Sunday, December 22, 2013

Candy Lacquer - Bunny Dreams

I apologize because I have to take an unfortunate break from swatching Wing Dust polishes because... I ran out of them. :)

I think we will be okay though because I have a beautiful Candy Lacquer polish I got around Easter that I thought was perfect for the snowy weather. I swatched 2 thick coats of Candy Lacquer - Bunny Dreams over OPI - My Boyfriend Scales walls with a big thick coat of Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food on top and finished with Essie - Matte About You. Bunny Dreams was a limited edition polish that was only stocked once, but, have no fear, Bunny Dreams II is available and is almost the same polish! I did not manually place any glitters because I was looking for a glitter bomb effect but there are white and purple hearts and pink, blue and purple stars in there that can be fished out with a toothpick and placed for a more subtle effect. Oh! There are crescent moon glitters too.  The Candy Lacquer shop is closed for the holidays but keep checking back because in my experience, it's usually not closed any more than a couple of weeks.

Candy Lacquer - Bunny Dreams: $8.50 candylacquer.bigcartel.com
Candy Lacquer - Bunny Dreams

That all being said, I had a horrible time working with OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls and with literally every other white creme polish I've worked with. They seem to streak and leave bald spots. It took me 3 coats to cover all of the bald spots. I've tried OPI - Alpine Snow and Essie - Blanc and they all seem to do the same thing, has anybody found one that works well? I do prefer the off-white and grey-tint of MBFSW but I'll take anything at this point.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wing Dust Collections - The Deep End

I apologize for my super laziness over the past week or so! I really have no excuse for it. :)

I even had this color swatched a couple days after the last WDC polish I posted... I have just been sleeping so much that I haven't posted. This is a gorgeous polish, it's base reminds me A LOT of Nars - Purple Rain and China Glaze - Let's Groove. But, it's much prettier than those because it has glitter on top of it. :)

Wing Dust Collections - The Deep End: $8.50 Etsy (US/CA), $10.50 Llarowe (International), $13.50 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (International [AU]), £8.50 Rainbow Connection (UK).
Wind Dust Collections - The Deep End

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wing Dust Collections - I Ain't No Angel

This is a blue I like to think of as Tardis Blue! I believe it's from the Fall 2013 Collection but I am not sure! Unfortunately, the Seche Vite shrunk it away from my tips before I even got to take the photo. I hate when it does that! I keep meaning to try out Glisten & Glow's HK Girl Top Coat but I am broke since I am not allowed to work in Canada until I can become a permanent resident. I've gone 7 months without any personal income and it sucks! My husband is very generous of course and buys me stuff all the time but I really don't think I can ask him for anything else for a while or we will be eating nail polish for dinner. :) When I can work I will buy all the nail polishes, yayy! I only have half of a bottle of base coat though and I just cracked open my last bottle of Seche though so something will have to happen eventually, we shall see!

Wing Dust Collections - I Ain't No Angel: $8.50 Etsy (US/CA), $10.50 Llarowe (International), $13.50 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (International [AU]).

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wing Dust Collections - Glowing, Glowing, Gone!

Squee!

I am addicted to purple polishes. Today's Wing Dust polish is glow in the dark! Wooo! This is my first glow in the dark polish and I have no idea how to photograph it without a UV light, so sorry! It glows a faint blue/white in the dark! It's pretty distracting when you're trying to sleep, I just kept moving my nails around under the covers. I really don't know how Stephanie from Wing Dust Collections dreams up these color combinations but, if I ever have startup cash to start a nail polish line, I will be very intimidated. I have to try out a matte coat on top of every pastel because I love the look, so I have included that swatch as well. :D

Wing Dust Collections - Glowing, Glowing, Gone!: $8.50 Etsy (US/CA), $10.50 Llarowe (International), $13.50 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (International [AU]).

Wing Dust Collections - Glowing, Glowing, Gone!

Wing Dust Collections - Glowing, Glowing, Gone! w/ Essie Matte About You Top Coat

Wing Dust Collections - Glowing, Glowing, Gone! Macro

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

a england - St. George

An oldie but a goodie!

