Showing posts with label Models Own. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Models Own. Show all posts

05 April 2014

GOT Polish Challenge, Pastels: Springtime Florals So Adorable They Defy Categorization!!!

Hi everyone! This title might be a *slight* exaggeration. This is my way of saying, "I don't know what to call this design!" Earlier in the year I started the GOT Polish Challenge, but unfortunately I fell off the bandwagon. Basically you are supposed to use older polishes in your collection - which falls in line with my goal to use what I have instead of buying new polishes. So I'm going to try and jump back into the challenge, at least as much as I can.

Adorable springtime flowers

06 June 2013

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Collection, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I recently got my hands on the entire Models Own Ice Cream Sundae collection. I bought a few from Harlow & Co. and then was able to get the rest when Nail Polish Canada started carrying the brand. Sometimes with the hype around new collections we forget about past collections that were good but didn't necessarily get the attention they deserve. The Ice Cream Sundae collection I believe came out last year. There's a newer collection of pastels called the Fruit Pastel collection, but unfortunately I don't own those, so I can't compare the two.

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Collection

So far I've been really happy will all the Models Own polishes that I have. In Canada they retail for $8, which makes them a bit more affordable than some other polish brands. I find their cremes are good basics for nail art and for wearing under glitters, and their shimmers and glitters very beautiful. So if you are interested in any of these read on for my thoughts!

Beth's Blue is a pastel blue, almost a cornflower blue. I really love colours like this, but have a hard time finding pale blues that aren't streaky and sheer. This one had a great formula and the consistency was perfect. It went on very smooth and was completely self-leveling. I used 2 coats here.

Models Own Beth's Blue

Models Own Beth's Blue

Fuzzy Peach is a pastel orange that has hints of coral. It is one of the brightest colours of the collection. I needed three coats for full coverage - it was a bit streaky still after two coats, but with the third I had a perfect finish. Otherwise it has a good formula and was completely self-leveling.

Models Own Fuzzy Peach

Models Own Fuzzy Peach

Jade Stone was the first one I bought of the collection, I loved it so much that I had to get the rest. I showed it previously in a dot manicure, which you can find here. Jade Stone is a beautiful pastel jade/mint green. The formula and consistency was perfect - very smooth and self-leveling. I used two coats for full coverage.

Models Own Jade Stone

Models Own Jade Stone

Lemon Meringue is a pastel lemon yellow. Yellows can be really tricky but I love this on it's own and underneath glitter polishes. The formula was a bit thick as you can probably tell from the photos, so next time I'll add some thinner. Otherwise the formula was great like the others. I used three coats here.

Models Own Lemon Meringue

Models Own Lemon Meringue

Lilac Dream is a warm-toned pale lavender. This is two coats and the formula was great, very even and self-leveling. Another great colour for spring and summer.

Models Own Lilac Dream

Models Own Lilac Dream

Pastel Pink is exactly as the name states, a good pale bubblegum pink. I found it a tad thick at times, but it worked out in the end. The formula was great like the others, and I needed three coats for full coverage.

Models Own Pastel Pink

Models Own Pastel Pink

Overall I really like these colours. They are not groundbreaking, but if you like pastels, you might want to give some of these a try. I found them perfect for wearing under the fun glitters that have been coming out this spring, so expect to see them again in future posts!

Models Own is available directly from their website. In Canada they are available from Nail Polish Canada and Harlow & Co.

What do you think of these? Do you own any of the polishes from this collection?

30 May 2013

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?

29 March 2013

Spring Dot Manicure with Models Own

Hi everyone! I should be bringing you another review for the Born Pretty Store, but I've been very tired lately, so that will have to wait until tomorrow or the weekend. Yesterday I got three new (to me) Models Own polishes with my Harlow & Co. order, and I couldn't resist combining them in some sort of design. And since I've been so tired / overwhelmed / overworked etc., I wanted to keep it simple. I realized I haven't done a dot manicure for awhile, hence today's mani!

Spring dot manicure with Models Own

For this manicure, I used Models Own Jade Stone, Soda Pop Pink and Utopia. They are not new colours, I believe they are part of the core line, but I found them perfect for spring! And I was pleasantly surprised how well they went together, especially Jade Stone and Soda Pop Pink.

Note that the colours are slightly more saturated than they are showing up in my photos. Sorry! :/

But a bit about these polishes...

Models Own Jade Stone, Utopia, and Soda Pop Pink

Jade Stone is a pale mint creme leaning slightly towards a robin egg blue. I really love the colour on this one, it's so fresh and just right for spring. I used two coats here and the formula was perfect - very creamy, smooth, and perfectly self-leveling.

