NOTD: Geometric Orange

Hey Beauties!

It has been a long time since I have posted a nail of the day post.  I tried out a little bit of free-hand geometric designs to go along with my bright summer colour.  Let me know what you think!

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These are the various tools that I needed to do this manicure:  (The Orly top coat should be Seche Clear base coat… oops!)  Sally Hansen “Poppy”, China Glaze “White On White”, Pop Beauty (no name as far as I know), and Butter London “P.D. Quick Topcoat”.

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Here’s a better view of the brushes that I used.  These are just cheap synthetic nail brushes that I bought on eBay.  A long, skinny striping brush to make the initial lines; and a short flat topped brush as well as a short angle brush to fill in the black and white squares.

Here is the result!  Please excuse that the geometric shapes aren’t all perfect like most of the photos that I see on Instagram…  this was my first go, and being all artistic and good at drawing isn’t my strong point!

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I hope you like this design!  I was originally going to do my ring and middle fingers with the patterns, instead of the index and ring fingers.  What do you think?  Would you have liked that better?  I think I would have.  Oh well, next time!

This manicure is actually coming off right after I post this.  It’s starting to chip =(.  But it wore for about 4 days very well!

xoxo

 

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Favourite Spring Polish 2013!

Hey Beauties!

I am so sorry for my absence lately, there has been a lot going on in my personal life the past couple of weeks, and things have just been crazy.  I have had the corresponding video up for this post for a while now, but if you haven’t seen it be sure to  check it out!

In this post I am going to give you a quick overview of all of my favourite nail polishes for spring!  Who doesn’t love a good spring mani? =)

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Here is my wonderful little nail wheel, with swatches of all the colours.  See one (or a few!) that you like?  Keep reading to find out what they are!

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First up is an OPI topcoat called “Pirouette My Whistle” from the NYC Ballet collection.  I am in love with this polish for all seasons really, but I think it really works well for spring because of how light and delicate it is.  It is a clear base with a lot of very tiny silver glitter, mixed in with small pearlescent hexagonal glitter.  It looks beautiful no matter what colour you put it over, whether it is a soft nude or a deep vampy polish.

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This one I had to throw in because I just got it in my most recent Ipsy Glam Bag, and it is stunning!  This is  “Neely” from Zoya.  It is a true milky, minty green.  Right on trend!  I used this in a gradient that I tried out on my nails here.

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L – Essie “Mint Candy Apple” R – Zoya “Neely”

Here is a quick comparison of two  “Mint” nail polishes.  You can see here that Mint Candy Apple is really more of a robin’s egg blue than a mint green.

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That brings me to my next favourite, Mint Candy Apple!  This is a beautiful soft blue creme polish.  It’s not the green colour that I thought it would be when I bought it.  I had heard so much about it last spring on YouTube that I figured it must be the perfect polish!  I do still love it though, just as a blue instead of a green.  Here it is as the main colour in a chevron manicure.

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I had to show this little combo, because who doesn’t love a fresh, clean french manicure?  The little mini is from Essie’s wedding collection last spring, and it is called “Made to Honour”.  It is a beautiful pink and I love using it for a french mani.  The white polish is “Pointe Blanc” from Orly’s french manicure line.  It has a long skinny brush that makes it really easy to get a nice clean, crisp line along your tips without guides.

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I was behind the game on this polish too.  This is another one that I had heard about all over YouTube and on beauty blogs everywhere.  It is the rose gold colour that has been so popular for the last year!  Orly “Rage” is a metallic rose gold polish that is just stunning.  If I can wear it, then I am sure it will go with any skin tone.  It is a nice neutral that provides just a little bit more “oomph” to your mani =), as seen here!

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Now for a bright one!  This is a really beautiful orangey coral.  My camera had a tough time getting the colour accurate here, and it looks a bit more neon than it actually is in real life.  I would say that it is somewhere between a pastel and a neon.  It has a bit more punch than your typical pastel, but is much softer than a typical neon.  This is Essie’s “Tart Deco”, and I think it is pretty much perfect.  See it in a mani here!

