Sep 1, 2013

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Polish TBH – Diagon Alley

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Guess what September 1st is, Reader!?!?!?!?! Oh, I’m-a flailing. Why, you ask? Well…

I’m sick of summer and this waiting around. Man, it’s September so I’m skipping this town. Hey it’s no mystery, there’s nothing here for me now. I GOTTA GET BACK TO HOGWARTS! I gotta get back to school! Gotta get myself to Hogwarts! Where everybody knows I’m cool! Back to….

It’s all that I love and it’s all that I need.

Source: <3

Glob, I hope you’ve seen A Very Potter Musical, otherwise I just made a bigger fool of myself than usual! But fool or not, today IS the day to run through Platform 9 3/4, to find the perfect seat on the Hogwarts Express, to devour ALL the sweets on the trolley, roll up to that glorious castle, and get sorted into a house! Well, only the First Years experience that last bit. Can you tell I’m excited about today? Maybe? Just a little bit?

To make things even better, I have some Potter-themed lacquers for you to feast upon! It’s always a joy for me to review a brand for the first time. But that joy turns into something akin to an excited puppy peeing on itself whenever I find out that the polish I’ll be reviewing is Fandom-based. So yeah, you can imagine my shrill fangirl squeals when I learned that I would be reviewing 4 of the 6 lacquers from Polish TBH’s Diagon Alley collection.

Oh the flails. They were rather…flail-y. I’m now going to end my rambling. Wands at the ready? LET’S GO!

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Diagon Alley

Provided for review

Chocolate Frogs

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Chocolate Frogs

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Chocolate Frogs

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Chocolate Frogs

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Chocolate Frogs

Okay, if you have never had the desire to eat a Chocolate Frog and/or collect the cards I think I’ll have to question your sanity. Just sayin’. Chocolate Frogs has a mix of copper, gold, light green, and blue glitters in a shimmery brown base. Now I did catch a very slight curl to some of the gold hexagons, but I was able to slay those curls with my topcoat. Easy Peasy! Photos show 2 coats, sans undies.

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, Polish TBH Chocolate Frogs, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Amortentia

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Amortentia

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Amortentia

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Amortentia

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Amortentia

Next up we have a topper inspired by the most powerful love potion in the word. In fact, upon application, I immediately fell in love with myself. So…you know, be warned. I bet there was even some Amortentia on that lamp that Brick cared so deeply about. Is it okay to make an Anchorman reference in a Harry Potter post? I think so. Amortentia is a clear-based topper with a smattering of holo micro-shimmer and white, grey, silver, and pink glitters in hexagons and squares. Photos show 2 coats of this perfectly formulated potion over undies.

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, China Glaze Seduce Me, Polish TBH Amortentia, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Thestral

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Thestral

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Thestral

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Thestral

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Thestral

Now we are on to a polish inspired by one of, if not my absolute favorite beasts! Just the meaning behind Thestrals, only being able to see them if you’ve witnessed death, leaves me in awe. There’s just such profound symbolism there. It’s also a wonderful and special moment shared between Luna and Harry, when she explains why he now sees them. Frak, now I’m getting feel-y.

Reader, I just really love this series. There’s no other way to put it. I might as well be a horcrux because Harry Potter is in my soul.

I’m going to get back to the polish now, okay? Thestral has a black jelly base with a mix of silver micro glitter and hexagons in lavender and black. Again, we are greeted with a formula that’s as perfect as the creatures that inspired it. Photos show 2 coats, no undies.

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, Polish TBH Thestral, Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Dark and Difficult Times

   

   

   

   

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Dark & Difficult Times

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Dark & Difficult Times

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Dark & Difficult Times

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Dark & Difficult Times

Two days after I swatched this polish I decided that I wanted to add the Deathly Hallows to it….so I re-swatched the polish. It’s a rather crude rendering, but I still love it. <3

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Dark & Difficult Times

Accio Lacquer: Polish TBH: Dark & Difficult Times

Okay, so I know that gif set didn’t have to do with the quote that inspired this polish, but I just had to use it! And if you think about it, nothing was darker or more difficult than the Battle of Hogwarts. So there!

I love all four of these polishes so much, but this last one stood out the most for me. It’s just…scrumtrulescent – like seven books worth of emotions in one little bottle of polish. Dark & Difficult Times has a light blue-grey base with micro flakies and black and grey hexagons swirled throughout. I am fully, FULLY in love with its ability to look like stone when matted. This one is just perfection, plain and simple. Photos show 2 coats, sans underoos.

Polishes used in this manicure: Orly Bonder, Polish TBH Dark & Difficult Times, Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That, Digital Nails Matte-matical

Conclusion

This has been my first experience with Polish TBH and I can easily, 100% say that I am IN. LOVE. Harry Potter polishes with magical formulas? What more could I have asked for?

The Diagon Alley collection was released yesterday and is comprised of 6 polishes. That’s right, Reader, there are 2 other beauties that you haven’t even seen yet! Be sure to stalk the links below to get a good glimpse of Pumpkin Pasties and Sorcerer’s Stone!

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Please tell me I’m not the only one here experiencing the maximum allowance of feels accorded to us as human beings???? Which of these polishes do you like the best? And most importantly, what would Amortentia smell like to you? For me it’s old books, gasoline, and men’s cologne.

Geek & Love,

Mish

Extra

Provided for review

Because of reasons…

  1. Oh yeah I am most definitely having a fan girl freak out!

  2. This post made me so unbelievably happy! The polishes are beautiful!! So many Harry Potter feels, I think I need to go read all the books right now! (:

  3. Dark and Difficult Times, yes!

  4. Oh I NEED THESE! Squee! They are all so pretty! I can’t even pick one to love more. They are all amazing!

  5. I love you even more than I already did for the Anchorman reference. Will we ever get a “Rainbow! Do Me On It!” polish?

  6. Need. All. Now! Beautiful Swatches x

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