31 May 2013

Guest Post Over at Peace, Love & Polish

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I did a guest post over at Peace, Love & Polish. When Heather asked for guest bloggers to help out while she spends time with her newborn, I decided to volunteer. I also wanted to do something that fit the occasion so I decided to do mobile nails. I'm super happy with how these turned out, and it was tough keeping them a secret for so long!!

Outer space mobile nail art design

So please do me a favour, check out my post over on Heather's blog (link), and let me know what you think of these, either here or over there. :) Do you get the mobile theme?!

30 May 2013

May in a Nutshell and Recap of Blogging Goals

Hi everyone! Tomorrow is a busy day on this blog with a guest post and swatches of some of the new KBShimmer polishes, so I'm doing my monthly recap a day early.

Earlier this month I posted my blogging goals for the month of May. This was my first time doing this, and I liked having something to work towards. It also gave me more focus and structure in terms of the direction I wanted to take this blog in. So I'm currently working on compiling my June goals. But first let's do a recap and see what I did/didn't accomplish.

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Nail art foil and stud manicure
Polish Addict Nail Color Unicorn Love

Recap of Blogging Goals

Goal #1: Go on a no-buy for at least one week in the month of May.
Check! However, I'm not sure if the no-buy is the best way to curb my spending on nail polish, so I'm thinking about another way to do this. 

Goal #2: Post 6 days a week.
Pass. I posted six days a week for the first two weeks, but the third week I got a bit burnt out and only did five posts. I'm on tract to post six times this week, maybe even seven. I found the extra post really helped in terms of getting through my long list of swatches to post.

Goal #3: Increase my blog presence on Facebook. My goal is to have 500 likes by the end of the month.
Check!! I'm currently have 580 likes on Facebook, so I'm putting together my 500 likes giveaway as we speak. 

Goal #4: Post one collection review per week.
Check!! I posted more collection reviews this month than any month previously, in fact some weeks I posted two collections. In case you missed them, here they are:


Jindie Nails HipStar from the Spring Chic Collex

Different Dimension Wish You Were Here from the Echoes Collection

My Favourite Posts and Yours

I liked a lot of nail art I did, but there wasn't anything that I absolutely loved or that really stood out. But here's my favourite posts from this month:

Serum No. 5 Day Glow

Glitter gradient with Shimmer Polish Sarah

And here's my most popular posts as determined by you! These are the posts from May with the highest pageviews. 

Essie Boom Boom Room from the 2013 Neon Collection

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

Do you want to know my stats? In terms of followers and such, Will Paint Nails for Food currently has about 5400 followers on Instagram, 1900 on Tumblr, 580 on Facebook, 393 on GFC and a little over 300 on Bloglovin'. I still can't believe people tune in to look at and read what I post. Thanks so much everyone!

As for pageviews, this month was HUGE! Over a week ago I hit 50K all time pageviews. For a six-month-old blog, I think that's pretty awesome. I currently have just over 58K all time pageviews. For the month of May, this blog had 21,500 pageviews, an all time record. To give you a sense of how huge of an accomplishment that is, last month I had just over 13K pageviews, and that was the first month I broke 10K pageviews in a month. Yeah!! :D

So that's it for my monthly recap! Stay tuned for my June goals, I'll be posting those in the next few days. :)

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 11: Envy

Hi everyone! Thanks to all of you who entered my contest, I was short of time tonight but I'll select the winner tomorrow. Also you may or may not know that I hit 500 Facebook likes a while back, and as promised I'll be having a giveaway for that and adding a second prize. Woot woot!! I've already put together some stuff, and I'm going to Buffalo to go polish shopping on Saturday, so I'm hoping to find a few more things there. :)

I really like the challenges for this week. After today, I only have three more days left to go and I'm already wishing that it wasn't going to end. The prompt for Day 11 is as follows:

"Who would you like to be? Let us know by recreating another challenger's work."

