Halloween Nails!

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Happy Halloween! This years Halloween nails will be stamped, as I found a cute plate with some spooooooky images. I used Wet n’ Wild Black Creme, Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Sally Hansen Hot Tamale as it’s the closest thing I have to a true orange. Stamping plate was found on ebay.

The left paw from thumb to pinky: Trick or Treat with bat, furry spider, jack-o-lantern, cutest ghosts ever, and my favourite, a haunted house!

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails

The right paw from thumb to pinky (a little sloppier): spider web, witch on a broom, jack-o-lantern, bats, spooky spider!

Halloween Nails!

Halloween Nails!

Some Halloween Wine for the occasion!

Take it to the Grave!

Take it to the Grave!

 

And ending the post with a little topical dark humour!

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OPI The Glittering Night Swatches

OPI The Glittering Night

OPI The Glittering Night

I found this little surprise at the Dollarama. $3! Dark, glittery, all the way up my alley. A quick search online shows me that this is a dupe/rename for the Nicki Minaj OPI shade Metallic 4 Life. I like it either way. The Glittering Night is a heaping ton of multi-sized silver glitter in a black jelly base. Not completely unique, but not a bad find for $3 either! I wasn’t satisfied just swatching it on it’s own, so here it is over a few different shades.

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From thumb to pinky: one coat OPI TGN over black, one coat over purple, one coat over blue, 2 coats OPI TGN alone, and one coat over a dark red. I don’t see myself having the patience to layer it 3-4 times and then removing that much glitter polish. I like the effect over a coat of black, and the dark red. Or maybe I’d use this over a peel off base coat. It also reminds me of a more subtle version of this nail look I did a few summers ago.

 

Enjoy your day!

Black & Gold Nail Art/Stamp NOTD!

Sinful Colors Black on Black, Sally Hansen Go For Gold, stamping plate.

Sinful Colors Black on Black, Sally Hansen Go For Gold, stamping plate.

Today’s dramatic nail art is with Sinful Colors Black on Black, and Sally Hansen Go For Gold. I used 2 coats Black on Black over a base coat, then applied top coat. I’ve learned that you can’t apply a top coat over a Go For Gold stamp, as it fades the lovely metallic foil. Stamping it right on top of the top coat still works well! I really liked the design of this stamp. I tried to center it, but it disagreed with me. I still like how it turned out!

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The plate was dirt cheap from ebay, has code TU-042 on the bottom.

Have a nice week!

 

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!

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.

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Louboutin Nails

Louboutin Nails

Louboutin Nails

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Louboutin Nails

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!!

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!

ELF Products Only! Pale Smoky Purple Eye Look Using Only ELF Cosmetics & Tools!

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

ELF Cosmetics & Tools

I was planning on doing a simple swatch and review of this purple ELF cosmetics eyeshadow set, labeled only as “Smoky”. It then occured to me that I had enough ELF products that I would be able to do a complete eye look using ELF only products, tools and brushed included! I didn’t use everything shown above but thought I should include them in the picture just in case I did. Included in the picture above: a six pan eyeshadow set called Smoky, a liquid liner in Plum, a black mascara, an eyelash curler, two pencil liners, one in Black and one in Plum, two eyeshadow brushes, a small concealer brush I usually use for liner, a pencil sharpener that was included with the eyeliner and an eyeliner brush, all ELF products.

Swatched below are the eye liners, the pencil ones first in Plum then Black. The black didn’t stick to my waterline as I had hoped, the formula just isn’t gel like enough for that, but they still apply well to skin, and I ended up using the Plum pencil under my eye in the finished look. The Liquid liner is on the bottom, also named Plum. I quite like the liquid liner, I did a full review on the one in black, and I love it (had to buy backups, and I’m glad I did as it’s gone now!)

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

ELF Eye Liners in Plum and Black

And below I have swatched the six pan palette in Smoky. Pigmentation was ok in most of them, nothing outstanding but definitely good enough to be workable for a casual look. The purple and black ones were drier than the rest, with the purple being the only really matte one in the pan. It applied better than the black. All contained sparkle in one way or another. From top to bottom we have a very frosty sheer white, a pinky lavender, the matte purple (which had sparkle in its overspray but not underneath that), a silvery, slightly lilac taupe, and impressively pigmented shimmery charcoal grey, and a not particularly well pigmented matte black with loose sparkles in the matte base. I didn’t end up using the grey or black in this lighter smoky look today.

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

ELF Smoky Eye Shadow 6 Pan Palette Swatches

The eyeshadows did blend just fine, and seemed to lose the heavy glitter as i blended along, which is fine with me. I did a look using the matte purple on lid, pinky lavender in crease, the taupe on inner half of lid, and the tiniest bit of the frost white in my inner corner. Although it looks black in the picture, I did use the liquid liner in Plum on my upper lid, and the pencil liner in Plum on the lower.

