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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Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Showtime – Endurance Test!

Revlon Showtime!

Revlon Showtime!

Of the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy line that is currently available, only one shade (other than Queen of Hearts) caught my eye, and it was the blueish, purpleish flaky glitter containing Showtime! I actually got the top coat intended to use with this line as it was all on sale, and I really wanted to see how it held up, being a long time fan of Revlon nail products.

Revlon Showtime, Gel Envy Top Coat

Revlon Showtime, Gel Envy Top Coat

Here are some swatches in various lighting. I did use 2 coats of the top coat as I found the flaky glitter did leave just the slightest bit of texture, which although interesting, wasn’t what I was going for this time around. I’ve heard mixed info about this product requiring a bit of UV to completely set (just from daylight, not from a lamp.) I didn’t go out of my way to bake them in sunlight, just a few brief minutes while taking pictures, and it seemed to set up well. Swatches!

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Indoors

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Sunlight

Revlon Showtime Swatch, Sunlight

And on to the wear test! I am not exactly easy on my hands, and the photos taken from this week would include time working in a shipping warehouse packing orders, and in an office shuffling a thousand papers. This first picture is at the end of day 3.

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Nothing but minor tip wear. Wow. This is already a solid passing grade to me. Very impressed.  Now this week was pretty busy, and I didn’t manage to remember to take photos again until I was ready to take it off, after a full week. Here is what it looks like after an entire 7 days wear!

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So more pronounced tip wear and minor chipping, and one pronounced chip at the top of the middle finger, which is an unusual place for me to chip so I guess it got caught on something. The thumb nail doesn’t even have ANY visible tip wear! Pretty amazing 🙂

Final verdict – if this line has a shade you really like, get it. Get the top coat too. I waited for a great sale to grab mine, but with performance like this, I’d understand if ya didn’t! Will get more to add to the collection of I find another interesting shade. I should also do a wear test for Queen of Hearts now that I have the top coat!

Enjoy your weekend! Happy daylight savings!

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?

NYC West Village & Nicole Imagine If NOTD!

NYC West Village, Nicole Imagine If

NYC West Village, Nicole Imagine If

Continuing my ongoing mission seeking a suitable Essie Starry Starry Nights replacement, I present to you another blue and sparkly NOTD! Today I’m using NYC West Village and Nicole by OPI Imagine If. NYC Color in a New York Minute is a great line of polishes, and I’m sad that they have discontinued a lot of my favourites, but I think this one is still in production. EDIT: Nope, it’s gorgeous, so obviously it’s discontinued. It’s too sheer, terrible East Village counterpart is still in production however.  >.<

NYC West Village is a deep, inky blue with a bit of a flash of purple sparkle. It has a lovely intensity and is perfect at 2 coats, and dries very quickly! If this was still sold in my area, I’d buy a backup, but my local store sadly stopped carrying the whole NYC line. Shown below is 2 quick coats, no top coat (yet!) You can see the tiny bit of purple sparkle in this pic.

NYC West Village

NYC West Village

On top of this already pretty polish, I have added a coat of Nicole by OPI Imagine If, a sparkly top coat that looks silvery in the bottle but is actually tiny multi-coloured micro glitter! Some more pictures!

NYC West Village, Nicole Imagine If

NYC West Village, Nicole Imagine If

NYC West Village, Nicole Imagine If

NYC West Village, Nicole Imagine If

I really liked how this turned out. I liked it so much, I did the same look to my toes! My best dark blue/sparkle combo so far, I think!

 Enjoy your weekend!

Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam

Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam

Hi! I realized I had used this polish for a few experiments with my nail dotter but never bothered trying it on alone. So, today’s NOTD is Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam.

This NOPI shade is a creamy off white. It is full of a nice amount of white and green-blue micro glitter which makes sure the finish isn’t flat. I liked how it provided the bright crispness of white without being glaring like a flat white might look, like what your standard french manicure tip polish might look like. Unfortunately, it took 4 coats to get it to the full opacity shown in the swatches below, but at least it didn’t seem to take too long to dry. If you are more talented and have steadier hands than myself, you could probably get away with 3 coats. Here’s a couple pictures in different light.

Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam

Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam

Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam

Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam

I’d imagine this looking particularly good with a tan (I can’t/won’t tan, oh well) or may as an accent nail with the rest of the hand being a bright coral or maybe a turquoise. Although this could be such a summery colour, on the nail it reminds me of snow drifts with a fine thin layer of frost on top, making it sparkle in the sun. Not many shades can evoke equal parts summer and winter like that!

Nicole by OPI It's All About the Glam

Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam

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!