Spring dot manicure with Models Own

Soda Pop Pink is a pale bubblegum pink. It's not very bright, nor is it a pastel, I guess it's just somewhere in the middle. I really love this colour, and it's very flattering and girly without coming across as barbie doll pink. It was a bit more sheer than the others so I used three coats, but otherwise the formula was great - also very smooth and self-leveling.

Utopia is a very, very pale lavender-grey. I think this will be a great polish for nail art and for when I need a "palette cleanser". It was thicker than the others so I needed to add a few drops of thinner, but it was fine after that. I used two coats and I found that there was a bit of bubbling (which disappears when you add a top coat), but otherwise a very good polish and great coverage for a lighter colour.

Spring dot manicure with Models Own

I really love how this turned out, and it's fun to do some simple nail art every now and then. There was some feathering on the dots even though I waited for it to dry, which was a downer. :( Hopefully you can't notice it too much.

What do you think of this? Have you tried Models Own?

21 February 2013

Celtic Knots and Studs!

Hi everyone! I have a new design tonight that didn't turn out 100% perfect (I mean they never do) but I'm very proud of it nonetheless. When I got a few Models Own polishes the other week (see my swatches and review here and here) Green Tea stood out as a classic Irish green. And that made me think of Celtic knots. And yesterday, when I bought the OPI Euro Central collection, I saw the perfect polish to pair it with.

Celtic knot manicure

This design seems appropriate with St. Patrick's Day coming up, but I don't think of this strictly as a holiday design, which is why I'm sharing it now and not in a few weeks.

Celtic knot manicure

I started with OPI My Vampire is Buff from the new Euro Central collection. I'll have swatches and a review soon-ish. I then did a layer of top coat before doing my design. The studs are 3mm squares that I got from the Born Pretty Store (see my review here). The Celtic knots were done freehand with, as I mentioned, Models Own Green Tea.

Celtic knot manicure

To do the knots I just worked carefully and slowly. I actually did each design three times. First, I laid out the design with very thinned down polish, using nail polish thinner. That way if I messed up it wouldn't be too difficult to cover up. Then I went over it again two more times just to define the lines and make them darker. Each time I had to add a bit of thinner to the polish. I found if I used the polish straight from the bottle it dried too fast and would not do a neat line.

Celtic knot manicure

Celtic knot manicure

But I ran into a few challenges along the way. I messed up on my ring finger - I originally tried a design that was too intricate and wouldn't fit on my nail. So I had to try and cover my mistakes, which is why that design looks a bit blurry. But overall I'm happy with how it turned out. I was really nervous to start the design in the first place, and it could have been a complete disaster! So maybe you'll see more Celtic knot work in my designs in the future! :)

So what do you think? Any tips or advice for doing intricate designs?

*Some of the products in this post were provided for swatching/reviewing purposes.*

12 February 2013

Blue and Gold Skittle Manicure

Hi everyone! Tonight's post is a very quick one. I'm invigilating a midterm exam tomorrow, and I have to get up a bit earlier than usual. But I think this design is pretty straightforward.



When I was swatching the Models Own polishes last week, I knew that I wanted to use them in some nail art. I like blue and gold together, so I used Models Own True Blue as the base polish for some designs in gold.



For my index and pinky finger I used Stripe Rite polish in gold. The design on my index finger comes from a duvet I bought at Ikea. It's supposed to be a fish scale design but drawn rather imprecisely like a sketch. But it doesn't really fit this design. If I redid this I would make the fish scale pattern more precise and regular. On my middle finger I used Orly Luxe and some saran wrap to dab the polish on the nail. My ring finger has 2mm round studs from the Born Pretty Store.



I like this design because it was very quick, and it was nice to get some ideas out of my head. What do you think? Do you ever appreciate a design because it was quickly done?

*Product(s) in this post were provided for review and swatching purposes. See my disclosure policy for more details.* 

08 February 2013

Models Own Swatches, Part Two

Hi everyone! As promised I have more Models Own swatches to show you. As much as I loved the cremes that I previously posted, I'll admit that the ones I'm showing today really made me ooh and ah! These are such gorgeous polishes I'm just going to jump right into it. :)

Models Own Southern Lights, Hayley's Comet, and Northern Lights

Hayley's Comet: From the Beetlejuice collection, this is such a difficult polish to describe - it's quite the chameleon. It's a multi-chrome polish, which in the bottle and first coat appears to be a sienna brown/fuchsia/green colour shifter. But the final mani looks more like a fuchsia/purple duochrome with an ice blue shimmer. I've never come across a polish where it was so difficult to pinpoint the colour. Let's just say it's *AMAZING* and leave it at that, eh!!? It's slightly sheer but covers surprisingly well. I used three coats for these swatches but you could get away with two. I had no issues with the formula, it applied like a dream.

