SWATCH SUNDAY — Essie x Révolutionnaire Expressie Collection

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Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! I’m super excited to share some beautiful PR I received recently! As I mentioned in this post, this collection is a collaboration between Essie & Révolutionnaire.co, a brand & platform committed to celebrating diversity and inclusivity, and fighting for social justice.

The two gave teamed up with Essie for a beautiful collection of Expressie shades — Take the Espresso, Cold Brew Crew, Buns Up, Millennium Momentum, Daily Grind, & Always Transparent. This was my first experience with the Expressie line, which is an 8-free, vegan formula, formulated without any nasty ingredients that can sometimes be found in nail polishes.

So let’s look at some Swatches!

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Coffee Inspired Drag Marble (featuring Essie x Révolutionnaire collab shades)

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Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday! It is Tuesday right, haha? Between long weekends & crazy work hours, I’m definitely feeling out of whack. But I’m excited because I was recently gifted some beautiful shades by Essie as part of their Essie x Révolutionnaire collaboration. For those who don’t know, Révolutionnaire.co was created by Nina & Justice, & is a brand & platform committed to celebrating diversity and inclusivity, and fighting for social justice.

& they’ve teamed up with Essie for a beautiful collection of Expressie shades. I was lucky enough to be gifted the whole collection which includes 6 shades — Take the Espresso, Cold Brew Crew, Buns Up, Millennium Momentum, Daily Grind, & Always Transparent. I have full Swatches coming, but in the meantime I just had to do a fun coffee inspired drag marble after seeing these beautiful colours — &, okay, maybe the polish names inspired me slightly too.

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Hard To Resist Glow & Shine 
  • Top Coat: Essie Expressie Always Transparent
  • Essie Expressie Buns Up
  • Essie Expressie Daily Grind
  • Essie Expressie Cold Brew Crew
  • Essie Expressie Take the Expresso
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio (I use the tiniest end)

This was my first experience using Essie Expressie shades, & they’re just lovely. I’ll get into all those details with my swatch post, but they were awesome for this drag marble look. Sometimes when you’re using so many shades, they can start to dry too quickly, but I didn’t find that happened with these. However, the polish over all did dry pretty well , especially after I topped them with Always Transparent. No pulling, or smearing, either.

I love how much these reminds me of coffee/latte art. As a self confessed coffee addict, I love anything coffee related. & these shades just called to coffee inspired look!

What do you think about this coffee inspired drag marble? Does this look remind you of coffee? Have you checked out the new Essie x Révolutionnaire collection? You can purchase it via the Révolutionnaire.co site, or at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. Collection is out now!

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All thoughts are honest & my own.

Summer Geometric Vibes

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Hello lovelies & happy Friday! I hope everyone is having a lovely week — & is very excited about the weekend to be! It’s been so beautiful around here this week, I’ve been able to break out my favourite Summer dresses. It’s been awesome.

So obviously it’s been inspiring my nail polish choices. & thankfully I have those three beautiful OPI Nature Strong polishes from TradeSecrets.ca that are really perfect for Summer!

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
  • Top Coat: OPI Nature Strong Top Coat
  • OPI Nature Strong Cactus What You Preach
  • OPI Nature Strong Make My Daisy
  • OPI Nature Strong Emflowered
  • NailStuff.ca 16mm Striper Brush

How fun is this colour combination? I really like how the pink & the yellow pop again this base. Also this aqua/turquoise is such a poppy colour — I love it as my base shade. It’s such a good colour. Also these geometric lines are giving me old school 90s solo cup vibes.

What do you think about this look? Are you, too, feeling the Summer vibes with these warmer temperatures?

Let me know what shades you’re wearing right now to embrace Sunny days?

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SWATCH SUNDAY — Cadillacquer Leilani (Thermal)

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Hello lovelies & happy Sunday!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week — 2022 hasn’t quite been my friend. I came down with the flu right before the new year, & even almost 2 weeks later I’m still just starting to feel like myself again. Which means, I need to get started with some fun January nails.

This week for Swatch Sunday, I have another gifted polish care of NailStuff.ca to share: Cadillacquer Leilani.

2 coats + top coat

Cadillaquer Leilani is a beautiful jelly blue thermal, which is packed full of multisized glitters, & shifty flakies. In it’s cool state, it is the funky blue colour you see in the bottle, but when your hands are warm (or when you dunk them in some nice hot water) the polish shifts to a semi sheer golden white colour.

The formula itself is quite easy to work with — not too gloopy or runny, which is good when you’re working with a shade which needs more coats. I went with two coats of polish, but I definitely could have applied another to hide the bit of sheerness it had while hot.

Below, you can see it in its “warm” state, after I dunked it in some hot water, as well as when my fingers started shifting back.

I’m always a sucker for thermal shades, & the dramatic colour difference between the hot & cold state of this one is really fun. As I’ve written before, I’ve been a sucker for thermal nail polish since my Claire’s “Mood” nail polish days, so it makes me so happy to still be able to play around with these shifty shades, even after all these years.

If you’re looking to add this shade to your collection, you can find it (& other Cadillacquer shades) for purchase via NailStuff.ca.

What do you think about Cadillacquer Leilani? Are you a fan of thermal nail polish? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Dimension Nails Kronosaurus

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Hello lovelies & happy 2022!

It’s the first Swatch Sunday of 2022, in fact, & I’m excited because I have a beautiful polish to share with you that was gifted to me c/o: the oh so sweet @NailStuff.ca: Dimension Nails Kronosaurus. This shade was released as part of the Prehistoric Collection — a whole collection of polishes named after Dinosaurs!

Two coats, no top coat.

How freaking stunning is the beautiful blackened blue? It’s absolutely perfect for this time of year!

The formula is smooth & easy to apply. I applied 2 coats for full coverage, but you may be able to get away with one thick coat if you have shorter nails. The brush on the Dimension Nails bottle is also great because it’s wider, meaning you need less swipes for full coverage.

The shimmer is so beautiful, & I love how you don’t have to fret about too many brush strokes because the wider brush. You might remember I used this shade for one of my New Years Eve looks, & I feel like it has a lot of nail art possibilities! I also really want to see how it looks with matte top coat over top — I bet it is stunning!

Dimension Nails are Vegan, Cruelty-free, & Certified by PETA, Leaping Bunny, and Logical Harmony. They are also “10 free” which means they don’t contain any ingredients like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, etc.

In Canada, you can buy Dimensions Nails via NailStuff.ca. In the USA, Dimension Nails can be bought directly via her website.

What do you think about Dimension Nails Kronosaurus? Do you love a deep blue shade like this? Do you own any Dimension Nails in your stash? Let me know in the comments below!