Monday, 31 October 2016

Nail Art // Trick or Treat Stamped Mani for Halloween!

Nail art with black julep holo nail polish

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you all get to enjoy some candy and spooky costumes tonight. :) I'm having a quiet night in with cake and movies and my pj's, and I also did some spoopy (is that still a thing) nails to celebrate! 

OOOoooooOOOooOoOoooohhh.... (Like a ghost, get it?! Haha)

Friday, 28 October 2016

Nail Art // HPB Presents Halloween

I'm back with another Halloween look, this time as part of the October Hobby Polish Bloggers Linkup! I wore this mani to work and I actually had one coworker who thought it was too gross to look at. That's how I knew I did a good job! Haha. I affectionately refer to this look as My Bloody Pink Eye to up the gross factor. ;) You know you love it.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Nail Art // The Digit-al Dozen Does Birthdays: Unicorn Wood for October!

The Digit-al Dozen Does Birthdays Unicorn Wood Nails

Every month the Digit-al Dozen shows appreciation for the bloggers in our group who are celebrating birthdays by having them choose a picture that we all create a manicure based off of. This month we celebrated Amber (Nails Like Lace) and she chose an AMAZING picture of what we are joyfully calling "Unicorn Wood!"

Check under the cut to see the picture she shared with us and more of how I decided to interpret it! :)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Unboxing // My October 2016 Topbox

Oct 2016 Topbox unboxing

So I maybe caved and got a new subscription box. Haha. Oops?

There are just so few that are available to Canadians and that are worth the price that when I find one I feel like I just need to grab on to it! I'm doing it because I'm supporting the industry... Yeah! Let's go with that, I need to buy these things so they keep being available to Canadians! So REALLY I'm doing everyone else a favour by picking this up. It's so hard being so selfless...

Did anyone fall for that? Hahah... If not oh well I tried, now let's get into the unboxing! :)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Nail Art // Dripping Purple Goo with MoYou London and Fiendish Fancies

Dripping Purple Goo Nail Art with MoYou London and Fiendish Fancies

Hello hello! Let's get into the Halloween mood with this ooey gooey drippy purple goo mani! As promised I used polish and a plate from the MoYou London Halloween Mani Box that I unboxed yesterday. Make sure to check out the original post if you want to see what else was in the box, because I only used half of it in this mani!

Enough talking! More pictures!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Unboxing + Review // MoYou London Halloween Mani Box

Unboxing of the MoYou London Halloween Mani Box

I have an exciting and seasonal post to share with you today! I finally picked up one of MoYou London's Mani Boxes and it's a Halloween box! Hooray! Let's open it and see what we got, okay? Let's go!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Review + Results of Usage Test // CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment

* Press Sample

CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment

Hi everyone! As promised ages ago, I've finally completed my usage test with the CND RescueRXx Daily Keratin Treatment that I got in my CND Rescue Kit! I tried it for a full week and now I can share my thoughts and the results with you! Hooray! :)

Friday, 21 October 2016

Swatch + Review // My Mundo de Unas Stamping Polish Collection

My theme this week seems to be stamping, eh? Totally unintentional! Haha.

So I have a bad habit that you may know of where I buy things and then they sit in my untrieds pile for a long time... Stamping polishes especially! It seems like I just have my three or four favourite polishes to stamp with, and the rest get left out in the cold. :(

In the interest of fixing that I've decided to start doing quick swatches of each of my stamping polishes by brand, both to create a mini directory of what I have and to finally see how well each works. Sounds fun, right?! Haha. Well I'm looking forward to it, at least. :)

Today we're starting off with the polishes I own from (the controversial) Mundo de Unas!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Julep Maven November 2016 Selections are Open

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As pictured on Julep

Another month, another collection of Julep products to look at. :) For November Julep is looking at a lot of fall-ready shades... Jewel tone metallics, a hint of shimmer and sparkle, some smokey eye shadows... If any of those things speak to you then you'll want to check out all of the boxes up for grabs in this month's Julep collection!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Nail Art // Rosey Steampunk Stamping with MoYou London

* Contains Press Samples

Hello hello! Today we have the follow-up to yesterday's MoYou London Steampunk Collection Starter Kit Review!

I decided to put together a multicoloured stamping look to show off one of the ways you can use the products in the kit, though I will say I used my clear stamper rather than the squishy rectangle one that came in the kit. Have I mentioned recently what a godsend those clear stampers are? How did we ever do nail art with them in the past?! Man!

Anyway, getting back on topic... Let's get to the art!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Unboxing + Review // MoYou London Steampunk Collection Starter Kit

* Press Sample

Hello loves! Did you know that MoYou London releases nail art kits that include everything you need to learn to stamp? And that if you're in Canada you can now pick them up at Trade Secrets? They are themed based on a number of collections that MoYou London produces too, which is super fun!

I own a couple of these and today I'm showing you my newest lovely: The MoYou London Steampunk Collection Starter Kit! STEAMPUNK! Isn't that amazingly fun? I think so! Check under a cut for a look at what's included in the kit and how it measures up. :)

Monday, 17 October 2016

Review // Deborah Lippmann Treat Me Right Treatment Set

Deborah Lippmann Treat Me Right Treatment Set

So one thing I'm always a sucker for is nail polish/care sets. It just feels satisfying to get a few things at once that all work together. You know what I mean?

