29 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 2: Lust

Hi everyone! It's very last minute but I was able to finish day two of the Seven Deadly Sins challenge. Since it's midnight and I still have a lot of work to do tonight, I'm going to keep this short.

The prompt for today was: "Let your body talk and feel free to do whatever you want." While this is very open ended, it still had to keep within the theme of lust. I had been doing some reading about the seven deadly sins (okay, just Wikipedia, whatevs) and I read that in Dante's Purgatorio the repentant sinner would walk amongst flames to rid himself of lustful feelings. Wow, talk about tough times. And of course flames themselves are also a symbol of lust and desire.

Blue flames nail design (seven deadly sins - lust)

I started with a base of Pahlish Heart of Man, which is fitting since this was released for Valentine's Day. It's a dark burgundy jelly packed with magenta and holo glitter. It's quite gorgeous and rich on it's own. I used three coats for full opacity and had no issues with the formula.

Pahlish Heart of Man

Pahlish Heart of Man

For the flames I started with a blue base. For the blues I used a combination of Nubar Dusk Till Dawn, OPI...Eurso Euro, and OPI Can't Find My Czechbook. Then I added the white using Sally Hansen White On. I wanted flames that weren't completely stylized, but I knew I couldn't paint very realistic flames, so that's why I left some streaking and brushstrokes when I painted them. The heart stud is from the Born Pretty Store.

Blue flames nail design (seven deadly sins - lust)

What do you think of these? What kind of design would you do for 'Lust'?

Thanks for reading! :)

26 April 2013

Wing Dust Collections: Cotton Candy Kisses and Like Yoda...But Less Green!

Hi everyone! I hope you are up for more Wing Dust Collections picture spam! :) I've got two new (to me) polishes, and as a bonus I've re-swatched Bonfire Under the Stars to show you another way you can wear it.

Wing Dust Collections Like Yoda...But Less Green! and Cotton Candy Kisses

There's a lot of photos to show, so let's take a look!

Cotton Candy Kisses is a very pale lavender shimmer with a subtle holo shimmer and holo glitter. It also has blue flecks that are visible when worn on its own, but not visible when layered over a darker colour. It's a versatile polish - you can wear it on it's own (it would probably take 2-3 coats), or you can layer it over another polish. For these swatches I've used one coat over OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? but I also tried it over a nude polish and really enjoyed that. No issues with the formula.

Wing Dust Collections Cotton Candy Kisses

Wing Dust Collections Cotton Candy Kisses

Wing Dust Collections Cotton Candy Kisses (direct light)

Like Yoda...But Less Green! is so *amazing* and I'm glad I added this to my order. At first I was worried it would be too much like Prize-Winning Petunia (reviewed here), but it's not. You can completely justify getting both! ;)

Wing Dust Collections Like Yoda...But Less Green!

Wing Dust Collections Like Yoda...But Less Green!

Like Yoda... is a purple jelly with a linear holo. There's also small holo and lavender glitter. It's a bit cooler in tone than Prize-Winning Petunia, and the vibrant linear holo also makes this a stand out. I used three coats and found it applied easily. I did need to add a few drops of thinner, but otherwise no issues to report.

Wing Dust Collections Like Yoda...But Less Green! (direct light)

Wing Dust Collections Like Yoda...But Less Green! (direct light)

Wing Dust Collections Like Yoda...But Less Green! (sunlight)

After I showed you Bonfire Under the Stars (reviewed here), Stephanie, the maker, suggested I try it over black. I did, and it's absolutely stunning, so of course I had to share that with you! It reminds me of galaxy nails. What do you prefer: Bonfire Under the Stars on it's own or over black?

Wing Dust Collections Bonfire Under the Stars

Wing Dust Collections Bonfire Under the Stars

Wing Dust Collections Bonfire Under the Stars (direct light)

Wing Dust Collections is available through their Etsy shop. Right now all but Cotton Candy Kisses are out of stock. You can also get these through Llarowe, and a bunch of Wing Dust Collections polishes were just restocked today including Bonfire Under the Stars and Like Yoda...But Less Green! (and Prize-Winning Petunia, Day Dreamer, Blue Steel, I Am Yours & You Are Mine...). You can also follow Wing Dust Collections on Facebook and Instagram (@wingdust).

*Product(s) provided at a discount for review / product(s) provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

Dior Bird of Paradise Collection Vernis Nail Duo in Bahia (002): Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I was hoping to have day two of the Seven Deadly Sins nail challenge, but that didn't happen. Instead I have the second duo from the Dior Bird of Paradise collection. If you missed my review of Samba, the first duo, you can find that here.

Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Bahia (002), Bird of Paradise Collection

If you already have similar colours in your collection, you might want to pass on these. But if not it might be worth it to take a closer look. Both polishes have a superior formula that, at least in my book, make them worth the extra cost. I found the colours very rich in colour, flattering, and perfect in every way.



