Showing posts with label purple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label purple. Show all posts

12 March 2014

Girly Bits Perry-twinkle: Swatches, Review and Comparisons

Hi everyone! You may remember a few weeks ago, I showed you Girly Bits Flash Your Tips, which was included in the A Box, Indied subscription box for March. Well Girly Bits is included in the April box with this beautiful periwinkle holo, perfect for spring.

Girly Bits Perry-twinkle

When I first saw this, I wondered if it was close to Flash Your Tips. So I decided to do a quick comparison and include a few other purple and purple/blue holos from Girly Bits.


15 January 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Monochrome: Purple Pattern

Hi everyone! I have my second nail art design for this week's Digit-al Dozen challenge. When I set out to do my manis, of course I first went for the blue polish. But once that was out of the way, I set my sights on my next favourite colour...purple!

Purple pattern

I had two goals with this design, practice some abstract patterning, and use one of my untried Lynnderellas. I think I succeeded with both. ;)

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.

05 October 2013

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere: Part Three, Saturday Night Live

Hi everyone! As usual I'm behind on my 31 Day Challenge post, but I have a lot of swatches I need to post, so it all works out. Tonight I have the third and final instalment of the Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere collection, this time inspired by Saturday Night Live. Don't forget to check out the rest of this collection with the Bones and the Family Guy-inspired polishes. There was also the OVbunEN/Elephant Shoe duo released at the same time. I know that these polishes are starting to show up at the various stockists, and they are worth checking out!

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection - inspired by Saturday Night Live

I'll admit out of the three shows that this collection draws from, Saturday Night Live is the only one I'm not familiar with. I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I've never seen an episode. However, that didn't stop me from appreciating the polishes in this collection - they are absolutely amazing. If you love holos, you will certainly love these!

D!ck in a Box is a mid-tone steel grey linear holo. The polish has green undertones - more noticeable in direct light - and a strong holo effect that is just stunning. The formula was excellent and it went on very evenly. I used 3 coats although 2 would also work.

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

Girly Bits D!ck in a Box

More Cowbell is a blue-grey linear holo, also with a strong holo effect. I love grey-blues, so this was an instant favourite for me. The formula on this was also great - I experienced some patchiness on the second coat, but the third covered it up. It also went on very smooth and has a perfect consistency. 3 coats.

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Girly Bits More Cowbell

Well Isn't That Special is a purple linear holographic polish with subtle flakies. Whereas Bird is the Word (Family Guy collection) is more of a warm-toned purple, this is more of a cool-toned purple. The flakies are noticeable and make this unique in my books. The holo effect I would say is more of a medium holo - not as strong as the other two in this part. Application was excellent and I had no issues with this. 3 coats.

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

Girly Bits Well Isn't That Special

I know I've said this before, but the Fall Season Premiere collection is one of my favourite collections so far from Girly Bits. I just feel like there are so many great polishes, and something to fit different tastes and moods. Also there really wasn't a polish that I had issues with in terms of application, and that is always great to experience.

What do you think of these? You already know my favourite is More Cowbell, but what's yours?

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.*

03 October 2013

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection: Part Two, Family Guy

Hi everyone! I have the second out three parts of the Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere collection. This time it's inspired by one of my all-time favourite cartoons, Family Guy. Okay, well pretty much the only cartoon I watch, but that's just a technicality. ;)

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection - Inspired by the Family Guy

I may never understand why Lois ended up falling for Peter Griffin, why Brian's the only one who understands Stewie, or how the show's writers get away with saying all the stuff they do. However, I do know that this collection is pretty awesome, and that's all that counts. Lol! The polishes and colours are all very strong (although I don't really know how well they fit the show), and I love the references in the titles.

Bird is the Word is a warm-toned purple with a scattered holo shimmer. I love that the holo is scattered - it makes it unique amongst the other indie holos. Also, the colour and shimmer is so beautiful. In terms of formula, it went on very smooth and even, but it didn't have as much coverage as the others. This was 3 coats, and while I was very happy with how it turned out, those with longer nails might have some visible nail line.



