Monday, August 20, 2018

Bee's Knees Lacquer A Better Strength

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This gorgeous lilac with beautiful iridescent flakies is Bee's Knees Lacquer A Better Strength!  Another polish received at Indie Expo Canada 2018!  

Started with a base of two coats of Nails Inc. Regent Place, no top coat.

Applied a thin coat of Bee's Knees Lacquer A Better Strength over Nail's Inc. Regent Place.  Application was easy; there were no problems with the polish formula or the brush.  One coat provided this general topper coverage although it would easily built to opaque in 2 or 3 coats as it is jammed with iridescent flakies! The colour of the tinted lilac base and the unicorn flakies (not the name, I just made it up as it seems so right!) blend so well together and it results in a stunning combination with hints of pink and blue flashing on your nails!  Bees Knees Lacquer A Better Strength is part of the A Court of Thorns and Roses Collection that was recently released.

Not too many manis I wear go unstamped, so stamped Bee's Knees A Better Strength with an image from Nail Matinee NM 07 using MdU 60, then topped it with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.  Again, wanting an image that allowed the beauty of the base to shine through with this tone on tone stamping.

This is my mani the next day out in the wild posing with flowers at the office!  Fantastic seeing the flakies shining through the stamped image!

Bee's Knees Lacquer A Better Strength and other polishes are available here.  Bee's Knees Lacquer is also available via Girly Bits here.

Links:  Bees Knees LacquerFacebookInstagram

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Rogue Lacquer Puns of Steel

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I'm still sharing products from Indie Expo Canada 2018; slowly but surely I'm working my way through all the various posts; I do hope you are enjoying the event coverage!  It is a lot to get through!  Today I'm sharing this beautiful polish; Rogue Lacquer Puns of Steel.  Right up my alley; the flaky lover in me cannot get enough of all the flakies in all the colours!  The added bonus of holo makes me love it that much more!  

If ever a base, stamping polish and image were meant to be, it is here!  Obviously my opinion but this is a tri-fecta here; beautiful base polish with lots of interest with the multicoloured flakies, the holo flash and that stunning base colour.  Matched perfectly with a stamping polish and then stamped with an image that goes with the base polish well, complimenting it perfectly by making for an interesting nail art image yet allows the beauty of the base polish to shine through.  You can't ask for more when doing nail art!

For this mani, started with a base of three coats of Rogue Lacquer, Puns of Steel, no topcoat.  This is a fairly sheer polish, one coat would be a beautiful topper and I did think about doing a mani with it on a light gray base.  While I went with it on its own, I'm sure it will show up in a future mani as a topper!  Two coats was good coverage but I'm not a fan of VNL so added a third coat for safe measure.  This also ensure good flaky and holographic coverage as well. 

Rogue Lacquer Puns of steel is a light blue/gray base with blue, teal and magenta flakies and holographic shimmer.

While Rogue Lacquer is a relatively new brand launching earlier this year, the maker behind Rogue Lacquer, Rachel, is by no means new to the indie scene as she one part of the Ever After Polish duo and has now branched out on her own!  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Stamped with Paint Polish Autumn Twilight 2.0 using an image from Kelly Negri KN7.  I don't think I need to restate my love of how perfectly this image and stamping polish go so well with Rogue Lacquer Puns of Steel!  Don't get me wrong; I know the base with go well with other stamping colours and images but this is what you hope for when stamping, at least I do when I'm stamping because let's be honest; they don't all turn out so great.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Rogue Lacquer products are available here; however, this is a Girly Bits store exclusive and is available here!

Links:  Rogue LacquerFacebook, Instagram

Have a great day and thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

IEC 2018 VIP Bag and Colors by Llarowe You Like Eh? IEC 2018 VIP Exclusive

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If you went to Indie Expo Canada 2018 and got a VIP bag, you would have seen this stunner CbL You Like Eh? which was a IEC 2018 VIP exclusive!  I'm just getting around to wearing it now although I don't know what too me so long; it is stunning!  I added this flirty stamping so as to not to cover up the polish underneath; this is what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Colors by Llarowe You Like Eh? IEC 2018 VIP Exclusive, no top coat. This fuchsia base with micro holographic flakies has a strong blue flash and is stunning!  It's one of those gorgeous hues that is perfect for any time of year; light enough to wear during the spring or summer, yet a dark, delectable shade for the fall or winter!   To me, it's a romantic shade which is why I paired it with the flirty heart stamping!  There were no application or removal issues, no staining to report.  

Do you see mysterious and romantic?  It's captured in a bottle!

Colors by Llarowe was just one of the many items that was included in the VIP bag.  Here's a few pix of the bag!  This is how everything came in the pink IEC bag.

So many awesome products; the fantastic polishes, wax melts, eyeshadow, glitter, a bath bomb, nail decals, a crystal nail file, coupon codes, hair and body products....everything but the kitchen sink!  (Hmm, don't ask why that one bottle of polish wasn't opened in this picture lol.  I guess I forgot to open it in my haste to take pictures to share later!)

After organizing everything a little better, this is a better picture of all the fabulous goodies!  I'm slowly wearing/using the products and will share posts on them in the future!  Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to a truly wonderful bag!

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Sorry, I couldn't pick which pictures I liked better!

Stamped using an image from BundleMonster BM-612 using MdU 1.


Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Unfortunately, Colors by Llarowe You Like Eh? was an Indie Expo Canada VIP Exclusive; unless you are lucky enough to find one in a destash, it's no longer available, sorry.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Digit-al Dozen Does Tropical; Day 5

It's the last day of the tropical challenge and no hibiscus nails!  I thought that starfish would be tropical enough for the theme and I think these colours are tropical looking too so this is what I'm using!  It's too bad that I couldn't use the lizard, palm tree, tropical fish and birds plates that I thought I was going to use but there are always other days and don't really need the challenge to do them!  Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of Orly Push the Limit with accent of two coats of Painted Polish Card Tricks & Carousels, no top coat.

Topped with a thin coat of Indigo Bananas Fiery The Angels Fell.  I thought both went well with the glitter in the Painted Polish but the Indigo Bananas is a little thicker than I wanted as I had to touch up to cover bare spots and then there was a bald spot in another spot, so had to add a bit more and so on and so on and before you know it, it was heavier than I wanted lol.  

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

Stamped using Wistonia Absolutely Nautical (thumb), B. Loves Plates B. 11 Summer (index), Creative Shop 85 (middle), Nailways Vive La Vie-Beach Baby (ring) and Sugar Bubbles SB051 (pinky) using FunkyFingers Gesso.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

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

Hopefully you have enjoyed all the tropical nails that the Digit-al Dozen have shared this week.  Thanks for looking!