Tuesday, December 31, 2013

OPI - Kiss Me At Midnight

Hello everyone and Happy New Year's Eve! I decided to hop on here today and post a very appropriate polish for tonight's festivities. Been slacking off again of course - but I've already got big plans for the new year so never fear, I'm not giving up on ya!

Before I jump into today's post I wanted to let you know that I am guest posting today over at work / play / polish. The lovely Leslie has been working so hard to make a big blogger collaboration in support of the Polished Girlz organization, and you should definitely check it out. Check out my contribution here.

And now, polish time!

OPI - Kiss Me At Midnight is a beautiful sparkly blue Liquid Sand shade from this holiday's Mariah Carey Collection. It covers in just two coats and it dries very quickly and solidly, unlike some other textured polishes I have tried. Despite being matte, these glittery offerings from OPI are not dull at all!

I have a personal motto which is "Buy ALL the Liquid Sands!"
I figured that they wouldn't make so many though... And I've missed a few. But I'll probably catch up!

I find that these wear extremely well also. I just wore another one for like a week without needing to change it and that's shocking, especially considering you don't wear topcoat!

Who will you be kissing at midnight? ;)

Monday, December 16, 2013

piCture pOlish Collab-Fest 2013

Hello everyone and happy Monday! (Even though it is only 1:00 am for me right now...)
Today is piCture pOlish Collab Fest! A day for all of us lucky ladies who had collaboration shades released this year to post them all again for your viewing pleasure. I was going to schedule this post for the afternoon but decided to just go ahead and post it now!

Unfortunately for me, this came at a really awful time for my nails. I am in the middle of final exams, I'm doing more hours at work for the holidays, plus Christmas preparations around my house, PLUS spending the rest of my time doing holiday nails for my friends and family... My nails and hands have taken a serious beating. Worst nails ever!
I had an awful break last week and I tried to hide it by rounding my nails off but I just don't like that look.
So you're getting no new close-ups from me today! But I did manage to take some festive photos and I will include an older one just to show off my purdy polish.

Wouldn't you like to find this under your tree?

Of course I never get sick of seeing my beauty! Siren Song is my pride and joy. It fills me with excitement every time someone posts a picture of them wearing it. I'm ecstatic when my friends buy it, and even some of my friend's moms have bought it! I couldn't be happier about this whole experience and I truly do love wearing my polish.
It's one of those shades I could wear again and again and I am really delighted about that.

I love when people ask me what polish I am wearing and I get to tell them that it is mine!
At first I was always carrying one around to show off. HA! 

You can find Siren Song at picturepolish.com.au or from many of their international stockists.
Be sure to follow PP on Facebook and Instagram because they post lots of great manis!

My pals at Nail Polish Canada are still offering free shipping on any order within Canada! Check that out, Canadian chums.

Have you picked up a bottle of Siren Song? Share photos with me!

Monday, December 2, 2013

november haul 2013

Hey girl heyyyy. Time for November's haul post! Do we remember how bad I was in October? This month was totally the opposite! Like... It's kinda scary actually.

I don't have a photo, but I picked up one polish from an indie restock on Nail Polish Canada like a total bandwagoner:
Emily De Molly - You Don't Own Me

I got a polish in my Ipsy bag! Haven't tried it. Might give it away. Meh.
Nailtini - Caviar Cocktail

And I bought one polish set from Winners! Glitterrrrrr.
Ciate - Corrupted Neon Manicure - Foam Party (polish color Boom Box)


And not only did I only purchase three polishes, but I also gave away about 30 and also swapped/sold more. GO ME.
But we will NOT talk about any Urban Decay purchases bye!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dance Legend - Elafonisi

Hello everyone! Long time no see! Here in Rebecca-land, things have been busier than ever. I've got more school work than pretty much ever before, working more hours than ever before... Soon it will settle down for a while. It is almost there. So I decided to start making a big effort to post all of December!

I am totally in a delightful mood with the holidays approaching, so what better time to start some fun posts up again. And P.S. - even if I am missing from here you can usually find some of my antics on Instagram.

Today I'll show you a really pretty textured polish.

Dance Legend - Elafonisi
This is a light pink sweet-as-candy textured polish. I normally do not like textured polishes if they aren't also sparkly, but I think it works for this color! And the texture is small and even enough that it definitely looks like a sugar coating rather than an incurable disease.

Whenever I wear textured polish, guaranteed someone will just start touching my nails without warning. If that alarms you, maybe you should stay away! Haha. They're just so intriguing and unique, especially for someone who is not as polish-educated as us.

These polishes retail for $9 and there are a few ways to get your hands on them.
You can find them on their website, but shipping can be unpredictable from Russia.
Stockists such as Ninja Polish and Llarowe also carry them!

Press Sample

Friday, November 8, 2013

Shimmer Polish - Vicki, Melissa, & Fanny

Shiiiiiiimmer. Today I have three pink glitters from Shimmer Polish to show you!
While they may look similar at first glance, any glitter expert will realize that they are very different and all amazing!

