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China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches & Review

China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches & ReviewChina Glaze Red-y to Rave from the Electric Nights Collection is a neon reddish orange that supposedly glows under a black light.

(I wore this a while ago after trimming my nails short. I tend to let my nails grow long and then I cut them very short instead of maintaining a particular length. Anyone else the same way?)

Unfortunately, I don’t own a black light, so I couldn’t show you how it lights up.

Interesting thing that one of my friends pointed out: China Glaze seems to really like using the “Red-y” pun in the names of their polishes. ;) There’s Adventure Red-y and Red-y & Willing, off the top of my head.

Several weeks ago I purchased the cute China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set that includes six of the shades in the Electric Nights Collection. Mini bottles are so fun and collectible, so I find them difficult to resist. (Plus the small brushes are ideal for my tiny toes. I don’t give myself a pedicure too often, but when I do, I love using a neon nail polish!)

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a-england Elaine Swatches & Review

A-England Elaine Swatches & ReviewGlossy with rich drama, a-england Elaine from The Mythicals Collection is saturated with attitude.

It’s the kind of nail polish that has such a smooth finish, it’s glass-like.

This is the colour that I imagine villains like Ursula (from The Little Mermaid) or Maleficent would wear because a-england Elaine has a badass personality, an air of mystery, and a seductive quality. (This is a femme-fatale nail polish!)

I wore a-england Elaine in early March, and I was really digging how vampy this made my nails look.

I only have a few a-england nail polishes in my collection, and all of them have top-notch formulations. So whenever I try out a new a-england lacquer, it is judged with very high expectations in that department.

(If you’re curious, click here to view my other a-england nail polish reviews, and you’ll see what I mean about the brand consistently churning out quality lacquers!)

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The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter Review

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body ButterThe Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter may look familiar – I had a giveaway a few months ago for a bunch of The Body Shop Smoky Poppy products in February!

It has a fragrance like no other skincare I have. The Body Shop Smoky Poppy is sultry, so if you’re looking for something that’s seductive, this is one you may want to try. But don’t dilly dally because this scent is limited edition!

As with all of The Body Shop’s Body Butters, this one is formulated to help moisture the skin. I put it to the test, and here are my observations.

P.S. In case you missed it, I’m having a Canadian giveaway right now. Enter until April 24 for a chance to win the Essie Resort 2015 Collection!

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Simple Cleansing Micellar Water Review

Simple Cleansing Water ReviewThe popularity of micellar cleansing water continues to gain momentum among beauty enthusiasts.

First developed in France, micellar cleansing water was touted as a multifunctional product to quickly and effectively remove makeup, cleanse skin, and provide skin-loving vitamins.

Unlike your traditional facial cleansers, micellar cleansing waters don’t need to be rinsed off, and they don’t require water to activate the product. For these reasons, it’s no wonder that micellar cleansing waters are what busy people who are on-the-go reach for when traveling or when they want something easy that works.

I was really excited to try the new Simple Cleansing Micellar Water because it’s my first experience with any cleansing micellar water! I was very curious to see how well it would perform, especially because I wear foundation, eye makeup, and long-wearing lipstick on a typical day.

For two weeks, I’ve been testing out the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, so I’ve had plenty of time to collect my thoughts to share with you.

When it comes to skincare, I’m not thrown off by packaging or bells and whistles. Like with people, it’s what’s inside that counts.

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OPI Color Paints Swatches & Bottle Shots

OPI Color Paints Collection PhotosYesterday, I had the pleasure of playing around with the new OPI Color Paints, which hit stores between the eyes in May.

(You probably remember the OPI Color Paints press release I posted on here earlier, and you may have seen the quick photo I uploaded yesterday on my Instagram and other social media accounts.)

Like you, I was curious like a cat watching a mouse hole.

Would the 2015 OPI Color Paints just revisit the OPI Sheer Tints from 2014 and expand the colour selection? Or would they be completely different?

