SWATCH SUNDAY — China Glaze Kiss & Spell

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

I hope everyone is enjoying the second week of September so far. 🍂🍁 The weather here here has been that perfect mix of no humidity & slightly cooler temperatures that always gets me excited to get dressed in the morning!

I’m also excited because today I’m sharing another dark beauty of a polish, which was originally released as part of the 2020 Halloween Spellbound collection: Kiss & Spell.

2 coats, no top coat.

How pretty is this beautiful purple-y burgundy packed with red & golden flakies. Kiss & Spell takes two coats for full opacity, & dries down to a lovely matte finish. I didn’t have any issues with application, which can sometimes happen with matte shades, & I found it dried relatively quickly. Of course, if I was wearing this for a few days, I would probably still apply a quick dry top coat, & then apply a matte top coat over that as well.

Sadly, while beautiful, the matte finish definitely hides the beauty of the glitters — applying a shiny top coat definitely shows off those flakies. You can see in my bottle shot how gorgeous the colours are!

I know a lot of people are still in Summer mode, & I don’t blame them, but wearing this polish makes me realize just how freaking excited I am for Fall, & Halloween! There is something about a deep reddish burgundy shade that is perfect for this time of year as we get those cooler mornings & evenings. This just makes me happy for knee high boots, sweaters, & tights. Plus all that Halloween candy that is just calling my name!

Do you remember China Glaze Kiss & Spell from the Halloween 2020 collection?

It feels like so long since that release. I found this beauty last Halloween at my local Winners, so if you missed out on this shade upon first release, definitely check out your local Winners/Marshalls for a lingering bottle. It is a perfect Autumn shade, & definitely perfect for spooky season.

Have a lovely day!

Crystal Drag Marble (featuring Black Dahlia Lacquer Frozen Twilight & Winter Dusk)

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Good morning lovelies & happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a not too stressful start. Today I’m excited because I’m sharing a stunning nail art look that I’m really, really excited about using the beautiful shades from Sunday’s Swatch Sunday post.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Hard To Resist Glow & Shine 
  • Top Coat: Essie Gel Setter
  • Black Dahlia Lacquer Frozen Twilight (NailStuff.ca exclusive)
  • Black Dahlia Lacquer Winter Dusk (NailStuff.ca exclusive)
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio — I used the thinnest one to make it easiest to create my drag marble

Look at the close up! I adore the look of Frozen Twilight against Winter Dusk.

I’m not going to lie — I was a bit nervous about how well these two shades were going to marble together. & quite honestly, this might be the most successful (& beautiful!) drag marble I’ve done in longer than I can remember. It sort of reminds me of when you find rocks that have geodes & crystals running through them.

It just turned out so pretty!

The jelly formula on Frozen Twilight being a bit on the thinner side meant it was also a lot easier to get the polishes swirling without things starting to dry too quickly. Nothing worse than trying to do a drag marble, & your polishes are drying as your trying to marble them! Then you get weird bald patches & have to start over. Ugh, the worst! But these two shades marbled together like a dream & I’m super happy with the end result.

What do you think about this drag marble featuring Frozen Twilight & Winter Dusk? Do you like how I paired these two shades together? Do you love the Autumn vibes that these shades are giving off? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!

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SWATCH SUNDAY — Black Dahlia Lacquer Frozen Twilight & Winter Dusk (NailStuff.ca Exclusive Shades)

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Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the month? That much closer to Fall. I even saw (& bought) some pumpkin spice Silk creamer for my coffee the other day. That’s how you know Autumn is quickly approaching — it’s pumpkin spice everywhere.

So obviously that means I’ve been reaching for my more Autumn-y shades more & more often. & that’s when I realized I had some beautiful PR shades in my stash from NailStuff.ca that I had totally blanked on sharing! & since they are some amazing shades perfect for Fall, I thought there was no time like the present to finally share them!

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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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SWATCH SUNDAY — OPI Designer Series Mystery

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday. Hope everyone is having a lovely & caffeinated start to their week. I’ve been playing around with the espresso machine my husband bought me for my birthday last week, so I’m very well caffeinated!

I’m also really excited to show off today’s Swatch Sunday post cause I pulled a great shade from deep in my stash, that I thought would be perfect in honour of Halloween: OPI Designer Series Mystery.

2 coats + Essie Gel Setter Top Coat.

This beautiful jelly dark purple is packed full of gold & shifty flakes. DS Mystery was originally released in 2009 (I do believe). For those who don’t know, the OPI Designer Series was a line of special polishes released, that were extra special. This shade was scored on clearance at a local salon, after they discontinued selling the Designer Series shades there.

For my swatches, I only needed 2 coats & added top coat for a little extra shine. The formula is smooth, & covers easily after 2 coats, even with the jelly base.

I don’t think that OPI has completely discontinued the collection, but I’m not 100% sure. NailPolishCanada still has some of the DS shades for sale, including DS Mystery. So if you need the polish in your life, I definitely recommend picking it up!

Originally I thought I would add some nail art over top of this shade, it was so beautiful on its own, I decided to enjoy it in all it’s flakie goodness. It’s definitely a great shade for Fall, & would make an excellent base for Halloween nail art as well!

What do you think about this OPI shade? Do you have any of the Designer Series shades in your stash? Let me know in the comments below, & what nIl art you would pair with this polish!