Monday, October 1, 2012

OPI DS Jewel

Jewel is a really interesting colour. You're never really sure what colour it actually is. But as far as I can tell, it's a reddish brown based purple with shimmer. And it shifts back and forth between the purple and brown. I didn't really like it on me. But I think it's because it doesn't really work with the yellow in my skin.

I wore this back in May of 2011. It's been so long that I don't even know how many coats I used. Sorry about that.

Pic of the Moment: You know what? I have a pretty sweet job. If you ever hear me complain about it, you are welcome to reach through the computer monitor and smack me upside the head. Because I totally get to take pictures like this:

I love you Quatchi! For those who do not know, that's Quatchi, one of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascots. Of all the mascots, he was the most work to get out, but in my opinion, probably the most worth it. He was awesome!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

OPI Cosmo Not Tonight Honey! Redux

Cosmo Not Tonight Honey! is by far the most viewed post on this blog. It has twice the views of the next most viewed post. Crazy sauce! So I figured it was high time to try and do better swatches. Try being the operative word here. They didn't turn out all that well. But here they are anyway.

Cosmo Not is a frosty oyster polish. Doesn't sound attractive at all, but I do really like the way it looks. It has a soft colour which is unassuming, simple, and classy.

Three coats with topcoat. There are some definite application issues, though. It's sheer, even at three coats, you can still see VNL. It's also streaky. Make sure you are careful to use straight strokes because every application imperfection will show. It also shows every imperfection on your nail. You can probably see all the unevenness and and ridges on my nails. Overall, though, I think the trouble is worth it for the colour. Really like it.

Exciting news of the Moment: Sooooo, on this Canada Day, I officially become a full time permanent employee of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Not contract any more! At least for the next little while. My new title will be Junior Curator. Sounds spiffy, doesn't it? Hehehe. Title comes with a promotion and benefits, but as with increased compensation, I'll have increased responsibility. Fun and scary!

Anywho, have a picture of the hall. I think it's a very nice picture. Anyone in Calgary should totally go and visit. It's awesome... I'm not biased or anything. *Innocent*

Monday, May 7, 2012

Essie As Gold As it Gets Sandwiched in L.A. Girl Addict

Oh jelly sammiches, you look so yummy. I'm speaking of nail polish jelly sandwiches, of course. I've seen them around the net and they all look so squishy, so sparkly, so glorious. Made me want to try my own. Although mine didn't turn out as blingtacular as a lot of the ones I've seen, I really love it.

I used L.A. Girl Addict as my base with Essie As Gold As it Gets as the glitter in the sandwich. Addict is a berry red jelly with gold flakies of its own, but every time I've worn it, I wished the gold flakie was more prominent, so I put a coat of As Gold As it Gets in between. Definite more blingy than Addict on its own but not hugely obvious. Check out the pic anyway. Love it!

One coat As Gold As it Gets between two coats Addict with topcoat. No application issues, but definitely wish I had given more time between coats. Little bit spotty under the harsh lens of super macro mode.

Nail Polish Containment Unit of the Moment: I have no idea how to start this segment. I've kinda sat here for the past 5 minutes trying to come up with a good segue way or witty opening, but I got nuthin'. So I'll just go right into it. My Melmer is awesome. That's right, just look at it. Can you not tell me that it is not awesome?! Hahaha. Mine is on the right. StBFF's is on the left.

Look, the design wraps around the side. Mine also wraps around the other side, but it's just leaves, so not that interesting.

StBFF got the brilliant idea from somewhere on the internet to decorate a Melmer. After that, she was all over the idea. But the original poster had used modge podge, StBFF decided to use wall decals we had bought from Dollarama for $2. It was a great idea. So we did the placement and used an exacto knife to cut and trim all the pieces so they wouldn't tack to each other or the other parts of the Melmer and peel off.

Here's a picture of what the Melmer looks like bare and before I put the drawer handles on. Taken with camera phone, so not great.