Like the first duo, these polishes do not have names, so just numbers are given. All swatches are with a coat of Seche Vite. Also, I've taken photos under direct light and in my light box so you can get a better sense of how the polish looks.

Bahia 667 is a hot pink creme, it's very saturated and intense in terms of colour, but it's not quite a neon. This is actually a re-release. It was originally called Pink Graffiti and was part of the Anselm Reyle limited edition collection. At least the bottle number is the same and it looks like the same polish. So if you missed it before, you have a second chance! ;) And thanks to @thepolishowl on Instagram who originally told me about this!

Dior Vernis 667 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 667 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 667 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Bahia 792 is a blue creme that leans slightly towards a teal blue. It's absolutely gorgeous. Only downside is that this one is slightly staining.

Dior Vernis 792 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 792 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

Dior Vernis 792 (Nail Lacquer Duo in Bahia 002)

The formula on both was the same. Both only needed two coats for full opacity. They went on very smooth, with no streaking, and were perfectly self-levelling. They have a flawless finish with a high shine, even without top coat. The polishes in the Bahia duo have everything I would want in a creme polish.

Like the Samba duo, these are 7ml/0.23fl. oz. minis. In Canada it retails for $30.

What do you think of this? Out of the two Dior duos, which one is your favourite?

24 April 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 1: Lust

Hi everyone! A quick announcement before I jump into today's post. My first giveaway has officially closed and I've emailed the winners. I'm still waiting to hear back from one, so if your name is Rachael J. make sure to check your email (and spam folder). I also wanted to thank everyone for all the support. And if you're disappointed about not winning, don't worry, I'm sure it won't be my last giveaway! ;)

Image courtesy of Dahlig at http://dahlig.deviantart.com/

About today's design - I'm participating in a challenge called the 'Seven Deadly Sins', which was put together by Alice of One Nail To Rule Them All, and Helena of Nail Wish. There's so many talented ladies participating so make sure to check the links at the bottom of this post. Every week has a different sin as the theme, with two challenges each week. I will be doing my best to complete both of them.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

The theme for this week is Lust, and today's challenge reads as follows: Day 1 - Be a bad girl and make something you have wanted to do soo badly.

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Lace and rhinestones nail art

Well I have wanted to do lace nails for awhile, and I have *really* been dying to do a glitter/rhinestone gradient, so combining the two seemed natural. It also was an opportunity to use some new rhinestones I picked up over the weekend. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I started with OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base, then did a coat of Pahlish Coney Island Queen. The lace was painted freehand with Cult Nails Fetish. On my accent nail I dabbed some Hare Own Your Opulence on the tips creating a gradient. Then I used my base coat to glue on the rhinestones. 

Lace and rhinestones nail art

I feel pretty good about this design. I'm very happy with the lace on my middle finger, but I wish my index and pinky fingers turned out better. The rhinestones will take some getting used to. Overall though, I like how this is in keeping with the 'Lust' theme. 

What do you think of this? 

23 April 2013

Essence Nude Glam Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have swatches of four of the Nude Glam polishes from Essence - there's other Nude Glam polishes but these four are the only ones available in North America (at least according to the Essence website). They caught my eye over the weekend when I was out polish shopping, and I thought "well, why not?" I'm always on the lookout for a good nude polish that works with my skin tone. I was only able to find two over the weekend, then today I found the other two when I was at the drugstore. Score! Complete set!! :P

Essence Nude Glam polishes

Café Olé is a pale taupe creme with a very subtle shimmer. I really like this one and found it very flattering. The formula was perfect and I used three coats here, but really two would do - I have some staining on one of my nails from my peacock mani, so I wanted to cover that up. It's similar to Models Own Nude Beige (reviewed here) but is more neutral, while the Models Own has a slightly more reddish tone.

Essence Nude Glam Café Olé

Essence Nude Glam Café Olé

Cotton Candy is a very, very pale pink. It's more of a sheer than a creme and I used three coats here. There were no problems formula wise. This is probably my least favourite of the bunch, I just find that there's many polishes like this on the market. It looks very similar to Deborah Lippmann's Prelude to a Kiss, and I'm sure you can probably think of some other dupes.

Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy

Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy

Iced Strawberry Cream is a pale muted pink creme with a silver shimmer. It's a tad frosty but not too much for my taste. This was three coats but two would work - again, covering up the staining. The formula was good but I did have some issues with bubbling, although I'm not sure if that's my fault or the polish. I also found this one very flattering on me.

Essence Nude Glam Iced Strawberry Cream

Essence Nude Glam Iced Strawberry Cream

Peach & Cream is a pale peachy nude with a delicate shimmer. I used three coats and you can still see the nail line. It has a good formula, I just wish it was a bit more opaque.

Essence Nude Glam Peach & Cream

Essence Nude Glam Peach & Cream

My favourites out of the bunch are definitely Café Olé and Iced Strawberry Cream. The other two I think would look better on other skin tones. My only issue with this collection is the limited range of shades. "Nude" is defined as "flesh colour," so why are these all so pale? Just a thought.

