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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cult Nails has a reward and loyalty program!!!


Great news!!!!  If you are already a Cult Nails fan you may already know, but if you are not a Cult Nails fan or customer yet then there is no better time to be one and join the cult!!!!!  They call it "The Compound Interest Program" and here are all the deets:

You can receive "Loyalty Points" - 1 point for every dollar you spend at Cult Nails and you'll get a $25.00 store credit for every 250 points earned!  Save them up, or redeem them as you earn them.  However, no points will be earned on discounts taken, tax, or shipping and handling charges.

There is also a "Refer-A-Friend" aspect.  You must first be registered on their website in order to send referrals.  Once registered, you can send your friends a referral (new customers only) and they will receive $12.00 off $24.00 or more on their first purchase.  You can email, Facebook, or Tweet your referrals.  The incentive for referrals is that you will earn a $5.00 coupon for every friend who completes an order!

If you want to get in on the $12.00 off and have not purchased from Cult Nails before, here is the link to get you started:


If you are already a Cult Nails customer and registered on their website, go to http://www.cultnails.com and sign in.  From there, look for the widget in the bottom left of the window.  Select the link, and go from there.

Happy shopping all!! :)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Rainbow Honey - The Kraken


Today I am very excited to bring you a review of the gorgeous "The Kraken" from the indie brand Rainbow Honey.  Just the three macro shots above are enough to see why it's so amazing!  But I'll go into a little more detail for you :)

The "actual" Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant proportions that is said to dwell off the coats of Norway and Greenland.  The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow 13 to 15 m (40 to 50 ft) in length, including the tentacles.  The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to The Kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works, including the Pirate's of the Caribbean movie, of course.

Rainbow Honey's take on The Kraken is more gorgeous than it is fearsome, but it is just as impressive as the legends of the monstrous sea creature.  "The Kraken" is one of ten lacquers from Rainbow Honey's "Summer of 199X" collection, all inspired by the 1995 SNES hit game, Earthbound.

As described on the website, "The Kraken is a marine jelly with blue and green glow filled with glitters, shimmer, and the sea monster's own holographic Crashing Boom Bang!"  And that description is 150% accurate!

The three macro shots above show all of that jelly, shimmery, glittery goodness in all its glory at three different angles.  And this is just ONE generous coat!! Here's another macro in case the above aren't enough for you!


Now let's get down to the nitty gritty!

Like I mentioned before, this was a ONE COATER in my books.  I did a fairly generous coat but that's really all that was necessary.  NO UNDIES, just Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu base coat and Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat.  Honestly, the consistency of it was a bit thicker than I normally like, however, in this instance it worked quite well.  It wasn't difficult to apply or anything and frankly if it were thinner I doubt it would have been able to get such good coverage in just one generous coat.  Also, I think that because of the thicker consistency, it wasn't super gritty in texture once it was dry so I did not need a load of top coat in order to smooth it out.  Having said that, it wasn't totally smooth on its own, but I actually don't know of any heavily glittered polishes that are completely smooth on their own.  And I reiterate, this is not a complaint about this polish, it's just an observation, and again if it weren't as thick I don't think it would work as well.  So I guess you could say that actually in this instance, the thicker consistency is a PLUS!

But enough with the chit chat, here's the pics!  As mentioned, this is one generous coat of "The Kraken" with one coat of HK Girl topcoat.










All pics were taken indoors in natural daylight in front of a window.

And as usual with Rainbow Honey, the dry time and durability of the lacquer was spot on!  I think I can honestly say that Rainbow Honey is my FAVE indie brand ever!  But there's a reason for that.  Everything from the attention to detail in the packaging of the products to the quality and results of the products themselves always amaze me about Rainbow Honey.

After wearing "The Kraken" on its own for a few days, I decided to add some nail art to enhance and change up my mani.  Plus it was an excuse to try out new stamping plates I had received (I'm now obsessed with nail stamping LOL!).  I used Mrs. P's Nail Potions Fawning For You and stamping plate PUEEN14 to create more of a scaled, sea creature kind of look.







And of course, here's a couple macros of my nail stamping.



Again the nail stamping pics were also taken indoors in natural daylight in front of a window.

