Sunday, 29 March 2015

30 Days of Colour - A Month-Long Swatch Challenge for April

Hello hello lovelies! I hope you've enjoyed the guest posts that have been shared over the past two weeks. I was having a bit of a tough time so I really appreciated the support from the ladies who stepped up to the plate to help me through it. :)

Not only am I coming back with some renewed blogging energy, but I'm also coming back with a new nail challenge! I spoke a couple months ago on social media about wanting to do a personal swatch challenge to help me get through some of my untrieds. There was interest from others in taking part so I've decided to make it a group challenge for anyone else who is interested.

Here are the details:
- The challenge will start April 1st and run through to the end of the month 
- Anyone and everyone is welcome to take part - you can share your daily fills in the facebook group, connect via the link-ups I'll put together, or just participate in your own way offline. It's all good! 
- We'll be using the hashtag #30DaysofColourChallenge across social media (yes there is a "u" - I'm Canadian!) 
- This is a casual challenge so you can take part in as many or as few fills as you want. 
- This isn't limited to nail polish - if you think you have enough lipstick or eyeshadow or markers to take part, go for it! You can also use the swatch colour as the base for a more intricate nail design. Whatever you want. :)
- Feel free to grab the graphics above or below to use in your posts or to share across social media - the more the merrier!

Check under the cut for more info, graphics, and (coming soon) the InLinkz codes!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Guest Post from Hey, Darling Polish!

Hello darlings!

My name is Marisa and I blog over at Hey, Darling Polish! My blog is made up of mostly bright and quirky nail art with some indie polish swatches thrown in the mix. I saw that Katherine was looking for some guest posters while she deals with real life now and I love being to help people out, so here I am writing a post for you guys!

Let's get to the nails!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Guest Post from Nail Envy!

Greetings, Procrastinails readers! My name is Emily and Nail Envy is my little corner of the blogosphere. I’m guest posting today for Katherine, and thought I’d share with you all a pretty, spring-themed mani. Since this is my first guest post ever, I decided I did not want to skimp on the bling! ;)

Monday, 23 March 2015

Guest Post from Tales of Coffee, Lacquer and Beauty!


Welcome lovelies! I'm Sumeet from Tales of Coffee, Lacquer and Beauty and as you might have guessed I'm guest posting for Katherine today! I love springtime and today's mani was inspired by my favorite part of spring, cherry blossoms!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Guest Post from Manicured and Marvelous!

Hiya guys, it’s Rose from Manicured and Marvelous taking over for today. I’m extremely happy to be able to help out Katherine while I’m on vacation at work. Best part about being on vacation is finally going through my pile of polishes I have to swatch. The beauty I have to share with you today was first on that huge pile by a long shot. Say hello to Garden Bouquet by L’Oreal!

Garden Bouquet by L’Oreal is part of their Haute Floral Collection, which is their 2015 Spring release. The collection includes six creme polishes and this glitter topper for about $4.99 to $5.99 each at your local drugstore.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Press Release: Introducing the MoYou London Doodles Collection!

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I'm really excited about this Press Release! MoYou London is launching a new collection this Friday and the theme is doodles! When it landed in my inbox I got so excited you can't even imagine. You know all those lines and swirls and patterns you used to doodle on your notebook? Well now you can stamp them on your nails! :) There are so many perfect leadlight-appropriate designs in this release, check them out below and let me know which is your fav!

Meet Daria and The Doodles Collection. This daydreaming artist scribbles through the day to keep boredom at bay. She’s not afraid to draw outside of the lines and her playful patterns are simply works of art.

Are you ready for her oodles of doodles? Daria’s picture-perfect plates launch this Friday, 20th March!

Keep calm and doodle on,
The MoYou-London Team

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Guest Post from PhD Nails - Terry Pratchett Inspired


“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before
you die. That is true, it's called Life.” 

Hello dear readers. This nail art is very special for me, not only because it's my very first guest post*, but also because it was inspired by Terry Pratchett. Super talented and bright fantasy writer Sir Terry Pratchett died last week after several years of fighting with early Alzheimers disease. He was only 66 years old. 

Terry was famous for his "Discworld book series" and those of you who read these books will probably agree with me that Death was the finest character created by him. The reader could never forget that Death always speaks as VOICE in your head, has blue lights in his eyesockets, rides the pale horse Binky, loves cats, and personally comes whenever it's time for wizard to die. Terry Pratchett was definitely a wizard who created a fascinating universe with Discworld, where many things functioned in spite of any logic and were powered by magic instead. It's easy to believe that Death came personally to take Terry and now he will live forever in Discworld. Sure enough with his brilliant sense of humor and making millions of fans smile through tears his last tweets were: 

Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.


 Figure 1. Nail art "Tribute to Terry Pratchett and his

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Guest Post from Manna's Manis!

