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As much as I adore nail polish in a myriad of crazy colours – in all my makeup, actually – I love to go back to nudes and soft colours once in a while. So when nail mail arrived in the form of Whimsical Ideas by Pam, which I had been patiently awaiting for weeks, I could not decide which to try first!

You see, Pam no longer ships internationally so I had to get creative to order these beauties. And re-routing through the States takes a lot longer than I thought… πŸ™‚Β  I was so excited, I briefly contemplated wearing all of them at the same time!

Here are three of the beauties I ordered. (The 4th will be on its way soon!)

Because I had been itching for all of these beauties since the day I discovered Pam (why didn’t I just order them then, right??? I know…), it really was a tough call, but I chose Ooh La La!

Ooh La La! is a stunning, very sheer, bubble gum pink. Not bubblegum pink in a Katy Perry kind of way, but in a French manicure, elegant kind of way. Dispersed in the pink goodness there are tiny light blue micro glitters, along with lavender, small hex glitters.

Something worth noting: when I received the bottle, I expected a lot of sparkle via the lavender glitters, but this polish is not like that. At first I thought the bottle had settled and that’s why I could not get visible hex glitters on my nails, but it seems that Ooh La La! is meant to be more demure. πŸ™‚

Ok enough reading… here are some pics!

Ooh La La! in the shade

Ooh La La! direct sunlight (with lots of residual cuticle oil, apparently) : )

alternate shade

And finally, so you can see the glitter, here is a macro shot:

As you can see, Ooh La La! is very sheer.Β  For these swatches, I wore Ooh La La! on its own (I always like to see what polishes look like without undies). I used a base coat of A England’s The Knight, followed by three coats of Ooh La La! and a top coat of China Glaze Fast Forward quick-dry top coat. I could probably have added a fourth coat but I don’t know how much of an impact that would have had on the opacity.

I love this look. If I had painted my tips white, this would have been a gorgeous glitter French mani!

What do you think? Is Ooh La La! on your wishlist? πŸ™‚

~xo

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Who doesn’t love Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s??Β  I kept seeing China Glaze’s aptly-named For Audrey swatched all over, and the few times I remembered to look for it, I could not find it. Thanks to some amazing Facebook fans’ advice, I finally found it at a local Sally Beauty!!

Though I have at least three or four different shades of turquoise, I simply had to have For Audrey, if for nothing else, just for Audrey.

Scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The colour is gorgeous. It is the perfect Tiffany blue.

I was not disappointed. As with most China Glaze lacquers, For Audrey went on beautifully, and is shown here at two coats.


I used China Glaze’s Strong Adhesion base coat under two coats of For Audrey.

The polish was gorgeous, shiny and chip-free for the few days that I wore it as a creme….

I had been inspired by another blogger’s post about Whimsical Ideas by Pam’s Kitty Glitter where she had swatched it over For Audrey, and was dying to try it! These polishes are a match made in heaven! Kitty Glitter, as you can see from my previous post here, is a very sheer Tiffany-blue, needing at least three coats for opacity.

Here it is with For Audrey as a base:

Compared to Kitty Glitter alone, no base:

Kitty Glitter and For Audrey share a gorgeous base colour, and I love the way they complement each other.Β  Being the crazy perfectionist that I am, though, I would like to try Kitty Glitter over a light coat of For Audrey, as I felt the base drowned out the beauty of Kitty Glitter. I kept thinking I was wearing OPI’s Piroutte My Whistle over For Audrey instead of gorgeous Kitty Glitter!!

(If you don’t believe me, check out Scrangie’s pic of Piroutte here!)

Which do you like better? Kitty Glitter with For Audrey, or Kitty Glitter alone?
Or maybe just For Audrey alone?

I recently raved about Hatched, a beautiful pale yellow glitter polish from Whimsical Ideas by Pam. I was so happy with that polish, especially since my search for a gorgeous pale yellow had been long (and mostly fruitless).

Today I have for you Kitty Glitter, another polish from Whimsical Ideas by Pam. This is a beautiful pale blue polish with medium-sized silver hex and tiny silver glitter.

There were no application issues with the glitter, but the base polish is rather sheer, not in a jelly way. I think next time I will definitely use it over a base colour for better coverage.

Here it is with a base coat, 2 coats of Kitty Glitter and a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward top coat – the fastest-drying, shiniest top coat.

Indoors – daylight

 

Direct sunlight

Direct sunlight alternate shot

 

You can see the beautiful Tiffany-blue base in these shots. I just wish this polish provided a touch more coverage. Hatched was opaque at 2 coats whereas I think Kitty Glitter needs a third coat or a base colour.
Having said this, my favourite shot of Kitty Glitter was this, where it reflects the beautiful blue sky and almost appears silver.

Kitty Glitter and Pam’s other polishes can be purchased from her Facebook page; however, sad news for my international and fellow Canadian readers: she recently changed her policies and now only ships to US addresses. I was so disappointed as I had another order planned.

 

So what do you guys think? Was this too sheer? Just right?

 

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…Β  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!

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