Today I have a quick swatch post for you featuring a really lovely and delicate glitter from Pretty & Polished. It’s a Mei Mei’s Signatures exclusive, so you will only be able to find it at her shop. Let’s take a peek!
This is Pretty & Polished – Little Mei-Ow! which is officially the cutest name EVER! It’s a gorgeous pastel pink/lavender thermal with pastel glitter. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t able to capture the thermal effect in photos but it’s definitely visible in person, though quite subtle. In the close-up shot below I think you can see it ever so slightly.
I found lavender, purple, fuchsia, gold, pastel blue and white glitter, mainly hexies and some circle glitters. They sit in a jelly base and I needed three thin coats for full coverage. I also added top coat to even out the glitters. Formula was nice to work with and dried fairy quickly.
If you look closely you might be able to tell that my nails look more pink near my cuticle and more lavender-ish towards my free edge. It’s a subtle thermal effect but it’s definitely more obvious in person.
You can find Pretty & Polished Little Mei-Ow! exclusively at Mei Mei’s Signatures. P&P bottles hold 15ml and are 3-free and cruelty free. I really love this sweet and delicate glitter! Mei Mei really has the best exclusives!
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Today I have a nail art manicure for you! These make my Mondays so much better hehe. This time I have a design inspired by Margaret aka m_a_tom on Instagram. She is having a contest so I figured this was the perfect time to try out her Reverse Chevron nails. Let’s take a look!
On my pointer and pinkie I’m wearing Polish My Life Peaches Anyone, a gorgeous pastel peach. It’s a little more reddish in person, and totally perfect for Summer! On my ring finger I’m wearing the amazing Shimmer Polish Candace for a gold accent nail. It’s one of my favourite gold glitter polishes!
Then on my middle finger I recreated Margarets Reverse Chevron design. She’s made a picture tutorial that’s very helpful if you want to recreate it too. I calls for nail vinyls which I don’t own (yet!) so I used striping tape. I instantly regretted it. I have zero patience for striping tape so I quickly got frustrated. In the end I only used striping tape for one half of the design, and used my ORLY Instant Artist striper for the other half. I used Polish My Life Birthday Suit as a base.
I still like how these turned out even though they looked much better from a distance compared to up close. I’ll be entering these into her contest so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Whatever the outcome, I had lots of fun creating these! Hope you like them too.
You can find today’s post over at Emiline Harris’ blog at Nail Polish Society! She is having a 1-year blogiversary (and a giveaway to celebrate!) and asked me to guest post for her. I was so honoured so I obviously said yes! I created some fun florals for her so make sure to head over to her blog to check it out!
Today I have another Nail Art Society kit to show you. I’m working through past kits as I only got them recently. This one dates from May and this kit was called “Something Blue”. Let’s take a look!
In the Something Blue kit subscribers received:
- Jessica nail polish in Surfer Boyz ‘N Berry
- Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens
- The Crème Shop Nail Wraps
- High quality nail scissors
- Two 3D nail art bows
- Decorative Nail Shield
- 2 midi rings
And as always there was an instructional card, orange woodstick and a cute branded drawstring bag.
This is the look I created with the kit! I absolutely love the Jessica polish. It’s a beautiful warm-toned pale blue. Formula as always was flawless. On my pointer I created a half moon manicure with the Sally Hansen pen, and on my pinkie I created a ruffian design.
On my middle finger I added the 3D nail art bow. I didn’t use the nail shield as it would be a bit much for this design but it is absolutely stunning! For the nail wrap design I cut up one of the stickers. I found this made them a lot easier to work with.
The Something Blue is sadly no longer available for purchase. However you can subscribe to Nail Art Society and get awesome kits delivered to your doorstep each month! Kits are $11.95 + shipping. Right now they are still US-only but I hope they will expand soon. P.s. I’ve seen this months kit and it is absolutely awesome!
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Today I have swatches and a review of Polish My Life. This is an indie brand from NYC, created by the talented Shaneka. I found out about this brand through Instagram, mainly through Luster Lacquer who posted some gorgeous swatches! Every time this brand showed up on my feed I caught myself staring and swooning and drooling. I had to grab some especially after hearing about their amazing formula. I finally took the plunge last week and ordered three shades. Let’s take a look!
Polish My Life – Muscat Martini
Polish My Life – Muscat Martini: First up is the shade that pushed me to buy these. I had to have this one! There was just nothing that could stop me :D. Muscat Martini is a gorgeous blue-ish pastel lavender. It’s almost a neon-y pastel and it is just absolutely stunning. I’m sure we all know colours like this tend to be notoriously tricky to apply. I don’t know how Shaneka does it but these are some of the best cremes I have ever tried. I used two coats for this one!