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

Well I want to be Alice from One Nail To Rule Them All! I've always liked her work, and she was one of the first nail artist/bloggers I knew about. She definitely has her own style and I really admire that.

Alice did these gradient nails topped with black and white glitter for Sloth week. You can see her nails on her blog (link), and she also has a video tutorial (link). I wish I could say mine were as easy to do as hers, but I guess I need more practice.

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

I did my gradient using the entire Models Own Ice Cream Sundae collection (on a side note, I've swatched these and hope to show them on the blog soon, even though it is an older collection). For the gradient, I painted my base colour, then sponged the tips with the second colour, trying to create a nice gradient. It doesn't have to be perfect, the glitter hides the imperfections. I then topped it with a coat of China Glaze Glitz 'n Pieces.

glitter + pastel gradient nail art

I'm in love with this design. When I was doing the gradient, I really wasn't sure about these nails, but once I added the glitter, it was instant awesomeness!! Now I must do more gradients with glitter. ;)

What do you think of this design?

28 May 2013

Tape Manicure With Shimmer Polish Erica

Hi everyone! A quick reminder that my current giveaway ends in less than two hours, see the original post HERE for entry details. I'm back with another gorgeous creation from Shimmer Polish. I don't know about you, but I'm really enjoying these polishes, and I love slowly working my way through them.

I have a love/hate relationship with tape manis. Love because I enjoy the look of them, and there's endless possibilities. Hate because waiting for the base polish to dry thoroughly can be such a drag. I don't know where I got the idea to combine studs and a tape design, but that was the starting point for this mani.

Shimmer Polish Erica

Shimmer Polish Erica is a clear-based glitter polish that can be layered over another polish or built up to full opacity with 2-3 coats. Erica is described as a "crystal peridot," and while it appears to be light green, that's the result of the mixture of glitter. It's mainly made up of gold, silver, green and teal (from what I can tell), with a good helping of gold holo glitter. I love how it sparkles in the daylight and in low light.

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff (of course!), and used one coat of Erica where I did the tape design. I had planned to use circle studs but didn't like how they looked, so I made a last minute switch to the stars. Everything was done, then I looked at my nails and realized...

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

...they looked like Christmas trees! Grrrrrr... FML. Not that I have anything against holiday decor, just not in late May. Maybe if I was gearing up for half-Christmas. ;)

Tape mani with Shimmer Polish Erica

Otherwise I love the combination of the glitter with the base polish. It has a softer look I think.

Shimmer Polish is available on Etsy, from Harlow & Co., and Overall Beauty. Follow Shimmer on Facebook, and the Shimmer Polish blog for updates.

What do you think of this design or this Shimmer Polish?

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

Essie Summer 2013 Collection, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! Happy (slightly belated) Memorial Day for those of you in the US! I have the latest Essie collection to show you today! It recently arrived at Nail Polish Canada, and I snatched it up as soon as I could. After the disappointment with the 2013 Neon collection, I really had big hopes for this one.

I've been having Internet issues all evening, which has made everything take so much longer. So my notes may not be as detailed as I would like. If you have any questions about a particular polish, make sure to leave a comment. I haven't been so good with keeping up with comments, but I will respond to any questions as soon as I can. Luckily this collection doesn't have issues like the previous one.

Essie Summer 2013 Collection

Full Steam Ahead is a nice warm-toned lavender with a silver shimmer. The shimmer looks like micro-flakes and is quite beautiful. All but one of the polishes in this collection have this kind of shimmer. It was a bit sheer but went on very smooth and evenly. I needed three coats for full coverage. I love the colour on this one, but I don't think it's that unique.

Essie Full Steam Ahead

Essie Full Steam Ahead

Naughty Nautical is a teal green, slightly muted, with a silver shimmer like Full Steam Ahead. I found this colour to be very unique and beautiful, also flattering. The formula was excellent - it went on smooth and was self-leveling. The only issue I had with this was minor staining, so make sure to wear a base coat. 2 coats for these swatches.

