Monday, July 28, 2014

10.1 Snake Venom

It's an overcast, raining day; after rain off and on most of the weekend as well as a lot of thunder and lightning the past two days,  I thought it would be a good time to feature a bright summery polish on such a dreary day to brighten the day!  This is a mani featuring a new indie polish maker; 10.1 Polish**!  

Started with a base of two coats of 10.1 Snake Venom, no topcoat.  10.1 Snake Venom is a beautiful colour with a very light holo and added shimmer; perfect to wear on it's own, or a great base for stamping!  

Different lighting.  Polish colour is more true in the pix below (but this lighting gives me lobster hands all the time!)

Bottle shot. 

My apologies to the creators of 10.1 Polish Snake Venom, but as soon as I seen this base on my nails, my first right away was to pair it with pink! To take such a cool, edgy polish name, then pair it with pink and then make it extremely girly....well, just seems wrong!  In a good way!  It's no secret that one of my favourite colour combinations is green and pink! But to make matters worse, I really girly upped 10.1 Snake Venom! Just seems wrong! But right or wrong, I love how this turned out!

Stamped using MoYou Mother Nature Collection-11 (index), MoYou Princess Collection-12 (thumb, middle and pinky) and Apipila P.11 (ring).  Stamping polishes used are white Konad and Mundo de Unas 15 (light pink) and 20 (darker rose).  

Doubled stamped the thumb and added roses on the ring using the darker Mundo de Unas 20 using same images.  Added a few white dots on index for interest.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top to finish.

10.1 Polishes are available here and they retail for $6.50!  

I will be featuring more 10.1 Polishes soon!  The 10.1 Polish Facebook page here also has a lot of great pictures of their products!

Thanks for looking!

**polishes sent for review; please refer to disclosure policy 

Guest Post at The Nails!

I have some exciting news to share today.....I'm doing my first ever guest post today over at The Nails .....those who have been checking out nail blogs for a while now may remember Ivana from Ivana Thinks Pink; The Nails is her new blog!

Here's the mani I did for the guest post; please visit The Nails here to check it out!!

  Thanks for looking!

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!