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18 October 2013

WingDust Collections: Lilacs in June, Plum Outta Ideas, and Summer Storm

Hi everyone! I have some gorgeous polishes from WingDust Collections today. If you haven't tried this indie brand yet, you must seriously do so. I would say it's probably one of my favourite indie brands, I feel like every polish is a work of art in a bottle. And I'm not just saying that because it's a Canadian brand, although I do love my Canadian indies! ;)

I haven't shown some WingDust polishes in awhile, but it's mainly because reviews and challenge manis seem to take up much of my time these days. However, when I was editing these photos, it made me want to pull out my untrieds from this brand and swatch them all.

WingDust Collections Summer Storm, Lilacs in June and Plum Outta Ideas

The formula on these were the same. I was able to get full coverage in three coats, and each polish has an excellent formula. They go on very smooth and evenly, with just the perfect amount of glitter - not too little that you can't see it, not too much that the polish is lumpy. Stephanie (the maker) has really perfected her formula for glitter polishes in a creme/shimmer base. I am never disappointed and these are no exception.

Lilacs in June is a dusty pink with a very subtle blue shimmer, as well as a glitter mixture of lime green, periwinkle, lavender,  and some purple hexes in various sizes. Some of the glitter is also holographic and iridescent. I love how feminine and delicate this is. This was 3 coats.

WingDust Collections Lilacs in June

WingDust Collections Lilacs in June

Plum Outta Ideas is an amazing burgundy jelly with fine gold shimmer, and small pink, purple and gold glitter. This is such a perfect colour for any time of year, but especially the fall when I want to be wearing darker colours. 3 coats.

WingDust Collections Plum Outta Ideas

WingDust Collections Plum Outta Ideas

WingDust Collections Plum Outta Ideas

Summer Storm is grey with a purple shimmer, and a beautiful mixture of glitter - silver, pink, fuchsia, purple, and lavender hexes and circles in different sizes. It's a fun play on neutral colours, and I've always loved grey-purple colour combinations, so this was perfect for me.

WingDust Collections Summer Storm

WingDust Collections Summer Storm

Again, all polishes were perfect, really no issues in application. Although the shimmers are subtle in some cases, they are all noticeable on the nail. Out of the three, I feel it's hard to select my favourites but I think it's a toss up between Summer Storm and Plum Outta Ideas.

What do you think of these? Have you tried WingDust Collections yet?

WingDust Collections is available through their Etsy store and Llarowe. Follow WingDust on Facebook and Instagram (@Wingdust) for updates and news.

*Lilacs in June and Plum Outta Ideas were purchased by me. Summer Storm was a gift, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

05 October 2013

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere: Part Three, Saturday Night Live

Hi everyone! As usual I'm behind on my 31 Day Challenge post, but I have a lot of swatches I need to post, so it all works out. Tonight I have the third and final instalment of the Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere collection, this time inspired by Saturday Night Live. Don't forget to check out the rest of this collection with the Bones and the Family Guy-inspired polishes. There was also the OVbunEN/Elephant Shoe duo released at the same time. I know that these polishes are starting to show up at the various stockists, and they are worth checking out!

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection - inspired by Saturday Night Live

I'll admit out of the three shows that this collection draws from, Saturday Night Live is the only one I'm not familiar with. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I've never seen an episode. However, that didn't stop me from appreciating the polishes in this collection - they are absolutely amazing. If you love holos, you will certainly love these!

D!ck in a Box is a mid-tone steel grey linear holo. The polish has green undertones - more noticeable in direct light - and a strong holo effect that is just stunning. The formula was excellent and it went on very evenly. I used 3 coats although 2 would also work.

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

More Cowbell is a blue-grey linear holo, also with a strong holo effect. I love grey-blues, so this was an instant favourite for me. The formula on this was also great - I experienced some patchiness on the second coat, but the third covered it up. It also went on very smooth and has a perfect consistency. 3 coats.

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Well Isn't That Special is a purple linear holographic polish with subtle flakies. Whereas Bird is the Word (Family Guy collection) is more of a warm-toned purple, this is more of a cool-toned purple. The flakies are noticeable and make this unique in my books. The holo effect I would say is more of a medium holo - not as strong as the other two in this part. Application was excellent and I had no issues with this. 3 coats.

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

I know I've said this before, but the Fall Season Premiere collection is one of my favourite collections so far from Girly Bits. I just feel like there are so many great polishes, and something to fit different tastes and moods. Also there really wasn't a polish that I had issues with in terms of application, and that is always great to experience.

What do you think of these? You already know my favourite is More Cowbell, but what's yours?

