Monthly Archives: April 2012

Today I have another incredible indie polish for you–Hatched from Whimsical Ideas by Pam!

I arrived home to find nail mail — my favourite kind of mail!!! — and this is what was in the bag:

How incredibly cute are these bottles??? The labels, the little bows (which I accidentally cut into in my haste to open the bubble wrap lol), and these gorgeous bottles, reminiscent of one of my favourite brands, A England…. What’s there not to love??

Even though I had JUST done my nails and they were as glossy as can be, I needed to wear Hatched. My quest for a pale pastel yellow has been long and fruitless, and when I spotted Hatched, I knew it had to be mine. Not to mention my love of any polish that is in a pastel or white base… sigh!!!

I sometimes worry about indie polishes not having great coverage, or not being what I had hoped they would be… this has happened to me in the past, and let me tell you, it can be so disappointing.

I’ll let you judge for yourself. Here is Hatched at 1 coat:

Not bad!!

And now, Hatched at 2 coats (with base coat, 1 coat of Gelous, and 1 coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat – my new go-to top coat), indoor lighting:

The indoor light was reflecting and making Hatched appear lighter than it really is…  luckily we had some sun earlier and I managed to capture it in daylight for you:

Pastel perfection!

What do you think?

Do you love it as much as I do?

Pam from Whimsical Ideas by Pam takes orders via email, through her Facebook page, and I think she is only going to get more popular! Happy shopping!


Hi there!  It’s time for another guest-post! Two in a row, I know, I’m on a roll!!

Today I have two polishes from the OPI Spring 2011 Texas Collection; Guy Meets Gal-veston and Big Hair, Big Nails, which ended up being a comparison post because I actually thought I had a mislabeled bottle or something, but more on that later.

I searched out Guy Meets Gal-veston mainly due to its perfect happy coral colour and the promise of my beloved jelly finish.  Which OPI has rebranded as a sorbet, but I’ll take it either way, jelly, sorbet, whatever.

Here I have on one coat of OPI basecoat, 3 thin coats of Guy Meets Gal-veston and one coat of Essie Good To Go topcoat.  All photos are taken in either direct or indirect natural lighting.  It was a beautiful afternoon today!

You can really see the shine and delicious squishy jelly finish in the photo below. Guy Meets Gal-veston really is a perfect pinky-coral that was a breeze to apply.  Really very easy application, with such a glossy finish even without the added topcoat.  I think this picture really captures the true colour on the nail.

My dear friend, The Obsessed was grabbing a few polishes the other week and asked if I wanted anything.  I had just received my Guy Meets Gal-veston, and I asked her to pick up the only other colour from the Texas Collection that I could remember off the top of my head, Big Hair, Big Nails.


It appears I got the same polish twice.  Now let’s play a little game, called Can You See a Difference?  Here are the two polishes:

Anything?  Even a hint of a different colour?  Really, they are different, look:

Ok, so Guy Meets Gal-veston is on the left and Big Hair, Big Nails is on the right.

Onto my nails… can you see a difference now?

Here, I’ll help you out……

Crazy!!  They really do look like the exact same shade.  The only fingers that look remotely different are my index and middle fingers, and I wonder if I was just heavy-handed with my application on one of them or something.

There is ever so slightly a difference between the two polishes, Guy Meets Gal-veston looks ever so slightly more berry toned than Big Hair, Big Nails which has a hint more red in it, but WOW are these ever similar.  I have to wonder what OPI was thinking releasing almost perfect dupes in the same collection.

In the end, I’m in LOVE with both of these polishes; the sorbet finish, the pro-wide brush, the ease of application and the incredible shine.  Do I need both colours? Definitely not, but I really can’t resist a sorbet/jelly so I’m (ahem) keeping both bottles.

~xo, Mai~

Hello! After a long absence due to my lack of camera charger (tres frustrating), I’m back with a review of Lynnderella’s Nosegay from her most recent collection, Lovely Is As Lovely Does.
Nosegay is a delicate lilac-coloured base polish with medium purple glitter in a variety of small shapes: square, hex, circular and some micro glitter.  All glitter is the same shade of purple and this really appealed to me, along with the fact that I’m apparently purple-obsessed.
As soon as Nosegay arrived in the mail from Llarowe, I knew I had the perfect base: Zoya’s Miley which is my current favourite polish.  Miley is a gorgeous pale purple-grey JELLY!!  Its application is a breeze for a newbie like me, and it dries to the most perfect sheer jelly finish.
As you can see in this side bottle shot of Nosegay, the bottle I got wasn’t mixed very well.  There was a lot of white at the base and the purple was sort of suspended at the top.  I did a lot of vigorous shaking to help blend the two colours, but even after all of that the two colours have yet to perfectly mix together.  I found with this Lynnderella that the glitter was very well distributed throughout the bottle, even though the colour distribution was poor. I didn’t have pooling of glitter at the bottom like I did with Gotta Love Brains (see review here).
Here I have on an OPI basecoat, 3 thin coats of Zoya Miley, one coat of Nosegay (with a bit of spot-glittering with the brush) and one coat of Essie Good to Go topcoat.  Even with all of these layers on, my overall manicure doesn’t feel thick like it does when I wear cream polishes, I think that’s one reason I love jelly polishes so much.  Miley does build to a nice opacity with 3 coats but it isn’t 100% opaque.
What do you think?  Are you a fan of the jelly and glitter look?  Have you worn Nosegay with another base?
~xo Mai~

One of the bloggers recently started a 31-Day Challenge on Facebook at Painting Outside the Lines, and I decided to give it a go.

