Spring Flings 2017

Yes, I am super late to the game on this one (as it is now officially summer) but I thought it was worth sharing anyway. Things have been busy over here between helping with my cousin’s wedding, big changes at work, and enjoying the beautiful weather. That being said, this Spring seems to have really made me fall back in love with make up, nails, and blogging, so I have a few of my absolute favourites to talk about today.

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NYX Liquid Suede in Stone Fox
I have been having a hard time getting out of the winter dark lipstick trend, have you? I have mainly been reaching for cool toned shades whether it is a deep purple hue or this gorgeous grey from NYX. These do transfer, which is the only bummer, but the formula is comfortable and is still flattering as it wears away. I find this easy to apply and reapply on-the-go despite it being a darker shade. All in all, this unique shade is amazing and I recommend it if you ‘re into funkier lipsticks.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette
I have been going pretty light and neutral on the eyes lately and so this is my go-to palette hands down. These Kat Von D shadows are pigmented, blendable and powdery which is exactly what I look for in an eye shadow. Though these are natural, neutral nudes, there is still a heap of variety in this palette which makes it fun and inspiring. Even when I am feeling like a pop of colour, I can use this palette as a base before going for one of my colourful palettes or single shadows. It pretty much goes with anything.

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Beyond the Nail Polish in Supernova with Starrily Menchie the Cat Nail Polish
I am currently all about holographic nails and so this combination gives me so much life. The pink hues work well together and depending on the lighting, you have a lovely rainbow glow that lasts. Both polishes easy to apply with a smooth formula and are cruelty-free so I recommend trying them out if you haven’t already.

Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
I don’t think I need to go on about this concealer as I have before just like so many others. This concealer just makes your undereye area look smooth and bright while being comfortable and (relatively) creaseless. Although this has definitely been in favourites before, I thought I would mention a little hack that I had learned that is quick and easy to get more from your product. I recommend only doing this when you’re running low on concealer, but when the time comes, remove the little device that removes excess product from your brush. It can easily be removed with tweezers and allows you to dig for more product along the sides.

The Honest Company Deodorant in Bergamot Sage
My new favourite deodorant: the Spray On deodorant. If you haven’t tried a spray deodorant, I recommend it. This one from The Honest Company in particular lasts all day without the feeling of product on your pits. It is lightweight with a bit of an earthy scent (as it is bergamot sage) and it lasts for quite a while. It is natural and cruelty free without the use of coconut oil (which breaks me out and is also in many natural stick deodorants).

ecotools muslin Polishing Cloths
Special mention, though it isn’t pictured here, are the Ecotools Muslin Polishing cloths. These are the gentlest way I have found to wash my face. I plan write an entire post about the various ways I use these to save time, money and being less wasteful (so stay tuned) but they are all I plan to use from now on to clean my skin.

Til next time, ttfn x

FUN Lacquer First Impressions

Recently due to my obsession with Simply Nailogical, I picked up a few shades from Live Love Polish. The website is full of cruelty-free, 3 and 5 free brands, and many shimmery and holographic shades, which I love. It is also full of smaller brands like FUN Lacquer which is the brand I was the most attracted to. To try out their line, I got a duo-chrome with holo glitter, a pure holo glitter and a linear holo topcoat. This brand is very holo heavy as you can tell.


Cheers to the Holidays (H) is a multichrome polish that shifts between some of my favourite colours: purple, blue, orange and red. I find it is mainly a red-purple on my nails but that holo really comes through. This polish is available without the holo glitter but I wanted to go all out. This is opaque in 2 coats and easy to apply.
Black Holo Witch is pure black holographic glitter in a clear base, meaning it isn’t one you simply paint on for it to be opaque. You can wear this over any polish for that extra sparkle or sponge it on for the full effect. This is sponged on. Like all glitter, it can be a pain to remove so use with caution. It is worth mentioning this was the chunkiest polish and doesn’t always apply smooth when simply painting it on.

Thumb to pinky: Deborah Lippmann Fashion, OPI Big Apple Red, Nails Inc Swiss Cottage, Wet n Wild Black Creme, Sally Hanson Coral Reef

Finally, Diamond is their original holographic top coat. It is one of the more subtle holos which is what I was going for because I want to be able to see the colour under the shade when I wear it. That being said, in the right lighting, it is that gorgeous linear rainbow that I was hoping for. It does slightly dull the colours underneath but it is worth it in the right lighting. I tried it over 2 different finishes and several different brands for comparison.
As far as application, these polishes are smooth and easy to apply for the most part. I love the brush and the formula works well. The one thing I was a little surprised in was how small the bottles were compared to OPI, for example. They are totally unique and something that isn’t available in-store which was my main draw. All of that being said, I would buy these again in a heartbeat!

