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As some of you who follow my social media streams may know, I’ve been a little quiet lately… unfortunately I lost my father a few days ago. The only positive in his passing is that he did not suffer long; he was diagnosed with a very aggressive and advanced cancer that would have destroyed his insides. It is a rotten disease that needs a cure; a cure that must, in our advanced society, surely be forthcoming. I also want to thank you for the many wishes and condolences you have sent our way…

 

Moving on to happier things, I wanted to introduce you to the beautiful Bella from Shimmer Polish! I recently reached out to Cindy to create a custom Shimmer… something vampy but different from her other vamps that I love. She came up with this beauty, a black jelly base with tons of burgundy glitter, hints of silver, and reflections of gold and red in sunlight. I asked Cindy to name it after my beautiful Doberman-mix Bella.

Bella’s black jelly base is quite sheer, so I layered it over the gorgeous crelly Dior Vernis Nuit 1947 to maintain the jelly qualities I so love. I used only one coat of the Dior, and added two thin coats of Shimmer Polish Bella, topped with two coats of top coat:

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Look at this beautiful macro (click to see full size pic):

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What do you think of my gorgeous Bella?

Get your very own Shimmer Polish here. Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos and new creations, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

~xo

If you liked yesterday’s post showing two of the new Colors by Llarowe Tribute to Michael Jackson collection, you will love today’s review!

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Much like Smooth Criminal, Dirty Diana is another stunning linear holo, this time in a magenta shade. Hot, yet with a slight subtleness to it, Dirty Diana is gorgeous! I used two easy coats for the photos, no top coat. Application, by the way, was a breeze with this perfectly-flowing, self-levelling polish.

With flash:

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In natural light:

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Is that not pretty?

Man in the Mirror is described as a dense silver microglitter with holo microglitter, and it is so dense it can be a full coverage glitter in two coats. What a perfect name for this polish… perfect for the song and reminiscent of MJ’s silver glove. I used it as a gradient over Dirty Diana. Perfection:

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And of course, I have to throw in a macro (feel free to click and enlarge the pic):

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The tiny glitter in Man in the Mirror is so hard to capture! It is much more holographic and sparkly in real life! SImply gorgeous.

I’ll be showing you more of the Tribute to MJ polishes over the coming days!

The collection launched on August 17th and is currently mostly sold out, but make sure you head over to Llarowe’s shop for all the restock news!
All Colors by Llarowe polishes are 3-free and cruelty free, and come in a 15 ml square bottles with easy-to-open rubber-grip cap. Don’t forget to follow Llarowe on Facebook, Pinterest and on Instagram!

Which of the MJ Tribute polishes is your favourite so far?

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Happy Labour Day Monday!

Today I have a gorgeous, glittery mani for you, and I hope you love it as much as I did. I think I wore this for a week, never tiring of it and always catching myself staring at its sparkly beauty… It truly is gorgeous. I was in the mood for purple when I created this look. 🙂

The base for my glitter gradient was the stunning A England Elaine, a regal purple creme with an insane shine. I’ve used Elaine before (and worn it many times!) and I knew it would be perfect. I used two coats but Elaine can be almost a one-coater:

AEnglandElaineIs that not a perfect, slightly dusty purple?

In order to retain some of the beauty of Elaine, I decided to apply a gradient of Shimmer Polish Gerry, a sparkly mix of violet and blue glitter with some red, black and silver glitters dispersed throughout. If you know Shimmer Polish (and if you don’t, what are you waiting for! See some of my posts here), you know that Shimmer creates some sparkly ultra-fine glittery gems.

Look at how beautiful this purple glitter gradient turned out:

ShimmerPolishGerry_ElaineI love the above pic in the shade – makes Elaine look so vampy while Gerry looks like it’s floating on the nail surface. (Where’s my polish remover… I think I know what mani to do next!)

Here it is in the sun:

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And a macro shot (because I love macros so much):

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Get your very own Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like Shimmer on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos and new creations!

I usually purchase A England from Nail Polish Canada or from their US stockist Llarowe (but please check out A England’s site to see their other stockists as well).

So what did you think of my regal purple mani?

~xo

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Celebrating the Year of the Blogger!

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Today is piCture pOlish Blog Fest 2013, and I am so happy to announce that I was once again able to participate in this world-wide blogger event!