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This little mini is OPIs “Pedal Faster Suzi” from the Holland Collection.  It is a semi-sheer pale pink polish with silver micro-glitter.  I think this one is great when you need (or want) a subtle manicure, but you don’t want it to be boring.  I used this as the base colour for a houndstooth mani that you can see here!

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This one is just as bright in person as it looks here!  OPI’s “Kiss My On My Tulips” is also from the Holland Collection last spring.  It is one of my favourite bright pinks, and it has a slightly cool undertone.  I love buying these little minis, because you get to try many colours for less than the price of one!  And honestly, who ever actually finishes an entire bottle of polish?!  I actually don’t have a recent mani to show you with this colour =(.

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Essie’s “First Dance” is another mini from the Wedding collection last spring.  This is a bright, vibrant candy-apple red colour, and it is what lives on my toes in the spring and summer months!  About 90% of the time my toe nails are painted red (of course as I’m writing this they are actually orange =P), but I switch between a brighter red for the spring and summer and a deep crimson for the fall and winter.  There is just something classic that I love about a red toe polish.

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NARS’s “Candy Darling” is another pink, but this one is even cooler toned than “Kiss Me On My Tulips” that I showed earlier.  More of a fuchsia than a pink almost.  My husband got this for me for Christmas (I don’t think I could ever stomach the price of a NARS polish on my own) as part of a set from the Andy Warhol collection that they put out last fall/winter.  The formula is great!  Maybe if other minis they have grab my attention I might be tempted…  Here it is used in a polka-dot manicure!

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“Vespa” from Zoya’s first Pixie Dust collection is certainly the most unique polish in my favourites here, and maybe even my whole collection!  It is one of the textured, matte-but-glittery polishes in a gorgeous pale green colour.  This one takes getting used to for sure, having something gritty on your nails is so strange!  I found that I got shivers running up my spine if they rubbed against the wrong material (for instance my wool jacket).  However, I did love the effect that it gave, and I think I will be trying it next time with a matte top coat to try and smooth it out without losing the effect.

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China Glaze’s “Champagne Kisses” is actually from their Christmas collection last year, but I am loving it for spring!  It is a nice warm champagne-gold colour that reminds me of sand.  Here you can see how I used it with a deep blue to create an ocean inspired manicure =).

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For those of you looking for an office-approvied, but not-boring manicure, I would highly suggest Essie’s “Buy Me A Cameo”.  This is one of the most beautiful polishes that I have ever seen.  It is a gorgeous taupe colour, but it is quite warm, and almost has a pink pearlescent sheen.  It is a nice subtle manicure, but it is such a beautiful shade that you will spend all day staring at it ;).  This photo does not do it justice!

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Now, if you need a polish for Easter, or if you just love lilac, this is the one for you!  Essie’s “Play Date” is a soft purple pastel creme.  It reminds me of “She’s Picture Perfect” from a past collection, except this doesn’t have the gold shimmer.  I have had this on my fingers a few times this spring, which is rare for me because I’m usually into more brights than pastels, and I don’t usually repeat the same polish within a couple of months!  Sadly, I didn’t seem to document any of these occasions =(.

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Last but not least, is one of my all-time favourites, and a polish that I think is a genuinely unique colour.  Essie’s “Mint Mojito” is truly a grass-green polish.  I had wanted something that really showed green for a while, and when I found this one last spring I was sold!  It is not one of the neon greens that lean yellow (which looks awful on me), and it is not such a deep green that it looks more black.  This is a true green creme, and I love it =).  Here it is covered with a single coat of “Swinger” from Butter London.

I am sorry that I didn’t have photos of all of all of the polishes here on my nails, but I’m sure you can use your imagination =).

What are your favourite polishes for Spring??  Do you stick with pastels?

xoxo

I Need Your Help! Ipsy vs. Birchbox: May

Hi Beauties!

For this post I need your help!  I have decided that I want to explore more environmentally and animal friendly beauty products, and therefore I am going to sign up for a vegan beauty box.  I looked at a few, and the one I think I have decided on is Petit Vour.  BUT, I can’t really afford to have three beauty boxes every month!  Much as I would love that, it seems a bit excessive when trying to stay on a budget. SO, based on this month (and previous months), I need your help deciding which box (or boxes) to drop when a subscription to Petit Vour becomes available!  I just took quick photos of everything in each box for you to compare, but if you want to see and hear more about each item be sure to check out my video here!

