August is Indie Month – Day 3: Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavor”

I am so behind on posts! My niece has been here for the last two weeks and she has been totally hogging our computer (we’re down to one in the house right now because mine broke!) Soooo, that means you are going to get 2 posts from me today, (yes, I promise this time), and 2 posts from me tomorrow which will bring me back up to date!

Today I have Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavour” up on the blog. The swatches aren’t very good, but I put it in the list so I HAVE to show them, haha!

Mint Flavor was part of the Summer of 199x collection. Mint Flavor is a blue-ish green creme with subtle shimmer. It really IS pretty… Just not on me.

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Honestly, that was the only half-decent picture that I could get. I had a hard time working with this polish, but I think it’s because I was working with a mini that’s about a year old and getting goopy… And I have no thinner!

The first coat of the polish went on pretty lumpy, but the second and third coats went on a little smoother. Pictures here is one coat of Duri 2, three coats of Rainbow Honey “Mint Flavour” and one coat of Glisten & Glow’s HK Girl Top coat (which bubbled with polish).

If you’re interested in this shade, it is still available for purchase on Rainbow Honey’s website (If you purchase $65 worth of product, you get a free Mystery Bag!!), and Nail Polish Canada. You can also check out some MUCH better swatches of this polish from both of these websites.

Disclaimer: This polish was sent to me as a birthday gift last year and was not given to me for review. My reviews, as always, are my honest opinions.

August is Indie Month! -Day 2- Fail – Emily de Molly

For day 2 of August is Indie Month (which was yesterday), I intended to blog Emily de Molly “Dark Forces”. However, I applied the polish the night before I was going to take pictures, and by the time I woke up in the morning most of the nails had “popped” off (in whole chunks). So I didn’t have time to redo my nails and take pictures. I did take some awesome bottle shots to share, though, and I will discuss with you my thoughts on this polish.

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Emily de Molly is an amazing indie brand based out of Australia. Her polishes are 5-free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, TSF Resin, Camphor and DBP Free), cruelty free, and vegan friendly.

The Emily de Molly big cartel site currently only ships within Australia due to strict postal regulations, but thankfully for us here in North America, she has stockists who keep her stuff in stock all over the world! North Americans can currently buy Emily de Molly polishes from Nail Polish Canada (ships to Canada and the U.S. from Canada), Llarowe (ships worldwide from the U.S.), MeiMei`s Signatures (ships worldwide from Singapore), and Femme Fatale (ships worldwide from Australia).

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I will be totally honest with you – I have a hard time working with this polish. However, the results are worth it. Perhaps someday I will be able to share with you some amazing swatches, but for now, check them out on the EdM website.

EdM Dark Forces has a black jelly base, with silver holo dots and hex with small irridescent glitter. Due to the size of the biggest glitters, they do sink, which means this polish requires fishing for glitters. The end result, however, is totally worth it.

Most people use 3 coats of this polish to make it opaque, but I like to use one coat of a black base (my favourite is China Glaze `Liquid Leather`), and then 2 coats of Dark Forces. It is important to let the polish dry at least partially between coats, otherwise the previous coat will smudge and create a mess.

I am not blaming the polish for my `pop off` fingernails, instead my base coat – Glisten & Glow `Stuck On Blu`. I love G&G`s top coat, but the base coat isn`t very good. I am not sure why I went with this base for this polish rather than my Duri 2. Back to Duri for my next mani!

I will be back later today with a review of Rainbow Honey`s `Mint Flavour`.

Cheers,

Taylor

Disclaimer: I purchased this polish on my own through Nail Polish Canada.com. This polish was not sent to me for review, and, as always, my reviews are always honest.

August is Indie Month

Hooray! August is “Indie Month!”

A lovely lady from one of the beauty groups I am active in recently did an entire month of Julep manis that she referred to as “June is Julep Month!”. After letting her nails rest for the month of July, she decided that she wanted to have another mani challenge month, and chose to dedicate the month of August to indies!! She invited people to join her and even created a guideline table to help us out. You can check out her post about “August is Indie Month!” HERE.

