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Showing posts with label coral. Show all posts

20 August 2013

New Cremes By Girly Bits: Lover's Coral, Mint To Be, and Private Dancer

Hi everyone! I'm always excited when indie brands come out with polishes that have a creme finish - not too many brands make them, and I feel like it gives customers more options, especially when they want to make an effort to support indie polish companies. So when Girly Bits, one of my favourite indies, released three cremes earlier this month, of course I took notice!

Girly Bits Cremes (l-r): Lover's Coral, Mint To Be, and Private Dancer

About these polishes: Pam, the owner of Girly Bits, writes about these polishes:
We decided to start to create our Girly Bits Cremes in part because of local demand for the right creme colour to use a base under our customers favourite Girly Bits glitters. Two of our new shades, Mint To Be and Lover's Coral, were created and used as favours at Pam's oldest daughter's bridal shower. The third shade, Private Dancer, came to be at a request from a customer looking for the perfect raspberry shade that she had been unable to find. (press release)
Luckily I was sent all three to review, because they are fabulous! The colours are rich and fun, the formula is perfect, and they're perfect on their own, for layering, and for nail art. In keeping with the idea behind the polishes, I decide to pull out three Girly Bits glitter toppers from my collection to pair with these colours.

Lover's Coral is a light peachy coral creme. I don't normally go for corals, but I found this to be very flattering and pretty. The formula is perfect - it goes on very smooth, provides good coverage and is completely self-leveling. These swatches show three coats. 

Girly Bits Lover's Coral

Girly Bits Lover's Coral

I decided to pair Lover's Coral with Spring It On Me! from the Spring it On Me! collection from earlier this year. (review here)

Girly Bits Spring It On Me! (over Lover's Coral)

Mint To Be is the perfect mint creme, it looks nice in the bottle but seems more vibrant and vivid on the nails. The formula on this one was also great - perfect consistency, and self-leveling. I used three coats here.

Girly Bits Mint To Be

Girly Bits Mint To Be

I paired this one with a newer Girly Bits glitter, Jini Goes Indie! This one goes perfectly with Mint To Be - the black, white and multi-coloured glitter topper could be paired with almost any base, but it has a gorgeous pink shimmer that complements the mint base perfectly.

Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie! (over Mint To Be)

Private Dancer is a magenta/raspberry creme. This one also has a great formula like the others. It goes on very smooth, levels perfectly and is very pigmented. I used two coats here. Like the others, I find this to be an attractive and flattering colour.
Note: the colour on this one was hardest to capture, these swatch photos are close, but the bottle shot in the first photo is the most accurate.

Girly Bits Private Dancer

Girly Bits Private Dancer

I paired Private Dancer with Heirloom from the Season of Sparkle collection (review here), and I love how well they go together! Heirloom would also look great over Mint To Be.

Girly Bits Heirloom (over Private Dancer)

Overall, I absolutely love these polishes. The colours are attractive and fun, the formula is great and they go on so smooth and glossy (you'll still need a top coat though). I also love that the colours go so well together, and I can't wait for more cremes from Girly Bits.

What do you think of these? Out of the three, which one is your favourite? And more importantly, what colours would you like to see Girly Bits do for future creme polishes?

Girly Bits polishes are available from their website, there you'll also find a list of distributors for other places to buy Girly Bits. Follow Girly Bits Cosmetics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and new releases.

*Products in this post provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more detail.*

14 August 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Ten, Gradient: Whole Lotta Girly Bits

Hi everyone! Apologies for the late post, I meant to post my challenge mani last night but I fell asleep editing photos, lol! I'm not sure how other bloggers feel, but editing photos is probably the most boring aspect of blogging for me. On the bright side, maybe it could cure a case of insomnia?! :P

Polishes used L-R: Girly Bits Lover's Coral, Mint To Be, and Private Dancer (not pictured Jini Goes Indie!),
OPI My Vampire is Buff

