China Glaze Shell We Dance

Happy Friday all!  I’m going to try to work on swataching today – we’ll see how far I get 🙂

I have another texture for you today – China Glaze Shell We Dance from the Sea Goddess collection.

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This colour is more my speed.  This is 2 coats of Shell We Dance, it’s a really pretty medium pink with lots of shimmer throughout.  The formula of this polish is better than Teal the Tide Turns and Sand Dolla Make You Holla.

China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns

Morning, morning!  It’s Thursday, that means I’m sleeping in tomorrow and there’s nothin’ anyone can do to change my mind!

Today, I have a swatch of China Glaze Teal the Tide Turns from the Sea Goddess collection they released in the Spring.

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This is 2 coats of Teal the Tide Turns, and I would recommend doing 3 if I were to wear it again.  (And sorry, the ring nail must have had a thicker coat of polish because it looks more opaque than the other nails.)  This is not my favourite from the collection.  I prefer my textures sparkly, like the Julie G Gumdrops or the Zoya Pixie Dusts (original version).  This was a little tricky to work with, the formula was thick but watery at the same time.. if that makes any sense whatsoever.  This is a teal base with a darker teal matte glitter throughout.  I dunno, something about this one just isn’t speaking to me.  I bought this with the rest of the Sea Goddess collection from Nail Polish Canada – my source for everything mainstream 🙂

Recap Jul 30

I’m still here!  It’s been a busy couple weeks, so I apologize for not posting the last few Fridays.  I figure I better post during the week cause it’s been so long!  With less than 70 days till the wedding (EEK!!), there is starting to be more and more stress factors for me.  I feel like there is so much that still needs to be done, but that I can’t do them yet.

Let’s get right to it, shall we? Continue reading

Swatch-It-Up-Saturday Jan 18

Good morning!!  I have a pile of swatches for you guys this morning that I have been stashing since the end of November…  Yeah…  *sheepish grin*  Anyways, let’s get to it, shall we?

This is 2 coats of a England Galahad.  This is my first and only a England polish, and I wanted it because of the name, not going to lie.  While the polish may be named for something else entirely, I wanted it because it is the name of the household cat in my favourite book series, the In Death series by J.D. Robb.  This polish applied great, and while a lot of people say it has an extraordinary formula, for me, this applied like most other polishes I own.  Not that that is a bad thing, I just didn’t notice anything different from other creme polishes application-wise.  I know the picture is kind of dark, but this is the closest I could get to what the polish colour looks like in person.  In brighter lights it looks a little brighter, but it a beautiful blue-toned teal.  If I could only have one teal in my collection, I would pick this one because it’s my favourite one of all that I own.

This is 2 coats of butter LONDON Pillar Box Red.  This is my favourite red, it’s a very true-red!  It applies great, I have never had any issues with the application.
This is 2 coats of China Glaze Twinkle Lights.  This is a mix of gold, red and green glitters that really get you in the Christmas spirit!  I really love this polish, and again, not application issues to report.  As with any glitter polish, I recommend removal via the foil method because all those little glitters are such a pain to deal with otherwise! 
This is 2 coats of Essie Butler Please.  This is a gorgeous vibrant blue polish, and I think it will be one that stays in my collection for a while!  I wore this a while ago, but I think I did have a little bit of staining when I removed it, so just be careful of that.  Otherwise, application was great.  I know some people have hit-and-miss with the Essie formula, but personally I haven’t had any issues.
This is 3 coats of Essie Merino Cool.  Again, another favourite in my collection – is it grey?  Is it purple?  Is it brown?  These are questions I constantly ask myself when I wear this polish because the answer changes with different lighting.  This polish is a little sheer and streaky with the first coat, but everything evens out with the 2nd and 3rd.  This very unique colour will remain a staple in my polish collection 🙂
 This is 2 coats of Gel II Metro.  I wore this over Christmas, even when Tyler was like “that’s all you’re doing?  You’re just going to wear a red polish, no nail art?”  He told me I was boring.  LOL!  I love the Gel II gel polishes, they have great staying power, and are really simple to remove with the foil method.  However, I don’t know if it’s just my application or if I do something wrong, but it always looks like I have tip wear on the ends of my nails even while I am still polishing/curing.  I haven’t figured out how to prevent it yet.  I have tried sealing the free edge with the gel polish and the gel top coat, but nothing seems to stop it.  I’m not sure what to do, so if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
This is 3 coats of Julep Blake.  I just put this on this morning.  I have already swatched this polish, but when I look back on my original swatch, I cringe and think “man, I have to redo that one!”  This polish is thinner than most of my other Julep polishes, but their formula seems to have become thicker in the last year or so.  This went on really streaky with the first coat, and was still kind of streaky with the 2nd coat, but the 3rd coat mostly evened everything out.  There are still some spots that could have had better coverage, but that’s what you get with a) a thinner formula, b) a yellow polish and c) a pastel.  I thought about doing a coat of matte top coat between the coats of colour to see if that would work because it works with white polishes, but I decided against it to give you guys “true” swatches.  I hate nothing more than looking at swatches of polishes online, then getting the polish and it doesn’t apply as nicely or as I saw it in the pictures online.