Polish My Life – Peaches Anyone?
Polish My Life – Peaches Anyone?: Next is this gorgeous pastel peach. It is utterly gorgeous. Oh god! It’s even brighter in person, my swatches don’t do these justice. I especially love how they look in low light, they make my skin look more tanned. Again, absolutely flawless formula, just two coats!
Polish My Life – Birthday Suit
Polish My Life – Birthday Suit: Then finally we have Birthday Suit which is an off-white. I mainly purchased this one as a base for nail art as an off-white is just a little more interesting than a true white. As much as I love OPI’s My Vampire Is Buff, I’m not a huge fan of its formula so I really wanted to try this one. It’s a little paler than MVIB which I love. The formula required two thin coats and it is utter perfection.
I can’t recommend and praise these Polish My Life cremes enough. I am so glad I purchased them! I definitely need to get me some more. Shaneka has a gorgeous range and I cannot wait to see what she does next. Hands down one of the best formula for cremes I’ve tried which is saying something!
You can purchase these from the official Polish My Life website. The prices are very reasonable, especially for this quality. She also ships worldwide! My package took less than one week from the USA to Belgium.
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Today I have a swatch post for you featuring Liquid Sky Lacquer, more specifically a Hypnotic Polish exclusive! This shade was created specifically for Maria’s shop and you won’t be able to find it anywhere else. Let’s take a look!
Liquid Sky Lacquer – Hypnotic Fantasy: Hypnotic Fantasy is a gorgeous dark blurple holo. It leans more towards the purple side of blurple but it really depends on the light setting. It’s definitely a bit of a muted colour but really gorgeous nonetheless. The formula was thin but still covered very nicely in just two coats!
Here’s the close-up! This was shot in the shade, so I’m pretty impressed I was able to pick up the rainbow. Such a satisfying moment.
And as always here’s a swatch in direct light. Hypnotic Fantasy has a gorgeous bright holo rainbow with a nice linear effect. It’s even stronger in person!
This is the direct light close-up. Look at that pointer finger! Delicious holo goodness. Love it! The formula was really nice to work with. I didn’t think it would cover in two coats as the first layer was fairly translucent but the second gave me flawless coverage. It dried quickly and glossy! Overall very impressed with this one.
You can purchase Liquid Sky Lacquer Hypnotic Fantasy from Hypnotic Polish. It’s an exclusive as I’ve mentioned so you will only be able to purchase it from Maria’s shop. Thankfully she ships worldwide! She has an awesome range of brands so make sure to take a look.
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Today I have swatches of three Maybelline Bleached Neons! I purchased these a few weeks go at my local drugstore. I didn’t even know this collection was being sold in my country so that was an awesome surprise as there’s been a lot of hype about this collection on social media. Let’s take a look!
Maybelline – Coral Heat: First up is Coral heat, an awesome coral neon pastel. This collection definitely reminds me of the China Glaze pastel neons (the cremes from the Summer 2013 Sunsational collection), only the formula is less chalky. I wouldn’t say it was perfect but they were definitely easier to work with! This one had the nicest formula and required two coats. I also added top coat as they dry semi-matte.
Maybelline – Sun Flare (aka Bleached In Peach): Next is Sun Flare which is called Bleached In Peach in the US. This one is my favourite out of the three I picked up. It’s an awesome neon pastel peach. It’s so Summery! It’s fairly similar to China Glaze Sun Of A Peach only this one’s a lot paler. I love how tan this makes me look. Formula was a little streakier and required three coats but was still pretty easy to work with. I also added top coat!
Maybelline – Chic Chartreuse (aka Lime Accent): Then finally we have this awesome pale neon green. This one also has a different name in EU/UK compared to US. It kinda looks like Wasabi! I am so glad they had this one in stock as it is such a fun colour. Love this one! I also used three coats and top coat.
I totally understand the hype and buzz around this collection. These shades are a must-have for Summer. If you loved the China Glaze pastel neons you will adore these! The formula is fairly good though you might need an extra coat to even out streaks. The only thing I disliked about these was the brush, mine all seemed to have a very scratchy and uneven brush with stray hairs. Maybe I was just unlucky with this batch, as the other Maybelline Color Show polishes I have have an awesome brush.
Did you pick up this collection? Let me know in the comments if you did! Which one is your favourite?
Today I have some (you guessed it!) nail art on the blog. I had absolutely no clue what to name this design so I named my post “Monday Nail Art”. I have a serious lack of inspiration today, but then again, it is Monday after all.
This is another Japanese inspired design. Mainly the accent nail, which is a simple but awesome geometric design. On my pointer I’m wearing China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn, on my ring finger I have China Glaze Sunday Funday and on my pinkie I’m wearing Sally Hansen Firey Island.
