I’ll Dance With Roses For Her

We’re going to start today with my favourite polish in my whole collection. That is really saying something since I have a lot of polishes. For some reason I keep going back to this one time and time again. It’s just the right mix of light and pigmented. It’s a lovely polish from A England named Her Rose Adagio. It’s from their Ballerina Collection.

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Her Rose Adagio is beautiful in the bottle. As soon as I bought her I knew I would be in love. Thankfully the formula is fantastic as well. A England seems to really know what they are doing. This one came in a collection of four pretty light holographic shades. To start out with, Her Rose Adagio was the only one that I owned from that collection. I’ve worn her quite a few times, as you can see from the fill line on my bottle above. The opacity that they give in their polishes really helps with my love though. If this were a polish that needed 3 or 4 coats, I’d be running out of it fast. I’ve already done 5 or 6 manicures on my fingernail of varying lengths and only have a very small fill line.

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I did this look before I hacked off my lovely nails. I really do like that little bit of extra length when I’m painting my nails. If my nails are nude (no polish), I don’t like them very long though. It’s an odd quirk about me. If they’re long, they’re always with a lovely varnish on them. This varnish is particularly lovely. It’s a soft ballerina pink holographic polish. The holo is not in your face with this one though. It gives just the right amount of shine. Application was utterly perfect! This is two coats but it was nearly opaque at one. It was smooth and easy to apply and dried very quickly. The opacity and application are what keep drawing me to A England. With this being my favourite polish in my collection, I think they might be my favourite brand in it as well.

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This is a sunny shot of Her Rose Adagio. As you can see the linear holo is subtle but definitely there. If you like neutral colours with a bit of pink, I think you’d love this colour as well. The subtle nature of the holographic pigments in this polish helps to keep it looking pink. Since it’s such a light colour, I think if it were a very strong holo, the base colour would just end up looking nude in the sunlight. I’m happy she’s pink though and will definitely keep dancing with Her Rose Adagio whenever the fancy strikes me.

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Misadventures in Stamping: I’ll Buy Some Butterflies For A Dime?

Pueen has really captured my heart lately. That mixed with my desire to improve my stamping skills have come together to add some extra pizzaz to my Dime Piece manicure that I reviewed for you yesterday. I wanted something summery but didn’t want it to detract from the fantastic holographic finish of the manicure. I wanted it to be detailed but didn’t want it to cover up the base polish in the same way that some stamping images can. This led me to Pueen 39.

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All the butterflies on this plate just scream summer. When I saw my Dime Piece manicure in the sunshine, I knew that it needed a summery touch. It’s a gorgeous colour on its own but I haven’t seen many people stamping on Enchanted Polishes in the stamping groups that I am in. There are some but it’s much more rare than stamping on OPI or even Butter London. When I was looking at my manicure, it reminded me a little of sun blindness. It was so bright and holographic that I wanted to invoke seeing the black silhouettes that you get when you look too close to the sun. So, off I went to add these special touches to my gorgeous manicure.

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My transfers went perfectly! I used Mundo de Uñas  black stamping polish and my rectangular squishy stamper. I don’t think I mentioned where I bought the stamper from. I got it from a company called Fab Ur Nails. I’m not 100% sure where they’re based out of. I bought my stamper through a woman who distributes for them in the United States. I found her in a Facebook Group called Adventures in Stamping. That group was what really pushed me to work at my stamping. I chose two designs off of the Pueen 39 plate and alternated them along my nails.

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I love the results of this. It really invokes the summery nature that I wanted. I’m not sure if it’s quite the sun blindness that I envisioned for the manicure but it does give me hope that my stamping is coming along. Maybe soon I’ll be brave enough to try to make decals. This design would be fantastic for that. The butterflies could be amazing colours! I digress though. My conclusion here is that I love this manicure. The butterflies add something really special and I’m reminded of how much I love the quality of Pueen plates for the price that you pay. They’re etched beautifully and transfer like a dream.

I Found A Shiny New Lucky Dime Piece!

I love my Enchanted Polishes… or I think I do. They tend to sit there and not get used. There is just something so precious about them because they’re so hard to get and so expensive if you can’t snag it in a restock. I really need to get my head past this because it’s almost as though they sit there unloved even though they are quite beautiful. I don’t have a huge collection. I have eleven of them. One of my polishes that was sitting completely unused since the last Nail Polish Canada restock of Enchanted Polish is Dime Piece.

