Tuesday, November 24, 2015

le polish Monthly Mystery Bag: December

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Good afternoon, dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful week! For today's blog post, I have the pleasure of sharing the December Monthly Mystery Bag from le polish. If you love getting a surprise every month, this bag is for you! Each month you purchase, you will be sent a full sized seasonally appropriate polish in addition to a hand-care or beauty item. Monthly bags ship on the 3rd of the month, and in order to be eligible, you have to purchase your subscription by the end of the previous month. Subscription choices include 1 month, 3 month and 6 month options with more savings the larger the subscription. Now that I have filled you in on the details, let's check out what will be in December's Monthly Mystery Bag! My lucky readers are getting a peek into the bag, so if you prefer a mystery, read no further!


The December le polish Monthly Mystery Bag is about preparation for the upcoming New Year festivities. Each bag will include a polish and a glitter nail mani fizzy. 

Glitter Nail Mani Fizzy
After a tough day, you deserve a little relaxation time. Fizzies are the perfect way to do just that. Drop the fizzy in a sink or bowl full of warm water and watch it spring into action! The fizzing action will delight you as the moisturizing oils soften and soothe your dry skin and cuticles. A dazzling finger shaped fizzy to match your New Year's Eve manicure in Sweet Honeysuckle scent. Perfect to prep for your big night out!

I managed to break my mani fizzy into tiny pieces after snapping this photo. I *could* place the blame on my toddler and cat, but I'll take responsibility for it this time. At least I was able to get a cute photo of it in the previous picture! It certainly does look like a finger, and I love the sparkled flakies at the "nail"! I'm a big fan of soaking my hands to give them some tlc, and I do like that even if a fizzy breaks, it is still perfectly useable. My toddler actually LOVES soaking his hands with me so I use a fairly large tupperware for both our sets of hands. This one is nicely moisturizing and I enjoy the honeysuckle scent. While I don't like most floral scents, honeysuckle is one I do love and reminds me of when I used to pick them when I was a little girl.

10, 9, 8...
A New Year's Eve Celebration in a bottle! A black crelly packed with shimmer and gold confetti glitter. It's like being there when the ball drops!
When I think of New Year's Eve celebrations, I usually think of the classy black, gold and silver decorations, and I am happy that Allison, the mastermind behind le polish, decided to stick with this colour palette. 10, 9. 8... is a pretty black polish filled with these amazing gold glitter pieces. The gold pieces do get a little lost on the nails slightly if the black polish base covers them, but it does make for an interesting manicure. The gold glitter pieces are a little bulky so I needed a few coats of top coat to help smooth my nail down. The polish went on pretty easily for me although you do need a little extra patience with the gold glitters. They can stick off of the nails depending on your application technique, but it is easy to either push them back up onto the nail or just remove the strays that stick off. I have it shown here with two coats of polish plus a two coats of topcoat.
I like the overall look of this polish, although it was a little sad to see the gold confetti glitters covered up so much. I think this would probably look better if I layered a single coat over a black base to really let the golden glitters and shimmer shine. Even in the slightly muted state, I still got a lot of compliments on my nails when I wore this out, and it is a fabulous choice to wear while you ring in the new year.

If you are interested in the December Monthly Mystery Bag, now is the time to get your subscription order in! One month is only $13 and comes with two products to pamper yourself with to end out this year. The mystery bags ship out on the 3rd of the month. If surprises aren't for you, over pours of the products from the bags are listed on the le polish website on the 12th of the month to allow subscribers ample time to receive their products. Overpours of polish and excess bath and body products are in separate listings when they are available.

I am really excited to be introduced to a new indie brand, and I like that there are full mystery bags that are affordable for a nice treat for yourself or your loved ones. I'm eager to see what all else Allison creates for le polish!

What do you think of monthly mysteries? Do you like surprises?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 20, 2015

ellagee: The Holiday Wishes Collection

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Good morning, dear readers! This week seems to have drug on forever, and I am so glad today is Friday! My in-laws will be arriving later today and will be spending time with us all next week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. My boys adore them, and I am excited to see their faces when they arrive.

For today's blog post, I have a beautiful collection by ellagee to share with you. The Holiday Wishes Collection is a five-piece collection with a special sixth colour that is a limited edition bonus shade added to all purchases of the full collection during Black Friday weekend only.
This gorgeous collection boasts holographic nail lacquers in holiday colours but with a softer vintage feel. It reminds me of Christmases of yesteryear, especially those from the old A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story films. Let's check out the colours, shall we?

Hearth and Home
A sparkling rose gold / soft copper with intense linear holographic shimmer

It is impossible to pick a favorite polish from this collection, but Hearth and Home is definitely in my top five picks (see what I did there?)! It is a fabulous choice for when I want to wear a very toned down colour that isn't nude! I enjoy true bright golds, but this softer version has stolen my heart. The formula was fantastic, and I used two coats for these photos.

Health and Comfort
A sparkling royal blue with intense linear holographic shimmer

There are blue holographic polishes, and then there is Health and Comfort. I've see a lot of blue holo shades, but something about the vintage twist on this shade really sets it apart from the rest. I used two flawless coats for these photos.

