Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WingDust Wednesday : Muskoka Sunset


Welcome to another edition of WingDust Wednesday! How are you liking the feature so far? Has it inspired you to add some WingDust to your collection?

Today I'm sharing with you one of my favourite WingDust creations - Muskoka Sunset. This one is a favourite for several reasons. First, the glitter Stephanie chose, in conjunction with the base colour, makes for one of the most beautiful combinations I've ever seen. Second, I helped Steph with the inspiration for the name. When this was in the prototype stage Steph was stumped for a name and put it to her fans on Facebook. My husband is from Ontario and this immediately brought to mind a sunset over a lake. Since my husband misses the lakes of Ontario so much and WingDust is based in Ontario I thought the Muskoka region would be perfect. I searched around for pictures and when I found this one I knew it was the one. Luckily, Steph liked it too. :)


For the life of me I can't find the original anymore so I can't link the source. :/

Muskoka Sunset*
This is meant to evoke the memories of every amazing sunset you've ever seen or dreamt of seeing. Medium purple base, blue-purple shimmer. Loaded with peach, purple, pink, periwinkle glitters in round, hex and micro bar shapes. (*description from WingDust Collections.)

This polish is PACKED with glitter and requires a bit more patience to make sure that the glitter doesn't layer on top of itself. That said, I didn't have to fish for any of the larger glitter and it only required minimal dabbing.

Shown here is two coats and one coat of Gelous to smooth things out.

Here come ALL THE PICTURES! Because, really, how could I not? ;)

Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch
Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch
Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch
Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch
Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch
Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch
Wingdust Collections Muskoka Sunset swatch

Show me your WingDust! While currently out of stock in her shop, WingDust can also be found at Llarowe.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Two Gypsies Lacquer: Chilean Chocolate, Lake Glass, and Spruce


What the huh?! (My daughter's continuous watching of Littlest Pet Shop is rubbing off on me.) How have I not posted these? I have to extend a huge apology to Michelle, the maker behind Two Gypsies for being so delinquent. I was editing my newest Two Gypsies swatches and found these in the folder. Oops. :(

All three of these were amazing and so pretty. Chilean Chocolate was on many a "best of 2013" list, despite being brand new, and I completely get it. It's such a gorgeous red-toned brown and perfectly captures my favourite type of chocolate - that with a bit of heat. Spruce is a lovely light green holo and Lake Glass is pretty and delicate. I love me a good glitter bomb but the base to glitter ratio in this one is perfect and makes it a little more wearable. Two Gypsies is fast becoming one of my favourite brands. Their formulas are always consistent and I'm loving everything they are putting out.

All swatches show three coats (for extra depth) and one coat of HK Girl top coat.

*Descriptions taken from Two Gypsies.*

Chilean Chocolate
Chilean Chocolate is a red brown polish with a silver shimmer that features a subtle holographic sheen in the sunlight. As you might guess from the name, Chilean Chocolate was inspired by spicy chili chocolate!

Two Gypsies Lacquer Chilean Chocolate swatch
Two Gypsies Lacquer Chilean Chocolate swatch
Two Gypsies Lacquer Chilean Chocolate swatch

Spruce
Spruce features a green base with tiny silver glitters with a holographic sheen in the sunlight.

Two Gypsies Lacquer Spruce swatch
Two Gypsies Lacquer Spruce swatch
Two Gypsies Lacquer Spruce swatch

Lake Glass
Lake Glass is a green jelly polish packed with gold, teal, blue, and copper glitter of various sizes. Lake Glass is inspired by the weathered sea glass we have enjoyed collecting from the shore of Lake Erie.
 
Two Gypsies Lacquer Lake Glass swatch
Two Gypsies Lacquer Lake Glass swatch
Two Gypsies Lacquer Lake Glass swatch

Which one is your favourite? All three are currently in stock! I just received my order from the Spring 2014 collection so those will be up on the blog in the near future.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WingDust Wednesday : These Broken Wings

So, I've been blogging, in one form or another, for a long time; at least since 2002 and the early days of Livejournal. And yet, 12 years later, my biggest weakness as a blogger is comparing myself to others. In previous iterations, my blogs followed trends and I tried to be something I'm not - a decor and lifestyle blogger. Sure, it's something I enjoy - who doesn't like pretty things? - but it was never something that I was PASSIONATE about. Nail polish on the other hand? It may seem like a silly and frivolous pursuit to some but I truly see artistry in a gorgeous bottle of nail polish. I don't know if I'll ever call myself a writer or a photographer (definitely not the best at either) but, for the first time, I'm blogging because I love the subject matter and not because I'm trying to keep up with a certain niche.

