Canada Day Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada!

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Today I have something fun for you – Nail Polish Canada has teamed up with a bunch of Canadian bloggers for a Canada Day freebie promotion. I have a coupon code for 10 of my Canadian readers to receive a free set of Canada Day Nail Vinyls by What’s Up Nails. (sorry to my international readers, you must have a Canadian address for this one)

This is a super fun and easy way to have Canada Day themed nails – especially if you are like me, and are not skilled at nail art! The above photos are from Nail Polish Canada – my nails are currently wrecked and short (as shown in the photo on the bottom right).

Here’s the page to claim them: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/free-canadian-flag-nail-vinyls-1-sheet-20-stencils-by-whats-up-nails.html

Coupon code: ZV8C737OVC91

Since there are several Canadian Beauty Bloggers participating in the Canada Day giveaway, they will be linked on the Nail Polish Canada website – that way, if ten people have already claimed my code, you can find another coupon code if you’ve missed out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! Thanks Nail Polish Canada!

Disclosure: PR sample and coupon code (not an affiliate code).

Halloween Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada

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Today I have something fun for you – Nail Polish Canada has teamed up with a bunch of Canadian bloggers for a Halloween freebie promotion. I have a coupon code for 10 of my Canadian readers to receive a free set of Halloween Themed Graveyard Nail Vinyls by What’s Up Nails. (sorry international readers, you must have a Canadian address for this one)

This is a fun and super easy way to have Halloween themed nails – especially if you are like me, and are not skilled at nail art!

Here’s the link to claim your set: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/free-graveyard-nail-vinyls-1-sheet-20-stencils-by-whats-up-nails.html

Coupon code: N8A8GA5KZ77O2

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[Above image was taken from the Nail Polish Canada website. All other images taken by me.]

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample and coupon code (not an affiliate code).

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & First Impressions – Sept 2017

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual, but it was well worth the wait! This month’s theme was “Like A Boss”, and I love the bag design – black faux leather with its embossed stud pattern and bright blue lining. Info in italics taken from the Ipsy website.

Let’s take a look at what was inside:

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception

  • This futuristic formula is super opaque, seriously shiny, and looks suspiciously like a gel.
  • Daunted by the DIY mani? Don’t be! The brush dispenses the perfect amount of polish on each nail, so it’s pretty much foolproof.
  • We’re not into playing faves, but this no-nonsense, steely gray shade comes pretty darn close.
  • This varnish is vegan, cruelty free, and totes non-toxic.

This is my second product from Adesse New York. I am so happy with this one, the shade is totally something that I would wear, and I don’t already have something similar. Plus it is cruelty free!

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • SOKO GLAM COLLAB: Chosen for ipsters by boss babe/Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho
  • Hard work can happen after hours, too. This boss formula takes the night shift, so you wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin.
  • It’s made with 74% birch juice (AKA birch tree sap) which helps quench your skin while you sleep.
  • Our friends at Soko Glam say: “After using it for the first time, I noticed my face felt very soft and looked beautiful and plumped in the morning.”

I’m looking forward to trying this cruelty free sleeping mask out. It barely has a scent – they only use natural fragrances, so it should not irritate my sensitive skin. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out.

LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • We wish we were as good at multitasking as this genius eye brush. Not only does the angled shape help you blend any eye look like a boss, but you can *also* use it for all your fave cream and powder shadows.
  • We’re suckers for anything rose gold, and the pretty handle on this guy looks amaaaazing on our vanity.
  • Have a brush with kindness! This fluffy, synthetic bristled beauty is 100% cruelty-free.

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag, especially ones from Luxie. It is super soft and cruelty free.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetal

  • Streaks? Creases? #unsubscribe. This velvety baby blends like a dream.
  • Your eye look will be on lockdown. We tested it on an epic errands day and our smoky eye stayed put.
  • Gunmetal is a smoldery, steely gray that *also* looks rad as a liner.

