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Flashback Friday: Dairy Queen Funnel Cake & Pretty Serious Doodle Bug

Dairy Queen Funnel Cake

Hope that you are all having a great Friday! ūüôā

I’m popping in quickly for this Flashback Friday when I enjoyed Dairy Queen‘s new funnel cake and spent time with my mom earlier this month.

She always goes for either a small chocolate-dipped ice-cream cone or a plain vanilla ice-cream cone. Classic. I tend to try new things from the menu.

I’ve also made what’s called “nice cream”. It’s vegan. You blend frozen bananas into an ice-cream consistency and sprinkle other fruits like blueberries and strawberries on top. It’s yummy, too!

Are you a fan of funnel cake? Have you made ‘nice cream’? What are you up to this weekend?

On nails: Pretty Serious Doodle Bug

Disclosure: The nail polish is a press sample provided by PR. Sadly, the ice cream was not a press sample, but I still enjoyed every spoonful. ūüėČ


Essie Looks to Thrill Swatches & Review

Essie Looks to Thrill Swatches Review

Nails get fruity with Essie Looks to Thrill!

This cantaloupe orange from the Gel Couture line would make even the strawberries and blueberries turn green with envy like a gooseberry!

With the base coat built right into the colour, this Essie Gel Couture shade also has a wider brush to promote a smoother, faster application that fellow nail junkies will appreciate.

To learn more about how it differs from regular Essie nail polish, click to read my Essie Gel Couture Launch Event Recap!

See the rest of this post for all the specific details on how Essie Looks to Thrill performed.

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KISS Festival Beauty Survival Kit

KISS Festival Beauty Survival Kit

Hit the summer festival in style with your favourite sunglasses, a fab choker, and stylish nail art!

The¬†KISS Festival Beauty Survival Kit shimmied its¬†way over to Swatch And Learn’s headquarters yesterday.

It contained the following:

  • imPRESS Gel Manicure Press-on Nails
  • KISS Polish Pop Nail Stickers
  • KISS Waterless Nail Tattoos
  • KISS Fix It Up! Silk Wrap Repair Kit

Out of all the items, I am the most excited about the nautical-themed stickers! Not only are they easy to apply, but they’re way faster than nail stamping or painting a freehand design.

Also, the nail repair kit will come in handy if I break a nail. (Even though I’m fortunate to have strong nails, I tend to be very hard on my nails, so it’s only a matter of time before I pull this puppy out!)

See the rest of this post for a closer look at each item and where you can find them.

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Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops Review

Hard Candy Look Pro Illuminate and Strobing Mix-in Drops

When I attended the Hard Candy event back in March, one of the goodies I received in my swag bag to test out was the Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Mix-in Drops!

It’s one of the first liquid highlighters that I’ve ever tried, and its selling point is the multiple ways you can incorporate it into your beauty routine.

Customize the effect to your taste by adding as many or as few drops to your favourite foundation or moisturizer.

It can also be used at its full potency and blended directly onto your cheekbones with the warmth of your fingertips or a damp beautyblender.

How did this affordable liquid highlighter perform? There’s only one way to find out!

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OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection Swatches

OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection Swatches

New to the OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection are six soft neutrals that coordinate with virtually anything in your wardrobe and lend an easy elegance to your style!

With different undertones and shades that venture from fair to tan, there will be a neutral that you’ll feel the most comfortable wearing.

I tend to lean towards nail polishes that are loud and fun, but there are many times when quieter, more sophisticated colours come in handy. Sometimes, you need a palate cleanser to help you appreciate vivid shades again.

The ones I enjoy the most on me are Staying Neutral on This One (the lightest) and No Strings Attached (the second lightest) because they make my fingers appear clean, fresh, and modern.

I’m not doing the darkest shade any justice.¬†No Stopping Zone¬†makes my fingers look dirty, but I can picture someone with a richer skin tone than me rocking this iced-coffee shade!

The formula on all of these was on the milky side. The initial coat was streaky, but by the second or third thin coat, you can get full coverage. (In this post, I used three coats and no top or base coat.)

If you want a refresher and to learn the inspiration behind the collection, check out the official OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2016 Collection press release.

Help Me Decide on the Nail-Polish Prize for My Upcoming Giveaway!

Also, if you have a few seconds, please see the blog post I published yesterday evening.

My 6-year blogiversary is approaching later this month, and I’m planning a fun giveaway, but I’d love your input.

After logging into Twitter, you can vote in my Twitter poll for which nail-polish collection you’d want as the prize.

Don’t have Twitter? No problem! Check out the blog post I linked above for other ways to make your vote count.

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Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette Swatches & Review

Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Palette Review

Like magical gator wings, the Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette has been flying off shelves, as it is easily one of the most sought-after makeup launches this summer.

The palette contains:

  • Nine eyeshadows
  • A bronzer
  • A blush
  • A highlighter
  • An eye-makeup brush

A powerhouse collaboration between YouTube personality, Bunny Meyer (aka Grav3yardgirl) and Tarte combine for makeup madness (in a good way)!

(Previously, I reviewed and swatched the Tarte Tarteist Texas Toast Lip Paint. Check out that blog post for my thoughts on Grav3yardgirl. I wrote quite a lot about her there, so I won’t be repeating it here.)

Those in the United States could find the Tarte Grav3ywardgirl Swamp Queen palette in some ULTA and Macy’s stores. My fellow Canadians were only able to track it down on Sephora’s website, however it’s now out of stock.

If you’re a Swamp Family member or a beauty junkie looking to add Tarte Swamp Queen to your makeup collection, don’t worry. You still have a shot of getting your hands on it, as it will officially debut in Sephora stores tomorrow (July 8)!

I decided to review the Tarte Grav3yardgirl Swamp Queen Eye & Cheek Palette in-depth today in case it helps you decide whether or not this is something worth splurging on.

See the rest of this post for photos of the palette, close-ups of each colour, swatches of everything, and my thoughts on the formula and packaging.

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