Anti Valentines

Valentino Inspired

I really had no proper thought for a title. So, Anti Valentine’s it is! lol

Not that I am really anti, I guess the anti part would be the fact that it isn’t the typically red, white, or pink polish you would normally see.

Honestly, I just missed using my nail polish. Having been in Korea for 2 years, I know I could have bought cheap polish. But, with the things that I do, I couldn’t maintain unchipped for very long. Nor did I want to wait patiently until they dried.

Valentino Inspired
Anyway, this was inspired from the Valentino’s. I had seen people score some of the more trendy versions at Nordstrom’s for only a few hundred. I got jealous. So, I did this instead lol.

Valentino Inspired
Revlon Top Speed Polish in Black Magic
Silver Glitter from Michael’s

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Glitter liquid liners…

A little while back, one of my fav drugstore bands Annabelle Cosmetics, reshared a video on their Instagram feed. I then went right to work putting my liquid liner to use!


Here is the original video. Anyway check out the rest of her feed HERE. I love her liner skills :D

Anyway, basically she used the Annabelle Glitterama Liners to liner her eye, pat on an eyeshadow, then redefined with the glitter liner again.

So that got me thinking. My Marcelle Lux Metallic Liquid Liners were at their end of life AGES ago…but wanted to get in a few more uses before I said goodbye (as of the moment I believe they have been discontinued).

Glitter Liquid Liner

I took Ultraviolet and smeared it about the eyelid. I then applied Annabelle Cosmetics Pigment in ______ (yeah…I don’t remember what it was called) on top of the liquid liner while it was still tacky. Once it dried down a bit, I used the same pigment to blend out the edge (which doesn’t show as much in the picture :T). Slap on eyeliner and mascara…and TADA.

Basically I hadn’t thought of doing this. Using a glitter/liquid formula as an adhesive for the pigments. Love it. Simplicity is key now that I’m getting older. It is the only way I can even think of wanting to venture out into a different colour other than my typical gold and browns. I blame age, but really it is sheer laziness lol

Glitter Liquid Liner
It is a tad clumpy closer to the lash line, as I fiddled with it too much. But I still like how it turned out.

Glitter Liquid Liner

Glitter Liquid Liner

Glitters from The Face Shop

Did you know that the Face Shop has opened up a few locations in Toronto?

They had one in Pacific Mall, but in all seriousness, I thought it was a fake shop. Can you blame me?!

Anyway there is one at Fairview Mall, and at the Eaton Centre.

The Face Shop Glitter

Well I got this as part of my birthday gift a few months back. I have a few Face Shop nail polishes that I got when I went to Korea a few years back, but this is my first glitter from the line.

The polish has decent coverage, and applied nicely.

One coat on the pinky nail, but two coats on everything else.

The Face Shop Glitter

I like the mix of colours and sizes of the glitter. Looks like I might consider more if I can find the room in my stash to store them lol -____-

Valentine’s NOTD #2

Valentine's NOTD #2

Who says you need to do nail art to enjoy a Valentine’s themed nail?

So today I have Nails Inc Sprinkles in Topping Lane.

P1210420

The polish is a pink base with dark blue, light blue, silver, red, and pink sprinkles.

I found this on clearance at a SDM, but I have been seeing it elsewhere for reg price. In any case, the formula is nice, but the sprinkle bits are a bit of a pain. As you can see it doesn’t spread evenly, so you will need to use the dabbing method to patch it up. I left it to show you the difference.

Valentine's NOTD #2

I know it is like the glitter bits have been puked up on the nails…but yet they are kind of interesting, no?

Anyway, it might be a little much for some, so you could use it to do a french nail, or use it as an accent polish instead. Either way, it is still pretty :)

Did you see yesterday’s Valentine’s NOTD?

Valentine’s NOTD #1

*Products in this post were purchased with my own funds*

A little regret…

The sale section, as well as the cheap little deals you can buy at the bottom of the checkout on Sephora…are deadly.