I am super excited about participating in an Indie Month, because it means I get to give lots of love to these beautiful Indie polishes that I have sitting in my stash. It also means I get to support small Indie brands who totally deserve the love.

Are you wondering what “Indie” means? Basically, Indie polish means that the polish is made independently. The polishes are handmixed (unlike drug store and high-end polishes), and a LOT of work goes into them. Individuals, or small groups of individuals, put hours of work into creating the perfect formulas, the perfect colours, coming up with the perfect polish and collection names, and tons of other stuff that goes into making polishes. Sometimes, the indie polish maker is literally somebody who is mixing her polishes in her kitchen. Koodos to Indie makers for the hard, dedicated, and amazing work that they put into their brands!

Here is the guideline that Tina from “We Didn’t Miss It” set up for us.

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Now, I do own quite a few Indies, but not everything that she has listed (though someday I will, because I love to support Indie makers and there are so many amazing ones out there!). So I asked for permission to create my own guide based on hers. I don’t have 31 different brands, so you will see some brands repeated. For example, there may be a few days of Colors By Llarowe, but rest assured each of those days will be a different colour. There are a couple of days where I threw in a brand like “Hits” or “Layla” which aren’t really Indies, but they’re also not *huge* brands, and I didn’t have quite enough to get me through the entire Indie month, so I threw these in as they were untrieds.

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During this month I will also be topcoating all of my manis with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat (an amazing Indie top coat that I may actually die without, lol!). As for cuticle oils, I don’t own any that are made by Indies (something I should invest in, I’ve heard some great things), but I have a Julep cuticle oil here that I will use for cuticle care.

I am so excited about Indie Month. I can’t promise that I will absolutely have a post every single day (I am moving August 16th!), but I will get as many days in as I can! Please also follow me on Instagram, where I will also be posting pictures of my daily manis. 🙂

My nails aren’t long and strong like some of the girls participating in this challenge, but they’re getting stronger and longer every day; AND I’m getting better at my applying and clean-up skills! Speaking of long and strong… I just purchased some Duri, since I’ve heard so many people raving about it, and I will be using it as my base coat for the next 30 days. So keep an eye out for changes in my nails!

I will see you all back here tomorrow!

Cheers,

Taylor

Influenster: imPress press-on nails by Broadway Nails

I love Influenster! Don’t you?! I mean, why WOULDN’T you love somebody who sends you free stuff? 😉

A couple of weeks ago I received a pre-qualifying survey from Influenster for the “next Canadian voxbox”. While I admit that I hoped it would be full of a variety of goodies, I am very pleased with what I received in the mail a few days later. (And when I say a few days, I literally mean a few days. I took the qualifying survey on a Friday and had my nails in the mail by the next Thursday… awesome!).

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I received the two pairs pictured above. The pink is #56663 “Control Freak” and the lacey design is #56888 “Holla!”. I loved both so I was definitely pleased.

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You can see from the pictures above that application is actually very easy. First you need to open the box and find the sizes that fit you perfectly. Lay all 10 of them out ahead of time so that you aren’t trying to find them while you’re actually putting them on. Wash your hands with soap and water, let dry, and then wipe your nails with the enclosed prep pad. Then, peel the backing off the nails as you go, starting with your pinkie finger and working towards your thumb. Press the imPress nail onto your nail starting with the middle and then press down the edges… Voila, you’ve got an instant manicure. (Okay, so it wasn’t “instant”, but I’ll still take 5 minutes over the time it takes me to paint my nails or go to the salon!).

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Pictures above is “Control Freak”, the first pair I tried. I loved them instantly. For me, with my short nails, they worked amazing and I received compliments from ladies in an online group telling me that they looked like my natural nails. And they did! Nobody in person was able to tell a difference, either. It just looked like I had painted my nails an awesome colour of pink.

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I got a new macro lens for my cell phone camera (yes, cell pics this blog post, ack, sorry!), and I decided to give it a shot on my nails. I took a macro picture of the Control Freak nails to try and show that there was a little bit of blue sparkle under that pink that made it just shine… Love!

