Zoya | Posh

Happy Hump Day… I have been intending to go to bed early each night this week and my inner news junkie has been obsessively watching CNN for all things Ferguson, Missouri.  I won’t bring my own thoughts on the matter to the blog but I can’t stop watching!

Today I have one of the Zoya Matte Velvet polishes to show off.  This is a collection that I have been lusting after for a while now and finally decided to bite the bullet and pick up all of the ones that I was missing.

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Posh by Zoya is a berry red creme polish that dries to a matte finish.

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The formula on this polish is BANG ON AWESOME!  It is basically a one-coat wonder, although OCD kicks in and I did two.  The natural finish is matte but it’s not a flat matte, it has an extra something something in it… it’s almost like a shimmer and just makes the polish look so deep and amazing.

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I opted to try a glossy top coat to see just how this looked and all I can say is it was JAW DROPPING!  OH.EM.GEE… I am in love even more than I was with it matte.

Zoya is available on their website (US Only) and Nail Polish Canada (International) and is $9 per bottle.

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KB Shimmer | Flannel Surfing

Happy Tuesday!  I am finally recovered from my weekend at IMATS… it was a crazy CRAZY day and I had so much fun!  OPI, China Glaze and Essie were all there and the deals were insane.  I was able to actually squash some of my serious lemmings, like Glow Up Already from the OPI Burlesque collection.  AWESOME!

Today I have another of the amazing KB Shimmer polishes that I picked up from her fall collection.  As you know from my recent YouTube KB Shimmer Haul, I have a slight obsession with her polishes so these will be coming up more and more over the next few weeks.

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Flannel Surfing by KB Shimmer is a dusty blue crelly polish with copper, white, light blue and navy blue glitters in hexes and squares.

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The formula on this polish was really nice, as I have come to expect with the KB Shimmer crelly’s.  The first coat is a little shear and a little patchy but everything seems to even out very nicely on the second coat.  I used three, to maximize and intensify the blue, and topcoat for the swatches.

KB Shimmer polishes are available online through their website (US Only) or through Harlow & Co (International) for $9 per bottle.

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OPI | Nordic Collection Polishes

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”  Too early?  Well apparently Mother Nature decided that it wasn’t and if you have been watching CNN and seen what is happening in Buffalo (a mere 2 1/2 hours away), it’s like the end of the world!

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Today I have three more polishes from the OPI Nordic collection for you.  As with all of the OPI collections, I run out and pick up the ones that I feel are must-haves and then as the season wears on, I end up grabbing more and more because review and swatches are all over the place and, well… I’m a hoarder!

First up is Viking in a Vinter Vonderland, which honestly, BEST NAME EVER!  This one is a deep purple cream polish with a fabulous formula.  It is dark but still looks purple in all lights and doesn’t change to that black look.

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Next up is Thank Glogg it’s Friday, another killer name, and it is a frosty berry polish with a magenta shimmer.

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The formula on this is really nice and went on easily in two coats.  I generally do not like the frosty polishes because of the look and the application but this was really a gem.  The final look is really pretty and I just love the shimmer!

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The final polish is My Voice is a Little Norse which is a silver holographic micro glitter in a very light grey jelly base.

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The formula on this was really nice, a little thick but easy to use.  I was taken back by the tinted jelly base as it totally looks like a clear-based polish in the bottle but I LOOOOVE it!  It makes the polish totally opaque in just three coats and the shimmer is just stunning and super sparkly!

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OPI is available in most professional salons, including Sally Beauty Supply, for $9 per bottle.  The Nordic collection is limited edition but should be available most places.

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China Glaze | Boundary of Memory

Happy Hump Day (giggles)!  I am getting so excited for the weekend because I will be heading into Toronto (it’s only 40 mins away) to IMATS.  While that is exciting in itself, I will be meeting up with Holly (MissHollyBerries), Jess (JessFace90) and Zenorah (ZenNetwork) and I am beyond giddy!  If you are in the TO area and want to meet up… let me know!

Today I have a polish that I have had swatched for a while but never seemed to blog about it.  It is from the China Glaze Giver collection that was released at the beginning of fall.

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Boundary of Memory by China Glaze is a clear base micro glitter polish (which China Glaze is becoming famous for) with black, copper and white micro glitters.

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The formula on this polish is great… nice and dense and easily opaque in just two thicker coats.  I don’t think that these are intended to be textured polishes but the natural finish is gritty and a little dull so I would suggest adding a nice shiny top coat to get the full sparkly effect.