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Rimmel Violet Metal NOTD!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

I wasn’t planning on doing a NOTD today, but when I got home this afternoon I saw a comment on my recent post on a new textured nail polish I tried from L’Oreal called Too Dimensional. The comment was from eleobel regarding a polish she had once used (Catrice Berry Potter and Plumbledore), and as I had never heard of it before, I looked it up. It immediately reminded me of this one from Rimmel, and old favourite! I was inspired! 🙂

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Violet Metal is one I’ve had for a while. It’s a red based purple with tons of blue micro glitter throughout that flashes in certain lights. The combination gives the shade a kind of luminescent glow, it’s a pretty unique effect. I only have a handful of polishes from this line but I really like the formula and wider brush. I had a hard time photographing it as I was in a rush to take the pics while the sun was going down but I did my best in the time I had!

Two coats!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

 

Three coats and a topcoat!

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

Rimmel Violet Metal

I think you can see the purple/blue the best in the top picture when it was brightest while I was chasing the sun. Try it if you get the chance, it’s lovely!

Have a good week!

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

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

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

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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!

L’Oreal Too Dimensional Swatch & Review NOTD!

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

L’Oreal Too Dimensional

When I found these polishes I had no idea they were from a limited textured polish line! There was no signage at the display, no markings on the bottle to tell me as much. I was drawn in as the store I was at had all L’Oreal polishes on sale for about 50% off, maybe I was blinded by that! I grabbed this one, L’Oreal Too Dimensional, and another, L’Oreal Rough Around The Edges which will be watched and reviewed another day, on the merit of looking cool and interesting in the bottles alone. As luck would have it I got something far more interesing than I anticipated!

L’Oreal Too Dimensional 136, I discovered, is from their Colour Riche Gold Dust 3D Texture nail colour line. This is my first of any of these types although they have been around for a while. Too Dimensional is a medium denim like blue base full –  really loaded – with gold micro glitter and medium hexagonal glitter. It dries quickly to a slightly rough to touch (but not enough to, say, snag your pantyhose) somewhat matte yet glittery finish. I don’t have anything like this and liked the effect right away! You aren’t supposed to use a top coat with these so that you get the full intended effect, but I’m sure it would look just as nice shiny! I couldn’t bring myself to add a top coat for pictures today, I was really enjoying the matte, roughish edgy texture too much. Perhaps I will make them shiny for a future NOTD.

L'Oreal Too Dimensional

L’Oreal Too Dimensional

This shade needs 2 coats for it’s full effect, however if you are having some kind of “I need sparkly blue nails absolutely RIGHT NOW!” emergency, you can get away with one coat and be out the door in seconds as it does seem to dry very quickly. This could just be the rough texture fooling me though! Here it is at one coat, looking a little more lavender.

L'Oreal Too Dimensional One Coat

L’Oreal Too Dimensional One Coat

And here it is with two coats in the sun. It looks a bit brighter blue in the photos, in person it is a slightly more muted greyer blue.

L'Oreal Too Dimensional Swatch

L’Oreal Too Dimensional Swatch

L'Oreal Too Dimensional Swatch

L’Oreal Too Dimensional Swatch

Here’s an unfocused photo so you can see more of that amazing golden glitter!

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And some with bottle photos indoors. That gold glitter is amazing! I really like this one, so glad I found it, even if by accident!

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Loreal_Too_Dimiensional_Swatch

 

Have a great week!

Robin’s Egg Manicure Spring NOTD with Sally Hansen Bold Gold

Sally Hansen Bold Gold, Mineral Aqua

Sally Hansen Bold Gold, Mineral Aqua

Today’s NOTD is a cute spring like Robin’s Egg inspired look using Sally Hansen Bold Gold and an almost tiffany blue polish from Reitmans, a clothing store here, called Mineral Aqua. I don’t think the Reitmans polish is part of any sort of permanent line, seems more of an impulse at the cash item or sold as an accessory to round out your outfit purchase. It’s a shame I don’t see them more often as the formula is pretty good, very opaque and smooth and I love the colour. Long drying time however. Sally Hansen Bold Gold is a top coat with large and medium hexagonal glitter in black and gold, tiny black and gold micro glitter, and some black bar type glitter all in a clear base.

First I applied 2 thin coats of the Reitmans Mineral Aqua! Smooth and pretty by itself, but did take a longer time to dry.

Reitmans Mineral Aqua

Reitmans Mineral Aqua

Reitmans Mineral Aqua

Reitmans Mineral Aqua

Then 2 coats of Sally Hansen Bold Gold. This top coat is unusual in that it was gummy and took forever to dry. It might have been a side effect of the long dry time of the polish underneath, and I will try this one again over another formula I know will dry quickly. I like the gold and black sparkles enough to tolerate a slightly longer dry time but not enough to endure hours and hours of gummy nails, so I really hope it performs better on top of a different formula. I picked this one up as it reminded me of a glitzier version of Revlon Rebel Graffiti which I really liked.

Sally Hansen Bold Gold

Sally Hansen Bold Gold

Sally Hansen Bold Gold

Sally Hansen Bold Gold

Sally Hansen Bold Gold

Sally Hansen Bold Gold

This was fun! Have a nice weekend!

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