Indie Rock Meets Indie Polish: Pahlish The River Bride


You know when you see something and then have to read it about 12 times before you actually believe it? That is how I felt when I first saw the announcement of Pahlish’s River Bride collection. It is inspired by The Decemberists, an indie rock band formed in my own state of Oregon, which was my first WOAH WHAT?! moment. And not only that, it is specifically inspired by a song from their latest album called “Rusalka, Rusalka/Wild Rushes” which can best be described as an 8 minute psychedelic folk-rock inspired song with lyrics based on Russian mythology. That is seriously digging deep. The Decemberists have been in my life for a long time and not only do I find them musically appealing, but I love the story-telling quality most of their songs have. Their music feels old and new at the same time. The same can be said about this Pahlish collection. The base colors are muted classics with a twist: copious amounts of gold flakies! I sure love me some gold flakies and these polishes really deliver. Swatching this almost full collection (I did not buy the pink one) was my first experience with Pahlish and I hope not my last.

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Deborah Lippmann Liquid Metals gift set: Swatch & Review


Long time, no see. That’s becoming too familiar a phrase around here, isn’t it? This post was originally meant to be up, oh, before Christmas. I think I need to start splitting up reviews of any collection more than four polishes because clearly I cannot handle longer posts! But, I put so much work into this one that I couldn’t not share it with you guys. Also, as of writing this, Deborah Lippmann still has this set available! The Liquid Metals set is a six piece collection of, surprise, metallic polishes! These are not chromes, just good old fashioned metallics. They are in the Gel Lab Pro formula, which for all intents and purposes means you get a paddle brush. It really helps with the appearance of brushstrokes, although the polishes do have varying degrees of brushstroke visibility. It’s a long one and you know how I always have a bunch of pictures, so we really need to get started. I highly recommend listening to the songs these polishes are named after that I have helpfully linked – there are some good ones!

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