This year was a little bit different than last year’s Blog Fest, with it celebrating bloggers and all we do. (Thank you, piCture pOlish!) And with that, this year’s challenge was to create the most ‘amazing nail art manicure ever’ using three piCture pOlish shades. My three shades are:

  • O’Hara, a gorgeous bright red crelly (cream/jelly) scattered holographic,
  • Electric Blue, a vampy midnight blue cream with a gorgeous blue shimmer ribbon through it,
  • and Ruby Blou, a red, white and blue glitter in a clear base.

All Blog Fest 2013 participants will be entered into the Blog Fest Awards to be eligible to win the incredible prize of creating a collaboration shade with piCture pOlish in 2014!!! There will be three winners, voted on by going to the special Pinterest Blog Fest 2013 board, with one voted on by piCture pOlish friends and fans, another voted on by all Blog Fest 2013 participants (bloggers), and a final award as selected by Jules and Megs, the creators of piCture pOlish! How incredible is that!

Without further ado, here is my creation using O’Hara, Electric Blue and Ruby Blou:

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Having recently discovered a knack for (and love of) gradients, I took the risk of using the two bright and contrasting shades of Electric Blue and O’Hara in a sponged-on gradient, with a sparkly finish.

Now let’s look at how I created my piCture pOlish Blog Fest nail art!

1. Start by selecting your polishes for your gradient mani:

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2. Then gather all necessary tools. In my case, I laid out some foil over my work surface, a sponge (or two), a brush for clean-up, and an orangewood stick, if you require:

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3. Apply base coat and paint your nails a base colour. I chose white as my clean, bare canvas:

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4. Once your white coat is dry, you can begin sponging! Using your foil work surface, drop your two polish shades (in my case, O’Hara and Electric Blue) side by side, almost touching. To better allow my contrasting colours to fade into each other, I added a drop of white between the two polishes to soften the edges. See photo.
You can blend the polish drops into each other slightly by using a toothpick, if you wish.
Now gently touch your sponge to the polish, and sponge onto your first nail. You may need to repeat multiple times on one nail in order to fully cover it.

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5. Repeat sponging each nail until your nails are fully covered with the gradient, and you should have something like this when you’re finished:

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6. Now the clean-up: dip your brush (I like to use a short, firm brush) into nail polish remover, dab on a paper towel to remove excess, and start wiping the edges of your nails and fingers to remove the polish. This is the most time-consuming part of a gradient mani, so be patient. Wipe your brush on your paper towel every few wipes to remove any colour, then dip and wipe again.

7. Add a coat of top coat to bring back the shine to your polish. (You can skip this step if adding a clear-base glitter, like I did.)

8. Add your chosen glitter polish, in my case, the spectacular, sparkly Ruby Blou.

9. Add a coat of quick-drying top coat…

…and voila!

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As a final touch, taking a cue from Adele’s Louboutin-inspired tips, I decided to paint the underside of my nails in O’Hara:

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What do you think of my nail art?

Don’t forget to follow piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, and check out their new YouTube channel! To get any of the shades used here (or other piCture pOlish and Ozotic polishes) check out the piCture pOlish Network page. You can also buy direct from them! Check out their Shipping page for more info. And make sure to check out their Everyday Deals page to find daily deals!

(disclaimer from piCture pOlish re Blog Fest Awards: bloggers that have already produced a collaboration shade are exempt from winning a prize this year, to make it fair to all participants and provide a chance for other bloggers.)

~xo

 

Feel free to add your Blog Fest 2013 mani to the list and grab the code to add it to your blog!

Happy weekend!

I’m in a bit of a shimmery mood so today I have another gorgeous Shimmer Polish for you: Lorene! This one is described as a “Raspberry Mix” – a perfect description for this berry-coloured polish. The base is a deep berry colour, filled with tons of multi-hued glitter. The primary glitter colours that stand out are turquoise, magenta and lilac, accented with gold hexes. Like most Shimmers, the jelly base is great for layering, but I really wanted to wear Lorene on its own.

Here are 3 coats of Lorene with a coat of Gelous and a coat of top coat:

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Look at this gorgeous macro shot of Lorene (click on the pic to see more glittery detail!):

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Get your very own Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos!

Do you own any Shimmers?

~xo

 

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Happy Friday!!