About this design: The other day I received an awesome nail mail package from Girly Bits Cosmetics, including their new creme polishes that were sent for review. I'll have swatches very soon, but in the mean time, here's a bit of a teaser. The colours are so fun and bright I had to use them right away, and since they look good together, combining them in a gradient seemed to be the perfect solution.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

I've done some regular gradients before, so I decided to challenge myself by taping off sections for a taped gradient design. My taping skills still need some work but overall this wasn't an extremely difficult design.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

How to get this look: I used OPI My Vampire is Buff as my base and sealed my pinky, middle and index nails with KBShimmer Clearly On Top - a fast dry top coat. I waited for about 30 minutes for that to dry before taping those sections off with scotch tape (tip: remove the tact by sticking the tape to your skin a few times).

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

The gradient was done with a makeup sponge and Girly Bits Private Dancer, Lover's Coral, and Mint to Be. The glitter on my ring and thumb nails is Girly Bits Jini Goes Indie! - a great multi-coloured glitter topper with pink shimmer.

Taped gradient featuring Girly Bits polishes

Overall, I'm really happy with how the colours worked well together. The coral and mint do not make for a smooth gradient, but they look great together nonetheless. My taping skills still need some work, my lines are not always even and my angles are off on my middle finger, but that's something I want to practice.

What do you think of this look? Have you tried a taped gradient design?

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10 July 2013

Dior Vernis Sparkling Shine 2013 Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! The Dior Sparkling Shine collection came out several months ago (March maybe?), and while it was love at first sight, I held off buying them right away. Let's face it, one or two Dior polishes is a nice splurge for me, but four...ouch! Luckily I was able to get these with Shoppers Optimum points, and it was well worth the wait.

This collection consists of four glossy, shimmery polishes perfect for spring and summer. There are also four corresponding Dior Addict Gloss lip glosses, which I wasn't able to get.

Dior Vernis Sparkling Shine Collection

The formula on all of these was great. They go on very smooth and evenly, requiring 2-3 coats for full coverage. I didn't have any issues with streaking and they dry to a glossy shine, of course I put top coat on them anyways. All four have the same shimmer - it's a silver/gold/pink shimmer that some bloggers have called "glass flecked". The shimmer is what really makes these polishes stand out for me, and they are the perfect complement to the Dior Addict Gloss lip glosses - which I'm totally in love with.

The only down side of these polishes, in my opinion, is the brush. It's a wide, thick, rounded brush that should be perfect for applying polish with minimal strokes. However, I find it holds way too much polish, and is a bit too big for my smaller nails, therefore, I had a hard time keeping the polish out of my cuticles.

Délice (433) is a light coral-red with flecks of silver, peach, pink, and gold shimmer. I didn't think I would like this, but it's very saturated and bright - the perfect colour for summer. I used three coats here.

Dior Vernis Délice 443

Dior Vernis Délice 443

Dior Vernis Délice 443

Diablotine (643) is a cherry red with slight magenta undertones and a red, pink, and gold shimmer. This is by far my favourite out of the four, and for me the perfect red for any time of the year. I only needed two coats for full coverage.

Dior Vernis Diablotine 643

Dior Vernis Diablotine 643

Dior Vernis Diablotine 643

Princess (553) is a dusty pink with a silver, pink, and gold shimmer like the others. It's a very feminine colour without being too bright. I used two coats here but there's still some thin patches, so three would be preferable.

Dior Vernis Princess 553

Dior Vernis Princess 553

Dior Vernis Princess 553

Spring Ball (343) is a light peach hue that leans slightly towards pink. It has the same shimmer as the others. I found it more saturated than Princess, and very flattering with my skin tone. I used three coats for these swatches.

Dior Vernis Spring Ball 343

Dior Vernis Spring Ball 343

Dior Vernis Spring Ball 343

Overall, I'm very happy with this collection. The colours are gorgeous and flattering and the formula on all four is excellent. If you don't mind splurging for Dior polishes, it's worth picking up at least one to have in your collection. My favourite is Diablotine, followed closely by Spring Ball.

Which one is your favourite? Did you pick up any of these polishes?

28 May 2013

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?
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