Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art with Ellagee Polish

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Happy Saturday, dear readers, and Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Today is the day that everyone gets to be a little bit Irish, and if you don't want to risk being pinched, you want to be sporting at least a little bit of green! The green in wardrobe is a little limited right now to either warm weather or really cold weather; alas, since it is neither, I opted to go with a green nail art design for the day. Let's check it out!

I was originally thinking of going with a shamrock design, but in the end, I opted to go with a nice Celtic pattern. I naturally still needed to add some gold into the mix!

To create this look, I used Ellagee Polish Valad, a gorgeous shimmery green. On my celtic-patterned nail, I started off with Zoya Envy as my base and used the celtic knot nail vinyls I had picked us from Sweet Lacquer before they went out of business. For my golden nail, I sponged on Ellagee's Crushed Yellow Topaz. I then sealed everything in with Ellagee's Glass 5-free Fast Dry Top Coat. 

I love this design, and I am so glad I opted to go this route! As much as I like shamrocks, I prefer celtic knotwork more so this is a little more my style.

Are you wearing green today? Did you paint your nails green for the day? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Revisiting older KBShimmer Nail Polish Shades with Swatches and Nail Art

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Greetings, dear readers! It has been an intensively busy week, and I'm sneaking away for a few minutes to myself to get this post together. I had hoped to get a giveaway today for my birthday today, but alas, time really ran away with me as I've been putting a lot of hours in at work. I'm hoping to get it up soon though once I can finish collecting item and get a photo. Hopefully it won't end up turning into a hello summer giveaway! Now on to today's blog post!

I recently shared the new KBShimmer Launch Party Collection; the collection released today, and it you haven't picked them up yet, I encourage you to check them out and do so! It's such a great magnetic multichrome/duochrome collection! With the new release also comes a new, updated look for KBShimmer. With silver writing on the bottles in a new edgy font, the new branding will now been seen across all the older KBShimmer products available for purchase. I have four of the older nail polish releases to share with you. I'm a big fan of the KBShimmer creme formula, and I am happy to share these (and an older holographic shade) with you. Let's check them out!

Pansy-Monium is such a great colour to transition from winter to spring and then carry on further into the season! It's also making me feel better about at the rain we've been having around here lately! While I'm not crazy about the rain, this reminds me of the colourful flowers we'll be seeing even more of as a result of it! Pansy-Monium is shown here with two coats.

Honeydew List
While I am not a big fan of honeydew, Honeydew List is a fabulous oldie but goodie from the KBShimmer brand lineup! I like this shade in particular because it is a lighter shade for the spring season but not too pastel for my taste. I have it shown here with two easy coats.

Sky Jinks
If I can't have nice blue skies beyond the occasional patch here and there, you best believe I have no qualms with bringing it out on my nails! Sky Jinks is just such a fun and vibrant hue, and it has the added bonus of being densely pigmented. These photos are shown with only one coat!

In Bare Form
I am thankfully allowed to wear pretty much whatever colours of nail polish I want at work, but some days, I just really want a nice clean nude polish. I especially love In Bare Form for its subtle linear holographic effect. As much as I enjoy holos with extra "stuff" for interest, In Bare Form is the perfect clean and pure nude shade on its own without any of the frills. I have it shown here with three easy coats.

I used all of these shades to create a simple water-marbled nail art look. Check it out below!

It had been a while since I've done a water marble, and while I never really considered myself an expert, I felt a little out of practice while creating this look. I managed to unintentionally dip a portion of my ring finger into polish rings and ruin my already created design on the nail. Oops! I'm just calling it my abstract twist on the design and sticking to it, m'kay? Haha!

In spite of my user issues, I really like how this manicure turned out! In Bare Form is such a great base shade to use while the colourful cremes add a great pop of colour!

To create this look, I started off with a base on In Bare Form. Because this particular polish is pretty sheer and holographic, I wasn't sure how it would hold up to a water marble technique. Instead, I used Top Shelf Lacquer's Bar Mix as my clear polish between the rings of KBShimmer's Pansy-Monium, Honeydew List, and Sky Jinks. After dipping my nails, I topped everything off with KBShimmer's Clearly On Top topcoat.

