Saturday, 25 August 2012

KBShimmer Radioactive

Summer is coming to an abrupt end, and lovely fall polishes surround us, but I'm not ready to let go of my neons just yet.

I'd been coveting KBShimmer's Neon Collection for what felt like a lifetime, and just recently I finally got my hands on my first one. This extraordinarily bright green, the appropriately named KBShimmer Radioactive, is really amazing. It glows in the dark, okay?!

It was also so very bright that it was unusually difficult to photograph. I've tweaked this photo quite a bit to give a better approximation of the actual shade, but it's very hard to reproduce. Trust me, it is made of awesome. This glow-y, neon green has variously shaped and sized black glitters - squares, hexes, bars, shards - swimming around in it, enough to add contrast and interest, without detracting from the effect. I used three coats to make sure there were no patchy bits, and the jelly-ish consistency of the polish held the glitter in an interesting suspension throughout.

Outside the States, you can buy KBShimmer from Harlow & Co.! I definitely would like to pick up more of the Neons at some point! Are you through with neons for the year, yet?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Enchanted Polish Marge's Blue Beehive

Oh hai! I've been absent lately, and without warning - I suck. I was preparing for and attending my first academic conference! It's over now, though, and hopefully things will get back to normal a bit! On to an actual post of a very pretty polish...

Fun fact: my favourite colour is purple. I like purple things, have a fondness for dying purple into my hair... but I have gradually found that when it comes to polish, I prefer blue to purple 95% of the time. I've come to terms with this! I think that, for some reason, blue looks better on me - or it might just be that there is a wider range of blues available? Whatever it is, my wishlist is dominated by blues, the blue section in my IKEA Alex is the most crowded, and I can't resist adding more blues to each on a practically weekly basis.

Don't get me wrong, I don't discriminate - there is a place in my heart and my collection for all shades! But blues like the beauty I have for you today will always draw my eye in a crowd.

Enchanted Polish Marge's Blue Beehive was certainly no exception! This shade is gorgeous, and it is named after a Simpson's character, and we all know how holos make all other thoughts leave our minds as we internally squeal "RAINBOOWWWS!" (That's not just me, right? ...) The $15 price tag had always had me resisting Enchanted Polish, but I finally pulled the trigger since hearing that many shades are being discontinued.

See? Such a pretty colour. I bought this polish from Harlow & Co., an awesome Canadian e-tailer. She offers free shipping on orders over $50! It is definitely a great place for fellow Canadians to be able to buy some lovely things that would otherwise be quite difficult to buy.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

OPI Guy Meets Gal-Veston Swatch and Jelly Sandwich

Awhile back I was playing with jellies and glitters, in a seasonally appropriate combo! I started with three coats of OPI Guy Meets Gal-Veston, which looked like this:

I topped that with Nicole by OPI Rainbow In The S-Kylie, with another coat of GMGv on top. I, however, wasn't satisfied! I added a coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle, and then another coat of GMGv on top of that. Yes, including base and top coat, that is NINE coats of nail polish! Excessive? Maybe! But look how deep and squishy it is!

I'm so glad I've accepted the jelly sandwich into my life lol. So easy, so pretty. I still only have a few jellies, but they're perfect for crafting a nice summer-y manicure. And you definitely don't have to do as many layers as I did here! What's the greatest number of coats you've used in a manicure?

Friday, 3 August 2012

Polish, Eh?!? Oh Canada! Swatch

I have something exciting and timely for you today! A brand-new Canadian indie nail polish brand is opening its (virtual) doors today, and I'm thrilled to show you this lovely creation from Polish, Eh?!?

After seeing a photo of Oh Canada! that Janet (the creator) posted in a Facebook group, I talked her into selling me a prototype! I wanted this patriotic polish and was willing to play guinea pig. Because I purchased an early version, she has redesigned this polish slightly for her opening - it will no longer have the red bar glitters. The red bars in my bottle did have a tendency to flop over onto their sides a bit, so I think this change will be for the better. I don't have much experience with bar glitter, though, and I've heard that it is difficult, so I sort of assumed that was just bar glitter being... bar glitter.

I wanted a contrasting base that would make both the red and white really pop. I have a thing for blues, and it is a great complement to red and white, so I popped Oh Canada! on over one coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away! I love that both of these polishes are so enthusiastic that they need exclamation marks in their titles - a match made in heaven?!

These swatches are all one coat of Oh Canada!, though I did do a bit of dabbing to ensure even glitter coverage; there was definitely no trouble getting plenty of glitter out of the bottle, though! And a quick shake will ensure that those lovely white squares make their way onto the brush with ease.

Close-up of Polished, Eh?!? Oh Canada
Oh Canada! contains medium red hex, micro red hex, red bar (but not in the now-for-sale version!), white bar, micro white hex, and large white square glitters, all in a clear base.

I tried a few layering combinations to help me decide on Blue Me Away! These all feature one coat of Oh Canada! over China Glaze Pelican Gray, SHXW Blue Me Away!, SHXW Pacific Blue, Orly Stone Cold, and a black creme.

I love the well-designed labels and high-quality photos that Janet uses on her store, and her customer service is amazing; when I bought this polish (and some for my sister!) there was some confusion as it was over Facebook message, and didn't have the ease and clarity of an Etsy purchase. But Janet was helpful, generous, and quick to make things right!

As of today at noon EST, Polish, Eh?!? nail polishes are for sale in Janet's Etsy store. You can also check out Polish, Eh?!?'s Facebook page for photos and news updates. My next order will definitely include Gumballs; which one is your favourite?

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue Meets China Glaze Optical Illusion

Blue cremes are kind of my jam. I love all blue polishes, and I love cremes, so when they are combined I am a happy nail addict. Saving money on nail polish also appeals to me, so Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue is a gorgeous, bright, satisfying creature. It looks amazing by itself, and on toes. I wore it by itself and before taking it off, I decided to play around a bit.

I picked up China Glaze Optical Illusion at Winners, and I was very impressed by how opaque it is! So that meant that I should do nail art with it, right? I started with a v-gap accent, and then added half moons on the other nails. But I do thrive on overkill, so I went the extra step and added giant polka dots.

I think my favourite addition was the simple v-gap, and love that this polish is opaque enough to do an easy glitter one like this! The polka dots were probably a step too far, though...