Monday, May 30, 2011

Nail Polish Collection - Reorganization Complete!

Hey guys!

So as I said in this post, I was completely out of space to store my ever expanding nail polish collection and the solution I came up with was Michael's version of the Ikea Helmer. I got 3 of those and stacked them on top of one another in the hopes that I would be able to fit ALL of my nail polish in them.

Remember, this is what I started out with:



Did it work? Was I able to fit all of that polish into 3 Melmers?
See for yourself!

Floral Nail Art Series - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not...

Hey guys!

So I completed my polish reorganization project and I'm VERY happy with the way it turned out! I'll post pictures soon. :)

In the meantime, here's another design for my floral series - daisies. But not just any daisies, I chose to add in the element of the childhood game where you would pick the petals off one by one while saying the phrase "He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not, etc..."
Has anyone else played this game before?

Either way, here's my nail art design based on that game:



Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
OPI - What's With the Cattitude? (base)
China Glaze - Blue Hawaiian (glitter coat over base)
Orly - Spark (middle of flower)
Orly - White Tips (petals)
Essie - Going Incognito (stems)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nail Polish Collection - A Reorganizing Project (using Melmers!)

Hey guys!

This might be my only post of the day because I have a HUGE project ahead of me. See, my nail polish storage is to the point where all of the drawers I've been using are full and I'm completely out of space so I'm not able to expand and fit any more drawers. This means that I've had to re-think my whole storage space and try to come up with something that would fit everything that I already have but also leave extra room for expansion.
So, enter Melmers! Basically, for anyone who doesn't know, a Melmer is the 3-drawer equivalent of the Ikea Helmer (which I can't get because we don't have an Ikea where I live) and it's been nicknamed a Melmer simply because it's bought at Michael's.

I checked the Michael's flyer earlier this week and there were a few coupons for 40% off one item so I went down yesterday and although I only planned on getting 1 Melmer, I left with 2 because they were pretty cheap. However, once I got home and starting counting my polishes, I shamefully realized that 2 Melmers just aren't going to cut it so I had to go down and get 1 more today.

So now I've got quite a project ahead of me!

I'm going to be trying too fit all of this:



into 3 of these:



Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review - OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers

Hey guys!

You all know by now that I use Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to keep my cuticles healthy and moisturized, but up until now, I didn't have a favourite hand moisturizer. In fact, I wasn't really using a hand moisturizer at all (gasp!).

However, I don't know why but lately when I've been in class (maybe the air at my school is drier or something), my hands have started to feel very chalky. I really don't like that feeling so I recently went on a hunt for a good hand moisturizer, and the first one I tried was the OPI Avojuice Skin Quenchers. And not to spoil the surprise, but I won't have to continue on this hunt anymore because I found the treasure!



Keep reading for the full review!

Nail Art Tutorial - Patchwork

Hey guys!

After I posted my patchwork mani a few days ago, I received more than a few requests to do a corresponding tutorial. Since I'm still not comfortable with video tutorials, I decided that I would attempt to create a photo tutorial and that hopefully that would suffice for now. I think it turned out ok and I hope that I explained everything clearly.

If you guys find this tutorial helpful, please let me know in the comments as this is something that I can be doing on a regular basis, but I definitely need to know if this is something you all want. Additionally, if there are any of my older nail art designs that you'd like to see a tutorial for, please let me know which one(s) in the comments.

As a refresher, here's the patchwork mani that you all seemed to really like:

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Keep reading for the tutorial!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Temptalia is looking for contributors!

Hey guys!

Just a quick post today to let you all know (if you don't already) that Temptalia is looking for people to contribute to the Temptalia community! This could definitely be an excellent opportunity for whomever gets chosen and I hope that some of you will think about applying. I check Temptalia more than once a day and I think it'll be great to see some extra contributors.

I'm thinking about applying myself but still haven't fully decided. It would definitely be awesome to see my name on one the best known beauty sites on the web though!
Never mind, according to a recent comment, Temptalia is not currently looking for experts in nail care. Guess I'll be anxiously waiting for the day when she's looking for contributions from nail technicians! In the meantime, I really hope some of you will apply in the area of your interest.

Applications are being accepted until June 15th so you've got a while to think about it.

If you're interested, be sure to read the entire post on Temptalia's site.

Good luck to those who apply!


P.S. I'm still winding down after a hard week but I promise that I have a number of posts lined up for the coming weekend. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Patchwork Nail Art

Hey guys!

