Category Archives: Product Reviews

OPI Visions of Georgia Green & OPI Centennial Celebration Swatches & Photos

OPI Visions of Georgia Green Centennial CeremonyLast month, I blogged about how there were two new shades being added to the OPI Coca-Cola Collection for 2015OPI Visions of Georgia Green and OPI Centennial Celebration.

Yesterday, I received a package from PR, and two of the goodies included were these nail polishes!

Normally when I do my Quick Look posts on lacquers, I tend to show swatches on nail wheels.

This time, I was itching to try them right away on my nails, so I included them in this post.

Which one do you prefer? OPI Visions of Georgia Green (left) or OPI Centennial Celebration (right)?

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What I Wore on My Nails Yesterday for Canada Day

Yesterday was Canada Day, and I visited my mom, and we spent the entire day walking around the neighbourhood and talking.

Below is what I wore for my Canada Day Nails yesterday. :)

The red base is OPI The Color of Minnie, which I previously reviewed in 2012, and the fun glittery top coat is OPI Bearest of Them All. (Both were provided to me by PR in the past.)

Canada Day Nails 2015

My mom and I walked for hours, and when we passed by my old elementary school, I was too curious – had to stop by.

Wow, it had changed completely to the point where the building was reconstructed and looked totally unrecognizable compared to when I used to attend classes there. Plus they got rid of the sandbox and the track.

(I was bummed that the track was gone because back in the day, I was on the track and field team and I also ran for cross country. So sad to see that it was replaced with grass now.)

It was a beautiful, sunny day with a comfortable breeze, and it never felt too hot. The weather was amazing – so much better than what the forecast was calling for days ago! (I remember when I was making plans, the forecast kept saying rain, rain, rain. Thankfully, there wasn’t a drop of rain.)

Then, when I came home, I enjoyed beautiful fireworks in my neighbourhood! (I’ll never get tired of watching them.)

My favourites were the big ones that explode and look like a water fountain. Then, suspended in the air, they twinkle before fading. Some of them changed colour as they twinkled. (Fireworks are like magic to me because I’m still a kid at heart.)

P.S. If you missed my post from yesterday check it out! There’s some exciting news about the collaboration between OPI and Hudson’s Bay that Canadian nailphiles will be interested in!


Zoya Talia Swatches & Review

Zoya Talia Swatches & ReviewZoya Talia from the Island Fun Collection is a gorgeous turquoise-blue creamy dream!

It’s a turquoise with a deeper sky blue mixed in, and I think this shade would be flattering on many different skin tones.

(In real life, this polish has a touch more green in it than my camera could pick up.)

Zoya Talia reminds me of those days when you can’t spot a single cloud in the sky.

I was tempted to paint a little bird flying on each nail, but sometimes a polish is so pretty, you just have to admire it all on its own.

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INGLOT O2M Breathable Nail Enamel 618 Swatches & Review

INGLOT O2M Breathable Nail Enamel 618 Swatches & ReviewThere are two times in the year when I feel drawn to orange nail polish more than usual: the summer and in the fall (especially around Hallowe’en, my favourite holiday).

A simple bright orange sometimes is just the pop of colour you need to take a monochromatic outfit to the next level.

I purchased INGLOT O2M Breathable Nail Enamel 618 a while ago and finally got around to wearing it.

So how did INGLOT O2M Breathable nail polish in shade 618 fare in this nailphile’s book? There’s one way to find out!

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Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray & The Makeup Primer Spray Review (Oil Control Version)

Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray Review Primer SprayWhen I first began using face makeup primers, I reached for the kind with a gel-like consistency that came with pumps or in tubes, such as the Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Primer (reviewed back in 2010) and the Make Up For Ever All Mat Face Matifying Primer (reviewed in 2011).

(Wow, I just took a walk down memory lane, and it made my eyes water a bit because of some happy thoughts. I forgot about those old posts until I sat down to write this review. I’ve been on quite a blogging journey when you compare posts from back then to now. Hopefully I continue to improve for years to come!) :)

Then, I was curious about the makeup setting sprays on the market and tried those. (You may remember me reviewing the Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray back in early 2014.)

Makeup priming and setting sprays are my favourite because they feel lightweight, and you just need about three sprays of each for your entire face. One regular-sized bottle lasts for several months, and they are quite affordable.

The Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray in the Oil Control version are my favourites, and they’re the only makeup sprays I have used since finishing up my Urban Decay setting spray.

This review was a long time coming because although I’ve ordered from Skindinavia several times now and went through about 2 or 3 bottles of each, I finally am sitting down to share my thoughts.

I always order these sprays from the Skindinavia website when I’m running low, and by the time they arrive, I need to use the new ones right away. By the time I remembered that I needed to photograph them so I can work on a review, the bottles have some foundation on them from my fingers or have other smudges and marks.

Finally, this time I decided to order the set of Skindinavia makeup sprays a little early to ensure that I wouldn’t just crack open the bottles before photographing them. Hehe, my plan worked, and here we are with this review!

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OPI My Car Has Navy-gation Swatches & Review

OPI My Car Has Navy-gation Swatches & ReviewAlthough OPI My Car Has Navy-gation isn’t what I consider ‘bright’, it’s part of the OPI Brights 2015 Collection.

The more I stared at the collection as a whole, the more my eyes kept coming back to this bold navy-cobalt blue. It has an electric touch that made me more curious than a cat peering into a paper bag.

(Haha, when I was proofreading this post, I looked it over quickly and misread that as a cat peeing into a paper bag! Definitely not the same thing.) 😉

P.S. There’s a bit of orange around my cuticles. I’ll share with you a review on the nail polish that I wore right before this, which left the orange behind. (Hopefully I’ll show you this week.)

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Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Swatches & Quick Look

Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Eye PencilsEyeliner is a staple for me, and I wear it on a daily basis. It defines your eyes, bringing the focus to the ‘windows of the soul,’ as they say.

Ever since grade 10, I’ve been sporting eyeliner. That’s probably why I could give up all my other makeup if I was forced to, but eyeliner would be the one product I’d cling onto.

I love the ease of using a pencil, but I’ve also enjoyed the drama and lasting power of gel liner in a pot form. But with the latter, you need to use a brush, which isn’t exactly travel-friendly or I-need-to-rush-and-get-ready-for-work-but-I-have-to-clean-my-brush-first-friendly. 😉

So when PR provided me with several shades of the new Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil that hits Canadian stores in July, I was thrilled!

My standards for a pencil eyeliner are very high because I’m set on what I like and what I don’t like. And I’ve had many years to see what works for me and what doesn’t.

(Black eyeliner is a staple for me, but I love adding a pop of colour along my lower lash line. The black and the blue gel pencils work very nicely together!)

I’ve already worn all of these Maybelline gel eyeliners several times, so you can expect an in-depth review of at least one of these.

For now, I’ve done a Quick Look post to show you swatches of all five colours, and I have the official press release, should you require further information.

P.S. Today is the LAST DAY to enter my China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set worldwide giveaway! (Ends tonight at 11:59 pm EDT)

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