Turquoise Nail Art Stamping – NOTD!

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I am late to the game for nail art stamping, but I finally found and purchased myself a few supplies for it for my birthday recently, after discovering its pretty darn cheap. I don’t have any “stamping” polishes, and was determined to make the more cost effective regular ones work, and I was so relieved when I could get more use from my collection.

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The end goal.

I used Wet n’ Wild Black Creme, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, and Avon Glimmer. The stamping plate I purchased off ebay for an amount so small I don’t remember it, would have been less than a buck. I used the image in the middle for today’s nails.

Wet n' Wild Black Creme, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, Avon Glimmer, stamp plate

Wet n’ Wild Black Creme, Sinful Colors Mint Apple, Avon Glimmer, stamp plate

Two coats Sinful Colors Mint Apple over a base coat, then a stamp with the Wet n’ Wild Black Creme. I free-handed on a smidge of the gold with a fine brush. Applied topcoat. I would prefer the black lines to be thinner, but I’m satisfied with the results.

Turquoise Nails

Turquoise Nails

Turquoise Nails

Turquoise Nails

 

A while back I also tried to do a version of turquoise nails with a water marbling technique. It was a real pain in the butt, but I guess it turned out ok. I’m not qualified to supply a tutorial for this, but there are many online you can find.

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I’m pretty excited about the nail art stamping, and regret not getting into it sooner. I anticipate a lot of posts with them coming up, some better than others, as it’s a bit of a learning curve!

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!

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!

Simple St. Patrick’s Day NOTD!

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What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day? I might have a glass of wine, tops, and head to bed early. I wanted to do something quickly on the weekend for festive nails and was feeling lucky, so I slapped some green polish on, with some nail dotter blobs intended to hopefully look like clover.

I used Revlon ColorStay in Jungle, Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Rags to Riches (terrible this whole line has been discontinued, it was fantastic!) and a mini Revlon in Garden.

Rimmel Rage to Riches, Revlon Jungle, Revlon Garden

Rimmel Rags to Riches, Revlon Jungle, Revlon Garden

Clover!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

And with a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top because I can’t help myself. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s day on Tuesday! And here’s a link to my St. Patrick’s Day look from last year! ūüôā

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Revlon Elusive 736 NOTD Swatch & Review!

Revlon Elusive

Revlon Elusive

This one kept on surprising me. I didn’t think I’d ever see this again as I had missed it during its limited edition by Gucci Westman for Revlon last year. I came across it by chance, and at half price too! Maybe they relaunched it? Revlon does that sometimes, with¬†more popular items from limited editions. Usually they rename it in the process to make them seem new again, I suppose.

Revlon Elusive looks like its a teal blue-green hex and micro glitter in a black base. What it actually is, is silver hex and micro glitter in a blackened teal jelly base! The sheerness of the base colours the glitter, making it took greeny blue. Interesting effect. The formula was thicker than I’m accustomed to from Revlon, but going slow it was manageable. It was pretty sheer in one¬†coat, but evened out and looked great with two. Elusive surprised me again by drying matte!

Revlon Elusive, matte no top coat

Revlon Elusive, matte no top coat

Matte, chunky textured glitter. Now I was actually ok with this. I like matte polishes. I like weird and different. However this wasn’t the look I was going for today! So I slopped on a thick coat of a top coat I wanted to finish up using anyway, and I liked the look a whole lot more! Beautiful!

Revlon Elusive with top coat

Revlon Elusive with top coat

Revlon Elusive with top coat

Revlon Elusive with top coat

From far away, the glitter doesn’t stand out well and it looks like a (still gorgeous) super dark teal/navy. Overall I really like it, and extra points for being interesting both matte and shiny! What do you think, matte or shiny?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Not too long ago I found this polish in a set of 3 offered by Nicole as a package deal. It included Sea-ing Is Believing, a¬†perky¬†multi-coloured sparkle coat and a top coat which I panned, viciously, in this post. NOPI Sea-ing Is Believing is a tealy blue-green that reminds me of the ocean, and is laced with a fine golden green metallic shimmer throughout. I was worried this super fine shimmer would contribute to visible brush strokes on the nail, but it actually turned out better than anticipated. The shimmer looks better in the bottle, and I find it doesn’t translate to the finished look as much as I would have liked although it is still a pretty shade. I would consider it to be more of a metallic frost rather than a duochrome.

