Showing posts with label jelly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jelly. Show all posts

24 April 2014

The Neverending Pile Challenge: Day 5, Jelly: Sunsational Spring Flowers

Hi everyone! I sort of fell off the wagon last week when it comes to the challenges I'm participating in. I find it difficult to do five posts for the Digit-al Dozen, plus do additional posts on top of that. So I'm playing a bit of catch up. Tuesday, I finished a bunch of work that had been hanging over my head, so yesterday I took the day off and got some swatching done, plus I was able to do two challenge manis. It felt really good.

Sunsational Spring Flowers

24 January 2014

Introducing the Renaissance Custom Lacquer Love...Everyday Collection

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been MIA lately. I have no excuse besides laziness and spending a bit too much time with Netflix...that thing is totally addicting.

I have the new Valentine's Day collection from my indie brand, Renaissance Cosmetics. These polishes will go on sale tomorrow, Friday January 24th, at 12pm (noon) EST at Renaissance Cosmetics. At the same time we'll be restocking the popular L'Hiver! So if you missed out the first time, now is your chance to get it!

Renaissance Custom Lacquer Love...Everyday Collection

Check out the rest of this post for more about the collection, as well as a bunch of swatches!

07 January 2014

Wing Dust Collections, Swatches and Review: I Ain't No Angel, I Can See Your Holo, and Waking Dream

Hi everyone! Now that all my end of the year/beginning of the year blog posts are out of the way, I can get back to regular blog posts. And for you that means swatches! Even better - all three of these polishes are included in my giveaway! Stephanie, the maker of Wing Dust Collections, was kind enough not only to donate some polishes for the giveaway, but she also sent an extra set so that I could blog about them!



All three of these polishes are stunning as I've come to expect from Wing Dust Collections. Beautiful shimmers, poetic names, and ethereal colours and glitters.

30 October 2013

Jindie Nails Fall Chic Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have another great collection from Jindie Nails for you. As I've come to expect from the brand, these all have beautiful colours and glitters, with perfect application, and clever names. I also love that they are not what you would typically expect from a fall collection - there's not a vampy red or brown in sight!

Jindie Nails Fall Chic Collection for 2013

26 September 2013

Different Dimension, Silenced the Lambs - Halloween 2013 Collection

Hi everyone! Are you ready for some new Different Dimension polishes!? Ever since I saw the first swatches online of the Different Dimension Fall and Halloween collections, I've been really excited about these polishes. So you can imagine how giddy I was to open up my blogger package from Missi, the maker, and see these in person. If you've passed over these new collections, I encourage you to take a second look. I have the Halloween collection for you tonight, and I hope to have the Fall 2013 collection up next week.

Different Dimension, Silenced the Lambs - Halloween 2013 Collection

As you may guess from the title, the Halloween collection is inspired by the film Silence of the Lambs. Fun fact: Silence of the Lambs was originally released on Valentine's Day (creepy!) and nowhere near Halloween. :)

Good Evening Clarice is a pale mint linear holo polish that also glows in the dark. The holo is subtle but still noticeable and adds a nice effect to the polish - in most lights it will look shimmery. Formula-wise it goes on very smooth and evenly, however, I found even after three coats I still had some patches where the coverage was less than I hoped.

Different Dimension Good Evening Clarice

Different Dimension Good Evening Clarice

Different Dimension Good Evening Clarice

As for the glow-in-the-dark properties, the instructions state that you can layer this over white for a stronger effect, however, I found it was pretty strong on its own. It's stronger if you charge it first, but you only need to do so for about 30 seconds.

Different Dimension Good Evening Clarice

Have The Lambs Stopped Screaming? is a clear-based glitter topper with a holographic shimmer, and a mixture of black, white, orange, gold and yellow glitter in stars, circles, squares and hexes. Missi describes this as looking like a "deconstructed monarch butterfly" and I rather like that description. The application was great and there was no problem getting out the larger glitters. This was 2 coats over Girly Bits Giggity Giggity Goo.

Different Dimension Have The Lambs Stopped Screaming?

Different Dimension Have The Lambs Stopped Screaming?

Different Dimension Have The Lambs Stopped Screaming?

I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans And a Nice Chianti (longest polish name ever!) is another glitter topper. This one is also clear-based with green, chartreuse, purple, lavender, pink, gold and black glitter in hexes, circles and stars. I love the colours on this one, and the application was great. This was 1 coat over Essie Full Steam Ahead, but I've also seen it paired with Good Evening Clarice and I really love that combination.

Different Dimension I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans And A Nice Chianti

Different Dimension I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans And A Nice Chianti

It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin is a black jelly-based polish with gold and orange microglitter. This is described as a texture polish, but I didn't experience any texture with this, so I wore it as a regular polish with top coat. While it looks a bit dull in the lightbox photos, it really comes alive in regular light, and especially direct light (the sun would have the same effect). The application was great - it goes on smooth and evenly, and has a perfect consistency. This was 2 coats.

