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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Swatches: Essie Topless and Barefoot & Sand Tropez

I meant to get these posted ages ago, but... well I obviously didn't. I found these in the clearance bin ($2!) if you can believe it (along with Nice is Nice) and almost only grabbed one, since they are pretty similar, but I'm pretty happy I grabbed them all.

Essie Topless and Barefoot

As you've probably already seen, both of these shades are beige-y nudes, but Topless and Barefoot has a touch more pink and somehow makes me think of marshmallows... even though it is way too beige to actually look like one. I love this colour! I have a pretty big collection of nude type shades and I have nothing like this. It's a nice way to wear nudes for the summer since it is a lighter take. I think this shade could look great on a lot of people as well.

Essie Sand Tropez

Sand Tropez is muddier, and is a almost concrete gray take on a nude. It is similar to Topless and Barefoot, but also completely different at the same time, if that makes any sense... but a really nice shade. Again, it is completely different than any nude shade I have.

Overall, two great shades. What Essie colours have you been into lately? I picked up Aruba Blue, but I haven't worn it yet, I think I want Coat Azure as well. I'm really into blues lately... While on the Essie topic I wished I had passed on Sugar Daddy, it is really sheer. Oh well, I'll quit rambling now!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Was Going to Get Something Done...

Peek-y Boo!

I had very good intentions when I sat down... I was going to post a post of some Essie's I picked up a few weeks months ago and never got around to swatching, but I ended up reading a few blogs, and before I knew I'd made two Etsy purchases, used a Heartsy voucher, and curated a list. Oh, how the mind wanders.

I do have to say I absolutely love Heartsy! It is like Groupon but the deals are (mostly) all for Etsy. Everyday there are a few new deals from different sellers. You can save a range from about 50-70%. I've bought a few vouchers so far, and they are super easy to redeem. The link I provided is my referral, since if you sign up through someone you get $5 when you make your first purchase (I do to, so it's win-win!) Of course they can describe all this way better than I can (see it here.) They also have "VIP" memberships, which for $7.99 a month you get a bonus on your vouchers (usually $10 more than non VIPS) and you get a $10 credit when you sign up. I VIP'd but it's not something I'd pay for monthly. My point, however ramble-y it reads, is that Heartsy is pretty much amazing and my new favourite shopping... well, thing.

Have you used Heartsy? What did you think?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

China Glaze Lemon Fizz and Peachy Keen

In the past while I've gone all nutso for nail polish, and China Glaze has been my most purchased brand. I was slow to get on the Glaze-y bandwagon, no real reason, but now I am hooked. I have been slowly picking up polishes from the Up & Away Collection. They are just so happy. I need a bit of happy, even if it's just a flash on my fingertips.

Lemon Fizz and Peachy Keen were the first two that I picked up -I've since ordered Grape Pop and Something Sweet and am thinking Four Leaf Clover, Re-Fresh Mint and Flyin' High are going to be next.

Lemon Fizz

I've never really been a huge fan of yellow, even though yellow looks quite good on me... I hadn't ever worn yellow polish as a result of my non love of the shade. I had bought a Sally Hansen yellow ( Mellow Yellow from the Xtrem Wear line) but I've yet to try it out. I should have done a comparison... dropped the ball on that one, huh? Anyhow, Lemon Fizz is a creamy pale yellow, well it has a bit of punch, but it isn't a full on bright yellow. It's a very pretty, sunny shade. I had a little bit of application troubles, but I found that it is easier to do a few super thin coats than less thicker coats, or else you get a streaky patchy mess. Overall, my opinion of yellow had improved ten fold.

Peachy Keen

Orange (I know, this is peach) is another colour I'm not that fond of, but I thought since they pass this off as peach, I could probably give this a try. I have found that as my polish collection grows I am forced to go out of my colour zone, or else I'd have to quit buying it, and well... that just isn't going to happen. Anyway, this is not as pinky toned as I would have thought for a peach, but it is a very pretty creamed pale orange. I wasn't sure what I thought of this one on, but after a day or two I just couldn't stop looking at my nails! There were no application issues with this one, and had an almost perfect application with one coat (a second was used to even everything up.)