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.*

29 September 2013

Girly Bits Elephant Shoe and OVbunEn, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! It's Sunday morning here, and not my usual posting time, but I wanted to show you this new duo by Girly Bits. Elephant Shoe and OVbunEN were released along with the Fall Season Premiere collection but are separate. They are great in that they go perfectly together but are versatile enough to be paired with other polishes as well. You can buy these polishes individually or as a duo from the Girly Bits website.

Girly Bits Elephant Shoe and OVbunEN

According to the Girly Bits website both shades were inspired by expecting friends, and they certainly have a springtime/baby shower vibe. Although they don't go with the dark vampy colours and shimmers we've been seeing this fall, I love muted pastels and greys so you won't see me complaining! ;)

Elephant Shoe is a mid-tone neutral grey creme. The application was perfect and it was completely self-leveling. This was 3 coats. It's a nice neutral colour for nail art, and I've already used it several times, for example in my "dusk blue skittlette" from last week. It's also a great base for glitter polishes and would go well with a variety of colours.

Girly Bits Elephant Shoe

Girly Bits Elephant Shoe

OVbunEN is a clear-based glitter topper with matte yellow, pink, baby blue, and periwinkle glitter in hexes, diamonds, and circles. There's also tiny holo glitter that gives shimmery effect, and iridescent bars that you don't see until the light hits them. I have quite a few pastel glitter toppers but this one is completely unique, I love it! The application was excellent and I had no trouble getting enough glitter out or spreading it evenly on the nail. I used 1 coat over Elephant Shoe in the first photo, and Julep Bunny in the second and third.

Girly Bits OVbunEN (over Elephant Shoe)

Girly Bits OVbunEN (over Julep Bunny)

Girly Bits OVbunEN (over Julep Bunny)

What do you think of this duo? Would you wear them in the fall or are you a seasonal colours person?

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.*

25 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Twenty-Two, Inspired By A Song: Yesterday

Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone for the kind words yesterday regarding my piCture pOlish Blog Fest award. It really means a lot to me. I've been very bad about not responding to comments, but I hope to catch up in the next day or two.

Today's challenge was another one I struggled with. The prompt asks you to do nail art that is inspired by a song. I have seen people do more literal representations of songs, and others do interpretations that are broader and only take the song as a starting point. I would think this design falls into the latter category.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

About this design: I took the Beatles' song "Yesterday" as my inspiration. Specifically I was interested in the idea of an end to a love affair. The idea is that love can be described as "la vie en rose" which is a French expression meaning "life through rose-coloured glasses." The grey represents the shadow that encroaches on life after love ends. I designed it so that it would be read from left to right.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly
Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday...

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

To get this look: My first step was to sketch the fracture, then I painted my nails with the base colours, Misa Blueberry Blast and Girly Bits Elephant Shoe (for the grey), being very careful when I got near the fracture. I painted the grey stripes with Elephant Shoe, Orly Liquid Vinyl (black), and Sally Hansen White On, mixing them to get the shades of grey I wanted. The roses were painted with Misa Lovely Lychee, Ripe Rashberry and Lime Love. I then repainted the fracture line.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired By A Song

I'm not sure if this really represents the song, but as I said, it was inspired by it, so technically that counts. Regardless, I really like this design and love how it looks on the nails.

What do you think of this? What song would you chose for this prompt?

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08 June 2013

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! For only one polish, this post is fairly picture heavy! Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer was kind enough to include this polish in my last order, and I can't believe it took me so long to try it! Man Eater is a classic glitter bomb, and while I love Lumina Lacquer polishes, my initial impression of this polish was lukewarm. I initially tried it over a lighter polish, as you can see below. But it wasn't until I layered it over a darker polish that it really popped! I then added some nail art on the accent nails, and ta-da! Each time I try this polish, I love it more and more!

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater

Man Eater is a clear-based polish with a mixture of matte grey, black, and silver holographic glitter. There's micro-glitter, hexes, moons, stars, hearts, and tiny bars. The glitter is perfectly suspended, and I had great glitter payoff in just one coat. No issue with the formula, just a little bit of fussing to make sure it spreads out fairly evenly. One thing to note is that the grey glitter is predominate, while the holo glitter is more like an accent. At first this rather bothered me, but after awhile it grew on me, and it makes the polish more unique, in my opinion.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Full Steam Ahead)

I first layered it over Essie Full Steam Ahead from the Summer 2013 Collection. Meh, what can I say!? It looks okay, but the glitter doesn't really stand out.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Full Steam Ahead)

I then tried it over Essie Midnight Cami, a dark midnight blue. I think this polish is really strong layered over a darker base colour. I could also see it over black, or a dark purple or green. For the accent nails I decided to do a water-spotted water marble using some colours that would complement the glitter in Man Eater.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

For the two accent nails I started with a base of Zoya Dove, a pale grey. Then I used the following polishes for the water marble: Liquid Sky Lacquer Tripindicular (a magenta holo), Essie Midnight Cami, Zoya Jules, and A-England Dorian Gray. I used hairspray to break up the polish and create a spotted/irregular effect.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (over Essie Midnight Cami)

I really love how this turned out. I told you I wanted to explore this water-spotted water marble technique and I love how it turned out here. My middle finger looks looks so unique! And Man Eater provides the perfect accompaniment.

