December 31, 2015

My Top 10 Polishes of 2015



Hello readers,
As the year draws to an end, I looked back through all the polishes I tried this year and after much deliberation picked my top 10 to share with you.  You can tell that I was drawn to blues, teals and purples throughout the year.  Here they are in no particular order.

December 30, 2015

Aliquid Lacquer Mercy, Mastery, Mystery Swatches & Review


Aliquid Lacquer Mercy, Mastery, Mystery

Hello readers,
I've been eyeing Aliquid Lacquers for a while now and I finally caved and made my first purchase during their anniversary sale.  Today I have my first polish from them to show you.

December 29, 2015

Emerald & Ash Trick LE Swatches & Review


Emerald & Ash Trick

Hello readers,
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Today I have a polish from Emerald & Ash that was just put on the discontinued list so I shoved these swatches to the top of the blog post pile so you could see them while you still had a chance to snag this polish.

December 21, 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP-L002 Review & Nail Art


Stamped Nail Art

Hello readers,
Today I have another stamping plate from Born Pretty Store to share with you.  Plate BP-L002 features two large abstract designs.

December 18, 2015

Birchbox Canada December 2015 Unboxing & Review



Hello readers,
My December Birchbox just arrived and I wanted to share what I got this month with you.  The sample choice consisted of three shade options for a Coastal Scents eye shadow duo.  We also knew that every box would could with a $10 promo code.  Let's see what else was included.

December 16, 2015

Nail Polish Canada Holiday 2015 Nail Art Challenge: Squishy Double Stamped Snowflakes



Hello readers,
Today's look is inspired by Nail Polish Canada's Holiday Nail Art Contest.  I will admit that I'm not a huge fan of the traditional red and green combo so I went with something a little more winter inspired.

December 14, 2015

Indigo Bananas Electric Unicorns Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have oldie but a goodie from Indigo Bananas to share with you.


December 11, 2015

Products I Finished This Month - November 2015


Hello readers,
It's December! Winter weather and dry skin is coming around the corner, let's see what I finished up in preparation.

Hand & Nail


December 09, 2015

Double Stamped Floral Nail Art Featuring Born Pretty Store Plate BPL-026


Double Nail Stamping Nail Art

Hello readers,
Today I have another stamping plate from Born Pretty Store to share with you.  Plate BPL-026 features lots of leaf themed full-nail patterns as well as a few single leaf silhouettes for placed images.


December 07, 2015

Contrary Polish Gift Wrap Swatches & Review


Contrary Polish Gift Wrap

Hello readers,
It's December! Which means the holidays are right around the corner.  Gift Wrap seems like the perfectly named polish to start things off.


December 03, 2015

Holiday Look With THEFACESHOP Cosmetics



Hello readers,
Today I have a selection of cosmetics from THEFACESHOP to share with you.  I've tried some of THEFACESHOP's skin care offerings before and really liked them so I was exicted to try out these beauty products.

December 01, 2015

November 27, 2015

ILNP Mountain View Swatches & Review


ILNP Mountain View

Hello readers,
Today I have another polish from the ILNP Fall 2015 collection to share with you.


November 25, 2015

Reverie Nail Lacquer Some See A Wish Swatches & Review


Reverie Nail Lacquer

Hello readers,
Today I have half of Reverie Nail Lacquer's second anniversary duo to share with you.  The name Some See A Wish reflects the dandelion fluff logo on the bottle.


November 23, 2015

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BPL-028 Review



Hello readers,
Today I have a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store to share with you.  I've used some of their smaller plates in the past but this is the first time I've tried one of their larger rectangular plates.

November 19, 2015

Zoya Holiday 2015 MatteVelvet Collection Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have the six new MatteVelvet shades from Zoya to share with you.  You know I love flecked shimmers so these are right up my alley.  Though Zoya recommends wearing these with no base coat, I used a coat of Duri Rejuvocate because with the weather getting colder and dryer, my nails can use all the strengthening help they can get.

November 18, 2015

Birchbox Canada November 2015 Unboxing & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have my November Birchbox to share with you. This is the first month Canadians got a sample choice option (yay!).  I chose the LOC eyeshadow pencil in On Point, a silvery taupe.  Let's see what else came in the box.

November 17, 2015

Picture Polish Calm Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have one of the more recent Picture Polish collaboration shades to share with you.  I'm addicted to their flecked holo finish and this one is a blue leaning teal, so there was no question of my not owning it.


