Friday, August 30, 2013

Mix & Match Zebra and Polka Dot Nails

Animal print: my go-to nail art choice when I'm feeling uninspired. Luckily, I never tire of a fun animal print mani!


One of my clients recently brought me a photo that she found on Pinterest of a similar design using pink, black and white. We did that on her nails and I loved it so much that I just had to replicate it on my own nails. Sadly there was no watermark on the photo so I'm not sure where it originates from.


I used all China Glaze products to achieve this look. I first started with a base of China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer, a wonderful bright mint creme on all of my nails. Then I used a striper brush and China Glaze White on White to section off diagonal blocks on both my middle and pinky nails. While that dried, I got to work on the black zebra stripes and polka dots on my thumb (not shown), index and ring fingers using China Glaze Liquid Leather. Once those designs were complete, I went back to the white sections and added some zebra stripes over those. Finally, I added a coat of Seche Vite to finish the design.


Oh and here's what it looked like on her nails using pink instead of green! This is also done with gel as opposed to polish, and she also likes to have a slanted design instead of full nail designs because she finds it looks nicer that way when it's growing out in between appointments.


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Review & Swatches - OPI DS Lapis & Pewter for Fall 2013

Oh my poor little neglected blog, how I've missed you!

I feel pretty awful about my lack of posting as of late, but I have to be honest with myself and all of you by admitting that wedding planning has basically taken over my life. It's a good thing and I'm definitely very excited about it, but it's also very time consuming, especially when I have to cram all of the planning in in a 4 month period.

When I'm not actually out doing wedding planning things, such as attending wedding shows, meeting with potential florists or my decorator, etc, I'm at least spending my time browsing Etsy or Pinterest for inspirations/ideas. So the wedding is pretty much all I've been thinking about! I've even been wearing the same nail polish for the past 10 days! Shame on me.

Anyways, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I haven't forgotten about you guys or my blog, my time has just been stretched very thin lately, and I honestly can't imagine it getting much better as the big day gets closer and closer. I'll still be posting, so don't count me out of your blog readers, but I simply can't live up to my pre-wedding planning standards of ~5 posts per week. I know you guys will understand. :)

So with all of that said, today I'll be showing you the two new Designer Series polishes for Fall 2013 by OPI. The textured polish trend is huge right now so both of these new additions to the DS line have a textured finish.


Lapis is a royal blue base packed with lots of fine blue and silver glitter. I absolutely love this colour - even with a matte finish it's still quite rich looking. The formula was on the thick side, but still quite easy to work with. My photos show two coats.



Pewter is a charcoal grey base with lots of fine and small silver glitter mixed throughout. This reminds me of OPI Metallic 4 Life from the Nicki Minaj Collection, except that I personally didn't like that one at all. The glitter in that one felt too chunky and lumpy for me, while this one has much finer glitter pieces so I think it looks a lot nicer. The formula was really good and I've shown two coats below.



I found the textured finish of these DS polishes to be less gritty than most other textured polishes - it's more like a really fine sandy effect. I like both of them a lot and I'm happy to add them to my stash. However if I had to pick a favourite of the two, it would definitely be Lapis.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

butter LONDON Colour Clash Giveaway & Nail Art Contest!

Hey everyone!

So a couple of days ago when I showed you the butter LONDON Colour Clash Collection, I hinted that there might also be a giveaway of this collection. Here it is! I've partnered with butter LONDON Canada and a couple of other bloggers to bring you this giveaway and nail art contest!


The Colour Clash Collection is butter LONDON's new Fall 2013 collection and it consists of six bright and fun polish shades. You can gain entries to win one of the Colour Clash shades of your choosing simply by liking any or all of the Facebook pages listed. However, you can enter to win the whole collection by creating your own butter LONDON nail art look and sharing it on the butter LONDON Canada Facebook page.

NOTE: Because this contest is hosted by butter LONDON Canada, it is limited to residents of Canada.

