Friday, October 24, 2014

Boo-gie Bats

Happy Friday! Halloween countdown: 1 week left! There is also only 1 week left to enter my Halloween giveaway here.

I finally pulled out my Bundle Monster holiday plates and created a simple but fun mani with a full nail bat design and Halloween themed glitter!

For this mani I used the following:

Base - Revlon Peach Nectar
Ring and thumb fingers - China Glaze Boo-gie Down
Bundle Monster plate - BM-H08

I applied two coats of Revlon, Peach Nectar over my base coat. Once that was dry I stamped some bats in black polish using Bundle Monster plate BM-H06 on three of my nails. For my ring finger and thumb nails I applied  a generous coat of China Glaze Boo-gie Down, a gorgeous mix of black, white, copper and gold glitters.

Boo-gie down is such an awesome glitter, I love it over the nude base. The colours remind me of sophisticated candy corn with yellow and orange replaced with shiny gold and copper. This is such a subtle and easy mani. I really love bold stamping over a nude base, especially when most nails are stamped, it's not so in your face or tacky.

DONT FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! It runs until the end of the month! You get to pick which set of nails files you like should you prefer a different colour

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

These two polishes were pretty much made for each other. I got them at different times and happened to swatch them right beside each other and they looked to me a good layering combo. The names even match slightly! I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Style maker as my base and layered Sinful Colors Cauldron Couture over top. Although the initial tie in is fashion, this is a Halloween themed mani. Cauldron Couture is apart of Sinful Color's Halloween collection this year. I am heading across the boarder this weekend and am hoping to pick up a few more shades from this collection, wish me luck! 

Cauldron Couture is a glitter polish in a clear base made up of various sized and shaped matte black and shiny green glitter. I mostly see hex and random shaped shards of each colour of glitter. I originally thought this polish was a black base with green glitter. I didn't figure this out until I got home! I do love it though. I only needed one good coat and some dabs to get a good coat on top of the green base.

It wore fantastically too, I only took it off because I wanted to chop my nails down a bit, I got some minor breaks. I blame it on the cooler, drying weather. I kind of want to try this over something bold like a bright orange, maybe even a neutral. Mixing it with other Halloween glitters is another fun idea! I'll have to keep these in mind for next year.

The green glitter matches Style maker almost exactly which can look pretty cool in certain lighting. This was a fun mani to wear, I got a lot of compliments :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghoulish Green

Today I have a "ghoulish"shade of green polish to share with you today. It is not a Halloween polish like the others I have shared this month, however, in an upcoming post I have used it as a base for a more Halloween themed mani.

This is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Style Maker. My awesome boyfriend surprised me with this polish one day. He loved the colour, it's a bright green shimmer with blue undertones. In the bottle it appears to have a slight blue duotone, however on the nail it is not visible.

Application was okay, I used two coats, but three would have probably been better for full opacity. The formula was thin and sheer, but built up well. The reflection of the shimmer really makes it pop. I do not own the topcoat that it marketed to be used in combination with this line (Miracle Gel) of polish and it dried just fine and worked like any other polish. In the photos I actually have no top coat, just the polish and basecoat. 

I am curious about the top coat, does anyone own it? If so, do you find it is necessary to use with the Miracle Gel line?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice!!

Love this polish, love the name, just love it!! This is one of my all time favorite Halloween polishes! I wore it around Thanksgiving which was also appropriate due to the pumpkin reference.

I will keep this post short since I have posted about this polish in the past. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, Pumpkin Spice is a murky black jelly polish with copper glitter scattered throughout. At first glance from afar it appears to be black. The lovely copper glitter reflects beautifully throughout, they almost look like hot embers.

This polish is quite sheer, but the build up is worth it to get that squishy, jelly, glossy finish. I used three regular coats, not too think, not too thin, with some time in-between to build up this polish to an opacity I was comfortable with. You could always layer a coat or two over a black or darker base polish.
fun with my halloween "props"
Perfect for October! I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

September Favorites

This is an ongoing monthly post I will be incorporating in to the blog which mentions some of my favorite things. 