China Glaze is available from Sally Beauty Supply for $6.49 per bottle.  The Giver collection was limited edition so you may want to check the clearance section of your store or head to an e-tailer (Head2Toe Beauty or 8ty8beauty) to grab this baby.

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A England | Rose Bower

Brrrr… the wind chill is MINUS 17 degrees (Celsius) this morning and I couldn’t even get my car unlocked using the magic door button – had to pull out my actual key fob (I’m such a princess).  Glad I made it to the store and grabbed a winter coat last night because my hoodie wouldn’t be working so well today.

Today I have a polish that I was able to pick up for free from Nail Polish Canada as I had enough points.  I always seem to save up my points and grab the more high end or indie polishes because that seems to make it a bigger bang for my ‘buck’.

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Rose Bower by A England is a bright berry red with a holographic shimmer running through it.

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The formula on this polish is OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing!  If you haven’t tried any A England polishes before, you must.  All of the ones that I have tried are one-coat wonders and you get full pigmentation, full coverage and FULL AWESOME every single time.  The holographic shimmer in this is stunning and seems to look like fire on the nails!  IN LOVE!

A England is a UK company but you are able to purchase their polishes on Nail Polish Canada as well as Indie e-tailers like Harlow & Co and Llarowe.  Polishes are $13 per bottle.

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KB Shimmer | Spot Sign

Happy Monday!  We have a winter wonderland outside and while I am so happy to see snow, it feels like this is the start of a LOOOONG winter to come!  Best get my butt to the store and get a winter jacket.

Today I have a new KB Shimmer topper to show off to you.  As you will see by the length of my nails, I have had this swatch in my to-post pile for a while now (man I miss my long nails).

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Spot Sign by KB Shimmer is a glitter topper with a ‘new to the polish world’ shape of glitter, cheetah print!  This is a clear based polish with a bunch of matte black glitters and holographic shimmer.

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The formula on this polish was a little tricky and required quite a bit of fishing to get the chunky glitters out but I really liked the end look.  It needs to be said that the cheetah glitters are also large and don’t bend on the nail so be prepared for some edges that stick up off the nails.

Overall, I like this but I don’t love it… it looks nice and unique but I don’t think think the super chunky glitters are for me, especially when they pop off the nail as I tend to pick at them and then pull them off throughout the day.

KB Shimmer is available on their website (US Only) and Harlow & Co (International) for $9 per bottle.

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Loving Nails Beyond the Tips

First off… I am trying to make a come back after a bout of serious sinusitis and basically being laid flat out for 4 straight days.  The fall and winter (basically the cold weather) has hit us hard this week and I am hoping that it kills whatever germs are around.  Feeling better each day so it’s time to bring the blogging back!

Today I have an ‘outside the box’ post where I am going to talk about three items that I thoroughly enjoy that still revolve 100% around nails and nail art.

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First up is Nail’d It which is a show on Oxygen all about nails and nail art!  In fact, it’s a weekly competition show where some of the industries most amazing nail artists battle in out for the chance to win $10,000/week and $100,000 as a grand prize.

Sadly, this show is not available in Canada, or at least in my neck of the woods, so I have turned to my BFF, YouTube, and been watching online.  It is DA BOMB!!!

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The second item is the Nail It! Magazine which is published bi-monthly and is full of amazing nail art, nail care tips, pictures and articles all dedicated to everything nails and polish.  My favourite feature every month is the Instgram section where everyday nail art fans have their artwork showcased!  It is so fun to see nails that I ‘know’ and recognize… it’s like knowing someone who is famous!

Lastly, let’s mention #nailglossip!  Yep, it’s a hashtag… no, it’s not JUST a hashtag, it’s a bi-weekly Twitter chat that is hosted by three of the hottest nail gals, Michelle of All Lacquered Up, Jen of The Polishaholic and Sarah of Chalkboard Nails.

Every other Sunday at 9:00pm EST (the next chat is this coming Sunday, November 16th) a great group of nail enthusiasts gather around their phone/computer and chat about all things nails… anything from indie to mainstream, nail art to naked nails.  It’s a great place to learn new techniques and meet people with the same passion as you!

So, as you can see… being into nails and nail polish doesn’t have to stop at painting.  There are some awesome mediums that you can enjoy curled up on your couch and get some new ideas for your future painting sessions.

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