I'm pretty exhausted after the tough week of school I just had so when I sat down to do my nails tonight, I knew I wanted a quick design.
I didn't have any type of designs in mind so I started to browse through my "Inspirations" folder which is where I save images that give me inspiration for some of my nail art. I quickly came across an image I saved quite a while ago of a cartoon duck with a patchwork design all over his body and I thought that that would definitely be a simple design to execute so voila! Patchwork nails!

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
OPI - Alpine Snow (base)
OPI - Black Onyx (stitches)
Zoya - Robyn (blue patches)
Orly - Spark (yellow patches)
China Glaze - Four Leaf Clover (green patches)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Review & Swatches - Milani 3D Holographic Collection

Hey guys!

Sorry for being a little MIA lately but as you know from my last post, I was busy with midterm exams this week. However, today was my last midterm so posting should return to (sort of) normal now until it's time for finals.

Also, please forgive me for taking so long to respond to comments/emails. I've never done an intersession semester before (for anyone who doesn't know, intersession is a compacted semester where courses are completed in 6 weeks instead of the regular 14 weeks) and it's turning out to be a lot harder than I anticipated. I'm in class every day and then when I come home I have to study/do work for the following day so I really feel like I have no free time at all. :( I promise that I will get to your comments/emails though so don't feel like I'm forgetting about/ignoring you! I read everything you guys post/send me, I just sometimes don't have the time to respond right away.

Anyways, enough whining about school, onto polish-related things!

I know I'm a little late with this collection but I was only able to finally complete my collection last week. I've had 3 of the shades for a while now because I found them on clearance a few months ago but I wasn't able to find the other 3. Finally, Rebecca decided that she definitely wanted to complete her 3D Holographic collection as well and we placed an order together from Milani for the shades we were missing.

Anyone who's been reading my blog for a while knows what a sucker I am for a good holographic polish (who isn't?!) so I'm sure you can understand how excited I was to finally complete this collection.

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Keep reading for the swatches and review!

Monday, May 23, 2011

MEGA 500 Follower Giveaway - Winner Announced!

Hey guys!

I know I said that I would announce the winner of my giveaway no later than yesterday but studying got in the way a little. Sorry! Aside from that, there were SO many entries to go through!
Thanks to everyone who entered!

Without further adieu, the winner of my MEGA 500 Follower Giveaway and over $250 worth of nail polish goodies is...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Nails of the Day - Abstract

Hey guys!

I didn't want to attempt any really detailed/time consuming designs tonight because I have 2 midterm exams next week, so I decided to try a simple abstract design. I decided on a few colours that I wanted to use and just started playing with lines and dots until I came up with a pattern that I liked!

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
OPI - Alpine Snow (base)
China Glaze - Agent Lavender (light purple lines)
China Glaze - For Audrey (light teal lines)
China Glaze - Empowerment (pink lines, dots)
OPI - Gargantuan Green Grape (light green lines, dots)
China Glaze - Flyin' High (dark teal lines)
China Glaze - Secret Peri-wink-le (dark purple lines, dots)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Friday, May 20, 2011

Review & Swatches - A Few Illamasqua Polishes (Throb and Toxic Nature Collections)

Hey guys!

All 3 of the polishes I'm going to show you today have been on my wishlist for a while now and I'm very excited to have finally been able to add them to my collection.

You see, my brother went on a trip to Plano, Texas and when he asked me what he could bring back for me, I gave him a list of a few polishes from my wishlist that he could look for. I wasn't very optimistic since I had had no luck with getting these polishes in other areas (my Mom tried to get them in Florida and my boyfriend's Mom tried to get them in Barcelona) but he ended up finding ALL of the polishes I told him about! I didn't expect him to actually buy all of them but when he got back he surprised me with a big Sephora box with all of the polishes in it. It was so nice of him!

Anyways, onto the review/swatches of Illamasqua Load, Radium, and Bacterium!

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Keep reading!

Haul - Wishlist Polishes

Hey guys!

So I couldn't post this last night when I wanted to because of my image issue but now that that is resolved, here it is now - my polish haul from this week. This was a big haul week for me because 2 packages came in the mail and my brother got back from a trip to Texas yesterday and he had a number of presents for me! The majority of the polishes I've gotten this week have been on my wishlist for a while so I'm really excited about them!

