Nicole by OPI Sky’s the Limit NOTD Swatch and Review!

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

I love blue polishes. Today’s NOTD is a crisp, refreshing and cheerful medium blue with micro silver and blue glitter. I was concerned that tiny glitter might translate to something frosty or pearlized on the nail, but to my relief it didn’t. From far away, the result looked almost like a slightly glowy metallic effect, and close up the glitter was thankfully still evident enough to not look like a frost.

The formula was smooth, and seemed to dry fast enough. The only issue was that it was fairly sheer. The swatches here are at least three coats and in some pictures it’s four. I like that the end result had a luminescent sheen from all the coats, and the cool shimmery blue did look nice against my skin tone. Some swatches in different lights.

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

This is a nice blue, but the need for four coats for opacity is a bit more high maintenance than my liking. It does, however, seem to dry quickly for four coats. I’d still recommend a speed dry fluid coat or spray just to be sure, if you have one. I don’t think I will reach for this quite as often as some of my other blues. What I do think this polish will excel at would be for layering over other polishes for a flash of blue, and not necessarily over a blue of similar shade, although that would certainly work. I just tried this one on a bit of paper over a lavender, a dark purple, a taupe and even over a very deep forest green and the results were pretty and interesting, perhaps unique enough for a future NOTD.

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

A shot from further away (and then cropped in) with no flash to highlight the metallic look.

Enjoy your day!

Summer Scarf Ideas: Reblogs and Link Love!

A small sampling from my personal collection!

A small sampling from my personal collection!

I love scarves. They can change up any old boring outfit into something still simple but far more interesting, with such minimal effort. Being that they are both versatile and utilitarian, they appeal to my efficient side. As there are so many wonderful ideas and videos out there that I could not represent any better with my own work, I’ve put together a collection of links of scarf ideas and ties that would work better in warmer weather. Starting with my favourite, love this post as she starts off with a sentiment I’m familiar with:

We hear it all the time:
“Oh I can’t wear scarves in the summer. It’s too hot!”

Wrong, wrong, wrongity, wrong! (WRONG!) 😉 Scarves are much more than a winter accessory — they are a year-round necessity

Scarves.net (link removed, see note below) is one of the best resources out there for all things scarfy, from dozen of different ways to tie, to a wide variety of purchasable scarves in store (often with a few handy photos of tie ideas) to a wonderful portion of their site called “Knots for Hope” which is dedicated to helping women who have been affected by cancer to feel more confident and beautiful (via the use of perfectly styled head scarves, of course!)  EDIT: Although their website is a good resource for creative scarf information, I can no longer recommend it for purchasing, as they charge an inexplicable and abhorrent $24 to ship a light scarf to Canada – and their website is clear in that all duties and taxes will be extra on top of the $24!!  I asked them why, after checking with USPS what it would *actually* cost to ship a light scarf, say, in a large padded envelope it would fit into with room to spare (hint: a couple bucks tops) and they told me their info is right from USPS and that they don’t make any money off shipping. Someone,  somewhere, is getting well and truly ripped off. Do yourself a favour, if you find something you like there, search eBay for it or something similar and save yourself a huge amount, and likely with free shipping. I order from the US a lot, and never have I ever had to pay such an exorbitant shipping fee on ANY item, including those that are much heavier (like shoes, boots, full bottles of perfume, heavy boxes of liquid skin care products, etc…)

From Scarves.net

From Scarves.net

Next up is a post found on Modera.co. I liked this one as it had a lot of colourful pictures for inspiration (including one borrowed from the aforementioned scarves.net), a write up detailing the right fabrics to choose for your summer scarf, as well as a very thorough video showing a woman demonstrating various ways to use your scarf as a summery shirt! The second scarf used is especially beautiful!

A link to the video alone as shown on the Modera link above:

Next up, some more videos! I like this first one as it showed a few necklace like options that I had never seen before, and am looking forward to trying out very soon!

I liked this link, found on Liberty London‘s website, as it has 5 short videos showing some creative ideas on using a light silk classic square shaped scarf, with an adorable French woman hosting. Who could do scarves better than the French?

