Showing posts with label pink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pink. Show all posts

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!

10 January 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: China Glaze Ahoy and Alberta Wild Roses

Hi everyone! One of my blogging goals for the year was to wear my collection. At the same time Debbie from The Crumpet started a new challenge with the Crumpet Nail Tarts called GOT Polish Challenge. GOT stands for "Golden Oldies Thursday" and the point is to wear older polishes from your collection. The main criteria is that the polish should be a year old.



I'm going to try to participate in as many of the challenges as I can. I have too much older polish that sit around unused. And I'm trying to save money by not buying as much polish as I did last year.

China Glaze Ahoy!


For the first challenge I went back to one of the first polishes that I swatched when I started to post my pictures on Tumblr. Wow, what a difference one year and four months makes!

27 November 2013

Four Weeks of piCture pOlish: Week One, Art Nouveau With piCture pOlish Flirt

Hi everyone! You may have noticed how many bloggers have been posting swatches or nail art once a week using shades from Australian brand piCture pOlish. I'm very happy to let you know I'll be participating, so for the next four weeks expect to see some (hopefully) unique nail art using a different polish each week. My goal is to let the individual polish and colour inspire my nail art design, and it would be really cool if this leads to some interesting designs!

But first let's take a look at piCture pOlish Flirt, which looks like your standard hot pink/fuchsia creme in the bottle, but on the nail is so much more...

piCture pOlish Flirt

22 October 2013

Jindie Nails Harlow Can You Go, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! This is a short post to tell you about a new polish from Jindie Nails available at Harlow & Co. Click on the page jump to see more photos and swatches!

Jindie Nails Harlow Can You Go

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.*

11 October 2013

Pink Raindrops Delicate Leopard Print

Hi everyone! Last night I sat down to paint my nails because I'll be going to a conference tomorrow and I didn't want to wear my five-day-old manicure. I initially set out to do a plain one-colour mani, however, after not having done any nail art for a week, it soon morphed into more than a simple paint job.

Delicate leopard print nail art

To get this look: I started out with two coats of Illamasqua Pink Raindrops. I really love the colour and sheen of this polish along with the tiny flakies, but it is slightly difficult to work with. The consistency is thicker than I prefer, and it doesn't spread out evenly, so just make sure to apply carefully and wait between coats. It is well worth it - despite the difficulties, I have no regrets with this purchase.

Delicate leopard print nail art

The delicate leopard print was done with Orly Luxe and Illamasqua Facet. I was disappointed at first that Facet was lighter than expected, but I rather like how it doesn't contrast too much with the gold and pink background - just enough that the design stands out. The glitter is Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle (Selena Gomez collection), and the studs are from The Nailasaurus Emporium.

Delicate leopard print nail art

I really love the feminine look to this, and the fact that it is slightly conservative. I don't mind wearing this to a more professional setting as it doesn't stand out as much as some other nail art designs.

Delicate leopard print nail art

What do you think of this? Do you ever find yourself needing to do some nail art?

18 August 2013

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule, Swatches and a Simple Skittlette

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! A while back I was contacted by Karin of Lush Lacquer asking me if I was interested in trying some of her polishes. Lush Lacquer is one of those indie brands that has been around from almost the beginning - I have known about them since I started buying indies last year, and they've been on my "to try" list for quite some time. In terms of indies, they have a strong product and business - lots of variety in their shop, nice bottles with screen printed labels, and lots of stock available.

I was sent three polishes from their new Neon Collection, and I have the first for you today. The other two I will post very soon. If you are into the neon glitter trend, you must take a look at these. :)

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule

Chicks Rule caught my eye immediately. It's a clear-based glitter topper - it looks like the base is a sheer pink colour but it's just the effect of all the glitter. It has a mix of neon orange, pink, and purple hex glitter in different sizes ranging from very tiny to large. I love the inclusion of tiny glitter, it adds more interest for some reason.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule

The formula is good, it spreads on very smooth. I find that it is not too glitter dense, so I had to use two coats here. Make sure to let the bottle sit upside down for 15 minutes first and do some shaking before applying.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rule

For the swatches I applied Chicks Rule over a simple two colour gradient of OPI My Vampire is Buff and Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink. Then I redid my nails on my ring and middle fingers for a simple skittlette. On my ring finger is Bubblegum Pink with a heart stud from the Born Pretty Store. And on my middle, a taped off gradient using Bubblegum Pink and Girly Bits Private Dancer over My Vampire is Buff.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rules simple skittlette

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rules simple skittlette

I really liked the skittlette and I ended up wearing it for another day. It was also nice to wear Chicks Rule over a simple gradient and I think it is a nice way to change up the usual swatch.

Lush Lacquer Chicks Rules simple skittlette

What do you think of Chicks Rule? Do you own any Lush Lacquer?

