Sunday, December 11, 2011

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

China Glaze Ruby Pumps. Bright red microglitter in a candy red jelly base. A perfect shade for the holiday season! Opaque in three coats, this polish dries a little gritty so remember to apply a thick layer of top coat to even out the glitter. :)

This beauty has been left untried in my helmer for years, but as one of the most popular red nail polishes of all time, Ruby Pumps certainly does not disappoint! It's absolutely gorgeous and my photos do not do this polish justice. You really need to have it on your nails to appreciate how beautiful it truly is!  

P.S. Remember to enter my snowflake nail decals giveaway if you have not already! The contest is open to all international readers and ends on December 13th! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

'Tis the Season!

I 'm a big fan of the red cups at Starbucks, it makes me feel extremely festive and full of holiday spirit while getting my much needed daily doses of caffeine haha! To me, there is nothing that signifies the arrival of the holidays more than seeing people sipping from these beautifully designed cups. However, I have always been hesitant about ordering their holiday drinks because I worry they may be too sweet or sugary; but this year I finally decided to give them a try after you ladies recommended them in this post. After multiple taste tests these past weeks, I can conclude my favourite is definitely the Peppermint Mocha, the cool mint chocolatey taste reminds me a lot of After Eight hehe. :)

This is the first holiday nail art design that I have created for this year. All the nails except for the accent finger features diagonal stripes painted with gold and white polish, which I find a lot more unique and interesting than the usual holiday colour combination of red and white. 

Here are the steps to create the design on the accent nail:

1. After applying base coat, paint your nail with a gold nail polish. I used a franken I created with OPI Glitzerland and Designer...De Better because I wasn't able to locate a warm golden polish in my stash.

2. Next, paint a diagonal section on the upper portion of your nail using white polish. I used Essie Marshmallow for this design.

3. Line the edge where the two colours meet with silver nail art tape.

4. Glue on your favourite rhinestones and nail decals and finish the design with a thick layer of top coat to protect your mani. 

I hope you like this design ladies and I'd love to know what your favourite holiday drink is at Starbucks! 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Glitter Gal Marine Blue 3D Holo + Snowflake Nail Decals Giveaway

Glitter Gal Marine Blue 3D Holo. Smooth and pigmented formula. Full coverage in two coats. It's been a while since I've worn a holographic polish and oh my, I almost forgot how fascinating they look under the sun! I also own a few other dark blue holos like OPI DS Glamour, DS Fantasy, and China Glaze 2Nite and I absolutely love them to pieces because there just aren't that many holos out there let alone in pretty dark blue. 

A close-up of the holographic goodness. 

This is the first nail polish that I have tried from Glitter Gal, a cosmetic company based in Australia, and I can say I'm quite impressed with the quality of this product. They make a wide selection of holos in all sorts of colours, so that's also another plus! :) 

It has always been hard to purchase polish products from other countries but thanks to Katie over at Harlow & Co., we Canadians can now have access to these exclusive international brands. They also carry other labels such as models own, Ozotic, piCture polish, and Scotch Naturals. This product was sent to me for review but I can totally see myself purchasing lots of polish from them in the future! :)

Snowflake Nail Decals Giveaway

As a beauty blogger, I always avoid posting manicures with nail art decals because they may not be widely available to everyone. So instead I tend to feature designs that you can create using only nail polish or materials that you can easily get a hold of. But today I'm proud to say that I can share these lovely snowflake nail decals with one of my lucky readers! I don't know about you but I LOVE giveaways hehe! :)

This giveaway has ended, thank you so much for participating everyone! 

I've always had a thing for snowflakes cause they're just so pretty and delicate! I recently purchased a whole bunch of snowflake-shaped cookie cutters and I can't wait to use them for my Christmas baking this year hehe.

Thanks for stopping by everyone and have a wonderful weekend! :)