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Dime Piece is a fantastic silver holographic polish. It’s not the most unique polish out there but it is definitely gorgeous. For the price ($19.50 Canadian), I think you can probably find a cheaper option that is still beautiful. If you want to invest in your polish and have the nerves and quick fingers for a restock, this could be a good one to go for though. I really like the cute boxes that they come with. It’s funny but I keep all my Enchanted Polishes in their boxes and simply know what colour they are. This is oaky because I don’t choose my manicure colours by looking at a row of polishes. I simply think “I want [insert brand] today.” Then choose a colour from there. Continue reading

Misadventures In Stamping: Love For The Love Elements

Yesterday I posted a review on Bri’s Hella Holo by Liquid Sky Lacquer. I wasn’t sure if I had wanted to do a stamped mani on that polish but in the end said “What the hay! I’ll do it” It was a tricky decision though for what to do on it. In the end, I chose to go with something from the Pueen Love Elements Set. I chose this because Ginger from Ginger Loves Makeup mentioned that she had purchased the set as well. What can I say? I’m easily influenced.

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The plate I chose was the last one in the set. I wanted something a little more detailed but I also wanted the holographic pigment in my base polish to show through. The bottom image on Pueen 49 jumped out to me right away. After I found my image, the next thing to do was decide what colour to do for the stamping. I wanted to stay neutral because of the beautiful smoky grey colour of Bri’s Hella Holo. In the end, I chose Mundo de Uñas  Silver. The only disappointment I had was discovering that my polish had separated badly. With a lot of vigorous shaking, I got it back to normal and it stamped beautifully though. Continue reading

Bri’s Hella Holo for Brie!

Sharing is caring. The polish to be featured today was one that was going unloved by a woman that I know and she lovingly let me take off of her hands. It’s from a brand called Liquid Sky Lacquer. This is an indie brand based out of the United States and is run by a lovely woman named Carolyn. I think it’s cute that on the bottles it says “Liquid Sky Lacquer, [the name of the polish] by Carolyn”. It gives it a little bit more of that indie feel to be connected in that way to the maker.

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Bri’s Hella Holo is a gorgeous smoky grey colour. On the website it does say that it is black. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that this is a black holographic polish because it definitely looks a lot more grey to me. Black holographic polishes are incredibly hard to make though. The reason for this is that holographic pigment will naturally grey whatever base colour it is in. So, a white holographic polish will look like a very light grey and a black one would look like a deep dark one. I have seen darker than Bri’s Hella Holo though. Something like Black Tea and Texas Gold by Colors by Llarowe comes to mind. I must admit that I mostly bought this polish for the name. My nickname that is used by members of my family is Brie. Continue reading

Tristam and I Will Take This Path More Often!

Today’s manicure is another one in my set of birthday month manicures. It features polishes from two different companies. Emily de Molly is an indie company based out of Australia. The maker is going to be taking a break from polish making for a while soon because she is having a baby. So, it might be a little hard to track down her goodies for a while. A England is a polish company based in the UK. If you live in the UK, you’re a lucky duck and can buy directly from them. I’m lucky enough to have Nail Polish Canada around to hook me up with my A England fixes. The also carry Emily de Molly from time to time as well. IMG_0715 The two beauties that I used are pictured above. The base colour for this manicure is Path Less Taken by Emily de Molly and Tristam by A England was used for my stamping. The bottles used by both of these companies are quite similar. I’ve come to really like the shape of these bottles. When I paint my nails, I tend to hold the bottle between my knees and find that the little square bottles stay nicely put there. The round bottles from other companies can feel a little precarious when I hold them that way. I still do it though! Continue reading

Duck! Duck! Mallard!

Today’s manicure that I’m sharing was one that I did in April. April was my birthday month! This means a little more than just that my birthday happened in April. I’m in a cute little group on Facebook that consists of only a handful of ladies, eleven at the moment. We each have a month that is our month. In that month, the other ten ladies send the birthday girl a present. I received a lot of polish in that month and it made for some fantastic manicures! So, even though April is long over, I love these manicures so much that I’m going to share them with you as well.

