Favourite Spring/Summer Polishes

PhotoGrid_1367687004688Left to right: China Glaze Lemon Fizz, China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Meet Me At Sunset, Essie Lights, Essie Lapiz of Luxury

The weather here in town has finally warmed up, so I think it’s a good time to do a quick favourite spring/summer polishes.

China Glaze Lemon Fizz is a lovely yellow polish, and the lone yellow polish I own. It doesn’t have the best formula, it’s kind of streaky and it takes 3-4 coats to achieve full opacity. But the gorgeous colour makes the application bearable. I used 4 coats for the picture.

China Glaze For Audrey is a polish that needs no introduction. It’s the “Tiffany blue” colour that is so well-known. The application of this is pretty good, 2 coats was enough for it to be opaque.

Next up is Essie Meet Me At Sunset. It’s a orange red that is just perfect for summer. I forgot I had this polish in my stash until I read ViviannaDoesMakeup’s post about dupes for Chanel’s Holiday polish. The application is great, and one coat was enough for it to be opaque, but I used two in the picture.

Another bright colour that is perfect for summer is Essie’s Lights. It’s a wham-bam in your face kinda neon pink. The polish itself is on the thick side, so it made application slightly tricky. It also dried to a semi-matte finish, so I would recommend putting a top coat over it to make it glossy. 1 coat is enough for it to be opaque, but again I used 2 in the picture.

Last but not least is Essie Lapiz of Luxury. It’s a lovely periwinkle blue. I always get compliments when I wear this polish. The polish itself is slightly on the thin side, but 2 thicker coats are enough for opacity. I used 2 coats for the shot above.

So that rounds up my 5 favourite polishes for spring/summer. What are your favourite polishes for this season?

Skincare, Make up, Nail Polish Haul

Okay. One last haul (for a couple days)! I left the housing thinking I won’t buy anything… and yet here we are. Such bad self discipline. tsktsk. I blame my friend for showing me this amazing “up stairs store”… and it all started there. Continue reading

May Luxe Box!

This was my first Luxebox, and I was originally super excited about it. I was out of the city for a bit so when I got back, the first thing I did was rushing to the mailbox to get my parcel. And then I opened it and found two boxes in it! But the excitement ended about there, because I opened it and looked at what I got, and I immediately decided I am cancelling my subscription. Continue reading

Drugstore Makeup Haul

Another haul post… this is what happens when I go to the mall two days in a row. Well I do have an explanation this time, London drugs (a drugstore that’s only in certain provinces in Canada) has a couple for $10 off any $25 purchase of makeup… how can I pass on that?  Continue reading

NARS + Essie + The Bay Haul

I went to Holt Renfrew today in hope of locating the Prada bags I have been lusting for… but with no luck. Holt Renfrew just does not carry what I want! They did not have the Balenciaga City Bag that I wanted, or the Marc by Marc Jacob wallet that I wanted… and now this. But all is not lost! I wandered to the NARS counter, and ended up purchasing two NARS products from their summer collection. They did not have the products out for display yet, but they did have the products in stock. (Sephora did not have the summer collection in stock as of today). I got the Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, and the Liberte Blush. I totally did not plan on getting these today (was going to wait till I head to the states), but Holt Renfrew is having a promotion where you get a gift card that’s worth 15% of your cosmetic purchase, and 25% of your apparel and accessory purchase. Their site says it’s from April 28-29. I also got a Valentino perfume sample when I saw walking around! Yay for perfume samples! Continue reading

Sephora VIB + MAC + Essie + Drugstore Haul

Yes another haul post… but hey one needs to use that 15% off at Sephora while one can right? MAC came out with a few collections today, so it only makes sense if I go check it out. Essie… well the salon had 50% off a bunch of Essie polishes! And I wondered into a drugstore… and walked out with stuff, as usual. So here are all the stuff I got!

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NOTD: Pastel Purple and Green Polka Dots

A quick NOTD post… I was bored with preparing for my thesis presentation and studying, so as usual, I painted my nails! I used Essie’s Absolutely Shore (from last year’s summer collection) as the base colour, then painted dots of purple using Essie’s Love & Acceptance (from upcoming 2012 Bridal collection).

I used nail dotting tools to help me with the dots, I know a lot of people just use q-tips, but for some reason that never works for me. I got a whole set of nail dotting tools on eBay for $1.99! Can you believe it? And it comes with 5 tools of different sizes that allow you to paint different size dots! Continue reading

NOTD: Essie To Buy Or Not To Buy

I got this polish as a gift from the lovely pearlessence (thanks so much! :]), since she knows I have been looking for a lilac colour since forever! How thoughtful of her! I painted my nails with it yesterday right after I got it from her and I loved it so I decided to do a quick Nail of The Day post!

According to Essie‘s website, To Buy Or Not To Buy is a lavender with shimmer. To me it looks more pink with a faint hint of lavender, there is really fine purple, green, blue shimmer in the polish. The shimmer is almost unnoticeable once you paint a topcoat over it unless you are really looking for it.

Essie is my favourite brand of nail polish. Hands down. I really wanted to like OPI but I am not a big fan of their formulation, and for some reason they chip pretty fast on me. On the other hand, Essie usually doesn’t chip on my nails for at least 5 days (with base coat + 2 coats of polish + top coat), and the formulation of most of their polishes is smooth and easy to apply. There are some misses (ahem Angel Food I’m talking about you), but all in all it’s the best brand I’ve tried.

To Buy Or Not To Buy has the usual smooth and easy to apply consistency of most Essie polishes. It is opaque in two coats, which is surprisingly good for a polish that is this pale. From my past experience, light coloured Essie polishes usually require 3 coats. So this is a pleasant surprise. I have only worn it for a day so I can’t speak about its lasting power, but I expect nothing worse than the usual Essie polishes.



Outdoor, overcast

Indoor, overcast

I picked up Love & Acceptance the other day I was at the mall (as mentioned in my haul post). It’s another lilac, but with no shimmer. From first look it looks very  similar to To Buy Or Not To Buy, but it is more purply and pale. It’s from their 2012 Bridal collection that will be released in April. I will paint my nails with that next and I will do a quick comparison of the two!

Spring/Summer Day Out Outfit

The weather has been unseasonably hot lately. It feels like it’s summer but it’s not even officially spring yet. I remember last year this time there was still snow on the ground! Talk about global warming eh. I am definitely not complaining about the weather, I just wish I was more prepared for this since I packed away all my summer clothes and brought them home to Winnipeg during reading week. I guess it’s time to shop for shorts and skirts and dresses!

Anyhow, this gorgeous weather inspired me to put together a outfit that I think would be perfect for this weather, it’s simple, cute, and yet the lace and flower hairpiece add some femininity to it. I used it with pink shorts but to be honest, any pastel colored shorts would look great with this outfit! I hope you like it!


Full Tilt Tiered Lace Womens Tank 
Top Shop MOTO Neon Pink Hotpants
Ray Ban Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses
H&M Hair Clip/Brooch
Essie Nail Polish in To Buy Or Not To Buy
Oasis Glitter Toepost Sandals

St Patrick’s Day Haul

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone! Instead of going out and drinking/partying today, I decided to visit my boyfriend and went shopping (much better than getting drunk)!

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