Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is not only my birthday, but Canada's as well :) Always nice to have a nationwide holiday and celebrations on your birthday. I usually pull out a flashy or expensive polish with fun nail art, but this year I am keeping it simple with a new polish I picked up recently from Zoya.


Harper is fun and girly. It has a pink jelly base and is doused with golden shimmer and iridescent glitter like the others I own from the Tickled and Bubbly collection. I found this had a more opaque base when compared to the others (Alma, Stasi and Muse), kind of crelly.


Application was nice and smooth and I couldn't have gotten away with two thicker coats, but I opted for three thinner ones. Since it is jelly-like it is not 100% opaque, however with this type of polish it doesn't bother me.

I think its the girliness of the pink and the iridescent glitter that just scream celebration to me! I may jazz this up with some studs or something, just don't want to overdo it.



As a bonus today for all you other July babies I am sharing Sally Beauty's Birthday coupon for July! I love when people post the other coupons during the rest of the year, so I hope you can make use of it! Just be sure you use it before the end of of the month and be warmed, I find when I try to use these coupons in the States they ask for ID to confirm your birthday is in the month of the coupon, it may just depend on the employee as well. Otherwise, enjoy!

Monday, June 29, 2015

June Favorites

This is an ongoing monthly post which highlights some of my very favorites from the month past. 

Today I have my most favorite things from March. Check it out below.

Favorite Polish: China Glaze More to Explore
This polish wowed me. One of the top on my list to purchase from the original promo picksm it almost passed me by. It is such a great coral with my skintone and perfect for spring or summer. But not only is the colour amazing, the wear time is too!


Favorite Movie: Ex Machina
I have recently discovered I have a special place in my heart for robot movies. From old school (Short Circuit) to cartoons (Wall-e and Big Hero 6). I really liked this movie.

Here is a short synopsis from IMBD without giving too much away: A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

 If you like Sci-Fi or Psychological Thrillers, you MUST see this NOW!


Favorite Nail Art: Gradients
I have been gradually getting back in to dressing up my nails and gradients have been happening. I did a few this month, and my favorite were with Zoya Muse and Stassi.


Speaking of Zoya...

Favorite Brand: Zoya
I wore a total of three different manicures this month with Zoya polishes! Stevie, Muse/Stassi gradient and Stassi on it's own. Although I wore more China Glaze this month, whenever I wear Zoya I truly appreciate the brand and formula more and more. Loved every polish I wore from them this month.

Until next month!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Show Your Pride!

Last weekend officially kicked of Pride week here in Toronto and this coincided with an Incoco Pride Nails rep. contacting me asking if I'd like to share their latest initiative with you including some limited edition  nail polish strips in support of Pride Vancouver. Of course I said yes!


About The Initiative: Pride Nails are a fundraising tool developed in partnership with the Vancouver Pride Society. Our intention is to enable supporters of the LGBTTQ community to demonstrate their support by purchasing Pride Nail and wearing them with Pride. Pride Nails are sold online and at select retailers throughout the city. Each year we will launch a new limited edition design, and we hope you are happy with our designs, our quality and our desire to support Vancouver Pride.

I love the pattern of these strips, simple with the white base and with a hint of triangle rainbow at the base of the nail.

With this being my first time using Incoco real nail polish strips I wasn't really sure what to expect. I read the directions on the packaging and watched a short video online to familiarize myself with the process. There is a really short learning curve and after the first strip was applied to my left pinky, I was confident in applying them to the rest of my nails.

It was easy to find strips that were the same shape of my natural nail. My pinky nails were a little wider than the smallest strips, but overall you can't tell, which is good! I found out after the fact that it is actually really easy to trim or file down the larger strips to better fit the nail. Noted for next time!


These were super quick ans easy to apply and I just love the look! The white base has a very faint shimmer that give the overall look more dimension.

A big thanks again to Incoco for sharing these with me and all of you. If you'd like to show your support and pick up a set for yourself, you can find more information at pridenails.com.