Here's what I've accumulated:

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Sephora by OPI GLEE Mini Set (and a full size of one of the shades)
Illamasqua polishes in Load, Radium, and Bacterium
Color Club Starry Temptress Collection
Milani 3D Holographic Collection and Milani Jewel FX in Silver (not pictured - I have to pick them up from Rebecca because we placed the order together)
Joe Fresh polishes in Oyster, Peacock, Gunmetal, Cloud, Mist, and Grape


Expect swatches of everything you see here!
What would you like to see first?

My photos! Where have they gone?!?

Hey guys!

As some of you may have noticed, all of my pictures have been removed by Photobucket because I exeeded my monthly allowable bandwidth. This is both a good thing and a bad thing because on the one hand, it means that my blog traffic has increased significantly this past month, and that's great, but now I've had to upgrade my Photobucket account in order to restore my photos and continue using that uploader. It's really not that expensive at all so it's not a big deal and I'm sure I could find another uploader (such as the one in blogger) but I've sort of gotten attached to Photobucket so I'm willing to pay the tiny amount every month to keep using it.

I've already upgraded to the Photobucket Pro account as according to the help page, my images should have restored when I upgraded. However, as you can see, they still haven't. I've contacted Photobucket so hopefully I'll hear back from them soon.

I'm sorry about this guys and I hope this issue can be fixed soon so please bear with me. :)

Edit: They're back! Posting will return to normal now!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Floral Nail Art Series - Palm Tree Sunset

Hey guys!

Ok, before you say anything, I know that palm trees aren't flowers but I thought that trees are close enough to flowers that I could still include this in my floral series, haha. I did this design for my Mom about a month ago (pic below) before she went on a cruise and she told me that she got a lot of compliments on it so I decided to give it a try on my own nails.

Hope you like it!

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And here's this same mani that I did for my Mom:
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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
Orly - White Tips (base for neons)
China Glaze - Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (yellow side of sunset)
China Glaze - Sun Worshipper (orange side of sunset)
China Glaze - Rodeo Fanatic (water)
OPI - Black Onyx (palm trees)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection: Part 2

Hey guys!

Some of you might remember that last month I reviewed and swatched 4 of the 7 shades from the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection. Well now I have the remaining 3 for you! I was sent the first 4 for consideration which is why I had those so early but I had to wait for these 3 to be released in stores to finish my review.

You can check out Part 1 here for the rest of the shades.

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Keep reading to see swatches and read the review!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Top 10 Polishes - Part 2

Hey guys!

So after a long day of classes and then work, I'm finally able to relax and do some bloggin'. Today I have Part 2 of my top 10 all-time favourite polishes. I showed you numbers 10-6 here so this post is going to conclude my top 10 by counting down numbers 5-1.

I'll mention again how I was able to sort through my massive polish collection and narrow my favourites down to only 10. Quoted from my Part 1 post: One of the ways I was able to narrow it down is by determining whether or not I would wear a shade alone, without any nail art. I pretty much always have nail art on but every once in a while I'll come across a colour that is so special that I'll actually forego the nail art and wear the shade alone. This doesn't happen often but the shades that I have listed below are all shades that I would wear on their own.

Let's get right to it.

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Keep reading for swatches and more info on my favourite polishes!

1000 Followers! Plus an Announcement!

Hey guys!

I wrote this post last night and thought that I scheduled it to be posted this morning but it turns out I didn't. Oh well, here it is now!

Some of you may have noticed that yesterday I clicked over the 1000 follower mark! I'm so very happy about this and I just want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement of this blog.

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I started this blog as more of a hobby but in less than a year this has turned into a major part of my life. I love writing blog posts and sharing my beauty knowledge and experience with you all. But most importantly, I love reading all of your kind comments. You are all truly lovely people and I'm very happy to be able to share this with you.

As a thank you, I want to try to do something for you guys. This isn't going to be a giveaway (I'll probably do another one of those once I reach the 1500 follower mark) but instead I'd like to try to help out some of you who are just starting out with blogging. You see, this blog started out pretty slowly and I never really had any help along the way. I didn't advertise myself around (in fear of annoying people) so I just let it happen and let people find me. In other words, I know how hard it can be to get yourself out there and I'd like to help some of you do just that.

So here's what I'm going to do:

Every month I'm going to feature what I believe to be an up and coming beauty blog. I'll continue to search for blogs myself but what I'm hoping is that you guys will help out and provide me with blogs that you would like to see featured. You could show me your own blog, a friend's blog, or even a blog belonging to someone you don't know but that you just think is a great blog that deserves more attention.

