Monday, August 15, 2016

Pretty and Polished Connie and Carla Collection Swatch and Review

**Press Samples**
Today's post is full of love and frustration. Pretty & Polished has created a collection inspired by a movie I absolutely adore...Connie and Carla. If you've never seen it, find it and watch it. Two theater-loving ladies are on the run from the mob and end up hiding out undercover as drag queens. Yes, there is a lot of singing, but there is a lot of laughs! It's great! How can you pass up Toni Collette and Nia Vardalos?! Yeah, you can't! As you can tell, I love this movie. She told me what she was doing and I literally squealed with delight. Typing this post was the frustrating part. If you are a regular reader, you know I love adding pics and gifs when there is inspiration. There was only one gif I could find, and forget about finding pics of exact inspirations. It was near impossible. So please, watch the movie. You won't regret it, and you'll get a kick out of the names so much more. You'll find yourself giggling as you're applying the polishes. Ready to see?! Keep reading!

**WARNING PICTURE HEAVY**
Quick Change Queens
Source (click the link to watch the video)
Quick Change Queens is described as "a grey to nude color changing polish packed with different shades of glitter".
Shown is two coats of Quick Change Queens with top coat.
Quick Change Queens "represents the queens who put on shows and have to work their tails off to get in and out of their fabulous outfits". This polish was so much fun, and boy-oh-boy, does it change fast! I barely got to see the grey on my nails. I even tried to make myself super cold with a fan. My room was just too warm. It applied beautifully and had a great dry time. You could have a lot of fun with this one (especially if you bought some of those Veils). The link to the video I included may not be the drags changing, but they are doing some pretty quick changing of costumes (and it was all I could find...dumb Google).`
$9
in hot water
in hot water
in hot water
in cold water
in cold water
in cold water
in transition
in transition

'N Cream
'N Cream is described as "a white crelly base packed with matte peach glitters in different sizes".
Shown is two coats of 'N Cream with top coat.
'N Cream is inspired by "two characters in this movie are duo called Peaches 'n Cream. The one half of the duo, 'n Cream, is played by one of [Chelsea's] personal favorite actors, Alec Mapa. He is absolutely hilarious and a generally wonderful person IRL. One of [Chelsea's] favorite quotes from him in the movie is 'My name is 'n Cream, what does that even mean?'" If you are a regular reader, you may recognize this one from the teaser you got in last month's Beauty Box. Such a lovely neutral with a little something extra. Easy application, great formula. No need to do three coats unless you despise a tiny bit of VNL. Hell, you could get plenty of glitter out in one coat and just toss it over a white base. 
$8.50

Belles of the Balls
Belles of the Balls is described as "a very dark blue, black leaning, jelly base with black and blue holo micro glitter and neon dot glitter".
Shown is three coats of Bells of the Balls with top coat.
Belles of the Balls "represents a performance group in the movie, Connie and Carla and the Belles of the Balls". The Belles of the Balls may be backup for Connie and Carla, but this beauty is ready to be front and center. If it needs to be put in its place, feel free to use it as the base for some nail art! It's ok, she can take it. Great application, and I was surprised at the amount of dot glitter that came out with each coat. Definitely not lacking!
$8.50
in direct light
in direct light

Scary Mary
Scary Mary is described as "a red, leaning more berry, jelly base packed with red glitters".
Shown is three coats of Scary Mary with top coat.
Scary Mary "got it's name from a line in the movie 'That's scary, Mary!' There isn't a character named Mary, it is used as a term of endearment in this movie". This polish is squishy jelly perfection! Which is honestly kind of surprising considering the amount of glitter she packed in there. The addition of the dot glitter gives it a good bit of dimension and depth too.
$8.50
in direct light
in direct light

Don't Be a Drag
Don't be a Drag is described as "a purple jelly base packed with holo and sapphire glitters".
Shown is three coats of Don't Be a Drag with top coat.
Don't Be a Drag "had to be included since the movie is all about drag queens...why not a drag inspired polish?". Another gorgeous jelly filled with glitter. I don't know how she does it. Beautiful application and subtly over the top. Just how I like my drag queens! haha
$8.50
in direct light
in direct light

Debbie Darling
Debbie Darling is described as "a light golden crelly base packed with gold and red glitter".
Shown is three coats of Debbie Darling with top coat
Debbie Darling "is inspired by Debbie Reynolds. Debbie is a well respected Hollywood starlet in general but most definitely in the drag community. She is an inspiration and some queens even base their performances and characters off of her. She is spoken about in the movie several times and even makes an appearance in a gorgeous red outfit with her golden hair". This beauty speaks to my love of nude polishes, but with the added love I have for Debbie Reynolds...there's no way I could hate it if I wanted to. Beautiful application, great formula. Would make a great base for nail art, an accent nail, but you can't go wrong with it on its own.
$8.50
in direct light
in direct light

South Pacific Sing Along
South Pacific Sing Along is described as "a light blue crelly base packed with colorful glitters of varying sizes".
Shown is three coats of South Pacific Sing Along with top coat.
South Pacific Sing Along "represents a part of Connie and Carla's show in the movie. South Pacific is a musical and one of the more prevalent songs in the movie, 'I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair', is from that musical". Chelsea can make an incredible crelly. This does not disappoint. The color is bright, the application is smooth, and it's still packed with glitter. I was so happy with this one, I was singing South Pacific songs while applying it.
$8.50

There you have it! Pretty & Polished's Connie and Carla Collection. Even if I couldn't find images/videos/gifs/memes to prove the inspirations, she did a beautiful job with them. Find the movie, trust me...trust Chelsea...you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be singing "MAAAAAAAAAAMMME!" by the end of it. You'll be able to get this collection on Friday, August 19th at www.shopprettyandpolished.com. All of the polishes will range from $8.50 to $9, or grab the full collection for $57. This collection did not disappoint. The only thing that left me disappointed was the lack of awesome things to add. Kinda left me feeling like...



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Happy Polishing!!

Becky  :o)

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