Girly Bits Bird is the Word

Girly Bits Bird is the Word

Girly Bits Bird is the Word

Giggity Giggity Goo is a nude linear holo. I love the colour - the polish has almost a silver/gold foil effect, and I feel like it could pass in more conservative work settings. The holo effect is light to medium and difficult to capture, but still very stunning - trust me.  This was 3 coats and I couldn't have asked for a better formula - I had no issues at all to report with this one. Side note: does anyone know what "giggity giggity goo" is supposed to mean, besides being that weird thing that Quagmire does?



Girly Bits Giggity Giggity Goo

Girly Bits Giggity Giggity Goo
This is such a stunning polish, but also hard to capture - hence the extra photo. :)

Girly Bits Giggity Giggity Goo

Girly Bits Giggity Giggity Goo

What the Deuce? is a bright kelly green with a subtle holo shimmer. I found the holo effect was very faint but more visible than you see in my photos. However, the shimmer is still beautiful, and that combined with the bright colour, makes this a pretty fun polish in my books. This was 2 coats, and it has an incredibly good formula - it goes on very smooth and has excellent coverage.


Girly Bits What the Deuce?

Girly Bits What the Deuce?

Girly Bits What the Deuce?

So there you have it! I feel like these are all strong polishes, in what is overall an excellent collection. It's really hard to pick a favourite but I'd have to say I'm leaning towards Giggity Giggity Goo. I love the combination of a nude colour with holo shimmer.

What is your favourite out of these three? Are you a Family Guy fan?

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.*

11 September 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Eighteen, Half Moons: Fall Gradient

Hi everyone! I'm a tad late, but I have my half moon design for the 31 Day Challenge. The half moon design has always come across as one of those classic looks, and this was my first time trying it. However, now that it's on my nails, it feels a bit odd. I can't pinpoint whether I like or dislike this design. Does anyone else ever feel like that?




About this design: I was originally influenced by these half moons I saw on The Nailasaurus. Coincidentally, it was also done for the 31 Day Challenge. I really enjoyed the combination of gradients with half moons. At the same time, I got the fall collection from Polished by Alexandra in the mail to review. The gorgeous shimmery fall colours just really appealed to me right away.

Gradient Half Moons

Gradient Half Moons

How to get this look: I used Polished by Alexandra The Witching Hour (a purple shimmer) and Gourdeous (a shimmery copper). I started with copper on most nails with the exception of the accent nail. I sealed it with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top (any quick dry top coat would work) and used hole reinforcements to mask off the bottom "half moon" part of my nail. I did the gradient with a makeup sponge and the opposing colour along the bottom, and a bit of the base colour on the top. I hope that makes sense. I finished by doing some minor touchups with a detail brush and sealing with one coat of Clearly On Top.

Gradient Half Moons

Gradient Half Moons

Overall, I'm happy with how they turned out, being my first half moon design, however, they read school colours to me. I don't know why - normally I like purple and copper/gold together. But the two polishes make the perfect gradient and I'm tempted to use these again - or two other polishes from this collection - to do a gradient design.

What do you think of these? Do you like half moon designs?

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30 August 2013

Girly Bits Remember Aja...Raising Awareness About "The Choking Game"

Hi everyone! Ever since I received this polish from Girly Bits, I've been very reluctant to write this post. My main concern is whether I should just post some swatches and give a bit of background info on the polish, or whether I should discuss my own personal story in the hopes that it will get people to take notice of the issues that inspired the creation of this polish. Since I tend not to get personal on this blog, and since my family reads it (hi mom! hi step-dad!) you can see why I'm feeling hesitant.

