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

Pictorial: Black and Bright – Geometric Nails

Hey Beauties!

Here is a simple pictorial (picture tutorial) for a manicure that I wore last summer.  I wanted something a little bit funky that incorporated a bunch of colours, as well as black polish for an edge.  Here is what I came up with!

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Please excuse that there is tip wear and an Instagram filter on this photo…  This was before I really figured out what I was doing with taking photos for my blog, and apparently this is the only photo I have after I cleaned up my nails!  But you get the idea…  (This was actually my first ever Instagram photo!)

Here’s what you need!

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Scissors, 5 bright polish colours, opaque black polish, scotch tape, top/base coat

First Step: Paint each nail a different, bright colour and let it dry completely.

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From L –> R (Pinkie –> Thumb): OPI “Kiss Me On My Tulips”, Essie “Mint Mojito”, Essie “First Dance”, Butter London “Blagger”, OPI “Red Lights Ahead, Where?”

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Next: Cut up straight strips of scotch tape to the desired thickness that you want the stripes of colour to show through (or use striping tape).  For the pattern that I created you will need 4 strips for each nail, so 40 in total.  Arrange the strips in the desired pattern, either on all nails of one hand, or work one nail at a time.  Paint over with a thick coat of black polish.  This needs to be opaque in one coat!

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Quickly peel off the tape strips before the polish dries to get nice, crisp lines.  This will show off the bright colours underneath!

Here is the finished look before I cleaned up around the edges (I’m normally messy, but this is to the extreme!):

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You can see that I didn’t get all of the strips the same size, if you want these to be perfect I recommend using striping tape.  I really like how it turned out, and I got lots of compliments on them!

What do you think?

If you recreate this look please tweet me photos @wstcoastbeauty !

xoxo

Glymm: Beauty Gone Wrong

Hi Beauties,

After coming back to my blog after a two week hiatus with my family visiting, I found a comment on an old post with some sad news.  The Canadian beauty box company Glymm, which I subscribed to and enjoyed before moving to the United States, abruptly shut down their business in April, leaving many subscribers having paid for up to 4 boxes that they never received.  Now, all business ventures are a risk, and as a consumer you are partially responsible for this, but it just sounds like Glymm was very irresponsible in the way they handled the transition.  Continually billing customers for services they couldn’t (and knew they wouldn’t) provide, as well as continuing to take orders from their online shop and never shipping the items.  I have even heard someone claim that they charged some clients for their May boxes, and then shut down and removed all public presence within 24 hours.  They sent subscribers a short email indicating that they were going out of business effective immediately, and that they would not receive a refund for anything they had been charged for.

You can read the whole story here.

I guess I consider myself lucky that I was forced to unsubscribe when I moved.  It sounds like the bag had been going downhill for a while before this happened.

I found out about all this because Nikki from NailPolishCanada.com commented on one of my posts and shared the news story with me.  I wish I had seen this earlier because she told me that they were putting together a FREE box ($25CAD value) that they would give to a certain number of Glymm subscribers who had been ripped off in the whole debacle.  Sadly they are all sold out, but I still wanted to post about this, to let you know about a company that was trying to step up and help a girl out!  While it’s not the end of the world, it still really sucks to feel like you’ve had something pulled out from underneath you like this.  So please, share the love and check out a website that tried to step in and brighten your day.

I hope none of you were affected by this!

xoxo

(Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with either Glymm or NailPolishCanada.com)

Recent Nail Polish Purchases

Hey Beauties!

Here is a quick recap of a few of my recent nail polish acquisitions =)

First off, I took advantage of the promotion that Zoya ran a couple of months ago, where you could buy three of their polishes, and only pay $10 shipping.  Of course I couldn’t resist!  I had never tried any Zoya polishes before this, so I figured it was the perfect time to try them out.  And I picked up an extra as well of course =)

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This is the extra polish that I bought that wasn’t included in the promo because it is one of their new “Pixie Dust” polishes called “Vespa”.  It is a mossy green kind of colour with a hint of grey to it, but the really unique bit is the texture.  These are the new textured polishes that everyone is coming out with this spring.  They are gritty, matte and sparkly all at once.  They do have a nice matte finish, and the glitter is really pretty, but boy the texture is weird!  It took me a full day to get even a little bit used to having it on my fingers.  I kept getting shivers down my spine whenever they would brush against anything.  (I’m getting them now thinking about my nails brushing against my wool peacoat!).  I did like it though, and I think next time I’m going to try it with my OCC Flatline matte topcoat to smooth it out a little bit.  Here is a swatch.

