Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Contrary Polish River Market and Jin Soon Obsidian

If I remember correctly, I wore this mani for Good Friday.  I seem to gravitate towards vampies during the beginning of the Easter holiday, for some reason. I thought the red shimmer in RBL Black Russian's blackened base was quite appropriate and was excited to see that Contrary River Market also had beautiful red shimmer, albeit in a purple jelly base.  The first picture shows two somewhat thick coats of River Market, while the second pictures is three coats, I believe.  The colour really deepened with the third coat. As for Black Russian, tipwear was prominent quite early in the manicure, so I slapped on a quick coat of Jin Soon Obsidian, a black polish with holo microglitter and a pink shimmer and the dark, sparkly goodness sufficed.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian (index, middle)
Contrary Polish River Market (ring, pinky)

Jin Soon Obsidian (index, middle)
Contrary Polish River Market (ring, pinky)

What colours do you tend do wear for serious occasions?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Colors by Llarowe My Big Girl Panties and Enchanted Polish Dime Piece

My nails were shorties while I wore this mani, but I loved the flower stamping so much I was able to overlook that. ;)  I used the awesome Enchanted Dime Piece as an accent and CbL My Big Girl Panties as the main colour on one hand and vice versa on the other.  They look similar but My BGP is a silvered lilac linear holo while Dime Piece is a straight up silver linear holo (excellent both as a base and to stamp with).  Both polishes had amazing holo payoff and covered nicely in two coats.  *sigh*  

Colors by Llarowe My Big Girl Panties (pinky, middle, index)
Enchanted Polish Dime Piece (ring)
Cult Nails Nevermore (black stamping polish)
Emily de Molly plate 5 (designs)

Enchanted Polish Dime Piece (index, middle, pinky)
Colors by Llarowe My Big Girl Panties (ring)
Cult Nails Nevermore (black stamping polish)
Emily de Molly plate 5 (designs)

I can't wait to try out more EdM stamping plates; I have in mind to order 6 and 9 as well.  They stamp very crisply even with not-so-pigmented polish.  What are you favourite stamping plates?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Holo Skittles

Quickie holo skittle today!  Not much to say except all polishes covered nicely in two coats, with one coat of topcoat.  Enjoy the holo goodness and don't laugh at the awkward hand in the third pic. ;)

Emily de Molly Devotion (index)
Emily de Molly Amazonia (middle)
Colors by Llarowe Seahawks Lime (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Gold (pinky)


Colors by Llarowe Gold (pinky)
Colors by Llarowe Seahawks Lime (ring)
Emily de Molly Amazonia (middle)
Emily de Molly Devotion (index)
Colors by Llarowe OABTRAB (thumb)


Colors by Llarowe OABTRAB (thumb)
Emily de Molly Devotion (index)
Emily de Molly Amazonia (middle)
Colors by Llarowe Seahawks Lime (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Gold (pinky)

Which one is your favourite?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nail Polish Canada Great Polish Giveaway of 2014!

If you're as polish obsessed as I am, I'm sure you've heard that Nail Polish Canada is hosting an insane giveaway of up to 200 polishes from their site!
For my addition to the prize lot, I thought I would go with one of my favourite polishes (ever!), Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid.  The aqua polish also gracing my nails in this manicure, Cult Nails Manipulative, is my other favourite polish, but sadly, has been discontinued.  I just adore these shades together, and alone.  They are two of very few polishes that I will wear without any embellishments.  Please see my previous blog post for application details on Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid.

Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (index, middle)
Cult Nails Manipulative (ring, pinky)

*I just love how they match this sippy cup!*
Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (middle)
Cult Nails Manipulative (ring, pinky)

Without further ado, sign up to nominate a polish from your own blog, or just enter the giveaway:



Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Elevation Polish The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye

Shortie alert!  It seems that anytime I obliterate my nails into shorties, awesome nail mail arrives.  This is definitely one of those times.  Oh well, the colour was too beautiful not to use it.  :)
I find that the second photo shows the blue of Elevation The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye more accurately, as well as that gorgeous (shifting) shimmer.  Two coats of Twinkle provided opacity, but unfortunately, I had a few issues with this polish.  First, the shimmer is very shy, unless you are in the blazing sunlight.  Second, it slightly stained my nails.  :(
For the stamped nails, I applied two coats of Pahlish The Ghost Shift, a charcoal holo with purple microglitter, and when they were dry, stamped over them with Essie Go Overboard, a teal creme that matches the teal in Twinkle very nicely.  I am actually surprised that it was opaque enough!
I used two of my favourite designs (I don't remember which Konad plates they are, as I am not at home right now); the second one reminds me of mendhi.  :)


Pahlish The Ghost Shift (index, middle, pinky)
Essie Go Overboard (blue stamping on index, middle, pinky)
Elevation The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye (ring)

Pahlish The Ghost Shift (pinky, middle, index)
Essie Go Overboard (blue stamping on pinky, middle, index)
Elevation The Twinkle in Yeti's Eye (ring)

What do you think?  Is the hype surrounding Twinkle warranted?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker/Dance of the Sugar Plum

I have found my favourite purple holo: Enchanted Polish Dance of the Sugar Plum.  It is beautifully holo and the perfect mix of dusty purple and brown (plum?).  I also enjoyed Bruised Nutcracker as the dusty demin blue shade is also my 'bag', but the holo was not as evident as that of its sister.
Both polishes applied creamily and opaquely in two coats; I spruced up my thumb with To Die for, a blue based holo glitter.

Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker (index, pinky)
Enchanted Polish Dance of the Sugar Plum (middle, ring)

Enchanted Polish Bruised Nutcracker (thumb, index, pinky)
Enchanted Polish Dance of the Sugar Plum (middle, ring)
Enchanted Polish To Die For (glitter on thumb)

I wonder what other colours to Die For would look nice over?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Silver/Bea Stings/Purple Pizzazz

Quickie tonight!  I decided to use all Colors by Llarowe polishes in this mani and I love it!  Silver (of the Christmas Silver/Gold duo) is amazingly holo with a purplish grey tinge and Purple Pizzazz and Bea Stings are gorgeous holo micro glitters.  Note how PP's holo arc is blue in tone ~ very pretty!  All polishes were two coats with top coat to smooth out the microglitter.

Looking at Bea Stings, the raspberry base and red glitter would be gorgeous right now in the summer sunshine.  When I return home on Monday night, I'm packing it up to come back to the cottage with me! :)

Colors by Llarowe Silver (index, middle, pinky)
Colors by Llarowe Purple Pizzazz (ring)

Colors by Llarowe Silver (index, middle, pinky)
Colors by Llarowe Purple Pizzazz (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Bea Stings (thumb)

Don't you just love the variety of finishes/colours of CbL polishes?!