SWATCH SUNDAY — ‘Ard As Nails Fairy Flakes

Good morning lovelies & happy Sunday!

Sorry for the quiet on the blog this week. Last weekend, I got the devastating news that my Grandad had passed away, so I’ve really been struggling with posting. But prior to that, I had taken advantage of the Canada Day sale at NailStuff.ca & splurged on a whole slew of new polishes (including some new to me brands) so I’m really excited to share them with you over the coming weeks!

First up, let’s start with some holo & flakies! I’ve never owned a ‘Ard As Nails shade before, but as soon as I saw Fairy Flakes I knew it was the nail polish I’ve been missing all my life.

2 coats over Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Lilac Insomniac plus top coat

Look at that close up in the bottle. ‘Ard As Nails Fairy Flakes is chalked full of holo glitters & chameleon flakies. I love the combination of the two, because you get that amazing holo but also the shift from the flakies. & depending on what colour you layer this over, it changes the over all look. It’s just absolutely stunning!

I picked this base shade to test it out first, because it was nice & bright & summery, but also brought out the fuchsia tones in the flakes. I definitely want to try it out next with like a deep, dark plum or purple, or maybe a beautiful dark teal. I feel like it will be perfect come Fall as well.

& for fun, a macro shot. Look at that holo. I’m in love.

& of course, I wanted to get a sunshine shot. I wish this had captured the holo a bit better, but I do think it’s so beautiful. Holo always looks the best in the sunshine.

What do you think about this beautiful holo flakie topper? What is your favourite nail polish topper/transforming top coat? Let me know in the comments below!

& if you’re looking to add this shade to your collection, NailStuff.ca currently looks to be sold out. But they do have a ton of gorgeous other shades from ‘Ard As Nails to choose from! &, as always, you can use my code affiliate COFFEE10 & save 10% off your purchase. & stay tuned, because I have even more polishes to share with you from my Canada Day shopping spree.

COMPARISON POST — Matte Top Coat

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing a fun post with you that was inspired by @mugglenails on Instagram! Meghan & I were having a conversation about matte top coats & I thought it might be fun to do a comparison of all the matte top coats I own. Truthfully, I used to own way more, but apparently I got rid of some when we moved so I’m going to (potentially) call this part one.

The matte top coats we will be testing today are from Butter London, Personnelle Cosmetics, Sally Hansen & L’Oréal.

To start, I painted all my nails a base colour. For this comparison, I wanted to go with something dark, so I picked this nameless blackened blue from Hard Candy that I picked up at Walmart in the clearance for 37 cents.

Next, I applied just one coat of each matte top coat to the nail & let dry. From left to right is Butter London, Personnelle Cosmetics, Sally Hansen & L’Oréal on the pinky. As far as dry time, both Butter London & L’Oréal dried fastest, the Personnelle Cosmetics was next & Sally Hansen was the last to dry.

As you can see above, L’Oréal & Butter London dried almost identically with the L’Oréal looking a little more matte to me, & while the Personnelle Cosmetics dried fairly matte it had weird streaking which would require a second coat to hide. As for Sally Hansen… it was the least matte of the 4. It wasn’t glossy but it certainly still had a sheen to it which is especially evident when paired next to the other 3 top coats.

Looking at these 4 top coats, I would say it’s pretty close between Butter London & L’Oréal & if we’re figuring cost into the equation then I would call L’Oréal the winner. Personally I love both Butter London & L’Oréal & tend to reach for them equally. The Personnelle Cosmetics top coat was a clearance score while on vacation (I grabbed it for a $1) & while its not the best, I can see myself using it if I didn’t have my other favourites. As for the Sally Hansen matte… I love Sally Hansen, I really do. It’s one of my favourite brands. But I’m sorry Sally Hansen, I hate this matte top coat. It’s slow to dry, & it’s just not matte enough. There are just much better (affordable) matte top coats you can use.

Did you favourite make this list? Do you have a favourite matte top coat not on this list that you’d like to see a comparison of? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below & I’ll see what I can do about putting together a part two!