Mani Monday #5

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Hi guys! It seems like I’m in a definite vampy-nails place right now. Just like last week I am rocking another vampy manicure. I actually do love vampy nails all year round, but probably wear them the most during the fall and winter. This manicure combines two of my favourite things, vampy nails and the colour purple, and it is another very fall-appropriate manicure.

Products Used:

OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy Maintenance (1 coat)
OPI Vampsterdam (2 coats)
Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying & Super Shiny Top Coat (as always!)

Vamspterdam has a great formula. It applies like butter and isn’t at all patchy. With the addition of HK Girl, my nails were dry and I was able to use my hands (with some limitation) in about 10 minutes. This top coat is seriously amazing.

What is your favourite kind of manicure to wear (ie. brights, glitters, shimmers, nail art, etc)? Let me know in the comments down below!



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Holy Grail Products

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Hi guys! Today I wanted to share with you a few of my ‘Holy Grail’ products. What I mean by this is that it is an item that is a favourite that I swear by. It is something that definitely ranks high in your makeup collection. Holy Grail products can be a very personal choice as everyone is different with their preferences.

Let’s get into it…

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Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation by L’Oreal Paris

As someone with oily skin, I have a hard time finding a foundation that doesn’t make me shine like a disco-ball halfway through the day. I’m constantly trying out new foundations to see if I can find something that fits my needs. The first time I tried this foundation, I knew it was going to become a favourite. This foundation looks pretty close to perfect at the end of my work day (and I don’t normally wear primer!). Even on days when I go to the gym after work and sweat, it still doesn’t end up looking gross and shiny afterwards. This foundation gets a A++ in my books.

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Orgasm Blush by NARS

This is definitely a favourite of mine when it comes to blush. It is a shimmery peach colour that goes with pretty much everything. It is nicely pigmented and is buildable. While I’ve only tried it on myself, quite a few people have claimed that it works with any skin tone. I also find it lasts throughout the day so it does not need to be touched up.

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Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original Formula) by Urban Decay

Before using this, my eyeshadow never lasted throughout the day. It would fade, crease and clump up. Ever since I started using this, my eyeshadow looks exactly the same when I take it off at night as it did when I applied it in the morning. This stuff is just that good. I’ve tried other eyeshadow primers but I didn’t like the formulas as much as this one. This one is creamy and a little goes a long way. The only thing I don’t like about it is the wand. The last tube I had did not have one, but since then Urban Decay has added it. I find it harder to get out of the tube, but it is manageable. I normally buy the smaller travel size and it provides me with approximately 6 months of daily use.

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Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced

This mascara gives me very fluffy and volumized lashes. It is not clumpy and separates my lashes nicely. I find it also lengthens my lashes as well. Basically, it fits all of my needs. I also don’t experience any flaking when I use it. The only thing I don’t like is how big the brush is which can make it trickier to work with. A little bit of caution and patience reduces making a mess with the big wand.

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Audacious Lipstick by NARS

This is by far my favourite line of lipstick. The quality is just incredible. They are pigmented, soft and long-wearing. It dries down to a demi-matte finish that is comfortable on the lips. While they aren’t as long-wearing as a liquid lipstick, they last impressively long for this kind of formula. They are very pricey, but with how pigmented they are, a little goes a long way. Another A++

Note: If you are looking for a more budget-friendly lipstick, I also absolutely adore the Colourpop Lippie Stix. They have a huge range of colours and they look incredible. They don’t last as long, but they are pretty fantastic for only being $5.00 

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HK Girl Fast Drying & Super Shiny Clear Top Coat by Glisten & Glow

This top coat dries faster than anything I have ever worked with. It is shiny and fairly easy to work with. The only issues I have with it is that if I apply a bit too much small bubbles will form and if I’m not careful it may shrink a bit. These are both application errors though, it isn’t as forgiving as some formulas. However, when applied properly the shine and the fast-dry makes it well worth it. I do prefer Cult Nail’s Wicked Fast Top Coat but since they have gone out of business, this has had to take it’s place.

Well, those are my current Holy Grail products. Holy Grail Products do sometimes change if a new product comes in and blows the competition away. When that inevitably happens, I’ll be sure to post all about it!

What are some of your Holy Grail products? Do you agree with any of my choices? Let me know in the comments down below!



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Mani Monday #2

Hi guys! Today for Mani Monday I am throwing it back to a manicure that I did last summer and loved. I’m currently testing out a nail product that I will be featuring in an upcoming Mani Monday so I had to rely on an oldie.

This manicure is a nice solid blue with a pink floral and polka dot accent. I love any manicure that involves polka dots as they are so simple to do, but depending on what you do with them, look impressive. Even the flowers are made of dots. I always use a set of dotting tools to do my polka dots, but you could also use a bobby pin if you do not have a set.This is the set that I use.

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For this manicure I used:

OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy Maintenance (1 coat)
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue (the original formula)
OPI Live.Love.Carnival (flowers and polka dots)
OPI Banana Bandanna (centre of flowers)
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat (since Cult Nails is no longer is in business, Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying & Super Shiny Top Coat is a great alternative)

The original Pacific Blue from Sally Hansen is gorgeous. It didn’t have the best wear-time but it was easy to apply. It’s a shame they changed the formula. If you can get your hands on the original, it is worth picking up!

What do you guys have on your nails today? Let me know in the comments below!



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Mani Monday #1

Hi guys! I’m going to try to start a Monday series where I feature my current manicure. In these posts I might experiment with nail art, or it may just be a plain colour that I’m really loving.

Today I’ve done a bit of a mix and match manicure where I’ve included some solid colour, some glitter (because everything needs glitter.) and a chevron accent. This isn’t my best work, the chevron stencil stickers that I have were being a bit difficult. I wish I remembered where I got the chevron stickers but at the moment I am drawing a blank.

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