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Monday, 29 May 2017

Upcoming Event // Teaching Galaxy Manis, Smoosh Manis and Freehand Work at Indie Expo Canada 2017!


If you haven't heard, I'm teaching some tutorials at the upcoming Indie Expo Canada! Myself and the lovely Candace (of the amazing Less Talk More Polish) will be doing tutorials and demonstrations for a number of different nail art techniques at our table. It's going to be a busy half hour!

Together we'll be showing you how to create manicures featuring dry marbling, water decals, gradients, smoosh manis, galaxy nails, and freehand! Phew! All of that in half an hour? We'll make it happen!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Swatch // Fair Maiden Polish Duchess for The 30 Days of Colour


I have a slightly late post to share with you today featuring my 4th swatch for the May 30 Days of Colour Challenge! The theme this week was to use your favourite brand, so I decided to do a swatch from my favourite indie brand - Fair Maiden Polish!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Nail Art // Spring Floral Stamping with Emily de Molly and MoYou London

* Contains Press Samples

Spring Floral Stamping with Emily de Molly and MoYou London

Nail art time! This isn't my favourite look but it also isn't my least favourite. I'd rate it like a 3 out of 10? But I'll share it with you anyway, because there's no fun in just showing you looks that I absolutely love... Where's the fun in that!

Today's mani is the result of playing around over a swatch (of Emily de Molly Copper Field, originally swatched here) with some layers of stamping. Check below for a better idea of what I used and how I did it. :)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review // Nature Love Purifying & Soothing Green Tea Eye Masks

Nature Love Purifying & Soothing Green Tea Eye Masks Review

The other day I was walking around Winners and I was like "I just... I really want some eye masks." Do you ever get that? Where you're shopping or wandering, and you just get it in your head that you need a certain product?

Thankfully Winners seems to have embraced the face mask trend and had a bunch for me to choose from. I decided to pick up two boxes of eye masks from Nature Love - one for soothing and one for tightening. Today I'm going to share the first with you, which are eye masks infused with green tea and cucumber extracts! Sure sounds soothing to me. :) I can pretend I'm at a spa!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Swatches // OPI All Stars Mini Collection (PT 2)

OPI All Stars Mini Collection (PT 2)

Today I have the second half of swatches from the OPI All Stars Mini Collection, and this half is the richer shades where the last half was the pinks and nudes. :) If you want to see the first five swatches make sure to check out the first post!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Swatch // Essie Belugaria (aka The Most Hated Polish of All Time?)

 
I have to admit - one of the reasons I love this polish so much is because so many other people seem to hate it so much! Like, people hate this polish with a passion!

Periodically I'll follow referral links that come up in my stats from the first time I swatched this polish (linked here - warning, it's from 2013!) and find posts and threads where people are all basically saying "OMG LOOK HOW UGLY THIS POLISH IS!"

My favourite comparison so far is that it looks like wet asphalt with glitter stuck in it. Amazing. It is amazing that there is a polish that fits that description perfectly, haha.

So when the theme for this week for The 30 Days of Colour was 'Texture,' you can bet your butt this is the first polish I thought of! Check out more swatches below!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Nail Art // The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest: Cairns Birdwing Butterfly Inspired Nails


I have my last post for The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest for this week, but unfortunately I'm feeling really under the weather physically and emotionally so I don't have much energy to write out a long post. :( I made up for it with LOTS of pics though!

For this last look I decided to do some butterfly nails inspired by the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly which is a really pretty butterfly with yellow, blue, and mint wings. Very pretty! You can see it here if you want!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Nail Art // The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest: Freehanded Milk Snake Mani


For my fourth Digit-al Dozen mani this week I decided to do a snake, and ultimately decided on doing a Milk Snake! The colours of the scales really drew my eye and it wasn't until I was done that I realized today's mani uses the exact same colour palette as yesterday's mani! Totally unplanned. :)

Check below for more info and pics of this snek-y snek-y mani!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nail Art // The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest: Freehanded Leaf Beetle Mani


Today's mani is supposed to show a variety of Leaf Beetle (specifically the Chrysomelid Beetle [Alurnus Ornatus]) which google tells me lives in Costa Rica. :) The red and yellow shell just grabbed my attention and I knew I wanted to recreate it for this challenge!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Nail Art // The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest: Rainbow Leopard Mani

