Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer Review and Photos

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer is another cruelty free and vegan nail polish that I received from Inkk’s new Winter Arctic Collection. There are five colors in this limited edition collection, and they are now available for purchase on the Inkk website.

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Ashley Morgan is the talented Creator and President of Inkk, and in a previous interview she said that she, “…wanted to capture the feeling of winter, arctic and chill, and steer away from traditional Holiday colors like red, green, and orange….Ashley also, “wanted to have a variety of light and dark and choose colors that represent winter as well as wear well with other colors (for fashion).

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

The photos in this post include one shade from the Winter Arctic Collection: the beautiful Arctic Glacier; and there is Desert Treasures, one of the lovely House of Inkk’s shades. The third nail lacquer that I used was Francesca, from the Canto Inferno Collection. Canto Inferno was the very first collection from Inkk. It represents what the House of Inkk believes in: stories told in color and communication in color.

Shown below are the bottles of the shades that I used. I love the beauty of the design, which so elegantly captures the name Inkk, from an octopus inking.  Each bottle holds a large amount of polish: 18ml.

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

I was thinking that the best way for me to describe Inkk Arctic Glacier was a dark teal. But, it’s much more complex and beautiful than just that. I came across a photo on Instagram, and I thought it perfectly captured the mood. It looks cold, could be winter, and it’s beautiful. Maybe there’s an octopus in that section of the sea!

Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

I hope that you’ve had a chance to read about this newish (2013) cruelty free and vegan nail polish brand that is five-free of the chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. 

Inkk Arctic Glacier is easy to work with, and even when I was exhausted but had to keep redoing my nail art, every single time the polish applied easily, and gave a beautiful, smooth appearance. Although I always recommend you add a top coat, it is shiny without one. If you don’t like the shades that are on the website, then it’s very easy, and a lot of fun, to create your own shade. 

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

 

 Inkk Arctic Glacier Nail Lacquer

Inkk Arctic Glacier

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture.

Here’s the link to check out the website and either make your own shade, or purchase one of the many Inkk Lacquers.

The only downside is that Inkk Arctic Glacier is one of the five shades in the limited edition Winter Arctic Collection.

Disclosure: I received products for possible review. All links are for your convenience only.

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Inkk Snow Shadow Review and Photos

Inkk Snow Shadow

Inkk Snow Shadow and Winter Charcoal are two of the five new nail polish shades I received from the House of Inkk’s new Winter Arctic Collection.  Ashley Morgan, the Creator and President of Inkk will have them available for purchase later this week.

inkk snow shadow

I asked Ashley a lot of questions about the Winter Arctic Collection because–in addition to the fact that I love it – I was really fascinated with her color choice, and the whole process. As a nail polish lover, I’m sure you’ll be interested in learning what Ashley said, and the photos she shared. 

  1. How did you decide on which five shades to use for your Winter Arctic Collection?
  2. Will you be adding to the collection?

“I wanted to capture the feeling of winter, arctic and chill and steer away from traditional Holiday colors like red, green, orange.  I used Pinterest to find pictures that had this feel to it. I downloaded the pictures I liked the feel of and used the Inkk website, Create Tab, to pull colors from the pictures. This is the same way anyone can make custom colors. I wanted to have a variety of light/dark and choose colors that represent winter as well as wear well with other colors (for fashion).

Below are two examples of pictures inside Inkk website choosing the colors. You can see the grey, aqua, blues in each.

Inkk Nail Lacquers

 

inkk nail lacquers

And yes, I will probably add some warmer shades, think winter sunset, sunrise and northern lights.”

Inkk Snow Shadow

There are so many reasons that I love Inkk Nail Lacquers, and highly recommend it. First, you don’t have to worry about animal cruelty because they are a cruelty free nail polish brand. If you’re vegan, you’ll also be able to enjoy the polish, as there are no animal derived ingredients!  There is also the fact that they are five-free, which means that you’re not worrying about the chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor. 

Finally, there is no excuse to use another polish that is not cruelty free and vegan, because the quality is superb. Sometimes people will get excited about the pretty packaging of a nail polish–regardless of either the quality of the product or the fact that the company is listed as one that tests on animals! With Inkk, you’ll have the highest quality product and a beautiful product, including the mailer and the box in which the polish is packaged.

