Sunday, 15 December 2013

Sally Hansen Spring 2014 Satin Glam Swatches & Review

Sally Hansen has introduced a new line of polishes called Satin Glam! Today on the blog I will be showing you two of eight polishes within this line. The two colors I received are Crystalline and Taffeta.


Crystalline is a pearl white polish with iridescent and holographic micro glitter, with a satin finish. My swatches are 2 coats worn alone.


Taffeta is a purple polish with holographic micro glitters, with a satin finish. My swatches are 2 coats worn alone.

I then added one coat of my Gelous topcoat to my ring and middle finger, to see what this polish looks like with a glossy finish.


I did NOT expect that these polishes would look the way they do on the nails. At first glance I wasn't really impressed by what I was seeing from the bottle, as they looked similar to a lot of other products already on the market. But when I swatched these polishes, I was blown away!  The holographic glitters are very subtle in Taffeta when satin (but visible nonetheless), but top coat really makes it pop! The micro glitters in Crystalline are fabulous, and only continue to sparkle if you add top coat to it. I'm definitely interested in seeing what the rest of this collection has to offer!

Although some people have already spotted these polishes in store, these polishes will be available nationwide in February of 2014 for $7.95 each.

Peace & Love,
--TPJ<3

*Product(s) sent for my honest review*

Sally Hansen Spring 2014 Sugar Shimmers Swatches & Review

Today on the blog I have two of the new Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer polishes. The Sugar Shimmer's are available in 6 gorgeous colors, and dry with a textured matte finish with light-reflecting shimmers. The two colors I received are Sugar Plum and Mint Tint.


Sugar Plum is a light pink textured polish packed with golden shimmer. My swatches are two coats worn alone.

I then added two coats of my Gelous topcoat to my ring and middle finger, to see what this polish looks like with a glossy finish.

Mint Tint is a mint green textured polish with gold to copper shimmer. My swatches are two coats worn alone.

I then added two coats of my Gelous topcoat to my ring and middle finger, to see what this polish looks like with a glossy finish.

I absolutely adore Sugar Plum, both matted and glossy! I was SO sad when I had to remove this polish (it was the first one I swatched) because it applied with ease and dried very quickly (not mention how amazing it looks)! Mint Tint also applies very easily & dries quickly, but the shimmer pay off is much less in comparison to Sugar Plum. The shimmer is a bit more visible than what I was able to capture in a photograph, but I think the shimmer is too light and blends in with the mint color.

Although some people have already spotted these polishes in store, these polishes will be available nationwide in February of 2014 for $7.95 each.

Peace & Love,
--TPJ<3
*Product(s) sent for my honest review*

Friday, 13 December 2013

One Month Nail Growth Update

It has already been a whole month since my nail breakage, and although my nails aren't as long as they were prior to breakage, they have come pretty far! I did skip posting week 3, but here's a comparison to my length at 2 weeks which I originally posted here. I'm still following my same nail routine which you can view here, but as the cold weather is approaching, I feel my hands getting drier. I'll be trying out some new products & techniques in the next few weeks and let you know how everything goes! 


Peace & Love,
--TPJ<3

Friday, 6 December 2013

Influenster Maple VoxBox Review

The much needed weekend is finally here, and I will be kicking it off with my review of some products sent in the first ever Influenster Maple VoxBox! Influenster has finally made their service available to Canadians, and I'm so glad to have the opportunity to share my thoughts on these products with you guys!

Let's start off with the treats that were sent in the box. I received the Ice Breakers DUO in the raspberry flavor, the Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Flavour Heavenly Crisp, and the Milk Chocolate Dreamy Clusters. The Ice Breakers DUO is absolutely delicious! My pack (which comes with PLENTY of mints) did not even last 2 days with me. The raspberry flavor tastes great, and the mint compliments it very well, very refreshing. The Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Dreamy Clusters kinda remind me of a healthier version of Turtles. Instead of pecans there is the crispy rice cereal  & is only 120 calories per bag! I would definitely purchase these two items again. As for the Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Flavour Heavenly Crisp bar, I felt like the ratio of chocolate to wafer was off, but if you like wafers this will be perfect for you.