For the accent nail on my middle finger I started with a white base, Essence Hattrick, then painted on the black lines using my ORLY Instant Artist Striper in Jet Black. Then I filled in the lines using China Glaze Sunday Funday, China Glaze Hey Sailor, Sally Hansen Firey Island and piCture pOlish Sky.
On all fingers except for my middle finger I added textured studs which are my absolute favourite! You can find them here from Born Pretty Store, and 2mm gold half pearls that are also a must-have. They are so shiny and a nice change from regular studs or rhinestones. You can use my code EMILYW21 for a 10% discount on your order too!
Hope you like these! Let me know in the comments if you do. And also if you have a suggestion on what to name this design! I’d love to hear it
Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Today I have my final weekly Starrily swatch. I had so much fun swatching all those beautiful Starrily polishes Mawi sent me. Her creations are bold and bright and wonderful. Let’s take a peek at the final one!
Starrily – XOXO: This is XOXO, an awesome glitter topper with DONUT glitter. Yup, donuts! Totally awesome or what?! There’s yellow, pink and blue donut glitters in XOXO, as well as skull shaped glitter (look closely at my pointer, you’ll spot it!), small and large hexies and some holographic glitter.
It’s an awesome glitter bomb! I’ve layered one coat over black and added one layer of Seche Vite to smooth it out. I’ll be brutally honest, this one didn’t speak to me in the bottle but I absolutely LOVE how it looks on the nails! It’s so fun and bright!
You can purchase Starrily XOXO from the official website for $10. Mawi has an awesome range so make sure to check out her other colours too. You can view all my previous Starrily swatches if you follow this link! Starrily also has the awesome feature that lets you design your own custom polish, you can check out and purchase my creation here!
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Today I have swatches for you of the brand new Polish Me Silly (formerly known as Lush Lacquer) Summer collection called Cloud 9. This collection features 9 gorgeous multichromes that are super vibrant. They also don’t require a black base which is great! Let’s take a look.
I’d like to add that I used 3 thin coats for all of these, though you could get away with two thicker ones for most of them. I personally like to use thin coats to ensure it dries smooth and quickly!
Polish Me Silly – Legacy
Polish Me Silly – Legacy: First up is Legacy which is a beautiful green multichrome. Head on it’s a warm golden yellow then it shifts to a bright grass green then to blue. It’s really vibrant and the shift is nice and strong!
Polish Me Silly – Dreamer
Polish Me Silly – Dreamer: Next up is dreamer which is also a green multichrome! It’s a lot darker and more bluish though. It goes from a vibrant grass green to a dark green to blue and you can even see the purple shift right at the end. It’s really pretty!
Polish Me Silly – Justice
Polish Me Silly – Justice: This one is a gorgeous royal blue that shifts to a dark deep blue to purple. It’s more vibrant in person, my photo doesn’t show it off to the fullest. It’s stunning, I really love this one even though the shift is a little more subtle. The colour is just so vibrant!
Polish Me Silly – Envy
Polish Me Silly – Envy: This one shifts from a pale blue to a dark royal blue to purple and to pink. It’s the slightly softer and more muted version of Paradise. Super gorgeous nonetheless!
Polish Me Silly – Paradise
Polish Me Silly – Paradise: This one is my close second favourite! It goes from a gorgeous vibrant teal green to turquoise to blue to purple and to pink. It shows A LOT of colours in one glance and my photo doesn’t even begin to translate how gorgeous this one is. I love it!
Polish Me Silly – Vixen
Polish Me Silly – Vixen: Next is this beautiful purple multichrome that shifts to a deep fuchsia and pink and orange. It’s quite feminine and again the colours are so vibrant!
Polish Me Silly – Mystery
Polish Me Silly – Mystery: This one I really love! It has a super unique shift and goes from a warm pink to orange to green! It’s really strong, you can catch almost all the colours on your nails quite easily.
Polish Me Silly – Rebel
Polish Me Silly – Rebel: This one is fairly similar to Mystery only that it starts from a red rather than a pink. Also really stunning!
Polish Me Silly – Dynamite
Polish Me Silly – Dynamite: Obviously I saved the best till last! This one is absolutely mindblowing. Super strong and vibrant and it shifts from a red to a golden orange to green. You have to see this one in person! I’m not a fan of orange or red usually but this one blew my mind!
As I mentioned above, I just three thin coats for all of these but you could get away with two thicker ones. Application was really good and smooth. They all dry very glossy so I didn’t need any top coat.
The Polish Me Silly Cloud 9 collection will be released next Wednesday 5PM PST and will be available for purchase from their official Etsy store. Make sure to keep an eye out on their social media to check out more swatches!
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