And my Melmer in its new home beside my Helmer. They homies.

One last picture of how I strapped my Melmer into my car so that I could take to StBFF's to decorate. I thought it looked funny.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air

I love Kermit the Frog. I think he's down to earth, hilarious, and adorable. He's also green. And if you're intrested in watching George Stroumboulopoulos interviewing Kermit the Frog, please click here. I honestly think this is one of the best interviews evar. (I totally just rewatched this after finding the link. Hehehe.) So that's why I nabbed this polish even when I didn't think I'd ever wear it. Its namesake. But then I got all into glitters and this was one of the ones at the top of the list to wear.

Fresh Frog of Bel Air is a clear polish with small green glitter and large silver hex glitter. The photo makes this look patchy, but in general, it looks fully covered. I really loved the way it looked with the green and silver. And it was so blingy. So fun.

Four coats with topcoat. I was a bit surprised that this one required four coats of colour and was still patchy. After wearing a bunch of China Glaze and Sally Hansen glitters in a row, I was expecting this OPI to be of comparable quality, but not this around.

Nom of the Moment: Breakfast cookies. That's right, they have bacon, buttermilk pancake, and maple syrup. So delicious. So delectable. You must go try. I have the recipe on my food blog, check it out here. I love how these taste. Sweet and savoury. Delish!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Barielle Buddha-ful

Today I have for you a lovely sheer polish. I was feeling au naturel so I picked Buddha-ful. I was surprised how much I ended up liking this polish. After the first week, I took it off and put it back on. Buddha-ful is a sheer soft pink polish with green/blue duochrome flakies. The flakies are subtle, but definitely there. I would say this polish isn't a good layering polish because the base is quite milky. So if you are going to layer with it, make sure you use a very thin coat.

The overall look you get with this polish is like a soft french mani as you definitely still see VNL. It's a very clean and feminine look. Sorry for the scab on my middle finger. Weirdly placed paper cut. Ick.

Three coats with top coat. I had slight streaking issues, so just be careful. And make sure to wait between coats. Also, try painting polish onto sides then one stroke down the middle to blend, so the streaks aren't as evident. (A trick I learned from All Lacquered Up) But again, streaking was minor.

Awesome of the Moment: Dude!!! Canada's getting a glow in the dark dinosaur coin! Not only does it have a dinosaur on it. It. Glows. In. The. Dark. Check it out.

Read more here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

30 Hour Famine Report & Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe

Thank you to everyone who supported me for 30 Hour Fame. I appreciate your donations and your words of encouragement. You have no idea how much it meant to me. Now for the Clean Water Giveaway winner.

Congrats Carina! Hope you enjoy your nail polish!!

Now the important part, my nail polish. Lol. My 30 Hour Famine manicure was Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe. I chose it because it had a water type feel to it. And since I was raising money for clean water, it fit.

I never ever thought I'd own this polish. First off, it's quite pricey and I thought it was limited edition so I assumed it was out of my reach. But Spa Boutique, a Canadian online retailer, happened to have a 15% off sale and I grabbed it. I was so excited. So excited. And it arrived the night before 30 Hour Famine. Perfect timing.

Across the Universe is a dark blue jelly with small blue glitter and large blue and green hex glitter. I love it. Love it. Love it. Love it! But this is a horrible picture. It looks all streaky and sheer and yuckies in the unforgiving light of Ott lite. But in regular and bright indoor lighting, it just looks like a squishy dark blue polish with lots of different glitter. Just glorious and beautiful.

Three coats with top coat. It applies watery so I gave it time to dry between coats and used thick coats.

30 Hour Famine Report: My fast has began Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 1:00 PM. I was eating right up until 1:00. And of course, that's the exact moment the new CEO has to walk in with the most glorious and delicious looking cupcakes known to man. Boooo. Hahaha.