In this post, not only do I directly address that, but I show you side-by-side swatches, so you can see that the OPI Color Paints are much more pigmented than their OPI Sheer Tints baby sister!

I’ve also included OPI Color Paints swatches on a nail wheel with one coat and then with two coats, so you can see that OPI’s claim about these being buildable is true.

The silver nail polish included in the OPI Color Paints Collection is intended to be used as a base to make the colours pop, although I liked how they looked solo as well. (They have an almost creme-jelly finish to them.)

You’ll see swatches of that alone, but also with what it looks like with a single layer of another OPI Color Paints shade on top.

These OPI Color Paints are really fun to play around with, and I tried blending them and layering different colours on top. They work very well that way, too. (I may do a post later with photos of how they blend and layer.)

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Flashback Friday: Easter Egg Nail Art

Hey everyone!

The other day, I was brainstorming a bunch of nail-art ideas. My schedule is usually so packed, and I haven’t had time to do any nail designs since Christmas! *Tsk tsk* I need to change that, especially because I have awesome Bundle Monster Secret Garden nail-stamping plates! ;) (A post on them is coming soon.)

Today, I wanted to take a trip down Memory Lane.

Come stroll with me! :)

Back in 2012, I painted this Easter Egg Nail Art. It’s super easy, and you can whip it up with just a few colours.

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Click here to see my step-by-step tutorial with written instructions and photos!

When I was little, I always looked forward to Easter because my parents would buy an Easter basket filled with goodies. (My favourite was the white-chocolate bunny and the Cadbury Creme Eggs!)

I always asked my parents if I could dye eggs, but strangely enough, we never did.

Once, I went on an Easter-egg hunt. I remember how excited I was, and since I’m competitive, I was hoping to find more Easter eggs than the others.

It was funny when a lot of the Easter eggs were hidden in places that were out of reach for shorties like me. (I’m around only 5’3″ now, and back then, well, I was waaaaaaay shorter.)

I would spot the eggs, and I remember asking a guy who was taller if he could grab them for me. What did he do? Yes, he grabbed them, but then he put into his own basket. WHAT?! Haha! Yeah, I remember that moment so clearly! I thought, “Why would he do that?” Clearly, I was so innocent, and that day made me realize a lot of things about the world.

Are there any nail designs that you’d like me to do a tutorial on? Do you celebrate Easter? Have you ever been on an Easter egg hunt?

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Hard Candy Sky Nail Polish & 20th Anniversary Goodies

Hard Candy SkyIf Hard Candy Sky means anything to you (and it should, if you’re a nailphile), you’ll be in the same corner as me, jumping up and down, squealing with joy!

I came home from work the other day to this wonderful surprise: Hard Candy Sky Nail Polish & 20th Anniversary Goodies!

Yes, that’s right – Hard Candy is celebrating their 20th anniversary this month. (Edit: These items will be available in May.) The spring-themed box immediately brought a huge smile to my face. I remember the 1990s very well. I read Seventeen and YM magazines, soaking up every fashion pictorial, reading each advice column, learning beauty tips, and drooling over the cute guy of the moment.

Hard Candy Sky is a light-blue nail polish that was advertised in many of the magazines I pored over with friends, and its iconic shade brings back so many memories of when I was coming of age.

No, I never had the original Hard Candy Sky nail polish. Money was tighter than shrunken hipster pants when I was growing up. (I rarely had the fashion or makeup that was trendy or ‘cool’, but that didn’t stop me from being happy and appreciating what I did have.)

It really meant so much to me that Hard Candy surprised me with this special 20th anniversary box! :)

Also, in case you haven’t heard, Hard Candy is relaunching Sky (the nail polish that started it all) and other classics. Avid makeup and nail junkies, take note! (They’ll be available at Wal-Mart stores.)

In this post, I share with you some quick photos of Hard Candy Sky, the Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection, and a cute USB key. (How did they know that I needed a new USB key? Hehe, and it’s shaped like a Hard Candy nail-polish bottle, which is even better!)

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