For a little inspiration, here's a few looks I've done using butter LONDON lacquers:




What's super fun about this for me is that I'm going to be one of the judges who chooses the winning nail art look! The other bloggers/judges are Stephanie from Sincerely Stephanie and Winnie from The Rawr Shop.

So go ahead and enter as many ways as possible for a chance to win one or even all of these great butter LONDON polishes!

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Good luck!
I can't wait to see all of your gorgeous butter LONDON nail art designs!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Review & Wear Test - CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish

CND has released a revolutionary new line of polishes called VINLYUX which are supposed to last seven days without chipping. I was obviously a bit skeptical, so I decided to pick up a few and do a full wear test.

First off, here's a little info about the VINYLUX system:

  • Innovative system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat
  • Top Coat contains new ProLight Technology which enhances durability over time with exposure to natural light
  • In consumer testing of hundreds of manicures, more than 80 percent of clients had no chipping after seven days
  • VINYLUX dries completely in just eight and a half minutes
  • Comes in 62 fashion-forward polish colors

All of this sounds pretty amazing, right? But does it work? Check out my experience with VINYLUX below.


I'm a girl who likes to change her mani pretty frequently, so I was glad to see that VINYLUX offers a really good range of colours so that I was able to find a few shades that I could see myself actually wearing for a full week. I purchased three shades, two green ones (surprise, surprise) and a coral. Since the coral seemed a bit more season appropriate, that's the one I chose for this wear test.

The shade is called CND VINYLUX Tropix and it's a nice bright and creamy coral. The formula was really great and it applied just as nicely as any good formula nail polish.

Application:

1. The instructions say to cleanse the nail first, so I used my Entity Nail Prep to make sure all traces of oil and old polish were completely removed from my nails. Since I'm a nail tech, the cleanser was something I already had, but you could just use some nail polish remover or acetone.
2. Next, I added two coats of CND VINYLUX Tropix.
3. I waited 5-6 minutes for it to dry a little and then applied one coat of the CND VINYLUX Weekly Top Coat.

The Results:

Day One - These photos were taken pretty much immediately after I applied the CND VINYLUX Weekly Top Coat. The colour is super pretty and it's looking pretty shiny at this point.



Day Three - The mani still looks great, although the shine has dulled slightly. Tip wear is minimal.




Day Five - The shine has dulled a little more and tip wear is more noticeable, but mostly only at the corners of my nails.




Day Seven - The mani is still holding up pretty well, although now the tip wear is definitely noticeable. The polish has pretty much worn off completely from the back sides of my nails (from where I wrapped the tips). However, even after a full seven days, this mani still looks pretty good and if I was in a time crunch, I wouldn't mind leaving it on for another day or more.




I should note that I didn't give my nails any extra special treatment during these seven days. I went about my daily routine as normal, so this endured through washing dishes, household cleaning, showers, typing, etc.

So overall, the CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish System delivers a pretty solid manicure. I'd say the system it best for anyone who doesn't want to or doesn't have the time to change their polish more often, but also doesn't want to have to commit to going to a salon every few weeks for a gel mani. I think it's the perfect happy medium between polish and gel!

I was happy to discover that Nail Polish Canada is selling the CND VINYLUX line, so you don't have to be a professional to purchase it, nor do you have to try finding it in any salons! Each of the Weekly Polish shades retails for $11.95 CAD, as does the Weekly Top Coat.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review & Swatches - butter LONDON Colour Clash Collection

Hey there!

Fall polish collections typically consists of dark and vampy colours, but this year butter LONDON went a whole different route and released a bright and colourful six piece collection for Fall. Let's take a look!


Cake Hole is a nearly neon reddish pink crelly (creme/jelly hybrid). I love this colour on me! The formula was really great and my swatch shows two coats.


