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Fiendish Fancies - You're So Cool (February 2019 PPU Exclusive)

Hey, everyone!

I'm trying to get back into the swing of this blogging thing a little more consistently!

Are all y'all ready for tomorrow's Polish Pick Up window opening?! *ohhhs, ahhhs*

It's my favourite weekend of the month because these days with exchange and shipping, my polish habit has taken a bit of a hit.....and who can argue with getting as much polish from as many brands as possible in one package that ships for $5?  Not this girl!

Anyways, enough rambling from me and on to the reason you're here....swatches! This month's theme is Duos, which is perfect for Valentine's Day.

Fiendish Fancies - You're So Cool



You're So Cool is described as a a bright pink with copper magnetic flash, turquoise sparkle and purple sparkle and flakes.  This polish leaned towards red on my skin tone. Let's chat a little bit about the magnetic shimmer. This isn't the effect you're used to seeing with magnetics. Because the base colour is much brighter and isn't a jelly, you don't see that obvious line.  What you DO see (and photos struggle to capture) is this coppery shimmer that just seems to float under the surface of the polish and move as the hand moves. The added detail of the purple and teal flakes just gives this polish more complexity.  I kinda love it.



You're So Cool is inspired by the duo of Clarence Worley and Alabama Whitman from the Tarantino classic 'True Romance'.  If you follow Fiendish Fancies at all, you know how committed Lara is to her subject matter and this polish shows just how much!


I used two coats of You're So Cool for the photos. The polish was a near one-coater but I did two to get that magnetic shimmer. It applied smoothly and I wore it or 6 days without chips or much wear.



Just for funsies and to show that shimmer a bit better, I did a flash photo.  This isn't colour accurate, but it does give a better idea of what the flash of shimmer looks like.


You're So Cool will be available from February 1 until February 4 at Polish Pickup.

Happy Shopping, Nail-philes!


My Indie Polish - Ian is my Hero (HHC exclusive)


My Indie Polish has created a fun, quirky thermal polish called 'Ian is my Hero' that is exclusive to Hella Handmade Creations and is based on a collection inspired by Shameless.

If you've never watched the show Shameless, you have no idea what you're missing. I love that Tanya also loves this show and we've both chatted a few times about our shared obsession. While Lip is my favourite character, I have a soft spot for Ian also.

Let's take a look.



'Ian is my Hero' is described as a thermal that is yellow when warm to an orange when cooler and a red shimmer with a little touch of holo sparkle. So, My Indie Polish's thermals are by far the most reactive for me. I have yet to wear one she's made that isn't in a constant state of transition on my nails.  SO much so that it makes getting shots difficult because the second I turn off my blowdryer, they immediately turn orange at the tips again.  Now, if you're like me and want your thermals to look like thermals, this is the brand to try. Doesn't it look like a sunset mani?



I used two thin coats of this polish and then added a medium coat for the third layer to get the effect you see in these photos.  It dries to a semi matte finish and I like to gloss it up with a shiny top coat to really get the effect of the gradient.  Again, I am a fan of MIP's formula, so this polish was no different.





'Ian is my Hero' is on sale now from Hella Handmade Creations and will stay available until November 21st at 11:59pm Hawaiian time. This is done in pre-order format, so you can expect a 3-4 week turnaround time. It retails for $13USD and is capped at 75 bottles.

Will you be grabbing this polish? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


Inspired Sense - Central Canada Box




Inspired Sense - Central Canada Box

Hey everyone! Remember a couple months ago I shared with you swatches and a review for Inspired Sense's East Coast Box set? Well, Trish is back again with the next instalment of this series based on the provinces of central Canada - Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba. It includes three polish and three maple sugar based body care products and I couldn't be more excited. First up I will show the polishes.

Fall In Love With Quebec



Fall In Love With Quebec is a maple lead red jelly holo.  Quebec is known for its stunning maple trees that turn a gorgeous colour of red in the fall and this polish really captures that. It's a great red and the jelly makes it squishy and lets the holo really sparkle.



I used two coats to get the coverage you see here.  Since it is a jelly polish, I recommend waiting a couple minutes between coats to prevent dragging.  I really love Trish's jelly holos and they wear forever on me.  I got five days with this one before I changed it (out of want and not necessity).


Tour-On-Tario



Tour-On-Tario is described as a colour shifting chameleon that shifts between purple to pink to orange.  The base of the polish is a purple translucent jelly and that allows the shifting pigment to shine through.  I could get the pink to orange to clearly show, especially in lower lighting settings.



I used three coats and to the visible eye, my nail edge was barely noticeable. The camera really picks up the nail line though.  It's another jelly finish, so I again recommend allowing a few minutes between coats.  I also tried this polish as a topper over a mint green creme polish and absolutely LOVED those results. Shown below is a nail wheel of that combination.



