Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A Christmas Story - Dollish Polish

Seeing as how it is snowing where I am today, I thought I would continue with some of the holiday polishes I have. Dollish Polish A Christmas Story 2012. I ordered the entire collection from Dolly's BigCartel shop which can be found here. Currently the site is in maintenance mode. Click HERE to see my previous post on You'll Shoot Yer Eye Out, Kid from this collection.
Up first is I Can't Put My Arms Down! Described as a cherry red creme with red micro glitters. With my skin tone this actually appeared to have a bit of an orange tinge to it. I also found it a bit jellyish.  3 coats were used plus top coat. Still had a bit of vnl, but that was only noticeable in direct sunlight. Applied very smoothly. The micro shimmer is beautiful! Removal was a bit messy. I did have to go over it a few times to get all the red off my fingers. 

Fra-gee-lay...must be Italian is a clear based glitter topper. Various shapes and sizes of red, green, and gold glitters. Base is thick, but still applied smoothly.

Thanks everyone for checking out my post. As per usual, all opinions are my own! Have a great day.

You'll Shoot Yer Eye Out, Kid!

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid is part of Dollish Polish A Christmas Story 2012 Collection. A clear based holographic glitter with large snowflakes. The listing stated that the snowflakes were "stubborn" but that may have been an understatement. Over the course of an hour I had only managed to fish out 4 of the snowflakes. Yes, I said 4. At that point I was done. Even with my frustration, I did like this polish. It's nice without the snowflake glitters. The base is a bit thick, but still applied easily. I applied this over essence Grey-t to be here. 

  I'm not sure why my camera is showing some of the glitter as a dirty gold. It doesn't look like that in natural lighting.
 With snowflake
No snowflake

Well, any thoughts. Dollish Polish can be found here. I'm not sure if her Christmas story polishes are still available or not. 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Girly Bits Heirloom

More holiday collection polishes today. I am determined to get through all the ones I ordered before the end of December! Wish me luck.

Heirloom from Girly Bits is from her Season of Sparkle collection. Unfortunately her shop is now closed for the holidays but they can still be purchased from a few other sellers. Pam has a list of them on her blog here.

Heirloom is described as "A clear based glitter with all the vintage shades of a Victorian era Holiday". I think this pretty much sums it up. It is very pretty. The hardest thing about this polish was deciding what to layer it over. I went with Sally Hansen Mousseline. Applied smoothly and wasn't overly top coat thirsty. 

This could be layered over so many different colours. I love having options. It really does seem Victorian to me. Love this. Can't wait to swatch the rest of the holiday polishes I purchased from Girly Bits. Thanks for looking everyone!

*all opinions are my own. polish purchased by me.*

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Cirque Glitters

I have two more polishes from the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil collection for you. Water You Waiting For and It's A Trap-eze! It was nice to see a main stream brand branch out into something with a bit more of an indie feel to it.

First up, Water You Waiting For. It's a blue bomb! I liked the colour, but I have to say that I really disliked this polish. Texture and application were awful. Once on your fingers it feels like sandpaper. Doesn't seem to matter how many layers you have over top of it either. It's really too bad, because the colour is nice.

Photos are shown with 3 coats of polish and 2 coats of Seche Vite. I later added another 2 coats of top coat, but it was still rough. No undies.

It's A Trap-eze! is a glitter polish in a milky white base. In certain lighting it looks like a blue/grey base. I freakin' love this! First of all, I am a sucker for white polishes. Second, it has matte white glitter in it! I think this is what really made this polish stand out for me. Of course there are other colours mixed in too. Blue, green, red, purple, yellow etc. It really is amazing.

Close up goodness. Don't you love the white in there!

Photos are 3 coats, 1 coat of Seche Vite. No undies. This could be layered over white, but you would lose some of the depth.

Hope you enjoyed! 

*Polishes purchased by me and all opinions are my own*

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Holiday collection Pretty & Polished

Good morning everyone! Hope you all are enjoying your Tuesday. Todays post contains 3 polishes from the Pretty & Polished holiday collection. P& P's shop can be found HERE.

Xmas Wreath is a dusty green shimmer polish with small gold and red glitters. Some slightly larger red hexes and larger green shredded glitter. I love the shredded glitters. Found it added something unique to this polish. Photos are 3 coats. No top coat. Applied easily. I think this would be great with a matte top coat.

Everybody Loves Penguin is a white creme base with yellow/gold round glitter, black small and large hex glitter. I did have a hard time getting the large hexes out of the bottle. It was possible with some fishing. This could be because it's a mini size bottle. Photos are 3 coats, no undies. Still some vnl, so next time I will definitely layer this over white.

S'no Mans Land is a white shimmer polish with small holographic glitter mixed with larger white hex glitters. I loved this! My favourite of the collection so far. No problems with application. Pictures show 3 coats no undies. You can definitely layer this polish. Still had some vnl, but still loved it anyway! That says a lot coming from me, because I can't stand vnl usually.