This is 2 coats of Julep Missy.  It’s a great silver foil polish with no issues in application.  One thing to note though, it looks like you beat up a fairy when you go to take it off because the super fine glitters get EVERY WHERE!  Another polish that is best left to be removed with the foil method, in my opinion.

This is 2 coats of Julep Petra.  This is one gorgeous polish, and was perfect for the Christmas season!  It’s a berry red with a magenta flash throughout, and what looks like flakies, but I don’t think they are.  I decided to matte it and see what it looked like, and the matte top coat made it that much more beautiful!  It almost looks like a suede polish when it has a matte top coat on it.

This is 1 coat of Lush Lacquer over Sally Hanen Xtreme Wear White On.  I got this polish from a friend, I have been eyeing it for a while, but when I put it on the base seemed to have a slightly pink tint to it.  I don’t know if that is normal for this polish, or if the colours from the glitters have been bleeding into the base or not.  Either way, it’s a great polish, but I was just surprised by the slightly pink-tinted base.  The glitters in this lay flat on the nail.  A couple of the bigger ones did have a corner sticking up a little bit, but definitely not the worst I have dealt with for a glitter polish.  I didn’t have to fish for any glitters when I was applying it, not that it would be easy to fish them out of the bottle anyways, they all look the same 🙂

This is 2 coats of Michael Marcus Blood Red.  I got this polish in a Wantable box a couple months ago.  When I swatched it on a nail stick, I thought it was going to be a jelly polish, but I was pleasantly surprised when it was more of a creme when applied to the actual nail.  It does have a squishy appearance like a jelly polish though.  The application of this polish was super easy, and the bottle is an interesting shape too, which I like.  It’s not your “typical” round bottle.
This is 2 coats of Zoya Storm.  Ah, this is definitely my baby!  I’m not huge on black polishes, but this is definitely another favourite in my collection.  There is just something about the scattered holo that turns it from “blah-ck” to “bl-ahhhhh-ck” 😀  The application of this is easy, and removal is easy too, which is a bonus in my books.  If you don’t have this already, I highly recommend it, even if you aren’t a black polish person 😀

This is 2 coats of Zoya Tomoko, from the Fall 2013 Pixie Dust line.  Can I just say “WOW!”  I really love the Pixie Dust textured polishes, they are my favourites right behind the Julie G Gumdrops textured polishes.  The texture is great, and uniform, unlike the Liquid Sands from OPI.  I don’t like the OPIs because they have the multi-sized glitters in them, I prefer the textures that have all the same sized granules, if that’s what you want to call them.  I definitely recommend he Pixie Dusts if you are looking to try a textured polish.  Plus, they have lots of different colours to suit different tastes 😀

Swatch-It-Up-Saturday Nov 30

Evening!  I almost forgot to post this today!  Well, here we are on the last day of November, the Christmas season will start in full swing tomorrow, and I will be able to plug my Christmas lights in 😀  YAY!  Tyler and I put the outside lights up a few weekends ago, taking advantage of a warm day, but I haven’t been “allowed” to turn them on until December 1st.
It’s Swatch-It-Up-Saturday and I have a LOT of catching up to do.  This is going to be a picture-heavy post, so let’s get right to it.
This is 2 coats of butter LONDON Jack the Lad.  I love this green!  It’s a perfect Christmas-y green polish, and it applied super smoothly.  And a bonus?  It removed just as easy as a creme even though it’s full of microglitters!
This is 2 coats of China Glaze Blue Bells Ring.  I love the colour of this polish, however it wasn’t the easiest to apply or take off.  The brush streaked the polish pretty bad, so there were some silver streaks through the polish even though you can’t see it in the picture.  This is also a stainer – the skin around my nails look like I beat up a smurf!  It’s not quite as bright as it’s showing in the picture, but it does glow 😀