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First off: Birchbox comes in its standard brown box, and Ipsy comes in a cute re-usable bag every month.

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Here are the goods!

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Birchbox – May, 2013

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Coola – Classic Sunscreen

First up is a sunscreen from Coola.  This is their classic sunscreen moisturizer with SPF 30, a cucumber scent and organic anti-aging ingredients.  The card says that it is a mineral sunblock, but the active ingredients are avobenzone (2%) and octinoxate (2.1%), which means that it is actually a chemical sunscreen.  Avobenzone is inherently unstable, and it breaks down into unknown chemicals when it absorbs UV light, this is what protects the skin.  I have a physical sunscreen from Coola that uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which I love, so I do really like this brand!  They are environmentally friendly and cruelty free, so big thumbs up there!  This sample is 7mL; full size is 50mL and retails for $32.

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Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle

Next up is a detangling leave in conditioner from Beauty Protector.  I have never heard of this brand before.  It comes in a rubbery bottle, and is a perfect size for travel, it would even be fine for a carry-on!  On the back of the bottle it says that it is a: Instant detangler, thermal protector, UV protector, that it seals cuticle, smoothes hair, locks in colour, adds shine, conditions, and is weightless, non-greasy and ideal for every day use on all hair types.  That’s a lot of claims!  I do need to use a spray in conditioner most days after the shower, as my hair gets super tangled.  I don’t often use heat, but a UV protector is nice!  I don’t have coloured hair, but I might this summer…  If it does all that it promises this will be quite the little product!  I can’t find a size on this anywhere to know how big the sample is, but full size is 8oz (maybe 4x the size of this?) and retails for $21.95.

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Joie – Folle de Joie eau de parfum

And here we have yet another perfume sample from Birchbox.  Enough already!  They all smell the same to me, floral and not my taste.  This one was one of the better ones that I  have received I do have to say though.  “For its debut scent, the chic fashion brand created this carefree mix of mandarin, rose and sandalwood”.  I probably like it better because it has some fruit but is also grounded with the sandalwood.  The small sizes are handy to carry in your purse, but I often find that without a cap these just spray whenever they want to and get all over everything…  This sample is 0.06fl oz, full size is 3.4 fl oz and retails for $98.  I’d have to REALLY love this to spend that much…

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Sumita – Colour Contrast Eyeliner

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Sumita – Colour Contrast Eyeliner

Next is an eyeliner from a brand called Sumita, another that I have never heard of…  “Inspired by traditional Indian formulas, this velvety liner glides on easily and lasts for hours”.  The colour is a really beautiful midnight blue, and the pencil did glide on really smoothly.  I often have worries about the staying power of such soft pencils on my eyelids as they get oily.  I find the UD 24/7 pencil liners go on great, but fade after a few hours.  I rubbed at this swatch after letting it dry for a few minutes, and I did see a bit of colour transfer, but I would never be rubbing my eyelids that hard!  The full size of this is a set of 4 minis (the same size) and I am assuming they                                    come in 4 different colours.  That set retails for $21.

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Pilot – Acroball Pen

Last and very least, we have a pen.  Really?  A pen?  Thanks Birchbox, but I don’t pay $10 for office supply samples.  It writes in pink ink, and came with a $1 off coupon for any 3, 4, or 5 pack.

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Ipsy Glam Bag – May, 2013

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Pacifica – Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On

This smells so amazing!!  Like sugar cookies or vanilla icing.  Very sweet and delicious.  Not usually my type of fragrance, but I am loving this one =) “Inspired by the unique magic of Tahitian vanilla, this sensual blend sets sweet and sultry vanilla absolute, with honey-jasmine notes and a touch of fruitiness, against a deep and beautiful base of tea.”  This is 0.33 fl oz (10mL), which is full size!  And it retails for $12.  The Ipsy discount for this month is 20% off any purchase from Pacifica.  A portion of all of the sales from the Island Vanilla fragrance line goes to the Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation organization, and it is 100% vegan.  How amazing is that!?

