SWATCH SUNDAY — ARD As Nails Not Your Mama’s Pumpkin Spice

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Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday. We’re officially almost one full week into September—how crazy is that? I’m in full on Autumn mode, with the exception of buying any Fall decor. But many a soy pumpkin spice latte has been consumed so far! Yep, I’m super basic. All I need are some Ugg boots to complete the look.

Today I have another shade to share with you that was so kindly gifted to me from NailStuff.ca. I actually almost bought this polish back in July during my Canada Day order, so I was super excited when Victoria offered to send it to me! It’s ARD As Nails Not Your Mama’s Pumpkin Spice.

2 coats + top coat

‘Ard as Nails Not Your Mama’s Pumpkin Spice is a beautiful pumpkin orange polish chalked full of micro silver glitters and holo glitters. The application was easy to apply — I only needed two coats of polish for full opacity, & it was quick to self level & dry. I topped mine with my favourite quick dry top coat–Essie Speed Setter–but I would also be curious to see what it would look like with matte top coat added.

Look at those glitters. This polish really is packed full of them. Unfortunately, my lightbox light didn’t want to show off the holographic glitter as much, but in the sunlight, you really got the holo effect.

Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of orange nail polish–it’s just not a colour I usually reach for. But I’ve actually worn this polish 3 times since I got it, so I’m kind of obsessed! I also cannot wait to be able to do some legit pumpkins on my nails using this shade, or some jack-o-lanterns when we get closer to Halloween. This shade is going to be perfect!

If you, like me, need this shade in your collection you can pick it up from NailStuff.ca & used my affiliate code COFFEE10 to save 10% off your purchase (that goes for anything on her site!)

What do you think of this shade? Are you a pumpkin spice lover? What is your go-to Fall drink of choice? Let me know down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Starrily Nails Vantablack & Magma

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Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely start to their week. Here in Halifax, we have the remnants of a Hurricane passing over us, which is just making it feel even more like Fall. But I’m super excited because I came home Friday to a super exciting NailStuff.ca package featuring some truly awesome polishes!

& I’m really excited to share two of those shades in today’s post! As always, if you like any of these shades & want to order from NailStuff, you can use my affiliate code COFFEE10 & save 10% off your order.

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SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Hello lovelies & Happy Sunday. Yes, it’s happened… I’ve stumbled into the Fall polishes, & I’m not even upset about it. In fact, I’m quite giddy about it!

Today I have an exciting Swatch Sunday pick to share with you, because it is a time honoured classic OPI shade & it always happens to be a favourite Fall favourite of mine: Lincoln Park After Dark.

2 coats + Essie Speed Setter top coat

This deep purple shade is so dark it’s almost black, which is the perfect combination of witchy & vampy for the Autumn season. In the bottle you can see the dark grape-y purple tones, but on the nails it definitely pulls more black-y.

Application was pretty easy; base coat, two coats of polish, & finished with top coat. It built to even opacity, which I’m always happy about. & I’ve never had any issues with removal, which again is always a plus when it comes to a dark polish like this.

I just absolutely adore this not-black shade. It’s silky, it’s sexy, & it’s pairs perfectly with a pumpkin spice latte & my favourite Fall plaid dress.

What do you think about OPI Lincoln Park After Dark? Do you have this classic OPI shade in your collection? Have you already started pulling out the darker Autumn shades from your collection? Let me know down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

I had originally had different plans for my Swatch Sunday post — I had done a couple Insta-polls asking what people wanted to see for this post, & the consensus was still Summer-y & something new… but life got in the way (aka my 1 year old refusing to sleep) so instead I grabbed an untried shade from my stash that I bought pre-COVID times. & I think today’s shade is perfect for impending Fall weather: Morgan Taylor Looking For A Wingman.

Looking For A Wingman was originally released in 2016 as part of their Fall Sweetheart Squadron Collection. The shade is a beautiful (slightly) pink leaning burgundy cream, which is absolutely perfect for Fall!

For my swatches, I did 2 coats over my base coat, plus finished it with Essie Speed Setter top coat. Usually I would use Gel Setter, as it gives the glossiest finish, but my local Shoppers was all out when I went to pick some up.

The formula was really easy to work with, & the opacity built easily in two coats with no weird patchiness. Reds always seem to be hit or miss in formula, I find, so I’m very happy when I find an easy to apply one! As you know, I’m such a sucker for a good red!

What I really like about this shade is even though I would consider this a Fall shade, the colour itself is bright enough that it works as a good transitional shade. Am I the only one who has colours she prefers for seasons? I feel like people think I’m a little strange because I have set “Spring/Summer” shades & “Fall/Winter” shades. Maybe it’s my years of retail seeping into my brain?

I did find a few places online where it appears this shade is still available including, NailPolishDirect (UK based), but a lot of the places seem be for beauty professionals, so I’m not sure how easy it is to track this shade down.

What do you think about this Morgan Taylor shade? Have you started embracing the Fall vibes? Are you dreaming about Pumpkin Spice yet? Let me know down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Nubar Prize

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a lovely, relaxing, beautiful start to their week!

I’ve been trying to figure out what shade to share for this week’s Swatch Sunday. I’m definitely finding myself being drawn towards darker shades, but I took a poll on my insta-stories, & the winning vote was to keep things Summer-y. So I dug deep into my stash, & pulled out an oldie but a goodie: Nubar Prize.

Anyone else crave holo during the sunshine-y days of Summer? I definitely grab from my stash of holo more so in the Summer, especially July/August, because that’s when you see the sun most often.

Nubar Prize is a pink jelly polish choked full of scattered holo glitter. Sadly, Nubar no longer exists or makes this shade, so this polish is definitely a special one to me. The base is so bright, & the holo sparkles from every angle.

2 coats + top coat

Surprisingly, for a shade that is jelly like this, you can get fantastic opacity in 2 coats with no visibly nail line, or need for undies. & just look at all that glitter! There is no inch of the nail that doesn’t sparkle. It really makes me wish I had a back up bottle of this shade… or a good dupe! Let me know in the comments if you know any good dupes first this shade!

What do you think of Nubar Prize? Do you have a favourite holo shade? Let me know down in the comments below!