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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Nails: Mint Sparkle

There is something wonderful about the colour mint this time of year.  It reminds me so much of Christmas, without being too traditional!  It is hard to wear a full-on Christmas green, but mint looks great on everybody.  This mint is the Forever 21 nail polish in the shade Seafoam.  It is a light, minty teal colour.  I then used Julep's glitter polish in Camille.  This is a very thick clear-based glitter that has awesome multi-dimensional particles in it.  I used this down the top 2/3 of my nail.  I then used Forever 21 Confetti Nail Colour in Silver/White on the top 1/3 of my nail.  This polish has circle, and bar glitter in white, and silver sparkles.  This helps give it more dimension, and makes it look like snow!

What are your favourite polish colours for the Holiday season?  Do you love this time of year as much as I do??

Friday, November 28, 2014

Accutane Diary: Day 80

I can't believe it is already Day 80!  I had my second appointment with my dermatologist after about one month of treatment.  He said there wasn't much difference, but hopefully by the next appointment we would be able to talk about scar treatment.  He booked my next appointment for two months down the road, which is going to be December 1!  He also increased my dose from 40mg daily, to alternating between 40mg and 80mg daily.

In the second month I noticed something strange happening to the pores on my nose.  They basically opened right up.  I mean, in a BIG way.  It was almost like the blackheads were getting pushed out...  The pores were wide open at this point, and very noticable.  Currently, on Day 80, my pores are smaller, and are completely clean.  It's amazing!

The main side effect I have had over the last month is an extreme dryness inside my nose.  There is blood in there, pretty much all of the time.  When I blow my nose throughout the day, there is always blood in the kleenex.  It is also getting quite cold outside, which is not helping.  I tried a humidifier, but I just cannot do ambient noise while sleeping, so I gave up.  My nose seems to have calmed down over the last week, still bloody, but not as dry and painful inside.

I was expecting huge problems with my lips, as the derm, and his assistant said that they were basically going to crack and fall off of my face.  I can happily report that this has not happened.  My lips are slightly flaky, but no more than usual for this time of year, really.  My hands are still really dry, and this dryness has started to move up my arms as well, with some eczema in the crooks of my elbows.

Now that I am almost done by third month of Accutane, I can say that I am seeing an enormous difference in my skin.  The left side of my face is completely clear, but still red from scarring.  My right side is clear, except for one big baddy zit that just does not want to die.  I just had my PMS week, and did not break out.  Also, the skin on my face has not dried out at all, which I was really expecting.

I am very, very happy with my decision to go on Accutane.  My skin is looking noticably clearer, and it takes less makeup for me to feel confident when I get ready in the morning.  The doctor says I will be on the medication for approximately 7 months, which means I am not even halfway through my course of treatment.  I cannot wait to see how my skin continues to improve.  At first I wondered why my derm opted to put me on 40mg, and 80mg alternating, instead of the full 120mg, which he could potentially do because of my body weight.  I think that staying on the lower dose has helped me avoid a lot of the more serious, and uncomfortable side effects that often come with this medication.

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Love: Tea Lattes!

I am a coffee-girl, through and through, however, I have really gotten into tea as well.  If you had asked me about drinking tea a year ago, I would have said "heck no, give me some coffee!".  My mom was born in England, so I decided it was time to tap into my British roots and cultivate a love for all things tea.  The obsession started upon my discovery of DaivdsTEA.  This store is overwhelming in the best way possible.  They have what seems like hundreds of options when it comes to different kinds of loose leaf tea.  After trying a bunch of different ones, I have learned that I really love Rooibos teas, particularly Jessie's Tea.  My favourite however, is called Forever Nuts.  Who knew that almonds/walnuts would taste so good in tea?!

I swung by DavidsTEA a couple of weeks ago and tried one of their new Tea Lattes.  I ordered a Pumpkin Cheesecake tea, with regular milk and some agave.  It was life altering.  It tastes BETTER than a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Blasphemy!

I decided I would try to make my own Tea Lattes at home, as I had watched the person at the tea shop make mine.  Here is my recipe:

1.5 Teaspoons of your favourite loose leaf tea brewed in about .5 to .75 cups of boiling water
2 sugar cubes
.5 to 1 cup of the milk of your choosing, frothed (I have a handheld frother)

I brew the tea until it is medium to strong, stir in the sugar cubes, and pour in the milk.  Here is the end result:

The tea I used for this one is Bubbie's Baklava, which was released with DavidsTea's Winter Collection.  It is soooooo good.  The featured ingredients are walnuts and pistachios.  Yum!  Tea Lattes are really helping me get into the festive spirit.  They are so nice, and cozy!

