29 January 2013

Terrestrial Nails Baby

Hi everyone! I have a simple design for you today using a fairly new to me indie polish. I bought this polish from the Terrestrial Nails Etsy store on a Black Friday sale, it took a while to arrive, and then like many polishes sat untried for about a month. And ever since I did my ornament nails, I've been a bit obsessed with doing another design with things on strings. So I thought it would be fun to do some simple nail art while trying out this polish.

Terrestrial Nails Baby

Unfortunately this design suffered from a bit of equipment malfunction, both with the base polish and my striping polish. Terrestrial Nails Baby is a pale mint with small silver hex glitter and tiny pink and green glitter. The formula was okay but it was fairly sheer so took three coats. What caused problems was that it didn't want to clean up properly. I always use a small eyeliner brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the edges, but for some reason I had a difficult time trying to get this off my skin. I wonder if it's something with the formula.

Terrestrial Nails Baby

For the lines I used Finger Paints striping polish in You're Kiln Me, a dark brown. This is what gave me such a headache. At first the polish was fine, but by the time I finished one nail, it started to get thick and gloopy. I tried thinning it three separate times and nothing helped. It was also stringy - like melted mozzarella cheese stringy. WTF?! I'm curious to hear if anyone else has used these Finger Paints striping polishes, and if so, was your experience good, or was it like mine?

The final results turned out okay, but it's not one of my favourite manis. What do you think? Have you ever tried Terrestrial Nails?

28 January 2013

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection: Luke of the Draw and Alex by the Books

Hi everyone! I have two more swatches from the NOPI Modern Family collection. This is the last of the polishes I bought from this collection. There were a few others that I wish I had picked up, but in the end I'm happy with my decisions. As I explained in my last post, they are a bit pricey when it comes to drugstore nail polish ($11 here in Canada), but the formula is not always the greatest. Also, some of the polishes in this collection did not seem too unique to me. However, I like the two that I'm showing you today...

Luke of the Draw: This is sheer black polish with small to medium silver hex glitter and tiny silver square glitter. It applies very smoothly despite all the glitter - I found that there was enough glitter to cover the nail well but not so much that you ended up with clumps of glitter. I hate clumps of glitter. :( I used three coats here but you might be able to get away with two.

Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw

Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw

Alex by the Books: This is a pale seafoam green creme. I love the colour, it's similar to China Glaze For Audrey, but a tad more green-toned. It was a bit streaky and thin so I had to use three coats for this swatch. I can see myself using this in the future for nail art.

Nicole by OPI Alex by the Books

Nicole by OPI Alex by the Books

So what do you think? Did you get anything from this collection?

27 January 2013

Glaucoma Awareness Manicure

Hi everyone! I have a special post for you today. I created this design for a contest held by @marijonails on Instagram. That's the account for Marisa who blogs at Polish Obsession. She has wonderful manicures so you should check her out! The nail art contest is for Glaucoma awareness month, which is this month.

Glaucoma awareness manicure

The facts around Glaucoma are alarming. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (http://www.glaucoma.org/): "Glaucoma is the term used for a group of diseases that irreversibly damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and ultimately, if untreated, blindness. Genetic factors are considered to play a key role in all major forms of glaucoma." Not only is Glaucoma the leading cause of blindness, but it can effect people of all age groups, and at this point there is no known cure. In fact many people do not know that they have Glaucoma until there has been a significant loss of vision. And while it effects all age groups and races, Glaucoma is more likely to effect African Americans than Caucasians. It can be treated, however, so please get your eyes tested on a regular basis.

Glaucoma awareness manicure

The only condition for the contest was that green had to be a part of the manicure. Green is the colour for Glaucoma awareness month.

