Valentine’s NOTD #5

Valentine #5
I used…
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On
Etude House Hot Pink
Etude House Party Pink

Valentine's #4
Bundle Monster BM-H16*

Valentine #5
For the gradient/gradation I first applied one coat of White On to all the nails. For the second coat, I applied White On only from the nail bed to the middle of the nail. Once dry, I took the two Etude House polishes, and wiped them on a sponge to create the gradient look. One thing to note is that you might want to be quick, as the tackier it gets, the more the sponge bits pull off. So if you look closely, you will see that my mani had little bumps. Yuck.

Once all that was dry, I applied the Candy Hearts print from the Bundle Monster Plate using Hot Pink for the middle Finger, and then used White On for the rest of the nails. I thought this would be good because it would cover up the rough transitions of the gradient on the nail, and soften things up. It is just more forgiving really.

Anyway, the Etude House polishes were gifted to me from my dear Unni friend Y. Love that they are so cute! I hope that Etude House actually starts opening up a store in Toronto soon…I mean Missha made it over…why can’t they??

Valentine #5
Well that is the last mani for this week.

You can see the last few NOTD ideas for Valentine’s
Valentine’s NOTD #1
Valentine’s NOTD #2
Valentine’s NOTD #3
Valentine’s NOTD #4

Or even check out the Holiday 2013 series I posted HERE.

Anyway Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies. Its really like any other day of the year. Lets love our love ones no matter the day, and be happy :)

*This post contains products I have received for free, and products that I have purchased with my own funds. Views and opinions/experiences are my own*

Designer Satin

*Products in this post have been purchased with my own funds, for my own amusement/addiction*

Many months back I was at Sally Beauty Supply (which I’ve been calling “Sally‘s Beauty Supply” -_____- why didn’t anyone correct me?! lol this has been going on for years…need to change my tags lol), and I saw this bottle on sale. I never used to be a fan of pinks…but I don’t know when that changed really…but I knew when I saw this, I had to have it.

This was on clearance, with a sticker marked “Last Chance” was stuck to the cap.

And I want to say that it was one of those days that Sally was having their 50% sales…so I got it.

I figured I didn’t really have anything similar to it, so I didn’t feel too guilty popping it in to my basket.

I only recently plucked it out of my many Helmer drawers to try it out.

And it was love.

China Glaze Designer Satin
It comes out a little more red in the picture, but IRL more pink for sure.

It isn’t super bright that I feel that everyone would be staring at my nails, but not so dark that it is too vampy for the transitional Summer/Fall weather.

China Glaze Designer Satin

I added China Glaze White Cap (that I added to the ring finger), which I also bought at the same time, and immediately regretted it lol. I should have let Designer Satin steal the show on its own…

China Glaze Designer Satin

Live and learn :P

On a final note, I didn’t use a top coat for this. And yet it was super shiny! :D

Cherry Blossom Sparkler by Barielle

*This post contains products that I have purchased with my own funds*

At the beginning of summer, I went to a buffet with some of the people I tutor with. It was a nice time to chat and discus random things. Plus it was nice sharing the tips on certain students that we would potentially adopt for the next year.

In any case, the location was pretty out of the way for me, so I ended up browsing about…and luckily there was a Winners next door.

Or unluckily. Its really hard not to buy anything when you step in to a Winners store…ha.

In any case, I like checking out the beauty section first, jewelry, than shoes.

It was the first section that got me in trouble.

I went in…and BAM saw a Barielle 5 piece nail polish set…for only $9.

NINE DOLLARS!

How could I say no…

Barielle Cherry Blossom Sparkler

So today I wanted to share Cherry Blossom Sparkler.

Barielle Cherry Blossom Sparkler

Pink glitter in a jelly like pink base. It really is a lovely pop of fun.

Barielle Cherry Blossom Sparkler
I used two coats in the swatches, but you could do more if you want. Also it is good to note that it isn’t gritty, which means you don’t have to pile on a top coat to smooth it out.

Barielle Cherry Blossom Sparkler
On a side note, I have SOG polish on my ring finger. I mixed a few difference SOG glitter polishes I have, added it to the tip. I cured it for 10 seconds, than I added the gold nail tape (using the sticky layer from the glitter curing). I cured the gel again for the full 30 seconds, added the top coat, and cured again. In the future, if I do this again, I will add a second top coat, as the first was not enough to hold down the edges of the tape. But I liked how it looked :)

Barielle Cherry Blossom Sparkler

After I applied it, I realized that it is actually similar to China Glaze’s Mrs Claus! Mrs Claus is actually a tad darker than Cherry Blossom Sparkler. However they are comprised of the same kinds of glitter. Both are made up of pink glitter and than silver glitters. So anyway, they are similar enough. I would say that Mrs Claus is just a tad more gritty, but really it is hard to see the difference between the two. So you really don’t need both.

Barielle Cherry Blossom Sparkler
I applied Mrs. Claus to the ring finger, and it does look darker. I think it might be because the jelly base is just a tad darker. In any case I love them both. Not that I need both lol

China Glaze in Ahoy! + other ramblings…

China Glaze Ahoy!

Ahoy! has been on my mind since its initial release a while back. Look, I commented about it HERE, which is where I fell in love with it…

But alas…I didn’t jump to buy it.

And then it grew to be an dull pang in my nail polish loving heart.

So when I saw it on the regular display at Sally’s, I knew I had to have it.

China Glaze Ahoy!

It reminds me of a denser, pink version of Raspberry Festival. Without the same metallic-y shimmer that Raspberry Festival has (which is also another polish I love :P). On a side note, this is without a top coat, and yet look at how shiny this is! O____O

China Glaze Ahoy!

China Glaze Ahoy!

I also went to pick up my Midnight Recovery Concentrate at Kiehls, so I could participate in their promotion where you get 20% back on a GC to use for a future purchase. I wrote about it HERE, scroll to the end of the post…

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I picked up the Midnight Recovery Concentrate in their limited time only 50mL bottle. Actually I went in for the 30mL bottle, but then the SA told me about their limited edition 50mL bottle. Then I hummed and haw’ed…and then decided to go for it.

It works out to be $2 cheaper per 10mL than the 30mL bottle, as the 50mL is priced at $70.

I got two sample sachets.

Not too sure how I feel about the experience in the Canadian store (I’ve purchased a masque and lip stuff in the American ones before, or stole my cousins stuff lol but this is the first time I have shopped here in Canada). On the one hand, I am happy that the SA didn’t pressure me to buy things I didn’t want. A HUGE thing for me. On the other hand, I feel like there could have been better interaction between us had she talked more about the product…

oh well. Now too sure what I will get with the card…maybe the Midnight Recovery Eye Cream? I got a sample of it, so let’s see how I like it…

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I also picked up my free handcreme from L’occitane, as they sent me a reminder email about the redemption for it. It was part of a Facebook promotion that they had at the end of January, I believe. Anyway, a $12 dollar value for free. I liked that it was straight off the regular shelves, rather than some pile in a box behind the counter. Also I got a bunch of samples, when all I did was get a FREE product! That was mind blowing for me. I mean we don’t even get samples from Sephora when we shop…let alone get something for free…

Anyway, I haven’t liked going to the Yorkville shop, but the one at Yorkdale was really nice. The SA was very informative, without having to be pushy, or force a sale on me. There was a slight issue I did have, but that was due to the company itself, rather than the fault of the SA.

Alrighty…
that’s enough out of me. I had planned to go out tonight, but things changed, so I am studying Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Yay! -___-

Hope that you all have a great weekend!