Showing posts with label pastel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pastel. Show all posts

05 April 2014

GOT Polish Challenge, Pastels: Springtime Florals So Adorable They Defy Categorization!!!

Hi everyone! This title might be a *slight* exaggeration. This is my way of saying, "I don't know what to call this design!" Earlier in the year I started the GOT Polish Challenge, but unfortunately I fell off the bandwagon. Basically you are supposed to use older polishes in your collection - which falls in line with my goal to use what I have instead of buying new polishes. So I'm going to try and jump back into the challenge, at least as much as I can.

Adorable springtime flowers

02 April 2014

China Glaze City Flourish: Part Two, Pollen In Love

Hi everyone! Long time, no blog, eh!? Well technically it's been about five-six days since my last post - I've just been really busy with work. Which reminds me... over the next few months I may not be as active here. I'm trying to finish up my dissertation by August, and I may take a mini hiatus every now and then.

China Glaze City Flourish: Part Two Pollen In Love

But I finally have the second part of the China Glaze City Flourish collection for you. If you missed part one, make sure to check that out! I know there's been a lot of reviews already, but if you're still on the fence about these polishes, I have my thoughts on the collection as a whole at the end of this post.


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.*

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?

15 June 2013

Lynnderella Everything's Coming Up Neon Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone...TGIF!! It's no secret that when it comes to indie polishes, Lynnderella is the most expensive brand out there. At the same time, there are very few bloggers - that I know of at least - that review these polishes on a regular basis. The high prices, coupled with the infrequent blogger reviews, can make the decision to purchase these polishes a challenge. Not for diehard Lynnderella fans, but rather for people for whom buying a Lynnderella is a *big deal*.

I'll admit I cannot afford every collection, but when I can afford these polishes, and in particular entire collections, I will make sure to show them. I feel that there are people out there who want to research these kinds of purchases.

Lynnderella Everything's Coming Up Neon

Everything's Coming Up Neon was the spring collection from this year, and taps into the huge trend of neon glitter. At first I was unsure of how I felt about the polishes in this collection, but later they grew on me and I decided to splurge for all eight. I'm glad I did, because I feel that these have a unique take on the neon trend that sets them apart from other indies.

The application on all of these was great. You do have to shake them up first in order to get a good mixture of glitter - especially the larger pieces. But otherwise the glitter payoff is great for every single one.

Beleaf is Magic has a slightly green tinted base with tiny green glitter; larger green, yellow and neon green hexes; small red hexes; and red bars. There is also a smattering of tiny blue glitters. This is one coat over Essie The More the Merrier. I have to say this is my least favourite of the collection. It is not the colour, but rather the lack of complexity that leaves something to be desired with this polish.

Lynnderella Beleaf is Magic

Lynnderella Beleaf is Magic

Bird Brain Blue is one of two polishes that has a pastel-coloured base. The pale blue base is quite sheer, so it needs to be layered, but tends to look best over a matching base. This is two coats over Sinful Colors Sugar Rush. Aside from the blue base, there's a gorgeous electric blue shimmer, a mix of neon glitter (blue, pink, yellow, green and purple), blue metallic glitter, and pastel blue glitter. There's also a variety of shapes including hexes, squares, bars, diamonds, stars, butterflies and flowers. It's really an excellent mixture, but is not as glitter dense as the others. The base is also a quite thin, so it wants to flood the cuticles.

Lynnderella Bird Brain Blue

Lynnderella Bird Brain Blue

Candy Blossom is one of the stand-outs of the collection, especially if you like pink, like I do. It has a clear base with a very sweet mixture of pastel pink, white, neon pink, neon green, and neon yellow. The glitter is mainly hexes and squares, with a few stars, butterflies, and flowers. It also has a pink shimmer and hot pink micro-glitter that really adds to the polish. This is two coats over Models Own Lemon Meringue.

Lynnderella Candy Blossom

Lynnderella Candy Blossom

Crocus Pocus was the first one I bought from the collection, I showed it previously in my Rhinestone Skittle Manicure. It has periwinkle, light pink, lavender, white, neon purple, and iridescent blue glitter with a lavender/blue shimmer in a clear base. There's hexes, squares, moons and stars. This is one coat over Essie Rock the Boat.

Lynnderella Crocus Pocus

Lynnderella Crocus Pocus

Eggstra Pretty! is another pastel-coloured base. The milky pale pink base has a lilac/pink shimmer and a *crazy* mixture of glitter: black, white, red, blue and a variety of neon colours (yellow, green, pink, and purple mainly), that come in squares, hexes, bars, flowers and butterflies. This was two coats over Models Own Pastel Pink.

