March 22, 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

Sally Hansen has come out with a new polish called Miracle Gel. Its claim is that it acts just like a gel polish with out the inconvenience of having to use a UV light. It suppose to be strong and shine like a gel polish, as well as last anywhere between 10-14 days.



 

Before I actually tired this polish I was a little sceptical. I didn’t know how the “gel” was going to work without a UV light. Was it really going to last? I was looking for a tough, long lasting nail polish that I could do anywhere. 

 

Once I tried the polish myself I was able to make a final decision. I was happy to find the gel polish didn’t take as long as I thought it would to dry. If even layers are applied with a few moments to dry in between the polish seems to dry over all pretty quickly. I was quiet pleased with the final product. The polish lasted easily over 10 days without chipping, or loss of shine. 

 

I have now accumulated 3 different shades, as well as a top coat.

 

Top Coat #100 – Clear 

Tidal Wave #360 – A deep true blue (Matte)

Too Haute #520 – Dark magenta (Shimmer)

Crème de la Crème #430 – Pale pink (Satin) 



 

Sally Hansen has offered a wide variety of colors for people to choose from. 

These polishes are sold at Wal-Mart, Shoppers Drug Mart or where other Sally Hansen nail polishes are sold. They usually retail for anywhere between $8-$11 CND.

 

Peace & Luv

Nails… Heavenly Angel

few weeks ago I went to get my nails filled and polished. While checking out their selection of nail polishes I discovered the salon had polish by Perfect Match called MoodGel, a color changing nail gel polish. I was, of course very excited about this and had to try it.

 

When I checked out the ring of sample nails I was happy to find a decent variety of colors. Don’t get me wrong there weren’t a bunch of shades in every color but there was definitely something for everyone. The real magic happened when I ran the sample nails under hot water and watched all the colors change. (The polish is based on temperature and will change depending on if your fingers (nails) are hot or cold.) 


 
(Above photo is during color change.)

The first time I tried this polish I had my nails painted in a shade called A Bit Chilly. It was a shade of blue that went from a bright blue when warm to a dark blue/black when cold

 

This time I tried a shade called Heavenly Angel. It’s this beautiful shade of Magenta pink when cold that turns into a creamy white when warm. I have fallen in love with this dramatic transition. I love the fact that this polish goes from bold to neutral. Another thing I love about these Mood Polishes is that once they do start to cross fade they create a beautiful ombre. 







I have tried to purchase these polishes myself but have had a hard time finding them in stores. I have however found them online at places like EBay or Amazon. I have also found them on specialty nail sites. These polishes go for anywhere between $10-$14 US.

 

Peace & Luv

February 24, 2015

NARS Dual Intensity Blush- Spring 2015

For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Blush. Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly-imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by François Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones. Sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint. Designed in a sensorial, soft-touch square case with a modern magnetic closure, six luxuriously embossed duos heighten the art of transformation.

Dual Intensity Blush Duo- $57.00 CND

Adoration- Baby Pink/ Hot Pink (Shimmer)

Craving- Soft Pink/ Light Bronze (Shimmer)

Fervor- Light Pink/ Dark Rose (Shimmer)

Frenzy- Gold/ Bright Orange (Shimmer)

Jubilation- Soft Gold/ Peachy Nude (Shimmer)

Panic- Fuchsia/ Burnt Pink-Orange (Shimmer)



This collection also features a new and very pretty looking blush/contour brush. Although I haven’t been able to find much information or confirm a price for the brush at this time but I’m thinking it’s going to be somewhere around $53.00 CND.

This collection will be available at NARS and Sephora on March 4th online and in store. It will also be released in department stores April 1st. These shades will become a permanent part of the NARS collection.

Some of these blushes look absolutely beautiful. I personally look forward to trying Fervor, Frenzy and Jubilation, but out of all the items offered in NARS’ new collection I look forward to trying the new brush the most- It looks like it is going to be a great size for the different contours of the face. 

I hope to have a review on these blush duos soon. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.