Cotton Buds is an opaque white creme. White polishes can be difficult, but this one was pretty good. A tiny bit patchy, but not difficult. It's not quite opaque enough to use for stamping, but I did only need two coats for full coverage.


Giddy Kippers is a pretty indigo shimmer. This is the only non-creme of the group and it definitely doesn't disappoint. It's even more beautiful in person. The formula glided on really nicely and I needed two coats for the coverage you see below.


Pimms is a warm sunflower yellow creme. Warm yellows don't typically work very well with my skin tone so I tend not to wear them as full manicures, but this is a great yellow for me to use in nail art. The formula was pretty good for a yellow, although still a teensy bit patchy. My photo show two coats.


Silly Billy is a warm medium orange crelly. Every time I use a crelly formula polish I think I fall more and more in love with them. They just glide on so beautifully. I'm wearing two coats of Silly Billy below.


Wellies is a bright chartreuse creme. Oooh, this is definitely my favourite. I love how bright it is without venturing into neon territory. It actually reminds me of OPI Did It On 'Em from the Nicki Minaj Collection, but the formula of Wellies is significantly better than DIOE. My swatch shows two coats.


Overall, I really like this collection, especially considering that it's different and stands out amongst all of the other darker, vampier colours we're going to be seeing for Fall. My personal favourites are Cake Hole and Wellies.

I posted this last week, but in case you missed it, here's a nail art look I did using all of the shades from this collection!


If you like what you see, check back in a couple of days because there might just be an extra set to giveaway. ;)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Love Thy Polish Swatches

Today I have a new to this blog brand to share with you! It's called Love Thy Polish (cute name, right?) and it's an Australian indie brand. Let's get straight to some pretty swatches, shall we?


Bella Donna is a deep royal blue jelly with lots of blue flakes throughout. There's so much depth in this polish! I'm a fan. The formula was really great and I used three coats for my photos.



Drained is a deep raspberry jelly with ruby red glitter. In the bottle, this one looks like a black base with red glitter, but I like it much more like this because I already have a few black/red glitter polishes. The formula was super easy to work with and I used two coats of Drained for my swatch below.



Eggshell is a pale milky yellow with lilac, white and black glitter pieces throughout. The base colour of this one reminds me a lot of one of my all-time favourite polishes, Illamasqua Load, so this was already an instant favourite. Add the pretty glitter and I'm definitely sold. The formula was surprisingly good for this colour (yellows are notoriously on the difficult side)! It was a teeny bit patchy so I used three coats to even everything out.



He Lives In You consists of a blue-grey base with red, blue and white glitter. This is my personal least favourite of the bunch, just because I always find that shades like this don't seem to be very flattering on me. I think that greys, unless they're super dark greys, tend to wash me out. However, this is a fun polish and I would like it if I thought it worked on me. The formula was good and I used three coats for my photos.



No Ordinary Teddy Bear is a red-magenta jelly base with red and silver glitter. Hello, gorgeous! This is such a pretty shade! The formula was excellent and I used three coats for my photos.



Rhiannon is a deep green with heavy green and gold microflakes. It's no secret that I love green polish, but give it this rich sparkle and I'm definitely sold. The formula was superb and I used three coats below.



Shangri-La is a peachy nude linear holo. Wow, this baby is SUPER holo. Even in the natural lighting pic you can see the holo rainbows! The formula was excellent and I've shown three coats below.



The Only Snow in Town consists of a very pale blue base with tiny green and silver glitter throughout. This was a surprise favourite for me! There's something very calm and serene about this one that I really love. The formula was really great and I found that three coats provided the best result.



Overall, I'm incredibly impressed with these polishes. The formula was great on all of them and there's a really great variety of colours and finishes just among these eight alone.

Love Thy Polish shades can be purchased through the Love Thy Polish web store. The full size (12ml) and mini size (8ml) polishes retail for $9.50 and $6.50 AUD, respectively. For orders outside of Australia, visit Mei Mei's Signatures, who ships worldwide.

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