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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Stained Glass Valentine's Day Nails with Mrs. P's Potions and OPI Sheer Tints

Hello all!  Hope your February has been lovely so far and you all had a great Valentine's Day, however it was spent.  Mine was rather quiet as my husband and I just had a nice home cooked dinner and watched movies together after the kids went to bed.  I also did my nails, which took up the entire afternoon! LOL.  Here's what I did do for Valentine's Day nails...my first ever attempt at stained glass nails!

I started out with my usual base of China Glaze Calcium Gel Fortifier and Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu! base coat.  I then did two coats of Mrs. P's Potions What The Flair?! (holo topcoat) for the base of the stained glass nail art.  You can use any silver glitter polish for the base of stained glass nails, I chose the holo topcoat cuz I didn't feel like dealing with the glitter removal when all was said and done and it came time to do my next mani.  This holo topcoat gives you a lovely silver shimmer/sparkle and removes as easy as plain coloured polish with no glitter *thumbs up*.

Two coats of Mrs. P's Potions What The Flair?! (holo topcoat), no topcoat
indoors, in natural daylight by large window, no flash
I used Pueen Cosmetics plate 68 (as shown below) with an opaque black lacquer I made and am testing out for possible release in March-ish.



I stamped over the holo base on each nail.

no topcoat yet
indoors, in natural daylight by large window, no flash
I then cracked open my OPI Sheer Tints and used a small detail brush and began to fill in the spaces between the black areas.  WARNING: This was very time consuming! ;)

Once all the spaces were filled in I let them dry well and painted on a generous coat of my usual topcoat I use for nail art, Glisten & Glow HK Girl.

indoors, in natural daylight by large window, no flash
indoors, in natural daylight by large window, no flash
And here's the macro of how the thumb nail turned out, really shows off the holo underneath well.

indoors, under direct white LED light, no flash
So what do you all think?  I have always admired this stained glass look when I've seen it on others and always wanted to try it.  I'm quite happy with my first attempt and I'm actually still wearing them now and haven't taken it off yet.  I also love how it's not in your face Valentine's Day so it's okay that I'm still wearing them :)

Thanks as always for stopping by and having a peek!

- Bree ox's

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Girly Bits Cosmetics - PRESS RELEASE

Press Release date: For immediate release.
Product Release date: Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 12noon EST

Girly Bits Cosmetics Announces Lots Of New And Exciting Releases!

Introducing Three New Blogger Collab Shades!

Winter Sanctuary ~ a medium to dark cobalt blue shimmolo, with a hint of purple with a scattering of holo microglitter within it. Created in collaboration with Lisa at Cosmetic Sanctuary.
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Snafu ~ an ivory nude linear holographic, with soft gold shimmer, teal flakies and iridescent turquoise flecks. Created in collaboration with Nicole at Nail Polish Wars.
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Let's Do This! ~ a rusty orange subtle shimmolo with red to yellow shifting flakes, tiny purple flakies, gold flakies,  and red micro glitter. Created in collaboration with Jen at The Jedi Wife.
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Just In Time For St. Patty's Day!

Is That A Shillelagh In Your Pocket? ~ a medium brown linear holo, with green to gold shifting shimmer.
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I'm Not As Think As You Drunk I Am ~ a warm chamois creme with gold to green shimmer.
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Check Out Polish Matte'rs!

Give your mani a matte finish with our Polish Matte'rs Top Coat.
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Nail Vinyls™ And Stuck On Love Are Coming To Girly Bits!

We will be carrying a variety of Nail Vinyls™ and Stuck On Love Nail Shields.
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Ermahgerd The Flerkers Are Back!

You asked, we listened! Our Ermahgerd Flerkers collection will be restocked!
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On The Way Out

Get them while you still can! The following shades will be moved to our On The Way Out category and will be retired once existing stock has sold out:
  • Bawitdaba
  • Elephant Shoe
  • Fathomless
  • Howl At The Moon
  • Neutron Dance
  • OVbunEN
  • Private Dancer
  • Save Your Scissors

 

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Girly Bits Cosmetics is a Canadian company that has been handcrafting quality nail polish since 2011 in a dazzling array of colours and finishes. As a brand dedicated to providing cruelty free, on-trend and unique products, Girly Bits Cosmetics is well known for outstanding customer service, charitable donations and custom nail polishes dedicated to lost loved ones. Available at 9 on-line retailers around the globe, and a growing number of brick and mortar stores, you can be sure to easily find the season’s hottest new shades, as well as timeless customer favourites.
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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Adventures In Stamping Sunday Challenge - Pink and Black


Good evening all!  Today I have for you another Adventures in Stamping Sunday Challenge.  This week's challenge was pink & black.  This was perfect cuz I had been actually wanting to do a pink and black mani and needed to test out a couple new products I had developed!  Everything I used is depicted in the photo above (please excuse the mess LOL).

The lacquers used for this look were two brand new products I'm testing out for my indie polish line Mrs. P's Potions.  The black will be called Obsidian and it is a plain very opaque black which works quite well for stamping.  It can also be used for a great black mani and you'll get great coverage in one easy coat.  The pink is a colour I am SUPER excited about called Poppin' Pumps.  It is going to be part of my upcoming Signature Collection launching in March (psssssst... there will be a pre-order window open for a week starting February 14, 2015!).  It is another very opaque lacquer, a bright hot pink creme which will also cover very well in one easy coat.  For this mani I did two coats though just to make sure I had a good base for the stamping, as well as some added durability since my nails are quite long right now.

