Rainbow Honey (just for K.)

It has been an incredibly busy two months, and right around the time I got my last blogger package from Rainbow Honey, I was being berated by my friend, who I will call “K,” who was in the exact same work hell I was in, thus knew quite well why I didn’t have time to post polish pictures, so hopefully this will shut her up.

The latest surprise package from RH was a trio of polishes. Fall in Love is a very bright pink but with an unexpected blue/purple shimmer in it. Best Friend perhaps best captures the mood of the collection – “Summer Mixtape,” and since the last time I remember listening to anything on tape was probably the late 80s, it’s fitting that this topper takes me back to the early days of MTV. Finally, Lanterns, which is by far my favorite, is described as “a luminescent blend of iridescent and translucent glitters.” It reminds me of what a jellyfish would look like if it ate some sparkly stuff  – and this was the hardest to photograph accurately on the nail.

Let’s start with Fall in Love. I’ve tried my best to capture the shimmer on the nail, and can’t really, so if you see how it shows up in the bottle – I promise that is on the nail as well. This is two coats, and it went on smoothly with very little cleanup needed. 

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Because pink isn’t really my scene, though, I was really just letting this one dry so I could get to the most exciting part – the toppers!  Here’s Best Friend first. This is a very 80s glitter. The clear base has blue shimmer in it, and then the glitter itself is full of 80s neon triangles and hexagons. I had no problem fishing out the shapes; it seemed to be well mixed and evenly suspended. You can see a bit of that shimmer in the base, on my pinky – that’s more from the topper than from the pink base polish.

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And here is Lanterns! What you can’t see because of my lack of master ninja camera skills is that this gives an overall sparkle to the whole nail. In addition to the actual glitter pieces, which are a mix of iridescent, almost holo-y goodness in a variety of colors, the shimmer in the base is also much stronger in this polish. This is a topper that works in the same way a very sparkly diamond does in an engagement ring – you move your hand too fast and people say, “whoa, what was that?”

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Summer Mixtape is available to purchase now, and you can use MIXTAPE20 to save 20% off your order. Rainbow Honey is also, as always, offering free mystery bags and LE polishes with purchases of various amounts; again, one of my favorites not just because of their great polish but because they are SO generous with the extras!


Rainbow Honey The Kraken

WOW. I bought the whole Summer of 199X Collection from Rainbow Honey last year, and, as per my usual modus operandi, put them away in the polish Helmer for later use. When Rainbow Honey sent me my blog samples last week, though, they included a mini of The Kraken, and I’m so glad they did. I hadn’t used it since I bought the collection, but I grabbed it to swatch for you, and it is absolutely dazzling.

This is two coats with a generic clear topcoat. The Kraken is a blue-green with amazing glitter of different sizes; silver, holo, hex, dot – just wow. All I can think is that if I were a mermaid, this is what I would look like. In these pictures it’s coming out a little bit more blue than in real life, but it’s raining out so there’s no natural light for other pictures.



New Rainbow Honey – Papillon, plus XOXO, Be Mine, and Summer Blossom

Rainbow Honey always has a way of sending me polish when I’m in the middle of some huge life project that has taken me away from blogging. In the middle of a rainy, cold, not quite snowy day last week, I got five Rainbow Honey minis out of the blue to show you – and three of them are here today.  I also have some amazing colors from the new spring collection to show you, courtesy of a mystery grab bag I got a couple of weeks ago, so stay tuned this week!

Rainbow Honey released the Sweet Talk collection last year, consisting of XOXO, Be Mine, and Sweet Talk. This year they’ve rereleased those polishes and added three new colors – My Girl, Cutie Pie, and Love Bug. Since these are February releases, there’s a generally pink theme to these polishes. The first of my three minis was Be Mine, and I used pink with gold shimmer as a base coat for the other toppers they sent. It took three coats for opacity to get rid of the visible nail line, but went on smoothly. Over Be Mine I used Summer Blossom, Papillon, and XOXO, shown from left to right below:

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Summer Blossom came from my mystery grab bag. This Limited Edition is still available at Rainbow Honey, and is a glitter topper that has white, yellow, and orange flower glitter. I had no trouble snagging the big pieces in one coat, and you can see from the bottle that this one does not skimp on the dramatic part!

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Papillon is from the upcoming Midnight Garden collection for spring – and there will be more to come on that later, as they sent me some of the most beautiful colors I have ever seen as previews from Midnight Garden. This one has HOLOGRAPHIC BUTTERFLY glitter, with a pink tinge. Again, this is jam packed with the “good bits” in the bottle, and I easily got 2 butterflies on my nail on the first try.