Here's what I love about Shimmer that I say in every review post:
- They're absolutely packed with glitter.
- But that does not make them gloopy or hard to apply.
- You can wear them alone layered over other colors.
- So many glitters. Complex formulas. Not your typical glitters.
- Great bottles and brushes and damn, what a cute label!

Shimmer Polish - Vicki (over Orly - Choreographed Chaos)
This is all sorts of pink and silver glitter, including some holo sparkle. Donations will be made to breast cancer research from the profits of this polish! How cool, right?
I love this polish especially because I have a bestie named Vicki. Hi Vicki!

Shimmer Polish - Melissa (over OPI - Funky Dunkey)
Ooooooooh damn I just love this one! Purple! Fuchsia! Red! Gold! Silver! It's so good. Man. I really like how it looks over the purple base. I actually wore this manicure for like five days. Haha! Into it.

Shimmer Polish - Fanny (over OPI - A-Rose From The Dead)
For some reason I did two black accent nails when I wore this color, and Fanny looked really cool over the black so I had to include some pics from the rarely-seen right hand! This is mostly pink and purple with little hints of other colors. I love it! As always.

Hooray for glitter!

Shimmer Polish is available in their Etsy shop, or you can order via email.
The polishes are $12 each, and you can even order custom polishes for $15.
Head to shimmyshimmer.com for the details! And don't forget to check them out on Facebook.

Here are my other Shimmer posts, in case you missed 'em:

Products provided for honest review.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

piCture pOlish - Super Styling (+leggings!)

Hey guys! Time to post swatches of the beautiful polish that came with my beautiful leggings.

piCture pOlish, thank you for being geniuses and creating these leggings.
If you follow me on Instagram (or saw my October haul) you'd already know how in love I am with them.
Best piece of clothing to ever grace my body with its presence.
But what makes them even better? They come with a gorgeous polish!

piCture pOlish - Super Styling
This is seriously my new favorite PP (besides mine of course.) Good loooooooord I love it!!
I actually wore it twice in a row. I took it off to put on a new color and then I put it back on. Yes.

This color was inspired by Fashion Polish and I gotta say, PP girls, if you wanna do a purple like this inspired by me to release with more leggings, I will be the first on the pre-order list! HA!

So delightful. I wanna put it on again right now!

You can get Super Sytling on its own from www.picturepolish.com.au or through other international stockists. But of course I think you should get them with the leggings. Totally worth it.

Time to go take some more artsy Instagram photos of myself wearing them... Hehe!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cirque Alchemy Collection

Hello everyone! Today I have a review of the new-to-me indie brand Cirque Colors.
I've been itching to get some of Annie's polishes for a long time so I'm really delighted to be sharing these with you today!

I received five of the ten polishes which came from a really unique inspiration story. I'll let Annie's description explain it to you:
"Occult practices and medieval experiments are the theme to Cirque’s latest release - Alchemy.  This 10-color arrangement showcases the magic and mysticism behind the transformation process with colors ranging from saturated yellow gold to shadowy grays to a geometric-inspired glitter topper."

I'll just start it out with a bang and show you that aforementioned geometric glitter!

Cirque - Vectors (over OPI - Do You Lilac It?)
This glitter topper features just about every black glitter you could want, in a clear base, also sprinkled with some very fine holographic glitter that pulls it all together.
As with all polishes of this sort, you do need to sort of push-and-place the glitter around where you want it to get the look right. But it was not difficult and I did not find the glitters to be overly sticky-outy, and I only needed one coat of topcoat to smooth it out.
This was the manicure I wore yesterday for Halloween and it was so much fun! Got lots of compliments on it. Love!

Cirque - Arcane Fire
This was a surprise love for me, where I don't usually go for reds. But this is stunning!
It only needs two coats for full coverage and the color is beautiful and the shimmer is just so deep, I'm entranced! This is definitely a winner, especially if you're a red lover.
It does dry a tiny bit flat though so I added topcoat for the photos.

Cirque - Stella
Glitter! This is a rose gold fine glitter that I've shown on its own (2 coats) and layered over Arcane Fire (one coat.)
Isn't it pretty? Definitely unlike anything else I own. So sparkly, and great coverage!
Can't wait to try it over more colors.

Now for the holos!

Cirque - Magnum Opus
Yummm, purple-charcoal holo. Definitely one of those shades that looks nice both in and out of sunlight.
The holo finish on this one is not as strong as the next polish, but still strong, and the formula is great! I did three coats for the photos but you can likely get away with two regularly.
Imagining this with a Stella glitter accent...

Cirque - Mink
A lovely brown holo. Browns aren't colors that I usually turn to, but I have to say, they always look really nice and classy. I can see this looking flattering on everyone! The formula is wonderful and needs two coats for full coverage, and dries quickly like is par for holos. 
If you're a brown-loving girl, don't miss this one!

What I absolutely love about these polishes is that you can just feel the amount of love and care that goes into each one. They are truly artisan polishes and I don't even think "indie" is the right word because they just feel so professional and fantastic. The presentation, the boxes, the bottles, and of course the contents... It's just great.

The Alchemy collection is available online at www.cirquecolors.com right now.  
Prices range from $13-15.  For other retailers, please visit the “Stockists” page of the website.

Provided for honest review.