I’ve seen this particular challenge on a few blogs lately, and though I really don’t know if I can keep up, I thought I’d try and participate anyway. 🙂

So far it’s been a lot of fun, and one of the challenge days really inspired me….

This was a rush job, but given my adoration of white nail polishes, I fell in LOVE with this!!! It’s just a white base with Lynnderella’s Connect the Dots, which is slowly becoming my go-to top coat. CtD looks phenomenal on ANYTHING!!!!

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?


The other challenges included an orange day:

OPI A Good Mandarin is Hard to Find. I had no idea this was a jelly and I’ve had this for at least one or two summers!!! It is a perfect summer colour!

I then used this as a base for my next challenge which I haven’t posted yet, but here it is. Rainbow!

Let’s be honest. I could never wear this out in public but it was fun to be creative. lol.

Finally, here is another I tried just for fun: Polka Dots

Again… not sure I could wear some of these creative polishes to work but it was fun to challenge myself and create these.
Have you ever participated in these challenges? And how did you last all 30 or 31 days??


If you have read any of my posts, you’ll know just how much I adore A England polishes. They are incredibly shiny, extremely long-wearing, not to mention having the most gorgeous colour selection and pretty cool historic names.

During the recent sale in honour of Tristam’s 1st birthday, I picked up most of the colours I loved, including the beauty below. For those of you not yet familiar with the creator of this brand, read more about Adina Bodana here. Tristam is her adorable cat, and he has inspired two of her polishes so far: Tristam and Princess Sabra/Tristam Eyes.

Here is Galahad. A stunning dusty, slightly muted teal.

I had a tough time capturing the true colour of this polish with a camera. It kept leaning more blue than it really is.

And  since I also received a much-dreamt-about polish — Connect the Dots by Lynnderella– in my recent haul, I just had to top up Galahad:

One of the things that I tried but had a hard time capturing is the beautiful shimmer in CTD. While its base is pretty clear, it has tiny flecks of rainbow shimmer that sparkle when applied on the nail. Makes your polish look even shinier than it is!

Here’s another shot of this adorable mani:

For once, I think my mani is totally office-appropriate lol!

What do you think of Connect the Dots? Would you wear it over anything?


And as always, Lynnderella can be ordered via a special wish list system from Llarowe, while Galahad is available on Llarowe’s site or directly from A England.

I received some amazing nail mail yesterday!!!!

Both my order from A England and Llarowe‘s shipment arrived at the same time. What impeccable timing.

Chief among these beauties are two Lynnderellas I have been wanting to try for a while. It was so hard to decide which to wear first… Galahad with Connect the Dots?? or with Morgan La Fay? Or beautiful, regal Elaine?

I finally settled on gorgeous, subtle Iseult. Can I just say, what a classic shade of pink.

I am convinced this shade is for everyone. Looking for a summer colour to wear with a tan? Iseult!
How about a light and shimmery shade for the office? Iseult it is!

I honestly don’t know why I held off on purchasing this stunner for so long!

As much as I wanted to keep wearing Iseult, I had a ton of polish to try… so after a day, I added Lynnderella’s Matter of the Heart, another beauty I’ve been eyeing for some time.

I had some trouble with this one. Application was easy just to get the famous irridescent Lynnderella base colour on, but the glitter was mostly at the bottom of the bottle (even though I had the bottle upside down for some time before application). Even the tiny pieces would not stay on the brush. I also found the base to be super-runny and watery, and that’s perhaps why the glitter would not stay on the brush.

I had to literally stop wiping the brush and allow a lot of excess polish to get on my nail in order to get any of the glitter you see here…

You know what, after all that, I still love this colour.  It’s such a sweet and pretty mix… so feminine and cute.

My only concern is that out of all my glitter manis, this is probably the least office-appropriate!

How do you guys like Matter of the Heart? Or gorgeous Iseult? 🙂

Lately I have seen so many indie polish-makers emerge that it has blown my mind. It’s as though a trend has emerged, wherein the franken polish is overtaking the mass market. Even the big guns are paying attention — have you seen the glitters and flakies emerging with OPI (Muppets collection anyone?) or with China Glaze (hello Luxe and Lush, Hunger Games collection)? Not to mention that there are whole brands dedicated to flakies!

Having said all this, I am in love with the creativity of the indie polish makers. And speaking of creative, look at this beauty I finally buckled and purchased:

I ADORE Expecto Patronum. I mean, just adore!!!

There is something about white jelly bases. Such a beautiful clean canvas, sprinkled with the most gorgeous blueish turquoise glitter, and dotted with the teeniest bit of pearl-coloured specks. The glitter in this polish is quite dense, some of it even settling on the bottom of the bottle.

Here is another shot of this beauty:

(Click to enlarge)

In these pics, I used two coats followed by a generous coat of OPI top coat. At first I worried a little that Expecto would not be very shiny (some frankens I’ve tried have had almost no shine), but the top coat brought its shine to life. I was thrilled!

And I have to say, this bottle was delivered much quicker than I anticipated–arriving in about 8 or 9 days, versus the usual minimum 2 weeks it takes from the US. And the bottle was beautifully packaged in a little sachet, with a Dollish Polish card, inside bubble wrap. Bullet-proof! 🙂

I guess my only slight confusion was over the current edition of Expecto, shown here, versus one purchased a couple of months ago, which seems to be more milky and sheer and much less glitter-dense. Not sure if that was a bad bottle/one-off, or if Dolly recently changed the formula.

Here is a pic of that older bottle:

Would love to hear your feedback or general thoughts!

Expecto Patronum is available from Dollish Polish’s Etsy store, which will hopefully open up again soon! 🙂

Happy polishing ladies! xo

(Please don’t mind my dry cuticles in these pics! :o)

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