Thursday, February 25, 2016

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Ever After Polish Destination Duo: Boston, Beacon Hill Swatches and Review

I have something to show you that makes me absolutely giddy with Nerd Delight! It is the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Ever After Polish Destination Duo, which features a picture Julie of BEGL took in Boston on Beacon Hill. This is an original window in a early-to-mid-19th century brownstone with purple glass. I am a HUGE historic architecture fan (plus I love both brands), so this drove me wild!  Let's check it out...
*sent by the makers for photography and review*
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Ever After Polish Destination Duo: Boston, Beacon Hill

If you have not already seen polishes from the series, the Destination Duos, hosted by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, are collaborations between Julie and one other maker, taking as a common inspiration a travel photo taken by one of them. Julie took this picture on one of her trips to Boston, where she used to go to school. The glass in this window contains traces of manganese oxide, which caused the glass to turn a purple shade when exposed to sunlight over a period of time. While this was a manufacturing defect, these purple panes came to be a signature for the neighborhood and achieved a sort of cult recognition. The names of the duo polishes draws on this - BEGL's  is Blue-Blood Brownstone, from the wealthy, old-family residents of the mansions on the hill, and Ever After's is The Lavenders, which is the name given to these famous panes. I have been a historic house fanatic since I was a kid, and grew up in a home built in 1908. I always loved the wavy, old glass in the windows, which sparkled and shimmered in the light. Right now I live in a 1929 bungalow I have restored, but have always fantasized about one day living in an early American house in the northeast, like the house museums I would see on visits to family in Connecticut as a child!
Destination Duo Boston Beacon Hill window

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Blue-Blood Brownstone is a brick red fine-grade scattered holo with magenta microflakes. This one has a magical formula, guys. It is opaque in one thin coat, flows beautifully and dries in a flash. The holo is very fine in this one, like the China Glaze OMG Collection. I love how silky this looks. Also, while Julie took her main color from the bricks, the purplish flecks draw in the lavender panes from the window. Perfect!
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Blue-Blood Brownstone

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Blue-Blood Brownstone
Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Blue-Blood Brownstone

Ever After Polish The Lavenders has scattered holo shimmer, silver holo microglitter, and copper flakes in a manganese purple jelly base. This can be opaque in two to three thin coats, but I used four to get the maximum depth from the shimmers and holo. It also has a fantastic, quick-drying formula and the glitters are perfectly smooth. So much love! This polish is the opposite of the previous - it highlights the purple of the glass, while bringing the bricks in via the copper microflakes. The holo glitters capture the shimmer of the wavy glass in the light. I couldn't love it any more!
Ever After Polish The Lavenders

Ever After Polish The Lavenders

Ever After Polish The Lavenders
As you can see, this Destination Duo has inspired a nerdgasm. So many things I love all at once! Thanks, Julie and Rachel, for being awesome and making this a reality, lol! This duo launches for pre-order on Thursday, February 25, at 3:30PM EST in the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer shop, and is priced at $25 shipped domestically, including a Ever After Cuticle Crelli (which I don't have here). The Cuticle Crelli, is a hydrating, quickly absorbing cuticle cream, scented in lavender. It will be available until February 29. Don't miss this one!

*sent by the makers for photography and review*

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer is made in Georgia by blogger Julie. 

The brand can be purchased at: www.blueeyedgirllacquer.bigcartel.com

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Ever After Polish is made by friends Rachel and Miranda in Ohio. Their new line has something for lovers of all different finishes, with quick dry times and easy formulas.

Facebook fan group, Polished Princesses - an Ever After fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/790115414369756/

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