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Finally, XOXO, which is a re-release from the original Sweet Talk set. XOXO has some seriously hot pink sparkle to it:

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While pinks aren’t really my go-to colors, these are beautiful polishes. And when you see the rest of what I’ve got to show you from Midnight Garden, you may just be ordering the whole collection; I know I can’t wait to get them!

I also have a $5 off coupon to share with you. Rainbow Honey is awesome because they calculate amounts for free shipping before coupons, so if you have $50 in your cart then use a coupon, you still get the free shipping. As always, there’s a free LE polish with a $50 order. Use code ILOVENAILBLOGS to take $5 off. In case I haven’t mentioned it before, the ladies at Rainbow Honey are super nice and have great CS. Every issue I’ve ever had has been resolved quickly, even though it’s usually my fault (I forgot to use my promo code, can you please add it?). I really can’t think of a nicer brand to buy from. In full disclosure, I was sent free minis from Rainbow Honey for blogging.

The Rainbow Honey 25% Off is Back!

Last year I discovered Rainbow Honey when they ran a 25% off code. It’s back, and though I was a bit restrained because I own almost everything they have that is not pink (and some of the pink ones, too), this is still dangerous. They ALSO have three new January LE’s out early, free shipping over $50, and a mystery grab bag if you spend at least $25. Best part is that if you add $50 to your cart (then you get a free LE!) and then the coupon takes it down to under $50, you still get the free shipping. Rainbow Honey is tops for great customer service, too – every time I email with a question or concern they get right back to me and clear it up.

The discount code is RH-25%OFF. Here’s a peek at one of the three LEs. Beautiful, no?!


Rainbow Honey The Final Battle Swatches

I know it’s been quiet on the blog front; I’ve spent the last two months trying to get a mortgage, buy a house, and am now in the middle of moving. Well, I should be, and that is supposed to be my priority, but then I got something awesome in the mail that trumped all of that “should be” business. These are my very first blogger samples EVER, and they came from the wonderful Rainbow Honey.

I freely admit to being a big ole’ RH groupie. I first discovered them in February when they were running an amazing 25% off promo, and they offer free shipping and a free LE on purchases over $50. Their colors always have an amazing depth and sparkle to them, even if they’re not a full on glitter. And the packaging can’t be beat – full size bottles come in a box with a sticker on the top that has the name of the polish AND a sticker that shows what it looks like – so you don’t have to ask yourself, “hrm, I wonder which one God of Destiny was. . . ”

I somehow managed to stop myself from buying the full Final Battle set, but you can get all 15 polishes for $120. There are also three sets of 5 that are available for $45 per set, and individual polishes are $10 each. This month’s LE is a breast cancer pink color, Believe in Pink, and is included free in all $50 orders. Rainbow Honey also sells 4 mL minis for $5 each, so if you are on a budget but can’t narrow it down, you can get small versions of each of the Final Battle colors for a total of $60.

I was sent Ruby Weapon, Judgment Bolt, and Cetra for review. I can only apologize for not being able to get pictures in natural sunlight; we’ve had what I think is a solid week now of either outright rain, or cloudy “looks like it’s about to rain any second” weather.

Ruby Weapon is a rosy pink-red with a gold shimmer. My first reaction was that I had expected it to be more of a blood red from the name, and I’m not much of a pink fan, but it grew on me as I wore it. The gold took it out of the realm of the girly pinks for me. I initially used two coats but in strong light that wasn’t quite full coverage, so I went back for a third – and this third coat actually took it from the pinkish realm into more of a scarlet color, which I liked even more. This polish dried incredibly smoothly, and I didn’t even feel the urge to use my usual Seche Vite topcoat.

Next up, I decided to use Judgment Bolt as a topper on a couple of nails. This is a beautiful gold glitter; it was a great accent with one coat without being overwhelming. This would be a great addition to take your daytime polish into the realm of something a little dressier for a night out, without having to redo your manicure. Here, then, are Ruby Weapon and Judgment Bolt:

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The third polish was Cetra, and I put off swatching it because of my pink aversion. I have to say though, this was really beautiful, especially with the sparkle to it. This is a pink I would wear again – and that’s really saying something.

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Once again Rainbow Honey has delivered a beautiful set of sparkling colors. They just don’t know how to make boring polish, and this set is no exception. My full size order from the launch just arrived yesterday, and I can’t wait to play with them – I ordered the Weapons set, Diamond Dust, Tera Flare, Soldier, and Tidal Wave, though now I kind of wish I’d ordered Lifestream as well.

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