Blue & Silver Butterfly/Floral NOTD!

Supplies!

Supplies!

I wanted something bright, and I wanted to use a super cute new butterfly/floral stamping plate that came in the mail. This is what I came up with! Unfortunately, the finer details of the butterfly portion didn’t show up no matter what polish I used, but the results were still ok. I used Love & Beauty (Forever 21) in Marina, Sally Hansen Celeb City, and Sinful Colors Snow Me White along with the stamp plate and nail dotter for a bit of extra detail.

Shown after a day’s wear.

Blue & Silver Butterfly NOTD

Blue & Silver Butterfly NOTD

And the other paw.

Blue & Silver Butterfly NOTD

Blue & Silver Butterfly NOTD

Have a great weekend!

Space Matter NOTD – Love & Beauty!

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Today’s NOTD is so far up my alley that it’s set up a lawn chair, cracked a beer, and has made itself comfy for a good, long stay. Space Matter is from Love & Beauty, Forever 21’s cosmetic line. And it is fantastic! Neutral but shiny with sparkles, edgy yet subtly so, this became an instant favourite.

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Space Matter Love & Beauty

 

Space Matter is a medium/dark grey with silver sparkles. The bottle has a large, square/cube lid and a large, but not flat, brush which made application a little trickier for me but not impossible. The formula dries quickly and was fine in two coats but three was better. I liked it both with and without a topcoat. Interested in seeing what this looks like with a matte topcoat in the future. Shown without, then with a topcoat.

 

Space Matter no topcoat

Space Matter no topcoat

Space Matter with topcoat

Space Matter with topcoat

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

 

Can’t wait to see how this brand wears. The pics above in sunlight are after a day’s wear. Best of all, it’s cheap too! I never thought I’d ever buy anything from Forever 21, let alone love it! I have a purple shimmery one coming up to share as well.

How’s everyone’s week? Survive April Fool’s Day?

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!

Studded Black Leather NOTD Nail Dotter Experiments!

L'Oreal She's So Matte, Sally Hansen Celeb City

L’Oreal She’s So Matte, Sally Hansen Celeb City

Something different for today’s NOTD! I used L’Oreal She’s So Matte and Sally Hansen Celeb City for this look. L’Oreal She’s So Matte is a flat black polish that is pretty opaque in one coat but I used two for this NOTD. I really like the effect, but unfortunately it chips very quickly (like most matte polishes) which might have something to do with not being able to use a topcoat, so I don’t use it very often. I’m not able to find this on their website anymore, so it was probably a limited edition. Sally Hansen Celeb City is a shimmery sparkly silver that has been around for years and is still in production.

First two coats of L’Oreal She’s So Matte, which dried very quickly as mattes generally do. I then used the smaller side of my new nail dotter to add metallic “studs” all around the edges with Sally Hansen Celeb City. With the matte black, it sort of had a look of studded black leather!

L'Oreal She's So Matte Base, Sally Hansen Celeb City Dots

L’Oreal She’s So Matte Base, Sally Hansen Celeb City Dots

L'Oreal She's So Matte Base, Sally Hansen Celeb City Dots

L’Oreal She’s So Matte Base, Sally Hansen Celeb City Dots

I enjoyed the interesting leathery look for a while, and decided I wanted to see what it looked like shiny before it started to chip. I added a quick coat of NYC Grand Central Station clear coat (which is fantastic by the way). Now I can’t decide if I like it better shiny or matte!

L'Oreal She's So Matte Base, Sally Hansen Celeb City Dots, NYC Topcoat

L’Oreal She’s So Matte Base, Sally Hansen Celeb City Dots, NYC Topcoat

And because why not, I did the inverse on the other hand. It was harder to paint and photograph with the “wrong” hand but I thought it was still interesting enough to share!

L'Oreal She's So Matte Dots, Sally Hansen Celeb City Base

L’Oreal She’s So Matte Dots, Sally Hansen Celeb City Base

 

This was a fun and easy nail project. 🙂 Like any the best?

Have a good week!

LA Colors Cobalt NOTD Swatch & Review!

LA Colors Cobalt

LA Colors Cobalt

I love blue nail polish (as you might be able to tell by so, so many blue swatches presented on my blog). I especially like it on toes. There was an extended time in my teens where I wore nothing but various shades of blue on my toes at all times! I found this pretty blue shade at the local bargain shop for less than $2.

LA Colors Cobalt is mostly aptly named, but it does lean turquoise in certain lights. It’s full of matching  blue and silver micro glitter, and needs two to three coats. Some swatches in various lighting!

 

LA Colors Cobalt

LA Colors Cobalt Swatch

LA Colors Cobalt Swatch

LA Colors Cobalt Swatch

LA Colors Cobalt Swatch

LA Colors Cobalt Swatch

This bargain polish lasted on my nails for 3 days and was still going strong when I took it off as I wanted a change. There was only minor tip wear. Amazing. Next time I’m in the area I think I will grab a few more, as this formula out performs polishes I have that cost more than five times as much! This shade is what I was hoping Nicole by OPI Sky’s the Limit would be.