With the author's permission, I will include a short biography about them, some information about their blog, what you can expect to see if you follow their blog, etc. What I'm hoping is that these monthly features will help some of you gain more viewership and get yourselves out there.

As a note though, I won't be able to feature every blog that is sent to me and I will first and foremost choose blogs that I see as having great potential and that just deserve more attention. I will be strict in my choices of which blogs to feature but hopefully this will prove to everyone that the blogs I choose to feature will definitely be ones worth looking into.

I hope you guys think this is a good idea and I hope that you'll start to send me your favourite up and coming blogs. To send me a link, please visit the Contact tab above and use the email form provided. So that I know what your email is in reference to, please specify in the subject field "Featured Blog Suggestion".

Thanks again to all of you and I'm excited to continue on this journey with you. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Floral Nail Art Series - Sunflowers

Hey guys!

Tonight I returned to my floral series with a really fun yet easy-to-do design - sunflowers! I'm seriously loving this mani and I think a lot of if has to do with the base colour I chose which is Blue Sparrow by China Glaze. Because this is a neon, it dries sort of matte and the glitter isn't as noticeable at first but once you add top coat, this baby really comes to life. This is a permanent colour and in my opinion, it's a total must-have.

Hope you like the mani!

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
China Glaze - Blue Sparrow (base)
Orly - White Tips (base for flowers)
China Glaze - Electric Pineapple (petals)
China Glaze - Ick-A-Bod-Y (center of flowers)
Seche Vite Top Coat

GildedNails 1500 Follower Giveaway!

Hey guys!

Ok, i don't usually do this sort of thing but I just HAD to make an exception in this case. GildedNails is celebrating reaching 1500 followers by holding an amazing giveaway in which the first place prize is the ENTIRE China Glaze OMG Collection! :D

I have seriously been lemming this collection forever and I just had to make this sure that I have as many chances as possible to win this! *fingers crossed*

There are also 2 other great prizes but I myself have my eye on that OMG Collection.




Click here to enter.
The giveaway is open internationally and ends on June 15th.
Good luck!

Swatch Comparison - OPI Rally Pretty Pink vs. Zoya Faye

Hey guys!

Just a quick post today comparing OPI Rally Pretty Pink with Zoya Faye, a comparison I promised I would make in my review of the OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France duo.

Zoya Faye is one of six shades released with the recent Sunshine Collection. I only picked up 2 of the colours from that collection, one of them being Faye (the other being Apple).

I had heard that these 2 shades were dupes for one another and since I hadn't tried Faye since I purchased it, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try as well as to establish whether or not it's a dupe for OPI Rally Pretty Pink.

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Keep reading for the comparison photos!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France: Part 2

Hey guys!

I promised yesterday that I would post swatches and a review of the other Glam Slam! France duo, so here it is - Rally Pretty Pink and Red Shatter.

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Keep reading for the swatches and review!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Review & Swatches - OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam! France: Part 1

Hey guys!

Today I thought I would be showing you part 2 of my top 10 polishes post but I got distracted from that when I learned that my local beauty supply store got the Glam Slam! duos and the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection in yesterday. So today I'm going to be showing you one of the Glam Slam! duos - Spark de Triomphe and White Shatter.

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Keep reading for the swatches and review!

Important Giveaway Announcement

Hey guys!

I wanted to make a quick post regarding my giveaway and the blogger issues that occurred recently. I received several emails and a few facebook messages from some of you asking why you couldn't enter my giveaway. This was due to the issues with Blogger and there was unfortunately nothing that I could do about it.

For this reason, I'm going to extend my giveaway for an extra few days to make sure that everyone who was trying to enter during the downtime are able to enter.

Additionally, for any of you who entered in the last day or so, please check the giveaway post here and make sure that your entry registered properly. If it didn't, please enter again. If you're unsure, enter again anyways and I'll weed out the extra entries manually.

The new end date for my giveaway will be Friday, May 20th at 11:59 NST (Newfoundland Standard Time).

Nails of the Day - Safari Skittles

Edit: Due to Blogger's downtime, this post was removed (it was originally posted on Tuesday) and re-posted and all of your lovely comments were also removed. :(

Hey guys!

I'm sorry I haven't been around for the last couple of days - I've been super busy getting back in the groove of being in school 5 days a week (I haven't done this since my first semester back in 2006). Plus my internet was down last night and I didn't realize until after I had taken a load of photos for the part 2 post of my top 10 polishes. I decided to post this nail art first but the conclusion of my top 10 post will be up tomorrow or Friday.

