Il Était Un Vernis – Once Upon A Time Collection Swatches

Today I’m sharing swatches of a new brand in polish land! You may have heard of it already, it’s called Il Était Un Vernis (which is French for “It Was A Varnish”) and it’s the brainchild of two talented French bloggers, Bé aka Vernis en Folie and Stéphanie aka De tout et de rien. They decided to work with an Australian manufacturer so you can expect flawless consistency and high quality formula. Their first collection, the Once Upon A Time collection, holds five beautiful polishes. Without further ado, let’s take a look!

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Crush On Blue: First up is this beautiful deep – yet bright metallic blue with scatter holo finish. If you are familiar with piCture pOlish scatter holo, these are very alike in finish as well as formula. In other words, great quality! I used three thin coats but you could get away with two thicker ones. I didn’t use top coat since they have a super glossy shine on their own!

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – No Comment: Next is No Comment which is a bright fire engine red scatter holo. It’s a warm red that is very flattering and pretty. The scatter holo is quite tricky to capture in photos, it really comes to life in the sunshine. Again I used three thin coats but you may get away with two if you have shorter nails. No top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Light Box: Light Box is a black scatter holo with colour shifting blue mylar flakes. They add a gorgeous pop of colour to this black. They don’t lay perfectly flat like normal flakies so you may need one or two coats of good quality top coat to smooth it over. I applied three thin coats but you could layer one coat over black too. I also added top coat.

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words (direct light)

Il Était Un Vernis – Beyond Words: Next we have Beyond Words which is a deep raspberry with a pretty scatter holo finish. I think this one is just perfect for Fall season! It’s vampy but still bright enough that your nails have colour in low light settings. I used two coats.

Il Était Un Vernis – Live, Love, Laugh (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Live, Love, Laugh (natural daylight)

Il Était Un Vernis – Live, Love, Laugh: Finally we have this gorgeous gold glitter bomb! This one is so sparkly! It has fine holographic glitter, as well as dense copper and gold hex glitter and very fine gold microglitter. I don’t have any gold glitters quite like this one, the mix of copper and gold hex glitter give this a lot of depth. I love it! This was three thin coats, you may get away with two, and top coat.

I have to say, I was incredibly impressed with all of these. Bé and Stéphanie set a very high standard for themselves and clearly didn’t settle for less than perfection. All polishes are 5-free, hold 12ml in a square bottle and come with a nice flat brush and a rubberized cap.

You can purchase the Once Upon A Time collection by Il Était Un Vernis from their official online shop. They offer worldwide shipping and bottles are priced at €12.90 (which is around $16,50) a piece. The full collection is available at a discounted rate! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the beautiful branded drawstring bag that came with my collection, these were available for the first 100 customers who purchased three or more bottles. They’ve sadly run out but Bé told me there will be a little present for the next releases too. :)

Connect with Il Était Un Vernis: Official SiteShop – FacebookTwitterInstagram – Pinterest

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17th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 30 Comments

Nail’d It Unique – Swatches

I have five polishes from Nail’d It Unique to show you today. Three of which are an exclusive trio collection for Mei Mei’s Signatures. Let’s take a look!

Nail’d It Unique – Virgin Margarita

Nail’d It Unique – Virgin Margarita: First up is Virgin Margarita which is part of the Summer Cocktail Trio collection, exclusive for Mei Mei’s shop! This is a sheer green jelly with a mix of green glitters as well as gold, neon pink and blue. I used three coats but still had VNL as you can see, so I recommend layering this one. I also added top coat.

Nail’d It Unique – Strawberry Daiquiri (natural daylight)

Nail’d It Unique – Strawberry Daiquiri (natural daylight)

Nail’d It Unique – Strawberry Daiquiri (direct light)

Nail’d It Unique – Strawberry Daiquiri (direct light)

Nail’d It Unique – Strawberry Daiquiri: Next we have this pretty pink holo with iridescent hex glitter. The holo is very pretty! For some strange reason this one stained my nails so make sure to use a good base coat (I didn’t, oops). This is three thin coats and top coat.

