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Thursday, February 26, 2015

MoYou London - New Suki plates plus a surprise


     This Friday MoYou London is releasing new plates in the Suki Collection. These 3 plates have a variety of images from Panda Bears to Swirling clouds and a few things in between. But let's not forget the St. Patrick's day is around the corner and MoYou has a plate fit for the occasion. Checkout the preview below. 

Hello there!

❀ Spring is almost here! 
And what is more suitable than Suki bringing us some extra plates from her collection! 


 But let's not forget St Patrick's Day is around the corner! 
So here is a extra plate just for you!


THE SUKI COLLECTION

These 4 plates will be available starting this Friday 27th February!

Have a great evening,
The MoYou-London Team 
   MoYou plates can be purchased in their shop. As mentioned above these plates will be available Friday Feb. 27th. Plates are £4.99 each or about $8 US. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cuttin' Edge Polish - Frost Bite


     Today I have a nail polish for you that is perfectly named for the weather we have been having here in Minnesota lately, Frost Bite by Cuttin' Edge Polish. Why is it so perfectly named? Well let's just say it was 2 degrees above freezing today and everyone was talking about what a nice warm day we were having. Yeah it's been a cold winter so far. Don't worry Mother Nature hasn't decided to spoil us, it's supposed to plummet back down to about -10 tomorrow.  That's a 40+ degree temperature swing! I shouldn't complain though because I know the east coast has had it a lot worse. 

     When I hear the word frost bite I think of an icy blue color with iridescent shimmer, but that's not exactly the case with this polish. There is a bit of a blue undertone, but Id say Frost Bite has more of a green tint to it with scattered holo mixed in. Not quite an aqua shade but maybe a faded aqua would be a good description? 


     Frost bite was originally released in the winter of 2014 as part of the Frozen trio which I snatched up the minute I saw it. At the time I was almost as obsessed with the movie as my kids were. Now the novelty has worn off a bit thanks to my daughter singing Let it Go almost daily and my Son's joining in when it comes to Do you want to build a snowman. The novelty of this polish is still there though. 

     As you can see it is a bit sheer. This is 3 coats plus top coat. I'm not a big fan of VNL but this one is subtle enough that it doesn't drive me crazy. Plus I used this as the base for my swan manicure back in December so most of it was covered.  I would layer it over another color next time instead of trying to build it up. 

  
     Application was easy and smooth with no pooling at the cuticles. I tend to get the pooling issue with sheer polishes but the consistency was just thick enough with this one to avoid that.  For a scattered holo the intensity is only sub par but I feel like if there was more it would take away from the icy, frozen feeling.

     The Frozen trio was limited edition and is no longer available but there are some other fantastic color available online if you'd like to give this brand a try. I think there are even some holiday colors on clearance. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Indigo Bananas - Fiery the Angels Fell


     Hi everyone! Wow it feels like forever since I've written a blog post. I've missed it and am very thankful that my hectic week is over! I'll spare you all the boring details, but one good thing did come out of all the madness. I am no longer the owner of a boring old minivan, and now own an SUV. Good-bye soccer mom, hello hockey mom. Ok so I'm a bit excited about getting a new car even if the events that made it happen weren't the best. But I'm getting off topic so let's get back to the nail polish shall we? 

     Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the ever so sparkly Fiery the Angels Fell by Indigo Bananas. Fiery the Angels Fell is a deep coral red that shifts to a golden orange and a lighter orange glass flecked beauty. 

Fiery-the-Angels-Fell-Indigo-Bananas
Photo taken in natural light

     Application was easy with the first coat being semi-sheer and full opacity reached after 2. Because of the glass flecks there is a slight texture to the nails which can be smoothed out with a layer of top coat. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.

Photo taken in natural light

     You can wear this polish alone or layered over another color as a topper. I've chosen to wear it alone so I could see the true base color. But if you look at the pictures in the shop it looks amazing over black. 


  
     I had to include this macro shot of the glass flecks on my newly acquired nubbins. Just look at the depth they create! I was so happy when I found this photo while editing, I knew I had gotten a decent shot but I had no idea my camera had captured it so well.  I might have to take back some of the not so nice things I've muttered under my breath recently while trying to capture that perfect shot. 

