Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Introducing.... Mode Cosmetics Nail Enamel!

By sheer chance I stumbled across a brand of nail enamel that I had never seen before. I was browsing the cosmetics section of a local pharmacy, and a stand of brighly coloured polish caught my attention. At this stage I had not developed my addiction to the purchase of nail polish, so I contemplated the smooth little bottles for a while. They were screaming, "Take us home. TAKE US HOME!" and the message was only getting louder... The enticing colours and the tiny price of AU$2.45 convinced me to give it a shot. And I am so glad that I did! I can thank Mode for being the beginnings of a wonderful journey on a rainbow of colour!

And so, my obsession began...

Every time I went to the pharmacy, I just HAD to buy more! The devil on my shoulder won the argument every time too! Me being the avid collector that I am, (I just simply MUST have every last item in a collection, or I just KNOW I will perish) I kept up my purchases until I had every available shade that the two local stockists had. I have all 59 colours (the 60th is a top coat) in the regular range, and I managed to find another 7 of the discontinued shades too! Score!

So, on to my review: Mode Cosmetics are onto a fantastic product that offers quality and performance, at an incredibly competitive price. They also have a great colour range, brights, pastels, neutrals, you name it! Featuring a quick drying formula, great even coverage, no chipping or peeling and easy to apply! I might add that the bottles are a great shape and easy to use, including a decent brush with soft bristles. Ticks all of my boxes!

If this sounds pretty good to you too, then I highly recommend you add them to your collection! If you live in Australia, your local pharmacy might stock Mode Cosmetics, but if it doesn't you can call the friendly and helpful girls at Creative Brands on 1300 650 981 and they can help you locate a stockist, or I will be listing some soon on OZtion (Australia's very own auction site - which is wonderful for so many reasons btw). For international interest, I will be listing some of these shades on eBay in the near future. Check my Blog for further details!

If you have any questions or requests, please contact me (I don't bite) and I'll always do my best to help. I will be swatching these awesome colours very soon, so stay tuned!
Bottom line: Mode Cosmetics Nail Enamel is DA BOMB!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hi! Let me introduce myself...

My name is Vicki aka Vibrant V, and I am a full time Mum to four beautiful children. In my spare time I love to be creative. My favorite projects include painting (mainly pointillism - which is an image created with tiny dots), card and jewelery making, and scrapbooking. I also love music and dancing of all kinds!

Below is a very sad, amateur photograph taken of one of my pointillism paintings so I can show you guys one of my favorite things to do. This one was created for my daughter and took about 40 hours to paint. Please, Disney, don't crucify me for using your images - I swear its for personal use only!

I have recently discovered an absolute passion / fetish / obsession / addiction (LOL) to nail polish and nail art. I have always been an artistic person that loves anything beautiful - but the endless possibilities in expressing that through my nails has only just become a realization to me! Since my new-found obsession began, I have been browsing the web and have stumbled across so many gorgeous images and detailed blogs, that my mind was blown, and my excitement grew at a rapid pace! All I wanted to do was share my enthusiasm with others that find nail polish and nail art just as exciting as I do!

My inspiration came from the brilliance of the likes of: lextard from flickr, Nail Juice, Polish Mayhem, Deez Nailz, and Scrangie. I know there are so many more wonderful bloggers and swatchers out there, but these ones were my inspiration!

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms - Turquoise Opal
Sally Hansen Nail Prisms - Turquoise Opal
Stunning isn't it? Such beautifully manicured hands! Image by lextard - thank you gorgeous girl for allowing me to showcase you! xxx

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Suede
OPI Suede - Lincoln Park After Dark
Immaculate! Such flawless presentation! A big thank you to Nail Juice for her gracious permission to show you all her genius! :)

Even though there are a million different people discussing this topic, I figured another perspective could only be a positive thing! Especially since most of the information I found online was based in America, I thought someone from Australia might just be able to offer new options to Americans, or more detailed information for fellow Australians! So here I am!

I'm not a comedienne, so competing with the more humorous bloggers in that way is an impossibility - nor am I competitive, so my goal is to work together with my peers to bring our readers the best information and entertainment! One of my strenghts (which in day to day life can sometimes become a weakness) is my absolute attention to detail. My friends laugh at the seemingly ridiculous lengths I go to sometimes! So you can be sure that the information that I gather and publish for my readers is as accurate and complete as possible - and if there is any doubt, I'll say so!

I hope you enjoy my future babble, but if you don't - let me know I should stick to painting my nails!