Monday, 30 March 2015

Incoco Minimalist Collection Pt. 1: A touch of black

So I have been super busy this past week so I have to do this post in two parts. This first post will be 3 out of the 5 nail polish appliqués from Incoco's Minimalist collection. Application of these was super easy as usual. It takes me about 25 minutes to do an entire manicure. That includes sizing, trimming and filing.

I wasn't sure how I felt about this collection originally, because in my head I thought "I can easily do all these without appliqués". But my opinion sort of changed once I started using them.

The first I have is Apex, which turned out to be one of my favourites. According to Incoco it's a "Muted gold with a bold reverse-French triangle".  First of all I am a sucker for gold so that's a win. While I do think this design is easy to achieve on your own, it takes time if you want it to look crisp like this. Which is why I think this is fantastic for both people who do nail art and for those who don't. I ended up wearing this for a few days and didn't want to take it off.

The next two I have are Forte which Incoc describes as a "Strong, classic red with a touch of black" and Prelude a "Nutral beige with a slim black colour block". I wasn't really a fan of these two. I will start by saying I did love the colours on me(the beige actually surprised me), but I found any and all imperfections really showed up on these. Also the black lines were really uneven. I did trim these like I do all my appliqués, but I never touched the black side. Finally these are personally manicures I think I could do in the same amount of time on my own and have them look even.

If you like these you can get them on Incoco's Website. They retail for $8.99(USD) and will be available starting March 31st. Which is your favourite?

*Product sent for honest review

Thursday, 26 March 2015

My A-Z Challenge is ON TIME!

Feeling much better about crappy things that had happened last week and and looking forward to what new things are to come! Also a few days ago I was complimented on my makeup for the first time ever! Little background info, I have been wearing makeup more and more regularly since the beginning of the new year. Before then I rarely wore it unless it was a fancy occasion. Anyway, a new friend of mine was talking about girls doing their makeup really well, and they she said something "Like you". Now this is probably not that big a deal for most females in their 20's, but as someone who is just starting to get into it, and who isn't the greatest, it makes me feel fantastic.

Now onto the nails! I have been super slow when it comes to the A-Z challenge, but for the first time in forever I am actual posting on time! This week the theme is T for Texture. I started with a base of Zoya NYX(I'll talk about that in a separate post) and I decided to stamp over it with Sinful Colors Snow Me White. When I started I didn't know if I liked it, but when I finished all my nails, it kind of felt like it all came together. Success!

OH! One more thing! You can probably tell my nails are a bit shorter. I had a break in one of them, that I had been taking care of for a while. It was pretty low down, but growing out nicely. Then the other day it snagged on my shirt and started tearing down the centre of my nail, so I decided I had to cut it. I know some people are disappointed when they have to cut their nails, but I honestly don't mind, because I like them either way!

Here are some more A-Z creations:

Monday, 23 March 2015

It's been a long, weird week...

Kind of bad, but kind of good. You know when something crappy happens, but you know it's for the best, and even better things will probably happen because of it? That's been my week.

Anyway here is last week's A-Z Challenge, Silver.

 Used Avon's polish in Foil(It's a super old polish), a franken Robyn made, and Orly's Liquid Vinyl. As well as nail studs from KKcenterHK and Nail Vinyl's!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! Wait...

I don't know why, but I keep wanting to write that! Sorry I have been a bit absent, but I have been really busy the past few weeks. Today I have for you some water marbled St. Patrick's Day nails. This is mt second attempt EVER at doing water marbled nails. The last time I think was back in 2012, and that was a disaster. One big hot mess. This time it helped that I taped my fingers off this time! All in in I think this is a REALLY good attempt, especially considering the last time I tried was 3 years ago. Maybe that's why I was thinking about Valentine's Day, my subconscious just doesn't want to shake off that fail.

Polishes I used were Sinful Colors Hey You and Barry M Majesty on my index and pinky. Then In addition to Hey You I used Barry M Blood Orange, China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked, Sinful Colors, Pull Over and Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.

What do you think of them?

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Spring is here(sort of)!

Blah! I'm sick! I feel like we had this conversation only a few weeks ago. I'm currently doing all I can to minimize my cold symptoms and hopefully make it shorter. Luckily I have been working on this post for almost a week now, so I don't have to worry as much about it.

