Monday, July 6, 2015

You Polish Hearts and Stars Mommy & Me Decals with Girly Bits Cosmetics

Good evening, dear readers! I hope your week is off to a great start! The Monday after a 3 day weekend always seems so long, and I'm only just now getting to sit down and get this post written.

I am really excited to be bringing you this post! I contacted Lauren from You Polish about creating Mommy & Me stencils and decals since many on the market are just a little too big for small fingers. I really liked the idea of having one sheet that contains matching products that can be used by both the moms (or big sisters, aunts, grandmothers, and whatever role you have in a little one's life) and the kiddos, and the Mommy & Me line was born. Unfortunately my mini me is still too little with zero patience right now for me to do his nails, but I'm going to do my best to show the sizes of the stencils and decals. There are currently three different sheets to choose from, so this week is going to be about Mommy & Me. Let's check out the first one!
The first sheet we created contains zigzags (chevrons), wavy lines, stars and hearts. There are a few different sizes of stars and hearts, and the larger ones are actually cut on the inside so that they are hollow and the two pieces nest together- the perfect fit for a mom and her little one!
While I opted not to use this orientation for my final nail art look, I wanted to show you how these chevrons compare. The "Mommy" (adult) version is a little thicker, longer, and the zigzags are stretched out more than the "me" (child) version. That being said, if your nails aren't particularly long, you can still use the child version on your nails. While I generally like my chevron print to be horizontal, I do like that I have other options!
I used both sizes for my ring finger. Because the adult version is so long, I cut them in half for horizontal placement on my nails. The child version is a little too short for my liking when cut in half (I need a good bit of overhang to easily remove from my nails), so I left those as it. 

This is my final nail art look with this sheet!
I love the hollowed out star! I used tweezers to apply these stencils and decals, and I used the tweezer tip to help push out the center portion of the star.
I used these both as stencils and decals so you could get an idea of what you could do with this particular sheet. I used Ho-Ho-Hope and Walk Like an Egyptian by Girly Bits Cosmetics in addition to these decals to create this look.
I used both the adult and child sized wavy lines for this nail. The top two gold ripples are with the larger adult version and the three thinner gold ripples along the lower part of my nail are from the child version.
I am so excited to see this come to life! I am a boy mom, and while my son is currently interested in my polish, I'm not sure he will be for long. I really hope the moms out there enjoy using these with their kids! I'll have the other sets up on my blog later this week!

The Mommy & Me decals and stencils are currently available for purchase on the You Polish website here. There are 25 vinyl colours for you and your mini me to choose from! Even if you don't have a mini me to share these with, the smaller versions still work on bigger nail beds, so check them out!

What do you think of the Mommy & Me stencil and decal sheet? Do you have a mini me to share with? I'd love to hear from you!

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








Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Good morning, dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It's a 3-day weekend here for my hubby, but we're sticking around town and cleaning up and organizing the house in preparation for the baby coming this summer. Sounds like fun, right? I'm crossing my fingers I don't end up with bad nail breaks as I tackle unpacking boxes from our move still. Wish me luck!

For today's post, I naturally had to share the nail art look I created for the holiday weekend. Let's check it out!
Nail Polishes and Products Used:
Above the Curve Nail Lacquer: Jingle Bell Rock
Black Cat Lacquer: Lapis Lazuli
Salon Perfect: Pa-tri-otic
Zoya: Genesis
Zoya: Ling

In other news, I had mentioned in a recent post that we were taking care of a stray kitten- plumping her up while we tried to locate her owner. We had no luck finding an owner, and after a trip to the vet to make sure she was healthy and bathing her, we decided to keep her. Meet my blog mascot, Calypso! She's curled up in my lap purring as I type up my post, and she has made herself right at home.

What are your plans this weekend? Have you done a holiday manicure? I'd love to hear from you!

