More Minimalist NOTD!

Really liking this single dot nail art. There mere seconds it takes fits nicely with my schedule! For this round, I’ve used NYC Color in a Minute in Times Square (this is actually my second bottle, I like it so much! This incarnation is redder than it’s earlier counterpart which I used for this look here as well as this dotty experiment) and a Sally Hansen for the black dot. If you haven’t tried the NYC fast drying polish, you should! It’s $2 or less and dries faster and stays longer than any other fast drying versions I’ve tried!

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Minimal effort, maximum impact! I like it! The pale version of this can be seen here!

Friday tomorrow!!

November Empties!

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This month has flown by for me, despite being full of rain, more rain only heavier, below freezing temperatures and even some snow, which is thankfully rare in Vancouver. I don’t like being so busy that I can’t post, and it’s been far too long. Long enough to have lots of empties! Plus one item that is not used up but was so bad it needs to go!

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November Empties!

Numbered clockwise starting on the left.

1) Yves Rocher Yellow Peach Shower Gel

This was a pretty standard liquid soap/shower gel with a peachy fragrance. The peach scent was fresh and not overly ripe, but a little powdery which bothered me enough to not want to repurchase. The bottle was a generous 400ml/13.4 oz.

2) Aussie You Can Shine Hairspray

This was decent enough hairspray, it did it’s job. Had a nice citrusy fruity smell. I didn’t notice any stickiness or crispness. I would repurchase this if I found it on sale, which is how I found this can!

3) Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti Frizz Serum

Although most silicone serums for frizzy hair are mostly the same, this is one of my favourites. It has a nice fruity scent standard for any Fructis product, and has a thinner, easier to spread consistency which helps when you have super long, super fine hair like mine. The pump is also a winner. This is my second or third bottle of this and I will continue to rebuy until I can’t find it anymore!

4) Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief Creamy Body Wash

Although I would also recommend this for a body wash, I use it on my face! It removes makeup really well, does not irritate, and doesn’t leave any residue. If you have really dry skin I wouldn’t recommend use on your face but it does a great job on my oily skin! Contains oatmeal to soothe dry, tight, itchy skin. Been through many tubes of this!

5) Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Sampler

Now this one isn’t so much empty as it is impossible to use. The little patches of eye shadow sample were so dry and stuck on that application was impossible. I made the mistake of trying to make this work on a work day and had to scrap it mid way through. I’m sure the actual product is easier to use than this sample, but this sample has made me never want to try the real thing it was so bad. Complete failure in execution. Below is a picture of the tiny amount I managed to scrape off the card.

Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Sample

Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Sample

6) Neutrogena Acne Stress Control – 3 in 1 Hydrating Acne Treatment

I wouldn’t really call this hydrating so much as it is smoothing, and I can’t even comment on the stress control claim! The silicone base makes your skin feel soft and smooth, while being at the right ph level for the salicylic acid to do it’s work. If I stop using this for a few days, I can feel and see the negative effect in my skin, getting flakier with more clogged pores. I will buy this as long as I can find it in Canada, as there is no other affordable, gentle, effective salicylic acid leave on treatment option that I am aware of in the country. Clean & Clear has a version of something similar which is only available in the US, and everything else I can find here has alcohol and other irritants in it.

7) NYC Color in a New York Minute – Grand Central Station

How often is it you finish a bottle of nail polish before it goes all weird on you? This isn’t my first finished bottle of the fast drying NYC clear coat, and certainly not my last. I will buy this as long as I can still find it in Canada. Currently I have to purchase it online to find it at all! Fantastic product. Did a full review here.

8) Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait

I usually reach for pinks and reds, but somehow this peachy lip butter with tiny golden flecks has managed to work itself in many daily looks! It complements both warm and cooler eye looks and doesn;t look garish under fluorescent lighting. It has well earned it’s place as a daily favourite. Will I buy again? Absolutely, just waiting for a sale! The are otherwise around $10 in Canada.