I ate at least three pork chops, two hardboiled eggs, a bowl of rice, and three pieces of chicken breast at lunch. It can not be healthy to have had so much protein in such a short period of time. But it lasted me until about 10:00 PM.

And here's a little video report I made in the last hour of the fast. Warning: This video contains high levels of awkwardness. Watch at your own discretion. Hehehe.

At one point during the vid, I say I was up until 1:30 AM and was up at 8:30 AM and I realize how old I sound. Man, years ago, that would have been no problem.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

OPI Wooden Shoe Like To Know?

One last time, ladies and gents! Mostly ladies, a few gents, I think. Go enter my Give Clean Water Giveaway! It ends tomorrow! That's right, tomorrow, I begin fasting for 30 hours. I'm kinda scared. I've been training. I find I can go 5 hours without eating before I get a lil' light headed... That's not even a quarter of the entire time. Eeef.

I love this polish! It's so awesome! Can you tell? I am excited. Hahaha. Wooden Shoe is a gorgeous, creamy milk chocolate brown creme with gold shimmer. That gold shimmer is so nice. I love it. I highly recommend you click the picture to see the hi res version.

Two coats with topcoat. Applies smooth and flawless. I have bubbles, but that's from my super thick bottle of Poshe. Sorry about that. Time for some thinner.

Morbid Thought of the Moment: So I was thinking last night, what would you want to happen to your polish when you die? I know, totally morbid. But I've been feeling the morbid lately. I know many of us must have a lot of polish at this point. And probably lots of friends and family who aren't interested in our little obsession. I personally have more than 600 bottles. And it takes up quite a bit of room. So if you suddenly were no longer of this world, what would you want to happen to your nail polish?

I think the only person who would really have any appreciation for my collection is StBFF. I'd will it to her and she can do as she pleases with it. Ideally, I would like for what polishes she isn't interested in keeping to be donated to a museum. But I can't really see a museum taking my collection. Most fashion museums deal with textiles primarily, or shoes, costumes, hats, jewelery, etc. Not make-up. Which is too bad, because nowadays the packaging for make-up itself can be works of art. Maybe someday I'll start one. Who knows.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sally Hansen Big Money

I'm probably starting to sound like a broken record. Oh, what the heck, let's be honest, I totally sound like a broken record. But I care not, because I want you to enter my Give Clean Water Giveaway! Go! Shoo! There really aren't that many entries, so your chances of winning the pot are quite high. Please, please, pretty please? By the way, it's my Birthday today. Totally shameless I know, but go enter the giveaway, it'd make my Birthday just that much awesomer. *Wink*

Anyhow, onto the polish. I've been calling this polish the blonde, as does StBFF. I don't feel like Big Money is a very good name for this polish. Doesn't fit, ya know? But the Blonde, I like.

The Blonde is another polish from the Gem Crush line. I have to admit, these polishes have been amazing. They should come out with more. In darker colours. *Hint hint*, Sally. Big Money is a clear polish packed full of pale champagne glitter and larger lavender hex glitter. I love it. It's like subtle bling. The overall effect you get with the combination is a cool, pale glittery gold on your nails. Love. It.

Three coats with topcoat and spackle. Great application, but suffers from the same affliction as its siblings, an awkwardly shaped, unwieldy brush.

Adorableness of the Moment: YOMG PUPPIES!! Yeah, that's all I got. Hahaha.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chanel Paradoxal

Just another reminder to enter my Give Clean Water Giveaway if you haven't already done so. Enter to win nail polish for a good cause!

I'm sure most of you have heard of Paradoxal so I won't go into too much intro. Paradoxal is a greyed purple polish with a very subtle shimmer. I like to call it work-appropriate funky. Teehee.

Two coats with topcoat. No application issues to report. I'm always happy when I pay a ridiculous amount of money for a polish and get a good quality one. Nothing like shelling out big bucks to end up with a poor formula, soul crushing disappointment, that is. Yes, exactly that dramatic.

