Showing posts with label fuchsia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fuchsia. Show all posts

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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21 July 2013

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X, Swatches and Review, Part One

Hi everyone! I have the first part of the Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection. When I first saw the promotional images for this collection, I was immediately taken by the fun and bright colours, so I knew I had to share this on the blog! I had hoped to have swatches sooner, but unfortunately with the heat, swatching has been uncomfortable, and I struggled so much with these. I hope to have the second part either tomorrow or early next week.



About this collection: The collection is inspired by the 1995 Super Nintendo game Earthbound. I'm not familiar with the game because I never had a Super Nintendo set (although I did have an original Nintendo!), but I think you can still appreciate the collection for the vibrant colours and shimmery glitter combinations. The collection consists of two parts - the first part is five jellies packed with shimmer and glitter, while the second part is made up of two glitter toppers and three cremes. I'm showing you the second part of the collection today.

Apple Kid is a fuschia creme with a pink, and slightly purple shimmer. The formula is generally good, but there is some unevenness, which smooths out and becomes unnoticeable once you add top coat. I did notice on the side of the bottle what looks like some unmixed white pigment, so that may be the cause. It doesn't effect the look of the polish though, and the colour is still gorgeous. I used two coats here.

Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

I Miss You is a clear-based glitter topper with lots of pastel matte glitter and iridescent shimmer. As for the glitter there's squares, hearts, and butterflies. I feel like there's other similar polishes out there, but it is still very beautiful. There's a bit too much shape glitter and it wants to pile on the nail all at once. Other than that the formula is good. I used two coats here but one would work fine. I layered it over Tessie.

Rainbow Honey I Miss You

Rainbow Honey I Miss You


Magic Cake is another clear-based glitter topper with lots of shimmer, as well as matte neon blue, pink, and yellow square and hex glitter. I think this is a really fun combination, and probably not something I would have gravitated towards on my own. However, I'm glad I have it, because I don't really own anything like it! You're seeing one coat with a few touch ups layered over Mint Flavor.

Rainbow Honey Magic Cake

Rainbow Honey Magic Cake

Rainbow Honey Magic Cake


Mint Flavor is the perfect pastel mint, leaning towards robin's egg blue. It has a beautiful blue shimmer. I really love colours like this, but they always seem to be tricky to work with. This one was no exceptions - I used three coats and it didn't want to level completely. Otherwise the formula was not bad, and the unevenness is not noticeable once you have a coat of top coat.

Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor

Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor

Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor

Tessie is described as a periwinkle but it is more like a pastel lavender with a gorgeous pink and blue shimmer. It goes on quite smooth and I used two coats for full coverage. I would say out of the three cremes, this one has the best formula.

Rainbow Honey Tessie

Rainbow Honey Tessie

Overall, I really love this half of the collection. Had I bought them separately, I probably would have passed on I Miss You as I have other pastel glitter toppers that I like better. I like that the cremes all have nice shimmers that you can see on the nails.

What do you think of these? Did you get any polishes from this collection?

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?

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?

10 May 2013

Jindie Nails Matte Velvet Duo: Hot Pink Floyd and sTEALth, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have two more new releases from Jindie Nails. This time it's two matte finish polishes that are part of an ongoing series called Matte Velvet Polishes. According to the Jindie Nails website, these polishes are limited edition and will be replaced with other matte polishes.

I really love what Jen, the creator, has done here. The colours of these two polishes are gorgeous, and the glitter and shimmer added complements each one perfectly. Both polishes look great with a matte finish and with a top coat.

Jindie Nails sTEALth and Hot Pink Floyd

Swatches are shown both with and without a top coat (indicated in the captions).

Hot Pink Floyd is a bright, hot pink jelly that dries to a matte finish. It also has a pink shimmer and small hex and square iridescent glitter. I used three coats here, and as you can see there's still some visible nail line, however, it was less prominent in real life than in these photos. Otherwise the application was good and there weren't any problems.

Jindie Nails Hot Pink Floyd

Jindie Nails Hot Pink Floyd

Adding a top coat really accentuates the jelly-like quality of the polish and it has a very "squishy" look. I love it!

Jindie Nails Hot Pink Floyd (with top coat)

sTEALth is a gorgeous teal-coloured jelly with what appears to be a pink and teal shimmer, and small hex and square iridescent glitter. The shimmer looks like micro-flakes and overall this polish is very stunning - the colour, the finish, everything! I believe this was also three coats, but I'll admit I forgot to make a note of this when I took these photos. :/ Application was also good on this one and there were no issues to report.

Jindie Nails sTEALth

Jindie Nails sTEALth

One thing that I like about both polishes is that they have a very smooth finish - no streaking or unevenness. That's important if you are going to be wearing these without a top coat. However, if you are used to using a very quick-dry top coat (like Seche Vite) you will have to wait a bit longer for these to dry. The dry time is not slow, but it's not as quick as some other matte polishes I've tried.

Jindie Nails sTEALth (with top coat)

These polishes are available on the Jindie Nails website (currently out of stock) and from Llarowe. Jindie Nails is also available from Harlow & Co.Ninja Polish,  Femme Fatale Cosmetics, and Mei Mei's Signatures. Follow Jindie Nails on Facebook and Instagram (@jindienails) for updates and new releases.

What do you think of these? Do you like the matte finish or do you prefer them with a top coat?

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