I knew that I wanted to include eye motifs from Western culture. On my middle finger is the Eye of Horus from ancient Egyptian culture, a symbol that is associated with healing, restoration, and protection. On my ring finger is the Eye of Providence, which is found on US $1 bills. The Eye of Providence has a lot of meanings and associations and dates back hundreds of years, but basically it is a symbol for the all-seeing eye of God and spiritual illumination. While I was doing research for this design, I looked at a lot of ancient Egyptian design. I simplified some of the motifs and used them as the basis of my index and pinky finger nails.

Glaucoma awareness manicure

The green is piCture pOlish Kryptonite from the collaboration series. It is a gorgeous emerald jelly with a scattered holographic shimmer. It reminds me of the scattered holos from the Zoya Ornate collection (Storm, Aurora, and Blaze), but the particles in Kryptonite are a bit more irregular. Kryptonite applies like a dream and I used two coats in this manicure. The gold nails are done with Orly Luxe, my go-to gold foil. For the black lines I used Stripe Rite polish in black, and the gold lines were done with Stripe Rite polish in gold. Everything was done freehand.

Glaucoma awareness manicure

What do you think of this design? Were you aware that January was Glaucoma Awareness month? Do you know anyone effected by this disease?

26 January 2013

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection: Back In My Gloria Days... and Stand By Your Manny

Hi everyone! I have two polishes from the Nicole by OPI Modern Family collection. I actually bought four out of this collection, but I'll show the other two on another day. Like the Selena Gomez collection, I thought there were some great polishes, but many of them I decided to pass on. So these are the ones that really stood out to me.

Back In My Gloria Days...: Isn't this gorgeous!!?? This is a vibrant purple with a very noticeable gold and fuchsia shimmer. The purple is rather warm toned, but it's not a plum colour like Pretty in Plum from the Selena Gomez collection. In the photos it has a very subtle fuchsia to purple duochrome effect and reminds me of Scarlett from the Selena Gomez collection. I really enjoyed wearing this colour, it's fun and bold - I'm pretty sure it was instant love for me. :) Also the formula was perfect. It was a bit thin so I used three coats, but there was no streaking and it levelled perfectly.

Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days...

Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days...

Nicole by OPI Back In My Gloria Days...

Stand By Your Manny: I love the colour, but hate the formula on this one. SBYM is a beautiful periwinkle blue with an iridescent shimmer. The formula is very thin and patchy so I had to use four coats for this swatch. And even though I wait a while in between coats, it seemed like I was lifting off polish from the previous coats every time I laid a new coat down. Grrr...

Nicole by OPI Stand By Your Manny

Nicole by OPI Stand By Your Manny

Overall, I love these two polishes, I just wish that Stand By Your Manny was easier to work with. I really don't know why OPI would release a polish that is subpar in terms of the formula. And it's not like these polishes are cheap. In Canada, NOPI retails for $11, the same price as OPI.

What did you think of the Modern Family collection? Did you end up getting any polishes from the collection?

25 January 2013

Nerd Lacquer Antisocial Media

Hi everyone! With this post I have now swatched and blogged about my entire Nerd Lacquer collection...all two of them. Lol! If you are interested in my other Nerd Lacquer, as well as a little bit about this indie polish, you can see that here.

Nerd Lacquer Antisocial Media

As I mentioned in my post about Nerd Lacquer Holy Grail, these polishes weren't cheap. Because of that I made sure to carefully research the polishes I was considering. I'm happy that my research paid off, and I adore both of the polishes I selected. They are beautiful and unique in my collection, the kinds of polishes that I'll pull out on special occasions.

Nerd Lacquer Antisocial Media

Antisocial Media is a vibrant blue jelly leaning towards teal. It has a silver shimmer along with silver and ocean blue hex glitter in different sizes. The colour is beautiful, very flattering on my skin tone and the type of colour that I'm naturally attracted to. The finish is almost metallic-like, which adds another layer of interest to this polish.

Nerd Lacquer Antisocial Media

The formula was perfect, and I used three thin coats for these photos. I find that it spreads well with an even distribution of glitter. You just need to make sure to give it a good shake, the glitter tends to sink to the bottom on this one.