Models Own Hayley's Comet

Models Own Hayley's Comet

Models Own Hayley's Comet

Northern Lights: From the Wonderland collection, this is a clear-based glitter polish made up of fine dusty rose and holographic glitter. You could probably get full coverage with two-three coats but I chose to layer it over another polish to bring out the colour of the glitter. This is one coat over Quo Naked, a light nude colour. I found the polish a bit thick for my taste so I added a few drops of thinner, otherwise I had no issues with the application. As a bonus, I was able to get a photo of this in the sunlight (something we don't see too often in Canada in the winter time), and I loved how this polish really lit up.

Models Own Northern Lights

Models Own Northern Lights
Models Own Northern Lights (sunlight)

Southern Lights: Also from the Wonderland collection, this is the exact same as Northern Lights, only with lavender glitter. It also has holo glitter. The holo effect in both glitter polishes is very prominent, but it's not meant to be a linear holo. I used one coat over Zoya Dove, and I really love how the lavender stands out over the pale grey. The application was perfect, but like Northern Lights, I did add a bit of thinner. But a bonus for both glitter polishes: very easy removal.

Models Own Southern Lights

Models Own Southern Lights

Overall, my first experience with Models Own polishes has been great. I love the colours, the excellent formula, and almost effortless application. They are also a great value, retailing for $8 at Harlow & Co., which in Canada makes them cheaper than many drugstore brands.

Models Own is available in various places in the UK, but for those of you outside the UK, it's available also through Harlow & Co. They ship internationally, and orders over $50 ship free!


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

06 February 2013

Models Own Swatches, Part One

Hey everyone! I've been interested in trying Models Own polishes for a while. I recently received my prize package from the Wah Nails 12 Days of Wah challenge, which included some Models Own nail art supplies and only fuelled my interest in this brand. Unfortunately, for those of us outside the UK, ordering directly from Models Own is very expensive. But fortunately, Harlow & Co. carries a good selection of Models Own and shipping rates are much more reasonable. So when Katie from Harlow & Co. contacted me and asked if I would be interested in swatching some Models Own polishes, of course I said yes!!

Models Own Green Tea, True Blue, and Nude Beige

She sent me an awesome package of some cremes, glitters, and one duochrome polish. I'm showing you the cremes today and will save the glittery / shimmery stuff for another day. ;) I'm also interested in using these polishes for nail art, so stay tuned for some future posts, hopefully later this week or early next week.

All swatches are two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

Nude Beige: This is a medium-toned nude creme with hints of mauve. It's a bit cool-toned, and on me very flattering with my skin tone. The consistency was perfect - very creamy and smooth, almost a one coater! Also it was completely self-leveling. I love this one on its own, but it would also be perfect for some sophisticated nail art, maybe a tape mani or some half moons.

Models Own Nude Beige

Models Own Nude Beige

Green Tea: This is a vibrant kelly/irish green creme. It dries to a very smooth semi-matte finish, which was unexpected. But unlike other matte polishes I've tried, this was excellent in terms of application. It applies smooth and even, and is completely self-leveling. It also dries fast, but not so fast that it's drying while you apply it! I love the very vibrant and unique colour on this one. It's perfect on it's own but would also make for some awesome Saint Patrick's Day nail art! (Note: This polish is very difficult to capture accurately. It's a bit more vibrant than you see in these photos.)

Models Own Green Tea

Models Own Green Tea

True Blue: This was my favourite of the bunch, but that's expected since I love blue. This is a gorgeous cobalt blue creme. Like the others, it applied evenly and was completely self leveling. It's also very pigmented. This was almost a one coater for me, and I'm sure if you are careful when applying you could totally pull it off with just one coat! I could see myself wearing this on its own and using it for nail art.

Models Own True Blue

Models Own True Blue

Currently Harlow & Co. is having a promo where you get a free Models Own lip balm with any purchase of a Models Own polish. Since Katie included one in my package, I thought I would let you know about it. I'm prone to really dry, chapped lips in the winter, so I've tried a lot of lip balms. Most of them provide temporary relief but don't really do anything to improve your lips. I find this lip balm very nourishing and actually does improve my lips in the long run. After a day of using it, my lips were less dry and chapped, even when I was no longer wearing it. It also comes in a cute compact with a mirror inside. I love it! I got the coconut scent which has a nice smell but is not overpowering.

Models Own Lip Balm

Models Own is available in various places in the UK, but for those of you outside the UK, it's available also through Harlow & Co. They ship internationally, and orders over $50 ship free!

What do you think of these polishes, do you own any Models Own?

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


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