Today I have for you 3 sets of Incoco Nail Appliqués from their new Picture Perfect Spring 2015 collection. I haven't actually used nail wraps or appliqués in what seems like eons. So when this landed at my feet I was excited to play with them. These appliqués are made with nail polish and are very easy to apply. That being said they are not one size fits all, and sometimes(like in my case) you have to cut them so they fit properly. That can mean they take a little bit longer to put on, but once you figure out what appliqués fit you best and exactly how to cut each one, you get faster. Once I got them on my nails, I did top coat them even though the package said it had it's own base and top coat. Without it I noted they would start peeling the minute I tried to use my fingers. That being said I got really good wear out of it when I wore it with top coat. And I honestly don't think they would have stayed on for so long without it, but maybe that's an experiment for next time. I wasn't a fan of removal, as the adhesive that they use get's super sticky and gross when removed.

Overall I don't know if these designs are for me, but I did love the quality of the appliqués. They are great for designs you wouldn't normally do. If you would like a set of these, they retail for  $8.99(USD) at starting March 16th, 2015. They also have 5 other designs.

Cherry Blossom
Sprigs of a soft pink sakura blooms

 Vintage Charm
A sweet mix of stripes and dainty flowers
 Blushing Beauty
Pretty Pink Roses over polka dots
This is the sticky residue I was talking about

Which one do you like the best?

*Product sent for honest review.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Roses are red, violets are blue. This post is about roses.

Yet again I wake up with make-up still on and the clothing I wore the night before. I have a tendency of getting into bed and thinking "I'll just lie here for a few minutes, and then get up and change. And I always pass out within 30 seconds and wake up hours late feeling sticky. Blah. But my lipstick is still in place!

So I did a show last night and wanted to keep my nails simple, but still do a bit of art, so this is what i cam up with. This is Chanel Malice with Sinful Colors Gold Medal. And I used my Konad stamping plate in m65 on my index finger. I adore how this turned out. It's simple, but elegant, and not in your face. It also helps that Malice is one of my all time favourite polishes! It's sexy, vampy and has a formula like Velveeta, smooth and full of chemicals.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Zoya London: Sooooooo Quirky.

But not.

Today is the A-Z Challenge and once again I will be late. Not only am I busy this week, but I am doing things that need my nails to not be too quirky(The letter this week is Q). So I have gone in the total opposite direction of quirky and have a swatch for you guys.

This is London from Zoya's soon to be discontinued PixieDust line. It's a gray textured polish with silver shimmer. I used 2  easy coats for this swatch. To get it smooth I only needed 2 coats of top coat. Honestly out of all the textured polishes I have, this is probably the one I like the least. Not to say I don't love it, just out of all of them I am the least impressed with this one. It's very pretty, but doesn't make me swoon.

No topcoat

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

It's too late for this.

So I'm actually writing this post at around 5 in the morning. I have been up for two hours already. I ended up falling asleep in my clothing at around 11:30 and waking up a few hours later in blissful ignorance. Followed by thoughts of "Crap, I was supposed to finish writing something last night". So I did that and a few other things I had to do. If I film some of it maybe i can eventually show what I stayed up late doing. That sounds gross. Don't worry, it's not gross.

Today I have some more stamping for you guys(BECAUSE I CAN). This time I attempted to use a bigger design. I used the large design from the Born Pretty stamping plate (BP-10). Stamping was pretty easy, now I am trying to figure out what polishes work well to stamp with that AREN'T ones I have to buy online. Or if I do have to buy online they aren't super hard to get because it's always selling out.

The base for this manicure is Dior's Perfecto and I stamped with I think was Orly Platinum. Then I used a Born Pretty Stud for one accent nail and at first China Glazes Tinsel Town, but I didn't like it so I changed to Finger Paints Snow Crystals. It's funny because in real life I think Snow Crystals looks better, but in photos I like Tinsel town more!

So tell me, what brands do you like stamping with?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Pretty Ugly

This is going to be another quick post. This was actually what I was going to show you for the A-Z challenge for the letter O(Old). This is Avon Dark Denin. It's not my oldest polish, but it is an oldie(at least 12 years old. One of the reasons I chose it was because it came with its own loose glitter for nail art in the lid. Long story short it was a hot mess. The polish itself was beautiful, a silky blurple that was opaque in two coats. The glitter was a nightmare. It went everywhere and just looked ugly.

What do you think of this polish? What about with the glitter?

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