Thursday, April 23, 2015

LynBDesigns: The Vocab Collection Swatches and Review

Good afternoon, dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful day! I had planned to get this post written up yesterday, but I ended up with way too much on my plate and the day was suddenly gone. It may be spring now, but nail polish lines are already preparing to launch their early summer collections, and I have a bright one to share with you today! LynBDesigns will be releasing their striking neon collection, called The Vocab Collection on May 1st, and I'm eager to jump right in and share photos with you!
The Vocab Collection consists of eight base colors and two toppers. My camera freaked out with the brightness of these polishes, so I apologize in advance for the wide variation in skin tone. I didn't give myself a fake tan in the middle of swatching, I promise! In order to get as close to colour accurate photos of the polish, I ended up looking a little darker in several of these photos than normal. Now let's check them out!

YOLO
Whenever I think of neons, highlighter yellow is the first shade that comes to mind; I naturally had to start with this one first! This neon yellow crelly is BRIGHT! I used three coats here, although I probably should have added a fourth coat to help fill in the slight patchiness my camera picked up. The application was easy, and this did seem to dry rather quickly for me. There is also top coat for added shine on top of these swatches.

Adorbs
I love this pink! While I'm generally not a huge pink fan, I love darker pinks and apparently dark neon pinks! Adorbs is a neon magenta cream with added holo shimmer. It's such a pretty shade, and I definitely see myself wearing this beauty a lot! I used three coats plus top coat for these photos.

Feels
Feels is another favorite from this collection- just look at that neon blue! I really love the added holo shimmer as well. It adds a nice something extra without taking away from the gorgeous base shade. I used three easy coats plus top coat for these photos.

Thirsty
I have a confession to make- as much as I love orange polish, I really don't like neon orange. Something about the more traditional traffic cone orange is a turn off for me, and I never wear it. I was a little nervous at first when I heard there was an orange in this collection, but I must say, I dig it! It isn't my favorite of the bunch, but I really like that this crelly is more of a yellow-orange; I will actually wear this shade of neon orange! I used three coats plus top coat for these photos. 

On Fleek over YOLO

On Fleek over Adorbs

On Fleek over Feels

On Fleek over Thirsty
On Fleek is such a cool neon glitter topper, and I could not decide what I wanted to swatch it over. My camera is *the best* at picking up invisible dog hairs, but sometimes it has a hard time distinguishing between colours that I can easily see are different. I opted to swatch On Fleek over four different shades so you can really see what all is going on with this topper. I dabbed on about a coat and a half of polish over each base shade, and I really like this volume of glitter. There is enough to have fun variety, but you can definitely still enjoy the base colours underneath. This topper was easy to work with, and the glitters dispersed quite easily for me. I topped my nails off with top coat for these swatch photos.

Yas
I found myself humming the theme to Ghostbusters as I was swatching Yas; this neon green crelly screamed Slimmer to me! Photographing it, on the other hand, was something of a nightmare as no matter what camera I used or how I changed my settings, the most colour accurate images ended up with this odd glow. While it is a bright shade of green, this polish doesn't quite have this glowing effect that you see in these photos. It's still an awesome polish though, I promise! I used three coats plus top coat for these photos.

Bae
While it looks blue in my photos, Bae is more of a blurple in real life. It is a really pretty cream polish, and one I suspect will look either more blue or more purple against different skin tones and in different light sources. I used three easy coats plus top coat for these swatch photos.

Slay
Slay is the perfect name for this polish because it slayed me (or is slew technically correct?)! Well, maybe not *quite* since I'm still here, but I am in love with this neon melon crelly polish! It just might be my favorite of the collection. I really love neons in shades of coral, and Slay has the perfect amount of pinkness to it. I used three smooth coats plus top coat for these photos.

Shade
Shade is another one of my favorites from this collection. I adore this neon purple cream shade, and I really like the added holo shimmer! Even if neons aren't exactly your cup of tea, any purple fan will want this baby in their collection! I used three smooth coats plus top coat for these photos.