Lush Lacquer is available from their Etsy shop. Follow Lush Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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

12 August 2013

KBShimmer You Drive Me Katie, A Harlow & Co. Exclusive

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Just a reminder for international (i.e. non-US) KBShimmer fans that Harlow & Co. is having a 20% off sale on all KBShimmer products to celebrate KBShimmer's 5th anniversary, along with having the 5th anniversary duo for sale. If you haven't gotten your fix yet, what are you waiting for!? ;)

This is a short post to show you a great polish that is exclusive to Harlow & Co. I've been seeing more and more of these distributor-exclusive polishes - where an indie maker comes up with a unique polish for one of their distributors - and I rather like the trend. It's interesting to see what the indie makers create for a particular shop. You Drive Me Katie is the KBShimmer exclusive for Harlow & Co. and it's worth adding to your cart if you're a KBShimmer fan!

KBShimmer You Drive Me Katie

You Drive Me Katie is a bright bubblegum pink crelly with teal, purple, and white hex and square glitter in different sizes. I used three coats here, and like all KBShimmer polishes I've tried, the application was perfect. It goes on very smooth and is completely self-leveling. I did find it a bit of a challenge to get the larger glitters out. Otherwise, there was no issues with this polish.

KBShimmer You Drive Me Katie

KBShimmer You Drive Me Katie

I love how fun and bright this polish is! It's such a mood lifting polish despite the name, lol! The glitter is not as dense as some other crellys, however, I really like that. Too much glitter and you end up with really lumpy polish - definitely not fun!

KBShimmer You Drive Me Katie

KBShimmer You Drive Me Katie

What do you think of this? And tell me, have you taken advantage of the KBShimmer sales going on? If so, what did you get?

KBShimmer is available through their website (US only) and Harlow & Co. (international). This polish is only available through Harlow & Co.

*Product was provided as a gift, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

06 August 2013

Jindie Nails Moon Walk LE and She Blinded Me With Science LE, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have a bunch of new Jindie Nails polishes to show you - the new Summer Chic collection and the Mod Quad - but today I'll start out with swatches of two new limited edition polishes that were recently released. These were available previously through pre-order, but if you missed that, they will be available again sometime this month. Check out the Jindie Nails blog for updates.

Jindie Nails Moon Walk and She Blinded Me With Science

I've seen Jen's polishes evolve and develop a lot in the past 9+ months of following her work. Her colours and combinations have gotten bolder and brighter, and you really see her sense of humour come out in the names and play on words that she uses. I think that will become even more apparent when I show all the new polishes.

Moon Walk LE is a shimmery neon pink jelly with a silver/iridescent shimmer, black circles and stars, and silver moons and circles. The colour is very bright but maybe not as bright as my swatches - I think my camera spazzed out when I photographed this polish. The bottle shot at the beginning of this post is most accurate.

Jindie Nails Moon Walk LE

Jindie Nails Moon Walk LE

The application was great and it went on very smooth and leveled perfectly. I used three coats here. The larger glitters were somewhat of a challenge to get out - even with a good shaking - otherwise I didn't have any issues with this polish.

Jindie Nails Moon Walk LE

She Blinded Me With Science LE is a light pink crelly with a very subtle shimmer and an interesting mix of glitters: tiny metallic glitter; large circles (white, black, and teal); black rectangles; neon hexes, squares and circles; and metallic glitter in all kinds of shapes including diamonds. Despite the chaotic mix of colours and shapes, it really works well as a polish.

Jindie Nails She Blinded Me With Science LE

Jindie Nails She Blinded Me With Science LE

I used 3 coats with no base polish, and topped it off with a coat of Gelous and top coat for a smooth finish. The application was great - there was good glitter payoff, it went on very smooth and easily, and despite the three coats, it wasn't too thick or lumpy.

Jindie Nails She Blinded Me With Science LE

I really love both of these polishes, the colours are fun, bright and cheerful. The glitters are whimsical and striking. They are great for summer, or year round really. And both applied effortlessly, which is always a bonus for me.

What do you think of these? Did you get any new Jindie Nails during the pre-order?

These polishes are available on the Jindie Nails website (currently out of stock) and from Llarowe. Jindie Nails is also available from Harlow & Co.Ninja Polish,  Femme Fatale Cosmetics, and Mei Mei's Signatures. Follow Jindie Nails on Facebook and Instagram (@jindienails) for updates and new releases.

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

28 July 2013

Foxy Paws Just Can't Get Enough

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I spent my entire Saturday doing one nail art design that took about six hours - yes, just one - so I'm a bit beat. But I'm not tired enough to show you another cute polish from indie brand Foxy Paws! Make sure you read more about Foxy Paws in my first post about this brand.

Foxy Paws Just Can't Get Enough

Just Can't Get Enough is from the 80s collection and is named after the Depeche Mode song - if you don't know which one I'm talking about, well, that's a complete travesty! Watch the video here (btw, don't you think they look a bit odd dancing in that empty room?).

Foxy Paws Just Can't Get Enough

Foxy Paws Just Can't Get Enough

This is a clear-based glitter topper with matte neon pink square glitter, tiny neon pink glitter, and tiny silver holo glitter. I layered one coat over Avon Vintage Blue and I love this combination. The formula is perfect, there's great glitter payoff and I didn't need to fuss at all with the placement of glitter.

