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I finally, finally, FINALLY got my hands on the BEAUTIFUL Zoya Gloss Trio. I mean, can you tell just how excited I am?? Jellies were made for ME!!!!

Not only that, but admire my bottle shot above!!! 6 Zoyas in all!! Don’t worry, I’ll bring you some more pictures of all the others soon. 🙂 And I’m also thrilled to try my very first bottle of Soulstice, but more on all that later!

I practically tore open the Zoya Gloss package in order to get my hands on these jellies! The very first one I tried is here:

That’s only 2 coats of Zoya Frida, a teal jelly beauty that layers amazingly well. For some reason, this Gloss collection has not received the best reviews, but I wonder if that’s because some people just don’t love jellies. I find them to be a very special breed of polish… I compare them to lipgloss – for the nails. It’s not for everybody, but those that love it, LOVE it. And I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect jelly! This was one of the best jelly polishes I have tried, by far! The consistency was a little thicker – almost gelatin-like, and you have to work quickly and evenly. But by the time I had applied the first coat, I was able to go back and apply the second without any more wait. And no bubbling!

If I was wearing this alone, I would have applied a third coat for sure. The Gloss collection is so glossy, it does not even need a top coat. See the picture above? No top coat and the polish is dry!

But I had other things in mind.

Let me show you:

A beautiful, perfect jelly sandwich!!!!

Allow me to introduce you to a new polish line called Kiss Your Elbow Nail Polish, whose gorgeous A Drop in the Ocean I layered between my Zoya Frida.

Cassidy, the super-sweet creator behind this brand, recently launched her inaugural line of 6 polishes, and she asked if I would swatch some for her. I keep pretending I don’t like blues and greens when it comes to polishes, but who am I kidding. Blue is actually my favourite colour, and water (especially the ocean) is my very favourite thing. So naturally I always gravitate towards these beauties, and A Drop in the Ocean was no different. And the moment I saw the bottle, I knew I had to layer it with Frida!

Let’s let the pictures do the talking!

Look at a polish macro:

And more jelly sandwiches!

And how about a macro shot? (Click the pic for full size!)

Let’s show Kiss Your Elbow some love on her Facebook page or by checking out A Drop in the Ocean in her Etsy shop! And there may just be a little something happening on my Facebook page soon… maybe a giveaway…?

I’ll have more Kiss Your Elbow polish for you again soon!

The Zoya Gloss Trio is available directly from Zoya if you’re in the US, or Nail Polish Canada, and I’m not sure just how long they’ll be there!

What did you think of Frida? And of A Drop in the Ocean?

xo

(Some products were provided for consideration and review.)

Yesterday I brought you the first part of my KBShimmer spam, and today I bring you two more Fall 2012 beauties!

KBShimmer has released 8 gorgeous polishes for fall (which you can see on her Facebook page), and I was lucky enough to preview four of them for you. First up, Quantum Leaf, a beautiful orangy-gold base with orange, copper, red and gold hex and microglitters. This was such an interesting polish – it really looks like ‘fall in a bottle’ to me! Quantum Leaf left me with the image of driving through a tree-lined road in the fall, with red, yellow and rust-coloured leaves dancing in the trail of my car… just magical.

Quantum Leaf, 2 coats in sunlight

Isn’t it beautiful? Here is another shot:

2 coats, shade

In the shade it looks more like a subdued mustard colour and the glitters really pop. I love Quantum Leaf, and will definitely be enjoying this beauty once the leaves start turning….

The second colour I have for you today is one of the “unexpected” variety – a stunning royal blue – with nary a glitter in sight. I Made a Bleu Bleu is a blue shimmer polish, and it is to-die-for!!!! Christy describes it on Facebook as “a Royal Blue base with subtle green shimmer and micro gold and purple sparkles,” but to be honest, I didn’t realize the shimmers were green or purple until I saw the photos. The polish dries to a gorgeous blue shade with this silvery-gold sheen, and it is the perfect blue! I often shy away from blues for work – I feel they can look immature or too bright – but this is a very elegant shade.

I Made a Bleu Bleu, 2 coats in sunlight

Look at that sheen, subtly dancing in the light!

2 coats in shade

And finally, a macro so you can see the beautiful shimmer up close (click on the pic to see it full size!):

I wore both polishes over a base coat and with top coat. Perhaps next time I will add a second coat of top coat or a coat of Gelous over Quantum Leaf to tame the glitter, but both polishes were shiny even on their own.

Again, these shades, along with the rest of KBShimmer’s Fall 2012 collection, will be available on September 1st directly from KBShimmer’s online shop. For us international fans, Harlow & Co is KBShimmer’s exclusive stockist!