The plates I used were both Bundle Monster plates - BM-213 and BM-303 (depicted below).



I had actually received my brand new Creative Shop stamper + scraper set that day but it was not working well at all (I think the silicone was still too cold and was causing issues as I had only taken it out of the mail box a few hours before trying it out) so I unfortunately had to resort to my crappy Dollarama stamping set.

As I said, I started out with two coats of Poppin' Pumps on all nails.  I won't show that at this point as I'll have a post of all the swatches of the new collection coming soon.  I used the shoe image from plate BM-213 on my ring finger nails and the lips & lipstick image from plate BM-303 on my middle nails.  I only did stamping as accent nails as I loved the look and colour of the Poppin' Pumps too much to cover them all completely.


Here are macros of each of the accent nails.



I'm so totally stoked about his mani and how great these products worked!  And I'm realizing now that it is quite Barbie-esque with the hot pink and the shoes and lipstick :)  Totally me!

I topped everything, as usual, with Glisten & Glow HK Girl (forgot to add that to the pic at the top).  I also did not photograph the products that I used at the very start of my mani and under EACH mani I do:
Hope you all like this look and thanx for stopping by for a peek :)  Stay tuned for all the details on the new launches!

- Bree ox's

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Color Club Blue Heaven Floral Stamping


Can you believe this?!  Back to back blog posts!!!!!  WHOOT *happy dance* LOL!  Anyway, today I have for you another stamping nail art look I did which was again prompted by the Facebook Group Adventures in Stamping's Sunday Challenge.  This last challenge was over a blue base.  I just so happened to be testing and swatching a new lacquer I'll be coming out with soon that was blue so I just stamped over top of that :)

For the stamping I used Blue Heaven from Color Club's Halo Hues collection.  I love these holo polishes and frankly don't get to use them enough.  But I've used them for stamping several times (on myself and others) and they stamp like a dream, even with the crappy cheap stamping set I have.  I was going for a subtle look with this and I almost achieved it too well cuz it's so hard to capture on camera LOL.  It's perfectly fine and the way I wanted it in person but it's been a nightmare to photograph.


The plate I used was Pueen Cosmetics 73 from the 24B Stamping Buffet collection.  I used the rose images on the thumb and ring finger and then just the vines on the remainder of the nails.



And as usual, here's the macro.


As with all my nail art, I topped it all off with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl.

Whatcha think?!

I'm so excited to up my stamping game soon!  The new Creative Shop stamper + scraper set that the nail stamping world is all abuzz about is literally on its way to me and I should have it by the end of this week!  SQUEEEEEEE! :D  I did not order from them directly as they are in the Ukraine and I am in Canada and they themselves advised that purchasing from one of their re-sellers would be quicker and cheaper for me.  However, none of their retailers for Canada were in stock at the moment but a lovely lady in the Adventures in Stamping group, who also happens to be a fellow Canuck, had an extra set she was willing to sell and ship to me!  Stay tuned for all sorts of stuff once I get that baby in my hands!!  I've put up with this cheapy set for long enough.  Although I can't complain too much about the stuff I have been able to do with it.  I mainly just wanted something larger and squishier cuz when my nails get super long the surface area of the stamper I currently have is not large enough to cover the whole nail and it's quite firm so it's even more difficult to get a really good stamped image sometimes cuz I have to roll and press rather hard with this one.  And I hear that you can also use pretty much any polish with the Creative Shop stamper and it doesn't have to be stamping specific polish so that opens up a whole new world of possibilities as well!!!

Anyway, thanx for stopping by and taking a peek today :)

- Bree ox's

Monday, 26 January 2015

Winter Watermarble

Hi everyone!  So today I have a wintery water marble nail art look that I did awhile ago.  It's still winter here in Edmonton, AB, Canada so no biggie posting it at this time of year LOL.  Although, believe it or not, we've got more spring-like weather right now than we do winter.  Mother Nature just can't get her crap straightened out around here LOL.  But I'm not complaining, I for one pretty much dislike winter so the less winter weather the better I say!  My only concern is that we'll probably pay for it later on and pay for it HUGE...

Anyway, I did this nail art back in December, just before Christmas.  I had been trying out water marbling and not really having any great luck.  I love the look but was finding it so troublesome to actually have a successful mani done with the technique.  It clearly requires a lot of practice.  This was my first water marble that I was actually happy with the results of and really quite loved.  Still had some things to improve on and I did have to redo a nail or two to get the final look but all in all I'd say I persevered and came out on top!

With flash to show the holo better
So for this look I did the two accent nails in two coats of Mrs. P's Potions LE You Don't Know Jack Frost! which is a silvery grey holo creme with sparks of fine sky blue holo hexes.  I then stamped over those using Bundle Monster plate #213 and just a white base polish I use for mixing white and creme lacquers.  Then I added a few iridescent rhinestones.

Here's a macro at the middle finger accent nail.


For the water marbled nails, I started out with a white base on the nails and used the following for the water marbling:
Here is a macro of my thumb nail.


For a closer look at You Don't Know Jack Frost! you can check out a quick video I did of a previous mani using just two coats and a topcoat.


So what do you guys think of this look?  Any of you struggling with water marbling?  I'd love to hear any tips and tricks you've figured out along the way.  Goodness knows I could use all the help I can get! LOL

Thanx for checking out today's post! :)

- Bree ox's