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

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

Whatcha Think About the Formula X Delete polish remover?

Hey all. I feel like I haven’t been showin’ any love to my nail polish/ nail polish related things lately and I have been holding onto this post for some time. In fact, this product has already come and gone from my collection of things. I am talking about the Formula X Delete Nail Polish Remover.

I actually didn’t plan on reviewing this even after taking some pictures because I was under the impression is was discontinued. I think what actually happened was it wasn’t showing up on Sephora’s Canadian website for a while and I am totally the type of person that’s like “It’s not exactly where I saw it last time, so it’s lost forever.” I discovered it was still in store to my disbelief and now, like magic, it has reappeared on Sephora.com

So, after that long winded introduction, what do I actually think of the thing? Well, I received this for Christmas 2014 and was thrilled to have a nail polish remover with a pump! It’s the little things guys. This product, however, when used with the flat cotton pads, is extremely annoying because the force of the pump actually shoots product through the pad and onto anything near by – your bed, the desk, your eye, anything. This is totally preventable by putting your fingers over top or using a thicker bit of cotton but it still was a bit surprising if I forgot or someone else used it. Along that same line, if you forget to lock it when putting on the lid, the nail polish remover gets everywhere.

Now the product. I actually wanted to test this against some of the tougher products so I have a nail wrap which is multicoloured with some glitter. I have used it with everything from reds to crimes to glitters and had the same or very similar result. For is text though, I thought the nail wrap kind of spoke for the power of this formula.

The Formula X Delete nail polish remover is just like any other for application. One to two pumps to soak the pad, press on the nail for ultimate exposure, and then slide off. After three slides, this some what glittery nail wrap was completely gone and I would say that’s impressive. I usually have to do some extra maneuvering to get everything but this wasn’t the case here.


One of the other perks is the lack of harsh nail polish remover smell. It does have a scent but it really isn’t nearly as bad as the typical no name nail polish remover I feel like most people use.

And now for the cons. To me, there are a few cons with this and the biggest one would be how sticky it is. It’s not so bad if you give your hands a bit of a moisture barrier before and after use. I’m not sure if it is the nail polish but it did happen every time I used it and made quite the mess. The next issue I have is the price. I can’t see myself spending $13 on a not so perfect nail polish remover especially of this size (150mL/5.4 Oz).


The verdict? I will not be picking this up. It was great while it lasted but I will be sticking to the big, stinky bottle of no name nail polish remover that doesn’t cost more than $5.

Til next time, ttfn x

Manicures Made Easy

  What’s the worst thing about nail polish? The dry time. Sometimes, it feels like they are finally dry and then your nail touches something ands underlay, your perfect mani is dented and smudged. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it never fails: when I start to apply nail polish, I have to pee. I have lost so many good manicures to pulling my pants up. I have used quick dry drops before and they all seem to have worked fine but I went through them like crazy. At $8-$10 a pop, I just decided to suffer through the waiting game.

One day that changed when I was browsing the Essence section at Shoppers (looking for their top coat which was sold out unfortunately) and saw this $3 bottle of dry drops. Totally worth a shot. I have pretty much had good experience with Essence so far and their prices are incredibly low which I love.

  So, this claims that your nail polish will dry in 60 seconds and the formula includes Vitamin E to soften the cuticles as well. 1-2 drops is all you need per nail and though it doesn’t say where to target the drops, I was dropping them by the cuticle and angling my fingers downward to ensure my entire nail was covered. The very first thing I noticed was that it was a little messy with two drops. It’s as runny as water but does have more of an oil feel to it. You can see it shining on my fingers and that it got on the backdrop.

   

 I did a base coat then two thin layers of the Beyond the Nail polish in Acid Wash before applying the drops and found that it did indeed dry within 30-60 seconds. I was intrigued how it would effect the top coat if I applied it before and after and found that it worked very well with this method. As I said in my August favourites/unfavourites post, I am not a fan of how gloopy the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy top coat is but this seemed to make it work slightly better.

