Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Good Vibes for 2017 Collection by Miss Priss Polish

Miss Priss is starting off the new year by sending out good vibes to everyone in the form of nail polish!  Miss Priss is my own indie nail polish brand and I wanted to share my optimism for the new year through my first collection for 2017. I created some beautiful, sparkling polishes and named them after some of the things that I hope for you all in the new year: Prosperity, Peace, Happiness, and Health. 

"Prosperity" - A teal/green polish with pastel matte mint glitters. 

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Peace" - A blue polish with a holographic base and a mix of dark and light blue glitters.


Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Happiness" - A deep purple polish with a holographic base and a mix of matte lavender glitters.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Health" - A redish pink polish with a holographic base and bright matte pink glitters in a variety of sizes.

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I hope that you all have had a great start to the new year and that you are as optimistic as I am for the year to come. This collection is currently available through my Miss Priss Polish Etsy shop.

-Bettina

Monday, 9 January 2017

Review of 2016 and Ready For 2017

Well, another year gone. How was everyone's first week of 2017? So far so goo for me, but before I start sharing my optimism for the future I want to reflect. I will admit that I have been a bit slack (ok, very slack) with blogging this year. In 2016 I started working full time. Before I stated working I was studying at university full time to become a teacher. Even though I was studying full time, it was very flexible. I could swatch polishes during the day and then work on assignments during the night. Then I graduated at the end of 2015 and started teaching full time in 2016. This meant that all the day time swatching I was doing came to an immediate halt. All nail related activities then had to be done at night and on the weekend. So that is why I have been so absent this year, and for that I apologize. I hope that 2017 will be different, but I'll get to that later. Even though I have been quiet this year there are still many products that I have been using and would like to share my favourite products of 2016!

For my favourite products of 2016 I would like to get my bias favourites out of the way first. By this I mean two of my own Miss Priss products. My own scrub and lotion are at the top of my favourites list. Yes, I am bias because I make them, but I still really love using them. The scrub is super scrubby and great at softening dry skin. The lotion is all natural and the best moisturizer I have ever used. I credit these two products to keeping my hands looking photo worthy.



For my second favourite product I have to mention Heromi Nail Hardener. Out of all the hardeners and strengtheners I have tried this one has worked the best for me. Now it's ingredients aren't the most friendly as it does contain formaldehyde, however, it is the most effective nail hardener I have used (and trust me, I've tried plenty)!



Next up is something more exciting... Nail polish! I tried a new brand this year that I think is worth mentioning. The Sienna Byron Bay nail polishes that I tried had impressive creme formulas, and I do love a good creme polish. I love the colours and plan to use them again (and again, and again). If you want to see that blog post again you can check it out HERE.



So that is my quick review of 2016, but now it is 2017 and I am feeling very optimistic for the future! I have some goals this year that I would like to share with you all. Maybe if I share them I'll be more accountable to following through, and you guys can help keep me on track too!

First up, blog more often! I hoping for once a week. Also a slightly wider range of topics. Still all about nails, including my swatches and nail art, of course, but include more about my work space, the science of nail polish, favourite bloggers, etc.

My second goal is to build up my nail polish business more. That includes more nail polish releases, which of course, will be featured here!

I hope that you all have had a great start to the new year and that your new years resolutions are still on track!

-Bettina


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sienna Bryon Bay Swatches and Nail Art

I was asked if I would sample some nail polishes by Sienna Bryon Bay. It's been awhile since I have swatched any new polishes, so I was absolutely thrilled to be back in the game! I checked out the brand's website and other social media sites and I was very impressed at how the brand was presented. It was clean and professional. This made me very eager to receive my samples so that I could get down to the real business; the nail polish! They arrived beautifully packaged, in an embossed, recycled box. The polish bottles are a nice shape and size. I love that the bottles have a wooden cap. The fact that the boxes are made out of recycled materials and beautiful natural wooden caps nicely ties in with the eco-friendly and curtely free philosophy and values that Sienna Bryon Bay works by. I was sent three beautiful nail polish shades plus their base and top coat. So for all of my swatches I used the base coat, two coats of colour, and then finished with the top coat. 