Til next time, ttfn x

#NOTD: Spring Manicure ft Trust Fund Beauty 

I am honestly not sure what happened but I am back into doing my nails. For a while there, I wasn’t interested in doing nail art and I barely painted them. All that has changed and I blame these Trust Fund Beauty polishes. To honour them (and get a little spring mani happening), I have a quick and easy tutorial. I hope you like it!

Base coat: Essence the gel nail polish base coat.

Nail Polish: Trust Fund Beauty Credit Card Workout** which I applied on all nails except my middle finger. One coat works but I used two. 

Dry drops: Essence Nail Art Express dry drops used between coats except on my ring finger. 

Decals: Beyond the Nail dragonfly nail decals in Light Green. I applied these carefully to my ring finger while the polish was still wet using some tweezers to place them.

Top coat: Essence gel-look top coat on all the completed nails with another dry drop on top.

Stencil: Beyond the Nail Line Vinyl nail guides. These are super easy to use and place if you bend the card at the ends of the strip, you can easily peel a group of strips off and place them on your nail evenly.

With the strips on my nail, I quickly did a double coat of polish and removed the strips after a few seconds. I used the dry drops before adding a top coat to avoid smearing the polish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick and easy spring nail art! Obviously you can use whatever colours you’d prefer but I love the bold shine of this silver.

Til next time, ttfn x

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish

I feel like heaven has opened up and the angels are singing. The lovely ladies and gents at Trust Fund Beauty have sent me a trio of polishes to try out! A few key things to note about the brand: They are vegan, cruelty free, non toxic and 7 free. They do mainly create nail polish but they do, in fact, also have 4 distinct lipsticks that I know I am dying to try!

   
  

 I am a sucker for their minimalist packaging and (some) of their products witty names. Bitches who Brunch, Boys Tears, Going Commando,  I Kaled It, and Questionable Decisions to name a few. Cute without being tacky. The three shades of polish I received are Bitches Who Brunch**, Flirty & Dirty** and Credit Card Workout**. I’ll be honest: there isn’t a shade I don’t want in their entire collection. Let’s get to the swatches!

Bitches who Brunch**: This is a classy as eff nail polish. With three coats, it is still very sheer but quite classy. It’s a beautiful creme peachy shine.

  
Flirty & Dirty**: This mauve was an instant favourite of mine. Again, it is an extra classy colour that goes with just about anything but it has that little bit of silver shimmer throughout that makes it that much more special.

  
Credit Card Workout**: This is much bolder even at first swipe. It is a gorgeous mirror-like shine with some added silver sparkle not unlike OPI’s My Signature is DC from their Coca Cola Collection. This is two coats with no base or top coat.

  
Left: one swatch. Right: two swatches.

The Trust Fund Beauty nail polish range goes from very classic shades with a variety of nudes and neutrals that will suit any skin tone or nail shape to some pretty outrageous and stunning colours like this super hot pink. All of these shades went on flawlessly, weren’t too thick, and the brush made for an easy application. The polish price range goes from $9-$15 USD with all three above being $15.

    
This nail polish could very well be a new fave of mine. I definitely have some spare room in my collection that I plan to fill in the near future. What colours do you recommend from Trust Fund Beauty? Is there another cf brand I should check out?

Til next time, ttfn x

My first foot peeling mask

Before we go any further, this is EXACTLY what it sounds like. You will be seeing my feet and some skin peeling off. You’ve been warned.

Since I can remember, I have had dry, cracking, callused feet. Though I can maintain them a little better now with some daily exfoliation and sanding, I am always looking for products to help out and this looked right up my ally.


You may have heard about these before – I have seen a few videos and posts about it – but it wasn’t until Writing Whimsy reviewed THEFACESHOP Smile Foot Peeling Mask that I decided to place my order. I don’t believe this is the “original” product that I have heard people talk about (which is from a company called Babyfoot and is double the price), but THEFACESHOP is a brand I have tried before so I felt a little more interested. This one-time use package cost about $15.

I picked up this foot mask at THE FACE SHOP store at my mall and soon after, it was on my feet. In the package were two baggies for your feet and two packages with the solution inside. The bags are self-adhesive but there isn’t a tight seal around the foot so for your 60-90 minutes, you have to keep your feet pretty still. I watched a movie.



The concept is very easy: put your feet in the bags, put the solution in the bag, seal it and wait. There wasn’t a weird smell to it and the solution itself was clear and thin like water. I ended up leaving the product on for about 75 minutes and tried not to splash the solution around much. When I had finished, the solution was still there in the bag and was pretty disgusting looking. There was no noticeable difference to my feet at that point. About 5 days later, my tootsies were peeling.