Inkk Snow Shadow

Inkk Snow Shadow

I’ll do another post showing you more of Winter Charcoal, which is a dark grey shade. Inkk Snow Shadow is a light, pale grey shade. I labeled the photo below so you would see that both Inkk Snow Shadow and Winter Charcoal are easy to apply and needed only one to two coats for full  opaqueness. Ashley also sent an Inkk Matte Top Coat for me to play with, and I used that as well.

 

So you’ll get a better understanding of the variety of shades and looks you can achieve, I have labeled what I used.

inkk snow shadow

 

Inkk Snow Shadow

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture.

Here’s the link to purchase Inkk Lacquer Snow Shadow, Winter Charcoal, the Matte Top Coat, or any of the other beautiful shades.

 

Disclosure: I received products for possible review. All links are for your convenience only. I do not benefit if you order, so I hope you’ll try Inkk Nail Lacquers.

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Inkk Nail Lacquers Review and Photos

Inkk Nail Lacquers Review and Photos

I hope you’ve had a chance to read my previous Monday Mani post about Inkk Nail Lacquers, a new nail polish company from Montreal, Quebec. I was fortunate enough to be able to customize my very own color, and name it, Moxie. Today, I’m going to share photos of my nails with two coats of my custom shade, Moxie, and Fiery Farinata, a shade from the House of Inkk. You can read the whole story behind the color on the website, but Fiery Farinata sometimes looks orange, and sometimes red.

Of course, Inkk Nail Lacquers are cruelty free, but they’re also vegan, and five-free.

In the previous post, I applied only one coat of Moxie, and no top coat. Today’s post is different. All the photos that follow show my nails with the Inkk Nail Lacquers: Moxie, two coats, and Fiery Farinata, one coat. I then added a top coat.

Inkk Nail Lacquers

 

I was able to go four days with no chips–and I only took off the polish because I had to do another nail post. It wears well, looks great with and without a top coat, and, both shades are easy to apply. As stated above, Inkk Nail Lacquers are cruelty free, vegan and five-free, which means that you’re not worrying about the chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde,  Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

Inkk Nail Lacquers

Inkk Nail Lacquers

Obviously, the most important factor in purchasing a nail polish is it’s quality. However, Ashley Morgan, the Creator and President of Inkk. has gone above and beyond to make you want to love everything about Inkk Nail Lacquers. The polish that was sent arrived in appropriate colored packaging. If you design a custom color, your package will be gold, just like the Inkk octopus tail on the bottle.  If you select one of the shades from the House of Inkk Collection the tail is silver, as is the package that it will arrive in. The boxes that hold the polish are also very pretty, and the unusually large 18ml Inkk bottles are gorgeous! Everything about Inkk Nail Lacquers represent quality and beauty!

Inkk Nail Lacquers

The photo below is a good photo to show you the bottles. They’re gorgeous, but also crafted so that the contoured cap makes it helpful to paint your nails…all while making it a fun experience.  “An octopus communicates in color,” says Ashley, and this is the premise of our brand; communication in color.” What a great representation of the quality and beauty of Inkk!

Inkk Nail Lacquers

Yes, Moxie looks like a gorgeous goth shade with two coats, but go back to the previous post, and you’ll see that it’s a beautiful purple with only one coat!

 

Inkk Nail Lacquers

I just wanted to also show you how my nails look while working at my computer in the evening.

Inkk Nail Lacquers

Inkk Nail Lacquers Info & Links

Inkk Website,

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture,

Ashley has created a promotional code that will get you 20% off your entire first order AND free shipping (a $10 value on shipping alone). So, if you want to make custom colors for yourself or gifts for the holidays, this is great! All you need to do is create an account (using your email only, super fast process) and enter MOXIE20 in the box in CHECKOUT. Click APPLY and voila! They are 1 per customer.

 

Disclosure: I received products for possible review. All links are for your convenience only. I do not benefit if you order, so I hope you’ll take advantage of the very generous offer of MOXIE20!

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MoYou London: Nail Polish, Plates, & Tools

MoYou London

MoYou London is a cruelty free and vegan company based on London, that has sent me some items to review for you. In addition, I have purchased MoYou London products, so I can say without any hesitation that if you’re looking to try nail stamping MoYou London will help you to always have beautiful looking designs on your nails, and with great, quality products.