Lynnderella Eggstra Pretty!

Lynnderella Eggstra Pretty!

Her Name is Petal is another stand-out in the collection owing to the very fun mixture of colours. There's too many colours to name but you have matte pastel, neon, white, and bright metallic glitters in hexes, squares, diamonds, circles, flowers and bars. It's another clear-based polish with a blue/pink shimmer.

Lynnderella Her Name is Petal

Lynnderella Her Name is Petal

Sugar Bunny has a clear base with an iridescent shimmer. The glitter is predominantly satin white, with a generous helping of neon glitter in a range of colours. The shapes are mainly hexes, squares, and some diamonds, bars and moons. This is one coat over Misa Peach Passion.

Lynnderella Sugar Bunny

Lynnderella Sugar Bunny

Très Chic, Duckie Dear has a clear base with a vibrant pink shimmer and yellow, orange, red, pink, and fuchsia glitter. The shapes are mostly squares, hexes, and bars. This was one coat over Misa Lovely Lychee. I wasn't sure about this polish owing to the overall orange colour, but when layered over the right polish, it can be quite beautiful.

Lynnderella Très Chic Duckie Dear

Lynnderella Très Chic Duckie Dear

Whew! That was a lot!! Two things that I love about this collection. First, the fun colours that really do brighten your day. And second, the complexity of each polish. In each one you will see a stunning mixture of shimmer, with matte, satin, metallic and neon glitter. Despite the variety of glitter, the combinations really work well together. My favourites are Candy Blossom, Her Name is Petal, Sugar Bunny, and Crocus Pocus.

I bought these on the Lynnderella eBay store, but Lynnderella is also available from Norway Nails.

What do you think of these? Any stand out?

06 June 2013

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Collection, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I recently got my hands on the entire Models Own Ice Cream Sundae collection. I bought a few from Harlow & Co. and then was able to get the rest when Nail Polish Canada started carrying the brand. Sometimes with the hype around new collections we forget about past collections that were good but didn't necessarily get the attention they deserve. The Ice Cream Sundae collection I believe came out last year. There's a newer collection of pastels called the Fruit Pastel collection, but unfortunately I don't own those, so I can't compare the two.

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Collection

So far I've been really happy will all the Models Own polishes that I have. In Canada they retail for $8, which makes them a bit more affordable than some other polish brands. I find their cremes are good basics for nail art and for wearing under glitters, and their shimmers and glitters very beautiful. So if you are interested in any of these read on for my thoughts!

Beth's Blue is a pastel blue, almost a cornflower blue. I really love colours like this, but have a hard time finding pale blues that aren't streaky and sheer. This one had a great formula and the consistency was perfect. It went on very smooth and was completely self-leveling. I used 2 coats here.

Models Own Beth's Blue

Models Own Beth's Blue

Fuzzy Peach is a pastel orange that has hints of coral. It is one of the brightest colours of the collection. I needed three coats for full coverage - it was a bit streaky still after two coats, but with the third I had a perfect finish. Otherwise it has a good formula and was completely self-leveling.

Models Own Fuzzy Peach

Models Own Fuzzy Peach

Jade Stone was the first one I bought of the collection, I loved it so much that I had to get the rest. I showed it previously in a dot manicure, which you can find here. Jade Stone is a beautiful pastel jade/mint green. The formula and consistency was perfect - very smooth and self-leveling. I used two coats for full coverage.

Models Own Jade Stone

Models Own Jade Stone

Lemon Meringue is a pastel lemon yellow. Yellows can be really tricky but I love this on it's own and underneath glitter polishes. The formula was a bit thick as you can probably tell from the photos, so next time I'll add some thinner. Otherwise the formula was great like the others. I used three coats here.

Models Own Lemon Meringue

Models Own Lemon Meringue

Lilac Dream is a warm-toned pale lavender. This is two coats and the formula was great, very even and self-leveling. Another great colour for spring and summer.

Models Own Lilac Dream

Models Own Lilac Dream

Pastel Pink is exactly as the name states, a good pale bubblegum pink. I found it a tad thick at times, but it worked out in the end. The formula was great like the others, and I needed three coats for full coverage.

Models Own Pastel Pink

Models Own Pastel Pink

Overall I really like these colours. They are not groundbreaking, but if you like pastels, you might want to give some of these a try. I found them perfect for wearing under the fun glitters that have been coming out this spring, so expect to see them again in future posts!

Models Own is available directly from their website. In Canada they are available from Nail Polish Canada and Harlow & Co.

What do you think of these? Do you own any of the polishes from this collection?
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