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)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cross boarder haul

What a little road trip I had last month. It was short and super sweet, I purchased ALL the Halloween/Fall themed items lol. Okay, maybe not everything, but enough! Is it crazy to anyone else that Christmas stuff is in stores before October!? I'm not taking about one thing here and there, like full on, set up displayed Christmas trees, lights and whatever else have yous, nuts! I picked up some fantastic scores polish-wise, however no Halloween themed polish really caught my eye.

I found this gem, OPI, Muir Muir on the Wall at Ulta, only $2.49, I could not believe it! That has got to be the cheapest I have ever purchased an OPI for! Muir Muir on the Wall is a vampy duochrome from OPI's 2013 fall collection. It shines mostly pink/red, however, the base appears to be a deep, dusty purple. two coats shown in the swatch below.

Moving along to Big Lots. The last time I was there I stocked up on a bunh of Seohora by OPI polishes that had been marked down to $1.80! To my surprise when I returned this time I found full sized Sephora Formula X polishes! I had been wanting to try these, I have heard so many good things (my sister even got a few mini samples and kept them for herself), but the price tag deterred me. But for $2.50 a bottle I coulnt leave them, the ones that caught my eye anyways! This includes from left to right, In Love, Whimsical.

In Love is a baby pink glitter with an unexpected scattered holo shimmer. Whimsical is a frosty silver glitter with silver shimmer throughout. Two coats are shown for each polish in the swatch below. 

Left to right, Chaotic and Explosive.

Chaotic is your standard black and white matte glitter, one coat is shown in the swatch below. Explosive is a black jelly with holo gold hex glitters of various sizes, two coats are shown in the swatch below. This was a weird one, and I am still note sure how I feel about it. The base is not a true, squishy jelly. If it dried to a high gloss finish I would like it more, but it looks almost matte and gritty. I must say, the gold holo glitter is beautiful.

I also picked up a few Sephora by OPI shades because, ya know, they were under $2. I got Caught With My Khakis Down And Shiny Dancer.

Caught With My Khakis Down is a khaki green neutral creme, two coats are shown in the swatch below.

Shiny Dancer is a gunmetal grey micro glitter with a hint of blue sparkle, two coats are shown in the swatch below.

Bonus - My sister is a makeup consultant at Sephora, did the whole beauty school thing on the side for fun, so it's cool she gets to do that part time. What's even cooler? She gets samples galore from the brands sold at Sephora. She scored this awesome mini glitter from Ciate called Fancy Pants and passed it along to me. Woohoo!

This awesome glitter is made up of pink, periwinkle and white hex glitter of various sizes and black hex glitter. Two coats are shown in the swatch below.

Until the next haul..

Friday I will return to regular scheduled, Halloween programming :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tis' the Season for Tombstone Polish!

I have some more festive Halloween polish today, I think they will get more festive as the month goes on ;)

This is a Wet N' Wild Tombstone polish from a few years back, Black Magic, although I am pretty sure they brought this one back last year along with a few others. This is one of the two versions I own of Black Magic (the other is a multicoloured bar glitter). This version is a black creme base with teeny, tiny silver and orange glitters.

The glitter is very subtle, from afar it looks as though I am wearing just a regular black polish. The formula was excellent, smooth and even coverage in two coats. I'm sure if I applied a thicker coat at first I could have gotten away with just one coat, but I always prefer two thinner ones.

I am super impressed with the formula and wear of this polish. It got me excited for the Wet n' Wild 2014 tombstone polishes, unfortunately, I saw the display for the new collection last weekend and I am not really all that impressed, check it out below:

Standard creme brights/neons, black and glow in the dark. I'm also not a huge fan of the logo redesign and change to the fun tombstone caps. Although they are still shaped the same, they appear to be cheaper and not as eye catching.

I actually thought this was a rip off display from another brand! What do you think?

Friday, October 3, 2014

August Favorites

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

Happy Friday! Although a little late, I have finally got my favorites post together for August. It is a bit delayed seeing as how were are already in October... Where did the time go! Better late than never, so here are my favorite things for August.

Favorite Moisturizer: Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème
This isn't a new product for me but I thought it it was worth mentioning since I go through waves of using this product. It is great for moisturizing the cuticles and dry skin, but it is quite thick. I suggest applying it before bed so you can wake up to soft, smooth skin.

Favorite Skin Care: Rose Water Witch Hazel 
I used witch hazel as a toner and on any breakouts to help accelerate the healing process. I recently picked up this new brand that has aloe Vera and rose water. It smells fantastic! Another plus, this is an all natural product with almost all organic ingredients.

Favorite Beauty Product: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N9, Moisturizing soft shine lipstick
I don't usually wear lipstick, I don't think I have ever even really purchased one before! I got this from Sephora this year for my birthday and it is so perfect!

Favorite Book: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I caught part of the biopic depicting Steve Jobs staring Ashton Kutcher in early summer and it peaked my interest. The actual movie seemed to fast pace, skimming over too much at one time so I decided I would red his biography.

Once I took out Steve Jobs from the library and couldn't put it down! If you are an Apple fan I would highly suggest this read. Steve is very candid and open and brings you straight in to his world touching on topics like childhood (did to know he was adopted?), growing up, Apple and family life.

A bonus favorite for August was that lovely slushy in the photo above with the book. Sigh... looking at this photo makes me miss the lazy, lounging days of summer. The recipe for the slushie is simple, frozen watermelon chunks blended up to a slush, no need to add any additional ice or juices, maybe a small amount (an ounce or less) of water to get it going. Try it, it is awesome!