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!

Moxie Reviews: Twitter , Facebook , Google+, Follow my blog with Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest

Moxie Reviews 2011-2016. Content copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner, Moxie, is strictly prohibited.

ani MICHELE Nail Art Review and Photos

ani MICHELE Nail Art

After reviewing two of the ani MICHELE nail polish shades I recieved, I decided to show you how beautiful they work together with an ani MICHELE nail art post. My inspiration is the night sky, and the name of the glittery black, Reach for the Stars shade.

ani michele nail art


In case you haven’t read my two previous posts showing both Love Bug and Reach for the Stars,  here are some facts you need to know. Ani Sousamian is the founder and owner of Ani Michele Products LLC. Since early childhood, Ani has had a passion and infatuation for nail polish. Ani MICHELE lacquer is different from the “typical” polish you would purchase in that it’s cruelty free, vegan, made in the United States, and five free of chemicals. Five free means that all the polishes are not only made without the three common chemicals found in nail polishes (toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde), but also without two other dangerous chemicals (formaldehyde resin and camphor).

Ani so strongly belives in staying positive and hoping for the best, and she reminds everyone of that on the bottom of each of the ani MICHELE bottles. Check out the inspirational motto, “always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”  

ani michele Nail Art

 ani michele Nail Art

ani MICHELE Nail Art

For the ani MICHELE nail art, I applied two coats of polish on all my nails and a top coat. My thoughts about the polish remain the same. The brush is just the right width to easily paint my fingernails. The polish dries quickly, and that’s extra important when I’m not only in a hurry to get somewhere, but doing nail art! The polish did a great job of only having minor chips after several days, and that’s to be expected since I use my hands to type, write, do dishes, etc..  Even without a top coat, the ani MICHELE nail lacquer has a beautiful glossy sheen. I have no cons to report about this polish, and I highly recommend it.

Here are some more ani MICHELE nail art photos:

 

ani michele Nail Art

 

 slightly different lighting

 

ani michele nail art

 

 

  ani michele nail art

Purchase ani MICHELE nail lacquer at the website, and see other fabulous shades that you can wear on your nails.

 

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

Moxie Reviews: Twitter , Facebook , Google+, Follow my blog with Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest

Moxie Reviews 2011-2016. Content copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner, Moxie, is strictly prohibited.

Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

Tips For the Perfect At Home Manicure was written by Deco Miami  Founder, Julianna. You can read a little more about her cruelty free and vegan nail lacquer at the end of the post. “Ladies tell me all the time that they love nail polish, but are soo bad at painting their own nails. Here are some tips that I’ve picked up for an awesome mani that you can do yourself.

 

 Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

 Always use a top and base coat

I know, it’s hard to remember to use a top and base coat,  but they really really really will improve the quality of your mani. For one, painting a base coat on your nails will make your nail smoother so that your color will go on more evenly. A base coat will also protect your actual nail from being stained by your polish, because sometimes lacquers with yellow pigments (yellows, greens, some aquas, oranges) might leave a yellow tint on your nails.

A top coat’s purpose is easy to understand: not only does it make your nail glossier, but it’s meant to act as a protective barrier to prevent chips. Ever notice that your top coat doesn’t chip? That’s because the formula is a little different from color formula so that it doesn’t “flake off” in the same way that your color might if you banged your nail against something.

It’s not a huge deal if you’re in a hurry and need to paint over your old mani with a new color, as long as the brands are the same.

Every nail polish brand has a slightly different formula, and sometimes they don’t mix well when you put one on top of the other. I’ve never had any issues painting Deco lacquer over Deco lacquer, but Deco lacquer over another brand (or visa versa) always results in frustration as the newly applied coat never seems to completely harden. Like goes with like. Pro Tip: This rule especially holds true for top coats!

Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

 

 Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

Color contrasts accentuate short nails, and color compliments make your nails seem bigger
If you have short nails, an easy trick to make them appear longer is simply to paint your nails with a neutral toned color that’s the same hue as your skin tone. For example, I have a rosy hue to my skin, and dusty pink créme, Nip Slip, looks awesome on my nails for this reason. I can get away with wearing Tied Down when I have shorter nails, because even though it’s a dark color, it has a burgundy tint to it that compliments the red in my skin. I only dare to wear Black Like My Soul or Brickell Blue when my nails are longer because the colors are such a contrast on my skin tone, so my nails pop out more. 

