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?

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NYC Top Coats, A Trio Reviewed

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC Top Coats in Grand Central Station, Matte Me Crazy & Big City Dazzle

NYC polishes (New York Color – In a New York Color Minute) have been one of my favourites for years, and I was sad to see my local retailers discontinue carrying them. They are still available, just not to me here so I order them online. Today I am presenting three of their topcoats – a regular one (Grand Central Station), a matte coat (Matte Me Crazy), and a sparkle coat (Big City Dazzle).

For the purposes of this post, I am keeping with the NYC nail polish theme and using a nice dark plum for fall, NYC Battery Park Purple. The flash washed it out a bit in this picture, but it does appear opaque to the eye in two fast drying coats. I also discovered this was a decent dupe for Revlon Bold Sangria in this post.

NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Battery Park Purple

Starting with the matte top coat, NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat 274 (0.33oz/9.7 ml), about $2 Canadian. I don’t have any other matte top coats to compare this to, and I’m not planning on purchasing another one as this seems to do the trick just fine! I find that this matte coat on top of regular polishes lasts longer on my nails than just a matte polish itself, which tends to chip within the first day. I haven’t yet tried the matte coat on top of a matte polish. Seems a bit redundant, but I think I will try some time to see if it helps make it last longer. I will update here with results should I try this. Shown below is one coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy over two coats NYC Battery Park Purple. Looks and feels satiny and soft.

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Matte Me Crazy over NYC Battery Park Purple

Next up is NYC Big City Dazzle (0.33oz/9.7 ml), also about $2 Canadian, a sparkle top coat. The clear, fast drying base is full of mostly purpley fuchsia glitter, then a mattering of red, teal blue, gold and silver glitter is in there as well. It isn’t too flashy but it’s a little something extra. Shown here on my other paw, photo taken with the “wrong” hand so its not entirely as in focus as I would prefer but it’s a decent representation, again over two coats of NYC Battery Park Purple. I also used it in another purple look with an Essence polish here.

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

NYC Big City Dazzle over NYC Battery Park Purple

I painted the matte on one hand and the sparkle on the other intending just to have it on for the duration of this review writing, but wouldn’t you know it, I liked them both enough to just leave them on! Both were ok until day three when the chips started creeping in.

I have not included any pictures of the NYC clear top coat, Grand Central Station, swatched. It’s a clear coat, we all know what that looks like! Besides, if you would like to see it on, I have used it in just about any nail post I have ever done here, with the exclusion of the Nicole top coat that was awful. I use it with every manicure because it is that good. It’s cheap, it dries quickly, it’s shiny, and it keeps chips at bay an extra day or two. I also like the bottle and brush. I will buy NYC Grand Central Station clear coat until I can’t find it anymore, which might be sooner rather than later as I already have to find it online.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

 

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!

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!

Vampy Black Cherry NOTD with Sally Hansen Black out & Red Carpet!

Sally Hansen Red Carpet & Black Out

Sally Hansen Red Carpet & Black Out

Time for a darker, vampy NOTD. I found both these Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes for $1.96! Sally Hansen Red Carpet is a jelly-like red packed with glitter. I thought the glitter was also red, until when I was in the process of removing it off a test nail I noticed it was silver, which was exposed after the jelly red portion came off (you know how glitters can be tenacious). This polish is stunning. Sally Hansen Black Out is a creme black. My old beloved OPI Black Onyx is about gone so I needed a replacement. Black Out isn’t as opaque in 1 coat but it gets the job done.

For this NOTD I painted on one coat of Black Out and let it dry. It didn’t matter if it was completely opaque as I was painting over it anyway. I then added just one coat of Red Carpet, and this is the look that resulted. I love it!

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Sally Hansen Black Out & Red Carpet Layered

Looked even nicer and sparkly in person! Above pictures have no top coat. Dry time was fast as there was only two coats combined. I’m pretty impressed with just one coat of each of these!

Enjoy your 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!

Dior Cherie Bow Edition Rose Charmeuse Eyeshadow!