Polar Bear Capital



Polar Bear Capital is a beige metallic polish with gold shimmer. It is based on the fur of polar bears that famously spend their time in Churchill, Manitoba.  This is a polish that won't be everyone's taste but I am a lover of champagne-hues so I thought it has a touch of class if you're looking for something along those lines.  My mom loved this colour and said it was a throw back to when she first started wearing polish.  I would agree that it's very nostalgic.



I used three thin coats of Polar Bear Capital. I found that I had to be careful not to get brushstrokes, so I 'floated' the polish on the last coat and that helped. It dries quickly and slightly matte.



Along with these three polish, the box includes three body care products - a maple sugar scrub, a maple lip balm, and a maple lip scrub.


I have been screaming Inspired Sense's praises from the rooftops ever since I found the oils and hand products.  These have become three more products to yell about. I especially LOVE the lip scrub (though I do admit to licking it all off before it ever gets to actually do what it's supposed to) and I adore that Trish uses products that can literally be ingested without issues. Two thumbs up for the lip balm as well (blogger tip - I also use it as a swatching balm because it's not super oily in photos).

The Canadian Box Set - Central Canada is available now from Inspired Sense for $40 and free shipping starts at $45.

I love this whole collection. Which would be your top choice?

My Indie Polish - Seven Year Switch


Hey, hey everyone!

I know that things have been quieter again lately but I am hoping to get back into the swing of things again. After an insanely busy summer that included moving and an emergency surgery (both of which wreaked havoc on my nails), I feel like I am beginning to settle into my new job and have enough time to devote to some blogging interests again.

And boy, oh boy, am I back with a doozy of a polish to show you all today.

My Indie Polish - Seven Year Switch



Some of you may know that I have a Facebook group for thermal nail polish lovers called Holy Shift. Every now and again, polishes are created and offered specifically for members of this group. When Tanya of My Indie Polish contacted me about a thermal flakie with a very strong multichrome shifting shimmer, I was intrigued to see it.  The results are fabulous.





Seven Year Switch is a deep forest green to white thermal base with colour shifting flakes and a strong purple to green shifting duochrome shimmer.  It sounds complex and it is.  This is a stunning polish and I literally gasped out loud when I put it on for the first time.  The thermal shift is a strong one, and then combined with the shifting shimmer it becomes one of those really special polishes.



I half expected the warm state to be almost translucent on my nails but with a few coats I didn't have much visible nail line.




I used three thin coats of Seven Year Switch for the opacity that you see here. It applied easily and the formula smoothed onto the nail without any issues. It is a really reactive thermal, so it shifted between cold to warm and into transition throughout the day.  Excellent formula with a stunning result.


Seven Year Switch will be available tomorrow, October 1st at 9am EDT.  It will be priced at $16CAD plus shipping.  This polish is in VERY limited supply. As in, only 20 bottles will be available kind of limited. Once it's gone, that's it. There won't be more, so I recommend you jump on this one if you want a bottle.

Will you be grabbing this beauty?



My Indie Polish 

Fiendish Fancies - Broken Mirror, Broken Minds (September 2018 Polish Pickup)


Hey all!

I made it before the weekend is over and the window for Polish Pickup is closed for another month.  And that would have been tragic because this month (Scary Movies) was MADE for my favourite Canadian brand - Fiendish Fancies.

Broken Mirror, Broken Minds



When PPU announced that this month was going to be based on makers' favourite scary movies, I couldn't wait to see what Lara would come up with.  EVERY release she does is based on the darker side of pop media, so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.  And I wasn't.




Broken Mirror, Broken Minds is described as a cool iris blue-purple with flakes of gold, yellow, and blue. There was a very subtle sparkle of holo in this one when outside in the sunlight. It was based off of the movie Suspiria, which I have not seen, but now have added to my list. If I have learned anything from being a Fiendish Fancies customer over the years, it is that Lara doesn't take her inspirations lightly and you can bet that the polish is well thought out and each element is reflected in the movie.



The formula of Broken Mirror, Broken Minds is top notch. Things have been busier than normal around here and I swatched this polish and didn't get around to photographing it. So I wore it for an entire five days without as much as tip wear. I changed my polish and then a day later, I swatched this one again.  This time, I took photographs but I was lazy to change it so I ended up wearing it again and AGAIN it lasted for another five days.  Fiendish is one of those brands that just wear really well on me.  I used three thin coats for coverage you see here though I believe regular wear (read: not under a photographer's bright lights) would be just fine for two.


Broken Mirror, Broken Minds is available NOW and is not to be missed! It can be found at Polish Pickup for $11.50 and it is capped at 100 bottles.  If you've been on the fence about trying this brand, this is a great introduction!



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