"Harmony" - A light tropical peach colour. A very creamy textured polish with an opaque formula. On their website this polish is listed under the neutral shades. However, I wouldn't jump to place this polish in a neutral shades category, I would simply classify it as a pastel creme. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Ambrosia" - An English rose nail polish. A slightly more crelly formula than the previous polish, but results in a nice opaque finish. Personally, this was my favourite out of the three polishes that I was sent. It was such an amazing colour, and went so well with my pale skin tone. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


"Blossom" - A mid-tone rose pink. A nice opaque creme formula. When looking at the polishes in their pretty little box this was my favourite polish. I was drawn to the deep, almost-but-not-quite dark pink (however, I preferred the previous polish when on). I really liked this polish and it is the kind of everyday shade that I like to wear.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


After swatching the above polish I left it on to see how much wear I could get out of it. It was about a week with some tip wear and a little bit of chipping. This is the type of result that I would expect from any decent nail polish. I don't tend to wear nail polish longer than a week so the fact that I got a weeks wear out of it suits me quite well. The only thing is, do I want to pay $25 for a bottle of nail polish?

I also did some nail art with these polishes...
First up is "Blossom" with some nail vinyls over the top (I can't remember where I got the nail vinyls from, sorry). Instead of using the vinyls as a stencil, painting over them and then peeling it off to reveal the polish underneath I actually left the nail vinyl on and trimmed off the excess. I really liked the gold finish on the nail vinyls combined with the colour of the nail polish. 

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

I thought that "Harmony" would be a good colour to do a gradient with... I was right. I used "Harmony" along with "Sky" by Picture Polish. 

Lighting: Outside shade.


Last but not least, "Ambrosia" stamped with cherry blossoms. I used stamping plate EDM05 by Emily de Molly with white stamping polish. 

Lighting: In light box

-Bettina

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Antique Princess Duo by Powder Perfect

It has been awhile since I have blogged... Who knew life could get so busy?! Today I am back with a glamorous duo from Powder Perfect. This duo is available for international customers from Mei Mei's Signatures today!

"Forgotten Princess" - An olive green crelly base with beautiful gold to fuchsia flakies. Personally I'm not a fan of the olive green base colour, but I do love that it is packed with stunning colour changing flakies. The flakies give this polish lots of dimension and depth.


Lighting: In light box
Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Outside shade

Lighting: Outside shade



"Contested Crown" - A mauve purple holo with blue to purple shifting micro flakies. Now this is more my kind of polish, I am really loving the deep purples at the moment. This polish is super pretty and much more complex to look at in person. The micro flakies do a wonderful job of softly adding to the colour of this polish with out being too overwhelming. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight

Lighting: Direct sunlight


-Bettina

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Cry Baby Collection by Glam Polish

Glam Polish has just released their Cry-Baby limited edition collection. This is a six piece collection featuring a variety of glitters and flakies. Overall the formula of these polishes was nice and workable, as expected from Glam Polish. For all of my swatches I used two coat plus a glossy top coat. All of these glamorous polishes are now available from Glam Polish.  Due to the unpredictability of life I wasn't able to get sunlight shots of these polishes, however they do contain holographic glitter so you know they will look awesome in the sunlight!


"Teardrops Are Falling" - A black jelly base with a rainbow of different sized silver and gold holographic glitters.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Doin' Time For Bein' Young" - A bright sapphire blue polish with a holographic base and accents of glitter. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"Please Mr Jailer" - A bright red jelly base with silver holographic and coloured micro glitter. Due to the bright red base the coloured glitter appears black or even dark blue.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"High School Hellcats" - A deep purple base with multichrome flakies.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"King Cry-Baby" - A sliver holographic base with matte black and white micro glitter. This one reminds me of salt and pepper! 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


"A Teenage Prayer"- A soft pink polish with a subtle holographic effect and little flakies. So pretty and girly. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


You may have noticed that Bettina Nails has a new water mark and hand pose for photos. I have so many new ideas for Bettina Nails and I am slowly in the process of updating. If you like what you see, or not, let me know! I would love some constructive feedback. 

-Bettina