I hope you've enjoyed this evening's post revisiting older KBShimmer shades and the nail art I created with them!

What are your favorite oldie but goodie shades? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Zoya: Thrive Collection for Spring 2018

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Greetings, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and that your week has been off to a wonderful start! I've been on autopilot for the past week or so as I have managed to get sick yet again and just have too many things to do in just about every aspect of my life. Thankfully, this time I only a simple cold, so while the head fuzziness and general bleh feeling isn't ideal, I'll gladly take this over the crazy illness I had last month! Because I have the head fog going strong still, please pardon any typing errors that likely will find their way into this post. I just have too many things in the queue that need to be shared to just wait it out any longer.

It may not be feeling like Spring for many of us right now, but it's still a great time to be thinking of the season and all the bright and beautiful shades that come along with it! For today's blog post, I have the new Zoya Thrive Collection to share with you. This six-piece collection consists of three new creams, two shimmers, and a sheer shimmering flecked-filled topper. Let's get a closer look at each of these nail polishes!


Trudith is described as a muted, wisteria purple cream polish, and I adore this colour! Muted purples are some of my favorite shades for when I want something a little more neutral but still sport a little bit of colour. The formula of this polish was fantastic as well! It is a little thinner than the indie polishes I often wear, but it still applies beautifully to the nail without any issue. I used two coats to opacity for these photos.


Zoya describes Monroe as a glamour pink cream, but even I have to admit I have no clue what defines "glamour pink". It has a little too much of a red lean for me to call it a magenta and is closer to a raspberry pink. This is such a great vibrant hue for spring that carries over so well into summer. I suspect this beauty will be seen on many toes wiggling in the sand or lounging by the pool! Monroe is a little less pigmented and has more of a jelly-like texture, but it applies flawlessly to opacity in two to three coats. I used two coats for these photos, but those with longer nails or who paint in very thin layers likely will need to use a third.


Haruko is described as a soft, violet metallic polish, and it is the closest to a pastel shade found in this collection. While this type of colour isn't quite my preferred colour, it is definitely a pretty shade that will surely win over many people! The formula is a little on the thinner side so you may need to add an extra coat, but it does make the application easier than with many other pastel formulas! I just barely got away with using just two carefully applied coats to achieve opacity, so I would mentally prepare to use two, if not three, coats.


Brandi is described by Zoya to be a blush pink cream. I suspect my subconscious is talking to me with all the rainy, cool weather we've been having lately as I cannot help but think about watermelon when I see this polish! It is such a great warm pink hue, and the formula is on point! I used two coats for opacity for these photos.


With all the pink-type varieties in this collection, Darby is an awkward outlier in this collection for me. Described as a dusty, gull gray metallic, I don't find that it fits with the remaining five shades. That being said, I love this colour and am glad to see something a little different join the lineup, even if it does stick out. The gray base with blue shimmer is truly the most perfect match, and the final result is almost a slate blue on the nails. The formula of Darby is slightly thicker than the rest of the shades in this collection, but it is by no means thick or difficult to apply. It applies like a dream with two coats to opacity for these photos.

over Monroe

Leisel is the topper contribution to the Thrive Collection. Sparkled with a slight hint of pinky-purple, this polish is gorgeous over the cream bases in this collection! Leisel paired with Monroe is my personal favorite, but the other pairing are stunning as well! Check them out!

over Trudith

When partnered with Trudith, the final result is soft and delicate. While this isn't a look I gravitate towards often, I can certainly see wearing something like this at a wedding or paired with something ultra feminine.

over Brandi

Here is a look at Leisel over Brandi, the third cream nail polish shade found in the Thrive Collection. As you can see, Leisel plays beautifully with these shades as a topper! I used a single coat over each of the base shades, and Leisel adds the perfect amount of sparkle with just one layer. While it was designed to be used as a topper, you can definitely build it up to opacity on its own if desired. For my own personal use, I prefer it as a topper, and I'm looking forward to playing with it over other shades!

The Zoya Thrive Collection has already launched for purchase and can be found at Each of these shades retail for $10.

Do you have a favorite nail polish from this collection? I'd love to hear which one is your favorite!

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

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