SWATCH — Beyond The Nail Paparazzi Flash (May 2021 PPU)

<<Gifted/PR Sample>>

Hello lovelies & happy Thursday!

Today, I’ve got a very exciting Swatch to share with you. I know, Thursday is an unusual day for a Swatch Post from me, but to be completely honest—lockdown #3 has me feeling seriously unmotivated & defeated. But I really, really wanted to share this beauty, so let’s break with tradition!

So today’s nail polish beauty I’m sharing is Beyond The Nail Paparazzi Flash from the May 2021 Polish Pickup drop.

2 coats, no top coat

Paparazzi Flash is described as “a blue based microglitter bomb in a clear base with flashes of holographic multicoloured microglitter” which fits it pretty well. The glitter is definitely dense, which creates that great flash of different colours. I applied two coats of polish, but I definitely think I could have benefitted with three thin ones — out on the go, especially in the sunshine, it wasn’t as noticeable, but in my swatch photos you can definitely see a bit of my natural nail peaking through. Next time I wear it, I think I might sponge the polish on instead of strokes to really get the glitter dense. I think it would look amazing.

You can really see how dense the different glitters colours are in this bottle shot. There are so many different glitters–it’s a gorgeous combination. & obviously, you cannot go wrong with holo. That’s pretty much just my life motto at this point–just add holo. It makes everything better. I’m also really curious to see this shade in a glitter gradient & used as a topper over another shade. I think both will look amazing!

As I mentioned, this shade is an exclusive release as part of the May 2021 PPU drop, so it is officially available tomorrow (May 7th) until May 10th via the Polish Pickup website for $11.50. So if you need to grab yourself a bottle, definitely pop over to PPU tomorrow, & add one to your cart.

SWATCH SUNDAY — ACO by Ardene Love Potion No.82

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! We’re officially a full week into February now, & a week away from Valentine’s Day. Here in Halifax were also anxiously awaiting not one, but two big Winter storms this week. Which kind of sucks, after a couple days of beautiful almost Spring like weather! I was really looking forward to maybe pulling out a few of my dresses.

But let’s not dwell on that, & instead concentrate on the important things—like today’s Swatch Sunday pick: Ardene Love Potion No.82! I’m still feeling all the pink love, so naturally I had to dig deep into my stash to find something perfect for Valentine’s Day, but with a twist. & I think this oldie shade was the perfect pick!

Two coats + Essie Good To Go

For those who don’t know, Ardene is a Canadian clothing store that used to be more of an accessory story, & sold a ton of fun nail polish. Having used to work for the company, that meant I got first peeks at all the polish, which is why I own so many. This particular shade entered in my stash pre-2014. For a lesser expensive brand, I actually think a lot of the shades they used to introduce were really funky & different, with lots of glittery shades—like this! & considering they used to sell for $3.99 a bottle, or 3/$10, that’s a pretty good deal.

As with most glittery shades like this, the formula is cruelly, which allows you to see the layers of glitters. However, two coats does coat the nail well, showing off the multi coloured, multi sized & multi shaped glitters which I’m very happy about! No visible nail line peaking out.

This is definitely a fun shade for Valentine’s Day, especially with a name like Love Potion No.82. But it could also be a fun shade for Summer, or just when you’re feeling funky. I did add some top coat (Essie Good to Go) to smooth things out a bit because the layers of glitters can be a bit bumpy. I also think that a little matte top coat would also look incredible over this polish.

This is definitely one I think I need to wear more often!

What do you think about this old school Ardene shade? Do you think Love Potion No.82 is a fun Valentine’s Day shade? What is your favourite pink glitter bomb polish? Let me know in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Color Club The Uptown (The Original version & New!)

Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday! The first Swatch Sunday of 2021! I decided for today’s post I would do a comparison I’ve been meaning to do for a while: the comparison between the original version of Color Club The Uptown & the reformulation of the Uptown.

The original version of this shade, released I. 2013, was a beautiful jelly purple packed full of iridescent flakies. But at some point, like what seems to happen with all the best polishes, is they decided to take this perfect polish & reformulate it into a metallic purple with gold shimmer. So let’s take a look at both!

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#GlamNailsChallengeDec — Reindeer 🦌

Hello lovelies & happy Wednesday. We’re officially halfway through December & Christmas is a week away! How did that even happen? But I’m loving just all the Christmas nail art looks I’ve been wearing — definitely the most wonderful time of year for nail art!

Today we have another #GlamNailsChallengeDec look to share! Today’s prompt is Reindeer, so naturally that meant I needed to pull out my favourite reindeer stamping plate design for some Rudolph nails!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Glossy Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Good Cheer-y
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Goldie Rocks
  • Essie Mosiac On Down
  • Essence Give Me Nude, Baby
  • Zoya Ray
  • OPI How Great Is Your Dane?
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • Born Pretty Store Stamping plate BP-L032 (item #23268)
  • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper

Oh man, this look is just classic Christmas, & I love it! It was also a really easy look to do — the hardest part was the stamping, but as you can see, it turned out perfect! If you don’t have a stamping plate (or don’t like stamping), a nail vinyl would work just as easily! A perfect look for Christmas morning. 🎄

What do you think of this reindeer look? Do you enjoy these festive designs I’ve been sharing for #GlamNailsChallenge? Don’t forget to check out all the lovely looks people have been sharing.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

#GlamNailsChallengeDec— Santa’s Sleigh

Hello lovelies & happy Monday! Hopefully you’re week is off to a lovely start. After a busy weekend—that’s Christmas in retail for you—I’m excited for a day off filled with peppermint mocha cold brew, cleaning & hopefully some nail polish fun.

But first I have another prompt for #GlamNailsChallengeDec to share with you! Prompt #2 is Santa’s Sleigh, which I’ll admit I was super nervous about because I wasn’t 100% sure if my freehand skills were up to par.

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Essie Under The Twilight
  • Essie Starry Starry Night
  • Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Azure
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • NailStuff.ca 4mm Micro Detail Brush (COFFEE10 saves you 10%!)
  • Latex free make up sponge

For this look, I decided that I wanted to create the silhouette of Santa’s sleigh against the moon, with a pretty night sky base. I sponged on a few beautiful blues as my base, & then painted a big moon on my nail. Once that was dry, I used my black acrylic paint to attempt to draw Santa’s sleigh with a few (barely visible) reindeer pulling it.

These definitely aren’t perfect, but you know what, I’m super proud of how they turned out. It’s not your traditional Santa design, but that is what makes it kind of fun.

What do you think about this design?

I’m super pumped for this month’s challenge, & can’t wait for all the prompts to come! You should definitely check out all the other beautiful designs for this month’s challenge!