Essie Naughty Nautical

Essie Naughty Nautical

Rock the Boat is a pale dusty blue, leaning towards a cornflower blue. It has the same silver shimmer seen in Full Steam Ahead. This was the colour I was most looking forward to, but it was very sheer. I needed four coats for full coverage, which is very disappointing. On the bright side, the formula was good - it went on very even and was perfectly self-leveling.

Essie Rock the Boat

Essie Rock the Boat

Sunday Funday was a difficult colour to capture and my photos are not 100% colour accurate (despite my attempts to colour adjust). This is a muted coral-hot pink, kind of like a salmon pink only a bit darker and a tad brighter. This also has a shimmer to it like the others. I really love this colour, I found it so fun, and it would be great for a summer pedi. This also has a great formula, very smooth and self-leveling. It was sheer at first but built up well. 3 coats.

Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday

The Girls Are Out is a warm purple. It has a shimmer like Full Steam Ahead and the others. This is a great colour, very flattering on my skin tone, and the type of colour I normally gravitate towards. The formula was excellent and it went on very smooth and even. 2 coats.

Essie The Girls Are Out

Essie The Girls Are Out

The More The Merrier is a lime green creme. This is the only one of the collection that doesn't have a shimmer. I quite like this colour and the formula was great. It went on very smooth and was completely self-leveling. 2 coats here.

Essie The More The Merrier

Essie The More The Merrier

Overall, I'm very happy with this collection. The colours are fun, and most of them are unique in my stash. Since Essie normally does cremes, I am really loving the shimmer in these ones. Rock the Boat is a bit of a disappointment because it is so sheer, but otherwise, the formula on all of these is excellent. I really had no issues with them at all.

What do you think of this collection? Any colours stand out to you?

26 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 10: Wrath

Hi everyone! Today's nails don't look very wrathy, but trust me, I started these with the intent to complete the challenge for today's prompt. However, things didn't go according to plan.

The prompt for Day 10 of the challenge is as follows: "Find something that blows your top and express it with your art."

When I think of the things that blow my top - child abusers, people who are mean to kittens, able-bodied people who don't move on the escalator or let anyone pass them - I just couldn't think of anything that I would want to express in a nail art design. And I'm not the type of person who really gets angry a lot.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

But one thing that does really irritate me is splatter manis, I've tried the technique several times, with not much success. I really loved the water-spotted mani I did for Day 9 of the challenge, so I wanted to build on that. Like last time, I started with a base of OPI MY Vampire is Buff. I did a water-spotted water marble with Illamasqua Stance and Venous.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

My plan was then to do a simple splatter mani on top, but it didn't exactly work out as I hoped. So I took Orly Luxe and did another water-spotted water marble on top to try and save it, also to add some interest to the design.

"Water-spotted" water marble design

In the end, this really doesn't go with the theme, but I much like the design. I'm really liking this water-spotted technique, so expect to see more designs like this. I've been thinking about the idea of working in a series, where you take an idea and explore it in several works over a period of time. It's something that we were told to do when I was in art school, but I believe it also applies to nail art. For example, if you like roses, do ten designs with roses, but do something different each time. Maybe I'll do a series of water-spotted water marble designs.

What do you think of this design?

25 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 9: Wrath

Hi everyone! How was your day? I was supposed to work on my dissertation today, but I felt so tired that I didn't get much done. I probably should work on it over the weekend, but I also have a bunch of stuff I want to swatch and review for the blog. Blogger problems I know. ;)

But I finally got a chance to start on this week's challenges. The prompt for today is as follows: "Get mad trying, again, that technique you know it's going to be a fail." Well the only technique I've really failed at is the sugar spun mani, and I have no desire to revisit that again any time soon. So I decided to do a water marble. I haven't done one since the Advent Calendar challenge I did back in December. But a water marble is one of those techniques that can go horribly wrong, so I thought it would be appropriate here.

