Lacy Feminine NOTD with Sally Hansen Mauve It and Sinful Colors Snow Me White!

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Dainty, delicate, soft, feminine and lacy isn’t really my thing. But today, here we have just that, in nail art form! I’ve used Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It as the base and Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the lacy overlay stamp. The stamp print I used is shown in the header, but it’s like photographing a mirror and might not be too easy to see.

First, a bit on Mauve It. Sally Hansen’s Insta Dry line has a thick formula and a wide paddle like brush which takes some getting used to, but overall I like it. Mauve It applies with a texture a little like house paint. Streaky with one coat, evens out nicely with two. It’s a warm, beige leaning pink with a bit of micro shimmer in it. This is a rare occurrence of a polish photographing better than it looks to the eye, as the micro shimmer doesn’t show on the nail, but flashes back in pictures. Weird. Anyway, some swatches in varied lighting.

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

And then some after I stamped a white lacy print over top. There was some slight smudging with the topcoat but its so pale I don’t really mind. End result is cute, feminine and delicate, which although not my favourite, I can handle from time to time ūüôā

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Formula X Alive, Swatch & Review NOTD!

Formula X Alive

Formula X Alive

Sephora’s had this shade, Formula X in Alive, on clearance for over a year, or longer. I got this ages ago for $6 and don’t regret it, and it’s still on for $6. It’s a beautiful, creamy peachy pink shade with decent coverage in 2 carefully applied coats, but I think I have 3 in the swatch picture. The peach looked nice against my NC20/25 skin, and wore really well even when my nails were longer. Nice for spring and summer. The cap cover comes off to reveal a ridged, easier to use brush handle.

Formula X Alive

Formula X Alive

And the swatch!

Formula X Alive

Formula X Alive

 

Enjoy the rest of your 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!

 

Coral with Gold & White Buttons NOTD!

Hi there! This weekend’s overly rushed manicure is with Essie Sunday Funday, Avon Glimmer, and mystery white polish! How are you guys? I need some sleep. My neighbours are night-owls with iron shoes.

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Enjoy your week!

March Minimalist NOTD!

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Hi! March is here and the days are beautiful here in the Vancouver area in the middle of the day lately, although early mornings and nights are still frozen. Makes it hard to get dressed for the weather in the morning! I have no place complaining knowing what the rest of Canada is like right now, hope you guys are ok over there!

I managed to find a small scrap of time to do my nails this week, and even more astoundingly, find a second scrap of time to post it! These are some very minimalist nails with Cover Girl Constant Candy and one single simple dot of  OPI Black Onyx. It was inspired by a black polka dot ribbon off a perfume bottle, modeled below for extra polka-dotty effect!

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Has spring or better weather hit any of you guys yet?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 Nail Enamel

Avon Gel Finish

Avon Gel Finish – Glimmer, Very Berry, Inked Up

Hi! I wanted to quickly share this Avon polish I tried recently! I didn’t have time to do full, shiny swatches for you but I did remember to take a picture of each one I hastily slapped on my nails on a busy work night! Simply put, this polish is pretty darn good. I’ve never worn gel polish, so I can’t make a direct comparison between that and this Avon one which claims to have “gel finish”. I will say that most polishes chip within a day, and is pretty unsightly within a couple of days. But not these ones! Each of the above shades stayed on my nails, with minimal chips, for a full work week. This is unheard of for me!

I picked up Glimmer, a beige gold with some micro flake glitter, Inked Up, a deep, dark inky navy blue creme without a spec of glitter, and Very Berry, a gorgeous perfect pinky purpley red. They applied smoothly, drying time was reasonable, wear time was fantastic and it even removed easily when I finally wanted to take it off. Below are some pictures taken quickly, first Very Berry (after a full day’s wear), then Inked Up, again after a day’s wear (covered in a gold flake top coat – sorry!) with Glimmer on the index finger.

