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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Mystic Muse - Autumn Reflections Collection & Giveaway




It's November and its really starting to feel like fall in many parts of the US. Fall is my favorite time of the year by far in Virginia (where I live). Its not hot, its not cold, its just right. Its time for layers, boots, hot soups and football! There is also at least one federal holiday a month, giving those of us who work on a federal schedule a monthly 3 day weekend! 

Another great way to start November is with the release of Mystic Muse Nail Lacquer's second offering - this month its the Autumn Reflections Collection. As an added bonus the incredible C.Lynn is allowing me to give away one set of the ENTIRE AUTUMN REFLECTIONS COLLECTION! (enter below!)

You can read more about the Inspiration for this month's collection from Mystic Muse by reading The Gazette but here is my favorite take away! " ....an amazing phrase a gentleman friend of mine from Rome once said to me..When asked by him, What was my favorite season? I said Autumn, to which he replied "Ahhh...The season the trees put on their best dress!" For some reason that phrase has always stuck with me, I found it whimsical and charming! It brought to mind when a women is getting ready for a special event,  wanting to look her best, she reaches for her best dress!..." 

This collection really captures the season. Its cohesive, trendy and elegant. So upon further ado, lets jump right in! This month's collection has increased in size - where the Cathedral Collection was 4 polishes, this has 6 and has a little bit of something for everyone. The polishes are all 5-free and high quality. All are best with 2-3 coats and I used Mystic Muse's amazing top coat for all my photos! All the polish formulas were easy to work with, leveled well and dried quick. What else can you ask for?!

FALL FOLIAGE - a gorgeous bronze metallic. This polish was such a breeze to work with and just SO pretty. It may be my favorite from the collection! Its amazing in direct sunlight!
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CHESTNUT: A Rich, warm chestnut brown frost cream. Warm and rich were the first things that came to my mind when working wit this polish. Like the leaves after their color peaks with a undertone of gold and green. I'm not usually a fan of brown polishes but this one changed my mind.

 

direct sunlight

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS: A Sheer rust colored creally, with holo glitters that reflect all the beautiful colors of Fall. This polish reminds me of looking across the changing color of the leaves in the fall. You see a peak of gold, a hint of orange, red and a speckle of green. Here I used 3 coats since creally polishes build by the coat. The bonus about Mystic Muse is that the layers dry quickly making more layers a snap!

 direct sunlight 

BONFIRE: A sophisticated duochrome that is a smokey grey with a mauve base, but don't let her fool you, she has a inner fire that shifts through gold, orange-red and fuchsia! My first reaction to this polish was WOAH. It is such an amazingly complex color! At first I wasn't even sure what color to call it! In direct sunlight you get more of the purple/fuchsia. In low/indoor lighting you see more of the grey/mauve. This color is such a cool addition to my collection. Its easy to work with and just WOW.


direct sunlight 
 

 CRANBERRY : A beautiful Cranberry creally, for a classic look. Shown here in 3 coats, though I think you could get away with 2. This color dries a tad darker than what it looks like in the bottle. Its reminds me of the red leaves on the trees in the fall time. I also think this is going to be a fabulous holiday color!




NIGHT: A soft black with a subtle frost to it! I have been wishing for a black with some serious frosty sparkle to it and Mystic Muse delivers. The first coat looks streaky but the second and 3rd coats build easily with no further streaks. 


The Autumn Reflections is now available for Pre-Order on the new Mystic Muse website and on Etsy for $12 each. Which colors are you most excited for?  What seasonal nail art are you inspired to do with them? Tell me below!

Also, get excited for the Holidays - I hear Mystic Muse will have not one but TWO Holiday Collections for December and a limited number of gift sets which will all ship in this adorable red box (swoon!). There will also be a limited Premium Special Edition Lacquer released later this month!  I can't wait to see what C.Lynn and Mystic Muse have in-store for the holiday season. She is so creative, its GOT to be GOOOOOOD!

 
Over the next few weeks I will be doing some nail art using both the Cathedral and the Autumn Reflections collection as we ramp up for Thanksgiving! I'd love to see your fall themed mani's as well! Please share them with me on my Facebook page!




One lucky winner will get the ENTIRE Autumn Reflections collection! Drawing is open until midnight on Nov. 15th! US Residents only.a Rafflecopter giveaway


72 comments:

  1. I am loving this collection! I have been in denial about fall manis trying to hold on to summer a long as I could, but I think these colors have push me over the edge. Bring on the cool weather and the bonfires (see what I did there, lol)!

