Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Eat Sleep Polish The Sisterhood of the Travelling Polish

Well hello there everyone! It's been a while. You might not remember me anymore. That's okay!

I have through hell and high water finally managed to put this polish on my paw. Yes, paw. Only one. How silly I felt wandering around the grocery store after swatching with only four nails painted. ;) I know we've all been there a few times. 

Anyway, it seems I am back. Whether for a while or just a brief pop back to say hello, I do still love polish! And now that I have access to my camera more easily, I do plan to at least get back to polish swatches on instagram regularly @sheloveslacquer - follow me there!

The Sisterhood of the travelling polish is a gorgeous purple holo with a pink shimmer and a bit of a blue flash in certain lights. I found it difficult to capture the natural state of this polish, but I've done what I can with it. It was fun to wear, if brief. The formula just didn't stick to my nails well but I have this problem a lot, randomly. Gorgeous while it lasted, I look forward to my own bottle one day! :)

Please forgive the sad state of my poor hands from being washed and banged up at work.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Just Because Nails - Picture Polish Aurora

This has to be one of my favorite polishes, despite being nearly impossible to capture all of it's faces. I pulled out the big camera recently and tried to catch this beauty on my nails.

Isn't it just gorgeous?!

Battle of the Topcoats - Part 1!! HK Girl Vs Seche Vite

Immediately after finishing the mani.
Shortly after finishing the mani - you can see some shrinkage already occuring on the index finger.

Shortly after finishing the mani - all good!

Both my HK Girl and my Seche Vite are quite low, as you can tell. They've both been thinned to be workable and both apply similarly to the nail. Each one had a tiny bit of smudging on the stamping if I wiped the brush over it too many times, so in that regard the performance was the same.

However within hours of finishing, a clear winner began to emerge. The nails with Seche Vite were already showing some serious tip wear/shrinkage.

Shrinkage/tip wear on the SV nail.

Within about 48 hours, I had some chipping on the SV nails. You may notice that I had to file my nails a bit before this photo was taken - some rough edges were catching and I didn't want any breaks, so the index finger looks less severe than reality. As you can see, the HK Girl nails are still looking quite good!

Winner: HK Girl!!

Bin Chic's Boutique - St Val's Heart, St Paddy's Shillelagh and The Trickster

I wanted to pop one more quick post of the remaining swatches from the BinChic Jan-April polishes before I get into some fun stuff coming up. I loved all of these polishes and can't wait to show more designs including them. The thermal is extremely reactive and the formulas are buttery if a tiny bit streaky on the more metallic finishes (to be expected). Enjoy these! I sure am!

February - St Val's Heart

Super pretty cherry red with a pop of pink shimmer, what's not to love?
2 coats.
Sunlight Macro
Flash (look at that shimma!!)

St Paddy's Shillelagh

This green is so gorgeous! I wore it in my pre-St Paddy's Day green madness as well. Love the shimmer!
2 coats.
Sunlight Macro
Flash (to show the shimmer!)

Flash - another face of the color

The Trickster

 Love how thermally reactive this was, it was really difficult to capture a fully warm picture because it changes so fast!
3 coats.
Cold, Flash - shows the shimmer.
Cold, Natural Lighting.
Cold, sunlight.
Natural temperature, Natural Lighting.
Natural temperature, sunlight. (Shimmmaaaa!!!)
Warm, flash.
Warm (quickly changing), sunlight.

*Press Sample*

Friday, February 6, 2015

BinChic's Boutique - WTF (Wine Time Finally) - Swatches & Review

Two coats, flash.
Today I have for you a polish from BinChic's Boutique called WTF (Wine Time Finally) inspired by the pantone color of the year, Marsala. This is a gorgeous burgundy-wine holo that I'm really enjoying!

I've shown one coat here because this polish could have easily been a one coater if I knew what I was working with before applying it. 

It's self-leveling in the same was as A Englands, where you need to work quickly and in a thicker coat to avoid the polish drying too fast and making lumps where you drag your brush. You can get full coverage in one shot if you work fast. These are a bit streaky/patchy because I wasn't yet aware of the type of polish, but still totally wearable!

I really enjoyed the forumla, though there was a little bit of streaking that can happen sometimes with more metallic type finishes like this. It went on smooth and could have been a one coater with proper application. I plan on trying some stamping with this polish eventually.

