Showing posts with label Quo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quo. Show all posts

01 July 2013

Happy Canada Day!

Hi everyone! First off, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. I've chosen the two winners via random draw so congrats to Tanya Jung and Jennifer Markus Lee. Please respond to my email within 48 hours.

I was really touched by all the nice comments and things many of you had to say about my blog, and the new followers and support. Giveaways make me nervous because I always worry that there's going to be a mass exodus after the giveaway. But hopefully some people will stick around! As long as these giveaways are drama free, I'll continue to do them because I enjoy them, and so do you! So if you didn't win this time, hopefully you will next time. :)



So happy Canada Day to all you Canucks and Canuck-wannabes who celebrate. I originally wasn't going to do a Canada Day manicure, but I remembered that I had Julep O Canada! waiting to be tried. Instead of going with the usual maple leaf, I decided to do some freehand hearts on sticks.

Canada Day nail art

Canada Day nail art with Coin Coin ring

For the red I used Quo Old Hollywood, one of my favourite all time reds. If you don't have access to Quo, Orly Forever Crimson is a dupe. The white is Sally Hansen White On, and I did a bit of black outlining on the hearts with Orly Liquid Vinyl. The glitter is the Julep of course - it's a clear based glitter topper with small red hexes and iridescent hexes. I love the simplicity of it.

Canada Day nail art

Canada Day nail art with Coin Coin ring

For the occasion I also thought I'd show off my ring I bought a while back from Coin Coin Designs & Co. It's my friend's company and she sells keepsake coin jewelry, I'm so proud of her, and I love her products. This ring has a nickel from the Canadian centennial designed by artist Alex Colville. It's the only year that the nickel had a rabbit on it. Isn't it cute!? I thought it was the perfect accessory for Canada Day. :)

Canada Day nail art

What do you think of this design? If you're Canadian, how did you celebrate Canada Day?

23 February 2013

Quo Spring Polishes, My Picks!

Hi everyone! I have a few new polishes from Quo, I'm pretty sure these are new spring releases. Quo is a brand by Orly that is exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix stores, a Canadian drugstore chain. So sorry international ladies, but I don't think these are available outside Canada. Most of the time Quo polishes seem to be dupes for Orly polishes, but in the case of these three I'm showing, I don't think there are Orly versions.

Quo nail polish (L-R): Prepster, Naked, and Super Cute

I normally don't buy Quo because I find that their nail polishes are overpriced. But there was a buy two get one free deal, and I believe it ends February 23rd (tomorrow). So if you are interested in them, try to get them asap, while the deal is still on. There were a few other new colours, but I picked up the three that were most appealing to me.

Naked is a nice pale nude creme. It's the closest I have in my collection to mannequin hands for my complexion. I can see myself using this when I need a "palette cleanser" or as a base for nail art. The formula was great and I used two coats here.

Quo Naked

Quo Naked

Super Cute might have a lame name (imo) but the colour is gorgeous. It's a nice dusty rose with a gold shimmer that looks like micro flakies. It was a bit sheer so I needed three coats for full coverage, but otherwise I had no issues with the formula. It's a nice girly colour, and it's a great spring and summer colour.

Quo Super Cute

Quo Super Cute

Prepster is my favourite colour out of the three, but I love blue so that's no surprise. It's a pale sky/aqua blue with a beautiful lavender/blue shimmer. But the formula is my least favourite. It's very sheer, and even with three coats there were still some patchy areas. I touched up those spots, so technically this is 3 1/2 coats. I don't know if I would have the patience to do 3-4 coats for a regular manicure, but I have a feeling this would be good for nail art. Perhaps another watercolour mani is in order. :)

Quo Prepster

Quo Prepster

Overall, I really like these colours as a spring line. So many companies are coming out with pastels and it's refreshing to see lighter colours that don't quite fit into the pastel category. As far as I know, Quo nail polish is only available at Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix stores and it retails for about $10.99, but it occasionally goes on sale.

What do you think of these colours? Canadians out there, have you tried Quo, and if so, what do you think of it?

Edit: It was pointed out to me by Manicure Addict on Instagram that Super Cute might be a dupe for Orly Preamp. I don't have that particular Orly polish, but based on the photos I've seen online they look very similar.

07 December 2012

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge, Day 7: Ornaments

Hi everyone! Up until this point of the challenge I've been able to get away with a solid colour or very simple manis (i.e. glitter gradients, or layered glitter polish). It's not ideal, but I really am a newbie when it comes to nail art. In fact I just bought my first nail art brush set and dotting tools set for this challenge. But with the theme of ornaments for today, I knew it was no longer possible to put off trying my hand at some freehand nail art.

Holiday ornaments nail art

This is my first attempt at using nail art brushes, so please be gentle! Here's the list of polishes I used for this design:

Avon Vintage Blue
Joe Fresh Starry
Gosh Galaxy
Essie Penny Talk
China Glaze Man Hunt
Quo Old Hollywood
Illamasqua Viridian
Essence Black is Back
Girly Bits January Morning

Whew, that's a lot! I started by painting my base colour, Vintage Blue. Then I sponged on a light layer of Starry, to give the blue a subtle silver holo shimmer. Then I painted in the ornaments using Galaxy, Penny Talk, Man Hunt, Old Hollywood, and Viridian. I don't necessarily think these were the best colours, these were just the colours I had on hand that seemed appropriate for a holiday design. I then followed with Black is Back, drawing in the strings as well as the outline around each ornament. I used the same small detail brush for all the ornaments, as well as the black outline. I finished off with a light layer of January Morning, which added a very subtle shimmer to the whole design without obscuring the ornaments.

Holiday ornaments nail art

I think the biggest challenge I had was the black strings and outlines. It seemed like I either had too much or too little polish on my brush. It was also hard to get very fine detail, despite the fact that I was using my smallest brush. I wonder if a special striping polish might work better. I might also try to find some tutorials on freehand nail art, but if you know of any, please feel free to share.
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