Thursday, August 9, 2018

Bees Knees Lacquer The World and Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren's a Special Snowflake

Apparently magnetic polishes are the hot, new trend (for some people, at least) and I can see why.  There is just something so alluring about the shiftiness of the magnetized particles.  This particular polish, Bees Knees The World, is a teal base sprinkled with scattered holo, gold to green magnetic shimmer, purple to pink shimmer and iridescent flakes.  It certainly has a lot going on; I feel that the holo is a bit unnecessary and detracts a bit from the lovely contrast of the shimmer and flakies.  Nevertheless, it is a stunning polish and I especially love it in the shade when the flakies are more prominent.  It is also quite interesting mattified, but, unfortunately I don't have a picture of that.
It covered nicely in two coats and I added some top coat for extra shine.

Bees Knees The World in the shade

Bees Knees The World in the sun

My friend Caitlin snagged me The World from Indie Expo Canada back in June (I am totally going next year) and I am so glad that I pestered her to be my polish fairy.  I will definitely wear this again, which is a major feat when you are a polish addict.  ;)

Caitlin was also sweet enough to lend me a glitterbomb (among a zillion other polishes) she thought I'd like and she was right!  Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren's a Special Snowflake is a gold/black/holo glitter polish that complements the golden magnetic shimmer in The World perfectly.  I used three thin coats and one coat of top coat.  It's still a bit textured, but that is to be expected from glitter polishes like this.  I love it anyway.

Do you have any recent acquisitions that you love?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nail Hoot Hang onto Your Diapers, Babies and Ever After Opal of My Eye

Hello!  It's been a whirlwind few weeks here, with the end of the school year and the beginning of summer.  Already, we've:

* visited our in-laws' beach house 
* fished and canoed in their creek
* canoodled with all the cousins at a local zoo/park/splash pad
* spent the day at lovely Turkey Point
* enjoyed a BBQ for charity with hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts
* visited a friend's house at the lake and spent all day swimming and, of course
* stuffed ourselves with ice cream any chance we can

I've changed my mani several times, but haven't posted anything since I'm so pooped at the end of the day.  Well, the kids are playing outside now with some friends, thus I'm taking the opportunity to share a mani I loved wearing.

I plucked Nail Hoot, Hang onto Your Diapers, Babies from my untried pile; I always gravitate towards aqua polishes. :)  This one was special as it has tiny gold (copper) speckles and shimmer and a smattering of holo.  It covered nicely in two coats and one of topcoat.

And what goes better with aqua than an accent of shiny gold?  There is a lot going on in Ever After Opal of My Eye: iridescent flakies, holographic glitter, and shimmer, but it all works together nicely and gives you a blingy mani!.   This polish is quite sheer, but three thin coats almost reaches opacity.  It is so shiny and shifty, though, that you don't really notice that it is not fully opaque.  I've heard that others have layered this over a gold polish; I might try that in the future.

In the shade
Nail Hoot Hang onto Your Diapers, Babies
Ever After Opal of my Eye (middle)

In the sun
Nail Hoot Hang onto Your Diapers, Babies
Ever After Opal of my Eye (middle)

It's almost lunch time now; I should probably stop drooling at my nails and feed my kids.  
Happy Summer!

Monday, June 25, 2018

My Indie Polish skittles

I am so lucky to have a polish bestie who is also a close friend in real life.  Caitlin, the talent behind Streets Ahead Style, has now been my friend for almost four years (when Lana was a wee bean in my tummy).  Though I moved three years ago, we've kept in touch and made it a point to meet up for lunch/tea dates when our schedules allow.  There, we guzzle chai lattes, peruse the racks of Winners, share what is happening in our lives and, of course, swap/play with polish.  :)

The following thermal polishes are but a few of the polishes that Caitlin lent me during our last date.  They are the first My Indie Polishes that I've tried and probably won't be the last.  They all applied creamily in two coats and transitioned colours quickly.  The blue-to-chartreuse even has fine shimmer, which is a nice touch.

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Look to the Stars (pinky)
Cool state: My Indie Polish Spring Fever (left)
My Indie Polish With Rain Comes Flowers
My Indie Polish Grass Between My Toes

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Look to the Stars (pinky)
Warm state: My Indie Polish Spring Fever (left)
My Indie Polish With Rain Comes Flowers
My Indie Polish Grass Between My Toes

To support a fellow Canadian, check out My Indie Polish, or Caitlin's blog above.  Me? I can't wait to meet up with Caitlin in the beginning of July for our next tea/polish date!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tonic Ru and Tonic Divine

Good afternoon!

I’ve got two beauties for you today: Tonic Ru and Tonic Divine.  Both are magnetic polishes that appear murky (read: grey) in the bottle, but come alive on the nails with aqua to blue  (Ru) or purple to magenta (Divine) shimmer.  The shimmer also shifts to golden green at certain angles, as you can see in the first picture of Divine.

These polishes are also enhanced with linear holo pigment, which some say makes the polish too complicated.  I am not of that camp; one can never have enough holo in polish!

Tonic Ru

Tonic Ru

Tonic Divine

Tonic Divine

The magnetic line is not very pronounced on my nails as I’m new to magnetics and my skills are lacking. I did order a stronger magnet, though, so that may help!  It should be here any day now.  :)

It is rainy and cool today. A good day to snuggle up with a blanket and some coffee. I think I might do that now (I wish.  I have a three year old to mind). :)  I hope you have a good one, whatever you do.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blush Lacquer Waterlilies at Dusk

I don’t have much to say about this polish, but that is only because a) its beauty speaks for itself and b) it applied like a dream (like all the Blush Lacquers I’ve tried).
Waterlilies at Dusk is a multichrome holo polish that shifts from blue to purple to pink to gold.  The linear holo is strong and the tiny shifty flakies add just a little extra oomph to this polish.  It covered beautifully (I love the Blush brush) in two coats and dried quickly. Simply perfection in a bottle. 