Nail’d It Unique – Tequila Sunrise

Nail’d It Unique – Tequila Sunrise: This is the third and final polish from the Summer Cocktail Trio! It’s a chunky glitter topper with a multitude of shapes and sizes. It looks very pretty layered over black. I layered one coat over Strawberry Daiquiri and added top coat.

Nail’d It Unique – Hike The Mountain (natural daylight)

Nail’d It Unique – Hike The Mountain (natural daylight)

Nail’d It Unique – Hike The Mountain (direct light)

Nail’d It Unique – Hike The Mountain (direct light)

Nail’d It Unique – Hike The Mountain: Next is this pretty camo green with fine holo and pink shimmer. I loved this one but the formula was a little streaky, but this could be caused by the mini bottle size and super tiny brush. I used three coats and top coat.

Nail’d It Unique – TNT It’s Dynamite

Nail’d It Unique – TNT It’s Dynamite: Finally we have this pink jelly with tiny pink translucent flakes. I’m not a huge fan of pink shades but this was a cute colour. I used three coats which still gave me some VNL sadly. I also added top coat.

Truthfully I wasn’t blown away by these, though I largely blame the mini bottle size. The teeny brush made application quite tricky. I also felt like it was hard to judge the formula because the brush gave me so much issues. I did like some of these, especially Hike The Mountain is really pretty though.

You can purchase Nail’d it Unique polishes from Mei Mei’s Signatures. Or from one of the other stockists. Keep in mind, the first three shades in this post are part of the exclusive Summer Cocktail Trio collection, you can only purchase them from Mei Mei!

Connect with Mei Mei’s Signatures: Homepage – Twitter – Facebook – Instagram
Connect with Nail’d It Unique: Homepage – Facebook – Instagram

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16th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 21 Comments

CANVAS Lacquer – Swatches

I have swatches of a new-to-me brand to share with you today. When I got an e-mail from Lan, one of the ladies behind the CANVAS lacquer duo, asking if I wanted to swatch some of their creations I jumped at the chance. I’m absolutely in love with their branding and beautiful creations. Let’s take a look!

CANVAS Lacquer – Mother Of Dragons

CANVAS Lacquer – Mother Of Dragons

CANVAS Lacquer – Mother Of Dragons: First up is this amazing glitter creation from the Ice & Fire collection, inspired by Game of Thrones. My jaw fell on the floor when I saw this one in person. It’s a gorgeous deep green with rich gold shimmer, iridescent square and hex glitter, holographic green glitter and some sparse fuchsia glitters. It is truly stunning! It’s a jelly base so I used three thin coats and top coat.

CANVAS Lacquer – Orchids 

CANVAS Lacquer – Orchids 

CANVAS Lacquer – Orchids (top coat)

CANVAS Lacquer – Orchids (top coat)

CANVAS Lacquer – Orchids: Next we have Orchids which is a beautiful neon-y purple with rich blue shimmer. It has a rubber-y finish because of the purple pigment so I showed it both without top coat and with. I think it looks gorgeous eitherway, but the top coat definitely brings out the shimmer. I used three coats.

CANVAS Lacquer – G.I. Jane

CANVAS Lacquer – G.I. Jane

CANVAS Lacquer – G.I. Jane: Next we have another green (I couldn’t resist). This is a camo green with absolutely beautiful shimmer. It has irregular flecks of turquoise and gold shimmer. Very beautiful! This had a jelly base so it was slightly patchy on the first few coats and it was a little tricky to work with but the third (thin) one evened it out. I also added top coat.

