Friday, August 17, 2018

Creating Looks with the Violet Voss Flamingo Palette

While the first day of fall may be officially over five weeks away, summer has come to an end around here: school has started up around here! This even includes my oldest child who started kindergarten yesterday. Even with the start of school and the days noticeably cooler than they were just two weeks ago, I am still clinging to the brightness of summer. After all, it felt like the summer season was never going to start for awhile there, and I intend to enjoy what is left of it!


It has been a little over a month since I shared my swatches of the Violet Voss Flamingo palette, and I am still enjoying playing with the shades in it! For today's post, I wanted to share photos of some of the looks I have created utilizing this beautiful palette. Let's jump right on in!

If you've been reading my blog recently, I'm sure this look is awfully familiar! I shared this look previously when I wrote my review on about the Danessa Myricks Beauty Waterproof Cushion Colour. While the eyeliner certainly took the lead in this look, the Flamingo palette made for the perfect supporting shades to really complete the look.

This is another look I created where the Flamingo palette played the role of supporting actress to a vibrant lip (in this case, Ella+Mila Lips in It's Complicated), but in truth, this look was more a proof of concept. When you first look at the Flamingo palette, or at least when I do, it's so easy to see all the vibrant colours and not treat this palette as something that can be used for soft every-day looks. Obviously your every-day look preference may be more subtle or far more dramatic than this, but here I wanted to show my muted eye look using this palette and to show off the versatility. A soft peachy pink with a sparkled center halo is my kind of everyday look when I just want on a touch of colour without having to worry about blending and packing on shades. This look works really well for my extra early mornings when I choose sleep over complex makeup!

I loved every shade in this palette when I first saw it, and I knew I would wear just about every colour in it. The one exception, and a little confession on my part is, while I love the shade Bikini in this palette (the light-medium purple shade), it is a colour I never wear and knew I would never use it. Naturally, after playing around with this palette, I just had to break my normal rules for myself and do something, anything, with it. This particular look was inspired by that shade and my desire to break our of my normal colour comfort zones. I'm so glad I opted to push myself outside my usual colour tendencies as I just love this eye look! I'm not crazy about the combination with the lip colour (Kokie Cosmetics Lip Poudre in Infamous) although I do love this lip shade when paired with a different look.

Have you picked up the latest Violet Voss Flamingo Eyeshadow Palette this summer? What colour combinations are you enjoying the most? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Shifting Stamping Beauty with Born Pretty Store

Press Sample

Happy hump day, dear readers! I hope you have been having a fantastic week so far! I am really excited to have all my guys back home finally, and today is the last "free" day with my oldest baby as he starts kindergarten tomorrow. Needless to say, this is quite a week around here! Now on to today's post!


I have found myself gravitating towards stamping lately when it comes to nail art techniques, and I am delighted to try out this beautiful shifting stamping polish from Born Pretty Store. Galactic Center shifts from a golden green hue to a blue.


I just love this colour! It really pops beautifully against both the background shades I have shown here.

I do have mixed feelings about the stamping abilities of this polish. It is really creamy and smooth to fill the etched areas of the stamping plates. When excess is scraped away and the image picked up by the stamper, the image was perfect! However, when I rolled my stamper on my nails like I normally do, I noticed not all the image rolled off onto my nail. I left it as is so you could see what I mean- the area around the cuticle of the dark nail shows where there is a gap in the stamping. I'm not sure why this happened, but it wasn't my first time using this particular image on the plate nor was this a new stamper. I can only conclude it was an issue with the stamping polish itself. Also, after rolling the stamper on my nails, some areas pulled up slightly to skew the image rather than lay flat on the nail. The was more of an issue along the sides of my nails where they curve.


Even though I had some issues with the transfer of the stamped image utilizing this stamping polish, I still really love the look of this polish. I'm going to have to play around with different stampers to see if that solves the trouble I had with incomplete image transfer. Alternately, I may have to alter my method and lay down a sticky base coat over the base shade first to make it work. If you have experience with this, please chime in below and let me know what worked best for you!

Here is the direct link for this stamping polish. As I mentioned previously, this specific shade is Galactic Center. At the time of this post, it is currently on sale for $5.99 per bottle.