Pics of the Moment: I really don't have anything amazing or wowsee to post about for the moment. So have some pics of me at work. I'm installing the Lui Passaglia case at work. Shorties of the world unite! Stretch to get that top case locked! Boo yah!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sally Hansen Lady Luck

I've added seven more polishes, courtesy of StBFF, to my Give Clean Water Giveaway. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should totally head over and give it a gander.

Lately, I've been really into glitters. Especially since instead of having remover take it off, I just wear enough coats that it pops off on its own. Lol. Seriously, glitter would be the perfect polish if not for removal.

Anyhow, Lady Luck is a clear polish with magenta glitter and larger holo hex glitter from the Sally Hansen Gem Crush collection. I really love the colour saturation of this one. Also, it's so glittery, I'm pretty sure I'm a hazard on the road. Today, on my way home from running some errands, after I got out of the car, I kinda stood on the road and admired my nails for a bit... Before I clued in that I was on a road. Good thing I live in a relatively quiet neighbourhood.

Three coats with topcoat and a clear spackle coat to try and reduce bumpiness. Colour built up well. The only issue I had with application with the large, thick, weirdly shaped brush. Just made it hard to get the polish where I wanted it.

of the Moment: A couple weeks ago I took this pic at work. Someone had requested an up close shot of the dash of a model we had of the Miss Canada IV Speed Boat. I just really like how the picture turned out. So check it out!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Give Clean Water Giveaway

Giveaway time! But this time it'll be for a good cause.

A little back ground: On March 30-31 I will be taking part in 30 Hour Famine. If you haven't heard of it, it's where you don't eat for 30 hours to raise money for a cause. This year the money we raise will go to drilling wells for clean water in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to build irrigation systems in Sri Lanka. To find out more, go here.

Now, what does this have to do with my giveaway? Well, with a minimum $5 donation, you will be entered into this draw.

The prize:

I may be adding more as I go. So check back in with the blog periodically.

Photographed on my lovely quilt.

Lynnderella Connect the Dots (Not pictured as it is being donated by StBFF), Joe Fresh Brick, Joe Fresh Persian blue, Joe Fresh Moss, Joe Fresh Starry, Joe Fresh Twilight, Joe Fresh Mallard, Joe Fresh Jade, Joe Fresh Eyeshadow: Gold Rush, Joe Fresh Tinted Lip Balm: Coral, Joe Fresh Zip Bag, Essie Clutch Me if You Can, Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money, Sally Hansen Gem Crush Lady Luck, Ardene Taupes Off, Ardene Midnight Purple, Ardene Grape Times, Ardene Princess Cut, Ardene Emerald Green, ACO Outer Space, China Glaze Yee-Haw!, OPI Grand Canyon Sunset, and OPI Nail Envy (Mini).

And here's a closeup of the Joe Fresh polishes because the little makeup bag distorts the polishes.

Notice the black flakie and silver holo.

Edit: StBFF has given me some more polishes for this giveaway.

OPI Chop-Sticking to my Story, OPI Take the Stage, China Glaze Drive In, Claire's Evil Queen, Claire's Venomous, Claire's Poison Apple, Claire's Bright Skies, Bloomers Scented Cuticle Oil, and Essie Russian Roulette.

How to enter:

Donate a minimum of $5 HERE

  • For each $5 donation, you will receive one entry.
  • You will also receive one extra entry for spreading the word about this giveaway. I don't care how you spread the word, as long as you can send me a link that I can verify.
  • Donations require a credit card.
  • I'm in Canada so Canadian donors will receive a tax receipt for a donation of $20 or more.
  • You don't have to be a follower to enter the giveaway.
  • Giveaway ends March 30th, 1:00 pm MST, exactly when I begin fasting.
  • Help me reach my goal! Thank you all for your donations.

