Valentine’s Day Manicure: YSL Catch Me Fuchsia

YSL Catch Me Fuchsia

It’s been awhile since the last time I shared a manicure with you guys! My nails have been a mess lately so for awhile I was babying them with just OPI Nail Envy getting them back up to their regular strength. On top of that, my hands have been so dry this winter! However, I couldn’t pass up on posting a Valentine’s Day manicure. For today’s manicure I’m finally trying out YSL Catch Me Fuchsia which I won last year in a giveaway. To spice things up I also added OPI Devine Swine as an accent which I think is really eye catching as well. Continue reading

Mani Monday: OPI Skyfall Collection

OPI Skyfall Collection

The OPI Skyfall Collection is certainly nothing new, in fact, it was the holiday collection in 2012. However, I saw an old photo of a manicure that I had done back then that I wanted to re-create/enhance. This was the beautiful combination that is OPI Skyfall and OPI The Man with the Golden Gun. Just for fun, I decided to throw in a little OPI Goldeneye as well. OPI The Man With the Golden Gun will always have a special place in my heart as one of my best friends gave it to me back in 2012 as a birthday gift ❤️

OPI Skyfall Collection

As you can see OPI Skyfall is a beautiful oxblood colour that pairs perfectly with gold. The OPI Man with the Golden Gun 18k gold fleck top coat looks like it was made for it! I decided to also add in a chevron accent using OPI Goldeneye which I think makes this manicure even better! Continue reading

Essie Gel Couture

Essie Gel Couture

Hi guys! One of my greatest pet peeves is when a manicure chips pre-maturely. At times, I don’t repaint my nails because I dread the first chip which usually occurs a couple days later while the rest of the manicure looks okay. I love painting my nails but I just have to be in the right mood for it. With all of that said, I was quite excited when Nail Polish Canada, one of my favourite websites to order nail polish from, asked me to pick two shades from the Essie Gel Couture line to review. Inspired by the fall season I chose a merlot shade, Model Clicks, and a grey shade, Closing Night.

The Essie Gel Couture line is a gel-like system that does not require a UV lamp. Interestingly enough, it also does not require a base coat. Being an avid base-coat user this seemed strange to me, but although it sounds insignificant, it saved me a LOT of time when doing these manicures.

Essie Gel Couture | Model Clicks

Essie Gel Couture Model Clicks

The first shade I tried was the Essie Gel Couture in the shade Model Clicks. It’s a deep merlot shade that is beautiful for the fall season. The first thing I have to say about the Essie Gel Couture system is that I absolutely LOVE the brush. It’s a bit wider than your average brush and is also flattened. It was so easy to get a nice, even and clean application. I barely had to do any clean up afterwards. It took two thin coats to achieve opacity which is pretty standard.

I was also very impressed by the dry time. I was a bit skeptical since I always choose top coats specifically for a quick dry. A top coat that is part of a system like this usually isn’t quick dry so I was worried. However, my nails dried in record time! Within 15-20 minutes I could start lightly using my hands again without worrying about ruining my new manicure. It definitely felt like it was a quick dry top coat. It also is quite shiny as well!

Essie Gel Couture Model Clicks

The photo above was taken after SEVEN days of wear! This includes five work days, where I essentially type on a keyboard like a mad-woman all day and it also survived a wedding on it’s second night of wear. Aside from a tiny bit of tip-wear and tiny chips out of the bottom, it looks passable! I can’t believe it! I think I found my new favourite nail polish formula!

Essie Gel Couture | Closing Night

Essie Gel Couture Closing Night

Next up, I currently have Essie Gel Couture in the shade Closing Night on my nails. It’s a grey with a soft shimmer to it. It applied just as nicely as the previous shade and looks beautiful on the nails. This shade as well took two shin coats to achieve opacity.

Overall, I am super impressed with the Essie Gel Couture line and am shocked it took me this long to try them. If you’re looking for a long wearing manicure you can try at home I would highly recommend these! You can find the full selection of Essie Gel Couture over at Nail Polish Canada. They offer free shipping to Canada on orders over $19 which is very reasonable!

