Jun 6
2016

Julep Phoebe is the perfect mermaid nail polish shade

Julep Phoebe is the perfect mermaid nail polish shade. This is pretty much a fact and once you see the polish you will totally agree.

I have been wearing this nail polish for almost a full week which is something I never do. I always get bored of a colour too quickly and change my nail polish very frequently. It is a shock if I can last more than three days with the same shade on my nails, so to be hitting seven days with Julep Phoebe is a big deal. I just got some great polishes in my June Julep Maven box, but I still reach for Phoebe for a fun summer mermaid shade.

Julep Phoebe, the perfect mermaid nail polish

Julep Phoebe, the perfect mermaid nail polish

Julep Phoebe is a gorgeous metallic green that leans a little to the teal side. It is super bright and bold and it a colour that you will keep looking at. In every light I kept checking out my nails and even after multiple days of wear it was just as stunning as the first day. I got a ton of comments and compliments on my nails while I was wearing Julep Phoebe.

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Jun 4
2016

Feeling Tropical with simple Floral Nail Art

Last week I posted a zebra print nail art design for the #31dc2016weekly nail art Instagram tag, and this week I have another installment to show you. The theme for this week’s prompt was flowers, so I did a pretty pink and white floral nail art design. It took hardly any time at all but it looks really cute and tropical, which is perfect for a summer weekend!

Feeling tropical with my pink floral nail art

Feeling tropical with my pink floral nail art

You can see some of my previous nail art designs over on my Instagram account here!

What I used

The floral nail art I have to show you today was done with a MoYou London stamping plate. This plate if from the Tropical Collection and I chose a big Hawaiian flower to stamp. My base polish is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in the shade OMGhost, which is a crisp white. It took me two coats to get perfectly opaque white nails. I have recently become a big fan of white nails and left them plain for a few hours before adding my floral nail art on top.

Another look at my floral nail art design

Another look at my floral nail art design

The nail polish I used to stamp the flowers over my white base was China Glaze Winter Berry, which is a lovely berry red from an old holiday collection. I love this shade on my nails and will have to swatch it soon to show you. I promise it is a red polish in real life, but when I stamped it for my floral nail art it totally turned pink. I think it might be because it was such a thin layer used to stamp, and it was layered over a bright white base. Either way, the floral nail art design worked well with pink flowers so it still turned out fine even though I meant for it to be red.

I have actually used this MoYou London stamping plate for a different floral nail art look a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

What do you think of my white and pink/red floral nail art? I like how tropical it looks and it makes me think of a Hawaiian vacation, which is nice to daydream about when it looks like I will have a few rainy days ahead of me.

Jun 3
2016

Julep Maven June 2016 box review

Another new month, another Julep Maven box! June has just begun and I have been really loving the hot weather we have gotten lately. I have also been loving my Julep Maven boxes since I started getting them back in April, and today I have the Julep Maven June 2016 box to show you. In this one I got two nail polishes and a Skip The Brush cream to powder blush stick.

My Julep Maven June 2016 box

My Julep Maven June 2016 box

I personally prefer to choose what items I get in my Julep boxes, as opposed to picking one of the pre-made Julep Maven June 2016 box selections. The selections are nice and I would be happy to get them, but I always like picking each item out myself. Sometimes I am feeling more nail polish and sometimes I like the beauty products. This month I was really interested in the Skip The Brush cream to powder blush, but I wasn’t sure the shades in the pre-selected box would suit me, so I made sure to pick that out in a shade that would work with my skin tone. I also chose two pretty polishes that were different than what I have been wearing recently.

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Jun 1
2016

Unboxing my first Babe Box

Have you heard of the newest beauty subscription box? Babe Box is a Canadian company that I discovered on Instagram a few months ago. They are a new brand that offers a beauty subscription box that arrives at your door each month with some fun goodies. I ordered the very first Babe Box they offered back in May, and here it is to show you!

I already subscribe to the monthly Julep Maven boxes, which have nail polish and beauty products, but I was curious about this new beauty box too. I love my Julep Maven boxes and have reviews them in April and May.

The neat thing about Babe Box is that it doesn’t only have one type of product. There are beauty, nail, hair and other items included which give it a nice variety.

The products I got in my first Babe Box

The products I got in my first Babe Box

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May 30
2016

Review: CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara

After falling in love with the recent CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick launch I knew my next post would have to be this one. A while ago I bought the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara and although the brush looks pretty intimidating I was dying to try it. I didn’t pull out a protractor to measure the claim of 50% more volume, but this mascara really did deliver on long, lush lashes.

The unique brush of the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara

The unique brush of the CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara

The CoverGirl Plumpify Blast Pro Mascara has one of the funkiest brushes you will ever see. It is super stiff and has all kinds of turns and angles which can be dangerous when working so close to your eyes. I have poked myself once or twice with this wand but if you are careful with it you can work magic. Like I said, it is is super stiff and the bristles are hard plastic, but they divide and conquer lashes with ease. I got tons of length and definition with this funky wand and I really love the result.

