Monday, 31 August 2015

Design Glassware by Mont Bleu Crystal File Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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Hello lovely readers, I hope life is treating you well! I have an exciting giveaway to share with you today sponsored by Design Glassware by Mont Bleu! They are one of my favourite suppliers of crystal nail files and I personally own 4 of these babies in various colours and sizes. I've reviewed them before here!

Today I'm sharing a giveaway that will give you the chance to win one of two crystal nail files with a pink-white gradient base, decorated with hand-placed SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS crystals. All nail files by Design Glassware by Mont Bleu are made from Czech tempered glass and are very hygienic, and each comes in it's own velvet pouch.

One (1) of two Czech tempered glass crystal nail files decorated with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS crystals from Design Glassware by Mont Bleu

Open to anyone 18+ or with parental permission

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Good luck! :)

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

30 Days of Colour September 2015 Challenge

September is here and our group decided this would be a good month to do another full month of our 30 Days of Colour Challenge! The idea is to swatch 30 polishes in 30 days to work through some of those untrieds, but people are also welcome to do nail art if that's more their style! Lots of fun prompts this month so I can't wait to see what everyone puts together.

- Challenge starts September 1st and everyone is welcome to participate! All link-ups are open until the end of the month so it's okay if you need to play catch-up!
- We'll be using the hashtag #30DaysofColourChallenge across social media (yes there is a "u" - I'm Canadian!) 
- This is a casual challenge so you can take part in as many or as few fills as you want.   
- Feel free to grab the graphics above or below to use in your posts or to share across social media - the more the merrier!  

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1    Red: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558605
2    Yellow: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558606
3    Pink: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558607
4    Green: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558622
5    Purple: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558624
6    Orange: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558628
7    Blue: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558629
8    Turquoise: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558630
9    Magenta: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558631
10  Indigo: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558632
11  Orchid: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558633
12  Jewel Tone: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558634
13  Vampy: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558635
14  Holo: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558636
15  Glitter: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558637
16  Chrome: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558638
17  Neon: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558639
18  Shimmer: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558640
19  Jelly: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558641
20  Nude: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558642
21  Matte: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558643
22  Fall Colour: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558644
23  Winter Colour: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558645
24  Spring Colour: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558647
25  Summer Colour: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558648
26  Colour of your shirt: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558649
27  Colour of your eyes: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558650
28  Colour of your socks: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558651
29  Your Favourite Colour: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558652
30  Swatchers Choice: http://new.inlinkz.com/luscript.php?id=558653

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And as with all nail challenges it's always the more the merrier, so if you are interested in taking part please do! And stop by the Facebook group to say hello! :)

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Playful Gradient Nails with the Essie Silk Watercolors

Gradient nail art with the Essie Silk Watercolour Collection

I was playing around with the Essie Silk Watercolours and ended up feeling like a parrot! In the best way possible! Aren't you in love with how these turned out? Ahhh!

It's been about a week since I last fawned over this years' mainstream jelly offerings, and that's too long! It's time to remind myself (and all of you) about how amazinggg these polishes are! Today I'm looking specifically at the Essie Silk Watercolours (though you all know my love of the OPI Color Paints too). 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Throwback Thursday (Vol 11)

Happy Thursday everyone. :) I hope you're ready to take a look back at some looks from August 2014 with me!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Simple Bridesmaid Nails with Julep Florence

Perfect bridesmaid nails with Julep Florence and rhinestones

Super quick and simple post to share with you today! These are the nails I wore earlier this summer as a bridesmaid for my lovely friend Natalie's wedding. My dress was a deep plum and I wanted something simple and elegant that would match well (and that wouldn't take long to do, as I may have done my nails a few hours before I went to sleep the night before).

To get this look I painted on two coats of my favourite neutral Julep Florence and then stuck some clear crystal rhinestones and sealed everything with two coats of top coat. Simple and fabulous!

Simple nude bridesmaid nails with rhinestones

The wedding was amazing and my friend Natalie was a beautiful bride. I really appreciated being able to share her special day. Having great nails was just a bonus. :)

What kind of look do you like to wear for a wedding? Neutrals or something bold?