Avon Gel Finish Very Berry

Avon Gel Finish Very Berry

Avon Gel Finish Inked Up, Glimmer

Avon Gel Finish Inked Up, Glimmer, gold flake top coat

I’m talking myself into getting more, this formula is great! If you’re into green shades, do yourself a favour and look up a swatch of the Avon Gel Finish in “Envy”, wow!

Enjoy your week!

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Swatch, Review & Look!

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Before I found this pretty palette, I thought Pacifica only made simple, but beautiful, perfumes and candles. I did a review on some of their lighter, summery scents not too long ago. When I saw this stunning collection of colours together in this palette, and knowing my success with other Pacifica products, I decided to snap it up considering both the sale price and the fact that Pacifica products¬†are incredibly difficult to find in my area. I checked reviews first, and there isn’t too many of them (seems it’s hard to find everywhere) but they were generally glowing, and I agree! From the box to the palette to the product itself, everything about this product is delightful.

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Close up of top flap

Above is a close up from the top, and below is a ¬†picture showing the pretty front, side and back of the beautiful box. The full name of this palette as shown on the box is Pacifica Natural Minerals Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette, coconut infused mineral eye shadows. The side says “velvety coconut infused natural mineral eyeshadows” and the back has a list of the shadows in the pan, each individually named, and a full ingredient listing, which does indeed contain coconut. Remember you can click the pictures to enlarge.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Box

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Box

A breakdown of the shades as listed on the back, according to Pacifica:

Skinny Dip: a matte nude base cover or lash liner. A universal highlighter.

My take: not matte. This is a satin finish peach leaning pale shell pink. I could see someone using it as a light powder base under a full shadow look, but I don’t understand why people do that. That just washes out the other shadows in my experience. As a lash liner, I couldn’t see that working, maybe a bit along the lower lash line? Not sure where they were going with that. This wouldn’t work as a “universal” highlighter, this would look odd and ashy as that on darker skin shades. Anyone medium or paler might like it as that though.

Coral Sand: a satin coral lid base or highlighter.

My take: satin finish, yes. Lid base, yes I might use this on the lid, lightly, otherwise it might look too orange on me. I can’t see this being good as a highlighter unless you resemble a pumpkin. The shade on its own is gorgeous however. Of any coppery shadows I have, I think this is the most wearable. This would make blue or green eyes look incredibly bright.

Golden: perfect gold with just the right amount of shimmer. Use on lids and/or for highlighting.

My take: strongly metallic orangey based gold. It is *really* warm. This is a bit too orange for me, the pictures make that stand out even more so. I still might wear it as a lid shade from time to time, perhaps sheered out by Skinny Dip for less impact. On its own as a lid shade, this would look stunning on tanned or darker skin shades, or as a night club or evening look. As a highlighter, I don’t know, maybe it if was applied very sheerly.

Urchin: iridescent jeweled purple with gold tones. Perfect for lining and crease.

My take: this isn’t iridescent in the sense that it colour shifts. It absolutely does have a bit of a metallic sheen to it and it is the most beautiful purple shadow I own by a wide margin. All of my purples lean blue, other than this one. This one leans red. I am always enamoured with the deep burgundyish purples, and of course they always make it look like I’ve been punched in the eye due to the red base. This one, however, has the perfect amount of red to seem rich and brown to keep it a bit more neutral. Urchin is¬†a¬†perfect alternative in an ocean of too red freshly bruised burgundy and too blue candy coated grape shadows.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening shadows have a lovely texture. Very soft and smooth, creamy to apply and blend. I fond the pigmentation to be wonderful as well. I haven’t done a full on endurance test of these shadows yet but judging by their application and texture they would wear as well as or better than a higher end drugstore shadow. I actually find they apply similarly to my Urban Decay shadows from the Naked 2 palette (which I find to be good but not at all worth the hype or cost), but not as well as my Wet n’ Wild shadows, say from Comfort Zone (which I intend to do a post on eventually) or Silent Treatment.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette  Swatches

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

I did a look with all four of these shadows but with the purple Urchin as the focus. I used Skinny Dip on the brow and in the inner corner, Coral Sand through the crease, Urchin all over the lid, and just a small amount of Golden in the inner tear duct area, which I think might have been too much but I really wanted to see what all four looked like together. The package claims that these shadows brighten the eyes and I would say they lived up to that claim.