Happiness and Love
A sparkling rosy coral with intense linear holographic shimmer

I LOVE Happiness and Love! This softer red shade is so beautiful! There are so many classic bright red shades this season, and Happiness and Love is a refreshing change. I had no issues with the formula- it applied nicely for me; I used two coats for these photos.

Family and Friends
A sparkling purple with intense linear holographic shimmer

I hope everyone has "Family and Friends" as glorious as this shade! I wasn't sure how I would feel about a vintage purple hue, but I dig this! The formula was great, and I used two coats for these photos.

Peace and Joy
A sparkling sea green with intense linear holographic shimmer

Peace and Joy is definitely another favorite from this collection. I love all things that remind me of the ocean, and this fabulous blue-green shade is perfect! The formula was fantastic like the rest of the collection,; I used two coats for these photos.

Customers that purchase the full five-piece collection shown above over Black Friday weekend will receive the bonus shade, Holiday Wishes 2015.

Holiday Wishes 2015
A sparkling silver with intense linear holographic shimmer

I definitely need more silver polishes in my collection! It's a shade that always seems to fly under my radar, and I put on something like Holiday Wishes 2015 and I wonder how that is even possible. This shade is amazing! It is only available as a limited edition gift with purchase of the full collection Black Friday weekend, and you don't want to miss out! The full collection is strikingly beautiful, and I definitely encourage picking all of these up for your collections!

The Holiday Wishes Collection launches Friday, November 27th at 12am CST on the ellagee website here.

What do you think of the vintage twist on the classic holiday shades? What are your must-have colours?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Born Pretty Store: Assorted Stud Set

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Good afternoon, dear readers! What's this? A post on a Thursday? I generally don't post on Thursdays, but since I missed my normal Monday post, I wanted to get one up today. Let's get to it!

I have this box of assorted silver studs from Born Pretty Store to share with you today.
These are the assorted studs found in the wheel. The numbered scale bar is in centimeters; each small tick mark is a millimeter.

I had a fairly elaborate look planned with these studs, or at least some of them, but unfortunately it didn't work out as planned. I intended to use the rectangular studs to create a cool pattern on my nails. The problem I encountered is that the studs were just too rigid and could not conform to the curvature of my nails. This wouldn't be an issue if I was going to use them the long way down the center of my nails, but alas, that was not the plan and I had to table the idea. I can use attachments like studs on my nails as long as they stay down, but once they start coming off the sides, it drives me bonkers! Let's check out the final look I ended up with.
I was inspired by this beautiful ruby and diamond braided ring, and I originally wanted to at least loosely mimic the braiding with the studs. Since that was a no-go, I opted to create a pattern on my accent finger with polish and use the little hexagon studs on the remaining nails instead. While this is not what I originally planned, I think it is really cute so I'm happy with the final look.
The direct link to purchase this package of studs can be found here.

Other Products Used:
Cupcake Polish: Just Sleighing Around
Zoya: Trixie

Check out Born Pretty Store for all your nail art needs. You can save 10% off full-priced merchandise with discount code QWL91.

What do you think of this look? What would you do with these studs? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer:  The products reviewed above were provided to me for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts stated are entirely my own and are based on my use of said products.  I love receiving feedback from my readers, and any comments left here are the express opinions and/or property of the individual authors.  Therefore, I, the author of this site, cannot be held responsible for the opinions held by others.  I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Indigo Bananas Fall Picks: Colourful Holos!

Good morning, dear readers, and happy hump day! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! I was a little sick earlier this week, presumably because of the recent weather changes so I opted to take my normal blogging day off and get some rest. Well, as much rest as one can get with a toddler and infant around, haha! My husband took care of the boys last night so I could go to bed super early, and I'm definitely feeling more like myself today. Now if the weather can stay constant or at least have the changes be more gradual, that would be great!

I recently posted about the second Crèmè à la Mode box (which is currently available for preorder this week!), and one of the brands in the box is Indigo Bananas. While the box is specific towards a creme finish, Andrea, the creative mastermind behind Indigo Bananas, is skilled at making gorgeous polishes in a range of finishes. For today's blog post, I wanted to share some of her stunning holographic shades I am drawn to this season. Let's check them out!

Olive Time & Space
A medium to medium-dark green-brown / olive polish with a strong linear holographic effect

I LOVE LOVE LOVE olive green shades, and Olive Time & Space has certainly won me over! Some days I want a little colour but nothing too bright; this shade is perfect! It's also a great shade for something just a little different for the holidays instead of the more traditional brighter greens. The formula is a little thinner than I'm used to, and I had to work a little slower to prevent cuticle flooding, but it was still a great polish. I used three coats for opacity.

Rhythm & Booze
A purple linear holographic with a bright blue flame. It is a warm leaning purple, but not plum, and more of a 'royal purple' shade. The holographic flame gives this polish the illusion that it is more blue leaning than it is.

