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Happy Easter weekend everyone!!

Though I simply adore the cute pastels associated with Easter – pale yellow, baby pink and blue –  I was planning on wearing a pastel yellow, I was hit by a bolt of inspiration when I saw this gorgeous manicure on the the Lacquerheads of Oz Instagram. And let me tell you, I had never attempted a dotticure! I always mention this, but I’m not big on doing nail art myself… (I love seeing everyone else’s!) Jelly sandwiches, yes. French manicures… love. But actual nail art is a bit foreign to me.

However, I decided to give it a try, without dotting tools, no less! So out came the bobby pins, the gorgeous OPI Euro Centrale collection, and a new go-to polish from Nicole by OPI: Am I Making Myself Claire? from the Modern Family collection!

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I decided to use the beautiful vanilla shade My Vampire is Buff as my base, which I previously reviewed here. This is the perfect bisque shade, one that I haven’t tired of. Here is our canvas at 2 coats:

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Since this was a first for me, I decided to document the process (for both you and for me). 🙂 I added some random dots using Nicole by OPI’s Am I Making Myself Claire?, a dusty, greyed lilac that is perfection in both formula and application, and OPI You’re Such a Budapest, a pretty and soft periwinkle/pale lilac shade. Budapest actually has a hint of a shimmer that is more visible when it’s used as a regular polish on the full nail. Here is what it looked like:

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The combination of these colours was gorgeous – soft, pastel and very spring-like!  The finishing touch was OPI…Eurso Euro, a dark blue creme, leaning slightly purple, with a vibrancy that would make this manicure pop:

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In the above bright sun photo, the bottle looks a bit brighter than the colour is in real life.

The same manicure, with the bottle of You’re Such a Budapest, and a layer of top coat:

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What do you think?

 

I fell in love with this manicure, and just loved the gradient-dotticure look. This was one of those manicures that received some oohs and aahs, mainly due to the beautiful colour selection. OPI really has outdone themselves with their Euro Centrale collection!

 

And finally, a new day, a new look. Layering a coat of OPI’s new Matte Top Coat on this mani gave it an artsy, edgy look:

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OPI’s new Matte Top Coat dries in seconds, to a satiny, matte, velvety finish. It actually makes the polish feel buffed – a very natural-nails feel. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that OPI finally launched this product, because there was a period of time last year that I searched high and low for a matte-maker… only to find a lone product that was accessible on the market. I’ve also tried this with glitter and it does not disappoint!!

So which is your favourite look, and what did you think of my first dotticure?

~xo

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

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Happy Thursday!! I am so thrilled this is a shortened week and I get to have a long weekend… just what I need. I hope some of you get to enjoy a day off as well…or at least a beautiful weekend!

Today I have for you one of my favourite boutique brands, piCture pOlish, made in Australia! I have worn quite a few piCture pOlishes, some that I should probably still share on this blog, but I do have another first for you: my first piCture pOlish glitter polish. And a polish with such a cute name: Ariel’s Tale! I keep hearing “Under the Sea” in my head when I see the bottle. 🙂 Ariel’s Tale is a gorgeous turquoise glitter top coat in a clear base, composed of monochromatic tiny square and medium hex glitters. Simple and gorgeous!

I wanted to wear it over a dark base, so I headed for my A-England Lancelot, my go-to “black” (it’s actually a blackened red but I often use it in place of black due to its beauty and shine). This combo did not disappoint! I wore it as a slight glitter gradient. Here are two coats of Lancelot topped with Ariel on the tips:

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I received so many compliments on this manicure!! The aqua of Ariel’s Tale is soft enough for an elegant, work-appropriate manicure, even on such a stark background. And it sparkled like diamonds on my tips!

 

For a completely different look, I paired Ariel’s Tale with Nubar’s Into the Wild, a beautiful muted emerald green (with its own post coming soon!).

