Monday, October 28, 2013

Gorgeous Gourd from Carpe Noctem Cosmetics

Hello Lovelies!!

So, like so many others, I have totally fallen in love with the Indie nail polish scene. There are so many awesome small/local distributors with some totally bitchin and just amazingly creative polishes. I know a girl who started a company on Etsy, Carpe Noctem Cosmetics, making polishes last year, and when she released her Samhain/Halloween Collection this year I was just like, "Yes... I must have these...." So I placed an order with her and got 3 of her Samhain/Halloween Collection polishes, as well as a medium size bottle of Gorgeous Gourd from her Autumnal Secrets Collection.
A medium sized bottle of Gorgeous Gourd sells for $6 at her Etsy shop, and it's a 12 mL bottle so it's a very reasonable price. She does have a FREESHIP15 coupon code listed on her Facebook page (Carpe Noctem Cosmetics on Facebook) which is good for free shipping on orders over $15 in the United States. She does offer international shipping, but she can't do free shipping over seas.
All of her polishes are 3-FREE (Yay!!) and cruelty free (double Yay!!) and she ALSO hand blends/grinds in small batches, which is pretty dope.
So now that we've hit the basics of the polish, let's move on to the pictures!!

Carpe Noctem Cosmetics - Gorgeous Gourd - No Flash
Carpe Noctem Cosmetics - Gorgeous Gourd - With Flash
Gorgeous Gourd is an orange shimmer nail polish, and the color is absolutely stunning. The finely milled shimmer gives this color so much depth, making the shadows seem so much more intense and the highlights pop in sharp contrast.
I applied 2 coats of Gorgeous Gourd over a base coat and it was fully opaque, though the color was quite vibrant after only one coat. I did not apply a top coat, though after a day of wearing this color alone I did apply one of her glitter polishes over this. But that's a whole different post... :)
I wore this polish with the glitter polish for about 5 days without any chipping or fading or anything. I was really surprised just how well this polish stayed on, I'm particularly hard on nail polishes and I don't usually have them last more than 3 days. There was also no staining of my nails from this polish, which I also seem to have a problem with.

Overall, this is an amazing polish/color. The price is very fair, the color is amazing, it's long wearing, chip resistant, and 3-FREE & cruelty free. I would highly recommend this polish to anyone, it's friggin awesome.
If you want to give her shop a look-see, here's her link: Carpe Noctem Cosmetics Or you could just check out her Facebook page where she posts all of her new colors as well as specials going on at her shop, Carpe Noctem Cosmetics on Facebook.

Hope you all had a great weekend!! I went out with my family and my cousin and her daughter to go and get pumpkins for Halloween, and it was a total blast. I got to pet a cow!!! Speaking of Halloween, I will have a couple Halloween themed posts out this week that are going to be super fun. But I have a Halloween costume to make for the kiddo (I'll post a tutorial if you guys are interested) and I've got to get some sleep. Til next time!!

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