Coffee or Tea, which do you go for??

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FLOWER Beauty by Drew Barrymore Blooms in Canada (Finally!)

I was in Walmart the other day, and wandered into the cosmetics, as per usual.  I was looking to see if they had the new Revlon HD Lipsticks and Lacquers (they didn't), but I saw something even more exciting!  I saw a little display in the middle of an aisle for FLOWER Beauty, Drew Barrymore's makeup brand.  I was a little disappointed by the limited selection, and the display was being blocked by a big loading cart, so I kept on walking.  I turned the corner, and, behold, there was an entire display of FLOWER Beauty next to the Wet and Wild section!  The selection was excellent.  

I decided to grab a nail polish, and a lip butter.  I got the nail polish in Budding Romance, a beautiful molten ruby colour that was just screaming Christmas for me.  I also got a Lip Butter in the shade Haute Honeysuckle, which is a soft, nude shade with a bit of a pinky peachiness to it.  It was hard to choose because there were so many lovely colours to choose from.  I asked the checkout person when the brand arrived, and she said at the beginning of October.  It seems like it took a long time for us to finally get this in Canada.  Has anyone seen this in any other stores?

The packaging on the lipsticks is absolutely STUNNING!  This is one of those lippies that I would just leave on my makeup table because of the sheer artistry of it.  The top of the lipstick matches the colour inside.  This lipstick is very creamy, and opaque, as well as moisturizing.  I would love to try another one of these in a more Autumnal colour.

The nail polish was a dream to apply.  I went for two coats, as I find that it makes the polish last longer overall.  You could easily get away with one coat though, as it went on completely opaque and streak-free.  The consistency is perfect, not too thick, not too thin,  It spread over the nail with ease. The lipstick was $6.98, and the nail polish was $4.98.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Accutane Essentials: Hands - Neutrogena Norwegian Formula

The most significant side-effect I have had in this first month and a half of Accutane was a really intense flare-up of eczema on the backs of my hands.  It was bright red, and itchy.  It almost looked like a red glove.  I had used cortisone to treat this in the past, and usually experienced some success.  This time, however, it was not helping at all.  I was using Eucerin to moisturize about 10 times a day, and this wasn’t working either.  My mom did some research online and found out about Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand cream, which is designed for people who live in the coldest climates.  We found some of this at our local Shopper’s Drug Mart.  I put it on and went to sleep that night.  When I woke up, I saw a HUGE improvement.  One week later, and the eczema on my hands was completely gone.

A couple of weeks later, and there is a little bit of redness on my hands, but just a fraction of what had been there.  I have switched to all-natural soap as well, which I hope will help!

I would highly, highly, recommend this product if you are having this side-effect while taking Accutane!  This product was $8.99 at my local Shoppers Drug Mart.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Accutane Diary: Day 10

I started taking Accutane 10 days ago.  I have struggled with my skin since my early 20s (I’m 29 now).  I went to a dermatologist as an undergrad and was prescribed antibiotics, a different kind of birth control, Benzoyl Peroxide cream and a Retisol-A cream.  This helped immensely to give me clearer skin, but it did not last.  After a couple of years the acne came back with a vengeance.  I tried a lot of different things to clear it up, including creams, and special primers/makeup, to no avail.  I tried changing my diet as well, cutting out almost all dairy from what I ate.  This helped somewhat, but the acne just came back even worse.  I finally decided that I was sick and tired of having to worry about my skin all the time, especially the angry red scars that would appear after every pimple.  I have very pale, sensitive skin, and the scars are very apparent when I am not wearing makeup.  I went to the dermatologist 10 days ago and he prescribed me
Accutane (Clarus, specifically). 

I had to go get a blood test to test for what I think are tryglycerides… or fat in my liver, or something.  After this I was able to start taking Accutane.  I know that in the States there are much stricter rules in place in order to start taking Accutane, such as an online pledge, and a pregnancy test.  They do make it very clear that you need a prescription for birth control to use Accutane in Canada, and I am, due to the very serious birth defects that can occur with even ONE Accutane pill.