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And Ariel’s Tale looked spectacular!! Judge for yourself:

PicturePolish_ArielsTale_NubarSunLook at the gorgeous turquoise slightly contrasting against the emerald green backdrop in the sun…

And here it is in the shade:

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I just adore the way it sparkles like the ocean… twinkling under the sun…

I already have some more ideas for Ariel’s Tale, maybe wearing it over a light base…  but which of today’s looks is your favourite?

To get your very own Ariel’s Tale,  visit piCture pOlish on-line and or visit any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada.

And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Hey guys! Today I bring you one of my favourite types of manis… another jelly sandwich!

Some of the prettiest fine glitter polishes are created by indie brand Shimmer Polish. You have seen a lot of them on my blog (have a look)!  Cindy, its creator, has countless variations of these gorgeous, complex shimmer-blend polishes, mixing both expected and surprising colours together for beautiful effect.  One such polish is Mary, described as being mainly red, silver and black glitter in a soft-red tinted base, though there are some holographic glitters as well as other shades. I told you they were complex blends! Mary is incredibly glittery; sparkle-and-wink-at-you-while-you’re-driving kind of glitter! And you know how I feel about all things jelly!! This jelly base is so squishy that it looks like a luscious berry.

I decided to pair it with one of my favourite jelly polishes, Paloma from Zoya’s Gloss Collection (see it here as well!). And the result was jaw-droppingly glittery, squishy, juicy!!

Here are two coats of Mary over two coats of Paloma, topped with a finishing coat of Paloma for the jelly sandwich:

Shimmer_Mary_Zoya_jellyLook at that crazy shine!!! And click the pic to see the tiny holographic sparkles lighting up at the tips of my nails.

One more pic:

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This was one of those manicures I did not want to remove – I wore it for about a week before I finally had to part with it… but looking at these pictures makes me want to reapply it!

You can find Shimmer Polish here. Be sure to like them on Facebook to participate in their contests and see the latest offers!

So what do you think? Do you love it nearly as much as me? 🙂

~xo

 

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

I’m so excited about today’s post, partly because I don’t often post “nail art,” and partly because I was so impressed with today’s polishes!

Nicole by OPI recently launched a sweet, small and trendy collection, New for 2013, made up of four gorgeous shades. I love that they launched a mini-collection like this, totally different, not at all typical for spring. And today I bring you the first two, Totally in the Dark and Still into Pink.

Check out Still into Pink, an almost-neon pink that had a huge surprise up its sleeve: it’s a matte hot pink lacquer! As if that weren’t enough, Still into Pink has a mesmerizing ultra-fine silver shimmer:

Nicole_by_OPI_stillintopink(Click on the pic to see the gorgeous shimmer.) That is two gorgeous, easy, quick-drying coats. All I kept thinking when I wore this was, where’s the beach, where’s the sun! This is going to be one hot summer polish!  (And there is absolutely nothing easier or quicker than applying a matte polish when in a rush… you know, to the beach bar!)

Wait until you see Totally in the Dark, another polish with a twist: a black crelly (creme-jelly) base with tiny silver glass flecks, that to me, reflected a hint of pink and aqua. Totally in the Dark dried to a smooth high-shine finish, brought out even more with a finishing layer of top coat. Absolutely surprising and definitely gorgeous!  Here are two coats with base and top coat:

Nicole_by_OPI_TotallyintheDark(Click the pic to see the glass flecks!)

I was so obsessed with these two polishes that I decided to pair them up – how hot are pink and black together? 🙂

And the simple and elegant result (if I do say so myself):

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If you follow my blog, you know that I don’t venture into nail art territory too often… mainly it’s not something I wear often, and there are so many talented artists out there that do it so much better. However, I loved this look: the contrast of matte and shiny, black and bright. What do you think?

And of course, I could not wrap this look up without a finishing touch for another look. A touch of top coat, and the high shine brought to life the shimmer in Still into Pink:

Nicole_by_OPI_Totally_Stillcombo2I absolutely LOVED this!!! I love that Still into Pink looks almost like two completely different polishes!! And that subtle, hidden shimmer is suddenly spectacular with top coat!!