Overall, I am super pleased with both of these polishes and will patiently waiting for the bloody post to be back in order so I can dig into my next two shades from this collection. I highly recommend these if you love a good creamy polish or sunny happy colours.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Cracked Concrete

I'm not quite sure how I feel about crackles... they are everywhere (you've seen them) and it's not like they look bad, I just can't decide which side of the fence I fall on.

In my last order of polishes ( I am hooked on getting them from Amazon now, even thought I only know of one seller who ships to Canada) I picked up China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Cracked Concrete. I love gray, so I thought that if I was going to like any of them it would be the gray.

I first tried it over OPI "What's With the Cat-itude?" a light blue shade. I didn't mind it, but I also didn't love it. What do you think? I will say I grew on it a bit more as I wore it, and it lasted a very long time, four days before any wear. That is incredible for me, as I seem to be pretty hard on my nails. Four days was plenty long enough though, as I wanted to see what the crackle would look like on a metallic base.

I used Revlon Speed Dry in Metallic a super shimmery silver polish, for the base the second time around and have to say I liked it. I don't like the way the Metallic wears on it's own, but I do like it with the gray shatter.

The shatter is super easy to use, you just apply it over dry polish and it starts to crack really quickly. I was surprised at how fast it started to do it's thing, so I would advise you apply it quickly. It dries pretty fast, but the tag on the bottle suggests letting it dry at least 10 minutes before applying top coat.

Overall, I don't mind the shatter, but I can't say I'm a full on lover of the trend just quite yet. Have you tried crackle polishes? What do you think of them/ which colour do you like?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just a Little Update

Just a bitty blog... Friday is the Celebration of Life for my dad, and I've been busy making picture boards to set up at the hall. A very bittersweet task, but I'm almost finished. I have my last class of my Teaching and Training Adults course on Saturday as well. Bad timing, but I'll be happy to get the course done, since I was supposed to have taken the class in March, but they didn't have enough people.

I have a stack of products and polish swatches to post, so I hope to get back into some sort of routine again soon. Once again, I have to thank everyone for their support. You have all been amazing.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Super Smoocher Giveaway Winner....

Before I announce the winner, I'd just like to take a moment to thank everyone for their kind messages. My family is quite small, so friends have always meant a lot to me. I truly appreciate everyone who took the time to leave a few words. I know it will take some time for everything to feel "normal" again, but I hope to be back to blogging sometime next week. I feel even more lost without having it to do, and it takes my mind off "real" world for a bit, which will be a welcome excursion.

Onto the winner shall we... but, I have to thank Dan from Super Smoocher for providing such an awesome prize. Okay, the winner is....

Her favourite lip balm right now is "just a berry-flavoured chapstick". I'm thinkig that might not last for long! Congrats! I'll be getting in touch with you shortly.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Longest Day of My Life

I'll be taking a break from blogging for... well I don't know. My Dad passed away today, suddenly and it's just, unreal. I just wanted to thank everyone who follows and reads. I'm sure I'll be back, I just can't say when.

Hug your family. Tell them you love them.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Born Pretty Dotting Tool Review & Googly Eyes NOTD

A few weeks ago, I received a few items from Born Pretty to review. I love browsing Born Pretty for nail art supplies! They have a ton of items and free shipping, what could be better? One of the items was a set of dotting tools. I've wanted to try more adventurous nail art, so I thought that these could be a great way to get started. Dotting pens can be used to make dots or to do hand marbling. I think I'll need to watch a few you tube videos to learn a few tips, but I am excited to try a my hand at it.

Close Ups

The set includes 5 double ended dotting tools, giving you 10 different sizes to suit your nail art needs. I used a few different sizes to get used to them, and I have to say they are super easy to hold and use. They are light enough to hold and use easily, but have enough weight at the same time that you know they aren't going to snap or bend on you. It was really easy to pick up a bit of polish and get perfect dots. I think it would look great to do a graduated dot design with these.

First attempt

Warhol Flowers

My first attempt at doing a flower with the dotting tool didn't go so well. I was having an "off" day and just couldn't get my hand to cooperate. My flower is a bit wonky, but it kind of reminds me of a Warhol flower. The base polish is Essie Nice is Nice, the yellow is China Glaze Lemon Fizz, the centre is OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender.

Googly Eye Nail of the Day

I wanted to try my hand at something a little more different for my second attempt with the dotting tools, so I did a set of googly eye friends to keep me company.

