Thursday, 5 March 2015

KBShimmer Spring 2015 Collection (My Picks) - Swatches & Review

Hi Everyone! It's been quiet on MLIT for the last few weeks but I am back and have a couple things lined up for all of you! It's March, which means it is almost Spring and that naturally means every nail polish brand has released a spring collection! But of course that is terrible for my wallet.

Today I have my picks from the new Spring 2015 Collection by KBShimmer... one of my favourite indie brands! The entire collection consists of 12 polishes but I didn't want three of the four holos in this collection. I still have 9 others though and continue reading for my thoughts on the collection! You can purchase any of these beautiful polishes from Harlow & Co, the only international stockist!

Overall Comments: I loved that this collection had so many glitter crellies... gorgeous! And they come in so many different shades of pastel and many of them even had tiny holo glitters! KBShimmer finally added a basic white to their line of creme polishes, many of which were released last year.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Giveaway WINNER: 2 Year Blog Anniversary

Hello everyone!

Today's post is a very quick update. I randomly selected a winner through the Rafflecopter widget and CONGRATULATIONS to Emily who just won the entire China Glaze Road Trip (Spring 2015) Collection!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the giveaway! I really really really appreciate all the support from all you wonderful people.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Hearts & More Hearts - Pueen 41

Hi Everyone! I have not one but TWO nail art looks for you today featuring the Pueen 41 stamping plate. I kept the concept very simple... a pink base and with stamped designs in a white polish. Since it's February and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, I figured hearts were the best option to go with!

The base colour in both nail art looks is Pinking Out the Window from the new China Glaze Road Trip (Spring 2015) Collection. And remember I am giving away this entire collection right here!

I pulled up Pueen 41 and couldn't decide which particular image I liked so I ended up picking two! To stamp the designs I used my newly purchased Whiteout by Rica... let me tell you that it is an amazing white polish that stamps perfectly opaque! I would recommend investing in a bottle if you enjoy stamping. Both the Pueen stamping plates and the Rica polishes are available for purchase at Harlow & Co.

China Glaze Pinking Out the Window

Stamped Hearts Nail Art

Hope you enjoyed this short and simple post.

REMINDER: I am giving away the ENTIRE China Glaze Road Trip (Spring 2015) Collection which includes the pink polish used in this post. Click HERE to enter

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

KBShimmer Falling For Hue - Swatch & Review

Hi Everyone! With Valentine's Day so close, it's fitting to sport a themed manicure this week. Now if cheesy nail art with hearts and kisses and lots of pink and red is not your "thing" then this is the perfect polish for you! It allows you to pay homage to the theme without shouting to the world that it's a Valentine's Day manicure. KBShimmer's Falling For Hue was released in 2014 as part of the Valentine's Day Trio. You can purchase this beauty and other KBShimmer polishes at Harlow & Co.

Falling For Hue: KBShimmer Valentine's Day 2014 Trio
Colour: White w/ Red & Fuchsia | Finish: Glitter-Crelly | # of Coats: 2 | Topcoat: Yes | Rating: 10/10

Comments: This is a white crelly polish with red and fuchsia hexagon glitters (large, medium and small). It just needs 2 coats for perfect opacity and it gives it the yummy squishy-ness of a crelly! The formula is so easy to work with and add a layer of topcoat and you've got a perfectly themed manicure!

KBShimmer Falling for Hue

KBShimmer Falling for Hue

Even thought it's been a whole year since this was released... I think it's still a beautiful and relevant polish that is worth splurging on! I'd love to hear what you think of this polish!

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Monday, 9 February 2015

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection - Swatches & Review

Hi everyone! Today, I have swatches of the new OPI collaboration collection... the Fifty Shades of Grey Collection! And the best part is that the entire collection comes in a mini set with all 6 polishes in this collection. That is such good value because we can own the entire collection without murdering our wallets.

Overall Comments: OMG! Grey polishes... so awesome! The creme polishes in this collection are just perfect as expected from OPI. They have a very pigmented and buttery formula and dry to a glossy finish. The silver foil is not that original and lately OPI has released too many silver foils... so it's not that exciting! And there's a pretty okay glitter polish in the mix too.

Monday, 2 February 2015

China Glaze Road Trip (Spring 2015) Collection - Swatches & Review

Hi everyone! Today, I have swatches of the entire China Glaze Road Trip Collection. I am really loving every single polish in this entire set. I am also really loving the new nail shape... they look so elegant! I think this is the first time I am swatching an entire collection that is bigger than 6 polishes. It's a lot of work but so worth it!

Remember that you can also have this collection by entering my Blog Birthday/Anniversary GIVE AWAY!