Dior Rose Charmeuse & Charnelle

Dior Rose Charmeuse & Charnelle

I received these Dior beauties from the thoughtful and generous Polly Fragrant, whose name you might recognize from my recent reblog of her recent post about her adventurous foray into the cosmetics world. A few months ago, my high end makeup collection consisted of gift with purchases (from other peoples purchases). Although I did enjoy using them,  I could never really rationalize the cost, considering how industriously I try seek out the best of the drugstore low end products, often with some success. But now, between Polly’s lovely gift, and the sephora gift card won from Lastcontrast‘s giveaway in May (used on a long wanted Urban Decay palette) I have what feels like a luxurious amount of fancy pretty things to play with! I never really thought I’d have anything like these! The sephora order from that prize be seen here, if you’re curious.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Included in Polly Fragrant’s mailing was a 5 pan Dior eye shadow palette from their Cherie Bow collection, named Rose Charmeuse 854, and a Rouge Dior Nude lipstick in Charnelle 459. Today’s post will be just the eye shadow as it is fairly lengthy, and the lipstick will be presented with swatches on separate post that can now be found here.

Dior Rose Charmeuse Back

Dior Rose Charmeuse Back

Dior Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Charmeuse is a 5 pan palette with a range of shades I’ve never seen together in a palette before! Swatched on my arm below, from top to bottom are:

-A peachy shade, a matte base which is then full of glitter (thankfully not much sticks to the final result, so you don’t end up glittery, hard to see this on my arm.)

-A satiny, shimmery palest pink ivory tone, almost an ivory with a pale pink duo-chrome flash effect. Blends out as sheerly as you like, so you don’t look frosty.

-A satiny, shimmery pale ballerina pink with matching micro shimmer inside that give it a pretty luminosity.

-A smooth, intensely bright pink with a paler pink flash, leans warm.

-A deep, matte, pigmented, perfect charcoal black that actually reminds me of artist’s charcoal. Soft, little to no fallout, I wish I had something like this back in my dimly lit bartending days when I always wore black eyeshadow (my deep set eyes could pull it off without looking gothy.)

Dior Rose Charmeuse Swatched

Dior Rose Charmeuse Swatched

As this palette has not individually named the shades, for the experimental eye looks I’ve tried below I will be listing them as 1 through 5 as shown below! This is the same order they have been described above, as well.

Dior Rose Charmeuse, Numbered

Dior Rose Charmeuse, Numbered

With a shade selection this varied, a multitude of looks can be achieved! I wanted to start off with three different looks to get a feel for how this product performs. I tried out a feminine smoky look, a more wearable simple every day look (although this might be still too much for some), and a deep, dark dramatic look. Here we go!

Look#1, a pretty pink and grey smoky eye:

I applied a light base of 1, used 2 on my brow bone and inner corner, used 3 all over my lid, and 5 lightly buffed through my crease, as well as applied to darken the outer V corner. Numbers 3 and 5 were applied and blended on my lower lash line.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

 

Look #2 a pale grey basic daytime smoky eye:

I applied another light base of 1, then placed 2 all over my lid. I added 3 sheerly, on my brow bone and a bit in the inner corner. I then layered a light touch of 5 over my lid base of 1, blending to make it grey. Added a bit more 5 in the crease to darken, and lined under eye with it as well.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

 

Look #3, a dark and dramatic eye:

Added a small amount of 1 in the crease to make future blending easier. I blended together 2 and 3 for light application to highlight the brow bone. I liberally applied 5 to my lid (although it didn’t take much) and blended out any harsh lines heading into the crease area, to leave a nice blank area to add a bright pop of 4 blended through the crease. After more blending, I added a mixture of 4 and 5 to line my lower lash line.

Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Rose Charmeuse

 

Each shadow was pigmented and mercifully blendable, which is hard to come by in shadows as pigmented as 4 and 5. I haven’t yet picked a favourite! But then of course I haven’t yet tried all my options! This was so much fun to play with. Many thanks again to Polly Fragrant.

Rouge Dior Nude Charnelle lipstick post coming soon!

Enjoy your weekend!

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!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Beautiful, busy day today! It’s late but I wanted to quickly share this sparkly polish that I grabbed along with yesterday’s NOTD, Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate, intending for both of them to be used as top coats. At first glance this one seems to be a simple silver microglitter, but a closer look shows its not only full of silver but red, gold, blue and green holographic microglitter hiding in there as well!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If, somewhat more easily than Twist of Fate, can actually be used as a top coat yet can be layered to an interesting look with almost full opacity with 4 or  more coats. These pictures are with 3 coats, had to take them fast as the sun was almost down. This, like most sparkle top coats, dried very quickly. The multi-coloured sparkles are much more evident in person, I can see this complementing many shades! Very twinkly! I think I would especially like this over a dark blue, in Essie Starry Starry Night style..

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

 

I can see this topping many an upcoming NOTD! Have a good weekend!

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