Rainbow Leopard Lisa Frank Nail Art

Hello! Welcome back for my second fill for the 'Rainforest' prompt from The Digit-al Dozen! :)

I stuck with my (partially) freehanded animal theme, but I took it in a more creative direction. Today's animal is a leopard but it's more of a Lisa Frank leopard than a realistic leopard haha. And I love that!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Nail Art // The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest: Freehanded Red Eyed Tree Frog

The Digit-al Dozen Does Rainforest: Freehanded Red Eyed Tree Frog Nail Art

Hello and welcome to another glorious Digit-al Dozen week! This week our theme is 'Rainforest' which can be used in a bunch of different ways. I have decided to work on my freehand this month by doing a series of freehanded animals. Today we have the Red Eyed Tree Frog!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Nail Art // Neon and Nude Watermarble for When Colors Collide

* Contains Press Samples


So I missed the window for being included in the group collage but that's okay, I'm still going to share my fill for 'Neon and Nude' for When Colors Collide!

I'm really proud of this mani because it's one of the first times I felt truly successful in my watermarble efforts. :) Celebrate with me, hoorah!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Review // Rimmel London Shake it Fresh Mascara + Only 1 Matte Lipstick

* Products provided by Influenster complementarily for review

Rimmel London Shake it Fresh Mascara + Only 1 Matte Lipstick

Today I'm taking a look at the products I got in a recent Rimmel London VoxBox from Influenster. I was really pleased to open the box and see that I was sent a matte lipstick and mascara because lipstick and mascara are literally the two things I hate leaving the house without. Perfection!

I wore both of these around all week so I had ample time to gather my thoughts and feelings about them to share with you below. :) Enjoy!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Swatch // Essie Turquoise & Caicos for The 30 Days of Colour

Essie Turquoise and Caicos from the 2010 Resort Collection

Good morning! Happy Monday! :) While I was editing these pictures I was catching up on Riverdale, and oh gosh is that show an amazing mess. I love it but it is so melodramatic haha. Does anyone else watch it??

Anyway, the polish I'm featuring today is also my fill for 'Mint' for The 30 Days of Colour - I chose to go with Essie Turquoise & Caicos.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Press Release // New MoYou London Frenchy Collection Plates

As pictured on MoYou London

If ever there was a MoYou London Collection that I just wasn't feeling, it was the Frenchy Collection (based around designs for french tips). Well, these new releases just totally changed things for me, and now I have at least 4 plates in this collection that I NEED! Damnit!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Swatches // OPI All Stars Mini Collection (PT 1)

OPI All Stars Mini Collection Swatches

Since all of my friends know about my blog and love for nail polish, it's not unusual for them to hand off polish-related gifts they've gotten that they aren't super keen on. Win for me!

One of the more recent things I was given was a mini pack from OPI called the All Stars Minis which is a pack of OPI's 10 best selling polishes in a LE mini collection. I shockingly only owned one of the 10 polishes so it was nice to be able to play around with some older (and new to me) OPI shades.

I've decided to split these swatches into two posts, but don't worry as the other 5 shades are already swatched and ready for posting. I'm planning to have them up early next week so make sure to check back! This half of the collection is the neutrals and pinks. Let's get into them!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Swatch // LynBDesigns Twinkle from The 12 Days of Holo

LynBDesigns Twinkle from The 12 Days of Holo

Today I'm sharing with you another polish I picked up last year in the LynBDesigns 12 Days of Holo box. A while ago I swatched the polish from Day 1 which was a sheer nude with scattered holo named Bauble. Next up we have the polish from Day 2 which is named Twinkle!

Before we get into looking at swatches and info and etc etc about this polish I want to point out the nonsense my camera pulled with the one swatch above. Is it just me or does it look like the polish on the first two vs the last two nails is an ENTIRELY different colour? I promise it isn't! Haha. And none of the other shots turned out like that. But apparently this angle just wanted to be difficult. :)

Monday, 1 May 2017

Swatch // ORLY Va Va Voom for The 30 Days of Colour

ORLY Va Va Voom Hot Pink Swatch

Happy May! The nice weather is here, my balcony is on it's way to being decked out for the season, and I'm in a good mood. The only thing I needed to make this past weekend perfect? NEON NAILS! So it worked out that our theme for The 30 Days of Colour Challenge this week was neon. :)

What's the name of this baby? You'll have to check under the cut to find out! (Or I guess you could just look at the post title... But checking under the cut is more fun!)