Philly Loves Lacquer – All Holo’s Eve
It’s time for more hauntingly amazing Halloween treats!!!! Each new day is getting us closer to this amazing holiday, and better yet, cooler and cooler weather! To bring even more excitement your way, I’ve got an AMAZING, let me repeat that, AH-MAY-ZING collection to show you!
One of the things that I ADORE about Philly Loves Lacquer is that the maker, Esther, lets Philadelphia inspire almost all of her creations. She’s like the Stephen King of nail polish…except in Pennsylvania, not Maine.
This collection that I have for you today is no different. All Holo’s Eve consists of eight polishes, each inspired by an eerie place in the Philadelphia area. I’m ready if you are!
This spooky concoction was inspired by Monument Cemetery, first named Père Lachaise after the cemetery of the same name in France. I should say that the polish was inspired by what happened to the Monument Cemetery, rather than the place itself. See the entire site was uprooted to create a parking lot…because Poltergeist taught us NOTHING! Okay, that film came out years after this happened, I just wanted to make the reference. The morose part of this is that of 28,000 bodies, only 300 were relocated. The majority of those left over were put into a mass grave at another location, then the remaining headstones were sold to developers to be used as foundation material for the Betsy Ross Bridge. Many of which are still fully visible during low tide.
Père Lachaise is the only glitter topper of this holo’d out collection. It’s sporting an assortment of iridescent and holographic micro flecks, and black and white glitters in several shapes and sizes. I found the formula to be insanely easy to work with, giving me no issues whatsoever. Photos show two coats over undies.
Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, Accio Lacquer Grey Wind, Philly Loves Lacquer Père Lachaise, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That, Digital Nails Matte-matical
Elfreth’s Alley is widely cited as “Our nation’s oldest residential street,” dating all the way back to 1702. Surely a landmark with that many centuries under its belt has seen its fair share of horrors. This polish has a light chocolate-y brown base with a gorgeous scattered holographic finish. The formula on this street-inspired beaut was absolutely flawless, showing me nothing but a lovely time. Photos show three coats.
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Oh Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer Elfreth’s Alley
Source: Mega Creep
Okay, Reader, it’s time to think back to every horror film you’ve ever watched that started with the mistreatment of asylum patients. Now….welcome to Byberry Mental Hospital. Overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, huddled masses, neglect, disrepair, and abuse. The nightmare that was once Byberry was demolished back in 2006, but you can check this out if you’d like to read more about this real-life Briarcliff Mental Institution. [Oh yeah, that was an AHS reference! LESS THAN A WEEK TILL COVEN STARTS!] Of all of the polishes in this set, Byberry, in my experience, had the weakest holo factor. Even so, I’m still totally digging this pepto beauty. Photos show two coats.
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Oh Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer Byberry
Because that’s not a creepy looking house!
Grumblethorpe was the vacation home of wine importer John Wister. It was also known by the unimaginative name of John Wister’s Big House. Kinda takes the magic out of it, huh? This summer home became a year-round residence in later years when the family sought to escape the Yellow Fever epidemic that was overtaking Philadelphia at the time. It is said that one of the spirits haunting the house is Justinia, an orphan of the epidemic, and that her presence is accompanied with the smell of baking bread.
Grumblethorpe (the polish, not the location) is a deep hunter green scattered holographic polish. I did find that the formula wanted to dry faster than all of the other polishes in the collection. I had to work fast to avoid dragging brushstrokes. Photos show three coats.
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Of Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer Grumblethorpe
It’s absolutely impossible to not get a case of the chills when looking at photos of this imposing prison. Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 and was designed to hold 250 inmates in solitary confinement. However, at the height of its use, as many as 1,700 prisoners were housed there. This Gothic-styled behemoth also confined none other than Al Capone. It was even said that he was haunted by the ghost of James Clark, a man killed under his order in the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Seen below is a photo of his cell. Rather homey, don’t you think?
Eastern State has since been named a national historic landmark and is now open for tours 365 days a year. Am I the only one that thinks it would be insanely cool to go there? Yes? No?
Maybe going there wouldn’t be your cup of tea, but I’m pretty sure we can agree that the polish this prison inspired is SUBLIME! Eastern State is a bright turquoise-y-blue scattered holo that has a formula straight from the heavens. Photos show three coats.
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Oh Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer Eastern State
Source: Far Left in Photo
Next up is a polish inspired by the fiery events that happened to the City Tavern on March 22, 1834. As the story goes, there was to be a wedding that day. The bride and her attendants were upstairs, getting prepared for the big event. None noticed the tipped-over candle that was to eventually set the upstairs ablaze. The fire quickly consumed not only the bride, but the majority of the bridal party as well. Despite the damage done, the building remained standing until 1854, when it was demolished. A replica of the original City Tavern was built in the 1970s, and even though it is not the same building, there have been many sightings of a veiled female figure.
The polish itself has me in total awe. I would describe its color somewhere between flame, coral, and brick-red. In addition to its flawless formula, this polish has, in my opinion, one of the strongest holo effects in the bunch. Photos show three coats
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Oh Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer City Tavern
The Hag of Pine Street
Source: Frank H. Taylor
Now we have what was almost….almost my favorite from the collection (not that these aren’t all glorious). This nameless old crone is said to haunt the home she died in on south Pine Street between Sixth and Seventh streets. The specter can be seen from her window, shaking her cane and screaming at children and passers-by. Surely to see this would be terror, but it’s a bit funny as it plays out in my mind. Those darn, meddlesome kids! This dusty lilac polish also flashes bright purple on top of its scattered holo finish. It’s definitely the prettiest hag I’ve ever seen! Photos show three coats of this wondrous creation.
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Oh Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer The Hag of Pine Street
(Quoth the Raven) Nevermore
Source: Midnight Dreary
Are you making weird sounds right now? I can only assume that you must be. Pretty obvious why this macabre beauty stole my (Tell-Tale) heart, eh? Making it all the better is the fact that this perfectly formulated creation was inspired by the once-home of my dearest Edgar Allan Poe. It is now a national historic site as it is the last of Poe’s Philadelphia residences that is still standing. He rented the house in 1843 and lived there for about a year with his wife and mother-in-law. There is much speculation about which stories he wrote while living there. Just about every article I read on the subject cited different stories than the one before. So let us just agree that…he wrote. (quoth the raven) Nevermore is a truly breathtaking scattered holo with a blackened teal base. Photos show two coats.
Polishes used in this manicure: Nfu-Oh Water Base, Philly Loves Lacquer (quoth the raven) Nevermore
Well, on top of eight hauntingly perfect lacquers, this set has also succeeded in making me want to go on some haunted tours! I think the pics above all prove ten-fold that Esther really outdid herself this time. Seriously, I have nothing but amazing feels towards these polishes! The All Holo’s Eve collection will be available next Thursday, October 10th. Be sure to check out the links below, Reader!
The blog is now in your hands! Which is your favorite? Have you ever gone to any of the spooky places that inspired this masterful collection? Tell it to my ears, Reader!
Geek & Love,