Louboutin Nails – First Attempt – NOTD!

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My nails have finally gotten long enough for me to try this Louboutin nails thing, where the underside is coated in red, like the shoes. I thought for sure it would be really awkward and messy without being worth it. Glad to say I was wrong!

I used Sinful Colors No Text Red (reviewed here) and my favourite black, OPI Black Onyx, although you could use whatever colour you want on top providing it is opaque enough to cover the red underneath.

I did the red first, because knowing me I’d get it all over the perfectly applied polish on top if I didn’t and would have to start over. If you have a quick dry red, I’d recommend that. DO THE THUMB LAST. I used my thumbnail to push the skin of my finger pads away from the underside of the nail for a bit of a cleaner application of red. Use very little polish on the brush to help keep it from getting everywhere. As dry as possible while still able to paint. At this point, it will look like you just fought and won a bloody battle, if looking at them from the unpainted top. If squeamish, don’t look. Quickly paint on your chosen nail colour on top as usual.

Completed look! I can see why people do this. It makes for a fairly finished, sophisticated look! Now I won’t feel finished until I paint the undersides. Photos below with a bit of bling.

Louboutin Nails

Louboutin Nails

Louboutin Nails

Louboutin Nails

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Louboutin Nails

Nars Cruella VS NYX Snow White Dupe Post!

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Makeupalley’s Facebook page often shares possible dupes on the weekends. Today, one of them was regarding Nars Cruella and Nyx Snow White being possible dupes. Seeing as I had both, I decided to do some swatches for you! I added one to their post as well.

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Here we go! Prices at the time of this post. Nyx Snow White goes for a reasonable $6.99 at London Drugs. Nars Cruella goes for a whopping $30 at Sephora. Yikes. Well they do look pretty similar in tube.

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

And also look pretty close in swatches! Photos taken in indoor light by a window, with flash, and then outdoors on an overcast day.

Nyx Snow White VS Nars Cruella Swatches

Nyx Snow White VS Nars Cruella Swatches

Nyx Snow White is actually more intensely pigmented, perhaps just a smidge deeper, and has a creme finish as opposed to Nars Cruella’s velvet matte finish. Now, my skintone can make any shade pull warmer than it is, therefore both of these almost look like they have a brown base, but they do not! They both look very pink once worn/wiped off, and it’s a clearly blue based pink. The flash also really brings out the pink. I wish that translated to my lips too.😦

Having both of these too will likely last me a lifetime of super intense red lipping, but if I had to purchase one, of course I’d go for the cheaper Nyx. I did buy it in the first place after all, but the Nars Cruella as part of a Sephora birthday bonus they had at the time. I usually just use Snow White as a blush, just a tiny tiny dab on my finger blended out gently as a cream blush looks nice.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wet n Wild Be More Pacific NOTD!

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Pushing spring a little, today’s NOTD is Wet n Wild Be More Pacific from their Wildshine line. I think this is the only one I have from that line, but now that I’m thinking about it I may have a shimmery gold as well.

Formula was pretty good, thick but spread evenly, covered in one coat! Dry time was good, finish was shiny. Colour is a really nice balance between blue and green, a lovely teal. Swatches, one with flash, one without.

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

Wet N Wild Be More Pacific

If I ever find more of these around, I won’t feel bad about snapping up more, I think this was about $1.79!

Reminds me a darker version of this teal and gold NOTD I did, I now want to recreate it with this one!

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Wine to Five NOTD!

CoverGirl Wine to Five

CoverGirl Wine to Five

Hello my long lost blog! Some NOTD for you. I’ve still not found the perfect wine/burgundy shade but this one sure does come close. It is, however, somewhat of a shape shifter, you’ll see in the pics below.

CoverGirl Wine to Five has a great formula, and was almost opaque in one coat. If you had super steady hands, this would be a one coater for you! Dry time was good, and the finish is glossy and feels plastic-y, in a durable, resilient way. Only gripe is the somewhat unwieldy chunky square top, which I’m sure wouldn’t be a huge problem for some but I have some pretty angry carpal tunnels after painting a bunch of furniture, so gripping it was tricky.

In indoor light, this was a nice deep wine, with the right balance of red to purple. When taken outdoors (rainy and cloudy) it appeared more of a cherry red, and when taken with flash it went straight to a fuchsia pink! I don’t really mind, it keeps it interesting. Swatches!

CoverGirl Wine to Five

CoverGirl Wine to Five

 

Current front runner in the search for the perfect wine shade. Any suggestions from those who have found a good wine shade polish?

 

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A REMINDER TO MY CANADIAN FRIENDS! VOTE! TODAY!

 

GO VOTE RIGHT MEOW!

 

My Canadian friends! If you have not yet voted, please go do so! You are entitled by law to time off work to do so! NO EXCUSES! (See link for election FAQ’s)

http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=faq&dir=off&document=index&lang=e

Love Katezilla❤

 

I-Voted

 

Sinful Colors No Text Red NOTD!

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Sinful Colors No Text Red

FREAKIN’ FINALLY! A year after everyone else, we finally got this well publicized shade in my corner of Canada! I’m actually quite surprised to see it, as it’s not often we see this brand here. In fact, when I was lucky enough to snap this up at $1.99 at my local Save-On Foods, it was the first time I had ever seen a Sinful Colors display in person, as I had only been able to order it online up until then. So even though it’s a year late here, it brings along with it a message with no expiration date – don’t text and drive!

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Their ad-message wants you to paint your thumbnail red to remind you not to text and drive – him, her, everyone! Love it. I also loved the colour, and I wasn’t going to settle for just a thumbnail!