9) L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara – Black

It may have been in blackest black or carbon black, I don’t remember, but it was, and is, a great mascara! This is the closest in formulation and brush as my long discontinued in Canada old favourite Full n’ Soft Mascara. It doesn’t clump too much, it holds a curl better than some, doesn’t flake (until you get to the end of the lifespan of the tube) and is perfectly waterproof without being too much of a pain to wash off. I will continue buying this when found on sale as long as it’s being made!

Hope everyone had a good November and you’re staying warm! Or cool if you’re one of my Aussie readers!

 

 

Perky Polka Dot NOTD!

NYC Times Square, Sally Hansen Splash

NYC Times Square, Sally Hansen Splash

Such a dreary, rainy blah day today in Vancouver, as is typical for us in the Fall. I had actually done this in the summer, but found the pictures while rummaging through my to-do file and found the bright colours to be uplifiting, so I will share!

I used NYC Color in a New York Minute polish in Times Square, a brightened red pinkish-coral and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in Splash, a blue and white hex glitter in clear base. Two coats of NYC Times Square, which applied perfectly as always, and I forget how many coats of Sally Hansen Splash, because it was such a pain in the butt to work with, shown applied below.

NYC Times Square, Sally Hansen Splash

NYC Times Square, Sally Hansen Splash

NYC Times Square, Sally Hansen Splash

NYC Times Square, Sally Hansen Splash

Why was it a pain in the butt? The clear base was thick and gloppy, the glitter hexes were far too sparse and this polish bubbled more than any I have ever used in my entire life. If you look closely, you can see them in the final result. It was difficult to manage, scraping the gloppy base off the brush while trying to maintain enough glitter to smush, not stroke, on my nail, in the right places. The glitter itself is adorable, and I would love the final result if it didn’t bubble so much, but as it is, this one isn’t worth your time. The NYC Times Square, however, if you can find that (usually about $2) you need it in your life. The pictures do not do it justice, and don’t capture the amazing way it manages to be both reddish pink and reddish orange at the same time. It dries quickly and wears well for a few days with your favouite top coat.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

 

NYC Top Coats, A Trio Reviewed

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC polishes (New York Color – In a New York Color Minute) have been one of my favourites for years, and I was sad to see my local retailers discontinue carrying them. They are still available, just not to me here so I order them online. Today I am presenting three of their topcoats – a regular one (Grand Central Station), a matte coat (Matte Me Crazy), and a sparkle coat (Big City Dazzle).

For the purposes of this post, I am keeping with the NYC nail polish theme and using a nice dark plum for fall, NYC Battery Park Purple. The flash washed it out a bit in this picture, but it does appear opaque to the eye in two fast drying coats. I also discovered this was a decent dupe for Revlon Bold Sangria in this post.

NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Battery Park Purple

Starting with the matte top coat, NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat 274 (0.33oz/9.7 ml), about $2 Canadian. I don’t have any other matte top coats to compare this to, and I’m not planning on purchasing another one as this seems to do the trick just fine! I find that this matte coat on top of regular polishes lasts longer on my nails than just a matte polish itself, which tends to chip within the first day. I haven’t yet tried the matte coat on top of a matte polish. Seems a bit redundant, but I think I will try some time to see if it helps make it last longer. I will update here with results should I try this. Shown below is one coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy over two coats NYC Battery Park Purple. Looks and feels satiny and soft.

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

Next up is NYC Big City Dazzle (0.33oz/9.7 ml), also about $2 Canadian, a sparkle top coat. The clear, fast drying base is full of mostly purpley fuchsia glitter, then a mattering of red, teal blue, gold and silver glitter is in there as well. It isn’t too flashy but it’s a little something extra. Shown here on my other paw, photo taken with the “wrong” hand so its not entirely as in focus as I would prefer but it’s a decent representation, again over two coats of NYC Battery Park Purple. I also used it in another purple look with an Essence polish here.

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

I painted the matte on one hand and the sparkle on the other intending just to have it on for the duration of this review writing, but wouldn’t you know it, I liked them both enough to just leave them on! Both were ok until day three when the chips started creeping in.

