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Monday, April 30, 2012

Essie Resort Collection 2012 - No More Film

Hi readers! I hope y'all had a great weekend.  Sorry for being so absent this weekend but between work and visitors, I've been swamped.  Anyways, I have two weeks of vacation now that my bosses have gone on vacation so I'll be going on a little trip next weekend to the Adirondacks for a little R&R and some hiking.  But not to worry, I'll be publishing at least three articles during that week.  It'll also mean that I'll be in the states so I'll have to opportunity to pick up some polishes that are not available in Canada.  If there are any polishes that you think I should pick up, let me know by leaving a comment!

 So as promised, I'll be reviewing the last colour of Essie's Resort 2012 collection.  I must say, I am a fan of this collection and I can honestly say I've been impressed with every colour so far.  This last colour doesn't fit the profile of a typical spring colour.  On first impression, I thought it was more of a fall/winter colour.  But it is striking nonetheless.
Anyways, today I'm bringing you Essie's no more film.  No more film is a creamy deep violet that just sucks you in.  I love how it has a hint of dark blue to it.  The coverage of this polish is fabulous.  I could have honestly gotten away with one coat of polish but I decided to do two coats for the pictures.  The application was excellent and applied smoothly.  Once it was taken off, it didn't even stain my nails.

Overall, I am very impressed with this collection. My top favourites were sure shot and no more film.  But I really have nothing bad to say about she's picture perfect and pink-a-boo.  I absolutely love how they have a subtle glitter to them and they play with the light.  She's picture perfect and pink-a-boo feel like the most appropriate spring colour while the other two feel like year-round colours.

Are you impressed with this collection? What colour is your favourite?

Keep those fingers polished!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Essie Resort Collection 2012 - Sure Shot

Hi readers! Hooray, the week has come to an end! I hope that your Friday is going well and that you have exciting plans for the weekend.  Well, I must admit this post is being written on my lunch break.  Luckily work is fairly easy today as we're in the midst of doing spring cleaning.

So today, I'll be talking about the third polish from Essie's Resort Collection 2012.  This polish is a magnificent magenta with a wonderful shimmer.  I must admit, this was one of the first polishes that caught my eye from this collection.   This truly is a nice colour.  In the sun, it looks pinky-purple.

In terms of the polish itself, I have no complaints.  The consistency is perfect and it applies very nicely.  For this picture I used two coats.  In order to really make this polish pop, it needs a topcoat (I used Essie's good to go).

Overall, this polish really lived up to the expectations I had.  I would say that this is a must buy polish because it would work for both spring and summer.  Have you bought this polish?

Have a wicked weekend!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Essie Resort Collection 2012 - She's Picture Perfect

Hi Readers! I hope your Thursday is going well.  This is my last day off before I have to work for two days.  Though I would like to work more, it has been slow at work so they don't need the help.  Hopefully the summer will either bring me more hours or the start of a real career.  Anyways, I'm excited to talk about the second colour from Essie's resort collection 2012.

As I talked about in this post , I will be bringing you guys a new colour from the resort 2012 collection for four days.  Well, today I'm bringing you my official first true purple polish.  Yes that's right, she's picture perfect is the first true light purple that I own.  I do own some pinky-purples but no light purples.

She's picture perfect is a gorgeous iridescent lilac.  The shimmer is a blue-pink and it just grabs your eye.  Glitter and shimmer is hard to do justice in pictures but trust me it's just stunning in person.  The polish applied beautifully and was a perfect consistency.  She's picture perfect really surprised me because it dried with a high gloss finish even prior to Essie's good to go topcoat.  For this picture, I used two coats.  I feel that she's picture perfect is a softer, more shimmery version of Essie's playdate.  Though I don't own this polish, I would love to see them compared side by side.

Overall, I haven't always been the biggest fan of purples on nails but this one is definitely a keeper.  It'll be one of those colours that I'll use when I want to spice things up.

Is this a colour you've added to your collection? Does it remind you of other polishes? If so, let me know which ones.

