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!

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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.

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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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! 🙂