     Fiery the Angels fell is available for purchase in 2 sizes $10 for a full size (15ml) and $6.25 for a mini (8ml) There is a note from the maker listed about Fiery the Angels Fell concerning staining.

Staining: This color does use lake dyes, but has a very low pigment load and should not stain. A base coat IS recommended for it however. 
NOTE: I have -not- experienced staining with the pigment used in this polish, unlike quite a few of my commercial reds and pinks. Your mileage may vary, so I always recommend wearing a base coat under pinks, reds, yellows and yellow leaning greens to be safe.

      I did not experience staining either but I did use Orly Bonder as my base coat.  So what do you think of Fiery the Angel Fell? It's my one and only Indigo polish so far but I might be hooked. What are your favorites that I should check out? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Nail Art - Heart and stripes


     Happy Friday everyone! You have no idea how happy I am that it's the start of the weekend. This has been one busy hectic week for me and I was worried I wouldn't be able to finish out Valentine's week. Thankfully that was not the case.
 
     Today's Valentines manicure is a recreation of a pin I found on Pinterest.  This manicure was done by Nails by Jennifer and is beautiful! I wanted something that I could create quickly but also execute fairly well. I knew this Heart and Stripes manicure was just what I was looking for the minute it graced my computer screen.


     I used Zoya America and Trixie along with Finger Paints Paper Mache as my base colors. There is some VNL  after 2 coats of Trixie in the photo but it's not noticeable with the naked eye. For my stripes I used a silver striper from Finger Paints and a black one from Kiss. This time around I was able to make a fairly decent heart using my dotting tools. I think the fact that this one was bigger helped. I topped everything off with a generous coat of Seche Vite for added shine.


     My stripes are not as clean and precise as the original manicure but I like it that way. It has more of a homemade feel to it.  And did you notice there's zero red streaking around the heart? I learned a thing or two from my recent Santa debacle. Now I just wish I had had time to paint both hands! What do you think, is this a manicure you would wear?

     I hope you have enjoyed Valentine's week on my blog. If you haven't already make sure to check out my previous manicures where I created a heart beat and interlocking hearts. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day and a fantastic weekend. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MoYou London - Zodiac Collection (Press Release)


      As some of you may already know MoYou London had been releasing images plates for each sign of the Zodiac. Well, Starting this Friday 6 new plates will be available with a Chinese Zodiac theme.  Let's check them out below.
Hi there

Just in time for the Lunar New Year,
we’re introducing Chinese Zodiac plates, available this Friday.

Get into the festive spirit with Luna
and sport a party-perfect mani with lucky red hues.


<< ZODIAC COLLECTION >>

These plates come with a new plastic back as well :)
They will be available on the 13th February!
Have a wonderful day,
The MoYou-London Team

      Is your sign represented by any of these plates?  I was born in the year of the snake so plate 18 is mine. Some of those images are interesting Don't you think? 

   MoYou plates can be purchased in their shop. As mentioned above these plates will be available Friday, Feb 13th. Plates are £4.99 each or about $8 U.S. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Girly Bits News


      There's lot's of exciting news from Girly Bits packed into this release. We've got Blogger Collabs, a  St. Patty's collection, top coats and FALKIES!! Check out all the details below.

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Lots of New & Exciting Releases

Launching Monday, February 16th at 12noon EST

We have so many exciting things share with you, we won't bore you with some long winded introduction, we'll just get right to the pretty pictures!
What do you get when you have three bloggers celebrating their 3 year blogiversaries? Why, three new Blogger Collabs of course!

Grab these hot new shades when they launch on Monday, February 16th at 12noon EST.
Winter Sanctuary
A collaboration with Lisa at Cosmetic Sanctuary

Winter Sanctuary is a medium to dark cobalt blue shimmolo, with a hint of purple with a scattering of holo microglitter within it.

$13.00 CAD each
Snafu
A collaboration with Nicole at Nail Polish Wars

Snafu is an ivory nude linear holographic, with soft gold shimmer, teal flakies and iridescent turquoise flecks.

