Wednesday, November 18, 2015

7 Reasons Why Your Nail Polish Chips

Happy Hump day everyone!  It's happened to us all: Your nails are freshly painted you are looking and feeling fly and fancy free and then boom! You look down and there's a chip. Today I will touch on the top 7 reasons for chips and how to prevent them from ruining your day and your manicure!

7 Reasons Why Your Nail Polish Chips

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Introducing Valiantly Varnished's New Store

Hi all!  First I want to thank everyone who participated in the survey I posted a couple of weeks ago. Your responses helped tremendously. I like knowing what my readers enjoy or would like to see in the future and your responses made that crystal clear. I gave four options during the survey and based on your responses most of you liked all three! So thanks for that peeps! I decided to go ahead and jump into one of those now since I have been dying to do it for the last couple of months but was just too chicken to do it. But my goal going forward is to put on my big girl pants and do those things I have been wanting to do and not let fear hold me back. We often give ourselves a million reasons why we can't do something and I have made the conscious decision to no longer accept those excuses from myself. And so with that said and without further ado I bring you....

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Zoya Matte Velvet Fall Winter 2015 Collection Swatches & Comparison

Oh yeah! It's almost Friday baby! I'm pumped for the weekend - I have lots of not-so-fun things to do but once they're done I will be sooo happy. Yay for productivity! Today I have for you the Zoya Matte Velvet Fall Winter 2015 Collection. I am a huge fan of the original Matte Velvet collection so I was very intrigued when I saw the press release for this one. There were some familiar and expected colors in it but it had a few additions that I thought rounded out the line very well. While swatching these I decided to compare two of the colors that upon first glance may look exactly like two of the colors from the original line. Check out my swatches and comparisons after the jump. 

Zoya Matte Velvet Fall Winter 2015 Collection Swatches

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Fragments & Chaos Collection and Grand Canyon Destination Duo

*Provided for Review

Hello lovelies! I have more gorgeous Blue Eyed-Girl Lacquer polish for your viewing pleasure today. But first - let's talk about my nails. My poor sad nails. You see, last Friday was my company's Annual Halloween party which I am in charge of. And like pretty much all Halloween parties before my nails did not survive the day. And of course all the broken nails were on my swatch hand because life. At one point I had one nail break twice - on both sides. But I would not let that deter me - the swatches must go on! And so, like the manicure ninja that I am, I cut them down, rounded the already decimated edges and voila! Nubbins for days! My nails grow pretty fast so I know this state won't last forever but I wanted to share my pain with you all since if you're reading this blog... well then you probably understand the pain and horror of broken nails. 

On to the swatches!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Third Annual Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Depression Awareness Fundraiser and Polish

*Provided for Review

Happy Friday all! Today I have for you another polish from Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer. Julie at BEGL is hosting her 3rd Annual Fundraiser that raises money for  I Need A Lighthouse, Inc. an organization that raises awareness for Depression and Suicide Prevention. She has quite a large group of polish makers that have kindly donated polishes to the auction she will be holding on eBay beginning tomorrow, October 31st. I will list all of the participants at the end of this post along with more details of what will be up for auction. Today's post features one of Julie's original contributions to the auction, Siren's Guiding Light.

Siren's Guiding Light is soft silver linear holo with blue and gold shimmer throughout. This polish is a great color for the upcoming holiday season and even for work. It's bling-y without being overwhelming. The formula was nice; I applied to effortless coats for full opacity and had no issues with application. I didn't apply any top coat so that you all can really see what the holo effect looks like on it's own. 

Auction details:

The auction begins on October 31st on the BEGL eBay shop,  and along with Siren's Guiding Light, will include all of the 2015 Sirens (yep- all of them even the sold out ones!), all of the BEGL Addicted to Holos box polishes, all BEGL Destination Duos as well as a Special Limited Edition polish that will be sold exclusively as a Buy It Now option on eBay and tons more. There will also be polishes from the following indie brands available:

Alter Ego
Chaos & Crocodiles
Ever After
Girly Bits
Monster Polish
Northern Star Polish
Paint Box Polish
Super Chic Lacquer
Superficially Colorful
Sweet Heart Polish
The Polish Bar 

So in other words - lots of goodies to purchase! All auctions will start at $15 and last for 4 days. The Special Edition BEGL will cost $12. 

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Hi all! My name is Ameerah and I'm a nail polish addict. Valiantly Varnished is my creative outlet and my way of expressing and sharing my love of nail polish, nail art and makeup!

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