  I have been using these drops every nail polish application since purchasing it and have come to really enjoy the formula. It does act as a cuticle oil as well which is a added bonus. I am still very intrigued by the Essence Gel-Look top coat which I will hopefully find at Shoppers soon! If there are any other recommendations for a top coat, let me know!

Til next time, ttfn x

Try This Pin: Faux Negative Space Manicure

The past few weeks, I haven’t been keeping up on my manicures. First off, I stained my nails so badly and thought they needed a bit of a breather. I also unexplainably had really itchy cuticles which turned into extremely dry and peely cuticles which was just a gross mess. I have figured out the culprit since then, but it wasn’t until now that my nails are feeling more moisturized (thanks to the Flexitol foot cream – that stuff is heavy duty).


Anyways, after that hiatus, I wanted to get right back into things full force so I started scoping out nail art ideas and different versions of the negative space nail art that I could try my hand at. Like anyone, I turned to Pinterest and was inspired. This super beautiful manicure is glamorous and exactly the feel I was looking for. Just before this, I had placed an order with Beyond The Nail for a nail polish unlike any I have ever seen before, and a few nail decals and guides. I picked out my colours, my base and top coat, grabbed the line vinyl nail guides and gave it a try for myself. All you need is a glittery polish, a cream polish (nothing too similar to each other), the vinyl nail guides and tweezers.
    
I started with Essie’s Grow Faster base coat followed by this gorgeous glitter named Bare It All from Pure Ice. Once the glitter is 100%, I applied 2 nail guides with a thin space between them alternating on each nail whether they were positioned on the top or bottom of the nail. I used the tweezers to place them just to makes things easier. As I do, I left one accent nail totally glitterfied with 3x coats of polish.

    
With the guides in place, I applied two coats of OPI’s Amazon, Amazoff on top and quickly removed the guides with tweezers. This way, the polish dries a little flatter. After a generous amount of dry time, I applied the Revlon Diamond Top Coat on each of the nails and voila! The nails are done and this colour combination was perfect. Still bright and eye catching but not the intense neon that I usually associate with summer.


The nails do look a little textured from the glitter. That can happen depending on the glitter you use. For a smoother finish, I would add a thin layer of top coat on top of the glitter to smooth things out. It won’t work miracles but it will flatten some of the rougher edges. I opted to add a second layer of top coat instead and think it worked very well! Let me know if you want to see more Pinterest or nail tutorial posts in the future! I think a home décor DIY will be my next Pinterest post to tackle.
Til next time, ttfn x

Grow Faster!

About a month ago, I totally ran out of base coat. Gasp. I hit Shoppers to search for something new to try since honestly, the OPI one’s I have used aren’t anything special and the Sally Hansen ones, though they are amazing at first, get kind of gross and thick at the half way point. I spotted an Essie base coat that was on sale (I believe under $8) and decided to give it a try.

 

I want a base coat that prevents staining, strengthens my nails or at least prevents that awful nail-splitting thing and preferably is clear. This Essie Grow Faster base coat claims to protect and prevent breaking while giving your nail a smooth surface so into my little basket it went. One thing I noticed right away was the smooth application. I hope that that lasts throughout its lifetime and doesn’t get tacky like other strengthening polishes I have used. It also gives the nail a bit of shine so for the people that aren’t too into nail polish but want a clear, glossy finish, this could be for you.

  

 

Something I don’t necessarily need but I have noticed is that it doesn’t prevent my nail polish from chipping too well. I am not overly concerned, but for the sake of testing, I waited to see how long it would take before chipping. After about 3-4 days, it chipped pretty badly. My entire pinky nail came off (polish wise). I like to change up my polish pretty often so that doesn’t concern me.

  

 

From the few weeks I have used it, I would say my nails seem much stronger and they are growing at a pretty good rate. That might be because they aren’t breaking but either way, I am pretty happy with the result! Hopefully, this will be my new base coat solution. Let me know if you have a base or top coat you stand by. I would love to give it a try!

Til next time, ttfn x