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Happy Sunday!

Today’s post… will cast a spell on you!

Well, I have been waiting over a YEAR to share this news with you… and the big day is finally here! Today I bring you… Bewitch, my collaboration shade with piCture pOlish!

When piCture pOlish first contacted me after Blog Fest 2012 to ask if I would be interested in participating, I must admit, I was shocked. My blog was still relatively new at the time, and there were far more established bloggers than me they could have selected. This was a huge honour, but even more so for a newish blogger!

When I finally collected myself after the shock wore off, I knew what I wanted. Loving dark, moody colours, my shade would have to be vampy… maybe holographic. I was inspired by one of my favourite piCture pOlish shades, Monroe, a jelly base with holo pigments, and asked for an aubergine shade with perhaps a sprinkling of golden fairy dust. And as we approached the final round of collaboration shades being released today, BEWITCH was born!

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Bewitch is a complex aubergine shade that starts out as a purple jelly base with holographic particles, filled with golden shimmer. It is a moody shade that, though starting out with a cool purple base, looks warmer once applied, and slightly shade-shifts in different light. And it is shiny and sparkly, and truly: gorgeous!!!! I am so proud of this collaboration shade!

Have a look:

picturepolish_bewitch_shade_200wmIn daylight

picturepolish_bewitch_sun_200wmIn direct sun

And of course, a macro to show you the complexity of Bewitch:

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You can see some of the purple jelly base on the perimeter of the polish in the macro. I just love the juxtaposition of cool and warm tones in Bewitch! And that gold and holographic shimmer…!

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A huge THANK YOU to the girls at piCture pOlish for allowing me the opportunity to create my very own polish shade! The collaboration shades are a phenomenal idea, and I personally own many bloggers’ creations.Thank you for being so supportive of us bloggers!

You must see this shade for yourself to be “bewitched…” and I hope you love it as much as I do!

I would love to know what you think, so please feel free to comment!

Get your very own Bewitch directly from piCture pOlish (they ship internationally!), or from their Network. Don’t forget to follow piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, and check out their YouTube channel!

~xo

Continuing with my weekly piCture pOlish posts, today I bring you one of my favourite vampy polishes, piCture pOlish Monroe! This is Monroe Reborn, the second version of this cult classic, but I will also show you a comparison of Monroe Original vs Monroe Reborn.

Monroe is described as a blood red jelly with scattered holographic, with no glitter. Monroe contains a holographic shimmer for that extra special touch and more rainbows of course!  Your nails will take on a whole new dimension when in bright light or sunlight! The holo effect is gorgeous on Monroe – shimmery, rainbow hues sparkling on your nails!

When Monroe was first reformulated, I was disappointed… I thought the piCture pOlish Girls were messing with perfection. But to be honest, even though I adore Monroe Original’s jelly base, it was a bit tricky to apply, streaking if you went over an area twice, whereas Monroe Reborn is self-levelling and a perfect consistency, making it easy to apply and almost a one-coater. Not only that, but the new Monroe is insanely holographic!!!

Here are two gorgeous coats of Monroe, before I even applied top coat:

picturepolish_MonroeThe holo bits are reflecting in this indoor lighting!

Here it is in the sun:

picturepolish_MonroeSunI am in LOVE with this holo beauty!

 

The original Monroe was one of my first piCture pOlish loves. In fact, I believe it was the first piCture pOlish I ever ordered! And because of how curious I was myself when the new Monroe was released, here are some comparison shots of Monroe Original vs Reborn for you:

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Can you tell which is the new and which is original Monroe?

Monroe Reborn: index and ring fingers
Monroe Original: middle and pinky

And here is a photo with flash, comparing the two:

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The above picture shows the intensity of the holo in new Monroe; the pieces are larger and much more intense, whereas original Monroe had a very faint and subtle holo effect. Monroe Reborn has the same scattered holo as Cosmos and some of the Ozotic holos – simply stunning!!

I am still obsessed with Monroe Original, and am really lucky to have a backup bottle. (As you can imagine, I use it sparingly!) However, Monroe Reborn is a new love of mine, not only because of the holo effect and its alluring vampy shade, but also thanks to its fantastic ease of application and speedy dry time!

If you love holos as much as me, you can get Monroe by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or 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 now Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

 

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

 

Happy Friday!!

Hope you had a good week! Though I have to admit, for being a short week for us in Canada, it sure felt long… lol.

