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

Summertime Polish Picks: All About Neon

 It’s time to check out my favourite product: nail polish. There are so many nail polishes I could have picked for this but I have narrowed it down to the ones I always seem to think of when summer rolls around. I really gravitate towards neon and highlighter colours during this bright and sunny season, and nothing screams bright quite like a fluorescent pink.

 

Let’s talk Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour. That’s a mouth full but it is worth it. These are about $2-$3 dollars depending on where you pick it up and have some beautiful bright shades. The formula is pretty good for the price but I always wear a top and base coat. The three colours I reach for are Coral Reef, Sun Kissed and Blue Me Away (which I accidentally bought twice because I saw it in store and fell in love with it a second time). They are very bright and bold colours, perfect for a mani or pedi.

 

Of course, OPI had to be included on this list. For the most part, I would say just indulge in their Neon collection if you want some beautiful shades, but I thought I would pick my favourites from the collection (and add one from a previous winter collection). From the 2014 Neons, I have Hotter Than You Pink and Juice Bar Hopping which were rereleased for this years neon collection (meaning you can pick these up RIGHT NOW). The formula is not my favourite, but the colours are amazing! Hotter Than You Pink has a slight blue shimmer in it – so unique from anything else I own. Juice Bar Hopping is the most vibrant orange I own by far. They may have changed the formulation this year, but they both come out pretty sheer and matte which threw me off at first but with a top coat, I am very happy with them. I also have Hey Baby from Gwen Stephani’s Holiday collection in 2014. It isn’t totally a neon, but it is a bright cream and beautiful pink shade that I love. Pure pink.

 

The last pick I have is a gorgeous purple pink from the Deborah Lippmann Party Set named Between the Sheets. The minute I swatched this, I have been counting the days until summer so I could wear it. Again, not so neon, but absolutely bright and with an amazing formula. You cannot go wrong with this polish.

  
 Be sure to check out the rest of the neons I can’t stop talking about and the Sunny Summer eye shadow tutorial from last week!

Til next time, ttfn x

Pretty Spring Pastels

  

With the change is season comes a change in colour pallets and spring is all about the soft and girly pastels. While not all of these are exactly a pastel, I think they are all soft and beautiful for the next few weeks of spring.

  

Traditionally, red doesn’t yell spring, but this soft tomato red from Revlon in Fearless has been catching my eye for the past few weeks. I love the colour so much though it isn’t your usual sort of red. That’s what makes it pretty perfect for this time of year!

  

A fantastic orange find is the Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect polish in Sorbet. It reminds me of a popsicle more than orange sorbet, but all in all, this very light orange is the perfect addition to this list. I couldn’t resist.

  

Yellow nail polish is a tricky thing to find but this one has done me no wrong yet. OPI’s I Just Can’t Cope-acabana is a perfect light and bright spring colour that doesn’t look odd on the nails! I am wearing it on my toes right now too.

  

This could be argued but Mint Candy Apple by Essie to me is a blue and you really can’t convince me otherwise. It’s a beautiful pale Aqua that is an Essie classic. Regardless of what colour it is, it is perfect for the spring time with its lightly tinted hue.

  

And onto my favourite colour, purple. Another Essie favourite of mine is Under Where? which is a fantastic powdered purple pink that I have already dug into. 

  

Lastly, a pinky shade that I have talked about before: Cardshark by Revlon. Recognize it from my Matte Me Crazy review? The formula for these are the best for staying power and smooth application. 

 

That’s my Roy G. Biv of spring colours. I almost had one for every colour! What colours have you been aching to wear now that the warmer weather is on its way?

Til next time, ttfn x

Matte Me Crazy

As you may recall, I have been scouting out a good mattifying top coat since the moment I discovered you could get a mattifying top coat. A year or so ago, I saw what I would say is a pretty popular picture and fell in deep, deep love with the look. So, a trip to Sally’s later, I came home with the Orly Matte Top Coat and the China Glaze polish in Pelican Gray. At first, it was spot on to the look I was going for, but after a few hours, my nails were already chipping, and no longer matte. How. Annoying.



Ever since, the search for the perfect matte top coat has been going on in my mind. I know that OPI has a matte option but to be totally honest, I haven’t been a fan of the OPI base or top coats I have tried and they are around the $10 mark so, I didn’t bother. Earlier in March though, this little $3 gem caught my eye. I know my dear friend Nancy (SpiffyKerms) has used this before, so I had pretty high hopes!



The NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat may not look like anything special as the packaging is pretty generic and the wording has already started to rub off, but I believe you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. It’s what inside that counts. To put this baby to the test, I painted my nails with a baby pink crème from Revlon in Cardshark and a glitter from Deborah Lippmann in Whatever Lola Wants. First things first, the brush is awesome for coverage and a smooth application. It took about 4-5 minutes to fully dry to a mostly matte finish. Look how baby soft and smooth it looks in comparison to the slick and shiny nail (with no top coat).





Over glitter, it’s a different story. Honestly, I don’t know what I was expecting, but there is a picture of a gorgeous matte glitter mani floating around and I figured there would be a similar effect. Alas, it didn’t change the polish much if at all.



The real kicker here though is how long this stuff lasted. Though I wouldn’t say it went 100% matte upon application, it stayed just about the same velvety texture for the full 6 days that the polish stayed on my nails. Yes, it was 6 days worth before my nails chipped. I can’t say for sure whether that was the Revlon polishes doing, or the NYC top coat, but I call that impressive.

In conclusion, this is a product I would totally recommend. It is inexpensive, smooth, consistent and loooooong lasting. I will be checking out a whole lot more of the NYC nail polishes now that I know what to expect. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe they can be found at Shoppers, Rexall and Walmart in Canada – let me know if they can be found anywhere else too!

Til next time, ttfn x

Mini Sephora & OMG Nail Strips Haul

Hauls are always so much fun for me to read/watch. I guess I am just a little bit curious to see what other people are interested in, what might be new out there, older products I maybe haven’t heard of and, let’s face it, I love to see people’s reactions to products. Shopping always gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, but make up shopping is a whole other ball game. I know I am not alone, but just seeing all of the pretty colours and the magical things make up can do is so fun. Before moving out, I did get to do a little bit of online shopping at, you guessed it, Sephora but I also bought few other bits from OMG Nail Strips (speaking of, awesome new product on their website* – check it out!).

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First and foremost, I got my super exciting Nars birthday gift. Being VIB Rouge at Sephora, I received both Nars lippies and a black liner. I am not hurting for black liners, but I haven’t tried this liner (I believe it is the Larger Than Life Longwear in Via Veneto) yet so it could be amazingly mind-blowingly different. For the two lippies, I already own the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien from a 2014 500 point perk (I think…) which also came with the liner. I promptly gave the liner away since, at the time, I had so many to go through. The Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella is what I had my eye on when this gift was announced. Natalie received this in January when we went shopping and every time she wears it, it looks so amazing on her! I hope I love it just as much on me.

Speaking of Sephora perks, I got try out a Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème for 100 points. I believe it is an entirely new line of lipsticks but don’t quote me on that. This one in particular is in the colour Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which doesn’t really blow me away. With a very velvety finish though, and a hydrating formula, I am glad I got it. Luxury lippies are always lots of fun to try out – hence why I have so many minis. Marc Jacobs in itself is a fantastic brand that I plan to take a close look at very soon.

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Ok, onto actual purchases. As an oily girl, I frequently need a bit of touching up during the day. I like to use the Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets (which last an incredible amount of time since there are about 50 in a pack) but thought it may be time to try something new. I have heard so many good things about the Sephora brand blotting papers and these Vitamin C blotting papers were on sale on Sephora’s website for $5, so I figured it would be a good time to give them a try. Honestly, I don’t know whether the Vitamin C factor will actually do anything special but $5 for 100 papers can’t be beat.

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While in the sale section, I saw the Urban Decay Ammo palette complete with a mini Urban Decay Primer potion for only $20. As you may know from my previous empties post, I had a sample of the Primer Potion and instantly decided to purchase. Phenomenal staying power is the words I would use to describe this stuff. The mini Primer Potion is $14, so for only an extra $6, I got a palette? Sign me up. I can finally start to use my new eye shadows without fear so you will be seeing this again soon I am sure! Unfortunately, the deal is no longer available.

Samples and sales and mini’s are obviously my favourite things so there is no shock that I checked out the travel sized section at Sephora. I am all about trying different things and having options, so having a mini product to use just means I can try more things more often. Primers are another product that I really have a whole lot of from ipsy bags, Sephora samples or value packs over the years, but I recently made a pretty important discovery. All these years, I could never find a good foundation match. I always thought it was just because I am so pale, or I am more yellow-toned and things just didn’t match. I knew that I had some discolouration in my face, but I never realized that a bit of green would completely fix my issues. I have a green Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector concealer that I have been using thus far to cover discolouration, but it can be heavy especially on my cheeks. So, though I am not a fan of the original, I picked up the Smashbox Photofinish Color Correcting primer. No, I haven’t tried it yet. I am almost done 2 of the opened primers in my drawer which will promptly be replaced by this so I can give it a good try. I am so excited!