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    1. I love the fall! I have so many ideas for nail art using these colors - now to challenge myself to see if I can pull them off!

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  2. These are so pretty, and Bonfire is downright amazing!

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    1. They really are! I felt like I couldn't even do them justice! I'm glad you enjoy them!

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  3. Fall collections are my favorite and these are very pretty!

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  4. These look so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and introducing me to yet another lovely polish brand, and thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    1. You are so welcome Kelly! Thank YOU for taking a look!

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  5. I love the fall! These colors are perfect!

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    1. They really are! I can't wait to do some fall nail art with them!

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  6. Great swatches! Beautiful fall colors.

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    1. Thank you Shel! Your compliment means so much to me!

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  7. There are only two things I look forward to in the fall: Thanksgiving and my birthday! But I am loving these colors!!!

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    1. I love Thanksgiving too!! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  8. Wow this is just a wonderful collection, BonFire and Cranberry look like my kind of polishes! I love the whole collection. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. Both Bonfire and Cranberry ARE amazing! I'm wearing Chestnut and Fall Foliage today and am loving them too.

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  9. Great site, Amanda! These colors are fabulous. I'm trying to veer away from my gray color palette (I could paint my nails gray ombre with all the variations that I have in my collection) and these colors would be fun to try out. Definitely eyeing up the cranberry shade for a Thanksgiving color - love it!

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    1. I love Grey too!! I think Cranberry would be great for thanksgiving! I was thinking about something of a saran wrap mani with cranberry and fall foliage!

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  10. The colors are stunning! I have not done my nails in years!

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    1. Its never to late to start Natalie! You should treat yourself!!

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  11. I love Fall collections i really love plum colors for fall

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    1. Then you have to check out Witchy from Mystic Muse. Its like my favorite polish of all times!

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  12. CONNIE SOWARDS commenting: These would be a great Christmas gift for my daughter. She likes painting her nails as a form of relaxation.

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    1. Your daughter would LOOOOVE these polishes as a Gift! And there will be 2 Holiday Collections!

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  13. Such beautiful colors! Autumn colors are my favourite.

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  14. I love the colors of the Autumn collection! Really really well done :) <3

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  15. I love Bonfire! Such a versatile shade - gotta love duochrome

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    1. It is such an awesome shade. So unique.

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  16. Beautiful colors!! Love how seasonal they are!

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  17. Hard to choose a favorite, they are all so pretty and perfect for Fall!

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  18. Loving this collection! Thanks for the chance!!

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  19. What a fab fall collection that I'd love to add to my complete polish collection, I'm gonna be crossin' my painted fingers!!

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  20. WOW! These colors really reflect the feeling of fall! Such beautiful rich tones. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

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    1. I'm so glad that the fall feeling came across in my post! Thank you for reading!

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  21. thank you for the great giveaway. lovely fall colours - i love them (although fall doesn't look like that here...)

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  22. Thank you for holding this contest!

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  23. Such pretty colors and I have yet to try this brand. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. You should definitely get to know Mystic Muse - I think they are going to just more and more amazing!

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  24. These color are just so perfect for fall! This is a new brand to me, but I think they nailed this one just based on your swatches.

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  25. LOVE these colors!! Thanks for chance!!

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  26. I tried to pick a favorite color to comment on but I failed... I love them all!

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  27. Very pretty! I wonder if Bonfire would work well for stamping. ALONA Y.

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    1. Oooo great question. I'm not sure but I'd be happy to try it out for you!

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  28. How gorgeous are these shades?! And your swatches are perfect! Great job!

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    1. Thanks so much Shanna. I still consider myself a novice so your compliment means so much!

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  29. thanks for the awesome giveaway .. hope i win :)

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  30. Gorgeous collection!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  31. I love the Fall with all the oranges, reds, and yellows

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    1. Me too! Be sure to check out the nail art I did with the collection!

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  32. gorgeous colors! especially the orange :)

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  33. My favorite color from the collection has to be Bonfire! I love what the light does for it!

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    1. It really is amazing. Its going back on my nails this weekend!

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  34. These colors are so beautiful! I love that fall polish colors are deep, but it is still "acceptable" to wear some bright colors as well.

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  35. Normally I don't try to win nail polish but I love those colors!

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    1. I'm glad you entered! Thanks for looking!

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  36. Oh my gosh I love those colors. Thanks for the opportunity.

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