This is a beautiful gunmetal – a shade that I will definitely wear. And it is cruelty free! My only complaint is that it is TINY.

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Glam Bag

  • You voted, and here’s the winner! This exclusive matte shade was created in collab with our favorite peeps (ipsters like you).
  • The velvety formula is majorly pigmented, which means you get totally opaque, full-coverage color.
  • Even though it’s matte, it’s super comfy and non-drying thanks to moisturizing shea butter and Vitamin E.
Overall verdict:
Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017
Ipsy did a fantastic job this month! All five products are cruelty free, and all are products
that I will definitely use.
What did you get this month?
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Weekly Recap July 10th to 16th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and wanted to catch up…

Monday, July 10th – Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation Review

Thursday, July 13th – Maison Jacynthe Illuminator and Nail Polish Reviews

I’ll be continuing to post on twice a week, most likely sticking to Monday and Thursday blog posts.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure:  PR samples, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator and Nail Polish Reviews

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I was recently sent a lovely package from Maison Jacynthe of some of their new product launches (Thank You Maison Jacynthe!) I’ve previously reviewed products from Maison Jacynthe (here and here) and really loved them, so I was super excited to open my package!

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I received three products – a Fluid Foundation, an Illuminator / Highlighter, and a Nail Polish.  Earlier this week I reviewed the Fluid Foundation (here), and today I’m reviewing the Illuminator and a Nail Polish.

All info in italics is taken from the Maison Jacynthe website. Let’s start with the Illuminator:

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This natural highlighter has an excellent hold and gives you a sublime and structured look. Its formula, made with coffee extracts, corn, macadamia oil and apricot, brightens and hydrates the skin. You will love its texture and fine pigments. Available in 2 shades:

  • 01 Soleil Pétillant is shimmery with a slight golden tint.
  • 02 Lune Rose is also shimmery with a golden pink finish.

Our highlighters catch the light and give you an immediate healthy looking skin.

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I chose the Soleil Pétillant / Sparkling Sun shade. It is a very soft golden highlighter, and really gives my skin a natural looking glow. It is very finely milled, and long wearing. My photos just don’t capture how beautiful it looks on the skin.

All of the eyeshadows, blushes, and illuminators come in this type of packaging where you can purchase a beauty empty compact from Maison Jacynthe, or just put it into another empty palette.

Now onto the Nail Polish:

This unique nail polish (available in 10 colors) is free of 9-10 of the most toxic ingredients usually found in nail polish. * 75.5%-80% of natural origin * enriched with organic silicon with fortifying and protective properties * certified by PETA, cruelty-free * gluten-free, nickel-free (to avoid risks of allergies) * FREE OF: formalin – formaldehyde – toluene – dibutyl phthalate – paraben – xylene – camphor – styrene – benzophenone – rosin (except color #9)

Out of the 10 shades, I picked Taormina, a beautiful mauve nude shade. It is really difficult to capture this shade – as you can see in the above two photos, it looks more grey or brown in tone, but in reality it is more mauve (closer to the first two photos). This is a highly wearable colour. I would say that it needs two to three coats for perfect application. I wear tested this nail polish without a top coat to see how it would perform.

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Most nail polishes do not last more than three days without chipping on me, even with a top coat. The above photo is after five days, no topcoat, – with minor tip wear on most nails, and chips on two nails – so with a topcoat, it would last even longer for me! That is impressive for my nails!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion is my own!

Weekly Re-cap May 8th to 14th

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything…

Monday, May 8th – Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner Lolita Review *

Wednesday, May 10th – Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub Review

Friday, May 12th – Trust Fund Beauty Just Talk to My Lawyer Review

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product marked with a * is a complimentary PR sample for testing purposes (more specifically an Influenster VoxBox), the rest were birthday gifts from a friend.