Today, I have a england - Saint George from a england's "The Legends Collection". I've had this polish since my birthday 2012! I also have a few other colors from a england that I keep meaning to try a gradient with but that just never seems to happen. Saint George is a scattered holo, the holo gives depth to the polish rather than bling it out like most indie polishes you see. The formula is fantastic but the brush was a bit thin and stiff for my tastes (I also dislike abnormally wide brushes either, for the record). I picked this up from Llarowe but the brand has since exploded and is available from e-tailers all around the world!

a england - Saint George: $10 Llarowe (Int'l), $10 NinjaPolish (Int'l), $10 Color4Nails (US/CA), $13.50 NailPolishCanada (US/CA), £9 a england (UK), $13.50 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (AU/Int'l), $16 Mei Mei's Signatures (SG/Int'l)

Friday, November 22, 2013

China Glaze - I'm Not Lion & China Glaze Spring/Summer 2014 Sneak Peek

I've had this color in my stash in the US since last winter. My mom and sister came to visit me in Toronto last month though and she brought a few of the polishes I had at home with her. I wish there was an easier way to get them here because I still have TONS of nail polishes back in the states. Some of them I miss! But, my stash here in Canada is growing rather large as well. I didn't use a top coat because I liked the way it dried semi-matte.

I'm a bit sad I had to put away the Halloween layout since it was my favorite layout I've made so far. I left it up almost a month after Halloween because I liked it so much. I have a Winterfell inspired layout now though, yay!

China Glaze - I'm Not Lion is a gold glitter with scattered holographic glitters. It's a really gorgeous color from the Fall 2012 On Safari Collection. I liked that collection much better than CG's Fall 2013 collection but their summer 2013 collection (Sunsational) was my favorite collection from CG to date. It looks like they have some nice colors coming up again for summer that I am pretty excited for.

China Glaze - I'm Not Lion:  $3.25 Nailsupplies.us, $6 .95 Nail Polish Canada.



Here is a sneak peak at some of China Glaze's up and coming 2014 collections for spring and summer.

The early spring release will be the crinkled chrome collection (Available November at nailsupplies.us and probably December/January in stores). It looks to be textured pastel chromes.

The spring collection will be the City Flourish collection. (Probably March/April)

The early summer will be the Sea Goddess collection which seems to be bright glittery textured polishes. (Probably April/May)

The Summer collection is called Off Shore. (Probably May/June)


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Whimsical Ideas by Pam - Suess

I've had this polish for almost a year now and I just got around to swatching it now! Can you believe it? I got this in the dead of winter during the dark period before I had my light box so unfortunately it did not get swatched despite wearing it several times. I was really unhappy with every photo that I took during the winter so I just pretty much disappeared from blogging last winter. Now that I have a light box, I intend to keep swatching in the winter! I went a day without wearing nail polish so of course... I broke a nail so I am rocking shorties for a few weeks. :(

What I would like to first comment on about this polish is the amazing shelf life. I haven't opened this polish in about 6 months and it never separated, I didn't have to add any thinner and I didn't have to scrape any glitter from the sides of the bottle. I just shook it lightly and it went on just as smooth as the day I got it. The bottles are very thick and high quality so I am wondering if that has something to do with it... or maybe Pam has just found the secret formula!

I was originally put off that Whimsical Ideas by Pam did not have an e-store. To buy "whimsies" you must send an e-mail telling Pam which polishes you wish to buy. I thought this process would take a very long time since you're supposed to be put into a queue but I was determined to have a few of these whimsies. To my surprise, the process was very quick and painless, I sent in an email, I got an invoice within the next 48hrs, I paid it and it was in my mail a week later! Pam only ships to the US so unfortunately these are the last whimsies I will get to own unless I beg my mother to ship me some to Canada.


Whimsical Ideas by Pam - Suess: $10 Whimsical Ideas By Pam
Whimsical Ideas By Pam - Suess

Whimsical Ideas By Pam - Suess with Essie Matte About You Top Coat

Saturday, November 9, 2013

OPI - Sparkle-Icious

Here is a throwback polish! Today is more of a nail polish memorial swatch than a new shiny-swatch.

