Saturday, 27 April 2013

Using My Maiden Name Essie Wedding 2013

Using My Maiden Name is from the Essie 2013 Wedding Collection. The collection was inspired by spring flowers and blue hydrangea's were the inspiration for this polish. It does lean a little more purple then the actual flower. The polish also has a nice pink shimmer that is a bugger to take photos of! I tried. Formula on this was good. Complete coverage in two coats, which is excellent. Self leveled mostly. Still had a few spots that didn't quite level off all the way. I wish the shimmer was more noticeable. Overall, happy I chose it.

Essie polishes are available at a wide variety of stores and online shops. I purchased this at Nail Polish Canada. Cheers everyone. Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Nails Inc. pinks

Happy Friday all! Sorry I haven't posted all week. Busy, busy. Today I have two Nails Inc polishes that I picked up at Sephora.

Notting Hill Gate is a neon hot pink. Photos are shown with three coats. No top coat used. Wanted to show how it dries to a bit of a waxy, matte finish. I quite like the way it dried. No undies used, but like all neons you could layer over white. Nice application although the formula was a bit on the thin side. Pictures taken outdoors in sunlight.

Kensington Palace Gardens is a salmon pink creme. Photos are two coats with no top coat. Dries with a nice shine. Formula was nice, if a tad thick. Still easy to work with and had great coverage. Although it doesn't really show in the photos, the polish seemed to be just a tiny bit darker on the nail then in the bottle.

As I mentioned above, I bought these at Sephora. In Canada this is the only place I know of to purchase it. For more information on the brand, please visit their website here. They do have a list of stockists.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed!

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

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Glo Worm by Girly Bits

Canadian weekend is ending with Girly Bits Glo Worm. I'm getting ready for some nice weather any time now and started to dig out the brights!
Glo Worm from the Slapdash collection is a neon lime green jelly with golden shimmer. I have 2 coats layered over white. You can wear it alone, but I find on my long nails it takes 4-5 coats to completely get rid of any vnl. Great application and the perfect summer shade!

Girly Bits can be purchased from her store here. Pam also has a section that lists other sources available to purchase her polish through. I recommend you check it out to find the best source for yourself.

Thank you everyone, I hope you enjoyed. Comments always welcome. Cheers!

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

Hebridean Sprite Beauty Luck of the Irish

Luck Of The Irish by Hebridean Sprite Beauty is from the spring 2013 Travel Europe collection. It's described as an old gold with green duochrome and holographic sparkle. The green shift is very subtle. I found it easiest to see in artificial light. You can definitely see the sparkle though. Photos are 2 coats with top coat. You can see a bit of vnl in the pics, but to the naked eye, they weren't noticeable. Great coverage for a lighter shade of polish. Very minimal brush strokes.

Hebridean Sprite Beauty store can be found here. And don't forget to follow along on facebook for updates!
Thanks for stopping in and joining me in my Canadian weekend on the blog. Cheers everyone.

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

Saturday, 20 April 2013

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

Prettily Inspired Polish, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Love the name. Prettily Inspired Polish can be found on Etsy. Polish is 3 free and made in small batches. Based out of Vancouver, BC. My all Canadian weekend continues.

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT BUTTER is a pale yellow creme with micro gold glitter throughout. Photos show 3 coats with top coat. A bit of dabbing was required in a few spots.

I hope you are all enjoying the Canadian polish weekend. Hope to see you back again.

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

Friday, 19 April 2013

Eon Blue Apocalypse swatch and review

So I decided to start my all Canadian weekend with a new indie on the block! Prismatic Polish just opened shop. The shop went live at the beginning of April with Kristina's first collection - 10,000 Shades. The polish is cruelty free and big 3 free. Retail price is $10.00 cdn. You can find the Etsy shop HERE. Prismatic Polish also has a Facebook page.

EON BLUE APOCALYPSE is a periwinkle blue linear holographic. I tried my best to capture the shifts, but with no sunshine, I fell a bit short. Photos show 2 coats with top coat. Of course with any holo, you can use as a top coat if you wish. I had no application issues to report. It had great coverage and applied smoothly. No patchiness either!

Isn't it purty! As you know, blue and I don't always get along, but this was a definite winner in my book! I look forward to trying more Prismatic Polishes in the future!

Kristina, (shy swatcher) also has a blog and facebook page. Follow along for more photos and information.

Thanks for stopping in! Hope to see you all back soon. I welcome any comments.