Today I have another gorgeous Shimmer Polish for you, an absolutely loaded-with-glitter indie brand that has perfected the art of multichromatic glitter bombs. If you have never tried a Shimmer… well, just wait and see…

Taylor is a deep red jelly loaded with tiny shimmers in green, purple and red. Much like some of my favourite vampy Shimmers (see Mary, Karina, Marilyn), Taylor’s gorgeous wine-coloured jelly base allows the glitters to be suspended, seemingly in mid-air (mid-polish?), creating a jelly-sandwich-in-a-bottle! J’ADORE Taylor!!!!!!

Enough chat… look at this amazing polish, 3 beautiful coats with a coat of Gelous to smooth the glitter, and a final coat of China Glaze Fast Forward top coat:

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I love the contrast of red and purple glitters in this wine-coloured base, colours you normally wouldn’t think to put together. And like most jelly glitters, you can wear Taylor alone or over a base colour, like a black.

Look at this macro of Taylor… sigh…

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And another, slightly lighter macro for you to drool over:

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You can find Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos!

So do you love it nearly as much as me?

~xo

 

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

Hope you’re having a great long weekend so far if you’re in Canada!

I wanted to share with you a supercute and girly mani today… something simple but perfect for summer! The glitter polish I used was from Candeo Colors, a US-based indie brand that I’ve unfortunately not had a ton of experience with. I have worn only two other Candeos (see them here), both glittery, colourful polishes, and Zef is no different in that aspect.

Candeo Zef is a matte glitter polish. It is filled with small black, blue and pink matte hexes, medium pink matte squares and black hexes in a clear base with some matte large blue hex glitters. I simply love pink and black together! Throw in my favourite colour blue… well, this is a gorgeous bottle, let’s put it that way!

The base colour I used is one of my recent favourite pinks – Nicole by OPI’s Still into Pink, a truly outstanding hot pink lacquer that is also matte! (You must see this post, if you haven’t yet!) Still into Pink lights up when paired with shiny top coat, and Candeo Zef looked luminescent overtop!

Artificial light:

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Natural light:

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Candeo Colors are available on Candeo’s website, and used to be available from Llarowe though I am not sure if she still has Zef. Don’t forget to follow Candeo Colors and Llarowe on Facebook!

~xo

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

Happy piCture pOlish Thursday! It’s time for another Ozotic, an Aussie brand that piCture pOlish added to their portfolio (lucky for us!)! Today I have for you a brand-new polish for me: Ozotic 621, part of their 600 series which are all scattered holos.

Ozotic 621 is described as “a deep red holo that has no glitter! 621 contains a scattered holo element that will bring rainbows to your fingertips! Your nails will take on a whole new dimension when in bright light or sunlight.” 621 is FILLED with a rainbow-hued holo, creating a three-dimensional, gorgeous effect on your nails, even outside of direct light… Though it’s described as a deep red, I saw a lot of orange in the base which makes it quite a warm red. When the light hits 621, it sparkles with a lot of gold reflection. Gorgeous!

I applied two beautiful, easy coats of 621 over basecoat, with a coat of China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. Ozotic 621 applied easily, self-levelling, and could even be a one-coater if you’re in a hurry. It’s the fluid, heavily pigmented consistency that made me fall in love with the entire piCture pOlish line – and the best part? It dries super-fast!

In artificial light:

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Look at that shine!!!! Don’t you love the depth that the holo creates?

Now look at it come alive in sunlight:

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Earlier I fell in love with the Ozotic Sugars and Beam lines, and today, I am in love with Ozotic’s amazing scattered holo. If you have never tried the 600 series, you must.

To get your very own Ozotics, visit piCture pOlish on-line and or visit any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

One of my favourite recent indie collections is another one from Aphrodite Lacquers. Inspired by the Shakespearean star-crossed lovers, the Romes & Jules Collection is Valentine’s Day perfection personified. With names such as Montagues, Misadventure and Two Star-Crossed Lovers, and colours ranging from white to red and pink glitter, this selection of polishes is beautiful for the girly-girl and the vamp-polish-lover.

Today I bring you three polishes from this collection, and I couldn’t be more excited as Rebecca, Aphrodite’s amazing creator, recently added five more beauties to this collection!! And wait until you see these!