$13.00
Let's Do This!
A collaboration with Jen at The Jedi Wife

Let's Do This! is a rusty orange subtle shimmolo with red to yellow shifting flakes, tiny purple flakies, gold flakies,  and red micro glitter.

$13.00 CAD each
ST. PATTY'S 2015 COLLECTION

While our St. Patty's 2015 collection may not be your "traditional" St. Patrick's Day shades, there is enough green shimmery goodness in both to make you feel Irish for the day!

You can pick up our St. Patty's 2015 shades beginning Monday, February 16th at 12noon EST.
Is That A Shillelagh In Your Pocket?

Is That A Shillelagh In Your Pocket?  is a medium brown linear holo, with green to gold shifting shimmer.

$13.00 CAD each
I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am

I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am is a warm chamois creme with gold to green shimmer.

$13.00 CAD each
ERMAHGERD FLERKERS!

You asked, we listened! All of our Ermahgerd Flerkers will be restocked on Monday, February 16th at 12noon EST.

$15.00 CAD each
We are so excited to announce that starting Monday, February 16th at 12 noon EST you can get your fix of Nail Vinyls™ and Stuck On Love Nail Shields by Love Angeline at Girly Bits Cosmetics.

We have selected some of our favourite patterns and styles to carry. They make it so easy to create beautiful nail art in no time. If you have not tried them, now is the time!

$5.00 - $8.00 CAD each
 Polish Matte'rs

It really does! And so does your top coat!

Give your mani a matte finish with our NEW matte top coat, Polish Matte'rs.

$6.50 CAD each

Our Polish Matte'rs Top Coat will be available beginning Monday, February 16th at 12noon EST.
And finally, as much as we hate to say goodbye to our lovelies, it is necessary to make room for the new favourites we have coming!

Get them while you still can! The following shades have been moved to our On The Way Out category and will be retired once existing stock has sold out:
Happy shopping!
~ The Girly Bits Team

REMINDER TO OUR CANADIAN AND US CUSTOMERS: Free shipping on orders over $80 (No Coupon Code required.) SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY

Valentine's Day Nail Art - Interlocking Hearts


      The look I'm sharing with you today is a bit of a manicure fail. I was going for a specific look and what I got was nothing close. That said it's not a horrible manicure at all, just not what I was going for. 

     You know those great looking manicures with the interlocking dots? That's what I wanted to do but instead of dots, I attempted hearts. First, I tried to paint them on but my hearts looked like sideways ninja turtle heads.


      Picture the rounded cheeks and bubble head. Cute but not for this manicure. Maybe I'll take this new found design idea and do a ninja turtle manicure in the future.  My 8 yr old would probably love it. Are you ready to see what I ended up with? please excuse the quick cell phone picture. I took this mid-manicure before any clean up. 


     I used Orly Artificial Sweetener for my main base color and Dare to Bare for my accent nail. These two color went so well together I almost wish I hadn't added the hearts. 


     The heart glitters are from KBShimmer that I just received in a polish swap from the completely awesome Jessica of Be Happy and Buy Polish. I originally thought the colors of the glitters would blend a little better with the polish to give more of that interlocking look I was going for. Love the glitters but they stand out a little too much in this case. 

   
     I kind of like the way this looks but I'm disappointed that my original idea didn't work out. I'm not giving up yet though and will probably try again. I just have to figure out how I want to go about it. What  are your thoughts about how this turned out? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Nail Art : Heart Beat


     Valentine's is just around the corner and I thought it might be fun to do a week's worth of nail art looks to celebrate. This might be a challenge for me as I've been called into sub for the entire week and my kids start swimming lessons today. Which means my free time will be limited, but I'm hoping to get it all worked in. Who knows I might just paint my nail while sitting by the pool and see how many strange looks I can get.

     Starting things off is a manicure that has been floating around Pinterest and Facebook since I first became interested in nail art. I've seen so many recreations that I honestly have no idea who to credit! I'm hoping that just stating that this is not an original idea will be ok.