Up last, I had to include this.  I’m sure everyone’s seen this by now at more than 24 million views, but it has that many views for a reason. I haven’t found a more comprehensive list of scarf ideas anywhere. This well presented video from Wendy’s Lookbook has a well earned place on any article about scarves!

Before I go, I wanted to share one way I can use a scarf for hair that I had trouble finding a decent representation of by video, a scarf bun!

Start with a bandana sized scarf, folded up so its a long thin strip. Put hair into a ponytail at whatever level you want the finished bun to be. Starting at the tip of the ponytail, wind your hair around around the middle of the bandana strip a few times so it stays. Then, using the bandana, roll it all the way up to the top of the ponytail, spreading hair out to cover bandana as whatever you deem looks good that day. Tie up the bandana in a knot/bow and pin down hair where needed, if needed. I like this as it just doesn’t budge, the whole day, especially if pinned down around the edges. As an extra bonus, there is less flyaway hair as it’s wrapped around something other then itself!

Have a favourite scarf look or one that isn’t shared here? I’d love to hear it, I have plenty to work with to try them out!

Super Fast & Bright Summery NOTD with NYC Time Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

Today’s NOTD is with an old favourite! I’ve had NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish for a couple of years now and I would absolutely rebuy if I could find it anywhere locally. NYC polishes are never more than $2-3, (says $1.99 on their US website, by I’m in Canada), usually have great formulas and absolutely do dry very quickly. Thankfully according to NYC’s website this one isn’t discontinued yet.

NYC Times Square (224) is a not quite tomato red creme formula, with pinky coral undertones. It is bright, vibrant and gorgeous. This shade works equally as well as a pop of colour against pale porcelain skin, or tanned skin. This would look great on anyone! Two coats went on smoothly, dried quickly, and didn’t need a top coat. This one lasts a couple of days on me with no chips, and I chip nails very easily.

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

NYC In a New York Color Minute Times Square

For an accent nail, I put on a quick layer of the super sparkly Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate I just reviewed here. There was a comment on that post regarding the awkward to store shape of the Nicole by OPI bottles, and I agree, they are a pain. I gave up on trying to force these bottles to play nice with the rest of mine in their storage box, and this was my “solution”..

Nicole by OPI Storage Solution

Nicole by OPI Storage Solution

This whole look barely even took 10 minutes. Love this, it’s quite a bright and summery pick me up! If you haven’t tried this line and have it available near you, try it! I’ve only ever been disappointed in one of their shades (East Village) because it was pretty sheer. All the others I’ve tried have been great, and I have well over a dozen!

Anyone else have a more creative Nicole by OPI storage solution? I’d be happy to hear it!

Enjoy your weekend!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Beautiful, busy day today! It’s late but I wanted to quickly share this sparkly polish that I grabbed along with yesterday’s NOTD, Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate, intending for both of them to be used as top coats. At first glance this one seems to be a simple silver microglitter, but a closer look shows its not only full of silver but red, gold, blue and green holographic microglitter hiding in there as well!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If, somewhat more easily than Twist of Fate, can actually be used as a top coat yet can be layered to an interesting look with almost full opacity with 4 or  more coats. These pictures are with 3 coats, had to take them fast as the sun was almost down. This, like most sparkle top coats, dried very quickly. The multi-coloured sparkles are much more evident in person, I can see this complementing many shades! Very twinkly! I think I would especially like this over a dark blue, in Essie Starry Starry Night style..

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

 

I can see this topping many an upcoming NOTD! Have a good weekend!

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

I like nail polish topcoats. I like the idea of buying one thing that can efficiently make every other polish I own look unique. With that in mind, I picked this up at my local dollar store as they often have Nicole by OPI and other brands on for about a quarter of what I’d pay for them in a drugstore or mass retailer otherwise. I thought it would be nice to have a more outright gold glitter topcoat, and that it would flatter a lot of shades. I picked up this unassuming little gem for $2-3 and was on my way home to swatch. Look at that header pic again. Gold sparkle topcoat right?

 

HOLY CRAP.

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate

This is not your everyday gold sparkle topcoat. This is an intensely bold, dense with glitter, golden spangle-y sequin-y opaque with 3-4 coats polish. The gold leans cooler in tone, and I like that the sparkles don’t feel rough to the touch when dry. It had the benefit of a topcoat in being fast drying, but with so much impact. This is like Vegas on a fingernail! A bunch of pics in various lighting. This looks even more opaque and glistening in person.