That said, I'm not super happy with my photos of today's polish. It's not the fault of the polish, I just think my application wasn't the best and it shows. Want to see lovely swatch photos? Check out Polished Pathology or Kitty Kam's Nails.

On to the polish! As described by Stephanie, These Broken Wings "has a soft blue/periwinkkle [sic]base that can look grey or lilac in different lights, linear holo, iridescent and silver flakes, 12 kt white gold leaf and a hint of aqua/lavender shimmer." As with any polish that has gold leaf (like big sister, Steel Town Girl), you need to be careful with application. The flakes will come out of the bottle easily but you may need to dab a bit to ensure that the leaf lies flat on the nail.

These Broken Wings is on the sheer side and shown here is three coats and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. You may want to try layering it over a dark colour (like Polly Polish did) or a similar periwinkle creme.

As with all of Stephanie's creations, this one is so unique and will forever have a spot in my collection.

Wingdust Collections These Broken Wings swatch
Wingdust Collections These Broken Wings swatch
Wingdust Collections These Broken Wings swatch
Wingdust Collections These Broken Wings swatch

Are you wearing WingDust today? Share your link in the comments! <3

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WingDust Wednesday : Imagine Me N You


Welcome to another installment of WingDust Wednesday! I created this moniker on a lark last week and then Tia of Iced Lacquer asked if she could join so now we've made it a thing! Feel free to join us - leave a link to your post in the comments or use #WingdustWednesday on Instagram (which Kristina of @lacquershine suggested!) so we can see your posts! I hope you like this new feature. :)

Today I am sharing a sneak peak from Stephanie's upcoming spring collection. If you fall in love (as you should) and HAVE TO HAVE IT NOW! you can currently find it in stock on Rainbow Connection UK.

WingDust Collections Imagine Me N You has a periwinkle crelly base and is packed with large circle glitter, small circle glitter, hexes, squares and micro glitter in shades of purple, blue, pink & green. As with any polish that has so much awesome in one bottle, this one is on the thick side. However, Stephanie obviously works some polish magic because this was not at all difficult to work with and there is no fishing required! The colour combination is spot on for spring and I couldn't love it more!

Shown here is two coats of Imagine Me N You and one coat of Gelous.

Wingdust Collections Imagine Me N You swatch
Wingdust Collections Imagine Me N You swatch
Wingdust Collections Imagine Me N You swatch
Wingdust Collections Imagine Me N You swatch
 
Want to see more gorgeous swatches of Imagine Me N You? Check out Tia's post over at Iced Lacquer. We both, unintentionally, chose to feature the same polish today!
 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Highlight Comparison : essence, the Balm, MAC, Maybelline & Dior

Today I have something a little different to share with you. Aside from nail polish, I am also obsessed with make-up and have recently fallen for highlighting my face. My the Balm order finally arrived from HauteLook so I decided to swatch the highlights I have - high-end and drugstore - to show you the differences and what I like about each one.

The contenders:
Let's start with essence which is the lightest of all of the highlights I own. First, essence is cheap which is a huge plus. Second, for the price, their products are generally pretty good quality. I picked this one up because the pattern on the powder is adorable and it was like $2.99 at Shopper's Drug Mart. This is the only colour it came in and it is very light and also has some noticeable sparkle in it which I don't love. The main downfall of this product for me though, is that it's quite powdery and has a lot of fall-out. Still, it's cheap. :)

source: http://www.me-melanie.at/2014/01/essence-love-letters-le.html
Moving on to the Balm, which is the newest in my collection. Mary-Lou Manizer is a beauty blogger favourite and it's with good reason. The texture! I can't say enough good things. It's super soft and buttery and so pigmented. Just a light tap with your brush will likely give you more product than you need. The light gold/champagne colour is gorgeous and it leaves a lovely shimmer on your cheekbones. It's love!

source: http://www.essiebutton.com/2013/05/22/review-the-balm-mary-lou-manizer-highlighter/
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) in Soft & Gentle is another beauty blogger favourite. The MSF formula is highly pigmented and soft but not as buttery as the Balm, likely because it's baked and so a harder surface. This one is a gorgeous champagne colour and I think it goes the best with my skin tone. I find this one has more sparkle than the Balm and it's a little more noticeable on my skin.

