Saturday, November 23, 2013

Down the Bayou Lacquer: It's Christmas Time in the City

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Happy Saturday lovelies!!! I hope all is well! Is everyone getting ready for the upcoming holidays? We are definitely almost in full swing holiday mode here! Today's post bring us right into the holidays, as I have the first Christmas polish collection review on the blog! Exciting right? Even more exciting is that I am reviewing polishes from a brand that has not yet been featured on Polished to Precision. Down the Bayou Lacquer is owned by Jodi, a super sweet and creative lady from the South. You know I'm a southern girl too! This collection consists of 5 polishes that truly capture the essence of the holiday season. Jodi provided pictures and descriptions of her inspiration for each polish, which will be posted below. I'm sure you will like what she has created.

Snow Covered Street Cars
Snow here in the Deep South is a rare thing, but every once in a while we are blessed with the sight captured in this photograph.  This shot of a New Orleans streetcar, also known by the New Orleans natives as trolleys, was the total inspiration for this golden shimmer topper. The trolley’s golden yellow light, as it shines through the snowy haze, inspired the golden tones, while the dark green and red trim resembles the specks of glittery holiday delight.

Snow Covered Street Cars has an off-white shimmery gold toned base. It also has green, red, and white glitters of different sizes. This polish was rather thin, so 3 coats were used to achieve the look below. I took the pictures in different lighting so you can see the golden shimmer in the base.

Direct Lighting
Natural Lighting

Maison Blanche Department store was first opened on Canal Street in New Orleans in the 1950’s by a German immigrant.  The stores name, in French, means White House.  The French language and German owner is just one of many examples of the melting pot of traditions that make up the area of Southern Louisiana.  The department store began a tradition known as Mr. Bingle.  Mr. Bingle was a precious, fun, fictional character that natives came to know as Santa’s helper. The snowman became the mascot of the department store and still remains a part of the pop culture at Christmas time in New Orleans. The fun nature of Mr. Bingle inspired this shimmery winter color.

Jingle, Jingle, Mr. Bingle has a shimmering light blue base with silver, white, and black glitters dispersed throughout. Again, the formula was slightly thin, so 3 coats were used for the manicure below.

One of the most spectacular events in the country, the Celebration in the Oaks, is held in New Orleans City Park. Thousands of twinkling white lights decorate the city park’s naturally beautiful landscape of oaks and moss covered cypress trees.  The event leaves no part of New Orleans tradition uncovered, with many special Christmas displays and unique blends of flavor found only among a Cajun cuisine. With the mild winters of Louisiana, this outdoor event is a perfect family outing during the Christmas season.

Celebration in the Oaks has a really pretty green base with silver and gold shimmer. To top it off, there are multiple sizes of silver and gold glitters, which create a perfect combination. This polish is really close for my favorite of the collection! The green is the perfect color....I just LOVE it! Two coats were used for these photos.

Long ago, before the levee systems down the Mississippi River existed the massive waterway was used as transportation. The many canals off the river were dark, making it difficult for Cajuns to find their homes late into the night. Huge bonfires were lit to guide these families home safely. Once the levees and roadways were built, there was less need for the great flames.  Now tradition has it that the bonfires are needed to guide the way for good Ole Papa Noel.  Still lit every Christmas Eve on the levee of southern Louisiana, the bonfires gold and red flames inspired this beautiful topper.

Bonfires on the Levee is a clear based glitter topper with reg, gold, and white glitters dispersed throughout. Now this one my FAVORITE. Hands down. I mean, the versatility is astonishing. I chose to layer it over two different colors to show you how it can bring any polish to life. Another good thing about this one is that it doesn't scream holiday, so you are not stuck without it for the remainder of the year!
Undies: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
Undies: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
You can't tell me this isn't a gorgeous combo! Gah....delicate and intriguing at the same time!
Seriously. I mean..really? Wow...this combo is everything. This gives you the WOW factor and really allows the glitters to pop against that bold base.

Caroling in Jackson Square
The sounds of caroling are in the air on the last Sunday night before Christmas Day at the St. Louis Cathedral. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the amazing church draws in locals and visitors alike to join in the singing of Christmas Carols by candle light.  This event, occurring every year for 58 years now, inspired this polish of traditional Christmas colors.  

The final polish I have to share with you is called Caroling in Jackson Square. This one has a pale/minty green base with white, red, and green glitters. The formula was thin, so three coats were used below.

Well...that's all I have tor bring you from Down the Bayou Lacquer. Overall, the collection works really great together and is extremely cohesive. Jodi really took the time to think through every detail! I really like that. Thankfully she provided the pictures and descriptions, as the area appears to be so rich with history and culture, others are able to get an idea of the inspiration for the polish. 

Important info: All of the polishes had fairly easy application pertaining to the formula; however, there were issues with the brushes in a few of the bottles. I have already contacted the owner about this and I am sure it is a simple fix. Dry time did appear to take several minutes; however, the use of my favorite (HK Girl topcoat) left these babies dry in no time! The collection will be released today so please be sure to follow the brand on social media for important updates, release information, sales, etc. You can find the brand in the following locations: FacebookInstagram, and Etsy.

Please note: All of the photos and descriptions presented (except my nails...duh!) were provided by Down the Bayou Lacquer for inclusion in this post for descriptive purposes only. 

From Jodi: Down the Bayou Lacquer is not affiliated with any of the above events or companies mentioned.  All stories mentioned were simply inspired by the hidden treasures of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The pictures provided were searched on Google and I did not personally take them nor do I own them.

*Products in this post were provided for honest review*

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