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SWATCH SUNDAY — New Essence “Out of Space Stories” Shades

Happy Swatch Sunday lovelies. Today is an exciting day because I have a few brand new Essence shades to share with you that I just discovered!

I didn’t even know they were coming out with any new polishes in the Out of Space Stories line, but I was out at Shoppers checking out the Polish section & discovered these two beauties tucked in a display off on its own with a few other Essence products. Naturally, I had to buy both to add them to my collection. (So it would be complete!) Not going to lie, it feels like absolute ages since Shoppers has had any new fun Essence collections–limited edition or otherwise–so this was a very happy discovery!

Now onto the swatches!

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SWATCH SUNDAY — Essie High Class Affair

Happy Swatch Sunday lovelies. I realize this is probably the latest I’ve ever posted my Swatch Sunday post but it’s been a crazy day… & it’s still before midnight, therefore still Sunday, so this post still counts!

Today’s Swatch post is another polish I scored at Lawton’s on clearance. You know how much I love a good polish find, especially when it’s a limited edition shade I missed the first time around. Today’s polish is Essie High Class Affair, which was originally released as part of the Spring 2016 collection.

Originally I thought this shade was going to be a bit more pink-y, but it turned out to be more of a peach nude. Which I can get behind! I’m always looking for more neutrals in my stash, so when I find a great shade like this (especially from one of my favourite brands!) then I jump at the chance! They are great on their own, or perfection as a base for other nail art. I mean, how amazing would this polish look with some floral painted over top!? Although I did something a little more fancy with my swatches.

For my above swatches, I used 3 coats + Essie Speed Setter Top Coat. Honestly, I prefer polishes which go on in less coats but I think it was because of how thin my coats were. It really needed that extra coat to hide any bald spots. Also adding top coat definitely levelled out the polish & left it with the flawless finish you see above. But that’s kind of typical with these kind of shades, regardless of brand. At least that’s been my experience with application.

Do you have this gorgeous Essie shade in your stash? What are your thoughts? Share below 👇🏻 what your favourite nude shade is!

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SWATCH SUNDAY — New Polish from Wrenn Polish (& an old favourite too!)

Happy Sunday lovelies! & happy Canada Day 🇨🇦 to all my Canadian followers! I hope everyone is surviving the heat we’re currently experiencing across the country.

Today’s Swatch Sunday post is an exciting one. I recently received some new beauties from Alissa at Wrenn Polish. She just released a brand new polish called Summer Sands which is a sandy tan holo & restocked one of her popular shades Happy Thoughts! & I was lucky enough to receive both gorgeous shades to add to my growing Wrenn Polish collection.

*PR SAMPLE* Some of these items were sent to me for review. However, all opinions are my own

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SWATCH SUNDAY — Boho Green Make Up Moonlight

Good morning & Happy Sunday loves! After a chaotic week I’m finally feeling a little refreshed & excited to start off a brand new week! & what is more excited to start off the week, than with Swatch Sunday & a pretty purple from the depths of my stash.

Today’s polish is one that I found on clearance at my favourite local Health Food Store for only $4! This beautiful crelly purple is called Moonlight & is from the brand Boho Green Make Up, which is based out of France. This brand is organic, natural & vegan–so it’s nail polish that you can feel awesome about wearing. You definitely get that feeling from the look of the bottle: it’s simple & uncomplicated with a wooden cap.

For my swatches, I used base coat (as I was going to be wearing the polish as the base next manicure) then two coats of colour & finished it off with top coat. Because of the crelly formula, you definitely need two thicker coats or three thinner coats for full opacity.

The smell while applying this polish was interesting — I suppose it is part of it being a “natural” brand, but it almost had a grape-like smell to it. I don’t know if that was psychosomatic from seeing the purple colour or actual but it definitely was more pleasant than your typical nail polish (not that I make a habit of going around sniffing every bottle of nail polish I put on my nails.)

Overall, I was quite impressed my experiences with this polish & brand. I own two shades–this one (Moonlight) & a Blue (Pacific Ocean) & both are really lovely polishes with fairly decent lasting power. I love the fact that they’re all natural & organic because it makes you feel good about wearing it on your nails.

Have you ever tried the polishes from Boho Green Make Up? What did you think? Share your thoughts down in the comments below!

