Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blueberry Love

Nicole by OPI recently released a new line called Gumdrops Nail Lacquers, which is a mixture between liquid sand and shimmer polish. I have some color swatches for you in the next upcoming posts. First up is Blue-Berry Sweet on You, which is a medium purplish-blue polish. This was opaque in two and the coverage was very nice and even. It looks amazing in the sun as it catches the shine of the sparkles and gives off the sugar coated appearance that they describe. It is a matte finish so no top coat is required, which unfortunately also means that it will chip a little more easily. On the bright side, I wore this polish for a couple of days and the chipping was minimal. I like this texture a lot more than liquid sand as it feels smoother and the shimmery effect really does look like sugar. More colors to come – stay tuned! On a side note, it is blueberry picking season, and if you follow me on instagram, you would have seen my blueberry picking experience! Yum.
Polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Gradient Friday : All wrapped up

Using saran wrap to make this gradient was a lot of fun. I read about this on pinterest and could not wait to try it myself. I used Layla CE 84 as my basecoat. It is a creamy bright yellow that was opaque in 2 but slightly streaky if you do not use enough polish on your brush. It applied pretty smoothly and the color stays on well. Next I used a ball of saran wrap and dapped on Joe Watermelon. I sealed this fun summery gradient nail look off with my favorite top coat and voila!
 Layla CE 84 was given to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Minion Craze

OPI Banana Bandanna (so fitting!) / essence walk on air / art deco pen black
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Gradient Friday : Foil

Ciaté has been releasing a number of very fun and creative textured nail polish sets and now that they are being carried by Sephora in Canada, I can finally get my hands on them. I had previously tried their velvet manicure set (seen here) and this time around, I was intrigued to try their colourful nail foil set. They have a variety of different color combinations; the one I chose is called Kaleidoscopic Klash. Each set comes with a nail polish color, mine came with pepperminty – a mint green cream, foil fix glue, and 30 pieces of multicolored foil. After you apply your nail polish color, you add some glue on spots you want the foil color, and then push the foil down – shiny side up. I attempted a gradient with mine using red Blaze, pink Babe, and silver Brill. All in all, I really enjoyed using this set as I have always found package foil in nails stores a bit intimidating. One slight criticism is the choice of color polish they included in the pack as it did not really mix well with the coloured foil. Have an amazing weekend.
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Aurora Sparkle

Here is a quick swatch of a gorgeous polish I picked up recently. This is 3 coats of Zoya Aurora a pretty dark purple holographic polish. You know I love my holos, especially stunners like this one.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Gradient Friday : Happy Easter

Good Friday is a day to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us on the cross...a time of reflection and thanks.
For this Easter-y gradient, I painted my nails with a coat of Sally Hansen White On. Next, I painted 3 lines using the three polishes I chose on a sponge and sponged only 1 layer on because I wanted a lighter whimsical effect. I used Joe Blueberry, Joe Lavender, and Joe Buttercup.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Gradient Friday : Irish Luck

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day here in Canada, I did a green gradient in commemoration. I used 3 coats of NCLA AM:Beauty Sleep PM: Shopping Spree as my base coat. This is my first time using this 5 free brand (Formaldehyde, DBP, Toulene, Camphor and Animal Testing) and I found this polish to be quite hard to work with and needed a thick coat in order for it to be smooth. I sponged on Joe Mojito Mix, a deeper minty green, near the tips. I blended the gradient using nails inc The Wyndham, a flaky green special top coat effect. Finally, I used Milani Gold as my accent nail and drew a shamrock using Milani nail art in green. 
I am going on a short vacation, so I will blog when I am back!
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