Nerd Lacquer Antisocial Media

What do you think of this polish? Did you manage to snag any Nerd Lacquer while they were in business, or are you eagerly waiting for this brand to return? :)

23 January 2013

Dot Manicure With Julep Ava and Bette

Hi everyone! I'm posting a bit earlier today, I've got some marking and editing to do and I'm trying to put it off as long as possible! :D

I'm currently wearing this mani, I did this Monday night and I'm still not tired of it. The inspiration was these nails by The Polished Perfectionist. But instead of a more classic nude look, I wanted to use Julep Ava and Bette, the two polishes I got in my January Julep Maven box (this was the Bombshell box). I also decided to mix it up a bit and add a reverse accent nail.

Dot manicure with Julep Ava and Bette

I used a fairly small dotting tool, and the only trick with this design was the placement of the dots. I made a few errors, but I'm happy with how it turned out. But a little bit about the polishes...

Julep Bette and Ava

Ava: This is a pale pink with a nice silver shimmer that's subtle but noticeable. It's described on the Julep website as a "ballet slipper pink frost," but it really isn't a frost. What I like about this polish is that it's not sheer like most pale pinks, and 2 coats provided full coverage. It is however a bit thick and at times seemed a bit stringy (I'm not sure how else to describe it), but it was totally manageable. It's such a pretty polish though, and for me worth the effort.

Dot manicure with Julep Ava and Bette

Bette: This one surprised me very much. It's described on the Julep website as an "electric neon purple creme." I don't know how neon this is - the colour is gorgeous but not super bright. It's a bit more sheer so I used three coats, and it dries to a beautiful matte finish. With a top coat it looks like gel nails. I adore both the colour and finish on this one.

Dot manicure with Julep Ava and Bette

Final Thoughts: Overall, I like these two Julep polishes and I'll definitely be using them again. One thing to note about these polishes if you've never seen them in person: they are fairly small, 8ml/0.27 fl. oz. to be exact. So they are closer to a mini polish than a full sized polish. Already with Ava just using it for one swatch and one full mani, I noticed about 1/4 - 1/3 of the bottle has been used. So if you are interested in buying them, get the Julep Maven box so you can buy them at a discount. You get two polishes plus one extra item (i.e. foot cream, cuticle oil) for $20, and you can get add-on polishes for $5 each.

What do you think of this mani? Have you tried the Julep Maven boxes?

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces, Part 3: Scattered & Tattered, Graffiti Glitter, and Mosaic Madness

Hi everyone! This is the last and final instalment of my posts on the China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection. As much as I've enjoyed swatching and reviewing an entire collection, I'm happy to move on to other things!

Don't forget to check out part one and two on this collection. If you are interested in an overview of the collection and general notes about the formula, I talked about that a bit in the first post. So on that note, I'm going to show you the polishes...



Scattered & Tattered: This one is red glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." It is very much like the others, although I feel like the red is a tad on the dull side, and I would have liked a more vibrant colour. Here I did another glitter gradient, only this time in reverse. Check out my post yesterday if you are interested in knowing more about how I did this. For this one I layered it over Julep Ava, a pale pink with silver shimmer. I'm going to be showing Ava again soon in another mani, so I'll talk more about it then. This combination of the red, pink, and black looks perfect for Valentine's Day!

China Glaze Scattered & Tattered

China Glaze Scattered & Tattered

Graffiti Glitter and Mosaic Madness: Can you see what I did here? Graffiti Glitter is a very vibrant emerald green glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces," while Mosaic Madness is a gorgeous deep blue. The blue glitter in Mosaic Madness has a bit of an iridescent shimmer in the bottle, but it doesn't translate to the final mani. Darn! Using Essie She's Picture Perfect for my base polish, I painted half with Graffiti Glitter and half with Mosaic Madness. I kind of like this technique, it's uber simple but also a fun way to change things up. If I had to redo these swatches though I would choose a lighter base colour so the glitter stands out more.