Today I'm review one of my new favourite nail prep and nail care sets: the Treat Me Right trio by Deborah Lippmann. :) It includes a base coat, top coat and cuticle oil. They're in mini size but I already know I'll be picking at least one of them up in full size once these are done - I like them that much! Which one am I the most in love with? Check out the full review below to find out!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Swatch // Butter London Wallis

Butter London Wallis swatch

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm coming down from the high of finishing my first week with The Digital Dozen, and to get us back into the regular swing of things for the rest of the month I have this lovely swatch to share with you today!

Last month I found a pile of Butter London polishes at Winners, and you know me... I can't pass up a good find at Winners!! Today I'm swatching one of 6 (!!) shades that I picked up (lol). Check under the cut for more shots of this perfect fall shade, and then let me know what you think!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Nail Art // The Digital Dozen Does Vampy: Day 5

We made it! Today is Day 5 of my first round of fills with The Digital Dozen and I couldn't be happier. :) I'm so glad to be able to connect with so many other amazing nail artists, and I can't wait to show you future fills in the coming months as well.

But enough of that sentimentality, right? Let's get into the nails! Today I decided to do a dark little lace look with some microbeads for fun (and also because I'm developing a love for microbeads if you can believe it)!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Nail Art // The Digital Dozen Does Vampy: Day 4

Hello loves, I'm back with 4 for of The Digital Dozen does Vampy! I decided I wanted to play with some 3D roses today so the rest formed up around that idea. :) Who doesn't love leopard print and flowers, right?!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Nail Art // The Digital Dozen Does Vampy: Day 3

Vampy roses and microbeads nail art

Vampy fill 3! Let's do this! :) This week has really shown me that when I think of vampy I think of a small handful of very specific polishes in my collection... I seem to just be using them over and over. So funny!

The look I have to share with you today is a bit of this, a bit of that. I started off with a dotted line pattern and just kept adding to it without any real plan in mind. I think I really like this because even though the design itself isn't super vampy, the colours bring it into that realm. :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Nail Art // The Digital Dozen Does Vampy: Day 2

Vampy Stamping Nail Art with MoYou London and Konad

For Day 2 of The Digital Dozen's Vampy theme I have a more subtle and simple look than yesterday... Lace and deep dark shades are the epitome of vampy in my opinion, so I decided to do a simple mani featuring exactly those things. :)

Monday, 10 October 2016

Nail Art // The Digital Dozen Does Vampy: Day 1

Free-handed nail art with a vampy sexy eye

I am super excited to share today's post with you for two reasons: First because it's an attempt at free-handing a detailed look with acrylic paint, and second because it's my first post with The Digital Dozen!

If you haven't heard of them, The Digital Dozen is a lovely group of ladies who collaborate every month on a new nail theme. I've looked up to a lot of the nail artists in the group for years so I was thrilled to be invited to join! Like, I sound really calm now right? But I'm not! I'm totally hyped! Haha.

So I decided to push myself for my first look for our theme this month: vampy!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Tutorial // Ghosty Emoji Halloween Nails with Color Club Nailmoji Neons

* Contains Press Samples

Halloween nail art tutorial with emoji ghost glitter

Hello hello! Today I'm sharing a look that I mentioned wanting to try back when I swatched the full Color Club Nailmoji Neons Collection. :) I've used just the ghost emojis along with some of the coloured glitter to create a spooky (lol) Halloween gradient look. And just for fun I decided to do a tutorial as well, so you can rock these nails all October too!

What to know how to do it? Check under the cut for full tutorial and more pics!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Throwback Thursday (Vol 14)

Hello loves, it's time for another installment of my Throwback Thursday series, taking a look at where I was with my nail art around this time last year. :) I love being able to look back for two reasons: one it let's me see how far I've come, and two it gives me ideas of looks I might want to try recreating in the future! I'm super in love with the posts I have to share with you today, so be sure to check under the cut for the full rundown!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Swatch // Essie Rock at the Top

Essie Rock at the Top over Essie In It to Wyn It

I have a quick swatch to share with you today! I don't think I use all the glitter toppers I own nearly enough. so I decided to feature one of the lovelies that often catches my eye when I open the drawer. This is Essie Rock at the Top, originally from the Winter 2014 Luxeffects Collection!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Indie Review + Swatch // My First Impressions of Beyond the Nail

Hello lovelies! So it's taken me quite a while but I can finally say I've started dipping my toes into the indie polish world. :) For those who don't know indie polishes are independent polish makers and they are a huge section of the polish blogger world these days!

Why did it take me so long to get into indies? A number of reasons: fears about quality, prices that can be higher than mainstream brands, my hatred of paying shipping, less availability in Canada... Lots of things to consider. But I actually bought my gateway indie polish in January and since then I've been casually browsing. This month I decided to take the plunge and really explore indies (Canadian indies, that is).

My very first order was with Beyond the Nail! Check under the cut for swatches of two of the lovelies I picked up, and then read about my first impressions and thoughts on the brand! I've decided to start with two different finishes so we can get a good impression of application. :)