Don’t forget to follow both KBShimmer and Harlow & Co on Facebook for the latest updates!

So which of the four I have previewed do you like better?  🙂

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review.)

In honour of the big reveal of a-England’s third and stunning collection by the super-talented Ommorphia Beauty Bar, I felt it was only appropriate to share more love for one of my most favourite brands. a-England has exceedingly surpassed every expectation I have ever had, both in quality, colour and creativity.

Today I bring you Iseult, a beautiful, light and shimmery shade of delicate pink with a pearly finish. I wore this gem before as a base colour (read about it here) and today I will combine it for you once again!

Here are 2 coats of Iseult in daylight:

I wore two coats of Iseult over a base coat of a-England’s The Knight, followed by a topcoat of The Shield.

Here is an indoor picture so you can see the beautiful, subtle shimmer of Iseult. Click on the pic for a full size pic:

I have owned another a-England stunner for some time without writing about it… Here is my gorgeous Iseult mani topped with a coat of Morgan Le Fay, a magical “luminescent white silver” according to a-England’s website. Beauty in a bottle!

And another indoor pic that I love because of the slight blur on the right side of the picture. Blur always demonstrates the pearly, slight holo effect so much better!

This is one of the most universally flattering manicures I have seen. Iseult is so delicate that it is at once beautiful, simple, and best of all, office-appropriate! Even with Morgan Le Fay, the mani is not overly glittery or bright. Iseult is a lady of a colour, and I adore this combo, summer or winter.

You can purchase a-England directly on their website, from Nail Polish Canada, or from their US stockist Llarowe.

What do you think of this mani?

Today I have for you a preview of one of the many upcoming Fall 2012 collections being released, and I am so excited for my very first KBShimmer post!

I can’t believe that we are talking about fall (and have been for a few weeks already!) since it’s still hot August weather here, yet as much as I adore summer, I love the colours of fall and the feeling it brings of a new beginning.

And with those fall colours in mind, KBShimmer has released a gorgeous collection for fall, with both unexpected bursts of brightness and vampy deep shades to transition us to winter.

First up, Toucan Touch This, an almost-neon lime green jelly base packed full of a complex mix of glitters. KBShimmer describes it as “gold, green, teal, blue, and orange hex glitters, some holographic… Micro teal, orange and blue bars are accented by micro orange glitters.” And wait till you see this baby!

2 coats of Toucan Touch This in sunlight

Toucan was so glitter dense that I often had bunches of glitter in one area, but with a little maneuvering, I was able to get good coverage on the first coat. With 2 coats, above, there is still some VNL (visible nail line), but I actually like VNL. I also love the jelly base of Toucan so much that it is currently my pedicure polish!!

Here is a macro shot for you. Click on the picture if you’d like to see it in full size:

The second polish I have for you today is called simply, Jack. Many of you who follow my blog or follow me on Facebook know that in addition to white base polishes, I am obsessed with vampy shades; the darker, the better!! Jack is a black jelly base with multiple sizes of orange hex glitters, black hex glitters, and tiny orange and black bars. The black glitters aren’t visible in the bottle but they add a gorgeous dark contrast to the brightness of orange once on the nail.

Jack in full sunlight, 2 coats, no base colour

Because I usually like to swatch shades on their own, I did not add a black coat of undies before wearing Jack, but I can definitely see myself wearing it with undies next time. I do, however, love the suspended look of jellies on their own! And I do need to say that even without a top coat, Jack was surprisingly shiny. Beautiful!

Jack in shade

And finally a macro shot:

I will bring you two more beauties from KBShimmer in my next post!

These shades, along with the rest of KBShimmer’s Fall 2012 collection, will be available on September 1st directly from Christy’s online shop here. For us international fans, Harlow & Co is KBShimmer’s exclusive stockist!

Don’t forget to follow both KBShimmer and Harlow & Co on Facebook for the latest updates!

How do you like these two colours for fall?

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review.)

Today I have for you something a little different, something I have never tried myself… so this is extra-exciting for me!

Many of you have probably already tried nail polish appliques, but I’m a total newbie at this. And believe it or not, I was a little nervous to try them! I looked at the package a few times before ripping it open, fearing that I would not know how to apply them. Ridiculous, right? lol

China Glaze recently launched Real Nail Polish Appliques, and I was really excited to try them! In keeping with my love of white polishes, I decided to try their cool Loop Hole design.

