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.

Shot showing before stamp.

Blue Ombre Nails

And after! I like it!

Blue Ombre Nails Stamped

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

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

So I don’t get Ipsy. I never found it to be worth the while. But my friend at work *does* get Ipsy. Last weekend, I got a super serious text from her telling me, “we have to have a chat in the morning,” and it was about this nail polish.

She wasn’t sure about it. And I can see why.

She gave it to me to test. Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte is a murky, muddy, coffeeish bleak brown. In the bottle, there appears to be a slightly creamy swirl of… something. It’s not glitter. It won’t mix in with shaking. Your guess is as good as mine. It reminds me a lot of when the brownish greige grungey polishes were everywhere, like OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques (2008ish.)

Formula was sticky, goopy, patchy and hard to apply evenly. Shown below are two painfully applied thicker coats over Orly Bonder, no top coat. Finish was ok, I suppose. It could work as a neutral on the right skin tone, I’m not sure what skin tone but definitely not mine.

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

This chipped in minutes. I’m pretty sure this polish wouldn’t outlast an actual latte. In desperation to try to make this look presentable and tolerable long enough for the one day it would take to show it to my friend, I added some gold dots and glitter, shown below in natural light then flash.

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

Trust Fund Beauty $12 Latte

Would I buy this, retailing at $15 US? Heck, no. Neither this nor an actual $12 latte. If I want a murky greige, I’ll use NYC Color in a Minute Park Ave which I already have. I’m afraid this one is getting passed along to someone I hope can appreciate it more than I. Now, I’m off to touch up these chips for the third time in 2 days.

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!

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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CND Vinylux Creekside Endurance Test!

CND Vinylux Creekside

CND Vinylux Creekside

I’ve wanted an ultra pale, nearly white light blue polish in my collection for some time, and found the exact right shade in CND Vinylux Creekside over at nailpolishcanada.com. I purchase a lot of my nail stamping plates and harder to find polishes from there and want to share their name due to their consistently great service and prices. All products have been purchased by me with my own funds. This is my first ever CND Vinylux product, and with their 7 day wear claim I wanted to give it a wear test. They insist you use their top coat as well for best results, however I wasn’t aware of this at the time of my purchase and didn’t get it. As I am usually suspicious of claims that you “have to” use certain products together (like shampoos and conditioners, miscellaneous makeup combos) for the best results and often have better results with my own mix and matches, I wasn’t too concerned and went on with the wear test without the special top coat and used my HG NYC topcoat. No base coat is required for these polishes, and their website states that a base coat would actually hinder performance. Noted, and not used.

The colour applied beautifully. You know those streaks you get with pale colours never covering well? Not here. Two (admittedly thicker) coats were wonderful coverage and leveled perfectly. Very opaque. I threw on my cheapo favourite NYC top coat and called it done.

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch

Now luckily enough I had a heck of a week to test run this polish. A solid week of manual labour in a shipping/packing department. Below is a picture on day 3 after 2 full days of abusing my nails. Minor wear and chipping only. And that’s without their special top coat. I am amazed.

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch Day 3

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch Day 3

And here we are at day 6, after 5 full days of heavy duty work with my hands. Yes, it’s a lot more chipping, but this has held up far better than any regular polish would for me. Performance on this polish is beyond all of my expectations, and I am thinking about grabbing a few more, and of course the top coat too! Imagine how long it would have lasted if my hands were babied all week!

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch Day 6

CND Vinylux Creekside Swatch Day 6

I know the test wasn’t completely fair without the top coat, but the grade is still passing. I love this polish! I have another endurance test coming up as well, with Revlon Gel Envy in Showtime, for this upcoming week.

Delftware Inspired Stamped NOTD with Sinful Colors

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You know Delftware, I’m sure. Everyone’s grandma or favourite aunt has it in the china cabinet or displayed on a wall! White pottery painted with blue (and sometimes other colours) it is beautiful, and I hope to have a piece of it myself one day.

THE GOAL!

THE GOAL!

Inspired by a coworker who said the grey nails with a blue print I had on that day reminded her of Dutch Delftware, I thought I could do a closer rendition of it if I could find a good enough white polish. While not perfect, Sinful Colors Snow Me White did the job ok (with some fussing and effort.) I paired it with Sinful Colors Endless Blue, next attempt I think I will use something more navy. The stamping plates I used are shown in the header, although as mirrors they don’t photograph too well.

Results! Not bad. The bird (thumb) showed better than anticipated, and the floral pattern on the rest stamped well. I do have a tulip pattern I can try next time, nails would need to be a bit longer for it however as the print is larger.

Delftware Nails

Delftware Nails

Delftware Nails

Delftware Nails

And the other paw!

Delftware Nails

Delftware Nails

Lacy Feminine NOTD with Sally Hansen Mauve It and Sinful Colors Snow Me White!

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Dainty, delicate, soft, feminine and lacy isn’t really my thing. But today, here we have just that, in nail art form! I’ve used Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It as the base and Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the lacy overlay stamp. The stamp print I used is shown in the header, but it’s like photographing a mirror and might not be too easy to see.

First, a bit on Mauve It. Sally Hansen’s Insta Dry line has a thick formula and a wide paddle like brush which takes some getting used to, but overall I like it. Mauve It applies with a texture a little like house paint. Streaky with one coat, evens out nicely with two. It’s a warm, beige leaning pink with a bit of micro shimmer in it. This is a rare occurrence of a polish photographing better than it looks to the eye, as the micro shimmer doesn’t show on the nail, but flashes back in pictures. Weird. Anyway, some swatches in varied lighting.

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It

And then some after I stamped a white lacy print over top. There was some slight smudging with the topcoat but its so pale I don’t really mind. End result is cute, feminine and delicate, which although not my favourite, I can handle from time to time 🙂

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Mauve It, Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Mac Black Stallion Swatch & Review!

MAC Black Stallion

MAC Black Stallion

This is my first MAC polish. I found this on clearance, and it’s dark, broody shade immediately appealed. I didn’t know who Brooke Candy was, didn’t really care, but looked it up. I remain indifferent. Look her up if you want to, you may regret it. Anyway, Black Stallion is a sheer blackened purple jelly that required 3-4 coats for opacity. Below is a swatch with one coat.

MAC Black Stallion One Coat

MAC Black Stallion One Coat

And 3 coats.

MAC Black Stallion Swatch

MAC Black Stallion Swatch

I didn’t mind that it needed so many coats. What I do mind, is that this started chipping the minute it dried. It’s didn’t even make it to the end of the day. Horrible, awful, terrible performance. I used my usual base and top coat, which usually buys me at least a couple days. This discourages me from ever purchasing another MAC polish, unfortunately. I pay more for a premium product, and even on clearance, this isn’t it.

MAC Black Stallion

MAC Black Stallion

I do still love the color, for the whole few hours it remains intact!

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!

 

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