When I first started I thought my lips started to dry out, which is one sign of using Accutane, but I think I psyched myself out because I had been reading Accutane Blogs and Diaries obsessively.  10 days in and I can say that I am not currently experiencing any dryness of my face, or lips.  I`ve always struggled with ecsema on my hands, and that seems to have worsened since starting to take the pill.  Other than this, no problems.  I think my skin has started to clear slightly, but I would really need to compare some pictures I have taken to be sure.  My mom says she sees a difference already!

I will be posting here weekly, or bi-weekly, as I continue with this treatment.  I should be on it for approximately 5 months.  I am so insanely excited, as the doctor has told me that Accutane essentially CURES acne in 70% of those who take it.  The other 30% get clear skin for several years, and then have to go on another course, but still, that is amazing.

Wish me luck!  Has anyone else tried Accutane?


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: July 2014 'Sensationally Sunkissed'

I have been a subscriber of Ipsy since August 2013.  Here is how it is described on the website:

"Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month."

The shipping is $4.95 per month on top of the $10 for the bag.  I have been receiving this subscription for almost a year, and there has never been a month where I didn't feel that the $14.95 was totally worth it.  Let me show you what I got in my box this month!

Here is what the makeup bag looks like for July:

I really liked this one, I think it is the perfect little makeup bag for summer.  As an 80s kid, anything fluorescent pink like this always gets me.  The only thing that could have made it better is if it were green!

On to the products.  I will talk about them in order of awesomeness (based on my own opinion, of course).



Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in the shade 'Pretty Pink' ($22)
This balm is completely gorgeous!  It applies very smoothly, and opaquely like a liquid lipstick, but has the texture and consistency of a lip balm.  The colour is a medium pink shade that is described as a 'Summer Pink' on the Pixi website.  I love this shade, but I want to try something more in the red, or dark pink family, as I feel that these types of medium pink shades don't make my teeth look very white.

bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 in the shade 'The Inspiration' ($25 at Sephora):

I haven't had a chance to use this yet, but they swatch beautifully on the back of the hand.  It comes with a light pink highlight shade called 'Muse', and a smoky plum shade called 'Passion'.  I think this will be a great duo for fall. 

Models Own nail polish in the shade 'Red Sea' ($9.50 on nailpolishcanada.com):

I love me some nail polish!  This is a sheer, bright, red shade with multi-colour flakes of glitter.  I always prefer flakes versus round glitter as I consider it to look more multidimensional when it catches the light.  This applies nicely;  I am currently wearing it as an accent nail with another polish I received from my Topbox this month (stay tuned for a blog post on that next week).

Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment ($35 for 7.5ml on clearcliniclabs.com):

This sample is 2ml.  I am going to try it, but I rarely get excited about anything skincare related because I already have an established routine.  I have sensitive, and acne-prone skin so I don't like to try a lot of new things and just stick to something effective and consistent.

Pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moisturizer SPF 30 ($55 for 50ml shop.purlisse.com):

This is a 15ml sample size.  Same as with the spot treatment, this kind of thing just is not my jam.  I find sunscreen to be a boring, bag-filler type product.  I'll probably just give this away and buy something at the drugstore for a fraction of the cost.


So three out of the five products were huge wins for me.  If you consider the cost of the bag ($14.95), and the cost of those three products ($50+), it is well worth it.  Even when you only get a deluxe sample, and not a full-size, such as with the Pixi balm.  I almost NEVER use a whole, full-size lipstick anyways, and the mini ones fit better in my purse.  You also get discounts on most products that come in your bag.  For example, because I got an Ipsy bag, I can get 25% off any purchase on the Pixi website.

I highly recommend this as a subscription if you are curious and have never tried one.  It's affordable, you get a sweet little makeup bag, and you get a variety of good high-end products to try.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Essie Nail Polish Collection

Welcome to my Essie collection!  If you have read through my blog, you know by now that I have a HUGE love for all things nail polish.  Essie is defnitely one of my favourite brands.  I put off buying Essie for a long time because of the price tag.  They retail for about $8.99 in Canada, which is double what you would pay for a Revlon polish.  If I'm honest, I would say that Revlon makes better quality nail polish..... that being said, how can you resist the adorable packaging that Essie has to offer?  The colour selection with Essie is stellar, and they release collections throughout the year too, which makes it easy to get sucked in and become a loyal follower.