They come in a tiny, flat package, with a cuticle stick and a mini file, which you will use when applying the appliques. The instructions are easy to follow, even illustrated for newbies like me. 🙂

There are 16 individual appliques in various sizes. One of the things I found odd was that there were 3 very small ones – are most pinky nails that much smaller than mine??? I hope I don’t get a “pinky nail complex” lol! Four of my nails were easily fitted, but I used one of the larger ones for my middle finger and cut the sides a little as there was no perfect fit. I started with my thumb and worked through the other fingers. The first applique on my thumb was the hardest to apply, both because it was the first and because it was the largest, most curved nail. For those of you who have never used these, I thought I would illustrate:

This is what it looked like when I had applied it to my thumb, before filing away the excess.

What’s great is that you can start to lay it on your nail, but remove and reapply if you don’t get it quite right. The appliques can also be stretched ever so slightly to accommodate the curvature of your nail, which helps them lie flat, just like nail polish would. I am not going to lie, I fumbled with the first couple of pieces! The applique is sandwiched between a clear cover (on top) and a backing, with the clear cover being removed first, and the backing removed when you are ready to apply to the nail (the applique is kind of like a sticker that you apply to your nail), and I kept neglecting to pull the tabs at the top to separate the applique from the two covers. However, when you finally get the hang of it, it moves much faster.

You finish up with a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat, and voila!

I loved trying these and love that you can get cool designs (leopard print anyone??) even if you are not nail-art-savvy. They are also great because there is literally no dry time! (Even if you apply Fast Forward Top Coat, which literally dries in seconds.)

China Glaze’s Real Nail Polish Appliques are available from Nail Polish Canada, and you can view their entire collection here!

(Product was provided for consideration and review.)

Today I have for you a polish I have been after for months! Dollish Polish’s Drop Your Sword!

I have tried and tried to purchase this baby but could never seem to catch it when the store was open, or it wasn’t offered in Dolly’s shop. My good friend and sometime-guest-blogger Mai had purchased this as one of her very early indies and was kind enough to share. Now that is a true friend… 😉

For some reason, I don’t seem to remember Drop Your Sword as being a pale blue, but that’s exactly what it is: a light baby blue with a gorgeous faint blue shimmer, with the occasional gold micro and hex glitter tossed in. It really is a pretty polish; more so in the bottle, unfortunately.
I wore two coats of Drop Your Sword over A England’s The Knight basecoat, followed by a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. The application was a little tricky… the polish was very quick to drag if I dared go over an area twice. So I tried to apply a thin coat and let it dry before the second coat, but I do wish it had been a little easier to use.

See the gorgeous blue flash?

And here is a macro shot. Please excuse the slightly drier hands and cuticles that day…yikes.

This polish isn’t glitter-heavy, which I kind of appreciated.

One last pic… I wish there had been sun that day! 😦

Dollish Polish can be purchased from Llarowe, Overall Beauty and her online shop (psst! She’s opening tomorrow afternoon with some select polishes!)

And follow her on Facebook for all the latest news and updates!

I started to look for a previous post I may have written on Lynnderella’s Boy Girl Party, and it turns out that I had not written one!! Considering that this is one of my few favourites from Lynnderella, I am baffled as to how this slipped through the cracks. Nevertheless, today I will make up for that!

Boy Girl Party is one of those polishes I had my eye on since it was released, though it took me some time to finally get my hands on it. I just love its crazy blue, turquoise, red, pink glitter mix! There are so many different kinds of glitter in here – it really is a party!

The first time I wore Boy Girl Party, I layered it over black because I knew the black would make the multi-colour glitter pop: I used A England’s Lancelot, my favourite “black” ever. (Even though Lancelot is actually a black-red, it often looks black unless layered over white or in direct sunlight. And the dreamy application of A England’s cremes make them my go-to polishes!)

Here it is with 2 coats of Lancelot:

I had been dying to try Boy Girl over a brighter base for some time, and I had my eye on Essie’s Sure Shot from the 2012 Resort Collection. Sure Shot is a blue-leaning magenta polish with a gorgeous shimmer.

This colour always reminds me of my mom’s polishes and lipsticks from the ’80s!! As far back as I can remember, cosmetic labels have released a shade like this every few years. In fact, when I first purchased this Essie set, I almost put Sure Shot aside for mom, untried!

My only regret is that I only used 1 coat of Sure Shot, thinking it would suffice as it applied quite evenly and provided good coverage. However, it streaked a little once I added BGP, especially where I had to manipulate the chunky glitter. I will have to redo this properly with 2 coats next time.

And here it is with BGP on it:

And one more:

I LOVE THIS LOOK!!!

I love the cool-tone of Sure Shot under Boy Girl Party, and this has officially beat my beloved Lancelot/Boy Girl Party combo!

I added two coats of top coat: one of A England’s The Shield, and one of China Glaze’s Fast Forward.

What do you think of the two combinations?

~xo

 

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