Peace & Luv

February 23, 2015

MAC Cinderella Collection Spring 2015

Timeless and courageous, the most famous Disney princess of all inspires a limited-edition colour collection magical enough to make all your fairytale dreams come true. Beloved for generations for her kind heart and determined mind that dares to dream, Cinderella envisages enough makeup shades to fill a pumpkin carriage.


MAC is launching Cinderella collection in collaboration with the new Cinderella movie coming out on March 15th. I have yet to personally review the collection but this is what you can expect in the way of pricing and products included in the collection.


Lipstick- (Limited Edition) $21.00 CDN

Free as a Butterfly- Golden Nude

Royal Ball- Flesh Tone Pink


Lipglass- (Limited Edition) $20.00 CDN

Happily Ever After- Light Pink with Blue Pearl Shimmer

Glass Slipper- Light Pink with Pink Pearl Shimmer


Eyeshadow Compact X6- Stroke of Midnight (Limited Edition) $53.00 CND

Phloof!- Off White

Quarry- Plum Brown

Omega- Beige-Taupe

Vapour- Peachy Pink

Stroke of Midnight- Dark Plum Purple with Silver Shimmer

Satin Taupe- Taupe with light Silver Shimmer

 

MAC Studio Eye Gloss (Limited Edition) $27.50 CND

Lightly Tauped- Beige Gloss with Pearl Finish

Pearl Varnish- Pearl White Gloss

 

Fluidline (Limited Edition) $21.00 CND

Little Black Bow- Grey with Silver Pearl

Macroviolet- Dark Violet with Red Pearl

 

Iridescent Pressed Powder (Limited Edition) $33.00 CND

Coupe d’Chic- Peachy Beige with Golden Shimmer

 

Pigment (Limited Edition) $29.00 CND

Evil Stepmother- Dark Black Plum

Pretty It Up- Olive Pearl

 

Glitter (Limited Edition) $28.00 CND

Reflects Pearl- Pearl White Glitter

 

Beauty Powder (Limited Edition) $33.00 CND

Mystery Princess- Pinky Beige with Silver Shimmer

 

Brushes

Blending Brush 217- $28.50 CND

Large Angled Contour 168- $42.00 CND




The MAC Cinderella Collection will be available online at maccosmetics.com on February 26th. You can find it in store in Canada and the US on March 5th, internationally sometime in March. 

have personally heard a mixed reviews of this collection so far. With that said there are definitely a few items I look forward to trying. I hope to be posting a review of this collection in the near future. 

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below. 

Happy shopping!

Peace & Luv

 

February 4, 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

Since Sally Hansen first released thier Miracle Gel polish I have wanted to try it. I was pretty excited to see what I thought of the product simply because of all the mixed opinons I have heard already. (With that said, I do not base my reviews on any other opinon except for my own. -Just sayin.)

Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel Polish is suppose to give the wearer the look and feel of a gel polish with the covince of being able to do your nails at home without using an LED or UV light to cure the polish. 
When I first heard of this idea I loved it. Quick and easy, but was it too good to be true?

The bottles themselves are pretty standard size (14.7 ml/ 0.5 fl oz) The packaging is simple and straight forwards. Sally Hansen seems to offer a good variety of colors too. 


purchased these polishes at Shoppers Drugmart for $11.99 each. Definitely a little pricy for a bottle of nail polish, however it is suppose to act like a gel polish and should last much longer then a regular nail polish. I feel like for these reasons if the product works, its worth it.

Creme De La Creme (430)
Miracle Gel Top Coat Clear (100)


On the label it says to apply 2 coats of your colored Miracle Gel polish. Then apply a coat of your Miracle Gel Topcoat. 


I applied this exactly on one of my test nails and found the color to streaky and transparent. I tried appling more coats of polish and found it took me 4 coats before I achived the opaqueness I was looking for. I found the drying time between layers of polish to be a little trickly. The layers of polish dry quickly to the touch, however will remain soft for a few hours afterwards so you still need to be careful.

When I applied the topcoat I found 1 coat didnt really give me the amount of shine I wanted. I was disappointed to see the Miracle Gel topcoat wasnt as glossy as I had expected it to be. You may want to apply a second coat. When appling to my own nails I waited a while (45-60 mins) before appling the second clear coat. Again you may have to wait a while for this polish to completely dry.


