28 November 2014

The Latest From Renaissance Cosmetics: The Anniversary Collection

Hi everyone! Last night I showed you the Modern Vamp collection coming soon to my shop, and tonight I have the second collection to be released - the Anniversary Collection! That's right, I've been in business for a year now, and to celebrate I decided to release some polishes that I've been working on and am very excited about. I'm also having a sale this weekend, and you can get all the details at the end of this post.



27 November 2014

The Latest From Renaissance Cosmetics: The Modern Vamp Collection

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers. It's been a long time since I've released a themed collection in my shop. But with my dissertation finished I was able to mix up some new polishes, and finalize others which I had planned to release awhile ago but didn't have the time. So this Sunday, I'll be introducing not one, but two new collections.



25 November 2014

Aliquid Lacquer First Fantastiversary Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! You may have seen my reviews of Aliquid Lacquer on this blog. Well now the brand turns one, and Alison has put together three polishes for the occasion. I'll also be giving you the scoop on different deals and events running this week.

Aliquid Lacqeur Arsty, Dogged, and Gregarious
Aliquid Lacqeur Artsy, Dogged, and Gregarious

24 November 2014

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Unless you've been in a Buddhist monastery for the last month or so, completely shut off from the outside world, I'm sure you have by now heard of the new A England Elizabeth & Mary collection. I gave you a sneak peak last week when I did stained glass roses using four out of the five polishes in the collection. I'm back now with a full review. If you haven't yet picked up anything from this collection, or you are not sure if you need these polishes (short answer - yes you need them!),  I hope my swatches will help.

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

20 November 2014

Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time is the December contribution to Llarowe's A Box, Indied subscription box. I've had the pleasure of reviewing several Girly Bits polishes for this box, and all of them have been fabulous. This one is no different and fits the holiday theme of the box perfectly. I also decided to do some simple nail art with this polish, something that would be perfect for a holiday party or whenever you want a touch of shimmer.

Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time glitter gradient nail art
Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time glitter gradient nail art

17 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day Five, History

Hi everyone! This is embarrassingly late, but I'm happy to round off another Digit-al Dozen week, even if it does seep into the week after! When deciding what to do for day five, I tossed around a few fun ideas. I had the new A England collection sitting on my desk, generously sent to me from Nail Polish Canada, and it suddenly dawned on me.

Stained glass roses featuring A England
Stained glass roses featuring A England

For so many years I've been interested in learning about history, and I'm officially an Art Historian now. So it only seemed natural to pay tribute to my love of history. And A England is the perfect brand to do some nail art, because more than any other brand it's known for drawing inspiration from history, art and literature.

16 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day Four, Art

Hi everyone! I'm continuing on with the Digit-al Dozen Thankfulness week, and so far the things I've expressed gratitude towards have been mostly little things - food, coffee, glitter. Today's post I think falls in between the realms of little things and big things. It really depends on your perspective towards art.

Fine art painting and palette nail art
Fine art painting and palette nail art

15 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day Three, Glitter

Hi everyone! This week has been very busy as I've been gearing up for a Prototype Sale in my shop. I've been mixing up a lot of new polishes, so I thought I'd use two of them for some simple nail art.

Sketchy floral nail art
Sketchy floral nail art

As an indie maker (still feels weird to refer to myself that way) I get to play with glitter all the time. But if you told me two or three years ago that I'd have a ginormous glitter collection, I probably would have scoffed at you. Now I have glitters in every colour of the rainbow, in different sizes, finishes, even some cool shapes (although I'm not big into shape glitter). It's such a huge part of making polish, so tonight's mani is my glitter tribute.

13 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day Two, Coffee!!

Hi everyone! Like usual I've fallen behind with Digit-al Dozen week, but hopefully my caffeine fueled nails will make up for that! I feel like coffee is so amazing it deserves its own week, but since that hasn't been scheduled yet, I'll pay tribute today.

Coffee stains nail art

11 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day One, Yummy Sushi

Hi everyone! This week the Digit-al Dozen turns to the theme of thankfulness in all it's widest forms. I have so much to be thankful for - family, health, my completed PhD, but in the end I decided to look at the little things I'm thankful for, rather than trying to depict big weighty themes. So for day one, I'm looking at one of my favourite foods - yummy sushi!

Yummy sushi nail art

09 November 2014

Classic Galaxy Nails With Spell Polish

Hi everyone! Earlier this week I showed you three polishes from Spell Polish's collection "A Charm of Powerful Trouble" inspired by Macbeth. I had a few ideas for these gorgeous blue colours. In the end I decided on monochromatic galaxy nails. The beautiful shimmers in each one really lend themselves to a galaxy look, and they didn't disappoint!

Galaxy Nails with Spell Polish
Galaxy Nails with Spell Polish

06 November 2014

Spell Polish Eye of Newt, Lizard's Leg, and Tongue of Dog: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand that's new to this blog. Spell Polish comes out of New York, and I'll admit I was really excited when the maker Heatheraven contacted me. This brand has some of the best packaging in the industry (as you can see from this nail mail photo on my Instagram), and every time I look at the site, I get serious logo envy. But they also have a wide array of fun colours including holos, shimmers, glitters, multi chromes, and neons. I was sent three polishes from the "A Charm of Powerful Trouble" collection inspired by Macbeth.

Spell Polish
Spell Polish: Lizard's Leg, Tongue of Dog, Eye of Newt


05 November 2014

Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! In the indie scene, Mentality Nail Polish is known for their bare bones, minimal labelling and packaging, and their wide array of colours and finishes that are perfect for all kinds of nail art. Their "no frills" style is appealing and means that they are more affordable than many indie polishes on the market. I was fortunate enough to receive some gorgeous nail mail from Hillary and Danny, the husband and wife team behind the brand. So expect to see some Mentality features over the next few weeks on this blog!

Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art
Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Today I'm reviewing four polishes from their Glaze line - Yellow, Coral, Aqua and Red-Purple. I've also got some intricate geometric nail art for you, so make sure to check out the rest of the post!

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