About Aja: But first a bit of a back story. Remember Aja was created in memory of Aja Chandler, an 11-year-old girl from Belle River, Ontario, who died in March of this year from playing the choking game. You can read more about her story in the Windsor Star and on rememberaja.org. Pam, the maker of Girly Bits created Remember Aja as a fundraiser to raise money to go to a fund in Aja's memory, money that will go to raising awareness about the choking game and for a youth soccer scholarship.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

The Choking Game: Also called the fainting game, it involves intentionally cutting off one's oxygen supply in order to achieve a temporary high. The person faints for a brief moment then comes to. It's completely dangerous and can lead to moderate to severe brain damage, mental disability and even death. Kids will either tend to do it alone or will do it in groups. More can be learned here.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

My own experience: When Pam released this polish, it made me think of my own experience with the choking game back when I was in high school, an experience that only happened once but it's something I never told my family. See, in high school, I was very motivated to achieve academically. I was on the honor roll, taking AP courses, thinking about college. But I was also a bit reckless, prone to going along with the crowd, you know, typically high school behavior.

I only played the choking game once, on a band trip, when I was about 15 or 16. It was a group of us and we were in our hotel when someone introduced the idea. For some reason (stupidity, hidden sadist tendencies?!) I did the choking job, while other people got a high from my actions. Stupid I know, I'm kinda regretting putting this out there. But sometimes even the smart, responsible kids do dumb things.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

What's my point? My point is that if you have kids, or know people who have kids, you should talk to them about the choking game. Don't wait for "signs" to appear. There might not be any. In my case it was a one time deal, and luckily no one got hurt, but it could have gone horribly wrong. Even though I couldn't have gotten hurt, I could have hurt, or worse, killed someone accidentally, which would undoubtedly have effected me for the rest of my life.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

Sometimes I wonder, can polish make a difference? In this case I think it does. Not only does it raise money for a good cause, it raises awareness about an important issue. I don't need to do a survey to know that there are a lot of moms in the nail polish community. So if you are one of those moms, please make a note either now, or when your kids get older, to talk to them about this.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

About this polish: To raise money and awareness about this important issue, Pam created a warm-toned purple linear holo. It also has a gorgeous pink shimmer that catches the eye at times. To give you some information about the polish, the holo effect is what I would call a medium holo effect - it's not in-your-face holo, but it's very noticeable in the sun. The formula is perfect and it goes on very smooth and is self-leveling. I used three coats here.

Girly Bits Remember Aja

My apologies for rambling on, but sometimes things are important to me and I want to write about them. Don't forget to visit rememberaja.org to educate yourself about the hazards of this "game".

What do you think of this polish? And how do you feel about polishes for a cause?

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.*

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.*

08 August 2013

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have another stunning polish from Contrary Polish for you today. Gift Wrap was released for the Contrary Polish one year anniversary - the name comes from the (Western?) tradition of couples exchanging/receiving some kind of paper gift for the first wedding anniversary. When I first saw this posted on the Contrary Polish Facebook page, I placed an order right away! It's not very often that I am immediately taken by a polish - I find recently that it is happening less so.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

It's such a gorgeous polish I had a hard time narrowing down the pictures to show you! I hope you don't mind. ;)

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Gift Wrap is a warm-toned purple with an iridescent blue-green shimmer. The blue shimmer is very fine while the green/iridescent shimmer looks more like fine flakes. On the nails the colour takes on more of a bluish tone undoubtedly due to the shimmer.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

I needed three coats for full coverage and the formula was excellent. It went on very smooth, and was completely self-leveling. It dries to a satin finish so you will need top coat to make it glossy, but I always wear a top coat so that wasn't an issue for me.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

I can't get over how beautiful this is. The colour itself is a bit of a chameleon - in the bottle and under the lights, it looks lighter and leans towards magenta, not under direct light and it looks darker, more of a grape purple. I find the colour very sophisticated, and the shimmer gives it such luminosity. I definitely see myself wearing this again.

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap (direct light)

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap (direct light)

What do you think of this polish? And since several indies have come out with anniversary polishes recently, what do you think of the idea? Have you bought any?

I bought this directly from Contrary Polish, Carrie was selling full-sized bottles, but only for a limited time. Minis can be ordered directly from Contrary Polish; for full size polishes, check out a list of distributors on the Contrary Polish Blog. I know this will be available on Llarowe soon, check their Facebook page for more details.
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