With both this and the Modern Family collection, it feels as though Nicole by OPI is venturing towards widening their audience beyond the younger crowd of tweens and teens, which I have always perceived to be their main target. These edgy colours and finishes are both fun and elegant, and I can see a huge range of polish-lovers flocking to these collections.

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These lacquers retail for $7.99 each at retailers including select Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Kroger, ULTA, H-E-B, Meijer and Duane Reade locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

Hope you enjoyed my fun post as much as I did… which is your favourite look?

~xo

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

I recently shared the press release of the butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipsticks for Spring 2013, and the colours looked so juicy and delicious that I could not wait to try them. Described as a supercharged take on the statement lip, with fruity shades and lush pops of colour in coral, watermelon, poppy pink, cool mauve and deep berry, Lippy increase in pigment the more you apply. The shades ranges from a subtle pop of colour to a bright and vibrant lip. Love!

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I was able to review three of the gorgeous new shades, and this being my very first butter LONDON experience, and I could not have been more pleased. Lippy Liquid Lipsticks are heavenly from the moment you twist open the cap and are introduced to the sweet aroma of vanilla cupcakes… the soft scent of spun sugar lingers on your lips after application ever so slightly… divine! The three colours I tried were all opaque, providing lots of coverage: Dahling, a dusky pink, Wine Gums, a gorgeous deep plum, and Jaffa, a bright orange-coral.

Dahling is what I would call a neutral-toned liquid lipstick; very suitable for most skintones and for the shyest among us. Dahling is an easy treat, dahling!

Wine Gums is a bold plum that applies brighter than it would appear in the tube; it was totally a colour I would choose and wear with my olive skin! It may be a bit more of a statement lip for the fairer among us, but again, I see this shade suiting almost anyone!!

Last but not least, Jaffa screams summer with its bright orange-coral base, and what I love most about Jaffa is that it applies as it looks. I buy a lot of corals and oranges in the hot months, and unless they are matte or ultra-rich lipsticks, the coral often does not translate from the tube to the lip. (I have a drawer full of orange glosses to show you!) But Jaffa delivers! As for suitability, I feel that anyone can pull off an orange lip, especially if you tie in the rest of your makeup a little with some warmer tones… I will certainly be rocking this shade all summer long! (Do you think I can ward off old man winter if I wear Jaffa enough?)

Here is a swatch on my arm to give you an idea of coverage and pigmentation:

ButterLondon_LippyswatchL to R: Jaffa, Dahling and Wine Gums

Lippy is high-shine, fairly long-lasting considering it is a lipgloss/lipstick hybrid, and as mentioned before, incredibly scented. I cannot get enough Lippy now that I’ve tasted its sweet colour and smelled its intoxicating scent!

butter LONDON Lippy Liquid Lipstick is now available on the butterLONDON.ca site.

Get yours before this collection sells out!

 

~xo

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

Today I have a couple of beauties from Pomegranate Nail Lacquer’s spring collection, Royal Fairy Tale. This collection is evoked by the whimsy and romance of the tales we grew up with, sporting names like Palace Garden, Prince Charmer and The Queen’s Jewels. Sigh….. And after my first experience with Pomegranate, I was excited (and ready) to be blown away!

The first polish I have from this collection is Storm the Castle, a deep, cloudy teal-grey jelly. Storm is gorgeous!!! It is such a dark and dusty teal that it seems universally flattering. And application was amazing! It is a jelly, so was a little bit sheer on the first coat, but with a generous second coat, it evened out and provided the perfect amount of colour. All I kept thinking was, jelly sandwich, jelly sandwich, lol! I will need to try to sandwich this for sure, but here are two gloriously shiny coats without top coat!

Pomegranate_StormTheCastleIs that not amazing?? I also love how aptly this polish is named because the colour really reminds me of storms and turbulence.

 

On the completely opposite side of the spectrum, we have True Love’s Kiss. TLK is described as a silvery pink polish with a foil finish, but I found it to be more of a soft lavender shade. The foil finish reflects a lot of silver, while the tiny silver particles diffuse the light, making for a spectacular finish on the nail. TLK needed a steadier hand for application, as foil and metallic polishes tend to leave behind brush stroke marks, but made up for that with quick dry time!

