LVX | Camo

The weather has taken a turn for the “fall” this week and I am over the moon happy!  Windows open, sweatshirts on and hot cocoa in my belly… bring on all the fall things!

 To celebrate the pretend turn of the seasons, I thought a fall polish would be appropriate so pulled out my new LVX polish in Camo.  I picked this up because I lusted after it when I saw Jess (JessFACE90) so a live swatch of it and knew it would be mine.

 Camo by LVX is a very dusty army green with a lot of brown tone to it.  There is also a brilliant copper shimmer that shows up in all sorts of lighting… no peek-a-boo here.

Now, this polish was a little sheer on the first coat and I ended up doing three to make sure the nail line was completely covered but I think you could get away with two, if you aren’t too picky.  The shimmer is very intense and I looooove it!  I need all the shimmer in my life.

LVX polish is available online through their website or at Live Love Polish for $16 per bottle.

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NAIL MAIL… who doesn’t love getting pretties in the mailbox?

Lookie Lookie what arrived in my mail box today!  After browsing Jen’s (The PolishAholic) blog during Talking Dead on Sunday, I realized I was lacking some Girly Bits Cosmetics nail polishes so headed over to Harlow & Co for some late-night shopping!
No, it’s not swatches but who doesn’t love the tease of a little nail mail?  The swatches will be coming later so these babies will not wait long before they grace my nails!
Polishes Shown:
Mystify by Glam Polish
Accidental PPV by Girly Bits Cosmetics
Through the Looking Glass by Girly Bits Cosmetics
From Far and Wide by Girly Bits Cosmetics (a Harlow & Co exclusive)
So that’s it… just a teaser but hey, it’s better than no post at all, right?!
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WARNING: Mentality Nail Polish

It has been a hot minute since I last blogged and I hope to change that soon because I have a lot of fun polish to share with you and thanks to my good friend Kat, I have hooked my blog up to Instagram for easy picture uploading!  So, things should be more frequent in the very near future.

However, today I thought it was important to step back into the blogging light and warn my readers about the issues surrounding the indie brand Mentality Nail Polish.

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Now, before I begin, I want to say that I have never used Mentality Nail Polish so everything I have heard is second or third hand knowledge.  That said, the pictures really do tell the story and the brand has come out to say they were aware of the issues the base of their polish was causing.

Between April and June of 2015, Mentality Nail Polish was selling their neon nail polishes using the Arminex base which apparently contains citric acid and this base was causing, what the company calls, “sensitivities” to some peoples nails.  The pictures I am about to insert are just a few of the ones available online and show, what I believe to be, most than a simple sensitivity.

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Individuals have reported burning, tingling and lifting of their nails after using the Mentality Nail Polishes in both manicures and pedicures.

Sure… shit happens and bad batches of polishes exist.  We do not live in a perfect world and while the indie polish world can be full of harsh criticism, it is also full of amazing individuals who are willing to forgive and forget.  How Mentality Nail Polish handled the issue is what has the polish world in an uproar and why many consumers, both blogger and non, are stepping away from the brand for good.

As I mentioned, a lot of my information came second or third hand so I am linking two blog posts, of the many available, for you to read over and see the full story.

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While I don’t condone the harassment of brands and am never one to jump on a ‘boycott train’, this is one that I feel justified in stepping aboard and one that I don’t think I will ever be swayed away from.  I have the utmost respect for those that choose to make polishes and challenge the mainstream world but to me, customer service is number one and if you don’t take care of those that support you, you may have picked the wrong industry to be a part of.

I wish the creators of Mentality Nail Polish the best and hope they are able to make the many wrongs right but it seems they have a long road ahead.

As of right now, Mentality Nail Polish will not be issuing any more refunds or remakes on the affected polishes but please contact them (email info@mentalitynailpolish.com) if you are in any way concerned that you may have received a bottle that could cause this “sensitivity” in your nails.  If you purchased through PayPal within the last 180 days, you can also file a refund claim through them.

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OPI | Pedal Faster Suzi

Happy Thursday!  It’s my BIRTHDAY today… yep, the big 3-7… I know, I am older then the average nail polish lovin’ bear but age is just a number and I loooooove being the girly girl in the family!  Painting my nails is such a fun, relaxing end to my day that I don’t think I will ever give it up!

Today I have an older (ironic) OPI polish from the Holland collection which was released in 2012.

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Pedal Faster Suzi by OPI is a soft baby pink creme polish with a stunning silver/iridescent shimmer.  If you know me at all, pink PLUS shimmer… YES PLEASE!

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The formula on this polish was really nice but did have a slightly thicker feel to it because of the amount of shimmer.  I am totally willing to work with this because the shimmer is outstanding!  It glows on the nail, it visible in both natural and direct light and just looks fantastic in the creamy pink base.  I was able to get the polish opaque in three coats and even though the formula is thicker, the application was still fairly easy.

