Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Guest Post for Be Happy and Buy Polish!

Sea turtle nail art with stamping and dry brushing

This week I have a guest post up for the lovely Jessica at Be Happy and Buy Polish! Her and her fam recently welcomed a lovely new bundle of joy and when I heard she was looking for some guest posts to make more time for herself I jumped at the chance.

I used a bunch of shades from Essie to create this look featuring sea turtles and jellyfish, and if you want to see more you can head over to the full post to check it out!

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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending September 25th

  • TheFabZilla: What's your preferred way of defining brows? Check out if Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil is right up your alley

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: The Tom Ford Beauty Fall Color 2015 Master Class, with Todd Davidson at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, offered the perfect step-by-step tutorial to achieve the ultimate modern monochromatic look! Learn how to replicate the look yourself!

  • Painted Ladies: The Butter London ShadowClutch offers six stylishly smooth and buttery eyeshadows. They are so pigmented!

  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Need a beautiful glowing nail polish in your life? Check out CrowsToes Ingrounded!

  • Beauty on the Bayou: PORES NO MORE….StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner and GIVEAWAY!

  • Beauty by Miss L: What's in my LookFantastic Beauty Box September 2015 box?

  • Color Me So Crazy: See What's a Must in MY Gym Bag and What it Has to do With Beauty!

  • I Know all the Words: PMS is rough. Treat Yo' Self with with to survive in style

  • Never Say Die Beauty: Holiday collections are starting to be introduced. Never Say Die Beauty is showing off one of the unique & adorable shadow palette as well as gorgeous lip & eye crayons from Mirabella Beauty's Jewel Thief Collection for Holiday 2015

  • ProcrastiNails: Always wanted to try extensions but never knew where to start? Katherine has you covered with a look at the Irresistible Me premium line of clip-in hair extensions!

  • From My Vanity: Katie is sharing press-on nails that look like you went to the salon to get them done!

  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Do you have large pores? Always searching for a product to shrink them? See if this Dr Brandt product did the trick for Stacie.

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  • Friday, 25 September 2015

    Review // Irresistible Me Royal Remy Medium Brown Clip-in Hair Extensions

    * Press Sample

    Irresistible Me Royal Remy Medium Brown Clip-in Hair Extensions

    I think one thing a lot of girls (or people in general!) wish they had was the ability to flip between long and short hair on a whim. For me when I have long hair I wish for the cute and simple ease of a good pixie cut or bob, and when I have that short hair I wish for nothing but long and gorgeous locks to twist up or braid off! Extensions are something I've thought about for a few years now, but always hemmed and hawed because of the expense. Did I really want to invest in something like that? Good extensions aren't cheap!

    Well, my decision was made for me when the lovely people at Irresistible Me reached out and asked if I wanted to try their clip-in extensions... Hell yeah I did!

    Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    Emerald Jewel Tone Gemstone Twinsie Nail Art

    My first twinsie nail art design! What an exciting day! You might have seen these on instagram last week when I first did them with the lovely Ash from Glitter Perfection xo. We are both (in theory - I've fallen a bit behind) doing the 30 Days of Colour Challenge and decided to collaborate for Day 12: Jewel Tone. We did some emerald jewel nails to take the prompt as literally as possible, and I'm super pleased with how they turned out!

    Check under the cut for a better look and also a shot of what Ash put together!

    Sunday, 13 September 2015

    Bio Seaweed Gel Soak-Off LED Polish Review and Summer Nail Art

    * Press Sample

    The lovely ladies in the Canadian Beauty Bloggers network have teamed up with Bio Seaweed Gel to share a look at their Summer 2016 Unity All-in-One Colour Collection Uptown Lights! This collection is based around fun and vibrant Canadian cities and includes a range of shades from brights to neutrals to neons.

    I have two shades to show you along with a look at Bio Seaweed Gel's No-Wipe Top Coat, a tutorial of how to use your Bio Seaweed Gel polishes (without an LED light!) and some simple and fun summer nail art. Let's get right into it!

    Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup for the Week Ending September 11th

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Barneys New York LOVE YOURSELF Bag Event is going on now through September 13, and you won't want to miss out on their amazing gift bag and Step-up Gifts. Get all of the details from LSBB!
  • Painted Ladies: Find out how you can customize your eyeshadow options and get a 20% coupon code to ittsē.
  • TheFabZilla: Are you eyeing Tom Ford Beauty Fall 2015 Lip Color Collection? I have So Vain, Forbidden Pink and Lilac Nymph!
  • george&bear: Clare sorts the good from the bad with six of the best cleansers for your morning shower.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: A fun and hot manicure by Jessica this week!
  • Color Me So Crazy: I have Bunnies for my NCC Monthly Challenge and They are Super CUTE!!
  • From My Vanity: Check out a fun way to organize and store your beauty samples so you'll remember to actually use them!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika shares her love for Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Nude Beach.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is showing off the limited edition Milani rose embossed powder blush in the gorgeous Awakening Rose shade that's perfect for fall.
  • ProcrastiNails: Katherine is giving one of her favourite nail art looks an encore with this recreation of an ikat mani from 2013!
  • Confessions of a Makeup Addict: Colourpop Haul & Swatches.
  • I Know all the Words: Newness from Clarins forFall 2015 including the new and improved Jolie Rouge!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Need a good neutral eyeshadow palette for everyday use? Why not try Cargo Cosmetics The Essentials Eye palette.
  • AdviceSisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle : Alison of the Advice Sisters reviews 2 newbies from NARS
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: You don't have to spend a lot to get good products. See Stacie's picks for 10 under $10.
  • Collective Beauty : Achieve a flawless airbrush finish with Luminess Air!

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  • Tuesday, 8 September 2015

    Nail Art // Encore of My Pink and Blue Ikat Manicure

    Ikat nail art featuring Julep Yumi and Essie Point of Blue

    I've been wanting to start doing posts like this for a while now - taking a look from previous years and updating it with new polishes, new camera, and my new lighting. :)

    I didn't know what to call this type of post so shout-out to Lisa who suggested calling it an "encore!" mani when I asked in a group. I was just going to call it a recreation, but I like that idea so much more!

    This look also works as my fill for Day 7: Blue for the 30 Days of Colour Challenge.

    Enough talking, let's get to the nails!

    Friday, 4 September 2015

    30 Days of Colour [Day 4 - Green]: Barry M Arabian

    * Contains Press Samples

    Today for Day 4 of the 30 Days of Colour Challenge I have the gorgeous green duochrome Barry M Arabian from the Aquarium Collection! My lovely father got me my very first set of Barry M polishes when he was in Europe this summer and I'm happy to be able to finally show one of them off! Woo woo!

    Thursday, 3 September 2015

    30 Days of Colour [Day 2 - Yellow]: China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin

    Only two days in and I'm already a day behind! Darn! Ah well, sometimes that's just how the cookie crumbles. :)

    I have some quick swatches for you for my Day 2: Yellow fill for the 30 Days of Colour Challenge. I decided to go with the lovely and buttery China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin from the 2014 City Flourish Collection!

    In real life this polish is closer to what shows on the nail, not what shows in the bottle - it has a slight orange undertone to it which makes it more unique imo! It also dried slightly matte so for these pictures I did add a layer of top coat.

    I don't have a lot of yellow polishes in my collection but one thing I do find is that almost all of the yellows I do have (including this one) apply a bit patchy. Isn't that weird! It doesn't show as much on the nail here but this was a bit of a pain to apply. Even with three coats it didn't fully cover all the spots. The colour is buttery and lovely but the application is not. :( Ah well, at least I can enjoy the colour!

    I also once heard this polish described as "nacho cheese" but I think it's more "buttery yellow" (and I like how that sounds better)... What do you think? Nachos, butter, or should we all just stop referring to polishes with food names, period? Hahah.

    Check out all of the other fills for today's theme, and I'll see you later today (or maybe tomorrow morning, more likely) with my next fill!

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    Tuesday, 1 September 2015

    30 Days of Colour [Day 1 - Red]: Zoya Pepper

    Swatch of Zoya Pepper which is a deep burnt pepper red

    Kicking off another month of the 30 Days of Colour Challenge is the lovely Zoya Pepper! This is for my fill for Day 1: Red and I adore this shade. It's the perfect burnt pepper red to transition into fall with. :)