- Blue Eyeshadow* | mid-tone royal blue
- Video Violet* | pure purple with a tinge of violet
- Ecstasy* | semi sheer magenta with violet duo-chrome metallic
- Pink Leggings* | bright 80s hot pink
- Jelly Bracelet* | warm orange with pale golden duo-chrome metallic
- Banana Clips* | cheery cool mid-tone yellow
While I’ve always enjoyed celebrating occasions, I’m usually not one to wear it as body decoration but as my social media feed is looking so festive lately I thought I’d take a little inspiration too. This gemstone manicure is earthy, elegant and reminds me of a gorgeously polished aventurine pendant. The simple combination of jewel toned base paired with flecks of shine isn’t anything new but this Revlon topcoat looks just a little more interesting than simple glitter and the irregular shapes creates a authentic organic feel. Try pairing it with deep sienna, dark navy or even a rich cranberry base and let your nails join the party too.
Note: The collection does come in sheer, semi-sheer and opaque finishes. Lavender Lace is opaque.
UPDATE: Feb 2017 | After many frequent wears, I can say this is still my favourite long wearing polish to date. Despite being very harsh on my nails from frequent washing, crafting and general housework, Vinylux just pushes through to Friday before it becomes completely unbearable. If you are a generally lighter on your hands/nails, I think a 7 day wear is certainly doable. The combination of easy to use, smooth formula and beautiful colours make this my current go-to day to day polish.
A little snazzy nail art on your hand is now just about as common as putting on a beautiful shade of lipstick but for those who still can’t get themselves sorted around a brush, false nails with beautifully designed accents might be just what you need. I, for one, am still working on getting my two hands to match up and am far away from any legitimate art on my nails. And with the great success of the Gel Fantasy press on manicure that I adored, I was so excited to try these spring editions from the Broadway Nails imPRESS collection.
Brand: Broadway Nails
Product: imPress Ultra Shine Gel Nails* (Waterproof)
Style: 4 Styles
Price: $10.99 CAD
Availability: Drugstores Nationwide (Walmart, London Drugs on Westcoast)
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
Undoubtedly fun and on trend, the imPRESS Ultra Shine Accent Nails are a quick and fun way to dress up your look. The application is practically fool proof that I can do this with my eyes closed. The quality of the nail itself and the glue were great for a comfortable yet strong hold. However, these are still not my top choice for wearing more than a quick night out. Small details such as the pre-glued tabs and some sizing issues really take away from the long term likableness of these nails in my personal life. I wouldn’t hesitate reaching for these in a rush but for a similar price the Gel Fantasy version are still my favourite.
Brand: KISS Nails
Product: Gel Fantasy Nails*
Variations: 10 Styles (via KISS Website)
Price (msrp): $10.99CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide (especially Pharmasave, Jean Coutu, Lawtons)
Would I (re)purchase: Yes!
If you are a part-time princess or someone who has a hard time growing out their nails, these KISS Gel Fantasy Nails are absolutely something worth considering for a quick glam transformation. The designs and finish on these are truly beautiful and I was impressed with strong hold and long lasting wear of the nail stickers. And while I only wore mine for 4 days, I have no doubt the stickers could have gotten me through a week and if you’re careful when peeling them off you may even be able to save the nails for another glue on session. Low commitment and high on style, you’ll definitely be seeing these on me again!
It absolutely bewilders me how I’m attracted to nail polish like a bird to shiny things despite not wearing polish on a regular basis. But over the past few years I’ve somehow managed to amass quite a decent selection of Maybelline Color Show polishes. With their attention grabbing ads in magazines, to their constant flow of limited edition colours, this little beauty bird just keeps picking them up.
Brand: Maybelline New York
Product: Colour Show Nail Polish/Nail Lacquer
Colours: 48 shades (not including limited edition)
Details: 3-Free, no formaldahyde, DBP or toulene
Price: $3 – 4 CAD (often on sale)
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Possibly.
Maybelline has been making nail polishes on and off for decades but these new fashion forward Colour Show polishes were launched in mid 2012 and seems to be part of a bigger brand strategy to overhaul its overall appeal.
Fully coordinated in shiny black caps, a base range of colours were put out and is supplemented with seasonal limited edition options during the year ranging from new colours to textures and finishes. The cylindrical glass bottles certainly have a more modern stylized feel to them and the small bottles actually contain 7ml of product rather than the traditional 15ml of most brands. A rather smart move in my opinion as I’m one to like options in my collection but rarely find myself finishing up an entire large bottle of polish.
