Saturday, 23 April 2016

Did I do that? The answer is I don't know.

It's kind of funny because I have a bunch of photos just sitting here on my laptop and I have no clue if I posted them before or not. Mainly because I have just been picking and choosing whichever one piqued my interest, and not going in any order. So my apologies if I repeat!

You know what I have been liking a lot recently. Chocolate. I have honestly never been a chocolate person, but ever since I got my hands on the Lindt Chocolate Bunnies I can not stop. Apparently chocolate has a similar effect on the brain as opium, and according to my research a lot more tasty and fun.

Anyway here are some cookie nails I did with the help of Robin Moses's Cookie Monster tutorial. I don't remember for sure what the red polish is right now, but I think it's OPI's Got The Blues for Red, and everything else is acrylic paint.



Tuesday, 5 April 2016

China Glaze: We've Got The Beet

I'll be honest, for over the past year or so I haven't been into buying new polish. It's rare I find anything that stands out. I find most new polishes I see unoriginal, so I was really please to see this polish. For the first time in a long time I was excited. It's a shame that feeling didn't last long.

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this polish. We've Got The Beet is a beautiful magenta shade from China's Glaze's 2016 Summer Lite Brites collection(*I KNOW* I'm reviewing something that's current!). It leans purple (but photographs more purple then it actually is irl) with mostly gold/copper-ish flecks. The formula is like wet lime plaster, and it takes 3 careful coats for total opacity, and the dry time is tedious. On the plus side like lime plaster it does seem to last eons on the nail. In the photos the manicure is 5 days old.

I'm glad I got the teeny tiny bottle for now. Pretty colour, tragic formula. Maybe I will get the full size bottle one day when it inevitably goes on sale somewhere.



Saturday, 2 April 2016

Better late than never!

So I have my Easter nails for you today. Generally for Easter I like doing something crazy, but this year I didn't have it in me. So Instead I just went with pretty(which is just as good). These nails were inspired by the Lindt gold Easter bunny. The week leading up to Easter I ate so many of the tiny ones. SO. MANY. It was to the point where I thought I had thrown out all my years of being retentively healthy out the door. But it was so hard to stop when they were free. Also it's a fact that everything tastes 100% better when it's free.

For this manicure I used China Glaze's Ruby Pumps for the base and Mingle With Kringle for the gold. And I used striping tape to get those sexy crisp lines. The bow was a sticker I got from Born Pretty Store.


Nails with the bunnies! (Sorry for the crappy photo with a strange filter that I thought looked good at the time)

Monday, 28 March 2016

My Travel Essentials

Find out why these things made my makeup travel essentials list! All you have to do is head on over to Jacquie's Claws Up where I was a guest blogger. If you don't follow her, you should. I have a few go to blogs, that I will always check on my own to see if they have posted something new, and her's is for sure one of them. She started out as a mostly nail blog, but over the years has seamlessly transitioned it to a blog that not only features nails, but everything from fashion, makeup to her planning her upcoming wedding! She is also ok with mismatched socks, which makes her a good person in my books.

http://clawsup.blogspot.ca/2016/03/guest-post-varnished-valkyrie.html

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Bioré Baking Soda VoxBox!

Wow, how time flies! How are you guys? I'm great! I have been busy/housesitting so I either don't have time or don't have a camera. But today I have time for you lovelies :D I'm here to share with you my Bioré Baking Soda VoxBox that I received from Influenster!



I'm actually not sure if I have used Bioré products before, but I feel like I have. Anyways I was really excited when I was given the chance to try these out, because I love a good pore cleaning product.

The first product is the Bioré Bakeing Soda Pore Cleanser. It is almost opaque and has a gel like consistency with a nice smell. It is very gentle when applied to the face, and slightly drying. It is meant to be used daily.


The second product is the Bioré Baking Sods Cleansing scrub. In the bottle it is a powder and then when you add water to activate it. It was also gentle on the face but dried it out waaaayyyy more. This is not a daily cleanser.




Overall after using these products form over a month they really don't do much for me.  The Pore Cleanser does do a good job taking off makeup and as a general facial cleanser, but if I want to really get at my pores I need to also use something in addition to this, like my facial brush from Sephora. Same goes with the scrub. That being said I wouldn't write this off completely. I feel like this didn't work perfectly for me, but if this is something you are interested in I would still say you give it a go. So many other people love it, and they can't all be wrong!

*Product sent for honest review.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

♥Valentine Gradient ♥

I'll be honest, while I still love nail art I don't do it nearly as much as I used to. Not only that but I find when I do do nail art now I'm never really all that happy with it. I just don't think I'm that great at it anymore(not that I was some super nail artist extraordinaire to begin with :P ). But for the first time I did some nail are that I actually loved and wore for days! Yes I had a bit of help, but I'm fine with that!

I decided I wanted to do a Valentines Day manicure, nothing too over the top though. So my manicure started with these stencil stickers from the Born Pretty Store. Each pack comes with 12 stickers, but you can easily cut them in two and make them 24. Even though the stickers are thin I didn't have a problem taking them off after 3 sponged on coats of Zoya Oswin and Barry M Majesty over a base of Barry M Rose Hip. Over all these were fool proof, and I think would make a great addition to anyone collection. They are easy enough for anyone to use, they are really hard to mess up, and you can get really creative with these. The only thing I noticed that was kind of annoying was the row in the middle. The plastic backing extends out on the sides but not top and bottom, so I needed to use tweezers to peel it off.

If you want to give these a go you can find them on sale here for only $1.99 USD(Original price $3.99 USD), and shipping is free, AND you can use out 10% discount code EAL91!

So is anyone doing anything special for Valentines Day? Not me. Will probably do something with the boy eventually, but it's really just an excuse to buy a bottle of wine and adult about how it has legs and stuff.




*Product sent for honest review

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dapper Dappen Dish

This is gonna be another one of those fast reviews.

Today I have for you this dappen dish for polish remover or acrylic liquid from the Born Pretty Store. What can I say other than I love it! No more dipping your brush into a half full bottle of remover and hoping you don't drop it. And it's just so much faster with this when you do a really messy manicure because you don't have to keep reaching for a bottle. It's not something earth shattering, but it just makes life a bit easier. It also comes with a cute little lid. It's not really functional as it's not exactly fitted, but it looks good!

If you want a dish, you can get one here on the Born Pretty site, where they retail for $4.87 USD. And don't forget to use out 10% discount code EAL91!




 *Product sent for honest review
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