*I won this polish in a random giveaway. All opinions are my own and were in no way influenced*

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Seche Nail Lacquer in Irresistible

I was very excited to walk in to my local Real Canadian Superstore and see that they were now carrying Seche Nail Lacquer! I had given up on being able to find it actually. The polish was $9.99. I'm not sure whether this is a good price or not as this is the first time I've seen it. If anyone knows leave me a comment!

IRRESISTIBLE is a berry coloured red. Close enough. I'll have to be honest and say that the formula on this was a bit of a let down for me. It was close to a one coater, which is what they advertise. After one coat it was still a bit patchy. After letting the first coat dry for a bit I applied another, but by this time it seemed like the polish had started to thicken a bit and I had to apply a thicker coat. I'm not sure If that makes sense to you? Because of this I ended up with a few bubbles. Also, this polish dries to a dull finish. Top coat is a must! I do like the colour however! I'm sure I'll grab for this again. I also think it would be great for nail art and possibly stamping. I bought a second colour, chocolat, so I'll be able to see if it has the same issues when I get around to trying that one. Photos are two coats of Irresistible with a coat of Seche Vite.

I would also like to add a note that removal was messy. Although it didn't stain, it made a mess of the skin around my nails. A day later I am still trying to get it completely off. I think I am going to have to break out the pure acetone. This is my last resort, as it dries out my skin and nails horrendously.

I would love to hear if you have tried Seche yet. Curious to know if I'm just being too picky! And please excuse the clean up. Bought a new brush and it sucks!

Thanks for stopping in everyone! Cheers.

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

essence Vintage District trio

Hello polish people!  I was able to find the new essence Vintage District collection polishes at my local Shoppers Drug Mart the other day! They don't always get new collections in so I was pretty excited. And for essence being carried in Canada, Shopper's is the only store I can find.

VINTAGE PEACH is a brown toned peach. Darker then what most of us would refer to as a peach. I liked the shade but found in certain lighting that is looked a bit weird with my skin tone. I used 2 coats with a coat of Seche Vite. I found that the formula didn't quite self level all the way. It needed the top coat to help with that. Pics taken outdoors in sun.

ANTIQUE ROSE is a darker, dusty, muted pink. Full coverage in 2 coats. Again, didn't quite self level all the way. You'll see a few bubbles in the pics, but that is actually from the top coat not the polish itself. Pretty colour. I think this would be flattering with most skin tones. Pictures taken outdoors in sunlight.

SHOPPING @ PORTOBELLO ROAD is a dusty teal blue shade. Not really sure how to describe it actually. I also have no idea where the name comes from either. Doesn't seem to fit with the previous two. This was another 2 coater and evened out better then the previous polishes. Please note that I just did quick swatches so I'm not sure if this would stain your nails or not. I'm terrified of trying new blue polishes for this reason!

outdoor in sun

Indoor. This is a more accurate picture of the colour.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed the post. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Jindie Nails Candy Land

Good day everyone!  Hope everything is going well in your corner of the nail world today.  I decided to brighten my day up with Candy Land from Jindie Nails.  Getting tired of the grey weather we have been having.

CANDY LAND - is a white crelly base polish with medium and large neon hexagon glitter. The glitter is slightly translucent which gives it an interesting look. The polish requires a good shake and I suggest letting it sit upside for a bit before using to help get the larger glitters out. Photos shown are 4 coats of Candy Land with a coat of glitter food from Nail Pattern Boldness and a coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast. Next time I will layer this over a white polish. I did end up with some bubbles. I think this is because of the amount of coats I had on my nails.

Jindie Nails is available through Etsy and now also through Llarowe.  The etsy shop is currently in vacation mode, but if you follow Jindie Nails on Facebook it is regularly updated with shop openings and new release information.  An announcement was recently made that Jindie Nails would also be available through Harlow & Co starting April 19th.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today's post!

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

Monday, 15 April 2013

ABC Challenge "C" is for...

Welcome to week 3 of the ABC Challenge

"C" is for... Cult Nails Coveted

Coveted is a beautiful emerald green shimmer polish with green shredded glitter. Photos show 3 coats. Thanks for following along. At least this was just a quick post! I didn't have time to bore you. See you soon.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Smolder by Maya Costmetics

Maya Cosmetics is a polish brand that was launched in October 2012.  All polish is 3 free, cruelty free, and vegan. You can find the site here. Bottles retail for $9.50 US. per bottle and shipping is available worldwide.

SMOLDER is described as a  blackened plummy brown with a pink, red, bronze shimmer. I would say that's pretty accurate. The first coat applied streaky, but evened out very well with the second coat. Photos show 2 coats of smolder. No top coat used in the pics. All photos taken in sunlight.

Thanks for visiting today. Hope to see you all back soon!

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