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Showing posts with label peach. Show all posts

24 June 2013

Simple Spring/Summer Florals Inspired by MrCandiipants

Hi everyone! I've been inspired by the easy nail art suggestions and blog posts that have been submitted for my survey (if you're interested, you can find the details here). So I decided to do some easy nail art for tonight's blog post.

Simple spring/summer floral nail art

The inspiration for this was an amazingly simple floral design done by MrCandiipants aka Candice. She's done a few variations on this design, and I love each and every one of them. You can find the YouTube video tutorial she did here.

Simple spring/summer floral nail art

The thing I love about these flowers is that they don't require any fancy nail art tools. You use the brushes in the nail polish bottle to make the petals and the dots in the centre. Just make sure to wipe all the excess polish off of the brush before making your flowers. When I made my strokes for the petals I worked from the outside to the middle.

Simple spring/summer floral nail art

My base polish is Lime Crime Milky Ways. And for the flowers I used Lime Crime Once in a Blue Mousse and Butter London Trout Pout. The dots in the centre are Misa BreakAway, a dark purple with a shimmer - not that you can see the shimmer, it's just what I grabbed.

Simple spring/summer floral nail art

I'm so in love with these! It's one of those designs where I can't stop staring at my nails, they please me so much. And they are so easy I was able to do them on my right hand. The flowers on my right hand are a little bit more awkward, but they are supposed to be kinda awkward in the first place. :)

What do you think of these? Have you seen MrCandiipants' easy florals before?

24 May 2013

Misa Fresh & Fruity Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! This may not come as much of a surprise, but I've really been enjoying all the pastel and bright colours that have been coming out lately. I don't care how many I've added to my collection, there's always room for a few more! ;) If you're feeling the same way, you will want to check out this collection.

Misa Fresh & Fruity collection

I first saw the Misa Fresh & Fruity collection posted on Work/Play/Polish, and I was really attracted to the fun colours. Work/Play/Polish always has the most flawless swatches, so I was also curious to see if they were as good as they looked. I've never tried Misa polishes, but I had a good feeling about these when I bought them from my local Trade Secrets store. The manager confirmed my suspicions when she told me that she believed the formula of the Misa polishes was superior to OPI and Essie (the store carries all three brands). Another interesting fact is that these polishes are vegan and cruelty free.

Since the application on all of them was similar, I will show you swatches first, then sum up my experiences at the end of this post.

Blueberry Blast is a pastel baby blue creme that is absolutely perfect on its own or underneath glitter polishes. I love blue, so this was one of my favourites. 2 coats.

Misa Blueberry Blast

Misa Blueberry Blast

Great Grape is a nice periwinkle creme. It was very flattering on my skin tone, and another great colour. 2 coats.

Misa Great Grape

Misa Great Grape

Lime Love is bright lime green with a gorgeous yellow shimmer. I don't normally go for lime greens, but this is amazing! Also 2 coats.

Misa Lime Love

Misa Lime Love

Lovely Lychee is a vivid fuchsia creme. It's not quite neon, but still very bright. Another great colour for summer. Again, 2 coats here.

Misa Lovely Lychee

Misa Lovely Lychee

Peach Passion is a pastel peach creme. When it goes on the nail, it's a bit brighter than in the bottle. This one was a bit more sheer than the others, but I still only needed two coats. My second coat was a bit thicker though.

Misa Peach Passion

Misa Peach Passion

Ripe Rashberry is a pastel pink with slightly cool tones. Another perfect summer colour and great on its own or under a glitter polish. Also 2 coats.

Misa Ripe Rashberry

Misa Ripe Rashberry

I'm so in love with these colours, and I can see myself wearing them a lot this summer. I'm also happy to say that the formula on all of these was flawless, these are seriously some of the best mainstream polishes I've tried in awhile. For all polishes, I needed two coats for full coverage, no exceptions. The polish went on absolutely smooth and even - and all of them were perfectly self-leveling. The formula on these was perfect consistency, not too thin, not too thick; they were a dream to apply. I really have no issues to report with any of them. All of them dried to a very high shine, with the exception of Lovely Lychee, which has a semi-matte finish.

As I said, I got these at Trade Secrets, but if you are in Canada or the US, Misa is also available through Nail Polish Canada. Misa can also be bought directly from their website. It seems they ship internationally, but shipping is a bit expensive if you are outside the US.

