Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall Haulin'

I haven't done too much hauling during the last few months, however I do have a few polishes I picked up more recently that are definitely with mentioning. First I'll start off with a random in the collection, Revlon, I'm Electro - Spiderman collection.

I'm Electro is a teal leaning blue with a medium duochrome effect. The duochrome effect is likely to be stronger when this polish is layered over a darker base. Two coats are shown in the swatch below, however, on the nail this would probably need three coats to reach full opacity.

Next are my picks from China Glaze's Apocalypse 2014 Halloween collection. Usually I wait until after Halloween to purchase these, but this year they seemed to be disappearing fast! I picked up these pretties the last week of October, Rest In Pieces, But of Corpse and Don't Let the Dead Bite. Love these names by the way!

Rest in Pieces is a multi-glitter topper. It it made up of various sized and shaped holo copper glitter and matte black hex glitter in a clear base. The formula is awesome, similar to the last few China Glaze glitters I have worn recently. Another blogger ( I can't recall who) reffered to this polish as "glittery hay", and I have to agree! Two coats are shown in my swatches below.

But of Corpse is such a unique polish, it's a yellow based green with tiny black matter glitter pieces that give the final look a textured polish. When dry, this has a satin/matte finish. This one reminds me of zombie flesh. Two coats are shown in the swatch bellow.

Don't Let the Dead Bite is another unique polish. It is a sheer nude crelly (creme based jelly) with muti-sized and shaped red glitter. This is super awesome, it looks as though vampires have literally bitten you to death! Two coats are shown in the swatches below.

So enough of Halloween already, right!? As you can see during my photoshoot we got our first real snow in Toronto! The first few snows are always nice in November and December. It's in January to March where I am sooooo over it! That being said, I'll move on to my holiday picks for 2014. 

Next I have some holiday China Glaze polishes from the new Twinkle collection. Left to right, December to Remember and De-Light.

December to Remember is an interesting shade of blue. It's a beautiful shade on it's own, however the duochrome shift is was makes it special. Two coats are shown in the swatches below.

De-light is a gold glitter topper made up of various sized gold and holo glitter. Two coats are shown in my swatch below.

Orly surprised me this year with their winter Sparkle collection. I was only able to pick up one during my last trip to Sally's, however, I have hoping to pick up at least one more (Mirrorball... Droool) 

Below I have Tinsel, plus a travel size Orly remover which is free with any Orly purchase during the month of November.

Tinsel is made up of long thin green holo bar glitters and red hex and micro glitter. This is a Christmas tree in a bottle! Two coats are shown in my swatch below. Not sure if you'd be able to get this opaque on it's own, but it is an awesome topper.

That is all for now! I have my eye on a few of OPI's from their latest collaboration with Gwen Stefani that I may want to get soon, and of course, if I come across Orly, Mirorball it will be mine!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

October 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 most favorite things from last month. Check it out below.

Favorite. Period. Pumpkin EVERYTHING!

I'm talking pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin spiced tea, actual pumpkins! Although summer is my favorite season, October is a favorite month of mine, I love Halloween and all the colours and favours of fall. If I saw anything this month (even in late September!) That had anything to do with pumpkins (healthy options if packaged goods, mind you), I was buying it! I almost purchased pumpkin shaped pasta... I hardly even eat pasta!

Favorite Polish Remover: Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter

I definitely needed this product this month to remove the lovely Halloween glitters quick and effortlessly from my nails. The cool thing about this product I noticed other didn't have was a super scrubby brush which helps to remove glitter more easily than a cotton bad and remover alone. I'm not sure how much this goes for, my sister gave it to me, but I am sure I would not have purchased it on my own. I am glad to have it on hand for easy removal of glitter manis.

Favorite Pedi : OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

I got a pedicure the first week in October, and I probably won't get another one again until sometime next summer! Seeing how we are at the end of the month, my pedi of OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark has held up quite well! I have been doing straight yoga and a lot of walking almost every day as well.
Although a dark vampy purple, it appears black almost always. My favorite part about this polish is its shine, I just love dark shades of polish on my toes. Especially in the fall.

