May 2013 Favourites!

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Products Mentioned:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in the shade 200 Soft Beige

Seche Restore Nail Polish Thinner

Cuticle Pusher

China Glaze Tranzitions in Modify Me

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Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment

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Modify Me and Nail Treatment

Overall all of these products have worked out very well for me over the last month, and I would definitely recommend giving them a shot.

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– Jaimie

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Comparison: Orly Melt My Popsicle and Essie Bright Tights

Comparison - Orly Melt my Popsicle and Essie Bright Tights

Middle and Pinky Finger: Essie Bright Tights

Pointer and Ring Finger: Orly Melt Your Popsicle

 

Hello Everyone! Today we have a comparison on two crazy neon orange nail polishes.  The first one is Essie Bright Tights, which was released in the Fall 2009 Collection.  The other is Orly Melt Your Popsicle, which was recently released in the Beach Cruise Collection for summer of 2012.

Similarities

  • Colour – both of these polishes are almost identical in terms of the tone and colour
  • Price – Orly retails for $7.99 CAD and Essie retails for $7.95 CAD (only a $0.04 price difference)
  • Longevity – both of these polishes last about 3-4 days without chipping

Differences

  • Application – The Essie one is not as pigmented and does not apply as evenly as Orly’s Melt Your Popsicle
  • Availability – Essie’s Bright Tights was limited edition and is no longer available and Orly Melt Your Popsicle is a part of Orly’s permanent collection

Overall these colours are very similar in every aspect, and you definitely do not need both of them.  I would definitely go for Orly’s Melt Your Popsicle because overall it is much better than the Essie one and it is permanent.

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– Jaimie

 

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NOTD: OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries

Swatch - Ate Berries in the Canaries

Hello Everyone! Today we have a gorgeous polish released with the Spain Collection in the Fall of 2009.  OPI’s Ate Berries in the Canaries is a plum pink shade that would be appropriate for the summer of even fall time.

Price and Availability

  • This polish is a part of the OPI permanent collection, and retails for $9.95 CAD

Quality

  • This polish applied evenly and opaque within two coats
  • It dries to a glossy finish
  • It lasted for about 4 days without any chipping

I love this polish, it is incredibly versatile and perfect for any time of the year.  I would give this polish a 5/5 because there is nothing about this lacquer that I dislike.

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Spring Swirl Nail Design!

Yellow and Green Swirls

Hello Everyone! As you can probably notice by now I am so in love with this swirl design.  It is incredibly easy to accomplish, and looks so fun and different on your nails.  For this combination I used a swirl of green and yellow polishes to create this fun mani.

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Comparison – OPI Gargantuan Green Grape and China Glaze Re-Freshmint

Comparison - OPI Gargantuan Green Grape and CG Re-Freshmint

Pointer and Ring Finger: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape

Middle and Pinky Finger: China Glaze Re-Freshmint

Hello Everyone! Today we have a comparison on two very pretty green shades.  The first is OPI’s Gargantuan Green Grape, which was released with the OPI Brights Collection in the Summer of 2009.  The second is stunning mint green shade from China Glaze called Re-Freshmint.  This colour was released in the Up & Away Collection released in the Spring of 2010

Similarities

  • Colour – They are both green shades
  • Availability – They are both are a part of permanent collections and can be purchased at any time

Differences

  • Price – OPI retails for $9.95 CAD and China Glaze retails for $6.99 CAD
  • Colour – The China Glaze shade is much more of a pastel mint green, whereas the OPI is more of a light green shade
  • Pigmentation – OPI’s Gargantuan Green Grape needs 3-4 coats for opacity whereas China Glaze’s Re-Freshmint only needs 1-2 coats

Overall I do not find these colours too similar.  They are both great green polishes just not overly similar in colour.  If you had to choose one I would definitely go for China Glaze’s Re-Freshmint, overall it is just much better quality and less expensive.

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Prom 2013 Nail Ideas!

Prom 2013

Hello Everyone! With the prom season coming up I thought I would share some of my favourite manicure ideas for your prom.   I think the best and safest way to go when it comes to your beauty routine for prom is soft and pretty.  These are pictures you are going to be looking at 20 years from now, and there is nothing worse than looking back at photos and looking completely dated.  I think the best way to go is a soft pink or light lilac shade, and if you want a little bit more add a matching glitter colour.