Less is more
If you’re a bit of a messy nail polish painter, always remember that less is more when it comes to covering your nail. People get into trouble when they try to paint over their entire nail and accidentally get polish on their skin. The trick is simply to paint each nail with deliberate strokes more towards the center of your nail. Your nails will also look sleeker if you do it this way, because you’re creating the illusion that your nails are longer by not adding more width to them.

Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

 

 Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

 

Use a crystal nail file
A crystal file is better than a traditional cheapy nail file because the rough part of the file is super fine and practically melts off the ridges of your nails. It’s also cleaner than a traditional sandpapery file, and a glass file won’t wear down so you never have to buy another one!

Solidify your paint job
Run your freshly painted nails (like, 5-10 minutes after painting them) under cold water for 2-3 minutes to help harden the lacquer. Coldness hardens lacquer, this is an easy way to add some immediate durability to your mani. 

Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

 Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure

Stability
Maybe this is obvious to some of you, but put your hand down on a tabletop when you paint it! It’s much easier to neatly paint something when it isn’t floating around in front of you. Especially when you’re painting with your non-dominant hand. (Meaning, if you’re right handed and painting your right hand with your left hand.)

Patience, patience, patience!
Patience is the key, even though I know you don’t want to hear that! Take your time when you’re painting your nails, and allow each coat to dry before adding another coat. It’s better to take your time than to be messy and have to re-do your nails all over again.”

xx,
Jules

 

Deco Miami is 8-Free nail lacquer. There is no DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, and it’s THPH free. They are not only cruelty free, but they are also vegan!

Disclosure: I have nothing to disclose. I asked for permission to post Tips For The Perfect At Home Manicure.

Moxie Reviews: Twitter , Facebook , Google+, Follow my blog with Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest

Moxie Reviews 2011-2016. Content copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner, Moxie, is strictly prohibited.

butter London The Black Knight

butter London The Black Knight

I have quite a few butter London polishes, and now that I’m a little braver doing nail posts, I’m going to start swatching all of them. The Black Knight is just filled to the brim with glitter. The base is black, and as you can see in the photos, the pink and blue glitter is really beautiful. There is also black and silver glitter, and they are in a variety of sizes.

 

the-black-knight-2

In addition to brushing on the shade, I used a sponge. This was actually a very sheer formula, and probably because of all the glitter, didn’t always apply evenly. So, for the photos, I applied a full three coats on my ring finger and pinky. I think it’s very pretty without a top coat, so I decided to quickly take some photos without one while I stlll had some winter outside light.

 

I’m glad that I purchased this, because in the years that I’ve owned it, I’ve used it quite a bit on it’s own, and as a top coat. If you look back at my previous post about butter LONDON Union Jack Black, I’ve used it as a topper for this one when it started to chip.

Slightly different hand pose:

the-black-knight
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. All links are for your convenience only.

Moxie Reviews: Twitter , Facebook , Google+, Follow my blog with Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest

Moxie Reviews 2011-2016. Content copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner, Moxie, is strictly prohibited.

SpaRitual Negative Space Manicure

SpaRitual Negative Space Manicure

Today’s post is using cruelty free and vegan nail lacquer: SpaRitual, for a Negative Space Manicure.  I’m happy to write that in addition to SpaRitual nail lacquers being not only cruelty free and vegan, they are also free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. Shel Pink founded Sparitual in 2004, and in addition to the gorgeous nail lacquers, includes body care products such as body lotions and body oils.

I thought I’d share one of my favorite shades, SpaRitual Oasis, from the Wander Collection. Oasis is described as a “sandy” matte shimmer. However, it is not sandy in texture; it is a reference to the wander collection…, “Home for the night is the color of sand, olive and deep blue of a fertile oasis.”  Here’s my take on a negative space manicure:

SpaRitual Negative Space Manicure

Keep reading for more photos and a review of the SpaRitual shade Oasis.

[Read more…]

Copy Protected by Chetan's WP-Copyprotect.