Keep on polishing!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Essie Resort Collection 2012 - Pink-A-Boo

Happy hump day readers! We're half way through this week.  Well, it finally looks like the weather has broken here and we're starting to see some sun. Yay! Anyways, this past weekend I did my usual rounds to my favourite beauty stores to see if anyone had any new nail polishes.  Well, I got a little off track and ended up at Winners.  This ended up being a very good thing for my nail polish collection.  I found a little package that held great potential.  As I've said before, Essie's Resort Collections have always been big hits with me.  Well, surprisingly I hadn't picked up any of the colours from the 2012 collection.  When I was going through the beauty section in Winners, I found a perfect little gem.

The mini Essie Resort Collection cube was for sale for $11.99.  This was such a good deal, especially in Canada.  With that said, I just had to pick it up.

 This cute little set came with the four polishes from the collection.  Sure shot is a glistening magenta, she's picture perfect is an iridescent lilac, pink-a-boo is a micro-glitter sheer pink, and no more film is a rich violet creme.  These colours have incredible depth and are definitely going to become fast favourites.

Okay, so I'm going to switch things up a little bit.  For the next three days, I've going to feature a different polish from this collection.  To begin, today I'm featuring pink-a-boo.

Pink-a-boo is a somewhat sheer baby pink with iridescent micro-glitter.  Honestly, in the box this polish was just another pink but once I took it out of the box, I was taken aback by how pretty it was.  The glitter within this polish is a mix of blue and pink, which is very unique.  The picture really didn't pick up the glitter which was quite a disappointment.  In order to make this polish opaque, I used three coats.  The consistency of pink-a-boo was perfect and the application was wonderful.  I think layering this polish overtop of a white would really make the colour pop.

Overall, this polish is definitely a keeper.  I love the subtle shimmer and the way it applies.  If you are looking for new pale pink for the summer, this one is a great choice.  Let me know what you think! Will you be picking this colour up? Have you tried layering overtop of other colours? If so, which ones!

Keep those fingers polished!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Trendy Tuesday - Favourite Essie Colours

Hi Readers! First of all, I would like to thank A Polish Problem for adding my blog to the Blog Round Up.  I hope that I can share my passion of nail polish with more people everyday! Okay, so today I thought I would write about my absolute favourite Essie polishes out there.  But if I featured them individually, this post would be a mile long (kind of like yesterdays).  Anyways, I got creative and decided to feature all of my favourites using polkadots! This way, you get a taste of each colour in a creative and fun way.

As I wrote yesterday, the weather here has been dreadful.  If it isn't raining, it's snowing (in APRIL!).  It has put me into a bit of a funk.  As a result, I thought I would brighten up an awesome platinum colour with these bright polkadots.  But I ran into a bit of a problem. For the past three weeks I've been on the hunt for a set of dotting tools. In the end, I never did find any.  I've tried Sally Beauty, Trade Secrets, Shoppers, and even Michaels.  If anyone knows of somewhere  to buy dotting tools in Canada, please let me know! Anyways in the end I got creative and used the plastic end of a bobby pin and I think they turned out quite nicely.  

As a base colour, I used two coats of Essie's Playa Del Platinum.  It's from the Resort 2010 collection.   It's a grey-beige blend rather than a pure grey.  The uniqueness of this colour is what originally brought me to buy it.  It truly is a warmer grey.  Then I used four colours for the polkadots. Firstly, I used Essie's E-nuf is E-nuf.  This creamy coral is a great punch of colour. Then I used Essie's Turquoise and Caicos.  This Tiffany box turquoise colour was also released as part of the Resort Collection in 2010.  For the third set of polkadots, I used Essie's Splash of Grenadine.  Again, this colour was a part of the Resort Collection in 2010.  As you can see, this was one of my favourite collections that has been released so far.  Splash of Grenadine is a wonderful mix of lavender and pink.  Alone, this colour almost makes me look like I've got some colour (which is far from the case).  I can't get enough of how it's not quite a true purple nor is it a true pink.  Splash of Grenadine is truly lovely.  The final colour used for the polkadots was Essie's Over the Edge.  This gunmetal grey has a nice hint of sparkle.  As described by Essie, it's "a dramatic metallic midnight silver".  I couldn't have described it any better.  I like how it's not just a flat black, rather it's quite a dramatic grey.