I am totally digging the name of Rhythm & Booze, and just look at the colour! It is so vibrant that is glows! I have no issues to report with the formula of this majestic shade; I used two coats for these photos.

Synonym Bun
Warm reddish brown linear holo with a strong flame

Oh man, where do I even begin with this one! I guess I'll start off with the name. A fun fact you may not know about me is I am a fan of Weird Al Yankovic parodies, and Word Crimes is arguably my favorite. I totally need to be wearing this next time my toddler and I are jamming to it!
Now on to the colour. Dude. Yeah, just me saying that is saying a lot. You guys, I just want to swim in a vat of this! This is *the* colour I think of when I think of fall (other than my beloved orange, of course!), and I am drooling over this shade. The formula is a touch thin so beware of cuticle flooding, but other than that, the formula was fantastic. I used three coats for these photos. I almost got away with two coats, so if you tend to paint with a heavier hand, you might find two is enough for you.

Call Me Mabel
A lavender leaning pink, strong linear holographic polish, with a blue flash and small holographic shimmer

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Call Me Mabel when I first saw it in the bottle, but I suspected it would be too pink for my taste. Was I wrong about that! I adore this shade- it is so feminine and delicate! With days filled with so much dirt and mud thanks to my toddler, I have really grown to appreciate the little things that make me feel like I am a pretty female. That's certainly not to say boys can't sport this shade- my son really likes pink actually and currently has his nails painted, but this colour does scream "GIRL!!!" to me. Other than being a little thin and having to watch for cuticle flooding, the formula was great! I used three coats for these photos.

I am blown away by these nail lacquers from Indigo Bananas! The formulas may be a little thinner than I am used to working with, but they are still easy to use and the colour payoff on my nails is breath-taking. I am having a difficult time choosing a favorite from these four glorious shades- they each offer something a little different depending on my mood. They are definitely must-have shades!

You can pick up these and other striking polishes from Indigo Bananas here. Trust me, you won't regret it!

What are your favorite shades by Indigo Bananas? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Zoya MatteVelvet for Winter 2015

Good morning, dear readers! I am so glad today is Friday, or more specifically, Thursday is OVER! Nothing major happened, but after waking up from an awful dream, I feel like everything wrong that could have happened did! Of course today is Friday the 13th so today may not exactly be lucky for me either, but I'm already off to a better day than yesterday. Fingers crossed today is a good day!

For today's blog post, I wanted to share with you my swatches of the new Zoya MatteVelvet collection for Winter 2015.
I know not everyone is a fan of this finish, but I really enjoy them. The downside is they have a shorter wear time than other polishes because they are meant to be worn without base and top coat, but if you change your polish often like I do, it's never a problem! The beauty of mattes is not only do you end up using less coats of polish because there is no base or top coat, they also dry very quickly compared to normal polish. I think it's a fair trade off for a shorter lifespan on the nail. Now let's get to some swatches!

A soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck

Sue is my favorite shade from the MatteVelvet collection. While not vibrant like the other colours, it is so soft and feminine, and it was love at first site for me. I had no issues with the formula although it is a touch on the sheerer side. I used three coats for these swatch photos.

A deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck

Iris is another favorite from this collection. The flecks are so pretty against this purple hue; it's a match made in heaven! The formula was a little on the thin side and I had a little cuticle flooding, but slowing down and a quick clean up fixed that up for me. I used three coats for these swatch photos although two might have been enough. I was convinced I saw a shadow of visible nail line with two coats.

A classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck

This is the perfect spin on the classic red shade seen for the holidays! This particular polish makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and I'm sure part of it is due to it sharing the name with a lovely woman named Amal that I met years ago. I have no issues to report with the formula, and I used two coats for these photos.

A sparkling arctic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck

I LOVED Aspen but my camera did not. I could not get it to capture the stark whiteness of this polish and show the flecks at the same time so I opted to share slightly darker photos so you can see the density of the flecks. While the polish look more cream-coloured here, it is definitely a bright white in real life. While I normally don't wear white polishes on their own, I can definitely see myself wearing this beauty! The formula was fantastic and I had no issues whatsoever. I used two coats for these photos.

A true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck

I adore this shade of green, and it is so perfect for the upcoming holiday season! This is one of my favorite colours to see with a matte finish, and it reminds me of Veruschka, Zoya's other matte green shade. Veruschka is a little darker and Honor has a touch more blue, but you probably won't need both. The colours are similar but not to same so it just depends on how much you like your green polishes. The formula was great and easy to work with; I used two coats for these photos.

A deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck

What a pretty shade of blue! I just need to add a gold flake topper and my nail would look like lapis lazuli, a gorgeous blue gemstone! I used two easy coats for these photos.

Here is a closeup of my accent nail. I used my dotting tool to get this look.
Here are all the colours with top coat. They are gorgeous with a matte finish, but adding top coat really makes the glass flecks in each of these pop!

The Zoya MatteVelvet collection is currently available for purchase on the Zoya website here.
What do you think of this collection? Do you like the matte finish?

Until next time, dear readers, have a safe Friday the 13th and a wonderful weekend!