China Glaze Spring 2015 Collection

Overall Comments: Although most of these polishes required 3 coats, the formula was generally very good. They all dried to a glossy finish and some of them are amazing creme polishes! The collection as a whole is so pretty and it will be perfect for nail art! Four polishes in this collection have a beautiful rose gold micro shimmer that is very subtle and only shows itself in certain lighting conditions and angles. You wouldn't purchase these polishes for the shimmer since it's very subtle. They are more like an elevated creme with something special about them.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

China Glaze All Aboard Collection (My Picks) - Fall 2014 - Swatches & Review

Hi Everyone! As you might as have read in yesterday's post, I have changed my nail shape for 2015... or at least for the time being. These were swatched in November and have been sitting in my Drafts folder so I thought I should share them instead of letting them go to waste.

Although these polishes are from the China Glaze Fall 2014 Collection, these colours are still perfect for the last stretch of winter before we transition into neutrals and super sweet pastels!!!

China Glaze All Aboard Collection

Overall Comments: I really loved all 6 polishes I picked from this collection. The formula for each and every single polish was spot on and each presented a unique twist to some classic colours. Even though they are all dark polishes, I really like that they don't look black and that you can identify its colour and uniqueness!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

MLIT's 2nd Birthday - Nail Art + NEW Nail Shape + GIVE AWAY

Yes, you read that right! My Life in Turquoise (MLIT) turns 2 today and that is definitely a reason to celebrate. As the title suggests, I have a nail art look to celebrate the blog's birthday, a fresh new nail shape AND a giveaway at the end of this post! I think it is also good time to relfect on the last 2 years and appreciate all the wonderful things that have happened since I started this blog.

PS. I am going to start referring to my blog as MLIT going forward... hope the acronym catches on!

Reflecting on 2013 + 2014

I don't often share details about my personal life on this blog or spend too much time delving into my feelings. The start of a new year, however, feels like the right time to start! I feel like I accomplished a lot for MLIT these past two years but at the same time, I know I want more. Here's a quick list of all the good things that have happened to MLIT:
  • I successfully completed the 31 Day Challenge for the first time in 2014!
  • 2 of my designs were selected in the Bundle Monster Create Your Own 2014 stamping set!
  • I have swatched and reviewed quite a few nail polishes/collections (some purchased by me, some sent to me for review)
  • Some of my favourite brands chose to share some press samples for me to review!
  • I hosted my very first giveaway
  • I finally learnt the stamping nail art technique
  • I made new friends in the nail art community (Some even created guest posts for MLIT!)
  • My nail art skills and photography have improved so much sinve my first nail art post (if you don't believe me... click here to see how I started)
  • AND best of all, so many of you chose to start following MLIT through various social media

Outlook for 2015

Like I said... I want more! I don't have anything defined but I do know that sharing what I would like to achieve in 2015 will help me stay accountable and achieve the goals I set out for the year. So here's a shortlist of everything I want to achieve in 2015:
  • Review more nail polishes and collections to keep this blog relevant
  • Create regular nail art posts! (I may need to join a challenge to find the inspiration)
  • Improve my photography skills
  • Create a new blog design/layout and update the graphic elements
  • Post a weekly/monthly/seasonal feature or series
  • Maintain my nail health by regularly caring for my nails (too make breaks and chips in 2014)
  • Host more giveaway(s)
  • AND Make more friends and meet other nail art/polish enthusiasts!

Nail Art

What better way to celebrate a nail art blog's birthday than create a celebratory nail art?!

I strarted with a base of Dashboard Dreamer by China Glaze (from the Spring 2015 Road Trip Collection, which I am giving away at the end of this post). It is such a delicate and pretty colour wit the most beautiful subtle rose gold shimmer.

I then added the stamping with my favourite colour, Turquoise by MdU using 4 stamping designs from the Happy Birthday - 02 stamping plate by MoYou London. I finished the look with one coat of Seche Vite!

I love all the party-themed images in this nail art look from the confetti on my pinky finger to the cupcake on my ring finger to the party hats on my middle finger and even the bunting on my pointer finger!

New Nail Shape

You must have noticed the change in nail shape in the images above! I actually suffered terrible chips by the end of my vacation earlier this month. Since I didn't want to cut my nails into nubs, I gave the oval/almond shape a try to salvage my nail length! I feel nostalgiv every time I look at my old picture qith the square nail shape but I am excited at how lady-like and elegant this new shape looks too! So I guess the new nail shape stays... until I get bored of it and change it back!

PS. You may see a few posts with square nails in the next week or so since I have a few old posts that are sitting in my drafts folder.

Give Away!

Woo hoo! I want to thank all of you for being a part of my little corner of the inter-webs! And to show how much I appreciate all of your support, I am giving away a little prize to a lucky reader, who will be winning the ENTIRE China Glaze Road Trip (Spring 2015) Collection!

It is a gorgeous collection and I can't wait to show you my swatches of it either tomorrow or early next week!

  • Entrants must be 18 years and over
  • This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY
  • One winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter and win the entire China Glaze Road Trip (Spring 2015) Collection
  • The giveaway ends on February 20, 2015 at midnight
  • The winner will be selected on February 20, 2015 and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize or a replacement winner will be selected at random.
  • I will ship the prize right away and I am not responsible for damanged/lost packages once it is shipped.

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