Overall, I love how this manicure turned out.  This was my first attempt at polkadots and I'm sure I'll get better.  Are any of these colours staples on your nails?  Do you use any other home-made tools to polkadot? If so, which ones?

Keep those fingers pretty!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mani Monday - Cosmetic Arts April Showers

Hi Readers! Mondays are such tough days.  The snow and rain today have made this Monday exceptionally hard.  I mean, snow in April? I know I live in Canada but really, this is like a cruel practical joke.  Anyways, I thought I'd talk about a little Christmas gift I got.  As a stocking stuffer I received a pretty Cosmetic Arts nail polish.  Trouble is, when the price tag was removed, so was the name of the polish.  Well, my strong investigative skills have concluded that this polish is probably Cosmetic Arts' April Showers (appropriately named for today).  Anyways, if you recognize this polish as some other colour let me know in the comments section!

Cosmetic Arts' April Showers is a sheer polish.  With this said, I used it overtop of four colours.  Because this polish is a shimmery blue-green, I wanted to show how a both green and blue make a significant difference in the final look.  I also used light pink and a creme coloured bases to show a more accurate representation of Cosmetic Art's April Showers.

For the picture on the left, I used Essie's Turquoise and Caicos on my index and middle finger followed by two coats of Cosmetic Arts' April Showers.  This really brought out the sparkly green tones in this nail polish.  For my ring and pinky fingers, I used two coats of Essie's Fiji followed by three coats of April Showers.  Three coats was needed to ensure even coverage because Fiji was so sheer.  The pink base colour caused April Showers to have a shimmery blue appearance.  Honestly, I don't think that either of these colours bring out the true appearance of CA's April Showers.  With that said, I really like how April Showers looks overtop of Essie's Turquoise and Caicos.

For this picture, I used two coats of Zoya's Sadie as a base colour with two coats of April Showers overtop.  This was the truest representation of April Showers.  Depending on the light, both the blue and green tones really popped.  For my index and pinky fingers, I used two coats of Nicole by OPI Nothing Kim-pears to Blue with two coats of April Showers overtop.  I feel like the blue tones overwhelmed April Showers.  This was the combination that I was the most excited for but I was the least impressed with.  With this said, my favourite combination for this picture is Zoya Sadie with CA's April Showers.  I feel like the true colour of April Showers aren't drowned out by the base colour.  Overall, my favourite colour combination was CA's April Showers overtop of Essie's Turquoise and Caicos.

Finally, this is what three coats of Cosmetic Arts' April Showers looks like with no base colour.  Though the picture doesn't show it, without a base colour the coverage is really spotty and streaky.  Overall, application is decent.  The formula is a little thin and you have to be careful to ensure brush strokes aren't left behind.

I love using this polish as a top coat to add a little shimmer to otherwise less dynamic polishes.  This polish was bought at Winners in Canada for around 7 dollars.

Let me know what you think.  Is this a polish you would use? Do you have this colour? If so, how do you use it?

Keep those fingers pretty!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekend Nail Art!

Hey guys and gals, I hope your weekend is going well! Now that the craziness of school is over for me, I get to let my hair down and let loose.  As a result, I created a magnificent manicure to match my stellar mood.  This manicure makes me feel a little like Lady Gaga.  Though it's not directly inspired by her, I feel as if this is something that she would do.

Anyways, this nail art was done free-handed.  No tape, no mess.  This manicure started with a base coat, three coats of Nicole by OPI Nothing Kim-pears to Blue (I reviewed this one yesterday), and two coats of China Glaze's Prism (reviewed this polish last week).  

To begin, I painted all of my nails with the blue base colour.  Once that was dry, I painted a diagonal portion of my nail with two coats of Prism.  In order to even out the layers and give the nail a high gloss finish, I used two coats of Essie's good to go.  This fast drying top coat is an absolute life-saver for those who can't wait for polish to dry.