This is 2 coats of China Glaze Get Carried Away.  I really love this polish!  It’s black, silver and rose-gold hex glitters, microglitters, and black bar glitters in a black jelly base.  You could layer this over black, but I think it looks great on its own over bare nails too 🙂
This is 2 coats of Deborah Lippmann Raspberry Beret.  I just want to take a moment to say that I love the mini Deborah Lippmann polish bottles!  They are just so cute!  This polish is GOR-GEOUS!!!  I think this is one of my top favourite polishes in my collection!   This is a raspberry jelly polish jam-packed with flakie glitters.  It reminds me of raspberry jam on my nails 😀  Om nom nom!
This is 2 coats of Elixir Lacquers With a K.  It’s a perfect pink jelly polish loaded with holo micro and hex glitters.  The pictures shown on the listing for this polish are very deceiving.  This is a bright pink polish, it makes me think of “bedazzled Barbie” 😀  I put this on in October for Breast Cancer Awareness.. and you can tell from that just how long I have been stashing pictures!
This is 3 coats of Girly Bits Glo Worm.  I got this for my youngest sister for Christmas last year, without knowing that she was more of a pink polish person.  So I told her that if she doesn’t want it, I want to add it to my stash 😉  I’m glad I did, I love this!  It’s highligher-bright green jelly polish with a gold shimmer throughout.  This is definitely unique in my stash, and can’t wait to see what else I can come up with for this one.  You can find Girly Bits polish on the Girly Bits online store.
This is 2 coats (1 regular, 1 thick/dabbing) of Julep Erica, the mystery glitter polish from the Julep New Year’s Eve Mystery Box last year, and my first time using it.. I know, I know!!  This is a stunning black, brown and silver full coverage glitter.  I love it, and not just because it’s my (correctly spelled) namesake polish, it’s gorgeous!  I wore this without a top coat because I figured it would gobble up the top coat like no tomorrow 🙂 
This is 2 coats of Julep Karmen.  I really love this polish, it’s perfect for fall!  It’s a gorgeous deep red polish with gold shimmer.  It applied super easy, and no staining.  It’s like fall in a bottle, and I think this might be a close runner-up for a wedding polish colour 😉

This is 2 coats of Julep Kennedy.  I wasn’t too sure about this polish, but when I put it on I actually liked it.  This is one of the most surprising polishes in my collection. This applied great, and while the first coat was a little streaky, the second coat evened everything out 🙂

This is 2 coats of Julep Nadia.  Again, a surprising polish.  I am not a fan of the colour yellow in general, but yellow polishes tend to draw me in for some reason.  I love the shimmer in this polish.  The only downside to this polish is that it did stain my nails a little bit, so just a word of caution to you 🙂  The shimmer in this polish is perfect, and I think this will make a great Christmas polish 😀

This is 2 coats of Julep Sadie, one of the Sea Salt polishes.  I love this polish!  It’s gorgeous!  Many people have mentioned that this is very similar, if not the same, as Zoya Dahlia.  The sparkle in this polish is perfect, and catches the light just right.  I really love textured polishes, and this is one of my favourites 🙂

This is 2 coats of JulieG Mistletoe!  I love me some JulieG textured polishes.  This is one of the polishes from the Holiday Frosted Gumdrops collection that was just released.  This is a perfect Christmas green polish, and applied perfect, as is typical of the other JulieG Gumdrop polishes.
This is 2 coats of OPI Get Your Number.  I like this polish, but after wearing it, I decided it just wasn’t for me.  The base is very jelly-like, as you can tell from the visible nail line in the pictures.  It’s not as visible in person.  I do love the shimmer of this polish, and the texture is nice and fine, not too gritty.  I prefer the JulieG Gumdrop polishes over this, and the other OPI Liquid Sands polishes I have tried. 
This is 2 coats of Sinful Colors Exotic Green.  This is a great holiday green polish.  I used it in lots of nail art last year for Christmas nails throughout December, but this is the first time I have used it as a base for anything.  The application of this polish is great – and this polish is great for water marbling!
Well, that wraps up Swatch-It-Up-Saturday for this week.  Sorry it took me so long to get a post up, but as you can see, I have been busy working on swatches.

Hallowe’en Mani #2

Hey everyone!  Hopefully you are enjoying the last day of your weekend – I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow 😦  I thought I would take today to do up some blog posts so that I have something to post for the rest of the week, since I have been slacking on that, hardcore!
Today I have my Hallowe’en Mani #2 for you 😀  I love the way this one came out, so let’s take a look!
For this, I applied one coat of Different Dimension Bazinga! (from the Big Bang Theory collection) over 2 coats of China Glaze Ingrid.  The combination felt very fall/Hallowe’en-ish to me, and I loved the way it looked!  With it being Stamping week for COTW on my Facebook group (I think we are changing it to Mani Of The Week – MOTW), I decided to stamp the little devil guys from BM-305 and Julep Mystery Yellow.  This polish stamped surprisingly well 🙂  They are just so cute!
Then I decided to see what it looked like mattified, and I love it even more!
I really love stamping, it makes nail art so easy!  This is also my first time stamping over a glitter, and while I see it on a couple of the blogs that I follow, I have never tried it because I was afraid that when I did it, the stamping would take away from the glitter.  In this case, I think it definitely added to it 😀
That’s it for today!  What do you think of my little guys??  I think they are just so cute!!  Alright, I’m off to work on some more post drafts right now!