 L to R:  Lady Like, Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle, Sittin' Pretty, Play Date, and Chinchilly

 L to R:  Spin the Bottle, Pink-a-Boo, Leading Lady, The Girls are Out, Truth or Flare, and Angora Cardi

The first Essie polish I ever bought was Angora Cardi.  I remember this SO clearly because I bought it to wear to my first week of my graduate school internship.  I thought the name, and the colour, would somehow make me look uber professional.  Now let's talk about the shades!

Lady Like:  The Essie website describes this as an 'elegant, soft mauve'.  I would say that is spot on. This is the most gorgeous neutral shade for any occasion.  It has just a touch of pink/mauve which makes it so classic and sophisticated.  This is an absolute must-have if you are looking to get some Essie polishes.

Pilates Hottie:  This is another one I would consider a must-own, as it is an incredibly unique greyed-out lilac.  Unfortunately, I just tried to find it on the website and it does not seem to be available anymore.  It was one of the polishes from the Yogaga Collection.

Bangle Jangle:  Do not fret!  If you can't get Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle is a close second.  This is another grey-toned lilac, or as the Essie site describes it:  a lavender amethyst.  This one is still appearing on the American Essie site, but not the Canadian.

Sittin' Pretty and Play Date:  I am grouping these two together because they are VERY similar.  For the longest time Play Date was my absolute, hands-down, favourite nail polish.  Not just favourite Essie polish, but favourite of ALL of my polishes across all brands.  This was true until I saw Sittin' Pretty in my local Superstore.  Sittin' Pretty is, basically, Play Date's slightly more cool-toned, hot older sister.  Play Date is described on the site as being a 'flirtacious soft purple', where as Sittin' Pretty is described as a 'vivid, intense lavender'.  Sittin' Pretty is part of the Neon 2014 Too Taboo collection, which means it may be limited edition.  Run out and get it, ASAP.

Chinchilly:  Oh, the infamous Chinchilly.  I saw so many people raving about this colour in blogs, and on youtube.  I'll be honest... it's kind of 'meh', in my opinion.  It is described as a 'sleek granite grey'. Maybe it just does not flatter my uber-fair skin tone, but it just felt too muddy for my liking.  Give me a nice light, cool-toned grey and I am all aboard.  I would say you could pass on this one.

Spin the Bottle:  I found this one laying around my local Target with a clearance sticker on it.  I picked it up, and stared at it for a minute... then put it down, thinking "What the hell is this colour, I don't need it."  Then I immediately walked back and put it in my basket.  For two reasons, I have nothing like this at all i my collection, and it was fricking $2.69!!  It is described as a 'semi sheer nude'. This one isn't a must-have by any means, but it sure is out of my comfort zone!

Pink-a-Boo:  More like, Pink-a-BORING.  This is just a really pale pink with some shimmer in it. Nothing special at all. PASS.  It is super sheer, which means it takes way too many coats to make it worth it.

Leading Lady:  I debated buying this for over a month when this Winter 2012 collection was released. I just could not get it out of my head, so it went into my basket.  It is just so pretty, and sparkly, and Christmasy!  It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz.  It is described as a 'supreme deep red with shimmer'.

The Girls are Out:  I got this for $2.00 at my local Dollar Tree, because WTF they sell Essie at Dollar Tree now!  There is really nothing special about this shade, which is probably why it was at the loonie store.  It is described as a 'fuchsia peony sparkle'.  Not terribly unique.

Truth or Flare:  This is an interesting shade.  I struggle with this one because I just feel that it is borderline inappropriate to wear to a professional workplace.  It is just too.... blue.  I think it could look really good on the toes though!  It is described as a 'vintage blue denim'.

Angora Cardi:  Described as a 'creamy, deep dusty rose'.  Perfect description.  It is very demure, and classy.  It does not get pulled out of my collection very often.  I feel compelled to give it a fair shot, though, because it is a pretty unique colour.