I mean you decide to spend some money…when you shouldn’t. Ignoring that, you decide to buy something. One little thing won’t hurt. And it shouldn’t, wouldn’t, until you get to the checkout and see the little $12 or whatever priced deal.

Well…if you don’t know how that feels…well…*twiddles thumbs* xD

Anyway, today I just wanted to show the little swatch of NARS Enchanted.

I noticed that it was $12, so why not, right?

NARS Enchanted

NARS Enchanted
It looks really pretty, but I wasn’t expecting all the glitter.

In addition it ended up being a little too light. Which meant that it was hard for it to show on my skin. Shucks again.

NARS Enchanted
All that glitter…not usually a fan of glitter in my blush. Shimmer = ok…but not glitter.

NARS Enchanted
Once you dust off the glitter, after the blush dries down a bit, it does look nice.

In my case this was a very glittery, and very light colour. Using a duo fibre brush didn’t give me enough colour, so I use my fingers to pat and blend it on my cheek instead. The product itself is also quite gritty because of the glitter, and I found that as the day moved on, the glitter would transfer itself to other places…or just migrate down. Not a great final look really.

So in the end…I wish I didn’t buy it. But couldn’t help the price tag lol

Probably will go to one of my friends who are lighter than me. If they don’t mind glitter :)

Anything you bought recently that you regret picking up?

Happy Accident Nails??

Quo by Orly & FingerPaints Gel Polish

So I did this…Thursday? In any case, I was at the bus stop, and this lady asked if I did my nails red because of Chinese New Year.

I actually didn’t think about that, but happy accident :D

Quo by Orly & FingerPaints Gel Polish
I actually selected the Quo by Orly Gel Polish red glitter because I hadn’t used it for a full mani since I bought it a year ago. It was part of the 2012 Holiday Collection (I believe…) I don’t have a name for it, as it didn’t have a sticker when I bought it. Sucks. In any case, it is a lovely colour.

Quo by Orly & FingerPaints Gel Polish

Quo by Orly & FingerPaints Gel Polish
I then added Snow Globe Shimmer (Holo) to the ring finger. It was by FingerPaints, which was part of the Holiday 2013 collection. It is being cleared about for about $6 at Sally Beauty, so if you are interested in it, do check the stores out sooner than later :)

Quo by Orly & FingerPaints Gel Polish
Isn’t it pretty??? Ahhh :D

Quo by Orly & FingerPaints Gel Polish

In any case, Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Lunar New Year :)

Holiday Nails Gradient Up!

HOliday Nails Gradient Up

I like gradients a lot. But it seems I do better when I work with glitters. I guess its just easier

HOliday Nails Gradient Up
I used
China Glaze Party Hearty
American Apparel Smoke Dazzle

Party Hearty is not as dense as I would have liked it to be, so I used Smoke Dazzle to help fill in the gaps. I applied Smoke Dazzle to the tip of the nail first, then applied Party Hearty. To have it look more sparse, wipe the bush in the bottle a few times, to get off as much excess as possible. Then kind of dab the nail. Then move further down and apply a another coat. One tip for glitter gradients is that it does get a tad thick, so when it is a little dry, press down on it with your finger. Lightly. That will help to flatten the glitter, and to get rid of bubbles or whatever.

HOliday Nails Gradient Up

Previous Posts on Holiday Nails
Holiday Nails 1 Lipstick & The Art of Seduction
Holiday Nails 2 Silver & Baubles
Holiday Nails 3 Just Be-Claus, why not?
Holiday Nails 4 Rich Evergreen Greens
Holiday Nails 5 Red Green Somewhere in Between
Holiday Nails 6 Ornaments
Holiday Nails 7 Gingerbread Man
Holiday Nails 8 Starry Night
Holiday Nails 9
Holiday Nails 10

Holiday Nails 11 Glittery Green Gradient
Holiday Nails 12 Oh Christmas Tree
Holiday Nails 13 A dash of silver and red…
Holiday Nails 14 Stamp Happy
Holiday Nails 15 Shimmer & Shine

You can also check out the series from last year.

*This post contains products I have purchased with my own funds, and ones I have received for review purposes(noted with *)*