So Basic over Yas

So Basic over Bae

So Basic over Slay

So Basic over Shade
I love this holo plus glitter topper! It will look great over EVERYTHING! The holo effect was a little more subtle as I only used a single coat over each of these base shades, but I really wanted to enjoy the full base colour plus holo topper effect rather than covering the base too much. The formula was great and easy to use, and I'm not kidding when I say I want to put it over everything! It is definitely another must-have from this collection.

I am really happy with the variety of shades in The Vocab Collection! I like that there are crellies as well as creams and toppers to choose from, and I love that some of the shades have added holo shimmer. There really is something for everyone in this collection! I definitely recommend picking up polishes with the launch on May 1st!

The Vocab Collection will be launching on the LynBDesigns Etsy shop here at 7pm EST. These polishes will retail for $10 each.

You can follow LynBDesigns on Facebook here and Instagram here for shop news and announcements.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!
















Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hare Polish: Poison Pomegranate Swatch and Review

Good afternoon, dear readers; I hope this post finds you well! For today's post, I wanted to share a quick swatch of Poison Pomegranate by Hare Polish. Let's check it out!
Poison Pomegranate is a maroon jelly with gold flakies, neon blue glitter, purple glitter, iridescent gold glitter and purple shimmer.

I think my body may be confused with the seasons right now. While it may be spring, I feel particularly drawn to these darker berry shades at the moment. We've had a few grey overcast days recently, so I'm blaming my current fixation on the weather. Whatever the reason for my current obsession, Poison Pomegranate fit the bill perfectly and beautifully! The formula was really easy to work with, and I used two flawless coats plus top coat for these swatch photos.

Poison Pomegranate is part of the "Abduction of Persephony" winter collection, and I definitely recommend adding it to any collection! This and other shades are available from the Hare Etsy shop is addition to Hare's authorized retailers.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



Monday, April 20, 2015

Zoya Earth Day Promo Details!


ZOYA EARTH DAY NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE 2015 – STARTS TUESDAY - APRIL 21, 2015!

With over 300 shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that Zoya is committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE* formulas, for brand new toxin-free** Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at zoya.com, follow the instructions below and checkout. Let us do the rest!

How the ZOYA EARTH DAY NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE works
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1.     Visit www.zoya.com and add a minimum of 6 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Minimum 12, maximum 48 for professional accounts.
 
2.     Apply Code: EARTHLUV and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order - free shipping included!
 
3.     Complete checkout and you're all set! If you need further instructions (including info for our professional program) on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.
The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish - we assume you're going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.


USE CODE: EARTHLUV
Offer valid 4/21/15 - 4/28/15 (11:59pm EST)



* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hare Polish: Damn Fine Coffee Swatch and Review

Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well! I've been feeling a little under the weather recently, so I've been trying to take it easy. It always seems to happen when the weather is going a little crazy with sudden rainy spells and temperature drops, and I seem to be particularly sensitive to it right now. Yay, pregnancy! One of the other joys of pregnancy is the difficulty sleeping, and I've been needing a cup of coffee in the mornings more often. In honor of that, I felt it would be quite appropriate to write a post featuring Hare Polish Damn Fine Coffee. Let's check it out!
Damn Fine Coffee is an older shade released as part of the Twin Peaks Winter 2013 collection, and I only just purchased it last month. I really like glittery brown shades, and I wish I bought it sooner! Damn Fine Coffee is described as a deep brown jelly packed with red and gold flakies plus iridescent hexes. It's a pretty cool polish, and I like that it looked a little different depending on how the light hit the flakes!

Because this jelly is densely packed with flakies and glitters, I couldn't make out any visible nail line with only two coats of polish. The application was surprisingly easy given its makeup- I had no issues whatsoever! I also added topcoat to my nails for these photos to get a smoother look to my nails.

Damn Fine Coffee is available from the Hare Etsy shop is addition to Hare's authorized retailers.

I'm off to go make my own coffee now! Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO! 