I keep carrying this polish with me back and forth from The States to Canada but I'm afraid this is the last time I can wear it because the truth is, this polish has been nearly unsusable for a couple years now. OPI - Sparkle-Icious is from the OPI Holiday 2010 collection and collaboration with the movie Burlesque.

My NPBFF bought me the glitter portion of this set and I didn't use it as much as I would have liked to because I didn't want to waste it, lol. This was my favorite by far but it was hell to revive. I think I squirted about half a bottle of polish thinner in it and it was very difficult to work with. The formula was great for glitters at the time (when it was new) but it's a bit of a step backwards from the nice, flat micro-glitters of today. I got this polish back when I was using a cheap little Kodak Easy Share camera so unfortunately, I don't think I have an old swatch of this but I wanted to make sure I could come up with a swatch before I laid it to rest and stopped trying to use it.

OPI - Sparkle-Icious was a beatiful gold, blue and magenta micro-glitter polish that was so blingly I instantly fell in love with it. The only problem that I ever had with this polish is that it has the OPI extra-wide brush which I absolutely hate.

Now, I can't tell you how many polishes I have had to swatch multiple times because I will take pictures, go on with my day, maybe mess up my nails or get some tip wear and go to the pictures to find a rogue cat hair. It seriously happens all the time, I swear when I check my nails before the photo I can't see any or maybe I'm just so used to having cat fur on everything I own that I'm blind to them now. Today I have a rogue cat hair and I will wear it proudly! Here is to you, OPI - Sparkle-Icious.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

OPI - Baby Please Come Home

Baby Please Come Home is frome OPI's Holiday 2013 Collection collaboration with Mariah Carey. As usual, the formula was great and I still love Liquid Sands. I don't have too much to say about this one except that I like it a lot. :D

OPI - Baby Please Come Home: $9 Ulta, $9 Nail Polish Canada (US/CA), $10 Trade Secrets (CA)


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

OPI - Alcatraz... Rocks

Hello everybody!
     I have been gone for a while but now I am back, yay! On September 20th I had PRK Eye Surgery and the recovery took a lot longer than expected. I was worried nail polish fumes would irritate my eyes so I didn't paint my nails for about 3 weeks and pretty much gave up on nail care (I had a lot of breakage). It's taken me a couple of weeks to get my nails and cuticles back into swatching shape.

I'm excited to say about 6 weeks after the surgery my vision is 20/40 in my left eye and 20/25 in my right eye and I am free of glasses and contacts. In about 6 more weeks my vision should be about perfect, if not perfect in both eyes.

Anyway... on to the polish!

I should start of by mentioning that I am a huge fan of Liquid Sand and Pixie Dust polishes. When I saw this color on other blogs I was mildly interested but when I saw it in store... omg it is the most beautiful textured polish I have ever seen! It's a purple base with greenish and gold shimmer in it and it is just amazing. While I love the matte-textured look, it also looks so good with a top coat that I can't even decide which I like better. The formula was a dream, of course and opaque in 2 coats.

OPI - Alcatraz... Rocks: $9 Ulta, $9 Nail Polish Canada (US/CA), $10 Trade Secrets (CA)

OPI - Alcatraz Rocks

OPI - Alcatraz Rocks w/ Top Coat

OPI - Alcatraz Rocks w/o and w/Top Coat

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Layla - Emerald Divine

Yay Holos! I always intend to take daytime shots of holographic polishes but I never catch the sun up because I am not up early enough or late enough (Ready why I am a night owl below). The holos also look great indoors but it's very hard to capture it on camera. I've been messing around with my light box and I think I have found a decent solution to the problem. Diffusing the light through the tissue paper causes the holographic effect to basically disappear. When taking pictures of normal polish, diffusing the light is preferable because it gets rid of the reflective glare on the polish. When taking pictures of the holographic polishes, you NEED the reflective glare because the holographic effect is completely dependent on how much light is reflecting off of it. So I've just taken my lights and shined them directly in the box (through the front) and came out with a decent result. It's not as good as taking photos in the sunlight, but it beats using flash in the dark when you can see the exaggerated (and deceptive) results.

