Trying Out Madam Glam

*Products in this post were provided for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own experiences on the product*

Madam Glam UV Gel

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Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Madam Glam, wondering if I’d like to dabble in their new UV Gels. Of course I said yes, since I have fallen in love with soak off gels since my first venture through Finger Paints. Plus, they have gorgeous glitter polishes on their site, so that left a happy impression on me to start (oh yes…I love me my glitters :P). So, I received the base coat, colour coat in Deep Brown Red #412, and the top coat.

Madam Glam UV Gel
So, I want to start backwards. One of the things people hate about these type of, long lasting nail products, is the removal. I did a very quick application at first, where I applied the trio to the middle of my nails. I found that the removal of the Madam Glam gels were quite easy. The acetone soaked in well, making the removal process quite simple. I personally found it easier than the Gelish gels that I have in my collection.

Madam Glam UV Gel

The application process:
- Apply an even layer of the base coat, clean up any application on the skin, and cure for 30 seconds in the LED/2 minutes in a UV
- Apply an even layer of colour coat, clean up any application on the skin, and cure for 30 seconds in the LED/2 minutes in a UV (repeat as many times as necessary, though I wouldn’t suggest you do more than three as gel polishes generally get thick by the end of the process then)
- Optional: Decorate nail as you see fit
- Apply an even layer of the top coat, clean up any application on the skin, and cure for 30 seconds in the LED/2 minutes in a UV

Madam Glam UV Gel
(Excuse the bump on the middle finger. That wasn’t the product fault, it was me having improperly removed the previous gel and messed up the natural nail)
I only have the one colour to try out (thought not for long, seeing as they have a great promo going on right now…details at the end of this post), but I also found the polish a little thick (which makes me think mine was just a little different, as Manic Talons didn’t have that issue with the same one. On that note, check out the more swatches of different colours on her blog). However, the top coat levels it out very nicely, so as long as it isn’t patchy, you can remedy it there. I used two coats in the pictures (though I did end up using three for my right hand), but would have been happier with three. It would allow for more of an even coverage on the nail. Darker colours do need the proper time to cure, so I wouldn’t suggest using too thick of a coat

Wear time was quite good, or standard for soak off gel polishes. Though I didn’t cap the tips (which I usually forget to do -___-), it didn’t seem to affect the tip wear, in comparison to the other gels I use. On my right hand (dominant hand), I did cap my nails, and can say that capping them is quite beneficial, as they should last easily up to two weeks without a problem. The uncapped left hand, did have a few minor chips at a little over a week. But again, I blame my not capping, as my dominant hand was perfectly fine.

Madam Glam UV Gel
What I LOVED about the bottle, was that the colour on the top of the bottle, really did match the actual colour in the bottle. Too often, there are gels that do not represent the actual product. That drives me up the wall. I have a Quo by Orly that was supposed to be purple, and turns up blue. I then have a FUSE polish, which doesn’t look like the bottle either. So, the bottle does match, and is pretty spot on when you look at the swatch on the website as well (though take in to consideration that colours on monitors may vary slightly).

Madam Glam UV Gel
Madam Glam UV Gel
The brush manipulates easily, though I did find it a little bigger for my own nails, in comparison to my other gels. Just means that I had to work it a little differently, but didn’t make application any harder. But since it fans outs nicely, it means you can get a lovely application at the base of the nail.

Madam Glam UV Gel
Also, because the caps are clear (to indicate the clear base and top coat), I marked them B for base coat, and T for top coat. Just for my own ease. It is one thing that bugs me about some of my other bottles, so I liked that I could customize it like this.

Price may seem a little heafty, but considering that Finger Paints are 9.8mL, and GElish are 9mL, and the Madam Glam are 15mL…it really is a no brainer that you are getting a better deal with them. Especially when they are all roughly the same price. BUT, Madam Glam does have various promotions that pop up in my inbox, so that does bring the price down.

For example, as of the moment by going to the website (kind of a tracking link, not a monetary referral link), and inputting the code “YGEL30OFF“, you get…30% off! Yes yes…I know that was obvious, but just in case :P

So, by buying two colours + promo code + free shipping, you would pay about $25US (not sure if there is taxes on that). Under ~$38 if you get the start up trio of base coat, top coat, and a colour.

They actually have a early Black Friday promo going on, which you can find on the website as well.

Madam Glam UV Gel

Now, word of caution.
The world of gels is not for those who are careless. There are issues associated with them if you are not interested in the application or the proper curing processes. As such, I cannot claim to be a professional at them, nor can claim an expertise in the the understanding of the chemical theories behind it. If you want to read up, I suggest going HERE, a link that BeautyGeeks shared, a few times. It is a rather long thread.

New OPI pick ups from Dollarama

OPI at Dollarama

The day I went to the Myers Apple Farm, we all went to Mississauga to eat. While there, since the Dollarama was across the street, I popped over while waiting for our food.

So glad that I did.

You see, Dollarama has been selling OPI, NOPI, Essie, Sally Hansen etc nail polishes for a REALLY long time now. HOWEVER, I just could never find them at the stores that I would frequent. For a nail polish hog, it was so frustrating not to be able to find them.

In any case, I picked up four as they were $3 each. Basically, it seems that a lot of what we see in Dollarama, are reformulated NOPI as OPI, or renamed bottles of previous collections from OPI. Yeah, I don’t get it either…but you can see the ones that have been matched up @imabeautygeek.

Anyway I only got two swatches for you today, but the other two are equally pretty. Just will come over eventually, as I need to get rid of the yellow gel polish (it peeked through the lighter ones).