Well, what do you all think? Do you have a favourite from this collection?

*Polishes were purchased by me and all opinions are my own*

Monday, 10 December 2012

Happy Holodays Duo

Pretty & Polished Happy Holodays duo consists of two polishes from her holiday line. Ruby and Holodays glitter topper. They were definitely meant to go together!

Ruby applied easily in two coats. I find this colour actually leans a bit more berry in person. Its so shiny! Photos are with no top coat. Please excuse that I didn't do any clean-up. I was doing a swatch fest and couldn't be bothered. I know, sacrilege. On to the pics...

The glitter topper is a mix of holo red and green hexes in a clear base. No problems with application. Everything laid smoothly on the nail.

Don't these look fantastic together. Very festive!

Pretty & Polished can be purchased HERE in Chelsea's new shop. Or if you prefer Etsy her shop there is currently still open ETSY

*these polishes were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own*

KBShimmer Winter part 2

Today are the final 2 polishes from this collection that I purchased. Candy Cane Crush and All Decked Out. You can see the first 2 that I reviewed HERE.

First up is Candy Cane Crush. Various sizes of red and white hexagons in a clear base. Also, this polish is scented! I have read that a lot of people love the peppermint scent. Personally I don't. I have never understood the point of scented polish. I know, bah humbug to me :) I chose to wear this over China Glaze Def Defying.

This is just one coat of Candy Cane Crush! Applied very smoothly and all glitters laid flat to the nail. The clear base was a tad thick but didn't create any problems with application.

Next is All Decked Out. A forest green tinted base with gold stars and various sizes of gold, red, blue, purple and green glitters. I may have missed a colour in there! No undies used for the photos.

This was 3 coats of All Decked Out. No vnl. I did have to fish for stars, but other then that there were no problems with application. I liked how every nail ended up with a different combination of glitters. Gave this a unique look. Even with that being said, I only liked this polish. I really wanted to love it. I am a huge fan of greens, so this was the polish from the collection that I was most looking forward too!

KBShimmer can be purchased from their SITE. Or if you are international you can buy from Harlow&CO

*These polishes were purchased by me and all opinions are my own*

Friday, 7 December 2012

Nail Polish Canada challenge week 3

This weeks theme is "trim the tree"

As we decorated our tree last night I was finally inspired to sit down and do my mani. I think this turned out better then my first attempt in the challenge. As I'm a nail art newbie don't expect too much! Everything but the bell is done with polish. The bell is a sticker. On to the photos.

Unfortunately my holly looks more like a blob of green:(

And yes, I do have candy canes on my tree.

Well, what does everyone think?
 Please vote here.

Colours used: China Glaze snow globe, running in circles, and white on white; Revlon red carpet, posh, and hypnotize; essence wanna be your sunshine; Barielle date night.

Thanks again for looking!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Some Cirque du Soleil

Today I have two of the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil creme polishes. Def Defying and Surreal Appeal were the ones I chose from this collection. Both had a good formula and covered in two coats.

Up first is Def Defying. I know not everyone likes green, but I love it! And even better is I don't have another green quite like this in my collection!

Photos taken in artificial light. Blah to the bad weather we've been having. They don't call it the Wet Coast for nothing.

Surreal Appeal is a coral pink colour. I find it appears brighter on the nail then it does in the bottle. A strange shade for a winter collection, but I do like it!

Again, photos in artificial light. Sorry!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

KBShimmer Winter part 1

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Today I have 2 of the 4 polishes I purchased from the KBShimmer winter collection. They were bought from Harlow&Co.

First up is Cocoa Nut. This applied easily and was completely opaque in 2 coats! I realise brown polish isn't every ones cup of tea, but I love it.

Next is Sugar Plum Faerie. Pictures show 2 coats, but I still didn't quite have complete coverage. You either need a 3rd coat or perhaps a base colour.

I love the different glitters in this. Next time I will try this over a base colour. I found it started to apply a bit thick. This is a top coat hungry polish, but that is to be expected.

*These polishes were purchased by me and all opinions are my own*

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Nail Polish Canada nail art contest week 2

The theme of this weeks challenge is "gifts"

Now, I realise I won't win, but I wanted to participate anyway. My art skills won't get any better if I don't try!
Colours used: CG Cranberry Splash, OPI Tomorrow Never dies, Kiss Art in silver, Sally Hansen polish pens in white and blue.

To check out the contest and vote for your favourites http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/holiday-nail-art-challenge-week-2-gifts/ (me lol)

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Pretty & Polish Superstorm

Trying my first post with pics. lol.

Today I have Pretty & Polished Superstorm. The money from the sale of this shade went to the Red Cross for superstorm Sandy relief.

This is 2 coats. Applied very nicely, although I would go with 3 coats next time. I really hate VNL!

Low light to show off some of the colour shift in this polish. Isn't it pretty!

Pretty & Polish is available through her etsy store, but Chelsea is opening a new shop in the next few days. Details will be available shortly according to her facebook page.http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyandPolished