OPI – Grape… Set… Match!

Although recently I’ve been wearing lots of indie polishes, I do have a big spot in my heart (and polish stash) for OPI. My biggest problem with OPI is the huge collections they come out with… and they do it multiple times per year, so it’s hard to keep up with all my OPI lemmings! Lucky for me, I found this in a swap group I’m in, and grabbed it while I had the chance. Grape… Set… Match! came out in 2011 in a duo, with a silver holographic glitter topcoat called Servin’ Up Sparkle. The duo was released in honour of Serena Williams competing at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament that year, and is aptly called the Glam Slam duo.

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Grape… Set… Match! is a grape purple (surprised?) packed with pink and blue shimmer that give the polish a beautiful shine and duochrome effect. This is 2 coats with topcoat… excuse the tipwear, as I’ve been busy getting my new classroom set up for the school year!

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So pretty! Do you go after older polishes that you missed out on, or do you stick to new releases?! Leave me a comment below and let me know. :) Happy Monday!

Enchanted Polish – Dream On and Seven Nation Army

Enchanted Polish is definitely unicorn status among the indie brands… Surprise restocks of unannounced colours, restocks that sell out in mere minutes and the monthly mystery polishes seem to send polish lovers into a tizzy! Every time I try to resist, a new restock pops up, and my collection has grown considerably thanks to Enchanted Polish. Recently, one of my favourite polish stockists, Nail Polish Canada announced they would be having an Enchanted Polish restock on August 18… and their amazing service means my order landed in my mailbox today! Sticking to my budget, I only grabbed two – Dream On (NPC’s exclusive holo purple shade), and Seven Nation Army, a black and white spotted holo glitter topcoat deliciousness.

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How could I decide between the two!? The choice was obvious – use them both!

I used 2 coats of Dream On on my index and pinky (and thumb), and 3 coats of 7NA on my ring and middle fingers. With 3 coats, 7NA builds to a nice opacity, but is slightly gritty so I used 2 coats of topcoat.

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The holo in Seven Nation Army makes it look kind of fuzzy and out of focus, but it’s amazing! I can’t wait to play with this over other colours! Check out the pretty macro shot.

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Click on any picture for higher resolution! :) Did you grab any Enchanted Polish at the NPC restock? Go to Enchanted Polish‘s website to find out when new colours arrive there as well (hint, hint – this Sunday).

I Love Nail Polish – Bottle Service

You may already know that around here, gold/nude holos are a favourite… so when I saw Bottle Service was being discontinued by I Love Nail Polish, I had to jump on it. Bottle Service is a champagne/silver holo, so it’s slightly different than my normal gold/nude, but it’s still within the range of absolutely gorgeous!

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I love the champagne sheen when the light hits your nails, and the holo really sparkles in the sun. There’s just something about a neutral nail that just does it for me…. (the other kind is a vampy nail, but I digress). This is 2 coats of Bottle Service with top coat.

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And, as if Bottle Service isn’t luxurious enough, why not add some diamonds to your life!? I used a nail vinyl from Eat Sleep Polish to spice it up. I wore it on my ring finger obviously, but you could play it up any way you like. While they are super easy to apply, the thin lines of the diamond make it delicate, so be patient and work with care… not like I did, which ended with the first diamond being removed from my nail in frustration. My second application, I tried to be more zen and it worked out much better. 

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Find I Love Nail Polish here (sadly, no more Bottle Service, but there is a beauty coming out for Fall called Iconic that you might want to check out)… and the vinyls from Eat Sleep Polish over here. And I must know, what kind of nail colour just does it for you!?

Depression Awareness Mani

I’m sure you’ve heard the recent news of Robin Williams’ upsetting passing this past week due to suicide. For me, it’s a reminder that mental health issues are often misunderstood, or silenced. As a teacher, I see students every year who are struggling with their own mental wellness and I see how difficult it can be in their daily life.

I saw this image floating around on Instagram and Facebook and decided to join in. Conversations around mental well-being are only the beginning, but a necessary part of removing the stigma surrounding seeking help for mental health issues.

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I chose Eat. Sleep. Polish. for my mani, a green holo. I topped it with a matte topcoat, and then diagonally with a regular topcoat, but the difference is so subtle it barely registered.

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If you are, or someone you know is, struggling with depression, or any other mental health issue, please, reach out to someone. There is help and support available. Check out this Wikipedia list of Suicide Crisis Hotlines around the world. This list is not complete, by any means, but it’s a start.

Keep the conversation going, and Fight for Light, and Live. xoxoxo

Urban Decay – Mrs Mia Wallace

I’m sure many of you were in the same boat I was when Urban Decay announced their new Pulp Fiction collection… excited! But, unlike many of you, I was excited because the polish and lippie were beautiful… not because of the movie. You see, I had never seen Pulp Fiction at that point! (Say whaaaat?) It’s true! So I obviously sat down with my bff Netflix and caught myself up on a 20 year old film.

So, naturally, I began stalking Sephora to see when it would be released, and as luck would have it, they actually had the product in the store during the night of the VIB Rouge event. I asked one of the staff if she could bring out the lipstick and polish for me to look at, and  I was actually first to try them both! They both jumped into my bag.

So, here is Mrs. Mia Wallace, the nail polish, from Urban Decay. I just wish they had given different names to the polish, lipstick, and liner! Too confusing. I used two coats and a topcoat… and let me tell you, this polish is insanely gorgeous. It has this golden shimmer in the bottle which shines just right in the light as a subtle shimmer on your nails. To me, it’s such a classy and rich looking colour for fall. I’m tempted to buy a backup bottle. My only negative is that I’m not a huge fan of the brush. It’s quite thin and long compared to some other polish brushes, so it takes a little adjustment.

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 The box is labelled as the Pulp Fiction collection, and has a little bandaid on the back, just like Marsellus Wallace had on the back of his head. Inside, is the Ezekiel 25:17 passage he quotes in the movie. The bottle itself has a skull on the top of the lid, as usual for UD polish… but this time the top is a darker gunmetal grey to show the special edition. Enough talk! Let’s see the polish!

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urban-decay-pulp-fiction-mrs-mia-wallace-polishWell, I don’t know about you… but that’s one gorgeous looking polish to me! I’m so tempted to get a backup… Happy Thursday!

I Love Nail Polish – Pt 78

Today I chose to wear a grey polish in support of World Elephant Day.  Not being one gifted in nail art, I decided to go with a polish inspired by their amazing, wrinkly skin. Sadly, Elephants are still hunted for their ivory and these beautiful, majestic creatures need our help. You can find out more information on 96 Elephants and then Go Grey to show your support too.

I chose I Love Nail Polish’s Pt 78, a steely-charcoal grey with a smidge of holo within it. Pt is the symbol for platinum (and 78 is it’s number on the Table of Elements) so it’s a fitting name. I used two coats with topcoat. I found the formula really easy to work with, and the topcoat really added the extra shine.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Will you Go Grey today and show support for the elephants around the world? Again, you can sign a pledge at 96 Elephants, donate, or just spread the word using the #GoGrey hashtag! Happy Tuesday!

Eat. Sleep. Polish. – Let It Go

Having taught Kindergarten this past year, it wasn’t uncommon to hear my students spontaneous burst into song at any given point throughout the day. Hands down, their number one choice was Let It Go, from Disney’s Frozen. These kids knew every word and sang with emotion! So amazing. I’m also a big fan of Frozen, because Anna and Elsa are kickass role models for girls (and boys) everywhere… be yourself, kiddo. So, when I saw that Eat. Sleep. Polish. was releasing a polish inspired by the movie, I knew I had to have it. Once I saw the preview swatches I thought she had completely captured it. Cat says Let It Go, is inspired by the amazing Disney movie Frozen. This polish is such a pretty icy baby blue. It applies very thin, and you will need several coats depending on how opaque you want it. The polish is made with Spectraflair, micro-flakies & holographic sparkle. It must be seen in person to truly be appreciated.”

She’s right about seeing it in person. The sparkle really stands out on my fingers, and the almost iridescent flash of baby blue, along with the slight duochrome make this polish so unique and intersting… plus I swear my fingers feel a little colder wearing it.

Okay, not really, but it is gorgeous. I used 3 coats plus topcoat. It is pretty sheer and could be easily layered over another base for a new look. Versatile polish. Bonus!

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In the bottle shot you can really see the microflakies and the subtle duochrome nature of the polish! In bright light, the holo really pops. In lowlight, the glitters still sparkles and shines!

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There’s just so much going on with this polish, I’m really glad to have it in my hands! ESP also has snowflake nail vinyls you can use on this polish to make a truly Frozen mani… but I’m not willing to bust those out for quite a while! Find the polish, vinyls and more here. Follow ESP on Facebook to keep on top of all the news.

Happy Monday!