SWATCH SUNDAY — Dimension Nails Hooded Seal & Snowy Owl (from The Arctic Collection)

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Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! It’s another chilly, snowy Sunday here. I feel like I just keep repeating that over & over… but Spring has to come eventually, right?

Today I’m sharing some beautiful Dimension Nail swatches from their Arctic Collection. They’re kind of snowy, wintery shades, which I feel is perfect for this snowy Sunday. These beauties were recently gifted to me courtesy of NailStuff.ca, so I’m excited to show them off! I don’t think I’ve ever had a Dimension Nails polish that hasn’t been absolutely beautiful, & these shades are no exception.

For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, Dimension Nails is an indie nail polish brand that is 10+ chemical free, as well as being vegan & cruelty free.

Dimension Nails — Hooded Seal (The Arctic Collection)

2 coats, no Top Coat

First up, we have Hooded Seal, which is a beautiful & shimmery baby blue liner holo. The formula was smooth, & easy to apply. The first coat was a bit sparse, but the second coat built to great opacity.

The holo was really pretty on this. I have deeper, darker blues, but I don’t think I have any which are this pretty pale blue. I also like that it has this beautiful darker blue shimmer that you can capture in the right lighting.

Dimension Nails — Snowy Owl (The Arctic Collection)

2 coats, no Top Coat

Next up from the Dimension Nails Arctic Collection is another beautiful blue: Snowy Owl. This beautiful shimmery blue has a lovely shimmer of micro glitter which gives it a frosty finish. The formula on this one was a bit more sheer than Hooded Seal — I also applied 2 coats for coverage, but I feel like this one needed one more for complete opacity.

It’s definitely gorgeous on it’s own, but I could see it being equally lovely with one layer over another polish — white, grey, dark blue. I feel like you could definitely have some beautiful combinations.

What do you think about these two beauties from the Dimension Nails Arctic Collection? Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Both these shades were gifted to me c/o: NailStuff.ca! You can find the entire Arctic Collection available on her site (shipping available to both Canada & the USA) as well as other many of the other Dimension Nail collections!

SWATCH SUNDAY — Smith & Cult The Message

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! Today I have another fun new to me brand to share with you, that once again I found thanks to Winners! Smith & Cult The Message.

It actually came in a gift set, which included 2 other polishes & an adorable make up bag. & the price for all those goodies? $9 on clearance. Even if I wasn’t already itching to try out the brand, a deal like that cannot be passed up! Plus I’ve been following Smith & Cult on Instagram for YEARS but have never actually seen their polish in stores! So it was definitely meant to be.

2 coats + top coat

First things first — these are some heavy duty bottles. The feel very upscale compared to other nail polish brands, which is neat. Of course, finding a spot in my drawers took a second, but they’re definitely the kind of bottle you want to display. Also I originally thought that I had got a dented polish top, but all my shades were like that, & it appears to be intentional.

The formula of the polish itself was smooth & easy to work with. I needed two coats for full opacity. The shimmery red is very nice, which shows a bit more berry on my nails than straight up red.

The Message is definitely a red polish I could easily throw on if I was stuck on anything else to wear— red is always my go to in those moments— & also would be a lovely choice for Valentine’s Day! This would definitely be a lovely date night polish. I ended up topping my nails with some liner holo top coat (Starrily Eclipse… my go to), which I’ve been wearing for the last couple days. Excited to see how this polish holds up during an extended shift at work.

Like I mentioned, I found this shade at my local Winners — I’ve also seen some single bottles at Marshalls as well. If you’re not finding them at yours, or don’t have a Winners/Marshalls you can also purchase Smith & Cult polish through their website, as well as on Amazon. Although, I will say — the prices are considerably higher than the deal I got at Winners, so they’re definitely on the higher end of nail polish prices.

What do you think about this beauty of a red? Have you tried Smith & Cult The Message, or any of their other shades? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below & tell me what’s the most you’ve ever spent on a single nail polishes?

Romantic Vintage Winter Roses

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Hello lovelies & happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a lovely start to their week so far. It continues to be Winter here, & now that Christmas is over — I am definitely over it! Bring on Spring, please!