Note from Katherine: Hello all! If you follow me on facebook or instagram you may have seen my messages that I'm dealing with something personal right now and it'll probably take me a while to pull together enough to get back into my regular groove (blogging included). Thankfully I'm connected to some wonderful ladies who've been kind enough to agree to guest post for me over the next couple of weeks. :) First up is the amazing Manna, and don't forget to check her out on instagram, facebook and twitter!

Hi everyone! I'm Manna from Manna's Manis and I'm going to share some water decal nail art with you today!

A year ago I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for $20 to Born Pretty Store, and I'm just now getting around to using my winnings. I got 3 sets of water decals, and these were one of them. I've somehow managed to lose another set, the ones I really wanted to use for this mani. I searched high and low but they're nowhere to be found. I like to pride myself in being a really organized person, and when I misplace something, it drives me insane!

I'm totally in love with water decals lately, they're so much easier than stamping, and way less messy. I had some minor difficulties with these decals though. I followed the directions, but the image was actually backwards (the color was facing DOWN) Also, the image looks really pixelated. Regardless, I still loved the outcome, and I hope you do too!

Base color is Bonita-Divalicious and I topped this with HK Girl.

Has anyone else had these problems with decals from Born Pretty Store?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Throwback Thursday (Vol 5)

Thursday is here! Did you do anything exciting this past week? :) I.... did not. But that's okay, because I can distract myself from my boring week by taking a look back at the awesome designs I have to share with you from last March!

Press Release: New MoYou London Time Traveller Collection Plates

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It's almost Friday, and that means it's time for some new MoYou London releases! This time they're sharing some awesome new plates from their decades-themed Time Traveller Collection. I love how the plates are divided by time periods, and how there are so many unique designs. Check out what they have to say below, and then follow the cut to get a look at the plate designs!

Great Scott! We just powered up our flux capacitor circuit, are you ready to go back in time?

Dance all night in shimmering sequins during the Jazz Age; shake, rattle and roll around the neon jukebox or have a hippie moment in the throws of Woodstock!

Are you ready for a time travelling adventure? Our decade plates launch this Friday!


These five plates will be available, starting this Friday 6th March!

Have a groovy day,
The MoYou-London Team

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

China Glaze Blobicure Nail Fail

Blobicure nail art nail fail with China Glaze nail polish

So I was digging through my back-stash of pictures trying to figure out what I wanted to share today when I came across these pictures from a few months ago. (I'm great when it comes to doing my nails and taking pictures - editing the pictures and writing the posts? Not so much.) Anyway, these are pictures from my first attempt at a blobicure - the process of painting a moderately thick base coat and then adding 'blobs' of other colours on top so they can spread out in the base polish and create neat organic looks.

I was in awe of all the turtle and giraffe looks that were going around when this trend first took off and decided to try it for myself... But the results were so horrible (to me) that aside from one lone picture on instagram I decided not to share them. But today I've decided to break my silence and share my results with you. Everything takes practice - this was my first attempt and you can't expect Olympic level results on kindergarten level experience, right? (Not all the time, at least!)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Swatch-It Sunday: Essie Just Stitched from the Cashmere Matte Collection

Swatch of Essie Just Stitched a soft pink matte nail polish with shimmer

Pink plus matte equals everything I could ever want in a polish. So it's no surprise that I am 100% in love with Essie Just Stitched from the 2015 Cashmere Matte Collection! I mean, look at that soft pink goodness. And there's a subtle shimmer of blue that comes through in the right light, too. What's not to love!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Review of the Garnier Clean+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

* Press Sample

Something a bit different to share with you today! But don't worry - non-nail beauty items won't become the norm for me. I just think it's nice to mix it up from time to time, don't you? :) I'll have some extra awesome nail art to share with you tomorrow so if you're not interested in this I'll see you then!

Today I'm taking a look at the new Garnier+ Makeup Removing Lotion Cleanser. It both removes makeup and moisturizes and is quick enough for even the laziest skin care person (*cough* like me) to add to their routine.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Throwback Thursday (Vol 4)

Happy March! The month of snow and St Patrick's Day is here, and I have some looks from last year to share with you to celebrate. This week actually contains some of my most-loved looks (ever), so make sure to take a look!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Swatch and Review // CND Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection

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CND Vinylux Garden Muse Summer 2015 Collection Swatches

Happy Sunday, and do I have a treat for you! Today we have a look at the CND Vinylux line for Summer 2015 - just released today! The line is called the Garden Muse Collection and it's made up creamy and vibrant pastels with some shimmer and glitter thrown in here and there. This has to be one of my favourite collections since OPI's Pirates of the Caribbean line in 2011. It has that same soft and dreamy pastel feel, and you know how I love my pastels!

Each polish was swatched with one coat of CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat to seal it in. The top coat actually becomes more durable with exposure to natural light, and it dries fully in 8.5 minutes to provide week-long chip-free wear. I didn't use a base coat because Vinylux polishes self-adhering and formulated to wear for a full week without base coat - and before you ask no I didn't experience any staining. :) This was my first experience with CND polishes and honestly I think I'm in love.

Let's take a closer look at those swatches!