Showing posts with label indie nail polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label indie nail polish. Show all posts

29 July 2015

The Polish Bar Late Summer 2015 Collection (Partial), Swatches and Review

Hello everyone! I’m back with a few polishes from The Polish Bar’s Late Summer 2015 collection. I’ve had the pleasure to review The Polish Bar several times (hereherehere, and here) and these did not disappoint. The collection consists of seven polishes named after some gorgeous beaches scattered around the globe. I reviewed four - two holos and two crellies. In short, I found the crellies slightly difficult to work with, but still very good polishes. The holos are excellent and my favourite Polish Bar polishes to date.

The Polish Bar Late Summer 2015 Collection (Partial)
Read on for more details about each polish…

12 May 2015

Bellaluna Cosmetics Dreams Come True Collection (Partial), Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I've been absent I know - work and life has been keeping me busy. For the last several months I've been job hunting and I'm finally happy to say that I got a full time job for this school year (I teach university). Yay! I'll be honest, I don't know what it means for this blog but I'll post some sort of update when I am able to.

Bellaluna Dreams Come True collection (partial)

The Bellaluna Dreams Come True collection is based on Disney fairy tales. These have been out for awhile but they are still available, so if you see something you like, I encourage you to check out Samantha's Etsy shop. I'll review each polish individually then offer some thoughts at the end.

03 January 2015

Lynnderella Attitude Adjust-Mint, Swatches and Nail Art

Hi everyone! I was inspired by Peachy Polish's Lynnderella Monday series to pull out some of my own Lynnderella polishes. I don't show these polishes often, but they are some of my favourite in my collection. Every time I look at them, I want to mix up some glitter. To challenge myself I thought I'd do some simple nail art along with the swatches. I find glitters can be hard to incorporate into nail art.  Most of the time I end up doing accent nails with varying degrees of success. So we'll see how you feel about today's look. ;)

Lynnderella Attitude Adjust-Mint

22 December 2014

Bellaluna Cosmetics Holiday Glimmer and Snowden, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have a new indie brand on the blog tonight. Bellaluna Cosmetics is based in the US and opened their Etsy store last month. I was pleasantly surprised with their offerings - they have a nice selection of shimmers and glitters, and the quality is very good for a new brand. I got two polishes from the winter collection, but really you could enjoy these year round.

Bellaluna Snowden and Holiday Glimmer

19 December 2014

Cirque Colors Mirror Mirror, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! Cirque Mirror Mirror, a silver metallic flake topper, is certainly unique amongst the growing number of metallic polishes available on the market. Which explains why this beauty has been selling out so quickly. I had hoped to time my review to a recent restock, but the polish sold out too quickly. So if you are interested in this I highly recommend following Cirque, and subscribing to their newsletter.

Cirque Mirror Mirror

Instead of showing you the usual swatches, I decided to do some nail art instead. I created two looks with this polish, one easier and one more time consuming. Both I think take advantage of the unique properties of this polish.

08 December 2014

Cirque Colors Live It Up Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have the latest collection from Cirque Colors for you tonight. When it comes to indie polish, Cirque is known for their high quality lacquers, packaging and promotional material. I love splurging on their polishes, and I've never been disappointed by this brand. So of course I jumped at the opportunity to review them. The Live It Up collection is a set of five glitter toppers, perfect for the holidays and New Year.

Cirque Live It Up collection

04 December 2014

The Polish Bar Winter 2014 Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I'm back with a beautiful winter collection for you. When I think of holos, one of the brands that comes to mind is The Polish Bar. Janice always does such beautiful holos, ones that have the perfect balance of colour and rainbow effect. So I was very excited to see the gorgeous colours in her winter collection, which are paired with very celestial names. And I couldn't resist taking lots of pictures of these.

The Polish Bar Winter 2014 Collection

28 November 2014

The Latest From Renaissance Cosmetics: The Anniversary Collection

Hi everyone! Last night I showed you the Modern Vamp collection coming soon to my shop, and tonight I have the second collection to be released - the Anniversary Collection! That's right, I've been in business for a year now, and to celebrate I decided to release some polishes that I've been working on and am very excited about. I'm also having a sale this weekend, and you can get all the details at the end of this post.



27 November 2014

The Latest From Renaissance Cosmetics: The Modern Vamp Collection

Hi everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers. It's been a long time since I've released a themed collection in my shop. But with my dissertation finished I was able to mix up some new polishes, and finalize others which I had planned to release awhile ago but didn't have the time. So this Sunday, I'll be introducing not one, but two new collections.



25 November 2014

Aliquid Lacquer First Fantastiversary Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! You may have seen my reviews of Aliquid Lacquer on this blog. Well now the brand turns one, and Alison has put together three polishes for the occasion. I'll also be giving you the scoop on different deals and events running this week.

Aliquid Lacqeur Arsty, Dogged, and Gregarious
Aliquid Lacqeur Artsy, Dogged, and Gregarious

20 November 2014

Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time is the December contribution to Llarowe's A Box, Indied subscription box. I've had the pleasure of reviewing several Girly Bits polishes for this box, and all of them have been fabulous. This one is no different and fits the holiday theme of the box perfectly. I also decided to do some simple nail art with this polish, something that would be perfect for a holiday party or whenever you want a touch of shimmer.

Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time glitter gradient nail art
Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time glitter gradient nail art

15 November 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Thankfulness: Day Three, Glitter

Hi everyone! This week has been very busy as I've been gearing up for a Prototype Sale in my shop. I've been mixing up a lot of new polishes, so I thought I'd use two of them for some simple nail art.

Sketchy floral nail art
Sketchy floral nail art

As an indie maker (still feels weird to refer to myself that way) I get to play with glitter all the time. But if you told me two or three years ago that I'd have a ginormous glitter collection, I probably would have scoffed at you. Now I have glitters in every colour of the rainbow, in different sizes, finishes, even some cool shapes (although I'm not big into shape glitter). It's such a huge part of making polish, so tonight's mani is my glitter tribute.

09 November 2014

Classic Galaxy Nails With Spell Polish

Hi everyone! Earlier this week I showed you three polishes from Spell Polish's collection "A Charm of Powerful Trouble" inspired by Macbeth. I had a few ideas for these gorgeous blue colours. In the end I decided on monochromatic galaxy nails. The beautiful shimmers in each one really lend themselves to a galaxy look, and they didn't disappoint!

Galaxy Nails with Spell Polish
Galaxy Nails with Spell Polish

06 November 2014

Spell Polish Eye of Newt, Lizard's Leg, and Tongue of Dog: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Today I have a brand that's new to this blog. Spell Polish comes out of New York, and I'll admit I was really excited when the maker Heatheraven contacted me. This brand has some of the best packaging in the industry (as you can see from this nail mail photo on my Instagram), and every time I look at the site, I get serious logo envy. But they also have a wide array of fun colours including holos, shimmers, glitters, multi chromes, and neons. I was sent three polishes from the "A Charm of Powerful Trouble" collection inspired by Macbeth.

Spell Polish
Spell Polish: Lizard's Leg, Tongue of Dog, Eye of Newt


05 November 2014

Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Hi everyone! In the indie scene, Mentality Nail Polish is known for their bare bones, minimal labelling and packaging, and their wide array of colours and finishes that are perfect for all kinds of nail art. Their "no frills" style is appealing and means that they are more affordable than many indie polishes on the market. I was fortunate enough to receive some gorgeous nail mail from Hillary and Danny, the husband and wife team behind the brand. So expect to see some Mentality features over the next few weeks on this blog!

Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art
Mentality Nail Polish Glazes: Swatches, Review and Nail Art

Today I'm reviewing four polishes from their Glaze line - Yellow, Coral, Aqua and Red-Purple. I've also got some intricate geometric nail art for you, so make sure to check out the rest of the post!

31 October 2014

Splendor Lacquer: The Private Eyes Collection

Hi everyone! I have a new Canadian indie brand for you today that hails out of chilly Winnipeg, Manitoba. With so many new indies popping up everyday I am sometimes hesitant to review for new brands. However, Leslee, the maker won me over with her professionalism. I get a good sense from brands that are very organized and professional in their dealings with bloggers, because I know they will also treat customers that way too.

Splendor Lacquer - The Private Eyes Collection

07 October 2014

Aliquid Lacquer Puppy Love: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Tonight's review features a polish that is not only incredibly gorgeous, but also supports a good cause. Don't you love when that happens?! Aliquid Lacquer's Puppy Love is a limited edition polish only available in October for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Five dollars from every polish sold goes to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). If you haven't checked out Aliquid Lacquer's shop, you need to go change that now!

Aliquid Lacquer Puppy Love
Aliquid Lacquer Puppy Love

04 October 2014

Jindie Nails Tried & True Revisited

Hi everyone! I've been meaning to post more often but I've been spending a lot of time restocking polishes for the shop. I've also been feeling very down lately, something I need to guard against, especially as the days get shorter. If you have any tips on how to do that, I'd love to hear. :)

Jindie Nails Tried & True mix and match nail art
Jindie Nails Tried & True mix and match nail art

Tonight's post comes out of a Facebook group I'm a part of for fans of Jindie Nails. We're doing 31 days of Jindie, with a different prompt for each day. Today was my day and the prompt was "favourite crelly." So I decided to turn to one of the first crellies that got me hooked on the brand - Tried & True from the winter of 2012.

17 September 2014

KBShimmer Fall 2014: Flannel Surfing, How You Dune?, and Kiss and Spell

Hi everyone! KBShimmer released their latest collection on Monday, and in case you're still debating what to get, I have some swatches that might help. I look forward to seeing what they will come out with each season, and this collection has been particularly strong. Luckily, Harlow & Co. sent me some to review, so read on to hear my thoughts on these!



08 September 2014

Mrs. P's Nail Potions, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have another Canadian indie brand that's new to this blog. Mrs. P's Nail Potions hails from Edmonton (brrrr!!) and I've known about the brand for awhile but only recently got the chance to try them when Bree, the maker, reached out and asked me to review some.



The brand is mostly known for their thermal polishes (called mood potions), scented top coats, and colour-shifting sheer polishes. They also have some regular glitters and crellies with glitter. I was sent two thermals and a crelly to try out, so read on to hear my thoughts on these polishes.

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