Different Dimension It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin

Different Dimension It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin

Different Dimension It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin

I've mentioned this before, but I'm not really one for Halloween polishes. Yet, these make me change my mind. Have The Lambs... is so shimmery and Good Evening Clarice is such a unique colour and polish. The other ones are also great. Overall, I think this is a very strong collection.

What do you think of these? Are you in the mood for Halloween polishes yet?

Different Dimension is available on Etsy, and through Llarowe, Mei Mei's Signatures, Edgy Polish, and Ledoux Nuage. Follow Different Dimensions on Facebook and Instagram (@missibarry) to keep up with updates.

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

24 September 2013

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection: Part One, Bones

Hi everyone! Before I get into some awesome polishes, I have a piece of good news. Some of you may have already heard, but I found out today that I won the third and final piCture pOlish Blog Fest Award! You may remember that back at the end of July I participated in the piCture pOlish Blog Fest, and my design was selected by other bloggers who participated. So I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and thanks to the bloggers who voted for me! I'll be working with piCture pOlish in the new year to design a collaboration shade! Isn't that amazing?! I hope I can come up with something awesome. :D

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection: Bones

But I want to get back to these new Girly Bits polishes, because they are truly worth it. Last week I received the new Fall Season Premiere collection to swatch and review, and oh my, this is truly one of my favourite Girly Bits collections so far...and there's been some great ones in the past. The collection is inspired by three TV shows - Bones, Saturday Night Live, and Family Guy - and coincides with the season premieres for each.

I've decided to split the polishes into three posts - posting the polishes for each show separately. So we'll be starting with my favourite show of the bunch, in fact one of my favourite shows, period.

Dancing Phalanges is a raspberry jelly with a stunning pink glass fleck shimmer. I was pleasantly surprised when I wore this because it's slightly lighter and more vibrant on the nail than in the bottle. I used three coats, and it went on very smooth and effortlessly.


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Girly Bits Dancing Phalanges

Girly Bits Dancing Phalanges

Girly Bits Dancing Phalanges

Gravedigger is the perfect Halloween polish without being your typical black and orange scheme. It's a blackened plum jelly with orange, purple, green and fuschia glitter in hexes, squares and circles. It also has sheer iridescent glitter that you only see when the light hits it. The formula was excellent and it went on very smooth and evenly. This was 3 coats. And the best part? You can enjoy this polish without fears of being buried alive! :D



Girly Bits Gravedigger

Girly Bits Gravedigger

King of the Lab instantly reminded me of the fun/foolish/outrageous antics of Jack Hodgins. It's an orange jelly with a glass fleck shimmer. There is a bit of visible nail line but otherwise there's no application issues - it went on perfectly like the others. This was 3 coats.



Girly Bits King of the Lab

Girly Bits King of the Lab

Girly Bits King of the Lab

What do you think of these? Any Bones fans out there?!

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.*

20 September 2013

Pretty & Polished Halloween Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have the new Pretty & Polished Halloween collection for you today! Pretty & Polished is an indie brand that's been around for quite some time, and I've bought them in the past and always been happy with their formula. They have a great selection of glitters, thermals, and crellies with glitter, and in the past year they've introduced bath and body products such as cuticle oils and balms, bath scrubs and bath bombs. Right now everything is on sale so make sure to check out their store.

I was pleasantly surprised with all three polishes. Sometimes indie polishes with glitter can be lumpy and difficult to apply. But I found the formula on these to be excellent, and they had just the right amount of glitter in them - making them easy to apply and quite smooth on the nail.

Pretty & Polished Halloween Collection

One note about the labels - mine came without labels on them, but I'm sure that wouldn't be the case if you ordered them. In the past I've found that if I have a customer service question for Pretty & Polished, Chels, the maker was pretty fast to respond to my questions.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a black jelly-based polish with different sizes of teal hexes; red, fuchsia, and wine coloured circles; and teeny red squares. This is supposed to be opaque in 2-3 coats, but I found the base to be a bit sheer so I layered two coats over a black creme. I like how it turned out and I think it makes the glitter stand out.

Pretty & Polished Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Pretty & Polished Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Death By Candy Corn is an yellow-to-red thermal polish. At normal room temperature it will be orangish-yellow, and it turns red when it gets cold. The glitter is fun with a mixture of yellow hexes, white rectangles, small orange squares, and red-orange hexes. The application was great and the glitters are perfectly suspended. I used three coats here.

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

In order to change the colour, I ended up sticking my hands in ice cold water. I love how dramatic the change is, however, I did find that it went back to it's original colour pretty fast after I took my hands out of the water (hence having water on my hands in these photos). I think this polish would be more fun to wear in the colder weather when there is more of a temperature change.

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

Glowstick is a neon grass green jelly with small and medium orange-red hexes plus tiny, small and medium kelly green hexes. The application was great - the polish goes on very smooth and the glitter is perfectly suspended in the polish. I used three coats here and there's still some visible nail line, so wear a base polish if you don't care for that.