China Glaze Graffiti Glitter and Mosaic Madness

China Glaze Graffiti Glitter and Mosaic Madness

Final Thoughts: Overall, I really like this collection. The polishes apply well and are easy to work with. And there's a bunch of ways that you can use them besides just layering one coat over another polish. But do I think you need all six? Probably not. They are so similar, I recommend choosing the one or two colours you like the best and sticking to those.

So what do you think of this collection? Any stand out to you?

21 January 2013

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces, Part 2: Bling it On and Glitz 'n Pieces

Hi everyone! This is my second instalment for the China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection. For an overview of the collection as well as some notes about the formula on these polishes, you'll want to check out yesterday's post.

As I explained yesterday, I want to show different ways you can wear these polishes in addition to providing swatches. Part of my reason for doing it this way is because of my own interests, but mainly because I wanted to do something different than other swatches I've seen for this collection.

China Glaze Bling it On and Glitz 'n Pieces

Bling it On: This is a lavender/periwinkle glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." For this one I did a tape mani layering it over China Glaze Pelican Grey. If you are interested in how to do tape manis, I did a post on my Tumblr a few months ago outlining how I do them, and some tips to prevent damaging the bottom layer of polish. You can find that post here.

China Glaze Bling it On

China Glaze Bling it On

Glitz 'n Pieces: This is a silver glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces." For this I did a sponged glitter gradient over China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic, a nice hot pink that dries to almost a squishy jelly finish. I know I've been doing a lot of sponged glitter tips lately, so sorry for showing this technique again. But it is a really good way to wear these polishes, even with the large hexes and bar glitter. For this mani, I dabbed a bit of polish on my tips, then used a sponge to pick up some of the glitter and dab it in other spots. I hope that makes sense. I really love the combination of black, silver, and hot pink on this one, and I've been meaning to do something like this for awhile.

China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces

China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces

What do you think of these polishes? Would you wear them either way?

Hope you liked these, and thanks for visiting! :)

20 January 2013

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces, Part 1: Razzle Me Dazzle Me

Hi everyone! I was hoping to have a bit of nail art for you today, but unfortunately I haven't been able to do anything this week. I was doing swatches yesterday and was planning to do some nail art, but my desire to swatch as many polishes as possible trumped my desire to do some nail art. But I'm going to try to enter a few competitions, so hopefully I'll have something soon.

Today I've got the first of six polishes from the new China Glaze collection, Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces. Because it's a lot of work for me to swatch and edit photos, I'm breaking this down into three separate posts. So I'll show the rest on Monday and Tuesday. I should also mention, that while I've done a pretty straightforward layering in today's swatch, for the others, I'll look at other ways to wear these polishes.

China Glaze Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection

The collection: China Glaze advertised it's Glitz Bitz 'n Pieces collection as "gorgeous 3D glitters" with "black bitz 'n pieces" to "create a Mosaic Masterpiece on the nails" (press release). I think like many press releases and advertisements, it overstates the truth, but these are gorgeous nonetheless. Each polish is clear-based and made up of a single colour of glitter with black matte glitter. The colour glitter comes in tiny, small and medium hexes, and the black glitter in different sizes of hexes, as well as bar glitter. There is also some very large black hex glitter, but those ones are harder to get out.

Formula and application: The formula on all six are very similar, so I will not repeat this information. As I explained above, these are clear-based, so they are meant to be layered over another polish. The polish is packed with glitter, and there is no problem getting enough glitter on the nails. I also found these polishes spread out nicely, and they dried really fast. The glitter also does a good job of lying flat (sorry, it's not 3D), so you can get by with one coat of top coat (two if you want a smooth glassy finish).