I have not included any pictures of the NYC clear top coat, Grand Central Station, swatched. It’s a clear coat, we all know what that looks like! Besides, if you would like to see it on, I have used it in just about any nail post I have ever done here, with the exclusion of the Nicole top coat that was awful. I use it with every manicure because it is that good. It’s cheap, it dries quickly, it’s shiny, and it keeps chips at bay an extra day or two. I also like the bottle and brush. I will buy NYC Grand Central Station clear coat until I can’t find it anymore, which might be sooner rather than later as I already have to find it online.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

Essie Sunday Funday NOTD Swatch & Review, Dotting Experiment!

Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday

Today’s nails of the day is Essie Sunday Funday! It’s a bright, pretty, orange leaning coral with a light amount of white shimmery flecks throughout. Perfect for a glisteny, juicy, summery look! It’s gorgeous, I have no idea how it stayed on the shelves long enough to make it to the discounter I found it at. It applied beautifully and drying time seemed pretty good! I wanted to try out my new dotting tool on top of this shade, and here is 2 coats swatched, no topcoat!

Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday

For the dotting, I used NYC Park Ave, Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue (stunning on it’s own as well, but stains) and of course that’s Sunday Funday on the far right.

NYC Park Ave, Nicole It's All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue, Essie Sunday Funday

NYC Park Ave, Nicole It’s All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue, Essie Sunday Funday

Final result close up on thumb. I also did my ring finger, I think more might have been overkill. I think I might need a more opaque white, or a bigger dotter as I had some issues making the white dot even but overall I do like the look! I’m really enjoying this little tool 🙂

More Dots!

More Dots!

Have a great weekend!

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!

Essence Oh My Glitter NOTD – With Extra Glitter!

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

For today’s nails of the day, I picked a fresh spring like medium lavender shade. It is a very blue leaning cool toned purple. Essence Oh My Glitter also has tiny blue and red micro glitter inside. The name made me think the glitter would show more prominently in the finished dry result, which was a nice, but not glittery. Essence Oh My Glitter covered well in 2 coats and did dry very quickly to a shiny, slightly rubbery feeling finish.

Essence Oh My Glitter

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Essence Oh My Glitter Swatch

Missing the glitter, I added a couple coats of NYC Color in a Minute Big City Dazzle which is full of purple, red, blue and silver glitter. Even with multiple coats it still dried pretty quickly! This looked even far more sparkly in person. Shiny!

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence Oh My Glitter, NYC Big City Dazzle

Essence polishes are made in France, the NYC is made in the US. Both of these are available in Canada for around $2!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Swatch, Review & Dupe Info!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Another post to continue documenting my ongoing passionate affection for purples and Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel, today’s nails of the day is Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry! This shade could easily be included in my theme posts of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid as well!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry is a bright, intense, sparkle free purple leaning fuchsia. The formula is like a cross between a jelly and a cream and applies smoothly and beautifully. If you had steady hands you could get away with 1 coat, but I need 2 to make it even. The brush is the wider, flatter type which i find suits my nails well. The swatches shown on nail are in shade, then sun and are the just Rich Raspberry alone, no base or top coat. Sorry about the rough cuticles, I’m healing up from a hangnail issue and have been doing some rough work around the house this weekend.

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

This shade is reputed to be a dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum. I don’t own that one  so I can’t compare side by side, however I did study several pictures, and it appears to my eye that Dim Sum Plum is just the slightest bit dustier, which brings me to the picture below…

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, NYC MOMA

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, NYC MOMA

NYC Color in a Minute in MOMA is also, to my eye, just the slightest bit dustier. Technically this would make the NYC MOMA a better dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum than the Revlon Rich Raspberry, but I still felt it was worth sharing. Another purple Revlon Colorstay/NYC nailpolish dupe I recently reviewed can be found here!

Other notable polishes this reminds me of include Our Fuchsia’s Looking Bright from Nicole for OPI (which is a bit pinker), OPI Florentine Fuchsia (which is a bit redder), OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries (unbelievably adorable name!) and OPI Kinky in Helsinki (same intensity, but with added beautiful shimmer).

And apparently because I can’t help myself, I ended up slapping a coat of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Essie As Gold As It Gets

 

Enjoy your week!