Pretty & Polished Glowstick

Pretty & Polished Glowstick

The polish glows green in the dark, and I love the mottled effect with the glitter. For these photos I charged the polish for a bit under my daylight lamp (not for long - just 30 seconds or so). I love that you get a pretty strong GITD effect.

Pretty & Polished Glowstick

If you like Halloween polishes, you should definitely check these out. And for a very limited time they are on sale! I'm not normally a Halloween person, but these do kinda get me in the mood. :)

Pretty & Polished is available from their online store and Etsy shop. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and new releases.

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

16 September 2013

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black and Purple Rain, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. For me, it was a polish-filled weekend - swatching polishes on Saturday and making (yes, making!) polishes on Sunday. One thing I've mentioned on Instagram, but not here, is that my sister and I are currently working on our own indie polish line. Yes, I know that everyone is doing it, but we do believe we can bring something unique to the market. While I'm really excited and nervous, it's still a few weeks away. We want to thoroughly test everything out first before releasing it. Right now I'm just enjoying spending my Sundays with my sister experimenting and mixing, mixing, mixing!

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black and Purple Rain

But getting back to the polishes at hand, tonight I have two polishes from indie brand Lumina Lacquer - one is a recent release while the other is older. Unfortunately, sometimes I'm not able to swatch a polish right away, and by the time I get to it, it is harder to find. I'm really sorry, it's not intentional.

Max Is The New Black is a deep navy blue jelly with tiny square silver glitter. It's quite simple in makeup but very mesmerizing! The polish applies flawlessly - it has the perfect consistency and goes on with no issues. I love the effect of all the tiny glitter suspended in the vivid base! This was two coats.

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black

Lumina Lacquer Max Is The New Black (direct light)

Purple Rain is a clear-based glitter bomb with a mixture of purple, pink, silver, wine, and iridescent glitters in the shape of hexes, circles, bars, moons and hearts. I say it's clear based, but actually it's a very sheer purple, so it will lightly tint your base polish if it's very light. I found the larger glitters were a bit of a challenge to get out, otherwise, I had no issues or problems to report with this one. This is one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff.

Lumina Lacquer Purple Rain

Lumina Lacquer Purple Rain

What do you think of these? I really like both of them equally, but I think Max Is The New Black is the more unique one out of the two. Max Is the New Black is a recent release, and hopefully should be available at the next restock. However, Purple Rain has been discontinued. I even checked some stockists but no luck. If you like it though, there's always the chance of finding it on a blog sale or getting it through a trade.

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.

*Max Is The New Black was given as a gift, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

11 August 2013

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!, Ocean Tears, and The Deep End

Hi everyone! Happy weekend, or what's left of it. I'm posting some swatches from WingDust Collections today because Stephanie just restocked her Etsy store. If I had my *bleep* together I would have posted these before the restock, but believe me, there's still some great stuff available. You can also check out my other WingDust swatches here.

WingDust Collections The Deep End, Bean Me Up!, and Ocean Tears

I always find Stephanie's creations so creative and stunning. With gorgeous combinations of shimmer and glitter her polishes have this whimsical quality that's just hard to pinpoint and describe. She has a great eye for colour combinations, and when I opened my last package from her I really felt like it was Christmas - each polish just made me gasp!

WingDust Collections The Deep End, Bean Me Up!, and Ocean Tears

I have more WingDust Collections polishes to show you in the future, but for now I hope you enjoy these three I was able to swatch last night. Bean Me Up! and The Deep End are new releases, while Ocean Tears is an older one, but still available.

Bean Me Up! Stephanie describes as an ode to her coffee addiction. If a polish could capture the jitters of a caffeine high, I believe it's this one! It's a brown base linear holo with a combination of copper and teal glitters. The holo effect is strong - stronger than I was able to capture - and the teal and copper glitter complements the brown base perfectly. I used three coats and the application was great - it goes on very smooth and evenly.

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!

Ocean Tears is one that I've had my eye on for quite some time - it was a collaboration between WingDust Collections and Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh. I swear Alexis' swatches make me want to buy everything she posts! This is a blue/teal base with a very subtle holo shimmer and small white hexes and holo turquoise hexes. I used three coats here, and the application was generally good, although the formula I found a tad thick - I added a few drops of thinner for the third coat.

WingDust Collections Ocean Tears

WingDust Collections Ocean Tears

WingDust Collections Ocean Tears

The Deep End is a deep purple jelly with a gorgeous hot pink shimmer. The shimmer is hard to capture on camera but very visible in person. It also has a great combination of holo, white and neon pink glitter - the white glitter takes on a purple tone when suspended in the jelly base. I used 3 coats and again, the formula was great - it goes on smooth and the glitter is perfectly suspended.

WingDust Collections The Deep End

WingDust Collections The Deep End

WingDust Collections The Deep End

I honestly can't tell you which one is my favourite of the bunch. I love all three of them. Which one is your favourite? Do you own any WingDust Collections polishes?

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

*Ocean Tears was purchased by me. Bean Me Up! and The Deep End were gifts, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*
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