What do you think of this collection? Do any stand out for you?

21 May 2013

Chanel Starlet 575 Le Vernis, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I'm badly in need of some extra sleep tonight so I just have a short post for you today. But before I get into it, I have a quick announcement - I have my swatch spreadsheet up!! :) For the last 5 1/2 months the 'Stash' page has been under construction, but I know some people have checked it out, so I figured it was high time to get that set up.

In regards to my stash spreadsheet, if there's something in my collection you would like to see swatched, please leave a comment on the Stash page, or send me an email. If there's enough interest, maybe it will be a regular "Reader Request" series - a short post every week or two with all the requests. If there's not too much interest, it will be an on-demand sort of thing.



Chanel Starlet 575 came into my possession a few weeks ago, when I was in need of some retail therapy. It's from the Spring 2013 Avant Premiere collection, which evokes the spirit of classic '30s Hollywood and European films. There are four polishes in the collection, and while I loved all four when I tried them in the store, my conscience would only allow one to come home with me.

Chanel Starlet 575

Starlet is a muted mid-toned peachy pink with a gorgeous shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle on the nail but is definitely visible and gives the polish a luminosity. It's definitely a more conservative colour, but very nice to wear for spring. For me, it's a break from all the brights and pastels I've been wearing. It's one of those colours that previously I wouldn't have been attracted to, but when I tried it on in the store it was an unexpected love at first sight. <3

Chanel Starlet 575

Chanel Starlet 575

The formula was perfect, it was almost a one-coater, but I used two coats here, plus top coat. It goes on very smooth and evenly and is perfectly self-levelling. Beautiful colour and perfect formula - swoon!! :)

Chanel Starlet 575 (direct lighting)

I bought this from Holt Renfrew, but it should still be available wherever Chanel is sold. I believe it might be limited edition, so if you like it I would act fast!

What do you think of this? Do you own any Chanel polishes, and if so, which ones are your favourite?

23 April 2013

Essence Nude Glam Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have swatches of four of the Nude Glam polishes from Essence - there's other Nude Glam polishes but these four are the only ones available in North America (at least according to the Essence website). They caught my eye over the weekend when I was out polish shopping, and I thought "well, why not?" I'm always on the lookout for a good nude polish that works with my skin tone. I was only able to find two over the weekend, then today I found the other two when I was at the drugstore. Score! Complete set!! :P

Essence Nude Glam polishes

Café Olé is a pale taupe creme with a very subtle shimmer. I really like this one and found it very flattering. The formula was perfect and I used three coats here, but really two would do - I have some staining on one of my nails from my peacock mani, so I wanted to cover that up. It's similar to Models Own Nude Beige (reviewed here) but is more neutral, while the Models Own has a slightly more reddish tone.

Essence Nude Glam Café Olé

Essence Nude Glam Café Olé

Cotton Candy is a very, very pale pink. It's more of a sheer than a creme and I used three coats here. There were no problems formula wise. This is probably my least favourite of the bunch, I just find that there's many polishes like this on the market. It looks very similar to Deborah Lippmann's Prelude to a Kiss, and I'm sure you can probably think of some other dupes.

Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy

Essence Nude Glam Cotton Candy

Iced Strawberry Cream is a pale muted pink creme with a silver shimmer. It's a tad frosty but not too much for my taste. This was three coats but two would work - again, covering up the staining. The formula was good but I did have some issues with bubbling, although I'm not sure if that's my fault or the polish. I also found this one very flattering on me.

Essence Nude Glam Iced Strawberry Cream

Essence Nude Glam Iced Strawberry Cream

Peach & Cream is a pale peachy nude with a delicate shimmer. I used three coats and you can still see the nail line. It has a good formula, I just wish it was a bit more opaque.

Essence Nude Glam Peach & Cream

Essence Nude Glam Peach & Cream

My favourites out of the bunch are definitely Café Olé and Iced Strawberry Cream. The other two I think would look better on other skin tones. My only issue with this collection is the limited range of shades. "Nude" is defined as "flesh colour," so why are these all so pale? Just a thought.

What do you think of these? Did you pick up any of the Nude Glam polishes? Do you care for nude polishes, or would you prefer I banish them from the blog? ;)
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