source: http://www.lebeautygirl.com/2012/10/mac-mineralize-skinfinish-in-soft-and-gentle-review-photos.html
Maybelline recently came out with their Face Studio line and, I gotta say, I'm impressed. The prices are certainly on the high end for drugstore (I paid $16.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart) but I would easily say that the Master Hi-Light compares with the MAC MSF. I love the woven pattern and the ease of blending all of the colours. The texture on this was great and a swirl of the brush picks up the perfect amount of product.

source: http://ommorphiabeautybar.com/2014/01/10/maybelline-master-hi-light-by-face-studio/
Finally, the most expensive member of collection, Dior Amber Diamond. Again, this is one that I picked up because of all of the hype and I'm really glad I did. I love the colour strip configuration which allows you to combine all five colours or just pick and choose for a lighter or darker look. I generally combine all five which gives a lovely light bronze highlight. This one and the Maybelline one will be perfect for summer when my face gets a little darker.

source: http://25flondon.blogspot.ca/2011/02/dior-amber-diamond.html
I swatched all five on the inside of my arm and took photos in slightly different lighting to show the shimmer and differences in colour.


Which one is your favourite? Is there a highlight you think I should try?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Enchanted Polish July 2013

Every so often, if you are in the right place at the right time, you will meet someone who will change your life. Someone whose generosity never fails to impress. Who thinks about how they can make other people happy and then actually does something about it. For me, this moment was when I joined a nail polish sub on Reddit. There I met a group of ladies who have completely blown me away and who I feel very lucky to be able to call friends. A while ago I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn't seen Enchanted Polish July 2013 on the resale market for less than $50. I know, right? Total wishful thinking. I asked my friends to keep an eye out for me and let me know if they came across one. Instead , my sweet friend Ashley organized a group, they all pitched in and the GOT JULY FOR ME! It arrived at my house completely out of the blue on Monday and I'm not going to lie, I cried. It's such an amazing feeling to be the recipient of such an unexpected act of kindness and I can only hope to repay it one day.

So, Ashley, Kelsey, Michelle, Jennie, Deb, Diane, and Jenne, thank you. From the bottom of my heart. <3

Here she is in all her glory. As with all EP's, the formula was great and it was super easy to work with. Try as I might though, I could not capture the subtle pink shimmer in this - it totally elevates it above a standard mint holo. This is two coats and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Oh, and excuse the tip wear in the sun photo - yesterday was the first day for sun and I did a massive mail-out at work. :/

Enchanted Polish July 2013 swatch
Enchanted Polish July 2013 swatch
Enchanted Polish July 2013 swatch
Enchanted Polish July 2013 swatch
Enchanted Polish July 2013 swatch

Now, it's blogger confession time. I am a horrible, habitual cuticle picker. Normally when I'm swatching they aren't too bad because I apply cuticle oil every time I remove polish. But this week? Yeesh. They are bad and I apologize. What tips do you have for cuticle care?
 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WingDust Collections Coral Leaf

It's WingDust Wednesday, y'all! Yes, I just made that up and yes, I use y'all shamelessly even though I'm Canadian. Deal. ;)

A while back, Stephanie, the creative genius behind WingDust Collections, had a pre-order for two of her most popular limited edition shades, Steel Town Girl and These Broken Wings. Since I was eager to get my hands on These Broken Wings (coming to the blog soon) and wanted to make shipping worthwhile (why, Canada Post, do you have to make shipping WITHIN Canada so expensive?!), I grabbed several other colours I'd been eyeing for a while - one of those being Coral Leaf. I love all of Steph's creations but the ones that incorporate gold leaf are just so unique and special and I can't say no.

Coral Leaf is such a soft and pretty colour while still being not your average pink. Any of the "leaf" polishes require a little bit of extra care during application to ensure that the gold leaf flakes lay flat on the nail but that patience is so worth it!

Shown here is two careful coats of Coral Leaf and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

Coral Leaf
Pink- Coral creme, lots of shimmer, pink and purple micro glitters, 12 karat gold leaf flakes.

WingDust Collections Coral Leaf swatch
WingDust Collections Coral Leaf swatch
WingDust Collections Coral Leaf swatch
WingDust Collections Coral Leaf swatch
WingDust Collections Coral Leaf swatch

Until next time... <3

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