First up, Two Star Crossed Lovers, described as a light purple polish, with different purple and holo glitters, along with a hidden purplish-pinkish shimmer. Subtle, deliciously-squishy jelly and gorgeous!! If you don’t know, Aphrodite Lacquers has become known for their amazing jelly bases – the polishes look like layers of glitter are suspended in milky clouds on your fingers. Here are two coats of Two Star Crossed Lovers with base coat – before top coat!! This collection is incredibly shiny… have a look:

Aphrodite_TwoStarCrsdIs that not beautiful?

 

The next colour is Wherefore Art Thou – one of my favourite expressions from the Romeo and Juliet story, and a beautiful light pink polish, with tons of different pink and holo glitters and a hidden purplish-pinkish shimmer that dances in the light. Once again, two coats over base… no top coat:

Aphrodite_WhereforeArtThouSome of the glitter in Wherefore Art Thou is holographic and just stunning!

 

The last polish for today is the one I was most excited about, mainly because it has a milky white base, my favourite! Violent Delights is a white jelly polish, packed with white glitters of various sizes and all the different pink and purple glitters from this collection, and holo microglitters scattered throughout. It actually contains all of the different glitters used in this collection!! How cool is that?

This one is literally packed with glitter. Packed. I will try wearing it over my favourite white jelly, OPI’s Funny Bunny next time, to both use it more sparingly and to reduce the chances of glitter overload. Here are two coats of this beauty:

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Click on the picture to enlarge it and see the detail, because it is like a jelly sandwich in a bottle. If you follow my blog, you know how I feel about jelly and squishy polishes. If you’re like me, you NEED this!!!

 

These beauties, along with the recent additions to the Romes & Jules collection, were just released on Aphrodite’s Etsy shop!

For more pictures and the latest news, don’t forget to follow Aphrodite Lacquers on Facebook and on Twitter! And don’t forget, my contest is open for another two days, and you can win your very own bottle of Violent Delights from Aphrodite (along with 2 more of her beauties)!! Enter here!

 

So which one is your favourite? And have you managed to snag any of these pretties?
~xo

Today I have for you possibly my favourite jelly sandwich ever… resembling a Monet painting, a watercolour-like abstract on each nail.

Monet Le PrintempsMonet’s Le Printemps (Source)

 

While stocking up on some OPI polishes recently, I came across OPI’s Funny Bunny, an incredible soft-white jelly, a polish that I am perplexed about having missed all this time. If you are obsessed with white polishes like me, you know how hard they can be to apply. Funny Bunny is not like that – it is a dream! By the second coat, it is even, provides perfect coverage in that sheer, jelly way, and shines like crazy.

I knew I wanted to make a jelly sandwich when I applied Funny Bunny. For whatever reason, I chose a new Shimmer Polish I wanted to try, Linna, a gorgeous, turquoise-green glitter beauty. If you read any of my other Shimmer Polish reviews, you’ll know how amazing and glitter-packed Shimmers are. They are sparkly, provide coverage, and are sometimes made up of a dozen colours in one bottle! Linna is a pretty turquoise, leaning more green, but also contains red, blue and gold glitter.

After the 2 coats of Funny Bunny, I added two very thin coats of Shimmer Linna, then topped that off with a generous coat of Funny Bunny.

And the beautiful result (if I say so myself):

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My version of a delicate Monet painting….

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And a macro to show you the beautiful depth and squishyness of this mani:

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I should also mention that with this mani I finally attempted the glue peel-off-basecoat method, applying a coat of Elmer’s glue before the manicure as my base. After 24 hours, I had a big chip on my index finger, which immediately prompted me to start picking at the polish…

24 hours = not long enough for me.

Following Wacky Laki’s tutorial, I tried to “peel off” the polish using a cuticle stick, but unfortunately not all the polish was easy to peel off. On some fingernails, I was digging and pushing, trying to make an edge to peel off the polish.

Final verdict: was not worth the trouble for me… I think I’ll stick with 10 min of foil removal over 10 min of picking at my nails.

 

Shimmer Polish is available on Cindy’s Etsy shop. Don’t forget to follow her blog and her Facebook page as she holds lots of giveaways and shares news about the brand!

OPI polishes are available at Professional Salons and spas. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

 

What do you think of this combination?

Do you love jelly sandwiches as much as me?

 

~xo

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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