The consistency of the product seems to vary depending on the finish, the creams can be slightly streaky but the metallics and sparkle finishes go on great. Most colours I own require 2-3 coats for complete coverage.
Midnight Swim (LE) | Styled Out | Navy Narcissist
Metal Icon (LE) | Impeccable Greys | Purple Icon | Iced Queen | Poolside (LE)
All the swatches below are done using two coats of polish.
With so many good things going for it, the Maybelline Colour Show Nail Lacquers are easy, colourful, fun and very inexpensive. The formulation needs a bit of work as it has a hard time staying on my nails and thus I normal reserve these for date outfit matching, when I only need it to stay pristine for a few hours. This is not going to be a favourite, reliable product for me but I’m rather certain I’ll continue to get lured in by the great shades that Maybelline puts out.
1/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77120/Barium Sulfate, CI 19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15850/Red 6 Lake, Mica, CI 77491, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77510/Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 15850/Red 7 Lake, CI 77266/Black 2, CI 15880/Red 34 Lake, CI 77000/Aluminum Powder, CI 42090/Blue 1 Lake, CI 73360/Red 30.
I have a soft spot for the French Manicure, it’s simple, clean, chic and look casually pulled together whether you’re wearing your party dress or your distressed Sunday denim. Yet for as long as I’ve been in love with this look, I’ve also been struggling for years to master the perfect execution method.
While there’s many variations on this manicure style, the key defining element is that clean white tip. The products claiming to help you achieve this is are abundant, from nail tip stickers to slanted angle brushes, white tip pens and even pre-cut appliques. I’ve tried most to no avail and in the end, usually resort back to a free styling method that really only has a 50% success rate altogether. Having smaller hands and shorter nails also meant getting to the sides can get rather tricky and more often than not, I’m left with a mess of white to clean up on my skin.
OPI | “Tutti Fruitti Tonga” | Light pearl peachy pink
ELF | “Innocent” | Dusty pink beige
AVON | Gel Finish Polish “Lavender Sky” | Muted Lavender
ESSIE | “Da Bush” | Muted pistachio creme
ESSENCE | “You Belong to Me” | Creme turquoise / dupe of China Glaze “For Audrey”
SALLY HANSEN | Xtreme Wear Polish “Disco Ball” | Translucent multi-coloured micro shimmer
SALLY HANSEN | Xtreme Wear Polish “Strobe light” | Rose micro glitter with silver sparkle
CHINA GLAZE | “Techno” | Hexagonal and fine silver holographic sparkles and glitter
MILANI | Jewel FX in “Gold” | Chunky hexagonal gold sparkle
Now that I’ve shared with you my spring polish favourites, the only thing left to decide is which one to wear on my hands and which one on my toes. I tend to prefer cream finishes on my hands for the most part but I suppose some twinkle toes wouldn’t hurt either.
If you’re a frequently visitor of the nail polish aisles then you’re probably pretty familiar with the big shots on the shelves but in the past year Covergirl has been causing a stir with their newly repackaged Outlast line of products. Growing bigger every time I hit the shops, their Stay Brilliant nail polish range has just been growing bigger and bigger with more colours, finishes and limited edition collections.
Product: Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish*
Colours: 45 shades (via Covergirl website)
Price: $5 CAD
Would I (re)purchase: Yes, probably.
Ever Reddy (creme)
Diva After Dark (shimmer)
With a traditional thin brush applicator, the formulation is very easy to work with, a great surprise when it comes to drugstore polishes which can often run too sheer or too thick and drying time per coat is about 1-1.5 minutes to the touch. Most colours need 2 coats but a few required 3 to be perfect.
What did impress me however was the glossy finish that stayed even as the polish itself wore down and for a girl who loves her nails shiny like a freshly waxed Camaro, I can actually say that I would feel alright going without a shine enhancing topcoat.
Note: I do recommend that you take the extra minute to use a base coat as I found some of the brighter or darker colours did tend to stain after a few days of wear. When I wore a base coat combo, this didn’t pose a problem at all.
If you’re a colour loving type who likes switching up your polish to match you mood or outfit, these Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant polishes will be a great addition to your collection especially if you’ll only be wearing them a day or two. They are so easy to work with and the selection of saturated colours will make you smile. On the other hand, if long lasting durability is what you’re after and you only like to do your nails once a week then these little bottles will fall short of your expectations.