Swatch-It-Up-Saturday Oct 5

Afternoon everyone!  What a dreary weekend!  It’s definitely fall, and most of the trees around here have lost 90% of their leaves.. does that mean winter will be extra early this year?  One can only hope, right?? 😉
It’s Swatch-It-Up-Saturday, and I will call this one the “Avon Edition” because it’s mostly Avon polishes.  I did a swatch-a-thon last week, and I worked on swatching all of my Avon polishes.  I hope to work through entire brands at a time, when I have a chance to sit down and swatch for a whole day.  Let’s get started!

This is 3 coats of Avon Blue Shock.  This polish is a little waterier than the other Avon polishes I have, but the colour and the shimmer of this polish are so worth it!  The first coat was pretty streaky, but the second evened most of it out, and the third made it perfect.  If you are in need of a blue shimmer polish, this is one that I would highly recommend.
This is 2 coats of Avon Cotton Candy.  Now, this bottle of Cotton Candy is actually my second bottle of the colour from Avon because my youngest sister loved it so much that she used up the entire first bottle!  I ordered another one, just for her, only to find that the colour had changed.  This is a bit more purple toned than the original bottle of Cotton Candy I had, but still a great colour none-the-less.  The formula for this polish was the typical not-too-thin/not-too-thick consistency that I love Avon polishes for, and the colour is great for all occasions, including office wear.
This is 2 coats of Avon Electric Green.  I really like this polish because it’s a very “primary” green – not too blue, not too yellow.  The formula on this one, again, was typical of all Avon polishes.  You can slightly see the visible nail line in the picture (middle nail) but it’s not as noticeable in person.  If you don’t like running the risk of the visible nail line showing, I would recommend either a third coat, or layering this over a quick coat white polish.
This is 2 coats of Avon Fuchsia (gah, how I hate that colour name – whoever came up with the spelling needs to be found…).  This is one of my favourite pink polishes in my collection.  It’s a raspberry-ish bold pink that is fun, but I still think it’s a classic polish colour.  Formula is great and easy to work with.
This is 2 coats of Avon Lagoon.  This is a great sky-blue polish with a ton of shimmer.  In the bottle, you can see purple shimmer running through the polish when the light hits it, but on the nail, it’s hiding 😦  I really think that this is a perfect blue colour though.  The formula is a touch thin on this one, but nothing that isn’t unmanageable.
This is 2 coats of Ruby Slipper.  This is a GREAT polish!  I don’t have anything else like it in my collection – it’s a gorgeous cherry red polish with a warm silver glitter throughout.  This polish is perfect for the Christmas season!  The formula is easy to work with and applies great!
This is 2 coats of Avon Sumptuous Rose.  This is the other suede polish I have from Avon (the other is Blue Royale) and I love this one just as much!  This is a rich mauve-ish pink colour which is not dulled by the shimmer that creates the suede look.  I really love Avon’s suede polishes, and I think I need to add the rest of the set to my collection 😀  The formula is great to work with, it didn’t seem to dry as quickly as other suede polishes I have tried (Julep and OPI), which is nice because you don’t have to worry about rushing it too much.  I was curious to see what this polish would look like with a top coat, so the next picture shows Sumptuous, in the sun, with a coat of Seche Vite over top.  Look at that sparkle!  I promise it’s so much better in person!

This is 2 coats of Avon Viva Pink.  Again, one of my favourite pink polishes.  It’s so much fun and girly!  I would be inclined to describe this as Barbie pink, but it does have a touch of purple in it that a “classic” Barbie pink doesn’t have.  I think this would also be a polish colour that is suitable for office wear because it’s a classic polish colour.
This is 2 coats of China Glaze Ingrid.  I got this polish from the last round of the Travelling Polish Box and I am so glad I did!  It’s an interesting slightly olive-toned brown polish with a gorgeous copper shimmer.  In my opinion, this is the shimmer that Julep Bunny should have, but I think that this shimmer colour gets lost in the white polish of Bunny.  The formula on this one is great!  It applied super smooth and I had no issues.
This is 2 coats of Julep Bess.  Oh Bess.. how I LOVE thee!!  This is BY FAR my favourite blue polish in my entire collection!!  It’s bright, it’s bold, it’s super fun!  I am so glad I got this in a swap because I am going to cherish it forever!  The formula on this one was awesome, I couldn’t have asked for better.  I know that some people have been noting some application issues with Bess, but I had none 🙂  I think this polish is definitely going at the top of my favourite Julep polishes list.
This is 2 coats of Julep Zoe.  This is a great burnt orange metallic shimmer polish, and is perfect for fall!  The formula on this is also great, I had no application issues.  This polish just glows!!
And there are all the swatches I managed to get done in the past week.  I’m not sure how many I will get done this coming week, but I will try for a few 🙂
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!