If you have ever been wondering, Suzi, who appears in all of the seasonal collections from OPI, is the creator of the brand!!  I always wondered so hopefully now you know!

OPI polishes are available at most professional salons, including Sally Beauty Supply, for $9 per bottle.

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Orly | Adrenaline Rush Collection

Happy Tuesday… yesterday was Victoria Day here in Canada so that meant it was a looooong weekend!  I’m not even going to lie, I woke up, had a shower and then re-dressed in some new PJs.  How else should you spend a freebie day off?!

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Today I have my review of the entire Orly Adrenaline Rush collection which is Orly’s offering for Summer 2015.  I posted my video review on my YouTube channel this weekend and if you prefer the watching to the reading, you can click here to see it!

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First up is Risky Behavior which is a bright magenta pink creme.  The formula on this one was really nice… smooth and easy to apply; opaque in just two coats.   I love all pinks, whether warm or cool toned and this one set my heart on fire!

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Next up is Fireball which is a warm-toned red creme with a blue iridescent shimmer.  The formula on this one was not my favourite… it was think and a little gloopy which made it hard to apply evenly on the nail.  I’m not sure if it was the added shimmer or just a flaw in the polish but it definitely took some work to get it to look decent.  This is two, very manipulated, coats with top coat.

ThrillSeeker

Check out Thrill Seeker which is the brighest lime green neon polish ever known to man.  Yes, not for the faint of heart, this baby will set your summer world on it’s side!  The formula on this polish was a little sheer and patchy on the first coat and needed three to be fully opaque but WHO CARES!??!  I have shown this without a white base and really don’t think it’s needed but you could do a white base and one coat of Thrill Seeker and I’m sure it would take the polish to the next level of bright!

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Next up is Push the Limit which is a neon peach(ish), pink(ish) creme.  The formula on this polish was awesome… two coats for full opacity and no streaks or patches at all.  This one is BY FAR my favourite of the collection and I know that I will be wearing it a lot this summer.  It almost broke my camera with it’s awesome brightness.

BeDaring

Be Daring is a warm-toned purple creme.  The formula on this polish was another really nice one.  It took me just two coats to get it fully opaque and I had no issues with application.  Not the most unique summer polish colour but still really nice.

OntheEdge

Last up in the collection is On the Edge which is a true blur-ple (mix between blue and purple) crelly polish.  The formula on this polish was a little on the sheer side, which was surprising, and I found I needed three coats for it to be fully opaque and even then, with the daylight bulbs, you can see my nail line.  I think this would benefit from a white base both for a brighter polish and a more opaque finish.

Overall, I am in love with this collection… some amazing bright colours that are perfect for summer manicures.

Orly nail polish can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for $8 per bottle.

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Girly Bits | Get Weaponized

Happy Thursday!  It was absolutely FREEEEEZING last night… I think I have gone back into hibernation mode because I spend my entire night hunkered down under a blanket in full pajamas mode.

Today I have the first of what will be a bunch of posts on polishes from Girly Bits Cosmetics.  Girly Bits is a Canadian indie maker (Canada represent!) and I have recently picked up a number of her polishes and totally loving them!

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Get Weaponized by Girly Bits is a collaboration polish with Nail Polish Wars for her two-year blogaversary!  The polish is a lightly tinted teal jelly base with a TON (and I am talking TOOOOON!) of teal linear holographic shimmer along with purple and magenta iridescent sparkles.

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The formula on this polish was amazing!  For such a densely packed, glitter dense, polish, it applied super smooth like a dream!  I had a really hard time figuring out the base of this polish and whether it was clear of tinted because it is seriously, so full of sparkle!  I am including a picture from Amanda Loves Polish to show you her bottle shot just so you know that it is a slightly tinted base.

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Ermagherd… I am over the moon in love with all things holo this season but when you add a little somethin’ somethin’ into the mix, my mind just explodes.

Girly Bits Cosmetics polishes can be purchased online through their website for $13 per bottle.

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Summer Dots | Green & Pink

Happy Wednesday!  It’s the middle of the week and we are coming up to a LOOOOOONG weekend and I am so excited for an extra day off… also, my birthday is next week so WAHOOOO!

Even though the weather has taken a crazy turn from the heat advisory on the weekend to the frost warning tonight, I am sharing my summer dotticure with you!  I looooove doing dots on my nails because they are super easy and always draw tonnes of compliments.

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For this dotticure, I was inspired by a picture that OPI posted on their Instagram showing a pink and green polish side-by-side and questioning whether they go together.  I thought the colour combo was amazing so this mani was born!

For the pinks nails and dots, I used Glow With the Flow by China Glaze, from the new Electric Nights collection.  Such a wonderful summer pink!  For the green nail and dots, I used You’re So Outta Lime by OPI from last year’s Brights collection (also re-released with this year’s Brights).

What are your favourite dotticure colour combinations?

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