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CND Creative Play Celebration Collection Swatches & Review

CND Creative Play Celebration Collection Swatches

Nails just wanna have fun with the eight festive polishes in the CND Creative Play Celebration Collection!

With an assortment of dazzling glitters, smooth-as-silk cremes, and more, this is the collection you’ll want to break out for a night on the town, sitting by the fireside on Christmas Eve, and ringing in the New Year in style.

The cremes (Naughty or Vice and Happy Holly Day) apply like a sugarplum-fairy dream and are pigmented. No painting hiccups. I used two coats for each.

The playful glitters (ExtravaglintStellarbration, and Turquoise Tidings) are excellent for layering one coat over another colour. They’re great for sprucing up an old manicure and giving it some seasonal sizzle.

Turquoise Tidings is the only one from the glitter bunch that you could also wear solo. With three coats, it covered well and had a mystical mermaid glimmer that photos can’t do justice. (See it in person for the Wow Factor!)

The other two glitters are sparse, so they’re best used as toppers. (Also, in Stellarbration, there’s some star confetti. It can be a bit tricky to fish them out and place them with a brush, so you may want to use a thin, precise tool like a toothpick.)

The yellow, Foiled Again, is much more golden and flashy than it appears in my swatch. It’s certainly a blingy polish that catches the light. The pigmentation on this was great, as I only needed two coats to fully cover my nails.

Revelry Red is a traditional Santa red that’s ideal for the holidays, but instead of being flat, it gets extra festive with small glitter and microshimmer. Instead of being blingy, this one subtly twinkles.

RSVPlum has an icy appearance, and I recommend carefully painting this on straight because the brushstrokes, while subtle, are still noticeable up close.

Check out the rest of this post to see a closer look at my swatches of all eight colours and to see the press release for the colour story!

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CND New Wave Collection Swatches & Review

CND New Wave Collection Swatches Review

Bob your head, and tap your nails to the colourful tune of the CND New Wave Collection for Spring 2017, which officially launches in January!

Shake off the cold weather with a look at six bold hues that will have you feeling nostalgic over Cyndi Lauper, teased hair, denim jackets, and friendship bracelets! It’s no wonder because the CND New Wave Collection drew inspiration from the electric 1980s.

This collection puts a huge smile on my face! Being a big fan of saturated shades, I was inspired to put together the above collage to showcase the spectrum. (Who else was a kid growing up in the 1980s? Ah, yes, it was a decade of great memories, music, and funny fashion!) 🙂

In today’s blog post, I share with you swatches of all six shades in the CND Vinylux formula: Video Violet, Pink Leggings, Blue Eyeshadow, Jelly Bracelet, Banana Clips, and Ecstacy. (They’re also available in the CND Shellac formula.)

The CND Vinylux New Wave Collection colours applied easily and smoothly. The cremes (Pink Leggings, Blue Eyeshadow, Banana Clips, and Video Violet) were especially pigmented, and I only needed two coats to achieve full opacity. (Even though yellow nail polishes are notorious for being streaky and hard to work with, Banana Clips was an exception. It was very pigmented, and I didn’t see any streaks. Great yellow!)

The two shimmers in the collection (Ecstacy and Jelly Bracelet) covered well with two coats, but I found that three coats brought out the best in them.

My swatches of the CND Vinylux shades are shown without a top coat. You can see how shiny they are on their own.

All the CND Vinylux nail polishes are intended to be used in conjunction with the CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat, however, in my experience, I’ve found that using your favourite shiny top coat can work well, too.

On November 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending a PR event where I was treated to a professional CND Shellac manicure at the TIPS Nail Bar in Greektown. I chose the colour Blue Eyeshadow, and if you follow me on social media like Instagram, you already saw a few photos of it!

Later in this post, you’ll also see some photos that I took in the nail salon, and The Good Press juices that matched three of the CND New Wave Collection nail polishes. Additionally, I’ve included the official press release, promotional images, and nail-art ideas, if you want some colourful and creative inspiration!

CND Shellac Blue Eyeshadow (from the New Wave Collection)

CND Shellac Blue Eyeshadow

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Kitlife Planner 2017 & CND New Wave Collection for Spring 2017

Kitlife Planner 2017 CND New Wave Collection

I’m planning great things for next year with my cute Kitlife Planner (Festival Edition) and favourite Staedtler Fineliners!

I used to use the Erin Condren Life Planners, but decided to switch it up because the Kitlife Planner has a full page for each weekday, which allows me to write more and still have space to decorate, if I want to. (Also, Kitlife shipped the planner super fast to Canada. We’re talking just a few days!)

Until December 4, on the Kitlife Planner website, you can enjoy 15% off everything with the coupon code “CYBERSAVINGS15”.

Also, I’m loving the CND New Wave Collection for Spring 2017, which includes colours that are inspired by the electric 80s. It launches in January 2017.

Not long ago, I attended a PR event and was cordially treated to a professional CND Shellac manicure in Blue Eyeshadow from this collection at the TIPS Nail Bar in Greektown.