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

There are some people who can do very perfect water marbles. Corynn Musser, aka @mucking_fusser on Instagram, immediately comes to mind and her work is so beautiful. But while I appreciate the skill, intricacy and talent that goes into these perfect water marbles, I'm more interested the chaotic, disruptive, unpredictable aspects of the technique. So when people started doing the so-called "water spotted" technique, I knew that was right up my alley.

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

To make this even "wrathier" I used red and black. My base is my beloved OPI My Vampire is Buff, the red is Colorama Deixa Beijar from their Cremoso line, and the black is Orly Liquid Vinyl. Basically I dropped the red and black in the water and moved it around with a toothpick as if I was doing a water marble. Then I sprayed hairspray into it, which caused it to break apart and spread. The black didn't really want to break apart, but the red was perfect for this technique. I assume that it's the different brands that account for this.

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

"Water spotted" water marble manicure

I know that there are imperfections in this, a few places where there were bubbles, that sort of thing. But overall, I really love how this turned out. I enjoy looking at how the polish spread and moved in the water, and each nail is so different and unique. I plan to explore more with this technique.

What do you think of this? Have you tried the water spotted method?

24 May 2013

Misa Fresh & Fruity Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! This may not come as much of a surprise, but I've really been enjoying all the pastel and bright colours that have been coming out lately. I don't care how many I've added to my collection, there's always room for a few more! ;) If you're feeling the same way, you will want to check out this collection.

Misa Fresh & Fruity collection

I first saw the Misa Fresh & Fruity collection posted on Work/Play/Polish, and I was really attracted to the fun colours. Work/Play/Polish always has the most flawless swatches, so I was also curious to see if they were as good as they looked. I've never tried Misa polishes, but I had a good feeling about these when I bought them from my local Trade Secrets store. The manager confirmed my suspicions when she told me that she believed the formula of the Misa polishes was superior to OPI and Essie (the store carries all three brands). Another interesting fact is that these polishes are vegan and cruelty free.

Since the application on all of them was similar, I will show you swatches first, then sum up my experiences at the end of this post.

Blueberry Blast is a pastel baby blue creme that is absolutely perfect on its own or underneath glitter polishes. I love blue, so this was one of my favourites. 2 coats.

Misa Blueberry Blast

Misa Blueberry Blast

Great Grape is a nice periwinkle creme. It was very flattering on my skin tone, and another great colour. 2 coats.

Misa Great Grape

Misa Great Grape

Lime Love is bright lime green with a gorgeous yellow shimmer. I don't normally go for lime greens, but this is amazing! Also 2 coats.

Misa Lime Love

Misa Lime Love

Lovely Lychee is a vivid fuchsia creme. It's not quite neon, but still very bright. Another great colour for summer. Again, 2 coats here.

Misa Lovely Lychee

Misa Lovely Lychee

Peach Passion is a pastel peach creme. When it goes on the nail, it's a bit brighter than in the bottle. This one was a bit more sheer than the others, but I still only needed two coats. My second coat was a bit thicker though.

Misa Peach Passion

Misa Peach Passion

Ripe Rashberry is a pastel pink with slightly cool tones. Another perfect summer colour and great on its own or under a glitter polish. Also 2 coats.

Misa Ripe Rashberry

Misa Ripe Rashberry

I'm so in love with these colours, and I can see myself wearing them a lot this summer. I'm also happy to say that the formula on all of these was flawless, these are seriously some of the best mainstream polishes I've tried in awhile. For all polishes, I needed two coats for full coverage, no exceptions. The polish went on absolutely smooth and even - and all of them were perfectly self-leveling. The formula on these was perfect consistency, not too thin, not too thick; they were a dream to apply. I really have no issues to report with any of them. All of them dried to a very high shine, with the exception of Lovely Lychee, which has a semi-matte finish.

As I said, I got these at Trade Secrets, but if you are in Canada or the US, Misa is also available through Nail Polish Canada. Misa can also be bought directly from their website. It seems they ship internationally, but shipping is a bit expensive if you are outside the US.

What do you think of this collection? Do any stand out for you?
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