Also, I want you all to know that I'm slowly but surely responding to all of your emails! I promise I haven't forgotten about you, I've just been a bit overwhelmed these past couple of weeks.

Anyways, I definitely haven't finished with my floral nail art series but I decided to take a break from that today and do some animal print nails. I was originally inspired by a new tote bag I bought for school (picture after the jump) but once I got going, not even one of my nails ended up looking like my bag! Nonetheless, I hope you like it!

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
OPI - Take the Stage (base on thumbs)
Milani - Gold Glitz (base on index fingers)
OPI - DS Desire (base on middle fingers)
OPI - Bring on the Bling (ring fingers)
Nicole by OPI - The Next CEO (base on pinky fingers)
China Glaze - Golden Enchantment (glitter top coat on thumbs and pinky fingers)
China Glaze - Ingrid (cheetah spots, zebra stripes)
American Apparel - California Trooper (giraffe print)
OPI - Black Onyx (tiger stripes)
Seche Vite Top Coat

More photos after the jump (including one of something you don't see very often - my right hand)!

Monday, May 09, 2011

Floral Nail Art Series - Hibiscus Flowers

Hey guys!

I hope everyone's weekend went well! I've been getting ready for my new semester which starts tomorrow. And even though I'm in my 5th (and final) year of University, I still get nervous at the beginning of a new semester!

Anyway, today I got very frustrated with nail art. I had planned to do a Mother's Day inspired floral design with roses but after an hour or more practicing on my nail wheel, I realized that I can't draw freehand roses that meet my own standards. Despite that, I moved on to another of my floral ideas - hibiscus flowers. I decided to add the gradient element to make this a little more interesting and I used Rebecca's tutorial for the gradient. I'm still not comfortable with gradients but her tutorial definitely helped.

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
OPI - Flower-to-Flower (pink base)
Orly - Spark (yellow base)
Orly - White Tips (hibiscus flowers)
Seche Vite Top Coat


Since I planned on posting this earlier, I was going to wish all you Mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day but I guess now I'll have to wish you all a Happy Belated Mother's Day! Hope you all had a great day!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Review & Swatches - LCN Crackle Collection

Hey guys!

I have been trying to complete my LCN Crackle Collection for a while now but my beauty supply store was always sold out of at least one of the colours. Finally, I dropped up a few days ago and they had the last colour I needed.
Originally I wanted these to keep in my kit but after swatching them, I think I might keep them for myself!

Note: I would have liked to have swatches these over other LCN shades to keep everything consistent but I don't own enough of the LCN polishes so instead I used a number of different brands of polish for the base colours.

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Keep reading to see swatches and read the review!

Friday, May 06, 2011

First Tag Post - Lipstick Tag

Hey guys!

I saw this tag post over at BeautySpot and I thought it was interesting so I decided to do one myself! I haven't ever done a tag post but they're fun so be sure to always tag me when you do one yourself!

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1. When you were a child, did you use your mother's lipsticks?
Surprisingly, no. I was actually a tomboy for the greater part of my adolescent life and didn't even think about makeup until I was about 17 or 18. Even at that time I considered lipstick to be for older women so I never bothered with it for a number of years.

2. How old were you when you bought your first lipstick?
I think I was probably 21. As I said above, I was under the misconception that women my age didn't wear lipstick and that it was only something older women wore. Boy was I wrong!

3. Pink or red lipstick?
Definitely pink; I find it works much better with my skin tone.

4. The most expensive lipstick you have ever bought?
I've bought a number of Benefit lipsticks which are somewhere around $25 CAD.

5. And the cheapest?
I'm pretty picky about lipsticks so I've actually only ever tried 3 brands: Benefit, MAC, and GOSH, GOSH being the cheaper of the three at around $15 or $16 CAD. There are a couple of drugstore brands that I have been wanting to try (for example: Revlon ColorBurst, Maybelline Color Sensational, Cover Girl Lip Perfection) as well as some of the other higher end brands (for example: MUFE, Nars, Chanel, etc) but I simply haven't gotten around to it yet.

6. What's the most bizarre thing you have ever done with a lipstick?
I wish I had a more interesting answer for this question but I really haven't done anything with a lipstick except use it as it's meant to be used. I'm so vanilla, haha.