OPI at Dollarama
Stir Fried Eggplant
A deep purple, almost dark burgundy like. Has gold and purple shimmer, but very hard to see once on the nail. A little harder to work with. Formula was a tad thick and streaky.

Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow
Slightly watery, creme, deep green. You could probably pull off two coats, but I went with thin 4.

Golden Waves
Metallic gold. Looks beautiful in the bottle, but the metallic doesn’t really translate to the nail. More like a shimmer.

Girl Color
Pretty pale pink, with very light blue shimmer. Hard to see on the nail, but you can see that it reflects differently.

OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama

OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama
OPI at Dollarama

Anyway, if you do see them, its worth a shot trying them out. NOPI polishes don’t always work well with my nails, but these ones have held up so far.

Also, check the beauty aisle for Burts Bees wipes, and other hair care items.

I might still be wishing that Daiso would get their act together and come to Toronto, but at least the newest additions at Dollarama has held my pleas at bay for a little bit longer :)

Sunset Gradient

sunset Gradient

For some reason of another, the week I did this, I was wanting to do a gradient nail. In the past year, I don’t dabble too much in to the fancy nail…but I did.

sunset Gradient
I applied a coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On. Then I applied American Apparel Butter to the upper half of the nail. Once I let that dry, I swiped American Apparel Butter, Jacob Retro Chic, and Loreal Orange You Jealous? on to the piece of sponge. I like keeping the sponge on the narrow side so that I don’t get nail polish all over my finger. You can use the glue and sponge method though.

sunset Gradient
I sponged the stripes on the nails, adding more polish once I run out. With this sponge, it is a bit of a pain. I have to work fast or little bits pull off and stick to the nail.

sunset Gradient
I sealed it all in with a top coat, and voila. All done.

It was a little rough on the index finger, but I still liked how it turned out :)

Putting the ridge filler to the test…

*This post contains products received for testing and reviewing purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own*

Many months back…(wow…months…)
I received a box of goodies…this box to be precise.

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Today I will be focusing on the Nail HQ part of the box :)

Nail HQ was recently brought in by FarleyCo Beauty. A product of the UK, Nail HQ is all about treatment of the nails.

Retailing from $7.99-$11.99CAN, they might seem pricey but treatments work to help with issues down the road. So an amount invested now, will pay off later on.

I received the Ridge Filler, and the Growth for Brittle Nails. But that one went to my friend, as she has trouble with weak nails that break often.

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Nail HQ Ridge Filler

According to the blurb on the website…

Specifically formulated for weak, damaged and thin ridged nails. This smoothing Ridge Filler gives a subtle sheen finish that revitalizes the nail. The formulation gives it unique hydrating, moisturizing and conditioning attributes which will help nails become more flexible, help regulate nail growth and improve the wear of nail enamel by providing adhesion properties.via Farley Co Beauty

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Nail HQ Ridge Filler
Flows nicely, and isn’t hard to work with.

So what did I think?
First off, when I come across something as a ridge filler, I want to immediately take to my holos and mattes to test them out. That is what I did with this one.

(Oh! Sorry about the dryness. I always forget to oil it up before taking pictures >_<)

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
(This was a Revlon LE Matte Polish from a Christmas collection a few years back)
On the left we have the nail without Ridge Filler, on the right we have a layer of Ridge Filler. If you look at the nail on the left, you can see that there are fine vertical lines. It breaks up the reflection of light. So, generally the one on the right looks more uniform in terms of application.

Nail HQ Ridge Filler
(This was a holo from the Nabi line)
Again, on the left we have the nail without Ridge Filler, and on the right a layer with Ridge Filler. The difference between these two are a little harder. The one on the right does have a fine line running through it, but it isn’t as prominent as the one on the left. That one, you can see several lines running through the nail. If I applied a second thin layer of Ridge Filler, I’m sure I would have avoided any ridges, but…wanted to stick with one.

As a side note, the Ridge Filler makes the finish of the next immediate coat a tad on the matte side. Not a huge deal, as most of us use more than one coat of colour, but thought I would note that.

One thing I really liked about the ridge filler, was the way it could easily smooth out the new growth and my gel polish. By using a bit of this, I would layer on top a regular polish, and it still looked pretty decent.

The lovely Ottawa based makeup artist Melody Iafelice shared her before and after pictures on Instgram. I basically did what she did, then added a colour layer over it. A way to extend the gel polish, as it does get annoying to remove.

 

Like I said in the beginning, I also received Growth. Since I don’t really have troubles with breakage (at least with the new shape), I passed it along to my friend J to help test it out. I usually hear her complain how she hates that her nails don’t grow and keep its length, so I figured it was perfect for her.

With Pentavitin “Moisture Magnet” and a unique nail strengthening complex including Biotin. These replenishing ingredients help provide the moisture balance necessary to have flexible nails and prevent brittleness and breakage. This formula also contains a unique complex designed to help moisturise, condition and strengthen nails. Acqua-Biomin/Calcium Y3 Complex and Vitamins A and D as well as Nonychosine E – to help normalize nail growth. Via – Farley Co Beauty

So what did J have to say?

  • she applied every other day
  • helped to grow out her nails for sure, that was the difference she saw for the first while
  • unfortunately for her, as her nails grew, she noticed peeling
  • peeling led to tip breakage

Not sure what to do there. But, it did help for growth for the first bit. Wondering if maybe with continued use it would have strengthened it a bit more? Kind of like how using oils at the cuticle help to grow stronger nails from the base of the nail…just a pondering thought though.

Anyway, these guys are available on the FarleyCo Beauty Website, as well at the following retailers:

  • NailPolishCanada.com
    obsessedlook.com
    Select Guardian
    Select IDA
    Select Pharmasave
    Select Proxim