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Mallard was my first polish from piCture pOlish. This company is based out of Australia and makes a lot of fantastic collaborations with bloggers. I know I’m just a small fish in a big pond and have been very scatter brained with my reviews. So, I have no delusions that I will be one of these bloggers but I think it would be a crazy experience to team up with a polish maker. Back to talking about Mallard though. Mallard was a collaboration with The PolishAholic. Continue reading

Dressed to ImPress?

Another Voxbox! We all know that the Sally Hansen one didn’t work out so well for me. Oh how I wanted those to live up to the claims that they made. Sadly, I’m starting to think that my body just hates the world and will reject anything a company wants me to tryout for them. This month the ImPress Manicure showed up at my door and called for me to try them out.

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I need to start this out by saying that I have never worn acrylic or gel nails before. I’m a natural nail kind of girl. So, the idea of a press on manicure sort of bewildered me a little. I know that I am blessed with good sized nail beds and decently shaped nails though. For someone who’s nails need a little more lovin’ this might be something that would appeal to them. I’d never thought to try something like this but when these two little packages showed up on my doorstep I thought “eh, I’ll give it a try!” Continue reading

Misadventures In Stamping: Summer Flowers Edition

I mentioned my misadventures in stamping in my recent “New Year” post. So, I figured I’d kick things off with a post about that exact subject. I’ve been delving a lot more into stamping lately and trying to spice up most of my manicures with it. I have a special spot in my heart for Pueen stamping plates because the Love Elements set from them were the first stamping plates that I bought. Recently, I purchased the Stamping Buffet set from them to add to my growing collection. Boy! I am so in love with these plates.

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The plate that I am the most in love with is Pueen 72. It has this amazing Hawaiian feel to it. I instantly feel summery when I use this plate. I’ve actually used it twice since getting the set at the beginning of the month. I love that this is a full plate design and that you can pick and choose the areas that you want from it. Every nail will be different but it still gives a cohesive look. Continue reading

A Custom Valentine… Just For Me!

Since I’m single, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have the same allure to me that it does to some other people. It’s more of a day to ignore and a day to just be with myself. Last year I had a customer give me chocolate while I was at work. This year was a little different. I was involved with a Valentine’s Day swap. My Valentine was particularly generous as well.

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The big part of this present was three polishes from an indie brand. These are by Eat Sleep Polish. A lovely Canadian girl makes them. She even makes great holographic polishes and even more fantastic custom polishes for people. The blue one on the left is called “Sucker Punch”. The pink polish is called The Queen’s Croquet”. The polish in the middle was the big one for me. It’s a custom that was made just for me. It’s called “Dragonfly Tamer”. My Valentine knew that I really love yellows. So, that makes this perfect for me. Continue reading

There’s A First Time For Everything

This is the final post in my four part series about a mini grab bag that I got from Indie Polish. I love that buying these supports a lovely Canadian polish maker. It doesn’t hurt that the polishes are fantastic. I loved the surprise of not knowing what I was getting but still able to trust that I would like the majority of them. Thankfully “First Time” was no different from the rest in my mix of new polishes. It is different from my usual colours though.

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“First Time” is a sheer almost nude toned pink with amazing blurple iridescent glitters. In some lights I thought the glitters were blue and in others I thought they looked purple. I really liked them either way but they were so hard to capture on camera. That’s fine for the most part though. When the vast majority of people paint their nails it’s more about how it look in person than how it looks in the pictures that they send to their friends and the rest of the internet!

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Because It’s Better Than Sex…

I wasn’t too sure what to call this post. With a name like “Better Than Sex”, a polish will have a lot to live up to. Polish is a guilty pleasure of mine though. I like to indulge and when I think of something named “Better Than Sex” I think it should be something like chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised that this one ventured outside of the box a little bit though.

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“Better Than Sex” is a deep dark shimmer purple in the bottle. I had a clear idea of what it should look like on the nail when I looked at the bottle. At first I thought, “this is a polish I’ve seen about a million times before”. Oh Boy! Was I ever wrong! It’s not entirely my fault that I was wrong though. “Better Than Sex” dries to a matte finish. As a Result, it looks quite different than what it looks like in the bottle.

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