I also wanted to try and compare a couple things with this polish. At one point I did put one of my test nails under an LED lamp to see if it would dry or cure any faster or stronger. It definitely helped the polish dry faster snd seemed to make it stronger. I also tried comparing the Miracle Gel topcoat to my regular nail polish topcoat. I found that my regular topcoat was just as if not more shiney and glossy then my Miracle Gel topcoat. 

I applied this polish to my toe nails about 5 days ago and they are still polished and looking nice. A couple days into thier wear I did apply an additional top coat to help keep them looking fresh and shiney.

Hope you found this blog helpful. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

Peace & Luv

January 14, 2015

Review... ESO Smooth Lip Balm 2014 Holiday Collection

Inspired by travel and the warm sun, this limited edition eos Smooth Sphere lip balm flavor trio was inspired by fashion designer Rachel Roy. Each pack includes brand-new, limited edition flavors Indian Summer Orange Blossom, Aloha Hawaii Strawberry Kiwi, and St. Barth's Sunrise Pink Grapefruit. USDA-certified organic and 100% natural with a special design on each lip balm, this collection is sure to keep you smiling all season long. Makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer.

Over the holidays I was shopping (of course) and came across a Evolution of Smooth holiday set that came with 3 EOS sphere lip balms. I thought since I have never tried them why not give this holiday pack a try.



So as mentioned there were 3 lip balms included. As far as packaging went it was very cute and very giftable. You could tell right away that it was made to give as a gift during the holiday season. They came in a circular container with a clear lid so you could see the contents.

Lip Balms include Indian Summer Orange Blossom, Aloha Hawaii Strawberry Kiwi, & St Barth's Sunrise Pink Grapefruit. (Personal favorite: St. Barth's Sunrise Pink Grapefruit)

Each EOS lip balm came in its classic sphere shape, as well as regular twist on container. At first I wasnt too sure how I would feel about having a round lip balm. I found that in the end the shape had no effect on how I felt about it.  The round edge makes it a little easier to apply in one round consecutive motion. I thought it was a cute and funky idea simply because its diffrent. With this said like many other lip balms or lip chap I find that the lid & edges tend to get dirty quickly. I thought there may be a tighter seal on the EOS balms due to the lid actually screwing onto the bottom but found them to be just like any other lip balm. 




The first thing I noticed about the actual product was the smell. These EOS lip balms smell like candy and will continue to smell like candy while you were them. There is no horrible after taste from licking your lips either.

I enjoyed the way these balms applied smoothly to my lips. Its glided on nicely without over applying. At first my lips were very smooth & felt moisturized however after only a few minutes I found myself needing to apply more. I also found that as this lip balm absorbed into my lips, they started to feel s little dry. Almost as if I need to continue to reapply, reapply. Over a couple days of use I found my lips to be more dried out then when I had started. 

At first I was really excited about this product. I think its a super cute idea, in a unique package however I was a little disappointed with the product itself.

If you would like more information on thus product head to evolutionofsmooth.ca

Hope you found this review useful. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

Peace & Luv

Nails... Hotski to Tchotchke

Today I did one of my favourite things to do, got my nails done. I was feeling a little adventurous and wanted to try something a little diffrent.

Every 2-3 fills (depending on what kind of shape my nails are in) I like to get my false nails removed and a new set applied. My main reason for doing this is to prevent any fungus or infections. After a while your real nail grows out. The arcylic or gel or whatever you choose to use could seperate from your real nail and allow water to sit inbetween, cause a fungus or infection. 

So this was my time to switch up nails. When they asked me about shape I decided to try something diffrent and go with a almond (stiletto-ish) shape. I really like this look on other woman. Its a retro look that has been given a modern flare. At first I will admit they were a little intimidating. (I felt like I had a new set of claws. It was kinda awesome.) After a short while I did get used to them. It wasnt hard for me to switch from my usual square shape.

 

(Photo's were taken one full week after having manicure done.)