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate and Nail Art with Elevation Polish

Press Sample

Happy hump day, dear readers! I hope you've found a good way to stay cool with this heat this summer! It's almost hard to believe it is cold in some parts of the world when we hit over 100 yesterday! Thankfully it's cooling down this week as my toddler was not happy about not getting to play outside yesterday.

For today's blog post, I wanted to share with you an extra large stamping plate from Born Pretty Store. While I don't keep my nails super long, they are often still a little too long for several stamping plate images. I'm really glad to see Born Pretty Store now has larger images to stamp with! Let's check it out.
The stamping plate is contained within an attractive protective case.
For this post, I was provided with stamping plate BP-L-003. There are 15 images on the plate to choose from.
Stamp stamp stamp!

I had a little bit of trouble with picking up images from the plate. The wider grooves worked pretty easily, but the finer ones gave me a little bit of trouble. For these four nails alone, I counted a dozen stamping attempts to try to pick up the image fully. I switched polishes a couple times to see if they were the issue, and while it helped slightly, I'm not convinced the stamping issues I've had were all because of the polish. It could easily be user error as well, and I need to play around with this plate more to determine what exactly is the issue. There are a lot of cute images on this plate, and I definitely plan more nail art with it in the future!

Nail Polishes Used:
Elevation Polish Ceram Sea
Elevation Polish Malaspina Glacier
Elevation Polish Muztagh Ata
Zoya Loredana
Zoya Willa

This stamping plate can be purchased from Born Pretty Store here. There are several other stamping plates available as well, including other plates with larger images like this one. While you are there, be sure to check out what else the store has to offer for your nail art needs!
You can save 10% off your full-priced orders with discount code QWL91. At the time of this post, the stamping plate I reviewed above is on sale so the discount code will not apply.

Disclaimer:  The product reviewed above was 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.







Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th of July Nail Art Design

Good afternoon, dear readers! I have a nail art post I wanted to share with you today. With the 4th of July holiday quickly approaching, I wanted to share a simple and cute look I created in case you are still trying to plan our your manicures. Let's check it out!
I wanted to do something patriotic but something just a little different. I opted to keep the general red, white and blue colour scheme, but I opted to use a lighter blue rather than the traditional cobalt blue I usually wear for the holiday.

Nail Polishes and Products Used:
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Bermuda High and Piece of Caicos
Salon Perfect Liberty Bubbles and Metallic Tattoos
NailVinyls Star Vinyls

Are you planning a 4th of July manicure? I'd love to hear what you're planning!

Until next time, dear readers, have a great day!
XO!



Monday, June 29, 2015

Sweet Heart Polish: Celebration Collection

Press Release

Good afternoon, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you enjoyed the weekend! Our weekend wasn't super eventful other than a stray kitten making its way into our lives. We've been trying to locate the owner, and I have a feeling our family might be growing soon if one cannot be located! Oh boy! Now let's get to some polish!

For today's post, I have the new Celebration Collection by Sweet Heart Polish to share with you. This collection is made up of five "Hidden Mickey Polishes": there are Mickey-shaped glitters mixed in with the other glitters found in each topper! Naturally I had to have a Mickey inspired accent nail for these swatch photos, and for some reason, I got it in my head I could freehand circles using my non dominant hand. HAHAHAHA! Well, at least it kind of looks like Mickey! Now let's check out the glitter toppers!

Frontierland
over Sweet Heart Polish Drink From the Nile and Zoya Dillon
How cute is this topper! I like the glitters are all the same colour- it certainly makes picking base shades easier! I had no trouble with this polish- I just dabbed on about a coat of glitters, and these Mickey heads came out easily enough on the brush. I added top coat to smooth my nails out for these swatch photos.

Main Street USA
over Zoya Cole and Zoya Kylie
Continuing on, Main Street USA is our red glitter topper with hidden Mickey glitters. The glitters dispersed easily for me across my nails although I did have to fish for these glitters. I ended up using about 2 coats of polish plus top coat here.