Here are two gorgeous coats with base and top coat:

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Which one is your favourite, and have you tried any Pomegranate Nail Lacquers?

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer is 4-free (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor), made the USA, and not tested on animals. You can get your very own Royal Fairy Tale here. Also, don’t forget to like their Facebook page for all the latest, and to follow Pomegranate on Twitter.

~xo

 

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

Happy weekend everyone! Here in the Great White North we are still waiting (and hoping) for Mother Nature to give us a break and send us spring, but today I bring you a few colours that will not only brighten up your nails, they will make you feel summer heat!

Ever since my first Nubar experience last year, I have fallen in love with Nubar’s glossy lacquers. And now Nubar has introduced My Sweet Escape for spring/summer 2013, a collection of eight bright, fun and summery shades; perfect for an escape of the mind. 🙂 They are creamy brights, quite a change from the deep shades of winter, and some of the pastels we have been seeing for spring. I love the diversity of this collection, and have broken it up into two posts for you: the brights, which you will see today, and the blue/greens.

This is the cool package the full set comes in, a little mini “travel bag,” complete with closure:

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The first Bright shade is Forbidden Fruit, described as nectarine by Nubar. I see it as a light burnt orange shade that reminds me of caramel. I absolutely loved this shade and its colour base. It’s so different,  it’s bright, it’s orange, but it’s a subtle, wearable orange. It also applied like a dream… quick-drying on the first coat, self-levelling and even coverage on the second coat. I will be wearing this colour a lot!

Here are two coats with base coat:

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The next colour seemed almost like the older-sister-version of Forbidden Fruit; On The Radar is a gorgeous, gorgeous orangey-red that’s leans very red. This is such an elegant and classic shade – I refused to take it off! The application on this was perfection – it was a bit thicker than Forbidden Fruit and provided great coverage on coat one. And the SHINE!!!

Here are two coats of On The Radar in artificial light:

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And in the shade:

Nubar_OnTheRadar2Is that not a beauty?

Now on to the neon shades! First up is Resort Yellow, described as “lemon zest” by Nubar. What I liked about Resort Yellow was that even though I see neon yellow, it was highly wearable and a wonderful summer colour. I can see myself using this on pedis a lot this year. The formula was quite good considering my experience with neons; it was shiny, whereas most other neon-based shades I’ve worn have had a satin finish for some reason. It was a bit streaky, so I could have definitely gone for a third coat, but again, my experience with yellows has been that they tend to streak.

Here are two coats of Resort Yellow:

Nubar_ResortYellow(Please ignore what appears to be blotchiness above. Lesson learned, watch for shadows and reflections when taking pictures!)

 

And here it is in shade:

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It really does come across a lot more lemony once on and I love it!

The last colour I have for you is Sour Apple, an electric lime that wanted to moonlight as Resort Yellow at first glance. I actually did a double-take when I was editing this pic below, because I momentarily thought it was yellow. It’s a very pale lime neon, highly wearable, and a little better formula than Resort Yellow, more of a crelly (cream-jelly) and you know how I adore jellies!

I used two coats over base for the pics below. Look at that crazy shine! Here it is in the shade:

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And under artificial light it explodes in green:

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Next time, I will bring you part 2 of my Nubar review – the blue/greens!

Overall, I was once again blown away by Nubar. In my experience, their polishes have consistently delivered amazing shine and wearability, and this collection was no different. I love the variety of colours and varying levels of brightness. This collection screams summer, sun, beach, and that’s exactly what I needed. If you are looking for summer and bright colours, you need My Sweet Escape.

Like all nubar products, “My Sweet Escape” Collection is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (phthalate), and is vegan and cruelty free. Nubar is available directly from Nubar’s online shop, from Nail Polish Canada, Harlow & Co. and other fine retailers.

So which one do you like best?

~xo

 

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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