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

Nicole Twist of Fate

 

Twist of Fate is very aptly named! It’s like I applied gold leaf and a super shiny topcoat to my nails! I was really surprised at what this little seemingly humble, demure little topcoat could do! Perhaps this is how this one remained unsold on regular shelves long enough to make it to the salvage/discount market! You would never know just by looking at it. Was a nice surprise for me! I can see my self putting this on top of many upcoming NOTD!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Rimmel Violet Metal NOTD!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

I wasn’t planning on doing a NOTD today, but when I got home this afternoon I saw a comment on my recent post on a new textured nail polish I tried from L’Oreal called Too Dimensional. The comment was from eleobel regarding a polish she had once used (Catrice Berry Potter and Plumbledore), and as I had never heard of it before, I looked it up. It immediately reminded me of this one from Rimmel, and old favourite! I was inspired! 🙂

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Violet Metal is one I’ve had for a while. It’s a red based purple with tons of blue micro glitter throughout that flashes in certain lights. The combination gives the shade a kind of luminescent glow, it’s a pretty unique effect. I only have a handful of polishes from this line but I really like the formula and wider brush. I had a hard time photographing it as I was in a rush to take the pics while the sun was going down but I did my best in the time I had!

Two coats!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

 

Three coats and a topcoat!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

I think you can see the purple/blue the best in the top picture when it was brightest while I was chasing the sun. Try it if you get the chance, it’s lovely!

Have a good week!

Simple & Summery Fragrances from Pacifica

Pacifica Roll_on Fragrances

Pacifica Roll-On Fragrances

As soon as June hits, as far as I’m concerned, it’s summer here! I like to cycle my fragrances by season. Some of them seem a little flat during my Canadian winter, and others don’t seem right unless the sun is out, and it is a selection of those I am sharing today!

I’ve had these Pacifica mini roll-ons for a few years now, and every summer I crave them as soon as warmer weather hits. Although I’m not overly familiar with the brand (hard to find in Canada), what I can gather from the small collection of scents I do have is that they excel at picking a few complementary notes and really showcasing them in a very fresh, fruity, authentic way. The fragrances are delicate and not exactly long lasting, but are inexpensive so you don’t have to feel bad about reapplying. I would think most of them would be suitable for mix and match layering as well!

 

Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit

Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit

Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit

Notes for Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit are listed as grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot and pineapple. Warm and juicy. To my nose the peach stands out more then the mango, but I really like peach so I’m probably just looking for it. The citrus of the grapefruit is definitely present but is subtle rather than sour or overbearing. A veritable, wearable tropical fruit salad, good enough to eat.

 

Pacifica Malibu Lemon  Blossom

Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom

Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom

Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom truly smells like summer to me. It reminds me of beaches and a sunscreen I had when I was younger. Notes are listed as lemon blossom, angels trumpet, herbal notes, sea notes, and something called litsea cubeba which is a shrub whose fruit is processed for lemony essential oil used in fragrances and flavourings. The lemon is more a lemon candy than a lemon cleanser, light and fresh, a little bit soapy with no acidity. Definitely a mood lifter. If you layered this with a vanilla scent you’d smell like a pastry picnic on the beach!

 

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange is my favourite of these three. It has a blend of orange and strawberry that I like so much in the top notes of SJP NYC, which is also a favourite for the same reason. Notes are listed in full as strawberry, raspberry, blood orange, mandarin orange and sweet orange. Smells more of a sweet orange punch cocktail rather than plain orange juice, bright, zesty and refreshing. No floral notes are listed but I swear I smell something flowery hidden well under the fruit, something delicate, maybe honeysuckle?

For those who are interested, Pacifica products are 100% vegan, and also cruelty free, and all are marketed as unisex. The roll-ons are 10mls/0.33oz. I got them all from well.ca a few years back. Ingredients are listed as natural grain alcohol, parfum (a bend of natural and essential oils) and aqua. The package states a portion of proceeds support clean water, but I can’t find any information on where or how.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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