November 12, 2015

Reverie Nail Lacquer Harvest Moon Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Reverie Nail Lacquer's fall collection came out a couple weeks ago and I have one of the new shades to share with you today.

November 11, 2015

Products I Finished This Month - October 2015

Hello readers,
November is here which means it's time to go through October's empties.  Let's take a look!

Hand & Nails


November 10, 2015

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November 09, 2015

OPI Starlight Collection (A Selection) Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have a selection of shades from the OPI Starlight collection to share with you.  This collection has a mix of shades and finishes.  I'm immediately drawn to the flecked shimmers and classic jewel tones.

November 05, 2015

OPI Starlight Floral Stamped Nail Art



Hello readers,
Today I have some stamped nail art I did recently with two shades from the OPI Starlight collection.  I started out with a base of I'm In The Moon To Love and then stamped on a floral design using Press * For Silver and Moyou London Pro collection plate XL 06.  Despite having 'silver' in the name, Press * For Silver looks more like a rose gold.  Whatever you want to call it, it made a great stamping polish.  Finally, I sealed everything up with a coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.  Photos were taken in daylight spectrum lighting.

November 02, 2015

Seahorse Nail Stamping



Hello readers,
Today I have my Halloween nails to share with you.  I dressed up as a seahorse so aquatic nails were the perfect match.  To create this look I started out with a base of Zoya Yves.  Then I stamped on water a seahorse head and water droplet silhouettes with Color Club What A Drag and Messy Mansion plate MM29.  Finally I sealed everything up with a coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.  Photos were taken in daylight spectrum lighting.

October 30, 2015

Too Faced Melted French Kisses Swatches



Hello readers,
Today I have another Holiday 2015 lippy set to share with you.  The Too Faced Melted French Kisses set comes with four 0.16oz Melted Liquified Lipsticks, two of which are creme shades and two that are metallic.

October 23, 2015

OPI ColorPaints Melted Stained Glass Nail Art



Hello readers,
Today I have a mani I did playing with some shades from the OPI ColorPaints collection.  I started out with a base of ILNP First Class, a flecked silver holo.  I then layered blocks of sheer colour using OPI Purple Perspective, Turquoise Aesthetic and Primarily Yellow.  I added all the sheer colours to each nail a once so that the boundaries were easier to blend together.  Finally I sealed everything up with a coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.  Here's the final look.  It reminds me of stained glass but without the defined colour boundaries.

October 21, 2015

ILNP First Class Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have a polish from the ILNP Fall 2015 collection to show you.  I try to restict my holo purchases since I tend to buy very similar shades over and over, but the silver flakies in this one made it a little different from the rest.


October 20, 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette Swatches & Review


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette

Hello readers,
When the 2015 Holiday Hourglass Edit Palette was announced I knew that I was going to have to try it out.  Highlighter and blush are on my face pretty much every day and I'd heard such good things about the Hourglass ambient light powders in the past so I figured this was a great way to try out a variety of shades at once.

October 19, 2015

Blue and Metallic Nude Abstract Swirls Stamped Nail Art



Hello readers,
I have a quick nail art post for you guys today.  I was ready to switch things up but my Picture Polish Big Bang mani hadn't chipped yet.  I gave it a new look by stamping a flowy abstract design on top using Picture Polish Metallic Mush, a metallic nude, and Born Pretty Store plate BP 10.  I sealed everything up with a coat of CND Super Shiney top coat.  Here's the final look in daylight spectrum lighting.

October 16, 2015

Picture Polish Big Bang Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
Today I have one of the new Picture Polish collaboration shades to show you.  You know that when a mix of bijoux holo and micro flakes was revealed I just couldn't resist.


October 15, 2015

Birchbox Canada October 2015 Unboxing & Review



Hello readers,
My October Birchbox arrived in the mail yesterday.  This month we knew we were getting either an Eyeko or W3LL People mascara.  Since I'd already received the W3LL people one earlier this year, I knew the Eyeko was likely to be included.  Let's see what else joined it in the box.

October 14, 2015

Essie Silk Watercolor Scribble Nail Art


Essie Silk Watercolors

Hello readers, Today I have some nail art I did using a selection of shades from the Essie Silk Watercolors collection. Sure, it may be fall outside... but that means it's spring somewhere in the world and my pastel nails can just pretend to be there right now.

October 12, 2015

Elevation Polish Elbrus 2 Swatches & Review



Hello readers,
You know I love purple polishes, and today I have another gorgeous one to show you.