China Glaze Razzle Me Dazzle Me

Razzle Me Dazzle Me is a pale copper colour glitter with black "bitz 'n pieces". For this swatch I layered one coat over China Glaze Shower Together, a vibrant cyan blue. I like the contrast of the colours here, although I wish the glitter in Razzle Me Dazzle Me was a bit more vibrant, a bold copper maybe. I find the colour tends to get lost in the photos.

China Glaze Razzle Me Dazzle Me

China Glaze Razzle Me Dazzle Me

It's not exactly the mosaic masterpiece that was advertised, but I think these polishes are interesting and fun. For me, this collection got more interesting when I tried different ways of layering them, so you'll see that tomorrow! :)

China Glaze Razzle Me Dazzle Me

What do you think of this collection? Have you gotten any, or are you planning to?

18 January 2013

My NOTW: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby and KBShimmer We Three Blings

Hi everyone! My schedule this semester is such that I don't have a lot of time to do my nails during the week. Well, I should qualify that - I don't have time to do my nails and post on this blog. But since I'm used to changing my nails almost every day (or several times a day if I'm swatching), I tend to get bored wearing the same polish for more than a day.

So I find having something interesting on my nails helps to keep me from getting bored. Enter my NOTW (nail of the week). I've had this mani on my nails for the last four days, and it still captivates me.

Sponged glitter tips: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby and KBShimmer We Three Blings

The base colour is OPI Royal Rajah Ruby, a popular polish from the 2008 India collection. When I first heard about this beauty, I thought for sure it would be hard to find. But luckily my trusty Nail Polish Canada still carries it. RRR is a dark vampy brownish red with a vibrant wine red shimmer. Unfortunately some of the beauty you see in the bottle gets lost when you are wearing it, and on the nails the shimmer is very subtle. But I still appreciate it for being a classic OPI colour, and I'm glad it's in my collection. The application was perfect, this is two coats and it applied very smooth. It was difficult to clean up (as you can see from my photos), so I imagine that it's a bit staining.

OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

On the tips I used a makeup sponge to apply KBShimmer We Three Blings. This is from the recent holiday collection, and it's an absolute stunner! Out of the few gold glitter toppers I own, this is by far my favourite! It's a clear base packed with gold shimmer and both gold and gold holo glitter in different sizes. I love the addition of gold holo glitter into the mix, and the shimmer and reflections from this polish are amazing. I could see this looking good over a lot of different polishes.

Sponged glitter tips: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby
and KBShimmer We Three Blings

What do you think? Do you have either of these polishes? Do you get bored wearing the same polish/mani for more than a day?

17 January 2013

Jindie Nails Burrrberry, Honey Blue Blue, and Tried & True

Hi everyone! I have a few more Jindie Nails swatches today. I think like a lot of people I've fallen in love with the creamy "crelly" based polishes that Jen of Jindie Nails makes. And I'm excited because not only do I still have several more to try out, but I also have another order on the way, which includes a few new releases. Eeek! I know these polishes have been getting a lot of exposure but hopefully you won't get bored if I show them as well. :)

Jindie Nails (L-R): Burrrberry, Honey Blue Blue, Tried & True

The three polishes that I have today are from the Winter Chic collection. Well, Burrrberry and Honey Blue Blue are part of the collection, while Tried & True is very similar but not officially part of it. The formula for all three is very much the same so I'll discuss that at the end.

Burrrberry: This is a smooth white crelly (in between a creme and a jelly) with a complicated mixture of glitter - pale/medium blue and pink hex glitter in three different sizes, pale blue circle glitter, tiny pink and blue glitter, as well as some small wine-coloured hexes. The predominant colour scheme is pink and pale blue. I love how this has the feel of winter - I could see myself owning scarves or hats in these colours - but it really could be worn year round.

