(You can find the first post of the two, HERE)
(You can find the first post of the two, HERE)
*Products in this post were provided for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own experiences on the product*
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.
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.
(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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow
Slightly watery, creme, deep green. You could probably pull off two coats, but I went with thin 4.
Metallic gold. Looks beautiful in the bottle, but the metallic doesn’t really translate to the nail. More like a shimmer.
Pretty pale pink, with very light blue shimmer. Hard to see on the nail, but you can see that it reflects differently.
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 :)
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.
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.
It was a little rough on the index finger, but I still liked how it turned out :)
*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 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.
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
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 >_<)
(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.
(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.
Tried out the new @NailHQ ridge filler, thanks to @farleycobeauty Between manis, I use a ridge filler to disguise the regrowth line (gel layer on my own nails) before I wear a new #nailpolish shade. This one was pinker than others I've used before, which was a plus as I didn't have time to follow with a color, so it was a quick color fix too! HOW I USE IT: I apply a thin coat to new growth first, let dry. Then a second coat goes over entire nail. It'll also work to smooth natural nails, use it regularly as your base coat. WHAT IT DOES: "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." FIND IT CANADA: Select Guardian, IDA, Pharmasave, Proxim #pharmacies or at online @farleycobeauty #nails #nailcare #FarleyCo #NailHQ #beauty #cosmetics #mua #melodyiafelice #tvbeautyexpert #melodyiafelicemua #OnAirExpert
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?
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:
A few weeks back, I had to the pleasure of attending a friend’s wedding. I wanted something fun on the nails, but not too in your face.
For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to mix in pigments and do a soak off gel.
I say thought…because it took me just a little over two hours -___- The longest I have spend on doing soak off gels.
Basically, I wanted to ensure that the pigment wasn’t messing up the gel, so I made sure to over cure it (yes it compromises the integrity, but I didn’t want other adverse reactions). Anyway, that extra step just took awhile to finish up.
Anyway, I mixed in Marcelle Lux Eye Dust in Vegas to Finger Paints (leans more gold than yellow). I applied that mixture to the index, middle, and ring finger. For the thumb and pinky, I went for a yellow pigment Jesse’s Girl Eye Dust in Sparkle Gold.
Both of these pigments, though gorgeous, have spent a great deal of time untouched in my stash. So putting them to use made me feel…happy :P
Oh, I should put in what I dealt with before I started this…
Four weeks of growth! It was horrible because they were unbearably long, and I really REALLY couldn’t type (phone or laptop). I don’t know how others with longer nails do it. I lack the skillz in that area (yes, “skillz” with a z!)
*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*
I found my charger :D
Confession. I don’t really know how to convert the images on my GF1, so I transfer to another camera, and upload from there. However…the stupid charger went missing! Actually, all three did :T So I had all these pictures backed up…with no way of releasing them.
BUT, this means that now I found it, I can get them scheduled. Which in turn means that I should be caught up by mid October. Seriously…to the lovely people who send stuff for me to play with, I sincerely apologize that I couldn’t get to some of the products sooner. Such a fail on my part as a blogger.
In any case, since we are moving in to the fall area…I like pulling out my reds more. Well actually I’ve been wearing them since early August…(July?). There is just something about a great red that makes me happy.
This one from CoverGirl wasn’t a favourite of mine when I first tried it out. But, now, I have grown to love it.
I did end up changing my nail shape somewhate recently as well. I had been a huge fan of the squoval…but it turns out my nails get caught at the edge, and increase the chance of them breaking. That is why I found a more rounded shape easier to handle. Except that when it gets too long, I have problems texting or typing…haha…but meh…at least they look nice :P