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

YouPolish Sunburst Stencil Decals

Happy Hump Day, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have ben having a wonderful week so far! While I've not been enjoying the rain we've had this week, I know my plants have been- my poppies are blooming like crazy and my veggie plants are soaking it all up! I don't have much of a green thumb, but something about being in my own house has made me want to surround myself with all sorts of greenery and flowers. Here's hoping I don't overwater everything!

For today's blog post, I wanted to share the Sunburst stencil decals made by YouPolish
This sheet is advertised as a 28 piece sheet, but if you use both the sunburst cutout itself as well as the remaining negative, you actually can get twice the number of uses from the sheet. I decided the play with these stencil decals using both pieces as a removable stencil to see how easy there were to work with. Let's check it out!
The first thing I noticed about these stencil decals is that this shape is not the easiest to work with. If you don't normally use tweezers when doing nail art, I strongly recommend them with these. These stencil decals are still a sticker-type item, and they don't keep their perfectly spaced out extensions on their own. They weren't too difficult to work with by any means, but you do need a little extra patience with these as opposed to something more simple like straight lines.
Another thing I noticed when using these as a stencil is just how sticky they are. As a decal, the higher stickiness would have been fine, but since I needed to remove them as a stencil and they have tricky extensions to work with to boot, the stickiness makes them a little harder to work with. I was easily able to remedy this by placing the stencil on the back of my hand a couple times prior to placing on my nails to lessen some of the stickiness. This definitely made the removal of the stencil go easier for me and something I appreciated while working with the sunburst ray extensions.

I had a lot of fun playing with the sunburst stencil decals, and I totally dig this final look! These may turn up again on my blog as I have a nail art look I want to attempt, and I have no clue if it will work out or be a total disaster. I guess time will tell!

I used Colors by Llarowe Oops polish, and I believe the closest CbL shade is Gemini Rising. I also used Zoya nail polish in Willa.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



Monday, April 6, 2015

Press Release: Girly Bits Hoop! There it is!




Inspired by the hottest exercise craze (and Pam's newest hobby), hula hooping, we are excited to announce the upcoming release of our latest collection

"Hoop! There It Is" is a super fun, extremely colourful collection of neon brights, coming just in time to pretty up your pedi's for the warm weather!

The collection consists of 10 neon bright cremes and one silver/holo/black/white glitter topper to add more variety to your mani's and pedi's. The "Hoop! There It Is" collection shades also look incredible with a matte top coat, if we do say so ourselves!

Get your sunglasses ready and keep you eyes pealed to your inbox as we tease you with individual shade swatches over the next two weeks.

This amazing collection will be launching on Sunday, April 19th at 12noon EDT.

Stay tuned for complete details!

Girly Bits Cosmetics is a Canadian company that has been handcrafting quality nail polish since 2011 in a dazzling array of colours and finishes. As a brand dedicated to providing cruelty free, on-trend and unique products, Girly Bits Cosmetics is well known for outstanding customer service, charitable donations and custom nail polishes dedicated to lost loved ones. Available at 9 on-line retailers around the globe, and a growing number of brick and mortar stores, you can be sure to easily find the season’s hottest new shades, as well as timeless customer favourites.

For more information visit us at www.girlybitscosmetics.com or contact us directly at info@girlybitspolish.com.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Easter! I hope you are able to spend the day with your loved ones! This past week and weekend have been quite busy for my family, and I think we're just going to take it easy today. I did get to paint my nails for Easter this year! I received assorted pieces of Easter decals from YouPolish, and I had to wear them! Let's check it out!
This is not the original look I had drawn up for my nails, but my nail art mojo ran out on me. After a few horrible failed attempts with the base colours, I decided to just go with something more simple. I really wish my original idea turned out as planned, but I'm pretty happy with these nails overall. I used the chick and egg samples that are part of the Easter Bunnies assortment sheet and the flower and leaves that can be found on the Easter flowers assortment sheet.
Nail polishes used:
Model City Polish Azalea
Model City Polish Primrose
Zoya Eden
Zoya Jacqueline
Zoya Leslie
Zoya Lillian
Zoya Purity

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!