To start I used a pastel skittle base: Nicole by OPI in "Baby" Blue on thumb, Essie Nice is Nice on pointer, China Glaze Lemon Fizz on middle, China Glaze for Audrey on ring, and OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender on pinky. I did both hands in the same pattern, I didn't want to look totally crazy. Once the base was dry, I used the second largest dotting tool to paint the white background of the eyes. I put a few drops of the polish into a little bowl to dip into it. I made two dots on each finger (unless you want little cyclops, you could stick with one.) When the white was dry I added the black for the pupil using one size smaller dot than I used for the white dot. I then let it dry for a good 8-10 minutes before topping it with Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat so it didn't smudge. Voila! You're done.

What is your favourite type of nail art?

This item was sent for the purposes of review, but no compensation was received and all opinions are honest and my own.

You've Got to Follow that Blog....

A lot can be learned based on a person's favourite Beatle song. What's yours?

Follow that blog a long time..." Okay, that's not exactly how the song goes, but it works, right? I have just noticed I have reached 550 followers! You know what that means? 

Not just yet though. I have been patiently awaiting the next follower milestone and thinking of some awesome giveaway prizes. But, you have to wait until 600! So, to the lurkers and the googlers, why don't you follow and stay a while? I won't bite, and you could end up winning some awesome goodies to boot.

May Faves!

Goodbye to May and hello June. Can you believe the year is already half over? I think it's just a bit ridiculous, but summer weather is finally here! Today was almost a perfect day: sunny, a nice breeze, not scorching hot, but it could have been just  touch warmer. I almost regret saying that after the past two days of oddly hellish heat. Okay enough weather chatter, onto the faves.

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
This was part of the Try it Kit, but it wasn't one of the products I was all that into trying, I bought it more for the other items. Gloss is gloss...right? Wrong. I am so in love with the formula of this gloss. It isn't gluey sticky, it doesn't ball up in the corner of your mouth after extended wear and it lasts so long. I wore it steady all month, but recently I wore it to a meeting, had lunch, came home and took a nap, and, I never kid when it comes to lip gloss, when I woke up I still had a bit on. How? The colour is an irridescent pale nude that looks great on it's own and over any colour lipstick. I can't say enough about it. I am pretty sure I now have to order these in every colour.

Avon Ultra Rich Lipstick in Pout
I got a bunch of Avon lipsticks last time they were on sale and out of the bunch only ended up with one shade that I really loved ( I find it hard to find cream finishes from Avon, they usually all have shimmer.) That shade is Pout, a really pretty pink. It is comparable to quite a few other shades (that cost a fair bit more) but wears really well. It is super smooth and has a reasonable lasting time when worn.

Nivea Milk and Honey Lip Balm
I am a devout user of Blistex Lip Medix, but I don't always need such a heavy duty balm, so after seeing this on countless monthly faves then seeing it buy one get one free I had to try it. I'm happy I did. It is the perfect consistency, not overly thick or heavy and it has a light honey scent. It moisturizes really well too and is great under lipstick.

Joe Fresh Nail Polish in Shell
I didn't "do" my nails much in May, but I did keep with with many coats of this beachy nude. See more of it here.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P
I kept my eye looks very simple for most of the month and this shadow was a staple in my routine. I just swiped this shimmer champagne shade on, added some liquid liner and a good coat of mascara and I was all set. See more of this here.

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black
I think I've said it a few times, but I love this eyeliner. I wore it steady in May after a bit of a break from it. It is sadly starting to dry out a bit. I picked up a Cover Girl one (it was the only pen style I saw) but I don't think it can live up to my beloved Marcelle. See a full review of it here.

Estee Lauder Tender Blush in Nude Rose
A relative gave me this from a GWP and it is such a great summer blush. It is a bronzed out peach, but is matte. It isn't super pigmented, but it builds easily and blends well.

Skin 79 BB Cream Minis
As I said in my review of these, I've been trying out BB creams. These two (the Hot Pink, as it gets called, and the Diamond Prestige) have been my favourites out of the four. The hot pink tube is no longer with us, as I had to cut the tube to get the last little bit out. 

What were your faves last month?

P.S The warmer weather had me sporting new (okay super old) earrings. I got them ages ago, like elementary school, but I had deemed them "lame" and never wore them. I found them while organizing my jewelery boxes and have re-deemed them "too cute" even though I hate watermelon!