What about you guys, have you tried the textured trend?  What do you think?

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“Meadow” is actually what I have on my nails right now.  I’ll link my NOTD post here.  I bought this one because it is so different from anything else that I have in my collection.  It looks pale pink with beautiful golden shimmer running through it.  I thought it would be perfect for a light spring look.  It seems to apply a bit darker on the nail, but when I hold them up to the bottle it looks the same, so I don’t know what the trick is!  It comes off as a bit more of a dusty rose colour, but the shimmer really glows.  It is a beautiful polish that I think will be more versatile now and be wearable all through the year!

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This one I obviously had to get.  It’s my namesake polish! DSC07795 For those who don’t know, Zoya has a lot of polishes that are girls’ names, and it’s really fun to find the one that has your name.  I was really happy to find my polish is this gorgeous sparkly red =D.  In the bottle it is a rich red base with golden-orange chunkier shimmer (almost glitter, but not), running through it.  On the nail the golden-orange doesn’t show very strongly.  It comes off as a multi-dimensional red, and I am in love =D.  You can see it on my nails here in my Valentines Day NOTD.

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The last Zoya polish that I picked up was “Kimber”.  My camera had trouble handling this one because it is so bright!  It is a really vibrant pink, again with the nice gold shimmer running through it.  This is what I could consider “Barbie Pink”.  It is so amazing!  I haven’t worn it yet, but I have a feeling it will be on my nails a lot this summer =)

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Here are the polishes that I picked up at Sally’s and Walgreens:

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First is Orly “Rage”.  I can’t believe how long it took me to get this polish!  It has been EVERYWHERE in the beauty world for probably the past year.  I finally wound up getting it because they changed their packaging (boo!  the new stuff looks cheap) and so Sally’s was having a promo where if you spent $3 you got an Orly polish in the old packaging for free!  I rooted around in the basket until I found this one, and I was so happy it was there =)  It is beautiful!  A true rose gold metallic polish.  You can see it on my nails here.

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Here is the polish that I bought to get the Orly for free.  It is China Glaze “Graffiti Glitter” from the Bitz ‘N Pieces collection.  It drew me in with the rich green and black glitter.  I have to say I was disappointed when I swatched it on my nail wheel to think of St. Patrick’s Day Ideas.  I thought it was a black base packed with glitter, but it turns out it is a clear base with sparse green hexagonal glitter, smaller black hexagonal glitter, and black bar glitter.  I’m sure I’ll find something that will make this great, but I’m not inspired as of yet.

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This is another polish that I had been wanting, but not for quite as long.  This is Essie’s “Beyond Cozy” from their latest holiday collection.  I made myself be good and resisted buying it when it first came out, and then I regretted that as soon as it was sold out!  So when I found it in my local Walgreens I wasn’t about to let it get away again!  I can’t wait to try this one =)

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Finally; here is a nail art kit that I bought from Nasty Nails.  You can see the look I did with it here, as well as a review of the kit and the website!

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What are your recent purchases?  Have you been weak like me?  haha.

xoxo

NOTD: “Trendy Tips” and Nasty Nails Review!

Hey Beauties!

Here is my late Easter NOTD.  I wanted to put this up at the same time that I posted my video tutorial, and that took me ages to edit!  It was my first try, so I had a lot of errors, lol.  ^_^  This look is inspired by the “Trendy Tips” nail art kit that I bought from Nasty Nails, and I used it to create this manicure.

Here is the photo from Nasty Nails:

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and here is the Kit:

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I think it looks so beautiful!  Would you guys wear a look like this?  It is a great way to mix up neutrals and pastels or neons, which is very on-trend right now.

Here is everything that came with it: Essie “Tart Deco”, Essie “Play Date”, Essie “Sand Tropez”, Essie “Mint Candy Apple”, Orly “Spark” and some silver striping tape.  All of this for only $25.99!