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The above pictures are the design “Holla!”, which I also love.

And then, because many people I know did not like the imPress nails because they did not fit their longer nails, I received LOTS of designs in the mail….

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Pictured above is “Sparkling Neon Pink Zebra”. While I’m not sure that’s actually their name, I forgot to check the box before I threw it away, and that’s the best name I could find online, haha! I didn’t like these ones as much as the others. Even though they were listed as the same length as the other nails, they were a lot shorter on my than the others, and I disliked not having full coverage colour or design. But that’s just my own personal preference. They were still great.

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Pictured above is “Totally Busted”, which pictured as a coral-ly colour, but was actually more of a bright in your face orange on my hands.

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Pictured above is the design “Hottie” which was one of my favourites. I love purple and I loved the design, so that was an added bonus! The second picture is another macro shot to show you the design up close and personal.

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And lastly, pictured above is “Working Girl” (the black with silver crackle) [by the way, that name cracks me up. No person in their right mind would wear crackle polish to a working environment, but hey!], and I lost the name for the zebra stripes. I also still have a few more pairs on the way to me in the mail thanks to some lovely ladies! The surprising part to me is that most of the designs and colours I received were NOT listed on the Impress website, and that includes other designs and colours that I saw people receiving.

So, what did I think?

loved the imPress press-on nails by Broadway nails. But the fact of the matter is that you won’t find many people saying that. The nails are short, so for people with longer nails these do not work at all, because your nail will be left peaking out at the top, maybe a little or maybe a lot. However, for people like me with shorter nails (or nubbins, as many of us refer to them as), these were perfect. They gave my nails a perfect shape and size. A couple of sets lasted me almost a week before I peeled them off to move onto the next set, and in reality if I hadn’t of taken them off, they would have kept holding strong. The others didn’t last as long but that’s because I took them off, not because they fell off. Speaking of taking them off.. Easy peasy! Just a quick peel off and in 30 seconds they are all off, with no damage to your real nails. I was even able to paint over a couple of pairs with some of my own nail polish and you couldn’t tell at all that there had been a previous colour or design underneath.

So for me, these nails get a 5/5. I will definitely be picking up more!

(Never heard of Influenster? Check out what it’s all about here:
http://www.influenster.com/about)

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Thanks for reading!

Cheers,
Taylor

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes in return for my review, as part of the Canadian Influenster VoxBox program. My reviews, as always, are 100% honest.

International Day of Pink / Colors by Llarowe: Bea Stings!

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I am wearing this beautiful polish today in honour of the International Day of Pink! (Check out their website here). If you don’t know what the International Day of Pink is, here is a brief explanation that I have taken directly from their website: “International Day of Pink is a day where communities across the country, across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic & all forms of bullying.”

But I am sure you are wondering what started the International day of Pink movement? I am sure you are wondering “Why pink? What’s the reason behind it?” So here is another piece of information I have copied directly from their website to help you understand: “The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive wearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school stopped homophobic & transphobic bullying. The message was clear: anyone can bully, any can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.”

Of course, it’s important for each of to be aware each and every day of bullying happening around us and in our schools. But, day of pink is a wonderful day to show those all around us who may be facing bullying that they are not alone, that we are here, that there are people who care, and that life is WORTH living.

Day of Pink is an important day for me, because my niece, Gracie, has been bullied since almost the day that she entered the public school system. She has been bullied to the point of self-harm and not wanting to live. She is seven years old. That’s right, you read it correctly, seven. For her to walk into school on a day like today and see hundreds of students and teachers standing behind her is amazing. Though she always needs to know that there are people there for her, this is a day for her to see just HOW many people care. This is a day of empowerment for her. You can read Gracie’s story here.

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You can pick up your free “pink kits” and download PDF Day of Pink posters for next year or for every day awareness here.

Now, onto the polish!