I bought my very first Rainbow Honey lacquers (the Equestria collection) just over a year ago and was instantly hooked!!  I wish I could afford to buy more/ALL of them ;)  But that's why I was SOOOOOOOOO excited when I got my blogger samples from Rainbow Honey recently.  I remember pulling the bubble mailer out of the mailbox and looking at the return address and being like "I don't remember buying anything from Rainbow Honey.  Did I?"  And then opening up the package to find FREE samples of "The Kraken", "Magic Cake", "Sweet Talk", "XOXO", and the upcoming "Papilon" along with a letter asking me to try and review them, I don't think I could have been more thrilled at the time.  Nor had I ever been THAT thrilled for nail mail in a long time, and I get thrilled about almost any nail mail LOL!  So thank you to Rainbow Honey for the awesome samples!  They will be forever treasured and well used/loved ;)

I highly encourage anyone who hasn't tried Rainbow Honey lacquers yet to rush out and do so!  If you have tried Rainbow Honey but don't yet have "The Kraken", again, rush out and get it!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

First Decent Nail Stamping Attempt

Good afternoon everyone!  Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend so far.  Today I bring you another nail art mani I did.  This time I tried stamping!  I bought a cheap set from Dollarama a while back just to try it out, I think it was an As Seen on TV set.  I had never stamped before and didn't want to spend a fortune to try it out, as I hear it can get expensive.  So with my "resolution" to try to do more nail art this year, I sat down one night and tried my cheap stamping set out.  I had tried it long ago when I first got it but didn't give it much of a shot and I think perhaps the polishes I tried with weren't stamping friendly or something and it was an epic fail.  This time I had put more research into how to stamp properly and what products to use and I was bound and determined to make it work.  One of the plates that came in my set was a plate of 6 "full nail" designs.  I say "full nail" because they are so narrow that unless you have the tiniest nails, they would never cover the full nail.  They would cover my full pinky but that would be about it.  So I thought I'd get creative and try one using it at an angle, and it kind of worked, although placement was a bit tricky.  And I used just a moon and stars single design from one of the other plates for the accent nails.

The products I used for this nail art were:

-OPI DS Magic (used as base for stamping on)
-butter LONDON West End Wonderland (used as base for stamping on accent nails)
-Mrs. P's Nail Potions Fawning For You (used for stamping)
-Color Club Revvolution (used for stamping on accent nails)


So I first applied 2 coats of OPI DS Magic on majority of my nails and 2 coats of butter LONDON West End Wonderland on my accent nails.  I then applied a coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat on all nails to make sure the nails were good and dry and especially the accent nails with the glitter were smooth for optimal stamping results.

I then stamped my "full nail" images on the diagonal over the DS Magic using Fawning For You.  Then I stamped the individual image over the West End Wonderland using Revvolution.  The individual image was just a moon with a couple of stars.  In order to fill the nails more I also used partials of the image to put more individual stars on the nails.  I then topped everything off with another coat of SV and was done.  I was quite happy with how successful the stamping turned out and I liked the colour combination.







And here's some macros of a few of the nails.

Check out that glitter!!!!!!
I love how shimmery DS Magic is! One of my very first favourite polishes.

After this stamping mani I was HOOKED!  And this was just cheap plates LOL.  I found though that my stamper and scraper from my Dollarama set worked well so I was pleased that I didn't need to buy new ones of those and should just be able to buy new and better plates.  I checked out Nail Polish Canada and got a few plates on sale just to try.  I ordered two Pueen plates and one Bundle Monster plate.  They should arrive Monday.  I'm so excited!!  

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Home Decor Inspired Dry Brush Mani

Good evening everyone!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  I apologize for my absence in my blog posts over the last couple months.  Things got kind of crazy business-wise over the fall and the lead up to Christmas.  And then I basically took the month of December off from the business to spend every moment I could with my husband and children with no distractions.  It was a nice break, especially after the hectic retail season I had.

But I'm back now and one of the things I would like to do for the new year is do more blog posts and more regular blog posts.  Fingers crossed ;)

One of the other things I would like to start doing more of this year is nail art.  I used to do quite a bit before my business started and then when the business took off and I was doing shows and parties, I didn't really find or make time for nail art.  Now I'm no expert but it was fun to do some of the more amateur techniques and it always made for more interesting manicures.

So in an effort to start the new year off right, I am doing this blog post to show you my first nail art of 2014!!  This is my very first attempt at the dry brush technique and I'm quite pleased with it actually.


So as you can see I did the dry brush technique on my index, middle and pinky fingernails.  I had 3 coats of Hella Holo on my accent nails from the previous mani which wasn't all that old and they were still holding up, plus I didn't feel like fiddling with aluminum foil and cotton balls etc. lol, so I decided to leave them.  Blingy accent nails go with any and all manicures anyway, right?!?!

The products I used for the dry brushing are as follows (all Mrs. P's Nail Potions from the Fall 2013 Collection):


My inspiration for the look and colours of the mani was actually some new home decor pieces we had gotten throughout the fall and beginning of winter for our main floor living room:

Ottoman 
Accent cushions
Throw 

I started off with a solid base of Fawning For You (one coat) on all nails.  I then began the dry brush technique:

- Take your first colour (mine was I Guaranteal It) and scrape majority of the polish off of the brush using the neck of the polish bottle.  You can also brush most of the colour off on a paper towel but I didn't want to waste polish and I didn't find a need for the paper towel.  I was able to scrape enough colour off on the neck of the bottle to make the brush pretty much "dry".