L to R:  Lady Like, Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle, Sittin' Pretty, Play Date, and Chinchilly

L to R:  Spin the Bottle, Pink-a-Boo, Leading Lady, The Girls are Out, Truth or Flare, and Angora Cardi

 L to R:  Lady Like, Pilates Hottie, Bangle Jangle, Sittin' Pretty, Play Date, and Chinchilly

(Last Six)  L to R:  Spin the Bottle, Pink-a-Boo, Leading Lady, The Girls are Out, Truth or Flare, and Angora Cardi

If you can only have ONE!:  Sittin' Pretty!!!!!  This is one of those "I can't stop looking at my hands", type of colours.  It is mesmerizingly beautiful.  

Hope you enjoyed!  I didn't realize I only have 12 Essie nail polishes... it may be time to remedy that!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: The Body Shop's Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks

Left - 14 - Magenta Be Rouge  Right - 15 - Fuchsia Flirt

Today I am reviewing The Body Shop's new Colour Crush Shine lipsticks.  The two shades I picked up are number 14, Magenta Be Rouge (Left), and number 15, Fuchsia Flirt (Right).

I purchased Fuchsia Flirt first, after seeing Essiebutton review number 18, Sunset Romance, which is a coral shade.  Based on her review, I knew that I wanted to try one of these, but wanted to go for something more pinky, as I do not think that coral shades are the most flattering with my skin tone.  Fuchsia Flirt really caught my eye because it is this gorgeous bright pink shade that just SCREAMS summer for me.  After wearing this a few times, I knew that I was going to need more of these in my life.  They apply so smoothly, and do not go on as opaquely as you may think when viewing them in the tube.  They have a very sheer application of colour, comparable to the way your lips would look after sucking on a cherry popsicle.

I wasn't sure which shade I was going to go for next, until I saw Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup, talk about number 14, Magenta Be Rouge, in one of her videos.  In the tube it looks like a lovely radiant orchid shade, that pinky/purply shade that I just cannot get enough of.  

Left - 14 - Magenta Be Rouge  Right - 15 - Fuchsia Flirt

These lipsticks retail for $13.80 in Canada, but I have never paid full price for anything in The Body Shop, as they are constantly having sales, whether it is 40% off, or buy two get one free, etc.  I paid about $7.00 for these little beauties.  These lipsticks are perfect for summer because they are extremely comfortable to wear, and apply much like a balm, so there's very little fuss.  They still give you a stunning, bright wash of colour which is perfect for this lovely, sunny weather.

If I had to choose just one, I would say for for 14 - Magenta Be Rouge, because it is the perfect orchid shade for this time of year.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My first (of many future) TOPSHOP beauty haul!

So I went into Vancouver last month to see Wicked, and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to check out the Topshop we have in The Bay.  I had never been in Topshop before but I've watched countless haul videos by British youtubers who swear by this brand's makeup offerings.  I have coveted their blushes for what seems like forever!

The first two things I grabbed were lipsticks.  Honestly, the packaging on this makeup is way too awesome.  How could I resist stripes and polka dots?!  The colours I got are Beehive  and Beguiled. Beehive is a beautiful, wearable, everyday pink shade.  Beguiled is STUNNING and is definitely going to be one of my Fall go-to shades.  I can't wait to try more.

Lipsticks in Beehive and Beguiled

I also grabbed a Gloss Ink, because I had heard Fleur talk about how amazing these are.  These things seriously live up to the hype, let me tell you.  The shade I grabbed is called Relentless, and it is a gorgeous orange-toned red.  It is really bright, so I don't think I will be pulling this out at work, but they have incredible wearing power, so it could be a good night-out shade.

Gloss Ink in Relentless

Be-still my beating heart, how much do I LOVE these blushes.  Too much.  I grabbed a cream shade in Head Over Heals, and a powder shade in Good Girl.  This is the kind of packaging that you just leave on your vanity and never put in a drawer, it is straight up, way too fricking cute.  The cream blush is super easy to apply if used with a stippling brush, such as ELF's, or Real Techniques.

Cream blush in Head Over Heels, and powder blush in Good Girl

Lastly, I bought one of their nail polishes.  I honestly almost walked out without one of these babies, because there is always a little voice in the back of my head telling me that I do not need anymore nail polish, like BE SERIOUS, KAT.  I just had to get one though, to round out the collection.  My mom helped me pick out this lovely warm plum shade.  This applied really nicely with one coat (I forgot to take a picture, oops!). This shade is called All I Need is Aniseed.