As always, please excuse my crappy clean up skills and my short nails/horrible cuticles. They will get better as the days go on 🙂

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I received this polish in a prize pack that I won on the Colors by Llarowe facebook page. The package came with 6 awesome polishes. Colors by Llarowe “Bea Stings!” is listed on their website as a “cherry red/pink holographic jelly with holographic micro glitters.” And let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. In the photos you can see lots of different colour sparkles, pink, red, blue, silver, gold. It just shimmers with holo-y pink goodness, and I LOVE it. 😀

And now, I will bombard you with pictures to show you all of it’s gorgeousness in different lighting.

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Above picture taken in direct natural sunlight, outdoors.

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Above picture taken in dim sunlight standing at my living room window.

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Above picture taken in my living room with a flash light shining on my nails.

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A beautiful bottle shot to show how beautiful this polish is.

Colors by Llarowe is a fantastic indie brand polish that makes beautiful polishes with wonderful formulas. I linked their website above, so be sure to go and check them out! I currently own 9 polishes from her line and I am already itching to get more!

Do you own any Colors by Llarowe polishes? Which ones are your favourites?

piCture pOlish: Voodoo

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I received Picture Polish Voodoo back in September, from a lovely lady in my birthday swap group on Facebook.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to look at it), I have so much polish that this is the first time I have tried it!

Voodoo is a redish/brown polish with a golden shimmer in it. The colour is quite nice, and the shimmer is decently strong, as in I can see the shimmer even in my dimly lit living room, where I can’t usually see the details of a polish. The formula was just okay; it was thick, but definitely workable. I find the smell strong, and so did a friend of mine, but I stopped noticing it after a couple of nails.

The pictures below (shown in a couple of different types of lighting to show the differences) show 3 thin coats of polish and 1 coat of HK Girl top coat (my fave!). Please excuse the pictures… I am relatively new to this, and while I can take amazing pictures of other things, I can’t seem to get awesome pictures of my nails! So I did my best 🙂 (Also, my cuticles and cleanup techniques suck! ..working on it!)

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Here is a close up picture to show the lovely shimmer within the polish.

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Do you own any piCture pOlishes? What do you think of them? What are your favourites? Comment below! 🙂

Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all products in this blog have been purchased by me and have not been sent by companies for reviews.

Sally Hansen VoxBox!

Evening all!

About a month ago, I received an e-mail from Influenster saying that I had been selected for the Sally Hansen VoxBox! This was going to be my first Voxbox and I was super excited to receive it. Soon after receiving my e-mail (like, the day after!), I received the box and it contained 3 Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polishes. These three polishes included:

  • Pat on the Black (a dark deep purple crelly-ish colour)
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  • Red My Lips (a basic red colour)
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  • Jaded (an seafoam green/blue colour)
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Overall, these polishes worked well, especially for being a drugstore brand polish. Pat on the Black and Red my Lips were both two coaters, however, Jaded took more like 4-5 coats to become an opaque colour.  What I like about these Sally Hansen colours is that they have 7 benefits in one bottle, and I really enjoy the shape of the brush, I find that it’s easier to apply with this new brush.

Here’s some info directly from the Sally Hansen website providing some information on the polishes:

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I find that these polishes do have quite the shine to them, but I wouldn’t call it a “gel shine” that Sally Hansen claims they have.  However, for being a drugstore brand, they really do a good job. I can definitely pull these off without a topcoat and still have the look of a top coat. I personally chose to put a top coat on some fingers to prevent chips and tip wear. I left some fingers without top coat to see (Note: it did chip after day 2 without topcoat and 3 days with topcoat). I enjoyed that these polishes dried relatively fast and they were dry to the touch after a maximum of five minutes – so this would make them good if you want to do a quick manicure and you don’t have much time to get them done.

Here’s a cute mani I did with “Jaded”. Please excuse the mess, I’m bad at this, LOL

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Never heard of Influenster? Check out what it’s all about here:

http://www.influenster.com/about

Thanks for reading.

Cheers,

Taylor

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes as part of the Canadian VoxBox program.

Pahlish Lady Adelaide Duo

Good evening ladies (and possibly gentlemen!)