Let’s end the week with two stunning purples that are just perfect for the season, and you will love them. 🙂

Last month Pomegranate Nail Lacquer released their Fall 2012 collection, seven gorgeous seasonal colours (with a couple of surprising bright beauties). As many of you who read my blog know, I adore the extremes in colour: vamps and pale whites or nudes. And today I bring you my very first Pomegranate experience with two more gorgeous vampy colours: Improv Show and Lust in the Library.

I LOVE the name “Lust in the Library!” It is so funny yet sexy. Pomegranate describes this polish as a rich and glossy eggplant creme. And that is spot-on. A perfect aubergine dream, I would dare call this a classic colour that every woman should own.

Shade

I mean, look at that rich, pigmented colour!! It was just gorgeous!

Lust flowed easily, and the formula was on the thinner side. Not thin in a bad way, but a slightly thinner formula that I was able to apply with a heavy hand for the first coat. It was self-leveling, dried quickly after the first coat, and gleamed with the high shine you see in the picture above. I used 2 coats over base coat — NO top coat!! And it was that shiny.

Here is another picture of Lust:

Full sun

The picture in the sun is pretty colour-accurate. Lust is a very rich eggplant colour with a super-high shine. I did not expect these polishes to be this shiny.

Next up, a polish I think is the sister of Lust in the Library: Improv Show.

Improv Show is described as a dark purple polish “flecked with subtle blue and pink shimmer and silver sparkle to reflect the darkness of the theatre and the bright spotlights.” What a dreamy description. And what a dreamy polish. Improv is a bit vampier than Lust – it is a darker shade of purple yet sparkles in the light.

Shade

Improv Show, just like its sister polish, was a highly pigmented, rich, vampy colour that applied just as easily as Lust. I applied 2 coats (with a thicker first coat) over a base coat, and again, did not use a top coat so you could see just how shiny it is!! And that shimmer is incredible!!

Look at the shimmer in the sun:

Full sun

I love how fine the tiny shimmer is, and how it sparkles in rainbow hues in the sun. You can really see the pink and blue shimmer in the sun picture above, and I love it. I think pink and blue are the perfect colours to dance within this rich, deep purple.

Overall, I was completely blown away by these Pomegranate beauties. As I mentioned, this was my very first time trying this brand, and the quality was amazing. You will definitely see more “Pom” on my blog in the future!

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer is 4-free (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor), made the USA, and not tested on animals. You can get your very own Lust in the Library and Improv Show here. Also, don’t forget to like their Facebook page for all the latest, and to follow Pomegranate on Twitter.

So which one of the two was your fave? And have you ever tried Pomegranate Nail Lacquer?

~xo

 

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

Today I have for you another stunning jelly from Aphrodite Lacquers!

This one is a bit different. I have never seen a polish quite like this… It’s a near-opaque black jelly polish with black glitter dancing within. Completely black-on-black! Meet… Blackhole:

If you have read my previous posts about Aphrodite Lacquers, you will know how much I adore Rebecca’s polishes. This time, she sent me two from the Outta This World collection to review: Nebula, which I previously reviewed here, and Blackhole.

Outta This World is a collection of vampy black glitters (I love vampy polishes!), and Blackhole is described as a “black jelly polish with three different size black hex glitter.” The glitter is tough to see on two or more coats, but becomes very visible in direct light.  Here is a shot of Blackhole in direct sunlight so you can see the glitter:

Direct sunlight

And a super-close-up macro to give you an idea of the jelly with its black glitter:

Blackhole indoor macro shot

For these swatches, I wore a coat of A England’s The Knight basecoat, followed by 2 coats of Blackhole, topped with China Glaze’s Fast Forward quick-dry topcoat. The polish, as with all Aphrodites I have worn, dries fairly quickly (especially with my quick-dry topcoat), and to a crazy high shine!

I wanted to see what it looked like on its own before layering it, but I would love to see it swatched over a grey. I’ll have to try it!

Aphrodite Lacquers are available on her Etsy store and you can follow her on Facebook!

Have you tried this one yet? And would you layer it?

~xo

Try as I might otherwise, I always come back to the precious metals.

One of my fave looks is wearing dark and rich polishes… but it’s also nice to “spice” them up once in a while! I decided to start with one of my very favourite winter colours, OPI’s  Black Cherry Chutney. This colour is the ultimate in vampy: it is deep and dark with a rich cherry, metallic undertone. This colour is simply magic in any light! (It’s an oldie but I always go back to it.)

To glam this (already gorgeous) colour up, I added gold tips–lightly brushing a beautiful gold polish over the tips only. I added a touch of gold glitter courtesy of Sephora by OPI Only Gold For Me to light it up some more.

I LOVE this combination!!!

(My pic does not do it justice. I could not photograph this well!)

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