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Wow, we are already in week 2 of our joint Go Pink effort to in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Andrea from Finger Painting Fingers (who led this amazing effort!) and a whole slew of bloggers are sharing our pink manis every Wednesday throughout October!

Today I bring you some of my favourite pink manicures.

First up, one of my very favourite “near-nudes” that I have previously written about here, A England’s Iseult. This stunning, delicate pink polish is perfect for everything from a wedding mani to an office-appropriate mani.

Next I have another stunner, this time from piCture pOlish. I featured this polish as part of piCture pOlish’s Blogfest! Here is Tease! Is this silver microglitter not amazing?

And because this amazing polish sparkles so incredibly, here is a shot in the sun:

The next mani isn’t technically pink as its base colour, Essie’s Sure Shot, leans fuchsia with a shimmer, but together, Lynnderella’s Boy Girl Party and Sure Shot sure look pink together!! I just LOVE this combo!! (see all the pics here)

So what is your favourite pink polish of all time?

~xo



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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

 

A few months ago I was shown a perfect shade of pastel yellow jelly nail polish. Not only was it the perfect jelly, one I have been looking for, but the bottle was ADORABLE!!! The polishes were capped with a CORK and wrapped with raffia! How cute is that!!

I set out to find this elusive brand. I had to have it.

After some digging, I found Megan Miller Collection on Facebook and on their website. Though they do have a great e-commerce website, as with many indie brands starting out, their shipping to Canada was pricey and not well-thought-out at all. After some communication with the company on Facebook, they made shipping possible and I placed my order for these beauties!

Shipping was quick though not as painless as I had hoped. There was a high brokerage fee charged by UPS – not something I expected and have never encountered before – so I do hope the company is able to iron out international shipping as I suspect they will become very popular.

I must admit, once the bottles arrived, the long search for MMC and the delivery was forgotten:

Tell me these are not the cutest bottles ever! Left to right: Coral Bliss, Giada Pink, and the much-sought-after Lemon Ice!

Today I have for you Coral Bliss. This is the perfect summer shade. A true coral, leaning more pink than orange and therefore flattering to almost all skin tones. This is a jelly!! I adore jelly polishes!

Like all jellies, this polish can be built up, layer after layer. Here it is at just one layer, after a base coat of A England’s The Knight basecoat. The colour is vivid and gorgeous:

Below it is at 2 coats:

2 coats, indoors

2 coats in direct sunlight

Coral Bliss is gorgeous. I had no trouble with application though this is definitely a two-coater, maybe even three. If you don’t mind some visible nail lines (I don’t), then two is great.

I simply LOVED this polish. I loved the colour, the consistency, the application, and the dry time. I used A England’s The Shield top coat, and it dried to an amazing shiny finish. I do have to admit that after a few days, it was not as shiny as when first applied, and I have noticed this with many other jellies. For some reason, they don’t hold shine as well as opaque polishes.

Instead of adding a simple top coat to bring the shine back, my boredom/ADD had kicked in and I decided to spice it up and add Connect the Dots instead. Connect the Dots is a polish I don’t get to wear too often. All the Lynnderella drama aside, this original black and white topper is genius. It looks amazing on everything, and Coral Bliss was no exception!

Coral Bliss topped by Connect the Dots, sunlight

 

What do you think?
Have you experienced Megan Miller Collection polishes yet, and if not, are they on your wishlists? 🙂

 

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? 🙂

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