Two coats, which applied perfectly, with NYC top coat in various lighting!

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Something else interesting about this shade; it is an exact, not the slightest bit different, bang on dupe for NOPI’s Candid Cameron from the Modern Family line. So similar, in fact, that I assume that they just repackaged it for the 3 set it came in. I can only speculate as to why they did this, but if you missed and wanted Candid Cameron, try looking for this one, as it’s a perfect dupe!

 

Enjoy your week!

Nicole by OPI Spring Set Find!

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Hi! I found this cute little set on clearance at the local drugstore recently, presumably as it is no longer spring, for all of $7.99! Considering Nicole polishes run $11 each here (the little $19.99 tag does say a $33 value for the three) I thought it was a pretty good deal to get the three for $7.99. I was also in the market for a quality top coat, and one was included so I will give that a go. I’ve seen mixed reviews on it, mostly negative, but I will review it honestly at some point.

The set included a Nicole by OPI Top Coat Plus, a beautiful oceany blue green full of golden micro shimmer called Sea-ing Is Believing, and Don’t Say It, Spout It, which is just crammed full of multi-coloured, different sized hexagonal sparkle glitter, very fun looking!

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Nicole by OPI Spring Set

Nicole by OPI Spring Set, Labels

Nicole by OPI Spring Set, Labels

A close up of Sea-ing Is Believing, trying to show the pretty golden shimmer swirled through it here. This one looks like a close dupe of a couple other Nicole by OPI shades which I will get into when I swatch it in an upcoming post.

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

And a close up of Don’t Say It, Sprout It to show the¬†multi-coloured hexagonal glitter. This one reminds me of a few others as well, which I will also get into in an upcoming swatch post.

Nicole by OPI Don't Say It, Sprout It!

Nicole by OPI Don’t Say It, Sprout It!

Didn’t bother with a close up of the clear coat. Looking forward to playing with these, the sparkle in particular looks very fun!

Enjoy your week!

Essence Chic Reloaded NOTD Swatch & Review!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

I was stuck waiting for a bus on my way home from an appointment¬†recently, so I decided to use the time to stop into the Shopper’s Drug Mart, which I don’t normally get to do, and I’m sure glad I did! I had some fantastic luck in the clearance section with this beauty, and something else I will be posting later. I found this hiding in a clearance bin for 50 cents! Crazy. Usually the duochromes sell out fast.

Essence Chic Reloaded is a green to pinky-purple shifting duochrome, with a charcoaly grey undertone you can see between shifts of colour. Stunning! ¬†As with all of the newer Essence polishes, it dried quickly. This shade took two coats for opacity but looked better with three. My swatches are without a topcoat, and I think it would benefit greatly from one, but I wanted the swatches to show the colour shift properly without a glossy sheen interfering. The brush is perfect for my nail shape and skill level. The only thing I didn’t like about this particular polish was that it seemed to chip faster than my other Essences – a topcoat would likely help with this as well. But for 50 cents, I’m really not complaining. Here are some swatches in various lights, tried to capture the colour shift in each shot!

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Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

And also this is the closest I could get to capturing the charcoal grey shift in between the purple/green shades.

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

And a close up of the bottle, trying to capture both shade shifts!

Essence Chic Reloaded

Essence Chic Reloaded

Love it! Check out your local Shopper’s Drug Mart clearance section, Canadian ladies. There might be good stuff!

 

I also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my nomination for a Liebster Award from¬†Madeleine’s Beauty.

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

 

I am happy to link back to her for the recognition, but I am afraid my participation will end there. I find these awards to be kind of spammy/hammy/chain letter like, and they force a blogger into a lot of work they haven’t signed up for, and I would prefer to not be the person giving them that work. I already happily do link to other blogs when it is appropriate (for examples you may check out some of my posts referencing Polly Fragrant and LastContrast) but I am really not interested in spamming my friends. Although it may not seem it, seeing as I have a public blog, I am actually a very private person, and answering a series of personal questions (and then forcing a dozen or so others to do the same) makes me acutely uncomfortable. I did answer a few more personal questions in response to a Very Inspiring Blogger Award¬†which you can check out here. I also changed the rules for that award as well, which I think may have been my favourite part of the whole thing. Call me a non conformist! Thank you again, Madeleine, for your nomination.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Dark Teal NOTD with Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam

Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam

I am now completely reassured that I am over the whole punny polish name bit so many brands have going.¬†However it doesn’t look like they plan on stopping with them any time soon, so I will work around it. For the remainder of the post, I will call this one KHALLL instead, with the exception of photo captions. I am officially on bad name strike!

