Showing posts with label teal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teal. Show all posts

25 December 2013

Girly Bits Get Weaponized and Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone! Merry Christmas if you celebrate, and if you don't, I hope you had a relaxing day of movies and Chinese food! It seems odd to be wearing a polish with such an aggressive name for my Xmas mani, but I couldn't have asked for something more perfect, or gorgeous. It also was the ideal base for some snowflakes so make sure to check out the full post.

Girly Bits Get Weaponized

09 November 2013

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Swatches

Hello everyone! Things have been quiet over hear on account of work, but I'm very excited to be showing you some Femme Fatale swatches tonight!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics, an indie brand and distributor based in Australia, is probably amongst my favourite indie brands. They are constantly introducing polishes that become lemmings for me. Also they make and sell gorgeous mineral eyeshadows - I bought some a few months ago, and I seriously use them at least 2-3 times per week. If you have not checked them out, I encourage you to do so!



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.*

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?

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?

30 June 2013

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, Swatches and Review: Part 2

Hi everyone! As promised I have the second half of the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection - a collection of eight shimmery texture polishes. Make sure you check out part one if you missed it. As I explained in my previous post, my local drugstore display had eight polishes, however, the reviews I've seen so far show only six polishes. I'm assuming that the blogger packages sent out didn't contain the entire collection. So I have two polishes today that you probably haven't seen before - unless you've already found them in stores.

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, part two

The formula and application for these is the exact same as the previous four polishes I reviewed. For all four that I'm showing here, I used a base coat, two coats of polish, and no top coat, as per the instructions that came with the polish. I found the application to be great, they go on very evenly and dry to a fine texture. The dry time is good - I wish it was a bit faster, but it is not too bad.

I Lilac Gumdrops is a lavender texture with silver shimmer. I really love the shimmer because it looks like tiny micro-flakes. The colour is also very pretty as well.

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Like in my previous post, the first two pictures are taken in my lightbox, and the third picture is taken under direct light.

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Lemon Lolly is aptly name - it's a lemon yellow shimmery texture. It has a squishy jelly-like finish similar to Candy is Dandy. There's a bit of visible nail line but it is not too noticeable in person. It's not the most flattering colour on me, but if you like yellow you will enjoy this one.

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

My Cherry Amour is a berry red jelly. It has a scattered holo that is visible in the bottle but not as noticeable on the nails. Like Lemon Lolly and Candy is Dandy it has kind of a wet look, which I'm not sure how I feel about. I really love the colour on this one though, and it does have a nice shimmer, I just wish you got to see more of the scattered holo.

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

That's What I Mint is an odd name for a polish that is not mint coloured. It's a vivid teal blue with gold and blue shimmer. It has a somewhat metallic finish and it is very shimmery and glittery, much like Cinna-Man of My Dreams. Both polishes are very similar in terms of finish and shimmer, both also have the same depth in terms of colour.

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Overall, I really like this collection. The texture is nice and I like how there is some variation in terms of finish and shimmer. I would have to say my favourites are Cinna-Man of My Dreams and That's What I Mint. The shimmer and finish on these two is just gorgeous! My Cherry Amour is a close runner up!

What do you think of these? Do you plan on getting anything from this collection?

Edit: According to a public relations representative from Nicole by OPI, Lemon Lolly and That's What I Mint are exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and are not available in the US. However, some readers have noted that That's What I Mint is available on CVS.com.

03 June 2013

Cadillacquer Cute Poison, Dollhouse, and Serendipity, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good weekend! I took the time off from blogging but I did so much polish shopping. I went to Buffalo in New York State and did some shopping, came back to Toronto did some more shopping, bought some stuff online... There's so much cool stuff, I just need more time and more hands to swatch it all. Haha! :)

A while back, over a month now, I purchased some Cadillacquer polishes from Harlow & Co. You can see the first part of my Cadillacquer haul here. And now, finally, I have the rest of them to show you. Unfortunately these are all sold out, but maybe if we beg, plead, cry, and whine enough, Katie will bring more Cadillacquer to her store. I love these polishes but the shipping from the Cadillacquer Etsy store is too expensive for me.

Cadillacquer Dollhouse, Serendipity, and Cute Poison

All three polishes had a great formula. They went on very smooth and the consistency was perfect - not too thin or thick. I really like how these polishes are so easy and effortless to apply, because that is not always the case with indie polishes.

Cute Poison is a muted teal blue/green creme with small black squares and tiny teal and fuchsia glitter. The polish looks very complex but up close you see that it is actually quite simple. I really like the unusual mixtures of colours and the addition of black to this one. I used three coats, although two may work.

Cadillacquer Cute Poison

Cadillacquer Cute Poison

Dollhouse is what I call conservative with a twist - the kind of indie that you could wear in a more conservative work environment. It's a pale mauve creme with pink micro-glitter, tiny silver squares, small silver hexes, and small pink squares and circles. I really like polishes like this, they are perfect for when I want something more muted and toned down, but not boring. This was three coats.

Cadillacquer Dollhouse

Cadillacquer Dollhouse

Serendipity is a dusty pale blue with a pink shimmer and tiny/small magenta hexes. It's probably the most simple of the three and yet it's my favourite. I love the blue colour and the speckled look it has. This was three coats, and like the others the formula was great.

Cadillacquer Serendipity

Cadillacquer Serendipity

I love that these three are very cohesive in appearance, yet all unique. I'm also impressed by the excellent formula that is consistent with all three polishes. So far I only have good things to say about Cadillacquer and I'm looking forward to what this brand comes out with in the future.

As mentioned, I bought these at Harlow & Co., where they are currently sold out. Cadillacquer is also available through Etsy. Follow both Cadillacquer and Harlow & Co. on Facebook for updates.

What do you think of these? Which one, if any, is your favourite??
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