Today I have my favorite things from last month. Woohoo, on schedule this time! Check it out below:

Favourite Facial Care Product: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

My skin is having an identity crisis, it thinks I am 15 again! Wth the help of regular facials I am getting my skin issues under control, so I was happy to find an all natural product that I can use on my own at home. This healing clay mask is awesome, simply mix with equal parts apple cidar vinegar, apply to the face and wash off after 10/15/20 mins depending on your skin. It really draws up all the dirt from your pores, bringing it to the surface for easy removal. 

Favourite Food: Apple Chips

My sister picked these out at Costco in early September and I have been hooked at first taste! These, raw, dehydrated apple chips are such a great snack and pack a satiffying crunch. When I headed to Costco again last week I picked up two big bags, I am sooooo addicted!

Favourite Natural: Coconut Oil

I have been a fan of coconut oil for a while now, you may even see this as favorite in upcoming months for other uses. I primarily use it for cooking and I have been using it lately for cooking stove-top popcorn. One tablespoon melted with about a quarter to one third cup of kernels, topped with some pink Himalayan salt tastes even better than theater popcorn! I haven't discussed this much on the blog, but I became vegan earlier this year, and although I no longer care for the smell or taste or butter, the coconut oil really adds that creamy, buttery flavour I crave in popcorn. The best part is that it is a healthy, natural oil and you don't even need a lot of it, a little bit gives big flavour.

Favourite Fashion Accessory: Scull Scarf

The weather has been up and down all year, Mother Nature must have some hormonal issues going on as well ;) This past "summer", if that's what you'd like to call it, here in Toronto was quite mild compared to previous years. Luckily the fall weather this year has really been beautiful, 20+ during the day, but cooler before the sun comes out and sets. Enter my favorite scarf in the whole wide world! It's huge, soft and light AND it has rainbow skulls, love at first sight! Thai is the best because depending on how I fold and shape it, it can be heavier to lighter depending on the weather. During the morning commute it keeps me nice and warm with ought having other heavy layers to carry with me on the way home. And skulls :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Muir Muir On the Wall

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I have a lovely fall shade I have been longing for the last little while. It was one of those polishes I kept picking up and putting back down every time I saw it. Finally I own this polish, OPI, Muir Muir on the Wall. 

I want to describe this shade as a deep wine, but the base is actually quite dark like a taupey brown/grey. It has a subtle duochrome with the most prominent colour dependant on the lighting. For the most part I would say you see more of the purple and wine tones. It is a great shade for fall and I love that I chose it to wear for thanksgiving!

The formula was excellent, nice and smooth not being too thick or thin. Only two light coats were needed for full opacity. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Giveaway!

I have a great giveaway this month sponsored by Mont Bleu in anticipation of new products to be released through their site shortly.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mont Bleu, they are a manufacturer of Czech made glass nail files and accessories made with Swarovski Elements. I have reviewed their products on my blog before and love their nail files. I own many of them ranging from compact to large and now I am happy to say I am offering a gift set of three to be won through this giveaway!

One winner will be chosen at random October 30th through the rafflecopter (enter below), the winner will be announced on Halloween! I picked out this lovely Halloween themed set of nail files which reminds me of candy corn.

Some rules for entering the contest:

You must be a follower of my blog

You must like Mont Bleu on Facebook
You must provide me with Contact info

More information on the product to be won:

Glass nail files set with “Waterfall” design. Large, medium and small nail files: one for your purse, one for home manicure and one for pedicures.

All nail files are made from Czech tempered glass in Bohemia and have a lifetime warranty on the filling surface. Files are hand decorated with Swarovski crystals and presented in black velvet sleeves.

Quantity of files in set: 3 - large (195mm/7.68 in), medium (135mm/5.32 in) and small (90mm/3.54 in)