Left Photo: Wet ‘N’ Wild Sugar Coat paired with Essie Beyond Cozy

Middle Photo: Wet ‘N’ Wild Sugar Coat

Right Photo: China Glaze Sweet Hook paired with Sally Hansen’s Strobe Light

Wet 'N' Wild Sugar Coat with Essie Beyond Cozy

The first combination is Wet ‘N’ Wild Sugar Coat paired with Essie’s Beyond Cozy.  This pair is classic, and would match any dress that you choose.  It is soft and pretty, which is a great look for any photo-taking occasion.  This manicure is great for everyday, and anything.

Swatch - Sugar Coat

If you are not as interested in the added glitter just a classic baby pink shade is perfect.  This one is Wet ‘N’ Wild’s Sugar Coat and it retails for approximately $3 CAD.  This is a great polish and I recommend checking it out if you are into this type of colour.  It is great quality and an incredible price points.

Accent - Sweet Hook

My last pick is China Glaze’s Sweet Hook.  This is a stunning light pink/lilac shade that is absolutely perfect for an occasion like prom.  In this photo I paired it with Sally Hansen’s Strobe Light, but it is definitely just as pretty on its own.

Overall I love all of these nail polish combinations are soft, and pretty.  They are all definitely some of my favourites in general and I think they are great for a special occasion, and contribute to some timeless photos.

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Pastel Spring Nail Art

Pastel Spring Nail Art

Hello Everyone! Today we have a fun manicure using some different pastels, perfect for the Spring.  For most of these designs I drew inspiration from MissJenFabulous on YouTube, and if you are interested in fun nail art designs I would definitely recommend you check her out.

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NOTD: China Glaze Shower Together

Swatch - Shower Together

Hello Everyone! Today we have a post on a stunning teal/blue polish called Shower Together.  This polish was released in Spring of 2010 in the Up and Away collection, but it is a part of the China Glaze permanent collection.

Price and Availability

This colour can be found at Sally’s Beauty Supply and retail for about $6.99 CAD.

Quality

This polish applied very evenly and was opaque within two coats; however, I did find that this polish looked best with three coats.  It is a teal blue colour that is slightly muted, which makes it perfect for the springtime.  It lasted about 2-3 days without chipping, which is average for my nails.

This polish is great for a nice blue colour, that is not too bright, but bright enough for the warmer months.  I would give this polish a rating of 4/5, I would say it is a very average polish when it comes to the quality and colour.

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– Jaimie

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Comparison: Julep Blake and China Glaze Lemon Fizz

Julep Blake and CG Lemon Fizz

Middle and Pinky Finger: Julep Blake

Pointer and Ring Finger: China Glaze Lemon Fizz 

Hello Everyone! Today we have a comparison on two very pastel yellow shades.  Both China Glaze Lemon Fizz and Julep Blake are a very light, milky yellows and I find can make your skin appear very tan.  China Glaze’s Lemon Fizz was released with the Up & Away collection for Spring of 2010.  Julep’s Blake is a part of Julep’s permanent line.

Similarities

  • Color – Both of these colours are almost identical in tone and direct colour
  • Longevity – Both of these shades last an average amount of time without chipping – about 3-4 days

Differences

  • Opacity – The Julep one took about three coats and the China Glaze needed only about two
  • Application – Julep’s Blake applied very streaky and needed extra coats to appear opaque and even, and the China Glaze only needed two coats and was not streaky at all
  • Price – China Glaze polishes retail for $6.99 and Julep polishes retail for $14
  • Availability – China Glaze’s Lemon Fizz is now discontinued and Julep’s Blake is a part of their permanent collection

Overall if you are interested in a colour like this I would recommend that you try to get your hands on China Glaze’s Lemon Fizz because it is less expensive and significantly better quality.  Julep’s Blake is overpriced, in my opinion, because the quality is just not up to par with the China Glaze shade.

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– Jaimie
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Neon Nail Art

Neon Polka Dots

Hello Everyone! Today we have some fun with neons and polka dots.  I thought this would be a fun for the summertime and warmer weather coming.

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