Other products used:
China Glaze: S'more Fun
Zoya: Dovima
Ellagee Polish: Glass top coat
Uber Chic Beauty: Stamping Plate 8-01


I have enjoyed trying out this polish, and I look forward to trying out more from Born Pretty Store. It is a great site to pick up supplies for all your nail art needs!


While you are shopping, be sure to use discount code QWL91 to save 10% off all full priced items in your cart.

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Throwback Collection: The Return of KBShimmer Nail Polish Favorites

Press Sample

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of indie brand KBShimmer being in business. It is a HUGE deal, especially when I have seen so many indie brands comes and go throughout the years, and it is so wonderful to see the brand going strong! One of the ways the brand is celebrating is by releasing The Throwback Collection, an 8-piece collection filled with fan favorites from 2012 and 2013. For today's post, I have five of The Throwback Collection shades to share with you. Let's check them out!

Teal Another Tail
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2013

Teal Another Tail is a dusty teal green polish with a strong pink almost duo-chrome shimmer. A color I imagine would be on a mermaid's tail. Micro holographic glitters add a bit of shine. This polish can be worn without top coat for an almost velvet look, or apply top coat to bring out the shimmer. Best in 2-3 coats.

You have no idea how excited I was to learn this shade was going to be returning to the KBShimmer lineup! I missed out on it when it was released, and it has been arguably my biggest nail polish regret ever since. I just love the colour combination, and the KBShimmer formula is perfection!

No Whine Left
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

A deep plum, almost burgundy wine color, this polish is loaded with blue, aqua, fuchsia, and purple hex glitters in several sizes. The glitters in this polish seem to pop out in different lights, adding a fun depth to it. This polish is more of a "crelly", a cream with jelly properties.

I moved to wine country since the original No Whine Left was released, and I'm happy to see it join the Throwback Collection! The blues pop so perfectly against the plum background. KBShimmer has really nailed the crelly formula, and I have no issues to report.

Of course this needed a layer of top coat:

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

Shipwreck
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

Ships lost at sea, churning waters, mythical creatures and lost treasures inspired this polish. I started with a base of a deep blue green color. Then, added several sizes of hex glitters in teals, blues, greens, and purple. I can almost see these colors being on a beautiful mermaid. A hint of gold, and a pop of copper sparkle like a hidden treasure add depth to this polish.

Shipwreck has always been one of my favorite KBShimmer shades, and I am so happy to see it come back for those that may have missed it. The colour combination is fantastic, with the pops of copper really completing the look. I still have a little visible nail line showing with the two coats I used here, but I quite like it like this. Great formula as well!

And photos with KBShimmer's Oh Matte! top coat:

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

Elle
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

The circus, full of fun, color, and a wonder for people of all ages. Lions, tigers, and elephants! Elle is our nail polish elephant from our 2012 Circus Collection. A pale grey jelly color, we added several pink glitters, white and grey glitters for a polish that is soft and beautiful.

There was a time when I avoided grey nail polish since it isn't the most flattering on me, and as a result, I missed out on Elle the first time around. Grey and pink is such a perfect colour combination, and I really love this one! Some of the grey and white glitters wanted to clump together, but the brush separated them pretty easily with a little work.

As pretty as Elle is shiny, I especially love it with a matte finish. Check it out!

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

Band Geek
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

In high school, kids tend to divide into like-minded groups. This polish is part of the collection based on high school cliques. I admit it, I was a band geek. I played the flute, all jokes aside, band was a great time. This polish is an ode to the band geeks of the world. Black jelly base to represent the oboe and clarinet, several sizes of silver, copper, and gold to capture the flutes, horns, drums, and thr est of the band.

Black glittery polishes have a special place in my heart no matter what time of year, but I do seem to gravitate more towards them when the weather starts to cool down. Luckily, KBShimmer is reintroducing us to Band Geek in time for the fall. With an easy application, what is there not to love about this beauty! The only thing that could possibly make this polish better is adding in a matte finish......

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

The Throwback Collection will be launching on Wednesday, August 15th at midnight. Each of these polishes will retail for $10 per bottle.

What shades are you most excited to see available? Do you prefer the shiny or matte finish? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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