MoYou London

MoYou London has a really big collection of nail art plates, specially formulated nail lacquers for expert stamping, and just the right tools to help with the process. For example, below you will see one of the stamping nail art plates: Artist. number 03. There are also the following MoYou London tools: a marshmallow stamp, a scraper, and two nail lacquers.

I’ve included some photos (with low lighting), as I’m working in my kitchen late at night.

 

MoYou London

MoYou London

Now, I’m not going to pretend that I got this on my first try. I practiced quite a bit, but once I got the hang of it, I had no trouble at all.

I’ll do a tutorial in a later post, but for now, here are some tips that I’ve learned so far.

This seems obvious, and yet when I went to try out the second stamping plate, I forgot- you have to remove the blue protection sticker before you can use the plate!!

The quality of the nail art plate, and the polish you use for stamping does make a difference. Why? Well, first there are tons of nail art plates on the market. The plates that aren’t etched deep enough will not work as well! And while this doesn’t effect the stamping, it is such a pleasure working with the MoYou London plates. They are mounted on plastic backing, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with sharp edges. I also love that there is a beautiful protective sleeve to keep it safely stored.

 

Second, yes, you can use any brand of cruelty free polish for your nail stamping. However, thinner nail polish, and the quick dry polishes don’t work as well. I did experiment, and MoYou London polish most definitely made a difference in the quality of the nail stamp.

MoYou London

No, I don’t make any money telling you , it’s just to save you both time and money.

MoYou London

MoYou London

The two MoYou London polishes are in a 9 ml bottle. and are 5-free. I put one coat of Last Dragon, on all my fingers, except my thumb, which has two. That glittery dark purple is beautiful! Purple Punch, a very pretty lilac shade, was used for the design.

I took some photos by the black and purple plants in my backyard.

MoYou London

 

MoYou London

Here is the MoYou London website to check out, and follow up posts will include the second stamping plate I received, and answer any questions you leave for me in the comments.

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The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

I received a complimentary review copy of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.   I have already started to read the copy that was sent to me. I first showed it off on Instagram.

 The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Sunny Subramanian was the very first vegan beauty blogger to make a name for herself. Now, this super mom and super blogger is an author! Great bragging rights, Sunny! This beautiful book has the complete title: The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products.

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Before I charge ahead about the book, let me tell you some more about this compassionate chick, Sunny. Back in 2007, Sunny became the very first vegan beauty blogger, and now she’s the leading authority on cruelty free and vegan beauty and lifestyle. I’m sure you already know this, but I’ll repeat it for those living under a rock. Sunny’s blog is veganbeautyreview, and her goal with both her blog and her book is to, “show the world that veganism can be fun, beautiful, and delicious.”

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Part One of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty is the “Ins and Outs of Vegan Beauty.” That includes: Vegan Basics, Why DIY Beauty Products are Better, and Essential Vegan Ingredients and Equipment. This is chock-full of all the information you need in one handy guide.

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

You’re reading my blog, so obviously, you already know that sadly, in 2016, there are still so many cosmetics that are tested on and/or contain animal products. One of the many reasons that I love Sunny’s book is because in Part Two not only are there are only cruelty free, vegan and non-toxic recipes–but also, if gluten in cosmetics is a concern to you, you need not worry. All of them are gluten free! Sunny has made sure not to leave anyone out, since although it’s a “chick’s guide,” there are also recipes for unisex beauty essentials.  There are 125 recipes in total, and I bet that anything that you have considered making will be in this book.

In wanting to give a thorough review, I’ve not only been reading Sunny’s beautiful book, but I’ve also been taking the time to make the recipes. My photos and thoughts on trying to make the recipes (letting you know how easy, or very easy) they were to make, will be in future posts.

 

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty

Here are some more things you need to know about the The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty:

All of the recipes are written with very clear, step-by-step directions. Most of them have photos for each step, too. All of the recipes have a note as to whom the product is best for, and tips and possible cautions (in case you may be allergic to an ingredient, etc.). There are over 100 color photos, and helpful charts and diagrams. There is also a gift section, an ingredient list and their beneficial properties, and a very large vegan resources section.

I love that in the title of the book the word Compassionate is used. While I’m sure that those who want to end animal cruelty will want to purchase the book, I hope that other people, whether they are a vegetarian, or a fully committed vegan, will also get this go-to resource!

 

The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products is available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy.
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