Layla's hologram effect formula is great, it's thin but you only need two coats. It applies evenly and dries quickly. They're the most holographic polishes I have seen so far. It will chip quickly unless you use the sandwich method. 1-2 coats of holo, 1 coat of Seche, 1 coat of holo.

Layla - 10 Emerald Divine: $12.50 Color4Nails , $12 Harlow & Co.





(You can skip this part, it's personal.)
 I really despise the sun because my body just seems to hate it.
 I know it sounds crazy and those people shouting about Vitamin D drive me nuts. I've been tested and my vitamin D levels are fine, thank you. My eyes are very light sensitive (runs in my family) so even through sun glasses I end up squinting and not being able to see most of the time, if I'm following somebody I have to look down at the grown and follow their shoes. In the winter, looking at the ground just reflect more sun back at me and it's just a disaster. So, on top of that my skin is as pale as you can get without being albino, so my skin burns if I spend any measurable amount of time in the sun and putting on sunscreen to go shopping is just a pain in the butt. I'm also incredibly heat intolerant which I think I can blame on my thyroid disorder (Hashimoto's Thyroiditis), I heat up very quickly, get heat exhaustion and then I am in bed, sick, sleeping and drinking water the rest of the day. It takes me quite a while to cool down. As I need any more reasons to dislike the sun and daytime, here is number 4: In the day time a lot of people are out and I have some crazy social anxiety, so I prefer to be out in the evening when it is both darker and quieter. Needless to say, I am a night owl.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Zoya - Carter

I've been REALLY into textured polishes lately. I really like the ones that are more matte/metallic than something that kind of looks like stucco though. The Zoya Pixie Dusts and the OPI Liquid Sands are my favorites. I actually have quite a few that I have worn several times but haven't taken pictures of yet.  These are kind of an upgrade to the OPI Suede collection that I've been lemming after for years and only managed to score 3 colors from.

This is Zoya - Carter from the Fall 2013 Pixie Dust Collection. It's a gorgeous dark purple with a fuchsia metallic glitter in it.My only gripe is that in the promo pictures (why are promo pictures usually so inaccurate?) the fuchsia was a bit less bright and it looked like it was silvery which I would have preferred but this is good too. :)

Zoya - Carter: $9 Zoya.com (US),  $9.75 Nail Polish Canada


Saturday, August 31, 2013

OPI - Jinx

Okay! I am back. My computer died and I had to get a new one so I didn't have all my tools on the computer I was using temporarily. Good news is, this computer is sooooooooooooo much better than my old one. My husband was really sweet and bought me a very expensive computer for gaming. I also upgraded from Photoshop CS3 to Photoshop CS6.

I have OPI - Jinx on my nails today. Jinx is part of the Bond Girls Liquid Sand collection which I love! I only have two of them for the moment but I am supposed to be getting the rest at some point. This color is stunning and the formula is miraculous. It sparkles brighter than a lot of glossy polishes despite being textured and matte. While the particles are a beautiful orange and golden yellow, the base jelly has a bit of a pink tint which makes it so much better.

I know you all have seen this color before because it's been out a while and I snapped it up within a couple days of it's release at Ulta. If you were on the fence about buying it or forgot to buy it, get it before it's hard to get because it really deserves a chance. :)

OPI - Jinx: $9 Ulta (US), $8.95 Nail Polish Canada (Int'l & Canada)





Monday, August 12, 2013

Different Dimension - Gnarly

I have a soft spot for lime green polishes. Green isn't even in my top 3 favorite colors but the first polish that started my polish addiction was China Glaze - In The Limelight. I used to only polish my toes every couple of months but I was in Sally Beauty Supply one day and I saw that polish and I thought, I really need to have neon green nails. I got it home and unfortunately the formula was terrible and I keep buying neon green polishes hoping for a perfect formula. They all seem to be below average, which is common with neons. While this isn't as neon as I like, this is certainly a very bright lime green and it even has a subtle holographic shimmer. The formula is long-wearing and fabulous and this will now be my go-to lime green polish. :)