I wore it for about 48 hours - went swimming, did dishes, showers, etc. and had only a little bit of shrinkage on two fingers from my top coat, not from the polish. I would say it wears quite well! Check it out over at BinChic's Boutique on Etsy!!
One coat, natural light.
One coat, natural light.
After a second coat the streakiness was much less apparent and the finish was quite glossy, but these shots are taken with top coat. (Seche Vite)

Unfortunately the sun was not shining today but I took photos with the natural light from outside and with flash to show the holographic finish.
Two Coats, natural light.
Two coats, flash.

*Press Sample*

Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Issue :(

It's come to my attention that many of my prior post images are missing from their source folders and have disappeared from the blog. I guess that's a good reason for a new challenge in January. I'm so sorry about this error and very sad that so many of my images are missing. I hope to recover what I can, but new posts to come will make up for the loss.

WillowStore Product Review

A few weeks ago I recieved a few sampler products from for review. They included a handful of sample packets each of their Donkey Milk Body Lotion and Face Cream, a Donkey Milk & Olive Oil soap and an olive oil lip balm. The shop itself is based in Toronto, Ontario and is a newly budding Canadian business that I was very excited to hear about and was so happy to get to try out these products! They carry both the Donkey Milk and Olive Oil products online in their shop.

*I apologize in advance for the photos this time around, I didn't think to take them right away and it was late night when I finally did. Poor planning on my part. :( *

The Donkey Milk is provided by a traditional family farm in Belgium where the donkeys are hand milked three times per day! The products themselves are made up of 95% or higher organic ingredients and have some amazing qualities. The Donkey Milk provides several benefits to your skin including the potential to reduce sun damage and wrinkles (thanks to antioxidants, vitamins and minerals), as well as offering amazing moisture and continuing protection from dry skin. Donkey Milk is superior in nutrients for our skin to cows milk, but because the process is very labor intensive and the donkeys can only produce a fraction of what a cow can, it's very difficult to get our hands on these products.

The first product I tested out was the Handmade Olive Oil soap in which I chose the Donkey Milk & Silk variety. I found it was what I would consider to be unscented. It lathered well and left me feeling clean, however I found it left my skin feeling a bit tight in the body. I have this issue commonly with soaps, however, so please don't let this discourage you from trying it. Even extremely moisturizing soap varieties often leave my skin feeling tight. I did however find that for my combination skin on my face, this was a perfect choice and I have been using it to wash my face since then.
The bars retail on the website starting at $3 and vary by size.

The Donkey Milk Body Lotion was quite possibly my favorite product of the bunch. I used one packet after a shower for several days on my legs, arms, and some of my body and found it left my skin feeling soft and silky and relieved some of the dry itchiness of winter. It's definitely a scented product, it has a clean soapy perfumey sort of smell that I associate with higher end facial and body creams.

A 400ml bottle of Body Lotion retails for $34 on the website.

The Donkey Milk Care Cream (face cream) was a close second favorite for me. I used it as a night cream after reading some of my friends thoughts on the product as I expected it might be greasy and need some time to sink in. I put about half of a packet on before brushing my teeth and by the time my teeth were brushed, all of the cream had absorbed into my skin. I put on another layer on for good measure but it wasn't necessary as I learned through the next few days using it just once. My skin was super soft and my dry spots seriously reduced for the days that I've been using this cream. As soon as it's in my budget, I'll be buying this in a second. A jar will last a long time. I got 2-3 uses out of each of my 3ml sample packets, so I expect one jar would last 35-50 applications depending on how you use it.
A 50ml jar of Care Cream retails for $36.

And finally I recieved the Vanilla Olive Oil Lip Balm which was a soft scent of vanilla and had no real flavor. It was moisturizing and melted nicely in a similar fashion to the handmade lipbalms I usually use. It is not waxy like a traditional lipbalm and can take some getting used to, but I love them.
It retails for $4.75 on the website in Vanilla, Natural and Rose.

Willow is the only store in Ontario at the moment carrying these products and they are amazing! Some of the gift sets available on the website right now are amazing deals, if you're interested, I would run over and check it out! What better time than the holidays to treat yourself or a friend to some great gifts to de-stress and remember to love ourselves with!

I hope you enjoyed my review! Let me know if you plan on trying out these products!