This collection was my husband John's idea. I wanted to do a Mardi Gras-themed polish, then he had the idea to do an entire collection! He grew up in New Orleans and gave me direction every step of the way. It was so fun collaborating with him...I love the result and hope you do, too!
Redemption and Treme were offered pre-holidays for a limited time, but I'll revisit them here.
Redemption is for the New Orleans Saints fans. It is a topcoat with micro and small black glitter, with accents of small white and gold holo hexes, white squares, and gold hexes, and finished with a strong gold shimmer. This is a limited edition polish.
|one coat of Redemption over a black creme|
|one coat of Redemption over black|
Looks great over other colors, too!
I started with a champagne gold glitter base to symbolize the brass bands, then just added color! All the colors you see in the polish are colored glitters; there aren't any true holo glitters. This is a full-coverage polish but also looks great layered!
|left to right, one coat of Treme over, black, gold, dark green, and nude|
|two coats of Treme|
|two coats of Treme|
The next polish is Cookin' Creole. It is limited edition. When I asked John to pick five important aspects of New Orleans for this collection, food definitely made the list. This is a gumbo-inspired polish!
Light brown base (roux), brown glitter (Andouille), pink glitter (shrimp), green (veggies for flavor), micro brown and pink (spices) and white (rice). It also has a subtle pink shimmer!
Let the Good Times Roll has three sizes of gold holo glitter and various sizes of black, purple, and green glitters. I originally wanted to name it "Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler," which just the same name but in (Cajun) French, but half the time I can't pronounce it so we switched it up to the English version. :)
The last polish in the Crescent City Collection is Big Chief. It is limited edition.
This is also a Mardi Gras-inspired polish, but from a less widely-known tradition. This polish is a tribute to the Mardi Gras Indians, who design elaborate costumes every year and "battle" in their own parades. You can read more about the tradition here: http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/mardigrasindians.html
Here is a picture of the inspiration for this polish:
|courtesy of CR Photography, New Orleans|
Thanks for reading!