As far as polish and color goes I stuck with my other new trend, Shellac. I feel like the Shellac or gel polish helps keep my nails stronger and more durable. Today I went with what Ive been calling a mermaid color, CND's Hotski ti Tchotchke, a bright and pearly Teal. My nails were topped off with the CND Dimond Shine top coat.

Peace & Luv

December 23, 2014

Sparkling Green Holiday Nails

Today's manicure was very stright up & basic. I got my usual acrylic fill, with a sparkling green gel polish to keep im theme with the holiday season. 



To create this glittering look we started with a shimmering teal gel polish as a base coat. Once that was set by UV light we began to apply the sparkling green gel polish. I used one coat for the base coat & 3 coats of sparkles to really make sure the entire nail is opaque.

This is a very "basic" look but really quite effective. I have been getting many compliments on my sparkling christmas nails. They arent too over the top but enough to notice.

You can alway add extra Christmas decore to your nails by painting on a snowman or maybe a Santa hat. Get creative with yout nails & let your imagination run free.

Merry Christmas everyone!! Have a safe & happy holiday!!! 
Peace & Luv

December 1, 2014

Nails... Gel Polish Manicure- The Pro's & Con's

About a week and a half ago I went to get my acrylic nails filled. While getting them done I decided to try a gel nail polish instead of my regualar polish & top coat.

The only reason I decided to switch was because it was my birthday the following week & thought I would treat myself to something new. I had gotten nails painted with gel once before but my experience with them was a bit of a toss up. I always enjoyed the look of shiney gel nails, however I was never super excited about the price. (Almost an extra $15 in my case.) I also found that the gel polish would fade and slowly rub off when I would use rubbing alcohol while doing make up. Luckily this time around I havent had the same problem. 

This time Im actually really enoying the look and duriblity of my nails. They seem to be a bit stronger & dont seem to be chipping or fading. (1.5 weeks) They are still beautiful & shiney- just a little grown out.


Earlier today I was reading an article about the pros & cons of wearing gel nails or polish. It seemed to me that the biggest concerns are the damaged caused to your nail beds, the frequent soaking of nails/hands in acetone to remove gel polish or gel nails and hands being left directly under UV light to dry. 

Yes, after a prolonged period of time you could begin to see damage to your nails, but that is with anytime of false nail. It helps to ensure you are getting them done somewhere where they know how to do gel nails properly. 

The acetone was a concer because of how much it dries out the nails and skin. I believe it is even absorbed into the blood stream through frequent skin contact. May salons have begun to use acetone soak pads on each nail instead of having the client completely submerge thier whole hand into the acetone.

The UV light helps to cure & dry the nails, layer by layer- which basically means yout hands sit under a UV lamp for half the time you get your nails done. The UV rays, of course are the best thing to be having our hands sit under. As much as there isnt too much of a solution right now, some brands have begun to use LED light which is much better for our skin.

When wearing false nails for an extended period of time you also need to make sure that there are no cracks or spaces for water to leak in. Not only does this allow yout nails to come off faster but it can cause even more damage to the nails, including fungal infections... Yuck. Only get your nails "filled" once or twice, not as long as they will last.


will admit when I get them filled I will probably stick with the gel polish. If you have any questions or concerns about a new product or trying a new product always make sure to research & ask the questions you want answered. 

Peace & Luv

November 3, 2014

Today's Look... Saturday Night

Hope everyone is enjoyed their weekend. One of the looks I wore this past weekend, for me personally is pretty natural- minus my lips. I love a simple look like this because it is pretty easy to do and can be worn with a natural lip or something a little more bold, like a bright pink, or dark plum purple. It just depends what type of look your looking to pull off. 

This look is also very easy to transition from day to night. You can darken and create a smokier eye by adding a little bit of black liner to your lower lash line. Then add a little bit of black shadow or a shade of shadow darker then what was originally worn on the outer corners of your lid. Apply your darker shadow there, and blend. This should create a darker smokier eye. Also apply a bolder lipstick shade for that pop of colour. Perfect for that Friday night out after work, or those last minute plans on Saturday. 


 

For more pictures and a list of products I used, follow the link below.