Jindie Nails Burrrberry

Jindie Nails Burrrberry

Jindie Nails Burrrberry (with toque handmade by my sister)

Honey Blue Blue: I love the vibrancy of this blue polish! It's a cerulean blue crelly with blue and green medium hex glitter, green square glitter, and tiny glitter, probably in blue and green. It's a bit more simple than Burrrberry, but still very lovely.

Jindie Nails Honey Blue Blue

Jindie Nails Honey Blue Blue

Tried & True: This is similar to Burrrberry, but with a slightly different glitter combination. You may find you don't need both. Me personally, I love each one and definitely plan to keep both in my collection. This is also a white crelly with larger silver and blue hexes, fuchsia squares, small purple hexes, and pink circles.

Jindie Nails Tried & True

Jindie Nails Tried & True

Formula and application: For all three polishes I used two coats with Seche Ridge Filling base coat and Seche Vite top coat. The base coat is a sheer white, and I like to wear it under less opaque polishes so that I don't have too much VNL. These polishes are packed with glitter, and there's no issue of getting enough glitter on the nails. Rather you have to be careful not to get too much. I find that these polishes need a good shake before applying so that the glitter is mixed up and to prevent it from getting too thick. I know I added a bit of thinner to Honey Blue Blue and Burrrberry, but I tend to do that often with these kinds of indies.

I think what makes these polishes so appealing is that they are sheer enough that you have the gorgeous look of glitter suspended in a creamy base. But they are not so sheer that you need 4-5 coats just to get decent coverage. I've very happy with all three and would highly recommend them.

I bought these polishes from the Jindie Nails Etsy store. The store tends to only open for restocks, and stuff sells out fast, so check the Jindie Nails Facebook page for updates. Jindie Nails is also available through Llarowe and Mei Mei's Signatures.

What do you think? Do you like Jindie Nails? Do you own any of these polishes?

16 January 2013

Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez, My Picks: Part 2

Hi everyone! It's getting late here and I have to work early in the morning, so I will get to the swatches. This is the second and final post devoted to the NOPI Selena Gomez collection. You can see the first post here. Out of the 14 polishes in the collection, I ended up buying five of them when they first came out, and then one more a few days ago. The others just didn't speak to me, or didn't seem worth the $11 price tag, so I decided to pass.

Pretty in Plum: This is a beautiful warm plum with a not too subtle fuchsia shimmer. This may not be the most original polish, but I really love this colour. It's very vivid and a bit racy I think. The formula was also excellent. It wasn't streaky at all and levelled perfectly. I used two coats for this swatch. [Note: the colour in these photos is not exact, unfortunately my camera wasn't able to capture this one correctly. It is a warmer plum colour, leaning towards magenta.]

Nicole by OPI Pretty in Plum 

Nicole by OPI Pretty in Plum

Sweet Dreams: This is very similar to Inner Sparkle in terms of the type of glitter and the formula, the only thing different is the colours. It's a clear-based glitter topper with tiny lavender hexes, and small-medium silver and teal hexes. This is one coat over Pretty in Plum. I really love this combination, especially the plum and teal together. Application-wise this one was a breeze. I had to do a bit of dabbing to get the glitter in the right place at times, but nothing too difficult.

Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams over Pretty in Plum

Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams over Pretty in Plum

Confetti Fun: This was the polish I went back for. Do you blame me? :) I don't have any rainbow glitters in my collection, so for me this is a fun addition. But if you do have other rainbow glitter toppers this might not be for you. Like Sweet Dreams and Inner Sparkle this is also clear-based and meant to be worn over another colour. But unlike the other two, it has what looks like micro glitter that makes it more interesting. The glitter is made up of small and medium hexes in a variety of colours - mainly silver, but also red, fuchsia, green, blue and yellow. This polish looks the best layered over light to medium value colours, and this is one coat over China Glaze For Audrey.

Nicole by OPI Confetti Fun over China Glaze For Audrey

Nicole by OPI Confetti Fun over China Glaze For Audrey

What do you think of these? Any favourites? Did you get any polishes from this collection?
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