I terms of wear, this combination is super durable.  I have worn this design since Tuesday and there is absolutely no evidence of tip wear or chipping on either hand.  This manicure is definitely one that I have gotten many complements on.  People seem to love the colour combination and how unique it is!   

I must say, I am not an expert at nail art whatsoever.  This is one of my first attempts at anything 'artsy' with my nails.  But this coming week I'll be focusing on art as well as reviewing a few new polishes.

Is this a design that inspires you? What type of nail art would you like to see me do?  If you have a blog, leave a link in the comments to your favourite nail art design.

Have a excellent weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Nicole by OPI - Nothing Kim-pears to Blue

TGIF! Hey readers, I hope that Friday is going well for you.  This weekend looks like it'll be a busy weekend for me because I'll be working Sunday 830-5pm.  Anyways, today I'm showing you guys one of my favourite colours of the season.

Nicole by OPI launched the Wel-Kim To By World collection for Spring 2012, an extension to their previous Kardashian Colours collection.  My favourite colour from this collection is Nothing Kim-pears to Blue.  It's a light blue with a nice shimmer.  I found that the formula was a little thin and that it took three solid coats to get even coverage which was a little disappointing.  But honestly, I love the shade of blue and the hint of glitter that this polish has.

This polish will definitely become a regular nail colour for me. I must say, blue is one of my favourite colours but this is my first true blue polish because I wasn't sure how blue would look on finger nails.

As a whole, this collection was a little disappointing compared to the winter collection.  Pale by Kim-parison is a soft eggshell white.  I think this may be a white that I pick up mainly for nail art rather than a staple colour.    Up and Kim-ing Pink is a light pink creme.  Though I am a fan of pinks, I found that this pink was pretty much a spot on match for the OPI Nicki Minaj collection's Pink Friday.

Overall, I feel that Nothing Kim-pears to Blue is a must have for the season.  This is a buy that I definitely will not regret because it is a unique shade that will also be perfect for nail art.

What do you think? Have you tried this polish before? What is your must-have for the season?

Happy polishing!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Limited Edition - Axe's Anarchy for Her

Happy Thursday readers! It's almost the weekend and I know I can't wait.  With the madness of exams and assignments over, I feel like I can finally breathe.  For those readers who are still writing their last few exams or assignments, I wish you good luck!  Sometimes it can be hard to find motivation in these last few weeks but dig deep and you'll find the needed motivation.  For me, I normally reward myself with a mani or pedi after an exam or assignment so today I'm talking about something quite unique that I found for a very reasonable price.

 When I was at the grocery store last week I found an end display of Axe.  Now normally I don't like Axe because it's such a strong smell, but this one intrigued me because it's their first scent for women in Canada and the scratch and sniff sticker actually smelled quite light and fruity.  What really sold me was the fact that it came with a hot pink crackle nail polish.  So, for around 6 dollars, I picked up this body spray and nail polish.

For this manicure, I used my normal base coat, two coats of Essie's over the edge, and one coat of Axe's Anarchy for Her.  In terms of application, this crackle goes on very smoothly but I found that sometimes it crackled too little in and too much in other areas.  I also found that the vibrancy of the pink faded once on the nail.  To make this polish less dull, I applied two coats of regular top coat and one coat of fast dry top coat.  I found that this really brought out the pop of colour.  I think that this polish would look excellent over top of lighter colours because the lighter colours wouldn't drown out the pink as much as the charcoal did.

In terms of the body spray, I have no complaints.  According to the Axe website, its a feminine mix of fruit (apple and blackberry) with soft florals and a light finish of sandalwood, amber, and vanilla.  (  Though I may not be a perfume connoisseur, I loved how this spray wasn't overwhelming and lasted for a long time.

Overall, I'm glad that I bought this package because of the body spray.  I think with time this crackle will grow on me and I will learn to love it.

Have you tried this crackle? How do you think it compares to other crackle polishes?