Favorite Halloween Treat: Raw/Vegan Caramel Apples

As a child I loved candy apples, sugar on sugar, right? As I got older I started to prefer caramel apples and actually made them myself. I found this awesome recipe that is 100% raw and vegan and it is just as good if not better than your average caramel apple! I topped it with some raw pecans and pepitas (pumpkinseeds). They were awesome!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fang-tastic Violet!

Another mani with polishes that have been accumulating dust on my desk... for over a month! I don't know how OPI Don't Violet Me Down and China Glaze Fang-tasic ended up side by side, but the combo looked too cool, I just had to try it. I finally tidied up my desk area and layered these two polishes on my nails ASAP!

Don't Violet Me Down is a sheer purple jelly, like a true jelly! It is super sheer, but buildable to a certain degree. I applied one coat over my base and let it dry a bit before proceeding to add a single layer of Fang-tastic. This polish is seriously fantastic in application. China Glaze has some pretty spectacular glitters. but they can be hit or miss like their recent snow-like glitter, Chilling with My Snomies...

I digress... After a dabbing of the glitter over my first jelly layer I added an additional two layers of Don't Violet Me Down. My bottle was a little on the thick side and my brush was kind of wonky, but I made it work. The formula, although thick, did apply well. After I applied a few drops of thinner to the bottle it applied flawlessly and self leveled for even coverage.

I had envisioned the jelly building up slightly darker, but I do love the sheer jelly look. The glitter sparkles through and the gloss is just insane. I finished everything off with a thin layer of Seche Vite (which equals a grand total of SIX layers if you are counting! Including base and top coats, of course). It doesn't feel like six layers of polish and I love the jelly look, so shiny and sparkly. The glitter is extra reflective within the jelly layers of polish.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Today I have a neutral shade. I feel kind of in-between seasons at the moment. During the month of Halloween I was all over my Halloween polishes, pretty much anything goes! Right now it is still technically fall, but I feel the cold of winter quickly approaching. Polish wise I feel somewhat in a rut but not in a bad way, more in the way I can't decide what I want to wear because of all the options! I still have a few Halloween polishes in my desk, so I decided to try China Glaze, Immortal.

This is another one of those "Halloween" shades that doesn't really scream Halloween to me. I almost didn't purchase it originally because of that, however, swatches and reviews of this polish online made me want to try it.

Immortal is a medium grey creme polish with a faint shimmer of small iridescent flakies. The shimmer reflects mostly pink and blue. The formula was great, a little on the thin side but not too liquidy. It was easy to apply and only two coats were required for full opacity. 

Overall, I'm not really super impressed with this shade, it's a nice neutral but doesn't really have the "wow" factor I was hoping for. The longer I wear it the more it has been growing on me.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

From Halloween to Christmas?

Not quite... I still can't believe how quickly October came and went, already November! You what that means for the rest of the year its all about Christmas.... then, of course, Valentines lol.

Okay, I'm getting WAY ahead of myself here. I do have a China Glaze holiday shade from 2011, Tinsel Town. I'm not getting in to the whole Christmas thing early, I actually just wanted to match my nails to my dress for a wedding and wanted to be all glitzy with this gorgeous glitter.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cast A Spell!

I have another Halloween themed polish today, although Halloween was over a week ago and October is now over. I pulled out China Glaze Cast A Spell when I was going through my untried Halloween polishes in early October. Since I didn't have a chance to weather it then, I thought why not now?

 I found that the Wicked collection, which Cast A Spell was apart, of to be not super "Halloween-y", naming and colour wise. However, I do love this shade, it reminds me of a more grown up, sophisticated version of Zombie Zest.

The base is a deep, blackened olive green with golden green shimmer scattered throughout. In direct lighting it appears shimmery, and in low light the shimmer particles appear to be beautiful flakie shards floating on top of the dark base.

The formula is excellent. I could have gotten away with one coat, but I decided to add a second thinner coat on top. 

This is such an awesome shade for fall and winter, love it!

Monday, November 3, 2014

And the winner is ...

Thanks to everyone who participated in my giveaway for the month of October. And an extra special thank you goes to Mont Bleu for sponsoring and providing prizing!

The winner* of the crystal nail file set is...


I will be in contact with you shortly for more information on how to receive your prize!

*If the winner does not respond within 48 hours I will choose a new winner and update this post