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Pacifica – Coconut Crushed Pearl luminizing body butter

Next is another product from Pacifica, the luminizing body butter.  This smells so delicious.  I am not usually a fan of fake coconut smell, but this one is actually really good.  It gives just a slight glow to the skin, so it would be really nice on your legs or just on your décolletage for a night out.  It is cruelty free and contains coconut oil, pearls and sea minerals.  “Shimmer and glow from the inside out with luminescent crushed pearls and ultra-nourishing tropical phytonutrients”.  This is a 2oz tube, which is their mini size, and retails for $7.  The full size is 8oz and retails for $24.  Again, the Ipsy discount is 20% off.

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Juice Beauty – Reflecting Gloss in “Fig”

This product is an exclusive pre-launch through Ipsy!  It is an organic lip gloss that smells delicious.  Fruity and sweet!  It has great pigmentation, as you can tell from the swatch, and has a doe-foot applicator.  It is made with acai and goji berries for antioxidants, as well as minerals and agave nectar (that’s what the smell is!).  I haven’t used this on my lips yet, but I’m sure I will love it!  I have loved everything else I’ve gotten from Juice Beauty so far =)  This is a full size sample, and it retails for $15.

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Juice Beauty – Reflecting Gloss in “Fig”

The discount is also 20% for Juice Beauty.

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Yaby – Concealer in “Buff”

The yaby concealer is actually not too bad of a match for my skin tone, kind of crazy for a beauty box sample!  I haven’t tried it on my face yet, but it seems to be quite thick and high coverage, so for me it would be a blemish and redness concealer, not for under my eyes.  I will have to let you know!  It is a full size refill, which has a value of $5.06.  The discount code for this is actually for camerareadycosmetics.com, and it is 20% off.

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Zoya – Nail Polish in “Neely”

The final product is a full size Zoya nail polish!  It is a really pretty colour called “Neely”.  To me this is more of a true minty green than Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”.  I actually used it in the manicure that I put on yesterday, so keep an eye out for an Instagram photo!  The first coat goes on streaky, but the second really packs on the colour.  I love my Zoya polishes, so I am really excited to get a new one!  It looks like this could have come in any 1 of 6 pastel colours.  I’m happy with mine =).  The discount code for this is buy two get one free, plus a free 1oz Remove+ (their polish remover) and $5 shipping, pretty good deal!  Zoya polishes retail for $8 on their website.

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Zoya – Nail Polish in “Neely”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to let me know in the comments below which bag is your favourite and which one you think I should drop!  I can’t wait to show you the goodies I will be getting in my new boxes =)

xoxo

NOTD: Spring Bling – Coral and Glitter

Hey Beauties,

I just wound up taking this off of my nails today, but I really loved it!

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The main colour is Essie’s “Tart Deco”, and the two accent nails are Essie’s “Beyond Cozy”.

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I used Tart Deco in my Trendy Tips mani, which you can check out here.  This is the first time I have worn it on my full nails, and it is also the first time I have worn Beyond Cozy.  I love both colours!  Tart Deco is a very bright coral, one that would really make a statement worn against a nice tanned complexion in the height of summer.

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Beyond Cozy is a colour that everyone was after for the Christmas season, and I can see why!  It is a stunning silver glitter that goes on so smoothly.  It takes about 5 coats to be fully opaque on its own, and I am not looking forward to taking this baby off…  It is a cooler toned polish, which doesn’t always work heading into the warmer weather, but I think it complimented the coral beautifully.

Do you stick with pastels for spring?  Do you like to mix colour tones?

xoxo

NOTD: Blue Ombre

Hey Beauties,

Here is my next NOTD: Blue Ombre.  I’ve never tried out any type of ombre, whether it’s within the nail or across all of the nails, but it’s fun!  If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the photo of my nail wheel where I was experimenting with my colours to try and find out what would work.  I tried using the white or black polish underneath the colour and only using one polish, but I didn’t get very good results.  The black worked really well to darken the polish, but I really didn’t notice a difference with the white (now this may have been because I was trying on a nail wheel where the “nails” are already kind of white…).  I decided to go with the blues because I actually had 5 different polishes that I thought worked well together.

