Showing posts with label mint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mint. Show all posts

11 December 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Red, Gold, and Green: Day One: Lynnderella Spumoni

Hi everyone! This month's Digit-al Dozen nail art week started yesterday, but I missed it on account of the Beginner Blogger's Bootcamp post. So it looks like I'll be playing catch-up later this week! The theme of red, gold, and green obviously ties into the upcoming holidays. And despite the fact that I generally like holiday-themed nail art, I'll admit that I'm finding this week hard in terms of coming up with unique nail art ideas.

Lynnderella Spumoni with water marble accent nail

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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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?

16 July 2013

Perfect Pairings: Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Hi everyone! Last week the new Rainbow Honey collection arrived at my house. And despite the initial damper of having to pay customs fees (on top of the cost of buying the polish), I was super excited to get my hands on this collection. I didn't get a chance to swatch them because I was away visiting my dad and aunts over the weekend, but I knew that I wanted to start using them for some nail art!

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

My taping skills are something I want to work on, so I decided on a simple tape mani that would show off several of the polishes from this collection.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I used the three cremes/shimmers in the collection as my base colours: Mint Flavor, Tessie, and Apple Kid. And three jellies/glitters on top: Pink Cloud, The Kraken, and Lumine Hall.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I'm so glad I decided to keep the design simple, because the jellies/glitters are not the best polishes for tape manis - it is challenging to get clean lines when you pull the tape off. My guess is that the polish starts to set very quickly so you have to work faster than usual. Also the glitter sometimes prevents a clean line.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I topped them off with studs I got from the Born Pretty Store. Silver just seemed to be the perfect accent, and I love how the squares sort of mimic the taped lines.

What do you think of this? Have you gotten anything from the new Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection?

05 May 2013

Cadillacquer Remember Me and Where is Carl?

Hi everyone! I hope you had/are having a great weekend! We've been experiencing some amazing weather here in southern Ontario, flip flops and shorts kinda weather. Unfortunately I chose this weekend to do a major swatch-a-thon, which is great for the blog and for getting through all the things I want to show you, but not so great for the part of me that wants to get out and play. :P

Cadillacquer is a new-to-me brand that I recently was able to get my hands on. I had seen these polishes on Globe & Nail and Love Life Lacquer, but when I saw them featured recently on Fashion Polish, it was confirmed - I need these in my life!!! Cadillacquer is available on Etsy, but the shipping is quite expensive to Canada. Fortunately Harlow & Co. recently started carrying this brand and I went a bit crazy and bought five of them. I have two to show you today and I'll save the other three for another time.

Cadillacquer Remember Me and Where is Carl?

The formula on both was the same, they went on very smooth and I had no issues with them. Sometimes indie polishes with glitter can be thick and difficult to spread out, but these were the perfect consistency. I used a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite to top them off, so that I could have a perfectly smooth finish, but one coat of a top coat would be fine for these as well.

Remember Me is pale mint creme with a stunning mix of blue shimmer/micro flakes, tiny silver glitter, and fuchsia glitter in tiny hexes and small circles. I used two coats. I love the contrast of the mint and fuchsia, but the addition of silver glitter and blue shimmer adds another layer of complexity. Love, love, love!! <3

Cadillacquer Remember Me

Cadillacquer Remember Me

Where is Carl? has a white milky base with blue and black glitter. There's tiny black squares, tiny iridescent squares, and tiny blue squares and small hexes. I used three coats over a ridge-filling base coat - the base coat is a sheer white that helps to cover the nail. I have a lot of white with blue glitter polishes and this is a really nice one, it has a delicacy that I really appreciate.

Cadillacquer Where is Carl?

Cadillacquer Where is Carl?

As I said earlier, Cadillacquer is available on Etsy, but shipping can be expensive if you are not in Europe (Cadillacquer is based in Switzerland). But quite a few of the polishes are now carried by Harlow & Co. including these two, which are both currently in stock. Follow Cadillacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@cadillacquer) for updates.

What do you think of these? Have you tried Cadillacquer?

29 March 2013

Spring Dot Manicure with Models Own

Hi everyone! I should be bringing you another review for the Born Pretty Store, but I've been very tired lately, so that will have to wait until tomorrow or the weekend. Yesterday I got three new (to me) Models Own polishes with my Harlow & Co. order, and I couldn't resist combining them in some sort of design. And since I've been so tired / overwhelmed / overworked etc., I wanted to keep it simple. I realized I haven't done a dot manicure for awhile, hence today's mani!

Spring dot manicure with Models Own

For this manicure, I used Models Own Jade Stone, Soda Pop Pink and Utopia. They are not new colours, I believe they are part of the core line, but I found them perfect for spring! And I was pleasantly surprised how well they went together, especially Jade Stone and Soda Pop Pink.

Note that the colours are slightly more saturated than they are showing up in my photos. Sorry! :/

But a bit about these polishes...

Models Own Jade Stone, Utopia, and Soda Pop Pink

Jade Stone is a pale mint creme leaning slightly towards a robin egg blue. I really love the colour on this one, it's so fresh and just right for spring. I used two coats here and the formula was perfect - very creamy, smooth, and perfectly self-leveling.

Spring dot manicure with Models Own

Soda Pop Pink is a pale bubblegum pink. It's not very bright, nor is it a pastel, I guess it's just somewhere in the middle. I really love this colour, and it's very flattering and girly without coming across as barbie doll pink. It was a bit more sheer than the others so I used three coats, but otherwise the formula was great - also very smooth and self-leveling.

Utopia is a very, very pale lavender-grey. I think this will be a great polish for nail art and for when I need a "palette cleanser". It was thicker than the others so I needed to add a few drops of thinner, but it was fine after that. I used two coats and I found that there was a bit of bubbling (which disappears when you add a top coat), but otherwise a very good polish and great coverage for a lighter colour.

Spring dot manicure with Models Own

I really love how this turned out, and it's fun to do some simple nail art every now and then. There was some feathering on the dots even though I waited for it to dry, which was a downer. :( Hopefully you can't notice it too much.

What do you think of this? Have you tried Models Own?

26 March 2013

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! As promised I have the third polish from Lumina Lacquer. Make sure to check out my review of the other two here. Mint Chocolate Chip instantly stood out to me when I opened my package from Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer, and I knew that I had to do something special with this one. So in addition to swatches, you get some nail art as well! :)

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Chocolate Chip is a clear-based glitter bomb like the other polishes that I reviewed. And this one has the same beauty and complexity that you see in Anything and Spring in Iceland. The colour scheme is predominantly pale mint and dark brown, and there's glitter in so many shapes and sizes - hearts, stars, flowers, squares, hexes, and circles. In addition to the pale mint and brown glitter, there's also some white, copper, blue, iridescent, and tiny holo glitter to boot. I can't even fully describe everything here!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip (direct lighting)

I layered one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff and had no problems getting enough glitter. I also found it easy to get the larger shape glitters out. Just give it a good shake before applying - no need to turn the bottle upside down or anything like that. I topped it with a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite.

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Then I decided to do some freehand painting on the two middle fingers. I started with a base of My Vampire is Buff. On my ring finger I painted the details with OPI You Don't Know Jacques! and Joe Fresh Lagoon. On my middle finger I did a sponged gradient with My Vampire is Buff, Lagoon, and piCture pOlish Marine. Then the squares were painted with You Don't Know Jacques and My Vampire is Buff. Whew!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, and soon through Norway Nails. This polish is currently sold out, but follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think? Have you tried Lumina Lacquer? Do you think my design goes with the glitter? :)

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