Trust Fund Beauty – Just Talk to My Lawyer Review

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Today I have a little review of a nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty, a Montreal-based vegan and cruelty free brand (yay Canada!). The funny thing is that the nail polish was purchased in Toronto, and sent to me, here in Montreal! (this is part of my birthday loot, fyi)

 

A little bit about Trust Fund Beauty (info in italics taken from their website):

Samara Granofsky is the founder, creator and brain behind Trust Fund Beauty. She started this brand in memory of her late mother. Samara’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and had to go through chemotherapy.

The treatment made her nails brittle and yellow so she wanted a nail polish to wear to feel better about herself. At the time, a the brands on the market offered a limited selection of colours and names that were not fun. Samara’s mother wanted a cool fashion forward brand, but could not find one.

Years after her Mother’s passing in February 2014, Samara decided to launch Trust Fund Beauty. She combined her mothers want and their joint sense of humour to create the brand.

Trust Fund Beauty started off with nails but quickly expanded to other products.  It was important for Samara to create an ethical brand with a sense of humour to show that you can be ethical, beautiful and sassy all at the same time. 

The polish is in the shade “Just Talk to My Lawyer” – which is no longer listed on the website (possibly discontinued shade?) but it is a dark blackened burgundy. The formula applies a little streaky and sheer with the first coat, but evens out nicely  with a second coat, and dries to a glossy finish. In the swatch photos, I’m not wearing a top coat, just to show how shiny the finish is.

Nail polish doesn’t last very long on my fingernails, regardless of the brand, so for me to get more than three days without any chipping is a MIRACLE. This one lasted four days before I had some chipping near the tips. It lasted three weeks on my toes before any chipping / wear occurred.

I love that this nail polish is non toxic – free some of the common toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, lead, nickel, phthalates (and other nasties), vegan and cruelty free. I’d like to try more from this brand!

Have you tried anything from Trust Fund Beauty?

Disclosure: Birthday gift from a friend!

Weekly Re-cap (Feb 13th to 19th)

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Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog post in case you missed out.

Monday, February 13th – Nyx #nofilter Finishing Powder Review

Wednesday, February 15th  – Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

Friday, February 17th – My A England Polish Collection

I’m still managing to do a daily yoga practice. Some days are better than others. I finally managed to do a side plank! Sure, I might have fallen over shortly after, but it is progress nonetheless!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all the things!

 

My A England Collection

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I don’t post about nail polish very often. To be honest, I own less than 20 bottles of polish, and out of that small number, six of them are from A England, my favourite nail polish brand. A England is a 3 free, cruelty free and vegan nail polish company based in the UK. (Descriptions in italics taken from the A England website)

Ascalon (the Legends collection) Forged by magic and guided by our hero’s sainted hand, the steely grey of his spire is alive with a swirling heart of lavender fire.

Holy Grail (the Mythicals collection) a baroque and antiqued golden hue, infused with bronze, gold, copper and gentle touches of green shimmer

Jayne Eyre (the Gothic Beauties collection) intensely smouldering crimson embers, imprisoned in a veil of sombre black

Briar Rose / Sleeping Beauty (the Burne-Jones Dream collection) “Her lips a ruby glow of life, while she lays lost in time” – a cranberry/scarlet base hue bearing a slight milky sheen and a gently ladylike prismatic demeanor, evidence of a still-beating heart.

Camelot (the Mythicals collection) black onix glaze with unique luster

Saint George (the Legends collection) Bearer of a valiant & courageous heart, this fathomless teal reveals the strength of the brave knight’s convictions with his gleaming, fiery core.

So there you have it, my A England collection. My absolute faves are Ascalon, Camelot and Jayne Eyre. Camelot is truly the best black nail polish I’ve ever used – it is practically a one coat wonder!

It is so difficult to capture how beautiful these nail polishes are!

Here in Canada, the easiest way to get A England polishes is through Nail Polish Canada.

Have you tried A England?

Disclosure: I purchased every single one of these!