**Giveaway ended. Thank you for your donations and entries!**

Saturday, March 10, 2012

China Glaze Some Like it Haute

Oh I love glitter. So funnsy. Why can't removal be the same? Lol. Anywho, Some Like it Haute is a clear polish packed with gunmetal grey glitter and larger round iridescent glitter. So blingy and fun. The photos just don't do this polish justice. The camera picks up way too much detail. Wherein real life, your eyes will blend all the glitter together producing a glorious sparkley grey mani. Also, my nails are too little to showcase the wide range of colours the glitter turns. Check the bottle for that.

The good thing about wearing anything bling-tastic during winter time is my hands are safely tucked away in gloves where they can't distract me while driving. Teehee.

Three coats with topcoat. I also added an extra coat of clear under my topcoat as a spackle coat. Didn't really have any issues other than it thickening during the mani. I actually went and added a couple drops of thinner to it while I was applying my second coat. So just keep that in mind during application. Don't leave the bottle uncapped too long.

PS: This mani only really lasted three days for me. After that, it just started to pop off. Literally. The nail polish was so thick that instead of chipping, the entire whole sheet of nail polish on my nails just came off. So if you want to wear this for a special occasion, I would suggest not doing it too far in advance because you won't know when you'll just lose a nail of nail polish.

Mini History Lesson of the Moment: I want to share this little vid with you guys. It's the history of the Keep Calm and Carry on Posters. It's really interesting. I had absolutely no idea it originated in the Second World War. Please watch and enjoy.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cult Nails Iconic

Iconic is a berry red polish with gold shimmer and flakies. It's like red with a twist. Very unique and so hawt. Mmmm... Yeah, I just used the term hawt. I don't quite know how I feel about that, right this moment. Hahaha.

Two coats with topcoat. No application issues. Smooth as butter.

I could go for some buttered toast right now. Yummm.

Lol of the Moment: We just recently got a new washing machine. Our old one was older than me. And I'm a quarter century. So it was definitely time. But the new one is kinda, sorta "fancy" so my mom has no idea how to use it. In an effort to make it easier for her, I have included sticky notes. This makes me lol to no end.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Color Club Nouveau Vintage

Ooooh. Perdy polish. Nouveau Vintage is a cozy brown polish with copper and green micro-glitter. Very unique. The green and copper definitely gives it a vintage feel. Like something old and tarnished. It also reminds me of gorgeous mahogany hair. If I could have any coloured hair, it would so be mahogany.

Two coats, no top coat. Good application. No issues.

Vid of the Moment: Funny that this polish is called Nouveau Vintage, you must all check out this amazing video. (My bad attempt at tying in this vid and the post. Lol.) I watched it four times and I still got misty on that last viewing. It's a story about a tractor. Please enjoy.

THE FLOOD from Juicy Studios on Vimeo.

And because of the attention this vid has gotten, the tractor isn't getting retired. *Tear* So. Touching.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle

origami's pick.

Dark green creme. You know, I was so enamoured with this polish when I got it. But now that it's been around for a while and there are more polishes like this, I'm kinda blah on it. I need something to kick-start my nail polish enthusiasm.

Two coats with top coat. I have bald spots, I know. I shouldn't have them with this polish, but again, a case of not waiting between coats. Sorry for the crappy application.

Creation of the Moment: Oh good gravy. I just put my blog through Wordle and it turns out the word I use the most is like. *Facepalm*

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sinful Colors Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart is a classic red creme. For some reason, it photographs much more orange than it is in real life. I think it's like photographing purples for me, they turn out blue and reds turn out orangey. Anywho, I'm surprised how much I like this polish. Just simple and classic. Also awesome that I got it on sale from London Drugs.

Two coats with topcoat. Applies very smooth with good pigmentation. Although it is a bit thick. Doesn't level out as nice and I would have hoped.

Obsession of the Moment: Coins. I love collecting coins. The Canadian Mint has come out with these collectible circulation coins to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. I think these coins are awesome. I just screen capped these off the Canadian Mint site. Check it, check it. And yes, we have coloured coins. Teehee!