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Orly “Spark” is a bright ‘sunshine’ yellow creme

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Essie “Tart Deco” is a beautiful coral creme.  It looks quite pastel in the bottle but really comes off quite bright on the nail! DSC07827DSC07844DSC07845

Essie “Play Date” is a pale lavender creme.  It reminds me of “She’s Picture Perfect” from their spring line last year (I think), but without the golden shimmer.

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Essie “Sand Tropez” is the base colour for this manicure.  I know that a lot of people love it for a neutral polish.  I don’t think I would ever wear this on it’s own, it doesn’t work well enough with my skin tone, but I did love it as the base for brightly coloured nail art!

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Essie “Mint Candy Apple” has a bit of a cult following in the beauty world, and I figured this was the ideal way for me to get my hands on it.  I really found it more blue than green and I was really surprised.  It is beautiful though!

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This colour didn’t come with the kit, and I didn’t use it in the manicure, but I did buy it as a single polish for only $4!  Essie “Bobbing for Baubles” is a beautiful steely-blue.  It is a deep navy colour with almost a “smoky” effect.  I love it!

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And here is my version!  I threw in Essie “Mojito Madness” on my thumb, because I needed a fifth colour to round it out nicely!  Be sure to watch my tutorial for a step by step on how to create this look!

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All in all I am really happy with this kit.  Nasty Nails has tons of these kits as well as polish strips and single polishes, all at really great prices, and with free shipping =).  I have my eye on a few more, and I will be sure to review them for you should I decide to purchase.

This post is not sponsored, I’m just really happy with the experience!

Have you ever purchased from Nasty Nails?  Be sure to tweet me photos if you recreate this look! @wstcoastbeauty

xoxo

NOTD: NYE Edition

Hey Beauties!  I know this is a little bit late, but life has been hectic lately!  (In a good way =) ).

Here are a couple of photos of the nail polish that I wore for New Years Eve:  It is China Glaze “Some Like It Haute”, 3 coats plus 2 coats of a glossy top coat.  It really needs a thick top coat because the finish is matte and really gritty.  A couple of good coats makes it nice and smooth and brings out the sparkle!  Mine has become very thick (I’ve had it just over a year now) and I have to use Orly’s polish thinner to make it workable.  I think it will be even better once I get a few of those small steel balls to put in the polish to really make sure it all gets mixed up.  It dries very quickly on the nail, but be careful what you do before you put a topcoat on!  The texture makes it really easy to catch on things.

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Indoors with natural and artificial light

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Outdoors in direct sunlight

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Outdoors in direct sunlight.
Deliberately out of focus because it really shows the rainbow of colours that reflect from the holographic glitter!

Our New Years Eve turned into a quiet night in.  Not much was going on in our little town, and the most important thing to us was that we spent our first NYE as a married couple together =)  ❤ .  My favourite midnight kiss so far! =D

What did you get up to for New Years?  Did you wear a special polish for it?

xoxo

p.s. you can check out a makeup tutorial that I did for a NYE look here!

NOTD: Christmas Edition!

Hey Beauties!

Today’s post is going to be about the nails that I will be wearing Christmas Day =).  I can’t believe it is almost here!  This year has flown by, I’ve been very busy =).

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My Right Hand

I have China Glaze “Phat Santa” on my first three fingers, topped with China Glaze “Ruby Pumps”, for a festive sparkly red.  Then I have Orly “Luxe” on my ring finger with designs in Butter London “British Racing Green”.

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My Left Hand

On my pinkies I tried something new.  I have China Glaze “White on White” (I think?  It’s packed away now so I can’t check!) and the candy cane stripes are done with striping tape.  I ordered a whole bunch on eBay (for about $2), and they finally came, so I figured I would try them out.  It is fairly easy to work with, but very thin.  If you lose the end good luck finding it again!  The biggest issue I have with it is that the ends peel up a bit, and I’ve had to file them down.  Also the colour seemed to fade really fast.  This was a bright sparkly red, but now looks more pink…  You need a couple coats of good thick top-coat over top to make them feel smooth.  I will keep trying these as I have more than I could use in a lifetime, and will keep you posted!

I hope you liked my Christmas Nails!

Please tweet me photos of your festive nails, I love to see them and get inspired!  @wstcoastbeauty

xoxo