Lumina Lacquer Man Eater (Ring from Joe Fresh)

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, through Norway Nails, and Mei Mei's Signatures. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think of this? Are you tired of my messed up water marbles?! :P

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

11 April 2013

Pahlish Coney Island Queen Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I don't think I've made it a secret how much I love the indie brand Pahlish. Out of all the indies I own (heck, out of all the polishes in general), my Pahlish collection reigns supreme. I was just updating my spreadsheet today (which I know I need to post!), and I own more Pahlish than any other brand in my collection, including OPI, China Glaze, and even Julep with their cheap add ons! Every collection that Shannon comes out with just gets better and better.

The latest collection, the Coney Island Queen collection, is no exception. It reminds me of the pastel speckled polishes that a number of the bigger brands have come out with recently, only this collection is by far more interesting and intriguing in my books. It also has more variation and I think there's something here that almost everyone can appreciate.

Pahlish Coney Island Queen collection

I should also mention that the collection is inspired by the lyrics and style of the singer Lana Del Rey. So if you like her music you might appreciate the polishes for that reason. Me, I've tried to get into her music, but so far I just can't, I don't know what it is. Maybe I'm getting old! ;) But nonetheless, I still appreciate the collection.

The formula on all of these were consistent, so I'll discuss that first before getting into each one. All six polishes are cremes with shimmers, and the majority also have small sized glitter. For each swatch I used three coats plus a top coat. I found that almost all needed the three coats, but there were a few where you could get away with two. Every single polish in this collection applied flawlessly, they were very creamy and smooth, also perfectly self-leveling. I did find that when these polishes settle, they tend to get thicker, which is common for indies, so make sure you give it a good shake before applying and in between coats.

Anticipating and Pacing seems to be the one that stands out in this collection since it's darker and more vibrant, and yet it also works perfectly. The base colour is a berry red, kinda muted, but reminds me of the colour of strawberries. It has a red shimmer in the form of micro-flakes and royal blue tiny and small hex glitter. I know it wasn't intended but this makes me think of berries. :)

Pahlish Anticipating and Pacing

Pahlish Anticipating and Pacing

Coney Island Queen is a nude creme with a gold shimmer. The shimmer is very prominent and made up of gold micro-flakes - it's absolutely gorgeous! I really love nude indies and this is one of my favourites! It's a great colour, and unlike many nudes it's not boring at all.

Pahlish Coney Island Queen

Pahlish Coney Island Queen

His Favorite Sundress is a pale pastel coral with gold shimmer and gold micro-flakes. The shimmer is not as prominent as you see in Coney Island Queen. There are also small orange square and hex glitter. This isn't a colour I normally gravitate towards because I feel it's not as flattering as cooler toned colours, but I really enjoyed this! It's a very nice spring colour.

Pahlish His Favorite Sundress

Pahlish His Favorite Sundress

Mind Like a Diamond is a mid-toned grey with darker grey flakes and a purple-rose-gold shimmer. At first it looks like just a plain grey, but the shimmer really makes this a stand-out for me. The shimmer (especially the purple) is very prominent as you can see from my pictures and it's a beautiful complement to the grey.

Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond

Pahlish Mind Like a Diamond

Singing in the Garden is a pale green with green shimmer and small green hex and square glitter. The polish is not so much of a mint green, but more like a pale grassy green if that makes sense. If I hold it up to a colour like Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, the Pahlish is a tad more muted in tone. The shimmer is also in the form of tiny micro-flakes and there is the very oh-so-subtle hints of purple in it.

Pahlish Singing in the Garden

Pahlish Singing in the Garden

Sugar Venom is a muted bubblegum pink with tiny and small magenta square glitter. It also has pink micro-flakes that have a purple shimmer to them when they hit the light. I love how this is very girly, but not Barbie convertible type of girly! 

Pahlish Sugar Venom

Pahlish Sugar Venom

This collection is available from the Pahlish Etsy store and Llarowe, however, you can only buy the full collection at a discount on Etsy. In terms of the Etsy store, if anything is out of stock, you can message Shannon and she'll get back right away. And despite the fact that this is a fairly new collection, there's going to be a bunch of new polishes released on Etsy this Friday April 12th, including a new April Showers duo. If you're interested check out the Pahlish Facebook page for more details and pictures.

What do you think of this collection? Any stand out to you?
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