Different Dimension - Ditz: $10 Etsy & $12 Llarowe.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Different Dimension - Ditz

Today I am showing off Different Dimension's Ditz. This is another color from the 80s Baby collection. It has the same bright color and subtle holo effect. I didn't get this update out sooner because these actually have a very long wear time. I actually wore Whatever for 4 days which is record time for me. These are kind of hard to get off (not as bad as glitter), the formula is great, I used two liberal coats, and the same base and top coat I use for every other polish yet these don't seem to peel up at the corners over the next couple of days like most polishes.

Different Dimension - Ditz: $10 Etsy & $12 Llarowe.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Different Dimension - Whatever

I've been longing for the Different Dimension 80s Baby collection for a long time now! It was my birthday on Friday and I finally scored a few from my husband as a gift! Yay! He got me a ton of stuff, so now it's time to review them all, mwahah! He is the best. :)

If you didn't notice the keyword, husband, I got married July 13th to my hot Canadian and I was so busy that week I forgot to update! I was supposed to fly home on Sunday but when we visited the immigration lawyer, we found out that the immigration guy that stamped my passport actually allowed me to stay 6 months instead of the usual 2. We're going to get paperwork started now that we are married so hopefully I will be able to stay in Toronto and become permanent resident. :)

On to the polish!
I need to comment on the formula because it's amazing, you could get away with one coat but two does the trick. It's so smooth and easy to apply. On a holographic scale, it's much more subtle than I am used to but it's still there and it's obviously different than just a metallic shimmer. I don't own this whole set yet, but I want to get the rest. :)


Different Dimension - Whatever: $10 Etsy & $12 Llarowe.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Femme Fatale - Fatal Attraction

Press Sample


The fourth and final(for now) Femme Fatale polish I bring to you is Fatal Attraction.

Femme Fatale's website describes Fatal Attraction as: "
Fatal Attraction is a deep magenta polish with scattered holographic particles in a rich burgundy. Will dry to a rough surface so will require topcoat, and around 2-3 coats for an even finish"

They aren't lying, this dries very rough. However, once you slap a top coat on it the sparkles shine very brightly. I'm guessing the glitter is just larger and extra gritty so it doesn't look very nice when it dries on it's own but when you use a top coat, BAM, sparkles!! The photos online don't do it justice. In real life it's a dark, rich raspberry with very flashy blue and red sparkles that sometimes reflect green. It's flashy enough for me, but the color is conservative enough for my mother. I could see a pretty wide range of nail polish lovers wearing this polish, it's very versatile and fun to look at throughout the day.

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Femme Fatale - Fatal Attraction: $13 Llarowe (International USA), $14 Harlow & Co (International Canada), $9.85 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (Australia). 
See Femme Fatale's website for more International e-tailers


This was a press sample provided to me by Femme Fatale Cosmetics for an honest review

Monday, July 29, 2013

Femme Fatale - The Other Side Of The World

Press Sample

On to the third Femme Fatale polish! This is The Other Side Of The World.

Femme Fatale's Website describes this color as: "A sheer purple base with red tones and shimmers, highlighted by various orange, iridescent, purple and pink glitters. Swatch coming soon, please note base colour may vary slightly from product image."

I would have to disagree with this description, while the description of the glitter is accurate, the jelly base is much more of a pinky magenta than a purple. I have to say I like the photo on the website with the purple base, but this is beautiful as well. It also does warn that the base color may vary from the product image. 

The product image (swatched by Nail Gun XS) is layered over OPI - Dutch Ya Just Love OPI? which I actually own in the states, I just have to get it here in Canada so I can use it under this color. I used 3 coats with no undies.