CANVAS Lacquer – Flaunt It! (natural daylight)

CANVAS Lacquer – Flaunt It! (natural daylight)

CANVAS Lacquer – Flaunt It! (direct light)

CANVAS Lacquer – Flaunt It! (direct light)

CANVAS Lacquer – Flaunt It!: Finally we have Flaunt It which is easily my favourite out of these four. It has an absolutely amazing formula, just two thin coats gave me perfect coverage. It’s a beautiful nude with a really nice strong holo. Away from direct light this has a strong silver shimmer which doesn’t mute it but gives it a more dramatic effect. It’s just flawless! This was two thin coats and top coat.

I absolutely loved these. Especially Flaunt It and Mother of Dragons are just stunning. I think Lan and Alana are doing an amazing job with their brand CANVAS Lacquer and I can’t wait to see what they will create next.

You can purchase these on the official CANVAS Lacquer Etsy shop. They are based in Canada and ship to most countries worldwide. Be sure to follow them on social media!

Connect with CANVAS Lacquer: EtsyBlogTwitterInstagram

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15th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 21 Comments

Hugs For Emily – Thank You

You may have seen yesterday that some super talented bloggers created a post called “Hugs For Emily”. My dear friend Sarah from Chalkboard Nails arranged this whole thing. It was very overwhelming for me. Even though she asked my permission, it was a big surprise and very emotional. I think I cried my eyes out all day!

She and some of my other friends in the nail community wanted to show their support for my family and I, as we are going through some very tough times. I won’t go into too much detail as to why she set this up. I just don’t know how to talk about it… It’s very painful but it’s a subject I think sadly a lot of us are familiar with. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone’s family. I don’t feel like I deserve all the love and praise I’ve gotten yesterday, we all have our crosses to bear. But still, I’m incredibly grateful and ridiculously honoured.

I wanted to share everyone’s beautiful manicures because I’m just so proud and so in awe of their talent. Please check out these beautiful recreations of some of my manicures, old and new, and send these ladies some love! I don’t know how to thank them for what they did for me yesterday but please join me in bombarding these ladies with love and telling them how friggin’ awesome they are!

Sarah – Chalkboard Nails

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15th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 22 Comments

Dance Legend – Rio Swatches

I have a fun post for you, I’m sharing swatches of three polishes from the fun Dance Legend Rio collection. This is a six-piece collection featuring bright glitter toppers. I picked out my three favourites which I will show you today! Let’s take a look.

Dance Legend – Rio N03

Dance Legend – Rio N03: First up is Rio N03 which features square glitters in a clear base. There’s yellow, pink, green blue and orange glitter in this mix. It looks great layered over both black and white but I chose black for a bolder look. The formula was a little tricky. This is one of the thinnest suspension bases I’ve tried and it did make for a tricky application. The glitter pieces didn’t really stay where I wanted them to so I had to go over it several times, and it was also a little sparse. But the finished result looks great! This is one coat over black, and top coat.

Dance Legend – Rio N02

Dance Legend – Rio N02: Next is this green glitter which features stars, squares, and three sizes of hex glitter. Same thin formula but this was a little more cooperative. I absolutely love how this looks. I think this slimy green glitter is perfect for Halloween! I used one coat over black and added top coat.

Dance Legend – Rio N06

Dance Legend – Rio N06: Finally we have the blue counterpart of Rio 02, there’s also a similar pink version and a multicolored one in this collection. Again, square glitters, multiple sizes of hex glitter and some star glitters. Even though I only used one coat this has a bit of a jelly sandwich look, mostly because the star glitters are a little more opaque than the others. I liked this one a lot! I used one coat over black then added top coat to smooth out the glitter.

Overall I enjoyed these, though they had a bit of a tricky formula. It was quite thin and almost water-y which made it a little tricky to work with. It helps to use thin coats even though that means sparser glitter, but it’s necessary to avoid bubbling. Despite that, once I got a good application I thought these looked really fun. They show up well over both black and white bases.

You can purchase the Dance Legend Rio polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s Maria from Hypnotic Polish. If you’re in the US you can try Llarrowe or Color4Nails.

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

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14th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 24 Comments

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