Next we'll move on to the nail item I received. This is the Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure. I don't know the exact name of this design, but I really love the color combination of these nails. My experience with these press-on nails was not the best, BUT this may not be the case for everyone. The set of nails I received are the short version, and I learned very quickly that my natural nails were still longer than these even after my breakage (which can be seen in the photos). I still tried these despite that issue, and they did not last a day. The nails did not lay flat with my nail bed due to the glue, and after one round of washing dishes the nails were coming off. I personally wouldn't wear these since I grow out my natural nails, but I think people who do not would enjoy this product for a quick day or 2 use.

 Next up will be the cosmetics. All the cosmetics I received were by the brand NYC New York Color. I received the Big Bold Curl Mascara in the darkest shade of black available, the Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss, and some coupons for $1.00 off their products! The mascara was probably my second favorite product that I received, as it really does curl and add volume & length to my extremely short eyelashes without clumping. Amazing quality for the price, even better with coupons! The Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss really doesn't add any color to the lips although it appears pink. After applying this gloss, I began to feel a minty tingling sensation that is really soothing, but as for the plumping effect, I did not notice much of a difference.
Last, but certainly not least is the skin care product I received. I received the Montagne Jeunesse Clay Spas face mask. The type of mask I received is the Red Earth Clay Spa. For the most part, my skin is extremely dry, with the exception of my nose which gets very oily at times. After following the easy steps to apply this mask (which may scare little children) I instantly noticed a difference in my skin. It was extremely soft and felt "clean" if you get what I mean. I also love the tingling sensation I felt while waiting with the mask on, it is extremely calming! Definitely my favorite product of the bunch.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Peace & Love,
--TPJ<3
*Products sent for my honest review*

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nicole By OPI - Carrie Underwood Collection Press Release

Colour Me Carrie!

Nicole by OPI Announces Partnership with
Country Superstar Carrie Underwood for 2014
 
 
 Nicole by OPI launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by award-winning recording artist Carrie Underwood. This collection features a colourful mosaic of hues in a variety of finishes, including pink, red and coral cr√®mes; chunky and textured glitters in gold, silver and white; and rich eggplant and khaki green shades.

     “Carrie is the perfect partner for Nicole by OPI. Her music evokes powerful emotions in its listeners, and we wanted to give fans a way to express their feelings through colour,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “In working closely with Carrie, we came up with 14 nail lacquers that truly encapsulate her soulful spirit and showcase different facets of her personality – from softer pastels and dark sultry shades to playful glitters.”
The Carrie Underwood Collection includes:


Carrie’d Away
Carrie’s own gold record signature shade.

Lips are Dripping Honey
This multi-gold glitter is sweet on you.

Southern Charm
Frankly my dear, this nude shade looks charming on you.

Sweet Daisy
A bouquet of southern peach blossoms.

Carnival Cotton Candy
This spun sugar pink is all about fun.

Goodbye Shoes
Hit the road, but leave me this standalone gray-green.

Backstage Pass
I want access to this brown with purple nuances.

Sing You Like a Bee
Put some of this frosty ice on that, honey!

Party Bus
Celebrate on-the-go with this party-perfect confetti glitter.

Love My Pups
Let’s “paws” for this adorably sweet pink.

Color Me Country
This soul-ful hot pink makes me want to sing.

Some Hearts
You can’t beat this romantic coral dream.

American as Apple Pie
Tradition runs deep in this classic red.

Fisher Queen
I’m hooked on this deep, deep eggplant.
 
     Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. This limited edition collection will be in newly designed bottles featuring the NEW Nicole logo. These shades will be available January 2014 for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws.

For more information, visit http://www.NicolebyOPI.com.

About Nicole by OPI:

Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through colour. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.

About Carrie Underwood:

Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Carrie has sold over 15 million albums and placed 17 #1 singles on the charts, 8 of which she co-wrote. Her current album, Blown Away, made history by debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at #1. The now Platinum-selling Blown Away album also debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making Carrie only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at #1. She is a six-time GRAMMY® winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.