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Sinful Colors No Text Red

This formula went on beautifully, and was almost perfect in one coat, but I used two (plus base and topcoats.) It lasted with minor chipping and tip wear a full, solid week. Amazing performance. Amazing, bright, vibrant, classic red shade.

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Sinful Colors No Text Red

This nail polish – after several days wear – still looked good enough for the girls at my local Wendy’s to stop me and compliment it, noting that this specific shade, No Text Red, was something they’ve talked about before (as it was disappointingly only available in the US!) Note: I love Wendy’s, their baked potato is a food group for me these days! Also noteworthy: two women I work with who had never, ever worn nail polish in the year that I’ve been there (I notice these things, okay!) BOTH showed up with their own bright, classic red nails in a very similar shade the week after I wore this one. This shade is beautiful, noticeable, influential and if you ever see it, GET IT, even if you already have a dozen reds, or worry that you can’t pull it off! You will not be disappointed!

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Sinful Colors No Text Red

Thank you, Sinful Colors, for a perfect shade with a perfect formula, with a very important message. The only downside is how long it took to get this to Canada!

Autumnal Nail Dots NOTD

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Hello my long lost blog!

Finally found a few moments! How about some nail posts?

I like wearing dark shades in fall, and have been wearing a long series of near black burgundies and blues. Today I switched it up with a blackened teal, and threw some crazy dots on. It’s a little busy for my taste and I’m not sure how long I will be able to stand it on, but it’s fun.

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I used Nicole Khloe had a Little Lam Lam, Revlon Fall Mood and Revlon Spanish Moss reviewed on their own as linked.

How’s everyone’s fall? It’s getting super chilly here in the mornings, but by mid-day it’s been lovely, sunny and warm!

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015!

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

I received this a few weeks ago. Managed to get some pictures, and got around to finally posting today! This Flare Beauty Box was $8 CA, not a bad price considering the contents! What’s inside!

 

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Contents

Flare Beauty Box Contents

First we have the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals, a large sample of both shampoo and conditioner. This didn’t wow me. There was nothing special about it performance or fragrance wise. Unless you are really into a very mild, light fruity figgy fragrance, skip this one.

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals

Next up, an Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom mascara, full size. I know my body doesn’t react well to the Olay body wash after a few uses, however it is a very luxurious feeling formula and I like washing my hands with it which doesn’t seem to bother them.

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

The mascara I haven’t used yet. I already know from prior experiences that I don’t like the plastic bristles on the wand, which poke my eye when trying to apply the product. As the mascara itself came sealed with the wand outside, I am using the wand to comb thru the tips of lashes coated with a different mascara, which it works wonderfully for. When I finish my current tube of Maybelline Cat Eyes, I will wash off that brush and see if it fits in the Cover Girl tube and use that one instead, to give the product a fair shake at being useful for me (I love the Cat Eyes wand!)

Then we have a couple sample packs of Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier. These usually don’t work for me, and this one was not much different. it seemed to be doing a great job for the first part of the day, but by the end I was even oilier than if I hadn’t used anything at all. Being fair, my day is pretty long, and I need makeup to hold on tight for 12 hours minimum.

Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier

Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier

My favourite portion of the box was the free full size of a Vidal Sassoon hair colour ($16 value.) I was excited about this, however they didn’t really have a perfect colour match for what I was looking for. I may have ended up with something a shade too dark. If so I will use it to paint in some lowlights. I didn’t get a closeup of the coupon.

Last up, Cover Girl lipstick in Succulent Cherry. The swatches below show the product as fairly sheer (one swipe on top, a few swipes underneath) and leaning pink. On my skin it leans warm with orange undertones, as my skin just makes colours lean this way unless very cool toned. Great for anyone who loves a red lip. I wear a red lip sometimes, and the sheerness of this could make it more wearable than others I have. I’m just worried about it looking too orange on me, especially under fluorescent lights at work.

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry Swatch

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry Swatch

And here’s a shot of the nails I had at the time, a creamy white with a layer of gold sparkles. I used Nicole All About the Glam.

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Anyone else get the Flare Beauty Box? What did you think?

Have a great week!

Pink Hair!

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While I’m remembering to post, I also dyed my hair pink. Well, half pink. Really liking this. I used a combo of Splat Pink Fetish and Manic Panic Cotton Candy for this result. The Splat stays in a very long time, and had such intensity. The Manic Panic fades much faster, but in a nice way that left my hair with peachy tones blending into the pink. This photo was taken about a month ago, and I’ve redone the cotton candy part since, going much higher up this time, to above boob level (second picture.) For reference, my hair is/was previously dyed from ash blonde to a warmer medium golden honey blonde, and was not lightened additionally for the pinks. It is thin and fine in texture and is to about my belly button. I’ve had compliments on this pink from men and women of all ages – not that I was going out of my seeking them, but it was so nice to see just a bit of colour make people smile!

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Showing the pink fade at mid lengths. Manic Panic Cotton Candy.

Showing the pink fade at mid lengths. Manic Panic Cotton Candy.

 

What’s a pink hair post without a Jem reference?

Jem

FASHION AND FAME!

 

Essie Toggle to the Top NOTD!

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Found this pretty one at the Dollarama, lucky me! Went on well with 2 coats, but has a matte leaning finish, with a bit of texture from the glitter. I also found (as i do with certain larger glitter formulas) that it had a slightly greyish cast to it once dry, which I mostly mitigated with 2 thick clear coats. Swatches!

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

Essie Toggle to the Top

 

I really liked the jewel tones of this one!

 

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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