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Femme Fatale - The Other Side Of The World: $13 Llarowe (International USA), $14 Harlow & Co (International Canada), $9.85 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (Australia). 
See Femme Fatale's website for more International e-tailers



This was a press sample provided to me by Femme Fatale Cosmetics for an honest review

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Femme Fatale - Lucent Ametrine

Press Sample

This is the second Femme Fatale polish I tried, called Lucent Ametrine.

Shoppo Eclecticco(Singapore) describes this color as - "Lucent Ametrine is a clear base glitter topper, packed full of purple glitter in various shapes/sizes and finishes. Speckled in-between are hints of wine, iridescent blue and gold.

This was a glitter bomb! I'm not sure when this color came out but I can't find on any stock list on any of the Femme Fatale stockists. Maybe it has been discontinued? If it has, it's too bad because it's a very pretty mix of glitter. It was very thick though and I added a few drops of Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food (I seriously put this in all of my glitter polishes) and it made it glide on quite a bit easier.

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Femme Fatale - Lucent Ametrine: $13 Llarowe (International USA), $14 Harlow & Co (International Canada), $9.85 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (Australia). 
See Femme Fatale's website for more International e-tailers


  This was a press sample provided to me by Femme Fatale Cosmetics for an honest review

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Femme Fatale - Wolfsbane

Press Sample

Yesterday, I got 4 Femme Fatale beauties in my nail mail from the far away land of Australia (oooo)!This is my first time trying Femme Fatale polishes but I have had my eye on them for quite a while. Navy Blue & Red usually aren't my thing but I have to say I love this polish. My favorite part is the blue crescents. :)

Femme Fatale's website describes this color as "A deep purple base filled with navy hexes and shreds, flecks of periwinkle and soft blue cresents, and highlighted by a sparse scattering and flashes of red.

I didn't really notice the base being a dark purple, the navy hexes might have thrown me off so I used it over OPI - Yoga-Ta Get This Blue. I noticed that it was a jelly base so I assumed I would have to use a base color but after putting it on I'm pretty sure you could build it up enough on it's own.
The formula was great, I also used a coat of Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food under a coat of Seche Vite to flatten it out and get the SUPER SHINE effect.

I look forward to trying more indie Aussie brands (and more Femme Fatale) in the future because I think they really have this glitter in a jelly base thing nailed.

Follow Femme Fatale: Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram

Femme Fatale - Wolfsbane: $13 Llarowe (International USA), $14 Harlow & Co (International Canada), $9.85 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (Australia). 



This was a press sample provided to me by Femme Fatale Cosmetics for an honest review

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mint Manis For Talia: NerdLacquer - All Of TIme And Space

On July 16th, 2013 the online beauty community lost one of it's greatest gurus. At just 13 years old, Talia Joy Catellano lost her 6 year battle with two types of cancer. Talia was best know as TaliaJoy18 and will be greatly missed.

The blogging community has created a memorial in the form of mint manicures to be worn on Friday, July 19th. Mint manicures were chosen because the last manicure that Talia posted was a mint mani.
Thanks to Nicole at Nail Polish Wars for putting this together. It was a great idea!

You can see many of Talia's tutorials on YouTube as TaliaJoy18.

RIP Talia!




Sunday, July 7, 2013

Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend

Today I have my other Enchanted Polish from the Time To Pretend collection! Yay. This one is named, Time To Pretend. The picture on Llarowe's site wasn't entirely accurate for this polish either but it was much closer to the actual color than it was for Kids! It's just darker and more blue. This polish really is blurple. In the bottle it looks purple for sure but when it's on the nail you really cannot tell whether it is purple or blue.  The color shift is a bit more subtle than it was in Kids but it's still definitely there. This color is also more holographic than Kids which is a big plus for me since I would rather have more holo than more duochrome. I am quite happy with this polish and I would love to own the rest of the collection. :)

Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend: $14 Enchanted Polish & Llarowe.

Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend: Daylight (Overcast)

Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend: Daylight (overcast)

Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend: No Light w/Flash

Enchanted Polish - Time To Pretend: No Light w/Flash

Friday, July 5, 2013

Instagram for your PC with BlueStacks

This is for all of those bloggers out there without a fancy phone!

