy stuff going on and it’s always been slow for me. I’ve tried on multiple web browsers and never had great luck. It took me a long time to place my order which is a no-go for me. That said, she also has an actual retail store in Seattle that I’ve never been to.
The Shipping: My order was over $75 so it shipped for free. I did not receive any sort of tracking number and in fact ended up having to go down to the post office and sign for the package. What a pain. Everything was wrapped nicely and arrived with no leakage or spills. It also arrived within a week of ordering.
I’ll start with the lipstick. I ordered Boca which is described on the site: “ It’s a warm, orange-y red that SCREAMS tropical heat!” In the tube it looks beautiful, and the color is bright and vibrant and super orangey which I love. Once I put it on, the color goes hot pink. Like, “Hi there, how *you* doin’?” pink. WTF? The actual formula is nice, with not too much slip, no annoying or cloying fragrance and it seems to have nice lasting power. For those of you that care, it does indeed stain your lips and makes complete removal difficult. The price point is $20 which is a lot and I was a little disappointed in the packaging. The lid doesn’t fit quite right on the tube and wobbles around quite a bit. Enough so that it makes me nervous to carry it around in my purse because I just know the lid will jiggle off and cause a huge mess. I would expect better quality packaging for $20. I would consider purchasing again only if I could try the product on before buying.
Ingredients: Who the hell knows. It’s not listed on the web site or on the product. A big no-no in my book.
Next up we have the face primer, Optimus Primer. It’s described on the site thusly: It all begins somewhere! A thin layer of Optimus Primer is the best way to start. Ingredients: Again, who knows? No ingredient list on the site or on the product. Use at your own risk I guess.
So, I’ve been using this for over a month now and I’m not impressed at all. I get better makeup wear when I use the Nyx primer or even the Brazen Cosmetics Triple Threat primer which is my favorite. This product is 4oz and priced at a whopping $40! First of all, that’s a lot of money and secondly, it’s a stupid amount of product for which you use very little at a time. I think the package size needs to be revisited. I would not purchase this again.
The next product I tried was the Curtain Call Makeup Setting Spray. Described as: A non-toxic setting spray? YES. Put down that aerosol hairspray and step away from the toxic misters. Curtain Call’s botanical film formers hold your makeup in place safely and effectively. Atomic Cosmetics is the dazzling natural make up line for glamazons who care about their flesh. Theres something for everyone: for the fashion forward, and for professional day looks.
Wow, this did NOT work for me. When I tried to spray it onto my freshly and carefully made up face, instead of a fine mist it came out in huge drops of product that promptly made my mascara smear all over my eyes and caused my makeup to run. How can this possibly work? My Urban Decay All Nighter doesn’t do that. Honestly, I just threw this product away. I don’t care how good it is for you skin if the application method and packaging doesn’t work.
Ingredients: An actual ingredient list! Distilled water, aspalathus lineans (Organic Roobios Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (White Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) extract, phenoxythenol, methylsulfonylmethan (MSM), dimethlaminoethnol, sodium hyaluronate acid, EDTA, citric acid.
I would not purchase this product again and in fact can’t find it on the site anymore so I’m not even sure if it’s still available.
The last product up for review is the Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion. This is described: Abracadabra! You just put a spell on your eye shadow to allow for easier applications and once dry… seamless blending! I have mixed feelings about this product. It definitely was a LOT easier to blend the shadows once dry but I don’t think it had to staying power of my beloved Duraline by Inglot. At $10 it’s a great deal as you get 2oz so it should last forever. Would I purchase again? Most likely not.
Ingredients: Surprise, surprise…none on the site, but there is a list on the product. Distilled water, aloe vera extract, chamomile extract, jojoba protein, cucumber extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide.
All in all I was pretty disappointed in the products that I ordered. At over $80 there is nothing that I loved and nothing that would make me go back for more. What do you guys think?