Valentines-manicure

     I'm sure this will look familiar to a lot of you, but it's a manicure that I fell in love with the first time I saw it. I thought it was so cute and really wanted to try to recreate it for almost 2 years now. I attempted it a few times with nail polish and it always ended up a mess. This time around I used acrylic paint and I got the results I was going for. 

     I used Finger Paints Paper Mache as my base color and black and red acrylic paint for the rest. My hands were so shaky when I was doing this I'm surprised I could come close to drawing straight lines. Next time I won't be drinking Mt. Dew while attempting nail art. 


     Overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I still need to work on my curved lines but it's getting better, and I've got a few more heart themed manicures to practice with. Who knows maybe by the end of the week I'll have mastered curved nail art. Hey, a girl can dream can't she?

     With as popular as this design is I'd love to know if you've created it? Or what is your favorite look to wear on your nails for Valentines?  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sinful Colors - Jungle Trail


     Today I have a very quick post. After being relatively healthy all winter long my children have decided to take turns getting sick. It's been a very long week and this mama is tired! I thought this would be a good time to showcase a good but very wallet friendly nail polish. As most of us know Sinful Colors is about as wallet friendly as you can get, especially when they are on sale for 99 cents a bottle.

     Jungle Trail is part of the limited edition Enchanted Collection ( or Muse) released in the fall of 2012. A deep gray creme with brown undertones this polish makes for a great neutral pallet cleanser.

Sinful-Colors-Jungle-Trail

     Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat. Although this polish dries to such a glossy finish you would think there was a top coat on it already.  The application is smooth with full opacity after 2 coats. 


     While I like the color I'm not sure it's one I would wear on its own. I think I would have to be in the right kind of mood to have it on my tips. I do think it would make a great pedicure color, though. Isn't it funny how some colors look better on fingers and some look better on toes? 

     I actually used Jungle Trail as my base color and layered Parallax Polish Krypton over the top. Click on the link if you want to see how I wore it. I'm curious to know if this is a color you would wear on its own? 

     Well, that's about it for me, my eyes are slowly closing as I type these final words. I'm off to try and get some sleep. Fingers crossed my 3 make it through the night so that I can. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cult Nails - Blaze


     Today I have for you a polish that has been in my collection for quite some time but only found it's way to my nails over the holiday season when I needed a great base for my glitter/chevron manicure. Cult Nails Blaze was released as part of their Second Anniversary collection back in 2013. For those of you who haven't heard at the end of last year, Cult Nails made the hard decision to close up shop once all inventory was sold. At the moment the shop is set to maintenance mode with a message saying they will open on January 25th. That date has come and gone and I'm not sure if they will reopen.  I actually own quite a few polishes that never made it to the blog and I will be showcasing them from time to time because they are just too pretty not to be shared.

     Blaze is described as a  "Glowing gold and copper glitter"  mixed together in a clear base. This sparkly mixture seemed to dance on my fingertips.

Blaze-by-Cult-Nails

     Shown here is 2 coats of Blaze layered over a thin coat of Orly Luxe plus top coat. Blaze is a little on the sheer side due to the clear base but builds up nicely. Full coverage can be achieved in 3 or 4 coats depending on how thickly you apply it.

     Thankfully the sheerness didn't effect the glitter coverage. I was able to get a lot of glitter on the brush each time I pulled it out of the bottle. The glitters are so fine that getting them to cover the nail was my biggest issue, which is why up to 4 coats could be needed for full opacity. I did end up doing a little glitter dabbing on the second coat to ensure full coverage.

Cult-Nails-Blaze-from-the-second-anniversary-collection

     I really like the way Blaze looks layered over Luxe and would recommend using it on top of another color instead of on its own, just because it's easier. However you choose to wear it it will look amazing. Don't believe me? Check out this macro shot.

Macro-shot-of-Blaze-by-Cult-Nails
     Or how about this glittery chevron manicure I did for the Christmas nail art challenge? Which is still one of my top 5 favorite nail art looks from last year.

Chevron-manicure-using-glitter

     I'm sad to see Cult Nails say goodbye but I'm thankful that I got to try a few of their polishes. I have yet to use one that gave me issues. I  look forward to trying out the remaining untrieds that I own and would love to hear which polishes are your favorites. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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