Nail Polish in All I Need is Aniseed

Needless to say, I highly, highly, recommend grabbing a few things from this brand if you are near a Topshop.  You can order makeup from the British site, but not from The Bay site, which for lack of a better word, sucks!

I hope you enjoyed!  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Haul time! Feelunique.com

I went for a bit of a splurge on the feelunique website about three weeks ago.  My main goal was to get a new kabuki brush, because I've been using the Ecotools one for awhile, and wanted to convert to Real Techniques.  I really can't say enough good things about the Real Techniques brushes.  They are by far the best brushes I have ever used.  They are well worth the money!  

I purchased the Real Techniques Kabuki Brush, and the Retractable Lip Brush.  My hope is that with this lip brush in my collection I will be more motivated to use my Sleek pout paints!  I also got a lip gloss from Tanya Burr in Exotic Island.  I love Tanya Burr, her Youtube videos are always so uplifting and fun to watch.  I wanted to own something from her collection because I am such a big fangirl.  I wanted a nail polish but they are not currently shipping to Canada, which is a major bummer!  Penguin Chic, I want thee!

My most exciting purchase is the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Cherub.  I saw Estee from Essiebutton wearing this in one of her videos, and I immediately fell in love.  Her and I are both really pale, so I think it will complement my skintone as well.  It is a very delicate peachy pink colour, and it is a dream to apply with a stipple brush.  I just put some on over the makeup I just wore to work for 11 hours, so it is a bit Caketown, but it looks promising!  I will try it on a clean-slate face tomorrow morning.

Feelunique carries a lot of really awesome brands, and the shipping is free worldwide if you spent about $15.  Maybe it's time for a splurge?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Potent

So I did a little bit of damage in Sephora today.  I am going to post a Sephora haul later on in the week, but I thought I would write a post about my first impressions of Formula X for Sephora nail color.  I went to Sephora today determined that I was going to get one of these polishes, because the hype around these is hugeeee across the blogosphere and Youtube, and I appreciate a good polish, as you know. 

I was going to go for one of the polishes from the Electric collection, but I opted for something a bit more wearable, and Springy.  The shade I got is Potent, and it is from the New Neutrals collection.  This colour is described on the site as being a Carnation Pink, but it definitely has some purple tones in real life.  I wanted to get this shade because I have always struggled with pale pink polishes (say that three times fast).  They always seem to apply streaky, and end up being WAY too high maintenance.  Sadly to say, despite the price tag on this, Potent wasn't any different.  The finish, as you can see above, is beautiful (this is with Seche Vite top coat), but getting to this point was kind of annoying.  The polish is quite thick, and applies streaky and sort of globby.  It took me three coats to get the effect above.

I am not sure if I will go out of my way to get another one of these.  The special effect polishes are pretty rad, but not $13 worth of rad.  I was pressured (twice) by sales associates to get the kit that comes with the cleanser, base coat, and top coat, but I was not interested.  They said it would make my polish last two weeks, but as a self-proclaimed polish lover, I actually LIKE changing my polish every three days or so!  

Has anyone tried these and had a different experience?  Please let me know in the comments, as maybe I just got a dud!

Monday, May 26, 2014

NOTD: Rimmel Pink-a-boo and NYC Top of the Gold

I absolutely love this colour for Spring.  It screams, "Fun, and flowery!", without being too in your face.  The pink shade is Rimmel's 60 second polish in Pink-a-boo.  These polishes live up to the name, and actually do dry faster than other polishes I have tried.  This, paired with a nice topcoat, is a HUGE time saver.  The above picture if with two coats.  I love the brush on this polish.  It is wide, and flat, which makes it easier to paint most of your nail in one swipe.  This helps me to get less polish around the outside of my nail, which is my superpower...

The accent polish on my ring finger is NYC's Top of the Gold. This is a gold flake suspended in a clear polish.  I have been looking for a gold flake polish for awhile, and this is as close as I could find.  The flakes are a little small for my taste, but it adds a nice, subtle sparkle to the accent nail.  Does anyone know of any gold flake polishes that have larger flakes?  

Top of the Gold

Top of the Gold
The top coat here is Seche Vite, and I used Essie "First Base" base coat.

I am slowly starting to settle into Spring, and the idea of Summer being right around the corner... but I am already craving Fall!  What are your favourite Spring polishes?