Have a great day!

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!

A Heavenly NOTD with Revlon Celestial FX and Sally Hansen Blazing Blue, Swatch & Review!

Celestial_FX_Blazing_BlueI so far have been unsuccessful in my hunt for a suitable dupe for Essie Starry Starry Night but it gives me the perfect excuse to try out NOTD like this one to fill the void! I’ve used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Blazing Blue (sadly discontinued) and a new one from Revlon, Celestial FX.

Sally Hansen Blazing Blue is a deep blue with blue shimmer. No outright glitter. I remember my mother giving this to me years ago questioning that I would ever actually wear it, and still now it’s one of the most beautiful blue shades I own! Pity it’s discontinued. Has a nice wide flat brush and smooth, even formula. Two layers of this first.

Sally Hansen Blazing Blue

Sally Hansen Blazing Blue

And now on to Revlon Top Speed Celestial FX. It is a clear coat filled with silver glitter shapes: crescent moons, stars, diamonds. There is also a lot of silvery holographic micro glitter. I’ve read some negative reviews on this new product. Complaints are that it is gloppy and the large shape glitters are hard to apply. I didn’t really have a huge amount of trouble with this. I applied a coat as I would a normal polish, then dabbed on whatever glitter shapes I had on the brush onto the nail. I occasionally dipped back into the bottle to pick up more, but I didn’t find it especially difficult. It does take the slightest bit more skill than a perfectly formulated creme but come on, it’s not going to apply itself. Even if you did glop on the shapes one by one, this is a clear, fast drying top coat folks. Just sit still for a minute and it will dry just fine. I did have a small issue with the edges of the larger shapes sticking up off the nail a little which I easily circumvented by just applying another layer. Here it is applied!

Revlon Top Speed Celestial FX 902

Revlon Top Speed Celestial FX 902

Even if I did have a huge amount of trouble with the large shape glitter, I’d wear this as a more subtle holographic glitter look alone without the shapes. In fact, I think I’ll try that next! As it is, the celestial  shapes aren’t necessarily for every day, and perhaps a bit juvenile, but they were still fun to play with, and I do like this more than I thought I would!

Celestial_FX_Blazing_Blue_Swatch1

Heavy Metal Glitter NOTD!

OPI_Black_Onyx_LA_Colors_Sparkling_DiamondsI’ve had a really weird week. I wanted something shiny, but dark and dramatic to pick me up and decided this simple duo would do the trick! For this look I used OPI Black Onyx (had this for probably 7 years and it’s still good) and a $2 bottle of LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds.

First up, one quick coat of OPI Black Onyx!

OPI Black Onyx Swatch

OPI Black Onyx Swatch

Then 2-3 coats of LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds!

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

I love this. It’s so simple but so effective, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It’s far more sparkly in person, it’s amazing. For $2 I’m going to have to get some backups of that sparkly coat. I’d like to try it over a silver for a full on mirrored/chrome look. I can’t decide what else I’d like to try it over! Maybe everything?!

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

 

Have a great weekend!

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!

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges NOTD Swatch & Review!

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

As promised on my related post with L’Oreal Too Dimensional, here’s the swatches for it’s black counterpart, Rough Around the Edges 139. These polishes are of L’Oreal’s Gold Dust line of textured polishes. They have a slightly gritty, super fine sandpaper feel to them which also forces them to look matte. And I LOVE them, far more than I thought I would.

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges is a billion silver micro glitter in a black base. It goes on opaque in 2 coats but I used 3 for these swatch photos. The effect makes me think of what might happen if you dipped freshly painted still wet black nails into super finely ground up diamonds. From a far distance, nails look to be a shiny very dark grey, closer you can see the glitter, and in the sun it’s stunning. The photos do not do it justice. It is a really different, modern, edgy look.

The first couple of pictures I took while it was still a bit wet.

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

Loreal_rough_around_the_edges_139_swatch+wet1

 

And a few when completely dry, looking more rough and matte.

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

Loreal_rough_around_the_edges_139_swatch_bright

I eventually caved and put a topcoat on my ring finger as shown below, and I still liked it just as much!

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges with topcoat on ring finger

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges with topcoat on ring finger

When you wash your hands the greyish cast turns back to black for a while, the little gritty bumps hold that much moisture. I thought it was worth mentioning. I only have the 2 rough texture polishes, this and the L’Oreal Too Dimensional so these are pretty unique and original to me, although the textured nails polishes have been around for a while. Rough Around the Edges appears to be a pretty good dupe for Zoya Dahlia and OPI A-nise Treat which have both been around longer, but you can probably find the L’Oreal for cheaper if this is a look you’re interested in! I’m really glad I found this (by accident even) as it’s my new favourite!

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

Have a great weekend!

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