So I went a little nail polish crazy this past weekend. I took a day trip down to the United States and picked up a few Essie polishes (my first ones ever) and today I got the hottest pink ever (it was love at first sight).
I have been really into nail polishes for the past two months ever since I got an OPI stand to display them all. Ever since I got it all I want to do is fill it up! Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a crazy amount of nail polish, maybe like 20 colours? But I’m pretty much obsessed. I’m not a manicure kind of girl, I would so rather do my own nails then pay to get them done. The last time I went for a mani/pedi the selection of colours was just awful, so ever since then I tend to just do my nails myself because I like my colours better than what they have in the salon.
Anyways back to the present, I love the colours I got, they are just so perfect for spring!
Spa Ritual “Knowledge is Power”
I’ve never been a pink and red nail polish kind of girl, unless of course it is a unique colour. When I saw Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power from their Truth collection I literally had to have it. It’s just the most gorgeous pink, fuchsia colour. I have not tried it on yet because I painted my nails yesterday but this is going to be the next colour on my nails. I only have another colour by Spa Rituals (Solaris – a bright orange) but I do remember it going on fairly well. I can’t remember how long that one lasted on my nails before it started to chip.
I’m usually an OPI kind of girl, but this colour is seriously to die for. The only thing that sucks about Spa Ritual is the price of them and the availability. I believe they retail for $12 in Canada and are available exclusively at salons. If you see this colour though and love pinks, I would grab it. It’s actually so gorgeous.
Essie “Nice is Nice”
I have never tried Essie nail polishes before but have read a lot of great things about their French Affair spring collection. I really wanted MAC’s Little Girl Type nail polish from the Quite Cute collection but when I tried it out in store it didn’t apply that great. And I mean for the price of the thing I would want it to be perfect. Well it wasn’t, so that’s why I got this pretty colour. It’s a soft lilac colour and I find it quite similar to OPI’s Rumples Wiggin’s from the 2010 Shrek Collection (I don’t have that shade but I did compare them side by side). I have not tried this one out yet so I can’t tell you how it looks applied, but it’s so pretty I can’t wait to rock it in the spring.
Essie “Sand Tropez”
Okay so if you read my March 2011 favourites post you would have read that I have been loving neutral colour polishes. They are just so versatile, you can wear them in the office, at night, to an event – literally everywhere. They are just so basic that they go with everything. When I first saw Essie’s Sand Tropez I knew I had to have it. It goes on so pigmented and soft with really good colour payoff. I was a bit skeptical at first because the colour is so light, but it goes on really good. It’s just so pretty it matches the colour of my skin and it does look exactly like sand. It reminds me of a tropical beach.
I got both Sand Tropez and Nice is Nice at Target but I believe that Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada just started selling them. Not sure what they run for in Canada but in the U.S. I paid around $7.50 per polish. Like I said earlier, I am an OPI kind of girl, but I love trying new brands as well, especially if they have awesome colours.
What are your favourite colours for spring? Have you tried any of the polishes I listed?
So I have decided that I’m going to do a favourites post at the end of every month, whether it’s beauty, fashion, or just random stuff. Fittingly it’s the end of March so here are my faves for the month!
ELF “C” Eyeshadow Brush
I absolutely love this brush! I got it last month when I was in Vegas and we stopped at a local Target. The brush retails for only like $3 and if you don’t have a retailer near you that sells ELF (like me) you can pick it up online.
The brush is made up of synthetic bristles, I myself tend to go towards animal hair (shame on me, I know) for my brushes but I’m very impressed by the quality in this little brush. You can use it for lids, creases, blending, etc. It’s one of those brushes that you can really get a lot of bang for your buck. I highly recommend it.
Hello Kitty Perfume To Go Solid Perfume Necklace
If you know me, you will know that I absolutely love Hello Kitty. So naturally when Sephora came out with a Hello Kitty collection I was excited. Not gonna lie though, when I first saw it in person I was kind of let down. The stuff looked kind of cheap and in true Sephora style it was overpriced. Especially in Canada. This little necklace retails for $64 in Canada and $39 in the States. That’s almost a $30 difference and the Canadian dollar is pretty much at par. And no, you can’t just order it online and get that price, it switches to the Canadian pricing.