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ELF Smoky Eye Shadow on eye

You can’t see the mascara very well at this angle, but I am satisfied with it’s performance. It built reasonably well in 2 coats and dried to a very soft and flexible finish. Due to this flexibility however, it didn’t hold a curl well. If you were in desperate need of mascara and only had a buck, this would do the job in a pinch. It did start to flake on me, but this might be my fault as I was continuously poking at it, being impressed with it’s flexibility.

Overall, if you don’t have particularly high performance demands, pigment wise, out of your makeup, or if you don’t like using your expensive stuff when you are only going to be out a couple hours for errands or something, I would recommend these ELF products (the eyeliner especially, which is a daily use product for me!)

Have any favourite ELF products?

Cover Girl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Review!

Cover Girl Clump Crusher

Cover Girl Clump Crusher

I’m a couple years behind everyone in trying this out. As I tend to not love the overwhelmingly popular products as much as others, I was really reluctant. Maybe I’m too particular. Were my instincts right? Let’s find out. The shade I received this in is “Black”.

The package boasts that the product will deliver 200% more volume and ZERO (all caps emphasis theirs, not mine) *vs bare lashes. I’m not sure how that’s quantifiable but I was still interested in the results. The brush is flat on one side and slightly curved on the other, which Cover Girl describes as the “lash loading” section, intended to saturate your lashes with product. The spikey plastic brush bristles are then intended to comb it out. Click pics to enlarge.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Package Back

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Package Back

On to my experience with this product. Now I haven’t had a huge amount of trouble with mascara clumping. I am no mascara newbie. I’ve been using certain products for a long time that I really like, and if I apply enough were clumping might occur, I comb it out using a clean old mascara wand reserved for that purpose. Does the trick for any formula. I was interested in this product as the idea of skipping the combing out step was intriguing, and people seemed to really like this.

The formula is a drier one, which is generally my preference. Has a slight waxy, plasticy scent. I applied this as I would any other mascara, by brushing it on and going over it a few times to my liking. The first thing I noticed was the brush was irritating. I like to wiggle the brush in at the roots to deliver colour and volume, but the really pointy bristles poked my inner eyelid/waterline and although it was not outright painful, it was annoying enough to turn me off the product altogether. The next thing I noticed was clumps! I tried combing through it more with the brush, without dipping it back in for more product, to see if I could work them out. It wasn’t horrible, but there were definitely clumps. Below is a pic of one coat of my application as described above. Also used in this photo are the Hard Candy eyeshadow crayons from yesterday’s post.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher One Coat

Cover Girl Clump Crusher One Coat

The formula seemed to be ok at lengthening/thickening. The picture doesn’t capture the full length I achieved with this product, my eyes are very deep set and it’s a tough shot to take. Nothing rave worthy, but effective enough. I let it dry before putting on another coat. The black colour looked like a deep, matte, plush black indoors, but in direct sunlight it was washed out and looked a bit charcoaly grey, which might be a deal breaker for some. It was still somewhat flexible when dry, which was nice. I decided it was time to try a second coat. The first thing I noticed this time was that the little plastic bristles did *not* want to comb through the already dried product. It felt stiff and uncomfortable. I tried working with it for a few minutes, and below is a picture of the second coat.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Two Coats

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Two Coats

CLUMPS. Not terrible, and a bit spidery, but for a product that claims ZERO in all caps clumps on the package I was expecting a better performance than this! Now being fair, it did comb out well in other tests (as every other mascara does) with my old clean mascara wand technique, but I felt this shouldn’t be a necessary step for a mascara named Clump Crusher.

This will not replace my usual repertoire of  mascaras (my beloved discontinued in Canada Maybelline Full n Soft and the similar L’Oreal Voluminous, both waterproof, even Cover Girls own Professional mascara that I have been using in Brown, waterproof for well over 20 years!). I might use it just to slap something on quickly for a quick run to the store or something, as it did seem ok with just one coat. If you are the type that likes more than one coat like myself, I’d recommend not letting it dry in between layers as you won’t be able to get that spikey fork for a brush through it otherwise.

My instincts of avoiding those plastic brushes was bang on. They just do not work for me. I remember going through this same thing when Cover Girl LashExact and it’s plastic brush came out. My friends raved and I just knew I would hate it. And I did, it was awful in every way for me. Never again, no more plastic brushes. Different things work for different people! I like bushier, soft brushes.

Full disclosure: This product came to me in a P&G BrandSampler box I ordered a couple of months ago. These used to be free, but now they are apparently being offered, “free”, with a shipping charge of $6. As I wanted to try everything in the sampler pack, I paid the $6. After the quoted 2-6 weeks passed without my package arriving, I requested a refund. I was told to just keep the sampler if it finally arrives. Well, it finally arrived a few weeks later. So although I ultimately did receive this product free for testing, neither P&G nor I intended it to be that way. I believe this retails for about $8-10 Can.

Anyone tried this? Have better/worse results than me? Any tips to get this to work as advertised?

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!

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