*This product was sent to me from the Vancouver Pride Society for consideration. All views expressed are my own honest option.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

More to Explore

Today I have an awesome mix of spring and summer in a polish. How fitting is that seeing as the Summer Solstice was this past weekend! It's officially summer now! This China Glaze is another one I added to my collection from the spring Road Trip collection and was on the too of my list when I first saw swatches.

More to Explore is a light yet bright coral creme. Although it is soft, it is not your average pastel! It is just on the border of being bright enough to be considered a neon.



This lovely shade applied perfectly. The first coat was slightly streaky but a second coat evened out the streaky bits. A final, thinner coat was added to most of the nails to even out any other imperfections. I was also dealing with some slight cracks and breaks in the gel base which I did not have time to remove at the moment. Considering this is a creme and normally shows off every tiny imperfection, I was impressed with coverage. Everything looked nice and smooth from application to removal.

I decided to add some bling to my ring fingers and thumbs with Finger Paints Colorful Collage. This is an awesome glitter topper mix made up of various sized holo hex glitter in a clear base. I love it! I wish it gave more coverage but I can't complain, I love the look. There is something about glitter and coral that I just love!
 

 
The wear was fantastic! I had a busy weekend of using my hands a lot for cleaning around the house, setting up for a party and cleaning up afterwards. At the end of it all I only have one noticeable chip on my left middle finger and a tiny chip on my right pointer finger.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stevie

I have another Zoya polish today from the last purchase I made from their Earth Day promo. They just recently had another promo over the weekend for three free with $15 shipping. I DEFINITELY took part in that promo as well, but was disappointment it wouldn't let me add Daisy to my cart :(

Back to the polish at hand, today I have Stevie.


Stevie is a gorgeous light lavender Pixie Dust with a silver glitter. I have always shared my love of the Pixie Dust formula and this is no exception. The first coat was a bit sheer, however I only needed two easy coats for full opacity.


It also wore awesomely! I'm still wearing it now and it's been a week and three days! I have some tip wear now and I think it's at the point where I'd like to remove it and wear a new shade.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sun's Up, Top Down

I picked up a few other polishes from China Glaze's Road Trip collection recently and Sun's Up, Top Down is one of them.  It was actually an unexpected pick for me because this wasn't one I originally wanted, but had to have it when I saw it in person. The other two polishes I added to my collection are My Way or The Highway (Saving this for my road test in early July!) and More to Explore.


I must say the formula for Sun's Up, Top Down is awesome for a yellow polish! The consistency is great, not too thick not too thin, but more on the thin side if I had to choose. It was also easy to apply and manipulate on the nail. I'm pretty sure I only needed two easy coats.



What makes this mustardy yellow so unique is the red/golden shimmer you can see in the photo above any below. Unfortunately, like in most of the photos in this post it is not always easily seen, mostly in bright, direct lighting. Because of this I did not find it as flattering as I had hoped it to be with my skintone. Maybe if the sun came back (June has basically been rainy and overcast) I could get a tan and make this shade work!


Overall it wore and applied great, I'm pretty sure I wore it just under a week and it was something bright and cheery to lift my spirits in the wet, overcast days of late spring.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Stassi's Muse

Happy Friday! Today I have a fun mani refresh of Zoya Stassi with another Zoya from the same collection, Muse. I purchased Muse last summer and I don't know why I didn't pull it out sooner! It has the same iridescent glitter and gold shimmer as Stassi with with a deep, blue base which really helps to reflect all that beautiful glitter!

I was inspired by the photo below from annagorelova.com which I found through Pinterest. To see my other nail related pins, click here.


Originally I was thinking of sponging on the gradient as I had done in the past but realized quickly with a sheer base and thirsty sponge I was getting little to none of the base on the nail. I kind of figured this would happen but wanted to try first. 


In my next attempt I applied a thin layer of Muse about the half point of my nail and upwards toward the tip, trying to blend as much with Stassi as possible. I continued this with three more layers starting closer to the top of the nail with each layer.


In the end I wish it came out slightly more feathered or graduated but I am super happy with this look! Very bright and dramatic for a gradient!