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China Glaze Moonlight the Night Swatches & Review (Layered Over OPI Infinite Shine To Be Continued…)

China Glaze Moonlight the Night Swatches Review

China Glaze Moonlight the Night from the House of Colour Collection reminds me a little of stained glass windows when the sunshine peeks through and makes certain sections light up. This is the fairy version!

Although fiery in personality, I decided to layer China Glaze Moonlight the Night over a serene cornflower blue, OPI Infinite Shine To Be Continued…, which is very similar to Essie Bikini So Teeny (reviewed yesterday).

This lively combination is like bringing the festival of lights with you wherever you go! The dazzling glitter breathes life into the calm base and complements it, rather than compete for the spotlight.

Also, later on, I mattified this manicure for a cool sea-glass effect. I’ve included two swatches of that further in this post. (To mattify it, I used one coat of Pretty Serious Matte All the Things Top Coat.)

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Holiday Beauty Collaboration

Holiday Beauty Collaboration

Today’s St. Nicholas Day, and I’d like to welcome you to the dynamic trio! 😉

This is my first official collaboration, and I’m thrilled to show you what we each came up with for holiday-inspired looks!

We didn’t set too many restrictions because we wanted to keep it open-ended and let our creativity drive the results.

I am honoured to be able to collaborate with Jessica and Rob because both of them have inspired me for a long time, and I admire how they stay true to themselves.

For our Holiday Beauty Collaboration:

  • Jessica expertly blended several colours for an eye look that makes you look twice
  • Rob created a festive manicure with a cute candy-cane accent nail
  • I did freehand nail-art featuring an elf suit, Christmas braid, Santa suit, and Mrs. Claus suit

In this blog post, you’ll see more photos of the Christmas nail art I painted, as well as the exact colours I used.

Also, be sure to check out Jessica’s and Rob’s Instagram accounts to see more photos of their artistry at work! 🙂

Christmas Nails Nail Art

In case you’re looking for some holiday and/or nail-art tutorials, you may want to view some of the ones I posted on the blog earlier:

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Happy Hallowe’en, Everyone!

Wishing all my ghosts and goblins a very Happy Hallowe’en! 🙂 Have a fun and safe time during fright night.

In case you’re still mulling over what design to paint your nails with, here are just a few of the Hallowe’en nail-art looks I’ve done over the years and shared on the blog.

All of them (except the top left) have step-by-step tutorials, and you’ll be able to see all the colours I used. Links to each are below the collage photo.

Halloween Nail Art Ideas Nails

You can browse through the Nail Art category on my blog, which contains many more designs not shown here, or if you want to see the individual posts for the specific designs shown in the above image, click on any of the links below:

Feel free to tag me on social media, and show me what you’re wearing for Hallowe’en! 🙂 I’d love to see!

P.S. In case you missed it, check out my latest Canadian giveaway. Enter by November 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win 12 Hard Candy nail polishes!


China Glaze Wood You Wanna? Swatches & Review

China Glaze Wood You Wanna Swatches & Review

Brown isn’t at the top of my nail-polish totem pole, but when it has shimmer and when autumn rolls around, I tend to test the waters more.

China Glaze Wood You Wanna? from The Great Outdoors Collection reminds me of a tree from the future or the kind that robots would plant in the year 3000.

It’s a bark-like brown, but because it has so much foil flecks, the overall appearance looks like a metallic taupe.

This is a brown that I was excited to wear and very much enjoyed! It has a cozy look with a lot of oomph – puts me in the mood for autumn. (Oh, who am I kidding? I’m always in the mood for fall, as it’s my favourite season!)

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China Glaze My Lodge or Yours? Swatches & Review

China Glaze My Lodge or Yours Swatches & Review

China Glaze Your Lodge or Mine? is from The Great Outdoors Collection, and it’s a shade that I never craved before, but when I saw it, I was curious about how it would look on my nails. (You know that I-Must-Get-You-On-My-Nails-Now feeling? I felt that the second I saw this bottle.)

It’s a dusty mauve with a grey undertone, and although I haven’t worn many colours like this, it felt nostalgic because the OPI La Collection de France came to mind. (That collection introduced mushroom, taupe, and greyish purple.)

China Glaze Your Lodge or Mine? would definitely have fit into that collection. This colour has an edginess about it, yet somehow it’s still soft and reminds me a bit of a vintage chiffon dress.

Despite the slight bubbling (from my top coat) and accidental nicking of my manicure, I absolutely fell in love. It’s making me want to branch out and try more shades like this.

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Nail Art: Summer Carnival Dotticure

Summer Dotticure SwatchesIf you followed me on social media since Friday, you already saw some photos that took while at the Canadian National Exhibiton (aka the CNE / The Ex) in Toronto.

This Summer Carnival Dotticure is what I wore to the CNE!

It was my first time trying out the KISS Polish Pop nail stickers. (The neon dots are the stickers.)

Everything else, I painted myself and tried to create a cohesive look to incorporate the fun neon dots.

With photos zoomed in so closely on my nails, you can see the transparent outline surrounding the neon dots, but in real life, it’s not quite as noticeable.

They’re worth playing around with, especially if you don’t have dotting tools, a lot of nail-polish colours, or the time to do freehand designs.

The black lacquer I used is China Glaze Liquid Leather, the pink (used on my thumb, which you can see in other photos in this post) is Duri Venom, the green is Duri Summer Rain, and the white is OPI Infinite Shine Non-Stop White.

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China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy Swatches & Review (Revisited)

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy Swatches & ReviewNeon nail polishes are incredible pick-me-uppers any season, and I’ve been known to wear them even in the winter. (Try it – it’s even brighter when you’re surrounded by snow!)

One of my all-time favourite neons that I turn to time and time again is none other than the original version of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, a beautiful, retina-searing coral that’s so bright, if my camera had eyes, they’d be squinting.

I purchased it when the China Glaze Poolside Collection first came out in 2010, and to this day, I still remember what the promo pictures looked like. It was one of the first neon collections I ever tried, and from then on, there was a soft spot in my heart for neons.

I’m halfway through my bottle of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, so I had to shake it up before taking these photos or the bottle would look pretty crusty.

Sadly, the new version of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy is more of a pale peach, not the blazing coral that I fell for back in the day. I reviewed it in 2011 on the blog here. As you can see, my blogging style has changed since then, but there are still many similarities. Also, today’s review has more colour-accurate photos in natural light, in case you were wondering. (While I’m no photography expert, I’ve learned many things through trial and error during my blogging journey.)

I’ve never worn the new version of Flip Flop Fantasy, and I can’t quite bring myself to just yet. I don’t want to be disappointed. Until I finish every last bit of this bottle, only then will I finally crack open the new one.

China Glaze, if you’re reading this, please, please, please bring back the original version. So many nailphiles miss and love it. I know that I’m not the only one!

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