Again, scouring that travel sized beauty section, I came across this Ole Henriksen Clean Truth Cleansing Duo. Since my last haul, I have fallen madly, deeply, truly in love with the Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths. These are meant to be oil free and pore refining, but I mostly notice how exfoliating these bad boys are. My face feels so clean and so good after using these, but they are not an every day thing. Being a bit of a hoarder, I promptly looked up what other wipes the brand had and the price. I was hoping and praying I hadn’t just fallen for an extremely expensive product that will only last a month. Amazingly, the brand has several different wipes and several different packages to choose from and for only $19-$22 for 30. The package I received comes with a 10 pack of the Clean Truth Cleansing clothes which are meant to be brightening as well as the African Red Tea foaming cleanser. I am very excited to give these a try as well as the other wipes I am sure to purchase in the future.

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Onto the amazing OMG Nail Strips I got. If you recall, around the end of December, I raved about OMG Nail Strips, specifically how long they lasted and how easy they were to remove with nail polish remover. No fuss and no mess but all the cuteness. There are a hundred and one designs from cute little patterns to unique and adorable and intricate artwork. With no shipping cost internationally, and an amazing 5 for $25 deal, I picked up 5 more designs that I am crazy about. I am bursting at the seams to put them all on, especially the amazingly cute nautical design, In The Navy*.
From left to right:
Spilled Paint*
Kitty Love*
In The Navy*
White Hearts*
Painted Rose*

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little haul. Just a reminder that my Deborah Lippmann Glitter Polish draw ends TOMORROW (Feb 28th, 2015) so enter if you’re interested.
Til next time, ttfn x

*affiliate links included

My Glitter Addiction

My obsession with glitter started way before I can even remember. I have always been drawn to the drama and shine. As a child, more often than not, I would be caught playing with jewelry, body glitter, press on jewels, stickers or even pure craft glitter in my spare time (in fact, I still have some hidden away in the basement). The ‘90s and early ‘00s were a fantastic time to go through that phase. In my teen and adult life though, I still find it very hard to resist the sparkle as you may have seen through some of my cosmetics. However, I try not to go quite so overboard and use body glitter… At least not in my day to day life. The easiest way to get away with every day glitter is with nail polish. Maybe that’s why I am so obsessed…

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Since I moved, I had the chance to reorganize everything including my polish drawers. I have a whole drawer dedicated to different sparkles in every colour of the rainbow. While I organized and revisited each polish in my collection, I re-fell in love with a few that are worth a second look and paired them with other fantastic polish from my collection.
*Note: all base polishes are only 1 coat + a base coat. No top coat was used in the pictures.

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First up, this adorable pastel glitter from Starrily in “Unicorn Chronicles”. With a clear base, this fantastic polish combines small square, circular and hexagonal glitter in varied pastel shades. It is so unique and subtle but goes with a variety of polish to make for a gorgeous accent nail or beautiful overall manicure. I paired it with a purple pastel from Essie called “Under Where?” for a magical combination.

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This beautiful winter combination came from 2014’s OPI Holiday collection. “Snow Globetrotter” looks like dazzling lights with its variety of small and medium circular, hexagonal and squared glitter in blues, greens and whites. With one swipe, it practically covers your entire nail and shines. Sometime in December, I paired it with a beautiful navy crème polish which complimented the glitter so well that I have a hard time picturing it with another polish. Pictured is Revlon’s “Midnight Affair” which has a bit of a shine adding to the glitter effect.

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If you read through my Deborah Lippmann Party Mix set, you have already seen these polishes in action. Deborah Lippman’s “99 Luftballons” contains an array small and medium sized hexagonal sparkles in many different, bold colours. Again, one swipe covers the whole nail with ease – and the formula is incredibly smooth too. The base is tinted red, so naturally I paired it with the phenomenal true red from Deborah Lippmann in “It’s Raining Men”. I have never owned a red polish that didn’t need more than one coat to give a perfect and true red before.

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Another unique glitter is “Beam Me Up Lottie” from Ciate. I have mixed feelings about the Ciate formula as I find it a bit difficult to work with, but the finished nail is never a disappointment. They have several glitters that are out of this world including this matte finish gold and rose fragmented glitter. Paired with a nude, this is an exceptionally gorgeous glitter. Pictured is Ceramic Glaze in “Toasted Coconut”.

If you’re skeptical about glitter polish because it is difficult to get off, check out the Sephora brand nail polish remover. It is easily the best nail polish remover I have ever used and makes glitter removal simple. Please feel free to leave any nail polish recommendations below and I will be sure to check them out!

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Only a week and a half left to enter my Deborah Lippmann giveaway! Don’t forget to enter.
Til next time, ttfn x