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Palette on Eye

Something about these shadows used together reminds me of an exotic vacation! I’ve never had makeup give me that impression before. Classic, romantic, dramatic, basic, natural, sure, but never have I had makeup scream “VACATION!” like this one did. If you’re planning an exotic holiday, try this palette, you could easily do day and night looks with it! EDIT: Urchin is a perfect match for Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner in Eggplant!

Pacifica products are 100% Vegan, cruelty free, contain no phthalates , talc, parabens, or petroleum. ¬†A portion of proceeds of Pacifica products support clean water, although it does not go into detail as to how. These eyeshadows were made in the US and the palette is a huge 0.25oz or 7g. So that would be 1.75g per shadow pot. For comparison, a MAC eye shadow is smaller at 1.5g. A Wet n’ Wild single pan is slightly smaller at 1.7g. Single eye shadows within an Urban Decay Naked palette are only 1.3g. This Pacifica palette is an all around fantastic deal! If you can manage to find these anywhere, try them, you won’t be disappointed!

You are so pretty!

You are so pretty!

Enjoy your weekend!

Gold and Coral Nails with Essie polishes NOTD

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Today’s pretty NOTD uses two Essie nail polishes I like very much, ¬†and have shown before separately, Sunday Funday and As Gold As It Gets! I wanted a bright, summery look with a bit of shimmer and this is the result.

First 2-3 coats of Essie Sunday Funday, then a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets, which I am liking on top of everything these days. I have already done a separate review on Essie Sunday Funday here along with a test of my new nail dotter!

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

Essie Sunday Funday, As Gold As It Gets

This held up really well for a couple of days which is impressive for me.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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!

Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in 459 Charnelle Swatch & Review!

Dior Charnelle

Dior Charnelle

Good morning! As you might remember, I recently received a lovely gift from my friend over at Polly Fragrant which included a Dior 5 pan eye shadow from their Cherie Bow Edition called Rose Charmeuse (reviewed here with 3 experiment looks) and this pretty little nude lipstick balm called Charnelle.

Dior Charnelle, Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Charnelle, Dior Rose Charmeuse

The packaging is sturdy, attractive and classy. The tube is an elegant navy with silver trim with a modern line pattern cut in. The top of the lid has silver “CD” initials underneath a layer of transparent navy plastic. Fancy!

Dior Charnelle Cap

Dior Charnelle Cap

Dior markets this luxury lipstick line as a “Nude Lip Blush” balm. The finish is sheer, smooth and hydrating. I would describe it to be something between a lip butter and a gloss. It definitely doesn’t set like a lipstick would, it stays slick like a balm or gloss, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to slide around everywhere like the Givenchy I reviewed recently. This shade looks browner in the tube than it does on my lips. On my lips it’s more of a super subtle, sheer pinkish nude. A lovely “my lips but better” shade. By far my best nude shade. Perfect for a hydrating daytime subtle lip look. Great for interviews/workplace, would also be perfect with a strong smoky eye. Shiny, no shimmer. Swatches below!

Dior Charnelle Swatch

Dior Charnelle Swatch

Dior Charnelle on lips

Dior Charnelle on lips

 

Worth mentioning, this lippie does have a fragrance and taste. It’s something like a sweetened powdery rose. It’s the kind of thing you would immediately associate with a higher end lipstick. I don’t mind it, in fact I actually like it, but if you are very sensitive to fragrance it’s worth keeping in mind.

I will enjoy using this lipstick til it’s gone but I can’t see myself ever shelling out that much for a lipstick!

Post script! Usually my French is pretty good (side effect of being Canadian) but I didn’t know what “Charnelle” meant… and apparently it’s “Carnal”. Suddenly this innocent little lipstick balm isn’t so chaste!

Dior Charnelle

Dior Charnelle

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