Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold NOTD!

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Pushing autumn a little bit with this one, but I love darker reddish shades no matter what time of year. Today’s stamping experiment is with Sally Hansen Go For Gold atop Essie Shearling Darling.

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Shearling Darling applied nicely, and I like it a bit more than Essie Carry On which is a pretty close counterpart (but not a dupe.) I like using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for stamping, however one caveat with Go For Gold – when you apply a top coat – or at least when I apply my HG top coat NYC Grand Central – it fades the gold considerably. So to get around this, as I still like the effect of the gold, is to put it over top the top coat. Not ideal, but it’s an ok workaround.  Go For Gold is a paler gold, it even looks like it’s got some silver shimmer to it. Shearling Darling is a brown leaning autumnal burgundy. I used a floral stamp print, I think they might be poppies.

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

Essie Shearling Darling, Sally Hansen Go For Gold

 

I’d like to try this or a similar combination again soon with one of the leaf/leaves stamp plates I have, think it would be nice for fall.

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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!

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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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!

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!

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!

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!!

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!

 

LA Colors Transformer NOTD Swatch & Review!

LA Colors Transformer

LA Colors Transformer

Why does it seem so difficult to find the perfect burgundy or wine coloured nail polish? It’s a matter of finding, for my skin tone, the perfect blend of red, purple, brown and depth of colour. Just about everything I find is either too red, too purple, or too brown. As LA Colors has a proven track record of not disappointing me, I thought I would give this shade, Transformer, a go. They are so cheap that even if it wasn’t right for me, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I wasn’t disappointed!

LA Colors Transformer Label

LA Colors Transformer Label

LA Colors Transformer is a gorgeous deep red/wine shade in a jelly formula. It builds perfectly, and is opaque enough at two coats, but I used three for the swatches to make sure I captured as much of the depth of shade as possible. with three coats and a top coat, I had only minor chips and tip wear going into the fourth day where it was time for a change, so performance is more than satisfactory!

I had some troubles getting these swatches to show at their true deep cherry shade. My camera tends to make reds brighter and more orange if I’m not careful, especially with flash. I think most of these pictures are without flash. Keep in mind these are a smidge darker and more wine like in person. It also seems to go on darker than the bottle colour, which I am perfectly ok with!

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

LA Colors Transformer Swatch

I can find LA Colors for a dollar or two, and the wear is fantastic. The shade is almost perfect, it’s blue enough based to look fine against my skin. My only issue with this polish is that it’s hard to photograph properly, which of course won’t stop me from wearing it! I will still hunt for the perfect burgundy. If you like deep cool tones reds and wine shades, definitely pick this one up!

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