Today’s look is one I haven’t done in a while: roses. You know my love affair with anything floral, so I can’t believe it took me so long to paint another floral. Also does this count for as some Valentine’s Day inspiration?

The polishes I used for this manicure are: 

  • Base Coat: Essie Millionails
  • Top Coat: Seche Vive
  • Dimension Nails Hooded Seal c/o: @nailstuff.ca
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Berry Fancy
  • China Glaze Kiss & Spell
  • Sally Hansen CSM So Much Fawn
  • Dimension Nails Amazonian Manatee
  • China Glaze Treble Maker
  • NailStuff.ca 7mm detail brush
  • NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool Trio

How pretty did these turn out? I used Dimension Nails Hooded Seal for my base, which is from her brand new Winter collection. I love the holo shimmer, & the icy blue colour! It’s very, very pretty. I just wish it had been a sunnier day, so you could really see how beautiful the holo is!

I don’t know why, but I just love love love my roses with a blue background. Something just makes the roses always pop so beautifully. I decided to go with a deeper, darker rose because they just felt more Winter-y to me. & I love how they turned out. My middle finger turned out my favourite.

What do you think about this vintage rose design? Would you wear this look? Let me know down in the comments below!

SWATCH SUNDAY — China Glaze Frostbite ❄️

Hello lovelies & happy Sunday! It’s a rainy one here in Halifax — we even had thunder & lightning last night. A really big Thunder & Lightning storm! Which is not something super usual for Nova Scotia in December haha.

But you know, even though the weather is very un-December like right now, I’m still showing off a very Winter-like polish for this week’s Swatch Sunday: China Glaze Frostbite.

2 coats + Seche Vive top coat

I’ve had this China Glaze shade in my stash for a long time–at least 6 years–but truthfully , it’s not really one I reach for that often. Which is crazy, because this shade is very, very beautiful! The formula applied very smoothly, reaching opacity by the second coat. I’m not going to lie, the first coat was bit thin, but the second coat gave me the beautiful application that you see below.

As for the colour, I really really adore this vibrant sapphire blue shade, with an underlying aqua blue shimmer that gives the polish a real glow. It definitely reminds me of something that an ice queen would wear — maybe with some holographic snowflakes, or something. How gorgeous would that be?

In my close up, you can really see that shimmer, which gives the polish the glow. It’s something else. Definitely one of those shades you can wear all on it’s own, without the need of anything added. But, as you would have seen in my last post, it also makes a beautiful base for nail art as well!

I did find a few listings online for Frostbite, & it would appear that it’s still part of the permanent collection, so it should be easy to find if you’re looking to add it to your collection. NailPolishCanada.com, Sally Beauty, & the China Glaze website are a few places I found that you can buy this beauty of a shade!

What do you think about China Glaze Frostbite? Do you have this icy blue shade in your stash? Would you wear this polish for the holidays? Let me know all your thoughts down in the comments below — or shade which Christmas/Holiday/Winter shade you’re absolutely obsessed with this time of year!

Greyscale Quatrefoil

Good morning lovelies & happy February! It’s officially the month of love. 💗 But before I jump headfirst into all pink, all the time, I thought I would share a look a I created a week or so ago, when I was feeling the grey January blahs.

Today’s look started out as just a grey smooshy design, which was lovely, but looked like the perfect base from some tile inspired nails! So I pulled out one of my many stamping plates I don’t use nearly enough, & switched things up!

For this manicure, the polishes I used were:

  • Base Coat: Essie Strong Start
  • Top Coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Get Mod
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Grey Area
  • Essence Rock My World!
  • Starrily Vantablack
  • NailStuff.ca Clear Stamper (COFFEE10 saves you 10%)
  • Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-L003 (item #17921) — quatrafoil image (no longer available)

Seriously, how pretty is this greyscale look? I love how the base isn’t super in your face, & then the black really pops against it. Completely achieves the look I was trying to accomplish, & who wouldn’t want tile like this in their house? I know I certainly would! Plus it looks gorgeous posed against the greenery in my background (a plant shelf at work, right beside the window — the perfect nail art background!)

What do you think about this greyscale quatrefoil design? Would you wear something like this?