Foxy Paws Just Can't Get Enough

Foxy Paws Just Can't Get Enough

The mixture of glitter is fairly simple, but I'm quite enjoying it. It's a very fun polish that would look good layered over white, pinks, purples... well I'm sure you can think about more possibilities!


Foxy Paws polishes is available from Foxy Fingertips (European and International buyers). Follow Foxy Paws on Facebook and Instagram.

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

24 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Four, Green: Roses and Stripes

Hi everyone! Do you ever have an instance where you've finished some nail art and you tell yourself, "It would be great if it weren't for XYZ..." With XYZ being some little thing that just looks off to you? I feel like I'm having those moments a lot lately. And in particular with this design. So rather than beat around the bush, I'll just get it out there... it's the stripes, they just irk me!




About this design: I've been wanting to try my hand at painting roses, and I decided to pair them with stripes for that vintage look that seems to be popular. All polishes, with the exception of the off white, are from the Zoya Stunning and Irresistible collections from this summer - the colours just seemed perfect for this design. For the roses, I used this super easy tutorial from The Nailasaurus.

Roses and stripes nail art

Roses and stripes nail art

To get this look: For the green base colour on my thumb, index and pinky, I used Zoya Josie, which applied amazingly well in two coats. I then sponged Zoya Rikki (a green foil) on the tips. For the middle and ring fingers I used OPI My Vampire is Buff (of course!) as a base. For the roses I used Zoya Micky (dusty mid-tone pink) as my base colour, Yana (darker pink/fuchsia) and Bobbi (magenta foil) for my darker areas, and My Vampire is Buff for the highlights. The leaves were done with Josie.

Roses and stripes nail art

Roses and stripes nail art

For the stripes I used Zoya Josie, Micky, and Tinsley (rose/gold foil). I also added some blue stripes with Zoya Rocky because I thought the variation would be good, but afterwards I really didn't like this - I should have stuck to pinks and greens!

Roses and stripes nail art (matte!)

I'm really happy with how the roses turned out, and I'll be doing them again. I feel like I need to practice painting stripes, I'm never happy with how they turn out. Maybe some blue stripes on Friday, eh!?

What do you think of this design? Is there a nail art technique for you that you just can't seem to get?

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23 July 2013

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X, Swatches and Review, Part Two

Hi everyone! I have the second half of the Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection. Don't forget to check out Part One for the first half and background information on the collection as a whole.




About these polishes: This half of the collection consists of five gorgeous jellies packed with shimmer and glitter of various kinds. The colours are beautiful and the polishes have a luminosity that is very eye catching. The only downside of these five polishes is that they tend to be thick and a bit challenging in terms of application. There are exceptions, which I've noted below. However, that doesn't mean the challenges outweigh the benefits, and I think they are still worthwhile. Adding a few drops of thinner, sticking to thinner coats, layering them over a base colour, and waiting a few minutes between coats are all recommendations for these polishes.

Fire Spring is an orange jelly packed with orange, iridescent and gold holographic glitter, and gold shimmer. This one tends to be on the thick side, but I really love how the glitter complements the base colour. I used two coats, plus a coat of Gelous, and top coat. I find with these jellies that adding a coat of Gelous before the top coat helps to smooth them out.

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Lumine Hall is a dark blue leaning towards purple jelly with matching glitter as well as iridescent square glitter. This one was a bit better in terms of formula but I did have to add a few drops of thinner. I used two coats plus Gelous and top coat.

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Pink Cloud is a bright pink jelly packed with pink and iridescent glitter, small red hexes, and medium silver holographic squares and hexes. This was on the sheer side and even with three coats I still had some visible nail line, so I'd recommend layering this one. This was one of the thicker ones and required thinner and lots of shaking.

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

The Kraken is a gorgeous teal jelly with teal, blue and holographic gold glitter. Out of the five this one has the best formula, it goes on very smooth and doesn't get thick or gloopy. I used two coats here along with Gelous and top coat. And while it looks like there's some visible nail line, it is not noticeable in person.

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Tiny Ruby is vivid red jelly with lots of shimmer, and red and holographic gold glitter. I love the colour on this one, it definitely has that ruby slippers look. This one was also thick and requires thinner and thin coats. I used two coats here, along with a coat of Gelous and top coat.

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Overall, I really love the colours in this collection. The formula on most of these can be a bit challenging, however, it's still workable, and worth the effort. My favourite above all is The Kraken, followed closely by Lumine Hall. I love the teal colours in The Kraken and the better formula means the final mani looks nicer. For layering options, you must check out Nailderella's review of three of these polishes - she layered them over black and the effect is totally gorgeous.

I bought these polishes from Rainbow Honey's website, which only ships to the US and Canada. But a list of retailers is available on their website.

What do you think of these? Are you planning to get anything from this collection?
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