Blush Lacquer Waterlilies at Dusk 

Blush Lacquer Waterlilies at Dusk mattified

This polish is not available as it was a limited release, but do head to the Blush website to view the available beauties.

Good night beauties!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tonic Skittlette

Hello again.  One post yesterday and one today.  I am a busy beaver.  :)

Last week I wore this mani and I love, love, LOVED it!  Tonic Marilyn (red) and Novitiate are pretty in the bottle, but stunning on the nail.  There is a glow to them that just doesn’t translate in the bottle or on camera; you’ll have to trust me that they are even more gorgeous.  Novitiate’s shimmer shifts from turquoise to purple, which makes the polish quite dusty looking at times. Very unique.

Both polishes reached opacity in two coats.  Any streaks during application disappeared when the polish dried.  Phew.

I used Verklempt as an accent nail.  It is a silver linear holo slightly tinted blue with the most amazing shifting flakies.  I hope Lindsay comes out with a rainbow of holos with these flakies! 😜

Tonic Marilyn and Novitiate (sunlight)

Tonic Marilyn and Novitiate (shade)

Tonic Verklempt in the shade

Tonic Novitiate (left), Tonic Verklempt, Tonic Marylin

I will definitely be revisiting these shades in the future, especially in the summer.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blush Lacquer You Don’t Take Art

I’ve got another beauty (actually, two of them) for you today, Blush Lacquer You Don’t Take Art.  Art was one of the May Polish Pickup offerings and I’m glad that I chose it. It’s reminiscent of Cirque Coronation, minus the UP shimmer and holo bits.  Such a rich and glowing purple!

Tonic Divine is also a stunning polish; she looks greyish, but angle your hand and she takes on a greenish cast.   Add in the pink-purple magnetic shimmer and she’s a chameleon.  Of course, the linear holo makes her even prettier.  Unfortunately, I lack the skills in making a sharp magnetic line, but I will practice and one day it will be more pronounced for you.

Blush Lacquer You Don’t Take Art
Tonic Polish Divine (accent nail)



Art was a one-time release and Divine is not on the Timic site at the moment, but if you feel like perusing the pretties, visit: Tonic Polish or Polish Pickup.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Don Deeva Lacquer Catastrophe

Happy spring-almost-summer!  It’s actually quite cool today; I’m wearing a long hoodie and leggings, which is a far cry from the shorts I was wearing last week. :)
I also have a head cold, which makes me put errands on the back burner.  Costco, who needs your myriad aisles of delicious treats, anyway?

Today I have the very unique Don Deeva CATastrophe.   CATastrophe, a white-to-red thermal flecked with green shimmer and multi chrome flakies, is a March 2018 Polish Pickup exclusive.  Polish Pickup is a platform which collaborates with fans to decide monthly polish themes (past months’ themes include science, fandoms, and books) and then offers the themed polishes from dozens of indie polish makers. It’s a veritable polish smorgasbord.  If this intrigues you, please visit Polish Pickup.

I used three coats of CATastrophe, though two would have sufficed. Polishing with light thermals has proven to be a bit tricky as the polish often changes mid-application, making it harder to see.   Nevertheless, the result was gorgeous.

Cold state of Don Deeva CATastrophe

Warm state of CATastrophe

Don Deeva CATastrophe

I might like it even more sans flakies. What do you think?  I do love flakies, but generally, the smaller, the better for me. I adore the shimmer though. Let’s see more thermals with that beautiful shimmer.

Have a good day!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pahlish Queen of Pentacles

Salut! It is Friday night in my neck of the woods and I am enjoying a glass of Syrah and waiting for my current mani to dry. What better time to post on my little blog than now?  If I am going to get back into blogging, I know I have to solidify my efforts and make time for it. Just as I have to do with reading and working out.  All good things in life take effort; I just have to say f*** it, get off my lazy caboose,  and start!  That is my wine-induced pep talk for the night. :)

I wore this mani earlier in the week and I must admit, though it’s not a linear holo (my favourite finish), the scattered holo effect from the flakes is gorgeous.  As is the purple shimmer and the olive green base.  The accent nail also matches the shimmer perfectly!  The one drawback is that the shimmer is not as strong on the nail, though it is there and surprises you with flashes every now and then.

Pahlish Queen of Pentacles
Picture Polish Orchid (accent nail)

I hope you have a wonderful night and are doing something you enjoy this weekend!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Test, test, check...

Wow! I think it’s high time that I practice my rusty blogging skills again. It’s been a crazy couple of years since I last blogged: my final babe has grown into a feisty, self-assured three year old; my youngest son is now in JK and I am one year away from re-entering the work force!  I still love to polish my nails as a means to relax at the end of the day (or if the wee one ever randomly naps); some things will never change.

I am going to be blogging on my phone as it’s easier to snap pics and use them as opposed to taking pics with my DSLR and then uploading the pics onto my laptop. But...I don’t know how the resolution will turn out. Here’s to hoping that my phone is good enough and the photos won’t turn out all grainy. :)

To start afresh, let’s look at my current mani, the beautifully hazy blue of Picture Polish London stamped with my new Lina stamping plate.  London covered my nails nicely in two coats and dried fairly quickly.  I love the scattered holo in this polish, which is funny because I prefer linear holo usually.

As for the stamping, I still need to practice how to press the image down straight without distortion (check out the starburst on my middle finger), but that is definitely user error and not a plate deficiency.   I can’t wait to try more images.

Left hand

Right hand

Ok, time to publish this and check it out on my laptop. 
Ciao Bella!