This gorgeous dark teal shade is from a “Kolor Kollection” whose full name I will never, ever use here due to media over saturation. Not to mention Khloe no longer has a “Little Lam Lam”, she has a skeevy, philanderer (birth) named¬†Karim Kharbouch – well no wonder they picked him for her new beau, the name fits their brand image, which is what matters right? These people… But they did put their name on a reasonably decent nail polish line, and this is my favourite of that line!

KHALLL is a darkened teal creme. The formula is fantastic. I find this to be almost opaque with one coat but it does need 2 to be perfect. It applies smoothly, isn’t sheer or streaky. Even the dry time is is surprisingly fast! The teal shade definitely leans a more foresty green, with a tiny bit of grey. It remains cool toned enough to not look awful on my skin. I am really liking this shade! A couple swatches. Had some trouble with this one and lens flare, it’s so shiny!

Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam Swatch

Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam Swatch

Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam Swatch

Nicole by OPI Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam Swatch

The collection is starting to hit the discounters/clearance now. I’m not sure if they are phasing it out ¬†due to lack of interest in the “K” brand or if it naturally ran it’s course but I’m glad to have found it for $2. If you were to only get one from this line, I’d recommend this one (if you like dark shades). This is also a pretty bang on dupe for MAC Deep Sea. Wonder if I can make it through the day without adding a shimmery topcoat!

EDIT: I made it a day. I then added a bit of Essence Miss Universe to the tips for a tone on tone french mani look. Close up of thumb:

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Have a good week!

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadows in Sage & Lavender, Swatches!

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

These Almay single shadows came out years¬†ago, but weren’t ever launched in my area in Canada. I saw reviews and swatches for them on US sites ages ago and have wanted them ever since. I gave up when I learned they were long discontinued. And then, in a strange twist, I found them in my local discounter. I’m not sure where this place gets their salvage stock, but I am so grateful. I’ve managed to find things I would never normally, at almost negligible prices! These were $2.50!

The entire line of these are soft, muted shades that wouldn’t be too unusual to find in nature. In fact the whole line’s marketing is based on trying to look pure and natural. They boast that the product is 98.2% natural which in effect means squat (it’s not regulated). It also is labeled to be hypoallergenic which is equally as meaningless (also not regulated). Thats aside, I do like the packaging, stiff cardboard covered in paper. There is a window of plastic over the center so you can see the shades, and it has a magnetic closure. Being flat, light, and perfectly square, these would store tidily. Click for larger pictures.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow, Back

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow, Back

Sage is a pale, muted sage green with shimmer. Thankfully it remains mostly neutral instead of leaning too warm. It also has a bit of a metallic golden flash to it, very interesting and unexpected from this tiny single shadow. Somehow looks almost mint green on my eye in some lights.

Lavender is again muted, a pale shimmery lavender. It looks pinkish in some lights and has a silvery pale metallic look. It also leans a bit taupe and is again thankfully neutral. Some swatches of both under flash and sun.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow Swatches, Sage, Lavender

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow Swatches, Sage, Lavender

The texture of both of these are soft and buttery smooth, and they apply like a dream. The texture reminds me of a light application of the good Wet n’ Wild eyeshadows. Reading old reviews about these shadows, they complain of lack of pigment. Look at those swatches above. That was one swipe down my arm with no base, just bare skin. Do they look unpigmented to you? They don’t to me. These are pale, natural looking, neutral shades, which is pretty much what they advertised. I’m not sure what those who were complaining about lack of pigment were expecting. I see some beautifully smooth pale neutral shades. I can’t wait to pair these with some matte brown definition in the crease.

I’ve worn these all day today, a hot summer day. They haven’t budged and are wearing comfortably. These are a generous 2.25g/0.09oz (almost twice as much as MAC’s eyeshadows, for comparison). Sad these are discontinued, but glad to have finally tried them at such a low price! Better late than never I guess!

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