Wednesday, April 30, 2014

White and Gold

Happy Wednesday my loves! I know it's spring, and spring needs rain to make everything green and floral, but the GTA is in for some serious rain for the next week and I am not too happy. However, tonight my mother & I are on our way to a local (ish) outlet mall, which has a Kate Spade and a J.Crew outlet and I am SO excited, so hopefully some retail therapy cheers me up.

If you don't know, a few months ago I stumbled upon Caitlin Covington and her blog, Southern Curls and Pearls and she has become my new fashion/accessory obsession, and most recently my nail muse! Caitlin posted these nails on instagram, now hers are a gel manicure but I had to try this out for myself. I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then used a striping brush and China Glaze Passion. I need a steadier hand, and for my index nail to grow again, but otherwise I LOVE the result, thanks Caitlin!

Thanks for reading and I hope your weather is nicer than mine!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel Lacquer Review

Happy Saturday my dears! I'm off to a Blue Jay's baseball game this afternoon, sadly it's not very "spring-like" weather here, so the dome won't be open but I'm still excited! I haven't been to a baseball game in about a year, so it's going to be fun.

So, if you follow me on twitter, you might have noticed a while back that I was searching for this nail polish system, and even though it wasn't on L'Oreal's Canadian website it was in all the stores. I bought it at Walmart (it was cheapest) and I've worn it a few different ways and here are my thoughts:

It's not revolutionary. It's a top coat and base coat together, and you then buy the polish seperately. They have a special "gel" polish just to go with this top coat and base coat, although the colour selection is quite small. Now, I put gel in quotations, because it's not gel. It's like regular polish. The base coat does dry amazingly quick, as well as the top coat, and the polish is quite nice, with the pink shade I chose I almost got away with one coat. However, on my nails it didn't last amazingly long. After about 4 days I had tip wear and some chipping, as you can see from the pictures. When I did try the top coat/base coat out with non-L'Oreal polishes it also worked quite well, even somewhat better, so I enjoy the top coat. I am currently trying the base coat, polish and top coat combination on my toes to see if it holds up better than my nails.

The back of the box with all it's claims and instructions

The full range of polish colours, not too exciting, but similar to traditional gel polish colours.

These pictures are all after the first application, it's bright, it's shiny, and obviously it's pink, hence my polish colour choice.

So, you can see the tip wear, which as always, looks worse in pictures than in person. It's still shiny and lovely, but it did start to develop more chips.

So, final verdict: Not a "I need this ASAP" product, but I do like it, and it's a good base coat/top coat to add to your collection that you can get in the drugstore. As always, some people's body chemistry will really work with this and so if you're interested, it's not too much of an investment to buy the system to try it out.

Thanks for reading <3

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NYC Greenwich Village

Happy Thursday Loves! I am very happy it's Thursday, because then we're only 1 day away from Friday and man I need Friday. I have cut out coffee completely after a 3 week stint of 2-4 coffee's a day, and it's been rough, but sadly I think it's helping my headaches..hopefully I can re-introduce 1-2 coffee's a day back into my regimen because I miss it!

I realized, looking into my drafts/photos that never got published, that you're in for a lot of pink nail polish in the next little while. I'd been very lazy in terms of painting my nails and all I wanted to wear was various shades of pink...oops! Sorry if it seems a bit repetitive in the next little while! I borrowed this polish from my boyfriend's Mom, she's constantly been painting her nails this colour and after realizing I have nothing similar in my stash (or if you're my boyfriend, I apparently have everything similar..but we all know there are a million shades of pink!) I decided I needed to borrow it.  For some reason I always thought this polish would be green whenever I heard the name...but nope!

My nails are shorter, because about a month an a half ago they ALL broke, so I caved and filed them down, so sorry it's a bit odd to suddenly see short nails!

Have a great Thursday loves!

Thanks for reading <3

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Belated Easter

Hi loves & Happy Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekends, and if you're like me & had a 4 day weekend I hope it was fabulous. The weather on Monday was actually beautiful, it almost felt like summer..sadly it's not lasting long but I'm hoping it comes back.

I meant to get this manicure up on Saturday but a) I was lazy and b) I was also busy, and wanting to be lazy but having 2 dinners to go to, 2 church services to attend, planning an event and finishing up my 13 day supply job for a coop teacher last week meant this is up today. Oh well! Nail Polish Canada kindly sent me the Bundle Monster H09 plate (aka an Easter plate) and so I planned out this quick but cute manicure!

I used Essie Watermelon as my base, then dotted with NCLA As If, Tennis Anyone? and Orly Blue Collar, and used the hatching chick image stamped with Konad special white polish!

Please ignore the sad index nail, it had a fight with a filing cabinet and it obviously lost :(

I hope you all have a great Tuesday :)

Thanks for reading <3
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