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May 28
2016

Julep Pepper Zebra Print Nail Art

I recently got my May Julep Maven box and I really loved all of the polishes I got in it, especially this gorgeous cornflower blue with silver shimmer called Pepper. You can see photos of all 6 polishes I got in the box in my post, but today I am focusing on Pepper alone. I did some really fun stamping to get this Julep Pepper zebra print nail art look and I am really happy with it.

The incredible shade of Julep Pepper, a lovely cornflower blue with multidimensional shimmer

The incredible shade of Julep Pepper, a lovely cornflower blue with multidimensional shimmer

Pepper has quickly become one of my all-time favourite nail polish shades. It has an incredible multidimensional silver shimmer to it that looks like flecks of metal. The flecks are super tiny so they blend in seamlessly and create a really unique look. The colour is a gorgeous blue/indigo/purple hue that catches the light in a bunch of different ways. It was super hard to photograph this right because it really does look different in all lighting. Sometimes it leans more blue or purple, and other times it has an almost holographic quality to it. I enjoyed wearing Pepper alone for a a few days before I did my Julep Pepper zebra print nail art.

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May 26
2016

Yes, I have over 500 bottles of nail polish…

When I say I am obsessed with nail polish I really mean it. I know it sounds crazy (and yes, I know it kind of is) but I own over 500 bottles of nail polish. Each and every one is a different colour, finish, and style. They may look like twenty of the same red polish to everyone else but I can tell them all apart.

Since it would take a lot of space on my floor to show you all of my polishes I decided to start by showing one brand at a time. Today I have my Zoya polishes to show you, which I arranged in a cute little rainbow arrangement. This is almost all of the Zoya ones I own, but a few of them didn’t make the photo. I recently moved cities and everything is in boxes all over the place so I have a few stray polishes that didn’t make it in the first trip, but this pretty much sums up my Zoya collection. There are 35 pictured here and Zoya is one of the brands I own the least of because it is harder to get in Canada.

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May 21
2016

Review: CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in the shade Cat Call

I was really excited about the new CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick collection when I first heard about it. Since then I have seen so many photos, swatches, and even videos on the CoverGirl Snapchat and I have been even more excited about these new lipsticks. This Katy Perry lipstick line has super bold shades with a demi-matte finish and they are all really pretty colours.

Close up of the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

Close up of the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

I finally got around to picking one up and I am in love with it already. The shade, the formula, and the clean white packaging make this CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick one of my new favourites for Spring! The colours totally suit the pop star style of Katy Perry and the cat related names are super cute too!

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

I love the white rectangular tube of this lipstick. It is super clean and neat and I love that it is different from all my other lipsticks. The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick tubes are bold and edgy but still chic and classic, which is fitting with Katy Perry behind the collection. CoverGirl has had some pretty great celebrity lines in recent years and the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick line is no exception.

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

The shade I bought is Cat Call and I chose it because it was different than my dark berry shades I have been reaching for lately. I am a huge fan of berry lips and have been loving lipsticks like the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor lately, but for the warm weather I wanted to lighten up. The shade I picked, Cat Call, is a warm mid-tone pink shade. It appears lighter in my swatch than it does in the tube, but the tube shade is actually more accurate. I had a lot of sunlight when I took my swatch photo.

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

The CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call

Swatch of the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Cat Call

Swatch of the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Cat Call

The demi-matte formula is amazing and it is super creamy without being to heavy or thick. My lipstick lasted for around 6 hours without fading or smudging, and it didn’t dry my lips out after so many hours of wear. I only needed one swipe to apply since these lipsticks are very opaque.

I really like the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipstick in Cat Call so I think I might have to pick up another shade or two next time I go to Shopper’s Drug Mart!

May 20
2016

Too Faced Sweeter Side of Sexy Set ft. the yummy Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

A while back Too Faced had a really neat deal happening on the Home Shopping Network. It was the Too Faced Sweeter Side of Sexy Set and it included some great products for a good price deal. I was so excited about it and was so sad when I found out it was only for US shipping. Luckily through a connection of my Mom’s I was able to order the set to her house in the US and she brought it to me on her next visit.

All four products I got in the Too Faced Sweeter Side of Sexy Set

All four products I got in the Too Faced Sweeter Side of Sexy Set

This set was a great score for me and I am thrilled with each item it included. I got 16 new eye shadows in an adorable chocolate scented palette, an incredible mascara that is known worldwide, long-lasting eye shadow primer, and the cutest heart shaped blush – all for the price of one palette!

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May 16
2016

I have 11 mascaras to talk about today

I recently had a big beauty cleanup and found 11 mascaras that I no longer use or are well past their expiration. Some of these I haven’t touched in a long time and others I used up diligently until they were empty. These 11 mascaras are from a variety of brands and have been some of the most popular mascaras in the past few years. Lately I have been loving the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess Volume Mascara but before that I was playing around with any number of these 11 mascaras on any given day.

Out of these 11 mascaras there are four Maybelline ones, two CoverGirl ones, and a Rimmel London, Tarte, Sephora Collection, New York Color, and L’Oreal Paris one. In terms of mascara I do usually tend to look at Maybelline brand, but recently have found great formulas with Rimmel London, Essence Cosmetics, and L’Oreal Paris.

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