Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Great Nail Polish Canada Giveaway of 2014!!

You may have seen out in the blogesphere that Nail Polish Canada is doing this absolutely phenomenal giveaway with up to 200 (!!!) bottles of polish being offered in a giveaway!  Here's the polish I nominated to include in the giveaway; Cirque Kaleidoscope.

For a base, I wanted a colour that wasn't in the glitter colours so that the glitters would pop; started with a base of two coats of Butter London Bramble, no topcoat.  While there is purple glitter, it' not this dark.

(The shine on this is incredible; that's my arm mirrored in the thumb!)  Topcoat would have made my application look a little better but I knew I was topping this with Cirque Kaleidoscope so no topcoat.

Added a coat of Cirque Kaleidoscope.  (Again, no topcoat.)

While pretty with one coat, wasn't the glitter impact I was going for; so added a second.  This is more of the look I was going for!  I had no issues at all with the glitters laying flat even though I did top with topcoat, although I did have to do the dab application method to fill in a few areas that didn't have as much glitter as I would have liked.  It is not that there is a shortage of glitter in this bottle or that it wasn't on the brush, but moreso to get it in the place I wanted! I found that I would apply it, and then when I wiped over it a second time to add more glitter, the first glitter swipe of glitter would move.....just easier in the end to dab!

Stamped using white Konad special polish using Sugar Bubbles SB022.

Sugar Bubbles SB022

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

While I chose a darker base to highlight Cirque Kaleidoscope, I really don't think there is a colour that this wouldn't go well with!  It is such a fun, bright polish with so many different colours and shapes of glitter.....I loved how this turned out!  

Here's the raffleopter to enter the Nail Polish Canada giveaway!  According to the rules, you can enter on this raffleopter as well as on the raffleopter of any other blogger who has nominated a polish! Go! Go! Go!

Good Luck!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have a blog and would like to nominate a polish (the more bloggers who nominate polishes, the bigger the giveaway), please go here!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Great Price Polish Finds!

I don't know about you, but I'm a little hesitant to buy nail polish at the dollar store. It's one thing when you find $2 Essie's or Revlon's at Dollerama; you know they are just selling stock overages, but when you see a brand you've never heard of before, and in this case, I'm talking about Glam Doll, I was on the fence if I wanted to spend even the $1.25 for the bottle; I don't even recall seeing any mention of this brand out there in the blogesphere. Even at $1.25, it's still a waste of $1.25 if the polish is garbage!  (But then, I guess even if it is garbage, you don't break the bank at $1.25 a bottle!)  So I seen a new display of Glam Doll polishes at the local Dollar Tree not too long ago and picked up my first to try and used it this past weekend.  As it turns out, my $1.25 polish buy worked out well this time as there were no issues at all with this polish!
Started with a base of two coats of Glam Doll Periwinkle, no topcoat.  (The pix below was taken in natural daylight, overcast skies as I have no good artificial light source when I'm away on weekends.)  While the polish was a tad on the thick side, two coats covered well, there were no application issues and overall, I think this is $1.25 of gorgeousness in a bottle!  When I go to use again, I would add a couple drops of thinner just because my personal preference is polish on the thinner side versus thicker, but even without it, had no issues.

Added a layer of Vernis Classique by Cherimova Babes in Toyland on top for some glitter interest.  (This was another great polish value find; $2.50 at Urban Planet.)

Stamped using Konad special polish using an image from LS-13. 

Topped with HKGirl quick dry to finish.

This pix was taken the next day as I was trying to get good sun shot to show the holographic glitter as it really didn't show up too much in the overcast skies; just looks like silver glitter!  

While it is slightly shown, you can also see no chipping or wear issues at all (although it was only 24 hours after but I've had more expensive polishes (*cough, cough Chanel*), chip in less time!

I went out and picked up a few more Glam Doll polishes as they had a wide array of colours on display.  But for $1.25 a bottle....and the fact that they applied well....the price can't be beat!

Do you have a bargain polish favourite?  Please share!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Digital Dozen Does Countries and Cultures; Day 5

I had an epic post planned today to round out Digit-al Dozen Countries and Cultures week featuring Canada.  EPIC!  Then got side tracked a little with a polish auction last night which tied up more time than I wanted; well, lo and behold, I didn't quite get all the mani's I wanted to do for this post.  Yes, that was mani'S.  It was going to be epic!  Instead, I'll leave you with this.  You probably have to be Canadian to get it; if you're not familiar with the rant, there a video at the bottom to watch if you aren't too familiar with this and are interested enough to know about it!  

Started with a base of two coats each of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Duri Taming of the Shrew, topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Stamped using red and white Konad special polishes using image from Nailways Back to Basics 123-ABC. (these are the middle size letters, fyi).  Added dots with same stamping polish.  Flag on thumb is from fauxnad m56.  Placement of the letters wasn't the best and I'm sure with more practise, it would get better.  Even these, there were some letters I did several times! 

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

I have have the nails finished from the post that was to be epic but is this instead.  I'm sure they will show up at some point here!  

Here's the other ladies Day 5 mani's!

Hopefully you've enjoyed all the Countries and Culture's mani's; I had a lot of fun doing them, and thanks to so many available plates now, I probably could have done Countries and Culture month!  Great to have so many options!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Digit-al Dozen Does Countries and Cultures; Day 4

I hope you have been enjoying Digit-al Dozen week......I've been checking all the ladies posts daily and they have been fabulous...even if we have been picking a lot of the same countries!  But there have been some different ones and really some out of the box and creative thinking mani's too....always amazes me what the ladies do for the much creativity!  Here's my Day 4 mani featuring the Good O'l U.S. of A!

Started with a base of two coats each of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Duri Taming of the Shrew and p2 191 Gigantic; topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped using images from Messy Mansion MM15 on all fingers except index which is BM-H25. Stamping polishes used where white, black and red Konad special polishes and Mundo de Unas stamping polish #30.


MM15 (love that so many images are available in one plate!)

Before top coating, added a few random starts from MM15 to pinky and thumb and a few dots to the country image on the thumb; the dots didn't transfer that well so had to hand fill in and correct with remover...but removed too much on the pinky and then filled in, which is more obvious than I would have liked....if only I knew how to photoshop!

Here's the other ladies fabulous Day 4 mani's!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thanks for looking!