I wore it for about 10 days straight, and it was still going strong. However, I finally removed it, so that I could swatch the collection of 6 Vinylux shades.

Swatches are coming soon, so stay tuned! 🙂 Edit (December 5): Swatches of the CND New Wave Collection are now up!

Are you also a planner? What are your favourite planner supplies? Have you ever tried bullet journaling? (That’s something I want to get into.)

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Cyber Monday Deals: Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette & Lip Paints

Cyber Monday deals are no doubt flooding your inbox, but just in case you missed it, there are goodies to be snatched up on the Tarte Cosmetics website.

For today only, Tarte Cosmetics has:

  • Deals starting from as low as $5
  • 25% off everything else with the coupon code “MONDAY”

Also, if you’re a fan of Bunny Meyer aka YouTube sensation, Grav3yardgirl, you’ll be excited to know that her two limited-edition Tarteist Lip Paints and Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette are on sale.

  • Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint: $15 CAD (Shades: Texas Toast & Swamp Family)
  • Tarte Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette: $30 CAD

There’s free shipping, if you spend $75+ CAD.

Back in June and July, I did in-depth reviews on two products from the Bunny x Tarte collaboration: the Texas Toast Lip Paint and the Swamp Queen Palette.

Click on the links or the below images to see each review that includes swatches, photos, and my honest opinions.

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Tarteist Lip Paint in Texas Toast Review & Swatches

Tarte Tarteist Grav3yardgirl Texas Toast Lip Paint

 

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette

Did you do any Cyber Monday shopping? Will you be snatching up anything during Tarte’s Cyber Monday sale? Are you on a No Buy?

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OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Collection Swatches & Review

OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection Swatches Review

If you’re a fan of classic films from the 60s, romantic comedies, and iconic stars like Audrey Hepburn like I am, you’ll be squealing for nail joy because the OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Collection is the latest must-anticipated holiday launch!

With the gift-giving season around the corner, I’ve swatched 12 shades from the collection to help you decide which might make good stocking stuffers for the special nail junkies on your list.

(There are also six Infinite Shine nail polishes in this collection, and I may swatch those at a later date. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing those.)

I’ve also included the official press release, in case you want to read the colour story behind the polishes.

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Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches & Review

Zoya Enchanted Collection Swatches

The Zoya Enchanted Collection for Winter/Holiday 2016 is like the Little Drummer Boy who doesn’t miss a magical beat!

Although green nail polish makes my heart race, I can’t seem to pick an ultimate favourite out of the bunch.

Featuring four new textured lacquers in the popular PixieDust formula and two shades with a fun flash of colour, the Zoya Enchanted Collection makes a great stocking stuffer for the nail junkie on your Christmas list.

They all offer great pigmentation and full coverage with just two coats. Additionally, the top-notch formulas were what I have come to expect from Zoya. (This brand’s consistent!) They glide on easily. The shimmers are effortless, and the PixieDusts apply evenly.

As with most textured nail polishes, the PIxieDusts dry rapidly, which makes them a great choice for when you need a quick manicure and to be out the door. They’re also easy to remove, so you won’t need to scrub your poor fingers.

Zoya certainly hits a home run with this collection. There’s not a single dud among them, in my opinion. There’s a wide variety of colours, which helps to appeal to people with different preferences, and even if you don’t care for textured nail polishes, just slap on a layer or two of a thick glossy top coat to get a glass-like finish.

I really like how this collection doesn’t scream, “Traditional Christmas!” with lots of reds. I enjoy reds, but sometimes it can feel too predictable for a holiday collection.

If you’d like to learn more about the colour story, check out the official Zoya Enchanted Collection press release that I published on the blog a little while ago.

What do you think? Would you have preferred to see a red here, or are you also happy that the Zoya Enchanted Collection offers something a bit different?

Check out the rest of this post to see my swatches and bottle shots!

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OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails Swatches & Review

OPI Suzi The First Lady of Nails Swatch Review

OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails from the Washington DC Collection is a polarizing geese-poop green. You’ll either love it (like I do), or you’ll think that it’s one of those fugly shades.

Earthy greens like OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails is a comfort colour in my manicure repertoire. This is totally a “me” hue, and I’m never at a loss when it comes to pairing it with anything in my wardrobe.

With understated elegance, this olive green commands attention without being flashy, and that’s why I’m drawn to it. It expresses mature sentiment while still offering a youthful twist. This dichotomy intrigues me in nail polish and in general.

P.S. Loyal readers will note my little hiatus. A while back, I broke one of my nails very badly in an unfortunate accident. It was the first time that I had ever done that! My nail tore very deep, halfway down the nail bed horizontally, and it was very painful! It has now grown out past the nail line, so I feel comfortable going forward with swatches. (The swatches of OPI Suzi – The First Lady of Nails in this post were taken before my nail broke. Stay tuned because in the near future, I will have new Zoya and OPI holiday nail swatches!)

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