Saturday, February 28, 2015

Brushed Nail Art plus Stamping with Literary Lacquers

Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have had a wonderful start to your weekend! For today's post, I wanted to share a nail art look I created using polishes from Literary Lacquers. Let's do this!
To create this look, I started with Zoya Neely as my base. I then randomly brushed on Literary Lacquers polishes The Mad Ones, The Ultimate Outlaw, Miss Bennett, and Everything You Love. I wanted the dry brush look, but because these shades are a little on the sheer side with a single coat, I did go over the first brush strokes a second time for a little more depth of colour.
I decided I wanted a little something extra on top of the dry brushing, but I didn't want to take away from the shades of the polishes I had already used. I used Color Club Luminescent with Bundle Monster stamping plate BM-505 for a subtle flash of foiled colour. I was pretty happy with this look, but in the end, I had to add a few blue stones in some of the bubbles to complete the look. Everything was sealed in using HK Girl top coat from Glisten & Glow.
This fun nail art look certainly has me ready for spring!

I hope you enjoyed today's post! Have a wonderful day!
XO!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Born Pretty Store Gold Ringed Disc Review

Press Sample

Good morning, dear readers, and happy hump day! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day, and for those of you with snow, please stay warm!

For today's blog post, I wanted to share some ringed gold-coloured discs I received from Born Pretty Store to review. Let's check them out!
The discs are available in both silver and gold, and each colour comes in a set of ten. I received the smaller 3mm size, but they are also available in a larger 4mm size.
I had a different nail art look in mind when I first knew these were coming, but once I had them in hand, I had to come up with a different look. The discs are very flat and firm, and if you have very curved nails, they do not bend at all to conform to your nail curves. They are really cute, but that is something to keep in mind if you want to create a nail art look with these. This is why I opted to go with the smallest sized disc set.
I actually really love how this came out! The rings in the discs add a nice little something extra without being over the top. They can be purchased from Born Pretty Store here. You can also save 10% on all full-priced items using discount code QWL91.

Polishes used:
Zoya Daisy
Zoya Eden
Zoya Leslie
Zoya Lillian
Zoya Purity
Zoya Rayne
Zoya Tiana
Zoya Willa

I also used NailVinyls to help me create this look.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post! Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!

Disclaimer:  The products reviewed above were provided to me for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts stated are entirely my own and are based on my use of said products.  I love receiving feedback from my readers, and any comments left here are the express opinions and/or property of the individual authors.  Therefore, I, the author of this site, cannot be held responsible for the opinions held by others.  I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Jedi Wife Celebrates 3 Years with Literary Lacquers

Good morning, dear readers! I have a quick post today to share with you my newest giveaway. In a previous post, I shared swatch photos of Cast From Stormhold by Literary Lacquers, a polish designed to celebrate my 3 year blogiversary. Amy has generously provided 2 bottles for me to giveaway to 2 of my readers! If that wasn't awesome enough, she also included bottles of Phenomenal Woman, the polish I designed for the first Literary Lacquers Community Collection! I'm really excited to be giving away this duo to two winners, and I hope you are too!
This giveaway is open internationally, and it will end at midnight PST on March 17th.

Good luck, and a special thank you to Literary Lacquers for these prizes!


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Monday, February 23, 2015

Girly Bits Cosmetics Gradient Nail Art Look

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful and hopefully much more exciting weekend than I did. This weekend has been a blur, but we're mostly settled in at the new house! There is still a mountain of boxes out in the garage, but I'm choosing to forget that they exist for the time being. ;) I did get my nail area set up so I can continue with photographing my swatches and nail art. Speaking of nail art, I have a simple look I wanted to share with you today. Let's check it out!

In a previous post, I shared the new Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes created to celebrate three blog's third birthdays, mine included. Let's Do This!, Snafu, and Winter Sanctuary coordinate well together, and I wanted to create a simple gradient nail art look using this shades.
Even though we worked separately in designing these shades, I love how they play together!
All three of these Girly Bits shades are now available from the Girly Bits website. You can also follow Girly Bits on Facebook and Instagram for more photos and shop announcements.

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


Friday, February 20, 2015

Literary Lacquers Cast From Stormhold- A 3rd Blogiversary Custom Polish

Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have wonderful weekend plans ahead of you! Today is the big move day into my new home, and I will be spending the weekend getting settled as quickly as possible. Now let me get to today's post!

