Friday, November 15, 2013

Alchemy Lacquers review of Marshmallow, Winter Cherry, Flax, Trillium, and Juniper

Today I will be introducing you to a fairly new indie brand, Alchemy Lacquers. She started her business like many others have over the past, at her dining room table with her mother, some glitters, and some mineral pigments. She wore what she created for a while and after finding that people liked it and that it was stable she decided to open up her shop on etsy, she also has a page on facebook, she also has another online site. I will be introducing you to Marshmallow, Winter Cherry, Flax, Trillium, and Juniper.
First up is Marshmallow, which has a pink crelly base with red overtones. There are also hints of gold and purple in the right light. Here is a little bit from Alchemy Lacquers on how she came up with this color. The light pink flowers of the marshmallow plant from which the color of this lacquer is derived, are traditionally used as a gargle for the mouth. The sweet confection we all know, has its roots, literally, in the marshmallow plant, as the French went through laborious efforts to make an extract from the roots to make the marshmallow. However, modern day marshmallows don't contain any actual marshmallow. Here are some pictures for you, in them I am wearing 3 coats of this lovely polish.

Next up is Winter Cherry which has a peach crelly base with turquoise undertones and gold and red flecks. Here is where Alchemy got the inspiration for this color. Named after the paper covering that hides the fruit of the Winter Cherry, the plant has been in the Eastern medicine for centuries. Commonly used in Chinese medicine, the fruit of the Winter Cherry is can be used to reduce fevers, stop coughs and as an expectorant. In parts of the world, a juice from the berries is used to remedy kidney and bladder issues. Here is the lovely Winter Cherry, I'm wearing 4 coats of this polish, which is more than I normally do but totally worth it for this polish.

Now for Flax, which has a light blue/purple creme base with turquoise micro glitters and flashes pink in the right light. Here is what gave Alchemy the inspiration for Flax. Named after the flower of the herb that bears it's name, Flax is one of the world's oldest crop plants. Flax is a multipurpose herb; fibers derived from its stream, medicinal punctures from the herb and oils from the seeds. While the seeds and oil have been used medicinally in many cultures for centuries, the herb itself is used in modern herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments ranging from sore throats to gastric disorders. Here is Flax for you, and I am wearing 3 coats of this beautiful color.

Here is Trillium, which has a maroon crelly base with specks of gold and pink to yellow shifting flecks. In the pictures I have on 3 coats built up and 2 coats over black on my letter and pinky finger. You can use this polish alone built up or over your favorite creme polish to change it up a bit. Academy's inspiration for this polish came from: Trillium or "Beth Root" is traditionally used as an astringent, made from the root, and was said to be useful in controlling upset stomachs. The dark red, three petaled leaves are commonly found growing in the shade of the forests in North America and Asia. Here you can see her masterpiece.

Last but not least is Juniper, which has a blackened blue/green jelly base with purple color shift. This is another that can be built up alone, which I did with 3 coats, or over a creme polish to liven it up, I used black on my middle and pinkie with 1 coat Juniper. Here's what inspired Alchemy for this color: The blue Juniper Berry is widely used as a spice in cooking, however, it is best known as the primary flavoring in Gin. In medicinal use, it has traditionally been used by Native Americans to treat diabetes and by some herbalists, the ripened berries have been used to treat conditions such as sciatica or asthma. Here it is for you.

I hope you liked this post and found some new polish favorites! Again you can find Alchemy Lacquers on Facebook, on etsy, or on her webpage. Please come back again soon to see what else I have lined up for you. Have a wonderful day and don't forget to smile, you never know whose looking :)

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