Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The most amazing orange polish ever!

Disclosure:  The following product was provided to me for free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed below are entirely my own, and I was not otherwise compensated for this review.

Good afternoon, dear readers!  I am really excited to share this gorgeous polish made by the lovely Amy of Literary Lacquers with you, and I hope you like it as much as I do!  This is "More Like Fire Than Light", and it is part of Amy's latest collection, The Good Parts, a collection inspired by erotic fiction.  This particular polish was inspired by Delta of Venus by Anais Nin, written in the 1940s and published after the author's death in 1977.  The short stories in this collection were commissioned by a mysterious man known only as "The Collector".  This stunning orange linear holo looks dark in the bottle, but it comes to life as soon as it is painted on the nails.  I used three thin coats for these swatches, although I would have had full coverage with just two slightly thicker coats.
I absolutely loved this polish, and the formula was superb.  The colour is nice and bright, perfect for spring and the upcoming summer months, although I can see myself wearing this beauty all year long.  Amy has certainly wowed me with this polish, and I'm eager to swatch the rest of the polishes from the collection.

More Like Fire Than Light and other Literary Lacquers polishes can be purchased at the shop on etsy.  Keep your eye on the Literary Lacquers Facebook page for shop announcements and reviews of the other polishes made by Amy.    

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening!  XOXO!



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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Press Release: Girly Bits "Spring It On Me!" Collection


Check out the new polishes being released by Girly Bits this upcoming Saturday!  

                                    

 

Announcing "Spring It On Me!", the latest collection available from Girly Bits Cosmetics. 
A Collection of five spring themed lacquers.
From left to right:
  • Spring It On Me! ~ a lightly tinted, lavender leaning milky base, with pink, pink holo, green, white, silver, and purple holo glitters. It's meant to be layered, and looks best over light pastel colours, or white or grey.
  • Going Bananas ~ a yellow crelly with multiple shades of green, chartreuse, pink, lavender, purple, fuchsia, and a hint of aqua shimmer.
  • Bachelor's Button ~ a cornflower/periwinkle blue holo.
    This beauty is SO hard to photograph.
  • Emerald City Lights ~ a shimmer top coat. A nod to the love of the Columbian Emerald and it's deep green and the subtle blueish glow from within. Energizing and calming all at the same time.
  • Emerald City ~ a creme/jelly that gets full coverage in three coats.
 
 
Swatches (2 coats unless otherwise noted)
From left to right:
  • Going Bananas
  • Spring It On Me!
  • Bachelor's Button
  • Emerald City Lights (three coats)
  • Emerald City (three coats)
Where to find "Spring It On Me!":

Spring It On Me! will be available Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at Girly Bits store.   Retail pricing on Girly Bits is as follows:
  • Going Bananas ~ $10.00
  • Spring It On Me ~ $10.00
  • Bachelor's Button ~ $10.00
  • Emerald City ~ $10.00
  • Emerald City Lights ~ $11.50
  • Spring It On Me! (Bundle of All 5) ~ $50.00
  • Emerald City Duo (Bundle of 2 - Emerald City & Emerald City Lights) ~ $18.50

Please check with our Authorized Distributors for release dates and pricing.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Born Pretty Store Water decals


Disclosure:  The following product was provided to me for free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed below are entirely my own, and I was not otherwise compensated for this review.

Good afternoon, dear readers!  I promise I have not fallen off the planet, but I did have my baby boy!  I'm adjusting to my new life as a first time mom, and he likes to keep me on my toes.  Unfortunately that means my blog isn't going to get updated very frequently for a little while, but I'll still be posting on occasion.

For today's blog post, I reviewed another item from Born Pretty Store.  I had heard of water decals, but I have never tried them before, so I was eager to check these out.  I selected a mixed variety to share with you; the ID number is 1768.  Let's check out some of the designs!  


Over two coats SoFlaJo Involved

Tuzki is a popular animated rabbit in China, and there so much expression and emotion even with the simplistic style of drawing!  I had it in my head that these were going to be white when I chose the polish background colour, but I think you can still see the decal easily enough.

Over two coats Barielle Orange Parfait

Over two coats SoFlaJo Going Down

I'm afraid I have no idea who this particular character might be, but I found his expressions and poses amusing and cute.

Application
The application of these were pretty easy once I got the hang of it.  I was under the impression that they applied just like temporary tattoos, and while it is close, I noticed a major difference.  When you remove the film and soak the paper backing in water, these decals do not transfer correctly onto the nail if you have the image side on the nail (as you would on skin for a temporary tattoo).  I discovered the images to be one-sided, and the background of the coloured images was solid white.  Obviously not what you want to be looking at on your nails.  To combat this issue, I soaked the paper with the decal (minus the film) in a small bowl of water for about 15 seconds.  The images then were released enough from the paper backing that they could slide around but did not just float off into the water.  I slid the image to the side of the paper and used my tweezers to remove and then place on the nail.  This technique worked really well, but you do have to be careful to not introduce creases into the decals.  I found just dipping my nail in water immediately before placement of the decals helped prevent this creasing and permitted some wiggle room if the decals needed to be adjusted slightly.  I very gently blotted my nails with a paper towel to soak up the extra water and dry the nail a little quicker.  I then put a layer of top coat over these decals to seal them in fully.  

Final Thoughts
I really loved these decals!  I found them to be fun and playful, and more importantly, incredibly easy to use.  They add a nice whimsical touch to my nails without taking a lot of time out of my now super busy days.  I'm eager to get more of these in other patterns, and Born Pretty Store offers a variety for both every day wear and the holidays.

Links and Additional Information
Check out Born Pretty Store for these glitters and other accessories for your nail art needs.  Shipping is free worldwide, and you can save 10% off your order using coupon code QWL91.



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.