- Once you've removed most of the colour off the brush you can gently drag it across the nail, over your base colour.  You can drag in all one direction or in several directions, depending on the look and texture that you want to create (I just did one direction).  You can use more pressure in some areas than others and build up colour in some areas and use less or no colour in others, again depending on the look you want to create.  If you find that no colour is coming off on the nail (only a little should come off) you can dip your brush again and scrape off the excess colour but maybe scrape off a little less than last time.

- Do this to each nail with the same colour until you have done all the nails you wish to have this design.  When you've done your last nail you can move right on to your first nail again with the next colour.  There is no need to wait for dry time as you have put so little polish on and not even full thickness that the polish pretty much dries instantly, and certainly by the time you have done all the desired nails.

- Take your second colour (mine was Lean, Mean & Aubergine) and apply in the same way as you did the first but not necessarily going over all the same brush strokes you just made with the first colour.

- You keep repeating these steps with each colour you have chosen to use until you have achieved a look that you are happy with.

- Once you have a look that you are happy with apply a topcoat and there you have it.

You can do this look with as many or as little colours as you want, layering each colour over the other (you can repeat some colours as well if you want).  This was my first attempt as I had mentioned earlier, and it was very easy and was not time consuming at all.  Took me no more time to do this manicure than it would have to do a simple straight forward manicure with two to three full coats of one colour.

Here are some more views:




Macro of my middle fingernail
Macro of my pinky fingernail
I love how each nail ends up slightly different.  I think next time I do this (and I definitely will do it again!) I will try doing the brush strokes both vertically and horizontally to create a hashtag and more woven type of effect.  And I'm definitely pleased at how well these lacquers worked with this technique.  If you are not already aware, Mrs. P's Nail Potions is my own brand of indie polish that I have created.  I've made all the colours in my Fall 2013 collection very highly pigmented and most can be used as one-coaters with a generous coat, or two coats max.  So they worked well with the dry brush technique as the brush strokes were still highly pigmented enough that you could see the colour that is brushed down and it wasn't sheer or anything.  I wouldn't recommend doing this technique with sheer or jelly polishes, or any other polish that requires several coats to become fully opaque.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

China Glaze Hang-Ten Toes & Flirty Tankini with Mrs. P's Nail Potions Can't Colour Enough

Good afternoon all!!

I have a quick post for you all today of a mani I did way back when.  I've got some catching up to do on blog posts of manis I've done LOL!

I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with my I <3 NY collection, and specifically Can't Colour Enough.  If you are not familiar with this collection or lacquer, it was a collection I came up with inspired by my fave TV show, Sex And The City.  It is a five piece collection of glitter jellies, each one inspired by the five main characters: Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, and Mr. Big.  Can't Colour Enough was inspired by Samantha Jones and her colourful and out-there personality and fashion. It's a neon pink jelly with a little bit of extra fine holographic glitter for that shimmer and sparkle to represent the life in the fast lane aspect of Samantha.  It's then loaded with many different glitters of different shapes and sizes kind of like a party confetti to represent all the high profile PR events and parties that Samantha attended and organized/hosted. And for those unfamiliar with Samantha's famous quote from the first movie, the girls were all sitting having coffee/breakfast and Charlotte had her daughter Lily with her and didn't want the girls using the word "sex" so they used "colour" instead so they could still talk about sex without Lily really knowing or understanding.  Samantha said "I can't colour enough, I would colour all day every day If I had my way, I would use every crayon in my box".  Hence the name of the lacquer :)

So for this mani, I used two China Glaze neon lacquers from last year's summer neon collection - Hang-Ten Toes and Flirty Tankini.  I did two coats of Flirty Tankini on my ring and index fingers and did two coats of Hang-Ten Toes on my remaining three fingers.  I then did one thin coat of Can't Colour Enough over top everything and topped it all with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.





All photos were taken indoors near a window for natural lighting and without flash.

If interested, you can purchase any of the lacquers from my I <3 NY collection from my etsy shop here.  Each lacquer is $8.00 CAD for full-sized bottles or you can purchase the entire set of 5 full-sized bottles for $32.00 CAD (basically buy 4, get he 5th for free) with code "NYSET32".  I also have a mini set of the entire collection available for $16.00 CAD.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Mrs. P's Nail Potions - Fall 2013 PRESS RELEASE


Good afternoon everyone!

Below you will find the official PRESS RELEASE regarding the release of my Fall 2013 collection which consists of four neutral/autumn shades and four jewel-toned shades. There is also a brand new scented top coat and a brand new LIMITED EDITION glitter bomb!

