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.

Spring-fling-All

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.

Spring-fling-1

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

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…

2015/02/img_2978.jpg
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.

2015/02/img_2980.jpg
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.

2015/02/img_2981.jpg
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.

2015/02/img_2982.jpg
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.

2015/02/img_2983.jpg
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!

2015/02/img_2883.jpg
Only a week and a half left to enter my Deborah Lippmann giveaway! Don’t forget to enter.
Til next time, ttfn x

The Holly Days are Here Again!

If you recall, my Christmas polish picks just went up and I thought perhaps I could do a few tutorials for some Christmas nails! I have 2 tutorials to show you (one of which may or may not be on Writing Whimsy) PLUS a bonus nail wrap suggestion coming. Are you excited? I am! In this tutorial, I used 3 out of 5 polishes mentioned in in my polish picks. Sounds a bit much but it comes off very elegant in my opinion. I prefer when nail art allows the colours and textures speak for themselves so they will be super simple but beautiful none the less.
Christmas is coming very quickly and I am so excited! Does it sound ridiculous that I am picking out my nail polish for all of the holiday events I am attending? Because I am! Saturday is my work Christmas party which I haven’t picked out an outfit for yet, but my nails are going to be decked out. Anyways, let’s get back to these nails.
IMG_2671.JPG
Twinkle Twinkle by Sally Hansen as a base looks flawless and bright so I decided to paint 4 of my nails with this to start. I haven’t checked whether this colour is still available yet but I hope it is. As you can see, I have had this a while as the bottle is half empty! I can’t get over the gold shimmer in this varnish. Here, I used 2-3 coats to make sure it was completely opaque since sometimes, a red can come off pinker on the nail. Of course, I left my ring finger blank to make an accent nail.

IMG_2668.JPG
Instead of the red, I decided to add in the gorgeous gold Love. Angel. Music. Baby. by OPIs Gwen 2013 collection. Since it is a matte and I will be putting a glossy polish on top, I painted a matte top coat on my nail at this point to make sure it lasts. Once everything is entirely dry, we pull out the tape!
To try and make this as easy as possible, I took a single piece of tape and cut both edges to be completely straight so that the lines were neat and even. Making an hourglass shape, I joined two of the tips together in the centre of my nail and made sure it was firmly sealed to my nail. I have had so many polishes leak under my tape and it’s not pretty so make sure it’s really on there.

IMG_2667.JPG
Then, I grab Holly Days from Starrily (similar here)and try to mainly get some of the chunky glitter onto my nail for colour. It took a few layers to get this amount of glitter onto my nail. Once this polish is dry enough, I painted a top coat to seal in the colour and then removed the tape.

IMG_2666.JPG
I love this design and it is super easy. It would look amazing with a dark forest green in place of the gold (or even in place of the red). December has made me fall in love with greens and golds all over again – perfect timing I would say. Let me know whether you liked it in the comments below and what other polishes you would like to see!

Til next time, ttfn x

Christmas Polish Picks 2014

What is Christmas to you? For me, it is sparkling snow, bright and twinkling lights and a Christmas tree decked out in silver and gold. Whatever the case, I can bet you think of these 3 colours: red, green and gold. I personally have been loving gold everything in 2014 so I am not surprised that in my Christmas nail polish picks, there are 3 different golds (not all of which are OPI, I swear). I should mention to those of you who think blues and silvers are a must, my winter polish picks are coming soon too!
IMG_2651.JPG
Glitter and shine during this season is a must, so I recommend a gorgeous glitter to top all of your creams this holiday. I am talking about Essie’s Hors D’oeuvres. With its fluent mix of gold shine and silver glitters, this polish can top any colour gorgeously. I personally love it over white and beige, but I bet it looks fantastic over a dark green to make it super Christmasy too.

IMG_2652.JPG
Another super Christmas glitter is this mini from Starrily very festively named Holly Day (similar here) which I bought earlier in the year. It is an opaque white polish that is very smooth with true red and green glitters. This would be fun to use as an accent nail or for kids too since it is very traditionally Christmas.

IMG_2653.JPG
Next up is the second gold polish I am really into for Christmas and it’s no surprise! From last years Gwen Holiday Collection 2013 is Music. Love. Angel. Baby. from OPI. It is a very soft gold with a satin finish. It has a very classy look to it but it isn’t your average gold polish. It is also very easy to change up with nail art by adding some red, black or green details.

IMG_2655.JPG

IMG_2654.JPG
Gold nail polish number three we have Revlon Brilliant Strength (which is fantastic) in Hypnotize. Unlike the other two, this one is more of a shine than a glitter. It is a totally different sort of gold as you can see in comparison and looks fantastic for the season. It is much more yellow but I love how it looks.

IMG_2656.JPG
What is Christmas with out a little bit of red polish? Whether you’re thinking of doing some Candy Canes or Santas sleigh, you’ve got to have a red. This is Sally Hansen in Twinkle Twinkle and it is phenomenal. Red is such a bold and classic nail colour but the glitter in this gives it something unique. With micro gold glitters throughout, this is show stopping.

IMG_2650.JPG

These 5 are amazing colours to showcase your Holiday spirit this year and I couldn’t recommend any of them enough. Which is your fav? Like I said earlier, if you’re a blue polish kinda person like yours truly, my Winter picks are coming soon too!

Til next time, ttfn x

What is your typical Holiday nail polish?