Adventureland
over Gabriel Cosmetics Petrol Blue and Zoya Godiva
I am definitely a fan of blue, so I am glad to see this colour used for a hidden Mickey polish! I dabbed on about a coat and a half of polish to get this density. The glitters spread easily enough on their own, and I did have to fish out these two Mickey shapes. I added top coat for these swatch photos.

Fantasyland
over Sweet Heart Polish unlabeled sample and Zoya Micky
It is a complete coincidence that I ended up using Zoya Micky as a base shade for this polish. I just pulled the colour from my stash without looking at the name, and I didn't realize just how perfect it was until my nails were already painted.  Ha! I love when that happens! Fantasyland  was easy to work with, and I had no troubles with the glitters spreading over my nails. On my ring finger, both Mickey glitters came out of the bottle on their own, but then I had to fish for Mickey glitters for on my index finger. It really is the luck of the draw whether or not you'll get a hidden Mickey glitter! I also added top coat to smooth out my nails for these photos.

Tomorrowland
over Sweet Heart Polish Oasis of Ahm-Shere and Zoya Thandie
Tomorrowland completes the Celebration Collection of Hidden Mickey polishes. I tend to wear silver glitter toppers pretty frequently, so you know I'm happy to see this colour! It just matches (almost) everything! I dabbed on about two coats of this polish for these swatch photos. The glitters spread out easily across my nails although I did have to dig to get the Mickey glitters. I also topped my nails off with top coat for these swatch photos.

The Sweet Heart Polish Celebration Collection is a sweet little collection for all you Disney fans out there! I really like that each polish is monochromatic rather than being a crazy assortment of colours- it makes them so versatile and easy to match whatever base colours you want to wear! These polishes do contain hidden Mickey glitters: sometimes you'll have a Mickey head appear on the brush and other times you don't get any at all. I quite enjoy the surprise!

The Celebration Collection is scheduled to launch on the Sweet Heart Etsy shop here on July 1st at 9am PST. That's less than two days away! You can also follow Sweet Heart Polish on Facebook here for shop news and announcements.

What is your favorite colour for a glitter topper? I'd love to hear from you!

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


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 commentors. I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.















Friday, June 26, 2015

Press Release: Pretty & Polished Happy Hour Collection

Introducing the Pretty & Polished "Happy Hour" Collection! This Cocktail inspired collection comes with 6 stunning Holographic infused shades named after some of your favorite Cocktail Hour refreshments. This Collection will be available for sale on July 10th 2015 at shopprettyandpolished.com. In addition to the 6 new Polishes we will be releasing an assortment of new Cocktail inspired Bath & Body Products, including Mani Melt Shooters scented and named after popular shots. 



Sangria: This sexy red jelly is packed with scattered holographic red glitters. Easy going formula with amazing pigmentation, get full coverage in ONE layer!

Appletini: This polish is spectacularly bright with a strong slightly scattered holographic presence. This polish is creamy and has an incredibly easy to work with formula. 2 layers for full coverage.

Purple Nurpl: Don't be fooled by the funny name, this is one HOT polish. Probably the most intriguing polish of the collection, this deep purple jelly has an insane amount of holographic sparkle coming from different shades of tiny holographic glitters. Full coverage in 2 layers. 

Tequila Sunrise: This cocktail is served with the bottom half being red and the top half being orange. Dip your bottle into some ice water and get the full effect! This interesting orange jelly changes to a red jelly when exposed to cold. It's also packed with gorgeous golden scattered holographic glitters. May take 3 coats for full coverage. 

Long Island Iced Tea: Tea with no tea?! This interesting shade of copper is a must have brown in your collection. It has a very strong scattered holographic sparkle and is opaque in 1-2 layers!


Cosmopolitan: A true Cosmo should be a bright pink frothy cocktail. And that is what you will get with this neon polish. This intensely pink polish is packed with pink and purple holographic glitters 

Also included in this release are our new Bath & Body products. 

