April 01, 2016

March Empties!

Even more empties this month as I moved last weekend and decided to purge some items! I'd definitely been holding onto some stuff for too long! There'll likely be another purge soon as well since I'm moving outside of Canada and won't be able to bring much with me! More on that later though!

L to R: Nails Inc. Marylebone, Nails Inc. Chester Street, Nails Inc. Porchester Square, ELF Cream Eyeliner in Copper

Nails Inc. Marylebone: Unfortunately this is hard as a rock, which is too bad because this was a one-coater glitter, and I loved the colour combination of purple, pink, and silver! Life is too short to cry over hardened nail polish, and I have plenty more to use before I pick up a replacement / dupe. Click here to see it in action.

Nails Inc. Chester Street: This was a meh polish for me and I'm not too sad it's turned into a gloopy mess. There are more flattering taupes out there for me to try out!

Nails Inc. Porchester Square: Another hardened Nails Inc. mini, definitely a sign that I just can't use these up quick enough and there might be a flaw in their formula / packaging. This wasn't too flattering on me either.

ELF Cream Eyeliner in Copper: I bought this a few years back for $3, unfortunately it's all dried up and unusable now. I liked the shimmery brown shade, but it did take a few passes to build up opacity. I have too many eyeliners already and will not be replacing this with anything! I don't find myself reaching for a gel eyeliner as much as a pencil.

L to R: Ulta Brilliant Color Lip Gloss in 15, Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Afterglow, Martina Lip Balm in Vanilla, Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Maui Mango Mai Tai

Ulta Brilliant Color Lip Gloss in 15: While this wasn't fully used up (it was about 2/3 empty), the container was a sticky mess, so it's being tossed. This was a "my lips but better" lip gloss for me, and I loved the vanilla scent. It was a bit sticky, and there are better glosses on the market so I won't be picking this up again.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pink Afterglow: This was only 1/3 empty, but the container was even stickier and messier than the Ulta one. I'd been storing it in it's own ziploc bag for years now and I've decided to clear some space and just toss it! Too much effort to have to wash your hands clean of sticky gloss after using this! This was a glitter bomb high-shine lip gloss. I liked the colour of the gloss, but too much shimmer for 2016 and this is a sticky gloss that tends to migrate all over your face when wearing. Gross. Will not be replacing.

Martina Lip Balm in Vanilla: This was super old and needed to get tossed! While I liked the consistency, the bit of shimmer, and the scent, I'm not a fan of lip balms you use your fingers to apply with! Will not repurchase

Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Maui Mango Mai Tai: I liked this scent! Fruity and tropical!

L to R: Quo Nail Polish Remover Strengthening, Delon Premium Cosmetic Cotton Rounds

Quo Nail Polish Remover Strengthening: This did a great job removing polish. Will likely repurchase

Delon Premium Cosmetic Cotton Rounds: These are my HG cotton pads! Perfect texture, no fluff, good strength! Highly recommend! I found these at Costco so I have about 5 more packs of them to get through!

I used up 7 full-size products and 3 deluxe-size products in March!

What did you use up in March?

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March 23, 2016

NOTD: March 23, 2016

I know you know I love me some purples! Here are two lavenders in 1 mani!

This is Barielle Rain in Spain with Barielle Jess' Champagne Toast (both from this haul). I used NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base, 2 coats of Rain in Spain and 3 coats of Jess' Champagne Toast and topped it off with Sparitual Multi-Tasker Base and Topcoat.

I thought I'd like Jess' Champagne Toast more as there's pink shimmer in the bottle, on the nail however it falls a bit flat and looks like your typical lavender metallic. Rain in Spain on the other hand is a difficult to define polish with purple, blue, and greys!

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March 21, 2016

NOTD: March 21, 2016

This vampy and very glam mani is China Glaze Seduce Me (from this haul) with Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow (from this haul)

I was surprised by how much I like Seduce Me, it's a great dark pink / red combo.

I used NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base, 2 coats of Seduce Me, 2 coats of Boom Boom Pow, and Sparitual Multi-Tasker Base and Topcoat to finish it off.

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March 19, 2016

NOTD: March 19, 2016

This is Julep Paula (from this haul). It's a Persian blue with purple shimmer through it! Very rich and pretty!

I used butter London Nail Foundation as the base, two coats of Paula, and I topped it off with Sparitual Multi-Tasker Base and Topcoat.

I like it!

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March 17, 2016

Winners Haul!

L to R: Zoya Crystal, China Glaze Seduce Me, Zoya Anastasia

Look what I found! More pretties to play with! Gotta love Winners! These three were only $15 including tax!

Expect some NOTDs featuring these coming soon!

Have you found any great deals recently?

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March 07, 2016

NOTD: March 7, 2016

This spring-appropriate NOTD is Julep Julep (brand name then polish name, not a typo) with Julep London as the accent!

Julep is the perfect orchid, a very flattering shade for most, and a happy medium between pink and purple!

London surprised me with more depth on the nail than in the bottle, and I'm happy it isn't a complete dupe for Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac or one of my many (mani) lighter purples!

I used NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base, 2 coats of both Julep and London and topped it off with Sparitual Multi-Tasker Base and Topcoat!

Love this one!

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March 05, 2016

NOTD: March 5, 2016

I finally caved and bought from the OPI Gwen Stefani collection! This pretty pink is Hey Baby! I used NYC Matte Me Crazy as the base, 2 coats of Hey Baby, and topped it off with Sparitual Multi-Tasker Base and Topcoat

While this wasn't a unique colour, it was good quality! Everyone needs a basic pink mani every now and then!

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