So far, Instagram has no plans of making itself compatible for uploading pics from your PC. Instagram is a "mobile first" company, while they allow you to view photos and follow users from the web, they do not allow you to upload pics from your PC. They want to keep Instagram about "photography"via mobile devices so it doesn't get overloaded with random pics from the internet (a la tumblr).

Instagram has very quickly grown into a very popular tool to be used by bloggers, however, their "mobile first" policy leaves out those without data plans or smart phones. I'm not a regular phone user, I actually really dislike using the phone. That being said, I'm certainly not going to pay a fortune for a data plan and a $600(or something, I have not researched this number) phone that takes decent photos with access to the Android/Iphone app stores. Well, lucky for people like me, there is a workaround!

The workaround is a pain in the butt, but it sure beats spending all of that money. If you prefer to use your PC, there are a couple Android emulators out there to choose from. They're very early in development, have a lot of bugs and run pretty slowly, especially if you have an older PC. I tried out Google's android emulator for developers but I had trouble making it work.

The program I ended up using is called BlueStacks, it's free and it's in Beta. I've had a problem with it once where it was stuck eternally on the "Loading..." screen but a quick uninstall and a fresh download and re-imstall solved that issue for me.

You can download BlueStacks at http://www.bluestacks.com/, there is also a Mac friendly version available. Once you have it downloaded and opened, it will look something like this...

Yours will not have Instagram yet, you need to order that from the Android or Amazon app store. Click "App Search" and type in Instagram. You will either need to log into a google or amazon account (it's free but you still need to login). Note that this is an android emulator so you can play games on it too. :)

Once you have it installed, you can create an account and login! It will automatically hook up to your webcam, so if you want to take pics on your webcam, you can do that as well.



To upload saved photos from your PC, just open a file folder and drag the photo you want from the file folder and onto the BlueStacks window and a window will pop up asking you where you want to send the photo. Click Instagram and it will work just like Instagram on your phone (or for people like me, on other people's phones) Get your hashtags ready and start instagramming (is that how you say it? >.<)!

Note: I have found that in order to add another picture in the same session, you will have to go back to the Blue Stacks main screen and open Instagram a second time to get the "Share" window to start popping back up.

I hope this helps out more bloggers than just me! I was feeling pretty left out with all of the Instagram giveaways and I felt like I was missing out on a lot of exposure for my blog. It is a pain in the butt, but it's free and I'm happy with it.

If you get stuck anywhere along the line, don't hesitate to consult YouTube!


Enchanted Polish - Kids

I was finally able to score some Enchanted Polishes from Llarowe in the last restock! I tried to snag just one from the previous restock only to get cart jacked. Argghh! Anyway, I was able to snag two in two separate orders (paying Canadian shipping on both :/) and I'm super excited to share them! I love being in Canada with my fiance (it's a great country) but I really don't think I will ever get used to Canadian shipping & Customs fees. The sales tax is a bit alarming but it's not so bad. In Ontario, sales tax is 13% wheras in Minnesota (where I am from) it is 6.5%.  I have only been charged a Customs fee once (fingers crossed) on an Asos order, I spent $86 and ended up with a SURPRIZE customs fee of $40. Yikes! Thankfully my fiance had  $40 on him because I did not see that coming, hehe.
Today I have Kids, this is the one I was most excited about, in the picture on both Llarowe's & Enchanted Polish's website it looked like a dusty turquoise/green super linear holo and it was so gorgeous! Unfortunately, I have yet to find a lighting that makes it look like the color in the picture. I was pretty bummed it didn't look like it did in the picture but it's still a beautiful color that I am very happy to own! In reality, this is a blue/purple/pink multi-chrome polish with a medium amount of holo-goodness that is mostly linear but somewhat scattered!

Enchanted Polish - Kids: $14 Llarowe & Enchanted Polish.

Enchanted Polish - Kids: Daylight (overcast)

Enchanted Polish - Kids: Daylight (overcast)

Enchanted Polish - Kids: Indoors, no light, just flash.