Anyways, when I was in Vegas I mad hunted this down and found it and lucky for me it was the last one. The scent is really pretty and fresh and young, perfect for teens or little girls just started to experiment with fragrance and makeup. The only thing I don’t like so much about this is the chain. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this too, just Google it and you will find out. The chain is long (hits mid-boob) but there is no clasp or anything so you can’t adjust it, which is annoying because in the product ad it’s a lot shorter. And to top it off, the charm is attached weird to the chain so it tends to flip over so you can’t see Kitty’s pretty face.
If you can get over those flaws (or you could just get a new chain, I’m too lazy to) I would pick this baby up. However, if you are Canadian I would suggest going to a U.S. Sephora (if there is one near you) and picking it up there, the Canadian price hike is ridiculous.
Neutral Nail Polish
I have really been loving neutrals lately. From nude pumps to cream coloured blouses, I’m all over it. So naturally this trend has stretched to my nails as well. I only have the two shades right now, but I absolutely love them. The one on the right is “You Don’t Know Jacques” from OPI’s Fall 2008 collection, La collection de France. I believe it is one of OPI’s most popular colours and I can totally see why. I was rocking this colour all week (I literally just took it off like half an hour ago because it started to chip) even though it is practically spring. You can definitely wear this colour all year but I think it would be most perfect for fall.
The one on the left is “San Tantonio” from OPI’s current Texas collection. It’s more of a brown colour but not as dark as You Don’t Know Jacques. I also think it’s more wearable for spring. But I mean I think that both colours are universal for all seasons because they are neutrals. Funny story about this though, I was torn between San Tantonio and Over the Taupe and I actually chose Over the Taupe but when I got home and put it on it was the wrong colour! Whoops! That’s okay though, I like this one too, maybe in the future I’ll pick up Over the Taupe as well.
H&M Leopard Print Shoes
Another Vegas purchase! I knew that I really wanted to pick up a pair of leopard print shoes ( I’m going through a huge leopard phase right now) and originally I was going to go for these super hot Steve Madden ones, but I think that these are more wearable and not to mention cheaper! They were $34.99 I believe, somewhere in that price range.
I love wearing these with black jeggings and a neutral coloured top. I don’t think I would do leopard with leopard because that may be too much animal print going on. Maybe a scarf actually, so it wouldn’t be too in your face.
Not sure if H&M still has these, but if they do I would pick them up. Super easy to walk in and comfy. Not to mention affordable and you can definitely take these from day to night.
ELF Undereye Concealer and Highlighter
So another Vegas purchase (this is like a Vegas haul, geez) which I absolutely love. One end is a concealer and the other is a highlighter.
I’m really loving ELF, these are my first products from them and I am totally loving the line. I wish the shipping to Canada didn’t take so long otherwise I would order more stuff (it’s so affordable!). I can’t remember what I paid for this but I know it wasn’t that much.
The concealer part really brightens my eyes and other areas that need concealing and the highlighter is just fab. I use it on my cheek bone above my blush, as well as on my brow bone. It really does create that extra oomph to make your complexion glow. I think I have used it practically everyday since I got it.
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer
I have recently gotten into face primers. I actually never knew about them until I got a mini one with a Bare Minerals foundation kit and now it is part of my regular makeup routine. Foundation just goes on way more smoothy with it underneath.
When I ran out of the Bare Minerals one I got a mini Nars one from Sephora as part of a sampler event for Beauty Insiders. Of course that lasted me like a few days so I knew I had to pick a new one up. Okay, let me just say, who knew how expensive these are?! Seriously, the cheapest one at Sephora is like $18, so naturally, I was like “okay, Wal-Mart time!”. I knew that Hard Candy does a line at Wal-Mart and thought that maybe they would have an affordable primer to try (I mean as much as I love primers and everything, it’s a part of your makeup that you don’t see). I found this one for like $8 and I really like it. It’s a bit greasy when you first put it on and I find I have to shake the bottle before I dispense it (it can get a bit runny) but it does its job and it’s affordable. Big plus!
Okay, this post is like super long now, I feel bad because I’m ignoring Ziggy. So I’m going to sign off, hope you enjoyed reading about my favourites for March and let me know what you were loving this month.
Until next time!