Here is the result!

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From Thumb –> Pinkie:  OPI: Yoga-ta Get This Blue!, Essie: Aruba Blue, Butter London: Blagger, Pop Peauty: Brave, Essie: Mint Candy Apple.

Here are the polishes:

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OPI: Yoga-ta Get This Blue!

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Essie: Aruba Blue

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Butter London: Blagger

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Pop Beauty: Brave

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Essie: Mint Candy Apple

Incase you didn’t see it on Instagram (go follow me so that you don’t miss anything!!) here is the nail wheel that I was playing with.  I tried out blue, green and purple.  I was feeling the cool colours I guess.  I don’t have enough pinks to do this with! =(

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Have you ever tried the ombre trend on your nails?  Be sure to tweet me your photos with the hashtag #wstcoastbeauty so I can see them!

xoxo

NOTD: Chevron Blues

Hey Beauties!

I promise I will get back into the swing of this…  But for now, here is another NOTD!

I call this one “Chevron Blues”.  It is Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple” (which I always thought would be a minty green?), and Essie’s “Bobbing for Baubles”.

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Essie: Mint Candy Apple

Here is the photo of “Mint Candy Apple” from the Essie website, it looks green!  This is the main colour that I used for my manicure.

It takes 3 coats to be opaque, and dries very quickly, so sometimes it can get streaky or goopy while applying to the nail.

Make sure it is completely dry between coats, or you might grab and drag the polish underneath!

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Essie: Bobbing for Bauble

“Bobbing for Baubles” is a beautiful stormy grey-blue colour.  It is one I never really looked twice at before, but after one use I’m in love!  It goes on so smoothly, and it nearly opaque in one coat.  It is dark on the nail, but it is still really obvious that it’s not black.  I really don’t have another colour like this.

And here is the result!

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Chevron Blues

Again, Mint Candy Apple is the main colour (it looks Robin’s Egg blue, right!?), and Bobbing for Baubles is the base colour on my accent nail.  I used striping tape to shape out a chevron and painted inside the lines with Mint Candy Apple.  This was my first attempt at anything like this, it’s fairly simple, but I made sure to make it a challenge ;).  I first tried to use a small nail art brush, but I found it was too stiff to use and just left a streaky mess.  So I let that dry and then went in with the regular brush and it turned out not too badly.  I removed the tape right after the second coat to get a nice crisp line.  I think this would work better with a better formula.

I am pretty happy with how this turned out, especially for my first try!  I love the colour combo =).  I thought about doing a second chevron at the tip of my nail and having sort of an angled french tip look, but decided against it.  Maybe next time?

What other colour combinations do you guys think this would look good in?  Are you loving the chevron trend too?

Be sure to tweet me pictures of your manicures! @wstcoastbeauty

xoxo

Recent NOTDs

Hey Beauties!

I’m sorry it’s been so long again!  For my first new post I am going to catch you up on some of my recent nail polish adventures!  This one’s going to be picture heavy!

First up:  “Foggy” by Pop Beauty.  I had my eye on this for over a year before I finally purchased it.  I saw it in a boutique store in Vancouver, but they were selling for $20 each!  Too steep for me =(.  My friend and I were there for about an hour and we tried on every single colour they had.  So much fun!  This was my stand out favourite.  It is a medium grey with a beautiful shimmer that makes it so beautiful and not your boring average grey.  I was so excited to see it was on HauteLook, and for only $3!!  I couldn’t resist and bought 5 colours =)

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Next up is another Pop Beauty polish!  This is “Denim Metal”, a glitter-packed metallic blue.  It reminds me of Essie’s “Aruba Blue”, but full of blue and silver micro-glitter.  The texture is a little strange to apply, but it turns into a beautiful finish.  I do think it looks way better with a top coat, the glitter kind of sucks in the shine a little bit without it. A nice vibrant colour that I think I will be wearing it a lot in the summer.

