23 April 2014

Barielle Pink Diamond

A few days ago I was checking out the bins at Bonjour and spied the Dazzling Diamonds Collection, a set of five glitter polishes, on sale for about $12US. Yes, please! First one I could not wait to try was Barielle Pink Diamond.

Barielle Pink Diamond swatch

Softly pink and full of sparkle, Pink Diamond is a full coverage glitter, and I'm wearing it here at three coats. Two coats was pretty good, in fact, but three was well opaque, even to my VNL-phobic eyes. And the formula was also great--easy to spread, good glitter/polish flow, and the glitter didn't try to clump or slide.

Barielle Pink Diamond swatch

It puts me in mind of a softer, paler butter LONDON Rosie Lee, and I'm actually really surprised by how much I love both of these glitters! In most things I just don't seem to care for rosy pinks, but make it glitter, and I am hooked.

Less than $3US for a full-size Barielle glitter this fabulous? SCORE! ^_^

22 April 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Matte and Gloss

Grr! I had such a cute idea for this theme, but it just refused to cooperate (and my flight to the US leaves in exactly 12 hours, EEP!). Sorry I can't participate this week, but please visit my fellow Twinsies' blogs for some combination matte/gloss manicures!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

21 April 2014

Girly Bits Into the Night

With the coming of spring I've been going nuts with all manner of soft, teal colours, so I thought it was about time to veer off in a different direction for a minute. Soft teals are pretty much my favourites, though, so I needed to pick something steeped in awesomeness--and I found it in Girly Bits Into the Night.

Girly Bits Into the Night swatch

With its black, jelly base, I layered two coats of Into the Night over Nfu Oh JS01 (a plain, black jelly), but I wouldn't be surprised at all if people with less obnoxious free edges than mine were perfectly happy with those two coats of it alone...and this is just about the end of me sounding all put-together and impartial and what-not because the fabulousness of this polish is killing me to death!!

(*insert extremely obnoxious noises of giddy glee*)

Girly Bits Into the Night is filled with multi-coloured micro-glitter, as well as scattered, holographic particles, and a bit of pink shimmer...according to the Girly Bits website. Me, I'm far too busy being hypnotized by this rainbow of teeny, tiny sparkles to break it down in such a rational manner.


Accidentally on purpose took a really blurry pic of Into the Night. Kindly dig the insanity of that holographic shimmer!

Girly Bits Into the Night swatch

Seriously, I do not possess the ability to talk in a calm and collected manner about how much I love this polish. At the risk of sounding pushy, just oh my gosh, if you like black or holo or glitter or rainbows or anything that is fabulous, you will LOVE Girly Bits Into the Night.

Girly Bits // Llarowe

20 April 2014

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On

From the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection, spring 2013, this polish's season finally came around again. Liberated at long last from the Big Box o' Untrieds, this is Keep Calm, Paint On.

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On swatch

All pale, minty teal and shimmering, if there was just one polish I wanted from last spring's Avant Garden Collection, it was China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On. I eagerly awaited its arrival, stalking my store's website until it finally came in, and then...then I just kind of forgot to wear it before it was lost in the Untried Shuffle.

At first I wasn't that enthused; the first coat was crazy-streaky, all patchy and pulling, and if I did open it up when it first came home with me, that just might explain its time in the Big Box. The second coat, though...it was a total 180. Smooth and easy with good coverage. I gave it a third coat for compulsion's sake the camera and was smitten.

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On swatch

So maybe China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On is a little pale on against that already-pale skin, and maybe I reallyreally don't care. I can not resist a mint--especially one that shimmers all pretty-like! I don't know what nonsense kept me from throwing some nail art on top of this one, but I do not expect that state of affairs to continue. This needs some delicate flowers on it and soon.

18 April 2014

Cherry Roses on Julie G

Deciding to wear a polish longer by adding some flower nail art? No way! What a totally revolutionary idea that I absolutely did not just do in the post right before this one!

vintage rose nail art

Yes, I showed Julie G Shark's Cove a little while ago (link? no link? previous post strikes again!), and yes, I wanted to keep wearing it just a little longer. Also yes, my favourite way to extend a polish's stay is to plant a garden on it. This time, though, I did the flowers in nail polish.

Since I was hoping for the vintage rose nail art look with these, I went with probably the most vintage nail polish I own, Revlon Cherries in the Snow...and then I used the decidedly less vintage Skinfood PK006 (Pink Milk) for the petal highlights. The leaves are a couple of teal-ish greens I mixed up for the occasion.

nail art roses

Wow, is it physically possible that I might get all these posts scheduled before I leave town in the morning? When this post goes up I'll still have a couple of weeks before I'll be back and posting "live" again, so I'm knocking on so much wood that these are appearing as planned... and that I can get this one more manicure done and photographed before I pass out from exhaustion tonight. You'll never guess what I'm doing... it's FLOWERS!

16 April 2014

Flowers on Zoya Dream

After I wore Zoya Dream and got lost in its amazing shimmer I decided to extend its stay by dressing it up with some flower nail art in orange and blue. If there's a link in that previous sentence to Zoya Dream, then hooray for me, for figuring out how to update these scheduled posts with my iPad! And if there isn't, then hooray for having such a great time with my grandparents that I completely spaced on looking into that. Hey, flowers!

floral nails

The idea with these was to keep the flowers clustered around the edges of the nails so that the shimmering blue could still show through. Ideally I'd have made them a little bit smaller, but this is about as small as I can see and still pretend to be in charge of where those little petal lines wind up. (>_<)

flower nail art

nail art flowers

One thing I'm trying to do more often is mixing my acrylic paints without fully blending them together. I think it gives you some nice texture, like I managed to get with some of these leaves, and in a nutshell that's one of the things I'm continuing to enjoy so much about nail art. I've done a kajillion manicures with flowers, using both polish and paints, and while I'm able to get results I'm very happy with, there's still so much room to keep improving. Not every idea I try works out for the best, but when I manage to pull off something big, like succeeding at a brand new technique, or even something much smaller...like thinking the leaves look kinda cool when they're not totally blended...I get all excited to see what else I might be able to do.

And when I don't feel like getting all Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey about nail art, I can just enjoy the flowers and the sparkly, blue fingernails.

15 April 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Gift Polish

This week's TT theme is gift polishes, and I was so giddy and grateful to receive China Glaze Strawberry Fields as a gift from the wonderful Amanda!

China Glaze Strawberry Fields swatch

China Glaze Strawberry Fields is a cool-toned pink packed to bursting with a warm, golden, glassflecky shimmer. The first coat was slightly patchy, a little bit watery, but the second was awesomeness. Many could probably stop right there, but I needed that third coat for opacity. And also for maximum fabulousness, which it possesses in abundance.

China Glaze Strawberry Fields swatch

It really is the best feeling when a wish list polish lives up, and I'm so happy with Strawberry Fields! It reminds me very much of Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams, which is one of my favourites in history of ever. No idea which might be the chicken or the egg, but it puts them both in damn good company. Thank you so much, Amanda!



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra
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