Totally Random Friday – May 2

Hi Shoppers! Feels like it’s been a boring week.

lav-endureI bought this polish last Friday and have worn it by itself for three straight days since I love it so much and I only have one tiny chip on my thumb that isn’t bothering me.

 

 

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Must be a lilac week because I picked up these jeans at The Style Bar. Totally love them except for the fact that they are super low-rise and I am a short person so they definitely won’t work for everyone.

Wardrobe Wednesday did not work out this week but let’s cross our fingers for next week.

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Patiently waiting for my Plie Wand and May Maven box from Julep. It just shipped so it will be awhile before it comes. Loving alot of the colours from this month but I managed to restrain myself to just four: Paulette (pink one fourth from the left), Laree (far left), Jules (second from the left) and Kam (gree one). And the Plie Wand Creativity Kit. Julep is a monthly subscription box with new colours and products every month for $20. Want to sign up? Feel free to use my referral link here. Your first box is free using the coupon code FREEBOX. 

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I purchased even more nail polish through the Topbox Limited Edition Flare Mani-Pedi Kit. For $25 you get a subscription to Flare (which worked out perfectly as mine just expired, value: $15 per year), six Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes ($9-10 each retail), Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm (~$7), Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops (~$8) and a nail file. Great value!  They also have a LouLou one that I’m hemming and hawing on as my LouLou subscription just ran out too. Topbox is another box subscription service that costs $12 per month. I haven’t signed up for this one as the reviews are kind of all over the place. Some love it, some don’t.

 

Even though my daughter is only 20 months (read: just over a year and a half) we are going to start potty training next week. I have the 3 Day Potty Training book and am planning on training next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So there definitely won’t be any Totally Random Friday next week. I’m choosing to do it early because she shows almost all signs of readiness and I would really like it to be done before summer comes.

What have you bought this week? Any plans for Mother’s Day on May 11th? Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – April 25

Sorry, it’s been a crazy couple of months. I’m getting back on the exercising train (or wagon, whichever you prefer) and had a couple weeks worth of writer’s block so apologies for the sketchy posting schedule.

Here are some manicures from the past couple of weeks. I’m delving into nail art and totally loving it.

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Here are the nail art tools I bought from Nail Polish Canada that I am super pumped about.20140424-162447.jpg

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20140424-162301.jpgSome matte topcoat to get ready for Lacquer Legion. This month’s theme is Glam and I am gonna nail this month (excuse the pun). After skipping the last two months, I feel like I have to bring my A game this time.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been eyeing up the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments palette and then realized digging through my eyeshadows this am that I already own several bright eyeshadows.

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From top to bottom, L to R:

Rose Suites (both hot pink and lighter pink), Sassy Grass, Metamorph, Shock-a-holic, Purple Haze, Aquadisiac, Cool Heat, Creme de Violet, Pink Freeze, Fashion Circuit and Deep Truth 

 

 

 

With any luck, next week I will be starting Wardrobe Wednesdays. Hopefully it will be a weekly thing but definitely every other week. Looking forward to your feedback on the outfits I will be modelling and giving some tips on styling particular items in your closet. If you have any questions or suggestions I’d love to hear them. Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totally Random Friday – Jan 31

So, it’s been…. awhile since we had a TRF. Sorry about that. January is just such a boring shopping month. Once you get over spending any money or gift certs that you got for Christmas, it’s all over and you just get to watch the email pore in from your favourite stores as they lower and lower the price on items, practically begging you to buy something, anything. I don’t know about you but I’m holding out for when my mom, my daughter and I go to Toronto in three weeks. And then I’m buying spring stuff. Screw you winter!

Anyways… some exciting thing did happen this month and here they are:

It was my birthday.

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I entered The Lacquer Legion challenge and created a manicure that I believe embodied the theme, “Reinvention.” Original idea by Polish Art Addict.

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I made these amazing cookies, recipe from Bakerella. I swapped the walnuts for pistachios. Yum!

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I had some boudoir pictures taken. This was the outfit I bought for the shoot (only in black, which is not on the website). If you are interested in getting boudoir shots done, I highly recommend Trina from Connections Captured. She was extremely professional and discreet. And for a limited time, she is offering an amazing package deal of $95 for 15-20 edited shots, owning the images, and the sitting fee.  It was truly an amazing experience. One that I will definitely be repeating in the future.

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Overall, not bad for one of the coldest winters on record. What have you bought this month? What are you looking forward to for spring? Happy Shopping!

OPI Nail Envy Review

nail envyI have some of the softest nails of anyone I know. I can “cut” my nails with a nail file, I don’t have to use nail clippers. So when Bekkie recommended Nail Envy, it sounded like something I could really use.

Initially, I put on two coats. It dried really quickly and made my nails looked all shiny. There was no bad smell, which is always a bonus. When I first saw this I somehow thought of that stuff you put on your nails that tastes bad to make you stop biting them.

I left my nails bare except for this base coat, applying a new coat every second day like it recommended. I didn’t notice any major changes in the first couple of weeks. Since then I’ve been wearing it about a month and my nails are noticeably harder and stronger. They don’t seem to be growing too fast, in fact I would say that my nails are actually growing slower.

The price tag on this is a little hefty, $17 ish depending on where you purchase it. I do like it and will continue to use it as a base coat, especially since I am dabbling in nail art and I do find my manicures last a lot longer when I use this (3 – 5 days vs. 1 – 3 days prior).

Overall, I give it a thumbs up. Have you tried this product or another base coat/nail strengthener/hardener that you love? Leave me a comment. Happy Shopping!

Join the Laquer Legion

Bekkie and I have decided to take part in The Laquer Legion, a monthly nail art challenge. This month’s theme is Reinvention. I have no idea what that means. The Facebook page says:

Reinvent a classic technique like the French. Reinvent a look you love with new colors. Reinvent one of your first attempts at nail art with your newfound skills, Or reinvent your own style by traing something you wouldn’t normally try. Just invent… again.

So I guess I should say, I don’t know what that means to me. And my nail are painfully short right now. I’m sure I’ll come up with something by Monday.

We would love it if you would take part in The Lacquer Legion too! Monday, Jan 27th is the date for the manis to be posted on the Facebook page or Instagram hashtag #LLreinvention. And leave me a comment and let me know you are participating.

For some nail art ideas, check out Bekkie’s blog, The Nailasaurus, I’m Feeling Nail-Venturous, and Chelsea Queen (this nail art is not for the faint of heart). And for reviews on colours, I love The PolishAholic and Storms and Stars.

Happy Shopping!

2013 Manicure favs

January is definitely a time to reflect over the previous year and set goals for the upcoming year. I’m looking forward to all the upcoming product reviews and shopping trips for 2014!

Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite manicures from 2013. As I was gathering these, I realized some of them hadn’t made it onto either my instagram or my blog so they are new (to you).

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Sally Hansen nail strips in Hide and Peek

 

Brand new nails on Oct 10
Sally Hansen nail strips in Fl-Roar-al

 

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Sally Hansen gel nail strips in Hooray Ombre

 

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Kiss nail stickers in Gown

 

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Sally Hansen gel nail strips

 

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Revlon nail strips

 

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Sally Hansen nail strips in Ring Toss

 

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Maybelline nail stickers in Platinum NYC

 

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Sally Hansen nail strips in On The Prowl

 

What’s your fav? Or fav mani from one that you did last year? Happy Shopping!