Happy polishing!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wild Wednesday - Essie's e-nuf is e-nuf

Hey Readers, I hope your Wednesday is going well.  After getting through my last exam, I can finally see the end of the scholarly tunnel.  With this said, I thought I'd show you one of my favourite colours.  I am a sucker for glitter, pastels, and brights but this colour has a special place with me. Whenever I need a pick me up, I put on this polish and it makes me smile.

 This colour is Essie's e-nuf is e-nuf.  It's a creamy coral that works well as both a colour for manicures and pedicures.  What I love is that it's not a red that's in your face but bright enough for spring and summer.

The application of this polish is a dream.  With a good base coat, two coats of Essie's e-nuf is e-nuf coverage is perfect.  In order to bring out the shine, I used one coat of Essie's good to go.  I was surprised that Essie's good to go caused no shrinkage and my nails were completely dry in under five minutes.

I also find that this polish is very durable and can last a solid seven days on my fingers with normal everyday activities.

Is this a colour you would choose for this season's manis and pedis? Have you tried e-nuf is e-nuf? Let me know what you think?

Hope your Wednesday is colourful!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trendy Tuesday- Finger Paints' Electro-Midnight

Hi Readers! So today I'm focusing on my last exam, or at least trying to.  By this time tomorrow I'll be done my last exam and I will only have one project to finish and then I can finally say I've completed by BSc in environmental and resource science.  It's time to graduate to bigger and better things.  Not going to lie, this will include more school starting either in May or September.  Learning, it really never ends.

Anyways, today I'm bringing you a new trend that I'm a little slow catching onto: magnetic polish.  Today's magnetic nail polish is made by Finger Paints.  Electro-Midnight caught my eye because it is a rich deep blue that also has a nice shimmer to it.  I picked up this polish on my recent trip to Sally Beauty where they were having their buy two get one free sale.  Honestly, it was the 3-for-2 sale that justified my purchase.  Up until now I haven't been sold on magnetic polishes.  I felt that they were really gimmicky and way over priced.  Well, lets just say that Electro-Midnight completely changed my perception of magnetic polishes.

I really was impressed with the coverage of this polish.  It only took one coat but the coat had to be rather thick to maximize the magnetic effect.  There aren't many polishes out there that I can say truly cover in one coat therefore I was blown away.  Though I must say, this polish takes a long time to put on because after you put polish on one nail, you must hold the cap over the nail for 15 seconds to create the wavy pattern.

With practice, this became easier to do but the first time I tried this polish I became totally frustrated.  Anyways, once the technique is mastered, the patterns turn out really well.  It's really nice that the magnet is in the cap so that you won't lose it but there is only pattern available.

Finger Paints offers four different colours of magnetic polish.  They are available for purchase online through Sally Beauty or in their retail stores for $6.99.

Have you found a magnetic polish that you've fallen head over heels for? Let me know!

Have fun polishing!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mani Monday - China Glaze Prism

Hi readers! Hope this brightens up your Monday morning.  This weekend I made a trip to my local Sally Beauty and picked up some neat polishes that I'll bring showing you this week.  First off, I just wanted to let you guys know that they are still having their buy two get one free sale so it's a perfect time to pick up a few new polishes.

So this weekend, I picked up China Glaze's Prism.  Prism is from the Prismatic Chroma Glitter collection (Spring 2012). As a glitter addict, this was a must have.  I thought that it had the greatest variety of colours compared to the other polishes in this collection.   This polish is a solid mix of ultra-fine purple-pink glitters along with larger hexagonal multi-coloured glitter pieces.  I was truly impressed with how densely packed this glitter polish is.  For the pictures, I used two coats of Zoya's Sadie and then two coats of China Glaze's Prism.

Throughout the application I was impressed with how it went on.  It naturally dispersed the glitter evenly and it only took two coats to get superb coverage.  Prism does require two good coats of top coat to get a nice smooth finish (I'm really finicky with finishes so I always use two coats of top coat on top of my glitters).  In order to make removal easier, soak a cotton ball in acetone, place it on top of the nail, and wrap the nail with tin foil.  Let this sit for a good 5 minutes and it will make removal a breeze.