Our new Bubble Bombs are a wondrous mix between Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars. Add them to your bath while the water is still running and watch them fizz and foam while creating a blanket of delightful bubbles!

Cosmopolitan: A cranberry infused bomb with hints of orange and lime. 
PiƱa Colada: A sweet tropical medley of Coconut, Pineapple, and Rum. 
Sangria: Deep red Wine scent topped off with a little chopped fruit. The top of this bomb has a crisp layer scented of sweet Orange. 
Strawberry Daiquiri: A dreamy Strawberry treat topped with notes of whipped cream and rum. 
Pink Bubbly: Experience the sweet scent of Pink Champagne that's so bubbly it tickles your nose!

Another addition to our lineup is our new Mani Melt Shooters! 

Jello Shots: Grape, Lime, Orange, and Cherry. 
Tomahawk: A Cinnamon and Almond mash up.
Melon Ball: A Melon and Pineapple infusion. 

LynBDesigns No Forgiving You Now Collection: Swatches and Review

Press Sample

Good morning, and happy Friday, dear readers! The weeks really seem to be flying by, and I hope everyone is enjoying their summer thus far (and winter if you're in the southern hemisphere)! I'm eager to get to today's post, so I'm going to keep the chitchat short this morning and jump right in. Let's do this!

In a previous post, I shared the new LynBDesigns The Name is Everything Collection. I had mentioned in that post that it was the first of a three part Harry Potter-inspired series being released this summer. Today, I have the second installment to share with you!
The No Forgiving You Now Collection was inspired by none other than the three unforgivable curses we were tormented with in the books and films. Being unforgivable, naturally this trio of polishes had to be dark to go along with their sinister inspirations. Let's check them out!

Servitude
Three coats

Black jelly base loaded with blue flakes, iridescent micro glitters and iridescent micro flakes

Woo, baby! Servitude may be my favorite of the trio; I can't get over the iridescent glitters and flakes! They are just so darn pretty! I really love the flashes of colour against the dark base, and I suspect this will be the most popular shade from this collection. The formula was great and easy to work with as well: no issues to report with this beauty!

Pain
Three coats

Black jelly base loaded with red flakes, red micro glitter and black and white shreds

I didn't realize just how well thought out this polish was until I started writing up this post. The shreds are the perfect accompaniment to a polish that represents pain, and I'm disappointed in myself for not even thinking about it when I swatched this. Overall the formula was pretty easy to work with, but you may discover you might need to have a little more patience with the shreds. The shreds wanted to stick together a little bit so I had to gently coax them apart, but it wasn't difficult by any means. You'll also want to take care when you approach the end of the nail with your brush. For some reason, the black shreds wanted their time in the spotlight and would protrude from the end of my nails for every single one I painted. Of course it was an easy fix- either remove the end shreds or push them up onto the nail, but it was still an interesting observation. I suspect the black shreds were warning me of my pain to come with childbirth, lol!

Death
Three coats

Black jelly base loaded with green/gold micro flakes and green iridescent glitters

I never thought I would see the day where I say this, but I really like Death! I realize not everyone is into green polishes, so hopefully the green flashes in a black base are more to your fancy because this polish is fabulous! While I do wear some vampy shades over the summer, this one really screams Halloween to me so I'll be pulling this one out a lot come October. The formula was fabulous and easy to work with, and you need this one as well!

I am really excited about this trio! The flashes of colour against the dark base are a welcome break to the brighter colours being released for the summer season. These shades are perfect for a warm night out on the town!

The No Forgiving You Now Collection launches July 3rd on the LynBDesigns Etsy shop located here. Each of these three shades retail for $8.

You can also follow LynBDesigns on Facebook here for shop news and announcements.

What do you think of this collection? Are you excited for dark colour options for summer? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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 commentors. I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.