I wanted to share with you an awesome prize that I won from my favourite indie brand “Pahlish”. I entered the contest through sharing through the facebook page, and I got lucky with one of her prizes and won the “Lady Adelaide Duo”! This duo included two polishes: “Ideas of Things” and “Colder Than a Wave”.

I apologize the pictures are not perfect. I am new at this and still getting used to how to take the best picture for swatching and showing the best colour in the polishes. Here are my swatches…

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The gray/blue/silver polish on the left is “Ideas of Things” and the glitter is “Colder Than a Wave”

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Please excuse the pre-cleanup photos. I was so excited when I received the prize that I had to take pictures as soon as I could to share with the ladies on my polish group on facebook! I plan on uploading better photos to this post when I redo my nails with these two polishes!

xoxo,

Taylor

 

 

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Part 1

Good afternoon, all, and happy Sunday!

I am writing this post to share with you another amazing birthday gift I received from one of the ladies in my birthday group. This time I received the Rainbow Honey “Summer of 199X Part 1” collection mini set, and I could not be more excited! I have never owned or used a Rainbow Honey before and so this is very exciting for me. This birthday group has been a wonderful way for me to get to try all sorts of new brands that I always wanted to but never had a chance to! I will post pictures of the gift here, and on another blog post I will do some swatches!

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Thanks for reading! 🙂

Some of the gifts from my Birthday Group!

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So earlier I posted about all the birthday gifts I received from 5 of the 11 girls in my birthday group, and I wanted to share with you all of my gifts! Here are the photos:

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Look at all that stuff! How sweet are these girls?! Here I was expecting one or two polishes per girls, tops, and I receive all this? Let me tell you, I was having an awful day when I received all this, and I can’t even tell you how much better this stuff made my day…

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I received six polishes from my ISO list:

  • A-England Saint. George
  • Essie Sexy Divide
  • Crows Toes Absolum – Your Potions Master
  • China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy
  • Gosh Blue Monday
  • MDJ ColorBlends Holographic “Cascading Holo Top Coat” #211

The A-England, Crows Toes, MDJ ColorBlends, and Gosh brands are all brand new to me, I have never tried them, so I am super excited. The China Glaze and the Essie are both colours that I have been swooning over, so I am super pumped to finally have them. I swatched the A-England on a couple of nails and fell in love with the formula instantly, but haven’t done a full mani yet. When I do full manis with all of these polishes, I will be sure to post them for you!

Of course, as you can see from the pictures, this is not the only stuff I received! There was so much more..

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  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Lust” (the purple)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Binge” (the blue)

I have used an Urban Decay shadow before, but have never exclusively used their makeup products. I have heard great things though, and so my ISO list was full of UD products. I swatched these two liners on my wrist, and they were there, without fading, the entire day. I am going to wear one of them to my first day of class tomorrow and I will post pictures later on. 🙂

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  • ELF professional concealer brush (to use to clean up my manis :))
  • A glass nail file (woo! I’ve only ever used the crappy dollar store ones, so pumped to have a good quality file, now!)
  • Purple striping tape
  • A PUEEN stamping plate “Pueen25”

I am brand new to stamping, this plate will be my very first, and I am excited to try it out for the first time. I am going to test this out soon – I will have to search tutorials.

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Two beautiful pieces of jewelry that I am pumped to wear! The ring broke, but it’s easy enough for me to glue back on 🙂 HOW CUTE IS THAT FOX NECKLACE? Ahh ❤

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And finally a lip balm, cuticle balm, and some samples of stuff that these girls got head on for my tastes.

  • Sweet Tips Lips lip balm in “Pina Colada”
  • Sweet Tips Lips cuticle balm in “Tahitian Vanilla”
  • Hard Candy Sheer Envy face primer
  • Hard Candy eye shadow primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer
  • Bumble and Bumble super rich shampoo and conditioner
  • Agave healing oil treatment

So as you can see, I received a LOT of awesome polish and beauty (and other stuff!) items from five of these wonderful ladies. I can’t believe that I have another SIX ladies who I still get to receive packages from throughout the month! I am super pumped!

I will post swatches and reviews of all these items as I use them 🙂

Thanks for reading!