My blog has turned 3, and in a previous post, I shared Let's Do This!, a custom made by Girly Bits Cosmetics to celebrate my blogiversary. I have been a sneaky blogger because I had ANOTHER custom made as well! I have had the pleasure of working with Literary Lacquers for a few years now, and I really wanted to work with Amy to create a polish for the occasion. She has made customs for several people, but I really wanted mine to be available for those that may want a bottle for themselves. We decided that the best way to make that happen would be for me to design a polish from her upcoming spring collection. I present to you a sneak peek into the spring collection with my custom, Cast From Stormhold!
The new collection is titled Magic and Mysteries. Each polish from this 8 piece collection was inspired by a piece of literature filled with magic and, well, mystery! When I first learned the theme of this collection, I knew I wanted my polish to be inspired by Neil Gaiman's Stardust. I absolutely love the story- both the novel itself and the film.
Cast From Stormhold was inspired by the topaz necklace being thrown into the darkening night sky by the Lord of Stormhold on his deathbed as his sons eagerly anticipated hearing which one of them would be named the next lord. I wanted this polish to capture the intense emotions in the room, and Amy did just that perfectly!
The red-leaning purple base is filled with tiny silver glitters, silver glass flecks, and gold flakies. I may have squealed a little bit when I put this on my nails for the first time (ok, ok, A LOT!); this is even better than I had imagined! I used two easy coats and top coat for these swatch photos.
The Magic and Mysteries is scheduled to launch on March 9th. The 8 piece collection consists of 3 holos, 4 glassy fleck shimmers, and 1 matte glitter. They will be available on the Literary Lacquers Etsy shop here. Be sure to follow the Literary Lacquers Facebook page for photos of the remaining polishes from this collection and for shop announcements.

Don't go too far since I have a special Literary Lacquers giveaway coming soon!

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Epically Epic Soap Co. Lip Balm Review

Good evening, dear readers, and happy hump day! We're already closer to the weekend now that it is later in the day. Yay! Of course I'm stressing out about the weekend since the movers will be here in a few days, and I'm about to hit frantic mode to get last minute things tossed in boxes.

For today's post, I wanted to share the new lip balms I bought from Epically Epic Soap Co. on etsy. The shop has released a limited edition Ice Cream Collection, and I HAD to pick up a few of them! Let's check them out!
This was my first purchase from Epically Epic, and I liked the simple but elegant packaging. I'm happy to report that the shipping was very reasonable, and I didn't feel as though I paid an inflated price for nicer packaging. While I do appreciate nice packaging, I don't like having to pay extra for it!
There are a whopping 18 flavor choices in this collection, and I somehow managed to limit myself to 3 flavors. I chose Rainbow Sherbet, Green Tea Mochi, and Root Beer Float.

Oh my goodness, dear readers, I love these balms! They are so smooth and creamy! Unfortunately, my pregnant self cannot handle the Root Beer Float flavor- it is too strong for me, and that is just sad! I can enjoy root beer still, and I love root beer floats, and I'm a little upset I can't enjoy that particular flavor right now. I do really enjoy the other two, and I have one on my desk and the other in my purse as I speak (type?).
These lip balms are also vegan for those of you that use vegan-only products.

All three of these flavors are currently available at the Epically Epic Soap Co. Etsy shop here along with other ice cream flavors and other products. I certainly see more Epically Epic products in my future!

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




Monday, February 16, 2015

Zoya Delight Swatches and Review

Happy Monday, dear readers! I have no idea where this past weekend went, but I have found myself in yet another week already. We've started the process of moving into the new house, and this week will be filled with finishing up packing and moving the furniture. You're totally jealous, right? ;) It will be nice living in a place that is all ours, and I can't believe it's here!

It has been a beautiful warm day today, and what could be better than the new Zoya Delight collection! Let's do this!

Daisy
What a cheery yellow! I never thought I would see the day that I would say this, but this yellow is my favorite shade from this collection. It is beautiful, and I just love the shimmer! The colour is a little on the sheer side- as is most of this collection for that matter, and I used 3 easy coats for these photos.

Eden
Eden is a nice bright pink cream; I'm personally glad to see a brighter pink in this collection instead of something more pastel. Eden was one of the more densely pigmented polishes from this collection, and I used 2 coats for these swatch photos.

Leslie
This soft lavender shade screams spring! I really love the turquoise flashes in this polish. Unfortunately I couldn't quite capture the flash with my camera, but it is definitely present while on the nails. I used 3 coats for these photos.

Lillian
I love this aquamarine cream shade! It's such a pretty colour; I may have to see if I can come up with some sort of nail art look with it soon! The formula was a little on the thin side so beware of flooding, and I used 3 coats for these photos.

Rayne
Rayne is another great shade in this collection! The turquoise flash is the perfect addition to this polish! I used 3 smooth coats for these photos.

Tiana
When I first heard the name of this polish, my head went immediately to the protagonist of the Disney film, The Princess and the Frog. This pistachio green cream is such a fun colour, and also very appropriate for the season. I used 3 easy coats for these swatch photos.

I'm really loving Zoya's approach to collections right now- a nice mix of finishes and colours that are perfect for spring. Sure, they often have 2 part collections, one in cream and another in a metallic or shimmer or some other finish, but a single 6-piece collection that hits on both feels more manageable and more easily affordable that choosing from 2 sets. I also really like the range in colour depth- some are a little lighter while others are a little more bold. I feel like this collection truly has something for everyone, and I certainly will be rocking it this season!

The Zoya Delight collection is currently available at Zoya.com and in many Ulta locations. Each bottle retails for $9. 

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