Honestly, I really like now this polish turned out though it is hard to capture the duo-chromatic properties of this polish through pictures.

Let me know what you think! Have you fallen in love with glitter polishes? What is your favourite glitter>

Keep on polishing!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Friday! - Essie's Turquoise and Caicos

Happy Friday the 13th readers! I hope luck is on your side.  This crazy week is finally over for me and I am happy to present another true beauty from Essie.  Personally, I have always been a big fan of Essie.  It`s what brought me into the world of nail polish and I have never been disappointed.

I picked up this colour on a recent trip to my local Trade Secret.  I had originally been looking to buy Essie`s Mint Candy Apple, but I found myself drawn to Essie`s Turquoise & Caicos.  This colour was originally a part of the Resort 2010 collection.  I like the fact that it`s a darker than mint candy apple and I feel like it really fits in with this seasons colours.  It`s almost a exact match to the colour of  a Tiffany box and who doesn`t like a nice Tiffany box.

Though many people complain about the application of Essie, I found that with two carefully applied coats, coverage was excellent.  After an additional coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri anti-chip top coat, this polish was dry and ready to go in 5 minutes flat.  It`s a amazing colour for spring that I think will work perfectly for the summer as well!

What do you think? Will you be adding this colour to your collection?

Have fun polishing!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Hump Day - China Glaze's Electrify

Hey readers! Hope you're having a great Wednesday.  My week has been crazy.  I'm in exams right now with some major assignments due tomorrow! Anyways, last weekend I went to my local Sally Beauty Supply because they're having a buy 2 get 1 free sale which completely sucked me in.  As a result I have a few new polishes to review for you guys.

Today I chose to do a unique mani with China Glaze's Electrify from the Hunger Games Specialty Colour Collection.  To be honest, it was the only one that really caught my eye from this collection.  It is a glitter polish with a clear base. There are little gold and red circular glitters that are densely packed throughout this polish.   I really feel like this is a nice and dramatic glitter that would be well suited with Christmas colours but I'm a die-hard glitter fan so I don't let seasons dictate my choices in polish.  Anyways, this week I've been a little tired of solid glitters so I decided to switch it up.  For this manicure I used two coats of Essie's Over the Edge as my base colour and one coat of China Glaze's Electrify on the tips of my nails.  I'm super happy with how this turned out.  Once again, pictures never really capture the true brilliance of glitters but I am really in love with Electrify.  The coverage is excellent and it went on beautifully.  It's a perfect consistency and the glitter spreads evenly.

I think this polish may may reappear in combination with other colours throughout this summer.  What do you think of this colour? Are there any polishes that you would like to see reviewed?

Have yourself a happy hump day!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Welcome! - Zoya Kissy

Welcome to my blog! This is a little bit of a stretch for me as I am a super sporty chick who's just fallen in love with nail polish!  Anyways I hope to use this blog to review some nail polishes and to expose people to some up and coming nail polish brands.  I'll be posting bi-weekly and I hope you will follow along.

Zoya's Kissy is a dark pink glitter polish from the gems and jewels collections that came out during the holidays of 2011.  It is a clear polish base that combine bar glitter with purple, pink, and red hologram particles.  I used two coats of Zoya Sadie as a base colour and two coats of Kissy.  I really loved the thickness of this polish and it went on quite evenly. To bring this polish up to the current trends, try using it on top of Zara's Lara polish from the Beach and Surf collection that came out for summer 2012. 

Zoya is a 4-free brand meaning its better for you and better for the environment!  Though this nail polish may feel rough at first, after applying two top coats it will feel as smooth as a baby's bottom.  A tip for getting glitter polish off: soak cotton balls with nail polish remover, set it on top of the nail, and then wrap with tin foil.  Let it set for five to ten minutes and voila! the nail polish will come off quite easily.

Zoya Kissy is available through, Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty Supply, and through many online ratailers.

Have fun glamming it up!