  

This was about 2 days into my feet peeling. There was no pain as everyone has said but it is a mess. The skin was literally falling off so I pretty much lived in socks. I continued to exfoliate my feet to speed up the process which I think helped immensely. After about 4 days, my feet were done peeling. They were noticeably softer but still callused at my heel a bit.

Would I do this again? Absolutely. I would like to find a cruelty-free alternative to this because though it was messy, it was very effective and easy. I highly recommend giving it a try!

Til next time, ttfn x

Nail Polish Declutter

I have a lot of nail polish. I try and go through frequently and declutter but usually, I will just get rid of anything I had recently used that I didn’t care for. This time, I took the time to swatch (you might have seen on snapchat) every single shade and evaluate the formula and whether I liked the colour or if it had a purpose. I had a goal to get rid of 1/3 of my collection because I knew there was enough in there that I wasn’t using or loving.


  

So as I said, I went through with swatches (by the way, my snapchat is newkeybeauty), but I wanted to go through my process and progress on my blog as well. You will see I have some distinguishable favourite shades but I feel like there is still a variety of colour, texture and brand in the collection. There are also shades I don’t gravitate toward, or that I only go for certain shades of that colour so I was able to get rid of some super similar polishes. How many classic red nail polishes does one person need?


  
One other thing I noticed is how many textured polishes I really had especially for someone that doesn’t LOVE textured nail polish… I really don’t need one in every colour though there are some GORGEOUS exceptions like the two by Julie G. A pet peeve of mine is sheer polish and this exersize really highlighted the polishes that either didn’t end up opaque after even 3 coats, or didn’t dry/bubbled after it did become opaque. The formula just didn’t work for me so those were tossed too.


  
Finally, there were a surprising amount of duplicates that I didn’t realize were duplicates. For example, the Revlon Fearless and Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men are incredibly similar but I much prefer the DL formula. I am also leaning towards cruelty free brands more and more so some of my decisions reflected that.


  
I have a handful I am still so on the fence about but for now, that’s over 20 polishes I didn’t need or shouldn’t have out of my collection. Not quite the 1/3 I was hoping for but I am more comfortable with what I have. This also helped me discover what holes I have in my collection  (like a good royal blue?) so if you have any polish brand recommendations, please point me in the right direction. I am looking for CF brands specifically under $20!

Til next time, ttfn x

Sparkle and Shine

Hey all! Though we are nearing the end of December, I wanted to round up some of my favourite glistening, glittering make up products that you can use for New Years or any other celebrations you may be celebrating in the early months of 2016.

essie hor d'oeurves
I have talked about some of my beloved Nail Polish glitters before but didn’t get to include Essie’s Hour D’oeurves. This gold sparkle mixed with silver chunky glitters has shown up in a fair number of my own nail polish posts before but it truly deserves the attention. It’s quite the unique shade and a staple in many collections.

elizabeth mott you're so fine liner marc jacobs twinklepop
elizabeth mott you're so fine liner glitterati marc jacobs twinklepop honey bunny swatch

For the eyes, I had to mention the stunning Marc Jacobs Twinklepop shadow stick in Honey Bunny. I first saw this in a Vintage or Tacky review of the Twinklepops and it was literally love at first sight. I do not understand how someone could look over this and not buy it even with the hefty price tag. It is totally different from other products and totally luxurious.

With this is the Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine liquid liner in Glitterati. Not going to lie, this kind of smells funny but it has from day one. I received it in an ipsy bag and love using it for a black liner that pops.

mufe lab shine d16
mufe lab shine d16 swatch

I very recently was heartbroken when discovering these were discontinued but I wanted to talk about it anyway. This is the Make Up For Ever Lab Shine lipgloss in D 16. Literally my favourite lip gloss ever. I am crossing my fingers and praying the Plexigloss that replaced these are just as good or better. This gloss, however, is a fantastic sheer nude with glitter throughout and it just enhances anything you pair it with.

milani dolce pink blush the balm mary-lou manizer
dolce pink mary-lou manizer swatch

I couldn’t leave out the cult classic Mary-Lou Manizer highlight from the Balm. It is an intense glow as you likely have seen before since this is the most popular highlighter ever. Another cheek/face product I love would be the Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink. With my acne, I do have to ensure that my cheeks are free and clear when I wear this but when the situation is right, it is totally stunning.

Those are my top dog sparkling products that I totally recommend from Sephora to drugstore. I hope there are some gems in here you’re looking to try!

Til next time, ttfn x