Thanks for visiting! xx

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending August 21st

Check out these links from the lovely ladies in the BBC to get your beauty fix for the week. :)

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Julep Maven September 2015 Selections are Open - Kisses, London Collection

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As pictured on Julep

September is just around the corner and I am so not ready! But it doesn't matter because Julep has their lineup for September ready and it's time to pick selections for my Julep Maven box! Let's take a look at the options and then I'd love to hear what you'd order if you were me. :)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Guest Post for Workaday Beauty!

Hello lovelies! I put together a guest post for the wonderful Sarah at Workaday Beauty this week for the Canadian Beauty Bloggers monthly link-up with the theme "Worth the Splurge!"

Check it out for my thoughts on the mainstream real gold and silver top coats that have come out in the past few years and see if I feel they're really Worth the Splurge! :)

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Swatch // OPI Color Paints Collection

Collage of swatches of OPI Silver Canvas, Purple Perspective, Indigo Motif, Turquoise Aesthetic, Landscape Artist, Primarily Yellow, Chromatic Orange, Magenta Muse and Pen & Pink.

I've been sitting on this collection since it came out and I can't believe I haven't shared swatches with you yet! I've been using these gorgeously pigmented jellies for nail art all over the place and have loved the whole collection since the moment I first used it so there's really no excuse for my delay. I find nail art posts so much more fun to put together than swatch posts which is probably part of the issue... Do you feel that way too (those of you who blog) or is it just me? Hmm...

Well, swatches eventually I did and swatches you will now see! This is the full OPI Color Paints Collection and I'm excited to hear what you think of it!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Guest Post from Miranda Loves // Worth the Splurge!

Hello everyone!

My name is Miranda, from Miranda Loves and I would first like to thank Katherine for hosting me for this month's guest post theme "Worth the Splurge". A lot of things are worth the splurge to me, and I found it quite difficult to narrow it down. The one thing I left out was skincare because there's just WAY too much for me to talk about that I might as well save it for an actual skincare post.

So here goes :)

1) A quality perfume that you know you will always wear. There's nothing worse than buying a perfume, that you are only able to wear once in a while because it's either too strong, too overwhelming or just not day-appropriate. I came across Jo Malone fragrances 3 years ago when I was in Tokyo at a department store, they had a beautiful cream and black marble counter and space, that you could smell and see a mile away. The fragrances were subtle yet unique. It's not something you smell and immediately think, oh! That's D&G Light Blue. After a thorough consultation, I picked up English Pear and Freesia and have worn it every day since. One spray is all you need, and it'll last you a day. It's truly beautiful. Every time I smell it now, it takes me back to my amazing getaway in Asian for a month 3 years back :)

Monday, 10 August 2015

Bright Stamping Nail Art with MoYou London Explorer Plate 03

Bright stamping with China Glaze, MoYou London and Konad

Hello lovelies! Today we're looking at some bright stamping I ended up with while playing around with my nails the other day. Don't you just love those days, when you're just playing with various nail art tools and happen to end up with a look you love? Sometimes those days feel few and far between! Ah well. :)

This design is from one of the many MoYou London plates I own but have yet to use - I didn't even notice it looked like a flower until it was on the nail, if you can believe it!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Throwback Thursday (Vol 10)

I feel at this point in looking back I was at a high point in my blogging... I was posting fairly regularly, I had a 30 day challenge coming up in September (that I would go on to complete!), I liked my lighting and my pictures, and I was really involved in a variety of nail art challenges.

Hmm... I guess if I'm trying to look at positives now compared to then (for progress reasons) I would say that my macro pictures are better now (they were non-existent then!) and my straight-on pictures are much more clear. So there are pros and cons to both time periods. :)

Check under the cut for a closer look!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Unboxing Julep's Mystery Polish Grab Bag

You know how sometimes you buy things and they come in and you're excited, and then you put them away and completely forget about them for the next month or so? That was the unfortunate fate of the last mystery package I bought from Julep. Oops!

I came across this particular box again recently and decided - "Hey, mystery packages are fun! Let's do an unboxing so everyone can see what I got!" The box in question is one I picked up a few good months ago when Julep had a sale on. The deal was 10 mystery polishes for $20 and I couldn't resist. Check under the cut to see what polishes I got and how many were duplicates for me!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending July 31st

Hello lovelies! I have some links to share with you from this past week from the wonderful bloggers in the BBC.