What do you think of these? Did you pick up any of the Nude Glam polishes? Do you care for nude polishes, or would you prefer I banish them from the blog? ;)

22 April 2013

Girly Bits Spring It On Me! Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have three out of the five polishes from the new Girly Bits spring collection to show you. Girly Bits was one of the first indies that I started collecting, and I've always been impressed by what Pam comes out with. I find the polishes to be consistent in terms of superior quality and unique colours and glitters. So when Pam sent me three for review, I was over the moon. There's two more polishes in the collection, the Emerald City Duo, which look fantastic. I haven't seen swatches online yet, but hopefully someone will review them soon.

Girly Bits (l-r) Spring It On Me!, Going Bananas, and Bachelor's Button

This collection does a good job of keeping with a spring theme but without the overwhelming pastels that we've been seeing lately. Also, there's something here for everyone - cremes (and cremes/jellies), shimmer/glitter toppers, and a holo.

Bachelor's Button is a cornflower blue with a medium linear holo. The colour on this is gorgeous and I love the holographic shimmer. The formula was perfect and I used two coats over a ridge-filling base coat. These swatches are without top coat, however, I would recommend one when you wear it.

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button

I'm still learning how to photograph holos, so the holo effect is a bit stronger than you see in the photos here.

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button

Going Bananas is a creamy yellow base packed with hex and square glitter of different sizes and colours: green, lime green, purple, yellow, and fuchsia. I'm not usually a fan of yellow, but I really love the colours in this one, and it's so much fun to have on! I used two coats here and the formula was perfect. I had no problems getting plenty of glitter out, including the larger fuchsia squares that I love.

Girly Bits Going Bananas

Girly Bits Going Bananas

Spring It On Me! is a very versatile polish. It's meant to be layered over another polish and looks good over a variety of colours. It has a sheer lavender base with tiny green hex glitter, small silver, lavender and pink hexes, and white squares and hexes of different sizes. I layered two coats over Models Own Utopia and Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. I found the glitter coverage to be very good and I love the colour scheme on this one.

Girly Bits Spring It On Me!

Girly Bits Spring It On Me!

Overall, I love the colours in this collection, and I'm impressed with the formula on all three of them. They are all wonderful, but I would have to say that Going Bananas and Bachelor's Button are my favourites. The Emerald City Duo looks awesome, and I'm seriously considering buying those to complete the collection!

These polishes are available directly through the Girly Bits shop, or you can find a list of authorized distributors here. Make sure to keep up with Girly Bits on Facebook and Instagram (@girlybitscosmetics).

What do you think of these? Do you have any Girly Bits polishes?

*Products provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

20 April 2013

Peacock Nail Art Using the Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba

Hi everyone! I promised you some nail art when I reviewed the Dior Vernis Nail Duo from the Bird of Paradise collection (if you missed that you can find it here). I meant to post this yesterday but it got too late. :(

If you've seen the promotional ads for the Bird of Paradise collection, you will know why I went with the peacock theme. I didn't have a lot of time, and I was doing a full mani, so I wanted to keep this simple. Sometime I'd love to do a peacock design that is more elaborate, but that will have to be filed under "someday" for now.

Peacock nail art

I used only four polishes for this design: the Dior Vernis Nail Duo in Samba (polish numbers 402 and 794), OPI Vant To Bite My Neck? (dark eggplant creme), and Orly Luxe (a gold foil metallic).

Peacock nail art

Everything was done freehand. In case you're interested, here's how I went about painting this. For the peacock feather on my middle finger I drew in the feather with the OPI, then I painted in the top part of the feather with the Dior 794. I went over the feather a second time with the OPI, added a dab of the Orly, then finally Dior 794 on top of the OPI as an accent.

For the thumb I did an abstract peacock design. I started by painting in the feather shapes with Dior 794. Then I outlined them with the OPI, then finished with a touch of the Orly in each feather.

Peacock nail art

The studs are from the Born Pretty Store, and you can read my review of them here. I've found this stud set so useful and have used it many times! Don't forget to use my coupon code MSL91 to get 10% off. They have free shipping worldwide with no minimum order!

Peacock nail art

Until I can do some tutorials, here's a few tips regarding freehand nail art that I've picked up in the past few months. First, try to get the best nail art brushes that you can. Sometimes it takes buying a few brushes before you find the one that's right for you. I'm thinking about doing a post in the future about brushes, if you are interested, let me know and I'll make it a priority. In the meantime a lot of other bloggers have done posts on the topic. Second, I use nail polish thinner to make the polish more fluid and workable. It also "revives" dried polish that's on your palette, so you don't waste as much polish. And finally, don't try to get your lines right the first time. I often start out with a very light line, then go over it once or twice more.

Peacock nail art

Overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out, and I find it very elegant. I was planning to do some swatching and nail art today, but nixed that because I didn't want to take this off!

What do you think of this?
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