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SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster

Happy Sunday my loves. & it really is a Sun-day today! We’ve had a run of beautiful Summer like weather so naturally that means I needed to pull out a Summer colour for today’s Swatch Sunday post. Today’s pick is OPI I Eat Maine-ly Lobster which is a vibrant pinky coral with just a hint of shimmer. This shade was originally released as part of the OPI Touring America collection circa 2011 but I scored my bottle on clearance at my locals Lawton’s.

For my swatches, I did two coats + top coat (Essie Gel Setter). I probably could have done 3 coats for more coverage, but I feel like it’s not terribly noticeable unless you’re a nail polish addict. The colour itself is just perfection & even though it was originally a Fall collection release, to me it just screams Summer! I mean, who doesn’t like a stunning coral polish?

Seriously, how gorgeous is this polish? I had been coveting it for a long time & finding it for only $4.99 at Lawton’s was the best scored ever! I don’t know about you–but when I want to but polish, I want a deal. I don’t like to pay full price for nail polish (& to be honest, I rarely do). So a much desired OPI for less than $5? Yes please! The best kind of nail polish find.

Look how closely it matches my moon cactus? Oh man, if this shade doesn’t scream Summer, I don’t know what does. I’m just obsessed with it! & as you can see from below, it’s the perfect compliment to my newest Summer dress find. It’s a gorgeous pop of colour.

What do you think of this week’s Swatch Sunday pick? Do you have a favourite coral polish? Let me know down in the comments below!

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SWATCH SUNDAY— Crafting a Layered Green Holo

Happy Swatch Sunday lovelies!

Today is a bit of a different post for me–instead of featuring single polishes on their own today, I’m showing off 3 polishes layered together to create one amazing look!

I’ve been really loving layering polishes together–it’s similar to creating franken shades only instead of mixing everything together, your layering one on top of another. Obviously this could only really work with layering more sheer shades over more opaque ones (which works well with a lot of the Layla Cosmetics hologram effect polishes I own.)

For this particular look I started with 2 base coats of Essie Turquoise & Caicos & then layered a coat of Layla Cosmetics Jade Groove over top. I’ve worn this Holo on its own but found it didn’t have enough of a green/mint pop to it on the nail. By adding some undies, it really showed off the colour I wanted. & then, because I’m absolutely Holo obsessed right now I finished off with a layer of Quo by ORLY Trash Glam (aka. ORLY Sparkling Garbage for my non-Canadian friends!) The end result is a whole lot of holo happening on the nail.

Seriously, this is a distracting amount of sparkle happening on the nail. In the sunshine, it was actually incredible how many rainbows you could see.

I love how you get the linear holo from Jade Groove but then the scattered holo from Trash Glam picks up the light too & it’s absolutely memorizing! I definitely need to find a linear holo top coat so I can transform every polish I own into a Holo Polish too! Let me know what your favourite ones are!

I hope everyone had an amazing Sunday. 💚✨

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SWATCH SUNDAY — NailStuff.ca Blue Metallic Foil Flakies

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I’m sharing one of the beautiful new goodies I was recently gifted from NailStuff.ca! I showed off one of their new nail stud wheels earlier in the week, & now I have these metallic blue flakies swatched for you.

PR Sample. This product was gifted to me for review.

Application was super easy & simple! I love the fact that you can apply these without having to worry about using gel.

For this look, I started off by painting my nails in a complimentary shade (Sally Hansen original Pacific Blue). After a few moments applied a coat of Finger Paints Peel Off Base Coat over my blue, which is my preferred method of flakie application. Once my nails had dried somewhat, I dipped the applicator into the pot of flakies, pulled a small amount out, & brushed them down over the nail. After each nail was covered I sealed the look in with top coat.

It looks like sapphires on the nail & I’m in love with it. 💙💎

These flakies are so, so easy to apply & I love it. I stayed away from using nail powders for so long because I was concerned about making a huge mess, but surprisingly I never have any issues with these NailStuff’s product!

These flakies in particular are awesome because they almost clump together like magnets when picking them up out of the pot. You don’t have to worry about spilling all your flakies all over the couch (which my husband would not be impressed about!) Also I’m so glad how little product you need to use to achieve this look–one little swipe covered each nail so I still have a ton more for future designs!

Down below shows off this look in natural light. So happy for summer for beautiful green grass backgrounds!

What do you think of these gorgeous blue metallic nails? Want to achieve this look for yourself — you can shop all the nail flakies available by NailStuff.ca here including these blue ones & a whole slew of other colours as well.

Have a happy Sunday loves! 💎