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This was a bit of an experiment of mixing colours.  My main colour is “Marrow” by Butter London and I honestly don’t know what the accent colour is.  It is an OPI mini that my mom got me for Christmas a couple of years ago.  Marrow is a really nice purple creme polish, that I find has a hint of grey to it.  It isn’t the greatest formula that I have encountered from Butter London and goes on a bit patchy, but three coats finish it up nicely.  This is going to be a staple on my nails for the fall!  The OPI colour is a really rich dark purple with blue and purple shimmer.

 

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This next colour is from the China Glaze fall Safari collection.  It is called “Exotic Encounters”.  This is a dusty turquoise creme polish and took 2 coats to be fully opaque.  Here i topped it with OCC “Flatline” topcoat for a matte finish.  I really like how it turned out!  It’s not quite like a blackboard on your nails, which I like =)  I managed to avoid the white spots with the topcoat this time too!  This is the only polish I picked up from the collection.  Do you guys have any other favourites that I should try to find?

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These were my Valentine’s Day nails ❤  I used my new Zoya polish (the first time I ever tried one!) in “Sarah”.  How can I not love it when my namesake polish is this gorgeous?!  It’s a fiery red with golden orange micro-glitter that really shows in the bottle more than the nail.  It is such a vibrant colour!  I can’t get over how beautiful this is =)  I think I’m a little biased ;).  I used Konad stamping polish and a Spa Secrets plate to stamp on the hearts to make it a little bit more festive.

 

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Ok, this is a colour that I should have had on my hands a LONG time ago, especially after everything I heard about it.  I finally did when I went to Sally’s and they had a promotion on where if you spent $3 you got an Orly polish in the old packaging for free!  I found this little guy hiding in the basket =)  “Rage” is a beautiful rose gold metallic polish with a foil finish.  It is really nice because it works on every skin tone.  It doesn’t make you look pasty and cold like silver can, and it doesn’t make you look sallow, like true gold can.  It’s a really nice metallic neutral.  Plus, who wasn’t obsessed with rose gold?  I used Sally Hansen “Strobe Light” as the glitter accents, I’m not sure that I liked how it looked though.  They looked like a very similar tone so I thought they would work nicely together (I hadn’t used either polish yet), but not so much.  The smaller pink glitter disappeared into the base polish and it kind of just left these random sparse large silver chunks, not pretty!  [On a side note, I am really sad Orly changed their packaging. I loved the old rubberized lids!  It was my favourite packaging of all polish =(  Now they look kind of cheap…]

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Don’t they look like they would work well together?

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This was a fun experiment.  This is Zoya’s new Pixie Dust formula!  I picked up “Vespa” a pale sage green and got it the first day it shipped!  These are designed to be matte, textured polish with obvious glitter particles.  It is definitely all of those things!  It took 3-4 coats to be fully opaque, and the textured finish really took a while to get used to.  For the first day it was so weird, it felt like I had something stuck to my nails, and I got that “shivers down my spine” feeling whenever they brushed up against something.  Especially my wool jacket!  After a while I got used to it though.  It was a really unique look!  I think this is a similar idea to OPI Liquid Sand polishes.

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I tried to mess up the focus to show the glitter!

 

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Ok, this is the last one for this post, I promise!!

This is sadly another unknown colour though.  I really wish they would put the names on the minis! =(.  It is a beautiful pink with a subtle shimmer from the Holland Collection [I think it is “Pedal Faster Suzi!”].  It’s a very nice cool toned pink, not normally a colour I would wear, but I really liked it =).  I bought this in a mini set that came with 4 (5?) of the polishes from the collection.  This is definitely a winter/spring colour that will look best on me when I have a pale complexion.  I used a Spa Secrets stamping plate and a Konad polish to do the houndstooth print on my accent nail.  It didn’t quite work perfectly, but I think it was pretty good for a first try at a full nail stamp!  Sadly my top coat smudged it.  I think I need to invest in the Konad top coat.

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Sorry this was so long!  I hope you enjoyed it though =)  My next polish post will be on my St. Patrick’s Day nails! =D

xoxo