7. If you had to recommend a lipstick, which brand would you recommend and why?
Sadly, my recommendation might not mean much seeing as I haven't tried too many brands of lipstick. However, I have stuck with the 2 brands I use most (Benefit and MAC) because they're great lipsticks.
I think that Benefit's lipsticks are softer feeling than MAC's but MAC offers a much wider selection of colours and finishes and they're also cheaper, so I would have to recommend MAC lipsticks. My favourite finish is the lustre finish as I find that it hides lip imperfections and feels the softest on my lips.
I only have one GOSH lipstick (#134 Darling) and I don't think it's fair to judge the brand based on only trying one so I would have to try more from the GOSH before giving a recommendation, either positive or negative.


I'm going to tag everyone that is wearing or has worn lipstick in the last 24 hours. And be sure to leave a link to your tag post in the comments because I'd love to read it!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Floral Nail Art Series - Cherry Blossoms

Hey guys!

I recently got a request to do a cherry blossom nail art design and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use a polish that I have been dying to use - Essie's Turquoise & Caicos. I got this polish a couple of months ago and I've been trying to find a nail art design to incorporate it into ever since but I haven't been able to. I'm so glad I was finally able to use it because I just love this shade!

I was also inspired by this design to start a new series - a floral one! I already have a few other ideas for this series but I'd love to hear more requests from you guys! You can leave your ideas in the comments or you can email me by going to the contact tab at the top of the page. :)

Anyways, onto the mani!

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
Essie - Turquoise & Caicos (base)
OPI - Black Onyx (tree branches)
Orly - White Tips (flowers)
OPI - Flower-to-Flower (middle of flowers)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Top 10 Polishes - Part 1

Hey guys!

A while back a friend of mine and fellow Newfoundland nail blogger Rebecca, did a Top 10 post that showcased her all-time favourite polishes, and ever since I have been meaning to do the same thing.
It's taken me so long to actually do this post because I honestly just thought that it would be too difficult for me to pick only 10 out of my approximately 700 polishes! But I've put a lot of thought into this and I was actually able to narrow it down.

One of the ways I was able to narrow it down is by determining whether or not I would wear a shade alone, without any nail art. I pretty much always have nail art on but every once in a while I'll come across a colour that is so special that I'll actually forego the nail art and wear the shade alone. This doesn't happen often but the shades that I have listed below are all shades that I would wear on their own.

This post is part 1 of 2 and in this one I'll count down from 10-6. Enjoy!

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Keep reading for swatches and more info on my favourite polishes!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Upcoming Collections - 3 More Shades from the OPI and Serena Williams Glam Slam! Series

Hey guys!

I don't have much time to post anything tonight so I'm just going to fill you in on the newest shades that are being released with the OPI and Serena Williams Glam Slam! Series.
Although I really love the look of these new shades, I'm not letting myself get excited about them because the first Glam Slam! duo was never released here in Newfoundland which makes me pessimistic about the availability of these other sets. However, if they do release here, you can expect to see swatches from me.

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Keep reading for more info about these new shades!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Review & Swatches - Nicole by OPI Shopper's Drug Mart Exclusive: Brilliant Idea

Hey guys!

I hope everyone's weekend went well! I myself relaxed the whole weekend and loved it. :)
Today I have for you 1 of 13 new shades of Nicole by OPI polishes that are exclusive to Shopper's Drug Mart. At the moment this is the only one that I've bought from this new line but I'm sure I'll end up with more in the future. This one caught my eye the most out of all 13 as I really don't have anything like this one in my collection. It's called Brilliant Idea and it's small and medium sized lime glitter in a clear base.

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Keep reading for more photos, the review, and swatches!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Nails of the Day - Hello Kitty

Hey guys!

So it turned out my hand drill needed to be charged before I could continue drilling holes in my nail wheels so while waiting I decided to do my nails! A co-worker of mine is really into Hello Kitty and I told her that I would do a Hello Kitty nail art design for her so that's what I did tonight. This is for you, Melissa!

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Products:
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
Essie - Bachelorette Bash (base)
OPI - Mod About You (polka dots)
Orly - White Tips (Hello Kitty)
OPI - Black Onyx (eyes, whiskers)
Orly - Spark (nose)
Fimo bow from eBay

*I must have taken about 75 pictures of this mani (I usually only take 5 or 6 before I find one I like) because my camera just could not get a colour accurate photo of this colour. So don't take this as a colour accurate swatch of Essie's Bachelorette Bash because it's less red and much more pink in person.
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