All the information you need to know about the new products you will find below. Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.

Feel free to make any comments or share your thoughts about these new products in the comments section below this post. I look forward to what you all have to say and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about the new products feel free to contact me and I would be glad to answer them all!

Autumn is now upon us which means we're all probably (generally speaking) starting to settle into the warmer, darker and more neutral tones. I've come up with eight new nail lacquers that are nothing but highly pigmented shades (four autumn/neutral shades and four jewel-toned shades). All of these shades are fully opaque in only two coats, some even in only one coat depending on the thickness of your coats. Here's a quick overall look at all eight of the new shades (two coats of each with 1 coat of Spectraflair 35 Topcoat over top on the left and just 2 coats of each with Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat over top on the right). From top to bottom: Fawning For You, Fall Deeply, Bordeaux Crossing, Lean, Mean & Aubergine, Mauvember, I Pink You're Hot, I Guaranteal It, Blurred Limes.


Now for a closer look at each of the shades:

Fawning For You is a neutral beige with a slight creme finish and a slight gold shimmer. Because of the slightly metallic property of this lacquer you do need to be mindful of brush strokes. This makes a great nude base to any glitter or nail art and I especially love it with a coat of Spectraflair 35 Topcoat over top. This would also be great as a base under a coat of The Naked Dress or Pirate's Booty.


Below is a swatch of Fawning For You on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair 35 Topcoat over top (right).

   

Fall Deeply is an auburn brown with lots of multicoloured shimmer (mainly green, blue and purple). I love how unique and versatile this lacquer is. It's deep, rich colour also tends to look more on the purple side depending on the lighting and its surroundings.


Below is a swatch of Fall Deeply on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair 35 Topcoat over top (right).

   

Bordeaux Crossing is a deep almost brick red shade with lots of shimmer. It is also unique in that depending on the lighting and its surroundings it takes on a more pinky or brownish shade of red.


Below is a swatch of Bordeaux Crossing on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair 35 Topcoat over top (right).

   

Lean, Mean & Aubergine is a deep dark brownish purple shade. The purple shimmer to this shade is beautiful.


Below is a swatch of Lean, Mean & Aubergine on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair 35 Topcoat over top (right). I absolutey love this one with the Spectraflair as well, the darker base really shows off the rainbow holo flare.

   

Mauvember is a lovely shimmering amethyst shade of purple, a much lighter purple than Lean, Mean & Aubergine.


Below is a swatch of Mauvember on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair Topcoat over top (right).

   

I Pink You're Hot is a super hot pink shade. Again, lots of shimmer. I really want to try this under Glam-Rocker!!!


Below is a swatch of I Pink You're Hot on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair Topcoat over top (right).

   

I Guaranteal It is a super saturated teal which is fabulous on its own, or with Spectraflair of course and would probably also be a fabulous combo with Pretty As A Peacock.


Below is a swatch of I Guaranteal It on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair Topcoat over top (right).

   

And last but certainly not least is Blurred Limes! This is a very interesting shade of green. It's not quite emerald and it almost has a golden glow/hue to it. The best green I can think of to describe it is shamrock green. This would also make a great pairing to Pretty As A Peacock or possibly even underneath a coat of Spring Fling.


Below is a swatch of Blurred Limes on a nail wheel in two coats alone (left) and two coats with one coat of Spectraflair Topcoat over top (right).

   

Each of these lacquers retail for $8.00 CAD each. You can save $14.00 by purchasing the entire eight piece collection for a total of $50.00 (use code "FALL2013").  All of the above lacquers are now available at www.etsy.com/shop/MrsPsNailPotions.

Also available now is:

PUMPKIN CHAI SCENTED TOPCOAT

Believe me when I say this is divinely delicious and your nails will be in danger of being devoured because it smells SOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD! LOL!  This scent is only available for fall and will be discontinued as of November 1, 2013.  So get it while you can!!!

Fall also marks my very first LIMITED EDITION lacquer.  Please meet:

HEXCELLENT BREW
A glitter bomb of various purple glitters mixed with various sizes of white, neon green, and neon orange hexes. And it is BLACK LIGHT REACTIVE!!!


From now on, every few months a new lacquer will be created and introduced for a limited time and then will never be seen again. The only way to acquire these LIMITED EDITION lacquers will be to make a purchase of $25+ CAD or $50+ CAD.

Purchase $25+ CAD - receive a FREE mini bottle of Hexcellent Brew!
Purchase $50+ CAD - receive a FREE full-size bottle of Hexcellent Brew!

Hexcellent Brew will only be available until October 31, 2013. A brand new LIMITED EDITION lacquer will be introduced for November 1, 2013.

Below are swatches of Hexcellent Brew in one coat on it's own (left), over black (middle), and over Papa Don't Peach (right).