After a summer of non-stop corals, fuchsias, pale pinks and summery blues, I am ready for my beloved dark nail polishes. Since Chanel debuted their fabulous (and my most favourite) Vamp colour back in 1994, dark, moody nails have become commonplace in any fashionista’s nail polish arsenal. Continue reading #TRENDING: My Favourite Fall Nail Colours (Hint – The Darker, The Better)
With the arrival of fall comes the arrival of dark, moody nail polishes – my favourite. Personally, I wear vampy shades all year round because I love the look.
Now, I have a severe nail polish addiction. With a collection at about 250+ bottles strong, I have started buying my nail polishes a little more carefully, as I believe I pretty much own every single colour under the sun. Continue reading SD Beauty Review: Chanel Le Vernis Vert Obscur Nail Polish
I want to thank every single blogger who has nominated me for an award! I am truly flattered. Not to toot my own horn, but there are so many awards that I have been nominated for and tag posts to complete, that I’ve had a hard time keeping up. I feel the best way to share my answers with everyone is to do two or three combined posts over the next week or so to cover all of these great awards and tags!
I always loved the look of the half-moon manicure (a favourite of Dita Von Teese) but was stumped on how to actually create the look. Thanks to the wonderfulness of Youtube, I’m going to share with you how it’s done…but first, a little history lesson. Continue reading Style Domination Tutorial: The Half-Moon Manicure
Gel polishes are taking over – and rightfully so. I’m sure we are all sick of manicures only lasting a day or two before they start to chip.
I remember the first time I got a shellac manicure, I was stunned at its longevity! It lasted 10 days without chipping and probably would have kept going if my nails didn’t grow so fast (I hate that “grown out” look and rushed back to the nail bar to get a fresh polish). Shellac manicures are fantastic thanks to their longevity, but the removal process is annoying and unhealthy. Who wants to soak their hands in acetone to get the shellac off, especially when it smells like paint thinner?
Anyways, several brands such as Sally Hansen and Revlon have come out with their own lines of no-UV light gel polishes claiming to have the same staying power as shellac. I was curious about these polishes, so during my last couple trips to Sephora, I snagged two bottles of Nails Inc. Gel Polish.
Nails Inc. claims to mimic gel formulas due to their “plasticizer technology”. This promises a thick, even, self-levelling finish and a huge amount of shine. What’s nice about this line is that it does not require a special top coat like Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, but it is suggested that the Kensington Caviar Base and top coat be applied to maximize staying power and shine. I didn’t bother getting either. By the way, I feel that the Nails Inc. range has some of the most beautiful, “pop-iest” colours out there! Be sure to check out Judo Red too. WOW!
I picked up the Nails Inc. x Victoria Beckham gel polish in Bamboo White (shown below in matte black bottle) and Queens Gardens, the fabulous bright teal.
Well, on Sunday night, I polished my nails using the Queens Gardens colour. I was blown away! The formula is thick and opaque, goes on very evenly thanks to that self-levelling technology I mentioned and was very shiny. I was sold!
Now, I have to mention that I use Nailtek Nail Strengthener under every polish I use. This product is fantastic and thanks to it, my nails no longer peel, crack or break. I do notice though that it causes most nail polishes to not “cure” or dry properly. I used the Nailtek under the Nails Inc. polish and I found it took forever to dry completely, so I will provide a proper review when I redo my nails this weekend with this same colour.
Overall, I give this nail polish a tentative two thumbs up! I will be heading back to Sephora soon to pick up Covent Garden Place – the most bright, happy, raspberry-coloured polish I’ve ever seen!
Have any of your tried these Nails Inc. Gel Effect polishes? What are your thoughts? What are your favourite colours? Let me know if the comments section…because God knows, I need more nail polish. LOL!
Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day to my American friends!
This past weekend was gorgeous here in Ottawa and particularly fantastic as my sister Erika came to town to visit! I love it when my sisters visit and stay with us as we normally end up spending our days relaxing in our backyard under the sun, reading fashion magazines, sipping sangria and we always end up doing our nails. I think they do this on purpose too as I am a former esthetician and have a nailpolish collection at about 200+ bottles strong!
Sure enough on Saturday, since the weather was a little miserable, we got into the nail polish. I started thinking to myself that I would really love to get into some expert nail art designs! Usually, I stick to one colour for my tips and if I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll do a glittery accent nail. That felt boring though, especially after the thousandth time. So, I took to instagram to check out one of my favourite accounts @pshiiit_polish for a little inspiration! This lady is a maestro – a modern day Van Gogh of nail art! I peruse her account regularly and am usually left stunned at the designs she comes up with.
Check out my favourite looks from her beautiful account! (Blog here: www.pshiiit.com)
Do you have any favourite nail art websites that you frequent often? What are your favourite nail trends for this year? Let me know in the comments!
I bought some really great beauty products this month that I want to share with you. Here goes!
First off, I have been chasing after Butter London’s The Black Knight nail polish since my trip to Toronto a few weeks ago. Finally snagged it as Nordstrom. It is a multi-coloured glitter polish with a black base. I achieved a nice opaque finish with three coats.
Sorry – I know the pics above don’t do this justice, so here is an amazing shot of the polish from the Ommorphia Beauty Bar blog. This is exactly how this polish looks under the sun:
Now, I actually bought this limited edition Guerlain Météorites Perles du Paradis a few months ago. I have been using it a lot lately as a finishing powder. It is so great, I had to review it. The pearls are pale pink, dark pink, lavender, silver, and champagne. I was worried when I finally received it as the pearls were pretty pale, but it’s gorgeous on and goes on very translucently. It leaves a subtle sparkle and best of all, smells completely amazing (violets).
I found this amazing Guerlain lipstick on a trip to Montréal last fall with my sister Alice. I didn’t buy it then because I tend to waffle over every single purchase I make – lol! I kept thinking about it though, so I picked it up the last time I was at Nordstrom. It is Guerlain Rouge Automatique Rouge d’Enfer (loose translation: Hell Fire!!) #121 – Strawberry Red. I get so many compliments on this red. It’s pretty moisturizing, lasts forever and like all Guerlain products, smells amazing. A+++
Here it is on – I paired it with Chanel Amber Foundation (discontinued – le sigh), MAC Raizin blush, MAC concealer and Diorshow Blackout mascara.
This is probably my favourite lipstick of all time, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Antigone #60. It’s very sheer on me so I can put it on easily without a mirror, super moisturizing, and a really interesting shade of red. The pic does not do it justice. I would describe it as a red with a lot of rusty orange tones.
And lastly, I included this Donna Karan Cashmere Mist antiperspirant/deodorant that I picked up using points at Shoppers Drug Mart. I absolutely LOVE this stuff. It is pricey at $27, but smells beautiful. I generally hate all deodorants sold at drugstores because I don’t like the fragrances. I find them really cloying and synthetic-smelling. I personally never want to smell like Island Margarita, mainly because it conjures up memories of terrible bars that smell like stale booze. LOL! To each their own though. Donna Karan’s best-selling perfume, Cashmere Mist is very soft and has notes of lily of the valley, suede, bergamot, ylang ylang, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, orris, cedar, patchouli and musk. I find it smells “sexy”. LOVE IT.
So, that’s it for this month. Any favourites of yours you see on this list? Anything on your wishlists? Please share!