Blue Ombre Nails, Gold Stamp NOTD

Hi! I wanted to do something with a cool, refreshing feel. Today’s nails is a blue ombre (some call it gradient) mani with a gold stamp. From darkest to lightest I used Avon Gel Finish Inked Up, OPI Give Me Space, Love & Beauty Blue Print, Sinful COlors Sail La Vie,CND Vinylux Creekside and Sinful Colors Gold Medal for stamping.

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And after! I like it!

Blue Ombre Nails Stamped

Enjoy your weekend! It’s a hot one here today.

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Autumn Leaves – A Neutral NOTD!

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Hi! Today’s rushed NOTD I went with a neutral palette of beige and bronze for some leaf stamp art. I used Sally Hansen Bare It All, Essie Summit of Style and Avon Glimmer. I had some trouble with Bare It All. The brush held on to a lot of product and the formula was thin, making application a bit tricky. Good thing it’s a forgiving nude. I also had some trouble capturing the leaf stamps in a photograph due to the pale tones. I’d wait for sun for a better shot, but there’s none in the forecast so these will have to do! Overall it’s a bit too subdued for my taste even with the glitter. I’ll mix it up with the occasional neutral like this but I love my darks and brights! Some pics in crappy lighting because that’s all we get here in Vancouver now! On the upside (?) I guess I’ve accidentally found my mannequin hands nude!

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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!

 

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.

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.

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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!

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!

Teal & Gold NOTD

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Finding myself with a bit of much needed quiet time, I decided to do a NOTD! I’ve missed them. Today’s nails have a tealy aqua-blue base with some gold dots. I used Reitman’s Aqua Mineral for the base and Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 nail enamel for the dots. And of course my favourite NYC fast drying top coat.

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I liked the results, super simple, easy and cute.

Hope you’re all doing well!

Avon Gel Finish 7 in 1 Nail Enamel

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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!

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Not too long ago I found this polish in a set of 3 offered by Nicole as a package deal. It included Sea-ing Is Believing, a perky multi-coloured sparkle coat and a top coat which I panned, viciously, in this post. NOPI Sea-ing Is Believing is a tealy blue-green that reminds me of the ocean, and is laced with a fine golden green metallic shimmer throughout. I was worried this super fine shimmer would contribute to visible brush strokes on the nail, but it actually turned out better than anticipated. The shimmer looks better in the bottle, and I find it doesn’t translate to the finished look as much as I would have liked although it is still a pretty shade. I would consider it to be more of a metallic frost rather than a duochrome.

Two coats, which applied perfectly, with NYC top coat in various lighting!

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Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Nicole by OPI Sea-ing Is Believing

Something else interesting about this shade; it is an exact, not the slightest bit different, bang on dupe for NOPI’s Candid Cameron from the Modern Family line. So similar, in fact, that I assume that they just repackaged it for the 3 set it came in. I can only speculate as to why they did this, but if you missed and wanted Candid Cameron, try looking for this one, as it’s a perfect dupe!

 

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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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!

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