Monday, October 27, 2014

Cirque Colors - Kontiki Collection

Hello ladies!

Since I am currently vacationing in the Florida Keys, I thought it would be fitting to share swatches of a tropical collection with you!  First off, let me just state that writing blog posts poolside with a cocktail is my favorite way to write.  I am confident I will get a descent amount of blog posts done in this relaxing atmosphere.  Ahhh...vacation!

So let's talk about Cirque Colors and their resent limited edition Kontiki Collection!  I have been a big fan of Cirque for a while now.  They produce some really stunning holographics and opaque glitters.  There polishes are a little on the pricey side ($13 for a bottle) but the quality is amazing and I think they are worth every penny.  The Kontiki collection consists of three bright jelly polishes with amazing shimmer.  I am a sucker for jelly finishes and hadn't had any from Cirque before.  I actual didn't just swatch these, I wore each of them as a whole mani for the day. Nice wear on these jellies! This collection launched in August, but I was late on the boat to get them.  They are listed as limited edition, though.  So, if you like these, you should pull out your credit card and snag them before they are gone for good!  Let's get into some swatches and macros!

Cirque Colors - Kontiki Collection - McPolish

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tillie Polish - Glamorous Collection

Hello ladies!

I have a new collection to share from one of my favorite indie brands, Tillie Polish!  I just love all the polishes these sisters create.  Their cremes are creamy and opaque and some of my go to picks for base colors.  And there are some great cremes in this collection.  Tillie Polish has released the Fall/Winter collection called Glamorous...and it is glamorous!  We have a great mix of muted and bright tones as well as a great glitter.  Let's get to it!

Tillie Polish Glamorous Collection - McPolish

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Barielle and Color Club NOTDs

Hi lovelies!

I have two excellent fall collections to show you today!  I have heard of Barielle polishes before but I had never seen them in real life nor had the opportunity to try them.  So, I was very excited when they sent their new fall collection, Me Couture, for review.  The day I received the package,  I had also picked up the new Color Club Seven Deadly Sins collection from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I thought these two collections went beautifully together!  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just love to use textured polish as an accent nail.  So the pairing of these two collections was a no-brainer.  You may notice that my nail length is a little different in each of these photos.  That is because I actually wore all of these looks to work for a day.  They were very work appropriate and wore well.  (Polish typically only lasts one day on my nails before it starts chipping or peeling off)  So let's get into these fall colors!  I can't wait to hear which shade is your favorite.

Barielle Me Couture - Color Club Seven Deadly Sins - McPolish

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Scratch Nail Wraps


Have you ever used nail wraps or polish strips?  I haven't.  I have used water decals and  nail stickers but never a full wrap in the place of polish.  So, I was thrilled to be able to try out Scratch Nail Wraps after seeing so many cool designs all over Instagram.  Since this was my first time, I decided to just use them in the way they were intended: cover the nail completely.  You can use a wrap on every finger for a full mani, but I like a good skittlette so I added in some textured polish for this look.  I chose gold to match the small gold centers of the graphic flowers.  This look was simple and easy and took no time at all (even for a first time user like me!).

Scratch Nail Wraps - McPolish

Here is the packaging.  It is clean and graphic, which I like.  The front window is open with the wraps sealed in a wrapper inside.  But the tools are free floating.  So take care in putting the wrapped wraps (yes, that was on purpose) in front of the tools so they don't fall out of the window inadvertently.  There are not specific instructions on the back of the packaging but there is a link their website with both written and picture instructions.

Scratch Nail Wraps - McPolish

Inside this little nail wrap kit, you will find two strips of nail wraps, a small nail file and a small orange wood stick.  The nail wraps are two strips sealed in another wrapper.  Each strip has 8 different sized wraps to fit almost all nail sizes.  In this package, you can see there are navy colored wraps and a few accent nail wraps in lavender.  These wraps are obviously longer than my little shorties, but they would be long enough if you had medium to long nails.  The only odd thing about these wraps is that the curved edge was not very straight or consistent from wrap to wrap.  I know not every one's nails beds are perfectly curved but I would like the illusion that they were if I was using these wraps.  The good thing that that you can cut them to fit your curve better if needed.  I was also able to smooth the edge away with acetone and a clean up brush once they were applied just like regular polish.   

Scratch Nail Wraps - McPolish

I chose three wraps that fit my nail beds the best.  There are two protective plastic coatings, one on top and one on the bottom, on each wrap.  Once you take both of these off you can place the sticky side right on your bare nail.  I was able to lift the wrap off my nail and reposition without trouble.  I used my finger and the orange wood stick to smooth the edges of the wrap down all around the nail bed.  I did not experience any bubbling.  I used the nail file to remove the excess wrap from my free edge.  I did make the mistake of pull the excess off without completely filing it away.  You can see my little oopsie on the corner of my thumb nail.  So be gentle when removing the excess.  I top coated the wraps and it did not affect the look of the wraps. 

Scratch Nail Wraps - McPolish

Overall, I am pretty happy with this first experience!  Even though the design on this set was not mind blowing and one that I could easily have done on my own, I would definitely try the more intricate designs in the future.  I think these are an easy way to get a fun accent nail or fancy full manicure without a lot of effort.  I was not able to wear test these as I just can't seem to keep a manicure on for more than 24 hours these days.  But I have heard through word of mouth that they wore well.

So have you tried out nail wraps before?  Have you tried this brand?  If you have tried them and other brands I would love to hear how you think they compared.  If you would like to try them out for yourself, check out the website and look at all the amazing designs.  You can purchase designs as you would like or sign up for their monthly mani box with limited edition designs sent to your house each month!

-Amy McG (McPolish)

*Product provided by the creator for honest review*

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Laquerlicious Halloween Collection

It's October!  Time for some Halloween themed polishes!

Today I have swatches of a small Halloween collection from Laquerlicious to share with you all.   This four pack of holiday awesome consists of two glitter toppers and two crelly/glitter polishes.  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and this collection really captures its playfulness.  Let's get into some swatches!

Laquerlicious Halloween 2014 Collection - McPolish


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