Have you tried the Essie Gel Couture line? Let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo,

Robyn

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These products were all sent to me complimentary for review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mani Monday: OPI I Brake for Manicures

OPI I Brake for Manicures

Hi guys! Today’s Mani Monday is completely inspired by my urge to have something vampy on my nails. It’s like for every few bright or pastel manicures I do, I have to then do something dark. Anyways, today I decided to use OPI I Brake for Manicures from the Fall 2011 Touring America Collection. I’ve had this shade since it initially launched and have worn it a few times. What I love about it is that it has a grey quality to it which makes it a bit more unique than your typical dark plum shade.

Products Used:

OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy Original (1 coat)
OPI I Brake for Manicures (2 coats)
Cult Nails Wicked Fast Top Coat (1 coat) Continue reading

Mani Monday: Canada Day Manicure

Canada Day Manicure

Hi guys! This is one of those times I wish I did my nails on Saturdays. As usual, I did my nails Sunday night which means that I don’t photograph them until Monday (I’m a procrastinator when it comes to my nails). I like getting all the things that I need to get done that could mess up a manicure done before I start painting. Anyways, little did I know that I would wake up with a raging cold this morning. It took several naps to muster up the energy to take this photo and write this post but, I did it! Normally I would just skip Mani Monday but considering Canada turns 150 this week, this manicure is special to me. No matter what, I’m always rocking a red and white manicure all week leading up to Canada Day so I couldn’t miss sharing this one with you. I kept this Canada Day manicure pretty simple as I did this later in the evening last night so I decided to do a white accent with red sparkles to add some flair to my nails.

Products Used:

OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy Original (1 coat)
OPI Big Apple Red (1 coat) Continue reading

Mani Monday: OPI Amazon Amazoff

OPI Amazon Amazoff

Hi guys! I’m back with another Mani Monday and this week, I felt like doing some simple nail art. To add a bit of fun to this beautiful teal manicure, I added in layered polka dots. Any time I do a look like this I’m pleased with the results and thankfully it doesn’t take long to achieve. Polka dots always make me so happy when I glance down and see them on my nails! For my base shade I used OPI Amazon Amazoff which is from the 2014 Brazil Collection and appears to still be available as it was rolled into the regular lineup.

Products Used:

OPI Chip Skip
OPI Nail Envy Original (1 coat) Continue reading

Mani Monday: Girly Bits Hocus Pocus

Girly Bits Hocus Pocus

Hi guys! I don’t know about you but when summer starts peaking around the corner all I want to do is throw a holographic top coat on everything. I’ve been meaning to do this manicure for a few weeks now and week after week I’ve ended up sporting bare nails for whatever reason. Anyways, for this manicure I’ve busted out Girly Bits Hocus Pocus. It’s a beautiful holographic layering polish and, bonus, it’s from a Canadian company! Definitely perfect for a Mani Monday! I’ve had this in my collection for a few years now but it is still available currently.

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Mani Monday: Essence Amazed By You

Essence Amazed By You

Hi guys! After a couple of weeks of bare nails, I took the time to paint them last night and do a bit of light nail art! I’m pretty much out of my regular base and top coats and haven’t gotten around to ordering more yet so I’ve been sticking to the Essence Gel Nail Polish a lot lately. Today I’ve got Essence Amazed By You on my nails with some fun light purple polkadots. For the polkadots I am using OPI I’m Gown for Anything. Since I’m obsessed with all things purple, I’ve pretty much been staring at my fingers all day. It may have lowered my productivity just a tad if I’m being honest. Continue reading

Mani Monday: Essence Indian Summer

Essence Indian Summer

Hi guys! My nails have been bare for far too long and I finally have gotten around to painting them again! Although the weather currently isn’t suggesting it, it has been much nicer outside lately so I wanted something springy on my nails. I also wanted something that would stand up to chips, so I decided to use one of my Essence ‘gel’ polishes. Thus, we have Essence Indian Summer on my nails! A beautiful peachy coral shade. I have a couple polishes from this line and I’ve been enjoying them. I’ve featured one to date in a Mani Monday. The last one I wore had really great wear time so the bar has been set for this one. Continue reading